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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • We Are to Preach without Subtracting from or Adding Anything to God’s Word [Catholic Caucus]

    02/27/2017 1:49:07 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Miami ^ | February 24, 2017 | Archbishop Thomas Wenski - The Archdiocese of Miami
    Homily by Archbishop Thomas Wenski at Mass with seminarians and alumni at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Many of our alumni will remember Father Manny Fidalgo – he taught at both seminaries. Once at St. John Vianney, when he was the celebrant of the Mass, this same gospel we’ve just heard was read. After reading the gospel, he looked out at the seminarians and said: Since this hasn’t anything to do with us, let’s just stand up for the Creed. Jesus’ words on marriage are hard sayings; and, so were his words on the Eucharist,...
  • Francis and the fruit of false compassion: Sexual predators treated better than victims [Cath Cauc]

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

    02/26/2017 12:30:46 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Vatican Insider (La Stampa) ^ | February 26, 2017 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    “We need to revisit our system of checks and balances, to prevent what has happened from happening again.” Boeselager is sitting in a lounge area of the Order of Malta’s Magistral Palace in Via Condotti, Rome. He speaks calmly of the recent storm, the crisis that has counterposed the Holy See to the now resigned Grand Master Matthew Festing who was supported by Patron Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke. Boeselager had been forced to leave his office by what was intended as an order by the Pope. An order that the Pope had actually never given and that led to the...
  • Bishops Seek Pope's Guidance over Sex Abuse [Catholic Caucus]

    02/26/2017 2:27:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 25, 2017
    Australia's most senior Catholic leaders will ask the Pope to settle the issue of whether the seal of confession can be broken to protect children from sexual abuse as one likened it to bugging the confessional.Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher said for a priest to repeat anything that has occurred during confession would be a very serious breach of trust and the sacrament.Archbishop Fisher said he could not withhold absolution from someone who confessed to abusing a child and if they were genuinely contrite would forgive their sin, as he would a terrorist or a murderer.'What I can't do is effectively...
  • International Answer The Dubia Day!

    02/26/2017 2:10:54 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 25, 2017 | William M. Briggs
    Before we get to the fun and exciting details of the International Answer The Dubia Day!, we need first to understand some background.There was presented to Pope Francis more than five months ago a sort of Theology 101, True-False quiz by some of his more academically minded colleagues from the College of Cardinals.Before we get to the quiz’s questions, the reason for its origin is that the Holy Father published a paper (not peer-reviewed) called Amoris Laetitia which appeared to argue (via a footnote) that marriage was not for life and indissoluble as our Lord Jesus said it was.I...
  • A Lone Man In Charge, To the Crowd’s Acclaim [Catholic Caucus]

    02/25/2017 5:53:38 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    L'Esprsso ^ | February 25, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Popularity and solitude are the two faces of the current pontificate, contradictory only in appearance. An umpteenth proof of the popularity of Pope Francis came on February 17 with his visit to the university of Roma Tre, amid the rejoicing of teachers and students (see photo), a spectacular comeback over the ban that in 2008 prevented Benedict XVI from entering and speaking at the other university of Rome, the more noble and storied, that of La Sapienza, for the crime of having wanted to bring God and faith into the inviolable temple of the goddess reason. At Roma Tre Francis...
  • Pope Francis: Jesus Did Not Tell the Pharisees that Divorce is Forbidden

    02/24/2017 7:03:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 2/24/17 | Maike Hickson
    There are coming to us now different reports about Pope Francis’ Santa Marta homily of today which are very troubling. He mentions the Pharisees’ question about divorce and whether it is permitted and then comments on the reaction of Our Lord (Mark 10:1-12), as follows: Jesus does not answer whether it is permitted or not. He does not enter into their [the Pharisees’] classic casuistry. Because they [the Pharisees] thought of faith merely in the framework of “one may not” or “one may” – up to which point one may, up to which point one may not. Thus logic of...
  • “Do not think of faith only in terms of “can” or “can not” [Catholic Caucus]

    02/24/2017 10:39:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    La Stampa ^ | February 24, 2017 | DOMENICO AGASSO
    In Christian life, truth is not negotiable. There is no doubt. However, we must be fair in mercy and not think of faith only in terms of “you can” or “you cannot.” This is what Jesus teaches us. Pope Francis begins his homely in Casa Santa Marta by warning of a hypocrite and deceitful faith when reduced to the logic of classification. Reports radio Vatican: today’s Gospel, February 24 2017, by St. Mark San Marco reads the question “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”. This question was asked to the son of God by the doctors...
  • DELIVERED: More than 10,000 signatories ask Vatican to disinvite pro-abortion fanatic

