«Nel mondo di oggi c'è grande sete di Cristo e della libertà che Egli solo ci offre. Nelle case cattoliche e nella parrocchia i nostri fratelli devono trovare le fonti di acqua viva, le fonti di grazia divina, le fonti del Magistero della Chiesa e dei Sacramenti, specialmente, la Penitenza e la Sacra Eucaristia, che possono estinguere la sete spirituale di un mondo tristemente secolarizzato» (Cardinal Leo Raymond Burke, 26 Dicembre 2010)

domenica 24 settembre 2017

Lunga intervista del cardinale Burke sul Catholic Outlook. Si parla di temi attuali affrontati dalla Chiesa



Sua Eminenza il cardinale  Raymond Leo Burke ha rilasciato al giornalista Jordan Grantham di Catholic Outlook, un giornale australiano,  una lunga intervista. Ecco il testo in lingua inglese.

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Jordan Grantham:
Your Eminence, thank you for the privilege of this interview, what does the media misunderstand about the Holy Father?
+Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke:
I think one thing that they misunderstand is that he’s the agent of some revolution in the Church, but the successor of St Peter has nothing to do with revolutions. In fact, he has to do with maintaining the Church in unity with her long and constant tradition.
And they also see Pope Francis as somehow completely distinct from the centuries long tradition of the Church and Her teaching and practice and that isn’t possible either, because the Roman Pontiff is that principle of unity, unity which is not only present now, but unity with those who have gone before over the centuries. In fact, the two are one. When we are unified with the saints and especially with the great teachers of the faith along the centuries, then we also find unity with one another.
J: Do you think the representation of conflict between the two of you is overdone?
+R: Between Pope Francis and myself?
J: Yes.
+R: Yes, oh, I think so, quite so. It’s all a caricature. They depict Pope Francis as a wonderful, open person and there’s nothing wrong with that, but they depict me as just the opposite.
It’s meant in a certain way to advance their own agenda, but the Pope is actually not in favour of their agenda. They use this kind of technique to make it seem like he is and that’s fundamentally dishonest.
They’re making a caricature of someone who’s asking for clarity about certain matters, they’re saying ‘well, he’s the enemy of the Pope’ and he’s trying to build up opposition to the Pope, which of course isn’t the case at all.
J: Are there some important distortions about yourself that you’d like to correct?
+R: There are various depictions; that I’m not pastoral, that I’m only interested in doctrine and law. And I believe that anyone who has had any experience with me as a priest or Bishop would say that I am very pastoral and in fact, I don’t see any contradiction between being pastoral and being faithful in announcing the Church’s teaching and following the Church’s law.
Secondly, that somehow I’m a person who’s out of touch with the times and living in the Middle Ages and so forth. I’m very conscious of the everyday culture in which we live, and I try to address it, but in a way that is full of compassion in the sense of addressing the Church’s teaching to the cultural situation and trying to lead the culture to a certain transformation, which is certainly needed, for instance in terms of respect for human life and respect for the integrity of the family and respect for religious freedom. These are just three very important examples of fundamental aspects of contemporary culture about which the Church offers direction.
J: What are some messages or parts of your image that you would like the media to focus on?
+R: In my encounters with people, whether it be in person or through writing, or through speeches, I’ve always tried to give them hope and lead them to reflect on the truth that Our Lord always remains with us in the Church. He is our chief priest and guide, and therefore we should have confidence in leading a Christian life. We should have hope in Him.
It’s the confidence that, if we do the Lord’s will, we will find what’s really for our happiness and also that we will do what is best for our neighbour and for our world. That’s the kind of message I’ve tried to convey.
Recently, I’ve published a book-long interview with the French author Guillaume D’Alançon. In French, the book is entitled Cardinal at the Heart of the Church but in English they chose to give the title Hope for the World.
I was very pleased by that because that is fundamentally the message of the book, and, if you read the conclusion of the book, I express what my hopes are for the Church and for the world. Basically, it is that everyone will come to know Jesus Christ, to love Him and to serve Him because this is what is for the greatest good of our world and us as individuals. [1]
J: What message do you share with Catholics worried about the state of the Church?
+R: Simply that we can be confident that in the Church we are encountering Our Lord Jesus Christ as He wants to come to us, until the final day, until the end of time when we come together in glory, and that, therefore, no matter what confusion or even divisions enter into the Church, we should never give up hope.
We should cling all the more faithfully to what the Church has always taught and practiced. And that way we will really save our own souls, with the help of God’s grace, which, of course, we must always be about.
But, at the same time, we will truly serve the good of our brothers and sisters and the good of our world. If we as Catholics live our faith, our relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ with fidelity, with clarity, and with courage, we will be a tremendous leaven in the whole world for the transformation of our culture.
J: Thank you very much Your Eminence, that’s the core of the Gospel isn’t it?
+R: Yes.
J: Does that relate to your work in the Congregation for the Saints?
+R: Well, of course, it does, because it involves the intensive study of the lives of men and women, lay faithful, priests, Bishops, consecrated persons, along the centuries, especially those of more recent time.
Through that study, I see how the personal relationship with Our Lord through the sacraments and the teaching of the faith and the discipline of life, has lead people to become heroes, heroes of the faith and also of humanity.
And there are so many who really do go about their relationship with Our Lord to a heroic degree in different settings and that’s a cause of great encouragement to me. So that definitely has to do with the message that I want to convey.
J: Are there some potential or recent Saints that have particularly inspired you in this work?
+R: One of the great cases that I worked on was the miracle attributed to the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen for his beatification. It was just so wonderful to read about the parents and then the friends and people in the hospital and so forth . . . the miracle involved a baby who, at birth, had been strangulated by the umbilical cord and didn’t breath for 61 minutes . . . and then through the intercession of the Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, the baby, all of a sudden, started breathing, and that in itself was a miracle. But the other miracle was that there was no brain damage even though the child hadn’t breathed for some 60 minutes. Normally speaking, there’d be tremendous handicaps.
That was very edifying for me and then to review the whole case. You see how the invocation of the intercession of a saint really does bring about miracles. People have faith in the intercession of the saints, through invoking the intercession of the Venerable Fulton Sheen. Through his intercession, God granted a great spiritual favour.
Also, not too long ago, I studied the cause for the canonisation of St José Sánchez del Río, the young teenager, who during the Cristero War in Mexico, when the Church was being so cruelly persecuted at the beginning of the 20th century, fought with the Christian army and then, when he was captured refused to deny his Catholic faith. In fact, he died calling out “Long Live Christ the King!” [¡Viva Cristo Rey!], “Long Live the Virgin of Guadalupe!” So, that also is a most edifying story for our time.
J: Absolutely. And maybe such times aren’t so far away for the Western world. Last night I ran into a friend from Iraq who had been held hostage for about three days by Islamic extremists because he’s a Catholic. I find his story incredibly inspiring: that for three days, he was basically wondering whether he would live or die for his faith.
+R:  I’m sure the grace of Christ touched his heart in a very profound way and produced this heroic witness.
J: It was reported that Cardinal Maradiaga was strongly critical of the dubia and the then Four Cardinals in a new book, wherein His Eminence wrote “Ordinary people are with the pope, this is completely clear,” which some have interpreted as meaning ordinary people support heterodox interpretations of Amoris Laetitia.
Does this reflect your experience? Is part of the problem of current divisions a social problem, where people self-select their social circles?
+R: Yes, I think what Cardinal Maradiaga says doesn’t match my experience.
I find universally that there’s a great deal of confusion, also people feeling that the Church is not a secure point of reference. Some are feeling even a certain bewilderment . . . they are looking for a much stronger presentation of the Church’s doctrine.
Certainly, as good Catholics they love the Pope with complete obedience to the office of Peter.  At the same time they don’t accept these questionable interpretations, as you put it, of Amoris Laetitia, interpretations, which in fact contradict what the Church has always taught and practiced.
There isn’t clarity about these matters. These people are in a very difficult state. It’s demonstrable, it’s a fact that we have conferences of Bishops which are contradicting one another with regard to Amoris Laetitia, Bishops contradicting one another; we have lay faithful who argue with one another over this; and so many priests are suffering in particular because the faithful come to them, expecting certain things that are not possible because they’ve received one of the these erroneous interpretations of Amoris Laetitia. As a result, they don’t understand the Church’s teaching anymore.
So, I think your point is very well taken. You know that in the Church, we have only one guide, the Magisterium, the teaching of the Church, but we now seem to be divided into so-called political camps. Also, even the language that’s used is very mundane and that concerns me a great deal.
J: Is there a way to have positive dialogue among people, including those who don’t want to hear the constant teaching of the Church, and express fury at people willing to discuss and explain it?
+R: The thing that I find rather consistently is that so-called liberal people, the people who call for revolution in the Church and so forth are liberal and want dialogue as long as you agree with them. The minute you raise a question, they become very dismissive, make personal attacks, what we call ad hominem arguments, and so forth. That really isn’t helpful. We’re talking about truths, we’re talking about facts and there’s no place for these kinds of attacks.
J: People see these personal attacks and think they’re a valid response, a counter-strike, as if the truth depended on force.
+R: It’s a very mundane way of approaching things, it has no place in the Church, but that’s where we’re at right now. People even making disparaging commentaries on other people, when they don’t agree with them.
Well, my point is this: ‘What is it that I’ve said that isn’t true?’ And I’ll address it. If you simply accuse me of being ‘out of tune’, ‘out of touch’, or whatever, ‘medieval’, or deluded, there’s no response to that.
J: That doesn’t serve the truth. Are there any ways people can break down the personal barriers that seem to exist? That’s almost prior to the doctrinal issues.
+R: I think that there’s only one way for us to carry out a conversation about these matters and that is to make the point of reference the doctrine of the Church. That’s what unifies us.
It’s not me personally, I’m not the principle of unity in the Church, the Holy Father is as the teacher of the faith. So I think there just has to be a real effort to overcome this.
J: Is it all right if I ask whether you pray for the Cardinals or figures that attack you?
+R: Of course I do because they are Cardinals of the Church, they are positions of tremendous responsibility. Also I have a certain fraternity with them as members of the same College, the College of Cardinals, so that goes without saying.

