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  • [Cath Cauc} Blessed Cdl. Newman: Is there a "Suspense of... [Pope Francis's] Petrine Magisterium"?

    02/18/2019 11:16:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The Catholic Monitor ^ | February 18, 2019 | Fred Martinez
    Sunday, February 17, 2019 Blessed Cdl. Newman: Is there a "Suspense of... [Pope Francis's] Petrine Magisterium"? Cardinal John Henry Newman expert Fr. John Hunwicke says: "I suggest that Jorge Bergoglio's formal refusal to respond to the Five Dubia constituted a formal entry into a period of Temporary Suspense of the function of his Petrine Magisterium." (Liturgical Notes, "Suspense of the Magisterium," November 25, 2016) Hunwicke gets this from Cardinal Newman which means there is a temporary "cessation of the Magisterial teaching or office during a 'suspense.'" Liturgical Notes, "The temporary suspense of the Ecclesia Dozens," February 26, 2018) Newman saw...
  • [Cath Cauc] Francis’ synod on sex abuse: “Will not be talking about anything except minors.”

    02/18/2019 9:58:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    What's Up With the Synod ^ | February 18, 2019 | HIlary White
    Francis’ synod on sex abuse: “Will not be talking about anything except minors.” A friend is listening to the opening press conference right now and his helpfully sending me some little paraphrases, like kitty treats, to get us all interested.At least they’re being up front about the intention to avoid actually addressing anything. ~ For those with the stomach for it, here’s the whole thing.Ed Pentin (at 1:12:18):“It was often said during the Synod on youth that abuse of seminarians vulnerable adults as it was put, would be addressed at this meeting. partly because of the McCarrick scandal. When this...
  • NY priest wants bishop to ‘be a man not a mouse’ and excommunicate pro-abortion politicians

    02/18/2019 8:38:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 15, 2019 | Lianne Laurence
    VERONA, New York, February 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A New York priest is asking his bishop to “be a man and not a mouse” and excommunicate pro-abortion Catholic politicians under his jurisdiction. Namely, that’s Democratic U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi, who as state representative co-sponsored New York’s extreme abortion bill that allows abortion right up to birth, and abortion by non-doctors. In the wake of the bill’s passage last month, Fr. Edmund Castronovo published a strongly worded personal email to Bishop Robert Cunningham of Syracuse in his February 3 parish bulletin, he told LifeSiteNews. “Do you sense the utter anger, exasperation,...
  • Pope picks liberal cardinals Cupich, Marx, Tagle for featured talks at Vatican Abuse Summit

    02/18/2019 8:15:32 AM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 18, 2019 | Doug Mainwaring and Diane Montagna
    Pope picks liberal cardinals Cupich, Marx, Tagle for featured talks at Vatican Abuse Summit ROME, February 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, and Cardinal Antonio Tagle of the Philippines will be featured speakers at the Vatican’s upcoming summit on clerical sex abuse titled, “The Protection of Minors in the Church” beginning later this week. Cardinal Cupich, one of the main organizers of the summit and lead prelate of the delegation from the United States, emerged as an immediate proponent of the Vatican summit when at the last minute, the Holy See blocked...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 2/18/2019 [Prayer and meditation]

    02/17/2019 10:38:54 PM PST · by · 23 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | 2/18/2019 | UMC Rev Mom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Martel’s Book: A Pope Francis-approved Hit Job?

    02/17/2019 9:08:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Rome Locuta Est ^ | February 17, 2019 | Steven O'Reilly
    Martel’s Book: A Pope Francis-approved Hit Job? February 17, 2019 (Steven O’Reilly) – There is a new book out by a French journalist that purports to be an expose’ of the homosexual subculture in the Vatican. A Crux News articles reports on this new book (In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel) (see Crux News “New book claims gay subculture flourishes at Vatican” by Christopher White).  While I have yet to read this book myself, the report in the Crux article indicates that it claims there is a homosexual subculture at the Vatican. Some of the book’s...
  • [Catholic Caucus] US Bishops Laud Pope’s Call to Defrock McCarrick as ‘Just,’ ‘Determined’

