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  • Head of CDF fears split as big as the Reformation

    09/03/2015 2:23:30 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 5 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 3 Sept | Cathcon
    The Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, has criticized in Regensburg on Tuesday a "climate of the German claim to leadership for the whole universal Church". At a book presentation, he pointed out the high number of people leaving the church, the deserted confessionals and empty seminars and religious houses in Germany. Often he has been asked from where the establishment of the so-called "German Church" derives the claim to be pacemaker for the universal Church with all the symptoms of a dramatic decline precisely on questions of sexual morality and the Catholic teaching on marriage.
  • Pope Francis on Reconciliation for Abortion (Catholic Caucus)

    09/03/2015 1:38:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 3, 2015 | EDWARD PETERS
    Abortion has long sat in the middle of a three-street ecclesial intersection, namely, those of Sin, Crime, and Sanction. The meeting of any two of these factors would make for a perilous perch but the confluence of all three is fraught with opportunities for confusion. At the risk of serious over-simplification, let me sketch the basic situation and then address Pope Francis’ comments thereon.1. Abortion has always been recognized as a sin and a grave sin at that. Like other grave sins the path to reconciliation is basically by sacramental Confession.2. Like some (but not all) sins, abortion has long been treated...
  • Pope to say D.C. Mass in Spanish in bow to 'Hispanic population'

    09/02/2015 3:50:40 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 96 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2 Sep 15 | Paul Bedard
    In a bow to the huge U.S. Hispanic population and the Catholic Church's advocacy of immigration, Pope Francis plans to give his Washington Mass Sept. 23 in Spanish, according to Cardinal Donald William Wuerl. "The Mass is going to be in Spanish," Wuerl said Wednesday while previewing the pope's trip to reporters. "It's a recognition of how large the Hispanic population in the United States is," said Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. "And he's coming as the first pope from the New World and the predominant language in this hemisphere is Spanish," added Wuerl of the Argentine-born pope. Francis, meanwhile, will...
  • Pope Francis confirms it: SSPX has always had supplied jurisdiction [Catholic Caucus]

    09/02/2015 5:55:55 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 9/1/15 | Louie Verrecchio
    As the entire “traditionalist” (aka Catholic) community surely knows by now, in a Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization at the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis stated: A final consideration concerns those faithful who for various reasons choose to attend churches officiated by priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X. This Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one. From various quarters, several Brother Bishops have told me of their good faith and sacramental practice, combined however with an uneasy situation from...
  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 3:53:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 310 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 1, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE]The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization about the upcoming Extraordinary Year of Mercy.In this letter the Pope says that he is granting to all priests the faculty to absolve from the sin of abortion.  He writes: “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for...
  • Pope Francis' Vatican Sends “Blessing” to Publisher of Homosexual-Friendly Books for Children

    08/28/2015 10:23:45 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 65 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 8/28/15 | John Vennari
    August 28: Pope Francis reportedly sent an encouraging letter to lesbian founder of publishing house for children’s books. Today’s Il Giornale reports, “The Pope blesses gender ideology books. To the author he writes: “Go ahead.” The report continues, “Pope Francis still amazes, writing a long letter to the author of the books that the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, wanted to ban from its schools. After the Synod on the family that threatens to split the church, the Pope again lines up in defense of the same-sex couples.” Francesca Pardi, founder with her partner Maria Silvia Fiengo of the publishing...
  • Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

    08/28/2015 8:48:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 57 replies
    Yahoo News India ^ | August 28, 2015 | AFP
    Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday. As Vatican officials scrambled to clarify that the message was simply a standard courtesy which did not signal any change in Church teaching on the subject, the author told AFP she had been pleasantly surprised to have received such a positive response. Francesca Pardi, who writes and publishes books such as "Why you have two mummies", wrote to Francis in June after the publishing company she runs with her wife...
  • Pope Francis sends letter praising gay children's book

    08/28/2015 8:38:05 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 177 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug. 28, 2015 | Rosie Scammell
    Italian book that explores different family types including same sex was banned by mayor of Venice, but pontiff becomes unlikely supporter ... In the book, the egg encounters a pair of gay penguins, lesbian rabbits successfully bringing up a family, as well as other family models, including a single parent hippo, a mixed race dog couple, and kangaroos that have adopted polar bear cubs... Now Pardi has found an unlikely supporter in Pope Francis, who through his staff has written to the author praising her work. “His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it...
  • Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears [Revelation 13]

    08/28/2015 8:33:21 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    My Way ^ | 8/27/2015 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display. Obama has made no secret of his affection for the outspoken pope, calling him a "transformative leader" whose influence has transcended the Roman Catholic community. The pope has embraced many of the issues Obama has sought to advance, including...
  • Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears

    08/27/2015 7:13:14 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 23 replies
    MyWay News ^ | Aug 27, 3:13 AM (ET) | By JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display. Obama has made no secret of his affection for the outspoken pope, calling him a "transformative leader" whose influence has transcended the Roman Catholic community. The pope has embraced many of the issues Obama has sought to advance, including...
  • Papal visit organizers unveil marketing campaign

    08/27/2015 4:37:51 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    phillyvoice.com ^ | 8/26/15 | John Kopp
    Organizers for the World Meeting of Families announced Wednesday a grassroots marketing campaign aimed at encouraging business and residential participation during the papal events in late September. Standing outside Jack's Firehouse in Fairmount, WMOF Executive Director Donna Crilley Farrell unveiled window signage and buttons depicting Pope Francis alongside the marketing slogan #OpenInPHL. The signage and buttons will be distributed to businesses throughout Center City as part of the "I'll Be There" campaign. Businesses that will be open during the papal visit are being asked to use the window signs. The marketing campaign comes amidst residential grumbling regarding the massive street...
  • Does Pope Francis Really Believe the Gospels?

    08/18/2015 5:22:20 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 28 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 8/18/15 | Father X
    A few weeks ago alarm bells went off in my head when someone forwarded me an excerpt from an English-language translation of a sermon he preached in the Pope's recent trip to South America, relating the loaves-and-fishes event to the Eucharist. Let me explain. Around two centuries ago the liberal Protestant scholar Gottlob Paulus (1761-1851) started what was to become quite a popular trend in the heretical German circles of “higher critical” biblical scholarship. Paulus wanted to recognize some historical foundation in the Gospel accounts of our Lord’s life and ministry; but his Enlightenment rationalism meant excluding all supernatural, miraculous...
  • Havana cardinal delivered letter from Pope Francis to President Obama [gay activist go-between]

    08/14/2015 5:28:41 PM PDT · by jobim · 3 replies
    Tyler Morning Telegraph ^ | 8/13/15 | Nora Gamez Torres
    Three months before the historic announcement in December that the U.S. would re-establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba, Havana’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega made a trip to the White House and hand delivered a letter from Pope Francis to President Barack Obama. The meeting was sensitive enough to be kept under the radar - the Cuban cardinal’s name did not appear in the White House visitors’ log. The pope’s letter, addressed to Obama, offered to “help in any way possible” in negotiations with Cuba.... A key player, according to the authors: The Trimpa Group, a lobbying business with offices in Denver...
  • The War on Air Conditioning Heats Up Is Climate Control Immoral?

    08/14/2015 10:00:59 AM PDT · by rey · 129 replies
    FEE ^ | 13 Aug 15 | SARAH SKWIRE
    It started with the pope. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, he singled out air conditioning as a particularly good example of wasteful habits and excessive consumption that overcome our better natures: People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning. Now, it seems to be open season on air conditioning. From a raging Facebook debate over an article that claims that air conditioning is an oppressive...
  • Christians Burn While Pope Worries about “Worldly” Matters [Revelation 13]

    08/10/2015 4:02:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 5 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 8/9/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    In June, Pope Francis released his first independent encyclical. It merely served to highlight the indifference to the plight of persecuted Christians around the world. The Pope warned about issues dealing with the environment, but he did not once mention the plight of persecuted Christians — even though he is well acquainted with it, and even though previous popes mentioned it when Christians were experiencing far less persecution than they are today. Encyclicals are formal treatises written by popes and sent to bishops around the world. In turn, bishops are meant to disseminate the encyclical’s ideas to all the priests...
  • POPE WARNS OF "GENOCIDE" AS PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS RISES WORLDWIDE