J: I was told that you normally celebrate the Mass in Latin using the Novus Ordo, is that the case, or true?
+R: I celebrate both forms of the Mass and oftentimes privately I do celebrate the Extraordinary Form.
J: Just briefly touching on the crisis in the Order of Malta, are there any more details you want to share in that? It seems the situation really imploded. Were you shocked by what happened?
+R: Yes, I was completely shocked by it, and I remain concerned that a true reform of the Order take place, a reform which respects its centuries-long history and respects the inspiration which the Holy Spirit gave to Blessed Gerard when he founded the Order for the Defence of the Faith and for the care of the poor. The foundation is the Defence of the Faith, and this scandal involving the distribution of contraceptives must be addressed in an effective way so that the Order doesn’t become simply a government agency but remains an agency of Christ Himself. When people receive charity from the Order they recognise first of all that this is coming from Our Lord Himself.
J: Do you think Fra’ Matthew Festing may have any recourse in canon law regarding a resignation under duress, or a perception of duress?
+R: Yes, he could in the sense that it was most extraordinary to demand from him, without announcing it to him beforehand, his resignation ‘on the spot’, as they say. It doesn’t seem that he intends to do that. That would have been a possibility.
J: To make the situation even more colourful, the Grand Master, who is also a Cardinal, of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre is, I think, beyond the customary retirement age. Do you think you might become a Grand Master yourself?
+R: [Laughs] I haven’t even thought about that to be honest with you. I don’t know, I am a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, I’m very proud to be. But anyway, whatever is decided I would do.

