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  • Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

    02/23/2017 8:48:34 AM PST · by detective · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb 23, 2017
    Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: "It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life." "There are those who say 'I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association'," the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

    02/17/2017 6:11:23 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.” “Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
  • Pope Francis encourages meeting of popular movements in California [George Soros Ties]

    02/18/2017 12:57:26 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    CNA ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | CNA/EWTN News
    Stockton, Calif., Feb 17, 2017 / 05:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Friday sent a message of encouragement to the hundreds of religious and community leaders participating in a meeting of popular movements being held this week in California. “It is the Church, the Christian community, people of compassion and solidarity, social organizations. It is us, it is you, to whom the Lord Jesus daily entrusts those who are afflicted in body and spirit, so that we can continue pouring out all of his immeasurable mercy and salvation upon them,” Pope Francis said in his Feb. 17 message to...
  • 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...
  • Pope Says Immigrants No Threat to Europe’s Christian Identity

    02/17/2017 12:04:42 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 52 replies
    Crux ^ | February 17, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Visiting a state run university in Rome, Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to talk instead "from the heart," answering questions about the threat migrants pose to Europe's Christian identity and the historic presence of violence in the world. ROME—Famous for his off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis was at it again on Friday when he set aside a prepared address to “speak from the heart” to thousands of students from Rome’s youngest university, Roma Tre, where he revisited some of his usual concerns: war and violence, a lack of dialogue and the need for the West to acknowledge its responsibility...
  • Pope Francis Has Removed Every Single Member of the Vatican Pro-life Academy

    02/17/2017 12:31:04 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | February 17, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    Additional detail to OnePeterFive's article posted by ebb tide on the 9th at The Pontifical Academy for Life Currently Has No Members [Catholic Caucus] . February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Pontifical Academy for Life, long a bastion of orthodoxy within the Vatican, now has no members and is effectively shut down after Pope Francis’ recent reform of the institution. The pope issued new statutes for the Academy on October 18, and removed all of its members. “All members’ terms ended on December 31, 2016; currently the Academy is waiting for the new appointments,” Fr. Andrea Ciucci, a staff member...
  • Stop hurling insults and listen, Pope Francis tells politicians [Barf Alert]

    02/17/2017 8:36:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/17 | Philip Pullella
    Politicians should lower the volume of their debates and stop insulting each other, Pope Francis said on Friday, adding that leaders should be open to dialogue with perceived enemies or risk sowing the seeds of war. "Insulting has become normal," he said in a 45-minute-long improvised talk to university students in Rome. "We need to lower the volume a bit and we need to talk less and listen more."
  • 2016: The year Pope Francis finally showed his hand

    02/15/2017 6:12:00 AM PST · by richardtavor · 13 replies
    LifeSite ^ | January 3, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    ROME, January 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – 2016 marked a dramatic turning point in the pontificate of Pope Francis. It may be called the year of the great awakening, as more and more faithful Catholics and prelates, Cardinals included, came to a frightening understanding that there is a major problem with the current Pope. For the beginning years of his papacy, most, including LifeSite, gave Francis the benefit of the doubt. They repeatedly told themselves and others not to believe the media; that his words were being taken out of context or mistranslated; that he was just plain poor at doing...
  • Francis Apparently not Happy with Roman Posters

    02/14/2017 9:32:19 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/14/17 | David Martin
    Posters in Rome were not an insult to the pope, but were providentially arranged for his instruction. Pray that Francis will revisit this matter and learn by it. And let him "dig, dig," that he might discover his own "rigidity" against tradition Pope Francis seems to have taken offense over an anonymous poster campaign which called into question his mercy. On February 4, Romans woke up to more than 200 posters of a stern-faced pope plastered all over the city, with a caption that asks, “But where is your mercy?” The unidentified posters accused Francis of having “ignored cardinals” and...
  • Pope Francis, get out of Venezuela. You’re only making things worse.

