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  • Disgraced cardinal cancels appearance representing Pope after locals vow to protest

    02/19/2018 6:35:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 19, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    Pope Francis appointed disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass. But after uproar, the diocese removed the announcement of Mahony’s visit from their website and told LifeSiteNews the cardinal informed them “late last week” that he’ll be unable to attend. On January 13, the Diocese of Scranton issued a press release saying, “Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, as his special envoy at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the erection of the Diocese of Scranton, to be observed with a...
  • Soon Oath of Blind Obedience to Bergoglio

    02/19/2018 3:56:29 AM PST · by JosephJames · 59 replies
    Spiritual Food Blogspot ^ | February 14, 2018 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    In preparation to take away the Most Holy Eucharist in all the public Catholic churches in the world by way of a mandatory invalid ecumenical mass, there are many indications that for the first time ever, all deacons, priests, bishops and cardinals will have to take an OATH OF TOTAL FIDELITY TO BERGOGLIO, NOT TO CHRIST, as has always been done in the past during the Chrism Mass, on Wednesday (March 28, 2018) of Holy Week (or Thursday in some diocese). In all probability, this will be the beginning of the greatest schism in the history of the Catholic Church....
  • Pope: 'I don't know how to use the internet'

    02/18/2018 10:53:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.it ^ | 18 February 2018 03:03 CET+01:00
    The 81-year-old Pope Francis admitted on Saturday that he struggles with modern technology. “I don’t know how to use online networks and that kind of thing, not even mobile phones; I don’t have one,” he told his audience. “I don’t know how to use the internet. When I have to send an email, I write it by hand and a secretary sends it for me,” he added. Pope Francis also joked on Saturday that he is on the “waiting list” for sainthood, along with his retired predecessor Benedict XVI. …
  • Evidence shows Pope Francis is a ‘principal in a cover-up’ of clergy sex-abuse in Chile: Expert

    02/13/2018 5:57:33 AM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 12, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    Those familiar with Jorge Bergoglio in Argentina before he became Pope Francis say it is a “classic” move of his to provide “mercy” to clergy who are sexual predators while asking everybody else to simply “move on,” said attorney and child advocate Elizabeth Yore on an EWTN show last week.  “I think this is a misplaced mercy. It is mercy for the predator priests,” she told EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on the February 8 episode of World Over.  “There are many people who know the Pope from Argentina who have said this is classic Bergoglio to provide mercy to the predators...
  • Catholics Warn of Church Schism if Vatican Makes a Deal with China

    02/12/2018 6:08:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/12/18 | Simon Denyer
    BEIJING — A group of influential Catholics published an open letter Monday to express their shock and disappointment about a report that the Vatican could soon reach a deal with the Chinese government, warning that it could create a schism in the church in China. The Holy See has been in negotiations for several years with the Chinese Communist Party and is now believed to be close to an agreement over the appointment of bishops in China. That agreement, under which responsibility for the appointment of bishops would probably be shared between the Vatican and the government, could pave the...
  • Pope Francis chooses pro-LGBT priest to guide Lent retreat who holds Jesus didn’t ‘establish rules’

    02/09/2018 10:45:02 AM PST · by massmike · 64 replies
    Lifesitenews.com ^ | 02/09/2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Pope Francis has selected a Portuguese “priest-poet” to preach at his 2018 Lenten retreat who is an open promoter of the “critical theology” of a Spanish nun who defends the legalization of abortion and government recognition of homosexual “marriage” and adoptions. Father José Tolentino Calaça de Mendonça, vice rector of the Catholic University of Lisbon, wrote the introduction to the Portuguese translation of “Feminist Theology in History,” by Teresa Forcades, whom the BBC calls “Europe’s most radical nun.” When the Portuguese translation of the book was published in 2013 with Tolentino de Mendonça’s introduction, Forcades had well-established herself as an...
  • Pope Francis Gets His ‘Mess’

    02/09/2018 7:18:36 AM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 02-09-2018 | Benedict Kiely
    <p>China is the country that had a remarkably successful try at enforcing a one-child policy, promoting massive abortion (a figure of more than 300 million has been suggested) — sex-selective, with boys highly favored for birth, girls for elimination — enforced sterilization, and execution of criminals. And, of course, the one-party state persecutes the Church and imprisons human-rights advocates. Bishop Sánchez, who said he had been to China and seen all this good work in person, so it must be true, probably wouldn’t agree with Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, who recently protested the imminent decision of the Vatican to recognize the government-sponsored, quisling “Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.” That move would be at the expense of the members of the “underground” Catholic Church, which has stayed loyal to the Vatican and suffered persecution for decades. Zen said that the Vatican, and by that he means Pope Francis, was “ready to surrender to the Chinese Communist Party” — again, perfectly fine if it excelled at implementing the social doctrine of the Church.</p>
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican science academy tweets NYT story supporting population control

