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  • Card. Burke: ‘Highly Questionable’ to Say Islam Worships Christian God and is Therefore Peaceful

    08/30/2016 6:05:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, Italy, August 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — It is “highly questionable” to say Catholics and Muslims worship the same God and Islam is a religion of peace, Cardinal Raymond Burke said on a call with reporters Monday. Burke, an American, is the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court. He is now the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Burke was speaking to the media about Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ, a newly-published book-length interview with French journalist Guillaume d’Alançon in which the prelate weighs in on a host of...
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Ongoing Support of the Francis Papacy

    08/29/2016 5:35:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/29/16 | Maike Hickson
    Last week saw yet another instance of Pope Emeritus Benedict giving an interview and insisting upon his unconditional support of Pope Francis and his work. EWTN reported on 28 August 2016 about this new statement of the former pope as follows: Speaking about Pope Francis, Benedict said that obedience to his successor “was never in discussion,” but that since Francis’ election, a feeling of “deep communion and friendship” has arisen between the two. “At the moment of his election I experienced, as many, a spontaneous feeling of gratitude toward Providence,” he said, explaining that after having two Pope’s [sic] from...
  • Church of England Parishes Consider First Step to Break Away Over Sexuality

    08/29/2016 5:19:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/28/16 | John Bingham
    A group of parishes is preparing what could be the first step towards a formal split in the Church of England over issues such as homosexuality, with the creation of a new “shadow synod” vowing to uphold traditional teaching. Representatives of almost a dozen congregations in the Home Counties are due to gather in a church hall in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, later this week for the first session of what they say could eventually develop into an alternative Anglican church in England. Organisers, drawn from the conservative evangelical wing of Anglicanism, say they have no immediate plans to break away...
  • Mongolia’s First Catholic Priest to be Ordained in Ulaanbaatar

    08/28/2016 6:13:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 8/27/16
    Joseph Enkh will be ordained to priesthood by His Exc. Mgr. Wenceslao Padilla, CICM, Apostolic Prefect of Ulaanbaatar on August 28. The new priest has chosen for his ordination the motto: "Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9, 23). According to Fides, "More than 1,500 people have confirmed that they will participate in the celebration, which will be a very special moment for the Catholic Church in Mongolia and for the whole society", says Fr. Prosper Mbumba, CICM a Congolese missionary in the Asian country. Don Joseph Enkh was ordained a deacon on 11 December...
  • Francis Says the People Have Spoken: ‘Two Popes Are Just Fine’

    08/27/2016 6:50:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/27/16 | John Allen Jr
    Sometimes leaders learn more from crowds than from polls about how passionately people are feeling something, and in his preface to a new biography of Benedict XVI, Francis suggests crowds have taught him that ordinary Catholics are just fine with the two-pope arrangement.Arthur Schlesinger once said that President John F. Kennedy could look at all the polling numbers he wanted, but he didn’t really grasp how deep public support was for a nuclear test ban treaty until he hit the road and heard from the crowds. Surveys are useful for assessing opinion, but to gauge intensity and depth of feeling,...
  • Justin Welby: 'I Am Constantly Consumed With Horror' at the Way the Church Has Treated Gay People

    08/27/2016 6:43:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8/27/16 | James McIntyre
    Justin Welby has opened up about how his own failings make him angry and said that he spends "a lot of time feeling a fraud" in a personal and at times emotional interview at the Greenbelt Christian festival in Northamptonshire. Speaking to the 'vicar of Gogglebox', television star Kate Bottley in front of hundreds of festival-goers, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that wherever he went he found people who could do his job "infinitely better" than he could. And in surprisingly frank comments about same-sex relationships, Welby said that he "can't see the road ahead" for the Church. Before the...
  • Irish Bishops Recognize Problems at Maynooth Seminary, Seek to End Anonymous Complaints

    08/26/2016 6:10:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The bishops who oversee Ireland's national seminary have acknowledged serious concerns about St. Patrick's seminary in Maynooth, and announced a review of policies and an independent audit of seminary administration. The trustees met at Maynooth on August 24, in a special session called to address rampant criticism of the seminary, arising from charges of an aggressive homosexual subculture. In a public statement released after their meeting, the bishops did not directly address the question of homosexuality, concentrating instead on the damage done by anonymous accusations. However, they did ask seminary officials to review their policies regarding internet use: an apparent...
  • Vatican Sex Education Program Significantly Flawed: Cardinal Newman Society

