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  • One Priest’s Concern About Recent Remarks by the Pope

    06/26/2016 5:38:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/24/16 | Msgr Charles Pope
    I would like to make, as a parish priest in trenches, a few remarks concerning the Pope’s recent statements in Rome at a gathering of priests and seminarians. Others have admirably remarked on his troubling remarks on marriage and cohabitation. I will not add to those. But I would like to focus on two other reported remarks the Pope made about priests to the effect that some of us are cruel, are putting our noses into people’s moral life and possibly that he even called some of us animals. And while most of these remarks, recorded and widely reported, were...
  • Cardinal Canizares: "I Shall Continue Even If They Crucify Me"

    06/25/2016 7:41:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 6/24/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 16 June, it was reported that the courageous prelate from Spain, Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Cañizares Llovera, was being investigated by the government of the Spanish Province of Valencia for his purportedly abusive remarks about the increasingly disintegrating pressure on the traditional family exercised by applied gender theory and the so called “gay empire.” The report said: The government of the Spanish province of Valencia has opened an investigation against the Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Cañizares Llovera, following numerous complaints over a sermon in which he denounced the influence of the “gay empire” on society. If prosecuted...
  • Catholic Priests in Montreal Banned from Being Alone with Children

    06/25/2016 7:34:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 6/24/16 | Harriet Sherwood
    New policy, which includes church workers and volunteers, intended as ‘safety net’ against allegations of sex abuse, but critics say move is ‘too little, too late’Catholic priests in Montreal will be banned from being alone with children to provide a “safety net” against allegations of abuse. Archbishop Christian Lepine has issued a decree to implement the policy, which also covers lay workers and volunteers. According to the decree, the move was to “ensure the safety and integrity of the people to whom we bring the Gospel message and offer our pastoral care”. But, it added, it was also “to preserve...
  • Is Francis the Last Pope? A Rare Interview with Archbishop Ganswein

    06/25/2016 7:24:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/25/16 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What is Benedict XVI's own view of his historical resignation? What has the fall-out been from his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein's controversial remark on an “expanded petrine office”? What about the “Prophesy of Malachy,” which allegedly sees Francis as the last pontiff? In a recent and candid conversation, veteran journalist and EWTN Rome correspondent Paul Badde sat down with Archbishop Gänswein, who gave his take on these and a number of other questions. The German archbishop currently serves Pope Francis as Prefect of the Papal Household, and has also maintained...
  • More US women religious summoned to Rome: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (Cath Caucus)

    06/24/2016 3:28:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 24, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The leaders of the Sisters of Loreto were called to Rome to talk about issues of doctrine and morals.Then the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary were called.Now I read at panicky Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) that the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet are next. A copy of the subsequent letter sent by leadership to Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet sisters was obtained by Global Sisters Report. It says that all CSJ Province Leadership Teams received the same letter from CICLSAL and quotes from it on five matters “voicing the following concerns“:• Your desire to...
  • Pope Praises Armenia's Christian Past, but Avoids 'Genocide'

    06/24/2016 6:55:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/24/16 | AP
    YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Pope Francis hailed Armenia's steadfast Christian heritage on Friday as he arrived in the former Soviet republic for a three-day visit to commemorate the centenary of the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians that the pope himself has called a "genocide." In a largely Orthodox land where Catholics are a minority, Armenians seemed genuinely honored to welcome a pope who has long championed the Armenian cause from his time as an archbishop in Argentina and now as leader of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. Small groups of residents lined his motorcade route, and a gaggle of schoolchildren wearing...
  • Catholic school board passes policy to expel students for ‘homophobia’

    06/23/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Lianne Laurence
    The Halton Catholic school board voted four to one Tuesday night to adopt a policy update on disciplining students for “homophobia … and harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation” which critics say will see students suspended or expelled for stating Catholic teaching on homosexuality and gender theory. The vote itself was a procedural violation since trustees had already voted down the “progressive discipline” policy update last month by a vote of 4 to 3. Trustee Anthony Danko argued vehemently at the June 21 meeting — to no avail — that to reintroduce the policy in...
  • Pan-Orthodox Council Opens with Call to Unity

