Church Notes Wednesday October 21 2009

Church Notes Updates thanks to Independent Catholic News Pope Benedict establishes structure to enable Anglicans to enter Roman Catholic Church Posted: Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams at today’s conference At joint press conferences held in Rome and London this morning, a canonical structure was announced that will provide for the establishment of Personal Ordinariates around the world, to allow former Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of Anglican liturgy. At the press conference in Westminster, held...
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Hope Springs Eternal.

  Hope Springs Eternal. The deep, deep malaise now being lived in the Catholic Church affects me personally. I’m sure that others feel it but in my case there is an urgency to pray and to act, even in the most minimal of ways. So deeply have I felt this crisis that, since Pentecost, 2007, on the major feasts of the liturgical year, I have prayed a vigil at St. Michael’s Cathedral which I composed as an initial response to the situation. While I know that others pray it, I have been joined at the cathedral by only four people over this time. The Vigil for the Church in Search of the...
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Children Praying A New Story: A Resource for Parents, Grandparents and Teachers by Michael Morwood Reviewed by John Quinn

  In the introduction the author sets out parameters within which his book exists. They include: The twentieth century brought radical change to our understanding of the universe and our place in it. This understanding of the universe and our place in it is taken for granted by children today. Our Scriptures and Christian doctrine are not shaped in the “new universe story” world-view. Children know the first human beings did not emerge into a state of paradise. There is a dominant story about prayer reaching out to a listening God: there is a better story about prayer raising the mind...
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Papal Dilemma-The Maciel Problem Legion A Problem For The Vatican: A Question Of Moral Relativism

  In a sermon opening the 2005 conclave that would elect him pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger gave a cri de coeur on Christian values: “We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive.” As Pope Benedict XVI, his papacy is a study in tension between moral absolutes and pastoral flexibility. As absolutist, Benedict in a 2006 speech quoted a 14th-century source, scorning the Prophet Muhammad, provoking an uproar in the Muslim world. The Vatican issued a statement of regret. As forgiving pastor, Benedict tried to draw the breakaway Pius X Society...
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Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings Edited by Francis McDonagh Orbis Books, 2009, 189 pages , 2009.

  Real ‘prophets’ don’t predict the future; they read the complex signs of the times that spell out how people, structures and systems generate poverty and lock out the poor, denying their status and dignity as brothers and sisters in Christ. The late Brazilian Archbishop of Recife, Dom Helder Camara (1909 – 1999) was one of the great prophets of the twentieth century: living through an era of military dictatorship, he championed the poor of Brazil and the rest of the world, and influenced the Second Vatican Council, subsequent gatherings of Latin American Bishops, and...
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