Thursday, March 31, 2011

The "the impending instruction" on Summorum Pontificum

In some traditionalist circles, the impending instruction has generated alarm, with commentators suggesting that it could effectively undercut the prerogatives for celebration of the old Mass which Benedict XVI promised in his 2007 motu proprio. That would be in response, according to the speculation, to pressure from bishops around the world who’ve never been wild about the Latin Mass, and who haven’t exactly bent over backwards to make it more widely available.

Speaking on background, Vatican officials insist that’s not the case.

Instead, they say, the instruction will confirm that the moto proprio is now the universal law of the church, and insist that bishops apply it. Among other things, it will call for seminarians to be trained not just in Latin, but in the older rite itself, at least so they will know how to execute it faithfully and understand what’s being said.

The instruction will also confirm that the older Mass must be available wherever “groups of faithful” request it, without specifying how many people it takes to constitute a “group.”

The instruction will likewise confirm that the older liturgy is to be celebrated during Holy Week wherever there’s a “stable group” of faithful attached to it, as well as in religious orders which use the extraordinary rite.


Ancient Books Uncovered in Jordan May Date to Start of Christianity

Published March 30, 2011
David Elkington/Rex Features

This artifact was one of 70 ring-bound books, or codices, made of lead and copper that was part of a secret hoard of ancient sealed books found in Jordan.

One of the largest and best-preserved collections of ancient sealed books has been discovered in a cave in Jordan and are believed to be some of the earliest Christian documents, according to the BBC.

The 70 tiny books could date back to the first century. Carbon dating tests found that a piece of leather found with the scrolls was over 2000 years old.

Experts say the books, made of lead and copper and bound by rings, may be more significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls, BBC reports.

The writing featured in the books is a form of archaic Hebrew script with ancient messianic symbols, mixed with some form of a code, according to a news release. The codices show notable references to symbols of the Feast of Tabernacle, and depict images of menorahs and fruiting palm trees.

The books are currently the subject of a dispute between authorities, archeologists and an Israeli Bedouin who smuggled the books into Israel and hid them, claiming they were found by his great-grandfather, The Telegraph reports.

Authorities in Jordan want the books returned, since under Jordanian law, they are property of the Kingdom of Jordan, according to the news release.

Archeologists in Israel claim the books are forgeries, while British archeologists are committed to saving and studying the ancient scrolls.

"It is an enormous privilege to be able to reveal this discovery to the world," David Elkington, leader of the British team, said in a news release, adding in an interview with the Daily Mail, "It is a breathtaking thought that we have held these objects that might have been held by the early saints of the Church."


Mass: in Latin !


I think I should send this link to every priest in Portugal. Well, maybe to each priest in the world.

A new book from Msgr. Guido Marini

From the webpage:

Anyone who watches or participates in a papal liturgy is struck with the seeming effortlessness with which it is conducted, resulting in a celebration that is prayerful, dignified and uplifting. The person responsible for orchestrating this is the priest designated the "Master of Pontifical Ceremonies." Reverend Monsignor Guido Marini has performed this role for some time now, and his new book, translated by Fr. Nicholas Gregoris, explains how his liturgical judgements reflect sound theology as well as Pope Benedict XVI's goals for the liturgical life of the entire church!

We can buy it here.
H/T to Orbis Catholicus Secundus.

A lesson for Japan and for the whole world

The nuclear disaster is “a lesson for Japan and for the whole world,” notes Bishop

Osaka (Agenzia Fides) – Alarm is rising amongst the Japanese people with regard to the high levels of radioactivity recorded near the nuclear facility in Fukushima, and even the Catholic Church is asking the “nuclear question”. The Auxiliary Bishop of Osaka, Bishop Michael Goro Matsuura, proposes to Fides: “The issue about the direction we are taking, to build other nuclear power plants, is an important question. Together with the Justice and Peace Commission of the Japanese Bishops, which I headed up until last year, we have raised awareness to fight the construction of new nuclear power plants in Japan and globally. I believe that this serious incident should be a lesson for Japan and for the entire planet, and will be an incentive to abandon these projects. We call on the solidarity of Christians worldwide to support this campaign.”

Also the Bishop of the Diocese of Saitama, Bishop Marcellino Daiji Tani, records that “the people who live within 30 km of the plant are in a state of great anxiety. Many are continuing to leave the Prefecture of Fukushima. Our faithful in the parish of Shirakawa are still there, but they may also leave. And it is the Government's duty to give the necessary orders to evacuate.”

Last year the Japanese Bishops' Conference had already taken a clear position against nuclear power for military use. The Bishops of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have sent an appeal to the President of the United States, to the Japanese Government and to leaders of other nations, “that they do everything possible to abolish nuclear weapons.” (PA) (Agenzia Fides 29/3/2011)


