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  • Amoris Laetitia: New Jesuit General Defends Pope on "Dubia" of the Four Cardinals

    11/29/2016 7:35:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | November 29, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    While Pope Francis continues his silence, the Jesuit General has commented on the Dubia (doubts), the controversial post-synodal Letter Amoris laetitia of four cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meisner. On 14 October, Arturo Sosa Abascal was selected 31 Superior General of the Jesuits. The Venezuelan Jesuit has now entered into the public for the first time and does so with a defense of Pope Francis, who also belongs to the Jesuit Order. So far, the new "Black General", as the Father General of the Jesuits is also called, has only been known for statements from the distant past. This includes...
  • Progressive Christians to “Take Back Their Faith” After Election

    11/25/2016 7:52:28 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 45 replies
    JuicyEcumenism ^ | 11/25/16 | Derryck Green
    A week after the election, the Huffington Post published a blog entry in which Progressive Christians suggested what like-minded Christians should do in order to “take back their faith.” Still reeling from the election in which Donald Trump was elected president, several progressive Christians pondered the necessary steps to draw a stronger contrast between their brand of kindhearted progressive Christianity, and the kind of conservative, evangelical Christianity that helped elect Donald Trump. The responses were predictably representative of left-wing Christianity, which centered on re-emphasizing social justice issues and identity politics as the “loving,” compassionate, anti-Trumpian counterpart to the hate-filled Christianity...
  • Cardinal-designate Cupich: Time to Cross Great Divides in U.S. Life and Church

    11/14/2016 12:11:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    America Magazine ^ | November 14, 2016 | Gerald O'Conner
    In an exclusive interview with America, Cardinal-designate Blase Cupich shared his hopes about what the new Trump administration and incoming Republican Congress can do about the nation’s deep divide following one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history. He also shared some thoughts on the upcoming Catholic bishops’ plenary assembly in Baltimore next week. The archbishop of Chicago was in Rome for a meeting of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, which selects candidates to be bishops in countries across the globe, including North and South America, and was a panel member at the presentation of a new book of...
  • Thank God for The Glorious Counter Reformation

    11/01/2016 9:09:42 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Father Ray Blake's Blog ^ | October 31, 2016 | Fr. Ray Blake
    #PopeFrancis prays Holy Spirit will "help us rejoice in the gifts that have come to the church thru the Reformation" Well, what are theses gifts? +A depleted protestant Bible +Ecclesial Communities, lacking Holy Orders and therefore the Holy Eucharist and the means to Grace. +The elevation of an individual theologian over the whole Catholic Tradition. and a decided break with that Sacred Tradition. We can add into the mix the massacre of peasants, anti Jewish pogroms, the rise in witch trials, the growth of superstition, the beginning of German nationalism. The Reformation was welcomed by European princes because it placed...
  • Reformation Sunday comes back to haunt me

    10/30/2016 4:26:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Motherlands ^ | October 29, 2016 | Denise Renner
    We’ve been hearing a lot about Martin Luther lately. Earlier this year, Lutherans received communion at St. Peter’s Basilica. Then there was the chocolate Luther on display at the Vatican, part of a Lutheran pilgrimage leading up to the Reformation celebration in Lund, Sweden, which Pope Francis is attending. As a former Lutheran myself, this is all very unexpected. I was under the distinct impression that Martin Luther was not regarded favorably by the Church. (“The Pope is the Antichrist” thing; the excommunication bit.) When my husband wanted to become Catholic and I (emphatically) did not, I dreaded Reformation Sunday....
  • The Pope’s visit to Lund and the ecumenism of charity

    10/29/2016 10:12:43 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Vatican Insider ^ | October 29, 2016 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    Pope Francis’ visit to Sweden from Monday 31 October to 1 November is certainly an important step forward on an ecumenical journey that is not easy. This is especially true given the main reason for the visit: the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of a dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans. But, besides these considerations regarding the exceptional nature of this step, is must be acknowledged that the visit fits perfectly into a process that began with the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Partly because of his experience in Buenos Aires, Francis...
  • Pope Francis Names Archbishop Cupich As His Successor [Humor/Sarcasm]

