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USA : Effort to Rescue Blessed Sacrament in Fire Recalled As Act of Great Faith CLERICAL WHISPERS - March 17, 2017 ... George Weinmann and Sister Lilian Marie McLaughlin did not know that by early afternoon they'd perform actions that would cost them their live s - and render them modern-day martyrs in the eyes of many. Yet when danger stared them down, in the form of a fire spreading through St. Philip Neri Church, they responded as only people with great faith might. Weinmann, the pastor, rushed into the burning building to save the Blessed Sacrament inside ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/03/usa-effort-to-rescue-blessed-sacrament.html

KOREA – VATICAN : Beatification Process Underway for P'yŏng-Yang Bishop and the Other 213 Martyrs CLERICAL WHISPERS - March 11, 2017 The special committee for the Causes of Saints set up by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea has announced the start of the national process of beatification and eventually canonisation of two groups of martyrs: that of the Servant of God John Baptist Yi Byeok and his 132 companions, and that of the servant of God Mgr Francis Borgia Hong Yong-ho, the first bishop of P'yŏng-yang and his 80 companions. The Vatican gave the committee a "national" and ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/03/korea-vatican-beatification-process.html

USA : The Contentious Case of Fulton Sheen's Corpse (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - March 11, 2017 ... corpse of Venerable Archbishop Fulton John Sheen may stand out as one of most bizarre of all. Although the good man died 37 years ago, his body hit the news again because his final resting place couldn't be decided upon outside of court. Though he was born in the Diocese of Peoria, Sheen's public life ended in the Archdiocese of New York, and these two episcopal districts have been duking it out, over who should have his body, in grand style for the last few ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/03/usa-contentious-case-of-fulton-sheens.html

Shusaku Endo's "Silence" AGAINST THE GRAIN - February 26, 2017 ... the temptations but the consequences of apostasy were shown by both novel and film in a faithful light: the temptations were beyond ingenious, with the voice of Jesus seeming to come from His image on the fumie itself ("Step on me.") as if Christ Himself were counseling the mercy of apostasy as the path to redemption; and both apostate priests ended their lives by faded into oblivion, morphing into gollum-like shadows of themselves; and the Japanese Catholics (not all, but ...http://christopherblosser.blogspot.com/2017/02/shusaku-endos-silence.html

When the Church Thrives, Cultures Thrive CRISIS MAGAZINE - February 23, 2017 ... open the possibility that couples who are divorced and remarried civilly be admitted to the sacraments in the absence of a declaration from the Church that their previous marriage was invalid. Four cardinals—with notably Raymond Burke, an American, among them—have stated that this ambiguity has endangered the traditional Catholic understanding of marriage as well as the sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist. The cardinals have ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/S2XgL6JN4Yw/church-thrives-cultures-thrive

Worth Revisiting - The New Evangelization Is Not So New HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF CONTEMPLATION - February 14, 2017 ... of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". He did not then, nor does He now, teach that one Church is as good as another. Jesus has called all of us to be members of His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Over the ensuing centuries, we Catholics have frequently failed to heed His command, even in current times mistakenly and tragically acting like this was no longer our mission. In the early days of Christ's Church, ...http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/2017/02/worth-revisiting-new-evangelization-is.html

In Face of Death Some Run CATHOLIC AMERICAN EYES IN KOREA - February 12, 2017 When we think about the history of the Church in Korea we remember the many martyrs but at the same time many were those who wanted to live and turned against the community of faith . After Chu Mun- m o, James (1752-1801) the Chinese priest entered Korea, the Masses were attended with great fervor. However, those who reported the Masses and gave the names of those in attendance to the authorities were also Catholics. ...http://catholicamericaneyesinkorea.blogspot.com/2017/02/in-face-of-death-some-run.html

Samurai Martyr Beatified in Japan CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 11, 2017 A 17th century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan on Tuesday. Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Vatican's ‎Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the Beatification Mass of Justo Takayama Ukon, who was declared a martyr by Pope Francis in January last year. Takayama Ukon was born in 1552 in Japan during the time when Jesuit missionaries were being introduced within the country. By the time Takayama ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/samurai-martyr-beatified-in-japan.html

Irish Widow Speaks of Pain After Thieves Snatch Rosary Beads From Her Husband's Grave CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 9, 2017 ... thieves snatched rosary beads, blessed in Rome, from the grave of her husband. But pensioner Catherine McNally, a devout Roman Catholic, has vowed: "I will pray for forgiveness for those responsible. "I must do, otherwise how can I be forgiven?" The 82-year-old, originally from Co Kilkenny, still cannot comprehend someone would stoop so low as to steal religious symbols from husband Jim's grave at Brandwood End Cemetery, Birmingham. "Who would so such a ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/irish-widow-speaks-of-pain-after.html

Last Words of Seven Saint Martyrs, Past and Present BIG C CATHOLICS - February 6, 2017 Although they have not been formally canonized, Blessed Miguel Pro and Father Jacques Hamel are most certainly among the elect in heaven by virtue of their glorious martyrdoms in testimony to the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior & King. When the court sentenced Stephen to death, the 1st century Protomartyr was taken outside the city to be stoned. Scripture testifies that the participants laid their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul (the future ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/last-words-of-seven-saint-martyrs-past.html

