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"I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" ON CHRISTIAN UNITY LISTEN TO POPE PIUS XI Part 10 (FINAL)

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12. Let, therefore, the separated children draw nigh to the Apostolic See, set up in the City which Peter and Paul, the Princes of the Apostles, consecrated by their blood; to that See, We repeat, which is "the root and womb whence the Church of God springs,"[27] not with the intention and the hope that "the Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth"[28] will cast aside the integrity of the faith and tolerate their errors, but, on the contrary, that they themselves submit to its teaching and government. 
Would that it were Our happy lot to do that which so many of Our predecessors could not, to embrace with fatherly affection those children, whose unhappy separation from Us We now bewail. Would that God our Savior, "Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,"[29] would hear us when We humbly beg that He would deign to recall all who stray to the unity of the Church! In this most important undertaking We …

" I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" ON CHRISTIAN UNITY LISTEN TO POPE PIUS XI PART 9

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11. Furthermore, in this one Church of Christ no man can be or remain who does not accept, recognize and obey the authority and supremacy of Peter and his legitimate successors. Did not the ancestors of those who are now entangled in the errors of Photius and the reformers, obey the Bishop of Rome, the chief shepherd of souls? Alas their children left the home of their fathers, but it did not fall to the ground and perish for ever, for it was supported by God. Let them therefore return to their common Father, who, forgetting the insults previously heaped on the Apostolic See, will receive them in the most loving fashion. For if, as they continually state, they long to be united with Us and ours, why do they not hasten to enter the Church, "the Mother and mistress of all Christ's faithful"?[25] Let them hear Lactantius crying out: "The Catholic Church is alone in keeping the true worship. This is the fount of truth, this the house of Faith, this the temple of God: if…

"I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" ON CHRISTIAN UNITY LISTEN TO POPE PIUS XI PART 8

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10. So, Venerable Brethren, it is clear why this Apostolic See has never allowed its subjects to take part in the assemblies of non-Catholics: for the union of Christians can only be promoted by promoting the return to the one true Church of Christ of those who are separated from it, for in the past they have unhappily left it. To the one true Church of Christ, we say, which is visible to all, and which is to remain, according to the will of its Author, exactly the same as He instituted it. During the lapse of centuries, the mystical Spouse of Christ has never been contaminated, nor can she ever in the future be contaminated, as Cyprian bears witness: "The Bride of Christ cannot be made false to her Spouse: she is incorrupt and modest. She knows but one dwelling, she guards the sanctity of the nuptial chamber chastely and modestly."[20] The same holy Martyr with good reason marveled exceedingly that anyone could believe that "this unity in the Church which arises from a…

"I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" CHRISTIAN UNITY POPE PIUS XI PART 7

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"9. These pan-Christians who turn their minds to uniting the churches seem, indeed, to pursue the noblest of ideas in promoting charity among all Christians: nevertheless how does it happen that this charity tends to injure faith?

Everyone knows that John himself, the Apostle of love, who seems to reveal in his Gospel the secrets of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and who never ceased to impress on the memories of his followers the new commandment "Love one another," altogether forbade any intercourse with those who professed a mutilated and corrupt version of Christ's teaching: "If any man come to you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him: God speed you."[18] 

For which reason, since charity is based on a complete and sincere faith, the disciples of Christ must be united principally by the bond of one faith. Who then can conceive a Christian Federation, the members of which retain each his own opinions and private judgement, …

"I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" RELIGIOUS UNITY LISTEN TO POPE PIUS XI PART 6

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"8. This being so, it is clear that the Apostolic See cannot on any terms take part in their assemblies, nor is it anyway lawful for Catholics either to support or to work for such enterprises; for if they do so they will be giving countenance to a false Christianity, quite alien to the one Church of Christ. Shall We suffer, what would indeed be iniquitous, the truth, and a truth divinely revealed, to be made a subject for compromise? 
For here there is question of defending revealed truth. Jesus Christ sent His Apostles into the whole world in order that they might permeate all nations with the Gospel faith, and, lest they should err, He willed beforehand that they should be taught by the Holy Ghost:[15] has then this doctrine of the Apostles completely vanished away, or sometimes been obscured, in the Church, whose ruler and defence is God Himself? If our Redeemer plainly said that His Gospel was to continue not only during the times of the Apostles, but also till future ages, i…

