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  • Judie Brown Responds to CCHD Flim-Flam Man

    11/10/2011 7:24:50 AM PST · by schmootman · 2 replies
    American Life League ^ | 11/9/11 | Judie Brown
    Imagine buying an apple from an orchard, biting into it, and discovering that the apple is full of worms. You’d be upset, wouldn’t you? In fact, you’d probably take the apple to the farmer, point out that the apple is full of worms, show him your receipt, and ask for a refund. Now imagine that instead of making amends, the farmer started telling you about how his staff is thoroughly committed to picking only the best apples and that his orchard has a rigorous policy in place to make sure that apples with worms are not sold from his orchard....
  • At Long Last, The Threshold: US' Ad Limina Begins (Catholic Caucus)

    11/04/2011 2:18:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | November 4, 2011
    Seven years since the American hierarchy last made its required Quinquennial Visit to the Holy See, the bench's first ad limina of B16's pontificate began earlier today -- three days ahead of schedule -- as the Pope received 13 prelates of New England's Region I in private audience. While Benedict will meet with each of the bishops over the next week, this morning's Apartment-bound group was led by the area's top cleric, Boston's Cardinal Séan O'Malley OFM Cap., joined by his five active auxiliaries. Likewise on the Opening Day audience slate were Bishops George Coleman of Fall River, Salvatore...
  • SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO ARCHBISHOP, CARDINAL 1538-1584 [Catholic Caucus]

    11/03/2011 6:59:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | not given | Taken from "Lives of Saints", Published by John J. Crawley & Co., Inc.
    SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO ARCHBISHOP, CARDINAL 1538-1584 Feast: November 4 Among the great reformers of the troubled sixteenth century was Charles Borromeo, who, with St. Francis of Loyola, St. Philip Neri, and others, led the movement to combat the inroads.   His father, Count Gilbert Borromeo, was a man of piety and ability, and his mother was a member of the famous Medici family of Milan, sister of Angelo de Medici, later to become Pope Pius IV. The second of two sons in a family of six children, Charles was born in the castle of Arona on Lake Maggiore, on...
  • Moral Theologian Reviews CCHD Grants

    11/02/2011 7:15:45 AM PDT · by schmootman · 18 replies
    ReformCCHDNow.com ^ | October 13, 2011 | W. H. Marshner, STD
    Dr. William H. Marshner, professor of Theology at Christendom College, thoroughly reviewed the contents of this report on grants fron the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Dr. Marshner's list of accomplishments and credentials can be found here: http://www.christendom.edu/academics/faculty-marshner.php.
  • Social Injustice -- The New Michael Voris Video on CCHD Corruption

    11/02/2011 6:51:23 AM PDT · by schmootman · 8 replies
    RealCatholicTV.com ^ | Nonember 1, 2011 | Michael Voris
    Under the pretense of fighting poverty and injustice, the USCCB-run Catholic Campaign for Human Development has disfigured Catholic Social teaching to make it nothing more than a tool to help promote sexual immorality and Communism.
  • The Broken Path: How the Catholic Bishops got lost in the weeds of American politics.

    10/26/2011 6:38:15 AM PDT · by schmootman · 10 replies
    http://brokenpathbook.com/ ^ | 11/19/11 | Judie Brown
    Appointed twice by Pope John Paul II and again by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Academy for Life, renowned pro-life leader Judie Brown's bold new book The Broken Path reveals the political intrigue and challenges faced by and at times caused by the hierarchy of America's Catholic Church. After five years of exhaustive research, whether heaping praise or burning coals, The Broken Path makes clear not only what can be done, but what must be done to restore our nation's character, to return our society to a Culture of Life, and to reclaim both the Church and country that...
  • The Flim-Flam Bishops Strike Again

