The radical left of Micromega resists the “violence” of Baptism. That is to say: the ridiculous paradox of God-obsessed atheists

LA SINISTRA RADICALE DI MICROMEGA FA RESISTENZA ALLA “VIOLENZA” DEL BATTESIMO. THAT IS TO SAY: IL RIDICOLO PARADOSSO DEGLI ATEI OSSESSIONATI DA DIO

I circoli di atei anticlericali potrebbero correre il serio rischio di sentirsi porgere una domanda ben più drammatica e realistica: se un padre e una madre che portano un neonato a battezzare commetterebbero a loro dire una violenza mediante il battesimo, quei padri e quelle madri che decidono invece di impedire ai figli di venire al mondo mediante la pratica dell’aborto, quale genere di violenza commettono, sui figli?

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“Perché bisognerebbe vietare il battesimo ai minori” è un articolo comparso su Micromega a firma di Alessandro Giacomoni, nel quale l’editorialista arriva a sostenere che la Chiesa Cattolica in modo subdolo costringerebbe a battezzare i propri figli per evitare di essere discriminati nel contesto della propria comunità sociale [see article: WHO]. Secondo questo pensiero, i genitori sarebbero perciò ricattati a portare i propri figli al fonte battesimale, pena l’essere visti come “animali rari” da evitare, compatire e quindi discriminare.

Queste affermazioni del giornalista denotano solo una visibile ignoranza arricchita di luoghi comuni sulle realtà sacramentali e pastorali della Chiesa. Oltretutto, Nowadays, tra la maggioranza di coloro che si definiscono “cristiani non praticanti” questo problema non è minimamente contemplato, men che meno si pongono il problema di venire rimproverati dal proprio sacerdote. Come i confratelli parroci sanno bene, è più facile che avvenga il contrario e che un “cristiano non praticante” si metta a biasimare il prete e dire quello che è giusto fare, alle volte anche sfiorando l’offesa personale o l’atteggiamento verbale aggressivo.

Ci chiediamo: non sarà, perhaps, che questo editorialista di Micromega si stia riferendo ai soliti volti noti dell’anticlericalismo? L’elenco è presto fatto: iniziamo dagli sparuti circoletti italiani dell’associazione UAAR (Unione degli Atei e degli Agnostici Razionalisti), per passare poi ad alcuni nostalgici del Comunismo e del Socialismo più becero, terminando con quelle figure mitologiche degli attivisti che nel fine settimana montano un gazebo in Piazza del Popolo reputando possibile decretare democraticamente la fine della Chiesa Cattolica e del messaggio cristiano attraverso una raccolta di firme.

Se questo è il livello della contestazione, allora siamo davvero alla farsa tragicomica. So that, giusto per sdrammatizzare un po’, si potrebbe parafrasare quella espressione del simpatico Obelix ― l’amico di Asterix ― che reinventò l’acrostico S.P.Q.R. dal noto significato «il senato e il popolo romano» traducendolo in «sono pazzi questi romani». Just so: «sono pazzi questi atei» che parlano di Dio e delle cose di Dio più di quanto ne parlino gli stessi preti. I loro “dogmatismi laicisti” sono spassosissimi ma puzzano di naftalina come i vecchi pizzi di nonna Abelarda, per citare un’altra mitica figura dei fumetti classici. Urgono perciò robusti infermieri per accompagnare le ossessioni compulsive dell’ateismo che ha la pretesa di confutare un’entità, the divine one, che non dovrebbe esistere e che quindi non dovrebbe neanche creare alcun problema alle persone sane di mente: «sono pazzi questi atei».

Ma andiamo avanti, il buon editorialista inizia con lo spulciare il Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica e il Codice di Diritto Canonico con la stessa attenzione e consapevolezza con cui si sfogliano i giornali sul tavolino del barbiere per poi estrapolare alcune definizioni operando un mash-up di esegesi laica che si conclude con questa rara perla di “saggezza”:

«Ne consegue che anche ad oggi, ogni prelato può tranquillamente permettersi esternazioni denigratorie nei confronti dei battezzati».

La domanda sorge spontanea: ma quale film di fantascienza ha visto il buon editorialista? In quante chiese è entrato, a quante Messe o omelie ha assistito, quanti battesimi ha visto per poter dire queste cose con tanta sicumera? Non ci è dato di saperlo, ma presumiamo nessuna di tutte queste cose, quello però che sappiamo è che davanti a una certa spocchiosa superiorità morale non è possibile fare nulla, se non riconoscere che in alcuni individui il pensiero critico è clinicamente morto.

L’apice dell’articolo, come non aspettarcelo, arriva a chiedere l’abolizione del battesimo e l’inserimento del battesimo laico in quanto quello confessionale violerebbe la «convenzione sui diritti dei bambini, ratificata dall’Italia nel 1991», e ancora «ogni decisione, azione legislativa, provvedimento giuridico, iniziativa pubblica o privata deve salvaguardare l’interesse superiore del bambino» cosa che evidentemente per il nostro, il battesimo non fa. Quindi il battesimo per un bambino sarebbe un’occasione per subire un danno? Di quale entità? Quali lesioni aggravanti devono essere impedite? Sarebbe interessante e avremmo gioco facile nell’invitare il giornalista a fare altrettanto con altre fedi religiose, ad esempio quelle abramitiche, che prevedono la pratica della circoncisione come segno nella carne, cosa decisamente più invasiva rispetto al gesto di versare un po’ d’acqua tiepida sul capo di un neonato, you don't think so? E se per caso, una volta divenuto adulto, il giovane ebreo o il giovane musulmano rivolesse il prepuzio, che cosa pensa di dirgli, il sapiente editorialista di Micromega così sconvolto per un po’ d’acqua tiepida versata sulla testa di un neonato? Perché qualche goccia di acqua tiepida non lascia alcun segno visibile, mentre l’asportazione di un prepuzio dall’organo genitale maschile ti lascia un segno indelebile per tutta la vita. It is not by chance, gli ebrei, definiscono la circoncisione con una bellissima espressione densa di significati spirituali: Circumcision (Brit milah), che significa alla lettera “patto dell’alleanza”. Ma sappiamo già che a determinati indirizzi è meglio non bussare, perché si trova pane per i propri denti e alle volte anche altro. Quindi meglio attaccare i cristiani, in modo particolare i cattolici, perché tanto non dicono nulla e non si difendono, per prendersi poi il plauso e i likes del pensiero dominante moderno con le sue icone pop che spadroneggiano in tv, sul web e nel parterre del festival sanremese.

La teoria che da sempre va per la maggiore è che dovrà decidere il bambino una volta diventato adulto, se essere battezzato o no. Teoria che vorrebbe essere presentata come logica, ma che di fatto non lo è, come non lo sono tutte quelle affermazioni basate sul puro e malcelato pregiudizio. Soon said: applicando questa pseudo-logica i genitori non dovrebbero prendere alcuna iniziativa mirata alla crescita, alla formazione e persino alle cure fisiche del figlio, che una volta divenuto adulto potrebbe reputare opportuno tutt’altro, rispetto a ciò che i genitori hanno scelto per lui. Cosa questa che vale per tutto, dalla scelta della scuola sino alla ortodonzia attraverso la quale il dentista applica un apposito apparecchio per correggere i denti storti, o per allargare una apertura dentale stretta. E se una volta divenuto adulto il figlio dicesse che avrebbe preferito andare a un’altra scuola, o avere i denti storti e un’arcata dentale stretta, piuttosto che portare un apparecchio ortodontico per diversi anni? How can, un genitore, scegliere e decidere di sottoporre un bambino a un intervento di chirurgia ortopedica per correggere il piede piatto, o fargli portare per alcuni anni un busto nella fase della crescita per correggere una forma di scoliosi? Come possono osare, the parents, scegliere per lui ciò che loro reputano opportuno, migliore e più salutare? Non è forse una violenza? E se una volta giunto alla maggiore età il figlio avesse preferito il piede piatto e la scoliosi, anziché essere operato da un ortopedico o anziché portare per anni un busto? Because, questi atei-agnostici-razionalisti non provano a lasciare i loro bambini liberi di scegliere ciò che istintivamente reputano opportuno fare? Sarebbe molto interessante vedere cosa sceglierebbe di fare un bambino di pochi anni che non ha ancora acquistato il senso del pericolo.

Desidero ricordare ai nostri Lettori che le obiezioni al battesimo dei bambini non sono una scoperta recente, ma già nei primi secoli del cristianesimo si era posto questo problema e le argomentazioni dei contrari non erano molto diverse da quelle di oggi. Mi sembra utile, so, ricordare e illuminare i fedeli sull’argomento facendo parlare i Padri della Chiesa che hanno scritto pagine meravigliose sul battesimo, sia per difenderlo dalle opposizioni e sia per illuminare le menti con quel pensiero della Chiesa Apostolica che ha sempre creduto e vissuto il battesimo come la conformazione a Cristo e l’inizio di un cammino serio di conversione al Vangelo e di rinuncia al peccato. Risponde a tal proposito il santo vescovo Agostino da Ippona nella sua Lettera a Bonifacio [See. Letter 98 di Sant’Agostino a Bonifacio 7-10,11]:

«A causa della solita tua vivissima avversione per la minima bugia, nell’ultimo tuo quesito ti è parso d’aver proposto una questione difficilissima. «Se ― dici ― ti presentassi un bambino e ti domandassi se, gives adult, sarà casto e non sarà un ladro, senza dubbio mi risponderesti: “I do not know”. Così pure se ti domandassi se il bimbo essendo ancora nella medesima tenera età, pensi qualcosa di bene o di male, diresti: “I do not know”. Se perciò non osi garantire nulla di sicuro riguardo alla sua condotta futura e al suo pensiero attuale, perché mai quando vengono presentati al battesimo, i genitori rispondono invece di essi come garanti e affermano ch’essi fanno ciò che quell’età non può pensare o, se lo può, rimane a noi ignoto? In reality, ai padrini che ci offrono un bambino da battezzare, noi domandiamo se crede in Dio e in nome del piccino, che non sa neppure se Dio esiste, essi rispondono: “Crede”. Con la stessa sicurezza si risponde a tutte le altre singole domande loro rivolte. Mi stupisco quindi che i genitori rispondano al posto dei bambini con assoluta sicurezza trattandosi di cose tanto serie e impegnative, affermando che il bambino compie azioni sì importanti su cui vertono le domande rivolte dal ministro del battesimo nel momento che quello è battezzato; mentre nello stesso momento se facessi loro quest’altra domanda: “Questo bimbo, che ora viene battezzato, sarà casto o non sarà piuttosto un ladro?”, non so se alcuno oserebbe affermare: “Sarà o non sarà tale”, come senz’ombra di dubbio mi viene risposto che crede in Dio”. Eventually, concludi il tuo ragionamento dicendo: ” Usa la cortesia di rispondere brevemente a queste mie domande, non allegando la norma della consuetudine ma adducendone il motivo e la spiegazione».

In questa risposta si intravede perfettamente il ruolo che il Vescovo di Ippona attribuisce alla fede dei genitori e dei padrini che liberamente e volontariamente accompagnano al battesimo i propri figli. Il bambino battezzato viene reso fedele non da un atto simile a quello dei fedeli adulti, ma dal Sacramento della stessa fede che viene trasmesso come cosa buona da chi ha già fatto esperienza di Cristo e desidera trasmetterla. In the same way, per Sant’Agostino, sia i genitori che i padrini rispondono al battesimo dei propri figli affermando il proprio credo, volontà libera e non coercitiva, in tempi dove definirsi cristiani era molto più scomodo e pericoloso di oggi. Capiamo che il bambino battezzato si chiama fedele ― nel senso di unito a Cristo ― non semplicemente col dare l’assenso personale della sua intelligenza, ma col ricevere il Sacramento della stessa fede che è stato trasmesso nella propria famiglia. Quando poi il bambino, crescendo, comincerà a capire, non avrà più bisogno di un nuovo battesimo, ma comprenderà il Sacramento ricevuto e si conformerà, col consenso della sua volontà, dalla realtà spirituale rappresentata dal battesimo.

Dopo questa descrizione così chiara, possiamo comprendere che tutte le cose reputate buone vengono trasmesse dai genitori ai figli e che spesso le passioni dei padri diventano quelle dei figli, ma mai nessuno si sognerebbe di dire che il bambino è fatto vittima di violenza.

Nel Rito del Battesimo il sacerdote domanda: «che cosa chiedete alla Chiesa di Dio?» è una domanda semplice che definisce una volontà ben libera di procedere in un cammino di fede attraverso il battesimo. Ma questo non basta, il sacerdote avverte i genitori del battezzando della responsabilità di questa richiesta: «chiedendo il Battesimo per vostro figlio, voi vi impegnate a educarlo nella fede, Why, nell’osservanza dei comandamenti, impari ad amare Dio e il prossimo, come Cristo ci ha insegnato. Siete consapevoli di questa responsabilità?». Se questa consapevolezza c’è, well, altrimenti si aspetta, non c’è fretta nelle cose di Dio, è inutile battezzare il proprio figlio per altre ragioni se non perché lo si vuole far vivere della stessa vita di Cristo. Il battesimo è l’inizio di ogni discepolato e di quel cambiamento evangelico ― μετάνοια (Metanoia) ― che coinvolge tutta la famiglia, Chiesa domestica, a costituire il fulcro del primo annunzio della fede.

San Fulgenzio di Ruspe in Regola della vera fede [See. 30,14] he claims:

«[…] nessun uomo può ricevere la salvezza eterna, se non si è convertito quaggiù dai suoi peccati con la penitenza e la fede, e che per mezzo del Sacramento della fede e della penitenza, cioè per mezzo del battesimo, non se n’è liberato»

La “Chiesa istituzionale”, chiamiamola così per i meno scafati in queste faccende, subentra successivamente a questa consapevolezza e accompagna il cammino di fede della famiglia potenziandolo e dirigendolo al meglio con la grazia che viene dallo Spirito Santo. Ma del resto non avviene lo stesso con l’apprendimento? Il bambino di sei anni quando entra in prima elementare non conosce già tante cose ed è capace di parlare. Da chi ha attinto queste informazioni se non dalla casa? La frequenza a scuola e il percorrere l’itinerario di apprendimento è solo il proseguo di quello che la famiglia ha già fatto, strutturandolo in modo robusto e aprendo al piacere e al desiderio della conoscenza le giovani menti che un domani saranno in grado di governarsi nel mondo da persone mature.