J: Or even Archbishop of Washington, D.C.? I think that might be coming up soon.
+R: I wouldn’t speculate on that.
J: How was your recent pastoral visit to Brazil?
+R: My pastoral visit to Brazil was most edifying. I was deeply impressed by the participation of persons of all ages – and especially of young people and young families with many children – in the presentation of the Portuguese translation of my book on the Holy Eucharist, Divine Love Made Flesh, and in the Pontifical Masses which I offered at Belém, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
The visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at Aparecida was a great gift of grace for me. Before the miraculous statue of Our Lady, I was able to pray for Brazil and for the faithful of Brazil. Also, I was blessed to offer the Holy Mass on an altar that had been used by Pope Benedict XVI.
J: Going back to your brother Cardinals, what do you think of the controversy regarding Cardinal Muller not being renewed as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith?
+R: I am not party to any information regarding the decision of the Holy Father not to renew Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller in his office as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Certainly, Cardinal Müller is a most highly respected professor of theology who has published many books and articles in various languages. Because of his exceptional preparation and long experience as a professor of theology, he was particularly well suited to head the Congregation.
J: How does the death of Cardinal Meisner affect the plans regarding the dubia?
+R: The death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner on July 5th of this year and the death of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on September 6th of this year mean that Cardinal Walter Brandmüller and I will take forward the important work of resolving the dubia.
While we are sad to have lost the earthly collaboration of these two great pastors and prelates, we are certain that they will continue to assist us with their prayers inspired by their enduring pastoral charity.
J: Is there an increased sense of urgency or isolation?
+R: The urgency of a response to the dubia derives from the harm done to souls by the confusion and error, which result, as long as the fundamental questions raised are not answered in accord with the constant teaching and practice of the Church. The urgency weighs very heavily on my heart.
J: Would you like to make a comment on the death of Cardinal Caffarra?
+R: Over the years, I was blessed by the friendship of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, an outstanding priest and highly regarded scholar on the theology of marriage and family life.
During the past three years, I have worked very closely with him in defending marriage and family life from a growing confusion and even error, which have also entered into the Church.
In every encounter with Cardinal Caffarra, I was impressed with his purity of heart and with his totally priestly character. He loved Christ and His Mystical Body, the Church, with all his heart. For that reason, he suffered profoundly from the fact that the present situation of confusion and error in the Church has led to the grave harm of souls.
Nevertheless, he never questioned Our Lord’s presence with us, according to His promise to the disciples, and he never questioned the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mother of Our Lord.
[1]  Burke, R.  Hope per il mondo: unire tutte le cose in Cristo , 2016 (Ignatius Press: San Francisco):
"La mia speranza è che la Chiesa sia sempre più fedele alla sua identità come Sposa di Cristo nel suo insegnamento, nel suo culto, nella sua preghiera e nella devozione e nella sua vita morale. La mia speranza è che ogni ramo della vite, affinché ogni membro del Corpo di Cristo possa diventare sempre più vicino a Cristo e conoscere, amarlo e servirlo, affinché la gloria di Cristo possa illuminare il nostro mondo, come attendiamo La sua ultima venuta, quando restituirà tutta la creazione al Padre, inaugurando così «nuovi cieli e una nuova terra».
[2] I minori dettagli della trascrizione sono stati modificati per chiarezza.

Card. Burke: "Amoris Laetitia ha portato molte persone a pensare che la Chiesa non sia un punto di riferimento sicuro"


Dos de los cuatro cardenales que presentaron los dubia al Papa Francisco para aclarar las interpretaciones dudosas de la Amoris Laetitia han muerto. Pero esto no impedirá que los dos cardenales restantes «continuemos la importante labor de resolver los dubia», explicó el cardenal Raymond Burke en una nueva entrevista.
En una amplia entrevista con el sitio de noticias de la diócesis de Parramatta, Catholic Outlook, el cardenal afirmó que «la urgencia de una respuesta a los dubia deriva del daño hecho a las almas por la propagación de la confusión y el error, que se producen al no responder las cuestiones fundamentales planteadas y que no se haga de acuerdo con la constante práctica y enseñanza de la Iglesia». Esta urgencia «pesa hondamente en mi corazón», agregó.
La confusión causada por Amoris Laetitia ha llevado a la muchas personas a «sentir que la Iglesia no es un punto seguro de referencia», dijo Burke.
«No hay claridad sobre estos asuntos», dijo. «Estas personas están en una situación muy difícil. Es un hecho palpable que tenemos conferencias de obispos que se contradicen entre sí en cuanto a la interpretación de Amoris Laetitia, en donde se ven unos obispos contradiciéndose mutuamente; tenemos además fieles laicos que discuten entre sí sobre esto; y también a sacerdotes que están sufriendo porque los fieles acuden a ellos, esperando respuestas que no son posibles porque han recibido una de estas interpretaciones erróneas de Amoris Laetitia. Como resultado, ya no entienden las enseñanzas de la Iglesia».
«Ustedes saben que en la Iglesia solo tenemos un guía, el Magisterio, la enseñanza de la Iglesia, pero ahora parecemos estar divididos en facciones políticas», explicó Burke. «Además, incluso el lenguaje que se usa es muy mundano y eso me preocupa mucho».
El cardenal Burke, uno de los defensores más firmes en la Iglesia de la ortodoxia católica, dijo que la Iglesia puede ofrecer «dirección» y llevar a la transformación cultural «en términos de respeto a la vida humana, respeto a la integridad de la familia y respeto a la libertad religiosa».

Lamenta la muerte de sus hermanos cardenales

También expresó su pesar por el fallecimiento de dos de los cuatro firmantes de los dubia, los cardenales Joachim Meisner y Carlo Caffarra. De los cuatro, solo él y el cardenal Walter Brandmüller siguen vivos. 
Dijo que Caffarra «sufrió profundamente» porque «la confusión y el error en la Iglesia ha ocasionado un grave daño a las almas».
«A lo largo de los años, fui bendecido por la amistad del cardenal Carlo Caffarra, un sacerdote destacado y un gran estudioso sobre la teología del matrimonio y la vida familiar», dijo Burke. «Durante los últimos tres años, he trabajado muy de cerca con él en la defensa del matrimonio y la vida familiar ante una creciente confusión y propagación del error, que también han penetrado en la Iglesia».
«En cada encuentro con el cardenal Caffarra, me impresionó su pureza de corazón y su carácter totalmente sacerdotal», continuó Burke. «Él amó a Cristo y su Cuerpo Místico, la Iglesia, con todo su corazón. Por eso, sufrió tan profundamente el hecho de que la actual situación de confusión y error en la Iglesia causara un grave daño en las almas».
Pero Caffarra «nunca cuestionó la presencia de Nuestro Señor con nosotros, según su promesa a los discípulos, y nunca cuestionó la maternal intercesión de la Virgen Santísima, Madre de Nuestro Señor».
«Aunque estamos tristes por haber perdido la colaboración terrenal de estos dos grandes pastores y prelados, estamos seguros de que ellos continuarán intercediendo con sus oraciones inspiradas por su duradera caridad pastoral », dijo Burke.