    08/25/2016 7:04:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a study released today, the Cardinal Newman Society reported significant flaws in the high school sex education program made available during World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Society concluded that this program is “not ready” for use in its target market of Catholic high schools, parishes and homes. The program, entitled The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People, is currently available online. Responding to early doubts about the program, the Cardinal Newman Society decided to closely examine The Meeting Point as part of its mission “to promote and protect faithful...
  • Vatican Newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is Authoritative Church Teaching

    08/25/2016 6:45:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 67 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/23/16 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper. Father Salvador Pie-Ninot, a well-known professor of ecclesiology, said that while Pope Francis did not invoke his teaching authority in a "definitive way" in the document, it meets all the criteria for being an example of the "ordinary magisterium" to which all members of the church should respond with "the basic attitude of sincere acceptance and practical implementation."...
  • Ratzinger’s “Deep Communion and Friendship with Pope Francis”

    08/24/2016 5:30:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 8/24/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Pope Emeritus talks to Elio Guerriero: “What [Francis] says about being close to other people are not just words. He puts them into practice with me”. Razinger says the fact he did not feel up to the visit to Rio for WYD was a decisive factor in his resignation“Obedience to my successor has always been unquestionable. Then there is a sense of deep communion and friendship,” the Pope Emeritus said ahead of the publication of Peter Seewald’s book-length interview with Benedict XVI in a few days time. The conversations in this book, titled “Latest conversations”, took place after Benedict...
  • A Look at the Crisis of the Church in Germany

    08/24/2016 4:57:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/23/16 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Berlin, Germany, Aug 23, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The plummeting number of priestly vocations in the Catholic Church in Germany is raising questions about the roots of the problem, and whether the situation has been manufactured to promote non-priestly ministry. According to figures published by the German bishops' conference, never before have so few priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men became priests in the country in 2015. Within the last decade, the number of ordinations has dropped by half: In 2005, a total of 122 diocesan priests were ordained. And five...
  • New Aide Says Francis Wants to Hear Laity, Not Just Bishops and Priests

    08/23/2016 5:10:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/22/16
    Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas initially thought it was a prank when he was told in May that Pope Francis was on the line, but it was really him, telling Farrell to head up a new Vatican department. In part, his marching orders are to make sure lay people hold prominent Vatican positions, and to help the pope hear directly from the laity.Sometimes when new Vatican appointments are announced, it’s a bit opaque who actually called the shot. That’s definitely not the situation, however, with Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, named last week to be the first-ever head of a...
  • Is the Priest Shortage in Germany Intentional?

    08/22/2016 6:06:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/22/16 | Maike Hickson
    Alexander Kissler – the well-respected, often subtly ironic, conservative German journalist and editor of the culture section of the German journal Cicero who recently wrote a piercing critique of Pope Francis – has now written another important article on Catholic matters. This time, he reports on the fact that, last year, “in 2015, only 58 men have been ordained as priests in the whole of Germany [with 23,8 million Catholics].” Kissler makes the strong claim that this standing shortage of priests is actually wanted by the guiding progressives of the German Church. “The priests,” says the German journalist, “are in...
  • New Interview: Cardinal Burke Says ‘I will Never be Part of a Schism’

    08/22/2016 5:54:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/22/16 | Patrick B. Craine
    August 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In a new interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke has revealed that he and other “serious-minded” Church leaders are calling on Pope Francis to release a document correcting the confusion emanating from his recent apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. He also decried characterizations that he is an "enemy" of Pope Francis. The cardinal says clarification of Amoris Laetitia is essential “for the sake of souls” because of the rampant confusion right now. “I trust that something will have to happen also because some very formal calls for clarification are in process and they simply will...
  • Gay Anglican Clergy to Defy Church's Official Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

