Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time & St. Lorenzo Ruiz & Companions, September 22,2017
Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He married and had two sons and a daughter.
Jesus was accompanied in his journeys by the Twelve “and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities.” The “presence of many witnesses” makes it possible for us to “pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love.” The communion we share in faith rescues us from “foolish and harmful desires” help us “lay hold of eternal life.”read more
Pope Francis said “it becomes decisive to oppose in every way the grave problem of corruption that, in contempt for the general interest, is the fertile ground in which the mafias take root and develop.”read more
“I wish to share with you the profound pain I feel in my soul for the situation of abused children,” Pope Francis wrote in a text provided to members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at its meeting September 21, 2017 in the Apostolic Vatican Palace.read more
“The door to meet Jesus is to recognize ourselves as we are, the truth. Sinners. Pope Francis stressed this during the morning mass at the Santa Marta in the Vatican on September 21, 2017. He reminded those who know doctrine well not to forget “the first commandment of love “.read more
Madonna University has a history of supporting the acceptance of homosexual behavior
LIVONIA, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) – Michigan’s Madonna University has canceled a pro-gay speaker after Church Militant reported on the dubious event. Turns out that the institute has a history of supporting the acceptance of homosexuality.
On Friday Church Militant reported that pro-LGBT speaker and author, Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, was slated to speak September 20 on social justice at Madonna, the Catholic university run by the Felician sisters in Livonia, Michigan. Copeland’s invite was extended via Madonna’s Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue (CCSID), which has pro-LGBT Sr. Nancy Marie Jamroz, C.S.S.F. as its director.read more
Says the time has come to “resume missio for non-Christians”
NAGASAKI, Japan (ChurchMilitant.com) – A leading Vatican prelate is calling on Catholics to resume the evangelization of Japan.
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, told an audience in the archdiocese of Nagasaki Tuesday that the time has come to “resume missio for non-Christians.” Catholics, he said, must “put in the eyes of non-Christians the identity of Jesus through their lives, approaching them all with patience and friendship.”read more
MINNESOTA BISHOP MICHAEL HOEPPNER SETTLES CIVIL LAWSUIT ALLEGING COVERUP OF SEXUAL ABUSE
by Anita Carey • ChurchMilitant.com • September 21, 2017
First of its kind litigation against a bishop aims to “use civil litigation to seek justice”
CROOKSTON, Minn. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Minnesota bishop has settled a civil lawsuit against him for allegedly covering up a claim of sexual abuse from 1971.
Ron Vasek filed a first of its kind personal injury lawsuit against Bp. Michael J. Hoeppner of the diocese of Crookston on May 9, claiming that Hoeppner pressured Vasek to sign a letter recanting his story of sexual abuse in the diocese by refusing to ordain him a deacon and hurting his son’s priestly career.read more
The entire trend in the Church these days — promulgated by the Church of Nice — could easily be termed “Comfort Catholicism.” It’s all about how the Church must make you feel comfortable, unchallenged, accommodated — a safe space for your soul. The Church is not meant to be a place for a soul mired in sin to feel comfortable. Quite the opposite. It is meant to shine the light of God into our inner recesses and make us set about cleaning them up, coming to terms with them. But that is not what is preached by either the homosexualists or a large part of the New Evangelization bandwagon.read more
Archbishop Socrates Villegas during the closing Mass of the Second Synod of Lingayen – Dagupan on Sept. 9 at the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag. PHOTO COURTESY OF SABINS STUDIO
DAGUPAN City– Marking the declaration of Martial law in the country 45 years ago, Lingayen – Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas rallied the faithful to stay vigilant and to “keep on demanding” change.read more
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