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  • Keeping Advent when itís not yet Christmas

    12/02/2016 5:17:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jenny Uebbing
    Keeping Advent when it’s not yet ChristmasJenny Uebbing It’s nearing the end of November. Which means Christmas music has already begun playing in stores, and I’m too late to buy Thanksgiving blend at Starbucks, because Christmas blend has already been out for weeks and weeks.The grocery stores are starting to fill out their fabricated forest of Christmas trees out front, and okay, yes, I’ve let my kids watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol on Netflix. Twice.But I don’t want to get pulled too far down the path of celebrating Christmas before we’ve kept Advent.Now, we live in a culture that beckons us...
  • Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and Prayer

    12/02/2016 5:05:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 29, 2016 | Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
    Advent is a Time for Greater Silence and PrayerFr. Ed Broom, OMV Advent is a season of very special graces! It is time of waiting, hope and joy. Waitingófor the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; Hopeóbecause Jesus came to save us; finally Joyóbecause Jesusí birth, life and Resurrection is a promise of eternal life for those who obey His commandments and love Him.Silent Night On Christmas Eve it is most appropriate to sing the hymn Silent Night. In the profound depths of that most special night Jesus was born in silence. How important silence is for those...
  • Four Advent Attitudes

    12/02/2016 4:56:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-28-16 | Fr. Edward Looney
    Four Advent AttitudesFr. Edward Looney Itís hard to believe Advent has already arrived. If Iím not mistaken, this is the longest observance of Advent we celebrate because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. It seems Advent is one of the seasons that happens, and usually goes quicker than we would like! We are always in a hustle and a bustle preparing for Christmas that we do not slow down enough to take in the purpose of these Advent days of waiting. As we wait for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day, here are four Advent attitudes we can...
  • The Providence College Mob Comes for Anthony Esolen

    12/02/2016 3:17:08 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 2, 2016 | EMMETT MCGROARTY AND JANE ROBBINS
    Those who doubt that orthodox Christians risk persecution should consider the case of Anthony Esolen. A prominent scholar of Renaissance literature, Esolen authored a widely used translation of Dante¬ís Divine Comedy. He writes books and essays incessantly, contributing to Magnificat, Crisis magazine, and other publications and online outlets that take seriously Christianity and human excellence. Perhaps the best description of his writing is ¬ďluminous.¬Ē In other words, he is exactly the type of person the totalitarian Left wants to silence.Esolen is under fire for being Catholic and not having the sense to keep quiet about it. The particular objects...
  • Is It War Already? (Catholic Church Crisis)

    There is an achingly beautiful article from Hilary White on One Peter Five that I would suggest my reader take the time to read. It is, if you wish, a tale of redemption, the announcement that the Cavalry has finally showed up or, as the author beautifully said, For us English, living on short rations in our bomb shelters, it is like hearing that the Americans have finally decided to join in. The fundamental premise of the article is a handful of concepts that I repeat often: 1) Pope Francis is the unavoidable consequence of a rot that has been...
  • Pope Francis Meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Vatican

    12/02/2016 1:39:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 20 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 2, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Dec 2, 2016 / 07:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While he was in town for a global meeting on the crisis in the Mediterranean region, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped by the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis that likely centered largely on the challenges of migration.Kerry is currently in Rome for the three-day ďRome Med Ė Mediterranean DialoguesĒ meeting, which this year runs Dec. 1-3. The second annual event is a high-level initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).The...
  • Patience Required Regarding Archbishop Sheenís Body

    12/02/2016 1:32:16 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | December. 2, 2016 | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    The battle over the bishop’s body continues. A court in New York ruled last month that Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s closest surviving relative, his niece Joan Sheen Cunningham, could transfer her uncle’s body to Peoria, Illinois. The Diocese of Peoria, which prepared the cause for Sheen’s beatification, has declared that unless it gets the body of the late bishop, it will not permit the beatification to proceed. Sheen is currently buried in the crypt under the high altar in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, and the trustees of St. Patrick’s have appealed the court ruling. The facts are relatively...
  • Staunch Dubia Opponent Father Pinto on Famous List of Freemasons

