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  • Pope's Forte: Spilling the Beans

    05/10/2016 6:37:51 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 127 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 5/7/16 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Archbishop Bruno Forte, Pope Bergoglio’s handpicked Special Secretary for both sessions of the Phony Synod, is a supremely arrogant man. For only supreme arrogance could explain his reported insertion into the midterm report of Phony Synod 2014 (with Francis’s full approval) those infamous statements about “valuing” the “homosexual orientation” and recognizing that “homosexual unions” can provide “precious support in the life of the partners” as they habitually engage in sodomy. And only supreme arrogance could explain Bruno’s matter-of-fact revelation of what we have long known anyway: that the entire “synodal process” was stage-managed by Francis to advance his pet project...
  • Fr. Rutler on Christian Credentials

    11/07/2015 3:47:47 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | 11/7/15 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    An astute professor once said that political wrangling in universities is so vicious because the stakes are so small. There are those in proverbial ivory towers who will struggle to get control of a faculty or become an assistant dean with an animus that would ill befit a general in battle. There is one caveat here, though, and it is this: the stakes are not so small when you consider that professors can shape the minds of a whole generation. A recent letter in The New York Times signed by Catholic academics, objected that a columnist had no right to...
  • Pope's recent failure strengthens my Catholic faith

    11/06/2015 1:23:48 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 45 replies
    Alabama Media Group ^ | November 04, 2015 | J. Pepper Bryars
    Alabama can be an interesting place to be Catholic. On the one hand, it's challenging to live within an overwhelmingly evangelical community that generally believes our faith isn't authentic Christianity. "If he's a Christian, it's despite being Catholic," is how I've heard it said. On the other, we have great opportunities to learn from the thriving protestant communities that dominate the Bible Belt – their knowledge of scripture, how they make church fun for families, and how they build thriving, mission-minded congregations. But perhaps the greatest challenge, and opportunity, is when we're questioned by a knowledgeable and well-meaning protestant. While...
  • Is the ‘gay mafia’ behind the Synod on the Family?

    11/04/2015 4:51:33 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/3/15 | A Priest
    Is a homosexual agenda unduly influencing the outcome of the Synod on the family? It’s a question that needs to be raised because snippets gleaned from the Vatican in recent years seem to point in this direction... ...If this article has put the jigsaw together properly we must surmise that the sex abuse crisis is not over for the Church. The secular and Catholic media’s failure to report it accurately, and an over focus on paedophilia not homosexuality meant that sexually active gay men hiding behind dog collars remain free to betray their vows as priests. Having avoided exposure so...
  • The Synod’s final report is a victory for liberals on homosexuality – here’s why

    10/30/2015 11:20:03 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/26/15 | John-Henry Westen
    The truth of the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality is so far removed from the mainstream media’s debates over same-sex “marriage” it is nearly impossible to achieve an accurate reading of the Synod’s final document (Relazione Finale) without an in depth understanding of the Church’s teaching in this regard... ...However, all of that language is missing from the Synod’s final document. The war over language in the Synod hall was all about getting rid of clear language condemning homosexuality and other sins, and the liberals have achieved their goal in the final document. Gone are references to even the sinfulness of...
  • Sin-Nod Emboldens Dissenters In Archdiocese Of Washington

    10/30/2015 11:13:08 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 10/29/15 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    When I use the word "dissenter" I mean those who willfully deviate from the Traditions of the Catholic Church as handed down through the centuries. Two striking examples were made disgustingly evident today. The first came from Cardinal Wuerl, in the publication of two interviews he gave after the sin-nod ended. One was given to America magazine (and expounded upon by Vox Cantoris), the other was published by Religion News Service. I am not going into a comprehensive analysis of these interviews, else we'd be here for hours. It's clear that he is feeling emboldened by this pontificate to flaunt...
  • Who Won the Synod?

