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Spero News reports that Jahi McMath who was rescued by her loving parents, lawyers, and her community’s protests from the declaration of ‘Brain Death,’ is showing signs of life after months.

Following her surgery she has become quite an embarrassment for medical science as well as a financial liability for Children’s hospital and the organ donation transplant industry.  She is, hourly, daily, showing the world that she is not brain dead. She is not dead, period, as the hospital declared that she was.

She is the evidence that a brain death definition is merely a tool of a fast growing industry that is aggressively attempting to fulfill the requests for healthy organs for transplants.

Human organs to be successfully transplanted into another human being must be fresh which means removed from a body that is still alive, is still functioning. Organs from a dead body, a cadaver, are of no life preserving value to another living human being.

Therefore, creating a definition of brain death that allows medicine to declare that a patient is dead provides for that allowance.

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Rorate Caeli reports:

Achbishop-elect Julian Leow Beng Kim, chosen by Pope Francis months ago, will be installed archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, tomorrow, October 6, 2014.

He will certainly be a great Archbishop — well, at least assuredly for non-Catholics. He has just introduced a new symbol in ecclesiastical heraldry, the “Tree of All Religions” or “Coexist Tree”.

Because, as Jesus said, “the gate is wide,” and “you can go to the Father not only through me, but through any other way as well. Just pick from the Tree of All Religions whatever faith rocks the Divine within you, dude.

 

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The Google Translation Tempi magazine reports over a half million people just filled the streets of Paris on behalf of the pro-family Manif Pour Tous movement because ‘man is not a commodity.’

More than 500 000 in Paris, at least 30,000 in Bordeaux. Yesterday the Manif pour tous fell back on the streets after eight months to “reclaim the universal abolition of the uterus for rent (GPa), refuse to open to artificial insemination without a father and remember that these drifts (…) are the result the Taubira law on marriage, “homosexual.

The president of the Manif pour tous, Ludovine de La Rochère , said: “We will continue to mobilize peacefully, but relentlessly. We will not allow more than the ultra-libertarian impose their timetable and milestones of this so-called “progress.” There is nothing more obscurantist womb for rent. And we will do even more: we will continue our propositions to strengthen families and protect children. “

Eighteen months after the approval of the marriage and adoption by gay couples, France has made ​​several steps towards the legalization of assisted reproduction for couples of women, voluntarily depriving children of a father, and of ‘ surrogacy , voluntarily depriving children of a mother.

“THE MAN IS NOT GOODS.” So many slogans chanted by protesters: “The woman is not a machine that produces children “,” Just take blows to tax the family “and even” The human being is not a commodity. “

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At her blog, Charlotte Was Both, Amy Welborn reminds us of the official position of the German Conference regarding reception of the Sacraments by those who refuse to register and pay the ‘Church Tax.’

Obviously, there is a lot of discussion regarding the Synod, much of that discussion being driven by Cardinal Kasper of Germany, who is just going on and on and on about compassion and mercy and such.

Plenty of people are talking about all of that.  What hardly anyone is doing, however is even trying to move beyond the ideological narratives, and raising questions about  the German church tax.

For that is really the most pressing issue facing the German Catholic Church.  And I really wonder why any of our highly-praised religion journalists are completely ignoring this issue and don’t even seem interested in connecting the dots or even asking Cardinal Kasper directly about how the Catholic Church in Germany understands and practices issues related to Church membership and the sacraments. And taxes.

Welborn also notes:

So far this year, the number of Germans leaving the country’s Protestant and Catholic churches has reached its highest level in 20 years, twice last year’s level—a surge many clergy and finance experts blame on the changes in how the tax is levied.

From, The Catholic Thing, she quotes:

Some European journals are also calling for a reconsideration of the close financial link between Church and State in Germany. The Church draws a hefty income from this so-called church tax, and the clergy are paid rather large salaries by the state. Most Americans would be a bit shocked to learn that German bishops make between €8000 ($10,965) and €11,500 ($15,763) a month, depending upon their seniority. That comes to between $131,000 and $189,000 a year. Priests make less – but still far more than their American brother priests.

On Kasper’s continuous interviews in advance of the Synod on the Family:

Well, first you should be wondering why the head of a national church that is dying should have this constantly-turned on microphone on this issue.  Why are we even listening to him?  Aren’t we supposed to be listening to the Church from places where it is actually alive and growing?

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Okay, back to Germany.  Here’s how the German bishops responded to the growing exodus.  Back in 2012, they issued a decree.

This decree declared that if you’re Catholic, and you un-register with the German government and don’t pay the church tax…you’re basically excommunicated.  From, you know, the Eucharistic Table of the Lord.  You can’t be buried out of the Church unless you’ve repented. Heck, you can’t even chair the social committee.

