Year of False Mercy: Bergoglio to Host a Sports Conference at the Vatican!

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“Oh how I would like a poor church and a church for the poor,”  Francis-Bergoglio/ March 2013

First it was the satanic light show at the Vatican for the ‘Climate Change Hoax’ to kick off his year of False Mercy, now anti-pope Bergoglio will host a three day sports conference. Frankie the fake once again, shows the world his so called ‘Year of Mercy’ is all about promoting his false religion and has nothing to do with God!!

Bergoglio will “make sports a focus of his papacy’s third global initiative on education, following his efforts to highlight income disparity and climate change.”

The Vatican is reportedly getting a sports conference this year—and the world has Pope Francis to thank.

Dubbed “Sports at the Service of Humanity,” the three-day conference is slated to run in the fall and is being conceived with the help of two North American marketing firms, as first reported by the Sports Business Journal.

The conference will be invitation-only and is expected to focus on the relationship between sports and society, according to the publication. The event is Pope Francis’ third global initiative focusing on education. About 150 of the world’s top figures in sports, government and religion are expected to attend.

The Vatican has tapped Lang Marketing, which is based in Canada, to develop and run conference from Oct. 5 – 7.

Read the rest at Fortune

In other news 

EL PASO LEADERS APPROVE PLANS FOR POPE VISIT TO BORDER

Declaring it an “unparalleled high profile event,” the El Paso City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a set of plans for Pope Francis’ visit to neighboring Ciudad Juárez. The pope is expected to discuss immigration to the U.S. and poverty on both sides of the border.

Read more here.

Pope Francis SPINNIN’ BASKETBALLS … With Harlem Globetrotters!

The Harlem Globetrotters added a new member to the squad — he’s 5’9″ …. hails from Vatican City … and can SPIN A BALL ON HIS FINGER …. welcome, Pope Francis!!!!

Yes, even Jesus hates the Washington Generals now … because His Holiness has been named an honorary member of the squad … which is celebrating its 90th year on the court.

You HAVE to watch the video — the guys try to help Mr. Pope pull off one of their signature tricks … and he kinda sorta pulls it off!

A rep for the team tells TMZ Sports, “This is only the 9th time in 90 years that we’ve had an honorary member. He knew who they were. He was laughing with the guys. He was very talkative.”

In fact, the team actually invited their newest member to their Friday night game in Rome … question is, will he suit up?

Answer from the rep: “I don’t think so, he’s pretty busy.”

TMZ.com

Eleison Comments – Number CCCLXXXVII – (387)

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Distinctions Necessary

The Council works from dangerous greys to black. A Catholic seeks out white to stay on track.

The principle that cancer of the liver will kill me without my necessarily having lung cancer (cf. the EC of Nov. 29) is annoying, because it means that I may need to distinguish instead of indulging myself in blanket condemnations, but distinctions are common sense and correspond to reality. So in today’s universal confusion, to stay in touch with reality there are times when I need to recognize that a mixture of good and bad will be bad as a whole, but that does not mean that its good parts, as parts, are bad, any more than that the goodness of the good parts means that the whole is good.

Take for instance the Novus Ordo Mass. The new Rite as a whole so diminishes the expression of essential Catholic truths (the Real Presence, the Sacrifice, the sacrificing priesthood, etc.) that it is as a whole so bad that no priest should use it, nor Catholic attend it. But that does not mean that that part of the Mass which is the sacramental Form of Consecration of the bread and wine is bad or invalid. “This is my Body” is certainly valid, “This is the chalice of my Blood” is most likely to be valid, and it is certainly not invalidated by the new rite as a whole being so uncatholic. Therefore if I say that the new Mass must always be avoided, I am telling the truth, but if I say it is always invalid, I am not telling the truth and sooner or later I will pay the penalty for exaggerating.

Similarly with the new Rite of priestly Ordination. The new Rite as a whole has severely diminished the expression of essential truths of the Catholic priesthood, especially that it is a sacrificing priesthood, but that part of the new Rite which is the sacramental Form is, at any rate in the new Latin version, if anything stronger (by the “et” instead of “ut”) than the old Latin version. Therefore assuming that the ordaining bishop is a true bishop and had the true sacramental Intention, it is simply not true to say that no priest ordained in the new Rite can be a true priest. And if one says it, sooner or later one will pay some penalty for departing from the truth.

Now from the de-catholicization of these two new Rites as wholes, while one may not argue that their sacramental Forms are invalid, one may well argue that in the end they will undermine and invalidate the priest’s or bishop’s sacramental Intention, but that is a different argument, no longer in black and white but, alas, in grey. For indeed the argument is that the steady use of de-catholicised Rites will slowly so alter the priest’s or bishop’s concept of what the Church does with those Rites that in the end he will no longer have the Catholic Intention to do what the Church does, Intention necessary for validity of the sacrament. In other words, white will only gradually turn through grey to black. But who, other than Almighty God, can know for certain when the grey turns into black? Once more, I must take care if I want to discern and know the truth.

This playing between white and black, this ambiguity, is what is properly diabolical in the Conciliar reform of the sacramental Rites. If I wish to tell the truth, I will not yet say that they have destroyed the Catholic sacraments, but they are certainly undermining them, and so if I wish to keep the Catholic Faith, I will certainly as a whole avoid them.

Kyrie eleison.

Merciless Francis: Cardinal Burke deposed and deported to Malta

Bergoglio's agenda: Cardinal Burke can no longer participate  at the Synod of Bishops on the family in the coming year.

Bergoglio has an agenda.  Cardinal Burke can no longer participate at the Synod of Bishops on the family in the coming year.

Cardinal Burke deposed and deported

(Rome) Since last September, rumors, now it has become reality. Pope Francis Cardinal Raymond Burke put the US from as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and appointed him Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Thus, the cardinal is removed from the church leadership, to which he belonged as head of the Supreme Court.

The punitive action against the unpopular opponent by Pope Francis was shortly before the start of synod of bishops on the family.  Cardinal Burke in the previous months as one of the leaders of the defense of the Church’s marriage and morality against the “opening” mottos of Cardinal Kasper emerged (see Malta exiles? Final papal purge of Cardinal Burke? The threat did not intimidate the Cardinal a bit, rather, he was at the Synod of Bishops on the most visible opponent of the new supported of course by Pope Francis Cardinal Kasper. With sharp words Cardinal Burke also criticized outside the Synod Hall, the procedure of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, but also of the pope (see Cardinal Burke: Pope has “done a lot of damage” – prefect of the Apostolic Signatura confirmed impending dismissal as Pope: “Who am I, to judge? “- Burke:” We need to judge acts “ ).

A vindictive retaliation Pope

Only a few weeks after the completion of the Synod of Bishops  the cardinal appears as revenge and retaliation by Pope Francis. So it seems to have had quite a hurry, the reigning Pope. On November 3, just 15 days after the end of the Synod, he approved a Rescriptum of the Cardinal Secretary of State, with the retirement provisions for bishops and cardinals papal nomination were tightened.Which entered into force on 5 November Rescriptum required all over 75 officials (except the Cardinal Prefect of the Roman Curia) immediately withdraw their offer.

This also affected the previous patron Cardinal Paolo Sardi Order of Malta. The resignation of Cardinal Sardi offer was immediately accepted by the Pope, thus clearing a space, could be deported to “elegant” way of a management function to the Roman Curia on an honor function with the Cardinal Burke.

Praise of Benedict XVI did not help

Since helped the demonstrative praise of Benedict XVI. from his self-imposed exile not in a greeting message to theInternational Pilgrimage of Tradition the celebrant in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Old Rite Cardinal Burke designated October 26 as “large cardinals”.

The dismissal of one of the most prominent and recent cardinals of the Catholic Church is an affront for a significant part of the universal Church, the meant by the papal retaliation by Cardinal Burke will be punished.

The measure confirmed Argentine voices Jorge Mario Bergoglio since his election accuse the head of the church, to be very resentful and not to tolerate criticism of his person and opposition to his plans. They also confirmed that Pope Francis, the actual director behind the “new Mercy” is, which was also worn by Cardinal Kasper as spokesman.

