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  • Praying the Five Fatima Prayers (Catholic Caucus)

    10/13/2015 1:58:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | October 13, 2015 | DEACON MICHAEL BICKERSTAFF
    Santuário de FátimaBascilica of Our Lady of the Rosary Today, October 13, 2015, we celebrate the 98th anniversary of the final apparition of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, to the three young seers at the Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal during 1917. It was on this day that the Miracle of the Sun was witnessed by up to 100,000 people.The children were Lucia de Jesus dos Santos (age 10), Blessed Francisco Marto (age 9) and Blessed Jacinta Marto (age 7). Francisco and Jacinto died within a few years of the apparitions and were beatified in 1983. Lucia (Sr. Maria Lucia) died...
  • What Our Lady Can Do with a Little Bag of Beads (Catholic Caucus)

    10/13/2015 1:44:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | October 9, 2015 | Patricia Pulliam
    The Miraculous Closing of the Last Abortion Facility in Corpus Christ, TexasFor many years the pro-life community of Corpus Christi, Texas and surrounding areas prayed in front of the last remaining abortion business left in the town. There were countless novenas and Masses offered along with visitations of a relic from the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Women and men spent many hours in silent prayer standing on the sidewalk at the busy intersection of Morgan Avenue and the Crosstown Freeway.The clientele at this particular facility was predominantly Hispanic. I think I can safely say at least 75% of...
  • Synod Fathers: From Hollywood to Gender Ideology to ISIS

    10/13/2015 11:22:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 13, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — Two newly released interventions by Synod Fathers offer insight into the gravest threats facing the family today, and unite in calling for a rediscovery of the beauty of Christian family life and the transforming power of the Gospel.Expressing deep reservations over certain synodal procedures, Cardinal Robert Sarah advised the body to “help the Holy Father to enunciate clearly certain truths and useful guidance on a global level,” as “gender ideology and ISIS” spread across the globe assailing humanity from opposite poles: “On the one hand, the idolatry of Western freedom; on the other, Islamic fundamentalism: atheistic secularism versus religious fanaticism.”Cardinal Sarah serves as the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and...
  • Our Lady of Fatima Her Prophecies and Warnings Remain as Essential as Ever!

    10/13/2015 8:08:21 AM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-12-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Our Lady of Fatima – Her Prophecies and Warnings Remain as Essential as Ever! Msgr. Charles Pope • October 12, 2015 • This week on October 13 and 14th I am in Fatima. Such a profound apparition occurred there, and so accurately prophetic of our times!Our Lady’s warnings of the consequences if we did not pray and convert have proven to be sadly accurate. She warned of another, more terrible war (World War II). She spoke of great lights in the sky that would serve as a final warning before the terrible war. (They appeared all over Europe just before...
  • Uproar After Pope Calls Chilean Bishops Critics Dumb

    10/13/2015 7:31:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | October 12, 2015 | Christine Niles
    There's been an uproar in Chile ever since Pope Francis called critics of a controversial Chilean bishop "dumb." Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, appointed by Pope Francis early this year to head the diocese of Osorno, Chile, has been dogged by controversy for allegedly covering up sex abuse by priest-friend Francisco Karadima 20 years ago. Madrid has repeatedly denied the charges, and Pope Francis came to his defense back in May when he called the protestors in Osorno "dumb" and "led by the nose by the leftists who orchestrated all of this." The video was obtained by a Chilean TV station...
  • Remains of St. Maria Goretti, Youngest Catholic Saint, Arrive in Chicago

    10/13/2015 6:17:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/13/15 | Grace Wong
    Welcomed by crowds of teary-eyed faithful, the remains of St. Maria Goretti, the youngest saint canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, arrived in Chicago at dawn Monday, with law enforcement officers serving as pallbearers for the young saint's glass casket. "Just to see that moment of her convoy pulling up and to see people's reactions to that, really ecstatic. I think words like 'awe,' 'amazement' and 'beauty' best describe what people were experiencing at that moment," said the Rev. Joshua Caswell, a member of the Canons Regular, the religious order that runs St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St. Revered...
  • Cardinal Dew on 'Intrinsically Disordered'

    10/13/2015 5:44:06 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    Fr Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/13/15 | Fr. Ray Blake
    Dear Cardinal Dew here, not speaking about the family but the favourite of many senior clergy: homosexuality. No wonder Cardinal Dolan says the traditional family is today an excluded minority, even in the Church. Anyhow Dew is uncomfortable with the phrase 'intrinsically disordered', he wants us to find a new way of expressing something which 'even if there is something which is against Church teaching we put it in such a way that is friendly to them...'. The problem is the Cardinal is confused, the Church is not speaking about homosexual persons but genital acts, which is Church politely, trying...
  • How the Shadow Council is Trying to Influence the Synod on the Family

    10/13/2015 3:25:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/13/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    When the first weeks reports of the 13 small groups at the Synod on the Family were released on Friday, the influence of those who participated in Mays Shadow Council could be discerned in the report of the German-speaking group. The secretive May meeting was organized by the German, French, and Swiss bishops conferences; and while nearly all of the small groups strongly criticized the synods instrumentum laboris, or working document, the German report is different, as it praises the working document for both its method and contents. The three French speaking groups have a more nuanced approach to the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-13-15, OM, St. Edward the Confessor

    10/12/2015 9:31:36 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies ^ | 10-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 13, 2015 Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 1:16-25 Brothers and sisters:I am not ashamed of the Gospel.It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:for Jew first, and then Greek.For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith;as it is written, The one who is righteous by faith will live. The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heavenagainst every impiety and wickednessof those who suppress the truth by their wickedness.For what can be known about God is evident to them,because God made...
  • Cardinal Burke: Synods Originally Meant to Preserve and Strengthen Doctrine and Discipline

    10/12/2015 8:39:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/12/15 | Edward Pentin
    In the face of concerns that after the Synod on the Family pastoral innovations could be introduced that are inconsistent with Church doctrine and thereby foster disunity in the Church, its worth recalling a speech Cardinal Raymond Burke made in Rome shortly before the current synod got underway.
  • What Does a German Catholic Schism Look Like?

    10/12/2015 7:07:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | 10/12/15 | Fr Dwight Longenecker
    Some observers of the Synod on the Family taking place in Rome predict that if the Liberal German Cardinals dont get their way that they will do what they want anyway. Fast emerging as one of the sharpest Vatican reporters, Edward Pentin noted here that the German cardinals plan to publish their own pastoral document after the synod. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said theological questions regarding marriage, the family and sexual morality could not be answered during the three weeks of the synod.He said he hopes the synod will result in a further discussion and said that it must find a...
  • Polish Bshps explain why "remarried" divorcees will never be able to licitly receive Holy Communion

    10/12/2015 7:03:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    Since the very first year of Rorate, we have covered the persistent wave of those prelates who have tried to use the cover of "mercy" to push for sacrilege (in the name of reception of Holy Communion by civilly "remarried" divorcees). Naturally, at that time we did not expect we would ever reach an age where support for the idea would come from the very highest level of the hierarchy. Thankfully, Catholic Poland does not disappoint. In his intervention on the matter, made Saturday in the Synod Hall, and made public this Monday, the President of the Polish Bishops' Conference...
  • Archbishop Flp Kocsis: Synod must name Satan as source of attacks on family

    10/12/2015 6:59:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Voice of the Family is honoured to make available to the public this English translation of the intervention made to the Ordinary Synod by Archbishop Flp Kocsis, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Hajddorog.I am focusing my observation on paragraph 8 of chapter 1, but in truth I sense a general deficiency in the text as a whole, the lack of something that should penetrate our vision regarding these themes. For this reason, I could still indicate all of the paragraphs that, analyzing the contemporary situation, speak of a changed society and epoch, calling these difficulties which have appeared in...
  • Highlights from the First Week of the Synod on the Family

    10/12/2015 6:40:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five | October 12, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The first week of the Synod on the Family is over. Much has transpired in one week and it is easy for noteworthy events to get lost in the barrage of news reports issued over the last week. For this reason, it might be helpful to recap the highlights of what has transpired. The Erdo Affair On the first day of the synod, Cardinal Erdo delivered a speech affirming the churchs teachings on marriage and attempting to put a stop to the Kasper Proposal, saying: The integration of the divorced and remarried in the ecclesial community can be realized in...
  • Cardinal Pell: no possibility of liberals getting their way on Communion for divorced and re...

