Pewsitter News http://www.pewsitter.com/ Pewsitter News en-us Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:35:59 GMT Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:35:59 GMT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss none info2@pewsitter.com info2@pewsitter.com <![CDATA[ Saint Causes Fast-Tracked, Canonizations Trimmed, Cut, Reduced ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189291.php
Saint Causes Fast-Tracked, Canonizations Trimmed, Cut, Reduced



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


NC Reporter’s Fr. Thomas Reese has an update on the changes to the Rite of Canonization used this weekend in Rome. Apparently the careful improvements done by Pope Benedict have been quickly undone. The push is fierce to maintain the cuts and reductions achieved during the reign of Paul VI, even to extend them.

The canonization rite reformed by Pope Paul VI but set aside by Pope Benedict XVI has been returned by Pope Francis for the canonization of six saints Sunday. The return of the reformed rite is mourned by Rorate Caeli, a traditional Catholic blog, as a reversal of the "reform of the reform" that Pope Benedict instituted.

"Reform of the reform" was supported by those who did not like the liturgical reforms put in place after the Second Vatican Council.

Reese must refer to faithful, knowledgeable Catholics. This is a good indication of what kinds of things we can expect at least as long as Francis is Pope. Unfortunately it isn’t just an undoing of some of Benedict’s fixes that we have in store.

Under Francis, the rite has been further simplified beyond what was done by Paul VI. "The Penitential Act is now omitted, as its place is taken by the rite of canonization," Ruff writes. "The Litany of Saints is shortened and the final petitions to the Lord are gone, which is also a further simplification of Paul VI."

 

 

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189291/
<![CDATA[ Francis: Damn Your Markets And Profits. Just Give Us the Food! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189292.php
Francis: Damn Your Markets And Profits. Just Give Us the Food!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Forbes has a quick, helpful piece about the endless Pope Francis rhetoric on things economic. Recently the Pope extended is anti-capitalist moralizing to the subject of food, i.e. it shouldn’t be something for which you not have to pay or be paid. That insidious idea, from the chair of Peter, is about as frightening as one could imagine.

Pope Francis has told us all that we’re really very naughty indeed to allow food to become a product like any other, a product in which people can speculate and profit. Which leads to a rather sad observation about Il Papa‘s understanding of basic economics: he doesn’t, essentially, he doesn’t understand basic economics. It is indeed an outrage that there are still 800 million or more of our fellow human beings who are malnourished. Appalling that while the world grows the calories to feed all not all get fed. But once we’ve noted those points, decided (as we damn well should) to do something about them, the interesting question becomes, well, what? At which point we might note that it’s the places with well functioning markets, subject to all that horrible speculation and profit making, that have the people who are not malnourished and not starving. Something Pope Francis might have considered…

But just to lay it out in very simple terms in one place. Regarding that first point, about profit. Profit is the incentive for people to do things. If people don’t profit from their actions then they won’t do them. Of course, we can take a wide view of what “profit” is: we could, for example, say that the warm feeling a farmer gets from watching a starving child eating the food he has grown is a profit. And it would be as well. But as we’ve found out over the past century or so (looking at those various attempts at the collectivisation of agriculture is really most instructive) that that good feeling of having produced what others need is not actually enough. Any and every society that has relied upon such public feelings has had extensive malnutrition if not out and out famine.

 

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189292/
<![CDATA[ U.S. Bishops: Turning Us Into The Third World, Blaming Jesus, Collecting Checks ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189293.php
U.S. Bishops: Turning Us Into The Third World, Blaming Jesus, Collecting Checks



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

At Canada Free Press Judi McLeon has a searing critique of the U.S. Bishops Conference and illegal immigration.

Some of Barack Obama’s most passionate Marxist minions come arrayed in priestly robes rather than business suits. This is quite true. What is the purpose of the USCCB as it exists today? Do they serve Christ? As shepherds, where do they lead and why?

Piety makes a perfect hide-y-hole for propaganda.

Claiming the same kind of altruism-laced brotherly love as Obama—who is eclipsing American sovereignty based on the propaganda that he’s reuniting families and vulnerable children—USCCB is the first religious organization to unabashedly lead the Amnesty cheering section.

McLeon reminds readers that…

The job of all bishops, who now form the in-action propaganda wing of Obama Executive Amnesty, is to save souls.

Money, not misplaced altruism, has been a chief motivator for churches to harbor thousands of illegal aliens. The Obama administration was bankrolling America’s churches as far back as 2010 in preparation for the November 2014 invasion of American sovereignty.

This is how church coffers were being filled when no one knew what to do about tens of thousands of unaccompanied alien children crossing the southern border last summer:

“In the case of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Galveston, $15,549,078 in federal grants from Health and Human Services for “Unaccompanied Alien Children Project” with a program description of “Refugee and Entry Assistance”. (Eric Odom, Liberty News July 10, 2014)

“Last year, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth received $350,000 from Department of Homeland Security for “citizenship and education training” with a program description of “citizenship and immigration services.”

Between September 2010 and September 2013, the Catholic Charities of Dallas received $823,658 from the Department of Homeland Security for “Citizenship Education Training” for “refugee and entrant assistance.”

It is no coincidence that the vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is his Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and that the Conference Treasurer is the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas.

 

 

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189293/
<![CDATA[ FrancisChurch: Getting Rid Of Everything So The Church Has No Light? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189294.php
FrancisChurch: Getting Rid Of Everything So The Church Has No Light?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


In his morning homily Pope Francis shed some ‘light’ on his idea of humility, i.e. it’s synonymous with material poverty. Zenit has the translation.

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on how the “poor Church must have no riches other than her Spouse.”

Clarifying, he noted, it is appropriate for the Church to, in certain respects, shed its light.

"It's true,” the 77-year-old Pontiff admitted, that sometimes the Lord can ask his Church to take a bit of light itself, in the sense that, “If the Church's mission is to illuminate humanity, the light that is given must be only one received by Christ in an attitude of humility.”

Next, astoundingly, Pope Francis said that over the centuries the Church was wrong.

Although the Pontiff reminded faithful that over the centuries, the Church wanted to have its own light, he decried, “She was wrong.”

Going further the Pope explalined:

"When the Church is humble, when the Church is poor, even when the Church confesses his misery,” the Holy Father stated, “the Church is faithful.”

The Church, the Pope said, must say, “I am dark, but the light comes from there!” and must be, “Humble. Without boasting of having its own light, always seeking the light that comes from the Lord."

So the Church must be dark and have no light of its own so Jesus' light can shine?  Hopefully Christ's light won't be removed in the darkening process. 

In closing, hopefully the Pope was speaking figuratively of attachments:

Pope Francis concluded saying all faithful must throw away "everything we have from life," leaving nothing for ourselves, and instead must give “everything for the Lord and for others.”

 

 

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189294/
<![CDATA[ Saint Causes Fast-Tracked, Canonizations Trimmed, Cut, Reduced; Francis: Damn Your Markets And Profits. Just Give Us the Food! U.S. Bishops: Turning Us Into The Third World, Blaming Jesus, Collecting Checks; Getting Rid Of Everything So the Chur ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189295.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Saint Causes Fast-Tracked, Canonizations Trimmed, Cut, Reduced

 

Francis: Damn Your Markets And Profits. Just Give Us the Food!

 

U.S. Bishops: Turning Us Into The Third World, Blaming Jesus, Collecting Checks

 

FrancisChurch: Getting Rid Of Everything So The Church Has No Light?

 

 

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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189295/
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis: The Church Has No Borders And Neither Should You; FrancisChurch to help Chicoms Choose Their Bishops? On The Humble Homes Of Bishops Today; SSPX Leader Sees Benedict's Prophetic Vision ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189111.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Pope Francis: The Church Has No Borders And Neither Should You

 

FrancisChurch to help Chicoms Choose Their Bishops?

