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  • Inter Communion with Lutherans? A Convert Comments

    11/19/2015 1:55:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Patheos ^ | November 18, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    It is the same with Lutherans and Anglicans. They might have a high liturgy and a more sacramental view of the Lord’s presence than a Baptist, but the 39 Articles of Religion–the Anglican statement of belief (which has never been scrapped) specifically denies transubstantiation. The Lutheran Formula of Concord also denies transubstantiation. The Lutherans and Anglicans believe “The Lord is present” but not as Catholics do, and although individual Lutherans and Anglicans may have a Catholic understanding we can’t decide policy and behaviors according to each individual’s theological opinion. It is very nice of the Holy Father to be kind...
  • Pope Cracks Door to Lutheran Communion

    11/16/2015 7:06:16 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 11-16-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Now for Protestants too, says Francis (Martin Podzorny/Shutterstock) Francis continues to, um, amaze. From Rocco Palma’s report on the Pope’s meeting with Lutherans in Rome on Sunday, as part of an ecumenical dialogue: In an answer that’s almost certain to resonate broadly across the ecumenical scene (and elsewhere, quite possibly show his hand on his intended course following last month’s Synod on the Family), the pontiff – clearly wrestling with the plea – pointedly appealed less to the standard prohibition of the Eucharist for Protestant communities than to the woman’s discernment in conscience.As if to reinforce the point, in...
  • What Did The Pope Really Say… about Lutherans and Communion?

    11/17/2015 12:56:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here we go again. Pope Francis has offered some confusing observations about the possibility of Lutherans receiving Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.I'm getting email… angry… alarmed… confused… sad… above all demoralized.Edward Pentin has the best press breakdown I have seen so far. HERE You can read the whole of the answer that the Pope gave to a Lutheran woman Anke de Bernardinis. Here's the video of the whole event in the original language, Italian. The part under discussion here starts at 21:00:Here below are the Pope's comments in context (Pentin's working translation): Question: My name is Anke de Bernardinis...
  • Liberals Push U.S. Bishops to Change Focus in Voting Guidelines [USCCB resists... for now]

    11/18/2015 7:10:07 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov. 17, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    In a full-court press, liberal Catholic media are trying to push the U.S. bishops to amend their election guidelines to focus more on care for the poor and immigration than issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and religious liberty. The U.S. Bishops are meeting now in Baltimore, and for the moment seem determined to stay the course, insisting especially on issues such as religious liberty and man-woman marriage. The Bishops' election guide , called "Faithful Citizenship, " ... suggests the relative importance of certain issues vis-à-vis others. The first two "serious moral questions" in the Bishops' guide are abortion and...
  • Pope Bergoglio in Florence, With the People Against the Structures

    11/17/2015 8:26:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Chiesa News ^ | November 13, 2015 | Pietro De Marco
    In the address of Pope Francis to participants at the national ecclesial conference of last November 10, in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, we find three features of his communication strategy: the theological-spiritual, the intra-ecclesiastical, and the explicit, prescriptive pastoral focus. The pope duly covered all three, amid repeated applause, interesting for its different intensity depending on the different tone and content of the talk. I will permit myself to observe, because it is not extraneous to what I will say, that the pope could have avoided rather than invited the applause, which in its way...
  • Visit of Cardinal Burke [Catholic Caucus]

    11/17/2015 8:09:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LMS Chairman ^ | November 16, 2015 | Joseph Shaw
    We had a wonderful weekend with Cardinal Burke. I don't have time to blog about it now, and I won't have time tomorrow, but I will do so thereafter. As well as liturgies and public speaking, His Eminence granted an interview with Mass of Ages, the LMS Magazine. As a tiny taster, when asked what Catholics should do when confronted with bad teaching, he said: I think Catholics should simply say that "I cannot accept this teaching as it goes against what the Church has always taught and practiced." I don't think that Catholics should permit themselves to be driven...
  • Death or Incapacitation of Pope Francis: Soon

    11/17/2015 8:44:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Arise! Let us be going! ^ | November 16, 2015 | Father George David Byers
    AN OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS Most Holy Father, Bishop of Rome, Francis: I note your overture to a Lutheran woman at the Lutheran church on Via Sicilia in Rome on 15 November 2015, the one who asked about intercommunion (starting minute 21.00 on the Vatican YouTube video). I had to wonder before if your recent interview with Eugenio Scalfari was correctly reported. I now have no doubt. With due respect to your person and your office, I ask you not to make this kind of thing part of what you want to publish about the Synod with the authority...
  • De Mattei: The Pharisees and Sadducees of our time [Catholic Caucus]

