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  • Coptic & Cristero: To Die For Love [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/23/2017 1:22:11 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael Matt
    This month marks the second anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Their crime? Loving Christ enough to die for Him. Would Roman Catholics do the same? What motivates martyrs, if not love? Michael Matt asks the question: Is it because the New Order no longer speaks of Holy MOTHER Church that so few of her sons seem willing to die for her anymore? What have we lost? What was life in the Church like just 40 years ago? Growing up Catholic...and remembering what we lost. Scapulars. Meat-less Friday. Ember Days. Midnight Masses....
  • Cardinal Coccopalmerio: my Communion guidance wouldn’t apply to gay couples

    02/23/2017 12:00:54 PM PST · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 23, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, one of the most prominent defenders of Communion for the remarried, has said that his proposed guidance would apply to the divorced and remarried, but not to gay couples. He explained: “It’s not a natural condition”. Cardinal Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, said last week that divorced and remarried couples could take Communion if they found it “impossible” to avoid sex. The Church has taught that the remarried cannot receive Communion, except possibly when they endeavour to live “in complete continence”. Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s critics said he had contradicted this doctrine, as well as...
  • Cardinal Nichols praises Pope’s ‘patience and reserve’ over dubia

    02/23/2017 10:27:33 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 23, 2017 | Martin O'Brien
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has expressed his support for Pope Francis in the wake of questions raised by four cardinals about parts of Amoris Laetitia. The president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales made his remarks in an interview with The Irish Catholic newspaper while on a visit to Belfast last week. Asked if he shared any of the concerns that had been expressed by Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other cardinals, Cardinal Nichols said: “For me it is very simple. Pope Francis is the Pope. He is who God has given us and, therefore, we follow his lead.”...
  • Tagle to replace Müller as CDF Prefect?

    02/23/2017 9:13:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 23, 2017 | New Catholic
    To the recent reports from other sources that Cardinal MĂźller has already offered his resignation from CDF, Rorate can now add, from its own very well-placed sources, that there is a plan at the highest levels to replace MĂźller as Prefect of CDF with no less than the Asian "Pope Francis", the man seen by many as Francis' dauphin, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. MĂźller, appointed Prefect in July 2012, has been effectively marginalized in the past years over the Family Synods and most importantly over Amoris Laetitia. Questions about his future in the Roman Curia have been persistent through the...
  • Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

    02/23/2017 8:48:34 AM PST · by detective · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb 23, 2017
    Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: "It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life." "There are those who say 'I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association'," the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to...
  • It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense

    02/23/2017 8:25:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-22-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It Is Sometimes Necessary to Risk Giving Offense Msgr. Charles Pope • February 22, 2017 • We live in times when many people take offense very easily. While this may have been a human problem seen in all ages, it is particularly evident today, when relativism and subjectivism are so widespread. Relativism is essentially a form of subjectivism. In subjectivism, the measure of truth shifts from the object (i.e., that which is being perceived) to the subject (i.e., the one who is perceiving). In this system, truth becomes relative, because there are as many versions of truth as there...
  • The true story behind the Marie Stopes eugenics trial of 1923

    02/23/2017 6:05:02 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 22, 2017 | Mark H. Sutherland
    In the 1920s, a legal victory against the rising eugenic tide was won by a Catholic doctor over prominent birth control advocate Marie Stopes. While Stopes is lauded today as a feminist hero, the story of the eugenics libel trial has been largely overlooked. Marie Stopes in her laboratory in 1904. (Image via Wikipedia) Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial. In 1923 in Britain, a Catholic doctor won an important victory in the battle against one of the most harmful ideologies of the 20th century: eugenics. The battle was fought...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-17, M, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2017 9:49:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2017 Memorial of Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr Reading 1 Sir 5:1-8Rely not on your wealth;say not: "I have the power."Rely not on your strengthin following the desires of your heart.Say not: "Who can prevail against me?"or, "Who will subdue me for my deeds?"for God will surely exact the punishment.Say not: "I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?"for the Most High bides his time.Of forgiveness be not overconfident,adding sin upon sin.Say not: "Great is his mercy;my many sins he will forgive."For mercy and anger alike are with him;upon the wicked alights his wrath.Delay not your conversion...
  • Czech, Slovak Prelates Cite Dangers of Immigration Surge

