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  • EXCLUSIVE–Linda Tripp: ‘Bill Had Affairs with Thousands of Women’ [Overdoing it Barf Alert]

    01/18/2016 12:30:44 PM PST · by Fhios · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/2016 | Aaron Klein radio
    In a rare interview, Linda Tripp, a pivotal figure in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, revealed on Sunday it was common knowledge while she worked in the West Wing that Bill Clinton had affairs with “thousands of women.”
  • EXCLUSIVE–Linda Tripp: ‘Bill Had Affairs with Thousands of Women’

    01/17/2016 3:51:37 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 94 replies
    In a rare interview, Linda Tripp, a pivotal figure in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, revealed on Sunday it was common knowledge while she worked in the West Wing that Bill Clinton had affairs with “thousands of women.” Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” Tripp for the first time divulged that she personally knew another White House staffer aside from Lewinsky who was also having an affair with Clinton. That unnamed staffer was mentioned by Tripp in various depositions but she has not spoken about it publicly. She charged that Hillary Clinton not only knew about her husband’s exploits, “She made...
  • Cardinal Burke on the Synod Final Report: "something here is not right" [Catholic Caucus]

    01/05/2016 8:10:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | January 5, 2016 | Barona
    This blog has not ceased to denounce Antonio Spadaro S.J. as a villainous deceiver and a heresiarch. The cunning Jesuit, on a number of occasions, has skillfully and subtly pushed for the Adulterist Party - that is, those churchmen who are advocating the giving of Holy Communion to adulterers. Toronto Catholic Witness has posted a number of times on Spadaro's and others attempts to introduce the acceptance of adultery (the acceptance of sin!) into the Church, all the while denying it, and that doctrine would be changed. The Vox, at Vox Cantoris has written numerous times about this attempt to...
  • The countdown is on for Pope Francis’ big decision on the family

    12/29/2015 10:03:40 AM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Crux ^ | December 28, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    ROME — Pope Francis celebrated a Mass for the Holy Family on Sunday, designed as a reminder of the spiritual and pastoral importance of the family in the context of his Holy Year of Mercy. Plans called for similar Masses to be held around the world in basilicas where there’s a holy door for the jubilee year. “Let us not lose confidence in the family!” Francis said, telling families gathered with him in St. Peter’s Basilica that the world and the Church need them “now more than ever.” In terms of Church politics, however, Sunday’s Mass was also a reminder...
  • 73-Year-Old Dad Celebrates Birth Of Second Child With Girlfriend, 30

    12/23/2015 8:04:51 PM PST · by hout8475 · 146 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 23, 2015
    One of Britain’s oldest dads is celebrating the birth of his second child with this girlfriend - who is 43 years younger than him. Coach driver John Willows, 73, first became a proud father on Christmas Day 2011- with partner Polly Jackson D’zaccheus - who is just 30 years old.
  • PopeWatch: Annulments: The Fix is In [Catholic Caucus]

    12/17/2015 11:29:43 AM PST · by ebb tide · 89 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 12/17/15 | Donald R. McClarey
    Effectively the Pope with his “reform” of the annulment process has created Catholic Divorce, thereby rendering the words of Christ about marriage null and void. A harsh judgment? Let’s take a look at the facts: 1. The Pope has made annulments free, which mean that all Catholics get to pay for them. This is obviously a come on for more people to go through the process. 2. Revoking the rule established by John Paul II, a decree of nullity can now be granted on grounds not pled by the party seeking a nullity. What this means is that the tribunal...
  • Is the Woman Caught in Adultery Story True? (John 7:53-8:11): Non-existent in ancient manuscripts?

    12/13/2015 6:23:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Is the Story Scriptural or Not? So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. John 8:8 (NKJV)This Sunday, the Gospel reading in the Roman Catholic Lectionary will be the famous story of “The Woman Caught in Adultery” (John 8:1-11). Some scholars and a few pastors, both liberal and conservative, have questioned the veracity of this unique and beautiful story of God’s mercy and love. This blog post is my feeble attempt at defending the historical truthfulness and canonical faithfulness...
  • "The Post-Synodal Exhortation has been ready since September" [Catholic Caucus]