" I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" RELIGIOUS UNITY LISTEN TO POPE PIUS XI PART 5

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"And here it seems opportune to expound and to refute a certain false opinion, on which this whole question, as well as that complex movement by which non-Catholics seek to bring about the union of the Christian churches depends.
 For authors who favour this view are accustomed, times almost without number, to bring forward these words of Christ: "That they all may be one.... And there shall be one fold and one shepherd,"[14] with this signification however: that Christ Jesus merely expressed a desire and prayer, which still lacks its fulfilment. For they are of the opinion that the unity of faith and government, which is a note of the one true Church of Christ, has hardly up to the present time existed, and does not to-day exist. They consider that this unity may indeed be desired and that it may even be one day attained through the instrumentality of wills directed to a common end, but that meanwhile it can only be regarded as mere ideal. 
They add that the Church in i…

"I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH " RELIGIOUS UNITY LISTEN TO POPE PIUS XI PART 4

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6. We were created by God, the Creator of the universe, in order that we might know Him and serve Him; our Author therefore has a perfect right to our service. God might, indeed, have prescribed for man's government only the natural law, which, in His creation, He imprinted on his soul, and have regulated the progress of that same law by His ordinary providence; but He preferred rather to impose precepts, which we were to obey, and in the course of time, namely from the beginnings of the human race until the coming and preaching of Jesus Christ, He Himself taught man the duties which a rational creature owes to its Creator: "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all, in these days, hath spoken to us by his Son."[3] From which it follows that there can be no true religion other than that which is founded on the revealed word of God: which revelation, begun from the beginning and continued under the Old …

"I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" RELIGIOUS UNITY LISTEN TO POPE PIUS XI - PART 3

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"3. But some are more easily deceived by the outward appearance of good when there is question of fostering unity among all Christians.
4. Is it not right, it is often repeated, indeed, even consonant with duty, that all who invoke the name of Christ should abstain from mutual reproaches and at long last be united in mutual charity? Who would dare to say that he loved Christ, unless he worked with all his might to carry out the desires of Him, Who asked His Father that His disciples might be "one."[1] And did not the same Christ will that His disciples should be marked out and distinguished from others by this characteristic, namely that they loved one another: "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another"?[2] All Christians, they add, should be as "one": for then they would be much more powerful in driving out the pest of irreligion, which like a serpent daily creeps further and becomes more widely spread, a…

"I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH" LISTEN TO POPE PIUS XI Part 2

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"2. A similar object is aimed at by some, in those matters which concern the New Law promulgated by Christ our Lord. For since they hold it for certain that men destitute of all religious sense are very rarely to be found, they seem to have founded on that belief a hope that the nations, although they differ among themselves in certain religious matters, will without much difficulty come to agree as brethren in professing certain doctrines, which form as it were a common basis of the spiritual life. For which reason conventions, meetings and addresses are frequently arranged by these persons, at which a large number of listeners are present, and at which all without distinction are invited to join in the discussion, both infidels of every kind, and Christians, even those who have unhappily fallen away from Christ or who with obstinacy and pertinacity deny His divine nature and mission. 

Certainly such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false …

" I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH..." LISTEN TO POPE PIUS XI

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"ON RELIGIOUS UNITY
TO OUR VENERABLE BRETHREN THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES,
ARCHBISHOPS, BISHOPS, AND OTHER LOCAL ORDINARIES
IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE APOSTOLIC SEE.

