Tag Archives: Holy See

Vatican gives guidelines on sex abuse allegations

The Holy See has put in one spot on their webpage the numerous documents concerning the abuse of minors, and the Church’s response. Check it out. The documentation given here is crucial in understanding how the Church thinks and acts pastorally in view of sexual abuse of minors.

Of note is the “Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations.” The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has listed for the average reader the basic nuts and bolts of how an allegation is handled today.

Vatican Information Service’s blog

The Vatican Information Service has initiated its own blog. VIS has a daily bulletin of news and the blog format makes it easier to see what’s happening at the Church’s center. See the VIS blog here.

The blog joins other media initiatives like the YouTube channel, The Vatican and Twitter.

Acta Sanctae Sedis, Acta Apostolicae Sedis & Acts and Documents from WWII online

The Holy See has put the “official documents” online. The three acta noted below contain the principal decrees, encyclicals, decisions of the Vatican offices and other notices of ecclesiastical appointments and interests. Church laws contained in the Acta are considered promulgated when published in these organs of communication and official three months from the date of publication unless otherwise mentioned. The Vatican’s website is not part of the official documentary services of the Holy See; it is a method of communication. So, access to this information online is an incredible gift:

Acta Sanctae Sedis (1865-1908)

Legion of Christ soon to change

Sandro Magister, a favorite journalist of matters Catholic, published a startling story today, “The Legion Awaits a New General. And Trembles.” In a few a words he reviews the moral and theological decay in the Legion of Christ. Magister gives an anatomy of the current situation and gives a likely cure to the illness the Legion is living with these days. Magister confirms my suspicions that some Legionary priests still refuse to accept that the founder, Father Maciel lived a second life, that the Congregation is flawed and it has dragged its feet in making the radical changes the Holy Father has asked for. From what I can gather there needs to be a total revolution in the Legion if it’s going to survive.

I continue to pray for the men who found their call to serve the Lord and the Church in the Legion of Christ. I think it’s possible to separate out the duplicity of the founder from the good the Legion has done but the possibility rests on the honesty of the Legion to face reality as it is and not what they think it should be. My advice: simply state that Father Maciel founded the Legion of Christ and move on and sever all ties with Maciel and his cronies. Or, disband the congregation and start anew. Many lives hang in the balance and we have to show our solidarity in this time of need.

Pope speaks to the Diplomatic Corps for 2010

What follows are excerpts of an address the Holy Father gave to the
Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See today, January 11. I selected what I thought were some germane points for our consideration.


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The Church is
open to everyone because, in God, she lives for others! She thus shares deeply
in the fortunes of humanity, which in this new year continues to be marked by
the dramatic crisis of the global economy and consequently a serious and
widespread social instability. In my Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, I invited
everyone to look to the deeper causes of this situation: in the last analysis,
they are to be found in a current self-centred and materialistic way of
thinking which fails to acknowledge the limitations inherent in every creature
Today I would like to stress that the same way of thinking also endangers
creation. Each of us could probably cite an example of the damage that this has
caused to the environment the world over. I will offer an example, from any
number of others, taken from the recent history of Europe. Twenty years ago,
after the fall of the Berlin wall and the collapse of the materialistic and
atheistic regimes which had for several decades dominated a part of this
continent, was it not easy to assess the great harm which an economic system
lacking any reference to the truth about man had done not only to the dignity
and freedom of individuals and peoples, but to nature itself, by polluting
soil, water and air?
The denial of God distorts the freedom of the human
person, yet it also devastates creation
. It follows that the protection of
creation is not principally a response to an aesthetic need, but much more to a
moral need, in as much as nature expresses a plan of love and truth which is
prior to us and which comes from God.

It is proper, however, that this concern
and commitment for the environment should be situated within the larger
framework of the great challenges now facing mankind
. If we wish to build true
peace, how can we separate, or even set at odds, the protection of the
environment and the protection of human life, including the life of the unborn?

It is in man’s respect for himself that his sense of responsibility for
creation is shown. As Saint Thomas Aquinas has taught, man represents all that
is most noble in the universe
(cf. Summa Theologiae, I, q. 29, a. 3).
Furthermore, as I noted during the recent FAO World Summit on Food Security,
“the world has enough food for all its inhabitants” (Address of 16
November 2009, No. 2) provided that selfishness does not lead some to hoard the
goods which are intended for all.

I would like to stress again that the
protection of creation calls for an appropriate management of the natural
of different countries and, in the first place, of those which are
economically disadvantaged. I think of the continent of Africa, which I had the
joy of visiting last March during my journey to Cameroon and Angola, and which
was the subject of the deliberations of the recent Special Assembly of the
Synod of Bishops. The Synod Fathers pointed with concern to the erosion and
desertification of large tracts of arable land as a result of overexploitation
and environmental pollution (cf. Propositio 22). In Africa, as elsewhere, there
is a need to make political and economic decisions which ensure “forms of
agricultural and industrial production capable of respecting creation and
satisfying the primary needs of all”
(Message for the 2010 World Day of
Peace, No. 10).

How can we forget, for that matter, that the struggle for
access to natural resources is one of the causes of a number of conflicts, not
least in Africa, as well as a continuing threat elsewhere? For this reason too,
I forcefully repeat that to cultivate peace, one must protect creation!
Furthermore, there are still large areas, for example in Afghanistan or in some
countries of Latin America, where agriculture is unfortunately still linked to
the production of narcotics, and is a not insignificant source of employment
and income. If we want peace, we need to preserve creation by rechanneling
these activities
; I once more urge the international community not to become
resigned to the drug trade and the grave moral and social problems which it

To carry our reflection further, we must remember that the problem of
the environment is complex
; one might compare it to a multifaceted prism.
Creatures differ from one another and can be protected, or endangered, in
different ways, as we know from daily experience. One such attack comes from
laws or proposals which, in the name of fighting discrimination, strike at the
biological basis of the difference between the sexes. I am thinking, for
example, of certain countries in Europe or North and South America
. Saint
Columban stated that: “If you take away freedom, you take away
dignity” (Ep. 4 ad Attela, in S. Columbani Opera, Dublin, 1957, p. 34).
Yet freedom cannot be absolute, since man is not himself God, but the image of
God, God’s creation
. For man, the path to be taken cannot be determined by
caprice or willfulness, but must rather correspond to the structure willed by
the Creator


About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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