Monday, June 21, 2010
CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: MON. JUNE 21, 2010
CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS: MON. JUNE 21, 2010: HEADLINES-
VATICAN: TE CONCERNING POSITION OF FORMER ARCHBISHOP OF POZNAN-
EUROPE: ENGLAND: SOCCER STAR ROONEY BANNED FROM DISCUSSING FAITH-
AMERICA: USA: WASHINGTON NBA/HUMANITARIAN BOL DIES AGE 47-
AFRICA: KENYA: RELIGIOUS CELEBRATE RELIGIOUS JUBILEES ON CONSOLATA DAY-
ASIA: PHILIPPINES: XAVIER DE BORJA, WHO CLAIMED TO BE A PRIEST IS BANNED-
AUSTRALIA: SURVEY FINDINGS REVEAL HOW TO INCREASE CHURCH ATTENDANCE-
NOTE CONCERNING POSITION OF FORMER ARCHBISHOP OF POZNAN
VATICAN CITY, 19 JUN 2010 (VIS REPORT) - Given below is the text of a note released today by the Holy See Press Office concerning the position of Archbishop Juliusz Paetz, emeritus of Poznan, Poland:
"In response to questions from journalists concerning news that has appeared in the media about the position of Archbishop Juliusz Paetz, emeritus of Poznan, Poland, Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. has explained that it is inappropriate to speak of 'rehabilitation' in this case, because the question examined in correspondence with Rome concerned only whether or not he was authorised to preside at public celebrations, if invited to do so by a pastor and always having first received the necessary 'nihil obstat' from the local ordinary.
"The criteria and restrictions established in 2002, and followed since then, will nonetheless not be modified.
"Thus, as officially confirmed yesterday by the spokesperson of the archdiocese of Poznan, it is completely unfounded that Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan has presented or even considered the possibility of resigning from the pastoral care of the archdiocese".
OP/ VIS 20100621 (190)
SECOND MEETING OF VIETNAM - HOLY SEE JOINT WORKING GROUP
VATICAN CITY, 21 JUN 2010 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. today announced that the Vietnam - Holy See Joint Working Group will hold its second meeting in the Vatican on 23 and 24 June. The aim of the meeting is to strengthen and develop bilateral relations, as declared at the end of the group's first meeting, which took place in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on 17 February 2009. OP/ VIS 20100621 (90)
VATICAN CITY, 21 JUN 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences eleven prelates from the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, on their "ad limina" visit:
- Bishop Miguel Angelo Freitas Ribeiro of Oliveira.
- Bishop Guilherme Porto of Sete Lagoas.
- Bishop Emanuel Messias de Oliveira of Guanhaes.
- Bishop Aloisio Jorge Pena Vitral of Teofilo Otoni.
- Bishop Francisco Carlos da Silva of Ituiutaba.
- Bishop Paulo Francisco Machado of Uberlandia.
- Bishop Tarcisio Nascente dos Santos of Divinopolis.
- Bishop Waldemar Chaves de Araujo of Sao Joao del Rei.
- Bishop Jose Ronaldo Ribeiro of Janauba.
- Bishop Jose Moreira da Silva of Januaria.
- Bishop Leonardo de Miranda Pereira of Paracatu.
On Saturday 19 June he received in separate audiences:
- Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
- Archbishop Velasio De Paolis C.S., president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See. AP/ VIS 20100621 (160)
OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
VATICAN CITY, 21 JUN 2010 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. John Wong Soo Kau, vice director of the preparatory year of St. Peter's College in Kuching, Malaysia, as coadjutor archbishop of the archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu (area 11,558, population 3,746,000, Catholics 186,138, priests 38, religious 140), Malaysia. The archbishop-elect was born in Sandakan, Malaysia in 1968 and ordained a priest in 1999.
- Appointed Fr. Zbignev Stankevics of the clergy of the archdiocese of Riga, Latvia, spiritual director of the local seminary and director of the higher institute for religious sciences, as metropolitan archbishop of the same archdiocese (area 23,587, population 1,250,000, Catholics 220,000, priests 41, permanent deacons 1, religious 63). The archbishop-elect was born in Lejasciema, Latvia in 1955 and ordained a priest in 1996. He succeeds Cardinal Janis Pujats, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
- Appointed Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa, archbishop of Santiago de Chile, Chile, as his special envoy to celebrations marking the centenary of the diocese of Catamarca, Argentina, due to take place on 21 August.
