Thursday, June 30, 2011

No boys or girls, just friends

Read this: Feminazism and Human Experiments in Sweden.

160 million missing girls

The war against girls.  
Remeber this post I made some days ago?
Read also this.
The tragedy of the world’s 160 million missing girls isn’t that they’re “missing.” The tragedy is that they’re dead.

Here, at Shameless Popery.

As for me, I remember that, since I was myself a little girl, I wanted to grow up and have a baby girl. Well, God, Who gives us always more than we dare to ask, gave me four!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sixty years ago

The most important moment of my life - Sixty years ago, 29 June 1951, Joseph Ratzinger was ordained a priest.

2011-06-29 L’Osservatore Romano

In his essential and limpid autobiographical account published in 1997 – the original German is entitled Aus meinem Leben. Erinnerungen 1927-1977 (Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977) – Joseph Ratzinger remembers with vivid simplicity his ordination to the priesthood. The great German Catholic Cardinal, Michael von Faulhaber (1869-1952), distinguished biblicist and patrologist, Archbishop of Munich and Freising from 1917, who during the dark years of the Third Reich had become one of the most courageous critics of Hitler’s regime, laid his hands on the 24-year old deacon in June 1951 and on his older brother Georg and 42 other young men.

More at  http://www.news.va/en/news/the-most-important-moment-of-my-life-sixty-years-a

Mass at St. Peter's

From Telepace.

Homily of Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

2011-06-29 Vatican Radio

Homily of Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
Saint Peter’s Basilica, 29 June 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“I no longer call you servants, but friends” (cf. Jn 15:15). Sixty years on from the day of my priestly ordination, I hear once again deep within me these words of Jesus that were addressed to us new priests at the end of the ordination ceremony by the Archbishop, Cardinal Faulhaber, in his slightly frail yet firm voice. According to the liturgical practice of that time, these words conferred on the newly-ordained priests the authority to forgive sins. “No longer servants, but friends”: at that moment I knew deep down that these words were no mere formality, nor were they simply a quotation from Scripture. I knew that, at that moment, the Lord himself was speaking to me in a very personal way. In baptism and confirmation he had already drawn us close to him, he had already received us into God’s family. But what was taking place now was something greater still. He calls me his friend. He welcomes me into the circle of those he had spoken to in the Upper Room, into the circle of those whom he knows in a very special way, and who thereby come to know him in a very special way. He grants me the almost frightening faculty to do what only he, the Son of God, can legitimately say and do: I forgive you your sins. He wants me – with his authority – to be able to speak, in his name (“I” forgive), words that are not merely words, but an action, changing something at the deepest level of being. I know that behind these words lies his suffering for us and on account of us. I know that forgiveness comes at a price: in his Passion he went deep down into the sordid darkness of our sins. He went down into the night of our guilt, for only thus can it be transformed. And by giving me authority to forgive sins, he lets me look down into the abyss of man, into the immensity of his suffering for us men, and this enables me to sense the immensity of his love. He confides in me: “No longer servants, but friends”. He entrusts to me the words of consecration in the Eucharist. He trusts me to proclaim his word, to explain it aright and to bring it to the people of today. He entrusts himself to me. “You are no longer servants, but friends”: these words bring great inner joy, but at the same time, they are so awe-inspiring that one can feel daunted as the decades go by amid so many experiences of one’s own frailty and his inexhaustible goodness.

More at
Picture: Evandro Inetti/ Zumapress/ Profimedia

Today, at St. Peter's

From Telepace.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


The liberal fear of free speech

German Social Democrat attempts to ban Pope Benedict’s Bundestag speech.

At Protect the Pope.

Monday, June 27, 2011

The adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

It is a very extraordinary thing that one of the despised “popular devotions” which those who went on and on, 30 years ago, about the so-called spirit of Vatican II really thought could safely be junked (along with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, so unecumenical) as part of their supposed “renewal” of the Church was adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Today, the renewal of the Church, this time the genuine article, means bringing it back.

This is a bit of an article on that video of a franciscan making Adoration in the middle of the street.
What amazed me was that the "spirit of Vatican II" despised the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament! How can it be that someone called catholic can't feel drawn to adore his own God?!
Thanks God that everything is changing now, even if the dinosaurs don't want it.

The Catholic Universities are full of heresies !

So it said the Secretary for the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith.

You may read it at http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/homepage/the-vatican/detail/articolo/fellay-eresie-universita-fellay-herejias-universidades-3458/.

Senhor Cardeal !

There will be women priests "when God wills", for the moment it's better "not to raise the issue". But there is no fundamental obstacle from "a theological prespective", for women to say Mass on the altar.

Read it at http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/homepage/world-news/detail/articolo/jose-da-cruz-policarpo-3374/

What an embarrassement for the portuguese catholics !

Just a little thing more: maybe I should send this to the Senhor Cardeal Patriarca, so he can learn that women can never, in the present or the future, be priests!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Israel's Ambassador and Pope Pius XII

Israel’s Ambassador to Holy See forced to retract praise of Pope Pius XII

At Protect the Pope.