    10/12/2015 6:39:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 10/12/15 | Damian Thompson
    Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Vaticans Secretariat for the Economy, has just issued a statement saying there is no possibility that the minority of Synod Fathers who favour allowing divorced and remarried people to receive Communion will get their way at the chaotic Synod on the Family.His spokesman said: There is strong agreement in the Synod on most points but obviously there is some disagreement because minority elements want to change the Churchs teachings on the proper dispositions necessary for the reception of communion.Obviously there is no possibility of change on this doctrine.The cardinal confirmed the existence (but not...
  • Universal Call to Prayer - Join us October 13! [Catholic Caucus]

    10/12/2015 6:07:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    On October 13, 2015 - the 98th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, Our Ladys sixth apparition at Fatima - join us in praying a Rosary for the bishops attending the Synod, for the conversion of sinners and the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We plan to pray this Rosary kneeling in Saint Peters Square at the same hour as Our Ladys Fatima apparition took place, which is 12 noon Portugal time, 1:00 pm Rome, Italy time. We believe our prayers united with those of supporters around the world on this day honoring Our Lady...
  • Contrast: Why Doesnt Pope Francis Talk Like This?

    10/12/2015 5:58:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/12/15 | John Vennari
    A primary error promoted via the 2015 Synod is the alleged separation of Catholic doctrine from pastoral practice. This dangerous notion is crystallized in Cardinal Walter Kaspers radical proposal that would allow divorced and remarried Catholics to embark on an undefined period of penance, after which they would be readmitted to the Sacraments while remaining in their adulterous union. Such a proposal manifests a profound malady of intellect. It is also bereft of a Catholic understanding of mortal sin, sanctifying grace, the sacraments and marriage itself. Over the past year, a number of right-thinking prelates have stood up to oppose...
  • France Will Not Name New Ambassador to the Holy See After Nomination Stalemate

    10/12/2015 2:47:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The French government has chosen not to name a new ambassador to the Holy See, after the Vatican declined to accept the nomination of Laurent Stefanini. The government of France put forward Stefaninis name in January. The Vatican did not formally respond, but after weeks of silence it became evident that the Holy See did not approve the nomination. (Under ordinary diplomatic protocol, a country is not required to accept an ambassador, and no explanation is required.) Nevertheless Francis refused to withdraw Stefaninis name. Media reports in France suggested that the nomination was not approved because Stefanini is homosexual. But...
  • Its Not Just The Church That Is Being Sovietized

    10/12/2015 2:30:48 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    The Deus Ex Machina Blog ^ | 10/10/15 | S. Armaticus
    Today we go big picture and present a re-blog of a post that appeared on the Zero Hedge website. The post is a brief summary of an interview that Alex Jones did with Matt Drudge. The reason that I am bringing it to your attention is that it represents another bad omen for His creation, i.e. the FAITHFUL. (see original ZH post here and Jones interview below) Now that you have seen the interview, I am bringing this issue to your attention to illustrate the sheer SCOPE of the CLAMPDOWN that is PRESENTLY taking place with respect to the DISSEMINATION...
  • Synod Showdown ReportOctober 12, 2015

    10/12/2015 1:48:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/12/15 | Michael Voris
    When we considered the news that broke earlier this morning in the Italian media about a letter written and signed by somewhere between 10 to 13 cardinals presented to the Holy Father last month, we knew that today's daily press briefing was going to be quite the show. First of all, here's the great controversy. This is the Instrumentum Laboris. It's the very lengthy document gleaned together from the end of last year's Synod, the Relatio, the last one there, plus all kinds of stuff added into this in the intervening year. This letter, signed by quite a number of...
  • Synod notes Status quaestionis after Week 1

    10/12/2015 1:46:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 10/12/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    The on-again, off-again status of a Final Report is still up in the air. However, today it was announced that there will be a Final Report. So, we are on again. UPDATE: HEREAlso, concerning the 13 Cardinals Letter, as I understand things now, Tornielli broke the news. Sandro Magister had a source for the text but without names. He got names from someone else, but made a few mistakes and/or used information that was not verified. So, some names of Cardinals are right, some are wrong.___ ORIGINAL Published on: Oct 12, 2015 @ 12:06You should start with Andrea Gagliarduccis wrap...
  • Holy Tunic of Argenteuil, Seamless Garment, To Be Displayed in 2016

