Pewsitter News http://www.pewsitter.com/ Pewsitter News en-us Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:24:15 GMT Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:24:15 GMT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss none info2@pewsitter.com info2@pewsitter.com <![CDATA[ These Synods are So Protestant ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186214.php
These Synods are So Protestant



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Thomas Tobin, the straightforward bishop of Providence had some honest orthodox reaction to last week’s Synod on the Family debacle.

It’s an enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrinal purity while at the same time respond to the experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married couples and families. Behind every arcane discussion of gradualism and natural law there are parents and children awaiting God’s grace.

In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis suggests, the Church risks the danger of losing its courageous, counter-cultural, prophetic voice, a voice that the world needs to hear.

The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on doctrinal applications and pastoral solutions strikes me as being rather Protestant.

 

 

 

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186214/
<![CDATA[ Schismatic-Level Numbers Tell the Story ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186215.php
Schismatic-Level Numbers Tell the Story



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

At Rorate Caeli, a translation of Roberto de Mattei contains the most damaging assessment of the Synod on the Family yet, maintaining there's almost a ‘silent schism.’

Precisely because of the overwhelming presence of the Pope in the ecclesial structure, when the majority of bishops are aware of the pope's position, they rarely vote and act against him. The comparison with Vatican II is inevitable: as de Mattei explains below, even in those most controversial final votes of the Council, the mere fact that Pope Paul VI wanted them was persuasive enough to hand him two enormous victories: 2,308 votes in favor and 70 against (3.03%), in Dignitatis Humanae; 2,221 in favor and 88 against (3.96%), in Nostra Aetate.

If the non placet votes in those conciliar votes had reached the levels of the rejected paragraphs in the Synod, it would have been a matter of between 850 and 1,000 votes against the Pope's position! This would have been understood then as a complete and utter rejection of the papal project, and a clear blockage of the conciliar project at least regarding those items. And remember that in the Council Popes John XXIII and Paul VI did not choose the Fathers at will: other than some minor criteria the composition was formed of almost all bishops and superiors of religious orders. Meanwhile, the Synod is a much smaller body whose composition is picked by the Pope almost at will (the national Conference choose many, but the Pope can pack the numbers in his favor as much as he wants, which he may presumably try to do more strongly in 2015).

A change of a 2,000-year-old unchangeable teaching coming from Scripture and the clear words of Our Lord Jesus Christ himself and Saint Paul the Apostle demands much more than fewer than 2/3 of the handpicked members of a Synod... It was therefore an unprecedented defeat also in numbers. A Odon Vallet said, the risk of a schism is too great - or, at very least, of a complete and enduring estrangement between faithful and pope that is simply unbearable for the very structure of Catholicism. Yes, the structure of the Church has Divine origin, but it also depends, on human terms (as every association of men and women), on mutual identification and respect, and at this moment the Pope is about to lose all support from those Catholics most dedicated to the Church as an organizational structure. The Pope, as any other pope, by the very fact that he is Pope will have the simple majority, but the fact that he does not have an overwhelming majority in those specific questions that were dear to his heart weakened him immensely.

In conclusion:

So we must understand the great and unprecedented defeat: the numbers don't lie. It is not a matter of getting a simple majority, it is the fact that an absence of an almost unanimous consensual will in a matter that is deeply in the interest of the Pope by a body picked by him is a motion of non-confidence in him and in his views. The great division has just begun, what Le Figaro religious correspondent Jean-Marie Guénois calls (here, in French) the "silent schism" is ready to take hold in vast portions of the Church - and the claims of the papacy are at stake. A large portion of the faithful, the most active and influential, will just dig in. They can wait very patiently, under the mantle of the Virgin.

 

 

 

 

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186215/
<![CDATA[ That Unknown Press Entity Emerges to Attack Cd. Burke ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186216.php
That Unknown Press Entity Emerges to Attack Cd. Burke



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Only a day after it was reported that Cardinal Walter Kasper decried being castigated during the Synod by Cardinal Raymond Burke, and predicted retaliation in the press; an insulting event emerges from Salt & Light, the Canadian Catholic network guided by Vatican Press Office #2, Fr. Thomas Rosica.

Lifesite’s Pete Baklinski reports on Ontario TV host, Alicia Ambrosia who said:

It is cardinals like Burke who have set themselves against the “direction” the pope is trying to move the Church.

“It’s kind of like what you see in politics as well, with left and right. No matter what the other side says, this side is going to freak out. Cardinal Burke comes from a stream that doesn’t believe we should be even having this conversation. [His position can be summed as] ‘this is the truth, this is what should be happening, if you’re not meeting up to the truth, if you’re not living up to this ideal, you’re wrong. And there should be no conversation about how to bend to welcome people in, because then you’re bending on the truth.’”

She continued:

“It’s really living with the belief that, ‘this is what we teach, this is the truth. Stick with it, otherwise you’re out. And we shouldn’t be discussing what that truth is because then we’re changing what we are completely.’”

“Just like I could say that Pope Francis is realistic as opposed to progressive, I think statements like Cardinal Burke’s are coming from a place of more of being in an ivory tower, you know, living with the ideal,” she said.

The phrase “ivory tower” is typically used pejoratively to indicate intellectuals caught up in rather useless lofty pursuits that makes them disconnected from the practical concerns of everyday life.

Finally,

It’s not just about being really holy, and being really prayerful, and giving a good sermon, it’s about walking the walk.

 

 

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186216/
<![CDATA[ What About Single-Parent Families? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186217.php
What About Single-Parent Families?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Katrina Fernandez is miffed that Synod seemed to overlook the not unusual situation of single-parent Catholic families.

Special attention should be given to the accompaniment of single-parent families, in a particular way to help women who have to carry alone the responsibility of the home and raising children.

That vague-sounding one line was all the consideration single parents saw in the final relatio. Thank you for that, now we can go back to subsisting on the crumbs from the masters table, while the “divorced-and-remarried” and the “gifted gay Catholics” enjoy all kinds of concerned hand-writing from the hierarchy and, for that matter, from the secular press.

That one single line of attention given to such a large, hugely ignored faction of the Church is almost patronizing, like “oh, yeah, those people also; we are mentioning them here, so that base is covered.”

She adds:

When you start dividing the body of the Church up based on age or marital status you run the risk of creating little cliques. These cliques prevent us from socializing and getting to know other members of our own parishes. I’ve been at my parish three years, same seat every week, and I’ve been greeted by only one other family.

We’ve become a church of strangers.

I don’t think another special interest group for single parents is the answer. It’s nice to commiserate, but I can’t think of anything more depressing than a group of single people sitting around talking about how single they are.

What I’m simply proposing is a little more recognition — a blurb in the bulletin, a priestly mention in the prayer intentions during mass, a homily or two about saints who were raised by single parents or were single parents themselves, and lastly, when speaking of families in general, recognize that single parents and their children are indeed still very much families.

Single parents work all day, and spend all evening taking care of our children, so we don’t have the time or resources to rally on our own behalf; in fact, we shouldn’t have to. We shouldn’t be protesting and writing articles on the internet about how we’ve gotten overlooked yet again. The Church should be aware of our existence at this point, recognize our growing numbers, and be there to offer the support we desperately need. At the very least acknowledge, that we exist.

 

 

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186217/
<![CDATA[ These Synods are So Protestant; Schismatic-Level Numbers Tell the Story; That Unknown Press Entity Emerges to Attack Cd. Burke; What About Single-Parent Families? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186218.php
These Synods are So Protestant; Schismatic-Level Numbers Tell the Story; That Unknown Press Entity Emerges to Attack Cd. Burke; What About Single-Parent Families?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

These Synods are So Protestant

 

Schismatic-Level Numbers Tell the Story

 

That Unknown Press Entity Emerges to Attack Cd. Burke

 

What About Single-Parent Families?

 

 

 

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186218/
<![CDATA[ Pat Buchanan popes the Pope ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186091.php
Pat Buchanan popes the Pope



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

Veteran Washington journalist Pat Buchanan gave a powerful overview to last week’s Synod debacle in Rome, touching on the Kasper gaffe and the pointed response by Cardinal Raymond Burke:

Cardinal Walter Kasper has been the prime mover of the liberalization of Catholic teaching on sexual morality. When an African bishop objected to the report, Kasper retorted, "You can't speak about this with Africans. ... It's not possible. ... It's a taboo."

Hearing this insult, Burke went upside the head of his brother cardinal:

"It is profoundly sad and scandalous that such remarks were made by a cardinal of the church. They are a further indication of the determination ... to advance Cardinal Kasper's false positions, even by means of racist remarks about a significant and highly respected part of the Synod membership."

In the report voted on by the full synod and released this weekend, the language most offensive to orthodox Catholics was gone. But the synod meets again next year, and the stakes could scarcely be higher for the church and pope.

Buchanan went on to condemn the Pope’s arrogant scolding of courageous and faithful bishops during the Synod’s closing speech:

The Catholic Church is not the Democratic Party of Obama, Hillary and Joe, where principled positions on abortion, homosexuality and same-sex marriage "evolve." And when did flexibility in matters of moral principle become a virtue for Catholics?

Indeed, it was in defense of the indissolubility of marriage that Pope Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII who held the title "Defender of the Faith" for refuting the heresies of Luther.

