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Cd. Burke Demotion Would Be Unprecedented, Machiavellian Cruelty, The Forces Aligned Against Cordileone, The Tobin Proposal?, IDC Conference to Cruz, You risked lives!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Vaticanista Sandro Magister reports of powerful Cardinal Raymond Burke:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Then he expounds:

In the New Pentecost, the age of the Spirit, that has superseded the age of the articulated Incarnate Word, it is the experience of women and men.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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

What’s the solution to this dilemma?

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

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

 

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National Catholic Register’s Peter Jesserer Smith reveals:

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

Executive Director of IDC, Andrew Doran said:

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

 

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Miami Herald reports:

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

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

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

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

It continues:

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

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

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

 

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Vatican Radio quotes Pope Francis at Santa Marta:

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

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

The Pope warned:

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

 

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

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

 

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Terry Mattingly at Get Religon writes:

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

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

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

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

In closing:

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

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

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

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

La Stampa:

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

Andrea Tornelli notes:

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

He continues:

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

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

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

 

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St. Corbinian’s Bear laments:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Irish Central notes:

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

Patrick Roberts continues:

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

The AmericaMag editors now counsel:

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

 

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UCA News reveals:

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

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

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

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

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

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

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

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

 

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Irish Central notes:

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

Patrick Roberts continues:

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

The AmericaMag editors now counsel:

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

 

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UCA News reveals:

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

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

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

 

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Yahoo News writes:

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

Pope Francis continued:

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

 

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

Marshall writes:

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

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

He adds:

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

and…..

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

and…

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Daily Caller reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Breitbart’s Dr. Susan Berry writes:

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

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

 

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The Crux reports:

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

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

It continues:

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

 

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

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

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Naharnet News reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Naharnet News reports:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

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

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

They continue:

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

The writer closes,

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

 

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

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

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

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Archbishop Socrates Villegas said:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Eden adds:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Skojec closes:

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/182068/
<![CDATA[ Lord Bless Your People of Lebanon, Bachman Fights for Minnesota, TIME Sees Some Catholic Evolution, Magister on the Synod ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_182107.php
Lord Bless Your People of Lebanon, Bachman Fights for Minnesota, TIME Sees Some Catholic Evolution, Magister on the Synod



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

JNS News reports:

Christian militias have started to arm themselves for the first time in decades as Lebanese military leaders urge unity in the face of the jihadist threat. 

“ISIS is a cancerous tumor that surfaced at first in parts of Iraq and Syria and it’s still contained to a certain point and this can be removed only if we join our efforts via an international Arab alliance,” Lebanese Forces commander Samir Geagea said Sept. 6, the Daily Star reported. 

In the face of the threat posed by Islamic State, Christians from groups such as the Free Patriotic Movement political party are arming themselves for the first time since the bloody Lebanese Civil War ended in 1990, the Associated Press reported. 

Lebanon—which is the only Arab country with a Christian head of state, and where Christians make up 35-40 percent of the population—has been a popular destination for Christians fleeing from Iraq and Syria.

 

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St. Anthony, Minnesota is attempting to stop the development of a Mosque, or “Islamic Center.”  Famed Congresswoman Michele Bachman is fighting hard to halt the destructive encroachment of Somali Muslims into the state.  She puts part of the blame directly on Catholic Charities:


Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., told WND that while many of the Somali transplants have been hard-working citizens, the experiment has been costly for her state. And too many Somalis remain dependent on public assistance.

“We have the largest population of Somalis in the United States, and Somalia is a failed state. It is based on piracy for ransom and fraud,” Bachmann said.

She said the war-torn east African country is in a state of desperation, with an economy that more closely resembles the stone-age than the information age.

“And so tens of thousands of Somalis have been lifted out of a completely different situation and dropped into Minnesota,” Bachmann said. “They have been brought here in many cases by Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services and made homes here, but the problems of radicalization have come to Minnesota as well.”

 

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Correctly piecing together statements and pro-gay victories in Catholic circles since the emergency election of Pope Francis, TIME asks, "Is the Catholic Church ‘Evolving’ on Gay Marriage?"

Last week New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave his okay to the St. Patrick Day Parade Committee’s decision to allow a gay group to march in the 2015 parade under their own banner. This was a remarkable shift from one of Dolan’s predecessors Cardinal John O’Connor who in 1993 declared that to allow a gay group to march in the parade would be a slander to the Apostle’s Creed.

This closes a remarkable summer in which a number of high-ranking Catholic prelates have signaled that Pope Francis’s more open posture on gay issues has permeated through the Catholic world. In May, a top-ranking Italian bishop said that the Church should be more open to arguments in support of same-sex marriage. And just a few weeks ago, one of Pope Francis’s closest friends Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes said in an interview that he “didn’t know” whether Jesus would oppose gay marriage.

All of this comes as the Catholic Church prepares for October’s Synod on the Family. This blockbuster event will bring bishops from around the world to Rome to discuss among other things, how the Church should change its pastoral practices towards those in same-sex relationships.

 

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Famed hard-hitting Vaticanista, Sandro Magister profiles Belgian bishop of Antwerp, Johan Jozef Bonny, who works closely with Cardinal Kasper of Germany who in turn notoriously called for Communion for divorced and remarried, and was then praised by the Pope.

Magister provides evidence that Pope Francis may be in favor of Kasper’s shocking ideas:

But on the contrary there are are increasingly numerous testimonies on how Bergoglio, as an archbishop, encouraged his priests to give communion to the cohabiting and remarried. He himself, as pope, spoke by telephone last April with a civilly divorced and remarried woman of Buenos Aires and advised her to “go receive communion in another parish if her pastor did not give it to her.” This according to the woman's account, which has not been refuted.

In any case, there is evidence for the idea that Pope Francis leans more to the side of the innovators in the appreciation that he has repeatedly expressed for Cardinal Walter Kasper, foremost among supporters of the change, whom he charged with introducing the discussion on the theme of the family at the consistory of cardinals last February.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Eden adds:

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Skojec closes:

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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<![CDATA[ Salon, Noam Chomsky Defend Liberation Theology Icon, Longenecker: Romero No Liberation Theologist, Romero Is Just The Beginning, Spencer Re-Responds To Longenecker ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181961.php
Salon, Noam Chomsky Defend Liberation Theology Icon, Longenecker: Romero no Liberation Theologist, Romero is just the beginning, Spencer re-responds to Longenecker



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Salon Magazine bears the subtitle:

Chomsky decries awful silence over the murder of bishop Oscar Romero, as Pope Francis speeds journey to sainthood

Famed radical leftist Noam Chomsky was questioned regarding Archbishop Romero and the role of Latin American Clergy who supported communist regimes during the last century. He replied that Romero had written President Carter and called for the U.S. to cancel its support of anti-communist government, predicting bloodshed if they refused.

Writing in Salon Emmanuel Stokes cites a professor who says the U.S. Military made it their goal to wipe out the Liberation Theology movement as part of their anti-communist campaign.

Daniel Kovalik, a human rights lawyer and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, is among a small group of academics that have dedicated their time to write about the bitter legacy of these crimes. When I contacted him for comment, he told me that the U.S.’ “war on Latin America” really began in 1962 in response to the emergence of Liberation Theology, a Marxist-influenced school of thought within Catholicism which emphasized social justice and advocated peaceful activism designed to improve the lives of the poor.

American assaults on multiple societies below its southern border were “designed, in large part, to wipe out that movement” Kovalik suggested, recalling that “we know from its training manuals and training exercises as well, the [U.S.-run] School of the Americas trained Latin American military personnel to view community priests as suspect and to attack them accordingly.”

“The result was the murder of scores of Catholic priests, nuns and a number of Bishops from 1962 and continuing indeed to the present time,” he added.

 

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker tried to reassure Catholics who remember slain Archbishop Oscar Romero, whose sainthood cause was recently unblocked, as a friend and fellow-traveler of socialist Liberation Theologists in the Latin American Church. 


His appointment as Archbishop was greeted with dismay by liberation theologians because Romero was well known as a conservative. He was Rome’s man and no friend of the Marxist inspired theology spreading across central and South America.

 

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Writer Paul Vallely details some of the events of the current papacy which give pause to those concerned over a new growth of Liberation Theology.

Archbishop Romero was assassinated after speaking out in favour of the poor during an era when right-wing death squads stalked El Salvador under an American-backed, military-led government in the 1970s and '80s. For three decades Rome blocked his path to sainthood for fear that it would give succour to the proponents of liberation theology, the revolutionary movement that insists that the Catholic Church should work to bring economic and social — as well as spiritual — liberation to the poor.

Under Pope Francis that obstacle has been removed. The pope now says it is important that Archbishop Romero's beatification — the precursor to becoming a saint — "be done quickly." Conservative Catholics have tried to minimize the political significance of the pope's stance by asserting that the archbishop, though a champion of the poor, never fully embraced liberation theology.

But another move by Pope Francis undermines such revisionism. This month he also lifted a ban from saying mass imposed nearly 30 years ago upon Rev. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, who had been suspended as a priest for serving as foreign minister in Nicaragua's revolutionary Sandinista government in the same era. There is no ambiguity about the position on liberation theology of Father d'Escoto, who once called president Ronald Reagan a "butcher" and an "international outlaw." Later, as president of the United Nations General Assembly, Father d'Escoto condemned American "acts of aggression" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But there is more to the pope's action than kindness to an 81-year-old man. In a remarkable turnaround, liberation theology is being brought in from the cold. During the Cold War, the idea that the Catholic Church should give "a preferential option for the poor" was seen by many in Rome as thinly disguised Marxism.

Vallely concludes on the positive, welcoming the new incorporation of Liberation Theology into the Catholic Church at the highest level:

The perspectives of the West, which have for so long dominated the thinking of the Vatican, are being augmented by those of Latin America. A new historical moment has arrived. Pope Francis is taking a risk. Conservatives, who are already muttering about other changes in this new Franciscan era, are not happy.

But at a time when the economic gap between the rich and the poor is widening, the pope's rehabilitation of liberation theology is timely and most welcome.

 

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Putting perhaps the final closure to the back-and-forth between Fr. Dwight Longenecker and Robert Spencer over the true nature of Islam and beheadings, Spencer writes:

There are other reasons why this matters as well. But Fr. Longenecker reduces all this to having a “taste for denunciations and imprecations against Islam” — a peculiar and unfortunate echo of the Leftist/Islamic supremacist smear that opposition to Islamic jihad violence and supremacism is just “hatred” and “bigotry.” Unfortunately, this idea is all too current in today’s Roman Catholic Church (and the Catholic Church in general) — that it is wrong and uncharitable to call attention to jihad terror and Islamic supremacism. As even as violent jihadist persecution of Christians escalates worldwide, the enforced silence on this is the real lack of charity.

 

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<![CDATA[ Notre Dave Caves on HHS, Bishop Sheen Cause Rocked, Cardinal Dolan and the New Vatican, Strong Words From the Once Mosul Church, Pay the Church Tax ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181893.php
Notre Dave Caves on HHS, Bishop Sheen Cause Rocked, Cardinal Dolan and the New Vatican, Strong Words From the Once Mosul Church, Pay the Church Tax



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

California Catholic Daily reports that Notre Dame University has caved on the HHS Contraception Abortifacient Mandate, writing that “Unlike Ave Maria and Franciscan, they will provide abortifacients.”

Notre Dame is complying with the abortifacient/contraceptive mandate in renewing its student health insurance program for 2014-15. Aetna, the insurer, will now provide students with free abortifacients and contraceptives.  Moreover, the university will itself enroll all otherwise uninsured graduate and foreign students in the plan.  Notre Dame has declared in court that to do what it is doing now would be scandalous.  And it is doing this voluntarily. It could have dropped the program or switched to a self-insured program free of the mandate.

 

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The mother of the still-born baby, revived through the intercession of Venerable Bishop Fulton Sheen, and leader in the cause for his sainthood, Bonnie Engstrom, expressed strong disappointment with the apparent decision by the Archdiocese of New York not to make his body available to the Peoria diocese for the next phase. It is feared that this will effectively table the cause. A statement from the diocese reads:

The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only awaited a vote of the Cardinals and the approval of the Holy Father. There was every indication that a possible date for beatification in Peoria would have been scheduled for as early as the coming year.

The Holy See expected that the remains of Venerable Sheen would be moved to Peoria where official inspection would be made and first class relics be taken. Subsequently, the Archdiocese of New York denied Bishop Jenky’s request to move the body to Peoria. After further discussion with Rome, it was decided that the Sheen Cause would now have to be relegated to the Congregation’s historic archive.

 

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Writing in Boston Globe’s new Crux magazine, John Allen says that Cardinal Dolan thanks God every day for the gift of Pope Francis. The Cardinal said, “Yes, there would be some surprises, but they’re pleasant surprises.”

He continued, “He is so sincere, so unafraid of the truth … he’s so unconcerned about marketing and PR that it’s working for him!”

I live on Madison Avenue, which is the PR and marketing center of the world. I’ve actually had internationally acclaimed marketers say to me, ‘Whoever is doing this guy’s PR is a genius! Who is he? Who is she?’ I have to tell them, ‘There’s nobody … it’s all him.’ He doesn’t need somebody to say, ‘You know what would be a good idea on your first day? Go to your hotel to get your own luggage and pay your own bill.’ It’s just who he is. He is genuine, unscripted, uncoached.

When asked if he noticed a change in how the Vatican works, Cardinal Dolan said,

Here’s the change I notice. There seems to be a refreshing honesty that one did not always detect before. These days, when you ask for guidance or for answers on something, officials will say, ‘You know, we’re wondering the same thing. You’re not the first bishop who has asked us this. We do know that the pope has asked us about it, we know it’s under consideration … stay tuned.’

The Cardinal said most of his new auxiliary bishops are ‘classic social justice guys’ with extensive Spanish-speaking work.

 

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The Chaldean bishop of the now eradicated Diocese of Mosul had strong words for the West.

Christians in nearby Syria have already experienced this same type of attack. In Africa, the Islamist Boko Haram has kidnapped many hundreds of schoolgirls and killed hundreds more adults and children. Archbishop Nona hopes that no one would have to endure what he and his people have faced.

Welcoming more Muslims, he contends, is suicidal.

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, European and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” he claims and adds, “You must take strong and courageous decisions.” What the Archbishop of Mosul has already experienced does not have to happen elsewhere. But, to avoid such a fate, realization of an actual threat that could be duplicated in other countries will have to take hold.

 

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Plagued by Catholic defections due to a new way of collecting the German capital gains “Church Tax,” the head of the German Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx said the “automatic collection is no reason to leave the Church.”

Cardinal Marx continued, “It is only a matter of justice. Anything else would be anti-social.”

 

 

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<![CDATA[ St. Patrick - Man of Business, Cancel the Parade, VII Re-Education for FFI Nuns, Fr. Longenecker is No Quranic Expert, Yes to Mosque – No to Confessional ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181798.php
St. Patrick, Man of Business, Cancel the Parade, VII Re-Education for FFI Nuns, Fr. Longenecker No Quranic Expert, Yes to Mosque... ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/181798/ <![CDATA[ The Parallel United Nations of World Religions, No Sweat on Bishop Sheen Cause?, Church for the Poor and the Government, A Shameful Stain in History ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181838.php
The Parallel United Nations of World Religions, No Sweat on Bishop Sheen Cause?, Church for the Poor and the Government, A Shameful Stain in History



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Catholic News Service reports Former Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the "United Religions" to counter religious extremism in the world today.

Lombardi said the Pope's meeting with Peres lasted an unusually long 45 minutes, reflecting the Pope's "esteem and appreciation" for Peres, whom he earlier praised as a "man of peace." The main focus of their talk was Peres' idea for a "United Religions" organization and did not touch on current "political issues in any depth," the Vatican spokesman said.

In an exclusive interview with Famiglia Cristiana, the 91-year-old former two-term prime minister of Israel said he wanted to establish an international body representing the world's major religions, as a moral force able to intervene in conflicts. Peres said Pope Francis would be the best person to head such a world body because "perhaps for the first time in history, the Holy Father is a leader who's respected, not just by a lot of people, but also by different religions and their representatives."

"In fact, perhaps he is the only leader who is truly respected" in the world, said Peres, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Premier Yitzak Rabin.

Peres said the United Nations and its peacekeepers "do not have the force or the effectiveness of any one of the Pope's homilies, which can draw half a million people just in St. Peter's Square alone."

"So given that the United Nations has run its course, what we need is an organization of United Religions," Peres said, as "the best way to counteract these terrorists who kill in the name of their faith."

"What we need is an unquestionable moral authority who says out loud, 'No. God doesn't want this and doesn't allow it,' ” he said.

 

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CNA News writes:

In the wake of the suspension of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's cause for canonization due to an ownership dispute of his remains, the office promoting his sainthood says it doesn't expect the halt to last long. Postulator Dr. Andrea Ambrosi “has been aware of the issue regarding the transfer of Archbishop Sheen's remains, but does not believe that this will be a lasting impediment,” his office said in comments made to CNA Sept. 4. He expects “that the suspension of the cause will be temporary, since there are many people still committed to this cause and the Beatification of Archbishop Sheen,” they explained. “At this point, however, he cannot give a timeframe as it depends upon negotiations between others.”

Nevertheless Bishop Jenky of Peoria, at the center of the Bishop’s cause, has expressed disappointment at the decision, holding out less hope for an imminent sainthood:

“The Bishop is heartbroken not only for his flock in Peoria but also for the many supporters of the Sheen Cause from throughout the world who have so generously supported Peoria’s efforts.”

 

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Writing in the American Thinker Jason Scott Jones and John Zmirak make a colorful comparison between Our Lord and his commands to charity and the hectoring big government ‘c’hristians of today.

Our Lord did not organize the local zealots into a pressure group, and use them to force the Romans to redistribute wealth to the poor. When he met with Pontius Pilate, he did not lay out a program of land reform based on principles of Christian distributism, demanding for every Jew forty acres and a mule. Nor did he advocate any other social legislation. What a missed opportunity! No doubt Jesus had other things on his mind. (It was a very eventful week.) But still, you might have thought that Christ would have used his few minutes of “face time” with the Roman procurator to put in a good word on behalf of a minimum wage, or higher taxes on the Sadducees. Those fatcats.