    10/12/2015 1:16:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 95 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 12, 2015 | ELIZABETH SCALIA
    In honor of the Year of Mercy decreed by Pope Francis — which begins on December 8, 2015 — Stanislas LaLanne, Bishop of Pontoise and “Guardian of the Holy Tunic” has announced that the Holy Tunic of Argenteuil – purported to be the seamless garment worn by Christ on Calvary – will be exhibited to the public for a very brief time: from March 25 to April 10, 2016.This tunic was originally documented as being seamless and of-a-piece, fitting the description found in the Gospel according to John (Jn 19:23-24):“When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes...
  • Archbishop Chaput to Synod: We Need to Call People to Grace, Not Confirm Them in their Errors

    10/12/2015 12:54:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 10, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — Speculation has been swirling about what’s happening — and what might happen — in the synod discussions currently underway behind closed doors in the Vatican.In the past, the prepared statements of the synod fathers — known as “interventions” — were made public and participants’ names identified. But with changes now introduced into the synod process, the 3-minute interventions are no longer being released by synod organizers.A synod father is permitted to make public their own intervention, though he may not release those of other participants.Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has released the intervention he delivered this week, providing valuable insight...
  • Syrian Priest Abducted by ISIS is Free, Celebrates First Mass

    10/12/2015 12:44:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 11, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A well-known and influential Syrian priest who was kidnapped by the Islamic State group five months ago has been released, according to a Swiss group supporting his and a related monastery.Father Jacques Mourad, a Syriac Catholic priest and former prior of the St. Elian Monastery (Mar Elian) in Quaryatayn, is in the province of Homs, according to Nadia Braendle, who operates the Friends of Mar Moussa, an initiative supporting the “parent monastery” of Mar Elyan.Agence France-Presse also reported his release, quoting an unnamed Church source saying that Father Mourad is in the village of Zaydal, about three miles from the city of...
  • Get Out of the Water!

    10/12/2015 12:31:55 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    What's Up With the Synod? ^ | 10/12/15 | Laurence England
    Laurence asks out loud, perhaps for the first time, though I bet not the last: Given that you all are clearly being used to further an anti-Christian agenda, perhaps its time to consider shaking the dust off their feet and leaving the Synod Hall. Theyre not going to let you vote? Vote with your feet. Send a message that this bad pope and his cronies arent the whole Church, and that you will not be manipulated to oppose the Faith of Christ. Faithful Bishops, shepherds of Christs flock: LEAVE THE SYNOD! GET OUT OF THE WATER! GET OUT NOW! Theres...
  • Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus (Requested by Cardinal Burke for the 2014 Synod)

    10/12/2015 12:31:24 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | October 15, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    (Taken from both Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus: Roman Catholic Man and Chaplet or Crown of the Holy Face: The chaplet has for its object the honoring of the five senses of our Lord Jesus Christ and of entreating God for the triumph of His Church. The chaplet is composed of a cross, 39 beads, six of which are large, and 33 of which are small. The 33 small beads represent the 33 years of the mortal life of our Lord. The first 30 recall to mind the 30 years of His private life, and are divided...
  • The Papal Elephant in the Kasperite Drawing Room

    10/12/2015 12:22:25 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    What's Up With the Synod? ^ | 10/12/15 | Jeanne Smits
    We can be confident in assuming that Pope Francis is in favor of finding a way to administer Holy Communion to those divorced, remarried, or actively homosexual. He would be in favor of either changing Church teaching or changing Church practice, i.e. finding a loophole in which he doesnt have to promote heresy via a declaration, but rather, showing a false sense of mercy towards the sinner. How can I be so certain that he wants to defy Christs teaching? Simple. Cardinal Kasper said so. Cardinal Kasper, much like a priest exorcising a brand new baby in the old form...
  • Leading cardinals confront Pope Francis over manipulation of Synod

    10/12/2015 11:59:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 12, 2015
    UPDATE 10/12/15 at 2:11 EST: A spokesperson for Cardinal Pell has issued a statement saying that "a private letter should remain private," and added that "there are errors in both the content and the list of signatories." However, he has confirmed that "concerns remain among many of the Synod Fathers about the composition of the drafting committee of the final relatio and about the process by which it will be presented to the Synod fathers and voted upon." He also said that "obviously there is some disagreement because minority elements want to change the Church's teachings on the proper dispositions necessary...
  • Vatican revokes Catholic priests press credentials after he challenged archbishop

