Saturday, January 05, 2008

Anglican Bishop warns

of no-go zones for non-Muslims

What a remarkable source. Cathcon prediction- not one Catholic bishop will support him.

Feast of the Epiphany


An extract from his Tenth Homily of Pope St Gregory the Great on the Gospels
"As you have heard in the Gospel reading, dearest brothers, at the birth of heaven's King, an earthly king was troubled. For earthly grandeur is thrown into confusion when the majesty of heaven shows itself. But we must investigate why an Angel appeared to the shepherds in Judea when our Redeemer was born, but a star rather than an Angel, led the Magi from the East to adore Him. The reason seems to be this. It was fitting that a rational creature that is, an Angel, announce it to the Jews, as to those making use of their reason; but the Gentiles were led to seek knowledge of the Lord not by words, but by signs since they did not know how to use reason for this. To apply what St. Paul says: "Prophecies are given to the believing, not the unbelieving; whereas signs are for the unbelievers rather than the believers." And so the prophecies were for the Jews as for believers; while signs were given to the Gentiles, as to the unbelieving. We should note that when our Redeemer had become an adult, He was preached to these same Gentiles by the Apostles. But when He was still an infant, by human standards not yet ready for speaking, a star proclaimed Him. Obviously, common sense demands that once the Lord Himself had begun to speak He be made known to us by men's preaching, while the mute elements of nature bear witness to Him before He used the faculty of speech."

Pope St Gregory sent St Augustine of Canterbury, the first Archbishop of Canterbury to England would have been horrified by the denial of the existence of the Three Kings by the present Anglican holder of the office.

The Archbishop has been reading too much of the Mabinogion lately. Full of Welsh druidic myth and legend, perhaps he has begun to find it too satisfying for his own spiritual good. Different perspectives are however required when considering the Divine realities shown forth in the Gospels.

The limits to ecumenism on moral issues

Cathcon translation of the perpetually excellent – Geschwächter Einfluß

Weakened influence

In the dialogue between the Church and Protestants, problems not only arise in religious teaching, but more and more also in the field of moral theology.

Father Karl Jüsten (46) has criticised Bishop Wolfgang Huber, chairman of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany.

The priest spoke about the demand of the Council chairman for a changed deadline for a new regime for stem cell experiments in Germany.

The opinion of the priest appears today in the daily newspapers of Cologne and Stuttgart.

Jüsten was ordained priest in 1987 for the Archdiocese of Cologne and for seven years has been head of the 'Catholic Agencies' in Berlin.

This Catholic office is the liaison body of the Church with the German Federal Government, the German Parliament and the political parties.

According to Father Jüsten, Huber's recent utterances against embryo protection diminish the influence of the churches and damage ecumenism:

"For the Protestant-Catholic dialogue, the conflict is certainly a burden."

The priest said : "So far we have stood solid together with Bishop Huber. If we, as Christians, in such important ethical questions, are no longer of a single mind, the whole influence of Christians is weakened in this matter. "

Expressly Fr Jüsten attacked the statement of Huber on the grounds that such a disagreement bears the traits of a cultural struggle.

The attitude of the church is clear: "We must uncompromisingly protect and advocate life."

This is not a confessional issue. The confessional dialectic suggested by Bishop Huber, he could "not recognise".

Many Protestant Christians shared the Catholic belief:

"If the question is whether a politician is bound to the positions of the Magisterium, this may be answered differently according to confessional allegiance."

Ukrainian Cardinal says

married men not answer to vocations crisis

"The Vatican newspaper asked Cardinal Husar how he would respond to Latin-rite Catholics who think ordaining married men would solve the vocations crisis.

'Abolishing celibacy is not a solution in itself,' he said. 'The quality of the priest does not depend on whether or not he is married. This has been our experience, and I think people are wrong if they think the vocations problem can be resolved by ordaining married persons. It will not ensure a large number of vocations.

'I come from a priestly family,' he said. 'My grandfather was a priest, and other members of the family were priests; some were married, others were not.

'If a person is good, he will be a good priest, and this does not depend on the fact that he is married,' Cardinal Husar said."