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Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/11/13

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

By on Thursday, 7 November 2013

Chaldean Christians pray at a church in Baghdad (AP)

Chaldean Christians pray at a church in Baghdad (AP)

Western Christians must help the Iraqi faithful returning to their homeland “both materially and spiritually“, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul has said.

Fr Deomar De Guedes, a senior member of the Legionaries of Christ, has announced his resignation from the order.

Francis’s comments about homosexuality played “a significant role” in the decision to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Illinois, suggests the Christian Science Monitor.

Irene Niravalambana recalls Albert Camus’s address to Dominicans on the 100th anniversary of the philosopher’s birth.

Bradley Peper says there are striking similarities between St Augustine and the novelist David Foster Wallace.

Elizabeth Scalia is moved by two images from yesterday’s general audience.

And Pope Francis wore a red nose as he met newlyweds involved in clown therapy yesterday.

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

  • NatOns

    Not that a red nose is appalling, I am sure – deeply idiotic, not foolish but awkward or handicapping – and yet a necessary humorous humiliation of the elevated leaders of the Church was once part of the tradition of Catholic life, even in the pagan therapy of clownish buffoonery (a context all but ironed out of the dignity of Christian authority since the Protestant rebellion: the intrusive divine folly amid our settled human wisdom).

    Rather, the insane notion that ‘Francis’s comments about homosexuality played “a significant role” in the decision to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Illinois, suggests the Christian Science Monitor’ would concern me more .. and not necessarily because it might be true, but that the Holy Father might not ponder seriously on the effects of his words (or even that he might mischievously delight in that woeful effect).

  • NatOns

    This is the face of the Petrine ministry bounden on us all, to go with Christ (not have Him to go in Peter’s stead) – overcoming human feelings of distaste, then to love God’s image in suffering flesh.×300.jpg

    Would that the Holy Father could overcome his antipathy toward the SSPX, disturbing as he may find it; and that it could embrace him, boil-covered as the Society may choose to perceive him.

    God Bless Our Pope!

  • paulpriest

    David Foster Wallace?!!!
    Next I suppose we’ll have St Francis de Sales compared with William Burroughs?!!
    Or Aquinas’s Summa Contra Gentiles compared with Joyce’s Ulysses?

    Robert Barron’s ‘Catholicism’ compared with the Da Vinci Code? [oh wait - scrub that one - that was my comparison]

  • paulpriest

    Stuff the red-nose – that’s an endearing photo-op…

    It’s the ‘above my paygrade’ emulation with ‘who am I to judge?’
    Said in defence of His Holiness’s woefully negligent first appointment.
    [was there a deliberate entrapment silence among his so-called friends to ensure he'd seek their advice in future?]

    Loose lips sink ships…the Illinois scoundrels were looking for any excuse and His Holiness inadvertently provided them with one…despite having written at length to the contrary [ ]
    …but there’s always that Rorate Caeli & Fishwrap reminder that cardinal Bergoglio offered the [rejected] compromise on Civil Partnerships instead of full-blown SSM to his Bishops…
    His Holiness needs good advisers now – and frankly I think he needs a better spin-doctor than Lombardi [who should have been sacked after his 'Light of the World' revisionism]

  • Depressed

    Isn’t that the problem – the pope needing a spin doctor? If there is one person in the world who shouldn’t need a spin doctor it is the pope. If you want to be a lamb in the confessional that’s fine but you better be a lion in the pulpit. Speak unequivocally – I worry perhaps like NatOns – that this is some kind of game with him – I’m a son of the church and this is what the catechism says but who am I to judge? How is that different from the catholic politician who says I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don’t want to judge someone else, so I vote in favor of legalizing it or in this case the lawmakers in Illinois voting in favor of ssm? I don’t see the difference. Or like you mentioned his saying how evil ssm was while in buenos aires, but saying civil unions would be acceptable? Or on the recent woman cardinal issue – it’s not that the idea is in itself nonsense according to Fr. Lombardi – it’s that he would do so in February that is nonsense while stating it is theoretically possible. When we have a civil election, politicians come out and say this is what I believe, if elected this is what I will do. None of us had a vote in the conclave that elected Francis, nor should we have, but as a catholic I think I am entitled now that you have been elected to clear stands on what you believe, not equivocations because you don’t want to offend. If you are a liberal Jesuit, like some fear,

  • Depressed

    …then just say what you believe so we as individual Catholic can decide what is best for our souls and spiritual well being. This isn’t a game…

  • NatOns

    Loose Lips Sink Ships, yes indeed, and those Loose Tongues Cost Lives – those of many and many an immortal soul (which is by far the worse).

    Good advisers are thin on the ground at the best of times, but with Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor considered a good listening ear .. well, then, God only preserve us all!

    Pope Francis is his own man, and that is part of the problem, for – not unlike Pius XII, who all too often had to rely solely on his own counsel – he is severely hampered by the realpolitik of his college of confrères and their shared craving for inclusive aggiornamento (of the media-friendly, freedom-of-information, 24 Hour News variety).


  • NatOns

    One must not be hard on P J G, his fiery love of the Faith is at times disturbing – even to one who loves what he also witnesses – for it is simply the absolute centrality of the Faith in all that effects our lives and others – the difference between heaven and hell. The SSPX, btw, is not what its self-appointed e-world witnesses make of it, indeed it has little need of their assertions to magnify the difficulties of its case – one that every Catholic ought to appreciate and support: that is, Sacred Tradition, nothing more, nothing less. And here I must differ from you, for the living Faith, aka Sacred Tradition, does indeed speak for the Catholic Church even when its teachers become confuddled or confounded; true, the Society is not the Catholic Church, only an irksome part of it, nor are its sincerest pronouncements independently magisterial; rather, it is (or ought to be) at the faithful service of the Faith, the Church, and the Holy Father – if he would embrace it as it is, its anger being just, and that it could allow itself to be embraced, lovingly, by him .. without the imperious, self-righteous temper of an elder son.

  • lewispbuckingham

    A Letter From Iraq to Christians in the West

    Western Christians must help the Iraqi faithful returning to their homeland “both materially and spiritually“, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul has said.
    This is a very vexing area for us in Australia.
    Last year five thousand ‘boat people’, Armenian, arrived on our shores.
    They had flown in to Indonesia, and by and large thrown away ID and requested asylum.
    Materially they spent around six thousand Australian dollars on the ticket,probably all their wealth.
    They don’t want to go back.

    They were on the losing side of the war and are definitely of the wrong religion in the present culture.

    Each boatload costs about sixteen million dollars Australian to process, house,fund court cases and health.
    Armenian interpreters were being flown to Christmas Island at enormous expense to translate for the people.
    Allegations have been made to me that some claim to be Christians, which means automatic refugee status, but are not.
    When in Australia they simply revert to their original belief system.
    In the meanwhile, as the authorities have no way of determining the actual status of the real refugees , no docs, no passport, no visa, no birth certificate, economic migrants get open slather by saying they are Christian.
    Historically Australia admitted at least fifteen thousand refugees a year. These were known people, proper ID, rotting in refugee camps.
    Today people just show up and claim status.
    Since Australia puts a cap on the number of refugees it accepts, real refugees miss out.
    We made a big mistake invading Iraq.
    We are obliged to attempt to rectify the damage we caused to their society.
    Accepting genuine refugees is one way of doing that.
    At the present rate most Armenian Iraqis will live in Australia or Lebanon.
    The Lebanese Christians are already here.
    From the other side of the world,Christianity in Iraq needs our prayers and funding,for it indeed is the Church in peril.