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  • Lutheran Church Decides That the Best Way to Retain Members Is to Stop Preaching the Gospel

    10/21/2017 7:13:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/21/2017 | John Ellis
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church of American was founded in 1988 with 5,288,230 members. By 2016, less than twenty years later, the ELCA had shrunk to 3,563,842 members. With that kind of "growth," the ELCA has less than forty years before the final member throws her hands up and quits. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, N.C., believes that they've found the answer to stopping the mass exodus of tithing members. They've stopped preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and have embraced progressive theology and social justice.Writing for Religion News Service, Yonat Shimron tells the story of Christ the King Lutheran...
  • Cath Cauc: Polish bishops follow JP II in refusing Communion to remarried

    10/19/2017 3:24:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | October 19, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    Polish bishops follow John Paul II in refusing Communion to remarried in new guidelines Pete Baklinski LUBLIN, Poland, October 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Conference of Polish Bishops has released guidelines for implementing Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia that adhere to perennial Catholic teaching of refusing Holy Communion to remarried Catholics living in adultery.  The guidelines, prepared for the bishops’ General Assembly that met last week in Lublin, make it clear that Pope Francis’ teaching on ‘accompaniment’ must be interpreted according to previous Catholic teaching. The guidelines have not yet been publicly released, but Italian newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Polish Dubia Ahead?

    10/18/2017 7:21:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | October 18, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Polish Dubia Ahead? The Italian Il Giornale (October 17) cited rumors that “a part of the Polish Church” is preparing a document in support of the Dubia regarding Pope Francis’ controversial document Amoris Laetitia. According to the newspaper the text was not yet published “only due to a direct intervention of Pope Bergoglio” but this will “sooner or later” happen. Francis has few supporters among the Polish hierarchy and faithful.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Priest who signed Filial Correction: It was ‘the Catholic thing to do’

    10/18/2017 3:50:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 18, 2017 | Diane Montagna
    The number of signatories of the Filial Correction charging Pope Francis with spreading seven heresies, at least by omission, has now risen to 245 professors and clergy. That is up from 62 at the time of its publication on September 24, and 40 when it was delivered to Pope Francis on August 11 at his Santa Marta residence. Critics of the Filial Correction have accused the signatories of standing as “judges over the Pope,” of using the “wrong method,” and of contravening a Vatican instruction for theologians.  Most recently, a group of predominantly German-speaking critics have set up an alternative...
  • Cath Cauc: Did this Cardinal flip-flop on Communion for remarried because of Pope Francis?

    10/18/2017 3:29:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 18, 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    Pope Francis’ controversial teachings on marriage and family have apparently caused a high-ranking Vatican cardinal to reverse his formerly held position that civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion.  Marc Cardinal Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, which oversees the appointment of bishops worldwide, said in a talk last month that the Pope’s 2016 exhortation Amoris Laetitia “may open a door” for civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion. He said that some saw in the Pope's teaching "the good news of an openness."  “And all of this may open a door to receiving the help of the sacraments of penance...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Progressive Catholics Launch Defense Initiative Against Filial Correction

    10/17/2017 4:21:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    One Peter Five ^ | One Peter Five | Maike Hickson
    Today, the website of the German bishops,, surprises its readers with the publication of a story detailing an initiative which has been launched in order to support Pope Francis himself against the critics who signed the 24 September Filial Correction. The new group is called “Pro Pope Francis” and now has its own website, ““. It says that the group has already 100 signatories and more than 1,000 “supporters” of this declaration. The initiative thanks Pope Francis for his “courageous and theologically well-founded leadership.” The signatories also praise the pope for letting “mercy have the last word” in pastoral...
  • Catholic/Anglican Caucus: Cardinal Burke Venerates Relic of the Head of St. Thomas More

    10/17/2017 10:42:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 17, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The American cardinal says the witness to the Truth of the patron saint of politicians, who died defending the indissolubility of marriage when few others would, is “exceptionally important” today.
  • Cath Cauc: Cdl Burke: ‘The apostasy of faith in our time rightly and profoundly frightens us’

    10/14/2017 6:23:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 13, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    The crisis in the world 100 years ago when Our Lady appeared at Fatima continues today and has also infected the life of the Church, Cardinal Raymond Burke said yesterday. Addressing a Fatima conference in England coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the final apparition, Cardinal Burke said the faithful should be realistic about the great evils besetting the world and the Church, but be full of hope in the victory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary “The reality of the apostasy of faith in our time rightly and profoundly frightens us,” he stated....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Correctio Filialis: a response to some critics

    09/29/2017 11:44:39 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 29, 2017 | Joseph Shaw
    The Filial Correction published last Sunday has attracted more support than I, as a signatory, had dared to hope. Additional signatures from pastors and academics have been submitted by the score; a petition in support has been signed by more than 10,000 people and counting; and it has been reported widely in the secular as well as the Catholic press.  There has been very little in the way of substantive response to the Correction from those who support what it criticises. Here I — in a personal capacity — want to look succinctly at three of the more serious attempts...
  • [Catholic Caucus] To Sign or Not to Sign

    09/28/2017 8:49:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | September 28, 2017 | Fr Ray Blake
    I have been asked to sign the Filial Correction, I signed the letter of the 45 academics and pastors last year, and almost immediately found Cardinal Nichols' tanks parked on my lawn to inform me of his displeasure, which was quite mild unlike other lay signatories, who were sacked from their jobs in Catholic institutions for their pains, Dr. Josef Seifertis being the most high profile. I admit it, I am afraid to sign and I know other priests who share my fear. Many of those who might have signed have in the last four years have a certain fear about...
  • [Cath Cauc] Pope to Jesuits: Help Critics of Amoris Laetitia to See Its Morality Is Thomist

    09/28/2017 4:08:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 28, 2017 | Edward Penting
    He (Pope Francis) also insisted the morality of the document is “Thomist, the morality of the great Thomas,” and again directed questions in this regard to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Dominican Archbishop of Vienna. For a critique of the assertion that Amoris Laetitia is Thomistic, see Dominican Father Basil Cole’s commentary here, and his more recent critique of the exhortation here. The Pope said those who criticize the document have a “purely casuistic” approach to morality, and urged his brother Jesuits to help them “understand that the great Thomas possesses the greatest richness, which is still able to inspire us...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Parolin wants dialogue after heresy case

    09/28/2017 3:30:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    ANSA en Vatican ^ | September 28, 2017 | ANSA
    Rome, September 28 - Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said on Thursday that "it's important to dialogue even within the Church", in response to a letter from a group of conservative Catholics accusing Pope Francis of heresy.
  • Catholic Caucus: Exemplar, oblatio, and terra firma (ideal model, offering, dry land)

    09/27/2017 1:08:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    semiduplex ^ | September 27, 2017 | unknown
    At Vatican Insider, there is an article by theologian Robert Fastiggi and the theologian and journalist Dawn Eden Goldstein, arguing that the Latin version of paragraph 303 of Amoris laetitia has a significantly different meaning than the English translation. Their argument hinges on the translation of objectivum exemplar as “objective ideal” instead of “objective model” and on the nontranslation of oblatio. It is their opinion that these translation choices have had an impact on the understanding on Amoris laetitia by its critics. In short, Fastiggi and Goldstein argue that the critics are wrong about what paragraph 303 says because they...
  • Scholars say correction of Francis for ’heresy’ marked by hypocrisy, lack of signatories

    09/25/2017 6:47:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    La Stampa ^ | JOSHUA J. MCELWEE (a Vatican NCR correspondent
    A few dozen Catholics have publicly accused Pope Francis of committing heresy, claiming in a 25-page letter issued Sept. 24 that the pontiff’s 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia contradicts previous church teaching. The signatories also claim that Francis has been swayed by “false understandings of divine revelation” and has shown an “unprecedented sympathy” for Martin Luther, the German priest and theologian whose criticisms of the Catholic church in 1517 launched the Protestant reformation. But several prominent theologians and scholars said the accusations are marked by hypocrisy and represent a marginal fringe view among academics. They noted that the 62 signatories...
  • Catholic Caucus: It Wasn't the End of the World - Just a New Beginning