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Today's Audience - 30.3.11


Pope urges revival of prayer and confession, in era of "lost conscience"
At the general audience, Benedict XVI speaks of St. Alphonsus Liguori stressing the actuality of his motto “he who prays is saved”. Appeal for reconciliation in Côte d'Ivoire, where the Pope has sent Cardinal Turkson.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - In our era, marked by “signs of loss of conscience and morality and in which there is an obvious lack of esteem for the sacrament of confession", the shepherd of souls and the confessor must have "fidelity to Catholic moral teaching "and" a charitable understanding, and gentle attitude ", so penitents may "feel guided, supported and encouraged in their journey of faith and Christian life”.
This is the teaching of "Doctor of the Church", Saint Alphonsus Liguori, described by Benedict XVI to 20 thousand faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the general audience. During the gathering, the Pope also appealed for reconciliation in Côte d'Ivoire, where he announced the dispatch of Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Kodwo Turkson, ,president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace "to express my solidarity and that of the universal Church to victims of the conflict and encourage reconciliation and peace. "
Returning to St. Alphonsus, the Pope described him as a "great moralist Monk," to whom we are "highly indebted" for his work especially for simple people, and author of the words and music of one of the best-loved Italian Christmas carols "You come down from the stars".
Benedict XVI stressed the relevance of the Neapolitan saint’s teachings on moral issues and in particular with regard to the tasks of the confessor. In his day, he explained, " a very strict interpretation of the moral life had spread, partly because of the Jansenist mentality that instead of nourishing trust and hope in the mercy of God, fomented fear that depicted a severe and grim God far from the image revealed in Jesus". St. Alphonsus "offers a balanced and convincing synthesis between the needs of God's law and the dynamics of conscience and freedom of man in adherence to truth and goodness allowing maturation and personal fulfilment. He recommended pastors of souls and confessors, to be faithful to Catholic moral teaching, having a charitable, understanding and gentle attitude, so penitents may feel guided, supported and encouraged in their journey of faith and Christian life. "
Alfonso was born in Naples in 1696. A gifted young man, at only 16 years of age he was awarded a degree in civil and canon law and became the most brilliant lawyer of the Court of Naples, winning all his cases for eight years. However, in 1723 "outraged by the corruption and injustice in the forensic sphere" he decided to leave the profession to become a priest despite the opposition of his father. He had "great teachers" and in 1726 was ordained a priest. In the Diocesan Congregation of the missions he began his apostolic mission of evangelization and catechesis among the most humble strata of the population of Naples.
"Quite a few of these people, poor and simple, whom he was addressing, were often in the grips of vices and performed criminal acts. He patiently taught them to pray, encouraging them to improve their way of life. Alfonso obtained excellent results: in the poorest neighbourhoods of the city groups of people multiplied who, in the evening, met in private homes and shops, to pray and meditate on the Word of God under the guidance of some catechists trained by Alfonso and other priests, who regularly visited these groups of believers. When, at the behest of the archbishop of Naples, these meetings were held in the chapels of the city, they took on the name of 'Evening Chapels'. They were a real source of moral education, social rehabilitation, mutual support among the poor: theft, duels, prostitution almost disappeared. "
"Although the social and religious context of the time of St. Alphonsus was very different from ours, the 'Evening Chapels' appear a model of missionary activity that can inspire us today for a new evangelization, especially among the poorest, and to build a more human, just and fraternal solidarity in society. Priests were given the task of spiritual ministry, and well-formed lay Christian leaders can be effective, authentic Gospel leaven in society. "
At 35 St. Alphonsus came into contact with farmers and shepherds of the inner regions of the kingdom, who were spiritually and materially poor. In 1732 he founded the Religious Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. "These men, led by Alfonso, were true itinerant missionaries, reaching even the most remote villages exhorting to conversion and perseverance in the Christian life, especially through prayer. Even today, the Redemptorists, scattered in many countries around the world with new forms of apostolate continue this mission of evangelization. I think of them with gratitude, urging them to always be faithful to the example of their holy founder. " In 1762 he was appointed bishop of St. Agatha of the Goths, which he left in 1765 due to illness. "He was a saint exclaimed Pope Pius VI at the news of his death in 1787. And he was not wrong. " He was beatified in 1816 and canonized in 1787 and in 1817 Pope Pius IX proclaimed him a Doctor of the Church and Pope Pius XII in 1950, wanted him patron saint of confessors and moralists
Finally, Benedict XVI underlined his insistence "on the need for prayer" and recalled the motto of the saint, "he who prays is saved," and the exhortation of John Paul II: "Our Christian communities must become schools of prayer. It is therefore essential that education in prayer becomes a priority of all pastoral planning”.


When they say that are catholic but they are not

I try to go everyday to Father Z.'blog but, I wonder how, I didn't see this post. Lucky me that Love in the Ruins posted a link back to it.
So, it talks about people that say they are catholics and don't even know what it means. And with their behaviour and words, they embarrass the Church and the Catholics that really are.

Card. Wuerl has made it clear that New Ways Ministries is not Catholic, the stuff they peddle isn’t Catholic, and that they shouldn’t use the word Catholic for what they do.

Now go the article itself to read what is about - if you didn't yet.

Human embryos have no protection under current law

Presentation to Texas GOP Vote in Austin, Texas, March 25, 2011:

If you crack the egg of a bird on the Endangered Species List, it won’t matter that the bird was a fetus or embryo. You’ve still broken Federal law. Why is the species of an (unhatched) animal so clear cut under law, but human embryos have no protection under current law? Legal follies such as this underscore our lack of seriousness and consistency when contemplating our children of tomorrow.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

At the Fosse Ardeatine

 Evandro Inetti/ZUMAPRESS.com/Profimedia

Pope recalls horror of wars, past and present

On Sunday Pope Benedict XVI, visiting the site of a World War II massacre, remembered the “abhorrent effects” of war, of violence on man by man, and in doing so, strengthened the urgency of his appeal for an end to the use of weapons and space for dialogue in the conflicts that are currently raging in Libya and the North African region.

Following the midday Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, the Pope described how his “fears” for the safety of the civilian population and his “concern” for the unfolding situation in Libya is growing. He said that it is at moments such as these, of greatest tension, that international bodies and people in positions of responsibility, must use all diplomatic means at their disposal to give space to even the “weakest signs” of openness to dialogue. Appealing to both sides of the Libyan conflict, the Pope concluded with a heartfelt call for end to the use of weapons and an immediate start of dialogue.

Poignantly underscoring this renewed Papal appeal, were the images of Pope Benedict Sunday morning, as he walked among the tombs of 335 Italians massacred in the Fosse Ardeatine, (roughly translated as the Ardeantine quarries or caves), during the Nazi Occupation March 24, 1944, in retaliation for a partisan attack on Nazi troops in central Rome a day earlier. Ten Italians for every one German soldier killed were rounded up, and transported to the quarry site on Via Ardeatine, brought into the caves and, one by one, shot dead at point blank range. The victims included Italian army officers, resistance fighters, innocent civilians and 75 members of the city’s Jewish community. The youngest victim was 15 years old.

