Good shepherds do not flee from the wolves.

30 April 2017

The Inaugural Mass of Pope Benedict XVI

Originally published 1 May 2010 A.D.

From the blog of Father John Zuhlsdorf: WDTPRS

Five[ten years ago presently] years ago Pope Benedict sat down to preach at the first solemn “inaugural” Mass of his pontificate.

Inter alia he said:

One of the basic characteristics of a shepherd must be to love the people entrusted to him, even as he Pope+Benedict+XVI+Holds+First+Mass+Saint+Peter+CSkBJBo_CSDlloves Christ whom he serves. “Feed my sheep”, says Christ to Peter, and now, at this moment, he says it to me as well. Feeding means loving, and loving also means being ready to suffer. Loving means giving the sheep what is truly good, the nourishment of God’s truth, of God’s word, the nourishment of his presence, which he gives us in the Blessed Sacrament. My dear friends – at this moment I can only say: pray for me, that I may learn to love the Lord more and more. Pray for me, that I may learn to love his flock more and more – in other words, you, the holy Church, each one of you and all of you together. Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves. Let us pray for one another, that the Lord will carry us and that we will learn to carry one another.

The Good Shepherd, and those shepherds after His Heart, do not flee from the wolves.

I read in CNA:

Head of Italian Senate: Pope not afraid to ‘face the wolves’ in the Church

SchifaniRome, Italy, Apr 29, 2010 / 09:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Father has “never been inert in the face of suffering and injustice,” the President of the Italian Senate said as he reflected on the impact of the five years of Benedict XVI’s time as Pope. The politician noted that the Pope has opted to “face the wolves” rather than avoid addressing difficulties such as cases of priests who sexually abuse minors.

The address from the leader of the Italian Senate, Renato Schifani, took place during a Wednesday evening presentation organized by the Congregation of the Children of the Immaculate Conception, which was themed “The world suffers for a lack of thought.”

Likening the Holy Father to the “messenger” of the Gospel, the image of the pastor and the fisherman, Schifani said that “Benedict XVI really knows that loving means being ready to suffer, and as pastor he gives witness to (Him) who has truly made history with men.

The day after his election, noted Schifani, the Pope asked for prayers for strength to confront “the wolves.”

Reflecting on the Pope’s attitude since then, Schifani observed that, “Facing the hidden dangers, the betrayals, the scandals, the open and painful wounds of the Church, Benedict XVI doesn’t flee out of fear before the wolves.More…

† The Schedule of the Conclave †

12 March 2013

12 March 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

Vatican City —All times are listed for Rome, which is 5 hours ahead EST

First Day (March 12, 2013)
7:00 a.m.: Cardinals move in to Santa Marta
10:00 a.m.: Missa pro Eligendo Pontifice / Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff at St. Peter’s Basilica

3.45p Transfer from the Domus Santae Marthae to the Apostolic Palace
4.30p Procession from the Pauline Chapel and Entrance into the Sistine Chapel
4.45p Individual Oath by each Cardinal and possible first ballot
7.15p The Divine Office (Vespers) in the Sistine Chapel
7.30p Transfer to the Domus Santae Marthae
8:00p Dinner

Schedule for Subsequent Days
6.30 – 7.30a Breakfast
7.45a Transfer to Pauline Chapel
8.15 – 9.15a Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Pauline Chapel
9.30a Mid-morning Prayer (Terce) from Divine Office in Sistine Chapel and Voting
12.30p Transfer to the Domus Santae Marthae
1:00p Lunch
4:00p Transfer to Apostolic Palace
4.50p Voting in the Sistine Chapel
7.15p Vespers from Divine Office in the Sistine Chapel
7.30p Transfer to the Domus Santae Marthae
8:00p Dinner

Beginning at 3:45 p.m., Cardinals will be transferred from the St. Martha House, the building where the Cardinals will reside during the Conclave, to the Vatican.

From there, Cardinals will process from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel where they will pray Vespers and officially enter the Conclave at 5:00 p.m.

The first possible smoke sighting will be on Tuesday evening at around 7:00 p.m.

If the smoke is black, the Cardinals will reconvene the next morning beginning with Mass at 8:15 a.m. in the Pauline Chapel and mid-morning prayer. Voting will begin again at approximately 9:30 a.m.

There will be four votes per day, with two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Smoke is always sent up after the two morning votes – around noon – and then again after the afternoon set of votes – around 7:00 p.m..

However, if the first vote of either the morning or afternoon set results in the election of a new Pope, the smoke will be seen earlier.

The Cardinals will follow this schedule until a new Pope is elected.

During the press conference, it was revealed that the main reason for Tuesday start of the Conclave was chosen to allow more time for preparations to the Sistine Chapel and St. Martha House.

Then in the Sistine Chapel, the Cardinal-electors will take their oath, beginning with the senior Cardinal Bishop-elector, Cardinal Giovanni Batista Re, who leads the Conclave, and then the famous ‘extra omnes’ or ‘everybody else out’ order will be said by the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, Monsignor Guido Marini.

Source: The Catholic World Report, and The Crescat

Pope praises online dating, huh?