    12/04/2015 5:20:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/04/15 | Father Pio Pace
    Will there be a Post-Synodal Exhortation of the Synod of the Family, the commentators on Vatican matters ask. In fact, it was already completely ready before the Synod! Several months before the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Family, last October, the group of Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Assembly, together with men such as Abp. Bruno Forte, Special Secretary, Abp. Paglia, President of the Council for the Family, and a few others, had already established a campaign plan in four stages: 1st: Pretending to base itself on the conclusions of the Extraordinary Assembly of...
  • Cardinal: Communion for remarried would be ‘fundamental’ break with Church teaching

    12/03/2015 11:38:17 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald | 12/03/15 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Burke tells Mass of Ages quarterly that Catholics should be 'very concerned' Cardinal Raymond Burke has said that if the family synod opened the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion then it has "departed from Catholic teaching in a very fundamental matter". The cardinal, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, made the comments in an interview with Mass of Ages, the quarterly magazine of the Latin Mass Society.
  • Will Peter Refuse to Eat with the Gentiles Again? [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 1:56:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | November 26, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The Church is currently awaiting the 'official' decision of Pope Francis on the Kasper Proposal (a proposal allowing obstinate adulterers to receive Holy Communion). In anticipation of his decision, there is a point from the Book of Galatians that I believe should be considered. In the Book of Galatians, we read about the Apostle Paul who rebuked the Apostle Peter for his hypocrisy, saying: “When Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began...
  • Francis Is Silent, But Another Jesuit Is Speaking For Him

    11/07/2015 2:33:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 11/07/15 | Sandro Magister
    He is Antonio Spadaro, director of "La Civiltà Cattolica.” In an article in his magazine he has already written what the pope will say on communion for the divorced and remarried ROME, November 7, 2015 – Last Wednesday, at the weekly catechesis in Saint Peter’s Square, after recalling that the synod fathers have delivered the text of their conclusions to him, Pope Francis limited himself to saying in sibylline language: “This is not the moment to examine such conclusions, on which I myself must meditate.” While waiting for the enigma on the pope’s future moves to be unraveled, nothing remains...
  • A Glimpse Behind the Scenes in Rome

    11/03/2015 4:50:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 3, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    I have been speaking to sources in Rome over the past week, and several interesting pieces of information have emerged. As is often the case with what goes on at the Vatican, these remain firmly planted in the realm of credible rumors, not hard facts. And while rumors are something I generally avoid trafficking in, these are pertinent to what we have seen (and will see) play out as regards the yet-to-be-settled question of how Pope Francis will handle communion for the divorced and remarried. One source close to the Vatican tells me they have it on good authority that...
  • Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Synod Door to communion for divorced & remarried officially kicked open

    11/03/2015 9:09:42 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 2, 2015 | Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the most visible prelates working on the restoration of the traditional Latin Mass and faith, has penned a nearly 5,000-word response to the Synod exclusively for our readers. Anyone may reproduce or link to this article, but all must reference Rorate Caeli as the source. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to His Excellency for taking the time to analyze and express his views on one of the most critical events in Church history -- one that he too sees as a "back door" to Holy Communion for adulterers, a rejection of...
  • "At the End of the Synod, Francis may impose his will -- but Bergoglism is foundering everywhere"

    10/15/2015 10:32:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | October 15, 2015 | Antonio Socci
    [The Argentinian War Machine with the German Engine is Stuck in the Mud] Antonio Socci Libero Is the audacious war-machine beginning to wane? a Swiss Vatican reporter asks. Actually, the Argentinian war-machine with the German engine has gotten stuck in the mud at the Synod. Lately we have heard that German engines are being put on the scrap-heap plus the Argentinean bodywork is an old wreck of Peronism and rusty Liberation Theology. THE FIRST WEEK Well, the Synod opened with Cardinal Erdos report reaffirming Catholic Doctrine, demolishing Kaspers heresies (and irritating Bergoglio). In addition, after the first week, one of...
  • Miniature Shadow Synod being held with Pope every day at Santa Marta

    10/13/2015 3:34:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | October 13, 2015 | New Catholic
    Buried within the article published today in the Catholic German newspaper Die Tagespost is the incredible news that helps to explain both the amazing way in which rules are changed by the hour at the 2015 Synod, and the constant leaks of threats and papal opinions. Every day a kind of miniature Shadow Synod meets at the Domus Sanctae Marthae with the Pope (including some Synod Fathers and some outside guests) to decide what steps should be taken at the Synod. Maybe not even the author realized how explosive the revelation he included nonchalantly in his piece below is: there...
  • Contrast: Why Doesnt Pope Francis Talk Like This?