    08/21/2016 5:16:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/21/16 | Nicola Slawson
    Several gay ministers will write to church leaders to say they are already in same-sex marriage and want official position reconsideredA group of gay Church of England clergy are set to reveal that they have married their partners, defying the official line taken by church leaders on same-sex marriage. A dozen gay ministers are to sign an open letter that also urges the church to allow clergy to carry out blessings for parishioners entering into same-sex marriages. Half the signatories have already declared themselves to be in a gay marriage, including Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who was one of the first priests...
  • [Irish Senator] Jerry Buttimer: It’s Time for Gay Priests

    08/21/2016 5:10:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Evening Echo ^ | 8/9/16 | Alan Healy
    THE Catholic Church needs to have an open discussion on celibacy and welcome LGBTQ people as priests in the fallout from the Maynooth affair. That is according to Cork senator and former Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, who trained for the priesthood for five years in Maynooth before returning to lay life. Mr Buttimer became the first openly gay Fine Gael TD in advance of the fight for marriage equality in last year’s historic referendum. He is a committed Catholic, despite the opposition within the faith to homosexuality, which is regarded as sinful. He was speaking...
  • Cardinal Zen’s Fears Come to Pass in China

    08/20/2016 5:31:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/16/16 | Steve Skojec
    Since the beginning of this year, I have been sharing with you the growing concerns of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong as regards the Vatican’s increasingly conciliatory stance with the Chinese government, which controls the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an ersatz replacement for the true Chinese Catholic Church, which has been forced underground, and is regularly persecuted. In January, Cardinal Zen warned about a new “formula” allegedly under discussion at the time for the appointment of new Chinese bishops: A recent article “A winter of darkness for religions in China” by Bernardo Cervellera on AsiaNews, says: “From information that has...
  • Papal Nuncio ‘Out of Sync’ With Irish Reality, Say Priests

    08/20/2016 5:20:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 8/19/16 | Patsy McGarry
    Catholic Priests rail against Archbishop Charles Brown over selection of bishops A group which claims to represent almost a third of Ireland’s Catholic priests has severely criticised papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown over his selection of bishops. It just stopped short of asking for him to be replaced. The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) said it was “reluctant to call for Archbishop Brown’s removal” but felt it “instructive that his appointment was a central part of Rome’s response to the problems of the Irish Church”. Archbishop Brown’s appointment by Pope Benedict in November 2011 followed the publication of four reports...
  • Benedict XVI's Students to Discuss Spiritual Crisis in Europe at Annual Meeting

    08/19/2016 6:11:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/19/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Aug 19, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The annual meeting of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's former students will discuss Europe's spiritual crisis during their gathering later this month, according to the group's organizer. The Ratzinger Schuelerkreis has gathered to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, shortly after their mentor was pulled from academia to become a bishop. The theme of spiritual crisis in Europe was approved by Benedict himself, Fr. Stephan Horn told CNA. Fr. Horn, a Salvatorian, was Joseph Ratzinger's academic assistant at the University of Regensburg from 1971 to...
  • Vancouver Christians collide over televangelist Franklin Graham

    08/19/2016 9:19:02 AM PDT · by amorphous · 76 replies
    VancouverSun.Com ^ | 18 August 2016 | Douglas Todd
    Metro Vancouver Christians are colliding over the coming crusade of televangelist Franklin Graham, who is known for criticizing homosexuals, Muslims and U.S. President Barack Obama. Saying that Graham is often “incendiary and intolerant,” some evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics are opposing his participation in the three-day Festival of Hope event at Rogers Arena in early March, 2017, that many of the city’s mega-churches are supporting . “Rev. Graham is a polarizing figure … His ungracious and bigoted remarks have the potential to generate serious negative impact on the Christian witness in Vancouver,” says a statement from five prominent evangelical and...
  • Pittsburgh: Mass Attendance Down 40% Since 2000

    08/18/2016 5:44:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Commenting on sobering demographic and financial trends, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that “the number one priority has to be, ‘We need to make our worship better.” “Second of all, we need to do the best job that we can to get not only more ordained leaders, but we really have to open up lots of doors for the lay leaders of the Church,” he said. Since 2000, diocesan Mass attendance has declined by 40%, and K-8 Catholic school enrollment has fallen by 50%. The newspaper also reported that nearly half of Pittsburgh parishes are the...
  • Number of German Priest Ordinations Plummets to New Low