    02/17/2019 6:29:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    The Tablet ^ | February 17, 2019 | Christopher White
    US Bishops Laud Pope’s Call to Defrock McCarrick as ‘Just,’ ‘Determined’ Theodore E. McCarrick is pictured in a 2017 photo. Photo © Catholic News Service/Bob Roller By Christopher White, The Tablet’s National CorrespondentROME – Pope Francis’s historic decision to defrock former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Saturday (technically, to dismiss him from the clerical state) prompted an immediate wave of responses from U.S. prelates, who lauded the decision as an important step in the Church’s broader reforms on clergy sex abuse.Both the current heads of Metuchen and Newark, New Jersey, where McCarrick served as bishop and archbishop respectively, issued statements.“It is profoundly...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Defrocking McCarrick Before the Abuse Summit

    02/17/2019 4:30:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 17, 2019 | George Neumayr
    Sunday Report Defrocking McCarrick Before the Abuse Summit With his “abuse summit” a few days away, Pope Francis finally got around to defrocking the sexual predator Theodore McCarrick this week. The move appears to have been driven by optics more than anything else. It would have simply been too embarrassing for the pope to conduct the summit with the McCarrick matter still unresolved. The pope’s ostensible hope in delaying the abuse summit until this year was that interest in the scandal would dissipate. It hasn’t. The pope is already signaling that the summit will yield few results. He has...
  • Tennessee State Lawmakers Again Push Bill Banning Homosexual ‘Marriage’

    02/16/2019 5:29:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/13/19 | Martin M. Barillas
    NASHVILLE, Tennessee. February 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Republican state legislators have again filed a bill to prohibit same-sex ”marriages” in Tennessee. Introduced by Republican state Sen. Mark Pody and Republican state Rep. Jerry Sexton, the “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act” would void U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision to legalize same-sex ”marriage” by claiming that Tennessee has already passed a state law and amended its constitution to limit marriage to one man and one woman. Under provisions of the bill, government officials such as county clerks who issue marriage certificates would be prohibited from recognizing any court ruling...
  • Covering Up for Cardinal Spellman

    02/16/2019 5:25:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/13/19 | George Neumayr
    The recent Salon article detailing groping allegations against Cardinal Francis Spellman, the long-serving archbishop of New York City who died in the late 1960s, couldn't possibly have come as news to officials within the Church. Insiders have long whispered about his legacy of misconduct and the role he played in foisting McCarricks upon the Church. "This is the first time we have learned of this allegation, and take what the writer says seriously, as we do all allegations of abuse or inappropriate conduct," Joseph Zwilling, director of communications for the archdiocese of New York, said to the Catholic News Agency....
  • Ex-Cardinal McCarrick’s most well-known abuse victim responds to laicization

    02/16/2019 4:28:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 15, 2019 | Doug Mainwaring and Diane Montagna
    Ex-Cardinal McCarrick’s most well-known abuse victim responds to laicization (full statement) ROME, February 16, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Following today’s news that the Vatican has laicized disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, for crimes against minors and adults, Mr. James Grein — McCarrick’s most well-known victim – has issued the following statement through this lawyer.  Mr. Grein, who was sexually abused by Theodore McCarrick from age 11, bravely came forward in July to tell his story in a New York Times article, revealing only his first name. Then in November, James, now in his 60s, spoke at a rally outside the USCCB fall meeting in Baltimore, revealing his full...
  • Analysis: After McCarrick sex abuse verdict, money and power questions remain

    02/16/2019 4:11:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February 16, 2019 | Ed Condon
    Analysis: After McCarrick sex abuse verdict, money and power questions remain Vatican City, Feb 16, 2019 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The Holy See announced Saturday the conviction of Theodore McCarrick on charges of the sexual abuse of minors and adults - aggravated by the abuse of power - and solicitation in the confessional. The administrative penal process imposed a penalty of laicization. A special congresso of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith imposed the Jan. 11 decision. It was appealed to the Feria IV, the regular meeting of the CDF’s full episcopal membership, who rejected the appeal on...
  • [Catholic Caucus] If Francis Should Resign, What Then?