 

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Zenit reports:

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako has issued an impassioned plea to the international community to speak up and act in defence of Iraqi Christians and other persecuted minorities in the country.

"What these peaceful Christians and loyal citizens experienced is a real genocide, a sad ending, and a proof of the privation of the religious, human, moral, and national values," he writes in his latest statement published on the patriarchate website. "Therefore, it is a shameful stain in history. Everybody should know is a threat for all!"

Patriarch Sako says pressure must be put on "decision-makers at home and abroad to ensure a life, free and safe, for them in their own Iraq," and he makes a number of practical suggestions.

 

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In Breitbart News Austin Ruse reports:

It looks like major corporations have achieved what LGBT activists could not do on their own, even after two decades of trying: force the St. Patrick's Day Parade to allow gay groups to march under their own banner.

The St. Patrick's Day parade draws hundreds of thousands of participants for what can be a boozy day along New York's tony Fifth Avenue. The event starts with a Catholic Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral and is meant to celebrate the saint who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle and supposedly drove out the snakes.

Ruse concludes:

One open question is what role the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, played in this. Did he have to approve the change? There seems little question he had to be informed. After all, on the same day the LGBT news broke, it was announced that he will serve as Grand Marshal next March 17. 

Moreover, since the event is the most visible Catholic event in the Archdiocese, it makes sense he would be informed. Irishcentral.com reports: "looming behind all [the committee's] big decisions is the figure of Cardinal Dolan who, just by his position, has a huge role to play. There seems little doubt he would have to be consulted an any accommodation with gay groups. It seems a long shot he would agree." 

 

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Monsignor Charles Pope believes the culture has come to a point where the Church must back away from traditional events it has created.

Decades ago the “Al Smith Dinner” was a time for Republicans and Democrats to bury the hatchet (even if only temporarily) and come together to raise money for the poor and to emphasize what unites us rather than what divides us. But in the old days the death of 50 million infants was not what divided us. We were divided about lesser things such as how much of the budget should go to defense and how much to social spending. Reasonable men might differ over that.

But now we are being asked to raise toasts and to enjoy a night of frivolity with those who think it is acceptable to abort children by the millions each year, with those who think anal sex is to be celebrated as an expression of love and that LGBTQIA… (I=intersexual, A= Asexual)  is actually a form of sanity to which we should tip our hat, and with those who stand four-square against us over religious liberty.

Now the St. Patrick’s Parade is becoming of parade of disorder, chaos, and fake unity. Let’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day nationally has become a disgraceful display of drunkenness and foolishness in the middle of Lent that more often embarrasses the memory of Patrick than honors it.

In New York City in particular, the “parade” is devolving into a farcical and hateful ridicule of the faith that St. Patrick preached.

It’s time to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Al Smith Dinner and all the other “Catholic” traditions that have been hijacked by the world. Better for Catholics to enter their churches and get down on their knees on St. Patrick’s Day to pray in reparation for the foolishness, and to pray for this confused world to return to its senses. Let’s do adoration and pray the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet unceasingly for this poor old world.

 

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Rorate Caeli reveals the latest on the nun side of the Vatican visitation of the FFI:

Sister Barbiero visited the active Italian Nuns and asked the Congregation to send two other “Visitators” to visit the Contemplative Nuns: 2 Abbesses from the Poor Clares: Damiana Tiberio and Cristiana Mondonico, from the Protomonastery in Assisi and the Monastery of the Trinity in Gubbio, respectively.

The two Visitators spent about a week in the two monasteries of Alassio and Città del Castello, meticulously questioning all of the sisters; the Visitators were openly disdainful about the Traditional Mass, among other things.

The Visitators told the nuns that they prayed too much, that they did too much penance, and that the contemplatives were "too cloistered," whatever that may mean for contemplative nuns; they told them that they urgently needed a “re-education” program according to the criteria of Vatican II.

 

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In response to Fr. Longenecker’s piece at Aleteia where he neutralizes violent Quranic precepts and compares them to Sacred Scripture, American Islamic Jihad expert Robert Spencer had sharp words:

Muslim and non-Muslim authorities and spokesmen the world over are rushing to reassure appalled non-Muslims that the Islamic State doesn’t represent Islam and that its actions are un-Islamic. However, when they do so, as in this piece, by failing to discuss key information, they are outstandingly irresponsible, and are lulling non-Muslims into a false sense of complacency. For this extraordinarily misleading peace, Fr. Dwight Longenecker and Aleteia owe their readers a retraction and apology. “There you go again, Spencer, being harsh and prickly,” you’ll say. And I’ll respond: No. The hour is far too late to be spreading this kind of misinformation, however well-intentioned. I know that the vast majority of people in the Catholic Church and the world at large really, really want what Fr. Longenecker writes here to be true, and that the point of view I represent is reviled and despised in both, but that doesn’t make what he says any more true, or what I say any less so.

 

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California Catholic Daily writes:

On August 27, the Manresa Gallery, the art gallery inside St. Ignatius Church, the church of the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco hosted Meditation Wednesday.  The gallery described the event:

“Come enjoy a moment of presence.

“The 30 minute sessions will recharge you and it is a great way to end a work day and prepare for the evening.

The article goes on to say that what amounts to a permanent mosque has been constructed on the premises.

“On Sunday, April 13th, 2014, Manresa Gallery hosted the first in a series of performances curated by Taraneh Hemami for her installation Reverberations of Stone. Reverberations of Stone is a depiction of a Mehrab, which is a devotional niche marking the direction of prayer in a Mosque. The installation is an experiment that collapses spaces and overlapping systems of belief, creating a temporary coexistence. The inside of the alcove serves as a reorientation of perspective.”

The installation of the art gallery in Saint Ignatius required the removal and destruction of the church’s confessionals in order to create the non-Catholic space. The replacement was celebrated by USF’s Jesuits in a 2008 announcement: “St. Ignatius Church, a Jesuit parish in San Francisco, celebrated the opening of its new Manresa Gallery on September 18. Formed by four interior alcoves, which previously housed confessional boxes, the gallery is a permanent testament to St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Composition of Place…”

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Cardinal Koch Wants Us To Co-Exist, Catholic In The Era Of Plin Plin, Less Than Catholic Advice For Europe From Abp. Tomasi, No Remorse From Beslan Jihadi, The Equivalency Of The Quran ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181683.php
Cardinal Koch wants us to Co-Exist, Catholic in the Era of Plin Plin, Less Than Catholic Advice for Europe from Abp. Tomasi, No Remorse from Beslan Jihadi, The Equivalency of the Quran



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The head of the Pontifical Council for Promotion of Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch said that the ruthless Army, ISIS, has nothing whatsoever to do, in their ideological foundations, with Islamic religion, calling the group a ‘cruel perversion of religion.’

Regardless of the ongoing Islamic nightmare, the Archbishop held fast to the idea of “peaceful coexistence of religions.”

That day will come, says Koch, "The more the human rights and especially the fundamental human right of religious freedom be respected and people of different religions to learn to live with each other".

 

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The recovering "blogger from the Dallas-Area," highlights a post from Rorate Caeli on the Plin Plin cartoon promoted by Radio Vaticana saying,

It’s hard to find any Vatican organization more on board with the new party line than Vatican Radio.  We had the sodomite rainbow flag waving a few months ago, and now this (cartoon program), albeit in a slightly (and deviously) sanitized version. The RV website was breathless with progressive praise for the show:

“In today’s episode (of Footprints in Culture)  we arrive at the world of Plim Plim, an Argentine series whose goal is to educate and amuse the little ones at home, always hand in hand with solidarity,  responsibility, teamwork, sports,  and respect for the environment.”

He adds, "It’s almost all there, almost the entire 'new' Ten Commandments!" 

 

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UN Envoy Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, speaking last week from the Rimini Conference, said that ISIS is a result of Europe’s failure to “transmit an authentic meaning of life to its young.” CNA News reported:

On the terrorist group's success with younger recruits in Europe, Archbishop Tomasi stressed that the continent has failed in “injecting a spiritual dimension to motivate young people who are seeking for an idea.”

“As people grow up, they want to change things, they want to fight injustice, and some of these values are not provided, are not concretely realized, then the temptation to look for some other solution becomes very strong.”

The Archbishop did not specifically advocate instilling the Catholic Faith in young people, nor did he mention obstacles presented by the strict Islamicism of the terrorist recruits from Europe.

 

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The Christian Post reveals:

As Russia launched a series of events on Sept. 1 to commemorate the Beslan school siege, one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in that country in which 300 people died, including 186 Christian children, a decade ago, Nurpashi Kulaev, the lone surviving Muslim jihadist who took part in the massacre, sahhhh hj he feels no guilt over what he did.

"I don't feel guilty that women and children died. … But I can say neither I nor anyone else could have saved them. Because the decisions were made by other people.

Kulaev says he doesn't feel regret because he was just following orders from the leaders of his group and he had no idea that he was going to attack a school. The choice he made was the children or himself. He chose himself.

 

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In an attempt to demonstrate some equivalence between the Holy Scriptures and the Islamic Quran, Fr. Dwight Longenecker cited the specific orders from the ‘prophet’ in Quran 8:12.

It certainly sounds like the Quran expects unbelievers to be beheaded and it reads as if this violence is a divine command intended to inspire terror. Wanting to understand Islam a bit better and give Muslims the benefit of the doubt I searched online for an Islamic explanation.

After all, the Christian scriptures could be mined for some rather violent commands from God. There is the commandment in I Samuel 15:3 where God commands King Saul to slay the Amelekites: “Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.” For that matter, the words of Jesus could be taken out of context. He says, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Longenecker continued:

No doubt moderate Muslims are as dismayed by such fanaticism as a Christian would be to hear of genocide committed in obedience to I Samuel 15:3. Nevertheless, obedience to the Quran is the reason given by the terrorists.

Finally,

The answer therefore is that Quran 8:12 does not command beheading, but fanatical Muslims are using the words from their Scriptures to justify unspeakable violence and terror.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[ St. Patrick Parade - Dolan Caves Under Pressure, Gay Groups Complain, Archbold: Sinful Capitulation, Gibson: Francis Effect ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181716.php
Dolan Caves Under Pressure, Gay Groups Complain, Archbold: Sinful Capitulation, Gibson: Francis Effect



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Apparently the gay capitulation on the part of Cardinal Dolan, the archdiocese, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers may have been in response to pressure from media and sponsors. The LGBT group added to the parade is “Out@NBCUniversal.”

For now, it is unclear how the group was chosen: whether it was invited by the organizers or applied. Parade directors voted unanimously to include the group, the statement said. NBC is the company that broadcasts the parade. Other “gay” groups can apply to march in future years, spokesman Bill O'Reilly said.

The committee's statement welcoming the homosexual group said,  "Organizers have diligently worked to keep politics -- of any kind -- out of the parade in order to preserve it as a single and unified cultural event."  The change came with the insistence of  New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee members, including Dr. John Lahey, president of Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, and Francis X. Comerford, chief revenue officer for NBC-owned TV stations. NBC reportedly threatened to drop coverage of the parade if the change was not enacted.

 

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Gay rights groups are of course complaining that they should have unlimited license to besmirch the annual New York parade on the Feast of St. Patrick. AP reports:

A decision by organizers of the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade to allow one gay organization to march is a disappointment after decades of fighting by gay groups for full participation, several advocates said Wednesday.

Some were dismayed that the organizers had chosen just one lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group to participate next year after ending a ban on them. Others expressed continuing mistrust.

Nathan Schaefer, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, called the announcement "disappointing and self-serving."

"While this development is long overdue, inviting one group to march at the exclusion of all others ... is a far stretch from the full inclusion we deserve," Schaefer said.

 

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Pat Archbold has straightforward words for Cardinal Dolan in light of the decision to formally permit a gay group to participate in the St. Patrick parade. The Cardinal tried to evaded criticism today by denying that the Church has ever had any say in the matter. Archbold responds:

Cardinal Dolan's statement (see link above) is disingenuous.  The issue at hand has never been who can march in the parade.  I am quite certain that gay people have always marched in the parade.  What is at issue is people marching under a banner identifying themselves and promoting sin as normative.  The acceptance of the parade committee and the Cardinal is nothing less than the public acceptance of the normative nature of gay identity.  That Cardinal Dolan's statement clearly attempts to dissemble on this critical point is shameful, if unsurprising.

 

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David Gibson at RNS News comments on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade tragedy:

The decision is another sign of how quickly changing public attitudes toward gay people have pushed changes in state laws, government policies and the practices of private entities.

Dolan’s positive response may also point to a shifting dynamic within the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians since the election of Pope Francis last year. Francis has made it clear he wants church leaders to highlight Catholicism’s outreach to the poor and vulnerable rather than always fighting culture war issues on gay marriage and the like.

 

 

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<![CDATA[ The Authority of the Spirit, The Peace-Power of Soccer, Fighting Syrian Christians Ready to Die with Dignity, Weeds of the Arab Spring, Confession Case to SCOTUS ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181578.php
The Authority of the Spirit, The Peace-Power of Soccer, Fighting Syrian Christians Ready to Die with Dignity, Weeds of the Arab Spring, Confession Case to SCOTUS



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Sept. 2 - Asia News Reports on the Pope’s homily from Casa Santa Marta:

Christian identity does not come from knowledge, or "degrees", but from being moved by the Holy Spirit, like Jesus, whose "authority" came from "the special anointing of the Holy Spirit". This was the reflection proposed by Pope Francis during the mass celebrated this morning at Casa Santa Marta taken from the Gospel passage on the "authority" of Jesus.

"We too can ask ourselves, what is our identity as Christians? Paul puts it very well today when he says: 'And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom'. Paul's preaching is not the result of a course at the Lateran, or the Gregorian [Pontifical Universities - ed]... No, no, no! Not human wisdom, no! But taught by the Spirit: Paul preached with the anointing of the Spirit, expressing spiritual things of the Spirit in spiritual terms. Man cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God by his own strength: Man alone cannot understand this!".

 

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Vatican Radio Reports:

Thousands of sports fans, young and old, came out to Rome’s Olympic Stadium Monday night to watch football greats Roberto Baggio, Javier Zanetti and Diego Armando Maradona, among others, take part in the Interreligious Match for Peace.

Players representing the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto religions took to the field for the 8:45 p.m. kickoff.

Pope Francis told the athletes that the event was “a highly symbolic gesture to show that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace, where believers of different religions – preserving their identities …can live together in harmony and reciprocal respect.”

“Religion and sport,” he concluded, “can collaborate and offer to all of society eloquent signs of this new era in which people ‘will never again raise the sword one against another.”

 

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Opposing Views Blog Reports:

Tired of persecution and threats from the militant Islamic group known as ISIS, some members of Iraq’s Christian minority have decided to take up arms and fight to defend their homes and families. 

“We keep talking about Jesus and peace, and now we've reached the point where it's not enough,” said Henry Sarkis, who heads up the Assyrian Patriotic Party. 

Assyrians are an ancient people who have lived in Iraq for millennia. They are traditionally Christian. The Assyrian Patriotic Party is only one of many Assyrian political organizations, but the group’s leadership has decided to join forces with the Kurdish Peshmerga, the defense forces for the country’s Kurdish minority.

“The age of waiting for the Peshmerga to take back territory while we sit is over. We took the decision that, with our limited abilities, we will try to participate,” Sarkis told National Geographic.

“We're being killed in our homes, so why not defend ourselves? Then even if we die, we die with dignity,” he said.

 

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Writer Bethany Blankley details the extensive list of Islamist atrocities up to and including ISIS which were backed directly or indirectly through the Obama Administration. She reports:

Although Christians have been targeted and killed by Islamists since Islam's introduction in 610, what the world is witnessing on television and the Internet directly results from the 2010 Arab Spring uprisings supported by the Obama Administration.

After the deposition of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, Egyptian Hosni Mubarak was deposed and imprisoned. The Muslim Brotherhood grew in power, which they had sought since 1928. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's response justifying regime change, was that "it was the process that matters, not the ideologies of those taking part… Along the way we trained and gave guidance to the Muslim Brotherhood and other fundamentalist candidates in the electioneering process."

She continues:

By 2011, churches, buildings, homes, monasteries, convents, schools, and businesses of Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical Christians were repeatedly burned and attacked. When Christians protested in response, the Egyptian military fired on them in the streets of Alexandria.

In August 2011, President Obama declared that Syria's President Assad "step aside" for the "sake of the Syrian people." He suggested a "moderate democratic rebel" movement could overthrow Assad. However, there was no such "moderate democratic rebel" group in Syria—or anywhere else.

The Obama Administration knew this, which is why American agencies cobbled together the "Free Syrian Army" and the "Syrian National Council" from groups based in Turkey. These fighters were brutal, radical, anti-democratic Islamist sectarians. Financially backed by the U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey they were marketed as the conduit for "political change" in Syria.

By January 2012, the CIA was involved in shipping arms to Syrian rebels and providing them with "communications assistance." President Obama refused to launch air strikes in March. By October 2012, the U.S. dispatched 150 troops to Jordan's border to "aid the refugees," yet they were actually there to train insurgents.

 

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The Diocese of Baton Rouge has filed an appeal with the nation's highest court involving a sex abuse lawsuit in Baton Rouge. It comes as new details are emerging about the lawsuit which was unsealed this week.

This case involves Rebecca Mayeux, who is now 20. She was 14 at the time she claims she was molested by a parishioner at her church, George Charlet Junior. The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office launched an investigation, but Charlet died unexpectedly after undergoing surgery.

It continues:

While this was unfolding, Mayeux claims she went to the man who she trusted most in her life, her Priest, Father Jeffrey Bayhi. The conversations happened while she was seeking advice during a confession. Bayhi did not report the alleged abuse to authorities, and the lawsuit contends he had a mandatory duty to report under the Louisiana Children's Code.

