Archive for the ‘Authority’ category

Head of Anglican Communion Sympathetic to the Catholic Church

October 6, 2009

First the Orthodox Church, now this.  That’s the QUEEN of ENGLAND if you’re slow on the uptake, like me.

According to informants quoted in The Catholic Herald, the Queen has “grown increasingly sympathetic” to the Catholic Church over the years while being “appalled”, along with the Prince of Wales, at developments in the Church of England.

The usually well-informed newspaper adds that the Queen, who is the Supreme Governor of the C of E, is “also said to have an affinity with the Holy Father, who is of her generation”.

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What Say you?

October 6, 2009

This is the red Mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral In Washington DC.   When I was at college, I attended Mass here a few times, when I went at all.  I’m genuinely not certain of what the correct Pastoral Approach to this is, but no matter what that approach may be, I think it is a crying shame that the protest was necessary.  By the way, is that Fr. Charles O’Connor in the Foreground at 5’21”.

Heart of mercy

March 4, 2009

Misericordia University, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, found itself in the midst of controversy in mid-February having invited a pro-homosexual activist to this Catholic campus.  Bishop Martino, as the Diocesan Bishop, has the role of shepherd and teacher.  He called those in charge at Misericordia to be faithful to the Catholic character of the University.  Our first responsibility is to Christ, our Lord and Teacher.  Academic freedom is important for a university, as well.  Yet, we can examine any topic at a Catholic University, but it must be done from a Catholic perspective.  Misericordia means ‘heart of mercy.’  Jesus said: “Come to me all of you who are weary and I will give you rest…I am meek and humble of heart.”  To all those who are afflicted with a homosexual orientation the Church responds with a heart of mercy and an invitation to come for healing and strength (CCC n. 2357-2359).  Yet, so many involved in this area of sexual disorder and wounded psyches are resistant to the truth of Christ’s teaching in this area.  There is a wonderful ministry called COURAGE, run by Fr. John Harvery [based in New York City], that deals with homosexuality from a profoundly Catholic perspective.  Perhaps Misericordia University will invite Fr. Harvey to come for a visit?  The Church has been described in a papal encyclical as “Mater et Magister,” that is, as “Mother and Teacher.”  Many say “yes” to the Motherhood of the Church, but “no” to the Teacher.  Let us pray for the grace of obedience and humility, so that we may truly cry out: “Jesus is Lord!”

Respect for authority

March 3, 2009

“You who are without sins cast the first stone.”  These words of Jesus spoken to a group of elders who are eager and ready to stone a woman caught in a serious sexual sin are words worth reflecting upon.  We live in a time when our media and press are hungry for bad news. Sometimes it is called a “feeding frenzy” and it seems that our society almost takes delight in the fall and disgrace of others.  Whatever happened to the wisdom that says: “there but for the grace of God go I!”   From the time of the late 60’s till now, there seems to be an adolescent rebellion against authority that rejoices in the uncovering of the faults and failures of anyone in authority and any institutions. One can think back to Watergate and Nixon, to the sexual scandals in the Church, A-Rod and other athletes using steroids, and now, to the recent judicial scandals in Wyoming Valley.  It is, of course, important to deal with these problems and justice needs to move forward.  Still, we need an examination of conscience as a culture.  Are we rejoicing in the fall of authority?  Are we in the “spirit of the 60’s” involved with a teenage rebellion against all authority?  This problem has struck to the very roots and foundation of our culture!  Even the authority of the father and mother is not respected.  It is much easier to tear down that to build up.  The authority of the Church and the government is in constant need of reform and purification, yet like the family they are indispensable.