Many discerning Catholics, and members of the clergy were found to be perplexed when Pope Benedict the XVI, averred in his book “Jesus of Nazareth” that the ox and the ass in the manger was a myth.
In this context I quote from a parish bulletin of a church in New Zealand copy attached (Appendix – 1)
Surely St. Francis of Assisi so widely revered could not have been wrong in his emphasis.
Strangely, the Pope has a precursor in the person of Rev. Father Erasto Fernandes who has penned his version in his book the “Christmas Story – Fact or Fable” where he has digressed to give his theological explanation for the Ascension, copy attached (Appendix – II).
Mr. Michael Prabhu, noted apologist from Chennai has mentioned in his findings that even now Fr. Erasto teaches that Christ rose from a cross.
Within this conflicting background, I refer to a circular letter from Rev. Father Villa to all the Cardinals and Bishops concerned (this was circulated all over India) against the beatification of Pope Paul VI.
Since the process was accomplished despite objections to Paul VI because of his homosexual and Masonic links and titles, I had suggested to the pontiff that he recant the sainthood of previous Popes who held distinctly divergent views.
It becomes clear now that the Vatican has a colour bias considering that the processes of venerable Fr. Agnel and Blessed Joseph Vaz continue to lie in limbo.
The fact is that it was government intervention viz. Mr. Asaf Ali, Indian Ambassador to the Vatican who told Rome in no uncertain terms that India were displeased at not having a Cardinal which culminated in Valerian Gracias being alleviated to be a Prince of the church.
The Postulants of the causes of both the above saintly men should bring to bear pressure on the Ministry of External Affairs – Govt. of India to expedite their sainthood processes.
The impassioned prayer and plea of our Holy Father on Vocation Sunday is very impressive and telling. However it is shocking to learn that 2 senior priests proscribed from teaching in the diocesan seminary by H.E. Ivan Cardinal Dias have been recalled to disseminate as it were their disparate views. It is a well known fact that the teaching in the seminary is diluted, so one may ask how strong will be the faith of the candidates who are ordained.
Let this be a Clarion call to the laity to make their presence known and felt as been in church history.
Yours in Christ
A. G. D’Mello