Friday, April 15, 2016

Centesimus Annus

Eternal Memory

Parts 2 and 3.

The New Apostolic Exarch for Greece

Making Reparation

Fr. Z: Intense new image of the Sacred Heart and your Act of Reparation (ACTION ITEM!)

On that note, because of the awful confusion that we have experience over the last week, I ask you all earnestly to pray the classic Act of Reparation that the great Pius XI released in 1928 in Miserentissimus Redemptor.

The prayer here.

Making reparation and expiation for the [supposed] sins of others... does such a mindset distort agape?
NLM: The Solemnity of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church 2016

Established back in the high days of Roman pretensions, when Pius IX thought he could legislate such matters to the Church Universal. Is it uncontroversial to say that (apostolic) Christians have always believed that the Theotokos has a special relationship to the Church? Is the same true of St. Joseph?

The Status of Amoris Laetitia

Amoris Laetitia is "non-magisterial"? Not so fast ...
in which the author reminds us:
During this speech, which he addressed to the Synod Fathers, Francis made clear that at the end of the Synodal process, he intended to pronounce authoritatively: "the synodal process culminates in listening to the Bishop of Rome, who is called upon to pronounce as "pastor and teacher of all Christians," not based on his personal convictions but as a supreme witness of “totius fides Ecclesiae” (the whole faith of the Church), of the guarantor of obedience and the conformity of the Church to the will of God, to the Gospel of Christ and to the Tradition of the Church."

Several points, not directly in response to the above:
1. Where does the synodal process, as it is outlined by Pope Francis, in evidence during the first millenium? (Reception or non-reception of canons is not the same as making a pronouncement.)
2. Some have distinguished an (extraordinary) synod from an ecumenical council -- I saw a link to one such article, but I can't find it at the moment. I won't attempt to guess what is says.
3. Even if the synod is more of a consultative body, the pope is still claiming to exercise his own ministry over the Church Universal with the apostolic exhortation (even if it is of a lower authority than other papal documents). Even if he has the authority to do so, what can He do but witness to the unchanging Tradition of the Church with respect to "Faith and morals"? As for being a universal pastor, especially over other bishops and their clergy, the practical, prudential, and legal limits of this may be in dispute.

Three Tiny Notes on Amoris Laetitia

Antonio Socci: There has been a coup in the Church
Let us rebel against “the dictatorship of relativism” which is destroying Catholicism and our civilization.

De Mattei - The Post-Synod Exhortation, Amoris laetitia: First reflections on a catastrophic document guest piece by Roberto de Mattei

NCReg: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and the Constant Teaching and Practice of the Church
REGISTER EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Burke says a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, ‘by its very nature, does not propose new doctrine and discipline, but applies the perennial doctrine and discipline to the situation of the world at the time.’

Cardinal Burke’s Exhortation Response Leaves Faithful Wanting
When Europe demands that religions become ‘liberal’
Debate surrounding Islam in the European Union has wider implications for religious freedom.

(via The Catholic Thing)

Someone Will Say Its Alien Technology

Yahoo: Mystery of Nazca, Peru's Puquios: Purpose of Ancient Holes Finally Solved By Satellites

Elder Paisios