    10/12/2015 9:43:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Patrick B Craine
    Amid continuing concern about the Vatican press offices manipulation of the family synods message, a priest who has been covering Vatican news for over 15 years had his credentials revoked last week, and was told to leave the premises immediately. The revocation came after he had challenged an archbishop following the October 6 press conference over comments claiming that allowing Communion for the divorced and remarried is up for debate. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher made the comments in response to a reporters question about whether the matter pertained to Church discipline which could potentially change or doctrine, which is...
  • Archbishop Chaput Warns About Dangers of Devolution to National Bishops Conferences

    10/12/2015 8:36:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/11/15 | CNA/EWTN
    Brothers, we need to be very cautious in devolving important disciplinary and doctrinal issues to national and regional episcopal conferences, he told his fellow family synod fathers on Saturday.VATICAN CITY Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke to the synod fathers on Saturday on the importance of precision in language, particularly regarding unity in diversity, and recalled the Protestant Reformation. Imprecise language leads to confused thinking, the archbishop said Oct. 10 at the Vatican, giving two examples that should cause us some concern: inclusive and unity in diversity. Regarding the oft-used expression unity in diversity, he noted that we need...
  • Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever A Reflection on a Serious Problem

    10/12/2015 8:32:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 154 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Men Are More Disinclined to Marry Than Ever – A Reflection on a Serious Problem Msgr. Charles Pope • October 11, 2015 • A 2012 report on men and marriage by the Pew Research Center shows statistically what many of us have noticed anecdotally: men are finding marriage less desirable than in the past and are now marrying later, if at all.In today’s post I want to present some excerpts from a hard-hitting article that appeared at Lifesite News in 2013, commenting on the Pew study. The full article can be read here: Men Giving Up on Marriage.As usual, I...
  • Crisis for Pope Francis as top-level cardinals tell him: your synod could lead to ...

    10/12/2015 6:59:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 12, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    A group of cardinals including some of the most powerful figures in the Catholic Church have written to Pope Francis telling him that his Synod on the Family, now meeting in Rome, has gone badly off the rails and could cause the church to collapse.
  • Cardinal Letter Rejected by Pope - Plus, Pell Appeal Ignored

    10/12/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    The letter was signed by Cardinals Caffarra (Bologna), Collins (Toronto), Dolan (New York), Eijk (Utrecht), Erd (Esztergom-Budapest, president of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe and Synod Relator-General), Mller (Prefect of Doctrine for the Faith), Napier (Durban, President-Delegate), Pell (Secretary for the Economy), Piacenza (Penitentiary Major)*, Sarah (Prefect of Divine Worship), Scola (Milan*), Urosa (Caracas), Vingt-Trois (Paris, President-Delegate *). The text was the following: Your Holiness, As the Synod on the Family begins, and with a desire to see it fruitfully serve the Church and your ministry, we respectfully ask you to consider a number of concerns we...

    Mass is over. Jesus Christ and I are alone together. Just "All by Ourselves". If I can, I will always remain after Mass and make a good Thanksgiving. This maybe my last Communion; I will make it my best. This maybe my last Thanksgiving; I will make it my best. Thanks to others always, but always thanks to God; and with all my heart- these few are precious moments. "Jesus Christ, I believe that you are my God. I believe that I have received your Body, your Blood, Your Soul, and Your Divinity. You are my Creator, My Redeemer, My...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-12-15

    10/11/2015 9:12:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 10-12-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 12, 2015 Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Rom 1:1-7 Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh, but established as Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith,for the sake of his name, among...
  • Il Folgio on Middle Eastern Catholic Bishops' Support for Russian Intervention in Syria

    10/11/2015 8:37:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Notes on Arab Orthodoxy ^ | 10-11-2015 | Matteo Matzuzzi
    Italian original here or here. The Middle Eastern Bishops Deployed with Putin: A Problem for the Vatican by Matteo Matzuzzi In an interview with Swiss television, the Melkite Greek-Catholic archbishop of Aleppo, Jean-Clment Jeanbart, praised Vladimir Putin's military action in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Asad. As he explained it, the Kremlin's escalation "is a source of hope for the country's Christians." Putin, in the opinion of the bishop, "serves the Christian cause" and the presence of Russian troops in support of Damascus represents "renewed confidence" for the entire non-Muslim community in the region. The Russian president "is solving the...
  • Synod Manipulators Reach New Low: Silencing the victims -- then taunting and bullying them

