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Post by wosbald » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:37 am

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Pope Francis to the young: Get the elderly out of ‘the closet’
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Pope Francis is cheered by faithful as he arrives for a private audience granted to members of the Shalom Catholic Community at the Vatican, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (Credit: L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Via AP.)

Speaking off-the-cuff to the Brazil-born Shalom Catholic Community, Pope Francis acknowledged that he's already spoken many times about the need for dialogue between the young and the elderly, but warned that he'll continue to do so, because in it lies the future.

ROME- Pope Francis urged the young not to keep the elderly “in the closet” and instead to talk with them, because inter-generational dialogue is the key to the future.

Dialogue between the young and old, the pope said on Monday, comes easily once youth make the effort of engaging their grandparents, or visit the elderly at their retirement homes. Once it starts, Francis said, “young people don’t want to leave. Because from the elderly there’s wisdom, a wisdom that reaches the heart of young ones and pushes them forth.”

The pope also acknowledged that he’s said similar things before, but said that he’s going to continue repeating them until they make an impact.

“Your grandparents have the wisdom, and furthermore, they have the need for you to knock on the door of their hearts to share their wisdom,” Francis said. “That dialogue is a promise for the future, it’s what’s going to help us move forth.”

Francis’s words came as he was addressing some 3,000 members of the Brazilian-born movement “Shalom”. …




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Great advice from Pope Francis.

Bad headline by Crux.
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Cleveland Bishop Nelson J. Perez installed with diversity, humor: Highlights from the ceremony
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The first words sung in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist after Nelson J. Perez took his seat as the 11th bishop of the Cleveland Catholic diocese were in Spanish.

The three-hour Tuesday ceremony had its share of pomp and circumstance, beginning with a 30-minute procession of guests and religious officials, set to traditional hymns.

[…]

Though plenty of Perez's homily was celebratory and humorous, he didn't shy away from anything. He asked for prayers for immigrants affected by deportation issues and addressed fallout in the church after the sexual abuse crisis that took place in the early 2000's.

After finishing his homily, Perez ended with the words that he said he's been receiving in phone calls, text messages, letters and emails since his appointment was announced.

"Cleveland rocks."




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Cleveland Bishop Nelson J. Perez installed with diversity, humor: Highlights from the ceremony
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The first words sung in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist after Nelson J. Perez took his seat as the 11th bishop of the Cleveland Catholic diocese were in Spanish.

The three-hour Tuesday ceremony had its share of pomp and circumstance, beginning with a 30-minute procession of guests and religious officials, set to traditional hymns.

[…]

Though plenty of Perez's homily was celebratory and humorous, he didn't shy away from anything. He asked for prayers for immigrants affected by deportation issues and addressed fallout in the church after the sexual abuse crisis that took place in the early 2000's.

After finishing his homily, Perez ended with the words that he said he's been receiving in phone calls, text messages, letters and emails since his appointment was announced.

"Cleveland rocks."
Good luck to it. We come in all stripes.

However, if the congregation replied "All of the time, God is good," well, you're more than welcome to my third floor. No girls. Buy your own booze. Other than that, it's Liberty Hall.
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Cardinal Carlo Caffara and the perennial genius of Catholicism
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Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the former Archbishop of Bologna in Italy, who died Sept. 6 at 79. (Credit: AP.)

Although some accounts have framed the Sept. 6 death of Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra almost entirely in terms of his final act as one of the "dubia cardinals" challenging Pope Francis's document "Amoris Laetita," he was a much bigger figure than that, and he illustrated Catholicism's perennial genius for embracing strong and divergent views on important questions all at once.

Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, an expert in moral theology and bioethics and a major figure on the global Catholic landscape for most of the last half-century, died in Bologna, the city he led as archbishop from 2003 to 2015, on Wednesday at the age of 79.

In many accounts, his passing has been framed largely in terms of the fact that he was one of four cardinals, the so-called “dubia cardinals,” who signed a letter to Pope Francis asking pointed questions about his document Amoris Laetitia, and specifically, its cautious opening to the idea of allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion under limited circumstances.

Taken in tandem with the death of German Cardinal Joachim Meisner in July, Caffarra’s passing leaves only German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller and American Cardinal Raymond Burke among the signatories to the dubia.

Given how bitter debates over Amoris have been in some Catholic circles, I suppose I understand why people presented the news that way - though part of me can’t help thinking that it takes a special kind of myopia to reduce a man’s entire life, and death, to his stand on the one issue that happens to be obsessing us most right now. …




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Human life has to be protected at all stages, Pope Francis says
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During an open-air Mass in the Colombian capital of Bogotá on Thursday, Pope Francis delivered a ringing call to defend human life in all its stages, especially when it's most vulnerable. As examples of the point, the pontiff cited life "in a mother’s womb, in infancy, in old age, in conditions of incapacity and in situations of social marginalization.”