This case is now set to turn on testimony regarding the contents of a sacramental Confession, something unprecedented and strictly forbidden by the Church.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Holy Spirit Gave Christ Authority, Emeritus Honors Faithful Mass-Goers, Magister Reveals Legionaries Mess, As Homophobic As Jesus, No Gay Parades in Crimea ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181615.php
Holy Spirit Gave Christ Authority, Emeritus Honors Faithful Mass-Goers, Magister Reveals Legionaries Mess, As Homophobic As Jesus, No Gay Parades in Crimea



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli reports on the Pope’s homily at Casa Santa Marta:

 “Often, so often, we find among our faithful, simple old women who perhaps didn’t even finish elementary school, but who can speak to us of things better than any theologian, because they have the Spirit of Christ.” In his homily for this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House Francis spoke once again about Christian identity and the faith of ordinary people. The Pope explained that people were astonished at Christ’s teaching because he spoke with authority. He dwelt on the nature of Our Lord’s authority and, as a consequence that of the Christian. Jesus was “not a common preacher," because his "authority" comes from the '"special anointing of the Holy Spirit." Jesus, he said, is "the Son of God, anointed and sent" to "bring salvation, to bring freedom." And some, he noted, "were scandalized" by this style that belonged to Jesus, by its identity and freedom. This style scandalized many Francis pointed out.

 

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New Liturgical Movement notes:

According to Zenit News, MessainLatino.it, and Vatican Insider, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI surprised Cosimo Marti, the treasurer of the International Juventutem Federation, with an invitation to visit him yesterday. Marti had asked some time back to meet with His Holiness, but had thought that the request was forgotten, only to be surprised by a letter from Bishop Gänswein inviting him to visit. On the visit, he was accompanied by Joseph Capoccia, one of the co-founders of "Populus Summorum Pontificum."

"Populus Summorum Pontificum" is the annual pilgrimage of people devoted to the extraordinary form of the Mass, now in its third year, while Juventutem is an international federation of chapters of young people dedicated to the sanctification of youth through devotion to the extraordinary form of the Mass, this year celebrating its tenth anniversary. 

 

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Sandro Magister reveals the persistent troubles at the ill-founded Legionairies of Christ:

If it is true that full powers in the governance of the Legion today belong only to the papal delegate, Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, the fact remains that yesterday's leaders are still in place, and maintain an extremely strong influence over many of the religious, on account of the complete communion of life that they shared with the founder. They continue to say that they were always unaware of Maciel's disgraceful behavior, until after his death in 2008. But the Vatican authorities don't see things the same way at all. They are increasingly convinced – and they made this known in the statement dated May 1 – that a "power system" and a "defense mechanism" aware of his misdeeds had been set up around Maciel over the years.

 

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Righteous Protestant Icon, Phil Robertson promotes his new book in the press:

When asked by the reporter if he was a homophobe, Robertson simply responded “I’m as much of a homophobe as Jesus.

 

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Russia’s Rio Novosti reports:

There will be no gay parade in Crimea, acting head of the republic, Sergei Aksyonov, said Tuesday.

"If gay people go in the streets, the defense forces and the police will react accordingly. There will be no Pride marches in Crimea," Aksyonov wrote in his Twitter.

On April 14, Sevastopol authorities banned a gay parade scheduled April for 22-23 on the basis of a Russian law banning homosexual propaganda among minors, an amendment to the Russian federal law "On Protection of Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development," unanimously approved by the State Duma on June 15, 2013.

 

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Sept. 2 - Asia News Reports on the Pope’s homily from Casa Santa Marta:

Christian identity does not come from knowledge, or "degrees", but from being moved by the Holy Spirit, like Jesus, whose "authority" came from "the special anointing of the Holy Spirit". This was the reflection proposed by Pope Francis during the mass celebrated this morning at Casa Santa Marta taken from the Gospel passage on the "authority" of Jesus.

"We too can ask ourselves, what is our identity as Christians? Paul puts it very well today when he says: 'And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom'. Paul's preaching is not the result of a course at the Lateran, or the Gregorian [Pontifical Universities - ed]... No, no, no! Not human wisdom, no! But taught by the Spirit: Paul preached with the anointing of the Spirit, expressing spiritual things of the Spirit in spiritual terms. Man cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God by his own strength: Man alone cannot understand this!".

 

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Vatican Radio Reports:

Thousands of sports fans, young and old, came out to Rome’s Olympic Stadium Monday night to watch football greats Roberto Baggio, Javier Zanetti and Diego Armando Maradona, among others, take part in the Interreligious Match for Peace.

Players representing the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto religions took to the field for the 8:45 p.m. kickoff.

Pope Francis told the athletes that the event was “a highly symbolic gesture to show that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace, where believers of different religions – preserving their identities …can live together in harmony and reciprocal respect.”

“Religion and sport,” he concluded, “can collaborate and offer to all of society eloquent signs of this new era in which people ‘will never again raise the sword one against another.”

 

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

Opposing Views Blog Reports:

Tired of persecution and threats from the militant Islamic group known as ISIS, some members of Iraq’s Christian minority have decided to take up arms and fight to defend their homes and families. 

“We keep talking about Jesus and peace, and now we've reached the point where it's not enough,” said Henry Sarkis, who heads up the Assyrian Patriotic Party. 

Assyrians are an ancient people who have lived in Iraq for millennia. They are traditionally Christian. The Assyrian Patriotic Party is only one of many Assyrian political organizations, but the group’s leadership has decided to join forces with the Kurdish Peshmerga, the defense forces for the country’s Kurdish minority.

“The age of waiting for the Peshmerga to take back territory while we sit is over. We took the decision that, with our limited abilities, we will try to participate,” Sarkis told National Geographic.

“We're being killed in our homes, so why not defend ourselves? Then even if we die, we die with dignity,” he said.

 

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

Writer Bethany Blankley details the extensive list of Islamist atrocities up to and including ISIS which were backed directly or indirectly through the Obama Administration. She reports:

Although Christians have been targeted and killed by Islamists since Islam's introduction in 610, what the world is witnessing on television and the Internet directly results from the 2010 Arab Spring uprisings supported by the Obama Administration.

After the deposition of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, Egyptian Hosni Mubarak was deposed and imprisoned. The Muslim Brotherhood grew in power, which they had sought since 1928. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's response justifying regime change, was that "it was the process that matters, not the ideologies of those taking part… Along the way we trained and gave guidance to the Muslim Brotherhood and other fundamentalist candidates in the electioneering process."

She continues:

By 2011, churches, buildings, homes, monasteries, convents, schools, and businesses of Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical Christians were repeatedly burned and attacked. When Christians protested in response, the Egyptian military fired on them in the streets of Alexandria.

In August 2011, President Obama declared that Syria's President Assad "step aside" for the "sake of the Syrian people." He suggested a "moderate democratic rebel" movement could overthrow Assad. However, there was no such "moderate democratic rebel" group in Syria—or anywhere else.

The Obama Administration knew this, which is why American agencies cobbled together the "Free Syrian Army" and the "Syrian National Council" from groups based in Turkey. These fighters were brutal, radical, anti-democratic Islamist sectarians. Financially backed by the U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey they were marketed as the conduit for "political change" in Syria.

By January 2012, the CIA was involved in shipping arms to Syrian rebels and providing them with "communications assistance." President Obama refused to launch air strikes in March. By October 2012, the U.S. dispatched 150 troops to Jordan's border to "aid the refugees," yet they were actually there to train insurgents.

 

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

The Diocese of Baton Rouge has filed an appeal with the nation's highest court involving a sex abuse lawsuit in Baton Rouge. It comes as new details are emerging about the lawsuit which was unsealed this week.

This case involves Rebecca Mayeux, who is now 20. She was 14 at the time she claims she was molested by a parishioner at her church, George Charlet Junior. The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office launched an investigation, but Charlet died unexpectedly after undergoing surgery.

It continues:

While this was unfolding, Mayeux claims she went to the man who she trusted most in her life, her Priest, Father Jeffrey Bayhi. The conversations happened while she was seeking advice during a confession. Bayhi did not report the alleged abuse to authorities, and the lawsuit contends he had a mandatory duty to report under the Louisiana Children's Code.

This case is now set to turn on testimony regarding the contents of a sacramental Confession, something unprecedented and strictly forbidden by the Church.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Boston Globe calls for end to Vatican Statehood, Judge blocks Louisiana abortion restrictions, Pope to hold quiet peace meetings, Cd. Wuerl: End silence on ISIS, Pope Leo XIII on Labor Day ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181478.php
Boston Globe calls for end to Vatican Statehood, Judge blocks Louisiana abortion restrictions, Pope to hold quiet peace meetings, Cd. Wuerl: End silence on ISIS, Pope Leo XIII on Labor Day



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Writing in the Boston Globe, James Carroll argues that a religion should not also be a state since states must occasionally yield to political realities which contradict their spiritual purpose:

This contradiction was laid bare recently when the Holy See, acting in secret, threw the protective cloak of diplomatic immunity over Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski — the papal nuncio in the Dominican Republic and an alleged serial abuser of minors. In a show of toughness, church officials defrocked Wesolowski and promised to try him according to the laws of Vatican City. In effect, though, church officials once again shielded a predator priest from civil jurisdiction. Victims and officials in the Dominican Republic were left to stew.

He continues:

Both then and now, the Catholic hierarchy has been hiding behind the political prerogatives of a sovereign state, violating broader norms of ethical responsibility. Vatican statehood is part of the problem.

Catholics and others may think of the Vatican as institutionally essential to the church, as if willed by God. But it’s not.

 

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Reuters Agency reports:

A U.S. federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that advocates say would likely have closed all five abortion clinics in the state.

The measure, signed into law by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in June and due to take effect Sept. 1, would require doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

However, the judge's ruling means that for the time being doctors can continue to perform legal abortions while seeking such privileges.

 

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In Google-translated text KerkNet reports:

Pope Francis is next Thursday, during separate meetings, talks with former Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Jordanian Prince Hassan ibn Talal. The Vatican gives no explanation of the content of the conversations. But undoubtedly greater attention to the situation in Gaza and the fate of the Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

 

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Kathryn Jean Lopez reveals that powerful Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl has decried the Islamist atrocities of ISIS and asked Christians not to remain silent:

“Atrocities happen because there are people who commit them and because there are people who simply choose to remain silent,” he said at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, adjacent to the Catholic University of America.

He said that we cannot ignore that there are today “brothers and sisters of our faith and of other faiths in a part of the world where there is clearly an effort to eliminate them.”

Pointing to Iraq and Syria, he said: the “displacement” of children and women and men “is the least of the things happening to them.” And that it “is something that we really are not free to ignore.”

He said of himself: “I don’t want to have on my conscience that I was complici[t] in something as horrendous as this simply by being quiet.”

 

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For Labor Day, “The Catholic Thing” spotlights the teaching of Pope Leo XIII who in a few words lays out the problem of the modern worker:

By degrees it has come to pass that working men have been surrendered, isolated and helpless, to the hardheartedness of employers and the greed of unchecked competition. The mischief has been increased by rapacious usury, which, although more than once condemned by the Church, is nevertheless, under a different guise, but with like injustice, still practiced by covetous and grasping men. To this must be added that the hiring of labor and the conduct of trade are concentrated in the hands of comparatively few; so that a small number of very rich men have been able to lay upon the teeming masses of the laboring poor a yoke little better than that of slavery itself. 

Next Pope Leo cautions against non-solutions being proposed:

To remedy these wrongs the socialists, working on the poor man's envy of the rich, are striving to do away with private property, and contend that individual possessions should become the common property of all, to be administered by the State or by municipal bodies. They hold that by thus transferring property from private individuals to the community, the present mischievous state of things will be set to rights, inasmuch as each citizen will then get his fair share of whatever there is to enjoy. But their contentions are so clearly powerless to end the controversy that were they carried into effect the working man himself would be among the first to suffer. They are, moreover, emphatically unjust, for they would rob the lawful possessor, distort the functions of the State, and create utter confusion in the community. 

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Hard-Won Texas Abortion Restrictions Thrown Out in Court, Galantino Affirms Holy Communion Not For Unconventional, Cd. Canizares So Happy Now, Saudi King Warns on ISIS, If Romero is a Martyr So Are Others ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181365.php
Hard-Won Texas Abortion Restrictions Thrown Out in Court...Galantino Affirms Holy Communion Not For Unconventional... Cd. Canizares So Happy Now...Saudi King Warns on ISIS...If Romero is a Martyr So Are Others



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Houston Chronicle reports:

“The ambulatory-surgical-center requirement is unconstitutional because it imposes an undue burden on the right of women throughout Texas to seek a previability abortion,” Yeakel ruled, blocking enforcement of the requirement scheduled to take effect Monday.

Yeakel also ordered the McAllen and El Paso areas to be exempted from a separate provision of the law requiring abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Legal Insurrection follows:

According to a spokesman from the Texas Attorney General’s office, the state will seek immediate relief from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The law was set to go into effect starting Monday.

 

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The National Catholic Register reports that head of the Italian Conference, Abp. Nunzio Galantino, contrary to earlier reports, did in fact affirm that Catholic ‘unconventional couples,’ though suffering greatly and receiving ‘de facto discrimination,’ cannot receive Holy Communion.

The bishop, who serves as secretary general of the Italian bishops’ conference, noted Catholic teaching that those in “an irregular marital situation” cannot receive Holy Communion “because of their condition.”

He discussed how people in irregular relationships can feel this discipline as “very severe, not inclusive” and even “punitive” towards “the difficulties of marital life” or towards their choice to break up a relationship.

“Often many people perceive the Church’s attitude as more severe than what it actually is, since they feel the fact they are not admitted to Sacraments as an exclusion from ecclesiastical life,” the bishop said.

 

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Amid stories of an unprecedented removal of a sitting head of a Vatican Congregation and then the return to his home country from Rome; outgoing head of the CDW, Cardinal Canizares Llovera said that he asked the Pope for his early retirement.

“I told Pope Francis: I want to live with the smell of the sheep. It was my desire to return to a diocese…”

La Stampa reports:

Those who attempt to present his departure from the Roman Curia as a downgrade, or even a “punishment” could not be more wrong. Firstly, because “for a shepherd there is nothing better than being among his flock”. And also because it was the cardinal himself to ask Pope Francis to return to serving as bishop in a diocese.

When asked how he welcomed the news, Canizares said, “I am really very happy. I return to my home diocese, which has not had a Valencian bishop for over 100 years…”

 

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Al Arabiya News writes:

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz warned on Friday that the threat of terrorism will reach Europe and America if the world does not unite to confront it, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The king made the statement during a reception of foreign ambassadors to the kingdom in the coastal city of Jeddah.

Britain on Friday raised the terror threat level to severe, the second-highest level.

The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent.

 

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In Google Translation KathNet reveals:

Most recently, Pope Francis announced he is working on the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of San Salvador, who was killed because of his opposition to the right-wing dictatorship.

“Romero is possibly recognized as a martyr, and he does not need a miracle to be declared (saint)”

According to Latin American media the beatification of Bishop Romero, for which the process was started in the meantime, (could) give rise to a whole series of blessed martyrs (killed by) right-wing dictatorships in Latin America.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Head Of Italian Bishops Wants Unconventional Couples, Divine Worship Gets the Boot but Good, Curia in the Francis Era, ISIS Mass Executions and Massive Funds ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181202.php
Head Of Italian Bishops Wants Unconventional Couples, Divine Worship Gets the Boot but Good, Senior Curia in the Francis Era, ISIS Mass Executions and Massive Funds



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Rocco Palma reports that Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera,

the 68 year-old theologian – known as El Ratzingerino (the "Little Ratzinger") for his close ties to Benedict XVI – has been dispatched to succeed Osoro in Valencia, Spain's second-largest local church, which likewise happens to be his hometown. No new prefect of CDW was named alongside Cañizares' transfer. As the handovers of the Curia's top posts are traditionally arranged with no small amount of detail, it is exceedingly rare for a congregation's top office to be vacant for any reason other than the occupant's death.

Notably, the year of buzz over the cardinal's future at CDW was able to continue as Cañizares had been the lone head of a Roman congregation who Francis did not reconfirm in office following his election. As the Pope reaches the year-and-a-half mark since his election on 13 September, it bears recalling that several other dicastery chiefs remain in a similar limbo, among them the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Wisconsin-born Cardinal Raymond Burke.

After almost years eight years at the helm of the office overseeing the global church's liturgical life, Cañizares' (above) swan-song came in a July letter which concluded a years-long consultation aimed at avoiding "abuses" in the Sign of Peace at Mass.

 

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Vaticanist John Thavis notes:

A new chapter in Pope Francis’ revolution was written today when the pope named Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera as archbishop of Valencia, Spain.

The appointment was remarkable mainly because it violated the age-old Roman Curia maxim, “You can’t go home again.” Cardinal Cañizares was being sent back to Valencia, where he was ordained a priest 44 years ago, after a five-year stint as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

Traditionally, Roman Curia department heads, especially if they’re cardinals, stay on the job until retirement. And after they retire, most continue to reside in Rome rather than returning to pastoral work in their home countries.

I’ve argued that if Pope Francis really wants to emphasize service over prestige in Vatican appointments, he should make it clear that those called to Rome are there temporarily, with no guarantee of career advancement, and can expect to return home after their five-year term is over.

That’s what’s happening to Cardinal Cañizares.

 

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UK Daily Mail reveals:

Sickening footage appears to show Islamic State militants parading around 250 captured soldiers through the desert in their underwear before they are killed and their bodies piled on the bare earth.

An Islamic State fighter claimed the men were from the Syrian government's Tabqa air base which extremists seized on Sunday, potentially handing them warplanes, tanks, artillery and ammunition.

The video, which has not been independently verified, is too graphic to be published in full.

 

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Steve Skojec at One Peter 5 presents a pie chart showing tremendous funding sources for ISIS totalling almost 2 billion dollars:

The statistics go on, and they’re surprising. 80,000 fighters control 470,000 square miles and 6,000,000 people.

And of course, they have vowed to conquer Rome, the seat of global Christianity by means of the Catholic Church.

 

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The Italian ANSA news reports on statements by the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, Mgr. Nunzio Galantino:

The Church must make everyone feel at home, including "unconventional couples", the secretary-general of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) said Wednesday.

"Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice," Monsignor Nunzio Galantino said.

"The burden of exclusion from the sacraments is an unjustified price to pay, in addition to de facto discrimination," the prelate explained.

 

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The Lebanon Daily Star reveals that Baghdad Patriarch Louis Sako has softened his stance in follow-up to a prior quote in which he left much of the blame for ISIS at the feet of the United States:

“The U.S. is indirectly responsible for what is going on in Iraq as it said it would ensure democracy and the well-being of the people, but 10 years have passed and on the contrary we have gone backward,” Sako told reporters at Beirut's airport.