Venerable Brethren, Health and Apostolic Benediction.
Never perhaps in the past have we seen, as we see in these our own times, the minds of men so occupied by the desire both of strengthening and of extending to the common welfare of human society that fraternal relationship which binds and unites us together, and which is a consequence of our common origin and nature. For since the nations do not yet fully enjoy the fruits of peace - indeed rather do old and new disagreements in various places break forth into sedition and civic strife - and since on the other hand many disputes which concern the tranquillity and prosperity of nations cannot be settled without the active concurrence and help of those who rule the States and promote their interests, it is easily understood, and the more so because none now dispute the …

WHAT IS A CHURCH ?

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" WHAT IS A CHURCH?" In the 2012 Winter Edition of "The Priest" -the quarterly publication of the Australian Confraternity of Catholic Clergy - Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of Lismore in northern New South Wales, wrote two articles one of which was entitled " Liturgy and Evangelisation". A long time maember of the Confraternity, His Lordship had also been its Chairman for a number of years. He is a convert from Anglicanism, having been an Anglican cleric for some years he " swam the Tiber" in 1965.

The Bishop's article in one part raises the question :" what is a church?" In addressing the question he turns to the Anglican architect and writer Sir John Ninian Comper(1864-1960) .

Noting that Comper was not a prolific writer, Bishop Jarrett refers to his little book " On the Atmosphere of a Church" (1947) re-published in 2006 with an Introduction by Father Anthony Symondson S.J. He also notes that the renowned Father Aidan Nichols…

JESUS WAS A WHITE MAN - WHAT ABSOLUTE RUBBISH

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I am sure you are familiar with the question "What is wrong with this picture?"

Well, let us ask it about the above image of the Sacred Heart  - "What is wrong with this picture?"Let's begin at the very beginning. Our Lord Jesus Christ was NOT a white man, let alone a mamby -pamby ineffective looking sop as represented in the the picture.

He was, as we know born a Jew , a Semite and so not your typical Caucasian. Nor was He a soppy character like the above image. He was obviously, from all the Gospel accounts a compelling personality, no doubt strong from the years of his working with Saint Joseph as a carpenter/builder, and  from three years going about Palestine preaching and teaching. Further we know how various people reacted to him - with respect and awe as in the case of the Roman Centurion whose words are immortalised in the Mass :"Lord I am not worthy....".Even the powerful religious Authorities of the daywere ultra cautious about dealing with H…

INCIDENTAL IMPERFECTION BL. JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN

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INCIDENTAL IMPERFECTION"I shall console myself with the reflection, that life is not long enough to do more than your best, whatever that might be; that they who are ever taking aim, make no hits; that they who never venture, never gain; that to be ever safe, is to be feeble; and that to do substantial good, is the compensation for much incidental imperfection."
I posted that quote here on 10th February, 2011. And, like most people I find it appealing. Maybe it specially appeals because it can tend to comfort and justify somewhat , the way we have acted - always in our minds for the best reasons. There are benefits in the present Internet era in the constant presentation to our minds of things we have always known , but now are brought together in such a way as to give us cause to reflect more deeply.
Such a text I came across recently the devout Irish Priest Father Martin Graham had long kept it at the head of the Facebook Page he administers. It goes like this :
 "Martin Graham
IMP…

UNFINISHED BUSINESS _ VATICAN II AND THE LITURGY

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Little did I know how my life would change. In fact , on that fateful day some  50 years ago, long before the Internet age, I had no idea that anything had happened. But in far off Rome, the Second Vatican Council was issuing its very first document : the "Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy" entitled "SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM" on , 4th December, 1963 - almost 53 years ago.

The world was still reeling from the news of the appalling assassination, of President John F. Kennedy only 13 days earlier and the murder of his believed assassin only 11 days earlier and the solemn , dramatic funeral of the late President only 10 days earlier. Little wonder the document did not have much public impact.

In fact, when the Bishops of the World were asked to make submissions Preparatory to the Council to its Secretariat, the Australian Bishops had no suggestions to make on the reform of the Sacred Liturgy.

Yet SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM was to be the first document issued…