Lady of Guadalupe,
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history and message of Guadalupe, by the postulator for the cause of
St. Juan Diego and the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus: a book
that bolted onto the national bestseller lists instantly as a brand new look
at an ancient but constantly pertinent and fascinating apparition that
continues to be played out as America looks toward her and miraculous images
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PONTIFF'S OWN PROPHECY SAW
TRANSFORMATION COMING TO CHURCH AFTER TIME OF TRIAL, PAIN
Roman Catholic Church is in no danger of collapse (it is the Rock) but the hierarchy
may see some change. Never since the onset of mass media has there been so much open and harsh
criticism of the Vatican along with local cardinals and bishops nor quite the
anger among the flock yet the shepherds too will come through the storm, if
guided with humility.
In fact, Easter Masses around the world were full to overflowing -- in many
cases, the most vigorous attendance in memory, as if nearly in defiance of the
attacks or because many suddenly appreciated what is at risk and in other
cases were drawn for the first time to Catholicism and its vast spiritual
richness. In the archdiocese of Baltimore, a record 1,090 new Catholics were
confirmed at the Easter Vigil Saturday.
This is not a Church on the ropes but one that is beginning a breakdown and
purification -- a simplification, which will also be experienced by other
segments of society and which should be welcomed, as the spirits of
institutionalism and bureaucracy give way to the
Spirit of Jesus. Anyone who believes that newspapers or nations or armies
can harm the Church do not know its history nor its Savior.
It has endured worst. This is a major historic scandal. It happens every few
centuries. Every time it does, there is the call to simplicity (and the charisms of
Jesus). There are persecutions. There is purification. It is a Church that will rise strongest when bishops walk
the mean streets laying hands on the infirm exorcising those with unclean
spirits (however "legion," including in the seminaries).
It was thought that humility would take root eight years ago when scandals
first broke in a big way and perhaps there will be round after round of
scandals until humility there is. What the hierarchy must reckon is the way we have strayed from the miraculous
ascetic path of Christ. Ironic it is that a media so heavily promotional
of homosexuality is so ardently against the Church for crimes largely committed
(eighty percent of the abuse cases) by gay clergy.
The Church problem is a gay problem. No homosexuals, active or
otherwise, belong in ministry (unless they go through deliverance and no longer
are afflicted, innocently or not, by that spirit). Ironic it also is that some
abuse victims will hold a "reformation" rally on the anniversary of the
Protestant Reformation (which is October 31: Halloween). In Rome in 1975
at a huge charismatic gathering were several prophecies that
"dealt with a time of darkness coming," recalled one participant, "a time
when supports that you depend on would no longer be there, things you've
depended on, resources, buildings, people, and finances, all that kind of
thing, will be taken from you. And then a time of evangelism will follow
such as the world has never seen [see more
here]." The prophecies were given at the
high altar in St. Peter's Basilica (during what we now know but did not
then was the height of clergy abusing those poor youngsters, for whom we
should pray much).
When he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Pope once remarked that he was most
concerned about a pure Church and not so much a large Church and that it may
even be better if it gets smaller -- contracting into what others might think
of as a "remnant." It is not yet clear if it will shrink into a
remnant or see a transformation of its structure (or both). Bad popes? We have had them. We have had popes who collected money in
actual piles (from priests who paid a fee if they wanted to marry) or
themselves were accused of assault (in one case, of a nun). Humans are humans.
It is errant to think anyone but Jesus is perfect.
But we have anything but a bad Pope and our hierarchy is not beyond remedy and
despite what has occurred, to that hierarchy we must remain obedient.
"From today’s crisis, a Church will emerge tomorrow that will have lost a
great deal. She will be small and, to a large extent, will have to start
from the beginning. She will no longer be able to fill many of the
buildings created in her period of great splendor. Because of the smaller
number of her followers, she will lose many of her privileges in society.
Contrary to what has happened until now, she will present herself much
more as a community of volunteers... As a small community, she will demand
much more from the initiative of each of her members and she will
certainly also acknowledge new forms of ministry and will raise up to the
priesthood proven Christians who have other jobs... There will be an
interiorized Church, which neither takes advantage of its political
mandate nor flirts with the left or the right. This will be achieved with
effort because the process of crystallization and clarification will
demand great exertion. It will make her poor and a Church of the little
people... All this will require time. The process will be slow and
In 1969, that, in a series of radio lectures, broadcast in Bavaria, was
Cardinal Ratzinger's own prophecy.
Strong crowds Australia,
Baltimore welcomes a thousand new Catholics,
Abuse victims plan 'reformation' --
Pope: Church will get Divine help,
Abuse victims heckle archbishop,
Disturbed man attacks bishop during Mass,
Inside the Vatican,
Humility needed, and
'Church will survive abuse scandals']
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