Thursday, March 31, 2016

When Will They Learn?

The truth prevails again and again and again!!!  When will they learn??  The Archbishop has been telling them that the RMS property belongs to the Archdiocese of Agana.  The Department of Land Management (which is a government agency) said so when they issued out the Certificate of Titles.  This time the Attorney General of Guam says so.  The Archbishop now has the CORRECTED official Certificate of Titles, which clearly states that he is the owner of the RMS property.  Director Mike Borja corrected the Certificate of Titles in accordance with the law. 

Now, Tim Rohr says he will be back.  In other words, he needs more time to invent another fairytale to cover up his deceit.  After all, he was the one who kept saying that the RMS seminary does not belong to the Archdiocese of Agana. One wonders what fairytale the jungle will concoct.  Is Tim Rohr going to bash Elizabeth Barret Anderson's position and integrity as the Attorney General of Guam?  According to KUAM news:

AG agrees with Land Management about seminary

Posted: Mar 31, 2016 6:34 PM Updated: Mar 31, 2016 6:34 PM
The Department of Land Management is asking for a legal clarification from the Attorney General of Guam over issues surrounding the certificate of title for the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Yona. In a letter to AG Elizabeth Barrett Anderson, DLM director Michael Borja says he is requesting for clarification on legal advice given by Kristan Finnery, an assistant AG from the Solicitor Division.

Borja says in a March 15 letter, Finney says the presentation of the owner's duplicates would bring the matter within the department's authority to issue a new certificate and no additional action would be necessary. He's asking to reaffirm the AG's Office's instructions to the department concerning the correction.

Today, the AG responded to Borja saying she concurred with the administrative resolution taken by DLM to correct the certificate of title.

All praise and glory to God!!!!!!!!!!   
Super Happy Dance

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Proclaiming The Good News!

Bishop Kevin Vann launching the Great Mission in the public squares of Southern California

Now that Easter is over, the NCW all over the world will be going out into the public squares announcing the good news that Christ is risen from the dead!  On Guam, the Great Mission will start this Sunday.  Each community have their designated areas for the Great Mission.  If there are people going on two by twos, the better.  I have always like the two by twos.  So, brothers and sisters invite your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to listen to the word of God.   :-)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Regarding Kneeling

There are some people who wish to impose their liturgy on the NCW by demanding that we kneel during our celebration of the Eucharist.  According to one anonymous commenter whose comments can be found here, he/she insist that kneeling is the proper way to worship.  His/her comment are in red while mine are in black.  The comments in blue are quotes taken from Catholic documents and websites: 

It is not me that wants to impose anything on your NCW group; I would hope that the members would "want" to adore Eucharistic Jesus - "without" banning kneeling - the official position of adoration in the Roman Catholic Church. I do believe that Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis gave admonishment to the NCW directly and indirectly - I am just repeating their requests/correction.

Apparently, the anonymous commenter is unaware of some of the new rules that were passed after Vatican II.  According to Catholic Answers (the bold is mine):
The question of kneeling versus standing at Mass and when receiving Communion was one of the disputed questions reopened when Pope John Paul II promulgated a new, revised edition of the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM). Many liturgists today believe that kneeling is alien to modern culture and is an unsuitable posture for modern "democratic" man, even when worshiping. Standing, they say, is the "Resurrection posture." Hence many liturgists have long aimed at getting the faithful to stand, whether during the canon of the Mass, or for the reception of Communion. The idea was to establish the "custom" of standing, following which the practice could then be enshrined in the actual Church regulations governing liturgy.
Persistent liturgist influence succeeded in establishing standing as the "normal" way to receive Communion in the United States. This posture was codified in the new, revised GIRM promulgated by Pope John Paul II during the Jubilee Year 2000 (but not actually issued until March 18, 2001). Among the approved "American adaptations" to this new revised GIRM is one that specifies "the norm for reception of Holy Communion is standing" (GIRM 162:3). The text goes on immediately to say, "Communicants should not be denied Holy Communion because they kneel."
Still, the now official new rule for the reception of Communion in the United States is to receive Communion standing. The liturgists can be said to have won this particular round; their idea on the reception of Communion has now been enacted into Church law for this country.
The "norm" is no longer kneeling.  The new norm is "standing".  Nevertheless, the Catholic Church emphasized that if anyone wishes to receive the Body of Christ "kneeling", it should not deny them.  It would be wrong for a priest to demand the congregation to "kneel".  The proper way is for the priest to teach the Catholic laity that they are to stand, but if they wish to kneel....that is also okay.  It is inappropriate for a priest in the regular parish to demand that the congregation "kneel" in Holy Communion in order to protest the NEW NORM.  I hope that is not happening in Guam.  Furthermore, standing does not imply any disrespect to God.   

