Sep 28, 2009

Vid: Presentation about love of God and the counterfeits of the world

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This can be used for youth presentations. It is awesome just to watch.

Vatican corrects US bishops

Archbishop Raymond L. Burke
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

Last week, the Vatican in the person of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura had to correct erring bishops in matters of pastoral discipline as it pertains to politicians who support abortion legislation and policies.  "Neither Holy Communion nor funeral rites should be administered to such politicians," said Archbishop Burke. "To deny these is not a judgment of the soul, but a recognition of the scandal and its effects."  

In an interview, Abp. Wuerl (click here), stated that he won't deny communion to pro-abortion politicians because he is not their bishop even if they are in Washington, D.C. However, he would honor the decision of the bishops of the politicians' home diocese.

Archbishop Donal Wuerl
Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

For Abp. Wuerl, giving communion to pro-abortion politicians is up to the bishops' discretion - contrary to the instruction of canon 915 by Abp. Burke. Based on that, Abp. Wuerl cannot cop out using the quasi-jurisdictional limitation over the politicians who work in DC; because, it is not discretionary.  It is not up to the bishop.  So even if the home bishop allows the pol, that is no excuse.  I think he's just afraid to cross these  politicians because, they might pull some strings and end his Washington career just like what happened to Bishop Martino. But that's just me. And I hope my bishop remembers Whom to fear really because, the unborn are being murdered daily by the thousands making Herod at Bethlehem look like a pajama party.

Archbishop Sean O'Malley
Archbishop of Boston

Consider the funeral Mass and burial services of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who is by far the staunchest supporter of abortion rights. Despite a prohibition in Church law, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley allowed and attended the funeral Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help where the late senator was practically canonized in the eulogies and prayers. He should not have been given a Catholic funeral at all according to Abp. Burke. Click here for a text of his damage control explanation.  But the cardinal knew that.  It must have been nice to hob-nob with the aristocrats of New England.  But it would have been nicer to serve the Lord and His people faithfully.

Hopefully the correction from the Vatican will not fall on arrogant ears and we won't hear, "I am the bishop and this is my turf!"  The people still belongs to God and are united to the Church in Rome.  "The Church's unity is founded on speaking the truth in love.  This does not destroy unity but helps to repair a breach in the life of the Church",  emphasized Abp. Burke.

So the bishops do not own the community;  the community owns them.  Gone are the days when lay people have to be taught using stained glass pictures.  In this information age, the laity can go directly to the Pope and Curia.  So, if erring bishops persist in defying the law of Church then the community can report them or practically fire them by no longer supporting them financially or otherwise.

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