Pewsitter News http://www.pewsitter.com/ Pewsitter News en-us Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:26:25 GMT Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:26:25 GMT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss none info2@pewsitter.com info2@pewsitter.com <![CDATA[ Bishops of Cuba to Pope Francis, Obama: Thanks for Returning Our Spies ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191624.php
Bishops of Cuba to Pope Francis, Obama: Thanks for Returning Our Spies



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Bishops of Cuba issued glowing thanks to Barack Obama and Pope Francis for the new move to normalize relations with the U.S.

“We have heard the important statements made by the President of Cuba, Raul Castro, and the President of the United States, Barack Obama, which mark a new stage in the relation between our two countries,” said the bishops.

“We thank the Lord, now on the eve of Christmas, that new horizons of hope are illumining the life of the Cuban people, as the relaxation and good relations between peoples that are so close are the foundation of a promising future,” they added.

They also made an unfortunate reference to the released Cuban spies whose work led to the deaths of American citizens, as well as to the satellite system installer, Alan Gross, (who immediately denounced the U.S. on his return).

The bishops concluded hoping that “the will manifested by the Presidents contributes to the material and spiritual wellbeing of our people. We highly appreciate the reunion of three liberated Cubans with their homeland and their families, as well as the humanitarian gesture to the North American prisoner who has been able to be reunited with his own.”

 

 

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191624/
<![CDATA[ CACG: Faux Catholic Front Group Still An Outsider? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191625.php
CACG: Faux Catholic Front Group Still An Outsider?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At Catholic World Report Anne Hendershott revisits the notorious democrat front group, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, and gives us an idea of their set of 2016 tricks.

Promising yet again to “move beyond partisan and ideological divisions,” the George Soros-supported Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) has refined its successful strategies of the past in its attempts to convince Catholic voters that the pro-choice Democratic nominees for public office in 2016 will do more to reduce the number of abortions than pro-life Republicans will. The group’s main argument supporting this claim is that Democrats will reduce poverty—a major factor in the choice to abort an unborn child. 

It is a strategy that has worked well for the organization in recent years, convincing many Catholics that Barack Obama was the “real” pro-life presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012. Attracting funding from progressive pro-abortion funding sources in the past, it is likely that Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good—not to be confused with the similarly named Catholics for the Common Good—will continue to draw upon familiar sources. Those sources include Soros’ Open Society Foundations, the Tides Foundation, and the progressive Wallace Global Fund.

Since CACG’s founding by Alexia Kelley—who served as the Democratic National Committee’s religious outreach director during John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and later as President Obama’s Director of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships for the Department of Health and Human Services—the organization has welcomed funding from sources opposed to Catholic teachings on life issues. The Open Society Foundations has long funded abortion through major grants to Planned Parenthood, as well as providing significant funding to the pro-assisted suicide organization Compassion and Choices (formerly known as the Hemlock Society). With assets of about $110 million, the Wallace Global Fund is a major funder of abortion initiatives and of population-control efforts. Its portfolio of grants includes the Sexuality Information and Education Initiative, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health/Global Doctors for Choice, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Guttmacher Institute—and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Helping CACG elect Democrats will ensure that access to abortion will continue to expand—something that the Wallace Global Fund values highly.

In conversation with one of the group’s leaders, Christopher Hale, they were unable to get any admissions on their anti-Catholic funding sources, but they did hear about their upcoming policy pushes. These should resonate well in the FrancisChurch but perhaps not so much in the pews.

Hale, in a short telephone conversation with the author earlier this month, acknowledged the loss of IRS tax-exempt status for CACG. He was, however, reluctant to disclose funding sources for his new Millennial venture. Still, Hale promised “big announcements” from CACG after January 1, 2015. The CACG Strategic Plan promises an ambitious agenda—with three major “advocacy objectives” for 2015 that mirror the advocacy objectives of the Democratic Party platform:

  1. “comprehensive and just immigration reform”
  2. poverty reduction through “real solutions that address structural poverty”
  3. reducing gun violence through advocating for the return of the assault weapon ban.  

Protections for the unborn and those at the end of life are conveniently missing from the advocacy objectives of CACG. Unless CACG acknowledges that the Democratic Party’s policies contribute to the greatest expansion in access to abortion here and abroad, faithful millennial Catholics—those we at Franciscan University call the pro-life generation—may be harder to convince than they think.

 

 

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191625/
<![CDATA[ Are You One Of Those Hateful Torture Catholics Too? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191626.php
Are You One Of Those Hateful Torture Catholics Too?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At Aleteia this week Mark Gordon continues a wave of depressing attempts to shame good Catholics into rejecting conservative policy by pivoting off the questionable CIA ‘torture’ report. He’s ‘despirited.’

No, the most dispiriting thing about the entire affair is the attempt by many Catholics to justify those acts on grounds that have nothing to do with the teaching of the Church and everything to do with the utilitarian conviction that torture is acceptable when, in the words of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, it helps us “achieve our objective.” In order words, ends justify means.

The well-known Catholic blogger Mark Shea has been decrying the evil of torture for a long time, attempting to awaken the conscience of Catholics to the reality that torture is just another manifestation of the “culture of death.” Since the release of the SSCI report, Shea’s comboxes have exploded in an orgy of hackneyed justifications, obfuscations, redefinitions, redirections and false comparisons, all offered by Catholics who one would think (and hope) might know better.

How dare they say they’re pro-life!

Most disappointing are those Catholics who pair their acceptance of torture – which in the case of the CIA’s operation resulted in the death of at least one innocent man – with an assertion of their impeccable pro-life credentials, as if their condemnation of one intrinsically evil act cancels their embrace of another intrinsically evil act, sort of a moral “buy one, get one free” deal. If nothing else, this response demonstrates once again the appalling state of catechesis in the American Church, where members, lacking deep formation in the Gospel, interpret the world through the lenses of ideology and party affiliation.

Americans are comfortably attached to violence? Is that even possible?

Sadly, none of this is really any surprise. Most Americans think of themselves as good Christians. Many consider the United States to be a Christian country, founded on Christian principles, and the preeminent defender of Christian values in the world. But our comfortable attachment to violence gives the lie to all of that.

After blasting American culture for movies and video games, for having a powerful military, and millions of abortions, and after citing Mark Shea some more, Gordon lays out his pacifism. War is hate but Jesus is Love. The haters who fight wars follow the war-gods, not Our Lord, and they reject the ‘divine revelation of pardon.’

“Strong hate, the hate that takes joy in hating, is strong because it does not believe itself to be unworthy and alone. It feels the support of a justifying God, of an idol of war, an avenging and destroying spirit. From such blood-drinking gods the human race was once liberated, with great toil and terrible sorrow, by the death of a God Who delivered Himself to the Cross and suffered pathological cruelty of His own creatures out of pity for them. In conquering death He opened their eyes to the reality of a love which asks no questions about worthiness, a love which overcomes hatred and destroys death. But men have now come to reject this divine revelation of pardons and they are consequently returning to the old war gods, the gods that insatiably drink blood and eat the flesh of men. It is easier to serve the hate-gods because they thrive on the worship of collective fanaticism. To serve the hate-gods, one has only to be blinded by collective passion. To serve the God of Love one must be free, one must face the terrible responsibility of the decision to love in spite of all unworthiness whether in oneself or in one’s neighbor.”

Whatever rough techniques were used to gather life-saving information, one should consider the source before calling them torture. No conservative Catholics are advocating torture, but they do understand the reality that wars are waged to protect people against aggression, violence, and abuse. In order to win them, you have to fight them. It’s not against Catholic teaching to restore peace and justice through battle and victory. Sometimes it’s the only way.

The CIA report wasn’t produced to help win any just war, but to win elections for Democrats. Pundits who help them by attacking non-pacifist faithful aid the enemies of the Church. What’s so Catholic about that?

 

 

 

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191626/
<![CDATA[ Papal Parchment Makers Not Feeling the Francis Effect ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191627.php
Papal Parchment Makers Not Feeling the Francis Effect



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The story of papal parchment makers being shut down by Pope Francis is disheartening. They have only twelve days left. Beautiful traditional hand-made remnants of the glory of the Church and the love and blessings of the Holy Fathers are being eliminated.

Rino Pensa and son have been making papal parchments for decades, crafting hand-painted blessing scrolls in Italy which are purchased by the faithful around the world to celebrate marriages, baptisms and anniversaries.

But with the Vatican cracking down on the business amid reports of fake parchments being peddled to unwitting tourists for pricey sums, the family studio in the heart of Rome is being forced to close -- with hundreds of artisans at risk of losing their jobs.

Calligraphers and painters will have to lay down their tools on December 31, as Pope Francis tries to ensure the Church's apostolic benedictions, which were first issued about 100 years ago under Pope Leo XIII, raise as much money as possible for the poor.

The careful craftsmen are angry and unimpressed with the Pope Francis’ talk of charity and the poor.

Instead of being made by hand, the parchments will be computer prints produced by the Vatican's Office of Papal Charities, which the pope's almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, says will cut costs, stamp out fakes and raise more for charity.

The decision has sparked anger among artisans who point out that Francis usually prides himself on defending workers' rights and has railed against a world obsessed with profit.

"If Pope Francis really wanted to be honest he would say that blessings can be neither bought nor sold," Sabina Turtura, head of a movement to defend the papal parchment profession, told AFP.

"Instead, the Vatican's saying greater profits equal more charity, which is not very Christian," she said.

 

 

 

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191627/
<![CDATA[ Where Will the Pope Francis Fumigator Go Next? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191628.php
Where Will the Pope Francis Fumigator Go Next?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

A letter-writing Scottish Monsignor is advocating for the extermination of the group of faithful monks on the Orkney Isle of Papa Stronsay. He says Pope Francis is patient but may find, at times such as these, that he must intervene.

