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  • A Pontificate of Mercy — or a Merciless Pontificate?

    09/07/2017 2:44:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | September 2017 | New Oxford Notes
    For the past four-plus years, faithful Catholics have bent over backwards to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt, telling themselves that the Argentine Jesuit means well, that he is a faithful son of the Church, that he — like his immediate predecessors — has an enduring love of Catholicism and Western civilization, even if at times he comes across as ambiguous, contradictory, and intellectually deficient. The NOR, more than most Catholic-oriented journals, has published critical assessments of Francis’s confusing statements, pontifical missteps, muddled theological writings, and misguided initiatives (we have an entire online dossier devoted to this pontificate:...
  • Fatherhood and Mercy

    07/20/2016 6:30:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-19-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fatherhood and Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • July 19, 2016 • Last weekend I was out in Anacortes, Washington (about a hundred miles north of Seattle) preaching at the Faith on Fire conference. One of the talks I gave was entitled “Mercy and Fatherhood.” In it, I spoke about how a father can show mercy to his children. What follows is my notes for that talk. What does a priest know about being a father? Why don’t you read this post and then tell me? Remember that I have been the son of my father, I have two brothers,...
  • Let Us Fall by the Hand of God Rather than by Man - A Meditation on the Paradoxical Mercy ...

    07/05/2016 6:56:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Let Us Fall by the Hand of God Rather than by Man - A Meditation on the Paradoxical Mercy of God’s Punishments Msgr. Charles Pope • July 4, 2016 • One of the paradoxes of God’s mercy is that through it He punishes wrongdoing. At first glance, mercy and punishment seem contradictory.But the apparent contradiction is rooted in the premise that punishment is the same as vengeance. This premise holds that the one who punishes is merely exacting revenge for some offense, or that the punishment is merely a way for the more powerful to vent their anger on...
  • Are You Washed, Till We Meet Again

    04/16/2017 7:12:08 AM PDT · by Revski · 4 replies
    Revski's Youtube Classics ^ | 4/16/2017 | Revski
    Jesus did it all though his shed blood, not anything we can or could do.
  • Francis and the fruit of false compassion: Sexual predators treated better than victims [Cath Cauc]

    02/26/2017 4:22:58 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 26, 2017 | Paul Anthony Melanson
    ABC News reports: "Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question. One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope's clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12. The Rev. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him, The Associated Press has learned.  The Inzoli case is...
  • God’s Mercy and Justice - Balance or Bust!

    01/17/2017 8:23:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    God’s Mercy and Justice – Balance or Bust! Msgr. Charles Pope • January 16, 2017 • One of the signs of orthodoxy is the ability to hold competing truths in tension, realizing that they are there to balance each other. For example, on the one hand God is sovereign and omnipotent, but on the other we are free to say no to Him. Both of these are taught in Scripture. Our freedom mysteriously interacts with God’s sovereignty and omnipotence, but how?Heresy will not abide any tension and so it selects one truth while discarding others meant to balance or...
  • Terminally ill child dies in Santa's arms

    12/12/2016 9:05:41 AM PST · by nickedknack · 44 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 12, 2016 | Fox News
    A 60-year-old Tennessee man who spends time volunteering as Santa Claus at a local hospital granted a 5-year-old terminally ill boy his final wish this holiday season, and held him as he died in his arms. “I spent four years in the Army with the 75th Rangers, and I’ve seen my share of [stuff],” Eric Schmitt-Matzen told USA Today. “But I ran by the nurses’ station bawling my head off. I know nurses and doctors see things like that every day, but I don’t know how they can take it.”
  • De Mattei: Contradictions at the closing of the Jubilee

    11/24/2016 7:18:13 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 22, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Among the keys that interpret Pope Francis’ pontificate is certainly his love of contradiction. This inclination of mind is made evident by the Apostolic Letter ‘Misercordia et misera’, signed at the end of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. In this letter Pope Bergoglio, establishes that those who attend the churches officiated by the priests of the Fraternity of St. Pius X, can receive validly and lawfully, sacramental absolution. The Pope thus rectifies that which constituted the main factor of “irregularity” in the Fraternity founded by Monsignor Lefebvre: the validity of their confessions. It would be contradictory to imagine that once...
  • Pope extends power to forgive abortion to all priests

    11/21/2016 8:37:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 150 replies
    AOL News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Reuters
    VATICAN CITY, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors. Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving Roman Catholic Church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an "apostolic letter" after Sunday's close of the Church's "Holy Year of Mercy". He said he wanted to "restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life" but "there is no sin...
  • Pope Extends Permission on Abortion Forgiveness

    11/21/2016 6:27:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    abc ^ | 11/21/16 | FRANCES D'EMILIO
    Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of the "grave sin" of abortion, extending indefinitely the special permission he had granted for the duration of the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy...
  • Praying for the Living and the Dead – A Spiritual Work of Mercy

    11/03/2016 8:07:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Praying for the Living and the Dead – A Spiritual Work of Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • November 2, 2016 • What is the value of one prayer? I suspect it is far greater than any of us imagine. Prayer changes things, sometimes in obvious ways, more often in subtle and even paradoxical ways. But prayer is surely important, even when we don’t experience its immediate effects. Perhaps this is why Jesus taught us to pray always and never to lose heart (cf Luke 18:1). St. Paul echoed this with the simple exhortation, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17)....
  • Beware of Fake Mercy - Behold True Mercy in the Call of St. Matthew