    02/24/2017 7:05:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    More than 10,000 names were delivered to the Vatican this week from people across the world opposed to notorious population control zealot Paul Ehrlich speaking at a Pontifical Academy of Sciences conference. LifeSiteNews Rome correspondent Jan Bentz brought a petition with 10,710 names to the Vatican on Monday asking Pope Francis to stop plans for the pro-abortion and anti-Catholic Ehrlich to address a symposium titled “Biological Extinction” set for next week. In addition to asking the Holy Father to stop Ehrlich from speaking at the Vatican conference, the LifeSite petition requests that the pope clarify that the Vatican does not...
  • Bishop Schneider: Priests ‘have to refuse’ order from bishop to give Communion to adulterers

    02/24/2017 6:25:23 AM PST · by Petrosius · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 23, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    [Catholic Caucus] February 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider says bishops who order their priests to give Holy Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics are “committing a grave abuse of his power.” “He’s ordering (the priest) to sin and when a bishop even or a Pope commands me to sin I have to refuse,” Bishop Schneider explained in a recent interview with Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe. “I have to obey God and therefore in this case the priest has to say to the bishop, ‘Your Excellency you order me to commit a sin and I cannot...
  • NY Bishop: Pro-Abortion 'Catholic' Politicians Imperil Their Souls, Create Scandal

    02/23/2017 8:29:07 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    CNS ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael W. Chapman
    Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, headof the Catholic diocese of AlbanyN.Y. (Diocese of Albany)  ( -- In response to three New York politicians participating in a pro-Planned Parenthood rally -- the nation's largest abortion provider -- the Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Albany, N.Y. said it is a "scientific fact" that abortion kills a human person and it is his responsibility to correct the politicians "for the wellbeing of the individuals' souls and to avoid scandal among the Catholic faithful."The three politicians at the Feb. 11 rally in Albany were U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, and N.Y. State Assemblywoman Patricia...
  • Queries and doubts occasioned by Francis’ words…

    02/23/2017 6:44:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | unknown | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    Queries and doubts occasioned by Francis’ words… • 157 – Is unity and peace possible (without Christ) in a world steeped in sin? • 156 – Amoris Laetitia versus the Church’s enduring Magisterium • 155 – Union among the faithful is brought about by caring for the marginalized?
  • Prominent Jesuit Priest Tweets Support for Transgender Bathrooms to 100k Followers

    02/23/2017 6:30:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/23/17 | Claire Chretien
    February 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the most well-known Jesuit priests in the United States tweeted his support of boys using the girls' bathroom and vice versa. Father James Martin is the editor-at-large of America magazine and has a large social media presence. In November, he accepted an award from New Ways Ministry, a dissident group that has been condemned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the U.S. Catholic bishops. During his lengthy acceptance speech, he said the Church should embrace homosexuality's "special gifts." Yesterday, President Trump reversed former President Obama's transgender bathroom order, which...
  • Abortionist Willie Parker Aborts Up to 45 Babies a Day and Claims to be a Christian

    02/23/2017 1:09:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 22, 2017 | Dave Andrusko
    We’re nearing the end of the day, and as promised earlier, I did want to talk about the interview the New York Times Magazine conducted with itinerant abortionist, Willie Parker. As you need to know about the magazine’s motivation is in the headline: “Willie J. Parker Changed His Mind About Abortion.” Of course, it goes without saying (since Ana Marie Cox is writing for the New York Times Magazine), Parker’s “conversion” is from “someone who, for religious reasons, didn’t want to provide abortion” to becoming a practicing abortionist who flies into a location and takes the lives of up to...
  • Study validates babies in utero are worth protecting

    02/23/2017 12:42:38 PM PST · by redleghunter · 7 replies
    One News Now ^ | February 23, 2017 | Charlie Butts
    Pro-life obstetricians understand that a pregnant woman isn't the only patient, and now medical ability allows them to act on what science has already confirmed with earlier treatments for unborn and premature babies. A study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 16, 2017, from Duke Health of more than 4,000 babies born between 22 and 24 weeks shows more of those infants are surviving and with fewer neurological difficulties. Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says while that should be celebrated, it also should cause one to pause...
  • Cardinal Coccopalmerio: my Communion guidance wouldn’t apply to gay couples