Mgr Basil Loftus’ latest savage attack on the traditional Mass and all that goes with it (e.g. doctrine, morals, vestments)  is writ large in this week’s Catholic Times where he traces the history of Pope Francis’ efforts to “stamp out” traditional Orders, praising his “patience and tolerance of those who disagree with him” (straight faces all round, please and thank you) but pointing out that, nevertheless, “he feels bound to intervene.”  There are just too many examples, too much of the Monsignor’s “all over the place” style of writing for me to be bothered quoting verbatim, but the upshot is that, since Papa Francis The Merciful has made great inroads into stamping out the old rite Mass whenever and wherever possible in foreign parts, perhaps it’s now time for him to turn to our own shores and put the ancient Mass out of reach once and for all. Mgr Loftus writes: “One only has to think, in our own countries, of the  “Tridentine” Redemptorists in the Orkney Islands – almost but not quite visible across the water from my study window as I write this.”  He adds: “There are other communities of ‘St Peter’ priests in the dioceses of Shrewsbury and of Lancaster who are not only totally cocooned in pre-Vatican II rubrics and pre-Pius XII liturgical outlook; but who enjoy immunity and isolation from the 99.9 recurrent percent of the rest of the Catholic Church, as though it were a contagious disease against which their baptism had not vaccinated them.” 

Quoting 'the Tablet', Msgr. Loftus recommends stamping out the Ancient Mass entirely. The “whole questions has to be examined.”

There is  a laughable reference to Robert Mickens of the insufferable and largely Anglican “Tablet” whom he quotes as saying: “this” [devotion to the ancient Mass] “goes to ecclesiology and not just to lace and cappa magnas”. Too true.  Just as the new Mass “goes to” Modernism, that synthesis of all heresies, so the Traditional Latin Mass “goes to” the traditional Catholic Faith, dogma, morals, the lot. And that’s why Mgr Loftus concludes his latest venomous attack on the Mass with the hope that Pope Francis will see off the traditional Mass here, as he has tried to do elsewhere, in jig time. “The whole question” [of the old Mass] “has to be examined” he opines, as if anybody takes him seriously. “Our own countries” he concludes “are by no means the worst offenders [“offenders”?] – but there is room for thought to be given to the matter. ”

It sounds as if there might be some trouble afoot in the far north of Scotland. Will the stalking FrancisChurch fumigator set in on another Holy Catholic place yet?

Honestly, I can’t make up my mind for whom I feel most pity:  Loftus himself, for his ignorance of the Faith and  total lack of true Catholicity, Flaherty, his editor for his sheer stupidity in publishing Loftus {without a thought to how he’s going to get himself out of his Modernist hole when Pope Pius XIII is elected!) or the Transalpine Monks for having thrown in the towel in the fight against Modernism, knowing now that in addition to not being wanted by the Bishop in the first place, they are now treated to the spectacle of the Bishop (Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen) permitting another priest resident in the Diocese to publicly insult  and humiliate them,  all but calling for them to be “stamped out”.  Just imagine if any traditional priest had similarly insulted Loftus or any other Modernist in the public square. Would the Bishop remain silent? You kidding?  Maybe you feel sorry for the Bishop caught in the middle of this shocking  attack by Mgr Loftus on the monks? So, let’s hear it – who, if any of the above, gets your sympathy? 

 

 

 

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191628/
<![CDATA[ Bishops of Cuba: Thanks for Returning Our Spies; CACG: Faux Catholic Group Still An Outsider? Are You a Hateful Torture Catholic Too? Papal Parchment Makers Not Feeling the Francis Effect; Where will the Pope Francis Fumigator Go Next? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191629.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Bishops of Cuba to Pope Francis, Obama: Thanks for Returning Our Spies

 

CACG: Faux Catholic Front Group Still An Outsider?

 

Are You One Of Those Hateful Torture Catholics Too?

 

Papal Parchment Makers Not Feeling the Francis Effect

 

Where will the Pope Francis Fumigator Go Next?

 

 

 

 

 

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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191629/
<![CDATA[ Nuns Own This Bus ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191382.php
Nuns Own This Bus



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Not the least bit reflective at the conclusion of the Vatican’s investigation into U.S. nuns, the sisters are calling it an enormous waste of time and resources.

CruxMag has the report:

Though welcoming the gentle tone of a long-anticipated Vatican report on the state of US nuns, some Catholic sisters expressed frustration with the six-year-long process, and said healing won’t come until a separate process investigating a liberal umbrella group is completed.

Sister Louise Gallahue, head of the Daughters of Charity Province of St. Louise, which includes about 500 sisters throughout the United States, told Crux she imagines her communities will use the document as “a reflection tool,” but said many of the issues included in the report — declining vocations, aging sisters, diminishing financial resources — would have been addressed by sisters anyway.

“We have internal mechanisms — assemblies, provincial meetings, general meetings — in where we would do that,” she said, calling the visitation, begun in 2008 under Pope Benedict XVI, “a long and tedious process.”

If the report is simply encouraging communities to engage in self-reflection, “It doesn’t seem to have warranted the amount of work and resources that went into this,” she said.

LCWR nun and high-level democrat operative, Sr. Simone Campbell, agreed.

“These questions that are asked are something that we do on a regular basis anyway; they’re a structure of canon law. We take it very seriously,” she told Crux.

It’s evident that the nuns who became the focus of this cancelled operation have absolutely no intention or desire to be obedient to the hierarchy of the Church. They are in fact victorious, having somehow silenced any cleric interested in improving their degenerate orders.

Sister Campbell, whose political activism with the “Nuns on the Bus” and a speaking appearance at the 2012 Democratic National Convention sparked condemnation in some conservative circles, said she welcomes an invitation for dialogue, which she sees in the report, but questions if Church leaders are sincere.

“Most of the leadership does not understand dialogue,” she said. “Do they mean dialogue, or do they mean listening to them?” She said her religious community has spent “decades” developing tools for dialogue, and hopes sisters can “help our brother priests and bishops find their ways forward.”

 

 

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191382/
<![CDATA[ Nun Fix Was In Before Francis ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191383.php
Nun Fix Was In Before Francis



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Blog for Dallas area Catholics asks the pointed question about the leadership behind the nun-visitation-turned-glowing-endorsement.

A day or two ago, the Vatican released its final report on the status of women’s religious in the US.  It will probably come as no surprise, but with the change in leadership at both the Congregation for Religious and Institutes of Consecrated Life (from the fairly orthodox Cardinal Rode’ to the exceedingly liberal Brazilian Cardinal Braz de Aviz) and in the papacy, what started as a serious investigation oriented towards trying to curb at least the worst excesses of the warped women religious of the LCWR has turned into a shambles and a seeming endorsement of their movement “beyond Christ, beyond the Church” and into frequently perverse sex and wiccan-inspired paganism and new age death.

After that succinct description of the problems under investigation, the blogger wonders how Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz ever became head of the Congregation behind it?

A final note: for me, when the orthodox Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rode’ left the Congregation for Religious Life and was replaced by the highly radical Joao Braz de Aviz in early 2011, that was the first signal that something was amiss with the Benedictine papacy.  It was well known that Ratzinger had no love for Braz de Aviz and the nomination appeared inexplicable.  Shortly after that, the Vatileaks campaign against Pope Benedict began in earnest.  Obviously there was something enormous going on in the background that led to Braz de Aviz getting this hugely important post (look what he has done to the Franciscans of the Immaculate – that would have never, ever occurred under Rode’

In the end the sisters demonstrated that they certainly have some clout behind them, a power apparently stronger than the papacy and the bishops. This ill-fated Catholic process was neutralized even before the faithful pope felt required to abdicate, and Francis hit the conclave.

 

 

 

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191383/
<![CDATA[ George Weigel Re-Fastens His Pope Francis Filter ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191384.php
George Weigel Re-Fastens His Pope Francis Filter



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Pope John Paul II biographer and neo-conservative, George Weigel, blames the media for the liberal Francis ‘narrative.’ Despite waves and reams of evidence of pro-left support, continual gushing from all the wrong quarters of society, and ‘warm congratulations’ for today’s normalization of U.S. relations with the ruthless Catholic-hating Castro communists, Weigel sees faithful realities about Francis getting erased and filtered.

About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice that mainstream western culture finds distasteful. My friend replied, in so many words, look, you know how these media narratives are: they’re like bamboo. Once they get started, there’s no stopping them. They just keep growing.

Alas, he was right. And while there’s been a lot of talk about the “Francis Effect,” it’s worth pondering, on the Holy Father’s 78th birthday, the Francis Filtration.

Ever since Francis let loose with that, “Who am I to judge” bomb, the dirty media has been off and running, looking for liberal quips to anger the faithful.

The Francis Filtration began in earnest during the impromptu press conference in the papal plane while the pope was en route home from World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. That was the presser that produced the single-most quoted line of the pontificate: “Who am I to judge?” But as Cardinal Francis George pointed out in a pre-retirement interview with John Allen, that sound-bite “has been very misused…because he was talking about someone who has already asked for mercy and been given absolution…That’s entirely different than talking [about] someone who demands acceptance rather than asking for forgiveness.” (For the record, the entire quote, which is almost never cited, was “Who am I to judge them if they’re seeking the Lord in good faith?”)

When you remove this enormous media fake-Francis you actually get a very faithful pope. The real one believes in marriage and life, is against persecution and slavery, knows that people are more important than the environment, and talks about Satan more than any other pope.

But as my journalist-friend suggested, the “bamboo” shoot of “Who am I to judge?” has continued to grow, until it’s now a virtual bamboo curtain. And what’s being filtered out? All the things the pope says that don’t fit the now-established “narrative” of “humane, progressive pope vs. meanie reactionary bishops and hidebound Catholic traditionalists.”

Things like what?

Well, things like the pope’s passionate defense of marriage as the stable union of a man and a woman, which he underscored in an address to the Schoenstatt movement right after Synod 2014, and in his keynote address to a November interreligious conference at the Vatican on the crisis of marriage in the 21st century.

And things like the pope’s defense of the Gospel of Life, a persistent theme in Francis’s November address to the European Parliament. The press reports I read focused on Francis’ concerns for immigrants and the unemployed. Fair enough; that was certainly in the text. But what about the Holy Father’s defense of those whom indifference condemns to loneliness or death, “as in the case of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned or uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb?” What about his insistence that “Europe,” past, present, and future, makes no sense without Christianity? What about his condemnation of those who subject Christians “to barbaric acts of violence,” and his plea for support for those Christians who are “evicted from their homes, and native lands, sold as slaves, killed, beheaded, crucified or burned alive, under the shameful and complicit silence of so many?” You didn’t read much about that, did you?

