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By Frank Walker
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Elton Thanks Francis For Including Him In The Love Of God

 

Pius XII On Those Who Put Faith In Evolution Like Materialists And Communists Do

 

Bolivian Socialist Leader and Francis Rail Against Capitalism

 

Way Ahead of the Bishops on Gradualism

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186885/
<![CDATA[ Elton Thanks Francis For Including Him In The Love Of God ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186880.php
Elton Thanks Francis For Including Him In The Love Of God



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At an AIDS benefit Tuesday in NYC groundbreaking gay advocate Sir Elton John issued glowing appreciation for Pope Francis. The singer praised Francis and his well-noted efforts to include even self-promoting practicing homosexuals into the ‘love of God,’ as if the Pope had some power over that.

"He is a compassionate, loving man who wants everybody to be included in the love of God," Sir Elton said of the Pope.

"It is formidable what he is trying to do against many, many people in the church.

"He is courageous and he is fearless, and that's what we need in the world today."

He told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"

SkyNews reports:

Attendees at Sir Elton's benefit in New York included his husband, David Furnish, Neil Patrick Harris, Alec Baldwin, Matt Lauer and host Anderson Cooper.

 

 

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186880/
<![CDATA[ Pius XII On Those Who Put Faith In Evolution, Like Materialists And Communists Do ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186882.php
Pius XII On Those Who Put Faith In Evolution, Like Materialists And Communists Do



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Nate Anderson at ars Technica science site reported on Pope Francis' words on creation, the Big Bang, and evolution theory.

Though only a few paragraphs long (and currently available only in Italian; the translation below is unofficial), Francis's remarks focused largely on evolution—still a controversial doctrine in parts of the worldwide Christian church.

"When we read in Genesis the account of Creation, we are in danger of imagining that God was a magician, complete with a magic wand capable of doing anything," Francis said. "But he was not. He created beings and let them develop in accordance with the internal laws that He has given to each one."

The writer goes on to note Pope Pius XII’s warning of on the value that materialists and atheists find in evolutionary theories.

The Catholic church has long been open to evolution, though always stressing its belief that God is the ultimate power behind the universe and its unfolding story.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII wrote about evolution in Humani Generis, saying that "Communists gladly subscribe to this opinion so that, when the souls of men have been deprived of every idea of a personal God, they may the more efficaciously defend and propagate their dialectical materialism."

For Pius XII, however, evolution was only a possibility that was yet unproven, and so he went on to rail against those who "act as if the origin of the human body from pre-existing and living matter were already completely certain and proved by the facts which have been discovered up to now and by reasoning on those facts, and as if there were nothing in the sources of divine revelation which demands the greatest moderation and caution in this question."

Modern advances in biological science, the fossil record, and technology which reveal the complexity of living organisms, cast many doubts upon 19th century theories of random natural selection. They point rather to an intelligent origin for living things and make the warning of Pope Pius even more relevant.

 

 

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186882/
<![CDATA[ Socialist Bolivian Leader and Francis Rail Against Capitalism ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186883.php
Bolivian Socialist Bolivian Leader and Francis Rail Against Capitalism



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Telesur Magazine says Pope Francis and socialist Bolivian president Evo Morales are in complete agreement on the need to “defend rights of the marginalized.” The marginalized, read leftist agitators and unions, were well-represented at the Vatican Justice and Peace’s 'International Gathering of Popular Movements' this week.

Alongside Pope Francis, President Morales railed against businesses, landowners, and other ‘capitalists’ who abandon those at the margins and ‘peripheries.’

President Morales attended the gathering in his capacity as an Indigenous person and leader and centered his remarks around the need to defend Mother Earth. In his speech Morales said “We cannot allow the capitalist system to turn the land into a mere system.” Adding that the planet can survive without humans but we cannot survive without the planet. The Bolivian President also concentrated the concentration of land in the hands of the few and that this “is the source of all social injustices.”

Pope Francis opened the gathering earlier today and called for land and work for the poor and the marginalized in his remarks, adding “We want your voices to be heard that in general go unheard... perhaps because people are afraid of the change you demand.” The pope emphasized the right to housing, in particular, saying “We live in cities where towers, shopping malls are built, where they make business in real estate but they abandon those on the margins, in the peripheries. It hurts to hear that they marginalize the poor settlements or worse still, want to eliminate them.”

 

 

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186883/
<![CDATA[ Way Ahead of the Bishops on Gradualism ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186884.php
Way Ahead of the Bishops on Gradualism



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

English blogger James Preece skewers the cherished but false understanding of ‘gradualism’ now resurrected at the top of the Catholic Church.

Apparently the lefty liberals of this world have been labouring under the impression that officially they were supposed to be wandering around accusing people of things all the time. "Mother! To hell with the roasties [roast potatoes]! Why didn't you go to Mass this morning?"

If "gradualism" means speaking to people in a language then myself I'm way ahead of the Bishops. Sometimes I've been known to arrive at work on a morning and say, well "Good Morning" when really (if I were a good Catholic) I should have said "Good Morning Ye Damned".

Seriously though, when people talk about "gradualism" and "meeting people where they are" they don't really mean any of those nice things we nasty bloggers have been secretly doing all along. No. What they mean is lying to people and telling them that what they are doing is okay when really it is not.

"You are divorced and remarried? That's good! Come and join us for communion.."

Except that's a lie as well, because if the so called "gradualists" really believed in so called "gradualism" then it would apply to everybody and it doesn't. When a nasty blogger such as myself suggests that Cardinal Nichols was wrong to say that he "doesn't know" if the Catholic Church will someday "sanction gay unions" friendly gradualists would say "poor James, we must meet him where he is, let us go and tell him how wonderful he is" only funnily enough, they don't.

Funny that.

Burglars, rapists, war criminals and over-fillers of kettles are all denied the gradualists mercy. Only a select few special sins are, you might say, graded as worth of gradualism.

Adultery is very much excusable these days, failing to pay Church Tax..

...not so much.

 

 

 

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186884/
<![CDATA[ Church Thinking Evolves? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186743.php
Church Thinking Evolves?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Deacon Kandra notes:

A few eyebrows have been raised over the translation and the remark that “God is not a divine being.”  A reader writes:

The original Italian re: ““God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life,”” is “E così la creazione è andata avanti per secoli e secoli, millenni e millenni finché è diventata quella che conosciamo oggi, proprio perché Dio non è un demiurgo o un mago, ma il Creatore che dà l’essere a tutti gli enti.”

What is translated “divine being” is “demiurge,” a Platonic notion explaining the existence of the world. The pope is distinguishing orthodox (small “o”) Christian  understandings from Platonic and Gnostic notions.

Merriam-Webster defines demiurge as “a Gnostic subordinate deity who is the creator of the material world.” This suggests that the Pope believes God did not have such direct involvement in creation as to fashion specifically each living thing the way it ultimately existed, but set the overarching plan in motion.

This more accurate translation nevertheless presents a fairly strong endorsement for the ‘theory’ of evolution from the theological platform where the Pope stands.

 

 

 

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186743/
<![CDATA[ God's Not Some Wizard Who Can Do Everything! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186744.php
God's Not Some Wizard Who Can Do Everything!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

RNS news writes:

Pope Francis on Monday (Oct. 27) waded into the controversial debate over the origins of human life, saying the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it.

The pope was addressing the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which gathered at the Vatican to discuss “Evolving Concepts of Nature.”

This troubling mix of Church doctrine, which the Pope is called to defend, and speculative scientific theory yields mixed results. Both the Big Bang Theory and Evolution as they have been established, do not necessarily involve a creator or intelligent designer. In the end they are mainly propositions based on observed and at times inconclusive data.

“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.

“He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”

This false dichotomy between God, who is omnipotent, and a magician who can work supernatural acts through evil or tricks, is a subtle denigration of the miracles of creation regardless of how God performed them.

Is Pope Francis saying that God is not able to do everything, or that it would be impossible for God to have created living beings, men and women, in any other way than through evolution or natural selection?

 

 

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186744/
<![CDATA[ It Wasn't the Pope, It Was the Lack of Clarity ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186745.php
It Wasn't the Pope, It Was the Lack of Clarity



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Cardinal Burke has issued a direct clarification to his words in BuzzFeed near the end of the Synod on the Family. Cardinal Burke states that he did not say the Pope was harming the Church, but that the ‘lack of clarity’ about where the Holy Father stands was doing so.

Speaking through the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, Cardinal Burke said: "As a priest, bishop and finally a cardinal, I have only ever sought to serve Our Lord's Church in humble obedience to the Magisterium and to the Holy Father. Needless confusion regarding my motives does not help me in this service, especially when substantial questions of principle are at stake. I very strongly believe that one also serves loyally by expressing a contrary judgment, in accord with the pursuit of the truth, and that one only serves faithfully when one has dutifully and clearly spoken, in obedience to one's conscience."

"I did not state that Pope Francis has harmed the Church. Rather, as the now published verbatim interview reveals, I was perfectly clear that it was a lack of clarity about where the Holy Father stands on issues related to marriage and Holy Communion that had caused the harm. It is precisely for this reason that I subsequently said that only a statement from the Holy Father himself could now remove this lack of clarity."

"Sadly, confusion, such as that generated by this particular interview, has been used to portray those opposed to Cardinal Kasper's thesis as motivated by a personal animus against the Holy Father. This is just not the case, though it no doubt helps the cause of those with certain ideological axes to grind to make this appear so."

 

 

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186745/
<![CDATA[ Big Postive-Catholic AIDS Conference in London ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186746.php
Big Postive-Catholic AIDS Conference in London



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

More than 100 clergy, HIV sector professionals and individual Christians attended ‘Love Tenderly Act Justly: Stories of HIV and Christianity Today’ at St Martins in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London last Saturday, 25 October. Chairperson of Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support (CAPS) Vincent Manning said:  “..the Conference was a unique event and a great success. We learned about how HIV impacts on faith, and reflected upon what the Christian churches response should be. The large number of people attending shows that HIV remains a significant issue in society and in the Church, and as people of faith we have an important contribution to make”.

High points included a film made especially for the conference on HIV and Christianity which featured HIV positive Christians telling their stories, and interviews with Canon Gideon Byamugisha and Fr Timothy Radcliffe, OP.

Christians living with HIV shared their own experience throughout the day. Workshops were also offered by theologians and HIV professionals throughout the day. The Conference ended with a service of Worship incorporating many of the themes of the day, led by Bro Johannes Maertens.

The conference presented many speakers, and those living with AIDS, a disease that brings much social stigma and prejudice requiring lots of ‘positive’ Catholicism.

Hannah Musa recounted how after attending a CAPS ‘Positive Catholics Retreat’ she has been inspired to found the ‘Positive Speakers’ program, and give talks and education in Churches and Christian schools.

Cate Jacobs spoke with remarkable vulnerability about the ups and downs of living with HIV for nearly 20years.  “To be diagnosed HIV positive is to be diagnosed with the most socially unacceptable disease on the planet” she said. “Nothing evokes fear judgment prejudice, and therefore stigma, quite like it does. Living with HIV has pushed me to the very limits of myself, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.....It has stripped me of the casual certainty with which most of us travel through life and flung me out to the sharp edge between life and death into the void of the unknown. Mine is a story of loss, love and survival. Of challenges and joys, a story of transformation, for nothing has honed and shaped me quite like HIV has......You get to drink from the well of life and taste every drop.”

 

 

 

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186746/
<![CDATA[ Church Thinking Evolves? God's Not Some Wizard Who Can Do Everything! It Wasn't the Pope, It Was the Lack of Clarity; Big Positive-Catholic AIDS Conference in London ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186747.php
Church Thinking Evolves? God's Not Some Wizard Who Can Do Everything! It Wasn't the Pope, It Was the Lack of Clarity; Big Positive-Catholic AIDS Conference in London



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Church Thinking Evolves?

 

God is Not a Wizard Who Can Do Everything!

 

It Wasn't the Pope, It Was the Lack of Clarity

 

Big Positive-Catholic AIDS Conference in London

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186747/
<![CDATA[ GloriaTV Goes Post-Synod; Francis and Cd. Parolin Give a New Economic Commandment; Francis and the Words That Close You In; Come See the Pope Francis Musical Comedy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186647.php
GloriaTV Goes Post-Synod; Francis and Cd. Parolin Give a New Economic Commandment; Francis and the Words That Close You In; Come See the Pope Francis Musical Comedy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

GloriaTV Goes Post-Synod

 

 

Francis and Cd. Parolin Give a New Economic Commandment

 

Francis and the Words That Close You In

 

Come See the Pope Francis Musical Comedy

 

 

 

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186647/
<![CDATA[ GloriaTV Goes Post-Synod ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186643.php
GloriaTV Goes Post-Synod



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The GloriaTV News regular daily broadcast included a number of direct barbs at Pope Francis’ most recent statements. In reporting on the Pope’s lamentation that marriage has never been attacked so much as now, GloriaTV wondered why the pope didn’t speculate whether the Synod was part of the problem or the solution.

Next, in reporting on the Pope’s characterization to the Schoenstatt movement meeting, that the Church has always been ‘revolutionary,’ with holiness leading to such revolution; GloriaTV replied that the Pope confuses ‘reform’ and revolution, adding that the Church has never defined holiness by that ‘discredited and totalitarian’ word.

In what seems to be a general reaction to the Synod on the Family, GloriaTV said that the Pope’s recent call for a necessary ‘freedom of spirit’ does not mean a ‘freedom to sin,’ and that ‘promoting adultery and homosexual acts is really the opposite' of such freedom.

 

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186643/
<![CDATA[ Francis and Cd. Parolin Give a New Economic Commandment ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186644.php
Francis and Cd. Parolin Give a New Economic Commandment



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Zenit reports that, in his introduction to the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said,

I would like to present some considerations drawn from the Church’s social teaching and from the more recent magisterium of Pope Francis. I trust they will prove helpful for summarizing the discussion, stimulating deeper reflection and opening new avenues for the social action of Catholics and all those who seek a more humane and fraternal world.

After touching vaguely on economics, the plight of poor countries, and a ‘distorted vision of man and economic activity, Vatican Secretary of State Parolin, highlighted the ‘more recent magisterium’ of Francis and even the introduction of a ‘new commandment.’

Pope Francis, in pointing out the deficiencies of the present world economic situation, does not mince words. He states: “Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘Thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality... As a consequence [of this], masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape” (Evangelii Gaudium, 53). “To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, … a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of poor, weeping for other people's pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.”

Parolin notes that the Pope has said he is not promoting any one type of economic system, but something much more “profound and farsighted,” a rethinking of “the foundations of economic theory,” based on “appreciating the proper relationship between human development and human dignity.” In this extended exhortation Parolin seems to be saying that the goals of the current economic system are nothing more than ‘maximizing the exploitation of resources.” After assuring listeners of Francis’ profound harmony with predecessor popes, notably Benedict XVI, Cardinal Parolin warns, “economic development is exposed as a destructive sham if it relies on the ‘wonders’ of finance in order to sustain unnatural and consumerist growth.”

In the end, the only gist one might glean from the Cardinal’s impenetrable jargon is that the existing give and take of people and businesses working to provide goods and services as efficiently as possible is, when seen in light of Church teaching, actually an exploiting scheme and a financial trick?

 

 

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186644/
<![CDATA[ Francis and the Words That Close You In ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186645.php
Francis and the Words That Close You In



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The erudite Oxford priest of the Anglican Ordinariate, Fr. John Hunwicke, addressed the Pope’s warning to be open to the ‘God of Surprises’ and not to close oneself within the law and the written word.

The Holy Father has criticised  the fault of "wanting to close oneself within the written word, and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises; within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve". (He went on to make balancing criticisms of other and contrary attitudes.)

When the first wave of Ordinariate clergy were being 'formed' at Allen Hall, our teaching was solidly, insistently, based upon the Conciliar and post-Conciliar Magisterium. This meant the written words of Vatican II and, mainly, the Magisterial documents of our recently canonised S John Paul II. Written documents like Veritatis splendor and Familiaris consortio. Is the Holy Father now telling us that we ought not to be 'closed within' such written words? Heaven help us; it's only a couple of years since we learned all that stuff from expensive written texts provided for our education by funds which, I think I understood, the English Bishops generously made available! Making a bonfire of them seems a bit premature!

Of course, those written words did not represent the end of the Magisterium. There must be development! But, surely, any developments cannot just ignore or rubbish the teaching of those documents? S Vincent of Lerins and B John Henry Newman analysed the difference between change and development. A human foetus cannot develop into an octopus, nor an acorn into a lemon tree.

I have heard it suggested that rhetoric like the Holy Father's is a danger to his own authority, rather like cutting off the branch that one is sitting on. If the magisterial documents, the written words of a predecessor are now of negligible consequence, how, people wonder, is his own authority any greater? When Pope Francis issues some written words which he desires to be seen as having Magisterial authority, what would be his answer to the naughty little boy who said "Ah, Holy Father, I'm not going to close myself within your written word. Give me the God of Surprises any day"?

 

 

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186645/
<![CDATA[ Come See the Pope Francis Musical Comedy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186646.php
Come See the Pope Francis Musical Comedy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The Philippine Inquirer reports on the status of the new production, “I Love Pope Francis,” being created in anticipation of his upcoming visit.

A musical in two acts and with 24 original songs focusing on the life and struggles of Pope Francis has been mounted here to introduce the leader of the Catholic Church to the Filipino youth ahead of his first visit to the Philippines in January.

The musical is “what Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto described as a ‘quintessence of faith.’”

He said almost 100 laity, six priests and Pampanga Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David worked together to produce a play inspired by Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s papacy, said Aniceto, the retired head of the Archdiocese of San Fernando.

“We are transmitting value to the next generation. We want the youth to witness a world figure that is credible,” he said during a visit to the rehearsals on Tuesday at Holy Angel University (HAU) here.

Abp. Aniceto said, “Pope Francis inspired ordinary people due to his humility, evident in his motto, ‘I’m a sinner. I have been chosen out of God’s mercy.’”

Fr. Deogracias Galang, president of the group staging the performance said it would be a “wonderful grace” if the Pope would watch the performance.

 

 

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186646/
<![CDATA[ Worldwide Socialists Descend on the Vatican ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186536.php
Worldwide Socialists Descend on the Vatican



By Frank Walker
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Vatican Information Service reports:

A press conference was held this morning in the Holy See Press Office to present the World Meeting of Popular Movements, to be held in Rome from 27 to 29 October. The event was organised by the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”, in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences and the leaders of various movements.

The speakers at the conference were Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of “Justice and Peace”, Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, and Juan Grabois, head of the Confederation of Workers of the Popular Economy, dedicated principally to organisations and movements for the excluded and marginalised.

Grabois knew Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and emphasised that the then-Cardinal Bergoglio sympathised with the struggle of excluded workers in very difficult moments, and accompanied them in the work of assisting the cartoneros, peasants, those forced to live on the streets and, in general, the heirs of a crisis brought on by neoliberal capitalism. “Francis summons us again today, from a universal perspective; he calls to the poor, organised in thousands of popular movements, to fight, without arrogance but with courage, without violence but with tenacity, for this dignity that has been taken from us, and for social justice”.

This meeting will be attended by a worldwide assortment of leftist leaders, community organizers, unions, and other hardline socialist groups.

The World Meeting of Popular Movements will be attended by the social leaders of the five continents, representing organisations of increasingly excluded social sectors: workers in precarious employment conditions; migrants; temporary workers; the unemployed and those those who are self-employed, without legal protection, labour rights or union recognition; peasants; the landless; indigenous peoples and those at risk of expulsion from the fields as a result of agricultural speculation and violence; and those who live in the peripheries and in temporary settlements, often migrants and displaced peoples, who are marginalised, forgotten, and without adequate urban infrastructure. Alongside them there are trades unions and social, charitable and human rights organisations, who have demonstrated their closeness to these movements and who, it has been suggested, might accompany them, respecting the role of grass-roots movements.

 

 

 

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186536/
<![CDATA[ Like a Better Kind of UN ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186537.php
Like a Better Kind of UN



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Zenit reports:

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson has said that while the Vatican is “not trying to be the UN,” it can and is determined to listen and respond to those in need "on the peripheries."

The cardinal from Ghana, who serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, made these observations to ZENIT in a press conference Friday morning at the Vatican press office.

The press conference was to present an upcoming world meeting for "popular movements;" the meeting will gather groups such as an organization of agricultural workers who are not landowners from Brazil, an organization representing indigenous peoples in South America, and an Argentinean group of workers.

More than 100 representatives of popular groups and movements, not necessarily Catholic, are gathering from all over the world for next week's meeting. They will meet to share, discuss and face five key topic areas: the growing challenges of housing, work, land, violence and environment.

Pope Francis, Cardinal Turkson said, continually reminds the Church to go to the peripheries of human existence and embrace the excluded, the marginalized, those who are rejected and in danger of being discarded.

The Cardinal reflected:

“This is the kind of situation people have always longed for,” he said, noting that, in general, "it’s always the UN [who responds], and coming with aid packages, and so on.”

“However, at a certain point,” he continued, “when things go awry and they don’t realize their objectives,” it becomes apparent that it would have been best “to listen to the local needs: those, who are living through this, what they need and want.”

He felt the need to ensure that people didn’t get the idea that the Catholic Church, in pursing this worldwide secular social justice agenda, is acting like a branch of the U.N.

“Naturally, the Church is widespread and international," he admitted. “But we’re not trying to replace the United Nations, in any way, in doing this."

 

 

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186537/
<![CDATA[ The Pope Said No Death Penalty, Abp. Chaput ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186538.php
The Pope Said No Death Penalty, Abp. Chaput



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At RNS Mark Silk reports:

Yesterday, Pope Francis came out against the death penalty about as strongly as a pope can come out against anything. In a meeting with representatives of the International Association of Penal Law, he pretty much declared a crusade: 

Let’s leave aside the public policy quibble that in America nothing has done more to reduce the number of death penalties handed out by juries than the life-without-parole sentencing option. What His Holiness has done is definitively reject the assertion of former Denver and current Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput when he told Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate and staunch Catholic Bob Beauprez that it wasn’t against their religion to also be a staunch death penalty advocate.

At least that’s what Beauprez said a few weeks ago when asked about his support for the death penalty in a debate with his Democratic opponent, Gov. John Hickenlooper. According to Beauprez:

He said, “Bob, you pray on it, sleep on it, reach the conclusion that is right for your soul.” And he said, “I’ll back you up, because church doctrine is not anti­–death penalty.” I want to be very clear about that.

In his newfound confusion, Silk is happy to celebrate what he believes is now definitive Catholic teaching against the death penalty:

So far as I am concerned, Candidate Beauprez is entitled to support the death penalty even though his church doesn’t. But thanks to him, the public image that’s come across is of a church that both opposes and does not oppose the death penalty.

The Bishop of Rome has spoken. It’s of the devil for the Archbishop of Philadelphia not to clear up the confusion that’s been sown.

 

 

 

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186538/
<![CDATA[ From Transcendence to the Herd ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186539.php
From Transcendence to the Herd



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

At FirstThings writer Mark Bauerlein has an interview with Peter Thiel, where the tech entrepreneur offers some rare and spiritual advice:

In fact, the first point he made in his speech is, “The core problem in our society is political correctness.” Not income inequality, racism or sexism, political polarization, or other frequent choice, but the value-narrowing thought control of identity politics, bien-pensant attitudes, and the other ingredients of PC. For Thiel, it isn’t the politics that make political correctness so corrosive, but the coerciveness. Thiel’s whole approach to entrepreneurship starts with the premise that, as he put it, “Great things happen only once.” Political correctness demands the same ideas and words, policing minds so that they repeat the common moral wisdom, but wondrous inventions are non-repeatable. “Don’t bother starting the 10,00oth restaurant in Manhattan,” he urged. “Find something to do that if you don’t do it, it won’t get done.”

Thiel argues that we have gone from the great faiths of the mid-twentieth century when people believed grand dreams of space travel, educational advancement, cures for diseases, and miraculous new kinds of energy, to the pessimism of today, where nobody seems to make exuberant plans for the future. “We’ve become a more risk-averse society,” he said, “we’ve lost hope in the future.” The problem isn’t one of intelligence, but of character. “We live in a world in which courage is in less supply than genius.”

At one point, Thiel singled out one cause for this condition. Aristotle defined our humanity, in part, as the instinct to imitation, he noted, but when human beings pay too close attention to one another, imitation can go wrong. Instead of mutual healthful influence taking place, we get conformity.

That has happened because “we’ve lost transcendent reference points,” and so “we look too much to one another.” When God and his Word disappear from public life, the human community takes their place and supplies all us with its own values, norms, beliefs, and aims. The outcome isn’t a vibrant humanism. No, Thiel concludes, “We lose the freedom to think for ourselves.”

 

 

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186539/
<![CDATA[ Worldwide Socialists Descend on the Vatican; Like a Better Kind of UN; The Pope Said No Death Penalty, Abp. Chaput; From Transcendence to the Herd ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186540.php
Worldwide Socialists Descend on the Vatican; Like a Better Kind of UN; The Pope Said No Death Penalty, Abp. Chaput; From Transcendence to the Herd



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Worldwide Socialists Descend on the Vatican

 

Like a Better Kind of UN

 

The Pope Said No Death Penalty, Abp. Chaput

 

From Transcendence to the Herd

 

 

 

 

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Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186540/
<![CDATA[ To Reside Where I Can Be Most Effective ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186332.php
To Reside Where I Can Be Most Effective



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

U.S. Catholic is trumpeting the fact that there’s finally a bishop who can’t be dinged for plush living.

