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  • Four Books to Read during the Coming Year

    01/19/2017 9:22:19 PM PST · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | January 18, 2017 | Msgr. M. Francis Mannion
    Here are four books (in no particular order) that I recommend for 2017. All are excellent and none requires specialized knowledge or expertise. Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History by Rodney Stark Any mainstream textbook will tell you that the Inquisition was one of the most frightening and bloody chapters in Western history; that Pope Pius XII was anti-Semitic and is rightly called “Hitler’s Pope”; that the Dark Ages were stunted by Catholicism towards the progress of knowledge and science; and that the Crusades were an early example of the greed for power and riches on the part...
  • US Bishop attacks “ad orientem” worship, overrides Summorum Pontificum

    01/19/2017 6:53:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Fr Z's Blog ^ | January 19, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I received a copy of a letter sent by the Bishop of Rockford, Most Rev. David J. Malloy, to the priests of that diocese. In this letter, a follow up to their diocesan “Presbytery Day” (where he spoke to them about “challenges”), the bishop writes: Following that talk, I write now to ask for your cooperation on several matters that have since been referred to me in connection with my comments last September: First, as I noted at that time, we are all aware of the on-going discussion surrounding the celebration of the Mass “ad orientem“. However, for the reasons...
  • Maltese bishop threatens priests will be suspended a divinis for refusing communion to remarried.

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

    01/19/2017 8:29:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Helpful Reminder on the Problem of Suffering Msgr. Charles Pope • January 18, 2017 • There are many questions related to the problem of suffering and of evil: Why does God permit evil? Why does He not intervene? Why does He delay? Is God really good if He permits such things? Is He really omnipotent?I have covered some of them in the past (e.g., HERE and HERE).The answers we can propose address some but not all aspects of the problem of evil. Suffering and evil are not meaningless, as the cross of our Lord shows, but we must...
  • A couple of answers for Betsy DeVoss

    01/18/2017 5:47:04 PM PST · by ganeemead · 20 replies
    Betsy DeVoss will be harassed by two questions involving religion and the supposed conflict between religion and science: Question 1: Are you some sort of a knuckle-dragging, illegal alcohol drinking, hick rube who doesn´t believe in evolution? and Question 2: Are you some sort of a knuckle-dragging, illegal alcohol drinking, hick rube who does not believe that our Earth is four billion years old? The following are the two best answers to all of that which I´ve come across; somebody would be doing Ms. DeVoss a favor if they could get this to her. The answer to question 1:: A...
  • A list of the most insane things uttered by the abortion activist speaking at the Vatican next month

    01/18/2017 8:34:15 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    The leading population control activist speaking at the Vatican next month has compared human babies to garbage, said every sexually active woman needs "free access" to abortion and contraception, and said the Catholic Church's moral teachings are "just as unethical" as a "terrorist act." Dr. Paul Ehrlich is the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement. He has defended mass forced sterilization and even forced abortion. Ehrlich has made inflammatory statements about the hierarchy of the Catholic Church being a force of "evil." He has criticized Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' for not endorsing population control and said...
  • To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher

    01/18/2017 8:27:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-17-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    To Teach as Jesus Taught – A Reflection on the Qualities of Jesus as Preacher and Teacher Msgr. Charles Pope • January 17, 2017 • As a priest, I am called to preach and teach. As such, I must look to Jesus Christ as my model. In this, I refer to the real Jesus of Scripture. Too many people today have refashioned Jesus into a sort of “harmless hippie,” an affable affirmer, a pleasant sort of fellow who healed the sick, blessed the poor, and talked about love, but in a very fuzzy, “anything goes” manner. But absent from...
  • 3 prelates appeal to prayer: [Catholic Caucus

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

    01/17/2017 1:43:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 80 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    If you happen to receive a piece of mail from the Vatican this year, don’t be surprised to see the face of Martin Luther. The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals. The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and...
  • The Vatican postage stamp to celebrate Luther

