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  • The Marxist Core of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development

    11/23/2015 12:00:09 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Church Militant.com ^ | 11/18/2015 | Michael Hichborn
    The annual national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is this weekend. What many Catholics do not realize is that at the very core of the CCHD is a philosophy of revolutionary leftist ideologies. Over the years, the CCHD has been rightly criticized for funding organizations that are themselves promoting contraception, homosexuality, abortion, prostitution, and socialism. But these issues are only symptoms of an overall thrust that is aimed directly at convincing Catholics to fund Marxist revolution in the United States. The intent of this article, while certainly not exhaustive, is to help Catholics understand how the...
  • Terrorist Alert: U.S. State Dept Warns Americans Abroad to Steer Clear of Vatican

    11/19/2015 2:27:37 PM PST · by detective · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 19, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams
    The United States Embassy in Italy has issued a security alert to all Americans abroad, warning them to avoid locations that have been identified as potential targets for terrorist attacks. At the top of the short list is "St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City (Rome)."
  • New measures seek to prevent ISIS drone attack on Vatican in Year of Mercy

    11/18/2015 9:12:50 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 18, 2015
    Drones are to be banned from the airspace over the centre of Rome, during the Year of Mercy as a precaution against ISIS attacks. In the wake of the Paris attacks, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday that drones will be banned from the airspace from December 8, as the Year of Mercy is due to attract millions of tourists to the Italian capital.Addressing the Italian Parliament, Mr Alfano said that security would be tightened around any potential target, particularly around St Peter’s Square, he said: “Particular attention has been dedicated to the risk of an attack...
  • Vatican properties are operating as BROTHELS and massage parlours for priests

    11/12/2015 7:33:29 AM PST · by xp38 · 19 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 11 2015 | Simon Tomlinson
    Vatican-owned properties are being used by priests as brothels and massage parlours, according to the latest claims to emerge from the Vatileaks scandal. The properties implicated in a report, leaked by a Vatican mole, include premises close to the Italian Parliament and a solarium near Piazza Barberini. A Vatican department, the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, owns hundreds of exclusive properties in central Rome, was also singled out in the document. It claimed that Vatican officials were allowing buildings to be leased out at peppercorn rents as favours to powerful colleagues. The document also alleged that they would...
  • Vatican arrests two advisers over alleged links to leaked documents

    11/02/2015 10:48:57 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 10 replies
    https://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | November 2 | Anthony Faiola
    BERLIN — The Vatican on Monday said it had arrested two members of a papal reform commission on suspicion of leaking classified information, opening a week of intrigue as the Holy See braces for two potentially damaging books purporting to reveal inside corruption. The stunning detentions of two Pope Francis advisers also could become personal blows to the pontiff and further expose the internal Vatican rifts between Francis’s ideological allies and factions opposing his effort put his reformist stamp on the church.
  • Pope Francis is now effectively at war with the Vatican. If he wins, the Church could fall apart

    10/21/2015 1:19:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 10/21/2015 | 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 Churchs attitude to gay couples. But in yesterdays keynote speech,...
  • 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 havent chosen a new speaker of the House. If you want to see real chaos, look at Rome, where Pope Franciss synod on the family has been a shambling disaster since the moment it started. Check thatthe 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 Faiththe division of the Church tasked with keeping track of doctrine and orthodoxy. (You may...
  • Davis Lawyer Disputes Vatican Description of Meeting

    10/04/2015 10:39:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    KSN.com ^ | 10/2/15 | AP
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kim Davis attorney is disputing the Vaticans description and interpretation of her Sept. 24 meeting with Pope Francis. Attorney Mat Staver told The Associated Press early Friday that the meeting was an affirmation of the Kentucky county clerks right to be conscientious objector. He says Vatican personnel initiated contact with Davis camp on Sept. 14 saying the pope wanted to meet her.
  • Catholic Caucus: Vatican fires monsignor who came out as gay ...

