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    Roman Catholic News Volume 8, Issue 15 TUESDAY 22 JANUARY 2008 * * * ... . CODE OF CANON LAW PROMULGATED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO ... . CARDINALS TAKE POSSESSION
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 8, Issue 15
      TUESDAY 22 JANUARY 2008


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      IN THIS ISSUE :
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      . CODE OF CANON LAW PROMULGATED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
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      . CARDINALS TAKE POSSESSION OF DIACONATE CHURCHES
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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      . CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      . EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY
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      . DAILY REMINDER
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      . ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS ARCHIVES
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      . COPYRIGHT NOTICES
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      . CODE OF CANON LAW PROMULGATED TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
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      VATICAN CITY, 22 JAN 2008 (VIS) - In the Holy See Press Office at midday today, a press conference was held to present a forthcoming congress on the theme: "Canon Law in the Life of the Church, research and perspectives in the context of recent Pontifical Magisterium". The event has been organised to mark the 25th anniversary of the Code of Canon Law which was promulgated on 25 January 1983.

      Participating in the press conference were Archbishop Francesco Coccopalmerio and Msgr. Juan Ignacio Arrieta, respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

      "Twenty-five years ago, the long process of revising the 1917 Code of Canon Law came to an end", said Archbishop Coccopalmerio, explaining how the revision "had been announced by Pope John XXIII on the same day he proclaimed the celebration of Vatican Council II" and how it aimed "to re-examine the central corpus of the Church's legislative code in accordance with doctrinal aspects contained in the conciliar documents".

      The archbishop then went on to consider differences between the Code of Canon Law and the legal codes of nations. The former, he said, "contains the law of the Church, just as a State code contains the laws of a particular nation. And it is called 'Canon Law' because it is made up of 'canons', which are equivalent to the 'articles' of a State code".

      However the Code of Canon Law "is not just a collection of norms created by the will of ecclesiastical legislators", it "indicates the duties and rights inherent to the faithful and to the structure of the Church as instituted by Christ".

      And the legislator, having identified fundamental duties and rights "also establishes a series of norms that have the aim of defining, applying and defending [those] duties and rights".

      "For this reason", the archbishop went on, "the Code of Canon Law is like a large and complex painting depicting the faithful and the communities within the Church, and defining the identity and 'mission' of each. And the painter of this work of art is the ecclesiastical legislator" whose model comes "from the doctrine of the Church and from ... Vatican Council II, as Pope John Paul II taught us when he promulgated the current Code".

      Turning his attention to some of the "novelties" of the 1983 Code with respect to that of 1917, Archbishop Coccopalmerio mentioned Canon 208 whence, he said, "arise many tangible consequences that concern all the faithful and especially the lay faithful: all are called to play an active role in the Church". Other novelties include "the definition of matters concerning the Roman Pontiff, the College of Bishops, the Synod of Bishops and the episcopal conferences".

      The 1983 Code of Canon Law, said the archbishop, was, "like all human works, ... perfectible". Hence one of the aims of the current congress is "to identify certain points in need of a little restoration".

      In closing, the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts enumerated the functions of his dicastery: "helping the supreme legislator (the Pope) to keep Church legislation as complete and up to date as possible, ... overseeing the correct application of current laws" and "helping the Pope in the delicate process of interpreting norms".

      For his part, Msgr. Arrieta affirmed that the aim of the congress is "to undertake a purposeful study ... into the progress of the application of the Code, and of all the other norms that the various offices of the Roman Curia and individual legislators have produced over the last 25 years".

      The congress will begin with an "overall assessment of the development of these norms" presented by Cardinal Julian Herranz, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, who is, said Msgr. Arrieta, "the historical memory on this subject, having followed the entire process personally since Vatican Council II".

      The secretary of the pontifical council highlighted how, due to the time limits of the congress, only some offices of the Roman Curia had been chosen to study the process of the Code's application over the last quarter of a century. Thus, for example, Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, will speak on the theme: "Acceptance and operation of Canon Law in the mission lands. Cultural encounters and technical limitations".

      Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops will deliver an address on: "Universal law and the production of norms at the level of particular Churches, episcopal conferences and particular councils", while for his part Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, will turn his attention to: "The formation of ministers of God: the teaching of Canon Law".

      Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum" will give a talk entitled: "Spontaneity of charity. The needs and limits of normative structures".

      On Friday, 25 January, before their scheduled audience with the Pope, Cardinal Franc Rode C.M., prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, will address the gathering on: "Consecrated life and normative structures. Experience and perspectives of the relationship between general norms and particular statutes". For his part, Cardinal Peter Erdo, archbishop of Budapest, Hungary, and president of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, will speak on: "Rigidity and elasticity of normative structures in ecumenical dialogue". Following a brief debate , the congress will conclude with a contribution from Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. on the theme: "Canon Law and the pastoral government of the Church. The role of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts".

      The congress, which is due to be held in the Vatican's Synod Hall on 24 and 25 January, will be attended by members of episcopal conferences, and by professors and students of Canon Law from Italy and the rest of the world.


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      . CARDINALS TAKE POSSESSION OF DIACONATE CHURCHES
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      VATICAN CITY, 22 JAN 2008 (VIS) - According to a note published today by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, 27 January, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City State, will take possession of the diaconate of St. Mary "Liberatrice" a Monte Testaccio, Via Lorenzo Ghiberti 2, Rome.

      The communique also announces that at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 27 January, Cardinal Giovanni Coppa, apostolic nuncio, will take possession of the new diaconate of St. Linus, Via Cardinale Garampi 60, Rome.


