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  • Martin Luther was a ‘teacher of the faith’, say [Catholic] German bishops

    08/12/2016 3:59:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 296 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 12, 2016 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Germany’s Catholic bishops have praised Martin Luther as a “Gospel witness and teacher of the faith” and called for closer ties with Protestants. In a 206-page report, “The Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective”, Bishop Gerhard Feige of Magdeburg, chairman of the German bishops’ ecumenical commission, said the “history of the Reformation has encountered a changeable reception in the Catholic Church, where its events and protagonists were long seen in a negative, derogatory light”. “While the wounds are still felt to the present day, it is gratifying that Catholic theology has succeeded, in the meantime, in soberly reconsidering the events of the...
  • Pastor: Xenophobia a ‘Demonic Matter’ (James A. Forbes)

    07/25/2016 4:10:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 25, 2016 | 12:58 PM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    At an interfaith gathering hosted by the Democratic National Convention Committee in Philadelphia, Rev. James A. Forbes, senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, said Sunday that the nation faces problems of bigotry, climate change, greed and the “demonic matter” of xenophobia. During the gathering titled, “Stronger Together: In Pursuit of Love and Kindness,” Forbes referenced the lyrics of the 1960s musical, The Music Man, “Ya got trouble, folks, right here in River City. Trouble with a capital ‘T’ and that rhymes with ‘P’ and that stands...
  • More details surface about 45 theologians’ appeal to correct Amoris Laetitia’s errors

    07/21/2016 8:03:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 20, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    New details have emerged about the letter 45 theologians sent to every Catholic patriarch and cardinal asking them to petition Pope Francis to fix a list of erroneous propositions in Amoris Laetitia. The group’s spokesman Dr. Joseph Shaw, a University of Oxford academic and chairman of the Latin Mass Society, told LifeSiteNews that the list of signatories is not in any way limited to theologians who are viewed as liturgical traditionalists, thus showing that there is wide concern about Amoris Laetitia across the world of Catholic academia. Upon the announcement of the existence the letter, Shaw said, “Numerous propositions in...
  • CFN Media 15: Ecclesiastical Vandalism - The Cupich Appointment - special edition [VIDEO]

    07/14/2016 1:47:56 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 July 2016 | John Vennari
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  • The teaching authority of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ [Catholic Caucus]

    07/07/2016 1:18:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | July 7, 2016 | Cindy Wooden
    Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of the journal La Civilta Cattolica, interviewed Cardinal Christoph Schonborn about Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” and reaction to it. The journal provided Catholic News Service with an English translation of the interview and its website — www.laciviltacattolica.it — was scheduled to post selections in English from the interview at 3 p.m. Rome time today. Here are two of the questions and answers: Father Spadaro: Some have spoken of AL as a minor document, a personal opinion of the pope (so to speak) without full magisterial value. What value does this exhortation possess? Is...
  • Presbyterian Church USA offers prayers to Allah, acknowledges Muhammad as prophet

    07/02/2016 10:51:13 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 73 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 07/02/2016 | Robert Spencer
    The assembled Presbyterians no doubt thought they were being wonderfully open-minded and ecumenical; they did not realize that Wajidi Said was openly proselytizing for Islam. “Lead us on the straight path” is straight from the Fatihah, the Opening, the Qur’an’s first chapter and the most common and oft-repeated prayer in Islam. Islamic scholars identify the straight path with Islam itself. And in invoking “Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad,” Said sounded beautifully ecumenical himself to the ranked Presbyterians, aglow in their bloomin’ primness, but in reality he was reflecting the Islamic belief that those figures and the other Biblical...
  • Communion For All, Even For Protestants

    07/01/2016 7:57:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Chisea ^ | July 1, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    In addition to the divorced and remarried, for Luther’s followers as well there are those who are giving the go-ahead for the Eucharist. Here is how “La Civiltà Cattolica” interprets the pope’s enigmatic words on intercommunion by Sandro Magister ROME, July 1, 2016 – In his way, after encouraging communion for the divorced and remarried, in that it “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak,” Pope Francis is now also encouraging Protestants and Catholics to receive communion together at their respective Masses. He is doing so, as always, in a discursive,...
  • Pope preparing for Protestants to receive Communion?

    07/01/2016 7:52:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 64 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 1, 2016
    Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister argues that Pope Francis is preparing the way for Protestants and Catholics to share the Eucharist, in an essay for L'Espresso. Magister points to an article in La Civilta Cattolica, the influential Jesuit journal, that argues the Pope's advice to a Lutheran woman represented a change in papal teaching, similar to the change that Pope Francis introduced in Amoris Laetitia regarding the reception of the Eucharist by Catholics who are divorced and remarried. The Pope is not suggesting an outright change in Catholic doctrine, the Civilta Cattolica article contends, but is taking "small steps forward"...
  • “Who are we to judge?” Why this time is different. [Catholic Caucus]

    06/30/2016 6:40:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    non veni pacem ^ | Jun 30, 2016 | non veni pacem
    This is another game changer. HERE “The problem is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge? And we must accompany them well…this is what the catechism says, a clear catechism.” Sounds a lot like three years ago, when Francis put an abrupt end to the +Ricca affair: “A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will – well, who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be...
  • EWTN Panel: Pope’s Comments on Marriage “Unacceptable”, “Reckless”

    06/29/2016 7:38:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 29, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    On the June 23rd episode of The World Over With Raymond Arroyo, we witnessed one of the best (if not the best) discussions of papal impropriety in mainstream Catholic news. Again and again, Arroyo shows us that he gets it. And his guests (even with Robert Royal’s tendency to softpedal things) are right there with him. If the video doesn’t take you there directly, go to 27:46. Even if you’re not a regular viewer of the show (or not a fan) this is definitely worth your time:
  • Comedy Hour at The Remnant: “Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not”

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

    06/23/2016 3:16:24 PM PDT · by SGNA · 66 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | June 20, 2016 | Novus Ordo Watch
    Barnhardt goes Resignationist...Ann Barnhardt dumps Francis,seeks Refuge in Benedict XVI She’s finally figured it out: Francis cannot be the Pope of the Catholic Church. The outspoken colorful controversialist Ann Barnhardt has announced on her web site that she can no longer hold that Francis is or ever was a true Pope, the Vicar of Christ. The reason for Miss Barnhardt’s change of mind is found in the very opening paragraphs of her blog post: It is now clear to me, and I feel it morally incumbent upon me given my position to publicly state that I believe Jorge Bergoglio,...
  • Debacle at the Lateran – Part I [Catholic Caucus]

    06/22/2016 9:58:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 20, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    It seems that Pope Francis is determined to be more and more provocative with each passing week, as if to reveal deeper and deeper layers of what appears to be a liberal, seventies-era Latin American Jesuit’s constitutional disdain for the supposed “rigidity” of orthodox Catholicism. By now the whole world knows that on June 14, during his customary rambling remarks, this time at a “pastoral conference” at Saint John Lateran, Francis declared that “the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null” because the spouses “don’t know what they say” when they say “Yes, for life.” He also dropped the...
  • Martini Pope: Cohabitating Couples Have Grace of "Real Marriage"

    06/20/2016 8:13:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | June 19, 2016 | John Vennari
    Francis Claims Those Who Cohabitate Can Have the “Grace of a Real Marriage” The Martini Legacy Continues By John Vennari Our Lord commanded Peter to confirm his brethren in the Faith (Luke 22:32). Pope Francis delights in doing the opposite. On June 16, at a question and answer session during a conference in Rome, Pope Francis implied that those living in “faithful” cohabitation can have “the grace of real marriage because of their fidelity.” Contrary to Francis’ claim, however, cohabitation can never carry within it the grace of real marriage, because it is the grave of real marriage. Continuing his...
  • St. John Paul II Adviser’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Follow-Up [Catholic Caucus]

    06/20/2016 5:29:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 6/20/2016 | Robert Spaemann
    The Pope complained that some — incited by the media — go more or less out of the way of his countless discussions on the alarming state of the family in order to get tied up on a footnote on the topic of receiving holy Communion. But the pre-synodal public discussion revolved only once around this topic, because there is actually only a yes-or-no answer here. The debate was continued, and, indeed, equally controversial as before, because the Pope refused to quote his predecessors’ clear statements concerning this matter and because his answer is so obviously equivocal that everyone can...
  • Pope Francis Praises Amoris Laetitia as Sound Doctrine [Catholic Caucus]

