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Share Forward In Hope With A Friend (In Rome)

February 9th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

If you would like to share a copy of Forward in Hope with a friend you may never have met in Rome, there are several ways one can do this. First and foremost, you will want to purchase a copy (or several) of the book from Amazon or some other source such as Barnes and Noble. Second, you will want to take a highlighter and mark various passages in the book that your friend in a red hat may find interesting to read. For helpful hints on what you might wish to highlight, check out our previous posts (one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven). Third, you may want to stick post-in notes at the top of pages you highlighted, for easy locating. Fourth, writing a brief cover letter, maybe a page or two, about your concerns pertaining the book and the realities of life in the Diocese of Rochester, could be helpful in getting your friend to better appreciate the book he just received in the mail. Finally, stop by the post office, weigh your package, and send it on its merry way overseas.

Here are some addresses of interest, in likely order of interest:
1. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (This friend only accepts printed items. They handle theological issues, such as the priestly role we are giving to laity)

His Eminence William Joseph Card. Levada, Prefect
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11
00193 Roma, Italy (Europe)

2. Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (They handle liturgical issues, such as lay preaching and lay administrators running the Mass)

His Eminence Antonio Card. CaƱizares Llovera, Prefect
Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments
Palazzo delle Congregazioni
Piazza Pio XII, 10
00193 Roma, Italy (Europe)

3. Congregation for Bishops (The ones helping to pick our successor would love to know how badly we need a good one!)

His Eminence Giovanni Battista Card. Re, Prefect
Congregation for Bishops
Palazzo delle Congregazioni
Piazza Pio XII, 10
00193 Roma, Italy (Europe)

4. Nuncio (The Vatican’s representative in the United States. Handles messages back and forth between the nations; also plays a role in nominating bishop candidates)

Archbishop Pietro Sambi
Apostolic Nuncio
3339 Massachusetts Avenue N.W
Washington, DC, USA 20008-7121

I hope that many of you will take the time to share this book with some of these friends. The more they receive, the more likely they are to take the problem seriously. Send us an email if you have sent a copy to a friend. We’ll keep this information anonymous.

And of course, should you wish to send the Holy Father some good bedtime reading (this one may be a gamble, but could pay off if he really gets the book):

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI
The Apostolic Palace
00120 Vatican City (Europe)

The Pope does have an e-mail address. I don’t know what effect this would have at all, but here it is for those who wouldn’t send regular mail: benedictxvi@vatican.va

A reminder for all letters: Be very polite and editorialize very little. Remember to address people by their titles: “Your Holiness” for the Pope, “Your Eminence” for cardinals, and “Your Excellency” for bishops and archbishops. When you get done mailing your letter, pray without ceasing.

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6 Responses to “Share Forward In Hope With A Friend (In Rome)”

  1. avatar Louis E. says:

    Is it best to address things to the Prefects,or to the Secretaries (who as #2 in the respective Congregations might be more likely to read mail directly)?

  2. avatar Sister Emily says:

    OK OK DR.K I will start over again.I will begin again my letter writing and emails .
    Borders book store does not have the book right now but I ordered it. Just curious has a group of people ever approched Bishop Clark about this/his crazyness?. Maybe someone should send a highlited book to him with the wealth of info you have posted on cleaning Fire. (canon law)

  3. avatar Gabriella says:

    Excuse my Off Topic:

    Please, in which parish church or other church can one attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form?

    Thank you for your help.

  4. avatar Dr. K says:

    Louis: "Is it best to address things to the Prefects,or to the Secretaries (who as #2 in the respective Congregations might be more likely to read mail directly)?"

    Write the Prefect. Both will see your letter in the end anyways. If you get a response, which is possible but will probably take several months, it will be signed by the undersecretary.

    Sr. E: "Just curious has a group of people ever approched Bishop Clark about this/his crazyness?"

    Indeed, and several times. He shoots people down who disagree with him. For a man who dismisses seminarians for being too "rigid", he is quite rigid himself.

    Gabriella: "Please, in which parish church or other church can one attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form?"

    In Rochester we have one regular EF Mass at St. Stanislaus, 1:30 PM. There is a Saturday morning EF Mass at Holy Spirit in Webster once a month.

    ~Dr. K

  5. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    I was thinking, too, that perhaps we should coordinate to make sure each of the 5 men listed get a copy (instead of everyone sending to #1 or #2)? I was thinking of sending 2 books out, but letters to all of them. I will send mine to #4 and #5 (assuming someone else is sending to #1 and #2 and hopefully #3). In my letters to the ones I don't send a book to, I'll mention that someone else did. Perhaps it'd be good to mention by name who the book came from?

  6. avatar Anonymous says:

    Thank you for listing the addresses at the Vatican.

    I am going to send a copy of the front cover of Bishop Clark's book along with Dr. K's comments.

    I found the following information over at http://thereoughttobealaw.net/

    November, 1986 – Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XIV) demanded Bishop Clark to remove his imprimatur (Bishop's approval) from a book entitled "Parents Talk Love: The Catholic Family Handbook About Sexuality", by Susan K. Sullivan and Matthew A. Kawiak. According to the priests, Cardinal Ratzinger objected to the lack of clear condemnation of homosexual conduct.

    November 5, 1990 – The Bishop wrote a chapter in a book entitled: "Slayer of the Soul: Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church". "In this chapter on Pastoral Reflections on Child Sexual Abuse in the Church, the Bishop wrote that he thinks of priests who abuse children as an afflicted person rather than a sinner" (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle).


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