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Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/01/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Monday, 10 January 2011

Benedict XVI baptises a baby in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

Benedict XVI baptises a baby in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)

Faith is the most precious gift in life, Benedict XVI said yesterday as he baptised 21 babies in the Sistine Chapel (full text of homily).

The Pope encouraged the faithful to “rediscover the beauty of being baptised” during his Angelus address yesterday (full text, video).

The Vatican appears to have overruled the Japanese bishops’ decision to ban the Neocatechumenal Way from the country for five years.

The Maltese Church has decided to create a special tribunal to assess claims that three Maltese priests abused boys at an orphanage 20 years ago.

The Scottish Football Association has reinstated three members of staff who were sacked for sending a crude email about the Pope.

The Vatican has denied reports that it is collaborating with the Discovery Channel on a series about exorcism.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban observed southern Sudan’s referendum on secession yesterday as part of an ecumenical monitoring team.

Declan Walsh visits the home village of Asia Bibi, the woman sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy in Pakistan.

And a new website aims to help newlyweds receive a blessing from the Pope in Rome.

  • Anonymous

    “The Scottish Football Association has reinstated three members of staff who were sacked for sending a crude email about the Pope.”

    Well, it shouldn’t have!

  • GabrielAustin

    My daughter was baptised at Notre Dame de Paris, and at the main altar.

  • Nemesis_m

    Personally I do not understand the reaction of the catechumens, but I have misunderstood the statutes of the Neocatechumenal sets.
    In Title 1 Article 1.2 of the statutes reads:
    2. The Neocatechumenal is at the service of Bishops as a form of diocesan implementation of Christian initiation and ongoing education in faith, as shown in the Second Vatican Council 2 and the Magisterium of the church.3
    And in Part V, Section 26 is taken verbatim:
    Article 26
    [Diocesan bishop]
    The diocesan bishop, where responsible for the initiation, formation and Christian life in the particular Church, 122 responsibilities:
    1 º. authorize the implementation of the Neocatechumenal in the diocese;
    2 º. monitor the completion of the Neocatechumenal is conducted in accordance with the provisions of art. 1 and 2, respecting the doctrine and discipline of the Church
    3 º. ensure that there is reasonable in the parish pastoral continuity that is present Neocatechumenal;
    4 º. chair, personally or through a delegate, rituals that mark the steps of the itinerary neocatechumenal;
    5 º. resolve, in dialogue with the team responsible for road concerned in the art. 3, any issues concerning the creation and development of the Way in his diocese;
    6 º. ensure effective collaboration between the Centre neocatechumenal diocesan concerned in the art. 30, and the various representatives of the diocesan Curia (especially the liturgical and catechetical.)
    From the discussion in the statutes of the Neocatechumenal is clear that the bishop will monitor the teachings of the road is consistent with the church, who is the bishop in his diocese that authorizes the existence of the road.
    Then the controversy with the Japanese bishops is very simple, DO NOT OBEY THE WAY TO THE BISHOPS, when they want.
    If a bishop does not want the road in his diocese it is normal AND ARE NOT POINT. But as we see it is not true, you just have to be some kind of problem to jump.
    What is certain that the Jesuits have been in the church since 1540 (officially), and the road officially since 2008, with the approval of their statutes.
    The Jesuits have been in Japan since 1549 approx. with the arrival of St. Francis Xavier, who have endured and have fought to maintain Catholicism in Japan since then, even during periods of total closure of Japan to western producing “kakure kristian” (“hidden Christians”), the many of whom will be beatified.
    Even during World War 2 when the atomic bombs famous, the Jesuits did a great job helping the survivors (see story of Father Arrupe).
    Currently, with the help of the Holy Spirit, through hard work, and against Japan’s society have managed to have about 1 some of the population (about 500,000. Catholics).
    And what is certain is that in Japan there are other church groups and yet there has been no problem.
    Catholics must respect other cultures. How can we preach a God who is love and compassion, if we impose.
    So it’s funny that the traveling we were told, and made us sing “We are the garbage of the world wool all” (the song was how death row), and then when something goes against the way they jump with a lack tremendous humility.
    He has to have Bishop Osamu Mizobe serious problems in his diocese to have to make this decision and so I have understood this Bishop is not any.
    Many former members we denounce this long