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  • The gay man who got a surprise call from the pope: ‘I would like to give you a hug’

    10/09/2015 6:23:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Washington Post ^ | October 2, 2015 | Dan Zak
    Yayo Grassi, left, and his partner, Iwan, meeting with Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature on Sept. 23. (Marisa Marchitelli) Yayo Grassi’s phone rang in early September. “Is this Obdulio?” said the caller, using a nickname given to Grassi 50 years earlier by a high school teacher. “Who is this?” said Grassi, spooked. “Who else calls you ‘Obdulio’?” “Only one person,” Grassi said, “and I’m not going to talk until you identify yourself.” “This is Jorge Mario Bergoglio,” the pope said, using his given name, according to Grassi. “I would like to give you a hug when I go to...
  • The Elephant in the Room

    10/09/2015 5:34:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Torch of Faith ^ | October 9, 2015 | admin
    This image [image in post below], apparently showing Pope Francis and Cardinal Godfried Danneels at the Synod, has been doing the rounds on the internet. And why wouldn't it be them; given that Danneels is the second name on the list of 45 prelates that Pope Francis personally chose to attend the Synod in Rome? We have consistently pointed out that:- 1. Danneels has been recorded attempting to silence a victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of one of his friends in the episcopate. 2. Danneels attempted to get King Baudouin of Belgium to vote for abortion. 3....
  • Vandals in Rome: Will They Sack Christian Marriage?

    10/09/2015 5:21:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 9, 2015 | Christopher Ferrara
    "The Pope is not an absolute monarch whose thoughts and desires are law." -Benedict XVI Editor’s Note: The following article is quite lengthy. But like Chris Ferrara’s other more lengthy contributions to this journal, it “reads short” while providing a clear and comprehensive overview of a complex situation. Francis’s Blitzkrieg “reform” of the annulment process is a turning point in Church and world history that deserves the thorough treatment it receives here. Introduction At this point in the progress of Pope Bergoglio’s banana republic-style pontificate, no one should be surprised at the canonical sneak attack by which, on only 24...
  • Cardinal who supports LGBT radicals is moderator of English-speaking Synod group

    10/09/2015 4:58:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 9, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has been elected as moderator of the one of the four English-speaking circuli minores (small groups) at the Ordinary Synod on the Family. The moderator has extensive influence on the direction of the discussion and thus on the content of the final report of the small group. Cardinal Nichols’s approach to human sexuality has caused the pro-life, pro-family movement grave concern for many years. Serious questions have been raised about his approach to issues as diverse as abortion, contraception, the rights and status of the embryo, sex education, homosexual unions and the reception of...
  • Diocesan Paper: Homosexual Relations Not Sinful

    10/09/2015 4:27:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 63 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/9/15 | Joseph Gonzales
    On Monday, the Catholic Voice, the official publication of the diocese of Oakland, California, published a homily telling Catholics not to condemn active homosexual relationships. Retired pastor Fr. Dan Danielson asserts in his homily — originally said on June 28, the Sunday following the U.S. Supreme Court's revolutionary ruling legalizing gay "marriage" in all 50 states — that some people are born gay and that "no one simply chooses" to be gay, despite overwhelming sociological evidence to the contrary. He insists that being gay is not "sinful or wrong" or even "bad." He goes on to attack those who "discriminate"...
  • Synod Day 5: Small Group Reports Made Public

    10/09/2015 3:51:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/9/15 | Edward Pentin
    Pope Francis made an unscheduled appeal at the Synod on the Family Friday morning to invite the synod fathers to pray for peace in the Middle East and areas of conflict in Africa. In his message to the fourth general congregation of the synod, the Pope also called on the international community to find a way of resolving current conflicts, saying “hope and progress come only from the choice to pursue peace.” Also Friday, the Vatican published the first reports from the synod’s 13 small language groups, while Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, reiterated that...
  • Synod Showdown Report—October 9, 2015

    10/09/2015 3:47:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/9/15 | Michael Voris
    Wrapping up with today's press conference, a lot of it was on the Instrumentum Laboris, which is the guiding document for all the things that the bishops are talking about. On the question of the Instrumentum Laboris (IL), the IL has an interesting history. It's a combination of the Final Relatio from last year that was brought forward to this year and then embellished, and all kinds of things were added in. We told you at the beginning of our coverage here earlier this week that there was this great uproar by people who were looking at it and saying,...
  • Is Pope Francis an Ambassador of Mercy or of Scandal?