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ENGLAND: ENGLISH SOCCER STAR ROONEY BANNED FROM DISCUSSING FAITH
Idependant Catholic Newss report: England soccer striker Wayne Rooney has been banned from discussing his Catholic faith by an English Football Association official at the World Cup, according to a number of media reports.
Rooney had offered an explanation about why he wears a prominent cross and rosary beads around his neck when he's not playing: "I've been wearing them for about four years now and you don't usually watch training (to see them). I obviously can't wear them in games. It's my religion."
Meanwhile the German Catholic news website http://www.kath.de/ has created a special page on its site dedicated to the German bishops' hopes for the country's World Cup soccer team.
The page, titled: 'Weltmeisterschaft 2010 - So tippen unsere Bischofe' currently features Bishop Joachim Wanke of the Diocese of Erfurt and Bishop Norbert Trelle of the Diocese of Hildesheim.
"Despite the difficulties with the team's formation, I hope that the German National Team will master the World Cup," said Bishop Wanke. He added that he associates the World Cup with, "ideally, a fabulous summer."
"The chances are good," said Bishop Trelle. "I believe they will be among the final four, and if they catch ‘a good run,' they can be the world champions."
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USA: WASHINGTON NBA/HUMANITARIAN BOL DIES AGE 47
CBN report: Manute Bol, a lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died Saturday. He was 47.
"Sudan and the world have lost a hero and an example for all of us," Prichard said. "Manute, we'll miss you. Our prayers and best wishes go out to all his family, and all who mourn his loss."
Bol played in the NBA with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia, Miami, averaging 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks for his career. He led the league in blocks in 1985-86 with Washington (5.0 per game) and in 1988-89 with Golden State (4.3 a game).
"Manute's impact on this city, our franchise and the game of basketball cannot be put into words," 76ers president and general manager Ed Stefanski said in a statement. "He ... was continually giving of himself through his generosity and humanitarian efforts in order to make the world around him a much better place, for which he will always be remembered."
Bol joined the NBA with Washington in 1985 and played three seasons there. He returned to the team briefly toward the end of his career. The Wizards lauded him as a "true humanitarian and an ambassador for the sport of basketball."
"Despite his accomplishments on the court, his lasting legacy will be the tireless work and causes he promoted in his native Sudan and the cities in which he played," the club said in a statement.
After the NBA, Bol worked closely as an advisory board member of Sudan Sunrise, which promotes reconciliation in Sudan.
Bol was hospitalized in mid-May during a stopover in Washington after returning to the United States from Sudan. Prichard said then that Bol was in Sudan to help build a school in conjunction with Sudan Sunrise but stayed longer than anticipated after the president of southern Sudan asked him to make election appearances and use his influence to counter corruption in the county.
He said Bol had undergone three dialysis treatments and developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a condition that caused him to lose patches of skin. Prichard said the skin around Bol's mouth was so sore he went 11 days without eating and could barely talk.
Prichard said it's believed Bol contracted the skin disease as a reaction to kidney medication he took while in Africa.
Janis Ricker, operations manager of Sudan Sunrise, said Saturday the organization will continue its work building the school in Bol's home village in southern Sudan. She said Bol's goal was to build 41 schools throughout Sudan.
KENYA: PRIESTS & NUNS CELEBRATE RELIGIOUS JUBILEES ON CONSOLATA DAY
All Africa report: A number of Consolata priests and sisters on June 17, marked their religious jubilees as their congregation-Consolata, marked its 2010 Consolata Feast Day.
The Jubilarians included Fr. Angelo Fantacci, who marked 60 years of his priesthood; Fr. Vito Dominici, who marked his 60 years of religious profession.
There were also priests: Lorenzo Commeto, Giusseppe Da Fre' and Felice Garau, who, each marked 50 years of their religious profession.
Fr James Githinji and Fr Michael Njeru both celebrated the silver jubilee of their priesthood.
The colourful occasion was held at the Consolata Shrine, Westlands and presided over by Bishop Anthony Mukobo Ireri of Isiolo Vicariate, himself, a Consolata Missionary.
Sr Corona Nicoluzzli, marked 70 years of religious profession while Srs Gian Enrica Mercandalli, Lena Cicotero and Stefanita Gabutti celebrated 60 years of religious profession.
Other nuns: Gabrielita Zorzi, Viviana Zanesco and Vitalma Canu, each marked 50 years of their religious profession.
Bishop Mukobo thanked the various Jubilarians for their excellent pastoral commitment, adding, "This is not a small contribution and we really thank God for it."
The occasion was graced with the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, Archbishop Alain Paul Lebeaupin, who also enjoined with others in congratulating the various Jubilarians and the Regional Superior for Consolata Missionaries, Fr Franco Cellana.
PHILIPPINES: XAVIER DE BORJA, WHO CLAIMED TO BE A PRIEST IS BANNED
UCAN report: A fake priest who reportedly built up quite a following through his “Latin Masses,” has had his priestly career cut short by a Philippines diocese.
Cubao diocese in Quezon City announced this week it had excommunicated former seminarian Xavier Eubra de Borja on June 2.
Father Fredrick Edward Simon said Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao issued the excommunication order.
De Borja, a resident of St. Ignatius Village in Quezon City, served as an altar boy at Christ the King Parish during his student days.
He even presented documents proclaiming himself a member of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine in France.
Taken in by the elaborate ruse, the parish accepted De Borja as a “guest priest” while on vacation, supposedly before returning to his “assignment in Russia.”
However, a check with the Vladivostok-based Mary Mother of God Mission Society, revealed that no Filipino priest was assigned there.
In the meantime, Church authorities also learned De Borja had celebrated Mass, heard confessions and conducted retreats and recollections while “on holiday”.
He reportedly attracted parishioners with his celebration of the Mass, which was described as “reminiscent of all the reverence and strict compliance with the movements and rituals whenever traditional Latin Masses are celebrated.”
The fake priest is also reported to have delivered good homilies and even said Mass in Latin.
De Borja is now barred from attending Mass, receiving communion and participating in religious ceremonies.
NEW SURVEY FINDINGS REVEAL HOW TO INCREASE CHURCH ATTENDANCE
Cath News report: The majority of Anglican and Protestant say new ways of doing church are needed to connect with the wider Australian community, the 2010 National Church Life Survey has found.
Australian church attenders also appear to have increasing openness to new possibilities, with more congregations in all denominations ready to try something different, according to NCLS Research.
In its June 2010 newsletter, it reports that more than seven out of ten (72 percent) attenders agreed or strongly agreed that "we need to develop new ways of doing church to reach non-church goers".
A targeted survey of Anglican and Protestant attenders within the 2006 National Church Life Survey found that half agreed or strongly agreed that their non-church going friends viewed the Church as irrelevant.
It also identified a degree of personal ambivalence: 37 percent agreed or strongly agreed with the statement "While I remain a committed person of faith, I feel disgruntled with the established Church". Most were neutral or unsure (49 percent), while only 15 percent disagreed.
There was widespread agreement that traditional established models of church life must change to better connect with the wider Australian community (66 percent strongly agreed or agree, only 11 percent disagreed).
The NCLS Research report shows that the majority of church attenders not only understand the need to innovate, but also claim to be motivated to support initiatives.
NCLS Research Director Dr Ruth Powell said, "Over the next few decades, many churches will face the loss of a sector of committed and loyal attenders who carry knowledge and experience. The implications are far-reaching and churches will need to prepare for a shift in constituency.
"While the Christian message remains unchanged, an openness to change and a spirit of innovation are part of what is needed to reverse these trends."
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Feast: June 21
Born: 9 March 1568 at castle of Castiglione delle Stivieri in Montau, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 21 June 1591 at Rome
Canonized: 31 December 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII
Major Shrine: Church of Sant'Ignazio, Rome (his tomb)
Patron of: Young students, Christian youth, Jesuit novices, People with AIDS and their caregivers
Matthew 7: 1 - 5
1 "Judge not, that you be not judged.
2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.
3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when there is the log in your own eye?
5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.