    02/13/2017 8:28:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 8, 2017 | Andres Oppenheimer
    Many of us have praised Pope Francis for his humbleness and for his tolerance toward victims of discrimination who had long been neglected by the Vatican, but it’s time to tell him loud and clear: Get out of Venezuela. The Vatican’s mediation effort in Venezuela has been — to use a word much in vogue in Washington these days — a disaster. It has legitimized that country’s authoritarian ruler Nicolás Maduro, throwing him a lifeline when millions of protesters were demanding his resignation on the streets in October 2016. And it has helped him get back on his feet by...
  • How Pope Francis Helped An Unrepentant Terrorist Get A Presidential Pardon

    02/13/2017 4:05:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 13, 2017 | Maueen Mallarkey
    On January 13, Robert González Nieves, archbishop of San Juan, revealed Pope Francis’ role in Barack Obama’s pardon of terrorist mastermind Oscar Lopez-Rivera. Speaking from the Cathedral of San Juan, Nieves announced that although the Holy Father made no public statement of his involvement, he had indeed worked behind the curtain on behalf of the unrepentant, bloody-handed Lopez-Rivera. The archbishop was pleased to say: “I know that there have been efforts made through diplomatic channels. The pope is very aware. We are grateful to the Holy Father for his support.” Papal complicity in this politically charged act received little notice...
  • Bashing liberals, Muslims and millennials: Has this pro-Trump priest gone too far?

    02/10/2017 6:01:00 AM PST · by Twotone · 14 replies
    NJ.com ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 | Mark Mueller
    Peter West, an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump, doesn't shrink from calling it as he sees it. Posting on Facebook and Twitter up to a dozen times a day, he has repeatedly railed against Muslims, calling moderate Islam "a myth" and voicing strong support for the president's travel ban, which temporarily barred immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries before a judge issued a stay last week. West has assailed millennials as "snowflakes" who attend "cry-ins" and described liberals as "smug and arrogant" people who find solace in puppies and Play-Doh. He has called Hillary Clinton an "evil witch" and former...
  • The Vision of Satan and the High Priest...Zechariah pt 4

    The first three visions of Zechariah must have comforted the remnant of the nation of Israel, as they picked through the ruined walls of Jerusalem, once known as, “the city of the Great King”. Jerusalem was in ruins, in appearance she was far from being “the Joy of the Whole earth” , “the city of our God”, rather she was like a shattered and ruined widow, sitting in the ashes of her mourning. How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess...
  • Pope repeats 'bridges not walls' after Trump travel ban

    02/08/2017 8:10:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 8, 2017 7:26 AM EST
    Pope Francis repeated his appeal for people to build bridges of understanding, not walls as he marked a feast day of a Sudanese immigrant amid a global uproar over the Trump administration’s attempts to impose a travel ban on seven mostly Muslim countries. The pope didn’t refer to President Donald Trump in his comments. But at the end of his audience, he noted that Wednesday marked both the church’s day of reflection for young victims of human trafficking and coincidentally the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. She was a 19th-century Sudanese slave who, after migrating to Europe, became a...
  • Conservative Criticism Intensifies Against Pope Francis

    02/04/2017 5:55:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 184 replies
    AP ^ | 2/4/16 | Nicole Winfield
    <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) — Conservative criticism of Pope Francis intensified Saturday after his intervention in the Knights of Malta order, with posters appearing around Rome citing his actions against conservative Catholics and asking: "Where's your mercy?"</p> <p>The posters appeared on the same day that Francis cemented his authority over the Knights by naming a top Vatican archbishop, Angelo Becciu, to be his special delegate to the ancient aristocratic order.</p>
  • Unheard-of since the Papal States fell: Rome covered in posters critical of the Pope