60 ex-anglican priests

A miracle from Pr. Pio

The Rosary Priest

Rome to consider possible miracle of ‘Rosary Priest’
By Kevin J. Jones
.- A possible miraculous cure attributed to Catholic media pioneer Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., could advance the beatification cause of the “Rosary Priest” known for his motto “The family that prays together, stays together.”
A tribunal based in the Diocese of Albany has investigated the alleged miracle and will forward its findings to Rome on June 28.
The details of the possible miracle cannot be shared at this point, explained Fr. John Phalen, C.S.C., president of Holy Cross Family Ministries. However, he did report that the case involves a man in his sixties who was admitted to the hospital with “life-threatening, multiple organ failure.”
“His family prayed to Father Peyton and they strongly felt that he was healed through intercessory prayer.  The medical community has offered information to support this belief,” Fr. Phalen said.
The man’s family is from the Albany area and was “very well aware” of the famous local priest, said Susan Wallace, director of external relations at Holy Cross Family Ministries.
“We all love Fr. Peyton dearly. There are many people who tell me every day ‘Oh he’s a saint, he doesn’t need all that paperwork,” she told CNA on June 23.
“But it is important for us to move this forward. Any time we make any progress, we celebrate. We’re very, very pleased. We’re excited to be moving forward and meeting these milestones.”

More at http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/rome-to-consider-possible-miracle-of-rosary-priest/

Seminarians want to be 'part of the solution' in addressing abuse issue

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Most of them weren't born yet when the events occurred that came to define the U.S. crisis of sexual abuse by priests. But for men who entered the seminary in the past decade, a point of commonality seems to be that they want to prove that priests are good people.

A decade after the U.S. Catholic Church scandal about clergy sex abuse exploded in the news, several seminaries contacted by Catholic News Service reported the same motivation among the men who have entered the schools in the past decade: "They all said they want to be part of the solution," as Father Thomas Baima, vice president and provost at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois put it.

Seminaries have adapted their admissions process and their curriculum somewhat to reflect an increased emphasis on understanding the role and demands of celibacy and on what is called "human development" in academia. But the common theme voiced by seminary administrators asked about what has changed was that applicants say they want to counteract the negative image of the priesthood that the abuse scandal created.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Corpus Christi Procession

Pope Benedict XVI on Corpus Christi: the gentle power of God

Pope Benedict XVI said Mass in Rome’s Cathedral basilica of St John Lateran yesterday evening, before leading the Roman faithful in Eucharistic procession to the Basilica of St Mary Major, all to mark the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ – known throughout the world by its Latin name, “Corpus Domini” or “Corpus Christi”. In his homily, Pope Benedict focused on the Eucharist as the centre and the apex of a communion based on love and gratitude. “The Gospel,” he said, “has always aimed at the unity of the human family, a unity not imposed from above, or by ideological or economic interests, but from a sense of responsibility towards each other, because we identify ourselves as members of the same body, the body of Christ, because we have learned and continually learn from the Sacrament of the Altar that sharing, love is the path of true justice.”

The Holy Father also spoke of God’s desire to renew the world, saying that the accomplishment of this renewal is through the same path followed by Christ, indeed, the path that is Christ, the Divine Son, Himself. “There is nothing magic in Christianity,” said Pope Benedict. “There are no shortcuts, but everything passes through the patient and humble logic of the grain of wheat that is broken to give life, the logic of faith that moves mountains with the gentle power of God.”

“This,” said Pope Benedict, “is why God wants to continue to renew humanity, history and the cosmos through this chain of transformations, of which the Eucharist is the sacrament. Through the consecrated bread and wine, in which His Body and Blood is truly present, Christ transforms us, assimilating us in Him: He involves us in his redeeming work, enabling us, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, to live according to his same logic of gift, like grains of wheat united with Him and in Him. Thus unity and peace, which are the goal for which we strive, are sown and mature in the furrows of history, according to God's plan.”
Picture: AP

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Lord

From today's procession in Rome.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Today's Audience - 22.6.11

Pope: even in sorrow, God's presence remains, it is a source of comfort, trust.
Continuing reflections on prayer, Benedict XVI begins to speak of the Psalms, "school of prayer" made in the words of God which contain the whole complexity of human existence. Hymns, lamentations, individual and collective petitions, songs of thanksgiving, penitential psalms, wisdom psalms, and other genres.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Even in desolation, in pain, the presence of God remains, it is a source of consolation, of confidence, knowing that we are walking towards the definitive light. This is the lesson one draws from the Psalms, a "school" to which Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience today.

Continuing his Wednesday catechesis on prayer, the Pope told the 20 thousand people in St. Peter's Square that, after examining some very significant figures of the Old Testament: Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Elijah, he will now open "a new course in the lessons on prayer", instead of commenting on people's prayers, "we will enter the prayer book par excellence, the Book of Psalms. "

The 150 Psalms are a "complex form of prayer", in which there is "our way we relate to God and turn to Him. "In the Psalms expressions of joy and suffering, longing for God and our perception of our own unworthiness, happiness and sense of abandonment, loneliness and painful trust in God, the fullness of life and fear of dying, are all intertwined. All reality flows into the believer's prayers that the people of Israel first and later the Church took up as the mediation of the privileged relationship with the one God and the only appropriate response to His revelation in history. "

"The Psalms – he said - are manifestations of the soul and faith, in which everyone can recognize and communicate the experience of a special closeness to God to which every man is called. And it is all the complexity of human existence that is concentrated in the complexity of the different literary forms, the various Psalms, hymns, lamentations, individual and collective petitions, songs of thanksgiving, penitential psalms, psalms of wisdom, and other genres that can be found in these poems ".