    12/02/2016 1:27:36 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | December 2, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    I don’t know about you, but I just love a good Freemasonic conspiracy.Let’s face it: Freemasons have been trying to infiltrate the Church for over a century. They even announced their intentions in the mid 1800s, and were condemned by several popes who had no qualms about expressing the danger they represented to the Faith.The ubiquity of the threat, however, began to numb most Catholics to its reality. The subtlety of their work makes them appear innocuous, and this is by design. Their method of infiltration was laid out in a document known as The Permanent Instruction on the Alta Vendita,...
  • Three Ways to Obtain an Indulgence for the 100-year Fatima Anniversary [Catholic Caucus]

    12/02/2016 1:18:46 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 1, 2016 | Maria Ximena Rondon
    Fatima, Portugal, Dec 1, 2016 / 06:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, Pope Francis has decided to grant a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, which began Nov. 27, 2016, and will end Nov. 26, 2017.The rector of the Fatima Shrine in Portugal, Andrť Pereira, explained to CNA that the plenary indulgence can be obtained during the entire Jubilee Year. There are three ways of obtaining the indulgence, detailed in a statement on the shrine's website.To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill...
  • Why do church leaders suck up to Marxist regimes?

    12/02/2016 9:20:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | Damian Thompson
    When Fidel Castro died, Pope Francis Ďgrievedí. Thatís right: he grieved for the man who Ė in addition to murdering and torturing his opponents Ė spent half a century persecuting the Catholic Church in Cuba. But perhaps we shouldnít be surprised: when Francis visited the island last year, he was gushingly appreciative of the regimeís hospitality and pointedly ignored dissidents. Even the liberal Washington Post accused him of Ďappeasing the Castros in repressive Cubaí. It all reminds me of the way, in my youth, churchmen soft-pedalled their criticism of Communist regimes because, whatever their Ďflawsí, they were supposedly on the...
  • Gay man is left stunned and hurt after Catholic pastor bans him from singing at his own.....

    12/02/2016 8:28:13 AM PST · by Morgana · 91 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | December 1, 2016 | Miranda Bryant For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Gay man is left stunned and hurt after Catholic pastor bans him from singing at his own grandmother's funeral because of his sexuality, insisting that it would 'cause a scandal' A gay man has told of his shock and disbelief after a Catholic pastor banned him from singing at his grandmother's funeral because of his sexuality. Connor Hakes, 23, from Indiana, had planned to sing Franz Schubertís Ave Maria at the service to remember his late grandparent Carolyn. But before the funeral Connor received a letter from the priest in Decatur, which he shared on Facebook, forbidding him...
  • On the Necessity of Prayer

    12/02/2016 7:31:54 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-01-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Necessity of Prayer Msgr. Charles Pope ‚ÄĘ December 1, 2016 ‚ÄĘ To say that something is ¬ďnecessary¬Ē is to declare that it is so essential that to be without it causes grave if not deadly harm. The word comes from Latin: ne- (not) + cedere (to withdraw, go away, yield). The root sense is that what is necessary is something from which we cannot stray, something from which there is no withdrawal, something we cannot evade. There is an expression in Latin, sine qua non, which literally means ¬ďwithout which not.¬Ē Its fuller meaning expresses something so...
  • Did Pope Francis Just Validate Chinaís Godless Communist Regime?

    12/02/2016 6:38:21 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 1, 2016 | Helen Raleigh
    According to reports, the Vatican and Communist China have reached an agreement that would end six decades of diplomatic gridlock. While details of the agreement havenít been officially announced, from what has been leaked to the public, Catholics in China and around the world have reason to be concerned. Catholicism has had a long and convoluted history in China. Catholic missionaries traveled†to China to spread the words of the gospels as early as the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).†But Italian missionary Matteo Ricciís arrival in 1582 is often regarded as the official introduction of the Catholic Church to China.
  • Another Wonderful Freeper - and Friend - has Passed.

    12/02/2016 5:34:38 AM PST · by sneakers · 76 replies
    I am so sad that I have to announce that our friend and fellow Freeper, PennsylvaniaMom, has passed this morning. Although most of us never met her in person, her sweet nature and sense of humor shone through in her posts. She was one of the first to join my Quinn and Rose morning show daily show list back in 2008. She was our 'weathergirl' regularly posting the Weather Bell posts. We went through children's weddings, our husbands' health problems and grandbabies births together. She was a loving wife, mom, and grandmother. I am crying as I post this. Rest...
  • German Theologian and Book Author Strongly Comes to the Defense of the Four Cardinals

