Wednesday, May 23, 2007

POPE BENEDICT XVI, THE BISHOPS, POLITICIANS, AND THE PRESS

The politicians upset by Benedict XVI's remarks regarding their support of abortion putting them in a state that precludes reception of the Eucharist have been taken to task by the bishops http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=51287. Now, if only the bishops would continue to speak out.

This question of a politician's standing within the Church came to a head when the Benedict responded to a reporter's question while en route to Brazil. Thank God we have a pope that is not afraid to tell it like it is. There was a time when pope did not deign to even respond to the press. His response is welcome, correct, and timely. One hopes the bishops will follow his lead.

When politicians take and promote positions that clearly contradict established doctrines of the Church, and do so publicly, the pope is obligated to correct them, not only for their benefit, but for the benefit of all Catholics. Let us all hope he continues to speak out on this issue.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI

After the Pope's recent visit to Brazil I am dismayed by the reaction of certain members of congress. It seems they are upset when he does his job. He is correct when he says that those in government that promote abortion by their legislative actions should not present themselves for the reception of the Eucharist. The teaching of the Church has been clear throughout the ages from the very first centuries. One only has to read the writings of the early Church fathers to see that the Church clearly has a history of acknowledging abortion as a grave evil. I can understand that some may hold views on the abortion question contrary to the teaching of the Church. However, when one claims to be Catholic and publicly defies the very clear teaching of the Church, a teaching clearly defined and easily accessible, he or she is in a position that precludes reception of the Eucharist.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

What I'm Reading Now

I am currently reading The Monks of Tibhirine by John W. Kiser http://www.monksoftibhirine.com/. It is the account of the lives of seven Trappist monks taken hostage and killed in Algeria in 1996. I have always had an interest in anything Trappist and this book is an inspiring read and very timely in light of the current events in Iraq and the Middle East.