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  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/20/17 [Prayer]

    02/19/2017 11:14:00 PM PST · by · 1 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 · 20 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? Trump’s 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 · 3 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 Vatican’s Supreme Court, is well known as the perceived face of conservative opposition...
  • On Parish Visit, Pope Says Vendetta and Rancor Aren’t Christian (Another HYPOCRITE alert)

    02/19/2017 2:16:29 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 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 people’s backs “is not Christian,” urging believers to pray for people who don’t like them.The path to holiness, Francis said in an improvised homily, means “first of all, don’t resist evil, and don’t go on a vendetta … this is not Christian.“Don’t give in to rancor, though that can be almost impossible,” Francis said. “Forget offenses, and when you’re 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 priests…Raymond Burke…appears to be on the other side of the argument…a 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 · 39 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 Malta’s 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 Order’s 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 · 128 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 Trump’s 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. “They’re playing with people’s 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 Church’s doctrinal unity – even by some of the Church’s 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. Patrick’s 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 Vatican’s Ostpolitik With Communist China

    02/17/2017 12:14:46 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 17, 2017 | Daniel Blackman
    …You’re 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. I’m not against the dialogue…I cannot see goodwill on the side of the communists. …To dialogue means to compromise, but the communists are not ready to give anything…they 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 Europe’s Christian Identity

    02/17/2017 12:04:42 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 52 replies
    Crux ^ | February 17, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    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. ROME—Famous 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 Rome’s 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 Müller: 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 · 109 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 – What’s 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 Vatican’s 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 Burke’s 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 Venezuela’s 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,...
  • Chaldean Patriarchate Disowns Christian Paramilitaries Threatening Revenge against Sunnis

    02/16/2017 8:12:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 2/16/17
    Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - Mr. Ryan Salem who yesterday appeared in a television program to assert that Iraqi Christians are also present in Mosul to fight and take revenge on Sunni Muslims, "has nothing to do with the Christ’s moral teachings, messenger of peace, love and forgiveness", and cannot "make such statements involving Christians", as it "does not represent them in any way". This is what the Chaldean Patriarchate released yesterday evening, a real formal notice, just after national television network had aired the reckless statements made by Ryan Salem, a Chaldean Christian from Alqosh, linked to paramilitary groups of...
  • English Bishop Insists Pastoral Care of Couples Must Never Compromise Indissolubility [CathCauc]

    02/16/2017 3:30:17 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | February 15, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    The Rt Rev. Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, insists that the pastoral accompaniment of couples in painful situations must "never compromise our faith in the marriage bond." Bishop Davies defended the indissolubility of marriage during a homily he delivered at the annual  Diocesan Celebration of Marriage. Referring to Our Lady of Lourdes, Bishop Davies also stressed the necessity of penance in the context of the Holy Eucharist: Pope Francis reminds us that, amid the present crisis of the family, the Church never abandons any soul. She ardently desires to accompany and bring healing to everyone in every situation,...
  • Seven Reasons Why Christians Can Be Thankful for President Trump

    02/16/2017 3:24:47 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | February 16, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Only twenty-four days since the inauguration of the new president and Christians have plenty of reasons to be thankful for Donald Trump. The President, Vice President and the Republican party are keeping their campaign promises to Catholics and evangelical Christians about pro-life issues, gender ideology, and Obamacare.  Here are just some of the reasons why Christians can be thankful for President Trump and his administration: U.S. House of Representatives votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood Faced with an increasing number of states passing laws to defund the industrial-scale abortion providers Planned Parenthood, ex-President Obama...
  • NEW: Bishop Athanasius Schneider Video Interview

    02/16/2017 3:15:59 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 16, 2017 | Mauricio Ponce & Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    SSPX regularization, priests refusing Communion in the hand, heretic Martin Luther, and Amoris Laetitia discussed. Today, along with our Spanish-language partners "Adelante la Fe," we release a video interview with His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana. The interview, conducted by Mauricio Ponce, goes into many of the hot-button issues facing the Church today. Please see the video below. And, as always, we ask everyone to post this on their blogs and social media sites. On Rorate Caeli's site On YouTube
  • Paul, Apollos, and Cephas, All Over Again [Catholic Caucus]

    02/16/2017 5:37:00 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | February 15, 2017 | George Weigel
    In April 2016, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, issued a pastoral letter on the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia (the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on marriage) and re-affirmed the Church’s long-settled teaching: The divorced and civilly remarried, while members of the Christian community, are not living in full communion with that community, and thus should not present themselves for Holy Communion until their manner of life changes or their irregular marriage has been regularized under Church law. Last month, Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Bishop Mario Grech of Malta also issued a pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia and invited divorced and...
  • Discernment of Situation (Amoris Laetitia)