    10/12/2015 5:58:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/12/15 | John Vennari
    A primary error promoted via the 2015 Synod is the alleged separation of Catholic doctrine from pastoral practice. This dangerous notion is crystallized in Cardinal Walter Kaspers radical proposal that would allow divorced and remarried Catholics to embark on an undefined period of penance, after which they would be readmitted to the Sacraments while remaining in their adulterous union. Such a proposal manifests a profound malady of intellect. It is also bereft of a Catholic understanding of mortal sin, sanctifying grace, the sacraments and marriage itself. Over the past year, a number of right-thinking prelates have stood up to oppose...
  • Crisis for Pope Francis as top-level cardinals tell him: your synod could lead to ...

    10/12/2015 6:59:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 12, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    A group of cardinals including some of the most powerful figures in the Catholic Church have written to Pope Francis telling him that his Synod on the Family, now meeting in Rome, has gone badly off the rails and could cause the church to collapse.
  • Cardinal Letter Rejected by Pope - Plus, Pell Appeal Ignored

    10/12/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    The letter was signed by Cardinals Caffarra (Bologna), Collins (Toronto), Dolan (New York), Eijk (Utrecht), Erd (Esztergom-Budapest, president of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe and Synod Relator-General), Mller (Prefect of Doctrine for the Faith), Napier (Durban, President-Delegate), Pell (Secretary for the Economy), Piacenza (Penitentiary Major)*, Sarah (Prefect of Divine Worship), Scola (Milan*), Urosa (Caracas), Vingt-Trois (Paris, President-Delegate *). The text was the following: Your Holiness, As the Synod on the Family begins, and with a desire to see it fruitfully serve the Church and your ministry, we respectfully ask you to consider a number of concerns we...
  • Priest-theologian: if worst-case scenario at synod occurs, Catholics must resist changes

    10/11/2015 10:35:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 10, 2015 | Matt Abbott
    I asked Father Brian Harrison, a priest of the Society of the Oblates of Wisdom and an emeritus professor of theology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, the following questions: If the worst-case scenario comes to pass in regard to the synod, what are we to think of magisterial teaching? Would we have to accept the changes as a form of doctrinal development as with Vatican II? Father Harrison's response is as follows: First of all, the synod itself is not a magisterial body. If it votes (heaven forbid!) to authorize Communion for the divorced and...
  • Cardinal Schonborn says Synods contentious parts are yet to come

    10/10/2015 7:00:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 9, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    Thursday, October 8, saw a surprise for the Synod of Bishops on the Family, when the Synod Secretariat announced that the only German-speaking discussion group among the 13 discussion groups (circuli minores) is not, as was expected, to be led by the head of the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Mller. Instead, it was Austrian Cardinal, Christoph Schnborn, who was elected by the other Synod fathers of the group to become their moderator. Archbishop Heiner Koch, Berlin, was elected to be the relator of the group. The German-speaking group thus set a more progressive tone, since...
  • German archbishop: Churchs stance on divorce makes people doubt God

    10/10/2015 6:22:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    One of Germany’s representatives at the worldwide meeting of Catholic prelates on family has pointedly told the gathering that church teaching preventing divorced and remarried persons from receiving the Eucharist makes people “doubt God.” Berlin Archbishop Heiner Koch has used his 3-minute address during the deliberations to directly address one of the issues known to be creating the most disagreement among the prelates, saying he is often asked why remarried couples are barred from the Eucharistic table. The church’s theological arguments “do not silence the questions in the hearts of people,” Koch told the assembly. “Is there no place at...
  • Vandals in Rome: Will They Sack Christian Marriage?

