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Use Proportional Military Force To Protect Christians in Middle East



By Frank Walker
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Speaking at the UN, Vatican Secretary of State reiterated calls for the use of force against Mideast terror groups:

Multilateral action is needed to combat Islamic State (ISIS) militants operating in Iraq and Syria, Vatican Secretary of state Pietro Parolin told the UN General Assembly on Monday.    

However such action should be characterised by a "proportionate" use of force, Parolin said.    

"It is both licit and urgent to stop aggression through multilateral and a proportionate use of force," the Vatican's chief diplomat told the assembly in New York.    

"The Holy See hopes that the international community will assume a responsibility in considering the best means to stop all aggression and avoid the perpetration of new and even greater injustice," he went on, recalling the UN's "responsibility to protect".

 

 

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184207/
<![CDATA[ It Must Be the Orthodoxy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184208.php
It Must Be the Orthodoxy



By Frank Walker
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At Catholic Culture Dr. Jeff Mirus speculates on the reasons behind the current decision by the Vatican to ‘visit’ Bishop Robert Finn’s Kansas City Diocese:

We cannot get inside Bishop Finn’s head to see what God sees, but we would be foolish not to note that there is at least one other major fact about Bishop Finn’s leadership which is likely to generate a significant number of negative reviews: He set out from the first, and very vigorously, to change the rather lackadaisical Catholic culture of his diocese. We need to keep in mind that, very often, the person who goes in to reform a bad situation serves only a short time because he must make so many enemies. But having effected the shift, it becomes far easier for somebody else to come in and continue the work.

You can read the details of this cultural shift in my initial commentary. Essentially, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph had been a leader in promoting and training lay pastoral ministers as substitutes for priests. It was a diocese which seemed to embrace the priest shortage, perhaps interpreting its causes as a justification for creating a FutureChurch characterized by ever-growing secularism. There was clearly a worldly attitude at work, and this was manifest in the administration of the diocese, the university faculties the diocese used to train people, and even the authors published in the diocesan newspaper. Finn pitted himself directly against this classic “progressive Catholic” culture of accommodation.

Dr. Mirus concludes:

It would be foolish, of course, to praise Finn’s leadership ability just because I respect his orthodoxy. Too many people on all sides of every question make this fundamental category mistake. Still, I find myself willing to put up with at least some shortcomings in a man who can say things like the following:

Forty years after the close of the Second Vatican Council, we are in a time of a more mature self-understanding in the Church, than the period immediately following the Council. More than ever, the Council documents deserve careful reading and study. They have been used at times to justify experimentation that was interpolated on what has been sometimes called the "spirit of the Council." Now we must allow ourselves to see how they are an incentive for renewal in continuity with the Church's tradition.

Now: If such words inspire me, how many do they frighten?

 

 

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184208/
<![CDATA[ Or Maybe the Blunt Speech Did It ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184209.php
Or Maybe the Blunt Speech Did It



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes
In, ‘Scratching my head about the bishop in Paraguay,’ Fr. Z writes

… while the Supreme Pontiff exercises full jurisdiction in the Church and that his decisions have no appeal, should the Supreme Pontiff want there to be sound rule of law through the Church at every level, he, too, will observe the laws of which he is the Legislator.  So, the removal of bishops by the Pope should have some canonical basis.  It doesn’t have to, technically, but it really should.

He adds that, "'Blunt speech' and 'voicing an opinion' are not a canonical basis for removal from office unless the opinion is obviously heresy."

Finally,

This Argentinian bishop serving in Paraguay will be criticized by liberals for fighting back.  But those same liberals praised the Bishop of Toowoomba in Australia for getting all feisty.   He, you see, was “prophetic”, but the Paraguayan must be an “ideologue”.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184209/
<![CDATA[ Muller Says No Deconstructing the Gospel ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184210.php
Muller Says No Deconstructing the Gospel



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes
CNA News reports:

In another blast at those in the Church hierarchy looking for ways to give Holy Communion to people in second marriages, Head of the CDF Cardinal Muller said:

“We can 'deconstruct' the Gospel and Tradition and remake them to the liking of today's world, making their demands easy and accommodating them to the fragile, superficial, immature and post-modern man.”

The cardinal also defended the family:

“The family should be firmly defended as the place and environment in which each person is filled with love and grows in his or efforts and willingness to sacrifice,” he said.

“The duality between man and woman is necessary for the constitution of a marriage and a family, and no child should be deprived of his natural right to have a father and a mother.”

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184210/
<![CDATA[ Bye, Bye, Lambeth ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184211.php
Bye, Bye, Lambeth



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes
The split between Anglican Bishops in the First and Third World has grown so vast that leadership is considering cancelling the Lambeth Conference in 2018 due to low attendance.

Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said that the Archbishop of Canterbury "is not going to call a Lambeth until he is reasonably certain that the vast majority of bishops would attend." Scores of Anglican bishops, including a heavy proportion of those from Africa, boycotted the most recent Lambeth Conference, in 2008, because of their opposition to recent decisions by the worldwide Anglican leadership to allow for female bishops, homosexual priests, and same-sex unions.

Catholic World News reports:

A spokesman for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Justin Welby, declined to comment on the report that the Lambeth Conference would be cancelled. Such a cancellation would be an unprecedented step, underlining the crisis within the Anglican communion.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184211/
<![CDATA[ Burke: The Pope Can Speak for Himself ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184212.php
Burke: The Pope Can Speak for Himself



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes
U.S. Catholic/RNS news reports strong words from Cardinal Burke about Cardinal Kasper’s recent defense of his Holy Communion proposal in the press:

“I find it amazing that the cardinal claims to speak for the pope,” said Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis, speaking from Rome. “The pope doesn’t have laryngitis. The pope is not mute. He can speak for himself. If this is what he wants, he will say so.”

“But for me as a cardinal to say that what I am saying are the words of Pope Francis? That to me is outrageous.”

RNS continues:

Burke also said whatever Francis thinks about a more lenient approach on Communion for remarried Catholics, the pope can’t change current church teaching because he and all bishops “are held to obedience to the truth” about marriage, and that cannot change.

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184212/
<![CDATA[ Use Proportional Military Force To Protect Christians in Middle East; It Must Be the Orthodoxy; Or Maybe the Blunt Speech Did It; Muller Says No Deconstructing the Gospel; Bye, Bye Lambeth; The Pope Can Speak for Himself ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184213.php
Use Proportional Military Force To Protect Christians in Middle East; It Must Be the Orthodoxy; Or Maybe the Blunt Speech Did It; Muller Says No Deconstructing the Gospel; Bye, Bye, Lambeth; The Pope Can Speak for Himself



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Church: Use Proportional Military Force To Protect Christians, Others in Middle East

Speaking at the UN, Vatican Secretary of State reiterated calls for the use of force against Mideast terror groups:

Multilateral action is needed to combat Islamic State (ISIS) militants operating in Iraq and Syria, Vatican Secretary of state Pietro Parolin told the UN General Assembly on Monday.    

However such action should be characterised by a "proportionate" use of force, Parolin said.    

"It is both licit and urgent to stop aggression through multilateral and a proportionate use of force," the Vatican's chief diplomat told the assembly in New York.    

"The Holy See hopes that the international community will assume a responsibility in considering the best means to stop all aggression and avoid the perpetration of new and even greater injustice," he went on, recalling the UN's "responsibility to protect".

 

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It’s the Orthodoxy, Stupid

At Catholic Culture Dr. Jeff Mirus speculates on the reasons behind the current decision by the Vatican to ‘visit’ Bishop Robert Finn’s Kansas City Diocese:

We cannot get inside Bishop Finn’s head to see what God sees, but we would be foolish not to note that there is at least one other major fact about Bishop Finn’s leadership which is likely to generate a significant number of negative reviews: He set out from the first, and very vigorously, to change the rather lackadaisical Catholic culture of his diocese. We need to keep in mind that, very often, the person who goes in to reform a bad situation serves only a short time because he must make so many enemies. But having effected the shift, it becomes far easier for somebody else to come in and continue the work.

You can read the details of this cultural shift in my initial commentary. Essentially, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph had been a leader in promoting and training lay pastoral ministers as substitutes for priests. It was a diocese which seemed to embrace the priest shortage, perhaps interpreting its causes as a justification for creating a FutureChurch characterized by ever-growing secularism. There was clearly a worldly attitude at work, and this was manifest in the administration of the diocese, the university faculties the diocese used to train people, and even the authors published in the diocesan newspaper. Finn pitted himself directly against this classic “progressive Catholic” culture of accommodation.

Dr. Mirus concludes:

It would be foolish, of course, to praise Finn’s leadership ability just because I respect his orthodoxy. Too many people on all sides of every question make this fundamental category mistake. Still, I find myself willing to put up with at least some shortcomings in a man who can say things like the following:

Forty years after the close of the Second Vatican Council, we are in a time of a more mature self-understanding in the Church, than the period immediately following the Council. More than ever, the Council documents deserve careful reading and study. They have been used at times to justify experimentation that was interpolated on what has been sometimes called the "spirit of the Council." Now we must allow ourselves to see how they are an incentive for renewal in continuity with the Church's tradition.

Now: If such words inspire me, how many do they frighten?

 

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

Maybe the Blunt Speech Did It

In, ‘Scratching my head about the bishop in Paraguay,’ Fr. Z writes

… while the Supreme Pontiff exercises full jurisdiction in the Church and that his decisions have no appeal, should the Supreme Pontiff want there to be sound rule of law through the Church at every level, he, too, will observe the laws of which he is the Legislator.  So, the removal of bishops by the Pope should have some canonical basis.  It doesn’t have to, technically, but it really should.

He adds that, "'Blunt speech' and 'voicing an opinion' are not a canonical basis for removal from office unless the opinion is obviously heresy."

Finally,

This Argentinian bishop serving in Paraguay will be criticized by liberals for fighting back.  But those same liberals praised the Bishop of Toowoomba in Australia for getting all feisty.   He, you see, was “prophetic”, but the Paraguayan must be an “ideologue”.

 

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

Muller Says No Deconstructing the Gospel

CNA News reports:

In another blast at those in the Church hierarchy looking for ways to give Holy Communion to people in second marriages, Head of the CDF Cardinal Muller said:

“We can 'deconstruct' the Gospel and Tradition and remake them to the liking of today's world, making their demands easy and accommodating them to the fragile, superficial, immature and post-modern man.”

The cardinal also defended the family:

“The family should be firmly defended as the place and environment in which each person is filled with love and grows in his or efforts and willingness to sacrifice,” he said.

“The duality between man and woman is necessary for the constitution of a marriage and a family, and no child should be deprived of his natural right to have a father and a mother.”

 

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

Bye, Bye, Lambeth

The split between Anglican Bishops in the First and Third World has grown so vast that leadership is considering cancelling the Lambeth Conference in 2018 due to low attendance.

Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said that the Archbishop of Canterbury "is not going to call a Lambeth until he is reasonably certain that the vast majority of bishops would attend." Scores of Anglican bishops, including a heavy proportion of those from Africa, boycotted the most recent Lambeth Conference, in 2008, because of their opposition to recent decisions by the worldwide Anglican leadership to allow for female bishops, homosexual priests, and same-sex unions.

Catholic World News reports:

A spokesman for the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Justin Welby, declined to comment on the report that the Lambeth Conference would be cancelled. Such a cancellation would be an unprecedented step, underlining the crisis within the Anglican communion.

 

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

Burke: The Pope Can Speak for Himself

U.S. Catholic/RNS news reports strong words from Cardinal Burke about Cardinal Kasper’s recent defense of his Holy Communion proposal in the press:

“I find it amazing that the cardinal claims to speak for the pope,” said Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis, speaking from Rome. “The pope doesn’t have laryngitis. The pope is not mute. He can speak for himself. If this is what he wants, he will say so.”

“But for me as a cardinal to say that what I am saying are the words of Pope Francis? That to me is outrageous.”

RNS continues:

Burke also said whatever Francis thinks about a more lenient approach on Communion for remarried Catholics, the pope can’t change current church teaching because he and all bishops “are held to obedience to the truth” about marriage, and that cannot change.

 

 

It’s the Orthodoxy, Stupid
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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184213/
<![CDATA[ Is it Blasphemy When Jesus Complains? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184109.php
Is it Blasphemy When Jesus Complains?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

In his morning Santa Marta homily Pope Francis warned against complaining, reminding listeners to put their troubles in perspective. On the other hand, like Job and our Lord one may find reason to complain, even perhaps growing frustrated with God.

"Is it blasphemy when Jesus complains - 'Father, why have You forsaken me’? This is the mystery. I have often listened to people who are experiencing difficult and painful situations, who have lost a great deal or feel lonely and abandoned and they come to complain and ask these questions: Why? Why? They rebel against God. And I say, 'Continue to pray just like this, because this is a prayer'. It was a prayer when Jesus said to his father: 'Why have You forsaken me!'"

In drawing his comparison the Pope didn’t mention that it would be impossible for Jesus, who never sinned, to have uttered blasphemy against Himself.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184109/
<![CDATA[ Iraqi Patriarch: What Kind of Pastoral Care Will You Get in America? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184110.php
Iraqi Patriarch: What Kind of Pastoral Care Will You Get in America?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

Baghdad Patriarch Louis Sako continues to warn against Christians leaving Iraq. Catholic Culture reports. Apparently the bishop does not see such a decision as being necessarily helpful to the state of their souls.

Patriarch Sako also objected to a suggestion that American Catholics should provide homes for Iraqi refugees. He said that he is trying to persuade the faithful to remain in Iraq, to endure the current trials, and to maintain the Christian presence. “But many fall victim to this ‘leaving’ frenzy,” he lamented.

Migration is not the solution, the Patriarch said. Many refugees, he said, are “transferred from one bleak situation to another.” Away from their home and their culture and without proper pastoral care, they might be in worse condition abroad. “As if the migration of thousands of Iraqi Christians to the US was something to ask God’s blessing for!” he said.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184110/
<![CDATA[ Congregation for Bishops, What Congregation for Bishops? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184111.php
Congregation for Bishops, What Congregation for Bishops?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

Vatican watcher Sandro Magister writes:

Francis’ selection of Blase J. Cupich as the new pastor of the third-ranking diocese in the U.S. has plunged this particularly dynamic component of American Catholicism into a profound depression, almost to the edge of a nervous breakdown. It is enough to scan the reactions of the websites and bloggers of this area to grasp the embarrassment and disappointment over the appointment.

On the contrary, the more progressive segment of American Catholicism, historically hypercritical of the recent pontificates, has celebrated with enthusiasm the arrival of Cupich, called a “moderate” by the secular press, a description typically used in the United States to indicate a “liberal” who may not be radicalized, but is still a “liberal.”

Cupich’s predecessor, Cardinal Francis E. George, had written not long ago in a column for the diocesan newspaper:

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the Church has done so often in human history.”

George has always been highly critical of the secular tendency in the legislative field established under the presidency of Barack Obama, whom he has known well since he was a senator for Illinois. But it is difficult to imagine that his prophecy will come true, at least for his immediate successor.

Magister goes on to list past notable decisions on the part of Bp. Cupich, reminding his readers that the bishop was last of the ten men considered to lead the U.S. Conference in 2013 and that, once again, Pope Francis seems to have ignored both the advice of the Congregation for Bishops and the local Conference in his appointment.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184111/
<![CDATA[ More News of Rough Treatment for Cardinal Burke ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184112.php
More News of Rough Treatment for Cardinal Burke



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

Writing at Breitbart News Austin Ruse reports on a source close to Cardinal Burke about rumors of his upcoming removal from the powerful Apostolic Signatura, and his elimination from Church leadership.

Though it has been only a rumor until now, and has not yet been announced by the Vatican, a close associate of Cardinal Raymond Burke has told Breitbart News that the rumors of his departure are true, and the announcement is expected soon.

The source said Burke has been told he is out as head of the Apostolic Signatura and that he will assume the position of chaplain to the Order of Malta, a do-gooding organization of wealthy and sometimes European-titled Catholics.

The piece suggests that the Pope didn’t even offer common courtesy to the beloved and faithful prince of the Church.

The source also told Breitbart News that the Pope did not ask Cardinal Burke where he wanted to go, which would have been a friendly gesture to someone the Pope wanted out of the powerful position in what could be considered Chief Justice of the Vatican Supreme Court.

