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  • POLISH BISHOPS VOW TO REFUSE COMMUNION TO DIVORCED AND REMARRIEDS [Cath Caucus]

    07/28/2016 10:15:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 71 replies
    The Tablet ^ | July 28, 2016 | Christopher Lamb
    Announcement highlights tensions between Francis and Polish hierarchy after closed door meeting last night A senior bishop has said that the Church in Poland will refuse communion to divorced and remarried Catholics despite the landmark family document from Pope Francis which opened up the possibility. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, said that giving communion could not be allowed following a period of pastoral discernment - something which Francis has advocated - adding that if remarried divorcees had a valid first marriage they cannot receive the eucharist. His remarks came just hours after the Pope’s arrival...
  • More details surface about 45 theologians’ appeal to correct Amoris Laetitia’s errors

    07/21/2016 8:03:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 20, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    New details have emerged about the letter 45 theologians sent to every Catholic patriarch and cardinal asking them to petition Pope Francis to fix a list of erroneous propositions in Amoris Laetitia. The group’s spokesman Dr. Joseph Shaw, a University of Oxford academic and chairman of the Latin Mass Society, told LifeSiteNews that the list of signatories is not in any way limited to theologians who are viewed as liturgical traditionalists, thus showing that there is wide concern about Amoris Laetitia across the world of Catholic academia. Upon the announcement of the existence the letter, Shaw said, “Numerous propositions in...
  • Buttiglione backs Amoris Laetitia in L'Osservatore Romano article [Catholic Caucus]

    07/20/2016 4:27:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 20, 2016
    The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has published a front-page essay by Rocco Buttiglione, the Italian political leader and adviser to St. John Paul II, supporting the argument of Amoris Laetitia that Catholics who are divorced and remarried might, under some circumstances, be allowed to receive Communion. Buttiglione argues that the Catholic Church has always recognized the possibility that individual circumstances determine whether or not someone is in a state of sin. He writes: The path that the Pope proposes to divorced and remarried is exactly the same that the Church proposes to all sinners: Go to confession, and your confessor,...
  • Cardinal Schönborn’s Interview: How Credible is a “Hearsay Magisterium”?

    07/18/2016 8:48:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 18, 2016 | Father Brian Harrison, O.S.
    Last week saw the release of an important interview (PDF link) given by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and one of Pope Francis’ most trusted theological advisers and spokesmen, to the Roman Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica. The topic was the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL): This interview has already made waves round the world, mainly because of His Eminence’s insistence on three points: first, that an apostolic exhortation such as AL is indeed an authoritative magisterial document, containing teaching that Catholics must assent to; secondly, that all previous teachings on marriage and the family must now be interpreted...
  • A Different Kind of Papal Press Conference [Catholic Caucus]

    07/17/2016 5:11:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 11, 2016 | Nick Bottom
    Pope Francis: Good morning, everyone. Thank you for coming. I have invited you today because I have had a change of heart that I must make public. In a homily recently, I spoke rather forcefully about employers who refuse to pay their workers a just wage. I have had a chance to reflect on that homily in the light of the principles I set forth in my Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. I brought a copy so I can refer to it as I take your questions. Please be patient with me as I find the appropriate passages, eh? I believe...
  • Pope’s exhortation could take Church teaching ‘off the hinges’: German priest

    07/14/2016 9:43:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 13, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia has the potential to take Church teaching “off the hinges” if liberal interpretations of it are implemented, the head of the German district of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) warns in an article on his district’s website. Pope St. John Paul II established the FSSP in 1988 to offer the traditional, pre-Vatican II liturgy of the Church. From its founding, the FSSP has placed great emphasis on loyalty to the pope. In his article, first published on May 19, Father Bernhard Gerstle writes that Amoris Laetitia contains “many beautiful and precious thoughts about...
  • From casuistry to mercy: Toward a new art of pleasing?

