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SCANDAL SEX OR MONEY ?

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Readers may recall Friday's Post capping off the story of the bungled "explanations " of the Holy Father's very last minute no show at a Concert attended by hundreds of people including Papal Nuncios from around the world, at which he was supposed to be the Guest of Honour recently:http://vexilla-regis.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/saint-peter-speaks-and-i-act.html

At the end of the Post we placed a NOTE concerning reports of breaking news of a scandal involving 14 Clerics in Rome. At that stage the story doing the rounds and being heavily pushed on Internet TV by Michael Voris of Church Militant TV as evidence of the further decline.....etc etc, concerned allegations of a homosexual trafficking ring. BUT...

Now it transpires from official sources in Rome and the Press (less reliable) that the Monsignor arrested- Monsignor Nunzio Scarano an officer of the Vatican bank ( IOR) - was involved in bribing an official ( paid US 512,000) to facilitate the transfer of US $ 26,000,00…

SAINT PETER SPEAKS AND I ACT

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It is not every day that I feel Saint Peter is talking to me - just as well , or I would be wholly delusional.

But this morning, as I was pondering what to do in relation to a specific problem, I came across a quote from Saint Peter which someone had posted on Facebook :

"Do not return evil for evil or reviling for reviling; but on the contrary bless, for to this you have been called, that you may obtain a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)"

In any such difficult matters I do try to avoid "reviling for reviling" when they infrequently occur. But the great Saint's injunction to : " on the contrary bless" added an additional element to my considerations,so:

Readers will recall my Post on 24th June, 2013, now 4 days gone recounting the savage treatment on a Priest run Blog, of my moderate comments in the matter of the Holy Father's abrupt no show at a classical Concert at which he was to be guest of honour, and the poor handling of the matter by his representatives…

THE CHURCH MUST DO BETTER

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Set out below is a Post from the Blog "THESE STONE WALLS" . Readers will be familiar with the case of Father Gordon MacRae now imprisoned unjustly for 19 years for a " sexual abuse" crime that never happened. Father is likely to be entirely vindicated in the foreseeable future through legal processes now begun.

Please read the attached and go to Father's Blog regularly to see the moving , spiritual and reasoned writing there. The Church must do better than the scurrilous treatment dealt out to "Jim" whom Father mentions.

For too long the Church has cravenly fallen down in front of the demands of some who are not " victims" but frauds in sexual abuse cases And , even in cases of convicted Priest offenders has been too scared to openly offer them the Charity she is obliged to provide.

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These Stone WallsOur Catholic Tabloid Frenzy About Fallen Priests Posted: 25 Jun 2013 11:27 PM PDT The scales of Saint Michael the Archangel symbolize the bala…

POPE FRANCIS : EMPTY PAPAL THRONE : 3 EXCUSES IN THREE DAYS : NO SHOW AT CONCERT

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On 22nd June, 2013 just a few days back, Pope Francis was to attend a 5.30 pm Concert of classical music arranged for him and attended by the visiting Nuncios from around the world. At the last minute Archbishop Rino Fisichella  was given the unpalatable task of announcing to the assembled dignitaries that the Holy Father would not be attending the 30 minute Concert which was being held 50 metres from his chosen accommodations in the Casa Santa Marta.The Concert was arranged as part of the Year of Faith celebrations and Archbishop Fisichella is President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation.

The reason that the Holy Father's officials gave for his last minute no show at the long -planned Concert was that " he had important commitments that could not be postponed". Why these were discovered minutes before his engagement was not explained. It was however made clear that it was not a matter of health. Indeed the Pope's Doctor was in the audience…

BROKEN BAY - TWILIGHT SHUFFLING

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141 Days remain until Bishop David Walker submits his resignation to the Holy Father and joins the growing list of Australian Bishops overdue for replacement. But who is counting?

In the developing twilight , things are happening, a rebel banner being hauled down and it seems likely a Queensland lead being adopted.

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The Holy Name Parish Wahroonga Bulletin for 19th May,2013 the Feast of Pentecost reported two significant issues :

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PARISH LEADERSHIP

( VR  : Refer our Post " No More Lay Leadership - in Wahroonga at Least" http://vexilla-regis.blogspot.com.au/2012_08_01_archive.html)

"Last October the Bishop commissioned a review of the particular
model of pastoral leadership that he had initiated in 2011 in two parishes of the Diocese – namely, Holy Name Wahroonga and The Lakes. He asked Ms. Patricia Bergin to conduct the review. Ms. Bergin spent many days in November of 2012 working with meetings, conversations and submissions, as well as all the documentation about…

DID YOU MISS "SHE HAS ALWAYS FACED THE SAME PROBLEM" ?

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In the run-up to Christmas 2012 we posted an important piece which you might have missed in the pre-Christmas rush. So here it is again , and recent developments have only made it more relevant:




Friday, December 07, 2012
SHE HAS ALWAYS FACED THE SAME PROBLEM "You cannot pleas