The "Apostolic Catholic Church". How many words we use and recite without knowing their meaning? At the roots of the concept of "Apostolic"

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THE "APOSTOLIC CATHOLIC CHURCH". HOW MANY WORDS WE USE AND RECIT WITHOUT KNOWING THEIR MEANING? AT THE ROOTS OF THE CONCEPT OF "APOSTOLIC"

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It is undoubtedly a mnemonic phrase, that stamped in the part of I believe in which we recite «I believe the one Church, santa, catholic and apostolic ". How many, however, know the true and profound meaning of "apostolic"? This part is explicitly recited in the I believe last, but this does not mean that it has a last place in theological reflection, therefore in the practice of the life of faith.

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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It is undoubtedly a mnemonic phrase, that stamped in the part of I believe in which we recite «I believe the one Church, santa, catholic and apostolic ". How many, however, know the true and profound meaning of "apostolic"? This part is explicitly recited in the I believe last, but this does not mean that it has a last place in theological reflection, therefore in the practice of the life of faith. So last, but not for this last in importance, the note of ecclesial apostolicity builds a bridge between the personal and community aspect of faith. This connotation, indeed, describes the foundation of the community of believers, in a threefold sense:

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  1. The Church is built on the foundation of the apostles [Ef 2,20], the witnesses chosen and sent on mission directly by Christ,
  2. It guards and transmits, with the help of the Holy Spirit who inhabits it from within, the teaching of Christ, the good deposit of faith and the sound words heard by the Apostles;
  3. «Until the return of Christ, the Church continues to be educated, sanctified and guided by the Apostles thanks to their successors in the pastoral mission: the College of Bishops, assisted by priests and united with the Successor of Peter and Supreme Pastor of the Church " [ CCC n. 857].

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In a nutshell these three points they offer an overview of the apostolicity of the Catholic Church. Now we will see them analytically, starting from Sacred Scripture where we find clear references to the presence and choice of Jesus of the Twelve Apostles:

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"Then, called to himself his twelve disciples, gave them the power to drive out unclean spirits and to heal any disease and any infirmity " [Mt 10, 1-4]. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: the first, Simone called Pietro and Andrea his brother; James of Zebedee and John his brother; Filippo and Bartolomeo; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; Giacomo d’Alfeo and Taddeo; Simon the Canaanite and Judas the Iscariot, the same one who then betrayed him.

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The Evangelist continues:

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«He then went up the mountain, he called to himself those whom he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed Twelve to be with him and also to send them to preach and to have the power to cast out demons [MC 3, 13].

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It's still:

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«In those days he went to the mountain to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When it was day, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve, to whom he also gave the name of apostles " [LC 6, 12].

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The Twelve Disciples are called apostles, the greek ἀπόστολοι (apostles), in Hebrew Messengers (shelichim, plural of delivery person, shaliach, which in both of these languages ​​means literally: sent, because through their ministry Jesus continues his mission. In welcoming the twelve, the whole person of Christ is welcomed, as we read in «Who welcomes you, welcomes me " [Mt 10, 40]. Christ chooses Twelve Apostles precisely. The number of twelve symbolizes universality and refers to the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The greatest novelty in the following of Christ, it consists not so much in the number, as in the fact that it is the teacher who chooses the disciples: while generally in ancient times it was the disciples who chose the teacher from which to draw teachings for the spiritual life. After choosing them, Jesus sends them to preach first throughout the land of Israel and then later to the pagans (defined peoples or gentiles). In this way they begin to pass on and transmit the authentic teaching of Christ. In this way Jesus then forms a college, that is, a stable group of envoys with the permanent mission of transmitting his message and headed by the Apostle Peter. In carrying out this mission, the Holy Spirit gives the apostles all the means and the necessary strength that he needs, through a very special grace: they therefore have the same powers as Christ: the envoys are therefore able to announce and propagate the divine mysteries, to forgive and remit sins and to heal and cast out demons. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit gives him the intelligence to deepen, meditating and announcing the mystery of Christ better.

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Within the group of apostles, we have seen that the presence of the figure of Simon Peter. He is invested with a special role: he is commissioned by Christ as the principle of unity and communion of faith; he is therefore the visible head of the Church; the apostles are to be in communion with him and below him as regards the doctrine of Christ: this, as we shall see, will also apply to the successor of Peter, dad, and to the bishops who are in obedience to him: cum Petro e sub Petro (with Peter and under Peter)

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Let us then deepen the figure of Peter: he is commissioned by Christ to a special mission. It is described in a very important passage of the Gospel:

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«Simon Peter answered: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God ". And Jesus: "Lucky you, Simon son of Jonah, because neither flesh nor blood have revealed it to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it "". [Mt 16, 16-18].

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Simone, whose name Jesus changed to Peter, he is the first and only to recognize that Christ is the son of God, of the living God. He therefore "anticipated" the other apostles in this act of faith: therefore he is placed by Jesus as head of the apostolic college. Three very special powers are bestowed on Peter, that the other apostles do not possess: first of all he will never fail, because Peter is the visible and stable stone of the community of believers; secondly, he has the power of the keys of the kingdom e, third, the power to untie and bind. By this we mean:

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"The power of the keys designates the authority to govern the house of God, which it is the Church. Jesus, the Good Shepherd [GV 10, 11], confirmed this post after the resurrection: "Feed my sheep" [GV 21, 15-17]. The power to bind and loose indicates the authority to absolve from sins, to pronounce judgments in matters of doctrine and to make disciplinary decisions in the Church. Jesus gave this authority to the Church through the ministry of the Apostles [cf.. Mt 18,18] and particularly of Pietro, the only one to whom he explicitly entrusted the keys of the Kingdom " [cf.. CCC n. 553].

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We traditionally know that Peter was martyred in Rome in 64 after Christ on the Vatican Hill. Previously, he had been imprisoned at the Mamertine prison, very close to the Capitol. Peter therefore, being head of the apostles, in his martyrdom near Rome he also testifies to the primacy of the Roman see over other communities of believers. A primacy that is not one of domination and despotism, but of service and coordination of all the other dioceses and churches around the world. We anticipate an important concept from now on: the Petrine primacy does not want to diminish collegiality, synodality and common and community work: indeed, Peter and his successors are called to guarantee and confer the dignity and authority of all the apostles and their successors, the bishops. In fact, as we will see shortly, the bishops are the successors of the Apostles. Let us then clarify that the successors of Peter are those placed at the head of the Diocese of Rome, or precisely the bishops of Rome. Historically, the bishop of Rome, it is called by a series of names: Pontiff Maximus, Augustus Pontiff, his Holiness, holy Father, Most Holy Father, or with the more famous one of Papa, which according to a historical theory would be the abbreviation of shepherd of the shepherds, shepherd of all shepherds, O father of the poor, father of the poor.

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Returning to the analysis of the figures of the apostles, we know all the apostles, except for Giovanni, died at a very old age, they will be martyred during their missions in the East and in the territory of the Roman Empire. Even from the martyrdom of the apostles, we find confirmation that the purpose of the foundation and the apostolic presence is to bring the whole community to an eschatological and holiness goal; all apostolic work has the purpose of leading everyone to the kingdom of God.

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Whereas the apostles and their first successors (apostolic fathers) martyrs were dying, it was necessary that the message of Jesus be transmitted in any case: for this they chose successors to perpetuate the mission of Christ. Then they conferred the Holy Order of the Episcopate, what kind of consecrated bishops (bishops), with mandate to continue the apostolic mission as successors of the Apostles. In this sense we will also say that the Church receives the profession of faith from the apostles through the successors of those who were the first adherents to the Jesuit movement..

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Now let's try to understand why the bishops, receiving the Holy Order, they become the official successors of the Apostles. If we read in Acts of the Apostles [cf.. 6, 26] we find that the apostles themselves first gave themselves successors with the task of continuing and consolidating the work of evangelization begun by the Apostles. This work is called the Traditio by two ancient writers of Christianity, Tertullian and Irenaeus of Lyons. The Traditio from the Latin it comes from the verb deliver and it implies the action of handing down and transmitting the faith preached by the Apostles; therefore the bishops by divine institution took the place of the apostles as pastors and guides of the ecclesial community. This handover takes place in a very specific act. So, apostolic transmission, it is conferred through the reception of the Sacrament of Orders, through episcopal consecration.

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Let's clarify this passage of the ordination of bishops. Christ instituted the Sacraments, that were not born of human creativity, they are all enclosed in the Revelation and in the Gospels. This is in order to clarify incidentally that certain currents of non-Catholic Christianity, teaching that the Seven Sacraments, or part of them, they are only a human creation that took place after the Emperor Constantine, starting from the 4th century to follow, I am in blatant error, because all the sacraments are of divine institution. Among the Seven Sacraments is the Sacrament of Holy Orders, which is unique, but internally divided into three degrees: episcopate (or fullness of the apostolic priesthood), presbyterate and diaconate. Those who receive this sacrament, in their individual and personal ministry they are called to the mission of leading the whole Church to the common good and to holiness. It is therefore a task, at the same time singular and at the same time communal. The action of conferring Holy Order is called ordination: in it it is Jesus who, acting in person Christi through a bishop, he orders a priest and consecrates him bishop: therefore it confers on the priest the fullness of the apostolic priesthood to carry out this mission. The episcopate is therefore the fullness of the sacrament of Orders because it contains the very source from which the three degrees of the Sacrament of Orders derive. In fact, the bishop is also the one who ordains deacons and priests, and precisely as mentioned above, orders a priest to become a bishop.

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Briefly we will say that the line of succession provides that an apostle, received full powers from Christ to transmit his teaching and to administer all the sacraments, ordained an apostolic father, giving it the same powers and mission; in turn the apostolic father ordained a bishop, for the same purposes. This bishop, around you, ordained another bishop and throughout history, in ordering all the bishops in succession, it has come down to today. Everything is defined: apostolic succession.

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The transmission of the mandate to transmit and administer the Sacraments to multiple bishops around the world, how many were the apostles originally, it shows that the Church has an apostolic nature, therefore collegial and community. The collegiality and apostolicity of the Bishops implies on the one hand the unity between the Pope and the Bishops because the College of Bishops is linked to its visible head. The Supreme Pontiff is not a tyrant but a guarantor of the very ministry of the Bishops. In fact, he is the guarantor of the unity of the ecclesial body and is the visible material concrete foundation of ecclesial unity (Collegiality = element of Union in the distinction).

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On the other side, the collegiality of the Bishops it implies that this college has a high degree of authority over the whole Church. The individual dioceses collaborate with each other, each bishop can make decisions about the faithful entrusted to him without always asking for authorization from the See of Rome. Moreover, the bishops, they actively collaborate with each other and with the Roman Pontiff in some special moments: nei synodi o, eg, in an ecumenical council. A synod or council convened by the bishops is accepted and confirmed by the Roman Pontiff, but collegially guided: therefore even these ecclesial meetings are never carried out by the Roman Pontiff alone, to which, however, it is only up to, in the end, to decide.

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Now we have understood how the Bishop of Rome and the Bishops of the world, as successors of the Apostles they received the mandate of Christ. We will say that in this mandate they have specifically committed themselves to three specific tasks with respect to the people of God: these tasks are called gifts (from Latin duty, task and also gift) and I'm the the task of teaching, the the task of sanctifying and the governing office / steersmanship.

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The task of teaching it is the duty to teach, transmit the teaching of Christ; it is also called the ordinary magisterium of the bishop. This magisterium / teaching is concretized by the bishop when he teaches with authority, which comes from Christ, and takes place when the bishop teaches concretely in matters of doctrine and morals and these teachings are in communion with the Supreme Pontiff and the Universal Church. This is a teaching of divine origin; then the the task of teaching it is the bishop's first task and concretely with it is meant to preach and teach these truths to the faithful. The faithfuls, from them, they are called to listen in active obedience with sincere filial adherence to their bishop even by asking questions, doubts and clarifications to better understand these teachings, to deepen the doctrine and live it better.

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With the task of sanctifying: the duty to lead all the people of God to holiness is indicated. The bishop is the bursar, that is, the one who distributes the grace of Christ and the Holy Spirit in equal parts in the Church; this happens in the administration of the sacraments and even more particularly in the Eucharistic celebration, where it is the Eucharist that makes the Church, it sanctifies it and unites it in catholicity; therefore the true presence, real, substance of Christ in the species of bread and wine unites all the faithful (clergy and faithful); at the same time it is the Church that makes the Eucharist, therefore the Church that administers and celebrates it.

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With the office of governing/governing the duty of the bishops to govern and govern the individual Churches is indicated local or dioceses; they have their own jurisdiction which is exercised for himself by each bishop in an ordinary way. By this we mean that the Divine power that every bishop immediately possesses does not provide for the mandatory delegation to other people: on a concrete level, But, the bishops can however decide to appoint mediators and delegates to better manage the territory, for example priests who perform the role of episcopal vicars, foranei, judicial and who therefore exercise various duties in the name of the bishop.

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In conclusion these three gifts /Duties they are implemented with the help of presbyters or priests, that despite not having the fullness of the sacred order like the bishop, they too participate and are jointly responsible for the three gifts. The the task of teaching afor example when they preach, they teach and govern God's people, especially in the parish. Here the parish priest is also the one who accompanies and therefore governs the People of God to holiness (exercise of office of government); finally the priest celebrates worship then administers the sacraments and prays for the needs of the people and at the same time administers the sacrament of confession (exercise of the task of sanctifying).

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Also wanting to synthetically analyze the first degree of the order, we can quickly describe the activity of deacons. They too fall within the ecclesial hierarchy because they are called to service: deacons is a Greek word that can be translated as servant. They still fall within the apostolicity of the Church, because they are assistants to the liturgy, they can have catechetical and para-liturgical duties, although their main task, their vocation is not the call to administer the sacraments in the same way as priests. Deacons participate in apostolicity as they are called to service, especially works of charity, the management of administrative activities of the Church. In some cases, however, the deacon can give the sacrament of baptism and bless the wedding. in some cases, however, the deacon can give the sacrament of baptism and bless the wedding.

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Rome, 18 January 2022

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For those wishing to learn more about the topic, I recommend reading these books:

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 553; 857 – 865.

Vatican Council II, (C)dogmatic institution Lumen gentium,18 – 23.

  1. McDowell, The fate of the apostles. Examining the martyrdom accounts of the closesest followers of Jesus, Routledge, 2016.
  2. Virgil, The resurrection of Jesus, Crossroads, Amazon publishing, 2020.

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Almost certainly useless lesson for some self-taught Catholics on the secularism of the state: the concept of Natural Law of the revived neo-scholastics, besides not serving God and the truth, it is in radical conflict with the two foundations of the creation of man: freedom and free will

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LESSON ALMOST CERTAINLY USELESS FOR CERTAIN SELF-TEACHED CATHOLICS ON THE LAICITY OF THE STATE: THE CONCEPT OF NATURAL LAW OF THE REVIVING NEOSCHOLASTICS, IN ADDITION TO NOT SERVING GOD AND THE TRUTH, IT IS IN RADICAL CONFLICT WITH THE TWO FOUNDATIONS OF THE CREATION OF MAN, FREEDOM AND FREE WILL

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For us men of faith, reason and science is unquestionable that God has instilled in the heart of man the natural sense of good and evil, hence the foundations of those laws which perhaps improperly, but correct, they are defined as Natural Law. The problem occurs when you try to change the Natural Law or Divine Law into Positive Law, in Laws of the State that bind all the associates. Because at that point the sin becomes a crime, with devastating and absolutely undesirable consequences.

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Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo

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Norberto Bobbio, jurist and philosopher of law

The ecclesial and ecclesiastical decadence that we are experiencing, afflicted by that sense of helplessness generated by having crossed the threshold of no return, it originated a crisis of doctrine and morals unprecedented in the history of the Church. Not a few are the faithful animated by good will driven by a reactive process to follow the teachings of bad teachers, making their own misconceptions in matters of doctrine, faithful, Morale. To capture these people who appear as "sheep without a shepherd" [cf.. MC 6, 34], bad teachers always put forward: "True tradition" and "defense of true doctrine". Magic words in front of which the lost no longer reason and in an uncritical and illogical way they drink everything that is offered to them inside the cocktail. The greater the nonsense that certain bad teachers say, the more numerous the lost faithful who will seek safety in them. Unfortunately, when trying to put them in front of the evidence of the error, the most probable risk is to find oneself in front of people closed to any reasoning, because their world is that of the emotional and their action that of passions. This makes them unable to exercise a lucid critical sense and at the same time convinced that they have reached the light of authentic truth.

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The theme I will now deal with is complex in itself, however, it can become accessible to all those who are not specialists in the philosophical field, juridical and theological, first of all by clarifying two concepts: natural law and legal positivism. In a simplistic way, perhaps even a little crude, but understandable to all, it can be said that natural law is based on the concept of the Law of God and legal positivism on the Law of man. Both imply adhesion by all affiliates, because this is what laws require by their nature and structure: obedience and observance on the part of man.

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From a philosophical-legal point of view at the time I assumed the thought of Norberto Bobbio who defined himself: "Natural lawyer in spirit and positivist in application". It is good to clarify this immediately, even because, when one has the grace of not being a Jesuit, always and strictly speaking, it is played fairly with uncovered cards. So I repeat: my juridical-philosophical setting is based on the school and thought of Norberto Bobbio.

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The Law of the State, known as legal positivism, in the face of disobedience that turns into a crime, the offender is sentenced to a sentence to be served in prison, or a sanction requiring compensation in cash. If there is no sanction for those who transgress, the Law would not be such but a kind of proposal, an invitation to act in a certain way.

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The Natural Law or Divine Law, known as natural law, it also provides for penalties, however linked to the spiritual sphere. Penalties that can range from the obligation to make reparation for the wrong inflicted on atoning penance, up to the most severe and drastic punishment, excommunication, which entails the exclusion of the faithful from the community.

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With these first descriptions that fundamental element on which many philosophers and theologians for hobby make enormous confusion. And here we clarify a fundamental concept: natural law or divine law condemns sin, the positive law of men condemns the crime. In the course of this discussion it will be explained and demonstrated what enormous imbalances and damages can derive from the failure to separate these two distinct spheres., which can have valuable exchanges between them, also drawing ideas and inspirations from each other, but without ever falling into the mix.

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All this may appear clear and straightforward, instead it is not, because outlined the meaning of the two concepts, then the problem takes shape: if the Laws of man, which are those of the secular states, they come into conflict with what some consider Divine Laws, which are those of the Church, what would come of it? Pseudo-Catholic fideists do not hesitate to answer: «Divine Laws must prevail over those of the State. Obvious, they come from God ". But these are precisely pseudo-Catholic fideists. To better clarify I remember that there are pages and pages of my published articles and books, to follow up with numerous conferences, where I accuse Europe of being sick with self-hatred, to the point of rejecting the undeniable evidence of its Christian roots. And the Christian roots of Europe are not an abstract concept, but an undeniable historical fact that should not disturb any radical Northern European secularist, apart from the black legends about the Catholic Church maliciously and falsely packaged at the table in total disregard of historical facts, first in the Lutheran and Calvinist sphere, then Enlightenment and to follow liberal-Masonic. Of course, mto the, as a modest speculative mind having reached maturity, I dreamed of invoking the secular states to change the foundations of Divine Revelation into laws binding on all citizens, of dogmatic theology, of Catholic morality and the discipline of the Sacraments. The Positive Law cannot dictate to believe in God, nor can atheism be prosecuted as a crime, even if some irrational fideists would like that, but they are precisely irrational fideists. Sin cannot be confused with crime, nor can the rejection of God be declared a crime. The sin, or the rejection of God, it cannot become a crime punishable by positive laws, doing so would fall into the paradox, not so much juridical but really theological, until the mystery of man's creation is nullified. And who for ideological reasons dictated by a misunderstood concept of Natural Law does not accept this criterion of decisive separation between the two distinct spheres, today even more necessary than in the epochs marked by the nineteenth-century Enlightenment, unfortunately he is destined to live badly as a Catholic and as a citizen, giving an adulterated and illogical-grotesque idea of ​​the Catholic faith.

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THE VOICE OF AN ANGEL SAID TO SANT'AGOSTINO "TOLLE LEGE», TAKE AND READ, DID NOT TELL HIM: CONNECT TO THE INTERNET AND MAKE A CULTURE ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA

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The problem that affects contemporary society is that people don't study anymore, they don't read and they don't reflect, they sift through and scroll quickly, finally believing they have understood. They are able to use the word metaphysics with ease, however, if we ask them what it means according to the Greek etymology, from whom it is born, who coined it, for what purpose and in what historical-philosophical context does this scientific thought develop, such as the main metaphysical works in the history of philosophy and related schools, here they fall from high to the ground like rotten fruits from the dry tree of their bleak ignorance. Unfortunately, internet and i social media they favored the destruction of the critical sense in modern man, the speculative spirit and the ability to study. It is the new form of digital illiteracy that the Fathers of The Island of Patmos in their latest publication: The Church and the coronavirus. Between supercazzole and tests of faith [cf.. WHO].

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I continue to clarify: when I refer to the school I am forced to specify that the classic one - pass me, the one I trained on - not to be confused with its parody, decadent neoscolastica, that taught and passed off as formulas in the format The Thoughts of the Perugina Kisses. Because it is what those who refer to it inappropriately know in bits and pieces, deluding themselves and deluding themselves into knowing her, having memorized four parrot formulas to pass off for each use. Indeed, the father of the scholastic Sant’Anselmo d’Aosta and to follow San Tommaso d’Aquino, they belong to the four formulas of the decadent neo-scholasticism of the late nineteenth century early twentieth century as can a nursery rhyme sung in a circle by the children of the nursery school.

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Complex issues therefore, that cannot be topics of debate and dissemination of misconceptions by unprepared Catholics who ignore the depth of such complex themes that involve deep specialist knowledge in the historical context, philosophical, theological and juridical, but which are transformed into diffusers of ideas that risk ranging between the absurd and the aberrant, up to the real unconscious blasphemy all typical of the ignorant learned, because - just to give an example - we cannot put Aristotle's philosophical concept of motionless motor as being and foundation of the entire Christian action. These subjects, moved by practice by narrow forms of closure to reason and comparison, always end up by procuring misunderstanding and hatred of Catholicism and Catholics by increasingly susceptible and aggressive secular thinkers.

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The voice of an Angel said to Sant'Agostino "Great doctor», take and read, that is, study. She didn't tell him: connect to the internet and learn about social media jumping from one blog to another. Unfortunately, amateurs without adequate legal training, philosophical and theological, who believe they have understood everything and possess the good of divine and absolute truth, they launch into more complex themes and then begin with simplistic statements that reduce scholasticism and metaphysics to a game of banalities: "... it is metaphysical truth that divine law is written in the heart of man and therefore is superior to the law of states". Soon said: being by etymological definition ignorant he who ignores, Logically, he will prove to be unaware of what it entailed, even in ferocious persecutions against the Catholic Church, starting from the pre-Constantinian era up to the worst dictatorial regimes of the twentieth century, having expressed it with unprecedented lightness that: "The laws of God are superior to the laws of man, therefore that "the Divine Law must prevail over the Law of States which must be subjected to the Divine Law".

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GIVE TO CAESAR WHAT IS CAESAR AND TO GOD WHAT IS OF GOD IS THAT PRINCIPLE OF SECOND SEPARATION BETWEEN POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS POWER THAT WILL ONLY BE UNDERSTANDED NINETEEN CENTURIES LATER

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To understand you have to start from afar: Why, during the persecutions of Decius and Diocletian of the second and third centuries many Christians died martyrs in the Roman arenas? Mainly due to the misunderstanding that today is re-proposed by the digital ignorance of the fideist apprentice sorcerers who, while not understanding anything of philosophy, theology, law and morals insist on not even understanding anything of history. The reason is soon said and explained: the Romans were convinced of what Christians had never claimed: that their God was superior to Caesar. The Christian communities claimed none of this, they were so aware that one cannot compare God to man and man to God and compete on the same level with each other, therefore the divine laws cannot be put in conflict with the human laws. Above all they were aware that Christ himself had commanded "Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God" [cf.. Mt 22, 21]. Reading this sentence well, any truly philosophical and theological mind, therefore speculative, understands that the separation between political power and religious power the Word of God had already outlined many centuries before the Enlightenment was born, Liberalism and the French Revolution with its guillotines activated after farcical summary trials celebrated in the name of freedom, of equality and fraternity. That "give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God", at the time it could not be understood either by the tolerant Emperor Constantine or by the first Christian communities, because it would have required a maturation of many centuries. It is no coincidence that the first great dogmatic councils in the history of the Church, starting with the great Council of Nicaea of ​​the year 325, were convened and presided over by the Emperor, the last in series order, the Second Council of Nicaea of 787, it was summoned by the Empress Irene at the humble and very courteous request of the Supreme Pontiff Adrian I, the series: If Your Majesty agrees and if this does not bother you, I would dare to propose a council.

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They wonder the supporters of a Natural Law in the balance between dreamlike and bizarre: because all the first great councils were convened and presided over by the Eastern Emperors? Simple, because there was no separation between political and religious power and because in the East political power totally prevailed over religious power. This subjection, more than a mixture, it even has a specific name, it is called caesaropapism. That is why the emperors were very interested in knowing what heresy was, because heresy was considered a serious crime and heretics were prosecuted and condemned by law. Faced with these historical facts, the supporters of a Natural Law in the balance between dreamlike and bizarre, for which history is obviously a completely useless accessory, they should ask themselves: but truly one can aspire to return to those "happy" and "idyllic" times in which sin was a crime and heresy a crime pursued by the law of the State?

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The mixture of natural law and positive law, if in the East it totally subjected the Church to the State, in the West, however, it involved an incessant tug of war between political and religious power, that at intervals of time prevailed over each other, playing on intrigue and blackmail, as well as on the life of entire populations, always and of rigor with results and consequences desirable only by those who, besides not knowing the history, they have now created a past history that never existed, all to justify the wrong thinking of their sad present made of digital truths acquired mainly at the great academy of social media.

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In front of an interlocutor who affirmed in a decisive and indisputable way the absolute primacy of the Divine Natural Law, stating that the state would have a duty to apply it, at first I replied: “You realize that making similar claims to a secular society is increasingly hostile towards the dimensions of transcendence, the only result you can achieve is to make people hate Catholicism and Catholics?». The answer was even more disconcerting: "And what's the problem? We must be hated, the Gospel also clearly says it ". It goes without saying that such speeches lead to the worst forms of religious integralism, without considering that the Holy Gospel does not at all invite us to be hated, least of all to desire hatred as a kind of good to be achieved, after having stimulated him through useless and dangerous provocations, because to stimulate hatred means to instigate to sin, that is to say to commit a sin worse than one who then unleashes hatred by reactive process. Christ God affirms:

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"If the world hates you, know that it hated me before. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you from the world, that's why the world hates you " [GV 15, 18-21].

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Pay attention: Christ Divine Master he explains to the Apostles of yesterday and to those of today how and why it can happen that the world has hatred towards us. But it is a given explanation, not an invitation to be hated. Read this sentence thinking that through thought attacks or provocations you have a duty to be hated by the world, it means having the total inability to read and understand the Holy Gospel.

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The amateurs of the faith than without teachers and guides, without school, without adequate spiritual training courses, they take the Holy Scriptures in hand, then, jumping from one blog to another creates a "religious culture", if not worse philosophical, theological, moral and legal, cause serious harm to themselves, to others and to the image of the Church before the laity, who often identify certain forms of blind and ignorant fideism from madonnari d'assalto with "the spirit of Catholics". My secular and non-believing friends, living in contact with me they know our sad reality well. They know, than if we try to take back, correct and educate these subjects, in response they stiffen, then they turn against us, to the point that we priests and theologians have understood nothing of the foundations of Catholic faith and doctrine. Indeed, having read from one blog to another texts that speak of the messages and revelations of saints and mystics, or being particularly devoted to that Madonna who gave some trembling secrets that they understood to some seers, thanks to another great "academic theologian" on the channel You Tube posted a video in which he explains the real third secret of Fatima, according to him fake and then kept hidden by the Church ... well, acquired all this good of the intellect and science in the field of doctrine and faith, they don't need to listen to the words of priests and theologians, who in vain try to take them back and guide them, but above all to recover them to the true faith. This is why my lay and non-believing friends who know this sad reality of ours, they always offer me understanding and solidarity, without losing an opportunity to tell me: “I don't want to be in your place, why deal with such a plethora of faithful, it must be really frustrating ". And just discussing this reality months ago with a famous Italian virologist, the distinguished clinician and academic answered me: "During a conference I was challenged by a beautician-masseuse who took the floor stating absurd illogical and anti-scientific nonsense about vaccines, after having made a "culture" on the sites and blogs of conspirators anti-vax. You see, Father expensive, you are a man of faith, unfortunately not me, however we both share the same sad fate, the same frustrations, in this our planet of imbeciles ".

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THAT INDEPENDABLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NATURAL LAW, GRACE AND FREEDOM

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For us men of faith, of reason and science, it is unquestionable that God has instilled in the heart of man the natural sense of good and evil, hence the foundations of those laws which perhaps improperly, but correct, they are defined as Natural Law. The problem occurs when you try to change the Natural Law or Divine Law into Positive Law, in Laws of the State that bind all the associates. Because at that point the sin becomes a crime, with devastating and absolutely undesirable consequences.

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An interlocutor replied to these explanations: «Sin is not a right!». Affirmation that constitutes the winning phrase with which the bad teachers of the "true tradition" and of the defense "of true doctrine" have always thought to shut the mouth of any interlocutor. I replied that I knew very well, explaining below that sin arises, however, from the freedom and free will of man, which are the two suffixes of his creation. Faced with the sin of Adam and Eve, it would be right to ask ourselves: because God did not prevent it from being committed? If not for the two, he could do it for the good of innocent humanity, that because of them he would inherit a corrupt nature. And here it is necessary to remind all those who believe they know Catholic doctrine in depth, that the original one is not a sin committed by us, but a sin contracted to us transmitted with nature originally corrupted by the sin of others. And why did God not prevent our ancestors from committing a sin that would have repercussions with similar consequences for all future humanity? If, before proceeding further, no clear and precise answer is given to this, we could deduce that God ranges between the unjust and the fickle irresponsible spirit. The answer is simple, for those accustomed to reasoning on the criteria of true metaphysics: if God did not prevent the commission of that sin it is because he does not contradict himself, He being divine coherence in the pure state. For this reason God would never have been against the freedom of man, not even in the face of the devastating consequences of original sin, which are entirely logical and consequential.

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The specialized natural lawyers at the internet academy who invoke the absolute supremacy of Natural Law and who consider it the duty of States to apply it as a superior law, are suffering from a dangerous disease typical of those who claim to impose what not even God has dared to impose on man. But they do, they would! But it gets worse: they would do it in the name of God and God's Law, regardless that God has never violated or limited man's freedom in any way. Man has no right to sin, because sin is not a right. But he has full freedom to sin, because God granted it to him by virtue of the freedom and free will he gave him. This is the fundamental passage that escapes the false natural lawyer, which basically aims only to take the place of God in the pretext name of God. Just as it has been done several times throughout the history of humanity, at the cost of human lives and at the cost of the destruction of many brilliant minds ignobly castrated.

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In philosophy and theology, but also in law, you cannot hide behind a finger, unless otherwise falling into sophisms or pharisaisms that do not benefit those who make awkward use of them and least of all those from whom one would expect to be heard. Therefore clarity requires clarifying the obvious that some people are afraid of and that others would like to keep hidden. In citizens of a State or in any community of associates, a moral conception can only be imposed in two ways: or through the power of supernatural grace, which however acts and produces its fruits if accepted by the freedom and free will of man by virtue of his rational mind, or through state coercion. In this second case, the principle of grace turns into terrible misfortune. A third possibility does not exist. That's why it has always been, those who try to mitigate these two unique and opposite realities, climbs on the mirrors to hide the inevitable consequence that would derive from the application of the natural law through the “armed arm” of the Positive Law: the State subject to the Natural Law or Divine Law would prosecute sin as a crime. I repeat: in the first case, through the accepted grace action, the observance of the Natural Law proceeds through the freedom of man, in the second case, observance of the Natural Law, takes place through a real violence carried out on the freedom of man, that even God has never limited or annulled. Simply said,: in the second case we are faced with the real contempt for grace that works only through the freedom of man. It is in fact the grace that underlies the Natural Law, with all due respect to those who make poetry, saying with laughable vagueness that Natural Law is based on the heart and intelligence, so as not to confront the mystery of grace that cannot be separated from the freedom and free will of man. For this reason, those who propagate a distorted idea of ​​Natural Law, to say the least, must necessarily climb the mirrors, something that has always characterized the limitations of non-speculative minds, not philosophical and not theological, which however presume to be able to speculate on the maximum systems. So here is the climbing on slippery mirrors and the launch of what they believe to be the great winning dart, the phrase is already repeated twice: «Sin is not a right!». It's true, however, it would be necessary to add that no one can claim the right to prevent a man, with private violence or with the coercion of the positive law to commit sin, because God himself did not prevent man from sinning. And for his sin man reaped all the consequences, relapses for his sake on the whole of humanity.

