It is difficult to know how much longer this duplicity can continue, as the Catholic bishops are showing a renewed interest in confirming the commitment to a Catholic identity by the colleges and universities in their dioceses. On January 20, 2011 Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Curry of Los Angeles, chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced the 10-year review of the application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States. Bishop Curry expressed the hope that “this review will help us appreciate the positive developments and remaining challenges in the collaborative efforts of bishops and presidents to ensure the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae.”
Literally translated as “From the Heart of the Church,” Pope John Paul II’s papal document called for Catholic colleges to be accountable to local bishops. A key component of this accountability led to a controversial requirement within the papal document that all theologians obtain a mandatum or certificate from their local bishops, attesting that their teaching was in keeping with official Church teachings. This has posed a problem for most Catholic colleges and their bishops, as there are many theologians in leadership positions whose teaching is in direct opposition to authentic Church teachings.
My Two Cents Worth
This Papal Document naively “precludes” that the Bishops the Holy See picks out are Catholic Heterodox.
That is the only “hole” I see in this Papal Document “Ex Corde Ecclesiae” meaning “From the Heart of the Church,” an Encyclical Letter from Blessed Pope John Paul II.
And, perhaps, this is not only an unseen”hole” in this document, but an unseen wound, in the Sacred Heart of Christ, and Our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart.
I will offer up my wounds, from this, to GOD:
1. For Love of Jesus
2. For the Conversion of Sinners
3. And in Reparation for the Sins Committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose feast day we celebrate today.
Case In Point
- What has happened to St Thomas the Apostles Parish’s interior architecture?
- Where is St Thomas the Apostles Parish’s Altar and Tabernacle? Sidelined!
- Why is Jesus, who is present whole and entirely, at Mass and Tabernacle, sidelined?
“Ex Corde Ecclesiae” meaning “From the Heart of the Church,” an Encyclical Letter from Blessed Pope John Paul II, will only work, if the Bishops, Priests, Nuns and like minded Laity are called To Order – which means they need a very deep Catholic Conversion.
If they aren’t convinced of the TRUTHS taught in Our Church’s Scripture and Tradition; then “How are they going, to make sure, Catholic Colleges are heterodox?”
Huge Banners and The Chior fill the Central Nave, of St Thomas the Apostle Parish;
where the Altar and Tabernacle used to be; and where Christ must still be.
Question: Does St Thomas the Apostle Parish still believe that HOLY MASS is Prayer Par Excellence, as the Vatican II Documents say, in Lumen Gentium?
Photos are of St Thomas the Apostle Parish in Grand Rapids, MI the canonical parish, affiliated with Aquinas College.
I feel sorry for “Catholic-Sheeple” who just “Go Along, to Get Along.”
They have let their King, Lord and Savior; their God, and made HIM take a lower place than the Choir and the Word Banners. That is so backwards, and so Liturgically Incorrect. Jesus is supposed to be front and center in Our Catholic Churches, and in Our Hearts and Minds, and other lessor ministries are to be sidelined, in their proper place. GOD does not want to be sidelined in our churches or our hearts!
The Mystical Body of Christ has a head that cannot be decapitated: namely Christ and the Pope. And, the priest. Even if the Pope or Priest is scattering the sheep, they are the head. Instead of changing, seems they expect Christ and the Pope to change. That is so weird. And, it is wrong-headed, pardon the pun. This Mystical Body of Christ cannot say to the Head, “We don’t need you.” Because, without a head, the body will not live, just like without the heart of a mother or father loving a family, will not live fully the life that Christ intended for it, as a family.
Think about it: You end in decapitating the Catholic Church if you sideline Jesus, His Presence in the Mass and Tabernacle. When you dissent from Church’s Teachings, you decapitate the Vicar of Christ on Earth – the Pope.
The Priest is the Head of the Church – even if he is evil. But, we do not have to follow his blind lead, if we intuit it. That’s when we must finally speak up and say “enough!”
The Mystical Body of Christ cannot live without a head and a heart, but it can live without an arm and a leg, a gallbladder etc, lessor organs or body parts. My regards to St Paul, for this addendum to his Epistles. I hope he understands new surgeries that make one able to live without these parts. That’s about all I can think to say about this topic.
Leaving you with this thought about the unseen head of Our Catholic Church: Christ said, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing!”
Much to take to Mass tonight, when I pray for others, I will pray for this parish and college, in particular, and others that are just like it, or worse.
If Mass is “Prayer Par Excellence” and called the Source and Summit of our entire day, why don’t these Priests and Bishops act like it; by implementing Architectural changes, that reflect these TRUTHS?