    10/09/2015 5:21:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 9, 2015 | Christopher Ferrara
    "The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law." -Benedict XVI Editors Note: The following article is quite lengthy. But like Chris Ferraras other more lengthy contributions to this journal, it reads short while providing a clear and comprehensive overview of a complex situation. Franciss Blitzkrieg reform of the annulment process is a turning point in Church and world history that deserves the thorough treatment it receives here. Introduction At this point in the progress of Pope Bergoglios banana republic-style pontificate, no one should be surprised at the canonical sneak attack by which, on only 24...
  • Ellmers thanks lawmakers for 'prayers' amid affair rumors (Amnesty Pimp Renee denies affair)

    10/09/2015 8:39:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/9/15 | Jake Sherman , Anna Palmer and Lauren French
    Rep. Renee Ellmers stood up in a private meeting of Republican lawmakers on Friday and thanked them for their "prayers and support" after they received nasty emails accusing her of having an extramarital affair with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, according to multiple sources in the room. She did not mention McCarthy (R-Calif.) by name, detail the content of the emails or provide any other information. Sources close to Ellmers and McCarthy say the accusation is unfounded, and assert that it is being spread by a discredited troublemaker. McCarthy has publicly denied that any personal problems were behind his stunning...
  • McCarthy accused of affair with House member after withdrawing bid for speaker

    10/09/2015 8:16:47 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 41 replies
    WASHINGTON House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly withdrew his promising bid to become speaker Thursday as the married congressman was accused of having an affair with another married House member in an anonymous posting on Wikipedia. Minutes before Republicans were to cast votes to make him speaker-elect, McCarthy stood and told his colleagues that a fresh face was needed to unite the party.
  • BREAKING: Hit With Cease & Desist Letter For McCarthy-Ellmers Affair Story

    10/07/2015 3:15:03 PM PDT · by blueyon · 64 replies ^ | 10/07/15 | Charles C. Johnson
    "BREAKING: Hit With Cease & Desist Letter For McCarthy-Ellmers Affair Story" has been hit with a cease and desist letter from the counsel of Congresswoman Renee Ellmers amid allegations of her own martial infidelity. stands by its story regarding the DC, NC, and Bakersfield rumors regarding an alleged affair between Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. We look forward to the opportunity to avail ourselves of deposition with seated members of congress should it come to that. The letter, reproduced here, was written by Thomas A. Farr, an attorney from Ogletree Deakins, a white shoe...
  • Synod Day 2: At Tuesdays Synod briefing, Catholic doctrine was apparently an open question

    10/06/2015 6:02:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News | October 6, 2015 | Patrick B. Craine
    If the biggest news out of day one at the Synod on Monday was the clear call to uphold Catholic teaching in the opening report by a leading Synod organizer, Cardinal Peter Erdo, the biggest news of day two may be the evident push-back against him. While Erdo strongly opposed Kaspers Communion proposal, among other favored causes of the liberal faction, both of the Synod fathers at Tuesdays Vatican press briefing Cardinal Claudio Maria Celli and Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher indicated in one way or another that allowing Communion for Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried is...
  • Cardinal Nichols expects synod to consider change in approach to divorced and remarried Catholics

    09/23/2015 4:23:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 23, 2015 | Simon Caldwell
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has indicated that he expects the Synod on the Family to consider changes in the Churchs pastoral approach towards Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried. The Archbishop of Westminster said one of the major challenges facing the synod was how to identify a pattern of conversion that would allow the divorced and remarried back into full Communion with the Church. Although the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that such people are in a situation of public and permanent adultery, synod fathers such as German Cardinal Walter Kasper have proposed that some remarried Catholics might be...
  • Great analysis of the spin of last years Synod on the Family. Fr. Z rants. [Catholic Caucus]

    09/22/2015 4:03:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/22/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Synod Fatigue is sure to be setting in now, if it hasnt already.Just wait. Itll get worse.But you must stay focused. Dont tune out Synod news.But Father! But Father!, some will say, Its all too much! I just cant take it any more. Its too depressing. Besides, we cant do anything about it and it just makes me sad and scared.Good. I want you to be sad and scared.I want you to feel some anxiety. Use your apprehension to stay focused on the issues. You must be ready and willing to talk about them with clarity in your own spheres...
  • German Bishop Sees Good in Adultery, Sodomy

    09/15/2015 4:57:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 9/15/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A German bishop is advocating Holy Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholic spouses and urging a special blessing for same-sex couples. In a recent interview with German newspaper Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur, Bp. Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrck, Germany, admits marital indissolubility yet questions whether adulterous second civil marriages "might actually correspond better to God's covenant with human beings." Here's his full response: KNA: A major issue will be divorced and remarried individuals. You have advocated allowing such persons to receive Holy Communion under certain conditions. What are those conditions? Bode: Marriage is indissoluble according to the will of Jesus. With a...
  • Note: Avoiding the requirements of Mitis would not be easy for bishops