The Psalms can be divided into "two broad areas, the petition, linked to the lament and praise." "The petition expresses distress or confession of sin, asking to be forgiven, in the confidence of being heard," it is "the recognition of God as good, helpful, ready to forgive and listen". The plea, in short, "is animated by the certainty that God will respond and this opens up to praise and thanksgiving." Similarly, in praise, recalling the gift received, we recognize our smallness, our condition as creatures, inevitably marked by death. " "In this way, prayer and praise intertwine and merge into one song."

The Psalms teach us to pray, in them "the Word of God becomes prayer. That is the beauty and uniqueness of this book". The prayers in fact are not contained within a narrative that explains the function "and because they are the God's word, we turn to God with the words he himself has taught us." "They are a school of prayer."

With this in mind, " the manner and frequency with which words of the Psalms are taken from the New Testament are important and significant." "In the Lord Jesus, who prayed during his earthly life with the psalms, they find their definitive fulfilment and reveal their deepest and fullest sense. The prayers of the Psalms, with which we speak to God, speak of Him, speak to us of the Son, the image of the invisible God, which fully reveals the Father's face. The Christian, therefore, praying the Psalms, prays to the Father in Christ and with Christ, assuming those songs in a new perspective, which has its final interpretative key in the paschal mystery. Thus horizon of the orator opens up to unexpected realities, every Psalm acquires a new light in Christ and the Psalter can shine in all its infinite richness. "

"Let us therefore take up this holy book - the conclusion of the Pope - let us be taught by God to turn to Him, let us make of the Psalter a guide to help us and accompany us in our daily prayer life." 


Picture: Evandro Inetti/ Zumapress/ Profimedia

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The War Against Girls

The War Against Girls
Since the late 1970s, 163 million female babies have been aborted by parents seeking sons.

At http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576361691165631366.html

Also at Fr. Z.

Be quiet

APNewsBreak: Vatican lends iPods to pilgrims

Associated Press

ROME -  The Vatican is betting an iPod beats "Shush!" in lowering the tour guide noise level in basilicas.
It will even lend you one for free to try to prove its point.
From a tiny booth in the back of St. John in Lateran, the Holy See's pilgrim agency has been quietly asking tourists if they want to tour Rome's oldest basilica with an iPod in hand loaded with an app specially designed to access the place's art, architecture and Christian history.
It's a bid to cut down on the noise as well as to raise appeal to the young, not your typical pilgrim, the Rev. Caesar Atuire, CEO of the pilgrim agency, said Tuesday.
"It is designed to appeal to wider audience than the usual churchgoer," Atuire told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from the Holy Land.
The Vatican will formally unveil the experiment on Wednesday. But a visit Tuesday found curious tourists exploring the cavernous basilica with specially adapted iPods in hand.
"It's fantastic. I really appreciate it," said Agustin Valverde, a Spaniard visiting the basilica with his family, including his eight-month-old son and namesake, who looked wide-eyed at the iPod. "You can see a lot (more) beauty this way."
Atuire suggested that, with a tap of the finger, tourists can zoom in on high-resolution images of artistic details, like the starry blue canopy above the towering high altar, or decorating vaulted ceilings. The apps user also can refer to images from the Vatican Library not usually available to the public to enrich their understanding of their basilica tour.
As Atuire spoke, Americans following an English-speaking tour guide near a side chapel that myth says was gilded with gold from Cleopatra's warships craned their necks to try to see. Trying not to disturb others, the guide was lecturing barely above a whisper, practically out of earshot to those not closest to her.
The iPod audio has a chatty format, with some narration by "characters" in history, such as Constantine, the Roman emperor who converted to Christianity.
The multi-lingual audio also offers a conversational description of the battle of the Milvian Bridge spanning the Tiber, won in 312 by Constantine, who saw a flaming cross in the sky. Legend says Constantine lugged soil to the site of what was to become St. John in Lateran, the first basilica within Rome's ancient walls and sometimes dubbed "the first Vatican."
Pilgrim agency workers lending the iPods say teenagers often press their parents to take the device, and show the older generation how it works.
Twelve-year-old Jakob Rhein, from Pope Benedict XVI's native Bavaria region of Germany, chewed on his gum and pronounced the audiovisual aid "very cool. It is in an iPod." His mother Ulrike Rein called it "quite intuitive to use."
Said Valverde's mother-in-law, Berta Evangelista, a Roman: "All you need is to be a bit comfortable with a touch screen telephone to use it well."
"Basically, we have taken an iPod, we've filled it with plenty of content, with history, with everything you need to know about the basilica" said Rosa Maria Mancini, a spokeswoman for the Vatican pilgrim agency Opera Roman Pellegrinaggi. With the device, "you can discover it piece by piece," she said.
There are audio devices positioned around the basilica that tourists can sit next to and listen to explanations through an old-fashioned telephone-type receiver.But they tether the tourist to one spot. The iPod can be used in the basilica's cloister, letting users better appreciate this island of tranquility as their headphones shut out the chatter of tourists.
There's no charge, although users are told they can leave a donation if they like. Users must leave a document, like a passport or driver's license, as security.
After the experiment ends in December, the Vatican will decide whether to expand the iPod app to other Rome basilicas, although there are no immediate plans to use them for St. Peter's Basilica or Square, Atuire said.

