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Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/05/13

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

By on Tuesday, 28 May 2013

An Orthodox church is reflected in an OSCE building in Montenegro (AP)

An Orthodox church is reflected in an OSCE building in Montenegro (AP)

Discrimination against Christians should be opposed just as firmly as anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, a Vatican official has told a conference overseen by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation (OSCE).

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney gave evidence for more than four hours to a parliamentary inquiry into abuse yesterday.

Pope Francis will lead Catholics around the world in an hour of Eucharistic adoration on Sunday.

The Pope should allow all priests to perform exorcisms without the need for their bishops’ permission, Fr Gabriele Amorth has said.

The Duchess of Cornwall has given a speech in Paris in support of the Emmaus charity founded by Abbé Pierre.

Andrea Gagliarducci tells the story of the newly Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi, the “first martyr of the mafia”.

And the Church in Venezuela has said it will soon run out of altar wine because of a nationwide shortage.

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  • NatOns

    “The Pope should allow all priests to perform exorcisms without the need for their bishops’ permission, Fr Gabriele Amorth has said.”

    Not all priests today, alas, are trustworthy enough to recognise – let alone tackle – possession by the legion of worldly powers .. daimones. It is enough, I suspect, that they should all know why exorcism is necessary to the Sacrament of Baptism with its yearly renewal of the rejection of Satan and all his wiles (not a quaint throw-back to some vague notion of a non-existent, but firmly fixed, period of history: i.e. mediaeval times, sic). It seems to me most priests do not have any such knowledge, so letting them set themselves up as Witch Finder Generals, Devil Detectors, or Hollywood-esque Exorcists without strict supervision would do a great deal more harm than good.

    Once the lowest rank of ordained ministers were properly instructed and could confront the god of this world confidently (if not always competently). Intense prayer and fasting, for instance, has little or no place in the life of ordained ministry .. let alone in preparation for exorcising the ruling dominion in man’s life lived outside of divine favour in Christ. And this is true of all rational flesh, be they babes at the font, men trapped in their life-destroying complexities, or merely Christian politicians eating and drinking their own condemnation at the Eucharist.

  • lewispbuckingham

    In the bad old days when priests were not allowed to say Mass in prisons, there was an option for the wine.
    The way the authorities forbade Mass was to deny entry of alcohol, even small amounts.
    Some prisoners put raisins in water and fermented that, in tiny amounts.
    As far as wheaten bread goes tiny particles may be consecrated.