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REFLECTIONS ON THE SYNOD - AND THE CARDINALS

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The dust is beginning to settle after the Synod. And it could be said to have been quite a "dust up"! 

Synods are in recent centuries a post - Conciliar times "novelty" for the universal Church.Since the time of Pope Saint John Paul the Great, they have been held and have labored mightily but quietly - even though the full detail of each of the Synod Fathers' interventions was fully available  on the Holy See Website within a day or so of their being made.Then , in due course, the Holy Fathers, Pope Saint John Paul and his successor Pope Benedict XVI, issued their Post - Synodal Exhortations .The whole process was normalised and a routine well-established.

Pope Francis brought a bit of South American  excitement to the process. Firstly, he had Cardinal Kasper of Germany deliver an address to a preparatory commission, and he warmly commended Cardinal Kasper's ideas and spoke of his writings as " theology on its knees".(Some might have thought " …

INFAMY!!! AND GLORY!!!!

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THE "DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY"
A day on which we remember a heroic young Catholic Priest who gave his life acting in Persona Christi just 73 years ago to-day, and pray for his intercession on behalf of our present day Priests.


"Haec Dies"...This is the day, but unlike the prayer which goes on "..which the Lord has made...", this is the day , the anniversary of the day,  "which will live in infamy". For to-day is the 73rd  Anniversary of the cowardly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour which began the War in the Pacific. Like to-day, 7th December, 1941 was also a Sunday.

Father Aloysius Schmitt was a 32 yrs old Catholic Priest, serving in the United States Navy as a Chaplain with the rank of Lieutenant(JG) -Junior Grade. He served on one of the United States Navy's Pacific Fleet Battleships - U.S.S. OKLAHOMA . Sunday morning had dawned beautifully at his Pacific island base.Father's day began like any other in his recently-com…