    10/27/2015 12:33:33 PM PDT · by LovedSinner · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/26/2015 | Ross Douthat
    No, look, what actually happened is that conservatives won what was probably the closest thing to victory that they could have hoped for, given that 1) the pope was against them, and 2) the pope stacked the governing and writing committees and the voting ranks, and did I mention that 3) the pope was against them....So the journalists covering the synod document as a setback for the innovators (and, because he elevated them, the pontiff) are mostly correct, given their ambitions going in. But so, in a certain way, are the journalists covering it as a kind of cracked-door to...
  • The Twelve Elected to the New Synod Council [governs Catholic Church synods going forward]

    10/26/2015 2:30:14 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod
    L'Espresso ^ | October 24, 2015 | Sandro Magister & Me
    [Summarized mostly in my own words since the translation from Italian was clunky - bbg]: Besides voting on the final document, the Synod Fathers also selected members of the Synod Council, the group that governs the synods going forward. There are three members elected per continent. Archbishop Chaput received the highest number of votes overall; Cardinals Sarah and Pell also garnered high totals. Even though the Synod Fathers voted for several excellent Italian bishops, the votes were so dispersed that Bruno Forte ended up with the win. At some point, Francis will choose three more to be added to the...
  • A Closing Comment on the Synod

    10/26/2015 1:12:41 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Opus Publicum ^ | 10-26-2015 | Gabriel Sanchez
    The glib optimism flowing from ostensibly conservative Catholics concerning the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod on the Family is a thing of wonder. Only in a Church where abuse, dissent, and outright heresy are so commonplace could a document like the final Relatio be held up as a banner of orthodoxy. Some conservatives are now laying into traditional Catholics, noting that their worries about schism and collapse were not just overblown, but thoroughly ridiculous. As a friend of mine observed, however, just because a stroke is a more dramatic way to die doesn’t mean a nice quiet bout of cancer won’t...
  • George Weigel: The Final Report of Synod-2015

    10/25/2015 9:08:51 AM PDT · by edwinland · 18 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/24/2015 | George Weigel
    <p>The Relatio Finalis [final report] of Synod-2015, adopted this evening by the Synod Fathers, is a massive and encouraging improvement over the Instrumentum Laboris [working document] that was the baseline for the Synod’s work. The tremendous difference between the two documents illustrates just how fruitful a path the Synod walked over three sometimes-challenging weeks.</p>
  • Final Relatio: An Opening for Communion to Divorced & Remarried? "Discernment" is key term

    10/24/2015 2:15:03 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | October 24, 2015 | Christine Niles
    The Italian version was released today, with the English translation expected soon. It's reported that all 94 paragraphs received a two-thirds majority vote. Although the small circle reports of the Synod Fathers this past week overwhelmingly rejected the Kasper Proposal (opening up Holy Communion to those in non-sacramental, invalid marriages — the numbers were four to one against), fears were that the Final Relatio, drafted by a group consisting largely of a liberal bloc of six prelates and one priest, would gain a victory for the progressive agenda by writing this proposal in. Those fears seem largely to have been realized,...
  • Pope Francis' Closing Speech at the Synod on the Family

    10/24/2015 1:07:38 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 11 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 10/24/2015 | Pope Francis
    Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit. From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with them I thank the Relators, Cardinal Peter Erdo, who has worked so much in these days of family mourning, and the Special Secretary Bishop Bruno Forte, the three President delegates, the transcribers, the consultors, the translators and the unknown workers,...
  • Rise Thou That Sleepest

    10/22/2015 3:23:11 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 10/22/15 | Matthew Karmel
    Wherefore he saith: Rise thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee. – Eph. 5:14 Despite the tremendously destructive threat posed by the Synod on the Family, it has accomplished – even before its completion – something of real value: it has given the entire world a front-row seat in the Modernist operating theater as they attempt to empty a well-established Church teaching of its authentic meaning and replace it with what can only be described as a diabolical lie. Day by day, more faithful Catholics are waking up to the fact that the Church’s...
  • Francis Defeated In Battle Of Kursk. War Rages On.

    10/22/2015 7:45:06 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 10/22/15 | Mundabor
    I have compared a couple of times Francis' machinations concerning the Synod with the Battle of Kursk: a buildup many months long, followed by a huge confrontation of extreme importance. I woke up this morning to discover that the last reports (those we should not have seen) of the circuli minores have been published, and now it's official: Francis has lost the battle for the Synod, and he has lost it big time. From what I understand – I will read as time allows – there is a lot of sensitive waffle and V II rubbish, but the heresy of...
  • Letters from the Synodal Abyss Letter #6: A Sham to the Very End

