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Archbishop Longley among members of new evangelisation council

By on Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The new Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation has its first members, including Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham.

The council, formally established in October, is charged with renewing and strengthening the faith in traditionally Christian countries where religious belief and practice are threatened by secularism and indifference.

Pope Benedict XVI today named 19 cardinals and bishops to be members of the council.

In addition to Archbishop Longley, the members included: Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York; Cardinal George Pell of Sydney; Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; and US Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Pope also named Belgian Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard of Mechelen-Brussels to the new council. The archbishop created controversy in Belgium just before Christmas when he told a parliamentary commission that the Church should not automatically be expected to compensate victims of clerical sex abuse.

Italian Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and Croatian Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary-general of the Synod of Bishops, were also named. The Vatican announced in October that Pope Benedict had chosen new evangelisation as the theme for the next world Synod of Bishops, which is expected to meet in 2012.

The Vatican also released the names of new members and consultants for the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry. The new members included Marylee Meehan, the US-based president of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants. The new consultants included John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.

The Vatican also announced that Pope Benedict had named Mgr Segundo Tejado Munoz, a priest of the Diocese of Rome, to be under-secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, and he chose Miguel Nicolelis, a professor of neurobiology, biomedical engineering and psychological and brain sciences at Duke University in North Carolina, to be a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

The pope named Italian Archbishop Luigi Travaglino, an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State, to be the Vatican’s permanent observer at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Food Program, which have their headquarters in Rome.

  • Anonymous

    Unbelievable. Archbishop Longley’s support for the “gay” Masses in London, documented in a very recent edition of the dissenting Tablet, should debar him from any further perceived promotion or privileged appointment. I’ve just been documenting his appalling “gay” (as in “sin crying to Heaven for vengeance”) friendliness, for the next edition of our newsletter, so to then read this latest news is just too incredible for words.

    How long, O Lord?

  • Kennyinliverpool

    If gay people are not welcome in church – then what’s the point of having the church? What next, no more sinners please….?
    I realize that isn’t the exact point you are making. But gay people need their own masses because straight people really hate them – which pushes them out of the faith, and makes them think God hates them. But if God hates the gays, then I fail to see what the Gospel is about?

  • Wojciech

    Why are there only cardinals and bishops. Leave the evangelisation to laity, they would like to be involve in it. Bishops have other things to do.

  • Anonymous

    Oh do get over it. I am no more in favour of people not in a state of grace receiving communion than you are, but what Abp Longley actually said was that people should not make assumptions about the state of grace of those attending the Soho Masses, and indeed he has a point as one can never know about another person’s state of grace. Indeed, it is often hard enough to tell whether one is oneself.

    Abp Longley is in fact a good bishop, far better than the majority of his colleagues on the episcopal bench, and hopefully this is an indication of a further rise for him, perhaps to the Sacred College itself, where I think he would be a good influence – far more so than Nichols.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think I agree. Gay people should not have their own masses. They should go to the same masses as everyone else, and like everyone else should only take communion if in a state of grace. It isn’t however for other laity to judge who is and who isn’t fit to communicate. It is the place of the clergy to make gentle enquiries about this where necessary, though.

  • Anonymous

    I can just imagine the level of error which would creep in if this were to be the case…

  • Anonymous

    If people say openly that they are living in homosexual (or any other kind of sexual) partnerships, then objectively they are not in a state of grace and there is huge scandal in not only accepting that, but condoning it by providing a special Mass precisely for those unrepentant sinners to attend and receive Communion. Longley is NOT a good bishop for allowing and condoning this public scandal. Anything but.

  • Anonymous

    Everyone is welcome in Church. However, NONE of us can approach for Holy Communion unless we have repented of mortal sins and been absolved in sacramental Confession. It’s basic stuff.

    Nobody hates homosexual people – certainly no practising Catholic that I know and anyone who does hate them is guilty of grave sin. But we must all hate the sin. I hope nobody hates the Yorkshire Ripper but I would be appalled if nobody hated his sin.

  • Anonymous

    There is no “judging” involved nytor. If someone approaches you and tells you that he has stolen a tenner from an OAP down the road, you are not judging him by saying he stole a tenner from an OAP down the road.

