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  • [Catholic Caucus] Note: more on Josef Seifert's "retirement" for Amoris Laetitia critiques.

    09/07/2017 3:51:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 6, 2017 | Augustinus
    A few days ago, as reported by various Catholic websites such as Infovaticana, One Peter Five and LifeSite News, a notification was posted on the website of the Archdiocese of Granada denouncing Dr. Josef Seifert for his recent article "Does pure logic threaten to destroy the entire moral doctrine of the Catholic Church?". (Rorate was one of the websites that published it.) Dr. Seifert's positions are listed at the bottom of Rorate's repost: Josef Seifert is the founding Rector of the The International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein, holder of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Chair for Realist...
  • Papal audience for writer who accused dubia Cardinals of inciting ‘satanic abuse’ of Pope

    08/31/2017 12:14:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | August 311, 207 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Pope Francis granted a long, private audience to a relatively unknown Catholic writer who, one month earlier, had denounced three cardinals who have questioned Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, claiming that they have incited “satanic abuse” of the pope. The “dubia cardinals” have never been granted an audience with the pope to discuss their concerns. Stephen Walford, who appears to work full-time as a piano teacher, and his entire family were given 45 minutes with Francis in which Walford offered gifts and received blessings while his children frolicked and took selfies with the pope. Such meetings are very rare...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fornicating in Self-Defense

    08/22/2017 4:13:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 22, 2017 | Deacon Jim Russell
    When is fornication not really fornication?Well, if reports are accurate, according to Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, dubbed by some as Pope Francis’ “closest theological adviser,” if a sexually active, unmarried couple lives together, he says it is “licit to ask” whether such sexual activity “should always fall, in its integral meaning, within the negative precept of ‘fornication.’”I’ll go out on a moral-theological limb at this point—yes, Your Excellency. Yes, such sexual activity should indeed always fall within the negative precept of “fornication.”Ah, but I haven’t been patient enough to hear him out more fully. He has more to say....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Papal confidant: Pope Francis allowed communion for adulterers ‘in a discreet way’

    08/21/2017 4:09:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | August 21, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    A close papal adviser and the rumored ghostwriter of Amoris Laetitia said Pope Francis allowed Communion for adulterers "in a discreet way" through the document's most controversial footnote.  Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, the author of Heal Me With Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing and the rector of the Catholic University in Buenos Aires, made the comments in the theological journal of the Latin American bishops. In the same article, he admitted that the pope's attempts to change sacramental practice to allow sacrilege failed at being subtle.   "Entitled 'Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia: What Remains After the Storm,' it gives Fernández’s most systematic defense of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop Fernández Defends ‘Amoris Laetitia’ From Its Critics

    08/21/2017 4:01:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 21, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The ghostwriter of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation says the Holy Father wanted to discreetly change the Church’s pastoral practice on a key part of the Church’s moral teaching, while a prominent English Dominican calls for a procedure to correct papal errors in the document. One of Pope Francis closest advisers has publicly responded for the first time to trenchant criticisms of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, insisting that, on the issue of remarried divorcees receiving Holy Communion, the Pope intended to discreetly change pastoral practice by taking into account the importance of responsibility and culpability in complex cases.
  • [Catholic Caucus] “Formal act of correction” and then some

    08/18/2017 3:09:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | August 17, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    Just last week, I published a post exploring whether or not Cardinal Burke may have taken the formal act of correction off the table.At the conclusion to that post I wrote, “Perhaps His Eminence will be asked about this directly in a future interview (which, if history is any indication, cannot be very far removed from today).”Well, we didn’t have to wait very long at all.On August 14th, the Wanderer published Part 2 of an interview with His Eminence wherein he indicated that the formal act of correction is not only on the table, it may in fact be the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia

    08/18/2017 10:43:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Homiletic and Pastoral ^ | August 18, 2017 | Fr. Regis Scanlon, OFMCap
    Cardinal Francisco Coccopalmerio, Pope Francis and his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and Cardinal Gerhard Muller Catholics continue to be confounded by the mixed signals sent by Pope FrancisÂ’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Given the high-ranking Church officials who have weighed in (but on opposite sides), and some who have been apparently released by the Holy Father due to their disagreement, itÂ’s clear that a profound and troubling division exists at the highest levels of the Church about this document, and what it appears to be saying about Catholic teaching and the pastoral practice on marriage. Let us try to...
  • Leading theologian: change canon law to correct papal errors