When Henry wished to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn, Pope Clement said this was not possible. His stand for marriage caused the Catholic Church to lose England.

One wonders what this pope thinks of Pope Clement's "rigidity."

 

 

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186091/
<![CDATA[ Disquieting Rumors Bode Poorly for Next Year ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186092.php
Disquieting Rumors Bode Poorly for Next Year



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

At the Catholic Herald William Oddie maintains that Pope Francis has responded well to Cardinal Burke’s call to defend the teachings of the Church via his speech at the Synod’s close. He has some concrete fears however about the outcome of next year’s follow-up.

All that, it seems to me, is a more than adequate response to Cardinal Burke’s entreaty, made last week: The Catholic World Report asked the Cardinal whether he thought the Pope should make “a statement soon in order to address the growing sense — among many in the media and in the pews — that the Church is on the cusp of changing her teaching on various essential points regarding marriage, “remarriage,” reception of Communion, and even the place of “unions” among homosexuals?” Cardinal Burke replied simply “In my judgment, such a statement is long overdue”.

Now, the Pope has made a full and emphatic statement which does just that. His words require the close attention which so far they have not had. In particular that reference to “the temptation to neglect the ‘depositum fidei’, not thinking of themselves as guardians but as owners or masters [of it]…”. Isn’t that a profound and deadly accurate dismissal of the liberal mentality?

This Pope isn’t a liberal. But he has given the liberals their head; and it remains to be seen whether that particular genie can be got back into the bottle. At the next synod, some of those who just about saved this one won’t be there. Cardinal Pell will be: but the hero of this Synod, Cardinal Burke, is (in my opinion deplorably) being eased out of his influential post as head of the Vatican’s supreme court. And there are deeply disquieting rumours that Cardinal Gerhardt Müller’s days as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are numbered, too.

 

 

 

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186092/
<![CDATA[ Unprecedented Push-Back and Apostolic Ugliness ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186093.php
Unprecedented Push-Back and Apostolic Ugliness



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

 

The Eponymous Flower reports:

A Bishop from the troubled Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and ‘Synod Father,’ Sviatoslav Shevchuk, has added his rebuke to the series of historic challenges directly or indirectly made to the Pope in the past week.

The Pope had to Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Grand Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church opened the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the General Congregation. A harrowing situation, at least for more recent Church history,  of unprecedented embarrassment. A Metropolitan and Synod father, who isn't instructing the believers in the Catechism, but the Pope himself. Literally speaking, Shevchuk spoke of the need "to send the faithful and the Pope a clear message" that "the family is  a solid and sacramental bond between a man and a woman," as Il Foglio reported.

The report goes on to list the bold, failed manipulation of the Synod made in an attempt to push through heterodox ideas, and the appropriate challenges this evoked from faithful senior cardinals:

It also seems that the last church members have realized that Francis, despite his demonstrable show about expressions of collegiality and freedom of speech, does not shrink from manipulation and the oppression of opinion to enforce its objectives. The unspeakable interim report was written by the Archbishops Forte and Fernandez and approved by the Pope as far as it is now clear. The Synod were so outraged that they themselves rejected the long-held custom in the Church and not only out of respect and courtesy, attacked the material executors, when they meant the Pope, but those directly underlying the Pope.

In their rebellion in the Synod Hall made the Cardinals around Francis, accused the principal executors and not his henchmen. And the accusations in themselves: The synod accused the Pope of having done "great damage" to the Church "great damage" inflicted, as Cardinal Raymond Burke formulated. Major Archbishop Shevchuk fordete the Pope frankly, to study the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Leading Cardinals like Prefect Gerhard Müller, Camillo Ruini or Raymond Burke even denied the Pope a greeting.

 

 

 

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186093/
<![CDATA[ Verrecchio-Voris Post-Synod Revisit ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186094.php
Verrecchio-Voris Post-Synod Revisit



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

In Michael Voris’ excellent coverage of the Synod on the Family, he’s been required to track the wave of direct criticism against Pope Francis from senior churchman. Since this is somewhat of a reversal from his vow last Spring to refrain from such papal challenges himself, and his complete condemnation of Catholic writers who do; some have suggested a new change in principle. Louie Verrecchio is having none of it.

After CMTV pulled their recent video announcing direct criticism by Cd. Burke of Pope Francis, he responded:

Well, I hate to say I… nah, to hell with the formalities, I told ya so.

As some of you have already noticed, the above referenced CMTV video has since been deleted. The question is, why has it been removed?  There aren’t all that many possible answers…

Could it be that Michael has decided that Cardinal Burke’s comments aren’t really newsworthy, or perhaps even true, and much less newsworthy enough to have merited leaving the dinner table in order to file a report from St. Peter’s Square at midnight Rome time?

No, that doesn’t make any sense. Any time a highly placed Cardinal speaks thus of the pope, and even publicly calls on him to reaffirm doctrine, it’s newsworthy. Furthermore, everyone with a pulse knows that Cardinal Burke’s comments are true.

Did Cardinal Burke ask for it to be removed?

Not a chance; His Eminence’s comments have been widely reported and are irretrievably part of the public record. Beyond that, let’s be honest, CMTV isn’t that influential.

In all likelihood, the video was removed because the operation’s “quasi-internal menace” (mentioned in my post on Saturday) decided that doing so is more palatable than manning up and admitting to his mistakes.

Verrecchio claims that Mr. Voris is trying to save face and maintain some consistency while continuing to capitulate to his backers, whoever they might be.

Oh well, the CMTV brain trust has every right to morph their entire operation into a circus act that no one can take seriously if they so choose, but I for one think it’s a damned shame to witness what was once a hard hitting defender of the Catholic faith; one that put truth before everything else, being castrated by thousands of paper cuts (green paper, that is).

It could be that true defender of the Faith once again, but in order for this to happen the resident menace would have to dig deep in order to find the wherewithal to apologize to Michael (and others) for having been such a tremendous horse’s ass by, among other things, presuming to tie strings to his support of CMTV. He would then perhaps find it in his heart to willingly take on the only role he is truly qualified to play in the operation; not that of content writer or “executive producer,” but of check writer alone. PERIOD.

Michael, having been duly relieved of said strings, might just decide to step up at long last to issue the apology that he still owes a number of good people; the same that I called on him to extend in a video that I made last March; a video that, for the record, will not be deleted.

 

 

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186094/
<![CDATA[ Pat Buchanan popes the Pope; Disquieting Rumors Bode Poorly for Synod Next Year; Unprecedented Push-Back and Apostolic Ugliness; Verrecchio-Voris Post-Synod Revisit ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186095.php
Pat Buchanan popes the Pope; Disquieting Rumors Bode Poorly for Synod Next Year; Unprecedented Push-Back and Apostolic Ugliness; Verrecchio-Voris Post-Synod Revisit



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Pat Buchanan popes the Pope

 

Disquieting Rumors Bode Poorly for Synod Next Year

 

Unprecedented Push-Back and Apostolic Ugliness

 

Verrecchio-Voris Post-Synod Revisit

 

 

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186095/
<![CDATA[ Making Them Think We Changed Doctrine ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185954.php
Making Them Think We Changed Doctrine



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

 

At Creative Minority Report Pat Archbold links to the Michael Voris interview with Vatican reporter, Edward Pentin:

This is excellent. Ed Pentin describes the circumstances of his Kasper interview and gives his impression of the Synod. Kudos to Michael Voris for the good work he has done reporting from Rome these past weeks.

In a tape-recorded discussion with infamous Cardinal Walter Kasper last week, Pentin showed the world the dismissive attitude Kasper has for faithful bishops from Africa. The Cardinal blamed the African culture and its outdated taboos against homosexuality for those bishops’ opinions; as if actual faith had nothing to do with them.

Pentin describes the events of that night, the pecular character of this Synod, and what he thinks the Pope’s leadership team was trying to accomplish.

 

 

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185954/
<![CDATA[ Oh, the Burning Joy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185955.php
Oh, the Burning Joy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

At Reader’s Digest Austin Ivereigh writes of when he met the Pope:

We met for only a minute in June 2013, a few months after his surprise election, and although he had his hand on my arm the whole time, he didn’t speak. My wife thinks it was because I didn’t let him get a word in edgewise.

He goes on:

The point is that the front-row-Wednesday-audience-ticket people like me come last these days. We’re not Pope Francis’s focus. It’s the disabled and the sick and the old and the homeless whom he puts first, just like in the Gospel.

Yet Pope Francis was totally present during that minute, listening closely to every word of my Spanish. And it was enough to get a sense of what people who meet him talk about—this thing, this quality, that comes off him. The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, nailed it when he met him a few days after I did. The Pope, he said afterward, was “humanity on fire.” That’s it. If joy were a flame, you’d need to be made of asbestos not to get burned up by Pope Francis.

Of the night Cardinal Bergoglio became Francis:

The director of Vatican TV, who was following the Pope with a camera, has confirmed all of this. Monsignor Dario Viganò said that when Pope Francis entered the chapel, he looked as if the whole weight of the world was on his shoulders, but when he left, he was a different man, as he is now. “It’s the grace of the office,” Pope Francis tells Argentine friends who ask him why he’s changed.

