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Homily for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 26, 2017, Year A BIG C CATHOLICS - February 19, 2017 ... reaching you friend or loved one with a few electronic bytes. Isn't a handwritten letter more personal than an electronic note? Also, there are types of closeness. Think, for instance, of the differences between shaking hands, holding hands, and kissing someone. The qualities of closeness and of presence differ. The more personal the presence the better is our relationship with another. Enjoying the presence of another, enjoying the presence of someone we want to be our ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/02/homily-for-8th-sunday-in-ordinary-time.html

SSPX: A Flawed Proposal? CATHOLIC COMMENTARY - February 15, 2017 When he issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum , Pope Benedict XVI also wrote an accompanying letter to the bishops of the world. That letter explained the intentions behind the juridical provisions of the motu proprio itself. It is worth noting two points from the letter: In the first place, there is the fear that the document detracts from the authority of the Second Vatican Council, one of whose essential decisions – ...http://rccommentary2.blogspot.com/2017/02/sspx-flawed-proposal.html

Christians Urged to Take Part in Carbon Fast During Lent CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 14, 2017 The chair of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN), the Bishop of Swaziland, Ellinah Wamukoya, is inviting people to take part in a "carbon fast" during Lent – to examine their daily actions and reflect on how they impact the environment: "We are of the earth, we are dust, if the earth birthed us so let us look after her, and reduce our carbon foot print to ensure continued life" he said. Carbon fast campaigns are designed so that, over Lent, people can ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/christians-urged-to-take-part-in-carbon.html

China and the Vatican Have Reached an Agreement on Bishops, Says Cardinal CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 13, 2017 ... together to preach the gospel of Jesus on the soil of China." In a letter published on Thursday, Cardinal Tong noted that China and the Vatican have different interests, so they will prioritise remaining problems differently. "The Chinese government is concerned with problems on the political level, while for the Holy See, the problems are on the religious and pastoral levels," he said. The Vatican and China, which severed diplomatic ties in 1951, have had on-again, off-again ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/china-and-vatican-have-reached.html

Bishop Egan: Pray for the Church Because There Is a 'Growing Problem' CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 12, 2017 ... No. "What he says is that instead they need a good priest to reach out to them, to accompany them, to help them discern their situation before the Lord and to enable them to develop, to change and to take their proper place in the Church's life and mission." Bishop Egan said that Amoris Laetitia was consistent with the teaching of Pope St John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and canon law, which have all upheld the Church's traditional teaching on Communion. However, the bishops' ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/bishop-egan-pray-for-church-because.html

Swiss Bishop: Active Adulterers Can't Decide to Receive the Sacraments CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 11, 2017 ... the sacraments isn't decided by penitent's subjective conscience but by objective Church law. In a letter to his priests, February 2, regarding application of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL), Bp. Vitus Huonder of Chur, Switzerland, told his priests: The reception of Holy Communion by civilly remarried divorced persons must not be left up to a subjective decision. It's necessary to rely on objective conditions (the Church's requirements for the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/swiss-bishop-active-adulterers-cant.html

Is Cardinal Müller Censuring Himself? MUSINGS OF A PERTINACIOUS PAPIST - February 11, 2017 ... exceptionless negative precepts of the natural law (including "Thou shalt not commit adultery") to "general rules" and mere "objective ideals" rather than divine commands from which no one can claim an exemption. But Müller's choice of words is very curious. As reported by Stanze Vaticane, during an interview with TGCom 24 (translations mine), Müller stated: "Everyone, above all the cardinals of the Roman Church [sic], have the right to write a letter to the Pope. I ...http://pblosser.blogspot.com/2017/02/is-cardinal-muller-censuring-himself_11.html

Marriage Is Holy: A Swiss Bishop Publishes 9 Points on 'Amoris Laetitia' CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 7, 2017 ... introduction which quoted at length from Amoris laetitia , Bishop Huonder asked the priests of the Chur diocese to observe nine points, the first of which is that "the starting point for accompaniment, discernment, and integration must be the sanctity of the marriage bond." He emphasized the holiness of marriage, present in the natural order and strengthened in sacramental one. "The formation of conscience regarding this truth is an urgent task in our time," he noted. "The marriage bond itself ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/marriage-is-holy-swiss-bishop-publishes.html

Archbishop of Canterbury Sets Out Vision for 2017 Primates Meeting CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 4, 2017 The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has written to every primate in the Anglican Communion to set out his hopes for the next Primates' Meeting, which will take place in Canterbury in October. He also gave details of last week's report by the Church of England's House of Bishops on human sexuality. In the letter, Archbishop Justin sets out his vision for the meeting in Canterbury as an opportunity for relaxed fellowship and mutual consultation. He ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/archbishop-of-canterbury-sets-out.html

Removal of Pastor Feeds Perceptions of Draconian Authority (Opinion) CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 3, 2017 News came through last week of an astonishing overreach by the Archbishop of San Antonio, Gustavo Garcia-Siller. In a letter to parishioners he explained that he was removing their pastor, Father Christopher Phillips "to dedicate some time to reflect on certain specific concerns that I have shared with him." Phillips' fascinating story as a convert from the Anglican tradition was highlighted in an article at Crux a few months ago. In 1982, as an Episcopal priest with a ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/removal-of-pastor-feeds-perceptions-of.html