    11/12/2015 7:22:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Corrispondenza Romana via Rorate Caeli ^ | November 11, 2015 | Roberto de Mattei
    Criticizing the “Pharisees” is recurrent in Pope Francis’ words. In numerous discourses, between 2013 and 2015, he has spoken of “the sickness of the Pharisees” (7th November 2013), “who rebuke Jesus for not respecting the Sabbath” (1st April 2014), of “the temptation of self-sufficiency and of clericalism, that codification of the faith in rules and regulations, as the scribes, the Pharisees, the doctors of the law did at the time of Jesus” (September 19th 2014). In the Angelus of August 30th 2015 he said that just as it was for the Pharisees it is “dangerous too for us to consider...
  • Pope’s concept of a synodal church must be put into practice, Marx says [Catholic Caucus]

    11/12/2015 4:03:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | November 11, 2015 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The pope's concept of a synodal church, which Francis outlined in his address on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Synod of Bishops on Oct. 17, must be put into practice, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, the president of the German bishops' conference, has emphasized. "In this striking address in the middle of the synod, Pope Francis made it quite clear that the church's future path could only be one of synodal cooperation," Marx said at a study day on "Salutary Decentralization -- What local structures does a missionary church need?" at St. Georgen Jesuit College at Frankfurt....
  • Brussels’ new archbishop: ‘Mercy’ is condescending, Church needs to be more ‘relevant’

    11/10/2015 8:56:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 10, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    As Pope Francis’ decreed Jubilee Year of Mercy approaches, one of his As Pope Francis’ decreed Jubilee Year of Mercy approaches, one of his newest appointees suggests the term “mercy” is patronizing to those in need of it, and that the Church needs to more “relevant for society.” Named last week by the pope to head the see of Mechelen-Brussels in Belgium, Archbishop-elect Jozef De Kesel expressed disappointment that the Vatican’s recently concluded Synod on the Family didn’t go far enough in allowing Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. “The Synod may not have brought the concrete results that...
  • The Protesting Pope

    11/10/2015 7:20:15 PM PST · by ebb tide
    The Radical Catholic ^ | November 10, 2015 | The Radical Catholic
    In the 500 years since its inception, the Protestant revolt has evolved from the erroneous opinions of a single mad monk into a thousand-headed hydra of heresy, with each head snapping at the other almost as frequently as at the Catholic Church itself. Nonetheless, the many heads have remained joined at one common point - a point which Protestant theologians such as Paul Tillich and Dietrich Bonhoeffer desired to see writ large on the flag of modern Protestantism: Ecclesia semper reformanda est, i.e. "The Church is always to be reformed." Today, speaking to bishops and faithful gathered in Florence, Pope...
  • "Wake Up!" The Rock of Peter is a Rolling Stone

    11/09/2015 11:52:08 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 11/9/15 | Michael Matt
    Dear God, help us. A whole slew of the doctrine-lite and emotion-overload homilies of Pope Francis have found their way into the Pope's first rock-pop album released in Italy last Friday (November 6, 2015). The ghastly thing is called "Wake Up!", which somehow seems appropriate given that it should serve as a fairly effective wake-up call for Catholics everywhere. That's right, time to wake up to the fact that the Catholic Church has suffered a coup d'etat at the highest levels and that the bride of Christ now finds herself held hostage by a cabal of modernists who intend to...
  • The Conciliar Creed of the Church of Man

    11/07/2015 5:34:55 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | November 6, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    During his General Audience of Wednesday, October 28, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, otherwise known as Pope Francis, delivered what may rightly be considered a concise “Profession of Faith” for the One-World Religion of Apostate Rome; let us call it the Conciliar Creed of the Church of Man. Certainly, Francis is not the first bishop in white to embrace the Church of Man that emerged after Vatican Council II and its anthropocentric tenets, but he is by far its boldest evangelist to date. As such, he is rather plainspoken (at least for those with ears to hear) about his desire to lure...
  • Francis Is Silent, But Another Jesuit Is Speaking For Him

