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  • [Catholic Caucus] Theologian says ‘Amoris’ Communion debate is settled in Africa

    03/21/2017 9:07:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | March 21, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr., Ines San Martin
    As a major conference on Africa gets set to open in Rome, the principal organizer, Nigerian Father Paulinus Odozor, says the debate over Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics unleashed by 'Amoris Laetitia' is already settled in Africa -- and that the answer is 'no.'
  • [Catholic Caucus] Exposing the Sham of “Discernment”

    03/21/2017 8:04:07 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 20, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In his address to the participants in a course on the “internal forum” at the Vatican, Pope Bergoglio promoted the novelty in moral theology which he has attempted to introduce into the life of the Church via the already infamous Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia (AL): “discernment.” What exactly is this “discernment”? Quite simply, it is a code word for the application of situation ethics in the confessional in the case of public adulterers living in “second marriages” so that they can receive Holy Communion without having to cease their adulterous relations. In other words, discernment is a sham. If...
  • Archdiocese website suggests ‘do not commit adultery’ doesn’t ban sexual sin [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 4:48:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Is the Catholic Church’s traditional sexual morality too rigid? Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s flock is certainly being led to think so. In December, the website of the Archdiocese of Vienna led by Schönborn published a new presentation of the Ten Commandments. It included a commentary on the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” that could be interpreted to justify everything from masturbation to pornography and prostitution. The article concludes — openly invoking Pope Francis’ solicitude for sinners — that refusing communion to the divorced and remarried “seems very questionable from a theological point of view.” Says the article on the...
  • Archbishop Forte, Professor Melloni and the Undigested "Four Cherries" [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2017 8:12:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | March 20, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    For understanding how Francis acts with his opponents, the archbishop and theologian Bruno Forte is a reliable oracle, especially since he reported in public what the pope said to him during the last synod, at which he acted as special secretary: “If we talk explicitly about communion for the divorced and remarried, you have no idea what a mess these guys will make for us. So let’s not talk about it directly, you get the premises in place and then I will draw the conclusions.” Francis has drawn the conclusions, as is known, in the postsynodal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia,” but...
  • The False and Dangerous Coccopalmerio Gambit [Catholic Caucus]

    03/18/2017 2:20:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 18, 2017 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Ready for some casuistry? Should the Catholic Church allow a man and a woman to receive the sacraments in the following case? A woman living with a married but divorced man tells him that she no longer wants to live in sin; the man threatens to kill himself, and she, following her confessor’s advice, stays with him? In an interview with Edward Pentin, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio offers this example and says: yes. He refers to his recent book on Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia in which he speaks of this case: Think of a woman who lives with a married...
  • New Letter From Malta Bishops Attempts to Downplay Permissive Guidelines [Catholic Caucus]

    03/12/2017 8:41:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | March 12, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    On Saturday, March 11, a new pastoral letter (PDF link) was issued by the bishops of Malta to be read in all parish Masses. In it, they address — rather abruptly, and without introduction as part of a larger reflection — the question of their approach to providing sacraments to the “remarried”:
  • Thy Brother’s Wife: John the Baptist Wouldn’t Approve of Hunter Biden

    03/12/2017 8:03:43 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 21 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 12, 2017 | JP
    The Gospel According to Mark recounts the circumstances that led to the beheading of John the Baptist by order of Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee. “Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Phillip’s wife; for he had married her. Because John had said to Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’” Beau Biden, the eldest son of former vice president Joe Biden died of brain cancer in May 2015. Not even two years later, Beau’s younger brother Hunter has left his...
  • Seyi Hunter | Women Should Not Walk Out Of Their Marriages Simply Because Their Husbands Cheat

    03/06/2017 1:58:30 PM PST · by Ellajonnez · 52 replies
    Seyi Hunter one of Nollywood uprising actress said women should not walk out of their marriage simply because their husband’s cheat.She said this in a recent discussion with Vanguard The actress told VANGUARD Allure, “It isn’t right for any lady to walk out of her marriage for any reason, except domestic violence is involved. I am not talking about occasional slaps here and there. If he beats you like he’ll beat a thief, my dear sister you need to run for your life because he might kill you one day or disfigure you. But if you leave because of cheating,...
  • Coccopalmerio Stuns. Bergoglian Cardinals Experience Buyers' Remorse. [Catholic Caucus]

