Thursday, June 3, 2010

Notes: Thursday, June 3, 2010

"Italy pays women not to abort"

ROME: In a policy, welcomed by anti-abortion campaigners but dismissed by critics as propaganda, women in northern Italy who cannot afford to have their babies are to be offered E4500 ($6600) not to have an abortion.

Roberto Formigoni, the centre-right governor of the Lombardy region, said yesterday the offer was to fulfil his pledge in regional elections in March that no woman should have to have an abortion because of economic difficulties.

[...] In the regional poll, centre-right candidates also vowed to ban the RU486 abortion pill days after it was made available.

Abortion has been available on demand in Italy since 1978.


Augusto Colombo, a gynaecologist in Milan, said that there had been an increase in demands for abortion, which was attributable to the economy.

"Government: Too Much, Too Little?"

I don't have time to read this now, but it looks interesting:

"Mt Sinai is in Israel, not Egypt, says archaeologist"

Nonsense, but interesting:

Fr. Zuhlsdorf, Terra, and others on whether layfolk pray liturgically

I thought that when layfolk fulfill what would for clerics be a liturgical function, then what they're doing is not a liturgy--a paraliturgy, perhaps, but not liturgy properly so called. But Terra and others (see the link to Fr. Zuhlsdorf's post's combox above here) disagree. I'm not sure what to make of it all.

Blog comments by me

Just one today, at Mr. Schütz's blog:

Cardinal Pole
June 3, 2010 at 4:44 am

“And where was this in the previous, by the RCC’s count 1925, years of the church’s existence?”

Being lived out in and by however many Catholic Confessional States existed for the sixteen hundred or so years from the time the Roman Empire made Christianity the State religion to the present situation, where only one or two States confess the Catholic religion. Legitimate doctrinal development is the making explicit of what was previously only implicit, and Quas Primas is one of many such explications throughout the Church’s history.

Christ is God, and God’s Kingdom is three-fold: The Kingdom of nature, of grace, and of glory. To say that God is King of nature is to say that He gives things their respective natures and directs them towards their respective ends by means suitable to each, and it is the natural law by which He directs humans towards their natural end. So He is the Legislator of the natural law and the Author and source of authority of every natural institution. Hence Christ is (objectively) King of each and every family, each and every State, and the whole human race (regardless of whether they subjectively acknowledge and honour this Kingship). So to say that

“There is no such thing as the Social Reign of Christ”

would seem to be to deny at least one of the following:

1. That Christ is God.
2. That He imposed the natural law and that all authority comes from Him.
3. That the State is an institution of the natural law.

As for the post-Conciliar subversion of the Feast of Christ the King: I’m well aware of all that, with one exception: What is the RCL?


Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of Corpus Christi, A.D. 2010


Terra said...


The Office started primarily as the prayer of monks and nuns, not priests (only one or two of St Benedict's monks were to be priests according to the Rule, and they were not to be accorded automatic precedence in choir).

A huge theology grew up around the liturgical role of the monastic Office, particularly under the Cluniac reform.

The Office only became compulsory for priests in the middle ages (lat IV I think though I'd need to check).

And it was only at Trent (to counter abuses) that the Office was made liturgical only for clerics and religious, and devotional for the laity.

All of the faithful are capable of performing liturgy, and do so everytime they assist at mass.

That doesn't mean of course that they are capable of performing every type/part of the liturgy, playing every role - only priests can confect certain sacraments; the laity are restricted to certain responses and prayers in the mass etc.

Whether or not we are praying the Office liturgically though is a purely factual question within the power of the church to legislate.

And it has, to allow it.

Whether that is the best possible pastoral decision is a matter of debate, but canon law is reasonably clear on the current state of the law.

Cardinal Pole said...

Thank you for that comment, Terra (and for your two blog posts on the matter too).