 

On The Humble Homes Of Bishops Today

 

SSPX Leader Sees Benedict's Prophetic Vision

 

 

 

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189111/
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis: The Church Has No Borders And Neither Should You ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189049.php
Pope Francis: The Church Has No Borders And Neither Should You



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

On the very day Obama dictatorially granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, to the great pleasure of the U.S. Bishops, Pope Francis gave a stirring speech against national borders. Apparently since the Church is a ‘mother without borders’ no one else should have them anyway. I suppose if unrepentant sinners and heretics are part of the Church Militant, then why can’t thousands of African boat people be part of Italy?

The Catholic Church "is a mother without limits and without borders," welcoming and assisting all of God's children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said.

Addressing the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the pope said the church's concern for the whole person motivates its material aid to immigrants and refugees, its offer of legal assistance and, especially, its pastoral outreach and offer of the sacraments.

In the Christian community, he said, "no one is a stranger and, therefore, everyone is worthy of being welcomed and supported."

Even though one might think the Supreme Pontiff would have a keen sense of cultural trends, he only sees a net economic benefit to countries overburdened with homeless, unskilled populations. It’s a win win! They don’t bring any habits or ideas from the lawless, oppressive, impoverished societies they’re fleeing. They just add value.

"Especially in underdeveloped areas of the world, where the lack of work prevents individuals and their families from achieving a dignified life, there is a strong drive to seek a better future wherever that may be, even at the risk of disappointment and failure," he said. "This is caused in great part by the economic crisis which, to different degrees, is affecting every country in the world."

Pope Francis said people must recognize the advantages of migration: Host countries get new workers to meet production needs, "not infrequently filling gaps created by the demographic crisis." The sending country experiences an easing of unemployment and benefit from the economic stimulation of remittances sent home to help their families.

You see, it’s a zero-sum game. There aren’t enough resources in their home country so they’re easing unemployment there. But in the beleaguered United States and in Europe, there are actually plenty of jobs everywhere that illegal aliens can do! By stealing into the First World they add value in two countries at the same time!

Just like the Pope’s food wisdom. There’s plenty of food. It just has to be distributed fairly of course. That’s another right that the Pope says everyone has.

 

 

 

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189049/
<![CDATA[ FrancisChurch to help Chicoms Choose Their Bishops? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189050.php
FrancisChurch to help Chicoms Choose Their Bishops?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The Economic Times reports on an astounding outreach from China to the Pope Francis Vatican.

In a bid to repair strained relations with the Vatican, China has proposed a joint system for appointment of bishops, offering the papal authority a greater say in matters relating to administration of churches.

The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), an official body that governs the Catholics in China, said it hopes to receive the Vatican's reply by the start of next year to its proposals in this regard, official media reported here today.

The article reports that Rome would like other changes and agreements too, but if completed this collaborative body would be something new for the Communist country (as well as for the Church).

Till now, China insisted that it has the sole authority to appoint Bishops while the Vatican's stand is that bishops can only be appointed by the Pope.

 

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189050/
<![CDATA[ On The Humble Homes Of Bishops These Days ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189051.php
On The Humble Homes Of Bishops These Days



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Rorate Caeli posts this piece from U. Chicago graduate student, Anatole Upart, on houses of Church leaders and humility.

When a leader of a polity assumes the office, the power of the office often comes in a specific architectural form: a residence, headquarters or a palace. Whether that leader personally dislikes old palaces is not important. What is important is that he or she would transition into the role, previously occupied by someone else.

The last thing the new president, king, pope can do is to refuse the symbolic trappings of the office and impose his own personal preferences. That is why Chicago's new Catholic archbishop, Blase Cupich, should move into the official residence, not into the rectory of the Holy Name Cathedral as he recently indicated. It signals the beginning of his new job in the same way the relocation to the White House starts the presidency and the move into Vatican Apartments mark the Papacy.

Imagine how the American public would have reacted if Obama announced his intention to sell the White House because it could generate a good profit for the benefit of the common Americans? What if he simply refused to live there because he was too humble? I wanted to argue here that true humility lies in accepting your predecessor’s home as your own, without reservations or public gestures. The contemporary sentiment is that church hierarchs should not be spending large sums of money on the upkeep of the “nonessential” luxury houses at the time when that money can be “better” spent on charity. Such puritanical viewpoint leads, I think, to a fundamental misunderstanding of why stately residences needed and should remain preserved and occupied.

Mr. Upart makes an astute observation about the renowned, yet destructive ‘humbleness’ of Pope Francis.

However, what we take for humility is rather a form of populism. The actual humility can instead be found in the lives of previous archbishops of Chicago, residing, whether they personally liked it or not, in the same old mansion. They did not make crowd-appealing gestures of refusing honors that came with the cross of being a shepherd of a large, diverse, and complicated archdiocese. Whether Mundelein or Bernardin, the archbishops tried, each to varying degrees, to live up to the very impersonal position that was less about them personally and more about the task. It was widely accepted that pastors rise up to the requirements of their positions, often despite their own personal preferences. Humility then is found precisely in an understanding that one’s new position of power requires a sacrifice of personal taste.

 

 

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189051/
<![CDATA[ SSPX Leader Sees Benedict's Prophetic Vision ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189052.php
SSPX Leader Sees Benedict's Prophetic Vision



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

In his Superior General’s Letter SSPX Bp. Fellay sees the realization of Pope Benedict Emeritus’ prophetic words about the remnant Church:

Is this vision the product of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s personal wisdom, or is it inspired by some other source, such as the Secret of Fatima? He alone can tell us. Whatever the case may be, gradually and especially since the Council we have been witnessing the slow disappearance of the Church as she appeared for at least 1,500 years, in other words, as a society that had profoundly permeated all of human life, the entire social organism, striving to shape a deeply harmonious whole with the temporal realm, even if the secular authorities often tried to encroach on the spiritual authority of the Church.

Since the French Revolution we have observed not only the separation of these two powers, but also an unceasing determination to combat and reduce the Church’s beneficent influence on human society. Since the post-conciliar period, with the bewildering reduction in the number of priestly vocations, with the loss of hundreds of thousands of men and women religious who had given their lives for God and neighbor, the Church’s presence in schools, in hospitals, and in social and political life has almost disappeared. No serious measure has been taken to check this catastrophic disappearance of the Church from society. By now she has practically been relegated to the sacristy. What is worse, in countries where the Church had lavished her good deeds, in the countries that once were called Christian, even the churches and sacristies are empty.... We are no longer very far from the almost prophetic vision of Cardinal Ratzinger.

Noting that internal fragmentation seems to be escalating quickly in the Church, Bp. Fellay thanks God for the refuge of their ‘small, seemingly insignificant’ group.

But these external phenomena are accompanied by others belonging to the internal life of the Church; they are signs of weakness in the face of an enemy who is no longer outside, but now inside. The unity of the Faith and unity of the government of Holy Church are more and more thoroughly dissolving; and liturgical unity, with the “creative” options offered by the New Mass, particularly with the multiplication of Eucharistic Prayers, was long ago shattered. As for morality, the last Synod on the Family tragically demonstrated the proliferation of contradictory opinions that prevail in that area, which the authorities no longer seem capable of stemming, when they are not actively promoting it....

In the midst of this disaster, which has been noted by many observers, no doubt our modest Society seems like “[a] small, seemingly insignificant group that nonetheless lives an intensive struggle against evil and brings the good into the world....” If on the one hand the sight of the disfigured Church deeply grieves us, on the other hand we sing every day the Magnificat for the marvels that the Almighty still enables us to accomplish.

 

 

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/189052/
<![CDATA[ Archbishop Cupich: Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188849.php
Archbishop Cupich: Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

For his first homily as Archbishop of Chicago fortunate son Blase Cupich delivered a lengthy and entirely compelling message. It was not the sort of thing that would spread the Catholic faith or stir souls to conversion, but it was certainly an example of leadership. It was not directly polarizing. Many may have found it inspiring.

