Officially, the Vatican has refused to comment, but one source said the silence was "actually because we are not sceptical". ... Yesterday (Monday) was supposed to be a chance for as many as 10,000 people, including visitors from Britain, to meet Brother Elia, 45, at the headquarters of the Jesuit movement in Naples. Now that Lent has begun, time is running out to see him before he takes to his bed over April to undergo his annual torment. Instead, his appearance was cancelled at the last minute by the Catholic Church, which is growing increasingly fearful about the rapid spread of Brother Elia's fame.
"We had to turn away 33 coaches of people," said a spokesman for the Apostles of God... ... "The whole of the south of Italy wanted to see him, but an order came down from the regional church that the permission for the meeting had been withdrawn." The Vatican is reported to have asked Brother Elia not to give interviews or to hold any public religious services until it has made up its mind on the veracity of his stigmata. "For the last four years, the Vatican has sent doctors to his bedside over Easter to find out whether he really does show stigmata. Some of them said he did, others said he didn't so we still do not have a conclusion," said the spokesman. Doctor Carlo Marcelletti, one of Italy's foremost heart surgeons who witnessed his suffering last year, said the phenomenon was "scientifically inexplicable". ... Brother Elia claims to have had his first vision of the Virgin Mary at age seven and claims he can talk to angels. ... His followers swear to his healing powers, and thousands queue outside his monastery from 3am every weekend. "The number of visitors keeps rising," said Silvano Lorenzoni, mayor of Calvi.
Benedict XVI decrees the return of Latin Masses. The Pope has decided to sign and publish the text with an illustrative note written by liturgical experts and theologians 7-February-07 Pope Benedict XVI took the decision of publishing the motu proprio decree on the liberalization of the Tridentine Mass, the ceremony in Latin according to the Missal of Saint Pius V, that is, the pre-Conciliar Mass, which was celebrated up to 1962, with the priest turned towards the east, popularly defined as with the back [of the priest] turned to the people. The Pope decided to sign and publish the text along with an illustrative note written by liturgical experts and theologians. The news comes from Rome and was confirmed yesterday in the Sacred Halls. In fact, the definitive text of the Motu Proprio was handed to the Pope in late January by the Ecclesia Dei Commision, the Vatican organ charged with examining dealings with the Lefebvrists. Not all clerics are pleased with the measure, particularly the French Episcopal Conference. The Tridentine Mass will not be obligatory, but the priests who wish to celebrate according to the old rite will now be able to do it, without asking permission to the diocesan bishop, as before. The decision of the Pope seems guided by common sense, because it ensures sobriety and spirituality.That should keep all you pseudo-sedevacantist, err, traditional Catholics, preoccupied until Easter of course. (Hat Tip: RORATE CÆLI) UPDATED: For the latest news on the motu proprio for the week of April 16 click here.
We live in an age when modernists regard religion with something approaching panic. It is like the Devil’s attitude to Holy Water. The world needs religion to address the moral issues. In the advanced societies it is these moral issues that now mock us. Europe and North America are hugely wealthy regions, but they are morally impoverished. Broken families, drugs, booze, youth gangs, crime, neglect of children and the old, the sheer boredom of shopaholicism, terrorism, the inner-city slums, materialism itself, are all the marks of a global society in decline. Societies can be judged by their care for children. Social education must start in the family and must have a moral basis. Children need to be taught to distinguish between right and wrong.Secularism, liberalism, communism, and socialism among many others have shown that when puting 'man' at the center instead of God, you create havoc and destroy the proper order of the Universe. To read the rest of this article click here.
A tiny baby girl born at just over five months has defied medical expectations by surviving, in a case that reinforces arguments against gestational abortion laws, the Daily Mail reported earlier today. Amillia Taylor was born at a Miami hospital one month earlier than the date considered viable for most babies, at just 21 weeks and six days gestation. She weighed less than 10 oz and was just nine ½ inches long. Babies born earlier than 25 weeks are generally classed as medically “non-viable,” while just half of the babies born at 25 weeks manage to survive. Abortion legislation often relies on that cut-off to determine when abortions can no longer be carried out, with the procedure commonly permitted up to the 24th week. Amillia is the youngest known baby worldwide to survive premature birth, although medical advancements continue to improve the chances of early survival for infants who leave the womb ahead of schedule. The survival of such a young baby undermines justification of later-term abortions considered acceptable because the child is too immature to survive outside the womb. As well, improvements in preterm care have led to difficult questions about the treatment of late-term babies who survive abortion attempts, since there is often no difference in the physical development of a child born alive after an abortion attempt and a child born early through premature delivery.For more information from LifeSite.net click here.