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According to Francis, Colombia conveys many of the human scenarios presented by the Gospel, because here too, “the crowds come together, longing for a word of life to enlighten all their efforts, and to indicate the direction and beauty of human existence.”

Men and women, the young and the elderly, dwell “in a land of unimaginable fertility, which could provide for everyone.”

Yet in Colombia, as in other places, there’s a “thick darkness” which puts life at risk and destroys it.

To illustrate this darkness, Francis gave a list of social evils, that are hardly unique to Colombia: injustice and social inequality; corruption; groups of interests that selfishly consume what should be destined for the good of all; the disrespect for human life, which destroys the lives of innocent people. …




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Pope pushes decentralization on translation of liturgical texts
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In a move the English-speaking Catholic world is likely to find especially significant, Pope Francis on Saturday took steps towards realizing his calls for "healthy decentralization," at least when it comes to the translation of texts for use in worship. From here on out, the pontiff decreed, the major responsibility for those texts will lie with bishops' conferences, with Rome only saying "yes" or "no" at the end.

ROME - In a move likely to generate special reaction in the English-speaking Catholic world, Pope Francis on Saturday made a series of amendments to Church law governing liturgical translation, the net effect of which is to shift a considerable share of the power away from the Vatican and to local bishops’ conferences.

More broadly, the new legal document is likely to be taken as one of Pope Francis’s strongest moves yet in terms of fostering greater collegiality in the Catholic Church, meaning shared decision-making between local churches and Rome.

It’s also likely to be seen as at least a partial reversal of a 2001 Vatican instruction called Liturgiam Authenticam, issued under St. Pope John Paul II, which both ratified a more activist role for Rome in taking control of the translation process. However, Francis was careful to insist that the basic principle in Liturgiam Authenticam, of ensuring that translations into the vernacular languages are faithful to the Latin original, remains in force. …




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Defying Vatican, Belgian religious brothers will continue to offer euthanasia
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In a September 12 statement, the board of the Belgian Brothers of Charity defied a Vatican request to end euthanizing patients, and said it “continues to stand by its vision statement on euthanasia for mental suffering in a non-terminal situation.” The Brothers of Charity in Belgium run 15 psychiatric hospitals with 5,000 patients.

[…]

In a September 12 statement the organization defied the Vatican request and said it “continues to stand by its vision statement on euthanasia for mental suffering in a non-terminal situation.”

Furthermore, it claims that in adhering to this vision, the organization “is still consistent with the doctrine of the Catholic Church. We emphatically believe so.”

[…]

It is expected that the Vatican will respond to the order’s latest statement. As to the potential punitive measures Francis might ponder, Professor Kurt Martens, a Belgian Catholic who teaches canon law at the Catholic University of America, told CNA Deutsch in an email interview Aug 14: “the Brothers who are members of the board face dismissal from their institute - thus will no longer be brothers and members of the institute - and the health care institutions would forfeit their right to call themselves Catholic.”




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Another statue of St. Junipero Serra vandalized in California
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Another statue of St. Junipero Serra has been defaced in California. The founder of the California missions has been criticized for his treatment of native populations in the 18th century. However, when Pope Francis made him a saint, he said Serra “sought to defend the dignity of the native community, to protect it from those who had mistreated and abused it.”

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It is the latest vandalization of of a Serra monument over the past few years. In 2015 - shortly before Serra was canonized - the Carmel Mission was attacked, leaving several statues toppled to the ground and a headstone vandalized with the painted words ‘Saint of Genocide.’

In 2016, the front door of the Santa Cruz Mission was splashed with red paint. In August of this year, a statue at the San Fernando Mission was painted red, and the word ‘Murder’ was written on it in white.

Santa Barbara police are investigating the latest act of vandalism, working with police departments involved in the other incidents. …

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wosbald wrote:
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Cleveland Bishop Nelson J. Perez installed with diversity, humor: Highlights from the ceremony
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The first words sung in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist after Nelson J. Perez took his seat as the 11th bishop of the Cleveland Catholic diocese were in Spanish.

The three-hour Tuesday ceremony had its share of pomp and circumstance, beginning with a 30-minute procession of guests and religious officials, set to traditional hymns.

[…]

Though plenty of Perez's homily was celebratory and humorous, he didn't shy away from anything. He asked for prayers for immigrants affected by deportation issues and addressed fallout in the church after the sexual abuse crisis that took place in the early 2000's.

After finishing his homily, Perez ended with the words that he said he's been receiving in phone calls, text messages, letters and emails since his appointment was announced.

"Cleveland rocks."
Very nice.
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Another statue of St. Junipero Serra vandalized in California
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Statue of St. Junipero Serra at the Santa Barbara Mission in California. (Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons.)

