Saturday, October 8, 2005

Incorrupt Priest

by Steve Ray on October 8, 2005

By Father Jordi Rivero
September 28, 2005

54 years after his death, the body of a priest is found perfectly preserved. The discovery took place when Juan Carlos Baeza had his uncle priest, Francisco Baeza, salesian,  exhumed from the cemetery of Alta Gracia, Cordoba prov., Argentina, to take him to the family pantheon in the city of Río Tercero.

To confirm the story I contacted Father Leonardo Palazzo, inspector of the salesians in Argentina ( He replied: “The information is exact. I send you an article which says the truth”  See article:

The diseased priest was born in Málaga, Spain, in 1901 and emigrated as a child to Argentina with his parents in 1907. He was ordained a salesian priest. When Parkinson was detected, he was sent to Cordoba, Argentina, to recover. There he continued his ministry in spite of his illness and died at the age of 50, on Sept 25, 1951. His body was exhumed September 19, 2005, that is 54 years after his death.

“He was very much loved. For Alta Gracia he is a saint. He gave a blessing to all he could. Until the last moment he continued confessing, though he could not celebrate the Eucharist”, says Juan Carlos Baeza.

All the witnesses affirm that the priest’s body was found perfectly preserved, as if he had died that same day. They describe his blond hair, nails, eyebrows, skin, no loss of muscular mass or fibers. The only smell perceivable was that of the clothing he had on. No one can find an explanation.

Sergio Kalas, a partner in the funeral service firm, was astonished, even though he has done thousands of exhumations. He confirmed that the articulations corresponded to those of a person who just died and observed that the metal box was broken, so that decomposition should have occurred faster than normal. “This is something not natural”, commented Kalas.

The priest of Santa Rosa, Pablo Liendo, was called by the Kalas funeral service just when the discovery was made. He said to Radio Santa Rosa: “When they opened the box, he was intact, as if just buried. He appeared to be mummified, as if dry, with hands and all intact; I was very impressed”

After taking some pictures, they placed the body in a new box in the cemetery of Rio  Tercero, Cordoba, as had been requested by his nephew.

Is it a coincidence that after so much talk about corrupt priests one is found physically incorrupt? Could it be that God is reminding us of what the media ignores? That, in spite of human misery, God works through priests to bring His presence to us. That most priests serve the Lord faithfully. God has His way of speaking. He also has the last word! 

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Better Homilies on the Way?

by Steve Ray on October 8, 2005

This is music to my ears!!!

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 7, 2005 ( Homilies must have biblical and doctrinal references and aid the faithful to reflect on their lives, says the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Addressing the Synod of Bishops today, Archbishop William Levada said that Sunday Masses are an ideal moment to educate the faithful in the Catholic faith through the homilies.

"In my experience, a homily that seeks to enlighten the faithful about a truth of the faith or morality presupposes much effort and diligence, and preachers find difficulties to prepare their homilies in this way," he said in his address, delivered in Italian.

"Many have observed, including not a few bishops who are participating in this synod, that present education in the Catholic faith, even among those who practice their faith and attend Sunday Mass, is insufficient to allow them to have enough confidence to update their faith and to practice it in the world of politics, economics, work and education, in extremely secularized surroundings such as ours," said Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's successor as prefect of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation.

"For many good Catholics it is also difficult to transmit the faith to their own children because of this lack of catechesis," he said.

Archbishop Levada suggested that "perhaps, it is appropriate to consider the celebration of Mass on days of obligation as a privileged means for the formation of the faithful in knowledge of their Catholic faith, in which they are able to appreciate its truth and beauty, thus helping them to find a common language to express their faith in their daily and working life."

Help for pastors

As a concrete proposal, the archbishop suggested that the synod "request the preparation of a pastoral program that is not imposed, but proposed, to those who preach in Sunday's Eucharistic celebration."

"This program might follow the division in three years of the Lectionary, relating the proclamation of the doctrine of the faith with the biblical texts in which such truths are rooted and making reference to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its recently published Compendium," he concluded.

Archbishop Levada had already addressed the first session of free interventions to request that the synod reflect on No. 73 of the assembly's working document in which reference is made to the relationship between the Eucharist, morality and public life.

The synod, which closes Oct. 23, will present a series of proposals to Benedict XVI, who will write a postsynodal apostolic exhortation.