The website further stated (the bold is mine): 
The new revised GIRM specifies that in the United States "people should kneel beginning after the singing or recitation of the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy') until after the Amen of the Eucharistic Prayer.  The faithful [also] kneel at the Ecce Agnus Dei ('Lamb of God') unless the diocesan bishop decides otherwise" (GIRM 43:3).  The fact that the bishop is given discretion in the case of the Agnus Dei means that he does not have discretion to change any of the other GIRM rules (e.g., to allow standing throughout the Mass).

The diocesan Bishop can decide whether the congregation should kneel or stand at the Ecce Agnus Dei.  In the regular parish Mass, the Archbishop allows you to kneel while in the Way, he can allow the NCW to stand.  The decision is his to make.  It was never your decision to make. 

Nevertheless, great care was taken to be in communion with the Catholic Church and the Pope.  According to Catholic News Agency,  Kiko Arguello and Pope Benedict XVI held a private meetings on May 26, 2007 regarding the celebration of the Eucharist.  If Kiko wanted to do his own thing with the Eucharist, it would not make any sense to hold a private meeting with the Pope regarding the celebration of the Eucharist. 

However, allegations of liturgical abuse were sent to the Vatican by those who oppose the Way and who wish to control the NCW.  With a letter personally written to Cardinal William Levada, Pope Benedict XVI then ordered the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to examine whether the Neocatechumenal Way Massses were in keeping with the liturgical teachings and practice of the Catholic Church. In January, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI launched an investigation into the NCW.

In February, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigned and a new pope was chosen.  Then in 2014, Pope Francis dismissed all investigations into the Way.  The investigations, which started in 2012 was dismissed after 2 YEARS!!!!  And within those two years, what was found?  Nothing!  It was dismissed by Pope Francis and guess what????  In that SAME YEAR, Pope Francis confirmed Kiko Arguello for five more years as Consultor for the Pontifical Council for the Laity.  Yes!!!  In that very SAME YEAR, Pope Francis dismissed all investigations into the Way and Kiko Arguello was confirmed for another five more years as Consultor.  If those allegations were actually true in that Kiko has misled the LAITY, it would not make any sense at all for Pope Francis to award Kiko Arguello to take part in the Pontifical Council of the LAITY. So much for the liturgical abuse allegations against the NCW. 

The reason for Rome's silence to your letters is due to the fact that the allegations of liturgical abuse against the NCW have proven to be unfounded.  After two years of investigation, it was dismissed.  However, if you still feel that the NCW is practicing liturgical abuse, then write your letter of complaint to Rome.  You are only making the SAME allegations against the Way. You can even tell them to open up a new investigation if you want, considering that you think you know better than the Pope who dismissed two years of investigations.

And, I did look up kneeling in the Eastern Churches - there are many that do the prostrations. Perhaps, those that are doing the prostrations "want" to adore like those in Revelation?? Peace  

I highly doubt that you bothered looking into the Eastern Catholic Churches regarding kneeling.  A person whose only purpose is to impose "kneeling" into the NCW and even in the regular parish church is more concern with his/her agenda rather than the truth.  According to EWTN:
Thus a Latin Catholic who wishes to attend one of these rites should acquaint himself with the basic practices and demands of the rite and adapt himself accordingly. For example, most Eastern rites remain standing for most of the celebration and do not kneel for the consecration; a Latin should respect this tradition. 


Happy Easter!!!  Christ is risen!  Our Easter Vigil is approximately 6 hours long.  It began at 11:00 pm and lasted until the break of dawn with agape.  The agape, of course, is part of the Easter celebration. 

