Friday, April 11, 2014

Chiara Corbella Petrillo

Chiara Corbella is a young woman born to Heaven on June 13th, 2012. At that time she was 28 and was married to Enrico Petrillo.
They were a very normal couple of the “Wojtyla generation”, parish people who grew up by participating in World Youth Days.
After Enrico and Chiara had met in Medjugorje, they began a spiritual journey for fiancé assisted by some Franciscan Friars of Assisi. They got married in 2008.
Chiara became pregnant shortly after the wedding. Unfortunately, since the very first ultrasound scans, the baby-girl, Maria, was diagnosed with anencephaly. Without any doubts, Enrico and Chiara welcomed and accompanied the baby-girl, first in her earthly birth and then after more or less thirty minutes, to her heavenly birth.
I personally witnessed the Maria’s funeral Mass, which was one of the most beautiful experiences I had in my life. A victory of Christ over death, confirmed by that little white coffin and by two parents who played and sung, giving thanks and praising the Lord for the whole length of that Mass. A few months later, Chiara was pregnant again. Also in this case the response of the ultrasound scan was not good. The child, this time a baby-boy, had no legs. Without any fear and with a smile on their faces, Enrico and Chiara chose to continue the pregnancy.
I myself talked with Enrico who told me about his joy for having a baby, even if the baby had no legs. Unfortunately, around the seventh month of pregnancy, the ultrasound scan showed the child having visceralmalformations with absence of lower limbs and incompatibility with life.
Again, the two young parents, with a smile on their face (I have seen and "frequented" that smile that comes from faith), wanted to accompany their baby, Davide, until the day of his birth to Heaven, which took place shortly after his earthly birth.

I went to Davide’s funeral too. Again, there was so much beauty there, so much faith, and also some sort of “envy” for the joy Enrico and Chiara had despite their cross. Not a fake or formal joy, but a real example for many other young families.
Finally, a new pregnancy: Francesco... All of us, Enrico and Chiara’s friends, rejoiced greatly when we heard the news. We all rejoiced because of the hope Chiara and Enrico had for life. Many would have -understandably - desisted from trying to have another baby. And while the ultrasound confirmed the health of the child, at the fifth month of pregnancy the cross appeared anew in Enrico and Chiara’s life. Chiara was diagnosed with a bad lesion of the tongue and after a first surgical procedure, the doctors told her the lesion was a carcinoma. Despite this, Chiara and Enrico wanted to defend the life of their baby. They had no doubts and decided to continue the pregnancy even if that meant endangering the life of the mother. In fact, Chiara could undergo another surgical procedure and the necessary subsequent sessions of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, only after Francesco’s birth.
I myself, and many other families are eyewitnesses of all of Enrico and Chiara’s trials which were carried out with a smile and with a serene and incomprehensible reliance on the Divine Providence.
I spoke over and over again with Chiara and Enrico about how in all their trials, the two of them never were upset. Chiara and Enrico accepted the will of Him who does nothing by chance. We also talked about the fact that Enrico and Chiara always said their daily prayer of consecration to Mary ending with the words “Totus Tuus”. I could tell about many other things like the difficult months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, or the family rosary on Thursdays at night (that was an initiative put 
together by various families who were close to Enrico and Chiara), or the consecration of their son to Mary done in Assisi in the Porziuncula...
Now Chiara is born in heaven. And many are witnesses of her holy life.

