Vatican City, Nov 21, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent return to the “Vatican bank” of some $28.8 million, seized because of alleged money laundering, closes a story that opened almost five years ago and accompanied the reform of Vatican finances.
In 2010, the Public Prosecutor of Rome made a preventive seizure of 23 million Euros transferred by the Institute for Religious Works (IOR, or “Vatican bank”) from an account it held in the Italian bank Credito Artigiano, now Credito Valtellinese.
Until now not one media organisation has reproduced the exact words attributed to Christ
Much has been written in the past few days, particularly in Muslim newspapers, on the discovery of a bible in Turkey, a bible that was apparently written in Aramaic – the language Jesus spoke – approximately 1,500 years ago. The bible is written on leather pages in gold letters. The cover has inscriptions in Aramaic and a cross, drawn in a rather rudimentary way. What has attracted the most attention – from the media point of view – is a number of statements made by Jesus where he apparently predicts the coming of Muhammad. Nevertheless, up to now no media organisation has published the exact words attributed to Christ.
Conversion and confession, justice and pastoralness, liberty and truth – all concepts of ecclesial doctrine that risk remaining abstract if not applied to the concrete reality of people, to their wounds and to their sins.
Then there’s the question: must the Church adapt herself to the exigencies of the times, to the divorced who seek absolution in the confessional, to “two mothers” who want to baptize their own daughter? Must she pay attention to public opinion? Or must she continue in her mission as light of the people, herald of Truth, even if at times she “disturbs”?
Questions which are apparently rhetorical for a Catholic, whose answer, however, is at the center of a thousand controversies, sometimes within the Church herself.
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Major Penitentiary of the Holy Roman Church, Pope Francis’ “Minister of Mercy,” gave ZENIT a lucid analysis of all this, explaining in what way the Church “administers” mercy and how this is “the supreme law” with which she governs, beyond “human” law and justice.
Lets take number 4 and have our own innocent comical chit chat.
Would contact with a race of aliens be enough to fully unite humanity? Would it cause all of us to drop our bitter quarrels and come together as one? That is apparently what former president Bill Clinton believes. On Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night, Clinton said that an alien invasion;