    03/04/2017 9:16:33 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 3, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The day after my column on Phil Lawler's cri de cœur concerning "This Disastrous Pontificate" appeared, another voice from the mainstream, citing Lawler's piece, has joined the growing chorus of mainstream alarm about the rapid acceleration and threatened train wreck of the Bergoglio Express. Thomas Peters at catholicvote.org posted an article entitled "This Papacy is in Crisis and in Need of Urgent Prayer this Lent." Peters states the simple, undeniable truth: "The papacy is meant to unite the Church, not divide it. Almost four years into the papacy of Pope Francis, the division his teaching (or lack of teaching) is...
  • Vatican cardinal on endorsing Communion for adulterers: Francis and I ‘always thought the same’

    03/04/2017 7:02:56 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 3, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    The Vatican Cardinal tasked with interpreting Church law is defending a book he published last month in which he says Catholics in so-called irregular unions “must be given” Holy Communion. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts, told National Catholic Register’s Ed Pentin that when he spoke to Pope Francis “about these questions […] we always thought the same.” In his 30 page book titled The Eighth Chapter of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Coccopalmerio stated that the “sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion ought to be given also to so-called wounded families...
  • Coccopalmerio convicts himself of heresy - implicates Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    03/02/2017 10:50:37 AM PST · by ebb tide
    Vox Cantoris ^ | March 2, 2017 | Vox Cantoris
    Where does one even begin to deal with the heresy and apostasy of this Francesco Cardinal Coccopalmerio of the Holy Catholic Church? In former days, the Pope would have called him in to the Papal Apartment, made him kneel before him and strip him of his red hat and send him off to a monastery. Today, we have neither a Pope that respects his Office and Apartment, nor the Truth of the Faith in order to defend it from a heresiarch such as this. Not only has this man now attempted to defend the heresy of his "book" on Holy...
  • Cardinal Coccopalmerio Explains His Positions on Catholics in Irregular Unions [Catholic Caucus]

    03/02/2017 9:07:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | March 1, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Think of a woman who lives with a married man. She has three little children. She has already been with this man for 10 years. Now the children think of her as a mother. He, the partner, is very much anchored to this woman, as a lover, as a woman. If this woman were to say: “I am leaving this mistaken union because I want to correct my life, but if I did this, I would harm the children and the partner,” then she might say: “I would like to, but I cannot.” In precisely these cases, based on one’s...
  • Maltese bishops call for mercy and discernment for divorced [Catholic Caucus]

    02/27/2017 9:24:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 27, 2017 | Vatican Radio
    The bishops of Malta have issued an invitation to Catholics on the island nation to show “mercy and pastoral discernment” to those living in difficult family situations. In a letter, to be read out in churches all over Malta and Gozo, the two Bishops Charles Scicluna and Mario Grech explain that they have recently issued guidelines for priests, aimed at accompanying couples and families “in complex situations, especially those involving separated or divorced persons who have entered a new union”. The bishops say that although these people may have “lost their first marriage”, many of them “have not lost their...
  • “Do not think of faith only in terms of “can” or “can not” [Catholic Caucus]

    02/24/2017 10:39:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    La Stampa ^ | February 24, 2017 | DOMENICO AGASSO
    In Christian life, truth is not negotiable. There is no doubt. However, we must be fair in mercy and not think of faith only in terms of “you can” or “you cannot.” This is what Jesus teaches us. Pope Francis begins his homely in Casa Santa Marta by warning of a hypocrite and deceitful faith when reduced to the logic of classification. Reports radio Vatican: today’s Gospel, February 24 2017, by St. Mark San Marco reads the question “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”. This question was asked to the son of God by the doctors...
  • German Bishops’ Spokesman Declines Requests for Clarified Guidelines [Catholic Caucus]