    12/02/2016 3:30:46 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | November 30, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    ďThis Is an Insult Toward Many Catholics!Ē is the trenchant title of an article written in defense of the Four Cardinals and published today on the Austrian Catholic news website, kath.net. The author of this text is Dr. Markus BrŁning, a German theologian, lawyer, book author, and father of a family. Several of his books have dealt with the question as to how one is to grow in holiness; one book deals with the aspects of the virtues (with a foreword by Cardinal Joachim Meisner, one of the Four Cardinals); another book discusses the importance of the Sacramentals for our...
  • Bergoglian Thug, Don Pinto, Leads Once Again with His Chin

    12/02/2016 3:15:31 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | December 2, 2016 | N/A
    What rock did this pathetic cretin crawl out from under? Who thought this modernist thug was ever fit for ordination? Clearly trying to distance himself from the blowback that his boss might remove the red hats from the Four Cardinals, this intellectually challenged clericalist and papal hitman has, by his seemingly backing off, doubles down. Maike Hickson has the story at OnePeterFive. Let's take a look at hit-man Pinto's statement, shall we? They have written to the pope and that is correct and legitimate. But, after there did not come [from the pope] an answer after a few weeks, they...
  • Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto Redoubles His Rebuke of the Four Cardinals

    12/02/2016 3:08:57 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | December 1, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    After there has now come to us a sort of denial concerning the recent words attributed to Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto about the Four Cardinals ¬Ė namely, that he did not say that the pope would remove the red hats of these Cardinals ¬Ė the German Catholic website Katholisch.de has published its own interview with Archbishop Pinto where he now redoubles his critique of the four prelates. In this interview, Pinto again uses very harsh language against these Four Cardinals who have expressed their serious concern that Amoris Laetitia could teach the faithful doctrines that go against the traditional...
  • Whose Side Are We on? (Amoris Laetitia)

    12/02/2016 3:01:20 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 2, 2016 | David Carlin
    If you approve of bank robbery, you wonít be able to condemn the act of shoplifting candy bars from a convenience store. I mean, you wonít be able to do this if you are to be logically consistent. If you approve of a greater evil, you canít logically condemn lesser evils of the same genus.Likewise, if you approve of murder you cannot, if you wish to retain your reputation for logical consistency, condemn assault and battery.Again, if you are a Catholic who approves of adultery, you cannot very well condemn contraception and fornication.But in the now famous (perhaps I...
  • Indiana Priest under Fire for Barring Advocate of LGBT Cause from Singing at Funeral

    12/02/2016 2:41:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    DECATUR, Indiana, December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) ‚Äď An Indiana Catholic priest is facing criticism after barring an open advocate of the LGBT agenda from singing at his grandmother‚Äôs funeral. Connor Hakes said it was a picture of him attending a gay pride rally shared on his Facebook page last year that prompted Father Bob Lengerich, the pastor of Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur, to deny his request to sing at the funeral. The Bloomington man‚Äôs grandmother passed away November 21. He made the request to the Decatur parish to sing the following day. Father Lengerich...
  • Under Pope Francis, Has the ĎTheology of Dissentí Triumphed?

    12/02/2016 2:35:22 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    LifeSite News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Father Peter Mitchell
    December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- I am a parish priest, a pastor of a typical suburban American parish who tries, as kindly and patiently as I can, to help people who often have not been well-formed in their Catholic faith to understand what the Church teaches and why. My repeated experience is that people are grateful when a priest explains to them the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as most adult Catholics today readily admit that they generally have not been well catechized. Like many of my brother priests, I have been concerned by the two...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-02-16

    12/01/2016 9:00:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-02-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 2, 2016 Friday of the First Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 29:17-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:But a very little while,and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,and the orchard be regarded as a forest!On that day the deaf shall hearthe words of a book;And out of gloom and darkness,the eyes of the blind shall see.The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.For the tyrant will be no moreand the arrogant will have gone;All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,those whose mere word...
  • The History of Advent

    12/01/2016 8:32:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | 11-28-16 | Fr. William Saunders
    The History of AdventFr. William Saunders The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation, although the last week of Advent is usually truncated because of when Christmas falls.The celebration of Advent has evolved in the spiritual life of the Church. The historical origins of Advent are hard to determine with great precision. In its earliest form, beginning in France, Advent was a period of preparation for the...
  • Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for Advent

    12/01/2016 8:21:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 25, 2016` | Constance T. Hull
    Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for AdventConstance T. Hull This Sunday the Church begins her new liturgical year with the season of Advent. In the hustle and bustle of the secular Christmas season, it is an often-overlooked season. It is a time when the Church calls us as our Mother to enter into the silence and hope of waiting. Many of us live in cultures of instant gratification, so Advent is rich in spiritual truths. Christmas trees, elves, lights, and holiday decorations seem to show up in stores earlier and earlier. The day after Halloween gave way to Christmas. Here...
  • Advent: The Real Meaning of Christmas Lights

    12/01/2016 8:02:18 PM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CE.com ^ | November 25, 2016` | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    Advent: The Real Meaning of Christmas LightsMarcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. As fall moves onward towards winter we have places to go, things to do, people to meet. Yet as we go about our business, we notice the days are getting shorter. Sweaters come out of storage, we close the windows, and turn on the heat.Advent is a season where we stop and remember that the light of this world is waning in more ways than one. That the world as we know it is passing away.The world ¬ďsecular¬Ē comes from the Latin word for this present world with its priorities¬Ėgetting a...
  • Prelate Lists Mandates, Executive Orders that Trump Should Rescind to Protect Religious Freedom

    12/01/2016 7:43:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has called upon President-elect Donald Trump to take several actions that would reverse mandates and executive orders issued by President Barack Obama and his administration that impinge upon religious liberty. ďPresident-elect Trump has the opportunity to ensure that people of all faiths can continue to do their good work in serving their communities without having to violate their consciences or face crippling fines or onerous lawsuits,Ē wrote Archbishop Lori, who leads the bishopsí Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. ďOur hope is that the next administration will ensure that Americans remain free to serve.Ē In...
  • Bishops say Guadalupe feast to be day of prayer for refugees, migrants

    12/01/2016 7:06:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic News Heral ^ | December 1, 2016
    A day of prayer with a focus on the plight of refugees and migrants will take place across the United States Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. "As Christmas approaches and especially on this feast of Our Lady, we are reminded of how our savior Jesus Christ was not born in the comfort of his own home, but rather in an unfamiliar manger," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. "To all those families separated and far from home in uncertain times, we join with...
  • Between This Rock and a Hard Place: Cardinal MŁllerís Dilemma

    12/01/2016 5:19:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 1, 2016 | Maike HIckson
    ďAnd I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.Ē (Mt. 16:18) ďBut when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.Ē (Galatians 2:11) As OnePeterFive has been reporting over the past week, several bishops and theologians have come to the defense of the Four Cardinals who have written to Pope Francis, asking him to clarify several important ambiguities and potentially heretical statements in his post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. We have now learned,...
  • Admitting his hands are tied over dubia Card. MŁller says CDF could settle the dispute

    12/01/2016 4:13:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 1, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal MŁller has made his first comments about the four cardinals' dubia and the controversy following Pope Francis's decision not to respond. The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has told Kathpress that the dicastery charged with upholding the Faith of the Church would not be involved in the discussions because it acts and speaks "with the authority of the pope" and "cannot participate in the controversy of opinions." Cardinal MŁller further explained that though the dubia were personally addressed to the Holy Father, Pope Francis could commission the CDF to "settle the dispute ad hoc"....
  • Scans give 3D look at Coughton Courtís priest hole

    12/01/2016 2:00:42 PM PST · by fishtank · 22 replies
    Stratford-upon-Avon Herald ^ | 30th November 2016 | Chris Smith
    Scans give 3D look at Coughton Courtís priest hole By Chris Smith - 30th November 2016 1 1694 One of the 3D images of the priest hole at Coughton Court which have been produced by researchers at the University of Nottingham. THE first 3D images of a hiding-hole at Coughton Court that was used by 17th-century Catholic priests escaping religious persecution have been created by university researchers. The priest hole was first discovered in the 1850s in Coughton Ė a key building in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 Ė hidden in a turret of the main gatehouse, concealed between the...
  • The End of Catholic Marriage

    12/01/2016 11:56:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 1, 216 | Ross Douthat
    I havenít written in this space for some time, but now that the election is over some additional interventions seem necessary to capture whatís happening in Roman Catholicismís remarkable period of controversy. My Sunday column†talked a bit about the way in which varying interpretations of ďAmoris Laetitia,Ē Pope Francisís apostolic exhortation on the family, have produced variations in official Catholic teaching on marriage from diocese to diocese, region to region Ė a ďsubmerged schism,Ē to borrow a phrase from the Vatican-watcher Andrea Gagliarducci, which†thanks to the astringent words of certain bishops is no longer even that submerged.One reading of...
  • IMPORTANT UPDATEĖ Dean of Rota: Pope could strip Four Cardinals of Cardinalate because of Five Dubia