Los liberales en la Iglesia «hacen ataques personales» mientras claman por el «diálogo»

El cardenal explicó que los medios a menudo lo malinterpretan y tratan de presentarlo fundamentalmente como un opositor del Papa.
«Presentan al Papa Francisco como una persona maravillosa y abierta, y no hay nada malo en eso, pero me describen como todo lo contrario», dijo Burke. «Creo que cualquier persona que haya tenido alguna experiencia conmigo como sacerdote u obispo diría que soy muy pastoral y, de hecho, no veo ninguna contradicción entre ser pastoral y ser fiel en anunciar la enseñanza de la Iglesia y obedecer la ley de la Iglesia ».
«Están haciendo una caricatura de alguien que pide claridad sobre ciertos asuntos, están diciendo “él es el enemigo del Papa” y “está tratando de construir una oposición al Papa”, lo que por supuesto no es el caso en lo absoluto», aclaró Burke.
Burke denunció la tendencia de los progresistas en la Iglesia a atacar personalmentea cualquiera que no esté de acuerdo con ellos mientras fingen que apoyan el «diálogo».
«Lo que encuentro de manera consistente entre los llamados liberales, aquellos que llaman a la revolución en la Iglesia es que quieren diálogo, siempre y cuando estén de acuerdo con ellos», dijo Burke. «En el momento en que planteas una pregunta, se vuelven muy despectivos, hacen ataques personales, lo que llamamos argumentos ad hominem, y así sucesivamente. Eso realmente no es útil. Estamos hablando de verdades, estamos hablando de hechos y no hay lugar para este tipo de ataques».
«Es una manera muy mundana de acercarse a las cosas, no tiene lugar en la Iglesia, pero ahí es donde estamos ahora», dijo. «La gente incluso hace comentarios despectivos sobre otras personas, cuando no están de acuerdo con ellos».

Reza por cardenales y otros en la Iglesia que lo atacan

«Son Cardenales de la Iglesia» y en «posiciones de tremenda responsabilidad», dijo. «También tengo una cierta fraternidad con ellos como miembros del mismo Colegio, el Colegio de Cardenales, por lo que no hace falta decir que rezo por ellos».

Esperanza en Nuestro Señor

Burke alentó a los católicos a no renunciar nunca a la esperanza «no importa qué confusión o incluso divisiones entren en la Iglesia».
«Debemos aferrarnos aún más fielmente a lo que la Iglesia siempre ha enseñado y practicado», dijo el cardenal. «Y de esa manera realmente salvaremos nuestras propias almas, con la ayuda de la gracia de Dios ».
«Nuestro Señor siempre permanece con nosotros en la Iglesia», continuó. «Él es nuestro principal sacerdote y guía, y por lo tanto debemos tener confianza en llevar una vida cristiana. Debemos tener esperanza en Él».

FONTE: http://infocatolica.com/?t=noticia&cod=30502

sabato 23 settembre 2017

E’ morto mons. Gherardini, uno dei principali teologi contemporanei


E’ morto mons. Brunero Gherardini, a 92 anni, considerato uno dei principali teologi contemporanei.
La scomparsa di mons. Gherardini, teologo insigne e maestro di generazioni di sacerdoti, è una grave perdita per il mondo cattolico. Lo studio delle sue ultime opere è necessario per tutti coloro che vogliono comprendere le radici della crisi in cui oggi è immersa la Chiesa cattolica
Mons. Brunero Gherardini nacque a Prato il 10 febbraio 1925.  Dopo aver svolto i primi studi a Prato, entrò in Seminario studiando all’Istituto salesiano «Cardinale Cagliero» di Ivrea. Ordinato sacerdote, a Pistoia, il 25 giugno 1948, dal Vescovo Giuseppe De Bernardi, fu Parroco nella Diocesi di Prato.
Allievo di monsignor Pietro Parente, conseguì nel 1952 la laurea summa cum laude in Teologia, presso la Pontificia Università Lateranense, con la tesi: La parola di Dio nella teologia di Karl Barth (Roma, Studium 1955).
Fu poi docente del Seminario della Diocesi di Prato, Assistente Diocesano dell’Azione Cattolica e della Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana (FUCI) e, nel 1959, entrò al servizio della Santa Sede, in qualità di Officiale della Sacra Congregazione dei Seminari e delle Università degli Studi, e come responsabile dei Seminari Diocesani e Regionali Italiani.
Dopo alcuni anni di insegnamento, nel 1968 divenne ordinario di Ecclesiologia presso la Pontificia Università Laterana, di cui poi fu decano della Facoltà teologica. Canonico della Basilica di San Pietro e Protonotario Apostolico, nel 2000 subentrò a mons. Antonio Piolanti nella direzione della rivista “Divinitas”. Membro della Pontificia Accademia San Tommaso d’Aquino, fu vicesegretario della Pontificia Accademia Teologica Romana. Per un trentennio consultore della Congregazione dei Santi fu Postulatore della causa di Beatificazione di Pio IX e direttore della rivista “Pio IX”.
Mons. Gherardini è autore di più d’ottanta libri e di centinaia di altre pubblicazioni. Tra le opere più recenti: Concilio Ecumenico Vaticano II. Un discorso da fare, Casa Mariana Editrice, Frigento 2009; Quod et tradidi vobis. La tradizione, vita e giovinezza della Chiesa, Casa Mariana Editrice, Frigento 2010; Concilio Vaticano II. Il discorso mancato, Lindau, Torino 2011; Credo in Gesù Cristo, VivereIn, Monopoli 2012; Il Vaticano II. Alle radici d’un equivoco. Lindau, Torino 2012. Contrappunto conciliare, Lindau Torino 2013.
In questi volumi egli offre preziosi strumenti per interpretare il dramma religioso del nostro tempo.

Fonte: https://www.corrispondenzaromana.it/in-memoriam-mons-brunero-gherardini-1925-2017/

sabato 16 settembre 2017

I saluti del cardinal Burke al "POPULUS SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM" 2017

Terminato il Pontificale, i pellegrini laici ed ecclesiastici si sono recati a Palazzo Cesi dove hanno potuto rinfocillarsi con un pranzo al buffet e salutare il Card. Burke. 
Ecco alcune foto.
Fonte: http://blog.messainlatino.it/2017/09/sumpont2017-foto-del-pranzo-col-card.html




venerdì 15 settembre 2017

"La Messa Vetus Ordo non è una minaccia per l'unità della chiesa ma piuttosto un dono"




Fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome on Thursday for their annual pilgrimage, facing indifference to their cause, if not outright resistance, from none other than Pope Francis.