    09/15/2015 3:56:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | September 14, 2015 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    If Pope Francis Mitis Iudex becomes law it will require, among other things, that arch/bishops personally assess, and in some cases adjudicate, certain kinds of marriage nullity petitions. Now obviously some, perhaps many, prelates will feel (based on their lack of advanced canonical training, and/or their personal indisposition toward juridic work, and/or their concerns for negative implications to their wider pastoral work that having to choose between types of petitions and individual parties in annulment cases will inevitably provoke) inadequate to this task. Already I am hearing, however, that arch/bishops looking to avoid their looming judicial and procedural responsibilities under...
  • Kasper, Danneels, Schonborn, Cupich, Wuerl and Maradiaga appointed by Pope Francis to Synod

    09/15/2015 3:43:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/15/15 | Augustinus
    The finalized, complete list of participants in the Synod of Bishops in 2015 was published in today's Vatican Bollettino: XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 4 to 25 2015) - List of Participants, 15/09/2015. In addition to the Synod officers (who are all hold-overs from last year's "Extraordinary Synod"), delegates elected by the Bishops' Conferences and the Union of Superior Generals and confirmed by the Pope as Synod members months ago, and ex officio participants (the heads of the Eastern Catholic Churches and the Prefects or Presidents of Curial dicasteries), the final list contains the names of...
  • Three Prelates on the evil plans for the Synod speaking in blunt terms on adultery and...

    09/14/2015 10:22:40 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 18 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 9/9/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "Three Prelates on the evil plans for the Synod speaking in blunt terms on adultery and homosexuality!" Barona at Toronto Catholic Witness has published this post and this incredible video by Polonia Cristiana. CATHOLICS - WAKE UP! It is your duty and it is mine. You can be silent no longer. Our Mother is being raped! Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Return unto the LORD, thy God! "If we do not defend marriage, then we will not defend the Church Herself" Raymond Cardinal Burke Polonia Christiana has released an extraordinary video that focuses our attention on the very grave crisis in the Catholic...
  • Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons: Quick and easy annulments pose grave risks to the family

    09/10/2015 5:21:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | September 10, 2015 | Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons
    This week Pope Francis announced sweeping changes to canon law that will make it almost as quick and easy for Catholics to get their marriage annulled as it is to get a no-fault civil divorce. The indissolubility of sacramental marriage, the annulment process, civil divorce, remarriage and reception of the Eucharist by civilly divorced Catholics were hotly contested subjects in the months leading up to and during the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family. Many observers have anticipated a rigorous defense of sacramental marriage at the upcoming Synod this October. Instead, it appears that Pope Francis has now mooted...
  • Roberto de Mattei: Christian Matrimony Has Been Dealt a Grievous Blow

    09/10/2015 4:13:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Thursday, September 10, 2015 | Roberto de Mattei
    The two motu proprio of Pope Francis Mitis iudex Dominus Iesus for the Latin Church and Mitis et misericors Jesus for the Oriental Churches, which were announced on September 8, 2015 have dealt Christian marriage a serious wound. The indissolubility of marriage is divine and immutable law of Jesus Christ. The Church can not "cancel" a marriage in the sense of dissolution. You can, with a declaration of invalidity, consider its non-existence, if those conditions are not met which ensure their validity. This means that it is not the interest of the spouse which has priority in a canonical process...
  • Pastor Outed on Ashley Madison Commits Suicide

    09/09/2015 12:09:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 | Dallas Frankllin
    John Gibson was a pastor and seminary professor. When he wasnt teaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, one of his favorite pastimes was fixing cars. He was married with two children. His daughter, Callie, was teaching in front of 250 college students when she got the call. Her father had killed himself. It was August 24, six days after hackers exposed the names of millions of people who had signed up for Ashley Madison, the notorious site for those seeking affairs. Gibsons name was on the list. His wife, Christi, discovered her husbands body. It was a moment that...
  • Henry's Revenge: Pope "Streamlines Annulment Process"

    09/08/2015 5:09:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 68 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | Michael Matt
    Early reports are in, and it looks like Pope Francis, as expected, has radically reformed the process by which Catholics may annul their marriages, streamlining steps that many liberals in the church considered too cumbersome. The move is the latest in a series of public relations initiatives, whereby Francis hopes to make his pontificate appear more responsive to the needs of lay Catholics, especially those who have "long felt marginalized" by the hierarchy (READ: Don't like Catholic moral theology). The three main changes announced on Tuesday are: Eliminating a second review by a cleric before a marriage can be...
  • Pope Francis Changes Churchs Annulment Procedure A springboard for potential abuse?

