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  • Kasper’s Apparently Intentional Ambiguities

    10/25/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    David Mills/Patheos ^ | October 2, 2014 | David Mills
    In his writings and talk on marriage, Cardinal Walter Kasper remains ambiguous but, or rather therefore, untrustworthy. He writes like a man trying to pull a fast one. Steven J. Kovacs notes in a New Oxford Review review of Kasper’s book The Gospel of the Family (the emphasis is mine): Cardinal Kasper correctly notes that someone in such a situation requires the sacrament of penance before receiving Holy Communion. Our Lord Himself said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mk. 10:11-12). The Church...
  • Thomas Aquinas on Islam

    03/08/2011 7:12:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic Vote.org ^ | 3/7/11 | Brad Birzer
    At the risk of being presumed rather caustic–especially considering the heinous acts perpetrated against the Copts this past weekend–I offer this tidbit from St. Thomas Aquinas on Islam. On the other hand, those who founded sects committed to erroneous doctrines proceeded in a way that is opposite to this. The point is clear in the case of Mohammed. He seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh goads us. His teachings also contain precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as...
  • Ebola survivor Nina Pham: I believe in the power of prayer

    10/24/2014 9:38:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    CNA ^ | Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).
    Nina Pham after her release from care. Screenshot. Washington D.C., Oct 24, 2014 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who has been battling Ebola after treating a patient in Texas, has now been declared free of the disease, and gave thanks to God and all those who have prayed for her in recent weeks. “I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” Pham said in a press conference Oct. 24. “I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family and friends. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my trust in God and...
  • A Hegelian Papacy?

    10/24/2014 7:35:14 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.onepeterfive.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Brian Miles
    “Thus I make it known to you that from the end of the 19th century and shortly after the middle of the 20th century…the passions will erupt and there will be a total corruption of morals… As for the Sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with His Church, it will be attacked and deeply profaned. Freemasonry, which will then be in power, will enact iniquitous laws with the aim of doing away with this Sacrament, making it easy for everyone to live in sin and encouraging procreation of illegitimate children born without the blessing of the Church…...
  • Religious Sanctimony in Ferguson: Nice of 'em to offer forgiveness to cops they've already convicted

    10/24/2014 5:02:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 24, 2014 | Mark Tooley
    Testimony emerging from the grand jury investigating the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri seems to confirm the police officer’s claims of self-defense. The official coroner’s report reputedly points to a struggle over the police officer’s gun. But more facts need to be known over the controversial encounter that inflamed protests in the majority black town against the majority white police force. Lack of hard facts did not deter Religious Left activists Jim Wallis and Cornel West from demonstrating and seeking their own arrests in Ferguson last week as part of a “weekend of resistance” ending with a carefully...
  • Puerto Rico Gay Marriage Ruling Sets up a Potential Federal Conflict

    10/24/2014 1:03:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/23/14 | Richard Wolf
    Gay marriage may be sweeping the nation, but in Puerto Rico it remains against the law. A federal district judge late Tuesday rejected the reasoning used in at least 14 other decisions and said his hands were tied by a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a Minnesota same-sex marriage ban “for want of a substantial federal question.” “This court is bound by decisions of the Supreme Court that are directly on point,” District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez ruled. “Only the Supreme Court may exercise the prerogative of overruling its own decisions.” The ruling marks only the second time that...
  • Professor Roberto de Mattei and Papal Authority

    10/24/2014 12:44:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Father Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 10/24/14 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    Writing in the aftermath of "the Synod", Professor Roberto de Mattei, perhaps the greatest Church historian of our time, wrote "Judgement, with its resulting definition of truths and condemnation of errors, is the jurisdiction par excellence of the Vicar of Christ, supreme guardian and judge of faith and morality". These wise observations instantly put me in mind of some words of a man who had soaked himself in the history of the first Christian centuries, our own Blessed John Henry Newman: "[I]t is one of the reproaches urged against the Church of Rome, that it has originated nothing, and has...
  • Francis’ Patient Revolution

    10/24/2014 12:25:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 10/24/14 | Sandro Magister
    There was no agreement at the synod on homosexuality and divorce, but in the end it will be the pope who decides. And he already has in mind the changes he wants to introduce, or rather is already putting them into practice. A commentary by Paul Anthony McGavin ROME, October 24, 2014 – It is not true that Francis was silent during the two weeks of the synod. In the morning homilies at Saint Martha’s, he hammered away every day at the zealots of tradition, those who load unbearable burdens onto men, those who have only certainties and no doubts,...
  • Love Makes All the Difference