    10/22/2016 7:52:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | October 11, 2016 | Admin
    The Vatican announced this week that Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been selected to be Pope Francis’ successor after the 79-year-old pontiff hits the age of retirement next year. Cupich told worshipers yesterday that he was “so very grateful and humbled by the news that he would be given the opportunity to wreak havoc upon the Church while wearing white.” Cupich, 67, will receive his “white hat” in Rome on December 18, 2017, the day after Pope Francis turns 80. Cupich’s succession to the papacy also means he will have his choice of who will succeed him in the future....
  • Sending forth wolves among the lambs

    10/22/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | October 21, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    According to Vatican News Service, a common declaration has been issued bearing the signatures of both “HIS GRACE JUSTIN WELBY” and “HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS” proposing to send “out on mission together 19 pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from countries around the world.” The document is precisely what one might expect in this post-conciliar age of radical ecumenism; namely, a grave offense against Christ and an embarrassment to the faithful. It’s more than that, though; it’s yet another indication of the faith, or lack thereof, of its signatories. Welby blesses francisThe text refers, not only to the heretic layman Justin...
  • Socci: Scandal in the Vatican

    10/16/2016 9:53:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lo Straniero via Rorate Caeli ^ | October 14, 2016 | Antonio Socci
    Last Thursday, the 13th of October, marked the beginning of the 100-year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, yet Bergoglio, instead of honouring Our Lady, honoured Martin Luther by taking part in an audience (in the Vatican) where a statue of the German heretic and schismatic was exposed as if he were one of the saints. For that matter, Bergoglio is the Pope who, for the first time in two thousand years, has wanted the profanation of the Sacraments! If this is not an abomination – what is? Hence 2017 starts off in this manner ... what else is it...
  • New Cardinal Farrell: Amoris Laetitia is 'the Holy Spirit speaking'

    10/14/2016 7:51:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | October 14, 2016 | Joshua J. McElwee
    The Catholic prelate Pope Francis recently appointed both as a cardinal and the head of the Vatican's new centralized office for laypeople says he considers the pontiff's apostolic exhortation on family life inspired by the Holy Spirit and plans to make it his department's guiding document. Speaking in an NCR interview Thursday, Cardinal-designate Kevin Farrell said he has a hard time understanding why some bishops have reacted negatively to Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love.") "I honestly don't see what and why some bishops seem to think that they have to interpret this document," said Farrell, the head of the...
  • Archbishop De Kesel’s Being Newly Chosen for the Cardinalate Is Due to Cardinal Danneels

    10/11/2016 5:34:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | October 11, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    The recent announcement that Pope Francis has chosen seventeen new cardinals has already raised much concern and debates among Catholics. The decision to select Archbishop Jozef de Kesel of Brussels, Belgium to be now a cardinal seems especially to have become a matter of controversy. An interview published in Cologne, Germany on 10 October on the website Domradio.de concerning Archbishop Jozef de Kesel himself has already received much attention. For example, the Austrian website Kath.net, as well as the Dutch website Katholieknieuwsblad.nl, have already reported on this interview given by Domradio’s journalist and specialist in theology, Jan Hendrik Stens. Stens...
  • African cardinal rebukes Cardinal Marx’s call for apology to homosexuals

    06/29/2016 8:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 28, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    In a pithy tweet on Saturday, a prominent South African cardinal rebuked German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s claim that the Church should “apologize” to homosexuals. “God help us! Next we’ll have to apologise for teaching that adultery is a sin! Political Correctness (PC) is today’s major heresy!” Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier tweeted. Napier posted his tweet in response to African pro-life and pro-family activist Obianuju Ekeocha, the founder of Culture of Life Africa, who tweeted an Irish Times article about Marx’s comments. Marx, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, said that up until “very recently” the Catholic Church had been “very...
  • A Lutheran Cannot be Pope