    02/04/2017 5:14:10 AM PST · by Petrosius · 55 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 4, 2017
    Rome woke up this Saturday with something quite new, and very old, in its streets: posters throughout the City (in the style of the old "pasquinate") critical of the Pope. In English, from the Romanesco-inspired Italian: Ah Francis, you have intervened in Congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, ignored Cardinals... but where is your mercy? These were common at the time of the Papal States (before the fall of Porta Pia and the full unification of Italy in 1870): not for religious reasons, but rather for political complaints, since the Popes...
  • German church OKs case-by-case Communion for remarried

    02/01/2017 8:42:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2017 11:08 AM EST | Nicole Winfield and Geir Moulson
    Pope Francis’ outreach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics opens the door to letting them receive Communion, Germany’s bishops declared Wednesday. In a statement, the German bishops’ conference said a document by Francis entitled “The Joy of Love” sets out how pastors can provide “differentiated solutions” to individual cases through a process of accompaniment. That process “opens the possibility of receiving the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist,” the bishops’ statement said. Argentine and Maltese bishops already have issued similar guidelines based on Francis’ divisive 2016 document, which was the fruit of a two-year canvassing of church leaders during two...
  • Pope Francis has ordered a review of the new Mass translation (Catholic Caucus)

    01/28/2017 2:36:21 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    America Magazine ^ | January 26, 2017 | Gerard O'Connell
    Pope Francis has ordered a review of “Liturgiam Authenticam,” the controversial decree behind the most recent translations of liturgical texts from Latin into English and other languages. The commission, established by the pope just before Christmas, is also tasked with examining what level of decentralization is desirable in the church on matters such as this. The mixed commission includes bishops from all the continents. Significantly, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Arthur Roche, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, to be its president. The English-born archbishop is the number two official at the...
  • Grass-Roots Leaders to Gather in California at Invitation of Vatican

    01/28/2017 5:46:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/26/17 | Dennis Sadowski
    Pope Francis has called for a World Meeting of Popular Movements February 16-19 in Modesto, California. More than 600 people -- whom the pope calls protagonists, meaning people facing everyday struggles -- from throughout the United States will be attending to discuss poverty, racism, housing and immigration.WASHINGTON, D.C. - For 27 years, Pat Campbell-Williams has worked on Detroit’s West Side, organizing her neighbors to tackle tough economic justice issues. It’s good work, she acknowledged, but she didn’t know if anyone cared beyond the city limits. Pope Francis changed her outlook. Campbell-Williams, 60, co-founder of MOSES - Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling...
  • Pope frets about 'hemorrhage' of priests, nuns from church

    01/28/2017 6:17:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 28, 2017 8:27 AM EST
    Pope Francis says he is concerned about what he calls a “hemorrhage” of priests and nuns from the Catholic church. […] First among the factors he cited as causing nuns and priests to quit their vocations is a society that discourages lifelong commitments. Francis lamented that many conduct their lives based on “ŕ la carte” choices. …
  • ASK FATHER: Varia Concerning Today’s Problems in the Church [Catholic Caucus]

    01/27/2017 11:55:33 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 27, 2017 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Since I am on the road and busy with many times, but since these are pressing issues, allow me to respond, but collectively.[Ed.  I think what Father was trying to say was more like, "I am on the road and busy with many things, but since these are pressing issues, allow me to respond, but collectively."] QUAERITUR: Given the rate things are going for this current pontificate, would it be sinful to pray that, if it be God’s will, that the pope either abdicates or dies and a new pope of a more conservative leaning is elected? I get this often.No.  It is not...
  • Pope warns against populism and 'saviours' like Hitler

    01/22/2017 1:19:30 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/22/2017 | No author given
    Madrid (AFP) - Pope Francis warned against populism, saying it could lead to the election of "saviours" like Hitler. In an hour-long interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais conducted as Donald Trump was being sworn in as US president, the pontiff also condemned the idea of using walls and barbed wire to keep out foreigners. "Of course crises provoke fears and worries," he said but added that for him "the example of populism in the European sense of the word is Germany in 1933. "Germany... was looking for a leader, someone who would give her back her identity and there...
  • Pope: I'll judge Trump after we see what he does