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The joke is not a penalty but just relevant: if instead of God, which at the time acted in a certain way, we had some pseudo-natural law fideists, still today humanity would live happily in the Garden of Eden, without knowing suffering, the illness, physical decay and death, which are - we remember - all consequences of original sin. Therefore, if instead of God we had certain pseudo-natural lawyers we would always be in the Garden of Eden, because they would have definitely prevented, with all the coercion of the case, to Adam and Eve, to commit original sin, after having confused in a grotesque way the freedom that man has to sin with sin, which instead cannot be considered a right.

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SAN TOMMASO D’AQUINO WHO SO MUCH LIKES THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW HIM BY LETTING HIM TO SAY WHAT HE NEVER SAID AND THOSE DOCUMENTS OF THE HIGH MAGISTRY ADDRESSED TO MEN OF A WORLD AND A SOCIETY THAT NO LONGER EXISTS.

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Faced with these arguments, the dream natural lawyers usually begin to pull out irrefutable evidence in support of what documents of the Magisterium of the Church affirm as splendid as they are dated. In doing this they show another form of crass ignorance that leads them to dogmatize documents and acts that contain expressions of great inspiration and high stature, however, they refer to political contexts, social and pastoral linked to a society and a world that no longer exists. This is another pathology from which a serious illness then arises: the fixism on the past that prevents us from facing the reality of the present. To this disease is added a third more serious one: the dogmatization of these documents, which were opportune and precious in the real historical contexts of a society and a history that no longer exists today. And so they end up conferring the rank of dogma on the pronouncements of a supreme magisterium addressed to men and society of a past world, convinced of being right more than ever when, in support of their erroneous thesis, illogical and anti-historical, they begin: "Ah, but it is written in a document of the supreme magisterium!».

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Again, examples are always needed to make everything understand. Let's start then from San Tommaso d’Aquino, which appeals terribly to those who do not know him and that for this, more than using it, they abuse it in the worst way. In disserting on natural law, St. Thomas moves on questions philosophical-theological. On the subject it does not sanction absolutes or truths of faith. To understand those questions however, we must first know the history, the politics and society of the thirteenth century, especially the great Bolognese glossators who worked between the 11th and 12th centuries, because Aquinas refers to them by disputing over certain ones questions, then to know what their concept of natural law and positive law was. However, all this escapes the savage pseudo-natural law fideist who thinks he knows Aquinas and can sell him in doses of homeopathic pills.

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For the great doctor of the Church the natural law exists and how, but it can be rejected by man due to the existence of vices or decided closures to actions of grace. And incidentally, when Aquinas speaks of grace, it mostly refers to the work of Saint Augustine, Of nature and grace. Therefore, in the language of Aquinas, when it comes to “vizio” it is understood that it can be both intellectual and intellectual and moral, then a attitude which can lead man to choose evil, always on the principle of freedom and free will granted to him by God. So, for the Angelic Doctor, the Moral Law gives values ​​that cannot be understood in an oppressive and even more coercive way. These are values ​​that come from the rational nature of man and that can gradually be implemented through the principles and actions of grace. But above all of a path to take in history for the application of Natural Law, according to the different meanings of person, of time and place [cf.. The Government of the, QUESTION q. 77, a.2 and a.4]. This, Aquinas says, with all due respect to those who do not know it but try to use and abuse it as they see fit, just as if St. Thomas Aquinas were a magical-kabbalistic word type hocus pocus O abracadabra, with which you try to solve any arcane; with which even the last of the ignorant who believes that he can disquisition very complex sciences and specialties, believes he can legitimize his own huge blunders.

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It is equally wrong and misleading refer to the magisterium of the Supreme Pontiffs who expressed themselves on the specific matter of Natural Law in the nineteenth century, in the middle of the Enlightenment era, with the Church harshly attacked and attacked by the currents of liberalism born on the ashes of the French Revolution. Trying to apply those documents to contemporaneity is a game of absurdity. The same is true for those who use and abuse the magisterium of the Supreme Pontiff Pius XII, starting from his memorable radio message to which certain subjects refer to support their theses on Natural Law written by God in the heart of man. That radio message dates back to 1942 and was given in the course of the full course of the Second World War, when Nazism was devouring all European countries one piece at a time and on the other side there was Stalin's Soviet. And Hitler for one thing, Stalin on the other hand, they had given birth to a pagan and atheist natural law, using for its realization the typical styles of the worst religious integralisms, which always refer to the criteria of application of the Divine Law which is above any human law, including atheist regimes, which over time have created the worst forms of religious juridical law, now deifying the people and their race, now divinizing Marxism and the working class.

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Certain documents are of great value if placed in their history, groped, however, to update them today, it's something really bizarre. In fact, there is a magisterium that speaks to the eternal, what defines the dogmas of faith, or who definitively enunciates doctrines or ecclesiastical disciplines on the dogmatic foundations of the faith, and there is a magisterium that speaks to societies, to men, to the politics and history of a specific era, after which the speech is closed. there, there is nothing worse than those who cannot read the magisterium and cannot place it in its precise dogmatic context, doctrinal, historical, pastoral, political and social, but who presumes to know how to read it to the point of abusing it with clumsy cut and sew, copy and paste, finally transforming everything into dogma, obviously for the use and support of their bizarre theses.

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To understand what the magisterium has expressed it would be enough to analyze the different language and approach with which the theme of legal positivism or Natural Law is addressed in the encyclical The Splendor of Truth of the Holy Pontiff John Paul II, or in his encyclical Faith and Reason. It would be enough to read the document of the International Theological Commission of 2009, enclosed under the title: In search of a universal ethics: new look at the natural law. All the more reason we understand what mistakes people without school can face, training and method presume to deal lightly with issues that for many have involved a whole life of study and research, certainly not cut and sew, copy and paste …

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THAT INSANE DESIRE, SEAMLING OF THE COMBINATION BETWEEN ALTAR AND THRONE

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Let us now try to identify the real underlying problem, because what gnaws at certain twisted and distorted minds, is that in the 1929 the Catholic Church recognizes through the Lateran Pacts the full and legitimate sovereignty of the secular and liberal state of the Kingdom of Italy. For all answer, with the signature of a head of government who was a former socialist who remained an anticlerical and a Romagna blasphemer all his life, the Church is granted the sop of "state religion", with its compulsory teaching in schools, the religious marriage which also produces civil effects and saucers of various lentils to follow. But, like all the lentils given to poor Esau who sold his birthright for a soup [cf.. Gen 25, 29-33], such they are and such they remain, lentils. Incidentally: while all the liberal countries of Europe had already passed laws on civil divorce, the Kingdom of Italy, in order not to risk the definitive closure of the Roman Question with the Lateran Pacts, he gave up on passing that law. And that real home of such furious anticlericals was the Savoys, together with a Royal Parliament formed by a majority of disbelieving fascists, pretended to believe that sacred marriage is written in the eternal Natural Law along with its divine indissolubility. Rode therefore still, to certain twisted and distorted minds, that the Church, after further sops, subsequently recognized the legitimate secularity of the Republican State in the immediate postwar period, in the wise awareness that this secularism, in a regime of clear separation between political and religious power, between natural law and legal positivism, which can have exchanges but never merge into a single essence or expression of universal law, it was very useful above all for the very mission of the Church, it was beneficial to natural law and it was beneficial to legal positivism.

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Legal positivism abounds in legal institutions which are born because they are inspired by the Natural Law or because they drew their foundation directly from the Holy Scriptures. Just think of the concept of "legal person", present today in all civil codes of the world. It is in fact an institution entirely modulated by the Pauline principle of "mystical body", whereas the Blessed Apostle portrays the Church as a unitary body of which Christ is the head and we are all members [With the 1, 18]. But draw inspiration, or sometimes even foundation, does not mean that the state, through the Positive Law, should transform the Holy Scriptures or Catholic morality into binding laws for all citizens.

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And yet there continue to be redundant subjects from this clear separation and that still dream of the nefarious combination of throne and altar, with the altar that tries to prevail over the throne in every way and that in the course of history has only led us to disastrous situations and great moral degradation, produced within the Church and the clergy precisely because of this poisonous mixture of political and religious power. One example among many? This: to what low and lowest levels the episcopate of the Bourbon Kingdom was reduced, at the time when the bishops were chosen and elected following the satisfaction of the sovereign and the political power? The low and very low level explains it to us and documents a bishop himself in his writings, later became a saint and doctor of the Church, Alphonse Mary of’ Liguori.

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BECAUSE I AM FAVORABLE TO CIVIL DIVORCE WHILE CONSIDERING SACRAMENTAL MARRIAGE INDISSOLUBLE? CONSISTENCY OR COUNTERSENSE?

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Some Italian Catholics make a serious mistake when they place divorce and abortion on the same level, referring to the two referendum who saw the respective laws that regulated their use come into force. Saying divorce and abortion placing these two realities on the same level, is equivalent to combining the civil offense of payment insolvency and the crime of premeditated voluntary homicide together on the same level. These are two distinct elements on which I expressed myself in terms deemed unacceptable by certain Catholics who were listening to me., because they are convinced that even the most unthinkable things are written on the Natural Law imprinted in the heart of man. This is the reason for the controversy: I stated that as a Catholic and as a priest I would never dare to prevent two non-Catholics, to two non-believers, or to people belonging to one of the different religious confessions that recognize the legitimacy of divorce, to annul through this legal institution a civil marriage contracted before a public official of the State, because I consider everything a legitimate act. As a Catholic and as a priest I would never dream of obliging lay people and non-believers to submit to the indissolubility that the Sacrament of Marriage entails., appealing to a Natural Law to be imposed to all with positive laws. Indeed, in the first case we are dealing with a contract entered into by two contractors under positive laws, or so-called civil laws, in the second case we are faced with a sacrament of divine institution, assumption of which it is precisely the impossibility of being able to dissolve it. And the concept of the sacrament of divine institution characterized as marriage by the element of indissolubility, stands up very well by itself, it is not necessary to resort to additional incentives, pounding by stating that marriage is written in Natural Law, precisely because marriage is in its profound substance a sacrament of divine institution.

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Given that the Natural Law given by God has always existed, if I have not misread the Book of Genesis I seem to remember that God created them male and female and told them "Be fruitful and multiply" [Gen 1, 28]. Where it is written that he united them in indissoluble marriage? The Mosaic Law provided for the husband's repudiation of the wife and the possibility of marrying another - read unilateral divorce of man —, all codified and enclosed in the Old Testament [cf.. Lv 22,3]. So it is written, unless some natural lawyer doubts that the ancient law was truly given by God to Moses. At this point, the Internet natural lawyer with a doctorate in biblical sciences after consulting three different blogs that ensure “all about the Bible”, therefore strong in his invincible dialectic he replies: "Mistake, rather: heresy! In Genesis it is written that man will unite with his wife " [cf.. Gen 2, 24]. Yup, it is true, but the term "wife" is used in modern translations. If the internet lawyer already graduated in biblical sciences would also consult the specialist forum “learn Biblical Hebrew in just three hours”, will find that in the original text, the Jewish one, what is translated as "wife", it sounds different, at the semantic level …

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It was Christ God who affirmed that the possibility of leaving the wife it was given “For the hardness of your heart […] but at first it wasn't like that " [Mt 19, 8]. It is evident that "from the beginning" refers to before original sin, to what was the lost dimension of the eternal perfect harmony of creation. It is no coincidence that the term used by Christ is In the beginning, from the beginning [See. Gen. In the beginning God created the heavens and the land] then faithfully translated into Greek as “first”, “in ancient times” [See. Gen. ἐν ἀρχῇ ἐποίησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ τὴν γῆν]. E from the beginning there was no original sin. So Christ God clarified: «Therefore what God has joined, don't let man part " [Mt 19, 6]. We reflect, if Natural Law has always existed and marriage has always been enclosed in it, it should always have been indissoluble and above all monogamous, or not? What God does, first he makes a provisional Legislative Decree and then a real constitutional law? To the evidence of the facts imprinted in the sacred scriptures it seems that for the Law of the Old Testament this was not the case and that marriage becomes indissoluble through the revelation of the Word of God. So one of the two - but the pseudo-natural law fideists of the eternal Natural Law must respond to this -, or the Natural Law, which exists and is given by God, has had an evolution in the history of man, or Christ God gave a new law with retroactive effect from the beginning of time. I don't see many other solutions.

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Apart from the jokes aimed at encouraging the seriousness of the topic and the mechanisms of reasoning in those who are not closed to reasoning: Natural Law is not something magically still as some understand it, since they are unable to understand that the Creator is also the Supreme Divine Pedagogue. Natural Law has evolved through the grace and mercy of God over the course of human history through a gradual process. How gradually God revealed himself to man, from the Burning Bush of Moses [cf.. Is 3, 1-6] up to the incarnation of the Word of God [GV 1, 1-18]. An example of the evolution of the Natural Law is the sentence of Christ God that clarifies why the institution of repudiation was granted: "For the hardness of your heart" [Mt 19, 8]. A gradualness summarized by St. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa against Gentiles, where it treats and explains, always through the principle of historical graduality, the element of the indissolubility of marriage. And this theme is treated with high specialized competence by our Dominican theologian Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, one of the Fathers of the Island of Patmos, in one of his valuable works to which I refer and which deserves to be read: This great mystery: the Sacrament of Matrimony in St. Thomas Aquinas» [see, WHO].

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Having clarified everything, I also became very critical going on to say that the Holy Pontiff Paul VI, in my humble opinion, he was wrong not to ask immediately, after the entry into force in 1975 of the civil law on divorce, the modification of the Concordat between Church and State, renouncing the possibility regulated by the Lateran Pacts which allow to celebrate religious marriage with civil effects. In this too it would have been consistent to return to a clear separation. The faithful could have received the Sacrament in the churches, then they would go to the Municipality to sign their marriage contract, thus celebrating two distinct marriages: what for the Church and believers is a sacrament that entails indissolubility; what for the State and which for the laity and non-believers is instead only a contract that can be dissolved if necessary. Therefore two distinct and separate acts, without any admixture and bond between them. Unfortunately the Church could not, for the ancient spirit of Caesaropapism, renounce keeping the tip of your foot in the political and administrative. And here the historical truth dictates to remember that to sign in the seventies, not so much the divorce law - the legitimacy of which I do not dispute, always within the terms clearly explained above -, but the one on the legalization of abortion in 1978, they were the politicians of the Christian Democrats, none of which occurred to them to raise problems of conscience, resign from their political posts, open a government crisis and let that law be passed by others. They all remained in their posts and put their signatures on it, trying to hide behind the finger of "the due act", starting with Giulio Andreotti, who sailed all waters and crossed all bridges, from the sacristies to the courts. A completely different story that of the sovereign of Belgium, Re Baldovino, a true believer and a true Catholic, who as such refused to sign the abortion law, so much so that Parliament resorted to an unusual expedient: the ruler abdicated for 48 hours. That law passed, but not with his approval and signature.

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THE REFUSAL OF THE LAW ON ABORTION IS BASED ON DEEP CONSCIOUS PROBLEMS WHICH SEE THE UNAVAILABLE GOOD OF HUMAN LIFE INVOLVED, FOR THIS THE STATE ALSO PROVIDES A LAW ON THE OBJECTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

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It is good to reiterate that if on the one hand I usually make a clear distinction between the indissoluble sacrament and the civil marriage contract, acknowledging non-Catholics, non-believers or belonging to other religious confessions, the right to be able to divorce, judging for this purpose a law on civil divorce is legitimate and even desiring appropriate, on the other hand I can't, on a moral level, ethical and theological, express a similar concept with regard to the law on abortion, because there human life comes into play, which is not a good available to either the mother or the state. The radical feminists also scream "the womb is mine and I do what I want with it!», because no one can claim that the human life of others is his and that he can do what he wants with it, including deleting it. Abortion is not a right because no one can legitimately kill an innocent human being. For this the two things, divorce and abortion, they are totally distinct, because in the face of abortion the respectful principle that leads to say cannot be applied: I cannot prevent a non-Catholic, to a non-believer or a member of other religions who consider abortion lawful, the freedom or the right to be able to abort a human being, because this is morally unacceptable. Kill an innocent human being, it can never come within the sphere of human rights and freedoms. For which reason this, contextually to that terrifying law, the legislator also took care to pass a special law on conscientious objection, aware that the legalization of abortion would have deeply touched many consciences. And note, not only the consciences of Catholics, because I can testify that I know not a few non-believers, atheists included, who are definitely against abortion, if anything, while not a few Catholics are very permissive in this. If it had not been, the referendum for the approval of that law, how it could have passed, in a country like Italy, where at the time the 96% some Italians were baptized? The referendum it had a majority and the law was passed under a very Christian Democrat government, because the first to vote in favor were armies of baciapile Catholics.

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As a citizen, I suffer that this law exists in my country through which tens of thousands of babies are killed in the wombs of their mothers every year. I would be the first to go to vote and to invite to go to vote if a referendum for the repeal of this law. But unfortunately, if the Italian Catholics of the 1978 they voted in favor of abortion in the secret of the ballot box, except to return the following Sunday to kiss the holy water piles or to bring the brides-daughters to the altar with three meters of white train between cascades of flowers and sviolinate, what remains of the Catholics in 2020 would go en masse directly to the streets to defend the "right" to abortion.

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WHAT COULD THE APPLICATION OF NATURAL LAW LEAD AS SOME UNDERSTAND IT?

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I go back to the beginning to explain in conclusion which from the post-Constantinian era to follow, the Church did not go to happy moments for the mixture of altar and throne, between political power and religious power fused together indistinctly. Obviously we are talking about other historical periods, where elements that today appear harmful, or even nefarious in our eyes, they had their own profound reason for being. Let's try to clarify with an example: it is a completely obvious element to say today that sovereignty belongs to the people who delegate it to their rulers through the mechanism of free elections [cf.. Constitution of the Italian Republic, art. 1]. But a similar concept expressed in the fourth century at the time of the Council of Nicaea, but also in the sixteenth century at the time of the Council of Trent, it would have seemed partly incomprehensible and partly absurd, and the masters of Natural Law and natural law would have screamed in horror, if not to heresy! In fact, let's not forget that until not so remote times, in the Roman ritual there was the sacred rite of the consecration of the King, complete with invocation to the Holy Spirit. Perhaps it is good to remember that that half antichrist of Napoleon is crowned in the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris in 1804, present the blessing Supreme Pontiff Pius VII who had to undergo a great humiliation, when this former Corsican corporal took the crown and placed it on his head alone, saying in substance to the Roman Pontiff: you're just an extra at my play. It therefore makes one smile to think that in 2020 we still have to debate with Catholics for hobby, champions of «true tradition» and defenders «of true doctrine» who affirm with disturbing aplomb that the Positive Law must be subject to Natural Law and that States would have the obligation to apply the laws written by God in the heart of man. Perhaps they long to return to the "happy" times when the king, absolute tyrant and, if necessary, bloody, he was consecrated by the Roman Pontiff in his high capacity as king of the kings of the Earth? With the altar that tries to put its feet on the head of the throne and with the throne that puts the altar under your feet for a plate of lentils?

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What would follow from a state that turned sin into crime? In this case it must be said that the State should first of all make Baptism obligatory. Or could it possibly, a State subject to the supreme and divine Natural Law written in the heart of man, to prevent a child from being washed of the stain of original sin? And a politician, a magistrate and a public administrator not in line with the fundamental principles of Catholic faith and morals, he could hold certain offices? Obviously not, because a half disbeliever put in certain roles could cause enormous damage to the Holy Faith and to the eternal Natural Law written in the heart of man. Therefore, one of the fundamental examination subjects for the competition for access to the judiciary should be the perfect and in-depth knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. And to be candidates for the Chamber of Deputies or the Senate of the Republic, the anti-mafia certificate would not be needed but that of the Italian Episcopal Conference certifying the candidate's catholicity. And if two young people decide to live together outside of marriage? What a gruesome violation of the Natural Law written by God in the heart of man they would do? In that case the carabinieri would have to run to their home to prevent them from living together, then adequately punish them for that sin-crime against the Natural Law that has imprinted marriage and its indissolubility in the heart of man, or not? Because sexual relations before marriage are prohibited by the eternal Natural Law written in the heart of man since the beginning of time, vero? However, i fideisti pseudo-giusnaturalisti, they are convinced that God had not even finished creating the genital organs for Adam and Eve who had already imprinted on the eternal Natural Law written in the heart of man the prohibition of sexual relations before marriage, it's natural, rather, it is truth of faith! What if two free men, adults and consenting ones decide to have sexual relations with each other? In that case the state would have to apply very severe penalties, in the face of what for Catholic morality is the grave unnatural sin which according to the archaic biblical expression cries out for vengeance in the sight of God. And on this trail we could continue with numerous other examples, all of them logical and consequent, about the supremacy of the Natural Law written by God in the heart of man over the Positive Laws of the State.

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At the end of the speech I report a question I put to an interlocutor to whom I asked: should your wish come true that the Positive Law is subject to the Natural Law written by God in the heart of man, explain to me what would become of the Protestants, heirs and spreaders of the Lutheran heresy, in such an "idyllic" context? The answer was truly disturbing, but I invite you to laugh about it, like laughing at a grotesque joke: "The state has the duty to defend the truth from error, because the error cannot be accepted and tolerated in the name of freedom ". That is: non-Catholics, lay people and non-believers must be forced to believe the truths announced by the Church that the state would have the duty to defend against error. And note: those who think in this way, not only do they feel like true Catholics, but they also take it out on us when we try to explain their gross and dangerous errors.

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And with this it is said that by certain misunderstood ideas of Natural Law, by obvious consequence, only the Ayatollah Khomeini regime can be born, that he too did, like many other dictators, to a Divine Natural Law given by God: the Koran. All the worst and most violent theocracies of Islamic countries are based on a natural law of divine derivation, superior as such to any positive law. That is why I say that one must laugh at certain erroneous beliefs, to laugh so as not to cry. Of course, I am sorry and it hurts me when I hear certain speeches made by Catholics stubbornly in error, who are more proud than ever of their mistake and accept no reasonable correction, so much do they feel right and in truth, if anything, bringing up a metaphysics they do not know and a poor Saint Thomas Aquinas who never even vaguely thought about what they attribute to him, they are so specialized in cutting a piece by one question from the QUESTION, isolate it from the context, totally misunderstand it, make him say what is not written in the text and finally, to those who know Aquinas deny them, to answer blindly is stubborn: "Ah, said St. Thomas Aquinas!». And if anything,, to you who have been practicing Aquinas for a lifetime, they intimidate you as well: "But if you don't know Saint Thomas Aquinas, then study it!». For this I find myself forced to agree with a secular atheist, very little tender towards the Catholic Church and Catholicism, who talking to journalists just before he was awarded yet another degree in Turin Honorary, he said:

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«I social media they give the right to speak to legions of idiots who previously only spoke at the bar after a glass of wine, without damaging the community. They were immediately silenced, while now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It is the invasion of imbeciles ".

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This sentence was not said by the Holy Mother Teresa of Calcutta when in 1979 he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm, he said it in 2015 the little saint Umberto Eco, commenting that in concrete facts, the last of the conspiracy theorists he publishes on You Tube an anonymous video showing that the earth is flat, it will be more followed and listened to than a Nobel Prize in physics. Exactly as it happens to us priests and theologians, that by many of our faithful we are not taken into the least consideration and least of all listened to, they are so busy following the pseudo-theological bullshit uttered by the last of the imbeciles about social media, or by retired journalists who have become ecclesiologists in the balance between gossip and fantasy-theology. How can we blame that anticlerical atheist of Umberto Eco, we priests and theologians in particular, than with our faithful PhDs on the internet in philosophy, biblical sciences, theology, sacramental dogmatics and Catholic morals, we are forced to undergo what we suffer and to take beating if we dare try to correct them?

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The soothsayer Tiresias and Christianity: the reality of disability, between joy and hope

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THE SOOTER TIRESIA AND CHRISTIANITY: THE REALITY OF DISABILITY, BETWEEN HOPE AND JOY

The disability, certainly falls within the theme of suffering, of those who are afflicted and who will be comforted, according to the evangelical beatitude. Persons affected by disabilities are fully included in those who are welcomed into the bosom of Trinitarian love. The world of culture, of philosophical and anthropological reflection has always been fascinated and at the same time shaken by this theme.

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Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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Ulysses and the soothsayer Tiresias

One of the strong themes which involve a lot on an emotional and intellectual level every faithful, by the individual believer, to the priest, from the man of culture to the theologian, it is certainly the issue of disability. To be precise, there is no disability in the abstract, but there are people with physical or mental disabilities, which can be congenital, innate or acquired.

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I would like to sketch biblical-theological reflections on the theme of disability. I am aware, together with the whole Christian tradition, that the mystery of human evil and suffering remains a mystery and can never be fully disclosed. But it can be contemplated, scrutinized with an eye of faith, hope and charity and be placed in the highest and greatest plan of God's Plan.

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In this article first of all we will make some historical considerations on one of the most famous and oldest disabled people in history, the soothsayer Tiresias. Subsequently, we will move on to the theme of suffering in the Christian sphere.

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A DISABLED PERSON KNOWN TO ANTIQUITY. TIRESIA, BLIND SOOTER.

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The disability, certainly falls within the theme of suffering, of those who are afflicted and who will be comforted, according to the evangelical beatitude. Persons affected by disabilities are fully included in those who are welcomed into the bosom of Trinitarian love. The world of culture, of philosophical and anthropological reflection has always been fascinated and at the same time shaken by this theme. So much so that she has recently allowed herself to be questioned by disability, trying to build a reflection. First of all I would like to point out the text by Gian Antonio Stella: SeveralThe long battle of the disabled to change history, recently published by the well-known journalist of Corriere della Sera. With a journalistic slant, Stella tries to do a excursus starting from different historical figures of people with disabilities who have really proposed their innovative experience for the time of history in which they lived. I would not like to dwell on this text though [1].

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For some time the Sicilian culture it has lost one of its most fruitful writers, Andrea Camilleri. Almost like a testament, along with some books now out, the author of Porto Empedocle, known for creating the character of Inspector Montalbano, has published a text entitled Conversations about Tiresia. It is a small booklet that faithfully reproduces the text of the homonymous show staged last June 2018 and played by Camilleri himself.

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The central theme of the text, as the title says, is the figure of the soothsayer Tiresias. Legendary figure, of which little is known. Of course, of him, it is known that he is originally from Thebes, has a daughter named Manto, she guesses too, but above all that he is blind, or as we would say today: blind. The play is a small one excursus from irony, mockery and a few digs at today's world, how this figure has been described, mocked and at the same time loved and respected over the centuries. notoriously, Greek antiquity produced a series of sources on Tiresias. The most interesting thing to note is that in a pre-Christian antiquity, who had a very difficult relationship with the disabled, a physically disabled figure such as Tiresias has instead remained alive in the writing of these authors. Of course, the figure of the Theban soothsayer, it is especially interesting for a cultural reflection on disability.

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The Pseudo Apollodorus he tried to explain where Tiresias' blindness originated. So he reported three narratives, in its Library; the second and third narratives are particularly interesting[2], also told theatrically in Camilleri's text. In the second narrative, the one according to Apollodorus, Tiresia is the son of Evereo and the Nymph Cariclo: the blindness comes from the punishment of Athena that Tiresias saw naked taking a bath; then Cariclo intervened and asked for mercy for his son. Athena did not remove the blindness of the wretch see, but joined in the ability to be a soothsayer. The third narrative Apollodorus takes it up from the Greek poet Hesiod, and it is the most complex, because it inserts other elements. Tiresias meditated while walking on Mount Citerone: here he saw two snakes in the act of sexual union and then in disgust he decided to trample and kill the female. As soon as the lustful asp was crushed, magically Tiresias changed from man to woman. This image, it induces Camilleri to put in the mouth of Tiresias a theological consideration linked to snakes:

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“As a teenager, I loved taking long solitary walks on the Citerone and one day, suddenly, while I was sitting on a stone, I saw two large coiled snakes rushing towards me in the act of reproduction. I was lost in thought, for this I reacted as I never should have. Why with snakes, on Citerone, one had to be careful. In order to possess Persephone, Zeus changed into a serpent and Cadmus also "asserted himself" for his escapades. So in those reptiles a god could hide "[3].

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We will come back to this detail shortly. We observe how Tiresias is truly wise: that is, he is able to go beyond the material aspect and grasp the divine nature of even such an animalistic act as sexual union. However, proceeding with the narration, we know that later the Theban soothsayer became a man again, but his misfortune was not over. Indeed, in an indefinite period, Zeus and Hera quarreled and often found themselves divided by a controversy: if in the act of intercourse the man or the woman felt more pleasure. They could not come to any conclusions because in fact the two main positions confronted each other strongly: Zeus, in fact he claimed it was the woman, while Era was the man. To settle the dispute they decided to turn to Tiresias, considered the only one who could have solved it since he had tested both the male and female nature. Perhaps it would have been better if Tiresias had followed the old adage of not putting a finger between husband and wife[4]. Ma, for that time, he was not careful about this. So, once summoned by the two quarrelsome gods to resolve the overrun problem, replied that sexual pleasure consists of ten parts: the man only tries one and the woman nine, therefore a woman feels a pleasure nine times greater than that of a man. Tiresias thought of answering thus doing Hera a favor, believing that the goddess had answered according to her own reasoning. The goddess, instead, she was furious that Tiresias had revealed that secret: and so it blinded him. Instead Zeus, contrary to his wife's reaction, he decided to repair the damage suffered, and empowered Tiresias to foresee the future and the gift of living for seven generations. And this, in the Greek perspective, it implied having a practically eternal life.

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Here then are the three elements highlighted in Tiresias' disability: blindness follows the punishment of knowing a deep secret of man. Tiresia, a bit like Prometheus, he is to blame for having ventured to guess and reason, get beyond the achievable: therefore of having entered the highest spheres of the intimacy of man and woman. Of having been able to dissolve the very secret of the total donation of man to woman and vice versa, therefore of their profound identity. At the same time, Tiresias entered the deep secret of bodily pleasure and the origin of life. He really couldn't stand this affront. Like this, he thinks he is displeasing Tiresias, blinding him: but doing so actually takes it away from the view of material things and leaves it forever to the view of information, higher notions and concepts. I dare say that Tiresias can be the slave in the Platonic cave who, freed from the snares of material visions, finally sees the light of Ideas., in the eternity of timeless truth. However, I do not want to enter into a platonic analysis.

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Returning instead to the disability of Tiresias is added, with the action of Zeus, the gift of foresight and eternal life. The anthropological masterpiece of Tiresias the Theban is definitively finished. The disability, so condemned, so stigmatized in the Greek world, and instead, in Tiresia, loaded with a set of extraordinary gifts donated by the gods[5]. So the lack of light on everyday things matters little.

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Tiresias knows the fact present in her most intimate secrets. The same applies to future events: knows what is deeper, what is most sought after by every Greek man, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer or historian. The scholar Paolo Scarpi writes about this:

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«[…] Tiresias' blindness is actually the condition for him to fulfill his role as a soothsayer […] The three reasons presented in the Library, […], in reality they appear connected by a common denominator represented by the optical code on which the story is built. […] sight enters directly into question, configuring itself as a transgression of a code of behavior enunciated by Callimaco […] (the laws of Cronus thus establish who sees an immortal against his will, will pay a great price for this view)»[6]

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In confirmation of this it seems interesting to note what the Odyssey of the Theban diviner. Homer offers an important task to Tiresias, in fact in the tenth canto we read:

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"To ask the soul of the Theban Tiresias,

the blind soothsayer, whose precordi are firm:

to him only Persephone gave even when he was dead,

the faculty to be wise; the others are wandering shadows "[7]

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Ulisse, nell’Ade, he is forced to look for Tiresias, to find out about the way back to Ithaca. In the verses of the Homeric poem, we read between the lines that only Tiresias are granted the extraordinary gifts that make him so wise. I add a couple more elements: in Tebaide, the poet Stazio describes that Tiresias, deaf-mute and blind at the same time, retains its extraordinary powers. Who, physical disability, it is even more pronounced, nevertheless wisdom and prophecy remain. And they will have a dramatic role in Sophocles.

