CNA Staff, Apr 20, 2021 / 20:41 pm (CNA).
CNA Staff, Apr 20, 2021 / 20:41 pm (CNA).
“The true Church is now eclipsed.” —Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 80, in a declaration he released today. In the declaration, Viganò, who continues to live quietly in hiding, comments on an upcoming May 6-8 conference to be held in the Vatican (link) on the use of stem cells in medical treatments (link), hosted by a Vatican dicastery (the Pontifical Council for Culture), which will be attended by dozens of influential Americans (here is a complete list, with names and photos). The invitees ranging from rock stars like Joe Perry of Aerosmith to people with prominent political connections, like Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to model and actress Cindy Crawford, to Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been continually in the public eye as a key White House science advisor during the Covid crisis. All are scheduled to come to Rome in early May. The conference organizers do rightly argue in favor of the use of adult stem cells rather than embryonic stem cells in new medical procedures (because the use of embryonic stem cells means the killing of the embryo, that is, abortion, while adult stem cells do not require the killing of an embryo). Yet Viganò argues that, among the speakers and attendees invited, the organizers have included many who are “supporters of abortion, of the use of fetal material in research, of demographic decline, of the pan-sexual LGBT agenda, and last but not least, of the narrative of Covid and the so-called vaccines.” The archbishop argues that this is highly inappropriate at the very heart of the Church. He concludes: “This conference… is the scandalous confirmation of a disturbing departure of the current Hierarchy, and in particular its highest Roman members, from Catholic orthodoxy.”
Letter #16, 2021, Tuesday, April 20: Viganò Declaration
Today, April 20, I received a text from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.
“ontology” defined ~ the science of being
Some students are fortunate enough to have had a teacher who made all the difference in life. I am such a person. During my junior year of high school in Carlsbad, New Mexico, John Hadsell was my English teacher. One day, apparently bored with the insipid materials in our English textbook, he took it upon himself to conduct an experiment that might have gotten him fired if he tried it in a public school today. He read aloud a paragraph from St. Anselm’s Proslogion, the so-called “ontological” proof for the existence of God. I sat still and eager for what was sure to be a fascinating revelation. When the proof was read to us, there was a general silence, everybody including myself quite perplexed at what we had just heard. I did not understand the proof, but I had just an inkling of what Anselm was trying to convey. I asked Mr. Hadsell if he would mind reading it again, which he did. Again, the classroom silence was deafening. This so-called “proof” started me on a lifelong search for the philosopher’s stone, the thing called Reason, which transforms foolishness into wisdom, without which we are lost in those regular fogs of mostly blissful ignorance all life long.
Saint Anselm (1033-1109) was an Italian by birth, an Englishman by adoption, and a defender of the rights of the Catholic Church against the opposition of the English Crown. He was the scourge of two kings, yet rose to become Archbishop of Canterbury and was, by some accounts, the fountainhead of medieval philosophy and theology. Like Augustine before him, amid all the whirlwind of politics and persecution he found time to write several brilliant theological treatises that should be required reading today for students of Catholic theology. His Proslogion (Discourse) is perhaps the most famous of them.
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Cathy LudlumConnecticut assisted suicide Bill HB 6425 died today. It dies along with the other previous bills that have been debated every year since 2013. Other than reading articles from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition or other similar groups, you will not hear about the death of the Connecticut bill.
#ASonnetADay – Sonnet 151. “Love is too young to know what conscience is…” pic.twitter.com/nwpgld0Yoa — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (@fatherz) April 21, 2021
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong. Credit: Volodymyr Dvornyk/Shutterstock
Hong Kong, China, Apr 20, 2021 / 19:01 pm (CNA).
CNA Staff, Apr 20, 2021 / 18:46 pm (CNA).