It’s a bit of a shock then to hear reports that the homily was written by the catty dissident king of the National Catholic Reporter, Michael Sean Winters. It’s no wonder. Winters has always been vigorous, skillful, and effective on behalf of the cause.

Washington D.C. and Chicago sources are reporting that the homily of newly appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, scheduled to be delivered at his installation mass in Chicago on Tuesday, has been written by Leftist National Catholic Reporter writer Michael Sean Winters. Reports claim that the homily begins with a 5-minute condemnation of Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput without mentioning him by name.

Sources also claim that Winters is positioning himself to become the shadow writer for the new Archbishop in Chicago. The left-wing Winters has been a prominent defender of the Obama administration, including the Obamacare healthcare law. Winters’ vocal opposition to Abp. Chaput also is well known. A long time critic of the U.S. Bishops, including their opposition to the HHS Mandate, Winters has chastised Abp. Chaput and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as ‘culture warriors.’

What does this say about Pope Francis's hand-picked bishop?

 

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188849/
<![CDATA[ English Final Relatio As Clear As Mud ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188850.php
English Final Relatio As Clear As Mud



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Now that the dust has settled a bit on the lamentable Synod on the Family, Fr. Z has some careful questions.

The notorious interim report, however, which was roundly denounced by the Synod Fathers (who were not allowed even to see it before it was released) has been on the Synod webpage in five languages since the end of the Synod on 19 October… a month ago.  (Frankly, I think it was written already in July, because it was magically translated swiftly into five languages practically overnight.  It was also bound and ready to distribute within 36 hours.  The super-skilled Vatican translators handled that one, but the all important Final Report… not so much.   But I digress.)

Father notes that it’s almost impossible to find the English translation of the Synod’s Final Relatio.

The plot thickens because there was an English translation link on the Synod website, but it was removed because it was riddled with errors.  Most of the errors did not change the content in any significant way.   BUT… there were some 90 errors, not 4 or 5, including the elimination of phrases, in only 62 paragraphs.

Weeks are passing and the only English version out there is just plain wrong in a key paragraph.

The weird thing about the only extant English translation is that a controversial paragraph is not translated correctly.  WERE one able easily to compare the Italian original and other languages by clicking side by side links (which we can’t – at least at the Synod of Bishops page) you would more easily spot what can only be – after this lapse of time and after numerous people have pointed it out in public – a blatant falsification of the original.

And given what was falsified and not corrected, you have to ask: Who did this and why?

After comparing the two divergent paragraphs we find:

The final Italian words, describing the family as, “founded on marriage between man and woman”, seems to have been deliberately suppressed in the English version of an important Church document, an official document issued by a Synod that made headlines round the world for most for the better part of a whole month.

It has been a month now since the close of the Synod and the release of that document, and still the false translation of the Italian original is all that we have, on a completely different page.

So… what’s going on here?

 

 

 

 

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188850/
<![CDATA[ If Pacifism Were Catholic There'd Be No Church ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188851.php
If Pacifism Were Catholic There'd Be No Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The gentlemanly Jimmy Akin quickly puts down an ever-present example of what Brother Andre Marie calls the ‘paramagisterium,’ pacifism.

There is a persistent claim that the early Christians were pacifists—in the strong sense of being opposed to all use of violence—and that it was not until the time of the Emperor Constantine that this began to change.

After Christianity became the official religion of the empire, the Church embraced the use of military force, with St. Augustine playing the part of the enabling villain, who came up with the idea of the just war.

This story plays with well-worn tropes: the fall from original innocence into corruption, the idea that Constantine corrupted the Church, that the Christianization of the empire was a bad thing, etc.

Akin says that pacifism has helped foster Protestant movements, though most aren’t pacifists. Then he cuts to the chase and shows us how in the end it's really just negligence.

No nation can be safe if it is unwilling to use military force to defend itself. If, in the present, fallen state of the world, a nation were to suddenly renounce the use of military force and beat its swords into ploughshares, it would suffer a dire fate.

Either:

  • It would be conquered by its external enemies,
  • Its internal, criminal element would overrun it and turn it into a failed state,
  • Its more sensible-minded citizens would stage a coup and re-establish a government willing to use force to defend the nation, or
  • It would depend for its defense on another country that is less scrupulous about the use of force, making its safety and freedom dependent on the whims of that foreign state.

Any way you go, pacifism is not a stable, self-sustaining enterprise. It’s a dangerous world out there, and pacifists depend for their safety and security on the generosity and good will of non-pacifists.

 

 

 

 

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188851/
<![CDATA[ Goya Foods Supports Catholic Charities Because They're Catholic, Right? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188852.php
Goya Foods Supports Catholic Charities Because They're Catholic, Right?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Will there ever be a shortage of powerful contributors for the U.S. Bishops illegal amnesty infrastructure?

PR Newswire reports:

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, donates 300,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York's Feeding Our Neighbors campaign, to support a vast network of food pantries and emergency food programs throughout the archdiocese.

This year, with the help of Goya, Feeding Our Neighbors extends its reach beyond the New York area to support other Catholic Charities agencies in communities that are providing services to unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America.  In total, 100,000 pounds of the donation will be distributed to agencies of Catholic Charities located throughout New York, Texas, Washington D.C. and Arizona.  Food will also be distributed to the regions of Central Florida and Southern California by agencies of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition.

"We have been blessed to be able to help those who need it the most and to support organizations like Catholic Charities that have a tremendous impact on so many lives," says Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.  "We thought it was important to not only provide food to help feed thousands of New Yorkers in need during the holiday season, but to also send food to the unaccompanied children throughout the country." 

More Goya Foods means more illegal aliens, and more illegal aliens means more Goya Foods!

 

 

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188852/
<![CDATA[ Archbishop Cupich: Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain! English Final Relatio As Clear As Mud; If Pacifism Were Catholic There Would Be No Church; Goya Foods Supports Catholic Charities Because They Are Catholic, Right? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188853.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Archbishop Cupich: Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain!

 

English Final Relatio As Clear As Mud

 

If Pacifism Were Catholic There Would Be No Church

 

Goya Foods Supports Catholic Charities Because They Are Catholic, Right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188853/
<![CDATA[ It Is All Just Rhetoric, Archbishop Cupich, When You Don ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188730.php
It Is All Just Rhetoric, Archbishop Cupich, When You Don... ]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188730/ <![CDATA[ If Francis is Playing Chess with the Church, Who is the other King? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188731.php
If Francis is Playing Chess with the Church, Who is the other King?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

From UCA News Tokyo Fr. William Grimm offers some analysis of the Pope’s remaking of the Church.

The more I observe Pope Francis in action, the more I wonder if he might be a Jesuit chess player.

He has been Bishop of Rome for just over a year and a half, and in that time has both raised and disappointed expectations. Certainly his humility in asking for prayers from the crowd when he was elected, his friendliness in posing for selfies and his non-judgmental attitude epitomized in his “who am I to judge” response to a question about homosexuals all heartened Catholics and others who hungered for a pastoral papacy.

On the other hand, many observers have been disappointed that he seemed slow to move against bishops who have covered up and even facilitated sexual abuse by priests. During the recent Synod for the Family an interim report indicated new directions in dealing with pastoral problems, but the backlash against that seemed to cause a pullback. The question arises: What is Francis going to do?

Perhaps chess might give some idea of what is happening.

A chess game begins with a player trying to evaluate the opponent’s skills, strengths, weaknesses and habits of play. The recent Synod for the Family might be understood in those terms. A variety of bishops gathered, some of them vehemently and publicly opposed to Pope Francis. He was able to hear their opinions, evaluate their arguments and draw them into demonstrating their “strategies”, as well as the amount and nature of the support they might have.

Once the players have sized each other up, the “midgame” begins, when players begin to clear the board of opponent pieces, or at least neutralize them.

That is one way to view the pope’s “firing” of Cardinal Raymond Burke as head of the Church’s highest court and assigning him to the basically ceremonial role of chaplain to the Knights of Malta. Cardinal George Pell has been moved from Sydney, Australia, to Rome to supervise the cleaning of its corrupt, or at least incompetent, financial situation. This frees Australian Catholics of a notoriously unpastoral bishop and puts him to work on ledgers and finance, where he has talent but will not deal with people. The first step toward removing the American bishop Robert Finn who was convicted of covering up sexual abuse by a priest with whom he shared conservative proclivities has finally been taken.

 

If this is the midgame, the closing could be ugly.

 

 

 

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188731/
<![CDATA[ Francis to Faithful: You Might Be Dead ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188732.php
Francis to Faithful: You Might Be Dead



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

In one of his more venomous rhetorical attacks yet on certain types of Catholics, the Pope applied his figurative Francis-speak to those ‘dead’ who wear the appearance of Christianity like a shroud. According to Francis it seems, if you are a Christian, you must ask yourself whether you’re alive or dead. 

The Pope addressed those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Nov. 18 daily Mass, saying that the Lord constantly calls us to conversion, and condemned “those who live by appearances, Christians of appearances.”

“Appearances are these Christians’ shroud: they are dead….Am I one of these Christians of appearances? Am I alive inside, do I have a spiritual life? Do I hear the Holy Spirit, do I listen to the Holy Spirit, do I move forward?” he asked.

This creepy cult-like quiz, where one must determine whether they are listening attentively to the Holy Spirit in order to know if they are Christian and still alive, is manipulative. We hear so much from Pope Francis about where the Holy Spirit is leading the Church, and we hear this from his bishops too, but now we must also hear the Spirit speaking directly to us. Is He talking to everyone now?

Don’t know if you’re listening to the Holy Spirit, or which direction is ‘forward?’ Well you can always just ask Pope Francis, who always seems to know. Its’ better than being dead and thinking you’re still alive.

Still unsettled?  Well the Pope has more clues. Do you go to Church? Are you peaceful? Are you rich? Do you feel good?

These are the people who think: “I do what I can, but I am at peace and do not want to be disturbed…I go to Mass on Sundays, I pray a few times, I feel good, I am in God's grace, I'm rich (and) I don’t need to do anything.”

Pope Francis says God spits people who ‘feel spiritually comfortable’ out of His mouth because they’re lukewarm. Is he saying if we feel good, peaceful or we’re rich, we’re actually lukewarm or spiritually dead?

Why is it always the Catholic faithful who are singled out as sinners, labeled 'lukewarm' or dead inside?  Wouldn't attentiveness to the Holy Spirit, zeal for souls, and sacrifice often accompany an obedient Faith and certainly a state of grace?

Later Pope Francis returns to his description of the lukewarm but this time he includes those who married in the Church, and those who feel they have done what’s necessary to hopefully remain in God’s grace. These too are only Christians in appearance and dead inside.

But, if everything looks good, I have nothing to reproach myself about: I have a good family, people do not gossip about me, I have everything I need, I married in church ...I am 'in the grace of God', I am alright. Appearances! Christians of appearance ... they are dead! Instead [we must] seek something alive within ourselves, and with memory and vigilance, reinvigorate this so we can move forward. Convert: from appearances to reality. From being neither hot nor cold to fervour".

They must vigilantly reinvigorate, regain fervor and move forward! (You know, that direction the Holy Spirit pointed right?)

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188732/
<![CDATA[ It's All Just Rhetoric, Archbishop Cupich, When You Don't Really Believe It ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188733.php
It Is All Just Rhetoric, Archbishop Cupich, When You Do Not Really Believe It



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Breitbart news reports on the installation of Blasé Cupich to the important Chicago Archdiocese:

The selection of the relatively anonymous Cupich to head the high-profile archdiocese is Pope Francis' first major mark on American Catholic leadership.

It also is seen as a message sent by the pope as he replaces George, a leading church conservative, with the more moderate Cupich. Observers say it is a signal that Francis wants a pastor to lead the archdiocese, someone who will follow his lead and emphasize mercy and ministering to the poor and create a church that is more welcoming.

In his homily Monday night during what is called a Rite of Reception, Cupich said he intends to ratchet down the rhetoric that has driven young people away from religion. And he vowed to take an active role in the community, pushing for immigration reform, taking part in the battle against gangs and gun violence and other issues.

 

 

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188733/
<![CDATA[ Bishop Cupich: Pope Francis Will Be Vatican II on Steroids ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188609.php
Bishop Cupich: Pope Francis Will Be Vatican II on Steroids



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

AmericaMag’s Sr. MaryAnn Walsh profiles Pope Francis special appointee, media darling, and new Abp. of Chicago, Blasé Cupich.

Bishop Cupich reveals what formed him growing up as one of nine children in a Croatian family in Omaha, his vision for the church where people, especially the poor, need help, and his assessment of Pope Francis. He sees the Francis era as a renaissance moment for the church, perhaps, he said, bigger than the Second Vatican Council.

…..Another one who’s all about the poor and that poor Church for the poor, but spiritual poverty and ignorance, its miseries and damnation? Maybe not so much. Are those even issues in the face of all this dignity-stealing poverty, this rigged financial system, this un-Catholic market where man isn’t the center?

“I think this is a great moment in the life of the church. I think it is as significant, even more so, maybe, than the Second Vatican Council—because he’s taking – the pope is taking – a lot of the insights of the Council and really making it happen,” said Archbishop Cupich. He quotes someone who notes that after the Council St. John Paul II advised what to do, Pope Benedict XVI said why to do it, and Pope Francis, now says “do it.”  

The era of popes dancing around Vatican II is over. Now we actually do the things it supposedly says we should do. Imagine the kinds of things someone like Blasé Cupich will come up with to help Francis ‘pastorally’ implement Vatican II for real and earnest this time.

 

 

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188609/
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis To Besieged Italians: More Aliens! More Dialogue! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188610.php
Pope Francis To Besieged Italians: More Aliens! More Dialogue!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

In Italy, families who have lived for generations in poor neighborhoods are forcefully complaining about the imposition of lawless Roma Gypsies and African Boat People who invade and destroy their towns. But, the same Pope who stood on the rock of Lampedusa and waved Northern Africa across the sea, and shamed the more responsible Italian leaders in the process, says they need to have meetings.

Pope Francis says sharp tensions in European cities over immigrants could get worse unless authorities, citizens and the newcomers sit down and discuss their prejudices.

Residents insist they're not racist, just fed up by authorities' neglect of their rundown neighborhoods on the outskirts.

Francis suggested local churches could host meetings so all sides could listen to each other and make plans together. That way they can "overcome every suspicion and prejudice and build ever safer, peaceful and inclusive co-existence."

Added Francis: "What's important is not surrendering to the temptation for clashes."

More aliens. More dialogue. More aliens. More dialogue. Everybody file in and overcome your prejudices now!

 

 

 

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188610/
<![CDATA[ Magister: Heavy-Handed Francis Bending Church to His Will, Destroying Bishops' Conferences ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188611.php
Magister: Heavy-Handed Francis Bending Church to His Will, Destroying Bishops Conferences



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Just when the shock from the historically un-Catholic Synod on the Family is starting to wane under church/media cover up, Sandro Magister unleashes powerful ongoing evidence of the scorched-earth FrancisChurch.  Rorate Caeli has the translation.  

Some questions and responses:

 

Question: Magister, Pope Bergoglio, has been basking in worldwide success these past months, but some of his decisions have given pause for thought. For example, he has presented himself as Bishop of Rome but at the Synod for the Family, he evoked the Codes of Canon Law confirming Petrine power.

R: It’s true. He did that in his closing speech.

Q: He outlined a shared and open vision in the governing Church, yet he appointed an outside commissioner with rather tough methods to the Franciscans of the Immaculate and also de facto put a bridle on the bishops conferences.