Nor did you read (unless you read the pope’s text himself) that Francis, having made a plea for environmental stewardship, went on to “emphasize” (his word) that “along with an environmental ecology, there is also need of a human ecology which consists in respect for the person.”

Another aspect of Pope Francis’ preaching that’s been too often filtered out of the coverage of his pontificate involves (if you’ll pardon the term) demonology. No pope in decades has so regularly referred to Satan as Pope Francis. The Evil One is no abstraction to this pontiff, nor does he think of “satanic” as a rhetorical intensifier to underscore one’s disapproval of, say, Hitler. Satan and his minions are very real to Pope Francis; it would be interesting for an enterprising reporter to draw him out on the subject in one of those freewheeling papal press conferences.

George Weigel seems to wish that people would see Francis through the ‘filter’ of his endless sidestepping of the Pope’s words and actions.

The liberal media’s embrace of Francis is only natural and the faithful conservative outcry is reasonable. We are accustomed to having those who rule over us throw us a bone once in a while to distract and to curry favor. Despite Weigel’s filter, we know what it means.

 

 

 

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191384/
<![CDATA[ Philippine Communists Give Francis High Honors ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191385.php
Philippine Communists Give Francis High Honors



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The same week Pope Francis made an unprecedented bow to communist China by shunning the Dalai Lama, Philippine communist rebels have agreed not to kill people during the Pope’s visit.

Philippine communist rebels on Wednesday declared a Christmas and New Year ceasefire as well as another during the visit of Pope Francis to the country in January.

The ceasefire declaration issued by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) will be in effect December 24-26, December 31-January 1, and January 15-19.

In a statement, the rebel group said members of the New People's Army and people's militias are prohibited from launching tactical offensives against government forces during those dates.

This Christmas time relief is not so much in response to any pressure from the government, but in deference and gratitude for the Pope’s ‘social justice’ policies.

The rebel group said it also recognizes the papal visit "as an opportunity for religious celebration and to popularize people's issues considering that [Pope Francis] is known for his advocacy for social justice".

Government peace advisor Teresita Quintos Deles said the month-long ceasefire would help create a better atmosphere for people to fully enjoy the rare opportunity to see Pope Francis. 

Imprisoned communist rebels will make hunger strikes in hopes that the Pope’s visit will help secure their release.

Jigs Clamor, national coordinator of Selda, an organization of former and current political detainees, is seeking the help of Pope Francis to echo calls against unjust and unwarranted detention "because the pope is known for his progressive views and bias [in favor of] the poor and the oppressed".

 

 

 

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191385/
<![CDATA[ Nuns Own This Bus; Nun Fix Was In Before Francis; Philippine Communists Give Francis High Honors; George Weigel Re-Fastens His Pope Francis Filter ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191386.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Nuns Own This Bus

 

Nun Fix Was In Before Francis

 

Philippine Communists Give Francis High Honors

 

George Weigel Re-Fastens His Pope Francis Filter

 

 

 

 

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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191386/
<![CDATA[ Is Pope Francis Dissing Saints? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191234.php
Is Pope Francis Dissing Saints?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Lawrence at “These Bones You’ve Crushed…” Blog comments on the Pope’s most recent condemnation of ‘rigid Pharisees’ in the Church, and of their weak hearts and their hypocrisy.  The Pope seemed to pray the Lord might throw a banana peel before them so they fall into sin and see their own sinfulness:

No matter how irritating an individual is, how 'rigid' or 'weak-hearted' we may (in a fit of outright judgmentalism) consider a person to be, I would have thought that praying to God that that person might fall into sin to 'teach him a good lesson' might just be the very opposite of what Christ taught us about loving our enemies.

Not being graced with the gift of reading hearts and souls, I would be very cautious about calling someone 'weak-hearted'. How would I know someone's heart?

I am taught to hate sin in myself and in others while loving God and my neighbour for God's sake. Would it not be more Christian, should we have some reason to believe that someone is a bit hypocritical or a bit of a Pharisee to pray that the Lord Jesus might grant to that servant of His the virtue of humility? Further, I would urge caution on anyone believing he knows the hearts of others merely by judging their external actions. For example, a priest or bishop who urges fidelity to the customs and disciplines of the Church need not be dubbed a hypocrite or a Pharisee, simply because he is faithful to the Church in small matters as well as in great. It would be a bit lazy, shallow and cheap to deduce the heart of a man by such things as fidelity to say, canon law.

Not wishing to judge the Pope, because I cannot, what I can say is that what Pope Francis has said about asking the Lord to throw a banana skin under someone's feet so that they might fall into sin in order to learn humility is just about the most atrocious, spiteful and vindictive thing I think I have heard in some time. I know not whether Francis is spiteful and vindictive, I am sure His Holiness is trying with God's grace to be Christlike, but what he has said is not edifying...

“Even our life can become like that, even our life. And sometimes, I confess something to you, when I have seen a Christian, a Christian of that kind, with a weak heart, not firm, not fixed on the rock—Jesus – and with such rigidness on the outside, I ask the Lord: ‘But Lord, throw a banana peel in front of them, so that they will take a good fall, and feel shame that they are sinners, and so encounter You, [and realize] that You are the Saviour. Many times a sin will make us feel shame, and make us encounter the Lord, Who pardons us, as the sick who were there and went to the Lord for healing.”

For wishing for a person we dislike to fall into sin is to wish the very worst evil upon our neighbour. What if, because of his sin, the individual's heart is hardened against God and he fails to repent? Bad as it is, it would be better to wish upon a person some kind of bodily illness than to wish our neighbour to imperil his immortal soul. We do not need to 'take a good fall' in order to grow in humility. I would have thought, too, that it is not God but the Devil who puts banana skins in our way. Just how Christian does this sound?

After noting the praise Pope Francis gave the beloved Pope Pius XII because he reduced the ‘heavy cross’ of the Eucharistic fast, Bones reminded readers of the sound Faith behind such ancient devotions and sacrifices.

Then he makes a chilling comment.

To appear in the Court of Heaven and to find you have made, instead of friends, enemies of the Saints of God is a pretty daunting thing, as if Death and Judgment were not daunting enough as it is! Therefore Your Holiness, surely any Christian would advise caution in this regard. If only we could comprehend what Holy Communion truly is, if our spiritual eyes could penetrate through that glass we now see through but darkly, there is no Cross we would not bear happily in order to taste the Bread of Heaven, the Food of Life, Our Eucharistic Lord. Sorry if anyone is shocked by this blog post. I am genuinely appalled by what His Holiness has said today. We do nobody any favours by pretending it has not been said.

 

 

 

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191234/
<![CDATA[ Priests For Life Getting 'Restructured' By the Vatican ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191235.php
Priests For Life Getting 'Restructured' By the Vatican



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Apparently Cardinal Dolan is tasked not only with ‘restructuring” (read destroying and selling-off) large numbers of historic NYC neighborhood parishes, but the Vatican has specifically asked him to ‘restructure’ the pioneering pro-life group and thorn in the side of liberal politicos, Priests for Life.

In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms, and Dolan said he is cutting ties with his group, Priests for Life.

The article refers to founder, Fr. Frank Pavone’s past refusal to sort out ‘troubled finances’, but cites no evidence of financial mismanagement or fraud. (Fr. Pavone was accused by his bishop prior to the 2012 elections but eventually cleared.)

Rather than a financial review, this looks much more like an FFI-style takeover complete with an imposed board.

In a Nov. 20 letter to other U.S. bishops, Dolan said he did not know if the Vatican would now step in to take action against the New York-based priest, who for years has angered various bishops by rejecting oversight of the organization by church authorities and for refusing to sort out his group’s troubled finances.

“My requests of Father Pavone were clear and simple: one, that Priests for Life undergo a forensic audit; two, that a new, independent board be established to provide oversight and accountability,” Dolan wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Catholic World News.

“Although Father Pavone initially assured me of his support, he did not cooperate. Frequent requests that he do so went unheeded. I finally asked him to comply by October 1st. He did not,” Dolan wrote.

 

Fr. Pavone appears to see the writing on the wall. Why not resist? What use would a neutered and hapless organization be in stopping the culling of another generation?

 

 

 

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191235/
<![CDATA[ How Much Bling is Too Much for FrancisChurch? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191236.php
How Much Bling is Too Much for FrancisChurch?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Fearless LifeSite investigative reporter Hilary White reveals the striking double standard when it comes to Church spending among faithful bishops and the liberal friends of Francis.

Some are asking why the German and indeed the world media relentlessly pursued the conservative “Bishop of Bling,” Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, leading to his sacking in 2013 by Pope Francis, when liberal bishops who spend more are passed over in silence. Tebartz-van Elst was attacked over a €31 million re-build of a diocesan centre, when left-leaning Cardinal Reinhardt Marx, one of Pope Francis’s key advisors, spends €130 million – for starters – on a diocesan “service centre” in his diocese of Munich-Freising.

According to the German news service AZ, the Munich building was originally purchased by Marx’s predecessor for €86 million and was originally set to be renovated for €39.8 million. Work began in 2011, with an estimated cost of €42.15 million, nearly €10 million more than the “scandalous” final Limburg cost. Since then, expenses have spiraled up with no end in sight. Diocesan spokesman, Bernhard Keller, was quoted by the Munich daily paper, Abendzeitung, saying only, “It is a cost increase in line with market conditions.”

Apparently the Synod whip and Curial Gang of Nine insider, Cd. Reinhard Marx, alternates between two palatial Church-Tax Funded residences.

Meanwhile Cardinal Marx himself lives rent-free either in a suite of rooms in the Holnstein Palace, the bishop’s residence, recently renovated at a cost of € 8 million, or in a ten-room “guesthouse” in Rome estimated to be worth €9.7 million. He draws a bishops’ salary of about €11,500 per month and enjoys the use of late-model chauffeur-driven cars.

