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We talk about this in detail in theology, with learned words and thoughts. But it is precisely in this way that we run the risk of becoming masters of faith instead of being renewed and mastered by the Faith. Let us consider this with regard to a central issue, the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Our handling of the Eucharist can only arouse concern. In part, this really has come about, and we should be most grateful to the Lord for it. And yet a rather different attitude is prevalent.

The declining participation in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration shows how little we Christians of today still know about appreciating the greatness of the gift that consists in His Real Presence. The Eucharist is devalued into a mere ceremonial gesture when it is taken for granted that courtesy requires Him to be offered at family celebrations or on occasions such as weddings and funerals to all those invited for family reasons. The way people often simply receive the Holy Sacrament in communion as a matter of course shows that many see communion as a purely ceremonial gesture.

Therefore, when thinking about what action is required first and foremost, it is rather obvious that we do not need another Church of our own design. Rather, what is required first and foremost is the renewal of the Faith in the Reality of Jesus Christ given to us in the Blessed Sacrament. In conversations with victims of pedophilia, I have been made acutely aware of this first and foremost requirement. It is obvious that this woman can no longer hear the very words of consecration without experiencing again all the horrific distress of her abuse. Yes, we must urgently implore the Lord for forgiveness, and first and foremost we must swear by Him and ask Him to teach us all anew to understand the greatness of His suffering, His sacrifice.

And we must do all we can to protect the gift of the Holy Eucharist from abuse. Indeed, the Church today is widely regarded as just some kind of political apparatus. One speaks of it almost exclusively in political categories, and this applies even to bishops, who formulate their conception of the church of tomorrow almost exclusively in political terms.

The crisis, caused by the many cases of clerical abuse, urges us to regard the Church as something almost unacceptable, which we must now take into our own hands and redesign. But a self-made Church cannot constitute hope. Jesus Himself compared the Church to a fishing net in which good and bad fish are ultimately separated by God Himself.

And at all times, there are not only the weeds and the evil fish, but also the crops of God and the good fish. To proclaim both with emphasis is not a false form of apologetics, but a necessary service to the Truth.

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In this context it is necessary to refer to an important text in the Revelation of St. The devil is identified as the accuser who accuses our brothers before God day and night Revelation In that book, the devil sought to talk down the righteousness of Job before God as being merely external.


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And exactly this is what the Apocalypse has to say: The devil wants to prove that there are no righteous people; that all righteousness of people is only displayed on the outside. If one could hew closer to a person, then the appearance of his justice would quickly fall away. The narrative in Job begins with a dispute between God and the devil, in which God had referred to Job as a truly righteous man. He is now to be used as an example to test who is right. Take away his possessions and you will see that nothing remains of his piety, the devil argues. God allows him this attempt, from which Job emerges positively.

All that a man has he will give for his life. But put forth thy hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. God grants the devil a second turn. He may also touch the skin of Job. Only killing Job is denied to him. For Christians it is clear that this Job, who stands before God as an example for all mankind, is Jesus Christ.

In St. The Creator God is confronted with the devil who speaks ill of all mankind and all creation. He says, not only to God but above all to people: Look at what this God has done. Supposedly a good creation, but in reality full of misery and disgust. That disparagement of creation is really a disparagement of God.

It wants to prove that God Himself is not good, and thus to turn us away from Him. The timeliness of what the Apocalypse is telling us here is obvious. Today, the accusation against God is, above all, about characterizing His Church as entirely bad, and thus dissuading us from it. The idea of a better Church, created by ourselves, is in fact a proposal of the devil, with which he wants to lead us away from the living God, through a deceitful logic by which we are too easily duped. No, even today the Church is not just made up of bad fish and weeds. The Church of God also exists today, and today it is the very instrument through which God saves us.

It is very important to oppose the lies and half-truths of the devil with the whole truth: Yes, there is sin in the Church and evil. But even today there is the Holy Church, which is indestructible. Today there are many people who humbly believe, suffer and love, in whom the real God, the loving God, shows Himself to us. Today God also has His witnesses martyres in the world.