    02/07/2018 6:41:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 7, 2018 | Claire Chretien
    The Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences tweeted yesterday without comment a New York Times article about people using birth control to stop having children because of "climate change" fear.  The alarmist New York Times article said some people are “acutely aware that having a child is one of the costliest actions they can take environmentally” and are therefore using artificial contraception to prevent that from happening.
  • Use Lent to Become Aware of False Prophets, Pope Francis Says

    02/06/2018 8:07:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/6/18 | Carol Glatz
    The Church offers people 'the soothing remedy of prayer, almsgiving and fasting' during Lent, the Pope said Catholics should use the season of Lent to look for signs and symptoms of being under the spell of false prophets and of living with cold, selfish and hateful hearts, Pope Francis said. Together with “the often bitter medicine of the truth,” the Church – as mother and teacher – offers people “the soothing remedy of prayer, almsgiving and fasting,” the Pope said in his message for Lent, which begins on February 14 for Latin-rite Catholics. The Pope also invited all non-Catholics who...
  • One of Pope’s 9 advisor Cardinals proposes ‘liturgical’ blessings of homosexual unions

    02/05/2018 9:37:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 02/05/2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Cardinal Reinhard Marx, chairman of the German Episcopal Conference and close advisor of Pope Francis, has told the German media that “one must encourage priests” to give encouragement to homosexual unions, which could include public blessings that would take a “liturgical” form. Marx was asked in a radio interview yesterday why the Catholic Church “does not always move forward when it comes to demands from some Catholics regarding, for example, the ordination of female deacons, the blessing of homosexual couples, or the abolition of compulsory celibacy [for priests].” Marx responded that “closer pastoral care” must be given to homosexuals, adding...
  • AP: Despite denial, Pope received abuse victim’s letter

    02/05/2018 8:18:22 AM PST · by NRx · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 02-05-2018 | AP
    Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 that graphically detailed sexual abuse at the hands of a priest and a cover-up by Chilean church authorities, contradicting the Pope’s recent insistence that no victims had come forward, the letter’s author and members of Pope Francis’ own sex- abuse commission have told The Associated Press. The fact that Pope Francis received the eight-page letter, obtained by the AP, challenges his insistence that he has “zero tolerance” for sex abuse and cover-ups. It also calls into question his stated empathy with abuse survivors, compounding the most serious crisis of his five-year papacy....
  • Turkey’s Erdogan to meet with Pope, thank him for opposing Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem[tr]

    02/04/2018 12:35:27 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 38 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 02/04/2018 | Robert Spencer
    full title: TurkeyÂ’s Erdogan to meet with Pope, thank him for opposing TrumpÂ’s recognition of Jerusalem as IsraelÂ’s capital. The United StatesÂ’ controversial recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is expected to dominate talks between President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan and Pope Francis on the presidentÂ’s first trip to the Vatican on Sunday. According to presidential sources, ErdoÄźan will thank Pope Francis for his stance against U.S. President Donald TrumpÂ’s decision and his efforts to protect the status quo in the holy city. The Turkish president previously expressed his appreciation to Pope Francis who strongly opposed the bitterly-contested move...
  • Erdogan to discuss Jerusalem, terrorism, Islamophobia with Pope Francis on Vatican visit

    02/04/2018 9:50:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan will travel to Vatican City on Sunday evening to meet with Pope Francis. During a news conference at Istanbul's AtatĂĽrk Airport State Guest House, ErdoÄźan called the visit a "significant opportunity" to convey messages of peace. "I see this visit as a significant opportunity in terms of drawing attention to common human values, friendship and peace messages," the president told reporters. "We will discuss Palestine, Jerusalem, Syria, Iraq, the fight against terrorism, the problems of refugees, humanitarian aid and the fight against rising Islamophobia and cultural racism in the West," he said, referring to his...
  • Cath Cauc: Pope sends special prosecutor to Chile to investigate charges against Bishop Barros

    01/30/2018 11:16:03 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    America ^ | January 30, 2018 | Gerard O’Connell
    In a stunning move of the utmost importance, the Vatican today announced that Pope Francis has decided to send Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta to Chile to listen to the victims that accuse Bishop Juan Barros of being present when they were abused by the country’s most notorious predator, the Rev. Fernando Karadima, and of covering this up.The Vatican statement, issued in Italian and Spanish, said: As a result of some information received recently regarding the case of Monsignor Juan de La Cruz Barros Madrid, Bishop of Osorno (Chile), the Holy Father has decided that Msgr. Charles Scicluna, the archbishop...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis on "Fake News": Truth is not a fact but a feeling!

