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Pope Benedict XVI receives Bishop Clark

November 24th, 2011, Promulgated by b a

Hat tip to Interstate Catholic for sharing this story.  If you forgot that today was the day and you believe in the efficacy of retroactive prayer, offer one up right now.

New York’s bishops begin Vatican visit

(it’s a short read, just skip the snippet below and click the link)

The bishops of New York’s eight dioceses began their “ad limina” visit in Rome today [yes, Thanksgiving day].

the meaning of the Latin phrase “ad limina apostolorum,” which describes their visits to the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul. [how cool is it to be Catholic?]

One issue that is almost certain to be raised in those meetings is how family life and the Church are impacted by New York legalizing same-sex “marriage” in June of this year. [oh my heavens!]

In total, there are 20 bishops [did you know that?] from in the Empire State who have made the journey to Rome

They will celebrate the American holiday with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Pontifical North American College, before joining in the 300-plus seminarians and staff in festivities. [at least one of our seminarians is there]

While on CNA’s site I also came across this article which I found interesting:

Every bishop must defend the faith, Vatican official says

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect for the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, said that every bishop is required to proclaim the Church’s teachings to modern society.

Bishops should be “capable of publicly defending the faith,” Cardinal Ouellet underscored. “In addition to the virtues that are normally demanded of a bishop, this capacity is particularly necessary today.”


8 Responses to “Pope Benedict XVI receives Bishop Clark”

  1. Dr. K says:

    I would love to be a fly on the wall for this. Sadly, we’ll probably never learn what was spoken but only receive positive spin when the bishop comes home.

  2. Ben Anderson says:

    Sadly, we’ll probably never learn what was spoken but only receive positive spin when the bishop comes home.

    yup. On a similar note, I’ve been noticing more people quoting BXVI recently, people are who rather progressive, people who I’m sure weren’t happy with his election, people who may have publicly derided his election. It’s a good thing Benedict is being quoted, but I’m afraid some people may be doing it to legitimize their Catholicity only to make their dissenting opinions seem more valid. The most believable lies are closest to the truth.

  3. Hopefull says:

    No big news that even direct quotes from BXVI can be misused. Look at how the Bible is quoted correctly and used wrongly, such as “Judge not” paving the way for huge numbers of people to be left alone in (or even endorsed in) their sins. Or the socialism use of “sell what you have and give to the poor.” It is hard for such an abuser of scripture to take the words in total context when they don’t understand the total context. The words of our Holy Father will be scrutinized and abused in the same way.

    I am hopeful that with the Holy Father now meeting with a group of bishops (and not as often with individual bishops) that it might be harder for a bishop to ignore/deny/reframe what the Pope said. But, after all, I am “hopefull.”

  4. Gretchen says:

    Hopefull says, “Look at how the Bible is quoted correctly and used wrongly…”

    Yes, Satan himself has that down quite well:

    Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written:
    ‘He will command his angels concerning you’ and ‘with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”
    (Matthew 4:5-6)

  5. Richard Thomas says:

    What the cardinal said only implies “Lip Service”. It’s bravado talk but in reality, there is a rebellion consisting of many bishops and cardinals who pay lip service to the Majesterium and do what the current bishop of Rochester does to promote heresy.

  6. Hopefull says:

    It’s just an AP (Francis de’Emilio) story but there is some hint here of what the Pope is saying to the US bishops in this week’s ad limina visit:

    “VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI insisted on Saturday that all of society’s institutions and not just the Catholic church must be held to “exacting” standards in their response to sex abuse of children, and defended the church’s efforts to confront the problem.

    Benedict acknowledged in remarks to visiting U.S. bishops during an audience at the Vatican that pedophilia was a “scourge” for society, and that decades of scandals over clergy abusing children had left Catholics in the United States bewildered…. Investigations, often by civil authorities, revealed that church hierarchy frequently transferred pedophile priests from one parish to another.”

    Full Story at:

  7. Raymond F. Rice says:

    Ding Dong! ! ! Time to look at the Boy Scouts and the Schools, all of which have stonewalled for years! ! !

  8. Raymond F. Rice says:

    The best way the clergy can proselytize is by practising what they preach.

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