    10/26/2011 4:49:59 AM PDT · by schmootman · 5 replies
    Spero News ^ | 10/11/11 | Stephanie Block
    “Substance” ought to be meaty. Against the 210 pages of a report issued by American Life League (ALL)[i] documenting scores of Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grantees that violate, in one form or another, CCHD’s own grant guidelines, CCHD issued a page-long press release[ii] and an accompanying one-page “enclosure.” [iii] The fact that this preemptive rebuttal was issued on September 28, 2011, several days before the ALL Report was released on October 3, 2011, may account for the paucity of its self-defense but, then again, it may not. As we have done with prior CCHD communications, here is a...
  • Catholic Bishops' Debauchery Continues

    10/05/2011 8:18:57 AM PDT · by schmootman · 6 replies
    Spero News ^ | October 4, 2011 | Stephanie Block
    Catholic Campaign on Human Development: The American Life League Report on links to abortion groups Part 3 in a series by investigative journalist Stephanie Block on the involvement of Catholic bishops with leftist and pro-abortion groups. In a long and lengthening list of frustrations over the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), one certainly has to be its response to criticism. For 40 years, this “charity” has – deliberately on the part of some folks – hidden its primary objectives and misrepresented its critics. Then, when public outcry has grown too strident, it has staged mock “reforms.” The most recent...
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development Corruption Continues Unabated

    10/05/2011 5:22:50 AM PDT · by schmootman · 18 replies · 1+ views
    American Life League / Reform CCHD Now ^ | October 4, 2011 | Michael Hichborn (American Life League)
    CCHD 2010 - 2011 Grants Report EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Background For a number of years, there has been concern with the grants that CCHD distributes. There have been specific complaints that a significant portion of the grants have been given to organizations working in direct contradiction to Church teaching. In 2009, American Life League joined with several other concerned organizations to form the Reform CCHD Now Coalition. In March of 2010, the coalition sent a report on CCHD to each bishop, showing that, in 2009–2010, 51 out of 237 groups receiving CCHD funding either directly or through coalition membership promoted abortion,...
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development's Misuse of Funds Continues with 2010 Grants

    08/09/2011 10:29:01 AM PDT · by schmootman · 7 replies
    Catholics United for the Faith, St. Gregory VII Chapter ^ | August 9, 2010 | Catholic United for the Faith, St. Gregory VII Chapter
    Catholic Campaign for Human Development Update – May, 2011 Extensive research by reform groups during 2009 and 2010 revealed that dozens of Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grants were going to organizations which either directly or indirectly opposed Church teaching. An in-depth analysis of CCHD’s mission, strategies and actions, conducted in March, 2011 by the St. Gregory VII Chapter of CUF, shows that no sustainable progress has been made to reform CCHD in the last year. We believe that CCHD’s mission statement is fundamentally flawed, and as a result, the Catholic Church is spending millions of dollars each year...
  • Debt Deal's Biggest Losers - the Bishops

    08/07/2011 11:28:40 AM PDT · by schmootman · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 2, 2011 | Pat Archbold
    Matters of grave importance could and should prompt bishops to weigh in on politics to make sure that inviolable principles are not violated. The basic rights to life and liberty come to mind. So in this vein, when many bishops weighed in on Obamacare and the plan to fund abortions with taxpayer dollars, some bishops rightfully spoke up to defend life. That is a principle worth defending. But when bishops speak up to defend federal programs from having the future rate of growth cut in extremely modest ways as a way to just begin to address the serious issue of...
  • Whom Would Jesus Indebt?

