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  • 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 Theres No Doctrinal Confusion Over Amoris[Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 3:43:03 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | February 21, 2017 | Ins San Martn
    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...
  • How Christian Are the Trumps?

    02/22/2017 2:10:13 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 63 replies
    Cathoic Herald ^ | January 21, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Donald and Melania Trump are Christians who seem to occupy a grey area between churches. At Donald Trumps recent rally in Florida, Mrs Trump was at his side and at one point led the audience in the recitation of the Our Father. This strikes me as unusual, given the American obsession with the so called separation between Church and State. I am guessing that most people at the rally, including the Donald, were delighted, and most of anti-Trump America would have had their prejudices confirmed. Prayer has long been a bone of contention in America. Prayers are banned in American...
  • 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...
  • Populism is Fuelling Rejection of Migrants, Says Pope

    02/21/2017 6:44:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 41 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 todays 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...
  • House Hearing on Religious Liberty in US

    02/21/2017 6:39:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The House Judiciary Committees Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on the state of religious liberty in America. Four people offered testimony at the February 16 hearing: * Kimberlee Colby, director, Center for Law & Religious Freedom * Hannah Smith, senior counsel, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty * Rabbi David Saperstein, former United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom * Casey Mattox, senior counsel, Alliance Defending FreedomColby, Smith, and Mattox expressed concern at developments that have taken place in recent years, while Saperstein (an Obama administration appointee) worried that religious liberty may be used to excuse...
  • 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 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...
  • Vandals target Charlotte church that welcomes LGBTQ community

    02/21/2017 10:58:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    wsoctv ^ | Feb. 18, 2017 | DaShawn Brown
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thieves broke into Caldwell Presbyterian Church on East Fifth Street in Charlotte late Wednesday and vandalized a painting with Scripture that targets homosexuality. Church members called it a personal attack on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The church embraces its call to be a diverse, progressive and mission-oriented congregation centered on justice and advocacy, according to its website.
  • Local Jesus statue decapitated twice in two weeks

    02/21/2017 10:44:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    fox59 ^ | Feb. 21, 2017 | Zach Myers
    NDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- For the second time in two weeks, members of a church on the south side of Indianapolis have found their Jesus statue vandalized, giving it the appearance of being beheaded. It makes me sad that somebody would do something like that, said Pastor Brad Flaskamp. I was hoping it was just a random act to destroy it in the first place.
  • Trump to issue Magna Carta of religious liberty

    02/21/2017 9:56:07 AM PST · by V K Lee · 31 replies ^ | 2/3/17 | Bryan Fischer
    According to a left-wing website, The Nation, the president is circulating a draft of an executive order on religious liberty that will bring civil rights protections for Christians into the 21st century. Its stated purpose is "to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious freedom of persons and organizations in America." Christian organizations include even "closely held for-profit corporations, operated for a religious purpose, even if its purpose is not exclusively religious." It is a perfectly appropriate executive order because it is a directive from the head of the executive branch, the president,...
  • The Arab ("Palestinian") Israeli conflict is ALL about Arab Islamic racism, bigotry

    02/21/2017 4:16:29 AM PST · by FreedomUS · 4 replies
    Here is an example. El Shehaby, blue, declines to shake hands with Israel's Or Sasson, white, after losing during the men's over-100-kg judo contest in Rio.Mark Schreiber, AP What the Olympics Say About Arab Racism Refusing to shake Or Sasson's hand was a manifestation of anti-Israel racism in the Arab world, with big implications for our place in the Middle East. David Rosenberg 16.08.2016 | 21:14 Israel can take some consolation from the official tut-tuts that followedEgyptian judoka Islam el-Shehaby It's not about "settlements" Mr Obama!
  • 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 its 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...
  • Maltas 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 countrys 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 Sciclunas 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 Fathers... 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...
  • Vigan, 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 Vigan, 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 Vigan.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 Franciss visit to Roma Tre University the 3rd public university in Rome took place almost nine years after Pope Benedict XVIs 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....
  • 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. . . ....
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/20/17 [Prayer]

