Pewsitter News http://www.pewsitter.com/ Pewsitter News en-us Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:16:56 GMT Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:16:56 GMT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss none info2@pewsitter.com info2@pewsitter.com <![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/
<![CDATA[ From the Shoulders of the Apostles to the BuzzFeed World; A Church for the Poor and a Chapel for the Porsche; We Are the Synod, Can We Come In? Fr. J. Fessio to Synod: You Might Find Some Ideas in Your Breviary ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185811.php
From the Shoulders of the Apostles to the BuzzFeed World; A Church for the Poor and a Chapel for the Porsche; We Are the Synod, Can We Come In? Fr. J. Fessio to Synod: You Might Find Some Ideas in Your Breviary



By Frank Walker
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From the Shoulders of the Apostles to the BuzzFeed World

 

A Church for the Poor and a Chapel for the Porsche

 

We Are the Synod, Can We Come In? 

 

Fr. J. Fessio to Synod: You Might Find Some Ideas in Your Breviary

 

 

 

 

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Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185811/
<![CDATA[ Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185582.php
Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee



By Frank Walker
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The Catholic Herald reports:

Pope Francis has added Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to the drafting committee which will produce the final report on the Extraordinary Synod on Pastoral Challenges to the Family.

The appointment is significant because the South African cardinal was critical of the mid-term report produced by the drafting committee earlier this week.

The Pope has also added Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne to the committee.

The Vatican today released an updated version of the English translation of the mid-term report. The translation has been re-worded so that it now refers to “providing for homosexuals” rather than “welcoming homosexuals.”

In a press conference Cardinal Schönborn told reporters that the final report will include “many expressions of caution” compared with the mid-term report.

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185582/
<![CDATA[ A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185583.php
A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper



By Frank Walker
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Anonymous Italian-English blogger Mundabor comments on the fallout from the Cd. Kasper gaff where he admitted his refusal to listen to the African Church on the issue of practicing homosexuals.

A poor church for the poor? Really? This is a stupid and prostituted church for the rich, rather. 

By the by, Africa is a Continent in which Christianity was already well-spread, giving us great saints and many Popes, when the Germans had not even heard of Christianity. People like St Augustine and St Athanasius would be unable to recognise Kasper as a Christian, let alone Bishop.

Apparently, many Germans, and Kasper with them, have reverted now to the point their ancestors were then.

Africa needs to give a good example to Christianise Germany.  

This synod might well be a good start.

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185583/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185584.php
Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria



By Frank Walker
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Aleteia reveals the powerful reaction of a Nigerian woman working as a scientist in England, after she learned of Cardinal Kasper's dismissive words toward African Catholics.

Many Africans have been prayerfully following the reports from the Extraordinary Synod. As I say this I think of my mother who is living out her faith in the small city of Owerri in Nigeria. She has assured me that many of the women in her small parish are fervently praying for all the Synod Fathers, that they may be strengthened and sustained by the Holy Spirit during this important synod. Many of these women in my home parish where I grew up are materially poor but spiritually rich with tremendous love for the Church. And it is such a marvel to me that the Catholic Church is so universal that it embraces people of every race, nation, culture, tribe and tongue.

So imagine my shock today as I read the words of one of the most prominent Synod Fathers  who implied that the views and values that our African Synod Fathers have expressed on certain issues will not or have not been listened to (probably by the Synod Fathers from the Western and more wealthy parts of the world). He also went further to say:  

...the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.

Reading this interview brought many tears to my eyes and much sadness to my heart because, as an African woman now living in Europe, I am used to having my moral views and values ignored or put down as an "African issue"or an "African view point." I have had people imply that I am not sophisticated or evolved enough in my understanding of human sexuality, homosexuality, marriage, the sanctity of human life from conception, openness to life and so-called "over-population."

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185584/
<![CDATA[ Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185585.php
Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax



By Frank Walker
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Rorate Caeli reports:

Many prelates are furious with the Relatio presented in the past days, because they have heard reactions from their nations on how local media have presented the controversial parties, above all on homosexuality, and they consider it causes enormous pastoral damage.

Meanwhile, a strong pressure effort is being developed in view of the Saturday vote on the final relatio of the Synod. Kasper said in the interview that he hopes that a favorable majority will be formed. And the members of the "Kasper legion" are working in this direction. In the circuli minores, it has been noticed that, when one of the Kasperites has to leave for some reason, he is immediately replaced by another one. Cardinal Marx [a Kasperite] has been heard saying out loud that for him it is incomprehensible how the Synod Fathers are more bound to Tradition than to the Pope.

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185585/
<![CDATA[ Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee; A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper; Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria; Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185586.php
Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee; A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper; Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria; Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Pope Adds Cardinal Napier and One Other Guy to Super-Committee

The Catholic Herald reports:

Pope Francis has added Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to the drafting committee which will produce the final report on the Extraordinary Synod on Pastoral Challenges to the Family.

The appointment is significant because the South African cardinal was critical of the mid-term report produced by the drafting committee earlier this week.

The Pope has also added Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne to the committee.

The Vatican today released an updated version of the English translation of the mid-term report. The translation has been re-worded so that it now refers to “providing for homosexuals” rather than “welcoming homosexuals.”

In a press conference Cardinal Schönborn told reporters that the final report will include “many expressions of caution” compared with the mid-term report.

 

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A Church of the Poor and for the Kasper

Anonymous Italian-English blogger Mundabor comments on the fallout from the Cd. Kasper gaff where he admitted his refusal to listen to the African Church on the issue of practicing homosexuals.

A poor church for the poor? Really? This is a stupid and prostituted church for the rich, rather. 

By the by, Africa is a Continent in which Christianity was already well-spread, giving us great saints and many Popes, when the Germans had not even heard of Christianity. People like St Augustine and St Athanasius would be unable to recognise Kasper as a Christian, let alone Bishop.

Apparently, many Germans, and Kasper with them, have reverted now to the point their ancestors were then.

Africa needs to give a good example to Christianise Germany.  

This synod might well be a good start. 

 

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Cardinal Kasper, My Mother Is Praying For You Back Home In Nigeria

Aleteia reveals the powerful reaction of a Nigerian woman working as a scientist in England, after she learned of Cardinal Kasper's dismissive words toward African Catholics.

Many Africans have been prayerfully following the reports from the Extraordinary Synod. As I say this I think of my mother who is living out her faith in the small city of Owerri in Nigeria. She has assured me that many of the women in her small parish are fervently praying for all the Synod Fathers, that they may be strengthened and sustained by the Holy Spirit during this important synod. Many of these women in my home parish where I grew up are materially poor but spiritually rich with tremendous love for the Church. And it is such a marvel to me that the Catholic Church is so universal that it embraces people of every race, nation, culture, tribe and tongue.

So imagine my shock today as I read the words of one of the most prominent Synod Fathers  who implied that the views and values that our African Synod Fathers have expressed on certain issues will not or have not been listened to (probably by the Synod Fathers from the Western and more wealthy parts of the world). He also went further to say:  

...the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.

Reading this interview brought many tears to my eyes and much sadness to my heart because, as an African woman now living in Europe, I am used to having my moral views and values ignored or put down as an "African issue"or an "African view point." I have had people imply that I am not sophisticated or evolved enough in my understanding of human sexuality, homosexuality, marriage, the sanctity of human life from conception, openness to life and so-called "over-population."

 

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Pressure and Threats From the Land of the Church Tax

Rorate Caeli reports:

Many prelates are furious with the Relatio presented in the past days, because they have heard reactions from their nations on how local media have presented the controversial parties, above all on homosexuality, and they consider it causes enormous pastoral damage.

Meanwhile, a strong pressure effort is being developed in view of the Saturday vote on the final relatio of the Synod. Kasper said in the interview that he hopes that a favorable majority will be formed. And the members of the "Kasper legion" are working in this direction. In the circuli minores, it has been noticed that, when one of the Kasperites has to leave for some reason, he is immediately replaced by another one. Cardinal Marx [a Kasperite] has been heard saying out loud that for him it is incomprehensible how the Synod Fathers are more bound to Tradition than to the Pope.

 

 

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185586/
<![CDATA[ Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185443.php
Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


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In a Zenit interview, noted liberal Cardinal Walter Kasper blamed the media for the worldwide reaction to the Synod's ‘interim’ document, which praised sexually sinful relationships:

ZENIT: Your Eminence, how is everything going in the Synod?

Cardinal Kasper: Everything is very quiet now. This morning it was on fire a little bit but of course that’s because of you – the newspapers!

ZENIT: Yesterday we were told the “Spirit of Vatican II” was in the synod. Do you agree with this?

Cardinal Kasper: This is the spirit of the Council – this is very true.

The cardinal then reacted to the idea that the small group of hand-picked officials who released the document were trying to unilaterally push-through the Pope’s wishes:

Cardinal Kasper: I do not see this going on in the Pope’s head. But I think the majority of these five people are open people who want to go on with this. The problem, as well, is that there are different problems of different continents and different cultures. Africa is totally different from the West. Also Asian and Muslim countries, they’re very different, especially about gays. You can’t speak about this with Africans and people of Muslim countries. It’s not possible. It’s a taboo. For us, we say we ought not to discriminate, we don’t want to discriminate in certain respects.

ZENIT: But are African participants listened to in this regard?

Cardinal Kasper: No, the majority of them [who hold these views won’t speak about them].

ZENIT: They’re not listened to?

Cardinal Kasper: In Africa of course [their views are listened to], where it’s a taboo.

ZENIT: What has changed for you, regarding the methodology of this synod?

Cardinal Kasper: I think in the end there must be a general line in the Church, general criteria, but then the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.

You can always count on Cardinal Kasper to reveal himself. There’s nothing open-minded or ‘synodal’ about screening out a majority who disagree. There’s nothing timely about discounting third-world Catholics because of their culture, and giving preference to Germany over Africa doesn’t reach into the ‘peripheries’ at all.

 

 

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185443/
<![CDATA[ New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185444.php
New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

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In his column at RenewAmerica, Louie Verecchio comments on the completely new type of writing style one can find in the recent Synod Interim Report:

In addition to the outright abominations put forth in the Synod's already infamous Midterm Report, there are numerous flowery, and ultimately meaningless, musings such as the following:

The Gospel of the family, while it shines in the witness of many families who live coherently their fidelity to the sacrament, with their mature fruits of authentic daily sanctity must also nurture those seeds that are yet to mature, and must care for those trees that have dried up and wish not to be neglected.

The only way I can think to classify this particular style of writing, knowing that it emanated from an all-male committee of clerics, is to say that it is nothing more than pseudosacral homopoetic prose; an especially annoying symptom of the undeniable feminization of the Church Militant that began at Vatican II.

