Celebrations for 500th Anniversary of First Argentine Mass Suspended

Following the provisions issued by the government of the province of Santa Cruz and the National Ministry of Health, the celebration and meeting for the first Mass in Puerto San Julian, scheduled for March 31 and April 1-2 have been suspended. This is what the Bishop of Santa Cruz, Msgr. Jorge Garcia Cuerva said in a statement sent to Fides News Agency. The bishop thanked everyone for the time and commitment dedicated to the preparation of this event.

“Let us be inspired by this time of lived communion, so that the 500 years of the first Mass may be a sign of unity that spurs us to continue building a Church to whose table everyone feels invited, especially the poorest and most excluded,” wrote Mgr. Garcia Cuerva.

Finally, the Bishop, trusting “in the ever-attentive assistance of the Virgin”, urges to take all the necessary precautions to safeguard the health of all, without letting oneself be taken by anxiety, being prudent and cautious, attentive to the needs of the last, “because we do not walk alone, Jesus continues to walk with us”.

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On the Authority of the Scholastics

In a recent article, I discussed how a new understanding of revelation was brought about at Vatican II, and, as Benedict observed, “a moral theology based entirely on the Bible was demanded” [1]. This article generated some controversy, even an accusation of heresy, which I will attempt to address here. Specifically, I said that “the crucial aspect of the moral tradition was contained in the more general debate over Scripture and Tradition, with moral theology contained in the latter.” In this essay I will attempt to explain in what manner the consensus of the scholastics (and thus their moral theology) is related to Tradition and to what degree a Catholic is bound to it.

The Scholastics Belong to the Monumental Tradition

The word “tradition” in both Greek and Latin can be a verb or a noun, and it means “to pass down through generations.” Therefore, broadly, we may distinguish between Tradition as the Deposit of Faith (whether unwritten or written as Scripture) and tradition as everything else passed down by the bishops and our fathers. The degree of certainty — and thus the binding force — of everything passed down is determined by the theological notes.

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Confession by phone, Skype, or emoji? Could it happen during coronavirus pandemic?

Washington D.C., Mar 18, 2020 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- As much of the world faces quarantines, social distancing, and “shelter in place” orders amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catholics have faced unexpected challenges in accessing – and offering – the sacraments of the Church.

Catholics in some places impacted by the pandemic have learned that the sacrament of confession – the remedy for sin and a conduit of God’s mercy – has become rather difficult to find.  

The sacrament of penance requires a number of practical conditions. The penitent must make a manifestation of sins to a priest acting in the person of Christ, express true contrition and resolve to sin no more. It also requires the conferral of absolution – forgiveness, from the priest, according to the sacramental formula of the Church. And a valid sacramental confession requires that all of those things happen in one place, the Church has long taught.

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