Just a quick posting to give everyone of some changes arriving to my blog for Lent. These changes will be implemented on or before Easter Sunday. To tell you the truth, I'm still figuring out this HTML thing and redesigning the entire blog. The only hint I'll offer is that it'll be the same 'theme' and one or two new 'additions' to the blog itself.
It's not anything to get excited about nor anything world changing, just evolving my blog to something different, and hopefully better.
What I will say that the focus will move towards a historical interpretation of current affairs. Yeah, it's pretty vague, but we're not really sure how to describe it just yet.
God bless, remember your obligations as Catholics during Lent, and pray well.
Tito the Norman, defender of the Faith
So without further delay I have pulled out the highlights as well as the lowlights concerning our great Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Remember, these rankings were compiled by these two authors based on the actual number of Catholics, number of ordinations, and the number of converts. I have pulled only the extreme most rankings for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as pertaining to the top ten best and/or worst, wherever we fall in. So here are the cold, hard statistics as follows:
Anyhoo, the Most Reverend Daniel N. DiNardo succeeded his excellency last year with great fanfare. I've personally met his excellency, read his many statements, and have listened to many of his speeches and talks as well as heard from many others close to him of his modus operandi. Archbishop DiNardo seems very orthodox in his Catholicism, for instance he voted for all the proposed amendments to the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) translation of the Order of Mass (all passed except the consubstantialis, which his excellency argued for while Bishop Trautman rebuffed him arguing that us American Catholics were to stupid to understand consubstantialis - final vote 81 for, 109 against). I also want to add that the good Archbishop DiNardo is an ardent liturgist that has made it clear to all parish priests that liturgical purity is one of his highest priorities in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Thus he joins a growing chorus of bishops in the United States for a reform of the reform of Vatican II. Not necessarily rejecting Vatican II, but perfectly implementing what Vatican II was all about, a return to the early Church to better engage the post-Christian world. Thus the gross miscalculations of many misguided clergy and laity in incorrectly implementing these 'reforms' will be turned back. And the correct implementation of Lumen Gentium and Gaudium et Spes will bring a springtime in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. A boom in vocations and a rise in conversions to the Bride of Christ.
The Worst Dioceses - Ratio of adherents per Priest. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston ranked 169 out of 176. One (1) Priest per 10,170. Fastest Growing Dioceses, 1995-2000. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston ranked eight (8) out of 176. 89% increase in total numbers. The average rating of all categories from 1995 to 2005. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston dropped from 76 to 100 out of 176. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is the sixth (6) largest diocese in America out of 176. The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has the worst ordinations of all 176 dioceses of America in 2005. (to be fair we are tied last with about ten other dioceses).
To read my posting on Vatican II click here.
To read the Curriculum Vitae of Archbishop Fiorenza click here.
To read the Curriculum Vitae of Archbishop DiNardo click here.
To read about the new Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart click here.
To read Lumen Gentium click here.
To read Gaudium et Spes click here.
To read Built on a Rock's posting on this study click here.
(it takes about 10 seconds for the video to begin, I'm still looking for a better video, if you know where I could get it please post a comment as to where it is, thanks!)
Why is it ok for the media, such as John Whiteside at Blue Bayou on the Chron.com website, to post and say hateful and bigoted remarks about Christianity, but when it's anti-Semitic or racist a huge firestorm erupts.
Please explain this to me. The Mainstream Media (MSM) has a double standard that it's ok to say hateful and bigoted remarks about Christianity, but it's off limits for everything else. This has to be addressed so as to reveal the hostility that people like Katie Couric, Rosie O'Donnel, Barbara Walters, and the rest of the MSM talking heads are bigots.
For the original from Hot Air click here.
For the previous posting on this topic click here.
To read why John Whiteside contributes to anti-Christianit bigotry click here.
The New York Times tries to defend these bigoted bloggers, for the story click here.
For some background on the two anti-Christian bloggers on John Edwards presidential campaign see below.