    08/18/2016 5:34:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/18/16 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Munich, Germany, Aug 18, 2016 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Never before have so few Catholic priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men joined the clergy in 2015, according to official figures published by the German Episcopal Conference this week. Within the last decade, the number of ordinations has dropped by half. In 2005, a total of 122 diocesan priests were ordained. Five decades ago, in 1965, the number was 500. While there were almost 20,000 Catholic priests in Germany in 1990, today their number has already dropped to 14,000. The drastic decline is...
  • Why losing my Olympic dream was the best thing that ever happened to me

    08/18/2016 4:31:00 PM PDT · by metmom · 23 replies ^ | August 18, 2016 | Justin Wren
    Like the rest of the world, I have been glued to the Olympic coverage over the past few days. There is something special about the most elite athletes in the world representing their country. Not too long ago, I dreamed of being an Olympian, but with one accident my dream collapsed. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. After graduating high school as the top wrestler in Texas and one of the best in the nation, I moved to the Olympic Training Center with the dream of joining the U.S.A. Olympic wrestling team. At 18 years old,...
  • Gay Activists Launch $104 Million Suit Against Christian for Preaching at Pride Parade [Canada]

    08/17/2016 5:45:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/17/16 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, August 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- While ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ are the rallying cry of the homosexual movement, the words appear not to apply to Christians with an unconventional message. Christians led by Canadian activist Bill Whatcott were slapped with a $104-million legal threat last week after infiltrating Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade in July dressed as “gay zombies” in green skintight suits to hand out info packets about the physical and spiritual dangers of homosexual practices. Former Ontario MPP George Smitherman, the province’s first openly gay provincial representative as well first openly gay cabinet minister, told Daily Xtra that he...
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Latest Book Will be Called “Last Testament”

    08/17/2016 5:39:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/17/16 | John Burger
    Bloomsbury announces November publication of English versionPope Emeritus Benedict XVI has a new book coming out next month, and it’s just been announced that the title of the English version will be Last Testament: In His Own Words. Bloomsbury announced the publication of the 224-page hardcover book on its website: Last Testament is nearest to an autobiography from the shy and private man who has remained “hidden to the world” in a former convent in the Vatican gardens. He breaks his silence on issues such as: – The “Vatileaks” case in which his butler leaked some of his personal letters...
  • PopeWatch: Apology [to Former Prostitutes]

    08/16/2016 5:27:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 8/16/16 | Donald R. McClarey
    The Pope has issued a strange apology: Last Friday, when Francis visited a Rome center for women rescued from prostitution rackets, he delivered an apology for one of these issues through both deeds and words, asking forgiveness from the women there, in the name of Christianity, for the suffering they’ve endured. Although the Vatican didn’t give much information regarding the visit – it usually never does, when these encounters are considered private – Italian Father Aldo Bonaiuto, spiritual director of the Pope John XXIII Community Francis visited, spoke to Vatican Radio about it. “[Francis] used very beautiful, yet very strong...
  • Marco Rubio Tells Pastors to Love Gay People, 'Abandon a Spirit of Judgment'

    08/16/2016 4:52:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/15/16 | Stoyan Zamov
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio told pastors during a conference on Rediscovering God in Orlando that loving gay people, instead of judging them, is a fulfillment of the teachings of the Bible, rather than something that goes against it. "In order to love people you have to listen to them," Rubio said in his speech at the Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project, according to Breitbart News. "You have to understand their perspective, their hopes and their dreams and their fears and their pain." Rubio ran for this year's Republican presidential nomination. He dropped out in March after failing to win...
  • Sydney’s Catholics Apologise to LGBTI People [Australia]

    08/15/2016 11:14:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Star Observer ^ | 8/15/16 | Staff Writers
    Newtown's church becomes one of the first in the world to apologise to LGBTI peopleNEWTOWN’S Catholic Church has become one of the world’s first churches to apologise to LGBTI people for the hurt caused by the action and inaction of Catholic and Christian people and churches. In June, Pope Francis called for an apology to gay and lesbian people and St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newtown become one of the first to respond holding a Liturgy of Apology organised by the Rainbow Catholic Interagency for Ministry on Friday. “It was difficult to choose which personal stories to share during the...
  • Homosexuality is being peddled as love, but it's really population control.