Same Catechism of the Catholic Church but different interpretations

040914-bishop-jugis-croiser2The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte, USA  stated     "All of our Catholic schools are committed to hold and teach the Catholic faith in its fullness and with integrity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains an explanation of our faith and is accessible to all."
 According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church there is exclusive salvation in only the Catholic Church. This is my interpretation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (846). For me, being saved in invincible ignorance (CCC 847,Lumen Gentium 16) etc is a posibility known only to God. Since there are no known cases in 2014, CCC 847,LG 16 are not an exception to Ad Gentes 7, cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (846). All need to enter the Church as through a door (CCC 846). All need faith and baptism (AG 7).
So the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1993) is in agreement with the Catechism of Pope Pius X. CCC 846 has the same message as the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus and the Syllabus of Errors.
040214-sister-jane2This is not the interpretation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, according to the University of St.Thomas Aqunas in Rome, where Sr.Jane Dominic Laurel O.P received her Doctorate in Sacred Theology. This may not be the interpretation of Sr.Mary Sarah Galbraith O.P,  the President of Aquinas College where Sr. Laurel teaches theology.
It is the same Catechism of the Catholic Church but we have different interpretations of CCC 846. For me CCC 847 and 848 are not exceptions to CCC 846 (and CCC 845). For the Dominicans they are exceptions to Tradition. The dead-saved are visible for them.

Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ (CCC 847) refer to implicit for us cases. For the Dominicans they are  explicit for us cases. For me  being saved in invincible ignorance, seeds of the Word, good and holy things in other religions, imperfect communion with the Church are hypothetical.It is not so for millions of Catholics.For me these cases refer to the deceased, now saved in Heaven, who are not visible to us.So they cannot be relevant to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus which says all need to convert into the Church for salvation.

This is also the message of the Letter of the Holy Office 1949 to the Archbishop of Boston relative to Fr.Leonard  Feeney which says we must interpret the dogma as the Church does. If the cardinal who issued the Letter had assumed that being saved in implicit desire or in invincible ignorance  was an exception to the literal interpretation of Fr.Leonard Feeney, then he made an objective mistake and a great wrong was done to the ex-Jesuit priest from Boston.

If the Dominicans and Bishop Peter J. Jugis are using the same irrational interpretation of the Catechism then this cannot be said to be the teaching of the Holy Spirit .It is not a rational interpretation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
-Lionel Andrades

"Outside the Church there is no salvation"
846 How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?335 Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:
Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.336
847 This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and his Church:
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience - those too may achieve eternal salvation.337

848 "Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men."338 

Sydney Archdiocese CREDO evangelises without the belief in the necessity of the Catholic Church for salvation

Sydney Archdiocese's CREDO evangelises without the belief in the necessity of the Catholic Church for salvation; without the necessity of all in 2014 being visible members of the Church, with 'faith and baptism' (AG 7)

CREDO states:-

The strength of the Catholic vision of evangelisation is that it takes a big picture approach. In Pope Paul VI’s seminal document on evangelisation, Evangelii Nuntiandi (1975), he explains:
For the Church, evangelising means bringing the Good News into all the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new.    
Off hand I recall Evangelii Nuntiandi saying that allthough others have their hands raised to  God it is only in the Catholic Church in which that there is true worship. I do not have the exact text before me but I recall this from a discussion at the seminary many years back.

CREDO emphasizes Jesus without the Catholic Church.

-Lionel Andrades

CREDO is the Sydney Archdiocesan office for evangelisation and renewal.
Established in 2003 by Bishop Julian Porteous, Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation and Renewal, CREDO seeks to promote and inspire evangelisation and renewal in the Sydney Archdiocese in accordance with the Church’s teaching that evangelisation “is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelise.” (Evangelii nuntiandi, 14)
CREDO supports and hosts works that enable people to encounter Jesus Christ and deepen their relationship with him in the Sacraments, Scriptures, teachings, traditions and community of the Catholic Church.
CREDO achieves this through parish missions, conferences and outreach events; the creation of networks for evangelisers; the provision of resources and training in evangelisation; and the support and encouragement of works of evangelisation and renewal.