    07/12/2016 4:48:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 11, 2016 | Monsignor Michel Schooyans
    One might think that casuistry is dead and buried. The controversies of the 17th century should be over once and for all. Rarely do any of our contemporaries still read the Lettres Provinciales [Provincial Letters] and the authors whom Pascal (1623-1662) attacks therein. These authors are casuists, that is to say, moralists who seek to resolve matters of conscience without succumbing to rigorism. On rereading the famous Lettres, we were struck by the similarity emerging between a controversial document written in the 17th century and the positions today defended by pastors and theologians aspiring to effect radical changes in the...
  • Cardinal Caffarra on Marriage, Family, Amoris Laetitia, & Confusion in the Church

    07/11/2016 6:39:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 11, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Editor’s note: the following is an exclusive interview with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, conducted by OnePeterFive’s Dr. Maike Hickson. Cardinal Caffarra is Archbishop emeritus of Bologna and former member of the Pontifical Council for the Family. It was in a letter to Cardinal Caffarra that Sister Lucia of Fatima revealed that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.” Maike Hickson (MH): You have spoken, in a recent interview, about the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and you have said that especially Chapter 8 is unclear and has already caused confusion even...
  • Pope’s Teaching on Divorce Divides Bishops [Catholic Caucus]

    07/10/2016 4:54:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 10, 2016 | Francis X Rocca
    Conservative and liberal prelates in the Catholic Church have put forth sharply different readings of Pope Francis’ teaching on divorce—a situation complicated by the pontiff’s own ambiguity.
  • LIVE: The Wayne Dupree Show - Guest Former Bill Clinton Lover and Girlfriend Dolly Kyle

    07/09/2016 5:15:58 PM PDT · by libertarian27 · 18 replies
    Right Side Broadcasting ^ | July 9, 2016 | Wayne Dupree
    Tonight’s Guest: Author Dolly Kyle- Bill Clinton's Former girlfriend and lover. You are going to love this! Kyle! Kyle used to be Bill Clinton's girlfriend and lover. She was raped by Clinton's friend and had had her run-ins with Hillary. Kyle is going to expose Hillary and Bill and she's not afraid to do so! Make sure you have enough snacks and drink for this 2-hour episode. From WayneDupree.com: Dolly Kyle, long time friend of Bill Clinton and even former lover before and after his marriage, joined The Wayne Dupree Show on Friday night to discuss her book and her...
  • Amoris Laetitia Divides and Conquers

    07/09/2016 5:49:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    The Remanant Newspaper ^ | July 9, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Archbishop Chaput has just come out with pastoral guidelines for the implementation of Amoris Laetitia (AL) in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The guidelines unswervingly maintain the Church’s bimillenial discipline precluding the admission to Confession and Holy Communion of public adulterers who divorce and civilly “remarry” and decline to cease their adulterous sexual relations: With divorced and civilly-remarried persons, Church teaching requires them to refrain from sexual intimacy. This applies even if they must (for the care of their children) continue to live under one roof. Undertaking to live as brother and sister is necessary for the divorced and civilly-remarried to...
  • Fatima visionary predicted 'final battle' would be over marriage, family [Catholic Caucus]

    07/08/2016 1:14:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 8, 2016
    Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted that the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over marriage and the family. So says Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, who reports that the visionary sent him a letter with this prediction when he was Archbishop of Bologna, Italy. This reported statement by Sister Lucia, expressed during the pontificate of Saint John Paul II, was recently revisited by the Desde la Fe (From the Faith) weekly of the Archdiocese of Mexico, in the midst of...
  • Cardinal Schönborn Says Amoris Laetitia is Binding Doctrine [Catholic Caucus]

    07/07/2016 3:18:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 7, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Austrian Catholic website kath.net reports that on 7 July, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn published an interview in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, in which he said that Amoris Laetitia is a binding doctrinal document. From now on, says Schönborn, all the previous magisterial texts concerning marriage and the family “have to be read in the light of Amoris Laetitia.” Schönborn also said in this interview – a fuller excerpt of this text has now been published in English in the Jesuit journal Civiltà Cattolica – that it is “obvious” that Amoris Laetitia is an act of the Magisterium since it...
  • An Anti-Catholic Pope? [Catholic Caucus]

    07/03/2016 9:54:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 30, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    By now we have been accustomed to the shocking results of Francis’ insistence on blathering to reporters during flights to or from the destinations of the useless papal trips that have become a primary activity of the post-Vatican II papacy. In the midst of all the blathering, however, there are also inadvertently revealing remarks that indicate the scope of the crisis-within-a-crisis that is the Bergoglian pontificate. The most recent example is the inflight press conference on the return to Rome from the papal trip to Armenia. A most revealing remark came in the context of a reporter’s question about key...
  • Debacle at the Lateran – Part I [Catholic Caucus]

