Vatican Official Foresees Broader Use Of Latin Mass
Rome, Sep. 26 (CWNews.com) - An influential Vatican official believes that Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) could soon expand permission for priests throughout the world to celebrate Mass using the Tridentine rite.
However, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez cautions that serious doctrinal issues, as well as liturgical questions, must be resolved before the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) can be fully reconciled with the Holy See.
Cardinal Medina, the former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, is a member of the Ecclesia Dei commission, set up by Pope John Paul II (bio - news) to serve the needs of Catholics who cling to the Latin Mass. In an interview with the I Media news service, the Chilean-born prelate said that the Pope could act soon to liberalize Church regulations, allowing all priests to use the Tridentine rite.
Questioned about the outcome of the Pope's August 29 meeting with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the SSPX, Cardinal Medina observed that the meeting was preceded by "many other contacts" between Vatican officials and representatives of the Lefebvrist group. Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos (bio - news), the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, had met repeatedly with Bishop Fellay, he said. And the Chilean prelate added that he, too, had met with the traditionalist leader during his term as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
Courtesy of Zenit.org, here is Joaquin Navarro Valls statement about the Pontiff's meeting with Hans Kung:
On Saturday, September 24, a conversation took place between His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and Professor Hans Küng (Tuebingen). The meeting unfolded in a friendly atmosphere.
Both agreed that it made no sense, in the framework of the meeting, to enter into a dispute on the persistent doctrinal differences between Hans Küng and the magisterium of the Catholic Church.
The conversation was centered, therefore, on two topics which are of particular interest for Hans Küng's recent work: the question of the world ethic "Weltethos" (world ethic) and the dialogue of the reason of the natural sciences with the reason of the Christian faith.
Professor Küng emphasized that his world ethics project is far from being an abstract intellectual construct; but that it manifests the values on which the great religions of the world converge, despite all the differences, and which can be perceived as valid criteria -- given their convincing reasonable character -- by secular reason.
The Pope appreciated Professor Küng's effort to contribute to a renewed recognition of the essential values of humanity through the dialogue of religions and the meeting with secular reason. He underlined that the commitment for a renewed awareness of the fundamental values of human life is also an important objective of his pontificate.
At the same time, the Pope reaffirmed his agreement with Professor Küng's intention to revive the dialogue between faith and the natural sciences and to assert, in relation with scientific thought, the sensibleness and the necessity of the question on God ("Gottesfrage").
For his part, Professor Küng applauded the Pope's efforts to foster the dialogue of religions and also the meeting with different social groups of the modern world.
As I e-mailed the Anchoress, I think the only "witch hunt" we'll be witnessing is an NYT-led MSM posse out to discredit and calumniate those faithful servants of the Church seeking to heal those spiritually-diseased seminaries that are the genesis of so much suffering and decay in the Church Militant.
ALSO, this moving post by The Anchoress a few days ago. Please read it and act.
The NYT published an article today impugning the pending Vatican document that would bar homosexuals from the priesthood.
Hermetically sealed in its Manhattan biosphere, the NYT predictably reports on this as a "gay rights" issue, rather than the Vatican taking action to heal a wounded priesthood. The denizens of vigorously secular institutions like the NYT sneer at Roman Catholic doctrine and traditions, yet still insist on lecturing the Vatican on what the proper criteria should be for admittance to the priesthood. The worldview is such that they are reflexively see this is as a gay rights issue, that there somehow exists an "right" to be a priest.
Astounding claims are put forward in the article:
Many of the gay priests said that the expected Vatican policy and the seminary visits would drive gay priests more deeply underground and create the same unhealthy, sexually repressed climate that prevailed in seminaries before reforms in the 1980's and 90's.
Some priests say they fear that by rejecting homosexual candidates the church will only worsen its shortage of priests. "It's like they have this plan to empty the church," said a gay priest on the East Coast.
Prediction: in the next few months, liberal legislators and prosecutors will begin bringing civil rights actions against seminaries for barring homosexuals.
UPDATE: Carl Olson at Ignatius Insight Scoop shares this insight on the NYT piece:
And so the hyperbole begins (or continues), this time in the pages of the New York Times:
"I feel like a Jew in Berlin in the 1930's," said a 48-year-old gay priest who has spent 18 years in a religious order. He said he was considering donning a pink triangle - the symbol used by the Nazis - and getting heterosexual priests and members of the laity to wear the triangles as a protest.
Well, this simply demonstrates what part of the problem is: a militant attitude from men who are far more interested in being known as "gay" and being seen as victims than they are in being holy priests set on obeying the Church.
The French seem be realizing that contraception has a down side...
Thu Sep 22, 8:33 AM ET
PARIS - France announced financial incentives Thursday for parents to have a third child, hoping to boost its fertility rate by helping people to better juggle the demands of work and family life.
A new measure will award $916 a month to parents who take one year's unpaid leave from work after the birth of a third child, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin announced at the close of a national conference on families.
