A New Catholicism: George Weigel

George Weigel.Published on Apr 2, 2013

Author and theologian George Weigel says to understand the future of the Roman Catholic Church, one has to look back a century and a half to reforms put in place by Pope Leo XIII. George Weigel tells Steve Paikin what this version of the church looks like and how it will respond to modernity.

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Steve Ray “Are You Born Again? A Catholic Response”

Steve Ray, Producer of “Footprints of God: The Story of Salvation from Abraham to Augustine,” speaks about “Are You Born Again? A Catholic Response” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

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‘Don’t kill others with your tongue’ Pope Francis

(Romereports.com) Pope Francis’ vacations are officially over. He resumed morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta celebrated before small groups of Vatican employees. During Monday morning’s homily, the Pope said that peace can be reached without using “weapons” like “your tongue, backbiting and gossip.”

POPE FRANCIS

“Those within a community that talk about their brothers, or their members, they want to kill. It’s the same as when Apostle John, in his First Letter, says: ‘The man who actively hates his brother is a potential murderer.’ We are used to backbiting, to gossip. But how many times our communities, even our families have become a hell in which we criminally kill our brother with words.”

The Pope said the cure for jealousy, envy and hate is to “live with the Lord, to see others as true brothers.”

TEXT OF POPE’S HOMILY

(Source: Vatican Radio)

“Look at how things have changed: They began with beauty and admiration, and they ended in a crime: wanting to kill Jesus. All this because of jealousy, envy, all these things. This is not something that has happened 2000 years ago, this is happening each day, in our hearts, in our communities. When someone new enters a community, on the first day they will speak of him well; on the second not so well; and from the third on, gossip and badmouthing starts to spread and end up skinning him”

“Those within a community that talk about their brothers, or their members, they want to kill. It’s the same as when Apostle John, in his First Letter, says: ‘The man who actively hates his brother is a potential murderer.’ We are used to backbiting, to gossip. But how many times our communities, even our families have become a hell in which we criminally kill our brother with words.”

“So that there is peace in a community, in a family, in a country, in the world, we must be with the Lord. And where the Lord is, there is no envy, there is no criminality, there is no hatred, and there are no jealousies. There is brotherhood. Let this be our prayer to the Lord: never kill your neighbor with words. We must live with the Lord and be ‘like heaven.’”

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Pope calls on Catholics to pray and fast for peace

(Romereports.com) “Never again war! Peace is a precious gift, which must be promoted and protected.” Pope Francis, troubled by the latest news from the war in Syria, asked during the Angelus for the international community to use up all efforts to achieve peace. For his part, he called on the worlds 1.2 billion Catholics to dedicate one day to fasting and praying for peace.

POPE FRANCIS

“I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church, this September 7, the vigil of the feast day for birth of the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.”

The Pope lamented the effects the war in Syria has had on civilians, especially children. He also strongly condemned the use of chemical weapons.

POPE FRANCIS

“With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I can tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart. There is a judgment of God and the judgment of history upon our actions, which is inescapable! Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War breeds war, violence breeds violence.”

To culminate the day of fasting and prayer, on Saturday, September 7, Pope Francis will lead the prayer vigil at St. Peter’s Square, from seven in the evening to midnight.

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Pope Francis talks to press

Pope Francis talks to the press on his return on the plane from World Youth Day 2013

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World Youth Day: A look back at the bond between the youth and the Pope

(Romereports.com) World Youth Day started thanks to John Paul II. The Polish Pope was convinced that youths don’t just need good advice; rather, they also need someone to accompany them and teach them how to express themselves in the best way.

John Paul II
“Like I said since the first day of my pontificate, you are the Pope’s hope, you are the Church’s hope.”

This Mass was the founding base of WYD. In 1984, the Pope ended the Holy Year of Redemption with this meeting. He gave them a wooden cross as a reminder of their encounter

John Paul II
Rome, April 22, 1984
“My dear young people, at the conclusion of the Holy Year, I entrust to you the sign of this Jubilee Year: the Cross of Christ! Carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ’s love for humanity, and announce to everyone that only in the death and resurrection of Christ we can find salvation and redemption.”

A year later, the United Nations celebrated the International Youth Year, and thousands of youths flocked to Rome once again to celebrate it with the Pope. A few months later, on December 20th, 1985, Pope John Paul II summoned the very first WYD, which was to be held in Rome in 1986. The second meeting was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1987.

Since then, WYD became a distinctive feature of John Paul II’s pontificate. Every two or three years, the Pope met with thousands of youths in cities such as Santiago de Compostela, Czestochowa, Denver, Manila, Paris and Toronto.

John Paul II
World Youth Day, Rome 2000
“You will not resign yourselves to a world where other human beings die of hunger, remain illiterate or have no work. You will defend life at every moment of its development; you will strive with all your strength to make this earth ever more livable for all people.”

Pope Benedict XVI followed in his predecessor’s footsteps, and the response he had was always great. Thousands of pilgrims reached Cologne, Germany, for WYD in 2005; Sidney in 2008 and Madrid in 2011.

Benedict XVI
Marienfeld (Germany), 2005
“I know that you as young people have great aspirations, that you want to pledge for a better world. Demonstrate this to mankind, demonstrate this to the world.”

A new generation of youths, and most of all a new Pope await WYD 2013 in Rio. But since there seems to be a strong chemistry between Pope Francis and the youth, the event will surely be a success.

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Welcome to our new blog

Dear Parishioner,

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new blog.

We hope to keep you updated with all the latest parish news and other general things of interest. 

We look forward to your feedback, comments and suggestions.

God bless,

Fr Ted and Fr Tomás

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