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Commentary by Cheshire

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The burial customs of LalaLand

Jun. 17, 2003 - The funeral Mass for Gregory Peck was offered by Cardinal Mahony in his new cathedral and the liturgy included "a video tribute" to the late actor (who actively campaigned against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Bork). The "video tribute" was in addition to a florid eulogy, and was shown on...

The low estate of the bishops

Jun. 17, 2003 - The implosion of the dignity of the episcopate is now breathtaking. Governor Keating is forced out for comparing some of the bishops to the Mafia and those bishops give his unfortunate remark credibility by their total obliviousness to the depths to which they have sunk. Had Archbishop Weakland...

Persecution in Uganda

Jun. 16, 2003 - Two major items in the news this past week have been the cannibalizing of the helpless Mbuti Pygmies by the Congolese Army, and threats to the Church in Uganda by terrorists threatening to "beat nuns black and blue" and worse. Centuries from now, when political correctness, Deo volente, has...

The Louisville scandal

Jun. 11, 2003 - At the time of the death of Terence Cardinal Cooke it was a public secret that Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago lobbied very hard to have Archbishop Thomas Kelly of Louisville named Archbishop of New York....

Archbishop material

Jun. 10, 2003 - Amidst the speculation of an appointment to Boston, and another possible appointment to Philadelphia, we recall that just about twenty years ago, Law was appointed to Boston and O'Connor was appointed to New York at the same time. It caused a thrill of hope, and the joke was that the Church...

The ecumenical urge

Jun. 7, 2003 - Now that the Episcopal Church has elected a "bishop" of New Hampshire who abandoned his wife and children to life in a homosexual union with his male "partner", one waits to see if the real bishop of New Hampshire, Bishop McCormack of Manchester, will send a message of congratulations. ...

Vague, dangerous pacifism

May. 29, 2003 - The distinguished Thomist philosopher at Notre Dame University, Professor Ralph McInerny, uses his monthly column in Crisis magazine (June 2003) politely to express his frustration at the current "odd pacifism emanating from many sources in the Vatican." He quotes George Weigel as seeing the...

Inaccurate and extreme

May. 15, 2003 - Hoping against hope, the National Catholic Register (May 11-17) says apropos the bizarre statements on Iraq by authoritative Vatican sources: "...readers will have noted that they stopped several weeks ago. Only a few now speak for the Vatican on war questions, and we expect you will find them...

Capital punishment

May. 14, 2003 - The extreme positions of Vatican dicastery heads on the Iraq War - to the ultimate length of Archbishop Martino completely overhtrowing the just war tradition - parallels the absolutist position of recent Vatican commentary on capital punishment. One factor cited in abolishing capital...

May. 10, 2003 - The Vatican's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano and the Secretary of State, Cardinal Sodano, got themselves embarrassing marks in the history books for their extreme denunciations of the Iraq War. Cardinal Sodano also made clear to U.S. diplomats his patronizing views of the United States....

Phoenix

May. 8, 2003 - Several years ago an international Catholic lay organization, highly commended by the Pope, held a convention in Phoenix attended by a Cardinal, a prominent Archbishop, and numerous other prelates, all of whom are flawlessly obedient to the Holy See. One does not imagine that life in Phoenix is...

A further note on the removal of bishops

May. 8, 2003 - Canon 401.2 describes the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff by virtue of his universal and immediate jurisdiction, to remove a bishop for reason of illness or some other grave reason which makes him unsuitable for the fulfillment of his office. The Pope has full, ultimate and sovereign authority...

Re: Pope's authority to remove bishops

May. 6, 2003 - The Pope has universal and immediate jurisidiction over all the dioceses of the world, as explained in the Code of Canon of Law and encoded by General Councils, the most recent example being "Christus Dominus" of Vatican II. No bishop serves without Papal appointment, and as he is himself the...

May. 5, 2003 - It is easy to counsel patience regarding the removal of a problem bishop, and it is reassuring to the pious to say that all will be well since the matter is in the Pope's "holy hands." This is bad theology. Infallibility and the "grace of state" do not ensure prudence in administrative matters,...

Predictive powers

Apr. 9, 2003 - Watching news films of the Iraqi children being liberated from prison, and scenes of Saddam's torture chambers, one recalls war predictions of some of our prelates: Archbishop Tauran: "a disaster" Archbishop Martino: "there cannot be a just war" Cardinal Etchegaray: "World War III" Bishop...

Episcopalian Chernobyl

Apr. 9, 2003 - For those interested in the state of the Episcopal Church, one recent issue of the magazine Christian Challenge mentions: A young immigrant from Hong Kong joins an Episcopal parish in Boston and discovers that it is "a pro-gay/lesbian church." The Episcopalian Bishop of Pennsylvania, who writes...

Force of law, law of force

Apr. 4, 2003 - Archbishop ("There is no such thing as a just war") Martino's successor as the Holy See's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Archbishop Migliore, has told that unprophetic organization that we need "the force of law and not the law of force." I do not know if Dennis Kucinich is...

Who is reaching Catholic men?

Mar. 31, 2003 - Having read (BBC World News March 20) messages to the troops from a British army chaplain, ("God doesn't want you for a sunbeam - he wants you for a soldier") and from Lt. Col. Tim Collins, who sounds like a good match for Henry V, and comparing this with the rhetorical flotsam of the Vatican...

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