    02/23/2017 12:00:54 PM PST · by ebb tide · 48 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 23, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, one of the most prominent defenders of Communion for the remarried, has said that his proposed guidance would apply to the divorced and remarried, but not to gay couples. He explained: “It’s not a natural condition”. Cardinal Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, said last week that divorced and remarried couples could take Communion if they found it “impossible” to avoid sex. The Church has taught that the remarried cannot receive Communion, except possibly when they endeavour to live “in complete continence”. Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s critics said he had contradicted this doctrine, as well as...
  • Cardinal Nichols praises Pope’s ‘patience and reserve’ over dubia

    02/23/2017 10:27:33 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 23, 2017 | Martin O'Brien
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has expressed his support for Pope Francis in the wake of questions raised by four cardinals about parts of Amoris Laetitia. The president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales made his remarks in an interview with The Irish Catholic newspaper while on a visit to Belfast last week. Asked if he shared any of the concerns that had been expressed by Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other cardinals, Cardinal Nichols said: “For me it is very simple. Pope Francis is the Pope. He is who God has given us and, therefore, we follow his lead.”...
  • Tagle to replace Müller as CDF Prefect?

    02/23/2017 9:13:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 23, 2017 | New Catholic
    To the recent reports from other sources that Cardinal MĂźller has already offered his resignation from CDF, Rorate can now add, from its own very well-placed sources, that there is a plan at the highest levels to replace MĂźller as Prefect of CDF with no less than the Asian "Pope Francis", the man seen by many as Francis' dauphin, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. MĂźller, appointed Prefect in July 2012, has been effectively marginalized in the past years over the Family Synods and most importantly over Amoris Laetitia. Questions about his future in the Roman Curia have been persistent through the...
  • The true story behind the Marie Stopes eugenics trial of 1923

    02/23/2017 6:05:02 AM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 22, 2017 | Mark H. Sutherland
    In the 1920s, a legal victory against the rising eugenic tide was won by a Catholic doctor over prominent birth control advocate Marie Stopes. While Stopes is lauded today as a feminist hero, the story of the eugenics libel trial has been largely overlooked. Marie Stopes in her laboratory in 1904. (Image via Wikipedia) Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial. In 1923 in Britain, a Catholic doctor won an important victory in the battle against one of the most harmful ideologies of the 20th century: eugenics. The battle was fought...
  • Another Spanish Bishop Accused of Hate Speech Over Gender Ideology

    02/22/2017 5:54:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/21/17 | Rodney Pelletier
    GRANADA, Spain ( - LGBT activists are filing a complaint against the bishop of Granada, accusing him of delivering a "homily of hate." The Spanish Observatory Against LGBTfobia (the Observatory) is accusing Abp. Francisco Javier Martínez of hate speech according to the 2014 Cifuentes Act, also called the "Law to Eradicate Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia." In a homily delivered at Mass on February 14, the archbishop noted, "I think right now about all the implications of gender ideology, which moreover tries to impose itself as a law in the education of children." He asserted, "There is a pathology behind it....
  • Let’s Start Calling Progressive Catholics What They Really are: ‘Mainline’

    02/22/2017 4:31:01 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 39 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 22, 2017 | John Zmirak
    Last week I noted how many prominent Catholic institutions and leaders are starting to morph into liberal “Mainline” Protestantism. Look at the moral message and public witness broadcast by fashionable Jesuits, secularized Catholic universities, and bishops obsessed with “social justice” issues — like San Diego bishop Robert McElroy, who is joining the anti-Trump “disruption” campaign.Can you really tell these Catholic groups and people apart from their functional equivalents at the Episcopal Church or Presbyterian Church, USA? Would a child growing up in the parish which Tim Kaine attends get a much different understanding of Jesus than if he grew...
  • De Mattei: When Public Correction of a Pope Is Urgent and Necessary

    02/22/2017 4:27:05 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 22, 2017 | Roberto de Mattei
    May a Pope be publicly corrected for his reprehensible behaviour? Or should the attitude of the faithful be that of unconditional obedience, until the point of justifying anything the Pope’s says and does, even if  openly scandalous? According to some, like the Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli, it is possible to express “tète a tète” one’s dissent to the Pope, without, however, manifesting it publicly. This thesis nonetheless, contains an important admission. The Pope is not infallible, unless he speaks ex cathedra. Otherwise it would not be licit to dissent even privately and the path to follow would only be that...
  • Vatican to Use ‘Systematic Surveillance’ to Protect Papal Images from Illegal Use [NOT Satire!]

