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  • Rome in Eye of A Storm

    12/09/2016 7:14:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Regina Magazine ^ | 12/8/16 | Harry Stevens
    Is there a “Reign Of Terror” Inside the Vatican?He is a veteran Vatican-watcher, the Rome reporter for the USA’s National Catholic Register. He’s also that rarity among journalists – a practicing Catholic. He’s a real pro, too. In 2014 Edward Pentin’s journalistic integrity came under fire from a Pope Francis favorite, German Cardinal Emeritus Walter Kasper. The liberal Cardinal’s disparaging comments about African prelates attending the Synod had been captured on Pentin’s Iphone recorder. Kasper publicly denied ever making such remarks – and then had to retract his denial when Pentin quietly published the audio. The resulting furore quickly derailed...
  • Pope Francis names new bishop, John O. Barres, for Long Island

    12/09/2016 7:04:42 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 9, 2016 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From the Long Island Catholic, some happy news for my neighbors to the east: Pope Francis today appointed Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania, to serve as the fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre. He succeeds Bishop William Murphy, 76, who has led the Diocese of Rockville Centre since 2001.The appointment was made public in Washington, December 9, 2016 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.Bishop-designate Barres will assume leadership of the Diocese during a Mass of Installation at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes on January 31, 2017 at 2 p.m. Until that time,...
  • Mixing Sand With Rice

    12/09/2016 5:53:17 PM PST · by marshmallow
    La Croix ^ | 12/9/16 | Father Peter Peng, Hebei
    In recent years, whenever a government-backed bishop not approved by the Vatican appeared at an episcopal ordination along with Vatican-approved bishops, Chinese Catholics would mock it saying "mixing sand with rice." The first time I heard "mixing sand with the rice" was via my mentor, the late Father Yan Wenda. It was in 1984 when he gave me my first New Testament. Owing to the socio-political situation at that time, the dominating official ideology denied the supremacy of the pope. Thus, the New Testament was published with explanatory notes tampered by some so-called Chinese "theologians." Since the Bible was scarce...
  • Pope's Homily: Priests are Called to Console, not Heap Obligations on People

    12/09/2016 5:40:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | 12/9/16 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY – Priests are called to be mediators between God and God's people, offering their time and their very lives in service; they are not God's "intermediaries" or functionaries, who go to work to get paid or, worse, enter the priesthood in search of status, Pope Francis said. Priests who only want to dress the part end up looking ridiculous, he said Dec. 9 during his homily at Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Looking at the day's Gospel reading, Mt 11:16-19, where Jesus talks about people who are never satisfied and always judge others, Pope...
  • Chinese Cardinal Says Vatican Must Stand up to Beijing

    12/09/2016 5:14:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/8/16 | Pak Yiu and Lisa Jucca
    Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Chinese Catholic cleric, says the participation of an excommunicated prelate at two bishop ordinations in China was a "slap in the face" for Pope Francis just as Rome seeks a historic deal with Beijing. Bishop Lei Shiyin, who was excommunicated by the Vatican in 2011 for accepting his appointment without papal approval, took part in the ordinations of new bishops in the cities of Chengdu and Xichang, in southwestern China, last week. While the Catholic priests selected to be bishops enjoyed the backing of both Rome and Beijing, the active participation of the excommunicated...
  • U.S. Catholics Love Pope Francis, Poll Says

    12/09/2016 5:09:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/9/16 | CNS
    A new poll shows that Pope Francis's favorability has risen among adult Catholics to just above what it was a year ago, after the U.S. visit. The rating has dipped slightly among U.S. adults in general but experts say it's because the pope has not been as 'publicly active' this year.ST. LEO - A new poll shows that Pope Francis’s favorability dipped slightly among U.S. adults in general, but has risen among adult Catholics to just above what it was a year ago. The poll, by St. Leo University Polling Institute in Florida, asked 1,001 respondents if their opinion of...
  • Vatican Expert: Is Amoris Laetitia Really a ‘Work of the Holy Spirit’?

