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March 5-7, 1999
SECTION THREE vol 10, no. 45
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Mexico's native son Cardinal Corripio nourished many with his professorial and pastoral approach
We continue with this new series that debuted the beginning of the year, bringing you on a regular basis three times a week the Princes of the Church. Our twenty-seventh red hat we feature, in alphabetical order is Cardinal Ernesto Ahumada Corripio, the Mexican Archbishop emeritus of Mexico City. For more on Cardinal Corripio, click on COLLEGE OF CARDINALS COLLECTION
27. Cardinal Ernesto Ahumada Corripio
As of June 29th this year the Archbishop emeritus of Mexico City Cardinal Ernesto Ahumada Corripio will have reached the age of eighty and be ineligible for the College of Cardinals conclave. Born in Tampico, Mexico, he realized his calling to the priesthood in 1932 and enrolled at the Minor Seminary in Puebla at the very tender age of eleven years-old. He was ordained in Rome on October 25, 1942 after completing his Major Seminary studies at the Latin American College and the Gregorian where he received his doctorates in Philosophy and Theology. After receiving his J.D. in Canon Law in 1944 and then a Masters in Church History a year later, he was reassigned to his native homeland where he taught theology, philosophy and history at the minor seminary back in Tampico for five years. On the feast of Saint Joseph in 1953 Pope Pius XII elevated him to bishop, naming him titular bishop of Zapara and auxiliary bishop of Tampico where, three years later on February 25, 1956, he was named Bishop of Tampico, the first native son to assume this lofty position. He remained in this post until July 25, 1967 when he was selected Archbishop of Antequera, a post he served until March 8, 1976 when he was tabbed as Archbishop of Puebla de Los Angeles. He held this this for one year until Pope Paul VI named him Archbishop of Mexico City on July 19, 1977 and declared him Primate of Mexico. Two years later Paul's successor Pope John Paul II honored this primate by naming him in his first Consistory of June 30, 1979 elevating him to the cardinalate and bestowing on him the titular church of Mary Immaculate at Tiburtino.
Because of age and health, Cardinal Corripio resigned his position as active Archbishop of Mexico's largest archdiocese on the feast of the Archangels in 1994 after fifty-two years of loyal active service to the Church. He had also enjoyed Curial membership in the Congregation for the Clergy, but though his early years were spent in Rome, he left his mark in his beloved homeland of Mexico.
NEWS & VIEWS
with a Catholic slant
Officials optimistic on diplomatic ties between the Holy See and Vietnam which could pave the way for a Papal visit
In less than two weeks a Vatican delegation will meet with Vietnamese government officials and both the prime minister of Vietnam and Hanoi's Cardinal Joseph Phan Dinh Tung are confident diplomatic relations will finally be established, paving the way for the Holy Father to visit the country, possibly as early as this August. For more, click on Vietnam visa
VIETNAM HINTS AT DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH HOLY SEE
VATICAN (CWNews.com) - The government of Vietnam is prepared to discuss the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations with the Holy See.
Vietnamese Foreign Minister Phan Thuy Thanh has told reporters in Singapore the question of diplomatic ties will be on the agenda for discussion when the Vietnamese government greets a delegation of Vatican officials, who will arrive in the Asian country on March 15.
Cardinal Joseph Phan Dinh Tung of Hanoi reacted positively to the government statement, telling the Fides news service: "We are confident that this time it will happen."
The Vatican delegation, headed by Msgr. Celestino Migliore, will be in Vietnam from March 15 through 19. Such visits have become common in recent years, but in the past the Vietnamese government has always avoided discussions of establishing normal diplomatic relations.
The Catholic Church operates under serious restrictions in Vietnam; the government limits the number of students in the nation’s seminaries, and insists on the right to reject appointments of bishops and even pastors. The periodic visits by Vatican officials have usually been aimed at easing these restrictions.
Cardinal Tung, however, indicated that a move toward formal diplomatic ties would be a breakthrough. "This is the news we have been waiting for," he told Fides. He disclosed that the Vietnamese bishops themselves have not had any official notice from the government about the prospect of diplomatic talks—or even an official announcement about the visiting Vatican delegation. However, he said, "The Vietnamese people are all in favor" of diplomatic ties.
The Cardinal also suggested that a move toward full diplomatic relations would ease the way for a visit by Pope John Paul II. The Vietnamese bishops have invited the Pope to visit, and asked the government to issue a separate invitation. To date the government has made no reply.
Jesuits at it again resurrecting women's issue and claiming loophole to ordain women as deacons
The Society of Jesus was established to uphold and defend the Pope but the modern Jesuits have been more a thorn in the side of the Holy Father because of their liberal tendencies which continues today with the announcement in their house organ La Civilta Cattolica that raises the possibility of women being ordained female deacons in the same sense of the deaconate for men. The difference is that the deaconate is a step toward Holy Orders even though there exists today the permanent deaconate. However, were they to become eligible, deacons could be ordained as priests; women deaconesses - never! For more, click on dealing with deaconnesses.
JESUIT REVIEW SEEKS DISCUSSION OF FEMALE DEACONS
VATICAN (CWNews.com) – A year after the Vatican issued a document outlining the role of permanent deacons, the Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica has again raised the question of whether women might be ordained to the deaconate.