    10/09/2015 3:02:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 9, 2015 | LISA DUFFY
    I’ll never forget the morning I was leaving church after mass and noticed an elderly woman sharply berating a younger, recently divorced woman for receiving communion. While I understand the elder was most likely acting out of a desire to protect the sacrament, the young woman was not prohibited from receiving the Eucharist simply because she had a civil divorce decree. That divorcee’ left the church quite upset and who knows if she ever came back.As the first week of this second half of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family progresses, it’s stories like this that underscore Pope Francis’...
  • 'Flawed, inadequate' – bishops skewer synod's working doc in new report

    10/09/2015 2:23:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | October 9, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Oct. 2014. Credit: Mazur/ Vatican City, Oct 9, 2015 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A controversial working document for the Vatican's synod on the family took a hard hit from numerous bishops who've called the text overly negative, unclear, and possibly inaccurate in its translations. “While various elements of the (document) are admirable, we found much of the text to be flawed or inadequate,” says a new report from group “D” of the four English-speaking synod circles. The document – officially called an Instrumentum Laboris – also fell short “especially...
  • Russian Intervention in Syria Helps Christians, Says Archbishop

    10/09/2015 1:47:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Aleppo archbishop says Christians in the country feel hope thanks to Putin's involvementOne of Syria’s leading churchmen has welcomed Russia’s intervention. Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo told Swiss television that Vladimir Putin’s intervention was a source of “hope” for the country’s Christians. The Russian president, Archbishop Jeanbart told Télévision Suisse Romande, “serves the Christians’ cause”, even if Moscow was only serving its own interests. Archbishop Jeanbart spoke of a “renewal of confidence” among Christians in Syria, adding that President Putin “is solving a problem”.
  • Filioque

    10/09/2015 12:12:09 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 09-22-2015 | Fr. Thomas Hopko
    An audio primer on the Filioque controversy by Fr. Thomas Hopko of blessed memory. Approximately 1 hr in length.
  • Genesis and Genre – A Brief Consideration of the Need to Understand Literary Form

    10/09/2015 8:14:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-08-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Genesis and Genre – A Brief Consideration of the Need to Understand Literary Form Msgr. Charles Pope • October 8, 2015 • The Bible has within its pages many literary forms: history, poetry, prayer, prose, theology, liturgical instruction, cosmology, genealogy, philosophy, parable, moral tale, and so forth. How exactly to read its pages and understand them is often a matter of understanding the genre.The word genre comes directly from the French word meaning “kind” or “sort.” Further back, it stems from the Latin word genus and the Greek word genos (γένος). Genre is the term for a category of literature,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-09-15, OM, St. Denis/Companions, Martyrs, St. John Leonardi

    10/08/2015 10:32:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies ^ | 10-0915 | Revised New American Bible
    October 9, 2015   Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2 Gird yourselves and weep, O priests!wail, O ministers of the altar!Come, spend the night in sackcloth,O ministers of my God!The house of your God is deprivedof offering and libation.Proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the elders,all who dwell in the land,Into the house of the LORD, your God,and cry to the LORD! Alas, the day!for near is the day of the LORD,and it comes as ruin from the Almighty. Blow the trumpet in Zion,sound the alarm on my holy mountain!Let all who dwell...
  • Eucharist-The Presence of Divine Mercy

    In his great love for us, Lord Jesus Christ gave us a great miracle of mercy- the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. Christ's Resurrection into glory was not the final reason for the Incarnation, when God became Man. The Incarnation looked forward to Jesus Christ remaining with us to the end of time in the Eucharist. By this greatest miracle of his love, Jesus Christ remains with us under the form of bread and wine, not only for our spiritual nourishment, but to be kept company by us as well. In the Holy Eucharist, Christ is fully present as he...
  • Cdl Sarah (at the Synod): gender ideology and Islamism are the two greatest threats to the world