    12/08/2016 7:56:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/7/16 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, December 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, the dean of the Roman Rota, has again reaffirmed his support for Amoris Laetitia and not the four cardinals' dubia on it, this time in an interview with Ed Pentin of the National Catholic Register. The two synods from which Pope Francis produced Amoris Laetitia were works of the "Holy Spirit," Pinto told Pentin, echoing a statement Cardinal Blase Cupich made last month. The two synods were "the place where the spirit [works]," said Pinto. "This is the ecclesiology of the Church.” However, Pentin pointed out that the claim the...
  • Outcry Greets Vatican Decision to Reaffirm Ban on Gay Priests

    12/08/2016 7:42:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/8/16 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican decision to reaffirm its opposition to gay priests has angered activists who thought Pope Francis was changing Rome’s attitudes toward homosexuality. In a new document on the priesthood, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy reiterated a 2005 statement declaring that men with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” or those who “support the so-called ‘gay culture’” cannot be priests. “Pope Francis has a lot of explaining to do by approving the newest Vatican instruction,” said Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which campaigns for LGBT rights in the church. "Francis’ famous ‘Who am I to judge?’...
  • Swiss Bishop: No Last Rites for Those Seeking Assisted Suicide

    12/08/2016 7:34:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/8/16 | CNS
    The number of euthanasia deaths in Switzerland rose by a third last year A Swiss bishop has instructed Catholic priests not to give last rites to people suspected of seeking assisted suicide, following a sharp rise in the practice in his country. “It is increasingly difficult to take the right decisions in the face of death – there’s even a sense of helplessness,” said Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur. “The readiness of a suffering patient to commit suicide with help from a bystander places any priest in an impossible situation if called to administer sacraments. Under such conditions, their reception...
  • Priests ‘Should Learn About Climate Change as Part of Their Formation’

    12/08/2016 7:22:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/8/16 | Cindy Wooden
    Updated Vatican guidelines say clergy must promote care for creationThe Catholic Church needs holy, healthy and humble priests and that requires prayers for vocations and the careful selection and training of candidates, the Congregation for Clergy has said. Updating 1985 guidelines for preparing men for the Latin-rite priesthood and ensuring their continuing education, training and support, the Congregation for Clergy released “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation”, a detailed set of guidelines and norms for priestly formation. The updated document draws heavily on St John Paul II’s 1992 apostolic exhortation on priestly formation, as well as on the teaching of...
  • Cdl. Farrell’s Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    12/07/2016 5:58:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/6/16 | Bradley Eli
    New prefect speaks as if doctrine is a matter of opinion while Cdl. Müller is mutedVATICAN ( - The prefect of the newly established super-dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life is critical of those who oppose his liberal interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia" (AL), while sidelining the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) by brushing off doctrinal objections to AL as mere differences of opinion. Cardinal Kevin Farrell in comments he made recently in the liberal U.K paper The Tablet "criticized opponents of the papal exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in...
  • Cardinal Stella on New Vatican Seminary Document: Avoid 'Rigidity'

    12/07/2016 5:20:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 12/7/16 | Edward Pentin
    Coinciding with publication of new and updated guidelines on priestly formation, Cardinal Beniamino Stella says that seminaries should focus on pastoral discernment and form priests to be "without rigidity, hypocrisy."The Congregation for Clergy is about to issue a new document on basic norms for priestly formation which aim to move away from “rigidity” in the interests of fostering greater pastoral discernment and accompaniment, according to the Congregation’s cardinal prefect. In an interview in tomorrow’s L’Osservatore Romano timed to coincide with its release, Cardinal Beniamino Stella explains that the document is a revision of the “Basic Plan for Priestly Formation” issued...
  • Pope Francis: Everything in Amoris Laetitia Was Supported by the Synod