    08/07/2011 5:56:28 AM PDT · by schmootman · 20 replies
    CASE (Christians for a Sustainable Economy) ^ | August 2, 2011 | CASE (Christians for a Sustainable Economy)
    Dear President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and Speaker Boehner, Recently, in the midst of the debt-ceiling crisis, a group calling themselves the “Circle of Protection,” led by Jim Wallis of the activist group Sojourners, met with you and your staff to claim that biblical mandates preclude limits to federal programs for low-income people. The Circle includes representatives of the National Association of Evangelicals, Bread for the World, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Wallis and the “Circle of Protection” do not speak for all Christians. However laudable their intentions, the consequence of their action is to provide a religious...
  • Rise of the Evangelical Catholic Bishops (Gospel without compromise replaces Catholic Lite)

    07/21/2011 7:05:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/21/2011 | George Weigel
    When Pope Benedict XVI appointed the archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.Cap., as the new archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, the usual suspects were trotted out to say the usual things that the usual suspects say. Thus David Clohessy of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, continued his nine-year rant against the Catholic Church by pronouncing Chaput’s record on abuse (which virtually everyone else finds admirable) “dismal.” But then David Clohessy would likely have found St. John Chrysostom, St. Charles Borromeo, or Chaput’s 19th-century predecessor in Philadelphia, St. John Neumann, “dismal,” because if you’re the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: COLLEGIALITY, 06-28-11

    06/28/2011 10:04:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-28-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):COLLEGIALITY The bishops of the Roman Catholic Church, united under the Pope as an episcopal community. According to the Second Vatican Council, "St. Peter and the other Apostles constitute a single apostolic college. In like manner, the Roman Pontiff, Peter's successor, and the bishops, successors of the Apostles, are linked together" (Constitution on the Church, III, 21). This community of Pope and bishops, and the bishops among themselves, was created by Christ and therefore belongs by divine right to the nature of the Church he founded. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's...
  • The Need of Zeal

    04/27/2011 10:36:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    The Evangelization Station ^ | 1938 | Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen
    The Need of Zeal Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen "I Thirst.” The Fifth Word from the Cross The cry, "I thirst," refers not to physical thirst. It was His soul that was burning and His Heart that was on fire. He was thirsting for the souls of men. The Shepherd was lonely without His sheep; the Creator was yearning for His creatures; the First-born was looking for His brethren. All during His life He had been searching for souls. He left heaven to find them among the thorns; it mattered little if they made a crown of, them for...
  • Chaput: Bishops Must Speak United on Politicians, Abortion

    04/15/2011 4:08:38 PM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 15, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Chaput: Bishops Must Speak United on Politicians, Abortion Washington, DC -- When Catholic politicians push for abortion without impunity, Catholic faithful are often left wondering why Church leaders don't do more to bring up their actions as out of step with Catholic teachings. One leading bishop is explaining why. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/04/15/chaput-bishops-must-speak-united-on-politicians-abortion/
  • US Bishops: Military Intervention In Libya "Appears To Meet" Key Just-War Standard

    03/29/2011 3:52:27 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    http://www.catholicculture.org/ ^ | March 29,2011 | CatholicCulture
    Military intervention in Libya, in the judgment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), “appears to meet” the just-cause criterion of Catholic teaching on just war. The USCCB, however, cautioned that it has “refrained from making definitive judgments” in light of “many prudential decisions beyond our expertise.” “In Catholic teaching the use of force must always be a last resort that serves a just cause,” Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany, chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote in a letter to National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church limits just...
  • Japanese bishops to set up center to coordinate operations in Sendai

    03/16/2011 12:48:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | March 16, 2011
    ROME (CNS) -- Japanese church officials are setting up an emergency center to coordinate humanitarian aid operations in Sendai, the area most devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The center will be managed by Caritas Japan and will draw on the resources of numerous Catholic volunteers who have come forward in the wake of the disaster, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported. Japan's bishops, meeting in Sendai March 16, decided to establish the center and initiate additional relief efforts under the supervision of Caritas. "The biggest buildings in Sendai withstood the very strong earthquake. The greatest damage...
  • The Lion of Munster

