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  • Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards Stands in Front of a Cross While Promoting Abortion

    01/16/2017 9:20:25 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 16, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards’ latest photo op had pro-lifers calling out the abortion chain this weekend for using a cross to promote abortion. On Saturday, Latinos for Planned Parenthood account tweeted a photo of Richards speaking in front of a cross in the Metropolitan AME Church sanctuary Saturday in Washington, D.C. The highly paid CEO gave her speech during a Here to Stay rally protesting President-elect Donald Trump’s position on immigration. Planned Parenthood co-sponsored the immigration rally and used it to promote its abortion agenda. In a column for Medium, Richards claimed her abortion chain is essential to immigrants...
  • Malta sinks [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 8:36:13 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 16, 2017 | Joseph Shaw
    If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for Gods will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351). I wonder what would happen...
  • 70 Nations Unanimously Declare That God's Land Must Be Divided

    01/16/2017 7:14:22 AM PST · by amessenger4god · 27 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 1/16/17 | Gary
    Representatives from some 70 nations, including Secretary of State John Kerry, gathered in France yesterday for the landmark Conference for Peace in the Middle Eastand upon conclusion of the meeting released a declaration saying that the only way to achieve peace was to divide God's covenant land (see Joel 3:2 for God's response). They also affirmed December 23rd's Resolution 2334, which criticized settlement building in Judea and Samaria. However, yesterday's declaration took it a step further saying that Israel must retreat to the 1949 Armistice Lines without any mention of mutually agreed upon land swaps. Here is the world's response...
  • I Rather Have Jesus Till We Meet Again

    01/16/2017 4:30:54 AM PST · by Revski · 1 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 1/16/2017 | Revski
    This than 2 minute video has two songs, I'd Rather Have Jesus, sang A-Capella, Till We Meet Again, with the mandolin plus lyrics. May you get faith in Jesus and call on him daily, He loves us and you will be blessed and have eternal life.
  • Pope Has Done Almost Nothing to Halt Sex Abuse, Author Claims [Catholic Caucus]

    01/16/2017 3:20:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 16, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    The last time Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote an expos about corruption at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, it landed him in a Vatican court facing a possible jail sentence on charges that he had illegally obtained confidential church papers in the course of his reporting.Now, six months after the 42-year-old reporter was cleared of all charges, Fittipaldi is taking on the church again. This time in a new book that accuses Pope Francis of doing close to nothing to stop clerical sexual abuse...around the world, despite the...popes frequent assertions that he has zero tolerance for...abuse...or those who...
  • The Real Argument over Amoris Is an Old One over Conscience [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 11:22:44 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    The furious reaction from critics of 'Amoris Laetitia' to the Maltese bishops' guidelines implementing it suggests that behind the debates and arguments over Francis's apostolic exhortation 'The Joy of Love' is a very old-fashioned, and still unresolved, dispute within the Church over the role of conscience. The heart of the  Amoris Laetitia disputes, which flared up again at the weekend following the Maltese bishops’ guidelines on the admission of the divorced-and-remarried to the sacraments, is not doctrine or law but the role of conscience.Both critics and partisans of the exhortation have correctly detected a clear shift in magisterial teaching in...
  • Ethicist Says Ghostwriters Role in Amoris Is Troubling

    01/15/2017 11:15:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | January 15, 2017 | Michael Pakaluk
    It turns out that the most important footnote in 'Amoris Laetitia' may be one that's not there, because a key passage of the document is lifted almost verbatim from a 1995 essay in theology by Archbishop Victor Fernandez -- raising troubling questions about Fernandez's role as ghostwriter, and the magisterial force of his ideas. [Editor’s note: In this essay, Professor Michael Pakaluk of the Catholic University of America examines the role of Argentine Archbishop Victor Fernandez, a theological adviser to Pope Francis, in Amoris Laetitia, the pontiff’s document on the family. Crux invited Fernandez to respond, and his comments appear...
  • Pope Francis: Beyond the Submerged Schism