    10/11/2015 7:58:39 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/11/15
    Isn't this "the age of the laity"?... Yet, if the laity, the faithful laity -- the laity who believe in what Christ and His Church have always taught about the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Family, Penance, the Blessed Sacrament -- want a little tiny bit of more information from what these hyperclericalist Modernists are trying to manipulate behind closed doors at the Synod, and they find the occasional ally at the occasional good and faithful bishop, then they are humiliated. Take the example of the poor President of the Bishops' Conference of Poland, Archbishop Gadecki, who tried to provide to...
  • Cardinal: There is a lot of talk about compassision, ... But without truth, we are way off course.

    10/11/2015 6:26:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | Daniele Sebastianelli
    Faced with the crisis in marriage and the family, answers can only come from the certitudes of the faith. This was affirmed by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, President emeritus of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See, when he intervened at the Meeting Marriage and the Family. Between Praxis and Dogma in the Church, organized by the Lepanto Foundation and the Association Famiglia Domani which took place on the 10th of October in Rome at the Sala S. Pio X, Via dellOspedale. Among those participating were Monsignor Antonio Livi, Professor Roberto de Mattei and Professor Giovanni Turco. There...
  • Disunity in the Church is perilous, Archbishop Chaput cautions at synod

    10/11/2015 5:27:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 10/11/15
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke to the synod fathers on Saturday on the importance of precision in language, particularly regarding unity in diversity, and recalled the Protestant Reformation. Imprecise language leads to confused thinking, the archbishop said Oct. 10 at the Vatican, giving two examples that should cause us some concern: 'inclusive' and 'unity in diversity'. Regarding the oft-used expression unity in diversity, he noted that we need to honor the many differences in personality and culture that exist among the faithful. But we live in a time of intense global change, confusion and unrest. Our most urgent need...

    10/11/2015 4:51:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 11, 2015
    Last week cardinals and bishops attending the Ordinary Synod on the Family separated into thirteen small groups to discuss the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris and propose amendments to the document. The reports of their work, made public yesterday, reveal a striking failure to protect the family from the serious threats contained within the first part of this heterodox preparatory document. It is important to note that these reports are not the only documents that will be submitted to the commission that will write the final report of the synod (if such a report is written). The small groups...
  • Kenyas cardinal determined to be in the thick of the synod action

    10/11/2015 4:43:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Crux News ^ | October 10, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    As a young man, Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya, became adept at both boxing and karate. He says those skills in the martial arts are still very useful for me, especially when I am provoked. Njue, 71, is taking part in the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family, and while hes not throwing any literal punches, hes brought the same fighting spirit to this gathering of 270 bishops from around the world. Here, for example, is Njues take on calls at the synod for a more compassionate approach to gays and lesbians. It is there in the...
  • Stalin Is Running The Synod

    10/11/2015 2:23:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Munabor's Blog ^ | October 10, 2015 | Mundabor
    An article here gets, I think, some things very right. There can be no talk of conspiracy in the proper sense of the word, because the rules have been made known publicly and the criticism to them was public, too. So much so, that no one trusts those (and particularly one) who report about the synod. It is also true that, in the end, the Pope decides what he wants to adopt from what he has heard in a synod. He is the Pope; therefore, he and no one else bears the responsibility for where he steers the Church. He...
  • The Impractical Catholics Guide to Infallibility

    10/11/2015 12:22:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 168 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 10, 2015 | Anthony S. Layne
    There are two common and distinct approaches to the question of the infallibility of the Churchs teaching authority. Non-Catholics deny that any human person or institution can be infallible in any meaningful way. Many Catholics, by contrast, hold that the Church can and does teach infallibly on matters pertaining to faith and morals except when she teaches something they dont want to believe.Infallibility is at the same time one of the most controversial and least understood dogmas of the Catholic Church. Even people who do understand infallibility argue over what teachings it covers and doesnt cover, while others...
  • Power in the (Catholic) Church? Women Have Always Had It