By deposing as  Cardinal Burke can no longer participate ex officio at the Synod of Bishops on the family in the coming year. Pope Francis makes the Cardinal with his “reshuffle” in the Synod silenced. A signal that the Argentine Church leader seems willing to make up for 2015, which has not been achieved at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 2014 and push through his “new mercy”. A “new Mercy”, which can be very cruel.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi

http://www.katholisches.info/2014/11/08/unbarmherziger-franziskus-kardinal-burke-abgesetzt-und-zum-malteserorden-abgeschoben/

SSPX on Interim Report: Striking resemblance to scandalous Kasper statements

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Synod on the family: a doctrinal revolution under a pastoral mask

(DICI) – On Monday October 13, 2014, the Relator General of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdö (image), Primate of Hungary, published an Interim Report that gives an idea of the tenor of the debates conducted behind closed doors for a week already, and will continue for another.

What strikes the reader at first is finding in this report the scandalous statements made by the progressive Cardinal Walter Kasper in an interview with journalist Andrea Tornielli on September 18th, almost a month ago.  As though everything was already foreseen….  Judge for yourself:

Cardinal Kasper, September 18th:  “Church doctrine is not a closed system: the Second Vatican Council teaches us that there is a development, leading towards an eventual enrichment. I wonder if a deeper understanding similar to what we saw in ecclesiology is possible in this case (i.e. that of divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly – editor’s note): although the Catholic Church is Christ’s true Church, there are elements of ecclesiality beyond the institutional boundaries of the Church. Couldn’t some elements of sacramental marriage also be recognized in civil marriages in certain cases? For example, a lifelong commitment, mutual love and care, Christian life and a public declaration of commitment that do not exist in common-law marriages.”

Cardinal Erdö, October 13th:  “[A] significant hermeneutic key is found in the teaching of Vatican Council II, which, although it affirms that “the one Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church,” also declares that “many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure … these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium, 8).  In this light, the value and consistency of natural marriage must first be emphasized. Some wounds whether the sacramental fullness of marriage does not exclude the possibility of recognizing positive elements even in the imperfect forms that may be found outside this nuptial situation, which are nevertheless ordered in relation to it. The doctrine of levels of communion, formulated by Vatican Council II, confirms the idea of a structured way of participating in the Mysterium Ecclesiae by baptized persons.  In the same, perspective, which we may describe as inclusive, the Council makes it possible to appreciate the positive elements present in other religions (cf. Nostra Aetate, 2) and cultures, despite their limits and their insufficiencies (cf.Redemptoris Missio, 55).”  [Interim Report, paragraphs 17-19]

In an interview granted to DICI on October 3rd, Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, had shown the specious reasoning of Cardinal Kasper:  “He proposes applying pastorally to marriage the new principles concerning the Church that were spelled out at the Council in the name of ecumenism:  there are elements of ecclesiality outside the Church.  He moves logically from ecclesial ecumenism to matrimonial ecumenism:  thus, in his opinion, there are elements of Christian marriage outside of the sacrament.  To see things concretely, just ask spouses what they would think of ‘ecumenical’ marital fidelity, or fidelity in diversity!”

In the March 15, 2014, issue of Il Foglio, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna, responded to Cardinal Kasper’s proposals about giving communion to the divorced-and-remarried during the Consistory of February 20th of this year:  “Therefore, there is such a thing as extramarital human sexuality that the Church considers legitimate.  But that negates the central pillar of the Church’s teaching on sexuality.  At that point someone might wonder: why not approve cohabitation?  Or homosexual unions?”

Cardinal Erdö’s report opens up supposedly “pastoral” perspectives in two directions:  “A new dimension of today’s pastoral theology consists in understanding the positive reality of civil marriage and alsocohabitation, taking into account the due differences…. Furthermore in such common-law marriages, it is possible to perceive authentic family values, or at least the wish for them. Pastoral care should always start from these positive aspects….  Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?”  [Interim Report, paragraphs 36-38-50]

These propositions—which purportedly claim to be merely “pastoral” without any doctrinal implication, just like at the Second Vatican Council—will be subject to debate by the members of the Extraordinary Synod this week and in all dioceses during the year 2014-2015, before the meeting of the Ordinary Synod that is to be held in October 2015.