Per finire invitiamo fraternamente i giornalisti di Micromega ad esimersi per il futuro da queste esternazioni imbarazzanti che avrebbero fatto impallidire uomini di grande talento e intelletto del calibro di Enrico Berlinguer e Marco Pannella, o che indurrebbero un autentico liberale come Daniele Capezzone a dar loro sbrigativamente degli ignoranti senza alcuna esitazione. Sia infatti chiaro: gli esponenti del vecchio Partito Comunista Italiano, o i Radicali cresciuti alla scuola politica di quella mente brillante di Marco Pannella ― di cui poco o forse niente condividiamo, ma che riconosciamo però dotato di indubbie qualità politiche ―, con certi beceri soggetti non hanno nulla da spartire sia sul piano della idealità che su quello della esposizione delle critiche formulate alla Chiesa Cattolica.

La proposta del battesimo laico? È sicuramente la miglior trovata del “dogmatismo” ateo, dopo quella che li indusse a proporre la figura del … “cappellano ospedaliero laico”. Tutto fatto per inseguire il disperato desiderio di diventare i nuovi preti del laicismo con tutto quel bagaglio liberal-clericale che ne deriva. Il poeta romanesco Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, che in fatto di critica alla Chiesa non è stato secondo a nessuno, riprendendo l’acrostico S.P.Q.R. lo traduceva in «Solo Preti Qua Regnano». Yup, voi inseguite questo sogno essere il nuovo clero laico regnante della mondanità, ma ricordatevi una cosa, se dopo duemila anni la Chiesa è ancora presente e battezza per mandato di Cristo è perché c’è quel qualche cosa di più ― lo chiediamo agli atei, è forse Dio? ― che la sostiene e la difende. Forse sarebbe meglio da parte vostra un minimo di attenzione in più, almeno un po’ più di prudenza. Anche perché i circoli di atei anticlericali potrebbero correre il serio rischio di sentirsi porgere una domanda ben più drammatica e realistica: se un padre e una madre che portano un neonato a battezzare commetterebbero a loro dire una violenza mediante il battesimo, quei padri e quelle madri che decidono invece di impedire ai figli di venire al mondo mediante la pratica dell’aborto, quale genere di violenza commettono, sui figli?

Laconi, 6 February 2023

 

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Over the centuries, sacramental confession has undergone radical changes that are great “theological doctors” of Facebook and Twitter ignore

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OVER THE CENTURIES THE SACRAMENTAL CONFESSION HAS UNDERGOING RADICAL CHANGES THAT THE GREAT “DOCTORS THEOLOGISTS” OF FACEBOOK E TWITTER THEY IGNORE

Thanks to Social media a lot of, grouped together in dense legions of increasingly fierce fools, as well as worse than the biblical invasion of locusts, they usually self-form in this way: first pick from a blog to the other, then they engage in the use of words of which they do not even know the etymological meaning - but above all the meaning they have in the philosophical language, metaphysical and theological-dogmatic -, finally they get on the chair of Facebook o di Twitter to give lessons of correct doctrine to us theologians, firing one nonsense after another in bursts, often even violently and aggressively.

 

 

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By asking a question a Reader I was inspired by this article that could be useful to many people:

 

«It is true that Christ condemns sin and not the sinner. It is true that the sinner is to be forgiven seventy times seven, therefore always. But on the hundredth time that a person comes to her to confess the same sin, she never thinks that maybe she is "sucking" us a little? The first Christian communities, if I remember correctly, didn't go so lightly in the judgment on the sinner e, after sin, contrition of heart was not enough and before being readmitted into the community he had to pass under the public caudine gallows. Probably my feelings of guilt arise from here ... masochism? But it seems to me that even in the apostolic canons they speak of this path ".

 

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These are questions that offer opportunity to do some sacramental dogmatics, subject to which I have devoted myself a lot together with the history of dogma.

In the sad and confused times we are living in, we priests and theologians have to deal with the reality of "Catholics" who range between magical-aesthetic and the most vulgar fideism. Thanks to Social media a lot of, grouped together in dense legions of increasingly fierce fools, as well as worse than the biblical invasion of locusts, they usually self-form in this way: first pick from a blog to the other, then they engage in the use of words of which they do not even know the etymological meaning - but above all the meaning they have in the philosophical language, metaphysical and theological-dogmatic -, finally they get on the chair of Facebook o di Twitter to give lessons of correct doctrine to us theologians, shooting nonsense in bursts, often even violently and aggressively. And not always, Unfortunately, you can laugh at the nonsense of these internetici theologians. Sometimes yes, others do not.

Here is a typical example of sinister and vulgar fideism based on the magical-aesthetic, of the series ... abracadabra the magic is done! Someone wrote on my page social that "the prayers recited in Latin are very powerful and the devil just can't stand them", because he is terrified of it.

For pedagogy, above all out of authentic Christian charity, such people cannot be taken seriously, they are just for fun. What else could be done with subjects who from their professorships erected on social media they think they can speak of the mystery of divine grace, of the sacramental - which is the most complex branch of dogmatic theology - and of the discipline of the sacraments, with the slight nonchalance with which one can discuss the latest article published in a magazine Of gossip?

Here then is the tease addressed to these people becomes an appropriate and pedagogical act of the most authentic Christian charity. Indeed, what is not serious and what appears so grotesque and anti-scientific, anti-doctrinal and anti-theological, it must be deprived of value. To do this, the most effective weapon is irony and wise and charitable mockery.

And so, to that Lady which almost certainly would not be able to translate even the first very simple lines of the De bello Gallico but who invokes the "magic language" of Latin to terrorize the devil, I replied that when we celebrate the Eucharistic Sacrifice in Italian, or when instead of saying the Lord be with you we say The Lord be with you, surely the devil cracks up with laughter, not feeling struck by the magical Latin that instead knocks him down instantly frightened and stunned.

This complex premise to say that when I've been asked intelligent questions like the one sent by this Reader of ours, it is as if I received a free gift:

"On the hundredth time that a person comes to her to confess the same sin, she never thinks that maybe she is" sucking "us a little?».

Relevant question, because precisely in these cases one can see how much a wise confessor is and enlightened by God's grace. First of all it must be taken into account that Christ, divine cornerstone, he chose Peter for the building and government of his Church (cf.. Mt 13, 16-20). And of all the Apostles, Peter was the most fragile and haughty, as he repeatedly demonstrated, at the same time he also showed himself the most cowardly. If necessary, he was confused, indecisive and ambiguous in matters of doctrine. He was a naive Galilean fisherman, passionate and good that he remained so throughout his life. He did not shine for intelligence, least of all for culture. Suffice it to recall how it was made black in Antioch by the Blessed Apostle Paul, albeit with all due respect for his primacy as Head of the College of Apostles. Now let's retrace that very interesting story of Antioch narrated by the Apostle Paul himself:

«But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him openly because he was wrong. Indeed, before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles:; ma, after their coming, he withdrew and separated himself, for fear of the circumcision. And the other Jews did the same in the simulation, so much so that even Barnabas allowed himself to be drawn into their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not behaving righteously according to the truth of the gospel, said to Peter before all: "Be yourself, being a Jew, live like a Gentile and not in the manner of the Jews, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”. We, that by birth we are Jews and not pagan sinners, knowing however that man is not justified by the works of the Law but only by faith in Jesus Christ, we too believed in Christ Jesus to be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; for by the works of the Law no one will ever be justified. If therefore we who seek justification in Christ are found sinners like others, Christ is perhaps a minister of sin? Impossible! In fact, if I go back to building what I destroyed, I denounce myself as a transgressor. Actually by the Law I died to the Law, so that I live for God. I was crucified with Christ, and I don't live anymore, but Christ lives in me. And this life, that I live in the body, I live it in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me. Therefore I am not making the grace of God in vain; indeed, if the justification comes from the Law, Christ died in vain "" (Gal 2, 11-21).

In this debate that took place in Antioch, the Blessed Apostle Paul enunciates the theology and doctrine of grace and justification. Exactly what a German Augustinian friar famously donkey misunderstood, I think he was called Martin Luther, forge of enormous damage produced in the Church around the sixteenth century, with all due respect to a certain Catholic flattery which today indicates him as a "reformer" and who calls his schismatic heresy "reform". Among other things, it came from a historic Order that takes its name from St. Augustine who was the author of Of nature and grace.

Always remaining in the order of hyperbolic examples: if a conclave had been held after the death of Jesus Christ, how many Peter would have voted and how many Paul? What a profound difference there was between Peter, Giacomo the Greater and his brother Giovanni, indicated by Christ God with the Aramaic name of "sons of thunder" - boanèrghes ―, then reported in Greek characters as βοανηργες (cf.. MC 3, 16-18). If we compare Peter with figures of apostles such as John or Paul, the difference will appear roughly like the one that could exist between Roberto Benigni and Marcello Mastroianni, tra Jerry Lewis e Gregory Peck. Yet Christ chose him who embodied all our human frailties, giving it the keys to the kingdom and the power to bind and untie (cf.. Mt 16, 13-19), all despite having had much better elements from which to choose the Head of the College of Apostles. So let's try to ask ourselves: because he chose Peter and not others?

It is not an Angel of God who absolves sins, just as it is not a group of Cherubim and Seraphim who lead the Church of Christ, but of priests, Of another Christ acting in Person Christi and that they can often be worse sinners than the one to whom they grant grace and divine forgiveness through sacramental absolution: "Whom you forgive sins will be forgiven ..." (GV 20, 22-23).

Theology, sacramental dogmatics in particular, it cannot be separated from the history of dogma, because in the course of two thousand years the discipline of the sacraments has undergone sometimes radical changes, fruit of a long gestation understood as the acquisition of the perception of the Sacrament and of the Sacraments in themselves. Or perhaps someone thinks that the first Christians had the perception of the Holy Eucharist that we have today? Or that they display the Blessed Sacrament inside the monstrance for Eucharistic adoration, practice of sacred devotion to the Most Holy Body of Christ which will come to life only about 1300 years after the death and resurrection of the Word of God? What prayer books did the first Christians use in the apostolic age and with which Missal they celebrated Holy Mass, perhaps with what certain ridiculous contemporaries call … the missal of Mass of All Time? The early Christians perhaps recited prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary? The Twelve Apostles gathered together sang Hi Regina in Gregorian in the presence of the Mater Dei to honor her while she was staying in Ephesus or Jerusalem? They venerated the relics of the Saints? They went on pilgrimage to the sanctuaries where indulgence could be gained, or perhaps they crowded the hill of Medjugorje where in complete travel package conversion is also guaranteed, besides - of course - the assured apparition of the Madonna? Or, after the February Edict of Milan 313, the Christians screamed, style invaded neocatechumenal: … «We have been recognized and approved… approved! You cannot therefore tell us and do nothing about it: we have been approved! Whoever is against us is against the august emperors Constantine and Licinius who approved us … approved!»? And always after this edict, the Christians were perhaps given the ancient basilicas of the romanitas with a place of honor in the ancient Senate reserved for the Bishop of Rome? I honestly would like to know what science fiction movies some people have seen, it would be interesting to know at least the title.

Simply said,: a sinner could commit that particular sin even once every 48 hours, then going to ask for God's grace and forgiveness. Obviously as long as he is repentant and a “victim” of fragility and weaknesses that he cannot manage and overcome at the moment. It is quite another matter if the sinner continuously commits the same sin because of indolence, laziness or selfishness wants to be weak and fragile and does not intend in any way to react to those weaknesses and frailties to which it could instead react, or worse because convinced ".... Oh well, then I'll go to confession ". In that case, for the good of the penitent, absolution can even be denied. However, I can guarantee that it is difficult for people of this kind - I would say almost impossible - to go back and forth to the confessional to ask forgiveness for the same sin..

The reader keep asking:

«The first Christian communities, if I remember correctly, didn't go so lightly in the judgment on the sinner e, after sin, contrition of heart was not enough and before being readmitted into the community he had to pass under the public caudine forks ".

It's true, but we are at the very beginning of the Christian experience, in an era in which many were not yet clear what truly great had happened for all humanity from Calvary to the empty tomb of Christ risen and then ascended to heaven. The currents of the first Christians were different, two are the main ones: the Judeo-Jesuits, that is, the Jews who had chosen to follow the message of Christ and who were very affected by Jewish culture and rabbinic law, in particular of the Pharisaic one, from which lineage came the same Apostle Paul (cf.. At 23, 6) and the converted pagans belonging to the Greek and Latin populations.

As evidenced by the "incident" of Antioch between the Apostles Peter and Paul, the exchanges between the circumcised and the uncircumcised were very intense. And with all the confusion that often followed it was debated whether Christians should continue with the ritual practice of circumcision. Many understood the Eucharist as a celebration of Passover (Passover) which instead of once a year was celebrated once a week. It would then suffice to recall that from then on it will take almost four centuries and two great dogmatic councils to first define at Nicaea in 325, then in Constantinople in 381, the mystery of the person and nature of Christ. And since there were not even lexical terms to define it, the Fathers of the Church were forced to borrow terminologies from the Greek philosophical lexicon and modulate them to give a definition to this ineffable mystery.

At first I called back to the “doctors of sacramental theology” specialized at the academy of Facebook and of Twitter, those to be made fun of by imperative of conscience and above all for Christian charity, ready to launch into topics for which often, if not almost usual, sixty-year-old priests with thirty years of priestly ministry behind them ask for explanations from some theologian brother or dogma historian, if anything, twenty years younger than them, before going into some very complex disquisitions on the theological level, which consequently involve equally complex issues on a historical level. Indeed, it is impossible to understand the discipline of the Sacraments if one does not know the history well and in depth.

It's true, the first Christian communities they had another conception of the forgiveness of sins, suffice it to say that the Sacrament of Penance could only be received once in a lifetime, after a penitential journey made under the guidance of the Bishop. Once the faithful received this sacrament, they could no longer sin, except at your own risk, because he could never receive it again. For seven centuries, absolution from sins was considered a "non-repeatable" sacrament. For this reason, Christians tried to receive absolution before dying, or in any case in old age. And many died without receiving it.