    12/07/2016 9:41:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/7/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said that in a synodal Church there was 'a movement from high to low'Pope Francis has said that everything in his post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia was agreed by a majority of the Synod fathers. In an interview (English translation) with the Belgian magazine Tertio, the Pope described his method as: “Do not descend from high to low, but listen to the churches, harmonise them, discern. And so there is a post-Synodal exhortation, which is Amoris Laetitia, which is the result of two Synods, in which all the Church worked, and which the Pope made his own. It is...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Archbishop of Paris Discuss Erosion of Christian Values in Europe

    12/06/2016 6:23:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/6/16
    Paris, December 5, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, have discussed the problem of erosion of traditional Christian values in modern day Europe. "We saw the face of Catholic France during protests against the law on child adoption by same-sex couples," Patriarch Kirill said at their meeting in the Catholic Archdiocese in Paris on Monday. He expressed solidarity with the Roman Catholic Church on this issue and thanked the archbishop of Paris for the firm stance on the issue of same-sex "marriages". At the cardinal's exhortation, French...
  • San Diego Bishop Marginalizes Faithful Priest

    12/06/2016 5:59:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/4/16 | Christine Niles
    Fr. Richard Perozich speaks with Church Militant about his ordealSAN DIEGO ( - The bishop of San Diego, California is banning a parish priest from publishing anymore columns in the parish bulletin. Father Richard Perozich, pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, suffered backlash in November from parish bulletins advising Catholics how to vote. An October 16 insert — which had not been endorsed by Fr. Perozich — said it was "a mortal sin to vote Democrat." Father Perozich then authored an October 30 column in the parish bulletin denouncing abortion, the LGBT agenda, euthanasia and other intrinsic evils condemned by...
  • Bp Schneider Likens Treatment of 4 Cardinals to Soviet Regime: ‘We Live in a Climate of Threats’

    12/06/2016 5:46:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/6/16 | Jan Bentz
    ROME, Italy, December 6, 2016, (LifeSiteNews) — Before a packed room in Rome’s Centro Lepanto on Monday, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan urged the faithful to ardently hold on to the Church’s Magisterium on the indissolubility of marriage within the current state of ongoing ambiguities. “When Christ preached 2,000 years ago, the culture and reigning spirit were radically opposed to Him. Concretely religious syncretism ruled, also Gnosticism among the intelligent leaders, as well as permissibilism among the masses — especially regarding the institution of matrimony. […] The sole purpose of the Son of God was to reveal the truth to...
  • In Wake of Dubia Card. Farrell Again Blasts Critics of Pope & Amoris Laetitia

    12/04/2016 4:34:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    EWTN Great Britain ^ | 12/3/16 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, has again blasted critics of Pope Francis and his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Previously Cardinal Farrell has publicly criticised Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia for issuing guidelines implementing Amoris Laetitia in continuity with the Magisterium. Cardinal Farrell made his latest comments to the "progressive" Catholic newspaper The Tablet. The Prefect for Laity, the Family and Life "criticised opponents of Amoris Laetitia for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in the life of people'. He went on to observe that its critics "wished the world were...
  • [Former Jesuit Superior] Kolvenbach of the Opinion that Jorge Bergoglio, Francis, Is a Sociopath..

    11/30/2016 6:28:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Gloria TV reports: "Last Saturday, Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach died in Beirut, Lebanon. He was the Superior General of the Jesuits from 1983 to 2008. Kolvenbach allegedly wrote to the Vatican recommending that Jorge Mario Bergoglio not be made archbishop of Buenos Aires because he was emotionally unstable and temperamentally unreliable. John Paul II promoted him anyway, believing that liberal Jesuits were unduly prejudiced against Bergoglio because he had been unsympathetic to Liberation Theology. Bad Relationship: As the Argentinean provincial of the Jesuits, Bergoglio did not form as warm a relationship with the superior general, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, as he...
  • San Diego Bishop Bans Outspoken Pro-Life Priest from Writing Bulletin Columns