He was responding to a question following remarks attributed to him in the local daily Ad-Diyar in which he accused the U.S. of supporting ISIS.

“ Iraq has been divided ... and the Americans left Iraq in the midst of a vacuum where there was no army to protect [the people] and ISIS and these jihadist groups have been present for four years,” he said, before boarding a plane to Iraq.

In the earlier report the Abp. said, “America is behind ISIS, which is the crime of the century, and they want to brazenly displace Christians from their homes and churches.”

 

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The New York Times reports:

The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party.

Despite the shared U.S. and Syrian interest in defeating Islamist militants in the region, there will be no cooperation with Assad, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

“We’re not going to ask for permission from the Syrian regime,” she said.

 

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According to the UK Guardian there are still Yazidi people stranded at the top of Mt. Sinjar.

There has not been a US airdrop of food, water or medicine since 13 August, after a reconnaissance team of US special operations forces that had briefly been on the mountain reported that conditions were not as dire as Washington initially thought.

Survivors of the Islamic State (Isis) siege describe leaving behind their elderly and infirm relatives. The younger Yazidis who have stayed behind talk of fighting Isis until they either liberate Sinjar city below or they die.

One Yazidi man, Abu Sulaiman, described the situation on the mountain now as “heartbreaking”.

“My pillow is a small rock, and my bed is crumpling ground where there is no water, no food, no single cigarette to smoke. Sometimes, my brother would get me a piece of bread, but I’m too ill and have no appetite to eat. I just want to be lifted out of here,” he said.

 

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At Jihad Watch Robert Spencer said that the Obama Justice Department is forcing a Minnesota town to permit building of a mosque.

The town rejected the Islamic center on zoning grounds, but at a meeting, some opponents of the project “made disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith.” Time to call in the Thought Police! Time for Obama’s feds to force the mosque on this city! It is impossible to have a mature discussion about mosques in the U.S. It is impossible to point out that 80% of mosques in the U.S. are Saudi-funded, and that four separate, independent studies since 1998 have found that 80% also teach hatred of Jews and Christians and the supremacy of Sharia over Constitutional law. Anyone who points out such things is immediately accused of “racism,” “bigotry,” “hatred” and “Islamophobia.”

 

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Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/181202/
<![CDATA[ Head Of Italian Bishops Wants Unconventional Couples, Baghdad Patriarch Blames America, Obama To Bomb ISIS Without Syrian Government, Yazidi People Still On Mountain, Justice Department Forces American Mosques ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181152.php
Head Of Italian Bishops Wants Unconventional Couples, Baghdad Patriarch Blames America, Obama To Bomb ISIS Without Syrian Government, Yazidi People Still On Mountain, Justice Department Forces American Mosques



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Italian ANSA news reports on statements by the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, Mgr. Nunzio Galantino:

The Church must make everyone feel at home, including "unconventional couples", the secretary-general of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) said Wednesday.

"Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice," Monsignor Nunzio Galantino said.

"The burden of exclusion from the sacraments is an unjustified price to pay, in addition to de facto discrimination," the prelate explained.

 

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The Lebanon Daily Star reveals that Baghdad Patriarch Louis Sako has softened his stance in follow-up to a prior quote in which he left much of the blame for ISIS at the feet of the United States:

“The U.S. is indirectly responsible for what is going on in Iraq as it said it would ensure democracy and the well-being of the people, but 10 years have passed and on the contrary we have gone backward,” Sako told reporters at Beirut's airport.

He was responding to a question following remarks attributed to him in the local daily Ad-Diyar in which he accused the U.S. of supporting ISIS.

“ Iraq has been divided ... and the Americans left Iraq in the midst of a vacuum where there was no army to protect [the people] and ISIS and these jihadist groups have been present for four years,” he said, before boarding a plane to Iraq.

In the earlier report the Abp. said, “America is behind ISIS, which is the crime of the century, and they want to brazenly displace Christians from their homes and churches.”

 

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The New York Times reports:

The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party.

Despite the shared U.S. and Syrian interest in defeating Islamist militants in the region, there will be no cooperation with Assad, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

“We’re not going to ask for permission from the Syrian regime,” she said.

 

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According to the UK Guardian there are still Yazidi people stranded at the top of Mt. Sinjar.

There has not been a US airdrop of food, water or medicine since 13 August, after a reconnaissance team of US special operations forces that had briefly been on the mountain reported that conditions were not as dire as Washington initially thought.

Survivors of the Islamic State (Isis) siege describe leaving behind their elderly and infirm relatives. The younger Yazidis who have stayed behind talk of fighting Isis until they either liberate Sinjar city below or they die.

One Yazidi man, Abu Sulaiman, described the situation on the mountain now as “heartbreaking”.

“My pillow is a small rock, and my bed is crumpling ground where there is no water, no food, no single cigarette to smoke. Sometimes, my brother would get me a piece of bread, but I’m too ill and have no appetite to eat. I just want to be lifted out of here,” he said.

 

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At Jihad Watch Robert Spencer said that the Obama Justice Department is forcing a Minnesota town to permit building of a mosque.

The town rejected the Islamic center on zoning grounds, but at a meeting, some opponents of the project “made disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith.” Time to call in the Thought Police! Time for Obama’s feds to force the mosque on this city! It is impossible to have a mature discussion about mosques in the U.S. It is impossible to point out that 80% of mosques in the U.S. are Saudi-funded, and that four separate, independent studies since 1998 have found that 80% also teach hatred of Jews and Christians and the supremacy of Sharia over Constitutional law. Anyone who points out such things is immediately accused of “racism,” “bigotry,” “hatred” and “Islamophobia.”

 

 

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/181152/
<![CDATA[ The Terrible Sin of Divisiveness, Upcoming Mid-East Bishops D.C. Meeting, Righteous Blast From the Nuncio to Cuba, The Power of ISIS, The U.S. Church of Dialogue ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181030.php
The Terrible Sin of Divisiveness, Upcoming Mid-East Bishops D.C. Meeting, Righteous Blast From the Nuncio to Cuba, The Power of ISIS, The U.S. Church of Dialogue



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

CNA reports on the Pope’s weekly general audience where he urged listeners to work for unity in the Church despite the fact that we are all sinners. The Pope called Christian division ‘one of the most serious sins.’

“In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it does not allow God to act,” the Pope said in his Aug. 27 general audience address. “What God wants is that we be welcoming, that we forgive and love each other so as to become more and more like Him, who is communion and love.”

 

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In an interview with ZENIT, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi discussed the cruel situation in Iraq as well as the upcoming meeting of Eastern Patriarchs and American Bishops in Washington. The Archbishop said they did not plan on meeting with President Obama but are ready to meet with anyone who will be available to listen. He stressed:

The two most important observations I think are: emergency humanitarian aid and protection. The patriarchs of the Oriental churches, both Orthodox and Catholic, have remarked that there is a need of having the presence of the “Blue Helmets” of the United Nations [UN peacekeepers], who for a while should step in and stabilize the situation and guarantee the protection of the people returning to their villages.

 

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Carlos Eire at Babalu Blog tells of the strong words Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba, Abp. Bruno Musaro, had for the Castro Regime after he celebrated Mass in the Italian city of Vignacastrisi. Eire said:

Not surprisingly, the news reports thus far are only available in Italian, Spanish, and Polish.  Nothing at all in English.  No word from the AP or Reuters, or CNN, etc..

If the nuncio had denounced the "blockade" rather than the Castro regime, his comments would be getting a hell of a lot more attention, of course.

 

In his comments the Archbishop said:

“In Cuba you die.” (A Cuba si muore).

"In Cuba eating is a luxury."

“The Cuban people live in conditions of absolute poverty and degradation without human or civil rights. They are the victims of a socialist dictatorship that has kept them enslaved for fifty-six years.”

“Only freedom can give hope to the Cuban people.”

“The only hope Cubans can have for a better life is to leave their island.”

“Italians who complain about many things in Italy should know that in Cuba a physician only earns 25 euros per month and that in order to live with dignity many Cuban professionals have to work as waiters at night.”

“In Cuba everything is controlled by the government, even milk and meat. Beef is a luxury and anyone who dares to slaughter a cow in order to eat it is arrested and sent to prison.”

“After more than half a century, praise is still being heaped on this Revolution, but, in the meantime, the Cuban people don’t have proper work and don’t have a way of feeding their own children.”

“I’m grateful that the pope sent me to that island, and I hope to be there when the socialist regime comes to an end.”

 

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Catholic Online reports:

As monstrous and inhumane as Islamic State is, military experts are conceding that they are formidable opponents. IS forces are merely "tactically withdrawing" in the face of fierce U.S. airstrikes, according to U.S. military officials.

The nefarious plans by ISIS are to establish its "Islamic caliphate" from northern Syria across the western and northern deserts of Iraq. More worryingly, ISIS has the money and military hardware to do it.

"They're incredible fighters. ISIS teams in many places use special operations [tactics, techniques and procedures]," a second U.S. official says

 

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Writer Pat Archbold said that the USCCB headquarters “would likely be a smoking ruin if we had a God quick to anger rather than slow,” as he blasted the bishops for their double-reaffirmed commitment to dialogue with Muslim groups.

Apparently the bishops feel that 50 years of dialogue has failed because of those anti-dialoguers (you know who you are.) He quotes the USCCB site:

The bishops expressed sadness over “deliberate rejection” of the call to engage in dialogue with Muslims by some Christians, Catholic and not. They noted that the call to respect and dialogue comes from the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate) and has been reaffirmed by subsequent popes. They also noted that, for nearly 20 years, their committee has dialogued with several national Muslim organizations, producing documents on education, marriage and revelation.”

Archbold responds: “There is no agreement, however, on the value of all human life or even on the need for heads to remain attached to necks.”

 

 

 

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/181030/
<![CDATA[ Grave Risk of an Anglican Baptism, A Saint I Heard About Once, Seven Million for a Female Head, Where Can We Find a Christian Knight? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_181092.php
Grave Risk of an Anglican Baptism, A Saint I Heard About Once, Seven Million for a Female Head, Where Can We Find a Christian Knight?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Fr. Tim Finigan at the Hermeneutic of Continuity highlights recent posts from the erudite Fr. John Hunwicke and notes that Father has warned against taking Anglican Baptisms for granted.


A baptism certificate was formerly regarded as sufficient, since baptism "according to the rites of the Church of England" is certainly valid. What is now uncertain is how often baptisms are conducted according to a rite that is not approved by the Church of England, specifically, baptism with the form "I baptize you in the name of the Creator, and of the Redeemer, and of the Sanctifier." Baptism using such a form is certainly invalid: the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2008 answered a dubium on the matter, saying that persons baptised with such a formula have to be baptized in forma absoluta (that is, not conditionally.)

We must pick a careful path through doubts. Since the practice of using an invalid formula is certainly used in some places and is becoming more common, it is, as Fr Hunwicke says, no longer safe to assume that a baptism is valid simply because it has been carried out in the Church of England.

 

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Pope Francis in his weekly audience has warned strongly against acts that cause disunity among 'Christians'.

The Pope highlighted that “our first comfort comes from the fact that Jesus prayed long for unity among the disciples; it is the prayer of the Last Supper, Jesus asked many times: “Father, let them be one”. He prayed for unity. That was when he was approaching his Passion, when he was about to offer his life for us.

As the pope warned against gossip and bickering in parishes he mentioned:

Once, in my former dioceses, I heard an interesting and positive comment. It was about an elderly woman, who had worked for the parish her whole life. Someone who knew her well said: ‘this woman has never spoken ill of anyone, never gossiped, she always smiled’. Such a woman can be canonized tomorrow, it is good, a good example

 

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The well-funded Islamic State Army is demanding 6.6 million dollars for the life of an unnamed 26-year old female aid worker.

The kidnapped woman, whose family asked not to be identified, is the third of at least four Americans known to be held by Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS), currently terrorizing large swaths of northern and western Iraq after years fighting in Syria’s civil war.

IS is calling for $6.6 million in exchange for the American woman, ABC News reported, as well as the release from US custody of Aafia Siddiqui, convicted in 2010 of targeting US officials in Afghanistan.

 

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker laments the stark difference between the force of Christendom that countered the onslaught of Muslim death for a millennium and the dissolute faithless men of today. He cites a standard issue U.S. military Bible as evidence.

Should the armies of the False Prophet Mohammed advance, and should we need to go into battle would we be able to summon the same Spirit of noble Christianity in our country today? I doubt it.

What strikes me about this artifact from the second world war is that this Bible was issued to the troops without question. It was seen to be part of their equipment and to be accepted by all with an open heart and mind.

This indicates that the whole population understood that the moral battles were also spiritual battles, and if there was a spiritual dimension to war, then there was also such a thing as spiritual warfare. Soldiers were expected to be equipped physically but they were also expected to be fit morally and spiritually.

 

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CNA reports on the Pope’s weekly general audience where he urged listeners to work for unity in the Church despite the fact that we are all sinners. The Pope called Christian division ‘one of the most serious sins.’

“In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it does not allow God to act,” the Pope said in his Aug. 27 general audience address. “What God wants is that we be welcoming, that we forgive and love each other so as to become more and more like Him, who is communion and love.”

 

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In an interview with ZENIT, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi discussed the cruel situation in Iraq as well as the upcoming meeting of Eastern Patriarchs and American Bishops in Washington. The Archbishop said they did not plan on meeting with President Obama but are ready to meet with anyone who will be available to listen. He stressed:

The two most important observations I think are: emergency humanitarian aid and protection. The patriarchs of the Oriental churches, both Orthodox and Catholic, have remarked that there is a need of having the presence of the “Blue Helmets” of the United Nations [UN peacekeepers], who for a while should step in and stabilize the situation and guarantee the protection of the people returning to their villages.

 

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Carlos Eire at Babalu Blog tells of the strong words Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba, Abp. Bruno Musaro, had for the Castro Regime after he celebrated Mass in the Italian city of Vignacastrisi. Eire said:

Not surprisingly, the news reports thus far are only available in Italian, Spanish, and Polish.  Nothing at all in English.  No word from the AP or Reuters, or CNN, etc..

If the nuncio had denounced the "blockade" rather than the Castro regime, his comments would be getting a hell of a lot more attention, of course.

 

In his comments the Archbishop said:

“In Cuba you die.” (A Cuba si muore).

"In Cuba eating is a luxury."

“The Cuban people live in conditions of absolute poverty and degradation without human or civil rights. They are the victims of a socialist dictatorship that has kept them enslaved for fifty-six years.”

“Only freedom can give hope to the Cuban people.”

“The only hope Cubans can have for a better life is to leave their island.”

“Italians who complain about many things in Italy should know that in Cuba a physician only earns 25 euros per month and that in order to live with dignity many Cuban professionals have to work as waiters at night.”

“In Cuba everything is controlled by the government, even milk and meat. Beef is a luxury and anyone who dares to slaughter a cow in order to eat it is arrested and sent to prison.”

“After more than half a century, praise is still being heaped on this Revolution, but, in the meantime, the Cuban people don’t have proper work and don’t have a way of feeding their own children.”

“I’m grateful that the pope sent me to that island, and I hope to be there when the socialist regime comes to an end.”

 

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Catholic Online reports:

As monstrous and inhumane as Islamic State is, military experts are conceding that they are formidable opponents. IS forces are merely "tactically withdrawing" in the face of fierce U.S. airstrikes, according to U.S. military officials.

The nefarious plans by ISIS are to establish its "Islamic caliphate" from northern Syria across the western and northern deserts of Iraq. More worryingly, ISIS has the money and military hardware to do it.

"They're incredible fighters. ISIS teams in many places use special operations [tactics, techniques and procedures]," a second U.S. official says

 

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Writer Pat Archbold said that the USCCB headquarters “would likely be a smoking ruin if we had a God quick to anger rather than slow,” as he blasted the bishops for their double-reaffirmed commitment to dialogue with Muslim groups.

Apparently the bishops feel that 50 years of dialogue has failed because of those anti-dialoguers (you know who you are.) He quotes the USCCB site:

The bishops expressed sadness over “deliberate rejection” of the call to engage in dialogue with Muslims by some Christians, Catholic and not. They noted that the call to respect and dialogue comes from the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate) and has been reaffirmed by subsequent popes. They also noted that, for nearly 20 years, their committee has dialogued with several national Muslim organizations, producing documents on education, marriage and revelation.”

Archbold responds: “There is no agreement, however, on the value of all human life or even on the need for heads to remain attached to necks.”

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Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/181092/
<![CDATA[ Benedict Forced Out?, Schuelerkreis Back in Session, Francis Effect Only Superficial, Iraqi Suffering Continues, Euro Islam Grows and Destroys ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180978.php
Benedict Forced Out?, Schuelerkreis Back in Session, Francis Effect Only Superficial, Iraqi Suffering Continues, Euro Islam Grows and Destroys



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

In a scathing blast Vatican II resource Louie Verecchio responded to the news that Pope Emeritus Benedict said Mass for his beloved Schuelerkreis of esteemed students today, wherein he appeared both sharp and healthy.

Does anyone other than the willfully deluded and painfully ignorant still honestly believe that Benedict XVI wasn’t forced from office by a substantial threat either real or imagined?

 

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Pope Emeritus Benedict traveled to his beloved Castel Gandolfo to say Mass and preach a homily to his annual Schuelerkreis of former students:

Fr. Twomey stated that Benedict's words were “very moving because the Church where we celebrated was near the place where Peter himself gave his final witness.”

The main points of Benedict’s homily, the priest explained, were that “today people are always asking who is Jesus Christ.”

“They say he was a great man, a teacher, a revolutionary perhaps. People outside see him in different ways. And that's not a bad thing; that means that Jesus image has spread throughout society and religions,” he went on, “But, to recognize him as the Son of God is a gift of faith.”

Father said:

“What struck us all is that despite being older each year,” Benedict XVI “looks much better, fresher. He's very clear in his mind,” he noted, observing how the former pontiff stood for nearly an hour and a half during the mass even though a chair was provided for him.

“He was in good form. There was a good spirit about him.”

 

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In a Google translation Kathnet News reports that 85-year old Emeritus German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller does not think much of the enthusiasm for Pope Francis. “It’s superficial.” If it were truly a religious movement the Churches would be full!

“Protestantism remains contrary to the Faith,” and the ‘Absolutism of the Individual’ keeps us from asking, ‘What is true?”