    10/04/2015 6:04:41 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 4, 2015
    VATICAN CITY The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families. The Vatican took action after Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in its doctrine office, came out in newspaper interviews in Italy and Poland saying he was happy and proud to be a gay priest, and that he was in love with a man whom he identified as his boyfriend.
  • Vatican Theologian Confesses: "Im Happy to Be Gay and I Have a Partner"

    10/03/2015 4:35:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Corriere Della Sera ^ | October 3, 2015 | Elena Tebano
    "I know I will pay the consequences, but its time the Church opened its eyes."I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay priest who is happy, and proud of his identity. Im prepared to pay the consequences, but its time the Church opened its eyes, and realised that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, 43 and Polish, who has been living in Rome for 17 years, speaks with a calm smile on his face. He is not just any priest, but has been a member...
  • Openly homosexual Vatican priest denounces CDF on video :"I AM GAY"

    10/02/2015 9:44:05 PM PDT · by Legatus · 29 replies
    Vox Cantoris Blog ^ | 10/02/2015 | Vox Cantoris
    The sodomite mafia that we've long suspected in the Vatican is raising its filthy head on the eve of the Synod to destroy the family. Father Oko's work on the infiltration of the priesthood in Rome and in Poland must be held up as a warning of what was to come. The dossier of three hundred pages handed over by Benedict XVI to Jorge Bergoglio gathers dust but the truth will come out along with coming out of these sodomite moles into the light where they can no longer hide. „Jestem gejem. Dumnym i szczęśliwym księdzem gejem”. Coming out księdza...
  • Vatican says private 'audience' in D.C. was with gay ex-student, not Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 2:04:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/02/2015 | Tom Kington
    A week after Pope Francis met Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for her refusal to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, the Vatican on Friday suggested that she exploited the meeting to promote her views, denied that the pope fully supports her and cast doubt on her account of the encounter. The Vatican later noted that the only audience Francis had at the gathering in Washington was with a former student of the pope, Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine who along with his longtime partner and some friends met with Francis. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said...
  • 'Sense of regret' in Vatican over Pope Francis' meeting with gay marriage opponent

    10/02/2015 11:58:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/02/2015 | BY PHILIP PULLELLA, Vatican City
    Pope Francis' meeting last week with an American woman at the center of a row over gay marriage was not something he had sought and should not be seen as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican said on Friday. One Vatican official said there was "a sense of regret" that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses. The encounter in Washington was originally kept secret and has sparked widespread debate since it became public this...
  • Vatican Source: Pope Blindsided By Meeting With Controversial Kentucky Clerk

    10/02/2015 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jay Levine
    (CBS) Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich is on his way to Rome tonight. Before he left, he spoke out for the first time on that controversial meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Cupich in essence told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine not to read too much into it. A highly placed source inside the Vatican claims the Pope was blindsided. The Vatican has since tried to distance Pope Francis from Davis. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the popes meeting with Davis was not an endorsement...
  • UK bombings : links to Iran, Iraq and Syria

    07/04/2007 10:18:09 AM PDT · by drzz · 12 replies · 561+ views
    Various sources ^ | 07 04 2007 | drzz
    THE UK BOMBING WERE EXPECTED. (sources quoted below) What is good in blogging is that you keep the infos alive. The MSM was able to say one day that IRAQ was behind 9/11 and suddenly put the story down without real reasons. There is many facts which shows UK is acting the same way with the present attacks and their obvious ties with IRAN. Al-Qaeda is not a self-sponsored organization. Nor has it the money, the intelligence and the personal. It is a window to fool the western intelligence and protect the sates. Al-Qaeda is state-sponsored terrorism. Like Hezbullah and...
  • Inside the Vatican: September 29, 2015, Tuesday Kim and Francis

    09/30/2015 2:35:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | 09/29/2015 | BY ROBERT MOYNIHAN
    September 29, 2015, Tuesday — Kim and Francis “For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come to light.” —Luke 8:17“Holy Father, you visited the Little Sisters of the Poor and we were told that you wanted to show your support for them and their case in the courts. And, Holy Father, do you also support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example in issuing...
  • Kentucky clerk Kim Davis met privately with Pope Francis, Vatican confirms

    09/30/2015 8:08:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/30/2015 | By Abby Ohlheiser and Justin Wm. Moyer
    Pope Francis met with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis during the popes visit to the United States, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday morning. Rev. Manuel Dorantes, a spokesman for the Vatican, said to The Washington Post, I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add. The meeting between Davis, who went to jail for six days after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and the pope was announced late Tuesday by Liberty Counsel, a religious freedom nonprofit that is representing the elected Rowan County clerk in her ongoing legal struggles. Liberty...
  • Pope Grabs Third Rail Of American Culture Wars:Gays,Marriage,Religious Freedom