    11/30/2016 6:06:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    SAN DIEGO, California, November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy ordered a pastor to cease publishing columns in his church's weekly bulletin after the priest wrote in support of the Catholic Church's teaching on intrinsic evils and took strong stands on matters of prudential judgment within Catholic teaching. Father Richard Perozich of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church first came under fire this fall when inserts appeared in his parish bulletin that said it's a "mortal sin" to vote for pro-abortion Democrats. The fliers pointed out the Democratic Party’s official support for such intrinsic evils and warned Catholics they...
  • The Fastest-Growing Churches Have Modern Worship, Teach Literal Interpretation of the Bible: Study

    11/30/2016 2:41:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 529 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2016 | Brandon Showalter
    A Canadian study has found that Mainline Protestant churches that have both modern worship services and teach a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster. (Photo: Reuters/John Gress)A parishioner cries as he signs a song of worship in the 7,000-seat Willow Creek Community church during a Sunday service in South Barrington, Illinois, November 20, 2005. Institutions like Willow Creek and Houston's Lakewood Church, each drawing 20,000 or more on a weekend, offer not just a vast, shared attraction but a path that tries to link individuals on a faith-sustaining one-to-one level beyond the crowd, observers and worshipers say.The Canadian researchers who authored...
  • Abortion Doc Willie Parker: “My Christian Mind” Tells Me to Oppose Trump and Do Abortions

    11/30/2016 7:42:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | November 29, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Abortionist Willie Parker has given himself a reputation for using the Bible to defend killing unborn babies. In a new column for Broadly, Parker reflected on the results of the presidential election and compared his situation to that of the biblical character Job, who suffered intense pain and loss inflicted by Satan. When Parker woke up the morning after the election, he said two thoughts went through his head: “My Christian mind remembered the words of Job as his trials unfolded: ‘That which I have feared greatly has come upon me.’ My cultural bluesy, soulful music-loving brain remembered the opening...
  • The Pope Has Already Answered the Four Cardinals’ Questions, Says Fr Spadaro

    11/29/2016 5:13:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/29/16 | Madeleine Teahan
    Fr Spadaro said the dubia had already been addressed in depthFr Antonio Spadaro has said that the questions raised by four cardinals following the publication of Amoris Laetitia, have already been answered. The editor-in-chief of La Civilta’ Cattolica, was commenting on the dubia submitted to the Pope by Cardinals Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller and Joachim Meisner in September, which the Pope has not yet answered. In an exclusive piece for CNN, Fr Spadaro said that the apostolic exhortation had created an “open and honest debate.” He said: “During the Synod, all of the necessary responses were given and...
  • Next Synod Will Discuss Lack of Vocations, Says Pope Francis

    11/28/2016 5:57:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/28/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said vocations exist, but need to be proposed in the right wayPope Francis has said the next synod will discuss the decline in priestly vocations. In a conversation with Jesuits published by the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, the Pope said: “With regard to local vocations, I say that the vocational decline will be spoken of at the next Synod. I believe that vocations exist, you just have to know how to propose them and how to attend to them.” The next Ordinary Synod will be held in October 2018, on the theme of “Youth, Faith and Vocation”....
  • In Latest Interview, Pope Attacks "Rigidity" in Seminaries and in Priestly Formation. Are Seminaries

    11/28/2016 5:19:07 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 28, 2016 | Augustinus
    Full Title:For the Record - In Latest Interview, Pope Attacks "Rigidity" in Seminaries and in Priestly Formation. Are Seminaries Soon to be Targeted for "Reform" by Francis? It is extremely difficult to keep up with the unending barrage of words from Pope Francis. One interview after another, press conferences, speeches, letters, phone calls, off-the-cuff remarks, daily homilies... the endless flow of words results in people knowing not so much what the Pope has exactly said on this or that topic, but rather the general run of this Pope's thinking and the main themes of his stated policies. Rather than being...
  • Pope Taps Tallahassee Bishop to Lead St. Petersburg Diocese

