St. John Paul’s Witness A Cry for the Mercy of God!


As we celebrate for the first time the Feast Day of St. John Paul II in the church I recall the day he passed away. When millions of people over the world mourned his death, as  the bells of St. Peter’s Square somberly tolled continuously  to mourn his passing.  If one listened one could here the voice of our saint over the tolling bells with his admonition to all of us:

Be not Afraid!

Unceasingly the Church implores from God mercy for everyone. At no time and in no historical period — especially at a moment as critical as our own — can the Church forget the prayer that is a cry for the mercy of God amid the many forms of evil which weigh upon humanity and threaten it. The more the human conscience succumbs to secularization, loses its sense of the very meaning of the word ‘mercy,’  as it moves away from God, and distances itself from the mystery of mercy, the more the Church has the right and the duty to appeal to the God of mercy with loud cries!  Bl. John Paul II June 7, 1977  Divine Mercy Shrine in Lagiewniki, Poland.(Dives in Misericordia, n. 15).

St. John Paul II Pray for us!

On the seventh anniversary of his death  a documentary from ROME REPORTS: “John Paul The Great: A Pope Who Made History” 

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No Change in teaching of indissolubility of marriage


No Change in teaching of indissolubility of marriage.

In an interview with the newspaper Diario Cordoba, Bishop Fernandez said, “We asked the Pope himself, and he responded that a person married in the Church who has divorced and entered into a new civil marriage cannot approach the sacraments.”

“The Pope said that ‘this was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it’,” he added.

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No Change in teaching of indissolubility of marriage


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The Pope will not approve any change in the Church’s established doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, according to a Spanish bishop who met with the Pope in early 2014. (The Spanish bishops visited Rome on their ad limina visits at the end of February and in early March, 2014. link)

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“This (the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage) was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it.”    -Pope Francis

September 25, 2014, Thursday — Letter 29 No Change
From: Dr. Robert Moynihan (MoynihanReport@gmail.com) .
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“This (the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage) was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it.” —Pope Francis, earlier this year, speaking to members of the Spanish hierarchy, according to the Bishop of Cordoba, Spain, in an interview published on September 21 in the Diario de Cordoba, and picked up recently by other journalists and news agencies

The Pope will not approve any change in the Church’s established doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, according to a Spanish bishop who met with the Pope in early 2014. (The Spanish bishops visited Rome on their ad limina visits at the end of…

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No Change in teaching of indissolubility of marriage


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“This (the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage) was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it.”    -Pope Francis

September 25, 2014, Thursday — Letter 29 No Change
From: Dr. Robert Moynihan (MoynihanReport@gmail.com) .
Sent: Thu 9/25/14 3:48 PM
To: Spera Rose, Ocds @Speramus

Moynihian

“This (the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage) was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it.” —Pope Francis, earlier this year, speaking to members of the Spanish hierarchy, according to the Bishop of Cordoba, Spain, in an interview published on September 21 in the Diario de Cordoba, and picked up recently by other journalists and news agencies

The Pope will not approve any change in the Church’s established doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, according to a Spanish bishop who met with the Pope in early 2014. (The Spanish bishops visited Rome on their ad limina visits at the end of February and in early March, 2014. link)

Pope Francis spoke the following words to the bishops: “This was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it,” Bishop Demetrio Fernandez told his interviewer.
The bishop, Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba (photo), said he was revealing this conversation because of the widespread concern among the faithful that Pope Francis and Church autorities might change even established teaching.
“I say this because sometimes people say that ‘everything is going to change,’ and there are some things that cannot be changed,” Bishop Fernandez said. “The Church answers to her Lord and her Lord remains alive.”
This is second-hand information, of course, and — like the controversial Eugenio Scalfari interviews conducted without a tape recorder, then reconstructed later from memory — there is no way to know whether the Pope actually said precisely these words.
Nor is not clear why the journalist puts these words into quotation marks, as a direct quotation of Pope Francis, rather than simply leaving them without quotation marks as, “the Pope said to us that…”
The words do express, however, a belief that Francis has expressed on other occasions, and which corresponds to his stated view that there are Church teachings, often based in the explicit words of Christ, which cannot be changed by any theologian, not even by a Pope or a Synod.
So, in this perspective, there is no reason to doubt that Pope Francis said essentially this to the Spanish bishops.
Here is the original Spanish of the interview, and a link to the original interview:
Question in Spanish:
– Ya que se habla del tema: ¿qué ocurre con miles de cordobeses separados? Algunos quisieran volver a la Iglesia plenamente.
Answer in Spanish:

– La Iglesia nos está diciendo continuamente que acojamos, que las personas no se sientan excluidas y siempre podemos ensanchar esas medidas de acogida. Ahora bien, al Papa mismo se lo preguntamos y él nos respondió que una persona casada por la Iglesia, que se haya divorciado y se haya vuelto a casar por lo civil, no puede acceder a los sacramentos. Dijo el Papa que “esto lo estableció Jesucristo y el Papa no lo puede cambiar”. Digo esto porque a veces dice la gente que “va a cambiar todo” y hay cosas que no pueden cambiar. La Iglesia se debe a su Señor y su Señor sigue vivo.

Link: original interview.

Here is a Catholic News Agency story on the matter:
Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

Cordoba, Spain, Sep 25, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible.

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain said that during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the Pope cannot change” what Jesus Christ has instituted.

The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried has surfaced due to an address given by Germany’s Cardinal Walter Kasper to a group of cardinals earlier this year. Some have speculated that the Church will change its teachings, which do not acknowledge a second civil marriage unless the first has received an annulment, or a Church recognition that the marriage had never been valid in the first place.