R: Some, like the Italian one, have effectively been destroyed.

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R: Bergoglio has said repeatedly that he didn’t want to make compromises with doctrine, that he was with the tradition of the Church. But then, he opened discussions, like the ones on Communion for the divorced and remarried, which effectively touch the very foundations of the Church.

Q: Why?

R: Because it is inevitable that Communion for  the divorced and  remarried will result in the acceptance of second-marriages, and so to the dissolution of the sacramental bond of matrimony.

Magister goes on through this interview to point out that though Francis is popular in the press and perhaps the world, he’s not so popular inside the Church, whereas the previous two popes were. But more importantly Francis is serving to neutralize the radical effect of the Church on culture, stifling conversions and making it more of a harmless redundancy.

…religious practice has not increased; on the contrary the aversion to Catholicism is increasing, also publically. Begoglio, yes, the rest,no.

R: Also the popularity of his predecessors was very strong. John Paul II experienced world-wide success and not only during the years of his illness. Also Benedict XVI between 2007 and 2008, reached the highest levels in the polls, even if this has been forgotten. His trip to the United States was the peak, where he received a great welcome even from secular public opinion.

Q: And so what’s the difference?

R: That the predecessors were mostly popular inside the Church, even if they were harshly criticized from strongholds of non-Catholic public opinion. Whereas Francis’ popularity is more conspicuous outside the Church, even if it isn’t eliciting waves of conversions. Actually, with him there seems to be a certain pleasure in outside culture, even hostile, to Christianity.

[UNDER BERGOGLIO, CHRISTIANITY MATTERS LESS]

Q: In what sense?

R: In seeing the Head of the Church shifting towards their positions, which he seems to understand and even accept. The repeated conversations with Eugenio Scalfari illustrate this: the Pope accepts Scalfari (once the toughest opponent of pontiffs) publishing anything he wants from these conversations.

Q: In fact, Scalfari himself stated that he had published things that Bergoglio hadn’t said.

R: Exactly. But, in all of this, he hasn’t drawn near to Christianity. The Christianity from the mouth of Bergoglio is no longer provocative, does not create problems as in the past, it can be treated with courtesy, superiority and detachment. Christianity matters less. You only need to look at the Prime Minster, Matteo Renzi, a Catholic. He doesn’t care a whit about what the Italian Episcopal Conference is doing. In other words, we have passed from a situation of confrontation and conflict to one of disinterest.

 

 

 

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188611/
<![CDATA[ Cd. George: The Way Pope Francis Expresses Himself Leaves Some Wondering Whether He Believes the Doctrine ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188612.php
Cd. George: The Way Pope Francis Expresses Himself Leaves Some Wondering Whether He Believes the Doctrine



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

CruxMag’s John Allen has an interview with outgoing Cardinal George which includes some precious and necessary zingers:

Now 77, George will formally step aside in Chicago tomorrow when his successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich, is installed. At the moment he’s fighting for his life, undergoing an experimental cancer treatment thought to have around a 50-50 chance of success.

Long seen as one of the most accomplished cultural critics among the American bishops, George isn’t pulling any punches in winter. In an exclusive interview with Crux Friday, he rejected suggestions that the change in Chicago is a “course correction” or a “repudiation” of what are conventionally seen as his more conservative views.

When asked about Pope Francis, the Cardinal said:

I can see why some people might be anxious. If you don’t push it, he does seem to bring into question well-received doctrinal teaching. But when you look at it again, especially when you listen to his homilies in particular, you see that’s not it. Very often when he says those things, he’s putting it into a pastoral context of someone who’s caught in a kind of trap. Maybe the sympathy is expressed in a way that leaves people wondering if he still holds the doctrine. I have no reason to believe that he doesn’t.

Until the Synod of Bishops in October, most mainstream folks in what we might loosely call the ‘conservative’ camp seemed inclined to give Francis the benefit of the doubt. Afterwards that seems less the case, with some people now seeing the pope in a more critical light. Is that your sense as well?

I think that’s probably true. The question is raised, why doesn’t he himself clarify these things? Why is it necessary that apologists have to bear that burden of trying to put the best possible face on it? Does he not realize the consequences of some of his statements, or even some of his actions? Does he not realize the repercussions? Perhaps he doesn’t. I don’t know whether he’s conscious of all the consequences of some of the things he’s said and done that raise these doubts in people’s minds.

 

 

 

 

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188612/
<![CDATA[ Bishop Cupich: Pope Francis Will Be Vatican II on Steroids; Pope Francis To Besieged Italians: More Aliens! More Dialogue! Magister: Heavy-Handed Francis Bending Church to His Will; Cd. George: Some Wondering Whether Francis Believes the Doctrine ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188613.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Bishop Cupich: Pope Francis Will Be Vatican II on Steroids

 

Pope Francis To Besieged Italians: More Aliens! More Dialogue!

 

Magister: Heavy-Handed Francis Bending Church to His Will, Destroying Bishops Conferences

 

Cd. George: The Way Pope Francis Expresses Himself Leaves Some Wondering Whether He Believes the Doctrine

 

 

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188613/
<![CDATA[ Synod Delegation Blues: When will the U.S. Bishops Learn the Language of Mercy? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188508.php
Synod Delegation Blues: When will the U.S. Bishops Learn the Language of Mercy?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

In the selected delegation of four bishops to attend next year’s dreaded Synod Part II, David Gibson at RNS news finds cause for deep concern. When will these U.S. Bishops loose the social justice chains from which Pope Francis has freed them? Why did they include Archbishop Chaput, ‘a leading conservative?’

The selections, made in closed-door voting on Wednesday (November 12) near the end of the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, include Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading conservative who has voiced concern about Francis’ lack of attention to his right flank. In addition to Chaput, NCR and other church sources said the more than 200 bishops chose Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the USCCB president; USCCB vice president Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston; and Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Why in the world didn’t they send Cardinal O’Malley? There’s still time to change their minds.

The results raised some eyebrows because the bishops did not include Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, though he was reportedly one of the nominees. O’Malley is considered the American prelate closest to Francis, and it’s possible—even likely—that Francis could appoint O’Malley as a delegate to the worldwide gathering of bishops in Rome. By custom, the Vatican must confirm all the selections made this week before they are publicly announced.

Most frightening of all, they’ve chosen San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone just in case someone gets sick or dies. Adding fortunate son Blase Cupich as the other alternate means they've completely polarized the alternates!  (Good thing the actual delegation isn't like that.  It's three social justice guys vs. one half and half.)

But the polarization—or balancing act—between the two wings of the hierarchy was especially noticeable in the selection of the two alternate delegates: The bishops reportedly chose San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the hierarchy’s outspoken point man in the fight against gay marriage, and Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate and a strong social justice proponent who will soon become the new archbishop of Chicago.

NC Reporter’s Fr. Reese has the key. These Bishops just can’t figure out how to respond to Pope Francis’s challenging call to be less rigid, more open, etc. They just ‘don’t know what to do with the Pope’ yet.

“If they wanted to send the people closest to the pope they would have elected Sean O’Malley and Blase Cupich. But they didn’t,” said Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, an analyst for National Catholic Reporter who first reported the slate of names. “It is just where they are right now,” Reese said. “The majority of the conference doesn’t know what to do with the pope. The bishops are like deer in the headlights, and they don’t know which way to jump.”

Like ‘deer caught in the headlights,’ those fools ‘just don’t know which way to jump.’ Well, they better figure out soon. No more Chaputs! No more alternates like Cordileone! Synod Part II will NOT be like Part I (or maybe you’re just not catching that merciful Pope Francis dialogue yet, shepherds.)

 

 

 

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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188508/
<![CDATA[ Heartbreaking Head-Bowing in the Halls of Congress ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188509.php
Heartbreaking Head-Bowing in the Halls of Congress



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Pam Gellar reports the heartbreaking head-bowing going in the halls of Congress.