    06/27/2016 7:09:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 62 replies
    non veni pacem ^ | June 27, 2016 | non veni pacem
    Kleinjung: Too much beer … Holy Father, I wanted to ask you a question. Today you spoke of the gifts of the shared Churches, of the gifts shared by the Churches together. Seeing that you will go in I believe four months to Lund for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the reformation, I think perhaps this is also the right moment for us not only to remember the wounds on both sides but also to recognize the gifts of the reformation. Perhaps also – this is a heretical question – perhaps to annul or withdraw the excommunication of...
  • Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

    05/16/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | May 16, 2016 | Michael Swan
    After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic. “ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday. This third stage of the dialogue has been meeting since 2011, but has yet to publish a major document. It is currently studying how the Church arrives at moral teaching. The official dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and...
  • Jimmy Fatkin contradicts himself in his same post

    04/08/2016 11:32:23 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    NC Register ^ | April 8, 2016 | Jimmy Atkin
    4) What does the document say regarding Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal to give Holy Communion to some who are divorced and civilly remarried after a “penitential period.” Nothing. This proposal is not brought up. 11) Does the document foresee any possibility for sacramentally absolving and giving Communion to people who are civilly remarried if they are not living as brother and sister? It does.
  • Catholics asked to thank God for the ‘insights’ of the Reformation

    01/15/2016 5:21:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 1/15/2016 | Catholic Herald
    The Catholic and Lutheran Churches have issued a joint prayer thanking God for the "insights" received through the Reformation. The service has been devised by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation in advance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next year. The first jointly developed liturgical order is based on the report "From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017". The Common Prayer, which can be adapted to suit local customs and preferences, is led by two presiders, one Catholic and one Lutheran, with two readers, again one Catholic...
  • Recycling The Revolution: 1

    12/18/2015 8:07:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Christian Order ^ | August - September 2015 | Editor - Christian Order
    The Conciliar "method" beloved of Cardinal Kasper and his Comrades was a wicked one. We know it came "from evil" because His Eminence plainly admits that it was tailored to avoid the simple "si, si: no, no,'' demanded by Our Lord in Matthew 5:37. Marked by verbosity, ambiguity, and deceit, we have suffered the rotten fruits of this 'progressive' methodology for fifty dismal years: half-a-century of strife and destruction that has exhausted everyone but the Modernist ideologues, whose levelling lust is never sated. Buoyed by a papacy of their wildest dreams, and Kasper's assurance that it has "inaugurated a new...
  • The Truth About the 14th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops?

    12/01/2015 5:10:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 1, 2015 | CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE
    To give the impression that there is another practice in the "internal forum", which would permit an individual in an irregular union to have access to the sacraments, is to suggest that the conscience can be in conflict with the truth of the faith. Such a suggestion clearly places priests in an impossible situation, the expectation that they can "open a door" for the penitent which, in fact, does not exist and cannot exist.
  • A "Papal Preacher" for the Great Apostasy

    12/01/2015 3:39:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | November 30, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    For decades now, the supremely ridiculous Father Raniero Cantalamessa, a veritable font of neo-Modernist heresy, has been serving as “Preacher to the Papal Household.” He retains that title under Pope Francis. But Cantalamessa has kicked it up a notch under the impetus of “the Francis effect,” which seems to be moving the human element of the Church toward a doctrine-free Christianity consisting of empty invocations of the name of Christ and calls to “fix our gaze upon Him” like some kind of neo-pagan mantra. On November 24, Cantalamessa took his circus on the road, addressing the “Tenth General Synod” of...
  • Visit of Cardinal Burke [Catholic Caucus]

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

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

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

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

    09/18/2015 4:27:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/17/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Vice President Biden will take a high profile as he welcomes Pope Francis to the United States next week and accompanies him at several key stops on his historic trip. Biden, a Roman Catholic, and his wife will join President Obama and the first lady to personally greet Francis when he lands Tuesday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, according to the White House. The vice president will be alongside Obama again on the South Lawn in welcoming Francis to the White House on Wednesday, where upwards of 15,000 people are expected. Biden will go to mass with the pope...
  • Kasper, Danneels, Schonborn, Cupich, Wuerl and Maradiaga appointed by Pope Francis to Synod