In these first centuries the complex problem of child. Latin term that literally means "slipped", used to indicate the Christians who during the persecutions of the third and fourth centuries burned incense to the pagan gods doing an act of adoration towards them. This is not out of conviction but because they are threatened with death, therefore only for fear of dying. Even before the case of child the discipline of the unrepeatability of penance was held firm. On the readmission of the child to the Community of believers the early Church found itself divided between the Cornelius current, elected Bishop of Rome in 251, inclined to forgive and accept them, and the followers of the Novatian presbyter who denied them any form of acceptance and who ended up excommunicated by the Roman synod. From him came the current known today as the Novatian heresy, who for some centuries continued to find followers. The theological battle waged against the Novatians by Ambrose, bishop of Mediolanum, is memorable, who at the end of the fourth century composed the Of Penance, work divided into two books in which it is refuted: in the first, the theses of the followers of Novatian who considered mortal sins not forgivable and the need to proceed with a new baptism for the followers of their heretical sect; in the second he offers a learned dissertation on the concept of penance and the way in which it must be administered. Bishop Ambrose refutes the Novatians by reminding them that God's mercy offers all repentant sinners his grace. It reaffirms the analogical foundation between baptism and penance and finally reaffirms the unrepeatability of both these sacraments that generate a substantial transformation of life in anyone who repents for the sins committed and the evil that with them has been caused to others. The Novatians claimed to invite on the one hand to penance and repentance, on the other, however, they denied forgiveness, convinced of praising the Almighty with their rigor, but in fact despising God's grace and forgiveness through their blind hardness of heart. Let me now evaluate, to anyone who has read only a few rants of certain self-styled Internet theologians do it yourself, if the Novatian one is not by chance one of the various returning heresies of our present time.

With the descent of the barbarians from Northern Europe - who shortly afterwards converted en masse to Christianity fascinated by the great and virile figures of certain Bishops and Fathers of the Church -, the hypothesis of making this sacrament repeatable to make the path of conversion and Christian life less impossible for these peoples began to be aired.. Hypothesis in front of which many Fathers of the Church and theologians of the time shouted heresy! Presumably, one of these, it would have been Ambrose himself, just mentioned, who three centuries earlier reaffirmed the unrepeatability of penance in one of his famous theological works.

Because with the converted barbarians the pastoral need arises to make the Sacrament repeatable? Because beyond their good will, their habits and customs of life were what they were… well, we must be grateful to the barbarians if this sacrament became repeatable. Only in the seventh century was the private practice of Penance introduced, something we owe to the Irish monks who lived at the time of San Colombano who founded the monastery of Bobbio in the early seventh century and who helped to revive the practice of this Sacrament through a private dimension based on the expiation of sins. Like this, these monks, coming down from the regions of northern Europe to Italy they brought the sacramental habit of "confessing" their sins to a presbyter in such a way as to receive a penance, this paid penance. And here we must explain that for paid penance we mean the classification of the sins to which the penances to be imposed corresponded. This system introduced in the seventh century began to be practiced first in the monastic sphere, then among the people with subsequent great diffusion. We therefore owe the repeatability of this sacrament to the Irish Saint Columban and his monks, instead of being able to receive it once in a lifetime. We also owe him the secrecy of the penitential path instead of the public dimension.

In the two hundred years that followed between the eighth and ninth centuries, i Penitential Books they had a great diffusion and application. the rates enclosed within them consisted mainly of imposed fasts, which according to the gravity of the sin committed could sometimes last days, other times years. Disgrace wanted - because in fact it was -, that the Penitential Books contained within them commutations that allowed the sinner to commute his fast into expiatory works done by himself or even performed by third parties, all in exchange for money, celebrations of Holy Masses, land donations, construction of churches and monasteries in cases of particularly wealthy sinners. Then came the verge of ridicule, this just to remember with an aside that at a certain point in history, in that of Certaldo, Giovanni Boccaccio was born anything but by chance in the fourteenth century and that some of his short stories are anything but fanciful inventions. So I leave the reader to guess, without going into useless and shameful details, which abuses originated certain commutations and how many "holy" monks obtained the construction of great monasteries by selling the atonement for sins in concrete facts, while certain sovereigns and powerful feudal lords subjected to harsh penance came to pay their own faithful servant to do penance in their place (!?). There will also be a reason, if several councils of the Church severely condemned the vile sin of simony, whose etymology stems from the story of Simon Magus who tried to offer money to the Apostles to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the imposition of their hands (cf.. At 8, 18-19).

Subsequently, the Sacrament of Penance will experience new developments and innovations between the ninth and tenth centuries with the Carolingian theologians beginning to focus attention from the atonement of sins to the accusation of sins, considering it the true heart of the entire penitential process. Without sincere repentance, there can be no forgiveness and atoning penance can risk being an end in itself.. Until reaching the Council of Trent which in 1563 establishes the norms of Confession with a specific decree, structuring the sacramental and canonical discipline of this sacrament as we know it today. In the post-Tridentine era, suitable spaces and places were also created for administering this Sacrament, for example, the penitentiaries inside the great cathedrals and basilicas, hence the use of confessionals created between the end of the 16th and the beginning of the 17th century to ensure confidentiality and separation between the confessor and the penitent and to encourage the confession itself. Nobody would be comfortable, to men and perhaps even more to women, accuse your sins to a man who sits in front of you and looks you in the face as you speak. It is worth mentioning that confessionals were invented by the Jesuits, precisely the same ones who between the end of the sixties and the seventies of the twentieth century were the first to remove them from many of their churches to put them in the basements, or by selling them to antique dealers, if anything, to give money to the poor, mind you! Indeed, the casuistic reason of the Jesuit, or it is always noble in and of itself, or in any case it becomes so through manipulation.

It is not true that the sinner "Before being readmitted to the community he had to pass under the public caudine forks". But some historians write it, many read it around and take such claims to be true and then spread them as such. It was not the confession of sins that was public, but the state of penitents, that yes it was made public. The penitents, almost always gathered in groups, they had to make a specific penitential path under the guidance of the Bishop, they certainly could not be kept hidden, but their sins yes, so much so that the Holy Pontiff Leo the Great, the long pontificate of which lasted from 440 al 461, he prohibited public confession and declared it illegitimate and contrary to apostolic norms:

“We forbid that on this occasion a writing should be publicly read in which their sins are listed in detail. In fact, it is sufficient that the faults be manifested only to the Bishop, in a private interview " (Letter 168).

From all these historical notes it should be understood that the Sacrament of Penance, like other Sacraments, has undergone major mutations over time, at times truly radical. Always with all due respect to whoever speaks of Mass of All Time or doctrines, rules and disciplines always and absolutely immutable, with a lot of indisputable seal «it has always been done like this over the centuries!». Typical expression of the imbecile who usually ignores all of the mutations and events that have occurred over the centuries, because a past has been created that never existed, in order to make the present unreal.

I conclude with a touch of irony narrating when a mega-catechist de The Neocatechumenal sect he rattled kikian-carmeniano on the necessity of returning to the Church of the first apostolic origins. And here it is necessary to specify that the mega-catechist made the so-called scrutinies - that is to say that she investigated the consciences - not only of the laity, but even of the priests e, when their assemblies were held in the closed rooms, she talked and rambled heresies outright, while the priest present sat silently next to her, silent, ashamed of himself and of priestly dignity. At that point I quoted some passages from Sacred Scripture in which the Blessed Apostle Paul does not limit himself to exhorting, but he addresses real severe intimations:

"I do not permit a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man; rather it be in silence " (The Tm 2, 12) "As in all churches of the saints, the women keep silent in the assemblies because it is not allowed to speak; but should be subordinate, as the law also says. If they want to learn something, question their husbands at home, it is improper for a woman to speak in church " (The Cor 14, 34-35).

(D)before those clear passages, I told her that her job was to just keep quiet. And having said this, I asked her if she intended to return to the Church of the origins and apply certain commands and precepts to the letter, thus showing that he is truly yearning for the hoped-for return to origins. Not knowing what to answer, the poor ignoramus, paradigm of what mega-catechists actually are neokatekiki, he literally snapped stating: "Well, you always know, that Saint Paul was a misogynist ". Well, even if this is not the place, I think it is appropriate to briefly clarify that the Blessed Apostle, far from being a misogynist, he addressed these words to the inhabitants of Corinth, a basically matriarchal society in which women used to condition men with strong influences and pressures. But when they tried to do the same in the Christian community, trying to put their feet on the heads of bishops and presbyters, the Apostle called them to order. Therefore, the admonition "If they want to learn something, ask their husbands at home ", most likely it was aimed precisely at the wives of the first bishops and presbyters of that geographical area, it is clear from this other passage of the Epistle addressed to the disciple Timothy:

«[…] the bishop must be blameless, the husband of one time, sober, prudent, decent, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not attached to money. Know how to manage his family well and have submissive children with every dignity, because if one does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of the Church of God?» (The Tm 3, 2-5).

The problem is that on the one hand we have more or less sectarian pseudo-Catholics which invoke the return to unknown origins and which instead constitute only a starting evolutionary nucleus to which it is certainly not desirable to return, because it would be like getting out of the car and going back to the time before the invention of the wheel. On the other hand, we have pseudo-Catholics of unspecified tradition who have built a past that never existed, convinced that the Blessed Apostle Peter celebrated the Mass of All Time dressed in solemn vestments with assistant presbyters dressed in copes and deacons dressed in damask baroque dalmatics. Of course celebrating - it goes without saying, needless to say! - in perfect and magical Latin, the one that scares and drives the Devil away, as that certain scientist wrote on my page Social. And certainly Simon, son of Jonah, known as Peter, was also called him “Holiness” O “Most Holy Father”. In fact, when the Roman soldiers arrested him on the Via Appia to take him to the Vatican Hill where he was crucified, they ordered him: "Up there, Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, Your Holiness is under arrest!». And he was dragged towards the torture, giving at the end of his life the proof of the heroic nature of his virtues and dying by the grace of God the martyr.

It took Peter a lifetime to die a martyr, after running away several times, the last in series order shortly before his death, during Nero's persecutions, under the reign of which he ended up captured together with other fleeing Christians and ending up on the cross in what in the early Roman era was a wet and unhealthy marshy place outside the metropolitan urban core: the Vatican Hill. Name that some derive from Vagitano, a pagan divinity who protected newborn babies as they uttered their first cry. Others derive it from forecaster, which in Latin means "to predict", therefore linking it to the fact that in that area they practiced their profession of diviners already in the ancient Etruscan era. Whatever the true meaning of the word, it remains certain that the Vatican is a place where for love and respect for the faith ends up being put on the cross, in antiquity as in the contemporary world.

the Island of Patmos, 4 February 2023

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The necessary pastoral care of Christian funerals opens up to the hope of the resurrection not to the extemporaneous bizarreness of the celebrating priest even when a bishop presides

THE NECESSARY PASTORAL CARE OF THE CHRISTIAN FUNERALS OPENS TO THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION NOT TO THE EXTERNAL BIZARRE OF THE CELEBRATING PRIEST EVEN WHEN A BISHOP IS PRESIDENT

[…] in Rome itself we were forced to assist in the 2012 at the funeral of the most famous director of porn films, durante il quale celebri porno-attori e porno-attrici tutt’altro che pentiti, dopo avere ricevuto in modo sacrilego la Santissima Eucaristia, non contenti salirono all’ambone durante l’azione liturgica per fare un vero e proprio elogio orgoglioso alla pornografia prima del termine della Santa Messa.

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Chi come me è parroco ― ancor prima sono stato cappellano di un grande polo ospedaliero cittadino ― saprà comprendermi quando dico che una delle difficoltà maggiori per un sacerdote è quella di far comprendere ai fedeli ― ma anche a quelli che lo sono un po’ meno ― che con i Sacramenti non è proprio il caso di scherzare. I Sacramenti non sono assimilabili a una duttile pasta da modellismo, utile da plasmare a seconda dei tempi e delle circostanze, favolosa quando si tratta di sopperire alle esigenze artistiche, tanto da esprimere l’estro del creatore, ma senza pretendere di più di quanto realmente questo umile materiale possa dare al di fuori di quello per cui è stato creato dalla mente dell’uomo.

 

Con i Sacramenti alcuni pensano invece di poter fare di tutto, absolutely everything. E se qualcosa non si può fare la si inventa di sana pianta: trovare l’anima gemella, risollevare l’economia, rinsaldare legami spezzati o stringerne di nuovi, accorpare ritardi cronici e rimettere il termometro della fede in pari. Oppure utilizzare il Sacramento come podio politico o musicale dove veicolare determinati messaggi o amarcord, organize kermesse di potentati vari in cui immancabilmente ci scappa la profanazione, fino alla richiesta tardiva di perdono con tanto di lacrima finta davanti al feretro di quello che fino a poco tempo fa non si degnava minimamente di uno sguardo. For this I repeat: con i Sacramenti non si può e non si deve scherzare perché attraverso la giusta comprensione e celebrazione di questi segni sacri noi riveliamo pubblicamente la nostra fede e così facendo esprimiamo il nostro credo e la grandezza della nostra dignità di cristiani all’interno della Chiesa Cattolica che ne è la custode fedele per conto del Cristo Signore.

Sia la teologia liturgica che quella sacramentale partono da un assioma fondamentale che dice che la The law of prayer And Lex credendi (the law of prayer is the law of believing). Ciò significa che il mio modo di pregare o di celebrare rende manifesta la mia fede. Ovviamente questo assioma è vero anche se formulato al contrario, the Lex credendi And The law of prayer e la mia fede mi rende possibile il pregare e il celebrare bene. Lascio però questo tipo di approfondimento al nostro confratello liturgista Simone Pifizzi che meglio di me sarà in grado di spiegare la questione. A me interessa chiarire anzitutto l’aspetto dogmatico e successivamente pastorale. Perché è da quello in cui crediamo e che difendiamo all’interno della Tradizione della Chiesa che nasce una buona pastorale che i più perfettini chiamerebbero Teologia Pratica.

L’aspetto pratico della nostra pastorale riflette l’aspetto più intimo della relazione con Dio, quello che il Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica [cf.. NN. 2095-ss] chiama virtù di religione e che ci dispone al riconoscimento adorante del Signore, prima realtà e comandamento sancito dal Decalogo e verità messianica che Gesù rigetta fortemente davanti al demonio nel deserto quando dice: «Sta scritto: “Il Signore, Dio tuo, adorerai: a lui solo renderai culto”» [Mt 4,10]. Therefore, se nella mia fede pratica non è presente il riconoscimento di dover rendere culto e adorare il Signore vivente, in Spirito e Verità [cf.. GV 4,24], farò anche delle cose bellissime ma resteranno sempre limitate alla glorificazione dell’uomo e delle realtà transeunte che non salvano e non giovano per la vita eterna.

È con il Signore dentro la sua Chiesa che noi intendiamo compromettere la nostra vita, till death, evento in cui la maggior parte dei paraventi dei mortali si sfaldano per lasciare scoperto il vero nervo dolente della nostra creaturalità malata dal peccato: abbiamo paura di morire perché non crediamo in un Dio vivo e risorto!