    01/17/2017 12:50:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    RS ^ | January 16, 2017 | jeannedare
    It happens up the magazine where Bolaffi (the oldest and the largest company in philatelic) announce the stamps to be issued this year. I see the page dedicated to the Statement of the Vatican City, where he announces a << >> issue that astonishes, as he wrote the piece extender: nothing less than a postage stamp of the Holy See that celebrates the five hundred years since the Reformation. Of course, the color image which is above the Vatican paper square is that of Martin Luther. Google translation.
  • FAQ on the Pope's Authority for Baffled Catholics and Softly Snickering Protestants

    01/17/2017 11:21:52 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    The Stream ^ | January 16, 2017 | John Zmirak
    Pope Francis warned us that he wanted to “make a mess” in the church, and at the moment, he seems to be making good on that promise. In still-fresh 2017, we have seen: The pope’s close advisor, Rev. Antonio Spadaro, who edits the quasi-official Vatican journal La Civilta Cattolica, defend Pope Francis’s apparent defiance of the infallible Council of Trent on divorce and remarriage, by explaining that in theology, “2+2=5.” No one knows quite what that means, but perhaps that’s the point. The bishops of Malta have published a set of guidelines for Holy Communion based on Pope Francis’s ambiguous...
  • Catholic Malta Falls to "the Francis effect" [Catholic Caucus]

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

    01/17/2017 8:23:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Mercy and Justice – Balance or Bust! Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2017 • One of the signs of orthodoxy is the ability to hold competing truths in tension, realizing that they are there to balance each other. For example, on the one hand God is sovereign and omnipotent, but on the other we are free to say no to Him. Both of these are taught in Scripture. Our freedom mysteriously interacts with God’s sovereignty and omnipotence, but how?Heresy will not abide any tension and so it selects one truth while discarding others meant to balance or...
  • The Maltese Falcons [Catholic Caucus]

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

    01/16/2017 4:33:19 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 14, 2017 | Mark Driscoll
    Mark Driscoll highlights the heretical view embedded in the Word Faith Movement's view of Christ's "finished work" on the cross at Calvary. A good snippet almost lost on the interweb. This video was edited and uploaded for use in this post: http://religiopoliticaltalk.com/jesus-descension-into-hell/ The full sermon this was clipped from can be listened to here: https://youtu.be/epv-JO4JEQM
  • Ethicist says ghostwriter’s role in ‘Amoris’ is troubling [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Michael Pakuluk
    [Editor’s note: In this essay, Professor Michael Pakaluk of the Catholic University of America examines the role of Argentine Archbishop Victor Fernandez, a theological adviser to Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia, the pontiff’s document on the family. Crux invited Fernandez to respond, and his comments appear at the bottom of the article.] The most important footnote in Amoris Laetitia may not be, as many suppose, one dealing with access to the sacraments for Catholics in “irregular” situations. Instead, it may be a footnote that’s not actually in the document but which should be, since one of the sentences in Amoris...
  • The Maltese directive makes answering the ‘dubia’ urgent [Catholic Caucus]

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

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

    01/16/2017 8:27:17 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-15-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Hardening of Hearts Caused by the Deceit of Sin Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2017 • Last week at daily Mass (Thursday of the First Week of the Year) we read from the Letter to the Hebrews. In it was an important admonition, especially appropriate for our times:Encourage yourselves daily while it is still today, so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin (Heb 3:12).Collectively speaking, we been hardened by the deceit of sin. Many of us who are older remember times when sins that are openly practiced (and even celebrated) today...
  • The Gospel According to Cardinal Kasper: Did the Miracles and Prophesies of Jesus Really Happen?

