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To: Rockingham
There are issues, but

Since "there are issues", then you need to place your trust in patience and prayer. More importantly, reflect on what our Lord's prayer says: "Thy will be done". The outcome may not be your will but, as a catholic, you should place your trust in the will of God. To do otherwise, is to emulate others who have denounced the Chair of Peter.

I am a Roman Catholic, raised pre-VCII with the Latin Mass and witness to the changes that took place afterwards. The RC diocese in which I reside is ultra progressive and I have first hand experience on how far contemporary ideologues can shift and alter catechesis. That said, I am also most blessed to have found my home in a Maronite (Eastern) Catholic Church. In the process, I have been humbled by their devout faith and staunch defense of the papacy. They trace their heritage back to Antioch where Peter served as bishop before going to Rome. Of all the Eastern rite Churches, the Maronite Church is the only one known by the name of a person—St. Maron. Born in the middle of the fourth century, St. Maron was a hermit, who, by his holiness and the miracles he worked, attracted many followers. After his death around the year 410, his monastic disciples built a large monastery in his honor, from which other monasteries were founded.

The followers of St. Maron, both monks and laity, were always faithful to the teaching of the Pope. The Maronite Church is the only one among the Eastern Churches that has always maintained its bonds with Rome and the Successor of St. Peter. In fact, in 517, as controversy continued to rage over the decisions of the Council of Chalcedon (451) regarding Christ as “true God and true Man,” persecution of the Maronites broke out which resulted in the martyrdom of 350 Maronite monks on account of their defense of the Council’s decrees. Because of this, the Maronites were also known as the “Chalcedonians.” Even today, on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, our liturgy prays: “O Lord, preserve your children from all error or deviation, grant us to live and die proclaiming: ‘Our faith is the faith of Peter, the faith of Peter is our faith!’” During the seventh century, the Maronites again suffered persecution and fled for refuge to the mountains of Lebanon. There they maintained and grew in their Christian faith and culture. At the time of the Crusades, close bonds were established by the Maronites with the West which have endured to this day. Later on, the Holy See sent missionaries to Lebanon, and in 1584, Pope Gregory XIII established the Maronite Seminary in Rome. Thus throughout history, there have been continuous and close relations between the Maronites in the East and western countries in Europe.

Now we come to an interesting series of events. When the Vatican missionaries arrived in Lebanon, they reviewed the liturgical books used by the Maronites, that were written in Syriac and Arabic. The missionaries declared that certain books were not in conformity with the teachings of the Catholic Church and insisted that these be burned. The Maronites did not hesitate or put up a fight; they immediately complied. Why? Because they believe that "Where Peter is, there is the Catholic Church".

Rome's response was to send them gifts, including mitres to be worn by their bishops. In reality, many of the bishops from the Eastern Catholic Churches, wear "crowns" but the Maronites continue to embrace the gift of the mitre from the pope. During the centuries that followed, not only were their books burned but their liturgy was "latinized". Ironically, it was VCII that promoted a return to the authentic origins of the Eastern Catholic Churches. For the Maronites, this has been a tenuous move in that some of that history was destroyed by the Vatican emissaries.

Most remarkable, there is NO RESENTMENT! None! On the contrary, they embrace their attachment to the Chair of Peter.

Pope Francis and His Beatitude Bechara Peter Rai, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East for the Maronites.

On November 9, 2013, Pope Francis Appointed Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Mar Beshara Peter Rahi as member in the Catholic Council for Education in the Vatican for five years. The main activities of this council are to spread the principles of Catholic education and apply it in the Catholic schools, universities and seminaries.

This council has the power to authorize the establishment of canonic universities and institutes, to organize its laws and regulations, and to preserve the Catholic doctrinal education within such centers, and to promote collaboration and communication between them.

Cardinal Rai is also member in several councils, among them the Council for Oriental Churches, the Papal Council for Media, the Papal Council for Expatriates and others.

Perhaps the Latin Rite traditionalist can learn a lesson here on faith and acceptance.

16 posted on 12/16/2013 2:48:51 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

To trust in and submit to God’s will does not require the suspension of one’s capacity for judgment. Pope Francis is a deeply good and caring man, but, like many pastoral popes, he also seems prone toward impulsiveness and carelessness in expression and decisions. At the level of the papacy, such traits can unintentionally sew ill-will and dissension — as happened with Vatican II and the wreckage left in the wake of its optimistic, well intended reforms.

17 posted on 12/16/2013 4:56:31 PM PST by Rockingham
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