The new car of the Pope

Mercedes Developing Hybrid Popemobile for His Holiness

The popemobile is going green. The popemobile has long been pimped out with armour-plated panels and bulletproof glass. Now Mercedes-Benz is going to design a four-wheel drive M Class Mercedes with a hybrid electric-petrol motor to up the pope’s green cred.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will allow the popemobile to drive 30 kilometres without spewing any of that nasty CO2 in the faces of God’s followers. Apparently Pope Benedict XVI would not be allowed to use a purely electric-driven car as the popemobile must be able to take off swiftly in the case of an attack on God’s right-hand man. Though EVs aren’t as slow as the Vatican thinks. The Tesla Roadster can accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Additionally, the EV Cup will be coming to the US in November, and will feature sports car iRACER, which can reach 96 km/h in under five seconds with a top speed of 185 km/h. Perhaps the pope has been reading too much in to outdated information.

The project for the new car is under development but not yet finalized, which means we won’t be seeing a green popemobile on the streets of Vatican City until sometime next year.


Finally ???

Hindus & Jews laud Pope for embracing Gypsies

June 21, 2011 - Hindus and Jews have applauded His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for finally embracing Gypsies (Roma), who they said were facing apartheid in Europe.

What? Finally? What are they saying? Not that is of their business.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fr Lombardi’s weekly editorial: Priest for 60 years

June 29th marks the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s priestly ordination. The Church prepares to celebrate this event with joy. The Congregation for the Clergy has encouraged Bishops’ Conferences to promote celebrations of thanksgiving as well as prayers, centred especially on Eucharistic Adoration, for priestly vocations – asking the Lord of the Harvest to send new labourers into His vineyard.

The life of Benedict XVI is truly a priestly life. He received his vocation when he was very young, his seminary training was interrupted only by the dramatic experience of the 2nd World War, and he was ordained when he was 24, along with his older brother and a large group of young people who had already proved their loyalty to God and the Church. Their examples were priests like the young Alojs Andrìtzki, who was killed at Dachau in 1943 at the age of 31, and who was beatified just a few days ago. As he entered the concentration camp he swore: “We will never forget our priesthood, not even for a moment”.

Pope Benedict has given some sublime reflections on the priesthood: like last year, at the conclusion of the Year for Priests. It’s obvious that his words spring from the very depths of his own personal experience of grace, received and cultivated with loyalty. One phrase of his, in particular, comes to mind:

“This audacity of God who entrusts Himself to human beings – who, conscious of our weaknesses, nonetheless considers men capable of acting and being present in His stead – this audacity of God is the true grandeur concealed in the word "priesthood"”.

We join the Pope’s prayer in spirit, we ask for the grace to follow his example of humility and joyful loyalty in serving this audacious God, in effectively inspiring new vocations and promoting the holiness of all priests.


André Frossard, converted atheist that became friends with John Paul II

Adult Stem Cell


Go to this link http://www.stop-western-mass.com/  to say thank you to the Cardinal!

Thank you Our Lord!

Friday, June 17, 2011

To work alongside the Pope as secretary is a gift that gives joy

So it said Msgr. Georg Gänswein today .

"As for me I must be present and help in an invisible way, and where that is not possible, in a visible but discrete way. And this afternoon is not very easy."

" I - still jokes don Georg -  I did not understand the question but those who follow the writings, the homilies and the activities of Papa Benedetto, I think that will find there also the question that I didn't understand, finding that the encounter between faith and reason is a pillar of the teaching of this Pontiff.
Often - says the Secretary of the Pope - we talk about an intellectual clarity of the theologian Ratzinger 
to which is added today the magisterial authority and this is an aspect, but the Pope when he speaks invites us to follow with the brain and the heart, in a journey very important and joyful. The key word is always the joy."

Roughly translated by me. Sorry any mistakes.

Thirth part of Jesus of Nazareth in the Summer

Vatican City, June 17 (EFE) .- Pope Benedict XVI during the summer holidays continue writing the third part of "Jesus of Nazareth" dedicated to Jesus' childhood and the beginning of his preaching, his personal secretary Georg Gänswein said today.
Gänswein, who attended a ceremony at the Catholic University of Sacro Cuore in Rome, told reporters that, this summer, while staying at the residence of the popes of Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI will work "hard" in writing the book.
The pontiff will travel to Castel Gandolfo, 33 miles south of Rome, on 5 July. and will stay there until late September, though from18 to 21 of August will travel to Madrid for the World Youth Day.


Stop Vienna Western Mass

Yesterday evening I received an email from Gloria.TV.
Here it goes:

Dear This burning fire,

On June 26th, the rector of Vienna cathedral, Fr Anton Faber, will celebrate for the fourth time an annual “Western mass”. The event takes place in the context of a music-festival on the Danube island in Vienna.

Most of the participants at the Western Mass are sitting on beer benches. While Fr Faber offers Mass, they are eating, drinking and smoking.
In-between they proceed to receive Holy Communion.

For that reason Gloria.tv has launched the petition http://www.stop-western-mass.com/
We ask you to sign it. The petition implores the Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna to cancel this terrible liturgical abuse or to replace it with a prayer-service.

You can also write directly to Cardinal Schönborn. Send a short English message of disaproval to the following email-address: ebs@edw.or.at

In Christ
Nina Buzut

This is the most demonic thing I ever saw!!!
I though I saw everything with the people of  "the spirit of Vatican II" but these ones go even further. This is blasphemy !
We must do something!
See this video.

