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Canonical process for marriage cases to be changed...

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Bolletino is … packed today with news that I don’t consider all that good.

There will be a presser tomorrow at the Sala Stampa.

Two Motu Proprio Letters will be rolled out on the reform of the canonical process for declarations of nullity of marriage in the Code of the Latin Church and of the Eastern Churches.

Avviso di Conferenza Stampa, 07.09.2015

Si avvisano i giornalisti accreditati che domani, martedì 8 settembre 2015, alle ore 12.00, nell’Aula “Giovanni Paolo II” della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, avrà luogo la Conferenza stampa di presentazione delle due Lettere motu proprio datae di Papa Francesco Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus e Mitis et misericors Iesus, sulla riforma del processo canonico per le cause di dichiarazione di nullità del matrimonio, rispettivamente nel Codice di Diritto Canonico e nel Codice dei Canoni delle Chiese Orientali.

Parteciperanno e interverranno nell’ordine:

– S.E. Rev.ma Mons. Pio Vito Pinto, Decano della Rota Romana e Presidente della Commissione speciale per la Riforma del processo matrimoniale canonico; [Why is the Cardinal (next down) not the President of this Commission?]
– Em.mo Card. Francesco Coccopalmerio, Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio per i Testi Legislativi e Membro della Commissione speciale;
– S.E. Rev.ma Mons. Dimitrios Salachas, Esarca Apostolico di Atene per i cattolici greci di rito bizantino e Membro della Commissione speciale;
– S.E. Rev.ma Mons. Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., Segretario della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede e Membro della Commissione speciale;
– Mons. Alejandro W. Bunge, Prelato Uditore della Rota Romana e Segretario della Commissione speciale;
– Rev. P. Nikolaus Schöch, O.F.M., Promotore di Giustizia Sostituto del Supremo Tribunale della Segnatura Apostolica e Segretario della Commissione speciale.

I testi dei documenti in forma cartacea (in latino e nella traduzione in lingua italiana) saranno a disposizione dei giornalisti accreditati a partire dalle ore 10.30 di domani martedì 8 settembre con Embargo fino alle ore 12.30. [Paper copies of the Latin with Italian translation will be given to the journalists ahead of time.]

La conferenza stampa potrà essere seguita in diretta streaming audio-video tramite: [live streaming…]

il VaticanPlayer via web digitando http://player.rv.va

il Canale TheVatican su YouTube digitando http://youtube.com/vatican

le App RadioVaticana per Android – iPhone – Windowsphone. Le app si possono scaricare direttamente dal sito della Radio Vaticana: www.radiovaticana.va

What could be in this?

It could streamline the process by eliminating second instance (which won’t save a lot of time provided the first court does its job well).  It could reduce the number of judges (which would be disastrous).

We shall see!

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Canonical process for marriage cases to be changed...

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Bolletino is … packed today with news that I don’t consider all that good.

There will be a presser tomorrow at the Sala Stampa.

Two Motu Proprio Letters will be rolled out on the reform of the canonical process for declarations of nullity of marriage in the Code of the Latin Church and of the Eastern Churches.

Avviso di Conferenza Stampa, 07.09.2015

Si avvisano i giornalisti accreditati che domani, martedì 8 settembre 2015, alle ore 12.00, nell’Aula “Giovanni Paolo II” della Sala Stampa della Santa Sede, avrà luogo la Conferenza stampa di presentazione delle due Lettere motu proprio datae di Papa Francesco Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus e Mitis et misericors Iesus, sulla riforma del processo canonico per le cause di dichiarazione di nullità del matrimonio, rispettivamente nel Codice di Diritto Canonico e nel Codice dei Canoni delle Chiese Orientali.

Parteciperanno e interverranno nell’ordine:

– S.E. Rev.ma Mons. Pio Vito Pinto, Decano della Rota Romana e Presidente della Commissione speciale per la Riforma del processo matrimoniale canonico; [Why is the Cardinal (next down) not the President of this Commission?]
– Em.mo Card. Francesco Coccopalmerio, Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio per i Testi Legislativi e Membro della Commissione speciale;
– S.E. Rev.ma Mons. Dimitrios Salachas, Esarca Apostolico di Atene per i cattolici greci di rito bizantino e Membro della Commissione speciale;
– S.E. Rev.ma Mons. Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., Segretario della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede e Membro della Commissione speciale;
– Mons. Alejandro W. Bunge, Prelato Uditore della Rota Romana e Segretario della Commissione speciale;
– Rev. P. Nikolaus Schöch, O.F.M., Promotore di Giustizia Sostituto del Supremo Tribunale della Segnatura Apostolica e Segretario della Commissione speciale.

I testi dei documenti in forma cartacea (in latino e nella traduzione in lingua italiana) saranno a disposizione dei giornalisti accreditati a partire dalle ore 10.30 di domani martedì 8 settembre con Embargo fino alle ore 12.30. [Paper copies of the Latin with Italian translation will be given to the journalists ahead of time.]

La conferenza stampa potrà essere seguita in diretta streaming audio-video tramite: [live streaming…]

il VaticanPlayer via web digitando http://player.rv.va

il Canale TheVatican su YouTube digitando http://youtube.com/vatican

le App RadioVaticana per Android – iPhone – Windowsphone. Le app si possono scaricare direttamente dal sito della Radio Vaticana: www.radiovaticana.va

What could be in this?

It could streamline the process by eliminating second instance (which won’t save a lot of time provided the first court does its job well).  It could reduce the number of judges (which would be disastrous).

We shall see!

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Pope Francis in a “town hall” TV broadcast on ...