    The homosexuals who attend the Soho Masses are on public record saying they are living in homosexual partnerships. People who’ve attended these Masses say they overtly engage in unsuitable (to put it mildly) behaviour with each other and they celebrate civil partnerships through the bidding prayers etc. There’s no “judging” involved. The only “judging” that we are forbidden to do anyway, is definitive judging. We can never say that anyone is in Hell or is going to Hell. But we can say that they RISK going to Hell – and that is what, not just these openly homosexual people are risking but those bishops, like Longley, who are effectively condoning their sin by failing to condemn it and by providing what has become a blatant platform for their dissent.

    Far from being promoted, Archbishop Longley should be sent (with his pal in Westminster) to a monastery somewhere to repent and re-learn the Faith.

  • paul

    Its odd that everyone with a different opinion to you is automatically wrong; automatically not a real Catholic. Even the Pope is not a ‘real’ Catholic according to you. Morality is not decided by numbers, but sometimes do you not just feel in a minority of one?

    Why should you or the Church judge those who want to celebrate mass; the sacraments are there to be received by all regardless of their situation. Criminals, thugs and murders are allowed to take the sacraments – but not those who are simply attracted to the same sex? What sick morality is this??

    Jesus reached out to those on the edges of morality and society, like prostitutes and corrupt tax collectors and included them. Your views are obviously entirely contrary to the views of Jesus.
    If you personally knew a gay person I simply couldn’t imagine your views staying the same.

  • paul

    ‘ hope nobody hates the Yorkshire Ripper but I would be appalled if nobody hated his sin’

    Frankly that is ridiculous, with a man as evil as the Yorkshire ripper people have the right to hate the man also

  • SS1

    I don’t think so. Hate the sin, not the sinner.

  • Anonymous

    “not those who are simply attracted to the same sex?”

    The attraction’s not the problem. It’s a problem if they act on it and then approach without absolution.

    Like everyone else who is in a state of grave sin of whatever nature, in fact.

  • paul

    If God created us, then why would he create those with an innate attraction to those of the same sex? It sounds like quite a nasty mind game to me, to be created with an natural attraction you must suppress for the entirety of your life.

    The Bible is a text with containing books thousands of years old, it is full of cultural traditions, prejudices, and acts today we would look at as abominations. If you take all of the old testament as it is then you condone, acts of genocide committed by the Jewish tribes, mass rape, forced marriage, slavery and stoning for minor misdemeanors.

    Jesus does mention homosexuality in passing, but he does not explicitly condemn it, nor finds it necessary to talk about it in any detail. Lets remember that Jesus could not sin, but he could and did make mistakes. Any thoughts on homosexuality he had would have been coloured somewhat by the attitudes of the time.

    An old testament full of cultural references and advice we would find totally morally unjustified and repulsive to take; and the messiah’s near silence on the issue – I feel leaves Christians who believe any aspect of homosexuality including the act of lovemaking is immoral left on rather shaky ground.

  • johnny sprite

    One really Must nominate more candidates from Asia, South America and Africa to this dicastery. That’s where the “new
    evangelisation” is as the church is booming in those areas.

  • 2ck

    In response to EditorCT maybe his focus should be on the innumeral mis-leading articles found in the Tablet. ‘Living in Sin’ may apply as much to hetrosexual couples as to gay couples. The point that needs to be made is that neither of these groups have to consort in sin and are therefore able to enter a state of Grace. I should dread to think what sort of Evangelization EditorCT advocates when he’s all for accussing and condemning. The Jesus of the Gospels is a friend of sinners. ArchBishop Bernard Longley shows more Grace

  • http://www.catholictruthscotland.com EditorCT

    But I do I know a man of homosexual orientation who spent years actively pursuing same sex attractions. I know him because (a) he came to one of our Catholic Truth meetings in Glasgow and publicly “outed” himself saying that he had come along to thank us for our reports on the extent of the homosexual infiltration in the Church in Scotland and (b) he wrote to us, subsequently, to urge us not to give up in the face of criticism, that he had come to see the truth of the Church’s teaching and would we pray for him to persevere in a life of chastity, because this temptation to homosexual activity, is a terrible temptation and he has to begin every day afresh. (c) on occasions he has telephoned me to say the same thing and (d) when I bumped into him in a supermarket a while back, he asked me again to keep praying for him.

