This morning at 8:00 am His Eminence Walter Cardinal Brandmuller offered a Solemn Pontifical High Mass at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter inside teh Vatican Basilica. This was the first Pontifical Mass celebrated in the sanctuary in nearly 50 years. His Eminence Domenico Cardinal Bartolucci conducted the choir.
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By Peter Jennings
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have re-established the Friday Penance of abstaining from meat on a Friday.
The law will come into force on Friday 16 September 2011, the First Anniversary of the State Visit by Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom in 2010.
Following their Spring Meeting at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, Monday 9 to Thursday 12 May 2011, the Catholic media office issued the following statement (13 May 2011) under the heading Catholic Witness – Friday Penance:
By the practice of penance every Catholic identifies with Christ in his death on the cross. We do so in prayer, through uniting the sufferings and sacrifices in our lives with those of Christ’s passion; in fasting, by dying to self in order to be close to Christ; in alms-giving, by demonstrating our solidarity with the sufferings of Christ in those in need. All three forms of penance form a vital part of Christian living. When this is visible in the public arena, then it is also an important act of witness.
Every Friday is set aside by the Church as a special day of penance, for it is the day of the death of our Lord. The law of the Church requires Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays, or some other form of food, or to observe some other form of penance laid down by the Bishops’ Conference.
The Bishops wish to re-establish the practice of Friday penance in the lives of the faithful as a clear and distinctive mark of their own Catholic identity. They recognise that the best habits are those which are acquired as part of a common resolve and common witness. It is important that all the faithful be united in a common celebration of Friday penance.
Respectful of this, and in accordance with the mind of the whole Church, the Bishops’ Conference wishes to remind all Catholics in England and Wales of the obligation of Friday Penance.
The Bishops have decided to re-establish the practice that this should be fulfilled by abstaining from meat.
Those who cannot or choose not to eat meat as part of their normal diet should abstain from some other food of which they regularly partake.
This is to come into effect from Friday 16 September 2011 when we will mark the anniversary of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom.
Many may wish to go beyond this simple act of common witness and mark each Friday with a time of prayer and further self-sacrifice. In all these ways we unite our sacrifices to the sacrifice of Christ, who gave up his very life for our salvation
Indianapolis, Ind., May 11, 2011 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law a bill that cuts Planned Parenthood state funding and adds other restrictions on abortion.
“It’s a great victory,” said Glenn Tebbe, executive director of the Indiana Catholic Conference. “This is an achievement we’ve been working towards for a number of years.”
He thought the law offers “a very good chance” to reduce the number of abortions in Indiana.
“That’s probably the most important aspect,” he said.
The law ends all state-directed funding for businesses that do abortions except for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers, USA Today reports. It cuts $2 million of the $3 million the Indiana Planned Parenthood organization receives annually in government funds.
The law also makes Indiana the first state to prohibit the use of Medicaid at Planned Parenthood.
“It’s good that our tax dollars don’t have to support an agency that performs abortions,” Tebbe told CNA on May 11.
He credited the “persistence” of pro-life groups and the pro-life community over past years which allowed them to take advantage of the opportunity to pass the legislation.
Daniels was supportive of the legislation “from the beginning,” Tebbe reported.
“There wasn’t a need for him to play a leadership role because there were so many other people involved for a long period of time.”
Daniels, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2012, attracted attention and some criticism because he called for a “truce” on social issues like abortion and marriage in favor of focusing on fiscal and economic issues.
Though Tebbe said he had no inside information, he thought the remark was “more a tactical matter than substantive” and was intended to address divisions within Daniels’ party.
The new Indiana law has its critics.
The state’s Family and Social Services Administration has voiced concern that the funding restrictions could violate Medicaid policy and endanger $4 million in federal money for family planning.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum said the provision threatened basic health care for Indiana women and will lead to undetected cancers, untreated sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies.
Gov. Daniels said his administration confirmed that all non-abortion services will remain “readily available” in all 92 counties of Indiana. He has also ordered the Family and Social Services Administration to ensure that Medicaid recipients receive “prompt notice” of nearby care options.
Any clinic affected by the law can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by “ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions,” the governor said.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sought a temporary restraining order against the bill. A federal judge refused to grant an emergency hold on May 11, but will take more time to consider whether the law should stand, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Indiana Right to Life characterized the new law’s provisions as “the most sweeping pro-life initiatives” in the state since the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.
“This legislation places Indiana on the vanguard of efforts to protect the unborn, to deny public funds to businesses that profit from abortion, and to ensure that women considering abortion have full and factual information about such issues as fetal development and alternatives to abortion,” said the group’s president and CEO Mike Fichter.
Many of these provisions have been on Indiana pro-lifers’ “to-do list,” Tebbe explained.
The new law opts Indiana out of abortion coverage in any state health insurance exchanges required under the 2010 federal health care law.
While the state previously restricted abortion based on the ambiguous standard of “viability,” the law now restricts abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy.
The law requires doctors who perform abortions to provide full information about abortion to women considering the procedure. These doctors must also maintain local hospital admitting privileges in order to streamline emergency access for any women injured during an abortion.
These features will provide more information to women considering abortion, Tebbe said, “and with that we think they are more likely to make the better choice.”
On Friday the 13th of May In the Year of Our Lord 2011 the Holy See Press Office will make public the Instruction Universæ Ecclesiæ by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei about the application of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of H. H. Benedict XVI. The Instruction will be published in the afternoon edition of the Osservatore Romano, dated the 14th of May.
The text of the Instruction will be in Latin, Italian, French, English, German, Spanish and Portoguese. The instruction Universae Ecclesiae will be at the disposal of accredited journalists from 10 a.m. on Friday 13 May, being under embargo until noon. Together with the text of the Instruction, an editorial note will be provided.
Saturday, May 7th and Sunday May 8th.
What a great opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend learning more about and honoring our Blessed Mother!
Saturday May 7: 9:00 AM Low Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cicero, IN. Followed by speaker series in the hall.
Deacon Eichman, FSSP – Our Lady’s role as seen through the Old Testament
Deacon Marsolle, FSSP – Devotion to Our Lady and Apologetics
Father Joseph Lee, FSSP – A Canonical View of Apparitions
Sunday May 8: 12:30 PM Solemn High Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cicero, IN. Followed by a Marian procession.
Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis!
Cost: Free will donations accepted
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
410 S. Pearl Street
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