Yesterday evening I passed by the Church of St. Teresa of Avila, Corso d' Italia, off the Via Venuto, Rome.I like going there, when I can, and seeing the specimen of her handwriting in the original, on display.Today is her feast day.Yesterday in the church I wrote a little note in Italian for the Carmelite Parish Priest and the Responsible of the New Catechumenal Movement .The latter, Franco Papa, is a legal advocate. I personally have not met him.
I wrote that St.Teresa of Avila was in agreement with Vatican Council II (AG 7), the Catechism of the Catholic Church(846) and Cantate Domino, Council of Florence 1441 when she believed all Lutherans and Muslims are on the way to Hell, unless they convert into the Catholic Church before death.
It's unfortunate that the Carmelites at this church, the Vicariate Rome and the New Catechumanate in their catechesis disagree with Teresa and claim there are known exceptions for all non Catholics to enter the Church in 2013.It is as if these cases are visible for them in Rome.
When these errors are repeated it is a sin. It is a falsehood.Franco Papa the advocate, would know if repeating a lie even after being informed is legal in Italy.
I greeted the two of them on the feast day today and wished them well. I then went to the sacristy to leave the note. I handed it to the Rector who was looking through some baptism lists and was speaking to a lady on the phone.I told him today was the feast day of a special saint for me and I could not help writing that note.He read it and smiled (there's a slight improvement in my Italian?!) and said thank you. He would hand it over to the NC Responsible.
I once had most of the books in English (of Teresa and John of the Cross) and had the leisure and pleasure of picking and reading any of them when I wanted to. It was a grace-time from God.
St.Teresa of Avila is in agreement with Vatican Council II and the Church's traditional teaching on Mission and there were no speeches allowed at the church for today, by the Vicariate and the Vatican.
Instead there was some announcement about the feast day being celebrated with a social, following the screening of a film on the new windows in the church, or something to that effect. I don't remember.
These Carmelite priests should have been telling parishioners to go out and proclaim the Good News since non Catholics are going to Hell and that we don't know anyone in Rome this year, saved in invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire.This is Catholic doctrine. Jesus died and is Risen to save all, from the fires of Hell, who believe in Him and live his teachings in only the Catholic Church(Dominus Iesus 20), outside of which there is no salvation. This is the Gospel which needs to be preached. This is the Good News.Those who believe in Jesus and live the Gospel as taught by the Catholic Church will be saved (from Hell).
It sadly is not the doctrine and catechesis of the Parish priest or the Neo Catechumenale Movement.They say all non Catholics do not need to convert this year.The Good News and the Gospel has still to be proclaimed in many of the churches in Rome.