Pope called alleged Spanish abuse victim, encouraged him to file charges

Pope Francis prays at a General Audience at the Vatican Sept. 25, 2013. Credit: Elise Harris/CNA.

Pope Francis prays at a General Audience at the Vatican Sept. 25, 2013. Credit: Elise Harris/CNA.
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.- A Vatican source has confirmed to CNA that Pope Francis called a 24-year-old man in Spain who alleges he was the victim of sexual abuse a decade ago in the city of Granada.

According to the Vatican official, the Holy Father called the man to voice his solidarity with him and “encouraged him to file charges against the guilty because (Francis) really wants to end the scandal of pedophilia.”

The alleged sexual abuse took place approximately a decade ago, when the alleged victim was an adolescent. The now 24-year-old man recently filed a lawsuit against the priests.

Earlier this week, the Archdiocese of Granada released a statement emphasizing that the allegations had been dealt with immediately.

“From the moment credible reports of the accusations were filed before the Holy See by a young man from Granada alleging sexual abuse by a group of priests of the diocese, this archdiocese has scrupulously followed the procedures established by canonical discipline for these cases, which is available to all on the home page of the Holy See’s own website,” the archdiocese said.

“Once it was learned the lawsuit had been filed, the archbishop made himself available to civil authorities to collaborate in whatever way necessary, which he has done up to now,” it continued.

The case has led Archbishop Javier Martinez of Granada to issue a statement announcing that three priests related to the charges have been suspended from ministry.

In response to reports in the media that he did not act soon enough in the case, the archbishop told reporters in Madrid last month that the alleged victim asked him for a pause in ecclesial action against the priests in order to allow civil authorities to proceed with their case. He said civil authorities made the same request.

According to Europa Press, Archbishop Martinez Fernandez explained that he learned of the charges of abuse in mid-August, not from the Holy See but from a letter the young man sent to the archdiocese in which he said he had written to Pope Francis.

The archbishop said he then called the young man and spoke with him on the phone for two hours.

He told reporters that when the Holy See sent him a letter informing him that it had received the young man’s accusations, he had already met with the alleged victim and had purchased him a ticket to fly to Rome. Archbishop Martinez Fernandez said Pope Francis did not speak directly with him.

Commenting on the fact that the victim contacted the Vatican directly and did not speak first with the Archdiocese of Granada, Archbishop Martinez Fernandez said that his biggest concern is not for himself, but for the damage that may have been done to the young man.

If the accusations are true, the archbishop said, “it causes me great sorrow, because there is no greater hurt than for someone who has chosen the mission of caring for others to abuse their trust, again, if this was the case. That is something that both canonical and civil authorities will have to determine.”

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Francis: Price lists in Catholic churches are a scandal

 
  “Either you worship the living God, or your worship money“.”it is the Wrath of God, zeal for the House of God” 

‘Better to be thrown into the sea’

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At today’s mass in St. Martha’s House the Pope spoke out strongly against priests, lay people and secretaries who serve in the Church acting like businessmen: “The people of God cannot forgive this”; price lists for “for baptism, blessings, Mass intentions” need to go; God’s “redemption is free”

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RomeChurches must never become businesses.” Ever. God’s “redemption is free.” Always. Pope Francis launched a scathing condemnation of Church businessmen at today’s mass in St. Martha’s House, Vatican Radio reports.

 

During this morning’s mass, Francis commented on a passage from the Gospel in which Jesus clears the Temple of merchants because they have transformed the house of prayer into a den of thieves. The gesture performed by the Son of God was one of purification “because it had been profaned and with it the People of God. The Temple had been defiled with the gravest of sins: scandal.

 

“People are good – Pope Francis continued – people went to the Temple and did not look at these things, they sought God and prayed … but they had to change their money into coins to make offers”. The people of God did not go to the Temple for these people, for those who were selling things, they went because it was the Temple of God” and “there was corruption that scandalized the people“.  

