Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pope Francis "The echo of St. Augustine is evident here...the restlessness of the human heart until he finds rest in God..." 50th anniversary of "Augustinianum" - FULL TEXT

Audience to Teachers and Students of the "Augustinianum" Patristic Institute in Rome, 16.02.2019

At 12 o'clock today, in the Clementin Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the Teachers and Students of the Patristic Institute "Augustinianum" on the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute.

FULL TEXT Speech that the Pope gave during the meeting:

Discourse of the Holy Father

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am pleased to welcome you on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the "Augustinianum" Patristic Institute. I thank Father Alejandro Moral Antón, Prior General of the Augustinians and Moderator General of the Institute; I greet the Dean, Father Giuseppe Caruso, the councilors, the collaborators, the members of the Faculty, the administrators and the students. In a special way I greet one of your Augustinian confreres who was one of the founding fathers of the Institute, Cardinal Prospero Grech. And I would also like to greet the many professors emeritus, who are not here, but who have left a trace in the Institute. And I remember Professor Maria Grazia Mara, who has taught many things and who still teaches and teaches catechesis to children at the age of 95. Even Cardinal Grech: the homilies are just simple ... The sages, when they arrive at that age, become of a grandiose simplicity, which is so good. Thanks to all the elderly, to the teachers who are retired. I am delighted to have this opportunity to share the Jubilee anniversary together with you.

First of all this means giving thanks to God for all that the Augustinianum has been and has accomplished for half a century. But the present circumstance invites us to go back with grateful memory up to the origins - remembered a little while ago by Father Prior -, when, within the centuries-old tradition of the Augustinian Order, the Studium dedicated to the sacred sciences was born in Rome, in particular to the Fathers of the Church, in Sant'Agostino and its inheritance.

As a depositary of the great Augustinian "school", based on the search for wisdom, the Augustinianum was founded to help preserve and transmit the wealth of the Catholic tradition, especially the tradition of the Fathers. This contribution is essential for the Church. It is always, but especially in our time, as St. Paul VI said in the inauguration speech of the Institute: "The return to the Fathers of the Church - he said - is part of that ascent to Christian origins, without which it would not be possible to implement the biblical renewal, the liturgical reform and the new theological research desired by the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council "(May 4, 1970). And St. John Paul II, visiting the Institute in 1982, confirmed this delivery by saying, among other things, that "putting oneself at the school of the Fathers means learning to know Christ better and to know man better" and that "this knowledge [ greatly helps the Church in [her] mission "(May 7, 1982).

Therefore, I encourage you to be faithful to your roots and your task; to persevere in the commitment to communicate the intellectual, spiritual and moral values ​​that can prepare your students to participate wisely and responsibly in the life of the Church and in debates on the crucial challenges of our time. This service is closely linked to evangelization and helps promote the growth of the human family towards its definitive fullness in God (cf. Const. Ap. Veritatis gaudium, 1).

The recent Apostolic Constitution Veritatis gaudium opens with these words: "The joy of truth expresses the yearning desire that makes the heart of every man restless until he meets, does not live and does not share with all the Light of God" (No. 1) ). The echo of St. Augustine is evident here (cf. Conf., X, 23.33; I, 1,1). In fact, he has known and expressed to the highest degree the restlessness of the human heart until he finds rest in God, who, in Jesus Christ, reveals to us the most profound truth about our life and our final destiny.

In conclusion I would like to share another expression of St. Augustine, taken from the De doctrina cristiana: "As for those who will proclaim things received from others, pray before receiving them, for those from whom they will receive them, so that it may be given to them. that they want to receive from them, and after they have received it, pray that they themselves may well proclaim it, and that those for whose good it is proclaimed receive it "(IV, 30, 63).
Dear brothers and sisters, as you celebrate this anniversary, be assured of my prayers. I also urge you to pray for one another - this is important in an institution, it is necessary - for the Lord to support you in your daily commitment to research, teaching and study. With affection I entrust you and the entire Augustinian Order, the community of the Institute and your loved ones to the intercession of Saint Augustine and Saint Monica, and I cordially impart my Blessing to you all. And please, do not forget to pray for me.

#BreakingNews US Bishops' Conference Statement on McCarrick Decision "...clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated." - FULL TEXT

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Issues Statement on Theodore McCarrick in Response to Judgement by the Holy See
February 16, 2019
WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement upon the decision of the Holy See announced today regarding Theodore McCarrick.
Cardinal DiNardo’s Full Statement Follows:
“The Holy See’s announcement regarding Theodore McCarrick is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated. No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church. For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgement will be one small step, among many, toward healing. For us bishops, it strengthens our resolve to hold ourselves accountable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to Pope Francis for the determined way he has led the Church’s response.
If you have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of someone within the Catholic Church, I urge you to contact local law enforcement and your local diocese or eparchy. Victims Assistance Coordinators are available to help. We are committed to healing and reconciliation.”

