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  • More Foxes in the Vatican Henhouse

    04/19/2017 9:13:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    De Omnibus Dubitandum Est. ^ | April 18, 2017 | Mark Lambert
    A week or so ago Fr Dwight Longnecker posted this blog. It's one of those posts that contains so much truth I felt it was well worth sharing here. It's on stuff that makes me shake my head. It seems really obvious. But the powers that be seem completely blind to this reality, why? I can not say. He's talking about the failure within the Church of England to maintain any integrity with respect to their promise to maintain a kind of two party settlement within the communion. I blogged about the ousting of the Anglican Bishop Philip North here...
  • Apostasy?? [Catholic Caucus]

    03/17/2017 10:01:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | March 17, 2017 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    Apostasy?? More than a month ago, a Bergoglian bishop reportedly said: "Whoever wants to discover what Jesus wants from him, he must ask the Pope, this Pope, not the one who came before him, or the one who came before that. This present Pope". I had hoped to hear some retraction from this cleric ... after all, each of us can and often does misspeak, and we hope to be forgiven for it. Or some correction of those (perhaps just childishly impetuous) words, administered by the Roman Pontiff himself. But there has, I think, been nothing (if any reader is...
  • Cardinal Wuerl goes off [Catholic Caucus]

    03/08/2017 5:19:13 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 8, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    A very small number of people, whose voices have been amplified by some of the Catholic media, have challenged the integrity of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Thus does Cardinal Donald Wuerl begin an essay defending the papal document—and, far more pointedly, attacking its critics. Let’s take a look. Right from the outset, Cardinal Wuerl belittles those who disagree with him, claiming that they constitute “a very small number of people.” That is inaccurate, of course; many thousands of people have been disconcerted by Amoris Laetitia. But even if it were true, wouldn’t a good shepherd show more...
  • Cardinal Wuerl: Pope Francis has reconnected the church with Vatican II [Catholic Caucus]

    03/07/2017 2:04:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    America Magazine ^ | March 6, 2017 | Gerard O'Connor
    Reconnecting the church “with the energy of the Second Vatican Council,” may be the pope’s greatest achievement, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington said in an exclusive interview with America as the fourth anniversary of the pope’s election approaches on March 13. According to Cardinal Wuerl, the pope is changing the papacy and “completely refocusing the role of bishop.” He said Pope Francis has “picked up where we left off” on Vatican II themes of collegiality and synodality and has refocused the church on “a moral theology that rests on scripture and Jesus’ command to love” and on...
  • Conference on the Canonical Problem of the Deposition of Popes to be Held [Catholic Caucus]

    02/21/2017 8:20:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 21, 2017 | Sacredos Romanus
    For some reason, a certain provision of Gratian’s Decretals, an early collection of canon law, has been the subject of renewed interest in recent times. The relevant text runs: “No mortal shall presume to rebuke [the pope’s] faults, for he who is to judge all is to be judged by no one, unless he is found straying from the faith” (Dist. 40 c.6). The last condition “unless he is found straying from the faith” has sometimes been interpreted to mean that a pope who strayed into heresy could be deposed. At the end of March a scholarly conference on the...
  • BREAKING: Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

    01/17/2017 1:43:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 100 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Jan Bentz
    If you happen to receive a piece of mail from the Vatican this year, don’t be surprised to see the face of Martin Luther. The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals. The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and...
  • The Vatican postage stamp to celebrate Luther

    01/17/2017 12:50:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    RS ^ | January 16, 2017 | jeannedare
    It happens up the magazine where Bolaffi (the oldest and the largest company in philatelic) announce the stamps to be issued this year. I see the page dedicated to the Statement of the Vatican City, where he announces a << >> issue that astonishes, as he wrote the piece extender: nothing less than a postage stamp of the Holy See that celebrates the five hundred years since the Reformation. Of course, the color image which is above the Vatican paper square is that of Martin Luther. Google translation.
  • Vatican: Catholics now recognize Martin Luther as a ‘witness to the gospel’ [Cath/Prot] Caucus

    01/06/2017 8:06:18 AM PST · by ebb tide · 87 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 5, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    A newly released document from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Christian Unity promotes the upcoming January 18-25 ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ with the theme ‘Reconciliation: The love of Christ compels us.’ Encouraging commemorations in all dioceses of the world, the Pontifical Council notes the theme is drawn from the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In 2017, it says, “Lutheran and Catholic Christians will for the first time commemorate together the beginning of the Reformation.” The text also states that “Catholics are now able to hear Luther’s challenge for the Church of today, recognizing him as a ‘witness...
  • Inventor of Christianity?

    12/22/2016 4:11:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | December 22, 2016
    Inventor of Christianity? On December 17th, the anti-Catholic Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, to whom Pope Francis talks regularly, revealed in La Repubblica how Francis answered the question which saint he prefers. Francis said, “The first is obviously Paul. He is the one who constructed our religion.” Lutheran theses coincide with what happened in the first centuries: At the end of his article, Scalfari writes, "In the early centuries of Christianity, the sacraments were celebrated directly by the faithful and the priests only served.” Scalfari continues, “Francis agrees on these Lutheran theses that coincide with what happened in the first centuries."...
  • Spadaro on Dubia: “The Pope Doesn’t Give Binary Answers to Abstract Questions”

    12/05/2016 9:50:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 5, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    "Why hasn’t the pope responded to the cardinals?" >>The pope doesn’t give binary answers to abstract questions. But that does’t mean he hasn’t responded. His response is to approve and to encourage positive pastoral practices. A clear and obvious example was his response to the Buenos Aires area bishops, when he encouraged them and confirmed that their reading of Amoris Laetitia was correct.<< >>In other words, the pope responds by encouraging, and indeed loves to respond to the sincere questions put to him by pastors. The ones who really understand Catholic doctrine are the pastors, because doctrine does not exist...
  • 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...