    03/09/2011 1:41:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    American Catholic ^ | Sunday, March 6, 2011 A.D. | Donald R. McClarey
    The Lion of Munster Sunday, March 6, 2011 A.D. | Author Donald R. McClarey Neither praise nor threats will distance me from God.Blessed Clemens von GalenThe Nazis hated and feared Clemens August Graf von Galen in life and no doubt they still hate and fear him, at least those now enjoying the amenities of some of the less fashionable pits of Hell. Going into Lent, I am strongly encouraged by the story of Blessed von Galen. I guess one could come up with a worse situation than being a Roman Catholic bishop in Nazi Germany in 1941, and confronting...
  • The Role of the Catholic Bishops in the Wisconsin Mess (Vanity)

    02/28/2011 6:05:52 AM PST · by schmootman · 37 replies
    2/28/11 | Schmootman
    I thought it might be helpful to show the chronology of the bishops' role in the budget debate in order to help you form an opinion about their conduct. We can come to different conclusions about their motivation, but the results of their actions are matters of fact. BOTTOM LINE: I am not aware of any Republican legislator or conservative commentator who has tried to use the bishops' statements as evidence that the bishops support the Republican position, and I'm sure they would have if the wording of those statements seemed to support their position. Yet, the Democrats have used...
  • Sixth Bishop Didn't Take Up CCHD Collection

    11/30/2009 3:58:06 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 560+ views
    LifeSite ^ | November 30, 2009
    TULSA, Oklahoma, November 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma also chose not to contribute to the national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) has confirmed, making him the sixth bishop confirmed to have done so.In a letter to the pastors of his diocese, read at Masses on the weekend of the November 21-22 collection, Bishop Slattery informed the faithful that the funds contributed to the CCHD collection would be reserved for use within the diocese.Msgr. Patrick Brankin told LSN that Bishop Slattery made his decision in the week before the...
  • Head of Catholic Campaign for Human Development Was Key Official in Pro-Death Campaign

    01/25/2011 6:09:05 AM PST · by schmootman · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | Matthew Archbold
    While the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has come under well deserved scrutiny for supporting groups such as ACORN and groups with ties to promoting abortion, CMR has uncovered that Ralph McCloud, while heading the CCHD in 2008, was simultaneously working as a highly placed campaign official for a pro-choice politician seeking to unseat a pro-life politician. As you likely know, CCHD is the bishops' anti-poverty program which funds community organizing and economic development projects and has been at the center of a number of controversies. Ralph McCloud was named head of the CCHD in November 2007. In his...
  • Huge Youth Mass kicks off March for Life (WaPo)

    01/24/2011 1:13:42 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2011 | Michelle Boorstein
    Hundreds of priests filed into Verizon Center in downtown Washington on Monday morning as contemporary praise music boomed from the speakers. The arena was packed with thousands of swaying, praying teenagers, many wearing sweat shirts from the Catholic schools they attend or knit hats that said "We believe" or "March for Life." [snip] Organizers say they expect a larger and more enthusiastic crowd than ever this year, fueled by the increasingly sophisticated use by church leaders of the social networking technology ... [snip] More than 27,000 young people secured tickets for the morning concert, pep rally and Mass, according to...
  • Bishop calls for new document correcting misinterpretations of Vatican II

    01/22/2011 1:07:24 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cns blog ^ | January 21, 2010 | Diogenes
    A bishop from Kazakstan has suggested the preparation of an authoritative document to expose major errors in the interpretation of the teachings of Vatican II. Bishop Athanasius Schneider, an auxiliary of the Karaganda diocese, argues that the Church has been damaged by inaccurate interpretations of the Council documents, which suggest “an anthropocentric, secularizing, or naturalistic shift by the Second Vatican Council” and a dramatic break from previous Church teachings. Bishop Schneider says that the teaching of the Church has been distorted because of secular influences and because too many Church leaders failed to uphold traditional teachings. The result, he says,...
  • ACLU Tries to Silence Catholic Bishops on Obamacare Rules