    10/22/2015 7:39:37 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | 10/22/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    With the work of the small language groups done, Phony Synod 2015 moves to the drafting phase in which the Pope's unelected, progressive-dominated committee of ten compose a final document purporting to be the sense of the Synod on the matters before it. This will be unveiled to the Synod Fathers today (October 21) for a mere half day of debate, including a laughable 2.5 hours of general discussion and debate among them this evening. The document produced by this unelected committee is in turn to be based on an Instrumentum Laboris (working document) larded with more than eighty additional...
  • Country Club Catholicism (the teaching on Divorce)

    10/21/2015 6:14:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    First Things ^ | October 20, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    Catholics have a hard teaching on divorce and remarriage—hard for the married to live by and lately, it seems, hard for the bishops to uphold. In its teaching on marriage, the Church merely follows Christ, who said that a man who puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery. Many things, perhaps, can be said against Christ's view of marriage; one thing that can be said for it is that it applies equally to rich and poor. It recognizes no distinction between the laborer who ruts the village whore and the king who brazens his way with pomps and...
  • None so Blind that Cannot See

    10/20/2015 6:42:56 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/19/15 | Elizabeth Yore
    Conscience is King! And Ignorance is Bliss! Chicago’s Windy City Prelate Blase Cupich divines that the conscience is inviolable and reigns supreme in all things theological. In an interview with the National Catholic Register’s Edward Pentin, Archbishop Cupich, the personal appointment of Pope Francis to the Family Synod said when it comes to giving holy Communion to civilly remarried divorcees, people need to “come to a decision in good conscience” and that the Church’s job is to “help them move forward and to respect that.” “Conscience is inviolable,” the archbishop told the Vatican press reporters, “and we have to respect...
  • Meditation on the Wisdom of Sheep

    10/20/2015 6:25:42 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    What's Up With the Synod? ^ | 10/19/15 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs of the flock. What was it, O sea, that thou shouldst flee, O Jordan, that thou shouldst turn backward? Ye mountains, that you skipped like rams, ye hills like lambs of the flock? On Saturday my husband and I went for a long walk in the Pentland Hills. Our map was inadequate, but we managed not to stay lost, thanks in part to the sheep. There are a lot of sheep on the Pentland Hills. They are in Scotland, after all. Being a stone’s throw from Edinburgh is not excuse enough...
  • Letter #45, 2015: The Best Talk at the Synod

    10/19/2015 2:07:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | October 19, 2015 | ROBERT MOYNIHAN
    “My father was a Christian political leader, who was imprisoned by the communists for 17 years. My parents were engaged to marry, but their wedding took place 17 years later. My mother waited all those years for my father, although she didn’t even know if he was still alive
” —from an address given at the Bishops’ Synod on the Family on Friday, October 16, by a Catholic woman doctor from Romania, Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea, head of the Association of Catholic Doctors in Romania. Her talk is being called by many “the best talk at the Synod”“Not only us, the Catholic...
  • Pope Francis is now at war with the Vatican. If he wins, the Catholic Church could fall apart

    10/19/2015 9:17:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 134 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 18, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    Pope Francis yesterday gave an address to the profoundly divided Synod on the Family in which he confirmed his plans to decentralise the Catholic Church – giving local bishops’ conferences more freedom to work out their own solutions to the problems of divorce and homosexuality. This is the nightmare of conservative Catholic cardinals, including – unsurprisingly – those in the Vatican. They thought they had a sufficient majority in the synod to stop the lifting of the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving communion, or any softening on the Church’s attitude to gay couples. But in yesterday’s keynote speech,...
  • Three Good Men Trapped in the New Paradigm

    10/19/2015 8:03:57 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | 10/16/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Robert Royal is a fine Catholic gentlemen and a rightly respected Catholic journalist. Father Gerald Murray is a fine orthodox priest. Indeed, if every priest were like Father Murray, the Church would be in infinitely better shape. And Raymond Arroyo, the host of EWTN's The World Over, has been doing a masterful job of exposing the Modernist doubletalk of Cardinal Kasper and the rigging of the Phony Synod to favor it (as Pope Francis so clearly does). Yet, during a recent installment of The World Over, in which Royal and Father Murray, reporting from Rome, rightly expressed alarm over the...
  • Dismantle: Church Restructure through Synodality - the "Decentralization" Francis Seems Poised...

    10/19/2015 7:49:15 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/18/15 | John Vennari
    "Dismantle: Church Restructure through Synodality - the "Decentralization" Francis Seems Poised to Impose" During the 2015 Ordinary Synod, we've heard discussion of the possiblity of "regionalism," that is, allowing national bishops conferences to decide diverse "pastoral policies" regarding the Eucharist for the divorced and civiliy remarried, cohabitation and even homosexuality. In an October 15 interview, Raymond Cardinal Burke rightly said that the proposed "regional diversity" is " simply contrary to Catholic Faith and life. " Yet Pope Francis himself in an October 17 speech brandished his resolve to "decentralize" the Church, even if he has to impose this decentralization from...
  • President of Polish Bishops' Conference Sounds the Alarm

    10/19/2015 7:36:19 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/18/15 | Mathias von Gersdorff
    StanisƂaw Gądecki, Archbishop of Posen and President of the Polish Bishops' Conference has spoken of an attack against Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality on October 17, 2015 in the Synod Hall. Some said that they do not wish to change doctrine, but that is indeed exactly what they are trying to do. The proposal for a change in the order of the sacraments is in reality an attempt to change the doctrine by the back door. The intervention of the Archbishop is of great significance, because these attacks had been carefully planned afore time. Additionally the polish delegates can...
  • Chaos at the Vatican: The Synod on the family, explained.

    10/18/2015 7:33:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/18/2015 | BY JONATHAN V. LAST
    Everyone talks about “chaos” in Congress just because Republicans haven’t chosen a new speaker of the House. If you want to see real chaos, look at Rome, where Pope Francis’s synod on the family has been a shambling disaster since the moment it started. Check that—the meltdown started before the synod convened. The day before Francis kicked off the assembly, Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa made quite a stir. Charamsa is not just a normal priest, but a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—the division of the Church tasked with keeping track of doctrine and orthodoxy. (You may...
  • Cardinal Marx Hosting Extravagant Dinners for Synod Fathers? [Heretic German Cardinal]

    10/17/2015 3:17:55 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/17/2015 | Edward Pentin
    Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is attending the Synod on the Family as president of the German bishops’ conference, is allegedly holding extravagant dinners for synod fathers at a multi-million euro villa in Rome owned by the archdiocese of Munich. Around 20 bishops from a number of countries attended a lavish dinner at an archdiocesan-owned guesthouse located on Via delle Medaglia d’Oro last Sunday. According to an informed source, there was such an abundance of food “the bishops’ stomachs were hardly able to take a break.” Another similar banquet is planned tomorrow... It also raises the disputed question concerning the German...
  • Did The Pont Hint At Synod Infallibility?

    10/17/2015 10:01:10 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 23 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/17/15 | Patrick Archbold
    Today at the Synod, in a speech commemorating the institution of Synod, The Pope used language indicative that the outcome of the Synod is binding. “Finally,” explained Pope Francis, “the synodal process culminates in listening to the Bishop of Rome, called upon to speak authoritatively [It. pronunciare] as ‘Shepherd and Teacher of all Christians’: not on the basis of his personal beliefs, but as the supreme witness of the Faith of the whole Church, the guarantor of the Church’s conformity with and obedience to the will of God, to the Gospel of Christ and the Tradition of the Church.” That...
  • The CORRUPT Bishop of Rome and HIS Problematic Synod

    10/16/2015 4:45:54 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    The Deus Ex Machina Blog ^ | 10/16/15 | S. Armaticus
    Gearing up for the BIG SHOW this upcoming week, I am republishing a post from the website of the US Society of St. Pius X. The original can be found here. The reason I am republishing this post is that it contains a compendium of links that give a very good big picture of what we have termed the Stealth Sex Synod™ of Bishops. Furthermore I would like to draw your attention to Damian Thompson of the Spectator and to his Twitter account. I usually do not use Mr. Thompson as a source since I find some of his view...
  • Time To End The SinNod Charade

    10/16/2015 11:50:04 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 10/16/15 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    At the sin-nod, some faithful prelates have been speaking forthrightly about the satanic manipulation of the sin-nod that seems to be the aim of Vatican authorities, including the pope. Archbishop Tomash Peta of Astana likened the language of the Instrumentum Laboris to "the smoke of Satan". He spoke particularly of attempts to liberalize Holy Communion for those in adultery and to normalize sodomite acts. Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea also expressed concern at the obvious manipulation of the sin-nod. LifeSiteNews interviewed Cardinal Burke recently. Recall that he attended last year's sin-nod. On account of the marginalization that he suffered at...
  • Archbishop Cupich lays out pathway for gay couples to receive Communion at Vatican press scrum

