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  • [Catholic Caucus] A book about the McCarrick scandal? It’s already written

    07/20/2018 5:19:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 20, 2018 | Phil Lawler
    “Why don’t you write a book about the McCarrick scandal?” my friend asked me. I answered: “Because I already did!” True, The Faithful Departed doesn’t focus specifically on Cardinal McCarrick. But what this latest scandal has shown—the failure of the American bishops to hold each other accountable—was a major theme of that book, which was published ten years ago. Here’s a sample of what I wrote a decade ago. Again it wasn’t written with the McCarrick case in mind. But it applies nicely, don’t you think? The same corruption that produced the sex-abuse scandal, the greatest crisis in the history...
  • [Cath Cauc] As McCarrick spotlight grows, is revoking honors sensitivity or whitewash?

    07/20/2018 4:51:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | July 20, 2018 | Christopher White
    Sister Kathleen Lunsmann, center, who is an Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister and president of Support Our Aging Religious, or SOAR!, poses at the group's Nov. 3 awards dinner in Washington with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and Jane Sullivan Roberts. Cardinal McCarrick received the St. Katharine Drexel Award, and Jane Sullivan Roberts was given the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. (Credit: CNS.) In light of the McCarrick case, Catholic institutions struggle with the appropriate response to past awards and honors given to prelates accused of sexual abuse. NEW YORK - Earlier this month, Fordham University announced that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] New sexual abuse allegations leveled against Cardinal McCarrick

    07/20/2018 12:35:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency via Crux ^ | July 20, 2018 | Catholic News Agency
    Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. (Credit: US Institute of Peace, cc by nc 2.0 via CNA.)A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to have begun. WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Australian Bishop Won’t Silence Pro-Gay Priest

    07/18/2018 6:37:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 17, 2018 | Anita Carey
    Australian Catholics protested a pro-gay priest because their bishop refused to speak out.   Father Frank Brennan, a Jesuit priest who supports gay marriage, spoke at a conference for Catholic school principals over the weekend and Bp. James Foley of the diocese of Cairns did nothing to stop him.   During Australia's same-sex marriage vote last year, Fr. Brennan promoted same-sex so-called marriage for the common good, saying, "I'll be pleased when marriage equality is recognized by Australian law."    Father Frank Brennan is also the president of Catholic Social Services of Australia and used that platform to make an announcement after...
  • [Cath Cauc] ‘Gay’ deacon writes for obscene newspaper with archbishop’s permission

    07/17/2018 4:22:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic deacon who is openly homosexual has continued to write salacious reviews of obscene movies for a “gay” newspaper in San Francisco for at least a year since Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was informed of his activities, LifeSite has learned. Over a year ago, in June 2017 the archdiocese told LifeSite that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, was concerned about Deacon Brian Bromberger’s writings, but later acknowledged that the archbishop had met with Deacon Brian Bromberger and had allowed him to continue writing for the publication while exercising “careful discretion” over subject matter,...
  • [Cath Cauc] Veteran Catholic Journalist: All Bishops Involved in Sex Abuse Scandal Must Resign

    07/17/2018 4:07:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 17, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    Christopher Manion, a veteran journalist and political analyst, makes the striking call that all U.S. bishops should resign who knew about the ongoing abuse crisis within the U.S. hierarchy for years and yet did not intervene. He also now reveals some painful aspects of the role of Rome in this regard – namely, the lame response from Pope John Paul II to this crisis. Writing on 30 June for the Catholic newspaper The Wanderer, Dr. Manion picks up on the McCarrick scandal and the fact that the gravely immoral behavior of this prelate had been known to many in the...
  • Homoerotic Vespers to First Mass in Germany

    07/17/2018 10:24:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 16, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Homoerotic Vespers to First Mass in Germany Father Fabian Ploneczka of the diocese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany, celebrated on Sunday his first mass in Augsburg. According to (July 17), the preceding vespers on Saturday was a “homoerotic event”. The vespers’ topic was “Eroticism of Faith”. A man dressed only in skin-coloured shorts danced in a lascivious way through the church. Father Thomas Steiger spoke in a homily about the gracefulness of a man’s body.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Liberal Pressure: Articles Exposing Cardinal McCarrick Had to Be Removed

    07/17/2018 4:43:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 17, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Liberal Pressure: Articles Exposing Cardinal McCarrick Had to Be Removed Bart Aslin, a former Newark priest, spoke already in 2006 to Matt C. Abbott about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s behaviour as a homosexual predator. Later Aslin asked for a removal of the article, Abbott revealed on (July 16) because the article was causing Aslin to lose job opportunities within the Church, “Recruiters would put me forward as a very strong candidate, but in every case, my candidacy went nowhere.” Now Aslin wrote back to Abbott about his time as a priest, “It was the hypocrisy of McCarrick and my fellow...
  • [Catholic Caucus] He Preyed on Men Who Wanted to Be Priests. Then He Became a Cardinal.