Nell’ipotetica graduatoria dei Sacramenti più strapazzati, non c’è neanche da chiederselo, al primo posto spicca quello dell’Eucaristia, intendendo sia il sacrificio della Santa Messa, la Comunione Eucaristica, il Santo Viatico e l’Adorazione Eucaristica. Complice il fatto che se la maggior parte dei fedeli e dei sacerdoti non crede più nella presenza viva e reale del Signore presente nel suo vero corpo, blood, anima e divinità di quel pane azzimo consacrato, tutto il resto viene poi di conseguenza. E dico questo non perché voglio lanciare delle accuse infamanti sul Popolo di Dio o su qualche confratello ― cosa che mi farebbe attirare subito le ire di quelle belle anime devote e dai verginali cuori scandalizzati il cui solo peccato dei preti consiste nella parolaccia o in quella zona geografica al di sotto della cintura dei pantaloni ― ma dico questo perché oggi con gli Smartphone e i social network tutto viene ripreso, tutto registrato e documentato e riproposto in tempo reale così come è accaduto per la Messa ciclistica Coppa Kobram, the Messa sul materassino in mare e altre ancora di cui si può facilmente ritrovare traccia nello sconfinato archivio del web.

A questo punto si tratta solo di vedere i documenti video e di fare le debite conclusioni … a questo proposito qualcuno avrebbe a dire «contra factum non valet argumentum». Ma noi, qui da The Island of Patmos, vogliamo aggiungere ai fatti anche gli argomenti, non tanto per difendere tali desolate macellerie messicane di indecorosità liturgica e sacramentale ma quei believers of Christ che hanno il diritto di avere dei buoni anticorpi per resistere nella fede a queste stranezze che sembrano ormai costituire la normalità oggettiva in tante comunità.

Prima di passare a esporre i fatti vorrei ricordare che nella stessa Roma fummo costretti ad assistere nel 2012 at the funeral of the most famous director of porn films, durante il quale celebri porno-attori e porno-attrici tutt’altro che pentiti, dopo avere ricevuto in modo sacrilego la Santissima Eucaristia, non contenti salirono all’ambone durante l’azione liturgica per fare un vero e proprio elogio orgoglioso alla pornografia prima del termine della Santa Messa. Episodio riportato in modo dettagliato dal nostro Padre Ariel in un articolo del 2017 al quale vi rimando [see article WHO].

La Santa Messa è il cuore della Chiesa e spesso capita che alcune celebrazioni eucaristiche divengano la cornice per esprimere altro o tutto il contrario di quello che dovrebbe essere una Santa Messa cattolica. Spesso questo capita in circostanze delicate, come ad esempio alle esequie religiose in cui la norma oramai in voga sembra essere solo quella della ricerca del rispetto umano che si pensa superiore e più urgente di quell’atteggiamento di latria che è dovuto e spetta solo al Signore realmente presente nelle Sacre Specie. E per inciso è bene ricordare che nella fede cattolica siamo soliti indicare con latria il culto riservato a Dio e alle Persone della Santissima Trinità, che è un culto di adorazione; with iperdulia quello dedicato alla Beata Vergina Maria che non è culto di adorazione ma di venerazione, altrettanto quello degli Angeli e dei Santi indicato con il termine di dulia.

Il fatto che si utilizzi la celebrazione eucaristica per “dire o fare altro” è sbagliato già in sé, proprio perché si utilizza la celebrazione della Santa Messa. È evidente il vizio di inappropriatezza di una fede deformata, perché già la Santa Messa con il suo mistero redentivo dice qualcosa di infinitamente più potente e definitivo: «annunciamo la tua morte, man, proclamiamo la tua resurrezione nell’attesa della tua venuta!» (acclamazione dell’assemblea dopo la Preghiera Eucaristica). Cosa che possiamo esprimere anche così: «Morte e vita si sono affrontate in un prodigioso duello: il Signore della vita era morto; but now, vivo, trionfa!» [dall’inno di lode Gregorian].

Cosa potremmo mai aggiungere di più e di migliore davanti a questo annuncio che caratterizza la beata speranza a cui tutti gli uomini sono chiamati da Cristo risorto? but yet, il caso delle messe esequiali rivisitate è molto comune e i confratelli parroci mi capiranno molto bene, alcuni dei quali si saranno ormai già rassegnati a far passare il tempo del funerale vivendolo come un momento penitenziale per evitare di trovarsi i parenti del caro estinto che elencano tutte le litanie più offensive e velenose sui preti e sulla “Chiesa rigida”.

Altri ancora resistono stoicamente e cercano di far comprendere che una celebrazione eucaristica esequiale, come quella celebrata recentemente nella chiesa di Santa Maria Ausiliatrice alla presenza del presule venezuelano S.E. Monsignor Riccardo Lamba vescovo ausiliario di Roma [you see WHO], può essere tutt’altra cosa, annuncio profetico di speranza e di consolazione davanti alla nullificazione della morte.

Dobbiamo affermare decisamente che il concetto di morte cristiana è diverso da quello di morte pagana. Qui non desideriamo prendere in esame la tragedia gravissima del caso di cronaca di Martina Scialdone uccisa a Roma dall’ex compagno. A noi interessa maggiormente portare dentro questo evento di morte assurda una risposta cristiana di fede che esula dal sentimento messo in risalto da tutta la stampa nazionale e a cui il Vescovo celebrante sembra aver implicitamente acconsentito permettendo che si eseguisse un brano del cantante Irama: «Ovunque sarai: l’addio a Martina Scialdone e quelle parole che spezzano il silenzio della chiesa al funerale» [cf.. WHO].

Siamo o no consapevoli di che cosa significa proporre una canzone del genere in memoria di un defunto che facendo palese richiamo alla reincarnazione dice testualmente: «Ovunque sarai / se tornerai qui / if more / lo sai che io ti aspetterò»? [cf.. WHO]. Un cristiano non dovrebbe già sapere a quale destino escatologico sono destinati i fratelli defunti? Dice il Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica al n. 1013:

«La morte è la fine del pellegrinaggio terreno dell’uomo, è la fine del tempo della grazia e della misericordia che Dio gli offre per realizzare la sua vita terrena secondo il disegno divino e per decidere il suo destino ultimo. Quando è “finito l’unico corso della nostra vita terrena”, noi non ritorneremo più a vivere altre vite terrene. “È stabilito per gli uomini che muoiano una sola volta” [EB 9,27]. Non c’è “reincarnazione” dopo la morte».

Capendo anzitutto questo siamo accompagnati anche a vedere la condizione definitiva in cui i nostri morti sono destinati a stare, la visione cristiana della morte è espressa in modo impareggiabile nella liturgia della Chiesa che dice:

«Ai tuoi fedeli, man, la vita non è tolta, ma trasformata; e mentre si distrugge la dimora di questo esilio terreno, viene preparata un’abitazione eterna nel cielo» [See. Prefazio dei defunti I: Roman Missal].

Questa nuova abitazione in cui la vita viene trasformata dopo la morte immette direttamente nella gloria del Paradiso con Dio, in quel mistero chiamato Comunione dei Santi che ci costituisce come Chiesa trionfante, purgante e militante. Non è perciò sensato e utile chiederci, nell’ottica di una fede matura, il «luogo fisico abitato» dai defunti: piuttosto i defunti vanno ritrovati viventi in Dio nell’attesa della resurrezione finale e in quella comunione di amore che noi mortali dobbiamo ricercare con Dio e che ci permette di essere a loro vicini ogni qual volta che preghiamo, partecipiamo alla Santa Messa, compiamo opere di misericordia in loro memoria, ci sforziamo di vivere una vita di conversione e di unione con il Signore in attesa di essere anche noi uniti al loro in Paradiso.

In conclusion, mi soffermo a commentare brevemente le indicazioni liturgiche del rituale delle esequie in uso presso la Chiesa Cattolica che un sacerdote in cura d’anime, e molto di più un vescovo, dovrebbe conoscere e applicare non per senso di freddo formalismo ma per custodire la forza della fede nella Chiesa e alimentare la speranza che non delude nel popolo di Dio.

Dalle precisazioni alle Premesse Generali the Rituale delle Esequie [cf.. pp. 29-30] leggiamo al paragrafo 6:

«dopo la monizione introduttiva all’ultima raccomandazione e commiato, secondo le consuetudini locali approvate dal vescovo diocesano, possono essere aggiunte brevi parole di cristiano ricordo nei riguardi del defunto. Il testo sia precedentemente concordato e non sia pronunciato dall’ambone. Si eviti il ricorso a testi o immagini registrati, come pure l’esecuzione di canti o musiche estranei alla liturgia».

Anzitutto al termine della Santa Messa esequiale, dopo aver celebrato il sacrificio della passione, morte e risurrezione di Cristo che si innalza vittorioso davanti alla morte e al feretro in chiesa, poco ci sarebbe da aggiungere, se non un solenne: I believe. But the Church, nella sua sollecitudine materna, desidera ancora essere balsamo di tenerezza e raccomandare a Dio il defunto e accomiatarsi da lui nella speranza di un nuovo incontro nel Paradiso. Per questo permette che ci sia un congedo affettuoso e familiare purché in spirito cristiano riverberando quel mistero appena concluso nell’eucaristia celebrata.

Questo saluto sia concordato con il sacerdote che ne verifica l’idoneità e l’opportunità di una indebita spettacolarizzazione, affinché non si esprimano valori che stridono con la fede cristiana, così come va abbondantemente di moda oggi l’espressione pagana: «che la terra ti sia lieve». Tutto questo sia fatto non dall’ambone, che è il luogo dove deve risuonare la sola Parola di Dio, ma da un luogo consono.

Esplicita quanto necessaria è la puntualizzazione di evitare canti, musiche o altro che sia estraneo alla liturgia e che possa creare confusione anche se in qualche modo si possa trovare un nesso con la storia del defunto o della sua famiglia. Ripetiamo che i sacramenti non sono pasta da modellismo che posso adattarsi o modificarsi a seconda delle voglie.

Se proprio dobbiamo ricercare parole o canti adatti che possono avere la forza di spezzare il silenzio di un funerale in chiesa, serviamoci di quanto il tesoro della Chiesa già mette nelle nostre mani, in quell’inno pasquale dell’Exulte

«Questa è la notte in cui Cristo, destroying the bonds of death, He rose as victor from the tomb. Nessun vantaggio per noi essere nati, se lui non ci avesse redenti».

Dimentichiamo troppo spesso che siamo stati chiamati all’esistenza per essere redenti e riscattati da Cristo ed è questo che ci permette di vedere la morte come passaggio e non una fine. In ogni funerale Cristo è lì a ricordarci di avere spezzato la morte e con essa l’assurdo dolore di una vita che può essere violata o insulsa agli occhi dei più, basta solo crederci. E i primi a crederci dovrebbero essere i sacri pastori come celebratori e zelanti custodi dei sacri misteri.

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Parallel existences: Lady Diana e Georg Gänswein, like having everything in life and then spending your time complaining about it?

PARALLEL EXISTENCES: LADY DIANA E GEORG GÄNSWEIN, HOW TO HAVE EVERYTHING FROM LIFE AND THEN SPEND THE TIME COMPLAINING ABOUT IT?

The pamphlet of Archbishop Georg Gänswein written with the help of the sacristan Saverio Gaeta is the denial of history and culture, above all of the prudence and wisdom that for centuries have governed and which still today should govern the entire paradigm of the Roman Curia.

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What if. Mons. George Ganswein might not be a golden eagle is a legitimate suspicion that has been around since the times when, covering the delicate role of personal secretary of the Supreme Pontiff, Benedict XVI held conversations with the prestigious and famous international theological journal Vanity Fair who launched the service under the title: Father Georg, being beautiful is not a sin. A a debated question of such a profound metaphysical level before which St. Thomas Aquinas would have thrown in the towel saying: «I can do nothing in the face of such a transcendental wisdom».

 

Finish first on the cover of this monthly should cause deep embarrassment to any clergyman. It would be enough just to remember - to those who are not particularly familiar with English - that Vanity Fair translates literally: "Vanity Fair". Nothing more suitable for certain personalities who have traveled the pontificate of Benedict XVI. Obviously without neglecting the others, those who are following that of Francesco, in other respects they are even worse. Indeed, those who for ten years now have improvised overnight all activists committed to the poor, migrants, refugees and existential peripheries, they go way beyond a cover up Vanity Fair, which is all in all innocent. Today, a priest who morbidly aspires to the episcopate, or a bishop who morbidly aspires to the cardinalate and who therefore shows up at the Casa Santa Marta dressed in a shabby way, they are far worse than that, however few now, there are enough cojions both in weight and in circumference to show up with a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo moccasins that cost 1.000 Euro. Because, counter-trend, they are not the first, who behind the banner of the "poor Church for the poor" aspire to make a career, but the seconds, who presenting himself to the August Inquilino of Santa Marta with a cassock of fine fabric made to measure by a tailor and wearing a pair of expensive shoes underneath, in this way they demonstrate that they do not aspire to any kind of career and that they are authentic nonconformists for this reason, especially of free men.

 

L'Arcescuvo Georg Gänswein has a known limit both in the historical and in the clinical field, closely linked to an all-German ancient pathology. It is indeed known that the German, if limited and not up to par, as a German, however, he feels more than ever a genius. E, always as German, he is even able to look down on those with science and wisdom with a snobbish nose, as guilty of not being German, therefore not up to par a priori. If not, one would not understand why in the course of history wars have lost them all. Simple reason: as Germans they felt unbeatable and invincible. Or just because, as some of their famous characters wrote, they felt beyond Good and Evil.