It is speculated that the Cardinal’s contribution toward an upcoming book which clarifies Church teaching on marriage, timed to coincide with the dreaded October Synod on the Family, might have something to do with this rough treatment.

In recent weeks, Burke has been outspoken that the upcoming planning session for the Synod of Bishops cannot change Church teaching on marriage. He went so far as to co-author a book with other Cardinals making this clear, something that puts Burke at odds with some of the closer associates of Pope Francis.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184112/
<![CDATA[ What about Dialogue, Mercy, and Openness? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184113.php
What about Dialogue, Mercy, and Openness?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

Catholic Culture reports:

Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, who was removed from his post in Paraguay, has issued a bitter complaint, charging that other bishops conspired against him and saying that Pope Francis “must answer to God” for his removal.

The deposed bishop, in a letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, said that he was being “persecuted” for his orthodoxy, and complained that he had not been given an opportunity to defend himself.

The bishop’s letter, which was leaked to the media in Paraguay, said that the action against him was “unfounded and arbitrary.” He angrily charged that although Pope Francis has spoken often about “dialogue, mercy, openness, decentralization, and respect for authority of the local churches,” he did not give Bishop Livieres a chance to “clarify any doubts” about his ministry.

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184113/
<![CDATA[ What about Dialogue, Mercy, and Openness? More News of Rough Treatment for Cardinal Burke; Congregation for Bishops, What Congregation for Bishops? What Kind of Pastoral Care Will You Get in America? Is it Blasphemy When Jesus Complains? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184114.php
What about Dialogue, Mercy, and Openness? More News of Rough Treatment for Cardinal Burke; Congregation for Bishops, What Congregation for Bishops? Iraqi Patriarch: What Kind of Pastoral Care Will You Get in America? Is it Blasphemy When Jesus Complains?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

What about Dialogue, Mercy, and Openness?

Catholic Culture reports:

Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, who was removed from his post in Paraguay, has issued a bitter complaint, charging that other bishops conspired against him and saying that Pope Francis “must answer to God” for his removal.

The deposed bishop, in a letter to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, said that he was being “persecuted” for his orthodoxy, and complained that he had not been given an opportunity to defend himself.

The bishop’s letter, which was leaked to the media in Paraguay, said that the action against him was “unfounded and arbitrary.” He angrily charged that although Pope Francis has spoken often about “dialogue, mercy, openness, decentralization, and respect for authority of the local churches,” he did not give Bishop Livieres a chance to “clarify any doubts” about his ministry.

 

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More News of Rough Treatment for Cardinal Burke

Writing at Breitbart News Austin Ruse reports on a source close to Cardinal Burke about rumors of his upcoming removal from the powerful Apostolic Signatura, and his elimination from Church leadership.

Though it has been only a rumor until now, and has not yet been announced by the Vatican, a close associate of Cardinal Raymond Burke has told Breitbart News that the rumors of his departure are true, and the announcement is expected soon.

The source said Burke has been told he is out as head of the Apostolic Signatura and that he will assume the position of chaplain to the Order of Malta, a do-gooding organization of wealthy and sometimes European-titled Catholics.

The piece suggests that the Pope didn’t even offer common courtesy to the beloved and faithful prince of the Church.

The source also told Breitbart News that the Pope did not ask Cardinal Burke where he wanted to go, which would have been a friendly gesture to someone the Pope wanted out of the powerful position in what could be considered Chief Justice of the Vatican Supreme Court.

It is speculated that the Cardinal’s contribution toward an upcoming book which clarifies Church teaching on marriage, timed to coincide with the dreaded October Synod on the Family, might have something to do with this rough treatment.

In recent weeks, Burke has been outspoken that the upcoming planning session for the Synod of Bishops cannot change Church teaching on marriage. He went so far as to co-author a book with other Cardinals making this clear, something that puts Burke at odds with some of the closer associates of Pope Francis. 

 

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

Congregation for Bishops, What Congregation for Bishops?

Vatican watcher Sandro Magister writes:

Francis’ selection of Blase J. Cupich as the new pastor of the third-ranking diocese in the U.S. has plunged this particularly dynamic component of American Catholicism into a profound depression, almost to the edge of a nervous breakdown. It is enough to scan the reactions of the websites and bloggers of this area to grasp the embarrassment and disappointment over the appointment.

On the contrary, the more progressive segment of American Catholicism, historically hypercritical of the recent pontificates, has celebrated with enthusiasm the arrival of Cupich, called a “moderate” by the secular press, a description typically used in the United States to indicate a “liberal” who may not be radicalized, but is still a “liberal.”

Cupich’s predecessor, Cardinal Francis E. George, had written not long ago in a column for the diocesan newspaper:

“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the Church has done so often in human history.”

George has always been highly critical of the secular tendency in the legislative field established under the presidency of Barack Obama, whom he has known well since he was a senator for Illinois. But it is difficult to imagine that his prophecy will come true, at least for his immediate successor.

Magister goes on to list past notable decisions on the part of Bp. Cupich, reminding his readers that the bishop was last of the ten men considered to lead the U.S. Conference in 2013 and that, once again, Pope Francis seems to have ignored both the advice of the Congregation for Bishops and the local Conference in his appointment.

 

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Iraqi Patriarch: What Kind of Pastoral Care Will You Get in America?

Baghdad Patriarch Louis Sako continues to warn against Christians leaving Iraq. Catholic Culture reports. Apparently the bishop does not see such a decision as being necessarily helpful to the state of their souls.

Patriarch Sako also objected to a suggestion that American Catholics should provide homes for Iraqi refugees. He said that he is trying to persuade the faithful to remain in Iraq, to endure the current trials, and to maintain the Christian presence. “But many fall victim to this ‘leaving’ frenzy,” he lamented.

Migration is not the solution, the Patriarch said. Many refugees, he said, are “transferred from one bleak situation to another.” Away from their home and their culture and without proper pastoral care, they might be in worse condition abroad. “As if the migration of thousands of Iraqi Christians to the US was something to ask God’s blessing for!” he said.

 

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

Is it Blasphemy When Jesus Complains?

In his morning Santa Marta homily Pope Francis warned against complaining, reminding listeners to put their troubles in perspective. On the other hand, like Job and our Lord one may find reason to complain, even perhaps growing frustrated with God.

"Is it blasphemy when Jesus complains - 'Father, why have You forsaken me’? This is the mystery. I have often listened to people who are experiencing difficult and painful situations, who have lost a great deal or feel lonely and abandoned and they come to complain and ask these questions: Why? Why? They rebel against God. And I say, 'Continue to pray just like this, because this is a prayer'. It was a prayer when Jesus said to his father: 'Why have You forsaken me!'"

In drawing his comparison the Pope didn’t mention that it would be impossible for Jesus, who never sinned, to have uttered blasphemy against Himself.

 

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Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184114/
<![CDATA[ More, Wolsey and the Church's Contemporary Debate on Annulments ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183915.php

As the public debate and posturing over the topic of annulments within the Catholic Church continues to grow, in the lead up to October synod on the family, I find myself more and more pondering a simple question: "What would Thomas More say?" Yes, the Sir Thomas More who was beheaded by Henry VIII for refusing to consent to the King’s divorce. Yes, that person we know as St. Thomas More.

And then of course there is Wolsey. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, the highest ranking Church figure in England at the time, and the King’s chancellor. Wolsey put his considerable power and influence within the Church - at the service of the king – and did his best to secure an annulment for Henry. Though unsuccessful, let there be no misunderstanding – Wolsey publicly sided with and worked to give the King what he wanted.

Over the last several years in the face of the onslaught of laws and proposed regulations and restrictions on religious freedom here in the U.S. it has become common for bishops to invoke More’s name and his witness, as an exemplar model for us as individuals facing these attacks. Strangely though, on the topic for which he gave his life, and for which he is most well known – marriage, divorce and annulments - I haven’t heard his name mentioned among the American hierarchy.    

In the present day debate there appear to be two distinct camps: Those that think there are too many annulments and those that believe there should be more. The group lobbying for an increase in annulments admits that Christ’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage cannot be changed. However, it’s difficult to understand how the objective of more and easier annulments – and Communion for the remarried can be achieved - without transgressing or heretically reinterpreting Christ’s teaching on this matter.

Perhaps, as Cardinal Burke has said, the news media is hijacking the message and twisting it into something that it isn’t. I pray this is the case – and that when it is all said and done - this will have been much ado about nothing. However, until such time as this can be known with certainty I must admit to more than a little unease on this matter.

If More and Wolsey were alive today –and weighing in on our contemporary debate - one can easily guess in which camp they’d reside. Cardinal Kasper has made it very clear that he is in the Wolsey camp. What camp are you in? What camp is your bishop in? 

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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183915/
<![CDATA[ Gay Fired Music Director Will Not Sue ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183982.php
Gay Fired Music Director Will Not Sue



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

PewSitter NewsBytes

The Star-Tribune reports:

The forced resignation of a Catholic church music director who married his longtime same-sex partner apparently won’t be challenged in court.

Jamie Moore, who was music director at St. Victoria Parish Catholic Church for more than 17 years before he quit at the request of church leaders, decided Friday not to pursue legal action against Archbishop John Nienstedt, according to his former lawyer.

Attorneys are not happy, maintaining that Moore had good standing and that the case could establish precedent.

“I think he was in a very good position to challenge the termination because of the reason that was given, and that was marital status,” Clayton Halunen said Sunday, explaining that Minnesota churches are allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation but not on marital status.

“I’m very disappointed in the decision,” Halunen added. “I think if had we had a favorable result … it would have helped many others in the LGBT community to preserve their employment if they choose to get married.”

If grounds are better for a lawsuit based on ‘marriage’ why are parishes waiting until things get this far to ask for resignations?

... ]]>
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183982/
<![CDATA[ Fired Coach Barb Webb Organizes Parent Protest ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183983.php
Fired Coach Barb Webb Organizes Parent Protest



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Aleteia News reports:

A protest over the firing of chemistry teacher and coach, Barb Webb — who is newly pregnant through "nontraditional means" (read IVF) and "married" to her lesbian partner — drew about 120 people to the sidewalks at Marian High School in the northern Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.   

According to Kathy Schiffer’s piece Webb appears to be furious and indignant:

Webb chose to be fired. The defiance evident in a post on her Facebook page shows that the morals clause to which she assented in her employment contract meant nothing.   

Marian was unwilling to offer me any type of leave and of course they were not willing to grant me the same right that a half dozen other teachers are enjoying this year while starting their families. In fact, Marian's options to me, after 9 years of dedication including league winning coaching, 4.0 averages in AP chemistry scores, PD for the school based on my personal best practices, and dozens of students and family testimonials is 1) resign or 2) we will terminate you.

... ]]>
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183983/
<![CDATA[ California Catholic College to Comply with State Abortion Mandate; ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183984.php
California Catholic College to Comply with State Abortion Mandate;



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

LiveAction News reveals that California’s Loyola MaryMount University has decided to comply with new state requirements to provide abortion coverage in their insurance plans.

The campus newspaper Los Angeles Loyolan reported Saturday:

LMU’s insurance will cover faculty and staff for elective abortions effective from August 22 to the end of the policy period, the University announced.

The news was confirmed in an email sent to faculty and staff yesterday, Vice President for Human Resources Rebecca Chandler confirmed that LMU’s insurance providers will now cover all procedures deemed medically necessary, including elective abortions.

... ]]>
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183984/
<![CDATA[ What did UK Cardinal Nichols Know about Double-Life of Bp. Conry? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183985.php
What did UK Cardinal Nichols Know about Double-Life of Bp. Conry?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Damian Thompson reports:

Cardinal Nichols this morning faces his biggest crisis since he became Archbishop of Westminster in 2009. On Saturday Bishop Kieran Conry – head of evangelisation for England and Wales – resigned as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton after (at least) two affairs with women became public.

Thompson feels the bishop went too far in casually revealing his past life to the Daily Mail, while claiming he was still a good bishop:

This is called rubbing the noses of your flock in the sex scandal you’ve just landed on them. As I blogged on Saturday, lots of people – especially including his priests – thought he was an awful bishop, because he treated anyone who disagreed with him with cold arrogance, because he slagged off Benedict XVI and because they knew, but were too polite to say, that he was a womaniser.

Conry also ‘denied to the Mail that Church leaders had known about his affair’. And this is where Cardinal Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has questions to answer.

... ]]>
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183985/
<![CDATA[ Conservative French Party Wins First Senate Seats ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183986.php
Conservative French Party Wins First Senate Seats



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Reuters:

The far-right National Front won its first ever seats in France's upper house of parliament on Sunday, as President Francois Hollande's Socialist party lost its Senate majority.

The left still controls the lower house, which is the dominant legislative body in France, but Sunday's ballot underlined the unpopularity of the president and the continued rise of the anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front.

The party, led by Marine Le Pen, took two seats in the august Senate, following on from its surprise victory in European parliamentary elections in May and its strong showing in municipal elections in March.

"These results are beyond what we hoped for," said Le Pen. "Each day that passes, our ideas are increasingly being adopted by the French people... We have great potential."

... ]]>
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183986/
<![CDATA[ Pope Benedict is a Great Old Grandpa ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183987.php
Pope Benedict is a Great Old Grandpa



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Pope Francis gave us another painful reminder of the abdication of Benedict Emeritus, which seemed to relegate much of what he supported to quaint outdated memories.

CNA News Reports:

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.

Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope Benedict as the “grandfather of all grandfathers.”

“I have said many times that it gives me great pleasure that he lives here in the Vatican, because it is like having a wise grandfather at home. Thank you!”

... ]]>
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183987/
<![CDATA[ Gay Fired Music Director Will Not Sue; Fired Coach Barb Webb Organizes Parent Protest; California Catholic College to Comply with State Abortion Mandate; What did UK Cardinal Nichols Know about Double-Life of Bp. Conry?; Conservative French Party ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183988.php
Gay Fired Music Director Will Not Sue; Fired Coach Barb Webb Organizes Parent Protest; California Catholic College to Comply with State Abortion Mandate; What did UK Cardinal Nichols Know about Double-Life of Bp. Conry?; Conservative French Party Wins First Senate Seats; Pope Benedict is a Great Old Grandpa



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Gay Fired Music Director Will Not Sue

The Star-Tribune reports:

The forced resignation of a Catholic church music director who married his longtime same-sex partner apparently won’t be challenged in court.

Jamie Moore, who was music director at St. Victoria Parish Catholic Church for more than 17 years before he quit at the request of church leaders, decided Friday not to pursue legal action against Archbishop John Nienstedt, according to his former lawyer.

Attorneys are not happy, maintaining that Moore had good standing and that the case could establish precedent.

“I think he was in a very good position to challenge the termination because of the reason that was given, and that was marital status,” Clayton Halunen said Sunday, explaining that Minnesota churches are allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation but not on marital status.

“I’m very disappointed in the decision,” Halunen added. “I think if had we had a favorable result … it would have helped many others in the LGBT community to preserve their employment if they choose to get married.”

If grounds are better for a lawsuit based on ‘marriage’ why are parishes waiting until things get this far to ask for resignations?

 

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

Fired Coach Barb Webb Organizes Parent Protest

Aleteia News reports:

A protest over the firing of chemistry teacher and coach, Barb Webb — who is newly pregnant through "nontraditional means" (read IVF) and "married" to her lesbian partner — drew about 120 people to the sidewalks at Marian High School in the northern Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.   

According to Kathy Schiffer’s piece Webb appears to be furious and indignant:

Webb chose to be fired. The defiance evident in a post on her Facebook page shows that the morals clause to which she assented in her employment contract meant nothing.   

Marian was unwilling to offer me any type of leave and of course they were not willing to grant me the same right that a half dozen other teachers are enjoying this year while starting their families. In fact, Marian's options to me, after 9 years of dedication including league winning coaching, 4.0 averages in AP chemistry scores, PD for the school based on my personal best practices, and dozens of students and family testimonials is 1) resign or 2) we will terminate you.

 

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

California Catholic College to Comply with State Abortion Mandate;

LiveAction News reveals that California’s Loyola MaryMount University has decided to comply with new state requirements to provide abortion coverage in their insurance plans.