We prepared for the Easter vigil since Saturday morning.  The children were put to sleep in the afternoon so they would be able to keep awake all night long.  However, it is much harder for the adults who has to make sure the kids sleep in the afternoon.  In anticipation of the Easter vigil, it makes it harder for us to sleep.  In fact, I just recently woke up at 5:00 pm, and it is almost the end of the day.  I slept through lunch and it is almost time for dinner.  :-)

Happy Easter Sunday!!!  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Family from Spain leaves everything to go as missionaries to Japan

Archbishop Denis Grondin

Archbishop Denis Grondin

Denis Grondin is the Archbishop of Rimouski, Canada.
He wanted to be a medical doctor but God had other plans. Quite normal! In his youth, he joined the Neocatechumenal Way in Quebec and there he discerned that God is calling him to the priesthood. "I long resisted the call and took time to clearly identify what God wanted from me. God is faithful; when he calls us, he proposes a way of life. … For the Lord, our weaknesses, our voids are never a barrier.”
He was ordained a priest in May 1989 by Cardinal Louis-Albert Vachon.  He served in various ministries and parishes until his election as Auxiliary Bishop of Quebec by Pope Benedict XVI in December 2011.  He was appointed Archbishop of Rimouski by Pope Francis on May 4, 2015.
A couple from the Bishop’s community, Professor Yvan Pelletier and his wife are here on Guam to teach at the Blessed Diego Theological Institute. Professor Yvan was an associate Professor of Philosophy at the prestigious Laval University in Quebec for many years.  Hafa Adai and welcome to Guam Professor Yvan Pelletier and family! 
The Archdiocese of Rimouski has 114 parishes, 109 active diocesan priests, 13 religious priests,
and 147,000 Catholics. It also has 643 Women Religious, 53 Religious Brothers, and 9 permanent deacons.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Prophecy Of Pope Benedict XVI

The following was a prophecy made by Father Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI) on the future of the Catholic Church.  The prophecy was made in 1969.  I provided the weblink below so one can read the entire article.  According to the weblink below (the bold is mine): 

Pope Benedict on the Future of the Church

In 1969 Father Joseph Ratzinger gave a series of five prophetic radio talks in which he discussed the future of the Church

Professor Ratzinger said he was convinced the Church was going through an era similar to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. He said:

“We are at a huge turning point  in the evolution of mankind. This moment makes the move from Medieval to modern times seem insignificant.”

He compared the current era to that of Pope Pius VI who was abducted by troops of the French Republic and died in prison in 1799. He said:

“At that time the Church was fighting against a force which intended to annihilate it definitively, confiscating its property and dissolving religious orders.

Today’s Church could be faced with a similar situation, undermined,  by the temptation to reduce priests to “social workers” and it and all its work reduced to a mere political presence.”

“From today’s crisis, will emerge a Church that has lost a great deal,” he affirmed.

Mustard seed Church

Here is the really prophetic part of his talk:

The Church will become small and will have to start pretty much all over again.

It will no longer have use of the structures it built in its years of prosperity.

The reduction in the number of faithful will lead to it losing an important part of its social privileges.”

Professor Ratzinger said 44 years ago in 1969:

“The time has come to say farewell to the idea of traditionally Catholic cultures.  We are facing a new and different kind of epoch in the Church’s history, where Christianity will again be characterised more by the mustard seed, where the Church will exist in small, insignificant groups that nonetheless live an intensive struggle against evil and bring the good into the world–that let God in.”

“It will start off with small groups and movements and a minority that will make faith central to experience again”.

“It will be a more spiritual Church, and will not claim a political mandate flirting with the Right one minute and the Left the next. The Church will be poor and will become the Church of the destitute.”

This process – which I think we’re undergoing now – will be a long one.

Fr Ratzinger expressed the certain hope that after the suffering is past a great power will emerge from a more spiritual and simple Church.

Kiko Argüello: I give thanks to the Pope and the missionary families

The following video shows Kiko Arguello giving thanks to Pope Francis and the Missionary families, which took place on March 18, 2016. 

Easter Announcement

We just got back from the Easter Announcement, which was held at the Cathedral tonight.  Some good news were shared.  They spoke of the Kergyma, the coming Easter Vigil and how to properly prepare for it.  The also spoke of apostasy again. 

