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    Roman Catholic News Volume 5, Issue 36 WEDNESDAY 02 MARCH 2005 Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent * * * WEAR THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
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      Roman Catholic News

      Volume 5, Issue 36

      WEDNESDAY 02 MARCH 2005

      Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

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      . Papal Prayer Intention for the Poor
      . Original Sin, the Great Unknown

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      VATICAN CITY, MAR 2, 2005 (VIS) - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met yesterday with the Holy Father for a brief work session in his room at Gemelli Hospital and, upon leaving, spoke with journalists, telling them that the Pope "spoke to me in German and Italian. He was very alert and will work on the material that I brought him. I am very happy to see the Holy Father fully present mentally and capable of saying a few essential things in his words."

      The cardinal told the media that he had brought "greetings from the Congregation for Divine Worship which is currently meeting in plenary session. I also brought greetings from many others and even some work from our congregation."

      In remarks made to the German language program of Vatican Radio, Cardinal Ratzinger spoke of the Holy Father's suffering:

      "The example of a Pope who suffers is very important as we have seen in recent years: suffering is a special way of preaching. From the many letters I have received and also from direct personal witnesses, I have seen many suffering people who now feel accepted. The Association for Parkinson's Patients has written to me, thanking the Pope because he helps the ill to strengthen their image, so to speak, because the Holy Father has the courage to appear in public as a person who suffers and who continues to work. Through his suffering John Paul II has communicated many things to us: that suffering is a phase on the path of life, and that he participates in the passion of Jesus Christ, showing us how fruitful suffering can be when we share it with the Lord and live it together with all those who suffer in the world. In this way, suffering takes on a great value and can be something positive. When we look at the Pope's life, we see that this is an important message, especially in a world that tends to hide or even erase pain."

      Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, archbishop of Westminster, England, visited the Holy Father this morning. The cardinal told journalists that "in health or in sickness, in great strength or in weakness, the Pope is offering a witness of faith to the Lord and to his extraordinary mission in today's world."

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      VATICAN CITY, MAR 2, 2005 (VIS) - Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in his speech yesterday to 80 invited guests at the international study seminar on the human rights of prisoners, underscored that being imprisoned never separates one from God's love and, therefore, from the human dignity that derives from and is rooted in this love.

      The two-day meeting opened yesterday at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which organized the event with the International Commission of Catholic Prison Ministries (ICCPPC).

      Noting that "prisoners have the right to be considered as a person," the cardinal said this consideration must not be an abstract idea but rather "should animate policies and law, social institutions of prevention and prison regulations, and the work done in prisons by offices of civil society." However, he added, "there are in the world many situations of imprisonment and methods of detention that are even pre-juridical, in the sense that they do not include the most elementary care for the rights of the person."

      Christian Kuhn, president of ICCPPC, said that prison chaplains know the enormous danger that crime, especially organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism represent for society, and underlined that rarely is it the heads of organized crime who are in prison but rather the poor and marginalized. He said that the conclusions of this Vatican meeting will be presented at the 11th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Penal Justice to be held April 18-25 in Bangkok, Thailand.

      Cardinal Martino read a telegram sent to participants in this meeting by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of State, in the Pope's name, that said that "His Holiness greatly hopes that these days of reflection contribute to affirming the requisite respect of the permanent human dignity of the individual who has violated the law, so that he continues to feel part of society and committed to be reintegrated into it."

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      VATICAN CITY, MAR 2, 2005 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following declaration at midday today:

      "This morning, March 2, Jean Ping, foreign affairs minister of Gabon and president of the 59th General Assembly of the United Nations Organization, paid a visit to Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano. Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for Relations with Sates, and Desire Koumba, ambassador of Gabon to the Holy See, also attended the meeting.

      "Mr. Ping first of all extended, both on the part of the U.N. and on his own, respectful and cordial greetings and best wishes to the Holy Father.