‘Pseudosacral homopoetic prose’ is almost always what you get from the American Bishops and the USCCB. It’s telling that it comes now from Rome. For leaders attempting to guide large groups of men toward some end, it’s repulsive, condescending, and betrays no living Spirit.

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185444/
<![CDATA[ Knights of the New Orthodoxy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185445.php
Knights of the New Orthodoxy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

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At ‘A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics’ –

Bishop Mark Seitz, formerly of Dallas and now ordinary of El Paso, has made his statement.  By the way, you should also see how the secular media is playing this story, just as many feared: that the “bishops” have decided to embrace sodomy, adultery, and all the rest, with nary a peep of challenge to these sinful acts.  This is totally false, the “Relatio” was produced in advance and didn’t represent the views of the Synod at large at all, but it was certainly a danged neat trick by the wolves, wasn’t it?  As for Bishop Seitz, he’ll blow with the wind:

Bishop Seitz:

“I think Pope Francis from the very beginning has signaled that he wants to reset the button a little bit and help people to see the church, not just as a place where there are certain knows ["knows?"  I think they mean "no's] - thou shalt not,” Seitz said. “But as a place of love and welcome and mercy and that applies to every person. … It applies to people who struggle with same-sex attractions, with homosexuality. That is what the church is all about. And it’s our task to walk with people in whatever situation they find themselves.” [Lord have mercy!  And so it's "love" to tell people in the gravest of sins that they are fine, that they don't need to change, that everything is just wonderful, even as they walk their way to hell!  Do you even believe in hell anymore, Bishop Seitz, or that anyone actually goes there?]

A bishop who is a part of the Roman Catholic Church does not have leeway to not follow the new doctrine toward homosexuals if the bishop disagrees with the doctrine. [WAIT!  I THOUGHT THE SYNOD WAS ALL ABOUT "PASTORAL" APPROACHES, AND NOT DOCTRINE!  WHAT IS THIS?!?  Do you not see what will happen?  No matter how "pastoral" the Synod will claim to be, it will be turned into another danged super-dogma by the media and many willing collaborators in the Church!  We have been reassured again and again that Doctrine would not be touched - just as it wasn't "touched" at Vatican II.  And how has that worked out for us?]

I’m a member of the church and a disciple of Jesus. And I trust that the guidance I receive from the teaching authority of the church – of which I am a part – is something that will be consistent with our constant teaching and something that I have resolved to follow whether I fully understand it or not,” Seitz said. “So, I have no problem saying whatever conclusion that the church comes to is something that I will gladly support.”

 

Bp. Seitz’ remarks dovetail with a statement from the NC Reporter today which said that ‘all dissent is now on the Right’ (as if there was a “right-wing” to the Church).  This reveals what is often true; Liberals will not obey the Truth but they are still ruled and guided by something.  They are faithful to power.

 

 

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185445/
<![CDATA[ All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185446.php
All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities



By Frank Walker
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Fox’s Todd Starned reports:

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

He continues:

The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.

After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”

It’s amazing how quickly the gay agenda has been able to tyrannize.

 

 

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185446/
<![CDATA[ Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten; New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers; Knights of the New Orthodoxy; All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185447.php
Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten; New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers; Knights of the New Orthodoxy; All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Places Where Gay is Taboo Are Verboten

In a Zenit interview, noted liberal Cardinal Walter Kasper blamed the media for the worldwide reaction to the Synod's ‘interim’ document, which praised sexually sinful relationships:

ZENIT: Your Eminence, how is everything going in the Synod?

Cardinal Kasper: Everything is very quiet now. This morning it was on fire a little bit but of course that’s because of you – the newspapers!

ZENIT: Yesterday we were told the “Spirit of Vatican II” was in the synod. Do you agree with this?

Cardinal Kasper: This is the spirit of the Council – this is very true.

The cardinal then reacted to the idea that the small group of hand-picked officials who released the document were trying to unilaterally push-through the Pope’s wishes:

Cardinal Kasper: I do not see this going on in the Pope’s head. But I think the majority of these five people are open people who want to go on with this. The problem, as well, is that there are different problems of different continents and different cultures. Africa is totally different from the West. Also Asian and Muslim countries, they’re very different, especially about gays. You can’t speak about this with Africans and people of Muslim countries. It’s not possible. It’s a taboo. For us, we say we ought not to discriminate, we don’t want to discriminate in certain respects.

ZENIT: But are African participants listened to in this regard?

Cardinal Kasper: No, the majority of them [who hold these views won’t speak about them].

ZENIT: They’re not listened to?

Cardinal Kasper: In Africa of course [their views are listened to], where it’s a taboo.

ZENIT: What has changed for you, regarding the methodology of this synod?

Cardinal Kasper: I think in the end there must be a general line in the Church, general criteria, but then the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do.

You can always count on Cardinal Kasper to reveal himself. There’s nothing open-minded or ‘synodal’ about screening out a majority who disagree. There’s nothing timely about discounting third-world Catholics because of their culture, and giving preference to Germany over Africa doesn’t reach into the ‘peripheries’ at all.

 

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New Gradual Shoots of Love and Flowers

In his column at RenewAmerica, Louie Verecchio comments on the completely new type of writing style one can find in the recent Synod Interim Report:

In addition to the outright abominations put forth in the Synod's already infamous Midterm Report, there are numerous flowery, and ultimately meaningless, musings such as the following:

The Gospel of the family, while it shines in the witness of many families who live coherently their fidelity to the sacrament, with their mature fruits of authentic daily sanctity must also nurture those seeds that are yet to mature, and must care for those trees that have dried up and wish not to be neglected.

The only way I can think to classify this particular style of writing, knowing that it emanated from an all-male committee of clerics, is to say that it is nothing more than pseudosacral homopoetic prose; an especially annoying symptom of the undeniable feminization of the Church Militant that began at Vatican II.

‘Pseudosacral homopoetic prose’ is almost always what you get from the American Bishops and the USCCB. It’s telling that it comes now from Rome. For leaders attempting to guide large groups of men toward some end, it’s repulsive, condescending, and betrays no living Spirit.

 

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Knights of the New Orthodoxy

At ‘A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics’ –

Bishop Mark Seitz, formerly of Dallas and now ordinary of El Paso, has made his statement.  By the way, you should also see how the secular media is playing this story, just as many feared: that the “bishops” have decided to embrace sodomy, adultery, and all the rest, with nary a peep of challenge to these sinful acts.  This is totally false, the “Relatio” was produced in advance and didn’t represent the views of the Synod at large at all, but it was certainly a danged neat trick by the wolves, wasn’t it?  As for Bishop Seitz, he’ll blow with the wind:

Bishop Seitz:

“I think Pope Francis from the very beginning has signaled that he wants to reset the button a little bit and help people to see the church, not just as a place where there are certain knows ["knows?"  I think they mean "no's] - thou shalt not,” Seitz said. “But as a place of love and welcome and mercy and that applies to every person. … It applies to people who struggle with same-sex attractions, with homosexuality. That is what the church is all about. And it’s our task to walk with people in whatever situation they find themselves.” [Lord have mercy!  And so it's "love" to tell people in the gravest of sins that they are fine, that they don't need to change, that everything is just wonderful, even as they walk their way to hell!  Do you even believe in hell anymore, Bishop Seitz, or that anyone actually goes there?]

A bishop who is a part of the Roman Catholic Church does not have leeway to not follow the new doctrine toward homosexuals if the bishop disagrees with the doctrine. [WAIT!  I THOUGHT THE SYNOD WAS ALL ABOUT "PASTORAL" APPROACHES, AND NOT DOCTRINE!  WHAT IS THIS?!?  Do you not see what will happen?  No matter how "pastoral" the Synod will claim to be, it will be turned into another danged super-dogma by the media and many willing collaborators in the Church!  We have been reassured again and again that Doctrine would not be touched - just as it wasn't "touched" at Vatican II.  And how has that worked out for us?]

I’m a member of the church and a disciple of Jesus. And I trust that the guidance I receive from the teaching authority of the church – of which I am a part – is something that will be consistent with our constant teaching and something that I have resolved to follow whether I fully understand it or not,” Seitz said. “So, I have no problem saying whatever conclusion that the church comes to is something that I will gladly support.”

Bp. Seitz’ remarks dovetail with a statement from the NC Reporter today which said that ‘all dissent is now on the Right’ (as if there was a “right-wing” to the Church).  This reveals what is often true; Liberals will not obey the Truth but they are still ruled and guided by something.  They are faithful to power.

 

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All Sermons Must Be Provided to Authorities

Fox’s Todd Starned reports:

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.”

He continues:

The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.

After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors.

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational.

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”

It’s amazing how quickly the gay agenda has been able to tyrannize.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Fathers of the Synod of the Media ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185333.php
Fathers of the Synod of the Media



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Rorate Caeli calls the 6,000 word published Synod Interim Report which appeared out of nowhere, a “politico-religious coup astonishing in its audacity.”

“We’re now working from a position that’s virtually irredeemable,” said Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of South Africa. “The message has gone out that this is what synod is saying, that this is what the Catholic Church is saying,” he said. “Whatever we say hereafter will seem like we’re doing damage control.”

The conservative and Wojtylian majority that all Synod Fathers can clearly see at work, and whose number was not at all represented in the manipulated document prepared beforehand, must be extremely careful in protecting the Catholic Faith in the upcoming votes, especially in the ballots leading to the final October 18 vote on the end report.

 

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185333/
<![CDATA[ Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185334.php
Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

At Catholic World Report Cardinal Burke responds to questions on recent events at the Synod on the Family:

CWR: In what way is information about what is happening in the Synod being either manipulated or only partially reported and made public?

Cardinal Burke: The interventions of the individual Synod Fathers are not made available to the public, as has been the case in the past. All of the information regarding the Synod is controlled by the General Secretariat of the Synod which clearly has favored from the beginning the positions expressed in the Relatio post disceptationem of yesterday morning.

While the individual interventions of the Synod Fathers are not published, yesterday’s Relatio, which is merely a discussion document, was published immediately and, I am told, even broadcast live. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see the approach at work, which is certainly not of the Church.

CWR: How is that reflected in the Synod's midterm document, released yesterday, which is being criticised by many for its appeal to a so-called "law of graduality”?

Cardinal Burke: While the document in question (Relatio post disceptationem) purports to report only the discussion which took place among the Synod Fathers, it, in fact, advances positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept and, I would say, as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept. Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable.