    01/21/2017 10:39:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 21, 2017 10:23 PM EST
    Pope Francis says he’ll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming an opinion about him. In an interview published Saturday evening by Spanish newspaper El Pais, Francis says he doesn't like “judging people early. We’ll see what Trump does.” Asked about populist-style political leaders emerging in the United States and Europe, Francis warned against seeking a savior in times of crisis. …
  • Pope: Luther’s intention was to renew the Church, not divide her

    01/19/2017 5:23:10 PM PST · by piusv · 19 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 1/19/2017
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Thursday said that “the intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her”. Speaking to members of an Ecumenical Delegation from Finland who are in the Vatican to take part in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Pope recalled his visit to Sweden last October and said that the “gathering there gave us the courage and strength, in our Lord Jesus Christ, to look ahead to the ecumenical journey that we are called to walk together.” The Pope ended his speech with off-the-cuff remarks thanking the...
  • Pope Admits to 'Darkness' In Own Faith

    01/16/2017 5:23:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/15/17 | AFP
    Guidonia (Italy) (AFP) - Pope Francis admitted on Sunday to sometimes having "darkness" cloud his own faith, while warning against "Christian parrots" who pay lip service to the church without acting on its values. "At certain times, I have also encountered moments of darkness in my faith and that faith decreased a lot, but with a little bit of time we rediscover it," the Pointiff told parishioners after saying mass in a village near Rome. "Some days we can't see faith, everything is in darkness. "Yesterday, for example, I christened 13 children in areas devastated by earthquakes and there was...
  • Pope meets Palestinian leader; Vatican calls Jerusalem holy

    01/14/2017 2:24:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2017 2:03 PM EST | Nicole Winfield
    The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The developments came as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis and inaugurated the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See. Abbas said he had only heard through news reports of the proposal by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the embassy to Jerusalem. […] The Vatican has long sought an internationally guaranteed status for Jerusalem that safeguards...
  • Pope to grant P.A. leader Abbas an audience at the Vatican

    01/12/2017 1:27:34 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 13 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 01/12/2017 | Christine Williams
    Relations between the Holy See and Palestine were upgraded in 2015 with the signing of an accord expected to lead to the establishment of a Palestinian embassy in the Vatican at some point this year. Israel was angered by the accord, which came two years after the Vatican recognized Palestine as a state. Pope Francis has also called Abbas “an angel of peace.” Abbas is a vicious man who incites Israel was angered by the accord, which came two years after the Vatican recognized Palestine as a state. Relations with the Jewish state were also strained by Francis describing Abbas...
  • Pope Francis Continues Investigation Into Knights of Malta

    12/30/2016 1:24:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/29/16 | Christine Niles
    Fired Grand Chancellor vows to fight "for justice"ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis is continuing with his investigation into the internal affairs of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, in spite of the Grand Master's reminder that he has no authority or jurisdiction to do so. At a private meeting held Thursday in Munich, Albert von Boeselager, the deposed Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Malta, reportedly said, "I'm demoralized by what's happened, but I want to fight for justice." Von Boeselager was removed from his position in a December 6 meeting with Cdl. Raymond Burke, patron of the order, who...
  • Pope Francis’ Reported Words: “I Might Go Down in History for Having Split the Church”

    12/23/2016 3:14:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 12/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    Today, DER SPIEGEL, a very influential German publication, published an article about the manifest current crisis in the Church, to include a growing resistance to Pope Francis’ proposed and actual reforms. At the end of this article its author, the Spiegel’s Correspondent in Italy, Walter Mayr, reveals an important new leak: In a very small circle, Pope Francis is said to have self-critically further explained himself as follows: “It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.” [my emphasis] In light of this self-revealing comment, it is worth quoting some...
  • Pope Francis Admired by 'Global Left,' Could Alienate Others

