Cardinal Pell is at it again, teaching the Catholic faith, holding true to the deposit, taking back out social capital! Thank God for him!
The cardinal said the culture wars are entering a new phase which can only be fought by lay people
The Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy has said that the outcome of May’s same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland and the decision of the US Supreme Court on the same issue clearly show the extent to which Western society is abandoning many of its Christian legal foundations.
In his address at the Fota VIII International Liturgy Conference in Cork, Cardinal George Pell called the Irish referendum “a victory for John Stuart Mill and utilitarianism.”
He told the conference delegates and speakers that the so-called culture wars “are entering a new phase of political struggle which can only be fought by lay people.”
Speaking about the importance of recovering the mission of the laity and drawing from St John Paul II’s 1988 document, “Christifideles Laici,” Cardinal Pell said the struggle will be over the preservation of religious freedoms such as the right to teach Christian doctrine publicly in parishes and schools, especially in those institutions that receive state funding.
“We shall have to struggle peacefully and democratically and cooperatively to ensure that our hospitals cannot be forced to offer abortion and euthanasia,” he said.
In his address, “The Vine and the Altar: Learning From the Teaching of St John Paul II on the Priestly Role of the Catholic Laity,” the cardinal said the separation of church and state did not legitimise in any way any right of governments to be anti-religious or to diminish or intimidate the Christian community.
Speaking to CNS after the conference, which was organised by St Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy, Cardinal Pell referred to the fact the Church had had to surrender its rights in Catholic adoption agencies in Britain and Northern Ireland.
“I anticipate in many, if not all, the Anglophone countries the struggle to maintain our religious freedom will continue and possibly even intensify,” he said.
He urged young people to get involved in political life and warned the laity against fleeing from the world and instead becoming preoccupied with church services and tasks of the priesthood.
“We don’t need watered down and uncertain priests, and we don’t need lay faithful who seem determined to fill the gap,” he said.
[Go Cardinal Pell!! "Podfathers", pacifiers, liberal apologists take note!!]
On the October Synod of Bishops on the family, the cardinal told CNS, “We’ve got no warrant to change the teachings of Scripture.”
He also said he felt there was “a lot of good news” concerning Vatican finances.
“We’ve made very significant progress, structurally with a number of appointments. I think we now have a good idea of what is happening financially in the Vatican. That is a big start,” he said.
The Council for the Economy will meet in mid-July. After that meeting, the 2014 accounts and 2015 budget will be published; all will be certified by all the sectional heads in the Vatican and will have been compiled according to contemporary accounting standards.
But Cardinal Pell sounded a note of caution: “We’re not home yet; we’ve got the structures in place; we’ve got to make them work. There are pockets of incomprehension and resistance still.”
"He also said he felt there was “a lot of good news”
concerning Vatican finances."
This is important.
means that the Vatican does not need to go cap in hand to the German Bishops to
keep the books balanced!
A few of days ago I posted about a new book called The Dictator Pope which has been really causing a stir as it claims to be the inside story of the most tyrannical and unprincipled papacy of modern times.
Now this was first posted on One Peter Five, which I love, but some criticise because it is a site critical of progressive catholic attitudes and modernism. Anyway some people these days dismiss certain sources because they tend to contradict their own agenda. I don't, as I have said here numerous times before, we are all parts of the body of Christ and that body has many parts (cf. 1 Cor 12). If I agree with everything someone says, I'm probably reading my own blog. We all get it wrong sometimes.
Anyway, I was concerned initially that this would be seen as a diatribe against the pope with an agenda. This would make the contents easier to dismiss.
Almost read “The Dictator Pope”, of course it is all libelous gossip, the Church is not a dictatorship, is it?
— raymond blake (…
Vaticanista Marco Tossati reports that even the faithless men who put Pope Francis on the throne of St. Peter are losing patience with his laissez faire, "make a mess" approach to being pope.
In his article on the AAS inclusion of the Buenos Aires directives, he remarks:
A cardinal of great renown, a former diplomat, who has served an impressive career at the head of Congregations and in high offices in the Secretariat of State, is said to have reproved the Pope for his actions [as Pope], saying to him essentially, “We elected you to make reforms, not to smash everything.” News of this conversation — if it can be called a conversation — has spread through the Vatican, because it took place at a high decibel level, which carried through the fragile barrier of the doors and walls. The cardinal in question was one of those who supported the candidacy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the conclave of 2013.Gloria.tv reports that this is most likely the Argentinian Leonardo Sandri, the…
Pope Francis routinely honours, welcomes, greets, and entertains public sinners. No doubt many see in this imitation of Christ:
When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
This makes anyone criticising things like his honouring of Dutch abortion activist Elisabeth Ploumen seem like the Pharisees in the Gospel. But St. Paul commands that the worst sinners are driven out of the community
“But now I have written to you, not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or a server of idols, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner: with such a one, not so much as to eat”
~1 Cor 5:11
It is true that Christ ate with sinners, but He called them to repentance, something Pope Francis never does. Instead, he ignores their grave public sins and pretends all is well, saving his rebukes for those faithful to the Church.