The campus newspaper Los Angeles Loyolan reported Saturday:

LMU’s insurance will cover faculty and staff for elective abortions effective from August 22 to the end of the policy period, the University announced.

The news was confirmed in an email sent to faculty and staff yesterday, Vice President for Human Resources Rebecca Chandler confirmed that LMU’s insurance providers will now cover all procedures deemed medically necessary, including elective abortions.

 

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

What did UK Cardinal Nichols Know about Double-Life of Bp. Conry?

Damian Thompson reports:

Cardinal Nichols this morning faces his biggest crisis since he became Archbishop of Westminster in 2009. On Saturday Bishop Kieran Conry – head of evangelisation for England and Wales – resigned as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton after (at least) two affairs with women became public.

Thompson feels the bishop went too far in casually revealing his past life to the Daily Mail, while claiming he was still a good bishop:

This is called rubbing the noses of your flock in the sex scandal you’ve just landed on them. As I blogged on Saturday, lots of people – especially including his priests – thought he was an awful bishop, because he treated anyone who disagreed with him with cold arrogance, because he slagged off Benedict XVI and because they knew, but were too polite to say, that he was a womaniser.

Conry also ‘denied to the Mail that Church leaders had known about his affair’. And this is where Cardinal Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has questions to answer.

 

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

Conservative French Party Wins First Senate Seats

Reuters:

The far-right National Front won its first ever seats in France's upper house of parliament on Sunday, as President Francois Hollande's Socialist party lost its Senate majority.

The left still controls the lower house, which is the dominant legislative body in France, but Sunday's ballot underlined the unpopularity of the president and the continued rise of the anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front.

The party, led by Marine Le Pen, took two seats in the august Senate, following on from its surprise victory in European parliamentary elections in May and its strong showing in municipal elections in March.

"These results are beyond what we hoped for," said Le Pen. "Each day that passes, our ideas are increasingly being adopted by the French people... We have great potential."

 

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

Pope Benedict is a Great Old Grandpa

Pope Francis gave us another painful reminder of the abdication of Benedict Emeritus, which seemed to relegate much of what he supported to quaint outdated memories.

CNA News Reports:

Retired pontiff Benedict XVI joined some 50,000 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday, Sept. 28 for a meeting between Pope Francis and elderly people from around the world.

Welcoming his predecessor, the Holy Father described Pope Benedict as the “grandfather of all grandfathers.”

“I have said many times that it gives me great pleasure that he lives here in the Vatican, because it is like having a wise grandfather at home. Thank you!”

 

 

 

Pope Benedict is a Great Old Grandpa
... ]]>
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183988/
<![CDATA[ When You Reduce The Faith To Just Works ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183861.php
When You Reduce The Faith To Just Works



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At the Remnant Christopher Ferrara pens an admittedly ‘very harsh assessment of the current pontificate, I felt compelled to write it, but no one is compelled to read it.”

Here is an inescapable truth that ought to trouble every Catholic: Francis is the first Pope in the history of the Church to be universally lauded by “the rulers of the world of this darkness… the spirits of wickedness in the high places.”

He continues:

Here in the real world, this is what we know: At the conclave in 2013, a liberal South American Jesuit succeeded Pope Benedict following Benedict’s mysterious, curiously qualified and absolutely unprecedented “renunciation” of the “active ministry” of the papacy. Despite his now endlessly vaunted “pastoral style,” the former ArchbishopBergoglio presided over the continuing decomposition of the Catholic faith in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires from 1998-2013, when the number of diocesan priests, religious priests, and men and women religious all declined steadily. We have learned of Archbishop Bergoglio’s “Pinocchio Mass” and his “Tango Mass,” his lighting of Menorahs in synagogues while wearing a kippah, the lending of his Cathedral “to Protestants, Muslims, Jews, and even to partisan groups in the name of an impossible and unnecessary interreligious dialogue,” and his  of the tenth anniversary of the UN-backed, syncretistic United celebration in the same CathedralReligions Initiative, funded by George Soros and Bill Gates—a movement which, like Francis himself, condemns “proselytism.”   We have learned as well of Bergoglio’s “meetings with protestants in the Luna Park arena where, together with preacher of the Pontifical House, Raniero Cantalamessa, he was ‘blessed’ by Protestant ministers, in a common act of worship in which he, in practice, accepted the validity of the ‘powers’ of the TV-pastors.”

It is hardly surprising that Archbishop Bergoglio left behind him, not only empty seminaries and defecting faithful, but a diabolical “freak show” that includes the priestly “blessing” in a parish church of the “marriage” of a transsexual-homosexual “couple,” and the public baptism—complete with happy photos of the priest and the “couple”—of a child born to a woman who now claims to be a man and a man who now claims to be a woman.

 

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

... ]]>
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183861/
<![CDATA[ Field Hospital Focolare ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183862.php
Field Hospital Focolare



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Catholic News Service reports:

With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement.

"We have to go out! So that -- I've said this before -- the church seems like a field hospital," where the first order of the day "is heal the wounds, not measure people's cholesterol. That comes later. Got it?" he said to applause.

The pope met at the Vatican with 500 people from 136 countries; they were attending the Focolare general assembly in Rome Sept. 1-28.

The Pope continued his well-worn advocacy to make a church for the poor where all of humanity is united somehow:

In his audience with members of the movement Sept. 26, Pope Francis said the new evangelization must go out to everyone, "starting with the poorest and excluded," so they, too, may experience "hope, brotherhood and joy in humanity's journey toward unity."

... ]]>
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183862/
<![CDATA[ The Yukon Is One Periphery ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183863.php
The Yukon Is One Periphery



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Toronto Bishop Gary Gordon sounds exactly like his boss, Pope Francis.

“Where you meet Jesus is in the peripheries and on the edges,” said Victoria Bishop Gary Gordon, a veteran missionary priest. “I have met Jesus so many times in the pe-ripheries.”

Gordon delivered his message to Grade 11 and 12 students at Neil McNeil High School Sept. 22. The bishop was in Toronto as part of a partnership between the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Catholic Missions In Canada, now in its third year.

Bp. Gordon spent eight years as bishop in the Yukon.

“You guys got to get out of town,” said Gordon in a critical yet playful tone. “You’ve got to get out of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). I pray that you guys get a chance to go up north and you know what, the Haliburton area is not north.”

The bishop said there’s also work to do that’s not on the periphery.

But just because one is not on the geographical periphery — “which would be the edges of human habitation” — does not mean there isn’t mission work to be done and Jesus to find, Gordon stressed.

 

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

... ]]>
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183863/
<![CDATA[ The Church Of Global Warming Lies ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183864.php
The Church Of Global Warming Lies



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

LifeSite’s Steve Jalsevac is dismayed at the Vatican’s blatant widespread effort to promote the statist climate change lie as some sort of Catholic mandate.

It was dismaying to read two recent statements associated with Catholic Church and many other religious leaders on the climate change issue. One is the Interfaith statement on climate change  co-signed by 1) Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the lead cardinal in Pope Francis’s gang of 8, but here representing the Church’s international aid organization, Caritas Internationalis, 2) Father Michael Czerny, representing the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and, surprisingly, 3) John Cardinal Onaiyekan from Nigeria, a very solid cardinal who was likely co-opted into this. Among the many questionable pronouncements in the document that seems to accept climate alarmism as gospel truth is the line, “We recognize that climate change stands today as a major obstacle to the eradication of poverty.” What? 

Then there was the September 23 address  at the United Nations by Cardinal Pietro Parolin in which he stated, “The scientific consensus is rather consistent and it is that, since the second half of the last century, warming of the climate system is unequivocal.” The problem is that he is dead wrong. The evidence and consensus now amongst any honest scientists is that there has not been any warming for at least the past 16 and possibly even up to 26 years years. It has stopped. In fact we may be in for a long term period of cooling. Cardinal Parolin should get new advisors.

 

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

 

... ]]>
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183864/
<![CDATA[ Oscar And His Friend, Blessed Alvaro ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183865.php
Oscar And His Friend, Blessed Alvaro



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Always ready with all things relevant to Abp. Oscar Romero; Super Martyrio reveals the relationship between now Blessed Alvaro Del Portillo, the late head of Opus Dei, and Romero prior to his death.

In a letter, Portillo notes the good relationship between Romero, who was murdered for his support of the Communist resistance in El Salvador, and Opus Dei:

I know that the partners and associates of Opus Dei--there as everywhere, thanks be to Go--work with commitment and are motivated only by the desire to serve the Church. I am aware of the fondness they have for you and of the fidelity with which they live the Spirit of the Work, which leads us to echo the instructions of the Reverend Ordinary in all the dioceses in which we work and to direct the carriage--as our Founder, of holy memory, used to say--in the same direction as the diocesan prelate.

... ]]>
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183865/
<![CDATA[ When You Reduce The Faith To Just Works, Field Hospital Focolare, The Yukon Is One Periphery, The Church Of Global Warming Lies, Oscar And His Friend, Blessed Alvaro ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183866.php
When You Reduce The Faith To Just Works, Field Hospital Focolare, The Yukon Is One Periphery, The Church Of Global Warming Lies, Oscar And His Friend, Blessed Alvaro



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

When You Reduce The Faith To Just Works

At the Remnant Christopher Ferrara pens an admittedly ‘very harsh assessment of the current pontificate, I felt compelled to write it, but no one is compelled to read it.”

Here is an inescapable truth that ought to trouble every Catholic: Francis is the first Pope in the history of the Church to be universally lauded by “the rulers of the world of this darkness… the spirits of wickedness in the high places.”

He continues:

Here in the real world, this is what we know: At the conclave in 2013, a liberal South American Jesuit succeeded Pope Benedict following Benedict’s mysterious, curiously qualified and absolutely unprecedented “renunciation” of the “active ministry” of the papacy. Despite his now endlessly vaunted “pastoral style,” the former ArchbishopBergoglio presided over the continuing decomposition of the Catholic faith in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires from 1998-2013, when the number of diocesan priests, religious priests, and men and women religious all declined steadily. We have learned of Archbishop Bergoglio’s “Pinocchio Mass” and his “Tango Mass,” his lighting of Menorahs in synagogues while wearing a kippah, the lending of his Cathedral “to Protestants, Muslims, Jews, and even to partisan groups in the name of an impossible and unnecessary interreligious dialogue,” and his  of the tenth anniversary of the UN-backed, syncretistic United celebration in the same CathedralReligions Initiative, funded by George Soros and Bill Gates—a movement which, like Francis himself, condemns “proselytism.”   We have learned as well of Bergoglio’s “meetings with protestants in the Luna Park arena where, together with preacher of the Pontifical House, Raniero Cantalamessa, he was ‘blessed’ by Protestant ministers, in a common act of worship in which he, in practice, accepted the validity of the ‘powers’ of the TV-pastors.”

It is hardly surprising that Archbishop Bergoglio left behind him, not only empty seminaries and defecting faithful, but a diabolical “freak show” that includes the priestly “blessing” in a parish church of the “marriage” of a transsexual-homosexual “couple,” and the public baptism—complete with happy photos of the priest and the “couple”—of a child born to a woman who now claims to be a man and a man who now claims to be a woman.

 

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

Field Hospital Focolare

Catholic News Service reports:

With so much spiritual, social and moral suffering in the world, the church has "no right" to stay locked up in an ivory tower, engaging in "byzantine" philosophical reflection, Pope Francis told members of the Focolare movement.

"We have to go out! So that -- I've said this before -- the church seems like a field hospital," where the first order of the day "is heal the wounds, not measure people's cholesterol. That comes later. Got it?" he said to applause.

The pope met at the Vatican with 500 people from 136 countries; they were attending the Focolare general assembly in Rome Sept. 1-28.

The Pope continued his well-worn advocacy to make a church for the poor where all of humanity is united somehow:

In his audience with members of the movement Sept. 26, Pope Francis said the new evangelization must go out to everyone, "starting with the poorest and excluded," so they, too, may experience "hope, brotherhood and joy in humanity's journey toward unity."

 

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

The Yukon Is One Periphery

Toronto Bishop Gary Gordon sounds exactly like his boss, Pope Francis.

“Where you meet Jesus is in the peripheries and on the edges,” said Victoria Bishop Gary Gordon, a veteran missionary priest. “I have met Jesus so many times in the pe-ripheries.”

Gordon delivered his message to Grade 11 and 12 students at Neil McNeil High School Sept. 22. The bishop was in Toronto as part of a partnership between the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Catholic Missions In Canada, now in its third year.

Bp. Gordon spent eight years as bishop in the Yukon.

“You guys got to get out of town,” said Gordon in a critical yet playful tone. “You’ve got to get out of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). I pray that you guys get a chance to go up north and you know what, the Haliburton area is not north.”

The bishop said there’s also work to do that’s not on the periphery.

But just because one is not on the geographical periphery — “which would be the edges of human habitation” — does not mean there isn’t mission work to be done and Jesus to find, Gordon stressed.

 

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

The Church Of Global Warming Lies

LifeSite’s Steve Jalsevac is dismayed at the Vatican’s blatant widespread effort to promote the statist climate change lie as some sort of Catholic mandate.

It was dismaying to read two recent statements associated with Catholic Church and many other religious leaders on the climate change issue. One is the Interfaith statement on climate change  co-signed by 1) Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the lead cardinal in Pope Francis’s gang of 8, but here representing the Church’s international aid organization, Caritas Internationalis, 2) Father Michael Czerny, representing the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and, surprisingly, 3) John Cardinal Onaiyekan from Nigeria, a very solid cardinal who was likely co-opted into this. Among the many questionable pronouncements in the document that seems to accept climate alarmism as gospel truth is the line, “We recognize that climate change stands today as a major obstacle to the eradication of poverty.” What? 

Then there was the September 23 address  at the United Nations by Cardinal Pietro Parolin in which he stated, “The scientific consensus is rather consistent and it is that, since the second half of the last century, warming of the climate system is unequivocal.” The problem is that he is dead wrong. The evidence and consensus now amongst any honest scientists is that there has not been any warming for at least the past 16 and possibly even up to 26 years years. It has stopped. In fact we may be in for a long term period of cooling. Cardinal Parolin should get new advisors.

 

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

Oscar And His Friend, Blessed Alvaro

Always ready with all things relevant to Abp. Oscar Romero; Super Martyrio reveals the relationship between now Blessed Alvaro Del Portillo, the late head of Opus Dei, and Romero prior to his death.

In a letter, Portillo notes the good relationship between Romero, who was murdered for his support of the Communist resistance in El Salvador, and Opus Dei:

I know that the partners and associates of Opus Dei--there as everywhere, thanks be to Go--work with commitment and are motivated only by the desire to serve the Church. I am aware of the fondness they have for you and of the fidelity with which they live the Spirit of the Work, which leads us to echo the instructions of the Reverend Ordinary in all the dioceses in which we work and to direct the carriage--as our Founder, of holy memory, used to say--in the same direction as the diocesan prelate.

 

 

... ]]>
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183866/
<![CDATA[ Paraguayan Bishop Was The Good Kind Of Divisive; Cardinal Parolin Says Integrate The Terrorists; Bishop Cupich Has The Francis Mantra Down; ISIS Blows Up Any Trace Of Christ; Muhammad, Jesus, Whatever Works ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183708.php
Paraguayan Bishop Was The Good Kind Of Divisive; Cardinal Parolin Says Integrate The Terrorists; Bishop Cupich Has The Francis Mantra Down; ISIS Blows Up Any Trace Of Christ; Muhammad, Jesus, Whatever Works



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

La Stampa reports on the priest at the center of the now troubled Paraguayan Diocese of Ciuded del Este:

Pope Francis has taken this “difficult decision” to remove Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, Bishop of Ciudad del Este (Paraguay’s second major city), for “serious pastoral reasons”. The decision comes after Spanish cardinal Santos Abril y Castelló’s apostolic visit to the country in recent months. The Paraguayan prelate, who is a member of Opus Dei, was accused of concealing the actions of an Argentinian priest who was vicar general of the diocese. The priest was also accused of child abuse as well as embezzlement and had also been at the centre of disputes with other priests and fellow bishops for years. The disagreements were over pastoral questions and past events in connection with the figure of Fernando Lugo, former bishop-turned-President of Paraguay.

In a long list of complaints and accusations it’s revealed that Bishop Livieras was the only bishop who defended the Vatican’s warning against an ex-priest who became President.