* tough call in these categories, could have gone to others, most notably the The Cafeteria is Closed (arguably the best of the rest if not in the top-ten of all blog categories).Click here to submit your own votes.
"The Christian version of the virgin birth is generally interpreted as super-patriarchal," . . . "where god (sic) is viewed as so powerful he can impregnate without befouling himself by touching a woman, and women are nothing but vessels."
". . . I'd prefer to believe that the majority of Roman Catholics aren't hate-filled antisemitic homophobic bigots of the Catholic League stripe."
"Church is once again mired to her hips in this moral filth."
"Apparently it is all right for them to say any evil or disgusting thing they like about people they oppose for whatever reason"
"I know for a fact that Custos Fidei is full of crap on this point."
"It is thus Custos Fidei who comes off in this as ignorant, misinformed--or a liar."
Then Mr. John Whiteside chimes in with this well-informed comment:
"Honestly, it didn't make much sense to me, and surrounded by an ad hominem attack as it was, it was pretty hard to take seriously."
My posting was an ad hominem attack. So quoting Mr. John Whiteside is considered an ad hominem attack. Let's take a closer look at what he had to say. But I need to remind my readers that Mr. Whiteside did not object to Mr. sbh's 'ad hominem' attacks on Catholicism nor on me.
Number one: “Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who often can be found saying nasty things about gay people and warning that the Jews run Hollywood” Unsupported evidence. And if you were to find these ‘allegations’, I’m sure you would have to edit his comments about the Jews and explain that ‘Church teaching’ says nasty things. Again a double standard in the media, specifically you. Number two: “Criticizing the Catholic Church or its beliefs is not "anti-Catholic bigotry.”
Because you say so makes it so? So if I were to deny that the holocaust actually occurred I wouldn’t be called a bigot? Your logic is irrational and contradictory. It’s irrational because you are unable to step away from your comments and see it for what it is, bigotry and hate. It’s contradictory because you equate the difference between hate speeches that if it’s Catholicism its ok, but if it’s Judaism it’s not ok. Number three: “if a church is going to act like a political action committee, those activities are a valid target of criticism.”
The Church does not act like a political action committee. Just because you disagree with the teachings of the Church doesn’t give you the pretext to ‘assume’ it is acting like a political action committee and then run your diatribe of hate and bigotry. You create a straw man argument so as to excuse yourself from being called what you are, an anti-Catholic bigot. Number four: “bunch of scary lunatics,”
That pretty much explains itself. Though you were quoting your alleged Catholic friends you followed up by explicitly affirming it with the following statement… “The Catholic League is a political group that represents a pretty extreme fringe” Number five:"Toward a kinder, gentler oppression”. Your November 14, 2006 posting in Blue Bayou where you viciously attacked the Catholic Church. The following statements are taken directly from this abomination of a posting… “More accurate terms would be insulting, callous, or degrading.”, “And that's what makes the document being discussed so awful.”, and your condescending tone is pretty indicative of where you stand in your bigotry here, “The insult comes from hearing bishops call this "welcoming." It's anything but. . . . And it's horrifying to think that some of these bishops are proud of their supposed compassion.” Number six: Another of your infamous postings titled, “A modest marriage proposal”. Full of said comments… “(T)he religious right scare-fest that took place last weekend.” I’ll stop here because I haven’t begun yet on your own independent blog getting your various hate-mongering comments towards the Catholic Church. It never ends.
"Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you. "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
--The Holy Gospel of St. Matthew 5:11-14
For the previous posting about Mr. Whiteside click here.
SECOND UPDATE: Melissa McEwan has finally resigned from the liberal Edwards presidential campaign. For the story click here.
FIRST UPDATE: Amanda Marcotte has resigned, unrepently, but has resigned. For this story from LifeNews.com click here. Now if only Mr. John Whiteside would recant his religious bigotry the world would be a better place for practicing Christians.
Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, "You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another, that will not be thrown down." As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the close of the age?" And Jesus answered them, "Take heed that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, `I am the Christ,' and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. --Holy Gospel of St. Matthew 24:1-6
Though Alypius pushed the work forward energetically and though he was assisted by the governor of the province, frightful balls of fire kept bursting forth near the foundations of the temple and made it impossible for the workmen to approach the place, and some were even burned to death. And since the elements persistently drove them back, Julian gave up the attempt.
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