    02/22/2017 6:24:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A flood of immigrants can pose dangers to society, and a surge in Islamic immigration raises special concerns, two prelates from Slovakia and the Czech Republic said at a conference on religion and migration. “If there is migration that is unprepared and without any prospects, the whole society may disintegrate,” said Archbishop Dominik Duka of Prague. He said that immigration must be subject to reasonable controls, which would “take into account not only the well-being of the afflicted, but we also necessarily protect the population of the host countries.” Archbishop Stanislaw Zvolensky of Bratislava added a special concern about the...
  • Another Spanish Bishop Accused of Hate Speech Over Gender Ideology

    02/22/2017 5:54:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/21/17 | Rodney Pelletier
    GRANADA, Spain (ChurchMilitant.com) - LGBT activists are filing a complaint against the bishop of Granada, accusing him of delivering a "homily of hate." The Spanish Observatory Against LGBTfobia (the Observatory) is accusing Abp. Francisco Javier Martínez of hate speech according to the 2014 Cifuentes Act, also called the "Law to Eradicate Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia." In a homily delivered at Mass on February 14, the archbishop noted, "I think right now about all the implications of gender ideology, which moreover tries to impose itself as a law in the education of children." He asserted, "There is a pathology behind it....
  • Let’s Start Calling Progressive Catholics What They Really are: ‘Mainline’

    02/22/2017 4:31:01 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 22, 2017 | John Zmirak
    Last week I noted how many prominent Catholic institutions and leaders are starting to morph into liberal “Mainline” Protestantism. Look at the moral message and public witness broadcast by fashionable Jesuits, secularized Catholic universities, and bishops obsessed with “social justice” issues — like San Diego bishop Robert McElroy, who is joining the anti-Trump “disruption” campaign.Can you really tell these Catholic groups and people apart from their functional equivalents at the Episcopal Church or Presbyterian Church, USA? Would a child growing up in the parish which Tim Kaine attends get a much different understanding of Jesus than if he grew...
  • De Mattei: When Public Correction of a Pope Is Urgent and Necessary

    02/22/2017 4:27:05 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 22, 2017 | Roberto de Mattei
    May a Pope be publicly corrected for his reprehensible behaviour? Or should the attitude of the faithful be that of unconditional obedience, until the point of justifying anything the Pope’s says and does, even if  openly scandalous? According to some, like the Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli, it is possible to express “tète a tète” one’s dissent to the Pope, without, however, manifesting it publicly. This thesis nonetheless, contains an important admission. The Pope is not infallible, unless he speaks ex cathedra. Otherwise it would not be licit to dissent even privately and the path to follow would only be that...
  • Vatican to Use ‘Systematic Surveillance’ to Protect Papal Images from Illegal Use [NOT Satire!]

    02/22/2017 4:22:06 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 22, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The Vatican announced today it would be using “systematic surveillance activities” to protect images of Pope Francis and the Holy See in order to prevent them being illegally used. In a statement issued Feb. 22, the Vatican said in order to make “its protective action more effective”, the Secretariat of State “will effect systematic surveillance activities apt to monitor the ways in which the image of the Holy Father and the coats of arms of the Holy See are used, [and] if necessary intervene with appropriate action...”The move follows hundreds of fly posters put up across Rome earlier this month...
  • CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD PROMOTES AND DISTRIBUTES CONDOMS (Cath Cauc)

    02/22/2017 3:37:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 22, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    The Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) has long been suspected of being involved in the distribution and promotion of condoms. In this comprehensive report, the Lepanto Institute confirms these suspicions by reviewing the philosophy of its leadership, its own documents, and government reports. What is clear is that CMMB is not only philosophically in favor of the promotion of condoms, but is actively involved in the distribution of them as well. The Leadership The former president of the Catholic Medical Mission Board is John Galbraith. Galbraith became the president and CEO of CMMB in the year 2000, and served in...
  • A Brief Primer on Catholic Faith and Conscience

