Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $25,908
Woo hoo!! And the first 29% is in!! Thank you all very much for your continuing support!!

Keyword: betrayal

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • [Catholic Caucus] Chinese Catholics warned by provincial officials not to take children to Mass

    04/18/2018 4:44:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic News Service via Crux ^ | April 18, 2018 | Contributor
    Catholics in China’s Henan province have been warned that venues will be closed if they do not adhere to the revised regulations on religious affairs. reported that a clampdown on religious freedom has intensified in the province in recent months, with crosses removed from churches, minors banned from entering churches, church-run kindergartens closed and children expelled from Mass.Now Henan Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and Henan Catholic Administration Commission have jointly issued a circular, warning worshippers to take the new rules seriously.It warned people to follow “the principle of religion and education separation” and the revised regulations on religious affairs....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis is Using the Communists, Not the Other Way Around

    04/18/2018 4:10:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 17, 2018 | Jason Morgan
    Cardinal Joseph Zen (Getty) has accused the Vatican of 'selling out the Church in China'When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected supreme pontiff in March of 2013, the world seemed to expect a softening of Pope Benedict XVI’s crystalline, intellectual style. At first, the new Pope Francis’ many gaffes and faux pas seemed part of this more relaxed approach to the papacy. I and many others pigeonholed Francis as a theological and mental featherweight, an affable simpleton whose papacy would be much more about embracing children and washing the feet of the faithful, and much less about issuing encyclicals and wading...
  • Until organ traffickers are brought to justice, Vatican should not praise China: expert

    04/06/2018 6:12:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 6, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    An authority on China says that it’s “naive” to assume the country’s communist regime is telling the truth when it says it has stopped harvesting organs from prisoners. Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute and author of Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order, told LifeSiteNews that China’s human rights record is “one of the worst in the world.” Responding to the news that Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Sciences, defended China’s reforms of its organ transplant system, Mosher expressed concern. “I don’t understand why any Vatican...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mindong, Msgr. Guo is back, but banned from celebrating Chrism Mass as bishop

    03/28/2018 7:33:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide ^ | March 28, 2018 | John Baptist Lin
    Mindong, Msgr. Guo is back, but banned from celebrating Chrism Mass as bishop John Baptist Lin Police have banned him from celebrating Mass as a bishop. Msgr. Guo refused to concelebrate with the official bishop Zhan Silu, who is still excommunicated. Police actions against Msgr. Julius Jia Zhiguo and Heilongjiang priests Mindong (AsiaNews) - Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin was returned yesterday to his house, after being held overnight in police custody.  He had been detained by public security officials on the evening of March 26, together with the chancellor of the diocese. Msgr. Guo, 59, is ordinary bishop of Mindong,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mindong, Msgr. Guo Xijin kidnapped by the police before Easter

    03/27/2018 3:37:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies ^ | March 27, 2018 | ohn Baptist Lin
    Mindong, Msgr. Guo Xijin kidnapped by the police before Easter John Baptist Lin The chancellor of the diocese was also taken with him. Msgr. Guo was asked to step aside as ordinary and accept the role of auxiliary bishop to make way for Msgr. Zhan Silu, an illegitimate and excommunicated bishop. Mindong (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, bishop of Mindong (Fujian), was kidnapped last night by police. The Chancellor of the Diocese, Fr. Xu, was also led away. Msgr. Guo, 59, is the ordinary bishop of the diocese, recognized by the Vatican, but not by the government. In recent...
  • Inner Mongolia, an underground priest expelled from his parish: forced to be a farmer

    03/26/2018 7:23:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies ^ | March 26, 2018 | Wang Zhicheng
    Inner Mongolia, an underground priest expelled from his parish: forced to be a farmer Wang Zhicheng United Front Officers escorted him to his village, forcing him to abandon his ministry. Alternating threats and bribes to make him enrol in the Patriotic Association. "Even the Holy See has now made compromises". The implementation of the new regulations, to wipe out underground communities. Beijing (AsiaNews) – Fr. Ding Zhanmin, parish priest in Beishaliang (Baotoukun district, Hohot archdiocese, Inner Mongolia), was forced to abandon his parish and return to the countryside to work as a farmer in Xilin Gol (also in Inner Mongolia)....
  • American who escaped Al Qaeda captivity says FBI, under Mueller and Comey, betrayed him