  • http://www.catholictruthscotland.com EditorCT

    But I do I know a man of homosexual orientation who spent years actively pursuing same sex attractions. I know him because (a) he came to one of our Catholic Truth meetings in Glasgow and publicly “outed” himself saying that he had come along to thank us for our reports on the extent of the homosexual infiltration in the Church in Scotland and (b) he wrote to us, subsequently, to urge us not to give up in the face of criticism, that he had come to see the truth of the Church’s teaching and would we pray for him to persevere in a life of chastity, because this temptation to homosexual activity, is a terrible temptation and he has to begin every day afresh. (c) on occasions he has telephoned me to say the same thing and (d) when I bumped into him in a supermarket a while back, he asked me again to keep praying for him.

  • http://www.catholictruthscotland.com EditorCT

    First of all, regarding EditorCT – SHE does not advocate “accusing and condemning.”

    It is already well documented that the people attending the homosexual Masses in London are very open and honest about the fact tha they are living in homosexual partnerships. Nobody needs to accuse them. And there is, by the way, a difference in kind between fornicating couples and homosexuals, because at least the ACT of sexual intercourse between male and female is natural, albeit, illicit. Between two people of the same gender, the act is perverted and unnatural which is why is has always been described in Christianity, from the beginning, as “a sin crying to Heaven for vengeance.” According to St Catherine of Siena, even the very devils who tempt people to this sin, leave in disgust when it is underway. Archbishop Longley shows negligence, not grace, by permitting this evil of a Mass dedicated to promoting a grave sin, and the fact that you don’t agree, doesn’t change that fact one bit.

  • 2ck

    EditorCT, Thank you for your forthright views!
    I still consider them mis-placed in attacking Archbishop Bernard Longley. In regards to the ‘protests’ he considered these to polarise and to ‘harden attitudes.’ It should also be stated that he could not comment on the sort of changes that Daphne Mc Leod referred to in the Lifesitenews. She stated that the recent situation had been ‘getting worse, more brazen.’ As you may or may not be aware Bishop Longley as auxilary Bishop in Westminister was often given the tasks the other Bishops did not want. In other words he had to face more controversial situations. Cardinal Cormac assigned him the task of arranging the Masses for homosexuals.
    You are missing the point when you think that it is up to Archbishop Longley to tell Archbishop Nicholls what to do in Westminister.
    Daphne Mc Leod and EditorCT let there arguments down by becoming inflamed. Daphne concludes that no one attending these masses lifes chaste lives (clearly Archbishop Bernard Longleys’ experience is quite different ) EditorCT concludes that this is an ‘ evil of a mass ‘
    I have not been shown any arguments that this is in fact the case

  • 2ck

    I have defended Archbishop Bernard Longley in the belief that the masses at our Lady of The Assumption were not promoting anything other than Church Teaching. If that is not the case and the inferrance is that some of those attending these masses promote teaching on homosexuality contrary to Church Teaching then the 1986 PASTORAL CARE OF THE HOMOSEXUAL PERSON which states that even the semblance of such support can be gravely misinterpreted’ should be taken seriously. Rather than raise a scandal it is better that these Masses did not take place.

  • thomaspjpoovathinkal

    Every Evangeliser need to be an Apostle. Are Bishops, Cardinals and Archbishops Apostles?Are these officials concerned evangelised themselves? Do they keep the Word of Jesus? Do they have the Holy Spirit in them in actual life? Do they set people on fire when they open their mouth because of the spirit in them? Jesus told us, “Come to know the Truth and the Truth will make you free”, let us test ourselves with Jesus’ Truth and and findout whether we and and these officials are truly evenagelised themselves! whether we have the
    fitness to evangelise others!

  • Anonymous

    obviously I meant a homosexual that was comfortable with their lifestyle, not one fighting their sexual desires.