sexta-feira, 6 de março de 2009
quinta-feira, 5 de março de 2009
quarta-feira, 4 de março de 2009
Entrevista ao Prof. Cicero Galli de Coimbra no Congresso internacional: "Os sinais da vida. A 'morte cerebral? ainda é vida?" organizado em Roma a 19 de Fevereiro de 2009 pela Associação Famiglia Domani, American Life League, Family of the Americas Foundation, Human Life International, International Foundation for Genetic Research, Life Guardian Foundation, Northwest Ohio Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, United States Coalition for Life.
O Prof. Cicero Galli Coimbra é Neurologista clinico. Professor no Departamento de Neurologia e Neurocirúrgia na Universidade Federal de S. Paulo – UNIFESP (Brasil).
terça-feira, 3 de março de 2009
3 de Março de 2009
O passar dos anos e a experiência que eles me deram
provocaram em mim uma atenção nova à minha própria vida,
que reconheço como uma graça que não deixarei nunca de agradecer.
Quase me parece pecado a distracção com que antes vivia,
mas creio que era preciso que o tempo passasse
e que acontecessem os factos que fizeram a minha história,
para que esta nova consciência nas cesse no mais fundo de mim mesmo.
Tenho pena que o ritmo trepidante do meu dia-a-dia
não me deixe mais tempo para esta reflexão interior
que me torna tão grato pelo dom da vida
e tão mais sério cada pensamento e gesto meu.
Isto não impede que continue a cometer os mesmos erros e as mesmas faltas,
mas, ainda assim, mais consciente de cada um deles.
O caminho de santidade a que sou chamado,
que é a minha vocação de baptizado, é longo e cheio de tropeços…
mas é caminho andado e caminho para um destino de Verdade e de Bem.
Queria muito que esta Quaresma fosse esse tempo favorável.
Tempo que, sendo roubado à rotina dos dias iguais,
se torna no dom inestimável de me pôr diante de Deus tal como sou.
Sem disfarce, nem escândalo: eu, diante da Verdade que Ele é.
Queria muito que nesta Quaresma me reencontrasse
com a oração que não rezo, com a Adoração que não faço,
com a generosidade que evito, com a partilha que recuso.
Não se trata de uma questão de piedade, mas de uma questão de humanidade,
porque se «a vida existe para ser dada»
é preciso estar consciente do seu significado,
para se saber porque se dá.
A receita parece ser simples: fixar os olhos na Cruz
e perceber a partir dela, o que pode valer uma vida assim.
segunda-feira, 2 de março de 2009
1. Para evitar juízos precipitados de algum leitor desprevenido esclareço, desde já, que a expressão que intitula este texto não é minha mas sim do Papa Bento XVI. De facto, sua Santidade na mensagem que escreveu para o dia mundial do doente, celebrado a 11 de Fevereiro do ano corrente, denuncia a existência de “menores profanados por pessoas abjectas que violam a sua inocência, provocando nelas uma ferida psicológica que as marcará para o resto da vida.” Creio eu que esta profanação não se referirá somente aos actos directos de pedófilos e abusadores de menores, uma vez que aqueles para além dos danos de ordem psíquica costumam também provocar injúrias de ordem física.
Aliás, há muitos estudos, por exemplo, que mostram à saciedade que a pornografia ou uma doutrinação sexual dissonante da lei moral natural “violam a inocência” de crianças, adolescentes e jovens “provocando nelas uma ferida psicológica que as marcará para o resto da vida”.
2. O parlamento aprovou, no dia 19 de Fevereiro, o projecto lei 660/X que Estabelece o regime de aplicação da educação sexual em meio escolar. O grande mentor ideólogo que elucubrou esse monstro abjecto foi, segundo a comunicação social, o psiquiatra Daniel Sampaio, um notório apoiante da liberalização do aborto e um promotor ou divulgador de espurcícias várias. Daquilo que se conhece, já aprovado na generalidade, não resta qualquer dúvida de que o estado decidiu impor uma ideologização sexual perversa, atropelando os pais nos seus direitos de educação e de liberdade religiosa. O estado, através da escola, contrariamente ao que está fazendo, não pode substituir-se aos pais na educação sexual de seus filhos. Os pais têm todo o direito, quer natural quer positivo, reconhecido, aliás, pela constituição, de resolverem se os seus filhos recebem ou não educação sexual nas escolas. E se decidirem que recebem, a escola tem a obrigação estrita de o fazer subsidiariamente, não tomando o lugar dos pais mas sim auxiliando-os e seguindo as suas directrizes.