Ten years after Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of the Latin Mass, Francis seems to be doing everything possible to roll it back or simply pretend it never happened.

In recent weeks, he has affirmed with "magisterial authority" that the reforms of the 1960s allowing for Mass to be celebrated in the vernacular rather than Latin were "irreversible." Last week he gave local bishops conferences authority to oversee those translations, rather than the Vatican.

The moves underscored that the age-old liturgy wars in the Catholic Church are very much alive and provide a microcosm view of the battle lines that have been drawn between conservative, traditionalist Catholics and Francis ever since he declined to wear the traditional, ermine-trimmed red mozzetta cape for his first public appearance as pontiff in 2013.

The indifference seems reciprocal.

At a conference Thursday marking the 10th anniversary of Benedict's decree liberalizing use of the Latin Mass, the meeting organizer, the Rev. Vincenzo Nuara, didn't even mention Francis in his opening remarks. The current pope was mentioned in passing by the second speaker, and ignored entirely by the third.

The front-row participants honoring retired pope Benedict and his 2007 decree were also telling: Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading critic of the current pope whom Francis removed as the Vatican's supreme court judge in 2014; Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, recently axed by Francis as the Vatican's doctrine chief, and Cardinal Robert Sarah, appointed by Francis as head of the Vatican's liturgy office but effectively sidelined by his deputy.

In fact, it was Sarah's deputy, Archbishop Arthur Roche, who signed the explanatory note to Francis' new law allowing bishops conferences, rather than Sarah's office, to have final say on Mass translations.

Francis' new law is a "pretty clear course correction from Pope Benedict's line," said the Rev. Anthony Ruff, associate professor of theology at St. John's University in Minnesota and moderator of the progressive liturgical blog, Pray Tell.

Despite the sense of belonging to a previous era, the conference was nevertheless upbeat about the future of the Latin Mass even under a pope who has openly questioned why any young person would seek out the old rite and disparaged traditionalists as rigid and insecure navel-gazers.

Monsignor Guido Pozzo, in charge of negotiations with breakaway traditionalist groups, said more Latin Masses are celebrated each Sunday in some countries: France has seen a doubling in the number of weekly Latin Masses, to 221 from 104, in the past 10 years. The U.S. has seen a similar increase over the same period, from 230 in 2007 to 480 today.

"The old liturgy must not be interpreted as a threat to the unity of church, but rather a gift," he said. He called for it to continue to be spread "without ideological interference from any part."

The program for the 10-year anniversary pilgrimage began with chanted hymn at the start of the conference and ended with vespers Thursday evening celebrated by Benedict's longtime secretary, Monsignor Georg Gaenswein. Also on tap were a religious procession through the streets of Rome and multiple Masses. Conspicuously absent from the four-day program was an audience with Francis.

The current pope, though, let his thoughts known during a recent speech to an Italian liturgical society. He said there was no need to rethink the decisions that led to the liturgy reforms from the Second Vatican Council, the 1962-65 meetings that modernized the Catholic Church.

"We can affirm with security and magisterial authority that the liturgical reforms are irreversible," he said in one of his longest and most articulate speeches to date on the liturgy. It made no mention, in either the text or the footnotes, of Benedict's liturgical decree on the Latin Mass.

Nuara, the conference organizer, denied sensing any resistance to traditionalists from Francis, saying in an interview that the current pope "is a respectful man, so he recognizes all the good that the old liturgy has given the church."

"We are also absolutely respectful of Pope Francis," he added.

Timothy O'Malley, director of the University of Notre Dame's Center for Liturgy, said Francis' main beef with Latin Mass afficionados is with those "who see that this form of the liturgy must win at the expense of" the Mass in the vernacular.

But he said he saw no indication that Francis would do away with Benedict's decree liberalizing use of the old rite, known by its Latin name Summorum Pontificum.

"He'll continue to rail against those who think the (vernacular) Mass is invalid, but I don't see him taking away Summorum Pontificum," he said.

NICOLE WINFIELD
Fonte: http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/latin-mass-fans-celebrate--year-anniversary---without/article_1d2b4cc4-144a-532b-a967-e04fd53890f4.html

venerdì 8 settembre 2017

Papa Francesco: Caffarra ha amato intensamente la Chiesa, è stato "fedele servitore e insigne pastore"

Papa Francesco ha espresso il suo cordoglio per la morte del "caro fratello nell'episcopato" il cardinale Carlo Caffarra, arcivescovo emerito di Bologna, scomparso ieri all'età di 79 anni. In un telegramma indirizzato all'arcivescovo del capoluogo emiliano, mons Matteo Zuppi, Francesco si dice partecipe al "dolore dell'intera comunità diocesana di Bologna e dei familiari del compianto porporato".
Il pensiero affettuoso del Pontefice torna alla vita del cardinale Carlo Caffarra di cui  Francesco sottolinea il "servizio gioioso al Vangelo e l'amore intenso alla Chiesa" unito alla "generosa opera pastorale profusa dapprima quale fondatore e docente del Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II per Studi sul matrimonio e la famiglia, poi quale zelante pastore dell'arcidiocesi di Ferrara-Comacchio e in seguito come guida sollecita e saggia di codesta arcidiocesi". Infine la preghiera del Papa si leva, per intercessione della Vergine e di S. Petronio, affinchè "il Signore accolga questo fedele servitore e insigne pastore nella Gerusalemme celeste".
http://it.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/09/07/papa_cardinale_caffarra_servitore_gioioso_del_vangelo/1335320

