Monday, November 26, 2007

The Orthodox Church has put a dampener on hope

of a swift meeting of the Moscow Patriarch Alexi II with Pope Benedict XVI.

This is not a current question, Patriarchate stated, according to the Interfax agency on Monday. "If the Vatican maintains otherwise, this is a part of their relationship with the media but nothing to do with their relations with the Orthodox," said the cleric responsible for foreign relations of the Patriarchate, Igor Wyschanow. The Roman Catholic Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Unity, had said that such a "historic meeting" would improve relations between the churches.

There could be a meeting of the two church leaders only when a number of issues had been resolved, said Wyschanow. "In particular, issues of the work of the Catholic Church in Russia and the former Soviet republics have to be definitively clarified. The Catholic Church can preach only to their own believers, but not to Orthodox Christians " said Wyschanow. Even the relationship between the Greek Catholics and the Orthodox Church in the west of Ukraine was further unsettled.

Protests against the establishment of Catholic dioceses

Relations between Rome and Moscow have not been so excited/ tense for a long time. Repeatedly, Alexei II has underlined the equality of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. Alexei II rejected a visit by the to Russia with the argument that the Catholic Church was proselytising in the country. In recent years, the Orthodox Church has protested primarily against the establishment of four Catholic dioceses in Russia.

Catholics and Orthodox have made initial progress this month in the thorny question of a "primacy of the Bishop of Rome-the Pope taking precedence among Christian patriarchs. They wish in the near future to talk specifically about what this primacy means in the Universal Church. The question of "hegemony" of the Bishop of Rome is regarded as a major obstacle on the way to a new unity of the Orthodox Christian Churches and the Roman Catholic Church.

Feast of St Leonard of Port Maurice


The same Saint on the Mass

"The principal excellence of the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass consists in being essentially, and in the very highest degree, identical with that which was offered on the Cross of Calvary: with this sole difference that the sacrifice on the Cross was bloody, and made once for all, and did on that one occasion satisfy fully for all the sins of the world; while the sacrifice of the altar is an unbloody sacrifice, which can be repeated an infinite number of times, and was instituted in order to apply in detail that universal ransom which Jesus paid for us on Calvary."
"I believe that were it not for the Holy Mass, as this moment the world would be in the abyss, unable to bear up under the mighty load of its iniquities Mass is the potent prop that hold the world on its base."

"Be now confounded for very wonder, reflecting that the proposition just laid down is indeed most true; a soul assisting with adequate devotion at holy Mass renders more honor to God than that which all the Angels and all the Saints put together render with all their adorations."

"And, yet, with the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, viewed according to its intrinsic preciousness and value, satisfaction may be made completely for committed sin ... Not that the Sacrifice of the Mass by any means cancels our sins immediately, and of itself, as does the Sacrament of Penance: but it cancels them mediately, calling down various aids of interior impulse, of holy aspiration, and of actual grace, all tending toward a worthy repentance of our sins, either at the time of the Mass itself or at some other fitting time."

"O blessed Mass, by which we come to have the Son of God placed not within our arms but within our hearts, Nor is there a doubt but that with Him, and Him alone, we shall be able to satisfy the debt of gratitude which we have contracted with God."

"It is in our power by means of it to pay the fourth debt due to God, which is to supplicate Him, and to entreat new graces of Him. ... Yes, yes: in holy Mass our dear beloved Jesus, as the chief and supreme Priest, recommends our case to the Father, prays for us and makes Himself our advocate. ... How can you doubt but that He wishes to give you all the virtues and all the perfections which are required to make you a saint, and a great saint, in Heaven?"

"What graces, gifts and virtues the Holy Mass calls down ... repentance for sin ... victory over temptation ... holy inspirations which dispositions to shake off tepidity ... the grace of final perseverance, upon which depends our salvation ... temporal blessings, such as peace, abundance and health ..."

In having Masses said for the suffering souls in Purgatory: "the holy Mass not only shortens their pains but also extends great immediate relief to those poor souls ... the charity you exercise toward poor souls under purification will all redound to your own good."

In having Masses said for your own soul: "... get celebrated all the Masses possible in your circumstances not only for the souls departed but for your own. Do this for two motives: first to obtain a good and holy death - it being the invariable opinion of theologians that there is no more efficacious means for attaining so holy a purpose. Another motive is that you may yourself issue quickly from Purgatory and fly away into eternal glory, there being no means more adapted for obtaining from God a grace so precious as that of going direct to Heaven, or at least a short detention on the way, than Indulgences duly gained, and the holy Sacrifice."

Catholics grieve


"The closings in Allegany County splintered the community — so much so that some Catholics joined Protestant churches"

What a difference III


a year makes:

"The Traditional Latin Mass of St. Pius V/Blessed John XXIII will be celebrated every Friday morning at 8:15 a.m. beginning October 12, 2007."

What a difference II

a year makes

THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM: Our Holy Father, Benedict
XVI has again made the ancient rite of the Mass available to
all Catholics. With the blessing of Father O’Doherty, Queen
of Peace Parish plans to offer a weekly Sunday Latin Mass
according to the 1962 ritual. There will be brochures in the
vestibule along with a form to fill out if you are interested.
We will conduct Know the Latin Mass Seminars to refresh
Catholics who have attended the 1962 rite and to familiarize
those who would like to attend for the first time. If you have
any questions, contact Joe Tropeano at 274-8606 or Jim
Delph at 427-7477. Seminar is scheduled for Monday, Nov.
26th at 10:30 am in the Church.

What a difference

a year makes

In response to the publication last July of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Letter, “Summorum Pontificum,” by which the Holy Father allows for and promotes a wider usage of the liturgical books in force in 1962, we began celebrating this Mass here at St. Therese this past September 16. Originally, it was to be celebrated on the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays. However, as of now, we will now be able to have the traditional Latin Mass of 1962 offered here at St. Therese Church EVERY SUNDAY at 1:00 p.m.

There are Four Senses of Scripture

as detailed in this article. Protestants, however, apply another sense, their own judgement, their sixth sense. The fifth sense is missing. Perhaps one could add the interpretation of scripture by the Church and stop there.

England- Our Lady's Dowry


THE contemplation of the great mystery of the Incarnation has drawn all Christian nations to venerate her from whom came all the first beginnings of our Redemption. But we English, being the servants of her special inheritance and her own 'dowry', as we are commonly called, ought to surpass others in our praises and devotions." — Thomas Arundel, Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury. 1399, who is seen below preaching.

One winner and sore loosers


Two items of news from the ever excellent

In step with the times

The winner of the Fourth contest, "Pastor of the Year" contest in Poland is Father Jan Dziasek of the Parish of Queen St Hedwig in Krakow.

The prelate was honoured "for his great openness of heart and for his understanding and his response to the sign of the times in a changing religious reality in Poland".

During the closing ceremony on this occasion, there was a stage show at the headquarters of the Polish bishops' conference in Warsaw.

Mass for the Conversion of the Supporters of the Tridentine Rite

The worship schedule of the 'Basilica of the Holy Apostles in Cologne' recorded as the intention on the Feast of Saint Gregory the Great:

19.00 Holy Mass for the acceptance of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council by the supporters of the Tridentine Rite.

19.45 Building up the Community Working Group. "

From the 'Initiativkreis-Nachrichten' 11/2007 page 3