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    Roman Catholic News Year For Priests Edition Volume 9, Issue 132 WEDNESDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2009 * * * ... . THEOLOGICAL DEBATE AND DEFENCE OF THE FAITH ... . MAY
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      Roman Catholic News

      Year For Priests Edition


      Volume 9, Issue 132
      WEDNESDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2009



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      IN THIS ISSUE :
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      . THEOLOGICAL DEBATE AND DEFENCE OF THE FAITH
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      . MAY EXAMPLE OF JOHN PAUL II INSPIRE US TO SANCTITY
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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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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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      . THEOLOGICAL DEBATE AND DEFENCE OF THE FAITH
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      VATICAN CITY, 4 NOV 2009 ( VIS ) - Benedict XVI dedicated his catechesis during this morning's general audience to the twelfth-century debate between St. Bernard of Clairvaux and Abelard, proponents, respectively, of the monastic and scholastic approaches to theology.



      The Pope began by recalling that theology "is the search for a rational understanding (in as much as that is possible) of the mysteries of Christian revelation, which are believed by faith, ... the faith that seeks intelligibility". Yet, "while St. Bernard ... places the emphasis on ... faith, Abelard ... insists ... on understanding by reason.



      "For Bernard", the Holy Father added, "faith itself is endowed with an intimate certainty, founded on the testimony of Scripture and on the teaching of the Fathers of the Church. ... In cases of doubt or ambiguity, faith is protected and illuminated by the exercise of ecclesial Magisterium". Thus, for the abbot of Clairvaux, "theology has a single goal, that of promoting the living and intimate experience of God".



      "Abelard, who among other things introduced the term 'theology' as we understand it today, ... originally studied philosophy then applied the results achieved in this discipline to theology". He had a "religious spirit but a restless personality, and his life was rich in dramatic events: he challenged his teachers and had a child by a cultured and intelligent woman, Eloise. ... He also suffered ecclesiastical condemnations, although he died in full communion with the Church to whose authority he submitted with a spirit of faith".



      "An excessive use of philosophy rendered Abelard's Trinitarian doctrine dangerously fragile", said the Pope. "Likewise, in the field of morals his teaching was not without ambiguity as he insisted on considering the intention of the subject as the only source for describing the goodness or malice of moral acts, ignoring the objective moral significance and value of actions.



      "This aspect", Benedict XVI went on, "is highly relevant for our own age, in which culture often seems marked by a growing tendency to ethical relativism. Nonetheless, we must not forget the great merits of Abelard, ... who made a decisive contribution to the development of scholastic theology. ... Nor must we undervalue some of his insights such as, for example, his affirmation that non-Christian religious traditions already contain some form of preparation to welcome Christ, the Divine Word.



      "What can we learn from the confrontation ... between Bernard and Abelard and, more generally, between the monastic and scholastic approaches to theology?" the Holy Father asked. "Firstly", he went on, "I believe it shows the usefulness and need for healthy theological discussion within the Church, especially when the questions being debated have not been defined by the Magisterium, which, nonetheless, remains an ineluctable point of reference".



      "In the theological field there must be a balance between what we may call architectonic principles, which are given to us by the Revelation and which, hence, always maintain their priority and importance, and interpretative principles suggested by philosophy (that is, by reason), which have an important function, but only an instrumental one. When this balance fails, theological reflection risks becoming marred by error and it is then up to the Magisterium to exercise that necessary service to truth which is its task".



      "The theological dispute between Bernard and Abelard concluded with a full reconciliation. ... What prevailed in both men was that which we must have to heart whenever a theological controversy arises: that its, defending the faith of the Church and ensuring the triumph of truth in charity".

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      . MAY EXAMPLE OF JOHN PAUL II INSPIRE US TO SANCTITY
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      VATICAN CITY, 4 NOV 2009 (VIS) - At the end of today's general audience the Pope recalled the fact that today is the liturgical feast of St. Charles Borromeo, "outstanding bishop of the diocese of Milan who, animated by ardent love for Christ, was a tireless master and guide to his brothers and sisters".



      Turning then to address Polish pilgrims, Benedict XVI told them that today "we recall my predecessor, Servant of God John Paul II. May the example of his life and his teaching confirm us in the faith and inspire us along the road to sanctity".

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      . OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
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      VATICAN CITY, 4 NOV 2009 ( VIS ) - The Holy Father:



      - Accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Porto Nacional, Brazil , presented by Bishop Geraldo Vieira Gusmao, upon having reached the age limit. He is succeeded by Coadjutor Bishop Romualdo Matias Kujawski.



      - Erected the new diocese of San Jacinto de Yaguachi (area 6,265, population 715,856, Catholics 618,301, priests 49, permanent deacons 3) Ecuador , with territory taken from the archdiocese of Guayaquil , making it a suffragan of the same metropolitan church. He appointed Bishop Anibal Nieto Guerra O.C.D., auxiliary of Guayaquil , as first bishop of the new diocese.