    08/15/2016 9:52:30 AM PDT · by StormPrepper · 29 replies
    I've known for a long time about the relationship between the zero growth movement and advocates for the gay agenda. Primarily they are one and the same. You will also notice that these same groups also want unrestricted access to abortions. It seems baffling to any rational person. Why is the world not just gay friendly, but actively advocating a homosexual life style? Indoctrinating children, pride parades, protected by laws... even to the point of using the power of the state to quell opposition to homosexuality. How could this be happening? Can they not see that feminizing of men is...
  • We Need Jesus, Through His Shed Blood

    08/15/2016 8:41:19 AM PDT · by Revski · 10 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 08/15/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    I sing the hymn, (I'd Rather Have Jesus), the music for that hymn was composed in 1939 by George Beverly Shea, the renowned gospel singer. and ending hymn, (Nothing But The Blood), by Robert Lowry.
  • Next Synod Likely to Focus on Ordaining Married Men

    08/13/2016 11:20:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/12/16 | Austin Ivereigh
    In response to acute priest shortages around the world, Pope Francis may well decide that his next Synod of Bishops should focus on ministry -- including the question of whether married men could be ordained to celebrate the sacraments, in effect creating a parallel priesthood.After the bruising but fruitful experience of the synod on the family, one thing is clear: Francis has created an instrument of discernment that is capable of wrestling with big issues in the contemporary Church. The reformed synod - a global consultation, followed by two assemblies separated by a year, concluding in a major papal teaching...
  • Plan Now to Die Well

    08/12/2016 12:12:19 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 31 replies
    Desiring ^ | August 9, 2016 | John Piper
    If you don’t have a better plan for how you are going to die, someone will probably just turn on the television. As a minister of the word of God, I have always thought that part of my calling is to help people die well. That would include Paul’s aim that Christ be magnified in his body by death (Philippians 1:20). I thought of every Sunday’s sermon as part of this preparation for death. And I hoped every visit to the bedside of the dying would be faith-strengthening, hope-giving, Bible-saturated, gospel-centered, and Christ-exalting. Which is why I groaned at the...
  • Cardinal Schönborn: Francis Wants to Win Over Opposition in Loving Ways

    08/11/2016 6:06:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/11/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 17 July, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, Austria – one of the pope’s preferred theologians and his designated interpreter of Amoris Laetitia – gave an interview to the Austrian newspaper Der Standard. For the first time since the many recent signs of a serious resistance against the papal document Amoris Laetitia – such as the letter of the 45 theologians and the very recent critique of Professor Josef Seifert – Schönborn himself suggests a small, but largely indirect, response from Pope Francis to his public critics. Many observers have indeed wondered why the pope has not yet taken...
  • Diocese: 'Aggressive' Feds Push Contraceptive Coverage for Agency Employees

    08/11/2016 5:50:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 8/11/16 | Peter Smith
    The Diocese of Pittsburgh contends that the U.S. government is making an “extremely aggressive” attempt to get contraceptive coverage to female employees of Catholic Charities even as the diocese continues to battle in court over the Obamacare mandate for such coverage. The diocese and the feds are in a long-running legal dispute over religious liberty and the Affordable Care Act, which went up to the U.S. Supreme Court before the justices kicked it back down to lower courts earlier this year in hopes of reaching a settlement. Bishop David Zubik was the lead plaintiff in the case, in which Catholic...
  • Members of Francis’ Women Deacons Commission Express Diverse Views

    08/11/2016 5:41:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/8/16 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Some have written extensively on the subject in the pastThe members of Pope Francis’ new commission to study whether women might serve as deacons in the Catholic church have expressed a wide range of views on the subject in the past, with some clearly supportive of the possibility while others say there is no firm historical precedent to follow. Very few members of the commission -- comprising six men and six women and led by Vatican Archbishop Luis Ladaria -- have made public comments since their appointments were announced in a brief press release Aug. 2. But as many of...
  • Abp. Pozzo on SSPX: Disputed Vatican II Documents Are Non-Doctrinal