    01/15/2017 6:51:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 44 replies
    Catholic Household ^ | February 14, 2015 | Joe Sparks
    “A number of miracle stories turn out in the light of form criticism to be projections of the experiences of Easter back into the earthly life of Jesus, or anticipatory representations of the exalted Christ. Among these epiphany stories we should probably include the stilling of the storm, the transfiguration, Jesus’ walking on the lake, the feeding of the four (or five) thousand and the miraculous draught of fishes. The clear purpose of the stories of the raising from the dead of Jairus’s daughter, the widow’s son at Naim and Lazarus is to present Jesus as Lord over life and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] "Amoris Laetitia". Malta’s Sailboat Joins the Papal Fleet

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

    01/15/2017 1:15:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Fox News - Europe ^ | January 14, 2017 | AP
    Pope Francis is extending his controversial overhaul of the Vatican's liturgy department, adding a host of new advisers after an initial shake-up removed some leading conservative cardinals.
  • Dubia de Concilio

    01/15/2017 10:08:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | January 12, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    As the vast majority of readers of this space are perfectly well-aware, the current crisis in the Church concerning Francis in general, and Amoris Laetitia in particular, is part and parcel of the conciliar revolution. As I wrote in the previous post, the documents of the Council – by turning on its head the constant teaching of the Church on such matters as religious liberty, ecumenism, the Church’s relationship with the Jews, etc. – actually set the stage for Amoris Laetitia to do the same with regard to adultery, marriage and family, Holy Communion, and even the very concept of...
  • St.Augustine: "All Catholics know: Divorce is of the devil!" [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 9:36:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    At this time of immense doctrinal confusion on the indissolubility of the sacred bond of Holy Matrimony, confusion started and furthered by the uppermost echelon of the hierarchy, let us recall the words of the great Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine, in the readings for Matins of this Second Sunday after the Epiphany (unfortunately partly removed after the 1960/61 rubrical reform), whose Gospel is dedicated to the Wedding Feast of Cana: Even setting aside any mystical interpretation, the fact that the Lord was pleased to be asked, and to go to a marriage, showeth plainly enough that He is...
  • Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year

    01/15/2017 8:05:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-14-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Is Jesus Christ? A Homily for the 2nd Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • January 15, 2017 • As Ordinary Time (tempus per annum) opens up, the lectionary continues to “introduce” Christ to us. The Christmas cycle now done, we must ask, “Who is Jesus Christ? Who is this savior who has been born for us?”In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist elaborates on this. John’s words are brief, but they are packed with Christological teaching. In this Gospel we learn at least five things about Jesus. We learn that He is prefigured, preexistent, preeminent, powerful, and...
  • Just Call Me Fritz (A Word from a Divorced Catholic) [Catholic Caucus

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

    01/14/2017 9:41:01 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 12-27-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Vain Sayings? Q. Is saying “Oh, my God!” when reacting to a situation or story taking the name of the Lord in vain?Janet, Wakefield, Kan. A. While the phrase “Oh, my God” could be a prayer, it is not usually meant in this way. More commonly it uses the Divine name as a mere expression of surprise or exasperation. This is not a reverent or prayerful use of God’s name in most circumstances. The word “vain” means empty. And, therefore, the context you cite would usually seem to qualify as using God’s name in vain. However, in assigning culpability (blameworthiness),...
  • Supremes face bombshell: Law censoring Christian counselors

    01/13/2017 11:20:16 AM PST · by amorphous · 45 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 13 Jan 2017 | Bob Unruh
    The U.S. Supreme Court has been handed a bombshell: An appeal of a lower-court ruling that banned Christian counselors from talking with teens about the biblical standard for sexuality. The case challenges laws that force licensed counselors to affirm homosexuality, prohibiting them from helping clients overcome same-sex attractions. Such laws have been adopted in New Jersey, where a biased judge used it to shut down a Christian ministry, and in California and other states. The case already was presented to the Supreme Court several years ago, but it did not get a ruling. Now a new appeal has been submitted...
  • Divorced & remarried can receive communion if "at peace with God", say Maltese bishops

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

    01/13/2017 9:11:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sins Against Hope Msgr. Charles Pope • January 13, 2017 • In yesterday’s post, we discussed the theological virtue of hope. This is the supernatural virtue whereby we confidently expect God’s help in attaining eternal life. The object of hope is not earthly things (e.g., better health, a higher-paying job), but rather God and the things awaiting us in Heaven. Hope pertains to things that are difficult but not impossible; we do not really need to hope for things that are at hand or easily obtained.Today, let’s ponder briefly some sins against hope. Expectation of God’s help must be...
  • Pope yet again derides defenders of Church teaching as not like Christ