    01/15/2017 7:36:20 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | January 16, 2017 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    The lineamenta (guidelines) of the forthcoming synod on young people, published January13, paved the way to a new path for the synod. Much has changed since the times when it was thought that the Synod of Bishops was going to gain more importance in the Curia the chair of the first meetings of the heads of Vatican dicasteries under Pope Francis was Cardinal Baldisseri, the General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops. In the meantime, a major role for the Synod of Bishops in papal elections, on the basis of a plan of Pope Paul VI, was rumored. At...
  • ASK FATHER: Can Absolution Be Granted When No Purpose of Amendment Exists? [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 7:26:09 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 15, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Under another entry here a commentator asked: Can absolution be granted where no purpose of amendment exists? If granted, with no purpose of amendment, does it even ‘take’? No. And No.In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some other odd condition, in order to absolve a penitent who is sui compos (conscious, able to make a confession, etc.) the priest must be reasonably certain that the penitent 1) has actually confessed a sin (even a previously confessed and absolved sin is enough), 2) has, in that moment, at least imperfect sorrow for sin (attrition – fear of punishment), and...
  • Defending an Unpopular Pope (Humor) [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 5:02:30 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Eccles Is Saved ^ | January 15, 2017 | Eccles
    Most of my readers have never been pope, and probably only one or two ever will be, so you don't realise how difficult the job of a pope is. You probably think that it just involves sitting around in Rome eating pasta, going to Mass, and occasionally saying something about Catholic doctrine. And the latter ought to be easy enough, as just about every issue under the sun has been discussed by previous popes, so you don't have to say anything original, although you can of course rephrase things in your own words. On no account try to change any...
  • Pro-Abortion Advocate Paul Ehrlich to Speak at Vatican Conference

    01/15/2017 3:21:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | January 14, 2017 | David Martin
    The Vatican will once again be used as a forum to advance population control. Pro-abortion advocate Paul Ehrlich, father of the modern population control movement and author of the 1968 best-seller "The Population Bomb," has been invited to speak at the Vatican during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss "how to save the natural world." This is deplorable when we consider the possible millions of deaths globally that he and his ideas may have indirectly been responsible for over the past five decades. Is the Vatican deliberately seeking to put the unborn to death? The Stanford biologist, who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] "Amoris Laetitia". Maltas Sailboat Joins the Papal Fleet

    01/15/2017 1:22:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    L'Esspro ^ | January 14, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    If, as a result of the process of discernment, undertaken with "humility, discretion and love for the Church and her teaching, in a sincere search for Gods will and a desire to make a more perfect response to it" (AL 300), a separated or divorced person who is living in a new relationship manages, with an informed and enlightened conscience, to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist (see AL, notes 336 and 351). In brief: yes to communion...
  • Pope extends overhaul of Vatican's liturgy department

    01/15/2017 1:15:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Fox News - Europe ^ | January 14, 2017 | AP
    Pope Francis is extending his controversial overhaul of the Vatican's liturgy department, adding a host of new advisers after an initial shake-up removed some leading conservative cardinals.
  • A Malta Laetitia

    01/15/2017 1:05:54 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 14, 2017 | Carl E. Olson
    Just yesterday I was lamenting to some colleagues about how weary I've become of the ongoing and escalating debate over Amoris Laetitia and its interpretation. "I would be happy," I said, "to not write of it again." Knowing full well the topic was not going away. Quite the contrary. So, I am not happy. But this really isn't about feelings, is it? Or is it? The bishops of Malta, in a pastoral letter signed January 8th by the Archbishop of Malta, Charles J. Scicluna, and the Bishop of Gozo, Mario Grech, have offered their "Criteria for the Application of Chapter...
  • Canonist Ed Peters on The Maltese Fiasco (Pt. 2)

    01/15/2017 1:05:19 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 15, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Dr. Edward Peters
    Distinguished canonist Ed Peters, at his indispensable blog In The Light Of The Law, has posted in the wake of what we must now call…The Maltese FiascoThe Bishops of Malta issued a dreadful set of guidelines for the implementation of the objectively ambiguous bits of Amoris laetitia, Ch. 8. These are the bits that the Four Cardinals (Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra, Meisner) – and the rest of the rational, honest world – want clarified. The Four Cardinals submitted five formal questions or Dubia to the Holy Father and to the CDF. Since its release, Amoris laetitia has caused confusion, anxiety,...
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Winning the Lottery

    01/15/2017 11:41:43 AM PST · by Resettozero · 3 replies
    sarahpalin.com ^ | January 15, 2017 | Sarah Palin
    Day 3: Winning the Lottery My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place. John 18:36 For those of us who so love this country, its easy to forget that America is not the promised land. Certainly, this exceptional nation was founded on religious freedom and God has abundantly blessed it. As Americans, we have enormous responsibility and a privilege that compared to the rest of the world is hard to calculate. A friend said, Being born...
  • Catholic priest sues Diocese of Palm Beach for covering up homosexual abuse [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 10:57:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | January 14, 2017 | Toronto Catholic Witness
    In January, 2015, Fr. Gallagher caught a visiting priest from India showing homosexual pornography to a 14 year old boy. Fr. Gallagher rightly went straight to the police. However, in doing so, this good priest felt the wrath of the local Bishop, Gerald Barbarito. It seems the bishop was not at all happy that Fr. Gallagher had had this vile sodomite arrested. Apparently, the Diocese had preferred to spirit the sodomite out of the country, back to India. Barbarito responded to Fr Gallagher's righteous actions to go straight to the police by releasing his underlings - clerical and lay -in...
  • Dubia de Concilio

    01/15/2017 10:08:00 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | January 12, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    As the vast majority of readers of this space are perfectly well-aware, the current crisis in the Church concerning Francis in general, and Amoris Laetitia in particular, is part and parcel of the conciliar revolution. As I wrote in the previous post, the documents of the Council by turning on its head the constant teaching of the Church on such matters as religious liberty, ecumenism, the Churchs relationship with the Jews, etc. actually set the stage for Amoris Laetitia to do the same with regard to adultery, marriage and family, Holy Communion, and even the very concept of...
  • St.Augustine: "All Catholics know: Divorce is of the devil!" [Catholic Caucus]

    01/15/2017 9:36:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    At this time of immense doctrinal confusion on the indissolubility of the sacred bond of Holy Matrimony, confusion started and furthered by the uppermost echelon of the hierarchy, let us recall the words of the great Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine, in the readings for Matins of this Second Sunday after the Epiphany (unfortunately partly removed after the 1960/61 rubrical reform), whose Gospel is dedicated to the Wedding Feast of Cana: Even setting aside any mystical interpretation, the fact that the Lord was pleased to be asked, and to go to a marriage, showeth plainly enough that He is...
  • Bishop Schneider Warns Against a Mentality of Radical Relativism Being Created Inside the Church

    01/15/2017 4:08:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | January 13, 2017 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Editor's note: See full translation of Bishop Schneider's interview below. January 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider is warning the faithful against a “mentality of radical relativism” that has infiltrated the Catholic Church and is threatening the Christian affirmation of absolute and eternal truths. In a recent interview with the Spanish Catholic blog Adelante la Fe and translated into English by LifeSiteNews, Bishop Schneider remarked on the practice of giving Holy Communion to those who are divorced and “remarried” outside the Church, calling it “truly a very dangerous phenomenon.” Bishop Schneider covered a variety of topics in the interview,...
  • Long Read: What Liberal Intellectuals Get Wrong about Transgenderism

    01/15/2017 3:54:26 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 28 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | January 13, 2017 | John Milbank
    Most people instinctively feel threatened by the postmodern redefinition of gender. Their instincts are correct. The populist voter insurgencies of 2016 are complex, but one important aspect of them is the rejection of a seamless liberal order and worldview. Despite its unbearable claims to be the only possible worldview, liberalism has been rejected because it does not work for the majority of people. And just as liberal economics are now being questioned, so are liberalism’s cultural and ethical assumptions – in a way that the highly intelligent liberal Richard Rorty prophesied 20 years ago.The backlash against liberalismLiberals have too casually spoken...
  • All Questions Have Been Answered Concerning Amoris Laetitia (interview with Baldiserri)

    01/15/2017 3:49:45 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | January 14, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Baldiserri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, gave his thoughts on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia in an interview published in L'Osservatore Romano, Thursday 12th January. (Republished in Aleteia). During the interview Cardinal Baldiserri dismissed the need for further clarification of Amoris Laetitia, insisting that all questions have been answered by competent authorities and that Amoris Laetitia is self-explanatory: How can you respond to those who request further clarification on the pastoral guidelines of the apostolic exhortation? They have already been provided several answers.  Also, persons competent for their role and their authority have expressed themselves [on this matter]. It is firstly a matter of going...
  • Just Call Me Fritz (A Word from a Divorced Catholic) [Catholic Caucus

    01/14/2017 6:54:14 PM PST · by ebb tide
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 14, 2017 | Kelly Michaels
    Theyve killed Fritz! Theyve killed Fritz! Those lousy stinking yellow fairies! Those horrible atrocity filled vermin! Those despicable animal warmongers! Theyve killed Fritz! In the Amoris wars, it is substance that really counts. What is on the line as a result of the insidious and brazen introduction of situation ethics into the fabric of Divine Revelation can scarcely be overstated, even by the adoption of terminology verging on the apocalyptic. In conjunction with the submission of the Dubia by Cardinal Burke et al., many experts are tackling this challenge from a variety of perspectives, and they are to be applauded...
  • Act of Adoration and Reparation to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament [Prayer]

    01/14/2017 6:16:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land ^ | Unknown | Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land
    I know blasphemy and sacrilige are nothing new, but in light of the recent in-your-face heresies of Chicago, San Diego, Germany, Vorarlberg Austria, and now Malta, I think these prayers are even more important.The last one (#V) specifically deals with committing sacrilege while receiving Holy Communion unworthily, and can be used by itself if saying all five is too much. When I can't get to adoration I use an online 24x7 adoration chapel (when they aren't having Mass). I. I adore Thee profoundly, O my Jesus, in Thy sacramental form; I acknowledge Thee to be true God and true Man,...
  • Bishop Schneider Offers Hope Amidst Crisis Permitted by Divine Providence

    01/14/2017 1:40:15 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | January 14, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    As the ecclesiastical crisis continues to deepen in 2017, I have found myself facing a certain exhaustion; a feeling that, while knowing the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, that Christ will have the final victory, there is no respite from the near-constant series of assaults from the enemies of God’s truth. I know that many of you feel the same way. While we here at OnePeterFive believe we have an obligation to continue to cover the news of what is happening within our beloved Church, however unpleasant, there is also need for reassurance, a rediscovery...
  • [2014] Enforcing Sacrilege (What will the Church look like after the Kasper proposal?) (Prophetic)

    01/14/2017 1:28:14 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    The Remnant ^ | Megaera Erinyes
    The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops opened this afternoon with a Mass by Pope Francis and the editorials, articles and interviews are flying so thick in the air it's hard to see the sun. The signs and signals are coming so fast and so clearly now that there can be little doubt that the pope intends to adopt some form of Cardinal Kaspers proposal. Lets just pass on from all the debate on what Francis intends and face up to this, and ask some questions about what the concrete effects this change will have on the Church. I am not a...
  • IMPORTANT: Interview with Card. Caffarra about the Dubia and Amoris laetitia Confusion

    01/14/2017 12:47:14 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 14, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today in the Italian Il Foglio there is an interview with His Eminence Carlo Card. Caffara, one of the Four Cardinals who submitted the Five Dubia to His Holiness the Pope about Amoris laetitia. Il Foglio seems to have a paywall, but you can find the Italian text at Il Sismografo.Caffarra, who founded the John Paul II Institute for the Family is probably the author of the Five Dubia.This interview is undoubtedly a response to Card. Müller’s statements on Italian television the other day – which on the surface seemed to thrown the Dubia and the Four under the #64 Bus – that provoked...
  • Two Juicy Ironies in the Current Saga Featuring the Knights of Malta

    01/14/2017 12:35:53 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    Crux ^ | January 13, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    For anyone familiar with the Vatican over a long stretch of time, there are a couple of truly juicy ironies involved in its current probe of the Knights of Malta, and understanding those ironies may help explain both the defiant reaction the Knights have displayed publicly and the vertigo they may be feeling privately. ROME – Just to be clear from the beginning, I have no insider information regarding the news now making the rounds about the Knights of Malta, either in terms of the factors that led to the ouster of Albrecht von Boeselager, the group’s chancellor, or Pope...
  • Religious leaders celebrate abortion clinic's 'sacred work' [Obama Effect]

    01/14/2017 10:54:52 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 1/13/2017 | Art Moore
    More than 20 religious leaders participated in a ceremony to "bless" a new Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C., calling the abortion facility a "sacred work." "In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work," Dr. Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, told DCist.com. "This confirms the sacredness of the work we do." LifeNews.com, commenting that blessing an abortion clinic seems "antithetical to religious beliefs about the sanctity of life," noted the new abortion facility is located next to a popular charter elementary school, much to the outrage of pro-lifers...
  • Maltese Bishops Go to The Amoris Laetitia Zoo:DisasterInexcusable NonsenseGreen-lighting(CathCauc)

