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December 17-19, 1999
SECTION FOUR vol 10, no. 240
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Cardinal Cassidy asserts Trent had it right when it comes to the Declaration of Justification
Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Vatican representative who signed the Joint Declaration on Justification with the World Lutheran Federation on October 30 at Augsburg in Germany, reiterated strongly that nothing has changed since the Council of Trent for the Council Fathers got it right the first time and if one follows the conciliar documents they will realize the Church has never waivered on this. The problems arise when one is emphasized over the other or taken out of context. For more, click on Trent had it right
CATHOLIC-LUTHERAN DECLARATION: COUNCIL OF TRENT SAID IT ALL
Statements by Cardinal Edward Cassidy
VALENCIA, SPAIN, DEC 16 (ZENIT).- On October 31, Australian Cardinal
Edward Idris Cassidy, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting
Christian Unity, signed the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Declaration on
Justification. However, this new-found agreement is not so new,
according to statements made December 5 in Valencia: "There is nothing
in this agreement tat is not in the Council of Trent or the Catholic
In statements to the Archdiocese of Valencia's agency AVAN, the Cardinal
emphasized that the documnet makes no judgment of the past, but that it
affirms that that which Catholics and Lutherans hold today is the same
as regards the doctrine of justification of salvation through faith.
Cardinal Cassidy presided over the placing of the cornerstone of a
future ecumenical temple in Oliva, Valencia. Our work, he said, "is
based on the dialogue of truth." From this vantage point, "what happened
in Luther's time is that some put the accent on good works, not so much
in doctrine as in devotional practice, while others emphasized the
divine aspect, justification which comes from the Lord."
These different positions, "are not contradictory, but two ways of
expressing the same truth, because the axis was then and is now found in
the faith itself," according to Cardinal Cassidy, who believes that "the
problem arises when one or another element is stressed, and one is
removed from what is true."
The Joint Declaration on Justification was signed on October 31 in the
German city of Augsburg by Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy and Lutheran
Bishop Christian Krause, president of the World Lutheran Federation.
Congregation for Causes of Saints will publish list of all saints past, present and future since just after the Council of Trent
Archbishop Jose Saraiva Martins of Portugal, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will officially publish its findings dating back to when Pope Sixtus V first began the curial office back in 1588. Not only will it go back four hundred years, but it will also detail the status of present candidates for beatification and canonization including the Popes of this century and others under consideration for sainthood. The book will be a 780-page tome. It will be the first since 1880 but this one will be available for the public to peruse. The one thing it will not include are the announcements expected by Pope John Paul II on Monday when he announces the status of those who will be beatified and canonized in the Jubilee Year 2000. For more, click on Causes of Saints book.
NEW BOOK DETAILS STATUS OF CANONIZATION CAUSES
VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- The Vatican Congregation for the Causes
of Saints is prepared to release a 730-page book, summarizing all of
the causes for beatification and canonization which have come before
the Congregation since it was established by Pope Sixtus V in 1588.
The new volume will be presented by Archbishop Jose Saraiva
Martins, the Portuguese-born prefect of the Congregation. It will
include both the causes which have reached completion and those
which are still under study.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has produced similar
volumes, on an irregular basis, since 1880. The last such book was
published in 1988.
The publication will not include the latest decrees, approved by the
Congregation in October, which will remain secret until December 20,
when they are read in the presence of Pope John Paul II.
Hip! Hip! Hooray! Porn on way out of Poland!
If only more countries, especially the U.S., would follow the example of Poland where the lower house of Parliament, akin to the American House of Representatives, voted to outlaw all hard-core pornography. The measure had been strongly supported by the Chucrch in Poland and the Solidarity Block. It's now up to the upper house which is our equivalent of the Senate and then must avoid a veto by Poland's communist president. Sound familiar? For more, click on No more porn in Poland!.
POLAND PARLIAMENT OUTLAWS PORNOGRAPHY
WARSAW (CWNews.com) - Poland's lower house of Parliament on
Thursday passed a new bill that outlaws hard-core
pornography, a measure supported by the conservative
Solidarity bloc (AWS) and the Catholic Church.
"We are pleased and satisfied. Today's decision by
parliament is a Christmas present for families," said
deputy Antonii Szymanski from the AWS. The availability of
pornography in Poland and the whole of Eastern Europe
exploded after the 1989 fall of Communism. "We are against
pornography because it turns human beings into objects.
Tightening regulations against pornography is a move in the
right direction, but we must wait and see whether the law
will be obeyed," said bishops' spokesman Artur Shultz.
While the upper house is expected to pass the bill without
opposition, ex-Communist president Aleksander Kwasniewski
has not indicated whether he will sign the law.
Our Lady's not safe in the Galveston-Houston Diocese as thefts of her statues increase
Either someone hates Catholics and is harassing them in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston by stealing statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary of every size or they are collectors of Our Lady's statues. Either way, it has police puzzled and Church officials concerned. With the Christmas season more statues are on display and the thief has taken them right off lawns, in front of churches and even in cemetaries, including heavy cement statues. For more, click on No silent nights in Galveston-Houston.
TEXAS POLICE BAFFLED AT THEFT OF MARY STATUES
GALVESTON, Texas (CWNews.com) - Police in southern Texas
are baffled at the theft of several statues of the Virgin
Mary from in front of homes and churches and at cemeteries
in and near Galveston.
Police said statues have been disappearing since late
summer. "I have no earthly idea why this is happening,"
police Sgt. David Millican said. "I stopped trying to
figure that out." While some have theorized that a gang of
kids is engaged in a lengthy prank, others believe the
actions are an anti-Catholic campaign.
"It is deeply troubling," Father Frank Rossi, chancellor of
the diocese of Galveston-Houston, said. "We can only assume
there is some negative intention." Rubie Huvar regards the
theft of her 80-pound Mary from a nativity scene an
anti-Catholic hate crime. "I feel like they've invaded my
religion," she said. "They came into my yard and took the
thing that shows I'm a Catholic. I could see once, somebody
being silly, but this has happened time after time."
Owners of the statues have begun taking the statues off
their property and storing them indoors until the crime
wave is solved.
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