The problem with national bishops’ conferences


Fr Blake goes on to quote the present Pope, who over two decades ago said: “The decisive new emphasis on the role of the bishops is in reality restrained or actually risks being smothered by the insertion of bishops into episcopal conferences that are ever more organised, often with burdensome bureaucratic structures. We must not forget that the episcopal conferences have no theological basis, they do not belong to the structure of the Church, as willed by Christ, that cannot be eliminated; they have only a practical, concrete function.” (The Ratzinger Report, 59-61)

Baptism of Desire: A hopeful theological premise that lacks the divine certainty of sacramental baptism.

Practically everyone needs the baptism of water for salvation – while in theory a person can be saved with the baptism of desire – Rector, Church Santa Maria Annunziata, Rome

Being saved with the baptism of desire etc he said is an impossibility. ( ‘impossibilisimo’).The Franciscan had got it right. The baptism of desire and invincible ignorance are not ‘practical’ ( defacto) exceptions .To claim that they are practical exceptions would be indifferentism and syncretism. It would be a negation of an infallible teaching. This would be a mortal sin and heresy. The stuff of excommunications. It would be a sacrilege for the priest offering Holy Mass.

Today morning at 10.30 a.m the priest offered Holy Mass in Italian with his face towards the altar and not the congregation. Communicants also received the Eucharist kneeling on a single pew, placed in the centre aisle.He was the Rector of the Church, Santa Maria di Annunziata, Rome. The Rector from the community Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate founded by Fr. Stefano Manelli F.I spoke on the necessity of the baptism of water for all people to go to Heaven.

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Good advice . . .

. . . from an Angel?

An Angel says, ‘Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain.. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice..’

1. Pray

2. Go to bed on time.

3. Get up on time so you can start the day un rushed.

4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.

6. Simplify and unclutter your life.

7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)

8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.

9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don’t lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.

11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it..

12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.

13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.

14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.

15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.

16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.

17. Get enough rest

18. Eat right.

19 Get organized so everything has its place.

20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.

21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.

22. Every day, find time to be alone.

23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.

24. Make friends with Godly people.

25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.

26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good ‘Thank you Jesus .’

27. Laugh.

28. Laugh some more!

29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.

30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).

31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).

32. Sit on your ego

33 Talk less; listen more.

34. Slow down.

35.. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe..

36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before. GOD HAS A WAYOF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU.

‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’ (Romans8:31)

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Who Am I Supposed To Believe?


Q: Who Am I Supposed To Believe?

A: Anybody can interpret a holy book to any particular purpose, but facts are facts.

The only “faith outfits” that presently exist on the earth who have any real, practical experience with God from the very beginning, are the Jews and the Catholics.

Neither faith relies on the Bible alone, but on the complete revelation of God via scripture, tradition, and the teachings of those in authority.

The Jews had a major “train wreck” shortly after they rejected Christ, and they’ve never really recovered.

The Catholics carry on pretty much as always, in spite of the rampant corruption that has always existed in the Church, since Judas. Yet their authentic doctrine … the “Sacred Deposit of Faith” … remains pure and undefiled … which is really some kind of a miracle.

Catholics have documented what they ideally teach and practice in exquisite scholarly detail, with a complete systematic theology that has never been equaled, compiled over the course of some twenty centuries … and they also have a practical, proven philosophy of life to go along with it.

Can’t beat that.

Christians: why do you think people can become convinced of a false religion?

Q: Christians: why do you think people can become convinced of a false religion? Also, how do you know you’ve avoided this?

A: People are weak, sinful, and foolish. Fortunately … people are also capable of learning from their mistakes … especially as they get older.

After “hanging around” for some 40 years, I began a personal 10 year study of virtually every world religion, their origins and their claims.

I chose Catholicism because no other faith on earth is as truthful, authentic, meticulously documented, or more practical in its’ application.

The Catholic faith is also not dependent upon any particular person or thing … living or dead … except for Jesus Christ … true man and true, eternal God … who is also the Savior of mankind … and the “head” of the Catholic Church.

Almost two thousand years of systematic Catholic theology and scholarship concisely explains it. All of it is logical and clear. Relatively few “leaps of faith” are required, and that makes very good sense, to me.

In my opinion, nobody is likely to find anything better, this side of Heaven.

You should try it.

What do Christians believe separates them from other religions?

Q: What do Christians believe separates them from other religions?

What makes you so different, less fanatical, more wise than say, Muslims or Scientologists?
A: Speaking for Catholics … it’s the real presence of Jesus Christ, the constant advocacy of the Holy Spirit, God’s abundant grace, and the certainty that comes from the sacred deposit of all God’s revealed truth … since all these things have been practically and continuously applied and appreciated, for the last 2000 years.

Catholic Funerals?


Q: I went to my first catholic funeral today, and it was surely the most beautiful and heartfelt funeral service I have ever been to.

Who else has had one of these experiences?

A: Glad you were able to appreciate it.

Death is a reality for all, but it’s nice to know that, thanks to Christ and his Church, we don’t have to face it alone.

Catholics “know” God from infancy, and they personally and regularly receive Jesus … body, blood, soul, and divinity … beginning at about the age of 8 … so it’s only logical to figure that Jesus would want to personally attend the funeral.

The general idea is to ask God to mercifully forgive all our sins, and ask Jesus to personally escort the faithfully departed’s soul to heaven, if it’s not already there.

The Catholic funeral liturgy expresses that idea through the actions of the priest, who “stands in” for Christ during the Mass … as the prayers of the faithful fill the sanctuary and the incense rises up to heaven.

God, through his Catholic Church, also provides a host of prayers, anointings, blessings, indulgences, and sacraments that are specially designed to provide comfort and peace to those who are facing the imminent end of their earthly existence.

This essential and complete “end of life” pastoral care is probably the most practical aspect of the Catholic faith.

It is also very likely, a source of great frustration for Satan, the devil. Don’t leave the planet without it!