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CARDINAL PELL ON BISHOPS - ORDINATION OF BISHOP P.A. COMENSOLI
HIS EMINENCE GEORGE CARDINAL PELL
In the light of our recent posts, it is good to hear Cardinal George Pell's words at the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Peter Andrew Comensoli as Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney. His Lordship is now the youngest Bishop in Australia.
His Eminence said:"
"If we bishops dodge every confrontation, or even most of them, we should not be too surprised when others go missing also."
A little earlier he said:
"Through the wisdom of a succession of bishops and through your own hard work you are unusually well qualified academically, as well as pastorally, to provide leadership in the struggle between good and evil, between the light of faith and the gathering darkness. You are called to be courageous, because Christian truths do not always win majority approval, but every stand for truth, justice and charity, for life and for goodness will strengthen your brothers and sisters in faith, and often in the wider society and inspire them to stand firm and make sacrifices too.
If we bishops dodge every confrontation, or even most of them, we should not be too surprised when others go missing also."
His Eminence's complete Homily will greatly reward the reader:
In the days when "Brittania waived the rules" as the wags had it, it was not easy being a Catholic, if it ever has been. Even in his native Ireland, James Dixon found that to be so. Because Erin had long since ceased to belong to its people, but rather to the English invaders. King George III sat upon the English throne for 59 years. He had the misfortune to suffer periodic bouts of apparent insanity induced by the disease known as porphyria. One of his other misfortunes was to lose the American colonies in their struggle for independence. Closer to home, the Irish also developed the idea that they ought to rule in their own country.And in 1798, the United Irishmen rebelled against British rule. Most of the leaders of the Rebellion were in fact highly educated Protestants rather than Catholics. Nevertheless the popular support inevitably came from the Catholic majority. The Rebellion was bloodily repressed in short order. Then the fierce effort to find and punish the perpetrat…
the newly-announced Cardinals who will be made Cardinals in the forthcoming
Consistory on Saturday 19th November, 2016. They are heading into a
storm and beneath their feet the Roman
ground has been trembling. But the “storm” is creating the greater
the dots. On the
29th June, 2016 48 respected Theologians from around the globe write a 13 page Open Letter to the Holy
Father listing 19 Propositions in Amoris Laetitia which they state, are either false,
doubtful and or need amendment. We know of no publicised response. On 5th
July, 2016 , the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal
Sarah, in a personal Homily urges all Priests from the Month of November, to
commence celebrating Holy Mass facing East - Ad Orientem. Like all of his statements and
Homilies his proposal was well-reasoned. It was delivered at the Sacra Liturgia
Conference in London.
July, 2016 the Holy See explicitly rejects the idea stating that t…
This Post was first published in June 2011. There is a powerful message for us to-day.
Saint Basil would have been at home in the Post-Conciliar Church. He was no stranger to the problems that beset the Church even to-day.When he uttered the words "Silence is no longer safe", he, like so many of the early Fathers - think of St John Chrysostom - was attacked for his defence of Catholic doctrine.He shared with the others, the stress and strain of teaching, sanctifying and governing in times of great trial. Nevertheless, he realised what Saint Augustine ( A.D. 354 -430) would later spell out so clearly,and what that the Church reminds Bishops each year in the Reading of the Liturgy of the Hours: that if they do not correct the errors of those in their charge, they are themselves guilty of their charges' errors. What a great burden to bear , especially in the modern day, when error abounds. No wonder the Church prays for Bishops each time Holy Mass is said!