    10/08/2015 7:18:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | October 7, 2015 | Barona
    Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki gave a outline of Robert Cardinal Sarah's intervention on his Polish language blog. Here is my summary of his entry as you will not be hearing or reading about this from the Holy See Press Office. Firstly, the Archbishop noted that his colleague, Archbishop Henry Hoser was deeply impressed with the theological and intellectual depth of Cardinal Sarah's intervention. Cardinal Sarah outlined two main, immediate global threats against humanity. A dictatorship of moral relativism that is especially reflected in gender ideology, and Islamic fanaticism, as reflected in the various jihadi movement, especially the islamic State. The Cardinal...
  • Two Recent Articles by Andrew Napolitano on Pope Francis (Catholic-Orthodox Caucus)

    10/08/2015 5:57:49 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Andrew Napolitano
    Executive Summary: I don't think he is a fan. Links:
  • [Catholic Caucus] Solemn High Mass of Bl. Karl of Austria, Oct. 21 in Washington, D.C.

    10/08/2015 5:47:57 PM PDT · by markomalley
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | 10/8/15 | Gregory DiPippo
    A Solemn Mass will be celebrated in honor of Blessed Karl, Emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-19; died 1922, beatified 2004), at Old St Mary’s Church in Washington, D.C. (Chinatown), on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m. (Click here for the facebook event page.) This promises to be a very interesting musical event. Before Mass, the St. Benet’s Schola will sing the Latin verses of the hymn Tu, Christe, Nostrum Gaudium. For the Mass itself, the ensemble Musikanten will sing Philippe de Monte’s Missa Tertia Inclina cor meum for five voices, (SATTB); de Monte (1521-1603) was a Flemish composer who spent the...
  • Synod Showdown Report—October 8, 2015

    10/08/2015 3:49:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/8/15 | Michael Voris
    Near the end of today's press conference, which just ended a few hours ago, a sort of surprising thing happened. A question was popped by a guy; I don't want to say he's a reporter because he's not. His name is Francis DeBernardo, and he is the executive director of New Ways Ministry in the United States. That's a group that has been banned by the Vatican, or denounced by the Vatican, because it is a pro-gay, pro-gay marriage, pro-sodomite, pro-homosexual Catholic organization (or claims that name Catholic) that wants to get the Church to change its teachings and accept...
  • 8 October – Thoughts about the Synod at this point

    10/08/2015 3:44:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 10/8/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    It seems that His Eminence George Card. Pell made a statement from the floor suggesting that the composition of the group appointed to write the Final Report was not all that it could be.It seems that, then, the Pope himself shut that down.A couple things follow.First, since His Holiness stomped on Card. Erdo the General Relator, for his opening speech and then stomped, or at least kicked a little, Card. Pell for his suggestions about the writing committee, then I suppose that Pope Francis now “owns” this Synod. Whatever the results, they are his.Second, a question is raised. If the...
  • Three things you need to know about Pope Francis and the cardinal disgraced in a sex abuse scandal

    10/08/2015 3:43:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 10/8/15 | Damian Thompson
    This picture of Pope Francis apparently talking to retired Belgian cardinal Godfried Danneels at the Synod on the Family, which began this week, is circulating on Twitter and disturbing many Catholics. This is what you need to know:1. Five years ago, Cardinal Danneels tried to cover up a revolting case of family sex abuse.As the National Catholic Reporter revealed on August 30, 2010: Audio recordings leaked to the Belgian media this weekend reveal Belgium’s Cardinal Godfried Danneels urging a sex abuse victim not to make public that his abuser was his uncle Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges, Belgium. The recordings...
  • Who is the Whore of Babylon?

    10/08/2015 2:46:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 8, 2015 | Ray Sullivan
    How often have we all heard ill-informed people claim that the “Whore of Babylon” mentioned in the book of Revelation is the Vatican / Holy Catholic Church? Let’s look in the Bible and find out for ourselves, rather than conjecture with our personal opinions.A Great City In order to find out who the Whore of Babylon is, Catholics should read the entire bible in context.  The Whore of Babylon is described in Revelation 17:18 as a “great city”: “The woman whom you saw represents the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”  Now we all have to...
  • African bishops throw swift punch at 'ideological colonization'

    10/08/2015 2:01:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | October 8, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Opening Mass for the synod of bishops on the family, Oct. 8, 2015. Credit: Mazue/ Vatican City, Oct 8, 2015 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Heavy criticism of the West imposing secular values on Africa in exchange for aid emerged as a theme from the continent's bishops, as the Vatican's synod on the family kicks off its first week. From press conferences to individual interviews, multiple prelates voiced concern over what Pope Francis has termed “ideological colonization,” in which Western nations have made the acceptance of legislature favoring gay rights and “marriage” contingent on receiving financial aid. “It's one thing...
  • No, Do Not Relax!