    12/01/2016 11:47:23 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 20 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | December 1, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATE 1 Dec:This we now read at Religion Confidencial: Religiůn Confidencial publiců el martes una noticia que ponŪa en boca de monseŮor Pio Vito Pinto, decano de la Rota Romana, la afirmaciůn de que los cuatro cardenales que han escrito al Papa ďpodrŪan perder el cardenalatoĒ. La frase, tomada de una entrevista realizada por RC en la que monseŮor Vito respondŪa en italiano, no es correcta. Revisada la grabaciůn, se ha comprobado que lo que afirma es que el Papa Francisco no es un Papa de otros tiempos, en los que sŪ se tomaron ese tipo de medidas, y...
  • Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen ... to this Advent Message: ďYou Need a Savior!Ē

    12/01/2016 8:14:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Do You Want to Have a Good Christmas? Then Listen Carefully to this Advent Message: ¬ďYou Need a Savior!¬Ē Msgr. Charles Pope ‚ÄĘ November 30, 2016 ‚ÄĘ One of the goals of Advent (in many ways a penitential season) is to meditate on our need for a savior. In daily Mass and in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read lengthy passages from Isaiah and the other prophets, who speak boldly and bluntly about the people¬ís sin. Some of the passages are even a bit humorous. Here are a few: Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-01-16

    11/30/2016 8:59:47 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-01-16 | Revised New American Bible
    December 1, 2016 Thursday of the First Week in Advent Reading 1 Is 26:1-6 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: ďA strong city have we;he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.Open up the gatesto let in a nation that is just,one that keeps faith.A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace;in peace, for its trust in you.Ē Trust in the LORD forever!For the LORD is an eternal Rock.He humbles those in high places,and the lofty city he brings down;He tumbles it to the ground,levels it with the dust.It is...
  • The View Slams Christians Against Birth Control: ĎAre They Talking to God Now?í

    11/30/2016 8:04:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    newsbusters ^ | November 30, 2016 | Katie Yoder
    When it comes to ďwomenís issues,Ē The View ladies need some education. On Tuesday, The View discussed President-elect Donald Trumpís appointment of Rep. Tom Price as secretary of health and human services. In particular, Priceís position against government-funded birth control and abortion. During the show, not only did Joy Behar completely skew Catholic and Christian views on contraception, but Whoopi Goldberg once again pushed for abortion (or, as she called it, ďterminating thisĒ). Behar first took issue with Price, because, as she saw it, birth control was necessary to prevent abortion. ďHe wants to roll back birth control benefits from...
  • The Bishops Enter the War

    11/30/2016 7:20:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 30, 2016 | Hilary White
    The week of November 14 to 21st, 2016 will be remembered as the one in which open war was finally declared between the two long-contending factions in the Catholic Church. And while this has caused a lot of wailing and lamenting, the truth is I have never been so happy and contented to be a traditional Catholic than I am under this pontificate of madness. Everything I thought about the modern, post-conciliar Church is being demonstrated to be true every day. Four senior cardinals revealed to the Catholic world the fact that Pope Francis has refused ó in essence ó...
  • [Former Jesuit Superior] Kolvenbach of the Opinion that Jorge Bergoglio, Francis, Is a Sociopath..

    11/30/2016 6:28:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Gloria TV reports: "Last Saturday, Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach died in Beirut, Lebanon. He was the Superior General of the Jesuits from 1983 to 2008. Kolvenbach allegedly wrote to the Vatican recommending that Jorge Mario Bergoglio not be made archbishop of Buenos Aires because he was emotionally unstable and temperamentally unreliable. John Paul II promoted him anyway, believing that liberal Jesuits were unduly prejudiced against Bergoglio because he had been unsympathetic to Liberation Theology. Bad Relationship: As the Argentinean provincial of the Jesuits, Bergoglio did not form as warm a relationship with the superior general, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, as he...
  • The ďConcernĒ

    11/30/2016 6:23:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Crisis ^ | November 30, 2016 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    A relative recently wrote an e-mail to me in which he made the following off-handed comment: ďWhat do you think of the popeís recent course change on abortion?Ē Now, unless I missed something, on this subject the pope has not changed anything. He has, no doubt, indicated that he wanted to downplay its relative importance compared to other issues. He avoids right-to-life marches in Italy. Many of his ecological friends want to control world population. But the questioner was perceptive, nonetheless. Most people do think that the pope has or soon will change Catholic doctrine on abortion and many other...
  • San Diego Bishop Bans Outspoken Pro-Life Priest from Writing Bulletin Columns