One of the things shared in the announcement was about Pope Francis meeting with 50 families.  These 50 families were sent off to different countries with a priest to accompany them.  The pope delivered a speech, which can be found on the Internet.  The following is the entire speech of Pope Francis (the bold red is mine): 

In his address, the Holy Father focused on three words: unity, glory, and world.
Below is a Vatican Radio English translation of the Holy Father'sprepared remarks:
Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
I'm glad to meet you and thank you for coming in such great numbers. I send a special greeting to those who are about to set off! You have accepted the call to evangelize: I bless the Lord for this, for the gift of the Way and for the gift of each of you. I would like to highlight three words that the Gospel has just handed you, as a mandate for the mission: unity, glory and world.
Unity. Jesus prays to the Father so that his (followers) be " brought to perfection as one” (Jn 17:23): he wants them to be "one" (v. 22), like Himself and the Father. It is his last request before the passion, the most heartfelt: that there be communion in the Church. Communion is essential. God’s and man’s enemy, the devil, is no match for the Gospel, cannot compete against the humble power of prayer and the Sacraments, but can do much harm to the Church by tempting our humanity. The devil provokes pride, being judgmental of others, he causes closures and divisions. He himself is "the divider" and often starts off by making us believe that we are good, perhaps better than others: thus the land is ready for the sowing of discord. It is the temptation of all communities and can it can insinuate itself even in the most beautiful charism.
You have received a great charism for the baptismal renewal of life. Every charism is a grace of God to intensify communion. But this charism can deteriorate if you close in or if you boast about it, when you want to distinguish yourselves from the others. So we have to safeguard it. How? Following the main path: of humble and obedient unity. If there is this, the Holy Spirit continues to operate, just as it did in Mary, who was open, humble and obedient. It is always necessary to keep an eye on the charism, cleaning out the eventual human excesses through the search for unity with all and obedience to the Church. This is how to breathe in the Church and with the Church; this is how to stay docile children of the "Holy Mother Hierarchical Church" with a "soul which is prepared and ready" for the mission (cf. St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises, 353).
I stress this point: the Church is our Mother. Just as children carry, imprinted in their faces, a similarity to their mother, we all look like our Mother, the Church. After Baptism we no longer live as isolated individuals, but we have become men and women of communion, and we are called to be operators of communion in the world. Because Jesus not only founded the Church for us, but he founded us as Church.  From her we are born again, she feeds us the Bread of life, from her we receive words of life, and we are forgiven and accompanied home. This is the fruitfulness of the Church, who is Mother: not an organization that seeks followers, or a group that goes ahead following the logic of its ideas, but a mother who transmits the life received from Jesus.
This fruitfulness is expressed through the ministry and the guidance of Pastors. The institution is in fact a charisma, because rooted in the same source, which is the Holy Spirit. He is the living water, but the water can continue to give birth only if the plant is well maintained and pruned. Quench your thirst from the fountain, the Spirit, and take care, with delicacy and respect, of the whole ecclesial body, especially the most fragile parts, because all grow together, harmonious and fruitful.
The second word is: glory. Before his Passion, Jesus foretells that He will be "glorified" on the cross: there his glory will appear (cf. Jn 17, 5).  But it is a new glory: worldly glory manifests itself when one is important, admired, when one has assets and success. But God’s glory is revealed on the cross: it is love shines out and is spread. It is a paradoxical glory with clamour, no gain and no applause. This is the only glory that makes the Gospel fruitful.  The Mother Church too is fruitful when it imitates the merciful love of God, that offers itself, it never imposes itself. It is humble, it’s like the rain on the earth, like the air we breathe, like a small seed that bears fruit in silence. Whoever proclaims that love can do so only with the same loving approach.
And the third word is world. "God so loved the world" that He sent Jesus (cf. Jn 3:16). He who loves does not stay away, but comes towards. God is not attracted by worldliness, in fact, He detests it; but He loves the world he has created, and He loves His children in the world, just as they are, wherever they live, even if they are "far away." Show the children the tender gaze of the Father and considered the realities you will encounter as a gift; become familiar with the cultures and the languages ​​and respect local customs, recognizing the seeds of grace which the Spirit has already spread. Without yielding to the temptation to transplant acquired models, spread the news:  "what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary” (Apost. Exhort. Evangelii Gaudium, 35). It is the good news that must always be in the forefront, otherwise faith risks becoming a cold and lifeless doctrine.  To evangelize as families, experiencing unity and simplicity, is already a proclamation of life, a beautiful witness, for which I thank you so much. I accompany you and encourage you, and I ask you, please, do not forget to pray for me.