#BreakingNews former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Removed from the Clerical State by Vatican - FULL TEXT

Holy See: McCarrick dismissed from the clerical state for abuse
The Holy See announces sanctions against former American Cardinal, Theodore Edgar McCarrick, including dismissal from the clerical state.
By Vatican News

The Holy Press Office has published a statement from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concerning the case of Theodore Edgar McCarrick.

The Congresso of the CDF, which investigated the accusations, has issued a decree finding McCarrick “guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power”.

The Congresso has imposed the penalty of “dismissal from the clerical state”.

The statement of the CDF notes that McCarrick’s appeal against this decision was considered on 13 February 2019 by the Ordinary Session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “Having examined the arguments in the recourse”, the statement says, “the Ordinary Session confirmed the decree of the Congresso”. McCarrick was notified of the decision on 15 February 2019.

This decision, following the recognition by the Holy Father, is definitive and admits of no further recourse or appeal.

History of allegations
In September 2017, the Archdiocese of New York reported to the Holy See accusations against then-Cardinal McCarrick, for allegedly abusing a male teenager in the 1970’s.

Pope Francis ordered an in-depth investigation into the allegations, to be carried out by the Archdiocese of New York. At the conclusion of this inquiry, all relevant documentation was transmitted to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is charged with investigating cases of sexual abuse by the clergy.

The results of the New York Archdiocesan Review Board investigation, were announced by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in June 2018. The Board found that the allegations against McCarrick were “credible and substantiated”. In his statement, Cardinal Dolan announced that, at the direction of Pope Francis, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, had instructed McCarrick that he was “no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry”.

The statement also noted that McCarrick had cooperated with the investigation, and accepted the decision of the Holy See, while maintaining his innocence.

On the same day, the Diocese of Metuchen, and the Archdiocese of Newark, both in New Jersey, revealed that they were aware of past allegations of sexual misconduct by McCarrick, including two that had resulted in legal settlements.

Resignation from Cardinalate
In the weeks following the announcement of the initial allegations against McCarrick, news sources published further accusations of misconduct against adult seminarians, as well as additional accusations of abuse of minors.

On 28 July 2018, the Holy See announced that Pope Francis had accepted McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals, and “ordered his suspension from the exercise of any public ministry, together with the obligation to remain in a house yet to be indicated to him, for a life of prayer and penance until the accusations made against him are examined in a regular canonical trial”.
Commitment of the Holy See
On October 6, 2018, a statement of the Holy See strongly affirmed: “Both abuse and its cover-up can no longer be tolerated and a different treatment for Bishops who have committed or covered up abuse, in fact represents a form of clericalism that is no longer acceptable”. The statement reiterates Pope Francis’ “pressing invitation” to “to unite forces to fight against the grave scourge of abuse within and beyond the Church, and to prevent such crimes from being committed in the future to the harm of the most innocent and most vulnerable in society”.

Ahead of the upcoming meeting in the Vatican of Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences of the world, set to take place from 21 to 24 February 2019, the statement emphasizes the words of Pope Francis in his Letter to the People of God: “the only way that we have to respond to this evil that has darkened so many lives is to experience it as a task regarding all of us as the People of God. This awareness of being part of a people and a shared history will enable us to acknowledge our past sins and mistakes with a penitential openness that can allow us to be renewed from within” (20 August 2018).

Letter of Cardinal Ouellet
On 7 October 2018, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, published an open letter in response to accusations by the former Papal Nuncio to Washington DC, concerning the McCarrick affair. In the letter, Cardinal Ouellet asks how it was possible that a man like McCarrick, could have been promoted on several occasions, to the point of being named Archbishop of Washington and being created a Cardinal. The letter notes that personnel decisions taken by popes are based on the best information available at the time and constitute prudential judgments that are not infallible. Cardinal Ouellet also points out how skillfully McCarrick defended himself against the allegations raised in his regard, and notes that, once real evidence became available, strong decisions were taken.

Cardinal Ouellet’s letter continues, stating how, during the pontificate of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, McCarrick was “strongly urged” not to travel and not to appear in public. McCarrick disregarded these instructions. Cardinal Ouellet clarifies that these directives were not "sanctions" imposed by Benedict XVI, and repudiates the suggestion that any sanctions were lifted by Pope Francis. He notes also that the present Holy Father "had nothing to do with McCarrick's promotions in New York, Metuchen, Newark and Washington”, and removed him from his dignity as a Cardinal when an accusation of abuse of a minor was deemed credible.