 

 

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185955/
<![CDATA[ Five Great Moments in New York Catholic History ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185956.php
Five Great Moments in New York Catholic History



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

On Sunday’s ‘This Week’, Former Clinton White House Aid, George Stephanopoulos spoke to Cardinal Timothy Dolan from the close of the Synod on the Family in Rome.

At 2:54 Cardinal Dolan agreed with the host that what Pope Francis is trying to accomplish is more ‘evolution than revolution.’ At 3:28 the Cardinal said Pope Francis reminds him of Jesus. At 3:45 he said Pope Francis walks ‘right down the middle of the road’ always drawing those from either side who might stake out a position.

At 4:45 Cardinal Dolan said the argument against the pro-homosexual paragraphs of the interim report came mainly from the small groups; especially those with African bishops, who were afraid to water down traditional family ideas due to their culture.

At 7:48 the Cardinal tried to explain that Synod’s do not change God’s teaching, but rather help the Church see how they can better instill and apply it. In the process though, he inadvertently said the Synod is collaborating, “Not to change what He’s told us, but to change how we are disobeying it.”

 

 

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185956/
<![CDATA[ A Five-Minute Standing Ovation ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185957.php
A Five-Minute Standing Ovation



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

In a speech following the final Synod vote, ‘La Stampa’ reveals how Pope Francis called himself the guarantor of Church unity:

Speaking after the vote on the content of the Synod’s final document, the relatio synodi (three key paragraphs in the draft document did not win the two thirds majority vote), Francis addressed the assembled Fathers saying: “Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront; to give answers to the many discouragements that surround and suffocate families.” In his speech, which received a five-minute standing ovation , Francis underlined that the Church’s “doors are wide open to receive the needy”, “not only the just”. He disproved assumptions about a “disputatious Church where one part is against the other”, and presented himself as the “guarantor” of its unity. He reiterated that no one ever called into question the indissolubility of marriage and marriage’s openness to life.

Addressing some of the frustrations amidst his happiness about the ‘spirit of collegiality and synodolity,’ the Pope didn’t mention the overbearing, overreaching effort to silence the opinions of the great majority of bishops in favor of a radical few, the insertion and publication of a pro-homosexual text from outside the Synod, or the historic rebuke the bishops ultimately gave to the Pope’s chosen leadership.

 “I can happily say that – with a spirit of collegiality and of synodality – we have truly lived the experience of ‘Synod’, a path of solidarity, a ‘journey together’, the Pope said after thanking everyone present. “And it has been ‘a journey’ – and like every journey there were moments of running fast, as if wanting to conquer time and reach the goal as soon as possible; other moments of fatigue, as if wanting to say ‘enough’; other moments of enthusiasm and ardour. There were moments of profound consolation listening to the testimony of true pastors, who wisely carry in their hearts the joys and the tears of their faithful people.”

Though the Synod process has been called uniquely restrictive, top down, and manipulative, the Pope said he welcomed the disagreements and discussion:

“Personally I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for these temptations and these animated discussions; this movement of the spirits,” Francis said. “If all were in a state of agreement, or silent in a false and quietist peace. Instead, I have seen and I have heard – with joy and appreciation – speeches and interventions full of faith, of pastoral and doctrinal zeal, of wisdom, of frankness and of courage: and of parrhesia ..

 

 

 

 

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185957/
<![CDATA[ Making Them Think We Changed Doctrine; Oh, the Burning Joy; Great Moments in New York Catholic History; A Five-Minute Standing Ovation ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185958.php
Making Them Think We Changed Doctrine; Oh, the Burning Joy; Five Great Moments in New York Catholic History; A Five-Minute Standing Ovation



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com

 

 

Making Them Think We Changed Doctrine

 

Oh, the Burning Joy

 

Five Great Moments in New York Catholic History

 

A Five-Minute Standing Ovation

 

 

 

 

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185958/
<![CDATA[ From the Shoulders of the Apostles to the BuzzFeed World ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185805.php
Cardinal Burke: From the Shoulders of the Apostles to the BuzzFeed World



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

 

At the popular secular website, BuzzFeed, Cardinal Raymond Burke, yet the highest legal authority in the Church, uttered some of the most damaging criticism made by a bishop to a Pope in recent memory:

A top cardinal told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the worldwide meeting of church leaders coming to a close in Rome seemed to have been designed to “weaken the church’s teaching and practice” with the apparent blessing of Pope Francis.

It continues:

If Pope Francis had selected certain cardinals to steer the meeting to advance his personal views on matters like divorce and the treatment of LGBT people, Burke said, he would not be observing his mandate as the leader of the Catholic Church.

“According to my understanding of the church’s teaching and discipline, no, it wouldn’t be correct,” Burke said, saying the pope had “done a lot of harm” by not stating “openly what his position is.” Burke said the Pope had given the impression that he endorses some of the most controversial parts of the Relatio, especially on questions of divorce, because of a German cardinal who gave an important speech suggesting a path to allowing people who had divorced and remarried to receive communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper, to open the synod’s discussion.

“The pope, more than anyone else as the pastor of the universal church, is bound to serve the truth,” Burke said. “The pope is not free to change the church’s teachings with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the insolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the faith.”

 

 

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185805/
<![CDATA[ A Church for the Poor and a Chapel for the Porsche ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185806.php
A Church for the Poor and a Chapel for the Porsche



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

The National Post highlights an expose by Nick Squires at the London Telegraph entitled, “Pope Francis rents out Sistine Chapel for exclusive, $7,200-per-head Porsche party.”

Pope Francis has allowed the Sistine Chapel to be rented out for Porsche to entertain 40 high-paying tourists.

At the same time the Vatican announced that it would limit the number of visitors allowed inside the chapel to the current total of six million, amid fears that Michelangelo’s frescoes are being damaged by the breath and sweat of so many tourists.

Porsche VIP’s will enjoy a pricey concert and dinner right in the middle of the most beautiful chapel in the Catholic Church:

They will then sit down to a “gala dinner” in the midst of the Vatican Museums, “surrounded by masterpieces by world-famous artists such as Michelangelo and Raphael”. A spokesman for the Porsche Travel Club said: “It’s a one-off event and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The Pope is keen to put the Vatican’s treasures to good use for the benefit of the needy. Shortly after he was elected in March last year he called for a “poor Church for the poor.”

Monsignor Paolo Nicolini, the administrative director of the Vatican Museums, said firms such as Porsche would be asked to make a donation for the use of the Sistine Chapel, with the money passed on to Roman Catholic charities of the Pope’s choice.

“It is an initiative which will support the Pope’s charity projects. It is aimed at big companies which, through the payment of a fee, can contribute to charity activities,” he said.

 

 

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185806/
<![CDATA[ Fr. J. Fessio to Synod: You Might Find Some Ideas in Your Breviary ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185808.php
Fr. J. Fessio to Synod: You Might Find Some Ideas in Your Breviary



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

In a brief offering to the Synod from the readings in Friday’s Divine Office, Fr. Joseph Fessio found some helpful wisdom for the officials.

“And here is something else you do; you cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and wailing, because he now refuses to consider the offering or to accept it from your hands. And you ask,’Why?’ It is because the Lord stands as witness between you and the wife of your youth, the wife with whom you have broken faith, even though she was your partner and your wife by covenant. Did he not create a single being that has flesh and the breath of life? And what is this single being destined for? God-given offspring. Be careful for your own life, therefore, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. For I hate divorce, says the Lord the God of Israel, and I hate people to parade their sins on their cloaks, says the Lord Sabaoth. Respect your own life, therefore, and do not break faith like this” (Mal 2:13-16).  

 

Fr. Asks, “Perhaps this might be included in the final report of the synod?”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185808/
<![CDATA[ We Are the Synod, Can We Come In? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185809.php
We Are the Synod, Can We Come In?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Church blogger Rocco Palma published the release of a ‘Final Statement’ which was approved by the vast majority of Synod Fathers and maintains that, like Jesus, they stand outside the doors to our somewhat broken homes and knock:

We offer you the words of Christ: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20). On his journeys along the roads of the Holy Land, Jesus would enter village houses. He continues to pass even today along the streets of our cities. In your homes there are light and shadow. Challenges often present themselves and at times even great trials. The darkness can grow deep to the point of becoming a dense shadow when evil and sin work into the heart of the family.

We recognize the great challenge to remain faithful in conjugal love. Enfeebled faith and indifference to true values, individualism, impoverishment of relationships, and stress that excludes reflection leave their mark on family life. There are often crises in marriage, often confronted in haste and without the courage to have patience and reflect, to make sacrifices and to forgive one another. Failures give rise to new relationships, new couples, new civil unions, and new marriages, creating family situations which are complex and problematic, where the Christian choice is not obvious.

 

 

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185809/
<![CDATA[ From the Shoulders of the Apostles to the BuzzFeed World; A Church for the Poor and a Chapel for the Porsche; We Are the Synod, Can We Come In? Fr. J. Fessio to Synod: You Might Find Some Ideas in Your Breviary ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185811.php
From the Shoulders of the Apostles to the BuzzFeed World; A Church for the Poor and a Chapel for the Porsche; We Are the Synod, Can We Come In? Fr. J. Fessio to Synod: You Might Find Some Ideas in Your Breviary



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

From the Shoulders of the Apostles to the BuzzFeed World

 

A Church for the Poor and a Chapel for the Porsche

 

We Are the Synod, Can We Come In? 