But already, by the very admission of Cardinals Kasper and Erdo, we can say that, as Vatican II introduced ecumenism with its notion of more or less perfect communion, the Synod is working to propose the ecumenical marriage with a modular notion of indissolubility, that is to say, more or less soluble in the “pastoral”.

On October 3, Bishop Fellay said: “we blame the Council for making this artificial distinction between doctrine and pastoral practice, because pastoral practice must follow from doctrine.  Through multiple pastoral concessions, substantial changes have been introduced in the Church, and its doctrine has been affected.  This is what happened during and after the Council, and we denounce the same strategy that is being used today against the morality of marriage.”

Source : FSSPX/MG – DICI

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Pope, Peres discuss ‘U.N. of religions’ at Vatican meeting!

Pope Francis welcomes former Israeli President Shimon Peres during their meeting at the Vatican Sept. 4. The former president asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the "United Religions" to counter religious extremism.
 Pope Francis welcomes former Israeli President Shimon Peres during their meeting at the Vatican Sept. 4. The former president asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the “United Religions” to counter religious extremism.

 

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and proposed a “U.N. of religions” to fight terrorism.

The Vatican said the pope and Peres held a “long” and “very cordial” discussion on Thursday.

During the 45-minute meeting, Peres described his idea to the pontiff about his organization of religions modeled after the United Nations. The motivation, Peres told the Catholic weekly Famiglia Cristiana, is that religion is the prime trigger for world conflicts today.

“The U.N. has had its time,” Peres said, according to Famiglia Cristiana. “What we need is an organization of United Religions, the U.N. of religions. It would be the best way to combat these terrorists who kill in the name of their faith because most people are not like them, they practice their religions without killing anyone, without even thinking about it.”

The Vatican news service said the pope “listened attentively and with interest” to Peres’ proposal.

Also Thursday, the pope met for 30 minutes with Jordanian Prince El Hassan Bin Talal and also discussed interfaith cooperation. The prince is the founder of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies in Amman.

Francis last met with Peres June 8, when he hosted the then-Israeli president, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at an unprecedented prayer meeting in the Vatican garden.

http://www.jta.org/2014/09/04/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/pope-peres-discuss-u-n-of-religions-at-vatican-meeting

Bergoglio: Sports and Religion can offer eloquent signs of this new era in which people ‘will never again raise the sword one against another?!’

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Thousands attend Interreligious Match for Peace.

Thousands of sports fans, young and old, came out to Rome’s Olympic Stadium Monday night to watch football greats Roberto Baggio, Javier Zanetti and Diego Armando Maradona, among others, take part in the Interreligious Match for Peace.

Players representing the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto religions took to the field for the 8:45 p.m. kickoff.

The event was intended to gather players and fans in a moment of unity and solidarity in support of world peace and to demonstrate the power of sport in building peace.

Zanetti, the retired captain of Argentina’s national soccer team and current vice-president of Milan’s Inter, described the match as “a symbolic gesture to help people understand that it is possible to build a world of peace, based on dialogue and respect for others.”

He said the match was the explicit wish of Pope Francis.

Earlier in the day, the 50 former and current professional players who took part in the game were received in an audience with the Pope in the Vatican.

Pope Francis told the athletes that the event was “a highly symbolic gesture to show that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace, where believers of different religions – preserving their identities …can live together in harmony and reciprocal respect.”

The Pope said to “discriminate”  is the same as “contempt”,  and with their game the players were saying “no to all discrimination.”

“Religions,” he added, “are called to be vehicles of peace and never of hatred.” 

“Religion and sport,” he concluded, “can collaborate and offer to all of society eloquent signs of this new era in which people ‘will never again raise the sword one against another!!”

The event was organized by the Scholas Occurrentes initiative and Italy’s PUPI Foundation, in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences.

Proceeds will go to “Un’Alternativa di Vita”, a project that supports poor children in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/09/02/thousands_attend_interreligious_match_for_peace/1105715

Bergoglio: Paul’s preaching didn’t come from a Pontifical University No! No! No!