    01/19/2011 2:07:56 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | January 19, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    The pro-abortion ACLU legal group is trying to silence the nation’s Catholic bishops when it comes the implementing Obamcare and ensuring the health care law does not fund contraception and birth control with taxpayer dollars.Last week, the ACLU defended the inclusion of contraception in federally-mandated health coverage and criticized the Catholic bishops for asking for contraception to be precluded from coverage.Last September, the bishops contacted the Department of Health and Human Services and asked Obama administration officials to not include contraception and birth control under the “preventative services” covered by the Obamacare law. They said preventing pregnancy is not similar...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE, 01-12-11

    01/12/2011 11:48:32 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-12-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE A form of assembly in which the bishops of a certain country or region exercise their pastoral office jointly in order to enhance the Church's beneficial influence on all men especially by devising forms of the apostolate and apostolic methods suitably adopted to the circumstances of the times (Second Vatican Council, Christus Dominus, III, 38). The local ordinaries and coadjutors have a deliberate vote. Each conference draws up its own statutes, which are subject to the approval of Rome. Decisions of an episcopal conference have the force of law when they have been legitimately...
  • If true,..indeed a bombshell...(about ONE-HALF of the claims..entirely false or..exaggerated

    01/02/2011 6:20:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 88 replies
    Insigt Scoop.com ^ | 01-02-11 | posted by Carl Olson
    If true, this is indeed a bombshell... Dave Pierre, the author of the book, Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church, reports the following on his site, TheMediaReport.com:In a stunning ten-page declaration recently submitted to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, veteran attorney Donald H. Steier stated that his investigations into claims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have uncovered vast fraud and that his probes have revealed that many accusations are completely false.Counselor Steier has played a role in over one hundred investigations involving Catholic clergy in Los Angeles. In his missive Mr. Steier relayed,...
  • In Bishops' Shocker, TIM WINS! (NY Archbishop Dolan Elected Pres. of USCCB)(Catholic Caucus)

    11/16/2010 7:41:15 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 25 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 11/16/2010 | Rocco Palmo
    For the first time in the history of the US bishops, a vice-president standing for the presidency has been denied the top post, losing a stunning election to the archbishop of New York. By a 128-111 vote, Archbishop Timothy Dolan bested Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson on the third ballot at this morning's elections in Baltimore. Overturning a half-century of tradition for the bench, the result represents a seismic shift for the leadership of the nation's largest religious body, and a mandate for a continuance of the outspoken, high-profile leadership shown by Cardinal Francis George over his game-changing term at...
  • Bishop Kicanis the next USCCB president? I hope not.

    11/13/2010 6:44:31 AM PST · by schmootman · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | 11/12/10 | Matt Abbott
    I don't think much of the bureaucracy known as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In fact, some days I think it should simply be disbanded. True reform, in my view, is not likely any time soon, if ever. But I'm a realist. I know the USCCB will continue to exist. I know the corruption will continue. I know the pain will continue. It just...is. That being the case, I hope Bishop Gerald Kicanas will not be the next president of the USCCB. Why? Catholic journalist Tim Drake has a good overview of the situation on his blog. The...
  • Reform Coalition Finds Radical Group Featured in CCHD Renewal Document

    11/07/2010 6:11:57 AM PST · by schmootman · 1 replies
    www.reformcchdnow.com ^ | Reform CCHD Now Coalition
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Reform CCHD Now (RCN) coalition (www.reformcchdnow.com) has released a report detailing multiple problems with the Coalition of Imokalee Workers (CIW), the first grantee featured in a document intended to outline the review and renewal of the controversial Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). “The very idea that the CCHD would praise CIW in a document that apologizes for funding pro-abortion, pro-homosexual organizations in the past and promises to make a stronger effort to avoid doing so in the future undermines their credibility,” said Michael Hichborn, lead researcher for RCN member American Life League. “If CCHD can’t...
  • Will Prelate Imkamp be Next Archbishop of Berlin

    11/07/2010 12:46:47 AM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/07/2010 | Tancred
    (Berlin, kreuz.net)The Director of the Shrine Maria Vesperbild in the Diocese of Augsburg, Wilhelm Imkamp (59), is the most qualified candidate to succeed the former Archbishop of Berlin. This was according to 'Bild' today in its Berlin edition. The paper gave no source for its alleged information. Cardinal Georg Sterzinsky of Berlin will reach his 75th birthday this coming February and must submit his resignation. The boulevard magazine informs us that he is weary of his office. They have profiled the Catholic Prelate Imkamp as "well connected in the Vatican".
  • Thoughts on a New Knighthood [Archbishop Chaput's Address to Catholic Air Force Cadets in Colorado]

    10/30/2010 1:42:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Denver ^ | Oct. 25, 2010 | Archbishop Chaput
    October 25, 2010 Thoughts on a New Knighthood Archbishop Chaput delivered the following remarks to Catholic cadets at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Monday, Oct. 25, 2010.None of you wants to sit through another classroom lecture. So my comments will be brief. Then we can get to some questions and answers. I'm also going to skip telling you how talented you are. You already know that. You wouldn't be here if you weren't. What you'll discover as you get older is that the world has plenty of very talented failures – people who either didn't live up to their abilities; or who did,...
  • Pope says bishops must educate faithful to vote against abortion

    10/30/2010 1:22:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    CNS ^ | Oct-28-2010 | Cindy WoodenAmen1
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Bishops must guide their faithful to use their vote to oppose efforts to legalize abortion and euthanasia, Pope Benedict XVI told bishops from Brazil. "Dear brother bishops, to defend life we must not fear hostility or unpopularity, and we must refuse any compromise or ambiguity which might conform us to the world's way of thinking," the pope said Oct. 28 during a meeting with bishops from northeast Brazil. The bishops were making their "ad limina" visits to report on the status of their dioceses. Pope Benedict did not mention the fact that Brazilians were to vote...
  • It's not (necessarily) a heresy to reject the making of a bishop as a participation in Holy Orders

    10/26/2010 10:28:59 AM PDT · by Balt · 17 replies
    Master of Divinity ^ | 10/26/2010 | Rev. J. Michael Venditti, M. Div.
    Twice a year (Labor Day and Memorial Day) I enjoy a picnic provided by one of my former seminary professors, along with many of his former students, mostly from classes that came years after me. During that last one, I toasted my old teacher in gratitude for the fact that he had always maintained, in my defense, that one can still believe in the Bound Powers theory, in spite of the language used in Vatican II. He smirked, and asked the younger priests there if they had ever heard of the Bound Powers theory; and no one raised his hand....
  • The Works of Christ Progress: Archbishop Nienstedt Calls Faithful to be 100% Catholic

    10/22/2010 5:44:04 AM PDT · by tcg · 5 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/22/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On March 10, 2010, in a General Audience where he was instructing the faithful on the contributions of St. Bonaventure, Pope Benedict spoke of Church history and authentic progress, "Today there are views according to which the whole history of the Church in the second millennium is a permanent decline; some see the decline already immediately after the New Testament. In reality, "opera Christi non deficiunt, sed proficiunt," the works of Christ do not go backward, but progress." Well, if you were to believe some of the articles passing themselves off for reporting in the secular press these days concerning...
  • This Could Have Cost Archbishop Marx his Red Hat

    10/20/2010 1:55:36 PM PDT · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/20/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: He was supposed to have gotten his hat, but this story, persecuting Bishop Mixa and attacking the Prior and Abbot of Ettal (who were later exoherated) for alleged child abuse, might explain why he didn't. Here's why he probably didn't, and might not get, the Cardinal's hat. Church enemies organizsed in the name of the Archdiocese of Munich-Freising, for the promotion of more AIDS, more Mortal Sin, more Divorce and more Child abuse. [kreuz.net, Mühldorf] In the coming Saturday, the alleged 'Catholic Jouth Center Mühldorf" have organized a workshop against the Sixth Commandment. The horrible occasion was held under...
  • Ratzinger's Best Pupils Are in Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan (Catholic Caucus)