    09/15/2015 3:43:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/15/15 | Augustinus
    The finalized, complete list of participants in the Synod of Bishops in 2015 was published in today's Vatican Bollettino: XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 4 to 25 2015) - List of Participants, 15/09/2015. In addition to the Synod officers (who are all hold-overs from last year's "Extraordinary Synod"), delegates elected by the Bishops' Conferences and the Union of Superior Generals and confirmed by the Pope as Synod members months ago, and ex officio participants (the heads of the Eastern Catholic Churches and the Prefects or Presidents of Curial dicasteries), the final list contains the names of...
  • Fishwrap again energetically promotes ordination of women (Catholic Caucus)

    09/15/2015 2:20:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 15, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) is once again stumping for one of its favorite topics.  No, not sodomitic marriage this time.  Women’s ordination.Imagine the amazing insights Sr. Maureen Fiedler can offer.  HERE  Note the energy and fervor edition Fishwrap publisher Tom Fox puts into it.  HERESample: Some 500 Catholic activists from around the globe will converge on Philadelphia for a three-day conference Sept. 18-20 to press for women’s rights in the church. They will meet one week before Pope Francis is set to step foot into the city.The U.S.-based Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) is hosting the Women’s Ordination Worldwide meeting. The Women’s...
  • BREAKING: Cardinal’s Paper Publishes Heresy

    09/12/2015 4:27:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 11, 2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A notorious dissenting priest in the archdiocese of Boston, Msgr. Paul Garrity, is advocating for heretical changes at the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family — and he's doing so with the help of the archdiocese of Boston's official newspaper, The Pilot. In an article published earlier today, Msgr. Garrity, pastor of Sacred Heart and St. Brigid parishes in Lexington, addressing the "hopes and fears" surrounding this fall's synod, effectively smears proponents of orthodoxy while promoting blatant heresy. In his article, pitting "history and experience against dogmatism and unchanging truths," he takes up Cdl. Walter Kasper's scandalous proposal for finding...
  • How the heterodoxy of the Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod of 2015 has been exposed.

    09/12/2015 9:07:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/11/2015 | Augustinus
    The Instrumentum Laboris for the 2015 Synod was published on June 23 this year, initially in Italian only. An official English translation came a week later. As Rorate noted back in June, the document was largely prepared during a two-day meeting (May 25-26) of the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops that was presided over by Pope Francis himself, before being entrusted to the "Secretariat General" of the Synod of Bishops for its final redaction. This office is headed by Cardinal Baldisseri (the Secretary General) with Bishop Fabio Fabene as its Sub-Secretary: the former is especially close to Francis...
  • In sweeping critique, Vatican Synod father attacks Humanae Vitae—and even the notion of natural law

    09/11/2015 8:06:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 11, 2015
    ANTWERP, Belgium, September 11, 2015 -- In a sweeping critique of Catholic teaching, Belgian Bishop Johan Bonny, who will participate in the Ordinary Synod on the Family next month, has attacked not only the Church’s teaching against contraception but even the very notion of the natural law. In a contribution for the recent German book, Zerreißprobe Ehe, published by Herder Verlag, the bishop of Antwerp makes a strong critique of the 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae and questions the Church's understanding of sexuality. He also criticizes the natural law as a moral foundation because it describes certain acts as good or...
  • White House invites religious allies to attend reception for Pope Francis

    09/11/2015 5:56:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | September 11, 2015
    President Barack Obama will invite prominent American religious figures, including many of his political allies, to attend the White House reception at which he greets Pope Francis on September 23. Among the religious leaders invited for the event are Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly homosexual bishop in the Anglican communion; Sister Simone Campbell of “Nuns on the Bus;” Rev. Joel Hunter, the Florida megachurch leader; Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; and a Catholic blogger, Aaaron Ledesma, who drew the attention of the White House by writing on his experience as a gay...
  • Marx: Streamlining annulments 'sensible' but doesn't solve problems

