A few weeks ago, I wrote to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan in the Philippines. His name is Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas. He tells me that they have launched a program of "spiritual deepening" in his Archdiocese. He gave me his blessing "for health for my body, joy for my heart, and peace for my soul". I gratefully appreciate all three elements, especially since I was recently seriously hurt in a tree-accident in which a large diameter limb fell in an awkward way and gashed my forehead, causing extensive bleeding.
So, I am appreciative of his prayers. He asks in his letter that I pray for "your unworthy friend from Dagupan City" (meaning himself). I can attest he is worthy...and I shall reciprocally PRAY FOR HIM, as well. Totally separare from this: The Archdiocese of Freiburg, Germany. That nation's second-largest local Church - said it would begin administering sacraments to divorced and remarried Catholics in individual cases after consultation with a parish priest or deacon.
The policy, which violates a longtime Vatican prohibition, has been debated in many dioceses around the world the past several years. For a diocese in Germany to LIFT THIS BAN is a welcome milestone. I am so happy that internal reforms are taking place in the Church under the flexible, compassionate guidance of Pope Francis...and they exhibit the prudence and wisdom of the ancient philosopher Socrates.