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Morning Catholic must-reads: 29/10/13

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

By on Tuesday, 29 October 2013

A liturgy concludes at an Armenian Orthodox church in Damascus (AP)

A liturgy concludes at an Armenian Orthodox church in Damascus (AP)

Syrian rebels are increasingly shelling predominantly Christian areas of Damascus, reports the Associated Press.

Pope Francis praised Aung San Suu Kyi’s commitment to “non-violent engagement in the cause of peace and democracy” during their meeting yesterday (video).

Bishop Charles Scicluna has urged bishops to adopt a uniform approach to priests ordered to lead a life of “prayer and penance” because “a comfortable life on a golf course is definitely not what the words ‘prayer and penance’ mean“.

Rocco Palmo says that Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga laid out a “programme for the Stateside Church” during his whirlwind US tour.

Episcopal priest Philip DeVaul suggests “Pope Francis is going to bring a lot of people back to Rome“.

William Doino Jr notes that while Paul VI “waited nearly 10 years” to speak dramatically about Satan “Francis took only a day”.

And Vatican “culture minister” Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi marked the death of Lou Reed yesterday by tweeting the lyrics of the song “Perfect Day”.

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

  • Cardinal Woodstock

    Surely everyone knows that Lou Reed was secretely a trad and loved the TLM.

  • Daniel Cassidy

    In response to Episcopal priest Philip DeVaul and his comments about Pope Francis, it would seem there are many people in the Church and without who were threatened by Pope Benedict. Why the backhanded attacks on that Holy Father?

    Was it the publication of Summorum Pontificum that restored the Church’s sacred patrimony and ended a half century of division and alienation for traditionalist Catholics? Perhaps it was the extraordinary and unprecedented relationship he developed with the Orthodox churches? Or was it the historic Anglicanorum coetibus that, after 500 years, provided a bridge over which Anglicans, Lutherans and other Protestants could begin the return to the historic church? Perhaps it was the hundreds of homilies, letters and books that distilled profound theological truths in ways ordinary people could
    understand them? Or was it the faithful and reverent translation of theRoman Missal he provided the English-speaking world? Was it his recognition of “the filth” in the Church and efforts to clean it up, including previously favored heads of religious congregations? Perhaps it was the respect he had for sacred liturgy and music and the example he set during Papal Masses? Or maybe it was the boom in religious vocations he spawned after visits to the United Kingdom, the United States and other countries around the
    world.

    Who knew he only needed to be an affable showman — showing up in the hotel lobby to pay a bill, making well-publicized phone calls and glad-handing the crowds — to make the world swoon. To do and accomplish nothing would have been so much easier.

  • paulpriest

    Remember this and cling to it: God’s ways are not our ways.
    He knows what He’s about.

  • paulpriest
  • chiaramonti

    The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist!

  • $74497298

    “..convincing the world he didn’t exist!”

    Surely you mean “will not exist”?

  • $74497298

    “Remember this and cling to it: God’s ways are not our ways.”

    Very true – and thank God for it.

  • paulpriest

    …well will you love Him enough to obey what His Mystical Body commands?

    …and yes I mean the Life “being sacred and inviolable from conception to a natural death” thing.

  • chiaramonti

    It’s a quote from “The Usual Suspects.”

  • NatOns

    ‘Episcopal priest Philip DeVaul suggests “Pope Francis is going to bring a lot of people back to Rome“.’

    To Rome, no, I doubt that – even the author rejects this notion. To comfort in their own ideas of what it is to be a Christian, well, yes, that might be so – at very least temporarily, surface deep .. until the hardship of the cross kicks in. To Jesus Christ in Person as the one body with one Spirit, that is: the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church – in communion with God’s beloved called to be saints at Rome – yes, please God, I trust this is so.

    http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_29061896_satis-cognitum_en.html

    ‘Above all things, trusting in the mercy of God, who is able to move the hearts of men and to incline them as and when He pleases, We most earnestly commend to His loving kindness all those of whom We have spoken. As a pledge of Divine grace, and as a token of Our affection, We lovingly impart to you, in the Lord, Venerable Brethren, to your clergy and people, Our Apostolic Blessing.’ Leo XIII, Satis cognitum.

  • NYer

    Spot on Daniel!!