    02/19/2017 11:14:00 PM PST · by · 43 replies
    prayer intercessors ^ | February 20, 2017 |
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and our nation to return to serve the Lord: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update February 19th, 2017

    02/19/2017 2:30:49 PM PST · by Lera · 22 replies
    Calvary Chapel Kaneohe ^ | 2/19/17 | JD Farag
    Pastor J.D. talks about how the stunning news that came out of the meeting and the subsequent press conference with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu.
  • Destroy the Johnson Amendment? Trumps Rhetoric Meets Reality

    02/19/2017 2:23:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | February 18, 2017 | David Gibson
    Catholic Church to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Mormons, specifically bar or strongly discourage their clergy and churches from endorsing or campaigning for candidates. Any change to the Johnson Amendment wouldn’t affect those strictures. Expanding religious freedom is a defining issue for religious conservatives who propelled President Trump to the White House, and the centerpiece of Trump’s religious freedom agenda is ending the 1950s-era law that says houses of worship can lose their tax-exempt status if they engage in partisan campaigning.Indeed, Trump won’t just overturn that ban — known as the Johnson Amendment — but, as he...
  • Cardinal Burke Denies Mission in Guam Is a Punishment [Catholic Caucus]

    02/19/2017 2:21:22 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | February 18, 2017 | Crux Staff
    Some have interpreted the decision to send American Cardinal Raymond Burke to Guam to preside over a sexual abuse trial as a punishment for the outspoken prelate, but Burke has denied that interpretation in a new interview with Italian TV. When American Cardinal Raymond Burke was recently dispatched to Guam to preside over a Church trial for an archbishop accused of abusing altar boys in the 1970s, some were inclined to interpret the move as a sort of exile.Burke, a former president of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vaticans Supreme Court, is well known as the perceived face of conservative opposition...
  • On Parish Visit, Pope Says Vendetta and Rancor Arent Christian (Another HYPOCRITE alert)

    02/19/2017 2:16:29 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    Crux ^ | February 19, 2017 | Crux Staff
    In his first visit to a Roman parish since posters went up around town on Feb. 4 charging that the pontiff lacks mercy, Pope Francis on Sunday insisted that pursuing a vendetta and talking behind peoples backs is not Christian, urging believers to pray for people who dont like them.The path to holiness, Francis said in an improvised homily, means first of all, dont resist evil, and dont go on a vendetta this is not Christian.Dont give in to rancor, though that can be almost impossible, Francis said. Forget offenses, and when youre struck on one cheek, offer the...
  • 2017 02 19 John Haller's Prophecy Update "World Turned Upside Down" (video)

    02/19/2017 2:14:01 PM PST · by Lera · 3 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | 2/19/17 | John Haller
    video at link
  • Knights of Malta Preparing for Shake-up as Lack of Suitable Nobility Puts Leadership in Doubt(Burke)

    02/19/2017 2:04:19 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    The Tablet ^ | February 17, 2017 | Christopher Lamb
    Under current rules new leader of Knights must be able to prove a noble line at least 150 years old. The Knights of Malta interim leader has said the group is preparing for sweeping internal reforms which would scrap the requirement that the order’s Grand Master show he is of "noble birth" while introducing an age limit for the post holder.Ludwig von Hoffman-Rummerstein, an Austrian, has taken charge of the knights following the resignation of Matthew Festing, who stepped down following a bitter public battle with the Vatican. The 80-year-old knight told Austrian newspaper “Der Standard” that current rules requiring the...
  • Who Is Trolling the Pope? (hit piece on Cdl. Burke)

    02/19/2017 1:58:42 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | February 18, 2017 | Christopher Lamb
    While Francis enjoys huge popularity among many ordinary Catholics he's facing resistance to his shake-up of the Vatican and he's infuriating believers from the Church's more traditional wing...The Pope has admitted that "cracks" are appearing between bishops and priestsRaymond Burkeappears to be on the other side of the argumenta stickler for the rules...believes this Pope is tinkering dangerously with Christianity's 2,000-year-old tradition and has even threatened to issue an "act of correction" against Francis...he runs his operation for promoting what he calls "doctrinal clarity" a large flat just off the grand thoroughfare built by Mussolini...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/19/17 [Prayer]