    06/22/2016 9:58:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 20, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    It seems that Pope Francis is determined to be more and more provocative with each passing week, as if to reveal deeper and deeper layers of what appears to be a liberal, seventies-era Latin American Jesuit’s constitutional disdain for the supposed “rigidity” of orthodox Catholicism. By now the whole world knows that on June 14, during his customary rambling remarks, this time at a “pastoral conference” at Saint John Lateran, Francis declared that “the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null” because the spouses “don’t know what they say” when they say “Yes, for life.” He also dropped the...
  • Martini Pope: Cohabitating Couples Have Grace of "Real Marriage"

    06/20/2016 8:13:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | June 19, 2016 | John Vennari
    Francis Claims Those Who Cohabitate Can Have the “Grace of a Real Marriage” The Martini Legacy Continues By John Vennari Our Lord commanded Peter to confirm his brethren in the Faith (Luke 22:32). Pope Francis delights in doing the opposite. On June 16, at a question and answer session during a conference in Rome, Pope Francis implied that those living in “faithful” cohabitation can have “the grace of real marriage because of their fidelity.” Contrary to Francis’ claim, however, cohabitation can never carry within it the grace of real marriage, because it is the grave of real marriage. Continuing his...
  • St. John Paul II Adviser’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Follow-Up [Catholic Caucus]

    06/20/2016 5:29:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 6/20/2016 | Robert Spaemann
    The Pope complained that some — incited by the media — go more or less out of the way of his countless discussions on the alarming state of the family in order to get tied up on a footnote on the topic of receiving holy Communion. But the pre-synodal public discussion revolved only once around this topic, because there is actually only a yes-or-no answer here. The debate was continued, and, indeed, equally controversial as before, because the Pope refused to quote his predecessors’ clear statements concerning this matter and because his answer is so obviously equivocal that everyone can...
  • Papal comments on cohabitation and civil marriage suggest a direction

    06/19/2016 9:45:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | June 18, 2016 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    The pope’s most recent comments on marriage point in a disturbing direction but let’s address two important matters first. Point One. Cohabitation is not marriage. Largely overlooked amid the furor caused by Pope Francis’ rash claim that “the great part of our sacramental marriages are null”—an assertion reckless if false (which it is) and brimming with despair if true (which it is not), a claim followed not by an apology, an official retraction, or even a bureaucratic ‘clarification’ but instead by an Orwellian alteration of the pope’s words in Vatican records—overlooked, I say, in this greater mess was the pope’s...
  • Avoid 'rigorism' on divorce and remarriage, Pope advises family conference [Catholic Caucus]

    06/16/2016 5:17:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 16, 2016
    Pope Francis tore into priests who refuse to baptize the children of unwed mothers-- referring to them as "animals"-- during a June 16 meeting with participants in a Rome conference on the family. It is "pastoral cruelty" to refuse baptism, the Pope told the group, which was gathered at the basilica of St. John Lateran. In answer to a question about the message of his apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the Pope said that the Church should avoid "rigorism" in responding to the pastoral needs of Catholics in irregular marital unions. "The Gospel chooses another way," he said: "welcoming, accompanying, integrating,...
  • Prominent Catholic academics say Pope’s exhortation presents danger to Church [Catholic Caucus]

    06/15/2016 12:31:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 14, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    Prominent Catholic philosophers and a world expert on the Church Fathers have joined the growing chorus of voices expressing deep concerns over the implications of Pope Francis’s controversial exhortation Amoris Laetitia. “What was certain before has become problematic,” due to the pope’s signature ambiguity, wrote Dr. Jude P. Dougherty, the dean emeritus of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, in a column at The Wanderer. The seeming “internal waffling” going on inside the Church over the issue of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried is undermining the Church’s moral authority, Dougherty wrote, at a time...
  • Another Catholic Scholar Raises Objections to Amoris Laetitia [Catholic Caucus]

    06/14/2016 8:53:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 13, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Last Friday, Steve Skojec reported on the eloquent and piercing response written by the German-speaking professor, Josef Seifert, as published by Professor de Mattei’s website Corrispondenza Romana. It seems that more and more conservative Catholics are taking heart and seeing it necessary to raise their own voices in opposition to the direction in which Pope Francis is now trying to take the Catholic Church. Now we have learned that another well-known U.S. philosopher and former dean of the School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America, Jude P. Dougherty, published a similar critique on 1 June in the Catholic...
  • Famed Catholic philosopher: How can Christ and Our Lady read Amoris Laetitia without weeping?