What Pope Francis said in his speech to the 50 families is simply beautiful.  He said that it was the Devil who sows division and often starts off by making us believe that we are good.  It is amazing! 

And most importantly.....Pope Francis said that God loves us just the way we are.  :-)   

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Turning Point

The truth prevails again and again.  In the Umatuna Si Yu'os (Guam's Catholic newspaper) we finally see the turning point of the conflict between the Archdiocese of Agana and the opposition (the jungle, LFM, and CCOG).  All praise and glory goes to God who won this victory for the Archdiocese of Agana. 

This is indeed a turning point in this outrageous conflict within Guam's Catholic Church.  After three years, the controversy over the RMS property has finally come to an end with the new issuance of the Certificate of Titles by the Department of Land Management in collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General.  Of course, CCOG and LFM still have the freedom to hire their Bronze attorney and take it to court.  However, considering the issuance of the new certificate of titles by the Department of Land Management in collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General, the case would simply be tossed out the courtroom. As the Archbishop said since the beginning, the RMS property belongs to the Archdiocese of Agana.  And the Certificate of Titles certified the Archbishop as the  legal owner.  The owner was NEVER the Redemptoris Mater Seminary no matter how much Tim Rohr twists and manipulates the wording in the documents. 

Even in its website, the RM Seminary on Guam have stated that it is a corporation sole with the Archbishop as the only corporate sole of RMSAA (Redemptoris Mater Seminary, Archdiocese of Agana).  See the weblink below:

Two government agencies - the Department of Land Management and the Office of the Attorney General - have determined that the RMS property belongs to the Archdiocese of Agana, just as the Archbishop had claimed all along.  The jungle can trash the two government agencies all they want, the FACT still stands.  Regardless of whether the Declaration of Deed Restriction was in the memorial or not, that does not change who actually owns the Redemptoris Mater Seminary.  According to the Umatuna: 

The Department of Land Management issued new Certificate of Titles on March 15, 2016, once again confirming that the legal and sole owner of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary of Guam in Yona (former Hotel Accion property) is the Archbishop of Agana. 

The Department of Land Management, issued Certificates of Title Nos. 136387, 136388, 136389 and 136390 for the purpose of memorializing the Declaration of Deed Restriction recorded on November 22, 2011 to the Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary of Guam and the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Theological Institute.  As part of this formal process, the Director of Land Management and Registrar of Titles, Michael Borja, determined that the proper way to proceed with this memorialization was to cancel the former Certificates of Title Nos. 135922, 135923, 135924 and 135925, which did not include the Declaration of Deed Restriction, and issue new Certificates of Title.  The issuance of the new Certificates of Titles did not change the Department of Land Management's certificates of ownership; the Archbishop of Agana is the owner of the property, and the certification is dated March 15, 2016. 

While dissenters and opposers of the Archbishop have claimed that the now cancelled certificates of title were "bogus", the Department of Land Management diligently acted to address the concerns over the memorialization.  According to Monsignor David C. Quitigua, Vicar General, "The release of these new certificates did not change the ownership of the Seminary Property, but more accurately describe all the pertinent information recorded; the owner of the Seminary property is the Archbishop of Agana, A Corporation Sole; that has not changed since the day the property was acquired for the seminary. 

More than 40 young men currently are enrolled in the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, and 3 young men are enrolled in the St. John Paul the Great Archdiocesan Seminary of Guam.  All of our seminarians participate in academic courses provided by the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores Theological Institute, which is affiliated with the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.  This is the Pope's University.  At the completion of studies, the degree conferred comes from the Lateran University.  The program of studies and the Faculty have the Nihil Obstat of the Lateran University. 

The majority of young men, if ordained, will be priests of the Archdiocese of Agana.  Other dioceses such as the Dioceses of Kiribati, American Samoa, and Western Samoa are also sending their men to the Redemptoris Mater Seminary; their respective diocese fund the education of these men, and those men will return to their diocese upon completion of their studies.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Responding To Anonymous Poster

The following comments were made by the same anonymous poster whom I mistook to be someone else who wrote a comment on March 15, 2016 at 12:08 pm.  His/her comments are in red.  My responses are in black.

