Author: Pedro Gabriel

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When Heresy pretends to be Tradition

The following exchange is a real dialogue that truly happened between a high-profile Catholic theologian, disgruntled with the Pope, and an archbishop trying to set him again on the path of obedience to the Church: “Archbishop: Let us now begin to work again for our Holy Church. Theologian: Indeed, for the Church of old. Archbishop: There is only one Church, that is neither old nor new. Theologian: They have made a new church.” The theologian...

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Links of interest (March 24 – 30)

Pope Francis has issued a Motu Proprio, enacting legislation for the protection of minors and vulnerable people in the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State. The Motu Proprio can be read in full here. These guidelines have been hailed by an editor from Vatican News as “state of the art” and up-to-date with the best current evidence on the protection of minors: read here why. Regarding the abuse crisis, it is also noteworthy this...

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Which Pope said this?

“Lastly it is most important that those who defend the interests of religion in the press, and particularly in the daily papers, should take up the same attitude (…) [S]o lofty, so noble, is the cause to which they have devoted themselves, that it exacts from the defenders of truth and justice a rigorous observance of numerous duties which they must not fail to fulfil; and in seeking to accomplish some of these, the others...

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Kiss the person, not the office

“Hypocrites, well hath Isaias prophesied of you, saying: This people honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me. And in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men” — Mt 15:7-9 (DRV) As Mike Lewis noted yesterday, during a pilgrimage to Loreto, Pope Francis made a beautiful address about the significance of family, based on the traditional understanding of marriage as a union between a man and a...

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Links of interest (March 17th – 23rd)

In the context of the terrorist attacks to the mosques of Christchurch, New Zealand, Pope Francis affirms his closeness with our Muslim brothers and renews his invitation for prayers for peace. During the bishops’ summit dealing with the sexual abuse scandal, reporter Inés San Martin asked about the case of Bp. Zanchetta who would’ve been found with gay porn in his cellphone involving young people, a case reportedly know to Pope Francis himself. Allegedly, His...

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Which Pope said this?

“Human life cannot be realized by itself. Our life is an open question, an incomplete project, still to be brought to fruition and realized. Each man’s fundamental question is: How will this be realized—becoming man? How does one learn the art of living? Which is the path toward happiness? To evangelize means: to show this path—to teach the art of living (…) Yet another temptation lies hidden beneath this—the temptation of impatience, the temptation of...

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A Lenten Church in need of Metanoia

“[T]he Church, knew that the season which precedes Easter is a time of metanoia; that is, of a change of heart, of repentance; it is the season that identifies our human life and the whole of history as a process of conversion that starts now, to encounter the Lord at the end of time.” — Pope Benedict XVI General Audience, Ash Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2012 We have now entered Lent, one of the most important...

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“As the years went by and the Church spread further afield, the exercise of charity became established as one of her essential activities, along with the administration of the sacraments and the proclamation of the word: love for widows and orphans, prisoners, and the sick and needy of every kind, is as essential to her as the ministry of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel. The Church cannot neglect the service of charity any...

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Pluralism and the will of God… is there another way to look at it?

“In man’s present situation, the dialogue of religions is a necessary condition for peace in the world and it is therefore a duty for Christians as well as other religious communities. This dialogue of religions has various dimensions (…) Even if the fundamental choices themselves are not under discussion, the search for an answer to a specific question becomes a process in which, through listening to the other, both sides can obtain purification and enrichment....

Links of interest (week Dec 30, 2018 to Jan 1, 2019)

A letter from Cardinal Ouellet has shed new light on the events happening before the Vatican block of the US bishops voting on measures against abuse in the American Church. This block has been used by the usual quarters to attack Pope Francis as an enabler of this scourge in the Church. This letter, however, validates the legal concerns the Vatican had with some of the proposals, and how the measures were presented to the Holy See without...

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“Migration is sometimes voluntary and at other times, unfortunately, is forcefully imposed by war or persecution and often happens — as we know — in dramatic circumstances. (…) On the Feast of the Holy Family, straight after Christmas, we recalled that Jesus’ parents were also obliged to flee from their country and seek refuge in Egypt, to save the life of their Child: the Messiah, the Son of God was a refugee.” (scroll down for...

Links of interest (Dec 23rd – 29th)

Christmas time has arrived! Therefore, Pope Francis addressed his flock in the traditional papal blessing Urbi et Orbi. “What does that Child, born for us of the Virgin Mary, have to tell us? What is the universal message of Christmas? It is that God is a good Father and we are all brothers and sisters. This truth is the basis of the Christian vision of humanity. Without the fraternity that Jesus Christ has bestowed on...

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“Always moved by religious motives, the Church has condemned the various forms of Marxist Socialism; and she condemns them today, because it is her permanent right and duty to safeguard men from currents as thought and influences that jeopardize their external salvation. But the Church cannot ignore or overlook the fact that the worker in his efforts to better his lot, is opposed by a machinery which is not only not in accordance with nature,...

Soft Miracle

As I said in my last article, sometimes we can find treasures of deep Christian wisdom hidden in the thoughts and writings of highly secularized and even anticlerical people. Today, I would like to present you one of the most beautiful Christian stories written by a Portuguese pen: the short tale “Soft miracle.” It was written by Portuguese writer Eça de Queiroz. Just like Junqueiro (whom I cited on my last article), Queiroz was a...

Links of interest (week Dec 16-22)

In a speech to the Curia, Pope Francis issues strong words against those in the Church involved in the sexual abuses scandals, in preparation for the universal meeting in February on the same topic: “Let it be clear that before these abominations, the Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has commited such crimes. The Church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously...

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“Be like Saint Joseph: a man of dreams, not a dreamer; A man of silence, because he respects God’s plan” (scroll down for answer) Pedro GabrielPedro Gabriel, MD, is a Catholic layman and physician, born and residing in Portugal. He is a medical oncologist, currently employed in a Portuguese public hospital. A published writer of Catholic novels with a Tolkienite flavor, he is also a parish reader and a former catechist. He seeks to better...