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  • ELCA Leader Says Jesus was "Intersex"

    04/27/2016 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 42 replies
    Clint Schnekloth is an ELCA pastor, author, writer and speaker who is well-known within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He controls at least two ELCA Facebook pages which reach thousands of people, and he wields a great deal of power and influence by dictating who is allowed to post and what kind of comments will be allowed on his ELCA pages. Not only does he have the respect of fellow ELCA leaders and members because of that power, but Pastor Schnekloth's influence reaches much farther. He “...write(s) content for a worship resource published by Augsburg Fortress. It's called Sundays...
  • Official response of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to Amoris Laetitia [Catholic Caucus]

    04/26/2016 10:56:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 24, 2016 | Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    The following was written by His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan. This is the official response to Amoris Laetitia from the good bishop. He wishes this to be read by all so please repost and forward far and wide. "Amoris laetitia": a need for clarification in order to avoid a general confusion The paradox of the contradictory interpretations of "Amoris laetitia" The recently published Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia” (AL), which contains a plethora of spiritual and pastoral riches with regard to life within marriage and the Christian family in our times,...
  • Shot Across the Bow for Cardinal Pell: Non-Bergoglians Have a Difficult Situation in the Roman Curia

    04/23/2016 3:17:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | April 22, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Some heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia have been removed by Pope Francis after his election to office. Others were left in office, but in fact isolated. Cardinal Pell is also under constant pressure. The Dismissal of "Ratzingerians" With the dismissals, it was not to questions of competence, but a directional decision. It touches on each convinced "Ratzingerianer", a cipher, which is shorthand encapsulating a faithful understanding of the Church. First, the Italian Cardinal Mauro Piacenza was replaced as Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, and at only 70 year of age shoved off for the honorary management of...
  • Almost without meaning to, Francis has shot ‘Humanae Vitae’ dead

    04/22/2016 12:35:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 60 replies
    The Church of the Holy Name ^ | April 16, 2016 | Clifford Longley
    In 2009 the Catholic Church’s International Theological Commission proposed a fundamental change to the way the Church regarded natural law. It could not be presented “as an already established set of rules that impose themselves a priori on the moral subject”, it said. Instead, “it is a source of objective inspiration for the deeply personal process of making decisions”. This raised some eyebrows, not least because of the way natural law had consistently been imposed a priori by moral theologians to explain and justify Catholic teaching regarding sex. The most obvious example was the way natural law was invoked as...
  • Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis Has Proposed a “New Form of Application” of Ecclesiastical Doctrine

    04/15/2016 5:16:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | April 15, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Is the Spanish Episcopal Conference forging the path that the whole Church will soon be using to follow the Apostolic Letter Amoris Laetitia? Yesterday Archbishop Carlos Osoro of Madrid, the deputy president of the Spanish Bishops' Conference held a press conference yesterday. He was accompanied by the rector of the seminary of his archdiocese, a professor of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, José María Gil Tamayo, Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference and two Jesuits who played an important role. Ambiguities of "Amoris Laetitia" bring Archbishop of Madrid to embarrassment One wants to "value" the Exhortation of Pope Francis explained...
  • Norway's Lutheran Church Votes in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

    04/14/2016 7:30:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/16
    Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwide to do so. Last year the French Protestant Church allowed gay marriage blessings, while the U.S. Presbyterian Church approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage. In a vote at the annual conference of the Norwegian Lutheran Church on Monday 88 delegates out of 115 in total backed same-sex marriage. "Finally we can celebrate love independently of whom one falls in love with," said Gard Sandaker-Nilsen, leader of the Open Public...
  • Pope’s exhortation adopts the approach to same-sex unions that Synod fathers rejected

    04/14/2016 6:55:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    Voice of the Family via Life Site News ^ | April 14, 2016 | Voice of the Family
    Throughout the two “synods on the family” held in Rome in October 2014 and October 2015 there was intense pressure for the Church to change her immutable teaching on homosexuality and homosexual unions. This pressure came not only from “LGBT” activists but also from those responsible for preparing the official synodal documents. The approach to homosexual unions in the synod documents See the appendix at the end of the article for fuller extracts from the synodal documents. 1. The Extraordinary Synod’s interim Relatio post disceptationem affirmed “that unions between people of the same sex cannot be considered on the same...
  • Bill Nye: Throw ‘climate deniers’ in jail [VIDEO]