Another statue of St. Junipero Serra has been defaced in California. The founder of the California missions has been criticized for his treatment of native populations in the 18th century. However, when Pope Francis made him a saint, he said Serra “sought to defend the dignity of the native community, to protect it from those who had mistreated and abused it.”

[…]

It is the latest vandalization of of a Serra monument over the past few years. In 2015 - shortly before Serra was canonized - the Carmel Mission was attacked, leaving several statues toppled to the ground and a headstone vandalized with the painted words ‘Saint of Genocide.’

In 2016, the front door of the Santa Cruz Mission was splashed with red paint. In August of this year, a statue at the San Fernando Mission was painted red, and the word ‘Murder’ was written on it in white.

Santa Barbara police are investigating the latest act of vandalism, working with police departments involved in the other incidents. …

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Very sad.
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Post by Del » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:35 pm

Those hate-filled hearts, seeking to inflict much sadness upon us, will not be dissuaded by how nice we are.
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Post by Del » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:39 pm

Today is the memorial feast of St. John Chrysostom.

Pipeson and Cigarson are making Greek gyros sandwiches, to celebrate.
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The Brothers of Charity are clear: No euthanasia in our hospitals
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The head of the Brothers of Charity said the order may withdraw its sponsorship of 15 hospitals in Belgium after board voted to ignore a Vatican demand to not perform euthanasia at the facilities. Brother René Stockman said the Brothers of Charity would remain faithful to the Church’s teaching, despite serious civil pressure to the contrary.

ROME - Brother René Stockman says it clearly: The path to euthanasia is not viable for a Catholic hospital.

After a board of trustees decision to allow euthanasia in Belgian hospitals sponsored by the Brothers of Charity, the community’s general superior spoke with CNA about the issues at stake, and the possibility that the Brothers of Charity might discontinue sponsoring hospitals if things do not change.

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Stockman explained to CNA that “the next step is a meeting with the authorities of the Vatican during the week of September 25. We will then make our decisions in accordance with the vision of the Vatican.”

Asked if the Brothers of Charity could withdraw their sponsorship from the hospital, Stockam said that “if there no change in the policies, it is a possibility.” If the 3 members of the organization leave the board of the hospital, it will no longer be considered a Catholic hospital. …




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Bioethics expert says ‘de-valuing’ human beings is 21st century malady
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Dr. John Haas, President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, says that beneath specific conundrums that arise in the field of bioethics these days lies a deeper challenge that the Catholic Church is uniquely equipped to address: A 'de-valuing' of human beings, which turns the weak and vulnerable into commodities to be exploited by the wealthy and powerful.

ROME - In the early 21st century, the list of bioethical conundrums facing humanity is almost infinitely long. Just because we can whip up new human lives in a petri dish, should we? Just because we can extend life almost indefinitely, should we? Just because we can alter a new life’s genetic code to give it certain perceived enhancements, should we?

According to one of the Church’s leading experts on bioethics, underlying those specific challenges is “a much bigger and broader problem”: Human beings are being “de-personalized” - which is a phenomenon, he says, Catholicism is uniquely equipped to address.

Dr. John Hass, President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, the largest educational and advocacy group on bioethics in the Catholic world, headquartered in Philadelphia, offered a specific example.

“You have a man in New York who needs a kidney. His physician contacts a supplier in Israel and he goes to his man in the Philippines, who goes into the slums of Manila and finds a healthy, strapping young man, and pays him $1,500 for his kidney with little follow-up medical care,” Haas said.

“The kidney is flown to South Africa, and the man from New York flies to South Africa and he’s got a brand-new kidney. Meanwhile, the guy who gave up the kidney is sent back into the slums with money which very quickly evaporates.

“We’re actually preying on other human beings, and using them to benefit those who are wealthy and powerful,” Haas said.

Hass recently spoke to Crux about challenges arising in the field of bioethics, including the recent Charlie Gard case in the UK, and the Catholic purchase on those issues. The following are excerpts from that conversation. …




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Just building on the devaluing of human life and dignity that started with Darwin. Reached apexes during the slave trade and the genocides of the 20th century, and lives on in the various "political causes" which we do not discuss.

I learned last night (while smoking cigars with our pastor and some Knights of Columbus guys, watching the Packers lose to Atlanta) -- that the bishops of the 5 dioceses in Wisconsin have ordered an audit of the Catholic hospitals throughout Wisconsin. Looking for violations of bioethics and overall measure of Catholic identity.

Sister Pruny Pantsuit in Milwaukee is the CEO of Madison's Catholic hospital (their dying order does not have any Sisters on staff here). She already refuses to meet with our bishop and will not discuss anything, ever. Not a good relationship to start with.