    09/30/2015 8:04:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 30, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    While politically progressive Catholics and their cheerleaders in the secular press shouted praise for Pope Francis and the things he said about climate change, the death penalty and immigration, his actions more than his words show a Pope unafraid to engage highly controversial issues in the ongoing culture wars.
  • The Marxist Pope Comes To America

    09/28/2015 6:52:04 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 9-28-2015 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Pope Francis came to America this past week with great fanfare. Thousands lined up for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and get near him. I have written on this Pope previously and my firm belief is that he is a Marxist. With all that I have seen and documented, there is no doubt in my mind that this is the case. The Pope embodies all the sought for goals of the Left and he delivers them wrapped in religion and piety. The Pope has blamed the evils of this world on capitalism and greed. He has used that as a...
  • The Pope, the Little Sisters, and ObamaCare

    09/28/2015 10:08:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Pope Francis unexpected and unscheduled visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a convent of elderly nuns fighting ObamaCares contraception mandate in the courts, is a clear message shot across the Obama administrations bow that such religious persecution is not acceptable, backing up the American Catholic Churchs mantra: we will not comply While the lamestream media focuses on the Popes seeming alignment on issues such as climate change and immigration reform, the chattering class ignores this ongoing battle over religious liberty.

    09/27/2015 6:17:24 PM PDT · by xzins · 134 replies
    Powerline ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    One thing that that has puzzled a lot of people since the selection of Pope Francis two years ago is how a left-leaning Pope could succeed two very serious conservative Popes—John Paul II and Benedict XVI—who you would have thought had stacked the ranks of the Cardinals with clergy that would perpetuate their theological and philosophical outlook. Was Benedict hounded out of office by some kind of internal Vatican scandal perhaps? Was there some ecclesiastical version of a coup?There’s no evidence that I’m aware of—until now. Three days ago the National Catholic Register ran a very curious article about...
  • Pope Francis, "Jesus dying on the cross was a failure" [Revelation 13]

    09/26/2015 11:31:49 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 227 replies
    9/25/2015 | Jan Sobieski
    The greatly heralded Pope Francis, beneficiary of 24 hour news coverage from all news networks, has once again given us insight into his inner self in a sermon at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York City (Transcript of Sermon) . After starting the service, Pope Francis gave a heart warming shout-out to his "religion of peace", Muslim brothers and sisters when he said this: I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice. The Pope clearly understands that for the last 1400 years, Islam has held...
  • Stunning Adminssion:Hyper-Progressive Cardinal Danneels Admits Being in Mafia Dedicated to UnseatPB

    09/25/2015 12:53:51 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 23 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 9/25/15 | Tantumblogo
    "STUNNING ADMISSION: Hyper-Progressive Cardinal Danneels Admits Being in Mafia Dedicated to Unseat PBXVI" Pride goeth before the fall. The modernists are apparently feeling very powerful and secure, because they are starting to open their mouths and crow about both their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI, dropping hints they played a role in his abdication, as well as quite possibly illicitly organizing to elect Pope Francis. Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to...

    09/25/2015 7:04:08 AM PDT · by shortstop · 22 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 09/25/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    If you're the donut man, sell donuts. And if you're the pope, preach Christ. In life, you have to know your role and remember your purpose. You have to keep your eye on the prize. Yesterday, in front of a Congress and a nation, Pope Francis forgot who he was. He came to the plate, and he didn't swing. He failed to deliver the one message his life is supposedly dedicated to delivering. With the eyes of a government and a people upon him, he squandered the opportunity of a lifetime. America needed to hear something, and he didn't say...

    09/24/2015 7:23:03 PM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    Drudge ^ | 24 Sep 15
    Women allowed only if married to Swiss Guard or other legal citizen... PHOTOS: Pope's border wall around Vatican...

    09/22/2015 6:49:31 AM PDT · by shortstop · 76 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 09/22/15 | Bob Lonsberry
    Pope Francis doesnt hate you. But he does hate your lifestyle, your country, and the economic principles upon which your life is built. Today, the Holy Father will come to America, the nation which personifies all the evils he sees in the world, the country that is the obvious target of his invective and condemnation. As he condemns capitalism and consumerism, denounces things like air conditioning and private automobiles, and condemns people who, by overconsumption, engage in what he calls social and racial oppression, hes talking about you. You know that, right? Yesterday he was in Cuba, where he had...
  • Vatican angered at White House guest list for pope's reception

    09/19/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/19/2015 | Rick Moran
    A few days ago, I wrote about some of the guests who had been invited to the White House reception in honor of Pope Francis. President Obama and Pope Francis may be sympatico on climate change, capitalism, and other far-left issues, but when it comes to the teachings of the Catholic Church, they don't agree on much. The president will put this to the test, because he has invited a pro-abortion nun, a gay bishop, and a transgender female to the White House to meet the pontiff. Pope Francis has shown himself to be tolerant, but isn't this a...
  • 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...
  • Vatican objects to White House invitation list for papal visit

    09/18/2015 10:40:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 18, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    At practically the same time that Barack Obama has decided that the US has to shut its eyes to dissenters in Cuba suffering under the yoke of oppression by the Castros, he plans to offer a lesson in dissent to Pope Francis. Obama has extended invitations for the pontiff’s first state visit to transgender activists, a gay Episcopal bishop, and the leader of a group of nuns that want changes to Catholic teachings on abortion and euthanasia. Needless to say, the Vatican is not pleased with this attempt to lecture Francis on catechesis, as longtime Vaticanista Francis X. Rocca reports...
  • This is why media coverage of climate debate has been corrupted

    09/16/2015 5:43:14 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | 22 hours ago September 15, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    UN and Oxfam caught bribing media to write crusading climate stories By Ian Wishart News journalists are being bribed by the United Nations and the Oxfam charity to write scare stories about climate change ahead of the global climate treaty negotiations in Paris later this year. Details of the bribes which take the form of ego-boosting awards, global travel in CO2 generating airliners and financial payments are contained in a news release just published by the UNDP today, an organisation headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark. Journalists codes of ethics prohibit being induced to give...
  • Nobel panel saw Obama peace prize as mistake, new book claims

    09/16/2015 3:31:14 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2015 | Meghan Bartlett
    [We] thought it would strengthen Obama and it didnt have this effect, he told the Associated Press in an interview. The award so early in his term appeared to take the Obama White House by surprise, and Mr. Lundestad said U.S. officials privately asked if a Nobel Prize-winner had ever skipped the awards ceremony. Normally the Nobel committees decision regarding recipients remains private, and Mr. Lundestads frank and revealing remarks regarding internal decisions have caused a stir in Norway, detailing the politicking and compromises that have gone into determining the annual laureate. Even many of Obamas supporters thought that the...

    09/16/2015 4:48:05 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | September 16, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Did Karl Marx become Pope on March 13, 2013? As the leader of a Church that encompasses the globe, one might expect Pope Francis to be a bit morespiritual. Instead, he has more than once had recourse to Marxist analysis to explain global events, appearing to see economic deprivation as the cause of all the worlds evils. He did it again in an interview published last Monday, when he opined that the root cause of the refugee crisis engulfing Europe was economic inequality.
  • Kasper, Danneels, Schonborn, Cupich, Wuerl and Maradiaga appointed by Pope Francis to Synod

    09/15/2015 3:43:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/15/15 | Augustinus
    The finalized, complete list of participants in the Synod of Bishops in 2015 was published in today's Vatican Bollettino: XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (October 4 to 25 2015) - List of Participants, 15/09/2015. In addition to the Synod officers (who are all hold-overs from last year's "Extraordinary Synod"), delegates elected by the Bishops' Conferences and the Union of Superior Generals and confirmed by the Pope as Synod members months ago, and ex officio participants (the heads of the Eastern Catholic Churches and the Prefects or Presidents of Curial dicasteries), the final list contains the names of...
  • Quo Usque Tandem, Francisce, Abutere Patientia Christi?

    Quo usque tandem.... I know, I know I am borrowing heavily from Cicero here. But it seems to me that the Vatican Catilina is not going to enjoy the rest of his disgraceful pontificate, which we hope will be short anyway. The rather explosive news is now everywhere: a seven-page document gravely accusing Francis of incompetence and tampering with doctrine is being circulated within the Vatican, and has been very fittingly leaked to the press. We do not have the translation, but there can be no doubt that the content is brutal. From what I can see the grievances concern...
  • Socci: With Papally-Mandated "Catholic Divorce" destroying a Sacrament, Schism Looms...