    01/12/2017 5:57:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 12, 2017 | Lisa Borne
    Pope Francis took aim at Catholics concerned with Church doctrine again Tuesday, preaching at Mass that “doctors of the law” were incoherent, hypocritical, clericalist, and lacking in real authority. Christ’s authority was derived from His service and proximity to people and the fact “he was coherent,” the pope said in his morning Mass homily at Casa Santa Marta. But his frequent and repeated derision of doctors of the law and Pharisees closely resembled negative assessments he has leveled at Orthodox Catholics at all echelons with ever-increasing frequency. The doctors of the law considered themselves princes, the pope said, and they...
  • Priest sues diocese alleging persecution for reporting abuse [Catholic Caucus]

    01/12/2017 1:50:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | January 12, 2017 | Terry Spencer
    A priest from West Palm Beach is suing his former diocese. He claims the bishop set him aside and lied about him because he called law enforcement after another priest showed child pornography to a teenage boy. Father John Gallagher claims he was “ostracized” by the diocese of West Palm Beach after calling the police to investigate a fellow priest who showed child-porn images to 14-year-old parishioner. Father Joseph Palimattom was convicted, spent six months in jail and was deported home to India. WEST PALM BEACH - A Catholic priest filed suit Wednesday against his former diocese, saying that the...
  • Blessing Adultery: Christ the Judgmental vs. Francis the Humble [Catholic Caucus]

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

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

    01/12/2017 8:51:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-11-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Rescuing the Word “Hope” and Recovering Its Biblical Meaning Msgr. Charles Pope • January 11, 2017 • Hope (like love) is a word that needs to be rescued from a world that has overused and misused it for so long that its original meaning has been nearly lost. Hope has come to imply more of a vague wish for something. Sometimes it’s used as a substitute for the word “maybe.” For example, if a person says, “I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow,” he likely means “I wish it wouldn’t rain” or “It’ll probably rain but it sure would be...
  • Statement of the Grand Magistry (of the Sovereign Order of Malta [Catholic Caucus

    01/12/2017 8:43:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Order of Malta ^ | January 10, 2017
    The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta, in response to the activities being carried out by a Group appointed by the Secretary of State of the Vatican, considers it appropriate to reiterate that the replacement of the former Grand Chancellor was an internal act of the government of the Order. Thus, considering the legal irrelevance of this Group and of its findings relating to the legal structure of the Order of Malta, the Order has decided that it should not cooperate with it. This is to protect its sovereignty against initiatives which claim to be directed at objectively...
  • Order of Malta questions legitimacy of commission established by pope [Catholic Caucus]

    01/11/2017 8:19:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic News Live ^ | January 11, 2017 | unavailable
    The leadership of the Order of Malta denied the legality of a Vatican investigation into the forced resignation of the group’s former grand chancellor, but the commission established by Pope Francis said it “is completely legitimate and authorized” to investigate the matter and inform the pope. John Edward Critien was appointed grand chancellor of the order ad interim Dec. 14 after the order dismissed Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager as grand chancellor. Pope Francis has established a commission to look into the removal of Boeselager. According to one of the legal notes prepared for the commission, the pope’s right to be...
  • Stockholm Syndrome at the CDF: Has Cardinal Müller Been Compromised? [Catholic Caucus]

    01/11/2017 5:47:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 11, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    On August 23rd, 1973, four bank workers in Stockholm, Sweden, were taken hostage at gunpoint by Jan-Erik Olsson, a career criminal who was later joined by a friend of his from prison. After six days — during which the captives were treated harshly, terrified, strapped with dynamite, and kept in a vault — the standoff ended and the hostages were released. But then, something strange happened. Dr. Joseph Carver, a clinical psychologist, describes what came next: After their rescue, the hostages exhibited a shocking attitude considering they were threatened, abused, and feared for their lives for over five days. In...
  • Thirty cardinals ‘raised concerns’ about Amoris Laetitia draft [Catholic Caucus]