    06/21/2016 4:11:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople celebrated the Divine Liturgy of Pentecost on June 19 to open the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. In recent weeks, four of 14 autocephalous Orthodox churches chose not to send delegations to the council. “Our Orthodox Church has the supreme gift and blessing of possessing the treasure of truth and preserving intact the gift of the All-Holy Spirit, which 'has filled the whole world' (Wis. 1:7), and it is obliged to give the contemporary world a testimony of love and unity, and to reveal the hidden hope that lies within it,” he...
  • Orthodox Churches Council Opens on Crete Despite Russia's Absence

    06/19/2016 5:15:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/19/16
    A historic gathering of Orthodox Churches has opened on the Greek island of Crete, despite the absence of four denominations including the Russians. The Holy and Great Council had been billed as the first meeting of fellow Church leaders since 787 AD. The Russians decided to stay away after the Churches of Antioch, Bulgaria and Georgia refused to take part after disputes about the meeting. The council, which began on Sunday, has been 55 years in preparation. It will run until 27 June. On Sunday morning, clerics attending the council celebrated Orthodox Pentecost in the Cretan town of Heraklion, the...
  • Editorial: WE DESERVE FRANCIS [Catholic Caucus]

    06/18/2016 1:52:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 18, 2016 | New Catholic
    When, minutes after the election of Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope, this venue published the most widely read piece in its history, a forecast of the future pontificate based on past experience, this page was brutally criticized for it. The experience of Cardinal Bergoglio as Archbishop of Buenos Aires had provided more than enough information on his personality, his theological inclinations, his idiosyncrasies. That is, nothing done by him in the past three years has been a surprise to those who knew him. It was all foreseeable: Saul does not become Paul without a Damascene conversion, and it must be admitted...
  • The Canizares Case in Spain is a Litmus Test for Pope Francis

    06/18/2016 11:28:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 6/17/16 | Maike Hickson
    As has been recently reported in several media outlets, Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera, the Archbishop of Valencia, Spain, is now under harsh attack from feminist, homosexual, and other progressive groups for having defended the traditional family and for accusing the promoters of gender ideology and of the “gay empire” of attacking the family. Cañizares said the following, for example, in a homily on 13 May, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima: We have [cumulative]legislation contrary to the family, the acts of political and social forces, to which are added movements and acts by the gay empire, by ideologies such...
  • A few notes on journalistic points made today [Catholic Caucus]

    06/18/2016 11:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 17, 2016 | Edward N. Peters
    In a day fraught with canonical confusion may I offer a few observations on some journalistic issues I noticed along the way? First, I find John Allen’s pooh-poohing of widespread concerns that Francis’ remarks, yet again, needed to be “walked-back” by Vatican spin doctors off-putting in several respects. Ignoring Allen’s patronizing tone and his caricaturing of Vatican critics as emitting “howls of outrage” over mere “retouching” of the pope’s words, from several passages let’s consider these. Allen writes: There’s nothing objectionable about a pope correcting what he said, as long as we’re sure it’s actually the pope making the corrections....
  • Pope's Comments on Modern Marriage Raise Storm of Criticism

    06/18/2016 11:12:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/17/16 | Phillip Pullella
    Pope Francis has said the "great majority" of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realize it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Church conservatives. The pope, who has come under fire before for making spontaneous comments about doctrinal matters, was speaking at a question-and-answer session with priests, nuns and parish workers on Thursday night in a Rome basilica. "We are living in a provisional culture," Francis said in response to a man who spoke of "the crisis of marriage" and asked how the Church could better prepare young couples. "Because of this,...
  • Vatican Transcript Alters Pope’s Bombshell Remark on Validity of Catholic Marriages

    06/18/2016 11:07:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/17/16 | John Jalsevac
    June 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The official Vatican transcript of controversial remarks made by Pope Francis this week, in which he speculated that the “great majority” of Catholic marriages are in fact invalid, significantly alters his words. While a video of the pope’s remarks show clearly that he used the Italian words “grande maggioranza” (great majority) to indicate the proportion of marriages that he believes are “null,” the official Vatican transcript changes those words to the more measured “parte” – i.e. a part, portion, or some. Yahoo News reports that a Vatican spokesperson stated that the Pope’s words may at...
  • The damage done (again) by the Pope's statements on marriage [Catholic Caucus]