    02/16/2017 5:31:19 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    First Things ^ | March, 2017 | Douglas Farrow
    We Must Not Forget the Sacramental Nature of the Church “Is the pope Catholic?” used to be an answer, not a question. Alas, it has become a question; or rather it has become five questions, in the form of the dubia put to Pope Francis by four of his cardinals. In good Jesuit fashion, Francis seems to be making his reply by other means—since responding directly to dubia is apparently distasteful, as even the Prefect of the Holy Office Gerhard Cardinal Müller has now said. Thus far, the replies (comments about pharisaical doctors of the law, and that sort of...
  • Knights of Malta Chief Says It Was Burke Who Asked Official to Resign

    02/16/2017 5:19:33 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | February 15, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    In an interview with an Austrian newspaper, the acting head of the Order of Malta has described being present at the meeting where the Grand Chancellor was asked to resign -- and that it was American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not the Grand Master, who made the request. The Knights of Malta’s chaplain, the pope’s arch-critic American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not its Grand Master, was the one who asked the order’s Grand Chancellor to resign, according to the Knights’ acting head.Ludwing Hoffmann von Rumerstein, who is Austrian, was present at a meeting on December 6 in which the Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Von Boeselager, was...
  • Animal Rights Activists Storm Church Demanding Pets be Treated Like Christians

    02/15/2017 5:32:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/15/17 | Staff Reporter
    The protestors believe that animals have souls and should be let into churchesAnimal rights activists in Italy have stormed a Mass demanding that their dogs be treated as Christians. The Times reported that police were called to Santa Maria della Cima in Genzano to deal with a group of 20 protestors who were waving banners and carrying their pets while calling for animals to be allowed into church because they have souls. The church was targeted by Animalisti Italiani after Roxana Grasso, 47, was told she would not be allowed to bring her Pomeranian to prayers. “I believe that animals...
  • Pope Appears to Back Native Tribes in Dakota Pipeline Conflict

    02/15/2017 4:22:26 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 15, 2017 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis appeared on Wednesday to back Native Americans seeking to halt part of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying indigenous cultures have a right to defend "their ancestral relationship to the earth".The Latin American pope, who has often strongly defended indigenous rights since his election in 2013, made his comments on protection of native lands to representative of tribes attending the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Rome.While he did not name the pipeline, he used strong and clear language applicable to the conflict, saying development had to be reconciled with "the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples...
  • Undocumented mom facing deportation takes sanctuary in Denver church

    02/15/2017 10:33:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    KDVR-TV ^ | February 15, 2017 | CNN Wire
    An undocumented immigrant is taking refuge at a church in Denver while she fights to remain in the country. Jeanette Vizguerra, a mother of four, was scheduled to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Wednesday morning. She wanted to extend the stay on her deportation order, which expired last week, while she applies for a special visa. It was denied. She now faces separation from her American-born children, the youngest of whom is just 6. Vizguerra’s attorney appeared in court for her, saying she probably would have been taken into custody if she appeared. She is now taking...
  • Like a Bomb in Slow Motion: More Insights from the Coccopalmerio Book

    02/15/2017 2:56:16 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 14, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    Yesterday, we told you about the new book from Cardinal Coccopalmerio, entitled, The Eighth Chapter of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Today was the Vatican press conference for the release of the book, but the author didn’t come. 1P5 contributor Oakes Spalding comments: Cardinal Coccopalmerio failed to show up, pleading a “diary clash.” This was later explained as a conflict with a meeting at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.In his short work, published by the official Vatican publishing house on February 8, Coccopalmerio had argued that all the sacraments including communion should be open to those “living in situations not in line with traditional...
  • Russian Orthodox Church supports U.S. moves to defund abortion

    02/14/2017 6:05:50 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 02-14-2017
    The Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and Society and Media Vlaidmir Legoida has stated that the steps taken in the US to ban funding of abortions from the state budget are welcomed by the Moscow Patriarchate, and resonate with its own initiative to remove abortion from Russia’s obligatory medical insurance. The US House of Representatives passed a bill in late January that forbids allocating budget funds for abortion and the granting of tax creds to employers who buy their employees insurance that includes abortion. Additionally, on January 23, President Trump signed an executive order abolishing the financing of...
  • A dose of reality about the Steve Bannon/Cardinal Burke axis

    02/14/2017 4:59:19 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies ^ | February 13, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Steve Bannon in his natural plumage: no Magna Cappa Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, and of late English-language media have been giddy with speculation that Trump mastermind Steve Bannon and American Cardinal Raymond Burke, seen as a leading traditionalist critic of Pope Francis, have formed a pact to “legitimize extremist forces that want to bring down Western liberal democracy,” in the words of the Washington Post. (What the specific aim of this alliance may be isn’t terribly clear, since nobody seriously believes a Trump-backed Vatican palace coup is in the offing. Presumably, the idea is to encourage and embolden...
  • It's Not Just Cardinal Burke