The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called “revolutionary,”teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality.

 

 

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Evangelical Disagrees with Synod About Meaning of Inside and Outside the Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

At the Christian Post, Evangelical writer, Russell D. Moore, responds to news and questions about the Catholic Church’s ongoing Synod.

I say "Amen" to the tone of mercy, here and elsewhere. It is quite right that there is no place among anyone bearing the name of Christ to act toward sinners with censoriousness. Christ Jesus came into the world not to condemn the world but that through him the world might be saved (Jn. 3:17).

At issue, though, is the concept of "gradualism," the idea that sinners do not immediately give up their sins, and often move gradually toward the grace of redemption. In one sense, that is quite clearly true, and not just with some sinners but with all of us. The gospel demonstrates that all of us fall short of God's law (Rom. 3:23). None of us, this side of death, arrive at full conformity with Christlikeness. If God's expectation of us, as Jesus taught us, is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength and our neighbors as ourselves, we, all of us, are sinning persistently, and thus always in need of God's grace, received through faith in Christ.

Moreover, it is true that many, maybe most, who come to faith and repentance do not do so immediately the first time they hear the proclamation of the gospel, but instead often mull over the things of God, as the seed of the gospel takes root in their hearts.

He continues:

Where I would differ with the Catholic Church is in the distinction between the "inside" and the "outside," between the church and the world.

The Apostle Paul tells the Church at Corinth that he is not advocating that they stop eating or associating with "the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world" (1 Cor. 5:9). He is, he writes, saying that they should not associate with those who do so unrepentantly and yet "bear the name of brother" (1 Cor. 5:11). Paul, as did Jesus, makes a fundamental distinction between those who are part of the community of the kingdom, the church, and those who are yet on the outside. "For what have I to do with judging outsiders?" the Apostle asks. "Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?"

The church is to welcome everyone as guests and observers, to hear the gospel preached and taught. The church is not itself, though, to be made up of unrepentant people. That's why scandalous sin is to be disciplined, and why the Lord's Table is to be offered only to those in right fellowship with God and with one another (1 Cor. 11:17-34).

Based on the material being released on behalf of the “Synod Fathers” one might assume that not only does Russell Moore differ with the Church in this aspect, but the Church seems to even differ from itself.

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SSPX: Why is the Synod Release Full of Kasper Scandal?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Society for St. Pius X released an official statement on the ongoing Synod in Rome.

On Monday October 13, 2014, the Relator General of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdö (on the picture), Primate of Hungary, published an Interim Report that gives an idea of the tenor of the debates conducted behind closed doors for a week already, and will continue for another.

What strikes the reader at first is finding in this report the scandalous statements made by the progressive Cardinal Walter Kasper in an interview with journalist Andrea Tornielli on September 18th, almost a month ago.  As though everything was already foreseen….  Judge for yourself:

Cardinal Kasper, September 18th:  “Church doctrine is not a closed system: the Second Vatican Council teaches us that there is a development, leading towards an eventual enrichment. I wonder if a deeper understanding similar to what we saw in ecclesiology is possible in this case (i.e. that of divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly – editor’s note): although the Catholic Church is Christ’s true Church, there are elements of ecclesiality beyond the institutional boundaries of the Church. Couldn’t some elements of sacramental marriage also be recognized in civil marriages in certain cases? For example, a lifelong commitment, mutual love and care, Christian life and a public declaration of commitment that do not exist in common-law marriages.”

Cardinal Erdö, October 13th:  “[A] significant hermeneutic key is found in the teaching of Vatican Council II, which, although it affirms that “the one Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church,” also declares that “many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure … these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium, 8).  In this light, the value and consistency of natural marriage must first be emphasized. Some wounds whether the sacramental fullness of marriage does not exclude the possibility of recognizing positive elements even in the imperfect forms that may be found outside this nuptial situation, which are nevertheless ordered in relation to it. The doctrine of levels of communion, formulated by Vatican Council II, confirms the idea of a structured way of participating in the Mysterium Ecclesiae by baptized persons.  In the same, perspective, which we may describe as inclusive, the Council makes it possible to appreciate the positive elements present in other religions (cf. Nostra Aetate, 2) and cultures, despite their limits and their insufficiencies (cf. Redemptoris Missio, 55).”  [Interim Report, paragraphs 17-19]

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[ To Have Our Kids Fully Included In The Church ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185337.php
To Have Our Kids Fully Included In The Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Boston Globe’s CruxMag penned this report to accompany of the Synod-related mega-pronouncements appearing in the press:

They live in a non-descript house on a non-descript street with a Honda minivan in the driveway and Halloween pumpkins, ghosts, and skeleton heads all over the small front yard. Fini, 11, came back from Party City yesterday with her zombie ballerina costume and black lipstick. Emily, 12, has her Native American Princess outfit all set to go. A few minutes before 6, mom Becky came home with takeout from Pizza Hut and handed it out before a hectic night of homework, cleanup, showers, and early bedtime.

Nothing unusual here. Just a typical American family on a typical American school night, save this:

Becky is married to Marianne.

Fini and Emily have two moms.

And yesterday the Duddy-Burkes had an extraordinarily successful day: two moms and two kids’ prayers were answered when Catholic bishops at the Vatican released a preliminary report calling for the Church to accept gay couples and the children of their unions.

“Just imagining how it could be, to have our kids fully included in the Church, no questions about whether they can go to Catholic school, whether they can be baptized and welcomed to the sacraments,” she said.

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<![CDATA[ Fathers Of The Synod Of The Media; Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined; Evangelical Disagrees with Synod About Meaning of Inside and Outside the Church; SSPX: Why is the Synod Release Full of Kasper Scanda ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185338.php
Fathers Of The Synod Of The Media; Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined; Evangelical Disagrees with Synod About Meaning of Inside and Outside the Church; SSPX: Why is the Synod Release Full of Kasper Scandal? Just Imagining How It Could Be, To Have Our Kids Fully Included In The Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Fathers of the Synod of the Media

Rorate Caeli calls the 6,000 word published Synod Interim Report which appeared out of nowhere, a “politico-religious coup astonishing in its audacity.”

“We’re now working from a position that’s virtually irredeemable,” said Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of South Africa. “The message has gone out that this is what synod is saying, that this is what the Catholic Church is saying,” he said. “Whatever we say hereafter will seem like we’re doing damage control.”

The conservative and Wojtylian majority that all Synod Fathers can clearly see at work, and whose number was not at all represented in the manipulated document prepared beforehand, must be extremely careful in protecting the Catholic Faith in the upcoming votes, especially in the ballots leading to the final October 18 vote on the end report.

 

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Invoking Repeatedly And In A Confused Manner Principles Which Are Not Defined

At Catholic World Report Cardinal Burke responds to questions on recent events at the Synod on the Family:

CWR: In what way is information about what is happening in the Synod being either manipulated or only partially reported and made public?

Cardinal Burke: The interventions of the individual Synod Fathers are not made available to the public, as has been the case in the past. All of the information regarding the Synod is controlled by the General Secretariat of the Synod which clearly has favored from the beginning the positions expressed in the Relatio post disceptationem of yesterday morning.

While the individual interventions of the Synod Fathers are not published, yesterday’s Relatio, which is merely a discussion document, was published immediately and, I am told, even broadcast live. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to see the approach at work, which is certainly not of the Church.

CWR: How is that reflected in the Synod's midterm document, released yesterday, which is being criticised by many for its appeal to a so-called "law of graduality”?

Cardinal Burke: While the document in question (Relatio post disceptationem) purports to report only the discussion which took place among the Synod Fathers, it, in fact, advances positions which many Synod Fathers do not accept and, I would say, as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept. Clearly, the response to the document in the discussion which immediately followed its presentation manifested that a great number of the Synod Fathers found it objectionable.

The document lacks a solid foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium. In a matter on which the Church has a very rich and clear teaching, it gives the impression of inventing a totally new, what one Synod Father called “revolutionary,”teaching on marriage and the family. It invokes repeatedly and in a confused manner principles which are not defined, for example, the law of graduality.

 

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Evangelical Disagrees with Synod About Meaning of Inside and Outside the Church

At the Christian Post, Evangelical writer, Russell D. Moore, responds to news and questions about the Catholic Church’s ongoing Synod.

I say "Amen" to the tone of mercy, here and elsewhere. It is quite right that there is no place among anyone bearing the name of Christ to act toward sinners with censoriousness. Christ Jesus came into the world not to condemn the world but that through him the world might be saved (Jn. 3:17).

At issue, though, is the concept of "gradualism," the idea that sinners do not immediately give up their sins, and often move gradually toward the grace of redemption. In one sense, that is quite clearly true, and not just with some sinners but with all of us. The gospel demonstrates that all of us fall short of God's law (Rom. 3:23). None of us, this side of death, arrive at full conformity with Christlikeness. If God's expectation of us, as Jesus taught us, is to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, souls, and strength and our neighbors as ourselves, we, all of us, are sinning persistently, and thus always in need of God's grace, received through faith in Christ.

Moreover, it is true that many, maybe most, who come to faith and repentance do not do so immediately the first time they hear the proclamation of the gospel, but instead often mull over the things of God, as the seed of the gospel takes root in their hearts.

He continues:

Where I would differ with the Catholic Church is in the distinction between the "inside" and the "outside," between the church and the world.

The Apostle Paul tells the Church at Corinth that he is not advocating that they stop eating or associating with "the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world" (1 Cor. 5:9). He is, he writes, saying that they should not associate with those who do so unrepentantly and yet "bear the name of brother" (1 Cor. 5:11). Paul, as did Jesus, makes a fundamental distinction between those who are part of the community of the kingdom, the church, and those who are yet on the outside. "For what have I to do with judging outsiders?" the Apostle asks. "Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?"

The church is to welcome everyone as guests and observers, to hear the gospel preached and taught. The church is not itself, though, to be made up of unrepentant people. That's why scandalous sin is to be disciplined, and why the Lord's Table is to be offered only to those in right fellowship with God and with one another (1 Cor. 11:17-34).

Based on the material being released on behalf of the “Synod Fathers” one might assume that not only does Russell Moore differ with the Church in this aspect, but the Church seems to even differ from itself.

 

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SSPX: Why is the Synod Release Full of Kasper Scandal?

The Society for St. Pius X released an official statement on the Synod in Rome.

On Monday October 13, 2014, the Relator General of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdö (on the picture), Primate of Hungary, published an Interim Report that gives an idea of the tenor of the debates conducted behind closed doors for a week already, and will continue for another.