    06/20/2016 4:02:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 20,2016 | Maike Hickson
    While many Catholics in the world were indignant about the remarks of Pope Francis on 16 June regarding the likely invalidity of many Catholic sacramental marriages, he made another important statement on the same day that seems largely to have been overlooked. The Austrian Catholic website kath.net reported on these additional remarks of Pope Francis. In spite of – or, perhaps, because of – the many well-grounded criticisms of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia – expressed by such learned and deeply faithful Catholics such as Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Professor Robert Spaemann, Professor Jude Dougherty, as well as...
  • Papal comments on cohabitation and civil marriage suggest a direction

    06/19/2016 9:45:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | June 18, 2016 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    The pope’s most recent comments on marriage point in a disturbing direction but let’s address two important matters first. Point One. Cohabitation is not marriage. Largely overlooked amid the furor caused by Pope Francis’ rash claim that “the great part of our sacramental marriages are null”—an assertion reckless if false (which it is) and brimming with despair if true (which it is not), a claim followed not by an apology, an official retraction, or even a bureaucratic ‘clarification’ but instead by an Orwellian alteration of the pope’s words in Vatican records—overlooked, I say, in this greater mess was the pope’s...
  • A few notes on journalistic points made today [Catholic Caucus]

    06/18/2016 11:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 17, 2016 | Edward N. Peters
    In a day fraught with canonical confusion may I offer a few observations on some journalistic issues I noticed along the way? First, I find John Allen’s pooh-poohing of widespread concerns that Francis’ remarks, yet again, needed to be “walked-back” by Vatican spin doctors off-putting in several respects. Ignoring Allen’s patronizing tone and his caricaturing of Vatican critics as emitting “howls of outrage” over mere “retouching” of the pope’s words, from several passages let’s consider these. Allen writes: There’s nothing objectionable about a pope correcting what he said, as long as we’re sure it’s actually the pope making the corrections....
  • Theologians Propose to Re-Write Catechism & Canon Law in Light of Amoris Laetitia

    06/18/2016 7:25:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 17, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    An article published on 12 June by kathpress.at — the Catholic news agency partly funded by the Austrian bishops — has received a great deal of attention in Europe. Two Italian websites — La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana and Il Timone — have both reported on it. So has the Austrian Catholic website kath.net. The reason for all the attention is that the article at kathpress.at includes several important statements from progressive Catholic theologians who have unmistakably read Amoris Laetitia in a very lax and sentimentally liberal way. One statement is taken from the Swiss theologian Eva-Maria Faber, who, in a...
  • Francis: “Great Majority” of Marriages today are Invalid

    06/17/2016 4:10:46 PM PDT · by SGNA · 23 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | June 17, 2016
    Chaos Frank opened his trap again... Francis: “Great Majority” of Marriages today are Invalid because People don’t realize it’s indissoluble — but “Fidelity” in Cohabitation = Real Marriage! [UPDATE 17-JUN-2016 18:01 UTC: Vatican edits official transcript, changes Francis’ actual words “a great majority of” into “part of”. In either case, however, the fundamental problem remains: Francis believes sacramental marriages are invalid if people do not know or understand that marriage is permanent for life — how many such cases there actually are, is insignificant; the point is that Francis admits the principle! And he furthermore believes that fornication with only...
  • Pope Francis' catastrophic remarks of June 16, 2016 - Part I of Commentary.

    06/17/2016 9:40:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 17, 2016 | Augustinus
    Pope Francis' catastrophic remarks of June 16, 2016 - Part I of Commentary. 1. Pope Francis says that "great majority of sacramental marriages are null", but some cohabitations are real marriages. 2. How Amoris Laetitia and Mitis Iudex paved the way for Francis' statement. 3. Throwback: when Bergoglio welcomed his niece's defiance of Church teaching on marriage In a short but already overheated papacy littered as no pontificate before with an avalanche of papal words, Francis' remarks during his Q & A on June 16, 2016 are surely among the worst that he has spoken. Our commentary is divided into...
  • Pope Francis: “The Great Majority of Our Sacramental Marriages are Null”