 

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Spero News’ Martin Barilla reports:

The vast majority of the (Iraqi) refugees are pressuring religious and political leaders to find a way for a rapid mass exodus out of Iraq, because of all the suffering, hardship and difficulty they are experiencing. Large numbers of families are still sleeping on sidewalks and parks and there is the fear this situation and their plight will extend into winter.

Their is anger, frustration and tension among the refugees as they are being moved from the halls and courtyards of churches into United Nations camps. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako, along with other Christian leaders, recently visited the camps and described the "inhuman" conditions there.

 

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Jihad Watch reveals that Muslims in Denmark are 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes:

Men in Denmark with Muslim names are more often convicted of crimes than the general population. For the population as a whole, 1.8 per cent have been convicted within the last five years. For men with Muslim names, the figure is about 8 per cent, according to a study by the Dispatch International. …

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180978/
<![CDATA[ Malta Bishop In Cold Water, Cd. Parolin Says Nothing Islamic Going On, Marshall Law Fatigue, Catholic Colleges Forced To Abort, Florida Church Pressured To Close Polling Ctr. ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180817.php
Malta Bishop In Cold Water, Cd. Parolin Says Nothing Islamic Going On, Marshall Law Fatigue, Catholic Colleges Forced To Abort, Florida Church Pressured To Close Polling Ctr.



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

In a brief statement Malta Bishop Scicluna urges the organizers of the “Ice-Bucket Challenge” not to use any funds obtained for embryonic stem cell research. He then submitted himself to the challenge very calmly and serenely and donated his pledge to some worthy causes.

 

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In a Kathnet translation, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that the genocide occurring in Northern Iraq is not a result of a cultural struggle between Islam and Christianity. He said that in fact many Muslims expressed solidarity with those Christians who were tortured, murdered, or displaced. The Cardinal blamed the brutality of ISIS for the situation and called for their condemnation from Islamic countries.

 

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In a frustrated angry rant, a Ferguson, MO citizen reveals how under the imposed martial law he has to show three forms of ID at three different checkpoints just to take his grandmother to the doctor or put gas in his car, while the police officer gets to go home to his suburban community where ‘there’s the chirping of the birds and the grass is green’ and they can go get gas whenever they want.

 

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The California Report reveals:

In a reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is barring two Catholic universities in California from offering health plans to their employees that limit abortion coverage.

Previously, state health officials had approved plans used by Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles that did not cover any abortion procedures, unless they were “medically necessary” to protect the health of the mother.

But earlier this month, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) said they were reviewing that approval.

The DMHC is now sending letters to insurance companies for both universities, requiring them to cover all abortions. 

 

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Florida Today reports:

When Floridians cast ballots Tuesday, many will do so after stepping onto the grounds of houses of worship where ministers and members have voiced a stake in some of the more pressing issues of the day, from same-sex marriage to abortion.

But for one church – Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic – this primary election day will be the last time that its grounds will be used as a polling place after a vocal group of protesters accused the congregation of promoting its views on its marquee and with a memorial for the unborn leading up to several past elections.

The Supervisor of Elections, Lori Scott, scrambling for last minute change, said:

"It was their decision…I would not have moved it. I rely on lots of organizations for polling places and churches are a big part of that. They are the only community centers in a lot of places.

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Vatican Diplomat Released From Immunity, Patriarch Shocked to See Iraqi Christians, American Bishops Offer Little, Allah Makes Beheading Easy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180867.php
Vatican Diplomat Released From Immunity, Patriarch Shocked to See Iraqi Christians, American Bishops Offer Little, Allah Makes Beheading Easy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

AP Reports:

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement that Josef Wesolowski had ended all diplomatic activity for the Holy See and lost his related immunity and therefore ‘‘might also be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts that could have specific jurisdiction over him.’’

Lombardi said far from covering up for Wesolowski, the Vatican’s response ‘‘demonstrates the full and direct undertaking of the Holy See’s responsibility even in such a serious and delicate case, about which Pope Francis is duly and carefully informed and on which the pope wishes to address justly and rigorously.’’

 

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The UK Catholic Herald writes:

As secretary to Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham, Fr Rami Wakim has met scores of Syrian refugees, but said he was shocked at the flood of displaced Iraqis he encountered in Irbil, Iraq.

It continues:

The delegation visited the displaced at three different churches, and Fr Wakim described mattresses scattered around church altars. Various rooms in the churches were filled to capacity – up to 50 people sleeping in areas the size of a single bedroom – with the overflow spreading onto church grounds, parking lots and streets, now dotted with makeshift tents in the 105-degree heat.

“The people are angry because the government just gave up on them. They told us that, in Mosul, where there had normally been a presence of 60,000 soldiers, after the onslaught of ISIS, in only a matter of hours, these soldiers abandoned them, laying down their weapons,” Fr Wakim said.

 

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Martin Barillas at Spero News laments the unwillingness of the American Catholic Bishops to support meaningful international defense for the crushed Iraqi Christians. “As for the Catholic bishops of the United States, they wrote,”

"We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims, often against Christians abroad. We, and increasingly our Muslim partners in dialogue, are concerned about these very real phenomena. Along with many of our fellow Catholics and the many Muslims who themselves are targeted by radicals, we wish to voice our sadness, indeed our outrage, over the random and sometimes systematic acts of violence and harassment—acts that for both Christians and Muslims threaten and disrupt the harmony that binds us together in mutual support, recognition, and friendship." 

Continuing along the lines of dialogue, the American Catholic bishops wrote, "Still, it is our belief that the most efficient way to work toward ending or at least curtailing such violence and prejudice is through building networks of dialogue that can overcome ignorance, extremism, and discrimination and so lead to friendship and trust with Muslims."

 

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Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch reports:

A British jihadist feared to be one of The Beatles militants behind US journalist James Foley’s killing has claimed Allah makes beheading victims “easy”.

Abu Abduallah al-Britani, who fled the UK for Syria earlier this year, made the horrific claim while ­admitting he was ready to die fighting for the Islamic State.

He told of his terror training and revealed his fitness regime to keep fit for battle. Chillingly, he even bragged that “wrist exercises” made it easier to cut off enemies’ heads.

 

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In a brief statement Malta Bishop Scicluna urges the organizers of the “Ice-Bucket Challenge” not to use any funds obtained for embryonic stem cell research. He then submitted himself to the challenge very calmly and serenely and donated his pledge to some worthy causes.

 

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In a Kathnet translation, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that the genocide occurring in Northern Iraq is not a result of a cultural struggle between Islam and Christianity. He said that in fact many Muslims expressed solidarity with those Christians who were tortured, murdered, or displaced. The Cardinal blamed the brutality of ISIS for the situation and called for their condemnation from Islamic countries.

 

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In a frustrated angry rant, a Ferguson, MO citizen reveals how under the imposed martial law he has to show three forms of ID at three different checkpoints just to take his grandmother to the doctor or put gas in his car, while the police officer gets to go home to his suburban community where ‘there’s the chirping of the birds and the grass is green’ and they can go get gas whenever they want.

 

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The California Report reveals:

In a reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is barring two Catholic universities in California from offering health plans to their employees that limit abortion coverage.

Previously, state health officials had approved plans used by Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles that did not cover any abortion procedures, unless they were “medically necessary” to protect the health of the mother.

But earlier this month, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) said they were reviewing that approval.

The DMHC is now sending letters to insurance companies for both universities, requiring them to cover all abortions. 

 

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Florida Today reports:

When Floridians cast ballots Tuesday, many will do so after stepping onto the grounds of houses of worship where ministers and members have voiced a stake in some of the more pressing issues of the day, from same-sex marriage to abortion.

But for one church – Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic – this primary election day will be the last time that its grounds will be used as a polling place after a vocal group of protesters accused the congregation of promoting its views on its marquee and with a memorial for the unborn leading up to several past elections.

The Supervisor of Elections, Lori Scott, scrambling for last minute change, said:

"It was their decision…I would not have moved it. I rely on lots of organizations for polling places and churches are a big part of that. They are the only community centers in a lot of places.

 

 

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<![CDATA[ The Noble Crusades, Tyranny In California, Eighth Non-Accommodation, Episcopal Conference Space For Rent, Fired Artificially Inseminated Lesbian Teacher Sues Diocese ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180722.php
The Noble Crusades, Tyranny In California, Eighth Non-Accommodation, Episcopal Conference Space For Rent, Fired Artificially-Inseminated Lesbian Teacher Sues Diocese



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

At National Review Benedict Kiely makes a quick comparison of the great historian Hillaire Belloc and Pope Benedict on Islam. Both saw in Islam a simplicity or ‘relaxation of thought,’ which was the source of its attraction.

Belloc predicted the current resurgence of militant Islam in the world because he saw that the West was becoming incapable of resisting it and keeping it in check:

Stark simplicity, as Belloc argued, is key: “Islam presented to a society entangled and fatigued the obvious and fatal lure of simplicity,” and so “Islam poured over like a flood, not because it beat down opposition, but because opposition was lacking.” That “fatal lure of simplicity” is as relevant to the “entangled and fatigued” societies in the 21st century as it was in the seventh century. So much of the West’s leadership, including academic and media elites who influence and manipulate public opinion, is perilously blind to this reality. And this, Belloc argued, is the failure of spiritually bankrupt societies to see, both historically and in the present, that one must “always look to moral (or, more accurately, to spiritual) causes for the understanding of human movements and political change.”

 

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Lifenews Reports that California’s Jerry Brown has decided to force two Catholic universities to cover abortion in their health insurance.  From the San Francisco Chronicle story:


Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has reversed an earlier decision to allow two Catholic universities to eliminate coverage of most abortions for employees, saying state law requires health insurance plans to cover all abortions

 

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RNS news reports:

The Department of Health and Human Services released the new regulations for the mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage that gives workers free access to 20 forms of contraception. The new rules are meant to comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling.

It continues:

Almost as soon as the new rules were issued Friday, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented Hobby Lobby’s case, slammed them as inadequate.

Lori Windham, senior counsel for the Becket Fund, said in a statement that no matter how many times (and this is the eighth time ) the mandate is rewritten, the basic problem is the narrowness of the exemption itself. She said the government maintains its “original, hardline stance that only ‘houses of worship’ that hire and serve fellow believers deserve religious freedom.”

 

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The Juicy Ecumenism blog is linking to a piece by George Conger where he says the Episcopal Washington National Cathedral is now “soliciting proposals for corporations and non-profit groups to lease its premises.”

The move by the cathedral corresponds with an overall trend of Episcopal churches renting their facilities to outside groups as they seek to sustain expensive facilities amidst shrinking endowments and dwindling congregations.

The new program aims to provide event space to corporations and nonprofit organizations, but not to individuals. Earlier this year the cathedral began exploring renting its nave out for tai chi and yoga meditation sessions, shortly after announcing that a new $10 admission fee would be charged to visitors in an effort to pursue “new revenue opportunities”.

 

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USA Today reports that a Montana Catholic middle school teacher with 9 years tenure was fired for being unmarried and pregnant, but there’s more to the story:

Evenson became pregnant through artificial insemination and gave birth to a boy on March 7, the first child for Evenson and her partner, Marilyn Tobin.

The district said it fired Evenson for violating the terms of her contract, which required her to practice the tenets of the Catholic faith.

 

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National Catholic Register reports that the Blessed Sacrament has been returned to the Tulsa Diocese by a lawyer representing Adam Daniels, who is organizing the planned Black Mass.

“I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said Aug. 21.

“I remain concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.”

 

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In Pope Francis, The Economist magazine sees a whole new kind of radical that is not quite a Liberation Theologist.

Thanks to the arresting gestures he has made in favour of the poor and marginalised, and his often sharp critique of the rich, powerful and trigger-happy, Francis has already become the most popular pope on the religious left since Pope John XXIII died in 1963.

Pope Francis has himself been responsible for developing a refined version of liberation theology, as the author of a key document issued at a bishops' conference in Aparecida, Brazil in 2007. The statement put enormous emphasis on helping the poor but stopped short of endorsing Marxism or any kind of revolutionary violence.

 

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Veteran Vatican reporter Sandro Magister praises Pope Francis for his political skill and restraint as he lists the steps taken to response to the ISIS genocide in Iraq writing, “He puts prayer in first place. But he doesn't dismiss the arts of diplomacy. And now he is not hesitating to call upon armies.”

Pope Francis has always been careful not to align himself publicly against any adversaries on the field, especially if they are Muslims, even at the cost of remaining silent over his solidarity with Christian victims persecuted for their faith, from the Pakistani Asia Bibi to the Sudanese Meriam to the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

Francis' diplomacy even takes slaps in silence, in the hope of future success. At the pope's arrival in South Korea last August 14, North Korea mocked it by firing off three test missiles and canceling the attendance of its own delegation.

He continues:

The Vatican authorities have required the combative cardinal of Hong Kong, Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, to remain silent so that “diplomacy can work.” Since Francis became pope, the commission for China created by Benedict XVI in 2007, with Zen at the forefront, has not been convened. He regularly sends the pope informative letters with the discouraging words: "I hope that you read this.”

There is, however, a level of tolerance beyond which Pope Francis himself admits the use of force. And this is what is happening with the newly created Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

 

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Up against the relentless prosecution of the Australian courts for clerical sex abuse, Vatican Financial Czar Cardinal George Pell sums up in one sentence what has been in many respects a worldwide injustice to the Church:

'If a driver sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up along the way I don't think it appropriate for the ... leadership of that company be held responsible,' he said.

'If every precaution has been taken, no warning has been given, it is, I think, not appropriate for legal culpability to be foisted on the authority figure.

'If in fact the authority figure has been remiss through bad preparation, bad procedures or been warned and done nothing or insufficient, then certainly the church official would be responsible,' the cardinal reasoned.

 

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St. Petersburg Bishop Robert Lynch says an email actually woke him up Thursday.  The note informed him that a closed diocesan school had been used to shoot the film, “Sex Ed,” which is basically about middle school kids having sex.

“I wish to begin by apologizing to all alumni of SHA who like myself are embarrassed and perhaps even mortified by today’s revelations and to assure all it will not happen again,” Lynch wrote in the lengthy Thursday afternoon post.

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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180722/
<![CDATA[ Blessed Sacrament Returned to Abp. Coakley, A Whole New Kind of Radical, Pope Francis Realpolitik, Cardinal Pell on the Stand, Bishop Lynch in the Dark ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180639.php
Blessed Sacrament Returned to Bishop Coakley, A Whole New Kind of Radical, Pope Francis Realpolitik, Cardinal Pell on the Stand, Bishop Lynch in the Dark



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

National Catholic Register reports that the Blessed Sacrament has been returned to the Tulsa Diocese by a lawyer representing Adam Daniels, who is organizing the planned Black Mass.

“I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said Aug. 21.

“I remain concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.”

 

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

In Pope Francis, The Economist magazine sees a whole new kind of radical that is not quite a Liberation Theologist.

Thanks to the arresting gestures he has made in favour of the poor and marginalised, and his often sharp critique of the rich, powerful and trigger-happy, Francis has already become the most popular pope on the religious left since Pope John XXIII died in 1963.

Pope Francis has himself been responsible for developing a refined version of liberation theology, as the author of a key document issued at a bishops' conference in Aparecida, Brazil in 2007. The statement put enormous emphasis on helping the poor but stopped short of endorsing Marxism or any kind of revolutionary violence.

 

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

Veteran Vatican reporter Sandro Magister praises Pope Francis for his political skill and restraint as he lists the steps taken to response to the ISIS genocide in Iraq writing, “He puts prayer in first place. But he doesn't dismiss the arts of diplomacy. And now he is not hesitating to call upon armies.”

Pope Francis has always been careful not to align himself publicly against any adversaries on the field, especially if they are Muslims, even at the cost of remaining silent over his solidarity with Christian victims persecuted for their faith, from the Pakistani Asia Bibi to the Sudanese Meriam to the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

Francis' diplomacy even takes slaps in silence, in the hope of future success. At the pope's arrival in South Korea last August 14, North Korea mocked it by firing off three test missiles and canceling the attendance of its own delegation.

He continues:

The Vatican authorities have required the combative cardinal of Hong Kong, Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, to remain silent so that “diplomacy can work.” Since Francis became pope, the commission for China created by Benedict XVI in 2007, with Zen at the forefront, has not been convened. He regularly sends the pope informative letters with the discouraging words: "I hope that you read this.”

There is, however, a level of tolerance beyond which Pope Francis himself admits the use of force. And this is what is happening with the newly created Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

 

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

Up against the relentless prosecution of the Australian courts for clerical sex abuse, Vatican Financial Czar Cardinal George Pell sums up in one sentence what has been in many respects a worldwide injustice to the Church:

'If a driver sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up along the way I don't think it appropriate for the ... leadership of that company be held responsible,' he said.

'If every precaution has been taken, no warning has been given, it is, I think, not appropriate for legal culpability to be foisted on the authority figure.

'If in fact the authority figure has been remiss through bad preparation, bad procedures or been warned and done nothing or insufficient, then certainly the church official would be responsible,' the cardinal reasoned.

 

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

St. Petersburg Bishop Robert Lynch says an email actually woke him up Thursday.  The note informed him that a closed diocesan school had been used to shoot the film, “Sex Ed,” which is basically about middle school kids having sex.

“I wish to begin by apologizing to all alumni of SHA who like myself are embarrassed and perhaps even mortified by today’s revelations and to assure all it will not happen again,” Lynch wrote in the lengthy Thursday afternoon post.

 

 

 

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180639/
<![CDATA[ Bishops Seek Even More Dialogue, What Will Diocese NOT Do for a Fee? Two Donkeys And Six Kids, Black Flag Over Brooklyn, Kurds to Cardinal Filoni, Arm The Christians! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180529.php
Bishops Seek Even More Dialogue, What Will Florida Diocese NOT Do for a Fee? Two Donkeys And Six Kids, Black Flag Over Brooklyn, Kurds to Cardinal Filoni, Arm The Christians!</



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

National Catholic Reporter spoke to the USCCB’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Bp. Denis Madden, who said that their Muslim interreligious partners were themselves discouraged at the Islamic murders, massacres, conquests, forced renunciations, and other ‘acts of aggression’ that get in the way of dialogue.

"Sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families," said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee, whose chairman is Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore.

"We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims, often against Christians abroad," it said. "We, and increasingly our Muslim partners in dialogue, are concerned about these very real phenomena."

