Apologetics (Religion)

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  • Francis' incredulous remark that some priests are 'animals'.

    06/25/2016 7:31:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | June 25, 2016 | Msgr. Pope /TTC
    From Monsignor Pope: I would like to make, as a parish priest in trenches, a few remarks concerning the Pope’s recent statements in Rome at a gathering of priests and seminarians. Others have admirably remarked on his troubling remarks on marriage and cohabitation. I will not add to those. But I would like to focus on two other reported remarks the Pope made about priests to the effect that some of us are cruel, are putting our noses into people’s moral life and possibly that he even called some of us animals.
  • Comedy Hour at The Remnant: “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not”

    06/25/2016 7:21:21 PM PDT · by SGNA · 4 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | June 24, 2016 | Novus Ordo Watch
    Response to Hilary WhiteComedy Hour at The Remnant: “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not” Peek-a-boo! Is he or isn’t he? Apparently there is a new policy in place at the semi-traditionalist flagship publication The Remnant: Bloggers can write whatever they please about the Papacy, even if it contradicts the Faith, as long as they don’t endorse Sedevacantism.Most recent case in point: A blog post by Hilary White (pictured left) entitled, “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not”. The title offers a good preview of the confused theology that follows in the body...
  • Hardened Hearts

    06/25/2016 8:14:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    OSV.com ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hardened Hearts Question: Recently in OSV Newsweekly, there was a wonderful column about the Mass by Father Robert Hater. If everybody only understood what Mass was really about, there would not be a dry eye in the house. Is there a plan in the Church to incorporate this kind of re-education in homilies, etc.?— Josie Rodriguez, St. Petersburg, Florida Answer: Father’s column was wonderful indeed. But, as I am sure Father Hater would agree, education is only part of the solution. In the modern world, we tend to think that education is the main answer to most things. To be...
  • Dutch priest jubilant after giving Pope Francis his book of pro-gay homilies [Catholic Caucus]

    06/24/2016 5:08:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 24, 2016 | Jeanne Smits
    At the end of the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke affectionately with a Dutch priest who had gained permission to present him with a compilation of funeral homilies about the theme of homosexuality. After the short meeting, Father Pierre Valkering, a parish priest from the diocese of Haarlem-Amsterdam, told the press that he had been “profoundly touched” by the Pope’s welcoming attitude. Gay websites in the Netherlands gave prominence to the meeting, underscoring the way Pope Francis went out of his way to show his affection and interest for Fr. Valkering and his work....
  • Pope Francis Retires the Most Traditional Friendly Diocesan Bishop of Italy at 70

    06/24/2016 3:13:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) Bishops who are too traditionally inclined, or promote it in their dioceses, or who allow the celebration of the traditional form of the Roman Rite to an extent that it goes beyond a niche, don't have it easy under Pope Francis. This is already being felt by Bishop Mario Oliveri of Albenga-Imperia on the Italian Riviera. Despite the above-average earnings in his diocese, he was overthrown by Pope Francis in January 2015. The Pope appointed the Bishop of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello, Msgr. Guglielmo Borghetti, as the Coadjutor Bishop of Albenga-Imperia, although Bishop Oliveri is in good health and was only 70...
  • Living Near the Edge - A Meditation on Some of God’s More Terrifying Gifts

    06/24/2016 6:49:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-23-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Living Near the Edge - A Meditation on Some of God’s More Terrifying Gifts Msgr. Charles Pope • June 23, 2016 • Some of God’s gifts come in strange and terrifying packages. I was reminded of this when I read the following lines from the book of Job in the Office of Readings:The earth, though out of it comes forth bread, is in fiery upheaval underneath (Job 28:2).We live just above a fiery cauldron, separated from it by a thin membrane of earthly crust rife with cracks through which fire routinely flares in volcanoes, a crust that is always...
  • USCCB Confirms That Its Funding Request to Congress Includes Contraception and Condoms