In an interview with the newspaper Diario Cordoba, Bishop Fernandez said, “We asked the Pope himself, and he responded that a person married in the Church who has divorced and entered into a new civil marriage cannot approach the sacraments.”

“The Pope said that ‘this was established by Jesus Christ and the Pope cannot change it’,” he added.

“I say this because sometimes people say that ‘everything is going to change,’ and there are some things that cannot be changed. The Church answers to her Lord and her Lord remains alive,” Bishop Fernandez continued.

However, he explained, “The Church is continuously telling us to be welcoming, that people not feel excluded, and we can always find ways to be more welcoming.”

(link)

Here is the same story in German, with the crucial passage in question at the end in italics (link):

25 September 2014, 09:45
Franziskus: Keine Eucharistie für wiederverheiratete Geschiedene

Papst Franziskus bei Ad-Limina Besuch der spanischen Bischöfe: Kirchlich verheiratete Person, die geschieden ist und noch einmal staatlich geheiratet hat, kann Sakramente nicht empfangen
Spanien (kath.net/dh)

Die Kirche ist für alle Menschen da, und ganz besonders für jene, die leiden, weil sie mit den Folgen von Armut zu kämpfen haben oder ihre Beziehungen in die Brüche gegangen sind. Aber ein Sakramentenempfang für wiederverheiratete Geschiedene sei keine Option, auch nicht für Papst Franziskus, betont Bischof Demetrio Fernández (Córdoba) im Gespräch mit der spanischen Tageszeitung „Diario de Córdoba“.

Der andalusische Oberhirte blickt auf den Ad-limina-Besuch der spanischen Bischöfe in Rom zurück und spricht über den Einsatz der Kirche für die vielen Menschen in Andalusien, die aufgrund der Wirtschaftskrise nichts mehr zu essen haben. Wenn man die Not dieser Menschen nicht mit eigenen Augen sehe, könne man sie sich nicht vorstellen. „Es ist alles sehr beängstigend.“ Niemand dürfe bei so viel Elend gleichgültig und untätig bleiben.

Bischof Fernández würdigt die direkte Art von Papst Franziskus, auf die Menschen zuzugehen, und verweist dabei auf die Geste, mit der er seine Verbundenheit mit den Flüchtlingen auf der Insel Lampedusa zum Ausdruck gebracht hat: „Es ist ein Schrei! Der Papst wird das Problem nicht lösen können und wir auch nicht, aber er ruft uns eindringlich dazu auf, nicht in die globalisierte Gleichgültigkeit abzugleiten.“

In Bezug auf den Umgang der Kirche mit den wiederverheirateten Geschiedenen stellt der Bischof von Córdoba einiges klar, was in der Medienberichterstattung angesichts der bevorstehenden Bischofssynode über Ehe und Familie vielleicht zu kurz gekommen ist: „Die Kirche sagt uns andauernd, dass wir für sie sorgen sollen; dass sie sich nicht ausgeschlossen fühlen dürfen! Und die Art und Weise, wie wir sie aufnehmen, kann immer weiter verbessert werden. Aber nun haben wir den Papst selbst gefragt, und er hat uns geantwortet, dass eine kirchlich verheiratete Person, die geschieden ist und noch einmal staatlich geheiratet hat, die Sakramente nicht empfangen kann. Der Papst sagte: ‚Das hat Jesus Christus so eingerichtet, und der Papst kann es nicht ändern.‘ Ich sage das, weil die Leute manchmal sagen: ‚Er wird alles ändern.‘ Aber es gibt Dinge, die sich nicht ändern lassen. Die Kirche verdankt sich ihrem Herrn, und ihr Herr ist weiterhin lebendig.“

The Anthropological Question
“You live in a deranged age, more deranged than usual, because, in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.” —Walker Percy (1916-1990), American Catholic convert and writer, author of The Message in the Bottle and Lost in the Cosmos
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Spiritual warfare in Oklahoma City and another battle yet in Rome?


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A team of nineteen TFP Student Action volunteers drove down from Pennsylvania (1,291 miles one way). Along with other faithful from across the country who also arrived to console Our Lord and the Blessed Mother. Multiple buses rolled in from Kansas.They were be able to stand up for Holy Mother Church, the true Mass, and the Holy Eucharist — praying the rosary, holding signs and displaying banners outside the Civic Center. Evil has never been so brazen. God has never been so reviled in a public venue, with the complicity of city officials who refused to cancel the black mass. Never has the spiritual battle between good and evil been so apparent. At 3:00, TFP volunteers joined thousands of fellow Catholics for a Holy Hour, procession and Benediction led by Archbishop Coakley at St. Francis Church. The Church was jam packed and the overflow crowd spilled out into the…

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Have you made your nine First Friday’s? Your Eternity just may depend on it!


Historical Highlights of 1st Fridays and the Sacred Heart• On December 27, 1673, the feast of St. John Jesus permitted St. Margaret Mary to rest her head upon his heart, and then disclosed to her the wonders of his love, telling her that he desired to make them known to all mankind and to diffuse the treasures of his goodness, and that he had chosen her for this work.• Around June or July, 1674, Jesus requested from her that he wished to be honored under the figure of his heart, also claiming that, when he appeared radiant with love, he asked for a devotion of expiatory love: with reception of Holy Communion, especially on the First Friday of the month, and the observance of the Holy Hour.• During the octave of Corpus Christi, 1675, St Margaret Mary received the vision known as the “great apparition” Jesus said, “Behold the Heart that has so loved men … instead of gratitude I receive from the greater part (of mankind) only ingratitude …”, He asked Margaret Mary for a reparation on the Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi, bidding her consult her confessor.

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Have you made your nine First Friday’s? Your Eternity just may depend on it!


Have you made your nine First Friday’s? Your Eternity just may depend on it!.

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