mercoledì 6 settembre 2017

Addio al Cardinal Caffarra, un gigante che difese fede, verità e famiglia



Il cardinale Carlo Caffarra si è spento il 6 settembre a Bologna. Aveva 79 anni. Dal 27 ottobre 2015 arcivescovo emerito di Bologna.
Di lui si ricordano sopratutto le battaglie per il matrimonio e la famiglia basata sull’unione indissolubile tra l’uomo e la donna.
All’indomani della sua rinuncia alla guida dell’arcidiocesi di Bologna, per limiti d’età, Il Foglio (12 dicembre 2015) scriveva di lui:
«Cosa resterà del magistero di questo grande cardinale? Sicuramente il suo esempio di vita personale: chi lo ha conosciuto sa quanto sia un servo fedele della chiesa, un pastore teso non a predicare “novità” originali di cui pavoneggiarsi come i teologi alla moda, ma a penetrare sempre più nella ricchezza inesauribile del Vangelo e della tradizione della chiesa. Ha dedicato parte della sua vita a indagare il “mistero buono” dell’amore sponsale, certo che il progetto di Dio sul maschio e la femmina non può che essere il bene per ogni uomo, in tutti i tempi e sotto ogni cielo».
Per questo fu scelto, nel 1981, da Giovanni Paolo II come presidente del Pontificio Istituto per gli studi su Matrimonio e Famiglia, la cui nascita fu annunciata, insieme a quella del Pontificio Consiglio per la Famiglia, il 13 maggio 1981: proprio nel giorno dell’attentato a Wojtyla e dell’anniversario dell’ apparizione di Fatima.
Proprio Lucia di Fatima, ha ricordato recentemente Caffarra, lo aveva ammonito per lettera, con parole che il cardinale ha così riassunto: «lo scontro finale tra il Signore e il regno di Satana sarà sulla famiglia e sul matrimonio. Non abbia paura, aggiungeva, perché chiunque lavora per la santità del matrimonio e della famiglia sarà sempre combattuto e avversato in tutti modi, perché questo è il punto decisivo».
L’arcivescovo emerito di Bologna è stato tra i quattro cardinali, considerati “conservatori”, che espressero in una lettera a Papa Francesco (resa pubblica nel novembre 2016) perplessità sulle “aperture” del Sinodo e l’enciclica papale Amoris Laetitia. In particolare sulla discussa questione della comunione ai divorziati risposati, e il valore delle norme morali che riguarda proprio la concezione della vita cristiana (La Nuova Bussola, 14 novembre 2016).
«Credo che vadano chiarite diverse cose – disse Caffarra a Il Foglio (15 gennaio 2017) – La lettera, e i dubia allegati, è stata lungamente riflettuta, per mesi, e lungamente discussa tra di noi. Per quanto mi riguarda, è stata anche lungamente pregata davanti al Santissimo Sacramento».
«Che cosa ci ha spinto a questo gesto? (…) Esiste per noi cardinali il dovere grave di consigliare il Papa nel governo della Chiesa. E’ un dovere, e i doveri obbligano. Di carattere più contingente, invece, vi è il fatto – che solo un cieco può negare – che nella Chiesa esiste una grande confusione, incertezza, insicurezza causate da alcuni paragrafi di Amoris laetitia. In questi mesi sta accadendo che sulle stesse questioni fondamentali riguardanti l’economia sacramentale (matrimonio, confessione ed eucaristia) e la vita cristiana, alcuni vescovi hanno detto A, altri hanno detto il contrario di A. Con l’intenzione di interpretare bene gli stessi testi».
Di Caffarra si ricordano prese di posizioni radicali sull’aborto: «L’aborto è un vero e proprio omicidio, poiché è l’uccisione deliberata e diretta di un essere umano».
«Se l’uomo non è più sicuro neppure nel seno di sua madre e nei confronti di sua madre, dove e nei confronti di chi potrà sentirsi sicuro?» (da Omelia per la Giornata per la Vita, 4 febbraio 1996).
Da presidente emerito dell’Istituto Giovanni Paolo II per la Famiglia, Caffarra è intervenuto di recente in modo durissimo sul caso di Charlie Gard (Il Giornale, 28 giugno): «Siamo arrivati al capolinea della cultura della morte. Sono le istituzioni pubbliche, i tribunali, a decidere se un bambino ha o non ha il diritto di vivere. Anche contro la volontà dei genitori. Abbiamo toccato il fondo delle barbarie».
E come dimenticare quelle sue parole sull’amore, così crude ma altrettanto realistiche. «È avvenuto come uno scippo. Una delle parole chiavi della proposta cristiana, appunto ‘amore’, è stata presa dalla cultura moderna ed è diventata un termine vuoto, una specie di recipiente dove ciascuno vi mette ciò che sente. Così la verità dell’amore è oggi difficilmente condivisibile».

Gelsomino Del Guercio
Fonte: https://it.aleteia.org/2017/09/06/addio-carlo-caffarra-cardinale-si-e-battuto-per-matrimonio-e-famiglia/

lunedì 4 settembre 2017

Il card. Burke celebra in Scozia su invito di Una Voce



Il cardinale Raymond Burke ha offerto una Santa Messa Pontificale a Glasgow, presso la parrocchia Immaculate Heart of Mary, di Balornock, su invito di Una Voce Scozia, un'organizzazione religiosa che mira alla promozione dei valori culturali e spirituali del rito latino. 

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Cardinal Raymond Burke offered a Pontifical High Mass in Glasgow on Saturday at the invitation of Una Voce Scotland, a traditionalist religious organisation.
The service, at parish church Immaculate Heart of Mary, Balornock, attracted a large crowd of worshippers.
The occasion was also filmed and can be viewed on YouTube.

The Una Voce Federation aims to foster the cultural heritage of the Latin rite.
Two weeks earlier, Cardinal Burke declared Pope Benedict’s work on restoring the liturgy was “his most splendid contribution”.
“There is no question in my mind that the most splendid contribution of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI was in the area of restoring the correct order and beauty to the Sacred Liturgy,” Cardinal Burke told The Wanderer on August 21.
The Mass was held the day before Scottish bishops consecrated their country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
FONTE: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/09/04/cardinal-burke-offers-pontifical-high-mass-in-glasgow-parish-church/

venerdì 1 settembre 2017

Il card. Burke parteciperà al Fatima Centennial Summit (6-7 ottobre, Dallas)


Il cardinale Raymond Burke parlerà ad un importante evento che si terrà a Dallas il 6-7 ottobre e spiegherà e chiarirà il messaggio che la Madre Santissima ci ha dato 100 anni fa a Fatima, facendo comprendere come esso si riferisca anche alla situazione attuale del mondo.
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Cardinal Raymond Burke will speak at an important event in Dallas October 6-7 that will explain and clarify the message the Blessed Mother gave us 100 years ago at Fatima as it relates to the current situation in the world.
Pilgrims should attend the Fatima Centennial Summit “to obtain a better understanding of Our Lady’s message and to reflect upon in as to how it relates to their spiritual life and their eternal salvation,” Catholic Action for Faith and Family President Thomas McKenna told LifeSiteNews.