    11/28/2016 5:06:51 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 28, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 28, 2016 / 05:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Monday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has named Bishop Gregory Parkes of Pensacola-Tallahassee as the new head of the St. Petersburg diocese, where he will take over as their fifth bishop. “I am filled with joy that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Parkes as the new Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg,” the diocese’s outgoing bishop, Bishop Robert Lynch, said in a Nov. 28 press release announcing Parkes’ appointment. He invited faithful in both St. Petersburg and in Pensacola-Tallahassee to join him “in offering prayers of thanksgiving...
  • Catholic Priest at Centre of Gay Mafia Row Under Pressure to Quit Church Job [Scotland]

    11/27/2016 7:04:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Record (Scotland) ^ | 11/27/16 | Lynn McPherson
    Father Matthew Despard had written a book about a powerful gay mafia in the Catholic Church in Scotland and is set to resign after pressure from the bishop.A Catholic priest at the centre of a gay mafia row is being pressurised to resign as parish priest after a three-year battle with the church. Father Matthew Despard was sent a three-page letter from Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Toal, calling for him to quit his post at St John Ogilvie’s Parish in Blantyre. Father Despard wrote a book claiming that a “powerful gay mafia” was operating at the top of the Catholic...
  • First Meeting of Study Commission on the Diaconate of Women

    11/26/2016 2:31:17 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 25, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In my email a Communiqué of the Holy See Press Office Today, November 25, 2016, the first meeting of the Study Commission on the Diaconate of Women took place. This commission was established by the Holy Father on August 2 with the purpose of doing an objective study on the situation in the early Church. Chaired by Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Commission members will meet in morning and evening sessions over two days in the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. So, their slow...
  • Vatican Commission on Female Diaconate Holds First Meeting

    11/26/2016 2:17:06 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 25, 2016 | Philippa Hitchen
    (Vatican Radio) The Vatican announced on Friday that the newly established commission for the study of the female diaconate was holding its first meeting at the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The two day meeting brings together the 12 members of the commission, under the presidency of Jesuit Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, who also serves as Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. During the morning and afternoon sessions, members will study the situation of women deacons in the early centuries of Church history. Pope Francis announced the setting up of...
  • Baby Boom Continues in Republic of Georgia; 600 Baptized at Orthodox Cathedral

    11/26/2016 2:04:56 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    LifeSite News ^ | November 23, 2016 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    TBILISI, Georgia, November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The Orthodox Patriarch of Georgia hosted a mass baptism last week for 600 children "born again" into Christ at Tbilisi Trinity Cathedral. A video of the Christian initiation — complete with crying babies and parents' faces full of unspeakable joy — has gone viral, with 9.2 million views, 74,000 shares, and 26,500 comments. The mass baptism is the brainchild and work of Patriarch Ilya, one of the most influential leaders in the country and of Georgia's Christians since the 1970s. Facing a post-Soviet abortion rate that was rapidly depleting the population, Ilya started...
  • Pope: Eternal Damnation "Is Not a Torture Chamber", but Being Eternally Distant from God

    11/25/2016 3:22:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 85 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/25/16
    Never talk with the devil, he is a "liar" and "swindler", "seeking our ruin" and for "this will be thrown into the abyss." If "we open our hearts", as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "joy and salvation."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Eternal damnation "is not a torture chamber," but distance for ever from God, from the "God who gives happiness". But if "we open our hearts," as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "the joy and salvation” said Pope Francis at Mass this morning in Santa...
  • Francis Praises Major Humanae Vitae Dissenter in Rebuke of ‘White or Black’ Morality

    11/24/2016 6:28:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/24/16 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, November 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has praised the 1960s German moral theologian Bernard Häring, one of the most prominent dissenters from Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, for his new morality which the pope said helped “moral theology to flourish.” "I think Bernard Häring was the first to start looking for a new way to help moral theology to flourish again," he said in comments, published today by La Civiltà Cattolica, that were given during a dialogue with the Jesuit order which was gathered for its 36th general Congregation on October 24, 2016 in Rome. Pope...
  • Catholic Caucus: In celebration of Black Catholic History Month