 

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The Tampa Tribune reports:

Producers generally spread the word when they're filming a project so they can generate buzz and maybe boost their box office.

But that wasn't the case when a team was in Tampa last summer filming the indie flick “Sex Ed,” a raunchy comedy about middle school students who take ad-hoc lessons from an inexperienced teacher of the topic.

Producer Dori Sperko said she was surprised when historic Sacred Heart Church downtown and the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg agreed to allow them use of the campus for a fee. Sperko wouldn't say how much.

She had been rejected by a number of other local public and private schools once they read the script. At Sacred Heart, no one asked to read it.

“But they knew the name of the film and what it was about,” Sperko said.

 

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A family walked all the way from France to Rome with their six children and two donkeys to meet Pope Francis. When they arrived they introduced their children then let the Pope pet the donkeys. An audience of 8,000 met them with applause.

 

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RT.com reports that a pro-Gaza protest took over Brooklyn Bridge with upwards of 3,000 people:

Hundreds of protesters flooded the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Wednesday, carrying signs and chanting in support of Palestinians as violence continues to rage in Gaza.

As demonstrators marched across the bridge, activists also dropped a huge Palestinian flag from the nearby Manhattan Bridge that read, “Boycott Divestment Sanctions.”

At the Gaza rally in New York, one speaker said, “There’s a reason people are making the connection between Gaza and Ferguson,” as quoted by Daileda, before adding that both situations are rooted in racism.

 

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Google Translated KathNet reports that the political leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, said they are helping and encouraging Christian volunteers to arm themselves and defend their villages. He asked Christians not to leave the country and called the ISIS threat temporary.

Last Thursday, Barzani had met with the papal envoy Cardinal Fernando Filoni special. On this occasion stressed Barzani, he hoped that the Christians in Iraq remained as they were part of the culture and tradition of the country since time immemorial.

 

 

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180529/
<![CDATA[ ISIS Is Not About Any Religion, Eastern Bishops Call For Defense, Francis Reaches Out To Foley Family, Card. Filoni Reports Back ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180582.php
ISIS Is Not About Any Religion, Eastern Bishops Call For Defense, Francis Calls Foley Family, Card. Filoni Reports Back



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

According to CNS News, White House spokesperson Marie Harf said the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.” In his speech Wednesday Obama recommended the governments across the Middle East make a “common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread” and saying, “this is not about us."”

Harf also emphasized the administration’s view that ISIS does not accurately represent the religion of Islam as a whole.

“ISIL does not operate in the name of any religion. The president has been very clear about that, and the more we can underscore that, the better,” Harf said.

 

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Eastern Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs met in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

"We are raising the alarm," Syriac Catholic Patriarch Yousef III Younan told L'Orient-Le Jour. "There is no time to lose. Our survival in Mesopotamia is at stake. Free nations who signed the Charter of Human Rights should have the courage to live up to its principles. We call for an international intervention to defend us, not to conquer. We have the right to defend ourselves and we ask to be defended. The international community did well in Kosovo despite Russia's opposition at the time. We will try, with Pope Francis to have our right for a defensive military intervention recognised to deal with the jihadi groups that threaten us."

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al Rahi sent a challenge to the international community.

"We believe letting the jihadists of the Islamic State do whatever they want would be a disgrace," he said. "That a terrorist group of diabolical inspiration is left free to act is an unprecedented scandal. We call on the international community to assume its responsibilities. It is unacceptable that a group of this kind can oppress peoples, whilst the international community fails to defend a group that cannot defend itself."

 

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Aleteia News reports:

Still grieving a tragic loss in his own family, Pope Francis has reached out to the family of James Foley, the U.S. journalist whose beheading by Islamist militants was depicted in a gruesome online video The Pope called the Rochester, N.H., family to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman said Thursday.

He said Foley's family was "deeply moved and grateful" for the Pope's gesture.

 

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The Pope’s Iraq Special Envoy Cardinal Fernando Filani returned from the country to meet with the Pope in Rome. He said that their meeting went very well:

The Pope was very attentive; he preferred to listen and allowed me to speak a length, obviously taking to heart all the situations I told him about: the expectations of our Christians, the worries and the plans of the Church. He learned with pleasure about the course of action that was taken by the local Church. I can say that the meeting was good; the Holy Father was very attentive and participative towards what I told him." According to the Prefect for Propaganda Fide, "our Christians, many of whom would like to go back, wish to see that the villages, if they were to return to them, have a safety belt; they ask that it be organised internationally if possible, so that it can guarantee their ability to lead a normal life again".​

 

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National Catholic Reporter spoke to the USCCB’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Bp. Denis Madden, who said that their Muslim interreligious partners were themselves discouraged at the Islamic murders, massacres, conquests, forced renunciations, and other ‘acts of aggression’ that get in the way of dialogue.

"Sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families," said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee, whose chairman is Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore.

"We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims, often against Christians abroad," it said. "We, and increasingly our Muslim partners in dialogue, are concerned about these very real phenomena."

 

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The Tampa Tribune reports:

Producers generally spread the word when they're filming a project so they can generate buzz and maybe boost their box office.

But that wasn't the case when a team was in Tampa last summer filming the indie flick “Sex Ed,” a raunchy comedy about middle school students who take ad-hoc lessons from an inexperienced teacher of the topic.

Producer Dori Sperko said she was surprised when historic Sacred Heart Church downtown and the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg agreed to allow them use of the campus for a fee. Sperko wouldn't say how much.

She had been rejected by a number of other local public and private schools once they read the script. At Sacred Heart, no one asked to read it.

“But they knew the name of the film and what it was about,” Sperko said.

 

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A family walked all the way from France to Rome with their six children and two donkeys to meet Pope Francis. When they arrived they introduced their children then let the Pope pet the donkeys. An audience of 8,000 met them with applause.

 

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RT.com reports that a pro-Gaza protest took over Brooklyn Bridge with upwards of 3,000 people:

Hundreds of protesters flooded the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Wednesday, carrying signs and chanting in support of Palestinians as violence continues to rage in Gaza.

As demonstrators marched across the bridge, activists also dropped a huge Palestinian flag from the nearby Manhattan Bridge that read, “Boycott Divestment Sanctions.”

At the Gaza rally in New York, one speaker said, “There’s a reason people are making the connection between Gaza and Ferguson,” as quoted by Daileda, before adding that both situations are rooted in racism.

 

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Google Translated KathNet reports that the political leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, said they are helping and encouraging Christian volunteers to arm themselves and defend their villages. He asked Christians not to leave the country and called the ISIS threat temporary.

Last Thursday, Barzani had met with the papal envoy Cardinal Fernando Filoni special. On this occasion stressed Barzani, he hoped that the Christians in Iraq remained as they were part of the culture and tradition of the country since time immemorial.

 

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180582/
<![CDATA[ Nothing Islamic About ISIS, Obama Foreign Anti-Policy, A Pro-ISIS France, The Secret of the Korean Church?, Suspended for God Bless You ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180440.php
Nothing Islamic About ISIS, Obama Foreign Anti-Policy, A Pro-ISIS France, The Secret of the Korean Church?, Suspended for God Bless You



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Blogger ‘SooperMexican’ posts a video clip of Obama’s response to the ISIS beheading of brave Catholic photojournalist James Foley. He’s at a loss to justify the President’s reticence and his lies.

While he made a lot of tough talk, he didn’t say much about what we’re actually gonna DO to wipe these maggots off the face of the Earth. There’s NO support for these demons in the Middle East, we would offend NO ONE if we decimated them. They are a threat to our interests, and to our security, and he would likely get very little resistance from Congress to pursue them.

 

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Among other ugly themes of the Obama reign, pundit David Horowitz touches upon the President’s anti-American foreign policy.

Take one aspect of this epic default: Obama’s lack of response to the slaughter of Christians in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been slaughtered and driven from their homes in Iraq – over half a million by some counts. This is the oldest Christian community in the world dating back to the time of Christ. What was Obama’s response to this atrocity until a group of Yazvidi along with the Christians were trapped on a mountain side, and politics dictated he had to make some gesture. His response was to do and say nothing. Silence. Even his statement announcing minimal action to save the Yazvidi and the Christians mentioned the Christians once in passing while devoting a paragraph to the obscure Yazvidi.

What this unfeeling and cold response to the slaughter of Christians tells us is that Obama is a pretend Christian just the way he is a pretend American. What he is instead is a world class liar. That is because his real agendas are anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish, and obviously and consistently pro America’s third world adversaries to whom he is always apologizing and whom he is always appeasing. Obama lies about his intentions and policies because he couldn’t survive politically if he told the truth,

 

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ICM Research has conducted a poll in France (the European state with the largest Muslim population) which reveals that 16%, or the equivalent of 10 million people, have a favorable view of the murderous ISIS. The poll asks:

Q: From what you know, please, tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant otherwise known as ISIS?

 

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Reflecting on his recent trip to Korea, Pope Francis praised the Church for preserving ‘memory’ in the face of rapid economic expansion:

The Church is the custodian of memory and hope: a spiritual family in which adults pass the torch of faith that they themselves have received from the elderly on to the young people,” of the new generation, so that, “the memory of the witnesses of the past becomes new testimony in the present and hope for the future.”

He added that the Church does not destroy culture but in fact brings it to fulfillment. He pinned the relative success of the Korean Church in Asia upon its focus on the poor.

“The Church took root in Korea and grew largely because of lay people, who saw the attractiveness of the Gospel and sought to live like the first Christians, in equal dignity and solidarity with the poor”

 

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The local CBS affiliate reports on the suspension of a Tennessee high school girl for saying ‘bless you’ when someone sneezed in class:

Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told WMC.

When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

The girl’s parents were told by school leaders that their daughter shouted “bless you” across the room and that it was a classroom distraction.

 

 

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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180440/
<![CDATA[ Nephew Of Pope Loses Family, Forced Circumcisions For Christian Men - Yazidi Women Selling For $150, Antioch Patriarch Calls On Europe, Pope Is A Motor For Korean Nuns, Oscar Romero On The Fast Track ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180318.php
Nephew Of Pope Loses Family In Crash, Forced Circumcisions For Christian Men - Yazidi Women Selling For $150, Antioch Patriarch Calls On Europe, Pope Is A Motor For Korean Nuns, Oscar Romero On The Fast Track



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Associated Press is reporting:

The Vatican says a road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope’s nephew.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred Tuesday morning in the area of Cordoba, a major Argentine city. One nephew was 2, the other was 8 months. The age of their mother wasn’t immediately available. Lombardi said the nephew survived; local news reports said he was injured. Lombardi didn’t have the victims’ names.

 

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AINA News links:

The Tunisia Daily is reporting that the Islamic State (ISIS) forcefully circumcised Assyrian men in Mosul, without anesthesia. The report does not specify the number of men that were affected but does state that it was an organized mass circumcision. ISIS has ordered the circumcision of all Christian children and adults who remain in Mosul.

Very few Assyrian Christians stayed in Mosul after ISIS gave them a deadline to convert, pay jizya, leave or die (AINA 2014-07-20).

The report also states that ISIS sold 700 Yazidi women for $150 each in a public slave auction in Mosul.

 

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Patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church, which is in union with Rome and headquartered in Beirut, called the ISIS killings the ‘massacre of the century.’ He urged Europe to put an immediate end to the sale of weapons to Iraq and Syria, and for the UN to convene a special session.

 

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CAN news interviews a Korean nun, Sr. Lee Hee Jung, who met with Pope Francis along with another sister during his Korean visit.

Two Korean nuns expressed their excitement after participating in an audience with Pope Francis, saying his words on poverty and the witness of the martyrs were particularly impactful.

“I was very happy, thankful for his closeness. But for everyone, the whole people, they are very happy,” Sister Lee Hee Jung told CNA Aug. 17. “It’s a feeling that is difficult to express, because there are so many emotions that I felt – consolation, joy, gratitude, a feeling of surprise.”

It’s a “feeling that his words touch you,” she said, explaining that “he is a like a motor for us, he gives us energy, he moves us. He gives us strength. And this is hard to express in one word.”

 

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

The Eponymous Flower blog feels that the beatification of assassinated San Salvador Abp. Oscar Romero is on the ‘fast track,’ since the CDF’s Cd. Muller is a proponent of the previously condemned ‘liberation theology.’

During his plane flight back from Korea, Pope Francis said Romero, "was a man of God" and suggested that he wanted to expand the church's concept of martyrdom to include a broader field of candidates.

 

 

 

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180318/
<![CDATA[ Pope Takes Genocide Problem to God, Fr. Schall and Archbishop Nona, Obama and ISIS, Is the Pope a Saved Pusson? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180344.php
Pope Takes Genocide Problem to God, Fr. Schall and Archbishop Nona, Obama and ISIS, Is the Pope a Saved Pusson?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Mario Poli, has announced that Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for the hundred-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Last June the Pope met with a surviving daughter of a family from that time and he took her hand. He said it was the ‘first genocide of the twentieth century’ which prompted a rebuke from Turkish officials who countered that it was ‘completely unacceptable.’

 

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Georgetown icon Fr. James Schall highlights the ‘exceedingly powerful’ statement by the displaced Bishop of Mosul, Amel Nona.

We think that these tragic events do not affect us. Archbishop Nona does not agree. “Our sufferings are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese.

The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.” This blunt passage is not unlike that of the Archbishop of Chicago who has stated that he expects his successors either to be jailed or killed.

The archbishop said, “Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions even at the cost of contradicting your principles.”

 

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Pam Geller writes:

If Obama is concerned about his “legacy,” he shouldn’t be. He will be remembered as the first American president who abandoned freedom, abandoned our allies and unleashed a terror on the world not seen for since the mid-twentieth century.

She links to a Reuters article which says,

The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans “in any place” if the raids hit its militants.

The video, which shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and victims of snipers, featured a statement which said in English “we will drown all of you in blood”.

 

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The writer Bones channels British blog-cartoon character, Eccles, when he asks, Is the Pope a Saved Pusson? They quote Pope Francis on route back from Korea where he says,

"I see it as the generosity of the people of God. I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, not to become proud. Because I know it will last only a short time. Two or three years and then I'll be off to the Father's House."*

Bones responds, “Yep, without doubt the humblest Pope ever.”

All the baptised are guaranteed that a place has been created for them in Heaven. All the baptised have not been guaranteed they will go to their place in Heaven, because we can, you know, lose it. Presumption is, last time I checked, a sin against the Holy Spirit. The missing phrase is "hope" or "hoping".

 

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The Associated Press is reporting:

The Vatican says a road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope’s nephew.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred Tuesday morning in the area of Cordoba, a major Argentine city. One nephew was 2, the other was 8 months. The age of their mother wasn’t immediately available. Lombardi said the nephew survived; local news reports said he was injured. Lombardi didn’t have the victims’ names.

 

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AINA News links:

The Tunisia Daily is reporting that the Islamic State (ISIS) forcefully circumcised Assyrian men in Mosul, without anesthesia. The report does not specify the number of men that were affected but does state that it was an organized mass circumcision. ISIS has ordered the circumcision of all Christian children and adults who remain in Mosul.

Very few Assyrian Christians stayed in Mosul after ISIS gave them a deadline to convert, pay jizya, leave or die (AINA 2014-07-20).

The report also states that ISIS sold 700 Yazidi women for $150 each in a public slave auction in Mosul.

 

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Patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church, which is in union with Rome and headquartered in Beirut, called the ISIS killings the ‘massacre of the century.’ He urged Europe to put an immediate end to the sale of weapons to Iraq and Syria, and for the UN to convene a special session.

 

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

CNA news interviews a Korean nun, Sr. Lee Hee Jung, who met with Pope Francis along with another sister during his Korean visit.

Two Korean nuns expressed their excitement after participating in an audience with Pope Francis, saying his words on poverty and the witness of the martyrs were particularly impactful.

“I was very happy, thankful for his closeness. But for everyone, the whole people, they are very happy,” Sister Lee Hee Jung told CNA Aug. 17. “It’s a feeling that is difficult to express, because there are so many emotions that I felt – consolation, joy, gratitude, a feeling of surprise.”

It’s a “feeling that his words touch you,” she said, explaining that “he is a like a motor for us, he gives us energy, he moves us. He gives us strength. And this is hard to express in one word.”

 

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

The Eponymous Flower blog feels that the beatification of assassinated San Salvador Abp. Oscar Romero is on the ‘fast track,’ since the CDF’s Cd. Muller is a proponent of the previously condemned ‘liberation theology.’

During his plane flight back from Korea, Pope Francis said Romero, "was a man of God" and suggested that he wanted to expand the Church's concept of martyrdom to include a broader field of candidates.

 

... ]]>
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180344/
<![CDATA[ Reunification Mass, The Korea Trip Wraps Up, State Tensions Surround Call for Unity, Franciscan Symbols and Realities, A non-Catholic Papal Throng ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180232.php
Reunification Mass, The Korea Trip Wraps Up, State Tensions Surround Call for Unity, Franciscan Symbols and Realities, A non-Catholic Papal Throng </b>



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

While Pope Francis celebrated a “Reunification Mass” in Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul Monday, there was a ‘war of words’ going on between North and South Korea.

In a ceremony shunned by the state-run Church in North Korea, the pope called on the divided peninsula to forgive “unreservedly” in the elusive quest for peace.

“God’s urgent summons to conversion also challenges Christ’s followers in Korea … to reject a mindset shaped by suspicion, confrontation and competition, and instead to shape a culture formed by the teaching of the Gospel and the noblest traditional values of the Korean people,” he said.

 

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

The Walls Street Journal reports the Pope’s wrap-up of his five day trip to Korea, where he was greeted like a rock star.

He overran the time allotted for a visit to a care center because he wanted to greet every one of the 50-odd residents who came to see him, often caressing and hugging severely disabled children who had been abandoned by their families. When a nun and a priest knelt in front of him to greet him at the center, he immediately motioned for them to stand.

And in a country that is still reeling from the Sewol ferry disaster, which killed 300 in April, he made frequent references to the tragedy. He kept an audience of 800,000 waiting as he stopped for a long moment during an open-air Mass to hear complaints from the family members of victims about the government's management of the disaster.

The Journal’s Deborah Ball notes the Pope’s outreach to China and his stated desire to establish normal relations. She also covers his meeting with Asian bishops who Vatican Spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi says, ‘clamored’ for the Pope to visit their countries.