 

Pope Francis recalled the biblical story of Anna, a humble woman, mother of Samuel, who goes to the temple to ask for the grace of a child: “she whispered her prayers silently” while the priest and his two sons were corrupt, they exploited the pilgrims, they scandalized the people. “I think of how our attitude can scandalize people – said Pope Francis – with unpriestly habits in the Temple: the scandal of doing business, the scandal of worldliness … How often when we enter a church do we see – even today – do we see a price list hanging there “for baptism, blessings, Mass intentions”. And people are scandalized.”

 

“Once, as a newly ordained priest,” Francis said, “I was with a group of college students and one couple wanted to get married. They went to a parish, but they wanted a wedding ceremony with the Mass. And, the parish secretary there said: ‘No, no, you cannot’ – ‘Why can’t we have a Mass? If the Council always recommends people to have a ceremony with the Mass … ‘-‘ No, you cannot, because it can’t last more than 20 minutes’-‘ But why? ‘-‘Because there are other slots [in the timetable for ceremonies]’-‘But, we want the Mass! ‘-‘ So you will have to pay for two slots! ‘. So in order to have a wedding ceremony with the Mass had to pay two slots. This is the sin of scandal.”

 

“We know what Jesus says to those who are the cause of scandal: ‘Better to be thrown into the sea‘, Francis continued.

 

When those who are in the Temple – be they priests, lay people, secretaries, but who manage the Temple, who ministry of the Temple – become businessmen, people are scandalized. And we are responsible for this. The laity too! Everyone. Because if I see this in my parish, I have to have the courage to say these things to the parish priest. And the people are scandalized. It is interesting: the people of God can forgive their priests, when they are weak; when they slip on a sin … the people know how to forgive them. But there are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive! It is scandalous when the Temple, the House of God, becomes a place of business, as in the case of that wedding: the church was being rented out”.

 

Jesus “is not angry” – said the Pope it is the Wrath of God, zeal for the House of God” because you cannot serve two masters, “either you worship the living God, or your worship money“.

 

“Why does Jesus have an issue with money? Because redemption is free; it is God’s free gift, He comes to brings us the all-encompassing gratuity of God’s love. So when the Church or churches start doing business, then it is said that …. salvation is not so free…This is why Jesus takes the whip to hand to carry out this act of the purification of the Temple.”

 

“Today the Liturgy celebrates the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin in the Temple: as a young girl … A simple woman, like Anna, and in that moment the Blessed Virgin Mary enters. May she teach all of us, pastors and those who have pastoral responsibility, to keep the Temple clean, to receive with love those who come, as if each one were the Blessed Virgin.”



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Thousands flock to Goa as the exposition of relics of Saint Francis Xavier begins

Saturday, 22 November 2014 – 6:39pm IST | Place: Panaji | Agency: PTI
  • Bom Jesus of Basilica church
  • Bom Jesus of Basilica church File Photo RNA Research & Archives

Panaji: Thousands of devotees today thronged old Goa to witness the decennial exposition of relics of St Francis Xavier, a month-long event that commenced today.
The relics of St Francis Xavier (SFX) were taken into procession from Bom Jesus of Basilica church, where they are housed permanently, to the nearby Se Cathedral church.
The relics would be kept in open for veneration till January 4, 2015.

Churches in the old Goa were awash with pilgrims who began arriving here since last evening. Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place at the venue, which is closely monitored by more than hundred CCTV cameras. The main celebrant of the mass was Bishop of Mangalore, Rev. Bishop Aloysious, who along with Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrao and other Bishops concelebrated the Eucharist at 9:30 AM in the make-shift structure adjacent to the Basilica where Sacred Relics are kept.

After the mass, Sacred Relics were reverently taken in a procession to the Se Cathedral Church.
Upon placing the Relics in the Catherdral, the bishop incensed the Relics and prayed together with the priests gathered following which, devotees were allowed to kiss the relics.

“Pilgrims from across the globe and India, visiting Goa for the St Francis Xavier Exposition 2014, will get an opportunity to participate in the Holy Eucharist at Old Goa in languages of their choice.

This is a facility introduced in addition to Masses in foreign and Indian languages that are already scheduled during the SFX Novenas (prayers offered for nine days) from November 24 to December 2, 2014,” Convener of the Exposition Fr Alfred Vaz said. He said pilgrims coming from across the globe and India are given this opportunity for the first time.

