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NEW PREFECT OF CONGREGATION FOR BISHOPS

The Holy See has announced that the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Re as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and has appointed Cardinal Marc Ouellet until now Archbishop of Ottawa as the new Prefect of the Congregation.

This brings to an end intense speculation that had Cardinal George Pell as the likely appointee, and accords with later suggestions that significant figures in the Curia had sought to block that appointment, putting abroad stories about Cardinal Pell's ill health - stories clearly given the lie by his appearance and activity.

The record of the Canadian Church has been a sorry one for many years past. It would be surprising if a major player in that field emerged with a contrary record.Only the Holy Father can know what other factors were at work in arriving at this decision.

SAINT PAUL Part IX SAINT PAUL WRITES FROM MACEDONIA

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ST.PAUL WRITES FROM MACEDONIA


We recall (FOUNDATION – Jan 2009) that there were actually four letters to the Corinthians. The first and third did not come down to us. Our first and second are actually the second and fourth.

Only six months after writing the first epistle to the Corinthians (actually St Paul’s second) from Ephesus, St Paul, now in Macedonia, is moved to write again. Our second Epistle to the Corinthians is actually his fourth.

It seems clear from this Epistle that what we know as first Corinthians and the missing third, had between them led to the correction of the abuses they addressed. But the peace was soon disturbed by some Jewish convert visitors to Corinth. They attacked not only Paul’s authority but even his personality. The power of his Divinely given mission and the defence of his personal integrity compel St Paul to meet this challenge head on for the sake of the truth and the well-being of the Church in Corinth.

The result is that we find in this letter a c…

SAINT PAUL Part VII PAUL WRITES FROM CORINTH II

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St Paul Writes from Corinth, Part II


The Letter to the Romans

SIX YEARS HAVE PASSED since St Paul wrote his letters to the Thessalonians from Corinth. In these busy, tumultuous years St Paul has covered thousands of miles back and forth from Damascus to Illyricum the Roman province across the Adriatic from Italy which marked the Imperial border with the barbarian regions to the North. He is now the mature Apostolic missionary. His exertions in preaching, teaching, travel on foot, shipwreck, imprisonment, beatings and narrow escapes from death have taken their toll.

Yet he remains keen to bring more and more Gentiles to Christ. In the East he has established many churches, visited and re-visited them, and set over them bishops and priests he knows will do as much as can be done to keep them faithful. Now he has his sights set on Spain. But, on his way to that Western bulwark of the Empire of Rome, he plans to satisfy a long-held desire to visit the well-established church in Rome itse…

SAINT PAUL Part VI PAUL WRITES FROM CORINTH I

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St Paul Writes from Corinth


ST. PAUL’S VERY FIRST LETTERS WHICH WE HAVE, WERE WRITTEN IN 51-52 AD from Corinth when Paul was 47–49 years old. Six years and thousands of missionary miles later, now aged 53–55 years, he once again wrote from Corinth.



As we have seen, Corinth lies 40 miles west of Athens on the Ionian coast, a few miles across a narrow neck of land from the Aegean port of Cenchrae. Two hundred miles of coastline separated the two ports, including the treacherous Cape Malea

Here Paul, after being effectively driven out of the synagogue, taught from the house of a convert – Titius Justus – next door to the synagogue. Re-assured by a vision of Our Lord, he remained in Corinth preaching and teaching for 18 months.

Busy as he was in his very successful preaching to the Gentiles in Corinth (and also converting Crispus, the leader of the synagogue and his household), Paul still bore in his heart and mind the converts he had made in Thessalonica. It is that fatherly concern whic…

PROTECTING THE CHURCH

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Protecting the Church


How many times in recent decades have you experienced in the Church “facilitated”, “consultations” regarding say, school closures, pastoral arrangements, evangelisation planning, liturgical planning, etc? Too many to count? Have you long since given up anticipating - vacating the field to the manipulators - yes, manipulators. The article below comes from a secular American source - but you will quickly recognise the “progressives” who have been and often still are running the Church’s administrative apparatus.

Let’s Stop Being Manipulated!

The Delphi Technique

by Albert V. Burns

More and more, we are seeing citizens being invited to “participate” in various forms of meetings, councils, or boards to “help determine” public policy in one field or another. They are supposedly being included to get “input” from the public to help officials make final decisions on taxes, education, community growth or whatever the particular subject matter might be. Sounds great, doe…

SERVING WITH THE ANGELS - CATHOLIC AGAIN!

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Martin Luther Death Mask

Serving with the Angels


Catholic Again! Acolyte was recently reflecting on his Family Tree. On the Paternal side Irish Catholic.

On the Maternal side German and English Protestant. My Mother’s conversion to Catholicism brought back to the Faith branches of the Family Tree which had strayed for over 450 years.