At the same time as a Christian woman was being forcibly ejected from the National Cathedral for loudly praying “Jesus Christ is Lord” before Muslim prayers began, the United States House of Representatives allowed a Muslim imam to give the opening prayer, in which he praised Allah in front of Boehner and other Republicans bowing their heads. Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli of the Islamic Society of New Jersey was invited by Democrat Rep. Rush Holt (NJ

We’re not talking about a harmless, moderate Imam here. Instead, we’re talking about a major devil. Chebli’s mentor is a man named Hassan Khalid, who was the Mufti of Lebanon who was “martyred” after a bomb was set up which killed him and other. His father went the same way.

Khalid is even featured prominently on the official Muslim Brotherhood website.

Perhaps one might choose to stay silent while an inappropriate imam desecrates the capitol or the Episcopal national Cathedral with a prayer to Allah, but why fold your hands, bow, and submit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188509/
<![CDATA[ Francis Stands for Life Today ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188510.php
Francis Stands for Life Today



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

CBS News Reports on one of the strongest and most comprehensive pro-life statements made yet by Pope Francis:

Pope Francis has denounced the right to die movement, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against God and creation.

Francis made the comments Saturday to the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors.

Earlier this month, the Vatican's top bioethics official condemned as "reprehensible" the assisted suicide of an American woman, Brittany Maynard, who was suffering terminal brain cancer and said she wanted to die with dignity.

Francis didn't refer to the Maynard case specifically. He also condemned abortion, in vitro fertilization (or "the scientific production of a child") and embryonic stem cell research (or "using human beings as laboratory experiments to presumably save others.")

He said: "This is playing with life."

Not to split hairs in a moment of gratitude for the Pope’s excellent witness, but of course all sins are against God, and no sins are actually against creation.

In the wake of Francis’s frustrating declaration of a doctrine of evolution last month when he announced that God can’t do everything; some people in their confusion might start to think think that there are actually sins against creation or that some sins are not against God.

Nevertheless, those people so enamored by the Pope's politically correct yet troubling statements may today give a second thought to pro-life positions.

 

 

 

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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188510/
<![CDATA[ I Love Sister Cristina But Why Patti Smith? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188511.php
I Love Sister Cristina But Why Patti Smith?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At Patheos Kathy Schiffer asks Pope Francis, Why Patti Smith?

Yesterday it was announced that Pope Francis invited Sr. Cristina Scuccia, who catapulted to fame after her appearance on Italy’s “The Voice”, and American punk rocker Patti Smith to play at the Vatican’s Christmas Concert on December 13.

The concert, which will be held December 13 at Rome’s Auditorium Conciliazione, will be televised live.

I confess, I’m not much of a follower of punk rock. Actually, punk rock and I have never been in the same room together.

So I did what I could to learn about Smith, to understand the gifts she brings to the Church which would qualify her for this great honor. I went to YouTube and clicked on the first Patti Smith song that came up. This is what I heard–the first line of the first song:

   Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine.

 

After walking through the spiritual evolution of the ‘Godmother of Punk’ Schiffer states:

I know that some of my liberal friends are already popping out of their chairs, cheering this latest move by our Pope of Surprises.  “She’ll reach out to a new audience of young seekers,” they’ll tell me.

She has been an anti-American activist, leading protests against the Iraq War as President George W. Bush spoke before the United Nations, writing songs in 2006 to protest American and Israeli foreign policy.

Smith’s music has, I learned, been a great influence on one group, the Russian anarchist punk band Pussy Riot.  I wrote about how Pussy Riot’s supporters, the bawdy feminist protest group FEMEN, attacked the Belgian archbishop here, and about Pussy Riot’s desecration of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior here.

Here’s where I come down on this:  An invitation to perform at the Vatican is a great honor.  There are many Catholic performers who are worthy of that honor, and the Godmother of Punk is not one of them. In fact, to my ears, her music is screechy bad.

 

 

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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188511/
<![CDATA[ Synod Delegation Blues: When Will the U.S. Bishops Learn the Language of Mercy? Heartbreaking Head-Bowing in the Halls of Congress; Francis Stands for Life Today; I Love Sister Cristina But Why Patti Smith? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188512.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Synod Delegation Blues: When will the U.S. Bishops Learn the Language of Mercy?

 

Heartbreaking Head-Bowing in the Halls of Congress

 

Francis Stands for Life Today

 

I Love Sister Cristina But Why Patti Smith?

 

 

 

 

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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188512/
<![CDATA[ Cd. Sarah: The Main Food the Poor Need is God ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188301.php
Cd. Sarah: The Main Food the Poor Need is God



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

As with Blessed Mother Teresa, the true message of Christ often comes from poorer nations. African Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, offered some much-needed perspective on Christian charity.

Cardinal Robert Sarah has stressed the link between charity and preaching the Gospel, saying that while the practical needs of the poor are important, Christians can give something more essential: Jesus Christ.

Cardinal Sarah, citing Benedict XVI, told CNA that “charity is very linked with the proclamation of the Gospel, and doing charity is not only giving food, giving material things, but giving God too. Because the main lack of man is not having God.”

The Cardinal spoke to the new charity confederation, Caritas in Veritate International, which was inspired by Pope Benedict’s encyclicals.

Cardinal Sarah addressed the conference about “Caritas in Veritate.” The cardinal explained that the worst discrimination against the poor is not refusing to give them food, but rather to give them only food and refuse to give them the Gospel.

“It’s very important to express that the hunger we are suffering today is not having God in our life, in our society,” the cardinal said Nov. 7. He explained that Benedict XVI’s encyclical insists that charity is the way we express our faith. Although giving food is necessary, “the main food is God.”

 

 

 

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188301/
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis, Who Does Got Not Love? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188302.php
Pope Francis, Who Does Got Not Love?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The blogger ‘Bones,’ so able to zero in on Pope Francis’s more disturbing off-the-cuff phrases and reveal unpleasant truths, turned his laser to his discussion of ‘light, dark, and grey Christians’.

A fascinating theological exegesis emerges from a recent Pope Francis homily on light, dark and grey Christians and that is that God does not love everyone. There are light Christians, dark Christians and the grey Christians and 'God does not love these'. This is a controversial thing to say, for any Christian. Does God love the lukewarm, grey, mediocre Christian? Can God's love be earned? Who is worthy of God's love? Does God love the 'good Christian', let us say the Franciscan ideal, but loathe, or not love the 'bad or lukewarm Christian'. 

The writer asks:

How far does the demonisation of, in Francis's opinion, 'the pharisees', the 'pagan Christians', the 'grey and lukewarm' Christians, the 'enemies of the Cross of Christ' in the Catholic Church extend? Of course, for more denunciations you can read the not-often-updated-because-I can't-keep-up with-the-insults Pope Francis Little Book of Insults

Of course, we should all search our consciences for those times that we sin against Christ and by our sinfulness and selfishness fail to live up to the name of Christian. Yet, I cannot help feeling that there is a particular kind of Catholic (If you are Jewish, Muslim, Evangelical, Protestant, Hindu, atheist or consider yourself a genuine Pagan, don't worry, Francis gives you a pass...) Francis has in mind, and its not necessarily the people I would usually associate with those who, for example, hate Christ and His Church.

I have always thought that despite the many, terrible sins that I have committed, the sins I commit and the vices I unfortunately have, despite my lukewarmness in so many ways, my lack of charity and zeal for souls, my indifference to others, that God loves me still. And I have not just considered this a truth to apply to myself, but indeed to all I know, be they Catholic, of other denominations or complete atheists and/or pagans.