      "During the course of the discussions, the prospects for reform of the U.N., currently at an advanced stage of preparation, were examined, as was the still-worrying situation of various African countries, with particular reference to the work of the African Union. Some attention was also given to certain aspects concerning the collaboration between Church and State in Gabon, where a 1997 framework agreement between the Holy See and the Gabonese Republic is in force."

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      VATICAN CITY, MAR 2, 2005 (VIS) - At 6 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday March 3, in Rome's Pontifical Oriental Institute, the book with the Acts of the symposium held in 2001 to mark the tenth anniversary of the implementation of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches will be presented.

      The international symposium, which was organized by the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and had as its theme: "Ius Ecclesiarum - Vehiculum Caritatis" (Church Law - Vehicle of Charity), was held in the Vatican from November 19 to 23 2001.

      Following a brief greeting by Fr. Hector Vall Vilardell S.J., rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute (PIO), Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches will speak on: "The codification of the Eastern Canons"; Fr. Cyril Vasil S.J., dean of the Faculty of Eastern Canon Law at the PIO, will discuss the subject of "Eastern Canon Law as a teaching subject"; and Msgr. Hanna Alwan, prelate auditor of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, will speak on: "The relationship between the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches and the Code of Canon Law."

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      VATICAN CITY, MAR 2, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. Eduardo Pinheiro da Silva S.D.B., leader of pastoral animation of the Salesian community in Aracatuba, Brazil, as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Campo Grande (area 44,981, population 730,000, Catholics 550,000, priests 94, religious 274), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Lins, Brazil, in 1959 and ordained a priest 1991.

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      Papal Prayer Intention for the Poor
      Pope Hopes for Development Policies That Are Sensitive

      VATICAN CITY, MARCH 1, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II this month is praying in a special way that development policies around the world pay special attention to the oppressed.

      The Apostleship of Prayer announced the Pope's intention for March. Millions of faithful around the world join the Holy Father in offering prayers and sacrifices for the intention.

      The general intention for March is "That governments of every nation, in their policies and development plans, should always take into account the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed."

      When it presented the intention, the headquarters of the Apostleship of Prayer in Rome published a commentary prepared by the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum."

      The commentary explained that a "particularly sensitive and attentive ear is needed to recognize their true needs and find the courage to consider them true protagonists, worthy of being at the center of the stage. Besides, they need to be trusted and provided with the instruments necessary for them to play a central role, especially in the programs and projects which concern their life."

      "Genuine development policies must involve the whole of the social fabric, so as not to create tears that are difficult to mend," stated the pontifical council. "Their objective is to provide a supplementary impulse to those who cannot keep up with others' pace, and to succeed in getting those in the lead to support those who grow weary."

      Every month, the Holy Father also offers his prayer for a missionary intention.

      In March it is "That each individual Church should be aware of the ever greater urgency of preparing holy Christians, capable of confronting challenges to the new evangelization."

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      Original Sin, the Great Unknown
      Interview With Father Pedro Barrajón

      ROME, MARCH 1, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Is original sin an invention of the Church?

      This question will be in focus this Thursday and Friday at a symposium in Rome. The initiative, organized by the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, will bring together theologians as well as psychologists and sociologists, explains Legionary Father Pedro Barrajón, professor of theological anthropology, in this interview with ZENIT.

      Q: In his book "Memory and Identity," John Paul II frequently mentions the topic of original sin. Has this congress been organized because of the publication of the Pope's latest book?

      Father Barrajón: In reality, we didn't know that John Paul II's book was a reflection on the topic of evil and sin in the light of Christ's redemption.

      The coincidences were rather fortuitous or, better, providential because the meeting will be enriched by the Holy Father's profound reflections on sin and evil with the mystery of the Redemption as background.

      Let's not forget that he dedicated his first encyclical, "Redemptor Hominis," to Christ as redeemer, as the one who redeems man from sin and from all the evils that assail him in a special way in this critical moment of history.