    06/23/2016 6:19:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | June 20, 2016 | Michael Hichborn
    On 2 May, the Lepanto Institute published an article titled, CRS: A Tale of Two Letters. In this article, the Lepanto Institute raised grave concerns over a joint letter signed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), because the letter requested that Congress provide vast amounts of money to two agencies (USAID and PEPFAR) which are committed to the distribution of abortifacient contraception and condoms. What follows is an analysis of the responses received from two USCCB officials which directly admit that our concerns are real, but then deny that there is any problem.
  • CATHOLICS FEEL HELPLESS WHILE ‘GUTLESS’ BISHOP EMBRACES LGBT AGENDA

    06/23/2016 3:19:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Church Militant ^ | June 22, 2016 | Rodney Pelletier
    Faithful Catholics in the Australian diocese of Wollongong are expressing frustration after the bishop canceled a presentation defending marriage, instead joining LGBT activists in their pro-homosexual propaganda on church property. On June 14 the Australian Family Association (AFA) was scheduled to deliver a presentation at the hall of St. Therese Catholic School in Wollongong, about 50 miles south of Sydney. The AFA describes as its mission "to cultivate within society an appreciation that the integrity and well-being of the family is essential to the stability, morale, security and prosperity of the Australian nation." A flyer for the event was emailed...
  • Ann Barnhardt dumps Francis, seeks Refuge in Benedict XVI

    06/23/2016 3:16:24 PM PDT · by SGNA · 66 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | June 20, 2016 | Novus Ordo Watch
    Barnhardt goes Resignationist...Ann Barnhardt dumps Francis,seeks Refuge in Benedict XVI She’s finally figured it out: Francis cannot be the Pope of the Catholic Church. The outspoken colorful controversialist Ann Barnhardt has announced on her web site that she can no longer hold that Francis is or ever was a true Pope, the Vicar of Christ. The reason for Miss Barnhardt’s change of mind is found in the very opening paragraphs of her blog post: It is now clear to me, and I feel it morally incumbent upon me given my position to publicly state that I believe Jorge Bergoglio,...
  • Catholic school board passes policy to expel students for ‘homophobia’

    06/23/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Lianne Laurence
    The Halton Catholic school board voted four to one Tuesday night to adopt a policy update on disciplining students for “homophobia … and harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation” which critics say will see students suspended or expelled for stating Catholic teaching on homosexuality and gender theory. The vote itself was a procedural violation since trustees had already voted down the “progressive discipline” policy update last month by a vote of 4 to 3. Trustee Anthony Danko argued vehemently at the June 21 meeting — to no avail — that to reintroduce the policy in...
  • Spanish cardinal who denounced ‘gay empire’ cleared of hate speech [Catholic Caucus]

    06/23/2016 11:09:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crux News ^ | June 23, 2016 | Inés San Martín
    A judge in Spain ruled on Thursday that a cardinal denouncing an attack against the Christian family by a “gay empire” was not, simply by virtue of using that language, committing a hate speech crime but exercising his right to freedom of expression. The criminal proceedings against Cardinal Antonio Cańizares of Valencia were dismissed without further investigation because the magistrate saw no “criminal intent” nor an appeal to “hatred and violence” in the homily delivered by the prelate on May 13. “The family is haunted today, in our culture, by an endless threat of serious difficulties, and this is not...
  • Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages

    06/23/2016 8:04:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Like Any Progressive Disease, Sin Has Stages Msgr. Charles Pope • June 22, 2016 • How does it happen that so many people insist on living obstinately in sin until they are ultimately lost? As with all progressive diseases, sin is a sickness that moves through stages, further debilitating and hardening the sinner in his ways.St. Alphonsus Liguori laid out five stages through which sin (if not resisted and repented of in its initial attacks) takes an increasing toll on the human person, making repentance less likely and more difficult.While the names of the stages are mine, I am...
  • Catholic religion teacher removed, investigated after lesbian couple complains [Catholic Caucus]