St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs JEAN M. HEIMANN - February 5, 2017 The saints of the day for February 6 are St. Paul Miki and companions, martyrs. These twenty-six martyrs are sometimes called the martyrs of Nagasaki and the martyrs of Japan. St. Francis Xavier brought the Good News of Christianity to Japan in 1549. Many received the Word and were baptized by St. Francis himself. Although Francis moved on and eventually died near the shores of China, the ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/02/st-paul-miki-companions-martyrs/

Ss. Fabian and Sebastian, Martyrs ATONEMENTONLINE - January 20, 2017 January 20th is the commemoration of two great 3rd century martyrs – one a pope, and one a soldier. St. Fabian was simple farmer but was an extraordinary person, who took his Catholic faith very seriously. One day he came into the city of Rome from the countryside, but this wasn't just any day – it happened to be the day when a new pope was being chosen. Who knows? Perhaps Fabian had come to ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/01/ss-fabian-and-sebastian-martyrs.html

Pray for Malta's Catholic Priests... THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED MAY THRILL - January 17, 2017 Let us implore for God's help and protection of all Catholic priests in Malta, who believe, quite rightly, that they are custodians of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar and implore Christ, Our Blessed Lady and the Saints that the Bishops of Malta and Gozo will reverse their terrible decision and repent of their apostasy. For there is no other word for it. It is apostasy . Neither is there justification to be found ...http://thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com/2017/01/pray-for-maltas-catholic-priests.html

A Template for Real Catholic Reform in 2017 (Commentary) CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 17, 2017 ... to present the beauty of Christian teaching. In his address to the Roman Curia on December 22, Pope Francis once again centered his words on the need for continuous reform, and while he was speaking first and foremost of the reform of the Curia, he extended the scope of his words to the reform of the Church herself. Reform, Francis said, "is first and foremost a sign of life, of a Church that advances on her pilgrim way, of a Church that is living and for this reason semper reformanda , in ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-template-for-real-catholic-reform-in.html

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - January 11, 2017 ... to dozens of people tell their stories this winter: "I have waited, waited for the Lord." For some, the rest of the Psalm came about: "And he stooped toward me and heard my cry." To know that the Lord will come for you is enough to sustain the faith of many. The readings speak about the beginning of a new ministry as Baptism events close. John the Baptist is leaving center stage as he points the way to Jesus, the Lamb of God, from whom salvation comes. John is ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-second-sunday-of-ordinary-time.html

Movies: "Silence" HELL BURNS - January 9, 2017 The new Scorsese film, "Silence," based on the 1966 historical novel (with the same title) by Japanese Catholic, Shûsaku Endô, is a worthy and nuanced take on: missionary activity, Christianity, the priesthood, the sacraments, religious persecution, torture, suffering, the suffering of God and the God of suffering. I read the haunting novel several years ago, and I'm sure the ending is what sticks with everyone: the conundrum of an ultimatum that does not allow YOU ...http://hellburns.blogspot.com/2017/01/movies-silence.html

Optional Memorial of Saint Sylvester I, Pope BIG C CATHOLICS - December 30, 2016 Pope Sylvester I and Emperor Constantine December 31st, is the optional memorial of Saint Sylvester I (??? - 335), the 4th century pontiff, who guided the Church during a period of violent persecution and challenges to doctrine at the hands of various heretics. According to legend, he baptized Emperor Constantine. Born in Rome, the son of devout parents Rufinus and Justa, he was instructed in Christian piety by his virtuous mother. Later, under the guidance of Carinus, a ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/12/optional-memorial-of-saint-sylvester-i.html

Iraqi Priest's Calling Born in Mosul, Inspired by the Example of Christian Martyrs CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 27, 2016 ... the words, pronounced in a homily, of Mgr Rahho, archbishop of Mosul, who died at the hands of fundamentalist kidnappers. Although his youth was spent in a mostly Muslim social environment, this did not prevent him from participating in the activities of the Catholic Church, especially in pastoral outreach "because our people need individuals" to believe in and to rely upon. Speaking to AsiaNews , he said that the faithful and the Iraqi ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/iraqi-priests-calling-born-in-mosul.html

Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives and the Vatican's Silence CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 14, 2016 From December 26 to 30 next the Ninth National Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives will be held in Beijing. It is the most authoritative gathering of the official Church in China, the one recognized by the government. In its statutes such a meeting is called the "sovereign body" on the Church. The Assembly brings together dozens of official bishops recognized by Beijing - those recognized by the Vatican and those who are not recognized, ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/12/assembly-of-chinese-catholic.html

Intellectual Life in the Post-Amoris Laetitia Church THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED MAY THRILL - December 13, 2016 Prophetically speaking of Amoris Laetitia? While as a blogger who wishes to update the 'Pope Francis Book of Insults' page I find myself before an insurmountable mountain that just keeps becoming greater in mass, His Holiness is still producing the goods that must at some point be recorded for posterity. Today were denounced the ugly evils of clericalism and the horror of intellectualism in religion. I am certain that the word 'clericalism' means something else to Pope ...http://thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com/2016/12/intellectual-life-in-post-amoris.html

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