    02/22/2017 4:22:06 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 22, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The Vatican announced today it would be using “systematic surveillance activities” to protect images of Pope Francis and the Holy See in order to prevent them being illegally used. In a statement issued Feb. 22, the Vatican said in order to make “its protective action more effective”, the Secretariat of State “will effect systematic surveillance activities apt to monitor the ways in which the image of the Holy Father and the coats of arms of the Holy See are used, [and] if necessary intervene with appropriate action...”The move follows hundreds of fly posters put up across Rome earlier this month...

    02/22/2017 3:37:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | February 22, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    The Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) has long been suspected of being involved in the distribution and promotion of condoms. In this comprehensive report, the Lepanto Institute confirms these suspicions by reviewing the philosophy of its leadership, its own documents, and government reports. What is clear is that CMMB is not only philosophically in favor of the promotion of condoms, but is actively involved in the distribution of them as well. The Leadership The former president of the Catholic Medical Mission Board is John Galbraith. Galbraith became the president and CEO of CMMB in the year 2000, and served in...
  • A Brief Primer on Catholic Faith and Conscience

    02/22/2017 2:48:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 22, 2017 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    In 1930, the Anglican Communion abandoned the universal Christian moral teaching of two millennia, which condemned artificial birth control as a grave moral evil, contra naturam, and destructive of marriage. It did so by allowing the individual subjective conscience to overrule the absolute moral norm that such actions are intrinsically evil and thus allow no exceptions.This was a death knell for Anglicanism as a moral authority. The result has been not only the total independence of Anglicans from their traditional moral teaching but the collapse of religious practice among the laity (except for the African branches of this once vibrant...
  • Knights of Malta Coup Turns Sights on Cardinal Burke [Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 4:00:55 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 21, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    Last month, we recounted the long and sordid story of the toppling of the Knights of Malta. Three particularly troubling events stood out at the conclusion of that story:First, the resignation of Fra’ Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Order, forced by Pope Francis with an alleged demand that he state for the record that Cardinal Raymond Burke was responsible for what had transpired. Also, the subsequent nullification of his previous acts and decrees to such an extent that a number of important pieces of historical information on the Order’s website were erased.Second, the Vatican-ordered reinstatement of Abrecht von Boeselager as Grand Chancellor,...
  • Coccopalmerio Says There’s No Doctrinal Confusion Over ‘Amoris’[Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 3:43:03 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | February 21, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, who heads a Vatican office for the interpretation of Church law, says that as far as he's concerned, there's no legal confusion about the meaning of Pope Francis's document 'Amoris Laetitia' and its implications for access to Communion. ROME— Since the release of Amoris Laetitia, bishops and cardinals around the world have offered their own guidelines and interpretations of Chapter Eight, which deals with what the Catholic Church calls “irregular” situations, particularly divorced and civilly remarried believers who want to access the sacraments of Confession and Communion.One of the latest voices to join the ongoing debate is Italian...
  • Be Ashamed When Tempted to Use Church for Power Struggles, Says Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 2:05:14 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 22, 2017 | Carol Glatz
    Francis made the comments in a morning homily at his Vatican residence Whenever one is tempted to use the Church for pursuing personal ambitions or to be arrogant, pray to feel ashamed, Pope Francis said. When the competitive bug strikes, reflect whether one can “see my Lord on the cross” and still be capable of wanting “to use the Lord for moving up” the ladder of success, he said on February 21 during his early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “May the Lord give us the grace of shame, that holy embarrassment — when we...
  • Marriage and Divorce. The General of the Jesuits: "Jesus Too Must Be Reinterpreted"[Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2017 1:56:41 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | February 22, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    Incredible but true. In the eighth chapter of "Amoris Laetitia,” the most heated and controversial, the one in which Pope Francis seems to “open up” to remarriage while the previous spouse is still alive, there is no citation at all of the words of Jesus on marriage and divorce, presented primarily in chapter 19 of the Gospel according to Matthew: «Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and...
  • Burke Suspended 'de facto' as Knights Patron, Grand Chancellor Says [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 1:37:17 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    The Tablet ^ | February 21, 2017 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Accusations of pope violating Order's sovereignty unfounded, says von Beoselager Cardinal Raymond Burke has now “de facto” been suspended as Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta, according to Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager.In a long interview for the Cologne archdiocese’s website on 19 February, von Boeselager explained that Archbishop Angelo Becciu, “who has the full confidence of the Pope and is his spokesman”, was now responsible. “That means that Cardinal Burke as Cardinal Patron of the Order is now de facto suspended.” The chief thing now was to restore peace in the Order so that it could concentrate on its real task, namely to...
  • Conference on the Canonical Problem of the Deposition of Popes to be Held [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 8:20:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 21, 2017 | Sacredos Romanus
    For some reason, a certain provision of Gratian’s Decretals, an early collection of canon law, has been the subject of renewed interest in recent times. The relevant text runs: “No mortal shall presume to rebuke [the pope’s] faults, for he who is to judge all is to be judged by no one, unless he is found straying from the faith” (Dist. 40 c.6). The last condition “unless he is found straying from the faith” has sometimes been interpreted to mean that a pope who strayed into heresy could be deposed. At the end of March a scholarly conference on the...
  • Archbishop of Malta Claims Fidelity to Pope on Exhortation Guidelines [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 2:15:18 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Steve Skojec
    The focus is back on the Maltese bishops this week after it was revealed that in a meeting with the priests of his archdiocese, Archbishop Charles Scicluna had said that he had no choice in issuing the deeply controversial Maltese bishops guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, because in his conscience he could not oppose the wishes of Pope Francis.The National Catholic Register‘s Rome Correspondent, Edward Pentin, reports: At a meeting with Malta’s priests on Feb. 14, Archbishop Scicluna appealed for understanding, saying he had no choice in co-signing the guidelines. According to sources present, he said in conscience he could not...
  • Turmoil in the Catholic Church? The Lord Will Guide and Protect [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 1:47:15 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | February 20, 2017 | Rev. Kevin Bezner
    The Catholic Church is in turmoil. Some say it’s in crisis. Some believe that schism is already underway. Almost daily, you can read about the turmoil in Catholic news and commentary.Cardinals and groups representing thousands of priests ask the Pope for a clarification of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Bishops of Germany and Malta offer guidance that says the exhortation allows the divorced and remarried who lack an annulment to receive communion.Pope Francis interjects himself into the governance of the Knights of Malta. One of the questioning cardinals is maligned in the media and sent off to Guam on a...
  • Ecumenism is everybody’s responsibility . . . Christian Unity . . . service