    10/16/2015 11:46:54 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 65 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/16/15 | John-Henry Westen
    Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago — who is participating in the Synod of the Family at Pope Francis’ personal invitation — said at a press scrum in the Vatican press office this afternoon that the conscience is "inviolable" and that he believes divorced and remarried couples could be permitted to receive the sacraments, if they have "come to a decision" to do so "in good conscience" - theological reasoning that he indicated in response to a follow-up question would also apply to gay couples. During the lengthy press briefing, the archbishop also spoke approvingly of the so-called "Kasper Proposal," which...
  • Pope Francis faces 'poison bait' plots to destabilise from within (Vast Right Wing Conspiracy!)

    10/15/2015 1:47:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/15/15 | Alice Philipson
    Conservatives within the Catholic Church are trying to lay "poisoned bait" for Pope Francis, it has been claimed just days after the pontiff faced a rebellion from Vatican cardinals opposed to his more liberal stance. With the Pontiff mid-way through a Vatican summit on the family that has been dogged by scandal and rumours of plotting, Italian newspapers on Wednesday reported numerous accounts of plots to destabilise Pope Francis. Nello Scavo, a journalist at Avvenire, an Italian daily linked to the Catholic Church, told La Repubblica there was a concerted move to "weaken the character and the strength of Pope...
  • Card Burke: Despite Synod confusion, Catholics must remain ‘serene’; Kasper proposal is ‘absurd’

    10/15/2015 1:34:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 15, 2015
    FULL TITLE: EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Burke: Despite Synod confusion, Catholics must remain ‘serene’; Kasper proposal is ‘absurd’ Oct. 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - On Thursday morning, LifeSiteNews had an opportunity to sit down with Cardinal Raymond Burke in Rome, after a press conference he attended hosted by Voice of the Family. LifeSiteNews spoke with the Cardinal about the ongoing Synod on the Family, and in particular a controversial proposal, promoted by a participant in a recent Vatican press conference, to allow local bishops make decisions on how to deal with issues like homosexuality and divorce.   Cardinal Burke also critiqued the so-called...
  • Vatican family synod takes new twist with disputed letter

    10/12/2015 1:02:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 12, 2015 | The Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' divisive meeting on family issues took another odd twist Monday with reports that several conservative cardinals wrote to the pontiff expressing serious concerns about "predetermined results" coming out of the meeting — only to have doubts arise over both the content of their letter and the cardinals responsible. Veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister published the letter Monday morning on his L'Espresso blog and listed 13 cardinals who purportedly signed it. He said one of the 13, the Vatican's Australian financial manager, Cardinal George Pell, had hand-delivered it to Francis on Oct. 5 at the...
  • Leading cardinals confront Pope Francis over manipulation of Synod

    10/12/2015 11:59:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 12, 2015
    UPDATE 10/12/15 at 2:11 EST: A spokesperson for Cardinal Pell has issued a statement saying that "a private letter should remain private," and added that "there are errors in both the content and the list of signatories." However, he has confirmed that "concerns remain among many of the Synod Fathers about the composition of the drafting committee of the final relatio and about the process by which it will be presented to the Synod fathers and voted upon." He also said that "obviously there is some disagreement because minority elements want to change the Church's teachings on the proper dispositions necessary...
  • “Get Out of the Water!”

    10/12/2015 12:31:55 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    What's Up With the Synod? ^ | 10/12/15 | Laurence England
    Laurence asks out loud, perhaps for the first time, though I bet not the last: Given that you all are clearly being used to further an anti-Christian agenda, perhaps it’s time to “consider shaking the dust off their feet and leaving the Synod Hall.” They’re not going to let you vote? Vote with your feet. Send a message that this bad pope and his cronies aren’t the whole Church, and that you will not be manipulated to oppose the Faith of Christ. Faithful Bishops, shepherds of Christ’s flock: LEAVE THE SYNOD! GET OUT OF THE WATER! GET OUT NOW! There’s...
  • Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus (Requested by Cardinal Burke for the 2014 Synod)

    10/12/2015 12:31:24 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | October 15, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    (Taken from both Chaplet of the Holy Face of Jesus: Roman Catholic Man and Chaplet or Crown of the Holy Face: CatholicTradition.org.) The chaplet has for its object the honoring of the five senses of our Lord Jesus Christ and of entreating God for the triumph of His Church. The chaplet is composed of a cross, 39 beads, six of which are large, and 33 of which are small. The 33 small beads represent the 33 years of the mortal life of our Lord. The first 30 recall to mind the 30 years of His private life, and are divided...
  • Crisis for Pope Francis as top-level cardinals tell him: your synod could lead to ...