The statement makes no explicit reference to the reasons that led to the Paraguayan bishop’s removal. It was the diocese of Ciudad del Este that contested a number of accusations in a long statement published last August on the occasion of Santos Abril y Castelló’s apostolic visit. Starting with Fernando Lugo’s decision to run for President after resigning from the priesthood. He was eventually elected President of Paraguay and held office from 2008 to 2012. “Livieres spoke out against Lugo running for President, thus becoming the only defender of the Vatican position,” the August statement reads.

Apparently Bishop Livieras was a lone voice and perhaps a thorn in the side of the establishment Church in Paraguay.

The Bishop himself had criticised the Paraguayan Church on more than one occasion. In a letter which was personally delivered to Benedict XVI and then leaked to the press, the Bishop denounced the “doctrinal disorder” and “lack of coherence between the doctrine of the Church on the one hand and the actions of bishops and priests on the other.” In an interview with Paraguayan newspaper Última Hora, he said: “For years now, the Paraguayan Church has been taking a different direction to that of the universal Church. The Church aims to help bring about perople’s spiritual salvation, whereas the focus here is earthly salvation as a consequence of Liberation theology.” Essentially, he claims the Church had turned into “an NGO in the best of cases” and “sometimes even an instrument of violence and class struggle.”

 

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

In the next of a series of UN announcements, Vatican Secretary of State and #2, Cardinal Pietro Parolin expounded on the causes of (Islamic?) terrorism.

The guilty must be correctly identified, since criminal culpability is always personal and cannot be extended to the nation, ethnic group or religion to which the terrorists may belong.”

The Cardinal reminded the UN assembled of the all-too-common and perhaps unrealistic goal of integrating the cultural element that must go unnamed.

International cooperation must also address the root causes upon which international terrorism feeds. In fact, the present terroristic challenge has a strong socio-cultural component. Young people travelling abroad to join the ranks of terrorist organizations often come from poor immigrant families, disillusioned by what they feel as a situation of exclusion and by the lack of integration and values in certain societies. Together with the legal tools and resources to prevent citizens from becoming foreign terrorist fighters, Governments should engage with civil society to address the problems of communities most at risk of radicalization and recruitment and to achieve their satisfactory social integration.

 

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In the wake of heaps of praise mixed with strands of disillusionment, Blasé Cupich, soon to be Archbishop of Chicago began to reveal his leadership focus. The Crux presents the familiar mantra:

Chicago’s Roman Catholic archbishop-designate on Wednesday told church leaders attending a conference on helping poor church communities that Pope Francis is concerned more about the poorer members of society, not ideas.

Spokane, Washington’s Bishop Blase Cupich told those attending the Catholic Extension Mission Bishops Conference that Pope Francis is “concerned that leaders and policy makers ‘are stuck in the realm of pure ideas.’” Cupich says if true, it may mean those people are disconnected from realities.

 

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ANSA News reports:

Cairo, September 25 – Islamic State (ISIS) militants have “completely destroyed” the iconic Green Church in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, the MENA news agency reported Thursday, citing Iraqi security sources.

The Islamists packed the church – one of the oldest Christian monuments in the Middle East – with explosives before detonating them.

 

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In a trenchant piece at Crisis Magazine, William Kirkpatrick reveals the ugly flipside of dialogue. Apparently our bishops are just as ready to ascribe their political leanings to Muhammad as they are to Christ. Whatever works.

Dialoguers say the darndest things. The conclusion to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives, contains the following: “Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed.”

Would that include the seven hundred men of the Qurayza tribe who were beheaded on Muhammad’s order after they surrendered? Would it include the women and children of the same tribe who were sold into slavery? Muhammad may have cared for some of the poor and oppressed he met, but many people became poor and oppressed precisely because of him. And many others never survived their encounter with the prophet.

 

 

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/09/islamic-state-destroys-7th-century-green-church-in-tikrit

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183708/
<![CDATA[ SSPX Worse Than Black Mass, Maradiaga Blames Markets Again, Wesolowski on House Arrest, Syrian Prelate Warns of Americans, Dale Price and Four Takeaways ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183558.php
SSPX Worse Than Black Mass, Maradiaga Blames Markets Again, Wesolowski on House Arrest, Syrian Prelate Warns of Americans, Dale Price and Four Takeaways



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

In a blog post entitled, "There is Something Worse Than a Black Mass," Fr. Paul Nicholson draws attention to the public Satanic Mass held in Okalahoma City over the weekend, and the Catholic prayers and protests against it. He says,

The imagery that is being circulated of the confrontation with the diabolical at the black mass in Oklahoma city is truly moving. But there is something worse than a black mass. It is the abuse of God's Mercy.

He moves to the SSPX's response to the event, calling them ‘protestants’ and adding that their priests are in a ‘state of mortal sin.’ After next insulting the SSPX adherents, Fr. Nicholson concludes:

By pretending you don't need conversion ... but everybody else does ... reveals your spiritual tepidity.

The demonstration on Sunday doesn't reveal the sanctity or good faith of the followers of +Marcel but only further reveals the catastrophe that has befallen the Church. Instead of circulating images of the Society of +Marcel and praising their witness, we should pray and do penance for these Catholic-protestants to return to the Church's bosom.  

 

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At the website for Caritas worldwide, the Church’s charity arm which he leads, Fr. Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga railed against capitalism.

For six years now, the economic crisis has cast a long shadow over people’s hopes and possibilities. In this time the free market has produced one sector which is booming: social exclusion. The 85 richest people in the world hold as much wealth as half the world’s population.

He continued:

We are leaving our young people a world with more instability, less employment, and fewer opportunities. A world where getting married, setting up a home and having a family becomes a distant dream.

At a time when people need more than ever to have a family around them to help cushion the repeated blows dealt by this time of crisis, people are finding themselves increasingly alone and isolated. Even when they have a family, people often don’t feel valued as part of society.

 

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Vatican Press Office Head Fr. Federico Lombardi announced the status of Polish ex-Nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Josef Wesolowski.

The Vatican announced in June that a canonical court had investigated Wesolowski on charges of sex abuse in the Dominican Republic and concluded by dismissing him from the clerical state, depriving him of all rights and duties associated with being a priest except the obligation of celibacy. Wesolowski would face a criminal trial under the laws of Vatican City State, the Vatican said at the time.

On Sept. 23, Father Lombardi said, a Vatican prosecutor summoned Wesolowski and informed him of the charges against him.

Because of the "gravity of the accusations," investigators decided to arrest the former ambassador, the spokesman said, but "in light of the medical condition of the accused, supported by medical documentation," he was placed under house arrest in Vatican City.

 

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Spero News reports:

Armenian Catholic Archbishop Boutrous Marayati of Aleppo expressed fears over the consequences of the airstrikes againsts Islamic State targets in Syria conducted by the United States and several Muslim countries. He said that he is afraid "that this type of external involvement could worsen the situation."

"People here do not have a clear view of what is going on, but certainly do not see the perpetrators of the bombings as 'liberators'. The prevailing sentiment is that the raids will not solve the problems, and may even increase them. The uncertainty that everyone lives every day increases even more. A question fathers and mothers of families ask themselves is whether it is still possible to remain or if the only salvation is to escape.

 

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Dale Price of Dyspeptic Mutterings offers a powerful reaction to the appointment of Bishop Blase Cupich to Chicago.

Now, if you processed that news and are still the proud owner of a foam finger that says "Francis #1!" I don't think this post is for you. In fact, it's really not. In fact, if I post your comment, it will probably be as a sign of how far gone you are.

For those of you taken aback by the appointment of a certified hater of TLM massgoers and pro-lifers--and even Al Kresta!--to one of the most important sees in North America, this post is for you.

An eclipse is at hand, and things are about to get unpleasant for people who think being Catholic has some supernatural value.

Next Price reveals four bottom lines to ponder.

 

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The secular Irish Central briefly responds to the twists and turns of Catholic League’s Bill Donohue in his coverage of the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade debacle.

His website announced this week that he is continuing the boycott of Guinness because they withdrew from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade last year.

So Donahue is boycotting Guinness for withdrawing from the parade even though Donahue himself announced a few weeks back that he is boycotting the parade himself.

So boycotting a boycotter when you are a boycotter yourself?

Oh Boy!

Next they draw attention to what they claim may be the cause of Donohue’s contortions:

But the reflex action from Donahue is always to bend the knee to the cardinal and it's very clear why. His $408,000 salary comes from well-off Catholics, who might not take kindly to the notion of Cardinal Dolan being boycotted.

 

 

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183558/
<![CDATA[ Peace, Peace, No Violence!, No Money Or Individualism, Yes Encounter And Solidarity, Nigerian Girls Released For 18 Butchers, Bp. Cupich Old Diocese In Legal Mess, Pope Francis Overrode Cd. Ouellet, The New Bernardin? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183319.php
Peace, Peace, no violence!, No money or individualism, Yes encounter and solidarity, Nigerian Girls released for 18 butchers, Bp. Cupich old diocese in legal mess, Pope Francis overrode Cd. Ouellet, The New Bernardin?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Vatican Insider reports on Pope's Francis talk at the Catholic University in Tirana, Albania.

“Authentic religion is a source of peace and not of violence! No one must use the name of God to commit violence! To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman.” Francis said this during his meeting with religious leaders at the Catholic University “Our Lady of Good Counsel” in Tirana. The leaders of the five major religious communities present in the country – Muslim, Bektashi (an Islamic Sufi confraternity), Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical – attended.

Pope Francis told those assembled that “forced exclusion of God” was the cause of violence in the past but he did not mention Communism. Instead he put the blame on “ideology.”

“When, in the name of an ideology, there is an attempt to remove God from society, it ends up adoring idols, and very soon men and women lose their way, their dignity is trampled and their rights violated. You know well how much pain comes from the denial of freedom of conscience and of religious freedom, and how from such a wound comes a humanity that is impoverished because it lacks hope and ideals to guide it,” Francis said.

 

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Before Pope Francis led the Albanian crowd in the Angelus, he spoke to the young people.

“Dear young people, you are the new generation of Albania,” he said Sept. 21. “With the power of the Gospel and the example of the martyrs, you know how to say ‘No’ to the idolatry of money, ‘No’ to the false freedom of individualism, ‘No’ to addiction and to violence.’”

“[Y]ou also know how to say ‘Yes’ to a culture of encounter and of solidarity, ‘Yes’ to the beauty that is inseparable from the good and the true,” he added, “‘Yes’ to a life lived with great enthusiasm and at the same time faithful in little things. In this way, you will build a better Albania and a better world.”

EWTN’s National Catholic Register continues:

Pope Francis’ one-day visit to Albania marks his first apostolic journey to a European country since the start of his pontificate. Earlier in the day the Holy Father delivered an address to Albania’s leaders and the diplomatic corps, in which he praised the “coexistence” between members of different faiths in the country, while condemning those who “consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression.”

 

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Nigeria’s The Nation reports:

After much persuasion, Boko Haram has agreed to release the abducted 219 Chibok girls if the Federal Government will simultaneously set free its 18 key commanders.

The two parties have asked their representatives to go back to their leaders on the new swap deal proposal.

Prior to the latest agreement at the talks in Abuja, which was witnessed by some officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross(ICRC), Boko Haram had insisted on a piecemeal release of the girls, with priority given to 30 married Christians among them.

The Federal Government also offered to release six of the 18 sect leaders in detention.

The two sides maintained a parallel stand until they met again in Abuja at a session facilitated by the President, Civil Rights Congress (CRC),  Comrade Shehu Sani.

 

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The Spokane Spokesman-Review presents an overview of the legal problems which plague new Chicago Bishop Blasé Cupich’s old diocese.

A multimillion-dollar lawsuit pitting the Catholic Diocese of Spokane against the lawyers entrusted to shepherd it through its 2004 bankruptcy is set for a February trial.

Bishop Blase Cupich quit using the legal team at the Paine Hamblen law firm after he arrived in 2010. He has since directed a malpractice complaint that accuses the firm.

Apparently the diocese feels they weren’t appropriately protected from the flood of abuse claims that surfaced in the past ten years.

 

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Rorate Caeli is reporting that Pope Francis had a overriding interest in the appointment of Bishop Cupich to Chicago:

Cupich's promotion to this particularly important position, that usually entails the elevation to the cardinalatial red, was a personal decision of Pope Francis himself. More precisely, the Pope imposed his candidate on Cardinal Ouellet and the Congregation for Bishops, under the desperate suggestion of the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò.

 

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The American Catholic’s Donald McClarey makes some striking comparisons between Bishop Cupich and the powerful and notoriously liberal Archbishop of Chicago, the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.  After detailing both bishops' visions, political alignments, and leadership styles, McClarey offers:

All Catholics who wish to have the Church neutered in the public square should be pleased with this appointment.  Those Catholics who believe in the Church Militant instead of the Church Mushy should be appalled.  Somewhere in the next life, Bernardin is grinning.  Back to the past for the Archdiocese of Chicago.  With this appointment another piece of the puzzle that is Pope Francis falls into place.

 

 

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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183319/
<![CDATA[ Fr. Fessio Defends the Book, Bishop Cupich to Chicago, Call to Action Glad About It, New Vatican Astronomer Sees Aliens ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183213.php
Fr. Fessio Defends the Book, Bishop Cupich to Chicago, Call to Action Glad About It, New Vatican Astronomer Sees Aliens



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

CNA News questions Fr. Joseph Fessio, founder of Ignatius Press, the publisher of the book which apparently annoyed Pope Francis this week. “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church,” features five cardinals including Raymond Burke and head of the CDF, Gerhard Muller. The cardinals address the speech made last February by Cardinal Walter Kasper where he proposed a method to give Holy Communion to remarried Catholics.

Cardinal Kasper reacted to the book this week. CNA has Fr. Fessio's response.

In the interview, Cardinal Kasper complained of learning about the book from journalists who had received advance copies of it. The cardinal said that he had not received an advance copy, adding, “In my entire academic life nothing like this has ever happened to me.”

“You chose to leave academia to enter public life. Get used to it,” Fr. Fessio responded.  

The priest also referenced Cardinal Kasper’s statement, “If cardinals who are the closest collaborators of the pope intervene in this organized and public manner, at least in regard to the most recent history of the Church we are facing an unprecedented situation.”

“Well, you did something unprecedented,” Fr. Fession replied. “And it was organized and public. Well, it was supposed to be done in secrecy, but then you published your consistory intervention as a book.” Furthermore, Fr. Fessio responded to Cardinal Kasper’s statement that his consistory remarks had not offered “a definitive solution” but rather “posed some questions and offered considerations for possible responses.”

“Well, what are you complaining about then?” Fr. Fessio asked. “You got some answers and some responses to your considerations. Or weren’t those the answers you were expecting?”

 

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Rocco Palma reports:

At Roman Noon, the report became reality: the Pope accepted the resignation of Cardinal Francis George for reasons of age, naming Blase Cupich the Ninth Archbishop of Chicago.

As previously relayed, the archbishop-elect will be introduced at a 9.30am Central press conference at the Archbishop Quigley Center, now the Chancery of the nation's third-largest diocese. Livestreams, etc. will follow here then.

Cupich's installation in Holy Name Cathedral has been set for Tuesday, November 18th. On a wider level, meanwhile, the last 48 hours have now brought what could well end up being Francis' two most consequential appointments of his entire pontificate in the English-speaking church.

 

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The notorious dissent ‘catholic’ group Call to Action praised incoming Chicago bishop Blasé Cupich in a press release:

“Call To Action USA and Call To Action Chicago are relieved to learn that Bishop Blasé Cupich, a moderate, has been named the new bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. At a time when numerous U.S. Bishops are choosing to fight ideological battles, Pope Francis’ selection of Cupich demonstrates a desire for a humbler, more pastoral church.

 

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CNA reports:

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, the new president of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, has no doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe and that when humanity discovers it, the news will come as no big surprise.

He suggested that the likely discovery -- whether next month or a millennium from now -- will be received much the way that news of planets orbiting far off stars has filtered in since the 1990s.

The Jesuit Vatican astronomer continued:

"When we say human, human as compared to what?" he asked.

While the discovery of life elsewhere will not prove nor disprove the existence of God, Brother Consolmagno expects that it will open the door to ponder what form salvation history may take in other intelligent societies.