    02/21/2017 1:10:02 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 4 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Tony Gutiérrez
    Ecumenism is everybody’s responsibility. That was the message shared by two nationally-renown speakers at the annual Prayer for Christian Unity, held Jan. 23 this year at St. Mary’s Basilica. Fr. John Crossin, OSFS, and the Rev. Lowell Almen from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, both members of the U.S. Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, each reflected on the ecumenical progress that has been made. The presentations served as the homily for the annual prayer service which is sponsored by the Arizona Faith Network. The theme this year was “Toward Greater Communion: Reflecting on the Reformation after 500 years,” ahead of the 500th...
  • Malta’s Archbishop: Seminarians Can Leave if They Don't Agree With Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 3:57:43 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 20, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The Archbishop of Malta has confirmed to the Register that he told the country’s seminarians earlier this month that if any of them do not agree with Pope Francis, “the seminary gate is open,” implying they are free to leave. Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s remarks are the latest in what Church sources in Malta say is a heavy-handed crackdown on any ecclesiastic unwilling to subscribe to the Maltese bishops’ interpretation of the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia — an interpretation the bishops say is identical to the Holy Father’s... Since the Criteria were published Jan. 13, a number of clergy sources in...
  • A Pastor Says the ‘Amoris’ Mess on Communion Must End [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 12:49:35 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | February 19, 2017 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    From the in-the-trenches perspective of a pastor, the welter of competing guidelines and interpretations of 'Amoris Laetitia' is a mess. Why can't the pope reaffirm timeless Catholic teaching, and set to work to revise the rules for annulments to reflect contemporary pastoral realities? The course of true love never does run smooth, and neither does any papal pronouncement about love. The tsunami caused by Humane Vitae— Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on birth control— still continues to ripple around the world, and the waves of emotion over Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia also don’t look like they’re subsiding anytime soon.The worst thing...
  • Catholics Are Not Faithful to Doctrine, We Will Face Anglican-style Divisions