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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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      Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

      Today's two reading teach us the difference between faith and presumption.


      In the First Book of Samuel we hear the story of David slaying Goliath, the Philistine.

      King Saul did not want David to go, but David protested : “The LORD, who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the bear,
      will also keep me safe from the clutches of this Philistine.”

      David knew God was his protector who gave signs that He favored him. Since God already protected him David has no reason to think that God would cease to protect. It takes great faith to believe in the power of God when your life depends on it, but David never swerved from his belief.

      The Jews in the Gospel story, on the other hand, lack authentic true faith, and instead, are presumptuous. They rashly presume and assume things according to human reasoning and its frailty in faulty reasoning. They insist it is unlawful to perform a miracle and heal on the Sabbath. Since miracles and cures are only within the power of God they are dictating to God that He has no right to do so in violation of His own law. This reminds us of the story from the First Book of Samuel we read a few days ago when Saul told God He was wrong in the rebuke he received from Samuel. Saul said he did everything God wanted refusing to admit his guilt in presuming to allow his men to slaughter animals on altars in order to perform acts of soothsaying or divination. Here we see in the Gospel the Pharisees like Saul presume things that are not within their authority, power or ability. The presumption of the Pharisees leads them into even greater sin engaging in political intrigue with the Herodians to condemn Jesus to death for a capital crime against Rome. The Herodians were the Jews who were closely allied with the Romans, on intimate terms with them both socially and culturally. Political manipulation seeking favors from allies to plot against an enemy to get rid of them is a very old trick still very much played even in our own day.

      The two examples we have in today's two readings are David, a true believer, whose heart is pure devout and unwavering in faith completely devoted to God, and the Pharisees, who presume too much making themselves the enemy of God.

      Many Protestants promote the very big lie and falsehood as propaganda that according to the Catholic faith the only teaching about presumption is that Catholics are not allowed to have the confidence that God has saved us and that if we are obedient to Him and faithful we shall be saved. How such absurd rumors and propagandas are ill conceived and spread are beyond our wildest imagination.

      More sober and realistically the Catholic Church teaches us about presumption, "Do we have desires and hopes for powers and abilities beyond those God has given us?"

      Sins of presumption are several kinds. Those that close the mind are due to our emotional blindness causing us to think we are smarter than we actually are, claiming to know it all and speak with authority when we actually lack basic information on a subject.

      Moral presumption is thinking like the Pharisees we are more wise and enlightened than Jesus Christ and have no need for guidance, advice or any other direction. People in this category reject Catholic doctrines they do not like and do what they feel like since they presume to know better, and are more Catholic than the pope.

      Examine your relationship with Jesus Christ and see if you are humble and honest with Him, devoted like David in all things, or are you instead behaving and thinking foolishly like the Pharisees who know better than God what is right and wrong. In other words, do you live a devout life obeying the teachings of the Catholic Church, or do you make up your own rules and disagree with the official teaching of the Catholic Church?

      Presumption leads us down the blind alley of pride in the spiritual life making us seek greatness and glory while neglecting to build ourselves on the solid foundation of humility, mortification, and long suffering.

      Presumption expects everything from God, Heaven and the graces necessary to attain it without any regard or willingness to avail ourselves to the means God has given us to attain them.

      Others go about sinning, sin after sin because they presume that God is so good and all forgiving that He will never condemn me for these pleasures and sins, presuming and forgetting they require true contrition to be forgiven by Him. They presume in His mercy but disrespect and disregard His justice and holiness.

      Many people call themselves Catholic whose hearts are far away from the true religion of the Church and reject official Catholic doctrine and dogma. To behave this way is the sin of presumption, presuming yourselves to still be Catholics when your hearts are far from that of Christ and His mother, is a very serious sin and one that blinds you to the error of your ways.

      Pray for everyone that those who are guilty of presumption may have their eyes opened up wide to see the error of their ways and repent and believe the Gospel.


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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      5. FAITH AS STANDING FIRM AND UNDERSTANDING (pages 39-44)

      "In contrasting the two pairs of concepts stand-understand and know-make I am playing on the meaning of a basic biblical statement -- untranslatable in the last resort -- about belief. Luther tried to capture the profundity of this statement's play on words when he coined the formula, "If you do not believe, then you will not abide". A more literal translation would be, "If you do not believe (If you do not hold firm to Yahweh), then you will have no hold" (Isaiah 7.9)."
      (page 39)

      The Septuagint took the original Hebrew and translated this verse of Isaiah into Greek so it reads, "If you do not believe, then you do not understand either." (cf. page 40). In this Greek translation we see the pair stand-understand as standing on the firm ground of faith and linked to the understanding and reasoning faculties.

      (to be continued)

      Joseph Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity (New York : Herder and
      Herder, 1970)



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      . EUCHARISTIC PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE SORROWFUL HEART OF MARY

      When the Eucharistic host is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I
      offer you the crucified Body of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
      in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the
      conversion and salvation of the whole world."

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      offer you the precious Blood of Your dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ,
      in reparation for all the sins committed against you and for the
      conversion and salvation of the whole world."
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      . DAILY REMINDER
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      "during this important time, as the eve of the new millennium
      approaches unity among all Christians of the various confessions will
      increase until they reach full communion." John Paul II, Tertio
      Millennio Adveniente, 16

      "Keep close to the Mother of God as if you were the child Jesus
      clinging to her robes while walking down a dusty and busy crowded
      street and you will always be safe."
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