On Sunday, accompanied by Rome’s Chief Rabbi, Riccardo Segni and Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, Archpriest of St Paul’s outside the Walls, the Pope laid a basket of red roses at the feet of the plaque commemorating the victims. He then entered the cavern containing the tombs, pausing before three; the first, that of Cardinal Montezemolo’s father, who was a general in the Italian army. The second, that of Don Pietro Pappagallo a priest of the Roman diocese proclaimed a XX century martyr by John Paul II, for his self sacrifice in helping those persecuted under the Fascist and Nazi regimes; and finally that of Alberto Funaro, a Jew, whose nephew, a Rabbi of the same name, stood alongside the Pope as he prayed.

Emerging from the darkened crypt Pope Benedict said: “What happened here March 24, 1944 is a most grave offense against God, because it is the deliberate violence of man by man. It is the most abhorrent effect of war, any war, while God is life, peace, communion”. “Like my predecessors, I have come here to pray and renew the memory. I have come to invoke Divine mercy, which alone can fill the void, the abyss opened by men who, when driven by blind violence, deny their dignity as children of God and brotherhood with each other”. “Yes, wherever he is, on every continent, in every nation, man is the son of that Father in heaven, he is brother to all humanity. But this being the son and brother is not a given. Unfortunately, this is revealed by the Ardeatine Caves themselves. We must want it, we must say yes to good and no to evil. We must believe in the God of love and life, and reject any false image of God, that betrays His holy name and thus betrays man, made in His image”.

“Therefore, in this place, painful memorial of the most horrendous evil, the real answer is to join hands as brothers, and say: Our Father, we believe in You, and with the strength of Your love we desire to walk together in Peace, in Rome, Italy, in Europe, throughout the world”.

And before taking his leave, in the book of witness at the entrance to the cave, Pope Benedict wrote: Non timebo quia Tu mecum es, I shall fear no evil, because You are with me.

From http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/EN2/articolo.asp?c=473450

Saturday, March 26, 2011

On Angels

By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, at  Catholic Online.

Friday, March 25, 2011



Attacks on Catholic beliefs

Geneva, Switzerland, Mar 22, 2011 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican representative to the United Nations spoke out today against “attacks” on freedom of conscience and religion, directed against Catholics and others who hold traditional beliefs about sexual morality and human nature.

Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi spoke out in a March 22 meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling attention to what he described as a “disturbing trend” in debates over social life and human rights.

“People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behavior between people of the same sex,” Archbishop Tomasi told the council.

“When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature, which may also be expressions of religious convictions, or state opinions about scientific claims, they are stigmatized, and worse – they are vilified, and prosecuted.”

The archbishop stated that these attempts to silence Catholics, and other critics of homosexual practice, were a human rights violation according to the council's own standards.

“These attacks contradict the fundamental principles announced in three of the Council’s resolutions of this session,” he pointed out.

“The truth is, these attacks are violations of fundamental human rights, and cannot be justified under any circumstances.”

More at http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-official-at-un-decries-attacks-on-catholic-beliefs/
Thanks to Bob from Bob's Blog.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hans Kung

Benedict XVI, Hans Kung and Catholicism’s Future

March 23, 2011
by Samuel Gregg

Western Europe is considered a religiously-barren place these days. The reality, however, is more complex. Books written by two Catholic theologians recently rocketed up Germany’s best-seller list. That testifies to Europe’s on-going interest in religious matters. But the books’ real importance lies in their authors’ rather different visions of Catholicism’s purposes and future – and not just in Europe, but beyond.

One of the theologians is Benedict XVI. The other is the well-known scholar Fr. Hans Kung. His text, Can the Church Still Be Saved?, was published the same week as volume two of Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth.

Though usually viewed as polar-opposites, Benedict and Kung have led curiously parallel lives. Both are native German-speakers. They are almost the same age. For a time, both taught at the same university. During the Second Vatican Council, they served as theological advisors with reputations as reformers.

More-attuned participants at Vatican II, however, immediately noticed differences between Kung and the-then Fr. Joseph Ratzinger. One such person was the Jesuit Henri de Lubac – a French theologian who no-one could dismiss as a reactionary.

In his Vatican II diaries, de Lubac entered pithy observations about those he encountered. Ratzinger is portrayed as one whose powerful intellect is matched by his “peacefulness” and “affability.” Kung, by contrast, is denoted as possessing a “juvenile audacity” and speaking in “incendiary, superficial, and polemical” terms.

More at http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2011/03/23/benedict-xvi-hans-kung-catholicism%E2%80%99s-future

The article finishes this way:

But perhaps the most revealing difference between Benedict and Fr. Kung’s books is the tone. Can the Church still be saved? is characterized by anger – the fury of an enfant terrible who’s not-so-enfant anymore and who knows the game is up: that his vision of Catholicism can’t be saved from the irredeemable irrelevance into which it has sunk.

Jesus of Nazareth, however, is pervaded by humility: the humility of one who approaches human history’s greatest mystery, applies to it his full intellect, and then presents his contribution for others’ assessment.

Yes, there are many things going on in Benedict’s book, but in the end there’s only one agenda really in play and it has nothing to do with power. It’s about helping readers to encounter the fullness of Christ in the most important days of His earthly life – to know what God was willing to do to save us from ourselves.

Besides such things, Hans Kung’s agenda seems very trivial indeed.

I can't stand that him, I never could, since my teen years but can you believe that soem years ago he was studied in the Catholic University of Lisbon? What for? So the studants could learn all the bad things he says?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Today's Audience - 23.3.11

Pope says world needs peace, believers are men of peace

At the general audience, Benedict XVI speaking of St. Lawrence of Brindisi says that the new evangelization needs well prepared zealous and courageous apostles, so the light and beauty of the Gospel takes precedence over cultural orientations of ethical relativism and religious indifference".

