Thursday, September 19, 2013
Cardinal Caffara: “Without Truth There Can be no Love” -- Of the Theft and Emptying of the Word “Love"
A child needs a Father and a Mother, not “Parent 1" and “Parent 2”
The Lectio Magistralis of Cardinal Caffarra was held in Bologna at the opening of the new school year for Catholic teachers. The media commentators have focused on an important passage in which the Cardinal decided against replacing the words "father" and "mother" with "parent 1" and "parent 2". An ideologically motivated circumlocution in the left-liberal war of extermination against the family.
The Lectio contained another point that was deeper and more fundamental. It is also about the debate surrounding the letter Pope Francis recently wrote to atheist Eugenio Scalfari and the left-liberal daily La Repubblica. "A Key Concept of the Christian Doctrine has Been Stolen by Modern Culture”
“You may have noticed that I have avoided using the word 'love,'" said Cardinal Caffarra. "Why is that? Because a theft has occurred. A key concept of the Christian doctrine, just 'love', has been stolen by modern culture and has become an empty concept, a kind of container in which everyone puts into it what he says. "In this way, however," said the Cardinal, "the truth of love is a hard to place today".
The statement of the Archbishop of Bologna is of great importance. The cardinal recalled that everyone, especially those who want to have a flexible truth, that love, as well as mercy, represents a very concrete reality and truth is immutable and not arbitrarily modeled plastic. To make it clearer to understand what he meant, Cardinal Caffarra quoted a passage from the encyclical Caritas in Veritate by Benedict XVI.:
"Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in as you wish. That is the fatal risk facing love in a culture without truth. It falls prey to contingent subjective emotions and opinions of the individual, a word that is abused and distorted, until finally it means the opposite. “
This is Catholic doctrine, the same as Pope Francis was trying to convey in his attempt at dialogue with the atheist Scalfari. An experiment which reminded among other atheists because the truth is neither changeable nor subjective. Some passages of the Pope's letter was somewhat misleading and offered Scalfari and La Repubblica, has a decisive influence on the left-liberal media spectrum when it comes to the Vatican and Italy, the possibility of a dialectical reversal.
However, the following applies: Where the good will is not there, there will always be such distortion that God and the truth will be evaded, no matter how well a text is formulated.
"To say homo and hetero is the same thing, is to deny the obvious"
Cardinal Caffarra was the first President of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. As early as last July, he found clear words against aberro-partnerships. He then replied to statements of the Leftist mayor of Bologna. At that time the Cardinal found a fitting manner to express what many complain of in the current development: "To say that homo and hetero represent an equivalent, that it makes no difference for society and for the children, is to deny the obvious. Even if that has to be explained, then it must really be a mute cry. We have arrived at such a darkening of reason, that one thinks it is the laws that establish the truth of things.” And that is truly a tragedy.
The ideas expanded upon in his Lectio Magistralis, the Cardinal took his ideas back from July and it's really sad that such things that are self-evident today must be partly recalled to an audience that acts as if it had a clue, but does not know the reality of things, not even the most basic realities of human existence: "gay marriage," said the cardinal, "is unable to meet the requirement for begetting new human life." Nevertheless, he added, different countries have recognized homosexual relationships in their laws and "these granted the right to adopt or for artificial insemination." So we are already in the midst of trying separate the loving union of man and woman and procreation from each other. It has become indifferent as to whether the new life is begotten or produced. The topic of surrogacy is still disparaged, but it is already in the room.
Love Decoupled From The Truth “Leads Us to The Abyss"
What besides, said Cardinal Caffarra, “then that the human person comes into the world?" The mistake is to think that the connection between man and woman is an empty concept to be decided by social consensus, which is the destruction of the most basic human social network: the genealogy of man. “This proposed path that makes a concept deflated of truth, the concept of love ,and fills it with subjective feelings, leads us to the abyss in which the biological dimension as a constitutive element of genealogy disappears.”
Text: NBQ / Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Nuova Bussola Quotidiana
Trans: Tancred email@example.com
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
(Bologna) Every year in the northern Italian city of Bologna, the miraculous image of Our Lady is seen all over the city from near and far during a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of St. Luke in the city's cathedral. The statue dates from the middle of the 12th Century. Since that time, this devotion is located at Colle della Guardia, on which now stands the great pilgrimage church.
The local tradition attributes the miraculous image to the evangelist Luke, whose remains are located in the nearby city of Padua in part. According to tradition, a pilgrim had called Theocles get the icon in Constantinople by the monks of St. Sophia, to bring them up to the Colle della Guardia. In Italy he learned that this hill is located near Bologna. He handed over the icon to the local bishop, who entrusted it to two sisters who lived in a small monastery on the hill. In 1732 an imposing sanctuary was built on the hill.
The miraculous image corresponds to the representation of Maria Hodegetria, the Mother of God with Baby Jesus is shown as Guide. The Byzantine original was attributed to the evangelist Luke, however, was lost in 1453 when the city was conquered by the Turks. There are numerous other images of Mary modeled after the original, the Roman miraculous image Salus Populi Romani in the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, in front of which Pope Francis has already prayed twice, as the Black Madonna of Czestochowa and the no less famous Mother of God of Kazan, but also the miraculous image of Bologna.
The veneration of the image intensified from 1433. As a long-lasting rainfall endangered the harvest, people determined to bring the picture of grace in the city. On the day of the transfer, the rain stopped. Since then, the transfer takes place annually. In the 17th/18th Centuries there was a 3.7 kilometer long arcade to allow for its dry passage.
The stay in St. Peter Cathedral of the Archdiocese runs from the eve of the Sixth Sunday after Easter (the fifth Sunday according to the old Liturgical Calendar) to the Solemnity of the Ascension which is celebrated in Italy on the following Sunday.
The week in which the miraculous image is located in the Cathedral, is always rich in liturgical events. Since 2011, one of the Holy Sacrifices of the Mass has been celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It is celebrated by the priests Cardinal Archbishop Carlo Caffarra has entrusted with the care of the Mass location according to Summorum Pontificum.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Wikicommons / Archdiocese of Bologna
Image: Wikicommons / Archdiocese of Bologna