    10/24/2014 8:47:07 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Approximately 92% of mothers who learn they are carrying children with Down’s Syndrome abort their child. The Daily Mail has an article by a deeply evil woman who bemoans the fact that she didn’t have that option: Questions I couldn’t answer raced through my mind: Had I caused his disability? How terrible would his life be? What impact would it have on his brother Andrew, then only two? How on earth would Roy and I cope? That was the day normal life ended for Roy, Andrew and me. Perhaps you’d expect me to say that, over time, I grew to...
  • Pat Buchanan’s Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 5:08:18 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 30 replies
    David Mills at Patheos ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Mills
    Not unsurprisingly, Pat Buchanan has teed off on Pope Francis, and he has done so dishonestly. His latest column will stand for many others of the same sort that mix distortion, assertion, misleading rhetorical questions, dishonest extrapolations, and selective quotation to attack the pope. These writers want to hit him and they donÂ’t seem concerned to hit fairly. People who complained of how the media misrepresented Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI have no problem using the same methods on Francis. And sadly, many conservative Catholics revel in watching the Holy Father get hit. IÂ’ll give two examples from...
  • Marriage Amendment Needed Now

    10/23/2014 9:14:56 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | October 23, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue calls for a constitutional marriage amendment: In 2004, Barack Obama said, “I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about…I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation.” Four years later he commented, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” God got thrown from the mix in 2012. That’s when President Obama, running for reelection, endorsed gay marriage. But even as late as last...
  • In Houston, Do Liberals Want Separation of State and Church?

    10/23/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    10/23/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    The city of Houston, Texas (Mayor Annise Parker), has issued subpoenas for pastors' sermons... Not surprised at all. To get right to the point without taking up any unnecessary space, who do statists want Separation of A.) Church and B.) State, but not Separation of B.) State and A.) Church? They apparently want the forward of this, but not the reverse. And they want religious folk to butt out of politics, but they seize every opportunity to stick their noses into the affairs of religious folk. In your opinion, why do you think this is; what do the statists want?
  • The German Position

    10/23/2014 8:28:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/22/14 | Matthew Schmitz
    In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt published today, Cardinal Walter Kasper reiterates in a less controversial form his comments on Africa. He says: It’s different in Africa than it often is in Europe. Everyone knows that. What I wanted to say was: I would never involve myself in Africa, and conversely African bishops are not able to judge the situation in Europe as we ourselves are.Kasper’s viewpoint was also taken up by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, who said in the Synod: What the Catholic Church is trying to do is a sociological adventure. . . Finding...
  • Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Suspends 10 Priests, Including 1 From El Cajon

    10/23/2014 8:20:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    ABC News Channel 10 San Diego ^ | 10/23/14 | Preston Phillips
    Patriarch says moves to the US were never approvedSAN DIEGO - The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has suspended 10 priests, including one from El Cajon. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako issued a decree a month ago, demanding the priests return to Iraq or be suspended. Wednesday was the deadline. The priests, though, are refusing to leave and are now waiting on Pope Francis to tell them what to do next. Dozens of devout Chaldean Catholics attended an emergency mass Wednesday at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in Rancho San Diego, to pray for the 10 priests who have...
  • Hillsong: We haven't shifted at all.

    10/23/2014 6:58:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/20/2014 | Andrew Walker
    In light of new comments from Hillsong’s head pastor, Brian Houston, I wanted to add some additional thoughts to the critical comments I made on Friday. On Saturday, the Christian Post reported the following statement from Brian Houston: I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conference. Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage. I challenge people to read what I actually said, rather than what was reported that I said. My personal view on the subject of...
  • California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply

    10/22/2014 6:14:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/22/14 | Cheryl Sullenger |
    To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions. Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well. “Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be...
  • Boy, 17, Crucified for 3 Days After ISIS Militants Accuse Him of Being Paid to Take Photographs..