Dear Zoltan, here is an example of the heresies of the Neocatechumenal Way, that doesn't come from Chuck White's bliog, but rather from the initial catechesis which I heard with my own ears and recorded with my own device.

Speaking to a group of baptized Catholics who all had recently (the day before) attended Mass and had received the Body of Christ, the NCW stated:

"There is nothing good in you. NOTHING! Only selfishness and sin!"

That is heretical, Zoltan.

To answer this first comment, the NCW teaches that there is selfishness and sin because that is the truth.  In the first place, we were all born with original sin. So, we already had sin in us the moment we were born.  The only two people in the world who were born without any sins were Jesus and Mary.  Baptism may have taken away the original sin, but as humans we continue to commit personal sins.  All people (except Jesus and Mary) have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (See Romans 3:23).  The Catechism of the Catholic Church also says that all of us (including priests and ministers) must acknowledge that we are all sinners (CCC 827)
Here's another one:

Kiko: Sin cannot offend God. Our sin cannot strip the glory from God.

Pope John Paul II: "It is therefore vain to hope that there will take root a sense of sin against man and against human values, if there is no sense of offense against God, namely the true sense of sin." (Pope John Paul II, Reconciliatio et paenitentia , 18)

CCC 1440: Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him
CCC 598: 598 In her Magisterial teaching of the faith and in the witness of her saints, the Church has never forgotten that "sinners were the authors and the ministers of all the sufferings that the divine Redeemer endured." Taking into account the fact that our sins affect Christ himself, the Church does not hesitate to impute to Christians the gravest responsibility for the torments inflicted upon Jesus, a responsibility with which they have all too often burdened the Jews alone 
This is where the translation from Spanish to English becomes a problem.  The second sentence "Our sin cannot strip the glory from God" is correct and explains what the first sentence meant.

In Spanish, the words "offend" and "hurt" can be used in the same way.  The Spanish word for "hurt" is "hacer dano" which can also be used for "offend".  Our sins is an offense against God, but our sins cannot physically hurt God in any way.  It cannot even steal His glory from Him. What Kiko is actually saying is that our sins cannot hurt God physically, emotionally, or spiritually nor can it take away His glory and power.  Sin "offends" both God and humans, but sin can ONLY "hurt" humans physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Sin cannot hurt God physically, emotionally, or spiritually........the way it hurts humans. This teaching is aligned with Catholic teaching in that God is all-powerful.  There is nothing that can hurt Him and take away His glory.....not even sin.
Kiko: "People think that with his life, his death, and above all with his suffering Jesus has given us an example so that we will do the same. For these people, Jesus is an ideal, a role model, an example... Not so!"
CCC459 "The Word became flesh to be our model of holiness: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me." "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me." On the mountain of the Transfiguration, the Father commands: "Listen to him!" Jesus is the model for the Beatitudes and the norm of the new law: "Love one another as I have loved you." This love implies an effective offering of oneself, after his example." 
These words of Kiko were taken out of context, and you obtained this source from the jungle.  According to the jungle (the bold is mine):  
From the Catechesis:Kiko says the contrary (p. 124): "Doesn't it seem better to you to have a figure who is more human [Arianism] because, after all, anything else would not be attainable. How can we possibly imitate him if our human nature is weak and fallen? Jesus isn't at all an ideal for life; Jesus didn't come to give us his example." On p. 126 he says,"People think that with his life, his death, and above all with his suffering Jesus has given us an example so that we will do the same. For these people, Jesus is an ideal, a role model, an example... Not so!"

I placed the page numbers in bold to show that Kiko's quotes were deliberately taken out of context to mislead people.  The jungle went from page 124 to 126. Why did they skip page 125? 

These passages came from the Catechetical Directory, which was APPROVED by the Vatican in 2010. If there was anything heretical in any of the passage of the Catechetical Directory, it would not have been approved by the Vatican. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Neocatechumenal Way Ministry