    12/22/2016 10:25:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 05:23 PM | Cathy Burke
    The “global left” is looking to 80-year-old Pope Francis for leadership, but his progressive political leanings could alienate more conservative Catholics in the United States and elsewhere, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Pope Francis really inspires a lot of people to want to fight,” Florida minimum-wage activist Bleu Rainer told the Journal. “I’m pretty sure if he weren’t the face of the Catholic Church, he’d be out in the street with us. He reinforces our issues and makes them moral issues.” Pope Francis has taken strong stands on migration, climate change, economic equality and the rights of indigenous peoples...
  • Pope: Give women, lay people top Vatican jobs

    12/22/2016 10:52:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 22 December 2016 16:46 CET+01:00
    Pope Francis on Thursday told Vatican officials to start appointing women and lay people to top jobs in the Curia, the Holy See bureaucracy that he is seeking to shake up. In his latest broadside against resistance to change in the Catholic Church’s corridors of power, the 80-year-old pontiff warned that the reform process he launched in 2013 had to lead to more than a cosmetic “facelift” or plastic surgery to remove wrinkles. “Dear brothers, it’s not the wrinkles in the church that you should fear, but the stains!” Francis said in his Christmas speech to senior Curia officials. The...
  • Benedict XVI sends Pope Francis 3 mysterious gifts on his birthday

    12/18/2016 4:43:38 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 15 replies
    http://aleteia.org ^ | 12/17/2016 | n/a
    VATICAN CITY — Pope emeritus Benedict XVI today sent his best wishes and three mysterious gifts to Pope Francis as he celebrates his 80th birthday. The pope emeritus first offered birthday greetings in a “very warm” written message that was “particularly appreciated,” according to the Vatican. Then, in the afternoon, the pope emeritus called Francis personally. Benedict XVI also sent Pope Francis three gifts which were received “as three very personal and meaningful signs” for them both. The Vatican has not said what the gifts are. The pope began his 80th birthday by inviting 8 homeless people, two women and...
  • Pope Francis Is Going to Be 80 -- The Possibility of a Resignation

    12/18/2016 4:01:22 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 32 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | December 17, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    Pope Francis is crossing the threshold of 80: Ingravescentem aetatem (advanced age), as the motu proprio of 21 November 1970 by Paul VI declared, which, by reaching this age, requires all cardinals to put their tasks to an end, and deprives them of the right to participate in the conclave. Paul VI. established this rule to create a new "Montinian" curia. Moreover, he introduced a fundamental contradiction in the Church's more than a thousand years of practice. If the advanced age is an impediment to the direction of a diocese or a dicastery, and even prevents a cardinal from choosing a pope, how can we imagine that a...
  • Vatican Calls on Priests to Be ‘Highly Sensitive’ to Climate Crisis

    12/12/2016 7:07:15 AM PST · by detective · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Dec 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In its new guidelines on the formation of seminarians, the Vatican summons future priests to be “highly sensitive” to the “emerging planetary crisis” and to be active promoters of environmental concern in their future ministry. Citing Pope Francis, the text censures “committed and prayerful Christians” who under the pretext of realism and pragmatism “ridicule expressions of concern for the environment.” The document, titled “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” calls on these Christians to undergo an “ecological conversion” so that their faith in Christ will “become evident in their relationship with the world around them.”
  • Venezuela seizes Christmas toys.....(to distribute to poor)

    12/11/2016 7:39:46 PM PST · by Nextrush · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/10/2016 | BBC
    Venezuelan authorities have arrested two toy company executives and seized almost four million toys, which they say they will distribute to the poor. Officials accused the company of hoarding toys and hiking prices in the run-up to Christmas. Last week, the government issued an order to retailers to reduce prices on a range of good by 30%......
  • Catholic Church: New Priests Will be Expected to Preach Global Warming