    10/22/2014 5:52:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10/18/14 | John Hall
    Islamic State militants have publicly crucified and murdered a teenager they accused of taking photographs of the terror group's headquarters in Syria. Sickening images purportedly taken in the central square of the extremists' de facto capital Raqqa show the battered and bloodstained body of an unnamed 17-year-old boy strapped to a cross. A handwritten placard hangs around the teenager's neck, accusing him of 'apostasy' - the abandonment of his religion - and says he had been crucified for three days after being caught receiving 500 Turkish lira for every photograph he took of an Islamic State military base. The image...
  • The Catholic Communizer Dorothy Day is up for Sainthood? Excuse me?

    10/22/2014 2:44:59 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 23 replies
    The Catholic American Thinker ^ | December 2, 2011 | Vic Biorseth
    The mental image of a thoroughly Communist Dorothy Day, who remained committed to Marxist notions of the overthrow of government, might be shocking.... [Yet] she maintained her Communist and anarchist views, promoted them, and brought them into the Church Christ founded.... Her goal... was to contribute to the eventual overthrow of the American government, and ... of the Catholic Church hierarchy..... I still remember trying to understand how [Day’s periodical, "The Catholic Worker"] could be both Communist and Catholic.... by the 1970s the FBI dossier on the Catholic Worker Movement was some 581 pages long. The list of Communist revolutionaries,...
  • Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate On Family, Says ‘Confusion Is Of The Devil’

    10/22/2014 10:01:44 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 21, 2014
    Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate On Family, Says ‘Confusion Is Of The Devil’ David Gibson | October 21, 2014 NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message and “confusion is of the devil.” In a lecture delivered Monday evening (Oct. 20) in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic...
  • RI Bishop: Synod Process is 'Rather Protestant'

    10/22/2014 9:35:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/21/14 | Michael O'Loughlin
    Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island has called on Catholics to “relax” following the tumultuous synod on the family, but nonetheless expressed concern over how bishops, cardinals, and even the pope conducted themselves earlier this month. “Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas?” Tobin wrote on the Diocese of Providence website. In a piece entitled “Random Thoughts About the Synod on the Family,” Tobin said that “it’s an enormous...
  • Archbishop Chaput Blasts Vatican Debate on Family, Says ‘Confusion is of the Devil’

    10/22/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 10.21.14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at this month’s Vatican summit, saying it sent a confusing message and “confusion is of the devil.” In a lecture delivered Monday evening (Oct. 20) in Manhattan, Chaput also suggested that in the wake of the rapid series of court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in more than 30 states, Catholic priests might consider opting out of certifying civil marriages as a sign of “principled resistance.” Chaput is expected to...
  • Kasper Makes More Threats

    10/21/2014 7:48:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/21/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    There are wicked journalists who for a few pence will lie their heads off and distort the truth, who like the unscrupulous Bill Gardner, who after his time in Brighton got a job working for the Daily Telegraph - though I did hear he might be sacked. Fortunately there are also brave courageous journalists like Edward Pentin who hearing a Cardinal make statements which are horrendous publishes them. If journalism is not to be left to the plain wicked, journalists, like theologians and bishops and priests, have to be on the side of truth. Sometimes reporting the truth they have...
  • The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naďveté or Shrewd Calculation?

    10/21/2014 7:31:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/20/14 | Russell Shaw
    The disastrous mid-term relatio seeded confusion, conflict, and lingering bitterness at every level of the Church. But the synod itself was only Act One Upon becoming director of media relations for the American bishops in late 1969, I quickly made a crucial discovery about my new employers. With just a handful of exceptions, the bishops were painfully naďve about the news business, yet convinced they could manipulate the process to get the story told as they wished. They were wrong of course, and eventually they learned that. But in the interim their attempts at manipulation were a continuing source of...
  • Summary of how conservative Catholics made sure the leftists were stopped

    10/21/2014 4:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    This is a nice summary of how conservative Catholics made sure that the leftists were stopped dead in their tracks in the past synod. http://www.churchmilitant.tv/platform/index.php?ssnID=305&vidID=vort-2014-10-21
  • What Jesus Really Thinks About Dying With Dignity (Huffington Post)

    10/21/2014 3:53:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 31 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 10/17/14 | Cindy Brandt
    Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old newlywed with a diagnosed terminal illness is choosing to end her life in a dignified manner. Since then, there have been an overwhelming response from my fellow Christians decrying this decision, an Open Letter from Kara Tippetts hosted by wildly popular author Ann Voskamp, as well a letter from renowned evangelical influencer, Joni Eareckson Tada. I don't face a terminal illness diagnosis, but I am drawn to this conversation because I believe the brutality of such an impossible decision owns potential for profound beauty. To consider how to die is a tandem reflection on...
  • Pat Buchanan: The Price of Papal Popularity

    10/21/2014 3:03:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Normally a synod of Catholic bishops does not provide fireworks rivaling the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Daley's boys in blue ran up the score on the radicals in Grant Park. But, on Oct. 13, there emanated from the Synod on the Family in Rome a 12-page report from a committee picked by Pope Francis himself -- and the secondary explosions have not ceased. The report recognized the "positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation" and said "homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community." As for Catholics who divorce and remarry without...
  • Abortion Is Great (Slate)

    10/21/2014 2:22:33 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | 10-13-14 | Hanna Rosin
    - "Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter. I had an abortion. I was not in a libertine college-girl phase, although frankly it’s none of your business. I was already a mother of two, which puts me in the majority of American women who have abortions. Six out of 10 are mothers, which makes sense, because a mother could not fool herself into believing that having another baby was no big deal. I start the story this way because Katha...
  • For I am the Blessed Karl & the End of Christendom (Ecumenical)

    10/21/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 10/21/2014 | Stephen Masty
    Today, 21st October, is the Feast Day of the Blessed Charles (or Karl) of Austria, beatified in 2004 by the pope Saint John Paul the Great....While devout to be sure, the young Archduke Karl von Habsburg (1887-1922) was also endearingly earnest as he studied his every sequentially-bestowed dynastic honour as though he was a medieval knight-errant preparing to seek the Sacred Grail....Over fewer than two years in power, he outlawed brutal army punishments and stopped submarines from attacking civilian shipping. Inspired by Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum, he established sweeping domestic reforms including the world’s first governmental department of...
  • What makes Ratzinger uneasy about going to church

    10/21/2014 8:29:57 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.thesacredpage.com ^ | 1987 | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
    "Today, many Christians, myself included, experience a quiet uneasiness about attending divine services in a strange church; they are appalled at the thought of the half-understood theories, the amazing and tasteless personal opinions of this or that priest that they will have to endure during the homily--to say nothing of the personal liturgical inventions to which they will be subjected. No one goes to church to hear someone else's personal opinions. I am simply not interested in what fantasies this or that individual priest may have spun for himself regarding questions of Christian faith. They may be appropriate for an...
  • SATIRE: Bouncers Hardest Hit

    10/21/2014 5:46:55 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 20, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    50. Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony? Language from the Relatio rejected by the Synod. Over at the blog That the Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill, that is a mouthful, brings news of this latest development: London’s Catholic Churches are already undergoing a...
  • Letting Christ — Not Confusion — Reign

    10/21/2014 4:22:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. Roger Landry
    COMMENTARY: Evaluating the Synod by Pope Francis’ Own Evangelical PrinciplesOn the middle Sunday of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, every Catholic parish in the world providentially focused on Jesus’ parable about the kingdom of heaven. Jesus compared his kingdom to a banquet, for which he sent his servants to invite everyone, the good and the bad. But then the king entered the banquet hall, found someone not dressed in a wedding garment and had him bound and cast into the darkness outside (Matthew 22:1-14). The parable summarizes the...
  • You Can’t Reform Islam Without Reforming Muslims

    10/21/2014 3:11:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Every few years the debate over reforming Islam bubbles up from the depths of a culture that largely censors any suggestion that Islam needs reforming.
  • Hell's Best Kept Secret

    10/20/2014 8:40:21 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Living Waters ^ | 1982 | Ray Comfort
    "No zeal for the lost, no hunger for the Word, no burden to pray...strangers to holiness." This describes a large number of the people who sit in our church pews today. This is the result of our man-centered gospel which is being served up in our pulpits. We have multitudes of lukewarm Christians with a false sense of security regarding their salvation. This man-centered gospel also has a massive casualty rate. It's producing 90 backsliders per 100 decisions. These people are not really backsliders. I would like to suggest they have never slidden forward. These people have not been warned...
  • Gog's Destruction at The Hands of Almighty God's Two Witnesses!

    10/20/2014 7:37:34 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 80 replies
    IFB ^ | 10/20/2014
    Is it not sobering and very curious that Israel, even when they are totally out of the will of Almighty God are still the scourge of the nations (Deut. 28-32, Lev. 26)? This in its self is a testament to the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord and Bible prophecy and a sign to all nations and to the Jews that Israel is Almighty God's people. It will be after the destruction of Gog's confederacy that Almighty God will reveal this very point (Ezek.39, 7, 21-26). The nation of Israel at present - though back in the land -...
  • (SBC) cuts ties with California church over pro-gay marriage stance

    10/20/2014 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9-25-14 | Michael Gryboski
    The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew a California church known for its "third way" on gay unions and homosexuality from its church membership, officials announced Tuesday.New Heart Community Church of La Mirada was removed by SBC's Executive Committee by a unanimous vote.
  • Pres of Polish Episc. Conf: Let's End This Delusion That 'Mercy' Began Only Now, After 2,000 Years!

    10/20/2014 6:39:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/20/14 | Marek Lehnert
    Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, archbishop of Poznan, Poland, and president of his nation's episcopate, is glad with himself and with the others who thought as he did for the determined criticism of the relatio post disceptationem of the Synod on the Family. The Polish prelate denounced a clear separation with the teaching of John Paul II on the issue, as well as the unclear vision about the purpose of the Synod itself. Speaking yesterday to Polish radio, Gądecki reiterated that many of the Synod Fathers shared his feelings, considering that text "strongly ideologized, because it considered more the sociological than the...
  • Was That Why He Was Elected?

    10/20/2014 6:19:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I must admit I still don't understand Francis. Is he the greatest thing since unsliced bread, a cunning old Jesuit, a conservative, a trad, a prophet, a fool or even the anti-Christ; a breath of fresh-air or the stench from the tomb of those rather detestable men who surrounded the Blessed Paul VI and added to his suffering? I have never done the Benedict through Francis thing at least, but neither am I convinced of the Francis against Benedict thing entirely. I am still perplexed and confused by him. Perhaps it is in Francis who rather than being an Emperor...
  • Cardinal Burke confirms transfer, praises pushback, addresses controversy over remarks by Kasper

    10/20/2014 4:36:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Carl E. Olsen
    Late yesterday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, responded to questions sent as a follow-up to his October 14th interview with Catholic World Report. He confirmed that he is leaving his positiion as Prefect, remarked on the reactions against the Relatio released this past Monday, reflected on the importance of the texts issued by the ten small groups, and commented on the recent controversy over an interview given by Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany. CWR: Not to discount or question other reports, but can you confirm that you will indeed be leaving...
  • Why Sam Harris Is Wrong about Islam: Just because Ben Affleck is wrong doesn't make him right.

    10/20/2014 2:52:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/20/2014 | Roger Kimball
    No doubt many of my readers know about the encounter about Islam [1] between Ben Affleck, the Hollywood actor, and Sam Harris, the “New Atheist” writer and neuroscientist, on Bill Maher’s show. I do not know Ben Affleck’s work as an actor, so I don’t know whether he is commonly cast in comic roles. He was pretty funny, in a slightly deranged sort of way, on Bill Maher’s show, but perhaps that is his usual modus operandi. I propose to leave the substance — if “substance” is the correct word — of Mr. Affleck’s effusions to one side. His performance...
  • Idaho Pastors Face Jail Time, Thousands in Fines for Not Performing Gay Weddings

    10/20/2014 10:08:03 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d'Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating "non-discrimination" laws. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed the lawsuit and the motion on behalf of Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel and have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have...
  • Interview of Edward Pentin By Michael Voris

    10/20/2014 9:41:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/19/14 | Pat Archbold
    This is excellent. Ed Pentin describes the circumstances of his Kasper interview and gives his impression of the Synod. Kudos to Michael Voris for the good work he has done reporting from Rome these past weeks.
  • Francis: Church has One Year to Mature. In the Meantime, its Doors are Wide Open

    10/20/2014 9:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 81 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/19/14 | Iacoppo Scaramuzzi
    The Church’s doors are wide open, to receive “not only the just”, “but the needy” too. Francis disproved assumptions about a “disputatious Church where one part is against the other”, guaranteeing its unity. He reiterated that no one ever called into question the indissolubility of marriage and marriage’s openness to lifeSpeaking after the vote on the content of the Synod’s final document, the relatio synodi (three key paragraphs in the draft document did not win the two thirds majority vote), Francis addressed the assembled Fathers saying: “Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with true...
  • Synod approves “relatio synodi”: Remarried divorcees remain a controversial topic