    09/11/2015 2:54:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | September 10, 2015 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The fact that Pope Francis has simplified annulment procedures is a "sensible" signal which the German bishops welcome, but it should not be seen as a step in anticipation of the coming Synod of Bishops on the family, said German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German bishops' conference, at a press conference Sept. 8 in Berlin. "It is a sensible signal but it does not solve the fundamental problems," Marx said. For many people who had maybe been married for 20 years, "annulment is a foreign word." Simplification of the annulment procedures is only a partial solution of...
  • After the Synod, the Kasper party opens a second front: "Catholic Divorce"

    09/07/2015 9:55:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/13/2014 | Don Pio Pace
    The extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops had barely ended, and the partisans of the liberalization of the Church's discipline concerning the indissolubility of marriage open a second front, that of the "simplification" of the canonical procedures of the declaration of nullity. The demotion of Cardinal Burke from his position as Prefect of Apostolic Signatura finds in this matter its true meaning. His role in the nominations of bishops for the United States under Benedict XVI was not enough to explain his demotion, because in order to neutralize his influence, it sufficed (as it was done) to remove him...
  • Swiss Bishops' Conference: Confessor Should Ignore Church Teaching on Morals (Catholic Caucus)

    09/01/2015 4:33:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/31/2015 | Rorate Caeli
    [Translator's Note: Kath.ch, the official website of the Swiss Bishops' Conference, recently published on 21 August 2015 (http://www.kath.ch/newsd/zitat-sich-der-kirche-zuliebe-ueber-die-kirche-hinwegsetzen/) a short comment and summary of an objectively scandalous interview with Dr. Markus Arnold, a Swiss Catholic lay theologian and a professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Lucerne (https://www.unilu.ch/fakultaeten/tf/institute/religionspaedagogisches-institut-rpi/mitarbeitende/markus-arnold/) After this comment, the Swiss Bishops' Conference's website permissively gives the link to the entire original interview.] Excerpts below: Question: The Catechism [of the Catholic Church] says one should treat homosexuals with compassion. Dr. Arnold: The Roman moral teaching on sexuality was created in the 19th century because of an ideologized...
  • Does Francis think Cardinal Kasper is right?

    08/20/2015 6:37:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 20, 2015 | Fr. Raymond de Souza
    For 18 months, since Pope Francis invited Cardinal Walter Kasper to address the February 2014 consistory of cardinals, the question of whether the divorced and civilly remarried can receive the sacraments has been front and centre. Every time the “Kasper proposal” has been rejected, Pope Francis has kept the discussion going, to the extent that it will now dominate the synod on the family to be held in October. Francis did not express himself directly on the question during months of debate, leaving Catholics to speculate on what he thought. In his general audience on August 5 he address­ed it...
  • MESSAGE FOR THE MONTH OF RAMADAN

    07/17/2015 7:38:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    The Vatican ^ | 12 June 2015 | Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran
    Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, 1. I am pleased to send you, in the name of all the Catholics around the world and in my name as well, best wishes for a peaceful and joyful celebration of ‘Id al-Fitr. You exercise during the month of Ramadan many religious and social practices, like fasting, prayer, almsgiving, help to the poor, visits to family members and to friends. I hope and pray that the fruits of these good deeds may enrich your life. 2. For some of you and also for others from other religious communities, the joy of the feast is...
  • The almost unbelievable account of how the Synod on the family was almost hijacked

    07/10/2015 3:53:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Matthew McCuster
    In this presentation I intend to give a brief overview of events before and during the Extraordinary Synod held in October 2014. On March 17 2013, four days after his election as Pope and during his first Angelus address in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father drew attention to a recently published book by Walter Cardinal Kasper and strongly praised it. He said: In these days I have been able to read a book by a Cardinal – Cardinal Kasper, a talented theologian, a good theologian – on mercy. And it did me such good, that book, but don’t think...
  • David Harsanyi: Was I Wrong To Support Gay Marriage?

    06/30/2015 8:17:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 30, 2015 | David Harsanyi, senior editor
    If same-sex marriage is used to pummel religious Americans into submission, it will be a disaster. I’ve supported same-sex marriage ever since I first heard the idea. And when I became a political columnist in the early 2000s—despite being the “conservative” at a good-sized newspaper—I was the only one at the paper (as far as I can recall) who unequivocally backed gay marriage publicly. Though I wasn’t gullible enough to believe I’d be persuading many readers, I was gullible enough to believe that my allies in the cause were merely concerned with “equality.” As we dig out from the avalanche...
  • Professor from secret Rome meeting on Synod urges Church to accept gay unions

    06/06/2015 5:42:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 5, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    On May 29, 2015, not long after the controversial private Rome meeting organized by liberal members of the German, French, and Swiss Bishops' Conferences, one of its participants and speakers, Prof. Schockenhoff, has given an interview in Germany to the radio of the Archdiocese of Cologne, called domradio.de. In it, he made two important statements. First, he is cautious about the possibility of bringing about a liberal reform at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family; secondly, he restated his revolutionary position concerning the acceptance of same-sex relationships. When asked what his expectations about the upcoming Synod are, Schockenhoff...
  • Priest’s Appointment to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Draws Concern [Catholic Caucus]

    06/03/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 06/03/2015 | Edward Pentin
    But critics are deeply concerned about the appointment, given the English priest’s previous doctrinal statements, especially on sexual ethics and holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, which they say go against Church teaching.
  • The Subverters of the Word of God

    05/29/2015 11:10:16 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/29/2015 | New Catholic
    The Subverters of the Word of God The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I have said nothing secretly." (Jn 18:19-20) *** May their names live in infamy forever and ever for their intent to assemble secretly to discard the clear words of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the name of Him Who Himself is Love, and to favor a certain kind of press to make their new doctrine known...
  • Cardinal Kasper: Francis wants a hierarchy that listens to 'sensus fidei'

    05/28/2015 6:28:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis wants to retool the Catholic hierarchy so that it not only defines and enforces church teachings, but also listens and responds to how laypeople understand God's will, German Cardinal Walter Kasper said. Kasper, a noted theologian whose writings are known to have influenced Francis, said the pope wants to create a "listening magisterium." Kasper said one concept important to the pope is that of the sensus fidei, or the capacity of individual believers and the church as a whole to discern the truths of faith. That concept, Kasper said, "was emphasized by the council ... [but] Francis now...
  • Milbank: Using Jesus to curtail reproductive rights is incendiary

    04/25/2015 10:13:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Columbian ^ | April 25, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 — and he hasn't entirely changed jobs. In a rare Tuesday night committee meeting at which House Republicans advanced a bill curtailing reproductive rights, Walberg took the even rarer step of lecturing his colleagues on Scripture. "It is clearly taught by Jesus the Christ himself," Walberg preached to members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "for those of us who believe in him — and I understand and I accept the fact that there are those who don't — but he said render...
  • Cardinal Brandmüller: Advocates for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are ‘heretics’...

    04/15/2015 5:32:41 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/14/15 | Maike Hickson
    "Cardinal Brandmüller: Advocates for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are ‘heretics’ – even if they are bishops" "...Can the Church deal with the topic of marriage in a pastoral manner that is different from the continual teaching of the Church? Can the Church at all change the teaching itself without falling herself into heresy? It is evident that the pastoral practice of the Church cannot stand in opposition to the binding doctrine nor simply ignore it. In the same manner, an architect could perhaps build a most beautiful bridge. However, if he does not pay attention to the laws of...
  • NJ Catholic Bishop Won’t Say If He Agrees With Church Teaching on Homosexuality, Marriage