    06/17/2016 9:26:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 17, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    During an address to a diocesan congress in Rome yesterday, Pope Francis was quoted as saying: that some priests are “animals,” that pastors should not be “putting our noses into the moral life of other people,” and that the “great majority” of Catholic marriages today are invalid. All of these shocking statements were attributed to the Holy Father by reliable journalists: experienced reporters who take pains to get things right, and usually do. Below I’ll address the important question of whether or not the quotes were accurate. But first let’s assess the damage done by the statements as they were...
  • "Little Sheep" Music Video

    06/17/2016 7:48:01 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman
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  • San Diego Bishop: Combat ‘Anti-Gay Prejudice’ in Catholic Community

    06/17/2016 8:57:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    In a statement issued after the Orlando shooting, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego called upon Catholics to “combat ever more vigorously the anti-gay prejudice which exists in our Catholic community and in our country.” “The shootings in Orlando are a wound to our entire society, and this time the LGBT community has been specifically targeted and victimized,” he said. “We pray for the many victims in Orlando who were targeted for death simply because of their sexual orientation, and we grieve with their loving families and friends.” “We pray for the Muslim community in our nation, who have acted...
  • The Great Majority of Christian Marriages are Valid

    06/17/2016 8:43:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    In The Light of the Law ^ | 6/17/16 | Ed Peters
    Last time a ranking prelate (Cdl. Kasper) opined that half of all marriages were null his attribution of such a reckless assertion to Pope Francis himself could be dismissed as hearsay, deflected as referring to marriage in general and not Christian marriage in particular, or at least minimized as describing merely ‘many’ or even ‘half’ of all marriages. But none of those qualifications can be applied to blunt the impact of the pope’s startling claim “the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null”.If last time was bad, this time is very bad. Consider: Marriage is that natural human relationship...
  • Patriarch to Orthodox Leaders: Do not Abandon ‘Sacred Mission’ of Unity

    06/17/2016 8:33:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/16/16 | Cindy Wooden
    Patriarch Bartholomew urges fellow leaders to attend Pan-Orthodox CouncilEcumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has called on his brother patriarchs and primates of the Orthodox churches to honour their commitments and join him for the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church. Four of the churches – the Antiochian, Bulgarian, Georgian and Russian Orthodox – announced they would not attend the gathering scheduled for June 19-26 on the Greek island of Crete. The patriarchs and primates of the 14 autocephalous or self-governing Orthodox churches met in Switzerland in January and voted unanimously to convene the Council, which would be the...
  • How lack of reverence for the Eucharist puts people off Catholicism

    06/17/2016 6:46:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 16, 2016 | Francis Phillips
    Patrick Madrid recalls the Mormon who told him: 'I've never seen Catholics show awe. So I guess they don't believe it' Having referred to Patrick Madrid’s Life Lessons: Fifty Things I Learnt in My First Fifty Years (US, UK) in my last blog, I have found it both so readable and so full of wise reflections based on his own experiences (which could easily be the reader’s experiences too), that I will highlight another chapter here. Madrid relates that, as a full-time Catholic apologist, he was once giving a lecture on the Catholic faith when a Mormon in the audience...
  • Pope Francis: “The Great Majority of Our Sacramental Marriages are Null”

    06/17/2016 6:23:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 16, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In the context of adjudicating annulments, Polish Bishop Antoni Stankiewicz said that any view that dismisses so many unions as invalid reflects an “anthropological pessimism” that would hold that “it’s almost impossible to get married, in view of the current cultural situation.” If the pope’s view is that 50 percent of Catholic marriages are invalid, it is not just an insult to our natural human ability to marry, but also an insult to St. Paul, who said that the moral law is written on men’s hearts. And it’s an insult to God’s grace to imagine that our own age is...
  • Deep Fears About Modernity Lie Behind the Unravelling of the Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/16/2016 4:44:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/16/16 | Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith
    For some even the slightest change in relations with Rome will end up with tradition being swept awayThe fate of the Pan-Orthodox Council, which is due to start its deliberations in Crete this Sunday, hangs in the balance. At present it seems that the Bulgarians will definitely not be there, neither will the Antiochenes, and it looks as if the Serbs, Georgians and the Russians are pulling out as well. There is a useful summary of what is going on in this article at the Guardian website. The trouble, for us outsiders, is that it is very difficult to understand...
  • Chaldean Patriarchate Responds to Criticism of Invitation to Fast 1 Day with Muslims During Ramadan

