Pope Francis excommunicates Australian priest

Pope Francis issued his first excommunication since become Pope in March (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)Pope Francis issued his first excommunication since become Pope in March (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

An Australian priest who supports the ordination of women has been excommunicated by Pope Francis.

In the first such excommunication since the new pontiff took office Fr Greg Reynolds was dismissed in a letter from the Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart, which stated that “the decision by Pope Francis to dismiss Fr Reynolds from the clerical state and to declare his automatic excommunication has been made because of his public teaching on the ordination of women contrary to the teaching of the Church and his public celebration of the Eucharist when he did not hold faculties to act publicly as a priest.”

Archbishop Hart also told other priests in the archdiocese by letter that Fr Reynolds’s excommunication was “because of his publicteaching on the ordination of women”, which are grounds for automatic excommunication.

Fr Reynolds is also a supporter of same-sex marriage and has attended rallies in favour of changing the definition of marriage. He has even reportedly presided at same-sex ceremonies.

He told National Catholic Reporter: “I am very surprised that this order has come under his watch; it seems so inconsistent with everything else he has said and done.”

In August 2011 Fr Reynolds resigned his position as a priest at two rural parishes and, after Archbishop Hart removed his priestly faculties, he founded Inclusive Catholics, a pro-female ordination and gay marriage group.

Australian media also reported that in August 2012 he was present at a Mass where a dog had received Communion, which Fr Reynolds said he was not aware of until after the incident.

That month Archbishop Hart wrote to him warning that if he continuedto act publicly as a priest he would “be forced to take further canonical action for the good of the Church”.

Source: CatholicHerald.co.uk  : 27 September 2013

Pope Francis: It’s not a lie, Jesus Resurrected!

Published on Dec 4, 2013
During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis asked thousands of people out in St. Peter’s Square to pray for five nuns who recently were kidnapped in Syria.

“Now I would like to invite all of you to pray for the nuns of the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla in Ma’lula, in Syria. Two days ago, they were kidnapped by armed men. Let us pray for these sisters, and for all those who have been kidnapped in this on-going conflict.” 
During his catechesis, the Pope talked about the Resurrection. He explained that even though it’s hard to understand, the Resurrection explains people’s yearning for eternal life. It’s a seed, said the Pope, that God instilled in humanity.
“This is not a lie, ok? This is truth. We believe that Jesus Resurrected. Jesus is among us and alive right now. But, do you really believe that He is alive? Oh, you don’t? Yes or no? So, if Jesus is alive, do you think He would just let us die without resurrecting us? No! He waits for us because He has risen. The power in His Resurrection will raise us too.” 
With thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope also said that the resurrection of each and every person is closely tied to that of Jesus.
“This fate is the source and the reason for our hope. A hope we sow and protect. This hope, if we protect it, if we protect it, it becomes a light that illuminates our personal story and that of our community.” 
But resurrection is not limited to the after life. The Pope said that through Sacraments, like Baptism and the Eucharist, the seeds of resurrection bear fruit in every day life.
Despite the cold weather, the Pope held his general audience outdoors, in St. Peter’s Square to accommodate a crowd of more than 30,000 pilgrims. As usual, he blessed several children.
English: Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene

English: Jesus resurrected and Mary Magdalene (Photo credit: Wikipedia)







Church to let go institutional approach



It was felt during the first convention of the small Christian communities.




(Photo: newsofgoa)


The Indian Church is considering a paradigm shift from an institutional approach to a Church of communion with people following the successful completion of the first national convention of the small Christian communities (SCC).

“This is the beauty of SCCs, as the church is experienced more as a communion than hierarchy. And that is the paradigm shift we want to make from an institution to church of communion,” said Fr. Anthony Fernandes, a Goa diocesan organizing team (GDOT) member.

The event held from Nov. 19 to 21 in Goa brought together the country’s cultural diversity in a unique bonding exercise over faith and other things when a 2,000 outstation delegates participated with about 5,000 local ones.

“Many of the bishops came back with a sense of joy after their personal encounters with people as a result of their visits to the parishes and even parishioners’ homes,” Fr. Fernandes said.

Taking stock of the three-day event, church leaders said the occasion and organization of event was a journey of growth and learning.

Fr Leonardo Souza, GDOT convener, said the presence of Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, CBCI president Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishops and bishops, hundreds of priests and sisters and over 7,000 active lay animators, affirm that SCCs now occupy a central place for a new way of being the Church and that the Church in India intends to promote SCCs as home and school of communion for the 21st century.

It was also a rich cultural interaction as the guests stayed with Goan families and enjoyed their hospitality.

Church leaders said an event of this magnitude with representatives from 140 dioceses from the length and breadth of the country was held for the first time.

“Goa had the privilege of hosting it and it is a big achievement in itself that we were up to the mark,” Fernandes said.