    08/10/2016 7:04:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/9/16 | Maike Hickson
    In a recent interview published by the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit (32/2016), Italian Archbishop Guido Pozzo (64), Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (PCED), made some important statements concerning his qualitatively progressing negotiations with the Society of Saint Pius X — negotiations which fall under the purview of the PCED. His comments make it clear that the process of formal inclusion of the SSPX is advancing, and that Pope Francis has offered a personal prelature to the SSPX – similar to the structure under which Opus Dei operates. There is a section in the interview that is especially...
  • Former Irish Seminarians Cite Secrecy Demands at Maynooth

    08/10/2016 6:54:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Two former students at Ireland's national seminary have reported that they were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, promising not to sue the institution. The former seminarians told the Irish Times that the secrecy agreement was presented to them soon after they enrolled. "One can draw their own conclusions" as to the reasons for the agreement, one former student said. St. Patrick's seminary at Maynooth has been under heavy fire because of reports of an aggressive gay subculture. A ‘culture of secrecy and fear’ at Maynooth seminary (Irish Times)
  • Catholics Gain Toehold in Sweden — 500 Years After Luther

    08/10/2016 8:44:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 9, 2016 | ANGELO STAGNARO
    G.K. Chesterton believed that the medieval era (800-1400 AD) was the height of human civilization. The implication, of course, is that society has so degraded over the intervening centuries by abandoning the lofty goals and aspirational values taught when Christianity was an integrated part of Western society.
  • Justin Welby: We'll Stop Protests at Consecration of Women Bishops

    08/09/2016 5:37:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8/9/16 | Mark Woods
    The Church of England is to ban protests at the consecration of female bishops after a campaign mounted by Women and the Church (WATCH). The organisation wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury following protests that disrupted the last four consecrations of women bishops, saying: "Such interruptions create the perception that the Church is willing to allow a woman who has been called by God and the Church, and appointed by the Crown, to be publicly insulted and undermined. "If that is so, it undermines and insults all women: and especially women for whom female bishops are potent symbols of a...
  • New Iraqi Priests Bring Joy Amid Years of Sadness, Displacement

    08/09/2016 5:26:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/8/16 | Elise Harris
    Erbil, Iraq, Aug 8, 2016 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Roni Salim Momika, one of three priests ordained in an Erbil refugee camp Friday, said the event has turned the dreary mood of displaced Christians into one of joy, which he hopes will give them the strength to stay in their homeland. “My feeling is happy, happy!” Fr. Momika told CNA after his Aug. 5 ordination, adding that he feels “something inside” that makes him deeply joyful. He was ordained a priest of the Syriac-Catholic Church alongside his friends and fellow deacons Emad and Petros in the large, prefabricated...
  • Papal Advisor Sees Female Cardinals a Possibility

    08/09/2016 4:59:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 8/9/16 | Maike Hickson
    The German theologian Karl-Heinz Menke – one of the members of the new papal commission on female deacons – said in a 4 August 2016 interview with the German newspaper Die Welt that female cardinals are possible if that is what Pope Francis wishes. The retired professor of theology – who also was appointed in 2014 by Pope Francis to be a member of the International Theological Commission – points out in this interview that it is out of the question to make women ordained deaconesses because it would mean that they would become part of the three-fold Sacrament of...
  • John Hagee - America's Righteous Revolution

    08/09/2016 2:29:39 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 8 replies / John Hagee Ministries ^ | Jul 3, 2016 | / John Hangee Ministries
    I was there for this rally. Someone made it possible for me to go and see JHM for a 3rd year in a row. I spoke to him briefly afterwards as I did a couple of years ago. This was a few months back. I'm pinging people who I don't normally ping to this forum so that more can see it. I used a link that can handle the bandwidth of multiple users simultaneously.
  • Irish Seminary Trustees to Meet as Criticism of Gay Culture Mounts

    08/08/2016 7:59:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh has called a meeting of the trustees of Ireland's national seminary, as reports of an aggressive gay culture at the institution continue to circulate in the Irish media. St. Patrick's seminary in Maynooth has become the focus of controversy, with former students complaining about sexual harassment and bullying. Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin recently removed his own seminarians from Maynooth, citing the "poisonous" atmosphere, and voiced concern that the trustees had not yet been summoned to discuss the crisis. Maynooth trustees to meet over controversy (RTE)Crisis in Maynooth: Former Thurles seminarian describes ‘serious bullying’ (Independent)
  • Prof Josef Seifert Presents Detailed Critique of A. Laetitia; Calls upon Pope to Rescind..