    07/16/2018 12:03:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2018 | Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman
    As a young man studying to be a priest in the 1980s, Robert Ciolek was flattered when his brilliant, charismatic bishop in Metuchen, N.J., Theodore E. McCarrick, told him he was a shining star, cut out to study in Rome and rise high in the church. Bishop McCarrick began inviting him on overnight trips, sometimes alone and sometimes with other young men training to be priests. There, the bishop would often assign Mr. Ciolek to share his room, which had only one bed. The two men would sometimes say night prayers together, before Bishop McCarrick would make a request —...
  • There’s a ‘better faithful alternative’ to the Vatican World Meeting of Families in Ireland

    07/11/2018 3:36:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 6, 3018 | Lisa Bourne
    DUBLIN, Ireland, July 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A “better, faithful alternative” to the World Meeting of Families will offer Catholics an opportunity to celebrate and share Christ’s vision for marriage and family life based on actual magisterial Church teachings. “A Conference of Catholic Families,” presented by the Lumen Fidei Institute, will be held August 22-23 in Dublin, Ireland, where the Vatican’s World Meeting of Families is taking place. Conference organizers felt compelled to coordinate the conference, which will feature speakers who are uncompromising on Catholic doctrine, after witnessing the flagrant LGBT push associated with the Vatican’s meeting which will include a...
  • Liberal Hollywood Children's Services Adoption Manager Busted in Child Pornography Circuit

    07/10/2018 7:33:18 PM PDT · by confederatecarpetbag · 20 replies
    The Goldwater ^ | June 28, 2018
    "Some people think Child Porn is 16-year-olds…That's not what it is at all" Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said about another major sting in Florida in early June. "No. We're talking about people who are..."
  • Cath Cauc:‘Spirit of (Pope) Francis’ award given to Cdl McCarrick by Cdl Cupich scrubbed from site

    07/10/2018 6:46:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 10, 2018 | James Risdon
    Disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s name has been wiped from the website of an organization that gave him the Spirit of Francis award two years ago. But Catholic Extension, the Roman Catholic organization that sang McCarrick’s praises when it handed him that prestigious award at the exclusive Manhattan Club in New York in 2016, can’t wipe away video of the event from social media. In a video on YouTube, the unfolding of that bizarre event is laid bare for anyone to see. In it, Chicago’s Cardinal Blasé Cupich, a top-ranking member of the American Catholic church who has since lobbied...
  • New Orleans Deacon Arrested for Child Rape Serving as Lector at Mass

    07/10/2018 4:44:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 10, 2018 | Anita Carey
    METAIRIE, La. ( - A Louisiana parish was up till last month still allowing a former deacon accused of multiple counts of sex abuse to serve as lector — despite the archdiocese paying out a $500,000 settlement on his behalf. In May, the archdiocese of New Orleans paid out half a million dollars to settle an abuse claim against George Brignac, a former deacon and teacher from Holy Rosary School. Brignac was accused of grooming and raping a young boy numerous times, starting in 1979 when the victim was 8 years old.  The lawsuit was only filed this year because the victim claimed...
  • [Cath Cauc] Sex Abuse Cover-Up Surfaces in Austria under Scandal-Plagued Bishop

    07/10/2018 2:05:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 10, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    More and more evidence is coming out about Bishop Alois Schwarz, the former Austrian bishop of Gurk-Klagenfurt who is now the new bishop of St. Pölten. Reports claim that he covered up for an abusive deacon and for a morally corrupt priest. The Diocese of Gurk-Klagenfurt’s new diocesan administrator is losing no time in his investigations and has now put Schwarz’ close female confidante on a leave of absence.As OnePeterFive reported at the end of June, Bishop Schwarz had come under criticism for having two intimate relationships with female companions, one of them his housekeeper, the other an employee in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis phones Gianni Vattimo, philosopher of “weak thought”