    11/24/2016 6:04:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    usa catholic ^ | Caitlyn Schmid
    Did you know that November is Black Catholic History Month?This month, we’re honoring the men and women from Africa who have pioneered the faith! Many forget that Christianity didn’t start in Europe. Black Catholics have had a huge impact on the history and traditions of Christianity. The church has been celebrating Black Catholic History Month since 1990 when the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of the United States instigated it. November seemed appropriate because it holds special days for two prominent African Catholics: St. Augustine whose birthday is on November 13, and St. Martin de Porres whose feast day...
  • Dear Lord Jesus: Thank You For All Your Blessings This Election Season & Help PE Trump

    11/24/2016 3:58:51 PM PST · by Sontagged · 48 replies
    November 24, 2016 | Vanity
    Dear Lord Jesus: Thank You for all of Your blessings to us this election season, and please bless President-Elect Trump, his family and his advisors with all the wisdom, discernment and love that they need. Please unveil any potential for evil in his cabinet picks and unmask any attempt at unraveling the election results; may all lying perpetrators be unmasked and revealed in their deception. You know what's in the hearts of all men, Lord Jesus, please reveal to President-Elect Trump any man or woman who has deceptive intent in their hearts around him. We are thankful to You Lord...
  • Detroit, Orange County Get New Auxiliary Bishops from Pope Francis

    11/24/2016 12:25:47 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 23, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 23, 2016 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, it was announced that Pope Francis has named two local priests as auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and has chosen a priest from Orange County to become an auxiliary bishop for that diocese.Fr. Gerard W. Battersby and Fr. Robert J. Fisher are the priests who will be stepping up as the newest auxiliary bishops in Detroit, while Fr. Timothy E. Freyer will become an auxiliary bishop of Orange.“All of us in the Archdiocese of Detroit are deeply grateful that Pope Francis has named Father Battersby...
  • After Krakow, Mary at heart of Next World Youth Day Gathering [Catholic Caucus]

    11/23/2016 6:56:09 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 22, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 22, 2016 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced the themes for the next three World Youth Day encounters, which are focused on Mary and form the basis of a spiritual journey culminating in the next global encounter in Panama in 2019.A Nov. 22 Vatican communique revealed that the themes for 2017 and 2018 diocesan-level events as well as the international gathering in 2019 will all be taken from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke, centering on Mary in the scene of the Annunciation and her Magnificat, spoken after her cousin Elizabeth’s...
  • Cardinal Joseph Zen on the Dangers of Making an Agreement with Communist China

    11/23/2016 6:19:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 11/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 21 November, 2016, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the prominent former bishop of Hong Kong and defender of the loyal Underground Church of China, has given an important interview to the German Bishops’ official website, In it, he describes the dangers of the Vatican’s current policy of working with the Chinese Government while at the same time weakening the Catholic witness of the lay faithful who are not willing to submit themselves to Communist rule. In the following, I shall present, in my own translation, some important parts of this candid interview. When asked why he was critical of...
  • German Protestants Officially Renounce Converting Jews to Christianity

    11/22/2016 6:58:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 11/17/16 | Tom Heneghan
    (RNS) Tackling a delicate issue as it begins its yearlong celebration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, Germany’s main Protestant church has officially renounced its mission to convert Jews to Christianity. In practice, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), made up of 20 regional Lutheran, Reformed and United churches, mostly gave up efforts to convert Jews in the decades after the Holocaust, and closing that chapter should have been a formality. But officially abandoning the “Judenmission,” or Mission to the Jews, turned out to be theologically complicated. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gave his Apostles the Great Commission to “make disciples of...
  • USCCB president appoints Maronite Catholic bishop as CRS chairman

