April 12, 2011

Archbishop Di Noia Delivers Homily on Judgment

Archbishop Di Noia
Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, O.P., delivers the homily at a Mass at the conclusion of the first day of the symposium on Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University.
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At the end of the first day of Catholic University's symposium on intellect and virtue, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., delivered a homily on the nature of judgment as reflected in Jesus' challenge to the Pharisees who would cast stones at a woman accused of adultery.

"We have appointed ourselves judges and make it our business to be experts in the faults and shortcomings of everyone around us, and in the knowledge of our own guilt or innocence," said Archbishop Di Noia at an April 11 Mass in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

But, said the archbishop, who serves as the Vatican's secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, only Jesus Christ "who took upon himself the sins of the whole world, and thus ours as well, can be the true judge upon whose righteousness and mercy we can confidently rely.

"And what a relief" for the faithful to realize that "this activity is … above our pay scale," said Archbishop Di Noia to the crowd of about 250 people who attended the Mass. "It's liberating … that Jesus Christ is the judge. The matter is out of my hands."

The archbishop concelebrated the Mass with about a dozen other priests who included several presidents of Catholic colleges and universities from around the country and the world who were attending CUA's symposium, "Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University."

University presidents, from left, Rev. Johan Yeong-Sik Pahk, Rev. Terence Henry, T.O.R., Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., and Rev. Borys Gudziak, as well as Rev. Mark Morozowich, CUA assistant professor of liturgical studies and sacramental theology, concelebrate.
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In his homily, the archbishop said some might assume that certain paintings of Jesus show a harsh and judgmental God. But "it's a mistake to regard the figure of Christ as forbidding," he said.

Referring to the Gospel, Archbishop Di Noia said, "Whereas the crowd would have condemned and stoned her, Christ forgives the woman caught in adultery."

He reminded the congregants that, "We need to know and be convinced that this forgiveness is always ours when we confess our sins … and strive to live in and with Christ, the unquenchable font of divine mercy."

The concelebrants included Rev. Borys Gudziak, of Ukrainian Catholic University; Rev. Terence Henry, T.O.R., of Franciscan University of Steubenville; Rev. Johan Yeong-Sik Pahk, of The Catholic University of Korea; and Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., of Providence College.

Also concelebrating was Most Rev. Thomas J. Curry, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who gave the opening remarks at the symposium.

Catholic University's President, John Garvey, his wife, Jeanne, and Thomas Keefe, president of the University of Dallas, also attended the Mass.

Students from the Office of Campus Ministry and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music provided music for the Mass. Ben LaPrairie, graduate assistant for music ministry, directed the musicians.

Earlier this year, Archbishop Di Noia traveled from the Vatican and served as the principal celebrant and homilist at the Jan. 27 Mass in honor of Catholic University's patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, in the Crypt Church.


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