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Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/08/13

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

By on Thursday, 8 August 2013

Cardinal O'Malley spoke at the Knights of St Columbus supreme convention (AP)

Cardinal O'Malley spoke at the Knights of St Columbus supreme convention (AP)

Pope Francis is showing that if we first “evangelise and humanise the culture, then the world will be safe for the unborn, the elderly and the unproductive“, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston has said (full text).

The Pope told would-be priests yesterday that “joining the seminary is as serious as getting married“.

Jesuit superior general Fr Adolfo Nicolás has spoken of his emotion when “a Jesuit Pope presided at one of our Eucharistic celebrations” for the first time in history last week.

Michael d’Antonio and David Gibson suggest that Francis risks alienating a significant part of his flock.

Taylor Marshall argues that Michelangelo’s decision to depict Moses with horns wasn’t based on a translation error.

The Philadelphia Inquirer pays tribute to a devout Catholic “hospital clown”.

And Alberto Gasbarri, chief organiser of papal trips, says that “T-shirts, hats, scarves, balls, flowers, bandanas, photographs, letters, drawings, rosaries – and even a bishop’s ring” were thrown into the Popemobile in Rio.

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  • NatOns

    ‘Pope Francis is showing that if we first “evangelise and humanise the culture, then the world will be safe for the unborn, the elderly and the unproductive“, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston has said (full text).’

    Truly a pious hope, yet based .. it would seem .. on the perfection of human effort – in case he (and the Holy Father) do not understand: that is Pelagianism (not semi- or hemi-demi-pelagianism) dressed up as divine mercy.

    ‘The Holy Father alludes to Cardinal Kasper’s work on mercy when he says that mercy without truth would be consolation without honesty and is empty chatter.’

    And that is where any and all evangelisation based on merely human niceness must crumble, and cause all it believes in to tumble .. as the well intended positivity and emancipation and niceness of Vatican II experts demonstrated so well in the devastation around us.

    ‘If we are going to get a hearing in today’s world, it will be because people recognize that authenticity of our lives and our dedication to building a civilization of love.’

    That, of course, is where one can best see the flaw in trusting on being nice – as advocated by so many leading the Catholic Church today .. confusing Blessed John XXIII’s avuncular kindness with the world-pleasing affability of ..; one must first be authentic before others can see our authenticity at work (and not our own personalised sham of it).

    http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/romancat.html

    How many priests – let alone the souls they have been set to lead – could even begin to witness that authentic Catholic Faith on which true love, sincere mercy and genuine reconciliation can be built in Christ .. rather than the mish-mash shambles of the My-Way / Age-Of-Aquarius / Cheat-Sheet favoured by so many Catholic (sic) Education authorities (and bishops, and their congresses)?

  • Kevin

    There seems to be more of a political than a religious drift to these headlines.

    A number of blogs have drawn attention to the use of plastic cups to distribute the Eucharist during WYD. This is no minor religious matter: it appears that we bury our dead with more dignity than we carry “the bread of life” (John 6:35).