In Korea, Francis also delivered his economic message:

The pope took his harsh criticism of the market-based system to Asia, a continent that is seeing huge economic growth, but has generated angst in countries such as Korea, where suicides and poverty among the elderly has risen.

There are "societies where, alongside immense wealth, dire poverty is silently growing, where the cry of the poor is seldom heeded," he said Saturday. He also sent a pointed message to clergy, warning them not to fall for "models of management, planning and organization drawn from the business world."

 

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North Korea shunned an outreach from the Church and declined to send a party to the “Reunification Mass.”  South Korean President Park Geun-hye provoked a similar cold response to her attempts at cooperation.

North Korea denounced Sunday a package of proposals that President Park Geun-hye made Friday to bolster bilateral cooperation in non-political areas including the environment, calling them “trite and insincere.”

The communist state also repeated its criticism of the upcoming South Korea-U.S. Ulchi-Freedom Guardian military drills, warning of “merciless preemptive strikes.” The drills are to be held from Monday through next Friday.

Urging the North to stop threatening another provocation, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed that the UFG exercise was a set of “annual defensive” drills.

 

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

The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara draws a clear distinction between the Pope’s more formal speeches and his extended ad libbing on the Korea Trip. He finds another gulf between Francis's shows of humility and the reality, and between his evangelical teachings and their results.

In departing for Seoul, Pope Francis flew in a personal helicopter to a chartered jet embossed with a Vatican logo for the trip. During the flight an Alitalia crew provided first-class treatment to the Pope, who occupied “the first seat in business class with no one next to him,” and his large entourage. The service included a four-course Italian dinner: sparkling wine and salsiccie (diced sausage and olives), fresh cannelloni with ricotta cheese, rocket salad, Italian prosciutto ham and cantaloupe, and “a hearty beef stew.”  On arrival, the Pope walked down a long, red-carpeted airstair, and then a red carpet that appeared to be at least 200-feet-long, at the end of which he was greeted by leading South Korean dignitaries.

But then, at the end of the red carpet, Francis squeezed into the back seat of a Kia Soul, the kind of car a high school student might drive, provided upon his specific request for the “the smallest South Korean car during his visit” (that model is actually the second-smallest). This was supposed to demonstrate the Pope’s humility and frugality—after a chartered flight with first-class dining that must have cost more than a million dollars for the Pope and his entourage.

 

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

CNA news reports on a group of people who traveled from Thailand to see the Pope in Korea, from whom we hear that the vast majority of the 800,000 who attended the Beatification Mass were non-Catholic.

A group of pilgrims who traveled from Thailand to participate in events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit have expressed their joy at seeing him, particularly for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.

“It is the first time I have attended such a huge event with so many people. And I just heard on the news that about 1 million people attended the mass, and only about 17 to 19 percent of them were Catholics,” one of the group members, Theresa, told CNA Aug. 17.

“I think that the Pope is not just for Catholics, but for the world. He is for peace, and his kindness to the whole of humanity” displays that, she said.

 

 

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180232/
<![CDATA[ Dire Warning from Bishop of Mosul to the West, The Pope Wants Force, The Church Calls for Liberation in Iraq, Romero is Unblocked ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180265.php
Dire Warning from Bishop of Mosul to the West, The Pope Wants Force, The Church calls for liberation in Iraq, Romero is Unblocked



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Bishop of the now extinct Diocese of Mosul, Iraq issued a dire warning to the West:

My “diocese is now run by radical Muslims and that “liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here,” adding that “Islam does not say that all men are equal,” and if Westerners “do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed into your home.”

 

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Creative Minority Report highlights Papal Plane interviews that say Pope Francis has affirmed the limited use of force in Iraq:

On Iraq, Francis was asked if he approved of the unilateral U.S. airstrikes on militants of the Islamic State who have captured swaths of northern and western Iraq and northeastern Syria and have forced minority Christians and others to either convert to Islam or flee their homes. "In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," Francis said. "I underscore the verb 'stop.' I'm not saying 'bomb' or 'make war,' just 'stop.' And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated."

 

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Working together the Patriarch of Baghdad, Abp. Louis Sako, and The Pope’s special envoy, Cardinal Fernando Filano, issued a joint call for supplies and full military support in the region in order to, “liberate the villages and other places that have been occupied as soon as possible and with a permanent result. The hope of these people must not be allowed to die!”

 

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In a reversal of his predecessors’ desire to curb the dissident spread of ‘liberation theology’ in the Church the Pope said there was no doctrinal obstacle to the beatification of murdered San Salvador Archbishop, Oscar Romero.

He declared that Romero "was a man of God" and suggested that he wanted to expand the church's concept of martyrdom to include a broader field of candidates.

 

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

While Pope Francis celebrated a “Reunification Mass” in Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul Monday, there was a ‘war of words’ going on between North and South Korea.

In a ceremony shunned by the state-run Church in North Korea, the pope called on the divided peninsula to forgive “unreservedly” in the elusive quest for peace.

“God’s urgent summons to conversion also challenges Christ’s followers in Korea … to reject a mindset shaped by suspicion, confrontation and competition, and instead to shape a culture formed by the teaching of the Gospel and the noblest traditional values of the Korean people,” he said.

 

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

The Walls Street Journal reports the Pope’s wrap-up of his five day trip to Korea, where he was greeted like a rock star.

He overran the time allotted for a visit to a care center because he wanted to greet every one of the 50-odd residents who came to see him, often caressing and hugging severely disabled children who had been abandoned by their families. When a nun and a priest knelt in front of him to greet him at the center, he immediately motioned for them to stand.

And in a country that is still reeling from the Sewol ferry disaster, which killed 300 in April, he made frequent references to the tragedy. He kept an audience of 800,000 waiting as he stopped for a long moment during an open-air Mass to hear complaints from the family members of victims about the government's management of the disaster.

The Journal’s Deborah Ball notes the Pope’s outreach to China and his stated desire to establish normal relations. She also covers his meeting with Asian bishops who Vatican Spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi says, ‘clamored’ for the Pope to visit their countries.

In Korea, Francis also delivered his economic message:

The pope took his harsh criticism of the market-based system to Asia, a continent that is seeing huge economic growth, but has generated angst in countries such as Korea, where suicides and poverty among the elderly has risen.

There are "societies where, alongside immense wealth, dire poverty is silently growing, where the cry of the poor is seldom heeded," he said Saturday. He also sent a pointed message to clergy, warning them not to fall for "models of management, planning and organization drawn from the business world."

 

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

North Korea shunned an outreach from the Church and declined to send a party to the “Reunification Mass.”  South Korean President Park Geun-hye provoked a similar cold response to her attempts at cooperation.

North Korea denounced Sunday a package of proposals that President Park Geun-hye made Friday to bolster bilateral cooperation in non-political areas including the environment, calling them “trite and insincere.”

The communist state also repeated its criticism of the upcoming South Korea-U.S. Ulchi-Freedom Guardian military drills, warning of “merciless preemptive strikes.” The drills are to be held from Monday through next Friday.

Urging the North to stop threatening another provocation, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed that the UFG exercise was a set of “annual defensive” drills.

 

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

The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara draws a clear distinction between the Pope’s more formal speeches and his extended ad libbing on the Korea Trip. He finds another gulf between Francis's shows of humility and the reality, and between his evangelical teachings and their results.

In departing for Seoul, Pope Francis flew in a personal helicopter to a chartered jet embossed with a Vatican logo for the trip. During the flight an Alitalia crew provided first-class treatment to the Pope, who occupied “the first seat in business class with no one next to him,” and his large entourage. The service included a four-course Italian dinner: sparkling wine and salsiccie (diced sausage and olives), fresh cannelloni with ricotta cheese, rocket salad, Italian prosciutto ham and cantaloupe, and “a hearty beef stew.”  On arrival, the Pope walked down a long, red-carpeted airstair, and then a red carpet that appeared to be at least 200-feet-long, at the end of which he was greeted by leading South Korean dignitaries.

But then, at the end of the red carpet, Francis squeezed into the back seat of a Kia Soul, the kind of car a high school student might drive, provided upon his specific request for the “the smallest South Korean car during his visit” (that model is actually the second-smallest). This was supposed to demonstrate the Pope’s humility and frugality—after a chartered flight with first-class dining that must have cost more than a million dollars for the Pope and his entourage.

 

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

CNA news reports on a group of people who traveled from Thailand to see the Pope in Korea, from whom we hear that the vast majority of the 800,000 who attended the Beatification Mass were non-Catholic.

A group of pilgrims who traveled from Thailand to participate in events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit have expressed their joy at seeing him, particularly for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.

“It is the first time I have attended such a huge event with so many people. And I just heard on the news that about 1 million people attended the mass, and only about 17 to 19 percent of them were Catholics,” one of the group members, Theresa, told CNA Aug. 17.

“I think that the Pope is not just for Catholics, but for the world. He is for peace, and his kindness to the whole of humanity” displays that, she said.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180265/
<![CDATA[ LCWR Nuns Teach the Church To Listen, Korean Catholics Line the Streets, Francis Defends The Family ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180110.php
LCWR Nuns Teach the Church To Listen, Korean Catholics Line the Streets, Francis Defends The Family



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

As a direct affront to the U.S. Bishops and the Vatican, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious chose to honor dissident Fordham theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson, whose writings have been flagged by the USCCB. In her acceptance speech Johnson took no responsibility for the ongoing investigation.

“I think both of us are caught in a situation not of our own making,” she said.

NC Reporter’s Dan Stockman writes:

In April, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ordered that after this assembly, speakers at the group’s events must be approved by Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who heads the congregation’s five-year reform agenda for LCWR. Müller cited LCWR’s selection of Johnson for the Outstanding Leadership Award as one reason for the mandate, noting that Johnson has been “criticized by the Bishops of the United States because of the gravity of the doctrinal errors in [her] writings.” Sartain attended each of the public events during the LCWR assembly except for Johnson’s presentation, as he was traveling Friday night.

Johnson was critical of the Vatican’s chief doctrinal authority, Cardinal Gerhard Muller, who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

“It was clear from his statement that Cardinal Müller neither read the book or my response, but simply echoed the criticisms of the panel,” Johnson told LCWR members. “But the committee’s assessment of Quest is itself theologically flawed.”

Johnson reiterated her stance that the book does not say the things the panel claims it does and that she does not believe the things they say she wrote.

“It criticizes positions I take that are in accord with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and in several instances, it reports the opposite of what the book actually says in order to find fault,” she said. “In my judgment, and this is difficult to say, but I do believe such carelessness with the truth is unworthy of the teaching office of bishop.”

 

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NC Reporter’s Dan Stockman details the National LCWR Nuns’ Conference in Nashville this week. Seattle Abp. J. Peter Sartain was in attendance as the presentations highlighted the group’s decision-making process.

Wednesday morning's session began with an examination of the decision-making process LCWR uses: contemplation, observation and exploration, reflection and dialogue, and finally, decision and action. The process is in stark contrast to the hierarchical decision-making process used by the Catholic church.

Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain listened intently as facilitators Catherine Bertrand of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and Mary Jo Nelson of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters explained how truly listening to others and reflecting on their thoughts can change your thinking from individualistic to what is best for the community. Failure to listen, they said, leads to judgment, cynicism and fear.

Philadelphia Sister Carol Zinn demonstrated how to use principles of Music to listen better.

"Are we singing with full voice the ways in which God's creation and Christ's body cry out for justice, inclusivity, compassion? Perhaps we're singing in muted tones the authentic and radical message of the Gospel and the vision of a Second Vatican Council church as the People of God, all the People of God, walking together," she said. "Likely, we're only whispering that Oneness from within and beyond the national world to the most meaningful and sacred relationships regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or belief system."

 

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AP reports:

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Saturday for one of the highlights of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago.

The streets leading up to Seoul's iconic Gwanghwamun Gate were packed with Koreans honoring the ordinary lay Catholics who founded the church here in the 18th century. Korea's church is unique in that it was founded not by missionaries or priests who brought the faith to the peninsula and converted people — as occurred in most of the world — but by members of Korea's own noble classes who learned of Christianity by reading books about it.

 

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Pope Francis defended the family before the annual Latin American Congress for the Pastoral Care of the Family, organized by CELAM, the Latin American Episcopal Council (Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano).

The family, the pope said, “is a centre of love, where reigns the law of respect and communion.”

Faced with a materialistic view of the world, the family does not reduce man to sterile utilitarianism, but channels his deepest desires,” the pope said. “The family reflects the image of God, in his deepest mystery, and in this way allows you to see human love as a sign of God’s love and presence.

 

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The UK Daily Mail reports:

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something.

'I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,' Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,' but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.'

Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent.

Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha's Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington this weekend before returning on Tuesday to fun, sun, and more golf.

 

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The AP notes that Pope Francis is trying to ‘sell’ the S. Koreans today on being less materialistic saying,

Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked here to the hard work, sacrifice and gritty persistence of generations who hustled their nation out of war, dictatorship and poverty into an Asian powerhouse.

He made the statement in the first public Mass on his trip.

During his homily, Francis urged the faithful to reject "inhuman" economic policies that disenfranchise the poor and "the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife."

Many Korean have respect for their economic success, the competetive spirit and the hard work that’s made them prosperous. These may not respond so well to the Pope’s warnings:

Francis referred to the toll such competition can cause, saying it can lead to an emptiness that leads to a despair that grows "like a cancer" in society. "Upon how many of our young has this despair taken its toll!" he said.

 

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

Pope Francis invoked the prayers of Our Lady on the Feast of Her Assumption, tying his regular condemnation of first world ‘economic models’ to Church teaching on the value of life, and asking Mary’s prayers that the Korean people may:

Combat the allure of a materialism that stifles authentic spiritual and cultural values and the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife. May they also reject inhumane economic models which create new forms of poverty and marginalize workers, and the culture of death which devalues the image of God, the God of life, and violates the dignity of every man, woman and child. 

 

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Fortune Magazine has glowing and extended praise for Pope Francis and his new inspirational style of financial management:

As the spiritual shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Francis, 77, has already done more in 18 months to energize the church and burnish its image than anyone has since the heyday of John Paul II in the mid-1980s. What’s far less appreciated is his intense engagement—and astounding success—in overhauling the Vatican’s finances and pushing the adoption of modern practices it had resisted for decades. “The changes are massive,” says René Brülhart, chief of the AIF, the Vatican equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Now a clear game plan has been put in place, and we’re really part of the international community.”

Without giving any hard numbers on the Francis Effect, Fortune’s Shawn Telly says,

Although it’s too early to make a definitive judgment, the “Francis effect” appears to be reversing the church’s fortunes. Mass attendance is surging in Italy, for instance. The Jesuits, Francis’s religious order, are seeing more inquiries about priestly vocations. And donations are on the rise at dioceses around the world.

Finally, in this unsettling account of new power players behind the Pope, Telly writes:

His central idea was revolutionary: Money matters are not a core competency of the clergy, as the record shows. So he began replacing the old guard of cardinals and bishops with lay experts who are now largely setting strategy, heading regulatory oversight, and running day-to-day operations.

Indeed, Francis has brought in some of the biggest brand names in the world of business. KPMG is implementing uniform, internationally accepted accounting standards to replace the Vatican’s previous crazy quilt of bookkeeping. EY (the former Ernst & Young) is scrutinizing management of the Vatican’s stores, utilities, and other municipal services. Deloitte & Touche now audits the accounts at the Vatican bank. And Spencer Stuart has recruited top management talent from around the globe. Heading the effort to restructure media operations, assisted by McKinsey & Co., is Lord Christopher Patten, a former head of the BBC and the last British governor of Hong Kong.

 

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CNA reports:

Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said Thursday that “we share the sadness” of the young people from mainland China who were prevented from travelling to South Korea to participate in the Pope's visit.

“Certainly we share the sadness of these events, but we cannot say more,” he cautioned, noting that the Asian Youth Day is not organized by the Vatican.

 

 

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Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180110/
<![CDATA[ A French Rebuke, Prayers for a New Kind of Economy, Pope Francis Super Manager, Silence on Chinese Catholic Youth ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180013.php
A French Rebuke, Prayers for a New Kind of Economy, Pope Francis Super Manager, Silence on Chinese Catholic Youth



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The UK Daily Mail reports:

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something.

'I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,' Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,' but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.'

Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent.

Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha's Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington this weekend before returning on Tuesday to fun, sun, and more golf.

 

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

The AP notes that Pope Francis is trying to ‘sell’ the S. Koreans today on being less materialistic saying,

Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked here to the hard work, sacrifice and gritty persistence of generations who hustled their nation out of war, dictatorship and poverty into an Asian powerhouse.

He made the statement in the first public Mass on his trip.

During his homily, Francis urged the faithful to reject "inhuman" economic policies that disenfranchise the poor and "the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife."

Many Korean have respect for their economic success, the competetive spirit and the hard work that’s made them prosperous. These may not respond so well to the Pope’s warnings:

Francis referred to the toll such competition can cause, saying it can lead to an emptiness that leads to a despair that grows "like a cancer" in society. "Upon how many of our young has this despair taken its toll!" he said.

 

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

Pope Francis invoked the prayers of Our Lady on the Feast of Her Assumption, tying his regular condemnation of first world ‘economic models’ to Church teaching on the value of life, and asking Mary’s prayers that the Korean people may:

Combat the allure of a materialism that stifles authentic spiritual and cultural values and the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife. May they also reject inhumane economic models which create new forms of poverty and marginalize workers, and the culture of death which devalues the image of God, the God of life, and violates the dignity of every man, woman and child. 

 

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Fortune Magazine has glowing and extended praise for Pope Francis and his new inspirational style of financial management:

As the spiritual shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Francis, 77, has already done more in 18 months to energize the church and burnish its image than anyone has since the heyday of John Paul II in the mid-1980s. What’s far less appreciated is his intense engagement—and astounding success—in overhauling the Vatican’s finances and pushing the adoption of modern practices it had resisted for decades. “The changes are massive,” says René Brülhart, chief of the AIF, the Vatican equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Now a clear game plan has been put in place, and we’re really part of the international community.”

