• CHURCH AND PAEDOPHILIA

    The mudslinging against Ratzinger resumes

    Ratzinger has been accused by the weekly magazine Die Zeit of covering up for a paedophile priest. The facts date back to 1980, when the Pope Emeritus was archbishop of Munich and Freising. But the issue is already well known and came under the spotlight in March 2010. What is behind this umpteenth attack on the Pope Emeritus?

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    • SUNDAY CATECHISM / 6

    Objective Faith: Divine Revelation

    God reveals Himself in a free act that manifests Himself, His will, His decrees and His works to all peoples, with the aim of uniting them to Himself. It is crucial that all these elements are always kept together, because over the centuries many heresies developed when one or other element of Revelation was isolated from the others.

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    • CHURCH

    Pell's revenge against Becciu shakes the Vatican

    A poisonous exchange has taken place between the Australian cardinal and the former substitute of the Secretariat of State, asked to explain why payments amounting to millions of dollars were made to Australia. Pell suspects the money played a role in the charges that led to his detention. It’s an unlikely hypothesis and Becciu responds in kind.

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    • HOMILY

    The Epiphany is the feast of God's challenge.

    The "mission" is the proper name of the Church, and in a certain sense defines her. The Church becomes herself when she carries out her mission. The Church is herself, when men—such as the shepherds and the Magi Kings from the East—reach Jesus Christ by means of faith. Saint John Paul II's homily on 6 January 1979.

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    • CONCORDISM

    The real epochal change is in Church-State relations

    Right from the start and until quite recently, the spiritual power of the Church had never accepted to be placed on the same level as the latest ruler’s temporal power. But today you are considered a good Catholic if you support the UN objectives for 2030, if you get vaccinated, if you support the ecological transition. It is the completion of the secularisation process.

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    Blasphemy and Blindness of The Mind

    Following unbelief, there are two more vices which work against faith: blasphemy which is to deny God what is due to Him and to attribute to Him what should not be; blindness of the mind, on the other hand, is the impediment of intellectual vision, and it can be either a punishment or a sin.

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    • MESSAGE

    World Day of Peace: where’s the substance?

    Poverty, migration, environmental degradation, and climate: for some time now the messages for the World Day of Peace have focused on contingent themes, with the serious risk of entangling the Church in partisan political visions at war with each other.

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    • CHURCH

    Vaccines for children: Church leaders in conflict

    The recommendation to vaccinate children aged five and over, originally contained in the Documents of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL), had been removed at the last minute by the Secretariat of State, but has resurfaced in an agency release and press conference. Even the Italian bishop’s newspaper Avvenire, challenges the Secretariat of State.

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    • SUNDAY CATECHISM / 4

    Vices contrary to faith

    Faith can be weakened or destroyed by vices, which are divided into three groups. General unbelief, heresy and apostasy are the three categories of the first group and consist of resistance to preaching about faith or contempt for this preaching. This is an important issue because today those who don’t believe, who have doubts, are considered virtuous.

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    • CHRISTMAS

    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light

    Christmas is an event of light, it is the feast of light: in the Child of Bethlehem the primordial light once more shines in humanity’s heaven and dissipates the clouds of sin. The radiance of God’s definitive triumph appears on the horizon of history in order to offer a new future of hope to a pilgrim people.

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    • TRADITIONIS CUSTODES

    Ancient Mass, another axe in the answers to the dubia

    The Congregation for Divine Worship has published the Responsa ad dubia on the interpretation of Traditionis Custodes: further restrictions, with respect to Pope Francis' motu proprio, on the Sacraments, an ultimatum for those who do not want to concelebrate, and the centralisation of decisions (to the detriment of the bishops). In short, they want to bury the traditional Latin Mass.

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    Being disposed to the act of faith

    Even if Grace is preeminent, the will and intellect dispose mankind to the act of faith or ensure that faith grows. Apologetics plays a fundamental role for the intellect; whereas for the will, it is necessary to cultivate virtues and fight vices.

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