    06/22/2016 7:27:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    Two teens raised by a lesbian couple and attending a Catholic school in Edmonton, Alberta have complained against a religion teacher for allegedly telling the students in class that homosexuals can’t reproduce and that they are not married according to Catholic teaching. The Edmonton Catholic school board has now removed the teacher from the school - temporarily, at least for the time being - and launched an investigation into the allegations. When students Tayler and Tyrus Allen told their mom, Elyssa Allen, and her partner Leigh Sylvester, to whom she is legally married, about the class given by 32-year veteran...
  • Not just Catholics: Orthodox priest explains why all Christians once rejected birth control

    06/22/2016 10:13:21 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 06-13-2016 | Life Site News
    CHICAGO, June 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics are not alone in holding that birth control is a sin against God. Father Patrick Henry Reardon, pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Chicago, who’s also an author and senior editor for the Christian magazine Touchstone, spoke in a recently published YouTube video of how throughout history until the 20th century all Christians, not just the Orthodox, but the Church fathers and Protestants as well, regarded birth control use as immoral and a sin. “Now it’s lost,” he states in the video. “And the Church really must not go with...
  • Debacle at the Lateran – Part I [Catholic Caucus]

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

    06/22/2016 9:29:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Renew America ^ | June 21, 2016 | Randy Engel
    J.V. Pope Francis' pronouncement in Amoris Laetitia on "The Need for Sex Education," appears in Chapter Seven, titled "Towards a Better Education of Children," § 280-286. We have a lot of information to cover in this interview, where do you want to begin? R.E. I think a good place to start is with the opening sentence to Amoris Laetitia's seven paragraphs on "The Need for Sex Education." That modified singular infamous sentence that brought classroom sex instruction into Catholic schools is found in Gravissimum Educationis, the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council's Declaration on Christian Education promulgated on October 28, 1965. Under...
  • Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities

    06/22/2016 5:55:41 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-21-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Three Hard Sayings of the Lord That Offend Against Modern Sensibilities Msgr. Charles Pope • June 21, 2016 • The Gospel for today’s Mass features three hard sayings of the Lord. They are difficult for us moderns to hear because they offend against modern sensibilities; we easily taken aback by their abrupt quality. Here are the first two “offensive” sayings: Do not give what is holy to dogs, (Mt 7:6) or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces (Mt 7:6).The modern notion offended against here is this: You’re not...
  • Pope Francis losing support in Argentina

    06/21/2016 2:57:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | June 17, 2016 | ANDRÉS OPPENHEIMER
    Pope Francis is very popular around the world, but there are growing signs that his popularity is dwindling in his own country, Argentina. And there are good reasons for it. When former archbishop of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio was chosen pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013, there were massive celebrations in Argentina. He was the first Latin American pope, and a respected priest in Argentina, where he was known to be at odds with the corrupt populist government of former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Once in the Vatican, Francis’ frequent calls to Argentine...
  • Socci: "Pope Bergoglio: 'Jesus plays the fool a bit' -- and other grave expressions and actions"

    06/21/2016 2:53:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 19, 2016 | Antonio Socci
    It is earth-shattering for a pope to mix-up a two-faced devil with Jesus. It happened last Thursday when Bergoglio mistakenly referred to a column capital on Vézelay Cathedral: a “case of mistaken identity” emblematic of this pontificate, even if a somewhat superficial ghost-writer was probably to blame. It is, on the other hand, in his own style to mix them up (Jesus and the devil) by proposing that Judas had been saved (without repenting) thus giving the impression he hadn’t ended up in hell... It’s difficult to know whether this Pope believes in hell or not – but listening to...
  • Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever - A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

    06/21/2016 6:40:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lord’s Judgment Will Not Be Delayed Forever – A Meditation on the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel Msgr. Charles Pope • June 20, 2016 • This post is a kind of follow-on from yesterday’s post as we read the stories of wickedness in ancient Israel and what God did about it.The first reading from Monday’s Mass (of the 12th week of the year) describes a crucial, crushing moment in the history of ancient Israel: the loss of the Northern Kingdom and the destruction and deportation of what came to be called the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.Shalmaneser, king...
  • Martini Pope: Cohabitating Couples Have Grace of "Real Marriage"