And finally,

So when the Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Catholic Church says of certain Christians, that 'God does not love these', that is a serious thing to say indeed and one that needs surely some kind of clarification. The idea that Francis might say that God has withdrawn Himself entirely from people who Pope Francis, or Jorge Bergoglio, the man, takes exception to is to say, 'I know who God loves and who God loathes', thereby sharing in God's own thoughts. It is also to say that God loves the man Jorge Bergoglio very much but detests certain Christians. Who could these people be? Who does God not love? 

It would appear that the separation of the sheep and goats in in progress, in the mind of Pope Francis but it it not necessarily Our Lord doing the judging. No, it is he who said, "Who am I to judge?" Does His Holiness, if this is so, ever think that it is possible he could be wrong? Abortion is a sin crying out to Heaven for vengeance, all kind of murder also. So is sodomy, but it is not faithful Catholics who stand around saying...”God hates fags,” or “Fags are worthy of death.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188302/
<![CDATA[ Saving the World Through Papal Anti-Capitalism ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188303.php
Saving the World Through Papal Anti-Capitalism



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Pope Francis has another huge fan among the leftist media at MarketWatch magazine, Paul B. Farrel.

Big first-year anniversary for anticapitalist, anticonservative, socialist Pope Francis. Fortune magazine ranks him first among the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” Tenure unlimited. Now he’s in an ideological war with U.S. Senate Majority boss Mitch McConnell’s Big Oil backed GOP as well as conservative ideologues. At war in America’s unstable, endlessly fickle, myopic, rigged political arena.

Yes, Pope Francis is celebrating his one-year anniversary since laying down his anticapitalism manifesto for his army of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide. He’s also been removing conservative cardinals and bishops from leadership roles. He’s hell-bent on changing the world fast. And his mandate is unwavering and unequivocal. He’s drawing clear moral and political battle lines against repressive capitalism, excessive consumerism, rigid conservatism. Listen:

“Inequality is the root of social ills ... as long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.” Yes, it sure sounds like a declaration of war: The anticapitalist Pope Francis versus America’s self-destructive amoral capitalism.

Pope Francis’s target is clear: economic inequality is the world’s No. 1 problem. Capitalism is at the center of all problems of inequality. And he speaks with a powerful moral authority.

Farrel goes on to list ten ample sets of quotations to show the Pope’s anti-capitalist agenda. Here’s number one.

1. Solve economic inequality fast ... or capitalism dooms whole world

Pope: “Inequality is the root of social ills ... as long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188303/
<![CDATA[ Papal Almoner: I Don't Want to Smell THAT Much of the Sheep ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188304.php
Papal Almoner: I Don't Want to Smell THAT Much of the Sheep



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Aleteia's John Burger reports homeless showers are to be added to pilgrim restrooms at St. Peter’s Basilica in the new FrancisChurch. There are already ten such facilities placed in Catholic sites around Italy. The project began when the Pope told the Papal Almoner, Bp. Konrad Krajewski he had to get out from behind his desk.

It all started when Bishop Krajewski invited a homeless man to dinner to celebrate his birthday. The man, whom Tornielli refers to as “Franco,” declined, saying, “Father, I can’t go to a restaurant with you because I smell.”

Bishop Krajewski had already had a street ministry when Pope Francis, who has brought a new focus on the poor and marginalized, tapped him to serve as papal almoner, a sort of "first responder" to the needs of the indigent. The Polish prelate explained to La Stampa’s Andrea Tornielli that the homeless man he met and invited to dinner was aware of places he could go to shower, but they are "always very crowded." 

The conversation led to Krajewski visiting 10 area parishes, where he invited pastors to build showers for the homeless, paid for by the Pope's charity. 

 

 

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188304/
<![CDATA[ Cd. Sarah: The Main Food the Poor Need is God; Pope Francis, Who Does Got Not Love? Saving the World Through Papal Anti-Capitalism; Papal Almoner: I Don't Want to Smell THAT Much of the Sheep ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188350.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Cd. Sarah: The Main Food the Poor Need is God

 

Pope Francis, Who Does Got Not Love?

 

Saving the World Through Papal Anti-Capitalism

 

 

Papal Almoner: I Don't Want to Smell THAT Much of the Sheep

 

 

 

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188350/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Wuerl: It's Not What The Final Relatio Says, It's How You Pastor It ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188177.php
Cardinal Wuerl: It's Not What The Final Relatio Says, It's How You Pastor It



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Pittsburgh Post reports on the U.S. Bishops' meeting in Baltimore where you can hear the mournful sound of Catholic destruction ramping up again after all these years.

Time and again on Monday, the nation's Catholic bishops heard the same message: Walk the talk, don't just talk it. Journey with people, don't just give rules.

Yet the talk, and the rules, remain.

While signaling a more pastoral, less dogmatic response to the gulf between church teachings and the actual family and romantic relationships of many Catholics, leading bishops said Monday not to expect any doctrinal changes would result from last month's Vatican synod on the family and next year's on the same topic.

It’s those rules! We have to be even quieter about those rules so we can go ‘pastor’ the runaway sheeple!

The Post hints at the enormous row which the bishops are trying mightily to make into a non-event. That uproar occurred when Synod officials tried to push through a pro-gay statement, releasing it secretly over the heads of the bishops.

The synod had stirred speculation and fears that the church, under Pope Francis, was preparing a major change in church tone if not doctrine on sexuality.

A controversial interim document spoke of "welcoming" homosexual persons and honoring their gifts, but the final version -- and the working document that will lead into preparations for a 2015 synod and any changes in church practice that might result -- instead used language on "pastoral attention toward persons with homosexual tendencies."

The officials, bishops, and other papal men behind that interim statement aren’t giving up by a long shot though, as Washington-based power broker Cd. Donald Wuerl warns.

The final document, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, was "a reflection of our effort at a consensus." Now the question is "how we're going to pastorally apply that..."

You can always come up with a ‘pastoral’ excuse to do something.

 

 

 

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188177/
<![CDATA[ Fr. Michael Rodriguez Gets Time to Discern ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188178.php
Fr. Michael Rodriguez Gets Time to Discern



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics reports on the ‘sabbatical’ leave of beloved faithful youtube priest, Fr. Michael Rodriguez.

I have to be very careful what I say, so bear with me.  As of  yesterday Monday Nov. 10 2014, Father Michael Rodriguez is no longer in active public ministry.  He is on sabbatical.  Sunday was his last Mass in Shafter.  The several dozen souls in the desolate expanses of far West Texas who had prayed so fervently for so many years that they would finally have a good and holy traditional priest sent to them after many decades of being without one (within hundreds of miles) have been left spiritually fatherless again.  As to how this sabbatical came about, I don’t think this is something Father asked for.

As of yesterday, November 10, 2014, Fr. Michael Rodríguez, is no longer the Administrator of Sacred Heart Mission in Shafter, TX. He has been given a six-month sabbatical in order to discern God’s Will for the future. Fr. Rodríguez remains a priest in good-standing of the Diocese of El Paso. He will most likely be looking at options for priestly ministry beyond the Diocese of El Paso. Fr. Rodríguez has been offering the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively for the past three years, and this has led to increasing difficulties for him with the local hierarchy. Fr. Rodríguez asks for your prayers, and he especially asks you to pray for the small group of faithful (about 50) of the Presidio-Shafter area who are heartbroken over the loss of the Traditional Latin Mass and parish life based on the Traditional Latin Mass.

 

 

 

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188178/
<![CDATA[ Father of Gay Interim Relatio Soundly Defeated in the Italian Conference ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188179.php
Father of Gay Interim Relatio Soundly Defeated in the Italian Conference



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The Italian Episcopal Conference has elected the new Vice President for Central Italy yesterday. 'Monsignor Mario Meini, Bishop of Fiesole, who was preferred by 140 votes against 60 Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto and Special Secretary of the Synod on the Family.

The Italian Episcopal Conference has elected the new Vice President for Central Italy. And it was 'Monsignor Mario Meini, Bishop of Fiesole, who was preferred to Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto and Special Secretary of the Synod on the Family.

