Tuesday, April 10, 2007

More misreporting by The Times

Complaints to The Times, please: this story is doing the rounds of the Catholic blogs. The Times Vatican correspondent, Richard Owen, reported on the Pope's Stations of the Cross in a bizarre, sensationalist way, suggesting that the sequence of meditations was entirely new (here: you can add your comments at the bottom). In fact, they were composed by Pope John Paul II and have been used several times; they now seem to be alternating with the traditional stations. See Hermeneutic of Continuity for more commentary.

Also in The Times, Matthew Parris goes on record with his unshakeable faith - faith that could not be shaken, even in theory, by scientific evidence, however convincing it might seem - that the late John Paul II's intercession has not been instrumental in a miraculous cure of a nun from Parkinson's Disease. Impressive as it is, this kind of faith does not ensure salvation...

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen