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The clergy of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este have made a powerful defense of their suspended Bishop, Rogelio Livieres, and popular yet removed Vicar General ,Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity, who, despite being released by a review board in the U.S., was recommended to del Este by none other than Cardinal Ratzinger. As the facts and accusations continue to play out, it appears we may have an ideological persecution on our hands. After years of successfully rebuffing attacks from the liberal majority bishops in the region and building a faithful enclave with the backing of Rome, the ecclesial adversaries will finally have their day.

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Sandro Magister has a blockbuster expose out that reveals the extensive outreach and collaboration going on between the Pope and powerful Evangelicals in the U.S. and worldwide. It describes the actual time they’ve spent working together and contrasts this with the Pope's relative shut-out for certain cardinals, faithful nuns, bishops, townspeople, and key leaders at the Vatican Bank. Once again, Magister notes the democratic ‘synodal’ rhetoric and compares that to the autocratic rule, the rude excuse, and cruel snub.

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The SSPX outlet DICI has a lengthy discussion of the Pope’s “not feeling well” last-minute excuses and how frequently they are used. They also list the comments of health experts who are familiar with the Pope or some of his physical ailments, but as they discuss Antonio Mastino’s, “The Soap Opera of the Pope’s Health," they reveal a pattern.... ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178830/ <![CDATA[ <font size="3">PewSitter NewsBytes</font><br>Millions of Climate Refugees, No Balance From the Bishops, An Opportunity in Gaza, in Run-Up to the War, And the Crime of Playing ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178765.php

 

On a three day trip to Mexico, California Governor Jerry Brown spoke at length about the link between climate change and illegal immigration. NRO Reports, “We can see how some are fearful of children walking across the border,” Brown said at the signing of a voluntary climate-change agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. “What will they think when millions of people are driven north from the parched landscapes of a world degraded by intensifying climate change?”

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Phil Lawler offers a concise example of the balance necessary to preserve a nation state and at the same time show charity toward aliens. He wishes that at least a few American bishops would make small reference to the rule of law in the flood of rhetoric and illegal aliens we see today.

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Curial ‘Gang of Nine’ chief and head of Caritas International, Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, weighed in today on the Gaza War. “The battlefield is neighbourhoods full of children, women and men. It contains hospitals over-burdened with the injured and dead and schools which are being bombed even if they are meant to offer refuge,” the Cardinal decried. “Israel and Hamas, why do you keep pointing out the speck in the eye of your brother while missing the plank in your own eye?” Cardinal Maradiaga reminded of the Pope’s words when he said, “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence!”

The cardinal included a promotion for the Church’s worldwide charity organization which he heads and demanded concessions from Israel saying, “Caritas brings material and spiritual aid to the people of Gaza in their times of need and despair. We call for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza to allow Gazans to protect their lives and livelihoods and so they can live a dignified life.”

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Russian Interfax News is reporting that “Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations has expressed concern over the current international situation, claiming that the world has found itself one step away from a global war…The current situation is increasingly reminiscent of that in the run-up to the First World War. News programs have turned into frontline news summaries.” In the Russian Newspaper, Week, the Metropolitan continued, "Various countries create and maintain, through mass media, an image of the enemy. And that is one step away from a declaration of global war."

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Prison Planet is reporting that, “Parents are now routinely arrested and children traumatized by the state.” A Florida woman's seven year old son was shadowed by two pool lifeguards who questioned him. He got scared and ran off into the park. They called the police who took him home and booked the mother on a felony charge, while scolding her about pedophiles and how she's not permitted to leave the boy alone. The writer, Kurt Nimmo says the case is not unusual.

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Rorate Caeli is reporting that Cardinal Hummes of Brazil, “the Pope's greatest friend in the College of Cardinals, the Franciscan who inspired the papal name "Francis", the man who was right by the Pope's side in the loggia in the memorable evening of his election;" has given a recent interview where he was asked whether Our Lord would approve of gay 'marriage'.  The Cardinal referred the whole issue to the deliberatory, listening body of the Church. “It is the Church that must indicate the ways, and there must be a way for all, He said.