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The world needs peace, it "needs men and women peacemakers and conciliators, the faithful must be men of peace" and the new evangelization “the new evangelization needs well prepared zealous and courageous apostles, so the light and beauty of the Gospel takes precedence over cultural orientations of ethical relativism and religious indifference, and transforms ways of thinking and acting into an authentic Christian humanism". This is the lesson that Benedict XVI has drawn from the life of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, "doctor apostolicus", in an audience that saw over ten thousand people take part outdoors, in St Peter's Square.

Born in 1559, he was orphaned at seven years, "from childhood he was attracted by the spirituality of St. Francis" and was a man of peace, to which he also contributed with important diplomatic missions and "even today the world needs peace."

As for Lawrence, who moved to Venice in 1575, he entered the Capuchins. Lawrence demonstrated the "outstanding intellectual qualities he was gifted", easily learning ancient and modern languages, knowing not only the Bible "by heart," but also "the texts of rabbinic literature, so the rabbis themselves were astonished and admiring, expressing their appreciation and respect".

His knowledge allowed him to speak in particular to Christians, especially in Germany, who had joined the Reformation. "With his clear and calm explanation he showed the biblical and patristic basis of all articles of faith challenged by Martin Luther. Among them, the primacy of St. Peter and his successors, the divine origin of the episcopate, justification as the inner transformation of man, the necessity of good works for salvation. The success Lawrence enjoyed helps us to understand that even today, in carrying forward ecumenical dialogue with great hope and enthusiasm, the approach to Sacred Scripture, read in the tradition of the Church, is indispensable and of fundamental importance".

St. Lawrence of Brindisi, who became a priest in 1582, was professor of theology and master of novices, he was also, among other things, provincial vicar and vicar general of the order. But above all, the Pope said, he had a "spiritual life of exceptional fervor" devoting time to prayer and especially the Mass that he celebrated for hours.

"Even today - said Benedict XVI - in carrying forward ecumenical dialogue with great hope and enthusiasm, the approach to Sacred Scripture, read in the tradition of the Church, is indispensable and of fundamental importance". Convinced that "listening to the Word of God brings about an inner transformation and leads to holiness," Lawrence "teaches us to love the Bible, to grow in familiarity with it, to cultivate a friendship with the Lord in prayer."

"In the school of the saints, every priest can avoid the danger of activism, that is, to act forgetting the profound motivations of ministry, by nurturing one’s inner life". "Time for prayer is the most important in the life of the priest, it is when one interacts most effectively with the grace of God, giving fruitfulness to ministry. Prayer is the first service to render to the community. And therefore moments of prayer in our lives must have a priority. If we are not inwardly in communion with God, we can not give anything to others. So God is the first priority".

"In fact, Lorenzo urges everyone, not just priests to cultivate a life of prayer, because through it we talk to God and God speaks to us." "God is not only present when we pray and he listens to us, indeed He can and He desires to willingly comply to our questions with the greatest of pleasure."

Lawrence died in 1619 in Lisbon, where he had gone on a mission to the king of Spain. He was beatified in 1783, canonized in 1881 and 1959 proclaimed Doctor of the Church by John XXIII under the title "doctor apostolicus”, partly because he is the author of many works of biblical exegesis, theology and writings for the preaching. "Also, being a valuable Mariologist, author of a collection of sermons entitled Mariale on Our Lady, he highlights the unique role of the Virgin Mary, which clearly affirms the Immaculate Conception and Her cooperation in the work of redemption accomplished by Christ. "

"St. Lawrence of Brindisi - concluded Benedict XVI - teaches us to love the Bible, to grow in familiarity with it, to cultivate our friendship with the Lord in daily prayer, because everything we do, all our activities have in Him their beginning and their end. This is the source from which to draw, so that our Christian witness is bright and capable of leading men of our time to God. "


Orissa: another Christian killed in Kandhamal

by Santosh Digal

Angad Digal, a Catholic man from Mondasoro, was killed on 10 March. He had gone to a neighbouring village with two Hindu acquaintances. Police arrest one of the two suspects, but have not yet found Digal’s body. A priest slams the atmosphere of impunity created by law enforcement inertia.

Two Christians gunned down by armed Muslims outside Church in Pakistan

The attack took place in Hyderabad. Two others were seriously injured. A group of Muslims were bothering women as they entered the Church resulting in an argument, during which the attackers opened fire on the Christians. Police have not arrested any of the attackers who still roam free.
More at

Monday, March 21, 2011

Increasing Number of Lutherans are Coming into the Catholic Church

Tim Drake Friday, March 18, 2011
One of the most under-reported religious stories of the past decade has been the movement of Lutherans across the Tiber.

What first began with prominent Lutherans, such as Richard John Neuhaus (1990) and Robert Wilken (1994), coming into the Catholic Church, has become more of a landslide that could culminate in a larger body of Lutherans coming into the collectively.

In 2000, former Canadian Lutheran Bishop Joseph Jacobson came into the Church.

“No other Church really can duplicate what Jesus gave,” Jacobson told the Western Catholic Reporter in 2006.

In 2003, Leonard Klein, a prominent Lutheran and the former editor of Lutheran Forum and Forum Letter came into the Church. Today, both Jacobson and Klein are Catholic priests.

Over the past several years, an increasing number of Lutheran theologians have joined the Church’s ranks, some of whom now teach at Catholic colleges and universities. They include, but are not limited to: Paul Quist (2005), Richard Ballard (2006), Paul Abbe (2006), Thomas McMichael, Mickey Mattox, David Fagerberg, Bruce Marshall, Reinhard Hutter, Philip Max Johnson, and most recently, Dr. Michael Root (2010).