In contrast, the less ostentatious ‘Bling’ Bishop Tebartz van Elst was appointed by Benedict to reform a liberal diocese, where he crossed the German gay ‘c’atholic lobby. He was cleared of financial allegations but denounced and removed nonetheless.

What was not widely reported in the secular press in the Limburg case was the fact that Bishop Tebartz van Elst was already well-known in the German Church for his “conservative” positions on various “hot-button” issues. He had been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a replacement for the well-known “liberal” bishop, Franz Kamphaus, who had earned the ire of the Vatican under John Paul II when he refused to stop issuing abortion certificates.

Tebartz van Elst, who also headed the German bishops’ marriage and family commission, was widely negatively covered in the German secular press after he disciplined one of his priests, Peter Kollas, who had conducted a “blessing” of two homosexual men. In 2007, Tebartz van Elst had issued a statement saying that all Catholics “have a duty to protest the legal recognition of homosexual partnerships.”

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191236/
<![CDATA[ Pope To Media: What Do Numbers Of Hits Have To Do With The Human Person? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191237.php
Pope To Media: What Do Numbers Of Hits Have To Do With The Human Person?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Like with his continual lessons on finance and economies, Pope Francis seems to want to separate endeavors from success and results. Business people must be careless of profits and media people should pay no attention to readers and viewers. It’s simply inconsiderate of the human person, you see.

Catholics working in media would do well to remember that communications is about informing people – not collecting “hits,” Pope Francis told representatives from the Italian station TV2000.

Journalists, editors, and technicians from TV2000, the Italian Bishops' Conference broadcasting station, met with the Pope in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Dec. 15.

Francis said that communications should lead to unity, harmony, and avoid defamation yet also be honest, presenting free and complete truth. He does not say how this might be possible since truth is often polarizing.

Communicators should also, through an openness to the Holy Spirit, work toward unity and harmony. By this, he said, they should avoid saturating the public with an “excess of slogans,” and simple solutions which do not take into account the “complexities of real life.”

Last, Pope Francis stressed that communicators should not be concerned with the number of “hits” they receive but rather with speaking “to the whole person.”

The Pope also highlighted the “three sins” which communicators must avoid: misinformation, slander, and defamation. While the most “insidious” of these would appear to be slander, he continued, the most serious, in terms of communication, is in fact misinformation, for it “leads you to believe only one part of the truth.”

 

 

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191237/
<![CDATA[ Is Pope Francis Dissing Saints? Priests For Life Getting 'Restructured' By the Vatican; How Much Bling is Too Much for FrancisChurch? Pope To Media: What Do Numbers Of Hits Have To Do With The Human Person? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_191304.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Is Pope Francis Dissing Saints?

 

Priests For Life Getting 'Restructured' By the Vatican

 

How Much Bling is Too Much for FrancisChurch?

 

Pope To Media: What Do Numbers Of Hits Have To Do With The Human Person?

 

 

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Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/191304/
<![CDATA[ Francis Leading Serious Christians To Desperation ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190764.php
Francis Leading Serious Christians To Desperation



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Rorate Caeli reports on the biting assessment of the Francis papacy from a popular secular French conservative:

Éric Zemmour is probably the most famous and influential journalist and commentator in contemporary France. Though not a Catholic (he has Jewish-Algerian origins, from a family that was granted French citizenship with the historic Crémieux Decree, of 1870), he is considered "controversial" in France since he is an unabashed old-style conservative in a strongly "Progressive" environment - and he is not afraid, as a conservative thinker, to defend the great history of France, including its Catholic roots.

It is the story of a pope who goes to Strasbourg and ignores the Cathedral. As a Muslim who would go to Jerusalem and not pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. As a French president who would celebrate November 11 without visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. As if the Queen of England disdained the Royal Navy. As an American President who did not take his oath on a Bible.

[In his speech to the European Parliament,] Pope Francis speaks of the roots of Europe, but never makes clear that they are Christian. He exalts spirituality, but he barely mentions the name of God, and never that of "Christ". He mentions "human rights", "solidarity", "exploitation, "diversity", "the environment", "globalization", and "immigration", but does not say "abortion", "euthanasia" or "homosexual marriage".

Zemmour calls Francis the ‘anti-Benedict.’

Ah, but Francis in in fact the Anti-Benedict XVI, who had caused scandal by exalting Christianity, impregnated with Greek reason, the opposite of Islam. Benedict XVI recalled the principles of the Church, that undermined the compassionate pseudo-poverty-worship [lit. misérabilisme] spread by the media. Francis acts upon the compassionate pseudo-poverty-worship to enhance his popularity with the media. Benedict XVI recalled dogma in an age that rejects it. Francis tosses out dogma to please the age.

Vatican II on steroids….

Vatican II had wrought havoc on the liturgical bearings of Christians. Francis seems set on giving away the cultural and religious bearings. Pope Francis is the idol of the media, of Members of the European Parliament, and of the Left in the West. He does not seem to mind that the most vengeful and sarcastic critics of the Church applaud him.

The Pope seems rather to be the heir of Jacques Delors* than of John Paul II. A Christian Democrat converted to Social Democracy. A German Great Coalition** all by himself. A post-Christian pope. An adherent of a Christianity without dogmas, who is adored by contemporary Progressives who have thrown away what is Sacred into the dustbins of history. A pope who best embodies the famous words by Chesterton on this, "modern world, full of Christian virtues gone mad."

Pope Francis is in the process of transforming the Church in a simple NGO, [something] between Greenpeace and Terre d'Asile.***

 

*** France Terre d'Asile, French NGO dedicated to establishing the broadest possible understanding of asylum and migration in Europe. [Audio, in French]

 

 

 

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190764/
<![CDATA[ No, Catholic Conservatives Are Not Seeing the Francis Light ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190721.php
No, Catholic Conservatives Are Not Seeing the Francis Light



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Writing at Aleteia David Mills joins a long line of people trying to claim that conservatives are somehow changing to something new and liberal. This time they’re becoming more like Pope Francis.

After telling a story of a stray pit bull which no dogcatcher would capture, Mills reminds readers how conservatives have spent thirty years decrying the inefficiencies of government and praising the free market. They would cite John Paul II but failed to note the ‘qualifications’ he placed upon free markets.

By and large, and for about four decades now, conservative Christians — though Evangelicals more than Catholics — have sided with the conservative critique of government and the neo-conservative defense of capitalism. They’ve asserted with convincing arguments and statistics the productive and liberating effect of the market and criticized the naïve recourse to government almost inevitably offered by groups like the National Council of Churches and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. They’ve stressed the approval of the market given in St. John Paul II’s Centesimus annus (“the free market is the most efficient instrument for utilizing resources and effectively responding to needs,” for example), though tending to neglect all the qualifications and limits the pope included in his analysis.

Next the writer claims to see what amounts to a conservative desertion.

So there’s that. Yet if I read the signs aright, many politically conservative Christians, Catholics and Evangelicals both, are now shifting in their attitude to the state, to a new assertion not just of the limits and dangers of the market but of the need for a welfare and regulatory government. They haven’t become old-fashioned socialists or even social democrats. They still believe in a capitalist economy, but want to restrict, temper, and even direct it in a way much more “liberal” than their movement has allowed since the 1970s.

They don’t make up a self-conscious movement and their affirmation of the state is often inconsistent and tentative, but the people I’m thinking of have broken with the conservative economic orthodoxy of the last few decades. Catholics emphasize the positive understanding of the state found in Catholic Social Teaching, an aspect of the teaching recently ignored, the way families don’t mention the nephew in jail for robbing liquor stores.

I make this observation from conversations and wide reading in Catholic magazines and websites, and from talks like Archbishop Charles Chaput’s affirming exposition of Francis’s thinking on economics, given at the Napa Conference last July.

Here Mills alludes to what is a fatal flaw in the assessment of ‘conservative’ Catholics, particularly in the new Francis era. Feeling forced to defend the Pope’s anti-capitalism, they refer to writings of contemporary popes and to Catholic ‘social justice’ exigesis. This material, however cannot be called ‘conservative’ and neither can the Catholic pundits who cite it. Archbishop Chaput is often labeled a conservative as is Chicago’s Cardinal George, but they recoil at this classification and rightly so. Both only hold occasional conservative positions and they often support liberal policy.

Indeed I’ve been surprised at several conservative Catholics I know who’ve strongly defended Francis for his views on politics and economics, people I’d have thought would have criticized him for his failure to support the market more unhesitatingly. You see this attitude especially clearly among the young Catholic writers writing for major Catholic websites, where libertarian voices are rare and where Alasdair MacIntyre is invoked far more often than Michael Novak.

Conservative Christians are changing on racial matters, as I wrote on my weblog last week. Many leading Christian conservatives no longer automatically defer to the police in any conflict and growing numbers are beginning instinctively to take the side of the marginalized and to question the agents of the state. As I wrote, they are now the kind of people whose support for racial minorities and the civil rights movement in the sixties National Review made fun of. The same is true for allegations about rape and the rape culture, as seen in the first responses to the Rolling Stone story on the University of Virginia.

They are moving left on economic matters as well, though not as consistently or quickly as on race. There’s still the problem of the poor panicked dog on the streets of Brooklyn and a city agency arranged to avoid dealing with the problem from Friday evening to Monday morning. But among the Catholics I’m writing about, that kind of problem is no longer dispositive, as the lawyers put it.

The writer is correct in seeing a distinct lurch to left inside Catholic press. This is due unfortunately to the fundamental shift in the Catholic ‘establishment’ which occurred with the abdication of Pope Benedict. Suddenly the freedom of Catholic conservative expression seems to have been severely curtailed. A true ‘evolution’ in the minds of Faithful Catholics is, however, just the calculated hopes of the powers that be. It’s not erased. It’s just suppressed.

Many of the limits contemporary popes have placed upon markets as well as the responsibilities they’ve assigned to government are novel in the history of the Church. They seem to conflict with foundational ‘social justice’ teachings of Leo XIII and Pius XI. They should be read in the light of the Church’s broader magisterium. ‘Conservative Catholics’ who advocate for increasingly restrictive markets and even bigger government are not very conservative. They’re not necessarily even very Catholic.

