"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Friday, November 26, 2010
After Thanksgiving stuffing...
Spewing random stuff.
Apparitions (spurious): The 1948 Filipino 'Lipa apparitions of Mary Mediatrix of All Graces' to a Carmelite novice are:
e) all of the above
f) none of the above
Who knows? Spirit Daily posted the declaration, Vatican rules Filipino apparition not supernatural. I skimmed the report and find it confusing - ruled not supernatural but the devotion is fine? That is my impression. I bet that will be the case with Medjugorje too - which is why I'm paying attention to this story BTW.
Exorcists (silenced): Pewsitters had a link to some questions raised about what happened to Fr. Euteneuer and his book on exorcism? I answered this in a comment box awhile back - just my opinion to be sure, since I have no direct knowledge of the situation - but neither did the questioner. However, any reasonable person can speculate that Fr. Euteneuer was returned to ordinary diocesan assignment most likely because his book, Exorcism and the Church Militant, which was also pulled from publication, was perhaps just a tad more extreme than what the bishops would have said on the subject themselves - in other words, he got ahead of the bishops. (Just my opinion, of course.)
It appears Euteneuer also spoke well of the now suppressed religious group, the Intercessors of the Lamb in his book, so it could be as simple as pulling the book back for editorial needs. Nevertheless, I'm still thinking there is more to the story than that - despite the fact the USCCB just conducted a seminar on exorcism a couple of weeks ago, and I didn't notice his name amongst the speakers. Blaming stuff on the devil makes the Church look pre-Vatican II, if not completely medieval - at least that is what some modernists in the hierarchy fear. What follows are some excerpts from interviews Fr. Euteneuer gave - my source links to the original stories no longer work - so I will link to the blog posts where I first published them.
Euteneuer stresses, “exorcism is a pastoral ministry and the explicit form of exorcism is a liturgical rite which can only be done by priests.”
"The Church has good reason to avoid popularizing exorcism, and affirming the sensationalist or dismissive accounts of the culture at large," said Father Euteneuer. "At the same time, this necessary discretion has led to the rite being neglected in many areas, at precisely the time when it is most needed to deliver those who have succumbed to the increasing deceptions of the devil in these troubling times."
"Our culture is ever more saturated with enticements to the occult and other dangerous spiritual and moral choices. Clarifying what exorcism is and underlining the urgency for both clergy and the faithful is key if we're going to start confronting Satan where he is making so much headway, in our homes and communities." - Fr. Euteneuer
In today's day and age, Satan is growing exponentially more powerful due to the enormity of human sinfulness, and the Church must confront his power either willingly or unwillingly. Satan is normally "hidden in the dark sea of human sin and error," like Leviathan of the Old Testament, but nowadays he is walking tall in powerful structures of sin like abortion, pornography, sex slavery, rapacious greed and terrorism. He flexes his muscles in the massive diffusion of errors and sinful practices like the doctrines of myriad false religions, pernicious ideologies like radical feminism and "pro-choice" extremism, the militant homosexual movement and the aggressive mass media which is the ministry of propaganda for Satan and all his works and all his empty promises. - Fr. Euteneuer
Black Friday and the herd mentality. North Korea threatens war and Americans shop en masse for trivialities - make wishlists and encourage consumption... everyone needs a Mac.
Thanksgiving Holiday. It's a secular event. It's over. Secular Christmas season is here!!!!!!