    04/14/2016 3:53:51 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 87 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 4/14/2016 | Ryan Girdusky
    Galileo was jailed for heresy when he spoke against the theory that the Earth was the center of the universe. Thankfully, the Catholic Church no longer calls for imprisoning scientists or politicians who question popular opinion — only some Social Justice Warriors still demand jailing heretics. The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) posted a video to YouTube on Thursday with Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy,’ discussing whether “climate deniers” and energy CEOs should be jailed like war criminals. “We’ll see what happens, was it appropriate to jail the guys at Enron?” Nye asked. “Was it appropriate to jail people...
  • Amoris Laetitia – More Catholic Experts Weigh In [Catholic Caucus]

    04/14/2016 2:10:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 4/14/16 | Maike Hickson
    It is our pleasure to present the commentaries of some reflective people in Europe and in the U.S. who are knowledgeable experts when it comes to the Vatican and the Catholic Faith. Each was asked to write a brief commentary to the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and they have generously responded. We are very honored and happily present to our readers, without further analysis, these commentaries that speak for themselves. We are especially grateful for the willingness of these men to offer their considered positions, inasmuch as the prelates of the Church have been troublingly quiet. Father Brian Harrison, O.S.,...
  • 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 Civiltà...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • More Theological Confusion Follows Pope's Meeting With Methodists

    04/09/2016 7:49:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 8, 2016 | Michael J. Matt
    "Catholics and Methodists have much to learn from one another in how we understand holiness and how it can be lived out. We both must do what we can to ensure that members of our respective congregations meet regularly, come to know one another, and encourage one another to seek the Lord and his grace." Pope Francis Address to Methodists, April 7, 2016 "This being so, it is clear that the Apostolic See cannot on any terms take part in their [Protestant] assemblies, nor is it anyway lawful for Catholics either to support or to work for such enterprises; for...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • One of Pope Francis’ strongest critics' note of hope (SSPX Bishop Fellay) (Really)

    04/01/2016 8:13:50 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Fri Apr 1, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    April 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Of all the people many would assume to be Pope Francis’ greatest enemy, the head of the Society of Saint Pius X would likely hit the top of many lists. Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the SSPX, however has made some remarkably hopeful statements about the Pope, revealing what he sees as Francis’ own embrace of the SSPX. Rumors of reunification effort have been circulating since Pope Francis’ surprise announcement that the priests of the SSPX would be given permission to hear confessions of all Catholics during the Year of Mercy. Those rumors were...
  • Turning Confession, The Sacrament Of Mercy, Into An Abysmal Joke [Catholic Caucus]

    03/05/2016 7:13:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 82 replies
    Restore D.C. Catholicism | 3/04/16 | Restore D.C. Catholicism
    The Catholic blogosphere is alight with the latest heresy (that's what it is) to come to light. On February 11, eve of Ash Wednesday, the pope met with those priests designated to be "missionaries of mercy" and gave them instructions and I use the word "instructions" loosely. The text of the message can be found on Zenit. Within that address are directives to the priests which, if followed, would render any confession invalid. I quote below the heresy: "If someone comes to you and feels something must be removed from him, but perhaps he is unable to say it, but...
  • The Bergoglio-Lombardi diabolical disorientation

    02/20/2016 2:19:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Vox Cantors ^ | 2/19/2016 | Vox Cantors
    When Pope Benedict XVI mused during an aeroplane interview about a male prostitute using a condom to prevent AIDS it was a theoretical proposition suited to a seminary lecture on moral theology and stating it was an error. The story of Paul VI granting permission for nuns in the Congo to use an oral contraceptive because they might become pregnant if raped is exactly that, a story. It was recorded in a book. There is no evidence he allowed it or ordered it and even if he did, it was not then and is not now, magisterial teaching. The above...
  • Can the Church Depose an Heretical Pope?

    01/31/2016 4:18:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 309 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 18, 2014 | Robert J. Siscoe
    A recent article by Fr. James V. Schall S.J., which was re-posted as "the article of the week" on the popular Traditional Catholic website Rorate Caeli, has caused quite stir in some quarters. In the short article, which is titled On Heretical Popes, Fr. Schall briefly discusses the claims of heresy leveled against the post-Conciliar Popes, especially Pope Francis, and raises the question of whether a pope can fall into heresy, and, if so, how the Church would go about deposing him. The article was written in a very moderate tone, but the issues addressed were evidently too much for...
  • Celebrating an Apocalyptic Plague: Pope Francis to Lead "Common worship service" to Commemorate...