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The U.S. ambassador-at-large for trafficking in persons, Luis CdeBaca attended the Vatican conference marking the “World Day Against Trafficking,” and said that attitudes and cultural assumptions must change if the problem were to ever be solved. He pointed to causes inherent in our economic system. It wasn’t enough to protect or rescue victims, but we must also change, “underlying economic assumptions that treat people as commodities.”

CdeBaca said trafficking can be tied to almost anything, yet remain hidden since, “Governments will always try to reclassify things, so they are not defined as human trafficking, to protect their fishing industry, to protect their palm oil industry, to protect their charcoal industry, to protect their ability to bring in nannies or people to come and build their stadiums for upcoming sporting events.”

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U.S. Catholic’s Kira Dault is calling out developers of a new mixed-use condo on New York’s Upper West Side, where affordable housing and larger riverfront units are both included in the same building.  There is an entrance on the street side and one on the nicer river side.  Dault sees a class distinction being made here which she thinks the developers are trying to hide.  The building is designed to shield and segregate the “upper crust,” she says. “When Pope Francis talks about the culture of encounter, this is exactly the sort of thing that he can point to and say "See? Don't do THAT!"

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Omar Gutierrez at the National Catholic Register teaches on Climate Change and what Catholic Social Teaching has to say about it. He draws from the “Compendium of Social Doctrine of the Church,” noting that the U.S. Bishops encourage Catholics to see environmental stewardship as a moral issue. He accuses the Western World of emphasizing “having and doing instead of being,” and lists ways as a culture we have failed. Gutierrez refers to our ‘human ecology’ and how, while not ‘divinizing’ nature, it’s true that God created our bond with nature and no one should artificially break it.

After pointing to extremes at both ends of the topic, and referring to recent popes, Gutierrez concludes that even though there may not be an impending risk from climate change, at minimum we should be more proactive about recycling, reusing and reducing energy use in order to be responsible and prudent, and reject the “culture of consumption that permeates the West.”  ... ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178765/ <![CDATA[ <font size="3">PewSitter NewsBytes</font><br>Live and Let Live, the Holy Unity of Diversity, and Apologizing for the Obstruction ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178446.php

 

“Live and Let Live. That’s the first step to peace,” Pope Francis said as he listed his ‘ten point plan for happiness’ in Argentina’s ‘Viva’ magazine today. “Giving oneself to others” is also important.  We should, ‘run like a quiet stream’ and we should share Sundays with the family.

Other close-to-the-heart tips included looking after nature, rapidly forgetting the negative, respecting those who think differently, actively seeking peace, and growing the Church by attraction, not proselytizing.

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Pope Francis went to a well-lighted under-construction Pentecostal Church in Caserta today to speak to a group of about 350.  He offered apologies on behalf of the Catholic Church for “brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the Devil.”

Francis said the diversity of the Church is the work of the Holy Spirit and the “same Spirit creates unity,” so the Church is "one in diversity."  He did not directly explain whether he thought the assembled Pentecostal Protestants were also made ‘one in diversity’ by the Holy Spirit, or whether he thought their beliefs placed them outside communion with Christ and His Church.

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The global ambassador to the World Evangelical Alliance, Brian Stiller, said that Cardinal Bergoglio, during his trips to Rome, became friends with a Roman Protestant Pastor and “came to learn that the church and pastor felt the power and presence of the Catholic Church, with its weighty presence, obstructing their desire to grow and be a witness,” so as Pope he decided to come visit and apologize for Catholics. The Secretary General and CEO of the WEA said there are countries in which evangelicals are marginalized, and in some real cases, maligned and hurt by bishops and those in power who are Roman Catholic.” ... ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178446/ <![CDATA[ PEWSITTER NEWS EXTRA 7.15.14 ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_177352.php

 

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