 

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Rorate Caeli’s New Catholics is sorely disturbed at the unfortunate complaints of Cardinal Kasper:

The shamelessness of Cardinal Walter Kasper is astonishing. After throwing an ideological nuclear bomb in the February 2014 Consistory of Cardinals, with a pronouncement filled with historical and doctrinal falsehoods to justify a joint attack on the dogma of the indissolubility of marriage, on Penance, and on the integrity of the Blessed Sacrament, in an interview published today he now pretends that, with the release of the book of the Cardinals (and other pronouncements by other Cardinals, including Cardinal Pell), he is the victim of "an ideological war," and that the real "target" of criticisms directed at him is Pope Francis. Therefore, he says other cardinals cannot criticize him because, in effect, he is merely speaking for the Pope on this matter. The destroyer and attacker claims victimhood status!...

 

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The fallout from a straightforward book where cardinals of the Church explain its teachings on marriage, is telling. Following the deflections of Cardinal Kasper and the unprecedented demotion of contributor Cardinal Burke; the contortions of CDF’s Cardinal Muller are particularly painful to hear.

Rorate reacts:

An upside-down Church: Kasper, the heresy-promoting destroyer of Church dogma wants to demolish Catholic doctrine on Matrimony with an explosive anti-Catholic theory, but others cannot even react. It is Müller who has to excuse himself for standing with the permanent doctrine of the Church on the matter.

 

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Zenit reports:

Archbishop Paul Coakley has used various tacticts over the last three months to protest the black Mass. He was successful in legal proceedings that asserted the consecrated Host to be used for the mass was stolen property and thus couldn't be defamed or abused in any way. A representative for the satanic group returned the Host to a priest of the archdiocese after a judge ordered a stay.

The archbishop has also gathered a worldwide community of prayer and reparation. On Sunday, a Mass and Eucharistic procession will be held.

In his letter to the faithful Abp. Coakley concludes:

I am aware that other groups are planning to show their opposition to the blasphemous event that evening at the Civic Center. I urgently ask everyone to avoid confrontations with those who might oppose them. Our witness ought to be reverent, respectful and peaceful. I urge those who might plan to attend the black mass in order to pray or to protest not to do so! Please do not enter the venue. It would be presumptuous and dangerous to expose oneself or others to these evil influences.    

Finally, let us demonstrate our faith in the power of the Lord’s grace by praying for the conversion of those who are perpetrating this sacrilege and are bound by the Evil One. “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.”

 

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Liberty News’ Eric Odom writes:

Yesterday House Republicans waved the white flag in a bid to get home and campaign as quickly as possible. They not only passed a bill that funds ISIS terror allies in the Middle East, they also fully funded Obamacare and passed funding for Planned Parenthood. All without even a serious debate.

Odom adds, “With friends like the GOP, who needs enemies?”

And Republicans are wondering why a “wave” of support hasn’t shown up for the November elections?

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Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183213/
<![CDATA[ Kasper Says Tell the Pope, Not Me, Muller Makes Blames and Excuses, Coakley Tells Faithful Not to Protest Black Mass , Stay Away, The Traitorous Congress ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183134.php
Kasper Says Tell the Pope, Not Me, Muller Makes Blames and Excuses, Coakley Tells Faithful Not to Protest Black Mass , Stay Away, The Traitorous Congress



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Rorate Caeli’s New Catholics is sorely disturbed at the unfortunate complaints of Cardinal Kasper:

The shamelessness of Cardinal Walter Kasper is astonishing. After throwing an ideological nuclear bomb in the February 2014 Consistory of Cardinals, with a pronouncement filled with historical and doctrinal falsehoods to justify a joint attack on the dogma of the indissolubility of marriage, on Penance, and on the integrity of the Blessed Sacrament, in an interview published today he now pretends that, with the release of the book of the Cardinals (and other pronouncements by other Cardinals, including Cardinal Pell), he is the victim of "an ideological war," and that the real "target" of criticisms directed at him is Pope Francis. Therefore, he says other cardinals cannot criticize him because, in effect, he is merely speaking for the Pope on this matter. The destroyer and attacker claims victimhood status!...

 

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The fallout from a straightforward book where cardinals of the Church explain its teachings on marriage, is telling. Following the deflections of Cardinal Kasper and the unprecedented demotion of contributor Cardinal Burke; the contortions of CDF’s Cardinal Muller are particularly painful to hear.

Rorate reacts:

An upside-down Church: Kasper, the heresy-promoting destroyer of Church dogma wants to demolish Catholic doctrine on Matrimony with an explosive anti-Catholic theory, but others cannot even react. It is Müller who has to excuse himself for standing with the permanent doctrine of the Church on the matter.

 

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Zenit reports:

Archbishop Paul Coakley has used various tacticts over the last three months to protest the black Mass. He was successful in legal proceedings that asserted the consecrated Host to be used for the mass was stolen property and thus couldn't be defamed or abused in any way. A representative for the satanic group returned the Host to a priest of the archdiocese after a judge ordered a stay.

The archbishop has also gathered a worldwide community of prayer and reparation. On Sunday, a Mass and Eucharistic procession will be held.

In his letter to the faithful Abp. Coakley concludes:

I am aware that other groups are planning to show their opposition to the blasphemous event that evening at the Civic Center. I urgently ask everyone to avoid confrontations with those who might oppose them. Our witness ought to be reverent, respectful and peaceful. I urge those who might plan to attend the black mass in order to pray or to protest not to do so! Please do not enter the venue. It would be presumptuous and dangerous to expose oneself or others to these evil influences.    

Finally, let us demonstrate our faith in the power of the Lord’s grace by praying for the conversion of those who are perpetrating this sacrilege and are bound by the Evil One. “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.”

 

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Liberty News’ Eric Odom writes:

Yesterday House Republicans waved the white flag in a bid to get home and campaign as quickly as possible. They not only passed a bill that funds ISIS terror allies in the Middle East, they also fully funded Obamacare and passed funding for Planned Parenthood. All without even a serious debate.

Odom adds, “With friends like the GOP, who needs enemies?”

And Republicans are wondering why a “wave” of support hasn’t shown up for the November elections?

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183134/
<![CDATA[ The Boat-People Cardinal and the Anchoress, Francis and the Bones that Crush, Shea and the Not Insignificant Portion of People, No Escape for the FFI, The Group Wedding Scandal ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_183016.php
The Boat-People Cardinal and the Anchoress, Francis and the Bones that Crush, Shea and the Not Insignificant Portion of People, No Escape for the FFI, The Group Wedding Scandal



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Anchoress Elizabeth Scalia opens with somewhat of a gloat on the impending banishment of beloved Cardinal Raymond Burke:

My first thought, when I heard it ran along the lines of “well, Burke does like the bells and smells and formalities and some of Malta kind of does, too…of course, the island is so small he may have to trim the cappa magna.”

Next she proposes that the Pope may have some altruistic scheme:

It would not at all surprise me to discover that Pope Francis, seeking to find a way to give assistance to people risking their lives to escape a troubled continent, has deliberately put along their route a youngish churchman with a humanitarian “military order” under his patronage, and a gift for putting things together.

In fact, this seems like exactly the thing Francis would do: align an obedient, faithful Cardinal who enjoys a bit of ceremony from time to time with a well-organized Knighthood able to offer medical and emergency help, and who also rather like getting spiffed up from time to time, and put them to work, together, for the good of the countless numbers of people, and ultimately for the good of the church.

The Anchoress closes with a vivid triumphant portrayal of the Cardinal’s new place in the Church of Francis:

I think Francis has given Cardinal Burke a great challenge, a great privilege, and a mighty task: to sustain and further build up an organization that serves people-in-need around the world, regardless of race, creed, nationality; to shore up good-and-welfare networks that have become stagnant; to assist immigrants and nations as the world continues its transition into something different from what it has been. And to — why not, if he wants? — wrap all of these efforts in occasional pageants of great beauty and solemn worship, because beauty feeds the heart and soul, and it doesn’t belong to only some, but to all.

 

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English blogger Bones asks:

With Cardinal Burke the latest name hitting headlines in the purge of the Roman Curia, another who just happened to be a supporter of Pope Benedict XVI and his liturgical vision, can we assume that 'unity in diversity' does not mean what it actually means, but something else quite restrictive and rather authoritarian?

He continues:

This horrific political style of Church governance in turn appears to be a kind of leadership and a form of behaviour taken up by Bishops and others at a local level. Only via such political shenanigans can a parish priest ask his bewildered congregation to unite, basically, 'under me' in the wake of a very loved and respected priest being moved. This is quite simply wrong. Christ does not send His people personalities to be loved but priests who humbly serve Him. They may have personalities, but they are Priests, not social workers, teachers or entertainers. They are certainly not meant to be politicians.

Later Bones makes a striking contrast between Francis and Pope Benedict.

Pope Benedict XVI always pointed away from himself to Christ the Lord, especially in the Blessed Sacrament. A new regime with an entirely new set of personalities seems to view the Church in starkly political and radically political terms at that, seemingly unaware that the grievous damage they are doing is coming from a spiritual source so destructive that it is impossible to see it as coming from the Lord. They are using starkly political methods in which to administer the 'medicine of mercy' that it is felt is needed in order to knock down the legacies of those they succeed in order to establish something that is discontinuous and rupturous in its place. Their arrogance is truly breathtaking. Nothing - nobody - it seems will be able to stand in their way. Our hope is in Christ the Victor.

 

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The Jesuit AmericaMag, given new life and prestige in the era of Francis, interviewed Mark Shea about blogging and the Pope.

When asked if he considered blogging to be journalism, he responded, “Not really. I suppose it can be, but I think it’s typically a very derivative form of journalism at best.”

America’s Fr. Sean Salai asked, How has the Catholic blogosphere reacted to the papacy of Francis so far?

It really depends. As I suggested earlier, some on the right of the blogosphere are extremely nervous. Some on that side, like me, think very highly of him. But other blogs are utterly hysterical about him, displaying unhinged panic that in some cases leans toward sedevacantism because they just cannot cope with him. Others tend to be suspicious of everything he says. Then there are others who really see and appreciate what he’s trying to do. They see that he’s not his predecessors, but that he’s not saying or doing anything essentially different from his predecessors.

When asked how things have changed, Shea slammed the Catholic faithful who honestly react to the Pope.

Now we have Pope Francis and, regrettably, a not-insignificant portion of people in my corner of the blogosphere have decided that God has anointed them to defend the church from Francis. That astounds me and I have spent a fair amount of time reminding people that, you know, this guy is the pope and our task is to listen to him and learn from him rather than defend the church from him.

When I became a Catholic in 1987, I never dreamed that by 2014 I would be watching a considerable portion of the people who then considered themselves “the real Catholics” to be in varying levels of open revolt against the Holy Father.

Finally, when asked his impression of the Pope, Mark did not hold back.

I love the man. It’s almost inarticulate, but I have nothing but love for the guy. I think he’s the absolute real deal and I feel tremendous hope for the church. As I said before, I’ve loved every pope we’ve had, but I particularly have a soft spot for this man just as a human being apart from whatever he does as pope. I think the world of him. There are some people you just recognize as genuine people and I always respond really strongly to them. There’s no artifice about him and I really like that.

 

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Rorate Caeli comments on a Marco Tosatti piece which mentions:

We hope that the unconfirmed report, according to which the Pope is said to have asked for the list of bishops who incardinate in their dioceses the friars of the Franciscans of the Immaculate who wish to abandon the order after its intervention and compulsory re-education, is not true. But unfortunately, we fear the opposite.

New Catholic responds:

If, as Tosatti clearly implies it is, this information is true (which would not be shocking considering the evolution of current events), the situation of the former Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is even more suffocating than before, on a level never before seen in the Church in recent centuries.

 

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In a lengthy and detailed anticipation of the group wedding ceremony which occurred last weekend, Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam made several troubling conclusions.

With the announcement that Pope Francis intends to marry couples who are publicly living in sin by cohabiting, some Catholics have sunk to a depth of denial and contradiction that I did not think possible. The scandal took place today, according to sources (here and here).

This is not some kind of hype pushed by the secular media. The fact that cohabiting couples will be among those receiving the sacrament comes straight from the press release issued by the Vicariate of Rome, which stated that among those being married by Francis "there are those who are already cohabiting", as reported by CNS. The ceremony will also include couples with children born out of wedlock.

The marriage of people cohabiting is a destructive scandal and offensive to those brave parish priests who over the years have steadfastly refused to marry couples who are living together outside of marriage. These faithful priests - who are usually in the minority and receive very little support from their bishops - understand that a couple cohabiting prior to marriage have no real understanding of the Catholic Church's moral teachings and even less knowledge of the purpose of the sacrament.

In a Q&A format the writer asks:

"Boniface, marriage offers a way for them to regularize their situation. Do you want them to remain in sin?"

Of course not. I want them to turn their union into a sacramental, grace-filled union. To do so, they must be properly disposed to receive the sacrament. Part of that disposition is abstaining from intercourse prior to marriage, which among other things, you do by not living together. If a cohabiting couple is serious about wanting to regularize their situation, let them cease cohabitation at once and make a sacramental confession. Then let them maintain purity for the remainder of the preparatory process, which is a sign that they are serious about "bearing fruit that befits repentance." It's as simple as that.

 

 

 

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/183016/
<![CDATA[ Cd. Burke Demotion Would Be Unprecedented, Machiavellian Cruelty, The Forces Aligned Against Cordileone, The Tobin Proposal?, IDC Conference to Cruz, You risked lives! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182884.php
Cd. Burke Demotion Would Be Unprecedented, Machiavellian Cruelty, The Forces Aligned Against Cordileone, The Tobin Proposal?, IDC Conference to Cruz, You risked lives!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Vaticanista Sandro Magister reports of powerful Cardinal Raymond Burke:

As the impeccable prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura, he is on the verge of being demoted to the purely honorary role of “patron” of an order of knighthood. At the behest of Pope Francis

Magister goes on to list some of the recent notable ‘decapitations’ in the Church, then says:

The next victim would in fact be the United States cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, who from being prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura would not be promoted - as some are fantasizing in the blogosphere - to the difficult but prestigious see of Chicago, but rather demoted to the pompous - but ecclesiastically very modest - title of “cardinal patron” of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, replacing the current head, Paolo Sardi, who recently turned 80.

If confirmed, Burke’s exile would be even more drastic than the one inflicted on Cardinal Piacenza, who, transferred from the important congregation for the clergy to the marginal apostolic penitentiary, nevertheless remained in the leadership of a curial dicastery.

With the shakeup on the way, Burke would instead be completely removed from the curia and employed in a purely honorary position without any influence on the governance of the universal Church.

This would be a move that seems to have no precedent.

In the past, in fact, the title of “cardinalis patronus” of the knights of Malta, in existence since 1961, like the previous one of Grand Prior of Rome, has always been assigned to the highest ranking cardinals as an extra position in addition to the main one.

 

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Fr. Ray Black reacts to the impending humiliation of Cardinal Raymond Burke:

The straight bat of Burke was hardly going to survive for long in that environment. Machiavelli, some clerics bedside reading, calls for examples to made, for occasional acts of cruelty, for signs of the Princes ruthless power.

Then he expounds:

In the New Pentecost, the age of the Spirit, that has superseded the age of the articulated Incarnate Word, it is the experience of women and men. The pneumatic, blow where it will Spirit is all that matters. Traddies might understand the 'Spirit of Vatican II' as wild and irrational, 'do what you like' but it is far from that. In is about synchreticisn, dialogue, moderation, compromise, ambiguity, recognition of ignorance, the preference for the via negativa, the rejection of the via positiva. Christ and the Apostles might be unambiguous about judgement, heaven and hell, about Him being the only Way, Truth and Life, about the necessity of Baptism and the Eucharist, about objective realities but in fact 'we have moved beyond' all of that. That is no longer the default position of the Catholic Church.

 

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Breitbart’s Dr. Susan Berry reports on the powerful enemies made by San Francisco Abp. Cordileone just for defending Catholic teaching on marriage:

A leftist group funded by top gay activist bundlers for Obama’s 2012 campaign coordinated both a “well planned and financed” attack against San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone for his decision to speak during the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. in June, says Catholic San Francisco.

Faithful America is an organization that claims to be “the largest and fastest growing online community of Christians putting faith into action for social justice.”