      Q: Why did you choose such a challenging topic?

      Father Barrajón: The congress on original sin will be interdisciplinary, that is, it will consider this complex and delicate topic, in the first place, in the light of revelation, the history of theology and the magisterium, but it will also try to show the implications of an ecumenical, philosophical, cultural, pedagogical, psychological and even scientific nature of a topic such as original sin.

      I am thinking in this connection of Number 25 of the encyclical "Centesimus Annus," in which the Pope, after recalling the events that convulsed the world in the year 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall, contemplates the providential action of God, Lord of history, which leaves room for man's freedom, and inserts a profound reflection on original sin, recalling how this dogma helps us to understand human reality in all its complexity.

      We have divided the congress into four important sections.

      The first will study the topic from the biblical point of view.

      The second part, which concerns dogmatic theology, will seek to present the "status quaestionis" of original sin, considering it under different perspectives: the Christological, in the light of the biblical topic of man as image of God, as well as that of theological anthropology, Mariology and soteriology. This part ends with a reflection on original sin in John Paul II's magisterium.

      The third part of the congress will develop theological considerations of an ecumenical nature with two addresses on original sin in the Lutheran and the Orthodox tradition. Other addresses in this section refer to moral and spiritual theology.

      The last section is dedicated to dialogue with the different sciences.

      Q: It is difficult for the modern world to accept the idea of sin. Original sin is even more difficult to understand because it is hereditary. What do you have in mind in this regard?

      Father Barrajón: In 1986, in the catecheses dedicated to explain the Creed, John Paul II wished to address in a special way the topic of original sin.

      In one of them, that of September 24, the Pope affirmed that modern culture has strong reservations when addressing original sin because it cannot admit the idea of a hereditary sin connected with the decision of a founder of a family and holds that this concept is in opposition to a personalistic view of man.

      But immediately after, he adds that it is precisely this ecclesial teaching on original sin that reveals itself of extreme importance for the man of today, who, after having rejected the faith on this matter, is unable to find reasons for the mysterious and anguishing implications of the evil he experiences daily and "ends by oscillating between hasty and irresponsible optimism and a radical and desperate pessimism."

      The Church, instead, accepting the dogma of original sin, knows that within the human heart there is a tremendous struggle between good and evil and that only by uniting oneself to the victory of Christ the redeemer will humanity and the individual also be able to be victorious.

      Christian realism does not hide this wound of human nature, but seeks to alleviate and heal it with the grace of Christ. That is why it maintains a serene and balanced view, which is then applied to education, and to moral judgments on family, social, economic, cultural and political situations.

      Q: Some interpret Adam and Eve's sin as the discovery of science which rebels against God. In what way will you address the problem of the use of science?

      Father Barrajón: We have planned two addresses on the topic of the natural sciences -- a first address by Monsignor Fiorenzo Facchini of the University of Bologna, who will speak on the topic of the origins of man as science sees it to date and the theological implications for the dogma of original sin.

      The second will be delivered by Monsignor Jozef Zycinski, archbishop of Lublin, Poland, who will speak about the recent discoveries in the field of genetics and their relation to the meaning of original sin.

      Even though we discover original sin through revelation, reason alone also, though without an explicit concept of original sin, perceives an original evil and a human condition that is profoundly marked by the experience of evil. Here the dialogue between faith and reason is that much more fruitful.

      We will also address the question of original sin from the vantage point of the psychological sciences and the implications of the dogma on original sin for the cosmos.

      We must not forget the text of the Letter to the Romans, where St. Paul says that creation groans while awaiting its redemption. There is a very interesting vein of reflection here for ecology and for theology itself.

      Q: Do you think that original sin was "a necessary evil," to use an _expression that recurs in John Paul II's book "Memory and Identity"?

      Father Barrajón: One must know how to read this _expression of John Paul II in the context in which he uses it and in the right sense.

