Catholic Bandita http://www.catholicbandita.com It is not by chance that in the old popular Mexican language, a mad person was called bandito, that is, blessed. - Cardinal Barragan Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:04:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Fr. Nathan Reesman: Catholicism 101 – The Meaning of Suffering http://www.catholicbandita.com/fr-nathan-reesman-catholicism-101-the-meaning-of-suffering/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/fr-nathan-reesman-catholicism-101-the-meaning-of-suffering/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:04:11 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9430 Fr. Nathan Reesman teaches the first of his series on Catholicism 101: “The Meaning of Suffering” October 30, 2012 Saint Frances Cabrini Parish

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Fr. Nathan Reesman teaches the first of his series on Catholicism 101: “The Meaning of Suffering”
October 30, 2012
Saint Frances Cabrini Parish

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Mother Teresa’s Dark Night of the Soul http://www.catholicbandita.com/mother-teresas-dark-night-of-the-soul/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/mother-teresas-dark-night-of-the-soul/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:07:48 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9428 Last night, on our way back from shopping, I told my daughter about Mother Teresa’s dark night. I thought I’d share an article here with you about that. Be sure to tell your kids about the saints. From Scott Richert at About.com: Most people…assume that being a saint means living in the assurance of God’s […]

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Last night, on our way back from shopping, I told my daughter about Mother Teresa’s dark night. I thought I’d share an article here with you about that. Be sure to tell your kids about the saints.

From Scott Richert at About.com:

Most people…assume that being a saint means living in the assurance of God’s love. And, for many saints throughout history, it has. But some of the greatest saints—especially those devoted, as Mother Teresa was, to Christ on the Cross—have suffered through what Saint John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul”: a sense of loss, of abandonment, of the absence of God. The dark night is not the same as a lack of belief, though it may be a lack of faith, that supernatural grace and theological virtue that Saint Paul describes in Hebrews 11:1 as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

And, for almost the entire 50 years that she devoted to her Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa suffered the dark night of the soul.

Read the whole article.

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How a reproductive health pioneer became an ‘instant convert’ reading Humanae Vitae http://www.catholicbandita.com/how-a-reproductive-health-pioneer-became-an-instant-convert-reading-humanae-vitae/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/how-a-reproductive-health-pioneer-became-an-instant-convert-reading-humanae-vitae/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:09:50 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9426 Vatican City, Oct 23, 2014 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As founders of an institute studying reproductive healthcare, Thomas and Susan Hilgers have seen the benefits that natural family planning can offer in the realms of health, sexuality and human relationships. But the couple was not always focused on advocating Church teaching on sexuality and […]

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Vatican City, Oct 23, 2014 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As founders of an institute studying reproductive healthcare, Thomas and Susan Hilgers have seen the benefits that natural family planning can offer in the realms of health, sexuality and human relationships.

But the couple was not always focused on advocating Church teaching on sexuality and family planning. Their years of dedication to the subject were largely inspired by reading Blessed Pope Paul VI’s “Humanae Vitae” and later St. John Paul II’s “Familiaris Consortio,” documents that they say bring “great hope and joy to the people to utilize them.”

“This whole concept is rich. I said in another place we should be shouting out from the mountain tops as a Church, we shouldn’t be crawling under like it’s something we have to be embarrassed by,” Dr. Thomas Hilgers told CNA on Oct. 15.

The Hilgers were present in Rome for the Oct. 19 beatification of Pope Paul VI at the end of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. During the Mass, the doctor read aloud one of the Prayers of the Faithful in English.

Together with his wife, Dr. Hilgers founded the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and the National Center for Women’s Health in Omaha, Neb., in 1985 after reading Paul VI’s encyclical letter “Humanae Vitae” on the regulation of birth.

The doctor recalled that he was one of many people who had expected the Church’s position on contraception to change at the time that the encyclical was released. However, he said, upon reading the document, he was “an instant convert, because the things that were being portrayed in the newspapers and television was not what Humanae Vitae was saying.”

“It was much more, (it was) a rich document spiritually, rich sociologically and rich in a lot of other ways,” he said, noting how at the end of the encyclical Bl. Paul VI had written a series of pastoral directives to physicians and those working in the fields of science and healthcare.

With the feeling that the pontiff was speaking directly to him, Dr. Hilgers went on to complete his first research project in natural methods of parental planning in December 1968, after which he received training in obstetrics and gynecology.