The gathering is meant for those who believe the importance of the message of Our Lady of Fatima, said McKenna, but also for anyone who may not be aware of God’s message delivered to mankind by the Blessed Mother.
The Catholic Action lay apostolate behind the Operation Storm Heaven Rosary crusade is also sponsoring the summit.
“The message of Our Lady of Fatima is so important for our times we felt it was necessary to reflect upon our Lady’s message on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of her apparition,” McKenna stated. “This also ties in very directly with the campaign we sponsor and which Cardinal Burke leads, Operation Storm Heaven, which is a prayer campaign with a goal to have 1,000,000 people praying the rosary on the first of each month in union with the cardinal.”
“Cardinal Burke will preside over the entire event,” he said, “and address the profound importance and impact the apparitions have on the Church 100 years later.”
Cardinal Burke built a shrine to Our Lady, perhaps the largest erected in the past 100 years in the US, he continued, referring to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, founded by the cardinal in the late 1990s. And before the cardinal decided to dedicate the Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, he seriously considered dedicating it to Our Lady of Fatima, McKenna recalled.
“Cardinal Burke has a profound devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Fatima apparitions,” McKenna told LifeSiteNews.
The Summit will include First Friday Mass, a Rosary procession and the Holy Rosary led by His Eminence, who will also present the Summit’s keynote address.
"Cardinal Burke is one of the councilors of the Holy Father and is a member of the council that will elect a future pope,” said McKenna. “He therefore has a very special role and is an authority on Church Doctrine.”
LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and co-founder John-Henry Westen is among the speakers. Westen will offer a message related to modern culture today.
“We wanted to have the Fatima message addressed, analyzed and reflected upon from various angles that would resonate with the public,” noted McKenna. “The message was for all mankind. That is why we have John-Henry Westen addressing the modern crisis and the extent it affects faithful Catholics.”
Also presenting at the Fatima Centennial Summit:
Fr. John Trigilio, a nationally known priest and EWTN host, will address how the message resonates with clergy today;
Karl Keating, Catholic Answers founder and famed apologist, will address how the Fatima message is a key evangelizing message for today;
Dick Lyles, CEO of Origin Entertainment, will discuss a feature film he is making about the story of Fatima;
Fr. Andrew Apostoli, a renowned American expert on Fatima and founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, will outline Our Lady’s apparition;
Thomas McKenna, president of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, will speak about his new book "The Fatima Century: How The Pilgrim Virgin is Changing Our Generation," and the world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue, which will be present during the two-day conference;
David Carollo, executive director of the World Apostolate of Fatima, will discuss the timeliness of the message.
Dallas was chosen for its central U.S. location with convenient airport access, McKenna said. However, registrations have been received for attendees from Europe as well.
McKenna told LifeSiteNews that with Cardinal Burke presiding the Summit has developed into the most significant conference to conclude the Fatima Centenary.

FONTE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/early-registration-pricing-ends-today-for-fatima-summit-with-cardinal-burke

giovedì 24 agosto 2017

Card. Burke: "La Messa non è un evento sociale tra il sacerdote e i parrocchiani o i parrocchiani tra di loro..."



Q. Recently, Robert Cardinal Sarah again called for a serious implementation of a “reform of the reform” (RoftR) as it relates to the postconciliar Roman Rite. But most pastors (and diocesan worship directors), if they are sympathetic to the Cardinal’s suggestions, are eager to gradually implement these suggestions, recognizing that for many in the pews, a rapid implementation would be too much, and in fact would cause the same type of confusion and frustration many experienced after the Second Vatican Council.
So, which reforms suggested by the Cardinal should we focus on first, acknowledging that each parish and diocese is unique in its needs? Are there elements of the RoftR that are more important than others and should be focused on first?
A. Certainly I think the correction of all the liturgical abuses that were identified in Redemptionis Sacramentum [2004 Instruction issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments] is critical. At the end of his pontificate, Pope St. John Paul II concentrated on trying to correct liturgical abuses. In a positive way, the two suggestions that Cardinal Sarah has made give us a good direction. First, he encouraged offering the Mass with everyone facing the Lord [ad orientem]. This will help so much to restore the sense of worship and to show that the Mass is not some kind of social event between the priest and parishioners, or the parishioners among themselves. Rather, it is an action of the whole community with the priest at the head acting in the person of Christ [in persona Christi], of “worshipping the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:23) as our Lord said to the Samaritan woman at the well. I think this would be a very good place to begin. Cardinal Sarah explains this very well in an article he published in L’Osservatore Romano on June 12th of 2015 and then again in his presentation at the Sacra Liturgia Conference in London on July 5th of 2016. Cardinal Sarah addressed a second area of reform at the 2017 Sacra Liturgia Conference in Milan when he asked once again for consideration of receiving Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue. I think those are two areas to address that would be very effective. Of course, we also have the whole reform that needs to take place with regard to the disposition of the Church. For example, in so many places the tabernacles were removed from the sanctuary of the Church as the result of a false interpretation of the Second Vatican Council. Likewise, other things were done that disturbed the image of worship, such as the sacred music that is employed. I think the matter of orientation of all towards the Lord with the priest at the head (toward the East if possible, unless it is physically impossible because of the geographical location of the church) and the manner of receiving Holy Communion reverently on one’s knees and on the tongue are important places to start. Interesting to note is that here at the Shrine it has become the custom to receive Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling. People have gladly embraced this practice, and I have never once received any hate mail or any criticism in its regard. Also, as Cardinal Sarah requested, we implemented the liturgical practice of ad orientem observance of Mass this past Advent and people have commented on what a greater beauty this has brought to the celebration of the Holy Mass.
Q. Asked recently by The Wanderer if Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s influence on the liturgy continues, Dr. William Mahrt, president of the Church Music Association of America, said: “It’s still with us, absolutely, yes,” and continued on to state: “He had this notion of ars celebrandi, the art of celebrating the liturgy.” Dr. Mahrt added, “His writings on the liturgy are still being read, and we instituted many things upon his inspiration, which will continue.”
Your Eminence, do you concur with Dr. Mahrt’s assessment of Benedict’s ongoing influence on the liturgy? Can you add any personal observations on what you think his enduring legacy on liturgical worship will be?

