My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Father Joseph Fessio, the Chancellor/Provost to Ave Maria University in Florida,

Father Fessio was a student under Pope Benedict and remains a good friend. In this clip of a recent radio interview, he explains very well the roots of the abuse scandal and it's connection to contraception.

HH: Father Fessio, when we left, we were talking about the American Church, and some great bishops who are here leading the American Church. But the American Catholic Church is in somewhat of disarray after the child molestation scandals and a great deal of financial hardship in the wake, and unhappy settlements and non-settlements in some diocese. What does the new Pope think about what happened? Why it happened? And how the Church emerges from it?

JF: Well, first, Hugh, to me, it was a moment of supreme joy when I realized in the midst of this crisis, so dark and often a crisis of leadership in the Church, that these sinful men like ourselves could get together in a room and elect such a great Pope. I mean, the fact that he's even a bishop or a Cardinal is almost a miracle, but that he should the suppport of all these others was just a tremendous grace being given to the Church. I have talked to him about this at great length. His office, the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, was the one that was handling appeals to accusations on the part of priests. And I don't remember exactly what he said, but I do recall we were pretty much in agreement. And that this crisis is not really a sexual crisis, and it's certainly not a pedophilia crisis, because most of these were young boys, you know, post-pubescent. It was really a crisis in the teaching of the Church being accepted. And I think it goes back all the way to 1968. This is something that you may not agree with me on, as a Protestant, but I believe the Catholic Church's teaching on contraception is the most profound teaching the world has seen. It recognizes the sacredness of marriage that every act of intimacy in marriage is meant to be open to love and to life. And that you neither leave out the love and clone people, or leave out the life and contracept. But once you separate procreation from union, fruitfulness from pleasure, then there's no possible way you can justify restricting sexual pleasure to married people. Because if it's just pleasure not connected to having children, then it's like drinking wine or dancing, or if you don't do those things, like playing golf or doing crossword puzzles, if that's your pleasure. And therefore, even though people naturally know it's wrong, they have no principles by which to know it's wrong. And so, when temptation comes, people are going have no...against it. And therefore, in the 1960's and 70's, when bishops, priests, seminary professors were saying oh, it's a matter of conscience, you know, this isn't infallable, what they did was they took away the intellectual foundation for the unity of fruitfulness and embassy in marriage. And when they did that, there was no argument against homosexual acts, against extra-marital acts, against pre-marital acts, against bestiality. And I think, therefore, that if we would have had doctrinal courage on the part of the bishops, to maintain the Church's teaching, we wouldn't have had this crisis.

Many thanks to the Curt Jester for this and for introducing me to the Radio Blogger Blog!

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