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

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

    06/20/2016 4:02:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 20,2016 | Maike Hickson
    While many Catholics in the world were indignant about the remarks of Pope Francis on 16 June regarding the likely invalidity of many Catholic sacramental marriages, he made another important statement on the same day that seems largely to have been overlooked. The Austrian Catholic website kath.net reported on these additional remarks of Pope Francis. In spite of – or, perhaps, because of – the many well-grounded criticisms of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia – expressed by such learned and deeply faithful Catholics such as Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Professor Robert Spaemann, Professor Jude Dougherty, as well as...
  • Marching to Save Lives and a Nation

    06/20/2016 7:19:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Marching to Save Lives and a Nation Msgr. Charles Pope • June 19, 2016 •  The following is from a Homily I preached just prior to our march and prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood “clinic” being built here in Washington, D.C.The first reading at Mass today (Saturday of the 11th week of the year) is from Second Chronicles; it details the reforms of King Joash and then his sad decline. Joash’s grandmother Athalia, a worshipper of Baal, was Queen of Judah and proved to be much like her mother Jezebel; she rose to power by having every possible...
  • Modernism 101: Is the Novus Ordo an Unworthy Sacrifice to God?

    06/19/2016 1:22:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 50 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 18, 2016 | Toni McCarthy
    Foreword by Michael J. Matt It is becoming apparent to this writer that many people, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, are waking to the harsh reality of what Pope Francis is all about. The next step is to help these same good people understand the harsh reality of what the entire Modernist revolution has been about ever since the days of St. Pius X, when popes were still vigorously battling this great ‘synthesis of all heresies’. The Modernist revolution ‘came out of the closet’, if you will, at the time of the Second Vatican Council, but nowhere was its agenda made...
  • Vatican reining-in Francis? Not a chance

    06/19/2016 1:02:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | June 18, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    The Catholic world was set abuzz a few days ago when, at the opening of the Pastoral Congress of the Diocese of Rome, the local ordinary called into question the validity of most sacramental marriages. As reported by the Bergoglian News Agency (otherwise, CNA): Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment. ‘We live in a culture of the provisional,’ the Pope said in impromptu remarks June 16. After addressing the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress, he held...
  • Ecclesiology and our current problems

    06/19/2016 11:39:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fr John Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | June 19, 2016 | Fr John Hunwicke
    Perhaps the Anglicans started it ... with their notion of Provincial Autonomy; their belief that Scripture, the Law of God, the Sacraments, Holy Order, Gender are all interminably mutable at the say-so of a Parliament or a quasi-Parliamentary "Synod" in each local ecclesial community. Of the once proud Anglican Patrimony, the only authentic fragments surviving its inevitable and total collapse are the Ordinariates. But things ecclesiological are not too well in the Catholic Church. After Vatican II, the idea arose that a pope could do anything; that he is an absolute monarch. The Vatican I linkage of the Papacy with...
  • Papal comments on cohabitation and civil marriage suggest a direction

    06/19/2016 9:45:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | June 18, 2016 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    The pope’s most recent comments on marriage point in a disturbing direction but let’s address two important matters first. Point One. Cohabitation is not marriage. Largely overlooked amid the furor caused by Pope Francis’ rash claim that “the great part of our sacramental marriages are null”—an assertion reckless if false (which it is) and brimming with despair if true (which it is not), a claim followed not by an apology, an official retraction, or even a bureaucratic ‘clarification’ but instead by an Orwellian alteration of the pope’s words in Vatican records—overlooked, I say, in this greater mess was the pope’s...
  • Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year