    02/16/2017 5:20:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | February 16, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    On 14 February, Steve Skojec reported on his own attempts to receive, in justice, some clarifications – specific and unambiguous ones – concerning steps now to be taken by the Archdiocese of Newark with regard to the outspoken and conservative Catholic priest, Father Peter West. (My family has known Father West personally and has cherished him for his gentleness and radiant kindness). As it now turns out, however, the speaker for the Archdiocese evaded and then declined to give any further details as to the standing “protocols” and the canonical grounds upon which Father West will now be dealt with....
  • Could C9 cardinals backing the pope have unintended fallout? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/16/2017 11:59:10 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | February 15, 2016 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Recently Pope Francis's "C9" council of cardinal advisers issued a statement supporting the pope in light of recent attacks, and the intent was clearly noble. It's worth pondering, however, if it could have unintended consequences, including pressuring other bishops to follow suit. Generally speaking, you know a manager is in trouble when somebody has to put out a statement expressing “full confidence” in his or her leadership. If a corporate board does that for the CEO, it’s usually a sure sign of either scandal or a drop in profits; if a sports franchise owner does it for the coach, it...
  • Communion For All, Catholics and Protestants. Words of Kasper, Or Rather of the Pope

    02/16/2017 8:15:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 16, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The obscurity with which Pope Francis loves to speak and write on the most controversial questions is one of the constants of his magisterium, an obscurity that reached its summit in the response that he gave on November 15, 2015 to a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic, who was asking him if she too could receive communion at Mass: > Sì, no, non so, fate voi. Le linee guida di Francesco per l'intercomunione con i luterani But the doubts over his real thought are promptly dispelled by the personalities and interpreters closest to him, cardinals, bishops, theologians, Jesuits, journalists....
  • BREAKING: Cardinal Coccopalmerio is a No-Show at Press Conference [Catholic Caucus]

    02/14/2017 11:40:45 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | February 14, 2017 | Oakes Spalding
    This morning there was to have been an eagerly anticipated press conference featuring Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, answering questions about his recently published pamphlet endorsing the "liberal" interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. However, Cardinal Coccopalmerio failed to show up, pleading a "diary clash." This was later explained as a conflict with a meeting at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In his short work, published by the official Vatican publishing house on February 8, Coccopalmerio had argued that all the sacraments including communion should be open to those "living in situations not in...
  • Unrest at the Vatican; reassurances backfire

    02/14/2017 11:29:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | February 14, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    What in the world is going on in Rome this week? First the Vatican press office issues a statement from the Council of Cardinals, supporting the Pope. It would certainly be news if the Council of Cardinals did not support the Pope. But why was this statement newsworthy? Why did the Council thank the Pontiff in February for a speech he delivered to the Roman Curia in December? Is there any way to see this message as something other than damage control—as a bid to reassure the world that the increasingly evident tensions within the Catholic hierarchy are not tearing...
  • The Maltese Church once defied secularisation. Now its bishops have surrendered

    02/03/2017 6:02:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 3, 2017 | William Oddie
    The Maltese bishops' guidelines on Communion mean that secular culture has triumphed over the Church It has been a long time since I last wrote on this site. I am only breaking my silence now because I am so distressed to find the unmistakeable signs that the Church is in the midst of a crisis. The crisis is proceeding almost absent-mindedly under its own momentum, but its nature is clear: the secularist ideologisation of the moral sense. Even more distressing, it is Malta of all places in the world where its signs are most unignorable – and given my personal...
  • The Silence of the Cardinals [Catholic Caucus]

    01/26/2017 10:11:28 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 25, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    LifeSiteNews has just brought the attention of the Anglophone Catholic world to what was first reported by the French journal Le Figaro: “as many as thirty cardinals expressed their reservations to Pope Francis about his Exhortation Amoris Laetitia [AL] prior to its April 2016 release” and that “writing to Francis either individually or in small groups, [they] attempted last year to dissuade the pope from releasing Amoris. They warned that it would not only weaken the Church’s teaching on marriage, but on the Eucharist and confession as well…” In other words, some thirty cardinals warned the Pope that, should it...
  • Instructions on “Amoris Laetitia” from Malta’s Bishops Can Inform LGBT Issues, Too

    01/23/2017 9:45:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | January 22, 2017 | Robert Shine
    Bishops in Malta have published a document on applying Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation on family released by Pope Francis last year. The bishops’ document reflects the pope’s call for more mercy and inclusion in the church, all of which is applicable to LGBT issues. In the document, “Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia,” Maltese Bishops Charles Scicluna and Mario Grech primarily addressed the situation of Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried. Yet the principles they laid out are transferable to LGBT Catholics and their loved ones, too. Released on the Feast of the Epiphany,...
  • Maltese bishop threatens priests will be suspended a divinis for refusing communion to remarried.

