George A. Sprecace M.D., J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London, P.C.
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WHAT'S RIGHT WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #51



Although the following do not fit too neatly within this section, they do illustrate that the Internet site “Zenit: The World Seen From Rome(www.zenit.org) is an active participant in all issues of the day.  And that is a good thing.  It would be a much better thing if such subjects were at times addressed from the pulpit for the benefit of the Laity in the trenches. 

 

  • “BISHOPS JOIN WITH JEWS, PROTESTANTS TO DEFEND MARRIAGE”: Zenit, 2/1/2011.
  • RIGHT TO MARRY ISN’T ABSOLUTE, SAYS PONTIFF: Zenit, 1/23/2011.
  • A FATAL CONFLICT” (mother vs. baby in pregnancy): Commonweal, 1/28/2011; CATHOLIC HOSPITALS REACH AGREEMENT WITH BISHOPS”: Zenit, 1/31/2011.
  • THE NEW ABORTION WARS”: NYTimes Editorial Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011; “ABORTION: EASY ACCESS, COMPLEX EVERYTHING ELSE”: NYTimes Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, Ct. p1…”A health department report released last month proves it: about 40% of all pregnancies in the city end that way, an average of about 90,000 a year in recent years”; “LIVING WITH THE TRUTH”, by Archbishop Charles Chaput, Catalyst, Jan.-Feb., 2011 (www.catholicleague.org). (“Let me tell you why I believe abortion is the crucial issue of our age….”;US BISHOPS BACK 3 LIFE-PROTECTING BILLS”: Zenit, 1/25/2011.
  • MAKING A CHILD, OR RECEIVING ONE”: Zenit, 12/8/2010; “ASSEMBLING THE GLOBAL BABY”, WSJ Dec. 11-12, 2010, pC1; “BUYING BABIES”: Zenit, 1/30/2011.
  • In the matter of in - vitro fertilization, “BETTER OUTCOMES WITH SINGLE EMBRYO TRANSFER”, MedPage Today (www.medpagetoday.com), 12/22/2010.  (This, in my opinion, would vitiate the major – and proper- objection of the Church to this procedure).
  • CARDINAL: SUPPORT CELIBACY TO FIGHT SECULARIZATION”: Zenit, 1/27/11.  In my opinion, “Close, but no cigar”.
  • ITALIAN CARDINAL WARNS OF “RELIGIOUS CLEANSING”: Zenit, 1/25/2011.
  • HOLLYWOOD, US BISHOPS SPOTLIGHT “THE RITE”: Zenit, 1/21/2011.
  • VATICAN WARNED IRISH BISHOPS NOT TO REPORT ABUSE”, by Shawn Pogatchnik, AP, 1/18/2011; “MISSING MANDATE FROM ROME”, NYTimes Editorial, Thursday Jan. 20, 2011, pA26.  

 

As a regular reader of Zenit and of other Catholic and also secular sources, I had begun to wonder whether Pope Benedict XVI was actually able to alter the nearly immutable direction of this massive super-tanker called the Church from within his Hierarchy.  And then comes an article by Francis X. Rocca, the Vatican correspondent for Religion News Service: “POPE BENEDICT BEATIFIES HIS STAR PREDECESSOR”, WSJ Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, Opinion, pA11.  In this article comparing and contrasting this Holy Father with Pope John Paul ll, he states: “It is impossible to imagine the late Pope giving an interview of the kind that Benedict granted the German journalist Peter Seewald last year, in which he repeatedly admitted personal error and suggested that he is largely impotent to enforce many of his own policies within the Church.”   


At the end of the day, is this “What’s Wrong With The Catholic Church”??


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