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On liturgy and orthodoxy, the synod document forgot our voices

We expressed our affection for the Extraordinary Form and the Church’s hard teachings. The official write-up downplayed both

This year’s synod, the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Youth, Faith, and Vocational Discernment is slated to begin in October, but the preparation has already been underway for months.

By and large, members of the Facebook groups voiced a desire for orthodox teaching and reverent liturgy, including specific references to promoting the Extraordinary Form. On the writing prompt concerning the resources in the Church which promote spiritual growth, I counted over almost 30 specifically mentioning the Latin Mass. The basic tenor of the comments was the same: the youth’s ordinary experience of the Sacred Liturgy in the post-conciliar Church left them wanting something “more”, and many of these young people found their desire for transcendence and awe within the Extraordinary Form, a desire that could not be satiated by banal folk music and anthropocentric liturgical behaviour.

Regarding Church doctrine, the vast majority of the youth expressed the importance of right belief, sound moral teaching, and not shying away from some of the hard truths of the Catholic faith. As the period for commenting came to a close, I and several others were confident that the final document would reflect our concerns.

However, when the final document was released and made public, it seemed as if an entire group of the youth was simply ignored.


A Vatican-Based Bishop Extols China

Despite the media and blogosphere attention he attracts, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, a 75-year-old Argentine who is chancellor of various pontifical academies, is a small-bore bit player in the current drama of what friends and critics alike regard as an increasingly dysfunctional Vatican. Yet when someone of even his relative insignificance announces that “right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” that dysfunction comes into sharp relief — and a correction of the record is imperative. Catholic social doctrine is built on four foundational principles: the inviolable dignity and value of every human person, the responsibility of all to exercise their rights in ways that contribute to the common good, the importance of social pluralism and civil society (and thus the rejection of totalitarianism), and the imperative of solidarity (the virtue of civic friendship that binds free societies together).

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Sacerdocio traicionado

Los Padres de la Iglesia, entre los varios rasgos que señalan para describir al sacerdote católico, remarcan sobre todo y reiteradamente su condición de «hombre de Dios».

Lamentablemente hoy por hoy, son muy pocos quienes poseen una comprensión cabal de la grandeza del sacerdocio católico.

Cosas del fin del mundo. Los “novísimos” según Francisco

En el importante diario “la Repubblica” del cual es fundador, Eugenio Scalfari, autoridad indiscutida del pensamiento laico italiano, el 9 de octubre pasado volvió a referirse así a la que él considera una “revolución” de este pontificado, recogida de la viva voz de Francisco en el transcurso de los diálogos frecuentes que tiene con él:

“El papa Francisco ha abolido los lugares donde deberían ir las almas después de la muerte: el infierno, el purgatorio, el paraíso. La tesis sostenida por él es que las almas dominadas por el mal y no arrepentidas dejan de existir, mientras que las que fueron rescatadas del mal serán llevadas a la felicidad contemplando a Dios”.

Y observa inmediatamente después:

Origen: Cosas del fin del mundo. Los “novísimos” según Francisco – Settimo Cielo – Blog – L’Espresso

Cardinal Burke urges consecration of Russia in manner ‘requested by Our Lady’

‘The call of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart in accord with Her explicit instruction remains urgent.’

Origen: Cardinal Burke urges consecration of Russia in manner ‘requested by Our Lady’ | News | LifeSite