    11/22/2016 6:58:06 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Pittsburgh Catholic ^ | November 22, 2016
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops appointed Maronite Bishop Gregory Mansour to be chairman of the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency.Bishop Mansour heads the Eparchy of St. Maron in Brooklyn, New York. His appointment is for a three-year term. He succeeds Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, whose three-year term as chairman ended during the U.S. bishops' annual fall general assembly, held Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore."Bishop Mansour's long-standing service in every area of the work of CRS is completed by his pastoral concern for...
  • {Cardinal] Tobin on Amoris: Bishops Should ‘Suck It Up’ and Work Together

    11/22/2016 6:52:07 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Crux ^ | 11/21/16 | John Allen Jr
    New Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark told Crux on Monday that when it comes to the pope’s document Amoris Laetita and its provisions on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, U.S. bishops should get together and work out a strategy rather than individually asking the pope for clarifications.ROME - I’ve often said that one of the best ways to know you’re getting old in the Catholic Church is when guys you used to pal around with in Roman bars and restaurants start getting named bishops. By that standard, I suppose, the test of getting really old is when those...
  • Cardinal Cupich is Mistaken: Synod Fathers Did Reject Communion for Remarried Divorcees

    11/22/2016 6:45:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/22/16 | Edward Pentin
    Critics argue that to say two-thirds of synod fathers supported the proposition is therefore very misleading. Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago fielded about half a dozen questions from reporters after Pope Francis elevated him to the College of Cardinals on Saturday. A question I asked him was about the Dubia, the five doubts about Amoris Laetitia that four cardinals have sent to the Pope to ascertain whether some of the most controversial passages are consistent with Church teaching. Although the Dubia questions ask for a simple “yes” or “no” answer on whether previous magisterial teachings, particularly of Pope St. John...
  • Cardinal Cupich on the Question of Pope’s Animosity Towards JPII Catholics

    11/22/2016 6:14:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/21/16 | John-Henry Westen and Steve Jalsevac
    ROME, November 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Sayings which have made Pope Francis the darling of the liberal media are the condemnations against Catholics whom he pejoratively refers to as “obsessed,” “doctors of the law,” “neo-pelagian,” “self-absorbed,” “restorationist,” “fundamentalist,” “rigid,” “ideological,” “hypocritical,” and much more. So many are the insults felt most by Catholics who hold firm to the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II on life and family that only a couple of years into his pontificate a compilation called “The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults” was developed. Nevertheless, newly elevated Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich says, he’s never...
  • Canon Law on Abortion is Going to Change, says Fisichella

    11/21/2016 5:47:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/21/16 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    The President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation said this during his presentation of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera”. “I don’t see why granting the faculty of absolution to priests, who are ministers of reconciliation, should give cause for any concern”. The archbishop announced that over 21 million visited Rome for the Jubilee and thanked the institutions but not the mayor of RomeThe Pope’s decision to make the ability of priests to absolve the “grave sin” of abortion permanent, means Canon Law is to be updated too. Francis had granted priests this power as an exception...
  • Vatican Chief of Sacraments [Card Sarah]: No Pope Can Change Divine Law on Communion

    11/21/2016 5:24:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/19/16 | John-Henry Westen
    ROME, November 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- On the heels of a statement by Pope Francis seeming to suggest openness to non-Catholic Christians receiving Holy Communion, the cardinal who heads the Vatican congregation dealing with the sacraments has said that there are preconditions for the reception of Holy Communion and when those conditions are not met, and the situation is publicly known, ministers of the sacrament “have no right to give him communion.” Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, added, speaking of priests: “If they do so, their sin will be...
  • Francis: “The Virus of Polarization and Animosity is Among Us”

    11/20/2016 4:44:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/19/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    At today’s Consistory Francis conferred the red biretta on 17 new cardinals: “In God’s heart there are no enemies, He only has sons and daughters. We are the ones who raise walls, build barriers and label people. God does not wait for us to be a little bit better or more perfect before he loves us”. After the celebration, the Pope and the newly created cardinals boarded two minibuses and went to pay Ratzinger a visit“How many situations of uncertainty and suffering are sown by this growing animosity between peoples, between us! Yes, between us, within our communities, our priests,...
  • Will Pope Francis Approve the SSPX on Monday?