    09/16/2015 4:58:58 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/16/15 | Antonio Socci
    "Socci: With Papally-Mandated "Catholic Divorce" destroying a Sacrament, Schism Looms Large on the Catholic Horizon" "Newsweek" recently had a photo of Pope Francis on their front-cover with the headline: Is the Pope Catholic?. Subtitle: Of course he is. You just wouldnt know it from his press clips. Indeed, it is a legitimate question, seeing that the Argentine Pope has prayed in a Mosque and said in an interview to Scalfari: There is no Catholic God. The anxiety in the Church is now becoming enormous after the 8th of September. In fact with two Motu Proprios on the nullity of marriage,...
  • Head of Annulment Commission: Francis is Channeling Christ - Don't Cross Him!

    09/15/2015 5:13:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | September 15, 2015 | Manhound
    Rorate Caeli just translated an article that appeared in L'Ossevatore Romano on September 8. It was written by Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, the head of the Commission for the reform of the canonical process--in other words the point man for the recently announced annulment reforms. What he writes is stunning. And chilling. The three main points are these: +The annulment reforms are not merely procedural reforms to introduce more fairness and efficiency in the process, but a full-scale revolution in thought and practice towards the marriage validity question, designed to radically increase the number of annulments. +It is Christ, acting...
  • Vatican Welcomes And Supports Obamas Nuclear Arms Deal With Iran

    09/15/2015 6:10:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/15/15 | Emma Colton
    Just days before Pope Francis lands in America for a three-city tour, a Vatican official stressed the Holy See approves of Obamas highly controversial Iran nuclear deal, believing it will bring peace to the world.Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who serves as the Vaticans secretary for relations with states, addressed the 59th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Monday, and explained that the Vatican wholeheartedly supports Americas nuclear deal with Iran.We hope that the full implementation of [the nuclear deal] will ensure the peaceful nature of Irans nuclear program under the [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] and will...
  • "No rush to make Stepinac saint; no recognition of Kosovo"

    09/15/2015 1:42:32 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies
    B92 ^ | September 11, 2015 | Tanjug
    Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic was in the Vatican on Friday [Sept. 11, 2015] where he met with the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis.The Roman Catholic Church "is not rushing to declare Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac a saint," Francis said during his meeting, according to Nikolic. Nikolic told Tanjug late on Friday that he "had a very open discussion with the pope about Stepinac" during which he told him that the Croatian Catholic cardinal had played "a very bad role" in the Second World War. "He (Stepinac) should at least not have remained silent as someone was killing more...
  • Lawmakers promise best behavior for Pope Francis's visit

    09/14/2015 4:10:13 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Sept 14 2015 | Hill
    Lawmakers are expected in the coming days to receive protocol guidance ahead of Pope Franciss Sept. 24 address to a joint session of Congress. The guidance comes amid fears that the first-ever papal address to Congress could spark a State of the Union-like atmosphere given the pontiffs politics, where one half of the chamber stands to cheer on the pope while the other sits on its hands, grim-faced. Francis is famous for making political audiences uncomfortable, and his calls for global leaders to reduce inequality and to act on climate change might sound like an address by President Obama to...
  • Catholic Divorce - Head of Vatican Commission Admits in Official Paper: Surge in Number...

    09/14/2015 10:59:27 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/14/15 | Augustinus
    "Catholic Divorce - Head of Vatican Commission Admits in Official Paper: Surge in Number of "Annulments" Intended" Since Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus and its companion document Mitis et misericors Iesus were published on September 8, there has been little reference to the article published by L'Osservatore Romano on that same day to explain the thinking behind the reforms of Canon law. This is a pity, as this article was written by no other than the head of the Commission for the reform of the canonical matrimonial process, the Dean of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto:...
  • Don't Let Papal Visit Distract You From Next Month's Synod

    09/13/2015 1:22:16 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 9/13/15 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    The preparations for the pope's imminent visit are developing into quite a "dog-and-pony" show, with all the tee shirts, caps, cardboard cut-outs, etc. Lots of excitement is afoot - so much so that many are becoming oblivious to the storm that is about to erupt at the Ordinary Synod of the Family this coming October. Some of us are raising the alarm. Ladies and gentlemen, there is real possibility - if not probability - for schism to result from this synod. This tocsin is also being sounded by Cardinals. Cardinal Reinhard Marx is on record of favoring the distribution of...
  • Pope Francis says half of marriages today are invalid. He's wrong.

    05/22/2014 7:38:39 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 77 replies
    The Week ^ | 5/20/14 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    T o much fanfare in the press, Pope Francis has started a "dialogue" about the Catholic Church's marriage practices. The part that has received the most attention is whether civilly divorced and civilly remarried Catholics should be admitted to Holy Communion, without having to abandon their second marriage, which the church recognizes as continuing adultery. This issue will be addressed by the bishops of the Catholic Church at a "Synod on the Family" over this year and next. Unfortunately, the pope's favorite theologian and the pope himself have initiated this discussion in a befogging cloud of pessimism. The pope is...
  • Popes annulment reform reaffirms Church teaching, upends Synods Communion debate

    09/09/2015 4:27:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 8, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    ROME, September 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- The public confusion over whether the Vatican’s upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family will somehow endorse divorce has been cleared up by Pope Francis, as he said definitively today that marriage is “indissoluble,” meaning that it is permanent until death. In his decrees released today on annulments -- declarations that a marriage was invalid from the beginning – the Holy Father moved to make it easier and faster to determine nullity of a marriage and eliminated the cost for such deliberations. But in doing so he also reaffirmed that as far as God and...
  • Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican

    09/08/2015 2:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/08/2015 | By Anthony Faiola
    VATICAN CITY On a sunny morning earlier this year, a camera crew entered a well-appointed apartment just outside the 9th-century gates of Vatican City. Pristinely dressed in the black robes and scarlet sash of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church, Wisconsin-born Cardinal Raymond Burke sat in his elaborately upholstered armchair and appeared to issue a warning to Pope Francis. A staunch conservative and Vatican bureaucrat, Burke had been demoted by the pope a few months earlier, but it did not take the fight out of him. Francis had been backing a more inclusive era, giving space to progressive...
  • Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

    09/02/2015 1:45:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | September s, 2015
    A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Feb. 14, 2015. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.Vatican City, Sep 2, 2015 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese's bishop to turn to the Vatican for an answer. After writing to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about the issue earlier this month, Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta was told that since transsexual persons are not consistently...
  • Important - Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responds: Transsexual cannot...

    09/02/2015 1:19:30 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/2/15 | New Catholic
    Important - Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responds: Transsexual cannot be Godparent The Bishop of Cdiz and Ceuta, Spain, Bp. Rafael Zornoza, was the object of intense media persecution in his country after he refused the request of a lady (now claiming to be a "man") from being the "godfather". In early August, it seemed that he had caved in. As Breitbart reported on August 8, "A Spanish bishop has caved in to pressure and allowed a transsexual man to become a godfather. The Bishop of Cdiz and Ceuta will now allow Alex Salinas, who was born...

    09/01/2015 3:53:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 427 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 1, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE]The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization about the upcoming Extraordinary Year of Mercy.In this letter the Pope says that he is granting to all priests the faculty to absolve from the sin of abortion.  He writes: “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for...
  • Pope Francis' Vatican Sends Blessing to Publisher of Homosexual-Friendly Books for Children

    08/28/2015 10:23:45 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 65 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 8/28/15 | John Vennari
    August 28: Pope Francis reportedly sent an encouraging letter to lesbian founder of publishing house for childrens books. Todays Il Giornale reports, The Pope blesses gender ideology books. To the author he writes: Go ahead. The report continues, Pope Francis still amazes, writing a long letter to the author of the books that the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, wanted to ban from its schools. After the Synod on the family that threatens to split the church, the Pope again lines up in defense of the same-sex couples. Francesca Pardi, founder with her partner Maria Silvia Fiengo of the publishing...
  • Italian lesbian author gets papal blessing

    08/28/2015 8:48:23 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 57 replies
    Yahoo News India ^ | August 28, 2015 | AFP
    Pope Francis has sent his blessing to a lesbian author of children's books dealing with same-sex families, wishing her and her wife well in their work, it emerged on Friday. As Vatican officials scrambled to clarify that the message was simply a standard courtesy which did not signal any change in Church teaching on the subject, the author told AFP she had been pleasantly surprised to have received such a positive response. Francesca Pardi, who writes and publishes books such as "Why you have two mummies", wrote to Francis in June after the publishing company she runs with her wife...
  • Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears [Revelation 13]

    08/28/2015 8:33:21 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 9 replies
    My Way ^ | 8/27/2015 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display. Obama has made no secret of his affection for the outspoken pope, calling him a "transformative leader" whose influence has transcended the Roman Catholic community. The pope has embraced many of the issues Obama has sought to advance, including...