Sunday, June 30, 2019

Tomorrow: the First of July

Tomorrow is a big day: I'll be on the Son Rise Morning Show to discuss St. Oliver Plunkett; we'll know when Blessed John Henry Newman will be canonized; it's the optional memorial of St. Junipero Serra, and it's the first day of July, the month dedicated in traditional Catholic devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus. Blessed Thomas Maxwell was executed on July 1, 1616. Finally, July 1 is the anniversary of the trial of St. Thomas More in Westminster Hall--a venue which he and St. Oliver Plunkett have in common.

So I'll be on the Son Rise Morning Show in my usual time slot, 7:50 a.m. Eastern/6:50 a.m. Central to talk about St. Oliver Plunkett, the last Catholic priest to be executed in England. He wasn't arrested in England for being a missionary priest, however: he was the Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland and was brought to England to stand trial in connection with the Popish Plot! Pope Benedict XV beatified him in 1920; Pope Paul VI canonized him, the first of the Irish martyrs of the English Reformation era and its aftermath, in 1975.

When Pope Paul VI canonized the martyr, he began his remarks in Gaelic:

Dia's muire Dhíbh, a chlann Phádraig! Céad mile fáilte rómhaibh! Tá Naomh nua againn inniu: Comharba Phádraig, Olibhéar Naofa Ploinéad. (God and Mary be with you, family of Saint Patrick! A hundred thousand welcomes! We have a new Saint today: the successor of Saint Patrick, Saint Oliver Plunkett). Today, Venerable Brothers and dear sons and daughters, the Church celebrates the highest expression of love-the supreme measure of Christian and pastoral charity. Today, the Church rejoices with a great joy, because the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, is reflected and manifested in a new Saint. And this new Saint is Oliver Plunkett, Bishop and Martyr-Oliver Plunkett, successor of Saint Patrick in the See of Armagh-Oliver Plunkett , glory of Ireland and Saint, today and for ever, of the Church of God, Oliver Plunkett is for all-for the entire world-an authentic and outstanding example of the love of Christ. And on our part we bow down today to venerate his sacred relics, just as on former occasions we have personally knelt in prayer and admiration at this shrine in Drogheda.

On Thursday last week the Holy See Press Office issued a bulletin announcing an "Ordinary Public Consistory for the Vote on various Causes of Canonization":

On Monday 1 July 2019, at 10.00, in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis will preside at the celebration of Terce and the Ordinary Public Consistory for the Canonization of the Blesseds:

- John Henry Newman, Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, founder of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in England;
- Giuseppina Vannini (born Giuditta Adelaide Agata), founder of the Daughters of Saint Camillus;
- Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family;
- Dulce Lopes Pontes (born Maria Rita), of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God;
- Margarita Bays, virgin of the Third Order of Saint Francis of Assisi.

to Edward Pentin in the National Catholic Register, we should also find out when the canonization(s) will be held, probably some time this fall:

Informed sources have speculated that Sunday Oct. 13 could be the most likely date for the canonization Mass. Indian bishops will be in Rome for their ad limina visit during that time, which would coincide with the canonization of Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan. It would also fall during the Oct. 6-27 Pan-Amazonian Synod when many bishops will be in Rome.

Another reason such a date would be fitting, given Blessed John Henry Newman was a convert from Anglicanism, is that this coming November marks the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution
Anglicanorum coetibus which provided personal ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church.

The Oratories of England (Birmingham, London, Oxford) have launched a website for details about the imminent canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman!

More background on the optional memorial of St. Junipero Serra here.

It's interesting to note that devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus--with differences of course--is something Catholics and some Protestants share! We are saved by the Blood of Jesus, shed upon the Cross. One of the sources for this devotion is the First Letter of St. Peter, Chapter 1, verses 17-21, but especially verse 19.

For Blessed Thomas Maxfield's story, read this.

More about the trial of St. Thomas More here.

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