 

That of a secretary it is a role of great delicacy the higher the political office, administrative or ecclesiastical context in which the person who is to serve is located. Some might say that times have changed, for this very reason we will avoid referring to the Supreme Pontiffs of seventy or eighty years ago, taking as a model those of those who opened up to great reforms, for example the Holy Pontiff John XXIII who convoked the Second Vatican Council and the Holy Pontiff Paul VI who carried it forward. Both of these Supreme Pontiffs lived through years of great transformations, or of so-called modernizations that had absolutely nothing stagnant, considering the level of turmoil that moved the waters in their times. We can perhaps equate the elegant discretion with which they carried out their role Loris Francesco Capovilla personal secretary of John XXIII e Pasquale Macchi which was of Paul VI, with respect to the way in which Georg Gänswein was publicly close to Benedict XVI? A secretary stands in the shadows, not in the spotlight, his job is to make his own shine with sunlight master. The true and faithful secretary serves the master with total and tireless dedication, escaping any form of visibility, because he knows how to be in public always keeping in the shadows. Unfortunately it is a fact that the private secretary of Benedict XVI has never escaped the lenses of photographers and cameraman, not so much because it is objectively photogenic, but because he just looked right into it. Not to mention several of his hosted in the various exclusive clubs of the Italian capital. Let me be clear: being guests at certain circles is not a bad thing nor a sin, clergymen are to have dealings with everyone, believers and non-believers, God-fearing and unrepentant libertines, as long as they are always based on prudence and as long as there is always a very specific pastoral or charitable purpose and aim in attendance. Or better: if, for example, there is a need to raise funds for the pediatric oncology department of the Bambino Gesù Hospital, a high prelate must not hesitate for a moment to go to gods party to say where pure there are the plastic whores of high society who slam your face with surgical tits that defy all laws from physics, because a few million euro collected from bankers and industrialists for children with cancer is worth not one ... but a hundred whores followed them with their tummies redone outside mezze, given that since quanno er monno e monno the deaf and the whores go hand in hand, because 'where they don't exist 'e piotte de' de' sòrdi, you can rest assured that the whores can't be found, Armenian those of the level. However, if there is no pastoral or charitable purpose, but these are only invitations for their own sake made by members of the Roman nobility or upper middle class, just to have the hot character to show off in their living rooms, in this case it is nothing short of good to avoid. Whether or not Benedict XVI's private secretary had such prudence during the years of the pontificate of this Augustus Pontiff, it is not known, his conscience. One thing is certain: photo shoots appeared periodically in newspapers between 2005 and the 2013 they tend to show that he has stirred the ladle in the pot with a prudence that could leave something to be desired.

 

All of this is largely excusable and forgivable, provided, however, that one does not transcend into what is not excusable and perhaps not even forgivable. It was in fact a fall in style never seen before when Archbishop Georg Gänswein went on the air for an interview conducted by Ezio Mauro on the evening of 5 January 2023 su Rai3, a few hours after the funeral and burial of Benedict XVI. Someone said it was a taped interview. If so, worse than ever, because this means that it was recorded while the Holy Father was about to die.

 

Next to follow another fall in style was the printing of a book written with the collaboration of that half-priest by Saverio Gaeta, that not being able to play the role of minister in sacred he settles for being a sacristan, as all clericalized laity are accustomed to do. It was from the times of pamphlet very famous and very poisonous of Gone with the wind at the Vatican that we didn't read stuff like that.

 

About that worth remembering which was it, even in the recent past, the action of men who, despite all their strengths and weaknesses and despite not being violets at all, however, they served the Church and the Papacy in a style that would seem unknown to Archbishop Georg Gänswein. Consider, for example, when Cardinal Angelo Sodano was called to testify during the first preliminary stages of the beatification process of John Paul II, of which he was Secretary of State from 1991 until his death. Lapidary his answer even before they asked him a question:

 

"Put in the record that I have nothing to declare and that above all I do not intend to answer any questions".

 

The reason for the answer is simple and increasingly coherent: a Secretary of State for his part, otherwise, but in the same way the private secretary of a Supreme Pontiff, of necessity it ends up being a treasure trove of secrets that must remain absolutely inviolable. Those who have lived alongside certain men have learned to know their strengths and weaknesses, greatness and great limits. Not to mention all the times that third parties have taken the blame and responsibility for errors, but also for real damage done by the Supreme Pontiff, whose figure must always be kept spotless, not so much for the man himself, but for the high office of divine institution that he holds. Indeed, as Voltaire said:

 

“To the court, my son, skill does not consist at all in speaking well, but it's all about knowing how to keep quiet".

 

The pamphlet of Archbishop Georg Gänswein written with the help of the sacristan Saverio Gaeta is the denial of history and culture, above all of the prudence and wisdom that for centuries have governed and which still today should govern the entire paradigm of the Roman Curia. Unhappy and inappropriate book that becomes surreal for this, therefore actually misleading, because if you really want to talk about a Supreme Pontiff - which his private secretary should never do -, in this case you have to highlight its strengths and weaknesses, its virtues and its limitations, his right choices and his mistakes. There is perhaps none of this in the pamphlet in question, where a Benedict XVI appears cloaked in such candor as to make St. Luigi Gonzaga and St. Maria Goretti die of envy?

 

It's obvious that Archbishop Georg Gänswein wanted to remove pebbles from his shoe, his lines say it, it is certainly not a rash and ungenerous judgement. And to do it he chose the least suitable way, or maybe worse: he just chose a way never seen before. To find similar precedents you have to go back to the painful story of Diana Spencer, note eat Lady Diana, wife of the then Prince Charles, now King of England. That Diana is planted by an emotional army of suburban shampooists and tailors, nothing but a poor happy goose, someone who had had everything in life, but that he found nothing better to do than spend his time complaining about it. Yup, her husband had a mistress and cheated on her. Very bad and very serious! A perfect faithless adulterer. However, there is a small passage that has always escaped everyone, by the famous singer pop Elthon John who dedicated a song to her down to the last anonymous suburban tailor: when you are the mother of the heir to the throne of England, in that case you hold your horns and shut up, because reason of state far outweighs betrayal and your wounded feminine pride. This simply because towards your son who is the future sovereign and towards your country whose good you must hold above all else, you have specific responsibilities that go far beyond one, ten, hundred, mille Camilla Parker Bowles. You certainly don't start serving vengeance, either hot or cold, least of all to screw up from one interview to another a Royal House in which your children are inserted by dynastic order as the first and second heir to the throne. Other than Lady Diana "princess of the people". Lady Diana was a first-rate selfish and reckless hen, with all due respect to the serenades in her honor by Elthon John and the emotional tears of the shampists and suburban tailors who made up and who still make up her one and only true people. Lady Diana was a terrible mother and a real disgrace of an English citizen, who put her own emotionality and selfishness as a wounded woman above all else.

 

Together with the book by Archbishop Georg Gänswein the one of the second son of the King of England has come out in these days, who following in the unhappy maternal footsteps throws shovelfuls of mud on her family, which is equivalent to saying about his country, because his family, especially his father who is the sovereign head of state, it is the symbol of unity, of the history and dignity of that ancient nation. Different ages and different worlds, but in some respects united by a single common denominator: emotionality, vanity and finally stupidity.

 

In short … ’a G’georg, first with the interviews then with the book you pissed right out of the boxsO. E daije, see de tenette l'animo 'npace, are you detitular Archbishop made the b’caregiver, but what the fuck do you want, above all, but what the hell are you complaining about?

 

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Ecce Agnus Dei. Recognizing Jesus the Baptist opens the doors to the mystery of God and the mystery of ourselves

«EXCCE AGNUS DEI». RECOGNIZING JESUS ​​THE BAPTIST OPENS THE DOORS TO THE MYSTERY OF GOD AND THE MYSTERY OF OURSELVES

Acknowledging Jesus with this statement, John the Baptist opens up the mystery of God and the mystery of ourselves and guides us to discover God to gradually discover the mystery of man enclosed within ourselves.

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A step foundation of the Gospel of Blessed John the Evangelist narrates:

"The day after, John seeing Jesus coming towards him said: “Here is the lamb of God, behold the one who takes away the sin of the world! Here is the one of whom I spoke: After me comes a man who has passed me, because it was before me. I didn't know him, but I came to baptize with water so that he might be made known to Israel”. John testified by saying: “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and land on him. I didn't know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me: The man upon whom you will see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit. And I saw and testified that this is the Son of God”» [GV 1, 29-34].

Recognizing Jesus with this affirmation the Baptist opens up the mystery of God and the mystery of ourselves, guiding us to discover God to gradually discover the mystery of man enclosed within ourselves.

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From the flight of the bumblebee to the flight of the jackal: Gianluigi Nuzzi, than with his”Quarto Grado acts as Rete4's gravedigger, a dead Pope has already launched on Emanuela Orlandi

FROM THE FLIGHT OF THE HORNET TO THE FLIGHT OF THE JACKAL: GIANLUIGI NUZZI, CHE CON IL SUO QUARTO GRADO SVOLGE FUNZIONE DI BECCHINO DI RETE4, A PAPA MORTO SI È GIÀ LANCIATO SU EMANUELA ORLANDI

It deals with, in truth, of a painful and pitiful case, anzitutto per la scomparsa temporibus illis di questa adolescente, a seguire per tutte le speculazioni più assurde e fantastiche che sopra di esso sono state fatte, but what is worse: che continuano a essere fatte.

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Il giornalista Gianluigi Nuzzi autore di diversi libri scandalistici su cose vaticane

Era da molto tempo che non tornavo sulle colonne di questa nostra Patmos Island, presto spiegato il motivo: come tutte le donne di potere preferisco vivere e operare nell’ombra, behind the scenes. It is not by chance, quando fui raccolta neonata presso le Catacombe di Priscilla quell’eccentrico del Padre Ariel, sulle prime, voleva chiamarmi Marozia, poi optò subito per chiamarmi Hypatia.

Sul caso di Emanuela Orlandi scrissi nel 2019. It deals with, in truth, of a painful and pitiful case, anzitutto per la scomparsa temporibus illis di questa adolescente, a seguire per tutte le speculazioni più assurde e fantastiche che sopra di esso sono state fatte, but what is worse: che continuano a essere fatte.

Ho detto già tutto quello che c’era da dire, pertanto oggi, all’uscita dell’articolo su La Stampa di Gianluigi Nuzzi che anticipa la sua nuova e sensazionale opera di sciacallaggio, posso solo limitarmi a riproporre questo mio vecchio articolo.

 

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EMANUELA ORLANDI WAS BURIED IN VATICAN IN CAVES SAINT PETER IN THE SARCOPHAGUS OF POPE BONIFACE VIII

The Holy See, to any request made by Pietro Orlandi, Also, and only on the basis of an anonymous message received, would not hesitate to agree to the opening and inspection of any. So that, to put an end to it all, the Saint Pius Cat told me that the young woman was buried in caves under the Pontifical Archbasilica St. Peter, inside the coffin containing the remains of auguste Pope Boniface VIII.

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historian and sad manifesto that poor Orlandi family had put up for Rome after the death of the young Emanuela

In the last two days this scorching July heat in Rome is a bit’ decreased, but on Saturday, when I went to the convent of the Dominican Fathers in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, I thought of them inside 'n oven. So much so that I am called: mo 'I'm going' n little 'refreshes inside ar Pantheon, before de reaches the Dominican cloister inquisigatto Torque ner.

In the church of the Pantheon entrar were around ... 'NBE: not blocked me from perhaps those from 'the honor guard sabbauda?

Just so, they told me:

«Too, them cats, nun came Ponna».

Since I was already upset from the heat, at that point I did not see anymore and I answered:

«But the kids stamo? You just made entrà 'na de whores co bracket’ the zinne de Fora, then ampresso 'na coppietta de fags little hand na' to co manina’ them tight shorts' n half ar ass, and not make me unable to know '' a gattolica apostolic Roman? But de c'avete that fear, that if there Magnino them cats from the tombs the bones of those four carrion de Savoia them?».

Said this

ueh, but you know that nun m'allontano m'ammollava 'n carcio, quer large fijo de 'na bitch dressed as' n nineteenth puppet? It hath been made well in strillamme:

"This is insulting to the Fathers of the Fatherland!».

al che, before I moved away - because what else would take me to kick it seriously - then I screamed:

«... see, them Founding Fathers? They were only four mercenaries Masons, see the emparatte 'n bit' of history: to 'asshole!».

Just go through the gate of the Dominican Convent Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, dear Torque, inquisigatto more, He came to welcome me, amiable as ever. It is really a great cat of faith, very solid in the doctrine. We exchanged greetings, He then updated on the latest feline tribunal of the Inquisition.

«Dear Hypatia, I say to you that? Now nun potemo longer works. Just du 'weeks ago far we have put in three rats process bazzicaveno the church of’ Canadian, accused all three of diffonne heretical thoughts on cristologgia and pneumatologgia. goats, You know what happened

I turn my eyes to the sky and wonder lights in this regard, He responds Torque:

«Far we have risked us, de ended on trial! And you know why? But because the three rats were three heretical der catechists Neocatechumenal, understood? And you say that there is de vintage luxury because, a gay cat, margrado them that his withered ce vo 'b'bene, He has put everything in silent at er Supreme Tribbunale from 'Apostolic Signatura. Figurete, Hypatia my, Semo now ar legal chaos. Just think of the various b'botte de genie de 'sti times, nun found by de Meijo ago that abolished er tribbunale diocesan appeal by 'in the Diocese of Rome, essenno er President n'omo saint in one piece jie riggettava that the judgments of first instance on matrimonial nullity, made and dates' n jiffy, It was not even been set up pe 'er davero Catholic divorce».

At that point I explained to my dear Torque the problem, hence the reason for my visit. The day 11 July, at the request of his brother Pietro Orlandi, two tombs were opened at the Vatican Teutonic cemetery, to see if in them are the remains of the young Emanuela Orlandi were found, disappeared in 1983 at the age of sixteen [cf. WHO, WHO].

The day before I had been achieved by our beloved sister gattolica Tac, which as you may recall Readers lives in Cagliari, at the Hospital Chaplaincy Brotzu, where he is devoted to volunteering. A real Mother Teresa of Calcutta in size cat. The dear Tac is a mystic with special miraculous gifts. The only problem is that speaks and communicates only in Barbagia language, which it is not a dialect, but a real language. This forces me to turn to Torque, because it is a specialist in the philology of ancient Italic languages. Read the text, Good Torque has made me a faithful translation, which is as follows:

"In a moment of ecstasy, He appeared in a vision the Saint Pius Cat, who told me: must end, once and for all, the painful story of the young Emanuela Orlandi. Also because, if not, his brother Peter, long as he lives, will not rest. In order for this peace comes it is good to be revealed once and for all the burial of the remains of the poor girl. Otherwise it will continue to make regular excavations, buchi, inspection of tombs and so on. The Holy See, to any request made by Pietro Orlandi, Also, and only on the basis of an anonymous message received, would not hesitate to agree to the opening and inspection of any. So that, to put an end to it all, the Saint Pius Cat told me that the young woman was buried in caves under the Pontifical Archbasilica St. Peter, inside the coffin containing the remains of auguste Pope Boniface VIII» [CF. Transcript translated into Italian vision of the cat Tac, mystique of Sardinian Barbagia].