    06/10/2016 1:56:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 9, 2016 | Jan Bentz
    In a recent article for the Italian news platform “Corrispondenza Romana”, renowned Catholic philosopher Josef Seifert strongly criticizes Pope Francis for statements in his recent Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Seifert, a longtime ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a close associate of St. John Paul II, explains that he criticizes the document because instead of invoking joy – as stated in the exhortation title – the papal document would actually make Jesus and his mother cry. Many of the passages which seem merciful turn the teachings of the Church on their heads, according to Seifert. “In my...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Rigid… this or nothing’ Catholics are ‘heretical’ and ‘not Catholic’

    06/09/2016 3:59:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 9, 2016 | John-Westen
    The stunning introduction to today’s official Vatican Radio report on Pope Francis’ morning homily reads: “Pope Francis warned on Thursday against an excessive rigidity, saying those within the Church who tell us ‘it’s this or nothing’ are heretics and not Catholics. His remarks came during the morning Mass on Thursday celebrated at the Santa Marta residence.” The specific section of the homily referred to in the opening is as follows: This (is the) healthy realism of the Catholic Church: the Church never teaches us ‘or this or that.’ That is not Catholic. The Church says to us: ‘this and that.’...
  • Cardinal Kasper’s Merciful Incoherencies [Catholic Caucus]

    06/07/2016 8:25:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    New Oxford Review | June 2016 | Christopher Roberts
    During Pope Francis’s first Angelus address after ascending to the chair of Peter, he approvingly cited Walter Cardinal Kasper’s book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (2012), saying that he had read it recently and it had done him “much good.” Since that papal audience, Francis has spoken frequently about God’s mercy, even calling an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and issuing a book-length interview, The Name of God is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli (2016). Cardinal Kasper has also played a prominent role in discussions about how to extend mercy in the...
  • Alice in “Amoris Laetitia” Land [Catholic Caucus]

    06/07/2016 7:37:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 7, 2016 | Anna M. Silvas / Sandro Magister
    The dazzling critique by an Australian scholar on the post-synodal exhortation. “We have lost all foothold, and fallen like Alice into a parallel universe, where nothing is quite what it seems to be” by Sandro Magister ROME, June 7, 2016 - Keep an eye on the author of the volume above, the first critical version of a masterpiece by Saint Basil the Great lost in the original Greek but come down to us in an ancient Syrian version attested to in five manuscripts, published two years ago by the historical publisher Brill, active in Holland since the 17th century. The...
  • Bishop Schneider Raises the Stakes on Amoris Laetitia

    06/05/2016 3:10:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 4, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In a response to The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara (“An Open Letter to Bishop Athanasius Schneider“; May 10, 2016), Bishop Athanasius Schneider has not backed off of his existing criticism of Amoris Laetitia, but rather, has encouraged further resistance to it:
  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider Replies to The Remnant’s Open Letter on Amoris Laetitia

    06/03/2016 8:23:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 26, 2016 | Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    Dear Mr. Matt: Thank you for your greetings. I wrote an answer to The Remnant‘s Open Letter, which I send to you in the attachment and you can publish. God bless abundantly you and your apostolate for the Catholic faith. With cordial greetings in Jesus and Mary, + Athanasius Schneider Dear Mr. Christopher A. Ferrara: On May 9, 2016 you published on “The Remnant” website an open letter to me regarding the question of the Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia”. As a bishop, I am grateful and at the same time encouraged to receive from a Catholic layman such a clear...
  • JFK's love letter to mistress one month before death will be auctioned

    06/02/2016 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 119 replies
    WCVB.COM ^ | 02 JUNE 2016 | CONOR ROCHE
    BOSTON —President John F. Kennedy’s love letter to an alleged secret mistress will be put up for auction by RR Auction. The four-page love letter was written to Mary Pinchot Meyer, a Kennedy family friend and wife of CIA agent Cord Meyer, in October 1963, a month before the president’s assassination.
  • Müller Out, Schönborn In. The Pope Has Changed Doctrine Teachers

    05/30/2016 7:39:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Chisea ^ | May 30, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    For Francis, the right interpretation of “Amoris Laetitia” is not that of the prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, but that of the Austrian cardinal. Here, for the first time, is his complete text by Sandro Magister ROME, May 30, 2016 – The prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith is still the same, German cardinal Gerhard L. Müller. Who diligently continues to carry out his task, most recently with the monumental address he gave in Oviedo on May 4 for a correct understanding of “Amoris Laetitia,” in harmony with the previous magisterium...
  • Bill Clinton caught kissing another woman at a hillary rally