    08/18/2017 7:27:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 18, 2017 | Dan Hitchens
    Fr Aidan Nichols said that Pope Francis's teaching had led to an 'extremely grave' situationA prominent theologian has proposed reforming canon law to allow a pope’s doctrinal errors to be established.Fr Aidan Nichols, a prolific author who has lectured at Oxford and Cambridge as well as the Angelicum in Rome, said that Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia had led to an “extremely grave” situation.Fr Nichols proposed that, given the Pope’s statements on issues including marriage and the moral law, the Church may need “a procedure for calling to order a pope who teaches error”.The Dominican theologian said that this procedure...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Brazil’s Bishops Admit Adulterers To Holy Communion

    08/12/2017 7:38:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | August 12, 2017 | Gloria TV
    The Brazilian Bishops’ Conference allows in new guidelines on Amoris Laetitia the reception of Holy Communion by adulterers, reports The bishops write that after a process of discernment “limited cases” may return to the sacramental life. As examples the bishops list the existence of children or “certain moral circumstances” which according to the bishops allegedly “annul the moral responsibility of unlawful acts”. These rules invented by the bishops contradict the words of Jesus Christ and the teaching of the Church.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Theological Censures Against Amoris Laetitia Revealed

    08/07/2017 1:43:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 27, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    “The apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia, issued by Pope Francis on March 19th 2016 and addressed to bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, Christian married couples, and all the lay faithful, has caused grief and confusion to many Catholics on account of its apparent disagreement with a number of teachings of the Catholic Church on faith and morals. This situation poses a grave danger to souls.” So begins the 13-page document sent by an international group of Catholic theologians, pastors, historians, and scholars “to every one of the Cardinals and Patriarchs, of whom there are 218 living at present.”Though the document was intended to be viewed...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: ...

    08/07/2017 3:27:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | August 7, 2017 | Wanderer Press / Raymond Cardinal Burke
    Part 1 Q. We are in the midst of celebrating the centenary year of Our Lady’s apparitions to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal from May to October of 1917. The eldest of the seers, Sr. Lucia dos Santos, in a letter to Carlo Cardinal Caffarra penned in 1983 or 1984, indicated that “the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family.” With all the attacks on marriage and the family that have occurred in recent years and which continue to escalate, do you think we have entered into that period of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Leaven In The World . . . Why Amoris Laetitia Is Not Sustainable

    08/07/2017 1:50:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | August 7, 2017 | Fr. Kevin M. Cusick
    Catholics have never been and never should be expected to dodge bullets in order to negotiate an enemy minefield in their search for truth in the hands of the Church’s shepherds. Teaching should be clear consistent and unambiguous. This Amoris Laetitia (AL) is not. Amoris Laetitia cannot be recommended reading for everyone because it is not safe. As a Catholic teaching document it is not sustainable and will one day have to be heavily edited and stringently corrected in order to be a reliable help to souls. We find ourselves in a situation of ecclesial disorientation where, for the first...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Christoph Schönborn: Sophist in Chief

    07/26/2017 9:01:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 25, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Sophistry is the use of subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation to mislead the hearer.  Perhaps sophistry is too generous a description of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s defense of the idea, introduced into the Church via Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia (AL), that people living in “second marriages” condemned by Our Lord Himself as adultery can receive absolution and Holy Communion while continuing to live as if they were married and indulging in the marital act. Schönborn’s arguments are not particularly subtle and could be refuted by any well-catechized child.  But let us give him the benefit of the doubt and say...
  • U.S. bishops refuse to say whether Amoris Laetitia guarantees Communion for gay couples [Cath Cauc]

    06/16/2017 8:41:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | June 16, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wasn't interested in commenting on whether Amoris Laetitia means same-sex couples must be given Holy Communion if their "conscience" tells them it's OK. As LifeSiteNews asked the question at a Thursday press conference, the bishop of Burlington, Vermont, whispered something to the USCCB's director of public affairs, who then said questions should only relate to topics the bishops discussed that morning. "OK, I – you know, the press conference, the panel has been put together pertaining to topics from today's news agenda, so I think we really need to stick to topics that ... were...
  • With respect, Cardinal Müller, it's not "impossible" [Catholic Caucus]

