Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

'Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.' ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

Monday, 21 December 2015

15 Diseases, but only 12 cures....

I love the way that the Holy Father waits a year to tell the Curia what the cures are for the ailments diagnosed last year. Now, that's what I call professionalism. 

But seriously, I think in his modest gentleness, the Holy Father has kindly overlooked the shortcomings of his Curia as diagnosed last year (for this is the Year of Mercy) and gone for a different approach this year simply guiding his team towards virtue.

Hmm...nothing quite says "Happy Christmas" like pointing out 'cures' for workplace failings, does it?


torchofthefaith said...

The inclusion of that ''prayer'' by Cardinal Dearden is also revealing.

It was Dearden who prepared the vast consultation for - and chaired - the 1976 Call to Action meeting in Detroit.

God bless
Alan and Angeline.

viterbo said...


Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Apropos of this "Year of Mirthy," let's have some fun and compare these necessary virtues with the personal praxis of Our Pope and Our Cross.

Look at the virtues and then ask your own self which of these virtues are possessed by and actualised by Franciscus.

We have already been told that those who are younger than us (Adherents of Rabbinical Judaism, formed after the destruction of jerusalem in 70 A.D.) are our Elder Brothers so, clearly, this Year of Mirthy is not intended to be taken seriously but to be experienced as a light-hearted romp through reality.

So, have some fun and compare what Our Pope and Our Cross demands of others and compare it to what he does for when we are being told that those who are younger than us are really our elders and when we are being told that others must possess virtues the speaker does not

viterbo said...

Christ is Born; and Our Lady's fiat cannot be seweraged by any amount of Novus Ordo Protestant plumbing.

Anonymous said...

The most incurable is himself, it's a hopeless case. Merry Christmas, Bones and, a Happy new year, a normal one, without diseases.....God bless+

Codgitator (Cadgertator) said...

With his call back to primal essentials, this insufferable, rambling nag of a prelate once again hoisted his true flag, that of the classical Reformation, by imposing the slogan of that same revolt--"Ecclesia semper reformanda"--upon the Church which he wants to remake in his own slovenly image. Kasper will be pleased to know that his augury of Bergoglio was once again vindicated: he's a radical in the tradition of Luther.

"He 'wants to initiate a new beginning for the church,' Kasper said, but not by destroying tradition. Rather, 'Pope Francis stands in a great tradition, reaching back to the earliest beginnings.' He does not represent a liberal position, but a radical position, understood in the original sense of the word as going back to the roots, the radix.' By reaching back through time, he is, in fact, "constructing a bridge to the future."

"[T]he Pope’s emphasis on the centrality of the proclamation of the Gospel message and the life of charity places him inside a 'great tradition' that includes, in various ways, St. Augustine, St. Francis and St. Dominic, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, and the Second Vatican Council."

John Vasc said...

I read through that speech with perplexity. It was like wading through verbal blancmange. Some aide needs to explain to the Holy Father the difference between holy virtues and the servile character traits preferred by an old-fashioned employer: e.g. 'Innocuousness' (or 'harmlessness' in a better translation) is surely not a virtue (nor even a trait to be recommended to any Vatican prelate).

The final 'prayer' so often attributed to Cdl Romero is not actually a prayer, but an exhortation - it gets wordily to its end without addressing the Deity at all. And despite the passing mention of the Messiah and the 'Kingdom', and 'God's Grace' you'd be forgiven for thinking the Kingdom is to be perfected on earth. Some of the lines echo a characteristic meme of Marxist materialist literature found in the poetry of such as Stephan Hermlin and Pablo Neruda:
"No Creed brings perfection"
"This is what it is about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that others will watch over them."

That is certainly not the language of a Catholic prayer. More like a vaguely Christian-tinged hymn to the revolution. It sounds so harmless - but as I'm sure many of us have already discovered in our lives, 'harmlessness' is sometimes the most dangerously harmful thing of all.

JB said...

Yes when i heard him say "ecllessia semper reformanda" all I could think of was Orson Welles portraying Cardinal Wolsey in A Man for All Seasons. He couldn't even get the empty slogan out in the face of Thomas More's withering stare.

Liam Ronan said...

Donovan (1967) "The Land of Doesn't Have to be" - fitting somehow

viterbo said...

Who will abstain from the 'fiat' of Protestants?


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