    06/19/2016 5:46:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 12th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 18, 2016 • Today’s Gospel sets forth some parameters for picturing Christ. Sadly, just as in the time of Jesus, many today worship a “designer Messiah.” It is not the real, revealed Christ whom they acknowledge and worship. Rather, it is a Christ of their own fashioning, whom they “carve” in the form of an idol and then worship.Let’s examine some of the parameters Jesus sets forth for our acknowledgement and worship of Him. As...
  • Editorial: WE DESERVE FRANCIS [Catholic Caucus]

    06/18/2016 1:52:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 18, 2016 | New Catholic
    When, minutes after the election of Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope, this venue published the most widely read piece in its history, a forecast of the future pontificate based on past experience, this page was brutally criticized for it. The experience of Cardinal Bergoglio as Archbishop of Buenos Aires had provided more than enough information on his personality, his theological inclinations, his idiosyncrasies. That is, nothing done by him in the past three years has been a surprise to those who knew him. It was all foreseeable: Saul does not become Paul without a Damascene conversion, and it must be admitted...
  • A few notes on journalistic points made today [Catholic Caucus]

    06/18/2016 11:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 17, 2016 | Edward N. Peters
    In a day fraught with canonical confusion may I offer a few observations on some journalistic issues I noticed along the way? First, I find John Allen’s pooh-poohing of widespread concerns that Francis’ remarks, yet again, needed to be “walked-back” by Vatican spin doctors off-putting in several respects. Ignoring Allen’s patronizing tone and his caricaturing of Vatican critics as emitting “howls of outrage” over mere “retouching” of the pope’s words, from several passages let’s consider these. Allen writes: There’s nothing objectionable about a pope correcting what he said, as long as we’re sure it’s actually the pope making the corrections....
  • Who knows our sin?

    06/18/2016 7:39:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 03-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who knows our sin? While Scripture could be taken to mean saints in heaven are aware of details of our sin, it is unlikely Msgr. Charles Pope Question: Do the souls in heaven know our sins, or is that knowledge reserved to God alone?— Peter Tate, Long Beach, California Answer: We are in the realm of speculative theology when it comes to answering questions like this. However, it does not seem to pertain to God’s justice that he would reveal our sins to others (even the saints in heaven), especially our more hidden sins. We are not to reveal to...
  • Theologians Propose to Re-Write Catechism & Canon Law in Light of Amoris Laetitia

    06/18/2016 7:25:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 17, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    An article published on 12 June by kathpress.at — the Catholic news agency partly funded by the Austrian bishops — has received a great deal of attention in Europe. Two Italian websites — La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana and Il Timone — have both reported on it. So has the Austrian Catholic website kath.net. The reason for all the attention is that the article at kathpress.at includes several important statements from progressive Catholic theologians who have unmistakably read Amoris Laetitia in a very lax and sentimentally liberal way. One statement is taken from the Swiss theologian Eva-Maria Faber, who, in a...
  • The damage done (again) by the Pope's statements on marriage [Catholic Caucus]

    06/17/2016 9:26:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 17, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    During an address to a diocesan congress in Rome yesterday, Pope Francis was quoted as saying: that some priests are “animals,” that pastors should not be “putting our noses into the moral life of other people,” and that the “great majority” of Catholic marriages today are invalid. All of these shocking statements were attributed to the Holy Father by reliable journalists: experienced reporters who take pains to get things right, and usually do. Below I’ll address the important question of whether or not the quotes were accurate. But first let’s assess the damage done by the statements as they were...
  • Enough is enough, Pope Francis should resign

    06/17/2016 7:59:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2016 | Adam Shaw
    Pope Francis should resign, and Catholics should demand it, so the Church can begin recovering from the havoc his ill-advised and arrogant papacy has wrought.
  • “Most Of The Words That Come Out Of My Mouth Are Invalid,” Pope Francis Suggests

    06/17/2016 4:49:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 66 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | June 17, 2016 | Admin
    Pope Francis said Thursday that the majority of the words that come “spilling” out of his mouth are invalid because most of the time he doesn’t understand that what he says is permanent. “We live in a culture of the provisional,” the Pontiff said, responding to a question about the “crisis of his pontificate.” Francis said he often doesn’t comprehend the importance of what he’s saying when speaking off-the-cuff, which he said is “indissoluble.” “Sadly in today’s pontificate, I don’t understand that what I say will have ramifications for not only my pontificate, but of the many pontificates to come,”...
  • Pope Francis to Meet With Radical Leftist Podemos-Chief Pablo Iglesias - First Denied, Now Confirmed