    06/01/2017 3:29:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 1, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    With respect, Cardinal Müller, it's not "impossible" by Christopher A. Ferrara June 1, 2017 In my column of May 30, I discussed the important EWTN interview of Cardinal Gerhard Müller concerning Amoris Laetitia (AL) and the prospect of women “deacons in the Church.” The interview continued Müller’s line of simply denying that Pope Bergoglio intends to do what he is obviously doing in authorizing the intrinsically impossible reception of Holy Communion by people living in adulterous “second marriages.” One remark in the interview warrants a column on its own. Respecting AL, Müller declared to Arroyo that “It is absolutely impossible that...
  • On the Way to Atlanta, NRA Meeting 2017

    04/30/2017 5:18:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    I drove to the NRA Meeting in Atlanta yesterday, the 26th of April, 2017.  I had been visiting family in Dallas, Texas, so it was only 800 miles. On the way, I reflected on the last time I was in Atlanta for more than a flight change. It was over 40 years ago, when I was in the Army. What happened then was not important. But what has happened in the last 40 years has been phenomenal for Second Amendment Supporters. In 1974, the Gun Control Act of 1968 was only six years old. It had not been improved...
  • The Laity Roar While the Cardinals Meow: The Catastrophe ... [Cath Cauc]

    04/25/2017 1:23:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | April 24, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The leading Vaticanist Sandro Magister continues his indispensable role in chronicling what can only be called "the Bergoglian debacle," which has reached its nadir with the publication of Amoris Laetitia (AL). In his blog post of April 22, Magister provides a link to the integral Italian text (translations mine) of an intervention by Dr. Claudio Pierantoni, Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Chile. His was one of six addresses delivered in Rome at a conference of lay academics, the theme of which was AL's attack, in Chapter 8, on the Church's traditional teaching concerning the moral law. Pierantoni...
  • Alabama Senate Passes Constitutional Carry

    04/23/2017 7:19:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    The Alabama legislature is moving toward passing Constitutional Carry. The bill, SB 24, has passed the Senate, 26 to 8 on Tuesday, 18 April, 2017.  The bill would enforce the Alabama Constitutional amendment passed in 2014. Amendment 3 passed with 72.5% of the vote in 2014. SB24 is the legislature enforcing the Constitutional amendment with statutory reform. Here is a description of Amendment 3. From ballotpedia: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to provide that every citizen has a fundamental right to bear arms and that any restriction on this right would be subject to...
  • Gov. Bentley booked on misdemeanor charges, Ivey swearing-in at 6 p.m.

    04/10/2017 3:04:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies ^ | 4/10 | Leada Gore
    The resignation of Gov. Robert Bentley is expected later this afternoon, the political culmination of more than a year of controversy surrounding his relationship with former aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason. The official announcement from the governor's office is expected at any time. At around 4 p.m., Bentley was booked into Montgomery County Jail on two misdemeanor charges related to campaign finance violation. Each carried a $300 bond. The resignation comes after Friday's report from the House Justice Committee detailing Bentley's relationship with Mason, including allegations the governor used state law enforcement and other state resources to facilitate the relationship. Bentley...
  • Adultery Legitimized by Francis: Supreme Vatican Lawyer explains how (full text)

    04/05/2017 2:40:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 2, 2017 (translated) | Francis Cardinal Coccopalmerio
    Adultery Legitimized by Francis: Supreme Vatican Lawyer explains how (full text) Can one be at once an impenitent adulterer and in the grace of God? Christ said not, but Francis says yes, and the Supreme Vatican Lawyer, Cardinal Francisco Coccopalmerio, explains how to square the circle. Yes, yes, "scribes and doctors of the law..." -- the true pharisees are on Francis' side. Translation of the his book (which should have been released in a groundbreaking Vatican press conference, but from which he was absent at the last minute) provided by Andrew Guernsey: Chapter Eight of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris...