Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Among the daily "drops" I receive in my email is the e-bulletin coverage from CathNews. It's a useful service not just for the content but also for gauging the ecclesial landscape. The most recent change in editorial staffing has also introduced some odd if not disturbing items into the columns.
However, one of the promised features in a recent e-bulletin did not appear as advertised and is well covered by a discussion on the Catholica Forum. The controversy has also been picked up by The Age in Melbourne. In an alarming statement from the Australian Bishops Conference the newspaper reports:
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference general secretary Brian Lucas said the Cath News editorial team withdrew the article ''when some of the content was brought to their attention and they realised it fell outside their guidelines to provide informed opinion. They apologised for their error.''
Is Brain Lucas suggesting that the editorial team do not understand the guidelines of providing "informed opinion"? Does Brian Lucas consider Eric Hodgens writings "out of bounds" as informed opinion? Which Bishops if any spoke out against this absurd decision? Is the baptism of a Murdoch Scion meant to provide us with a more informed opinion than a reflection by a leading pastoral observer and practitioner?
Friday, December 10, 2010
In December 2011 the news from the Vatican included: Pope decrees sainthood for Italian, beatification for 11 others
Now I am sure they are all jolly good folk with the usual quirky characteristics that lead people to found religious orders. What's interesting about this list is that there is not one lay person among them. What is disturbing about this list is the inclusion of six clergy who have been recognized as martyrs who died for "hatred of the faith".
What is really fascinating about this list is that they are contemporary enough for us to find quite a few of them in Google images.
Baltasar Mariano Munoz Martine
Enough I say. We have enough "Sainted" clergy and religious.
When will the joys and hopes grief and anguish of ordinary people of faith who live in the suburbs as single married and widowed be recognized?
Enough of miracle criteria. Does our God really play favourites? I don't believe this.Let's get back to local calendars of ordinary saints who inspire us to live the Gospel.
And what is this criteria of those who have been martyred for "Hatred of the Faith"? The Spanish revolution was not about "hatred of the faith" It was as all revolutions are: abuse of power and economics.