    01/11/2017 1:07:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 11, 2017 | Staff
    The Pope’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia has caused widespread concern among cardinals and bishops, according to new reports. Edward Pentin, veteran Vatican reporter for the National Catholic Register, reports: “Before the document was published, 30 cardinals, having seen an advance draft of the apostolic exhortation, wrote to the Pope expressing their reservations, especially on the issue of Communion for remarried divorcees, warning that the document would weaken the three essential sacraments of the Church: the Eucharist, marriage and confession.” Pentin also said that a “significant number” of bishops’ conferences have expressed concerns about the document. Furthermore, the Congregation for the...
  • Chapel of the Madonna of Loreto at Malpensa Airport given to Muslims: A risky gesture of good-will

    01/11/2017 11:00:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | Marco Tosatti
    It is undoubtedly a gesture of good will, but it might also be a colossal mistake. We are talking about the initiative by Malpensa’s chaplain who decided to place the Chapel of Our Lady of Loreto at the disposition of Muslims for their prayers. We read of the initiative here: (click here); it seems to be well-intentioned, but perhaps not very wise Let’s try to explain why. The place a Muslim community prays becomes Dar al-Islam, the house of Islam; a place that will always be the property of the Prophet’s followers. Not like the rest of the world --...
  • Bergoglio, Schönborn and Spadaro - the Fascist-Masonic Junta that demand you submit!

    01/11/2017 10:34:05 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | January 11, 2017 | Vox Cantoris
    Some make the mistake, often intentionally, that Islam means "peace." It does not. It means submission. The same false religion that spawns such submission is now dominant in our the Church of Christ under the Peronist thug now sitting in the Chair of Peter. Aided and abetted by his mathematically and theologically deficient Jesuitical sycophant. Antonio Spadaro, who is so tough, he blocks people on Twitter, these three amigos, which include the official interpreter of Amoris Laetitia, Cardinal Schönborn, are ramping up the demand that Catholics submit to their pathetical and filthy heresies. Submission. They want you to believe that...
  • Welcome to “Ordinary Time”

    01/11/2017 7:54:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-10-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Welcome to “Ordinary Time” Msgr. Charles Pope • January 11, 2017 • Welcome to the wearing of the green, green vestments that is. The weeks of the year outside of seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter are termed “ordinary time.” It’s a rather dull-sounding description, isn’t it? “Ordinary” time, hmm …But in this case, the word “ordinary” does not refer to its typical meaning, “common, usual, or unremarkable.” Instead, it comes from the English word “ordinal” meaning “relating to a thing’s position in a series.” Some examples of ordinal numbers are “first,” “second,” and “third.” Thus ordinary...
  • Catholics and the Present Confusion

    01/10/2017 7:52:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 9, 2017 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    All through the modern era, the primary accusation against Catholicism was its clarity, its being too sure of what reason and revelation meant. It was arrogant. Imagine her claiming that she had a handle on essential truths! What angered people was not the fact that the Church did not know what she was talking about, but the fact that she did and claimed that she did. People were comfortable with doubt. Doubt makes you free, not truth! Doubt leaves a lot of leeway. People claimed to be scandalized by certitude. To bring the Church into the modern world meant enticing,...
  • How Many Fingers is Francis Holding Up Now? Amoris Laetitia and Submission [Catholic Caucus]

    01/10/2017 6:11:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 10, 2017 | Hillary White
    We are hearing more complaints of division. Why, goes the lament, is the Church divided? Why can we not simply “put our differences aside”? Simply, because two logically opposed things can’t both be true. This week, we have been offered two interviews that very helpfully delineate the main divisions in the Church today and the reason the Church is now divided into two utterly, implacably opposed camps, currently struggling for ascendancy. These, of course, are the same two sides that have been engaged for fifty years in a protracted Cold Civil War that has, with the publication of Amoris Laetitia,...
  • Cardinal Mueller’s Nonsense [Catholic Church]

