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  • The quest for religious unity: The natural must not eclipse the supernatural. | Catholic Culture
    natural goal is even more obvious in the broader quest for greater religious as opposed to Christian unity While all such interactions open possibilities for the work of the Holy Spirit the direct goal is to promote the mutual understanding and trust which lead to peaceful relations and collaboration for the common good Since many though not all religions have similar moral values this collaboration may also involve mutual witness on moral issues Moreover all religions recognize the human person as a spiritual being which can lead to a joint resistance to secular materialism Nonetheless discussions in this overall quest for religious unity take place on the natural plane by way of promoting understanding and collaboration among the human groups involved The supernatural invitation to know God more correctly and more fully through His self revelation is not at all intrinsic to the process Christian Witness What is clear in both cases is that the quest for religious unity while representing a perfectly legitimate Christian aim is neither intrinsically nor directly a mode of Christian witness It is not in its essence an invitation to conversion in Christ The quest can dispel misunderstandings and prejudices but the essential collaborative goals are to be achieved within the bounds of the respective religions involved When it comes to witnessing to Jesus Christ the quest for religious unity is a legitimate important and often fruitful preparation But in itself this quest is oriented toward effective witness only in a secondary and derivative way I do not mean to suggest that there is no Christian witness at all involved in such efforts They provide after all a welcome opportunity to explain to others in a non confrontational atmosphere the elements of the Catholic Faith the fullness of Divine Revelation Such efforts bear fruit primarily in a gradual elimination of prejudice a reduction of hostility and a common pursuit of shared goals as the collaborative attitudes of those involved in the discussions trickle down into the larger community It is obviously a boon for all who witness to Christ if they can do so in an atmosphere of respect rather than recrimination But a problem arises when the quest for greater religious unity is seen as a kind of official substitute for evangelization for this quest is really a separate undertaking with its own legitimate natural ends Insofar as this quest is related to Christian witness it can perform only the task of clearing the way Therefore these efforts at building mutual understanding and respect are not the end point of evangelization They are not in themselves what Our Lord had in mind when He enjoined his followers to make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and lo I am with you always to the close of the age Mt 28 19 20 An Illegitimate Suspension of Evangelization We can

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  • ‘The Son of God was not an anarchist,’ Pope tells consecrated persons : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News The Son of God was not an anarchist Pope tells consecrated persons February 02 2016 Over 4 000 consecrated persons who had gathered in Rome for a conference concluding the Year of Consecrated Life met with Pope Francis in the Paul VI Audience Hall on February 1 Setting aside his prepared remarks the Pope emphasized the importance of obedience in the life of the religious and recalled the example of Christ s obedience to God the Father The anarchy of the will is the daughter of the demon not a child of God he said The Son of God was not an anarchist Pope Francis also called religious to be close to others beginning with the elderly members of their own communities to shun gossip and to pray for vocations rather than lose hope in the face of declining numbers References Audience to Consecrated persons 2016 02 01 YouTube Vatican Udienza ai partecipanti al Giubileo della Vita Consacrata 01 02 2016 Holy See Press Office Pope on consecrated life

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  • Pope speaks of 'great respect' for Chinese culture : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    all societies moves through lights and shadows The Pope sent his New Year s greetings to the people of China as they approach the beginning of the Year of the Monkey In his exchange with Francesco Sisci of Asia Times he emphasized his great respect for Chinese culture The great richness of China today he said lies in looking to the future from a present that is sustained by the memory of its cultural past The Pope did not address political questions in the interview The conversation remained on a theoretical level concentrating on broad cultural matters The issues that have troubled relations between Rome and Beijing notably religious freedom and the appointment of bishops were not discussed However the Pontiff did indirectly address the Beijing government s notorious one child policy which has recently been relaxed to allow parents to have two children Pope Francis spoke about the consequences of that policy which are evident in an aging population He remarked that not having children must be very painful because the pyramid is then inverted and a child has to bear the burden of his father mother grandfather and grandmother The demographic inversion he said is exhausting demanding disorientating It is not the natural way Speaking of the need for dialogue between different cultures the Pope offered an unusual explanation of what that cultural exchange should be Dialogue does not mean that we end up with a compromise half the cake for you and the other half for me This is what happened in Yalta and we saw the results No dialogue means look we have got to this point I may or may not agree but let us walk together this is what it means to build And the cake stays whole walking together References Pope Francis gives