On kneeling for Communion

This is already getting on my nerves. Why should the norm to receive Our Lord be standing and the indult be receiving Him on our knees?

"In the Dioceses of England and Wales Holy Communion is to be received standing, though individual members of the faithful may choose to receive Communion while kneeling. However, when they communicate standing, it is recommended that the faithful bow in reverence before receiving the sacrament."

...this norm does state that people may receiving Holy Communion kneeling - it makes it the exception, the oddity. This is how it will be portrayed. I am fed up to the back teeth with perfectly good and devout Catholic practices being made out to be odd and eccentric by the liberal 'elite' of the Church in this country.


Well said. I'm fed up too.
Now  my big girls, 20 and 16, decided that they kneel down completely, for Communion, not only genuflect.
You may imagine the amount of looks they get.
I'm still in the phase of genuflecting but I will go there - lots of looks even so.
Step by step, we would go there.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Today's Audience - 15.6.11 II

Today's Audience - 15.6.11 I

Pope: If man abandons God, he becomes a slave to the totalitarianism and idolatries of our time
In his general audience Benedict XVI illustrates the biblical challenge of Elijah to the priests of Baal. "Idolatry is the constant temptation the believer, who fools himself into believing he can serve two masters, he tries to serve the Almighty also placing his trust in impotent man-made gods."

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Man should worship only God, because there where God disappears, man becomes the slave of idolatry, as shown by the totalitarian regimes in our time, the slave of idolatry and various forms of nihilism that make man an addict to idols and enslave him”. This was Benedict XVI’s warning drawn from the biblical story of Elijah the prophet, "moved by God to bring people to conversion”, to thousands of people who attended the general audience today.
Continuing in his catechesis on prayer the Pope focused on the passage from the Bible that recounts  the prophet's prayer on Mount Caramel, where "all of his power as an intercessor is revealed, when before all his people, he prayed to the Lord to manifest Himself".
In the ninth century BC, Israel was living in "open syncretism" and the people "alongside the Lord worshiped Baal, the reassuring idol who was believed to bestow the gift of rain, life to the fields, and fertility to the cattle: people sought safety in the god in the comprehensible and predictable from whom they expected prosperity in exchange for sacrifices”.
Idolatry - said Benedict XVI - is the constant temptation of the believer, who fools himself into believing that he can serve two masters, who tries to serve the Almighty placing his trust in impotent man-made gods”.
"Elijah challenged the priests of Baal: two altars are prepared and prayers are said: "the true God manifests Himself consuming the offerings with fire". They are "two completely different ways of praying" to "provoke God's answer the idolaters of Baal, dance, shout", they "rely on themselves," and "in an illusory attempt to bend him to their own will, they inflict wounds on themselves with spears, to the point of covering themselves in blood, a dramatically ironic gesture, because in seeking a sign of life from their god they cover themselves with blood, which is a sign of death". But the idol, "conceived by man as something to be used and managed by his won strength remains silent." "The worship of idols instead of opening the hearts to otherness that allows us to go out from the narrow horizons of selfishness, closes the person into the exclusive and desperate circle of the search for self."
Elijah, who has "the purpose of bringing the lost people back to God", built another altar using 12 stones, one for each of the tribes of Israel. "These stones represent all of Israel and the memory of the entire history which the people have witnessed." "The altar is the sacred place that indicates the presence of the Lord, but those stones represent the people." "But the symbol needs to become reality, the people need to recognize their God, so Elijah asks God to manifest Himself." The stones are also a reminder of God's faithfulness. Hence the prayer "O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and convert their hearts”.
"Elijah asks God what God what He wants to do, to manifest Himself in all his mercy and that is what happens”: the fire descends burning all of the offerings and the altar too. "The fire, this element which is both necessary and terrible, now serves to indicate the love of God made manifest. The Lord answered unequivocally, even drying all the water that had been poured around. "
The episode, explained the Pope, points to " the priority of the first commandment: to worship only God", and then conversion, "the fire of God that transforms our hearts." Finally, there is "the shadow of the future", "a step toward Christ, here we see the real fire, love unto the Cross."


Picture from Andreas Solaro/AFP/ Getty Images

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On women priests

“Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church’s divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church’s faithful“. 
John Paul in Ordinatio sacerdotalis
Read more at Father Z.

It's quite enough to have to endure women ministers of Communion and Altar girls!

The Pope in Berlin

The Mass the Pope will give in Berlin must be in the Olympic Stadium because the amount of people that wants to be in the Mass.

HT to http://paparatzinger4-blograffaella.blogspot.com/

On Kneeling

Thank you to Linen On The Hedgerow.

I must add that I'd like if he was more hard in this but is quite good, anyway. Obviously I would prefer if he said "now everybody must kneel down for Communion and the Bishops can't say that people may have Communion on hand". Sometimes hearts are so hardened that need some hard directions.

St. Anthony feast in Padua II

Taken by my friend Felicity.

Saint Anthony feast in Padua I

Thank you, Felicity.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pentecost Mass

Evandro Inetti/ Zumapress/ Profimedia

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI to gypsies of Europe: "The Church walks with you!"

Pope Benedict XVI to gypsies of Europe: "The Church walks with you!"

Pope Benedict XVI received groups of European gypsies in audience at the Vatican this Saturday. The delegation included members of communities from 20 European countries, who are on pilgrimage to Rome to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of their patron: the gypsy martyr of Spanish origin, Blessed Ceferino Gimenez, who lived from 1861 to 1936 and was beatified by Blessed John Paul II in 1997.

