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… As Usual , the Media Messed it Up [Papal Letter to the Italian Media] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,September 15th,2013

.. Once again His Holiness , Pope Francis , has made headlines , this time for his supposedly radical op-ed comments on the

St. Peter's Basilica at Early Morning

St. Peter’s Basilica at Early Morning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

possible salvation of non-believers. The stunning revelation: Non-believers can be saved if they act according to their consciences.

.. There is nothing radical or new about his words in terms of Church teaching . The media is also making a big deal out of this , as you might think . Those knuckleheads have sensationalized his words in order to make them compatible with or approving of any worldview . It is quite the opposite .

.. Many of Pope Francis’s public statements on contentious topics have been construed as indicators of “change” within the church. A CNN blog piece from July 2013, reporting on Francis’s views on homosexuality, said that the pope’s words “indicated a change in tone, if not in teaching, in the church’s stance towards gays and lesbians more generally.” Championing Pope Francis as the great “modifier” or “tailor” of Church teaching on modern social issues is misguided, but many news services have fallen into this trap. These misguided hopes explain why a headline such as “Pope Assures Atheists: You Don’t Have to Believe in God to Go to Heaven” can create a media firestorm.

.. The title of the article is itself extremely  misleading. To many it reads more like: “Everyone goes to Heaven regardless of what you believe,” when that is the opposite meaning of the message entirely : You ask me if the God of the Christians forgives those who don’t believe and who don’t seek the faith. I start by saying – and this is the fundamental thing – that God ’ s mercy has no limits , if you go to him with a sincere and contrite heart . The issue is for those that do not believe in God is for them to obey their conscience.

.. The Holy Father has recognized a two – pronged question concerning those who do not believe and do not seek , but , tellingly, he probes the latter prong first . He begins by saying that seeking is the fundamental thing. If you are a sincere seeker of the truth , and your sure conscience paves you a path , then you must follow it . Nothing radical there . The caveat, however, is that no one follows his conscience perfectly , theist or atheist , but in both instances what is offered is the same : a possibility of salvation , not a guarantee . Hence , there is a need for a search.

... the Holy Father , Pope Francis I ...

… the Holy Father , Pope Francis I …

.. Once Francis establishes that necessity, “peaceful and constructive dialogue,” as he put it in his op-ed, is of capital importance.  To avoid dialogue—to turn on autopilot—then, is to cease seeking the truth in a real way. Hence, what seeking the truth requires, inevitably and invariably, is dialogue with other human beings. Why Francis is perceived to be a groundbreaker in this regard isn’t clear.

.. Even in 1994, Pope John Paul II stated quite clearly, in his address to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture,

English: Pope John Paul II on 12 August 1993 i...

English: Pope John Paul II on 12 August 1993 in Denver (Colorado) Español: Papa Juan Pablo II el 12 de agosto de 1993 en Denver, Colorado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

that “[i]t would be appropriate to seek [non-belief’s] historical, cultural, social and intellectual causes, and at the same time to promote a respectful and open dialogue with those who do not believe in God or who profess no religion.” The same notions of “seek” and “dialogue,” in the context of non-belief, were promulgated 19 years ago, before both Francis and Benedict.

.. What is being treated in many circles as a novel and welcome advance by the Catholic Church—through Francis—into the 21st century . It is nothing more than a simple moral point . It is consistent with the thinking of both the pope ’ s predecessors , and that of good old – fashioned common  sense.

[link] — this is a link to the english translation of the Papal Letter . It appeared originally in the Italian newspaper , Il Republica . Cue it up , and read it for yourself , and see what you think …

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… Congratulations to a Future Saint …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 4th,2013

.. that is his late holiness , John Paul II .

… from NewsMax …

John Paul’s Canonization Date Set

Edward  Pentin

Pope John Paul II will be canonized on April 27 next year, a top Vatican  source has told Newsmax exclusively.
Although the Vatican has not officially confirmed the date, Pope Francis  has already let it be known in a private conversation that

... a future saint !! ...

… a future saint !! …

the Sunday after  Easter is the date he wants for the ceremony.

When asked by an official close to the Pope’s inner circle whether a date had been set, Francis responded with a laugh and replied: “I can tell you now if you like! It will be April 27.”
The source told Newsmax: “I was surprised by his frankness, but he took a  step back, laughed and then [said] the date. He was surrounded by top officials  who didn’t seem to mind.”
Among those within earshot was Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the  Pontifical Household, who will be partly responsible for organizing the  canonization ceremony.
Pope John XXIII, who was pontiff from 1958 to 1963 and convened the Second  Vatican Council, is also expected to be canonized on the same date.
The Vatican is expected to make an official announcement on Sept. 30 when a  consistory of cardinals will formally approve the canonization date.
During a papal press conference on his return from Rio de Janeiro July 28,  Pope Francis said both Popes will be canonized “together,” but said it was  unlikely the canonizations would take place during the autumn or winter as many  Poles will be traveling to Rome for the ceremony  by bus, and the road conditions could be bad.
After speaking with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, John Paul II’s former  private secretary and archbishop of Krakow, he said two other possible dates  arose: Christ  the King Sunday, which falls this year on Nov. 24, and Divine Mercy Sunday — the  Sunday after Easter — which will be on April 27, 2014.
Pope Francis Portrait Painting

Pope Francis Portrait Painting (Photo credit: faithmouse)

Pope Francis said he thought there was “too little time” for the  canonizations to take place in November and said he needed to speak with the  person in charge of saints’ causes, Cardinal Angelo Amato. The cardinal said at  the end of August that the date will be officially announced on Sept. 30.