    12/10/2016 6:40:38 AM PST · by CedarDave · 36 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | December 10, 2016 | Eric Worrall
    Catholic Online reports that new priests will be expected to be familiar with and promote efforts to reduce carbon emissions.The Catholic Church is intimately concerned about climate change. The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences is the world’s oldest, longest running scientific mission. That body, which advises the pope on matters of science, has concluded that global climate change is real and is caused, at least in significant part, by human activity. We know because this manipulation of public opinion has been caught and documented. The fossil fuel industry funds nearly all of the climate change skeptics, going so far as...
  • “A Grave and Pressing Duty”: Statement of Support for the Four Cardinals’ Dubia

    12/09/2016 3:48:46 AM PST · by detective · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 8, 2016
    We received the following statement of support for the four cardinals’ dubia this morning. It has been signed by various pastors, theologians, and scholars from around the world. As Catholic scholars and pastors of souls, we wish to express our profound gratitude and full support for the courageous initiative of four members of the College of Cardinals, Their Eminences Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Leo Burke, Carlo Caffarra and Joachim Meisner. As has been widely publicized, these cardinals have formally submitted five dubia to Pope Francis, asking him to clarify five fundamental points of Catholic doctrine and sacramental discipline, the treatment of...
  • How I Changed My Mind About Pope Francis (another one bites the dust)

    12/08/2016 5:39:35 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | December 8, 2016 | Matthew Schmitz
    Anyone who has stumbled across a long-forgotten diary will understand the embarrassment a journalist feels when he reads his old work. The foolish attachments and false urgencies of the past are there in dry ink, defying the easy airbrushing of memory.Well, last night I decided to go through what I’d written on Francis since his election in March 2013. I will never forget the moment Francis walked out on the loggia at St. Peter’s. In instantaneous reaction, my friend Michael Brendan Dougherty tweeted the single word “No.” My response was different—a guarded but genuine “yes,” an instinctive attraction to...
  • Pope Francis calls spreading fake news a sin

    12/07/2016 12:58:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 7, 2016
    Pope Francis, who in the past has not shied away from offering his opinion on U.S. politics, said in an interview published Wednesday that “spreading disinformation” is probably “the greatest damage that the media can do” and called it sinful. Pope Francis compared the spreading of fake news to the desire to eat excrement.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burke’s critics fall into serious errors . . .

    12/03/2016 12:58:50 PM PST · by Rashputin · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Dec. 1, 2016 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Cardinal Burke’s critics fall into serious errors about the true nature and authority of the Papal Magisterium December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Jeffrey Mirus, the founder of CatholicCulture.org, is concerned that Cardinal Raymond Burke might have confused the faithful by stating his intention to possibly make a “formal correction” of Pope Francis if Burke does not receive a response to several queries or dubia he and three other cardinals submitted to Francis regarding questionable affirmations in his recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. However, it is Mirus who’s more likely to confuse the faithful with his own ambiguous language and apparently...
  • Did Pope Francis Just Validate China’s Godless Communist Regime?

    12/02/2016 6:38:21 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 1, 2016 | Helen Raleigh
    According to reports, the Vatican and Communist China have reached an agreement that would end six decades of diplomatic gridlock. While details of the agreement haven’t been officially announced, from what has been leaked to the public, Catholics in China and around the world have reason to be concerned. Catholicism has had a long and convoluted history in China. Catholic missionaries traveled to China to spread the words of the gospels as early as the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). But Italian missionary Matteo Ricci’s arrival in 1582 is often regarded as the official introduction of the Catholic Church to China.
  • The End of Catholic Marriage

    12/01/2016 11:56:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 1, 216 | Ross Douthat
    I haven’t written in this space for some time, but now that the election is over some additional interventions seem necessary to capture what’s happening in Roman Catholicism’s remarkable period of controversy. My Sunday column talked a bit about the way in which varying interpretations of “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the family, have produced variations in official Catholic teaching on marriage from diocese to diocese, region to region – a “submerged schism,” to borrow a phrase from the Vatican-watcher Andrea Gagliarducci, which thanks to the astringent words of certain bishops is no longer even that submerged.One reading of...
  • Catholic Charities Resettled Ohio State’s Somali Attacker