MARSHALL -- Neocatechumenal Way Ministry will begin a series of talks Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Parish in Marshall.
Neocatechumenal Way Ministry is a team of missionaries who give a series of talks on the Catholic faith. The program will include talks/catechesis every Monday and Thursday through May 5.
"Catechesis" is a proclamation of the Good News of Christ to the people, not just as lectures but also as an experience of the significance of what it means to be a Christian in today's times.
According to Fr. Jorge Miramontes, pastor of Holy Family Parish, the program will be a chance to focus on our lives. He said, "Sometimes, maybe many times, when we wake up in the morning, we are face to face with the struggles and difficulties of our lives. Maybe it is the crisis of a confrontation at work or a lingering wound in the relationship with our spouse or our children.
"Life seems to continually present itself to us as a battle. In front of this life situation, we often don't understand what God is doing in our lives and we look for answers to our deepest questions: What really is the purpose and meaning of my life? Why is God allowing these events to happen to me? Why is getting up each day so fearful for me? How does Jesus Christ fit into these events? In fact, who is this Jesus Christ for me anyway?"
It is Father Miramontes' hope that all of this may point each of us to an awareness that perhaps a deeper encounter with our Catholic faith would provide a hope that our life could truly be lived in a new level of peace and joy without fear and trepidation.
He said, "If you see yourself in this battle, or if you know someone close to you who has left the Church or has a struggle with being a Catholic in today's culture, we are happy to be able to offer our parish a most unique experience of faith."
He recognizes that most of us have been baptized as infants; and while we may have followed some program of religious education, the challenges of our secularized times present us with a real need of an adult formation in the faith.
He noted, "The catechesis within this program follows an itinerary of faith that addresses the fundamental questions and issues of our desire to live as a Christian in today's world."
The program is designed for all adults and young people, 12 years and older -- including those not currently part of the Catholic Church. People throughout the diocese are welcome to come. Staff indicate that people should try to catch as many of the sessions as they can during the eight weeks of the program.
Father Miramontes added, "Perhaps this is an occasion for you to take a faith risk and reach out to that person in your life who has left the faith and invite them and accompany them to the catechesis."

The Truth Prevails Again.

Mike Borja, Director of Land Management has finally spoken.  According to KUAM news: 
Said agency director Michael Borja, "I want to ensure the public that that program is maintained to the highest integrity." He says in response, DLM exercises its responsibility to issue out certificates of titles to the "best and truest form in which it needs to do." While he says it wasn't "bogus", whatever issue over the certificate of title that has surfaced is being addressed. 
"And that the issues that may be concerning the certificate of title for a particular land, the matter I then took to the attorney general and we discussed how we can approach doing this. Based on the advice of my legal counsel, who is the Attorney General of Guam, we have acted on what is necessary for us to do and we have corrected the situation that is to interest and to the Department of Land Management and for the certificate title holder, and we did it in the proper way that the law allows us to address these kinds of issues. But at no time was the certificate of tile improper or incorrect," he added.  
And while Klitzkie hasn't received much a response from Borja, the DLM director says it's because the only two parties of interest in the matter are the department who is the issuer and the certificate holder which is the Archbishop Corporation sole.


According to the Director of Land Management, he went to the attorney general and discussed the issue.  The news report also says that the Archbishop is the certificate holder.  He is the owner of the RMS property.  The Department of Land Management and the Attorney General has resolved the controversial issue. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Real Presence Of Christ

In persona Christi
The following article came from Catholic Online (a CATHOLIC website). The article below is not saying that Christ is NOT present in the Eucharist.  He is truly present in the Eucharist - body,  blood, soul, and divinity.  But the Church also teaches that the real presence of Christ is not limited ONLY to the Eucharist alone (See the Constitution of Sacred Liturgy and Pope Paul VI's encyclical, "Mysterium Fidei").  The article below never disputed that Christ's body, blood, soul, and divinity is truly present in the Eucharist. What it brings out is the Church's teaching that Christ's real presence is not limited ONLY to the Eucharist. Catholic Online is also not a "Neo-website."

The NCW believes in Transubstantiation.  We believe that the bread and wine becomes the actual Body and Blood of Christ after the priest consecrates it.  We believe that we are eating the true flesh of Christ so that His flesh becomes one with our flesh.  We believe that the Blood of Christ flows in our veins after we consume His Blood.  We also believe that Christ is also present in the Mass, in the ministering priest, and in His Church.  For example, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is Christ Himself who forgives our sins.  The priest becomes "in persona Christi"  in the Sacraments.  It is also Christ Himself who proclaims the Gospel reading in the Liturgy of the word during Mass. 