    07/04/2016 5:44:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware of Fake Mercy - Behold True Mercy in the Call of St. Matthew Msgr. Charles Pope • July 3, 2016 • This year in particular (the year of mercy), we are summoned to reflect on the concept of mercy. Many think of mercy as an overlooking of sin rather than as a remedy for it. To some, the fact of God’s mercy is a sign that He doesn’t care about sin and is content to leave us in it. Those who speak to the reality of mercy are often called harsh, mean-spirited, etc. Many set mercy and sin...
  • Jubilee of Mercy: A Final Gift, Prophecies, End Times

    05/29/2016 9:17:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CE.com ^ | Kathleen Beckman
    Jubilee of Mercy: A Final Gift, Prophecies, End TimesKathleen Beckman Not yet half way through the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the universal Church continues to invite the faithful to focus on the need to ask for Divine Mercy and to be reconciled with the Father of Mercy. Repentance and conversion are central to the call to become ambassadors of the Father’s mercy for others. Acknowledging the deep need for Divine Mercy and cultivating a merciful heart is more challenging than it appears.St. John Paul II’s 1980 encyclical, Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy), taught, “The present day mentality, more perhaps...
  • Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God

    05/11/2016 8:35:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God Msgr. Charles Pope • May 10, 2016 • I recently prepared a talk to present to a group of lawyers on the relationship between justice and mercy. The following is a summary of the basic points: I. Distinctions – From our perspective as humans, we tend to distinguish sharply between justice and mercy.For us, justice is the rendering to each person what is due to him or her. There is a kind of “You did it, you get it” mentality (whether praise or rebuke, reward or punishment). For us, justice is about...
  • The Pope's Traditional Masterstroke to bring Crowds to the Jubilee

    02/08/2016 11:43:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/07/16 | New Catholic
    Rorate Caeli + Tempus Septuagesimæ + The Pope's Traditional Masterstroke to bring Crowds to the Jubilee So...the 2016 Mercy Jubilee was not the popular success that had been foreseen. What was the solution? The Pope had the Capuchins bring to Rome from different points of Italy two of the most popular and traditional saints of the 20th Century, great Apostles of Penance and Confession: Sts. Padre Pio and Leopold Mandic. And the crowds suddenly appeared for the venerable Relics! Hail Tradition!
  • The Pope Francis Mercy Monopoly; Is this a Joke? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/06/2016 8:42:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | Saturday February 6, 2016 | Christopher A Ferrara
    It seems to be impossible to get off the Francis beat on which Remnant writers and other tradition-minded Catholic commentators around the world have found themselves over the past three years. Not a week passes without something from the Vatican, orchestrated by Francis and his public relations team, designed specifically to call attention to the latest sensational development in what is being marketed shamelessly as Pope Francis' Revolution of Tenderness and Love.(r) Many journalists have devoted entire careers to covering the Vatican beat, but this Pope's endless of train of publicity stunts has made Vatican-watchers of the rest of us....
  • Let’s Just Start Calling the Diabolical Narcissist Rage Monster Bergoglio “Worshipful Master”.

    01/13/2016 6:21:23 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 7 replies
    Barnhardt Blog ^ | January 12, A.D. 2016 | Ann Barnhardt
    Soooooo muuuuuuuuch. Where does one even begin. I see the emails saying, **What is going on? How can this be happening? Why is Pope Francis doing this?** I’ve already answered these questions, but I understand that sometimes it takes multiple **encounters** with the **tender two-by-four of reality** to have reality fully, permanently set-in. So, I’ll walk you through it again. Bergoglio keeps saying heretical things, recently denying the divinity of Christ (it was always just a matter of time) by saying that Our Lord had to beg forgiveness of Mary and Joseph for His **little escapade** when at age 12...
  • Death or Incapacitation of Pope Francis: Soon

    11/17/2015 8:44:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Arise! Let us be going! ^ | November 16, 2015 | Father George David Byers
    AN OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS Most Holy Father, Bishop of Rome, Francis: I note your overture to a Lutheran woman at the Lutheran church on Via Sicilia in Rome on 15 November 2015, the one who asked about intercommunion (starting minute 21.00 on the Vatican YouTube video). I had to wonder before if your recent interview with Eugenio Scalfari was correctly reported. I now have no doubt. With due respect to your person and your office, I ask you not to make this kind of thing part of what you want to publish about the Synod with the authority...
  • If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News is No News – A Meditation on the Coming Year of Mercy

    09/24/2015 7:20:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09- | Msgr. Charles Pope
    If You Don’t Know the Bad News, the Good News is No News – A Meditation on the Coming Year of Mercy Msgr. Charles Pope • September 23, 2015 • As we prepare for the “Year of Mercy” we need to continue to understand that mercy is very good news. However, there is an old saying, “If you don’t know the bad news, the good news is no news.”Sadly, many people today understand mercy in a very detached way, a way that is apart from repentance and a deep knowledge of our sinfulness. Too many people think that mercy means...
  • Radical feminist: Pope should ‘beg forgiveness’ for his abortion views

    09/12/2015 3:05:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies
    LiveAction News ^ | September 11, 2015 | Calvin Freiburger
    Radical feminist writer Jill Filipovic is not happy with Pope Francis. In the New York Times, she criticizes his recent announcement authorizing priests to forgive repentant confessions of abortion: "[M]ercy may actually be worse. While the pope’s announcement has been hailed as evidence of the church’s new, softer approach, it’s actually the latest example of the modern anti-abortion strategy: Portray women as victims who need to be protected from themselves with laws that restrict abortion rights. "Despite the concern for what the pope calls an “agonizing and painful decision,” research shows that a vast majority of women who terminate pregnancies...