Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Prisoners use lunch with Pope to do a runner

Again and again, Pope Francis proclaims his belief in the dignity of prisoners. Now two of them have apparently shamelessly taken advantage of Papal mercy.

Two Italian prisoners have been missing from the Castelfranco Emilia prison in the province of Modena, according to the Italian newspaper Il Mattino on Wednesday in their online edition.

The men, who had reportedly attempted outbreaks, were part of a group of 20 prisoners, who were scheduled for lunch together with Francis. Whether they disappeared before or after the meal with the Pope in the Basilica of San Petronio was still unclear. The two Italians had already served their sentence according to Adnkrono's news agency, but they were still under special supervision because they were classified as "socially dangerous". It was unclear why they had been convicted. The search for the escapees and the further investigations continued.

Pope Francis devotes his time and attention regularly to the prisoners. During his pontificate, he has already washed the feet of prisoners several times on Maundy Thursday. He has invited others to exclusive visits to the Vatican Museums or to visit them in prison. He called on the believers to do the same. Christians must "do everything to restore their dignity" in the face of the often unsafe conditions in prisons, according to Francis. For the Holy Year of Mercy, he decreed that every prison had the function of a "Holy Door".


Coldplay Mass- the ultimate liturgical nightmare


Today at the Jesuit University of Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla in San Andrés Cholula, called Ibero for short, a Coldplay Mass took place. Invitations were sent in the framework of the Ignatian university program was used.

This is a Holy Mass, celebrated by the Jesuit Lonja Xavier Cacho and the songs of the British pop-rock band Coldplay. The commercial music group, founded in London in 1996, has not yet been noticed for religious songs or a religious message.

Offence was caused by the announcement that a Holy Mass was to be called the "Misa Colplay" (Coldplay Mass) and that the music of a rock group should be the focus.

In an interview with the Irish daily The Irish Independent, Chris Martin had said about God:

"I always try to decipher what 'he' or 'she' is. I'm not sure what's right. I do not know if it is Allah or Jesus or Mohammed or Zeus, but I guess Zeus. "

The Jesuit university wrote in advance that this Mass would try to "adhere to every symbol of the liturgy and link it with current stimuli that connect with our everyday life". The songs of the group should be heard and tried to "reflect" and "deepen" these melodies at different moments of the Eucharistic celebration.

Father Font!

There have been heated discussions in the social networks, both inside and outside the university, over the past few days. Rector Fernando Fernández Font SJ was accused of promoting liturgical abuse with the "Misa Coldplay".

Likewise, the Jesuit leadership was encouraged to analyze the music of the British band if it was already part of a symposium or another event, but not as part of a Holy Mass.

Yesterday the Archbishopric of Puebla dissociated itself from the Jesuit University. Through Twitter, it announced that it did not organise or support the "Misa Coldplay". In a detailed statement, the Archbishop's liturgical commission warned of a "loss of meaning for the Eucharistic Sacrament," which could lead to seeing only "a gathering of goodwill" in the Holy Mass.

The chairman of the Liturgy Commission, Don Jacinto Gerardo Cruz Rojas, recalled that "the Eucharist is the greatest treasure of the Church which it has had since its origin." The Archbishopric demanded that the rules for liturgical music be complied with.

With almost 5,000 students, the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla belongs to the Sistema Universitario Jesuita, the network of the seven Jesuit Universities in Mexico and the unification of the 31 Jesuit Universities of Latin America.

Already last June, the rector of the Jesuit University of Mexico City (Ibero Ciudad), the Jesuit David Fernandez Davalos was noticed when he defended the pro-homosexual agenda of the Mexican left-wing government. P. Fernandez Davalos took part in the General Congregation in October 2016, who elected the Jesuit, Arturo Sosa Abascal, as the 31st General of the Order.

The Spanish columnist, Franciso Fernandez de la Cigoña, commented on the incident in San Andrés Cholula: "Another proof that a considerable part of the Jesuit order lives in general confusion."