    07/10/2018 12:36:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | July 9, 2018 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Pope Francis phones Gianni Vattimo, philosopher of “weak thought” Posted on 9 July 2018 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf I saw the strangest story at La Stampa.From Italian: Pope Francis phones Gianni Vattimo, philosopher of “weak thought”The Italian scholar sends a copy of his last book to Francis who calls to thank him.  A a short and pleasing conversation about the Church and philosophy: “With this Pope I am not ashamed to call myself Catholic”. Perhaps someone will translate the whole thing.This seems so very strange to me.  It leaves me a little confused, frankly.   I’ve written about this guy back...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Polish Catholics Repel Gay March on Holy Shrine

    07/09/2018 7:51:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Church Militant ^ | July 9, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    CZĘSTOCHOWA, Poland ( - Polish Catholics have turned back a gay march on one of the country's holiest sites, Jasna Góra Monastery. In a deliberate act of provocation, gay activists recently announced that on July 8 they would rally at the shrine — home to the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the "Black Madonna" — and "greet" the monks who live there. But a coalition of Catholic apostolates pushed back. Blasting the march as a sacrilege, they rallied Catholics to come together for a counter-demonstration and a Rosary of reparation for "public promotions of the sin of homosexuality."   Groups like the Youth Crusade, the Pro-Right to Life Foundation, the National-Radical Camp...
  • Cath Cauc-The Association of US Catholic Priests: Fighting for Heterodoxy, with Support from Bishops

    07/09/2018 4:50:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 9, 2018 | Michael Hichborn
    For the last several weeks, the Lepanto Institute has been investigating and reporting on a heretical priestly organization called the Association of United States Catholic Priests (AUSCP). This organization promotes women’s ordination to the diaconate (with eyes on the priestly ordination of women), homosexuality, priestless parishes, married priests, and a host of other heterodox positions.If you’re interested in having a better understanding of this international movement to spread heresy throughout the Church, previous Lepanto Institute reports on the AUSCP include the following: AUSCP’s Plan for Ordained Women and Priestless parishes Wester Participating in AUSCP ConferenceAUSCP’s Desire to Obtain Funding from...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Second Vatican Council Is Problematic Itself – Bishop Schneider

    07/09/2018 3:02:27 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | July 9, 2018 | Gloria TV
    The Second Vatican Council Is Problematic Itself – Bishop Schneider Bishop Athanasius Schneider has spoken out what everybody knows: The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) was not only wrong interpreted but there are “some problematic affirmations of the Council itself”. Talking to (July 6), Schneider criticises “ambiguous formulations” in the Council’s texts from where “a lot of errors" are now arising. Talking about the upcoming Synod on the Youth, Schneider fears that the Vatican's working document “accepted the propaganda terminology" of gay ideology. This is “contrary to sane reason and to the revealed law of God”, Schneider adds. He fears...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Joked Of McCarrick Going To Hell

    07/07/2018 10:59:22 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | July 6, 2018 | restore dc catholicsm
    Pope Francis Joked Of McCarrick Going To Hell These jokes happened twice over the years, and the Cardinal thought them so hilarious that he couldn't resist rehashing the "charming" anecdotes.  Some questions come immediately to mind. Hell is a serious business.  It is one of the main missions of priests to save people from that horrible fate and direct them to heaven.  Since when do competent priests consider hell to be a joking matter?If, as Ms. Yore suggests, Pope Francis knew of McCarrick's sordid conduct with young men, why did he not address it appropriately?  Was he afraid of McCarrick...
  • [Catholic Caucus] When Pope Francis joked about Cardinal McCarrick going to hell

    07/07/2018 10:55:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 6, 2018 | Elizabeth Yore
    July 6, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- The Irish have a name for the likes of Ted McCarrick, Sleeveen. A sleeveen is a sly, smooth talking trickster, whose silver tongue dupes and deceives people.  Sleeveens are often successful in politics, able to charm and inculcate trust among people, especially the powerful. Ted McCarrick is your typical loquacious Irishman, weaving endearing self-deprecating tales and occasional Irish jokes sprinkled throughout his speeches and sermons. McCarrick enjoys the gift of gab, employing it over the decades, as an effective lobbyist, fundraiser, and as the ultimate cleric with political clout. Even as an octogenarian, the silver-tongued...