    09/08/2015 4:34:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 9/08/15 | John Vennari
    Pope Francis has substantially altered of the Churchs system for granting annulments. The announcement was made at a Vatican press conference at noon, September 8. The new procedure contains changes that dispense with various aspects of the traditional annulment procedure, some of which had been previously noted by Cardinal Raymond Burke as crucial to the annulment process. Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus (for Latin Church) and Mitis et misericors Iesus (for Easter Rite Churches in Union with Rome) are the names in Latin of the two Motu Proprio. The first one translates to The Gentle Judge, The Lord Jesus, the second...
  • After the Synod, the Kasper party opens a second front: "Catholic Divorce"

    09/07/2015 9:55:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/13/2014 | Don Pio Pace
    The extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops had barely ended, and the partisans of the liberalization of the Church's discipline concerning the indissolubility of marriage open a second front, that of the "simplification" of the canonical procedures of the declaration of nullity. The demotion of Cardinal Burke from his position as Prefect of Apostolic Signatura finds in this matter its true meaning. His role in the nominations of bishops for the United States under Benedict XVI was not enough to explain his demotion, because in order to neutralize his influence, it sufficed (as it was done) to remove him...
  • The Shadow Synod of Switzerland and Germany Has a Follow-up. In Two Books

    09/05/2015 8:34:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 9/014/2015 | Sandro Magister
    The Shadow Synod of Switzerland and Germany Has a Follow-up. In Two Books They say that the divorced and remarried and homosexual couples are not waiting for mercy, but for recognition of the goodness of their condition. A critical reply from the vicar of the diocese of Chur by Sandro Magister ROME, September 4, 2015 - The previous article from www.chiesa demonstrated the growing resistance, on the part of numerous cardinals and bishops, to the radical changes in the Catholic doctrine and pastoral care of marriage brought into discussion with the synod on the family: > First Five, Now Seventeen...
  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 7:03:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | Leonard Blair
    R.C. Sproul Jr., son of Robert Charles Sproul, a noted Reformed theologian and founder of the international Christian organization, Ligonier Ministries, revealed Monday that he visited the controversial spouse-cheating Ashley Madison website in a "moment of weakness" last year and has been suspended by the board of Ligonier Ministries for it. "In August 2014, in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity, I visited Ashley Madison. My goal was not to gather research for critical commentary, but to fan the flames of my imagination," wrote the 50-year-old Sproul, a Calvinist Christian minister, theologian and widower in a...
  • Ashley Madison, Josh Duggar and the Nasty Left

    08/26/2015 11:03:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 61 replies ^ | August 26, 2015 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, Internet criminals responsible for hacking the adultery website Ashley Madison released full records of those who registered to use the service. The media began perusing the list -- and naturally, the first major name to hit the media was Josh Duggar. The media busted Duggar several months ago, too, when they released information that the former "19 Kids and Counting" reality star had molested children as a teenager. What makes Duggar's infidelity noteworthy? The fact that he purported to be a religious Christian. In his adulthood, Duggar became executive director of Family Research Council Action, the legislative...
  • Ashley Madison faked female profiles to lure men in, hacked data suggest

    08/26/2015 6:13:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/26/2015 | By Caitlin Dewey
    Ashley Madison has long claimed, in triumphant news releases and slick, Web-ready graphics, that it is one of the few dating sites that really clicks with women. According to statistics CEO Noel Biderman has trumpeted in the media, Ashley Madison enjoys an overall 70/30 gender split with a 1:1 male/female ratio among the under-30 set. But the user records laid bare by hackers last week tell a very different story: Of the more than 35 million records released, only 5 million a mere 15 percent actually belonged to women. This discrepancy may be the smoking gun that...
  • Are Half a Million Catholics Wrong?

    08/23/2015 3:23:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 22, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    Earlier this year, a petition was started. Its purpose was simple: it asks the Holy Father to calm the fears of Catholics around the world with a simple public assurance that those forces which are seeking to undermine Christs teaching on marriage will not prevail at the conclusion of the two-year Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family. The text of the petition reads, in part: Your Holiness, in light of information published on the last Synod, we note with anguish that, for millions of faithful Catholics, the beacon seems to have dimmed in face of the onslaught of lifestyles spread...
  • The Ashley Madison hack ruined my life

    08/23/2015 8:53:57 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 151 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 8/23/2015 | Jose Pagliery
    The Ashley Madison hack is indeed ripping apart marriages. It's exposing affairs, confirming suspicions, and keeping cheaters up at night in cold sweats. Several people who were directly affected by the data breach of the cheating website have reached out to CNNMoney. Their identities and details have been independently verified, but they have spoken on condition of anonymity. The mistress "Ana" is a highly educated business woman in her 40s who is finalizing a divorce with her husband. She stayed up late Thursday rapidly texting eight married men with whom she had relationships after finding them on Ashley Madison....
  • Friends of RFK Jr. think Cheryl Hines was crazy to marry him

    08/23/2015 5:38:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 22, 2015 | Mara Siegler
    Even close friends of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a notorious cheater who had numerous affairs while with past wives Emily Black and Mary Richardson, think his new wife, Curb Your Enthusiasm star Cheryl Hines, was crazy to marry him and think hed be faithful. [Snip] Any woman who gets involved with Bobby does so with her eyes open, or their brains lopped off, said the so-called friend. Any woman who thinks theyre going to change Bobby is misguided and purposefully ignorant. Women have to understand what theyre getting into when theyre with him.
  • "Synod of Doom" Update-Petition to Francis Reaches 471,000 Signatures

    08/22/2015 6:52:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 21, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As of this writing the Filial Petition to Francis pleading with him to repair a breach [that] has been opened within the Church that would accept adultery by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion and would virtually accept even homosexual unions has reached 471,000 signatures, including that of Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The Petition identifies the breach of which it complains with information published on the last Synod, meaning the disgraceful midterm report calling precisely for permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion and virtual[ly] accept[ing] even homosexual unions. Of...
  • Josh Duggar is Not Our Standard

    08/22/2015 6:48:23 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 13 replies ^ | 8/22/15 | Trevor Thomas
    If youre looking to discredit Christianity, youre going to have to do a lot better than point to the failings of the followers of Christ. Josh Duggar, of 19 Kids and Counting fame, who was recently outed as a user of the adultery promoting website Ashley Madison, is simply the latest in a long line of public Christians caught failing to practice what he preached. Christianity isnt about what Josh Duggar, Jimmy Swaggart, Billy Graham, James Dobson, myself, or anyone else did or will do. It isnt about what weve said or will say. Christianity is in the words and...
  • Anna Duggar 'partially blames herself' for husband Josh cheating and using porn

    08/20/2015 7:04:09 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 20 August 2015 | SOPHIE JANE EVANS
    Anna Duggar partially blames herself for her husband Josh's admitted infidelity, it has emerged. The 27-year-old - who shares four children with Josh - will likely 'on some level.... absorb some of the blame' for her spouse's cheating and addiction to online porn, a Duggar family insider says. And she will 'no way' leave Josh for his actions - which the 19 Kids and Counting star confessed to after he was named as one of the 37million spouses to allegedly have Ashley Madison accounts. 'Anna will not leave him. As with her in-laws, she is turning more to her faith...
  • No sympathy for cheaters, and even less patience for liberal hypocrisy...

    08/20/2015 6:42:59 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-20-15 | The Looking Spoon
    Inspired by this editorial from Talking Points Memo. I don't have sympathy for all the adulterers who have now been exposed, but if liberals want to chime in they should at least have some sense of consistency.
  • Does Francis think Cardinal Kasper is right?

    08/20/2015 6:37:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 20, 2015 | Fr. Raymond de Souza
    For 18 months, since Pope Francis invited Cardinal Walter Kasper to address the February 2014 consistory of cardinals, the question of whether the divorced and civilly remarried can receive the sacraments has been front and centre. Every time the Kasper proposal has been rejected, Pope Francis has kept the discussion going, to the extent that it will now dominate the synod on the family to be held in October. Francis did not express himself directly on the question during months of debate, leaving Catholics to speculate on what he thought. In his general audience on August 5 he addressed it...