Without the translation Torque and I just looked stunned. Until, his breath, the distinguished Inquisigatto Major asked me:

Sentime b'bene Hypatia, you know I know '' No cat de faith, But, with all respect er pe’ 'It is our most valued mystical, nun is that na’ 'Sardinia, of these times, there is one of those sultry thistles that would sbarella cor brain well saints?

While this hypothesis valutavamo we exchanged various opinions on the painful story of the young Emanuela Orlandi, the case of which has long since been closed by the Roman magistracy. But above all there is a question of rigor to do: during the long and careful investigation carried out for years and years, emerged perhaps the figure of a teenager on model Agnes, virgin and martyr? It is perhaps, in the minutes of the investigations and interrogations, is on record that this young man attending parties, if anything, even larger than she, who were not properly or the young San Luigi Gonzaga or the great teacher of St. Philip Blacks? [cf. WHO, WHO …]. And in those eighties and beyond, how many were girls in the age group between 15 e i 18 year old, disappeared and were never found again? Various investigators, during those years, how many times they are put on the tracks of the so-called white slavery?

At the Prosecutor's Office in Rome, exist dossiers and open investigation cases, finally he closed after years without success, regarding adolescents and young girls disappeared and were never found again. You go in the historical archives of the Public Prosecutor of Rome, for confirmation, but especially ample evidence. The first that maybe he should go would be the lawyer acting for his brother, who have not the legal talent of the lawyer Giulia Bongiorno, he still had on several occasions its bath of cameras on the sad story of Emanuela Orlandi, as well as on the skin of the Holy See cyclically exposed to the media pillory.

Because none of these girls disappeared and were never found again did the news that after more than three decades followed but to work in the case of Emanuela Orlandi? But for the simple fact that the girl was part of the small circle of those few lay people who are citizens of Vatican City State, or a few dozen people, of which about one thousand to eighty percent they are all ecclesiastical. Or someone thinks that if the young man had been a Swiss citizen, French, German or Italian, his case would be continued for three decades, and pulled out each time in a corner of Italy is discovered a body buried somewhere outside of a cemetery?

This is what unleashes always morbid itching which unfortunately it is likely to give rise and breath the same brother, on whose sense of faith Catholic There is much to discuss, saw the way, the first anonymous tip, he demands and gets scoperchiamenti of tombs and analysis of remains of corpses, as happened in the recent case of the finds at the palace of the Apostolic Nunciature in Italy [cf. WHO]. And before each of these situations, the good brother Peter - which as mentioned above is not obligated at all to be a devout Catholic -, It favors the exposure of the Church in repeated forms of media pillory.

Just think, a level of journalistic literature and sinister gossip editorial, What it was published over three decades, often with very shameful accusations against the same Popes, followed by a considerable number of deceased prelates who have never been able to defend, but the memories which has made havoc in the name of an unspecified "truth about Emanuela Orlandi". Just as if the "truth about Emanuela Orlandi" justify any inference or any shovelful of mud thrown on the memories of other people. A random name among many? Just think about what has been written over time on the Cardinal Ugo Poletti [1914-1997], Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome [1973-1991], che si è giunti persino ad accusare di avere tramato con i criminali della Banda della Magliana e il suo capo Robertino De Pedis, not to mention the inferences fiction on the then Secretary of State, Cardinal Agostino Casaroli [1914-1998] [cf. WHO]. Therefore, If Pietro Orlandi, as baptized and as a person born, He grew up and lived in the Vatican City State, It does not intend to have respect toward the Catholic Church and the Holy See, have least respect for himself and for his sister's memory, exposed for decades to gossip morbid journalists, especially because of him that never fails to give them generous waterfalls for their mills.

If no one has ever had the courage to say to the person concerned, it will be good that someone tell the good brother that journalists, tele-journalists and authors of tabloid books that aim to sell as many copies as possible, his sister Emanuela Orlandi not interested in anything. Is it possible that we all know but him, that this kind of heartless people and ten centimeters on wild boar followed undeterred stomach to provide jobs and editorial gains?

By now the Holy See, before any unreasonable and irrational demand that comes from Pietro Orlandi, He did not hesitate to run the forensic, to be analyzed remains of corpses, to proceed to the svellimento of floors, the opening of graves and so to follow, He was desperate to show the public that the Vatican has nothing to hide on the story of this teenager, already accustomed to frequent sixteen of not very advisable companies, as it is clear from the acts and lengthy, thorough investigative inquiries, or not? A young man was kidnapped on the streets of the capital of Italy, not in the Vatican gardens or while walking in the courtyard of San Damaso under the windows of the State Secretariat playing his flute.

Give her won to Peter Orlandi, whatever he asks and pretends, It is neither just nor pedagogic. Therefore, Dear Lord this that lies beyond all limits, it should first be said some no, then adequately advised to turn to a good clinical psychologist, in case it failed, over the decades, to process pain or trauma of bereavement.

The cat and I Torque finally we said to ourselves that certain things are not joking, nor ever should joking. But … why not falsify the message written by our mystical Barbagia after his vision? In conclusion, alcuni dicono e sostengono che abbiano taroccato persino il terzo segreto di Fatima.

«Torque, you launch 'n'idea. If it was very sbajiata, I ask God for forgiveness with all my heart er».

«Dimming, Dear Hypatia, what is' st'idea».

«Here we ... er tarot message from’ 'Mystics Tac, facenno reaches a similar message but different. For example, say that potemo 'is pora creature was made rests under the altar of' Confession in St. Peter, inside 'to the grave der Blessed Apostle Peter ...».

«Hypatia, to 'or say that with all core er: tojiete st'idea mind. Because if Peter Orlandi comes a kind der Post, within forty-eight hours ar maximum, mannerebbero them workers under the cameras' on television to seporcro opened er der Prince delli Apostles. Do not think, Hypatia my, but we still own».

May the soul of this beloved creature enjoy the divine peace between the Angels and Saints, wherever he buried his mortal body, but it can allow yourself above God's peace to those who just will not find peace, up to take peace to other, starting with the peace repeatedly taken to the Holy See, that the defects it has many and serious, but that does not deserve all this. Once fact, to the point where we are, If an anonymous did report it to Pietro Orlandi, we risk seriously to see even open the tomb of the Blessed Apostle Peter.

the Island of Patmos, 15 July 2019

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When during the Holy Mass Father Ariel smashed a guitar on the column of the nave of a parish church

WHEN DURING THE HOLY MASS FATHER ARIEL Smashed A GUITAR ON THE COLUMN OF THE NAVE OF A PARISH CHURCH

When he goes to places he doesn't know, he prefers to have a policeman nearby who can possibly block him, "privilege" this granted of motu proprio a me, poor wretch that I am! Simple reason: holding a Bengal tiger is easier and less dangerous than holding him.

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I'm 12 year old that I live and work closely with him, are therefore a living archive of the deeds of Father Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo. Naturally, when you are meek, one does not narrate one's most beautiful deeds, for matters of meekness. I fear that one day I will have to give an account to God for having prevented the performance of various not beautiful feats, but beautiful. And who knows what punishment I will have to suffer for this, when I stand before the judgment of God, having prevented the realization of certain strokes of genius.

 

Characteristic of Father Ariel is to surprise you with things you would never expect. Because of this, when he begins with certain performance, always and strictly sudden and unexpected, people can't even react in the moment, because they need to get into the order of ideas that what happened is true, which just really happened.

 

May 2010, a brother of Father Ariel, Colombian, while he was doing his doctorate in sacred liturgy in a pontifical university in Rome he carried out the ministry of second assistant pastor in a parish that I won't name, in a suburbicarian diocese of Rome which I will not name. Having decided to make a pilgrimage to Fatima and stay in Portugal for a few days, calls Father Ariel and asks him if he can replace him for the evening Mass on Saturday and for that of Sunday morning. He accepts right away, also for the deep fraternal and emotional bond he nurtures towards that priest, who was master of ceremonies at his priestly ordination.

 

As it usually does, he asks me if I can accompany him and carry out the service of acolyte, not being able to admit that when he goes to places he doesn't know, he prefers to have a policeman nearby who can possibly block him, "privilege" this granted of motu proprio a me, poor wretch that I am! Simple reason: holding a Bengal tiger is easier and less dangerous than holding him.

 

Against guitars Father Ariel has nothing, why the guitar, if played well, by professionals and musicians, it can be a splendid liturgical instrument. Time and again we have heard guitarists play arias by J.S. Bach, on other occasions even accompany Gregorian chants in the background. An authentic marvel.

But when he hears about sixty-year-old post-sixty-eight-year-olds play the guitars they can't play, if anything on the melody of When the Saints Go Marching In, Father Ariel might even make you regret not meeting Jack the Ripper instead, with which all in all could go better.

 

I admit: Sunday morning that coretto hit rock bottom. During Communion they began to sing a song taken from the famous opera Jesus Christ Superstar. And here it must be stated: Father Ariel greatly appreciates both that work and the ballet of Martha Graham Dance Company, which he considers one of his greatest works rock in the twentieth century. But, at the same time, he is a presbyter and a theologian of solid doctrine and knows that that work and the lyrics of his songs strongly deny the divinity of Christ. That's when the chorus begins to sing on the words translated into Italian of the Magdalene in love with Christ: "… it's a man, he's just a man". Father Ariel ceases to distribute Communion, goes up to the altar, he places the pyx on it, he kneels reverently, descends under the presbytery, he takes the guitar from the guitarist's hand and smashes it on the column of a nave. He leaves the guitar in pieces on the floor and says: “At the end of real concerts rock that's how it's done".

 

A grave silence fell in the church. And as if nothing happened, composed and frozen like a piece of ice, the Eucharistic celebration continued and ended.

 

The pastor didn't dare say anything, I assume fearing ending up with a bronze candlestick stamped on my back. But the next day he was the first to support the protest of those choristers to the Bishop, saying he didn't know that priest and blaming the second assistant pastor who had called him to replace him. Obviously Father Ariel had already taken care to call his Bishop, who at the time was Msgr. Luigi Negri, and tell him the story.

 

No later than Monday afternoon the Bishop of that Diocese calls Mons. Luigi Negri, which basically was perhaps even more indisposed of the Father Ariel himself in the face of certain liturgical antics, and that so calms him down: «I reassure you and please also reassure the guitarist that all in all it went really well for him, rather thank God, because for the type that is, I'm amazed that he smashed the guitar on the column and not on his head».

 

Spent a year, while the Colombian priest was about to leave Rome at the end of his studies and return to his diocese, a few days before taking the plane he confided to Father Ariel that he had invited him on purpose to replace him, imagining that in the face of similar things he would have reacted, after he had had to put up with that choir and that ignorant parish priest for two years in matters of doctrine and faith, that he didn't even realize the heresies that those people sang during Mass.

 

But I repeat: being Father Ariel meek, deeply tame, avoid narrating some of his finest deeds, certainly for a speech of profound humility.

 

the Island of Patmos, 9 January 2023

 

 

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The civil juridical aspects of Communion on the hands in the face of the absurd legal actions undertaken by priests and bishops who deserve to be flogged in blood

THE CIVIL LEGAL ASPECTS OF COMMUNION ON THE HANDS BEFORE THE ABSURD LEGAL ACTIONS TAKEN BY PRIESTS AND BISHOPS WHICH WOULD DESERVE TO BE FLOGISHED

We will pay a lot, we will pay for everything, with so many and such interest inflicted by God's chastisement that will be so high as to leave even the worst money lenders speechless. Because we have throttled God who at the right time will let us experience first-hand what a divine loan shark is capable of.

 

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if l'ideology surpasses the transcendental value, metaphysical and mystagogical of the ineffable Eucharistic Mystery, our Venerable Bishops could also close the great shop of the Italian Episcopal Conference, send his folks away 400 and useless salaried employees, most of whom were hired because they were friends of friends of friends of this or that monsignor, after which to found a Non Governmental Organization to dedicate itself to refugees, migrants and non-EU citizens who are so fashionable today, because it seems that only "they are the Church".

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It's a matter of consistency, ever since the gloriously reigning Supreme Pontiff, on the day of Holy Thursday in which the institution of the ministerial priesthood and of the Most Holy Eucharist is celebrated, he found nothing better to do than rinse and kiss the feet of convicts and whores, several of whom are non-Catholics and not even baptized Christians. Indeed, it is notoriously known that Jesus Christ, as apostles, a small group of prisoners and whores was chosen. And I repeat the magic word: consistency! Unless, to some of our bishops, it does not appear that Our Lord Jesus Christ took a poor man during the last supper, exhibited it to the apostles and said: “This is my body, this is my blood". Then giving the command: "Do this in memory of me". And this is done, far from consecrating them Priests of the New Covenant, he took a group of pagan whores and told them to go and evangelize the peoples [cf.. Mt 10, 5-8; MC 16, 15-20], to baptize [cf.. Mt 28, 19-20] and to forgive sins [cf.. GV 20, 22-23].

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On the threshold of sixty, not having to become bishop and cardinal, nor having ever had any career ambitions, I can benefit from that freedom of God's children which allows me to tell bad teachers and bad pastors that they are such, to grave harm to the Church and the People of God, if anything even with the aggravating circumstance of the cowardice of those who know perfectly well what is wrong, if not worse sacrilegious. But for a quiet life they are silent, because they don't want problems, or because the bishop of the suffragan diocese points to the nearby metropolitan archiepiscopal see, or why the metropolitan archbishop of that archdiocese is clamoring for the cardinalate, for this he sports a pectoral cross made from the piece of wood of a migrant boat that sank off the coast of Lampedusa, proceeding in procession with a wooden pastoral stick that seems to have come out of Mastro Geppetto's workshop, whose son Pinocchio, as known, was born by the work of a saw. And if a person like me dares to point them out for what they are, that is, sensational kiss-ass, he even risks appearing as a vulgar priest. Because it is good to clarify: vulgar is not who kisses the ass of the powerful bully by bending to his worst and most harmful whims, but who indicates it as such using a word that upsets the tender and delicate ears of the children of the new and modest Victorian England of the late nineteenth century, with all its private vices and public virtues. A Prudibonda England where it was possible to bugger merrily in private, as long as the word "ass" was not used in public, Oscar Wilde sweett!

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We know perfectly well that giving Holy Communion on the hands today is very dangerous, especially in certain areas and localities of our country, in which magical and esoteric practices are widespread, on the rise, however, throughout our national territory. As well known, when one no longer believes in God and in the mysteries of faith, you always end up believing in everything.