    06/16/2016 4:32:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/14/16
    Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - The request made by the Chaldean Patriarchate to all Iraqi Christians to unite for a day of fasting practiced by Muslims during Ramadan (see Fides 13/06/2016) has provoked some criticism, also expressed "with innappropriate words" through social network. To clarify the true extent of the initiative and unravel possible misunderstanding, the Chaldean Patriarchate, through its official channels, has called the practice of fasting, prayer and penance as ordinary tools with which, from apostolic times, the Churches of the East and all Christian communities over the world express their supplications to the Lord, even before the situations...
  • Doctrinal Text Looks at Increasing Harmony Among Church Groups

    06/16/2016 4:25:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/14/16 | Cindy Wooden
    The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's letter to bishops around the world has been publishedLocal bishops have an obligation to welcome new movements and communities and guide them, while the groups have an obligation to obey the local bishop and avoid the appearance of setting up a parallel church, said a new Vatican document. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s letter to bishops around the world on “the relationship between hierarchical and charismatic gifts in the life and mission of the Church” was released today. The hierarchical gifts — teaching, sanctifying and governing — are those...
  • Vatican Doctrine Chief Downplays Expectations Over Women Deacons

    06/16/2016 4:21:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/14/16 | AP
    Pope Francis commissioned a study into the role of women deaconsThe head of the Vatican’s doctrine office is suggesting little new will come from a study commissioned by Pope Francis into the role of women deacons, according to Associated Press. Cardinal Gerhard Muller says the Vatican is putting together a list of experts for the study. But he says the focus will be historic in nature, studying the role of women deacons in the early church, and that regardless a comprehensive study was completed in 2002. That study found that female deacons of the early Church cannot be compared to...
  • Pope’s rhetoric against ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics could help pave way for active persecution

    06/15/2016 7:13:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 15, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    Editor’s note: This is part 3 of a series examining Pope Francis’ papacy over the last three years. See part 1 here and part 2 here. June 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – It’s one of the most frequent talking points of Pope Francis. It’s definitely part of his appeal for the media and simultaneously one of the most hurtful things for those inside the Church for whom the faith means everything. I’m speaking of the Pope’s penchant for castigating faithful adherents of the Catholic faith as “obsessed,” “doctors of the law,” “neo-pelagian,” “self-absorbed,” “restorationist,” “fundamentalist,” “rigid,” “ideological,” “hypocritical,” and much more....
  • Cardinal Müller Rejects Image of Doctrinal “Throwing Stones” [Catholic Caucus]

    06/15/2016 12:26:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    One Peter Five ^ | June 14, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    Just a few days ago, OnePeterFive was able to highlight an important allusive statement made by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, about Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, whose undifferentiated idea that the pope need not necessarily reside in Rome in order to govern the Catholic Church was labeled by the CDF prefect as “heretical”. There is yet more to come. Müller’s June 2016 interview with the German Catholic journal, Herder Korrespondenz, contains even more comments of importance that deserve our special attention. For example, Cardinal Müller balks at a tonal image Pope Francis...
  • Fernández: “Give More Power” to Bishops’ Conferences [Catholic Caucus]

    06/15/2016 12:20:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 14, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    The story surrounding the somewhat controversial papal advisor and ghostwriter of Amoris Laetitia, Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, continues. As we had reported, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, in the June 2016 issue of Herder Korrespondenz, recently refuted as being potentially heretical Fernández’ 2015 claim that the pope himself could very well reside also in places other than Rome. This story was then also reported on by Dr. Sandro Magister in Italy and by Guiseppe Nardi in Germany. Yesterday, 13 June, Archbishop Fernández came back with a reply, by giving an interview to La Stampa‘s journalist and papal friend, Andrea Tornielli. In his...
  • Italy Wrestles with Pope’s Annulment Reform

    06/15/2016 9:20:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/13/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Pope Francis' annulment reform appears to require each diocese to have its own marriage tribunal, but many Italian bishops are defending their system of regional tribunals as both more efficient and less expensive, basically under the heading of, "If it's not broken, don't fix it."With a letter sent Wednesday to the general secretary of the Italian bishops’ conference, Pope Francis established a bilateral working group on the reform of the process of investigating marriage nullity. His June 8 letter to Bishop Nunzio Galantino, 67, the Bishop Emeritus of Cassano all’Jonio, stated that the working group is to be chaired by...
  • How Paul VI Abolished the Index of Prohibited Books, 50 Years Ago Today