 

 

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190721/
<![CDATA[ The Pope's Non-Strategy: Healing Without Proselytizing, Seeking The Lost Then Saying Nothing ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190727.php
The Pope's Non-Strategy: Healing Without Proselytizing, Seeking The Lost Then Saying Nothing



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

In one of his signature bait-and-switches, Pope Francis placed what he calls ‘proselytism’ on one side and ‘healing and sick, seeking the lost’ on the other. Well, healing and seeking are good things, but do they necessarily mean we can’t preach the Gospel. I have to ask, “WWJD?”

Of course, both.

Christian Today discusses the Pope’s recent interview in the Argentina’s "La Nacion" and his un-proven ideas on how to ‘attract’ people to Church through a sort of overwhelming sympathy.

Pope Francis has used an interview with Argentina's prestigious La Nacion newspaper to attack the Roman Catholic Church's 'clericalism' and to defend himself against charges that he is failing to provide the Church with clear leadership.

Asked about the numbers of Latin American Catholics leaving the Church, the Argentian Pope referred to the attractions of Protestant 'prosperity preaching', which he said had "inspired many religious propositions which people feel attracted to". However, striking a note which has become familiar since his election, he spoke of the need for clergy to reconnect with ordinary Catholics, saying: "I wonder about ourselves, what is it that we ourselves do, what is within the Church that makes the faithful unhappy? It's that people don´t feel we are close enough, it's clericalism. Today, to be close means to reach out to Catholics, to seek people out and be close to them, to sympathise with their problems, with their reality."

Asked whether the Church should do more to stop people leaving, he criticised 'managerial' approaches to the problem, saying: "I don't like to use terms connected with proselytism because that´s not the truth. I like to use the image of the field hospital: some people are very much injured and are waiting for us to heal their wounds, they are injured for a thousand reasons. We must reach out to them and heal their wounds."

He objected similarly to the word 'strategy', saying: "I'd much rather speak about the Lord´s pastoral call, otherwise it sounds like an NGO. It's the Lord's call, what the Church is asking from us today, not as a strategy, because the Church isn't into proselytism."

 

 

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190727/
<![CDATA[ A Manifest Absence of Faith Driving Synod ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190765.php
A Manifest Absence of Faith Driving Synod



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Commenting on Sandro Magister’s update on the latest Synod disappointment, the American Catholic’s Donald McClarey demonstrates clearly that the recent ‘pastoral’ recommendations regarding Holy Communion for re-married are only manifestations of an absence of Faith.

The problem with communion for Catholics living in adultery is that they are not in a spiritual position to receive communion because they have no desire to amend their lives and sin no more.  This of course applies to any Catholic enmeshed in sin who is unwilling to give up a cherished sin.  In short, the true issue is whether Catholics can engage in mortal sin, have no intention to amend their lives, and still eat and drink the body and blood of Christ.  No fake feel good “inclusive” initiatives can get around that hard fact.  The Church is ever merciful to poor sinful humanity, but there has to be an intention of amendment in order to be absolved of sin.  That is the core problem at the heart of the issue of communion for divorced Catholics and the problem of Christianity in modern times.  Christians have often cherished sins and separated themselves from God as a result.  However, today powerful forces within the Church seem to want to allow people to keep their sins and still be worthy to receive the sacrament of the altar.  Squaring this with the Gospel of Christ, and His constant insistence on repentance and amendment of life, is impossible.

 

 

 

 

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190765/
<![CDATA[ No, Catholic Conservatives Aren’t Seeing the Francis Light; The Popes Non-Strategy: Healing Without Proselytizing, Seeking The Lost Then Saying Nothing; Francis Leading Serious Christians To Desperation; A Manifest Absence of Faith Driving Synod ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190766.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


No, Catholic Conservatives Aren’t Seeing the Francis Light

 

The Popes Non-Strategy: Healing Without Proselytising, Seeking The Lost Then Saying Nothing

 

Francis Leading Serious Christians To Desperation

 

A Manifest Absence of Faith Driving Synod

 

 

 

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190766/
<![CDATA[ Is a Ghost Writer Penning Benedict's Interviews? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190601.php
Is a Ghost-Writer Penning Benedict's Interviews?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Another in a series of very un-Benedict-like statements has appeared in the obscure German paper, "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". In it the Emeritus Pope denies that he was trying to influence the Synod by revising an old defunct position on Holy Communion and remarried people.

Frankfurt (kath.net/KNA) Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. has rejected speculation about interfering in the debate on the admission of remarried divorcees to Communion. It was "utter nonsense" that he had wanted to influence the Synod of Bishops in autumn, said the 87-year-old to the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung". Rather, he was trying "to be as quiet as possible."

This is unlike the Pope because it smacks dishonest. In his entire career he’s never been one who felt the need to twist words. He was always straightforward, clever, and gentle enough to deliver his true message.

The phrase ‘utter nonsense’ is also quite unlike the former Pope. Benedict spent a lifetime debunking nonsense and absurdity but he never felt the need to insult those whom he was addressing. Instead he was a careful and gentle teacher whose main concern was helping others to see the light. Until recently I’d never read what might be called a sharp word from him. It’s precisely since he had such a trained logical mind, that he seemed never to let anger drive his thinking.

Benedict had a tremendous grasp of history, theology, and philosophy but his words were always clear and accessible. Still, he rarely used clichés such as ‘utter nonsense.’

Next the Pope Emeritus issues more perplexing and un-Benedict-like confusion.

His successor, Francis, was "more of a powerful presence physically and mentally than I with my feeble powers could ever be," said the former head of the Church (2005-2013). Even to the faithful it is clear, "who is the true pope." To avoid misunderstandings, he had wanted the salutation "Father Benedict» for his resignation, but he was too weak to enforce it.

Benedict, the prolific writer, uses ‘powerful’ and ‘powers’ in the same sentence here. This statement is odd on many levels. He maintained at his abdication that he wasn’t physically up to the job any longer. That idea is preposterous in light of all the popes who have become weak and sick then died as pope, particularly his predecessor, John Paul, who was truly a great example until the end. Traveling and speechmaking do not make a Pope. Defending the Faith does. Benedict seemed to have understood that.

The second problem here is the former pope's mental feebleness. Some things Benedict has done and written in the past 18 months have seemed quite typical. This type of interview is only an occasional trend. He’s not senile. If he is yet himself, how can anyone honestly think that Pope Francis is more mentally powerful than Benedict? At least give them a draw! Only someone with very skewed preconceptions might imagine that Francis is obviously more intelligent than Benedict. Does Benedict really believe his mind is weak?

The article reports that Benedict said, even to the faithful it is clear “who is the true pope.” This is strange because Pope Benedict was not one to belittle the intelligence of common faithful people. It seems unlikely that he would argue that something is so simple and obvious ‘even the faithful' can figure it out! Benedict didn’t think that way.

Next we come to this ‘Father Benedict’ idea. Pope Benedict was always quite attentive to protocol and tradition. Even if he became convinced the revolutionary idea of a living ex-Pope were reasonable, why should he imagine that person should be re-made into a simple priest. Is there any precedent for this?

Finally Pope Benedict says he would have forced everyone to formally call him 'Father Benedict' if he weren’t so weak.

All this sounds very familiar to the statement attributed to Pope Benedict back when people were starting to wonder if he weren’t actually a co-pope in white papal garb. The Pope Emeritus responded that it was an ‘absurd’ idea! Everything was happening so fast that only white clothes could be found at the time, and anyway his white outfit is completely different!

When did Pope Benedict ever act, speak, or write like this? A slightly arrogant, angry, self-deprecating muddle-headed person, Benedict was not.

Is someone overly worried that people may question the authority of Pope Francis? Is a slick operator trying to re-affirm the impression that Pope Benedict thinks he’s mentally feeble and has no desire for Church power?

Did Bruno Forte fax this interview for the Pope Emeritus?

 

 

 

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190601/
<![CDATA[ Little Sisters Fight For The Faith And Against Social Justice Policy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190602.php
Little Sisters Fight For The Faith And Against Social Justice Policy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Christian Telegraph has the CNA report.

The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying, reports Catholic News Agency.

“As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself,” Mother Loraine Marie Maguire told members of the press.

“But now the government demands we choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith. We cannot do that and we should not have to.”

This began with the Obamacare HHS Mandate, later revised, but not in a meaningful way.

Over a year ago, the Little Sisters of the Poor, aided by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, filed a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act, which requires employers to offer health insurance plans covering contraception, sterilization and some drugs that may cause early abortions.

Amid religious freedom concerns, the Obama administration revised the initial mandate, allowing religious employers such as the Little Sisters to sign a form that would trigger a separate health benefit provider to offer the coverage instead.

The Little Sisters object that they cannot in good conscience sign the form because it authorizes a third-party insurance company to provide the very products and procedures they believe to be gravely immoral.

The sight of these humble holy sisters forced to defend the Catholic Faith in the worldwide press was shocking. It becomes particularly cruel when you consider the political clout the Catholic hierarchy has delivered to the sisters' government persecutors over the years. Must these nuns defend the Faith even against many in their own Church who hailed the passage of the Obamacare monster?

Should the Little Sisters of the Poor lose their case and still refuse to sign the form, they would be faced with massive fines amounting to around $2.5 million a year, or around 40 percent of the $6 million the Sisters beg for annually to run their ministry.

“…the government forces us to either violate our conscience or take millions of dollars that we raise by begging for the care of the elderly poor and instead pay fines to the IRS,” Mother Maguire said.

Flanked by four of her fellow sisters, Mother Maguire gave a statement at the press conference expressing the Sisters’ desires to receive an exemption in order to avoid massive fines and to continue to work with the elderly poor, as they have in the United States for 175 years.

Bishops who stumped for the takeover that crossed the faith of these nuns, then quibbled hopelessly over abortion and contraception, are to blame for this situation. They handed this power to the state.