What strikes the reader at first is finding in this report the scandalous statements made by the progressive Cardinal Walter Kasper in an interview with journalist Andrea Tornielli on September 18th, almost a month ago.  As though everything was already foreseen….  Judge for yourself:

Cardinal Kasper, September 18th:  “Church doctrine is not a closed system: the Second Vatican Council teaches us that there is a development, leading towards an eventual enrichment. I wonder if a deeper understanding similar to what we saw in ecclesiology is possible in this case (i.e. that of divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly – editor’s note): although the Catholic Church is Christ’s true Church, there are elements of ecclesiality beyond the institutional boundaries of the Church. Couldn’t some elements of sacramental marriage also be recognized in civil marriages in certain cases? For example, a lifelong commitment, mutual love and care, Christian life and a public declaration of commitment that do not exist in common-law marriages.”

Cardinal Erdö, October 13th:  “[A] significant hermeneutic key is found in the teaching of Vatican Council II, which, although it affirms that “the one Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church,” also declares that “many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible structure … these elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward Catholic unity” (Lumen Gentium, 8).  In this light, the value and consistency of natural marriage must first be emphasized. Some wounds whether the sacramental fullness of marriage does not exclude the possibility of recognizing positive elements even in the imperfect forms that may be found outside this nuptial situation, which are nevertheless ordered in relation to it. The doctrine of levels of communion, formulated by Vatican Council II, confirms the idea of a structured way of participating in the Mysterium Ecclesiae by baptized persons.  In the same, perspective, which we may describe as inclusive, the Council makes it possible to appreciate the positive elements present in other religions (cf. Nostra Aetate, 2) and cultures, despite their limits and their insufficiencies (cf. Redemptoris Missio, 55).”  [Interim Report, paragraphs 17-19]

 

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To Have Our Kids Fully Included In The Church

The Boston Globe’s CruxMag penned this report to accompany the Synod-related mega-pronouncements appearing in the press:

They live in a non-descript house on a non-descript street with a Honda minivan in the driveway and Halloween pumpkins, ghosts, and skeleton heads all over the small front yard. Fini, 11, came back from Party City yesterday with her zombie ballerina costume and black lipstick. Emily, 12, has her Native American Princess outfit all set to go. A few minutes before 6, mom Becky came home with takeout from Pizza Hut and handed it out before a hectic night of homework, cleanup, showers, and early bedtime.

Nothing unusual here. Just a typical American family on a typical American school night, save this:

Becky is married to Marianne.

Fini and Emily have two moms.

And yesterday the Duddy-Burkes had an extraordinarily successful day: two moms and two kids’ prayers were answered when Catholic bishops at the Vatican released a preliminary report calling for the Church to accept gay couples and the children of their unions.

“Just imagining how it could be, to have our kids fully included in the Church, no questions about whether they can go to Catholic school, whether they can be baptized and welcomed to the sacraments,” she said.

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185338/
<![CDATA[ One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185250.php
One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Rorate Caeli reveals:

Voice of the Family responded to the report (relatio post disceptationem), published this morning and presented by Cardinal Péter Erdő (See “Synod on Family: Midterm report presented, 2015 Synod announced“, Vatican Radio, 13 October) The report has been welcomed ecstatically by liberal Catholic commentators.

John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family, said:

   “Those who are controlling the Synod have betrayed Catholic parents worldwide. We believe that the Synod’s mid-way report is one of the worst official documents drafted in Church history.

   “Thankfully the report is a preliminary report for discussion, rather than a definitive proposal. It is essential that the voices of those lay faithful who sincerely live out Catholic teaching are also taken into account. Catholic families are clinging to Christ’s teaching on marriage and chastity by their finger-tips.”

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185250/
<![CDATA[ Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185251.php
Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

PewSitter NewsBytes

The Associated Press reports:

Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married.

A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived at its halfway point with a document summarizing the closed-door debate so far. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance, rather than condemnation, with the aim of guiding Catholics toward the ideal of a lasting marriage.

Bishops clearly took into account the views of Pope Francis, whose "Who am I to judge?" comment about gays signaled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.

The bishops said gays had "gifts and qualities" to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, "accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony."

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<![CDATA[ Schism ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185252.php
Schism



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

At CruxMag John Allen makes note of a recent statement by removed Paraguayan Bishop Rogelio Livieras. The bishop was moved out of his diocese due to unspecified charges of ‘divisiveness.’

To say that (the Synod's) emphasis on mercy over judgment isn’t playing to universally positive reviews would be an understatement.

Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, formerly of the diocese of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, wrote the following on his personal blog: “Inside the Church, and recently from some of its highest circles, new winds blow that aren’t from the Holy Spirit.”

Livieres, who belongs to the Catholic organization Opus Dei, recently became a cause célèbre when Francis sacked him, citing conflicts with other bishops and various alleged instances of mismanagement. Having lost his job, the bishop clearly doesn’t feel inclined to hold anything back.

“The situation is very grave and I’m not the first to notice that, regretfully, we’re facing the danger of a great schism,” he wrote on Thursday.

Opus Dei headquarters immediately distanced itself from Livieres.

“This office wishes to clarify that the very regrettable words of bishop Rogelio Livieres about the Synod on the Family as published on his blog represent entirely and exclusively his own opinion.”

 

 

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<![CDATA[ A Draft of Kasper Rants ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185253.php
A Draft of Kasper Rants



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

At ‘A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics’ they write:

For those who do not know what I am talking about, an interim report of the Synod was released this morning, and it was every bit as bad as many feared, going beyond nebulous or poorly worded “pastoral” statements and coming very close to straight up redefinitions of Doctrine.

The writer notes:

Much of the text seems to be nothing but Kasper’s heretical rantings presented at the pre-Synodal meeting early this year transferred into “draft” form for the Synod itself.

Finally,

As with so much the left does, the stated motives and the true motivations are at 180 degrees from each other. The stated motive is “charity” for those in “irregular” situations, but encouraging those lost in grave sin to add sin upon sin by receiving the Blessed Sacrament is no charity, it is in fact an intolerable cruelty. One does the addict no favors by covering for them, giving them money, making excuses, and permitting them to continue to maintain their habit. Addiction is the sin of intemperance taken to the Nth degree…..but the same reasoning applies to all sins. Simply because a sin has become so popular it is now a veritable cultural monument doesn’t change its ugly, satanic reality. But the German bishops, who apparently still run the entire Church in spite of the collapse of the Faith in their own country, need money, no matter how many souls have to be damned for eternity.

 

 

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<![CDATA[ One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church; Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church; Schism; A Draft of Kasper Rants ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185254.php
One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church; Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church; Schism; A Draft of Kasper Rants



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

One of the Worst Documents in the History of the Church

Rorate Caeli reveals:

Voice of the Family responded to the report (relatio post disceptationem), published this morning and presented by Cardinal Péter Erdő (See “Synod on Family: Midterm report presented, 2015 Synod announced“, Vatican Radio, 13 October) The report has been welcomed ecstatically by liberal Catholic commentators.

John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family, said:

   “Those who are controlling the Synod have betrayed Catholic parents worldwide. We believe that the Synod’s mid-way report is one of the worst official documents drafted in Church history.

   “Thankfully the report is a preliminary report for discussion, rather than a definitive proposal. It is essential that the voices of those lay faithful who sincerely live out Catholic teaching are also taken into account. Catholic families are clinging to Christ’s teaching on marriage and chastity by their finger-tips.”

 

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Gay Lovers, Other Fornicators Good for the Church

The Associated Press reports:

Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were "positive" aspects to a couple living together without being married.

A two-week meeting of bishops on family issues arrived at its halfway point with a document summarizing the closed-door debate so far. No decisions were announced, but the tone of the report was one of almost-revolutionary acceptance, rather than condemnation, with the aim of guiding Catholics toward the ideal of a lasting marriage.

Bishops clearly took into account the views of Pope Francis, whose "Who am I to judge?" comment about gays signaled a new tone of welcome for the church. Their report also reflected the views of ordinary Catholics who, in responses to Vatican questionnaires in the run-up to the synod, rejected church teaching on birth control and homosexuality as outdated and irrelevant.

The bishops said gays had "gifts and qualities" to offer and asked rhetorically if the church was ready to provide them a welcoming place, "accepting and valuing their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony."

 

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Schism

At CruxMag John Allen makes note of a recent statement by removed Paraguayan Bishop Rogelio Livieras. The bishop was moved out of his diocese due to unspecified charges of ‘divisiveness.’

To say that (the Synod's) emphasis on mercy over judgment isn’t playing to universally positive reviews would be an understatement.

Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, formerly of the diocese of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay, wrote the following on his personal blog: “Inside the Church, and recently from some of its highest circles, new winds blow that aren’t from the Holy Spirit.”

Livieres, who belongs to the Catholic organization Opus Dei, recently became a cause célèbre when Francis sacked him, citing conflicts with other bishops and various alleged instances of mismanagement. Having lost his job, the bishop clearly doesn’t feel inclined to hold anything back.

“The situation is very grave and I’m not the first to notice that, regretfully, we’re facing the danger of a great schism,” he wrote on Thursday.

Opus Dei headquarters immediately distanced itself from Livieres.

“This office wishes to clarify that the very regrettable words of bishop Rogelio Livieres about the Synod on the Family as published on his blog represent entirely and exclusively his own opinion.”

 

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A Draft of Kasper Rants

At ‘A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics’ they write:

For those who do not know what I am talking about, an interim report of the Synod was released this morning, and it was every bit as bad as many feared, going beyond nebulous or poorly worded “pastoral” statements and coming very close to straight up redefinitions of Doctrine.

The writer notes:

Much of the text seems to be nothing but Kasper’s heretical rantings presented at the pre-Synodal meeting early this year transferred into “draft” form for the Synod itself.

Finally,

As with so much the left does, the stated motives and the true motivations are at 180 degrees from each other. The stated motive is “charity” for those in “irregular” situations, but encouraging those lost in grave sin to add sin upon sin by receiving the Blessed Sacrament is no charity, it is in fact an intolerable cruelty. One does the addict no favors by covering for them, giving them money, making excuses, and permitting them to continue to maintain their habit. Addiction is the sin of intemperance taken to the Nth degree…..but the same reasoning applies to all sins. Simply because a sin has become so popular it is now a veritable cultural monument doesn’t change its ugly, satanic reality. But the German bishops, who apparently still run the entire Church in spite of the collapse of the Faith in their own country, need money, no matter how many souls have to be damned for eternity.

 

 

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185254/
<![CDATA[ What are they doing in Rome? Oh my God! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185166.php
What are they doing in Rome? Oh my God!



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

At Rorate Caeli an African Catholic writes of his own bishop’s reaction to news of the Synod in Rome this week:

The bishop asked me to bring him news from the Synod as often as possible, and since I live very near the cathedral I am trying to print things and take them to him daily. So, yesterday I printed this page and he was struck by this passage from Thursday's meeting.

"With regard to cohabitation in certain regions, it was shown that this is often due to economic and social factors and not a form of refusal of the teachings of the Church. Often, moreover, these and other types of de facto unions are lived while conserving the wish for a Christian life, and therefore require suitable pastoral care. Similarly, while emphasising the impossibility of recognising same sex marriage, the need for a respectful and non-discriminatory approach with regard to homosexuals was in any case underlined."[*]

He was in the office with the Vicar-General, and he stood up and then fell down on his chair, took his hands to his head and started to weep silently. He was obviously very shaken. He said to the Vicar-General: "Oh my God, what are they doing? The people will soon get hold of declarations like these and they'll prefer to become evangelicals or even Muslims than remain Catholic! What are they doing in Rome? Oh my God, oh my God!"

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185166/
<![CDATA[ Are We Still the Church? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185167.php
Are We Still the Church?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Raymond Arroyo sat down for an interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke, yet of the Apostolic Signatura. In the wide-ranging discussion they responded to the strong advocates at the Synod who seek to undermine Church teaching and pastoral practice on marriage, sexuality, family and faithful reception of the Holy Eucharist.

The Cardinal reiterates that those living in second marriages or otherwise inappropriate sexual or family situations need to be lovingly guided to conversion, not acceptance, and that despite the proposal of Cardinal Kasper and other powerful Catholics who have expressed support, there can be no Church approval for second marriage. This would be cruel to those involved and to their families, and go against the teachings of Our Lord.

Arroyo asked Cardinal Burke to react to the recent commission established by the Pope to effectively ‘streamline’ the annulment process. Burke spoke of the value and necessity of annulment tribunals and the importance of respecting the process as it has been applied through the centuries.

 

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185167/
<![CDATA[ No Time for Nuance ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185169.php
No Time for Nuance



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

PewSitter NewsBytes

The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara has foresworn all trace of nuance in his latest piece.

..as entirely predictable events unfold in the New Synod Hall—wherein, we are told, all things will be made new—why should we bother with nuance? After all, we have a Pope who is no friend of nuance and whose intentions could not have been more crudely expressed over the past eighteen months of astonishing insults and denigration of practically all the elements of apostolic and ecclesiastical tradition. Francis has clearly been preparing for this moment since the day of his election, if not before, and now it has arrived in all its inglorious splendor.

Let us call this Synod what it is: a secretive, manipulated, progressive-dominated cabal, led by septuagenarian and octogenarian diehards of the conciliar “renewal,” who are rushing to finish their “work”—so rudely interrupted by Pope Benedict—lest death release the Church from their clutches before they are quite done.

In a complete list of disturbing facts related to the Synod, Ferrara writes of the rebirth of ‘gradualism’ and what it may mean for those who normally should not receive Holy Commuion:

On and on the Secret Synod drones, led by the Pope, his German progressivist shock troops, and reliably liberal prelates from throughout the vast realm of post-conciliar apostasy. Take Cardinal Wuerl, for example. Speaking outside the Synod Hall, he now calls openly for a “graduality” that would allow all manner of objective mortal sinners to receive Holy Communion while they think about whether they might, someday, obey the Church’s teaching on marriage and procreation (as if the generality of clergy even bother to mention it any longer).

“The reception of Communion is not a doctrine or position, it’s a pastoral application of the doctrine of the Church,” says Wuerl in soothingly pastoral tones. The old smoothie is trying to deceive us. The requirement that one conscious of mortal sin abstain from the Blessed Sacrament is no mere “pastoral application” of doctrine, but rather a revealed truth at the foundation of our religion: “Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:27-29).”

After making this powerful stark picture of the troubling state of the Church, the writer ends with a strong note of Christian encouragement, and reminds us of the days of the Arian Heresy:

We have clearly reached the final extremity of the post-conciliar debacle, and it should now be obvious to every Catholic of good will that we live in times like those of the Arian crisis. As Cardinal Newman famously observed, during that crisis—the greatest in Church history until now—the Faith was preserved not “by the unswerving firmness of the Holy See, Councils or Bishops, but … by the consensus fidelium [consent of the faithful].” Then, as now, “there was a temporary suspense of the functions of the Ecclesia docens [the teaching church]. The body of the Bishops failed in their confession of the faith. … There were untrustworthy Councils, unfaithful Bishops; there was weakness, fear of consequences, misguidance, delusion, hallucination, endless, hopeless, extending itself into nearly every corner of the Catholic church.”

Yet in this seemingly hopeless situation lies our very hope. As history teaches, and as the promises of Christ guarantee, the faithful need only hold fast to the traditions they have been taught (2 Thess. 2:15) by the authentic Magisterium until the storm ends and the men who unleashed it upon the Church have passed into history, along with all the bishops and even the Pope (Liberius) who persecuted Saint Athanasius and a remnant of the faithful who defended the divinity of Christ in the 4th century.

Barring divine intervention, the members of the Secret Synod may well have their day. But in the end that is all they will have. Meanwhile, no matter what, we must keep the Faith. And by the grace of God, we will.

 

 

 

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185169/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Wuerl on team to write final Synod Relatio ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185170.php
Cardinal Wuerl on team to write final Synod Relatio



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

PewSitter NewsBytes

Vatican reporter John Thavis announces the addition of six Cardinals to help write the ‘relatio’ document which will summarize input and conclusions from this phase of the Synod on the Family.

The Vatican just announced that Pope Francis has named six additional prelates to help write the revised relatio for the Synod of Bishops, to be released Monday. At the risk of oversimplifying, they all seem to be on the pope’s wavelength when it comes to promoting pastoral mercy.

They will assist Cardinal Peter Erdo, the primary drafter of the relatio, and two other synod officials, in the task of summing up the first week of spirited synod debate in a document that will form the basis for future discussion.

Sources in Rome view the revised relatio as the key document going forward, and there is particular interest in how it treats some of the more controversial issues at the synod, including proposals to admit divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacraments.

New Cardinals on this committee include Washington’s Cardinal Wuerl, who boldly maintained this week that admittance to Holy Communion was not a doctrinal position; and Pontifical Council for Culture Chief, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, along with four other less-known hispanic prelates.

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185170/
<![CDATA[ What Are They Doing In Rome? Oh My God! Are We Still The Church? Cardinal Wuerl On Team To Write Final Synod Relatio; No Time For Nuance ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_185171.php
What Are They Doing In Rome? Oh My God! Are We Still The Church? Cardinal Wuerl On Team To Write Final Synod Relatio; No Time For Nuance



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

What are they doing in Rome? Oh my God!

At Rorate Caeli an African Catholic writes of his own bishop’s reaction to news of the Synod in Rome this week:

The bishop asked me to bring him news from the Synod as often as possible, and since I live very near the cathedral I am trying to print things and take them to him daily. So, yesterday I printed this page and he was struck by this passage from Thursday's meeting.

"With regard to cohabitation in certain regions, it was shown that this is often due to economic and social factors and not a form of refusal of the teachings of the Church. Often, moreover, these and other types of de facto unions are lived while conserving the wish for a Christian life, and therefore require suitable pastoral care. Similarly, while emphasising the impossibility of recognising same sex marriage, the need for a respectful and non-discriminatory approach with regard to homosexuals was in any case underlined."[*]

He was in the office with the Vicar-General, and he stood up and then fell down on his chair, took his hands to his head and started to weep silently. He was obviously very shaken. He said to the Vicar-General: "Oh my God, what are they doing? The people will soon get hold of declarations like these and they'll prefer to become evangelicals or even Muslims than remain Catholic! What are they doing in Rome? Oh my God, oh my God!"

 

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

Are We Still the Church?

Raymond Arroyo sat down for an interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke, yet of the Apostolic Signatura. In the wide-ranging discussion they responded to the strong advocates at the Synod who seek to undermine Church teaching and pastoral practice on marriage, sexuality, family and faithful reception of the Holy Eucharist.

The Cardinal reiterates that those living in second marriages or otherwise inappropriate sexual or family situations need to be lovingly guided to conversion, not acceptance, and that despite the proposal of Cardinal Kasper and other powerful Catholics who have expressed support, there can be no Church approval for second marriage. This would be cruel to those involved and to their families, and go against the teachings of Our Lord.

Arroyo asked Cardinal Burke to react to the recent commission established by the Pope to effectively ‘streamline’ the annulment process. Burke spoke of the value and necessity of annulment tribunals and the importance of respecting the process as it has been applied through the centuries.

 

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

Cardinal Wuerl on team to write final Synod 'Relatio'

Vatican reporter John Thavis announces the addition of six Cardinals to help write the ‘relatio’ document which will summarize input and conclusions from this phase of the Synod on the Family.

The Vatican just announced that Pope Francis has named six additional prelates to help write the revised relatio for the Synod of Bishops, to be released Monday. At the risk of oversimplifying, they all seem to be on the pope’s wavelength when it comes to promoting pastoral mercy.

They will assist Cardinal Peter Erdo, the primary drafter of the relatio, and two other synod officials, in the task of summing up the first week of spirited synod debate in a document that will form the basis for future discussion.

Sources in Rome view the revised relatio as the key document going forward, and there is particular interest in how it treats some of the more controversial issues at the synod, including proposals to admit divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacraments.

New Cardinals on this committee include Washington’s Cardinal Wuerl, who boldly maintained this week that admittance to Holy Communion was not a doctrinal position; and Pontifical Council for Culture Chief, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, along with four other less-known hispanic prelates.

 

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

No Time for Nuance

The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara has foresworn all trace of nuance in his latest piece.

..as entirely predictable events unfold in the New Synod Hall—wherein, we are told, all things will be made new—why should we bother with nuance? After all, we have a Pope who is no friend of nuance and whose intentions could not have been more crudely expressed over the past eighteen months of astonishing insults and denigration of practically all the elements of apostolic and ecclesiastical tradition. Francis has clearly been preparing for this moment since the day of his election, if not before, and now it has arrived in all its inglorious splendor.

Let us call this Synod what it is: a secretive, manipulated, progressive-dominated cabal, led by septuagenarian and octogenarian diehards of the conciliar “renewal,” who are rushing to finish their “work”—so rudely interrupted by Pope Benedict—lest death release the Church from their clutches before they are quite done.

In a complete list of disturbing facts related to the Synod, Ferrara writes of the rebirth of ‘gradualism’ and what it may mean for those who normally should not receive Holy Commuion:

On and on the Secret Synod drones, led by the Pope, his German progressivist shock troops, and reliably liberal prelates from throughout the vast realm of post-conciliar apostasy. Take Cardinal Wuerl, for example. Speaking outside the Synod Hall, he now calls openly for a “graduality” that would allow all manner of objective mortal sinners to receive Holy Communion while they think about whether they might, someday, obey the Church’s teaching on marriage and procreation (as if the generality of clergy even bother to mention it any longer).

“The reception of Communion is not a doctrine or position, it’s a pastoral application of the doctrine of the Church,” says Wuerl in soothingly pastoral tones. The old smoothie is trying to deceive us. The requirement that one conscious of mortal sin abstain from the Blessed Sacrament is no mere “pastoral application” of doctrine, but rather a revealed truth at the foundation of our religion: “Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:27-29).”

After making this powerful stark picture of the troubling state of the Church, the writer ends with a strong note of Christian encouragement, and reminds us of the days of the Arian Heresy:

We have clearly reached the final extremity of the post-conciliar debacle, and it should now be obvious to every Catholic of good will that we live in times like those of the Arian crisis. As Cardinal Newman famously observed, during that crisis—the greatest in Church history until now—the Faith was preserved not “by the unswerving firmness of the Holy See, Councils or Bishops, but … by the consensus fidelium [consent of the faithful].” Then, as now, “there was a temporary suspense of the functions of the Ecclesia docens [the teaching church]. The body of the Bishops failed in their confession of the faith. … There were untrustworthy Councils, unfaithful Bishops; there was weakness, fear of consequences, misguidance, delusion, hallucination, endless, hopeless, extending itself into nearly every corner of the Catholic church.”

Yet in this seemingly hopeless situation lies our very hope. As history teaches, and as the promises of Christ guarantee, the faithful need only hold fast to the traditions they have been taught (2 Thess. 2:15) by the authentic Magisterium until the storm ends and the men who unleashed it upon the Church have passed into history, along with all the bishops and even the Pope (Liberius) who persecuted Saint Athanasius and a remnant of the faithful who defended the divinity of Christ in the 4th century.

Barring divine intervention, the members of the Secret Synod may well have their day. But in the end that is all they will have. Meanwhile, no matter what, we must keep the Faith. And by the grace of God, we will.

 

 

 

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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/185171/
<![CDATA[ A Synod with No Voice? Leak It ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184980.php
A Synod with No Voice? Leak It



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Italian blogger living in England, Mundabor, has an interesting proposal to help counter the unprecedented efforts to squelch “intellectually well-formed” arguments at the Synod which might shed some unwanted light.

The unprecedented step of a synod reminding one of the Soviet Politburo was, very obviously, taken so that the most shameless prelates may discuss in private what they would not – at least for now – dare to say in public.

We have already seen that this is working, with even the idea of leaving aside those nasty words like “sin” being floated around.

He clearly states:

The secrecy is there to encourage the breaking of taboos. The leaking would make this shame public, and help to stop the worst from happening.

Dear Bishops and Cardinals of good will, if anyone is reading me now, please take my words to heart.

Let the leaking begin.

 

 

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184980/
<![CDATA[ The Age-Old Catholic Doctrine of Gradualness ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184977.php
The Age-Old Catholic Doctrine of Gradualness



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

AP reports from Vatican City:

Pope Francis' emphasis on a church that is merciful rather than moralizing is having a pronounced effect inside a meeting of bishops on family life, with the bishops emphasizing that the faithful should be the best possible Catholics they can be, even if they're not perfect ones.

Bishops have referred frequently to the theological concept of the "law of gradualness," which encourages the faithful to take one step at a time in the search for holiness.

It's an age-old concept for the church, but it has been out of favor for the past two pontificates which focused on making clear church teaching on hot-button issues. Francis, though, has said that with doctrine now well-known, the church must now focus on being more welcoming and forgiving.

The concept has been applied to couples who are living together but not married, with priests urged not condemn them but rather help them see how marriage in the church can deepen their bond. Cardinal Peter Erdo, a top synod organizer, said the concept should even be applied to married couples concerning artificial contraception.

How well known are these doctrines to which the Pope refers? Also, what happens if you get hit by a bus before you get a chance to 'deepen you bond' by marrying your girlfriend? There goes another less than perfect Catholic! At least it was all good at the Synod.

 

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184977/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Muller Says Let the Bishops Be Heard ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184978.php
Cardinal Muller Says Let the Bishops Be Heard



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Catholic Herald reports:

The texts of speeches at the family synod should be released publicly, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told Salt and Light: “These interventions should be published as before. All Christians have the right to be informed about [the] intervention of their bishops.”

 

 

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184978/
<![CDATA[ Prestigious JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family Not Welcome ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184979.php
Prestigious JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family Not Welcome



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


Sandro Magister writes of a married couple, once friends of Pope John Paul II, who are both professors at the JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family. The Polish couple spoke at a recent conference in Rome ahead of the Synod.

The assembly was directly oriented to the synod, right from its title: “The family and the future of Europe.”

The speakers included synod fathers of the first rank like Hungarian cardinal Péter Erdõ, president of the CCEE and relator general for the synod, Canadian cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the congregation for bishops, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian episcopal conference, and His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem.

But above all there was a married couple who are both philosophers, Ludmila and Stanislaw Grygiel of Poland, childhood friends of Karol Wojtyla as priest, bishop, and pope, both of whom also teach at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

The institute was created by pope Wojtyla in 1982, two years after a synod also dedicated to the family and one year after the apostolic exhortation “Familiaris Consortio” that implemented it.

With its headquarters in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran University, the institute has branches all over the world, from the United States to Spain, from Brazil to Germany, from Mexico to India, from Benin to the Philippines, with a growing number of students.

Its presidents and professors have included cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Angelo Scola, Marc Ouellet.

At the approach of the synod this October, the institute has produced a notable spectrum of contributions. The latest, entitled “The Gospel of the Family: Going Beyond Cardinal Kasper's Proposal in the Debate on Marriage, Civil Re-Marriage and Communion in the Church,” has been published simultaneously in Italy by Cantagalli, in the United States by Ignatius Press, in Spain by Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, and in Germany by Media Maria Verlag.

Its authors are the Spanish theologian Juan José Pérez-Soba and the German anthropologist Stephan Kampowski, both professors at the institute’s Rome location.

The preface was written by Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the eight cardinals who are assisting Pope Francis in the reform of the curia and the governance of the Church. On October 3 Pell also presented the book to the public, at the headquarters of the institute.

In short, it is difficult to find in the Church today an institute of philosophical, theological, and pastoral studies more authoritative and competent than this one on issues of marriage and family.

And yet the incredible has happened. None of the professors of this pontifical institute has been called to speak at the synod on the family that opened on October 5 and will close on the 19th.

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184979/
<![CDATA[ The Saint of the National Liberation Front ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184981.php
The Saint of the National Liberation Front



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Christian Science Monitor sees Pope Francis as a fence mender who's made many changes to bridge old gaps.

The changes - like mending fences with proponents of liberation theology – have won Pope Francis grassroots support, even as they have rattled bishops, most of whom were installed during the tenures of his more conservative predecessors.

In ways large and small, Pope Francis is having an impact on Roman Catholics in Latin America. He’s pushing ahead with sainthood for a controversial martyred prelate in El Salvador. He’s mending fences with proponents of a theology that the Vatican once shunned for its Marxist whiff. And he’s cautiously embraced new, livelier styles of worship that his predecessors had discouraged.

One may take issue with that bit about worship being livelier these days, or with the character of a ‘Marxist whiff.’

Later, in discussing murdered Abp. Oscar Romero, who the Pope has indicated he’s eager to canonize, Spanish Jesuit professor Jon Sobrino was asked why this process had been suppressed for so many years.

“The word was, ‘It’s not an opportune time,’” Sobrino said. “Powerful cardinals were enemies of Romero, and the canonization didn’t move forward. Why not? Because it is not easy to canonize Jesus of Nazareth. He was against so many people, the high priests, the wealthy.”

Jesus was against the wealthy? Cardinals and popes who elevate causes are like the High Priests and Pharisees? If you follow this thinking most canonized saints must have been quite the opposite of saintly?

Today, Romero’s image is painted on schools across the country, and the former guerrilla movement known as the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, in power since 2009, has renamed the national airport and a highway for Romero.

“The FMLN has basically adopted Romero as its patron saint,” said Paolo Luers, a newspaper columnist sharply critical of the government. “This political usage bothers me and I think it bothers people in the church as well.”

The FMLN, I guess Jesus would have been one of them.

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184981/
<![CDATA[ The Age Old Catholic Doctrine of Gradualness; Cardinal Muller Says Let the Bishops Be Heard; Prestigious JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family Not Welcome; A Synod with No Voice? Leak It; The Saint of the National Liberation Front ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184982.php
The Age Old Catholic Doctrine of Gradualness; Cardinal Muller Says Let the Bishops Be Heard; Prestigious JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family Not Welcome; A Synod with No Voice? Leak It; The Saint of the National Liberation Front



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The Age-Old Catholic Doctrine of Gradualness

AP reports from Vatican City:

Pope Francis' emphasis on a church that is merciful rather than moralizing is having a pronounced effect inside a meeting of bishops on family life, with the bishops emphasizing that the faithful should be the best possible Catholics they can be, even if they're not perfect ones.

Bishops have referred frequently to the theological concept of the "law of gradualness," which encourages the faithful to take one step at a time in the search for holiness.

It's an age-old concept for the church, but it has been out of favor for the past two pontificates which focused on making clear church teaching on hot-button issues. Francis, though, has said that with doctrine now well-known, the church must now focus on being more welcoming and forgiving.

The concept has been applied to couples who are living together but not married, with priests urged not condemn them but rather help them see how marriage in the church can deepen their bond. Cardinal Peter Erdo, a top synod organizer, said the concept should even be applied to married couples concerning artificial contraception.

How well known are these doctrines to which the Pope refers? Also, what happens if you get hit by a bus before you get a chance to 'deepen you bond' by marrying your girlfriend? There goes another less than perfect Catholic! At least it was all good at the Synod.

 

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Cardinal Muller Says Let the Bishops Be Heard

The Catholic Herald reports:

The texts of speeches at the family synod should be released publicly, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told Salt and Light: “These interventions should be published as before. All Christians have the right to be informed about [the] intervention of their bishops.”