“The additional masses would be permitted as per the requests received and scheduled at 11 AM after the regular daily masses, which will be held in morning,” he said.

Foreign language masses in Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese have already been scheduled during the Novena. Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada masses are some of the Indian language Masses lined up during the nine-day Novenas, Fr Vaz added.

“With Spain being the birth place of St Francis Xavier, a special mass in Spanish is also scheduled on December 3, the feast day of St Francis Xavier,” the priest said.

According to the calendar of Masses published for Exposition 2014, Masses will be held daily during the entire period of the SFX Exposition.
The Eucharistic Masses in Konkani and English are scheduled daily. The organisers expect more than 50 lakh pilgrims to visit Old Goa during the exposition days.

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Golden Anniversary of International Eucharistic Congress

The Examiner, November 22, carries a detailed programme, November 28 thro’ December 07, to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the 38th. International Eucharistic Congress, with a monstrance on the cover and an editorial: “Sacrament par Excellence.” Ordinarily, this would be a very laudable commemoration meriting unquestionable patronage for spiritual refurbishment and Catholic solidarity. However, I have certain reservations which I am required, in conscience as a Catholic, to express, namely:

Although the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) was convoked and opened as a Pastoral Council, it passed two dogmatic constitutions, one being “The Dogmatic Constitution of the Church,” (21/11/1964) or Lumen Gentium, which, in chapter one, section 8, paragraph 2, states that the Church of Christ “subsists” in the Catholic Church headed by the pope and bishops. Earlier Councils had regarded the contemporary Catholic Church and the Church of Christ to have been one and the same, i.e., congruent. Through the sinister insertion of the word “subsist” a new church, in effect, has been launched which departs from the 1,900 year old Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ in orthodoxy and orthopraxis. In fact, the Church of today is not the same Church of 50 years ago.

To meet the tenets of this New Church, there has been a slew of post Vatican II drastic revisions and innovations which has seen the re-writing of all the sacramental rites from Baptism to Extreme Unction, started with the ordination rites (of which the average Catholic is quite unaware), the revision of priestly formation in seminaries, re-writing of the constitutions of religious orders, a New Code of Canon Law, a New Catechism of the Catholic Church, New Rosary, new catechisms for school children, and an Ecumenical Directory of 1993 which has made all Catholic churches, shrines and chapels multi-religious, all of which have taken Rome far beyond the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation.

Catholic theologians of the highest order, headed by a confessor of Pope Pius XII, in a document called The Ottaviani Intervention, or Critical Study of the (Latin version of the) New Order of Mass, have stated that: “The Real Presence of Christ is never alluded to and belief in it is implicitly repudiated.” On the revised ordination rites mandated to take effect from April 6, 1969, late Michael Davies, convert from the Anglican to the Catholic Church (before Vatican II), has observed in his book, The Order of Melchisedech: “Every prayer in the traditional rite which stated specifically the essential role of a priest as a man ordained to offer propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead has been removed. In most cases these were the precise prayers removed by the Protestant Reformers or, if not precisely the same, there are clear parallels.”

Does not the following binding dogmatic decree of Pope Leo XIII apply to Novus Ordo ordinations?

“In the whole ordinal there is no clear mention of the sacrifice…of offering sacrifice…every trace of these things …has been rejected, removed and struck out.”

(Pope Leo XIII: Apostolicae Curae, September 18, 1896, which declared Anglican rites null and void for the same reasons)

Where then does the “Sacrament par Excellence” come from in this forthcoming celebration, or has come from at any time from Advent 1969 when the New Mass came into effect?

Holy Father Francis, Bishop of Rome, is a sworn enemy of the immemorial Traditional Mass from which the “Sacrament par Excellence” derives.

JOHN MENEZES

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God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people

Pope Francis: Turning churches into ‘businesses’ is a scandal
Pope Francis celebrates a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian Saints in St. Peter's Basilic a on Oct. 12, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian Saints in St. Peter’s Basilic a on Oct. 12, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

.- Pope Francis condemned priests and laity who turn their parishes into a “business” by charging for things such as baptisms, blessings and Mass intentions – calling it a scandal that’s hard to forgive.