    10/08/2015 12:42:38 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 10/8/15 | Mundabor
    I am getting more than a bit fed up with all those bloggers who tell their readers to relax, because nothing of what is happening is new and we have seen all of this before. Of course it isn't new. Of course the Church is indefectible. But the Church is indefectible exactly because there will always be people who refuse to be told “pot “relax”, and keep screaming out loud against the heresy! Yes, we had many crises. But they were overcome thanks to people who :1) really care and 2) say it out loud. Not through people who keep...
  • The SSPX and the Synod (Catholic Caucus)

    10/08/2015 11:37:15 AM PDT · by Legatus · 13 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | 10/07/2015 | Steve Skojec
    Absolutely Stunning Candlelight Marian Procession for the Synod I’m exhausted by the Synod. I’m exhausted by the debates about the SSPX. And yet, this video combines both themes in a way that is so radically uplifting, so completely moving that I finished it in tears. This. This. This. This is what Catholicism is supposed to look like. You want to call them schismatics? You’re wrong, but go right ahead. The institutional Church gives us an endless parade of perverse clerics trying to tear down Christ’s teaching, while the SSPX gives us this. You can say whatever you want about the...
  • An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris?

    10/08/2015 10:47:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 8, 2015 | Xavier Rynne II
    DISQUISITIONS …being thoughts on Synod 2015 from various observers An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris? With the Synod on the Family well underway in Rome, considerable attention has been given (and not only in the media) to the “Kasper Proposal” to admit the divorced and civilly remarried to Holy Communion. No doubt discussion on this will continue, although Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t want the Kasper Proposal to be the dominant issue, the principal focus of attention, at Synod-2015. But Kasper’s is not the only proposal with consequences. For buried within the Synod’s working...
  • We're Not Receiving Full Story from the Synod

    10/08/2015 9:56:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/08/15 | Compiled by CFN
    Some points we're not hearing from the official Vatican press briefings: Despite efforts to stifle any public revelation of what's actually going on, a Melkite Patriarch, Gregory Laham spoke up in the face of the heretical musings of the President of the Panamanian Bishops' Conference, according to Even the Old Liberal Archbishop Coleridge states that an overwhelming majority of the Bishops are opposed to Communion for the remarried and divorced as reported by John Allen at Crux from Boston Globe: It’s very early, but based on your sense of where the synod stands right now, if the Kasper proposal for...
  • Synod, Day 4: Cardinal Erdo, who??? Let's talk about sex!

    10/08/2015 9:40:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/08/15 | New Cathoic
    An English translation of the very conservative opening address by Cardinal Peter Erdo, Relator General of the Synod of Bishops, delivered on September 5, Day 1 of the Synod, has been made available in the past few hours, by the National Catholic Register and the Catholic News Agency. We appreciate their effort, but it seems that our editorial decision not to waste our scarce resources on this was not wrong: already on the fourth day, the second of the meeting of the "circuli minores" (the small groups of bishops according to general language groups), and in the following press conference,...
  • Pope Receives a Very Curious Message in His Own Paper: the Mario Palmaro Riddle

    10/08/2015 9:32:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/07/15 | New Catholic
    Nothing could make more sense: Mario Palmaro, the great late Traditional Catholic writer, who died so young in 2014, was an example for all. But why this one-page homage to Mario Palmaro, an apparent ad, in page 4 of today's (October 8) edition of L'Osservatore Romano, in the middle of the Synod? Is it the anniversary of the birthday or date of death of the late writer? No, that is not the case at all: Palmaro was born on June 5, 1968, and died on March 9, 2014. Is any of his books being republished with fanfare at this moment?...
  • Polish Prelate Posts Summaries of Synod Talks, in Apparent Violation of Procedures