      

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Prestigious JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family Not Welcome

Sandro Magister writes of a married couple, once friends of Pope John Paul II, who are both professors at the JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family. The Polish couple spoke at a recent conference in Rome ahead of the Synod.

The assembly was directly oriented to the synod, right from its title: “The family and the future of Europe.”

The speakers included synod fathers of the first rank like Hungarian cardinal Péter Erdõ, president of the CCEE and relator general for the synod, Canadian cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the congregation for bishops, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian episcopal conference, and His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem.

But above all there was a married couple who are both philosophers, Ludmila and Stanislaw Grygiel of Poland, childhood friends of Karol Wojtyla as priest, bishop, and pope, both of whom also teach at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

The institute was created by pope Wojtyla in 1982, two years after a synod also dedicated to the family and one year after the apostolic exhortation “Familiaris Consortio” that implemented it.

With its headquarters in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran University, the institute has branches all over the world, from the United States to Spain, from Brazil to Germany, from Mexico to India, from Benin to the Philippines, with a growing number of students.

Its presidents and professors have included cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Angelo Scola, Marc Ouellet.

At the approach of the synod this October, the institute has produced a notable spectrum of contributions. The latest, entitled “The Gospel of the Family: Going Beyond Cardinal Kasper's Proposal in the Debate on Marriage, Civil Re-Marriage and Communion in the Church,” has been published simultaneously in Italy by Cantagalli, in the United States by Ignatius Press, in Spain by Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, and in Germany by Media Maria Verlag.

Its authors are the Spanish theologian Juan José Pérez-Soba and the German anthropologist Stephan Kampowski, both professors at the institute’s Rome location.

The preface was written by Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the eight cardinals who are assisting Pope Francis in the reform of the curia and the governance of the Church. On October 3 Pell also presented the book to the public, at the headquarters of the institute.

In short, it is difficult to find in the Church today an institute of philosophical, theological, and pastoral studies more authoritative and competent than this one on issues of marriage and family.

And yet the incredible has happened. None of the professors of this pontifical institute has been called to speak at the synod on the family that opened on October 5 and will close on the 19th.

 

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A Synod with No Voice? Leak It

Italian writer living in England, Mundabor, has an interesting proposal to help counter the unprecedented efforts to squelch “intellectually well-formed” arguments at the Synod which might shed some unwanted light.

The unprecedented step of a synod reminding one of the Soviet Politburo was, very obviously, taken so that the most shameless prelates may discuss in private what they would not – at least for now – dare to say in public.

We have already seen that this is working, with even the idea of leaving aside those nasty words like “sin” being floated around.

He clearly states:

The secrecy is there to encourage the breaking of taboos. The leaking would make this shame public, and help to stop the worst from happening.

Dear Bishops and Cardinals of good will, if anyone is reading me now, please take my words to heart.

Let the leaking begin.

 

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The Saint of the National Liberation Front

The Christian Science Monitor sees Pope Francis as a fence mender who's made many changes to bridge old gaps.

The changes - like mending fences with proponents of liberation theology – have won Pope Francis grassroots support, even as they have rattled bishops, most of whom were installed during the tenures of his more conservative predecessors.

In ways large and small, Pope Francis is having an impact on Roman Catholics in Latin America. He’s pushing ahead with sainthood for a controversial martyred prelate in El Salvador. He’s mending fences with proponents of a theology that the Vatican once shunned for its Marxist whiff. And he’s cautiously embraced new, livelier styles of worship that his predecessors had discouraged.

One may take issue with that bit about worship being livelier these days, or with the character of a ‘Marxist whiff.’

Later, in discussing murdered Abp. Oscar Romero, who the Pope has indicated he’s eager to canonize, Spanish Jesuit professor Jon Sobrino was asked why this process had been suppressed for so many years.

“The word was, ‘It’s not an opportune time,’” Sobrino said. “Powerful cardinals were enemies of Romero, and the canonization didn’t move forward. Why not? Because it is not easy to canonize Jesus of Nazareth. He was against so many people, the high priests, the wealthy.”

Jesus was against the wealthy? Cardinals and popes who elevate causes are like the High Priests and Pharisees? If you follow this thinking most canonized saints must have been quite the opposite of saintly?

Today, Romero’s image is painted on schools across the country, and the former guerrilla movement known as the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, in power since 2009, has renamed the national airport and a highway for Romero.

“The FMLN has basically adopted Romero as its patron saint,” said Paolo Luers, a newspaper columnist sharply critical of the government. “This political usage bothers me and I think it bothers people in the church as well.”

The FMLN, I guess Jesus would have been one of them.

 

 

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<![CDATA[ The Great Synod: Backwards Toward the Future ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184877.php
The Great Synod: Backwards Toward the Future



By Frank Walker
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CruxMag’s John Allen reports on the re-emergence of the notorious concept of ‘gradualism’ at the Synod for the Family.

All of a sudden at the 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family, “gradualism” as a concept in both Catholic moral theology and pastoral practice, which not so long ago seemed on the verge of being stricken from the official lexicon, is back with a vengeance.

There have been multiple references so far to the “law of graduality,” more commonly referred to by theologians over the years as “gradualism.” Its apparent popularity may offer a clue to how things are evolving in the keenly watched debate over divorced and remarried Catholics, but understanding why requires a bit of background.

At one level, gradualism is no more than the common sense observation that virtues such as honesty and courage aren’t all-or-nothing propositions, and that people move towards them through stages and at different speeds. It implies that just because someone’s current situation falls short of perfection doesn’t mean it has no moral value, and it’s often better to encourage the positive elements in someone’s life rather than to chastise their flaws.

This backing up and turning around to better reach the faithless is not leadership. Although, no one can say it hasn’t been tried.

 

 

The Great Synod: Backwards Toward the Future

CruxMag’s John Allen reports on the re-emergence of the notorious concept of ‘gradualism’ at the Synod for the Family.

All of a sudden at the 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family, “gradualism” as a concept in both Catholic moral theology and pastoral practice, which not so long ago seemed on the verge of being stricken from the official lexicon, is back with a vengeance.

There have been multiple references so far to the “law of graduality,” more commonly referred to by theologians over the years as “gradualism.” Its apparent popularity may offer a clue to how things are evolving in the keenly watched debate over divorced and remarried Catholics, but understanding why requires a bit of background.

At one level, gradualism is no more than the common sense observation that virtues such as honesty and courage aren’t all-or-nothing propositions, and that people move towards them through stages and at different speeds. It implies that just because someone’s current situation falls short of perfection doesn’t mean it has no moral value, and it’s often better to encourage the positive elements in someone’s life rather than to chastise their flaws.

This backing up and turning around to better reach the faithless is not leadership. Although, no one can say it hasn’t been tried.

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<![CDATA[ John Paul: Gradualism Bad, Francis: Gradualism Goooood ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184878.php
John Paul: Gradualism Bad, Francis: Gradualism Goooood



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


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Catholic Register reports:

In an address to the assembly on its first working day, Oct. 6, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, said that "Humanae Vitae," the 1968 encyclical by Pope Paul VI that reaffirmed the church's prohibition of artificial birth control, "needs to be considered in light of the law of graduality." He suggested that it was unrealistic to expect immediate acceptance of the widely flouted teaching.

Bishops cite Pope John Paul II concept of gradual development toward greater faith, but John Paul was clear:

The cardinal, who attended the 1980 synod as a priest assisting a participating bishop, recalled that St. John Paul II had made an important point on the subject at the conclusion of the synod.

"He said, yes, there is a law of graduality, but it should not be confused with a graduality of the law," Cardinal Nichols said. "He was saying the vision, the teaching of the church is consistent and is offered to everybody. So it's not as if there's one law at this time in your life and another law later in your life, but there is a pathway on which we'll walk."

Another synod father, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany, told reporters Oct. 6 that the idea of graduality could help the church develop a new way of speaking about sexuality.

"We cannot have always 100 percent, and I would say good and bad, that's not so easy to make the difference," the cardinal said in English. "There is a development, a way, in the biography or in a relationship and so on."

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<![CDATA[ FrancisChurch: Getting More Pastoral By Being Less Doctrinal ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184879.php
FrancisChurch: Getting More Pastoral By Being Less Doctrinal



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


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NCR’s Edward Pentin reports:

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family enters its third day of discussions tomorrow and so far, much has gone as expected. Plenty of debate has already taken place about how to make the Church, and the Church’s teaching on marriage and family life, more attractive.

According to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the atmosphere has been lighthearted, enjoyable and conducive to the free and open debates desired by Pope Francis.

But the material, disseminated by the Holy See press office, is causing some concern: many of the interventions, for example, appear to seek reconciliation with the way the world sees the Church (one speaker reportedly said the Church should "show friendship towards the world") rather than holding up dogmatic truths or acknowledging that the Church will always be counter-cultural.

Pentin remarks on the problematic secretive nature of the Synod, which results in a murky picture of the bishops and their input. Nevertheless some troubling information is still emerging:

Much stress is being put on the fact that a change of doctrine is not up for discussion. But concerns remain that, even if that is the case, changing how the Church is presented will make it appear to have been altered.

The issue of language is a case in point: synod participants heard today of a wish to tone down the use of terms such as “living in sin”, “contraceptive mentality” and “intrinsically disordered”. The suggestion appeared to have been warmly received.

But such a change risks making it seem that the Church no longer believes, at least as strongly as she once did, the truths she is compelled to teach. It's a concern that's yet to be raised at the synod. Or maybe it has been.

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<![CDATA[ The Erdo Principle: Easy Divorces = Easy Annulments ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184880.php
The Erdo Principle: Easy Divorces = Easy Annulments



By Frank Walker
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Cardinal Peter Erdo reveals a growing consensus among the ‘Synod Fathers’ for a new easy-annulment process for divorcing Catholics.

General relator Cardinal Peter Erdo said the synod's Instrumentum laboris – or “working document” –  shows a “broad consensus in favor of simplifying marriage cases from the pastoral point of view and recounts increasing instances of a divorce mentality in the valid celebration of the Sacrament. ”

“With this in mind, it does not seem hazardous to believe that many marriages celebrated in the Church may be invalid,” he said in an Oct. 6 press conference.

Synod discussions will address the responses to the questionnaire released by the Vatican last year, in which many said they feel that the annulment procedure lacks “an effective and streamlined process.”

Cardinal Erdo reiterated the circuitous idea that, since the availability of easy civil divorce creates an expectation of the option for couples, their marriages are in fact null.

The so-called “divorce mentality” is often fostered by civil courts or tribunals, Cardinal Erdo observed, who frequently grant divorces to couples without many questions asked.