      The Pope of course does not wish to say that God had the intention to will evil, something which in God is simply impossible.

      It means that God may permit evil to then draw greater good from it for humanity. The extreme case is without a doubt the passion, crucifixion and death of the incarnate Son of God. This is absolutely the greatest evil of humanity's history.

      But from this evil God was able to bring the greatest goods of redemption and grace. In this sense, the Church speaks in the paschal liturgy of original sin as a "happy fault" -- "O felix culpa" -- which gave us such a Redeemer.

      Q: At the meeting you will speak on the topic of original sin in John Paul II's magisterium. Has this Pope offered theological novelties in this field?

      Father Barrajón: In the catechesis on original sin, John Paul II develops essentially the doctrine of the Church, contained in a special way in the decree of the Council of Trent on this matter, making use also of the solid doctrine of great theologians, above all St. Thomas Aquinas.

      But he, concerned as he is to give a personalistic view of this dogma, and in the greatest respect of Tradition, has tried to show how the dogma of original sin, despite the mystery that shrouds it, is not contrary to human reason.

      I am thinking at this moment of the catechesis of October 1, 1986, when he said that "in no descendant of Adam does original sin have the character of personal fault. It is the privation of sanctifying grace in a nature that, because of the fault of our forefathers, was thwarted from its supernatural end. It is a sin of nature, related only analogically to the person's sin."

      This doctrine was then included in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and shows John Paul II's concern to give a personalistic view of this dogma, in total fidelity to the great magisterial and theological tradition.

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      Abbas Basil wraps up his essay on lectio with a chapter on Mary as our supreme model, or as he puts it: "complete modeling of Christian discipleship". (134) The most significant aspect to this epilogue is summed up in this sentence: "Mary heard the Word and received the Word, even physically, into her being." (136) These two concepts combined: (1) Mary as our supreme model; (2) "Mary heard the Word and received the Word, even physically, into her being." should become our daily "meditatio," in the Cistercian sense and tradition, meaning, we repeat them within our mind and heart over and over again making them one with our own mentality and interior attitude and disposition.

      Christ is the Word, and the Word was made flesh through the Most Blessed Mary, Ever Virgin. She listened to the Word of God spoken by an angel. The Word first entered her mind through her sense of hearing. The Word then entered her heart with her adoration of God and His sublime Will and genius of plan and revelation. The Word enflamed her and magnified her soul. Mary, the supreme model shows us how to listen to God, and the sanctifying effects that has on our soul.

      Mary, listened to the Word and the Word filled her entire being to the point of becoming flesh of her own flesh. This is the mystical marriage hymn of the Hebrew Bible with the profound phrase: "flesh of my own flesh": Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh. Mary, the "New Eve" shows how God's infinitely wise plan reverses the role here and it is Mary, the New Eve", not Adam, who now says of the Word: "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh." Mary's listening is so ardent so perfect that God became Incarnate within her.

      Her ardent and perfect listening involves her will being in perfect harmony with God's will. This necessarily means she never sinned and never could sin being One with God in mind, heart and soul. Mary, totally free, a pure and sublime model of individuality, with total freedom to will, choose and act independently reveals to us that to be truly free one must necessarily chose God or else fall prey to the slavery and diminished freedom caused by sin.

      Mary, shows us that perfect lectio is true and perfect communion with Christ. Just as many receive "spiritual communion" when they are physically unable to attend Mass and receive in person the Eucharist, lectio brings us this same Eucharistic Christ present in His Word. Consequently, like Mary we can fully receive the Word through Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. This can never replace our essential need to receive the Eucharist at Mass, but it supports us and sustains us until we can and do.

      Rev. M. Basil Pennington, OCSO, Lectio Divina. Renewing the Ancient
      Practice of Praying the Scriptures. (Crossroad, NY, 1998) ISBN 0-8245-
      1779-2 (hardcover); ISBN 0-8245-1736-9 (paperback).

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