Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
By PEDRO SERVIN
ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay's president-elect has received unprecedented permission from the pope to resign as bishop, the papal nuncio said Wednesday, ending a dispute over Fernando Lugo's priestly status.
Church officials earlier insisted that Lugo, 57, would always be a bishop under church law.
"This is the first case within the church in which a bishop receives a dispensation," Nuncio Orlando Antonini said at a news conference. "Yes, there have been many other priests the pope has left in the status of layman, but never a member of the hierarchy until today."
"A bishop does not stop being a bishop just because he resigns," Gogorza said at the time.
Antonini said Wednesday's announcement follows "long analysis" by Vatican experts in canon law.
Lugo remains a member of the church and was not excommunicated, unlike former Zambian Archbhishop Emmanuel Milingo, who was excommunicated in 2006 after ordaining married men as priests and taking a wife himself.
The nuncio said the decision is final: Lugo "cannot return to his earlier condition as a cleric." Lugo earlier had suggested he would like to be bishop again after serving as president.
Antonini said Lugo even "was freed from the vow of chastity. That is to say, like any other layman, if he wants, he could contract matrimony under civil law." Lugo has not indicated any wish to marry, and his sister Mercedes is to serve as first lady.
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Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
WASHINGTON— The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has received approval (recognitio) from the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments for the new English-language translation of the Order of Mass (Ordo Missae).
This is the first section of the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal. It includes most of the texts used in every celebration of the Mass, including the responses that will be said by the people.
In its letter, the Congregation pointed out that while the texts are binding, the approval “does not intend that these texts are to be put into use immediately.”
Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation, explained the reasons for providing the text at this time. The purpose is to provide “time for the pastoral preparation of priests, deacons and for appropriate catechesis of the lay faithful. It will likewise facilitate the devising of musical settings for parts of the Mass.”
The text is covered by copyright law and the Statutes of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.
The more significant changes of the people’s parts are:
et cum spiritu tuo is rendered as “And with your spirit”
In the Confiteor, the text “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault” has been added
The Gloria has been translated differently and the structure is different from the present text
In the Preface dialogue the translation of “Dignum et justum est” is “It is right and just”
The first line of the Sanctus now reads “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts”
The response of the people at the Ecce Agnus Dei is “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
If all parish websites are to be regulated too then the diocesan censors are going to be very busy people!
Friday, July 18, 2008
At least that’s what one amazed mum believes after her daughter was suddenly cured of a hearing problem following an encounter with a nun.
Ashley Huthart, top with daughter Celsee, is convinced she witnessed a miraculous recovery taking place, not at the foot of a holy shrine, but outside Marks & Spencer, on Newcastle’s Northumberland Street.
She believes Celsee, three, was instantly cured of her hearing problems when a nun touched her hand and blessed her there on the busy street.
And now the 27-year-old, who has never followed any religion, is desperate to find the woman she believes cured her child.
She said: “It was amazing. She has had problems with her hearing since she was born but now she can hear everything. It is so strange. I have never believed in God or anything like that before but it must have been that. I’m going to go back and find that nun to say thanks.”
Little Celsee was born with a genetic disorder called Di George Sydrome, a condition that has left her with heart and kidney problems, partially deaf and unable to talk.
On the day of her ‘miraculous’ recovery Ashley, of Walker, Newcastle, and her daughter were spending time on Northumberland Street between hospital appointments. The youngster, who has worn hearing aids throughout her life had been due to visit her consultant at the Freeman Hospital for a check that very afternoon.
Celsee’s nursery support worker, Kay Dixon, who was with them, spotted the nun collecting for charity and gave Celsee some cash.
“When Celsee put her money in, the nun said: ‘Bless you’ and touched her hand,” Ashley added. “Then she went for her hearing test and she could hear everything.”
Staff at Walkergate Early Years nursery are contacting local convents to see if they can find the nun.
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Old Catholic traditions could repel youth
PM - Wednesday, 9 July , 2008 18:33:00
Reporter: Paula Kruger
EDMOND ROY: As the Catholic Church's leadership attempts to deal with modern day problems, the upcoming World Youth Day celebrations has highlighted the revival of some of the Church's older traditions.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Also advocates of the EF have an important role in the way they act. I thought this piece by Fr Zuhlsdorf on Zenit today made a useful point:
For so long the ecclesiastical establishment looked down on and marginalized more traditional Catholics, shoving them to the back of the bus because of their attachment to our tradition. Some of the more benign saw them as being like our family’s nutty but harmless aunt up in the attic.
On the other hand, many traditionalists, perhaps out of the deep hurts and disillusionment they felt after all the changes in the Church, the silly season of illicit innovations, the ash-canning of our beautiful churches, music, vestments, statues, devotions, you name it, wound up with an enormous chip on their collective shoulder.
As time went by, many of them knew no other way to “negotiate” with bishops and priests but simply to get in their face, make pushy demands, and arrogantly tell them what to do. It got to a point where even clerics who were open and sympathetic started to wince and back away whenever traditionalists approached. And so the waters of good relations froze.
Now, because some of the pain and alienation is starting to melt away in the hearts of many traditionalists, now that they can simply have what they should have been able to have all along, now that a little warm sunshine is being beamed in their direction by the Holy Father and others who share his vision, pastors of souls are starting to unclench as well.
The ice is breaking up and the water is flowing again. This was not an unexpected development. I fully believed this would happen because traditionalists are mostly good people who love Holy Church and want the best for their families, priests and bishops.
Bishops and priests, even when they are not personally inclined to traditional things, are mostly good men who love their flocks and sincerely desire their good. They all share common ground in what really matters. What I am surprised by is that the breaking of the ice dam -- though there is a long way to go yet -- is happening so quickly.
I underestimated the warmth of the sunlight and the openness of hearts, especially on the part of some bishops who, as a body, have not shown themselves in the past to be very friendly to traditional liturgy. This has made me rethink my own attitudes.
Well said Fr Z.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
The Rt Rev Kieran Conry, the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, said: "A number of Church of England bishops are looking at the options open to them should things go wrong at the Lambeth Conference. Some are hoping for accommodation with the Catholic Church, but yet maintaining their Anglican identity."