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    Roman Catholic News Volume 8, Issue 22 THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2008 * * * ... . SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS MUST RESPECT HUMAN DIGNITY ... . PRESENTATION OF FIRST WORLD
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 8, Issue 22
      THURSDAY 31 JANUARY 2008


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      IN THIS ISSUE :
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      . SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS MUST RESPECT HUMAN DIGNITY
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      . PRESENTATION OF FIRST WORLD APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY
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      . AUDIENCES
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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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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      . SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS MUST RESPECT HUMAN DIGNITY
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      VATICAN CITY, 31 JAN 2008 (VIS) - This morning, Benedict XVI received participants in the plenary session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is being held this week in the Vatican .



      The Pope recalled how last year the congregation published "two important documents presenting ... certain clarifications necessary for the correct functioning of ecumenical dialogue, and of dialogue with the religions and cultures of the world".



      The first of these documents, "Responses to some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine on the Church", confirms that "the one and only Church of Christ has subsistence, permanence and stability in the Catholic Church and, consequently, that the unity, indivisibility and indestructibility of the Church of Christ is not invalidated by separations and divisions among Christians".



      The Holy Father went on to note how the document calls attention "to the difference that still persists between the different Christians confessions, as concerns their understanding of 'being Church' in a strictly theological sense. This, far from impeding true ecumenical commitment, will be a stimulus to ensuring that discussion of doctrinal questions is always carried out with realism, and with complete awareness of the aspects that still divide Christian confessions", he said.



      The Pope then referred to the other document published by the congregation last year, the "Doctrinal Note on some aspects of evangelization", issued in December. "Faced with the risk of persistent religious and cultural relativism", he said, this document "stresses that the Church, in a time of dialogue between religions and cultures, is not dispensed from the need to evangelize and undertake missionary activity among peoples, nor does she cease asking mankind to accept the salvation that is offered to everyone. The recognition of elements of truth and goodness in other religions of the world, ... collaboration with them in the defense and promotion of the dignity of the human person and of universal moral values, cannot be understood as a limitation to the Church's missionary task, which involves her in the constant announcement of Christ as the way, the truth and the life".



      Benedict XVI invited the members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to give particular attention to "the difficult and complex problems of bioethics". In this context, he indicated that the "Church's Magisterium certainly cannot and should not intervene on every scientific innovation. Rather, it has the task of reiterating the great values at stake, and providing the faithful, and all men and women of good will, with ethical-moral principals and guidelines for these new and important questions.



      "The two fundamental criteria for moral discernment in this field", he added, "are: unconditional respect for the human being as a person, from conception to natural death; and respect for the origin of the transmission of human life through the acts of the spouses".



      The Pope highlighted "new problems" associated with such questions as "the freezing of human embryos, embryonal reduction, pre-implantation diagnosis, stem cell research and attempts at human cloning". All these, he said, "clearly show how, with artificial insemination outside the body, the barrier protecting human dignity has been broken. When human beings in the weakest and most defenseless stage of their existence are selected, abandoned, killed or used as pure 'biological matter', how can it be denied that they are no longer being treated as 'someone' but as 'something', thus placing the very concept of human dignity in doubt".



      The Holy Father highlighted how "the Church appreciates and encourages progress in the biomedical sciences, which opens up previously unimagined therapeutic possibilities". At the same time, he pointed out that "she feels the need to enlighten everyone's consciences so that scientific progress may be truly respectful of all human beings, who must be recognized as having individual dignity because they have been created in the image of God". In this context, he concluded by ensuring participants in the plenary assembly that study of such themes "will certainly contribute to promoting the formation of consciences of many of our brothers and sisters".


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      . PRESENTATION OF FIRST WORLD APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY
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      VATICAN CITY, 31 JAN 2008 (VIS) - In the Holy See Press Office this morning, the First World Apostolic Congress on Mercy was presented. The congress is due to be held in Rome from 2 to 6 April.



      Participating in the press conference were Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., archbishop of Vienna, Austria and president of the congress, Fr. Patrice Chocholski, co-ordinater general, and Mauro Parmeggiani, secretary general of the vicariate of Rome.



      It is a good sign, said Cardinal Schonborn, that the first world congress on mercy should open on 2 April, third anniversary of the death of John Paul II, because "that great and unforgettable Pope, from his boyhood on, remained fascinated by the secret of divine mercy. In the year 2002, at the inauguration of a magnificent shrine to divine mercy at Krakow-Lagiewniki , Poland , he said: 'There is no source of hope for human beings, save the mercy of God'".



      Hence "the congress in Rome must clearly show that mercy is the central core of the Christian message", the cardinal said. "This message promotes peace in the world, between peoples and religions. It helps people to discover the true face of God, but also the true face of man and of the Church.



      "Many believers", he added, "consider it a special sign that John Paul II died on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, which he himself had introduced during the Holy Year 2000, ... and which is closely associated with the figure of Faustina Kowalska, whom John Paul II proclaimed as a saint on 30 April of that same year".



      The archbishop of Vienna recalled how during the saint's life (1905-1938) the message of divine mercy was "a special support and an inexhaustible source of hope ... for all the Polish people. This message is more necessary than ever in our own times, as the daily news constantly confirms".



      "In 2004 John Paul II appealed to the entire Church to be 'witness to mercy'", said the cardinal. "While at the Regina Coeli prayer on 3 April 2005 he would have said: 'Love changes hearts and brings peace. How great is the need for mercy in the world'. Death prevented that great Pope from pronouncing those words, but the message has lost none of its validity or relevance".



      Cardinal Schonborn concluded: "The message of John Paul II and of Faustina Kowalska is not some abstract principle, it has a name and a face: Jesus. ... "Looking to Christ', that is the heritage of John Paul II, it was also the theme of Benedict XVI's visit to Austria last year, and will be the nucleus of the First World Apostolic Congress on Mercy".

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      . AUDIENCES
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      VATICAN CITY, 31 JAN 2008 (VIS) - The Holy Father today received in separate audiences five prelates of the Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine, on their "ad limina" visit:



      - Bishop Mykola Simkaylo of Kolomyia-Chernivtsi of the Ukrainians.



      - Bishop Julian Voronovsky of Sambir-Drohobych of the Ukrainians, accompanied by Auxiliary Bishop Jaroslav Pryriz C.SS.R.



      - Bishop Mychajlo Koltun C.SS.R. of Sokal of the Ukrainians.



      - Bishop Vasyl Semeniuk of Ternopil-Zboriv of the Ukrainians.


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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      VATICAN CITY, 31 JAN 2008 ( VIS ) - The Holy Father appointed:



      - Bishop Jose Maria De la Torre Martin , auxiliary of the archdiocese of Guadalajara , Mexico , as bishop of Aguascalientes (area 11,200, population 1,622,000, Catholics 1,599,000, priests 293, permanent deacons 1, religious 760), Mexico .



      - Fr. Prasad Gallela of the clergy of the diocese of Kurnool, India, spiritual director and professor of philosophy at St. John's Regional Seminary in Kondadaba, India, as bishop of Cuddapah (area 15,359, population 6,035,581, Catholics 81,580, priests 104, religious 355), India. The bishop-elect was born in Adoni , India in 1962 and ordained a priest in 1989.



      - Fr. Joaquim Augusto da Silva Mendes S.D.B., director of the Manique Salesian School in Lisbon, Portugal, as auxiliary of the patriarchate of Lisbon (area 3,735, population 2,336,132, Catholics 1,936,268, priests 618, permanent deacons 65, religious 1,740). The bishop-elect was born in Casteloes de Cepeda , Portugal in 1948 and ordained a priest in 1983.