    02/20/2017 12:06:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 30 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 17, 2017 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    Those proposing change have not shown how it can be reconciled with Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. The Church is in a full-blown civil war over doctrine, as Dan Hitchens observed earlier this week in a carefully argued and fully evidenced article. Coincidentally, the Church of England’s doctrinal civil war has taken a new turn at the latest sitting of the General Synod, with heated debates over same-sex relationships. Michael Fabricant MP suggests in the Telegraph that Anglicans should jettison their “conservative” wing. In the same newspaper, the devout and passionate Andrea Minichiello Williams makes a convincing case for Christian tradition.The Williams article makes one...
  • These Catholic parishes openly celebrate LGBT. Why aren’t bishops stopping it? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/20/2017 11:10:01 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Part one of a series on “gay-friendly” parishes and ministries in the Catholic Church January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – As controversy continues to rage over Pope Francis’ doctrines on communion for the divorced and remarried, an even more controversial practice proliferating in the shadows for decades is becoming increasingly open and explicit: same-sex couples exerting their influence in Catholic parishes throughout the United States and Canada. At a rapidly growing number of proudly "gay-friendly" parishes, same-sex couples who flout the Church’s teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts are exercising leadership roles and receiving Communion with encouragement from their pastors....
  • Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri: the Synod WAS NOT to repeat the established teaching of the Church...

    02/20/2017 10:57:12 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | February 19, 2017 | Toronto Catholic
    Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri spoke some very vague words when interviewed by Thomas Rosica, CSB. The Cardinal stated that the the Church must have an "update"; and further, that the Church must be made "incarnate into time". What does he mean? The full interview, published on July 31, 2014, may be watched here. The obfuscation and vagueness in the interview is clarified in light of the Cardinal's extraordinary admission given this past January, 2015, as quoted on page 21 of Grzegorz Kucharczyk's, "We are not just a subsidiary of Rome" (e-book published by Polonia Christiana). "if the goal of the Synod...
  • Francis’ Main Innovations…

    02/19/2017 7:50:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | July 2015 | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    Who is Francis? A prophet for our times? God’s instrument for the renovation of the Church? The precursor of a new springtime of the Faith? A collection of his principal teachings confronted with the Magisterium of the Church can be an excellent aid to accurately judge these questions…
  • On Parish Visit, Pope Says Vendetta and Rancor Aren’t Christian (Another HYPOCRITE alert)

    02/19/2017 2:16:29 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    Crux ^ | February 19, 2017 | Crux Staff
    In his first visit to a Roman parish since posters went up around town on Feb. 4 charging that the pontiff lacks mercy, Pope Francis on Sunday insisted that pursuing a vendetta and talking behind people’s backs “is not Christian,” urging believers to pray for people who don’t like them.The path to holiness, Francis said in an improvised homily, means “first of all, don’t resist evil, and don’t go on a vendetta … this is not Christian.“Don’t give in to rancor, though that can be almost impossible,” Francis said. “Forget offenses, and when you’re struck on one cheek, offer the...
  • Knights of Malta Preparing for Shake-up as Lack of Suitable Nobility Puts Leadership in Doubt(Burke)

    02/19/2017 2:04:19 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    The Tablet ^ | February 17, 2017 | Christopher Lamb
    Under current rules new leader of Knights must be able to prove a noble line at least 150 years old. The Knights of Malta interim leader has said the group is preparing for sweeping internal reforms which would scrap the requirement that the order’s Grand Master show he is of "noble birth" while introducing an age limit for the post holder.Ludwig von Hoffman-Rummerstein, an Austrian, has taken charge of the knights following the resignation of Matthew Festing, who stepped down following a bitter public battle with the Vatican. The 80-year-old knight told Austrian newspaper “Der Standard” that current rules requiring the...
  • Cardinal Burke Firmly Rejects Account by Order of Malta’s Acting Head

    02/19/2017 1:18:19 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 18, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    “The account given by Fra’ Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein is not accurate. I had no authority to ask the Grand Chancellor to resign. I simply stated that the person who knowingly permitted the distribution of contraceptives in the Order’s works should take responsibility, and then the Grand Master once again asked the Grand Chancellor to resign which he refused to do. Then the Grand Master proceeded to his dismissal without my involvement at all. The account of the Grand Master and myself stands. To be frank, I am stunned by what Hoffmann von Rumerstein states in the article. I consider...
  • C9 Declares that it supports pope's "Magisterium” But what about the Magisterium? Not so much.