    02/22/2017 2:48:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 22, 2017 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    In 1930, the Anglican Communion abandoned the universal Christian moral teaching of two millennia, which condemned artificial birth control as a grave moral evil, contra naturam, and destructive of marriage. It did so by allowing the individual subjective conscience to overrule the absolute moral norm that such actions are intrinsically evil and thus allow no exceptions.This was a death knell for Anglicanism as a moral authority. The result has been not only the total independence of Anglicans from their traditional moral teaching but the collapse of religious practice among the laity (except for the African branches of this once vibrant...
  • Jesus didn’t “turn the other cheek”—neither should you

    02/22/2017 2:16:40 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 22, 2017 | Fr Robert McTeigue, SJ
    What’s the second most misunderstood passage of Scripture? (The first: “Judge not, lest ye be judged” in Matthew 7:1, quoted by the otherwise biblically illiterate or indifferent, as a kind of pseudo-benediction on moral relativism.) I’d say second place goes to Matthew 5:39, “…if a man strike you on the right cheek, turn to him the other as well.”Misunderstanding this passage has led to public prayers for “our so-called ‘enemies’”—as if Christ and his Church don’t have enemies both human and spiritual. Misunderstanding this passage has led to exhortations to a literally helpless pacifism—which would have puzzled Pope Pius...
  • Pope’s support of UN’s 2030 Agenda a major threat to children’s lives: new analysis

    02/22/2017 10:27:47 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Voice of the Family via LifeSite News ^ | February 22, 2017 | Voice of the Family
    Voice of the Family is today publishing an in-depth analysis of the United Nations’ Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) and their potential impact on the lives and well-being of children and the wider family. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets that nations states have committed themselves to achieve by 2030. The analysis also examines the support offered to the UN agenda by Pope Francis and other representatives of the Holy See. The briefing explores: *The goals and targets of the UN SDGs that pose a threat to lives and wellbeing of children, born and unborn; *The real meaning...
  • Proverbs to Ponder

    02/22/2017 9:57:58 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-17 | Thomas Moses
    Proverbs to Ponder Msgr. Charles Pope • February 21, 2017 • In the Divine Office last week, we read from the Book of Proverbs; in this week’s Masses we are reading from Sirach. Both of these books are part of the Wisdom Tradition.Today, I’ll be reviewing a few of the sayings from Proverbs, but before doing so, I’d like to explain the use of the word fool (as contrasted with wise one) in the Wisdom Tradition. Without a richer understanding of the term fool, it is possible to interpret its use as a mere ad hominem attack.To the modern...
  • Knights of Malta Coup Turns Sights on Cardinal Burke [Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 4:00:55 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 21, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    Last month, we recounted the long and sordid story of the toppling of the Knights of Malta. Three particularly troubling events stood out at the conclusion of that story:First, the resignation of Fra’ Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Order, forced by Pope Francis with an alleged demand that he state for the record that Cardinal Raymond Burke was responsible for what had transpired. Also, the subsequent nullification of his previous acts and decrees to such an extent that a number of important pieces of historical information on the Order’s website were erased.Second, the Vatican-ordered reinstatement of Abrecht von Boeselager as Grand Chancellor,...
  • Coccopalmerio Says There’s No Doctrinal Confusion Over ‘Amoris’[Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 3:43:03 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | February 21, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who heads a Vatican office for the interpretation of Church law, says that as far as he's concerned, there's no legal confusion about the meaning of Pope Francis's document 'Amoris Laetitia' and its implications for access to Communion. ROME— Since the release of Amoris Laetitia, bishops and cardinals around the world have offered their own guidelines and interpretations of Chapter Eight, which deals with what the Catholic Church calls “irregular” situations, particularly divorced and civilly remarried believers who want to access the sacraments of Confession and Communion.One of the latest voices to join the ongoing debate is Italian...
  • Be Ashamed When Tempted to Use Church for Power Struggles, Says Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 2:05:14 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 22, 2017 | Carol Glatz
    Francis made the comments in a morning homily at his Vatican residence Whenever one is tempted to use the Church for pursuing personal ambitions or to be arrogant, pray to feel ashamed, Pope Francis said. When the competitive bug strikes, reflect whether one can “see my Lord on the cross” and still be capable of wanting “to use the Lord for moving up” the ladder of success, he said on February 21 during his early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “May the Lord give us the grace of shame, that holy embarrassment — when we...
  • Marriage and Divorce. The General of the Jesuits: "Jesus Too Must Be Reinterpreted"[Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 1:56:41 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 22, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Incredible but true. In the eighth chapter of "Amoris Laetitia,” the most heated and controversial, the one in which Pope Francis seems to “open up” to remarriage while the previous spouse is still alive, there is no citation at all of the words of Jesus on marriage and divorce, presented primarily in chapter 19 of the Gospel according to Matthew: «Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-17, FEAST, The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