The new Vice President was involved in a "duel" with a prominent name of the Church, the Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto. Bruno Forte, October 14, 2013 was appointed as Special Secretary of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which took place 5 to 19 October 2014. During the Synod events his name rose to prominence as one of the actual authors of the controversial report post disceptationem, which shows an appreciation for civil marriages, cohabitation law spouse and same-sex unions.

This is a surprising rebuke for a bishop so clearly favored by Pope Francis himself. It suggests some Italian blowback from the scandalous press and the politburo tactics applied at the October Synod.

 

 

 

 

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188179/
<![CDATA[ Bishop Cupich and What the Pope Francis Church Isn't. ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188180.php
Bishop Cupich and What the Pope Francis Church Isn't.



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Retiring Cardinal George got a standing ovation at the national bishops’ meeting in Baltimore this week. Hand-picked directly from Rome, his successor Bishop Blase Cupich is keen on the Pope’s new ‘reforms.’

Among those applauding in the conference room was the man who will soon be installed in the powerful Chicago seat, Bishop Blase J. Cupich. Pope Francis has never met him, but plucked him from the obscure diocese of Spokane, Wash., passing over archbishops considered rising stars under the two previous popes.

Change is rattling the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church, and the bishops here say they now feel it even if they do not yet understand where Pope Francis is leading them. The change is reflected not only in appointments — with the Chicago seat the main indicator so far — but also in Francis’ call for the church to open discussion on sticky matters long considered settled, such as communion for the divorced and remarried, same-sex relationships, couples who live together without being married and even polygamists in Africa.

Some prelates, like Bishop Cupich, are exhilarated at the pontiff’s fresh message and the prospect of change, while others, like Cardinal George, are more wary. A few have been downright resistant, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American in Rome who has publicly challenged Francis and was removed on Saturday from his position as head of the Vatican’s highest court.

Next, with a precise expression of the Pope’s goals, Bishop Cupich reveals the difference between the true saving purpose of Christ’s Catholic Church and the pernicious ‘idealism’ blasted out of Rome these days.

“The pope is saying some very challenging things for people,” Bishop Cupich said in an interview Tuesday. “He’s not saying, this is the law and you follow it and you get to heaven. He’s saying we have to do something about our world today that’s suffering, people are being excluded, neglected. We have a responsibility, and he’s calling people to task.”

 

 

 

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188180/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Wuerl: Father of Gay Interim Relatio Soundly Defeated in the Italian Conference; It's Not What The Final Relatio Says, It's How You Pastor It; Fr. Rodriguez Gets Time to Discern; Bishop Cupich: What the Pope Francis Church Isn't ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188181.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Cardinal Wuerl: It's Not What The Final Relatio Says, It's How You Pastor It

 

Father of Gay Interim Relatio Soundly Defeated in the Italian Conference

 

Fr. Michael Rodriguez Gets Time to Discern

 

Bishop Cupich and What the Pope Francis Church Isn't

 

 

 

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188181/
<![CDATA[ The National Catholic Reporter: More Catholic, Unfortunately, Than Ever ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188083.php
The National Catholic Reporter: More Catholic, Unfortunately, Than Ever



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At Rorate Caeli, New Catholic sums up a piece on Cd. Burke at the National Catholic Reporter.

“Burke is schismatic because he was nice to Traditional Catholics”

That is the overall summary of this stunningly evil article by Robert Mickens, for NCReporter -- after loads of scornful comments, he actually has the gall to say Burke and his friends need "pity", not "scorn"...

Yes, this is the same Robert Mickens who months ago called Benedict XVI a "rat" and was caught happily anticipating his own gleeful celebration of the death of the Pope Emeritus at Facebook. It was all so disgusting and repulsive it was too much even for the Tablet.

Obviously, he found a nice welcoming at NCReporter, the central American newsroom for the current Pontificate.

 

 

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188083/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Dolan to Faithful Synod Fathers and New Catholic Media: You Don't Exist ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188082.php
Cardinal Dolan to Faithful Synod Fathers and New Catholic Media: You Don't Exist



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At the national Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore, Synod attendees reported back on events from last month. Their stories, however, differed sharply from the honest words of the faithful Synod Fathers, Cardinals of the Church, and some of the excellent information made available by the faithful new Catholic media.

The U.S. Catholic bishops received firsthand accounts of last month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome from participating American bishops, who said it differed greatly from the media’s presentation of those two weeks.

Speaking during the first day of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall general assembly in Baltimore, USCCB president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., along with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop William Skurla of the Eparchy of Pittsburgh, gave the bishops their report from the synod.

“There must have been two synods, and the four of us must have happened to be at the wrong one,” quipped Cardinal Dolan. He related that while there were some difficulties — miscommunications, miscues and the publication of the synod’s midway report without prior authorization by the synod fathers — the reality of the synod was “largely overlooked by the synod of sound bites and headlines.”

 

 

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188082/
<![CDATA[ Kasper Explains Francis ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188084.php
Kasper Explains Francis



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Unable to contain his bottomless wrath at thirty-plus years of being branded a dissident, Cd. Kasper told a CUA crowd that Pope Francis has, “succeeded in a short time in brightening up the gloomy atmosphere that had settled like mildew on the church.”

In his characteristically bold, if inconsistent honesty, the Cardinal said Francis should be understood first as a Jesuit, and second as a form of liberation theologist:

The cardinal compared the theological influences on Pope Francis with those of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict comes from the best European theological traditions, seeking to put the doctrine of the faith into practice.

“Pope Francis works differently,” Cardinal Kasper said, and not necessarily in the way in which he is sometimes portrayed. “He’s not a Franciscan in disguise, he’s a Jesuit, through and through.” That means, according to the cardinal, that he begins with a concrete situation and seeks to assess it according to the rules for discernment drawn from the Ignatian spiritual exercises, before arriving at a concrete action or position.

That method corresponds to the approach of St. John XXIII during the Second Vatican Council, he said, “reading the signs of the times.”

Understanding Argentina’s variant of liberation theology also is instructive for those who wish to understand Pope Francis, he said.

The same “see, judge, act” approach of the Jesuits describes Argentine liberation theology, Cardinal Kasper said.

 

 

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188084/
<![CDATA[ Public Radio to Francis: Good Job Cleaning House! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188085.php
Public Radio to Francis: Good Job Cleaning House!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Boston Globe has its CruxMag and Boston Public Radio has its “Pope Watch.” “Reverends” Irene Monroe and Emmett G. Price III run a weekly assessment of the new Pope Francis Church.

This week, Revs. Monroe and Price looked at the Pope's move to demote a conservative American Cardinal — Raymond Burke — who has been an outspoken critic of the Pope's new policies. Burke opposed the way Pope Francis extended an olive branch to LGBT and divorced Catholics at the recent bishops' synod at the Vatican.

In light of the always-churning Vatican news beat, the Rev. Irene Monroe developed a rating system for the weekly Pope Watch.

In her weekly Pope Francis rating System, Reverend Irene continued her pattern of rating the Pope low for womens' issues. Reverend Emmett though, was more impressed.

The Rev. Emmett G. Price III was more taken with Pope Francis' progress. "This was a huge deal, because it's the notion of the Pope standing by what he said he was going to do. He's cleaning house, and change takes time," Price said. "The fact is, you can't sweep through and change everything in three days."

 

 

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188085/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Dolan to Faithful Synod Fathers and New Catholic Media: You Don't Exist; The National Catholic Reporter: More Catholic, Unfortunately, Than Ever; Kasper Explains Francis; Public Radio to Francis: Good Job Cleaning House! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_188137.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Cardinal Dolan to Faithful Synod Fathers and New Catholic Media: You Don't Exist

 

The National Catholic Reporter: More Catholic, Unfortunately, Than Ever

 

Kasper Explains Francis

 

Public Radio to Francis: Good Job Cleaning House!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/188137/