    02/18/2017 2:06:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 17, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    One of Francis’ first acts as Pope was to create a Council of Cardinal Advisors, commonly known as “C9”, to advise him on ecclesial affairs. The “advice,” however, appears to constitute little more than an echo chamber for whatever Francis wishes to say. To recall, the members of the Council are: Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa; Italian Bishop Marcello Semeraro, secretary to the Council; Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias; German Cardinal Reinhard Marx; Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga; Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello; U.S. Cardinal Sean O'Malley; Australian Cardinal George Pell; and Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya. All of the nine,...
  • Hermeneutic of Whatity? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/18/2017 6:56:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    What's Up with FrancisChurch? ^ | February 18, 2017 | Hilary White
    Crux having a bit of fun: “Since Francis is in continuity with tradition, his critics aren’t”Benedict XVI, in his latest book interview with Peter Seewald, admits himself that he was on the so-called “progressive” side during Vatican II, and the accusations of modernism and heresy against their side was abundant. He personally was accused of heresy after his article “New pagans and the Church,” and his bishop, Cardinal Joseph Wendel, wanted to block his appointment as a professor in Bonn for the same reason. In the end, the biggest blessing probably is to have Benedict still alive and able to...
  • Bishop Schneider: Catholics are NOT called to blind obedience to the Pope [Catholic Caucus]

    02/18/2017 4:37:08 AM PST · by Petrosius · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 17, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Asked about the confusion in the Church today stemming directly from Pope Francis and how the faithful are to respond, a prominent Catholic bishop has said Catholics do not owe blind obedience to the Pope, adding that blind obedience is characteristic of a ‘dictatorship,’ not the Church. Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the most prolific voices in the Church today seeking to defend the Catholic faith from anti-life and anti-family distortion, made the remarks in an interview with Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe. “As Catholics,” he said we have “to be submitted, (canonically)...
  • Vatican-sponsored conference criticizes Trump orders (A million illegals just in Los Angeles?)

    02/18/2017 12:35:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | February 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Speakers at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Northern California — including an archbishop — denounced President Donald Trump’s orders on immigration and travel and vowed to fight them at a meeting Friday. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said President Barack Obama deported a high number of people, but the harsh tone and cruelty coming out of the new administration was prompting mass fear and panic. “They’re playing with people’s emotions and toying with their lives and futures, and that is not right,” said Gomez, who noted his city has an estimated 1 million people who are living...
  • Why shouldn’t Cardinal Burke have asked a condom-pushing official to resign? [Cath Caucus]

    02/17/2017 10:03:15 PM PST · by ebb tide
    LifeSite News ^ | February 17, 2017 | Pete Baklinski & Patrick B. Crane
    The acting head of the Knights of Malta is alleging that Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Order, personally asked for the resignation of a top Order official who had overseen a condom distribution program in the developing world. That the Cardinal would have made this request himself is being treated as some sort of scandal by his opponents. But as a prince of the Church with moral responsibility for the Order’s fidelity to Catholic teaching, why shouldn’t he have done so? No faithful Catholic leader who loves the life-giving truth of the faith would stand idly by when indisputable...
  • When Cardinals Clash [Cataholic Caucus]

    02/17/2017 3:58:26 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 16, 2017 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Article referenced in ‘It gives the feeling of a schism’: EWTN panel analyzes current ‘disaster’ in the Church posted by NYer. It was easily predictable that the Amoris Laetitia (particularly footnote 351), would lead to jarring assaults on the Church’s doctrinal unity – even by some of the Church’s own shepherds. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, has just joined the ranks of prelates who say that Pope Francis has authorized giving Holy Communion to those in adulterous second “marriages.” Coccopalmerio even extends this permission to others living in sexual relationships apart from marriage in...
  • ‘It gives the feeling of a schism’: EWTN panel analyzes current ‘disaster’ in the Church

    02/17/2017 3:22:32 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 17, 2017
    February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – On Thursday, Raymond Arroyo, canon laywer Father Gerald Murray, and The Catholic Thing's Robert Royal presented a somber analysis of the confusion caused by Amoris Laetitia. Arroyo featured Murray and Royal as guests on his EWTN show The World Over, where the three discussed the "odd" move of the pope's nine advisors pledging their allegiance to him this week. "This highly unusual vote of confidence comes at a serious time, a time of tension at the Vatican as major concerns are being raised about the direction of papal teaching and curial reform," said Arroyo. "I’ve never seen anything...