Some articles in the Catholic Herald that I liked

Pope makes former Anglican bishops monsignori

Record number of people to be received into the Church at Easter

Vatican welcomes European court decision on crucifixes

One more martyr in Pakistan

Pakistani Christian jailed for blasphemy found dead in prison cell

A Pakistani Christian who was jailed for life for blasphemy last year has been found dead in his prison cell in Karachi.
Qamar David, who was jailed in 2002 following an accusation of blasphemy but only sentenced last year, died of a heart attack, according to prison authorities. But Church leaders and human rights activists have called for the cause of death to be assessed independently.

Qamar David was sentenced to life imprisonment in February last year, but had been seeking to appeal against the ruling.

His lawyer, Pervez Chaudhry, told the BBC: “My client was in perfect condition the last time I met him. I have spoken to the family and we don’t believe he died a natural death. He had been receiving threats against his life.

More at http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2011/03/16/pakistani-christian-jailed-for-blasphemy-found-dead-in-prison-cell/#

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

St. Joseph's Day

Thank you, St. Joseph, for everything. Thank you, my Lord, for having created St. Joseph and for all the good things You keep giving us by the interception of St. Joseph.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Yes, women can't be priests because they are women

In ThePulp.It I found a link to a post in a blog that was talking about a woman the author found that, as many inside and outside the Church, think that women are only valued when they have the opportunity to be a bad edition of men. Here the woman, as many, thought "demeaning"a woman being not able to be a priest!
Some of that kind tryed with me the trick of  "the Church never valued women" and I answer immediatly "yes, as we can see in St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Siena...( and then I name every one I can remember in the moment, including Mother Teresa of Calcuta) and Our Lady Herself !" Usually the matter ends there.
One thing that puts me out of my patience is to find that kind of people that don't know anything of the Church and tries to apply there the corrupted way of thinking of the world!
Well, enough of ranting. It's better if you go to the article itself.

Portugal Remembers Favored Pilgrim: John Paul II

Rector of Fatima Shrine Notes Many Reasons to Give Thanks
FATIMA, Portugal, MARCH 15, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Pope John Paul II visited Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal three times: in 1982 (to thank her for saving him from near assassination on her feast day the year before), in 1991 and 2000.
Thus, the shrine is the ideal place for Portugal to remember the Polish Pontiff, and the Portuguese Episcopal Conference is inviting the faithful there to a thanksgiving celebration for his beatification. The celebration will be held on her feast day, May 13, less than two weeks after the May 1 beatification.

More at  http://www.zenit.org/article-32027?l=english

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shahbaz Bhatti - Martyr

Pakistan’s bishops are considering asking Rome to declare slain Pakistani minister Shahbaz Bhatti as a martyr for the faith.

“Bhatti is a man who gave his life for his crystalline faith in Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Andrew Francis of Multan, who made the proposal, in an interview with the Fides news agency. “It is up to us, the Bishops, to tell his story and experience to the Church in Rome, to call for official recognition of his martyrdom.”

More at http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishops-may-seek-to-declare-slain-pakistani-minister-a-martyr

Pontiff "Deeply Shaken" by Japan Quake

Renews Spiritual Closeness, Affirms God is Near

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 13, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is renewing his spiritual closeness to the people of Japan in the wake of a 9.0 magnitude quake and resulting tsunami that left more than 1,600 dead and some 10,000 missing.

The quake, which was originally registered at 8.9 magnitude, struck Friday some 80 miles off the coast of Sendai, north of Tokyo, and triggered a 32-foot tsunami that swept everything in its path, including houses, infrastructure, ships, cars and farm buildings that were on fire.

The nation's prime minister, Naoto Kan, told the news media over the weekend that the disaster is the greatest crisis to have faced the nation since World War II.

After praying the midday Angelus together with those gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Holy Father stated in Italian that "the images of the tragic earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan have deeply shaken us."

"I would like to renew my spiritual nearness to the dear people of that country," he continued, "who are dealing with the effects of these calamities with dignity and courage. I pray for the victims and for their families and for all those who are suffering because of these awful events.

"I encourage those who with praiseworthy readiness are preparing to bring help. We remain united in prayer. The Lord is near!"

In his greeting in English, Benedict XVI asked for more prayers "for the victims of the recent devastation visited upon Japan."

He added, "May the bereaved and injured be comforted and may the rescue workers be strengthened in their efforts to assist the courageous Japanese people."

Officials state that in addition to the task of providing food and shelter to the victims, the nation is also faced with the challenge of a severe shortage in electricity. Rolling three-hour blackouts have been ordered, which could last for weeks.


Third Conference on the Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum"

At Orbis Catholicus Secundus.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Lack of consciousness of sin

Pope says sin calls for 'spritual combat,' not denial

Vatican City, Mar 13, 2011 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although many people reject the notion of sin, it is a reality of life, said Pope Benedict XVI at Sunday's Angelus. He encouraged believers to join with Christ in "spiritual combat" during Lent.

Many people reject the notion of sin because most of the world passed the level of immorality. Now they lost the sence of good and evil, that's why they don't have consciousness of sin and so they reject the notion of it . Most people has their conscience numb.


More new catholics

I was in England - I just come home yesterday evening - and the priest of the place I was talked about this but, as I understand everything that I read in english and only half that I hear, I was very pleased to find this link at Love In The Ruins so I could know what really happened.

Here it goes.

Hundreds of UK Anglicans prepare to enter Catholic Church through ordinariate

Hundreds of Anglicans entered the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Ash Wednesday, March 9.

Official figures are not yet available, but the Catholic magazine The Tablet has reported that about 20 priests and 600 lay people from around England are entering the Church. Five former Anglican bishops were among the first to join the ordinariate, this past Jan. 15.

Pope Benedict XVI established the ordinariate, a special church structure, to allow Anglicans to join the Catholic Church while retaining some of their customs and liturgy.