It will take effect in July 2006. De Villepin said he believed the measure will appeal to "numerous parents" and allow for a "better reconciliation of professional and family rhythms."
"We must do more to allow French families to have as many children as they want," the prime minister said.
France's fertility rate, at an average of 1.9 children per woman, is the second highest in Europe after Ireland's, around 2. But it is still below the 2.07 level needed to prevent population decline.
The European Union average is around 1.5, dropping to less than 1.3 in some countries, including Greece, Spain, Italy and the new EU member nations in Eastern Europe where fertility rates dropped precipitously after the collapse of communism. Some experts fear that the decline in fertility rates across the continent could have far-reaching economic and social consequences.
Once again, Sen. Ted Kennedy demonstrates there are no limits to his moral decrepitude. As Catholic World News reports, the Mordred of Camelot "has killed a proposal by President Bush [that] would have given families displaced by Hurricane Katrina financial aid to send their children to private or parochial schools..."
If Sen. Kennedy wants an opportunity to live up to the Catholic appellation he flourishes when politically convenient, he could use a portion of his considerable personal wealth to purchase opportunity for young victims of Katrina by sending them to Catholic schools himself. It wouldn't put a dent in his beer budget.
An aside: I love Catholic World News, but must they too abet the media fraud of identifying Kennedy as a Catholic? Catholicism is not an ethnicity -- it is a profession of faith and the endeavor to live that faith in the face of one's own sinfulness and imperfection). I would suggest "alleged Catholic" as a more accurate description.
Papa Ratzi blog, citing a report from Catholic World News, reports the Holy Father has approved a document excluding gay men from the priesthood:
The long-anticipated document, prepared at the request of the late Pope John Paul II, reportedly calls on bishops to bar even chaste homosexuals from seminaries because their orientation is rooted in a personality disorder that may undermine their capacity to minister, according to Catholic World News.
Papa Ratzi blog proprietor Michael Rose comments:
Since the recent priest sex abuse scandal, the issue of gay priests has gone from taboo to one of the most hotly debated aspects of the crisis. Noting that the overwhelming majority of victims were teenage boys, powerful members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy have framed the problem as homosexual priests unable to live chastely. Liberals tend to see the roots of the scandal in a culture of clerical secrecy and the church's mandatory celibacy requirement.
Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) has given his approval to a new Vatican policy document indicating that men with homosexual tendencies should not be ordained as Catholic priests.
The new document-- which was prepared by the Congregation for Catholic Education, in response to a request made by the late Pope John Paul II (bio - news) in 1994-- will be published soon. It will take the form of an "Instruction," signed by the prefect and secretary of the Congregation: Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski and Archbishop Michael Miller.
Here's one orthodox priest who loved "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." Anyone see it? Is it a good movie? Fair to the Church?
FILM REVIEW The Exorcism of Emily Rose by Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
Some of you may have seen over the last year or so that I have sounded the alarm in several Catholic magazines about a couple of viciously anti-Catholic movies disguised as "history": "King Arthur" (2004) and "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005).
I have just been to see another new movie about the Church, with the full expectation of being provoked into circulating yet another "thumbs-down" warning about it.
Well ... Halleluiah! Would you believe that that particular expectation of mine has just been smashed - astonishingly, wonderfully! - into smithereens? Can anything morally or spiritually good come out of Hollywood - especially in this day and age, more than half a century after the "good old" days when some movie moguls were (putatively at least) "on our side"?
To my utter amazement, I now have to admit that the answer is 'Yes"! Divine grace - actual, if perhaps not yet necessarily sanctifying - may be having its effect even in Tinseltown!
Ever since the big box-office success of the original version of "The Exorcist" more than thirty years ago, exorcism-flicks have become a sort of sub-division of the horror movie genre. Most of them have been pretty trashy, depending mainly on sensational special effects and frequently embodying malicious and embarrassingly ignorant caricatures of Catholic beliefs, rites and practices.
Not this time. "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" gets it right. Scarily, yes, but at the same time beautifully, powerfully - inspiringly. This one is the real thing, folks. (I speak as a priest who has had direct experience with real-life exorcisms: in Rome, with Fr. Gabriel Amorth, the Pope's leading exorcist and author of several books on the subject.)
Like "The Exorcist", "Emily Rose" has its basis in a true case-history, but is far superior to the former movie in just about every respect. It's about a 19-year-old Canadian girl from a conservative/traditional Catholic family, who becomes possessed and eventually dies in that state after an unsuccessful exorcism. The family's parish priest who attempted the exorcism, Fr. Richard Moore, is then charged with criminal negligence leading to her death. This is because, having being totally entrusted with Emily's welfare by her devout family after psychiatric treatment and medication had proven fruitless, the priest decided to suspend all natural treatments in order to rely on the spiritual power of Christ and His sacred priesthood.
Hugh Hewitt has launched a new online project called OneTrueGodBlog, althought it's more of a blog/forum hybird than a pure blog. Regardless, it promises for intellectually stimulating and enjoyable reading. As Hugh puts it: