Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pope Wants to Make World Youth Day a Real Celebration

A Zenit article quotes Rome's diocesan director for youth ministry as saying the following up the upcoming World Youth Day with Pope Benedict XVI:
Monsignor Mauro Parmeggiani, Rome’s diocesan director for youth ministry, explained to ZENIT that the Pope wants to transform the traditional meeting with the youth, “which was a sort of party, into a real celebration, not only an external celebration."

Now we're talking! What kind of real celebration does the Pope have in mind?
In this context the Holy Father is hosting on Thursday a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica in preparation for Palm Sunday, which is the day the dioceses of the world celebrate World Youth Day. More than 20,000 young people have signed up for the event, which is also a lead-up to the international World Youth Day, to be held July 15-20 in Sydney, Australia.

With this liturgy, Monsignor Parmeggiani explained, the Pope has one objective: “To meet God who loves. The more the sense of God grows, the more the sense of my smallness before God grows, of my impotence before God, of my sin. From this the plea arises: ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, have mercy on me because I am a sinner.’”

The priest who works with Roman youth said young people’s attitudes toward confession, “despite what one might think, is positive.”

The real celebration the Pope wants to have with youth is one of meeting God, cultivating a greater sense of God as well as our own sense of finitude and sinfulness. Penance. Repentance before the God Who loves.

God bless our Pope!

Pax Christi tecum.

God bless Bishop Devine

An article (link is in post title above) quotes Bishop Devine, from Scotland, as saying:

"I want to ask you if you are able to see the giant conspiracy that's taking place before our eyes, even if we didn't see it at the time. I take it you're beginning to see that there is a huge and well-orchestrated conspiracy taking place, which the Catholic community missed."

He went on: "In this New Year's honours list, I saw actor Ian McKellen being honoured for his work on behalf of homosexuals, when a century ago Oscar Wilde was locked up and put in jail. "It's a very small group of people, but very active and organised – and extremely indulgent. The opposition know exactly what they're doing. We don't."
Exactly right! The enemies of the Church know they want to attack and destroy her. The Church however has not taken the threat seriously. As he says, "The opposition knows...but we don't." The article states:

"Last night his views were attacked by gay rights groups, which branded them "unChristian" and "deeply out of step" with the views of ordinary Scots."
The most un-Christian thing we can do is to affirm people living in sin, to tell them "it's okay to offend God, to live an immoral life, because God will love you all the same." While it may be true that Bishop Devine's views are "deeply out of step with the views of ordinary Scots" they are not in any way "deeply out of step" with Christ Himself.

"He [Bishop Devine] said prominence had been given to the "supreme moral values of liberty and equality" replacing "truth and goodness" as supreme moral values."
Yes! Here is the crux of the matter: false views of liberty and equality have replaced moral truth and goodness. "Nevermind that terrible moral perspective, we must simply make sure everyone is free to do as they please and to be absolutely equal in the eyes of God and man in whatever they do." What a sad age indeed! On the bright side, isn't a name such as Bishop Devine fitting for a Catholic Bishop!

And Bishop Devine is chippy:

"He concluded his lecture stating: 'Like Mel Gibson, who said, 'I'm going to pick a fight', so am I.'"
Now we're talkin'! God bless you Bishop Devine! While obviously no one wants a fight, and nobody wants to have discord, but Jesus Himself said we ought not think He came to bring peace but rather a sword. It is high time the Catholic Bishops of the world took up that sword of the Gospel which divides as well as unites: those who follow Christ's teaching at any cost gathering together as one while those who oppose Christ being clearly outside of the realm of true disciples. His Divine Majesty is a Lover indeed but He is also the Strong One of Israel who cannot be defeated.

Thank you Bishop Devine. May many more Bishops have the courage and humility to speak the truth and to make the Way known.

Pax Christi tecum.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Oddly enough, the Pope is not set to rehabilitate Martin Luther

Catholic News reports that Pope Benedict XVI is not ready to rehabilitate Martin Luther, contrary to previous reports.

Who woulda thought? :) That's why we don't listen to Cardinal Kasper's opinion.

Pax Christi tecum.