This practice “frequently leads parties to enter into a canonical marriage, while reserving the right to divorce and to contract another wedding should difficulties occur,” he said.

“Even without their being fully aware of the ontological and canonical aspects,” this idea renders a marriage invalid, he continued.

The Cardinal offers no recommendations about what to do when Catholic marriages become supposedly nullified due to the increased expectation for easy annulments. But perhaps the expectation of an easy annulment doesn’t nullify a marriage, only the expectation for an easy divorce.

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The Great Synod: Backwards Toward the Future; John Paul: Gradualism Bad, Francis: Gradualism Goooood; FrancisChurch: Getting More Pastoral By Being Less Doctrinal; The Erdo Principle: Easy Divorces = Easy Annulments



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


The Great Synod: Backwards Toward the Future

CruxMag’s John Allen reports on the re-emergence of the notorious concept of ‘gradualism’ at the Synod for the Family.

All of a sudden at the 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family, “gradualism” as a concept in both Catholic moral theology and pastoral practice, which not so long ago seemed on the verge of being stricken from the official lexicon, is back with a vengeance.

There have been multiple references so far to the “law of graduality,” more commonly referred to by theologians over the years as “gradualism.” Its apparent popularity may offer a clue to how things are evolving in the keenly watched debate over divorced and remarried Catholics, but understanding why requires a bit of background.

At one level, gradualism is no more than the common sense observation that virtues such as honesty and courage aren’t all-or-nothing propositions, and that people move towards them through stages and at different speeds. It implies that just because someone’s current situation falls short of perfection doesn’t mean it has no moral value, and it’s often better to encourage the positive elements in someone’s life rather than to chastise their flaws.

This backing up and turning around to better reach the faithless is not leadership. Although, no one can say it hasn’t been tried.

 

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John Paul: Gradualism Bad, Francis: Gradualism Goooood

Catholic Register reports:

In an address to the assembly on its first working day, Oct. 6, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, said that "Humanae Vitae," the 1968 encyclical by Pope Paul VI that reaffirmed the church's prohibition of artificial birth control, "needs to be considered in light of the law of graduality." He suggested that it was unrealistic to expect immediate acceptance of the widely flouted teaching.

Bishops cite Pope John Paul II concept of gradual development toward greater faith, but John Paul was clear:

The cardinal, who attended the 1980 synod as a priest assisting a participating bishop, recalled that St. John Paul II had made an important point on the subject at the conclusion of the synod.

"He said, yes, there is a law of graduality, but it should not be confused with a graduality of the law," Cardinal Nichols said. "He was saying the vision, the teaching of the church is consistent and is offered to everybody. So it's not as if there's one law at this time in your life and another law later in your life, but there is a pathway on which we'll walk."

Another synod father, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany, told reporters Oct. 6 that the idea of graduality could help the church develop a new way of speaking about sexuality.

"We cannot have always 100 percent, and I would say good and bad, that's not so easy to make the difference," the cardinal said in English. "There is a development, a way, in the biography or in a relationship and so on."

 

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FrancisChurch: Getting More Pastoral By Being Less Doctrinal

NCR’s Edward Pentin reports:

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family enters its third day of discussions tomorrow and so far, much has gone as expected. Plenty of debate has already taken place about how to make the Church, and the Church’s teaching on marriage and family life, more attractive.

According to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the atmosphere has been lighthearted, enjoyable and conducive to the free and open debates desired by Pope Francis.

But the material, disseminated by the Holy See press office, is causing some concern: many of the interventions, for example, appear to seek reconciliation with the way the world sees the Church (one speaker reportedly said the Church should "show friendship towards the world") rather than holding up dogmatic truths or acknowledging that the Church will always be counter-cultural.

Pentin remarks on the problematic secretive nature of the Synod, which results in a murky picture of the bishops and their input. Nevertheless some troubling information is still emerging:

Much stress is being put on the fact that a change of doctrine is not up for discussion. But concerns remain that, even if that is the case, changing how the Church is presented will make it appear to have been altered.

The issue of language is a case in point: synod participants heard today of a wish to tone down the use of terms such as “living in sin”, “contraceptive mentality” and “intrinsically disordered”. The suggestion appeared to have been warmly received.

But such a change risks making it seem that the Church no longer believes, at least as strongly as she once did, the truths she is compelled to teach. It's a concern that's yet to be raised at the synod. Or maybe it has been.  

 

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The Erdo Principle: Easy Divorces = Easy Annulments

Cardinal Peter Erdo reveals a growing consensus among the ‘Synod Fathers’ for a new easy-annulment process for divorcing Catholics.

General relator Cardinal Peter Erdo said the synod's Instrumentum laboris – or “working document” –  shows a “broad consensus in favor of simplifying marriage cases from the pastoral point of view and recounts increasing instances of a divorce mentality in the valid celebration of the Sacrament. ”

“With this in mind, it does not seem hazardous to believe that many marriages celebrated in the Church may be invalid,” he said in an Oct. 6 press conference.

Synod discussions will address the responses to the questionnaire released by the Vatican last year, in which many said they feel that the annulment procedure lacks “an effective and streamlined process.”

Cardinal Erdo reiterated the circuitous idea that, since the availability of easy civil divorce creates an expectation of the option for couples, their marriages are in fact null.

The so-called “divorce mentality” is often fostered by civil courts or tribunals, Cardinal Erdo observed, who frequently grant divorces to couples without many questions asked.

This practice “frequently leads parties to enter into a canonical marriage, while reserving the right to divorce and to contract another wedding should difficulties occur,” he said.

“Even without their being fully aware of the ontological and canonical aspects,” this idea renders a marriage invalid, he continued.

The Cardinal offers no recommendations about what to do when Catholic marriages become supposedly nullified due to the increased expectation for easy annulments. But perhaps the expectation of an easy annulment doesn’t nullify a marriage, only the expectation for an easy divorce.

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Who Receives Communion Is Not Doctrine, So.... ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184772.php
Who Receives Communion Is Not Doctrine, So....



By Frank Walker
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Commonweal’s Grant Gallicho reports on the words of Cd. Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington D.C.

"When we talk about doctrinal givens, things that are fixed, we're talking about something such as In what does marriage consist? The reception of Communion is not a doctrinal position. It's a pastoral application of the doctrine.... Just to repeat the practice of the past without any effort to see whether there is some awareness, openness, influence of the Spirit that might be helping us in total continuity with our past practice to find a new direction today."

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/184772/
<![CDATA[ Once Again, The Council of Trent Did Not Approve Re-Marriage ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_184773.php
Once Again, The Council of Trent Did Not Approve Re-Marriage



By Frank Walker
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Rorate Caeli publishes the translated rebuttal to the piece published in Italian Church-guided Jesuit “Civiltà Cattolica” which erroneously claims that second marriages were permitted in the parts of the Greek Isles by the Council of Trent.  Historian Roberto de Mattei responds:

The Synod that has just begun will not go down in history for its documents but for the importance that has been attached to the event itself:  i.e., a “laceration” in traditional morality, encapsulated with the formula “the primacy of pastoral practice over doctrine”.  This thesis is sustained in deliberately misleading historical and theological articles, like the one by the Jesuit Giancarlo Pani which appeared on the eve of the Synod in the “Civiltà Cattolica” carrying the title “Matrimony and second marriages at the Council of Trent (Quaderno, n.3943, October 4th 2014).  In this essay the author summons up the history of “one of the most innovative decrees from the Council of Trent on matrimony, known as “Tametsi” , asserting that in the 7th Canon of the document, the Church while condemning the doctrine of Luther and the reformers, “leaves uncriticized the traditions of the Greeks who, in the case specified, tolerate  new marriages.”

      The Council Fathers had in fact softened the text, to avoid pronouncing an anathema against the practice going on in some Venetian colonies where the possibility of divorce and new marriages was admitted in the case of adultery, according to the custom established by the schismatic Greek Church.  Father Pani who justifies this practice, writes that even a Christian  “could fail in his marriage and move on to a new union; this sin, like every sin, was not excluded from the mercy of God, and the Church both had claimed the power to absolve it.  This was precisely a matter of the application of mercy and of pastoral forbearance, which takes the frailty and sinfulness of man into account. This mercy has remained in the Eastern tradition under the name of “oikonomia” , while recognizing the indissolubility of marriage proclaimed by the Lord, as the icon of Christ’s union with the Church, his bride, pastoral practice reaches out to the problems of spouses who are living in irrecuperable marital situations. After discernment on the part of the bishop and after penance, the faithful can be reconciled, new marriages declared valid, and communion permitted again. This for Father Pani, is the lesson in mercy that comes from the Council of Trent. He concludes: “it appears extraordinary today that at a Council at which the indissolubility of marriage is affirmed there should be no condemnation of new marriages for Catholics of the Eastern tradition. And yet this is history: a page of evangelical mercy for those Christians who suffer through a failed conjugal relationship that cannot be put back together again; but also a historical event that has clear ecumenical implications.”

However, what is the truth of the facts?  The Council of Trent was convoked, as is well-known, to combat Protestantism.  Luther and Calvin had denied or emptied the Church’s Sacraments of their meaning -  among which was marriage.  The Council wanted therefore to reaffirm sound doctrine solemnly, also on this point.  On the 11th November 1563 in session XXIV, a decree was promulgated on the Sacrament of Marriage which included 12 Canons.  The text of the 7th  is this: “If anyone says that the Church errs in that she taught and teaches that in accordance with evangelical and apostolic doctrine the bond of matrimony cannot be dissolved by reason of adultery on the part of one of the parties, and that both, or even the innocent party who gave no occasion for adultery, cannot contract another marriage during the lifetime of the other, and that he is guilty of adultery who, having put away the adulteress, shall marry another, and she also who, having put away the adulterer, shall marry another,[13] let him be anathema.”

The Ambassadors of the Venetian Republic had asked and obtained from the Council Fathers, that the canon, even if restating the indissolubility of Marriage, avoided excommunicating explicitly those who said that marriage could be dissolved in [cases] of adultery by one of the spouses.  The request arose from concern about creating divisions in the Greek Isles, subject to La Serenissima, where many Christians followed the oriental rites even if they were under the Latin bishops.  The importance of this Canon, in its final formulation, however, admits no doubts whatsoever. At that time the enemies to fight were the Protestants, not the Greeks, and the Council anathematized the Protestant declarations which denied the intrinsicindissolubility of marriage. The fact that the oriental praxis was not condemned explicitly does not mean in any way that there was  an acceptance of their divorce.

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