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Nell’Oedipus Re, Tiresias is called prophesying also the famous incest between Oedipus and Jocasta and the killing of Laius: in this tragedy the prophecy of the blind is even an element of help in the discovery of a moral action condemned by time. The contribution of Tiresias becomes fundamental in the dissolution of the Oedipus drama.

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Returning and concluding the reading of Camilleri's text, I find a splendid poem dedicated to Tiresias by the poet Thomas Sterne Elliott

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«I Tiresias, although blind, button between two screws,

old man with withered female breasts, I can see

at the purple hour, the hour of the evening that comes

on the way back, and bring the sailor home from the sea,

I can see the typist at home at tea time, clears breakfast,

turns on the stove and takes out canned food.

Outside the window dangerously hung out to dry

Its combinations touched by the last rays of the sun,

on the sofa (his bed at night) they are crowded

socks, slippers, shirts and corsets.

I Tiresias, old man with shriveled boobs,

you perceive the scene, and predicted the rest -

I too expected the expected guest.

His, the pustular young man, he arrives,

employee of a small rental agency, with a single glance

baldanzoso,

one of the people to whom the security is

like a top hat to an enriched peasant.

The time is now right, as he conjectures,

lunch is over, she is bored and tired,

try to engage her in caresses

which are not rejected, even if unwanted.

Excited and determined, he attacks all of a sudden;

exploring hands meet no defense;

his vanity requires no answer

and takes indifference as a welcome.

(And I Tiresias have pre-offered everything

What was done on this same sofa or bed;

I who sat under the walls of Thebes

and I walked among the humblest dead).

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Then I came to Carthage

Burning burning Burning burning

O Lord You take me

O Lord You seize

Burning[8]

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The analysis of Tiresias' disability it therefore shows how disability has a contradictory value in the pre-Christian world: in which a relationship of damnation is highlighted, stigma, removal e, on the other, almost instead a state of elevation to higher knowledge. The theme of disability, for the Greeks it therefore called for a sapiential knowledge of the present, a prophetic knowledge of the future, a call to eternal life (certainly not of the same characteristics as the Christian Kingdom of God). Obviously, the aspect totally absent in Tiresias' disability, as indeed to all Greek reflection before the coming of Christ, it is obviously the link between divine and human activity: that relationship between grace and nature that will only subsequently be probed by Catholic theology.

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In fact, Tiresias suffers from disability in his human nature as a punishment: it is not explained by the Greek myths in what way, after obtaining the disability, his person is brought, through disability, to a path of improvement and moral elevation with the help of the Gods. The disability, in Tiresia, in short, it is a special epistemological methodology but not one of sanctification. A special way of knowing but not of raising oneself to a relationship with the sacred. On the other hand, it is completely different in character, the sense of physical suffering, and therefore also a visual impairment, since the advent of Jesus Christ: all disabilities are part of the affliction and suffering love of Christ. They can therefore be grouped under the great category of suffering.

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AFFLICT BUT INTIMALLY UNITED IN THE SUFFERING LOVE OF JESUS

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One thing is certain. About Christianity, it is founded by Jesus and it is a religion of joy; indeed, Christianity, it started with a joyful imperative. «Kaire / Rejoice Maria!» [9] so the archangel Gabriel greeted the adolescent Mary. We certainly recognize with Joseph Ratzinger that "Christianity is therefore the faith of joy"[10]. but yet, within the path of a Catholic faith that is joyful, it does not escape some particularly delicate issues such as suffering, penance and pain. Let us think for a moment that in the journey of the Catholic Church there is a great period of penance and asceticism: Lent. This is because Lent is above all a time of conversion, but also a time of desert and reflection. In that period there is an invitation to linger, in our personal prayer or meditation, on those issues that are ordinarily difficult to assimilate and deal with, like sin, the death, the illness, pain. Suffering is a very sensitive issue. Above all it is delicate because it is experienced by men and women. Theme that we have all touched firsthand. These men are suffering. Therefore they are afflicted. In fact, one of the themes that the Old Testament also speaks to us about is suffering. Let's think, for example, of the story in the book of Job. Uright omo, today we will say a pious, a decent and very devoted person. The Lord, At that time, it allows the devil to be tried in moral suffering, we remember in fact that all his children were killed; so, material, we remember that he lost all his possessions; finally physics, we remember that he fell seriously ill with leprosy and was isolated from everyone, except from four friends.

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In Job, according to the exegetes, we find four typically human reactions. The first is acceptance (cf.. Gb 1,22). He peacefully accepts that all this comes from God. At the same time, he also demands from him a kind of return in the future. The second reaction, it is rebellion (cf.. Gb 3, 1). He will even wish to die. It is also a typical reaction of today's sick people: it is a desire for tranquility and peace. The third reaction is custody (cf.. Gb 40). Job entrusts himself to God recognizing his littleness, one's being created creature, with respect to God the uncreated creator. So he truly relies on the Creator because he recognizes that he was proud and pretentious towards him. Fourth reaction, the unearthly reward (Gb 42,7). Job is given back all that he had lost in a double way [11].

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Job is an afflicted one. God after a journey of conversion, of purification and growth is consoled by God. I was very impressed when I too hear the voice of an afflicted one. An afflicted one a few years ago: but that in his today, as today it has been abandoned by all. For this I would like now let you hear the voice of that kind of afflicted that, unlike Job, He did not make it.

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"I lived (male) for thirty years, someone will say that it is too little. That someone is not able to determine what the limits of tolerance are, because they are subjective, not objective. I tried to be a good person, I've made a lot of mistakes, I have made many attempts, I tried to make sense and purpose using my resources, to make an art of discomfort. But the questions never end, and I'm tired of hearing it. And I'm sick of pormene too. I'm sick of making efforts without getting results, fed up with criticism, fed up with job interviews like unnecessary graphic designer, tired of wasting feelings and desires for the other gender (who obviously doesn't need me), tired of envying, sick of wondering what it's like to win, of having to justify my existence without having determined it, fed up with having to meet everyone's expectations without ever having met mine, tired of putting a good face on bad luck, to feign interest, to delude myself, to be made fun of, of being pushed aside and being told that sensitivity is a great quality. […] Nothing can be expected from this reality. You can't expect a job, one cannot expect to be loved, recognition cannot be expected, you cannot expect to expect security, a stable environment cannot be expected. […] I entered this world as a free person, and as a free person I got out of it, because I didn't like it even a little. Enough with the hypocrisies. […] I know this seems crazy to you, but it is not. It's just disappointment. The urge has passed: not here and not now. I cannot impose my essence, but my absence does, and absolute nothingness is always better than a whole where you cannot be happy doing your destiny. […] Forgive me, mum and dad, if you can, but now I'm home again. I'm fine"[12].

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It is terrible to read such lines. It is almost impossible to empathize with the pain of a young person who wants to take his own life. It is absolutely impossible to understand the pain of those parents who have lost a child in this way. but yet, this young man was an afflicted one. An afflicted one left alone by all: abandoned to the mentality and fashion of the world, who believes and inculcates everyone that suicide is the only way to live their freedom. This is the freedom that today's world wants to convince us Catholics too that it is the one to live: a freedom that is not true freedom. That freedom that would be expressed in assisted suicide and euthanasia techniques, as happened for the case, rose to the fore of the news, by Dj Fabio. Dj Fabio was also a sufferer, one that we will biblically call afflicted[13]. The world, instead of giving him true freedom, he has abandoned him for good. The rule of law even offers him reason and jurisprudence to found the belief that one can only get out of suffering by committing suicide. As if suicide were the maximum expression of a "freedom"[14]. That freedom that eliminates suffering and affliction. Because a suffering and afflicted life has no value, then it is eliminated. It is taken and thrown away. And everything is disguised with the magic word: li-ber-Ta. Three syllables with which today we ride the wave and allow everything.

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"We live in an era in which we are entitled to live only if they are perfect. Any insufficiency, any weakness, every fragility seems banished "[15]

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There is only one answer to this terrible conviction of today's culture. The real answer that each of us can give is this: the joy of Jesus Christ. It responds to a logic of death, of throwaway culture, of necroculture simply by showing the joy and love that Jesus had for the afflicted. Because Jesus Christ himself often met with suffering. That is, Jesus met suffering and afflicted people: who in the body and who in the spirit. And he put himself at the service of them and their relatives and friends. For this he was able to relegate a special place in the Beatitudes to the suffering: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted"[16].

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If we take a look at the Gospel of the resurrection of Lazarus, let's see immediately how Jesus relates to the death of his dear friend Lazarus. Jesus himself cries. He is afflicted, and lives this moment together with other afflicted ones. Let's try to follow the Gospel text closely:

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«Jesus loved him very much (agapan = loved with mercy) to Marta, to his sister [Maria] and to Lazarus. Marta then, as he knew that Jesus was coming, went to meet him; Maria, on the other hand, was sitting in the house. Martha said to Jesus: "Man, if you had been here, my brother would not have died! But even now I know that whatever you will ask of God, God will give you ". Jesus told her: "Your brother will rise again". Marta answered him: "I know he will rise again on the last day". Jesus told her: «I am the resurrection and the life; who believes in me, even if it dies, will live; whoever lives and believes in me, will not die forever. You believe this?». She answered him: "Yup, o Lord, I believe you are the Christ, the Son of God who must come into the world " (= peepisteuka, the Greek verb expresses a strong leap of faith) Then Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her also weep, he was deeply moved (embryonic masts = to get angry), he was upset and said: "Where have you placed it?”. They told him: "Man, come and see!”. Jesus burst into tears. Then the Jews said: “See how she loved him!”. After placing the stone in which Lazarus was placed, Jesus then raised his eyes and said: "Dad, thank you that you listened to me. I knew you always listen to me, but I said it for the people around me, so that they believe that you sent me ". E, said this, he shouted loudly: "Lazarus, come outside!”. The dead man came out, with his feet and hands wrapped in bandages, and the face covered with a shroud. Jesus said to them,: "Untie it and let it go" "[17].

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Let's try to read the text analytically. In verse 5 we see first of all that Jesus performs the action ofagapan that is, he loved Marta deeply, Maria and Lazzaro. agapao is the Greek verb from which it comes agape, that we precisely translate with Mercy. So he loved them with mercy. Also to the verses 20 – 27 Jesus is rebuked by Martha, later also by Maria, of not having been present at the time of Lazarus' death. He gets from them an act of faith in eternal life that happens through His Presence: the presence of Jesus, Son of God in the world. Subsequently (cf.. V.33) when he later learns of Lazarus's death, Jesus is moved: he has an angry movement of passion (so does the Greek verb embryonic masts), of aversion towards death which is one of the effects caused by original sin in turn generated by the devil. Jesus himself, so, expresses aversion and hostility towards death. Commenting on the verses 41 – 42, the exegete Brown writes:

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"Through the exercise of the power of Jesus, which is the power of the Father, they will know the Father and thus will receive life themselves. Jesus will get nothing for himself, he only wants his listeners to know the Father who sent him. […] The crucial thing is that Jesus gave physical life as a sign of his power to give eternal life on this earth and as a promise that on the last day he will raise the dead "[18].

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March, Maria and Lazzaro are afflicted. Jesus makes him discover, right in affliction, a true and real relationship with God. Suffering then becomes one of the possible "places" to truly encounter the Lord's love and receive consolation from it. As God did with Job and as now Jesus does with Lazarus. Effectively, the affliction, it can generate a sense of isolation: as we have seen so far, the suffering, if on the one hand it is an experience, on the other hand it is at the same time a solitary experience, permitted by God to the individual and only to the individual. In an indirect way it also affects relatives, the friends and neighbors of the afflicted one, but it serves first of all to the single person. These afflicted ones are not that far in time and space from our lives.

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We too can be merciful and show God's love to the afflicted. We can express and communicate the joy and vitality of Jesus through these suffering brothers of ours? Through the exercise of material and corporal works of mercy, it is possible to express the biblical sense of consolation. Here is the connection between consolation and a sense of brotherhood: knowing how to enter into someone's drama and support it. To be truly with - brothers through the Mercy / Agape of God for the other. To live by helping the afflicted is to support them. In being a support then there are three drifts that must absolutely be avoided:

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a) pitying the afflicted one. In other words, there is a risk of creating a victimization. Through this dynamic, the person gets stuck in his own pain and closes himself in a narcissism that prevents him from getting better [19].

b) The narcotic effect. That is, trying to get rid of pain by putting the conscience on it. The person is therefore pushed by society to live as if pain does not exist. This leads to superficiality, which is dangerous because it postpones the problem of pain and aggravates it[20]. In fact, escaping from a problem means aggravating it.

c) Invite the afflicted to see who is worse off than him: there is nothing worse than making existence like a Serie A ranking and saying who is better and who is worse off. It makes no sense to console someone by saying "since there are those who are worse off than you, you have to be fine " [21].

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Let's see', At that time, the work of mercy to console the afflicted in what it really consists of. The words of the presbyter Fabio Rosini who writes will help us:

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Physical pain can be harsh, but if there is a reason, it is supported, the heart is serene; if however, the pain is without explanation then becomes unbearable. Affliction needs a word to fill it, that address you, an indication that guides understanding " [22]

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The same word consolation (in Hebrew nacham), biblically it is rendered with the verbs to rest, stop, find tranquility or even give refuge[23]. This is what we just saw Jesus doing with Lazarus' afflicted relatives. Pacifying a person means giving him that word of fullness, of understanding, sense that pain seems to have stolen from him.

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"Whoever performs the act of consular is capable of putting himself next to the sufferer by showing him what he cannot see and allowing him to open his heart, the look, the spirit to another perspective, an integral depth that gives completeness "[24].

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In a certain sense, all Christians are called to console, remember that it is they who are called to give this completeness. So this is the call to be those who remember that God is above all hope in suffering. Remind the world and today's culture that hoping is a typically human act, but at the same time elevating: because it allows even the worst of the afflicted to rise above their pain. As Fabio Rosini always writes, consular, giving hope basically means, make an act of mercy that "makes eternity present, that reveals the face of God in pain "[25]. This will also allow us to resume first of all hope. And hoping is a typically Christian act. More, to hope is the typically Catholic act! Because the believer is the one who has placed all trust in Jesus. And just like Martha and Maria, he expresses his hope aloud in pain. Always keep this in mind, while you prepare sandwiches for the poor, while you prepare the spinal stretcher, while you rearrange the civil protection facilities. Hoping means first of all kindling the expectation of a God who is the immensely good absolute good.

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Each of us can be a bearer of hope, carriers of joy even to the afflicted of the poorest neighborhoods, to the afflicted one due to grief or depression, or precisely of a disability. Here then is that by relating these reflections to disability, we will say that even the person with disabilities, despite his afflictions and physical pains, he is called to a path of joy and sanctification. There is always a higher plane to which God the Father directs, how he directed the sufferings of Jesus of the Passion, to the joy of the Resurrection. We too will be transported to the joy of consolation. Because when we will console an afflicted one, this will make us truly discover the joy of our life. Our whole life will be knowing how to rediscover the presence of a Trinitarian God, who is with us even in pain. It is by loving who is afflicted, making him rediscover this joy of living, together with the poet Giacomo Leopardi we can say "I have never felt so much living as loving" [26].

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Rome, 4 November 2020

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NOTE

[1] The reader can consult for further information: G. A. Stella, Diverse - The long battle of the disabled to change history, Solferino, 2019, Milan.

[2] Pseudo-Apollodoro, Library, III, 6, 7.

[3] A. Camilleri, Conversations about Tiresia, Sellerio, Palermo, 2019.

[4] A. Camilleri, op.cit.

[5] Along this same line M stands. Schianchi, History of disability - From the punishment of the gods to the welfare crisis, Carocci, Rome, 2012, 40.

[6] Apollodoro, Greek myths, by P. Shoes, translate. at M.G. Ciani, Monadori, Milan, 1996, 55.

[7] Odyssey X, 492 and following, Translation by G. Aurelio Privitera

[8] T.S. Elliott, Wasteland mentioned in A. Cammileri, Conversations about Tiresia, 41 – 42. Check page again.

[9] Luca 1, 26.

[10](J). Ratzinger, Elements of fundamental theology, Morcelliana, Brescia, 69.

[11] S. Pinto, The secrets of Wisdom, Introduction to the wisdom and poetic books , St. Paul, Cinisello Balsamo, 2013, 21 – 23.

[12] Letter from M., a suicide in his thirties, taken from http://messaggeroveneto.gelocal.it/udine/cronaca/2017/02/07/news/non-posso-passare-il-tempo-a-cercare-di-sopravvivere-1.14839837 last access 10/01/20 hours 18.07.

[13] See. http://www.huffingtonpost.it/2017/02/28/fidanzata-dj-fabo-vorrei-notte-non-finisse_n_15055120.html Last Access 23 March 2017 hours 16.43).

[14] https://www.repubblica.it/cronaca/2019/09/25/news/consulta_cappato_dj_fabo_sentenza-236870232/ Last Access 10/01/10 hours 18.16.

[15]A. D’AVENIA, The art of being fragile, 2016, 147.

[16] Mt 5,4

[17] Gospel according to John, chapter 11.

[18] R. E. Brown, Giovanni, 2014, pp 567 – 568

[19] Fabio ROSINI, Only love creates, 2016, p. 121.

[20] In the same place.

[21] Fabio ROSINI, on,cit, p. 122.

[22] Fabio ROSINI, p. 120.

[23] Fabio ROSINI, p. 127.

[24] Fabio ROSINI p. 129.

[25] Fabio ROSINI, p. 129.

[26] (Zibaldone 1819 – 1820.)

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Someone sends me this message: "As promised compatibly with my commitments, I proceeded to make a video in response to his heterodox statements on contraception. Convinced that he personally knows what is sound doctrine and therefore to be considered and what to discard. It will certainly be useful to the many faithful who have followed us for years and who have the obligation to know the truth on matters of such importance ". For my part I want to clarify that if a layman accuses of heresy on the public square of social media a minister in sacred and a theologian, it is at least necessary to defend one's dignity as a priest and as a scholar from the false accusations of a subject who has proved himself to be an amateur theologian.

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Roberto Bolle

… A brief introduction: a bishop my wise formator, which has served the Church and the Holy See for many years around the world, he explained to me - therefore he taught me as a reflex - why he had never defended himself, when on some occasions it was made the object of absurd attacks. There are two main reasons: the first is that often, who attacks, he does it precisely to spark a controversy. The second why, when you are a public person more or less known, it may happen that subjects who are much less public and known, try to gain visibility on the skin of others, if anything by attacking you.

Let's get it even better. Our great dancer Roberto Bolle has been kissed by nature, undoubtedly and in every sense: has a beautiful and expressive face, a statuary body, he is tall in stature, but above all he is gifted with extraordinary skill, besides being a lovable young man with a deeply good heart. Roberto Bolle, with the sum of all his natural gifts, it could have seriously overshadowed, on a stage, even the flying tatar, he great Rudolf Nureyev, called the flying Tatar. Yet there is an army of dancers, with serious difficulties to enter as extras dancing in a ballet company that, on Roberto Bolle, they express the worst things, finding in him the most unlikely defects and inability. All this to say, with the provocative tone that distinguishes me: I am Roberto Bolle and, as such leap high, I do not stalk in the yard with the chickens. All the more reason I have always adhered to the style of behavior of my wise trainer e, even when some have overwhelmed me with insults in the social hen house, I didn't defend myself, if not in one case: how far all the limits of human decency have been overcome.

Nobody can accuse me publicly of what I have ever done and what I have never said. And if that happens, it's not that I intervene to defend myself, but to indicate lying and manipulation. And unfortunately, in our increasingly schizophrenic society, manipulation is a very common exercise based mostly on cut and sew, until people say what they did not say in concrete facts.

But let's get to the specific case. It has happened that some of my sentences have been extrapolated from very articulate public speeches and writings, then my image was taken from some of my video conferences and, separating everything from the precise and articulated context, a sentence was brought back to make me say what I never said, therefore to support a real demolition action against me based on falsehood.

It was to realize this a Such belonging to those thinkers who find nothing better to do than to use Catholic morality, in the delicate and complex sphere of human sexuality, to enclose in sex and sexuality, or if you prefer inside a condom, the whole mystery of evil.

This amateur of theology and moral theology, introduces me and publicly treats me as a soul poisoner with very confused ideas about sexual morality, accusing me of having wasted away, always by virtue of my doctrinal ignorance, the encyclical Human life of the Holy Pontiff Paul VI, which sanctions the prohibition for the Catholic faithful to resort to contraceptive means. In short: I am publicly accused of heterodoxy, ie heresy.

On the Human life I have made and published several lessons and interventions over the years, which, however, he did not listen and read, he was so busy imputing to Roberto Bolle what he never said. All I repeat: with clumsy cut and sew.

In the public articles where I dealt with the specific topic, I have always proceeded to place this encyclical first of all in its correct context and to contextualize it in its historical-social and ecclesial context. I have not failed to explain what that encyclical constituted, for the Holy Pontiff Paul VI, an authentic trauma from which he never recovered, proof that it was the last one he wrote. Then they followed, before his return to the Father's House, another ten years of pontificate that went through one of the most delicate historical-social periods of modernity, but never again gave other encyclicals to the press. This is enough to understand that the Human life left an indelible mark on first of all those who wrote it and for which he even had to suffer the serious affront of a public rebellion by various fringes of the northern European episcopate.

In this unhappy season of ours that marches dedicated of calling everything into question, the read, the reinterpret and rewrite, but most of the revolution - the word as I have often explained incompatible with the very essence of Christianity -, also there Human life It had to be subjected to this process, as evidenced by the speech that the Reverend Professor Maurizio Chiodi made at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2018, during a keynote dedicata alla «rilettura» di questa sofferta enciclica del Santo Pontefice Paolo VI [cf. WHO]. And here it is good to remember that, proprio sulle colonne della rivista telematica The Island of Patmos, both the pontifical academician Giovanni Cavalcoli, sia io, we contested that attempt at "questioning" very politely but very hard.

They are nothing short of thrilled che un Tale mi accusi di avere affermato che la Human life it is a document that contains a simple ecclesiastical discipline, possibly reformable by another possible Supreme Pontiff, because my speculations were quite different, my theological discourses and my answers about the concept of reformability.

So I repeat what I have said many times, scritto e spiegato in passato, always in a detailed and clear way:

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«Il testo della Human life è destinato a rimanere un discorso chiuso sul piano della disciplina, but open on that of theological speculation. Indeed, the use of contraceptives prohibition, per quanto sia espressione del sommo magistero supportata sul diritto naturale e sulla Catholic tradition, it can not be, today and even tomorrow, supported on dogmatic elements such as resorting from the throne to a pronunciamento definitorio the infallible teaching. Indeed, throughout the Old Testament literature and novo, there is only one solid supporting element to keep standing at the level dogmatic discipline which establishes the use of contraceptives prohibition; which it is a theological discipline in my opinion very wise and timely, but that can not be dogmatized. And who today dogmatizza, shows really do not know what is the dogma, or what it is instead, diversamente, the dogmatic support that supports an ecclesiastical or canonical discipline ".

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These and my other statements they shocked that certain amateur theologian who for his part, for evident and crass ignorance, it seems unclear what a dogma of faith is, like all his associates who in an improvised and increasingly ridiculous way try obsessively-compulsively to dogmatize a condom.

Having said that let's clarify: those who have seriously accused me of heterodoxy have shown that they have no idea what it is, on a logical level, metaphysical and theological, una espressione defining e una espressione final, indeed, in all his fantasy-theological and fantasy-moral arguments, he confuses one with the other, thus showing evidence of unfamiliarity with the theological language that, especially in the context of dogmatic theology, it is absolutely surgical precision. And lacking the correct dogmatic language property, he proves completely unaware of a non-passable fact of denial theology: regarding the doctrine contained in the Human life which prohibits the use of contraceptives, la Chiesa non ha mai espresso un giudizio nella forma solenne della definition, like the first instance by targeting all those teachings belonging to the dogmatic and moral, which are necessary for faithfully keeping and expounding the deposit of faith. In this regard, just read the Apostolic Letter of the Holy Father John Paul II, To protect the faith, the 29.05.1998 [text WHO].

This discipline sanctioned by the Holy Pontiff Paul VI it is intended as a doctrine infallibly proposed. And with this it is soon said that no theologian, more or less versed in precise doctrinal and moral matters, should never confuse a pronouncement linked to the infallibility of the so-called "second degree", or definitive, with the definition of a new dogma of the Catholic Faith, or defining. This is the grave error into which certain so-called penalty takers risk falling: inventing dogmas that do not exist, until you get to the point of dogmatizing a condom, dopo avere fatta una grande confusione tra defining e definitive, simply because they don't really know the lexicon of dogmatic theology.

Two of the new "dogmas" proclamati con defining formula these days by certain subjects with sexophobia, are n. 84 from the Familiar Consortium, lungimirante esortazione apostolica post-sinodale del Santo Pontefice Giovanni Paolo II, followed by the "dogma" of "no to Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried". Soon these, in our churches, or maybe in theirs, they will begin to recite a Nicene-Constantinopolitan Symbol of faith more or less integrated in this way: “I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible; I believe that the divorced and remarried should be excluded from Holy Eucharistic Communion ". But most of all: "I believe in the dogma on contraception", a "truth of faith" inserted by them just before the lock that reads: "I believe in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come". Or they will insert, direttamente prima della parte dove la Flags acclaims the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word and its consubstantiality with the Father, the far more important article of faith: “Credo nel dogma della proibizione della contraccezione”. Because they aim at this: to enclose the whole Catholic morality in a condom.

Having said that I can continue clarifying that items such as error, heresy and sin - all of which I was accused of by that certain Tale -, they have their own scale in relation to both the concept itself, and with the objective data of their gravity, all linked to the knowledge, to will and deliberate consent. In short, the ethics of Aristotle good then transposed in support of the truths of faith by St. Thomas Aquinas. E, even without resorting to examples that would be many and articulated, I say "knowledge" because not everyone is aware that certain acts and actions are seriously sinful, especially in those in whom the natural sense of right and wrong is very small, in some severe and special cases is virtually non-existent. And in these specific cases, the concept of "real guilt" as we play it? Given that blame is not a useful game to give work to the modern revenants of the decadent neo-scholasticism, but objective data that comes from acting consciously subjective?

But let's talk of doctrinal errors or of the same heresies, for instance: by Joachim of Fiore, holy man of God, until the latest Antonio Rosmini, today Beato, It has happened that even saints and unquestionable men of God have inadvertently fallen into heretical thoughts, from which then they are corrected, without that an adverse effect on their holiness. Of the same Gioacchino da Fiore, whose heresy was condemned in 1215 by the Fourth Lateran Council, just as it was during his cause of beatification, the Fathers of the Church gathered in that meeting to reconcile, in pointing out the errors in his famous pamphlet, They did not fail to clearly highlight also its unquestionable sanctity of life.

All this is to introduce a simple question: It is more serious challenge and deconstruct the tenets of the Holy Catholic Faith, or it is more serious to proclaim new dogmas that do not exist? Undoubtedly it is more serious the second thing. Indeed, those who make mistakes and sow confusion among the People of God, It calls into question the dogmas through rereading and reinterpreting, until reaching to their de-construction, however, it is not certain that it is animated by diabolical intentions, perché il tutto può essere anche frutto di quella cattiva formazione teologica che è stata trasmessa e acquisita senza alcuna colpa oggettiva da presbiteri e teologi che hanno ricevuto insegnamenti errati. And if that happened, it is perhaps the fault of their will and their deliberate consent knowingly given to the error?

In any case, it remains certain che quanti proclamano dogmi che non esistono, make a major mistake, perché agiscono ponendosi al di sopra dell’autorità stessa della Santa Chiesa Mater et Magistra, detentrice di un’autorità che a essa deriva da Cristo in persona. And the latter yes, which is a dogma of the Catholic Faith, which was not reached by logical deduction of faith, but on the basis of clear and precise words pronounced by the Word of God made man [cf. Mt 13, 16-20]. And when you proclaim dogmas that they do not exist and that may not even exist, in that case we are indeed in evil, because here the worst human pride enters the scene. It is in fact the case to remember that in the so-called scale of the deadly sins, pride occupies the first place, with sad peace of whom, so indeed stubborn and incorrigible, vorrebbe invece concentrare nella lussuria ― che ricordiamo non figura affatto al primo posto, ma neppure al secondo e al terzo ― l’intero mistero del male, regardless of the fact that the worst sins ranging everyone and rigor from his belt to rise, not instead of his belt to fall, as in an ironic but theologically very serious tone I wrote several years ago.

With arguments that denote a lack of knowledge of dogmatic theology and terrible gaps on the logical and philosophical system that supports it, an amateur theologian who proved himself to the test of facts accuses me of heresy, for having argued that tomorrow a Pontiff "could also decide to review this discipline". So that, not so much to disassemble, but to attack me with cold and calm ferocity, egli incomincia a sciorinare documenti per dimostrare la “dogmatica irriformabilità” di certe discipline, showing, among other things, to not be able to read the documents of the Church or to understand their language on the historical and ecclesiological level. All this proves that we are talking about an ignorant emeritus in the etymological sense of the term. Easy as such to disprove with a few examples linked to the history and evolution of the most delicate part of dogmatics: dogmatic sacramental. Procediamo allora con gli esempi: For centuries, Confession, it was not a repeatable sacrament but could only be administered once in a lifetime and never again. If we go to read the texts of certain Holy Fathers and doctors of the Church of the time, including statements by the Roman Pontiffs, we will discover that when the possibility of making this Sacrament repeatable began to be aired, on the one hand he shouted heresy, on the other let him be! Come May, in the end, this Sacrament became repeatable? Simple: we owe it to the descent of the barbarians from the north of Europe who, to gradually, they converted en masse to Christianity.

For many centuries Holy Communion frequent it was not only discouraged but absolutely prohibited, even if the Holy Doctor of the Church Augustine Bishop of Hippo hypothesized the spiritual necessity of frequent reception, ma senza esito alcuno. To men and women religious who lived in monasteries of contemplative life, it was granted as a real privilege to receive the Holy Eucharist once a week and no more. Certain ancient customs still survive today in various laws of the Church which recommend as a precept established by the IV Lateran Council to confess at least once a year, therefore to communicate, always at least once a year, for Easter [CF. Catechism of the Catholic Church nn. 2041-2042].

With a canon imprinted in its solemn acts, sempre nel 1215, the IV Lateran Council established the prohibition of the foundation of new religious orders. Well let's reflect: we realize what it is, at the theological and ecclesiological level, the authority of an ecumenical council? but yet, soon after, alla fine del 1216, the Supreme Pontiff Honorius III approved the foundation of the Order of Preachers of San Domenico di Guzmàn, and in compliance with the provisions of the Lateran Council, initially adopted the already existing rule of the Augustinian Friars. Years after, with bubble accustomed the 1223, the Supreme Pontiff Honorius III approved the Rule of the companions of St. Francis of Assisi, without these, as was the case initially for the Dominicans, should adopt an already existing rule, because it seems that previously, attorno al 1210, his Supreme Predecessor Innocent III had approved the rule orally, of which, however, there is no trace, because it has been lost. The narration of the visit made by the Seraphic Father Francis to the Supreme Pontiff who, three months have passed, he received it after having dreamed the night before a poor man who supported the ruined church of San Giovanni in Laterano - others speak instead of a vision had by the Supreme Pontiff - and who orally approved the first rule, it is a fact contained in the golden legend narrated by San Bonaventura di Bagnoregio, it is not properly a historically documented fact. Instead, it is historically documented that Santa Chiara, who later founded the Franciscan female branch, instead he had to adopt an existing rule, taking that of the Benedictine nuns.

Canon XIII of the 4th Lateran Council had in fact solemnly sanctioned:

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«Perché l’eccessiva varietà degli ordini religiosi non sia causa di gravi confusioni nella Santa Chiesa di Dio, We strictly prohibit new orders from being founded in the future. So who would like to embrace a religious form of life, choose one of those already approved. In the same way, anyone wishing to found a new religious house should make the rule and institutions of the religious orders already approved his own » [translation from the Latin mia].

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I ask my accuser: how was it possible that the canon of an ecumenical council convened and presided over by the Supreme Pontiff Innocent III, has thus been partially disregarded with some ploy starting from its High Successor Honorius III? Ma, above everything, how it is possible that it was subsequently completely disregarded and therefore totally canceled by subsequent popes, which allowed both the foundation of new orders and the approval of new specific rules? Chiarito ciò, maybe someone would surely be able to answer ... "Ah, but because there they were religious orders, not about sex! Because, there is no question of sex ".

When the Holy Pontiff Pius V published the missal, defined it intangible and unreformable with a lot of let him be. Well, the first who put his hand to it was his Supreme Successor Clement VIII just thirty years later, substantially modifying numerous rubrics and radically changing the gestures of the celebrant during the Eucharistic Prayer. Chiarito ciò, maybe someone would surely be able to answer ... "Ah, but because it was only a question of celebrating the Eucharistic Sacrifice, which is entirely secondary, I respect what can be one defining truth of faith come la proibizione dell’uso dei preservativi”.

From time immemorial, a phrase is known in the ecclesial and ecclesiastical sphere, whose first historical traces we find them in very distant ages, in the 11th century, at the time of certain heated disputes of St. Pier Damiani on the subject of morality, ossia la seguente: «One Pope boils and another Pope boils». Cosa s’intende dire, with a similar expression? One thing is certain: this does not mean that Blessed Pope Pius IX branded the dogma of the immaculate conception and that his High Successor Leo XIII could freeze it, because in this case we are talking about solemn dogmatic definitions of the truths of the faith. But, everything that was not strictly related to dogmatic definitions, it has always been branded and cleared, even if those who at the time had branded used solemn terms on the irreformability over the centuries with a lot of recourse to let him be! Is this, just to be clear with the army of improvised theologians: I don't say it, the history of the Church demonstrates this without any possible penalty. Always proving that, without a solid and profound historical knowledge, one cannot play with dogmatic theology, nor with the sacramental liturgy, né con la esegesi e via a seguire…

Simply said,: my accuser, he demonstrates that he has no idea where the history of dogmatic theology and the history of dogma lodge. Indeed, many of those elements which in the first great dogmatic Councils of the Church were branded with let him be, later they became Church doctrines, until their full development in the Council of Trent before, finally in Vatican II to follow. And with this I reiterated and further demonstrated what blunders certain amateur dancers can take when they start playing fleas on Roberto Bolle.

What for Human life non si potesse ricorrere alla solenne formula dogmatica Definitory was a very clear problem first of all to his extensor Augustus. Having said this, I remember and clarify who accused me of heterodoxy, than by rejecting a dogmatic defining formula, si è that fact outside the communion of the Church, because the assent and respect that the faithful are given to keep to it, is based directly on the authority of the Word of God, or as they say in theological language: dottrine faith belief. Whereas, discutendo, or even disagreeing, on a definitive pronouncement which also implies the exercise of the infallible ministry, on the other hand, one is not outside the Communion of the Church through blatant heresy, but one is simply wrong, because the definitive truths are based on our faith in assisting the Holy Spirit to the magisterium and on the Catholic doctrine of the infallibility of the magisterium, or as they say in theological language: dottrine Faith held. As for everything else, the history of the Church, I hardly, shows how "a pope boils and a pope boils", even if those who had previously branded had made solemn calls to irreformability, con tanto di «let him be!».

The Pontifical Council for the Family, emanò un Handbook for confessors the 12 February 1997 all’interno del quale si chiarisce:

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"The Church has always taught the intrinsic malice of contraception, ie, of every marital act intentionally infecondo. This teaching is to be considered a definitive and unreformable doctrine ".

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As a priest and confessor, I have always followed scrupulously this doctrine. As a theologian and speculative mind with some decent knowledge of the history of the Church, dei concili, of dogmatics and sacraments, I cannot omit to say, as indeed I did, that even the unrepeatable confession, it was a definitive and unreformable doctrine, in the same way that a council, in a definitive and unreformable way, imprinted in a canon that it was not possible to found new religious orders, except to allow, in the following centuries, the birth of other orders and hundreds of religious congregations. Also the Missal of Saint Pius V promulgated in 1570, it was irreformable, sempre con tanto di «let him be!». And unreformable it was to the point that, from the beginning of 1600 until the 1962, it has been corrected eighteen times, until reaching the liturgical reform outlined by COUNCIL that, this express, quel Venerabile Messale irriformabile nei secoli dei secoli con tanto di corredata minaccia «let him be!», it was literally broken into pieces by the armed arm of Annibale Bugnini and his collaborators, finally promulgated with the approval and signature of the Holy Pontiff Paul VI.

So, what are certain amateurs of theology talking about, dinanzi al cui parlare e agire possiamo solo prendere atto che per loro, the church, seems to have been born in the early twentieth century with the Holy Pontiff Pius X, who do not miss an opportunity to demonstrate, against the other, how much they do not even know?

Stating things like this, non vuol dire essere pericolosi cripto eretici o traviatori di anime, but simply to say what it is historically, theologically and ecclesially true. It is also true that, se la Humane Life, anziché della sessualità umana, had dealt with the biblical sciences or the social doctrine of the Church, certain controversies staged by armies of sexophobic subjects who consider sex and only sex, the origin and center of the entire mystery of evil, they would never be unleashed.

It is increasingly lawful, always speculating, domandarsi e domandare: pay the due taxes, it is an imperative given by Christ God himself [cf. Mt 22, 21]. Indeed, Christ himself, paid the tax to the Temple, considering it legitimate and proper. In this regard, he instructed Pietro to pay it "for you and for me" [cf. Mt 17, 22-27]. So it is an imperative founded directly on the authority of the Word of God, or as they say in theological language: dottrine faith belief. Come May, a solemn definitional pronouncement of the highest infallible magisterium has not yet been carried out? The whole, always talking and proceeding by speculation far from peregrine.

So, those theologians hard-core, not to mention the lay people who have improvised dogmatic theologians from blog to blog and who today claim to dogmatize Human life elevating it to the rank of solemn definitive pronouncement, not only make disservice to this beautiful encyclical, but put into serious question the theological and doctrinal abilities of those who wrote it and then donated to the Church, showing not even knowing how to distinguish the very different degrees that run between a pronouncement defining e un pronunciamento definitive; or what it means to reject the first and what it means to discuss the second, without ever questioning the doctrine given by the Church and above all applying it always and scrupulously in the exercise of the sacred priestly ministry.

This encyclical, to the Church, è stata peraltro donata da un Santo Pontefice che era perfettamente consapevole di non poter “blindare” con la solenne formula dogmatica definitoria la proibizione dell’uso dei contraccettivi. Basterebbe solo conoscere la storia della Human life e quindi sapere, for instance, that the majority of members of the episcopate and theological experts were in favor of a moderate use of contraception. Among those in favor there was also the then Bishop of Vittorio Veneto, Albino Luciani, later became Patriarch of Venice and later successor of the Holy Pontiff Paul VI with the name of John Paul I. The discussions ended and the encyclical was promulgated, il Vescovo Albino Luciani convocò il suo clero diocesano e disse ai suoi presbiteri riuniti in assemblea:

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«Many of you know, as I thought. Now the Supreme Pontiff has issued an encyclical and has given us a doctrine and a discipline to which we must all devote respect and spread its teaching among the Catholic faithful ".

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In this sentence it is contained, among other things, the difference between a man of God and a bigot who invests the whole world with the sound of ... «It is not discussed! Heterodox ... heretic!». But no, perché su certe discipline nate da definitive pronouncements, si può discutere eccome. On the other hand, what cannot and must never be done, is to reject them and not apply them, this cannot be done, never and in any case.

Years ago, just by speaking provocatively with obsessed with human sexuality, of those for whom the Seven Deadly Sins were reduced solely to lust and who considered and presented the prohibition of contraception as an intangible defining dogma of the faith, I remembered that condoms were not invented and marketed in the early 1970s, but which were already used by Egyptians and Greeks, molto abili, against the other, to produce them with very thin animal blisters. but yet, Jesus Christ, who was certainly aware of this, in his public preaching he never referred to this, nor did he ever issue any imperative prohibition. Quite the contrary, Jesus Christ, he said clearly and clearly that it was a duty to pay taxes to Caesar. So, Jesus Christ, he expressed himself clearly in this regard. But, even though, I am not aware that the payment of taxes - which is a duty and an obligation to be fulfilled - has been solemnly defined as a dogma of faith. So, what we can and must say?

To this I added more: due coniugi cattolici che contravvenendo alle disposizioni della Chiesa usano i contraccettivi dentro la loro chiusa camera da letto o altro luogo privato idoneo, to the whole community, perhaps they cause serious damage to it caused by the army of tax evaders? Because, who does not pay taxes, it not only robs the entire community and obliges the State to increase tax revenues on those who pay them and who cannot evade them, being workers with fixed salaries or retired people, but by evading the tax authorities, they lack the necessary money that our system serves to ensure education and free health care for all, to pay pensions to the elderly who have worked and paid contributions for a lifetime and so on.

If the discipline that prohibits the use of contraceptive methods does not support itself and cannot support itself on dogma - Thing that, I repeat, the Holy Pontiff Paul VI knew very well -, however, it can be supported by many other passages of the Holy Gospels, from the following:

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"Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:; how narrow is the door and how narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find!» [Mt 7, 13-14].

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Starting from this Gospel passage, vorrei tornare a spiegare ciò che sempre ho spiegato ogni volta che ho presentata o illustrare questa enciclica, clarifying why, today, even more than fifty years ago, when in 1968 it was promulgated, it contains within itself a current message, prophetic and as such to follow. The key to understanding the Human life, in fact, it is not the misogynistic or sexophobic spirit, or worse still, the so-called obsession with sex and human sexuality by certain amateurs of theology and morality: quite the opposite. The Human life It exalts what is given and is made to love. And what is given and is made to love, not dirty, as I once said in a private sitting room to a famous porn actor who was among the guests, replying to certain of his bizarre concepts imprinted on a false idea of ​​"sexual freedom", he did not relieve anything, starting from the first woman, treated in any pornographic film as an object of pleasure, often with all the contempt case. Because the figure of all privileged and most of all in attenzionata Human life it is the woman, I'm sorry that in the seventies, the angry feminists on the streets, they never understood how the Holy Pontiff Paul VI, con questa sua enciclica, said a resounding and extraordinary "no, to the woman-object!”.

And today, both those who strike the nail sul rileggere la Human life, both those that, suffering from incorrigible sexual phobia, consider the prohibition of contraception a dogma of the Catholic faith above the dogma of the incarnation of the Word of God, of this prophetic and far-sighted text they did not understand anything. Perché l’insegnamento e il ministero della Chiesa pellegrina sulla terra, it is not based at all, nor was it ever based on Freudian castration man, but far from the full liberation of a man called by God to use his sexuality to love, until reaching the culmination of love through the gift of life.

My modest experience di persona che studia e che si dedica alla ricerca incessante nell’ambito delle scienze filosofiche, historical and theological, it has always been accompanied by the exercise of the sacred priestly ministry, especially as a confessor and spiritual director, in un rapporto reale e incessante con i believers of Christ e lo stretto contatto con le vite umane e le loro storie spesso anche molto complesse. This has always been my living theology immersed in the real world, brought me to touch a truly dramatic as well as pernicious element: those self-styled Catholics, as well as more or less improvised practical theologians who rage on sex and human sexuality as if it were the center of the entire mystery of evil. And if we go to analyze these subjects, we mostly discover unhappy who, in their poor existences, they have never been able to develop a serene and balanced emotional and sexual dimension. Often, if not almost usual, behind these figures there are great frustrations and dissatisfactions, that they then vent through an inhuman morality to say the least, through a Holy Gospel deprived of its essence and reduced to an arid highway code. And precisely to these people, Christ gave, he reproached at the time:

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"They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they don't want to move them even with a finger " [Mt 23,4]

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To all the questions expressed here, frutto di speculazioni tutt’altro che passibili di censura canonica, amateur theologians never replied, they just retorted, by making dishonest cuts and stitches on my words or extrapolating phrases outside their precise context, until publicly accusing me of being against the Human life, le leggi e i … “dogmi” della Chiesa.

Despite not having time to waste, sono purtroppo obbligato, before certain materials circulating on social media, to clarify that I have never made such statements e, who accuses me, he is truly dishonest. Because I'm Roberto Bolle, not a chicken scratching in the social henhouse. So as such I have an image, ma soprattutto ho dei talenti a me dati da Dio che, in devoted deference to God, I have to defend, finally returning them to God after making them bear fruit, just as the Holy Gospel teaches us through the Parable of the Talents [cf. Mt 25, 14-30].

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From the doctrinal disorientation of the Church to the sin of priests and the recycling of lay people. Prospect of an uncompromising culture that while condemning sanctifies and sanctifies while condemning

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FROM DOCTRINAL DISORIENTATION OF THE CHURCH TO THE SIN OF PRIESTS AND THE RECYCLING OF THE LAITY. PROSPECT OF AN UNTRANSIGENT CULTURE WHILE SENTENCING SANCTIFIES AND SANCTIFYING SENTENCES

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The “tolerant” modern, instead, he does not sacrifice himself for his ideas as the idealist would, on the contrary, one does not scruple to sacrifice those who have ideas contrary to his, just as a dictator would do towards his opponents. How many martyrs of tolerance and rights exist today? But perhaps the most numerous martyrs are those who are held up as unwitting sowers of hatred precisely because they diverge, carriers of a hatred that cannot be seen because it is present only in the gaze of the tolerant on duty who has an interest in using hatred as an ideological tool to control the masses.

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Ivano Liguori, Ofm. Capp.

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I. A QUESTION OF PRINCIPLE

 

the collapse of the vault of the basilica of San Francesco in Assisi in 1997 [click on image to open the video]

I guess I don't reveal secrets untrustworthy if I say that keeping Christian Christians, nowadays, it is not a simple undertaking at all. It is not so much a question of preserving only an apparent traditional identity - at least as far as the European continent is concerned - but of showing that God still has a certain right of citizenship in the life of men and that Christ is recognized as the founding and definitive event of revelation divina.

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According to a survey the Pew Research Center [cf. WHO] conducted in 2017 on a sample of 1.804 rispondenti, 80% of Italians declare themselves Christian, the worrying fact concerns the frequency, in fact the 23% participates in religious services at least once a week, the 20% once a month and on 34% has a much less assiduous practice. According to other data relating to an Ipsos research of 2017, always in Italy, his 60.000 respondents, Catholics are decreasing. It goes from 85.4% of 2007 al 74,4% the 2017. A more recent study from the 2018 dell 'European Values Study 84.4% of Italians generally say they believe in God without further useful specifications.

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Data in hand we are undergoing a drastic decrease in the Christian faith but what a survey can never say concerns the theological motivation which represents the real reason for this decrease. The theological motivation that becomes a scandalous stone on which the pitiless statistics are broken lies in the fact that one is no longer in possession of the specificity of Christianity, so that we are often lost, at the mercy of a form of Alzheimer's that makes us unable to recognize the faith and to recognize ourselves as believers ready to give reason, as St. Peter expresses in his first epistle [cf. 1PT 3,15-16].

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I give an example to be clearer. No Jew, di ieri come di oggi, one would never dream of disavowing the covenant between God and Abraham and above all the founding event that unified the chosen people during the liberation Easter in Egypt. No Jew, sane, would doubt that God is the Goel liberator and redeemer of the people and who in Moses made possible salvation against the dominion of the pharaoh of Egypt. Although this faith has been severely tested in the face of the terrible events of Auschwitz, the faith of our brothers in Abraham has remained substantially unchanged for centuries and becomes a reason for ethnic and religious identity to be celebrated with pride in every family.

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For us Christians, instead, having a certain faith is not a matter of pride but of embarrassment, we are often the first to consider ourselves uncompromising and fanatic when we try to rise above mediocrity. Then, to be more digestible in the eyes of the beholder, rather we prefer to turn pink and show off a universal love that we can beautifully justify through Matthew's eschatological discourse 24,31-46 which - incidentally - according to correct exegesis, it should never be removed from the following passages – narrati dal Santo Evangelista Matteo, prima la parabola delle Dieci Vergini [cf. Mt 25,1-13] e poi quella dei Talenti [cf. Mt 25,14-29] – with the risk of making the sacred text say what it does not intend to say.

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As evidence of this, I bring an example in support of my words. How many times have we heard of preaching about love from the pulpits? How many times has love been used as a slogan and master key to justify everything even the unjustifiable and the unreasonable? How many times in the name of love have been made completely wicked choices, expression of the most emotional sentimentality and the most seductive passion? The Christian term of charitas refers to God, according to the teaching of the apostle John: "Dear, let's love each other, because love is from God: anyone who loves was born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love has not known God, because God is love " [cf. 1GV 4,7-8]. Sad is the awareness in verifying that this "love" so strongly publicized today is deprived of the presence of God Trinity and used as an alibi through which sin is normalized until it runs out in an exclusively philanthropic and utilitarian attitude. This attitude of impoverishing charitas in fact, it is not a modern vice from the person of God, strong of that wisdom saying Nothing new under the sun [nothing new under the sun] the history of Christianity has already known this degeneration of the concept of love since its early centuries.

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In 361 D.C.. the emperor Julian the Apostate, strenuously opposes Christianity by operating a policy of paganization of the people and return to neo-Platonic thought. Christianity will retain only the charitable activity and the attention to the neighbor that tries to graft within the pagan anti-Church he designed. History tells us that the attempt was unworkable, decadent paganism, as well as modern atheism assumed by elite religiosity, he could not compete with the authentic love of God which in Christ consists of the characteristic of heroism until the sacrifice of life and in the Holy Spirit of the characteristic of missionaryness which is the primary cause of every virtuous action. The love, to be authentically Christian, it doesn't just have to do good, but it must lead to total self-giving, even with those people and in those unloving situations, by virtue of the fact that if the justice of the disciple does not exceed that of the world, there is no more that is an indication of perfection and a guarantee of the presence of the Spirit of the Father, as the Holy Evangelist Matthew indicates [cf. Mt 5,20]. Christian love is that theological virtue which recognizes itself in God and leads to him, announces salvation to the soul, it converts from sin and opens the doors of paradise.

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After this necessary digression on the relationship between God and love, let us return to the search for the questions of meaning that challenge our faith. Who is Jesus? What did he come to do in the world? These are the basic questions yet, nella maggioranza dei casi, questions remain unanswered for many young people attending the catechism and for many young Christians. The situation does not change much if we were to submit this question to adults, to the parents of these kids, or to their grandparents who, tragic to say, they are moving towards a return to religious illiteracy which leads to a real practical atheism.

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By now to know who Jesus Christ is we resign ourselves to questioning the various trendy secularists who are on social and on television with a subdued air they dictate the new Christology on page with the aggravating circumstance that the Church, the official one, the one assigned to the control of right doctrine, which should confirm the brothers in faith, is silent. And even when he speaks, trying to put together a botched and pale denial, he does so with little conviction so as to make one suspect that certain heretical affirmations have gained a certain sympathy even within the sacred palaces.

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We can say, at this point, that dogma has gone into crisis? Absolutely not. Who has gone into crisis is a certain It'sestablishment ecclesiastical made up of pastors and theologians who have lost - they do - the compass of faith and who increasingly resort to the category of "mystery" trying to hide behind a screen, since they can no longer give reason for the faith and hope that is in them, everything is contained in the first and second epistles of St. Peter and in the Gospel of St. John [cf. 1PT 3,15; 2PT 1,16-19; 1 Gv1, 1-4]. In this way, he lost the two theological virtues of faith and hope, what remains, the love, takes on the connotations of modernity and the search for consent at any cost. Avete mai fatto caso che l’ammodernamento della persona di Cristo, of the church, del Magistero, of morality, of the formation of the clergy and its identity has always been carried out by the champions of love and in the name of love? We have arrived at the paradoxical, in which the doctrinal corruption of the Church is under the banner of love! That Love that, it is necessary to reiterate, he became flesh and gave his life for the sinful man, in short, insult to injury. At the height of this doctrinal confusion there is also the sacrilegious act of wanting to confuse or associate God with sin. But if we intend to remain faithful to Christ and the Catholic Church, as did St. Thomas Becket with his martyrdom, we have to resist and the Christian resistance is not realized in the singing of "Bella Ciao", but of 'let Pasquale ' which reminds us that Christ is God, Lord and Sovereign, vincitore del peccato.

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Are, ultimately, to be Christian it means entering into the intimate life of Jesus Christ, and let him reign as the undisputed ruler of my existence - truth reiterated every year on the solemnity of Christ the King at the end of the liturgical year - perhaps it is good to recognize that something has gone wrong or we are faced with a great misunderstanding. Faith is above all an adherence of man to God and at the same time and in an inseparable way, it is the free assent to all the truth that God has revealed and which finds fullness in Jesus Christ, definitive and complete revelation of the saving mystery of God (cf. Lord Jesus).

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Therefore, we candidly recognize that it is us priests, as well as the so-called committed Christians - those who, to be clear, militate in ecclesial movements, they recognize themselves as activists within the country's social and political life, who help in the parish, who practice some charity - at best we are pursuing a secondary Christianity, border or periphery which in the eyes of the most mischievous is revealed as a facade Christianity.

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With this term we identify a certain extremely varied and complex Christian culture that neglects the ultimate and supernatural end of the faith which consists of the salvation of the soul, ignores the spiritual struggle against sin and openness to divine grace together with the need to remain within a divine Catholic faith observed within a community of faith that recognizes itself within the Church of Rome.

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Tale secondary Christianity widely dissipates the figure of the priest by reinventing him as manager, a diligent museum curator and regularly paid social worker with variable working hours. The same dissipation is found among the laity, in those who no longer identify themselves in the category of the faithful (then faithful to who and what? mAh!) and for this reason they choose to hybridize into Christianity models that transform all of them into mythological figures that are difficult to reconcile within a journey of faith and a life that in baptism was handed over to God.

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There is no doubt that there is an urgent need to reiterate a question of principle: the essence of Christianity lies within that little word that Jesus pronounces several times in the Gospel of John [cf. GV 8,24; 8,28; 8,58; 13,19; 18,5] to designate himself: è quellIo Sono – in greco ἐγὼ εἰμί, ego eimi –, which is a guarantee of divine identity [cf. Is 3,14-15] and of salvation for every creature.

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It is the totalizing choice of that divine self that puts in crisis and that, as can be seen from the reading of Jacob Neusner in his book "A rabbi speaks with Jesus", constitutes the great difference between Eternal Israel and New Israel made up of the people of the baptized redeemed by the Passion of Christ and his Resurrection.

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Mine I identitario he must be able to recognize the mystery of God, quell’Io Sono who has the first place [cf. LC 14,25-33] and that throws me to the ground [cf. At 22,8] and it terrifies whenever I presume to own it and manage it as I please [cf. GV 18,6], the whole, it is found enclosed in the Gospels of San Luca and San Giovanni.

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Who is Jesus? Jesus is God, as various passages of the holy scriptures indicate to us, in particular the Holy Evangelist Luke, to follow with the Gospel of St. John and the Pauline correspondence [cf. LC 22,70; GV 1,1.14; GV 5,18; GV 8, 58; Fil 2,6; With the 2, 9; With the 1,15; EB 1,3], is the Lord [cf. RM 10,9; GV 20, 28; LC 23,39-43; Fil 2,11], he is the authentic revealer of the Father [cf. GV 10, 30; GV 5,22-23; GV 14,8-11], and for these reasons no one can ignore these revealed truths without consuming a betrayal, make a denial, without feeling scandalized or starting a holy war; all always with reference to the Gospel of St. John. This Man-God came to save the world from sins [cf. Mt 1,21], so that man has a beautiful life and not one good life [cf. GV 10,10] and in living seriously be definitively deprived of the cancer of sin [cf. EB 2,14-15] and made righteous in His blood [cf. RM 5,9; 8,33]. There are no alternatives, the divine jealousy of the Old Testament [cf. Dt 5,6-10] is combined with the totalizing choice of Christ and his person is the only possible communion choice that produces fruits of new life [cf. Mt 12,30; LC 5,38].

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Jesus Christ is so bulky that it is not possible to silence him, for two thousand years his name has resonated on earth and his faithfulness has proved to be as stable as heaven [cf. Shall 89,3]. Everything still speaks of him: from the calendar to the holidays, from civil traditions to ethics, from art to music; the story, geography, the way of computing time and even the vast cosmos and nature testify that He is God and that he is Lord. Even before those who intend to perniciously deny it, refuse it, Until it disappears completely, involuntary merit must be admitted - just as it was for demons [cf. MC 5,6; LC 4,34; At 19,15] - of an acknowledgment kerigmatico, in which his majesty and power are not in the least questioned.

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And while Christ proclaims and affirms himself, his majesty is reiterated, his key role that he plays in human history, although the latter most often hides from his presence as Adam did [cf. GN 3,9-10] or desire like Nietzsche to carry out a parricide that breaks the anguished dependence on the divine partner, promising greater freedoms.

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(II). FAITH CRISIS, DOCTRINAL CRISIS, MORAL CRISIS

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The question of principle that I wanted to address in the first paragraph of this article helps us to better understand the condition of chronic crisis that for fifty years now has affected how solid the Church is. It is a crisis on several fronts that affects the aspects of believing in the current historical contingency. From doctrine to pastoral care, from morality to spirituality, from daily witness to the way of interpreting martyrdom, everything rests on a shaky faith, where Christ is no longer God and his role is no longer that of Savior. Attention well, to affirm the existence of an unsteady faith is not the same as saying that there is no longer any faith in general or that those who believe do it in a malicious or interested way. Statistics show us that still about 80% of people declare themselves Christian, but the fact of declaring oneself is not yet sufficient reason that leads to believing. The blessed apostles Peter, Andrew and John have seen themselves reproached several times by Our Lord for their faith in him not yet sufficiently mature and open to grace. And all the others, although identified as the disciples of the Nazarene, they did not hesitate to abandon him at the moment of the Passion, disavowing with works what they openly proclaimed. Con altre parole possiamo dire che la registrazione del nome sul registro parrocchiale dei battesimi non ci rende cristiani credenti e credibili. These considerations lead us to understand how a faith of this nature and a belief of this kind add nothing and do not detract from the existence of man. With the words of the Gospel of John we can say that faith essentially leads to a dwell there where Jesus is present [cf. GV 1,38; 15,4-ss]. In dwelling in Him there is more that leads to a Christification of life than, although work of grace, however, it needs human assistance and the exercise of free will.

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How not to recognize in Karl Rahner and in the stunt of the "anonymous Christians" the masterful cunning of an apparent modern religiosity that, in the face of an open proposal of faith, it has led many to believe that it is much better to keep as far as possible from all that is Christian (and maybe even Catholic) preferring to spend time more fruitfully instead of resorting to a God who no longer knows himself by name and who has preserved himself only as a formal presence. These people more than "anonymous Christians" - anonymous for those who see that God always calls everyone by name [cf. Is 43,1; 45,4] - should be called "dogmatic atheists", since not feeling the need to believe in the God of Jesus Christ, they already live within an atheist faith that feeds and feeds on its own dogmatists. Pay attention to it, nobody is more dogmatic and uncompromising than a convinced atheist, who strenuously affirms what for him shouldn't exist, and fight what he no longer believes in. Just as no one is more attached to the Christian traditions of the one who has abandoned religious practice for years and lives on distant memories and nostalgia. dogmatism, rigidity, nostalgia and sclerotic styles of faith are the waste foods of which the secondary Christianity voraciously feeds, but since they are indigestible, they are regurgitated as soon as any evangelical novelty approaches.

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We must reiterate that the Christian faith short it is a pious illusion, if it does not consist of a well-established theology of salvation. Christ is not only the God to believe in but he is the Savior and Redeemer of man, the one for whom salvation enters the world and man frees himself from the slavery of sin [cf. Mt 1,21; MC 2,7]. Faith without salvation is mutilated and in order to survive it is directed and identified towards other disciplines of human knowledge, like philosophy, la psicologia, la sociologia, l’antropologia, Medicine, towards a new humanism with an atheistic imprint that manifests its own hybris presuming to save the individual's physicality - fight against poverty, to hunger, to diseases, to wars - and to preserve creation - parallelism, environmentalism, pseudo communist Franciscanism - reconstituting a primordial virginity now lost, all at the expense of an immortal divine soul that was created by God and who will return to God after death. Indeed if we want to say it all, this fake hybris who fought original sin in the past and still fights it today, it takes away from man the sense of sin by introducing external control places in which to search for the good scapegoat to justify any adversity and opposition. Unfortunately, man is created for God and without him his heart cannot find peace [cf. Augustine, The Confessions, 1,1.5], with no sense of sin and no need for redemption, what is left is the guilt that crushes and depresses the poor modern humanity. Many deresponsabilizzati, they are unable to perform a true and sincere examination of conscience - also in view of a sacramental confession - which leads to the recognition of guilt and the search for redemption by the only one who is able to give it.

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Some prefer to download to the Devil the fault of all personal reversals, naively dismissing the question on the shoulders of the spirit of evil - which is here assumed as a place of external control - without remembering that the tempter [cf. GN 3, ss] to consume the fall of man he needed his consent. In short, attenuating on attenuating, easy and unlikely for a humanity beyond the limit of disarray.

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To divert attention from this sad truth which leads to a pessimism that defining Leopardi would sound like an understatement, oppositions are invented, mass distractions fighting each other. And as in the time of the ancient Romans, people competed in the Colosseum to keep the hungry people good, so today you compete between opposing factions to digress your minds: traditionalists versus progressives, the papists against the sedevacantists, the Lefebvrians against the modernists, the Guelphs against Ghibellines, right-wing Christians against left-wing Christians, secular priests against regular priests, in short, the list could still lengthen and continue indefinitely with the inclusion of ecclesial movements that compete to win the palm of the best if the question was not in itself sufficiently tragic.

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In front of this panorama the hierarchical Church, that of shepherds with the smell of sheep, the priestly poor, lobbies speculating on migrants, integration and welcome what it does? The exercise of leadership more validated today by the clergy, it no longer rests on the authoritativeness of reasonable faith, which brings motivations based on the need to believe and why it is necessary to believe. The leadership of many of us priests - just listen to some homily or catechesis to realize it - is full of democratic goodism and a style that I would call "parliamentary" in which things are decided by election through the authority of the majority and if anything endangers the dominant thought a motion or an interpellation is immediately ready to overturn the situation in its favor.

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Parliamentary political style is also that of our bishops who are ready to dissociate themselves from their priests, seen as inquisitive hitters, when they try to educate the faithful to the principles of doctrine and morals, even simply by citing the catechism. Next to the acts of dissociation pushed there are easy excuses towards all those categories of people who do not coincide with the thought of the Gospel. The technique of turning the enemy into a friend through a love bombing [bombing of love] that takes on the assumption of easy and non-existent faults is the new paradigm for being inclusive in charity. It matters little if the apostle reminds us that charity must flee fictions [cf. RM 12,9] and practice the Truth even when it is uncomfortable and inappropriate for most.

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We priests 3.0 in the new updated version, absorbed by the managerial role of museum curators with a fixed salary, without fatherhood from our shepherds and without a solid faith that distinguishes us as prophets before the world, we are easy prey to the fomite of sensuality. The senses clouded by a life more in tune with the world than with Christ the Savior of the world, they expose us to critical issues that are identified through the exercise of disordered sexuality, of a possessiveness that expresses the worst of itself in money management, and in the inability to carry out meaningful relationships with people not to mention the despotic maintenance of power that comes very close to the preservation of the privileges of the worst caste.

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Speaking of sexuality, a distinction must be made. I talked about sexuality just to diversify it from genitality, in fact the two terms in Christian morality are ascribed to two different aspects. Although the adjectives sexual e genital they are used today as synonyms, they are not. We identify the person in his male or female being with the sexual term, in his male or female behavior, in her way of expressing masculinity or femininity and in the different and original style of communicating love. With the term genital, instead, we mean what refers more properly to the genital systems, to their anatomy and physiology, to the unitive and procreative task which Catholic doctrine resolutely continues to consider united.