    11/30/2016 6:06:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    SAN DIEGO, California, November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Ė San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy ordered a pastor to cease publishing columns in his church's weekly bulletin after the priest wrote in support of the Catholic Church's teaching on intrinsic evils and took strong stands on matters of prudential judgment within Catholic teaching. Father Richard Perozich of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church first came under fire this fall when inserts appeared in his parish bulletin that said it's a "mortal sin" to vote for pro-abortion Democrats. The fliers pointed out the Democratic Partyís official support for such intrinsic evils and warned Catholics they...
  • "Silence" = the antithesis of "A Man for All Seasons"

    11/30/2016 5:14:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/30/26 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    In 1966 the movie "A Man for All Seasons" was released in the U.S., the same year Japanese author ShŇęsaku EndŇć wrote the historical fiction novel "Silence". Last night, the Vatican hosted the world premiere of the movie version of "Silence," which will be released next month. Shown at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, administered by the Jesuits, approximately 400 priests and others attended. Rorate's invitation to the screening may have been lost in the mail, so we have not seen the movie. But based on the novel, the endings for the two 1966 works could not be more opposite. One...
  • Will Bergoglio Betray Christ to Appease the Dragon of Red China?

    11/30/2016 2:59:52 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | November 30, 2016 | N/A
    The issue of Far "Ostpolitik" too China has been covered by this writer previously. I have written no less than five times on this matter since the first post in March 2015. At that time, I was given information from a Vatican contact that indeed, Francis was opening the door to China and the result would be detrimental to the true Catholic Church in China, that which is underground, and to Catholics in Taiwan. http://voxcantor.blogspot.ca/2015/03/is-sell-out-of-mindzenty-and-slipyj-for.html The Red China government has become an absurd mix of communism and corporate fascism. It is not pure communism as thousands have become obscenely wealthy...
  • Cardinal Zen: Pope Francis Would ĎBetray Christí by Allowing Communist China to Select Bishops

    11/30/2016 2:55:24 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 29, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    HONG KONG, November 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) ‚ÄĒ The highest ranking Chinese Catholic has stated that if Pope Francis allows Communist China to have a hand in the selection of the nation's Catholic bishops it would be ‚Äúbetraying Jesus Christ.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúYou cannot go into negotiations with the mentality ‚Äėwe want to sign an agreement at any cost,‚Äô then you are surrendering yourself, you are betraying yourself, you are betraying Jesus Christ,‚ÄĚ Cardinal Joseph Zen told The Guardian this week. The 84-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong has firmly opposed a potential deal between the Vatican and the Chinese government that would...
  • Pope Francis meets Stephen Hawking at Vatican science conference

    11/30/2016 2:38:15 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 30, 2016 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Francis greets Stephen Hawking (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) The Pontiff addressed the meeting held by Pontifical Academy of Sciences Pope addressed experts, including Prof Stephen Hawking, at a session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (November 25-29) convened to discuss the impact of scientific knowledge and technology on people and the planet.The Pope told them that humanity does not own God’s gift of creation and has no right to pillage it“We are not custodians of a museum and its masterpieces that we have to dust off every morning, but rather collaborators in the conservation and development of the existence and biodiversity...
  • Belgium bishop co-authors book in support of pre-marital sex, same-sex relations

    11/30/2016 2:25:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 25, 2016 | Eduardo Echeverria
    May I? Sorry, Thank you, Open Dialogue about relationships, marriage and family (2016) is simplistic, misleading, and in direct opposition to Church teaching in numerous ways. Christ is the Light of the world The opening sentences of Vatican IIís Lumen gentium state that Christ is the light of all nations, not the Church, but that this light shines on the Churchís face, especially in its proclamation of the Gospel. The human reception of that lightóand hence of the Gospelóis, however, open to resistance and hence to distortion, misinterpretation, and rejection (see John Paul II, Dominum et Vivificantum, ßß55-56, 47). Thus,...
  • Acclaimed Atheist Poet Becomes Catholic: 'My Tears Just Stopped'

