On the 80th Anniversary of the Election of Pius XII

In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI opened the files of the Pontificate of Pius XI (1922–1939). Documents of the archives of the Apostolic See can be consulted up to 11 February 1939, with some exceptions. One such exception are the fascicles concerning the death of Pius XI and the election of Pius XII in the Archive of the Nunciature of Warsaw, in the Vatican Secret Archives. They contain updates from the Roman Curia to the Warsaw Nunciature and official messages of congratulation. Local church archives are invariably open beyond February 1939, and I have translated a message from the Oriental Congregation addressed to Bishop Ladyka, which was sent to all Eastern Catholic superiors. Historians eagerly await the opening of at least a portion of the Apostolic See’s archives from of Pius XII’s pontificate. Perhaps this eightieth anniversary will be the harbinger of that happy event. 

Update: On 4 March 2019, Pope Francis announced that he has consented to the opening of the fonds of the pontificate of Pius XII (1939–1958), in March 2020.

From the Archive of the Nunciature of Warsaw:

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Forgive our Sins as We Forgive

I’ve been hearing confessions, now, for over fifty years, and I have noticed that there is one sin that comes up more than any other; it’s connected to today’s Gospel, about loving your enemy, “turning the other cheek.” The penitent will say something like this:
I know that I should forgive everyone, but I there is one person that I cannot forgive, whose cruelty I can never forget. I’ve tried, but the harm done to me and others was so severe and is so long lasting, that I am unable to pretend that that incident never took place.
Given that our eternal

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Divine Friendship

Our Gospel reading today is a continuation of last Sunday’s reading. You recall that in the beatitudes Our Lord invites us to tread the path that He became for us, and through His own example we are strengthened and encouraged to live as He did. Today Our Lord explains by means of concrete examples how it is that we live by this new and demanding logic: Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (Lk. 6:36). This exhortation to mercy is an echo of the fifth beatitude recorded in St.
Matthew’s Gospel: Blessed are merciful for they will obtain mercy (Mt.

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Pirates of Penzance!

Come and see Seat of Wisdom’s performance of Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1880 rollicking musical operetta, filled with music, singing, dancing, harmonies galore, glorious costumes, a story of love, loss and redemption, and lots of comic fun, with three performances on the first weekend of March. A hit when first performed on New Year’s Eve in New York city, and a perfect antidote now in Barry’s Bay to the doldrums of winter!
Tickets can be purchased at Lorraine’s Pharmasave or by stopping by or calling Seat of Wisdom College (18 Karol Wojtyla Square, 613-756-3082).
Prices:
Family Rate $45
Adults (Door) $15
Adults (Advance) $12
Students/Seniors $10
Children

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Gender Neutrality?

From genderless people to genderless clothing – or is it the other way around? Glancing through the article, even the physiognomy, besides all the cultural phenomena, has become androgynous. I had trouble telling who was the XY and who the XX in the photographs. Or is even saying that sexist?
Not so in this track meet mentioned au passant by Mark Steyn as yet another milestone in our descent into insanity and the abolition of man. Yes, you guessed it by the photo: The first and second place ‘winners’ were transitioning females, which, if I can keep this all straight –

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Cardinal Pell’s Due Process

One might well describe the conviction of Cardinal Pell a travesty of justice, but we will likely never know, as the trial was ‘blacked out’, which does not mean everyone was singing Mammy in minstrelsy – although, given the comic level of due process, they might as well have been. There is an old adage that it is not enough for justice to be done, but justice must be seen to be done, which is why secret trials – the usual mode of justice in Stalinist Russia – should be against the law.
It is no secret, however, that there was

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The Innocent Cardinal and the Plagiarizing Priest?

The Cardinal Pell saga continues, with his own lawyer now apparently conceding some sort of truth to the decades-old offences, while George Weigel offers strong evidence that Cardinal Pell’s innocence, which His eminence has always maintained, an innocence which can be, and has been, confirmed beyond reasonable doubt. Perhaps the Cardinal could hire Weigel as his lawyer, credentials notwithstanding.
One way or the other, the Cardinal’s conviction bodes ill for the Church, for the perception of priests and high-ranking clerics, and for any future trials of clergy members, especially those of a more conservative disposition, a harbinger, methinks, of the imminent

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