 

 

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190602/
<![CDATA[ Marquette Policy: Employees Must Report Those Not Believing In Gay Marriage ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190603.php
Marquette U Policy: Employees Must Report Those Not Believing In Gay Marriage



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Catholic News Agency writes:

An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory.

Part of the employee anti-harassment training at the Wisconsin-based Marquette University includes a presentation with a comic strip-style story about a fictional employee named “Harassed Hans,” a man in a wheelchair. The training encourages Hans to report to the university human resources his co-workers Becky and Maria who “have been talking about their opposition to same-sex marriage” all week.

“Their co-worker Hans is offended, but he struggles with whether to report the situation,” the comic says.

“Hans is right to report Maria and Becky’s conversation,” the presentation later adds.

Being forced to report two people for expressing an illegal (yet good, true, and popular) thought to each other is Orwellian.  

Since 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has held “sex stereotypes” like “the belief that men should only date women or that women should only marry men” to be illegal discrimination on the basis of sex. This is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the commission said in a news briefing on enforcement protections for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) workers.

In twisted doublespeak Catholic Marquette U. disavows the video they seem to be forced to present, calling it just a 'scenario' and not necessarily school policy.

Brian Dorrington, senior director of communications at Marquette University, told CNA Nov. 21 that the university requires all employees, faculty, staff and student employees, to complete an anti-harassment module “in accordance with federal law and university policy,” He added that harassment training “includes the latest changes in law, and workplace diversity training reflects developing regulations.”

He said the presentation uses “hypothetical scenarios” are “teaching tools do not necessarily equate to university policy.”

“They are simply tools to raise awareness of various forms of harassment that could arise,” he said, adding that any specific harassment case “would be reviewed on an individual basis.”

If policy is applied on an individual basis as it arises I guess there’s no way to know what it is until it happens. (Meanwhile at least we can act like they do in these cartoons.)

Just to be clear:

  • Pretending that a homosexual arrangement is a marriage is wrong.
  • A university that punishes employees just for thinking is wrong.
  • A university that punishes people for refusing to pretend that a homosexual arrangement is marriage is wrong.
  • Reporting someone for refusing to pretend that a homosexual arrangement is marriage is wrong.
  • Forcing people to report on personal conversations between others is inhuman.

 

 

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190603/
<![CDATA[ Vatican's Fr. Rosica Talks the Synod ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190604.php
Vatican's Fr. Rosica Talks the Synod



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Fr. Thomas Rosica, the head of Canada’s Salt & Light Catholic Network, has come to international prominence as the English language point-man at the Vatican press office.  He may be somewhat new in Rome, but they know him well in Canada.

Blogger Vox Cantoris reports on some ‘snippets’ of commentary about the state of the Church Rosica delivered at a St Paul’s Church in Windsor, ON.

So what are these "important issues?"  

Are they the high rate of divorce and the abandonment of children by their fathers resulting from an incorrect understanding of Catholic matrimony because you and the bishops did not properly catechise? Is it perhaps the burdensome tax systems and urban expenses that cause mothers to leave the home to assist in the support of the family? Is it perhaps the homosexualist agenda of the corruption of our education system to take our children even further from our faith? Is it rampant contraception violating the sanctity of marriage or the use of abortion by Catholics? Is the problem in the Church really Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried or that we have no respect for individuals suffering from same-sex attraction?

Once again, Rosica's style is to issue little phrases and snippets of truth without explaining the reality and actuality of that truth. He goes on to say that "I feel that deep down something has to change here." 

I could care less about what this priest "feels." I care about doctrine and faith and what Our Lord expects of us and His Church. It is not about what Tom Rosica "feels" or anyone "feels." It is not up to him, it is not about what he feels!

"There should be a real dialogue, and that dialogue, that exchange was present in the early church." Here we see again from that first article as a Deacon, he returns to that concept of "sharing." Where has the Church not had dialogue?: He speaks as if we've only now emerged from some dark age. What exactly is this dialogue that seems lacking. If Father Rosica or anyone else wants a synodal and democratic church then join the Church of England. How about a Romanuorum Coetibus from the Archlayman of Canterbury?

"A lot of people who were on the fringes have said, wow, there might be a place for me."..."I'm divorced and remarried and I felt disenfranchised and all of a sudden there's a place for me. Or somebody who's struggling with homosexuality and they realise that they have a certain dignity and value. The church is not saying anything goes by any means, it's saying every single person has an inherent dignity and value which cannot be underestimated."

This is poppycock!

Again, it is about "feelings." When did the Church "disenfranchise" anyone? People "disenfrancise" themselves.

This is precisely true.  This difference in orientation between those who see the Church as a fixed house with doors which can be opened through desire and repentance, and those who see the Church as a sort of herd, chasing in unison after sinners in the hopes of a saving embrace.

At the conference, Rosica said "You may have heard or read that this Synod has been about changing the teaching of the Church on marriage family life or sexual morality. This is not true! It was about pastoral care that we try to offer to each other..."

It was exactly about changing the teaching through stealth by changing pastoral practice. How did belief in the Real Presence change? By changing the practice with communion in the hand and standing. How did belief in the Mass as a sacrifice change? By changing the practice so that it resembles a communion meal and is a commemoration of the Last Supper.

If you wish to read the rest of Father's address, it is posted at Salt + Light.

 

 

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190604/
<![CDATA[ Little Sisters Fight For The Faith In Against Social Justice Policy; Marquette U Policy: Employees Must Report Those Not Believing In Gay Marriage; Vatican's Fr. Rosica Talks the Synod; Is a Ghost-Writer Penning Benedict's Interviews? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190659.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Little Sisters Fight For The Faith And Against Social Justice Policy

 

Marquette U Policy: Employees Must Report Those Not Believing In Gay Marriage

 

Vatican's Fr. Rosica Talks the Synod

 

Is a Ghost-Writer Penning Benedict's Interviews?

 

 

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Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190659/
<![CDATA[ Francis To Resistance: I'm Glad You Stealthy Mumblers Are Out In The Open. ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190497.php
Francis To Resistance: I'm Glad You Stealthy Mumblers Are Out In The Open.



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

CNA News reports on the Pope’s most recent interview with an Argentine paper.

In an interview with the Argentine daily “La Nacion” published Sunday, Pope Francis spoke on a variety of topics, giving specific attention to the ongoing reform of the Roman Curia, and some of the resistance he’s facing.

“I am not worried. It all seems normal to me; if there were no difference of opinions, that wouldn't be normal,” the Pope told Elisabetta Piqué in an interview published in La Nacion Dec. 7.

“Resistance is now evident. And that is a good sign for me, getting the resistance out into the open, no stealthy mumbling when there is disagreement. It's healthy to get things out into the open, it's very healthy.”

The Pope admits that this ‘resistance’ is not just a neutral ideal but a reaction to his direction.

Resistance, he said, “is connected to some decisions I may occasionally take, I will concede that. Of course, some decisions are more of the economic type, and others are more pastoral.”

When questioned about the contentious Synod and the response it provoked, the Pope attributed this to pastoral disagreements. When asked directly about Cd. Burke’s famous assertion that the Church was like a ‘ship without a rudder,’ the Pope seemed to be both perplexed and unaware. Nevertheless he maintained that he would certainly give the benefit of the doubt to anyone who might be said to have uttered such a thing.

In regards to media buzz during the synod due to comments by Cardinal Raymond Burke suggesting that the Church is like “a ship without a rudder,” the Pope said that “those expressions strike me as odd.”

“I am not aware of anybody using them. The media quote them,” he said, admitting that “until I can ask the people involved ‘have you said this?’ I will have brotherly doubts.”

 

 

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190497/
<![CDATA[ Francis To Church: Why Treat Remarried People Like They're Excommunicated Or Something? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190498.php
Francis To Church: Why Treat Remarried People Like They're Excommunicated Or Something?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

CruxMag has an update on the Pope’s recent interview at Argentina’s “La Nacion.” When questioned about the scandalous idea thrown about at the recent Synod, that Holy Communion should be given freely to remarried Catholics, the Pope seemed almost to approve.

In an interview with the Argentine daily newspaper, La Nacion, in which he discussed the family synod, the challenges of his papacy and reforming the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said: “In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? What door can we allow them to open? This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion? Communion alone is no solution.

From here the Pope reveals a laundry list of other restrictions unfairly imposed on re-married Catholics by the Church. All these cause separation and the Pope feels ‘integration’ is what’s necessary.

“The solution is integration. They have not been excommunicated, true. But they cannot be godfathers to any child being baptised, mass readings are not for divorcees, they cannot give Communion, they cannot teach Sunday school, there are about seven things that they cannot do, I have the list over there. Come on! If I disclose any of this it will seem that they have been excommunicated in fact. Thus, let us open the doors a bit more.”

Even if a re-married person isn’t formally excommunicated, can they be said to be spiritually in communion with the Church, Holy Father? If not, is it good then that they go on to become scandalous godparents, inappropriately lector or serve at the altar, become faithless catechists and extraordinary ministers?!

Other than confirming re-married couples in their sin so they feel less guilty and more benevolent toward their Church, it’s hard to imagine any value this policy would have, certainly not to their souls. On the contrary, they’d be misled and much more indignant and furious at anyone who attempts to counsel them correctly.

Leaving the couple themselves aside, the most unjust result of this infernal and unorthodox practice would be the spiritual destruction it brings to the community. This type of parish leadership would be terrible, but as papal guidance it’s devastating.

 

 

 

 

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190498/
<![CDATA[ Vatican Decries: That Forced Redistribution Was Meant For Illegal Aliens Not Mafia! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190499.php
Vatican Decries: That Forced Redistribution Was Meant For Illegal Aliens Not Mafia!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

In the wake of the admission that hundreds of millions were suddenly found by the Vatican Bank, and new embezzlement charges filed against ex-leadership, a new Italian Mafia enterprise has been denounced by the Church. The sweet scheme Cardinal Parolin is so angry about doesn't involve drugs, protection, prostitution, or gambling. None of those dirty businesses apply. Instead the Church is outraged that the underworld is skimming from their anointed gov’t ‘refugee’ programs.

