Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called on bishops from around the world to revive the Christian faith among those who have forgotten or abandoned it.
The Church needs a new âmissionary dynamicâ of lay people and must pay âparticular attention (to) baptized people who do not live according to the requirements of the baptism,â he said as 262 bishops wound up a three-week huddle that broached all major issues and crises shaking the 2,000-year-old institution.
Clerics must also apply ânew methods, a new language that suits different culturesâ in their bid for a ânew evangelism,â he said during a closing mass at Saint Peterâs....
Charles Spurgeon wrote: It is the bound and duty of every Christian to pray against this Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is, no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name.
Popery is contrary to Christâs gospel and is the antichrist and we ought to pray against it.Â It should be the daily prayer of every believer that the antichrist might be hurled like a millstone into the flood and for Christ, because it wounds Christ, because it robs Christ of his glory, because it puts sacramental efficacy in the place of his atonement and lifts a piece of bread into the place of the Savior and a few drops of water into the place of the Holy Spirit.Â And puts a mere fallible man like ourselves up as the Vicar of Christ on Earth.Â IF we pray against it, because it is against him, we shall love the persons though we hate their errors.Â We shall love their souls though we loathe and detest their dogmas.Â And so the breath of our prayers will be sweetened because we turn our faces toward Christ when we pray.
Oh, and paying attention to Abuse Tracker, since there is a lot Catholic scandal going on in Ireland, hey St. Patrick's day is coming up! See, Patrick (214-228) and he would turn green with nausea if he saw what had gone on in the Emerald Isle after he had died, So, fro the Abuse Tracker
Connacht Tribune wrote: A city councillor has called for the Western Distributor Road in Knocknacarra to be renamed in memory of the children who died in Mother and Baby Homes nationwide. Councillor Cathal Oâ Conchuir says the scandal is âour holocaustâ â and the most innocent and precious lives that passed away in the homes must be remembered....
Charles Spurgeon on Catholic Priests wrote: Itâs very difficult to receive honor and expect it, and yet to keep your eyesight, for menâs eyes gradually grow dull through the smoke of the incense which is burned before them. And when their eyes become dim with self conceit, their own great selves conceal the cross and make them unable to believe the truth.
When a fellow comes forward in all sorts of curious garments and says heâs a priest, the poorest child of God may say, âStand away and donât interfere with my office. I am a priest. I know not what you may be. You surely must be a priest of Baal. The priesthood belongs to all the saints. They sometimes call you laity, but the Holy Ghost says of all the saints, âyou are Godâs klÄros.â You are Godâs clergy. Every child of God is a clergyman or a clergywoman. There are no priestly distinctions known in scripture. âAway with them,â âaway with them forever.â
Charles Spurgeon on Catholic Priests [Continured] wrote: The prayer book says, âThen shall the priest say.â What a pity that word was ever left there. The very word priest has the smell of the sulfur of Rome about it, that so long as it remains, the Church of England will give forth an ill saver. Call yourself a priest, sir. I wonder, men are not ashamed to take the title. When I collect what priests have done in all ages, what priests connected with the Church of Rome have done, I repeat what I have often said. I would sooner a man pointed at me in the street and called me a devil than call me a priest, for bad as the devil has been, he has hardly been able to match the crimes and cruelties and villainies that have been transacted under the cover of a special priesthood.
I was looking for a particular article about Australia, but didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find this, What explains the Catholic Church's silence on child sexual abuse?--"what if many priests and bishops stayed quiet because they were hiding their own sex lives? not with underage people but with consenting adults. Not breaking the law but breaking their vows." This is an audio program. It is only 10 minutes long. I'm listening to it now and its quite informative
Abuse survivor quits pope's commission citing 'shameful' resistance---"It is a reflection of how this whole abuse crisis in the Church has been handled: with fine words in public and contrary actions behind closed doors," and "I feel (he) does not appreciate how his actions of clemency undermine everything else he does in this area," [ Marie Collins] she said, referring to a recent report that the pope had reduced sanctions against several pedophile priests who had sought clemency.
Keep track of, Abuse by Priests! with Abuse Tracker /7-percent-of-Australian-Catholic-priests-accused-of-abuse>7 percent of Australian Catholic priests accused of abuse
More late material,
Robbie Buck wrote: Former Detective Peter Fox ended his career when he began speaking out about child sexual abuse and what he saw as an institutionalised cover up. Now, as the Catholic Church releases figures on the extent of abuse within its ranks, Fox says survivors are finally getting what they've always wanted - simply to be believed.