    01/10/2017 12:11:46 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Mundabor ^ | January 9, 2017 | Mundabor
    In a year that will be, I am afraid, rich in absurdities and completely nonsensical statements Cardinal Mueller has made a rather desperate, completely illogical, and ultimately not very intelligent attempt to take Francis’ chestnuts out of the fire without burning him, or himself. The cardinal manages the astonishing feat of stating both that there is no contradiction between Francis’ Amoris Laetitia and the teaching of the Church, and that it is wrong for the Cardinals to ask him to say so. If Francis believes that there is no contradiction, then it should be no problem at all for him...
  • Cardinal Müller Covers His Eyes [Catholic Caucus]

    01/10/2017 11:12:55 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 29, 2017 | Christopher A Ferrara
    According to Stanze Vaticane, the blog for the Italian TV channel TGCom24, Card. Gerhard Ludwig Müller has rejected any correction of Pope Francis concerning those explosive sections of Amoris Laetitia (especially Chapter 8, ¶¶ 302-305) which prompted the four cardinals to present their dubia to Pope Francis. Those passages of Amoris clearly open the door to Holy Communion for the divorced and “remarried” in “certain cases” — as bishop after bishop is now declaring — while appearing to reduce exceptionless negative precepts of the natural law (including “Thou shalt not commit adultery”) to “general rules” and mere “objective ideals” rather...
  • Cardinal Müller (oddly) claims Amoris Laetitia is crystal clear

    01/10/2017 11:04:21 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | January 9, 2017 | TTC
    Fr Z has the scoop. A very strange interview in which he also says it doesn't pose a threat to the faith and he doesn't like the idea of asking the Pope what in God's Name he is talking about. He's got to be pulling our leg. Even if he doesn't have the backbone to publicly admit the process was hijacked and manipulated, the exhortation was intentionally muddled so the Holy Father could grant license to the beloved heresies he surrounded the circus with, it is simply not possible to take the position there is faithfulness and clarity in Amoris...
  • Political Islam Is All of It

    01/10/2017 9:04:19 AM PST · by wtd · 8 replies
    Gates of Vienna Blog ^ | January 10, 2017 | Dymphna, Dr. Bill Warner
    Political Islam Is All of ItHere is one of Bill Warner’s new videos, “Hijra, Islamic Migration”. But it is so much more than that. With each of his expositions you can learn something new, sometimes with his charts, sometimes just with his ideas, often with his Socratic questions. The progressive map showing the conquest of the Arabian Peninsula followed by the subjugation of other areas once they moved in, is sobering. That’s one reason Dr. Warner says he never talks about Muslims as individuals (except for Mohammed). His interest is jihad and sharia, i.e., ISLAM. By coincidence, that’s a...
  • The Remnant Interview of Cardinal Raymond Burke [Catholic Caucus]

    01/10/2017 8:23:26 AM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 9, 2017 | Michael Matt/ Raymond Cardinal Burke
    MJM: I want to address the 900-pound gorilla in the room—the controversy surrounding Pope Francis’s post-Synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (AL). The document, especially Paragraph 305, has been described by various priests and theologians, you know on EWTN and elsewhere, as “dangerous,” “very disturbing,” “very problematic,” “a big mistake,” “a direct contradiction of Pope John Paul's Familiaris Consortio,” and so forth. First of all, Your Eminence, how authoritative is AL, and are we talking merely about scandal here, or do these problematic paragraphs savor of heresy?
  • What we can learn about suffering in the story of Joseph, the Patriarch?

    01/10/2017 8:09:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-09-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What we can learn about suffering in the story of Joseph, the Patriarch? Msgr. Charles Pope • January 9, 2017 • One of the greatest and most painful of mysteries is the problem of suffering and the broader problem of evil in the world. I was meditating with my Sunday School parents this past weekend on the Old Testament Patriarch Joseph. That story is rich with lessons about family struggles, envy, jealousy, pride, mercy and forgiveness. But the story also has a lot to say about suffering and the way that God can use it to bring blessings.Lets take...