Without giving any hard numbers on the Francis Effect, Fortune’s Shawn Telly says,

Although it’s too early to make a definitive judgment, the “Francis effect” appears to be reversing the church’s fortunes. Mass attendance is surging in Italy, for instance. The Jesuits, Francis’s religious order, are seeing more inquiries about priestly vocations. And donations are on the rise at dioceses around the world.

Finally, in this unsettling account of new power players behind the Pope, Telly writes:

His central idea was revolutionary: Money matters are not a core competency of the clergy, as the record shows. So he began replacing the old guard of cardinals and bishops with lay experts who are now largely setting strategy, heading regulatory oversight, and running day-to-day operations.

Indeed, Francis has brought in some of the biggest brand names in the world of business. KPMG is implementing uniform, internationally accepted accounting standards to replace the Vatican’s previous crazy quilt of bookkeeping. EY (the former Ernst & Young) is scrutinizing management of the Vatican’s stores, utilities, and other municipal services. Deloitte & Touche now audits the accounts at the Vatican bank. And Spencer Stuart has recruited top management talent from around the globe. Heading the effort to restructure media operations, assisted by McKinsey & Co., is Lord Christopher Patten, a former head of the BBC and the last British governor of Hong Kong.

 

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CNA reports:

Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said Thursday that “we share the sadness” of the young people from mainland China who were prevented from travelling to South Korea to participate in the Pope's visit.

“Certainly we share the sadness of these events, but we cannot say more,” he cautioned, noting that the Asian Youth Day is not organized by the Vatican.

 

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180013/
<![CDATA[ Whose Side is Obama On?, The Call of Cardinal Filoni, The Ugly Case of Fr. Wylie, A Warning to Korean Triumphalists ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179955.php
Whose Side is American On? The Call of Cardinal Filoni, The Ugly Case of Fr. Justin Wylie, A Warning to Korean Triumphalists



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

A scathing report from Charisma News presents a timeline of opportunities President Obama has had to address ISIS.

It's starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq's religious minorities, the results have been deadly.

In USA Today Kirsten Powers tells us:

“Two full months after the crisis began—President Obama announced airstrikes in Iraq and for the first time acknowledged that Christians are being driven from the homeland of their faith. But the Christians garnered a passing mention, while the religious minority of Yazidis seems to be what moved the president to act.

Powers concludes:

The disinterest in the suffering of Iraqi Christians has been a bipartisan travesty. During the Bush administration, nearly a million Christians fled Iraq in fear for their lives. Ironically, it was Sen. Barack Obama who sent the Bush State Department a letter in 2007 inquiring about this persecution. Incredibly, the Bush administration denied there was a problem.

 

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Cardinal Fernando Filoni is in Iraq on behalf of Pope Francis to try and help the attacked ancient Christian remnant in the region.

Filoni told Vatican Radio he began his day Aug. 14 visiting the bishop's house where "in the garden, in the church and in 23 other places — mostly parochial schools or the parish churches — thousands of people have found refuge."

Thanks to the local Church, local families, international aid agencies and several foreign governments, the welcome for the displaced seems well organized, he said. "There is much generosity and much hard work."

Then the Cardinal warned:

"Unfortunately, it must be said that the situation, including from a military point of view, is still fluid," he said. 

Local officials complain of difficulty getting the help they need to defend their territory and their people from the advance of the Islamic State militants.

The threats to life and home don’t seem to have diminished. There’s no concrete evidence that the vicious onslaught will be checked.

 

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Rorate Caeli is responding to the most recent of the mainstream press efforts on behalf of the parishioners at Holy Innocents Church in New York City. The Church, which offers the Ancient Mass regularly, is marked for closure in the unfortunate wave of sales and consolidations of the city’s historic Churches.

A few months ago, Fr. Justin Wylie, of Holy Innocents made a clear bold statement with guidance on behalf of Catholics who lament the suppression of the old Mass. For this he was immediately removed and sent back to his diocese in South Africa. FoxNews’ Adam Walsh has since learned that the Archdiocese threatened to recommend Father’s priestly faculties be completely removed.

 

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In Korea Pope Francis, within his many statements of encouragement and direction, fell back on some of his more standard themes, warning against success and power, ‘triumphalism,' ‘clericalism,’ and using ‘business models’ to guide parishes, Church orders and ministries.

 

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Chris Ferrara at "The Remnant" has a lengthy breakdown of the facts and stories in the run-up to the Synod on the Family scheduled to start in October and its ugly.

First they came for the Roman Rite, which they destroyed. Then they came for the Church Militant, which they disarmed and surrendered to the spirit of the age. Now, at the Synod, which threatens to become Vatican II rebooted, progressivist bishops and their apparatchiks will be coming for the moral law itself under the guise of a search for “pastoral solutions” to “challenges facing the family”

The symptoms are unmistakable: after a period of relative remission during the years of Pope Benedict’s mysteriously self-terminated reign, the postconciliar “process of decay” remarked by the former Cardinal Ratzinger has resumed with a vengeance, like a rebound infection after an incomplete course of antibiotics. The progressivist priests and prelates who are the disease-causing agents of Vatican II Fever are now running amok throughout the ecclesiastical bloodstream. They have been let loose by a Pope who is so fond of publicly staged “surprises.”

Ferrara counsels:

We must present in the public forum the only appropriate “demands” of the “the People of God” respecting the Synod: that, if it must take place, the participants courageously hold the line on the Church’s perennial practice in defense of her moral teachings, while affirming those teachings without equivocation.

…and prays someone will "Stop The Synod!"

 

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After North Korea launched rockets into the sea nearby as his plane flew above, Pope Francis, speaking with President Park said,

"Diplomacy ... is based on the firm and persevering conviction that peace can be won through quiet listening and dialogue, rather than by mutual recriminations, fruitless criticisms and displays of force," he said.

The Pope carefully avoided referring to Korea as North or South. As usual Pope Francis mentioned the economy and the poor:

"In an increasingly globalised world, our understanding of the common good, of progress and development, must ultimately be in human and not merely economic terms," he said, stressing the importance of caring for the poor, the vulnerable and "those who have no voice." 

 

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In a last-minute decision, China cancelled attendees who were going to be in South Korea for Asian Youth Day with the Pope. About half of the 80 people stopped by authorities were priests.

Many priests were recalled from Korea just in advance of the Pope’s visit and threatened with ‘serious problems” if they did not return to China immediately.

 

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AP reports that:

After his arrival Thursday, the pope left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble a conveyance for a globally powerful figure.

Francis' frugality and humble demeanor have received wide coverage in South Korea, a fiercely competitive country that celebrates ostentations displays of status and wealth. This national trait can be seen in a boom in such industries as private tutoring and plastic surgery.

 

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After walking the steps with his black bag and hitting cruising altitude, Pope Francis mingled through the plane, chatting with the many journalists and taking selfies. Once he moved back to his seat the passengers were served a fabulous meal:

The stewards began circulating up and down the aisles serving Italian sparkling wine and snacks of salsiccie – a delicious diced Italian sausage – and olives in little plastic cups.

Dinner then quickly followed: fresh cannelloni with ricotta cheese and a rocket salad, followed by Italian prosciutto ham on top of cantaloupe melon, then a hearty beef stew.

An unidentifiable Italian dessert was then served, so too an accompanying sweet dessert wine, tea, coffee and mountains of Ferrero Rocher.

UCA's Steve Finch says, "All in all, it was by no means the worst airline meal one is likely to encounter."

 

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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179955/
<![CDATA[ The Looming Synod, A Call for Korean Unity, China Reacts to Asian Youth Day, The Humble Kia Soul, Fly Alitalia to Asia! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179918.php
The Looming Synod, A Call for Korean Unity, China reacts to Asian Youth Day, The Humble Kia Soul, Fly Alitalia to Asia



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Chris Ferrara at "The Remnant" has a lengthy breakdown of the facts and stories in the run-up to the Synod on the Family scheduled to start in October and its ugly.

First they came for the Roman Rite, which they destroyed. Then they came for the Church Militant, which they disarmed and surrendered to the spirit of the age. Now, at the Synod, which threatens to become Vatican II rebooted, progressivist bishops and their apparatchiks will be coming for the moral law itself under the guise of a search for “pastoral solutions” to “challenges facing the family”

The symptoms are unmistakable: after a period of relative remission during the years of Pope Benedict’s mysteriously self-terminated reign, the postconciliar “process of decay” remarked by the former Cardinal Ratzinger has resumed with a vengeance, like a rebound infection after an incomplete course of antibiotics. The progressivist priests and prelates who are the disease-causing agents of Vatican II Fever are now running amok throughout the ecclesiastical bloodstream. They have been let loose by a Pope who is so fond of publicly staged “surprises.”

Ferrara counsels:

We must present in the public forum the only appropriate “demands” of the “the People of God” respecting the Synod: that, if it must take place, the participants courageously hold the line on the Church’s perennial practice in defense of her moral teachings, while affirming those teachings without equivocation.

…and prays someone will "Stop The Synod!"

 

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

After North Korea launched rockets into the sea nearby as his plane flew above, Pope Francis, speaking with President Park said,

"Diplomacy ... is based on the firm and persevering conviction that peace can be won through quiet listening and dialogue, rather than by mutual recriminations, fruitless criticisms and displays of force," he said.

The Pope carefully avoided referring to Korea as North or South. As usual Pope Francis mentioned the economy and the poor:

"In an increasingly globalised world, our understanding of the common good, of progress and development, must ultimately be in human and not merely economic terms," he said, stressing the importance of caring for the poor, the vulnerable and "those who have no voice." 

 

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

In a last-minute decision, China cancelled attendees who were going to be in South Korea for Asian Youth Day with the Pope. About half of the 80 people stopped by authorities were priests.

Many priests were recalled from Korea just in advance of the Pope’s visit and threatened with ‘serious problems” if they did not return to China immediately.

 

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

AP reports that:

After his arrival Thursday, the pope left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble a conveyance for a globally powerful figure.

Francis' frugality and humble demeanor have received wide coverage in South Korea, a fiercely competitive country that celebrates ostentations displays of status and wealth. This national trait can be seen in a boom in such industries as private tutoring and plastic surgery.

 

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

After walking the steps with his black bag and hitting cruising altitude, Pope Francis mingled through the plane, chatting with the many journalists and taking selfies. Once he moved back to his seat the passengers were served a fabulous meal:

The stewards began circulating up and down the aisles serving Italian sparkling wine and snacks of salsiccie – a delicious diced Italian sausage – and olives in little plastic cups.

Dinner then quickly followed: fresh cannelloni with ricotta cheese and a rocket salad, followed by Italian prosciutto ham on top of cantaloupe melon, then a hearty beef stew.

An unidentifiable Italian dessert was then served, so too an accompanying sweet dessert wine, tea, coffee and mountains of Ferrero Rocher.

UCA's Steve Finch says, "All in all, it was by no means the worst airline meal one is likely to encounter."

 

 

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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179918/
<![CDATA[ The Legions of the Pope, The Orders of Abp. Sako, Moving on from a Wrecked Culture, Bishops Among the Marginalized ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179790.php
The Legions of the Pope, The Orders of Abp. Sako, Moving on from a Wrecked Culture, Bishops Among the Marginalized



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

NRO’s Jonah Goldberg invites rebuke when he asks, “Why shouldn’t the Catholic Church bring back its army?”

The use of force isn’t forbidden by Catholic law, I know that much. And the Swiss Guards still have weapons even on Vatican property. Why couldn’t the Pope dispatch armed soldiers to restore order, open food supplies, secure humaintarian efforts etc?

Papal peacekeepers could do incredibly valuable work in parts of Africa or South America, protecting persecuted populations, delivering aid etc. The teaching effect could be profound (and perhaps very good at getting people back in the pews). Democracies are often slow and reluctant to do such work. And, if present trends continue America is going to do less and less of such things. Papal armies could do the jobs Americans won’t do. 

Goldberg feels it would be infinitely better than the U.N.

 

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Asia News reports that the Patriarch of Baghdad, Abp. Louis Sako has written an appeal in which he asks world leaders:

“Save the Nineveh plain from jihadists and ensure international protection". The very firm note was written "with the unanimous consent" of the bishops of Mosul, the various churches and Christian denominations.

The United States, European Union and Arab League have a duty to "clear the Nineveh plain of all jihadists militia" and help Christians (but also Yazidi and Shiites) "to return to their villages of origin and rebuild their lives”

The Patriarchate in Iraq is moving "from Baghdad to Erbil," in Iraqi Kurdistan, to closely follow "the situation of displaced families" for whom "all the bishops are doing their best". Mar Sako warns of a "the quickly developing tragedy" and few signs of a rapid solution. He hopes in the decisive intervention of the international community, pending the formation of a new government in Baghdad that knows how to act in coordination with the Kurdish authorities to thwart the extremist threat.

 

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Classics scholar Anthony Esolen provides a warning to parents and those who seek to work within the culture for change:

One bomb or wrecking ball can shatter in an instant the cathedral that it took human hands and minds fifty years to build.

What is true of buildings is true of culture generally.

Should we expect any help from places like Yale? Those places sponsor weeks for show-and-tell by whores and peddlers of sex toys. Any help from your local school? That would be like expecting Belial to lead you in prayer. There is no help from “the culture,” because there is no longer any culture; only the rubble of what used to be a culture.

His advice? Start from scratch and try to begin rebuilding what’s been lost.

 

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In an extended piece at the Wanderer, Dexter Duggan reminds the American Bishops that the voting population is squarely opposed to them on illegal immigration. In siding with the elites, contemptuous anti-Catholic political figures, and pleasing their government benefactors, they do terrific damage to their credibility with the faithful.

Duggan quotes reporter Barbara Simpson who says, “I think their whole attitude is beyond disingenuous and hypocritical, and is, quite frankly, politically motivated.”

 

 

 

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179790/
<![CDATA[ Gay Marriage Christians, Sinless Suicides, Powerless Citizens, and Spat-Upon Priests ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179849.php
Gay Marriage Christians, Sinless Suicides, Powerless Citizens, and Spat-Upon Priests



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The National Catholic Register is reporting:

Churchgoing Christians who support “gay marriage” are more likely to approve of commitment-free sexual relations, pornography, adultery, polyamory and abortion than other churchgoers, says one researcher who calls the differences a “massive divide.”

“At a glance, there is a pretty obvious fissure between Christians who do and do not oppose same-sex marriage,” University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus

“More than seven times as many of the latter think pornography is okay. Three times as many back cohabiting as a good idea, six times as many are okay with no-strings-attached sex, five times as many think adultery could be permissible, thirteen times as many have no issue with polyamorous relationships, and six times as many support abortion rights.”

 

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The Salt Lake Tribute falsely answers the question, “Was Robin Williams’ suicide a sin?”

"Today’s clergy are still firmly opposed to suicide on principle but are more likely to see the forces that drive people to end their lives as compulsions or mental demons in the form of illness, depression, drugs, addictions," the story noted. "The issue is further complicated by technology’s ability to keep people alive long after nature would have, spawning debate about the end of life, the right to die and faith vs. reason. The nature of sin is no longer so clear."

The writer quickly moves to more up-to-date religious thinking on suicide, touching on the Mormon Church and then the ‘c’atholics:

"After Vatican II, the Roman Catholic Church’s position gradually evolved," the Rev. Charles Ruby, founder of LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) in Chicago, said in The Tribune piece. "It took suicide out of the moral realm, where it didn’t belong anyway, and moved it into the medical realm."

 

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Breitbart News reports:

A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." 

The quick piece surmises that: "If policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened."

 

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A seminarian in Holland was spat upon and threatened by a Muslim for wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the ‘nouwn’ symbol for Christian. The nouwn is the mark applied to the houses of Christians who were expelled from their homes, killed or forced into the desert by Iraqi Muslims in recent weeks.

 

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NRO’s Jonah Goldberg invites rebuke when he asks, “Why shouldn’t the Catholic Church bring back its army?”

The use of force isn’t forbidden by Catholic law, I know that much. And the Swiss Guards still have weapons even on Vatican property. Why couldn’t the Pope dispatch armed soldiers to restore order, open food supplies, secure humaintarian efforts etc?

Papal peacekeepers could do incredibly valuable work in parts of Africa or South America, protecting persecuted populations, delivering aid etc. The teaching effect could be profound (and perhaps very good at getting people back in the pews). Democracies are often slow and reluctant to do such work. And, if present trends continue America is going to do less and less of such things. Papal armies could do the jobs Americans won’t do. 

Goldberg feels it would be infinitely better than the U.N.

 

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

Asia News reports that the Patriarch of Baghdad, Abp. Louis Sako has written an appeal in which he asks world leaders:

“Save the Nineveh plain from jihadists and ensure international protection". The very firm note was written "with the unanimous consent" of the bishops of Mosul, the various churches and Christian denominations.

The United States, European Union and Arab League have a duty to "clear the Nineveh plain of all jihadists militia" and help Christians (but also Yazidi and Shiites) "to return to their villages of origin and rebuild their lives”

The Patriarchate in Iraq is moving "from Baghdad to Erbil," in Iraqi Kurdistan, to closely follow "the situation of displaced families" for whom "all the bishops are doing their best". Mar Sako warns of a "the quickly developing tragedy" and few signs of a rapid solution. He hopes in the decisive intervention of the international community, pending the formation of a new government in Baghdad that knows how to act in coordination with the Kurdish authorities to thwart the extremist threat.

 

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

Classics scholar Anthony Esolen provides a warning to parents and those who seek to work within the culture for change:

One bomb or wrecking ball can shatter in an instant the cathedral that it took human hands and minds fifty years to build.

What is true of buildings is true of culture generally.

Should we expect any help from places like Yale? Those places sponsor weeks for show-and-tell by whores and peddlers of sex toys. Any help from your local school? That would be like expecting Belial to lead you in prayer. There is no help from “the culture,” because there is no longer any culture; only the rubble of what used to be a culture.

His advice? Start from scratch and try to begin rebuilding what’s been lost.

 

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

In an extended piece at the Wanderer, Dexter Duggan reminds the American Bishops that the voting population is squarely opposed to them on illegal immigration. In siding with the elites, contemptuous anti-Catholic political figures, and pleasing their government benefactors, they do terrific damage to their credibility with the faithful.

Duggan quotes reporter Barbara Simpson who says, “I think their whole attitude is beyond disingenuous and hypocritical, and is, quite frankly, politically motivated.”

 

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179849/