Theodore Edgar McCarrick, 88, was born in New York on 7 July 1930. He was ordained priest by Cardinal Francis Spellman on 31 May 1958. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of New York in May 1977 by Pope Saint Paul VI, and consecrated on 29 June 1977. Pope Saint John Paul II appointed him first Bishop of Metuchen (1981-1986), Metropolitan Archbishop of Newark (1986-2000), and Metropolitan Archbishop of Washington (2000-2006). On 21 February 2001 he was created Cardinal. McCarrick took part in the conclave of 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI.

Full text of statement from the CDF: 
On 11 January 2019, the Congresso of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the conclusion of a penal process, issued a decree finding Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power. The Congresso imposed on him the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state. On 13 February 2019, the Ordinary Session (Feria IV) of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith considered the recourse he presented against this decision. Having examined the arguments in the recourse, the Ordinary Session confirmed the decree of the Congresso. This decision was notified to Theodore McCarrick on 15 February 2019. The Holy Father has recognized the definitive nature of this decision made in accord with law, rendering it a res iudicata (i.e., admitting of no further recourse).
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News va

New Research shows Regular Church Goers in the World are Happier and Live Longer

According to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data from the United States and more than two dozen other countries people who attend church regularly are happier. Also, religiously active people also tend to smoke and drink less. "Many previous studies have found positive associations between religion and health in the United States." The report mentioned;
 "Researchers have shown, for example, that Americans who regularly attend religious services tend to live longer. Other studies have focused on narrower health benefits, such as how religion may help breast cancer patients cope with stress."  
This analysis finds that in the U.S. and many other countries around the world, regular participation in a religious community clearly is linked with higher levels of happiness and civic engagemen, this according to a Pew Research study.
Share this Research with your Friends today and Invite them to Church!

Quote to SHARE by St. Padre Pio "Prayer is the Oxygen of the Soul"

"Prayer is the Oxygen of the Soul" 
Saint Padre Pio

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday February 16, 2019 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 334

Reading 1GN 3:9-24

The LORD God called to Adam and asked him, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with meB
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
“Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:

“Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
On your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
He will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.”

To the woman he said:

“I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing;
in pain shall you bring forth children.
Yet your urge shall be for your husband,
and he shall be your master.”

To the man he said:  “Because you listened to your wife
and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat,

“Cursed be the ground because of you!
In toil shall you eat its yield
all the days of your life.
Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you,
as you eat of the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your face
shall you get bread to eat,
Until you return to the ground,
from which you were taken;
For you are dirt,
and to dirt you shall return.”

The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

For the man and his wife the LORD God made leather garments,
with which he clothed them.
Then the LORD God said: “See!  The man has become like one of us,
knowing what is good and what is evil!
Therefore, he must not be allowed to put out his hand
to take fruit from the tree of life also,
and thus eat of it and live forever.”
The LORD God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden,
to till the ground from which he had been taken.
When he expelled the man,
he settled him east of the garden of Eden;
and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword,
to guard the way to the tree of life.

Responsorial PsalmPS 90:2, 3-4ABC, 5-6, 12-13

R. (1)  In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Before the mountains were begotten
and the earth and the world were brought forth,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You turn man back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You make an end of them in their sleep;
the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
but by evening wilts and fades.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

AlleluiaMT 4:4B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 8:1-10

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,
Jesus summoned the disciples and said,
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd,
because they have been with me now for three days
and have nothing to eat.
If I send them away hungry to their homes,
they will collapse on the way,
and some of them have come a great distance.”
His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread
to satisfy them here in this deserted place?”
Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?”
They replied, “Seven.”
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them,
and gave them to his disciples to distribute,
and they distributed them to the crowd.
They also had a few fish.
He said the blessing over them
and ordered them distributed also.
They ate and were satisfied.
They picked up the fragments left over–seven baskets.
There were about four thousand people.

He dismissed the crowd and got into the boat with his disciples
and came to the region of Dalmanutha.

Saint February 16 : St. Onesimus : Martyr and Former #Slave to Philemon

St. Onesimus
Feast: February 16

Feast Day:
February 16
HE was a Phrygian by birth, slave to Philemon, a person of note of the city of Colossæ, converted to the faith by St. Paul. Having robbed his master and being obliged to fly, he providentially met with St. Paul, then a prisoner for the faith at Rome, who there converted and baptized him, and sent him with his canonical letter of recommendation to Philemon, by whom he was pardoned, set at liberty, and sent back to his spiritual father, whom he afterwards faithfully served. That apostle made him, with Tychicus, the bearer of his Epistle to the Colossians, and afterwards, as St. Jerome and other Fathers witness, a preacher of the Gospel and a bishop. He was crowned with martyrdom under Domitian in the year 95.

(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler