The janitors, doormen, and apartment superintendents in my parish and I have a particular fraternal bond, for we are situated to observe the private lives of many. They are called upon at inconvenient hours, to do tasks and handle emergencies, uncongenial to those in some other lines of work. The term “janitor” is related to the Roman god Janus who guarded doorways, protecting the goings in and out of people as well as of years themselves and transitions in one’s life, which is how we get the month January. Ovid and Cicero were of the opinion that the name Januarius was derived from the Latin verb “ire” meaning “to go,” which makes sense, with relation to doors and years. The Vatican Museum has a statue of Janus Bifrons, so called because he has two faces, and that is an advantage if you have to keep an eye, or eyes, out for people. The pagan god is only on display in the Vatican for aesthetic and anthropological reasons, and no one lights candles before it, but the name was not uncommon among Christians, and so we have the patron martyr of Naples whose blood liquefies.
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The “Spirit of the Council” nightmare that never ends: Teilhard de Chardin is what passes for “New Evangelization” in top Roman university
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Certain events are by themselves highly symbolic… The “cosmic nightmare” of one of the most bizarre pseudo-theologians of the 20th century, and its most dated religious thinker, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, was celebrated with a major conference, on November 9-10, in the Society of Jesus’s own Pontifical Gregorian University, dedicated to finding a role for him and his ideas in the “new evangelization”.
Italian journalist and commentator Francesco Agnoli could not believe his eyes either, and so he wrote the following in opinion daily Il Foglio on November 8.
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From Roman perch, American Cardinal Raymond Burke sparks controversy, exerts influence – The Washington Post.
It is a sad day when some would consider those who preach and teach the Catholic Faith in season and out of season as controversial. It should be expected. Those who remain silent on these issues or try to confuse the issues have the look of hirelings who head for the hills at the first indication that wolves in sheep’s clothing are prowling about among their flocks. My question is, why is he an anomaly and not the most ordinary of Bishops?