      - Professor Takashi Gojobori, vice-director of the National Institute of Genetics in Mishima, Japan and professor of genetics at the institute's Centre for Information Biology and DNA Data Bank, as an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Science.


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      . TOMORROW'S HOMILY
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      Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time


      Today's two readings teach us that the mercy of God is spread throughout the world in His Church.

      The first reading is the story of King David and Bathsheba. It is a horrible and tragic story of lust, immorality, betrayal, passion and murder.

      The readings all week show David is God's chosen to be king of Israel, and that his seed shall reign for ever. The Messiah is to be born from this very family. Christ is born a son of David. The Savior is born to redeem his great ancestors and all of Israel and people, sinners everywhere.

      It is a story of merciful compassion where Almighty God sees deep into the wanton reckless passionate heart of every sinner and He reaches out and touches us and heals us and saves us from our own destruction and hell.

      Christ came preaching and establishing His Church here on earth prophesying that it would grow to be like the largest tree.

      The Roman Catholic Church is the largest tree among all the Christian communities in the world. There are 2.2 billion Christians in 2008, with 1.6 billion Catholics and 600 million Protestants. With one billion more members than any other Christian community it is very clear that the Church planted by Jesus Christ Himself is that mustard seed grown into the largest of trees.

      The merciful God, Jesus Christ, whom Mary Magdalene saw on Easter Sunday morning as the planter and the gardener by the tomb after the resurrection wishes to splice His trees together so that one great tree contains all of the birds in their nests in its branches.

      Pray for Church unity. Pray that we may all be one, in belief, in our prayers and in our will to do good and bless one another.


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      . LECTIO DIVINA
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      Chapter II : THE ECCLESIASTICAL FORM OF FAITH (pages 50-64)

      Fr. Ratzinger begins to focus on the very heart of belief, what it is and what place and function it has in the world by explaining it through the Apostles' Creed.

      He begins by giving a brief history of its origins and development within Christian worship in the rite of baptism. The Church is commissioned by Christ to go into the world and baptize everyone in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

      "In accordance wit this injunctionthese questions are put to the person to be baptized : "Do you believe in God the Father Almighty? Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God . . .? Do you believe in the Holy Spirit . . .?" The person being baptized replies to each of these three questions with the word "Credo" - I believe- and is then each time dipped in the water. Thus the oldest form of the confession of faith takes the shape of a tripartite dialogue, of question and answer, and is, moreover, embedded in the ceremony of baptism." (page 51)

      This formula grew and devloped in the ensuing decades and by the fourth century it became detached as a formulaic profession of faith.

      "Then in the fourth century we meet a continuous text detached from the question and answer plan; that it is still in Greek makes it probable that it dates originally from the third century , since by the fourth the final change to Latin even in the liturgy had been made in Rome." (ibid.)

      During the medieval period it was called the Symbolum or symbol. By the time of Charlemagne this profession became universal in the Church and found in the Gallican ritual.


      In the fifteenth century at the Council of Florence the Church grew in appreciation of the Symbol as a Roman or Western development and furthermore learned to appreciate the Eastern tradition.


      "The East had never developed a unified symbol of this sort because no individual Church there occupied a position comparable with that of Rome in the West -- as the one "apostolic see" in the Western world. The East was always characterized by the variety of its symbols, which also deviate somewhat in theological type from the Roman symbol. The Roman Creed (and with it the Western Creed in general) is more concerned with the history of salvation and with Christology. It lingers, so to speak, on the positivistic side of the Christian story; it simply accepts the fact that to save us God became man; it does not seek to penetrate beyond this story to its cause and to its connection with the totality of being. The East, on the other hand, has always sought to see the Christian faith in a cosmic and metaphysical perspective, which is mirrored in professions of faith above all by the fact that Christology and belief in creation are related to each other and thus the uniqueness of the Christian story and the everlasting, all-embracing nature of the creation come into close association." (page 52)

      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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      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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