 

Fr. J. Fessio to Synod: You Might Find Some Ideas in Your Breviary

 

 

 

 

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185811/
<![CDATA[ Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185582.php
Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

The Catholic Herald reports:

Pope Francis has added Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to the drafting committee which will produce the final report on the Extraordinary Synod on Pastoral Challenges to the Family.

The appointment is significant because the South African cardinal was critical of the mid-term report produced by the drafting committee earlier this week.

The Pope has also added Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne to the committee.

The Vatican today released an updated version of the English translation of the mid-term report. The translation has been re-worded so that it now refers to “providing for homosexuals” rather than “welcoming homosexuals.”

In a press conference Cardinal Schönborn told reporters that the final report will include “many expressions of caution” compared with the mid-term report.

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185582/
<![CDATA[ A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185583.php
A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Anonymous Italian-English blogger Mundabor comments on the fallout from the Cd. Kasper gaff where he admitted his refusal to listen to the African Church on the issue of practicing homosexuals.

A poor church for the poor? Really? This is a stupid and prostituted church for the rich, rather. 

By the by, Africa is a Continent in which Christianity was already well-spread, giving us great saints and many Popes, when the Germans had not even heard of Christianity. People like St Augustine and St Athanasius would be unable to recognise Kasper as a Christian, let alone Bishop.

Apparently, many Germans, and Kasper with them, have reverted now to the point their ancestors were then.

Africa needs to give a good example to Christianise Germany.  

This synod might well be a good start.

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185583/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185584.php
Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Aleteia reveals the powerful reaction of a Nigerian woman working as a scientist in England, after she learned of Cardinal Kasper's dismissive words toward African Catholics.

Many Africans have been prayerfully following the reports from the Extraordinary Synod. As I say this I think of my mother who is living out her faith in the small city of Owerri in Nigeria. She has assured me that many of the women in her small parish are fervently praying for all the Synod Fathers, that they may be strengthened and sustained by the Holy Spirit during this important synod. Many of these women in my home parish where I grew up are materially poor but spiritually rich with tremendous love for the Church. And it is such a marvel to me that the Catholic Church is so universal that it embraces people of every race, nation, culture, tribe and tongue.

So imagine my shock today as I read the words of one of the most prominent Synod Fathers  who implied that the views and values that our African Synod Fathers have expressed on certain issues will not or have not been listened to (probably by the Synod Fathers from the Western and more wealthy parts of the world). He also went further to say:  

...the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.

Reading this interview brought many tears to my eyes and much sadness to my heart because, as an African woman now living in Europe, I am used to having my moral views and values ignored or put down as an "African issue"or an "African view point." I have had people imply that I am not sophisticated or evolved enough in my understanding of human sexuality, homosexuality, marriage, the sanctity of human life from conception, openness to life and so-called "over-population."

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185584/
<![CDATA[ Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185585.php
Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

Rorate Caeli reports:

Many prelates are furious with the Relatio presented in the past days, because they have heard reactions from their nations on how local media have presented the controversial parties, above all on homosexuality, and they consider it causes enormous pastoral damage.

Meanwhile, a strong pressure effort is being developed in view of the Saturday vote on the final relatio of the Synod. Kasper said in the interview that he hopes that a favorable majority will be formed. And the members of the "Kasper legion" are working in this direction. In the circuli minores, it has been noticed that, when one of the Kasperites has to leave for some reason, he is immediately replaced by another one. Cardinal Marx [a Kasperite] has been heard saying out loud that for him it is incomprehensible how the Synod Fathers are more bound to Tradition than to the Pope.

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185585/
<![CDATA[ Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee; A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper; Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria; Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185586.php
Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee; A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper; Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria; Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee

The Catholic Herald reports:

Pope Francis has added Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to the drafting committee which will produce the final report on the Extraordinary Synod on Pastoral Challenges to the Family.

The appointment is significant because the South African cardinal was critical of the mid-term report produced by the drafting committee earlier this week.

The Pope has also added Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne to the committee.

The Vatican today released an updated version of the English translation of the mid-term report. The translation has been re-worded so that it now refers to “providing for homosexuals” rather than “welcoming homosexuals.”

In a press conference Cardinal Schönborn told reporters that the final report will include “many expressions of caution” compared with the mid-term report.

 

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A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper

Anonymous Italian-English blogger Mundabor comments on the fallout from the Cd. Kasper gaff where he admitted his refusal to listen to the African Church on the issue of practicing homosexuals.

A poor church for the poor? Really? This is a stupid and prostituted church for the rich, rather. 

By the by, Africa is a Continent in which Christianity was already well-spread, giving us great saints and many Popes, when the Germans had not even heard of Christianity. People like St Augustine and St Athanasius would be unable to recognise Kasper as a Christian, let alone Bishop.

Apparently, many Germans, and Kasper with them, have reverted now to the point their ancestors were then.

Africa needs to give a good example to Christianise Germany.  

This synod might well be a good start. 

 

***********************************************************************

Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria

Aleteia reveals the powerful reaction of a Nigerian woman working as a scientist in England, after she learned of Cardinal Kasper's dismissive words toward African Catholics.

Many Africans have been prayerfully following the reports from the Extraordinary Synod. As I say this I think of my mother who is living out her faith in the small city of Owerri in Nigeria. She has assured me that many of the women in her small parish are fervently praying for all the Synod Fathers, that they may be strengthened and sustained by the Holy Spirit during this important synod. Many of these women in my home parish where I grew up are materially poor but spiritually rich with tremendous love for the Church. And it is such a marvel to me that the Catholic Church is so universal that it embraces people of every race, nation, culture, tribe and tongue.

So imagine my shock today as I read the words of one of the most prominent Synod Fathers  who implied that the views and values that our African Synod Fathers have expressed on certain issues will not or have not been listened to (probably by the Synod Fathers from the Western and more wealthy parts of the world). He also went further to say:  

...the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.

Reading this interview brought many tears to my eyes and much sadness to my heart because, as an African woman now living in Europe, I am used to having my moral views and values ignored or put down as an "African issue"or an "African view point." I have had people imply that I am not sophisticated or evolved enough in my understanding of human sexuality, homosexuality, marriage, the sanctity of human life from conception, openness to life and so-called "over-population."

 

***********************************************************************

Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax

Rorate Caeli reports:

Many prelates are furious with the Relatio presented in the past days, because they have heard reactions from their nations on how local media have presented the controversial parties, above all on homosexuality, and they consider it causes enormous pastoral damage.

Meanwhile, a strong pressure effort is being developed in view of the Saturday vote on the final relatio of the Synod. Kasper said in the interview that he hopes that a favorable majority will be formed. And the members of the "Kasper legion" are working in this direction. In the circuli minores, it has been noticed that, when one of the Kasperites has to leave for some reason, he is immediately replaced by another one. Cardinal Marx [a Kasperite] has been heard saying out loud that for him it is incomprehensible how the Synod Fathers are more bound to Tradition than to the Pope.

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185586/
<![CDATA[ Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185443.php
Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

In a Zenit interview, noted liberal Cardinal Walter Kasper blamed the media for the worldwide reaction to the Synod's ‘interim’ document, which praised sexually sinful relationships:

ZENIT: Your Eminence, how is everything going in the Synod?

Cardinal Kasper: Everything is very quiet now. This morning it was on fire a little bit but of course that’s because of you – the newspapers!

ZENIT: Yesterday we were told the “Spirit of Vatican II” was in the synod. Do you agree with this?

Cardinal Kasper: This is the spirit of the Council – this is very true.

The cardinal then reacted to the idea that the small group of hand-picked officials who released the document were trying to unilaterally push-through the Pope’s wishes:

Cardinal Kasper: I do not see this going on in the Pope’s head. But I think the majority of these five people are open people who want to go on with this. The problem, as well, is that there are different problems of different continents and different cultures. Africa is totally different from the West. Also Asian and Muslim countries, they’re very different, especially about gays. You can’t speak about this with Africans and people of Muslim countries. It’s not possible. It’s a taboo. For us, we say we ought not to discriminate, we don’t want to discriminate in certain respects.

ZENIT: But are African participants listened to in this regard?

Cardinal Kasper: No, the majority of them [who hold these views won’t speak about them].

ZENIT: They’re not listened to?

Cardinal Kasper: In Africa of course [their views are listened to], where it’s a taboo.

ZENIT: What has changed for you, regarding the methodology of this synod?

Cardinal Kasper: I think in the end there must be a general line in the Church, general criteria, but then the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.

You can always count on Cardinal Kasper to reveal himself. There’s nothing open-minded or ‘synodal’ about screening out a majority who disagree. There’s nothing timely about discounting third-world Catholics because of their culture, and giving preference to Germany over Africa doesn’t reach into the ‘peripheries’ at all.