    01/25/2016 1:39:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 71 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 1/25/16 | John Vennari
    Celebrating an Apocalyptic Plague Pope Francis to Lead "Common worship service" to Commemorate 5th Centenary of Lutheran Revolt Note: It is now official what many of us expected. Pope Francis will participate in ceremony commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The January 25 Vatican Bollitano announces: "The Holy Father Francis in Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. His Holiness Francis intends to participate in a joint ceremony of the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, scheduled to take place in Lund, Sweden on Monday 31 October...
  • The “No” To Pope Francis From the Chief Rabbi of Rome

    01/24/2016 7:24:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    Chiesa Express Online ^ | January 23, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    He said it during the meeting with the pope at the synagogue. And it is the refusal to "discuss theology" with the Catholic Church. Because of Jewish fears of a blurring of that which distinguishes them from Christians? ROME, January 23, 2016 - In the Catholic camp almost no one made note of it. But in the Jewish camp they did. And it is that curt "no" which the chief rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, said to Pope Francis during his visit to the synagogue on Sunday, January 17: "We do not receive the pope in order to discuss...
  • Pope Francis casts out Saint Paul, St. Vincent of Lerins, basically all Church Fathers
 1/18/16

    01/18/2016 4:15:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | January18, 2016 | tantumblogo
    ......in a stunning rant given at Casa Santa Martha today. He cites what I am sure is meant to be traditional, observant (or "fundamentalist") Christians as rebellious idolaters guilty of divination and being possessed of a closed, self-serving heart (that means you). In so doing, he, intentionally or no, contradicts and rhetorically casts out such figures as St. Paul (see Galations i:8), St. Vincent of Lerins (Keep the deposit of Faith whole and entire, which has been entrusted to you, not that which you yourself have devised......), and virtually every great Saint and Church Father. It's a declaration of revolution,...
  • Christian Universalism: Will Everyone Finally Be Saved?

    01/17/2016 5:29:57 PM PST · by NRx · 50 replies
    No Other Foundation ^ | 01-13-2016 | Fr. Lawrence Farley
    When they are in fashion, fads are never recognized as fads. Those under their influence and promoting them feel that they have come across An Important New Truth, or (if Orthodox) An Important But Neglected Part of Our Tradition. Recognizing them as fads or, (worse yet for Orthodox) as deviations from genuine Tradition, would only serve to dismiss them from serious consideration. Thus fads never ’fess up. I suggest that the latest interest in Universalism, the belief that everyone will eventually be saved, is the latest fad (or, if preferred, that it is currently fashionable). Evidence of this may be...
  • Pope Francis’ Synagogue Visit Underscores New Document on Catholic-Jewish Relations

    01/17/2016 10:48:30 AM PST · by ebb tide · 66 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 1/16/16 | Edward Pentin
    But giving Nostra Aetate such weight, despite it only being a declaration and not a doctrinal text, has led some to see it as having a revolutionary impact, possibly breaking with nearly two millennia of Church teaching and tradition. Documents from the Councils of Florence 1438-1445 and Trent 1545-1563 seem to radically contradict the current teaching, leading some to believe this not to be a development of doctrine but a corruption of it.
  • REFUTING CHRISTIAN TITHING VIDEO: Interviewing Tithing Expert Ron Roby

    01/13/2016 12:39:24 PM PST · by damonw · 43 replies
    THE WORD on the Word of Faith ^ | 1/13/2016 | Damon Whitsell
    Today I got to interview tithing expert Ron Robey on my online TV show. He has written over 100 articles and 3 books on the topic. And he has a appeared on several well known Christian radio shows. Ron really knew his stuff and I did a good job of just asking questions so it turned out to be my best of 5 TV shows so far. This should convince anyone that tithing 10% to the church by compulsion is not taught in scriptures. – Damon Whitsell http://thewordonthewordoffaithinfoblog.com/2016/01/13/refuting-christian-tithing-interviewing-ron-roby-how2becomeachristian-tv/ DIRECT LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xk0oeVkOd4
  • Pope Francis Says All Major Religions Are Paths To Same God [Rev 13]

    01/12/2016 10:50:39 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 112 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 01/11/2016 | Michael Snyder
    A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be "seeking God or meeting God in different ways" that it is important to keep in mind that "we are all children of God". This is the most recent example that shows that the Pope has completely abandoned any notion that a relationship with God is available only through Jesus Christ. As he has done throughout his papacy, he continues to...
  • DENZINGER-BERGOGLIO SURPRISING CONTRIBUTIONS BY FRANCIS TO THE MAGISTERIUM

    01/08/2016 6:51:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    After several months, we have reached a centenary, with one hundred studies analyzing diverse affirmations of Francis, in contrast with the two thousand years of Church teaching; from the Sacred Scriptures to a total of 54 popes, 10 Councils, 25 Fathers of the Church, 15 Doctors and several fundamental Church texts, as well as the pronouncements of Roman Congregations, the Episcopal Magisterium, and various Saints.
  • Be not afraid – A Christmas message

    12/27/2015 5:08:25 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 24, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    The Holy Family of Nazareth travelled at the darkest time of the year to give birth to Salvation. So too, Christ travels with us in all of our darkest moments, reminding us that through life’s greatest trials, come the greatest victories. The greater the evil we experience, the greater the good God will bring from it, just as Christ’s crucifixion brought about our redemption. We are living in one of the most confusing times in history. Good is seen as evil and evil as good. We’ve witnessed this trend already for decades in secular society, with those working for life...
  • Why Thomas Aquinas Distrusted Islam

    12/27/2015 4:27:34 PM PST · by Bratch · 43 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 27, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D.
    The 13th-century scholar Thomas Aquinas, regarded as one of the most eminent medieval philosophers and theologians, offered a biting critique of Islam based in large part on the questionable character and methods of its founder, Mohammed. According to Aquinas, Islam appealed to ignorant, brutish, carnal men and spread not by the power of its arguments or divine grace but by the power of the sword. Aquinas, a keen observer of the human condition, was familiar with the chief works of the Muslim philosophers of his day–including Avicenna, Algazel, and Averroes–and engaged them in his writings. Since Islam was founded and spread in...
  • PopeWatch: Annulments: The Fix is In [Catholic Caucus]

    12/17/2015 11:29:43 AM PST · by ebb tide · 89 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 12/17/15 | Donald R. McClarey
    Effectively the Pope with his “reform” of the annulment process has created Catholic Divorce, thereby rendering the words of Christ about marriage null and void. A harsh judgment? Let’s take a look at the facts: 1. The Pope has made annulments free, which mean that all Catholics get to pay for them. This is obviously a come on for more people to go through the process. 2. Revoking the rule established by John Paul II, a decree of nullity can now be granted on grounds not pled by the party seeking a nullity. What this means is that the tribunal...
  • "The Post-Synodal Exhortation has been ready since September" [Catholic Caucus]

    12/04/2015 5:20:22 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/04/15 | Father Pio Pace
    Will there be a Post-Synodal Exhortation of the Synod of the Family, the commentators on Vatican matters ask. In fact, it was already completely ready before the Synod! Several months before the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Family, last October, the group of Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Assembly, together with men such as Abp. Bruno Forte, Special Secretary, Abp. Paglia, President of the Council for the Family, and a few others, had already established a campaign plan in four stages: 1st: Pretending to base itself on the conclusions of the Extraordinary Assembly of...
  • God or Nothing

    12/02/2015 8:34:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholicism.org ^ | December 2, 2015 | Gary Potter
    Our subject here is an important and inspiring book published earlier this year, God or Nothing. It resembles The Ratzinger Report, a record of conversations between a journalist and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when the latter was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Faith. God or Nothing records conversations between a journalist, Nicholas Diat, and Robert Cardinal Sarah, for twenty-three years the Archbishop of Conakry, Guinea, and since November, 2014, a member of the Curia in Rome as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Context, including some history, is needed for understanding...
  • Will Peter Refuse to Eat with the Gentiles Again? [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 1:56:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | November 26, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The Church is currently awaiting the 'official' decision of Pope Francis on the Kasper Proposal (a proposal allowing obstinate adulterers to receive Holy Communion). In anticipation of his decision, there is a point from the Book of Galatians that I believe should be considered. In the Book of Galatians, we read about the Apostle Paul who rebuked the Apostle Peter for his hypocrisy, saying: “When Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Prominent Dominican publishes book claiming Thomas Aquinas said homosexuality is ‘natural’