We just have to be vigilant in order to see and hear them. The word martyr is taken from procedural law. In the trial against the devil, Jesus Christ is the first and actual witness for God, the first martyr, who has since been followed by countless others. If we look around and listen with an attentive heart, we can find witnesses everywhere today, especially among ordinary people, but also in the high ranks of the Church, who stand up for God with their life and suffering. It is an inertia of the heart that leads us to not wish to recognize them. One of the great and essential tasks of our evangelization is, as far as we can, to establish habitats of Faith and, above all, to find and recognize them.

I live in a house, in a small community of people who discover such witnesses of the living God again and again in everyday life and who joyfully point this out to me as well. To see and find the living Church is a wonderful task which strengthens us and makes us joyful in our Faith time and again.

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At the end of my reflections I would like to thank Pope Francis for everything he does to show us, again and again, the light of God, which has not disappeared, even today. Thank you, Holy Father! Translated by Anian Christoph Wimmer. If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription.

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You missed, by the way, Jake. No Way lawless men , no Truth prideful men , and no access to Life unless we pay homage to them. Amid some threads of beauty is much muddled thinking a bout the history and problem of sexul abuse. A desire to another the clergy into a caste untouchable is as strange as the suggestions that abuse is all down to the failure of the church in moral theology and conciliar mzdelos since the Vatican Council reforms of the s. Perhaps he is not so well. An analytical description of moral collapse detailed and pointed, although insufficient in respect to priestly homosexuality.

Pedophilia, a medical diagnosis [cited 8 times by Benedict] more consistent with the tack of Pope Francis and failure of the Feb Synod replaces the far greater moral issue [pedophilia has prev been largely addressed and curtailed] of adult priest, prelate homosexual behavior and the victimizing of vulnerable priests and seminarians. Child abuse nevertheless is frequently committed by homosexuals as was the case with former cardinal McCarrick.

That the Catholic Church projected that false image to the world through its priests, and as it must be sorrowfully acknowledged by a Vatican policy of advancing and protecting Hierarchy, priests subject to allegations even convictions of homosexual impropriety, is most unusual and Satanic in character. What really matters is that he address the crux of the issue.

Our young are not cherished. God protect them.. They are tainted, too weak in the Faith. Jesus, please come. This is exactly why sexual abuse needs to be reported and dealt with by the criminal justice system and followed by civil suits.

It is also indicative of the need for women to provide leadership in the church or move on. Ever hear of Mary Kay Letourneau? Or the massive number of other female teachers who have abused students? Women are a subject to corruption as men, sadly. And looking at the Church as a source of power is not likely to improve anything. Heaven deliver us from women like you having power anywhere.

The current pontificate strikes me as historically unique and very puzzling. Most level headed Catholics scoff at any suggestion that this is even in issue. Perhaps they are right. I do not claim to know or even to have an opinion. I do have doubts.

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If God alone has that authority, shall we presume to know his decision? Benedict said his resignation was warranted by his failing faculties and the need for a more vigorous man in the office. Yet there is considerable evidence that Benedict acted under the coercion of intense persecution which may have overwhelmed his judgment and freedom.

In his life of seclusion and prayer, Benedict strikes me as perfectly Petrine in the current chaos, and now six years after his purported resignation he publishes a letter on the crisis in the Church abundantly demonstrating that his faculties are indeed not diminished but enhanced. There is historical precedent for the scandal of two men simultaneously appearing to occupy the Petrine office, one legitimate and one not.

In the late s faithful Catholics were in doubt as to whether the Pope was the man in Rome or the man in Avignon France. For 40 years the flock sought the voice of its true shepherd before the confusion was finally resolved. The Petrine office is a principle of unity and visibility in the Church. The pontificate of Francis has been historically unprecedented in its failure to exercise that principle. Or Providence? I think it is because we, the flock of the Lord, hungered to hear it but had not heard it from Francis.

Indeed, Benedict would never have said it if Francis had. Reading your comment left me breathless because of the absence of a period to signify the end of a sentence. I know you are familiar with a period because you used it, whew! Good thoughts though. Particularly when this culture is as perverse as ours. At the time many of those people were outspoken about that, but with the time they learned to keep their opinions mostly to themselves in public.