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Sandro Magister features the historical rebuttal of writer Giancarlo Pani S.J. to the proposition that the Council of Trent was open to Holy Communion for those in second marriages.

In order to call the synod to “openness” on second marriages, “ La Civiltà Cattolica” has made a surprise move. It has dusted off the Council of Trent, precisely that Council which more strictly than any other reaffirmed the unity and indissolubility of the bond of marriage.

That same Council, however – as “La Civiltà Cattolica” recalls – abstained from formally condemning second marriages as practiced in the Eastern Churches, not only among the faithful of the Orthodox rite, but also – in some areas of mixed confession – among Catholics in union with Rome.

Magister concludes:

The thesis that emerges from this article of “La Civiltà Cattolica” is that Trent made a gesture of “evangelical mercy” that the synod that is about to open should adopt and reinforce, on behalf of “those Christians who suffer through a failed conjugal relationship.”

In reality, there was no beginning of “openness” to second marriages at Trent, but simply the decision not to enter into direct conflict on this point with the Orthodox Churches, with a prudence that was also exercised over the previous centuries and maintained afterward.

The exceptional case of the Greek islands of the Republic of Venice was extinguished with the loss of those islands at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. And it was not reproduced again in the communities that switched from Orthodoxy to union with the Church of Rome, which were asked for a preliminary confession of faith with the express indication of the impossibility of a second marriage.

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The UK Catholic Herald reports:

Speaking to the gathered bishops he said the faithful must not keep things back just because they might be worried “what will the Pope think”, according to Catholic News Service.

“Speak clearly. Don’t tell anyone, ‘you can’t say that’,” he added.

Pope Francis went on to say that “the spirit of collegiality is to speak boldly and to listen with humility” and he also welcomed the lay men and women present at the synod. “You enrich our spirit of synodality,” he told them.

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U.S. Catholic/RNS news reports strong words from Cardinal Burke about Cardinal Kasper’s recent defense of his Holy Communion proposal in the press:

“I find it amazing that the cardinal claims to speak for the pope,” said Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis, speaking from Rome. “The pope doesn’t have laryngitis. The pope is not mute. He can speak for himself. If this is what he wants, he will say so.”

“But for me as a cardinal to say that what I am saying are the words of Pope Francis? That to me is outrageous.”

RNS continues:

Burke also said whatever Francis thinks about a more lenient approach on Communion for remarried Catholics, the pope can’t change current church teaching because he and all bishops “are held to obedience to the truth” about marriage, and that cannot change.

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The split between Anglican Bishops in the First and Third World has grown so vast that leadership is considering cancelling the Lambeth Conference in 2018 due to low attendance.

Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said that the Archbishop of Canterbury “is not going to call a Lambeth until he is reasonably certain that the vast majority of bishops would attend.” Scores of Anglican bishops, including a heavy proportion of those from Africa, boycotted the most recent Lambeth Conference, in 2008, because of their opposition to recent decisions by the worldwide Anglican leadership to allow for female bishops, homosexual priests, and same-sex unions.

Catholic World News reports:

A spokesman for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Justin Welby, declined to comment on the report that the Lambeth Conference would be cancelled. Such a cancellation would be an unprecedented step, underlining the crisis within the Anglican communion.

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CNA News reports:

In another blast at those in the Church hierarchy looking for ways to give Holy Communion to people in second marriages, Head of the CDF Cardinal Muller said:

“We can ‘deconstruct’ the Gospel and Tradition and remake them to the liking of today’s world, making their demands easy and accommodating them to the fragile, superficial, immature and post-modern man.”

The cardinal also defended the family:

“The family should be firmly defended as the place and environment in which each person is filled with love and grows in his or efforts and willingness to sacrifice,” he said.

“The duality between man and woman is necessary for the constitution of a marriage and a family, and no child should be deprived of his natural right to have a father and a mother.”

 

 

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In, ‘Scratching my head about the bishop in Paraguay,’ Fr. Z writes

… while the Supreme Pontiff exercises full jurisdiction in the Church and that his decisions have no appeal, should the Supreme Pontiff want there to be sound rule of law through the Church at every level, he, too, will observe the laws of which he is the Legislator.  So, the removal of bishops by the Pope should have some canonical basis.  It doesn’t have to, technically, but it really should.

He adds that, “‘Blunt speech’ and ‘voicing an opinion’ are not a canonical basis for removal from office unless the opinion is obviously heresy.”

Finally,

This Argentinian bishop serving in Paraguay will be criticized by liberals for fighting back.  But those same liberals praised the Bishop of Toowoomba in Australia for getting all feisty.   He, you see, was “prophetic”, but the Paraguayan must be an “ideologue”.