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20 July 2014

Fr. Larry and Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia are back

After a long hiatus, Fr. Larry, Ubi Petrus Ibi Ecclesia and Roman Catholic Homilies are back.  Please tell your friends.

26 April 2013

If you love me


Divorce, Remarriage, Communion


Vatican denies document being prepared on Communion for divorced, remarried Catholics

 
CWN - April 25, 2013
A Vatican dicastery has taken the unusual step of issuing a public denial that it is preparing a document on the reception of Communion by divorced and remarried Catholics.
The Pontifical Council for the Family issued an announcement on April 25 that "there is no basis to the news, circulated by some press agencies, that a document on distributing communion to remarried divorced persons is being prepared." Some reports, citing anonymous Vatican sources, had claimed that a document on that topic would soon be released.
Especially in Europe, liberal Catholics have argued strongly for a change in Church law, which bars Catholics who are divorced and remarried (without annulment of the earlier marriage) from receiving the Eucharist. Pope Benedict XVI called for new outreach to divorced and remarried Catholics, urging priests to include them in pastoral plans. Last October, the Synod of Bishops confirmed the need for pastoral care of Catholics living in irregular marital situations.

22 April 2013

Pope Francis on priesthood

“Now ... you are to be raised to the Order of the Priesthood. For your part you will exercise the sacred duty of teaching in the name of Christ the Teacher. Impart to everyone the Word of God which you have received with joy. Remember your mothers, your grandmothers, your catechists, who gave you the Word of God, the faith ... the gift of faith! ... Meditating on the law of the Lord, see that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you practise what you teach. Remember too that the Word of God is not your property: it is the Word of God. And the Church is the custodian of the Word of God.”
“You will exercise in Christ the office of sanctifying. … You will gather others into the people of God through Baptism, and you will forgive sins in the name of Christ and the Church in the sacrament of Penance. Today I ask you in the name of Christ and the Church, never tire of being merciful. You will comfort the sick and the elderly with holy oil: do not hesitate to show tenderness towards the elderly.”
“Remember then that you are taken from among men and appointed on their behalf for those things that pertain to God. Therefore, carry out the ministry of Christ the Priest with constant joy and genuine love, attending not to your own concerns but to those of Jesus Christ. You are pastors, not functionaries. Be mediators, not intermediaries.”
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