    06/17/2016 6:23:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 16, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In the context of adjudicating annulments, Polish Bishop Antoni Stankiewicz said that any view that dismisses so many unions as invalid reflects an “anthropological pessimism” that would hold that “it’s almost impossible to get married, in view of the current cultural situation.” If the pope’s view is that 50 percent of Catholic marriages are invalid, it is not just an insult to our natural human ability to marry, but also an insult to St. Paul, who said that the moral law is written on men’s hearts. And it’s an insult to God’s grace to imagine that our own age is...
  • Most marriages today are invalid, Pope Francis suggests

    06/16/2016 7:12:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | June 16, 2016
    Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment. “We live in a culture of the provisional,” the Pope said in impromptu remarks June 16. After addressing the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress, he held a question-and-answer session. A layman asked about the “crisis of marriage” and how Catholics can help educate youth in love, help them learn about sacramental marriage, and help them overcome “their resistance, delusions and fears.” The Pope answered from his own experience. “I heard...
  • Avoid 'rigorism' on divorce and remarriage, Pope advises family conference [Catholic Caucus]

    06/16/2016 5:17:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 16, 2016
    Pope Francis tore into priests who refuse to baptize the children of unwed mothers-- referring to them as "animals"-- during a June 16 meeting with participants in a Rome conference on the family. It is "pastoral cruelty" to refuse baptism, the Pope told the group, which was gathered at the basilica of St. John Lateran. In answer to a question about the message of his apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the Pope said that the Church should avoid "rigorism" in responding to the pastoral needs of Catholics in irregular marital unions. "The Gospel chooses another way," he said: "welcoming, accompanying, integrating,...
  • Prominent Catholic academics say Pope’s exhortation presents danger to Church [Catholic Caucus]

    06/15/2016 12:31:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 14, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    Prominent Catholic philosophers and a world expert on the Church Fathers have joined the growing chorus of voices expressing deep concerns over the implications of Pope Francis’s controversial exhortation Amoris Laetitia. “What was certain before has become problematic,” due to the pope’s signature ambiguity, wrote Dr. Jude P. Dougherty, the dean emeritus of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America, in a column at The Wanderer. The seeming “internal waffling” going on inside the Church over the issue of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried is undermining the Church’s moral authority, Dougherty wrote, at a time...
  • Another Catholic Scholar Raises Objections to Amoris Laetitia [Catholic Caucus]

    06/14/2016 8:53:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 13, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Last Friday, Steve Skojec reported on the eloquent and piercing response written by the German-speaking professor, Josef Seifert, as published by Professor de Mattei’s website Corrispondenza Romana. It seems that more and more conservative Catholics are taking heart and seeing it necessary to raise their own voices in opposition to the direction in which Pope Francis is now trying to take the Catholic Church. Now we have learned that another well-known U.S. philosopher and former dean of the School of Philosophy of the Catholic University of America, Jude P. Dougherty, published a similar critique on 1 June in the Catholic...
  • Amoris Laetitia Laxity Trickles Down to Parish Level [Catholic Caucus]

    06/13/2016 5:52:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 13, 2016 | Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S.
    The following paragraph is a citation from an email I received recently from a devout Catholic lady here in St. Louis who sometimes visits my church for Mass. She has given permission for this slightly edited version of her remarks to be made known to others who may be concerned about the grass-roots-level fallout from Amoris Laetitia. Her experience may well be symptomatic of situations that will now arise more and more frequently as the result of the Apostolic Exhortation’s tendentious guidelines for the pastoral “accompaniment” of divorced and remarried Catholics. >>I’m especially concerned about the turmoil Amoris Laetitia will...
  • Who is right, Francis or the Church before Francis? [Catholic Caucus]

    06/13/2016 5:06:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 9, 2016 | New Catholic
    "No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other." (St. Matthew 6: 24) *** (1) Either John Paul II and all the Popes who came before him are right, by emphasizing the "absoluteness" of the Church's moral law and by classifying as a "very serious error" that the doctrine of the Church is only an "ideal"... >>It would be a very serious error to conclude... that the Church's teaching is essentially only an "ideal" which must then be adapted, proportioned, graduated to...
  • Florida Catholic bishop: ‘It is religion, including our own,’ that targets LGBT people