    11/19/2016 5:35:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 11/19/16 | Maike Hickson
    As the Italian news agency, ANSA, reports, Pope Francis intends to publish a new Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera” on Monday, 21 November 2016. It will be a document sealing the end of the Year of Mercy and might thus have a special meaning to the Catholic world. German Vatican expert Giuseppe Nardi also reports today on the website an important event that might also take place on Monday: the full acceptance of the Society of St. Pius X as a member of the Catholic Church, with a personal prelature, as has often previously been discussed. This information comes...
  • Pope Francis Dismisses Entire Membership of Pontifical Academy for Life

    11/19/2016 5:15:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 11/19/16 | Maike Hickson
    A shocking new piece of information comes to us from Germany, from the website, which is principally run by the well-informed Vatican expert and loyal Catholic layman, Giuseppe Nardi. He reported on 18 November – the day before the controversial “non-existent” Consistory of Cardinals in Rome – that Pope Francis has decided to re-write the statutes of the Pontifical Academy for Life in a way which essentially re-makes this organization. Relying on a 5 November 2016 report published by the German branch of Vatican Radio, called Radio Vatikan, Nardi has published the new statutes of the Academy. Archbishop Vincenzo...
  • Update on Deaconettes (Catholic)

    11/19/2016 4:06:04 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 19, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Did you remember that the Pope formed a Committee to study the question of female deacons?  Deaconettes?Right.  Not exactly on the top of the list of things to think about.Archbishop Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, the Secretary of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is the one who is running, at the behest of the Pope, the Committee on Deaconettes.   He is rather retiring, so this interview at ZENIT is interesting, to say the least.There were questions on other topics, but this one requires special attention. INTERVIEW: Feminine Diaconate: ‘Only Study, No Decisions Right Away,’ Says Archbishop Ladaria[…]ZENIT:...
  • Interview: Feminine Diaconate: ‘Only Study, No Decisions Right Away,’ Says Archbishop Ladaria

    11/18/2016 4:35:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 11/18/16 | Silvio Giamperi
    Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Reflects on Role of Ecumenism in Pope Francis’ PontificateThe opening of the new academic year took place in the Aula Magna of the Marchigiano Theological Institute of Ancona. Archbishop Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was invited to give the inaugural address on ‘Justification through Faith in Relation to the Ecumenical Dialogue.’ Here is an interview done with him on that occasion: **** In light of Pope Francis’ recent meeting with the Lutheran world, what is at present the status quaestionis of the...
  • Orthodox Patriarchate [Alexandria] Moves to Restore Female Deacons

    11/18/2016 4:21:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/17/16 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    As I noted earlier, yesterday I took part in a panel discussion with America Media on the subject of deacons in general and women deacons in particular. This morning, one of the panelists, George Demacopoulos, theologian and founding co-director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University,, passed along a timely item from the Orthodox (which has been translated by Google from the original Greek). The big news, from George: “News broke this morning that the Patriarchate of Alexandria (which is the autocephalous head of Orthodox, Chalcedonian Christians in Africa) officially voted to restore the female diaconate.” The story:On...
  • New Film Shows How Mercy Can Transform Your Life

    11/17/2016 11:22:13 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 17, 2016 | N/A
    Bridgeport, Conn., Nov 17, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Personal stories about God’s mercy at work in the world today will be the focus of a new Catholic-produced documentary that will air on ABC affiliates across the United States.“These testimonies remind us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion or theological concept – it is alive, it is present, and it is a force that can transform the world,” Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson said Nov. 14. The one-hour film “The Face of Mercy” depicts mercy as the antidote to evil even in great difficulty. Narrated...