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Not the Clarification for Which Many Were Waiting

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Last year the Buenos Aires bishops interpreted the pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia so as to permit those sexually active in invalid unions to receive Holy Communion (in certain cases). The Holy Father praised their interpretation in a private letter (September 5, 2016) to Bishop Sergio Alfredo Fenoy, the Delegate of the Buenos Aires Pastoral Region of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina. He wrote, “El escrito es muy bueno y explicita cabalmente el sentido del capitulo VIII de Amoris laetitia. No hay otras interpretaciones.” (Translation: The document is very good and clearly explains the meaning of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia. There are no other interpretations). On June 5, 2017 by order of a papal rescript, both the Criteria or Interpretation of the Buenos Aires bishops and the papal letter were published in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis, purportedly making this the position of the Church’s “authentic Magisterium.” This seems to conflict with the teaching of Pope John Paul II and with the current Code of Canon Law (canon 752). It would affect our discipline about Holy Communion and even Confessional Absolution. Cardinal Wuerl insists that the doctrine has not changed, just the pastoral discipline. I think I will go back to praying on my knees for awhile on this one.

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Who are the Real Dissenters?

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It pains me to see the Church fighting herself and the lengths to which some will go to attack a faithful priest who loves the Church.

Why is This Even a Question?

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But the late priest’s writings cannot be reconciled with Catholic teaching… so the warning should remain, right?

Welcome to the Brace New World!

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We just fell off the proverbial “slippery slope.”

The Future of Television?

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Cable TV was a cool idea when it first came about. But the channels multiplied, creativity and quality collapsed, and prices soared! Television as we knew it is coming to an end.

A Need for Proper Perspective

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Football players and owners are being hailed as heroes after that disgrace this past weekend. But here is a story about a real hero. Sergeant William H. Carney received the nation’s highest honor during the Civil War for rescuing the American flag and carrying it reverently in the midst of impossible odds while being shot multiple times by the enemy. His act of “defiance” while an entire Confederate battalion mowed down his fellow Union soldiers consisted in not letting the flag touch the ground – this, even after being wounded in the head.

“As the color-bearer became disabled I threw away my gun and seized the colors [the flag],” his account of the Battle of Fort Wagner states. “When we finally reached [my regiment] the men cheered me and the flag. My reply was, ‘Boys, I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground!’”

Taking bullets for the flag, rather than a knee, Sergeant William H. Carney, was the first black man to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for refusing to allow the flag to touch the ground.

Father René Laurentin, RIP

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Father René Laurentin, a priest and historian of the apparitions of Lourdes, passed away on Sunday 10 September 2017. He was about to be 100 years old in October. His funeral will be celebrated Friday, September 15, at 10:30, in the Cathedral of Evry. They will be presided over by Bishop Michel Dubost of Evry-Corbeil-Essonnes, in the presence of Bishop Nicolas Brouwet, bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace.