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  • DCLeaks Bombshell: The Soros/{POPE}Francis Alliance Confirmed

    09/21/2016 8:04:13 AM PDT · by drpix · 34 replies
    remnantnewspaper.com ^ | 9/19/16 | Elizabeth Yore
    The drip, drip, drip of more leaked Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF) documents surfaced in the DCLeaks website to illustrate the ongoing unholy alliance between George Soros and Pope Francis. The Pope appears in the weekly OSF reports as the subject of laudatory and strategic accounts of papal pronouncements and actions promoting Soros’ ‘new normal’ of massive Muslim migration in Europe. While Francis seems oblivious, even the DCLeaks hackers recognize the treacherous and manipulative Soros as a monstrous global threat. DCLeaks introduces its infamous subject accordingly...
  • Pope Benedict thinks homosexual network in Vatican could have reformed under his successor.

    09/07/2016 3:21:47 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 16 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 7/9/2016 | CG
    The Pope who resigned in 2013 for reasons of age Pope also confirms rumours of a homosexual old boy network in the Vatican. Such had been there during his pontificate, and he had smashed it.
  • Pope Benedict attacks the decadence of the Church in Germany

    09/07/2016 3:17:51 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 7/9/2016 | CG
    At 8 pm, the Swiss Guards closed the gates of the Pope's summer palace in Castel Gandolfo. Then they left their posts. So they demonstrated on 28 February 2013 that Benedict XVI was now Supreme Pontiff emeritus, a Pope retired. Benedict retired to a convent in the Vatican and vowed to continue to live like a monk and leave the field to the successor. Benedict however cracks open the doors again this Friday...
  • How billionaire George Soros is trying to hijack the Catholic Church for his progressive agenda

    09/02/2016 4:04:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 1, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    September 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The large sum of money billionaire George Soros put up to influence Pope Francis’ U.S. visit last fall before a presidential election year and to push the American bishops toward support for radical “social justice causes” was not the first time the leftist financier has used his wealth to try and negatively affect the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has continuously withstood and will always survive more formidable opponents than Soros. But this fact is clearly lost on him, given his history of attempting to nefariously impact the Church by funding groups labeled “Catholic”...
  • Soros Paid Leftist Groups to Silence Pope on Abortion and Marriage

    08/30/2016 10:45:33 AM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29, 2016 | Austin Ruse
    Newly released documents from Wikileaks have exposed the efforts of hard-left billionaire George Soros to make Pope Francis quiet down on social issues like abortion and man-woman marriage and make income equality and global warming the centerpiece of his visit last year to the U.S. The documents show how these wealthy groups worked closely with the Pope’s closest advisers including two U.S. Bishops and one Latin American Cardinal. The plan was first advanced at a board meeting of Soros’s Open Society U.S. Programs Board in May, 2015, where the radical group boasts of direct influence with Pope Francis. At that...
  • Benedict’s bombshell goes all but unnoticed [Catholic Caucus]

    08/30/2016 6:28:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | August 29, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    Benedict’s bombshell goes all but unnoticed Benedictus ContemplatusIf it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone. (1983 Code of Canon Law, Canon 332 §2) Note well that two things are “required” in order for a papal resignation to be valid; it must be both “made freely” and “properly manifested.” Let’s talk about the latter first. How might a papal resignation be properly manifested? First and foremost, it is manifested by way of declaration or published statement; i.e.,...
  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:10:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 22, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    When Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra in the 1990s that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family,” she did not reveal the particular reality unfolding now: a relentless drive by Church leaders to loosen the Church’s constant teaching on the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers (the divorced and “remarried”) and cohabiters who refuse to abandon their illicit sexual relations, spearheaded by a Pope with a divorced and “remarried” sister and cohabiting nephew. The just-announced reorganization of the Vatican’s marriage and family departments, the subject of my last...
  • Vortex: Agents of the Devil

    08/24/2016 11:05:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 28 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | 08-23-16 | Michael Voris
    Video and Transcript: The Church has reached the tipping point in America where there are more Vatican II Catholics than those born before Vatican II. And it is having a dramatic effect in the Church. The latest research shows that 64 percent — almost two out of every three American Catholics — was born just before the Second Vatican Council or after. The dividing line is the year 1961 (and happens to be my birth year). Two out of every three Catholics therefore have no living memory or experience of the Church how it was before the Council. My generation...
  • Catholic Caucus: St. Francis Of Assisi And Great Pardon Known As The Portiuncula Indulgence

    08/02/2016 1:05:19 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Spirit Daily ^ | Susan Tassone
    The Portiuncula (small portion) refers to the land in Assisi, Italy, that belonged to the Benedictines. On this land  was an old church dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God but abandoned. The great St. Francis had great devotion to the queen of the world and when he saw that the church was deserted, he began to live there constantly and repair it.  He heard that the angels often visited it, so that it was called St. Mary of the Angels. The Benedictines wanted to give Francis the church but in order to remain faithful to Lady Poverty, Francis rented it from them...
  • Pope Francis appoints panel to study ordaining women as deacons

    08/02/2016 7:43:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    France 24 ^ | August 2, 2016 | Staff
    Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed a special commission to examine the role of female deacons in the Church, in a potentially historic opening on the possibility of women joining the clergy. The 13-member commission, made up of seven men and six women, will study the question of female deacons with a particular focus on the history of women having played this role in the early years of the Church, the Vatican said in a statement.
  • Speaking Truth To The Pope; Speaking Truth To Muslims

    07/29/2016 4:54:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 29, 2016 | Danusha V. Goska
    On Wednesday, July 27, Pope Francis arrived in Krakow, Poland, in order to celebrate World Youth Day. As part of this trip, the pope commented on controversy surrounding Muslim migration to Europe. Many of these comments reveal an apparent ignorance of Polish history and current reality, a privileging of Marxist and culturally relativist worldviews that distort reality, and an abandonment of true Christian ideals. I write as a devout Catholic. I wish my pope would read what I write here.
  • A Pope Like None Before. Somewhat Protestant

    07/21/2016 6:16:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Chisea ^ | July 22, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    The idyll between Francis and the followers of Luther. The alarm of cardinals and bishops against the “Protestantization” of the Catholic Church. But also the distrust of authoritative Lutheran theologians by Sandro Magister ROME, July 22, 2016 - In the alarmed letter that thirteen cardinals from five continents were preparing to deliver to Pope Francis at the beginning of the last synod, they were warning him against leading the Catholic Church as well to “the collapse of liberal Protestant churches in the modern era, accelerated by their abandonment of key elements of Christian belief and practice in the name of...
  • Newspaper: Cardinal Müller to be Archbishop of Mainz

    07/18/2016 10:00:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Media report: In a counter-move the Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (71) is supposed to switch to the Vatican and take over the management of the CDF Kuala Lumpur (kath.net/KNA) Accordjng to a report by the Malaysian Catholic weekly "Herald" Pope Francis plans personnel changes within the Curia. This suggests that the former prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (68) will occupy the See if Mainz long since vacated by Cardinal Karl Lehmann. In return, the Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (71) is to switch to the Vatican and take over there, the management of the CDF, the Journal reported...
  • Socci: It appears the Bergoglian Inquisition is winning (at the moment) [Catholic Caucus]

    07/11/2016 10:10:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 10, 2016 | Antonio Socci
    I don’t know if you have noticed, but there is no longer one single counter-current voice in the [Italian]mass-media which reports truthfully what is happening under the Bergoglian regime in the Church. We are under an oppressive Argentine dictatorship. Those who disturb the Bergoglian Power would appear not to have any right to speak in the media. Even the most important Catholic intellectuals, who criticised Amoris laetitia severely (such as Spaemann, Grygiel and Seifert, close collaborators of John Paul II and Benedict XVI) have remained invisible in the [Italian] media. Their severe criticisms have been silenced. Even the explosive discourse...
  • What Is Monsignor Ganswein Up To?

    05/31/2016 4:08:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 30, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    During his recent presentation of the book Beyond the Crisis in the Church: The Pontificate of Benedict XVI, Monsignor Georg Ganswein, who serves as personal secretary to “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI, inexplicably and quite mysteriously provided new depth, and thus new impetus, to the novel idea that Benedict’s renunciation of the papacy was qualified by a “changed understanding” of the papacy, according to which Benedict retained a “passive” aspect of the Petrine office while turning over its active exercise to Francis. In the course of the book presentation Ganswein made remarks that surely reflect Benedict’s own understanding of his situation,...
  • Is Francis the Last Pope? A Rare Interview with Archbishop Ganswein

    06/25/2016 7:24:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/25/16 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What is Benedict XVI's own view of his historical resignation? What has the fall-out been from his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein's controversial remark on an “expanded petrine office”? What about the “Prophesy of Malachy,” which allegedly sees Francis as the last pontiff? In a recent and candid conversation, veteran journalist and EWTN Rome correspondent Paul Badde sat down with Archbishop Gänswein, who gave his take on these and a number of other questions. The German archbishop currently serves Pope Francis as Prefect of the Papal Household, and has also maintained...
  • Bishop Fellay: SSPX ‘Does Not Seek Primarily a Canonical Recognition’

    06/29/2016 2:05:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    The superior general of the Society of St. Pius X said in a June 29 statement that the Society “does not seek primarily a canonical recognition.” “In the great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church, the proclamation of Catholic doctrine requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay. The prelate’s new statement comes one month after he expressed optimism about an accord between the Vatican and the Society, which was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre....
  • African cardinal rebukes Cardinal Marx’s call for apology to homosexuals

    06/29/2016 8:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 28, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    In a pithy tweet on Saturday, a prominent South African cardinal rebuked German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s claim that the Church should “apologize” to homosexuals. “God help us! Next we’ll have to apologise for teaching that adultery is a sin! Political Correctness (PC) is today’s major heresy!” Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier tweeted. Napier posted his tweet in response to African pro-life and pro-family activist Obianuju Ekeocha, the founder of Culture of Life Africa, who tweeted an Irish Times article about Marx’s comments. Marx, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, said that up until “very recently” the Catholic Church had been “very...
  • Benedict Endorses Pope Francis in Unprecedented Vatican Ceremony

    06/28/2016 10:24:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/28/16 | AP
    Backing from retired pope at event to mark his 65th year as a priest may help Francis gain favour among church conservativesBenedict XVI has endorsed Pope Francis’s ministry in an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring a reigning pontiff honouring a retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. The ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace served in part to show continuity from Benedict to Francis amid continued nostalgia from some conservatives for the former’s tradition-minded papacy. Francis had invited the entire Vatican Curia, or bureaucracy, to celebrate Benedict’s anniversary, and prelates turned out in...
  • Pope Francis Says You’re NOT Christian if You Support Gun Manufactures

    06/27/2016 7:26:56 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 191 replies
    Ammoland Shooting Sports News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Ammoland
    Italy (Ammoland.com) Pope Francis spoke with a group of young people at a rally of thousands at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin. Francis started by attacking the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as well as accusing the allies during World War Two of being complicit in the killing of Jews, Christians and homosexuals. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry, saying. “If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after...
  • Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from gays for past treatment

    06/26/2016 5:25:56 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 98 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 26 Jun 16 | By Philip Pullella
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them. Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia, he also said the Church should ask forgiveness for the way it has treated women, for turning a blind eye to child labor and for "blessing so many weapons" in the past. In the hour-long freewheeling conversation that has become a trademark of his international travels, Francis was asked if he agreed with recent comments by...
  • Comedy Hour at The Remnant: “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not”

    06/25/2016 7:21:21 PM PDT · by SGNA · 4 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | June 24, 2016 | Novus Ordo Watch
    Response to Hilary WhiteComedy Hour at The Remnant: “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not” Peek-a-boo! Is he or isn’t he? Apparently there is a new policy in place at the semi-traditionalist flagship publication The Remnant: Bloggers can write whatever they please about the Papacy, even if it contradicts the Faith, as long as they don’t endorse Sedevacantism.Most recent case in point: A blog post by Hilary White (pictured left) entitled, “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not”. The title offers a good preview of the confused theology that follows in the body...
  • Enough is enough, Pope Francis should resign

    06/17/2016 7:59:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2016 | Adam Shaw
    Pope Francis should resign, and Catholics should demand it, so the Church can begin recovering from the havoc his ill-advised and arrogant papacy has wrought.
  • ‘Communal papacy’ may be a baby-step toward democracy [Catholic Caucus]

    06/05/2016 1:58:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Crux ^ | June 4, 2016 | Hector Welgampola
    When Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, many wondered what role a retired pope might have in the Church. After the election of Pope Francis, many continued to wonder whether the presence of a retired pope would be a threat in any way to the authority of the new one. Given those concerns, the low-profile role chosen by the pope emeritus has been quite reassuring. Similarly, Francis’ acceptance of his predecessor’s draft of his own first encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei, in June 2013, was more than a gracious gesture of civility. Despite initial apprehensions, these developments can be seen as...
  • Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting [Rev 13]

    05/26/2016 10:20:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 5/24/2016 | Staff
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths. The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013. "Our meeting is the message," Francis said in a brief comment at the start of his meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, shortly after he had hugged and...
  • The Mad Virtues of Pope Francis, and the Desperate Resistance

    05/25/2016 3:19:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 59 replies
    St Corbian's Bear ^ | May 24, 2016 | St Corbian's Bear
    Typically, for the Bear, this is not short. You may find it entertaining, however. It wraps up several issues that have been occupying the Bear's mind lately as he grapples with the why and the how of what he is doing. Pope Francis: Finally, a Smiling Face to the Horror For decades we have had to sit and watch helplessly as the Church was consumed by preventable scandal and ceaseless innovation. The enemy was hard to get a fix on. He seemed to be everywhere and nowhere, and his name was Legion. But it was clear that somehow the schwerpunkt...
  • The One World Religion Cometh: Pope Francis Warmly Welcomes Top Islamic Cleric To The Vatican

    05/23/2016 8:35:29 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 56 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 5/23/2016 | Michael Snyder
    When Pope Francis met with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb on Monday, he told him that “our meeting is the message“. So precisely what kind of “message” was Pope Francis attempting to convey? Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is the Grand Imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, and some have described him as “the highest figure in Sunni Islam“. The Daily Mail said that the meeting between these two men was a “historic bid to reopen dialogue between the two churches”, and as you will see below this is yet another in a long series of attempts by Pope Francis to build bridges between Catholicism...
  • False Collegiality: Full Text of new Rule demanding Bishops consult with Vatican before ...

    05/21/2016 7:48:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/21/2016 | New Catholic
    Comments below the text: The Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, aware that every new Institute of Consecrated Life, even if coming into existence and developing within a Particular Church, is a gift made to the entire Church, seeing to the need of avoid that new Institutes be erected in the diocesan level without the sufficient discernment that will confirm the originality of the charism, which defines the specific characteristics that the consecration through the profession of the evangelical counsels will have in them and that specifies the real possibilities of development, has ascertained...
  • Pope Francis Calls Greedy Employers 'True Leeches'

    05/21/2016 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 53 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | May 20, 2016 | SEAN DUFFY
        (CN) — Pope Francis condemned the sin of "living off the blood of the people" while criticizing immoral employers for not providing health care for their employees, calling them "true leeches."     During his homily on Thursday, the pontiff brought up a hypothetical situation in which a business employs a worker from September to June but does not provide health care coverage.     "Exploitation of people today is a true slavery," he said. "We thought that slaves do not exist anymore. They exist. It's true, people don't go to Africa to take them and then sell them in America, no. But it's in our...
  • Pope Francis Defends Jihad, Says Christianity Has Roots in Idea of Conquest [Rev 13]

    05/18/2016 3:04:00 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 110 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 5/18/2016 | Abra Forman
    Islam and Christianity share the "same idea of conquest", and for that reason, Islam should not be viewed as a threat, said Pope Francis in a newspaper interview this week. "It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam," he conceded to the French Catholic newspaper La Croix. "However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew's Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest." Ostensibly, the Pope was drawing a parallel between the Islamic "conquest" known as jihad, a holy war or...
  • Pope Francis Just Compared the Great Commission to Jihad

    05/17/2016 7:20:28 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 62 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 17, 2016 | Tyler O'Neil
    In an interview on Tuesday with the French magazine La Croix, Francis minimized the difference between Islam and Christianity, arguing that the religions share a concept of subjugation.Today, I don't think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew's Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.
  • Heresiarch Kasper: Pope will not preserve that which has been! Do you get it yet friends?

    04/28/2016 9:06:33 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 47 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 4/28/16 | Vox Cantoris
    "Heresiarch Kasper: Pope will not preserve that which has been! Do you get it yet friends? The Pope IS the problem!" It really is time Catholics; wake up! Get out of your doldrums and your daydreams and your fantasy that all is well. The crisis in the Church which came to the surface during and after the Second Vatican Council, the crisis and heresy of Modernism is upon us now greater than ever. Prelate after prelate and even the Pope, the Bishop of Rome himself, Jorge Bergoglio, are now proving on a daily basis that they do not hold to...
  • Vatican-approved magazine: Exhortation opens door to Holy Communion for remarried divorcees

    04/14/2016 9:17:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/13/16 | Claire Chretien and John Jalsevac
    As Catholics around the world debate the implications of Pope Francis’ controversial apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, two of his close collaborators are suggesting that he has indeed opened the door to the possibility of granting Communion to remarried divorcees – a practice condemned by previous popes as a violation of Scripture and Church teaching. Both Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who the pope chose to present the exhortation last week, and Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, a close advisor of the pope who reportedly helped draft the exhortation, have made that claim in recent days. Spadaro, editor of La Civiltŕ...
  • Priest: Pope Francis’ pastoral revolution goes against 2,000 years of tradition

    04/14/2016 9:07:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/13/16; updated 4/14/16 | Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.
    Pope Francis’ long-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (AL), was finally been released on Friday, April 8, 2016. A proper understanding, appreciation and evaluation of this lengthy document will require considerable time, study and prayerful reflection. But it is already quite clear from certain key passages that, with carefully crafted language, plausible arguments and persuasive rhetoric, the Holy Father is quietly introducing revolutionary change into the heart of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching and pastoral/sacramental practice. He is not repudiating in principle the objective truth of any revealed dogma or moral norm; but at the level of praxis...
  • The slow decline of the Ordinary Magisterium [Catholic Caucus]

    04/13/2016 1:10:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Catholic World Report ^ | April 12, 2016 | Edward N. Peters
    The Magisterium of the Catholic Church, the teaching authority left by Jesus Christ to his Church and principally exercised by popes and the college of bishops, proceeds in two ways: ordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘ordinarily’; extraordinarily, the Magisterium proceeds ‘extraordinarily’. Bear with me. Ex cathedra pontifical pronouncements and solemn decrees of ecumenical councils—the two great expressions of the extraordinary Magisterium—get the headlines, but such statements are, well, extraordinary and hence relatively rare. In contrast, the day-in day-out, oft-repeated, variously-phrased and then re-phrased teachings put out (principally) by popes and bishops engaged in the public exercise of their offices constitute the...
  • Three Tiny Notes on Amoris Laetitia

    04/13/2016 10:28:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/12/16 | New Catholic
    1. An apostolic exhortation is not, by its very nature, a non-magisterial document. It is the content of a papal document that reveals its magisterial relevance, not its name or category -- no one doubts Familiaris Consortio, the John Paul II exhortation on his synod on the family, was extremely relevant in sorting out important Magisterial points. Amoris Laetitia itself does not say that it is not itself magisterial: what it says, in its highly explosive paragraph 3, is that the Magisterium does not need to be invoked or suffer intervention to sort all Catholic questions. On the other hand,...
  • De Mattei - The Post-Synod Exhortation, Amoris laetitia: First reflections on a catastrophic doc

    04/13/2016 8:32:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | April 10, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    With the post-synod Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris laetitia, published on April 8th, Pope Francis has officially given his opinion on marital moral issues which have been under discussion for two years now. At the Consistory of 20th and 21st of February 2014, Francis had entrusted the task of introducing the debate on this theme to Cardinal Kasper. Cardinal Kasper’s theses, according to which the Church must change Her matrimonial praxis, formed the leit motiv of the two Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015 and now forms the basis of Pope Francis’ Exhortation. In the course of these two years,...
  • Why Are 2 Different Popes Telling Us to Read “Lord of the World”?

    04/11/2016 2:07:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 8, 2016 | Colin O'Brien
    It’s a somewhat obscure apocalyptic novel, much overlooked since its publication in 1907, and yet it comes with a recommendation that just about any best-selling author would covet: the spiritual leader of the whole world says it’s a good read. And not just the current pope, the previous one too.Pope Francis raised eyebrows in 2013 and again in 2015 when he recommended Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World to the faithful as a book that depicts a “globalization of hegemonic uniformity.” Similarly, then-Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, referred to the Universalism depicted in Lord of the...
  • In Bitter, Bizarre First Post "Love" Homily, Pope Lashes Out at Critics, Calls Judas...

    04/12/2016 9:24:56 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 38 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | 4/11/16 | Oakes Spalding
    "In Bitter, Bizarre First Post "Love" Homily, Pope Lashes Out at Critics, Calls Judas "This Poor Repentant Man," Blames Jewish Priests for Judas' Death (They Were Bad Confessors and had No Mercy)The Pope appears to be growing increasingly unhinged." Is the aggressive crazy talk a response to perceived opposition or a post Amoris victory lap? Vatican Radio reports on today's homily at Santa Marta. The first part deals not with Judas but with those who clutch to "the letter" of the law. It is impossible to believe that Francis is not referring to opponents of the "pastoral solutions" proposed in...
  • Amoris Laetitia: The Monster at the End of This Book

    04/11/2016 5:54:23 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 21 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 4/9/16 | Chris Jackson
    The long awaited Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetita, is now out. As a lay Traditional Catholic with common sense, I will now lay out the reasons I found the exhortation an epic tragedy. Many of these reasons you will probably never hear from the Neo-Catholic pundits. I will first quote a selected portion of the exhortation in red, and then give my reaction. The number in parentheses is the paragraph in Amoris Laetita where the quote can be found. Predictably, I did not get past the first paragraph without spitting my coffee out. As the Synod Fathers noted, for all...
  • Socci: The Apostolic Exhortation is a turning-point in Catholic Doctrine

    04/09/2016 3:44:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Libero via Rorate Caeli ^ | April 9, 2016 | Antonio Socci
    Mortal sin is replaced with social sin and the door to Communion for the divorced and remarried is opened: the real sin is ignoring the poor Antonio Socci 'Libero' April 9, 2016 Was Cardinal Kasper right when he announced “the great revolution” a month ago? With the Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris laetitia is Bergoglio overturning the Magisterium of the Church, thus putting himself above the words of Christ and God’s commandments? With words he says he is not changing doctrine. But with facts he has today opened up to something that until now has been forbidden by Holy Scripture and the...
  • The Apostolic Exhortation and the Abolishment of the Sin of Presumption

    04/09/2016 6:40:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 8, 2016 | Michael J. Matt and Thomas More
    There is no other way to say this: Despite its protestations to the contrary Amoris Laetitia represents an attempt to achieve a revolution in Catholicism at the expense of the prior teaching of the Church on the indissolubility of marriage and reception of the Eucharist. In addition, and on a more mundane level, it is a tediously long and verbose piece of poorly-written and thought-out amateur post-modern-deconstructionist sociology. In order to achieve its aim of deconstructing the sacraments of Matrimony and the Eucharist, the tome paints the picture of sacramental marital love as a torture chamber of abuse, domination, sexism,...
  • 'Amoris laetitia' in conflict with the Catholic Faith

    04/09/2016 6:11:26 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/08/16 | Confitebor
    There's no other way to put it: The pope's Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia is a catastrophe. Though released only this morning, Catholic observers and commentators have already begun to identify several objectionable passages in which the doctrine and discipline of the Church's Faith are elided, wrested, and contradicted. We at Rorate Caeli will have more to say on this subject, but we can affirm that the headline of Dr. Maike Hickson's commentary at OnePeterFive is correct: "Pope Francis Departs from Church Teaching in New Exhortation." Also correct is Voice of the Family's observation, "There are many passages that faithfully reflect...
  • Twelve Things that Caught My Eye about Pope Francis’s New Document on Love and Marriage and Family

    04/08/2016 11:19:11 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | April 8, 2016 | KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ
    Twelve Things that Caught My Eye about Pope Francis’s New Document on Love and Marriage and Family By KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ April 8, 2016 For search-engine optimization, I thought about titling this post: “What Pope Francis Has to Say to Kim Kardashian about Her Dad Caitlyn.” I didn’t, but I imagined had Pope Benedict XVI issued the document Pope Francis did on marriage and family and society and accompaniment and reconciliation, the headlines might have read a lot differently, even with the same text. (I also never would use that title because while it might work on Google it’s not...
  • Pope to church: Be more accepting of divorced Catholics, gays and lesbians

    04/08/2016 4:31:38 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 8 April 2016 | Richard Allen Greene
    Pope Francis put his shoulder to the doors of the Catholic Church and shoved them open a little wider Friday, calling for the church to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines. He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers "irregular" situations. "A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws ... as if they were stones to throw at people's lives," Francis writes in a sweeping paper outlining his stance on family matters. He...
  • Pope Francis calls to accept gays [Revelation 13]

    04/08/2016 11:02:15 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 61 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 4/8/2016 | Ari Yashar
    Pope Francis, who has long revealed his liberal positions through interviews, came out on Friday in an official statement calling on Catholics to be more accepting of homosexuals as well as divorced Catholics. While he didn't change official church doctrines in his paper, which is an "apostolic exhortation" instructing Catholics on how to live, the pope paved the way for a serious shift in the Catholic church away from central tenets of the faith. "A pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws...as if they were stones to throw at people's lives," he wrote in the...
  • Pope Francis Departs from Church Teaching in New Exhortation

    04/08/2016 5:21:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 8, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Pope Francis has just published his long-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia. In it, he repeats many of the problematic and controversial statements of the previous 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family. Among these, one finds the law of gradualism with regard to sinful relationships, the claim that there are “seeds” of goodness in such relationships that are objectively contrary to God’s laws, and a general tone of not speaking of sin at all with regard to those ways of living that put the soul of the persistent sinner gravely at risk of not attaining...
  • The Pope’s Family Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’: What’s In Play [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2016 10:39:16 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    NC Register ^ | 4/06/2016 | EDWARD PENTIN
    Although such speculation mostly appears to be wishful thinking, rather than based on advance knowledge of what the Pope has actually written in the document that he signed on March 19, what is public knowledge is that paragraphs about the pastoral care of civilly remarried divorcees, and whether or not the apostolic exhortation will “open the door” to them receiving holy Communion, will be the most potentially controversial element.
  • Pastoral Discernment and Dead Members “Alive” - Francis' Exhortation [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2016 5:20:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 04/06/16 | John Vennari
    Pastoral Discernment and Dead Members “Alive” - Francis' Exhortation mortal_sin_cfn Francis' Apostolic Exhortation: Pastoral Discernment and Dead Members “Alive” “In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? … let us open the doors a bit more... Why can’t they be godfathers and godmothers ? … Things need to change, our standards need to change.” - Pope Francis By John Vennari www.cfnews.org The Vatican has sent a letter to the world’s bishop with instructions on how to prepare the faithful for Francis’ post-Synodal Exhortation. Francis’ document, said to run about 200...
  • LIBIDINIS GAUDIUM [Catholic Caucus]

    04/04/2016 8:04:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Oh dear. Wrong again. I had a wager with myself that Libidinis gaudium would be the title of our Holy Father's imminent bombshell. Instead ... Amoris laetitia ... he does so let one down ... According to Lewis & Short, a highly useful dictionary for lucky pupils learning the delights of Latin Prose and Verse Composition and for their instructors, Gaudium and Laetitia do differ in meaning. The former suggests the internal Joy one feels; the latter, a Joy which expresses itself externally. So the Sovereign Pontiff's first magis quam magnum opus, entitled Evangelii gaudium, implied that the Gospel makes...