    02/19/2017 3:07:17 AM PST · by SisterK · 42 replies
    Free Republic ^ | February 19, 2017 | prayer intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Cardinal Burke Firmly Rejects Account by Order of Maltas Acting Head

    02/19/2017 1:18:19 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 18, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The account given by Fra Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein is not accurate. I had no authority to ask the Grand Chancellor to resign. I simply stated that the person who knowingly permitted the distribution of contraceptives in the Orders works should take responsibility, and then the Grand Master once again asked the Grand Chancellor to resign which he refused to do. Then the Grand Master proceeded to his dismissal without my involvement at all. The account of the Grand Master and myself stands. To be frank, I am stunned by what Hoffmann von Rumerstein states in the article. I consider...
  • Why Are Christian Women Watching 'Fifty Shades Darker'?

    02/18/2017 12:32:39 PM PST · by metmom · 135 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized. When the Holy Spirit no longer fills hearts and minds with a passion for purity and holiness, there is a general lack of conviction. Compromise in this area can be well-illustrated through a story I heard years ago. Eskimos in the barren North often kill wolves by taking a razor-sharp knife and dipping it in blood. They allow the blood to freeze to the blade. Then they bury the handle of the knife in the snow with the blade exposed. As the wolf begins to lick the blade, his tongue becomes...
  • Vatican-sponsored conference criticizes Trump orders (A million illegals just in Los Angeles?)

    02/18/2017 12:35:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | February 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    MODESTO, Calif. (AP) Speakers at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Northern California including an archbishop denounced President Donald Trumps orders on immigration and travel and vowed to fight them at a meeting Friday. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said President Barack Obama deported a high number of people, but the harsh tone and cruelty coming out of the new administration was prompting mass fear and panic. Theyre playing with peoples emotions and toying with their lives and futures, and that is not right, said Gomez, who noted his city has an estimated 1 million people who are living...
  • Pope Francis: Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist

    02/17/2017 6:11:23 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that the ecological crisis is real. Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist, Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
  • When Cardinals Clash [Cataholic Caucus]

    02/17/2017 3:58:26 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 16, 2017 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Article referenced in It gives the feeling of a schism: EWTN panel analyzes current disaster in the Church posted by NYer. It was easily predictable that the Amoris Laetitia (particularly footnote 351), would lead to jarring assaults on the Churchs doctrinal unity even by some of the Churchs own shepherds. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, has just joined the ranks of prelates who say that Pope Francis has authorized giving Holy Communion to those in adulterous second marriages. Coccopalmerio even extends this permission to others living in sexual relationships apart from marriage in...
  • It gives the feeling of a schism: EWTN panel analyzes current disaster in the Church

    02/17/2017 3:22:32 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 17, 2017
    February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – On Thursday, Raymond Arroyo, canon laywer Father Gerald Murray, and The Catholic Thing's Robert Royal presented a somber analysis of the confusion caused by Amoris Laetitia. Arroyo featured Murray and Royal as guests on his EWTN show The World Over, where the three discussed the "odd" move of the pope's nine advisors pledging their allegiance to him this week. "This highly unusual vote of confidence comes at a serious time, a time of tension at the Vatican as major concerns are being raised about the direction of papal teaching and curial reform," said Arroyo. "I’ve never seen anything...
  • No Authority Over Divine Law [Catholic Caucus]

    02/17/2017 1:12:15 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | February 16, 2017 | J. D. Flynn
    In his column this week, George Weigel writes that it cannot be the case that a grave sin in Poland is a source of grace two kilometers across the border in Germany. The point is that the Church is universal, and ecclesial division ruptures our communion with Christ. There is only one problem with the argument: What is a grave sin in one place can, most certainly, be an occasion of grace in another.St. Patricks Day, the great high feast of Irish-Catholic Americans, falls on a Lenten Friday this year. On such Fridays, Catholics are obliged to abstain from...
  • Cardinal Burke Urges Massive U.S. Crowd to Defend Faith Amid Church Confusion