4 October 2010

Pope praises online dating
From NT

October 4th, 2010

THE man who set up an online Catholic dating service with the blessing of the Pope will give a talk in Darwin later this month – on how to sell a good message.

Monsignor Paul Tighe also established Pope2You online TV, a Vatican Facebook app, YouTube channel and an iPhone app.

“We recognise that a church that does not communicate ceases to be a church,” he said.

Monsignor Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, will talk at a public relations national conference at Darwin Convention Centre.

“Many young people today are not turning to traditional media like newspapers and magazines any more for information and entertainment,” he said.

“They are looking to a different media culture and this is our effort to ensure that the Church is present in that communications culture.”

The Pope’s Facebook application gives Catholics the chance to “meet” the Pope and send virtual cards with messages from the Pope to their friends.

“New technologies mean that priests have the possibility to reach people that maybe traditionally they wouldn’t have been able to reach,” said Monsignor Tighe. – motto: the more Catholic the better – shares videos from Catholics around the world, from the Pope himself to US President Barrack Obama.

The site even offers an online dating service.

“The priest is, at the heart of his vocation, a communicator,” Monsignor Tighe said.

“Communication of the Gospel must be at heart of the ministry of a priest.”

Visitors to you can watch videos of the Pope’s latest homilies and speeches or watch a live feed of activity in St Peters Square via satellite.

Church of the ‘Times’ A DISSENT

2 May 2010

Kenneth L. Woodward

This article will appear in the May 7, 2010, issue of Commonweal.

The New York Times isn’t fair. In its all-hands-on-deck drive to implicate the pope in diocesan cover-ups of abusive priests, the Times has relied on a steady stream of documents unearthed or supplied by Jeff Anderson, the nation’s most aggressive litigator on behalf of clergy-abuse victims. Fairness dictates that the Times give Anderson at least a co-byline.

After all, it was really Anderson who “broke” the story on March 25 about Fr. Lawrence Murphy and his abuse of two hundred deaf children a half-century ago in Wisconsin. Reporter Laurie Goodstein says her article emerged from her own “inquiries,” but the piece was based on Anderson documents. Indeed, in its ongoing exercise in J’accuse journalism, the Times has adopted as its own Anderson’s construal of what took place. Anderson is a persuasive fellow: back in 2002 he claimed that he had already won more than $60 million in settlements from the church. But the really big money is in Rome, which is why Anderson is trying to haul the Vatican into U.S. federal court. The Times did not mention this in its story, of course, but if the paper can show malfeasance on the part of the pope, Anderson may get his biggest payday yet.

It’s hard for a newspaper to climb in bed with a man like Anderson without making his cause its own. Does this mean that the Times is anti-Catholic? New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan thinks it is—he said so last October in response to an earlier series of stories on clergy abuse. Whatever one thinks of Dolan’s accusation, clearly the Times considers sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests more newsworthy than abuse committed by other groups. An April 13 verdict against the Boy Scouts of America, which has struggled with the child-sexual-abuse issue for a century, did not merit page-1, above-the-fold treatment but rather a single paragraph deep inside the paper. A longer April 15 story about a Brown University student credibly accused of raping another student, an incident the university did not report to the police and arguably “covered up” at the request of powerful figures in the Brown community, appeared on page 18.

No question, the Times’s worldview is secularist and secularizing, and as such it rivals the Catholic worldview. But that is not unusual with newspapers. What makes the Times unique—and what any Catholic bishop ought to understand—is that it is not just the nation’s self-appointed newspaper of record. It is, to paraphrase Chesterton, an institution with the soul of a church. And the church it most resembles in size, organization, internal culture, and international reach is the Roman Catholic Church. More…

Editor’s Note: Never, no, not ever, would I think that I would publish an article from “COMMONWEAL”. HOWEVER, miracles do happen as you see with the Anglicans coming home to Rome. In this case, Kenneth Woodward, veteran of “Newsweek” and now currently (ahem) “Commonweal” does his own version of coming home to Rome. Deo Gratias!

C of E Anglo-Catholic leaders to convert "en masse"

2 May 2010
In a move likely to raise tensions between the two Churches, a group of Church of England bishops met last week with advisers of Pope Benedict XVI to set in motion steps that would allow priests to convert to Catholicism en masse.

They are set to resign their orders in opposition to the introduction of women bishops and to lead an exodus of Anglican clerics to the Catholic Church despite Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, urging them not to leave.

It would be the first time for nearly 20 years that large numbers of priests have crossed from the Church of England to Rome, and comes only weeks ahead of a crucial General Synod debate on making women bishops.

The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that bishops travelled to the Holy See last week to hold face to face discussions with senior members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the most powerful of the Vatican’s departments. More…

Benedict's Reforms [and our response]

29 April 2010

The last three decades I have watched, commented and yes, complained about the state of affairs in the Church. Particularly, my area of focus was the Mass and sacred music for most of my complaints. Please, don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying that was all that was awry in the Church that I love. Doctrine has been distorted , ignored and worst of all, denied as Truth. Those are things that sometimes felt very overwhelming to me as a Roman Catholic in the pew.