    01/19/2017 4:48:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | January 19, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, a Maltese island, has allegedly threatened priests that he will suspend them a divinis if they refuse Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly "remarried". The German website Katholisches reports that Bishop Mario Grech announced his decision to impose this canonical punishment immediately on returning from Rome. Bishop Mario Grech is the co-signatory with Archbishop Charles Scicluna of the document, "Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia". Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Bishop Mario Grech have instructed priests to allow the divorced and civilly "remarried", who are sexually active despite the existence of...
  • 3 prelates appeal to prayer: [Catholic Caucus

    01/18/2017 7:07:45 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 18, 2017 | Peta / Lenga / Schneider
    3 prelates appeal to prayer: "That Pope Francis may confirm the unchanging praxis of the Church with regard to the truth of the indissolubility of marriage" Note: We were asked to promote the following text and prayer with you, our readers, and ask you and other media to please share it far and wide. It was written by Tomash Peta, Metropolitan Archbishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana; Jan Pawel Lenga, Archbishop-Bishop emeritus of Karaganda; and Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana: Following the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, in...
  • Catholic Malta Falls to "the Francis effect" [Catholic Caucus]

    01/17/2017 9:26:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 16, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Each week I resolve to devote this column to something other than the Bergoglian pontificate, but each week a new development makes that impossible. For Pope Francis is in the process of making history – and not in a good way. Witness the recent publication of “guidelines” for “the application of Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia” — note well: Chapter 8 — by the bishops of once Catholic Malta. Based entirely on Amoris Laetitia (AL), the Maltese bishops now declare that the floodgates are open to Holy Communion for literally any divorced and “remarried” person who persuades himself that he...
  • The Maltese Falcons [Catholic Caucus]

    01/17/2017 6:59:55 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 16, 2017 | Brian W. Harrison, O.S., M.A., S.T.D.
    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat recently published a widely circulated commentary on the recent fall-out from Amoris Laetitia entitled, “The End of Catholic Marriage”. In it, he argued persuasively that if Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marital love comes to be generally interpreted and applied as liberally as it has been in the Diocese of San Diego, California, it will in effect mean the death of this sacrament as the Gospel of Christ and the Catholic Church have always presented it: a sacred covenant whose indissoluble character means that remarriage after divorce constitutes adultery – a violation of the...
  • The Maltese directive makes answering the ‘dubia’ urgent [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 12:07:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | January 15, 2017 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    When highly placed Italian prelates declare that “only a blind man cannot see” that confusion is the ecclesiastical order of the day, and that such confusion has as its fundamental source Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia, matters have reached crisis level. Catholics who have not followed the intense three-year debate over (among other things) admitting to holy Communion divorced-and-remarried Catholics who are living as married persons should stop reading this post and go get caught up on current events. But for those sufficiently aware of the doctrinal and disciplinary issues at stake I offer some observations in the wake of this...
  • Malta sinks [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 8:36:13 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 16, 2017 | Joseph Shaw
    If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with “humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it” (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351). I wonder what would happen...
  • MLK's wife convinced he stayed faithful despite FBI tapes of him having sex with women (Ed.Tr.)

    01/16/2017 5:12:54 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-15-2017 | Daniel bates
    Coretta Scott King said that the civil rights leader was faithful even though the FBI sent her tapes of him having sex with other women. Mrs King said without a confession from her husband she had a ‘gut feeling’ that their marriage was secure. Mrs King said she believed her husband was ‘no saint’ - but his but his faults were things like stepping out of his pajamas and leaving them on the floor.
  • [Catholic Caucus] "Amoris Laetitia". Malta’s Sailboat Joins the Papal Fleet