Shahbaz Bhatti knew his outspokenness against appalling discrimination would make him a target

Think of men like Shahbaz Bhatti: March 2 marked the third anniversary of the assassination of Clement Shahbaz Bhatti, murdered in cold blood and in broad daylight in Pakistan’s capital, and still no one has been brought to justice.
Bhatti was the only Christian cabinet member and although a suspect has now been brought to trial that trial has been jeopardized by death threats to the lawyers and witnesses. Aged 42, the life of Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Minorities, was cut short by self-described Taliban assassins. His murderers scattered pamphlets describing him as a “Christian infidel”. The leaflets were signed “Taliban al-Qaida Punjab.”
A devout Catholic, Shahbaz Bhatti stands in a long tradition – from Thomas Beckett to Thomas More, Maximilian Kolbe to Oscar Romero – of men willing to lay down their lives for their friends and their faith.
Bhatti knew his outspokenness against appalling discrimination would make him a target. He insisted his stand would “send a message of hope to the people living a life of disappointment, disillusionment and despair” adding that his life was dedicated to “the oppressed, the down-trodden and the marginalised” and to “the struggle for human equality, social justice, religious freedom and the empowerment of religious minorities’ communities.”
Bhatti knew his stand could cost him his life.
Yet, it did not deter him from insisting on justice for religious minorities in the overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim nation. He did not run away or recoil from his calling, even sacrificing his personal life, by never marrying, which is explained was to spare a young family his anticipated fate.
I genuinely am staggered at our indifference to the deaths of men like Shahbaz Bhatti or Iraq’s Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, whose body was discovered in a shallow grave – one of an estimated 600 Iraqi Christians murdered as their churches have been bombed and desecrated. Hundreds of thousands fled – many to Syria – where the horror is being played out all over again. And where, on Monday, we learnt of the murder of Fr Frans van der Lugt, shot twice in the head while he tended his small garden.

There can be no kerygma without the necessity of the Catholic Church

An aerial view of St. Peter's Square
Christianity is a person, a person raised on the Cross, a person who annihilated himself to save us, who became sin.”-Pope Francis
‘Christianity is a person, a person raised on the Cross, a person who annihilated himself to save us…’ through His Church. Christianity is the Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.
So there can be no kerygma without the necessity of the Catholic Church. There can be no salvation, for all eternity, no relationship with the person who is at the centre of Christianity, without the teachings of the Catholic Church.
-Lionel Andrades

Young Muslims who kill themself thinking they are going to Heaven have never been exposed to Catholics who believe that these young people are on the way to Hell

Bishops are not affirming the Catholic Faith on exclusive salvation in the Church.
The young Muslims who kill themself thinking they are going to Heaven have never been exposed to Catholics who believe that these young people are on the way to Hell according to the teachings of the Catholic Church.(Vatican Council II, CCC 846 etc).1
Benedict XVI visits the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (CNS photo/Patrick Hertzog, Pool via Reuters)
The Catholic Church’s teaching are not known by Catholics and it is not discussed regularly and freely on Catholic forums.
Aside from Asia and Africa, even in England for example, the people do not know that the Catholic Church teaches, in its magisterial documents, including Vatican Council II, that all Muslims in 2014 in England are on the way to Hell unless they convert into the Catholic Church with 'faith and baptism'.(Vatican Council II, Ad Gentes 7). This is the official teaching of the Catholic Church and is repeated in the Catechism of the Catholic  Church.(846).
Instead there are secular media interpretations of the Catholic Faith which implies that being saved in invincible ignorance(LG 16) etc are known exceptions, to all needing faith and baptism for salvation. In other words, all do not need to enter the Church to go to Heaven. This is irrational, the secular media, which is non Catholic, implies that we can see the dead now saved in  Heaven. These 'deceased' are exceptions, to the traditional teaching of Vatican Council II on exclusive salvation in the Catholic Church.
The Catholic bishops in England do not issue a clarification when the media makes this objective error of being able to see the dead on earth. Neither do  the bishops state in public that all non Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Hindus etc need to convert into the Church to avoid the fires of Hell.
Catholics also are confused on this subject as websites and Internet forums do not want to discuss this subject.
Meanwhile it is common for these same sources in the Church , who deny the Catholic Faith to say that they are following the teachings of the Catholic Church. This is also true of the Catholic Herald, U.K and their corrrespondent on Islaim, Fr.Alexander Lucie-Smith.
-Lionel Andrades