What wasn’t overwhelming to me was the Liturgy and how important it was to my Faith and to all of us as Roman Catholics. I was blessed to have the Mass remain under the 1962 Missale Romanum until mid 1969. The parish I had grown up in was run by a Religious order from Italy and lucky for us the priests were extremely resistant to a Mass they felt was “an experiment in Liturgy”.

These particular priests never said that the Mass was invalid or anything remotely like that. These were learned men, many of them had studied Liturgy along with their theological studies in Rome at the Gregorian University. Our sacred music program was organized and administered by extremely competent Religious Sisters that were also highly trained as both musicians and students of sacred music.

I was then extremely fortunate to be able to attend and participate in the choir of the “Mass of all Ages” until the young age of 15. Seems quite young now some forty years later, but in fact I was quite mature (perhaps only in that area) in that participation.

I was a student of piano, organ and violin since I was 6 and bred in the classics both sacred and secular. My paternal grandfather hailing from Puglia, Italy taught me everything anyone would want to know and love about opera. Mine was homeschooling to the max before it was fashionable. I still attended formal school of course, but that would also be considered homeschooling by today’s standards. Why? Well, we were taught with CATHOLIC texts and learned such out-of style subjects as history/geography/civics instead of “Socialist Studies”. I call it that for obvious reasons.

Well, this wonderful dream didn’t last long because we were about to enter the Seventies when all things look ugly now in retrospect. The Religious Orders were revolting within & the Seminaries were places of pure experimentation. My aunt was a higher up in her Religious Order and she suffered… she passed away several years ago, still a Religious, still an obedient daughter of the Church with habit intact. Another story for another day.

I go into this monologue about Liturgy, Sacred Music and Doctrine askew because finally, I now have hope. My favorite priest and homeschool teacher via texts, Joseph Ratzinger, became Pope (miracle of all miracles). Prior to that, the Latin Mass resurfaced when JPII proclaimed Ecclesia Dei Adflicta in response to the separation of the SSPX and gave birth to the FSSP much to my delight. There were years of disappointment when those who loved Sacred Liturgy were being treated as though we were as common criminals if we asked for an Indult Mass by our local Ordinaries (not all).  Then came the coronation of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger to the Throne of Peter.

Pope Benedict does not disappoint. There will be naysayers, even if Our Lord was back on the Throne, sure enough. This loving, kind and brillant man is suffering for us in the “Imitation of Christ”. Should we do less?

The following video is perhaps the best piece on what our suffering and obedient Pope is doing for us. Watch, listen and then act. He sets an example for us; let us set the example for our fellow Roman Catholics in America and throughout the Universal Church. Sancta Ioseph, ora pro nobis.

Exclusive ~ Cardinal Levada: 'We Should Hold Ourselves to a Higher Standard'

29 April 2010

US lawyer for Vatican calls abuse suit 'completely without merit'

28 April 2010

Berkeley, Calif., Apr 23, 2010 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a statement released by the Holy See’s Press Office on Friday, the Vatican’s lawyer in the U.S., Jeffrey Lena, states that a recent lawsuit against the Holy See regarding an abusive priest from Wisconsin is not legitimate. The case does, however, show an attempt by “certain U.S. lawyers” to take advantage of the judiciary for media relations, he argues.

The declaration from the lawyer comes after the filing of a federal lawsuit in the Eastern District Court of Milwaukee, naming the Vatican as a defendant in a case about abuses committed by Fr. Lawrence Murphy. The Wisconsin priest, who sexually abused hundreds of minors between 1950 and 1974 at St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, died in 1998.

Lena responds in the statement released on Friday, “first and foremost, sympathy is due to the victims of the criminal acts committed by Fr. Lawrence Murphy. By sexually abusing children, Murphy violated both the law and the trust that his victims had placed in him.”

Stating that there have been “legitimate lawsuits” filed by victims of abuse in the past, Lena underscores, “this is not one of them.”

He calls John Doe 16 vs. Holy See “an attempt to use tragic events as a platform for a broader attack,” and says that this specific case is “one dependent on re-characterizing the Catholic Church as a worldwide ‘business enterprise.'”

The lawsuit alleges that the Vatican had known about complaints against Fr. Murphy since 1995, that its secrecy perpetuated further cases, and that, as the Church’s supreme authority, it was responsible for the decisions of Wisconsin bishops regarding Fr. Murphy.

The suit seeks monetary damages as well as the release of Vatican files concerning sexually abusive priests.

But Lena charges that the lawsuit is “completely without merit,” as it “rehashes old theories already rejected by U.S. courts.”

As for the involvement of the Holy See in the case, the Vatican’s lawyer says that it had “no role whatsoever in causing plaintiff’s injuries,” having not known about the cases “until decades after the abuse occurred.”

This lawsuit, he writes, is “simply the latest attempt by certain U.S. lawyers to use the judicial process as a tool of media relations.”

The lawsuit is being brought by the St. Paul, Minn.-based lawyer Jeff Anderson*, who has made millions off of suing the Catholic Church in the United States. In 2002 Anderson told the Associated Press that he had won more than $60 million in settlements from the Church.

* Check article posted on News page of concerning Jeff Anderson and lawsuits against the Church.

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