Thursday, May 28, 2020

THE LATEST APURON NEWS

It was said in court that a total of 281 sex abuse complaints need to be resolved. Of those, 245 cases are in the District Court of Guam, 21 are in bankruptcy court, and 15 in the Superior Court of Guam.

Former archbishop must provide sworn statement


Former Archbishop Anthony Apuron could be allowed to give his sworn statement via Zoom from California before his sex abuse case can be settled. (CONTINUED)

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

CATHOLIC ADULT STUDY GROUP - NO NEED TO BE CATHOLIC TO JOIN


This is something some of us have been doing since about 2005: meeting once a week for about an hour and engaging in a variety of studies from Apologetics to a read through of the Bible. 

It's called a Catholic Adult Study Group because, in our opinion, while church leadership spends untold resources on our kids, their parents, Catholic adults, are mostly neglected...despite the fact that the constant mantra from the top is "faith begins at home." And then we wonder why the kids leave. SMH

Initially, we spent several years on apologetics, i.e. learning how to share the faith with others, both Catholic and non-Catholic. 

Then we did a complete read through and study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Currently we are doing a chronological read through of the Bible. This has proven to be especially challenging because not only are there many different versions of the Bible - even approved Catholic versions, some of those versions differ so radically that if you don't have the same version it's hard to know what the others are reading. However, we persist, and even the radically different versions of the same scripture give us cause for study.

After the Covid thing and we were no longer able to meet physically, some of us began meeting virtually. The virtual meeting had an added benefit. Per the "share screen" function, we could all read from the same version and we could collectively use helpful online commentaries. 

While we have never put this out to the general public before, we are now. Feel free to join us per the following information. While we are using the Douay-Rheims version of the Bible (Challoner edition), you are welcome to follow along in whatever version you prefer to use and share how your version translates/interprets the same verse(s). 

Oh, and no need to be Catholic to join. 

Tonight (Monday, 6pm, Guam Time) we will be doing this:

and using this:

We will be meeting at 6pm at: 
https://join.skype.com/ElpCmOPNP2zG

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER: "FAKE SHEPHERDS"


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DO THIS! BUT ONLY IF YOU'RE CATHOLIC

"We, as individuals in the community, should also carefully consider whether we should celebrate Mass inside the building or via livestream, which has become a common channel of communication for many local churches. While we all want to resume a normal life, the simple truth is the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a sometimes fatal respiratory infection, is still out there." Guam Daily Post Editorial, May 24, 2020

It is time to engage the central issue of what makes Catholic worship different than every other "worship" and why Mass "via livestream" CANNOT be our "common channel" to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - if you are Catholic, of course.  


For almost every other Christian expression of public worship, "worship" is, for the most part, a combination of singing and sermons. That's something that can be done at home, at church, in a barn, on the beach, or sitting in front of a screen. 

But Catholic worship is not that. The sermon usually makes up only about 10% of a Catholic worship service ("The Mass") and is sometimes optional, and singing (this will surprise most Catholics) is not even permitted except for under a very strict formula (as outlined in the post-conciliar document Musicam Sacram)

Catholic worship is different because the Catholic Mass is exactly what Jesus commanded us to do when on the night before he died, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ instructed his apostles to "DO THIS." 

He didn't give a sermon, and other than the strictly formulaic psalms as prescribed for the Passover he was celebrating, he didn't lead them in song. 

Worship is very serious business for anyone who takes Jesus Christ seriously. For a Catholic, there are three main instructions in Scripture relative to worship:

1. "Do this in memory of me." While Christ's command is found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the most complete form is provided by Paul: And giving thanks, broke and said: Take ye and eat: This is my body, which shall be delivered for you. This do for the commemoration of me. 1 Cor 11:24

2. "And on the first day of the week, when we were assembled to break bread." Acts 20:7. Here we see that the first Christian communities understood that they were to assemble on the first day of the week, every week, and "break bread," which is of course in obedience to Christ's command to "DO THIS." 

3. "Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in heaven. But he that shall deny me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven." Mt 10:32-33. While confessing Jesus before men certainly means preaching, sharing, and living the Gospel, our Church teaches us - as Jesus did - that the highest form of confessing Christ before men is the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And millions of Christians have gone to their certain and often horrible deaths over the last two millennia for daring to "assemble to break bread," and many still do. 

By the way, that last verse is also why it is a mortal sin to willfully miss Mass. Another word for "confess" is "acknowledge" (See: New American Bible) And how did Christ command us to acknowledge him? With songs? With sermons? With private prayer? No. While all of the above still count, Christ commanded us to acknowledge him, to commemorate him, to confess him before men with our physical - and for centuries often life threatening - presence at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

"Corona" is Latin for "Crown." It is time for us to come out of our holes and take the crown we have conceded to Caesar (wherein we have denied him "before men") and give it back to Jesus Christ. But only if you're Catholic.