    10/12/2015 6:59:36 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 12, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    A group of cardinals – including some of the most powerful figures in the Catholic Church – have written to Pope Francis telling him that his Synod on the Family, now meeting in Rome, has gone badly off the rails and could cause the church to collapse.
  • Synod 2015: German Language Group Report (English)

    10/10/2015 6:42:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Radical Catholic ^ | October 9, 2015 | Card. SCHÖNBORN, O.P. Christoph
    In the German group under the leadership of Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, O.P., we deliberated over and worked through the first part of the Instrumentum laboris in a very open and positive atmosphere. The various viewpoints of the participants were enriching and perceived accordingly. In my opinion, the work in this group demonstrates yet once again: Diversity enriches. The overarching style of the text received unanimous approval. We are also very much in agreement with the order - that is, with the ordering of the three chapters - given in the Instrumentum laboris. It hearkens back to the structure of the...
  • Bringing the curtain down on the Synod

    10/09/2015 3:56:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/09/15 | Judi McLeod
    Marxists are masters of Machiavellian manipulation. The curtain should be brought down because this is a show that stinks to High Heaven Intriguing that Pope Francis would warn bishops and cardinals attending the synod to beware of getting caught up in conspiracy theories, as conservatives and liberals reportedly engage in Machiavellian attempts to manipulate the synod. “Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi on Thursday confirmed reports that the pontiff had warned Catholic bishops and cardinals behind closed doors on Tuesday not to get caught up in “the hermeneutic of conspiracy”. (Yahoo, Oct. 8, 2015)
  • No, Do Not Relax!

    10/08/2015 12:42:38 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 10/8/15 | Mundabor
    I am getting more than a bit fed up with all those bloggers who tell their readers to relax, because nothing of what is happening is new and we have seen all of this before. Of course it isn't new. Of course the Church is indefectible. But the Church is indefectible exactly because there will always be people who refuse to be told “pot “relax”, and keep screaming out loud against the heresy! Yes, we had many crises. But they were overcome thanks to people who :1) really care and 2) say it out loud. Not through people who keep...
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and...

    10/08/2015 5:39:19 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 10/7/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB has become "THE STORY" to the disgrace of Federico Lombardi and Pope Francis himself!" Father Thomas J. Rosica, the Vatican's English-language spokesman for the Synod, has committed the greatest error of any media spokesman or communications expert -- becoming the actual story. Consider this screenshot from PewSitter.Com taken at 11:00PM, EDT on October 7. Read those headlines - four specific articles about Father Thomas Rosica and what he has said and not said. One, is a republishing by LifeSiteNews of his interview with the heretic, defrocked priest, Vatican II expert and same-sex so-called marriage supporter...
  • Synod 2015: Serenity abounds

    10/07/2015 8:51:05 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 10/7/15 | Louie Verrecchio
    Conservative cheers resonated throughout much of Catholic social media when it was reported that on day one of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal PĂ©ter ErdƑ, with Pope Francis seated directly by his side, delivered an address that forcefully reaffirmed traditional Church doctrine and discipline relative to the civilly divorced and remarried and those in homosexual relationships. Spurring on the applause is the fact that the cardinal’s intentions seemed rather obvious; namely, to preemptively discredit the arguments that are expected to be made by those who favor the controversial proposals put forth by Cardinal Walter Kasper. More provocative still is that...
  • On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

    10/06/2015 7:55:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 5, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    When the first Synod of Bishops on the family got underway last October, conservatives concerned with upholding traditional doctrine appeared caught off guard by a progressive push on several fronts, including relaxing the ban on Communion for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. The leading symbol of that disorientation was the way Hungarian Cardinal PĂ©ter ErdƑ, ostensibly the man supposed to guide the summit’s work in his role as “General Relator,” appeared to be sidelined by more progressive prelates, especially Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, in producing a controversial interim report calling for greater openness on divorce, homosexuality, and...
  • Bracing for the Synod…Means, Motive, and Opportunity