    07/31/2015 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Christians may be the most persecuted group in the world, and their persecution is on the rise. As Islamic extremism takes hold and repressive governments step up their campaigns against Christianity, the Pope has been moved to warn of “a form of genocide”, and for campaigners to speak out over “religio-ethnic cleansing.”
  • NJ Church Group to Sleep at Philly Zoo in Order to See Pope

    07/30/2015 3:22:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    NBCPhiladelphia.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Maxfield, David Chang
    While some people are spending as much as $600 a night at hotels for Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to Philadelphia, a North Jersey church group is spending less money on a far less luxurious place to stay: the Philadelphia Zoo.
  • The Pope and the Vatican Should Be Confronted about Traditional Catholic Stances against Israel

    07/28/2015 4:37:44 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Pope and the Vatican Should Be Confronted about Traditional Catholic Stances against Israel Instead of rejecting Israel as the Vatican does, evangelical leaders should do what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did By Julio Severo WorldNetDaily chief Joseph Farah accurately pointed the latest Vatican tragedy against Israel by saying that it is a “one-sided hostile action against Israel.” He said, Pope Francis announced an agreement had been reached with the barbaric leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization recognizing “Palestine.” It’s a barbarous act of political and historical tone deafness by the pope that puts the beleaguered Jewish state,...
  • Gay Catholics Push for Church Weddings

    07/28/2015 3:06:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 117 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    When the Supreme Court ruling came down in late June, extending the right to marriage to members of the same sex in all 50 states, some observers felt that the Catholic Church was fairly immune to any requirements that it would have to allow same-sex weddings before her altars. Now, though, calls for the Church to allow such nuptials are bubbling up. How far they will get is another question. The issue was raised Tuesday by a report in the New York Times that featured “gay and transgender Catholics” who are making noises with the approaching visit to these shores...
  • Hillary Clinton Pledges to Install 500 Million Solar Panels if Voted President

    07/27/2015 7:44:02 AM PDT · by PROCON · 76 replies
    time ^ | July 26, 2015 | Helen Regan
    “We are on the cusp of a new era” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday made tackling climate change one of her key goals were she to enter the White House, pledging to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide by the end of her first term in office. Clinton also called for a major increase in other renewable-energy sources, saying she wants every U.S. home to be powered by clean energy within a decade, reports Reuters. “I want more wind, more solar, more advanced biofuels, more energy efficiency,” she said at a weekend rally in...
  • Pope Francis Strikes Hands With Anti-Life Mayors Promoting Death In Guise of Climate Change Concerns

    07/25/2015 6:23:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 7/23/15 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    This past Tuesday the Vatican hosted about 150 mayors of cities throughout the world with the ostensible goal of "combating climate change". Ten of those were US mayors, most being pro-abortion. They included Bill De Blasio of New York. Joining them was CA Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown. They met in a workshop entitled "Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities". Hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the meeting was hosted by rabid population-control advocate Jeffrey Sachs. I've written about both these before in recent months. As Breitbart points out, Tuesday's seminar was immediately followed by...
  • Mayor Hodges meets the pope: 'I can see why he inspires people'

    07/23/2015 5:15:44 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7-22-15 | Erin Golden and Paul Walsh ,
    Hodges and other leaders at the Vatican for a two-day global climate conference. After a day spent hearing Pope Francis and mayors from across the world speak at the Vatican on climate change and human trafficking, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she’s been inspired to focus more on the links between sustainability and poverty. “I really, profoundly understand in a new way that environmental justice is not just a sidebar to climate change action,” she said in a phone call from the Vatican on Tuesday. “And that it’s not just a sidebar to social justice work.” Hodges was one of...
  • Pope Francis' approval rating nosedives among conservatives (Catholic Caucus)

    07/22/2015 7:52:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | July 22, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Pope Francis is not as popular a pontiff as he used to be in the United States — especially among conservatives — according to a new Gallup survey out Wednesday. A larger share of American Catholics say they don’t have a favorable view of their church’s spiritual leader. A little more than seven in 10 (71 percent) have a favorable image of Francis, a drop of 18 percentage points from last year.
  • Jerry Brown Takes On Climate Change-Denying 'Troglodytes' - "We are talking about extinction."