    10/20/2014 8:00:54 AM PDT · by Fithal the Wise · 7 replies
    Vatian Insider ^ | 10/18/2014 | Andrea Tornielli
    the paragraph of the text which outlines the differing opinions regarding the readmission of remarried divorcees to the sacraments obtained 104 votes in favour and 74 against. The paragraph on homosexuality has been modified after 118 Synod Fathers voted in favour and 62 against, despite the fact it makes reference to the Catechism. These points did not therefore receive the unanimous consensus of the Synod: An absolute majority was obtained but not a qualifying majority
  • Full transcript of the BuzzFeed interview with Cardinal Burke

    10/20/2014 7:37:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CatholicismPure.Wordpress.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Catholicism Pure & Simple
    Full transcript of the BuzzFeed interview with Cardinal BurkePosted on October 19, 2014 by Catholicism Pure & Simple As an update to the post on the BuzzFeed telephone interview with Cardinal Burke, here is the full transcript of that interview:At the request of many readers, BuzzFeed News has published a full transcript of its interview with Cardinal Burke in which he confirms his removal from the Catholic Church’s highest court.posted on Oct. 18, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.BuzzFeed News reporter J. Lester Feder spoke with Cardinal Raymond Burke Friday morning via Skype to discuss the Extraordinary Synod on the Family and...
  • Pope Francis: 'God is not afraid of new things'

    10/20/2014 7:18:44 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 43 replies
    Courier Journal - USA Today ^ | 10-20-14 | Eric J. Lyman
    <p>"VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday, as he beatified Pope Paul VI who implemented the Second Vatican Council's vast changes, called on the church to adapt to "changing conditions of society."</p>
  • German Cardinal [Marx] Defends Synod Document, Says Church Teaching Can Change

    10/20/2014 6:24:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church teaching regarding the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried. "Saying that the doctrine will never change is a restrictive view of things," the cardinal told reporters at a Vatican press office briefing. Cardinal Marx, who is president of the German bishops’ conference, said that most of the country’s bishops backed the proposal by his fellow German, Cardinal Walter Kasper. “We cannot change the...
  • The Synod; and Four Cardinals: Burke, Ratzinger, Newman, Kasper ... on the Petrine Ministry

    10/20/2014 4:52:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    The Holy Father's speech at the end of the Synod contained an interesting paragraph about his understanding of his office. I propose, soon, to discuss it. But first, some context. Cardinal Burke is reported to have said "The pope, more than anyone else, is bound to serve the Truth. The pope is not free to change the Church's teaching with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the indissolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the Faith."This is closely in line with the words of Pope Francis' immediate predecessor: "In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no...
  • "For Francis, a resounding defeat: Traditionalists have won a huge victory."

    10/19/2014 8:59:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    Professor Odon Vallet is an expert in the history of religions and civilizations and, since he is deemed a strong and radical "Progressive", he is a favorite in the French media to speak as a secular-friendly voice on Catholic issues. He was interviewed by popular daily "20 Minutes" on the results of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops: In what sense did the provisional text [the Forte relatio] signal an important step? The provisional text included two overtures. One regarding the remarried divorcees. The other regarding homosexuals. It was not a revolution, but an evolution. It was not...
  • Synod’s Final Report Lacks Bishops’ Consensus on Controversial Topics

    10/19/2014 8:13:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/18/14 | Edward Pentin
    The synod fathers agreed with a 2/3 majority to all 62 paragraph in synod report except those on communion for the divorced and “remarried” and on welcoming homosexuals.VATICAN — In an electronic vote this afternoon, the synod fathers approved the final report — relatio synodi — of the synod of bishops, with two paragraphs on administering holy Communion to divorced and “remarried” couples and one on welcoming homosexuals failing to reach a two-thirds majority. The final document of the Oct. 5-19 extraordinary synod on the family contains 62 points and the voting numbers for each of these was published. The...
  • Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

    10/19/2014 4:42:49 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 70 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Oct 19, 2014 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis on Sunday closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to reach out to homosexuals and divorced people, saying the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and less rigid Church, made his comments in a sermon to some 70,000 people in St. Peter's Square for the ceremonial closing of a two-week assembly, known as a synod. "God is not afraid of new things. That is why he is continuously surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways," he...