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Genital reality, so hailed by modernity, it is included in the sexual one which is wider, complete and typically human. We are too concerned to catch the priests at fault for an abuse regarding genitality that we do not realize that there is a great disconnect in the practice of that sexuality which is an integral and essential part of the figure of the presbyter. So much so that the term "father", with which we commonly call the priests of the regular clergy, it is an indication of the exercise of healthy male sexuality as a demonstration of a spiritual fatherhood which is aimed at the accompaniment and sanctification of the people of God. This is why priests are required first of all for a proven and proven masculinity that allows them to better express the exercise of their sexuality in being loving and authoritative fathers.

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The way of loving that he knows in sexuality and masculinity your own language, it can express itself in two different and antithetical ways: through an asphyxiating possessiveness that wants to consume the other and operate it or through a dialoguing freedom that does not fear the other and proposes to love him as he is, enough to mature and grow as we see it happen in the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman [cf. GV 4,1-26]. In relating to the female sex, Jesus is different from the majority of the men of his time who use, they abuse and objectify the woman to get something from her in return. In Christ, that free and liberating love of the Father which testifies to true love for every created reality is concretized. The priest, come old christ, it cannot mortify this liberating and free love which is constitutional to one's sexuality and nature. Compromises that alternate between compensatory sublimations must be avoided, pathological disorders and deviations. The freedom of the priest in love, which is an explanation of a celibate life, caste, poor and obedient in the image of the Redeemer, it is a theological and prophetic condition that cannot be understood except in function of the Kingdom and of that full eschatological life in which all relationships will be assumed and transfigured in God [cf. Mt 19,12; MC 12,25].

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Even in the use of money and in the exercise of power it is possible to trace an expression of human sexuality that can prove to be balanced, mature and informed by grace or despotic, narcissistic and subjected to the selfish desires of the world. The way to manage and preserve the goods that have been entrusted to us - from the care of creation to the way of working within creation - communicates or not the totalizing encounter with God who loves and serves himself starting from everything there is it was entrusted for the common good. Flaunt success and power, through an inhuman and instrumental use of wealth, it is a constant that we find quite widespread in human history, sometimes it is an immediate gratification, other times of a real idolatrous cult towards things and towards one's self. Among the disciples of Jesus Christ, But, the logic of the human kingdom does not apply, but the imperative is undisputed: "It's not like that among you" [cf. MC 10,43]. We must not be so naive as to think that wealth and power objectively constitute evils in itself - as happened in some pauperistic movements or in certain ideologies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries -, it is necessary to carefully evaluate the use made of it. The Gospel never accuses the rich man as such, if not in reference to a non-sharing and a solipsistic use that forgets the groans of the poor [cf. LC 16,19-31], and the hardships of the widow [cf. MC 12,41-44]. Like this, while human wealth becomes functional to honest sustenance and maintenance, the wealth of the Kingdom opens the doors of paradise and ensures the possession of God [cf. LC 12,16-21].

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All power and authority derives from God and is his gift [cf. Sir 33,23; Gives 1,10; GV 19,10-11; RM 13,1-2; AP 2,28]. This concept was rather well known in antiquity to the extent that it supported the thesis - which some authors have argued [cf. S. Paul, S. Augustine, De Civitate Dei, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet] - according to which it was possible to build a real juridical principle that legitimized the rulers to rule over men in the place of God. In both civil and religious government, obedience to the one who held power was interpreted as direct obedience to God. This thesis thus formulated consists of two inaccuracies. The first consists in not considering the fact that any earthly power and authority is not immune from that wound of original sin which corrupts all power and authority in despotism and dictatorship. The second inaccuracy consists in neglecting the Trinitarian aspect of the question considering only the person of the Father as the exclusive holder of authority and power excluding the participation of the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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Only by becoming obedient to the Father, just as Christ was, it is possible to find the safe way to avoid corruption of power and deviations of authority [cf. Mt 4,1-11]. The priest, participating in the authority of Christ deriving from sacred ordination, it is also admitted to the government and to the exercise of a power that expresses an authority. As well as, after baptism, Christ is led into the desert by the Holy Spirit to become a messiah of salvation according to the Spirit of the Father and not according to the spirit of the world, thus the priest in the exercise of power and authority is called to imitate the Master who in serving the other made himself a servant, culminating his diaconate with the sacrifice of his life in favor of men [cf. MC 10,42-45] and placing all power in the hands of the Father in the garden of olives [cf. Mt 26,39; 26,42; MC 14,36; LC 22,42] giving fulfillment to that kenosis which started with the incarnation. Priestly authority traces the diakonia of the Son, feeds on the will of the Father and possesses the anointing of the Holy Spirit for the sanctification of the brothers and for the confirmation of the faith received with baptism.

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The western society in which we live, where the Christian is called to make his earthly pilgrimage and where he manifests his courageous witness of faith, increasingly resembles a terrible Moloch who demands the fulfillment of continuous sacrifices and who self-attributes the right to be worshiped as a deity. It does not matter if these sacrifices are paid for through the price of inconclusive human lives and souls now fragmented and lost, lost in the non-sense of existence. A strange society, our, who is pleased to be narcissistically contemplated to resemble a terrible stepmother who demands far more from her children than she actually manages to give.

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An anaffective stepmother, because of sterile womb, which is adorned with words as it would with jewels that sparkle with high-sounding meanings as in the case of love, of tolerance, of benevolence, understanding and rights. This bankruptcy view of the world had already been foretold by Christ to his disciples in the Gospel: "If the world hates you, know that it hated me before. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; because you are not of the world, but I chose you from the world, that's why the world hates you " [cf. GV 15,18-19]. Christ and his disciples are not of the world, while experiencing the temporal dimension of the world but not its essence. The effective sign consists in the fact that the Word of God became flesh [cf. GV 1,14], the divine Word became human, contrary to what happens today in which many of human words are divinized and absolutized. However, this apparently invincible and deified corporate Moloch already has an established term, just for the simple fact that the "prince and god of this world" [cf. GV 12,31; 2Color 4,4] has been definitively defeated.

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At this point of the discussion it is useful to introduce the theme of idolatry, this will help us understand some important company issues that we experience on a daily basis. Talk about idolatry, in the social fabric, it is by no means secondary, indeed we can say that this attitude recurs cyclically and systematically just when the sense of the "Sacred" diminishes which includes much broader and more diversified horizons than the simple reference to the divine. In this regard, it would be interesting to study the decline of peoples precisely in relation to the crisis and the disappearance of the "Sacred" from human life. For the moment it is sufficient to mention it pending a more punctual and competent future study.

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Let's clear up a fact immediately: l’idolatria, in reality, it is one of the many masks with which atheism conceals itself before society and the world. Talking about idolatry and atheism seems a contradiction but it is not. In the Bible, for instance, the sin of idolatry is well known but not that of atheism, How come? The answer is simple: the ancient man as well as the biblical one is absolutely not an atheist. It is necessary to start from the self-evident finding that no man is naturally born an atheist, the spark of its divine origin prods man from his birth, until his death and pushes him to search for the meaning of his own existence and for a truth that transcends him.

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Visible atheism, the one practiced these days, it is the degeneration of idolatry that gives up the vestments of the sacred. Atheism is the deceptive fruit that was formed within some historical periods and that through the French Revolution, the Age of Enlightenment, Positivist thought has increasingly materialized through the philosophies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries together with well-defined Gnostic movements that have declared war on Christianity and specifically on Catholic Christianity.

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L’ateismo, paradossalmente, it feeds on that dissociated way of life which is clearly visible in our day and which increasingly takes on pathological features, deluding himself that he is leading everyone towards unlimited progress. Modern Western man finds himself reeling in this corporate model - often and willingly deluding himself that he has achieved excellent achievements of civilization and humanization - a face of a human community that is increasingly defined as the face of a The imperfect society and that has already started to present a very high account.

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This imperfect society who defines himself and makes himself known precisely from his dogmatists so intransigent and from his markedly fideistic awareness that they often turn out to be rash. The customs clearance of gnoseological and ethical relativism with which to read and interpret the reality that surrounds us, the widespread optimism of a certain type of science that claims to respond to the most intimate moans of meaning in the heart of man, revolutions in the field of technology and communication, together with the presumption to constitute a new world order that can unify every creed, lead inexorably to failure since in fact it traces in a modern key that ancient sin that the builders of the Tower of Babel committed (cf. GN 11,1-9). Atheism is thus the distillate of an idolatrous will deprived of the sense of the sacred that claims to make a name regardless of its Creator [cf. GN 11,4].

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This social overview, so painfully concrete but nevertheless real, can be explained through a sentence of the Dominican theologian Fr.. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange [1877-1964] that says: «The Church is uncompromising on principles, because he believes, it is tolerant in practice, because he loves. The enemies of the Church are tolerant of principles, because they don't believe, but uncompromising in practice, because they don't love. The Church absolves sinners, the enemies of the Church absolve sins " [cf. Dieu, its existence and its nature, Paris 1923, p. 725]. What sense to give these words of the good Fr.. Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange in relation to a liquid and destabilized society like ours? Which common thread unites the features of weakness, imperfection, dell 'atheist idolatry enough to produce an apparently liberal but secretly intransigent and at times ruthless and contradictory reality?

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The reasoning of the Dominican theologian it helps us understand how before being an enemy of God and of the Church this society is first of all an enemy of itself. In fact, it is more inclined to undertake more easily the search for a tolerance that uniforms and flattens its fellow men than a search for truth that leads to different alterities, until reaching the transcendental otherness that represents the authentic core of faith and of the relationship with God. Today, if you have noticed how to conduct some debates and discussions, the safest way to put your opponent on the ropes and then silence him, it essentially consists in accusing him of intolerance. The charge of non-tolerance is that indictment that does not admit objective truth, that does not take personal experience into account, of the history and tradition of peoples. The charge of intolerance is declined through censorship, the ban on realities that cannot be said, known or simply testified. Today, it is possible to be considered intolerant in many ways and be provoked on different areas such as faith and religion, race and ethnicity, sexuality and genitality, i costumi e le tradizioni, politics and the civilized world and much more.

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In the game of contrasts, ploy which I have already analyzed in this article, professing faith makes me, for example, an intolerant and violent person. Affirming the natural moral law on marriage gives me visibility as a medieval fundamentalist fanatic, cultivating and enhancing the traditional and cultural roots of a people makes me a dangerous enemy of globalization and inculturation. Those who we call today with the appellation of intolerants are actually divergent, heroes who do not align with the single thought and therefore need to be seen as enemies to neutralize. If you notice the best exponents of liberal thought, tolerant and guarantor they sin countless times of illiberal attitudes, violent and uncompromising worthy of the best dictatorial despotic regime.

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The “tolerant” modern, instead, he does not sacrifice himself for his ideas as the idealist would, on the contrary, one does not scruple to sacrifice those who have ideas contrary to his, just as a dictator would do towards his opponents. How many martyrs of tolerance and rights exist today? But perhaps the most numerous martyrs are those who are held up as unwitting sowers of hatred precisely because they diverge, carriers of a hatred that cannot be seen because it is present only in the gaze of the tolerant on duty who has an interest in using hatred as an ideological tool to control the masses. Modern tolerance therefore not only claims rights but also the dispersion of hatred. For less than a decade, tolerance contracted a happy marriage with the Greek term phobia. Through this term the best workhorses of the tolerant are generated The imperfect society such as homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia and others. I mention these three examples just because they are the ones most practiced by the social media, television, radio and newspapers … We realize that all this scaffolding does not make the slightest sense and that it is not possible to pursue a discourse of tolerance that is exclusively linked to a right deprived of duties and a fear that is an antidote to hatred? Invoking tolerance by leveraging rights and excluding duties constitutes a worldview based on self-centeredness, in which everything becomes lawful it is sufficient that it indulges true or presumed personal rights.

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D’altro canto, call into question the tolerance ahead all’odio relying on the feeling of fear of the other is foolish, as this would mean that it is enough to generate an alarm to ward off evil. In this imposing zibaldone it is difficult to find the edge of the skein so as to bring everything back to a certain and safe origin. The prospect of an uncompromising social culture that while condemning sanctifies and sanctifying condemnation appears more like a paradox that reminds the Roman god Janus who, having a "double face", it is the perfect image of compromise, of transformism, of the union of opposites.

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Today the mask of Janus triumphs over the faces of the world who travel the streets of our cities and towns, of our squares and shopping centers, of the buildings of power and churches. An ageless Janus who dresses in male and female clothes or, if necessary, neutral, wearing the veil, la talare, il saio, the skirt threaded in purple or red but that is always him, the ancient snake that never tires of waging war with the impious pretense of proving that God was wrong in trusting man.

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Beyond the utopia and disenchantment: Christian hope today

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BEYOND UTOPIA AND THE DISENCHANTMENT: HOPE CHRISTIAN TODAY

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The Christian hope, today must make his way with much effort and fatigue between the new experiences of millenarianism, between the political eschatology claims of American Protestantism, the apocalyptic narrative of jihadismo in the West, to the strange experiences of religiosity New Age he was born in Mayan calendar ended 21 December of 2012. From these extremes, as almost a touch of boredom bottom of immanence, we can move towards a completely different dimension, one that opens the door to the prospect of Christian hope.

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The Dominican theologian Daniel Aucone

Daniele Aucone, Dominican priest and theologian of the Roman province of St. Catherine of Siena [cf. see WHO], already author of The question of community between philosophy and theology [Ed. Nerbini, cf. WHO] It offers the public of scholars and researchers his latest book, Beyond the utopia and disenchantment - Christian hope today, also the result of the doctoral dissertation work in theology [Ed. Angelicum University Press, cf. WHO].

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The central theme of the text is the hope, as evidenced by the title; the author tries to outline and identify in it fruitful trajectories [cf. pag. 10] to reinvigorate the announcement of this theme very dear to Catholic theology. Hope for believers residing in the face and in the encounter of Jesus Christ.

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The text is divided into two parts: in the first part of the Father Daniele Aucone he pauses to scan the society and Western culture and the prospect of waiting, from different authors: Kojève and Zizek among others. In the second part, instead, he pauses to generate a theological-systematic perspective of hope, with assistance from various authors including Theobald, Durand and Mendoza - Alvarez.

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the last work of the Dominican theologian Daniel Aucone

The first part can be defined strict sense as a description of a "scream" of the post-modern society that, now waned worldly hopes, It is enclosed between resignation, disillusionment and new fears.

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Alexander Kojève, the interpreter as of the end of history in the Hegelian sense, opens the door to a search of earthly immortality. Slavko Žižek then conducts an analysis of the vicinity of the zero point, where it provides a apocalyptic classic type in which they live only an overview of panic scenarios. In this first part, There seems very interesting, also for the reader less expert in philosophical matters, accurate section that tells the new experiences of millenarianism: between the claims of political eschatology of American Protestantism, the apocalyptic narrative of jihadismo in the West, to the strange experiences of religiosity New Age and the Mayan Calendar ended 21/12/12. From these extremes, as almost a touch of boredom bottom of immanence, Finally the author can make a transition and move the prospect of Christian hope. He writes the Father Daniele Aucone:

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"In this context of contemporary West uncomfortable fact, but also of the search for meaning and direction, It is called upon to integrate the message of Christian hope that the encounter with the Risen waiting defined as τέλος [N.d.R. telos, “purpose”, “fine”] e πέρας [pears: “unlimited”, “Infinity”] of history". [cit. pag. 114].

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The hope is then a gift, a desire to create a all’man Desiring, over the claim of a liquid postmodern life, to establish firmly a dignified life in the time of the End. It hopes that finally allows you to escape from the tyranny of everything at once, a wait time based on the final memory of the resurrection; at last, very interesting idea that the author He takes the theologian Roberto Repole: hope understood as Humble Thought and opening the perspective of Revelation, over weak thought vattimiano, but without even claim to resolve it completely, over the unthinkable return to a strong thought: hope is the root of a humble thought [cit. pag. 116].

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In the analysis of the biblical section, it abundantly clarifies the meaning of the apocalyptic horizon exegetical current, showing how the analysis of the last book of the Bible, far from perspectives about the "end of the world ''s intention is to show that there are various purposes, that enclose different historical epochs; and at the same time the Apocalypse reveals narcissism of contemporary man down, that hides a deep existential instability [cit. pag. 126].

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The previous work of the Dominican theologian Daniel Aucone

Since the studies of Christoph Theobald, Father Daniele Aucone finally proposes Christianity as a lifestyle in which to live and give life to the world; This is possible because it creates bonds of fraternity beyond space and time, that exceed the current individualism. [cit. pag. 142]. In the theological section, he binds at the thought of the Dominican brother Emanuel Durand offering interesting reflections on the theology of Providence. For many believers it has in fact noticed that faith in God the Creator did not lead to a deep attention to his work of providence, even in the smallest daily. With the Father Emanuel Durand is the recovery of a theology of providence in which, man is founded by a continuous living relationship with God. The Lord of creation, He concludes our author with the Dominican theologian Emanuel Durand, It acts through purely natural phenomena, as well as those miraculous: Providence has thus action in necessary and contingent: nothing escapes the invisible hand, Maternal and at the same time collaborating with the man of the Triune God [cit. pag. 163].

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Very interesting are finally the final five ideas on current ecclesial missions, that make up the latest chapter: a new sense of mission of the Word [cit. pag. 267], an evangelization in the spirit breath [cit. pag. 270], a focus for an integral human ecology [cit. pag. 273], training to brotherhood and communion [cit. pag. 277] and finally a transfiguration of time through the liturgical celebration - sacramental [cit. pag. 281].

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The book is highly recommended the theology fans, as well as to professionals for a breath of fresh air about the theological speculation on hope and eschatology, able to get out of classic patterns and propose even in comparison with the current culture. Above all, the ideas about the church missions can be a source for a personal meditation, as well as speculative, Also to lay pastoral guidelines.

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Once upon a time the Eucharist and the Catholic priesthood, Then came Kiko Arguello and Carmen Hernandez founders of the Neocatechumenal Way … and heresy became flesh and dwelt among us

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THERE WERE ONCE THE EUCHARIST AND THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD, THEN CAME KIKO ARGÜELLO AND CARMEN HERNÁNDEZ FOUNDERS OF THE NEOCATECHUMENAL WAY ... AND HERESY BECAME MEAT AND CAME TO LIVE WITH US

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INDEX: I. Heresy is not an indecent word and giving a heretic to those who fall and remain in substantial and formal heresy is not an insult, but a simple statement of fact - (II). The first misconception to dispel: if the Neocatechumenal Way was developed under the pontificates of two Popes Saints, This makes the case for holy and untouchable dogma of the Catholic faith?III. The Neocatechumenals come to life on the crisis of authority of the Church and develop under the pontificate of John Paul II after presenting him with the family of The White Mill - IV. The Neocatechumenal Way has made the old heresy of the Albigensians current again, without the ecclesiastical authority putting a stop to the fact that the Eucharist is not a private good that they can dispose of at will - V. When the Church finds all the excuses not to listen to victims of various kinds, eventually he ends up being left with the Cardinals to the bars of the criminal courts, but even in this case she continued undeterred not to listen - WE. The Lie of the Neucatecumenale Way leaders: to affirm that the Church has recognized and fully legitimized their liturgical and catechetical antics - VII. The many good people who make it up are enough to make a movement healthy? They are enough testimonies of those who say: "The Way I converted", "The Way I returned to the Church"? VIII. The reigning Pontiff did not take long to launch it too precise references to kikos and the mega-catechists of the Neocatechumenal obtaining the effect obtained by its three predecessors: deaf ears - IX. The Neocatechumenals are the negation of the wise missionary spirit of the Church, ed instead of bringing new people to Catholicism they make new followers to Neocatechumenalism - X. The Neocatechumenal Way is a psycho-sect in which the critical sense is canceled after having invaded the conscience of the followers and changing the crass ignorance and pride into a gift of election of the Holy Spirit - XI. To the serious problem of the wrong perception of the Most Holy Eucharist is added the wrong perception of the Priesthood, especially between the common priesthood of the baptized and the ministerial priesthood of Christ, which involves only the ministers of the sacred equipped with a gift triple: to be taught, governing, to sanctify XII. Conclusion.

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Before you get going in the long speech it is necessary to clarify the meaning of the word heresy. The need for clarification is due to the fact that within the Church itself has been undermined by time Newspeak, And it came to explain how years ago in one of the first items on this our Patmos Island [2014, see WHO], and then follow in my so-called keynote [see video, WHO]. Newspeak is not just create new words, or called neologisms, but perform an operation even worse: giving the words a meaning different from that etymologically have ch'esse. The emptying of the words from their meaning filled with completely different meanings, is a grave danger that the phenomenon takes development before, during and after the French Revolution. An exhaustive example is the concepts of freedom, equality and fraternity, which they are suffixes of the founding of Christianity, not an invention of the French Revolution. Principles, however,, the late eighteenth century, and following the course of the nineteenth century, They will change into principles antithetical to Christianity, what's more used to attack and groped scuttle of Christianity itself […]

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Top The Charlemagne Island of Patmos with a question of Christ the Lord: "Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, Who do you say I am?»

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BACK ON THE ISLAND OF PATMOS CHARLEMAGNE WITH A QUESTION OF CHRIST THE LORD: «SAY ABOUT MEN, CROWDS THAT I AM? AND YOU, WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?»

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The Christian hope is not an imaginative and mind-numbing "Sol of 'Avvenire' nor the 'glorious future' preached by all the dictators of all time. Nor is it a new world forged by the culture of dialogue between fake and hucksters. Nor it is, at last, misericordiante the kingdom prophets of falsehood call, at will and more often inappropriately, the terrible tragedies of history and immutable filth of the world. The Christian Hope instead - as taught by St. Augustine of Hippo - still has only one name and one certainly be announced: Christ!

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the Charlemagne, known as Charles the Great, universally known as Charlemagne, baptized in faith in Christ Jesus in the Holy Mother Catholic Church in the City of Aachen, in a day of many years ago, running at the time the Year of the Lord 742; I, therefore, with a good and legitimate title, write as part of that Mystical and Historical Body which alone belongs to Christ, and of which I consider myself with conviction "of the less honorable members of it" but that for this very humbly believe that, as the Apostle writes, "God has so composed the body, giving the greater honor to that which lacked, so that there was no disunity in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another " [The Corinthians 12, 24-25].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The Gospels do not tell us the results of a Gallup poll or an extemporaneous focus group of Jesus of Nazareth and his disciples, first, and the Apostles, then.

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Jesus, on the contrary, challenges men [people, Marco 8, 27 e Matteo 16, 13] and the crowds [the mobs, Luca 9, 18] with the message itself, essential, radical and, not at least, disturbing and dramatic of Logos cristiano.

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He wrote Romano Guardini:

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"Christianity is in fact not a theory of Truth, or interpretation of life. It is also this, but it not in this consists its essential nucleus. This consists of Jesus of Nazareth, from his concrete existence, from his work, by fate, that is, from a historical personality. […] Non lhumanityat O l’Human thus become important case, ma this person. It determines everything else, and the more deeply and universally the more intense the relationship ' [The essence of Christianity, 1984, p. 23].

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The essence of the Christian faith lies, in truth, in response that man both individually and collectively, provides this essential question with which Jesus of Nazareth challenge here, today and always [cf.. Letter to the Hebrews 13, 8] the individual and society.

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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Faith, Hope and Christian Charity have neither their foundation or their first and last name to neutral values ​​of tolerance, cohabitation, solidarity, acceptance and universal harmony of men and peoples.

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The Christian faith is not a changing content, according to fashion and the needs of the time, but one, unchangeable, vital and saving encounter.

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"You have gone, you washed, you come to the altar, you began to see what previously were not able to see. That is, via the source of the Lord and the announcement of his passion, Your eyes are open at that time. You, that before you seemed blinded in the heart, you began to see the light of the sacraments " [Sant'Ambrogio, the Sacraments I, 3,15].

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The Christian Hope, then, is an imaginative and mind-numbing "Sol of 'Avvenire' nor the 'glorious future' preached by all the dictators of all time. Nor is it a new world forged by the culture of dialogue between fake and hucksters. Nor it is, at last, misericordiante the kingdom prophets of falsehood call, at will and more often inappropriately, the terrible tragedies of history and immutable filth of the world. The Christian Hope instead - as taught by St. Augustine of Hippo - still has only one name and one certainly be announced: Christ!

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"And as it has become our hope? Why he was tempted, He suffered and rose again. So it became our hope. In it you can see your toil and your reward: your labor in the passion, your reward in the resurrection. That's how it became our hope. Because we have two lives: one is that we, the other is that we hope. The one where we are known, one in which we hope is unknown […]. With his labors, temptations, and patents, the death, Christ has made you see your life in which you are; with the resurrection did you see life in which you will be. We knew only that the man is born and dies, but we did not know who rises and lives forever. This is why Christ has become our hope in afflictions and temptations, and now we are heading towards hope ' [Enarrationes in Psalmos, 60, IV].

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The Christian Charity, then, It is not a vacuous amalgam of good intentions or the content of an illusory undifferentiated cosmic fraternity and, not even, The fundamental precept of a mundane world order, amoreggiante pleasantly and happily soaked with alleged good works as.

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Yet, once, It is always and only the recognition of Person of Christ, which he founded and rooted in human affairs the only possible and essential Love: "If you do not believe, indeed, non friend. Like this, beginning from the end and going back to the principle, So said the apostle: Pace's Charityat, united to faith. Let us: Faith, charity and peace. Believe, but, rain. In fact, if you believe you do not love, you have not yet diversified your faith from the faith of those who trembled and said,: We know who you are, the Son of God. You, therefore, but; because charity joined to faith itself leads you to peace. What peace? True peace, full peace, real peace, secure peace; where there is no calamity, any enemy. This peace is the goal of every good desire. Caritat united to faith; and six you mean well, say well. Faith coupled with the charity " [St. Augustine, sermons 168, (II), 2, 9].

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Faith, Hope and Charity, so, sun and open only in Christ's humanity and history the only possible horizon of Salvation: "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and you will believe with your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved " [Romans 10, 9].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The question posed by Jesus of Nazareth is not only essential but also radical and, by its very nature, exceedingly divisive. It is neither an open question or a question at multiple choices. On the contrary, demands a 'radical option!

"Christianity says that for the incarnation of God's Son, for his death and his resurrection, for the mystery of faith and grace, in all creation you are asked to renounce his - apparent - autonomy and put themselves under the rule of a specific person, that is, Jesus Christ, and doing what their decisive rule ' [Romano Guardini, In the same place, p. 26].

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The only root and source of Christian proclamation does not lie in an ostentatious piety and in a grotesque and well-publicized jumble of good intentions for Humanity e the human.

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The Person of Christ - yes, let's face it once and for all and healthy intellectual rigor, even before Christian! - it is divisive in its radical truth about God and man!

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"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; who will deny me before men, I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; have not come to bring peace, but a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, daughter against mother, in-law from mother-in-law: and a man's enemies will be those of his household " [Matteo 10, 32-36].

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The original root and the exclusive source of Logos Christian is, indeed, the Word made flesh, and did the same blood for eternal life and for the final resurrection.

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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In the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, the question followed by the story of the loaves, which is directly evoked listeners: "I do not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments you brought forth?» [Marco 8, 19]; "I do not yet understand? Have you forgotten the five loaves that were enough for the five thousand men and baskets that you gathered?» [Matteo 16, 9].

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In Luke, the account of the same event immediately precedes the question of Jesus: "Then Jesus, I took the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to the sky, li blessed, He broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the crowd. They all ate their fill and their advanced pieces took up twelve baskets " [Luca 9, 16-17].

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In John, at last, there is no explicit demand of Jesus, but the reaction of "many of the disciples" to the announcement that: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, It has eternal life and I will raise him on the last day. My meat is real food and my blood is drink indeed " [Giovanni 6, 54-55]. «From that moment ', indeed, "Many of the disciples went back, and walked no more with him" [Giovanni 6, 66]. It becomes, pure, an open challenge to the remaining: "Will you well as you leave?» [Giovanni 6, 67].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The answer to this question solves the disturbing drama of every human time, troubled by the Absolute Evil and evil are.

The answer to this question solves the shocking tragedy that in every time and place gush and always will flow from the very limits of human nature, decayed and decaying, always exposed to the lure of intellectual and moral corruption, and perpetually at the mercy "of the murderer from the beginning", "The liar and the father of lies" [Giovanni 8, 44] and the "prince of this world" [Giovanni 14, 30].

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Jesus the Christ puts himself and actually donated in his Body and his Blood poured out - Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity - far beyond and above any physical law, the only real food subsistence for man and mankind and the only true drink of liberation and salvation.

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This true and only Nourishment, Jesus invites his disciples to call: "In our daily bread", the bread of us ultra-substantial, "Give us this day", you by us daily.

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'So all we have in Christ […]"- writes Sant’Ambrogio -" and Christ is everything for us. If you want to heal a wound, he is a doctor; if you burn with fever, he is the source; if you are oppressed by, he is justice; if you need help, he is the force; if you fear death, he is life; if you desire heaven, he is the way; if you flee the darkness, he is the light; if you seek food, he is the food " [Virginia, 99].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The question of Jesus is placed, then, in the most dramatic moment of Divine Revelation. AND the question of the true man and Only God that "while were fulfilled the days when it was lifted up, It makes hard his face walking towards Jerusalem " [Luca 9, 51].

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The answer to your question, indeed, become the talk of the high priest the same dramatic and terrible indictment leading to the death sentence and the ruthless execution on the gallows of the Cross: "Are you the Christ, the Son of God? Jesus answered: It's me! Then the high priest, rent his garments, he said: You have heard the blasphemy, what do you think? All they judged him guilty of death '[Marco 14, 61-64].

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In the Mystery of the Passion, Cross and Death of the Person of Christ, (c)he is annihilating "He was God» [Filip Breeding 2, 6] — although it was not but while it is Godindeed, "Body which is annihilated by taking the form of a servant is not already embodied the Christ, but the one who is above the world, found in the form of God " [Hans Urs From Bathasar, Theology the three days, 1969, p. 37].

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"Jesus the Christ", St. Athanasius explained, "has hired, being God, the form of a servant, under this assumption is not so raised, but he lowered. The man, on the contrary, He needed to be raised because of the lowness of the flesh and death. He suffered as a man in his flesh the death for us, to present themselves well to the Father in death on our behalf and lift us up with him at that competes eternity " [.Antioch I, 40-41].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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this question with his answer is the heart of the Gospel, in its dramatic actuality: "The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the Gospel " [Marco 1,15]. AND this question with his answer and the only legitimate exegesis by reading a "mystery that was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles are called, in Christ Jesus, to participate in the same heritage, to form the same body, and to be partakers of the promise through the gospel " [Ephesians, 3, 5-6]. AND this question with his answer the founding act of the Christian Mystery and also its dramatic distinction: "He who is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me, scatters " [Matteo 12, 30]. AND this question with his reply the only way of salvation can: "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain and you are still in your sins. And even those who have died in Christ have perished. If our hope in Christ for this life only, we are to be pitied more than all men. Now, instead, Christ rose from the dead, firstfruits of those who have died. For as by a man came death, because a man has come also the resurrection of the dead; Just as all die in Adam, so all will receive life in Christ " [The Corinthians 15, 17-22].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The answer to this existential question leaves no way! Here, today and always. The Christian does not believe absurd neither Because it is absurd! The Christian believes responding, "You are the Christ, the Messiah " [Marco 8, 29] because Jesus Christ has met, known and therefore believed in Him and in Him alone can find the infinite and inexhaustible dignity of his to be in ed be-di Christ.

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"Know, the cristiano, your dignity, e, that they share in the divine nature, do not return to your former base condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Think back that, freed from the power of darkness, you have been brought into the light and the kingdom of God " [St. Leo the Great, The word is 21, 3].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The Christian does not profess a vague theism intellectual, whose divinity is an unknown be supreme or an ethereal transcendent value.

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The Christian "believes firmly and openly admits that there is only one true God, eternal and immense, Almighty, unchangeable, incomprehensible and ineffable, Dad, Son and Holy Spirit: three people, but one essence, substance, that is absolutely simple nature " [Fourth Lateran Council, Catholic Faith, 1].