    07/21/2015 2:07:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 41 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | July 21, 2015 | Mollie Reilly
    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday urged a group of 60 mayors to take action in their cities on climate change, warning that global warming is "the biggest threat of our time" and denouncing skeptics as "troglodytes." At a climate change conference hosted by Pope Francis at the Vatican and attended by U.S. mayors and global leaders, Brown offered a dire assessment of climate change's potential effects in the near future. "We don’t even know how far we've gone, or if we've gone over the edge,” Brown said. "This is not some linear set of problems that we can...
  • Hammer-and-Sicklegate: What It Reveals

    07/20/2015 7:08:52 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 7/20/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As usual, the neo-Catholic cover-up of disaster has failed. Pope Francis not only accepted but took home with him the blasphemous depiction of Christ on a hammer and sickle—the very symbol of the massacre of scores of millions of Christians in the name of an ideology whose aim was to wipe Christianity off the face of the earth. As Francis revealed on the flight home during his usual off-the-cuff blabbing to reporters: Reporter on plane: Did you leave it there [in Bolivia]? Pope Francis: No, it’s traveling with me. Of course, Francis never said: “that’s not right” when presented with...
  • Pat Buchanan: Is capitalism diabolic?

    07/19/2015 3:11:41 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    tbo.com ^ | 7-19-15 | Pat Buchanan
    On arrival in La Paz, Pope Francis was presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales with a wooden crucifix carved in the form of a hammer and sickle, the symbol of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Fidel. Had Pope John Paul II been handed that crucifix, he might have cracked it over Evo’s head. For John Paul II had seen up close what communism did — to his country, his church and his people in 45 years of Bolshevik rule. On his arrival in the Nicaragua of Daniel Ortega in 1983, Pope John Paul castigated a priest-collaborator who dared to serve that...
  • Lesbian appeals to Pope Francis after Catholic school fires her partner

    07/15/2015 2:19:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    MERION STATION, PA, July 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The homosexual partner of a woman fired from a Philadelphia-area Catholic school has written to Pope Francis asking for a meeting during the pope's U.S. visit, and for his intervention in the couple's situation so they will not be "condemned to live a life of exile from (the) Church."Pope Francis has been accused of sending confusing signs on the issue of homosexuality and the Church's teaching about it, and homosexual activists have frequently used him by claiming he supports their cause. But the pope has repeatedly criticized the homosexual agenda and gender...
  • Pope Francis and homosexuality: confusing signs (Catholic Caucus)

    07/14/2015 3:10:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 13, 2015
    July 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- If “actions speak louder than words,” as the saying goes, the message of Pope Francis on homosexuality is increasingly confusing. On the one hand, he has reiterated the Church’s teaching that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman, and has even repeatedly condemned gender ideology, the intellectual underpinning of the LGBT movement. However both in his deeds - most notably his choice of advisors and prelates to elevate to higher positions - and omissions he has left an impression in many minds that seems very different from the Church’s tradition.It is not...
  • Why Did Catholic Media Get the Commie-Crucifix Story Wrong?

    07/14/2015 6:03:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 7/14/15 | Patrick Archbold
    Since the beginning of this current pontificate, the cool, considerate men and women of Catholic media have urged many of us not to jump to early conclusions regarding breaking news and alleged troubling quotes from Pope Francis. It is more important to get the story right than it is to be first, my former editors at the National Catholic Register would often tell me.It is hard to argue with that mantra when journalistic media, particularly Catholic journalistic media, have an obligation to present the truth of events. In this age of global communication and agenda-driven secular media parsing every papal...
  • Pope Francis Confesses He Knows Little about the Economy