    08/08/2016 7:34:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 8/8/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 3 August 2016, Guiseppe Nardi, the Vatican expert of the German Internet portal, was gratefully able to present Professor Josef Seifert’s important 28-page-long critique of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL). In this text, Professor Seifert, the founding rector of the International Academy of Philosophy ( and father of six children, has stated that his previously published critique had not at all been authorized by him and that it was only an earlier draft of his now-published, longer article which was first published by AEMET (, a journal for philosophy and theology. In the following report, I...
  • China and Vatican Make Preliminary Agreement on the Election of Bishops

    08/08/2016 7:17:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/7/16 | Anthony E. Clark PhD
    Pope Francis is not the first pope to turn his pastoral gaze toward China, and in the long scope of the Middle Kingdom's history, the Vatican’s overtures to China are not so unusual.The American historian and novelist Edward Eggleston once said, “Journalism is organized gossip.” There has been a lot of journalism lately about the Church in China, but it has been extremely difficult to separate the genuine news from “organized gossip.” In June, the bishop of Shanghai, Ma Daqin, who has spent four years under house arrest for refusing to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), released an...
  • In the Shadow of the Sun (TV documentary)

    08/07/2016 12:35:30 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 2 replies
    In the heart of Lake Victoria, three hours from mainland Tanzania, sits Ukerewe Island; home to a large community of people who live with albinism — a congenital absence of pigmentation in the skin, eyes and hair. While many albinos are killed at birth or rejected by their families, those who survive risk being murdered for their body parts because of a superstitious belief that they possess medicinal properties. The island's 62-strong albino community has formed a society to share their experiences and to support each other. Told over the course of four years, before, during and after an outbreak...
  • LGBT Groups Lament Pope’s “Dangerous Ignorance” on Gender Identity. Francis Derangement Syndrome

    08/06/2016 7:43:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies ^ | August 6, 2016 | Scott Eric Alt
    On August 2, Pope Francis said a few words about gender identity—words that are not at all new with him. In a meeting with bishops that day, he observed: "In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these—I will call it clearly by its name—is [the ideology of] “gender.” [It is, in fact, an artificial construct, as is evident by the co-opting of a word that, in its normative meaning, refers to grammar.] Today children—children!—are taught in school that everyone can choose his or...
  • Letting go of dread

    08/06/2016 8:19:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies ^ | 07-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Letting go of dread Question: I have serious scrupulosity and have worked closely with several priests. I have been told if I follow their advice, I will go straight to heaven when I die. How can they make this statement? I am in grave doubt. — Name withheld, Cleveland Answer: Since you do not state what the advice is, I cannot comment on that aspect. It is true that no one here, even a priest, can state unequivocally that a person will “go straight to heaven” when they die. The only exceptions might be someone who was baptized moments before...
  • Parish Secretaries Seem Like 'Disciples of Satan' [Pope]

    08/05/2016 7:14:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    CathNews ^ | 8/4/16 | CNS
    His comments were contained in a transcript of the meeting released by the Vatican on Tuesday. Unlike previous trips where the Pope has given public speeches upbraiding national hierarchies, Francis chose a closed-doors meeting with the 117-member bishops' conference in the Kraków cathedral. The released transcript is of the question-and-answer portion of the 90-minute meeting. Answering a question from Polish Auxiliary Bishop Leszek Leszkiewicz on whether parishes are still the best way to reach people and on how to build up missionary zeal, the Pope stressed that the parish "is the house of the people of God" and must have...
  • In Defense of Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    08/04/2016 4:50:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 8/03/2016 | Christopher A Ferrara
    Remnant readers will have noticed that over the past three years not only this newspaper but the Catholic press in general, along with the Catholic blogosphere, have become increasingly devoted to a running commentary on Francis’s Latest Unprecedented Bombshell (FLUB). This is just as Francis wishes, for without an almost weekly FLUB he would drop out of the news cycle so assiduously exploited by “media wizard” Greg Burke, formerly of FOX News, who has just replaced as papal press spokesman the crafty spinmeister Father Lombardi, king of the “official denial” that denies nothing and the “official clarification” that clarifies nothing....