    05/29/2016 3:06:30 AM PDT · by SteveH · 111 replies
    radar online ^ | may 27,2016
    During recent rally for his wife’s campaign, the 69-year-old ex-president was caught laying a kiss on a woman in the crowd. While politicians are known to shake hands and give the occasional cheek kiss, commenters have accused Slick Willie of crossing the line this time. “Yuck,” one commenter wrote. W”here’s Bill’s left hand? What’s with the woman clasping Bill’s neck?” Others agreed, saying, “Boy, he never stops does he, young or old.” As Radar readers recall, this is far from the first time that Bill has been accused of having inappropriate extramarital relationships.
  • China Bans Depictions of Gay People on Television (Also no Cleavage or Reincarnation)

    05/08/2016 2:45:49 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 82 replies
    Guardian ^ | 5-4-2016 | Hannah Petersen
    The Chinese government has banned all depictions of gay people on television, as part of a cultural crackdown on “vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content”. “No television drama shall show abnormal sexual relationships and behaviours, such as incest, same-sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and so on.” The ban also extends to smoking, drinking, adultery, sexually suggestive clothing, even reincarnation. China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television told television producers it would constantly monitor TV channels to ensure the new rules were strictly adhered to.
  • Forte: Pope Did Not Want to Speak “Plainly” Of Communion for Remarried [Catholic Caucus]

    05/07/2016 9:00:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 7, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    At a meeting to discuss the apostolic exhoration Amoris Laetitia, Archbishop Bruno Forte revealed new insights into the mind of Pope Francis on one of the most controversial issues facing the Church: communion for the divorced and “remarried.” Forte was the man personally chosen by Pope Francis as the Special Secretary for the synods on marriage and family, and he is widely believed responsible for the insertion of the explosive language pertaining to homosexuals in the 2014 Synod’s mid-term relatio. During his presentation, the details of which were published on 3 May on the Italian news website, Zonalocale.it, Forte recalled...
  • Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia cannot be interpreted in a traditional sense [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2016 12:08:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | May 4, 2016 | Father Claude Barthe
    "I honestly do not see how one could interpret Chapter 8 of the Exhortation in the sense of traditional doctrine. It would do violence to the text and wouldn’t respect the intention of the compilers." Father Barthe Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia cannot be interpreted in a traditional sense Interview of Roberto de Mattei with Fr. Claude Barthe Father Claude Barthe, theologian, author of works such as La messe, une forêt de symboles, Les romanciers et le catholicisme, and Penser l’œcuménisme autrement was one of the first in France, on April 8, to express on the blog L’Homme nouveau. We...
  • Deceptus laetitia – Part III; The Abuse of Saint Thomas [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2016 9:15:07 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 3, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The reason Amoris laetita (AL)is rightly called a “catastrophe” is summarized in the already infamous paragraph 301, in which Francis announces nothing less than an excuse from culpability for those living in relationships — divorce and “remarriage” and cohabitation — which the Church has constantly reprobated as living in sin. According to Francis, however: “The Church possesses a solid body of reflection concerning mitigating factors and situations. Hence it can no longer simply be said that all those in any “irregular” situation are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace. More is involved here...
  • Deceptus laetitia – Part II [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2016 9:10:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | April 27, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In my first column in this series on how Amoris laetitia (AL) engages in deceptive arguments and use of sources, I noted AL’s systematic and indeed fraudulent suggestion that in Familiaris consortio John Paul II endorsed a form of “pastoral discernment” that would allow public adulterers living in so-called “second marriages” to receive absolution and Holy Communion in “certain cases,” along with other habitual public sinners of the sexual variety, without any firm purpose of amendment. I also showed how AL literally hides from the reader, throughout 256 pages, John Paul II’s insistence in paragraph 84 of Familiaris, in line...
  • Deceptus laetitia – Part I [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2016 9:03:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | April 26, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    A vast amount of critical commentary has already been written about Amoris laetitia (AL), a document the Rorate Caeli blog site rightly summarizes in a single word: “catastrophe.” The focus of this series is suggested by the comment of Carl E. Olson at Catholic World Report (Father Fessio’s publication): “Francis apparently plays a bit fast and loose with some of his arguments and sources.” That’s putting it mildly, although it is remarkable that even a “mainstream” commentator on a “mainstream” Catholic website feels compelled to note the lack of honesty in the document. But it must be said in all...
  • Cardinal Müller: Communion Remains Off-Limits for “Remarried” [Catholic Caucus]