“The evil that men do lives after them….”Shakespeare has Mark Antony say, it is so very true! In the cases of Martin Luther – the drunken, blasphemous, sacrilegious and bitterly anti-Semitic beginner of Protestantism and King Henry VIII the hypocritical, sex-obsessed plunderer and persecutor of the Church, it is clear that at some stage in the late 1500’s they both set in motion forces that compelled or induced my German and English ancestors to abandon the Faith into which they were born and which had sustained their , and my, earlier ancestors for at least 1,000 years since their conversion from paganism.

The outrageous nature of such an act comes shar…

SACRED SCRIPTURE THE CHURCH - SAINT AUGUSTINE

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SACRED SCRIPTURE
What is it all about? Catholics have long held that there are Four Senses in which Sacred Scripture can be understood: Literally and Spiritually which latter can be divided into Allegorical, Moral and Anagogical. This Catholic concern for the whole meaning of Sacred Scripture is part of the many things that separate fundamentalist organizations from the Church founded by Christ. (They are ultra literalist.)


The Catechism teaches us that the Holy Spirit has inspired and directed the human authors of Sacred Scripture, and in seeking to interpret the Scripture we must do so in the light of that same Spirit. To do so intelligently, we must take into account the culture and times of the authors, the literary genre they have adopted (e.g. historical, poetic, prophetic or apocalypse)

Vatican II also tells us that we must always consider that every part of Sacred Scripture must be considered in relation to the content and unity of the whole of Sacred Scripture and " th…

QUEENSLAND BISHOPS - MICHAEL PUTNEY Townsville

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WE HAVE PREVIOUSLY referred to Queensland as the “sick man” of the Church in Australia. This has been evidenced by the 2006 Advent Pastorals in Toowoomba and Brisbane.


It seems the Pastoral Letter is in these cases something of a subconscious cry for help - “See how far I am from thinking with the Church? - Help me!” The doctor has been and gone and we await his most direct prescriptions.

A recent Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ has been issued by Bishop Michael Putney of Townsville. It is of an entirely different order to the letters mentioned above. It is no less disconcerting. In many ways more subtle, it would not be written much differently if one wished to undermine Faith and create doubt whilst always being able to point to covering clauses to show one really did no wrong.

Even in its second paragraph it hides the definitive Catholic teaching that Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist is par excellence and of an entirely superior order to His presenc…

SAINT PAUL Part IV SAINT PAUL THE MISSIONARY II

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St Paul the Missionary Part II


SECOND MISSIONARY JOURNEY 49 – 52 AD

(Paul is 44 – 48 years old as he begins).

Covers modern Syria, Israel, Turkey and Greece.

Trouble came to the church in Antioch in the shape of some Jewish Christians from Jerusalem. They began to insist to the Gentile converts that they could not be saved without “ being circumcised according to the tradition of Moses”.

Paul and Barnabas strongly opposed their view and defended the contrary teaching they had given to their Gentile converts. It was finally agreed that Paul and Barnabas should go to Jerusalem to defend their teaching. They set off with several others, travelling via Phoenicia and Samaria.

In Jerusalem they were welcomed by the Apostles and presbyters. When the issue was formally discussed, a group of Jewish Christians of Pharisee background strongly asserted the need for circumcision “ to keep the Law of Moses “. St Peter, returned from one of his missionary journeys, was present and so the matter wa…

A TRULY ENDEARING SAINT

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A Truly Endearing Saint


Pope St Gregory the Great



FEW WRITINGS BY POPES or Saints give us such an endearing insight into the writer’s humble spirit as the extract from a homily set down in the Liturgy of the Hours for the Feast of St Gregory the Great on 3 September. Before we present the extract Let us consider the outline of his life.

Born in Rome around 540, Pope St Gregory the Great died on 12th March, 604. It has been rightly said of him “if no account were taken of his work, the evolution of the form of medieval Christianity would be almost inexplicable …… Almost all the leading principles of the later Catholicism are found, at any rate in germ, in Gregory the Great.” (Non-Catholic writer F.H.Dudden Gregory the Great, 1, p.v.)

His father was a wealthy patrician .They lived in a mansion on the Caelian Hill in Rome. Gregory’s mother and two of his aunts were saints (Saint Silvia and Saints Tarsilla and Aemiliana.) The family owned extensive estates in Sicily. But his early life was…

ST.PAUL PARTIII THE MISSIONARY

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Saint Paul the Missionary






THE GREAT COMMISSION

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age”(Matthew 28:19-20) With these words, Our Divine Lord commissioned the Apostles immediately before His Ascension.

Paul, ”last of all, as one untimely born … for I am the least of the Apostles”(1 Cor. 15:8-9), accepted the great commission with his whole soul, spirit, heart and body –“ for necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel !”

At the time of his conversion the Church was truly in its infancy. Our Lord had been crucified and the Holy Spirit had come down at the first Pentecost in 32-33 AD In the ensuing years, as we have seen, Paul goes from Damascus to Arabia, back to Damascus, to Jerusalem and home to Tarsus. These travels, including 3-4 years in each of Arabia and Tar…