    02/21/2017 9:47:03 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2017 Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6R. (1) The...
  • US Bishop [McElroy] Abandons Party Political Neutrality to Urge Opposition Against President Trump

    02/21/2017 7:00:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | 1/21/17 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Rt Rev Robert McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, appears to have abandoned party political neutrality to urge a general attitude of opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump at a conference of political activists. In his address to the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements Bishop Robert McElroy said: “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. He was the disrupter. Well, now we must all become disrupters. We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our streets to deport the undocumented, to rip mothers and fathers from their families. We must disrupt those...
  • Cardinal Zen Says ‘Naďve’ Pope and Bad Advisors are Betraying Underground Church in China

    02/21/2017 6:50:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/21/17 | Claire Chretien
    February 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Joseph Zen says the Vatican is betraying Catholics living their faith out clandestinely in China. In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, he says he has been urged to speak out by Catholics who lack the freedom to speak for themselves. Priests and bishops in the underground church have faced imprisonment for adhering to the Holy See, rather than submitting to the patriotic church approved by the Communist government. Cardinal Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong and China's highest-ranking prelate, is pleading with the Vatican not to "sell out" China's Catholics by striking a...
  • Populism is Fuelling Rejection of Migrants, Says Pope

    02/21/2017 6:44:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/21/17 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    The Pope has criticised 'populist demagoguery' and urged people to 'welcome those who knock at our doors'Indifference, fuelled by populist rhetoric in today’s world, fans the flames of rejection that threaten the rights and dignity of migrants, Pope Francis said. Refugees escaping persecution, violence and poverty are often shunned and deemed as “unworthy of our attention, a rival or someone to be bent to our will,” the Pope told participants of the VI International Forum on Migration and Peace. “Faced with this kind of rejection, rooted ultimately in self-centeredness and amplified by populist demagoguery, what is needed is a change...
  • California Bishop Praises President Trump’s Travel Ban

    02/21/2017 6:34:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Stating that “I am not against refugees, since I was one myself,” a Chaldean Catholic bishop who ministers in California defended President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Bishop Bawai Soro, who came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq in 1973, wrote in a San Diego newspaper column that “the events of Sept. 11, 2001, illustrated how radical Islamic terrorism is the clear and present danger facing America.” “Mr. Trump has no one to apologize to for his immigration doctrine for the simple reason that coming to America is not a right...
  • DO AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT CHRISTIANITY IS AS VIOLENT AS ISLAM?

    02/21/2017 2:06:18 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Spiritual Direction ^ | February 21, 2017 | VICKI BURBACH
    Take out of consideration the Creator, who made every person in love and destined each for eternal life, and properly inalienable rights promptly disappear.  And individuals become, in very short order, the objects of political manipulation and domination. To see the truth of this, all we have to do is look at the totalitarianisms of the last century, governments that were grounded in the explicit denial of God. The negation of equality and the suppression of fundamental human rights in Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and Castro’s Cuba followed directly from the systematic denial of...
  • Burke Suspended 'de facto' as Knights Patron, Grand Chancellor Says [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 1:37:17 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    The Tablet ^ | February 21, 2017 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Accusations of pope violating Order's sovereignty unfounded, says von Beoselager Cardinal Raymond Burke has now “de facto” been suspended as Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta, according to Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager.In a long interview for the Cologne archdiocese’s website domradio.de on 19 February, von Boeselager explained that Archbishop Angelo Becciu, “who has the full confidence of the Pope and is his spokesman”, was now responsible. “That means that Cardinal Burke as Cardinal Patron of the Order is now de facto suspended.” The chief thing now was to restore peace in the Order so that it could concentrate on its real task, namely to...
  • Gloria.TV News for the 21st of February