    05/04/2016 2:18:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 4, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    News is now spreading about Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s varied remarks on marriage, as well as on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia itself, during his trip to Spain at the beginning of May. As the Spanish website Infocatolica.com now reports, Cardinal Müller spoke at a presentation of his new book on hope at the Francisco de Vitoria University in Madrid, Spain, where he affirmed and confirmed the traditional view of marriage and the “impossibility” of changing that clear doctrine. “It is not possible to live in God’s grace while living in a sinful situation,” he said, and continued by saying that...
  • Ed Henry off the air at Fox News after alleged infidelity reported

    05/04/2016 11:38:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 117 replies
    Politico ^ | 5-4-16 | Alex Weprin
    Fox News chief White House correspondent Ed Henry will not be appearing on the channel for the time being, following a report in In Touch Weekly that he cheated on his wife with a Las Vegas hostess. “We recently became aware of Ed’s personal issues and he’s taking some time off to work things out,” a Fox News spokesperson told POLITICO in a statement. Henry joined Fox News in 2011 as chief White House correspondent. He was previously the White House correspondent for CNN.
  • On Exhortation, Bishop Schneider Says a “Veritatis Laetitia” is Needed [Catholic Caucus]

    04/25/2016 1:11:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 25, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    We all have been waiting for it for quite some time now. Finally, a prelate has spoken. On the topic of the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, has given a statement of over 6,000 words to the Italian website Corrispondenza Romana, which was published yesterday, 24 April. (No English translation has yet been made available; all of the following excerpts are taken from our own partial translation.) While Schneider says that different interpretations of Amoris Laetitia now are now spreading, he sees that “Some of the statements of Amoris Laetitia are objectively liable to misinterpretation.”...
  • Cardinal Marx: “No Situation in Which Someone Is Excluded” [Catholic Caucus]

    04/22/2016 8:18:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 20, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    On 17 April, the head of the German Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx – who is the archbishop of Munich – gave a homily during Holy Mass in Fürstenfeldbruck, Bavaria. In this homily, the cardinal – who is also a member of the pope’s “Council of Nine Cardinals” – said that “there is no situation in which someone is excluded forever [MH: not even in hell, finally?].” In his eyes, the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetita now invites and encourages priests in their pastoral care of the faithful to “lead to the Sacraments” and to “integrate [them]with the help of the...
  • Exhortation allows Communion for divorced/remarried on case-by-case basis, claim 3 German bishops

    04/21/2016 12:16:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 15, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia permits divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to access the sacraments on a case-by-case basis, three German bishops claim. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop Dr. Heiner Koch, and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode all cited footnote 351—the controversial footnote that critics worry undermines Church teaching by in certain cases allowing Holy Communion for those in objectively sinful situations—in their praise of the exhortation. The bishops also cited paragraph 301 of Amoris Laetitia, which states, “Hence it is can no longer simply be said that all those in any 'irregular' situation are living in a state of mortal sin...
  • Divorced and remarried are now asking for Communion, says senior Milan official

    04/21/2016 12:07:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 21, 2016 | Staff Reporter
    Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, has begun to change attitudes to Communion in the archdiocese of Milan, according to a senior official. In an article for the Milan archdiocese website, Monsignor Fausto Gilardi, who is in charge of Confession at Milan Cathedral, says that there has been a growing “demand” in the diocese from the divorced and remarried for absolution and Communion. Mgr Gilardi’s piece, which has been translated for the news website Crux, claims that some priests have changed their practice. He says that some have “opened a ‘teller’s window’ for consultations”. Mgr Gilardi comments that this seems...
  • Pope Francis and the Marginalization of the CDF

    04/21/2016 7:29:54 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | April 20, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    In his first interview with the a theist Eugenio Scalfari, published on October 1, 2013 in the daily newspaper La Repubblica, Pope Francis said overlooking some members of the Roman Curia: "The court is the leprosy of the papacy". But Francis seems "to be fighting not the leprosy but the leper," said Secretum meum mihi . The daily Il Foglio headline in yesterday's edition of the first page: "Müller Besieged". Schönborn instead of Müller The distance that exists between the Pope and the Cardinal Prefect of the Faith, Gerhard Müller, is recognized "by all". "The cold was obviously" felt by...
  • Situation Ethics Enshrined Francis’ Amoris Laetitia