    02/16/2019 9:15:07 AM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | February 16, 2019 | William Kilpatrick
    If Francis Should Resign, What Then? Note: The pope’s appointment of controversial Cardinal Kevin Farrell as the new camerlengo – the man responsible for administering the Vatican in the event of the pope’s death or resignation – raises questions about the future of the Church once Francis is no longer pope. The following article discusses some of the possibilities. After providing evidence for the existence of widespread corruption in the hierarchy – corruption that, he claims, Pope Francis knew about and enabled – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò called on Pope Francis to resign:  “He must acknowledge his mistake and. ....
  • Cath Cauc - In heavily-plagiarized speech, Vatican spokesman accuses Archbishop Viganò of ‘lies’

    02/15/2019 7:42:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | February 15, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    In heavily-plagiarized speech, Vatican spokesman accuses Archbishop Viganò of ‘lies’ CAMBRIDGE, England, February 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A Vatican consultant and frequent English-language spokesman for the Vatican accused Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò of “lies” in a lecture in which he passed off other writers’ words as his own.  At a February 8 lecture at Cambridge University,  Fr. Thomas Rosica, executive director of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, suggested Archbishop Viganò was a liar. Rosica, known for his pro-homosexual views, described the Vatican whistle-blowers' witness as a “diabolical masterpiece.”  Authors who Fr. Rosica plagiarized in that speech - often word-for-word and...
  • Archbishop Viganò: Vatican Abuse Summit Ignores Real Problem, Pope Has ‘Lost Credibility’

    02/15/2019 6:06:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/15/19 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    February 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Carlo Viganò said he is “praying intensely” for the success of the abuse summit happening next week at the Vatican, but he fears that there is "no sign” that Pope Francis, along with organizers, is willing to “attend to the real causes” of the clerical abuse crisis. In a Feb. 10 essay published by the National Catholic Register as part of its “Abuse and the Way to Healing” symposium, the former Nuncio to the United States offered some questions that he says reveals a lack of “genuine willingness” to address the crisis. Viganò’s first...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Despite Grave Problems, the Lord Will Never Abandon His Church

    02/15/2019 3:23:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 10, 2019 | Archbishop Carlo Viganò
    Despite Grave Problems, the Lord Will Never Abandon His Church REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: I continue to have hope, because the Lord will never abandon his Church. I thank you for inviting me to take part in this symposium on “Abuse and the Way to Healing” in anticipation of the upcoming bishops’ summit at the Vatican. My contribution will draw on my personal experience of 51 years of priesthood. It is evident to all that a primary cause of the present terrible crisis of sexual abuse committed by ordained clergy, including bishops, is the lack of proper spiritual formation of candidates to...
  • The Rotten Fruit of Secularization

    02/15/2019 9:33:46 AM PST · by Petrosius · 15 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 15, 2019 | Cardinal Gerhard Müller
    The root cause of this evil is disregard for the Sixth Commandment. Without chastity, piety and strict discipline, priestly life cannot succeed. Only he who lives according to the commandments of God can be a good shepherd and a model for the flock. When it comes to a path toward healing with respect to episcopal accountability, some bishops and their propagandists, particularly in Germany and the United States, do not want to admit at any price that the sin of unchastity is the root of the problem. They don’t want to know anything more about Christ who died because of...
  • Christian activist willing to go to jail on LGBT hate crime charge: ‘I’m standing for Jesus’

    02/15/2019 9:27:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 02/15/2019 | Lianne Laurence
    Ontario’s attorney general is proceeding by direct indictment against a Christian activist charged with criminally inciting hatred against “the gay community.” Bill Whatcott, 52, was in court again Thursday to answer to the Criminal Code charge, which carries a punishment of up to two years in jail. Ontario Superior Court Justice Nancy Spies scheduled a judicial pre-trial — an in-chambers meeting to discuss trial procedure — for March 19. His lawyer, Daniel Santoro, is asking that Whatcott be tried by judge and jury. “My alleged crime is preaching the Gospel and sharing accurate information on the dangers of homosexuality at...
  • Four in Five Vatican Priests are Gay, Book Claims

    02/14/2019 5:28:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2/12/19 | Harriet Sherwood
    French journalist’s book is a ‘startling account of corruption and hypocrisy’, publisher saysSome of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week. Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the book, In the Closet of the Vatican. The 570-page book, which the French journalist and author Frédéric Martel spent four years researching, is a “startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican”, according to its...
  • [Catholic Caucus]Pope Francis names Cardinal Kevin Farrell camerlengo

    02/14/2019 1:29:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February 14, 2019 | Hannah Brockhaus
    Pope Francis names Cardinal Kevin Farrell camerlengo Vatican City, Feb 14, 2019 / 05:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Thursday nominated a new camerlengo, Irish-American Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, and a former bishop of Dallas.The responsibilities of camerlengo include overseeing the preparations for a papal conclave and managing the administration of the Holy See in the period between a pope's death or renunciation and the election of a new pope.Farrell was one of several bishops about whom questions were raised last summer regarding prior knowledge of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick's misdeeds in...