    11/30/2016 5:03:27 AM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 30, 2016 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali refugee who attacked eleven people on the campus of Ohio State University on Monday, was initially resettled in Texas by Catholic Charities of Dallas in June 2014, according to The Dallas Morning News. snip Artan and his family “arrived at DFW Airport by way of JFK International Airport, and stayed in temporary housing in Dallas for 23 days,” according to NBC5. A spokesperson for the State Department tells Breitbart News that 98 Somali refugees arrived in Texas in June of 2014, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System database....
  • Pope Francis Grieves Over The Death Of Excommunicated Atheist Dictator Fidel Castro

    11/26/2016 7:26:50 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 123 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/26/2016 | Russ Read
    Pope Francis sent his condolences following the death of infamous atheist and former Cuban President Fidel Castro Saturday. “I express to you my sentiments of grief,” said Francis in a message to Castro’s brother, President Raul Castro. He noted that he grieved over the “sad news” and would pray for the former dictator. Castro died Friday night at the age of 90. He was baptized Catholic and educated by the same Jesuit order to which Francis belongs. Despite his religious upbringing, Castro was a vocal atheist and declared Cuba an atheist state when he rose to power in 1959. He...
  • Pope: Eternal Damnation "Is Not a Torture Chamber", but Being Eternally Distant from God

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

    11/26/2016 8:19:00 AM PST · by detective · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 26, 2016
    Pope Francis said the death of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was "sad news" and that he was grieving and praying for his repose. Francis expressed his condolences in a Spanish-language message to Fidel's brother, President Raul Castro on Saturday. The pope, who met Fidel Castro when he visited Cuba last year, said he had received the "sad news" and added: "I express to you my sentiments of grief."
  • Pope Francis grieves, prays for atheist revolutionary Castro

    11/26/2016 6:07:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 26, 2016 | Staff
    Pope Francis said the death of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was "sad news" and that he was grieving and praying for his repose. Francis expressed his condolences in a Spanish-language message to Fidel's brother, President Raul Castro on Saturday. The pope, who met Fidel Castro when he visited Cuba last year, said he had received the "sad news" and added: "I express to you my sentiments of grief."
  • How Does the Church Correct the Serious Error of a Pope?

    11/26/2016 5:00:52 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 78 replies
    EWTN ^ | November 26, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Considering the seriousness of the questions put to him by the cardinals, Pope Francis’ decision not to respond is incomprehensible. The cardinals have cautioned the Holy Father that consequences will follow his refusal of their dubia. Cardinal Burke explained in his interview with Edward Pentin that the Pope's lack of response may trigger a formal act of correction. Pentin asked, “What happens if the Holy Father does not respond to your act of justice and charity and fails to give the clarification of the Church’s teaching that you hope to achieve?"  To which Cardinal Burke replied, “Then we would...
  • Pope Francis Grants Martin Scorsese’s Christianity Epic Silence a Vatican Premiere

    11/23/2016 2:25:57 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    iNews ^ | November 23, 2016 | Adam Sherwin
    It’s nearly 30 years since the Vatican condemned Martin Scorsese’s “blasphemous” The Last Temptation of Christ. But now the director’s new Christianity epic Silence has won the Pope’s seal of approval with a premiere screening at the seat of the Roman Catholic church. The Oscar-tipped Silence, the story of two Jesuit missionaries sent into the Japanese jungle in the 17th century, will receive its first public screening at the Vatican, in front of an audience of several hundred Jesuits. Scorsese will present the film and is expected to meet Pope Francis, a film fan who shares a passion for Italian...
  • Pope extends power to forgive abortion to all priests

    11/21/2016 8:37:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 150 replies
    AOL News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Reuters
    VATICAN CITY, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Monday extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors. Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving Roman Catholic Church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an "apostolic letter" after Sunday's close of the Church's "Holy Year of Mercy". He said he wanted to "restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life" but "there is no sin...