    10/08/2015 9:02:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The web site of the president of the Polish Episcopal Conference has published, in Polish and in French, summaries of short speeches delivered by 42 prelates at the Synod of Bishops on October 5. The report on the prelates’ speeches appears to violate the rules established for this year’s Synod. In a break from past procedures, the Vatican has not released reports on the Synod interventions, although individual bishops have been free to make public their own talks. The summaries of the speeches, whose length was limited to three minutes, came as a journalist expressed his concern at the October...
  • How the Rosary Led Me to Christ

    10/08/2015 8:02:23 AM PDT · by Salvation · 250 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How the Rosary Led Me to Christ Msgr. Charles Pope • October 7, 2015 • 8 Comments As a young child I was very close to God. I spoke to Him in a very natural way and He spoke plainly to me. Although I have very few memories of my early childhood, I vividly remember how close I was to God. When early puberty approached, though, I began to slip away, drifting into the rebellious and angry years of my teens. As the flesh came more alive, my spirit submerged.The culture of the time didn’t help, either. It was the...
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and...

    10/08/2015 5:39:19 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 10/7/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and Pope Francis himself!" Father Thomas J. Rosica, the Vatican's English-language spokesman for the Synod, has committed the greatest error of any media spokesman or communications expert -- becoming the actual story. Consider this screenshot from PewSitter.Com taken at 11:00PM, EDT on October 7. Read those headlines - four specific articles about Father Thomas Rosica and what he has said and not said. One, is a republishing by LifeSiteNews of his interview with the heretic, defrocked priest, Vatican II expert and same-sex so-called marriage supporter...

    10/08/2015 4:56:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 6, 2015 | CARA GIAIMO
    A detail on Pope Gregory XIII's tomb, carved by Camillo Rusconi, shows the Pope being presented with a plan for what would become the Gregorian Calendar. (Image: Terfili/WikiCommons CC BY-SA 3.0)The Pope tends to be a powerful guy. He can start global conversations, rock all kinds of colors, and sometimes perform miracles.But only once in history has a pope made time literally disappear.In 1582, thanks to then-Pope Gregory XIII, October 6th—along with the 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th—simply didn't exist. Ten days, gone.Why? Because of that perpetual thorn in Christianity's side: the Sun. In the 16th century, much...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-08-15, OM, Our Lady of Good Remedy

    10/07/2015 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 10-08-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 8, 2015   Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Mal 3:13-20b You have defied me in word, says the LORD,yet you ask, “What have we spoken against you?”You have said, “It is vain to serve God,and what do we profit by keeping his command,And going about in penitential dressin awe of the LORD of hosts?Rather must we call the proud blessed;for indeed evildoers prosper,and even tempt God with impunity.”Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another,and the LORD listened attentively;And a record book was written before himof those who fear the LORD...
  • Synod Showdown Report—October 7, 2015

    10/07/2015 6:43:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/7/15 | Michael Voris
    Very interesting information coming out of today's press briefing, and it all surrounds the use of language, both the Italian language and the language of what words mean. The first question that came up in the press briefing today was really about the use of Italian as the language for the Church in all of these official documents. Philadelphia archbishop Charles Chaput was there, and he said, "I'm at a bit of a handicap here because the document that we're working from is English, but it's not really official, and the one that we are supposed to be working off...
  • News of Homosexual Priest Surprises, Angers Catholics in His Polish Homeland

    10/07/2015 6:27:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/7/15 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Fr. Krzystof Charamsa's back story includes a running battle with the popular Fr. Dariusz Oko, a professor of theology at Krakow’s Pontifical University of Saint John Paul II On Saturday, October 3, curial official Father Krzystof Charamsa, 43, gave a press conference to the Italian media to celebrate his homosexuality and to introduce his lover Eduardo. The “coming out party” was staged on the eve of the Synod on the Family, thus attracting international attention. Fr. Charamsa was promptly dismissed from his posts. A priest of the Polish diocese of Pelplin, Fr. Charamsa has spent the past 17 years in...
  • Archbishops Chaput and Kurtz Named Relators of Synod Small Groups

    10/07/2015 4:34:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/7/15 | Edward Pentin
    (snip)At today’s press briefing, the Holy See Press Office announced that the synod fathers had elected moderators and relators for the 13 small groups of the synod, all determined by language. English-language moderators include Australian Cardinal George Pell and Canadian Cardinal Thomas Collins, while relators include Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Some moderators for the other language groups include Cardinal Sarah of Guinea, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, head of the Italian bishops’ conference, and Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, primate of Canada. The moderators conduct the discussions, keeping them focused and...
  • Remembering Lepanto —and How Far the Barque of Peter Has Drifted