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Bergoglio: Paul’s preaching didn’t come from a Pontifical University No! No! No!

Bergoglio: Christian identity is not “academic degrees”, but being moved by the Holy Spirit…

“If we Christians do not fully understand the things of the Spirit, if we do not give or offer witness then we no identity”. “Often, so often, we find among our faithful, simple old women who perhaps didn’t even finish elementary school, but who can speak to us of things better than any theologian, because they have the Spirit of Christ.”

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Christian identity does not come from knowledge, or “degrees”, but from being moved by the Holy Spirit, like Jesus, whose “authority” came from “the special anointing of the Holy Spirit”. This was the reflection proposed by Pope Francis during the mass celebrated this morning at Casa Santa Marta taken from the Gospel passage on the “authority” of Jesus.

He said the people were astonished at Christ’s teaching because he spoke with authority. Inspired by the passage from the Gospel Pope dwelt on the nature of Our Lord’s authority and, as a consequence that of the Christian. He said that Jesus was “not a common preacher,” because his “authority” comes from the ‘”special anointing of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus, he said, is “the Son of God, anointed and sent” to “bring salvation, to bring freedom.” And some, he noted, “were scandalized” by this style that belonged to Jesus, by its identity and freedom:

“We too can ask ourselves, what is our identity as Christians? Paul puts it very well today when he says: ‘And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom’. Paul’s preaching is not the result of a course at the Lateran, or the Gregorian [Pontifical Universities – ed]… No, no, no! Not human wisdom, no! But taught by the Spirit: Paul preached with the anointing of the Spirit, expressing spiritual things of the Spirit in spiritual terms. Man cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God by his own strength: Man alone cannot understand this!”

The ‘Bishop of Rome’, continued that this is why “if we Christians do not fully understand the things of the Spirit, if we do not give or offer witness then we no identity”. For some, he said, “these things of the Spirit are foolishness, they are not able to understand them”. The man moved by the Spirit, however, “judges everything: He is free and cannot be judged by anyone!!?”

“Now, we have the thought of Christ and that is the Spirit of Christ. This is the Christian identity. Not having the spirit of the world, that way of thinking, that way of judging … You can have five degrees in theology, but not have the Spirit of God! Maybe you’ll be a great theologian, but you are not a Christian because you do not have the Spirit of God !. That which gives authority, that which gives identity is the Holy Spirit, the anointing of the Holy Spirit.”

Pope Francis said that this is why “the people did not love those preachers, those teachers of the law, because they only spoke of theology, they did not speak to hearts, they gave no freedom”. These, he added, “were unable to help the people find their own identity, because they were not anointed by the Holy Spirit.”

“The authority of Jesus – and the authority of the Christian – comes from this ability to understand the things of the Spirit, to speak the language of the Spirit. It is from this anointing of the Holy Spirit. Often, so often, we find among our faithful, simple old women who perhaps didn’t even finish elementary school, but who can speak to us of things better than any theologian, because they have the Spirit of Christ. Exactly like St. Paul. We all need to ask for this. Lord grant us Christian identity, which You had. Grant us Your Spirit. Grant us Your way of thinking, feeling, speaking: May the Lord grant us the anointing of the Holy Spirit.”

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope:-Christian-identity-is-not-academic-degrees,-but-being-moved-by-the-Holy-Spirit-32041.html

 

 

San Romero of America: Pope Confirms El Salvador Bishop’s Cause Moving Forward

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Archbishop Oscar Romero (Communist sympathizer) is favored by Pope Francis. Pope said he was hoping for a swift beatification process. “For me Romero is a man of God,” the pontiff told journalists on the plane bringing him back from a trip to South Korea. “There are no doctrinal problems and it is very important that [the beatification] is done quickly!”

In spite of controversy, Oscar Romero stood by his motto, “To be of one mind with the Church.”

In 1970, Father Oscar Romero was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. Upon his consecration as a bishop, Romero adopted “To be of one mind with the Church” as his episcopal motto.
Today, 34 years after his assassination at the altar and 17 years after Pope St. John Paul II approved his cause for canonization, bestowing upon him the title “Servant of God,” the Church has decided that Romero was indeed “of one mind with the Church.”
During his plane ride home from South Korea on August 18, Pope Francis confirmed that he had lifted a prudential block on Romero’s cause, paving the way for his beatification in the near future.  