    02/21/2017 8:53:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria.TV ^ | February 21, | Gloria TV
    Secrecy: Referring to its source in Santa Marta, the blog Anonimi della Croce reports of secret meetings of Pope Francis with the Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby and other Anglican and Lutheran dignitaries. Protestant representatives participate also in the secret group that works on changing the New Rite into a new ritual that can be used by Catholics and Protestants alike.
  • Conference on the Canonical Problem of the Deposition of Popes to be Held [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 8:20:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 21, 2017 | Sacredos Romanus
    For some reason, a certain provision of Gratian’s Decretals, an early collection of canon law, has been the subject of renewed interest in recent times. The relevant text runs: “No mortal shall presume to rebuke [the pope’s] faults, for he who is to judge all is to be judged by no one, unless he is found straying from the faith” (Dist. 40 c.6). The last condition “unless he is found straying from the faith” has sometimes been interpreted to mean that a pope who strayed into heresy could be deposed. At the end of March a scholarly conference on the...
  • Two Presidents at Prayer

    02/21/2017 7:05:30 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Two Presidents at Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope • February 20, 2017 • We live in an age of often strident secularism. If a religious utterance is made by a government official (or it would seem, even a First Lady) a loud cry goes up from an increasingly hostile minority. The platitude about “Separation of Church and State” is usually bandied about, a phrase that does not even appear in the Constitution.Free Exercise clause – It is true that the First Amendment decrees that Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, but it also specifies that it...
  • Cardinal Müller: Remaining Loyal to Christ – Lest We Become Culpable in the Loss of Souls

    02/21/2017 2:22:43 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Der Papst – Sendung und Auftrag (The Pope – Mission and Mandate) Cardinal Gerhard Müller Publisher Herder 608 pages € 29.99Today, 20 February, the German publishing house, Herder Verlag (Freiburg), has released a new book written by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. (Ignatius Press is already preparing an English translation of the book, as I was told.) The book is entitled The Pope – Mission and Mandate, and it proposes to be a thorough academic description of the papacy from its inception. Over more than 600 pages, Cardinal Müller presents a detailed discussion of the...
  • Archbishop of Malta Claims Fidelity to Pope on Exhortation Guidelines [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 2:15:18 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    The focus is back on the Maltese bishops this week after it was revealed that in a meeting with the priests of his archdiocese, Archbishop Charles Scicluna had said that he had no choice in issuing the deeply controversial Maltese bishops guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, because in his conscience he could not oppose the wishes of Pope Francis.The National Catholic Register‘s Rome Correspondent, Edward Pentin, reports: At a meeting with Malta’s priests on Feb. 14, Archbishop Scicluna appealed for understanding, saying he had no choice in co-signing the guidelines. According to sources present, he said in conscience he could not...
  • Turmoil in the Catholic Church? The Lord Will Guide and Protect [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 1:47:15 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | February 20, 2017 | Rev. Kevin Bezner
    The Catholic Church is in turmoil. Some say it’s in crisis. Some believe that schism is already underway. Almost daily, you can read about the turmoil in Catholic news and commentary.Cardinals and groups representing thousands of priests ask the Pope for a clarification of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Bishops of Germany and Malta offer guidance that says the exhortation allows the divorced and remarried who lack an annulment to receive communion.Pope Francis interjects himself into the governance of the Knights of Malta. One of the questioning cardinals is maligned in the media and sent off to Guam on a...
  • Ecumenism is everybody’s responsibility . . . Christian Unity . . . service

    02/21/2017 1:10:02 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 4 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Tony Gutiérrez
    Ecumenism is everybody’s responsibility. That was the message shared by two nationally-renown speakers at the annual Prayer for Christian Unity, held Jan. 23 this year at St. Mary’s Basilica. Fr. John Crossin, OSFS, and the Rev. Lowell Almen from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, both members of the U.S. Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, each reflected on the ecumenical progress that has been made. The presentations served as the homily for the annual prayer service which is sponsored by the Arizona Faith Network. The theme this year was “Toward Greater Communion: Reflecting on the Reformation after 500 years,” ahead of the 500th...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-21-17, OM, St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor/Church