He currently works at the St. Louis University and Creighton University Schools of Medicine. At Creighton, he serves as a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The doctor is also a senior medical consultant in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive medicine and surgery at the Pope Paul VI Institute, where he still serves as director. He was appointed to the permanent membership of the Pontifical Academy for Life in 1994.

Together with his other colleagues, Dr. Hilgers developed NaPro Technology – Natural Procreative Technology – a method of women’s healthcare that relies upon scientific methods of monitoring and maintaining a woman’s reproductive health.

Using Creighton Model Fertility Care System biomarkers to monitor the hormonal patterns during the menstrual cycle, NaPro Technology is the current method practiced at the Paul VI Institute, which will change its name following the beatification of its patron.

The technology has successfully been used to help women better understand their bodies’ natural fertility, achieve or avoid pregnancy, and find solutions to a variety of health problems.

In his more than 35 years of experience in the reproductive medical field, Dr. Hilgers said that since the publication of Humanae Vitae, “I don’t know of any other field that could claim such advances in (so) many ways.”

Although medical sciences have changed since the time of Pope Paul VI, the late pontiff knew the importance of promoting natural methods, “and that’s why he called on people to be involved, and that’s why I became involved,” the doctor noted.

“So what we see is the potential that these approaches bring: balance in your sexual life, harmony into your physical life with regard to your illnesses, diseases or whatever you might have, and it builds relationship in marriage.”

Among the institute’s biggest advocates are the women and couples themselves who have received treatment there, said Dr. Hilger’s wife, Susan.

Most women, she told CNA, don’t understand their fertility because “we haven’t been teaching women about how their bodies work and how to live with their fertility.”

For perhaps the first time in history, women are truly starting to understand how their bodies function, she explained, saying that it brings her “great joy as a woman” to see other women know exactly what their bodies are doing.

“It’s been a great blessing for us personally, and to see the blessings that have come from this work because of the teachings of the Church has been absolutely miraculous and unbelievable for us. That’s why we’re so dedicated to this.”

When asked if it was difficult for him and the 22 members of the institute’s staff to stay faithful to the precepts laid out in Humanae Vitae in a secularized culture, Dr. Hilgers said: “Not at all,” because Pope Paul VI “predicted all of those sociological calamities we have come up against.”

“The way we treat women, the divorce rate, abortion and everything that has occurred in one way or another is predicted in Humanae Vitae,” he said, observing how some have referred to the revolutionary encyclical “as ‘Paul VI’s Prophecies’ (precisely) because they were so prophetic.”

Although they never met Bl. Paul VI, “he spoke to us in Humanae Vitae and we listened, so it is an honor” to continue his work, the couple observed.

To see Pope Paul VI beatified “brings a lot of emotion out of me personally,” Dr. Hilgers explained. “Sometimes it is hard for me to talk about it because he suffered so much; he was an incredibly courageous man and I personally have no doubt he’s in heaven.”

“I am deeply grateful for the Church recognizing him as being blessed and I hope someday he will be canonized. For us, he’s our namesake.”

Dr. Hilgers has recently written a book entitled “War on Women,” in which he compiled 17 of the cases he has seen at his clinic of women who have experienced great damage and trauma due to the use of contraception, abortion and in vitro fertilization.

“There has been a lot of political chatter about the so-called war on women, but they described it as the inability to abort, the inability to get contraceptive measures, and it pretty much stops there, abortion and contraception,” the doctor noted.

However, he said that the real “war on women” doesn’t come from a lack of access to these “very accessible” products and procedures, but rather from “the result of abortion, contraception and in vitro fertilization,” which can often be physically damaging and emotionally scarring to women.

The book, he said, could just as easily be filled with “1,700 or 17,000 cases,” because most everyone that comes to his institute has some sort of history with artificial contraception in their background.

“And that is why they’ve sought services with us; because we provide a real alternative to them, we look for the causes, we treat the diseases.”

Source: Catholic News Agency, published with permission.

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Then-Cardinal Ratzinger: Homosexual acts are never inculpable http://www.catholicbandita.com/then-cardinal-ratzinger-homosexual-acts-are-never-inculpable/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/then-cardinal-ratzinger-homosexual-acts-are-never-inculpable/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:31:36 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9424 When then-Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) was prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, he wrote the Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons. In it, he explained that sometimes culpability is lessened in the case of homosexual acts, but that it is […]

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Hello, Holy Father? That message about not judging isn't creating harmony.

Hello, Holy Father? That message about not judging isn’t creating harmony.