According to Valerie Schmalz writing at Catholic San Francisco, there is “abundant evidence” that the attack on Cordileone, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, was coordinated by Faithful America and supported by politically powerful and wealthy individuals and foundations that have dedicated millions to promoting the LGBT agenda.

Catholic San Francisco reports that Faithful America, whose website claims over 300,000 members and states it is “dedicated to reclaiming Christianity from the religious right,” has received funding from the nation’s two top gay political philanthropists—Tim Gill of Colorado, founder of software publisher Quark Inc., and billionaire Jon Stryker, heir of Stryker medical technology company—as well as billionaire George Soros and the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund.

 

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In advance of the Synod, Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin, who famously reacted to the Pope’s call to downplay pro-life issues, has come out in support of speedier, less rigorous annulments and flexibility regarding Holy Communion.

Could we not say, by way of analogy, that “matrimony is made for man, not man for matrimony?” Although the teaching of Christ and His Church about the permanence of marriage is clear and undeniable, the lived reality is that many individuals, for a variety of reasons perhaps – personal, catechetical or cultural – are ill-equipped to fulfill the lofty demands of the law.

I understand completely the arguments against taking a more “pastoral approach” to this topic, primarily that to do so would betray the sacred teaching of Christ we are obliged to uphold. I know that even within the current discipline, divorced and remarried Catholics, though barred from Holy Communion, are still valued members of the Church and that there are many ways for them to participate in ecclesial life. And I believe in the value of “spiritual communion” as a truly worthwhile devotional practice for those unable to receive the sacrament.

But at the same time, the Church has taught the pre-eminent value of receiving the Holy Eucharist, and I keep hearing the words of Jesus about the Eucharist, words that are just as valid and important as His words about marriage: “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” (Jn 6:53)

What’s the solution to this dilemma?

Well, for starters, can we at least think about simplifying the annulment process so that it’s more akin to the current practice of receiving various dispensations for marriage, handled completely at the local level with the oversight of the Diocesan Bishop? Can we eliminate the necessity of having detailed personal interviews, hefty fees, testimony from witnesses, psychological exams, and automatic appeals to other tribunals?

In lieu of this formal court-like process, which some participants have found intimidating, can we rely more on the conscientious personal judgment of spouses about the history of their marriage (after all, they are the ministers and recipients of the sacrament!) and their worthiness to receive Holy Communion? And don’t we already offer Holy Communion to other individuals whose relationship with the Church is impaired, such as Orthodox Christians?

 

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National Catholic Register’s Peter Jesserer Smith reveals:

Leaders of the In Defense of Christians summit, an event that raised awareness about the ongoing genocide of Christians from the Middle East, fear U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas may have put “lives at risk” with his controversial keynote address at last Wednesday’s gala.

Executive Director of IDC, Andrew Doran said:

People had come here trusting us not to put their lives in danger. People had come here for the sake of unity, and for politicians to take advantage of this for their own agenda is absolutely disgraceful.

 

 

 

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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182884/
<![CDATA[ Dirty War Follows Pope Francis, Suffer with the People, USCCB Says We Accept Free Daycare Vouchers, Where is the Reporting on the Vatican Group Wedding? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182800.php
Dirty War Follows Pope Francis, Suffer with the People, USCCB Says We Accept Free Daycare Vouchers, Where is the Reporting on the Vatican Group Wedding?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Miami Herald reports:

Pope Francis met Monday with an Argentine judge who played a key role in the recent convictions of two former military officers for one of the most notorious crimes of the country's Dirty War.

La Rioja Bishop Enrique Angelelli, an avowed leftist, was killed Aug. 4, 1976 in a car crash, shortly after Argentina's military seized power and began a crackdown on suspected leftist "subversives."

For decades, officials insisted the death was accidental. But the case was reopened in 2010 after a former priest who had been riding with the bishop said their car had been forced off the road.

La Rioja judge Daniel Ruben Herrera Piedrabuena ordered new expert investigations into the crash and determined that Angelelli had been assassinated.

It continues:

The future pope — Jorge Mario Bergoglio — was the Jesuit leader in Argentina at the time and was on good terms with Angelelli, though he did not embrace the socialist-influenced Liberation Theology of the elder man.

Bergoglio though intervened at Angelelli's request to shelter three seminarians targeted by the same death squads that had killed some Catholic lay workers in La Rioja.

Bergoglio hid the three in his seminary in Buenos Aires just as Angelelli was assassinated.

 

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Vatican Radio quotes Pope Francis at Santa Marta:

Beautiful homilies are useless if you are not close to the people, if you do not suffer with the people and do not give hope, they are vanity: This was Pope Francis’ reflection Tuesday morning during Mass in Santa Marta, the day on which the Church remembers the Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, bishop martyrs.

"He was close to the people. A close God who is able to understand the hearts of the people, the heart of His people. Then he sees that procession, and the Lord drew near. God visits His people in the midst of his people, and draws near to them. Proximity.

The Pope warned:

The other path is that of the teachers, the preachers of the time: the doctors of the law, the scribes, the Pharisees ... who distanced themselves from the people, with their words ... well: they spoke well. They taught the law, well. But they were distant.

 

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USCCB Committee Chairmen welcome a block grant to provide daycare vouchers to poor families. These grants can be used to obtain child care from Catholic Church facilities:

“This legislative agreement also appropriately reaffirms the importance and pre-eminence of the child care certificates as the bedrock parental choice component of the program and acknowledges the critical role that Catholic and other faith-based providers play in this program,” said Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, the chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education.

 

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Terry Mattingly at Get Religon writes:

When covering major events that are directly linked to the liturgical work and authority of the pope, it never hurts to spend some time reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In this case, let's look at the material found at this reference point: Paragraph 2391 – IV. Offenses Against the Dignity of Marriage.

Some today claim a “right to a trial marriage” where there is an intention of getting married later. However firm the purpose of those who engage in premature sexual relations may be, “the fact is that such liaisons can scarcely ensure mutual sincerity and fidelity in a relationship between a man and a woman, nor, especially, can they protect it from inconstancy of desires or whim.” 184 Carnal union is morally legitimate only when a definitive community of life between a man and woman has been established. Human love does not tolerate “trial marriages.” It demands a total and definitive gift of persons to one another. 185 (2364)

The writer goes on to cite secular press reports which note some breaking of Catholic moral law and sacramental practice:

The crucial question, then, is what had been happening in the present tense during the preparations for this marriage. Were these Catholics still living together or had they separated and gone to confession? News stories constantly quote Pope Francis talking about how God is merciful and willing to forgive, yet never note that Catholicism has a sacramental process for that – confession. They are hinting that this pope is breaking the rules. Correct?

In closing:

Additional questions for journalists who care about facts: Did these couples separate for a time and cease sexual relations – fornication is still a mortal sin, in the eyes of most Catechism experts – during preparations for marriage?

The church can and should be forgiving. Yes, but was there any repentance? Did the participants go to confession as part of their preparations for the sacrament of marriage? The pope consistently used language of mercy and forgiveness. The implication is that people were leaving sins behind. How? How was that acted out in the sacraments?

In other words – no matter what you think of the moral issues at stake in these stories – we have very imprecise reporting here. To me, this vague language seems intentional. Yes, it's possible that the canonical and doctrinal fog was present in Vatican statements. However, aren't journalists supposed to ask questions and then clarify the basic facts?

 

 

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182800/
<![CDATA[ Curial Reform Social Justice Style, The Wedding Party Encouragement, The Synod and Winter, The Chapter 7 Church ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182705.php
Curial Reform Social Justice Style, The Wedding Party Encouragement, The Synod and Winter, The Chapter 7 Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

La Stampa:

The Pope’s advisors on Curia reform will be holding a new round of talks Monday. They will review the roles and tasks of Congregations and Pontifical Councils. Tasks relating to justice and peace, migrants and charity may come under one umbrella.

Andrea Tornelli notes:

Another dicastery that is under study could encompass all bodies that deal with issues relating to the social doctrine of the Church: the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cor Unum and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants. But in this case too, nothing has yet been decided.

 

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TIME’s Elizabeth Dias speculates on the Pope’s group wedding to non-traditional but representative couples:

Sunday’s wedding ceremony is another sign that Rome is signaling a new openness to including married people who have been divorced or who have cohabitated in the church’s sacraments. Marriage itself, like communion, is a sacrament in Catholic theology, and both are a way that the faithful can experience life in community with fellow believers. Since local churches currently tend to make their own decisions about serving communion to divorced and remarried, or cohabitating Catholics, any overarching guidance from the Holy Father this October could mean significant change. Cohabiting couples cannot be denied marriage by policy in the Catholic Church, but a priest is not obliged to marry a couple, and so Pope Francis’ example of presiding over a wedding for couples who had lived together will likely encourage other priests to follow suit.

 

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Creative Minority Report’s incisive Pat Archbold predicts little news out of the upcoming Synod on the Family.

Due to the words of a Cardinal Kasper earlier this year during a speech in preparation for the synod, and the praise it received from the Pope, many have begun to suspect that the Synod on the Family will introduce novelties that will contradict the Church's (and Jesus') clear teaching on the indissolubility of marriage. Some even think that such an event could provoke a schism.

I want to go on record that I do not expect that.

Actually, what I expect is that the Synod, by design, will be quite anti-climactic, if for no other reason that to disarm the myriad critics of Kasper both in and out of the Bishops conference.

See, Cardinal Kasper's speech was a full frontal assault on the teaching of marriage and as a result there was considerable public push back by many Cardinals and others. This is not how things are done. I actually believe that his speech was a strategic assault to test defenses. When introducing doctrine undermining change into the Church, the last thing you want is to be clear that is what you are doing. That is why I don't expect the synod itself to be a disaster. Rather, I expect it to be like that nice crisp autumn night, the perfect sleeping weather, something so comfortable you fall asleep, even though it is a clear sign that winter is approaching.

He continues:

No mandate, no direct assertions on what to do, but just a call for Bishop conferences to study the problem and implement pastoral practices in line with the synodal documents. That is when the horse will be permanently out of the barn.

Then certain conferences will run wild either directly allowing it or allowing the pastor to decide. You know they will. (See German Episcopal conference)

The traditionally minded will scream bloody murder while the "everything is awesome" Catholics will only refer to the document of the synod as the mostest wonderfulist re-statement of Catholic teaching ever, ignoring what his happening on the ground.

 

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St. Corbinian’s Bear laments:

The Bear is experiencing cognitive dissonance from the apparent abandonment of the Church dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church. The Bear is confident that a minority of bishops would be willing to assert such dogma, "minority" meaning none. Coupled with recent statements about the holy "polyhedron," and developments in ecumenical and interfaith relations, the abandonment of the dogma of extra ecclesiam nulla salus leaves the Bear rather nonplussed.

It would seem to be desirable to clarify, or, failing that, to stop making the claims that the Church has traditionally made about itself. Perhaps an ideal solution would be to liquidate Church assets to the extent necessary to comfortably retire the entire establishment, and reopen under new management that would be faithful to the Church's history, tradition and teachings.

 

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The Telegraph reports on the wedding of twenty couples before Pope Francis this Sunday:

In the first wedding he has performed in his 18-month-old papacy, the Pope took each couple through their vows in turn – including Gabriella and Guido, who already had children and thought such a marriage would be impossible, official broadcasting service Radio Vaticana said.

"The people getting married on Sunday are couples like many others," the diocese of Rome said in a statement. "Some already live together, some already have children."

The Pope said marriage was “real life, not some TV show” and told the couples the love of Jesus can help whenever their love “becomes lost, wounded or worn out.”

 

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Irish Central notes:

Pope Francis continues to amaze. He married 20 couples on Sunday in Rome several of them “living in sin” having had children outside marriage.

Patrick Roberts continues:

In marrying them he he kicked away one of the bulwark beliefs of the sex-obsessed hierarchy in the old church, the belief that sex outside marriage was a heinous and immoral act.

All of us Irish Catholics grew up with that unfortunate characterization of those who did not conform to the absolute orthodoxy of only having sex and children within marriage.

All others were fallen sinners. This led to some mighty hypocrisy on all sides as fallen men and women were considered far below the virtuous few – most of whom on closer scrutiny were not such virtuous souls.

 

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Rorate Caeli writes, “Argentina, the Sun of the Universal Church: the Argentine Church is a freak show that keeps on giving gifts to the Catholic world! In just two days, two unbelievable stories.”

  1. Saturday, Sep. 14 - After being barred from "marrying" them, priest "blesses" homosexual "marriage" in a wedding-like public ceremony in Santiago del Estero.
  2. Friday, Sep. 13 - The following should be a regular baptism, since the parents are a man and a woman -- but it isn't a regular event, which is why the local press also covers it so prominently. Another episode, in one single weekend, of the Argentine Church, a fiery light unto the nations.

 

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The once-scrutinized but today given new prestige, Jesuit AmericaMag has lent its formal editorial approval to the notorious ‘Kasper Proposal.’ In preparation for the October Synod, German Cardinal Walter Kasper recommended a path for couples in ‘irregular’ relationships to receive Holy Communion sacrilegiously in a state of mortal sin. While the idea was roundly condemned by the majority of bishops present at the time, it was praised by the Pope himself.

The AmericaMag editors now counsel:

..change should be seen not as a revolutionary gesture on the part of the current pope, but rather as the church’s response to the signs of the times. Cardinal Kasper’s modest proposal is in essential continuity with urgent appeals for mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation that characterized the ministries of Pope Francis’ immediate predecessors. As the pope said in one of his recent daily homilies, the church sometimes calls us to change our structures, to pour “new wine into new wineskins.

 

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UCA News reveals:

Most of the international media reported that China allowed Pope Francis to fly through its airspace to and from Korea in August. They also informed their global audiences that Francis expressed his wish for good relations with Beijing and his ardent desire to visit there “tomorrow.”

The same media, however, gave little visibility to other aspects of the somewhat complex Sino-Vatican relation in regard to Francis’ visit to Korea for Asian Youth Day and the beatification of 124 martyrs. In this week’s dispatch, I want to look at some of these lesser known aspects, beginning with how China’s official media treated the visit.

Hong Kong’s bishop, Cardinal John Tong Hon, told me recently that ever since Francis’ election, China’s official media have given him a neutral, even positive press, and never published negative reports on him. “That’s quite remarkable,” he stated.

 

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182705/
<![CDATA[ A Wedding That Smells Like Sheep, Press Says Fornication Approved, Freak Show In Argentina, AmericaMag Likes Kasper Proposal, Great Press For Francis In China ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182661.php
A Wedding That Smells Like Sheep, Press Says Fornication Approved, Freak Show In Argentina, AmericaMag Likes Kasper Proposal, Great Press For Francis In China



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Telegraph reports on the wedding of twenty couples before Pope Francis this Sunday:

In the first wedding he has performed in his 18-month-old papacy, the Pope took each couple through their vows in turn – including Gabriella and Guido, who already had children and thought such a marriage would be impossible, official broadcasting service Radio Vaticana said.

"The people getting married on Sunday are couples like many others," the diocese of Rome said in a statement. "Some already live together, some already have children."

The Pope said marriage was “real life, not some TV show” and told the couples the love of Jesus can help whenever their love “becomes lost, wounded or worn out.”

 

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Irish Central notes:

Pope Francis continues to amaze. He married 20 couples on Sunday in Rome several of them “living in sin” having had children outside marriage.

Patrick Roberts continues:

In marrying them he he kicked away one of the bulwark beliefs of the sex-obsessed hierarchy in the old church, the belief that sex outside marriage was a heinous and immoral act.

All of us Irish Catholics grew up with that unfortunate characterization of those who did not conform to the absolute orthodoxy of only having sex and children within marriage.

All others were fallen sinners. This led to some mighty hypocrisy on all sides as fallen men and women were considered far below the virtuous few – most of whom on closer scrutiny were not such virtuous souls.

 

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

Rorate Caeli writes, “Argentina, the Sun of the Universal Church: the Argentine Church is a freak show that keeps on giving gifts to the Catholic world! In just two days, two unbelievable stories.”

  1. Saturday, Sep. 14 - After being barred from "marrying" them, priest "blesses" homosexual "marriage" in a wedding-like public ceremony in Santiago del Estero.
  2. Friday, Sep. 13 - The following should be a regular baptism, since the parents are a man and a woman -- but it isn't a regular event, which is why the local press also covers it so prominently. Another episode, in one single weekend, of the Argentine Church, a fiery light unto the nations.