    01/15/2017 1:22:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    L'Esspro ^ | January 14, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with "humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for God’s will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it" (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351).» In brief: yes to communion...
  • St.Augustine: "All Catholics know: Divorce is of the devil!" [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 9:36:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    At this time of immense doctrinal confusion on the indissolubility of the sacred bond of Holy Matrimony, confusion started and furthered by the uppermost echelon of the hierarchy, let us recall the words of the great Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine, in the readings for Matins of this Second Sunday after the Epiphany (unfortunately partly removed after the 1960/61 rubrical reform), whose Gospel is dedicated to the Wedding Feast of Cana: Even setting aside any mystical interpretation, the fact that the Lord was pleased to be asked, and to go to a marriage, showeth plainly enough that He is...
  • Just Call Me Fritz (A Word from a Divorced Catholic) [Catholic Caucus

    01/14/2017 6:54:14 PM PST · by ebb tide
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 14, 2017 | Kelly Michaels
    They’ve killed Fritz! They’ve killed Fritz! Those lousy stinking yellow fairies! Those horrible atrocity filled vermin! Those despicable animal warmongers! They’ve killed Fritz! In the Amoris wars, it is substance that really counts. What is on the line as a result of the insidious and brazen introduction of situation ethics into the fabric of Divine Revelation can scarcely be overstated, even by the adoption of terminology verging on the apocalyptic. In conjunction with the submission of the Dubia by Cardinal Burke et al., many experts are tackling this challenge from a variety of perspectives, and they are to be applauded...
  • Divorced & remarried can receive communion if "at peace with God", say Maltese bishops

    01/13/2017 11:05:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 123 replies
    EWTN ^ | January 13, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    The Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo have told divorced and civilly "remarried" Catholics, with valid first marriages, that if they are sexually active they can decide for themselves to receive the sacrament of reconciliation and Holy Communion, if "he or she are at peace with God". The Maltese bishops' document, Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia, states the following: 9. Throughout the discernment process, we should also examine the possibility of conjugal continence. Despite the fact that this ideal is not at all easy, there may be couples who, with the help of...
  • Blessing Adultery: Christ the Judgmental vs. Francis the Humble [Catholic Caucus]

    01/12/2017 12:59:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 12, 2017 | Michael Matt / Christopher Ferrara
    In this episode of The Remnant Forum, Michael Matt and Christopher Ferrara break out the Catholic microscope and take a careful look at the controversial few paragraphs and footnotes of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Is Cardinal Raymond Burke a troublemaker? Is Francis merely attempting to be pastoral? Merciful? At the heart of all of this are the words of Jesus Christ which forbid adultery WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. Trouble is, Francis wants exceptions. Does this mean that Christ the Judgmental must bow to Francis the Merciful? Is this the 21st century’s version of the Arian Crisis?
  • It’s Not Just The Four Cardinals Who Need An Answer [Catholic Caucus]

    01/12/2017 12:20:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | January 12, 2017 | Joseph Matt
    t seems another prelate has abandoned his post. In an interview on January 8, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, rejected making any correction of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, effectively joining some of his fellow German cardinals in a slight to Cardinal Burke and his three colleagues. The very title of the congregation which this cardinal heads implies the importance of the office and its crucial role — especially as it relates to the current situation with the four cardinals and the dubia. Cardinal Mueller’s words in this interview are a critical blow...
  • Cardinal Müller's TV Interview Causes Bewilderment [Catholic Caucus]

    01/09/2017 6:52:46 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | January 9, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said in a live television interview on Sunday that a “fraternal correction” of Pope Francis regarding his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) is “not possible at this time” because the document poses “no danger to the faith.”
  • ‘I agree with them!’: Austria’s Bishop Laun defends four Cardinals [Catholic Caucus]

    01/05/2017 7:08:17 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 4, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun said in a new interview that he agrees with the concerns of the cardinals who signed the dubia asking the pope for moral clarity on Amoris Laetitia, putting him "in the best company." "I have read the concerns of the Four Cardinals, and I agree with them!" he told Dr. Maike Hickson of OnePeterFive. "Additionally, I know personally especially Cardinals Meisner and Caffarra and know how competent they are! With them, I am in the best company!" The dubia is a formal request Cardinals Raymond Burke, Joachim Meisner, Walter Brandmüller and Carlo Caffarra sent to Pope...
  • Austrian bishop: ‘Remarried’ Catholics now have ‘blessing of the Pope’ to receive Communion