A. Yes, I know Dr. Mahrt — he is a wonderful man. There is no question in my mind that the most splendid contribution of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI was in the area of restoring the correct order and beauty to the Sacred Liturgy. The art of celebrating (the ars celebrandi to which Dr. Mahrt refers) not only was exemplified in the manner of Benedict’s offering of Holy Mass, but also that by his teaching he helped so many priests to see that the priest gives over his body to Our Lord. It is the Lord Who offers the sacrifice and thus, the priest’s whole concentration should be on letting Our Lord act through him. In that way we avoid self-referential actions that have nothing to do with the Sacred Liturgy.
I believe that Pope Benedict XVI’s teaching was so profound because he had the courage to issue Summorum Pontificum [apostolic letter issued moto proprio in 2007]. The teaching contained in that document will certainly endure in its effects. Another enduring contribution was his magnificent book entitled Spirit of the Liturgy.

Q. Over the past few months, according the various news reports, you have stated that you do not believe that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. It has been suggested that this is inconsistent with the teachings of Vatican Council II (e.g., Lumen Gentium, n. 16; Nostra Aetate, n. 3) and public statements made by Pope St. John Paul II (e.g., Address to Young Muslims, Morocco, August 19, 1985). Your Eminence, can you provide clarity regarding this apparent contradiction?

A. In the Council documents and in Pope St. John Paul II’s writings, it is stressed that Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, teaches us that there is only one God, the Creator of the universe. So we are united in the belief that there is only one God. However, the God described in the documents of Islam as well as the actions of the very aggressive and violent Muslims do not portray Allah as a God of love. Love is the principal quality of God according to our Christian faith, for as St. John the Evangelist writes, “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16).
The Muslims of some countries, in fact, have objected to Catholics using the word “Allah” (the Arabic word for God). They protested by saying, “Your God is not our God.” What is needed here is simply a realistic recognition of the teaching on God in Islam. I believe it will indicate that the Islamic understanding of the one God is in contradiction to the Christian teaching on the one God.

Q. It seems as if pro-life and pro-family apostolates are being viewed more favorably by the majority of the populace as a result of scientific advances conclusively proving when life begins, disclosure of the abhorrent practice of selling baby parts from aborted fetuses, and many other factors. It seemed unlikely just a few short years ago that defunding Planned Parenthood would even be discussed. In light of our new administration and the changing opinions of our country’s citizenry, what is your assessment of the progress being made by pro-life and pro-family movements in the United States?

A. I feel strongly that real progress has been made. For example, the annual March for Life and all the efforts on the part of individuals and groups who have the promoted respect for human life by such practices as providing free ultrasounds for women who are expecting a baby, giving witness at abortion clinics, praying the Rosary, giving help to young women by counseling them, and providing assistance to women who are having difficult pregnancies are producing good effects.
At the same time, the horrible evil of destroying an innocent, defenseless human life is becoming even clearer to people.
We now have a president, who, from all indications based on concrete actions he has taken, is pro-life himself. I personally have not studied this, but it is said that in the past this was not always so. The past does not make a difference; what matters is that now he seems to understand. I believe what is important now is that we make even stronger our pro-life and pro-family movements and build on the momentum that has been generated. The worst thing that could happen would be to rest on our laurels; we could then lose all this progress that has been made.
It is a constant battle. Satan hates human life: “He was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). We know that the Evil One is constantly about the work of promoting the lack of respect of human life. So we really need to persevere and be vigilant in our continued promotion of a “culture of life.”

Q. Your continued perseverance and faithfulness to the Gospel message despite the many changes and the ill treatment you have experienced over the past few years have been an inspiration to countless faithful Catholics. It is truly amazing how you are able to maintain your rigorous travel and speaking schedule, which must be very physically taxing. What is the most important lesson you have learned during this time?

A. I believe the most important lesson I have learned is that I must abandon myself totally to defending Christ and His Church out of true love for Him and for His Mystical Body. We can always be confident that God will assist us with the grace we need, even in matters of physical strength and of being able to endure very difficult situations. I have discovered this more and more because there have been times when things that have been said about me are very painful. Just the physical demands of extensive traveling and of preparing, in the best way possible, presentations of the Church’s teaching have made this realization ever more evident to me.
At times, what seemed impossible to me has been accomplished if I remain serene in carrying out this work to the best of my ability. I know the strength comes from Our Lord because I do not have it in myself.
From my childhood, I have been rather sensitive to being criticized by other people — it is not something I enjoy. But I have found that the recent, somewhat harsh criticism does not deter me from doing what Our Lord asks of me and that I am very much at peace.
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Q. An ambitious and praiseworthy project that I know is near and dear to your heart is the effort you initiated in 2016, through the formation of a “Memorare Army of Prayer,” to raise funds for the construction of the “Father John A. Hardon, S.J., Marian Catechist Apostolate Center and Retreat House” at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. What progress has been made thus far and have any definitive timelines yet been established? What can readers of The Wanderer do to help?

A. Towards the goal of saying the Memorare 500,000 times, a total of 377,023 have been prayed to date. From a financial perspective, we have raised over eleven million dollars towards the goal of thirteen million dollars. We were hoping that we could go well over the thirteen million dollar goal in order to build more of the Father John A. Hardon, S.J., Marian Catechist Apostolate Center and Retreat House.
Moreover, in order to secure the financial situation of the Shrine, seven million dollars of the funds that are raised go immediately into the Endowment Trust, in order to bring its holdings to ten million dollars. The Endowment Trust will then generate significant annual earnings to go towards the ongoing work of the Shrine.
We have not yet gone into the general phase of the capital campaign. Right now, we are simply approaching individual donors to get an initial substantial amount that would then encourage others to be generous. We should be bringing that to a conclusion by the Fall and then will make a general appeal to the public. So it is coming along well, but we hope to do even better.
Readers of The Wanderer are encouraged to support this worthy endeavor which is fundamentally a work of evangelization during this time of confusion in the Church. For more information regarding the capital campaign, please consult the following website: www.AnsweringMarysCall.org.