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The Christian recognizes in him who revealed himself to Israel as "I am who I am!» [Exodus 3, 14], the only true God, that is God of the Fathers and, together, It tightens generations alliance, establishing a "throne of love and fidelity" and is "a people to walk in the light of his countenance" [Salmo 89].

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Professing "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!» [Matteo 16, 16] Christian recognizes "a fundamental truth: "We have a Master. More than a Maestro, a Emmanuele, that is, a God with us; we Jesus Christ! It's impossible, indeed, apart from Him, if we know something for sure, full, of God revealed; or better, if we want to have a living relationship, direct and authentic relationship with God " [Paul VI, General Audience, 18 December 1968].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The Christian does not adhere to an unspecified creationist doctrine that confuses the image and likeness with God the Creator and Father with a universal equality. Professa, instead, that only Son-Logos is the perfect image of the Father and our

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"It's an imperfect resemblance, the one for which the man is said a image and adds our because the man was image of the Trinity; not equal to the Trinity, as the Son of the Father, but accostandosene for a certain resemblance in the way of distant beings are not neighbors for spatial contact, but by imitation. That's what they signified the following words: “Be transformed by the renewal of your spirit and to its recipients the Apostle also says: “Be ye therefore followers of God, as beloved children. It is in fact the new man which is said: “It is renewed in proportion to the knowledge of God, conforming to the image of him that created him "» [St. Augustine, The Trinity, VII, 6.12].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The Christian is not such because it adheres to an unknown and changing code of pious intentions and honest behavior: "We believe the love of God, the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, with a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction " [Benedict XVI, Emër, 1].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The Christian does not base his Faith, his hope and his charity on a hypothetical great and universal brotherhood, capable of generating tolerance, truth and peace in un’indistinta melassa di religioni e culti dove non si tratta di abbandonare la propria fede — come professano i teorici della Nuova Religione Universale — per esser parte di questa nuova e universale istituzione e dove si crede senza appartenere [cf.. Grace Davie, Believing without Belonging, in: Social Compass 37(4), 1990, 455-469].

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Il cristiano tale è proprio perché confessa «Tu sei il Santo di Dio» [Giovanni 6, 69] riconoscendo di appartenere intimamente ed essenzialmente al Corpo stesso di Cristo «non soltanto perché ci ha fatti diventare cristiani, but why did he become Christ himself. Which made us God's grace, giving us Christ as Head? Esultate, gioite, we become Christ. If he is the Head, we are the members: We are a complete man, he and we. […] The fullness of Christ: the head and members. What is the Head, and what are the limbs? Christ and the Church " (St. Augustine, In Evangelium Tractatus, 21, 8].

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The answer to this question makes it essential and radical Christian being the disturbing drama, that is, to belong to Christ! That is His Church, della Chiesa di Cristo! And not the Church of someone else!

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Faced with the execrable misdeeds of so many, and too many of his, even the most distinguished and honored sons, the horrendous perjury many and too many of those they claim to serve, the complicit silence and abominable falsehoods many and too many of the acclaimed prophets e Masters New time, those of Christ and the Church still find grace to exclaim in his heart: "What a wonderful mystery! There is only one Father, un solo Logos the universe, and also one Holy Spirit, same everywhere; there is also one virgin become mother, and I should like to call the Church " [Clement of Alexandria, The tutor, 1, 6, 42].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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Faith, Hope and Charity, They are for the Christian existential its reply to the Revelation of the Divine Person and the name for which "there is no other name under heaven in which it is established that we can be saved" [Acts 4, 12] e alla quale — come scrive dogmaticamente il Sacrosanto Concilio Vaticano II — «è dovuta l’obbedienza della fede, with which the man his whole self freely making the full submission of intellect and will, and freely assenting to the revelation that he does " [God's word, 5].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The answer to that question reveals the essential, radical, disturbing and dramatic choice between believing and not believing, between the profess or not profess, between faith in Christ and his betrayal of Christ.

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From it depends, indeed, that διχάζω - split in two, to separate, and disunity - αφορίζω - Muslim, espellere, Banish - verbs that are frequently used by Jesus in his daily train men and crowds, especially in the Parables of the Kingdom, to indicate the tragic fate of the demanding, and nothing to good price, answer this question requires.

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Halve, to separate, disunire, to distinguish, espellere, ban: verbs the final decision on who refuses to answer the question of Christ.

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Verbs that the Gospels put on the lips of the Bridegroom not expected by the foolish virgins [Matteo 25, 1-13]; Groom of refusing the invitation [Luca 14, 16-24] or that the guests disappoint due to the negligence of clothing [Matteo 22, 1-14]; Man disillusioned by the ability of his servants to make money from its assets [Matteo 25, 14-30] ; the owner of the field who patiently waits for the good wheat grow with the tares, before it is thrown into the fire that devours [Matteo 13, 24-30]; Fisherman in whose network entangled bad fish that will be divided by the good "to be thrown into the fiery furnace, There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth " [Matteo 13, 47-50]; and the Eternal Judge, whose implacable judgment concludes with two separated and separating verdicts: "And they will go, to eternal punishment, and the righteous to eternal life " [Matteo 25, 46].

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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The answer to this question does not raise nor fatuous joy nor un'ammorbante laetitia! The meeting with the Christ of God is always just a Grace dearly! The high price of single sanctifying Truth!

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The answer to this question requires answer to dear price for a grace, as written by the Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoefer, "Grace is never a cheap '.

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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Apostasy increasingly widespread grabbing like a pestilential disease the Catholic Church by its hierarchical summit as among an increasing number of his ministers, you forget that you have only been constituted which ones co-workers of the truth and not as Curiously, the Truth this question of God's Son, the Jesus of Nazareth of History and the Gospels demands, Today more than ever, only one answer and unambiguous, without hesitation and vacillation in front of the increasingly tragic "conformed to the mentality of this world" that makes it urgent for the whole Church the need to "renew your mind, in order to discern the will of God, What is good, and acceptable and perfect " [Romans 12, 2]. It deals with, in truth, to face a Grace dearly, which alone, however, It can be liberating and salvific.

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Who do men say, the crowds that I am? And you, who do you say that I am?

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Resound in Rome these days – We hope and pray – prophetic words when Bonhoefer unnecessarily warned his Lutheran Church, but with it the whole of Christendom, the risk of deadly silence this existential, radical, disturbing and dramatic truth of "Christ, Son of the living God " [Matteo 16, 16].

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The entire and true Body of which Christ is the Living Head will only be admonished: without a courageous and decisive answer - at great cost - To the question of Jesus wears the same Logos of our faith, our Hope, our Charity.

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"A people had become Christian, Luterno, but sacrificing the desire to follow Jesus; it had become cheaply. Grace cheap won. But we know that this cheap grace has been extremely merciless towards us? The price we have to pay today with the ruin of the institutional churches is perhaps not the necessary consequence of the grace acquired too cheaply? Preaching and sacraments were granted at a price too low; He is baptized, you cresimava, It gave absolution to all people without asking questions and without putting conditions; Human love for sacred things were dispensed to men scornful and incredulous; They were distributed rivers of grace without end, while the invitation to follow Jesus with commitment was very rarely heard. […] When was the world ever Christianized in a more hideous and fatal way? What are the three killed thousands of Saxons by Charlemagne physically in front of millions of souls killed today? Si è realizzato sopra di noi l’ammonimento che i peccati dei padri saranno puniti sopra i figli fino alla terza e quarta generazione. La grazia a buon prezzo si è mostrata alquanto spietata verso la nostra chiesa evangelica. E spietata la grazia a buon prezzo lo è stata pure verso la maggior parte di noi personalmente. He has opened us the way to Christ, but rather he has blocked. He has invited us to follow him, but he has hardened us to disobedience. Or was it not cruel and hard if, dopo aver sentito l’invito a seguire Gesù come invito della grazia, dopo aver, perhaps, once dared to take the first steps on the path that led us to follow the discipline of obedience to his commandments, We were caught by word of cheap grace? […] The smoking flax was off ruthlessly. It was ruthless talk like that to a man, perché egli, turbato da un’offerta così a buon prezzo, necessariamente lasciava la via alla quale era chiamato da Gesù, perché ora voleva afferrare la grazia a buon prezzo che gli precludeva per sempre la possibilità di riconoscere la grazia a caro prezzo. Non poteva essere diversamente; the weak man, deceived, possessing the grace at a price had to suddenly feel strong, while, in reality, He had lost the strength to obey, di seguire Gesù. La parola della grazia a buon prezzo ha rovinato più uomini che non qualunque comandamento di buone opere» [Dietrich Bonhöfer, succession, 2007, p. 51-55].

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The great decadence and "The Silence of the Lambs". When to protect the mother and family the children must pass the great test of faith: live and suffer as if the father did not exist, but never forget that he is still the legitimate father

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THE BIG DECLINE AND "THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS '. WHEN TO PROTECT THE MOTHER AND THE FAMILY CHILDREN SHOULD EXCEED THE BIG TEST OF FAITH: LIVE AND SUFFER AS IF THE FATHER DOES NOT EXIST, BUT NOT EVER FORGET THAT HE IS ALWAYS THE LEGITIMATE FATHER

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Christ the Lord resorted He himself all’ironia making use of the expressive style of the time. And not only resorted all’ironia, because the terms of certain invectives used by him are of extraordinary hardness. Provino gli eminenti esegeti a spiegare che cosa comportava a livello lessicale ed espressivo rivolgersi a degli alti notabili giudei dicendo in forma ironica e dura: ' Verily I say: the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God " [Mt 21, 31]. Expression this in which there are both the irony is linked to the severity of a deep morale booster. Indeed, this expression, It is equivalent in every way to say today, to the present day members of the College of Cardinals, that the whores working along the Via Casilina are the most respectable of them, but above all most deserving of them to enter Paradise.

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When criticism, in itself legitimate, It can not produce anything, because certain special historical situations, social and ecclesial prevent it from generating any effective, It is always to be avoided, because in that case the criticism is drowned in a vicious circle in which only end up feeding itself, increasing the great confusion and great disorientation, rather than squander. And those who exercise this kind of criticism fruitless and harmful, especially if a priest and theologian, could seriously stained with gross negligence.

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In certain occasions, instead of resorting to the ineffective critical, you can resort to irony, or to greet sneer, I myself have not hesitated to do it, I recognize it and I admit, also because some of my writings that are soaked in irony and mockery, remain public and accessible by anyone today. In fact, when I began to perceive how scientific criticism was ineffective and unproductive, in an attempt to dislodge certain ecclesiastical conscience action are repeated times the weapon irony, up to launch the so-called campaign: "I seriously pigliateli, take them for the ass ". And after this call effect by hovering boundaries between Boccaccio and Pasquino, It specified that in certain contexts and situations around the outlet, the sneer, far from being an end in themselves they end up being an act of perfect Christian charity [see article, WHO]. My fear is that many escapes in what way Christ the Lord resorted He himself all’ironia making use of the expressive style of the time. And not only resorted all’ironia, because the terms of certain invectives used by him are of extraordinary hardness. For if certain expressions riots in dialect of Aramaic by Christ to God zealous teachers of the law and scribes, They should be translated with vocabulary of today's Roman, we would find that the terms loosely equivalent "grannissimi fiji de whore» o di «pockets full of shit», not be able to make in hardness as expressed by the Savior toward certain subjects of his day. Audition eminent exegetes to explain what it meant at the lexical and expressive level contact of the high Jewish dignitaries telling them in an ironic and takes shape: ' Verily I say: the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God " [Mt 21, 31]. Expression this in which there are both the irony is linked to the severity of a deep morale booster. Indeed, this expression, It is equivalent in every way to say today, to the present day members of the College of Cardinals, that the whores working along the Via Casilina are the most respectable of them, but above all most deserving of them to enter Paradise. If then nobody explains it, then I take care of me explain: accusing ups and zealous religious notables to be like whitewashed tombs "beautiful to behold, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness " [Mt 23, 27], in the expressive vocabulary of the time, What it was far much worse than telling them "you are of the greatest pieces of shit". Indeed, with corpses, not to mention the rotting corpses, the devout Israelite was not and could not be defiled, especially the members of the priestly caste, who it was forbidden from Gone [halakha, the equivalent Canon law era], to get close to the burial places even remotely, all for issues related to the maintenance of the purity.

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So that, comparing certain senior religious notables of rotting corpses, It is greatly much more offensive than simply tell them “shits”. This was Jesus Christ, certainly not the doll androgynous presented in his film Jesus of Nazareth by Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, I can not help but omosessualizzare aesthetically everything it touches, below will continue to mutate into a missy languid even that virile Umbrian male of Francis of Assisi in the film Brother Moon. What about the actual figure of the Seraphic Father, much better than I has spoken recently of one of the Fathers The Island of Patmos, our author cappuccino Ivano Liguori, that is a member of the Franciscan Order, and that of St. Francis of Assisi is the son [see article, WHO].

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In this regard many readers of our magazine and they laugh always remind, when the columns of The Island of Patmos It was announced my appointment as Archbishop of Naples. Behind to that’burlesque opera emerged in fact the episcopate today's drama, in particular those of the new careerists, or if you want modern whitewashed tombs, that to reach the coveted appointment of bishops were blanketing the poor and poverty. A funny sneer but very sad that article aimed at those newly appointed bishops come to the episcopate after the prostrate New Theology of the poor and the migrant, now placed above the theology of the Word of God incarnate [see article WHO].

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Between the end of December of 2018 and the beginning of the new year 2019, magazine devoted several of our readers have sent me many messages in which they ask: "She is no longer what it once was", "Where is his scathing and ironic vein?». Then there are also the provocateurs irreverent, some of them asked me: "At the end of the games, they frightened and silenced, vero?».

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You can defer on many things, on others not, because when someone, like myself, He has always risked everything and everything in defense of truth, paying almost always very high prices, not least in order to have always indicated, and called the "whited sepulchres" spade, it is appropriate to provide all the necessary explanations, avoiding that come to life and they spread rumors not true, as well as unjust towards me, of the type: “... eventually they made him take fear and have silenced!”. No, it's not true. And now I will I explain why the same is not true: because the positions and the line for some time I have taken are the result of freedom, then what I hope is within the grace of the wisdom of the heart.

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With all the devotee than necessary, but with more tones sometimes also quite strict, in the past I have directed harsh criticism not only current course of the Church, I am wishing I could "boast" that he also made harsh and detailed criticism that no ecclesiastical authority has until now never denied. Following some of my public complaints, the scars and teasing from hysterical housewives more or less dressed in red, I've got to galore, but private, or worse than public denials, until now I have never received even a. As for my articles, written between 2014 and the 2018, are all preserved in the archive of the magazine The Island of Patmos, then be consulted by anyone who wishes to read them.

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In terms of pure theological speculation I even expounded on a completely hypothetical question: "Can a Roman Pontiff legitimately elected and legitimate Successor of the Blessed Apostle Peter to be deprived of the grace of state?» [see article, WHO]. And on this hypothesis, that you know has never occurred in the history of the Church, I thought about it a lot, because Christ the Lord, Peter - as I will explain later in much more detail -, before saying "strengthen your brethren in the faith", he said: "That may not fail your faith", and added, "he has turned again", only after these two premises urged him saying 'strengthen your brothers in the faith " [LC 22, 31-33], but we will deal with this later …

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THE TRUTH AND THE SYNDROME Pontius Pilate: WHEN A TRUTH CAN SAVE A SOUL AND WHEN IT COULD HARM IT FOREVER

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Another thing on which it is seriously questioning the concept of truth. It is obvious that we must tell the truth, we pastors in the care of souls in a very special way, the truth that we are devoted servants and preachers faithful, provided that the truth might bear fruit and generate salvation. Therefore when you speak and, speaking, one is exposed without hesitation even at worst ire, it is crucial to question the very way of speaking and proclaiming the truth, because a truth expressed poorly or inadequately presented loses effectiveness, and in that case it is the mission of both do justice to the truth, It is resulting in a major failure, if not worse in damage. Dramatic and more relevant than ever so they sound the words of Christ the Lord given by the Blessed Apostle John who reports on his conversation with Pontius Pilate's question to which he responds: «[…] for this I was born and for this I came into the world: to testify to the truth. Whoever it belongs to the truth, hears my voice ". Hear the words, Pontius Pilate replication: "What is truth?» [GV 18, 37-38].

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Therefore, if on one hand Pontius Pilate wanted to know and ascertain the truth, on the other hand he, rather than being unable to transpose, he just could not understand the concept of truth. Having said that I add: qualcuno think today, what could be termed as syndrome Pontius Pilate, is probably extinct, if anything, thanks to the decadent and a crystallized neo-Thomism neo-scholastic, argumentative and aggressive, place St. Thomas Aquinas - the authentic one, of course -, What was the truth explained to him the length and breadth, up to earn the titles of Angelic Doctor and of Doctor Common? Unfortunately, the neo-Thomist crystallized, argumentative and aggressive, put to the test today ignores what the truth is much more unknown than it was yesterday Pontius Pilate. Indeed, decadent in our post-modern society, vero e truthful is just what individuals feel and perceive a pure emotional subjectivity level; and treat such metastases with neo-Thomism, it would be like treating cancer with homeopathic pills of positive thinking that, today, It constitutes a real socio-psychological pandemic. So that, the sad reality with which we have to deal - unless otherwise withdraw into the world of the unreal -, It is the fact that the emotion has replaced the truth that that limited Roman soldier of Pontius Pilate knew at least not, or that he was not able to know, to the point of asking: "What is truth?» [GV 18, 38].

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More than the metaphysical concept of truth itself and by itself, then I'll try to clarify those that can sometimes be the effects or the results produced by a truth that bad or worse expressed. All I will try to depict it with three different examples: the first, linked to the figure of the Holy Father John Paul II, the next two, linked to cases of two different patients affected both from the same brain tumor.

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He ran the now distant year 1981 when to the Holy Pontiff John Paul II on an apostolic journey to Germany, during a private meeting took place in the presence of several priests and lay people in Fulda City, He was asked why he had not been revealed to the text of the Third Secret of Fatima, that should have been made public in 1960. The future Holy Pontiff, expertly placing the finger on the wound of pruderie media and worldly, curiosity and sensationalism search, He gave this response:

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«[…] Many want to know merely out of curiosity and taste for sensationalism, but they forget that knowledge also entails a responsibility. It seeks only the gratification of their curiosity and this is dangerous if you are convinced that nothing can be done against evil and at the same time if you are not willing to do something against it " [Voice of faith, n. 10 the 1981, My translation from German].

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fundamental prerequisite for the truth is the knowledge, which follows the full acceptance of this knowledge, ie the truth. You can claim the knowledge of the truth out of sheer morbid curiosity, but did not accept all the consequences that entails knowledge of the truth? If so, the truth is the most beautiful and precious gems, who can forget the admonition:

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"Do not give what is holy to dogs and your pearls before swine do not throw, lest they trample them with their feet, and turn again and rend you " [Mt 7, 6].

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And how many are now the pigs that claimed the "right" to have the pearls of truth, then step on them and turn to tear it to him who thoughtlessly dates?

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The other two examples are related to a tumor pathology: brain tumor. A short time away from each other I have known in the past cases of two men with both on the same brain tumor, positioned in such a way as not to make it operable. But most of all, the tumor, were both diagnosed when metastases were already spread, making unnecessary the various therapies, from chemotherapy. The first of these patients was a merchant, husband and father of three children. The oncologist who diagnosed the evil explained in detail what were the consequences of that incurable disease in the near future, including a state of total loss of consciousness and the inevitable reduction to a vegetative state. This man, people understood that he was going to his death and before the arrival of it lost their mental faculties, He tried to arrange his practical things and to stay as close as possible to his wife and children. He went even attending church, from which it was a fugitive for many years, He met several times an elderly confessor and returned to receive the Sacraments. As soon as the evil began to degenerate he asked to receive the sacred anointing of the sick, It was always present and shiny. Then the disease took the course that had been explained, and in the grace of God he died, leaving a tender memory of his wife and children.

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A little time away the same oncologist He diagnosed the same tumor to an own colleague, distinguished surgeon and university lecturer, presenting to it in the same way that it is impossible to intervene surgically and the ineffectiveness of chemotherapy, because of widespread metastases. The distinguished clinician, husband and father of two children, knowing the evil that had to die and how they would die, Instead of returning home he went with his car on the motorway where there is a high bridge a few hundred meters connecting one hill to another, He parked the side of the machine with the four position arrows lit and lunged below. Contrary to the case have just narrated, his wife and children he left at a tender memory, to the point that one of the two sons, then also become surgeon, a decade away from the parent's suicide, he said: "My father did not die of cancer, He died of cowardice ".

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The very same truth effects and can produce results quite different on the basis of diversity of human subjects: it is the only itch to want to know all about worldly and media costs pruderie, or whether it is very bitter to accept the truth.

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"THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS 'BEFORE WHICH THE SERVANTS opportunists SHOUT YESTERDAY AS TODAY" Barabbas, BARABBA!»

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I did not fail then to express all my human suffering, for example, when I found myself witness unimaginable opportunism of some Catholic journalists, I knew that if anything, and attended by nearly twenty years, and I considered true and sincere friends. That was perhaps my greatest suffering. but do not, as some might think, for they have become more clerical than in fact it is these clerics; weaknesses and these are things that you can safely forgive. In regards opportunists must in fact exercise some leniency, because often they lie behind opportunism only profound weakness and a sense of great insecurity. My reproach - as a result my deep suffering -, It was not moved by these peccadilloes, but a sin of unprecedented severity that compromises in this kind of people the Christian charity itself, for they know well and deeply tragic stories almost always good and the few clergymen who continue to survive in the Church, that have not been simply abused, but exposed to the authentic psychological torture, which as we know are the worst, why more and rigor exercised the most cruel viciousness.

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Showing themselves totally indifferent to human suffering for reasons dictated by cynical opportunism, these individuals have denied any kind of defense to the truth by acting in total disregard for the blood of the innocent poor. This makes them modern Judas kissing Christ to indicate to the soldiers who have to arrest him [cf. MC 14, 43-46], It makes them modern troubles that face the question of Pontius Pilate, "Whom shall releases, he or Barabbas?», towering over every other voice yelling loudly: «Barabbas, Barabbas!» [cf. Mt 27, 17-20]. And for these things, God do not even waste time to condemn us to Hell, because the highway to six lanes on the straight towards it if the esplanade are these people from themselves, if you do not convert, if they do not repent and if you do not do proper penance [see article by Hypatia Roman cat, WHO].

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There are many things to which we have witnessed over the last five years of Church history, characterized and marked by a radical and profound progressive collapse. We discovered suddenly old friends how come we'd imagined them, many of us have confided their doubts and misgivings as to friends and loved estimated over, from which they were betrayed by them and then delivered to the modern Sanhedrin, with the kiss of Judas.

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OUR BIG TEST OF FAITH BEFORE THAT PASSAGE TO MANY THAT UNCOMFORTABLE ESCAPES: BEFORE YOU TELL PETER 'CONFIRMS THE BROTHERS IN FAITH "CHRIST THE GOD SAYS" turned again ". AND SHORT TIME LATER, PIETRO, DENIES CHRIST GOD FOR THREE TIMES, MUCH WAS repentant …

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Explaining the concept of point of no return, in a recent article I suggested: "Faced with a visible Church suffers from a doctrinal and moral decay irreversible, you must open as soon as the seed bank " [see article, WHO]. While in an article published earlier this year 2019 I wrote: "In this terrible dark night, for the New Year 2019 the work program has been dictated to The Island of Patmos by Blessed Apostle Peter: “Your enemy, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that your brothers around the world suffer the same sufferings as you " [The Pt 5, 8-9]» [see article, WHO]. In these pages that touch on different topics, by doctrinal lost the moral crisis, until the real apostasy which manifests itself more and more disturbing in the Church, in the words of the Wisdom literature explaining to readers:

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«[…] I have neither thrown in the towel on ring Boxing, nor do I have raised the white flag before the enemy, least of all by roaring lion have become a castrato of the eighteenth century Baroque singing with the voice of a soprano unvoiced. quite simply, in tracing a work plan for the new year, I reflected on the fact that: “there is a time to tear and a time to sew, there is a time to be silent and a time to speak ...” [cf. Ec 3, 1-8]. And today we have to measure well, talk about what, to prevent the talk, but above all to denounce and criticize, it's just an end in itself, the only result of not the slightest dent in the acolytes of Satan, but at the same time, however disorienting ancòra more God's people very ill and lost, that needs to be sustained in the great test ' [see article, WHO].

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After this long series of explanations, with reference to the words of that article in early January 2019 Here we are at the aching heart of the explanation; and the heart is the Catholic and priestly heart survived to more heart attacks, then to a stroke, and now it kept alive by the grace of God after a great save heart surgery that saved it with the application of some by-pass.

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Today, Holy Church, He is experiencing a crisis that has no historical precedent. In most historians and theologians have tried to identify some previous similar, but we were unable to locate the two thousand year history of the Church anything like. We groped to make comparisons with the period Arian heresy of the fourth and fifth centuries, or the great decay of the ninth and tenth centuries, with the moral and doctrinal crisis of the previous clergy celebrate the Fourth Lateran Council under the pontificate of Pope Innocent III, or with more or less similar crisis, also it characterized by a frightening widespread ignorance in the clergy, which preceded the great Council of Trent held under three different pontificates over eighteen long years. But the comparative efforts that do not lead to anything that might be similar to what we are experiencing today. Modestly, on my part, groped for a comparison I compared our era to that of the big decline and then to the Roman Empire [see article, WHO]. I admit that even before this comparison - as I write this article -, the historical comparison and socio-ecclesial holds in very weakly, to the point of visit forced to affirm:

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«We are at fall of and in a few years the Catholic Church as we have known and understood it up to now will no longer exist; exist "other". Our ecclesial and ecclesiastical system has already smashed from the inside, and is currently in progress a disturbing transformation. Unfortunately, both in the College of Bishops and in the Priestly College we have not even a minimum number of elements that can cope with this progressive decay ' [see article, WHO].

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To then go on to say:

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«[…] in this unprecedented situation, by analogy comes to mind the descent of the barbarians from the north of Europe. The profound difference, before this vague resemblance, It is the fact that the barbarians were converted to Christianity, and also thanks to their Christianity was saved and spread among the same barbarians. And from what the barbarians were hit? What drove them to conversion? Soon said: their conversion is linked to extraordinary figures of bishops, priests and monks, which barbarians recognized manly hardening, courage, authority, so great authority. Their, barbarians, who they based and that held all the power, recognized the force resulting from the status grace of the sacramental character of the sacred order and then the grace of God […] Before the fall of the great empire under the blows of apostasy from the faith, It can neither repair the damage nor outrun for cover, you can only salvage, then depart tomorrow from a small nucleus small shed for the world to rebuild over the ruins of the great devastation. A quel point, in a couple of centuries, reborn a small church formed by a few faithful, that starting from scratch will try to explain to the people of the world of the unknown words that no one will know the true meaning: Christmas, Jesus of Nazareth, Easter of Resurrection, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Revelation, Redemption, Grace of God, Trinity, Immaculate Conception … […] Our process of rebirth, however, will be very long, and at the end of the opera it will produce only a small flock of faithful around the world, thereby giving full fruition so the word of God's Word: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in their midst " [cf. Mt 18, 20]» [see article, WHO].

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By making a clear analysis of the current pontificate and impartial, It must be made clear, More times as I did and wrote during these last four years, that the current reigning Pope, although far from being free from defects, sometimes serious, But it is not the responsibility of certain tendencies that start and that develop from afar. He is only the heir, or better: the last heir. All this I explained with an example repeatedly stated in the past to his right and legitimate defense:

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«[…] he is only the last of the customers come in the restaurant and that crossing the threshold was attacked by waiters who demanded from him payment of the accounts of all those before him had had lunch and dinner without pay, but leaving fine suspended accounts' [see articles WHO, WHO].

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Certain superficial ecclesiastical, sometimes they lovingly call me back and told me that toward the Supreme Pontiff had expressed severe criticism too. In a way quite contrary, the few clerics animated by the wisdom of God that they continue to survive, however few, indeed unfortunately always less, Instead they untilled by far my criticisms element, understanding and then saying: "Few, Comets, really defend the Supreme Pontiff ".

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Interloquendo in the past with an old friend, famous Vatican, who tried to tell me once, in a calm and friendly manner, that in some of my criticisms of certain pastoral choices of the Pope he saw a certain arrogance, I replied and explained several times:

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"If before the people of God confused and bewildered want to be credible, then if necessary defend effectively the Pope, I must first highlight its objective defects. If not, if as do others can introduce as the most wonderful Pontiff and perfect the entire history of the Church, up to deny the evidence of the same facts, at that point, then when I corrected in defense of his sacred person and his high apostolic office, I would not be credible and above all I would not be listened to by anyone believers of Christ».

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In fact, I can not only testify, but try it at any time as often as in the fulfillment of my apostolic ministry I explained to the faithful the unquestionable legitimacy of the reigning Pope and the sense of filial devotion and obedience which in any case is due to him, the faithful I have always listened, first moved by this certainty:

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"If he tells you there, that if any did not hesitate to criticize harshly certain pastoral decisions of the Holy Father and some of his unhappy expression, then it means that this is true and that this priest tells us the right, because it is impartial and so intellectually honest ".

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Every time due to my work I received various attestation of faithful who have told me, "if I had not followed your advice and if I had not placed in the right light, the Supreme Pontiff, Today I would be out of the Catholic Church ", inside me I always said: tonight, the recitation of Compline, I can say with particular serenity the words from the song of the saint and sage Simeon "Now let your servant, Dominated, according to thy word in peace;, Your eyes have seen thy salvation because they have seen. Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;: light for the revelation of the nations, and the glory of thy people Israel» [now let, o Lord, thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word, because my eyes have seen your salvation, you prepared in sight of all peoples: light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people, Israel].

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I do not know if this old friend, for which I then suffered much later, he understood everything, from my human and priestly honesty in this regard, and always paid the penalty with a high price with the group of convicted innocents to slaughter. Indeed, his apparent defense at all costs of the Supreme Pontiff, especially against the evidence of the same facts, until the actual use of fake, It has finally revealed to target a place and a high institutional prominent role within the Holy See, to reach which did not hesitate to affirm without any ridiculous penalty which Caligula had the tender heart of San Filippo Blacks, that Agrippina and Aspasia were more virgins of Sante martyrs of Agnes and Cecilia purity, Stalin was the great founder of the liberal-democratic state …

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Under the pontificate of the Holy Father John Paul II and the Venerable Pope Benedict XVI, who also were not exempt either from government or from errors proved choices and even lethal in subsequent years, we experienced the birth of many fine Christian and priestly friendship; we joined in many values, common aims and missions, even in our human and intellectual diversity. Inside the church she talked and debated, sometimes so also lit, but remaining essentially united still being a Christian and a Catholic Holy People of God, the Priestly College and the College of Bishops, free to speak and to serve the Church. This is because, the Chair of the Blessed Apostle Peter, men were far from perfect, including John Paul II, today revered saint for the heroic nature of his virtues; heroism that have not implicated but never perfection. And these Popes have guarded with jealousy wise Church unity. Under the last two pontificates, Holy Church has known the maximum number, first of all in episcopal appointments, instead that the bishops are the driving heart of the Church Body, together with their priests. In the various bishops' conferences, in those days they gathered bishops who were - to use the terms of improper everything taken from the lexicon of journalists and not from that of ecclesiologists -, of conservative personalities, other progressive personality, other ultra progressive personality. And all, united by a common end, They were alive and active part of the College of Bishops. Well, after having examined the reality that today shines before our eyes, ask ourselves what is reduced in principle the episcopate, from the Italian. It is reduced to emulators that mimic the exotic pastoral spun-off by doctrine and placed above the doctrine itself. The homilies of the bishops have a painful plethora of platitudes on a surreal idea of ​​the poor and poverty, followed by equally surreal idea of ​​migration. The bishops have now abdicated the proclamation of the Holy Gospel, to devote himself to make the politicians and the social and political scientists. And all this, I say it and write it for years, always at my own risk. That's why I welcomed as valuable as dew recently expressed and clarified bitterly Emeritus Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, about the bishops who instead of proclaiming the Holy Gospel which politicians [see article, WHO].