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PANIS ANGELICUS

For weeks now, and especially in the wake of President Trump's "open the churches now" order, we are bombarded with mantras such as "we don't need a building to worship" and the like. 

Well, if you're not Catholic, you are right. If you're not Catholic, your "building" is well, a building. And you are also right, if you're not Catholic, that you can "worship" at home or wherever. But that's if you're not Catholic. 

If you're Catholic, then it really is about the building. Because if you're Catholic, your church building is not a building, it is a sacred space, a consecrated space, a descendant of the Tabernacle of Moses wherein was kept the Ark of the Covenant and upon which the Shekinah, the cloud of God's glory, settled. 

And our modern Catholic churches, despite the oft irreverence and sometimes sacrilege that occurs in them, are no different.

The Ark of the Covenant of Moses' day, which once held the Manna from Heaven, is now our Sacred Tabernacles, which now hold the True Manna from Heaven, the Bread of Angels, the Panis Angelicus, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

But only if you're Catholic. 


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Thursday, May 21, 2020

CANON LAWYER: BISHOPS' CANCELLATION OF SACRAMENTS "A JOKE"

"Around the world, the cancellation of our sacramental life by many bishops "because of the virus" has become almost a joke. If civil authorities and their medical experts have determined that a gathering of 20 people does not pose a significant health risk in their region, then on what grounds does a diocesan bishop insist that it does?" 



Our Priest Cancelled Our Wedding, So Who Else Can Validly Marry Us?
by Cathy Caridi

Q:  My fiancé and I have been engaged for about a year, and long ago we had planned to marry on April 25.  As you can probably imagine, our parish priest cancelled the wedding entirely, citing a directive from the bishop that all weddings are postponed indefinitely because of the virus. In our locale, the […] CONTINUED

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HOW TO WRITE A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR


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PERSECUTION FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH


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PRIEST: "BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS"



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Monday, May 18, 2020

STILL CHECKING IN

May 19, 2020, Guam Time

http://www.junglewatch.info/2016/01/who-is-giuseppi-gennarini.html

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

CATHOLIC PASTOR SUES NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR

Robinson alleges he was threatened with arrest if he hosted Mass at his church.

Priest suing Murphy over ban on religious gatherings, claims order violates Constitution

A Catholic priest in North Caldwell is suing Gov. Phil Murphy over the governor's stay-at-home directive, alleging in a new federal lawsuit that the state's prohibition of religious services during the coronavirus outbreak violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Rev. Kevin Robinson, of St. Anthony of Padua church, says in the four-count complaint that churches can easily accommodate the kind of social distancing that keeps some commercial businesses open. Murphy issued the directive, Executive Order 107, on March 21, banning all gatherings of individuals with some exceptions, not including religious services. CONTINUED

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PRIEST SUES PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR - SHOWS US HOW TO DO IT

“I am very disappointed that the public health director needs to be told that it is not OK to threaten an 87-year-old priest with jail if he so much as unlocked his church doors for anyone,” Young said.


Church sues town over virus order

ORANGE — Our Lady of Sorrows Church has sued the town health director, alleging that he overstepped his authority in canceling religious services in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

The church and the Rev. Bernard Champagne filed the suit against Amir Mohammad in U.S. District Court.

Christian Young, an attorney with the Bridgeport law firm Cohen and Wolf, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the church. He said this is the first time in state history that government officials have ordered a church closed. CONTINUED

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

PRAYING WITHOUT PERMISSION

While most of us await the "all clear" from our government to go back to church or back to work or back to getting regular haircuts, some of our Catholic laity have decided to go back to praying together without permission from anyone. 

As reported in the Guam Daily Post:
On Wednesday about 20 people gathered at the former police “koban" in Barrigada for a rosary in celebration of Our Lady of Fatima, the Blessed Virgin Mary, despite a government mandate limiting gathering to no more than 10 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I thought if they are opening the mall, then we should be able to have our rosary.”
– Juanita Cruz, 79, founder of the Our Lady of Fatima Barrigada Group


On the same day, another group gathered outside the Cathedral and did the same. (Facebook link to video.)



Thank you!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

BISHOPS CANNOT FORBID COMMUNION ON THE TONGUE...NOR SHOULD THEY WANT TO

Note: Aside from the current Covid frenzy, this is the problem with "Eucharistic Minsters" generally. At least we get to see the priest wash his hands before he distributes Holy Communion. Who knows where the "minister's" hand have been prior to their "handing" the sacred host to a communicant.