It is likely that some hospital groups could cease calling themselves "Catholic," rather than restore to being Catholic.
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Pope Francis reboots the John Paul II institute on marriage and family
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Pope Francis on Tuesday decided to reboot one of the signature institutions of the St. Pope John Paul II era in Catholicism, the "John Paul Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family." From now on it will be a theological institute, with the mandate of exploring the “lights and shadows” of family life with “realism” and “love,” while also staying faithful to the Church’s teaching.

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“The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church,” Francis wrote, quoting his document on the family that in time was quoting that of his predecessor.

“We do well to focus on concrete realities, since the call and the demands of the Spirit resound in the events of history, and through these the Church can also be guided to a more profound understanding of the inexhaustible mystery of marriage and the family,” he added.

Instead of being limited to practices of the past, Francis wrote, the Church must be able to interpret the faith in a context in which individuals have less support from social structures, their affective lives and their families. This reinterpretation, however, must be done remaining faithful to the Church’s teaching.

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Speaking with reporters soon after the document was released, Monsignor Pierangelo Sequeri, president of the institute, said that only Pope Francis knows why it was needed to re-launch it. He added, however, that it’s an important gesture, refuting those who claim that it’s no longer relevant, or that it’s only “tolerated” within the Church.

It’s a strong gesture, Sequeri said, addressed to the “dissidents,” to all those who claim the John Paul institute is unnecessary.

“The pope put his signature to it, saying his isn’t something that he ‘tolerates’ but that he supports and relaunches it.” …




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For Mgr Marcuzzo, the attack against St Stephen’s Church in Beit Jimal is a sign of fanaticism
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The Salesian place of worship is located 27 km west of Jerusalem. The attackers caused huge damage, breaking statues and stained glass. The heads of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land condemned the attack. For the Vicar to Jerusalem, the act of vandalism “fits in with the pattern of past incidents”.


Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, the new patriarchal vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, spoke to AsiaNews about yesterday’s attack against St Stephen’s Church in Beit Jimal by “some fanatics", as he describes them, most likely “Jewish extremists”.

In addition to the "huge damage" caused by the destruction of statues and windows, there is the deep pain caused by "the fanaticism of these groups who do not want to accept diversity and the faith of others."

The place of worship is part of a complex held by the Salesians, which includes a monastery and a cemetery. The latter was desecrated in 2016. …




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Burke says he’s not a foe of Francis, but ‘confusion’ needs an answer
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In a new interview with an Australian journalist, American Cardinal Raymond Burke rejected perceptions of a rift between him and Pope Francis as a "caricature," but insisted that "the harm done to souls by the confusion and error" resulting from the pontiff's document 'Amoris Laetitia' and its opening to Communion for the divorced and remarried has to be addressed.

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Burke spoke in a conversation with Australian Catholic journalist Jordan Grantham, which was published by Catholic Outlook, the news agency of the Diocese of Parramatta in Australia.

Burke is one of four cardinals, two of whom have since died, who presented a set of questions, technically known as dubia, to Pope Francis about his document on the family Amoris Laetitia, and specifically, its cautious opening to Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. In general, the tenor of the dubia suggested the four cardinals found the opening to Communion an unacceptable break with Catholic tradition.

To date, Francis has not responded directly to the dubia, although allies and collaborators of the pope insist that he did so de facto with a letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires in Argentina last September, affirming their conclusion that Amoris does mean that Communion for the divorced and remarried is possible in some cases.

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“It’s a fact that we have conferences of bishops which are contradicting one another with regard to Amoris Laetitia; bishops contradicting one another; we have lay faithful who argue with one another over this; and so many priests are suffering in particular, because the faithful come to them, expecting certain things that are not possible because they’ve received one of the these erroneous interpretations of Amoris Laetitia,” he said. …




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Catholic Cyber-Militias and the New Censorship
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This sort of vitriol is profoundly changing the communion of the Catholic Church. And not just in its ethos, but also in the way it functions.

Many people were shocked when Theological College in Washington (DC), the national seminary of the Catholic University of America, recently canceled a lecture by Fr James Martin SJ.

The popular Jesuit author was to speak on ideas he raised in his 2014 book, “Jesus: A Pilgrimage”. But the seminary disinvited him because of “increasing negative feedback from various social media sites” related to the priest’s newest book on the Church and gay Catholics, “Building a Bridge”.

The cancellation does not only concern Fr Martin and the Church’s LGBT community. Actually, it should worry all Catholics. That is not only because this was the third time that the Jesuit was disinvited from giving a previously arranged lecture. More seriously, it was linked to a campaign of hatred and personal attacks against the priest.

This sort of vitriol is profoundly changing the communion of the Catholic Church. And not just in its ethos, but also in the way it functions. It signals a new kind of censorship that uses verbal violence to intimidate individual Catholics, as well as institutions within the Church – institutions that exist (also) to protect the rights of Catholics. …




"In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph." - Our Lady of Fatima

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