The title of this piece is wrong. If they are baptised they are not and cannot be pagans. They are 'ignorant' of their Faith but that does not make them pagans. One cannot validly receive the Sacrament of Confirmation without having validly received the Sacrament of Baptism and once one has validly received the latter one is not a pagan but a Christian even if one is completely ignorant of the Faith. After all one does not refer to a newly baptised baby as a 'pagan'!
Nostradamus? Seriously? We are relying on the fanstasms born of mercury-sniffing? If you want Catholic prophecy on the matter check out Birch's Trial, Tribulation and Triumph.View 2 more likes.
Dr Stuart Reiss I think the Code and Pastor Aeternus (Vatican I was an Ecumenical Council) outweigh even St Robert Bellarmine who only has a (learned) theological opinion. All we can do is pray and make sacrifices, do penance and beg the Lord to shorten the time and bring the Church back to her true course. It's His Body after all.
Dr Stuart Reiss While I normally agree with you on this matter I cannot. After all exactly what process (e.g. canonical) do you have in mind? Cardinals (and all bishops, priests etc) minister at the HF's discretion. They cannot set themselves outside the Church's law or her tradition. I believe that cardinals like Muller, Sarah and Burke are in a bind. They have few options and do not want to … More
Personally I look forward to 'spiced beef' which is a traditional Christmas dish in Ireland (Dublin and Cork that is). Very tasty.
The only proof of whether this is the right move will be in the fallout and I hope that won't be literally. To claim that Jerusalem will always be Israel's capital is a bit much. It was and then it wasn't and then it was again and then it wasn't (for a very long time) and now it is again. We'll see what the future has to say...
As for Mr Shapiro's reference to the IRA (now more less gone). We … More
As for Mr Shapiro's reference to the IRA (now more less gone). We … More
Rafał_Ovile The you will realise that he is not nuancing anything but pointing out that the Law has not changed. In fact putting the letter in the Acta is trying to bolster up an unstable situation. It seems to me that they have not changed the Law and they have not changed the teaching but they wish to give the appearance of having done so.
Dr Edward Peters over at canonlawblog.wordpress.com deals with these issues. It seems that even at the top they are confused about what they can and cannot do.
Dr Bobus I agree with one proviso. The Cardinals elect the Pope and the Holy Spirit agrees to work with the man they pick, saint or sinner. The alternative is that the Holy Spirit has picked some right clangers over the course of the Church's history!
Dr Stuart Reiss with a face like that he'd make a very effective gatekeeper - reminds me of Tolkien's description of the gatekeepers of Cirith Ungol! Thanks for the info!
Dr Stuart Reiss I thought it definitely did not look Greek and was wondering where it came from. I guessed wrongly that it was South American!
Joseph a' Christian One must make a distinction between ethnic and religious Jews. Those Jews involved in the Communist takeover in Russia were secular atheist Jews working with secular atheist Russians. The majority of the leaders and killers were Russians. I have seen many figures for how many died under the Soviets. God knows the true figure. We should not allow anti-Semitism into our hearts … MoreView 2 more likes.
I suppose one could be consoled that he was wearing a cassock. He's certainly physically fit. Really this should be done in a hall as 'keep fit with Jesus' or something. I presume this was some kind of prayer meeting. It is surely not the prelude to a Mass? To have this in a church, even if the Blessed Sacrament were removed, surely shows at least a gross loss of awareness and respect for the … MoreView 5 more likes.
The hash marks are propaganda and should be read as such. How many were repeat aborters? The article is about how 'pro-choice' campaigners are squashing debate even as the polls show their is no strong support among Britons for their positions. The picture above says it all. They are so consumed by their committment to a 'woman's choice' that that is all they can see. Their world is narrowed down into grey and white.
While some people might find inspiration from this man's experience as Catholics we must beware 1) granting credence private revelations, 2) from a Protestant and 3) that does not affirm Catholic doctrine. For instance: why didn't the beings he claims to have met point out to him that the Catholic Church is the only one founded by Christ?
I think he needs a canon lawyer. There's such a thing as due process even in the Church.View 4 more likes.
Actually this is not a new idea. In the 1950's Fr Werenfrid von Stratten, among others, used a similar idea to bring the Sacraments to Catholics who were far from home and their Catholic churches. He didn't have an ambulance but they used vans as mobile chapels.View 5 more likes.
Check out Churchmilitant reports on Dolan and his archdiocese. I wonder did he mention the connection between contraception and the social acceptance of homosexual acts?
aderito It's true. I think it is mix of lack of will to act, indifference, ignorance, and a capacity for compromise that leads the US bishops as a body to fail to deal with this. Though it could also be powerful individuals in key positions (in USCCB and elsewhere) protecting these groups. Bishops in the West have become too dependent on government money.
Somewhere God has like saints like Pio praying and sacrificing for the Holy Father and the Church. If He hasn't then we'd better step up to the mark.View 2 more likes.
The Italians, like the rest of us in the West, are going to see their economy tank and the simple reason is that they have not had enough children. They have an aging population and they will go belly up. It's probably too late for them. I doubt even opening their borders to allcomers would save them from disaster. The rest of us are following not far behind.
Hederman is some piece of work. He refused the priesthood as not being his vocation for years and then got ordained as soon as he was elected abbot of Glenstal so that he could take the job. I get the impression that he's the kind of man for whom ignorance was never a block to the formation of an opinion and he has not reticence in sharing those opinions. As for the ACP - well that greying … More
Rafał_Ovile Benedict is not the first Pope to resign. No one but God can know who has and hasn't rejected by their free will the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. You missed my central point: this crowd is asking for something that does not exist, i.e. a canonical method for rebuking a Pope.
Did they ask a canon lawyer for advice before they published this? There is no canonical method for rebuking a Pope. You rebuke him and put up with the consequences. Neither is there a way to check whether he was validly elected (I think they mean licitly). Is he bishop of Rome (his predecessor seems to think so)? If he is then he is the man whom the Holy Spirit has promised to work with i.e. … More
I made it a project a few years back to read Daniel-Rops multi-volume history of the Church (advantage of a house library and being the librarian). I remember him pointing out that before the 'reformation' had properly begun the Counter-reformation had already started. Luther might have stuck his theses to the church door in 1517 but already there were many orthodox Catholics actively seeking … More
Temperance I think you should be careful not to confuse 'masculine' and 'male'. God as God is infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, pure spirit but even those terms cannot really grasp God. "What God is we do not know" (St. Gregory of Nyssa). They are our terms that depend on how God has chosen to reveal 'Himself' to us through 'His' prophets and above all through 'His' Son. … More
Joseph a' Christian Thomas Weinandy is my Brother Capuchin - we live by the same Rule, Constitutions and spirituality but in different provinces. We serve Christ and His Church as they want and will. The US bishops do not owe my brother or any Capuchin a job. It is simple exaggeration to equate losing one's job with losing one's head unless one's job is one's life. My point is that if my brother … More