Communion in the hand is no more hygienic than Communion in the mouth. Indeed, it can be dangerous for contagion. From a hygienic point of view, the hand carries a huge amount of bacteria. Many pathogens are transmitted through the hands. Whether by shaking other people’s hands or frequently touching objects, such as door handles or handrails and grab bars in public transport, germs can quickly pass from hand to hand; and with these unhygienic hands and fingers people then touch often their nose and mouth. Also, germs can sometimes survive on the surface of the touched objects for days... 
....The next time you stop at McDonald’s, you may want to skip the new self-order machines, as a recent study found fecal matter on every touchscreen tested at the fast food restaurant. Conducted in November [2019] by U.K. newspaper Metro, the study swabbed screens at eight different McDonald’s locations in London and Birmingham. All of the self-order kiosks tested positive for an array of harmful bacteria.



Bishops Cannot Mandate Communion on the Hand or Forbid Communion on the Tongue

With the gradual thawing of restrictions on public gatherings, some dioceses have begun to issue new sets of regulations for Masses. These regulations often include a stated preference for Communion in the hand or even a forbiddance of Communion on the tongue. CONTINUED

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Monday, May 4, 2020

CARDINAL SARAH: "INSANE"

...one of the solutions being considered is a “take-out” communion, because the distribution of the Eucharist is considered to have a “high contagion risk.” This proposal would see hosts placed in plastic bags to be consecrated by the priests and left on shelves for people to take. 
“No, no, no,” Sarah told Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, an Italian conservative site, in an interview published Saturday. “It’s absolutely not possible, God deserves respect, you can’t put him in a bag...


Top Vatican cardinal dismisses ‘take-out communion’ as ‘insane’

As Catholic bishops across Europe and in the United States discuss  reopening Mass to the faithful and ponder what to do about the distribution of communion, considered a “high risk of contagion” moment, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Ghana, head of the Vatican’s liturgical office, warned that the answer cannot be the “desecration of the Eucharist.”

The cardinal said that “no one can be denied confession and communion,” so even if the faithful cannot attend Mass, if a priest is asked to give either they must oblige. CONTINUED

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CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS


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Saturday, May 2, 2020

IT'S TIME FOR OUR RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO COME OUT OF THE CLOSET

"It’s time for America’s religious leaders to come out of the closet and gather together to save freedom — and lives — in America. What will it take for the scales to fall from their eyes? The freedom they save may be their own."


Advice for the Church: Better Call Saul
By: Cliff Kincaid

A local pastor is walking dozens of miles to raise funds for the poor and hungry, many of whom have been created by the government’s COVID-19 economic lockdown. That’s a nice thing to do. But his own church in the Washington, D.C. area remains essentially closed, except for “private” displays of Christianity. Some of his parishioners entered the church to fill the pews with pictures of the people who used to be there. That’s sad. (CONTINUED)

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CORONA VIRUS THUGGERY VS REDEMPTIONIS SACRAMENTUM

Amidst the discussion of permitting Mass again, some bishops are prohibiting the reception of the Sacred Host on the tongue. Catholics need to know their rights as Catholics in order not to be bullied out of those rights by their pastors in the same way Catholics were bullied out of their rights by the secular caesars. 

"I am a parish priest in a Midwestern diocese. Our bishop is allowing us to celebrate the Mass publicly again soon. One of the stipulations is that communion can only be given in the hand. Do you have any words of comfort or wisdom for members of my congregation who only receive on the tongue?"



Words of comfort for those whose bishop demand Communion only on the hand?
by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf


Since I have not seen the wording, the text, of what the bishop sent out, I can’t say much.  Past experience suggests that these documents really express the preference of the bishop (or rather the one who wrote it for the bishop) but expressed in such a highfalutin way that people who read it thing that it is a legitimate law, even when it contradicts the Church’s universal laws. (CONTINUED)

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Friday, May 1, 2020

PRIEST SUES GOVERNOR - (takes "Be not afraid" seriously)

“It is our hope that this lawsuit will force the State to treat religious institutions as an “essential service,” with the same allowances that are already made for other essential services. If we prevail, we will once again begin holding Mass at St. Anthony’s, albeit under some limitations.”


Catholic Priest Sues NJ Governor Phil Murphy to Hold Mass

Catholic priest Father Kevin Robinson has sued NJ governor Phil Murphy alleging that executive order 107, invoked to fight the Coronavirus Pandemic, is infringing on his 1st and 14th amendment rights. CONTINUED

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MISSA LIVE STREAM? AN ALTERNATIVE

"...because the Mass is truly a supernatural event whose heart is the mystery of the offering of the Son to the Father, the image on the screen is Nothing, in the sense that it is not the Mass.  It is watching Father going through the motions of the Mass. It cannot be and is not the Mass. I saw an invitation from a bishop, a good man, inviting those of his diocese to “join him in celebrating Mass this coming Sunday” via streaming.  No. Those who watch cannot join in the act because their physical presence is required to be part of the supernatural event that is the Mass."

Tired of Streaming Masses? An Alternative Option for How Families may worship in Spirit and in Truth in this time of Crisis.

-By Father Richard Gennaro Cipolla

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