    03/26/2018 6:54:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 26, 2018 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne, Cyd Upson
    EXCLUSIVE – After he escaped from Al Qaeda in Syria, American photojournalist Matt Schrier investigated his own kidnapping and uncovered what he describes as a pattern of "betrayal" by FBI agents handling his case. Schrier is now asking hard questions of former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who now leads the special counsel Russia probe, and former FBI Director James Comey who was fired by President Trump in May 2017. "Not every FBI agent is bad. Some are very good people," Schrier told Fox News. "But the ones that are bad need to be weeded out. And the ones who let...
  • An Even Worse Vatican Deal with China

    03/24/2018 8:34:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | March 24, 2018 | George Wiegel
    Why would the Catholic Church accept a deal in which the Communist Party nominated Catholic bishops? Of all the disturbing and even silly things that have been said in defense of the deal between the Vatican and China reportedly being negotiated, the most offensive is that critics of this proposed arrangement to regularize Catholic life in the PRC don’t understand that the Cold War is over and the world is in a new situation.This is preposterous. Of course we critics know the Cold War of 1945–1991 is over — and we remember that those alleging we don’t know that weren’t...
  • Senate Democrats Prevent Stand-Alone Vote for U.S. aid Cutoff to Palestinian governmentf

    03/22/2018 4:26:59 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 13 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 22, 2018 | Natalie Johnson
    Senate leaders have added the Taylor Force Act to the omnibus spending bill after two Democratic senators blocked an effort to pass it as a stand-alone bill. The measure would cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority as punishment for its practice of paying salaries and benefits to terrorists and their families, including those who have murdered Americans. The Taylor Force Act boasts strong bipartisan support, prompting Senate leadership a few weeks ago to hotline the bill, which would set it up to pass by unanimous consent, a parliamentary procedure that expedites passage of noncontroversial legislation. If no senator...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cdl Zen: Chinese Catholics’ “continuous harassments…would take volumes to be narrated.”

    03/14/2018 3:28:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 9, 2018 | Anthony E. Clark
    I would like the express my gratitude to Cardinal Zen for agreeing to answer a few questions for Catholic World Report at this crucial moment in the history of the Catholic Church in China. Over the past several days we corresponded about pressing issues related to the current Sino-Vatican negotiations that are underway. I first met Cardinal Zen several years ago at his humble residence with the Salesians in Hong Kong, where we spent more than an hour discussing the state of China’s Church. Since then, Catholics in China have encountered new pressures from state authorities. Their situation has become...
  • [Cath Cauc]Musings from the Chinese Underground: "Vatican is forcing us to obey perverted bishops!"

    03/14/2018 9:22:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 14, 2018 | By Guest-contributor 小鱼儿
    Guest Op-Ed - Musings from the Chinese Underground: "The Vatican is forcing us to obey perverted bishops!" By Guest-contributor 小鱼儿 I recently read Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo's interview in the National Catholic Register. I initially wanted to ignore his statements, like I did with other Chinese "experts". However, these past few months, the Church in China received "seismic tremors" too strong to ignore. Considering the gravity of the matter, I thought I would share my humble musings with Rorate Caeli readers. Surprise surprise! We have another Chinese "expert" talking about the Church in China. Mind you, an "expert" who doesn't speak...
  • A Catholic bishop and his rural Chinese parish worry about a deal between Beijing and the Vatican

    03/12/2018 7:19:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 11, 2018 | Emily Rauhala
    LUOTIANBA, China — The bishop can’t really talk about religion right now.  His unofficial church is caught in a fight over the future of the Roman Catholic faith here, a struggle for control between the Vatican and the Communist Party that will determine the fate of the estimated 10 million Catholics in China and shape the legacy of Pope Francis. Bishop Zhuang Jianjian, 88, under watch and already in trouble, knows it is not safe to speak out. But he can still deliver a sermon. Just before 7 a.m. on a recent Sunday, he walked to the front of a small, white church...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Vatican bows and China gives thanks. Here's how

    03/03/2018 5:59:17 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | March 3, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The Vatican bows and China gives thanks. Here's how > Italiano > English> Espańol> Français> All the articles of Settimo Cielo in English*Here's something worth passing along. This commentary, with the paired photos, came out on March 2 on "Asia News," the online agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions that specializes in China, with the director's byline.*XINJIANG. CROSSES, DOMES, STATUES DESTROYED: THE NEW "SINICIZED" CULTURAL REVOLUTION by Bernardo Cervellera"It's a new Cultural Revolution": this most frequent online comment in reaction to photos of the church of Yining (Xinjiang) stripped of the crosses that stood on the building, of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Is Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory for the Church in China

    03/03/2018 6:38:42 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 2, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Steven Mosher Warns: Vatican Is Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory for the Church in China by Christopher A. Ferrara March 2, 2018 An article at Life Site News, republished by permission of One Peter Five, has educated me to an aspect of the Church’s situation in China which has received little coverage in the press. The article, by Steven Mosher — a Catholic convert, president of the Population Research Institute, and social scientist who specializes in Chinese demographics and population control — reveals how the Church in China was slowly reassembling itself despite Beijing’s creation of the Chinese...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Zen: I blame Pope’s advisors for Vatican’s ‘suicide’ deal with China

    03/02/2018 6:26:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 2, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    VATICAN, March 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen voiced more criticism about the forthcoming Vatican deal with China’s Communist government on the appointment of bishops, terming it “suicide” and an act of “shameless surrender.” According to the Cardinal, the problem is not so much with Pope Francis, but with his papal advisors. Pope Francis is “optimistic and full of love, and is eager to visit China,” Zen said, but his advisors are “obsessed” with an “Ostpolitik” answer to the problem of bishop appointments in China.  They want “compromise without limits,” the Cardinal said, “they are already willing to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop mocks Chinese Cardinal Zen: He should ‘smile once in a while’

    03/02/2018 4:50:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 2, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    BRISBANE, Australia, March 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — An Australian archbishop has angered Catholics by criticizing two cardinals who have been outspoken advocates of orthodoxy. Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane, tweeted yesterday that he wished Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong, who has been impassioned in his support of the persecuted underground Catholic Church in China, would smile. “Things can be tough in China, I know,” he conceded, “but I just wish the Cardinal would smile once in a while.” Archbishop Coleridge was reacting to a photo of Zen on an article about the cardinal’s strong opposition to the Vatican’s impending deal...
  • On February 27, a Chinese Catholic church had its crosses, statues, and bell towers demolished

    03/02/2018 3:50:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | Gloria TV
    On February 27, a Chinese Catholic church had its crosses, statues, and bell towers demolished by order of Communist authorities. Before and after.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Opponents of Ostpolitik: Monsignor Pavol Maria Hnilica (1921-2006)

    02/27/2018 2:20:18 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 21, 2018 | Roberto de Mattei
    Pope Francis‘ political collaboration with Communist China has direct precedents in the Ostopolitik of John XXIII and Paul VI.  But yesterday, just as today, Ostoplitik had strong opponents who deserve to be remembered. One of these was the Slovakian Bishop Pavol Hnilica (1926-2006), whom I’d like to recall, based on my own personal memories and by referring to a precise study dedicated to his figure, to be published shortly by Professor Emilia Hrabovec, to whom I express my gratiude for allowing me to consult and quote from her manuscript. In the 1960s when Vatican diplomacy began to put Ostpolitik into...
  • An Open Letter to Conferences of Catholic Bishops across the World

    02/21/2018 7:05:00 AM PST · by ebb tide
    Free Catholics in ^ | unknown | several
    Since yesterday’s afternoon, our petition website of the Open Letter was under distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack, and the internet protocol addresses of the attackers were from Tianjing. The page resumed normal operation at around 12:30pm today after repairing. We condemn such cowardice act. We will not be cowed into silence by such attack, and we will never stop voicing out for the Church. Again, we appeal to the faithful who loves the Church: Please join the petition, and continue to pray for the persecuted Church in China. An Open Letter to Conferences of Catholic Bishops Across the World Regarding the Possible...
  • Trump’s base warms to Ted Cruz after president’s amnesty ‘betrayal’

    02/20/2018 8:41:41 PM PST · by TBP · 129 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | By S.A. Miller
    They aren’t calling him “Lyin’ Ted” anymore. Sen. Ted Cruz’s stock is rising among members of President Trump’s base who feel double-crossed after the president offered amnesty to illegals in the immigration debate. Some who opposed Mr. Cruz in his 2016 run for the White House are even clamoring for the Texas Republican to mount a primary challenge to Mr. Trump in 2020. The newfound esteem for Mr. Cruz, whom Mr. Trump dubbed “Lyin’ Ted” when they battled for the 2016 Republican nomination, is coming from people who were die-hard supporters of the president. “Ted Cruz has kept his word...