    09/24/2017 2:20:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | September 23, 2017 | Oakes Spalding
    Today, the world didn't end. It's now 12:33 AM GMT, so it's official. Instead, something else started. It's the first good news faithful Catholics have heard in a long time. The Formal Filial Correction will be dismissed by all the usual suspects. The Pope won't say anything explicitly about it, of course. (It was actually sent to him six weeks ago.) Instead, his minions will go into overdrive with their "ankle biting," as Bruvver Eccles put it. They'll claim that it's just a few "conservatives" or "radical traditionalists" - people who get their jollies from bashing a liberal Pope. No...

    09/24/2017 10:19:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    abyssus ^ | September 24, 2017 | Rene Henry Gracida, D.D. Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christii
    GOD BLESS THE ORIGINATORS AND THE SIGNERS OF THE CORRECTIONPosted on September 24, 2017 by abyssum  I extend my congratulations and gratitude to the originators of the Correction and I wish to have my name added to the list of those individuals who agree with the content of the Correction and want to be identified with it.   Sincerely and in gratitude,   The Most Reverend Rene Henry Gracida, D.D. Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi   from: Rene Henry Gracida <> to: bcc: The Most Reverend Rene Henry Gracida <> date: Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 4:26 AM subject: I WISH...
  • I called for Christians to love gay people. Now the Catholic alt-right is taking revenge.

    09/21/2017 11:56:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Fr. James Martin
    Ironically, these groups, like the website Church Militant, which tout their desire for “traditional” Catholic practices consistently set themselves against bishops and religious superiors. Thus, groups that have zero legitimacy in the Church (and which have often been criticized by Church leadership) are setting themselves up against legitimate authorities. Pope Francis himself, for example, is a frequent target. In this way, such supposedly “traditional” Catholic websites are subverting tradition. As a result of their hateful content, they cause confusion, frustration and contempt. Such campaigns can never lead to the kind of results that St. Ignatius calls indicative of the “Good...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Sets Up New John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family

    09/20/2017 3:20:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 19, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Today’s announcement comes after significant changes at the Institute, including the appointments last year of Archbishop Paglia as grand chancellor, and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, as dean. Both are known to support a much criticized interpretation of Amoris Laetitia which would allow some remarried divorcees to receive Holy Communion, as well as being supportive of a softening of the teaching of Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the Church’s ban on artificial contraception. Scholars also within the John Paul II Institute itself have criticized both stances as diametrically opposed to the teachings of St. John Paul II.
  • [Catholic Caucus] So Long, Wojtyla and Caffarra. Here Comes the Francis Family

    09/19/2017 8:30:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | September 19, 2017 | Sandro Magister
    The earthquake that has changed the face of the Pontifical Academy for Life has also struck the institute for studies on marriage and the family created by John Paul II and first headed by the theologian and then cardinal Carlo Caffarra. As of today this historic institute has been eliminated and replaced with another institute, with a different name.As is in fact stated in article 1 of the motu proprio “Summa Familiae Cura” published this morning, with which Pope Francis “has put his signature” to the transformation:“With the present motu proprio I institute the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute...
  • Catholic Caucus:Did the Pope just answer the dubia by abolishing the John Paul II Institute?

    09/19/2017 5:46:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 19, 2017 | Pete Baklinksi
    One year ago to this day, four Cardinals submitted five yes-or-no questions to Pope Francis asking him if his 2016 exhortation on marriage and the family — Amoris Laetitia — conforms to perennial Catholic teaching on marriage, moral absolutes, conscience, and the sacraments.  The Pope has refused to answer their questions, despite the moral and pastoral chaos that ensued throughout the whole of Christendom as priests, bishops, and cardinals interpreted his teachings in completely contradictory ways. Some allowed civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics living in habitual adultery to receive Holy Communion. Some did not.  Today, on the first anniversary of the dubia, has...