When then-Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) was prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, he wrote the Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons. In it, he explained that sometimes culpability is lessened in the case of homosexual acts, but that it is never lessened to the point of complete inculpability.

In fact, circumstances may exist, or may have existed in the past, which would reduce or remove the culpability of the individual in a given instance; or other circumstances may increase it. What is at all costs to be avoided is the unfounded and demeaning assumption that the sexual behaviour of homosexual persons is always and totally compulsive and therefore inculpable.

This second statement above means that Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” remark applied to all homosexuals may have been intended as a step in the right direction, but it was actually a bridge too far. It is the kind of statement that Cardinal Ratzinger said is “at all costs to be avoided,” is “unfounded” and is “demeaning.” No wonder, then, that so many non-Catholics, anti-Catholics, and “progressive Catholics” who believe the conscience trumps dogma are praising Pope Francis as a hero and are claiming that the Church is changing her doctrine “under his leadership.” With his “who am I to judge” remark, and with nothing to say about culpability for homosexual acts, we are left twisting in the wind.

You see, the Ratzinger statement has plenty of doctrinal theology behind it that applies across-the-board on such core Catholic issues as sin, disorder, the Fall, reason, conscience, human nature, redemptive suffering, identity in Christ, etc. Core Catholic teaching on these matters has become second nature to many Catholics who daily walk the Way of the Cross with our Lord. What shocks them is the apparent denial of basic truths that apply to everyone, no matter their cross in life, but their shock over this is characterized as “homophobia.” The shock of all this has little to do with homosexuality, per se. It has more to do with basic beliefs on what it means to be a human being and what it means to be a Christian.

For those of us who have been Catholic for many years, “gay rights” is a new issue. We might have gone for decades without ever having even considered the subject of homosexuality. No one disputes that the issue of homosexuality, particularly in the context of Catholic teaching, is being thrust upon us, and the basic arguments being presented are arguments that fly in the face of our own personal spiritual lives. Questions like “What does it mean to struggle with sin and disorder?” “What does it mean to carry the Cross?” What does it mean to follow an informed conscience?” and “What does it mean to be a human being?” are being discussed openly in the context of ONE particular struggle (same-sex attraction) that a tiny minority of people deal with and that happens also to be a very powerful and wealthy political machine. The arguments the “gay rights” crowd is advancing are arguments that deny the crosses of many who have other issues to deal with in their lives. In my case, the cross I carry is Bipolar Disorder. The arguments being presented on behalf of homosexuals are often arguments that deny my basic understanding of what it means to be a Christian as someone with Bipolar Disorder.

Given that the arguments being presented are causing upheaval of core teachings that impact everyone, it is no wonder that so many are concerned that the very foundation of the Church is shaking. As a Passionist, I would say that it especially pains me that we are being asked to reject the idea that we are all required to participate in the Cross of our Lord in our daily struggles. It is as if suddenly there were people demanding that we reject how notes are to be played on a piano so that we can all make strange “music” that sounds horrific to us but sounds wonderful to a small segment of the population. Further, this segment of the population doesn’t even know what a piano is. Still further, if we don’t play this way, we are told that it means that we “hate” those people. That is what the “adjust your tone” argument means to me. We are told to adjust our tone when they are denying the Cross so that a few people won’t get their feelings hurt.

I grow weary.

 

 

 

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Chaldean Catholic patriarch in San Diego suspends 10 priests who fled Iraq; Priests appeal to Pope http://www.catholicbandita.com/chaldean-catholic-patriarch-in-san-diego-suspends-10-priests-who-fled-iraq-priests-appeal-to-pope/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/chaldean-catholic-patriarch-in-san-diego-suspends-10-priests-who-fled-iraq-priests-appeal-to-pope/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9414 ABC 10 News reports: SAN DIEGO – The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has suspended 10 priests, including one from El Cajon. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako issued a decree a month ago, demanding the priests return to Iraq or be suspended. Wednesday was the deadline. The priests, though, are refusing to leave and […]

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ABC 10 News reports:

SAN DIEGO – The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has suspended 10 priests, including one from El Cajon.

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako issued a decree a month ago, demanding the priests return to Iraq or be suspended. Wednesday was the deadline.

The priests, though, are refusing to leave and are now waiting on Pope Francis to tell them what to do next.

Read more here.

It’s reported that if these priests are ordered back, there will be only four priests left to serve the Chaldean Catholics in the diocese.

Video report:

Please pray for everyone involved in this situation, including Pope Francis.

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