    10/11/2015 12:00:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 60 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 10, 2015 | ELIZABETH SCALIA
    New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd took the occasion of his triumphant visits to Cuba and the United States to refer to His Holiness as “the perfect 19th-century pope”, largely because he seems disinterested in creating female priests.In her piece, Dowd’s assertions often lack context and the column itself is not particularly interesting, but it was a welcome one, nevertheless, because it allows us to consider how the Catholic Church, more than any other institutional body in history, has uplifted women and encouraged them to live to their highest potential.Yes, a very sound argument can be made that the...
  • MASONS&VATICAN: Synod Fathers believe the spirit of "the illuminati" is in the Instrumentum Laboris

    10/11/2015 11:53:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | Toronto Catholic
    I can now report that during the Morning Session discussions of Group A (Italicus) on October 8th, 2015, the influence of Freemasonry was raised. The incident was recorded by Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on his blog. The fact that Synod Fathers are raising the issue of Freemasonry helps explain the blasphemies, the heresies, the cloud of dark confusion and evil that surrounds the machinations of a group of churchmen intent on overturning the unchangeable teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Holy Matrimony and human sexuality. Specifically, Archbishop Gadecki noted that there were Synod Fathers in Italicus A who were concerned...
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB - "Basilian deacon puts sharing at forefront of religious aims"

    10/11/2015 11:05:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Saturday Windsor Star via Vox Cantoris | January 18, 1986 | Marty Gervais
    Basilian Deacon puts sharing at forefront of religious aims THE WORD Thomas Rosica repeats over and over again is scandalous. Hes referring to the way in which churches tend to remain segregated, isolated, interested in their own. If you spend any time talking to Rosica, he will tell you just how frustrated he gets when he hears how Roman Catholic priests speak in such chauvinistic ways about salvation in the Catholic Church. He doesnt even like it when they refer to themselves as Catholics, when the word Christian would not only have been good enough, but preferable. Its not that...
  • Priest-theologian: if worst-case scenario at synod occurs, Catholics must resist changes

    10/11/2015 10:35:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 10, 2015 | Matt Abbott
    I asked Father Brian Harrison, a priest of the Society of the Oblates of Wisdom and an emeritus professor of theology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, the following questions: If the worst-case scenario comes to pass in regard to the synod, what are we to think of magisterial teaching? Would we have to accept the changes as a form of doctrinal development as with Vatican II? Father Harrison's response is as follows: First of all, the synod itself is not a magisterial body. If it votes (heaven forbid!) to authorize Communion for the divorced and...
  • Starting Again from Zero? Why Modernist Architecture is Not Suitable for the Liturgy

    10/11/2015 8:20:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Institute for Sacred Architecture ^ | 10/10/15 | Ciro Lomonte
    Ronchamp When, in 1955, the veil was lifted from the church of Ronchamp after five years of construction, the first reaction of the international architecture establishment was one of entire bewilderment. The man who had become the symbol of rationalist architecture, he who had defined the house as a machine for dwelling and had projected enormous buildings for thousands of peoplethus eradicating, so to say, the wisdom of the European city that had matured for centuries; he, Le Corbusier, now overturned his whole argument without previous alert, in a single subversive gesture that seemed to contradict all that he had...
  • African Bishop: Be Careful With These New Teachings Coming into the Church

    10/11/2015 8:10:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/11/15 | Matthew Pearson
    In August, African cardinal Robert Sarah emphasized strongly his unwielding confidence in the African Church to save the family. I have absolute confidence in the faith of the African people, and I am sure Africa will save the family. Africa saved the Holy Family (during the Flight to Egypt) and in these modern times Africa will also save the human family. Two months later in Rome, during the first week of discussions at the Synod on the Family, Liberian bishop Anthony Borwah is echoing those same sentiments in response to rhetoric about homosexuality and same-sex "marriage" being accepted by the...
  • What Does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/11/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 10, 2015 • Today’s gospel reading invites us to wrestle with fundamental, essential, and focal questions, “What does heaven cost?” and “Am I willing to pay it?”I. Problematic Pondering – A man asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Though his question is a good one, it is problematic because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. He wonders what he himself must do to attain eternal life.The problem is,...