    11/30/2016 2:18:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    CNS ^ | November 30, 2016 | Mark Judge
    Acclaimed Atheist Poet Becomes Catholic: 'My Tears Just Stopped' By Mark Judge | November 30, 2016 ďIf youíre there, you have to help me.Ē Those are the words that poet Sally Read said to an icon of Jesus in 2010. Read, a British poet and atheist, had stopped into a church in Santa Marinella, Italy. She felt burdened. Her young daughter was having health issues. Her husband Fabio was enduring some stress at work. ďThere was this incredible experience where this presence almost came down, and my tears just stopped, just dried,Ē Read tells CNSNews.com. ďI felt almost physically carried...
  • The Bishops Enter the War

    11/30/2016 2:15:06 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | November 30, 2016 | Hilary White
    The week of November 14 to 21st, 2016 will be remembered as the one in which open war was finally declared between the two long-contending factions in the Catholic Church. And while this has caused a lot of wailing and lamenting, the truth is I have never been so happy and contented to be a traditional Catholic than I am¬†under this pontificate of madness. Everything I thought about the modern, post-conciliar Church is being demonstrated to be true every day.Four senior cardinals revealed to the Catholic world the fact that Pope Francis has refused ‚ÄĒ in essence ‚ÄĒ to...
  • Pope's "Mouthpiece" Spadaro Used Fake Sock-Puppet Account to Attack Four Cardinals

    11/30/2016 2:10:38 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | November 30, 2016 | Oakes Spalding
    All of the tweets are posted in the article at the link. Almost two weeks ago I reported on the bizarre social media behavior of Antonio Spadaro, the Pope's "mouthpiece" and editor of the influential Jesuit journal La Civiltŗ†Cattolica.†He had used Twitter in various ways to attack the "four cardinals" who had submitted the "dubia" to Pope Francis. This included using screenshots of the movie trilogy Lord of the Rings to equate the Pope's opponents with grotesque fictional villains. Spadaro appeared to be conflicted about the appropriateness of his actions. He alternated between acting like a man with something to...
  • Don Vito to the Four Cardinals: Your Red Hats Will Sleep with the Fishes

    11/30/2016 1:55:21 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    The Remnant ^ | November 29, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    For more than three years a Bergoglian mafia of handpicked soldiers in clerical garb and miters has been conducting the Capo di Tutti Capiís relentless campaign to rub out the bimillenial teaching and discipline of the Church respecting divorced and ďremarriedĒ persons living in what even John Paul IIís often nebulous Catechism calls ďa situation of permanent and public adultery.Ē The hit list includes the teaching of both of the Capoís two immediate predecessors that ďunder no circumstances can their new union be considered lawful and therefore reception of the sacraments is intrinsically impossible. The conscience of the individual...
  • Sorry, But Iíve Changed My Mind About Pope Francis (another one sees the light)

    11/30/2016 1:47:38 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Patheos ^ | November 30, 2016 | Scott Eric Alt
    I mean, I do like Pope Francis. I‚Äôve defended Pope Francis. I want to believe‚ÄĒI really want to believe‚ÄĒthat footnote 351 of Amoris Laetitia can (and should) be read consistently with Familiaris Consortio 84. I have argued as much multiple times on this wery blog.Footnote 351 of Amoris Laetitia says that ‚Äúin some cases‚ÄĚ couples who are in an irregular marital union but unable to separate for the sake of children can ‚Äúreceive the help of the sacraments.‚ÄĚ The main text (par. 305) refers to such a couple as being in ‚Äúan objective situation of sin,‚ÄĚ even if ‚Äúnot subjectively...
  • The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces

    11/30/2016 11:53:00 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Bridegroom Comes! A Reflection on the Great Wedding Feast That Advent Announces Msgr. Charles Pope ‚ÄĘ November 29, 2016 ‚ÄĘ The coming of Christ at Christmas was as an infant and thus we don¬ít usually think of wedding imagery. Yet since the first coming of Christ has certainly already been fulfilled, we now focus more on His second coming, of which the first coming is a sacramental reminder.Thus, in Advent, our longing and excitement are also directed to His glorious second coming. Mother Church, the New Jerusalem, our Mother, looks for her groom Jesus to come again all...
  • St. Andrew Christmas Novena (Powerful Prayer - Nov 30 to Christmas)

    11/30/2016 9:19:49 AM PST · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | Church Militant
    A powerful prayer Recite this prayer 15 times a day from November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, until Christmas. Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and of His blessed Mother. Amen. Imprimatur: +Michael Augustine, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897.