Cardinal Burke 'In Office but Out of Power' As Job Handed to Papal Delegate CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 3, 2017 ... religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. It is this quasi-monastic elite who hold the leadership positions of the world-wide organisation, and elect its leader. But sources inside the order say that formation processes for the fully professed were not sufficiently robust with questions being asked about the quality of religious life among this group of knights. The decision by Francis to put his delegate in charge of the renewal work further sidelines Cardinal Burke, as another ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/cardinal-burke-in-office-but-out-of.html

Cardinal Wuerl: 'Amoris Laetitia Is Part of Church's Faithful and Living Tradition' CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 30, 2017 ... papal document — said Amoris Laetitia is part of a continuum of the papal magisterium, as were documents issued by St John Paul II and Benedict XVI following earlier synods. He noted that individuals, guided by their conscience, are ultimately responsible for their own actions, including their reception of the sacraments. Some critics have questioned the document for seeming to allow an opening for some civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion. ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/cardinal-wuerl-amoris-laetitia-is-part.html

We Desire Not Only to Know Fully, but to Be Fully Known Καθολικός διάκονος - January 29, 2017 ... rest in you." Desire causes us to suffer when we place our hope in the wrong things, when we seek to satisfy our desire with what can never satisfy us: money, power, and sex are the big three. This is like trying to quench your thirst by eating sand. Even human relationships cannot satisfy your desire. No other human being, except God-made-man-for-us, Jesus Christ, can bear the weight of your need. He bore that weight when He went to the cross. He lifted that weight when He rose from the dead ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2017/01/we-desire-not-only-to-know-fully-but-to.html

San Antonio Archdiocese Removes Priest From a Parish of Anglican Converts CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 26, 2017 ... ecclesial communion with the parish and the Archdiocese of San Antonio." Two parishioners and one former parishioner said they interpreted the archbishop's concern as a reference to a longtime hope by Phillips and other members of Our Lady of the Atonement to someday leave the auspices of the archdiocese and join the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The Houston-based ordinariate is a Catholic diocese or jurisdiction that oversees about 40 churches of converts ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/san-antonio-archdiocese-removes-priest.html

The Gruesome Death of Arius, AD 336 GLORIA ROMANORUM - January 25, 2017 ... partisans of Eusebius perceived that their arguments produced no effect on Alexander, they had recourse to contumely, and threatened that unless he would receive Arius into communion on a stated day, he should be expelled from the church, and that another should be elected in his place who would be willing to hold communion with Arius. They then separated, the partisans of Eusebius to await the time they had fixed for carrying their menaces into execution, and ...http://gloriaromanorum.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-death-of-arius.html

Anglican Primates Summoned to Canterbury CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 24, 2017 ... October and will be the first time all the leaders of the different Anglican provinces have met since January 2016. That gathering resulted in The Episcopal Church (TEC) in the USA facing "consequences" for changing its teaching to welcome gay marriage. The Primates' decided TEC should be removed from any decision making on "issues pertaining to doctrine or polity" for three years. It is not clear whether TEC bishops have been invited to the October 2017 conference. In his ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/anglican-primates-summoned-to-canterbury.html

'Amoris Laetitia': Are We Seeing Change by Stealth? (Opinion) CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 24, 2017 ... was leaked to the media in which he endorsed the Argentinian bishops' interpretation of his encyclical Amoris Laetitia . The bishops had said that in certain circumstances it might be possible for divorced and remarried individuals to "have access to the Eucharist." They made it clear that this meant receiving communion. Pope Francis affirmed their reading, saying that the bishops had captured the full meaning of his encyclical and "there was no other interpretation." ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/amoris-laetitia-are-we-seeing-change-by.html

As Recent Guidelines Show, 'Amoris' Argument Is Far From Over (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 24, 2017 ... guidelines German Cardinal Walter Kasper, author of the "Kasper proposal" that guided most of the Vatican's synod of bishops when it came to a case-by-case solution to the question of divorced and remarried, is currently the president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, and as such, doesn't have a diocese for which to produce a set of guidelines. However, in November he said that Amoris marks a "paradigm shift" that allows for a "changed pastoral practice." In an article ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/as-recent-guidelines-show-amoris.html

'Conscience' Cannot Justify Communion for the Remarried, Says Ordinariate Bishop CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 23, 2017 Bishop Steven Lopes, head of the American branch of the Ordinariate, has released a pastoral letter which reaffirms traditional Church teaching on Communion for the remarried. On Friday, the bishops of Malta stated that remarried people might find it "impossible" to live as brother and sister, and could therefore take Communion if they felt "at peace with God". But the Ordinariate document , which has been sent to all 42 Ordinariate ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/conscience-cannot-justify-communion-for.html

Anti-Catholic Critics Oppose Orthodox Council on Unity CRISIS MAGAZINE - January 23, 2017 ... sacramental communion with some in the Greek Church who reject the council. Certain clergy and laity within the Church of Greece, he said in the letter, have called for Orthodox faithful to rebel against the council. This council calls for more unity and ecumenism between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christian churches, however some of the language used has been controversial and disputed between Bartholomew and some Orthodox traditionalists. These actions, ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/aKZDwdtoFwg/orthodox-council-unity

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