- Oct 30, 2020
The August 3 death of Bishop Giovanni Benedetti, who led the Diocese of Foligno in Italy from 1976 to 1992, probably won’t attract much comment anywhere outside his native region of Umbria. That’s too bad, because his life illustrates several truths about Catholic bishops that often go unacknowledged or under-appreciated.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl says he finds “a great consolation and sense of serenity” in the fact that, for Catholics, Peter is the touchstone of faith, but added that doesn’t mean you still don’t raise a question, if you “speak truth in love.”
Those coming to Orlando for the USCCB’s Convocation of Catholic Leaders will be praying, listening and sharing, studying Pope Francis’s “The Joy of the Gospel,” and asking how we can all go to the peripheries and fulfill in today’s world the Great Commission given to us by Jesus Christ.
Many Catholics are never exposed to Scripture outside of Mass, and fewer have read the Bible from cover to cover, starting with Genesis. When you do, you find out you have been missing a lot of the story – but you also discover the genius of how the Bible is used by the Church in the liturgy.
It is astounding how much the parishes and pastors who have embraced “the Spirit of Vatican II” have done exactly opposite of what the documents of the Second Vatican Council actually prescribe. The Council allows for four types of sacred music: “Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony in its various forms, both ancient and modern, sacred music for the organ and other approved instruments, and sacred popular music, be it liturgical or simply religious.”
The vocation of Catholic womanhood can be fully realized only through prayer. A new book shows how different women use the Eucharist, Mary, Saints, and the Rosary to help form their prayer life; keeping in mind the words of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen: “To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.”