    01/14/2017 1:45:56 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog / In the Light of the Law Blog ^ | January 13, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf / Dr. Edward Peters
    Full Title: Maltese Bishops Go To The Amoris Laetitia Zoo:Disaster…Inexcusable Nonsense…Green-lighting Sacrilege (Catholic Caucus) ----------------------------------------------------------------- Earlier today I had a great misfortune to read a statement from the Bishops of Malta which is a complete disaster.  I was going to post about it tomorrow, but canonist Ed Peters beat me to it and… he nails it with his usual amazing skill.He doesn’t have a combox, but I do… and the moderation queue is ON. The Maltese DisasterThe bishops of Malta, in a document that can only be called disastrous, repeatedly invoking Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia,have directly approved divorced and remarried Catholics taking...
  • Mary had a Little Lamb

    01/13/2017 8:41:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    January 13, 2017 | vanity
    Mary had a Little Lamb His fleece was white as snow And everywhere that Mary went The Lamb was sure to go He followed her to school each day T'wasn't in the rule He made the children laugh and play To have a Lamb at school And then the rules changed one day Illegal it became To bring the Lamb of God to school Or even speak his name Everyday got worse and worse Days turned into years Instead of hearing children laugh We heard gunshots and tears What must we do to stop the crime That's in our schools...
  • Pro-abort Population Bomb author to speak at Vatica

    01/13/2017 6:09:10 PM PST · by Robwin · 12 replies
    Life Site ^ | Jan 12, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    VATICAN CITY, January 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) The Vatican has invited the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference. Dr. Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bombis scheduled to speak in Vatican City during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss how to save the natural world. The Stanford biologist champions sex-selective abortion as well as mass forced sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth. In his 1968 book, Ehrlich went so far as to defend forced abortion, writing:Indeed, it has been concluded that...
  • Divorced & remarried can receive communion if "at peace with God", say Maltese bishops

    01/13/2017 11:05:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 123 replies
    EWTN ^ | January 13, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    The Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo have told divorced and civilly "remarried" Catholics, with valid first marriages, that if they are sexually active they can decide for themselves to receive the sacrament of reconciliation and Holy Communion, if "he or she are at peace with God". The Maltese bishops' document, Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia, states the following: 9. Throughout the discernment process, we should also examine the possibility of conjugal continence. Despite the fact that this ideal is not at all easy, there may be couples who, with the help of...
  • Litany of Intercession for Pope Francis [Prayer]

    01/13/2017 8:59:18 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Silverstream Priory ^ | 2013 / 2016 | Dom Benedict Maria Andersen / Father Benedict
    Benedictines, from time immemorial, have been marked by a profound piety toward the Apostolic See of Rome and the successor of St Peter. The original form of this litany was composed by Dom Benedict Maria Andersen for the time leading up to the papal conclave of 2013. It includes invocations of the blessed Apostles Peter & Paul (founders of the Church of Rome), as well as invocations of all canonised or beatified Popes. Father Benedict has adapted it into a litany of intercession for His Holiness, Pope Francis, and encourages all Catholics to pray it for the Holy Father in...
  • Holidays Caught Pope Francis in a Damn the Torpedoes! Mood

    01/13/2017 1:27:32 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | January 11, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Faced with opposition, leaders can try to find common ground with their foes, “reaching across the aisle,” or they can forge ahead, determined not to be slowed down. The holidays this year seemed to confirm that Pope Francis has chosen door number two. ------------------------------------------------------ ROME – Faced with opposition, leaders generally have two broad choices. Either they can try to find common ground with their foes, “reaching across the aisle,” or they can forge ahead, determined not to be slowed down.You can try a little of both, but in general the one tends to undercut the other, so mixing them...
  • Religious Leaders Bless Opening of New Planed Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Call It Sacred Work

    01/12/2017 7:42:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 12, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    Blessing an abortion clinic may seem antithetical to religious beliefs about the sanctity of life. But various religious leaders came together to do just that on Tuesday at Planned Parenthoods newest abortion facility in Washington, D.C. DCist reports religious leaders representing more than 20 groups participated in the ceremony inside the new mega-facility, which opened in September. The new abortion facility is located next to the Two Rivers Public Charter School, a sought-after elementary school in D.C, much to the outrage of pro-lifers and parents. In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work, Dr....
  • Abortions Banned for One Day in Yaroslavl Region [Russia] to Commemorate the Bethlehem Babies

    01/12/2017 7:34:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 1/11/17
    Yaroslavl, January 11, Interfax - The day without abortions is held on Wednesday in the Yaroslavl Region on the initiative of the diocese and regional healthcare departments. "Today abortions will be banned in all state medical institutions of the Yaroslavl Region, events against killing babies in mother's womb and protecting values of motherhood are planned," press service of the Yaroslavl Metropolia reports. The action is held to "commemorate the Bethlehem babies killed by King Herod who wanted to kill the Divine Infant." Its organizers call private clinics to join the day of abortion ban.
  • Pope yet again derides defenders of Church teaching as not like Christ

    01/12/2017 5:57:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 12, 2017 | Lisa Borne
    Pope Francis took aim at Catholics concerned with Church doctrine again Tuesday, preaching at Mass that doctors of the law were incoherent, hypocritical, clericalist, and lacking in real authority. Christs authority was derived from His service and proximity to people and the fact he was coherent, the pope said in his morning Mass homily at Casa Santa Marta. But his frequent and repeated derision of doctors of the law and Pharisees closely resembled negative assessments he has leveled at Orthodox Catholics at all echelons with ever-increasing frequency. The doctors of the law considered themselves princes, the pope said, and they...
  • Vatican Invites Pro-abortion Population Bomb Author to Speak at Biological Extinction Conference

    01/12/2017 5:18:37 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | January 12, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    VATICAN CITY, January 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has invited the undisputed father of the modern population control movement to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference. Dr. Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb, is scheduled to speak in Vatican City during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss “how to save the natural world.” The Stanford biologist has championed in his career sex-selective abortion as well as mass forced sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth. Titled Biological Extinction, the conference will address what Vatican organizers call an unsustainable “imbalance” between...
  • Why More and More Priests Cant Stand Pope Francis

    01/12/2017 2:48:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 50 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 14, 2017 | Damian Thompson
    He has been pigeonholed as fearless reformer, but questions are arising about his judgment On 2 January, the Vatican published a letter from Pope Francis to the worlds bishops in which he reminded them that they must show zero tolerance towards child abuse. The next day, the American Week magazine published an article that told the story of Don Mercedes Fr Mauro Inzoli, an Italian priest with a passion for expensive cars and underage boys.In 2012, Pope Benedict stripped Inzoli of his priestly faculties, effectively defrocking him. In 2014, however, they were restored to him by Pope Francis,...
  • Blessing Adultery: Christ the Judgmental vs. Francis the Humble [Catholic Caucus]

    01/12/2017 12:59:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 12, 2017 | Michael Matt / Christopher Ferrara
    In this episode of The Remnant Forum, Michael Matt and Christopher Ferrara break out the Catholic microscope and take a careful look at the controversial few paragraphs and footnotes of the Popes apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Is Cardinal Raymond Burke a troublemaker? Is Francis merely attempting to be pastoral? Merciful? At the heart of all of this are the words of Jesus Christ which forbid adultery WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. Trouble is, Francis wants exceptions. Does this mean that Christ the Judgmental must bow to Francis the Merciful? Is this the 21st centurys version of the Arian Crisis?
  • Its Not Just The Four Cardinals Who Need An Answer [Catholic Caucus]

    01/12/2017 12:20:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | January 12, 2017 | Joseph Matt
    t seems another prelate has abandoned his post. In an interview on January 8, Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, rejected making any correction of Pope Francis Amoris Laetitia, effectively joining some of his fellow German cardinals in a slight to Cardinal Burke and his three colleagues. The very title of the congregation which this cardinal heads implies the importance of the office and its crucial role especially as it relates to the current situation with the four cardinals and the dubia. Cardinal Muellers words in this interview are a critical blow...
  • Statement of the Grand Magistry (of the Sovereign Order of Malta [Catholic Caucus

    01/12/2017 8:43:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Order of Malta ^ | January 10, 2017
    The Grand Magistry of the Sovereign Order of Malta, in response to the activities being carried out by a Group appointed by the Secretary of State of the Vatican, considers it appropriate to reiterate that the replacement of the former Grand Chancellor was an internal act of the government of the Order. Thus, considering the legal irrelevance of this Group and of its findings relating to the legal structure of the Order of Malta, the Order has decided that it should not cooperate with it. This is to protect its sovereignty against initiatives which claim to be directed at objectively...
  • Pope Francis's Authority Challenged by Knights of Malta over Condom Row (major dissing of Burke)