    06/13/2016 3:23:48 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/13/16 | Robert Lynch
    Second, sadly it is religion, including our own, that targets, mostly verbally, and often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people. Attacks today on LGBT men and women often plant the seed of contempt, then hatred, which can ultimately lead to violence. *** Even before I knew who perpetrated the mass murders at Pulse, I knew that somewhere in the story there would be a search for religion as motivation. While deranged people do senseless things, all of us observe and judge and act from some kind of religious background. Singling out people for victimization because of their religion,...
  • Francis Discovers Heresy (While Uttering It) [Catholic Caucus]

    06/10/2016 5:33:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 10, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    For more than three years now, Francis has been torturing Catholic ears and disturbing Catholic minds with an endless series of heterodox sermons and twisted “meditations” on Scripture, most of them delivered in the chapel of his digs in the five-star hotel at Casa Santa Marta. The daily spectacle has become almost comical: · Jesus only pretends to be angry with his disciples; · the child Jesus “probably had to beg forgiveness” from Mary and Joseph for his “little escapade” at the Temple; · Saint Paul declared “I boast only of my sins” (apparently confusing Saint Paul with Martin Luther);...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Rigid… this or nothing’ Catholics are ‘heretical’ and ‘not Catholic’

    06/09/2016 3:59:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 9, 2016 | John-Westen
    The stunning introduction to today’s official Vatican Radio report on Pope Francis’ morning homily reads: “Pope Francis warned on Thursday against an excessive rigidity, saying those within the Church who tell us ‘it’s this or nothing’ are heretics and not Catholics. His remarks came during the morning Mass on Thursday celebrated at the Santa Marta residence.” The specific section of the homily referred to in the opening is as follows: This (is the) healthy realism of the Catholic Church: the Church never teaches us ‘or this or that.’ That is not Catholic. The Church says to us: ‘this and that.’...
  • 'Its a synagogue, church, and mosque all in one' [2 Thess 2]

    05/19/2016 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/19/2016 | David Rossenberg
    An interfaith group is laying the groundwork for what will likely be the world’s first ever joint house of prayer. The center of worship, which will be called the "House of One," will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services. The House of One is planned to be built on the site of Berlin’s first church, the Petrikirche. One of the organizers of the interfaith group behind the planned church/mosque/synagogue, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, said that the House of One is a reminder that despite the dark history of Berlin in the 20th century it is now a center...
  • 111 (U. Methodist) clergy, clergy candidates come out as gay (on eve of denominational convention)

    05/10/2016 3:24:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 89 replies
    Good News ^ | 10 May 16 | Steve Beard
    By Heather Hahn May 9, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) On the eve of the 2016 General Conference, more than 100 United Methodist clergy and clergy candidates have come out as LGBTQ religious leaders. “We are here because God has called us to serve in this denomination, and our souls are fed by the theology in which we’ve been raised,” the 111 United Methodists write in what they call “A Love Letter to Our Church.” The signers come from across the United States, and one signer is from the Philippines. They identify themselves as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex” in...
  • Forte: Pope Did Not Want to Speak “Plainly” Of Communion for Remarried [Catholic Caucus]

    05/07/2016 9:00:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 7, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    At a meeting to discuss the apostolic exhoration Amoris Laetitia, Archbishop Bruno Forte revealed new insights into the mind of Pope Francis on one of the most controversial issues facing the Church: communion for the divorced and “remarried.” Forte was the man personally chosen by Pope Francis as the Special Secretary for the synods on marriage and family, and he is widely believed responsible for the insertion of the explosive language pertaining to homosexuals in the 2014 Synod’s mid-term relatio. During his presentation, the details of which were published on 3 May on the Italian news website, Zonalocale.it, Forte recalled...
  • Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia cannot be interpreted in a traditional sense [Catholic Caucus]

    05/05/2016 12:08:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | May 4, 2016 | Father Claude Barthe
    "I honestly do not see how one could interpret Chapter 8 of the Exhortation in the sense of traditional doctrine. It would do violence to the text and wouldn’t respect the intention of the compilers." Father Barthe Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia cannot be interpreted in a traditional sense Interview of Roberto de Mattei with Fr. Claude Barthe Father Claude Barthe, theologian, author of works such as La messe, une forêt de symboles, Les romanciers et le catholicisme, and Penser l’œcuménisme autrement was one of the first in France, on April 8, to express on the blog L’Homme nouveau. We...
  • 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,...