“There are no doctrinal problems and it is very important that it is done quickly,” said the Holy Father. “For me, he is a man of God.”
Pope Francis was actualy confirming news that had come out last year, though that may have not been noticed by most of the Catholic world. In April 2013, during a Mass honoring the 20th anniversary of the death of Bishop Antonio “Tonino” Bello, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Family and postulator of Romero’s cause, declared that, “Just today … the cause of the beatification of Monsignor Romero has been unblocked.”

A few months later, in July, Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), announced that an examination of Romero’s doctrinal orthodoxy had been completed and that the CDF had no objection to the cause moving forward.

“I see Oscar Arnulfo Romero as a great witness of the faith and a man who was thirsty for social justice,” said Cardinal Müller at the time, noting that as early as 2007 Pope Benedict XVI said he thought Romero “worthy of beatification.”

These developments are of particular importance to Catholics in Central and South America, especially the poor, who view Romero as a champion of their cause for social, political and economic justice.  Devotion to Romero has flourished among El Salvador’s poor since his assassination, and he is frequently referred to throughout Latin America as San Romero de América: Saint Romero of America.

Romero was born in 1917 in El Salvador’s district of San Miguel. He was educated in a minor seminary in San Miguel, the Salvadoran national seminary in San Salvador, and at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he was ordained in 1942. For the first 25 years of his priesthood, Romero served in ordinary roles, mostly in the Diocese of San Miguel: parish priest, pastor, and seminary rector. He also served as secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of El Salvador, and editor of the archdiocesan newspaper, Orientación in San Salvador.

But in 1970, with his appointment as an auxiliary bishop, Romero’s life and priestly career got on the fast track. In 1974, he was appointed as bishop of Santiago de Maria, a remote diocese in an impoverished rural part of the country. Then, in 1977, Romero was made Archbishop of San Salvador. At the time, his elevation was cheered by elites, who viewed him as a traditional cleric likely to defend their political and economic domination of the country. It is easy to see why El Salvador’s power elites were inclined to trust Romero. He had staked out a reputation as a traditional churchman who avoided direct involvement in politics and vigorously defended the magisterial teaching of the Church.

But the murder of Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, a friend of Romero’s who had been working to organize the rural poor, changed something in Romero. Grande was shot and killed along with two others less than a month after Romero assumed the chair of San Salvador. An official statement put out by Romero’s Archdiocese said, “The true reason for his death was his prophetic and pastoral efforts to raise the consciousness of the people throughout his parish. Father Grande…was only slowly forming a genuine community of faith, hope and love among them, he was making them aware of their dignity as individuals … It is work that disturbs many; and to end it, it was necessary to liquidate its proponent.”

Barack Obama, Jose Luis EscobarPresident Obama made an unannounced visit to the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero

Then, as now, El Salvador was a desperately poor, densely populated country marked by grotesque economic inequality. For generations, a tiny elite class of landowners had conspired with the government and foreign corporations to appropriate the natural wealth of the country while keeping the majority of Salvadorans poor. Attempts at reform in the 1960’s and 70’s resulted in a ferocious backlash by the landowners and their allies in government and the military. That backlash included brutal repression of the Church whenever it spoke out against injustice and violence.
This was the political environment in which Oscar Romero assumed his responsibilities as Archbishop of San Salvador. He began to speak out on behalf of the poor, decrying the violence of death squads and private militias, calling for political and economic reforms that would bring some measure of dignity to both campesinos – rural peasants – and the urban poor. For his efforts, the government redoubled its persecution of the Church. As Romero wrote in 1980:

In less than three years, more than 50 priests have been attacked, threatened, calumniated. Six are already martyrs—they were murdered. Some have been tortured and others expelled [from the country]. Nuns have also been persecuted. The archdiocesan radio station and educational institutions that are Catholic or of a Christian inspiration have been attacked, threatened, intimidated, even bombed. Several parish communities have been raided. If all this has happened to persons who are the most evident representatives of the Church, you can guess what has happened to ordinary Christians, to the campesinos, catechists, lay ministers, and to the ecclesial base communities. There have been threats, arrests, tortures, murders, numbering in the hundreds and thousands …