    10/05/2015 11:42:06 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/5/15 | Patrick Archbold
    A few weeks back, I happened upon an article from Catholic Answer’s own Karl Keating in which he speculated upon the possibility that Pope Francis might resign in a year or so in acceptance of his own limitations and suitability to the role. While that is certainly an interesting topic, it was not that part of the article that greatly interested me. After making fair and respectful critique of Pope Francis’ communication style and general suitability to the role of Vicar of Christ, Mr. Keating makes the following remarks: "I don’t think it [retirement] would be before October’s synod. He...
  • Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

    10/05/2015 11:40:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted. Francis urged bishops at the start of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, to humbly empty themselves of conventions and prejudices. They should not "point fingers at the others to judge them" or feel superior to those with different ideas. In a passage that appeared to be directed at unbending traditionalists, the pope said bishops should beware the "hardening of some hearts, which despite...
  • Vatican sacks priest after he comes out as gay

    10/03/2015 6:53:49 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 3, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican dismissed a priest from his post in a Holy See office on Saturday after he told a newspaper he was gay and urged the Catholic Church to change its stance on homosexuality. Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa was removed from his position at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm where he had worked since 2003, a statement said. Charamsa, 43, and a Polish theologian, announced he was gay and had a partner in a long interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper on Saturday. He later held a news conference...
  • 10 prelates to draft Synod of Bishops’ final document

    10/02/2015 3:02:14 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 16 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | 10/2/15 | Catholic World News
    Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has announced the names of the nine prelates who will work with him to draft the final report of the upcoming synod on the family. Each of the three weeks of the synod, which begins on October 4 and concludes on October 25, is devoted to the discussion of one chapter of the synod’s instrumentum laboris, or working document. The final report, based on the discussions, will be presented to the synod fathers on October 24, whereupon it will be presented to the Holy Father, who is free to...
  • No Rest for the Watchful – Synod Prep Begins Now

    09/29/2015 10:31:37 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    OnePeterFive ^ | 9/29/15 | Steve Skojec
    As much as we’d like to catch our breath after last week’s papal media blitz (which we’re still processing), the Synod begins in just five days. It’s impossible to know for certain how things will play out, but with the list of synod appointees who openly defy Church teaching on sexuality, we can count on trouble. We know that last year, the coverage of faithful Catholic bloggers and news outlets was important in pushing back the Kasper agenda. We know that the bishops who participated in the Synod last year wanted their working group documents published to show where they...
  • Family Leaders Alarmed at Pope Francis’ Personal Invitees for Synod

    09/18/2015 8:38:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/15/15 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, September 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Life and family leaders worldwide are alarmed by a list the Vatican released today containing the names of those who will participate in the upcoming Synod on the Family, including a special list of 45 prelates handpicked by Pope Francis, many of whom publicly support positions contrary to the teaching or practice of the Catholic Church. “The Ordinary Synod has a heterodox agenda and many of the prelates attending it have already shown themselves either supportive of that agenda or unwilling to resist it,” stated Voice of the Family, a group of Catholic laity...
  • Archbishop Cordileone – singled out for exclusion?

    09/18/2015 5:32:31 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | 9/17/15 | California Catholic Daily
    The only one chosen by US bishops to attend synod who was not invited by Rome The following comes from a Sept. 15 posting on Rorate Caeli. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is not only a known “culture warrior” but is also the Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. Not surprisingly, he was elected by his fellow US bishops in November 2014 as one of two “alternates” for the four USCCB delegates to the Synod of 2015. The other alternate was Blase Cupich, at that time the Archbishop-elect of...
  • The Africans Will Save the Synod, the Church, and the World (Catholic Caucus)

    09/18/2015 2:14:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 18, 2015 | AUSTIN RUSE
    I understand spin. Spin is not lying. It is capturing the narrative. If your side does not capture the narrative, the other side will. The other side most likely will have the media on their side so capturing the narrative is so much easier for them. Still, you must try.Therefore, I fully understand the gaggle of faithful Catholics gathered here and there in cafés near the Vatican pressroom during those October days of the Extraordinary Synod last fall. Huddled together, coming up with talking points, trying to capture the narrative.The progressive narrative on that first day when the Vatican...