    01/04/2017 7:48:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 91 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 4, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    An Austrian bishop has given a sweeping interview claiming that "remarried" Catholics now have the "blessing of the Pope" to receive Communion, the use of contraception is "a decision of conscience" for couples, and homosexuals can constitute a "family." Bishop Benno Elbs, who heads the Feldkirch diocese in west Austria, made the comments in an interview with Die Presse on December 23. Regarding the admission of “remarried” divorced Catholics to Communion, he said, “The teaching [of the Church] has changed insofar as she has opened the door. People have made decisions of conscience in the past, but now they can...
  • The Pastoral and Moral Crises That Lie Ahead

    01/01/2017 8:25:49 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 30, 2016 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    There has been a moral and pastoral crisis for the last half century in the Church, but I honestly think we haven’t yet seen anything like what might lie ahead. The 4 Cardinals—I like to call them "The Four Just Men" (coined by the prolfiic Edgar Wallace a century ago)—have nailed the roots of this threat in their five questions related to the apparent undermining of Church doctrine on intrinsically evil acts and the objective formation of conscience in Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia (AL). In fact, we are already seeing the very divisive effects of this document’s confusion. For...
  • Marx: 'Amoris laetitia' no new doctrine [Catholic Caucus]

    12/29/2016 3:39:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    kath.net ^ | December 29, 2016
    The President of the Bishops' Conferences, Cardinal Marx, sees the Franciscan letter "Amoris laetitia" in an interview with the KNA as "no new teaching". According to Marx, the pope wants to "throw a new, pastoral view of reality". For the Archbishop of Munich, the aim was "to shape and respect the conscience decision of the individual". Marx left open in the discussion whether there would be a joint letter from the German bishops. Just a few days ago, Austrian diocesan bishop Benno Elbs had said in connection with "Amoris laetita" that this was a change in the doctrine.
  • Catholic Caucus ... timeline of communion for adulterers in Church history and current pontificate

    12/29/2016 10:32:11 AM PST · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 29, 2016 | Andrew Guernsey
    For the benefit of our readers, Mr. Andrew Guernsey has graciously shared with us his Denzinger-style research identifying the sources of Church teaching and perennial discipline, and exhaustively cataloguing the Bergoglian machinations, to allow communion for divorced and civilly “remarried” adulterers. In a nutshell, this is nearly every known utterance of the topic from the dawn of man, until our current, pathetic state of affairs. The document starts with the Old Testament, then the New Testament, and then continues chronologically through the Fathers, popes, martyrs, councils and more upon which the Church bases its unchanging doctrine of the indissolubility of...
  • GERMAN BISHOPS: DIVORCED & CIVILLY REMARRIED MAY RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION

    12/23/2016 2:35:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Church Militant ^ | December 22, 2016 | Bradley Eli
    German bishops will soon publish guidelines allowing the divorced and civilly remarried to sacrilegiously receive Holy Communion while continuing to live in sin. Bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesemann of Speyer, Germany announced on December 17 his intention to publish guidelines instructing priests how to give the sacraments to civilly remarried Catholics. The bishop professed that Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" (AL) has made this possible on a case-by=case basis. [T]he pope says that, without changing Church doctrine, we must distinguish between the different circumstances people live in. We priests are not here to replace a person's conscience. Francis wants...
  • Those who Uphold the Doctrine of the Church are now the Dissenters? [Catholic Caucus]

    12/21/2016 4:22:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | December 21, 2016 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    I never expected to live to see those who uphold the two-millennial unchanging doctrine of the Church labeled as dissenters. But is it really surprising? The modus operandi of liberals is name-calling. If you can't answer an argument, attack its source. And then tell them how worried you are about the state of their souls for being rigid and unmerciful and how they must have psychological problems if they love the Latin Mass (and the truth)! But what I find disconcerting and distressing is that people I thought were faithful Catholics are so starry-eyed over this pope (I think popolatry...
  • Amy Grant Releases 200th Christmas Album

