Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Tidbits from hither and thither

Brethren, Peace and Good to all of you.

Wow! How long has it been since the last time I posted a news tidbits? Quite a bit, I believe. (LOL!)

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Benedict XVI
There are two blog posts I think you need to read. The first one is titled Benedict XVI Honored by Eastern Orthodox Hierarchs, by Christopher Warner writing for the Catholic World Report. In it, Mr. Warner takes another look at the Constantinople-Rome schism and a way forward for reconciliation. As you know, that's an issue dear to my heart.

The other one is titled Celibacy Lust and Love, written by Father Dwight Longenecker over at Patheos.com. In it, Father Dwight pops the bubble of those who insist that the vow of celibacy is at the root of sexual crimes committed by Catholic priests and religious. He speaks as a married priest himself. You must all read it.

The next thing I would like you to check out is this publication: a vademecum with definitions drawn out from John Paul II´s anthropologic encyclicals. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, states in the prologue that “to respond with sure criteria to the grave question of truth and to the real possibility that man must know it in the light of reason and faith, is a matter that in our days involves essentially the destiny of man, of culture and of society.” Add it to your Lenten reading list! Dowload it from here.

Finally, England's Catholic Truth Society is offering a free resource for those hoping to better understand how a conclave works. Conclave: Step by Step Through the Papal Interregnum is available for download at their Web site. The 36-page booklet is written by Monsignor Charles Burns, the Ecclesiastical Adviser at the British Embassy to the Holy See. The book explains what happens before, during and after a papal election. This book will be another fine addition to your reading list this Lent and during the sede vacante period.