The March 10 issue of the Jesuit review points out that in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, Pope John Paul II specifically foreclosed the possibility that women could ever be ordained to the priesthood or to episcopal office. However, La Civilta Cattolica argues, the Pope "did not close the door to a female deacons." The article carries particular weight because essays in La Civilta Cattolica generally carry the tacit approval of high officials at the Vatican and in the Society of Jesus.
The article goes on to explore the history of the deaconate, observing that some historical studies have found evidence of female deacons in the early Church. There is substantial disagreement among historians as to the women who were known as "deacons" played a role comparable to that of ordained male deacons. Most scholars agree that the female deacons played a more restricted role, especially insofar as they could not be ordained to the priesthood.
La Civilta Cattolica contends, however, that the Church needs a "deeper theology of the deaconate" in order to settle the question of female deacons. The crucial question, the article suggests, is whether the relationship between the priesthood and the deaconate should emphasize the "complementarity" of the two roles, or the fundamental unity of Holy Orders.
Pope promotes Father-Son relationship on anniversary of Redemptor hominis
Pope John Paul II emphasized the familial link between God the Father and God the Son in his regular Wednesday Papal Audience moved from Paul VI Hall to St. Peter's. It also marked the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Holy Father's first encyclical Redemptor hominis which Milan's Cardinal Giacomo Biffi cited as the gateway for all the Pope has proclaimed since in preparing us for the Jubilee. For more, click on Pope John Paul II.
HOLY FATHER RECALLS JESUS' UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD THE
FATHER IN HIS WEDNESDAY AUDIENCE WHILE ITALIAN CARDINAL HIGHLIGHTS 20TH
ANNIVERSARY OF ENCYCLICAL REDEMPTOR HOMINIS
VATICAN CITY, 4 (NE) "The experience of the Father of Jesus in
Nazareth" was the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis held
yesterday in Saint Peter's Square where thousands of pilgrims
had gathered to meet the Pope. "In his trinitarian mystery, God
is Father through essence, the eternal Father, in that He
generates the Word Who is consubstantial with Him, and united to
Him in the Holy Spirit," the Holy Father affirmed.
"The relationship between Jesus and the Father is unique," the
Pope recalled, stating that "Jesus can present Himself as He who
reveals the Father, with knowledge which is the fruit of an
intimate and mysterious reciprocity." The Pontiff highlighted as
well that Jesus uses the word "Abba" to address God, which shows
the extraordinary closeness between Jesus and God the Father, an
unprecedented intimacy in the religious biblical context or
outside the biblical context."
On the same day, recalling the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul
II's first encyclical Redemptor hominis, published March 4th
of 1979, Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, Archbishop of Bologna,
highlighted the document's "great prevalence for the present
"In this first solemn document the Pope introduces Christianity
and the whole world in the perspective of the year 2000," the
Cardinal said. In it "the Pope also underlined that this
proximity to Christ's second millennium, to the great Jubilee,
placed Christianity in kind of new Advent. That is, in an
attitude of expectation, of hope, in view of a deep renovation."
Pointing out the fundamental topics of the encyclical -Christ,
man and the Church, Cardinal Biffi highlighted their "strong
Christ-centered" character, according to which Jesus is
"presented as the only Savior" of all men and therefore cannot
be compared "with the founders of other religions, prophets, and
all the others big personalities of history. No. Christ is
unique and His reality is significant also for the non
Christians, that can't avoid recognizing the novelty introduced
in the history with his coming."
Life taken from man who took life from others through Roe vs. Wade, while God calls home one who promoted the culture of life.
Two men who died this past week were on opposite ends of Roe vs. Wade spectrum. For one, Chief Justice Harry Blackmun, the liberal judge who authored the bill that ushered in abortion and a slew of other sins in the seventies, death caught up with him. Now he'll see the true error of his ways. The other was Father Norman Perry, OFM who endeavored to uphold and promote life as editor of the well-known Saint Anthony's Messenger magazine out of Cincinnati. Fr. Perry, who died of heart failure this past Monday, dedicated his life to the Franciscan ideals in the national magazine for thirty-three years, the past eighteen as editor-in-chief. For more, click on a matter of life.
RETIRED JUSTICE BLACKMUN, ROE V. WADE AUTHOR, DIES WHILE
FUNERAL SET FOR ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER EDITOR
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - Former US Supreme Court
Justice Harry Blackmun, 90, the author of the 1973 Roe v.
Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand, died on
Thursday from complications after hip replacement surgery
Blackmun was appointed to the high court by Republican
President Richard Nixon in 1970 and eventually came to be
acknowledged as one of the most liberal members of the
court by the time he retired in 1994.
Meanwhile in Cincinnati Father Norman Perry, 69, the
long-time editor of the St. Anthony Messenger magazine,
will be buried on Friday. He died of heart failure on
Father Perry became a Franciscan in 1949 and was ordained
in 1958. He joined the Messenger in 1966 as an assistant
editor and was appointed editor-in-chief in 1981. He
received awards for his writing from the Catholic Press
Association and the Cincinnati Editors Association.
The DAILY WORD
"Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again. He, however, who drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up unto life everlasting."
John 4: 13-14
SITE OF THE DAY
In honor of the late Father Norman Perry we present this weekend the online edition of ST. ANTHONY'S MESSENGER carried by American Catholic Online which features the monthly Franciscan magazine for the laity as well as providing the "Saint of the Day" and "Minute Meditations" plus a catalog of spiritual resources.
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