 

Finally some good news on housing bishops!

Today it was announced that Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, the recently appointed successor of Cardinal Francis E. George, will break the trend of residence in the three-story red brick Archdiocese of Chicago’s North State Parkway mansion just a few minutes’ walk from Lake Michigan.

Instead of residing in the mansion—which has housed every archbishop since it was built in 1885—Cupich will move into the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral, the seat of the archdiocese.

They continue:

The downsizing was desirable for Cupich who reportedly expressed interest “to reside in a place where he could be most effective in serving all the people in the Archdiocese of Chicago.”

Pope Francis no doubt would approve of the move. He also lives in a humble room at the Vatican as opposed to the papal apartment.

 

 

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186332/
<![CDATA[ Throwing the Sacraments Overboard ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186333.php
Throwing the Sacraments Overboard



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Rorate Caeli offers a translation of a piece by Italian writer, Alessandro Gnocchi, who lament the telling and entirely schismatic vote counts from last week’s Synod of bishops.

Dear Dr. A. Gnocchi,

I see that Andrea Tornielli, on his Vatican Insider blog, reports the voting results of the Synod with respect to the two principle topics that were debated: admission to the Sacraments of those divorced and remarried: 104 in favor, 74 not in favor; with respect to gay unions: 118 placet and 62 non placet. That signifies that the majority of two thirds that was called for as a basis for specific passages to be considered as “the expression of the Synod” was not there. But this also shows that we came close to that two thirds majority…How can a bishop of the Church, even those who voted against, think that he could put truth to a vote, that truth of which he is the custodian, defender, witness and guarantor? Why did they arrogate to themselves the right to decide by voting what is good and what is bad, not caring at all about God?...

With cordial greetings,

Fabio Baioni

 

Dear Baioni,

Among your observations, there is one that shows the reality of the situation in a dramatic and acute way: more than half of the bishops present at the Synod, not yet the two-thirds needed but almost, have already switched (what we know as our) religion. Perhaps it still has something vaguely Christian, but it is far away from being Catholic. We find ourselves confronting a Synod in which the majority of Cardinals and Bishops threw at least three Sacraments overboard: Matrimony, Confession, and the Eucharist.

 

 

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186333/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Burke: From Under the Bus Into the Widow's Web ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186334.php
Cardinal Burke: From Under the Bus Into the Widow's Web



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

In yesterday’s Vortex Michael Voris apologized for informing people about Cardinal Burke’s warning to the Pope last week. Burke publicly told the Pope to stop ‘harming the Church’ by staying silent in the face of the heterodox direction of the Synod. The Vortex reacted with the breaking story but later deleted the report. In a second Vortex Michael explained that the story had violated his code against criticizing popes. He believed his report was a sin and he’d given scandal. This prompted some appreciation from the liberal and flowery queen of Patheos, Elizabeth Scalia.

Good for Voris. A manful apology and restatement of his mission, and a sound refutation of a contingent of Catholics who are becoming increasingly unhinged toward Pope Francis and vile toward any who will not agree that he is an antipope and a threat to the church. I myself deleted several comments about Pope Francis today, including one calling him “Frank the Fraud”, and I dropped a banhammer on someone actively wishing for his death.

From here Scalia pours venom on the combox people she’s encountered, with their ‘idols’, their love for Fr. Corapi, their conservatism and their ‘republican longings.’ Into this nest of contempt she then drops Cardinal Burke, the man who said the thing that Michael Voris went to Confession for reporting.

For the folks raising them and then casting them down, Conservative Ideology has become a huge idol (what I call in my book a “Super Idol” — one that looms so large it blocks off connection to the humanity of others). Like the pagans of old they are forever trying to serve their idol with the purest of their offerings.

Something similar is going on within the Catholic church where, for some, good Pope Saint Pius X remains the be-all-and-end-all of Catholic thought and rigorous expression. For them, John Paul II had some good moments and some dicey ones, and Benedict XVI was exemplary, but only until he resigned his office and — like a dupe of the devil — brought about this terrible, awful, no-good, teeth-gnashing, and heretical Franciscan papacy.

