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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/07/13

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By on Monday, 8 July 2013

The Pope prays after throwing the wreath (AP)

The Pope prays after throwing the wreath (AP)

Pope Francis threw a wreath into the sea this morning in honour of migrants who died trying to reach on the Italian island of Lampedusa (full video of Mass).

Pope Francis said he hoped his first encyclical would be “be useful to those who are searching for God” in his Angelus address yesterday (full text, full video).

It is vital to practise contemplation “amid the whirlwind of more urgent and pressing duties”, Pope Francis said at a Mass with novices and seminarians on Sunday (full text, full video).

Rorate Caeli considers what went wrong during a crucial stage in talks between the SSPX and the Holy See.

John Allen, Ken Briggs, Archbishop Charles Chaput, Nelson Jones, Rocco Palmo, Andrew Sullivan and Fr John Zuhlsdorf comment on the forthcoming canonisation of John XXIII and John Paul II.

Jimmy Akin, John Allen, David Cloutier, Kevin Cotter, Kyle Cupp, Samuel Gregg, Fr James Martin SJ, Hector Molina and Rocco Palmo reflect on Pope Francis’s first encyclical Lumen Fidei.

And the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has published an article claiming that comic book hero the Incredible Hulk is Catholic.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

  • NatOns

    ‘Rorate Caeli considers what went wrong during a crucial stage in talks between the SSPX and the Holy See.’

    An insightful piece, if far too much like the tail seeking to wag the dog .. and blame the dog for not gleefully wagging on its demand – way too far. Athanasius Against the World can all too easily slide into Luther’s Here I Stand; and while one may recognise the truths in Luther’s stance, yet it is Athansius’ steadfastness alone that is true and faithful to Catholic Orthodoxy. So imagining oneself to be a new Athanasius while in reality being just another Luther can never be the position that any orthodox Catholic may adopt in regard to the witness of the Roman Church.

    ‘However, the June 13 meeting three new points were superposed to these exchanges, which would, in a few hours, ruin the process begun many months earlier. Among these conditions was to be found the recognition of the continuity of the conciliar texts in relation with the preceding Magisterium, which contradicted the doctrinal declaration that mentioned, on the contrary, their non-reconcilable character. Moreover, the authorities introduced the need to recognize the “liceity” of the new mass, a new term that had been, it was known, the object of bitter debates. This had never been demanded, neither in 1988, nor of the different institutes regularized up to that moment. These new demands left the impression that there was a desire to interrupt the process very elegantly as well as suddenly, by the introduction of inadmissible points.’

    It is for the Holy See to decide on any licence given in the freedoms of the Catholic Church and its serving societies, as and when the Holy See considers it necessary; it is for these societies to understand the demand and accept it, as best they may in good grace, even if it seems an unjust extra requirement. A society might thus perceive a non-reconcilable character between the teaching of one council and another or one pope and another, that perception is not the defining authority .. however reasonable perceiving such incongruities may well be. The divinely gifted source of infallible teaching authority – Christ’s own – rests not with this or that individual bishop or society (irrespective of their devout intention and acute insight), it rests squarely with the Magisterium in communion with Peter’s Successor .. nowhere else.

  • Sara_TMS_again

    The point about Athanasius Against the World is that it was the world that was pursuing him- the emperor Constantius II.

  • Sara_TMS_again

    The Pope’s address on Saturday to novices and seminarians is pretty amazing as well- the summary on the Vatican website gives no idea of it. But if you have enough Italian to be going on with (and the Pope’s Italian is pretty easy to follow), there’s a video of the whole thing- you have to fast forward past the 3 Irish priests singing Ave Maria and a few other things, and the Pope bursts in halfway through and gives a long and very thoughtful (and funny) address to them all.

  • NatOns

    It was the emperor’s church and his imperial orthodoxy that persecuted Athanasius; in so far as possible he and the Successor of Peter’s Chair held free of the world’s requirements. Luther was persecuted by the Successor of Peter, not without good reason – but yet not on his witness to the truths of the Faith rather for his rebellion against the Teaching Authority. Far too many rebels like to imagine themselves as if persecuted in following Athanasius’ obdurate stand where in reality it is Luther’s at times reasonable yet fundamentally rebellious spirit that they follow .. not least in regard to the Successor of Peter and his authority to teach.

  • LocutusOP

    I’ll agree with you only half-way – that, yes, indeed it is the Magisterium which has the final say. Yet it seems – if the report is to be believed – that the Magisterium had gone along with most of the society’s interpretations, only for the process to be derailed by agents unknown. So I can’t go along with your tail-wagging-the-dog presentation of events.

    Frankly, if there’s any of that, it’s from elements within the Church which in 50 years have tried to overturn what took 2 millennia to build….Those elements are not the SSPX or aligned groups.

    Although I’ve never been part of the SSPX, I find myself typically agreeing with what their positions, and there can be no debate that some of the statements of Vatican II can only be with certain difficulty be reconciled with the whole of the Catholic faith tradition.

    The recognition of the new Mass – however cringe-worthy the new Mass happens to be- is certainly something which it seems will have to be accepted before full admission, and I don’t see that changing. However, I think they should take it and try and force change from within….Such that the TLM once more becomes the ordinary Mass.

    In the meantime, the ball is still with the Magisterium, and the sooner the Magisterium makes clear how Vatican II is to be interpreted in line with tradition the better….The present situation is not helping anyone but the enemy.

  • St Bosco

    What gave the CC the right to persecute Luther or anyone? If Luther wanted out, good for him. What kind of arrogant maniac would think persecuting him was their job?

  • NatOns

    A very good question, and easily answered .. discipline; not a welcome word today, but enjoined on all who have entered Christ and more especially on those who accept the call to leadership in Him.

    ‘What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?’ 1 Cor 4 : 21.

    The apostolic ministry – which is part of Jesus Christ in His body with teaching authority to the end time – has a duty to offer ‘gentleness’ or the ‘rod’ .. some in following Luther’s spirit seek the rod (and then bemoan the fact when it falls .. painfully or not).

  • NatOns

    It is not only in the Society (of Saint Pius X) that there are some at work to shape the outcome of Rome’s practice, other societies (and individuals committed to them) have (quite successfully) sought to be a tail that wags the dog.

    The Society, unfortunately, does seem to take an Athansius-Against-The-World stance in public (and it seems in private) that ill-befits its true if still theoretical relationship to the See of Peter and its authority to approve or redress teaching, discipleship and communion. The Society of Saint Pius V has honestly already set aside even this noble if antagonistic humility in the face of authority and accepted the passive-aggressive Here-I-Stand approach (while disowning its woebegone author: Luther). My experience of the SSPX – and its very many truly devout orthodox Catholics – leads me to suspect there is a rather large minority closer to the SSPV than the FSSP (preferring the ‘freedom’ sic to magnify animosity for ‘the perfidious Jews’ rather than engage with the Truth that ‘God holds the Jews most dear for the sake of their Fathers’) .. the tail well and truly seeking to wag the dog.