Tuesday 4th July

Welcome to our newest follower- a priest of the community at Douai. I have visited Douai many times and most recently was given a tour of the Library and gardens.

Below: High Mass at Douai with Fr Armand de Malleray

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To keep an eye on the “goings on” at Douai, visit Father’s blog- http://www.hughosb.com

 

News from St Peter’s, Winchester

Monday 10th July – The Winchester Catholic History Group.
The Roy Wake Memorial Lecture will be given by Abbot Aiden Bellenger, Titular Abbot of St Albans in St Peter’s Pastoral Centre, Jewry St, Winchester. This will be the Revd. Stephen Morgan’s last meeting as Chairman. Drinks and canapés from 6.45pm.

Improving the Liturgy at St Peter’s, Winchester…

Sunday 9th July 6.00pm Mass – The new Schola Cantorum of St Peter’s Church will sing the Proper Antiphons and Psalms in Gregorian Chant. The Schola is open to young
adults from age 15 with singing ability (able to match/hold pitch alongside other singers, and having some music reading skills). Eventually they will be performing at one Sunday Mass each month. They are directed by parishioner Richard Childress, who is a professional singer and choral conductor, assisted by Jeanine McElroy and were formed at the request of Father Paul. Please ask about the Schola in the Parish Office.

 

The Pope is making clear there is now only one centre of power at the Vatican

By Father Alexander Lucie-Smith

There is an incident in the greatest film ever made, The Godfather, where a body turns up, and someone correctly says that it is a way of sending a message. It is a phrase that comes to mind in the wake of the removal of Cardinal Gerhard Müller: this is an act that constitutes a message. But what exactly?

The Pope has told Cardinal Müller that from now on all heads of dicastery will serve five years only. So, that is the first message, directed to other Vatican chiefs – watch out, your time is short, and you can and will be removed at the end of your term. No longer will heads of dicastery stay in post for decades, as did, for example, Cardinal Ratzinger. From now on, expect to be moved around like pieces on a chessboard, because in the Vatican there is only one centre of power that counts, and it is not yours.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has traditionally been regarded as “la suprema”. Once upon a time, everything that emerged from the Vatican had to be passed first by the CDF. By dismissing the head of the most important department of the Vatican, the Pope is reminding everyone who is really supreme.

The demotion affects not only Cardinal Müller but the entire CDF, for the entire department is being cut down to size. Indeed, as has been apparent in this papacy so far, the CDF is not what it was, but has been repeatedly sidelined.

The Pope has not moved a big hitter in to take Cardinal Müller’s place, but rather moved up Cardinal Müller’s number two, who has been in post for some time, and who could have had no ambitions of promotion, being 73 years old (two years off retirement age), besides being a rather humble and self-effacing character. Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, though a competent theologian, is a low-key appointment who is never going to rock the boat, or cause any embarrassment to the Pope. His appointment means the virtual neutralisation for the foreseeable future of the CDF as a possible hotbed of opposition.

Long gone are the days when the supreme ruler of Rome could have those who had lost his confidence thrown from the Tarpeian Rock, and gone too are the days when the Pope’s enemies were discovered floating in the Tiber. Cardinal Müller lives on and will do so in Rome, aged 69, a relatively young and very underemployed Cardinal. This may not be such a good idea from the point of view of those who want to crush all opposition.

Neither should it be forgotten that Cardinal Müller has friends. His departure is a message to them. Chief of Cardinal Müller’s friends is, of course, his mentor, Benedict XVI. The cardinal’s passing is surely a sign that the old regime is now gone forever and that the changes wrought by Pope Francis are irreversible. Other friends of the cardinal may well tremble at that thought.

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