    06/17/2016 4:40:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | June 17, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    While verbal and physical attacks against churches and religious leaders accumulate in the heated election climate in Spain, Pope Francis will meet Pablo Iglesias, the current irrepressible leader of the radical left Spain in September. With this meeting Pope Francis continues his unilateral contacts with representatives of the radical left. Acts of vandalism against churches and religious institutions, but also verbal attacks against high church officials, have characterized the time before the early Spanish general elections which are to take place on 26 June. One of the most prominent victims of the attacks is Antonio Cardinal Cañizares, Archbishop of Valencia...
  • Pope Francis' catastrophic remarks of June 16, 2016 - Part I of Commentary.

    06/17/2016 9:40:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 17, 2016 | Augustinus
    Pope Francis' catastrophic remarks of June 16, 2016 - Part I of Commentary. 1. Pope Francis says that "great majority of sacramental marriages are null", but some cohabitations are real marriages. 2. How Amoris Laetitia and Mitis Iudex paved the way for Francis' statement. 3. Throwback: when Bergoglio welcomed his niece's defiance of Church teaching on marriage In a short but already overheated papacy littered as no pontificate before with an avalanche of papal words, Francis' remarks during his Q & A on June 16, 2016 are surely among the worst that he has spoken. Our commentary is divided into...
  • A Parable to Ponder - Why Does God Permit Disability?"

    06/17/2016 6:31:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-16-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Parable to Ponder - Why Does God Permit Disability? Msgr. Charles Pope • June 16, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lipplemann, Catholic StandardAllow me to begin with a simple parable. Every now and then I take a perfectly good paper clip and untwist it, reconfiguring it for some other purpose. Once, I used them to hang Christmas ornaments on my tree. Another time I fashioned a paperclip into a hook to keep my broken file drawer from rolling open. Now if paperclips could see or think, they might be horrified and saddened to see a fellow paperclip so...
  • Pope Francis: “The Great Majority of Our Sacramental Marriages are Null”

    06/17/2016 6:23:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 16, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In the context of adjudicating annulments, Polish Bishop Antoni Stankiewicz said that any view that dismisses so many unions as invalid reflects an “anthropological pessimism” that would hold that “it’s almost impossible to get married, in view of the current cultural situation.” If the pope’s view is that 50 percent of Catholic marriages are invalid, it is not just an insult to our natural human ability to marry, but also an insult to St. Paul, who said that the moral law is written on men’s hearts. And it’s an insult to God’s grace to imagine that our own age is...
  • Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

    06/16/2016 9:22:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 524 replies
    The Spectator ^ | June 17, 2016 | Damian Thompson
    Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion people, has just informed them that ‘the great majority’ of sacramental marriages are invalid because couples don’t go into them with the right intentions. He was speaking at a press conference in Rome. Here’s the context, from the Catholic News Agency (my emphases): ‘I heard a bishop say some months ago that he met a boy that had finished his university studies, and said “I want to become a priest, but only for 10 years”. It’s the culture of the provisional. And this happens everywhere, also in priestly life, in religious life,’ he...
  • Most marriages today are invalid, Pope Francis suggests

    06/16/2016 7:12:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | June 16, 2016
    Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment. “We live in a culture of the provisional,” the Pope said in impromptu remarks June 16. After addressing the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress, he held a question-and-answer session. A layman asked about the “crisis of marriage” and how Catholics can help educate youth in love, help them learn about sacramental marriage, and help them overcome “their resistance, delusions and fears.” The Pope answered from his own experience. “I heard...
  • Avoid 'rigorism' on divorce and remarriage, Pope advises family conference [Catholic Caucus]