    02/20/2017 10:11:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    February 21, 2017 Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Sir 2:1-11My son, when you come to serve the LORD,stand in justice and fear,prepare yourself for trials.Be sincere of heart and steadfast,incline your ear and receive the word of understanding,undisturbed in time of adversity.Wait on God, with patience, cling to him, forsake him not;thus will you be wise in all your ways.Accept whatever befalls you,when sorrowful, be steadfast,and in crushing misfortune be patient;For in fire gold and silver are tested,and worthy people in the crucible of humiliation.Trust God and God will help you;trust in him, and...
  • Card. Kasper on Anglican, Catholic parishes 'twinning' for papal visit [Catholic/Anglican Caucus]

    02/20/2017 7:38:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 20, 2017 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Anglican church of All Saints in central Rome on Sunday will be marked by the ‘twinning’ of the Church of England community with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti on the south side of the city. The Pope’s visit comes as part of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the first Church of England Eucharist, which took place in the so-called ‘English ghetto’ near the Spanish steps on October 27th 1816. He will be the first pope to visit an Anglican Church in his own Diocese of Rome. Members of All Saints and Ognissanti have...
  • The Powerful 30 Day Prayer to St. Joseph [Catholic Prayer]

    02/20/2017 4:01:46 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 25 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 20, 2017 | Diane Montagna
    For centuries Christians have turned to St. Joseph as a powerful patron and faithful guardian, father and friend. Invoked as the Glory of home life, Patron of the Dying and Terror of Demons, Christians call upon St. Joseph for healing and conversion, help with their children, a new job or home, and for all their needs of body and soul.Honored as the Patron of the Universal Church, St. Joseph’s paternal protection of the Lord Jesus continues even from heaven, as he watches over Christ’s Mystical Body on earth. The foster-father of the Son of God is also a father to those who have...
  • Malta’s Archbishop: Seminarians Can Leave if They Don't Agree With Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 3:57:43 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 20, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The Archbishop of Malta has confirmed to the Register that he told the country’s seminarians earlier this month that if any of them do not agree with Pope Francis, “the seminary gate is open,” implying they are free to leave. Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s remarks are the latest in what Church sources in Malta say is a heavy-handed crackdown on any ecclesiastic unwilling to subscribe to the Maltese bishops’ interpretation of the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia — an interpretation the bishops say is identical to the Holy Father’s... Since the Criteria were published Jan. 13, a number of clergy sources in...
  • A Pastor Says the ‘Amoris’ Mess on Communion Must End [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 12:49:35 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | February 19, 2017 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    From the in-the-trenches perspective of a pastor, the welter of competing guidelines and interpretations of 'Amoris Laetitia' is a mess. Why can't the pope reaffirm timeless Catholic teaching, and set to work to revise the rules for annulments to reflect contemporary pastoral realities? The course of true love never does run smooth, and neither does any papal pronouncement about love. The tsunami caused by Humane Vitae— Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on birth control— still continues to ripple around the world, and the waves of emotion over Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia also don’t look like they’re subsiding anytime soon.The worst thing...
  • Chicago Cardinal to Sell Off Historic Church for Millions to Secular Music Group (St. Adalbert)

    02/20/2017 12:41:26 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 17, 2017 | Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.
    If Cdl. Blase Cupich gets his way, the 102-year-old landmark will be sold to the Chicago Academy of Music, its convent converted into dormitories, its rectory turned into a living space for musicians, and its Italian marble sanctuary renovated into a stage... In July, parishioners formed the nonprofit St. Adalbert Preservation Society, and filed appeals to the archdiocese against selling off the church. A canon lawyer also filed an appeal to Rome asking that Cupich's decision be reversed.  Multiple requests by the group to meet with Cdl. Cupich have gone unanswered. Emily Nielson, co-founder of the Coalition to Save the...
  • Pope Francis Praises Soros-Funded Organization; Encourages “Resistance”

    02/20/2017 12:20:31 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 41 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    On 17 February, Pope Francis released a letter written for those gathered for the World Meeting of Popular Movements held in California from 16-19 February — a meeting organized by the Vatican. Such meetings regularly take place in the Vatican and are initiated by Pope Francis himself in his attempt to work together with a variety of grassroots movements world-wide.In the letter, which is dated 10 February, Pope Francis publicly praises the organization PICO — People Improving Communities through Organizing — which was one of the promoters of this Vatican event. Francis writes: I would also like to highlight the work done by...
  • Viganň, the Failed Reformer. With All the Vatican Media Against Him. (Changes in Vatican Media)