    06/14/2016 6:19:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/14/16 | Richard Upsher Smith, Jr.
    Fifty years on, we publish a translation of the CDF’s 'Clarification' and 'Ordinance' regarding Paul VI’s Integrae ServandaeIn establishing the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Integrae Servandae, Pope Paul VI gave the congregation the duty of “carefully examin[ing] books that have been reported”, etc., but he made no mention of the status of the Index of Prohibited Books.[1] The following clarification by the CDF of Paul VI’s intention, issued in response to queries received, stated that the Index with its associated penalties would no longer be in force; however, the point of the Index, the safeguarding of...
  • Pan-Orthodox Council Will Not be Legitimate if Held Without Some Churches - Metropolitan Hilarion

    06/14/2016 6:11:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/13/16
    Moscow, June 13, Interfax - The Pan-Orthodox Council can only be legitimate if all local Churches without exceptions participate in it, the Moscow Patriarchate said. "Some people now say that it's their problem that they have refused, they don't have to participate, but we will go ahead anyway in the composition that will be there and will make decisions and they will become binding for everyone. It doesn't happen that way," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told a briefing in Moscow on Monday. He said that all Churches have to participate in the...
  • Orthodox Scholars Urge Leaders to Go Ahead with Council

    06/13/2016 8:42:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/13/16 | Staff Reporter
    The scholars said the council is 'an opportunity to commence a new phase of Orthodox witness'50 Orthodox scholars have signed an open letter to Orthodox leaders, urging them to come together for the Pan-Orthodox Council. The meeting, which is meant to take place in a week’s time, hangs in the balance after two churches withdrew and others expressed major reservations. The council, for which preparations began in 1961, was supposed to bring together all 14 “autocephalous” Orthodox churches, the largest number ever to have come together. But after the Bulgarian church pulled out for reasons which remain unclear, the Moscow...
  • Pakistan, Boom in Vocations in the Land of Martyrs

    The situation of the Catholic minority, today. Two months before the Easter massacre went in the Punjab, Lahore. The faith professed in tears by the survivors. The expert analysis. And, surprise, seminars full of young peopleThey call it "city of gardens". But today the more than eleven hundred public gardens scattered throughout the territory of Lahore, capital of Punjab Pakistan, remain sadly deserts. Two months after the suicide attack of 27 March in the park Gulshan-e-Iqbal - remembered as "the Easter attack "- fear and caution are still palpable. Terrorism has struck at the heart of the metropolis of over...
  • Scandal at Maynooth Seminary [Ireland]

    06/12/2016 11:55:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 6/11/16 | Anthony Murphy
    Is anyone really surprised that the complaints about Maynooth are anonymous?Last week I spoke to an Irish bishop about the latest scandal to hit St. Patrick's seminary in Maynooth. While he himself did not want to go on the record, he did acknowledge that the Irish bishops were aware of some of the concerns about the seminary but were unable to act because the complaints made by seminarians were always anonymous. Is he serious? Does he really expect anything other than an anonymous complaint? To understand the fear of speaking out openly and why seminarians chose to suffer in silence...
  • Ominous Power Grabs – Part II [Catholic Caucus]

    06/10/2016 5:45:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 10, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Vatican Places Roadblock in Path of New Traditional Diocesan Orders In my last column on this subject I discussed the new apostolic letter whose language is broad enough to warrant the immediate removal of any bishop deemed “divisive” — i.e., too conservative — by the Vatican. In support of my suspicion in this regard I cited the string of conservative bishops whose removal Francis has ordered since March of 2014, while liberal prelates around the world are left alone and even honored and promoted (e.g., the infamous appointment of Cardinal Danneels to the disastrous “Synod on the Family”). Another Vatican...
  • Georgian Church Decides not to Participate in Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/10/2016 6:31:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/10/16
    Tbilisi, June 10, Interfax - The Georgian Orthodox Church will not participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete which is slated for June 16-27. "This decision was adopted during today's session of the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church in which the Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia participated," the report of the Georgian Patriarchate said. Ilia II said in February that the Holy Synod rejected the document 'The relation of the Orthodox Church towards the rest of the Christian world' which was prepared for discussion at the Pan-Orthodox Council. The Synod also opposed a number of other documents...
  • One Of The Best Things You Can Do For Yourself & Others Is Think About and Preach Hell

