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Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/05/14

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

By on Friday, 16 May 2014

A poster in Bethlehem promotes the papal visit (AP)

A poster in Bethlehem promotes the papal visit (AP)

A rabbi and an Islamic leader will join Pope Francis on his visit to the Holy Land next week, the Vatican has confirmed (video).

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai will also accompany Pope Francis on his visit despite an outcry in Lebanon.

The Vatican has dampened expectations that there will be a “major announcement” about Archbishop Romero’s Cause on Sunday.

The suffering of forced migrants should “make us weep and feel ashamed”, Pope Francis told seven new ambassadors to the Holy See yesterday (full text).

The Economist argues that “Francis’s papacy will be judged” by how well he handles the “running sore” of clerical abuse.

Samuel Gregg goes in search of “the real Walter Kasper“.

And a quirky new animation tells the life story of St John Paul II in less than five minutes (video).

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

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  • Ana Milan

    No cure has yet been found for paedophilia. The therapies you refer to are used to lessen the urges of paedophiles to commit sexual crimes against children but until the cure is found they are still considered to be a high risk to young people. Consequently, the only way to deal with persons diagnosed with this condition is to commit them to an institution until medical science produces an answer for it.

    As long as the Catholic Church continues to shield such predators it will be rightly seen by society at large as an accessory to their crimes, the fallout from which is being felt by its faithful adherents. This continuing scandal is preventing Christ’s Church on earth from being the standard-bearer of the Good News which was placed on the shoulders of the apostles but which their successors of recent years continually (and sinfully) are ignoring.

  • Young Precariat Depressive

    Incarcerate them? Even if they have never committed any crimes? Just for inclinations? That’s actually really cruel. They used to do the same with homosexuals. If this was the case, people with these inclinations would NEVER seek help, and this would be the greater risk.

  • Ana Milan

    I am referring to those who are KNOWN by the hierarchy to have committed sexual crimes against children and still shield them from public prosecution. Not only do they shield them but actively allow them freedom to continue committing these crimes albeit in different locations. I feel you would take an entirely different stance if a child of yours was subjected to the lecherous interests of such predators. I have NOT advocated incarceration for homosexuals or heterosexuals who have trouble in controlling their sexual appetites as I believe that confession is the correct way forward in such cases.

  • Guest

    And even those therapies – useful or fraudulent – were (it seems) often applied and reapplied then layered over to minimal effect, not least in the most prolific of offending clerks. As for incarceration or even chemical intervention, well neither are the permanent solution that some like to imagine; for the one merely smoothers the itch while the other actively encourages it .. magnifying the ‘want’ with like minded support (and supportive methods of deceit). A personal recognition of the wrong done or the temptation to be avoided, the sin, with a sense of genuine penitence for that wrong also a need to resist the temptation, and a firm purpose of amendment/ avoidance .. under untiring pastoral supervision .. is, it would appear, still the only ‘permanent’ means of dealing with a day-by-day assault.

    Until, that is, the human law-makers eventually redefine ‘paedophilia/ ephebophilia’ and ‘abuse’ and ‘marriage’ to be something quite unlike the Orthodox Catholic understanding; thereafter, well, anything may go.

    And don’t imagine that no one – outside or inside the Catholic Church – would hope or work for that ‘liberating’ legislative end.

    GBOP LHUA

  • Guest

    Penitence is, indeed, the road to genuine understanding and control of an offence and its temptations – but that relies, as it always has done, on a personal desire to reform (rather than a public conceit in imitation of it). It is, moreover, not a cure and must never be touted as such, it is a means of clearly visualising one’s worst side, of laying this at times appalling sight open to view and correction, and – least liked of all – a means of attaining genuine forgiveness, assistance and strength: a firm purpose of amendment. The Inquiry of the Roman Holy Office extremely rarely resorted to imprisonment, torture, or mutilation – these being the ways of the saecular sword, even up to capital punishment – nor does it go in for such extreme ways now, even long before St Pius X reformed its procedures; but R R correctly asks that you consider the demands of duly diligent justice, that mitigated by mercy even for the most hideous offender, aka the actual procedure of the real Roman Inquisition .. in which punishment was never seen as an end in itself (what little comfort that might give those inquired into .. also found wanting and impenitent or conceited).

    GBOP LHUA

  • Guest

    God Bless Our Pope!

    ‘The suffering of forced migrants should “make us weep and feel ashamed”, Pope Francis told seven new ambassadors to the Holy See yesterday (full text).’

    Migration – forced and unplanned and accidental – may cause tremendous damage, both to the place of exodus and the host land(s). So for Christians, of all people, being brethren to the Jews in Joseph, Mary, and her divine Son Jesus, to have hostile or hard hearts toward the sojourner and settler is not merely ironic in fleshly eyes but sin before the Spirit’s vision. Yet must it not also make us weep and feel ashamed that the pastors of the Catholic Church seem to be imposing just such conditions that lead to ‘migration’ on one of the very few real successes to come from the Post-Second-Vatican-Council era – and for what, I wonder.

    It is not because these souls impenitently revile the prayerful vigil against today’s lawful holocaust of the Innocent. Nor is it because they publicly or privately support contraception, gay marriages, divorce-and-remarriage, women priests, occult oecumenical liturgies, faithless teaching of the Faith; making wrongdoing into doing good. Rather, it would seem, it is because they may have (incautiously) considered the genuine flaws in the documents of that said Council (of which they are, or were, among its most abundant of fruit) .. and to have too openly dared to regarded these flaws for what they are, flaws – even as the errors flowing from which flaws are, once again, being ignored (and encouraged) rather than properly reformed.

    So it is not only the Economist alone that is setting up the Holy Father for a hefty fall – in not doing enough, whatever that measure might be – it seems the Church herself, in her leaders, is determined, blindly, and without open admission, to shatter more than it builds .. as seen with honourable, faithful, and obedient priests seeking release from pontifical jurisdiction (so that they may freely offer, without let or hindrance, the Holy Mass in the approved extra-ordinary manner .. and teach what the Faith actually holds, even covered in the documents of the Second Vatican Council when properly understood).

    Soon, Holy Father, soon, as you promised .. lest we see only the slowly gnawing desolation of necessary flight where you and your Emeritus hoped to encourage loyal abundance; may God graciously forbid this unlooked for end!

    GBOP LHUA

    St Michael defend us in the day of battle.

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  • lewispbuckingham

    ‘While many governments,
    international organizations and religious groups rally to respond to the
    needs of immigrants in certain emergency situations, he said, the
    problem has become so widespread that “the moment has come to face it
    with a serious and responsible political overview.”‘
    Definitely the case in Australia.
    We ended up with being faced with organised crime moving people in dire straits, across deadly oceans, when the latest group, moved to Manus Island were found to be only one third refugees.
    In the meanwhile, those with genuine claims to our help,stuck in overseas camps, and without any cash to bribe the smugglers, stayed behind.
    In the normal course of events up to seventeen thousand of these a year would have been accepted.
    As a result humanitarian aid is a bad smell for many voters, and they want to restrict immigration,a direct consequence of losing control of our borders.