A key date in the evolution of events was October 14, 1979. On that day a group of current and former military officers called the Revolutionary Government Junta (JRG) deposed the president and took power in a coup d’etat. The coup was welcomed by, among others, the United States Government, which immediately began providing the new government with military aid, much of which found its way into the hands of private death squads and paramilitary groups. Romero famously wrote a letter to US President Jimmy Carter, begging him to stop supporting the JRG. His pleas were ignored.

On Sunday, March 23, 1980, Romero preached a sermon at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Holy Savior in which he called upon Salvadoran soldiers to fulfill their responsibilities as Christians and refuse orders that violated the human rights of the people.

I would like to make a special appeal to the men of the army, and specifically to the ranks of the National Guard, the police and the military. Brothers, you come from our own people. You are killing your own brother peasants when any human order to kill must be subordinate to the law of God which says, “Thou shalt not kill.” No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God. No one has to obey an immoral law. It is high time you recovered your consciences and obeyed your consciences rather than a sinful order. The church, the defender of the rights of God, of the law of God, of human dignity, of the person, cannot remain silent before such an abomination. We want the government to face the fact that reforms are valueless if they are to be carried out at the cost of so much blood. In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you in the name of God: stop the repression.

The following day, March 24, Romero celebrated Mass in the chapel of Divine Providence Hospital. Most of those attending were nuns from a nursing order. As he elevated a chalice filled with the just-confected Precious Blood, a gunman shot Romero from the back of the chapel. He died almost immediately. At his funeral Mass six days later, nearly a quarter of a million people crowded the area around the cathedral, which apparently enraged the JRG, which opened fire on the crowd, killing between 30 and 50 mourners and wounding scores of others.

Almost immediately, Romero’s legacy was the subject of dispute, both within and outside the Church. Those on the political right charged him with being a Marxist and a supporter of violent revolution. Those on the left appropriated his memory as an apostle of liberation theology.

In fact, he was neither. As the writer Filip Mazurczak has said, “While the left has come to glorify Romero, right-wing politicians in El Salvador have accused him of inspiring leftist guerrilla violence. In reality, Romero sought a peaceful solution to El Salvador’s troubles. In his third pastoral letter, written in 1978, Romero condemned leftist guerrilla violence as ‘terrorist’ and ‘seditious.’ In the fourth letter written one year later, the archbishop of San Salvador reminded the nation that violence was justifiable only in extreme situations when all other alternatives have been exhausted, citing Catholic just war theory.”

Romero’s own words buttress Mazurczak’s assertion. “Marxism is a complex phenomenon,” wrote Romero in a pastoral letter. “It has to be studied from various points of view: economic, scientific, political, philosophical and religious. One has, moreover, to study Marxism in terms of its own history. What the church asserts … is that insofar as Marxism is an atheistic ideology it is incompatible with the Christian faith. That conviction has never changed in the Church’s history. In that sense, the church cannot be Marxist.”

In the same letter, Romero also noted that the charge of Marxism is often cast at contemporary Christians merely seeking justice. “Worldly interests try to make the Church’s position seem Marxist,” he wrote, “when it is in fact insisting on fundamental human rights and when it is placing the whole weight of its institutional and prophetic authority at the service of the dispossessed and weak.”

For all his focus on the poor, Romero rejected Marxism’s crude taxonomy of class division. “We are not demagogically in favor of one social class,” he said, “we are in favor of God’s reign, and we want to promote justice, love, and understanding, wherever there is a heart well disposed.”

Far from being a Marxist, Romero was in fact a Catholic priest with a deep commitment to the magisterial teaching of the Church and a deep, thoroughly orthodox spirituality. He came late to the struggle of El Salvador’s impoverished majority because his abiding concerns were spiritual and ecclesial, not economic or political.