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  • Bishop Schneider: 'semi-heretical' Church leaders lead the faithful astray : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    He goes on to say I think in a time in which a great part of the holders of the office of the Magisterium are negligent in their sacred duty the Holy Spirit calls today namely the faithful to step into the breach and defend courageously with an authentic sentire cum ecclesia the Catholic faith In the same interview Bishop Schneider laments the decision by Pope Francis to allow the washing of women s feet in Holy Thursday services saying that the move generates confusion regarding the all male priesthood he adds that it is improper and even indecent for a bishop or priest to wash or kiss a woman s feet Bishop Schneider also describes Bishop Bernard Fellay the head of the Society of St Pius X as an exemplary and true Catholic bishop References Bishop Athanasius Schneider Interview with Rorate Caeli Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to see the comment form otherwise please support our work and Sound Off Show 5 Comments Hidden Hide Comments Posted by filioque Feb 03 2016 1 36 PM ET USA How is Bishop Schneider doing what he complains about Be specific He is criticizing those who do not teach the fullness of the Catholic Faith That is not what Martin Luther did although initially he was correct to criticize the abuse of selling indulgences Today we have the abuses of hiding the Faith of misleading and confusing the people of failing to catechize of obscuring the true meaning of the Mass of seeking to conform to the world s values God bless Bishop Schneider Posted by sarsok8679 Feb 02 2016 11 42 PM ET USA What

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  • 4,000 religious gather in Rome as Year of Consecrated Life concludes : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    1 000 769 to go Catholic World News 4 000 religious gather in Rome as Year of Consecrated Life concludes February 02 2016 Over 4 000 consecrated persons have gathered in Rome for a five day gathering to mark the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life All forms of consecrated life the Order of Virgins monastic life apostolic life secular institutes and new institutes are represented at the event On January 28 the opening day of the gathering the secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life led a prayer vigil and spoke about the Beatitudes and joy The beatitudes are here and now the path to a full and joyful life said Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo Joy is not a possibility but a responsibility for the consecrated person If we believe that God can fill our hearts and make us happy if we believe that the brothers and sisters God has given us are gifts from him then we cannot but share with the world the gift of our joy in Christ References Vita consacrata in comunione Incontro internazionale Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life Vita Consacrata

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  • Swiss Bishops’ Conference opposes ballot measure on deportation of immigrants : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    any crime The justice and peace commission of the Swiss Bishops Conference has joined the nation s government in speaking out against the measure It treats in exactly the same manner a murderer and someone who breaks a gate to steal a bicycle said Simonetta Sommaruga the nation s justice minister Charging that the measure measure violates international law and the principle of proportionality the justice and peace commission called it unnecessary disrespectful and unjust References Durchsetzungsinitiative unnötig respektlos und ungerecht Swiss Bishops Conference Justice minister slams inhumane deportation vote Swissinfo Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to see the comment form otherwise please support our work and Sound Off Show 1 Comments Hidden Hide Comments Posted by Babolin Feb 04 2016 7 36 AM ET USA The Swiss Bishops may say what they want but are not properly informed The conflict between popular willingness and an opposing self proclaimed elite is pushed in Switzerland to a form of institutional crisis For opponents of the bill remove the hardship clause is contrary to the principle

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  • Cardinal Sarah emphasizes importance of silence in the liturgy : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    of the Sacraments has stressed the importance of moments of silence in the liturgy External silence is an ascetic exercise of mastery in the use of the word said Cardinal Robert Sarah who contrasted the Marian silence of the one wishes to meditate on God s word with the noise of the person who wishes to show off Quoting Sacred Scripture the Second Vatican Council the General Instruction of the Roman Missal and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger s Spirit of the Liturgy Cardinal Sarah said that we must avoid transforming the church which is the house of God intended for adoration into a spectacle hall where you go to applaud the actors Cardinal Sarah who hails from Guinea also criticized the long and loud offertory processions including endless dances in some African countries One has the impression of being present at a folklore exhibition References Cardinal Sarah Il silenzio nella liturgia Per dire sì al Signore L Osservatore Romano p 7 Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh in All comments are moderated To lighten our editing burden only current donors are allowed to Sound Off If you are a donor log in to see the comment form otherwise please support our work and Sound Off Show 4 Comments Hidden Hide Comments Posted by filioque Feb 03 2016 1 43 PM ET USA It includes all applause And the choir should be in the back not in the sanctuary The Mass is an awesome event when Jesus Christ through the priest offers Himself again for us to the Father If we focus on that and not on ourselves we will recognize the need for at least some silence Cardinal Ratzinger explained all this in The Spirit of the Liturgy and Card Sarah also in God or Nothing and his articles in LOR

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  • Italian cardinal speaks out against civil-union proposal : News Headlines | Catholic Culture
    Donate News Home Important Popular Week Month Archives About CWN Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catholic World News Italian cardinal speaks out against civil union proposal February 02 2016 Cardinal Velasio Di Paolis has said that a proposal for legal recognition of same sex unions would be fundamentally against the Italian constitution The retired president of the Vatican s Prefecture for Economic Affairs added that the proposed legislation is also at odds with common sense and natural law Marriage the Italian cardinal told the National Catholic Register he a natural reality and one cannot alter that through the law Cardinal Di Paolis spoke to the Register on January 30 as hundreds of thousands of Italians demonstrated in Rome against the proposed leglislation But the cardinal admitted that he was not hopeful about the prospects for defeating the measure because despite the enthusiasm of pro family demonstrators the overall mentalilty of the majority is in favor References Cardinal De Paolis Italian Same Sex Legislation Violates Italy s Constitution National Catholic Register Sound Off CatholicCulture org supporters weigh

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