 

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

The once-scrutinized but today given new prestige, Jesuit AmericaMag has lent its formal editorial approval to the notorious ‘Kasper Proposal.’ In preparation for the October Synod, German Cardinal Walter Kasper recommended a path for couples in ‘irregular’ relationships to receive Holy Communion sacrilegiously in a state of mortal sin. While the idea was roundly condemned by the majority of bishops present at the time, it was praised by the Pope himself.

The AmericaMag editors now counsel:

..change should be seen not as a revolutionary gesture on the part of the current pope, but rather as the church’s response to the signs of the times. Cardinal Kasper’s modest proposal is in essential continuity with urgent appeals for mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation that characterized the ministries of Pope Francis’ immediate predecessors. As the pope said in one of his recent daily homilies, the church sometimes calls us to change our structures, to pour “new wine into new wineskins.

 

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UCA News reveals:

Most of the international media reported that China allowed Pope Francis to fly through its airspace to and from Korea in August. They also informed their global audiences that Francis expressed his wish for good relations with Beijing and his ardent desire to visit there “tomorrow.”

The same media, however, gave little visibility to other aspects of the somewhat complex Sino-Vatican relation in regard to Francis’ visit to Korea for Asian Youth Day and the beatification of 124 martyrs. In this week’s dispatch, I want to look at some of these lesser known aspects, beginning with how China’s official media treated the visit.

Hong Kong’s bishop, Cardinal John Tong Hon, told me recently that ever since Francis’ election, China’s official media have given him a neutral, even positive press, and never published negative reports on him. “That’s quite remarkable,” he stated.

 

 

 

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182661/
<![CDATA[ War is Bad, Politician Writes Nuncio over Cd. Dolan, CruxMag Wants More Social Justice, Mexican Satanists Unjust, Black Mass Sold Out with 88 ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182573.php
War is Bad, Politician Writes Nuncio over Cd. Dolan, CruxMag Wants More Social Justice, Mexican Satanists Unjust, Black Mass Sold Out with 88



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Yahoo News writes:

"Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep," Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy's largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried.

Pope Francis continued:

"War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying," he said. "Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology"

 

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Blog for Dallas Area Catholics calls attention to a letter sent by Virginia House of Delegates member Bob Marshall to Archbishop Carlo Vignano, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States.

Marshall writes:

New York’s Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, praised the decision to allow an openly gay group to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “I have no trouble with the decision at all … I think the decision is a wise one,” he said.

His action has left many Catholics, including elected officials like myself, puzzled and disheartened especially when we measure Cardinal Dolan’s new policy with that of his predecessor, John Cardinal O’Connor. 

He adds:

In 1993, when LGBT groups and government officials demanded that openly homosexual groups be included in the Parade, Cardinal O’Connor vowed in a St. Patrick’s Day sermon that he “could never even be perceived as compromising Catholic teaching. Neither respectability nor political correctness is worth one comma in the Apostles Creed.”

and…..

I know from a lifetime in and around politics that federal judges and Members of Congress read newspapers. They are influenced by the actions of moral leaders. They gauge what they can “get away with” by what Catholic prelates “tolerate.”

and…

I haven’t talked to one Catholic who thinks that what Cardinal Dolan did was prudent or helpful in defending the Faith, marriage or morals. Converts, especially, are distressed.

 

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The Globe's CruxMag opens with a story on a Church ministry to poor on the outskirts of El Paso, where they profile parishioner Fernie Bermudez, a volunteer in the ‘social justice’movement:

When Pope Francis said in an interview one year ago today that “The church’s ministers must be merciful, take responsibility for the people and accompany them like the Good Samaritan, who washes, cleans and raises up his neighbor,” he could have been talking about Bermudez.

The interview, granted to major Jesuit journals, showcased Francis’ determination to re-focus the Church less on culture wars – contraception, abortion, same-sex marriage and the like – and more on poverty and inequality.

Cruz asks, “Has the pope’s call for “a new balance” found a receptive audience in the States?”

Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network in Washington, D.C., told Crux that too much energy remains directed away from social justice, leaving structures that cause poverty to go unchallenged.

“The Catholic Church is certainly one of the leading organizations in terms of providing services for the poor,” he said. “Where I think it’s lacking is on the other side of the coin, addressing the problem of poverty through change, not just providing food. I think we have to do both, and the church has fallen behind.”

 

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A horrible story has emerged from Mexico, where vicious gangs and satanic violence are a part of life today.

A Mexican family has been jailed for gouging out the eyes of their five-year-old relative with a spoon during a satanic ritual to bring about the end of the world.

Fernando Caleb Alvarado Rios was ordered to close his eyes out of respect with his mother, grandparents, aunt and uncles as they danced in a circle and called on Satan to reveal himself.

But when he was too scared to do so, his mother, Maria del Carmen Garcia Rios, grabbed a spoon and the entire group gouged them out.

They were caught when neighbours, who had heard loud chanting, came to investigate and saw the child screaming in pain.

Today, more than two years after the incident in May 2012, a court has sentenced the group to 30 years each in jail.

Fernando has since been given glass eyes and is now in care.

 

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The Oklahoma City Black Mass is formally scheduled to go on, and the event is apparently sold out, though only 88 tickets have been bought.

The Satanist group that will stage a controversial “black mass” at an Oklahoma City civic center has said that all 88 tickets for its Sept. 21 event are sold out. The co-founder of the group revealed that the ritual will go ahead despite strong Christian protests and will feature a satanic exorcism, but will be “toned down” to comply with state health laws.

“One of the dictates of the church is not only to educate the members but to educate the public, and to debunk the Hollywood-projected image of our beliefs,” Dakhma of Angra Mainyu’s Adam Daniels told ABC News.

He added that the group will comply with state health laws and substitute vinegar for actions involving urine as part of the satanic ceremony.

 

 

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Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182573/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal McCarrick Most Merciful, Fight ISIS with More ISIS, The Obama Five Patriarch Parade, Pope Marries Catholics with Baggage to Be Pastoral ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182460.php
Cardinal McCarrick Most Merciful, Fight ISIS with More ISIS, The Obama Five Patriarch Parade, Pope Marries Catholics with Baggage to Be Pastoral



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Daily Caller reports:

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity, during a Sept. 10 press conference in D.C.

“In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

McCarrick next claimed that “Catholic social teaching is based on the dignity of the human person… [and] as you study the holy Koran, as you study Islam, basically, this is what Muhammad the prophet, peace be upon him, has been teaching.”

This event prompted a response from Islamic Jihad expert, Robert Spencer, a man the Caller calls ‘scornful.’

“Has Cardinal McCarrick converted to Islam?” asked a scornful critic, Robert Spencer, the best-selling author of many books on Islam.

“‘Peace be upon him’ is a phrase Muslims utter after they say the name of [their reputed] prophet… [so] probably he is unaware of the unintended Islamic confession of faith he has just made,”said Spencer, who runs the Jihadwatch.org website.

 

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The Independent Journal Review explains, “How Obama’s Idea To Defeat ISIS By Arming Syrian Rebels Could Do The Opposite of What’s Intended”

President Obama has asked Congress to approve a proposal to allow the U.S. military to train the FSA to fight ISIS. However, opposition to the proposal is starting to gather, led by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky):

   “Senator Paul believes arming the same side as ISIS was and is a strategic error and would oppose such action,” Paul’s senior aide, Doug Stafford, told The Huffington Post on Wednesday.

 

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Breitbart’s Dr. Susan Berry writes:

An email press release for In Defense of Christians (IDC), an organization that convened a three-day summit in Washington D.C. reportedly dedicated to bringing awareness to the persecution of Christians in the MidEast, states that five patriarchs from the conference—many of whom have been supporters of Hezbollah—met with President Obama at the White House just hours after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was booed during his keynote address for his public support of Israel.

The leaders attending the meeting with Obama were Maronite Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Cardinal Raï; Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorius III Laham; Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II; Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Yonan; Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia Aram I Keshishian; Most Reverend Metropolitan Joseph Al-Zehlaoui, official representative of Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X; Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria; and Bishop Emeritus of Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle Ibrahim, Ibrahim.

 

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The Crux reports:

Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children.

The pope, who is the bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Sept. 14.

It continues:

Couples also come from all kinds of situations with some “who have been engaged for a long period of time or for not as long; there are those who are already cohabitating; who already have children; who got to know each other in church,” it said.

 

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Canon lawyer Dr. Ed Peters says the Pope’s decision to marry cohabiting couples, among the other irregular situations presented in his upcoming wedding ceremony, poses some pastoral challenges:

Many parishes and dioceses have developed practices (even formal policies) against offering weddings to cohabiting couples. While, as one should conclude from the above, such approaches have always rested on canonically thin ice (cc. 838, 843), they seemed, in some cases at least, to have been pastorally successful in getting couples to realize that marriage (as opposed to concubinage or even just regular pre-marital sex) is a momentous step to be undertaken by those with more than a passing awareness of what it means. Whether the pope’s action will make it more difficult for priests and bishops to persuade cohabiting couples to approach their wedding as a life (including life-style) changing event remains to be seen.

 

 

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Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182460/
<![CDATA[ Mario Joseph and the Joy of a Muslim Convert, Catholic League Abandons Parade, the Prophetic Belloc Rises Again ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182383.php
Mario Joseph and the Joy of a Muslim Convert, Catholic League Abandons Parade, the Prophetic Belloc Rises Again



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

In a video interview a former imam from India, whose parents offered him to Allah when they thought he wouldn’t survive until birth, tells his story of suffering and conversion. With his breathtaking analysis of the Koran he finds clear evidence for the divinity of Christ and the immaculate heart of Mary.

Mario Joseph reveals the joy and freedom of being a Catholic son of God.

 

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In the continuing deluge of disapproval for Cardinal Dolan’s embracing of gay pride in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Catholic League has made its own exit. Newsmax reports:

A conservative Roman Catholic group severed its 20-year ties with the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on Thursday, a week after event organizers took the unprecedented step of allowing a gay group to march under its own banner in the procession.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said it pulled out of the March 2015 event because the parade committee denied an anti-abortion group from marching with banners while bending its rules to allow the gay group to do so, League President Bill Donohue said in a statement.

"For the past two decades I have been the parade's most vocal defender of its rules," Donohue said. "Repeatedly, I have said that gays have no more been banned from marching than pro-life Catholics have."

 

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Washington’s Fr. C. John McCloskey quickly compares our current state of affairs with the profound historical insight of the English Catholic, Hillaire Belloc.

After 9/11, no one should be surprised to learn that Islam is turning the West’s superiority back on itself. What is surprising is that a lone historian saw this coming in the 1930s. The great Catholic writer Hilaire Belloc, friend of G.K. Chesterton and a prolific historian, was prescient as no other writer about the resurgence of Islam in our own era.

Here are just of the more salient passages from his work on the threat of Islam to the West:

   “We shall almost certainly have to reckon with Islam in the near future. Perhaps if we lose our Faith it will rise.”

   “The future always comes as surprise. . . .but I for my part cannot but believe that a main unexpected thing of the future is the return of Islam.”

   “And in the contrast between our religious chaos and the religious certitude still strong throughout the Mohammedan world. . .lies our peril.”

   “There is nothing inherent to Mohammedanism to make it incapable of modern science and modern war.”

   “[Islam] still converts pagan savages wholesale. . . .No fragment of Islam ever abandons its sacred book, its code of morality, its organized system of prayer, its code of morals, its simple doctrine. In view of this, anyone with a knowledge of history is bound to ask himself whether we shall not see in the future a rival of Mohammedan political power, and the renewal of the old pressure of Islam on Christendom.”

 

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Speaking of crisis in Iraq at the “In Defense of Christians” Conference in D.C., Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, head of the Congregation for Eastern Churches said it was, “impossible … to quell the doubts about how the vast economic interests at stake affect the conflict.”

Is this war or that war — because wars are everywhere — really a war to solve problems, or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade? These are the enemies to fight, united and consistent, following no other interests than those of peace and of the common good.”

Cardinal Sandri said that people also must consider “the control of oil wells and of gas deposits, the safety of the petroleum and gas pipelines, the supremacy of one area of free commercial trade over another, and this is not only in the Middle East but also in Eastern Europe and in other regions of the world.”

The cardinal said the crisis may or may not be solved through a UN-led military:

“The unjust assailant must be halted, but let us not limit our thinking to the use of force — in some cases necessary — alone, and in any case only within the framework of an international agreement under the aegis of the United Nations, involving the Arab and Muslim countries,” he said.

 

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CNA News reports on Senator Ted Cruz’s ‘controversial’ comments at the Defense of Christians Conference, a type of meeting which one attendee said had probably not been held since about ‘the fifteenth century.’

Cruz told the crowd that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” Cruz’s statement was met with negative outbursts from some in the audience. Other attendees tried to quiet those outbursts, while still others called for the senator to refocus his statements on the persecution of Christians.

Some Christians in the Middle East have criticized Israeli military policy, particularly for its impact on Palestinian Christian communities, such as the one in Bethlehem.

Cruz responded to the backlash by saying “those who hate Jews hate Christians,” adding that those who persecute Christians also “target Jews for their faith.”

As the shouting continued, Cruz finished, “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” Cruz said before he left the stage, “then I will not stand with you.”

 

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Naharnet News reports:

Ted Cruz enraged the “In Defense of Christians Conference” audience when he pointed out that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” slamming religious extremism as “cancer.”

Cruz noted that Islamic groups like Palestinian Hamas movement, Hizbullah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are carrying out “genocidal campaigns,” saying that the three groups are one.

The statement infuriated Lebanese Ambassador to the United States Antoine Chedid and Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III Laham.

Laham was determined to withdraw from the gala dinner until Cruz left the room.

It seems even the group’s president had no time for the Senator’s honest words:

For his part, the President of In Defense of Christians, Toufic Baaklini, lauded al-Rahi, quoting him as saying: “At every wedding, there are a few wedding crashers.”

 

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CNA reports on Denver Bishop Aquila's column for the 13th anniversary of 9/11.

You cannot love God and hate man, who is made in his image and likeness. No true religion allows this combination,” Archbishop Aquila said.

While yielding to hatred is “easy”, the result of such a decision is “disastrous,” he said, pointing to the violence being committed in the name of religion by the likes of the Islamic State and Boko Haram which fills the news cycle each day.  

“Hatred is what fuels the distortion of religion and twists it into violence, as we saw on Sept. 11.”

 

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Lisa Miller offers advice for the Boston Globe’s new Crux Catholic magazine. She can be reached at OMG@cruxnow.com. A writer asked OMG if a person can consider themselves Catholic if they don’t believe all the Church teachings, to which she responded that it’s personal.

There are women who, in good conscience, have taken priestly ordination vows and consider themselves Catholic; and (many more) people who’ve had abortions or supported the right to abortion who do as well.  These self-defined Catholics defy official teaching and risk excommunication; yet on some level, the choice to be Catholic remains a deeply personal (and private) one.

Perhaps a more provocative question is this: To what extent must the hierarchy heed the consciences of the faithful?

OMG then points to Pope Francis as the source of a new reality in the Faith where the people and their personal ideas are what matters.

But Pope Francis has taken a different, and historically significant, tack, says the Rev. Drew Christiansen at Georgetown.  For him, the beliefs of faithful Catholics ought to define the faith – at least as much as the hierarchy does.

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182383/
<![CDATA[ Card. Sandri Says ISIS About Money, Not Religion, Israel-Supporting Cruz Thrown Out Of Persecution Conference, Infuriates Patriarchs, Denver Bishops Says 9-11 Distorted Religion, Catholicism A Private Affair In The Francis Era ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182366.php
Card. Sandri Says ISIS About Money, Not Religion, Israel-Supporting Cruz Thrown Out Of Persecution Conference, Infuriates Patriarchs, Denver Bishops Says 9-11 Distorted Religion, Catholicism A Private Affair In The Francis Era



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Speaking of crisis in Iraq at the “In Defense of Christians” Conference in D.C., Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, head of the Congregation for Eastern Churches said it was, “impossible … to quell the doubts about how the vast economic interests at stake affect the conflict.”