    06/09/2016 5:17:47 PM PDT · by SGNA · 30 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | June 9, 2016 | Ann Barnhardt
    One Of The Best Things You Can Do For Yourself & Others Is Think About and Preach Hell I have been reading some meditations on Hell by Venerable Luis de la Puente. I have found them to be most helpful, and if I may, I would like to explain some of them to you in the hopes that it will help you and yours. Hell, as with heaven, has been depicted in such a way as to make it seem banal. What is your conception of hell right now before you read this? Fire? Burning? Demons poking you with sticks?...
  • Vatican Official: Amoris Laetitia Calls for New Style of Ministry, but No New Doctrine

    06/09/2016 4:56:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    In an address to 50 Nigerian bishops, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family said recently that Pope Francis’s new apostolic exhortation on love in the family calls for a new style of ministry to families without changing doctrine. “It is clear that a new ecclesial style is being called for, and this new style requires an understanding of the variety of situations that must be dealt with,” said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. “The Pope is not calling for new abstract doctrine or new legal rules,” he added. “In the exhortation, he recalls that while during the synods there...
  • Bishop Urges Catholics to Affirm Truths ‘Undermined’ in Amoris Laetitia

    06/09/2016 4:52:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/9/16 | Staff Reporter
    Bishop Schneider said the document might lead to widespread confusion over doctrine and the sacramentsBishop Athanasius Schneider has said that parts of Amoris Laetitia “contain a real spiritual danger” and has called on all Catholics to affirm doctrines which he says the document calls into doubt. Responding to an open letter from The Remnant newspaper, Bishop Schneider, an auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, said some parts of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation may cause “doctrinal confusion”. He said its words about the sacraments could lead to practice which undermines the sacraments of Confession, marriage and the Eucharist. The Remnant describes...
  • Serbian Orthodox Church Refuses to Participate in Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/09/2016 4:44:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/9/16
    Belgrade, June 9, Interfax - The Serbian Orthodox Church joined a number of local Churches which do not consider participation in the Pan-Orthodox Council slated for late June on Crete possible. "Our Church sees obstacles to participation in the Holy and Great Council and proposes to postpone it for the time being," the letter of the Serbian Orthodox Church Synod to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who is responsible for coordination of the preparations of the Council, said. Before holding this historical event it is necessary to resolve the differences between the local Churches, reach a consensus and revise...
  • St. Agnes Parish in Manhattan Entrusted to Opus Dei

    06/09/2016 4:40:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    St. Agnes parish in Manhattan will operate under the auspices of Opus Dei as of July 1, the archdiocese has announced. The Prelature of Opus Dei has accepted Cardinal Dolan’s invitation to assume responsibility for the pastoral care and administration of St. Agnes, parishioners learned at Masses celebrated there on Memorial Day weekend. Opus Dei is an international Catholic organization, a personal prelature that seeks to help people come closer to God in their work and daily activities. “I warmly welcome the Prelature of Opus Dei as a partner in serving the people of God of this archdiocese,” Cardinal Dolan...
  • Orthodox Leaders Split Over Whether Council Can Go Ahead

    06/08/2016 11:45:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/7/18 | Staff Reporter
    The Patriarchate of Constantinople say the meeting should go ahead, while the Moscow Patriarchate say a pre-Council meeting is neededThe Pan-Orthodox Council is hanging in the balance, after the two most important churches disagreed over whether it should be postponed. The Council, scheduled for June 16-26, was supposed to bring together all 14 Orthodox churches, but last week the Bulgarian church said they would not attend. The reasons were unclear. While the Patriarchate of Constantinople have said the meeting should go ahead as planned, the Moscow Patriarchate have said it may be better to postpone it until all concerns have...
  • Southern Baptists see 9th year of membership decline