Controversy in the Anglican Communion over theological and moral issues such as the ordination of women as priests and bishops has driven some to seek to enter the Catholic Church.

One of the converting priests, Rev. David Lashbrook delivered his farewell sermon at St. Marychurch in Torquay in southwestern England, the Associated Press reports. He said he believes the Anglican Church’s General Synod is “trying to make the church conform to the culture rather than being faithful to new life found in Jesus Christ.”

Mary Huntington, press officer for the Catholic Diocese of Brentwood in the area of east London, said that 241 adults and children, including seven priests, will enter the Catholic Church there.

The entering Anglicans will not be able to receive Communion until they are Confirmed shortly before Easter. Former Anglican priests will be ordained at Pentecost.

Rev. Simon Chinery, a curate at two Anglican churches in Plymouth, said he felt “a sense of peace, a sense of excitement and some nervousness” as he prepared to join the Catholic Church.

He said Pope Benedict had made the process for Anglicans wanting to join the Catholic Church easier. In his view, the Church previously had admitted them “stealthily” through “a side entrance,” but now “the front door has been thrown open and the welcome mat laid out.”

Other clergy and congregations are still considering whether to join the Catholic Church.

Howard Dobson, spokesman for the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council, said that about two dozen of the church’s 22,000 ordained clergy have decided to join the ordinariate at present. The church claims 1.7 million active members, but it does not keep track of laity who leave.

To the Glory of God.

UPDATE: Read also this:
Ordinariate news: How many priests and people will come?

Seven former Anglican ministers with some of their former congregations at Southwark Rite of Election

Pope urges priests to preach on uncomfortable topics

By Alan Holdren

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2011 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Priests must not preach “Christianity 'a la carte'” and should be willing to approach even uncomfortable aspects of the Gospel, Pope Benedict said in a meeting with priests this week.

In a meeting with priests and religious from the Diocese of Rome on March 10, the Pope led a Scripture meditation as the “pastor of the pastors.”

He based the meditation - called a “lectio divina” (sacred reading) - on a chapter from the Acts of the Apostles in which St. Paul leaves the faithful in Ephesus with instructions on how to continue preaching the Gospel after his departure.

Paul's advice to be humble and vigilant in preaching the faith, to make themselves completely available in service to Christ and the Church, and prayerful as they protect their “flocks” are all relevant characteristics of priests nearly 2,000 years later, said the Pope.

He implored priests to show “full-time” fidelity to their vocation as priests, “being with Christ and being ambassadors of Christ.”

The Pope also called on priests today not to shrink from proclaiming “the entire plan of God.”

“This is important,” said the Pope. “The Apostle does not preach Christianity 'a la carte,' according to his own tastes, he does not preach a Gospel according to his own preferred theological ideas; he does not take away from the commitment to announce the entire will of God, even when uncomfortable, nor the themes he may least like personally.

“It is our mission to announce all the will of God, in its totality and ultimate simplicity. But the fact that we must instruct and preach is important - as St. Paul says - and really proposes the entire will of God.”

In a world where people are curious to know everything, “so much more should we be curious to know the will of God,” said Pope Benedict.

“What thing could be more interesting, more important, more essential for us than to know what God wants, to know the will of God, the face of God?”

He called on priests and religious to respond to this curiosity and awaken it in others, assisting them in “knowing truly all the will of God and knowing then how we can and must live, which is the path of our lives.”


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Netanyahu thanks Pope for exoneration

PM says he has 'deep esteem' for Benedict XVI, whose new book refutes claim Jews killed Jesus

Roni Sofer Published: 03.03.11, 17:30 / Israel News

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday for his exoneration of the Jews for the death of Jesus Christ.

Pope exonerates Jews for Jesus' death / Associated Press

In new book, Benedict XVI explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for accusations against Jewish people as a whole

The pope says in his new book, 'Jesus of Nazareth-Part II' – excerpts of which were released Wednesday – that there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus' death.

"I commend you for rejecting in your new book the false claim that was used as a basis for the hatred of Jews for hundreds of years," Netanyahu wrote to the pontiff.

The prime minister added that he hopes "the clarity and bravery" shown by Benedict will strengthen relations between Jews and Christians worldwide and promote peace in the next generations.

"I look forward to seeing you again soon and expressing my deep esteem for you personally," Netanyahu wrote.

While the Catholic Church has for five decades taught that Jews weren't collectively responsible, Jewish scholars said Wednesday the argument laid out by the German-born pontiff, who has had his share of mishaps with Jews, was a landmark statement from a pope that would help fight anti-Semitism today.

In the book, Benedict re-enacts Jesus' final hours, including his death sentence for blasphemy, then analyzes each Gospel account to explain why Jews as a whole cannot be blamed for it. Rather, Benedict concludes, it was the "Temple aristocracy" and a few supporters of the figure Barabbas who were responsible.

"How could the whole people have been present at this moment to clamor for Jesus' death?" Benedict asks.

Benedict said Jesus' death wasn't about punishment, but rather salvation. Jesus' blood, he said, "does not cry out for vengeance and punishment, it brings reconciliation. It is not poured out against anyone, it is poured out for many, for all."

Benedict, who was forced to join the Hitler Youth as a child in Nazi Germany, has made improving relations with Jews a priority of his pontificate. He has visited the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland and Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.


Pope's new book

A lot of links at The Pulp.It

And the West doesn't care

Shahbaz Bhatti was Pakistan’s Minister for Minorities and today he paid the price for belonging to the most despised Pakistani minority of all: Christians. He was shot dead in his car for the crime of campaigning to reform the country’s medieval blasphemy laws. Those laws are used to make life hell for Christians – but that doesn’t seem to bother Britain and the EU, which pour millions of pounds into Pakistan and don’t make a big deal out of anti-Christian persecution.