According to Catholic Online (the bold is mine):
Real Presence is NOT limited to the Eucharist.  There are "four modes" of Real Presence: Christ is present not only in the Liturgy of the Eucharist but also in the Liturgy of the Word, the priest who celebrates, and in the people gathered together during the Mass. In pointing to these other modes of Real Presence, I am neither trying to pit the contemplative against the communal, nor create a dichotomy where one does not exist, nor deny the supremacy of the Eucharistic presence in the way Christ presents Himself to us.  I'm merely asking that we recognize, given these various modes of Real Presence, the importance of seeing parish life, indeed the experience of the Mass itself, as involving a "people" and not a collection of monadic individuals who just happen to be sitting in the same building at the same time. 

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Having read through the comments to my article, How Catholics Have Failed the Culture, I've noticed one repeated theme that deserves addressing. 
A number of commenters wrote eloquently about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and how the contemplation of that Presence in prayer and liturgy more than compensates for the lack of fellowship in the parish community. In fact, several suggested the demands of fellowship would demean contemplation and prayer.  All these commenters imply that my expressed desire for greater "community" would be better fulfilled by the contemplation of the Eucharist

I both understand and appreciate that point of view -- it comes from the heart of the Church and makes the Catholic faith distinctive among Christians around the world.  However, it contains a misunderstanding, one that may be actually encouraging the very problem I addressed in the previous article: the paucity of most parish life in the United States, the lack of welcome, of felt connection between parish members.

The misunderstanding is about the Church's teaching on Real Presence itself -- Real Presence is NOT limited to the Eucharist.  There are "four modes" of Real Presence: Christ is present not only in the Liturgy of the Eucharist but also in the Liturgy of the Word, the priest who celebrates, and in the people gathered together during the Mass.

The Church's teaching on the four modes of Real Presence can be found in the Constitution of Sacred Liturgy (#7):

"To accomplish so great a work, Christ is always present in His Church, especially in its liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of His minister, "the same now offering, through the ministry of priests, who formerly offered Himself on the cross," but especially under the eucharistic elements. By His power He is present in the sacraments, so that when a man baptizes it is really Christ Himself who baptizes. He is present in His word, since it is He Himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church. He is present, lastly, when the Church prays and sings, for He promised: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Mt 18:20).

In 1965, Paul VI's encyclical, "Mysterium Fidei," underscored what this manifold presence of Christ is to His Church.  I call your attention to the section where he talks about the "people of God":

"He is present in His Church as it shepherds and guides the people of God, since the Church's sacred power comes from Christ and since Christ, "the shepherd of shepherds" (Idem, In Ps 86, 3: PL 37, 1102), is present in the shepherds who exercise that power, according to the promise made to the apostles" (#37).

It's crucial to note that Paul VI refers to the Real Presence of Christ during the sacrifice of the Mass as a "manner more sublime" since it fills "the mind with wonder and presents the mystery of the Church for contemplation" (#38). Paul VI in a later paragraph calls it Real Presence "par excellence"!

Thus, in pointing to these other modes of Real Presence, I am neither trying to pit the contemplative against the communal, nor create a dichotomy where one does not exist, nor deny the supremacy of the Eucharistic presence in the way Christ presents Himself to us.  I'm merely asking that we recognize, given these various modes of Real Presence, the importance of seeing parish life, indeed the experience of the Mass itself, as involving a "people" and not a collection of monadic individuals who just happen to be sitting in the same building at the same time. 
How this recognition impacts our attitudes toward parish life, or our attempts at its revitalization, is not spelled out anywhere I know, nor need it be.  Part of the genius of the Church is its universality, its accommodation to every kind of existing person, regardless of station, language, education, and personality. 

This latter factor -- personality -- is often overlooked when discussions of liturgy and parish life are discussed.  It's common sense, at least to me, that people of differing personalities are going to respond more immediately to differing modes of Real Presence: To those who are contemplative, the Eucharist; to those who are social, the people of God; and so forth. 
When it comes to the Liturgy of the Word, the reading of Scripture and its exposition in preaching is often lackluster, so there is another group not being fed. "Being fed" is a phrase I have chosen deliberately because the Church, if it's truly a feminine body, should be nurturing, it should feed its people. But our Church, the historical Church and its parishes, are not very nurturing in my experience and the experience of many others. 

This lack of nurture needs to be addressed, immediately and explicitly.