    10/14/2010 2:20:12 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | 10/14/2010 | Sandro Magister
    They are the bishops Ranjith and Schneider. They follow the pope's example in the liturgical camp more and better than many of their colleagues in Italy and Europe. One revealing test is the manner of giving communion at MassIn his diocese, Archbishop Ranjith has proclaimed a special year of the Eucharist. And to prepare for it...he brought in two outstanding speakers from Rome: Cardinal Antonio Cańizares Llovera, prefect of the Vatican congregation for divine worship, and Fr. Uwe Michael Lang, a member of the same congregation and an adviser for the office of pontifical liturgical celebrations. Lang, German by birth...
  • Catholic Bishops of New York: Pro-Life More Important Than Health Care, Economy

    10/13/2010 3:51:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/13/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Albany, NY (LifeNews.com) -- The Catholic bishops of New York have released a new statement about the upcoming congressional elections. In a contest seeing campaigns for the House and Senate shape up as a contrast between pro-abortion and pro-life positions, the bishops say the pro-life issue is most important. The comments are significant given the importance the economy and fiscal issues have on the minds of voters heading into November.The New York bishops reference the Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship document the national conference of Catholic bishops released highlighting the importance of pro-life issues in elections.That document teaches, “Those...
  • Archbishop Vigneron Exposes 'American Catholic Council', Warns Faithful

    10/14/2010 6:39:50 AM PDT · by GonzoII
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/14/2010 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    DETROIT, MI (Catholic Online) - Throughout Christian history one of the greatest tributes which can be given to a Bishop is "Defender of Orthodoxy". It was used in reference to such greats in our family history as Athanasius and Leo the Great. Bishops are the teachers of the Church, guardians of the deposit of faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church declares, "Just as the office which the Lord confided to Peter alone, as first of the apostles, destined to be transmitted to his successors, is a permanent one, so also endures the office, which the apostles received, of shepherding...
  • Nienstedt Denies Communion to GLBT Button Students

    10/05/2010 6:04:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    KSTP ^ | 10/5/2010
    Several students from St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict say the Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis refused to serve them communion because they were wearing rainbow buttons that signaled membership in a gay and lesbian student group. Archbishop John Nienstedt led a Sept. 26 mass at St. John's Collegeville campus. Members of a GLBT student group called PRiSM told the school newspaper The Record that the archbishop ordered them back to their seats. A spokesman for the archdiocese says Nienstedt is traveling and could not be reached. He says it's church policy from the Vatican...
  • Religion isn’t a 'feel-good' solution, teaches Argentinean bishop

    10/01/2010 11:34:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII
    CNA ^ | Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 1, 2010
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 1, 2010 / 12:25 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jorge Lozano of Gualeguaychu in Argentina warned this week that relativism in the faith is what leads many to seek their own individual well being in religion and consider it a “feel-good” solution. “We are in a climate of narcissism and hedonism, and we run the risk of being led by a self-referential conscience, in which the 'I' becomes the center of the universe and the only thing that matters is what 'I' feel like doing, what 'I' want, what 'I' desire, like someone who is constantly staring at...
  • The Bishop is Neither Manager Nor Bureaucrat!

    09/13/2010 9:51:51 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/13/2010 | Tancred
    Benedict XVI. on the Shepherd's Responsibilities of the Successors of the Apostles -- by Armin Schwibach/ Rome Rome[kath.net/as] The Bishop is not a pure manager, he is not a bureaucrat or a simple moderator and organizer of the life of the diocese. Much more, he must be a "father, brother and friend" and be on the "Christian and human path", who knows he has to create, "an atmosphere of trust, acceptance, sympathy, but also uprightness and justice". With these words Pope Benedict XVI. addressed a second group of newly ordained Bishops this morning, who participated in a course organized by...
  • Tradition-Friendly Bishop Re-Opens Seminary After 10 Years of Being Closed