    01/12/2017 2:46:40 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 11, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    Pope Francis is facing an extraordinary challenge to his authority from an ancient Catholic order that is refusing to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of a top official over the distribution of tens of thousands of condoms. The controversy has been simmering for weeks, but the Knights of Maltas rejection of the investigation an unprecedented act in recent times has now escalated the matter... The fight is increasingly being seen not just as a battle over the investigation, but as a sign of the increasing anger and disobedience by some Catholic traditionalists who are opposed...
  • Cardinal Burke LaVerit Interview (full interview)

    01/12/2017 2:16:36 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    LaVerit ^ | January 11, 2017 | Lorenzo Bertocchi
    There is no ultimatum to the Pope, but we must press forward: the faith is in danger! "The confusion in the Church over the interpretation of some passages of Amoris laetitia is evident...that is why I do not see how anyone could be able to say that there is no danger to the faith. Moreover, we have communicated in a very respectful way five dubia to the Pope, and when they were not given a response, we decided, for the good of souls, to make public that there are dubia and that all the faithful are called to pay attention....
  • Order of Malta questions legitimacy of commission established by pope [Catholic Caucus]

    01/11/2017 8:19:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic News Live ^ | January 11, 2017 | unavailable
    The leadership of the Order of Malta denied the legality of a Vatican investigation into the forced resignation of the groups former grand chancellor, but the commission established by Pope Francis said it is completely legitimate and authorized to investigate the matter and inform the pope. John Edward Critien was appointed grand chancellor of the order ad interim Dec. 14 after the order dismissed Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager as grand chancellor. Pope Francis has established a commission to look into the removal of Boeselager. According to one of the legal notes prepared for the commission, the popes right to be...
  • Stockholm Syndrome at the CDF: Has Cardinal Mller Been Compromised? [Catholic Caucus]

    01/11/2017 5:47:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 11, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    On August 23rd, 1973, four bank workers in Stockholm, Sweden, were taken hostage at gunpoint by Jan-Erik Olsson, a career criminal who was later joined by a friend of his from prison. After six days during which the captives were treated harshly, terrified, strapped with dynamite, and kept in a vault the standoff ended and the hostages were released. But then, something strange happened. Dr. Joseph Carver, a clinical psychologist, describes what came next: After their rescue, the hostages exhibited a shocking attitude considering they were threatened, abused, and feared for their lives for over five days. In...
  • Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Family - The Family Under the Shadow of Amoris La (Catholic Caucus)

    01/11/2017 4:19:28 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 11, 2017 | Fr. Richard G. Cipolla
    Full Title: Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Family -- The Family Under the Shadow of Amoris Laetitia This is the first year that the feast of the Holy Family is being celebrated in the context and shadow of Pope Francis’  Apostolic Exhortation,  Amoris Laetitia, the Joy of Love.  The Feast of the Holy Family was added to the Church’s calendar in the first decade of the twentieth century.  To contemplate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is indeed a good thing to do within the celebration of the Christmas season.  The bond of love that existed...
  • Card. Burkes Interview in La Verit: More Cardinals Are Completely with the Four

    01/11/2017 3:46:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 11, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Lots of lefties are hopping up and down in little circles because the Four Cardinals (Burke, Caffara, Meisner, Brandmueller) offered Five Dubia (questions, narrowly framed, asking for yes or no clarificatory responses) arising from the objective lack of clarity in Chapter 8 of Amoris laetitia.  As these catholic libs, chimp-like, fling their stuff around, Card. Burke continues to give interviews in an attempt to bring sobriety to the debate.Today I saw an interview dated 11 January in the Italian publication La Verità.  Card. Burke is asked some tough questions and he gives straight on answers.  Asked whether they are “inventing” a way to...
  • A Firing, a Demolition: Behold the New Curia

    01/11/2017 3:37:36 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 11, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The reform of the Vatican curia that Pope Francis is carrying out is being done partly in sunshine and partly in shadow.Among the provisions recently adopted in shadow, there are two that are emblematic.*The veil was lifted on the first by the vaticanista Marco Tosatti, when on December 26 he broke the news of an order the pope had given to a dicastery head to summarily fire three of his officials, an order given without explanations and without accepting objections.It is now known that the dicastery in question is not second-tier, it is the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...