    02/17/2017 12:36:48 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | February 17, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    LENEXA, Kansas, February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The façade of Cardinal Raymond Burke as a boogeyman of tradition projected by his critics and the media was nowhere to be found last Friday when he gave his usual clear witness to the Catholic faith before an overflow crowd in the Kansas City area. Cardinal Burke delivered a stirring, clear message on defending the Catholic faith amid the current confusion in the Church that was embraced with resounding gratitude by more than 1,500 who flocked to St. James Catholic Academy. Many had come from various parts of Kansas and surrounding states...
  • Pope Francis Has Removed Every Single Member of the Vatican Pro-life Academy

    02/17/2017 12:31:04 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | February 17, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    Additional detail to OnePeterFive's article posted by ebb tide on the 9th at The Pontifical Academy for Life Currently Has No Members [Catholic Caucus] . February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Pontifical Academy for Life, long a bastion of orthodoxy within the Vatican, now has no members and is effectively shut down after Pope Francis’ recent reform of the institution. The pope issued new statutes for the Academy on October 18, and removed all of its members. “All members’ terms ended on December 31, 2016; currently the Academy is waiting for the new appointments,” Fr. Andrea Ciucci, a staff member...
  • Cardinal Zen: I Fear the Vaticans Ostpolitik With Communist China

    02/17/2017 12:14:46 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 17, 2017 | Daniel Blackman
    Youre reported as saying that a Vatican deal with China would be to betray Christ. What I mean is that if the Pope knowingly signed a bad agreement with the communists, it would be a betrayal of Jesus, and a betrayal of the good and faithful people in the Catholic Church in China. Im not against the dialogueI cannot see goodwill on the side of the communists. To dialogue means to compromise, but the communists are not ready to give anythingthey have full control of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association... They probably want to see a decision from the Vatican...
  • Pope Says Immigrants No Threat to Europes Christian Identity

    02/17/2017 12:04:42 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 52 replies
    Crux ^ | February 17, 2017 | Ins San Martn
    Visiting a state run university in Rome, Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to talk instead "from the heart," answering questions about the threat migrants pose to Europe's Christian identity and the historic presence of violence in the world. ROMEFamous for his off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis was at it again on Friday when he set aside a prepared address to speak from the heart to thousands of students from Romes youngest university, Roma Tre, where he revisited some of his usual concerns: war and violence, a lack of dialogue and the need for the West to acknowledge its responsibility...
  • Cardinal Mller: Bishops Should Not Give Contradictory Interpretations of Doctrine [CathCaucus]

    02/17/2017 12:00:48 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 17, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Müller said that nobody could alter the way the sacraments work. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief, has said that local bishops cannot reinterpet Church teaching subjectively.In an interview with the German magazine Rheinische Post, Cardinal Müller said it was “not his style” to criticise publications by bishops. However, he added, “I do not think it is particularly beneficial for each individual bishop to comment on papal documents to explain how he subjectively understands the document.”In recent weeks, the bishops of Malta and Germany have issued guidelines permitting Communion for the remarried. The Maltese bishops said that it might...
  • Michael Novak, Rest in Peace

    02/17/2017 11:42:51 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 17, 2017 | Jay Richards
    Novak, who died earlier today after a battle with cancer, had an illustrious career as an author, scholar, and educator that began during Vatican II and continued until his final days. After a battle with cancer, Ambassador Michael Novak passed away this morning, February 17, at home, surrounded by his family. He was 83. During his last months, we at the Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America were blessed to have him as a colleague.  Novak was author or editor of some fifty books. His illustrious career began during Vatican II and he was...
  • 6 False Teachings Bringing Deceptive Darkness Into the Church

    02/17/2017 7:01:56 AM PST · by metmom · 170 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | Feb 8,2017
    Since that very moment in the Garden of Eden when a single bite shattered the harmony of the world, man has tried to make his own way, be his own master, and set up his own kingdom. It's nothing new. Nevertheless, if we want to be faithful followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this day and age, we must be alert and ready to boldly stand against the spirit of the age that seeks to modify the message of Christ, undermine His power to set us free from sin, repaint Christ's picture to make Him more acceptable...
  • Time To Call a Heretic a Heretic [Catholic Caucus]