    12/16/2016 6:35:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 91 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 12/15/16
    Sparrow Records and Christian recording artist Amy Grant announced Thursday the release of her new Christmas album, which becomes the 200th Christmas collection Grant has produced in her career, a record among all recording artists. The latest offering, Greatest Hits From This Year’s Christmas Albums, which compiles some of the best songs from the other six Christmas albums Grant has released this year, arrived on shelves to a robust response.Industry experts attribute the instant success of the album to a growing sense of unrest among Christians, who had not been blessed by a new Amy Grant Christmas album in almost...
  • Attacks on four Cardinals ... no surprise: even saints were censured by popes for being faithful

    12/14/2016 3:00:17 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 14, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    The four cardinals who have been chastised by top Catholic leaders for asking Pope Francis to clarify if his Exhortation Amoris Laetitia conforms to Catholic teaching join the singular ranks of a number of faithful bishops and cardinals who have faced excommunication, demotion, and censure from popes because of their faithfulness to the truths of the faith. The four stand accused of being “troublesome,” in need of “conversion,” of committing “apostasy” and “scandal,” of giving the pope a “slap in the face,” of creating “difficulty and division,” and of crossing a line into “dissent” for respectfully following a standard procedure...
  • Archbishop says church must help people in marriage difficulty [Catholic Caucus}

    12/14/2016 10:15:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Irish Times ^ | December 9, 2016 | Patsy McGarry
    Presenting people with black-and-white answers is not the way to help with marriage difficulties, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. “No marriage is lived just in clear and abstract black-and-white realities. The Church has to understand the grey areas of success and failures, of joys and of disappointments. Jesus’s method was that of accompanying. His method was to show that,” he said. The archbishop was speaking at a Mass for workers with Accord Dublin, the archdiocese’s marriage advisory service, at the Holy Cross pastoral centre. “Marriages begin with a dream. Marriages hit difficult times. Marriages fail. Marriages begin...
  • Second marriages and the casualties of spiritual combat

    12/13/2016 6:57:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 13, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Spiritual combat: the phrase that is not often heard from the pulpit these days. But it is a phrase worth keeping in mind as we wrestle our way through the confusion that now clouds the Catholic teaching on marriage. In the early days of this pontificate, Pope Francis raised eyebrows with his repeated references to the Devil. He unabashedly stated the belief—unfashionable today, but still unquestionably a part of Church teaching—that in this life we face a powerful adversary. Whether we recognize it or not, we are engaged in spiritual combat: a battle to save our souls. To engage in...
  • Arch. Coleridge on false clarity and the unnerved dubia cardinals

    12/11/2016 5:04:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 10, 2016 | DEACON NICK DONNELLY
    Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia, claims that the four cardinals who submitted the dubia to Pope Francis are "unnerved" by the Holy Father introducing a "pastoral" approach to the Church involving a "process of discernment, which deals in shades of grey, messy and unnerving.” In his interview with the US Jesuit Journal, America Magazine, Archbishop Coleridge went on to advise against "a false clarity that comes because you don’t address reality, and there’s a false certainty that can come for the same reason.” The title of the document containing the dubium submitted by the four cardinals to Pope Francis...
  • David Petraeus' former mistress Paula Broadwell Claims He Threw her 'Under the Bus' after their ....

    12/08/2016 11:05:05 AM PST · by Cecily · 80 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | December 8, 2016 | Hannah Parry
    Paula Broadwell, the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus cost him his job, has accused him of having her 'thrown under the bus' over their illicit relationship. The former intelligence officer said she felt 'betrayed' by Petraeus after news of their affair broke in 2012. 'I was in such a state of mental shock and quickly spiraled into a depression,' she told Vanity Fair.
  • San Diego bishop to priests: Embrace ‘LGBT families’, give Communion to ‘remarried’

    11/29/2016 9:50:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 28, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy is calling on his city's priests to embrace "LGBT families," and to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion in certain cases. Following a much-hyped diocesan synod on the family last month, Bishop McElroy encouraged priests to publish a diocesan notice in their bulletins saying the Church will "assist those who are divorced and remarried and cannot receive an annulment to utilize the internal forum of conscience in order to discern if God is calling them to return to the Eucharist." "The Synod proposed a spirituality of family life which is deeply inclusive," and...