Is this war or that war — because wars are everywhere — really a war to solve problems, or is it a commercial war for selling weapons in illegal trade? These are the enemies to fight, united and consistent, following no other interests than those of peace and of the common good.”

Cardinal Sandri said that people also must consider “the control of oil wells and of gas deposits, the safety of the petroleum and gas pipelines, the supremacy of one area of free commercial trade over another, and this is not only in the Middle East but also in Eastern Europe and in other regions of the world.”

The cardinal said the crisis may or may not be solved through a UN-led military:

“The unjust assailant must be halted, but let us not limit our thinking to the use of force — in some cases necessary — alone, and in any case only within the framework of an international agreement under the aegis of the United Nations, involving the Arab and Muslim countries,” he said.

 

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CNA News reports on Senator Ted Cruz’s ‘controversial’ comments at the Defense of Christians Conference, a type of meeting which one attendee said had probably not been held since about ‘the fifteenth century.’

Cruz told the crowd that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” Cruz’s statement was met with negative outbursts from some in the audience. Other attendees tried to quiet those outbursts, while still others called for the senator to refocus his statements on the persecution of Christians.

Some Christians in the Middle East have criticized Israeli military policy, particularly for its impact on Palestinian Christian communities, such as the one in Bethlehem.

Cruz responded to the backlash by saying “those who hate Jews hate Christians,” adding that those who persecute Christians also “target Jews for their faith.”

As the shouting continued, Cruz finished, “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews,” Cruz said before he left the stage, “then I will not stand with you.”

 

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Naharnet News reports:

Ted Cruz enraged the “In Defense of Christians Conference” audience when he pointed out that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel,” slamming religious extremism as “cancer.”

Cruz noted that Islamic groups like Palestinian Hamas movement, Hizbullah and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are carrying out “genocidal campaigns,” saying that the three groups are one.

The statement infuriated Lebanese Ambassador to the United States Antoine Chedid and Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III Laham.

Laham was determined to withdraw from the gala dinner until Cruz left the room.

It seems even the group’s president had no time for the Senator’s honest words:

For his part, the President of In Defense of Christians, Toufic Baaklini, lauded al-Rahi, quoting him as saying: “At every wedding, there are a few wedding crashers.”

 

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CNA reports on Denver Bishop Aquila's column for the 13th anniversary of 9/11.

You cannot love God and hate man, who is made in his image and likeness. No true religion allows this combination,” Archbishop Aquila said.

While yielding to hatred is “easy”, the result of such a decision is “disastrous,” he said, pointing to the violence being committed in the name of religion by the likes of the Islamic State and Boko Haram which fills the news cycle each day.  

“Hatred is what fuels the distortion of religion and twists it into violence, as we saw on Sept. 11.”

 

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Lisa Miller offers advice for the Boston Globe’s new Crux Catholic magazine. She can be reached at OMG@cruxnow.com. A writer asked OMG if a person can consider themselves Catholic if they don’t believe all the Church teachings, to which she responded that it’s personal.

There are women who, in good conscience, have taken priestly ordination vows and consider themselves Catholic; and (many more) people who’ve had abortions or supported the right to abortion who do as well.  These self-defined Catholics defy official teaching and risk excommunication; yet on some level, the choice to be Catholic remains a deeply personal (and private) one.

Perhaps a more provocative question is this: To what extent must the hierarchy heed the consciences of the faithful?

OMG then points to Pope Francis as the source of a new reality in the Faith where the people and their personal ideas are what matters.

But Pope Francis has taken a different, and historically significant, tack, says the Rev. Drew Christiansen at Georgetown.  For him, the beliefs of faithful Catholics ought to define the faith – at least as much as the hierarchy does.

 

 

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182366/
<![CDATA[ FEMEN Paid to Desecrate, Five Wild Cardinals Over Eighty, No Thanks to JPII Pontifical Institute, Liberation Theologists Unleashed, The Unattached Majority ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182303.php
FEMEN Paid to Desecrate, Five Wild Cardinals Over Eighty, No Thanks to JPII Pontifical Institute, Liberation Theologists Unleashed, The Unattached Majority



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

In Google-Translate text the Italian ‘Tempi’ reports:

The nine Femen that February 12, 2013 raided the Parisian cathedral of Notre-Dame, stripping topless, shouting the slogan "we do not want the Pope!" and damaging a famous bell covered with gold (Marcel), shown in occasion of the 850 years of the cathedral, were acquitted. Conversely, the court sentenced the overseers of one of the most important churches in the world.

They continue:

To add insult to injury, the judge ordered that the women be compensated with € 1,500 each. Last but not least, the overseers of the cathedral who escorted the women were sentenced to pay a fine of 300, 500 and 1000 euro for jerking them with too much force.

Reps of the virulent FEMEN issued an ominous statement in response to the ruling:

'There is only one regret: that the relationship ends here so warm we had with Notre-Dame but we are certain that we will find a way to renew it. "

 

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Google translated in L’Espresso Magazine, vaticanista Sandro Magister writes on the upcoming Synod for the Family, noting that an unprecedented five cardinals over eighty are attending this time.

For Francis, therefore, advanced age is not a limit. And not without reason. The five elders took him to the synod that the characters are anything but retired. Suffice it to say that among them is Cardinal Walter Kasper, that is precisely the one who has put more dynamite in the pre-synodal phase, with the proposal to drop the ban Eucharistic communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

 

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Writing in the National Catholic Register, Edward Pentin reveals a surprising slight in that no scholars from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family were invited to the Synod, despite the organisation having a faculty in Rome.

Pentin speculates that it may have something to do with their reaction to Cardinal Kasper’s proposal back in February:

Many Church leaders were critical of the speech and Cardinals Sean O’Malley and Thomas Collins expressed opinions contrary to Cardinal Kasper's thesis (they also won’t be present at the Synod). But some of the most vocal were associated with the John Paul II Institute. They include Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, founder and former president of the Institute who helped write the last apostolic exhortation on marriage, St. John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio 30 years ago. Also strongly critical were institute professors Father Juan José Perez Soba and Stanislaw Grygiel.

 

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Featured in Rorate Caeli, Italian Catholic writer Antonio Socci details the blatant undoing of the painstaking controls placed on the poisonous Liberation Theology Catholic political movement from Latin America.

In the era of Bergoglio, the Vatican has practically rehabilitated Liberation Theology, which came into existence in the 1960s and has caused untold disasters, mainly in Latin America, by fostering the Church’s subordination to Marxist thought.

Socci reminds of the recent unfortunate rehabilitation of Sandinista priest, Fr. Miguel D’Escoto, saying:

The kid-glove treatment Bergoglio used on the powerful and famous “companion” D’Escoto, contrasts with the iron-clad-fist used to hit a holy, humble religious - Father Stefano Manelli, Padre Pio’s spiritual son and founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Father Manelli had written to the Pope too, but his letter wasn’t even taken into consideration.

The writer closes,

Today, in the era of Bergoglio, we’re going back to Rahner, to that philosophy which has already done untold damage to the Jesuits and the Church. In this abysmal emptiness Catholics are again being tossed about here and there “by every wind of doctrine”, subordinate to every ideology and contaminated by any and all heresies.

 

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The Chicago Tribune notes that more than half the U.S. adult population is now single.

Some 124.6 million Americans were single in August, 50.2 percent of those who were 16 years or older, according to data used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly job-market report. That percentage had been hovering just below 50 percent since about the beginning of 2013 before edging above it in July and August. In 1976, it was 37.4 percent and has been trending upward since.

In a report to clients entitled "Selfies," economist Edward Yardeni flagged the increase in the proportion of singles to more than 50 percent, calling it "remarkable."

 

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Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182303/
<![CDATA[ Scripture in the Francis Era, Filipino Facebook Jesus, Free Catholic College for Illegals, Romero Ready to Go, Nuns Against Republican Money ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182157.php
Scripture in the Francis Era, Filipino Facebook Jesus, Free Catholic College for Illegals, Romero Ready to Go, Nuns Against Republican Money



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

In the blog post, “Things Never Seen Nor Heard From the Chair of Peter in All of History,” the Eponymous Flower briefly highlights the Pope’s habit of inventing entirely new scriptural exigesis, drawing facts and conclusions never before heard in the history of the Church.

The most recent example is attributed to Pope Francis Saint Paul: "I must indeed boast of my sins." Prince of the Apostles "boasts" of his sins? One is amazed and shakes his head in disbelief. Of course this can only be done, by one who at least has a certain capacity for church teaching and some familiarity with the Scriptures.

St. Paul speaks in the 12th chapter of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians in no way of sin, but of his "weakness". In the NASB it says: "(...) On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses." (2 Corinthians 12.5). The Greek word used by the apostle, is ἀσθένεια (astheneia), which means simply "weakness" and not "sin".

In addition, Prince of the Apostles at this point explains very well what his "weakness" is: "He [the Lord] replied to me: My grace is sufficient for thee; for you, for power in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I affirm my weaknesses, insults and hardships, persecutions, and fears which I stand for Christ; For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12.9 to 10). The weakness the apostle speaks of, are the physical and mental suffering, which he enumerates, but not the sin.

 

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The Christian Telegraph reports on the Filipino bishops annual social media conference. They note this year’s event will aim at promoting authentic encounters and at preparing for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the nation.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas said:

Social media must make an encounter with God always possible” and encouraged Catholics “to take time imagining and reflecting on what Jesus would make of the social media if he were physically present today.”

“What would Jesus do? If Jesus were using the social media in 2014, how would he do it? What would he do? What would he say?” the bishop encouraged users to ask themselves.

On Aug. 30, Bishop Mylo Vergara of Pasig commented that “we can encounter the risen Lord in every nook and corner of social media.”

“Every face and network account that comes across our own can become the very face of Jesus, who longs to love us and whom we can love in return.”

 

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The Message Online reveals that Dominican University just outside Chicago has been financially supporting illegals as students for fifteen years. President Donna Carroll said:

She feels the strongest affirmation from students who see their university "making a strong statement" and providing a place where undocumented students feel safe and supported.

She's hardly alone in her efforts, either. Carroll has had the support of the school's founding order, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, and other Catholic university presidents who have made Catholic social teaching the impetus behind their support of undocumented students.

This year, Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine became the first medical school to admit undocumented students.

 

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Super Martyrio reports the postulator for the cause of murdered Abp. Oscar Romero, Msgr. Jesus Delgado, spoke during a roundtable at the Sant'Egidio Conference in Antwerp.

He provided new details about the complicated path the Romero cause traveled in recent years. For example Delgado explained that Pope Benedict had unblocked the case a few weeks before his resignation, but after his departure the process was stopped again. Then came Francis and ordered the case to be unblocked and it has now assumed a normal path, according to Delgado.

With this development, we can truly say that the process has technically reached its final stage. Delgado is of the hope of a quick result, in line with the wishes of Pope Francis expressed last month. Msgr. Delgado is confident that Romero will be beatified “next year—either March 24 or August 15.” March will be the 35th anniversary of the assassination; August will be Archbishop Romero’s 98th birthday.

 

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RNS News reports, “This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers.”

That’s one way to look at the upcoming “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which hits the road next week (Sept. 17) for the third time in three years, a monthlong trip though 10 key U.S. Senate battleground states to campaign against the influence of outside money on politics.

The issue has come to be identified with the wealthy industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch, whose huge contributions to conservative political causes have raised concerns about the role of “dark money” on elections.

“It’s all about ‘we the people’ standing up against big money,” said Sister Simone Campbell, who heads Network, a Catholic social justice lobby on Capitol Hill that is organizing more than 75 events in 36 cities along the 5,252-mile route.

 

 

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Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182157/
<![CDATA[ Do Not Lump Francis in with Dolan, Cardinal Dolan Made a Mistake, The Real Bishop Sheen Deal, To Pro ISIS Muslims, Leave Italy, Something to Take Home to My Subjects ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182068.php
Do Not Lump Francis in with Dolan, Cardinal Dolan Made a Mistake, The Real Bishop Sheen Deal, To Pro ISIS Muslims, Leave Italy, Something to Take Home to My Subjects



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Though writer Dawn Eden can sympathize with Rod Dreher’s criticism of Cardinal Dolan for the decision to be Grand Marshall for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade while also condoning the participation of gay advocacy group, she takes issue with any reference to the Francis Effect.

"I understand that it would have been awkward for RNS to end on Dreher's quote; it would have allowed one of Dolan's sharpest critics to have the last word. But the way the story does end suggests a different kind of bias. RNS says that Dolan is simply doing what Pope Francis does." She quotes Dreher:

How much impact this criticism will have is unclear. But Dolan clearly seems to be comfortable with the more inclusive posture adopted by Pope Francis.

The cardinal last month gave a lengthy interview to the Boston Globe’s Vatican expert, John Allen, in which Dolan indicated that the days of the culture wars in the church were coming to a close.

The effort to withhold Communion from pro-choice Catholic pols “is in the past,” he said. And he also said that Francis wants pastoral, social justice-focused bishops “who would not be associated with any one ideological camp.”

Eden adds:

That, dear reader, is not a journalistic statement. It is an opinion, pure and simple. 

RNS is saying that if you criticize Cardinal Dolan over his enthusiasm for the parade organizers' decision, you are criticizing the pope. And that is simply irresponsible, in terms of the facts.

 

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Writing in Catholic Online, Deal Hudson makes a clear statement against Cardinal Dolan regarding the NYC St. Patrick’s Parade:

Cardinal Dolan has made a prudential judgment which can be legitimately and respectfully criticized by Catholics, whether lay or religious.  In other words, his decision to remain Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade cannot be construed as a "teaching" based upon the Church's settled issues of faith and morals, which it is his job as a bishop to uphold.  Rather, Cardinal Dolan lent his own "moral authority" to support a decision by the parade's overseers to admit a LGBT activist group - with explicit positions contrary to the Church - into an event bearing the name of a Catholic saint, the very name that is carved into the stone of his own Cathedral. That decision, in my view, was a mistake.

 

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At his new magazine, One Peter Five, Steve Skojec pieces together the removed posts, back stories and inside information behind the incomplete press reports on the sainthood cause of beloved Fulton Sheen. In response to the recent claims in the press that relatives want the Bishop’s body to stay in the city undisturbed, and insinuations that the Peoria diocese is being demanding or petulant or even seeking income from a shrine; Skojec revisits the story as it emerged first from Peoria, adding detail from blogger Brandon Vogt on New York’s refusal to permit examination of the Bishop’s remains:

Once the (NYC diocese) lawyers expressed their unwillingness to open the tomb, Bishop Jenky contacted the Congregation for Saints to say that the cause was at a stopping point until the remains could be inspected. He asked for their help to get that done. But instead of offering help, they responded that they would be forced to archive the cause since it was at a stopping point, and that Peoria and New York would have to work it out among themselves.

All of that occurred over two months ago. My friend believes Bishop Jenky was trying to see if something could be worked out just to inspect the remains, but when New York continued to give an absolute no, he felt obligated to announce things publicly.

My friend also said he had personally seen letters from the Holy See saying the body should be in Peoria, and also letters from the Archbishops of New York agreeing to this. He also said that Sheen did not ask to be buried in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Cardinal Cooke insisted on that. He believes Sheen asked to be buried with other priests in a cemetery in the Bronx. The great majority of his remaining family now is in favor of the body and tomb being located in Peoria.

Skojec closes:

Which diocese do you believe? One whose bishop says this and gets attacked like this, or whose cardinal says this, and does this and this?

 

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An Italian bishop has called for Muslims in Italy to sensibly denounce the Islamist atrocities in the Levant adding that if they are unable, they should leave the country:

In a forceful editorial in his local diocesan newspaper this past weekend, Bishop Tommaso Ghirelli of Imola called on citizens to stop blaming foreigners en masse. “Rather we are asking the Muslims who live among us to show that they are honourable men, and publicly condemn these persecutions and acts of cruelty,” he said. “Otherwise they ought to have the courage to leave our country, because nobody wants to have enemies in their own home.”

 

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The President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela visited with Pope Francis and asked him to sign a copy of his exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, right on a spot where it seems to highlight the “need for social justice.”

Rome Reports notes the President said he “wants his government to honor and remember that message.” Apparently the leader plans to use the moral authority of the signed document to push through a package of government programs back home. 

 

 

 

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182068/