This year, therefore, marks also the 75th anniversary of Bl. Gimenez’s martyrdom.

The various communities: the Roma, the Sinti, the Manouches, Kalé, Zingari, Yenish, Romanichals and Travellers, have encountered varying degrees and kinds of treatment through the centuries, ranging from tolerance to persecution.

During the course of the Saturday audience with Pope Benedict, several people shared their experiences of the 20th century, during which the persecution of gypsies became systematic and ruthless.

Born in Austria in the first half of the last century, Cejia Stojka was 9 years old when, along with her relatives, she was deported, first to Auschwitz, then to Ravensbrück, and then to Bergen-Belsen. She told Pope Benedict how her family counted more than 200 members, only six of whom survived the war and the extermination. She told the Holy Father of how through the years and decades since the closure of the camps, she can still hear the shouts of the SS, still see guards with their dogs that mauled the prisoners, still smell the burning of human flesh. “I am afraid,” she said, “that Auschwitz is but sleeping.”

In his own remarks on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI said, “The conscience of Europe cannot forget so much pain!” adding, “Never again must your people be the object of vexations, rejections and disdain!”

He went on to say, “On your part, always seek justice, a law-abiding life, reconciliation,” and calling on his guests to make every effort to avoid being, “a cause of another’s suffering.”

"The Church walks with you," said Pope Benedict, "and She challenges you to live according to the high and demanding requirenments of the Gospel, confiding in Christ's strength, toward a better future."

The Church’s solicitude for gypsy communities has been expressed on numerous occasions during the last half-century: in 1965 and again in 1975 Pope Paul VI held audiences with their representatives; Blessed John Paul II met with several delegations when he presided over Bl. Gimenez’s beatification – and included the sins committed against the gypsies throughout history in his March 12th, 2000 Day of Pardon prayer for forgiveness and reconciliation.

In 2005, the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People published universal guidelines for the pastoral care of gypsy communities, in which the Council calls on Christian communities everywhere to be welcoming and to assist gypsies in managing the tension between protecting their cultural identity and achieving full integration in society, especially through the education of the youngest generations and professional formation for those already grown.

Church to Observe Pope’s 60th Anniversary of Ordination June 29

Church to Observe Pope’s 60th Anniversary of Ordination June 29

June 11th, 2011 by USCCB 
Catholics worldwide are asked to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s ordination to the priesthood with sixty hours of Eucharistic prayer for vocations.
The pope will celebrate his anniversary June 29, the Solemnity of St. Peter and Paul. In honor of his anniversary, the Vatican Congregation for Clergy suggested Catholic clergy and faithful be invited to participate in Eucharistic Adoration with the intention of praying for the sanctification of the clergy and for the gift of new and holy priestly vocations.
Dioceses nationwide are planning special prayers before the Blessed Sacrament in June, offered continuously or across various days in the month. Celebrations might conclude July 1, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the World Day of Prayer for Priests.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, highlighted the importance of this celebration.
“An increase in number and sanctity of the priests in service to our dioceses is a sign of health and vitality in the Church,” he said. Prayer for vocations is “a worthy intention” and an appropriate spiritual sacrifice “in gratitude for the example and service of Pope Benedict XVI,” he wrote in a May 17 letter to bishops.
For this occasion, the USCCB Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations has designed a prayer card that can be downloaded from www.foryourvocation.org. The prayer card can be linked to diocesan or parish websites, printed in parish bulletins, and used for dioceses or parishes.
“This is an exceptional opportunity to give thanks for our Holy Father, to pray for all of our priests, and to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood,” said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, chairman for the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. “The Holy Father has been an outstanding model of priestly ministry and service to the Church. In his Message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Proposing Vocations in the Local Church, he reminded the faithful that we all have a responsibility to pray for vocations. This is a great opportunity to do just that.”
Dioceses and parishes are asked to share information on how they are celebrating the anniversary in prayer by sending their information to clergy@usccb.org.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day of the Angel of Portugal

I am the Angel of Peace.
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Picture from the Arautos do Evangelho.

Two thousand Gypsies in audience with the Pope

Two thousand Gypsies in audience with the Pope

On Saturday Gypsy communities drawn from all over Europe will be centre stage in the Vatican for a special audience with Pope Benedict XVI. The meeting, - expressly desired by the Holy Father – will see testimonies from four representatives of different Gypsy communities, an address by Pope Benedict and a performance of traditional dance by Gypsy children.

Members of the Roma, Sinti, Manouches, Kale, Yenish and Travellers communities from 20 European are taking part in a pilgrimage to Rome to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of their patron, Blessed Ceferino Gimenez.

One of the main organisers of the event is the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. The Vatican office has long been at the forefront of promoting the rights of Gypsy communities and fostering integration in broader European society.

Q: Would you like to tell us where this idea of the Holy Father to receive in audience a delegation of European Gypsies came from?
The idea came after a private Audience that the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI granted me. In his pastoral solicitude for the poor, the Holy Father manifested his particular concern about the Gypsy minority and expressed his desire to meet them in the Vatican, thus entrusting the promotion of such event to this Pontifical Council. Our Dicastery then requested the collaboration of the Foundation “Migrantes” of the Italian Episcopal Conference, as well as of the Diocese of Rome and the Community of Sant'Egidio. The group of Gypsies that we expect consists of about 2000 persons, who will be here in Rome, also to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the martyrdom and the 150 years of the birth of Blessed Zeffirino Giménez Malla (1861-1936). He is the first gypsy martyr of the faith, of the Spanish origin.

