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Sunday Meditations from Greeley, CO

From Deacon Joseph Meilinger

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Random Thought 1: Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Vienna, admitted during a public lecture that certain people in the Vatican lied about sexual abuse by prominent prelates. Cardinal Schönborn said that sexual abuse usually begins in the confessional. He also added that Cardinal Angelo Sedano, former Vatican Secretary of State, sided with the prelates and dismissed victim’s complaints.

Random Thought 2:  Holy Spirit Parish is located in Horizon City, a town of 20,000 near El Paso, TX. “The indifference of the world towards God in the holiness [of the] Most Blessed Sacrament needs to be overcome with the devotion, love and the holiness of His children,” Father Jose Morales, the parish’s pastor, wrote, “Let us also pray that those that perpetrated these repulsive acts may repent and change their ways.”

Random Thought 3:  "The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral," Pope Francis told a crowd in Hiroshima on November 24. He added: "As is the possession of atomic weapons." Previous Pontiffs have called for the abolition of nuclear weaponry, and decried expenditures on the arms race. But Pope Francis went beyond previous expressions of Church teaching when he said that the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.

2314    Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation. A danger of modern warfare is that it provides the opportunity to those who possess modern scientific weapons— especially atomic, biological, or chemical weapons— to commit such crimes.

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