      - Appointed Fr. Guido Ivan Minda Chala, pastor and episcopal vicar for the clergy of the diocese of Ibarra , Ecuador , as auxiliary of Guayaquil (area 18,711, population 3,454,000, Catholics 3,110,000, priests 358, permanent deacons 25, religious 686), Ecuador . The bishop-elect was born in Apula , Ecuador in 1960 and ordained a priest in 1998.

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      . CATALOGUE OF LINKS
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      3. Today's Lectionary Readings Text
      http://www.usccb.org/nab/110409.shtml (English)


      <http://www.alingilalyawmi.org>
      (Arabic)

      Biblica Online
      <http://biblica.bsw.org>
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      4. DIVINE OFFICE TEXTS & AUDIO ONLINE:

      OFFICE OF READINGS, TEXTS


      <http://www.universalis.com/cgi-bin/display/600/USA/Readings.html>

      MORNING, EVENING & NIGHT PRAYERS, TEXTS:
      <http://www.liturgyhours.org>
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      5. ROSARY ONLINE


      Rosary in English or Latin with Gregorian Chant
      <http://www.ourcatholicfaith.org/onlinerosary.html>


      DOWNLOAD FREE SCRIPTURAL ROSARY
      <http://www.virtualrosary.org>


      Rosary Prayers in All Languages
      <http://www.rosary-center.org/howto.htm>
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      6. CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY ONLINE
      <http://www.markhargrave.com/chaplet.html>

      THE LITANY OF HUMILITY
      <http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/prayers/humility.htm>

      LITANY OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL (Latin & English)
      <http://www.preces-latinae.org/thesaurus/Angeli/LitSMichael.html>

      CHAPLET OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
      <http://www.ewtn.com/library/prayer/mikechap.txt>
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      7. THE BEATIFICATION OF MAMA GILI

      Color Photograph of Mama Gili, Biography and Prayers
      <http://holyfaceofjesus.com/dolores_immacolata.htm>

      Testimonial of Fr. Peter M. Rinaldi, SDB
      <http://holyfaceofjesus.com/testimonial_of_fr.htm>

      Testimonial of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR
      http://www.franciscanfriars.com/fr.%20glenn%20letters/frglenn575.htm


      New Jersey State Senate Honors Mama Gili
      http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r109:E25OC5-0009:


      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 1)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/33>

      Cause of Mama Gili as Servant of God (Part 2)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/37>

      Need a Miracle?
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/55>

      Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili (1892-1985)
      <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Roman-Catholic-News/message/117>



      . MAMA GILI GUILD

      The Mama Gili Guild was established several years ago to gather,
      collect, and publish information on Dolores Immacolata Gili
      (1892-1985) for an investigation into her cause as a Servant of God,
      as well as to promote her cause and to perpetuate her cult by
      directing prayer groups assembled in her honor. It has continuously
      enjoyed the ecclesiastical approval of Theodore Cardinal McCarrick,
      and the Most Reverend John Joseph Myers, Archbishop of Newark, New
      Jersey.

      Get a copy of the book about Mama Gili written by her eldest daughter
      Claudia (now deceased). Claudia Gili Phaneuf, Dolores Immacolata Gili:
      Mama Gili (Mama Gili Guild, 1989). The 2005 Edition is available from
      the Mama Gili Guild by contacting Fr. Dante: address and phone number
      below. The cost of the book, last time I checked, was $5.00 plus
      postage.

      Call or write today regarding favors granted through the intercession
      of Dolores Immacolata "Mama" Gili," or, for more information about the
      book and the cause of her investigation for canonization to:

      Rev. Dante DiGirolamo, Director
      Mama Gili Guild
      P. O. Box 455
      Kearny, New Jersey 07032
      Phone (973) 412-1170
      Fax (973) 412-7011
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      8. ABBAYE SAINT-JOSEPH DE CLAIRVAL

      The Benedictine monks of Abbaye Saint-Joseph de Clairval mail a free
      monthly newsletter to anyone who requests it. Also free of charge are:
      the tract about the divinity of Jesus Christ; tract about the Truths
      of the Catholic Religion; scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, with
      explanatory notice; the promises of the Sacred Heart; the mysteries of
      the Rosary.

      Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval
      21150 FLAVIGNY-SUR-OZERAIN
      France

      Phone.: 03 80 96 22 31
      Fax: 03 80 96 25 29
      Email: <englishspoken@c...> or
      <stjoseph.flavigny@l...>

      <http://www.clairval.com>
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      9. Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ. English Trans. Online

      <http://www.ccel.org/ccel/kempis/imitation.html>

      Thomas a Kempis, De Imitatione Christi. Latin Text Online

      <http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/kempis.html>
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      10. Catechism of the Catholic Church online

      <http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text>
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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."

      When the Eucharistic chalice is elevated at Mass say:

      "Eternal Father, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I
      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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