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On the casual way in which Holy Communion is administered, our Father Ivano Liguori has just written [see WHO]. This article of mine is nothing more than a sort of continuation appendix to yours. Obviously with a substantial difference: he expresses himself in a seraphic way, even when it's harsh, I do not. When I am strict I sometimes become very harsh and I am not afraid to resort even to trivial expressions.

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Inside the church, thanks to the influences of a Calvinist matrix that taint the Catholic ecclesial communities of Northern Europe, Communion given on the hands has become a real ideological claim since the 1970s, a sign of distinction, a hallmark of certain so-called Catholic-Protestant progressivism. And when with the Covid epidemic it was really forced to give it up for reasonable safety reasons, the few embankments that remained have totally decayed. Here then is that today, not a few ideological priests, they impudently allow themselves to deny it to those who dare to receive it in the mouth or worse than ever on their knees. Just as this pitiful video proves, where a Metropolitan Archbishop and his Auxiliary Bishop distribute Holy Communion.

We also reported it recently, complete with film document, the shameful case of the priest who denied Communion in St. Peter's Square at the funeral of Benedict XVI and rejected a faithful who, making an intolerable affront, even dared to kneel [see WHO]. Let's not joke, kneeling before Christ God present alive and true in soul, body and divinity borders on blasphemy today. Only in front of the Nigerian whores invited as protagonists of honor at the papal Mass of the Lord's Supper kneel down, complete with rinsing and kissing the feet [cf.. my book WHO]. Then, wanting to be good all the way, we could also apply softening creams for the heels hardened by the heels and pass a little polish on his nails, finally exhort them by saying: "… daughter, Now go back to being a whore, because God loves you as you are and for the job you do".

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The plates have been missing for years used for some centuries during the distribution of Holy Communion, in case a Holy Host had inadvertently fallen. On the other hand, however, they were established by certain sculettanti aesthetic ceremonies the silver plates to place the much holier and more precious red bishop's skullcap on top, before which the Body of Christ is very little.

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In various locations it has happened more times than people, received Holy Communion, they put it in their pocket. In others some young people, received the Holy Wafer, they ran off, surely to make use of it in various Satanist circles. One time, and Satanists, to steal the Eucharist they had to enter the churches, if anything at night, or in any case break into the tabernacles. Today we went to meet them making their job much easier: we put it directly into his hand.

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Faced with such specific and by no means rare cases we come now to the idiocy of those bishops and priests who have seen fit to react by even making complaints. It is obvious to say the least that such complaints ended up being filed immediately. And I will tell: I applaud and congratulate the Public Prosecutors who prepared the filing as they were unable to identify elements of a crime in the reported fact in order to be able to start a criminal action. Or someone expects a Public Prosecutor to take into consideration the mystery of the transubstantiation of the Eucharistic species and the real presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist? These are things that concern the mysteries of faith, not the courtrooms of the courts of any non-denominational country, including thank God our. Which judge could severely sentence a person who left after a priest placed a Host in his hand? And what should he be sentenced for?, perhaps for having stolen and profaned the Body of Christ? If there is a judge who, applying the penal laws of our system, can write in a condemnation sentence that in that piece of unleavened bread there is really and substantially Christ present, living and true, please point it out to me, I would be very happy to get to know him, before the court of appeal annuls his sentence and the Superior Council of Magistracy opens disciplinary proceedings against him for clear and manifest incapacity to judge rationally and consequently give a fair sentence.

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“art opera” made with 242 Holy Hosts placed in this one's hand “artist” by very attentive celebrant priests filled with faith and sacred care for the precious Body of Christ

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When the pseudo artist Abel Azcona he received Holy Communion dozens of times until he subtracted 242 Holy Hosts, after he had used them to compose one of his "works of art" on the ground which consisted in the composition of the word "pedophilia" written with the profaned pieces of the living Body of Christ, shortly thereafter he was denounced by the Association of Catholic Lawyers of Spain, by virtue of the fact that the penal code of that country sanctions with a sentence of between eight and twelve months of imprisonment the offenses «to the sentiments of a religious denomination» through mockery «of its dogmas, beliefs, rites and ceremonies». The so called artist explained flawlessly, rational and incontestable: “I did not commit any crime if I decided to put them in my pocket and walk out of the church, they were the ones who handed them to me, so it's all legal.

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I think that bad figure the Association of Catholic Lawyers of Spain did it, that they should have been so annoyed and protested, but towards the superficiality, the lack of control and perhaps the scant consideration of certain bishops and priests on the sacredness of the Body of Christ. Always assuming that they truly believe that the Holy Wafer is the Body of Christ, because many bishops and priests just don't believe in it, the way they celebrate Holy Mass and the total carelessness with which they administer Holy Communion proves it, except to see the sculettare around them aesthetic ceremonies who with great class and fluttering place their most holy zucchetto on the silver saucer.

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During the celebration of my first Holy Mass I was forced to chase a lady with the pyx in her hand who, having received Holy Communion, put it inside her purse. I what ever, since he was a deacon, I gladly gave Communion in the hands and for this reason I was particularly careful when giving it, I saw her and immediately ran after her, pulling it out of his bag and consuming it. An elderly retired magistrate was present among the faithful, who a few days later commented on that fact by telling me: “The only one who could be prosecuted in that context was you, that you actually stopped a person, all the more a woman, you took the purse from under her arm, you opened it to him and you took something inside. You basically searched it without having any authority. Not to mention the image damage you've done to her in front of everyone. Any judge would have found himself forced to make these assessments, even a Catholic magistrate and believer like me who has always had a particular devotion to the Blessed Sacrament».

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I no longer gave Communion on the hands to anyone, always availing myself of the granted right to give it under both species, dipping the Sacred Host into the chalice of the Blood of Christ and offering it to the faithful saying: "The Body and Blood of Christ", thus forcing them to receive it in the mouth.

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When during the emergency from Covid it was appropriate and prudent not to give Communion in the mouth but only on the hands, I have always distributed it with two people next to me, one to my right and one to my left, besides me who never took my eyes off the faithful until they had consumed it in my presence without leaving. And several times I called back the people who tried to leave without having consumed the Eucharist in front of me.

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Most of my confreres don't do this, because after having torn the balls of the faithful with long talkative sermons on the poor and migrants, when they come to the Eucharistic Prayer they are in a hurry than the mythical one Doctor Terzilli health insurance doctor, for this reason always and strictly only the Second, which it is the shortest. Then they arrived at Communion more hasty than ever, here they are "slamming" quickly on the hands of the faithful the Holy Eucharist as a throwing of sheets made with unleavened bread, also because then there are ten minutes of parish announcements ranging from youth meetings to the roast pork festival, more or less like the announcements that Our Lord Jesus Christ made before the end of the Last Supper and then on Mount Calvary before expiring on the cross.

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Numerous brothers, who are like-minded about me and who are likewise very attentive, they asked me several times if any bishop had ever called me around Italy, since, except for the Covid period, I never give Communion on the hands to anyone. In a playful way, but quite serious, I answered: “If there is one thing our bishops care about, it is their skin. They love to talk about martyrs at the right moment, but they have no predisposition to martyrdom, especially to defend the supreme and absolute truths of our faith". Just enough to understand that before me, that for the Body of Christ I would sacrifice my life instantly, it is better to sketch and keep quiet.

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It's true, I'm a priest who occasionally swears and what's worse I also purposely tell them in a calculated and scientific way, But, when I gave the viaticum to a dying elderly man and he remained with the Host on his tongue with his mouth open because he could not swallow it, I took it from him and consumed it myself. And anyone who knows me knows to what extent I am a picky hygienist. It's true, I'm a priest who occasionally swears and what's worse I also say them on purpose in a calculated and scientific way, But, when an elderly deacon inadvertently nudged me while I was holding the chalice with the Blood of Christ and some of the liquid fell out, I knelt down and wiped the floor with my tongue to the last drop. Therefore I think I can afford to give some balls to those bishops who fully deserve it for the way they treat and allow the Most Holy Eucharist to be treated by some of their priests, showing more attention not to offend ideologies rather than protecting the Body of Christ. Because if I decide to do this, or wanting even worse, the entire Italian Episcopal Conference can only keep silent, in the light of my priestly living and acting, fruit of a markedly and profoundly Eucharistic vocation. Because the Precious Blood of Christ fell on the floor I instantly licked it with my kneeling tongue on the ground, but I've never kissed a powerful bully's ass in my life, was even the august ass of the Roman Pontiff, to whom I am bound to pay filial respect and devoted obedience, but certainly not bidet service, a dense army of career ass-lickers takes care of that with Mastro Geppetto's croziers in hand and the pectoral cross made from the wood of a boat sunk off the coast of Lampedusa.

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We will pay a lot, we will pay for everything, with so many and such interests inflicted by God's chastisement that will be so high as to leave even the worst money lenders speechless. Because we have strangled God who at the right time will let us experience firsthand what a divine usurer is capable of on the day he will tell us priests:

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"To whom much is given, much will be asked for; to whom men have committed much, It will ask the more " [LC 12, 48].

 

the Island of Patmos, 8 January 2023

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RARE CASES OR LIMIT CASES? DO NOT, INCREASINGLY FREQUENT CASES IN OUR CHURCHES

It doesn't matter what happens by giving Communion on the hands without attention to whoever you find yourself in front of, the important thing is to protect the ideology of Communion in the hand rather than the Body of Christ. Above all, we should ask ourselves: when this obvious madman presented himself before the priest, the good shepherd who placed the Most Holy Eucharist in his hand, where he had his eyes and attention? Or maybe he had to hurry up “Pull” quickly Communion in a hurry to give then 10 minutes of parish announcements, which as we know are the primary foundation of the mysteries of our faith? Shortly after, the priest also filed a complaint. penalty Question: and the priest, for his carelessness and imprudence towards the Most Holy Eucharist, to which ecclesiastical court was he denounced, after giving Holy Communion to an obvious provocateur and even saying to him «... magna … magna …»?

We will pay a lot, we will pay for everything, our bishops in the lead!

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Giorgia Meloni's Communion and that clerical ideology on Communion in hand even in high-risk situations that goes beyond the very value of protecting the Body of Christ

LA COMUNIONE DI GIORGIA MELONI E QUELL’IDEOLOGISMO CLERICALE SULLA COMUNIONE IN MANO ANCHE NELLE SITUAZIONE AD ALTO RISCHIO CHE SUPERA IL VALORE STESSO DELLA TUTELA DEL CORPO DI CRISTO

È necessario che in certe grandi celebrazioni pontificie e non solo, sia amministrata la Santa Comunione a migliaia di persone, per di più sulle mani, là dove esercitare il controllo è impossibile e dove possono verificarsi veri e propri sacrilegi, che puntualmente si sono verificati e seguitano a verificarsi?

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Tra le tante, durante la celebrazione esequiale di Benedetto XVI, non è passata inosservata la foto del nostro Primo ministro Giorgia Meloni che riceve la Santa Comunione dalle mani di un sacerdote. Qualcuno ha maliziosamente fatto notale che le simpatie politiche rischiano di mettere in secondo piano il Catechismo della Chiesa Cattolica, but we, qui su The Island of Patmos non abbiamo simpatie politiche perché teniamo alle persone e alla loro anima e sappiamo che per Dio non esistono anime di serie “a” o di serie “b”, tanto meno anime di destra o di sinistra ma tutte sono chiamate alla salvezza in Gesù Cristo, perché è per questo che Dio ha chiamato la Chiesa e un sacerdote dovrebbe preoccuparsi quotidianamente e primariamente di salvezza e di salute delle anime che gli sono state affidate, non di “altro”, ed è meglio stendere un velo pietoso e non aggiungere altro sulla natura e la modalità di questo “altro”.

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i sacrileghi risultati visibili della Comunione data in mano senza controllo per compiacere la clericale ideologia

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Visto il caso pubblico della Comunione alla Meloni, ci sarebbe tanto da dire e da obiettare da un punto di vista della dottrina e dell’insegnamento della Chiesa Cattolica ma credo che il punto ora non sia questo, se non per accendere sterili polemiche del tutto inutili e da evitare. A mio personale parere sarebbe certo opportuno dare una bella tirata d’orecchie alla Giorgia nazionale ― cosa pastoralmente doverosa per il bene della sua anima e per la tutela di molti cristiani che alle ultime elezioni hanno votato per lei ― che non ha avuto il minimo tentennamento a ricevere l’Eucaristia pur non potendola fare perché a tutt’oggi legata attraverso una convivenza a Andrea Giambruno. Ricordiamo che la convivenza è un legame affettivo non riconosciuto dalla Chiesa per due battezzati, il cui solo vincolo valido di unione è quello sacramentale del matrimonio, in cui Cristo stesso unisce i coniugi in uno. Al caso specifico del nostro Primo ministro si aggiunge purtroppo un’aggravante di non poco conto: either, lei e il suo compagno, sono totalmente liberi da pregressi vincoli. Nessuno di loro ha contratto in precedenza un matrimonio che costituirebbe impedimento alla loro unione. Pertanto c’è proprio la manifesta volontà a non sposarsi e a vivere in uno stato di convivenza. Una situazione che merita tutto il dovuto rispetto per le libere e insindacabili scelte altrui, ma che niente ha però da spartire con quelle delle tante persone animate da profondi sentimenti cristiani, divorziati e in seguito sposati civilmente, che pur volendo vivere una situazione regolare non sono in grado di farlo, a meno che non vi siamo elementi tali da consentire al tribunale ecclesiastico di dichiarare invalido, quindi nullo, il loro precedente matrimonio.

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Mi auguro che qualche confratello sacerdote, magari amico della Meloni, le abbia fatto capire la responsabilità del proprio gesto pubblico, non tanto come rappresentante civile e laico dello Stato Italiano lì presente a rendere omaggio a un Pontefice defunto, ma soprattutto come persona che si definisce cristiana cattolica e che in più di una occasione ha voluto proporsi come custode dei valori tradizionali della fede. Salvo dare ripetute garanzie in campagna elettorale che nessuno avrebbe toccato in alcun modo la Legge sull’aborto, cosa ulteriormente garantita dalla cattolica Elisabetta Gardini a vari programmi televisivi nel periodo pre-elettorale [cf.. See WHO, WHO]

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Nel passato recente, abbiamo avuto altri politici che hanno brandito rosari e immagini sacre a fini propagandistici e siamo sempre giunti alla farsa, con gran detrimento per la fede dei semplici e degli sprovveduti. Questo non perché a un politico sia vietato di testimoniare la propria fede e appartenenza religiosa in pubblico, ma perché quando lo si fa si deve tenere ben distinto il proprio ruolo di funzionario di uno Stato laico che ha determinati obblighi così come quello di persona di fede che ne ha altri e forse più gravosi e vincolanti perché rivolti a Dio e alla Chiesa che non sono certamente elettori.