I don’t recall an enormous fuss being made, either, when Egypt last week acquitted the suspected murderers of six Coptic Christians mown down as they left Mass in Nag Hammadi in January. That was the “justice” handed out to Christians in Mubarak’s Egypt. If the Muslim Brotherhood seize power, this sort of case won’t even come to court.

Thank God, then, for our allies in Afghanistan. Following intense and secretive diplomatic pressure, they have magnanimously decided not to execute a man who converted to Christianity. So, you see, we did bring freedom to the Afghan people after all!

Meanwhile, as my colleague Ed West has often noted, Iraq’s indigenous Christian minority is close to extinction. To be fair, that wasn’t intention of the originator of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation when he invaded the country – but it was certainly the vision of the founder of Islam.

No one suggests that Western politicians and churchmen can do much about the Islamic world’s hostility towards Christianity, at least in the short term. But just recognising it would be a start. After all, the world does now know about the flourishing of European-style anti-Semitism in Muslim countries, even if the United Nations gives every impression of not caring a hoot about it.


On Said Musa: something was achieved.
Watchdog: Said Musa Released from Afghan Prison, No Longer on Death Row

Ash Wednesday

“The wearing of the ashes provides us with a wonderful opportunity to share with people how important our faith is to us and to point them to the cross of Christ. I invite you where possible to attend a morning or lunchtime Mass.

“Please try not to rub off your ashes as soon as you leave church, but take the sign of the cross to all those that you meet – in your school, office, factory, wherever you may be. This might just make people curious and wonder why you would do this. If you explain about Lent and Easter it might just make them think and may even awaken in them the questions that might lead to faith. Many people have a dim awareness of Lent and even ashes. It would be good to make this clear rather than dim.

“Don’t underestimate the power of this simple action and wear your ashes as not only a sign of the beginning of your Lenten journey, but also to witness to your greatest treasure in life. This small step could awaken faith in the hearts of many that you meet in a way that words could never do.”


Libya: nuns and priests remain to help stranded migrants

More than 500 migrantsgathered at Tripoli airport today when they heard the news that a plane to take a group of 54 Eritreans to Italy.

"There was nothing we could do except help them get back to where they had come from", Maltese Father Daniel Farrugia, vicar general of the diocese and parish priest of St Francis of Assisi Church, in Tripoli, said.

“I think there are at least 1,500 Eritreans in the city, many of whom were rejected in the Mediterranean en route to Italy and ended up in Libya”, Fr Farrugia said. "They are “people with nothing, struggling to survive, depending solely on a strong solidarity within the community”.


Margaret Sanger

 The reason for abortions: race improvement.

Sanger wanted women to have birth control, and not for the reasons modern eyes and ears might expect. Sure, she wanted women to be able to determine if and when they bear children. But her reasons went beyond the individual. She had much wider goals related to the population at large. As she said in this 1932 article, restricting birth control would undermine the greater good (in her view) of “social welfare and race improvement.”
Birth control was advantageous for society at large, lectured Sanger, because it could racially refine America by eliminating lesser people.

Only the wretched supported legal abortion.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Today's Audience


Pope: in our day we search for freedom with violence and unrest, but it is only found in God

During the general audience, Benedict XVI introduces the figure of St. Francis de Sales, a "great master" to whom we owe, among other things, "care for the consecration of temporal things and for sanctification of every day life, in which Vatican II would insist as well as the spirituality of our time. "

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - In a season like ours, which "seeks freedom with violence and unrest", the principle remains that "the true spirit of freedom" culminates in the reality of divine love. St. Francis de Sales used to say this to his disciples, and Benedict XVI repeated it today dedicating his general audience to the saint that is "an exemplary witness of Christian humanism, with his family-style, with his parables that verge on the poetic, recalling that man has inscribed in his deepest being longing for God and that only Him does he find true joy and his fullest realization".

This "Doctor of the Church" was a "great master" to whom we owe, among other things, "care for the consecration of temporal things and for the sanctification of everyday life, which was emphasized at the Second Vatican Council and the spirituality of our time. He expressed the ideal of a reconciled humanity, in harmony between prayer and action in the world, between its secular condition and search for perfection, with the help of the grace of God that permeates the human being and, without destroying it, purifies it, raising it to divine heights. "

Francis was born in 1567 in a border region of France, his father was the lord of Boisy in Savoy. He received a "very accurate" education, pursuing higher studies in Paris, where he also devoted himself to theology, and law at the University of Padua, where he received his doctorate in canon law and civil law. But, reflecting on the thought of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, "he had a deep crisis that led him to question his eternal salvation and predestination of God towards him, living a true spiritual drama over the main theological issues of his time. "

His crisis came to an end in the Dominican church in Paris. Here, he opened his heart and prayed, "Whatever happens, Lord, you who keep it all in your hand, and whose ways are justice and truth, whatever you set out for me ... you who are always just judge and merciful Father, I will love you, Lord. "

Overcoming the resistance of his father, on December 18, 1593 Francis was ordained a priest. In 1602 he became bishop of Geneva, at a time when the city was a stronghold of Calvinism, "a poor and troubled diocese”, so much so that the bishop's seat was in exile in Annecy. "And yet the influence of his life and his teaching on Europe of the period and the following centuries is immense." Not surprisingly, Benedict XVI recalled "at the source of many ways of teaching and spirituality of our own time we find the trace of this teacher, without which there would be no St. John Bosco nor the heroic little flower of St. Therese of Lisieux. "

Francis de Sales is an "apostle, preacher, writer, man of action and prayer, committed to achieving the ideals of the Council of Trent; involved in the dispute and dialogue with Protestants, and experimenting more, beyond the necessary theological confrontation, the effectiveness of personal relationship and love; charged with diplomatic missions in Europe, and social tasks of mediation and reconciliation. "

But above all, St. Francis de Sales is the "guide of souls: from an encounter with a young woman, Madame Charmoisy, he drew inspiration to write one of the most widely read books in the modern age, Introduction to the Devout Life, by his profound spiritual communion with the exceptional personality of St. Jane Frances de Chantal, there emerged a new religious family, the Order of the Visitation, characterized - as the Saint desired – by a total consecration to God, lived in simplicity and humility in doing ordinary things exceptionally well.