    02/17/2017 2:54:56 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | February 15, 2017 | Mundabor
    Cardinal Coccopalmerio (a FrancisCardinal with the t-shirt) has, bizarrely, deserted his own press conference on occasion of the launch of a heretical booklet ‘splainin’ why the Church was wrong for 2,000 years, but heretics like himself and the Evil Clown are right. This is bizarre, but still understandable in view of the barrage of questions the heretical Cardinal clearly did not want to answer. Even more bizarre, and outright absurd, is the rumour circulated by gay operatives of the Vatican that Coccopalmerio’s press conference would be the way the Pope answers the Dubia. Poppycock. The Dubia are made exactly so, that either...
  • Five Step Programme to Re-write Catholicism

    02/17/2017 2:08:20 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    What's Up with FrancisChurch? ^ | February 16, 2017 | Hilary White
    In the City all day, in conversations with various contacts, so not much from me today.Except to report on the rapidly growing consensus that the long game is to impose formally onto the existing structures of the Church an entirely new religion.Over the next nine months look for them to bring in, one at a time (in no particular order):1) some form of non-canonical female “diaconate” (that we won’t officially call the diaconate, at least not just yet)2) the mass reinstatement of priests who were laicised in order to get married3) formalized permission for intercommunion with non-Catholic Christian communities4) some...
  • Card. Burke Goes to Guam Whats Up with That? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/16/2017 10:46:35 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | February 16, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    You may, by now, have read new stories about how His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke has been “sent to Guam”.  He will preside over a canonical trial of a bishop who has been accused of sexual abuse of minors. This is not some sort of punishment or banishment.Dear readers, don’t freak out about this.  I’m getting hysterical email. “Cardinal Burke was sent to GUAM?!? The Holy Father must really hate him!  What about the Knights of Malta?  Was he stripped of the Knights of Malta too?!?  It’s a conspiracy!  AAAARRGH!  I’M LEAVING THE CHURCH!” Okay, that’s a summary, a compression of...
  • Burke Named Head Of Vaticans Congregation Of Janitorial Services [Satire, or Is It?]

    02/16/2017 10:38:54 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | February 16, 2017 | Admin
    The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has named Cardinal Raymond Burke to be the first prefect of the Congregation of Janitorial Services.Francis decision to choose the staunch conservative to head the new department is a sign to many that Francis does see a role for Burke in his pontificate, despite disagreements the two have had in the past.Several sources in the Vatican say that Francis chose Cardinal Burke because he is known to work well cleaning up messes. His Holiness is well aware of Burkes obsession with cleaning things up, said Vatican advisor Monsignor Leonardo Valdes. [Pope Francis] is...
  • New Pew Center Poll Shows Improving Attitudes Toward Catholics and All Faith Groups

    02/16/2017 8:41:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    NCR ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Kathy Schiffer
    They like me, they really like me! A poll released by the Pew Research Center on February 15 reveals that Americans' attitudes toward people of faith have improved in just three years and that Jews and Catholics are especially well regarded by people of all faiths. Pew's survey of U.S. adults titled Americans Express Increasingly Warm Feelings Toward Religious Groups was conducted on January 9-23, 2017. The American Trends Panel's survey participants included both Republicans and Democrats, men and women, younger and older Americans. The respondents were asked to rate various religious groups on a feeling thermometer,...
  • Socialist Militants Storm Mass in Venezuela

    02/16/2017 8:41:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/16/17 | Staff Reporter
    Worshippers were left shaken after militants denounced their priest in a speech at his pulpitMilitant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as Satan in a cassock and fascist! Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the 23 De Enero community, shouting Chavez lives!The area is militantly loyal to Venezuelas socialist government. Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher, said: Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt. They said: Because the priests have spoken about politics, we have the right too.' The leader of the group,...