Q: What significance do you think this gesture of the Pope assumes in a European context where many countries are working to promote the integration of Gypsies, but suspicions and anti-gypsy episodes persist?
As the Holy Father is keen to emphasize, the Church has the mission to be hospitable and to help Christians to overcome any feeling of mistrust, fear, or worse, rejection of the Gypsies. The Church, therefore, supports every good effort, with confidence, aimed at promoting the recognition of the minority rights of the Gypsies. In addition, she advocates the authentic integration of this people and tries to help them integrate into the society, while maintaining their cultural identity. The Church shall not, then, cease to remind that they too are called to assume their proper responsibilities.

In recent decades, there has been among young gypsies a certain growing awareness of their proper dignity and desire for greater involvement in decisions that affect them. It is a reality, also perceived by the Council of Europe and other International Organizations, which offer support- programs to the Gypsy people to emerge from exclusion and to participate fully, in the rights and duties of the society. Certainly, there is still much to be done to make more useful the tools available to International Organizations and States for this purpose.

Q: At what stage remains the development of a specific pastoral care, dedicated to Gypsy populations?
The specific pastoral care of Gypsies has the fundamental task of evangelizing and bringing Christ to them. But, this does not mean that the Church can shirk her responsibility in the social realm and duty to denounce the poor conditions they live in and discriminations they are subjected to. In the face of challenges rising from the Gypsy community, then the Church is called to find adequate new ways and methods to be effective in her ministry. One of the ways of doing so, is to insist on the quality of relations between Gypsies and the society, which must be based on mutual respect, personal knowledge, acceptance and recognition of legitimate differences. It is certainly not an easy task, but pastoral workers, priests, deacons and religious men/women do so with enthusiasm. Fruits of this pastoral work can already be seen in the number of vocations emerging from the Gypsy populations. For example, a few months ago the Holy Father nominated the first gypsy Bishop in India, and there are 2 Vicars general, 25 priests and 30 religious nuns. In fact, even the local Churches are becoming more sensitive to this specific pastoral care and they do cooperate with International Organizations, Religious Congregations and Movements in this regard.

Q: What is the best way that you would propose to promote the integration of Gypsies in European countries?
Integration is not a one-way process. The society as well as Gypsies should be willing to follow the paths of dialogue and mutual enrichment, which allow us to evaluate and embrace positive aspects of each side.

Among the factors that can contribute to starting the integration of Gypsies, enabling them to participate actively in social, economic and political life, I would like to mention, among others, training, education and professional qualification. Governments and local authorities already offer them access to school education, which will contribute to develop mutual understanding and acceptance among children and young Gypsies and non-Gypsies. The European Union has launched a training program of social and cultural mediators for Gypsies.

The Church has been active in this field through some Religious Congregations and ecclesial Movements. For example, in Europe there are now 14 Salesian communities, working to make children and young Gypsies protagonists of their own human, social and Christian development. I can also mention the education Centres such as Bardejov and Košice in Slovakia, Kazincbarczika in Hungary, Stara Zagora in Bulgaria, Havivarov in the Czech Republic and Tirana in Albania.

Moreover, to promote their social integration, it is necessary to raise awareness, aimed at creating a positive image of the Gypsies, of their cultural identity and values, such as the sense of the family, respect for elders, love for music, dance, etc..

Since this is a process that involves two parties, I would insist that it is also necessary on the part of Gypsies a great deal of trust, commitment and participation.


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Yesterday's Audience - 8.6.11

Pope: marital fidelity bears witness to the love of God in today's world

Benedict XVI retracing his journey to Croatia at the general audience, says that Europe's vocation is to preserve and renew "a humanism that focuses on the conscience of man, his transcendent openness and at the same time his historical reality, capable of inspiring political projects that are diverse and yet converge on constructing a substantive democracy, founded on ethical values rooted in human nature itself. "

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - In Europe and in today's world, where separations and divorces are so frequent, the family founded on marriage witnesses God’s "faithful, patient, respectful and generous" love; the same as the first education to the Faith is precisely this witness of fidelity to the marriage covenant. The promotion of the family, central to Benedict XVI’s visit to Croatia last weekend, was also at the heart of the Pope’s overview of that trip during the general audience today.

Next to the family, the visit to Croatia, in the words of Benedict XVI recalled the "most profound vocation of Europe, which is to preserve and renew a humanism which has Christian roots." "a humanism that focuses on the conscience of man, his transcendent openness and at the same time his historical reality, capable of inspiring political projects that are diverse and yet converge on constructing a substantive democracy, founded on ethical values rooted in human nature itself”.

Speaking to 30 thousand people gathered in St Peter’s Square Benedict XVI recalled the theme of the visit, which took place last Saturday and Sunday, "Together in Christ", "by expressing the experience of finding all united in Christ's name, the experience Being Church, manifested by the coming together of God's people around the successor of Peter. " But the occasion had a special reference to family, due to the celebration of the first National Day of the Croatian Catholic families, to which Sunday morning Mass was dedicated.