"That of St. Francis de Sales - the Pope said - was a relatively short-lived life, but one lived with great intensity. From this holy figure radiates a rare fullness, as demonstrated in the serenity of his intellectual pursuits, but also the wealth of his affections, in the sweetness of his teachings which have had a great influence on the Christian conscience. The word humanity, he embodied with different meanings that, today as yesterday, our era may make use of : culture and courtesy, freedom and tenderness, nobility and solidarity. In appearance, he had something of the majesty of the landscape in which he lived, preserving its simplicity and naturalness. The ancient words and images in which he expressed himself sound unexpectedly, even to the ears of people today, like a native and familial language".

He died in 1622 at age 55, "after a life marked by hard times and apostolic work."


First Glimpse at Pope’s second part of Jesus of Nazareth

First Glimpse at Pope’s New Book .
Benedict XVI’s second part of Jesus of Nazareth set for March 10 publication.

Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic defender of the weak and marginalized - killed

» 03/02/2011 09:39

The minister for minorities came from a Catholic family deeply committed to justice. Of his work he said: "I only want a place at the feet of Jesus. I want my life, my character, my actions to speak for me and say that I am a follower of Jesus Christ."
Islamabad (AsiaNews) - Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani minister killed by the Taliban, was born September 9, 1968, to a Christian family from the village of Kushpur. His father Jacob, served in the army before entering the field of education as a teacher and later chairman of the board of the Churches of Kushpur. In the Autumn of 2010 he was hospitalized in Islamabad. According to local sources, his condition deteriorated significantly after the news of the assassination of the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, on January 4, 2011. He entered into a form of mental and physical depression that ultimately led to cardiac arrest, and his death on Jan. 10, 2011.
Jacob Bhatti was of fundamental importance in his son's life. One testimony of this appeared in newspapers in Pakistan at the time of death describing him thus: "He was a brave man and was the main source of strength for his son. He encouraged him and helped him to deal with the most risky and precarious of situations".
Shahbaz Bhatti, after completing his studies, started his political career in Pakistan People's Party, the most progressive political group for the reform of the nation. He was quickly noted by party executives, and especially Benazir Bhutto, with whom he worked closely until the assassination of the charismatic leader of Pakistan. In an interview with AsiaNews he had called for the creation of “an independent UN commission” of investigation into the murder of Benazir Bhutto.
Shahbaz was on the train along with Bhutto at the time of the attack and suffered only minor physical injuries. He described what happened to AsiaNews: "At a certain point, around the area of Karsaz, there were two huge explosions, right next to the carriage carrying Ms Bhutto, at head of the procession. The former premier had just gone down into the lower compartment of to rest, when there was an explosion. The windows of the vehicle were shattered, the door was destroyed, all around there were dead and injured. When I got off the train, there was blood and bits of bodies everywhere. This vile act of cowardly terrorism offends us deeply and saddens all the people of Pakistan. These are days of mourning and sorrow. "

Bhatti always paid special attention to the situation of the country's most discriminated against. He was chairman of the APM (All Pakistan Minorities Alliance). This is a representative organization of marginalized communities and religious minorities in Pakistan, working on several fronts in support of the needy, the poor, the persecuted. Speaking of the reason for his commitment, he would simply say: "I just want a place at the feet of Jesus I want my life, my character, my actions to speak for me and say that I am following Jesus Christ."


Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani minister who defended Asia Bibi, is assassinated

03/02/2011 09:05

by Jibran Khan

The attack took place this morning in Islamabad. An armed commando gunned down the Catholic minister in his car. Rushed to hospital he did not survive his wounds. Murder claimed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Islamabad (AsiaNews) - The Pakistani minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti was killed this morning by an armed commando. The attack was carried out in the I-8 / 3 neighbourhood by a group of masked men who ambushed the minister on the street. They pulled him out of his car and opened fire at point blank range before fleeing in a car.

The grandson of Shabhaz Bhatti was traveling with him when the attack took place. The terrorists continued to fire for about two minutes. There was no security guard with Bhatti when the attack occurred. The minister was immediately rushed to Shifa hospital, where, however, the doctors failed to save him. The killers left a note at the scene of the crime: "Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claims responsibility for the assassination of Bhatti for speaking out against the blasphemy law". Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan 'is an umbrella organization of various groups of Islamic militants.

Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic, was recently confirmed in his post of Minister for Minorities in a government reshuffle. He boldly defended Asia Bibi, a Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy on the basis of false accusations. He belonged to the PPP, the progressive party in government. After the killing of Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, who Islamic fundamentalists blamed for having defended Asia Bibi, Bhatti had become the radicals “top target”.

This is a concerted campaign to suppress all progressive, liberal and humanitarian voices in Pakistan, "said Farahnaz Ispahani, assistant to President Asif Ali Zardari. "It 's time for the national government and federal governments to speak out and take a firm stand against these murderers to save the very essence of Pakistan”.

Robinson Asghar a personal friend of Bhatti, relayed that the murdered minister had received threats after the assassination of the governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer. Asghar said he had advised Bhatti to leave Pakistan for a period because of threats, but Bhatti had refused.

Information Minister, Firdous Ashiq Awan said that Bhatti played a key role in promoting inter-religious harmony, and was a great resource. "We are saddened by his tragic death", he said, adding that the government will investigate why he was without an armed escort.


Month of St. Joseph

Let's not forget St. Joseph in his month. We must thank him for all the care he had for the Son of God and His Mother. Let's ask him to protect us as he protected them.

The shadow

The shadow
Even when we can not see him, his hand is always there!

At God's service