    04/06/2015 6:29:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, head of the Catholic diocese of Metuchen, N.J., would not say whether he agrees with the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church pertaining to homosexuality and marriage as quoted directly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Instead, a diocesan spokeswoman directed CNSNews.com to a statement on the diocesan website where the bishop writes, “We have never wavered from our traditional Catholic teachings.” In a March 30 e-mail to Bishop Bootkoski and his office of communications, CNSNews.com asked the following three questions: 1) Do you, Bishop Bootkoski, agree with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph...
  • See you in Hell [says @JunkScience to] Head of US Episcopal Church [who] says ‘climate denial’ is im

    03/24/2015 7:44:50 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 71 replies
    Tweets from Twitter account of JunkScience.com @JunkScience on Twitchy.com ^ | March 24, 2015 | Twitter account of JunkScience.com @JunkScience
    As she argues in favor of abortion rights and gay marriage, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, head of the US Episcopal Church, says it is immoral to be skeptical about man caused climate change. This came as the church hyped a webcast about fighting climate change.
  • A Battle Cry for the Ordinary Synod: Defend the Family -

    03/22/2015 9:19:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | Sunday, March 22, 2015 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    The latest issue of The Truth, the newsletter of Les Femmes, is not online at our website yet, but I thought I would post the lead article with footnotes for those concerned about the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family. Catholics need to prepare to fight the attempts to attack the indissolubility of marriage. It's clear that many of the enemies of marriage are inside the Church. And so, Church Militant, you need to prepare to fight. Battle Cry for the Ordinary Synod: Defend the Family By Mary Ann Kreitzer The Ordianary Synod on the Family is scheduled next October...
  • Blase Cupich – Poster Priest of Newchurch

    01/28/2015 5:24:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | January 28, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    In his recent interview Commonweal Magazine, Archbishop Blase Cupich provides an interesting glimpse into the activities of the Extraordinary Synod. When confronted with the idea that the media’s coverage of the event may have contributed to a certain “confusion” among some of the bishops, Cupich answered rather candidly: >>The media is not to blame at all. I think the media reported what actually took place. What really took place at the synod was that a majority of the bishops voted for all the proposals that were there in the final summary document ...<< >>It’s true that three of the paragraphs...
  • Le Figaro on the Vatican "Secret War" - Cardinal Burke's interview to Le Figaro

    12/20/2014 1:13:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/19/2014 | New Catholic
    The weekly magazine of major French daily Le Figaro dedicates this week's issue to what it calls the "Secret War in the Vatican: How Pope Francis shakes up the Church". The general theme is that already mentioned elsewhere, of an authoritarian pope, his strong decisions, and individuals who are dissatisfied or merely puzzled with his procedures and ideas - and are therefore eliminated one by one. There are interesting passages such as the following: Did not this pope, who feels himself to be first of all the bishop of Rome - the word 'pope' rarely comes out of his lips...
  • Keep Away From Those Climate Change Church Crazies

    11/13/2014 7:07:58 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 1 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 11/13/2014 | Steve Berman
    One of my highest aspirations is to train up my two sons to be productive, useful members of society, and to share the goals and values my wife and I have tried to instill in their young minds.  My youngest turns 4 today, and my oldest is just 5. In the year 2031, they’ll both be about done with college and ready to enter “life” as the rest of us old folks know it.  I’m worried about the kind of world they’ll live in.  Not to worry their little minds over such big issues as global warming today, I decided...
  • Jim Wallis: White Christians in America Need to Act More Christian Than White

    10/11/2014 5:22:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Sojourners President and Founder Jim Wallis, one of several faith leaders who are heading to Ferguson, Missouri this weekend to march for justice, is challenging Christians to put their faith ahead of their race when it comes to issues concerning racial relations. "If white Christians in America acted more Christian than white when it came to race, black parents would be less fearful for their children," said Wallis. Christians who put faith ahead of race would not be afraid to take on tough racial issues like the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson with their peers and fight...