Salvete AC readers!
Buckle Up! Because here are today’s Top Picks in the Catholic world:
1. Newspapers outlets and news agencies are reporting that Pope Benedict XVI has signed off on the laicization of Father Tomislav Vlasic. Tomislav Vlasic is one of the leading priests alleging that apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary have been appearing continuously to six Croat seers since June 24, 1981 in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje. These apparitions are continuing to this day and has been visited by an estimated 30 million pilgrims. An estimated 40,000 messages have been conveyed to the seers by the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Officially the Vatican has not decided on the matter of these alleged apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Vatican has recently taken over the case of reviewing these allegations from the local Bosnian diocese.
I won’t argue with the genuine conversions and sincerity of many believers that have occurred at Medjugorie. Though I have a couple doubts concerning these apparitions which I will write to in a separate posting for a later date.
2. Quote of the Day:
“We do know that at the end of time, when the great conflict between the forces of good and evil takes place, Satan will appear without the Cross, as the Great Philanthropist and Social Reformer to become the final temptation of mankind.”
— Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Life of Christ, p. 10)
Kind of sucks the wind out of your sails doesn’t it if you believe in the redistribution of wealth and all.
3. Having a spiritual dry spell? Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary has an excellent post on dealing with such a predicament. She offers nine tips which I’ll cover the first three here below:
— Make sure you’re not doing anything to block out God’s voice .
— Keep praying.
— Receive the sacraments.
Pretty basic stuff, but you’d be amazed how often I encounter people suffering from spiritual dry spells. Mrs. Fulwiler offers great advice that I follow myself even when I’m not in a spiritual dry spell.
4. Add Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie to my list of beloved Nigerian prelates which includes Francis Cardinal Arinze. In a recent interview he chastised the American way of living for contributing to the lack of vocations as well as the poor examples of many American prelates. He also shot down that celibacy was a major concern that limited the pool of laymen available to be priests.
I already love this man!
5. Saint John Vianney is being staged as a one-man production titled “VIANNEY” and will be premiering here in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on August 4, 2009. This is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the death of this patron saint of parish priests.
Leonardo Defilippis plays the role of Saint John Vianney as he performs at various churches across the archdiocese.
For a schedule of where he will be performing click here.
This drama will also be staged across other dioceses, for more information click here.
Update I: I posted a more concise story on this here.
6. For the last Res et Explicatio click here.
7. For more news and commentary click here.