"It was very important for me to confirm especially families in the faith, termed “house churches" by the Second Vatican Council and to whose role Blessed John Paul II “gave great emphasis". "In the Europe of today, Nations with a strong Christian tradition have a special responsibility in safeguarding and promoting the value of the family founded on marriage, which remains crucial in both the educational and social fronts." "In our day, and unfortunately it is noted the growing number of separations and divorces, the fidelity of the spouses has become in itself a significant sign of the love of Christ, which allows people to experience marriage for what it is, namely 'union of a man and a woman who, by the grace of Christ, love and help each other for all of their lives, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health. "

"The first religious education consists in the witness of this fidelity to the marriage covenant: from it children learn without need for words that God is love, loyal, patient, respectful and generous. Faith in the God who is love is transmitted primarily through the testimony of a faithful conjugal love, which naturally translates into love for children, the fruit of this union. But this loyalty is not possible without the grace of God, without the support of faith and the Holy Spirit. That's why the Virgin Mary does not cease to intercede with her Son so that, like the wedding at Cana, he continually renew the gift of 'good wine' to the spouses, that is, his grace, which allows them to live in 'one flesh' in the various ages and life situations. "

Benedict XVI, retracing the steps of his visit, spoke of the celebration of Vespers in the Cathedral of Zagreb, with the bishops, priests, religious and seminarians. A moment that made it possible to "experience our being 'family' as an ecclesial community." In the cathedral, he said, is the tomb of Blessed Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac, bishop and martyr. "He, on behalf of Christ, opposed with courage the abuses of Nazism and fascism and, later, to those of the communist regime. He was imprisoned and confined in his native village. " Created cardinal by Pope Pius XII, he died in 1960 from an illness contracted in prison. "In light of his testimony, I encouraged bishops and priests in their ministry, and encouraged them to communion and apostolic zeal, I repeated the consecrated beauty and radical nature of their form of life, I invited the seminarians and novices to follow Christ with joy who has called them by name. "

A visit, in conclusion, which went "very well" and that "made me feel once more the urgency of the challenges facing the peoples of this continent today: that is, not to be afraid of God, the God of Jesus Christ , who is love and truth, who takes nothing from freedom but restores it to being itself and gifts it a horizon of hope that we can trust in".

Picture: Evandro Inetti/ Zumapress/ Profimedia

No altar girls!


The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei has clarified that girls are not allowed to serve at the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

It made clear that the Instruction on Summorum Pontificum, Universae Ecclesiae, does not permit female altar servers at the older Mass.

Universae Ecclesiae states “the Moto Proprio Summorum Pontificum derogates from those provisions of law, connected with the Sacred Rites, promulgated from 1962 onwards and incompatible with the rubrics of the liturgical books in effect in 1962″. Permission for female altar servers came with the Circular Letter of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments of 1994. However, the rubrics of the 1962 Missal did not allow for females on the sanctuary during Mass.

The letter, signed by Mgr Guido Pozzo, Secretary of Ecclesia Dei, said that “permitting female altar servers does not apply to the Extraordinary Form”.

Fr Alban McCoy, university chaplain at Cambridge, has celebrated the Extraordinary Form with female altar servers. He said he did not seek to include women in his team of servers but “decided not to refuse the request of two young women to serve in the old form”.

His team includes six boys and four girls. “We have one team of servers for all Masses – Ordinary and Extraordinary; one rite of liturgy, one set of servers.”

A spokesman for the Latin Mass Society said the clarification was “significant” and that all bishops should practice in accordance with what has been stated in the letter.

So, why are they allowed at "normal" Masses?
In my parish, next sunday, two girls will begin to serve at the altar. As we have several churches - it's a big parish united - I hope they will not come to the one when I go.
The same way, in a time when we are understanding that women should never be Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, we began to have two giving Communion.
I think that the problem with altar girls and women giving Communion is in the old problem of feminism inside the Church. Some women still think that they only are something if they copy men and occupy their places. They feel insecure and need to be like men.

What is the matter with the portuguese bishops?
Why they want so much to fix their feet on the floor of the post- conciliar madness?
Why they think that Communion is a thing to hurry and need more people to give It instead of being only the Priest?

We see the Church going forward and it's frustrating to see this people that insist in keeping the wrong things going on.

Oh, well, let's have hope. One day, everything will be in its place.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Pope in Croatia

Interview on the plane

VATICAN CITY, 4 JUN 2011 (VIS) - As is traditional on international apostolic journeys, Benedict XVI granted a brief interview to the journalists who accompanied him on the flight to Croatia.

  The first question was: Your Holiness, you have already been to Croatia on other occasions and your predecessor travelled there three times. Could you speak of a particular relationship between the Holy See and Croatia? What are the most meaningful reasons for and aspects of this relationship and this visit?
The Pope responded that he had travelled to Croatia on two other times, "the first for the funeral of Cardinal Franjo Seper, my predecessor at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who was a great friend. ... Later I visited again at the invitation of his personal secretary, Capek, who was also a man of great joy and great goodness, to take part in a celebration at a Marian sanctuary. There I witnessed the people's piety, which, I have to say, is similar to that of my own land. ... Thus I saw and experienced how Croatia, with its millennia-old Catholic history, is always very close to the Holy See and naturally with its prior history of the ancient Church".

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More converts - Welcome home

Episcopal Parish in Md. Converts to Catholicism

Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011 10:44 AM

By Henry J. Resk

An Episcopal parish in Maryland has become the first congregation in the United States to convert to Catholicism under new Vatican rules.

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The shadow

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

At God's service