 

 

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185443/
<![CDATA[ New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185444.php
New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

In his column at RenewAmerica, Louie Verecchio comments on the completely new type of writing style one can find in the recent Synod Interim Report:

In addition to the outright abominations put forth in the Synod's already infamous Midterm Report, there are numerous flowery, and ultimately meaningless, musings such as the following:

The Gospel of the family, while it shines in the witness of many families who live coherently their fidelity to the sacrament, with their mature fruits of authentic daily sanctity must also nurture those seeds that are yet to mature, and must care for those trees that have dried up and wish not to be neglected.

The only way I can think to classify this particular style of writing, knowing that it emanated from an all-male committee of clerics, is to say that it is nothing more than pseudosacral homopoetic prose; an especially annoying symptom of the undeniable feminization of the Church Militant that began at Vatican II.

‘Pseudosacral homopoetic prose’ is almost always what you get from the American Bishops and the USCCB. It’s telling that it comes now from Rome. For leaders attempting to guide large groups of men toward some end, it’s repulsive, condescending, and betrays no living Spirit.

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185444/
<![CDATA[ Knights of the New Orthodoxy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185445.php
Knights of the New Orthodoxy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

PewSitter NewsBytes

At ‘A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics’ –

Bishop Mark Seitz, formerly of Dallas and now ordinary of El Paso, has made his statement.  By the way, you should also see how the secular media is playing this story, just as many feared: that the “bishops” have decided to embrace sodomy, adultery, and all the rest, with nary a peep of challenge to these sinful acts.  This is totally false, the “Relatio” was produced in advance and didn’t represent the views of the Synod at large at all, but it was certainly a danged neat trick by the wolves, wasn’t it?  As for Bishop Seitz, he’ll blow with the wind:

Bishop Seitz:

“I think Pope Francis from the very beginning has signaled that he wants to reset the button a little bit and help people to see the church, not just as a place where there are certain knows ["knows?"  I think they mean "no's] - thou shalt not,” Seitz said. “But as a place of love and welcome and mercy and that applies to every person. … It applies to people who struggle with same-sex attractions, with homosexuality. That is what the church is all about. And it’s our task to walk with people in whatever situation they find themselves.” [Lord have mercy!  And so it's "love" to tell people in the gravest of sins that they are fine, that they don't need to change, that everything is just wonderful, even as they walk their way to hell!  Do you even believe in hell anymore, Bishop Seitz, or that anyone actually goes there?]

A bishop who is a part of the Roman Catholic Church does not have leeway to not follow the new doctrine toward homosexuals if the bishop disagrees with the doctrine. [WAIT!  I THOUGHT THE SYNOD WAS ALL ABOUT "PASTORAL" APPROACHES, AND NOT DOCTRINE!  WHAT IS THIS?!?  Do you not see what will happen?  No matter how "pastoral" the Synod will claim to be, it will be turned into another danged super-dogma by the media and many willing collaborators in the Church!  We have been reassured again and again that Doctrine would not be touched - just as it wasn't "touched" at Vatican II.  And how has that worked out for us?]

I’m a member of the church and a disciple of Jesus. And I trust that the guidance I receive from the teaching authority of the church – of which I am a part – is something that will be consistent with our constant teaching and something that I have resolved to follow whether I fully understand it or not,” Seitz said. “So, I have no problem saying whatever conclusion that the church comes to is something that I will gladly support.”

 

Bp. Seitz’ remarks dovetail with a statement from the NC Reporter today which said that ‘all dissent is now on the Right’ (as if there was a “right-wing” to the Church).  This reveals what is often true; Liberals will not obey the Truth but they are still ruled and guided by something.  They are faithful to power.

 

 

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185445/
<![CDATA[ All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185446.php
All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

Fox’s Todd Starned reports:

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

He continues:

The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.

After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”

It’s amazing how quickly the gay agenda has been able to tyrannize.

 

 

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185446/
<![CDATA[ Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten; New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers; Knights of the New Orthodoxy; All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185447.php
Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten; New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers; Knights of the New Orthodoxy; All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten

In a Zenit interview, noted liberal Cardinal Walter Kasper blamed the media for the worldwide reaction to the Synod's ‘interim’ document, which praised sexually sinful relationships:

ZENIT: Your Eminence, how is everything going in the Synod?

Cardinal Kasper: Everything is very quiet now. This morning it was on fire a little bit but of course that’s because of you – the newspapers!

ZENIT: Yesterday we were told the “Spirit of Vatican II” was in the synod. Do you agree with this?

Cardinal Kasper: This is the spirit of the Council – this is very true.

The cardinal then reacted to the idea that the small group of hand-picked officials who released the document were trying to unilaterally push-through the Pope’s wishes:

Cardinal Kasper: I do not see this going on in the Pope’s head. But I think the majority of these five people are open people who want to go on with this. The problem, as well, is that there are different problems of different continents and different cultures. Africa is totally different from the West. Also Asian and Muslim countries, they’re very different, especially about gays. You can’t speak about this with Africans and people of Muslim countries. It’s not possible. It’s a taboo. For us, we say we ought not to discriminate, we don’t want to discriminate in certain respects.

ZENIT: But are African participants listened to in this regard?

Cardinal Kasper: No, the majority of them [who hold these views won’t speak about them].

ZENIT: They’re not listened to?

Cardinal Kasper: In Africa of course [their views are listened to], where it’s a taboo.

ZENIT: What has changed for you, regarding the methodology of this synod?

Cardinal Kasper: I think in the end there must be a general line in the Church, general criteria, but then the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.

You can always count on Cardinal Kasper to reveal himself. There’s nothing open-minded or ‘synodal’ about screening out a majority who disagree. There’s nothing timely about discounting third-world Catholics because of their culture, and giving preference to Germany over Africa doesn’t reach into the ‘peripheries’ at all.

 

***********************************************************************

New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers

In his column at RenewAmerica, Louie Verecchio comments on the completely new type of writing style one can find in the recent Synod Interim Report:

In addition to the outright abominations put forth in the Synod's already infamous Midterm Report, there are numerous flowery, and ultimately meaningless, musings such as the following:

The Gospel of the family, while it shines in the witness of many families who live coherently their fidelity to the sacrament, with their mature fruits of authentic daily sanctity must also nurture those seeds that are yet to mature, and must care for those trees that have dried up and wish not to be neglected.

The only way I can think to classify this particular style of writing, knowing that it emanated from an all-male committee of clerics, is to say that it is nothing more than pseudosacral homopoetic prose; an especially annoying symptom of the undeniable feminization of the Church Militant that began at Vatican II.

‘Pseudosacral homopoetic prose’ is almost always what you get from the American Bishops and the USCCB. It’s telling that it comes now from Rome. For leaders attempting to guide large groups of men toward some end, it’s repulsive, condescending, and betrays no living Spirit.

 

***********************************************************************

Knights of the New Orthodoxy

At ‘A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics’ –

Bishop Mark Seitz, formerly of Dallas and now ordinary of El Paso, has made his statement.  By the way, you should also see how the secular media is playing this story, just as many feared: that the “bishops” have decided to embrace sodomy, adultery, and all the rest, with nary a peep of challenge to these sinful acts.  This is totally false, the “Relatio” was produced in advance and didn’t represent the views of the Synod at large at all, but it was certainly a danged neat trick by the wolves, wasn’t it?  As for Bishop Seitz, he’ll blow with the wind:

Bishop Seitz:

“I think Pope Francis from the very beginning has signaled that he wants to reset the button a little bit and help people to see the church, not just as a place where there are certain knows ["knows?"  I think they mean "no's] - thou shalt not,” Seitz said. “But as a place of love and welcome and mercy and that applies to every person. … It applies to people who struggle with same-sex attractions, with homosexuality. That is what the church is all about. And it’s our task to walk with people in whatever situation they find themselves.” [Lord have mercy!  And so it's "love" to tell people in the gravest of sins that they are fine, that they don't need to change, that everything is just wonderful, even as they walk their way to hell!  Do you even believe in hell anymore, Bishop Seitz, or that anyone actually goes there?]

A bishop who is a part of the Roman Catholic Church does not have leeway to not follow the new doctrine toward homosexuals if the bishop disagrees with the doctrine. [WAIT!  I THOUGHT THE SYNOD WAS ALL ABOUT "PASTORAL" APPROACHES, AND NOT DOCTRINE!  WHAT IS THIS?!?  Do you not see what will happen?  No matter how "pastoral" the Synod will claim to be, it will be turned into another danged super-dogma by the media and many willing collaborators in the Church!  We have been reassured again and again that Doctrine would not be touched - just as it wasn't "touched" at Vatican II.  And how has that worked out for us?]

I’m a member of the church and a disciple of Jesus. And I trust that the guidance I receive from the teaching authority of the church – of which I am a part – is something that will be consistent with our constant teaching and something that I have resolved to follow whether I fully understand it or not,” Seitz said. “So, I have no problem saying whatever conclusion that the church comes to is something that I will gladly support.”

Bp. Seitz’ remarks dovetail with a statement from the NC Reporter today which said that ‘all dissent is now on the Right’ (as if there was a “right-wing” to the Church).  This reveals what is often true; Liberals will not obey the Truth but they are still ruled and guided by something.  They are faithful to power.

 

***********************************************************************

All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities

Fox’s Todd Starned reports:

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

He continues:

The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.

After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”

It’s amazing how quickly the gay agenda has been able to tyrannize.