    10/07/2015 3:17:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/7/15 | Nicholas Frankovich
    On this date 444 years ago, the Holy League defeated the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto, a Greek town in the Gulf of Corinth, halting the Muslim incursion into Christian Europe from the eastern Mediterranean, at least for a while. The defeat of the Ottomans by the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Vienna in 1683 put a full stop to that sentence about Muslim designs on that region of Christendom. But the paragraph continues. Europeans today, with no Holy League or Holy Roman Empire or any secular equivalent to defend them, watch in consternation as the...
  • Marriage as a witness to hope [+Chaput's Synod Intervention]

    10/07/2015 2:14:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | 10/7/15 | Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap
    Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the following speech, termed an intervention, Oct. 7 in Rome at the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Pope Francis is leading selected bishops from around the world this month to discuss pastoral issues concerning marriage and family.***Brothers,The Instrumentum seemed to present us with two conflicting views: pastoral despair or a decision to hope. When Jesus experienced the pastoral despair of his Apostles, he reminded them that for man a thing may seem impossible, but for God all things are possible.In mastering nature for the purpose of human development, we human beings have wounded our oceans...
  • Is Catholicism about to break into three?

    10/07/2015 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 73 replies
    Crux ^ | October 6, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    In a recent letter to The New York Times, Marquette theologian Daniel Maguire suggested that the Catholic Church was headed toward a three-way schism.Writing about Pope Francis’ reforms to the annulment process, Maguire predicted: Catholicism is going the way of its parent, Judaism. In Judaism there are Reform as well as Conservative and Orthodox communities. This arrangement is not yet formalized in Catholicism, but the outlines of a similar broadening are in place …. While conservative and orthodox Catholics welcome this annulment concession by the Vatican, reform Catholics don’t need it. Their consciences are their Vatican. Reform Catholics, whose numbers are swelling,...
  • Fr. Rosica’s Bias: Are We Getting The Whole Synod Story?

    10/07/2015 1:57:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 10/7/15 | Steve Skojec
    What’s really going on inside the Synod? That’s the question many are trying to answer, including those journalists tasked with covering the proceedings. Despite revised procedures that were designed to give the appearance of transparency, the inner workings of the Synod are being obscured by a filter of “language attachés,” whose job it is to tell the media from various countries their version of what’s happening inside.Vatican spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica is the official point-man in relating what’s transpiring behind closed doors to English-speaking audiences. Considering the significance of his role, it is relevant to relate what we know about...
  • No Movement on Abp. Sheen Cause

    10/07/2015 1:55:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/7/15 | Joseph Pelletier
    The cause for sainthood for Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen has made no progress, according to the vice postulator of the process. Father Andrew Apostoli, a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, stated in an interview Sunday, in reference to Abp. Sheen's cause for canonization: "No, there are no signs of movement at all." However, Fr. Apostoli seemed confident that the process would move forward eventually, saying that "[Sheen] will be canonized" and that it was a matter of "how and when." Fulton J. Sheen is world-renowned as a pioneer in radio and television, twice winning an...

    10/07/2015 1:27:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 7, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    The Ordinary Synod on the Family moved much closer yesterday to a repudiation of the teachings of the Catholic Church on human sexuality. The hopes of faithful Catholics were raised on Monday by the reassertions of Catholic orthodoxy made in the relazione introduttiva of the General Relator of the Synod, Péter Cardinal Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest. Yesterday Erdő’s report and position were seriously undermined after an intervention of Pope Francis indicated to the synod fathers that the question of Holy Communion for the “divorced and remarried” was still open. Cardinal Erdő was also undermined by remarks made by synod fathers...
  • Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015 (from various observers)

    10/07/2015 1:24:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 7, 2015
    FAULT LINES As has been noted in this space before, it’s virtually impossible to have a serious discussion when the basic materials allowed into the conversation are three-minute sound-bites. Nonetheless, that is the modus operandi the Synod general secretariat has devised for the Synod-2015’s general assemblies: three-minute speeches, with no follow-up questions, discussion, or debate.There is more openness and exchange in the Synod’s language-based discussion groups – the circuli minores, “or small circles” (memorably and mischievously mistranslated by the late Fr Richard John Neuhaus in Appointment in Rome as the “minor circuses”) – and in the hour of free discussion in...
  • LGBT Pre-Synod conference gets strong Episcopal backing