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Because, during the past meetings, The bishops did not hesitate to discuss certain pastoral decisions of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, while today, in this climate of so-called great pastoral opening, opening towards dialogue, collegiality, the acceptance of diversity, the includenza and so to follow, no one dares to make half the contrary sigh? We know this because no one dares utter a sigh contrary, but in any case I remember: because today in the Church reigns terror comparable to that of the Venezuelan regime Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivian Evo Morales and why it has established a real state after a colossal blow. And in the Church was in place a colossal blow, I wrote and explained in 2010, always at my own risk, is intende.

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A striking example so to speak: in my book written between 2008 and the 2010 and published early 2011, now about to be reprinted from our editions, I was also long and in-depth analysis on "omosessualizzazione of the Church" and explained that those between the seventies and eighties of the twentieth century capeggiavano within the seminars pious gay fraternity, not only they had become priests, but one after another were becoming bishops. Well, know that several of those prelates who were now called upon to solve the problem of gay epidemic Finally exploded publicly among the clergy, nine years ago they accused me of having used an "unacceptable definition and highly blasphemous expression" to have written that "the Church has broken a genuine nubifrossing universal, but that no one would notice it ' [cf. So Satan He Trino, 2011, work in print]. Indeed, the same ones who yesterday denied the existence of the problem and that picked on me that instead I tried to fling it under the eyes this problem Mephistopheles, today are those who ridicule paradox, the problem, They were called to solve it (!?), after having protected the armies of homosexual priests and have encouraged the promotion to the episcopal dignity of some of the worst of them and after having inserted a number of other offices of the Roman Curia. Today they have finally discovered the hot water, while i, years and years ago, already I warned that the Church was in place a blow homosexualist [see this article 2013, WHO].

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It is a fact, not an ungenerous judgment and irreverent: today, the divisive, for unspeakable paradox, It takes its life from that summit of the Holy Church that unity is the guardian. Today, to cause confusion in matters of doctrine and faith, It seems to be just the person to whom the mandate to "confirm his brothers was given by Christ in faith God ' [cf. LC 22, 32]. And also in this regard, debating time ago with a theologian specialized to cut the sentences of context to support their interpretations and thus elevate them to the status of a dogma of faith, I remembered that Christ God, to Peter, Before urge him to "confirm his brothers in faith", She warns him saying:

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«Simone, Simone, behold Satan has demanded to sift you like wheat; but I prayed for you, that thy faith fail not:; and you, turned again, strengthen your brothers in the faith " [LC 22, 31-32].

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The Word of God is clear the first to warn against the pitfalls of Satan, to which Peter is not free, if anything, it is even more exposed to everyone else. Then he prays that no less is in Peter's faith and, above all, clarifies: «again». Only after this clear call to repentance, God says Christ to Peter, "Strengthen your brethren in the faith", always with respect to those who jump at the bottom of all these basic steps, to enunciate so de-contextualized and facts completely false and then falsante, Peter has given a mandate to "confirm his brothers in faith", and that's! Of course I received this mandate, but all previous warnings preceding this invitation to confirm, what happened to make it do, or better: how we read them? And after Peter received this mandate, perhaps he not found better things to do than deny Christ three times? We also remember the way, where Peter denied Christ: She made him "swearing" and then, getting angry, also "cursing" [cf. MC 14, 66-71]. It said it is well to remember that Peter, its mandate, not received following the election occurred within a conclave of cardinals, because its mandate Peter received it from Christ God himself.

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Whoever departs from the great metaphysical and theological speculation to drown finally, before unexpected problems, never occurred in the history of the Church and almost impossible to solve, in the lake of the blind fideism uncritically, She has unfortunately chosen in such a way to waste his life, providing a false view of faith and falsante, all to defend themselves from their ghosts but above all to have and to give an answer at all costs and whatever the cost, up to distort the Holy Gospel by cutting from it phrases, He is taken and isolated from the whole context, become a big lie by the work of some counterfeiters, just like the phrase cut and de-contextualized: "Strengthen your brethren in the faith" [LC 22, 31-32]. In this case we have to prove holy envy for the illiterate, for those who ignore the existence of Aristotle, who do not know what the school, who have never heard of Saint Anselm of Aosta and St. Thomas Aquinas, but with half Ave Maria acted with evil act of simple and strong faith, They will end up in Heaven, while we, who it has been given the intellect and science well, if intellect and science we have used them to distort and falsify the Word of God and groped thus to manipulate the people of God, Because God is merciful end up in purgatory until Doomsday.

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This is obvious as the People of God today, along with its bishops and priests, must more than ever to protect Pietro, away from him the wiles of Satan and pray for his repentance, affinch'egli can then proceed to the fulfillment of the mandate conferred on him by Christ God, that is to confirm the brethren in the faith. And anyone, Bishop or Priest, that before this reality so evident choose to withdraw into fearful silence dictated by reasons of expediency staff, It should take into account that "the master of that servant will come on the day when he least expects it, and at an hour he does not know, and will punish him with rigor assigning it the unfaithful " [LC 12, 46]. And we, Bishops and Priests, not do we get away before the judgment of God through the benefit of not knowing or unavoidable ignorance, as the poor servant, while not knowing the will of the owner "he did commit things worthy" and "shall receive a light beating" [LC 12, 48]. To us, Bishops and Priests, that both have received from God for the gifts of grace, Christ the Lord warns us: "To whom much is given, much will be asked for; to whom men have committed much, It will ask the more " [LC 12, 48].

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To then place everything in the light of true mercy, it remains clear that no one is obliged to be a hero, as no one is obliged to accept the martyrdom, which not coincidentally is within the particular gifts. God can give man the possibility and the gift of dying a martyr for the faith, but he can not accept all, without compromising the eternal salvation of one's soul. The Blessed Apostle Paul we encounter is then explaining:

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"Accept among you who is weak in faith, without discussing this hesitation. One believes he can eat anything, the other instead, that is weak, eats only vegetables. He who eats not despise those who do not eat; those who do not eat, don't misjudge who eats, for God has welcomed him " [RM 14, 1-3].

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Even this Pauline warning needs to be read and then including for what really sends: the weak in faith, or one who does not eat or who can only eat legumes, can not - nor ever he must be allowed -, to attack by the destructive spirit of those who are strong in faith, nor can steal food to those who can feed, who eats and who needs vital nourishment.

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Therefore, if Peter, paradoxically or test of faith given to us by divine mercy, instead of being the point of end units with the element to be used as the split point, in that case, more than ever we must be united to Peter, to which today it is necessary to show our loyalty to the Church through our faith. The reigning Pope, in the situation that has arisen and which he first is a prisoner with all the vagueness and lexical and doctrinal ambiguity of the case, It can not in any way be helped by our criticism, including those based on the truth of the facts, because in this situation of decline degenerative no longer serve any good, but above all they can not produce anything. But, sooner or later, he might instead be touched and led to repentance by our faith, after we, with our work - not with our useless criticism -, we will have shown our faith [Ge 2 1, 18].

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The current pontificate can only be interpreted in the light of the deepest Mystagogy. This moment is in its way a great gift of grace, because maybe God, after the huge disasters we have operated for generations, He is testing our faith right through the Chair of Peter, who at times seems to wobble after being eaten away by termites. For generations, We wanted to play to make all that moot, unstable, insecure and relative; Perhaps God is trying to make us repent showing us the fruits of this ancient degenerative process now than a century, revealing the questionable, the unstable, insecure, and its the same Chair of Peter. Therefore, our demand, should not be much or if the present Pope is or is not a good Pontiff, why else should be our question: we, during all the decades of history, what have we done to deserve a Pontiff Magno? And if God was mercifully repaying us with the same coins that by the time we're spending, to lead us to repentance, the forgiveness of our sins and our true conversion?

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Today, many children suffer, not feeling cared for by a loving father. Impute to his father the responsibility not to protect the mother and not to care properly family, sow between their children grudges and quarrels, instead keep them together in loving harmony. Let's say this is unfortunately the father, what to do: attack it, or perhaps deny it? No child can deny the fact that the father who generated both his father, regardless of all those who could be his worst demerits. Wanting, in cases of necessity, the son can stay away from his father and live as if the father did not exist, but never destroy the figure of the father and the legitimacy of the father himself.

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This is the test of faith: maintain the integrity of the father figure and protect, so that this legitimate role to be played tomorrow as a wise and loving father. Those who rant against the alleged "cowardice" and "shameful silence of the few good bishops and cardinals who we are and who remain silent", They may not realize that their senseless war cry against the father would only lead to the inevitable destruction of the entire family unit?

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THE PARADIGM OF THAT TITANIC SINKS, ON WHICH IN A FEW THINK THE SALVATION OF YOUR SOULS

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Over the last few years, speaking and writing repeatedly on the crisis of the Church, like every great crisis becomes irreversible at the time that has passed point of no return, from 2014 I have referred several times to the Titanic paradigm, sunk in the year 1912 [see WHO]. Using the image of the Titanic struck by 'iceberg I have written several articles in which the priorities to which indulge in such times of emergency before the major catastrophe were explained and indicated. Today, we Bishops and Priests, we are on the Titanic leaky in the holds after being hit by 'iceberg. Faced with this terrible tragedy, there are different reactions, there offer a realistic overview. For instance: There are those who having risen in senior management roles in the ferry company White Star Line, they move for the various salons of the ocean liner saying that it is not true that it is taking on water and that it risks sinking, but that is the whole a colossal lie put about by enemies of the naval societies and those who hate the captain, which he has one and only one defect: to be simply and totally perfect.

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Then there are people indifferent inside the party room - type the increasingly surreal tenants of buildings of the Roman Curia, to be clear -, who continue to celebrate as if nothing had, convinced that this transatlantic so perfect it can never sink; and that if you really sank, the matter concerns those that are piled in the holds of the third class.

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Then come those who, aware that the liner is sinking and that most of the passengers to die shortly thereafter, begin to criticize the shipyards in Liverpool where the Titanic was built, while others responded with criticism of the Captain, they say real culprit, not having given orders to turn in the right direction after the sighting of 'iceberg. The discussion will follow the divisions into factions and groups and the consequent quarrels, up to those who are beginning to support the captain in truth it is not the real captain and that's actually never been named, because the real captain was what, to a conspiracy of British Freemasons in cahoots with the Mafia of Wales hostile to the shipping company, He was forced to retire early. Meanwhile the water level rises, but little it cares, indeed not interested in anything, because what they are pressed about who is to blame, why and why. And we fly over the "masters of logic" that attempt to explain that if 'iceberg It hits this ship can not sink, all for the simple fact that the captain can not go wrong and never under any circumstances, any kind of maneuver face.

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Finally we are there, Mindful that happened was induced to push the engines to the maximum to beat each crossing record and be able to arrive before all the other transatlantic earlier in the port of New York, so aware of the sinking underway, to which is added the fact that the lifeboats are not enough for everyone, and that those who end up in the sea, knowing swim, will not survive help arrives, once immersed at a temperature of zero degrees in the icy waters. And in this, we men of faith, we see the realization of the warning:

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"Wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:; how narrow is the door and how narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find!» [Mt 7, 13-14].

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Like this, rather than waste time arguing about the navigation choices unintended or taxes to the captain, or instead discuss on the transatlantic building materials, or instead reassure that the captain can never and in any way wrong maneuver, we move between the cargo holds with water that is rising more and more, inviting men and women to repentance and purification from sin, acting head in the head in full absolution article died:

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«Ego, Faculty which the Apostolic See, And I grant remission of sin. In the Name of the Father, and sons, and of the Holy Spirit» [For the faculties granted to me by the Holy See, I grant you the remission of all your sins. In the name of the Father, of the Son and the Holy Spirit].

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And while the aristocrats and members of the upper class Yesterday and today, they continue to be pleased the ferry company White Star Line in the party room and to consider the ship absolutely unsinkable, we continue to recite from faithful to faithful: «I absolve you …». As long as the water it will not have to hand over submerged purified, through this sacramental sign of Baptism - the water -, the prize of eternal life.

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there, my beloved and respected brothers de The Island of Patmos and me, We have choosen, as devout priests of Christ, to operate for the salvation of believers of Christ up to our drowning; and if we drown, we intend to drown pronouncing the sacramental formula: «I absolve you ... "until the water has submerged us and our mortal body transformed into the image of the glorious body of Christ [cf. Eucharistic Prayer III, Memory of deceased].

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THERE IS NO WAY UNLESS OBEDIENCE TO PETER, WHEN TO OBEY THE SPECIES CAN BE PAINFUL. THE GREAT LESSON OF POPE BENEDICT XVI obedience AND LOYALTY

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The story of Pope Benedict XVI what it is all yet to be written, but above all to know, because we do not know the real reasons for his act of renunciation. We know only that it was a free act, valid and entirely legitimate. It is he who has repeatedly explained. The reasons now unknown, maybe someday emerge, maybe in time or maybe in a long time, do not make void his act, and least of all the valid election of its legitimate successor.

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Unfortunately, while all are wondering more or less fanciful issues, advancing hypotheses mostly surreal, none captures the solemn lesson given to us all by the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI, which is this: He has moved away from the Vatican City before the opening of the Conclave, already saying before his election his "unconditional obedience" to his successor. Soon after, his successor elected who called him to announce him in person his election, he said: "Holiness, even now I promise you my total obedience and my prayer ". And if the Venerable Pope Benedict XVI, whose ministry, Exceptionally, instead cease with his death ceased with his free act of renunciation, He professed with such faith and all their obedience to His Successor, we, perhaps we should follow his example and do the same, instead of arguing, raising absurd questions and reduce this gesture of extraordinary historical significance to a sleazy chatter internetico seasoned with oil and salt science fiction and conspiracy?

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It provided a unique case in which a priest must, not only disobey the bishop, but it is required to do so: just in case the bishop to require or command the priest things contrary to the Holy Gospel, al deposit of credit and the perennial Magisterium of the Holy Church. Repeatedly, during recent years, I explained and reiterated that none of us, during such a solemn act is the consecration of a priest through the Sacrament of Orders, He never promised that the bishop would always be nice or that he would always respected. All of us, present before the priests and the people of God have publicly promised to the bishop filial respect and devout obedience. This is what the bishop must: filial respect and devout obedience. No priest has ever promised it would be a perfect pimp or that would be competed in the art of to lick, to use a poetic understatement of Gaius Valerius Catullus [Carmen 97, verbatim: “ass licking”].

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He said once a bishop in snappier tone: "You seem not to be missed opportunity to show your almost total lack of respect towards me '. Said this, already before continuing I want to clarify that he was not one of the two bishops whose jurisdiction have so far depended canonically and happily. Remaining somewhat perplexed replied: "Your Excellency wants to tell me which church law or as a solemn promise provides that a priest should estimate a bishop? The Authority of the bishop I obey, because obedience is due to him and I Did I solemnly promise. Instead, with regard to the estimate, that is not due, therefore, If the bishop wants, as far as I though must deserve and earn ».

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Needless to say: if the size of priestly life, which it is inserted into a precise sacramental hierarchical structure, takes over the emotional worm “I do not like then do not obey”, or “I do not like then do not recognize him as an authority”, at that point the Church, depicted in the symbolism like a boat driven by Pietro, in this case it could easily sink without even having to hit a iceberg like the Titanic.

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There is no other way, if not obedience to Peter, together with our prayer so that he mend his ways, and it has turned again to fulfill what is its main and high apostolic ministry: "Confirming the brothers in the faith". Meanwhile we, in this climate in which the division and disunity seems to come to life right from the figure of Peter himself, more than ever we must unite in a sort of holy league and always keep the words of the Apostle Paul Blessed very clear in mind:

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"But if you bite and devour one another, heed that are not consumed by one another!» [Gal 5, 15].

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The People of God lost and disoriented, no need of quarrels triggered by blogger Looking for follower; It needs holy pastors in the care of souls and lay people involved in spreading the gospel truth, who share the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, come noi of Padri The Island of Patmos we have been saying for years and as recently reaffirmed the Cardinal Gerhard Muller Ldwig in full awareness that the Church is going through a profound moral and doctrinal crisis [see article, WHO]. This is our mission, Based exhortation of Blessed John the Apostle:

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"And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given them, that they may be one as we are one. I in them and you in me, that they may be perfected in unity that the world may know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me " [GV 17, 22-23].

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Try, therefore,, Dear Faithful and dear Readers, of the safest islands where ads and transmitted the revelation. Do not jump to nurture controversy, sterile and so-called critical scoop surreal around the various blogs that swarm on unreliable computer network, many of whom do not even have the names of those responsible or those who write some nonsense, not to mention the serious insults to the reigning Pope and those bishops and cardinals from which, these people do not even have with your face and your name, They would claim, however, acts of "heroic rebellion", unaware that rebel against Peter would result in the tragic destruction of the Church.

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"Do not you know that those celebrating the cult, from the cult get their food, and those who serve at the altar, receive their share from the altar? So also the Lord has commanded that those who proclaim the Gospel should live by the Gospel " [The Cor 9, 13-14].

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The good shepherd, if they really are, they must above all and above all be supported, is following them, It is contributing to the needs useful to fulfill the onerous work of their apostolic ministry. And the good shepherds, are primarily those who work in the Church and for the Church, with Peter and under Peter, to protect the Church and the Holy People of God. Who invites to rebel against his father and to destroy the father figure, or worse to deny the father, unfortunately he did not understand anything about the mystery of salvation, because this mystery is not realized through the emotional sentimentalisms, but through that obedience which eventually leads to the cross:

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« […] appeared in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient unto death
and death on the cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted
and she gave him the name
that is above every other name;
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend
in the heavens, on earth and under the earth;
and every tongue
that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father "

[Fil 2, 7-11].

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But if anyone knows other ways different from the cross indicated by Christ the Lord to achieve salvation, to me indicates, because unfortunately, until today, to me are totally escaped. Also because when Bishop, consecrating priest, He handed the book of the Holy Gospels to announce the mystery of redemption, and the bread and wine offered by the Holy People of God for the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, it may be that I have not really understood what I needed to do and how I had to do? Or should I perhaps instruct me to carry out properly the sacred ministry and to preach the Holy Gospel properly, dai blogger Anonymous scattering quarrels, odes and poisons in the telematic network? Should I let me explain the angry internet users who attack the reigning Pontiff of sites and blogs, so almost always anonymous and rigor, But except reclaim the heroism of others, they say not guilty of rebelling publicly to Peter?

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Then, Dear Faithful and dear Readers, place a pastor in charge of souls, He was also a very bad priest and limited, however it remains forever most trusted and reliable sacramental grace of a blogger more or less anonymous with a vision totally distorted and fanciful of Church and Catholic doctrine, as I expressed earlier this year [see article WHO], Treasure it and follow with Christian scruples and where necessary, to sacrifice the warning of the Blessed Apostle Peter:

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"I exhort the elders among you, which elder myself, witness of the sufferings of Christ and partaker of the glory to come: feed the flock of God that is entrusted to you, not by constraint but willingly, according to God; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not dominating the people entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, You receive the crown of glory that does not fade. Equally, butter, young, be subject to the elders. Put all of humility towards each other, Why God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, You may exalt you in due time, throwing all your worries into him, because he cares for you. Keep sober, watch. Your enemy, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that your brothers around the world suffer the same sufferings as you. And the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, after a brief suffering will strengthen you and make you strong and steady. To him be the power forever. Amen!» [The Pt 5, 1-11].

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The paradigm of “as direct Stolta”: from the fifteenth century monasteries reduced to brothels to the twenty-first century infertility. The rejection of reality creates the decadence that leads to death. We can say that in religious life for women all went well after Vatican II ?

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THE PARADIGM OF STRAIGHT Stolta: FROM THE MONASTERY OF XV CENTURY A REDUCED brothels TO THE XXI CENTURY STERILITY. REFUSAL OF REALITY THAT CREATES VOID THAT LEADS TO DEATH. WE CAN SAY THAT IN RELIGIOUS LIFE FEMALE EVERYTHING WENT WELL AFTER THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL ?

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The products posthumously to the Second Vatican Council are now under the eyes of all: half a century by what some suggest as the largest Church Council, or the council of the councils, the Church is facing a crisis of doctrine, moral and spiritual before which it is really hard to find historical precedents, because it is a situation of a crisis entirely new. Therefore, before the as direct Stolta who claims: "Know we can not go back to the dark times of the Council of Trent!», I think I can replicate that in terms of women's religious life, perhaps it would be better to go back to the period before the Council of Trent, when many female monasteries were reduced to authentic brothels, because in fact we spent the better, at least, They coexisted with the good wheat and weeds.

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Author:
Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo

It was in the end of the year away 1563 when the 3 December, two days before the closure of the session, The Council of Trent approved a decree on religious and the nuns. Within this document they were also established more precise rules on the subject of the enclosure, linked to religious and to the interiors and exteriors of their homes. Already at the end of the thirteenth century, with bubble dangerously promulgated in 1298 by Pope Boniface VIII, then entered into force in 1302, the norms on the observance of the enclosure and its reintroduction were reaffirmed wherever they had been abandoned [1]. Even despite, at the turn of the XV and XVI century, rules enclosure had not been effectively implemented, except by a few female religious orders: the Poor Clares, the Dominicans, the first Carmelite and Carthusian. All other nuns, especially those living in their great abbeys and monasteries, It had increasingly moved away from those very precise and strict rules aimed at the moral protection of women's religious institutions.

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It would be interesting and instructive to study in depth of Teresa of Avila real life, that his daughters for the first are careful not to transmit, making them more comfortable to just remember and recount his sublime ecstasies, but they came toward the end of his life. Different was the existence of this great Saint and reformer of the Carmelite Order, just remember that when he was appointed prioress of the Monastery of the Incarnation in Avila, the one hundred and thirty nuns who lived there gave rise to riots to prevent her from entering, until he physically attacks on the door of the monastery the procession that accompanied the new prioress, who was not elected by the chapter of nuns, but chosen by superiors of the Order at the urging of the Ecclesiastical Authority of the place, to bring into line the turbulent and relaxed inhabitants of the monastery. Why not mention that this great Tridentine reform, First of mystical ecstasy, He had to use as prioress of the populous monastery of on-call duty, used as appropriate for business to beat the rebellious nuns? And why, not mentioning that his room was guarded night and its cuisine and its controlled foods with care to avoid being poisoned? Therefore, the figure of St. Teresa of Avila only reduced to a mystical ecstatic Christological love, is an image that if one part is more convenient course, other less embarrasses all those who to this day, albeit in different ways and forms, in over five hundred years they have not yet transposed the solemn lesson of their Holy Mother.

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How Teresa's lesson has not been transposed? To do understand we must always resort to practical concrete examples, like this: Some years ago I found myself celebrating Mass in a monastery of Carmelite nuns in place of the chaplain. When at the time of Holy Communion I went to the grating of the choir, the prioress came forward to me with a glass case to take the Eucharist to a nun who could not walk. the whispered:

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"Rev. Madre, do not worry about it, I open the lattice gate that I enter into the choir to bring Communion to the sick nun ".

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Replica prioress:

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"It is not possible, knows: we papal enclosure, for this I am an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion ".

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I do not put certain to make a fuss with the ciborium in his hand containing the Precious Body of Christ, the so called the Holy Eucharist to bring to sister. After Mass I left the church and, before rising in the car, I put it in a hidden corner of the outer wall of the enclosure, I turned on the phone and checked if there were missed calls and messages. And so, from within Blessed papal enclosure, I hear male voices. I move away from the wall and climb on a nearby off to see from a distance if I can catch a glimpse inside the cloistered space. Beyond the wall of Blessed papal enclosure there were two people in their twenties, dressed in a tank top and shorts - to clarify: The football shorts, in practice the underwear - which I assume were doing chores, because they work tools. It was clear that at that time they were on break, In fact they were talking loudly loudly and fiddling with one of their cell phones, as if they were watching something particularly funny on display.

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Needless to specify in, because with common sense we can also reach the fasting in canon law: a presbyter, the exercise of its functions can sacramental, indeed must enter the necessary papal enclosure, with all the methods dictated by the canons and the monastic rules - I know, and my brother priests equally -, to administer the Sacraments to the sick nuns. But above all I have full authority to do that just in case, while the prioress prevented me to join the choir during the celebration of Holy Mass to bring Holy Communion to a sick before the whole community, and under the eyes of the faithful in the church, at the same time, however, he allowed a couple of young men more undressed than dressed to move uninhibited, coarse and irreverent in the spaces of Blessed papal enclosure the Discalced Carmelites. And while pouring followed the diaphanous image of Teresa of Avila in ecstasy, at the same time it continues to ignore that Holy Mother, the reform of the Order Carmelite, He made it necessary even with a stick. And with this as I think was explained and clarified how five hundred years, not for a few, rather unfortunately for many, They are spent unnecessarily, from century to century, from reform to reform.

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WHEN TRAGEDY IS TOO TRAGIC, BETTER dampen WITH COLOR NOTE

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When problems are very serious and situations that derive truly tragic, I always avail of a consolidated my faculties: From a note of color. In this case, a rose note, femininely intended. Indeed, to inspire this paper was a woman belonging to the most unfortunate of women's categories, which it is that of so-called its direct Stolte. Having said this, it should be stated that many priests and monks, in their superficial folly, They can only be overcome by the nuns. The sisters remain unsurpassed in fact an element to which even the worst of clerics and religious never be able to reach: that particular malice characterized by cruelty elements often untold which is totally unique and peculiar of the sisters. And so, finding a deal with a as direct Stolta belonging to one of an increasing number of congregations in agony destined in the coming years to the total extinction for lack of vocations and for the now very high age of religious in it survived, my question if by chance, during the period after the Second Vatican Council, something in his, as in many other congregations, It did not go the right way, the poor responds with this display of admirable acumen: "Know we can not go back to the dark times of the Council of Trent!».

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The I state and I admit "candidly": I do not ask better than to be able to embarrass a as direct Stolta, those which on one hand are afraid of opening, modernity and confidence, on the other, if a four year old of their asylum must be helped to urinate, here to assist ship's secular teacher, They may remain troubled day and night for a week by the attribute of a beardless little angel, though the little angels do not orinino, since they lacked the raw material, namely the manly attribute, given that the angels have no sex. Indeed, none of our Guardian Angels was never sick prostate, while being forced to act as patron to some of the worst priests, the worst of the worst monks and nuns, What this would cause prostate cancer also apparatus urologenitale healthier. Maybe that's why the angels were created without sex, to avoid serious inflammatory and cancer diseases of the urogenital reactive to having to fulfill the role of priests keepers, brothers and sisters. Granted and admitted everything, I went to my answer was that this:

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"You see, Dear sister, the Council of Trent, in case you did not know, of merit he has had many and, to be honest, the worst darkness, if anything, has freed us. In a very special way he has delivered you religious, for example prohibiting the establishment and the lives of those who called themselves secular language Case Closed».

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However, since the as direct Stolta I do not understand, I wonder if instead or pretended not to understand, I had to enlighten thus continuing the conversation:

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"... you know that before the Council of Trent had obscure monasteries and convents that were authentic brothels? Suffice it to say that during his homily from the pulpit of the Basilica of San Marco held on 25 December 1497, the famous Franciscan preacher Timothy from Lucca had railed against the sins being committed in the convents of Venice denouncing: “[…] when some Lord in this land, you show him the monasteries of nuns, but they are not monasteries, but brothels and public brothels” [2]. Such were in fact the monasteries - that is to say the brothels - because the noble and rich families in a very particular way, often related to issues both their assets, It is sometimes also political issues, locked up - or as they used to say they monk - their daughters, within those religious structures, But they had their separate accommodation, their servants and their own kitchen. There were powerful and noble families who built specifically abbeys and monasteries for their daughters, equipping of assets and income; and young nun of these families, in these monasteries were always elected abbess and rigor, because otherwise the powerful family would have revoked annuities. Animate so far by faith, vocation and virtues of life, young led within those sacred walls mundane existences, not infrequently as real courtesans, complete with internal parties and men who went in and out without problems; and monasteries where reigned absolute in the most unspeakable moral debauchery, They were those of the Benedictine monks and nuns of the Cistercian ".

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In 1514 the Inquisition in Venice He had the opportunity to deal with a case beyond the same human imagination, the pious Benedictine monks of the Monastery of San Zaccaria, than happy to have turned their parlor - and not just the parlor -, in a reception lounge for youngsters, singers and actors, One day they organized a costume party that in its course turned into a veritable bacchanal that rivals the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, that as we remind any fasts in Roman history they were two brothels in the open [3].

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The Church Council of Trent first he reported the monasteries and convents to be what they were supposed to be: places of prayer and penance. The decree of 3 December 1563 He forbade the profession of vows before the age of sixteen and the entrance into the monastery before the twelve; He imposed the requirement of at least one year of novitiate and ruled that the bishop FINDS the real will of the young person to freely pursue a religious life. That decree reestablished so the principle of the enclosure, and subject to few exceptions no nun could leave the monastery and no outsider could enter, especially men. In 1566, with bubble About pastoral duties the Holy Pontiff Pius V impose the penalty of excommunication of all offenders, while the ecclesiastical laws had already clarified and included among the offenses that of carnal sacrilege. So only a priest, preferably elderly or in any case chosen with care by the bishop, He was admitted within the enclosure and solely to administer the sacraments to the sick or infirm nuns, and it was required by canon laws that four elderly nuns I welcome him at the entrance of the enclosure, They accompany him and then lead him back exit. The young nuns relationships with family were reduced to short meetings in the parlor, all with the rigid separation created by dense gratings, from which he could hear the voice of the nun but only barely one could catch a glimpse of the figure. The great noble families raised many protests against this hardening of convent life, but none of their protests prevented the application of the new rules born from the "dark times of the Council of Trent", which prevented families to solve their capital problems and inheritance sending their daughters in the abbeys and monasteries, and also preventing daughters without any glimmer of vocation to change these religious houses in authentic brothels within which to lead lives of real courtesans. A phenomenon, that of young people forced to monastication, who assumed implications at times not a little disturbing, especially in the cities of Venice, Naples and Palermo.

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Several decades after the end of the Council of Trent, the civil authorities of the Republic of Venice came to introduce a law against Munich - the nuns lovers were given in this way - which provided up to the death penalty, This is not only for the carnal sacrilege but also for the simple violation of the enclosure. Law introduced in concrete but remained a dead letter made, because both the dissolute nuns, both their Munich, they belonged, if no penalty but almost always, the most powerful and highly placed families of those same cities.

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Not only, with the Council of Trent, dignity was returned to religious life, because after that season of reform, the Church and the world was able to witness one of his extraordinary rebirth. All with all due respect to the as direct Stolta with hair in the wind and to his knees skirts fluttering on the 'obscurantism Tridentine "at the bedside of his dying congregation now in the oncology department of women's religious life, which currently hospitalized dozens of religious congregations that within a few years no longer exist.

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It was the true obscurantism!

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THE COUNCIL OF TRENTO OFFERED GREAT MEDICINE BUT THE CARE WAS NOT TOTAL BECAUSE OF MANY DOCTORS WHO DID NOT PRACTICE IT

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The Council of Trent It was not exactly a meeting between brothers gathered in Rome to talk a little ' modernization and pastoral, replacing dialogue at the harsh sentence e the rigor of the hard doctrine to theological reasoning open and pluralist, like five centuries following - just to clarify -, It was reduced the Second Vatican Council, during which it was produced: before para-council theologians in cahoots with journalists, Then follows the much more problematic post-council, which gave rise to that for years I define as the Council egomenico socio-theologians. The Council of Trent had first run for eighteen years [1545 – 1563] and it took place under the pontificates of Popes Paul III, born Alessandro Farnese principles [Canine 1468 - Rome 1549], Giulio III [Monte San Savino 1487 - Rome 1555], PO IV [Milan 1499 - Rome 1565]. I considered it appropriate to clarify this history because of the ignorance that reigns today - alas, even and especially in the Catholic clergy -, not rarely have heard clergy and pastors in the care of souls say that the Council of Trent would take place under the pontificate of St. Pius V, He was instead elected two years after the closing of the Council of Trent, In the 1566. This confusion unfortunately generated from gross ignorance stems from the fact that the Saint Pius V published 14 July 1570 the reformed and unified edition Roman Missal, also known as Missal of St. Pius V or how Tridentine Missal.