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

    06/16/2016 1:05:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 16, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The “traditionalist” or “Fatimist” view of the post-conciliar “regime of novelty” in the Catholic Church has never been about grinding an axe; nor does it involve personalities, grudges or the other base motives that fuel polemics for polemics’ sake. If anything, the traditionalist approach to the current crisis in the Church has been essentially an elaborate and well-documented presentation of the obvious: that the trajectory on which the human element of the Church embarked in the name of Vatican II has been ever downward, leading to ever more bizarre and frightening outcomes. For decades the established Catholic commentariat, moving from...
  • Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection

    06/16/2016 7:20:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-15-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Accepting the Disabled in a World Obsessed with Physical Perfection Msgr. Charles Pope • June 15, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lipplemann, Catholic StandardAs mentioned in yesterday’s post, Pope Francis recently lamented the obsession of modern society with perfect bodies. Although our first thought on contemplating this might be cosmetics and plastic surgery, he was actually speaking about our increasing rejection of the disabled and the sick. This rejection is perhaps most sadly evidenced by the fact that more than 90% of unborn children with a “poor prenatal diagnosis” are aborted. Perhaps the parents are informed that their child...
  • The Shroud of Turin

    06/16/2016 12:46:14 AM PDT · by OrthodoxIndianCatholic · 6 replies
    The Mystery of Holy Saturday Its Spiritual Significance Introduction : One could say that the "Shroud" is the Icon of this mystery, the Icon of Holy Saturday. Indeed, it is a winding - sheet that was wrapped round the body of a man who was crucified, corresponding in every way to what the Gospels tell us of Jesus Christ who was crucified at about noon, died at about 3.00 in the afternoon. At nightfall, since it was "Parasceve" that is the eve of Holy Saturday, Joseph of Arimathea, a rich and authoritative member of the Sanhedrin, courageously asked Pontius Pilate...
  • Pope’s rhetoric against ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics could help pave way for active persecution

    06/15/2016 7:13:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 15, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    Editor’s note: This is part 3 of a series examining Pope Francis’ papacy over the last three years. See part 1 here and part 2 here. June 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – It’s one of the most frequent talking points of Pope Francis. It’s definitely part of his appeal for the media and simultaneously one of the most hurtful things for those inside the Church for whom the faith means everything. I’m speaking of the Pope’s penchant for castigating faithful adherents of the Catholic faith as “obsessed,” “doctors of the law,” “neo-pelagian,” “self-absorbed,” “restorationist,” “fundamentalist,” “rigid,” “ideological,” “hypocritical,” and much more....
  • The So-Called “Poor Church”: from Vatican II to Pope Francis

    06/15/2016 5:06:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 15, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Pope Francis’ documents, according to the judgment of some theologians, constitute some generic indications of a pastoral and moral nature, devoid of significant magisterial quality. This is one of the reasons such documents are discussed in a freer way than has ever happened with other pontifical texts. Among the most penetrating analyses of these texts, the study of a philosopher from the University of Perugia, Flavio Cuniberto, should be noted. His book, Lady Poverty. Pope Francis and the Refoundation of Christianity (Neri Pozza, Vicenza, 2016), is dedicated in particular to the encyclicals Evangeli Gaudium (2013) and Laudato si (2015). The...
  • Prominent Catholic academics say Pope’s exhortation presents danger to Church [Catholic Caucus]

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

    06/15/2016 12:20:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 14, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    The story surrounding the somewhat controversial papal advisor and ghostwriter of Amoris Laetitia, Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, continues. As we had reported, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, in the June 2016 issue of Herder Korrespondenz, recently refuted as being potentially heretical Fernández’ 2015 claim that the pope himself could very well reside also in places other than Rome. This story was then also reported on by Dr. Sandro Magister in Italy and by Guiseppe Nardi in Germany. Yesterday, 13 June, Archbishop Fernández came back with a reply, by giving an interview to La Stampa‘s journalist and papal friend, Andrea Tornielli. In his...