    11/07/2015 2:33:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 11/07/15 | Sandro Magister
    He is Antonio Spadaro, director of "La Civiltà Cattolica.” In an article in his magazine he has already written what the pope will say on communion for the divorced and remarried ROME, November 7, 2015 – Last Wednesday, at the weekly catechesis in Saint Peter’s Square, after recalling that the synod fathers have delivered the text of their conclusions to him, Pope Francis limited himself to saying in sibylline language: “This is not the moment to examine such conclusions, on which I myself must meditate.” While waiting for the enigma on the pope’s future moves to be unraveled, nothing remains...
  • Animus Delendi Against the Franciscans of the Immaculate Continues

    11/07/2015 7:57:42 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Saturday November 7, 2015 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) The battle against the Franciscans of the Immaculata continues. Hardly had Pope Francis mounted the throne of Peter, than the opponents of the traditional rite in the Order felt themselves strong enough, with his agreement, to place the once thriving men's branch of the order under a provisional administration. The women's branch "only" received an apostolic delegate as an overseer, but was still drawn in sympathy with the men's Order because of its close spiritual and institutional connectedness. With a confidential decree of 19. October 2015, the Roman Congregation for Religious reinforced its resolve to proceed further against the...
  • Pope vs church - the anatomy of a Catholic civil war [Catholic Caucus]

    11/05/2015 11:28:16 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | Damian Thompson
    Last Sunday, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica carried an article by Eugenio Scalfari, one of the country’s most celebrated journalists, in which he claimed that Pope Francis had just told him that ‘at the end of faster or slower paths, all the divorced who ask [to receive Holy Communion] will be admitted’. Catholic opinion was stunned. The Pope had just presided over a three-week synod of bishops at the Vatican that was sharply divided over whether to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacrament. In the end, it voted to say nothing much. On Monday, the Pope’s spokesman,...
  • The LAST Word on Scalfari

    11/04/2015 7:52:58 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 21 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | 11/4/15 | Oakes Spalding
    ...It's now clear that the Eugenio Scalfari interviews in the anticlerical La Repubblica are actually an important part of Bergoglio's controlled demolition of the Church. In the interviews all sorts of heresies are proclaimed, as befits a South American Jesuit who came of age in the late twentieth-century: Indifferentism (proselytism is solemn nonsense), relativism (what really matters is that we all journey towards our own conceptions of the good) annihilationism or universalism (there is no hell), Kasperism (doctrine should bend to practicality) and so on. Bergoglio knows the message that he believes these things, and thus that they are now...
  • A Glimpse Behind the Scenes in Rome

    11/03/2015 4:50:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 3, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    I have been speaking to sources in Rome over the past week, and several interesting pieces of information have emerged. As is often the case with what goes on at the Vatican, these remain firmly planted in the realm of credible rumors, not hard facts. And while rumors are something I generally avoid trafficking in, these are pertinent to what we have seen (and will see) play out as regards the yet-to-be-settled question of how Pope Francis will handle communion for the divorced and remarried. One source close to the Vatican tells me they have it on good authority that...
  • Francis: "All the divorced who ask will be admitted"

    Yes, he said it over the phone to his favorite journalist, Italian editor Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica, in a conversation on October 28, revealed by the latter in an editorial published this Sunday. There is no reason to doubt its accuracy. We are way past the time of doubting the accuracy of the Scalfari quotes. Not now, that the papal interviews to Scalfari have been published in the Vatican website, that they have been occasionally published by the Vatican publishing house (LEV) itself - for instance, as part of the book to the right. It was a direct quote...
  • Cupich: At the Synod, Pope Francis "Taught Us All How to Walk Together" [Catholic Caucus]

    10/31/2015 7:07:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    America Magazine ^ | October 30, 2015 | Gerard O'Connell
    At the synod, Pope Francis allowed us the freedom to be able to discuss openly our differences and yet realize that it was important for us to stay together as we did so,” Archbishop Blase Cupich told me in this exclusive interview for America. “What the pope really did was to help us to understand what it really means to be Catholic,” he stated. He had participated in the synod at the invitation of pope, and on the eve of his return to Chicago, he talked about his experience. He highlighted the fundamental role of the pope in bringing the...
  • Pope Francis' Closing Speech at the Synod on the Family

    10/24/2015 1:07:38 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 10/24/2015 | Pope Francis
    Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit. From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with them I thank the Relators, Cardinal Peter Erdo, who has worked so much in these days of family mourning, and the Special Secretary Bishop Bruno Forte, the three President delegates, the transcribers, the consultors, the translators and the unknown workers,...
  • Indisputable facts of Kim Daviss private meeting with Pope Francis

    10/22/2015 7:41:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/22/2015 | Liberty Counsel
    On September 29, Inside the Vatican and Liberty Counsel both announced that Pope Francis met privately with Kim Davis on September 24. Since the announcement, there has been a wide variety of reporting ranging from some who deny any meeting occurred to others who admit a meeting occurred but that Kim Davis was merely one of many in a sea of faces. The fact is, Kim Davis was invited to a private meeting with the Pope and did meet privately with him on the afternoon of September 24, during which meeting Pope Francis said to Kim, I want to thank...
  • Bishop Schneider warns of spirit of Satan at Synod on the Family

    10/22/2015 2:50:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 21, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    On a trip to Virginia last week, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan spoke with LifeSiteNews about the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which is nearing its end in Rome this week. The bishop, who has developed an international reputation for his defense of Catholic doctrine and tradition, warns that the Synod appears to be taking its lead from the anti-family agenda, and goes so far as to say that those advocating changes are following the spirit and language of Satan. The Methods of the Synod LifeSiteNews: The Synod of Bishops on the Family is right now taking place in...
  • Francis Defeated In Battle Of Kursk. War Rages On.

    10/22/2015 7:45:06 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 10/22/15 | Mundabor
    I have compared a couple of times Francis' machinations concerning the Synod with the Battle of Kursk: a buildup many months long, followed by a huge confrontation of extreme importance. I woke up this morning to discover that the last reports (those we should not have seen) of the circuli minores have been published, and now it's official: Francis has lost the battle for the Synod, and he has lost it big time. From what I understand I will read as time allows there is a lot of sensitive waffle and V II rubbish, but the heresy of...

    10/22/2015 3:52:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | October 22, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    The Islamic Republic of Iran is already reaping diplomatic dividends from the disastrous nuclear deal it entered into last July with the P-5 + 1 nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany). Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be visiting Rome Italy next month, marking his first trip to a European Union capital. His trip will include a meeting with Pope Francis. Rouhani will then be moving on to Paris. It is a victory lap by the president of a regime that got virtually everything it wanted in the deal, and is choosing selectively which portions...
  • Blasphemy, Heresy, Schism and ... (but at least the bishops will get to vote)

    10/20/2015 10:36:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 20, 2015 | Hilary White
    When you were a kid, and went to the pool, did you play the “how low can you go” game? Using keys or any object that would sink to the bottom, you stood at one end of the pool and threw it as far as you could into the deep end, then swam down after it. The game was really about nerve. Most pools are only about 10 feet at the diving end, and the lifeguard was always watching, so our daredevil diving was harmless. But I get the impression that no matter how far down any bishop goes in...
  • Dismantle: Church Restructure through Synodality

    10/19/2015 10:12:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 18, 2015 | John Vennari
    Note: This is an updated excerpt from what appeared in the May, 2015 Catholic Family News. It helps lay out the dynamic now in place at October Synod. During the 2015 Ordinary Synod, we've heard discussion of the possiblity of "regionalism," that is, allowing national bishops conferences to decide diverse "pastoral policies" regarding the Eucharist for the divorced and civiliy remarried, cohabitation and even homosexuality. In an October 15 interview, Raymond Cardinal Burke rightly said that the proposed "regional diversity" is " simply contrary to Catholic Faith and life. "
  • Pope Francis is now at war with the Vatican. If he wins, the Catholic Church could fall apart

    10/19/2015 9:17:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 134 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 18, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    Pope Francis yesterday gave an address to the profoundly divided Synod on the Family in which he confirmed his plans to decentralise the Catholic Church giving local bishops conferences more freedom to work out their own solutions to the problems of divorce and homosexuality. This is the nightmare of conservative Catholic cardinals, including unsurprisingly those in the Vatican. They thought they had a sufficient majority in the synod to stop the lifting of the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving communion, or any softening on the Churchs attitude to gay couples. But in yesterdays keynote speech,...
  • Doctrinal "devolution" to the bishops' conferences? [Catholic Caucus]

    10/19/2015 8:12:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 19, 2015 | Augustinus
    [UPDATE 10/19/2015 2:30 AM GMT]: For the record: Edward Pentin has posted a complete "working translation" of Francis' watershed speech on his desire to see a more decentralized and "Synodal" Church that "begin(s) with the people and their everyday problems" and for which the "conversion of the papacy" is central. We will not dedicate more time to commenting on the theme of decentralization. It is enough to say that so long as the good bishops and cardinals who have been attacking the proposals for "decentralization" shy away from naming the true patron of the proposal -- the Pope himself --...
  • Dismantle: Church Restructure through Synodality - the "Decentralization" Francis Seems Poised...

    10/19/2015 7:49:15 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/18/15 | John Vennari
    "Dismantle: Church Restructure through Synodality - the "Decentralization" Francis Seems Poised to Impose" During the 2015 Ordinary Synod, we've heard discussion of the possiblity of "regionalism," that is, allowing national bishops conferences to decide diverse "pastoral policies" regarding the Eucharist for the divorced and civiliy remarried, cohabitation and even homosexuality. In an October 15 interview, Raymond Cardinal Burke rightly said that the proposed "regional diversity" is " simply contrary to Catholic Faith and life. " Yet Pope Francis himself in an October 17 speech brandished his resolve to "decentralize" the Church, even if he has to impose this decentralization from...

    10/18/2015 10:17:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 247 replies
    What's Up With the Synod ^ | October 17, 2015 | Hilary White
    Pope Francis marks 50th anniversary of Synods institution Finally, explained Pope Francis, the synodal process culminates in listening to the Bishop of Rome, called upon to speak authoritatively [It. pronunciare] as Shepherd and Teacher of all Christians: not on the basis of his personal beliefs, but as the supreme witness of the Faith of the whole Church, the guarantor of the Churchs conformity with and obedience to the will of God, to the Gospel of Christ and the Tradition of the Church. And in totally, we swear, completely unrelated news Traits of narcissistic personality disorder: The most telling thing that...

    10/18/2015 10:11:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | October 17, 2015 | Stumbling Block
    CNA reports: After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement yet in favor of offering Communion to the divorced-and-remarried. In an Oct. 14 address to his fellow bishops from around the world, gathered at the Synod in Rome, he said that we should seriously consider the possibility based on each individual case and not in a generalizing way to admit civilly divorced and remarried believers to the sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion. Now, this Cardinal is not really breaking new ground in terms of FrancisChurch....
  • The CORRUPT Bishop of Rome and HIS Problematic Synod

    10/16/2015 4:45:54 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    The Deus Ex Machina Blog ^ | 10/16/15 | S. Armaticus
    Gearing up for the BIG SHOW this upcoming week, I am republishing a post from the website of the US Society of St. Pius X. The original can be found here. The reason I am republishing this post is that it contains a compendium of links that give a very good big picture of what we have termed the Stealth Sex Synod of Bishops. Furthermore I would like to draw your attention to Damian Thompson of the Spectator and to his Twitter account. I usually do not use Mr. Thompson as a source since I find some of his view...
  • "Is there still a sense of sin among the Synod Fathers?"

    10/15/2015 1:28:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | October 14, 2015 | Roberto de Mattei
    The work at the Synod is confirming the existence of a strong clash between two minorities inside the Catholic Church. On the one side we have a maniple of Synod Fathers determined to defend traditional morality and on the other we have a group of innovators who seem to have lost the Catholic Faith. Between the two minorities, there is, as always, a soft and wavering centre, made up of those that dont dare defend nor attack the truth and are moved by considerations linked more to their own personal interests than doctrinal debate. The innovating bishops had their voices...
  • "At the End of the Synod, Francis may impose his will -- but Bergoglism is foundering everywhere"

    10/15/2015 10:32:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | October 15, 2015 | Antonio Socci
    [The Argentinian War Machine with the German Engine is Stuck in the Mud] Antonio Socci Libero Is the audacious war-machine beginning to wane? a Swiss Vatican reporter asks. Actually, the Argentinian war-machine with the German engine has gotten stuck in the mud at the Synod. Lately we have heard that German engines are being put on the scrap-heap plus the Argentinean bodywork is an old wreck of Peronism and rusty Liberation Theology. THE FIRST WEEK Well, the Synod opened with Cardinal Erdos report reaffirming Catholic Doctrine, demolishing Kaspers heresies (and irritating Bergoglio). In addition, after the first week, one of...
  • Archbishop Henryk Hoser: Many Synod Fathers ignorant of Church teachings on marriage and family

    10/14/2015 3:35:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | October 13, 2015 | Toronto Catholic Witness
    Archbishop Henryk Hoser, one of the three members of the Polish hierarchy to attend the Synod of the Family, was quoted in Niedziela as pointing out that many of the Synod Fathers are actually ignorant of Catholic teaching. The Archbishop, noted that many did not have a grasp of important magisterial teachings, such as the critically important Familiaris Consortio. "With regret, I must say that the teaching of St. Pope John Paul II on marriage and the family is not familiar to many Synod Fathers. Unfortunately, at this moment it is a blank mark in the Church's consciousness. In the...
  • Gay Ways Ministry at Vatican

    10/13/2015 6:41:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 13, 2015 | Davis Quinlan
    On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, the Holy See Press Office held the daily press briefing for the Ordinary Synod on the Family. Normally, a small group of Synod Fathers are present to give a summary of the morning's efforts. The word on the street is the Synod Fathers are exhausted. They have 10 more days to go. Rwandan pastoral worker and consecrated laywoman Therese Nyirabukeye and Canadian bio-ethicist Moira McQueen were accompanied by the German abbot Jeremiah Schroeder. Father Federico Lombardi read a prepared text minimizing the importance of a letter sent to Pope Francis by a number of cardinals...
  • Miniature Shadow Synod being held with Pope every day at Santa Marta

    10/13/2015 3:34:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | October 13, 2015 | New Catholic
    Buried within the article published today in the Catholic German newspaper Die Tagespost is the incredible news that helps to explain both the amazing way in which rules are changed by the hour at the 2015 Synod, and the constant leaks of threats and papal opinions. Every day a kind of miniature Shadow Synod meets at the Domus Sanctae Marthae with the Pope (including some Synod Fathers and some outside guests) to decide what steps should be taken at the Synod. Maybe not even the author realized how explosive the revelation he included nonchalantly in his piece below is: there...
  • Uproar After Pope Calls Chilean Bishops Critics Dumb

    10/13/2015 7:31:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | October 12, 2015 | Christine Niles
    There's been an uproar in Chile ever since Pope Francis called critics of a controversial Chilean bishop "dumb." Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, appointed by Pope Francis early this year to head the diocese of Osorno, Chile, has been dogged by controversy for allegedly covering up sex abuse by priest-friend Francisco Karadima 20 years ago. Madrid has repeatedly denied the charges, and Pope Francis came to his defense back in May when he called the protestors in Osorno "dumb" and "led by the nose by the leftists who orchestrated all of this." The video was obtained by a Chilean TV station...
  • Cardinal Burke: Synods Originally Meant to Preserve and Strengthen Doctrine and Discipline

    10/12/2015 8:39:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/12/15 | Edward Pentin
    In the face of concerns that after the Synod on the Family pastoral innovations could be introduced that are inconsistent with Church doctrine and thereby foster disunity in the Church, its worth recalling a speech Cardinal Raymond Burke made in Rome shortly before the current synod got underway.
  • Polish Bshps explain why "remarried" divorcees will never be able to licitly receive Holy Communion

    10/12/2015 7:03:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    Since the very first year of Rorate, we have covered the persistent wave of those prelates who have tried to use the cover of "mercy" to push for sacrilege (in the name of reception of Holy Communion by civilly "remarried" divorcees). Naturally, at that time we did not expect we would ever reach an age where support for the idea would come from the very highest level of the hierarchy. Thankfully, Catholic Poland does not disappoint. In his intervention on the matter, made Saturday in the Synod Hall, and made public this Monday, the President of the Polish Bishops' Conference...
  • Highlights from the First Week of the Synod on the Family

    10/12/2015 6:40:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five | October 12, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The first week of the Synod on the Family is over. Much has transpired in one week and it is easy for noteworthy events to get lost in the barrage of news reports issued over the last week. For this reason, it might be helpful to recap the highlights of what has transpired. The Erdo Affair On the first day of the synod, Cardinal Erdo delivered a speech affirming the churchs teachings on marriage and attempting to put a stop to the Kasper Proposal, saying: The integration of the divorced and remarried in the ecclesial community can be realized in...
  • Contrast: Why Doesnt Pope Francis Talk Like This?

    10/12/2015 5:58:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/12/15 | John Vennari
    A primary error promoted via the 2015 Synod is the alleged separation of Catholic doctrine from pastoral practice. This dangerous notion is crystallized in Cardinal Walter Kaspers radical proposal that would allow divorced and remarried Catholics to embark on an undefined period of penance, after which they would be readmitted to the Sacraments while remaining in their adulterous union. Such a proposal manifests a profound malady of intellect. It is also bereft of a Catholic understanding of mortal sin, sanctifying grace, the sacraments and marriage itself. Over the past year, a number of right-thinking prelates have stood up to oppose...
  • Vatican revokes Catholic priests press credentials after he challenged archbishop

    10/12/2015 9:43:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Patrick B Craine
    Amid continuing concern about the Vatican press offices manipulation of the family synods message, a priest who has been covering Vatican news for over 15 years had his credentials revoked last week, and was told to leave the premises immediately. The revocation came after he had challenged an archbishop following the October 6 press conference over comments claiming that allowing Communion for the divorced and remarried is up for debate. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher made the comments in response to a reporters question about whether the matter pertained to Church discipline which could potentially change or doctrine, which is...
  • Crisis for Pope Francis as top-level cardinals tell him: your synod could lead to ...

    10/12/2015 6:59:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 12, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    A group of cardinals including some of the most powerful figures in the Catholic Church have written to Pope Francis telling him that his Synod on the Family, now meeting in Rome, has gone badly off the rails and could cause the church to collapse.
  • Cardinal Letter Rejected by Pope - Plus, Pell Appeal Ignored

    10/12/2015 6:53:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/12/15 | New Catholic
    The letter was signed by Cardinals Caffarra (Bologna), Collins (Toronto), Dolan (New York), Eijk (Utrecht), Erd (Esztergom-Budapest, president of the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe and Synod Relator-General), Mller (Prefect of Doctrine for the Faith), Napier (Durban, President-Delegate), Pell (Secretary for the Economy), Piacenza (Penitentiary Major)*, Sarah (Prefect of Divine Worship), Scola (Milan*), Urosa (Caracas), Vingt-Trois (Paris, President-Delegate *). The text was the following: Your Holiness, As the Synod on the Family begins, and with a desire to see it fruitfully serve the Church and your ministry, we respectfully ask you to consider a number of concerns we...

    10/11/2015 4:51:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 11, 2015
    Last week cardinals and bishops attending the Ordinary Synod on the Family separated into thirteen small groups to discuss the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris and propose amendments to the document. The reports of their work, made public yesterday, reveal a striking failure to protect the family from the serious threats contained within the first part of this heterodox preparatory document. It is important to note that these reports are not the only documents that will be submitted to the commission that will write the final report of the synod (if such a report is written). The small groups...
  • Kenyas cardinal determined to be in the thick of the synod action

    10/11/2015 4:43:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Crux News ^ | October 10, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    As a young man, Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya, became adept at both boxing and karate. He says those skills in the martial arts are still very useful for me, especially when I am provoked. Njue, 71, is taking part in the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family, and while hes not throwing any literal punches, hes brought the same fighting spirit to this gathering of 270 bishops from around the world. Here, for example, is Njues take on calls at the synod for a more compassionate approach to gays and lesbians. It is there in the...
  • Stalin Is Running The Synod

    10/11/2015 2:23:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Munabor's Blog ^ | October 10, 2015 | Mundabor
    An article here gets, I think, some things very right. There can be no talk of conspiracy in the proper sense of the word, because the rules have been made known publicly and the criticism to them was public, too. So much so, that no one trusts those (and particularly one) who report about the synod. It is also true that, in the end, the Pope decides what he wants to adopt from what he has heard in a synod. He is the Pope; therefore, he and no one else bears the responsibility for where he steers the Church. He...
  • MASONS&VATICAN: Synod Fathers believe the spirit of "the illuminati" is in the Instrumentum Laboris

    10/11/2015 11:53:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | Toronto Catholic
    I can now report that during the Morning Session discussions of Group A (Italicus) on October 8th, 2015, the influence of Freemasonry was raised. The incident was recorded by Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on his blog. The fact that Synod Fathers are raising the issue of Freemasonry helps explain the blasphemies, the heresies, the cloud of dark confusion and evil that surrounds the machinations of a group of churchmen intent on overturning the unchangeable teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Holy Matrimony and human sexuality. Specifically, Archbishop Gadecki noted that there were Synod Fathers in Italicus A who were concerned...