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

While I am confused about why ABC (and not other networks or all networks) was given a special privilege by the Pope’s handlers for a special TV “town hall” event, there was a good moment.

It was packaged by the network with teasers as if it were reality TV.  I haven’t watched regular network TV (with its commercials) for quite a while, but wow … just… wow.  I feel a little dumber now.

Anyway, in this “town hall” we saw the human condition on display as it might be anywhere.  This was supposed to be a lead up to Pope Francis visit to these USA. Most of what happened was not especially important for expressing something about these USA, even the illegal immigrant part…. sorry… ABC called them undocumented. 

However… there was a golden moment.

He congratulated a young single mother who made the choice for life for her unborn daughters.  He said that she could have killed them but she respected the life in her womb and he thanks and congratulated her for making that choice… in sincere and strong words and emotion.

Emotion ruled the day, it had a liberal agenda, and it was not a little manipulative, but that’s all we can expect in the MSM now.  They took the usual tack that this is the first Pope who has ever smiled… ever said a kind word… ever kissed a baby.. that he’s the most wonderfullest fluffiest Pope ehvur!  Gosh, he’s so humble.  And thing with the nun.. meh.  God bless her for her work.  The timing… meh.

But that one moment… was gold.

I can endure a lot of for a moment like that which ABC was pretty much forced to broadcast.

On another network last night, Fox, there was, simultaneously their expose about Planned Parenthood.

It was a good day for babies on American TV.

Full video HERE  for the golden moment, tune in at about 19:00 following, if nothing else.

I’m interested in your reactions to the ABC thing.  I haven’t seen the Planned Parenthood thing on Fox yet.

 

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Blessed Are You: Spiritual Poverty...

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith.


Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
—Matthew 5:3

Interesting, isn’t it, that Jesus begins this beautiful sermon by talking about the poor? It was certainly the earthly life he knew: birth in a lowly stable; growing up as a carpenter’s son. During his public ministry we learn that he had nowhere to rest his head, that he had no money to render unto Caesar, that those in his hometown thought him to be nothing remarkable. Perhaps that’s why he starts the Beatitudes in this way, for he knows the poor are children of the Lord and will see him in heaven.

As followers of Christ, we attempt to recognize him in the least of our brothers and sisters: the poor, the homeless, those discriminated against, the victims, those in prison. They don’t always smell good, and they’re not always grateful for our love and service. It can be hard to see Jesus in the mentally ill man who spits on us because rather than give him the five dollars he’s asked for, we offer to take him around the corner and buy him a meal.

But then, maybe it’s hard for that man to see Christ in us when we put conditions on assisting him. In blessing the poor, we get a tiny view of the kingdom of heaven in the way we are touched by that interaction.

But Jesus wasn’t just talking about physical or economic poverty. He was also talking about spiritual poverty, the only kind many of us in developed countries will ever know firsthand. Jesus knew that kind of poverty too. He showed it to us when he was on the cross. Jesus had let go of everything: his mother, his friends, his public ministry, his garments, his health, his dignity. He asked in that split second why God had forsaken him, and then he turned it over, saying it was finished and giving up the spirit.

We find our own spiritual poverty in many different ways: in humbling ourselves and working and living simply; in stripping ourselves of all the titles and possessions that give us pride; in finding the faith to set aside all the fears and paranoia that give us anxiety. For God to fill us up, we must first empty ourselves of all the stuff that stands between him and us. If we are strong enough to do that—to accept spiritual poverty, to understand that all we need is God and when we have God we have all we need—we begin to see the kingdom of heaven.

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Blessed Are You: The Peacemakers...

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith.


“Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.”
—Matthew 5:9

We love peacemakers, in theory anyway. Think of all the poems and songs that have been written about the concept of peace over the millennia. In City of God, St. Augustine waxed poetically about peace in and between the body and soul; peace with God; and among people. “The peace of the whole universe is the tranquility of order,” he concluded.
“And order is the arrangement of like and unlike things in their proper place.”

That’s the hard part, the finding in our hearts and souls while not compromising our faith, the proper places for those like and unlike things, whether they be people or views on politics or religion or how to fold the towels or make the bed. Order doesn’t have to mean an authoritarian society. It does imply a sense of harmony and respect. Without it, we will never find peace.

In The Violence of Love, a collection of the writings of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, tranquility again is used as part of peace’s definition: “Peace is the generous, tranquil, contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.”

What did being a peacemaker look like in Jesus? We think of his last few days in earthly form. We think of his quiet surrender to the guards. We think of his admonishment to Peter for cutting off a guard’s ear, and his healing of it. We think of his calm responses to the jesting Pilate’s questions about who he is. We think of him on the cross, ignoring those who taunt him with questions about why he doesn’t save himself.

As Jesus showed us, peacemakers aren’t always loved or admired. We view their pacifism and equanimity and, yes, spiritual indifference to what happens in this world with suspicion and perhaps a little fear. How can they not raise their voices and denigrate those who oppose them? How can they not take advantage of every physical, mental, and emotional tool at their disposal to short-circuit the endless yammering and just get on with it? How can they not go along with the popular position because it’s easy, and live to fight the good fight another day?

The answers are easy, though putting them into practice is so difficult. Because while those tactics may work in the short term, they’re never successful in the long term. They don’t change people’s minds and hearts. That’s why peacemakers respect the human dignity of those who do them harm. They know what they don’t say or do can be as powerful as any words or actions. They are patient. They are confident in the Lord and the mission he has given them, whether it involves disharmony in their families, their country, their Church, and yes, even in themselves. They know God, not they nor those who are at odds with them, will define success.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."