    10/07/2015 1:18:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 7. 2015 | Emmanuele Barbieri
    Around a hundred people gathered at the Pilgrim Centre “Santa Teresa Couderc” in Rome, for the international conference entitled Ways of Love: Snapshots of Catholic Encounters With LGBT People and Their Families, sponsored by the “Global Network of Rainbow Catholics”, a worldwide network of organisations that, in the name of “social justice”, demand inclusion and dignity for LGBT people and their families within the Catholic Church and society in general. The meeting was attended by Catholic pastoral leaders from around the world, who came together to share, through their stories, their pastoral approach and work in favour of LGBT people...
  • Questions Raised Again About Official Synod Briefings

    10/07/2015 12:04:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register | October 7, 2015 | Edward Pentin
    At a Vatican press conference on the synod yesterday, language attachés for the meeting highlighted a number of subjects that appeared to take precedent in the opening debates. To take the English language attaché, Father Thomas Rosica, as an example, he placed a special emphasis on the need to end “exclusionary language” saying a synod father, (or was it synod fathers?) said the Church should “embrace reality as it is and not be afraid of new and complex situations.” Father Rosica was particularly focused on “homosexuals or gay persons,” saying “we don’t pity gay persons, but we recognize them for...
  • Discerning a Vocation to a Trappist Monastery

    I am an Indian Catholic of Portuguese Descent. I am originally from Goa, India but I have lived all my life in Mumbai- formerly known as Bombay. I am 44 years old going on 45. I am interested in joining an English Speaking Trappist Monastery somewhere in the West as there are none in India. I still live in Mumbai. I am writing about Trappist Monasteries and about the Trappist Vocation as not much is known about them in the West as well as in the East. The Trappist Vocation : Trappists are Catholic - Christian Monks who live a...
  • Synod 2015: Serenity abounds

    10/07/2015 8:51:05 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 10/7/15 | Louie Verrecchio
    Conservative cheers resonated throughout much of Catholic social media when it was reported that on day one of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Péter Erdő, with Pope Francis seated directly by his side, delivered an address that forcefully reaffirmed traditional Church doctrine and discipline relative to the civilly divorced and remarried and those in homosexual relationships. Spurring on the applause is the fact that the cardinal’s intentions seemed rather obvious; namely, to preemptively discredit the arguments that are expected to be made by those who favor the controversial proposals put forth by Cardinal Walter Kasper. More provocative still is that...
  • SHOCKING IMAGE FINALLY APPEARS: When the Pope met the "transexual" woman and her "fiancée"

    10/07/2015 8:43:57 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 40 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/6/15 | New Catholic
    We were the first to break the news in English at the time: the Pope granted a hidden audience to a same-sex couple (that is, two homosexual women) constituted of a transexual woman (who, after much transformation and hormones, uses the alias "Diego", and who complained of not being welcomed in her parish) and her "fiancée"...
  • “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance

    10/07/2015 7:26:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 30 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    “God Wants Me to Be Happy” – A Reflection on a Deeply Flawed Moral Stance Msgr. Charles Pope • October 6, 2015 • One of the questionable, and unfortunately common, forms of moral reasoning today is the rather narcissistic notion that God wants each of us to be happy. Sometimes it is put in the form of a rhetorical question: God wants me to be happy, doesn’t He?And this sort of reasoning (if you want to call it that) is used to justify just about anything. Thus, in pondering divorce, a spouse might point to his or her misery and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-07-15, M, Our Lady of the Rosary

    10/06/2015 8:24:17 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 10-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    October 7, 2015   Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Reading 1 Jon 4:1-11 Jonah was greatly displeasedand became angry that God did not carry out the evilhe threatened against Nineveh.He prayed, “I beseech you, LORD,is not this what I said while I was still in my own country?This is why I fled at first to Tarshish.I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God,slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish.And now, LORD, please take my life from me;for it is better for me to die than to live.”But the LORD asked, “Have you reason...