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THE REAL POPE FRANCIS IS STANDING UP !

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Ifyou have any associate or acquaintances who might be described as "spirit of the Council" people or dissidents, approach them with caution , they have been having a very bad couple of weeks.

For in the last two weeks or so Pope Francis has shaken off the mantle of enigma to a large extent, and, in a series of actions has placed himself firmly, and  what is more formally and publicly, on the side of Catholic orthodoxy and the hermeneutic of continuity so effectively advocated by Pope Benedict XVI in his time.

The first action taken by the Holy See was to take down from its WebSite the text of the notorious  Scalfari "Interview". And shortly after that Scalfari was obliged to admit that what he had printed in his magazine was largely his own idea of what the Pope said, rather than the Pope's words.

Secondly, as we have noted in our previous Post, the Holy Fatherhas praised the work of Archbishop Agostino Marchettoand commended with out reserve his rigorous defenc…

POPE FRANCIS ACCEPTS CORRECTION WITH GRATITUDE

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PART III SOUTH AMERICAN SWAGGER - DISASTER IN DALLAS

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In a remarkable and complete flowering of his Marxist Liberation Theology and anti- European / North American Capitalism ideas, this Prince of the Church unleashes a veritable barrage of radical Left political slogans.Out they tumble : " world dictatorship of finance capital", " transcontinental oligarchies", " dominate the planet" , " the lords of financial capital" all quotes from the writings of controversial United Nations Official J. Ziegler, which the Cardinal has espoused.But the Cardinal wants to go further, adding " neoliberal dictatorships" and " the new feudal lords" as he unloads his stream of bitter rhetoric against the global capitalist conspiracy!

His Eminence asks : " How can the Church aim to counteract the deleterious effect of the preponderance of economism and its fundamental postulates?"

He ignores the question of how economies are to be managed at all without " economism". He is happier…

PART II SOUTH AMERICAN SWAGGER : DISASTER IN DALLAS

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We left Cardinal Maradiaga in part I (http://vexilla-regis.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/south-american-swagger-disaster-in.html) just as he was hitting his stride, developing the central theme of the Marxist Liberation Theology laden Address he recently gave in Dallas, Texas.Now let us try to keep up with him, as breaks cover completely :

We begin to see most clearly how much of a loose cannon his Eminence is, very  early in Section 3.2 of his Address :

" Even Christ did not proclaim or preach Himself, but the Kingdom."

Eminence? Is that the same Christ Who said : " I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life" John 14:6?  Did not preach Himself??

Saying that the Church is  called "to serve, not to rule" His Eminence says " She must do this service living in the world " . His " hang up" with Marxist Liberation Theology seems to be anchored in this approach. But where is this straw man Church that has wanted "to rule"? 

In truth it is a figment…

SOUTH AMERICAN SWAGGER : DISASTER IN DALLAS

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SOUTH AMERICAN SWAGGER. : DISASTER IN DALLAS His name is Oscar Cardinal Maradiaga, and he has been chosen by his friend Pope Francis to be the Co-Ordinator for the Council of Cardinals which is charged with making recommendations to the Holy Father about the reform of the Roman Curia, among other things. He is also the President of the disaster plagued CELAM - the South American Bishops Conference. He was born in Honduras in 1942 and is the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa.

Had he wanted to raise his profile outside the Church , he could not have done so more effectively than by the extraordinary Address he gave to the University of Dallas "Ministry Conference" on 25th October, 2013.

RUPTURE AND REVOLUTION Cardinal Maradiaga's Address has already been characterized in the Media, even the more responsible Media, as a " rant". It is not easy to criticize that characterization after reading the whole text. The distance between the sober and reasoned rhetoric of the Holy S…

BROKEN BAY DIOCESE ADMINISTRATOR

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BROKEN BAY DIOCESE : UPDATE

The Broken Bay Diocesan Curia is meeting this morning to elect an Administrator for the Diocese in terms of Canons 164 et seq.

Considering past actions of some closely identified with the Bishop Emeritus oone might hope that the period of administration will be brief.

BISHOP WALKER RESIGNATION PUBLICLY ACCEPTED ON DAY IT IS REQUIRED

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RINUNCE E NOMINE, 13.11.2013
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RINUNCE E NOMINE ● RINUNCIA DEL VESCOVO DI BROKEN BAY (AUSTRALIA) Il Santo Padre Francesco ha accettato la rinuncia al governo pastorale della diocesi di Broken Bay (Australia), presentata da S.E. Mons. David Louis Walker, in conformità al can. 401 § 1 del Codice di Diritto Canonico. [01679-01.01]

It is official. Rare enough in Australia these days, the resignation of Bishop David Walker has been accepted by the Holy Father on the day it was required  - to-day his 75th Birthday.

Readers may recall our earlier posts on the Bishop and his strange actions and statements.
If anyone remained in doubt about the problems of Broken Bay Diocese, this notice mounted in Holy Name Parish Wahroonga at the recent 65th Anniversary celebrations of the former Priory Church, should leave no doubts at all why the rsignation was so instantly publicly accepted : Readers will recall the furore over the Bishop's efforts to promote Lay Leadership and his ultimate dropping o…

ITS GOOD NEWS WEEK BRISBANE ORATORY IN FORMATION IS JOINED BY ANOTHER HOLY PRIEST

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Here is a most welcome announcement from the Brisbane Oratory in Formation :

"Today, Tuesday 12th November 2013, the Brisbane Oratory in Formation can announce that another priest, Fr Adrian Sharp of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, has joined the Project. We welcome Fr Sharp with enthusiasm. This is an exciting development for the Oratory as it looks to its establishment in 2015/16.
Fr Adrian SharpBiographical information

Fr Adrian Sharp Born in 1975, Fr Adrian is the older son of Brian and Verna Sharp of Brisbane.  He grew up in Runcorn on Brisbane’s southside and attended primary school at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank. He completed secondary education at Clairvaux MacKillop College, Upper Mount Gravatt, in 1992. Fr Adrian entered Pius XII Provincial Seminary, Banyo, in 1993, attaining there a Bachelor of Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Ministry.  He did pastoral placements as a seminarian in the parishes of Boonah and Inala.  He was ordained to the diaconate in December 1999, afte…

TRYING TIMES

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If we don’t first proclaim the Gospel:
"Pope Francis is inviting us to lead with the proclamation of the Gospel rather than with the pronouncement of moral teachings. This confuses some people on both the left and right side of the spectrum because they think that he is about to change, or is undermining, some of our moral teaching. He is not doing that. What he is doing is saying that if we don’t first proclaim the Gospel message of mercy and love, especially love for the poor, then our moral voice is weakened."

www.franciscanqotd.com Yes it is true that what the Holy Father meant is as Father Anglin explains. But the real problem is that it should become necessary to have everyone who cares, busily forever trying to explain "what the Holy Father really said".Most will never read the explanations, Millions will wander off into the twilight zone assuming wrong things about the utterances and hundreds, maybe thousands will just think "this is the last straw"…