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The Council of Trent offered, Also at disciplinary level, undoubted, large and effective treatments. We could say that in his own way he established chemotherapy to fight cancer and prevent the spread of metastases in the body of the Church. Even in spite of the visible Church it was far from the mutate in the following decades in the Heavenly Jerusalem, because the fight against cancer and metastases will always be ineffective if oncologists in charge fail to carry out the treatment with all its therapies. All this we learn from the writings and words penned fire and spoken by different saints in their lyrics or sermons. Sant'Alfonso Maria de 'Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church [1696-1726] He did not hesitate to complain about the bleak and low level of Bishops of Southern Italy, their economic interests and their subservience to political power in achieving the benefits and perquisites; He did not hesitate even to identify them scarce pastoral skills, but above the low theological formation, with all that could ensue from such bishops to their clergy. Needless to say, we are about two centuries after the close of the Council of Trent.

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Complaints similar to those of the Holy Bishop and doctor Alfonso Maria de 'Liguori, emerge in different expressive style but identical in substance from the writings of Blessed Antonio Rosmini, It collected more than a century after the work The Five Wounds of the Holy Church [the text edited by Rosmini Fathers is readable WHO].

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Are Sant'Alfonso Maria de ’Liguori, below Blessed Antonio Rosimini, respectively they were expressed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries within terms so real and severe, this is due to the fact that after two three centuries after the close of the Council of Trent, even some of its fundamental rules had not yet been applied in many regions of old Europe, including quite a few ancient local churches of apostolic foundation. Like this, for seeming paradox, The Council of Trent had better and more widespread application in mission lands through the work of missionaries, that moving the Tridentine whole continents evangelized disciplines. The consequences were that, while in the missions of Latin America the missionaries provided to institute in the 16th century seminars made compulsory by the Fathers of the Council for the formation of priests, in many ancient Diocese of Southern Italy, the mid-eighteenth century, the seminars were not yet in place. And when they were instituted, it were to form in them the children of the nobility or the upper middle class, then be allocated to important ecclesiastical posts, while the majority of future priests seguitavano to receive their education from poor rural pastors as they did before the Council of Trent. It should not be forgotten that for matters both political and economic, in many European countries, the application of many canons of the Council of Trent, It was hampered by the rulers, obviously with the complacent acquiescence of the local bishops, that if one side did not apply, on the other profited, by the Bourbons in southern Italy as the German princes in the far north of Europe, their good benefits and perquisites.

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The Council of Trent established the age of twenty-five years to receive priestly ordination, but many bishops are not adhered to that as to other provisions, It is something comprehensive as one of the great saints of charity, Vincenzo de 'Paoli [Pouy, 1581 - Paris, 1660], coming from a very poor family and encouraged by his father to study divinity with the support of a wealthy lawyer of Toulouse who paid his education expenses, but above all we do not know if it moved initially from a true vocation, which in any case came later and with results quite extraordinary. Indeed, the father, he hoped that in the future, acquired one status superior, his son could help and support the family. Regardless of the provisions of the first four decades by the canons of the Council of Trent, the Bishop of Toulouse ordained him priest at only nineteen years 23 September of 1600.

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AFTER THE COUNCIL OF TRENT, MAYBE THE DISAPPEARED FROM MONASTERIES malpractice FEMALE?

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The sixteenth century was undoubtedly the century of the great reformers and great Saints who formed and concrete implementation of the reforms made by the Council of Trent, think of Saint Ignatius [Azpeitia, 1491 - Rome, 1556] and his first Comrades, a San Filippo Neri [Florence, 1515 - Rome 1595] and St. Felix of Cantalice [Cantalice, 1515 - Rome, 1587], a San Carlo Borromeo [Arona, 1538 – Milano, 1584], to San Pietro da Alcantara [Alcántara, 1499 – Arenas, 1562], a Santa Teresa d’Avila [Avila, 1515 - Alba de Tormes, 1582] and St. John of the Cross [Fontiveros, 1542 – Úbeda, 1591], San Giovanni d'Avila [Almodovar del Campo, 1499 - Montilla, 1569], St John of God [Montemor-o-Novo, 1495 – Granada, 1550] ... without forgetting of course the already mentioned figure of the Saint Pius V [Bosco Marengo, 1504 - Rome, 1572], that for these Saints was inspiring and authentic teaching model, moral and pastoral virtues.

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The vices and moral decadence that snaked in convents and monasteries between the fifteenth and the sixteenth, They were far from being eradicated. Or to put it with some sad examples chosen at random among the many historically available: a stone's throw from Rome, in the town of Sora, the mid-nineteenth, in the canonical territory of the Diocese of Sora-Aquino-Pontecorvo, the abbess of the monastery of Santa Chiara, Domna Maria Francesca Tronconi, Arch-communicated Montecassino, Dom Celestino Gonzaga from Naples, that Canon Basil Fortuna, member of the Chapter of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Sora and ordinary confessor of the nuns of St. Clare, He had abused three nuns during sacramental confessions and have them put pregnant. of the three, a certain Iacobelli, in the days that the abbess wrote that letter she would be close to giving birth [4].

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How can we forget what we are then able certain religious, just tell among many a case: In the 1821, two nuns of the monastery of St. Andrew Apostle to Arpino and with them a third, even schoolgirl, They accused the ordinary confessor of serious harassment. After careful canonical investigations the allegations proved unfounded, however, and the three women withdrew their complaint, trying to argue that you were wrong and that they had merely misunderstood the priest. The sad story was completely different, however, in terms: one of the nuns had marchingegnato all with the support and complicity of the other two, wishing she retaliate in every way the confessor who the previous year had Ecclesiastical Authority denounced a priest to serious abuses of religious. The priest denounced, But this was a relative of a nun, he thought tarnished the good name of his family because of that complaint. Like this, the religious, he tried to take revenge by making the same accusation to this innocent [5].

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According to the term of the Holy Bishop and Doctor of the Church Ambrose of Milan [Gaul 337 – Mediolanum 397] the Church is "chaste whore», One woman chaste. Expression, the ancient Bishop of Milan on which over a decade ago, the Venerable Pontiff Benedict XVI structured one of his homilies indicating the Church as "holy and made up of sinners" [6] [the full text is readable, WHO]. In some particular historical moments, the Church does not even appear to be made up simply defeasible men and sinners, but as a veritable structure of sin which produces an internal sin and that it spreads to its outer.

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Even before the Council of Trent, the immorality and the great moral decay that raged in the clergy was condemned in the strongest possible terms by the Fourth Lateran Council, Seventy who promulgated decrees of reform and that he was called to the man of iron of Pope Innocent III [Gavignano 1161 – Perugia 1216]. The disciplinary canons of this council suggest in a very clear and comprehensive way what were the deep and serious moral lapse and corruptions that impestavano the clergy. but yet, a few decades later, after the celebration of that Council, another saint and doctor of the Church, Bonaventura da Bagnoregio [Bagnoregio 1221 - Lyon 1274], he expressed himself in these terms at all reassuring:

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"Rome corrupts the prelates who corrupt the priests who corrupt the People of God".

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To assess the situation in this Church, one wonders if the disciplinary canons against moral immorality of the clergy were written for the church 1215 or to those of today [text in Italian translation is readable, WHO].

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No Council, He never made the perfect Church, none of them has ever destroyed corruption of man and sin. I concilî, some of them in particular, They have given the Church oxygen and they put her in a position to continue to live in an ecclesial body made up of clerics and lay faithful within which always lived with sinners and saints. All this is explained by the parable of the weeds and the good grain that ends with these words:

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«[…] From where it is therefore the tares? And he answered them: An enemy has done this. And the servants said: Do you want us to go and gather? No, He answered, because when you, gathering the weeds, with it also uproot the wheat. Let them both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to burn; but gather the wheat into my barn " [Mt 13, 27-30].

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WHAT IS THE REAL SITUATION OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS LIFE AFTER THE GREAT BREATH OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL ?

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To answer this question let's start from the figures: the world's population now has seven and a half billion people, in today's world the average age of a woman's life is 70 years and eight months; that of a European woman is 84 years and nine months. Today the world's Catholics are about one billion three hundred million. The religious orders and religious congregations, according to statistics the 30 October 2018 They have made official data 2017, amount to 659.445, subtracting the number of deaths to the number of new religious professions have a decrease of less 10.885, the average age of religious is equal to 64 year old, but if the statistics were removed from Africa and some Asian countries, the average age of religious would be above 70 year old, testing is something that in Europe, for two decades in this part, religious are gradually disappearing from whole diocese [cf. official statistics, WHO]. We are now going back sixty years, to be exact, five years before the opening of the Second Vatican Council, when according to the paradigm of as direct Stolta used as the theme of my writing, vigevano rules "obscurantist" the Council of Trent. In 1958 the world population had two billion nine hundred million people, Catholics around the world were about 800 millions, the average age of a woman's life was 49 year old, that of a European woman 67 year old, religious orders and religious congregations were in 1957 one million and sixty thousand, the average age of the religious was 41 year old, subtracting the number of deaths to the number of new religious professions have increased more 12.450.

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I point out, who possibly had not paid any attention, when are these two alarming statistics: that recorded when ever existed "obscurantism Tridentine", one recorded half a century after the explosion of New Pentecost occurred with the Second Vatican Council. The alarming fact is based on both the number of the world population and on that of Catholics worldwide. Indeed, in the era when "obscurantist" the world's population did not reach three billion people and the Catholics were about 800 millions, religious in the world were more than a million, while half a century after New Pentecost, compared with a world population more than doubled - seven billion and a half people -, and in the face of a worldwide Catholic population increased from about 800 millions of faithful to one billion three hundred million, religious are lowered to an equal number to over 400.000 in just sixty years, all - I repeat again - while the world's population had more than doubled, while Catholics were half a billion members in more than about half a century before.

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If the numbers are dry and have no soul, But they have a history, above all, a reason for being, here then rise to the first question: if after what some ecclesiastics and contemporary theologians define triumphantly as the greatest council of church history, we have come to these statistics; if by the day close religious institutions, monasteries and convents historical tradition, someone, intends to begin to wonder if, in what at the time was defined as New Pentecost, something did not go the right way? It is a response, this, which is required so serenely painful to the Ecclesiastical Authority and to the Pastors of the Church, It is not claimed by prevention, or irony, and least of all by blind ideology: is a response claimed by the numbers, which as I said before do not have souls, but they have their own history and their reason for being. E, These staggering numbers, half a century since the end of the church council represent a question that just claim reply, although it costs to admit that just before, that during and after the Second Vatican Council, something went wrong, with the consequent result that today we have before; results made entirely undeniable aridity, but at the same time from the undeniable precision of the numbers.

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It WAS REQUIRED "UPDATE" OF RELIGIOUS STROKES SUITS, HEADS UNCOVERED AND PUT INTO FOLD THE HAIRDRESSER ?

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Between the mid-sixties and the early seventies of the twentieth century, the lives of most women's congregations was shocked - more and worse than those of men -, the largest wave of so-called "update". There have been various capocomici during the unhappy season of the post-conciliar egomenico - at the head of all the Jesuits, that in many religious institutes held for many years the ministry of confessors and spiritual directors -, who they have literally turned upside down life, the meaning of life and charisma of those institutions. O, always use concrete examples: but to 1965 religious were covered with their clothes from head to toe and her hair completely hidden by the veil, the meaning and the sense of which date until the time of the apostolic. The same Blessed Virgin Mary is depicted in iconography since the first centuries with so-called maphorion [maphórion]. The maphorion, then known as "monastic veil", It was and still is the sign of the virgins consecrated to God. The Blessed Apostle Paul, addressing to the people of Corinth, recommended for women to cover their heads. It is an apostolic letter from undoubtedly put the era and culture in which it was written, but through a message that has never lost relevance it implies the sign and the intimate sense of belonging to God the woman he consecrated [The Cor 11, 1-6]. But here suddenly, a few years after the last council, we found ourselves in front of nuns dressed in tailors, with skirts that barely covered the knee and with dyed hair treated with permanent and cared for by styling your hair done at the hairdresser. I wonder and wonder: and perhaps an attack of treason, just say and nothing but the truth, namely that such things, in North America and several European countries, They are mainly occurring at those religious congregations which have always, if not for real tradition, They are availing themselves of the Jesuits as confessors, spiritual directors, teachers and preachers? [one example among many, WHO].

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The facts show that the so-called "updating" of the religious in tailors, with bare heads and hairdresser's curls, produced emptying of entire congregations, which will disappear permanently when octogenarians survived today will finally be buried with their tailors, their bare heads and put them into the fold of the hairdresser. But, die-date! And with them it will be delivered to the grave of their religious congregation, and also just updated.

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THE RELIGIOUS HOUSES AND EMPTY nefarious "CAMPAIGNS PURCHASE" THE VARIOUS RELIGIOUS CONGREGATIONS Rasenti A TIME ... THE "TRAFFICKING IN BLACK"

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In certain things we must proceed with caution because unfortunately there is an ideological closure priori: indeed, everything is black, itself is beautiful and good. Above all, everything is black, survived victim, or falling victim to the nefarious colonial policies and conquest of the various countries of the West. If in various countries of the African continent today we find ourselves with an unmanageable clergy who, starting from the great chimera of inculturation - another magical word of the post council - ended up becoming a clergy that ranges between animism and an adulterated and corrupt Catholicism, this is due to the fact that between the middle and the end of the Sixties, the Holy Pontiff Paul VI had the questionable vision of wanting to create at all costs of the local bishops, unmindful that some of those countries had been evangelized even thirty years ago. There have been numerous cases of elevated subject to the episcopal dignity only forty years, or at thirty or thirty-eight, who had been baptized and become Christians at thirteen or fifteen years, after being born and raised in families that had taught them from childhood to animistic cults and the worship of ancestral spirits.

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In times gone by there someone tried to tell the Holy Pontiff Paul VI that in order to create an indigenous clergy, and that it took generations to create the first bishops chosen among natives was best to wait for a century, or at least no less than seventy or eighty, but at this, he well knew him well, would not listen, committing, in this as in other cases, of considerable errors. We clarify the whole with an example related to a sad figure, that Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, excommunicated in 2006 and then discharged from the clerical state in 2009 [official document, WHO] …

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… Emmanuel Milingo was born in 1930 Zambia, African country where real evangelization - after some sporadic attempts made only at the end of the nineteenth century in a few places by small groups of missionaries -, It starts only after 1915. He received the baptism in 1942 the age of twelve and priestly ordination in 1958 at the age of 28 year old. In 1959, just 39 year old, He is elected Archbishop of Lusaka, Capital of Zambia. He received episcopal consecration by Pope Paul VI, who he had wanted bishop and who greeted him as the youngest bishop in the entire African Continent. This timeline does not need comments, because the apotheosis imprudence is enclosed all the dates, which just add that the apostolic vicariates established around the 1915 Zambia, They have only been elevated to diocese between the 1959 and the 1976. Emmanuel Milingo was the first native archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lusaka, his predecessors were two appointed Polish Jesuit missionary bishops holders and placed at the head of the Apostolic Vicariate: Bruno Wolnik from 1927 al 1950; Adam Kozłowiecki dal 1955 al 1969. The latter, First he cultivated and then pointed to Paul VI, the young Emmanuel Milingo as a figure of Episcopal profile. In the consistory of 21 February 1998 Adam Kozłowiecki was made a cardinal by the Holy Father John Paul II, while Emmanuel Milingo, for its problematic not sustainable on site, He had already been forced to give up the government of his diocese and called to Rome in 1983. Fifteen years before the mentor Emmanuel Milingo was created cardinal for his missionary and pastoral merits - merits to which you could add a concept in vogue in the Society of Jesus, or the “ability to discern” —, he had already given all the problems worse, until his grotesque participation as a guest singer at the Italian Song Festival in San Remo 1997, to follow with its entry into a sect, his sham marriage with a Korean Lady, his act of apostasy from the faith and of schism from the Catholic Church. At the concrete evidence of Emmanuel Milingo facts he has not done anything to miss, however, it remains unanswered the key question: those who occasionally helps with its own light, emotional and imaginative recklessness the birth and development of similar “monsters”, in our Church in which Caesar is never wrong and Caesar's wife is always and penalty above any suspicion?

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What have been the results of certain pastoral choices? It was, unfortunately, that many bishops of these countries just evangelized, in fact they behaved as the great tribal leaders, but above all they had always at groups of young service nuns belonging to the myriad of congregations of diocesan right arose like mushrooms during the whole of Africa; and all with the same original and strange charisma: assist bishops and priests. However, in a socio-cultural context in which today priestly celibacy, but especially chastity linked to it, it is not easy to penetrate, it was necessary to collect, for bishops and for priests, of the domestic sexual so clean, so to speak, avoiding, if anything, that the priests leave pregnant girls from village to village. And what happened to practice, If the nun became pregnant? If it was not had an abortion - what unfortunately happened several times -, at that point the nun ended thrown out by the community, and the priest sent instead to study in Rome at the Congregation expenses of reliable advertising.

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Since the anthropological wolf He loses his hair but not the vice, here in 2008, the four corners of the large refectory of the Roman Collegio San Pietro next to the Pontifical Urban University, appear signs that warn: "It is forbidden to the priests pick up the nuns in their rooms'. Signs that were read by dozens of priests, including two today, more than a decade away, They have become bishops, one of an African diocese, one of a missionary diocese of Latin America; were in fact the ones who, to inform me of these signs posted by the rector of the college and to make me see the images themselves photographed.

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While in the prime of New Pentecost the houses of religious institutes were emptied during the seventies, while many novitiates were now deserted and shortly thereafter, the nuns of old Europe would have to begin to come to terms with age, here is that their superiors general farsighted decided together with their tips to open missions in several African and Asian countries. And in the late seventies and early eighties he began: the shameless and somewhat immoral ways recruitment drive we might in some ways be compared to a real It is black.

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But we have to prudently fly on how to treat and difficult to put on the right line certain African youth, culturally refractory even the most basic forms of discipline are the backbone of community life in religious communities, because addressing certain issues would stand promptly in response a polyphonic chorus of souls politically correct to begin the solemn hymn: At racist, the racist! And we do not talk about what happened in certain religious communities when they are ready rather than Brazilian groups, with elderly nuns who prayed for the grace of a good death fast, or at least the grace to remain deaf and blind as soon as possible, ond'evitar of attending some havoc.

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This manovalanza acquired in such shopping campaigns to prevent the extinction of certain congregations, although no time, almost always it has also been particularly expensive, with implications far from clean. Many of these congregations, the acquisition of certain religious, They have paid and are continuing to pay with the economic maintenance of all the families of the nuns. To this are then added to the depredations of the sisters themselves, They just could have seized money from the speakers or the resources of religious communities, to send to their relatives in their countries of origin. Repeatedly, these sisters, always at the expense of the community they have brought their brothers and sisters in Europe, forcing the congregation to provide for their accommodation, including that of brothers and nephews anything but willing to work, Why, in some African countries and cultures, to work is the woman, not the man. It's here, to prevent the polyphonic choir of politically correct souls ready to cheer At racist, the racist! Part, steps to the complaint, it is good to remain silent about the nationality of some of these African men, allergic to such point to the work that, if one day encounter the person who invented the job, would not hesitate to kill barrel. I refer of course to those who, although not to work, They prefer much more to bring their wives and their daughters into prostitution on the streets of our cities, Finally exercising their job: pull his pocket money then when they go to take them back at the end of their service.

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After the wave of African and Brazilian, It has come below that of Indian. In that case we met several times before really young pretty girls. And when a very beautiful European girl became a nun, This was almost always a sign of a particular vocation and solid, because if he wanted, He would have pleased and happy life when you choose the best husband that she could choose, because it has always, female beauty, It is an asset that can produce excellent weddings.

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The recruitment drive indiana It does not however take into account one thing, or rather he did not want to take them into account: in most parts of India, if a family does not have the money necessary to constitute a dowry to his daughter, this, It was also a pearl of rare beauty, can not marry. And girls who can not get married, often they choose between two different trades: be prostitutes in Calcutta, or to the nuns. And between the two choices, Many rightly choose the second option.

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The superiors general of the congregations who have done shopping campaigns in India, If they want to tell us what happened, those girls so beautiful but so poor, free for this wedding dowry, when they arrived nuns in Italy? Well, given that most priests are liars only the nuns, knowing that such a question would remain unanswered or otherwise be processed with a response of all false, the truth will be better for you to narrate I: most of these beautiful girls, arrived in Italy or other European countries, shortly after they found a man that if he married is treating them as authentic queens. Indeed, for the Italian man, and in general for European men, a young woman, beautiful and above all with the femininity now-lost many of our tomboys women only able to place themselves in a professional and social competition with men, is a wealth that is priceless. That's where many of the beautiful girls are over, arrived in Italy as nuns, in response to shopping campaigns by many dying religious congregations who are breathing their last breaths thanks to the New Pentecost.

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SOON we will witness the BIGGEST SALE OF THE RELIGIOUS HERITAGE

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Many religious congregations have large real estate portfolios. Numerous possess great stable and of great historical and artistic value, They possess other large buildings that were once kindergartens, schools, education institutions and colleges. Turning to the only Roma, It is visible for all to see that already many of these buildings have been transformed into shelters or hotels, other leased or sold to private. Naturally, and especially coming from the historic centers of large cities, it will not be possible to convert all these facilities in hotels or in prestigious locations representative offices of private companies or freelancers with the parcels to six zeros. Therefore, Most of these assets, They are intended to be sold off in a short time. So that, within a short time, We witness the most colossal sellout of religious Real Estate. Perhaps, businessmen and various vultures, They have already done their accounts, or maybe, with cold lucidity, They have already done the project to divide the pie among various real estate companies and groups of individuals and wealthy businessmen.

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To this figure, or if you prefer at this tragic chronicle of death foretold, unite all the complications arising from nefarious shopping campaigns. Example: There are religious congregations who for many decades, if not for centuries, we are dedicated to childhood education or the management of secondary schools are characterized by the high quality of training. These institutions, for greater, They were holding up thanks to the nuns who were all of them teachers; to be fair, They were also some of great teachers and high level. During the New Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, instead fill vocations novitiates, But it seems that for inscrutable mystery of grace has emptied them, while in, the nuns, over time grew old. Thanks to recruitment drive several congregations managed to survive by acquiring a number of African and Indian nuns, which however, far from graduates and far from perfectly juggle in the Italian language, They had little training school and they could not speak the Italian language, So imagine if you could replace their older sisters in school education. A quel point, if it was possible, the institute was changed into a hotel in which today, a group of young African and Indian nuns, do the maids, while the few surviving old Italian will step forward to run and manage as long as they will live as long or will the whole administration. Request: what's going to happen, When elderly Italian nuns die and these institutions, with related assets, They will end up in the hands of the fruit of the wicked recruitment drive? Because tomorrow, the so-called "proprietary completely", They will be groups of foreign Sisters of low culture, without proper instruction, with some knowledge of the Italian language and so to follow.

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Given that the current nuns have always tried to stay away, as I believe it is good to stay away from the corpses put in the morgue refrigerator cells awaiting you some free place for their burial in the cemetery overcrowded, in my own priestly ministry and pastoral experience I can say that I have known in Italy only a handful of African and Asian sisters with deep training and professional skills. For instance: I remember some Indian sisters in one of the best clinics in Rome, owned and run by the congregation of these religious, are professional nurses who all surgeons operating in that structure always try to get as close to the operating room assistants, because they are of an extraordinary talent. But we must note that these Indian nuns are native state of Kerala, where the Christian culture is very ancient and where that particular church boasts its apostolic foundation, occurred in the year 52 D.C.. Apostle Thomas to work. And for culture and ancient Christian tradition, religious Kerala are totally different from those of other religious region of India which are vegetarian and do not eat meat for fear of being able to feed some of their ancestor reincarnated as a cow or a calf. Also in Rome, I met an outstanding Filipino nun, Today almost seventy, arrived in Italy just nineteen years of age, who for years he was a teacher and principal of a middle school run by his religious congregation. In addition to his hard work and for her extraordinary capacity for work, this religious speaks Italian as a true native speaker, he received at the time the degree in letters and has been for nearly forty years a very good teacher and then principal of the school teaching. Even in this case, But, we're talking about a woman born in the Philippines, where Catholicism was not brought a few decades ago, but it has a history of more than five hundred years, however it characterized by a Catholic population particularly linked to the Christian faith and deeply devoted to Rome. Different story but completely analogous to that of the Philippine nun, that of a Congolese nun who juggles a perfect Italian and speaks English beautifully, French and Spanish. This religion of Congolese origin comes from an old family being Catholic for generations and that he decided to become a nun when, with a scholarship, He came little more than eighteen years in Rome to carry out their university studies, after studying for four years at the Italian High School in his hometown, He is having planned her parents to send her to study in the European metropolis which they consider the great world capital of Christendom. And here we note that the evangelization of Congo got underway in the late fifteenth century, while the early seventeenth century, the Jesuits established in that country the institution of the Holy Savior, that will train for years to follow the classes Congolese leaders, while in the mid-seventeenth century came the Capuchin Friars Minor, which he was instead given the task to educate and assist the local clergy in the erection of parishes.

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Subject to the exceptions and without fear that the polyphonic choir of political correctness gives startup hymn At racist, the racist! The products of these shopping campaigns, in addition to the large number of Indian sisters landed the religious life because without dowries and thus the fundamental means to marry, was the introduction in many religious congregations of many Sisters from various African countries recently evangelized, become Christian by teenagers, lack a deep Christian formation and without adequate religious formation due to their own lack of Christian education, steeped in animism, He is suffering from quite a few superstitions and in fact tied to ancestral cults AGAIN. When old Italian nuns who now govern the day their lives with his teeth, and on the other they continue to hold and manage these congregations, will fail, what will happen to these institutions, including their assets often substantial sums, when everything will be in the hands of the products of unhappy campaign purchases?

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It WAS BETTER IN PERIOD BEFORE THE COUNCIL OF TRENT MONASTERI WHEN MANY WERE THE AUTHENTIC brothels

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The fruits produced by New Pentecost, or as others say "to input that air spring in the closets too long closed the Holy Church of God", They are those that we can see: are fruits that have produced a religious crisis in women's institutions as he had never seen before. After all we have planted a tree that was to be the most beautiful and lush garden, and although in fact it is not, there are those who declares him to be, throwing all the lightning and thunderbolts ostracism towards anyone who dares to indicate that the tree is ugly and sick. Yet the Holy Gospel, through the words of Christ the Lord, It teaches us how to recognize trees:

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"No good tree bears bad fruit, nor a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is known by its own fruit: They do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. The good person out of the good from the good treasure of his heart; and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil, For the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart " [LC 6, 43-45].

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We should therefore ask ourselves: If the tree has grown crooked and the fruits from it data have died before they even sprout, it may be that both the plant it has in it grow, something went wrong?

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Vatican II was a council of the Church, to be exact XXI, was neither a super-council or the council of councils. But most of all, as he explained the Venerable Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican II can not be turned into a kind of superdogma. This concept was taken up by the Supreme Pontiff 14 February of 2013, three days after making withdrawal from the holy throne. In his speech to the Roman clergy, Benedict XVI clearly admits that rages in the Church a serious crisis of doctrinal and moral order, attributing it to both the para-council celebrated by theologians on the columns of the newspapers, both post-conciliar:

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«[…] We know how this council of media It is accessible to all. So, This was the dominant one, more efficient, and it has created many disasters, many problems, really so much misery: seminars closed, convents closed, liturgy banal ... and the true Council has struggled to materialize, to be realized; the virtual council was stronger than the real Council […]» [full text, WHO].

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In the mid-sixties it was announced the arrival of new springtime of the Church, to the test of the facts we have instead plunged into one of the worst Siberian winters, or as I wrote in my article two years ago: we are the new Roman Empire. [see text WHO].

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As I explained during my writing, after the Council of Trent, we have seen a great revival of the Church together with great missionary activity, all placed in the history of the sixteenth century was a century of great reformers and great Saints. Even despite, The Council of Trent did not DeBello all the malpractices, and several centuries away many of its fundamental rules were not yet applied everywhere, or were only partially applied.

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The products posthumously to the Second Vatican Council are now under the eyes of all: half a century by what some suggest as the largest Church Council, or the council of the councils, the Church is facing a crisis of doctrine, moral and spiritual before which it is really hard to find historical precedents, because it is a situation of a crisis entirely new. In conclusion, therefore, with the initial paradigm of as direct Stolta who claimed: "Know we can not go back to the dark times of the Council of Trent!», as a last conclusive answer I think I can replicate that in terms of women's religious life, perhaps it would be better to go back to the period before the Council of Trent, when many monasteries were reduced to authentic brothels. Do not forget that in them, in addition to become nuns such compulsion, there were also Sante that as good wheat lived side by side with the weeds [cf. Mt 13, 27-30], because as the Apostle teaches Beato: "Where sin increased, abounded grace » [RM 5, 20]. And the end is worth reiterating that the great reformer and Santa Teresa of Avila was born in this kind of dissolute populated monasteries of nuns, becoming what it has become and producing the fruit that produced.

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Today this is not possible, because we are no longer talking about wheat and weeds that live together and which should be left together to avoid the risk of destroying even a single ear of good wheat; Today we are facing the corpse of women religious place inside the refrigerated morgue to prevent it from decomposing. And the state of grace, as known, abounds also and above all in the worst sin, but on living bodies, not on the dead bodies. But no one can pronounce it on a corpse formula: "I baptize you…», or "I absolve you from your sins", less so you can give the Holy Eucharist in the mouth of a dead saying the inanimate corpse "The Body of Christ".

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But this, the as direct Stolta with the hair blowing in the wind and the half-leg skirt, abbeveratasi the post-council created by the para-council, He does not know, like all people who live unconscious and irresponsible with the idea of ​​a spring under the winter frost of the glacial temperatures of Siberia. Because the trees, beautiful and lush, they are for the fruits that give, not for the fruits but not given to us in any case imagined. Faith is not based on ideological emotions but on facts, for as sure what he preached one of the great teachers of the school, Sant'Anselmo d'Aosta: faith seeking understanding, understanding seeking faith [Faith requires reason, the reason requires faith]. Fantasy and Illusion, are not fundamental elements of our faith, but elements of destruction of faith, because by removing the great light of reason which produces works and which is a gift of admirable grace of the Holy Spirit, then comes to life a pseudo Christianity based on the sentimental and sull'emotivo. And so, you pass from Christianity to neo-paganism, to Gnosticism, if not worse: to atheism. In fact, "faith, if it has no works, He is dead in itself […] show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith " [Ge 2 1, 17-18]. Here is the fundamental question of which many terrible, too many, must make God seriously: what were the fruits of the work and what kind of faith have produced? In fact these fruits that we will be recognized and then judged by God, because "wisdom is vindicated by her works" [Mt 11, 19].

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the Island of Patmos, 3 February 2019

Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple

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No need to de-sanctify and take the fun of the Catholic Church, because the Catholic Church is de-sacralized and makes fun of itself

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NOTE

[1] «where the violation […] carefully restored;, and where intact […] pRESERVED»: (C)oncilii Tridentinii Press. Some comprising six done after the sixth session (XXII) until the end of parliament (17 sept. 1562-4 dec. 1563).

[2] Quote Original in Italian archaic: «[…] when it comes somewhere in this land Mr., I show them monasteries of nuns, ma prostribuli of the monastery of the public does not out of the bordel» — Marino Sanuto, Diaries (by Federico Stefani), Venice, 1879, t. I, col. 836. See. Pius also Paschini, The convents in Italy in the '500, in AA. VV., Problems of religious life in Italy in the sixteenth century. Proceedings of the history of the Church in Italy, Bologna, 2-6 September 1958, Antenor Publishing, Padova, 1960, pp. 31-60 Innocent and Giuliani, Genesis and the first century of life of the Magistrate over monasteries (Venice, 1962).

[3] S. F. Wemple – S. Salvatore – S. Giulia: A case study in the endowment and patronage of a major female monastery in northern Italy, in Women of the medieval world. Edited by Julian Kirshner and Suzanne F. Wemple. New York: Blackwell, 1985.

[4] Archive of the Apostolic Nunciature of Naples, Scat. 44, Denunciation of the abbess Domna Maria Francesca Tronconi, 21 April 1836.

[5] ASDS, by location Acts, Arpino, B. 61, FASC. 4. ASV, Congregation of Bishops and Regulars, The positions of nuns, November 1822, S. German, Placida Hulls.

[6] CF. S.S. Benedict XVI, Homily at the Epiphany liturgy, Archbasilica Papale di San Pietro, 6 January 2008.

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