 

 

 

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185447/
<![CDATA[ Fathers of the Synod of the Media ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185333.php
Fathers of the Synod of the Media



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Rorate Caeli calls the 6,000 word published Synod Interim Report which appeared out of nowhere, a “politico-religious coup astonishing in its audacity.”

“We’re now working from a position that’s virtually irredeemable,” said Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of South Africa. “The message has gone out that this is what synod is saying, that this is what the Catholic Church is saying,” he said. “Whatever we say hereafter will seem like we’re doing damage control.”

The conservative and Wojtylian majority that all Synod Fathers can clearly see at work, and whose number was not at all represented in the manipulated document prepared beforehand, must be extremely careful in protecting the Catholic Faith in the upcoming votes, especially in the ballots leading to the final October 18 vote on the end report.

 

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185333/
<![CDATA[ Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185334.php
Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

At Catholic World Report Cardinal Burke responds to questions on recent events at the Synod on the Family:

CWR: In what way is information about what is happening in the Synod being either manipulated or only partially reported and made public?

Cardinal Burke: The interventions of the individual Synod Fathers are not made available to the public, as has been the case in the past. All of the information regarding the Synod is controlled by the General Secretariat of the Synod which clearly has favored from the beginning the positions expressed in the Relatio post disceptationem of yesterday morning.

While the individual interventions of the Synod Fathers are not published, yesterday’s Relatio, which is merely a discussion document, was published immediately and, I am told, even broadcast live. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see the approach at work, which is certainly not of the Church.

CWR: How is that reflected in the Synod's midterm document, released yesterday, which is being criticised by many for its appeal to a so-called "law of graduality”?

Cardinal Burke: While the document in question (Relatio post disceptationem) purports to report only the discussion which took place among the Synod Fathers, it, in fact, advances positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept and, I would say, as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept. Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable.

The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called “revolutionary,”teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality.

 

 

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185334/
<![CDATA[ Evangelical Disagrees with Synod About Meaning of Inside and Outside the Church ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185335.php
Evangelical Disagrees with Synod About Meaning of Inside and Outside the Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

At the Christian Post, Evangelical writer, Russell D. Moore, responds to news and questions about the Catholic Church’s ongoing Synod.

I say "Amen" to the tone of mercy, here and elsewhere. It is quite right that there is no place among anyone bearing the name of Christ to act toward sinners with censoriousness. Christ Jesus came into the world not to condemn the world but that through him the world might be saved (Jn. 3:17).

At issue, though, is the concept of "gradualism," the idea that sinners do not immediately give up their sins, and often move gradually toward the grace of redemption. In one sense, that is quite clearly true, and not just with some sinners but with all of us. The gospel demonstrates that all of us fall short of God's law (Rom. 3:23). None of us, this side of death, arrive at full conformity with Christlikeness. If God's expectation of us, as Jesus taught us, is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength and our neighbors as ourselves, we, all of us, are sinning persistently, and thus always in need of God's grace, received through faith in Christ.

Moreover, it is true that many, maybe most, who come to faith and repentance do not do so immediately the first time they hear the proclamation of the gospel, but instead often mull over the things of God, as the seed of the gospel takes root in their hearts.

He continues:

Where I would differ with the Catholic Church is in the distinction between the "inside" and the "outside," between the church and the world.

The Apostle Paul tells the Church at Corinth that he is not advocating that they stop eating or associating with "the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world" (1 Cor. 5:9). He is, he writes, saying that they should not associate with those who do so unrepentantly and yet "bear the name of brother" (1 Cor. 5:11). Paul, as did Jesus, makes a fundamental distinction between those who are part of the community of the kingdom, the church, and those who are yet on the outside. "For what have I to do with judging outsiders?" the Apostle asks. "Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?"

The church is to welcome everyone as guests and observers, to hear the gospel preached and taught. The church is not itself, though, to be made up of unrepentant people. That's why scandalous sin is to be disciplined, and why the Lord's Table is to be offered only to those in right fellowship with God and with one another (1 Cor. 11:17-34).

Based on the material being released on behalf of the “Synod Fathers” one might assume that not only does Russell Moore differ with the Church in this aspect, but the Church seems to even differ from itself.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185335/
<![CDATA[ SSPX: Why is the Synod Release Full of Kasper Scandal? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185336.php
SSPX: Why is the Synod Release Full of Kasper Scandal?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Society for St. Pius X released an official statement on the ongoing Synod in Rome.

On Monday October 13, 2014, the Relator General of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdö (on the picture), Primate of Hungary, published an Interim Report that gives an idea of the tenor of the debates conducted behind closed doors for a week already, and will continue for another.

What strikes the reader at first is finding in this report the scandalous statements made by the progressive Cardinal Walter Kasper in an interview with journalist Andrea Tornielli on September 18th, almost a month ago.  As though everything was already foreseen….  Judge for yourself:

Cardinal Kasper, September 18th:  “Church doctrine is not a closed system: the Second Vatican Council teaches us that there is a development, leading towards an eventual enrichment. I wonder if a deeper understanding similar to what we saw in ecclesiology is possible in this case (i.e. that of divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly – editor’s note): although the Catholic Church is Christ’s true Church, there are elements of ecclesiality beyond the institutional boundaries of the Church. Couldn’t some elements of sacramental marriage also be recognized in civil marriages in certain cases? For example, a lifelong commitment, mutual love and care, Christian life and a public declaration of commitment that do not exist in common-law marriages.”

Cardinal Erdö, October 13th:  “[A] significant hermeneutic key is found in the teaching of Vatican Council II, which, although it affirms that “the one Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church,” also declares that “many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure … these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium, 8).  In this light, the value and consistency of natural marriage must first be emphasized. Some wounds whether the sacramental fullness of marriage does not exclude the possibility of recognizing positive elements even in the imperfect forms that may be found outside this nuptial situation, which are nevertheless ordered in relation to it. The doctrine of levels of communion, formulated by Vatican Council II, confirms the idea of a structured way of participating in the Mysterium Ecclesiae by baptized persons.  In the same, perspective, which we may describe as inclusive, the Council makes it possible to appreciate the positive elements present in other religions (cf. Nostra Aetate, 2) and cultures, despite their limits and their insufficiencies (cf. Redemptoris Missio, 55).”  [Interim Report, paragraphs 17-19]

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[ To Have Our Kids Fully Included In The Church ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185337.php
To Have Our Kids Fully Included In The Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Boston Globe’s CruxMag penned this report to accompany of the Synod-related mega-pronouncements appearing in the press:

They live in a non-descript house on a non-descript street with a Honda minivan in the driveway and Halloween pumpkins, ghosts, and skeleton heads all over the small front yard. Fini, 11, came back from Party City yesterday with her zombie ballerina costume and black lipstick. Emily, 12, has her Native American Princess outfit all set to go. A few minutes before 6, mom Becky came home with takeout from Pizza Hut and handed it out before a hectic night of homework, cleanup, showers, and early bedtime.

Nothing unusual here. Just a typical American family on a typical American school night, save this:

Becky is married to Marianne.

Fini and Emily have two moms.

And yesterday the Duddy-Burkes had an extraordinarily successful day: two moms and two kids’ prayers were answered when Catholic bishops at the Vatican released a preliminary report calling for the Church to accept gay couples and the children of their unions.

“Just imagining how it could be, to have our kids fully included in the Church, no questions about whether they can go to Catholic school, whether they can be baptized and welcomed to the sacraments,” she said.

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185337/
<![CDATA[ Fathers Of The Synod Of The Media; Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined; Evangelical Disagrees with Synod About Meaning of Inside and Outside the Church; SSPX: Why is the Synod Release Full of Kasper Scanda ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185338.php
Fathers Of The Synod Of The Media; Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined; Evangelical Disagrees with Synod About Meaning of Inside and Outside the Church; SSPX: Why is the Synod Release Full of Kasper Scandal? Just Imagining How It Could Be, To Have Our Kids Fully Included In The Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Fathers of the Synod of the Media

Rorate Caeli calls the 6,000 word published Synod Interim Report which appeared out of nowhere, a “politico-religious coup astonishing in its audacity.”

“We’re now working from a position that’s virtually irredeemable,” said Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of South Africa. “The message has gone out that this is what synod is saying, that this is what the Catholic Church is saying,” he said. “Whatever we say hereafter will seem like we’re doing damage control.”

The conservative and Wojtylian majority that all Synod Fathers can clearly see at work, and whose number was not at all represented in the manipulated document prepared beforehand, must be extremely careful in protecting the Catholic Faith in the upcoming votes, especially in the ballots leading to the final October 18 vote on the end report.

 

***********************************************************************

Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined

At Catholic World Report Cardinal Burke responds to questions on recent events at the Synod on the Family:

CWR: In what way is information about what is happening in the Synod being either manipulated or only partially reported and made public?

Cardinal Burke: The interventions of the individual Synod Fathers are not made available to the public, as has been the case in the past. All of the information regarding the Synod is controlled by the General Secretariat of the Synod which clearly has favored from the beginning the positions expressed in the Relatio post disceptationem of yesterday morning.

While the individual interventions of the Synod Fathers are not published, yesterday’s Relatio, which is merely a discussion document, was published immediately and, I am told, even broadcast live. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see the approach at work, which is certainly not of the Church.