This is all idolatry, whether secular or sacred or — thanks to the culture wars — a commingling of both.

It is the mania to have something before our eyes that — like the golden calf — reflects ourselves and our thinking back to us, and therefore affirms us in our rightness. For some traditionalist Catholics, Francis is not adequately mirroring them back to themselves, and so he is to be despised. For them, Cardinal Burke is the new idol of choice, the “living saint” of a canon lawyer who will save the church from unruly Francis, otherwise it will be the end of the church and the end of the world!

Nothing human will effect the end of the church, unless God wishes it, and as to the end of the world, do we mean it when we say “we wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Lord” or don’t we? If we don’t mean it that might explain a lot. But it also indicts ourselves, and our prayer, as lacking in truth, and in faith.

 

 

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186334/
<![CDATA[ For Notre Dame, Take it Straight to the Top ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186335.php
For Notre Dame, Take it Straight to the Top



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Aleteia’s Mark Sticherz reports:

An orthodox Notre Dame professor gave out the email address of the school president publicly Tuesday night after the nation’s flagship Catholic university announced it would extend benefits to same-sex couples.

The Rev. Wison D. Miscamble, C.S.C., a professor of United States history at Notre Dame, urged one young alumni member in the audience at the Catholic Information Center to send an email to President John Jenkins, C.S.C. “Write directly to Father Jenkins. That’s the best person to write to. Now it’s not clear that he’s going to [respond]. If you write president@nd.edu, that goes to the staff. But get his own email address: johnjenkins@nd.edu,” Miscamble said, drawing nervous laughter from the crowd of three to four dozen.

Miscamble blasted Notre Dame not only for its decisions on contraception and homosexuality, but also the school’s $450 million project to renovate and add buildings on campus. He contrasted the school with more orthodox Catholic universities such as the University of Dallas or Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio and compared it to Boston College and Fordham University. If the school continues to travel its secularist path, he warned, Notre Dame will become a “Catholic in name only” school such as Georgetown.

“The false gods attract powerful attention to the unwary and to those who fail to appreciate what matters. But if a Catholic university bows down before them, it will assuredly lose its heart and its soul,” Miscamble said. “It will lose its core identity regardless of what structures are erected and maintained to hide this loss. This course cannot be allowed to prevail at Notre Dame. It can’t be a place where there is a kind of a Catholic veneer over a largely secularist project.”

 

 

 

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186335/
<![CDATA[ To Reside Where I Can Be Most Effective; Throwing the Sacraments Overboard; Cardinal Burke: From Under the Bus Into the Widow's Web; For Notre Dame, Take it Straight to the Top ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186336.php
To Reside Where I Can Be Most Effective; Throwing the Sacraments Overboard; Cardinal Burke: From Under the Bus Into the Widow's Web; For Notre Dame, Take it Straight to the Top



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

To Reside Where I Can Be Most Effective

 

Throwing the Sacraments Overboard

 

Cardinal Burke: From Under the Bus Into the Widow's Web;

 

For Notre Dame, Take it Straight to the Top

 

 

 

 

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/186336/
<![CDATA[ These Synods are So Protestant ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_186214.php
These Synods are So Protestant



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

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

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

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

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

In conclusion:

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

 

 

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

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

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

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

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

She continued:

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

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

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

Finally,

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

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

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

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

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

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

She adds:

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

We’ve become a church of strangers.

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

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

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

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

These Synods are So Protestant

 

Schismatic-Level Numbers Tell the Story

 

That Unknown Press Entity Emerges to Attack Cd. Burke

 

What About Single-Parent Families?

 

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

 

The Eponymous Flower reports:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


PewSitter NewsBytes

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did Cardinal Burke ask for it to be removed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
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Pat Buchanan popes the Pope

 

Disquieting Rumors Bode Poorly for Synod Next Year

 

Unprecedented Push-Back and Apostolic Ugliness

 

Verrecchio-Voris Post-Synod Revisit

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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



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

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

He goes on:

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

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

Of the night Cardinal Bergoglio became Francis:

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

 

 

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



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

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

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

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

 

 

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com

 

 

Making Them Think We Changed Doctrine

 

Oh, the Burning Joy

 

Five Great Moments in New York Catholic History

 

A Five-Minute Standing Ovation

 

 

 

 

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



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

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

It continues:

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

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

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

 

 

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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



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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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



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

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

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

 

 

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185809/