“We carry with us happy memories of gathering all over Goa, celebrating the Eucharist joyfully with people, visiting families, participating in the gospel sharing and exchange of experiences and partaking of a meal with them,” Fr. Souza said.

National services team (NST), which was responsible for the organization of the event, has expressed satisfaction after a post-event evaluation.

“We will have a similar program soon at the regional level,” said NST secretary Fr. Vijay Thomas.

Source: Times of India


Indian Church ,Small Christian Community ,Panaji , Institutional Approach 



English: Alcove with crucifix in Portuguese co...

English: Alcove with crucifix in Portuguese colonial church, Panaji (Panjim), Goa, India. July 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Year of Faith concludes



Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had announced the Year of Faith in October 2012.





New Delhi:

Various archdioceses in India organized events to conclude the Year of Faith, announced by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI last year.

The pope had announced the Year of Faith October 2012.

It was done to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of catechism of the Catholic Church.

During the Year of Faith, Catholics were asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

Around 5,000 people attended the concluding Year of Faith celebrations in Amboori Forane church in Changanacherry Archdiocese, Kerala, yesterday.

Archbishop Joseph Perumthottam was the main celebrant of the liturgy.

While a number of vehicles rallied from Thiruvananthapuram and other places in the archdiocese, the parishioners of the church rallied on the foot in colorful uniforms and echoed the streets with the slogans of “Christ the King” coupled with “the Faith Year.”

In the past one year, the archdiocese has conducted various faith renewal progarams such as home mission- popular mission retreats, bishops’ teams answering people’s questions on bible, theological questions and questions concerning church institutions, special interventions for saving the alcoholic addicts, special quiz programs on Second Vatican Council.

The Agra Archdiocese too organized on the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King that marked the end of the liturgical year and the conclusion of the Year of Faith in Agra.

This year, the twin celebrations were also significant as it would be a pilgrim event for the entire diocese.

Responding to the call of Archbishop Albert D’Souza to make the day an Archdiocesan Day of Pilgrimage, pilgrims from all the parishes and mission stations of the archdiocese flocked to the Cathedral campus in the city yesterday.

While the pilgrims were engaged in silent adoration of the Eucharistic Lord in the church, praise and worship sessions were going on in St. Peter’s college.

Arrangements were made for the pilgrims to make their Confession in the Church of Pieta (the historical Akbari Girja).

The Holy Eucharist of the Solemnity of Christ the King began at 4 p.m. in te college. The archbishop was the main celebrant along with more than 50 concelebrants.

Some 2,000 lay faithful besides bishops, priests and religious from twelve dioceses of the Agra Ecclesiastical Region gathered in the city for two days to celebrate the Festival of Faith.

The first day was a day of community prayer, talks on faith, personal witnessing of faith and life, skits and dances based on the theme faith.

The second day, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio attended the event.

Source: press statement


Year Of Faith ,Pope Benedict ,New Delhi ,Catechism ,Vatican Council 



Português: Cerimônia de canonização do frade b...

Português: Cerimônia de canonização do frade brasileiro Frei Galvão celebrada pelo papa Bento XVI no Campo de Marte em São Paulo, Brasil. (fragment) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Blessed Vaz’s canonization reaches crucial stage



Archbishop Ferrao expressed the hope that it may happen shortly.





Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa, Daman and Diu has said that the process for canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz has reached a crucial stage as one of the miracles submitted for his cause has been accepted as worthy of study by the Vatican.

The archbishop conveyed the good news to the small gathering during the Eucharistic service celebrated outside the Archbishop’s House at Altinho on Monday evening.

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio was present and blessed the statues of Blessed Vaz and Blessed John Paul II that were installed in the compound.

The church in Goa has a reason to believe that the canonization of Blezzed Vaz may not be far and Archbishop Ferrao expressed the hope that it may happen shortly.

Bishop Vianney Fernando of Kandy (Sri Lanka) has communicated to the Goa church regarding the recent development in the canonization process.

Blessed Vaz, a saintly Goan priest who lived over 300 years ago traveled to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) ministering to the Catholics in that country.

A group has petitioned for the expedition of his canonization as a native saint of India and Sri Lanka.

Archbishop Ferrao urged the faithful to pray for the canonization of Blessed Vaz, referring to him as a stalwart of the Catholic faith.

The process to sainthood has different stages.

“A candidate for sainthood is first declared servant of God, then venerable and then blessed. In the final process, he or she is declared a saint and is numbered as a saint of the universal church,” a church leader said.

Following his beatification in 1995, Blessed Vaz was made the patron of the archdiocese of Goa and Daman.

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has also been petitioning the Vatican for Blessed Vaz’s canonization through the national secretariat of the cause for his canonization.

Source: Times of India


Blessed Joseph Vaz , Canonization , Goa 



The Sé de Santa Catarina Cathedral in Old Goa ...

The Sé de Santa Catarina Cathedral in Old Goa (Goa, India). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




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