    07/14/2015 5:42:36 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/14/2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a striking series of admissions, Pope Francis told journalists on the flight back to Rome from Paraguay that he has an aversion to the economy, which he does not understand very well, and that he has neglected the middle class. On the plane, journalists asked the Pope his opinion of the economic situation in Greece and its relation to the rest of the European Union. Francis responded that he has “a great aversion” to the economy because his father was an accountant and used to bring his work home with him on the weekends. “I don’t understand it very...
  • Pope Francis - he was not offended by Hammer-and-Sickle "crucifix"

    07/13/2015 7:11:19 PM PDT · by NRx · 39 replies
    Rorat Caeli ^ | 07-13-2015 | Rorate Caeli
    Full title: "For the record: Pope Francis personally clarifies that he was not offended by Hammer-and-Sickle "crucifix", explicitly acknowledges the Marxism of its Jesuit originator -- and praises him." As expected, Pope Francis held an in-flight press conference on his way back to Rome this Monday. As widely reported by secular media, he made use of this opportunity to personally clarify his thoughts about the Hammer and Sickle "crucifix" (and the medallion, the "Order of Fr. Espinal" featuring a smaller version of the same) that were presented to him by President Evo Morales of Bolivia. Catholic News Agency has, thankfully,...
  • In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism

    07/12/2015 6:59:14 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 82 replies
    NYT ^ | July 11, 2015 | JIM YARDLEY and BINYAMIN APPELBAUM
    His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.” Having returned to his native Latin America, Francis has renewed his left-leaning critiques on the inequalities of capitalism, describing it as an underlying cause of global injustice, and a prime cause of climate change. Francis escalated that line last week when he made a...
  • Bolivian President Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with ‘communist crucifix’

    07/12/2015 9:01:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    News.Com ^ | 07/10/15
    BOLIVIA’S President Evo Morales handed Pope Francis an unusual and some say “provocative” gift during the pontiff’s visit to the country: a carving of Christ crucified on a wooden sickle and hammer. The sculpted juxtaposition of two of the world’s most potent symbols, Christianity and communism, was made by Jesuit priest Luis Espinal. A poet and artist, Espinal was assassinated in 1980 by right-wing paramilitaries, and the pope paid tribute to him on Wednesday on his way from the airport to La Paz, stopping at the site of his death. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope.
  • Pope Calls Capitalism Dung of the Devil

    07/12/2015 8:45:57 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 125 replies
    http://www.agenda21radio.com ^ | July 10, 2015 | Paul Preston
    Pope Francis on Thursday launched a blistering attack on the “new colonialism” of austerity, describing unfettered capitalism as “the dung of the devil” and apologising for the Catholic church’s role in the conquest of indigenous populations in the Americas. He delivered a powerful mea culpa on the part of the church in the highlight of his South American pilgrimage, “humbly” begging forgiveness during an encounter in Bolivia with indigenous groups and other activists and in the presence of Bolivia’s first-ever indigenous president, Evo Morales.
  • Pope Offers The Masses The Opium Of Marxism (United Religion needed to fight terrorism)

    07/12/2015 5:42:06 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | July 11 2015 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    To my Catholic friends, while I am loathe to criticize that which they hold dear, there comes a time when silence is the wrong answer. When Pope Francis first surfaced, I thought he had the potential to be a great Pope. But with the potential of greatness, also comes the opportunity of infamy. Pope Francis is a Marxist and embodies many, many principles that I stand against, not only as a Constitutional Conservative, but as a Christian. This last week just solidified my uneasiness concerning this Pope. The Bolivian President, Evo Morales (who Trevor Loudon and I have long contended...
  • Priest compares pope to prophet Amos

    07/12/2015 5:38:07 AM PDT · by steve8714 · 38 replies
    steve8714 | self
    Today at Mass, the priest for some reason brought up the prophet Amos. I was fairly sure I knew where this was going, but stayed for the end. When he passed through slavery and war to get to our Pontiff's call for worldwide totalitarian government to redistribute income (isn't slavery the ultimate income redistribution?)I had heard enough and left. I haven't left Mass in the middle since the Sunday after 9/11/2001 when Father Jack at Our Lady of Guadalupe railed about "the corrupt men who control Alan Greenspan". Pope John Paul fought against totalitarianism and for the freedom of all...
  • In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism

    07/11/2015 5:24:40 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/11/2015 | JIM YARDLEY and BINYAMIN APPELBAUM
    ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay — His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.” Having returned to his native Latin America, Francis has renewed his left-leaning critiques on the inequalities of capitalism, describing it as an underlying cause of global injustice, and a prime cause of climate change. Francis escalated that line last week when...
  • California Gov. Jerry Brown to Meet With Pope on Climate Change (and modern slavery)

    07/11/2015 5:02:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    NBC/AP ^ | July 10, 2015
    California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he will travel to Vatican City later this month to discuss climate change and modern slavery with dignitaries including Pope Francis as the governor seeks to burnish his legacy as a climate change activist. Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, plans to attend a two-day event starting July 21 hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences. The focus is on two issues highlighted in the pope's recent teaching document, called an encyclical, in which he chastised international lawmakers for failing to adopt effective, long-term policies that would protect the environment and...
  • Vatican bewildered by Bolivia's 'communist crucifix' gift to Pope Francis [ Hammer & Sickle ]

    07/10/2015 10:15:19 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 9, 2015 | Jonathan Watts
    Vatican officials appear to have been flummoxed after Pope Francis was presented with a communist crucifix depicting Jesus nailed to a hammer and sickle by Bolivia’s president Evo Morales. The gift from the leftwing leader caused an immediate stir among conservative Catholics who said the pontiff was being manipulated for ideological reasons. The response of the pope was less clear. (...)
  • Will Pope Francis meet with families of Cuban Dissidents?

    07/10/2015 6:52:15 AM PDT · by Ouchthatonehurt · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 9, 2015 | AFP Havana
    A prominent Cuban dissident group has asked to meet Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to Cuba in September, its leader said on Thursday. Cuba’s dissidents caution against assumptions and complacency The Ladies in White, made up of the wives and relatives of former political prisoners, visited the Vatican’s mission in Cuba to submit their request. Group leader Berta Soler said she has passed along information about human rights in Cuba to Vatican officials, including “evidence of ladies and activists who have been victims of repression in recent weeks”. She has also expressed concern that the government will prevent dissidents...
  • Pope Denounces 'Throwaway' Culture of Consumer Society

    07/10/2015 2:14:23 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 12 replies
    Business Insider (AP) ^ | July 9, 2015 23:56 UTC | Nicole Winfield and Jacobo Garcia
    SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the "throwaway" culture of today's society that discards anyone who is unproductive as he celebrated his first public Mass in Bolivia on Thursday, one of the key days of his South American pilgrimage. It was to culminate with a summit of farmers, fishermen and indigenous whose causes have long been championed by history's first Latin American pope.
  • Pope Francis and Climate Science: BFF

    07/09/2015 6:17:06 PM PDT · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 3 replies
    Thought Crimes ^ | 07-08-15 | Chris Shugart
    Progressives love mocking devoutly religious people. With their smug, snarky, I’m-so-much-smarter condescension, they’ve taken a perverse glee in characterizing the religious right as backwards anti-science luddites. But times have changed. The Left has a new friend in Pope Francis, who has come out in support of the science of manmade climate change. And wouldn’t you know it, progressive everywhere have suddenly gotten religion. It’s a miracle. Now that the Pope is on the bandwagon, we can finally put climate change dogma into its proper context: an article of faith that cannot be questioned. We finally have the perfect demonstrable frame...
  • Pope to Bolivia: We Have a Role to Play [Ecumenical]

    07/09/2015 7:32:01 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 22 replies
    AP (via US News and World Report) ^ | 07/09/2015 | Nicole Winfield and Carlos Valdez
    Pope Francis arrived in Bolivia on Wednesday on the second leg of his South American tour and immediately insisted that the Catholic Church continue to play an important role in society amid efforts by the government of President Evo Morales to curb its influence.... Morales came to power championing Bolivia's 36 indigenous groups and enshrined their rights in the constitution, and under his leadership Bolivia's economy has boomed thanks to high prices for its natural gas and minerals. But Morales has roiled the local church by taking a series of anti-clerical initiatives, including a new constitution that made the overwhelmingly...
  • Through an even darker glass: On knocking the popes for socialism.... (Catholic Caucus)