    02/14/2017 1:27:55 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Commonweal ^ | February 14, 2017 | Massimo Faggioli
    Kremlinology was supposed to have gone out with the end of the Cold War, but the murky connections between the Trump administration and Vladimir Putin may be bringing it back into fashion. Vaticanology, on the other hand, never went away, and with reports on the links between Stephen Bannon, Cardinal Raymond Burke, and conservative elements in Rome, it seems a more vibrant area of study every day. Just consider how the most influential papers in the United States have taken up the topic of Bannon and Burke lately, with the New York Times featuring multiple stories and the Washington...
  • White House, Red Hat

    02/14/2017 1:25:30 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    Commonweal ^ | February 9, 2017 | John Gehring
    President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and the driving ideological force behind his “America First” agenda is a Catholic whose Islamophobia and reactionary nationalism have found an audience among a band of aggrieved church leaders openly hostile to Pope Francis. In a deep-dive report from Rome, the New York Times chronicles how Steve Bannon has skillfully networked with Cardinal Raymond Burke and other Vatican operators to push his dark vision of right-wing populism: When Stephen K. Bannon was still heading Breitbart News, he went to the Vatican to cover the canonization of John Paul II and make some friends. High...
  • Card. Coccopalmerio’s Booklet: The Response™? Apparently Not. [Catholic Caucus]

    02/14/2017 1:00:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | February 14, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Yesterday, I posted HERE about the release of the booklet by Card. Coccopalmerio, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. It was ballyhooed as The Response™ to the Five Dubia of the Four “intransigent” Cardinals, who are dissenters because they are defending doctrine. The Cardinal’s booklet, which had a veneer of official approval because it was published by the Vatican Press, was to be publicly presented today.Yesterday I made two main points.First, the booklet cannot by any reasonable person be thought to be The Response™ to the Five Dubia of the Four Cardinals. The Response™ must come from His Holiness...
  • A Blow Upon a Bruise [Catholic Caucus]

    02/14/2017 12:46:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | February 14, 2017 | Dr. Edward Peters
    Evelyn Waugh’s character Charles Ryder described his friend Sebastian’s protracted acts of self-destruction as “a blow, expected, repeated, falling upon a bruise, with no smart or shock of surprise, only a dull and sickening pain and the doubt whether another like it could be borne” (Brideshead Revisited, 1945) . I thought of Waugh’s words as I read, in the wake of the Maltese Disaster and the German bishops’ slightly more nuanced program to the same effect, some excerpts translated from Francesco Cdl. Coccopalmerio’s new, short book on Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia.If the excerpts I read are accurate, the President of the Pontifical...
  • The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment

    02/14/2017 10:42:07 AM PST · by Gamecock · 51 replies
    AlbertMohler.Com ^ | January 27, 2010 | Al Mohler
    In spite of the original date, this was an excerpt on The Aquila Report today, assuming because it is about to be released as a movie. _______________________________________________ The publishing world sees very few books reach blockbuster status, but William Paul Young’s The Shack has now exceeded even that. The book, originally self-published by Young and two friends, has now sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into over thirty languages. It is now one of the best-selling paperback books of all time, and its readers are enthusiastic. According to Young, the book was originally written for his...
  • Professor Promotes ‘Queer Christ’ Concept To Students

    02/14/2017 8:49:59 AM PST · by detective · 133 replies
    The College Fix ^ | February 11, 2013 | Jennifer Kabbany
    A recent guest lecture at Swarthmore College by a prominent homosexual seminary professor highlighted a growing argument among the so-called queer community that Jesus was bisexual. In particular, the Rev. Patrick Cheng, a professor at the Episcopal Divinity School in Massachusetts, told the students that Jesus was a subversive person and God’s way of “queering the world,” so to speak. Cheng said Christ was “always coming out in the gospels” and that “Christ is God coming out.” “At its heart, Christianity is queer,” Cheng told the students during the Feb. 7 talk. “It’s not just a matter of being tolerant....
  • Trump’s Stalled Action on Proposed Religious Freedom Order Raises Concerns

    02/14/2017 6:44:31 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 14, 2017 | Catholic News Service
    'We hope that President Trump and his administration will take action soon,' said Baltimore Archbishop William Lori. Talk of President Donald Trump possibly signing an executive order on religious freedom — which drew both criticism and praise — has been replaced with discussion about what happened to it and what a final version, if there is one, will look like.A draft version of the executive order, called Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom, had been widely criticised in late January by those who said it would legalise discrimination and was too far-reaching. It then failed to appear on...
  • Papal Politics: Playing the Nazi Card

    02/14/2017 4:54:46 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    The Remnant ^ | February 13, 2017 | Helen M. Weir
    So, the inevitable has finally occurred: Pope Francis has speculated openly that President Donald Trump may turn out to be the next Adolf Hitler. I wish to note at the outset that I am not at all interested (at the moment) in defending the incoming American administration, or even in considering it directly. Let’s wonder instead about the characteristic way in which this Holy Father consistently tries to demonize others who might conceivably stand in the way of the accomplishment of his agenda. Since he has brought it up, let’s focus on this particular way--on Pope Francis playing the Nazi...