Asked on Tuesday if he could confirm the date, Vatican spokesman Fr.  Federico Lombardi told Newsmax: “The consistory is held precisely in order to  establish and announce the date publicly, so I don’t think it’s correct to say  that the thing is already decided. If it isn’t, we should save ourselves for the  consistory.”
But he added: “We can say that it is very likely, given that the Pope made  an explicit reference to [Divine Mercy Sunday] in the interview on the return  flight from Rio, saying that he realized that in winter, it would be difficult  for pilgrims from Poland and countries of Central and Northern Europe to attend,  and so it was better to postpone until the spring.”
Divine Mercy Sunday is a special day for John Paul, who established the  feast day in 2001. Its origins  date back to Polish nun Faustina Kowalska, who had a devotion to the Divine  Mercy after an encounter with Jesus.
In visions and conversations with Jesus, Kowalska, who lived from  1905-1938, said Jesus asked her specifically for a feast of Divine Mercy to be  established so mankind would take refuge in Jesus.
John Paul II died on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday in 2005.
The theme of mercy is also central to the pontificate of Pope Francis, who  has frequently said, “This is the time for mercy.” Vatican spokesman Father  Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio July 30 that Francis has “great  effectiveness in helping people understand the theme of God’s love and mercy,  which reaches out to soothe and heal the wounds of humanity.”
Pope Francis signed a decree July 5 that gave the go-ahead for the  canonizations of both John Paul II and John XXIII. Usually two miracles  attributed to a candidate’s intercession are required to become a saint. A  French nun, who was inexplicably cured of Parkinson’s disease, led to John Paul  II’s beatification on May 1, 2011.
A second miracle, which must occur after a beatification, involved a Costa  Rican woman who was cured of a cerebral aneurysm the very day of John Paul II’s  beatification.
For John XXIII, Pope Francis took the rare step of waiving the requirement  of a second miracle, paving the way for his canonization.
Many are rejoicing at the speed at which John Paul II — whom many chanted ‘santo subito!’ (Saint now!) at his death — is being canonized. They see this as  a further testament to his holiness, but some are uneasy at the haste of the  process.
Often it can take centuries between the death of a person with a reputation  for holiness and their canonization. But for John Paul II’s cause for  canonization, the process was partially expedited after pressure was placed on  Benedict XVI to waive the usual five years between a candidate’s death and the  opening of their cause. Benedict agreed to the waiver in May 2005.
When the late Polish pontiff is elevated to altars on April 27, it will  have been only nine years and 25 days since his death.
… LEC here — It is a honour well deserved . I would bet that April 27th will become Saint John Paul II day . It should be solo  , but will not be , because other saints will share it . Oh , Well . May God in Heaven bless Saint John Paul II !! …

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… Continue What You are Doing ( ) ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,May 15th,2013

… It was the praiseworthy blessing from one history – maker to another . Berta Soler , the putative leader of the Ladies in White (Cuba) was able to travel for the first time , courtesy of the government ‘ s new announced policy allowing Cuban citizens to travel somewhat freely for the first time . And , Boy , has she .

.. In this case , she made it to Rome , to the Vatican , for a Papal Audience with another history maker , the Catholic Church ‘ s Pope Francis I . His Holiness , who is Argentinian by birth , does not often single out individuals after any Papal function . Yet he did , specifically , with Berta , and blessed her . Better yet , he blessed her , and told her (Siga Adelante) to continue on with her holy work .

.. Berta Soler, 48, and another member of the “Women in White”, Clara Maria del Valle, both dressed in white, waited with anticipation,

.berta soler & his holiness .. may God Bless them Both !! ...

.berta soler & his holiness .. may God Bless them Both !! …

and when he reached them she spoke rapidly in Spanish. She told him, “We are the ‘Damas de Blanco’ from Cuba, the relatives of hundreds of political prisoners, and we ask for your help, and also for your blessing on us and all the people who are in need in Cuba.”

..Pope Francis listened attentively, smiled, held her hand, gave his blessing and told her, “Siga adelante!”  “Continue as you are doing!”

.. It was what she and the “Women in White” had long wanted to hear from the Pope. “It was a great day for me, we – the “Damas de Blanco” have always had great faith in Christ, and now it is doubled. ”

.. May God Bless Them Both !! ..

[h/t to BabaluBlog.com and IlStampa. (English edition)]

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