Bishop blasted for refusing to fight Chile abortion law
SANTIAGO, Chile (ChurchMilitant.com) – A prominent Chilean atheist is calling the country’s top bishop to account for his weak approach on abortion.
Earlier this month, law professor Carlos Peña, rector of Diego Portales University, published a series of damning critiques of Cdl. Ricardo Ezzati’s refusal to do more to fight an abortion bill now before the National Congress of Chile.
Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago and head of the Episcopal Conference of Chile, has effectively removed himself from combat over the measure, suggesting the legalization of abortion is a political matter not a moral one.read more
On July 15th, a letter was read out loud at the funeral Mass of Cdl. Joachim Meisner, one of the four so-called dubia cardinals, who have asked Pope Francis to clarify the controversial Amoris Laetitiae, which various bishops around the world are interested in allowing sacrilegious Holy Communions for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. While the letter, read aloud by Benedict’s personal secretary was very personal, there was also a very public declaration in it.read more
Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices
“A fascinating series of tympana on a terrace of houses on Walton Well Road, Jericho features the life of the prophet Elijah. This is the final one of the set, which depicts the prophet being taken up to heaven.” – Fr. Lawrence, OP. Flickr.
Listers, Aristotle (“the Philosopher”) defined prudence as ”right reason applied to action.”1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it.”2 Prudence is an indispensable part of the virtuous life. It stands as a “unique virtue” for the role it plays in both the intellectual and moral life of the virtuous person. It is also a “special virtue” for its role in guiding all virtues to their determined end. Prudence is, without any doubt, absolutely necessary to live the good life, the virtuous life.read more
By Pete Baklinski, Tue Jul 11, 2017 – 12:29 pm EST
July 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican under Pope Francis has been completely silent after news recently broke of a high-ranking monsignor who was arrested some two months ago in the act of hosting a cocaine-fueled homosexual orgy in a building right next to St. Peter’s Basilica.
But silence in the face of blatant sexual deviancy, especially among the clergy, has never been the practice of some of the Church’s greatest leaders, including Doctors of the Church and one saintly pope.read more
Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time & Saints Joachim and Anne, July 26,2017
Scripture is silent about the grandparents of Jesus. According to a 2nd century tradition, Anne and Joachim conceived Mary as a gift from God after years of infertility. Devotion to Anne dates to around 550 A.D., when Emperor Justinian built a church in her honor. She is frequently depicted teaching Mary to read the Scriptures. The Protoevangelium of James (c. 150 A.D.) relates the story of Anne and Joachim, who are cured from their infertility with the gift of the child Mary. Veneration of Anne and Joachim in the East dates from the 7th century. In the West, Anne became popular in the Middle Ages, invoked by infertile couples and women in childbirth. Medieval painters favored the triad of Anne embracing her daughter Mary and grandchild Jesus. “Children’s children are the crown of the elderly, and the glory of children is their parentage” (cf. Prov 17:6). “Saints Joachim and Anne were part of a long chain of people who had transmitted their faith and love for God, expressed in the warmth and love of family life, down to Mary, who received the Son of God in her womb and who gave him to the world, to us. How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith” (Pope Francis).read more
Our Lord gave to the Apostles (and brothers) James and John the nickname Boanerges, or “Sons of Thunder,” owing to their great zeal, fiery temperaments and severe temper. In at least two places in Scripture, Jesus had to rebuke them for their misplaced enthusiasm.
One instance involved their desire to punish those who would not welcome them.
When the days drew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him, who went and entered a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him; but the people would not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to bid fire come down from heaven and consume them?” But he turned and rebuked them. And they went on to another village. (Luke 9:51–56)read more
First, we would like to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to the hundreds and hundreds of people who generously contributed to our recent Preserving Catholics Campaign. We launched it officially last Monday, requesting $50,000 to help pay for our own internal server with the aim of preventing any technology giants denying us access to our own work product. We’re happy to report that we are almost ready to switch all our internal business over to that server and get everything off the cloud, where anything could be done to it.read more
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