CWR: How is that reflected in the Synod's midterm document, released yesterday, which is being criticised by many for its appeal to a so-called "law of graduality”?

Cardinal Burke: While the document in question (Relatio post disceptationem) purports to report only the discussion which took place among the Synod Fathers, it, in fact, advances positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept and, I would say, as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept. Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable.

The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called “revolutionary,”teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality.

 

***********************************************************************

Evangelical Disagrees with Synod About Meaning of Inside and Outside the Church

At the Christian Post, Evangelical writer, Russell D. Moore, responds to news and questions about the Catholic Church’s ongoing Synod.

I say "Amen" to the tone of mercy, here and elsewhere. It is quite right that there is no place among anyone bearing the name of Christ to act toward sinners with censoriousness. Christ Jesus came into the world not to condemn the world but that through him the world might be saved (Jn. 3:17).

At issue, though, is the concept of "gradualism," the idea that sinners do not immediately give up their sins, and often move gradually toward the grace of redemption. In one sense, that is quite clearly true, and not just with some sinners but with all of us. The gospel demonstrates that all of us fall short of God's law (Rom. 3:23). None of us, this side of death, arrive at full conformity with Christlikeness. If God's expectation of us, as Jesus taught us, is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength and our neighbors as ourselves, we, all of us, are sinning persistently, and thus always in need of God's grace, received through faith in Christ.

Moreover, it is true that many, maybe most, who come to faith and repentance do not do so immediately the first time they hear the proclamation of the gospel, but instead often mull over the things of God, as the seed of the gospel takes root in their hearts.

He continues:

Where I would differ with the Catholic Church is in the distinction between the "inside" and the "outside," between the church and the world.

The Apostle Paul tells the Church at Corinth that he is not advocating that they stop eating or associating with "the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world" (1 Cor. 5:9). He is, he writes, saying that they should not associate with those who do so unrepentantly and yet "bear the name of brother" (1 Cor. 5:11). Paul, as did Jesus, makes a fundamental distinction between those who are part of the community of the kingdom, the church, and those who are yet on the outside. "For what have I to do with judging outsiders?" the Apostle asks. "Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?"

The church is to welcome everyone as guests and observers, to hear the gospel preached and taught. The church is not itself, though, to be made up of unrepentant people. That's why scandalous sin is to be disciplined, and why the Lord's Table is to be offered only to those in right fellowship with God and with one another (1 Cor. 11:17-34).

Based on the material being released on behalf of the “Synod Fathers” one might assume that not only does Russell Moore differ with the Church in this aspect, but the Church seems to even differ from itself.

 

***********************************************************************

SSPX: Why is the Synod Release Full of Kasper Scandal?

The Society for St. Pius X released an official statement on the Synod in Rome.

On Monday October 13, 2014, the Relator General of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdö (on the picture), Primate of Hungary, published an Interim Report that gives an idea of the tenor of the debates conducted behind closed doors for a week already, and will continue for another.

What strikes the reader at first is finding in this report the scandalous statements made by the progressive Cardinal Walter Kasper in an interview with journalist Andrea Tornielli on September 18th, almost a month ago.  As though everything was already foreseen….  Judge for yourself:

Cardinal Kasper, September 18th:  “Church doctrine is not a closed system: the Second Vatican Council teaches us that there is a development, leading towards an eventual enrichment. I wonder if a deeper understanding similar to what we saw in ecclesiology is possible in this case (i.e. that of divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly – editor’s note): although the Catholic Church is Christ’s true Church, there are elements of ecclesiality beyond the institutional boundaries of the Church. Couldn’t some elements of sacramental marriage also be recognized in civil marriages in certain cases? For example, a lifelong commitment, mutual love and care, Christian life and a public declaration of commitment that do not exist in common-law marriages.”

Cardinal Erdö, October 13th:  “[A] significant hermeneutic key is found in the teaching of Vatican Council II, which, although it affirms that “the one Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church,” also declares that “many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure … these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium, 8).  In this light, the value and consistency of natural marriage must first be emphasized. Some wounds whether the sacramental fullness of marriage does not exclude the possibility of recognizing positive elements even in the imperfect forms that may be found outside this nuptial situation, which are nevertheless ordered in relation to it. The doctrine of levels of communion, formulated by Vatican Council II, confirms the idea of a structured way of participating in the Mysterium Ecclesiae by baptized persons.  In the same, perspective, which we may describe as inclusive, the Council makes it possible to appreciate the positive elements present in other religions (cf. Nostra Aetate, 2) and cultures, despite their limits and their insufficiencies (cf. Redemptoris Missio, 55).”  [Interim Report, paragraphs 17-19]

 

***********************************************************************

To Have Our Kids Fully Included In The Church

The Boston Globe’s CruxMag penned this report to accompany the Synod-related mega-pronouncements appearing in the press:

They live in a non-descript house on a non-descript street with a Honda minivan in the driveway and Halloween pumpkins, ghosts, and skeleton heads all over the small front yard. Fini, 11, came back from Party City yesterday with her zombie ballerina costume and black lipstick. Emily, 12, has her Native American Princess outfit all set to go. A few minutes before 6, mom Becky came home with takeout from Pizza Hut and handed it out before a hectic night of homework, cleanup, showers, and early bedtime.

Nothing unusual here. Just a typical American family on a typical American school night, save this:

Becky is married to Marianne.

Fini and Emily have two moms.

And yesterday the Duddy-Burkes had an extraordinarily successful day: two moms and two kids’ prayers were answered when Catholic bishops at the Vatican released a preliminary report calling for the Church to accept gay couples and the children of their unions.

“Just imagining how it could be, to have our kids fully included in the Church, no questions about whether they can go to Catholic school, whether they can be baptized and welcomed to the sacraments,” she said.

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185338/
<![CDATA[ One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185250.php
One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Rorate Caeli reveals:

Voice of the Family responded to the report (relatio post disceptationem), published this morning and presented by Cardinal Péter Erdő (See “Synod on Family: Midterm report presented, 2015 Synod announced“, Vatican Radio, 13 October) The report has been welcomed ecstatically by liberal Catholic commentators.

John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family, said:

   “Those who are controlling the Synod have betrayed Catholic parents worldwide. We believe that the Synod’s mid-way report is one of the worst official documents drafted in Church history.

   “Thankfully the report is a preliminary report for discussion, rather than a definitive proposal. It is essential that the voices of those lay faithful who sincerely live out Catholic teaching are also taken into account. Catholic families are clinging to Christ’s teaching on marriage and chastity by their finger-tips.”

... ]]>
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185250/
<![CDATA[ Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185251.php
Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

PewSitter NewsBytes

The Associated Press reports:

Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married.

A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived at its halfway point with a document summarizing the closed-door debate so far. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance, rather than condemnation, with the aim of guiding Catholics toward the ideal of a lasting marriage.

Bishops clearly took into account the views of Pope Francis, whose "Who am I to judge?" comment about gays signaled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.

The bishops said gays had "gifts and qualities" to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, "accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony."

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185251/
<![CDATA[ Schism ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185252.php
Schism



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

At CruxMag John Allen makes note of a recent statement by removed Paraguayan Bishop Rogelio Livieras. The bishop was moved out of his diocese due to unspecified charges of ‘divisiveness.’

To say that (the Synod's) emphasis on mercy over judgment isn’t playing to universally positive reviews would be an understatement.

Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, formerly of the diocese of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, wrote the following on his personal blog: “Inside the Church, and recently from some of its highest circles, new winds blow that aren’t from the Holy Spirit.”

Livieres, who belongs to the Catholic organization Opus Dei, recently became a cause célèbre when Francis sacked him, citing conflicts with other bishops and various alleged instances of mismanagement. Having lost his job, the bishop clearly doesn’t feel inclined to hold anything back.

“The situation is very grave and I’m not the first to notice that, regretfully, we’re facing the danger of a great schism,” he wrote on Thursday.

Opus Dei headquarters immediately distanced itself from Livieres.

“This office wishes to clarify that the very regrettable words of bishop Rogelio Livieres about the Synod on the Family as published on his blog represent entirely and exclusively his own opinion.”

 

 

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185252/
<![CDATA[ A Draft of Kasper Rants ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185253.php
A Draft of Kasper Rants



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

At ‘A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics’ they write:

For those who do not know what I am talking about, an interim report of the Synod was released this morning, and it was every bit as bad as many feared, going beyond nebulous or poorly worded “pastoral” statements and coming very close to straight up redefinitions of Doctrine.

The writer notes:

Much of the text seems to be nothing but Kasper’s heretical rantings presented at the pre-Synodal meeting early this year transferred into “draft” form for the Synod itself.

Finally,

As with so much the left does, the stated motives and the true motivations are at 180 degrees from each other. The stated motive is “charity” for those in “irregular” situations, but encouraging those lost in grave sin to add sin upon sin by receiving the Blessed Sacrament is no charity, it is in fact an intolerable cruelty. One does the addict no favors by covering for them, giving them money, making excuses, and permitting them to continue to maintain their habit. Addiction is the sin of intemperance taken to the Nth degree…..but the same reasoning applies to all sins. Simply because a sin has become so popular it is now a veritable cultural monument doesn’t change its ugly, satanic reality. But the German bishops, who apparently still run the entire Church in spite of the collapse of the Faith in their own country, need money, no matter how many souls have to be damned for eternity.