    09/06/2010 3:35:55 PM PDT · by 0beron · 3 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/06/2010 | Tancred
    [Paris] Msgr Marx Aillet, the current General Vicar of the traditional friendly French Diocese of Toulon, was made by Pope Benedict the Bishop of the Diocese of Bayonne. He is a member of St. Martins-Community founded by Cardinal Siri, in which the Holy Mass of Paul VI is celebrated in latin, versus Deum. The Bishop wrote an article about the use and meaning of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum and endeavored to promote the Tridentine Mass also the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in his Diocese. Even after the first two years in office, it was possible for him...
  • Vatican rejects resignations of Irish bishops over child sex abuse scandal

    08/12/2010 2:49:58 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | ugust 12 2010 | Rueters
    Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said in a letter to priests in his archdiocese that Auxiliary Bishops Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field will remain in their jobs but will be given "revised responsibilities". The bishops presented their resignations to Pope Benedict XVI in December following a judge's damning report on the Dublin archdiocese that found the Catholic Church concealed the abuse of children by priests for three decades. In the letter he said: "Following the presentation of their resignations to Pope Benedict, it has been decided that Bishop Eamonn Walsh and Bishop Raymond Field will remain as auxiliary bishops." The archbishop said...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISCOPATE, 08-11-10

    08/11/2010 10:00:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-11-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EPISCOPATE The fullness of the sacrament of orders by which a man becomes a bishop and acquires the power to ordain other bishops and priests, to confirm, and to become part of the episcopal community with the power of jurisdiction according to the canons of ecclesiastical law and the provisions of the Holy See. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Hypocrisy of New York Archdiocese Continues

    07/28/2010 7:16:28 PM PDT · by schmootman · 8 replies
    RealCatholicTV.com ^ | 7/28/10 | Michael Voris
    The Archdiocese of New York's answer to the gay goings-on at St. Francis Xavier parish stretches belief. (VIDEO)
  • The Health Care Betrayal

    07/14/2010 8:44:54 PM PDT · by schmootman · 9 replies
    American Life League ^ | michael hichborn
    Sr. Keehan and 60 progressive nuns claim abortion coverage is not in the Obama Health Reform Law, yet the Dept. of Health and Human Services released $160 million for emergency insurance to cover abortions ... UNDER the new law. So who is really to blame for this great expansion of abortion and birth control?
  • Sex, Lies and Videotape

    07/14/2010 8:36:25 PM PDT · by schmootman · 4 replies
    Real Catholic TV ^ | 7/13/10 | Michael Voris
    The Archdiocese of New York is refusing to answer questions about an incriminating internet video.
  • Homosexual 'Marriage' is a Machination of the Devil, Argentinean Cardinal Warns

    07/11/2010 3:50:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 3+ views
    Life Site News ^ | BUENOS AIRES, July 9, 2010 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent
    Friday July 9, 2010 Homosexual 'Marriage' is a Machination of the Devil, Argentinean Cardinal Warns By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America CorrespondentBUENOS AIRES, July 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Argentina's number one Catholic prelate, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, is calling upon the priests of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires to bring their flocks to an upcoming protest against homosexual "marriage," which is currently under consideration by the nation's senate."Let's not be naive, we're not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God," writes Bergoglio in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos...
  • Enter The Belgian Ratzinger

    07/01/2010 7:28:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | March 2010
    In the post-Vatican II years, Belgium and the Netherlands have been known as the "lowlands" of liberal Catholicism. Here one is likely to find the most impoverished kind of Christianity in all of Christendom throughout history. Even the most liberal dioceses in the U.S. look rosy in comparison to the anemia that has long set in throughout the Lowlands. These are countries where those precious few who still attend Mass sit through the entire liturgy - no kneeling, no standing; and in some places, like the Church of the Madeleine in Brugge, Belgium, they sit on barstools instead of in...