    11/12/2015 11:00:15 PM PST · by redleghunter · 58 replies
    Lifesitenews ^ | 12 November 2015 | Jeanne Smits
    Analysis Nov. 12, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A Dominican friar, Fr. Adriano Oliva, has celebrated the 800th anniversary of his religious order with a book about “the Church, the divorced and remarried, and homosexual couples.” Amours (“Loves”) is a study of St Thomas Aquinas’ definition of love and aims to show that the “Angelic Doctor” recognized the “natural” character of homosexuality. In the wake of the Synod on the family, Oliva pleads for new ways of welcoming divorced and remarried and homosexual couples into the Church and of recognizing their unions in civil law. His editor, the “editions du Cerf” publishing...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • #5143 - Jordanian Cleric against Killing Jews: If You Don’t Attack Them, They Don’t Attack You

    11/02/2015 4:33:53 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 28/2/15 | Ali Hasan Al Halabi
    We only act this way because of our heresy, though.
  • 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. "
  • Diocesan Paper: Homosexual Relations Not Sinful

    10/09/2015 4:27:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 92 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/9/15 | Joseph Gonzales
    On Monday, the Catholic Voice, the official publication of the diocese of Oakland, California, published a homily telling Catholics not to condemn active homosexual relationships. Retired pastor Fr. Dan Danielson asserts in his homily — originally said on June 28, the Sunday following the U.S. Supreme Court's revolutionary ruling legalizing gay "marriage" in all 50 states — that some people are born gay and that "no one simply chooses" to be gay, despite overwhelming sociological evidence to the contrary. He insists that being gay is not "sinful or wrong" or even "bad." He goes on to attack those who "discriminate"...
  • An unexploded bomb in the Instrumentum Laboris?

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

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

    10/05/2015 9:33:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/05/2015 | Augustinus
    The Motu Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus whereby you reformed the procedures for the canonical process on the sacramental validity of marriages gives a valuable indication of the spirit in which we approach this phase of work. Without questioning the sacramental tradition of our Church or her doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, you invite us to share our pastoral experiences and to better implement the paths of mercy by which the Lord invites those who so wish and who are able to enter a process of conversion with a view to (receiving) pardon. It appears the Holy Father would...
  • Why we fear the Ordinary Synod on the Family is being manipulated

    10/03/2015 5:57:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 2, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    It is widely considered that the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held in Rome last October, was manipulated by those controlling it in order to promote changes in the teachings of the Catholic Church on questions relating to human sexuality, marriage and the family. The evidence for such a view has been very ably set out by experienced Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin in his recent book The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? (a review of the book can be found here). An overview of events can also be found in Voice of the Family’s document The Extraordinary Synod on the...
  • The Phony Synod: Now Even Phonier

    10/03/2015 4:48:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Fatima Perspectives | October 2, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    From the moment it was announced, traditionalist Catholics knew the "Synod on the Family" would have little to do with the family and a great deal to do with advancing the continued subversion of the Church by a resurgent neo-Modernism operating according to what Msgr. Guido Pozzo, head of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, calls the "para-conciliar ideology." The very title of Synod 2014's final report, "The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization," was a dead giveaway: "pastoral challenges" is Modernist code for "sins we would like to accommodate." That is why this writer, for one,...
  • A Short Catechism on the Synod of Surrender

    10/02/2015 2:22:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/2/2015 | John Vennari
    Q: Why do you call the upcoming October event the “Synod of Surrender”? A: The thrust of the 2014 Synod, as well as the 2015 Synod Working Document, appears to re-orient Catholics towards some sort of change in moral teaching. We see an effective surrender, by highly placed Churchmen, to various aspects of contemporary moral permissiveness. Q: How can you say that change is in the works? A: Because of the principles on which the Synods are based. The Final Document from the 2014 Synod (the Relatio synodi) opens with what has been called the “interpretive key”[1] that gives the...
  • Cardinal Nichols expects synod to consider change in approach to divorced and remarried Catholics

    09/23/2015 4:23:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 23, 2015 | Simon Caldwell
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols has indicated that he expects the Synod on the Family to consider changes in the Church’s pastoral approach towards Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried. The Archbishop of Westminster said one of the major challenges facing the synod was how to identify a pattern of conversion that would allow the divorced and remarried back into full Communion with the Church. Although the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that such people are in a situation of “public and permanent adultery”, synod fathers such as German Cardinal Walter Kasper have proposed that some remarried Catholics might be...