 

 

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185253/
<![CDATA[ One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church; Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church; Schism; A Draft of Kasper Rants ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185254.php
One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church; Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church; Schism; A Draft of Kasper Rants



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church

Rorate Caeli reveals:

Voice of the Family responded to the report (relatio post disceptationem), published this morning and presented by Cardinal Péter Erdő (See “Synod on Family: Midterm report presented, 2015 Synod announced“, Vatican Radio, 13 October) The report has been welcomed ecstatically by liberal Catholic commentators.

John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family, said:

   “Those who are controlling the Synod have betrayed Catholic parents worldwide. We believe that the Synod’s mid-way report is one of the worst official documents drafted in Church history.

   “Thankfully the report is a preliminary report for discussion, rather than a definitive proposal. It is essential that the voices of those lay faithful who sincerely live out Catholic teaching are also taken into account. Catholic families are clinging to Christ’s teaching on marriage and chastity by their finger-tips.”

 

***********************************************************************

Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church

The Associated Press reports:

Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married.

A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived at its halfway point with a document summarizing the closed-door debate so far. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance, rather than condemnation, with the aim of guiding Catholics toward the ideal of a lasting marriage.

Bishops clearly took into account the views of Pope Francis, whose "Who am I to judge?" comment about gays signaled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.

The bishops said gays had "gifts and qualities" to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, "accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony."

 

***********************************************************************

Schism

At CruxMag John Allen makes note of a recent statement by removed Paraguayan Bishop Rogelio Livieras. The bishop was moved out of his diocese due to unspecified charges of ‘divisiveness.’

To say that (the Synod's) emphasis on mercy over judgment isn’t playing to universally positive reviews would be an understatement.

Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, formerly of the diocese of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, wrote the following on his personal blog: “Inside the Church, and recently from some of its highest circles, new winds blow that aren’t from the Holy Spirit.”

Livieres, who belongs to the Catholic organization Opus Dei, recently became a cause célèbre when Francis sacked him, citing conflicts with other bishops and various alleged instances of mismanagement. Having lost his job, the bishop clearly doesn’t feel inclined to hold anything back.

“The situation is very grave and I’m not the first to notice that, regretfully, we’re facing the danger of a great schism,” he wrote on Thursday.

Opus Dei headquarters immediately distanced itself from Livieres.

“This office wishes to clarify that the very regrettable words of bishop Rogelio Livieres about the Synod on the Family as published on his blog represent entirely and exclusively his own opinion.”

 

***********************************************************************

A Draft of Kasper Rants

At ‘A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics’ they write:

For those who do not know what I am talking about, an interim report of the Synod was released this morning, and it was every bit as bad as many feared, going beyond nebulous or poorly worded “pastoral” statements and coming very close to straight up redefinitions of Doctrine.

The writer notes:

Much of the text seems to be nothing but Kasper’s heretical rantings presented at the pre-Synodal meeting early this year transferred into “draft” form for the Synod itself.

Finally,

As with so much the left does, the stated motives and the true motivations are at 180 degrees from each other. The stated motive is “charity” for those in “irregular” situations, but encouraging those lost in grave sin to add sin upon sin by receiving the Blessed Sacrament is no charity, it is in fact an intolerable cruelty. One does the addict no favors by covering for them, giving them money, making excuses, and permitting them to continue to maintain their habit. Addiction is the sin of intemperance taken to the Nth degree…..but the same reasoning applies to all sins. Simply because a sin has become so popular it is now a veritable cultural monument doesn’t change its ugly, satanic reality. But the German bishops, who apparently still run the entire Church in spite of the collapse of the Faith in their own country, need money, no matter how many souls have to be damned for eternity.

 

 

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<![CDATA[ What are they doing in Rome? Oh my God! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185166.php
What are they doing in Rome? Oh my God!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

At Rorate Caeli an African Catholic writes of his own bishop’s reaction to news of the Synod in Rome this week:

The bishop asked me to bring him news from the Synod as often as possible, and since I live very near the cathedral I am trying to print things and take them to him daily. So, yesterday I printed this page and he was struck by this passage from Thursday's meeting.

"With regard to cohabitation in certain regions, it was shown that this is often due to economic and social factors and not a form of refusal of the teachings of the Church. Often, moreover, these and other types of de facto unions are lived while conserving the wish for a Christian life, and therefore require suitable pastoral care. Similarly, while emphasising the impossibility of recognising same sex marriage, the need for a respectful and non-discriminatory approach with regard to homosexuals was in any case underlined."[*]

He was in the office with the Vicar-General, and he stood up and then fell down on his chair, took his hands to his head and started to weep silently. He was obviously very shaken. He said to the Vicar-General: "Oh my God, what are they doing? The people will soon get hold of declarations like these and they'll prefer to become evangelicals or even Muslims than remain Catholic! What are they doing in Rome? Oh my God, oh my God!"

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<![CDATA[ Are We Still the Church? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185167.php
Are We Still the Church?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Raymond Arroyo sat down for an interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke, yet of the Apostolic Signatura. In the wide-ranging discussion they responded to the strong advocates at the Synod who seek to undermine Church teaching and pastoral practice on marriage, sexuality, family and faithful reception of the Holy Eucharist.

The Cardinal reiterates that those living in second marriages or otherwise inappropriate sexual or family situations need to be lovingly guided to conversion, not acceptance, and that despite the proposal of Cardinal Kasper and other powerful Catholics who have expressed support, there can be no Church approval for second marriage. This would be cruel to those involved and to their families, and go against the teachings of Our Lord.

Arroyo asked Cardinal Burke to react to the recent commission established by the Pope to effectively ‘streamline’ the annulment process. Burke spoke of the value and necessity of annulment tribunals and the importance of respecting the process as it has been applied through the centuries.

 

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<![CDATA[ No Time for Nuance ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185169.php
No Time for Nuance



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

PewSitter NewsBytes

The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara has foresworn all trace of nuance in his latest piece.

..as entirely predictable events unfold in the New Synod Hall—wherein, we are told, all things will be made new—why should we bother with nuance? After all, we have a Pope who is no friend of nuance and whose intentions could not have been more crudely expressed over the past eighteen months of astonishing insults and denigration of practically all the elements of apostolic and ecclesiastical tradition. Francis has clearly been preparing for this moment since the day of his election, if not before, and now it has arrived in all its inglorious splendor.

Let us call this Synod what it is: a secretive, manipulated, progressive-dominated cabal, led by septuagenarian and octogenarian diehards of the conciliar “renewal,” who are rushing to finish their “work”—so rudely interrupted by Pope Benedict—lest death release the Church from their clutches before they are quite done.

In a complete list of disturbing facts related to the Synod, Ferrara writes of the rebirth of ‘gradualism’ and what it may mean for those who normally should not receive Holy Commuion:

On and on the Secret Synod drones, led by the Pope, his German progressivist shock troops, and reliably liberal prelates from throughout the vast realm of post-conciliar apostasy. Take Cardinal Wuerl, for example. Speaking outside the Synod Hall, he now calls openly for a “graduality” that would allow all manner of objective mortal sinners to receive Holy Communion while they think about whether they might, someday, obey the Church’s teaching on marriage and procreation (as if the generality of clergy even bother to mention it any longer).

“The reception of Communion is not a doctrine or position, it’s a pastoral application of the doctrine of the Church,” says Wuerl in soothingly pastoral tones. The old smoothie is trying to deceive us. The requirement that one conscious of mortal sin abstain from the Blessed Sacrament is no mere “pastoral application” of doctrine, but rather a revealed truth at the foundation of our religion: “Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:27-29).”

After making this powerful stark picture of the troubling state of the Church, the writer ends with a strong note of Christian encouragement, and reminds us of the days of the Arian Heresy:

We have clearly reached the final extremity of the post-conciliar debacle, and it should now be obvious to every Catholic of good will that we live in times like those of the Arian crisis. As Cardinal Newman famously observed, during that crisis—the greatest in Church history until now—the Faith was preserved not “by the unswerving firmness of the Holy See, Councils or Bishops, but … by the consensus fidelium [consent of the faithful].” Then, as now, “there was a temporary suspense of the functions of the Ecclesia docens [the teaching church]. The body of the Bishops failed in their confession of the faith. … There were untrustworthy Councils, unfaithful Bishops; there was weakness, fear of consequences, misguidance, delusion, hallucination, endless, hopeless, extending itself into nearly every corner of the Catholic church.”

Yet in this seemingly hopeless situation lies our very hope. As history teaches, and as the promises of Christ guarantee, the faithful need only hold fast to the traditions they have been taught (2 Thess. 2:15) by the authentic Magisterium until the storm ends and the men who unleashed it upon the Church have passed into history, along with all the bishops and even the Pope (Liberius) who persecuted Saint Athanasius and a remnant of the faithful who defended the divinity of Christ in the 4th century.

Barring divine intervention, the members of the Secret Synod may well have their day. But in the end that is all they will have. Meanwhile, no matter what, we must keep the Faith. And by the grace of God, we will.

 

 

 

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