    02/20/2017 12:17:41 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    L'Espresso ^ | February 20, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    One week ago Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganň, prefect of the secretariat for communication, reported to Pope Francis and the nine cardinals who are helping him with the reform of the curia on the progress of the Vatican media reorganization entrusted to him.The latest news is the consolidation of Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Center into the dicastery headed by Viganň.In effect, as of January 1, 2017 the name “Vatican Radio” no longer has any legal value and has disappeared from the paychecks of its 350 employees. But this is not all there is to it. As of December 1,...
  • Pope Francis and the University Visit that Benedict XVI Did Not Make

    02/20/2017 12:11:44 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Monday Vatican ^ | February 20, 2017 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Pope Francis’s visit to Roma Tre University – the 3rd public university in Rome – took place almost nine years after Pope Benedict XVI’s cancelled visit to La Sapienza University. Benedict made the decision not to go because a series of protests by a small groups of professors impeded the conditions for a dignified and peaceful welcome. Some of the professors, criticizing (with erroneous quotes and references) some scientific positions which Pope Benedict was alleged to have held, put pressure on the Rector not to give the Pope the floor for what they thought was to be a lectio magistralis....
  • Catholics Are Not Faithful to Doctrine, We Will Face Anglican-style Divisions

    02/20/2017 12:06:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 30 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 17, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Those proposing change have not shown how it can be reconciled with Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. The Church is in a full-blown civil war over doctrine, as Dan Hitchens observed earlier this week in a carefully argued and fully evidenced article. Coincidentally, the Church of England’s doctrinal civil war has taken a new turn at the latest sitting of the General Synod, with heated debates over same-sex relationships. Michael Fabricant MP suggests in the Telegraph that Anglicans should jettison their “conservative” wing. In the same newspaper, the devout and passionate Andrea Minichiello Williams makes a convincing case for Christian tradition.The Williams article makes one...
  • San Diego Bishop Tells Catholics to 'All Become Disrupters'

    02/20/2017 11:47:12 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 45 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 20, 2017 | Deal W. Hudson
    Both the Catholic bishops of the United States and the Vatican have now virtually endorsed the strategy of “disruption” being used across the nation to oppose the new administration of President Trump. Held in Modesto, California, the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM), was sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican’s Department of Integral Human Development to address issues of “land, labor, and lodging,” as well as racism and immigration.The 700 attendees applauded and cheered as Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego told them, “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. . . ....
  • Ungodly Speech

    02/20/2017 11:15:20 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 20, 2017
    Ungodly Speech: Last Friday Pope Francis visited the Third Roman University. Francis spoke 45 minutes and never mentioned God or Jesus Christ, although they were contained in the written text, but Francis chose to drop these passages. Bergoglio focused instead on promoting Islamic mass-immigration.
  • These Catholic parishes openly celebrate LGBT. Why aren’t bishops stopping it? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 11:10:01 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Part one of a series on “gay-friendly” parishes and ministries in the Catholic Church January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – As controversy continues to rage over Pope Francis’ doctrines on communion for the divorced and remarried, an even more controversial practice proliferating in the shadows for decades is becoming increasingly open and explicit: same-sex couples exerting their influence in Catholic parishes throughout the United States and Canada. At a rapidly growing number of proudly "gay-friendly" parishes, same-sex couples who flout the Church’s teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts are exercising leadership roles and receiving Communion with encouragement from their pastors....
  • Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri: the Synod WAS NOT to repeat the established teaching of the Church...

    02/20/2017 10:57:12 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | February 19, 2017 | Toronto Catholic
    Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri spoke some very vague words when interviewed by Thomas Rosica, CSB. The Cardinal stated that the the Church must have an "update"; and further, that the Church must be made "incarnate into time". What does he mean? The full interview, published on July 31, 2014, may be watched here. The obfuscation and vagueness in the interview is clarified in light of the Cardinal's extraordinary admission given this past January, 2015, as quoted on page 21 of Grzegorz Kucharczyk's, "We are not just a subsidiary of Rome" (e-book published by Polonia Christiana). "if the goal of the Synod...