    07/07/2015 4:37:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 7, 2015 | Jeff Mirus
    If I have to read one more email explaining that modern popes have failed the Church by preaching socialism instead of the Gospel, I will not be held responsible for my reply. This complaint surfaces from time to time in orthodox Catholic circles for the simple reason that most politically conservative Catholics are orthodox. Such persons sometimes react as if political and economic conservatism is a Divine standard for judging Catholicism. But the reality is just the opposite. One also tires of the protestations of the ignorant. The word “socialism” has a clear and specific meaning. It refers to a...
  • Theology Chairman’s Same-Sex Wedding Begins ‘Flood’ of Challenges to Catholic Identity

    07/08/2015 6:40:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | July 7, 2015 | CNS staff
    The Episcopalian marriage of Fordham University’s theology chairman to his same-sex partner, just one day after the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, begins a new flood of challenges to Catholic identity that most Catholic colleges and universities are unprepared to face, warns Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.“Even if a Catholic college leader wants to uphold Catholic teaching on marriage, the persistent embrace of dissent and opposition to the Church at many Catholic universities makes it highly unlikely that the law will now permit them to uphold moral standards for professors,” Reilly said.“The fact that a theology chairman at a...
  • The Pope's new world order: Francis calls for the 'goods of the Earth' to be shared [Truncated]

    07/08/2015 12:05:10 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 82 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | July 7, 2015 17:38 UTC | Simon Tomlinson
    Pope ends first leg of his three-nation South American tour with impassioned plea to safeguard the environmentDelivered message in Ecuador, which has one of the world's most diverse ecosystems but is also reliant on oil He said: 'As stewards of these riches, we have an obligation toward society and toward future generations' (...) 'As stewards of these riches which we have received, we have an obligation toward society as a whole and toward future generations,' Francis said. 'We cannot bequeath this heritage to them without proper care for the environment, without a sense of gratuitousness born of our contemplation...
  • Pope wraps Ecuador leg of South America trip after calling for new ecological, economic order

    07/08/2015 6:42:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 32 replies
    Pope Francis wraps up the first leg of a three-nation South American pilgrimage Wednesday after issuing an impassioned call for a new economic and ecological world order where the goods of the Earth are shared by everyone, not just exploited by the rich
  • Pope Francis: God Has Instructed Me to Revise the Ten Commandments (satire)

    07/07/2015 8:32:31 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 36 replies
    GUAYAQUIL, Ec. – Pope Francis kicked off the start of a three-nation trip across South America today with his first mass, with over a million Ecuadorians in attendance, in the coastal city of Guayaquil. Delivering the mass in Spanish, the Pope spoke about the importance of family in modern society, saying, “It needs to be helped and strengthened, lest we lose our proper sense of the services which society as a whole provides.” During his sermon, Pope Francis announced to Christians around the world that God had called upon him, instructing him “to revise the most sacred of texts, the...
  • Fordham University Theology Department Chairman Marries Another Man

    07/04/2015 4:04:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 114 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 4, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The chairman of the theology department at Fordham University has gotten married—to another man. The New York Times, which up until a few years ago, declined running wedding announcements involving same-sex couples, reported that J. Patrick Hornbeck II “married” Patrick Anthony Bergquist Saturday at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The ceremony took place June 27, just a day after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex “marriage” nationwide. That would not have been necessary legally, since New York State has allowed gay "marriage" since 2011. But the ceremony was conducted before the Episcopal Church in America voted this week...
  • Church ‘obsessions’ As culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church...with truth

    07/04/2015 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 7/1/2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Church ‘obsessions’ As the culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church is called to respond with truth Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly 7/1/2015 Question: My sister-law is hostile to the Church and says that we are obsessed by sex and abortion and don’t care about the same things Jesus did, like the poor. Is there an effective answer to this charge? Name withheld, Newark, New Jersey Answer: The charge that the Church is “obsessed” with sex and abortion — and many today add homosexuality — is not sustainable. Any look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church...