Saturday, May 2, 2015

VERY DISTURBING NEWS

It appears the Agana Cathedral is "selling" indulgences:


I have very disturbing news:

Coreen (Leon Guerrero) indicated today, during a lecture to the parents of First Holy Communion candidates, that the Holy Father has granted the Cathedral Basilica (ONLY this church, because it is the 'mother' church; the Vatican church - NO other church ON Guam) strict right to Plenary Reconciliation. She said that if you confess at the Cathedral, all your sins will be forgiven, without punishment, from the moment you received First Holy Communion to the present day. She indicated, if you go to confession at another parish on Guam, you will be forgiven, but will still have to pay for your sins in purgatory. So, basically, she is saying confession doesn't really mean anything in any other parish - ONLY at Cathedral. This is a clear effort on behalf of the  ArchBishop/Neos to try and force people to come back to the Cathedral - and they are doing it in the Pope's name. According to Coreen, the people only have THIS YEAR to come back to Cathedral to be forgiven for their sins without punishment. After 2015, your souls will be lost in purgatory.

We were not the only parents that were extremely disturbed by this proclamation. AJ (Balajadia) challenged Coreen, who didn't have an explanation other than the Holy Father granted Cathedral this specific special rite. In speaking with other parents after the meeting, they are just as concerned with the education their children have received in Cathedral's CCD program. Most agreed, including AJ and I, that we will be pulling our children from CCD at Cathedral and registering then at parishes with no Neo influence.

Tanya Balajadia

*****

Here is the actual decree. Note there is NO requirement to "confess at the Cathedral" in order to obtain the plenary indulgence, only the obligation to "visit the Cathedral of Agaña, under the title of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the form of a pilgrimage and there devotedly participate in the jubilee celebrations..."

Decree from the Holy Father Granting Plenary Indulgences                                     
The Apostolic Penitentiary, in virtue of the faculties granted to it by Our Holy Father Francis, grants a Jubilee Year with the connected plenary indulgence, with the customary conditions (sacramental confession, eucharist communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) rightly fulfilled, to be gained by the truly penitent faithful, which may be applied even to the souls in Purgatory by way of intercession, if they should visit the Cathedral of Agaña, under the title of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the form of a pilgrimage and there devotedly participate in the jubilee celebrations, rightly determined by His Excellency, the Most

Reverend Metropolitan Archbishop, or at least through a suitable space of time will have been occupied with pious considerations, including the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and with invocations of the Holy Virgin, the Mother of God. Those pious faithful who are prevented by age or grave sickness, may equally be able to attain the plenary indulgence, having arrived at a detestation of whatever sin, and having formed the intention, where it should be possible, of fulfilling the three conditions, if they should add themselves spiritually to the jubilee celebration and the pilgrimages, having offered their prayers and sufferings to a merciful God.

So that access to the divine gift through the keys of the Church might be rendered easier by pastoral charity, this Penitentiary earnestly asks that priests endowed with suitable faculties for hearing confessions, might offer themselves in the cathedral church with a prompt and generous spirit for the celebration of Penance and that they might often bring communion to the sick.

The present [stipulations] are to be in force throughout the Golden Jubilee of Agaña, everything to the contrary not in the least withstanding.

Given at Rome, in the halls of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on the 22nd of September, A. D. 2014. Maurus Piacenza, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Christopher Nykiel, Regent Decree from the Holy Father Granting Plenary Indulgences.

http://umatuna.org/jubilee-year-and-year-of-consecrated-life-offer-plenary-indulgences

The pope refers to the "customary conditions (sacramental confession, eucharist communion, and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff"), because they are always required for a plenary indulgence no matter what the occasion. While it is preferred that these customary conditions occur on the same day as the act of indulgence it is not necessary, and nothing is said about the location because one can fulfill these customary conditions at any Catholic church:
"It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope's intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act." 
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/tribunals/apost_penit/documents/rc_trib_appen_pro_20000129_indulgence_en.html
Also see my post: THE AGANA INDULGENCE. LUTHER REVISITED?

Recommendations by JungleWatch