The Telegraph reports:

The political fallout from Rome’s latest mafia scandal broadened as the Vatican expressed concern at the breakdown of law and order in the country.

It emerged last week that mafia gangsters, corrupt politicians and a former one-eyed terrorist had made millions of euros exploiting migrants and gipsies through a criminal web that rigged government contracts and embezzled funds intended for refugees and migrant centres.

The Vatican’s second-in-command, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said the latest episode had provoked “great concern” and that society was doomed if there was a breakdown in the rule of law.

“How can you not be worried? A society that does not pay attention to lawfulness is a society destined to give the strongest supremacy to trample over the weakest,” said Cardinal Parolin.

Police arrested 37 people last Tuesday, on charges of extortion, corruption, money laundering and embezzlement.

One wonders what political motivations may underly this latest uproar.

One alleged criminal associate has also been arrested at Fiumicino airport and another 100 politicians and businessmen, including Gianni Alemanno, a former Rome mayor with far-Right leanings, have been placed under investigation.

Over a hundred people were placed under investigation. One was conservative! (Would a ‘far-right’ mayor have promoted the government welfare programs now being tapped by the Mob, or would have have tried to cut them back?)

Rome’s current centre-left mayor, Ignazio Marino, who still enjoys the support of the national government announced a shakeup of key council positions after several administrators resigned.

But he is certain to come under more pressure after three city councillors from his own Democratic Party suspended themselves from their duties at the weekend.

Why do the Pope and his pliant bishops promote state benefits to illegal aliens, boat people, and gypsies? It’s not really charity when it comes from the government. It’s just re-distribution or in common parlance, stealing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190499/
<![CDATA[ Pope to Catholic Parents: Stand By Your LGBT! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190500.php
Pope to Catholic Parents: Stand By Your LGBT!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The Independent reports with frustration:

The Catholic Church’s stance on gay rights continues to be a source of confusion, as official acceptance of LGBT people emerges on a seemingly intermittent basis. 

Following the recent synod, Pope Francis has again spoken out about homosexuals – as he said the Catholic Church must help parents to stand by their gay children.

Speaking ambiguously, Pope Francis seemed to feel that gay people required special methods from the parishes and families.

Speaking to La Nacion, the Pope said that leaders had a duty to help “famil[ies] to deal with that somewhat unusual situation”.

“What we did talk about was of how a family with a homosexual child, whether a son or a daughter, goes about educating that child, how the family bears up, how to help that family to deal with that somewhat unusual situation,” he said.

“That is to say, the synod addressed the family and the homosexual persons in relation to their families, because we come across this reality all the time in the confessional: a father and a mother whose son or daughter is in that situation. This happened to me several times in Buenos Aires.

“We have to find a way to help that father or that mother to stand by their son or daughter.”

It appears to be much more likely that a faithful parent confesses guilt over weak parenting than an overt practicing homosexual comes to Confession in Buenos Aires.

What specifically does Francis mean when he says such parents should ‘stand by their son or daughter?’

 

 

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190500/
<![CDATA[ Pope: I'm Glad Stealthy Mumblers Are Out In The Open; Francis: Why Treat Remarried Like They're Excommunicated Or Something? Vatican: Forced Redistribution Was Meant For Illegal Aliens Not Mafia! Pope to Parents: Stand By Your LGBT! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190501.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Francis To Resistance: I'm Glad You Stealthy Mumblers Are Out In The Open

 

Francis To Church: Why Treat Remarried People Like They're Excommunicated Or Something?

 

Vatican Decries: That Forced Redistribution Was Meant For Illegal Aliens Not Mafia!

 

Pope to Catholic Parents: Stand By Your LGBT!

 

 

 

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Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190501/
<![CDATA[ New Lady Theologians are Strawberries on the Cake ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190275.php
Francis: New Lady Theologians are Strawberries on the Cake



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Aleteia reports on the Pope’s presentation to the International Theological Commission, a group which has seen several recent appointments.

Pope Francis today addressed the International Theological Commission at the conclusion of its first plenary session. Traditionally held in the first week of Advent, the meeting of the ITC's new five-year term selects the three themes the Commission will consider over coming years.

In July 2014, Pope Francis appointed an additional five female theologians to the ITC: Sister Prudence Allen, R.S.M., (U.S.A.), Sister Alenka Arko, Com. Loyola (Slovenia-Russia), Moira Mary McQuenn (G.B. – Canada), Tracey Rowland (Australia), Marianne Schlosser (Germany – Austria). 

The Pope told the group, ”Revealed truth can always be more deeply penetrated, better understood and set forth to greater advantage”

Pope Francis expressed that the new women on the commission will lend a particular insight simply because they’re female, calling them ‘strawberries on the cake’ of theology.

In this light, within the increasingly diverse composition of the Commission, I would like to note the increased presence of women — still not too many … they are the strawberries on the cake, but we need more — a presence that becomes an invitation to reflect on the role that women can and should play in the field of theology. Indeed, "The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess. … I readily acknowledge that many women … [offer] new contributions to theological reflection (Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii gaudium, 103). Thus, by virtue of their feminine genius, women theologians can detect, to the benefit of all, certain unexplored aspects of the unfathomable mystery of Christ, “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col 2:3). I invite you to reap the greatest advantage of this specific contribution that women make to the understanding of the faith. 

 

 

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190275/
<![CDATA[ Swiss Guard: Is It Gossip To Knock The Character Of An Employee You Fire? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190276.php
Swiss Guard: Is It Gossip To Knock The Character Of An Employee You Fire?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

No-nonsense ‘Tenth Crusade’ summarized the Pope’s last two weeks thusly.

Isis is in and the Germans are out.

She’s annoyed that the Pope has so much affectionate dialogue for Islamist leaders and schismatics, yet seeming contempt for his own dutiful soldiers.

Let us not quibble about the "peace" of 2000 years of ethnic cleansing of Christians. But there is only so much stout sourpuss Germans the Pope can stand.

Setting the bigotry aside, I am beside myself that the man the Pope is firing is being slandered in the public square.

Who does that?

Who fires a man and then goes out to the newspapers and issues a character assassination, making it difficult for him to get hired somewhere else?

She continues:

Can you imagine trying to secure a job after the Pope publicly announces your termination and assassinates your character?

Every job interview, recognition will result in: "That's the guy who saintly Pope Francis said was wrapped too tight."

Don't worry sir, when you run out of cash and get evicted, Pope Francis has installed showers so you can wash up.

 

 

 

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190276/
<![CDATA[ Happy Winter, Kids: No Jesus, No Christmas, No Cameras, No Sharing ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190277.php
Happy Winter, Kids: No Jesus, No Christmas, No Cameras, No Sharing



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The BBC reports:

The traditional school nativity play is under pressure to modernise the story and remove religious figures, according to users of a parenting website.

Parents on Netmums have given examples of characters such as spacemen, Elvis Presley and footballers being introduced to the nativity story.

There are also claims Christmas plays are being called "winter celebrations".

As Christian group has documented the unprecedented changes.

About 2,000 parents have shared their experiences of how nativity plays are being adapted in some schools - and how there has been no nativity play at all in other schools.

They report how the story has been changed, so that rather than simply casting Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men and a donkey, there are parts for aliens, punk fairies, Elvis Presley, footballers, a lobster and a drunken spaceman.

Christmas carols have been replaced with Christmas-themed pop songs, report some of the parents.

There were also reports of schools changing the name of "Christmas" plays, with the suggestion that it was to avoid a specific reference to the Christian festival.

This straw poll of parental attitudes also found complaints about schools charging to see a nativity play or Christmas show.

There were also schools that banned the use of photography and others where parents could take pictures but had to sign a promise not to share the pictures on social media.

Schools are becoming more and more cruel and oppressive, aren’t they? – on both sides of the pond.

 

 

 

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190277/
<![CDATA[ Ferguson: How it Saddens My Rosy Heart! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190278.php
Ferguson: How it Saddens My Rosy Heart!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Catholic Sun presents the story of the remarkably sunny, positive, and aptly nicknamed Ferguson, MO priest, Fr. “Rosy” Rosebrough, who is rallying what remains of the community toward the common good.

“My heart was very saddened and disappointed with the violence, looting and destruction of property,” Father Rosy wrote in a reflection on the Blessed Teresa website. “Many people will have no income for months. The effects of hatred, violence and hopelessness have a tremendously rippling impact upon the lives of many people.”

Fr. Rosy draws inspiration from 4th century St. Catherine Alexandria.

“What struck me … was that no matter where St. Catherine was, free or in prison, she was going to be true to herself and her mission, like a piston of a motor that continually revolves, again, again and, again,” he stated. “As a rhythm ingrained in her very being, she would always offer the gift of hope and tell others of the abundant life the Jesus Christ is offering to all of humankind.”

Father calls Ferguson ‘the new Bethlehem’

Father Rosy has called Ferguson the “New Bethlehem,” ground zero where change can be made in society by “leaning in,” as he said, and truly listening to the words others are saying.

“When we listen to the stories of others, when we hear their pains and frustrations and they hear ours, we discover that we are brothers and sisters,” he concluded.

Father knows Ferguson will rise again.

“I believe God only gives us what we can handle,” stated Fletcher, chairman of the “I Love Ferguson” committee. “From the ashes, we will rise a better and stronger Ferguson. God Bless Ferguson. … Let’s show the world the power of peace and unity.”

This is the Pope’s call to dialogue and unity in spades. I might not save many souls nor bring peace, but it could wear down a few listening ears.

 

 

 

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190278/
<![CDATA[ Francis: New Lady Theologians are Strawberries on the Cake; Swiss Guard: Is It Gossip To Knock The Character Of An Employee You Fire? Happy Winter, Kids: No Jesus, No Christmas, No Cameras, No Sharing; Ferguson: How it Saddens My Rosy Heart! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190279.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Francis: New Lady Theologians are Strawberries on the Cake

 

Swiss Guard: Is It Gossip To Knock The Character Of An Employee You Fire?

 

Happy Winter, Kids: No Jesus, No Christmas, No Cameras, No Sharing

 

Ferguson: How it Saddens My Rosy Heart!

