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  • Not Only Zen. Cardinal Bo Is Also Openly Attacking China

    04/04/2020 6:35:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | April 4, 2020 | Sandro Magister / Cardinal Charles Bo
    Not Only Zen. Cardinal Bo Is Also Openly Attacking China Myanmar borders China and is economically dependent on it. But that has not kept the archbishop of the capital of Yangon, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, from openly criticizing the powerful neighbor.He has done so with a statement made public with great emphasis on April 2 on the website of his archdiocese.The statement is reproduced in full below. It is very severe and detailed in denouncing the Chinese regime's guilt in the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, with the effect that "lies and propaganda have put millions of lives around the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Viganň on 2020 Pontifical Yearbook: Did Pope Francis abandon the title 'Vicar of Christ'?

    04/04/2020 1:05:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Remnant Newpaper ^ | April 3, 2020 | Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň
    [Catholic Caucus] Viganň on 2020 Pontifical Yearbook: Did Pope Francis abandon the title 'Vicar of Christ'? “YOU HAVE SAID SO”“Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not...
  • Muslim Declares Muhammad’s Supremacy Over Jesus at Catholic Mass

    04/03/2020 5:58:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Church Militant ^ | April 3, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    Muslim Declares Muhammad’s Supremacy Over Jesus at Catholic Mass Irish Fr. Stephen Farragher invites Muslims to his altar to pray to Allah COUNTY MAYO, Ireland (ChurchMilitant.com) Muslims, invited by a Catholic priest in Ireland to pray alongside him during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, prayed the Adhan — the Islamic call to prayer that categorically proclaims Islam's supremacy over its forebears — Judaism and Christianity.   Father Stephen Farragher, parish priest of St. Patrick's Church in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo, invited two Muslims to "pray in solidarity" with him "the final blessing and prayer" at the 10 a.m. Friday Mass to be broadcast on radio, Midwest Radio...
  • Vatican theologian: Pandemic is God’s chastisement for ‘infidelity’ of top Catholic shepherds

    04/03/2020 12:54:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 3, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    Vatican theologian: Pandemic is God’s chastisement for ‘infidelity’ of top Catholic shepherds The COVID-19 pandemic is a ‘warning to the men of the Church’ who have betrayed Christ’s teaching Pope Francis receives Pachamama statue in Vatican gardens during indigenous ceremony, Rome, Oct. 4, 2019. April 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Italian priest and theologian Nicola Bux has identified both the sins within the Church as well as the sins of the world as the root of the current pandemic and its effects on the daily life of Catholics. Like Archbishop Viganň and Bishop Schneider, the former consulter of the Congregation for...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Sorry, Cdl Cupich, you can’t insist that private baptisms require episcopal approval

    04/02/2020 8:11:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 2, 2020 | Joseph Shaw
    [Catholic Caucus] Sorry, Cdl Cupich, you can’t insist that private baptisms require episcopal approval Church law informs parents that they have an obligation—not just an option—to have their children baptised in the ‘first few weeks’ April 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Much has been written about the lack of Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) in the current public health situation, but I’d like to say something about the Sacrament of Baptism. This will only affect a small number of people, but it has a particular interest because in principle, as we are all taught in Catechism, anyone having...
  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Pope Francis drops ‘Vicar of Christ’ title in Vatican yearbook

    04/02/2020 4:21:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 2, 2020 | Maike Hickson
    [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Pope Francis drops ‘Vicar of Christ’ title in Vatican yearbook The title 'Vicar of Jesus Christ' stems from Holy Scripture where Jesus grants St. Peter the power of the keys in the Church April 2, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In a surprise move, Pope Francis has dropped the historic and essential title “Vicar of Christ” from the 2020 Pontifical Yearbook, the Holy See’s annual directory, relegating the title to a footnote, calling it a “historical title.” While previous yearbooks listed the title “Vicar of Christ” and the name of the reigning Pope under that title, this year’s annual directory...
  • Pope Francis Strips God’s Wrath From Mass for Pandemic

    04/02/2020 11:48:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Church Militant ^ | April 2, 2020 | Jules Gomes
    Pope Francis Strips God’s Wrath From Mass for Pandemic Catholics mock new liturgy as 'April Fools' joke' VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - The new "Mass in Time of Pandemic," published on April 1 by the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship, has been stripped of all references to the "wrath of God." The liturgy, approved by Pope Francis, eliminates all prayers emphasizing "repentance" — references which abound in the "Recordare domine testamenti" [Remember, Lord, thy covenant] votive Mass — composed and used for deliverance from pestilences since the Black Plague in the mid-14th century.   Old "Mass for Deliverance from Death in Time of Pestilence" In the...
  • German bishop: idea of coronavirus as God’s punishment is ‘terrible…un-Christian’

    04/01/2020 4:17:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 65 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 1, 2020 | Maike Hickson
    German bishop: idea of coronavirus as God’s punishment is ‘terrible…un-Christian’ Bishop Heiner Wilmer said the 'corona crisis is not a punishment from God' April 1, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – German Bishop Heiner Wilmer has stated in a March 30 interview that he believes that the idea of a punishing God is “terrible and also completely un-Christian.” He goes on to say that “the corona crisis is not a punishment from God.”  Speaking to the German regional newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, the bishop of the Diocese of Hildesheim in the north of Germany discusses the effects of the coronavirus crisis on the Faith,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Bishops Have Abandoned Us: These Wolves Deserve All Our Contempt and Disdain

    04/01/2020 10:46:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 1, 2020 | New Catholic
    [Catholic Caucus] The Bishops Have Abandoned Us: These Wolves Deserve All Our Contempt and Disdain The worldwide situation is serious.  The underlying illness causing the situation is also serious. But the attitude of most bishops in most affected countries is simply despicable, repugnant, deserving all our contempt and disdain. Not content with having thrown the faithful for decades to the care of sexual abusers, now, in the moment of greatest need, they simply abandon us. The suspension of large gatherings (including public masses) is quite understandable. But the other measures are abusive, and a sign of the complete disregard...
  • Vatican News pulls article calling coronavirus ‘ally’ of the Earth because of environmental benefits

    03/31/2020 5:37:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 31, 2020 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Vatican News pulls article calling coronavirus ‘ally’ of the Earth because of environmental benefits Earth is healing itself,' wrote a Jesuit priest in the now-deleted article. March 31, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Vatican News, the Holy See’s official news service, published and then deleted an article calling the deadly coronavirus an “ally” of planet Earth, sparking outrage in readers. The article, written by the Jesuit priest Father Benedict Mayaki, was entitled “Coronavirus: Earth’s unlikely ally,” and its secondary headline read, “The changes in human behavior due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic are yielding unintended benefits to the planet.” The author made no...
  • [Catholic Catholic] US bishop suspends last rites in response to coronavirus pandemic

    03/31/2020 3:56:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 31, 2020 | Lianne Laurence
    [Catholic Caucus] US bishop suspends last rites in response to coronavirus pandemic The Catholic Church holds that persons who are extremely ill or near death are in great need of spiritual assistance. SPRINGFIELD, March 31, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — The bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts, has temporarily suspended last rites in all instances in his diocese in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski’s directive followed a United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) memo on March 27 reaffirming Church teaching that only priests could administer the sacrament, Catholic News Agency reported.  Rozanski wrote to his priests March 25 that he...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vocations Vanishing Under Francis

    03/31/2020 9:32:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 31, 2020 | Bradley Eli
    Vocations Vanishing Under Francis Vatican stats show few answering call to priesthood or religious life VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - The number of Catholics entering the priesthood and religious life during the Francis papacy has plummeted, according to Vatican statistics. The Pontifical Yearbook 2020 reveals that in 2018 there were nearly 2,400 fewer men studying for the priesthood worldwide than in 2013. Africa is one of the few areas that has experienced an increase in vocations since 2013 While the number of Catholics increased worldwide by 75 million over that five-year period, men studying for the priesthood declined on all continents except Africa,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bishop Schneider: Priests don’t have to obey bishops, govt who suspend Mass over COVID-19

    03/30/2020 5:57:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 30, 2020 | Martin Bürger
    [Catholic Caucus] Bishop Schneider: Priests don’t have to obey bishops, govt who suspend Mass over COVID-19 Priests may disobey 'human law' to save souls March 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider has stated that a priest, using discretion and following the necessary health precautions “has not to obey the directives of his bishop or the government to suspend Mass for the faithful.” He also described the COVID-19 pandemic as a chastisement and a purification. Directives canceling all public Masses “are a pure human law; however, the supreme law in the Church is the salvation of souls,” said the auxiliary...
  • A REMNANT INTERVIEW: Archbishop Viganň on COVID-19 and the Hand of God

    03/30/2020 5:43:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newpaper ^ | Michael J. Matt | Michael
    A REMNANT INTERVIEW: Archbishop Viganň on COVID-19 and the Hand of God In the face of this chastisement, when so many bishops have fled and taken our Sacraments with them, we're so grateful that at least a few good shepherds have broken the chains of collegiality in order to bring to  us the consolation of Christ's truth and call the scattering sheep back into the protection of the fold. Clearly, we are not alone. God is again raising up his prophets. Millions of Catholics are struggling to assimilate everything that has happened in the last few weeks. On this First Sunday of...
  • Italy Has Been Chastised. But by Whom?

    03/29/2020 8:34:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 28, 2020 | Chris Ferrara
    Italy Has Been Chastised. But by Whom? As things now stand, worldwide the number of reported cases of the viral disease misdescribed as “the coronavirus” — there are many coronaviruses circulating in the world, including the one that causes the common cold — stands at 576,000, while the fatalities attributed to the disease stand at 26,000. That’s a fatality rate of 4.5%, but that is based on a tiny sample of the world’s population of 7 billion with a large selection bias in favor of those who are sick or very sick and have sought medical attention. In fact, among...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bishop Strickland Stands Alone

    03/29/2020 12:40:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 28, 2020 | Stephen Wynne
    Bishop Strickland Stands Alone Refuses to sign TX bishops' statement, exposing episcopal civil war on end-of-life care AUSTIN, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Texas prelate is breaking with fellow Lone Star State bishops, refusing to sign a statement that would strip hospital patients of their protections. His act has exposed a growing rift within the U.S. hierarchy over fundamental Catholic teaching on protecting life. Bishop Joseph Strickland of the diocese of Tyler won't back a declaration by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) that calls on Gov. Greg Abbott to lift penalties against healthcare rationing at hospitals amid the growing viral pandemic. In essence, the declaration would...
  • A REMNANT INTERVIEW: Bishop Athanasius Schneider on Church’s handling of Coronavirus

    03/29/2020 12:18:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newpaper ^ | March 27, 2020 | Diane Montagna
    A REMNANT INTERVIEW: Bishop Athanasius Schneider on Church’s handling of Coronavirus ROME, March 27, 2020 — As the coronavirus continues to spread, Bishop Athanasius Schneider has urged priests to imitate Jesus the Good Shepherd and, for the sake of souls, even disobey the unjust orders of bishops whom he says are now behaving more like “civil bureaucrats” than “shepherds.”In a new interview on the Church’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic (see full text below), the auxiliary bishop of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, said he believes the majority of Catholic bishops reacted “precipitously and out of panic in prohibiting all...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Chicago archdiocese demands bishop’s approval for ‘emergency’ baptisms

    03/28/2020 6:46:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 27, 2020 | Dorothy Cumming McLean
    [Catholic Caucus] Chicago archdiocese demands bishop’s approval for ‘emergency’ baptisms Directions issued under Cardinal Blase Cupich not only ban all baptisms but require ‘permission’ for emergency baptisms. CHICAGO, March 27, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― The Archdiocese of Chicago, under the leadership of Cardinal Blase Cupich, has reportedly told its priests that all baptisms “must be postponed” in response to the coronavirus pandemic and that even an “emergency” baptism requires the “permission” of the bishop.  In an analysis published yesterday, Ed Condon and J.D. Flynn of Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported that Archbishop Cupich’s priests “have been told that during the (coronavirus)...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Priest's faculties revoked by bishop for offering Mass

    03/28/2020 11:51:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    San Ignacio Catholic Church! ^ | March 26, 2020 | Archbishop John C. Wester
  • St Rosalia, St Gregory, St Charles Borromeo: Where have you gone in this time of crisis?

    03/28/2020 10:22:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 28, 2020 | Father Richard Gennaro Cipolla
    St Rosalia, St Gregory, St Charles Borromeo: Where have you gone in this time of crisis? With apologies to our international readers, I continue with my observations vis a vis the world crisis caused by the Corvid-19 pandemic with respect to the Catholic Church in the United States.   But I believe that what is happening in the United States both with respect to the rapid spread of the virus and the deep problems this is causing—and also what it exposes about the Catholic Church in this country-- should be of interest to every Catholic in the world.  I begin with today’s...