John Paul II to be Beatified in 2011?

Speculation abounds:

John Paul II could be beatified in 2011, perhaps even before the summer, according to the veteran Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli.

Writing in Il Giornale this morning, he reports that in recent weeks, the medical advisers of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have produced “a favorable view on the miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Wojtyla – the healing of a French nun from Parkinson’s – and the documentation in recent days has also passed the scrutiny of theologians.”

He says the Cause now moves to the cardinal and bishop members of the congregation who have just received the dossier on the miracle. They are to cast their vote in a couple of weeks.

Tornielli says it is “theoretically possible” John Paul II could be beatified on April 2, 2011, the sixth anniversary of his death, or a date in May. October is another possibility as that would coincide with the anniversary of his election to the papacy.

However, the beatification ceremony will require a good deal of planning to accommodate the thousands of pilgrims expected, and so it’s probably doubtful it will happen at least until the end of the year.

The Vatican hasn’t yet commented on the story.

John Paul II was declared “Venerable” in December 2009.


Hepatitis A Warning Issued after Christmas Communion

CNN is reporting:

New York (CNN) — Hundreds of people might have been exposed to hepatitis A while receiving communion on Christmas Day, Long Island officials said Monday.

The Nassau County Department of Health is offering vaccines to those who attended two services at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park in Long Island, New York, according to Nassau County Department of Health spokeswoman Mary Ellen Laurain.

Individuals might be at risk if they received communion during the 10:30 am and noon Masses, according to a statement from the county health department.

“We know that there’s a potential that (exposure) could have happened,” she said. “We think the risk is relatively low.”

At least one member of the clergy involved in the communion process was infected with the disease, Laurain said.

There have been no additional reports of illness.

Some 1,300 people were in attendance between the two church services, she added.

… ‘might have’… ‘could have happened’… ‘we think’!

Colour me just a little sceptical!

That said, perhaps this is a good time for a reminder: Special care should always be exercised when using the purificator. Purification – that is what it is there for. The Sacred Vessel should be wiped properly with a clean part of the purificator after a communicant drinks. Another measure that should be applied is giving the cup a 1/4 turn after it has been put to the lips. Those who are ill (Priests included) should excuse themselves from partaking in the sharing of the Communion Cup. The host is sufficient as Christ resides fully under either of the species.


Statue of Baby Jesus Stolen from Church Creche

Not nice at all:

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Parishioners at St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church in Cranston are appalled — after a statue of the Baby Jesus was stolen from the church creche, seemingly during the major snowstorm that followed Christmas. “Right after the snowstorm… I noticed that there were footprints going up to the creche,” the Rev. Anthony Verdelotti told Eyewitness News on Monday…

“We went and looked inside it, and sure enough the statue of the Baby Jesus was missing.” Father Verdelotti just wants the person responsible for the theft to bring the baby statue back. “I’m hoping that whoever took it will return it, no questions asked. It would be a nice gesture… It’d be nice if they returned it the way they took it, in the middle of the night — and we wake up in the morning and the baby’s back in the crib…

More here.

And this is not the first such story I have read of late. Vandalism and thievery directed towards Churches seems to be sadly on the increase.


Anglican Catholics Then and Now

Fr Dwight Longenecker reflects:

Last weekend, in London, three Anglican bishops and their families were received into full communion with the Catholic Church in a very public ceremony in Westminster Cathedral. Three Anglican nuns and some laypeople were also received. By Easter it is expected that the Anglican Ordinariate will have been set up, and up to 50 more Anglican priests will be received into the Catholic Church along with a significant number of laypeople.

This public reception is in marked contrast to the manner in which I, and many others were received into the Catholic Church in England in the mid 1990s…

How things have changed! Now three bishops and fifty clergy are converting and they pull out the stops and have the Mass in Westminster Cathedral–the mother church of Catholicism in England; for this is not the embarrassed reception of disenchanted Anglicans, but a very public beginning of the Ordinariate, and what is going unsaid is the fact that under the papacy of Benedict XVI it is all but shouted from the housetops that the old ecumenism is dead.

This pope understands Anglicanism better than any other pope. He sees clearly that ecumenism with the Church of England is dead. The ordination of women, the consecration of women bishops, the rationalization of homosexual unions, the doctrinal apostasy and the openly moral degeneracy has led Benedict XVI to conclude that the new ecumenism is not a diplomatic building of bridges, but a bold establishment of a new kind of Anglicanism within the greater fold of the Catholic Church. The Ordinariate will begin small and it will be persecuted. There will be difficulties and defections. There will be many problems, but history will show that the Anglican Ordinariate will provide for the ultimate preservation of the Anglican patrimony.

All Catholics should watch this development with care and with prayer. Those Anglicans who are stepping out to pioneer the Anglican Ordinariate should be upholded in our prayers. The Anglicans often like to portray themselves as bold innovators and pioneers of the future, (We first had the liturgy in the vernacular and five hundred years later Rome followed) The real innovators are Pope Benedict XVI and the three bishops and their flocks who are, at last, coming home to Rome.

Read his whole post here.


End of Days in May?

‘A lot of people might think, ‘The end’s coming, let’s go party.’ But we’re commanded by God to warn people’

Sure, that sounds sort of okay… But then this:

RALEIGH, N.C. — If there had been time, Marie Exley would have liked to start a family. Instead, the 32-year-old Army veteran has less than six months left, which she’ll spend spreading a stark warning: Judgment Day is almost here.


Exley is part of a movement of Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches and convinced by their reading of the Bible that the end of the world will begin on May 21, 2011.

To get the word out, they’re using billboards and bus stop benches, traveling caravans of RVs and volunteers passing out pamphlets on street corners…

There is more here.

You cannot fix God to a date! He does (and will do) as He sees fit according to His good pleasure. All these poor deluded people need to do is to rightly interpret the Scriptures:

But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone (Matt 24:21).

Faithfulness and watchfulness, that is what is required.

Sadly though, these individuals are doing more harm than they are good.