Romero was first and always a follower of Jesus Christ, and that discipleship characterized his life as a pastor, as well as his martyrdom. Three weeks before he was gunned down, Romero composed the following prayer during an Ignatian retreat. Not only is it prescient regarding the brutality of his death, it reveals in Whom he placed his confidence and love:

Thus do I express my consecration to the heart of Jesus, who was ever a source of inspiration and joy in my life. Thus also I place under his loving providence all my life, and I accept with faith in him my death, however hard it be. I do not want to express an intention to him, such as that my death be for my country’s peace or our Church’s flourishing. Christ’s heart will know how to direct it to the purpose he wishes. For me to be happy and confident, it is sufficient to know with assurance that in him is my life and my death, that in spite of my sins I have placed my trust in him and I shall not be confounded, and others will carry on with greater wisdom and holiness the works of the Church and the nation.

http://www.aleteia.org/en/religion/article/san-romero-of-america-pope-confirms-el-salvador-bishops-cause-moving-forward

 

ONLY 18% of KOREAN PAPAL MASS THRONG WAS CATHOLIC?!!

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Bergoglio is  loved by the world because he does not judge and stays away from hot-button issues.  Bergoglio is a false teacher, he speaks the word according to Bergoglio which pleases the people.  It is everything the people want to hear!!!!  The poor… The poor… “You do not believe in God?”  “Oh that is okay we will meet in heaven.”  “You are homosexual?” “Who am I to judge?” “Outside the Catholic Church.” “Do not worry, you are fine where you are!!!”

Erit enim tempus, cum sanam doctrinam non sustinebunt, sed ad sua desideria coacervabunt sibi magistros, prurientes auribus. 

For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.  2 Timothy 4:3  Douay-Rheims Bible

 

Thai pilgrims: Pope not just for Catholics, but for the world

.- A group of pilgrims who traveled from Thailand to participate in events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit have expressed their joy at seeing him, particularly for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.

“It is the first time have attended such a huge event with so many people. And I just heard on the news that about 1 million people attended the mass, and only about 17 to 19 percent of them were Catholics,” one of the group members, Theresa, told CNA Aug. 17.

“I think that the Pope is not just for Catholics, but for the world. He is for peace, and his kindness to the whole of humanity” displays that, she said.

Coming as part of a group of 50 from Sacred Heart Parish in Taipei with her twin sister, Theresa explained that participating in the Aug. 16 Mass with Pope Francis, during which he beatified 124 Korean martyrs, was especially impactful.

“I was very touched, even though I don’t know the language and I don’t know the Koreans, the whole atmosphere was quite great.”

During his homily, Pope Francis spoke of the great witness that the martyrs give, stating that “All of them lived and died for Christ, and now they reign with him in joy and in glory.”

“The victory of the martyrs, their witness to the power of God’s love, continues to bear fruit today in Korea, in the Church which received growth from their sacrifice,” the pontiff told the congregation, asking what each of them would be willing to give up their life for.

Reflecting on what the witness of the martyrs means for her personally, Theresa recalled how the parish priest leading the group has asked them to reflect on the topic throughout their five day journey, saying that “I need to reflect more.”

“In Taiwan we do not have such occasions (of martyrdom) because our religion is quite free, but during our daily lives we can also do little small things to witness to God,” who is “love, and truth and hope.”

“I think if we can do little things day by day and express such faith, such truth to all, and make some little sacrifices, I think it’s a tiny, tiny small way of martyrdom,” she said, recalling how she had seen photos of the martyrs that were beatified, which were displayed throughout the Mass.

When seeing the faces of those who were killed for their faith, Theresa noted that “they are had such a big smile, and they don’t feel any pain in such a strong sacrifice. I was really touched.”

One of the priests serving as a guide for the trip, Fr. Pak Yont-Chon, explained to CNA Aug. 17 that as a Korean native, “I already know these martyrs.”

Speaking on the significance of being present for their beatification with Pope Francis, Fr. Pak stated that “in my case I went to Brazil and saw the Pope, and then this year I saw the Pope again,” so to see him beatify the martyrs was “such an awesome and wonderful experience.”

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/thai-pilgrims-pope-not-just-for-catholics-but-for-the-world-49510/?