3. Todos os pais, mas em particular os crentes, devem estar conscientes da grave responsabilidade que têm de proteger os filhos que geraram e que são obrigados a educar segundo a lei moral natural, confirmada pela Revelação de Deus, e de acordo, para os cristãos, com a doutrina Evangélica. Os pais têm de estar conscientes que terão de responder, no Juízo particular e final, perante Deus, do cumprimento ou não das suas missões de protectores e educadores. O pecado de omissão em tão grave matéria é, naturalmente, mortal. Os pais têm de estar conscientes de que devem estar dispostos a tudo o que seja eticamente legítimo para que os seus filhos não sejam vitimados por essa deseducação obscena. Não podem de modo nenhum deixá-los assistir a esses ensinamentos de corrupção moral, sejam quais forem as consequências que daí advenham. Será melhor pois que se organizem, uma vez que apoiados uns nos outros terão mais coragem e força para salvarem vossos filhos. Não queiram ouvir no dia do Juízo Jesus Cristo dizer-vos: “Em verdade, em verdade vos digo; afastai-vos de Mim, vós que praticáveis o mal” (cf. Mt 7, 23) entregando os vossos filhos a deformações abjectas que profanavam e violavam a sua inocência.
Nuno Serras Pereira01. 03. 2009
domingo, 1 de março de 2009
TORONTO, Ontario, February, 25, 2009 (www.LifeSiteNews.com) - On a bitter cold February 23rd night at St. Basils Church on the campus St. Michael's College, the University of Toronto, Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput delivered to a near capacity audience what was likely the most forthright and challenging talk on Catholic political responsibility ever given in Canada by a bishop.
The Archbishop had been invited to address the themes from his book, "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life." He presented some background and thoughts on the book and then discussed the US election and the meaning of true hope.
Chaput began by noting the powerful negative effect of today's culture on the public's ability to think clearly about political implications and responsibilities. He stated, "American consumer culture is a very powerful narcotic. Moral reasoning can be hard, and TV is a great painkiller. This has political implications. Real freedom demands an ability to think, and a great deal of modern life…seems deliberately designed to discourage that."
The Denver prelate emphasized the importance of forming "a strong and genuinely Catholic conscience" and following that conscience when voting.
However, Catholics with such consciences are often intimidated for doing so. Chaput explained that was one of the reasons he wrote his book: "Frankly, I just got tired of hearing outsiders and insiders tell Catholics to keep quiet about our religious and moral views in the big public debates that involve all of us as a society. That's a kind of bullying. I don't think Catholics should accept it."
Catholic participation in politics concerns our obligation to "the pursuit of justice and the common good in the public square" and "is part of the history of salvation", the Denver bishop proclaimed. He indicated that few are exempt since "Tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil."
He expanded, "we have a duty to be politically engaged. Why? Because politics is the exercise of power, and the use of power always has moral content and human consequences." Chaput challenged, "if we claim to be 'Catholic,' we need to prove it by our behaviour. And serving other people by working for justice, charity and truth in our nation's political life is one of the very important ways we do that."
As for those who separate their faith from their political actions, the author of "Render Unto Caesar" called it a denial of Christ. "That kind of separation would require Christians to deny who we are; to repudiate Jesus."
The archbishop revealed that he was previously a long time Democrat who worked on political campaigns, including that of Jimmy Carter, but he no longer belongs to any political party. He warned, "The sooner Catholics feel at home in any political party, the sooner that party takes them for granted and then ignores their concerns." Many Christians have complained of this in recent decades.
Driving the point home forcefully Chaput added, "Party loyalty for the sake of habit, or family tradition, or ethnic or class interest is a form of tribalism. It's a lethal kind of moral laziness. Issues matter. Character matters. Acting on principle matters. But party loyalty for the sake of party loyalty is a dead end."
Pro-life, pro-family leaders have often been dismayed by their Christian leaders' lack of courage on the issues that matter. Chaput addressed this, again with his unusual frankness for a bishop: "modern life, including life in the Church, suffers from a phony unwillingness to offend that poses as prudence and good manners, but too often turns out to be cowardice."
Some of the Archbishops harshest words, yet still delivered in his calm, friendly speaking manner, were for those Catholics who supported the election of President Obama.
"A spirit of adulation bordering on servility already exists among some of the same Democratic-friendly Catholic writers, scholars, editors and activists who once accused prolifers of being too cozy with Republicans."
Chaput explained, "all political leaders draw their authority from God. We owe no leader any submission or cooperation in the pursuit of grave evil."
He continued that Catholics must witness to their faith and moral convictions, "without excuses or apologies" and that "in democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs" as so many have referred to Obama.
Barack Obama was elected "to fix an economic crisis", Chaput stated, and not "to retool American culture on the issues of marriage and the family, sexuality, bioethics, religion in public life and abortion." He warned, however that this "could easily happen" and "will happen" - "but only if Catholics and other religious believers allow it."
The archbishop's frank admission of the Church's culpability for the current situation was likely something few in the audience had ever heard from a Catholic bishop. Chaput confessed, "The Church in the United States has done a poor job of forming the faith and conscience of Catholics for more than 40 years. And now we're harvesting the results -- in the public square, in our families and in the confusion of our personal lives."
On abortion, Archbishop Chaput, was as direct and blunt as any pro-life leader could dream to finally hear from a Catholic bishop. He insisted that for Catholics, abortion should be a litmus test. "One of the defining things that set early Christians apart from the pagan culture around them was their respect for human life; and specifically their rejection of abortion and infanticide. We can't be Catholic and be evasive or indulgent about the killing of unborn life. We can't claim to be "Catholic" and "pro-choice" at the same time without owning the responsibility for where the choice leads - to a dead unborn child."
Addressing the recent increase in pro-life spokesmen stating that efforts to change laws are futile and we should instead attempt to lessen the numbers of abortions, Chaput stated, "We can't talk piously about programs to reduce the abortion body count without also working vigorously to change the laws that make the killing possible."
Chaput challenged the hypocrisy of Catholics calling themselves Catholic and then voting like pagans, He stated, "if we don't really believe in the humanity of the unborn child from the moment life begins, then we should stop lying to ourselves and others, and even to God, by claiming we're something we're not."
Although it was admitted that Catholics need to "do a much better job of helping women who face problem pregnancies", Chaput added the crucial perspective that, "we don't "help" anyone by allowing or funding an intimate, lethal act of violence. We can't build a just society with the blood of unborn children."
On the issue of hope, proclaimed incessantly by the Obama campaign, the archbishop taught that real hope "has nothing to do with the cheesy optimism of election campaigns. Hope assumes and demands a spine in believers" and "for a Christian -- hope sustains us when the real answer to the problems or hard choices in life is "no, we can't," instead of "yes, we can."
"The word "hope" on a campaign poster may give us a little thrill of righteousness," said the Denver Archbishop, "but the world will still be a wreck when the drug wears off. We can only attain hope through truth. And what that means is this: From the moment Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life," the most important political statement anyone can make is "Jesus Christ is Lord."
During the question and answer session following the lecture, a question was asked about the sometimes unmet responsibility of bishops to prevent pro-abortion speakers from addressing Catholic college functions.
Archbishop Chaput stated that bishops "welcome the input of the laity" and added, "If they disagree with us (bishops) it's really important that we hear that. We need your support, but we also need to hear your concerns if you think we make decisions that are contrary to the good of the Church." That was a surpringly refreshing response to some listeners who have experienced very different results from contacting their bishops on such matters.
In response to a question on the serious problems with the Catholicity of Catholic schools, Chaput emphasized the importance of "working on the principals and the people who manage the schools" as the best way to improve the Catholicity of the teachers.
On the abortion issue again, the archbishop said he was "astonished at the number of Catholics in my diocese who are pro-choice and who come to Mass every day." He repeated, "I am astonished."
In response to a question on ecumenical relations, he stated that Catholics now "have very little in common with the mainline protestant churches because we separate on the issues of life and marriage and embryonic stem cell research". Chaput noted that the Church has recently developed a deeper relationship with Evaneglicals "because we share a passion for the foundational issue of life and for the in some ways equally foundational issue of the meaning of marriage.
In response to a question about the possible excommunication of pro-choice Catholics, the archbishop was emphatic that he saw it as being completely ineffective and counterproductive. He stated it would be "percived as random use of his POWER to hurt people rather than to deal with issues of the truth." The archbishop further derided that use of a bishop's authority and concluded, " I don't think it works and that is why I don't do it. I don't think there are bishops who think it does work. We just don't go about that business these days."
To read the text of Archbishop Chaput's entire address see: