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  • Disgraced cardinal cancels appearance representing Pope after locals vow to protest

    02/19/2018 6:35:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 19, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    Pope Francis appointed disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass. But after uproar, the diocese removed the announcement of Mahony’s visit from their website and told LifeSiteNews the cardinal informed them “late last week” that he’ll be unable to attend. On January 13, the Diocese of Scranton issued a press release saying, “Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, as his special envoy at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the erection of the Diocese of Scranton, to be observed with a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Who is Orchestrating the LGBTQ Movement in the Church?

    02/15/2018 9:53:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill ^ | February 12, 2018 | The Bones
    It is worthwhile casting our minds back to that plane interview years ago when the Pope, when asked about Mgr Ricca and a homosexual scandal replied with his notorious, "If a someone who is gay is seeking the Lord and has goodwill then who am I to judge?" comment. He went on to quote, relatively accurately, a section of the Catechism, indeed he cited it as he said it, concerning the need for homosexual persons to be treated with respect, sensitivity and compassion. It just so happens that fellow Jesuit and brother in omission, the splicing and twisting of doctrine...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Diocese of Linz: Couple blessing for homosexuals for Valentine's Day

    02/13/2018 7:01:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies via google translate ^ | February 13, 2018 | unknown
    The church newspaper of the diocese reports of two parishes in which same-sex couples are blessed. The diocesan working group for homosexual pastoral wishes to see more openness on the part of the church. Linz ( The church newspaper of the Diocese of Linz reports on church blessings of homosexual couples in two of its parishes at the time around Valentine's Day. "The offer can be used by lovers in all walks of life - including lesbian and gay couples," it literally says about the blessings in the parish of St. Francis in Wels. Of the latter, the blessing is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Pope and Sodomy

    02/13/2018 6:35:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 12, 2018 | Michael Voris
    Has it appeared "odd" to anyone else that there are so many promoters of sodomy around Pope Francis? Hardly a week goes by where some outlandish gay thing after another fails to make an appearance in some manner, shape or form — from reports of the gay orgy in the apartment of Cdl. (Francesco) Coccopalmerio's assistant near the end of last year to Abp. (Vincenzo) Paglia's homoerotic painting to the gay-themed Nativity set in St. Peter's Square to gay cheerleaders Fr. James Martin and Fr. Thomas Rosica's special jobs in the Vatican bureaucracy to a very gay-friendly company running aspects of...
  • Evidence shows Pope Francis is a ‘principal in a cover-up’ of clergy sex-abuse in Chile: Expert

    02/13/2018 5:57:33 AM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 12, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    Those familiar with Jorge Bergoglio in Argentina before he became Pope Francis say it is a “classic” move of his to provide “mercy” to clergy who are sexual predators while asking everybody else to simply “move on,” said attorney and child advocate Elizabeth Yore on an EWTN show last week.  “I think this is a misplaced mercy. It is mercy for the predator priests,” she told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on the February 8 episode of World Over.  “There are many people who know the Pope from Argentina who have said this is classic Bergoglio to provide mercy to the predators...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Bishop Barros crisis: how bad is it?

    02/10/2018 7:15:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 10, 2018 | Christopher Altieri
    At this point, there are only four possible explanations for what happened to a crucial letter“How bad is it?” That was the question a friend put to me, à propos the leadership crisis in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis precipitated the crisis by levelling repeated accusations of calumny against survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by a prominent Chilean cleric, Fernando Karadima, who was convicted of his crimes by a Vatican court in 2011. Karadima’s victims claim one of their abuser’s protégés, Juan Barros – ordained bishop in 1995 and appointed by Pope Francis to head the diocese of Osorno, Chile,...
  • Irish bishop promises ‘inclusive’ World meeting of Families after Vatican bars pro-LGBT politician

    02/09/2018 8:40:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 9, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has pledged that the World Meeting of Families will remain “an inclusive event, open to all families and family members” after a flood of reports concerning the Vatican and a former Irish president, a dissident Catholic and LGBT activist, washed up at his door.  Several news outlets have reported that Mary McAleese had hoped to speak at a conference next month to mark International Women’s Day that was to be held on Vatican grounds. But, when a list of proposed speakers that included McAleese was allegedly submitted to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Papal Cover-up Alleged, Pope Accused in International Sex Abuse Case

    02/09/2018 8:27:00 PM PST · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 9, 2018 | Hilary White
    No more “humble pope”Hey, remember five minutes ago when Pope Francis shouted at a reporter in Chile that there was “no evidence” supporting complaints against his good friend Bishop Juan Barros? And, just for good measure he accused the people accusing him – victims of sexual abuse by Barros’ mentor, the convicted sex-predator Karadima – of committing “calumny”?[1] And remember when Cardinal O’Malley told the pope off in public over the “pain” these accusations had caused the victims of sexual abuse? And then remember how the pope had apologised-except-not-really because the accusations are, after all, still lies, and that there’s...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Let’s call Steven Greydanus by his name

    02/09/2018 11:16:28 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | February 8, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    ’ll be honest, while I have been familiar with the name Steven Greydanus for some time, I had no firsthand knowledge of anything he has ever said or written until yesterday. Evidently, he is a film critic whose work is published by the neo-conservative National Catholic Register.His bio on their website states that he is “the creator of Decent Films, a permanent deacon in the Archdiocese of Newark, and a member of the New York Film Critics Circle.”He also provides film reviews via a program entitled “Reel Faith” that is aired by “NET TV Catholic,” which is, according to its...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fr. James Martin: ‘People take the Bible…out of context’ on homosexuality

    02/09/2018 10:28:04 AM PST · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    LifeSite News | February 8, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    The Bible’s condemnation of homosexual acts should be taken in “context” with Biblical times, Jesuit Father James Martin told Georgetown University students recently. Martin said as well that Catholics who support gay “marriage” should have no problem considering themselves Catholic, despite having chosen to reject Church teaching. Martin inferred at his January 31 appearance at the Jesuit school that the Bible’s negative pronouncements on homosexual acts – which are grounded in natural law – are like other Biblical declarations on topics such as the practice of charging interest on a loan. These pronouncements being made during a particular epoch renders...

    02/09/2018 10:22:20 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | February 9, 2018 | Fr. Ray Blake
    DARE WE JOIN THE DOTS? DARE WE JOIN THE DOTS? Pope calls Chilean abuse victims spreaders of calumny and says no evidence/proof has been given him.Despite Cardinal O'Malley personally giving the Pope a letter offering evidence.Now it seems the CDF made a recommendation that Bishop Barros should be removed.The Pope personally removed from the CDF 3 priests concerned with investigating child abuse..When Cdl Mueller asks the Pope for an explanation, he is told 'I am the Pope' and the audience ends.Scicluna, the CDF abuse prosecutor, had already been 'promoted' to be Archbishop of MaltaSince the end of last year the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fr. Martin at Odds With Pope Benedict XVI Over Same-Sex Marriage

    02/07/2018 3:31:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 7, 2018 | Bradley Eli
    When Pope Benedict XVI went to Fatima, Portugal, in 2010 he denounced abortion and same-sex marriage, calling them, "some of today's most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good." Father Martin, however, called Pope Benedict's comments on same-sex marriage bizarre: Pope Benedict XVI's comments last week in Fatima, Portugal, in which he stated that abortion and same-sex marriage, were "some of today's most insidious and dangerous threats" to the common good seemed oddly discordant. The equation of abortion, something that clearly is about a threat to life, with same-sex marriage — which no matter how you look at it, does...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Cordes Against [Cardinal] Marx’ “Sacrilegious” Idea

    02/07/2018 1:54:25 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 7, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, 83, writes that Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx is “frighteningly naïve” for his proposal to bless gay concubinages because this would recognise the gay "way of life". Writing on (February 2), Cordes states that Marx “ignores the clear revelation of God” adding, “Marx does not even mention that homosexuality always contradicts God’s will.” Cordes calls a blessing of gay unions “sacrilegious”. “How about encouraging mafia activities ‘in individual cases’?”
  • Where did Cardinal Marx get the idea that ‘There can be no rules’?

    02/07/2018 12:51:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 7, 2018 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Cardinal Reinhard Marx has caused controversy by raising the idea that pastors could bless same-sex couples. According to the Catholic News Agency, Cardinal Marx “told the Bavarian State Broadcasting’s radio service that ‘there can be no rules’ about this question. Rather, the decision of whether a homosexual union should receive the Church’s blessing should be up to ‘a priest or pastoral worker’ and made in each individual case, the German prelate stated.” There has been some dispute about what his ambiguous words meant. But he is not the first German bishop to stray into this territory: Bishop Bode, president of...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Demand Pope Francis Resign or Zero-Tolerance is a Farce: ...

    02/06/2018 5:24:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Monitor ^ | February 5, 2018 | Steve Martinez
    Demand Pope Francis Resign or Zero-Tolerance is a Farce: Accusations against Cdl. Law don't Approach what AP Reports Victim says of Bishop Barros and Francis's Cover-up On December 12, 2002, the New York Times headline was: "Catholic Lay Group Demands Resignation of Cardinal Law" No accusation against Cardinal Bernard Law for covering-up sex abusing priest ever came close to the accusations made by the victims of Fr. Fernando Karadima against Bishop Juan Barros and the Pope Francis cover-up that the Associated Press reported today: "Pope Francis received a victim's letter in 2015... contradicting the Pope's recent insistence that no victim...
  • [Catholic Church] Bishop Barros – the story so far

    02/06/2018 11:46:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 6, 2018 | Nicole Winfield
    Here's what you need to know about the Bishop Barros affairPope Francis’s appointment of Bishop Juan Barros to head the small diocese of Osorno, Chile encountered opposition when it was announced three years ago and has contributed to a credibility crisis for the Chilean Catholic Church in the time since.Bishop Barros was a protege of Fr Fernando Karadima, a charismatic priest who was sanctioned by the Vatican in 2011 for sexually abusing minors. Some of the victims allege that Barros witnessed the abuse, placing him at the scene when Fr Karadima kissed and fondled minors. Bishop Barros has denied knowing...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Efforts to “queer” the Church

    02/05/2018 6:42:26 AM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | February 4, 2018F | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Tell me this isn’t coordinated.First, for a while now, some theologian friends and I have watched with a measure of distaste and concern a “queering of theology”.I see today via Corrispondenza Romana a story entitled: “Papa Francesco apre le porte alla “teologia queer”?  Is Pope Francis opening the doors to “queer theology”?A little bit of the initial part in my translation: Is Pope Francis opening the doors to “queer theology”?  The question rises spontaneously after having found out that the Portuguese priest and poet José Tolentino de Mendonça, a known fan of Sr Maria Teresa Forcades i Vila – a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Marx Blesses Homosexual Couples

    02/03/2018 1:57:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 3, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx, 64, has emboldened his priests to give homosexuals a liturgical "encouragement” [German: "Zuspruch"] adding, “I don’t see any problems with this.” Talking to the Bayerischer Rundfunk (February 3), Marx claimed that he does not want his words to be understood as a general approval of blessing gay pseudo-marriages, although this is exactly the effect his statement will have, and Marx knows it. Marx answered the question whether gay couples could be blessed by saying, “Yes, there are no general solutions.” He wants to introduce gay-blessings with the "case by case" trick and is claiming that blessing...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Archbishop had ‘no prior knowledge’ of Vatican bar on McAleese

    02/03/2018 1:51:54 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Irish times ^ | February 2, 2018 | Patsy McGarry
    Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said neither he nor his office were consulted by the Vatican prior to former President Mary McAleese being barred from taking part in a conference. The event to mark International Women’s Day next month has been moved from the Vatican to another venue inRome after Mrs McAleese and two other speakers were refused permission to take part by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. In a short statement on Friday afternoon Archbishop Martin said the first he heard about the decision “ was from Mrs Mc Aleese...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Clericalism is Alive and Well in Amchurch!

    01/31/2018 6:26:06 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Les Femmes ^ | January 31, 2018 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Clericalism is Alive and Well in Amchurch! Does Fr. Martin follow the Holy Spirit or the Spirit of this world? I'm always amused by accusations that orthodox Catholics who uphold the teachings of the Church are filled with fear, hatred, homophobia, anger, and are bullies, raging maniacs...well, you get the picture. James Martin, also known as "Father," a Jesuit sadly reflective of the state to which that order has fallen, recently had another talk cancelled. It was due to the "haters" who run nasty, evil, vilifying...well you get the picture... websites and blogs that (sniff, sniff) result in the "censorship"...