17 February 1600: Giordano Bruno’s date with the stake

I almost forgot!  Today, 17 February, is the anniversary of Giordano Bruno’s meeting with the stake in the Campo de’ Fiori of Rome.  Anti-Catholics and masons put up a gloomy, ugly huge statue of him, the base decorated with plaques of famous heretics and Church haters.

Giordano Bruno was a seriously weird cat and a heretic.  He would find himself right at Villanova or the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter).

A few years ago, The History Blog had a longish piece about the heretic.  It included a screen shot of a smart phone app which would let you burn Giordano at the stake.  Here is a shot:

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¿Qué es la sinodalidad?

Fue un gran privilegio para mí participar en el Sínodo sobre los Jóvenes en el otoño de 2018. Junto con unos trescientos obispos y expertos eclesiásticos de todo el mundo, pasé cuatro semanas en Roma explorando la compleja cuestión del alcance misionero de la Iglesia a los jóvenes.

Alrededor de tres semanas después del proceso del Sínodo, un subcomité de redactores presentó un texto preliminar, con el fin de reflejar nuestras deliberaciones, preguntas y decisiones hasta ese momento. Este borrador representaba, en su mayor parte, un relato exacto de nuestro trabajo, pero había algunas páginas que nos preocupaban a varios de nosotros. Más o menos de improviso, una vigorosa defensa de la “sinodalidad” apareció en el texto, aunque nunca, ni en la sesión general ni en los pequeños grupos lingüísticos, habíamos discutido mucho sobre el tema. Además, el lenguaje era tan impreciso que daba la impresión de que la Iglesia es una especie de democracia libre, que va creando sus principios y enseñanzas a medida que avanza. Bastante alarmados por esta sección del borrador, un número de obispos y arzobispos, incluido yo mismo, se alzaron para hablar en contra. Nos preguntamos en voz alta cómo cuadrar este lenguaje con la autoridad magistral de los obispos, la calidad vinculante de las declaraciones dogmáticas de la Iglesia, y el proceso práctico de gobernar al pueblo de Dios. Tenga en cuenta que ninguno los que expresamos preocupación por el lenguaje del texto estaba en contra de los sínodos como tales; después de todo, estábamos participando felizmente en un sínodo. Era la vaguedad y la ambigüedad de la formulación lo que nos molestaba.

Justo después de nuestras intervenciones, un conocido y respetado cardenal pidió la palabra. Opinó que nuestras objeciones eran infundadas y que los textos en cuestión no amenazaban la autoridad de los obispos ni la integridad de la doctrina de la Iglesia, aunque, para ser honesto, él no proporcionaba ningún argumento real para su punto de vista. Cuando se sentó, los aplausos sonaron en el Aula Sinodal, y pasamos a otro tema. En ese momento, pensé: “Bueno, a veces se gana y a veces se pierde”.

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In last Mass as Philly archbishop, Chaput retires with gratitude

Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 17, 2020 / 04:45 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Charles Chaput has been a diocesan bishop for 31 years. For most of that time, his people have known where to find him on Sunday afternoon or evening: hearing confessions and offering Mass in his cathedral.

Chaput celebrated this weekend his last Sunday Mass as a diocesan bishop.

At the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Chaput told his parishioners he is grateful to them, and pointed following Jesus Christ as the pathway to truth and happiness.

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US Bishops Call Applaud Pope’s Efforts for Nuclear Disarmament

The Committee on International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released the following statement on nuclear disarmament.

During the recent visit of Pope Francis to Japan, the Holy Father took the opportunity to speak forcefully on the subject of nuclear weapons and the threat that they represent to the world. Speaking at Nagasaki, he emphasized the need for a wide and deep solidarity to bring about security in a world not reliant on atomic weaponry, stating, “A world of peace, free from nuclear weapons, is the aspiration of millions of men and women everywhere. To make this ideal a reality calls for involvement on the part of all: individuals, religious communities and civil society, countries that possess nuclear weapons and those that do not, the military and private sectors, and international organizations.” – Address of the Holy Father on Nuclear Weapons. . . , Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park (Nagasaki) Sunday, 24 November 2019.

Later that same day, Pope Francis spoke in Hiroshima, the other Japanese city to have known the horror of a nuclear explosion. Addressing the moral implications of nuclear weaponry he stated, “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just as the possessing of nuclear weapons is immoral …” – Address of the Holy Father, Meeting for Peace, Peace Memorial (Hiroshima) Sunday, 24 November 2019.

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New Hong Kong bishop to be announced within weeks

Hong Kong, China, Feb 17, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Priests in the Diocese of Hong Kong are expecting the announcement of their new bishop within the next two weeks. 

“We have been told to expect an announcement within the next ten days or so,” a senior priest in Hong Kong told CNA Feb. 15. The priest confirmed that Rev. Peter Choy Wai-man is the expected appointee. 

“I think by the end of the month we should see something official,” the priest added.

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Priest with brain tumor ’embraces it willingly’ for victims of clergy abuse

Indianapolis, Ind., Feb 17, 2020 / 03:41 pm (CNA).- When Fr. John Hollowell went to Mayo Clinic for brain scans after what doctors thought was a stroke, he received a shocking diagnosis. The scans revealed that instead of stroke, he had a brain tumor.

While it is a serious diagnosis, Hollowell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, said he believes the tumor was an answer to prayer.

“When the scandals of 2018 broke out, most of you know that they have affected me deeply, as they have most of the Church,” he wrote in his blog, On This Rock.

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