Scandal is what the church worries about most. Since its existence it has feared scandal, and has thus worked hard supernaturally over time to try and mitigate it. While it called the moral shots it was getting away with it. We will never know what clergy sexual abuse took place since the church began as an organisation.

And as it continues to see itself as something closer to its god than to the world, its fantasies about its god and itself held in such high theological esteem, its credibility in the modern world continues to crash. It has only itself to blame. It is time for the church to disappear. You need some help you should go to one of the churches in the big cities look at the stained glass windows for several hours and at Blessed Sacrament. And pray with compunction of heart.

Sorry to say the whole context of this subject Matter,observations, what has been written needs to be explained better for the lay person to grasp a better understanding and more of apology than trying to explain the mistakes that have already been made. The Church took a stand a long time ago on which movies,reading material etc. Amid this fog, I saw Satan sitting and around him, many companions as people were in the meeting which was going on underneath.

All these evil spirits were continually moving and busy trying to push the people at this meeting to do evil. They whispered to them to their ears and acted on them in all possible ways. These people were in a very dangerous state of sensual excitement and in provocative conversations. In our time we should not be apart or be a misanthrope a person who hates or distrusts humankind : we must rejoice with those who rejoice. Will I be the one, or will it be a successor?

What is certain is that the Pope will leave Rome and, in leaving the Vatican, he will have to pass over the dead bodies of his priests! The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff Benedict XVI and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity.

At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death…Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it. There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.

Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.

Those who preserve in their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth.

And in order to be like their Head, [Christ] these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated.

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News Briefs. Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd as he concludes his final public appearance from the balcony of the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on the day of his resignation, in this Feb. In a recent letter to an Italian journalist, Pope Benedict said questions about the validity of his resignation are "absurd. About Catholic News Agency Articles. Catholic News Agency www. Previous Benedict XVI addresses sex abuse scandal. Next In a changed country, poor Americans miss the benefits of marriage most.

February 17, Dr. Patrick Kenny The Dispatch. March 1, Catholic News Agency 6. February 21, Christopher R. Altieri He is spreading hope and pointing to the real salvation….. Thank you Pope Benedict for your letter. In , Ratzinger and fellow seminarians were drafted into the anti-aircraft corps. He has said his unit was attacked by Allied forces that year, but he did not take part in that battle because a finger infection had kept him from learning to shoot.

After about a year in the anti-aircraft unit, Ratzinger was drafted into the regular military. Ratzinger was sent home and then called up again before deserting in late April He was captured by American soldiers and held as a prisoner of war for several months.

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Ratzinger returned to the seminary at the University of Munich in the fall of and was ordained a priest in Two years later, he earned his doctorate at the University of Munich. He earned his teaching licentiate in and became a professor of Freising College in , teaching dogma and fundamental theology. Ratzinger became a professor at the University of Bonn in He was viewed as a reformer during this time. In , Ratzinger helped found the theological journal Communio , which became one of the most important journals of Catholic thought. In , he became vice dean of the College of Cardinals and was elected dean in Ratzinger defended and reaffirmed Catholic doctrine, including teaching on topics such as birth control, homosexuality and inter-religious dialogue.

Known for his rigid views on Catholicism, he sought a more inclusive image as pope. In , Benedict made his first visit as pope to the United States, where he spoke out against clerical sexual abuse and delivered an address at the United Nations. That same year, to foster relations and understanding between religions, Benedict addressed the first Catholic-Muslim Forum, a three-day conference of Catholic theologians and Islamic scholars.

In , allegations of sexual and physical abuse by parish priests and in parochial schools — particularly in Germany, Ireland and the United States — brought Benedict, and his role in the cases in Germany in particular, under close media scrutiny. In a pastoral letter, Benedict rebuked the bishops of the Irish church for a failure of leadership. Peter's Basilica to launch his Holy Year of Mercy.

Benedict walked through the doorway right after Francis, gingerly negotiating the two steps with the help of a cane and his longtime assistant. Pope Francis seemed taken aback by Benedict's frailty when he saw him at the Holy Door, and he asked the throngs of pilgrims in the piazza to send their prayers for his "good health. We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us!

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