“It is interesting: the people of God can forgive their priests, when they are weak; when they slip on a sin, the people know how to forgive them,” the Pope told mass attendees in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse on Nov. 21.

“But there are two things that the people of God cannot forgive: a priest attached to money and a priest who mistreats people. This they cannot forgive! It is scandalous…”

The Pope centered his homily on the day’s Gospel from Luke in which Jesus turns over tables and drives out those who were selling things inside the temple, saying it is a sacred place meant for prayer and not for business.

While the many people who went to the temple to pray were good and searched for God, they were forced to pay in order to make an offering, the Pope explained, noting that although the temple was a sacred place to these, “there was corruption that scandalized the people.”

He recalled the biblical story of Anna, the mother of Samuel, who was a humble woman that went to the temple and whispered her prayers in silence, while the priest and his two sons were corrupt and exploited the pilgrims who came.

“I think of how our attitude can scandalize people with unpriestly habits in the Temple: the scandal of doing business, the scandal of worldliness,” the Bishop of Rome said, observing how many parishes have a price list readily available for baptisms, blessings and Mass intentions.

The Pope then recounted the story of a young couple who were a part of a group of college students he led shortly after being ordained. When they decided to get married, they went to their parish to ask for the civil ceremony and Mass together.

When they asked, the couple was told that they couldn’t have the Mass in addition to the ceremony because the time slots for the ceremony were limited to only 20 minutes, the couple needed to pay for two time slots in order to have the Mass as well.

“This is the sin of scandal” the pontiff explained, and alluded to the scripture passage where Jesus tells those who cause scandal that it is “better to be thrown into the sea.”

When those who manage God’s temple and its ministry, including both priests and lay people, become businessmen, “people are scandalized. And we are responsible for this. The laity too! Everyone,” the Roman Pontiff continued.

Preventing scandal is the responsibility is everyone, he said, because if we see this business-mentality going on in our parishes we need to have the courage to say something to the priest.

“It is scandalous when the Temple, the House of God, becomes a place of business, as in the case of that wedding: the church was being rented out.”

Pope Francis noted how when Jesus made his whip and started driving the people out of the temple it was not because he was angry, but rather because he was filled with the wrath of God and zeal for his house.

Jesus, he said, has “an issue with money because redemption is free; it is God’s free gift, He comes to brings us the all-encompassing gratuity of God’s love.”

So when a church or a parish start doing business it’s like saying that salvation is no longer free, the Pope explained, which is why Jesus takes his whip out in order to purify the temple of the corrupt.

He noted how the feast of the day commemorates the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, saying that Mary enters the temple as a young, simple woman like Anna, and prayed that she would help keep God’s temple pure.

“May she teach all of us, pastors and those who have pastoral responsibility, to keep the Temple clean, to receive with love those who come, as if each one were the Blessed Virgin.”

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Why is the Mumbai Church Denying this death information?

Sarita Falcao
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I am writing this out of a sense of disappointment, frustration and anger at the Catholic Church in Mumbai and hoping that someone here will be able to help me.

I require the record of death of my ancestor who died in 1934 in Lower Parel, Mumbai. The only place where the death has been recorded is the register of Holy Cross Church, Lower Parel. There are no municipal records of her death. We need the certificate urgently to settle some property issues.

The Church authorities, (right upto the Cardinal) are refusing to share the details with us, or even provide a photocopy of the page. incidentally, the records in the book are incomplete (only 30-odd deaths have been recorded for the diocese in 1934!) but fortunately we were able to see our name when the peon there allowed my Dad to glance at the book… probably pitying him for his age and the trouble that he had taken to get there on his own all the way from Goa, just for this.

The reason being cited is that the certificate has no name. Yes, that is indeed the case! but it is entirely the fault of the Church and not in our hands. Moreover, the ‘Mother of’ section, year and other details correspond with the rest of our family records.

Given that in 1934 the church was legally a death-registering body, can we demand the same via an RTI?

Thank you in advance for your time and help.

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Mass timings of St.Francis Goa, and dates of Exposition

Mass timings for St.Francis XavierGoa

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