    06/07/2016 8:44:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 6:00 PM EDT | Travis Loller
    The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015—the ninth straight year of decline for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Membership stands at 15.3 million, down from 15.5 million in 2014, according to denomination statistics released on Tuesday. Baptisms also fell by more than 10,000 to just a little more than 295,000. Baptisms are an important measure for the Nashville-based denomination because of its strong commitment to evangelism. …
  • Pan-Orthodox Council [Which Has] Not Been Convened [in] Over a Thousand Years is Under Question

    06/07/2016 3:57:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 6/6/16
    Moscow, June 6, Interfax - In connection with the decision of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to boycott the Pan-Orthodox Council, the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate suggests to hold an extra-ordinary Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference. "Considering the great amount of work and the importance of problems raised, such a conference needs to be convened urgently, no later than on June 10, 2016, so that the on the basis of its resolution the Orthodox Churches could make a decision as to the possibility of convening the Pan-Orthodox Council at the stated date," the participants in the Holy Synod, held on Friday...
  • Cracks in Deal to Avert Anglican Schism Over Homosexuality

    06/07/2016 3:52:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6/6/16 | John Bingham
    A deal to avert the break-up of the worldwide Anglican Communion risks collapse amid signals that African churches are reassessing ties with the Church of England over the issue of same-sex marriage. The new leader of a powerful bloc of traditionalist bishops and archbishops - seen as representing the majority of the world’s estimated 80 million Anglicans - said the Church of England had recently crossed a “line” with a series of decisions seen as endorsing a more liberal stance on homosexuality. The Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, the Archbishop of Nigeria, said many traditionalists now view the British branches of...
  • Can one be a diocesan priest and offer the traditional Mass only? A true motivational example

    06/06/2016 8:50:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/08/11
    Soon after the publication of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, three priests of the Diocese of Novara (Piedmont, Italy) tried to celebrate the Traditional Mass exclusively (we reported on these developments here and here). In an interview released a few days ago, Father Alberto Secci tells his story, and presents us with the wonderful account of his life after Summorum. Yes, there is a life for diocesan priests celebrating the Sacraments according to the ancient use exclusively. And it can be beautiful, and powerful, and glorious, despite the normal difficulties of life. "Can you imagine what would happen if all...
  • Patriarch Bartholomew Calls for Unity Ahead of Orthodox ‘Great Council’

    06/04/2016 1:05:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A spokesman for the Patriarchate said the meeting's sole purpose was unityEcumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has issued a call for unity ahead of an historic meeting of the 14 independent Orthodox churches due to take place later this month on Crete. The “Holy and Great Council”, presided over by Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians has been called to discuss their common future and efforts to heal the nearly 1,000-year rift with the Roman Catholics. All the Orthodox churches, old and new, have never met before – not since the “great schism” of...
  • Statement from Patriarchate of Antioch Raises New Concerns About Pan-Orthodox Council

    06/04/2016 12:56:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    A jurisdictional conflict between the Orthodox patriarchates of Antioch and Jerusalem poses a new threat to the success of an unprecedented worldwide council of Orthodox prelates. The Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch has issued a strong statement expressing "much distress and astonishment" at the decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to defer a decision on the conflict until after the Pan-Orthodox Council, which will take place later this month in Crete. The Antioch patriarchate said the council should be an expression of unity among the Orthodox churches. This unity, the statement from Antioch said, "is best manifested by the Divine...
  • Ecumenical Patriarchate Releases Pan-Orthodox Council’s Draft Documents

    06/03/2016 3:20:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The press office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has made public the draft documents that will be discussed at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, which is scheduled to begin on June 18 at the Orthodox Academy in Kolymvari, Crete. The documents are entitled “The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World,” “The Orthodox Diaspora,” “Autonomy and the Means by Which it is Proclaimed,” “The Sacrament of Marriage and its Impediments,” “The Importance of Fasting and Its Observance Today,” and “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World.”“It is the first...
  • Spanish Cardinal Doubles Down on Rebuke of ‘Gay Empire’ Amid Attacks

    06/02/2016 7:01:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/1/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    June 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A feminist organization in the Spanish province of Valencia are asking the government to prosecute a cardinal who denounced the influence of the “gay empire” and gender ideology. Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, former prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and current archbishop of Valencia, recently told the faithful in a sermon, “The family is being stalked today, in our culture, by endlessly grave difficulties, while it suffers serious attacks, which are hidden from no one.” “We have legislation contrary to the family, the acts of political and social forces, to which are added movements...