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Ecco dunque il punto focale della questione: ma è mai possibile che nell’organizzazione delle celebrazioni della Santa Sede non sia previsto di limitare questi abusi e questi slanci di sentimentale trasporto, soprattutto nella sezione riservata ai politici e alle pubbliche autorità di cui è facile risalire alla condizione di vita e conoscerne il pensiero pubblico così da valutare l’opportunità o meno di far accedere queste persone ai Sacramenti? Se questo è possibile farlo in contesti più piccoli e meno organizzati, dobbiamo forse pensare che il braccio organizzativo e diplomatico della Santa Sede si sia così accorciato da essere a tal punto miope e non vedere certe situazioni? Non vogliamo e non possiamo crederlo.

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La realtà che più colpisce è quella di una organizzazione del cerimoniale fallace e dissipata. Se una reprimenda è necessaria, bisogna farla al cerimoniere di Sua Santità e agli altri cerimonieri preposti all’ordine e al decoro della celebrazione, che non si sono organizzati per prevenire certi illeciti che, sebbene non devono essere usati per formulare un giudizio sprezzante e offensivo sulla persona, devono essere assolutamente e con tutti i mezzi evitati in virtù della loro sacralità che può portare facilmente allo scandalo — nel senso di inciampo per la fede — e alla mortificazione dei misteri celebrati.

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Ricordo molto bene che ai funerali di Giovanni Paolo II, al momento della Comunione, venne dato chiaro l’avviso ― doveroso visto l’affluire di persone di diverse derivazioni da tutte le parti del mondo ― che all’Eucaristia si accostava solo chi era nelle condizioni richieste dalla Chiesa per poterla ricevere, così da evitare l’equivalenza che il Corpo del Signore ha lo stesso valore e importanza di un abbraccio consolatorio, di un gesto di solidarietà nel momento del bisogno o peggio di un trasporto sentimental-passionale in cui io “mi sento di fare la Comunione” per un non meglio precisato motivo.

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Il problema da sempre discusso è anche un altro: è necessario che in certe grandi celebrazioni pontificie e non solo, sia amministrata la Santa Comunione a migliaia di persone, per di più sulle mani, là dove esercitare il controllo è impossibile e dove possono verificarsi veri e propri sacrilegi, che puntualmente si sono verificati e seguitano a verificarsi? A certe grandi e affollate celebrazioni, non sarebbe meglio selezionare un gruppetto di fedeli che ricevono la Santa Comunione, per esempio dal Sommo Pontefice o dal Vescovo, mentre altre migliaia di fedeli si uniscono a loro in comunione spirituale? O vogliamo dimenticare quando nel 2005, poco dopo la morte di Giovanni Paolo II, fu messa all’asta su EBay un’Ostia ricevuta da un partecipante non cattolico a una Santa Messa da lui celebrata nel 1988? Il problema fu risolto dalla Diocesi Statunitense di Sioux City che riuscì a ritirarla. Ma c’è di molto peggio: il cosiddetto “artista” spagnolo Abel Azcona sottrasse 242 Ostie presentandosi a ricevere la Santa Comunione, ovviamente data sulle mani, usandole poi per comporre a terra la parola «pederastia» che in lingua spagnola significa pedofilia. Eppure nemmeno casi di questo genere hanno mai dissuaso gli ideologi clericali della Comunione in mano a tutti i costi, in qualsiasi situazione anche ad alto rischio. Per intima conoscenza del soggetto in questione aggiungo: è ragionevole dare torto al nostro confratello Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo che da sempre si rifiuta di dare la comunione sulle mani a chicchessia, dopo essere incorso in un tentativo di sottrazione proprio durante la celebrazione della sua prima Santa Messa? C’è un filmato che lo documenta nel quale si vede Padre Ariel che con la pisside in mano rincorre una donna e le toglie l’Ostia dalla borsa nella quale l’aveva riposta. Qualcuno ha idea del trauma incancellabile che comporta per un sacerdote avere dato l’Eucaristia a una persona che ha tentato di sottrarla, per di più durante la celebrazione della sua prima Santa Messa? Vogliamo dare la Comunione sulle mani? Good, ma che almeno si imponga di controllare con estrema attenzione. Non è possibile che molti sacerdoti mettano la Santissima Eucaristia sulle mani di persone sconosciute senza esercitare alcun controllo. How many people, anziché consumarla dinanzi al sacerdote come si dovrebbe, voltano le spalle o se ne vanno nella totale incuria del celebrante, o la consumano passeggiando per chiesa senza che alcuno le richiami? Sono scene all’ordine del giorno. Però è risaputo quanto l’ideologia clericale superi di gran lunga il valore stesso del Corpo di Cristo e la massima tutela che esso dovrebbe richiedere.

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Se queste cose non si bonificano alla fonte, difficilmente a valle ci sarà qualcuno che ne custodirà e apprezzerà il valore così da farle rispettare. E tra le febbri politiche che attendono di cogliere in fallo il piede dell’avversario che sbaglia e i tradizionalisti puritani d’assalto che gridano al peccato e minacciano l’inferno, in mezzo ci sarà sempre lo scappato di casa che seraficamente ci ricorderà: «chi sono io per giudicare?». Forse noi non siamo nessuno, ma da sacerdoti e custodi dei misteri di Dio che ci sono stati affidati con l’imposizione delle mani, vogliamo con tutto noi stessi evitare che le cose sante vengano date ai cani, così come le perle ai porci [See. Mt 7,6]. Non si tratta di razzismo spirituale ma di carità pastorale che desidera tutelare primariamente coloro che ancora devono crescere nella conoscenza di Dio e nell’annuncio di salvezza dentro un cammino di fede ecclesiale graduale e maturo. Non possiamo permetterci di sprecare le grazie di Dio, e questo vale anche per coloro che ancora non sono in grado di apprezzarle per crescere nella giusta conoscenza di Lui e non già per aumentare il proprio narcisistico e patologico senso religioso. Forse sprechiamo tempo ma è utile richiamare la prima lettera ai Corinzi del Beato Apostolo Paolo [See. 1Color 11,17-34] in cui si sottolinea la modalità corretta con cui il fedele è chiamato ad accostarsi al Corpo del Signore, non solo inteso nella sua componente sacramentale ma ecclesiale, perché è l’Eucaristia che fa la Chiesa, Corpo del Signore. In poche righe «Paolo ci educa ad avere questo sguardo di responsabilità su ambedue questi “Corpi” comunicando al rito instaurato da Cristo, si dà forma e coesione anche alla comunione ecclesiale» [See. B. Standaert, Lettere di San Paolo, introduzione, traduzione e commento, St. Paul, 2021].

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Non pretendiamo che in Vaticano capiscano questo concetto teologico paolino ma almeno non sarebbe male avere un po’ di rispettosa decenza verso tutti quei fratelli che per la loro condizione irregolare non possono ancora accedere pienamente alla Santa Comunione e che osservano rispettosi il digiuno verso le sacre specie del Signore manifestando così una testimonianza eroica di amore alla Chiesa Corpo di Cristo.

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Queste Comunioni non fatte, più di tutte quelle fatte con l’inganno o con il sentimentale trasporto occasionale, oggi più che mai sono come un dito puntato verso noi sacerdoti che da tempo abbiamo abdicato al ruolo di padri nella fede per diventare amici che tutto permettono, scusano e concedono. Anche a noi sacerdoti, che ci comunichiamo a ogni Santa Messa, qualcuno dovrebbe farci riflettere, sapere se siamo veramente in grazia per poter ricevere quel Corpo sacramentale che consacriamo quotidianamente quando forse siamo ancora totalmente incapaci di custodire, far crescere e difendere quel Corpo ecclesiale che è ugualmente segno di Cristo nel mondo e comunione con Lui.

Laconi, 8 January 2023

 

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I brought The island of Patmos to the funeral of Benedict XVI between fog and old indelible memories

I BRING THE ISLAND OF PATMOS AT THE FUNERAL OF BENEDICT XVI BETWEEN FOG AND OLD INDELIBLE MEMORIES

I never imagined that the pontificate of Benedict XVI would be liquidated with an hour-long funeral Mass and a five-minute homily during which nothing was said. Something complained of by many priests present in the square at the end of the celebration. But on the other hand it is known and well known today: to us priests those who listen to us?

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In 2005, at the funeral of John Paul II a strong wind was blowing which at the end of the celebration closed the Book of the Holy Gospel placed open above the coffin. To that of Benedict XVI, celebrated this morning there was a fog that prevented seeing the dome of St. Peter's, while in other areas of the capital it was sunny. At the next funeral, when will, what other sign will be reserved for us, even if today the ability to read the signs seems to have been lost?

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Well did Father Ariel to "exhume" from the archive of our Island of Patmos an old article of 2017 in which he spoke years in advance of the funeral of Benedict XVI [see article WHO], preceded by a very deep and lucid comment from our Father Ivano [see article WHO].

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I met in 1993 the one who in the 2005 he will become the 265th successor of the Blessed Apostle Peter, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, at the time Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was invited to Florence by the then Archbishop, the Cardinal Silvano Sandpipers, who made him stay in the seminary, as it used to be. The rector of the seminary asked me and another confrere to take care of him and to serve him for all his needs. I let you imagine our fear and trembling, finding ourselves before the Prefect of that dicastery, all the more so a theologian like him. To our amazement we met and were able to talk to a very amiable and pleasant person.

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When we told him that we were at your complete disposal, in a sly and sympathetic way he replied: “But if you weren't supposed to be near me, what would you have done? What do you usually do in these moments and in these time slots??». We replied that in those moments we were devoted to study. He answered us: «Then it will be good that you study and that you prepare yourselves in the best possible way for your ministry, instead of standing behind me.

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He showed great care for us in those days, especially when he celebrated Holy Mass in the seminary chapel, manifesting in its sobriety a sacred liturgical depth, giving us homilies that were profound catechesis.

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Another memory it was when in the 2006 I brought young people to an audience during his first year of pontificate. The boys always had a vivid memory of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, under whose pontificate they were born and raised. A histrionic and enveloping personality, before which Benedict XVI initially appeared a shy introvert. Not to mention the fury unleashed on him by the mass media. Like this, understand their doubts and perplexities, I extended this invitation: “Make a little effort: listen to what he will say in the hearing, then we'll talk about it". And in his style, Benedict XVI was able to speak of very profound themes with extraordinary simplicity, immediately grabbing their attention and winning their interest. I returned to Florence with young people who were enthusiastic about having attended that audience, who developed from that day to follow great affection and a deep bond towards the figure of Benedict XVI.

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Several of those young people, in the following days, they confided in me that untrue and above all ungenerous stereotypes had been constructed about Benedict XVI. How can we forget the full-page headline of a newspaper that headlined the day after his election: The German Shepherd?

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I brought it back to the hearing the young years later, during his last year of pontificate, shortly before the act of resignation from the exercise of the Petrine ministry. That too was a day of intense emotions that affected them greatly. The same ones we saw in large numbers parading in front of Benedict XVI's coffin exposed to the faithful in the Papal Archbasilica of St. Peter's, where they were calculated 200.000 people flocked in three days. All in confirmation of that truth kept silent for years by the national and international press which immediately declared war on him since his election: Benedict XVI was much loved by young people. If in fact we have been witnessing for a decade a vertiginous and dramatic decline in vocations to the priestly life, in the first years of Benedict XVI's pontificate, vocations were on the rise. And I'm certainly not saying that, and in numbers, the story. Above all, our increasingly empty seminaries say so. Also because, if the model of priest proposed today is that of the activist, I might as well enroll in the faculty of sociology and then become a social worker. And we want to talk about abandoning the priesthood? Such a high number of requests for dispensation from the exercise of the sacred priestly ministry had not been recorded since the 1970s, many of which advanced by priests in deep crisis, with twenty or thirty years of ministry behind them. This theme on which some bishops-social they should ask Father Ariel for guidance, that gives 12 years he dedicated himself to the care and assistance of priests in difficulty.

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The last memory which I keep dates back to February 11 of 2017, when I went with Cardinal Ernest Simoni on a private visit to the monastery Mother of the Church. The Holy Father wanted to meet us and spend time with us before the Holy Mass, showing everyone the same affection: for an elderly and heroic Cardinal like Ernest Simoni, which he had spent 27 years of his life in the communist prisons of Albania, and likewise for me, that I also did not experience certain forms of white martyrdom with heroism.

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The thing that struck me and moved me, it was that Benedict XVI recognized in this priest, now advanced in the years of priestly ministry, the seminarian met by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Archbishop's Seminary of Florence. He really remembered everything about that visit.

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After this private meeting we concelebrated the Eucharist presided over by him in the chapel of the monastery Mother of the Church. I have already testified about that Holy Mass in these columns of ours last year [see article WHO], specifying that in the canon Benedict XVI pronounced the phrase: «… una cum famulo your Pope our Francisco». Testimony that, however, did not help the creators of cryptic codes, amphibology e, above all, to those who unfortunately follow certain lunatics who have given life to the world of the unreal [See previous articles WHO, WHO].

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After the Holy Mass there was a very prolonged fraternal meeting, during which we offered him some gifts from the Church of Florence. Before the end of that meeting, the Holy Father gave me his zucchetto, which I clearly keep as a precious memory of this Pontiff, that despite certain human and governmental limitations, I consider him a great pontiff for his magisterium, for his catecheses and his unforgettable homiletics.

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This morning I attended the funeral services in a St. Peter's Square packed with people like I haven't seen for many years. Square that we could risk - if Father Ariel had guessed this time too - not to see again like this. About a hundred thousand people were present, and almost 4.000 concelebrating priests. What struck me most was the presence of so many young people, as the pictures show.

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I cannot omit one final note, sad but true, on which, however, I do not intend to dwell: I never imagined that the pontificate of Benedict XVI would be liquidated with an hour-long funeral Mass and a five-minute homily during which nothing was said. Something complained of by many priests present in the square at the end of the celebration. But on the other hand it is known and known: to us priests those who listen to us? When you are busy listening to everything, especially what is not Catholic, one may lack the time necessary to listen to the workers who work in the Lord's vineyard.

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In certain occasions however, a pitiful veil must be drawn, or maybe even a heavy wool quilt with the sound of the headstone setting.

Rome, 5 January 2023

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11 February 2017: the Holy Father Benedict XVI with Cardinal Ernest Simoni and the Florentine priest Simone Pifizzi

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