    04/20/2016 6:41:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 4/20/16 | John Vennari
    Situation Ethics Enshrined - Q & A on Francis' Amoris Laetitia A simple Q & A on Certain Aspects of the Post-Synodal Exhortation What is Amoris Laetitia? Amoris Laetitia (the “Joy of Love”) is the much anticipated post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on marriage and the family. Released on April 6, it runs 260 pages, approximately 59,000 words. Father George Rutler, wryly commenting on the exorbitant length of modern Vatican documents, notes that Francis’ text “is nearly two-thirds the length of all the Vatican II promulgations.” What are we to think of Amoris Laetitia? Respected Italian journalist Antonio Socci...
  • Priest on papal exhortation: We must hold fast to the Tradition [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 4:44:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 20, 2016 | Fr. Linus Clovis
    Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (AL) has been received with very mixed reactions ranging from positive jubilation to that of respectful reservation. It is a 60,000 word document that will require time, study and prayerful reflection in order to unravel all of its implications. While the nuances, implications and applications of AL are being unravelled, it seems to me that we ought to remain calm and take the sagacious advice of St Paul of simply following the well established Catholic rule of holding fast to what we have received and always believed. In practical terms and,...
  • Pope Francis: ‘I don’t remember’ controversial footnote in exhortation [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 10:00:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 18, 2016 | John Jalsevac
    It was the footnote heard around the world. Footnote 351, to be precise. The dynamite – or so it seemed to some – quietly buried deep in Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. To journalists poring over the exhortation hoping to learn how the pope intended to resolve the debate that had pitted cardinal against cardinal and bishop against bishop at the two recent synods at the family, it seemed to provide the key. “In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments,” the footnote reads, before making reference to the Eucharist and confession. Were these the...
  • Kasper: Amoris Laetitia “Changes Everything”

    04/16/2016 5:16:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 15, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    Well, Cardinal Kasper certainly seems pleased with the exhortation. It’s almost as though Christmas came early for him: Cardinal Walter Kasper explained that the Pope’s apostolic exhortation “doesn’t change anything of church doctrine or of canon law – but it changes everything”. The retired cardinal has been influential on Francis’ thinking on marriage and those living in “irregular situations” and it was he who the Pope asked to address a consistory of cardinals in February 2014 on how communion might be given to divorced and remarried couples. That address kicked off the Synod of Bishops discussions on the family, a...
  • Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis Has Proposed a “New Form of Application” of Ecclesiastical Doctrine

    04/15/2016 5:16:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | April 15, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Is the Spanish Episcopal Conference forging the path that the whole Church will soon be using to follow the Apostolic Letter Amoris Laetitia? Yesterday Archbishop Carlos Osoro of Madrid, the deputy president of the Spanish Bishops' Conference held a press conference yesterday. He was accompanied by the rector of the seminary of his archdiocese, a professor of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, José María Gil Tamayo, Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference and two Jesuits who played an important role. Ambiguities of "Amoris Laetitia" bring Archbishop of Madrid to embarrassment One wants to "value" the Exhortation of Pope Francis explained...
  • The Apostolic Exhortation and the Abolishment of the Sin of Presumption

    04/09/2016 6:40:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 8, 2016 | Michael J. Matt and Thomas More
    There is no other way to say this: Despite its protestations to the contrary Amoris Laetitia represents an attempt to achieve a revolution in Catholicism at the expense of the prior teaching of the Church on the indissolubility of marriage and reception of the Eucharist. In addition, and on a more mundane level, it is a tediously long and verbose piece of poorly-written and thought-out amateur post-modern-deconstructionist sociology. In order to achieve its aim of deconstructing the sacraments of Matrimony and the Eucharist, the tome paints the picture of sacramental marital love as a torture chamber of abuse, domination, sexism,...
  • Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

    04/08/2016 5:58:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2016 8:07 AM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful. In a major church document entitled “The Joy of Love,” Francis made no explicit change in church doctrine and upheld church teaching on the lifelong bond of marriage between a man and a woman. But in selectively citing his predecessors and emphasizing his own teachings in strategically placed footnotes, Francis made innovative openings in...