    01/26/2018 12:40:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | January 25, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Pope Francis on "Fake News": Truth is not a fact but a feeling! by Christopher A. Ferrara January 25, 2018 It seems there is no sociopolitical subject on which Pope Francis does not feel himself incompetent to issue a pronouncement, including immigration policy, atmospheric CO2 levels and the fate of mangrove swamps, and even the Scottish independence movement (he’s against it). Now Francis has expatiated on the “fake news” controversy, which is primarily an American phenomenon. Not surprisingly at this point in the pontificate, his Message for World Communications Day 2018, read as a whole, clearly leans in favor of...
  • Pope: 'Fake news' is evil, journalists must search for truth

    01/24/2018 5:29:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 24, 2018 7:13 AM EST | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis is denouncing “fake news” as evil and is urging journalists to make it their mission to search for the truth. After a week in which Francis faced unprecedented bad press during his South American tour, the pope released his annual social communications message Wednesday dedicated this year to “fake news and journalism for peace.” Francis writes that the first fake news dates from the Biblical beginning of time, when Eve was tempted to take an apple from the Garden of Eden based on disinformation from the serpent. “The strategy of this skilled ‘Father of Lies’ is precisely mimicry,...
  • Fake News? The Devil Makes Them Do It

    01/24/2018 12:25:42 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/24/18 | Judi McLeod
    All of those discouraged by the onslaught of fake news should take comfort in knowing that Jesus doesn’t read social media. He reads your heart Now that Pope Francis has let it out of the bag that fake news is “the work of the devil”, can we take it at face value that Fake News King CNN is the spawn of the devil and the New York Times and Washington Post their wicked step sisters? A question that deserves more than LOL. In a speech delivered at the Vatican for World Communications Day, the pontiff said that the “crafty serpent”...
  • Pope's role in disgraced cardinal's funeral draws outrage

    01/22/2018 3:21:11 PM PST · by buffyt · 20 replies
    ABC ^ | December 21, 2017 | CNN news
    Pope Francis is expected to give the final blessing at the funeral Thursday of Cardinal Bernard Law, the former Boston archbishop who resigned in disgrace during the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal, prompting outrage from abuse survivors. Francis' prominent role in the ceremony has fueled the controversy over the decision to grant Law a full cardinal's funeral at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The story was made into a celebrated movie, Spotlight, and the scandal forced the Catholic church to rethink the way it dealt with child abuse in the church. 'Gates of hell wide open' Alexa MacPherson, a native...
  • Pope urges end to violence against women

    01/22/2018 7:42:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 21 January 2018 05:14 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Pope Francis on Saturday urged Latin America’s faithful to fight rampant violent crime against women including murder, while holding mass in Trujillo, Peru’s largest northern city. “I wish to invite you to combat a plague across our Latin American region: the numerous cases of violent crimes against women, from beatings to rape to murder,” the visiting pontiff told thousands in Trujillo’s main colonial-era square. Half of the 25 countries with the greatest number of murders of women are in Latin America, according to UN Women. In Argentina, the pope’s homeland, there were at least 254 murders of women in 2016...
  • Archbishop Michel Aupetit: Paris’ New Pro-Life Champion

    01/21/2018 11:36:44 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 1 replies
    NC Register ^ | Jan 8, 2017 | John M. Grondelski
    Paris now has a vigorous new pro-life advocate for its archbishop! Archbishop Aupetit, 66, was something of a “late vocation” (if you only count the priesthood as a vocation): He was ordained at age 44, after a previous vocation as a medical doctor. He practiced medicine from 1979 to 1990 and taught bioethics until 2006. His book, L’Embryon, Quells Enjeux? (The Embryo: What Are the Stakes? Paris: Éditions Salvator, 2008) is a vigorous defense of the unborn child. Archbishop Aupetit is very much a Renaissance man: As he notes in his book, “We have tried to visit the different domains...