Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of “What Does the Prayer Really Say” has offered a very blunt answer to the fury against the Pope.
The Pope’s merciful act is not a sign of approval of anything.
When his excommunication was lifted Bp. Williamson did not automatically become thereby a fully functioning and approved bishop of the Catholic Church.
He was validly consecrated in 1988, but he is forbidden, as are the other three bishops, to function as a bishop or as a priest in and for the Church. Forbidden. Still. That hasn’t changed.
Let’s try to keep this simple.
They can now go into a church and go to confession.
When the excommunication was lifted, those four men were from that moment permitted to confess their sins and receive absolution, receive Communion if they are in the state of grace, and receive Last Rites if they are about to die. Get it now? Don’t let their clothing and titles confuse you.
And, as I’ve noted different places, it actually makes their situation a bit worse: they have the “licit” sacraments available to them. By continuing to practice the sacraments illicitly, and refusing to take this opportunity to go to confession, they are digging themselves in deeper, spiritually.
We often hear embryonic stem cell research justified because the embryos will be “discarded” from IVF. Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, of Johannesburg, South Africa, is charging that researchers are harvesting eggs from African women to create embryos for ESCR. He calls it “biological colonialism”.
I recall questioning recently how embryonic stem cell research could help rebuild the immune systems of AIDS patients, when embryos have no immune systems.
Well, now a story is published about a 42-year-old man with both HIV and leukemia who is apparently HIV-free after being injected with (ahem, adult) stem cells from a donor who has a gene that is believed to create HIV immunity.
Researchers in Germany have figured out how (adult) blood stem cells create blood cells. This may help them to artificially create blood in labs.
One of the many promising adult stem cell treatments that has been developed in Thailand and other countries is the ability to regenerate heart tissue.
Now, researchers in Louisville, KY, (way to go, St. Louis!) have been given FDA approval to test adult stem cell therapy on diseased heart tissue. While patients are undergoing existing surgeries, the doctors extract heart stem cells, which they send to Harvard to be cultured . A few months later, they inject the heart stem cells in scar tissue, and it regenerates to healthy heart tissue!
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, a prominent American Rabbi, says that the Catholic Left is destroying the Church from within. He applauds Pope Benedict XVI’s efforts at reconciling at traditionalists, which shows a dedication to reclaim not only authentic Catholic teaching and practice but also to unite on common moral principles against the Culture of Death.
“Now, if in the process, he inadvertently includes someone who is prominent in the traditionalist movement who happens to say very strange things about the Holocaust, is that a reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater and start to condemn Pope Benedict? Absolutely not.”
He also notes that, contrary to Pope Benedict’s critics, Cardinal Ratzinger was a major force in the Catholic-Jewish relations under Pope John Paul II
EWTN is showing an episode of The Loretta Young Show about Lourdes, which got me researching Loretta Young. The Wikipedia article said she was good friends with Jane Wyman, and they spent their retirement years doing charity work together. So I clicked on Jane Wyman’s biography, and came across the following note:
she was a member of the Dominican order of the Catholic church, she was buried in a nun’s habit
I’m assuming that means a Third Order Dominican. Married four times, the only “ex-wife” of a US president in history, and a Third Order Dominican!