 

 

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Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190279/
<![CDATA[ Synods Must Be Founded On The Word Of God, Not Heresy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190152.php
Synods Must Be Founded On The Word Of God, Not Heresy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The Eponymous Flower highlights an interview with CDF’s Cardinal Gerhard Muller in L’Osservatore Romano in which he indirectly responds to the Synod by defending truth.

Vatican City (kath.net/KAP) The Prefect of the Vatican Congregation of Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, reiterating that there should be no gap between teaching and pastoral care in the Catholic Church. "Every separation of theory and practice of the faith would be the manifestation of a subtle Christological heresy in principle," Mueller said in a speech, which was published by the Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano" on Tuesday. This would "obscure" the dynamics of the Incarnation, which is part of any "healthy theology", said Mueller. Christ had said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. Therefore, there can be no truth without life and no life without truth.

In the linked video Cardinal Muller emphasizes that, at Synods, the Word of God must be the foundation of any actions or speaking.

 

 

 

 

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190152/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Pell Brags About Finding Hundreds Of Millions Lost In His Bank ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190153.php
Cardinal Pell Brags About Finding Hundreds Of Millions Lost In His Bank



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At Breitbart News Dr. Thomas Williams reports on the positive take Vatican Financial Czar, Cd. Pell, put forth with regards to the hundreds of millions of euros recently uncovered in the Church’s Bank.

Cardinal George Pell, whom Pope Francis hand-picked as head of the recently created Vatican “Secretariat for the Economy,” revealed Wednesday that the Vatican’s financial situation “is much healthier than it seemed.”\

“In fact,” Pell said, “some hundreds of millions of euros were tucked away in particular accounts and did not appear on the balance sheet.”

“It is important to point out that the Vatican is not broke,” said the Cardinal.

Citing the freedom and decentralization of Church finances in the past, the Cardinal lamented the lack of regulation and oversight.

Problems began for the Vatican Bank in 2009. Prior, the Vatican bank—or “IOR,” as it is known—acted like an “offshore bank” outside the European Union, and had no rules or protocols for combating money laundering. Italy’s Central Bank began pressuring local banks to cease dealings with the Vatican Bank, and in March 2012, J.P. Morgan Chase terminated its dealings with the Vatican bank. By early 2013, the Vatican bank was ready for a downfall.

Why it was necessary that the Vatican be able to do business with large multinational banks is not explained. If an ‘offshore bank' would have been able to function without EU oversight, why can't the Church?

This is where Cardinal Pell comes in. Together with a team of professionals, he has been sorting through the Vatican’s economic beehive, trying to bring order to practices that date back decades, if not centuries. One of his main tasks is to bring Vatican finances into line with current practices and to make them transparent.

The cardinal suggested that once the Holy See gets its own financial house in order, it may be time to focus on individual dioceses.

With monetary controls there is great leverage. One wonders whether the impending restrictions on finances in orders and dioceses will affect their character for the better. The Church is neither a retail shop nor a franchise. They don’t need to have more ‘transparency’ if it just means intrusive government oversight.

 

 

 

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190153/
<![CDATA[ Harmless Silly Christmas Atheism and Satanism at the Capitol ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190154.php
Harmless Silly Christmas Satanism at the Capitol



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Coming back again this year with a new an improved suggestion, Florida Satanists will finally get to display something alongside Our Lord’s Nativity in the state capitol.

Florida’s Capitol will have a new holiday decoration this year.  The Satanic Temple will be among its nativity scenes and secular presentations.

It’s for Festivus, a non-commercial festival “for the rest of us,” is close to coming back as a 6-foot stack of empty beer cans.

It’s just silly, harmless, non-threatening Atheism and Satanism, that’s all.

The Florida Department of Management Services this week approved the proposed holiday display from the Satanic Temple, which a year ago was rejected because the agency said its proposal was “grossly offensive.”

 

 

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190154/
<![CDATA[ Holy Mass: Almost 50 Years Since the Day of Tears ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190155.php
Holy Mass: Almost 50 Years Since the Day of Tears



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

New Liturgical Movement notes the now famous plug beloved comedian Bill Murray gave to the Ancient Latin Mass. Then he transitions to words of the late Michael Davies:

While looking through the reportage on the Bill Murray article, I stumbled across some comments made by another fellow named Murray, on changes to the liturgy made even before the Council ended. In a letter to the Tablet published on March 14, 1964, Dom Gregory Murray, O.S.B., of Downside Abbey in England, wrote:

The plea that the laity as a body do not want liturgical change, whether in rite or in language, is, I submit, quite beside the point. … (it is) not a question of what people want; it is a question of what is good for them.

Michael Davies quotes this in his book “Liturgical Time Bombs in Vatican II”, and rightly observes that it reflects the same mentality as that of the Soviet Communist Party. Just as the Party “ ‘interpreted the will of the people,’ so the ‘experts’ interpret the wishes of the laity,” and were willing to inflict any amount of suffering on them to make them accept what they, the experts, had determined was for the people’s good. And so I find myself reminded of two stories from those troubled days.

The first was something which my mother and grandmother told me many times about the first Mass celebrated in English in their home parish in White Plains, New York. Most of the congregation left the church in tears, an episode which disturbed my mother greatly, and which my grandmother, who hated to hear any criticism against the Church, preferred not to comment on. Like many Catholics who grew up before the Council, they were both quietly but decidedly indignant at the idea, so common afterwards, that they must have been ignorant of the Mass because it was in Latin, a righteous and proper indignation which I have encountered in a great many other people since. A former colleague once told me something in a similar vein about her Catholic grammar school: “We all had our missals in Latin and English, and those sisters made darn sure that we knew how to use them!”

It’s hard to imagine that good Catholics were lost or ignorant of the Latin meaning in a Mass said daily for so many generations.

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Cd. Muller: Synods Must Be Founded On The Word Of God, Not Heresy; Cd. Pell Brags About Finding Hundreds Of Millions Lost In His Bank; Harmless Silly Christmas Atheism and Satanism at the Capitol; Holy Mass: Almost 50 Years Since the Day of Tears ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_190156.php
PewSitter NewsBytes



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Cardinal Muller: Synods Must Be Founded On The Word Of God, Not Heresy

 

Cardinal Pell Brags About Finding Hundreds Of Millions Lost In His Bank

 

Harmless Silly Christmas Atheism and Satanism at the Capitol

 

Holy Mass: Almost 50 Years Since the Day of Tears

 

 

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Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/190156/
<![CDATA[ New All-In-One Cupich Eucharist: Forgiveness And Holy Communion In One Sacrament! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189809.php
New All-In-One Cupich Eucharist: Forgiveness And Holy Communion In One Sacrament!



By Frank Walker
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At OnePeterFive Brian Williams notes Catholic news reporter Rocco Palmo’s predictions about new Chicago Abp. Cupich and the new kind of American Bishop in the new FrancisChurch:

“…(Palmo) told us who’s going to be the next archbishop of Chicago; a position which will be filled in September. And if he’s correct, it’s going to be the beginning of a whole new style of episcopal leadership in the American Catholic Church, away from these bombastic, confrontational, counter-cultural bishops to bishops who are much more conciliatory and overflowing, as Francis says, with mercy.

Williams relates a recent interview with Cupich on Face the Nation:

On Sunday’s edition of Face the Nation, recently installed Archbishop Blase Cupich demonstrated that Chicago is indeed being introduced to a new style of episcopal leadership. This was nowhere more evident than the archbishop’s response to host Norah O’Donnell’s question regarding pro-abortion politicians and the reception of Communion:

O’DONNELL: So, when you say we cannot politicize the communion rail, you would give communion to politicians, for instance, who support abortion rights.

CUPICH: I would not use the Eucharist or as they call it the communion rail as the place to have those discussions or way in which people would be either excluded from the life of the church. The Eucharist is an opportunity of grace and conversion. It’s also a time of forgiveness of sins. So my hope would be that that grace would be instrumental in bringing people to the truth.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Pope on ISIS: All Religions Have These 'Little Fundamentalist Groups' ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_189810.php
Pope on ISIS: All Religions Have These 'Little Fundamentalist Groups'



By Frank Walker
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Pope Francis delivered a discouraging message to the world on his plane ride back from Istanbul. He can’t understand the unfair stereotype of a violent Muslim religion held by many people in what remains of the West.

Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype.

Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with terrorism.

From there the Pope proceeds to make an astoundingly unfair (particularly when you consider the source) generalization about ‘all religions.’  

The Argentine pope, who has been trying to foster cooperation with moderate Islam in order to work for peace and protect Christians in the Middle East, said it was wrong for anyone to react to terrorism by being "enraged" against Islam.

"You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups," he said.

One can’t help but wonder if the Pope is including faithful Catholics among those ‘little groups’ all religions must endure. If so, this is a new low among Pope Francis insults.

 

 

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Turkey's Erdogan: Pope Francis And I Share Common Views On Almost Everything



By Frank Walker
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In his meeting with Pope Francis, Turkish President Erdogan released a number of troubling statements:

The Turkish president said he and the pope had common views on almost every subject they discussed, including how to combat terrorism.

At a press conference given at the Presidential Palace, President Erdogan and the Pope sent out a common message in response to increasing Islamophobia.

Against Western anti-Islamist intervention:

"I would like to stress that terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda, the ISIL and Boko Haram emerged because of the wrong policies that have been ongoing for many years," Erdogan said.

Against the enemy of ISIS, Syria’s Assad:

The president also said that the world seemed to have forgotten about the atrocities committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Against Israel:

About Israeli offensives at Islam’s third holiest site, the al-Aqsa Mosque, the president said the world remains insensitive to the issue.

In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers – often accompanied by Israeli security forces – have repeatedly forced their way into the mosque complex.

Against the Iraqi Kurds, who fight alongside Christians against ISIS:

The Turkish president also said that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or the PKK's terrorism, which has claimed about 50,000 lives in Turkey in the last three decades, did not get enough global attention.

Erdogan gifted Pope a painting of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed The Conqueror's command on Bosnia. The command says the Christians in Bosnia can freely practice their religion under Sultan Mehmed's security.

 

 

 

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