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Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/10/13

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

By on Thursday, 24 October 2013

A flag bearing Archbishop Romero's image in San Salvador (CNS)

A flag bearing Archbishop Romero's image in San Salvador (CNS)

Archbishop Oscar Romero’s beatification Cause is “on the right path“, Pope Francis has reportedly said.

Some 200 members of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have reportedly asked Ecclesia Dei to establish a separate institute using the Extraordinary Form.

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that although “Benedict and Francis are people with different styles and personalities” they are not pulling in “opposite directions”.

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St Paul and Minneapolis has said it “is simply not true” that the archdiocese has covered up clerical abuse.

Argentine Archbishop Victor Fernández offers a concise summary of what Pope Francis means for the Church.

Sandro Magister says that Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller’s article reaffirming the ban on the divorced and remarried receiving Communion clearly had “the approval of the Pope“.

And James Kelly explains why St Thomas Aquinas’s parents were disappointed with him.

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

  • polycarped

    Surprised not to see any mention of ++Nichols’ participation in this nonsense in this morning’s must-reads: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/archbishop-nichols-launches-the-1535-society-at-tower-of-london
    “…it is so important that we preserve this shrine to remind us of the dangers of religious intolerance”. Sheesh – really?! How about just saying it as it is? What else can we look forward to ahead of the anniversary of the Reformation?

  • NatOns

    ‘Archbishop Oscar Romero’s beatification Cause is “on the right path“, Pope Francis has reportedly said.’

    With that I rejoice, for although a particular type of ‘conservative’ mindset disliked – and martyred – this wonderful witness to the Lord, he is simply the troublesome Archbishop personified .. not always wise in political reality but always sincere in Christian service, even to death.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-IHsBuEkbQ

    Over this (below), however, I merely weep in sorrow, for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate must believe they should continue to witness to the one Holy Mass, in whichever Rite the Holy See deems admissible .. not join in the speedily reviving hermeneutic of rupture that seeks to divide the two (as if alien an incompatible).

    ‘Some 200 members of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have reportedly asked Ecclesia Dei to establish a separate institute using the Extraordinary Form.’

    These marvellous and divinely graced Franciscans have my prayers, and if separating the brotherhood along formal lines is the only means of preserving both, in God’s good will, then I submit to this prescient vision; but that sad admission of defeat cannot be what Liturgicam Authenticam, Summorum Pontificum, the Immaculate Heart, or our Saviour intends in the memorialised offering of His once for all atoning Sacrifice of the Cross (even if the Holy Father has left 200 dutiful souls to feel that is their only recourse in response to 50 others).

  • Crack the Code

    So what is the password for the FFI post at father Z’s?
    It makes one wonder why it is protected…

  • paulpriest

    I’ve only read five biographies of Aquinas and about a dozen commentaries on Thomism – but even in my limited knowledge either James Kelly’s interpretation or Denys Turner’s work itself – or both – have gone way off the mark…

  • Chris

    Nicely expressed, on both matters.

  • Chris

    Glad I’m not the only one being denied access :) I guess people have to be devotees of the Z to be admitted; if so, the Parousia will happen first.

  • firstparepidemos

    LOL

  • NatOns

    ‘As Kelly notes, Turner seeks to produce a caricature that reveals the prominent features of Thomas without obscuring them with details.’ N Peters, The Common Doctor for Common People, America Magazine.

    All such attempts to present Aquinas in one fell swoop are bound to be a caricature, as are the critiques of that work (and the critiques of the critic etc). I suspect only Chesterton comes near to capturing the man and his ideas in anything like a recognisable likeness, popular, brief and swiftly drawn as it was. One cannot escape it, the only way round this Dumb Ox is to plod along with him as best one may, gladly if bemusedly, and rejoice if one manages to catch even but a glimpse of his eye (let alone hoping to take in his whole perspective at a silencing glance); having another mind’s reading of the Ox in all his magisterial and angelic splendour is, after all, but a pleasant chat along the way to: the Way, the Truth and the Life (not our own fake imitations).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esNb4FlSCW0

  • Sara_TMS_again

    I was surprised at the claim that ‘rationally monotheism is no easier to establish than the Trinity’, which is not what I read Thomas as saying, but everything else is grounded enough in the evidence, even if it’s a bit slanted and takes some of the student gossip about his period of studies a bit more seriously than it probably deserves.

    I would imagine Thomas was a more respected and personally impressive figure during his lifetime than this account implies- he was Master at the University of Paris, after all- but a lot of the evidence can be interpreted in different ways.

  • Sara_TMS_again

    Does it even need saying that Muller’s article had the approval of the Pope?