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  • Taiwan accuses Beijing of trying to make it ‘irrelevant’ with Vatican deal

    10/04/2018 2:04:12 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    South China Morning Post ^ | Oct 4, 2018 | Reuters
    The Vatican is Taiwan’s last remaining diplomatic ally in Europe. The self-ruled island has formal relations with 16 other countries, many of them small, less-developed nations in Central America and the Pacific. “Communist China remains committed to making the Taiwan people irrelevant to the United Nations and to excluding Taiwan from playing a meaningful role both in the United Nations family and in the international communities." Matthew Lee, Taiwan’s envoy to the Vatican, made the dig in a speech during a reception marking Taiwan’s national day that was attended by Vatican officials, including several directly involved in the negotiations with...
  • Steve Bannon drafting curriculum for right-wing Catholic institute in Italy

    09/23/2018 12:19:57 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 2018 | Mark Hosenbell
    Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon is helping to craft the curriculum for a leadership course at a right-wing Roman Catholic institute in Italy, stepping up his efforts to influence conservative thinking in the church. Benjamin Harnwell, director of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute based in a mountaintop monastery not far from Rome, told Reuters Bannon had been helping to build up the institute for about half of its eight-year life. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading Vatican conservative who is president of the Institute’s board of advisers, said Bannon would be playing a leading role there. Burke told Reuters he...
  • Stalin's Priests: Russia Infiltrates Catholic Church in New Thriller

    09/23/2018 7:29:47 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Stalin’s Priests” tells the story of Rolf Wozzack, a KGB agent, who is hand chosen by Joseph Stalin himself as part of the Russian leader’s plan to infiltrate the Catholic church to subvert it for his own use and eventually destroy it from within. Meanwhile, a 10-year-old girl named Lucia is visited by angels and the Virgin Mary with her two cousins and is told through prophecies 20 years before Stalin comes to power that Russia will spread evil throughout the world and persecute the church. “Through our research, we discovered that the head of the NY State Teachers Union...
  • Another Vatican Diplomatic Blunder: Allowing China to Help Choose Bishops They Approve Of.

    09/20/2018 9:00:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/20/2018 | By GEORGE WEIGEL
    Eighty-five years ago, on July 20, 1933, a concordat defining the legal position of the Catholic Church in the Third Reich was signed by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) and German vice chancellor Franz von Papen. The Reischskonkordat was then ratified by the Nazi-dominated German parliament some six weeks later, on September 10. Pope Pius XI, under whose authority Cardinal Pacelli had negotiated this treaty, was under no illusions about German National Socialism; he detested its racial ideology. And unlike some Vatican diplomats who seem to have imagined that the Third Reich would be...
  • Vatican Rocked by Leak of 300-Page Dossier

    09/13/2018 3:48:21 PM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 13, 2018 | Christine Niles
    The Vatican is reeling from news that the 300-page dossier containing names of members of the gay lobby — a dossier some believe led to Pope Benedict's resignation in 2013 — has been leaked to the media. Il Fatto Quotidiano, an Italian journal read by Vatican officials, is confirming it has seen the 300-page dossier. "The report contains a detailed and disturbing picture of the moral and material corruption of the clergy, with names, surnames and circumstances," writes Francesca Fagnani. We are ... able to view a document on papal letterhead included in the investigation, and here we publish an...
  • Vatican Rocked by Leak of 300-Page Dossier

    09/13/2018 3:43:41 PM PDT · by detective · 36 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 13, 2018 | Christine Niles
    The Vatican is reeling from news that the 300-page dossier containing names of members of the gay lobby — a dossier some believe led to Pope Benedict's resignation in 2013 — has been leaked to the media. We are ... able to view a document on papal letterhead included in the investigation, and here we publish an excerpt: It is a list of prelates and laymen who belong to the so-called gay lobby, which through blackmail and secrets could affect, or have conditioned, positions and careers (theirs, like those of others). We will not reveal the names shown in the...
  • The Other Scandal (the homosexual predator problem AND the pro-invasion, pro-Islam problem)

    09/08/2018 8:14:40 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 7, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    The Pope’s popularity in Italy has dropped from 88 percent in 2013 to 71 percent in 2018. But you’d be mistaken to think that the decline has to do with Archbishop Viganó’s charge that Francis had covered-up for Cardinal McCarrick. The poll was taken before that story broke. According to the poll’s author, much of the dissatisfaction with the pontiff has to do with his welcoming approach toward migrants. Even before Viganó’s bombshell accusation, Italians were already distancing themselves from the Vatican. In a sense, the Catholic Church in Italy set itself up for rejection. In the months leading up...
  • Main Org For Catholic Business Owners Cut Vatican Off From Tithes

    09/07/2018 9:25:42 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/07/2018 | Joshua Gill
    The main organization for Catholic owners of multi-million dollar businesses announced it placed its annual Vatican tithe in escrow following recent scandals. Legatus, a lay organization of Catholic business owners founded by Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan, revealed the decision Thursday, saying that while the organization remains devoted to the church, they require further clarification on the Vatican’s measures of financial accountability and how exactly their charitable contributions are used. The decision follows inquiries from Legatus members to the organization’s Board of Governors concerning Pennsylvania’s grand jury report on sexual abuse, allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and Archbishop Carlo...
  • [Catholic Caucus ONLY] Sex, Money, Clericalism & The Papal Foundation

    08/31/2018 6:39:52 AM PDT · by sitetest · 32 replies
    American Conservative ^ | August 30, 2018 | Rod Dreher
    Here’s a theory. That’s all it is: a theory. But if I had the investigative resources, I would be looking into it. I learned this week that under John Paul II, there were three people who always showed up at the Vatican with lots of money: Father Marcial Maciel, Cardinal Bernard Law, and Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who was made a cardinal by JP2. In 1988, McCarrick helped start the Papal Foundation, which raised money from wealthy American Catholics for the Pope’s favored projects. Last month, the Washington Post reported: “The Papal Foundation was a huge point of leverage for him...
  • Viganň and the pyramid of lies

    08/30/2018 6:18:05 PM PDT · by ELS · 28 replies
    LMS Chairman ^ | August 28, 2018 | Joseph Shaw
    Viganň and the pyramid of lies The Viganň story broke on the morning of the third day of the Latin Mass Society's Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham. I started seeing it on social media at a rest-stop about 5 miles from the shrine, as I was tweeting our progress. So I come a little late to the party, and would much rather be writing about other, and more edifying, matters. But here are some thoughts, now I have got home. Catholics, indeed everyone interested in the Church, stand in dazed awe at an audacious pyramid of lies. Broader, comprehensive lies support...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Breaking News Exclusive: Wuerl Bombshell (Vatican arranges escape hatch)

    08/30/2018 3:42:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Church Militant has learned from reliable sources that Pope Francis has directed Cdl. Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. be spirited out of the United States before Wuerl can be arrested by U.S. federal authorities. Earlier suspicions were that Wuerl had already left the country but those reports are not true. As Church Militant has been reporting, the Department of Justice is seriously looking at opening up a RICO investigation against the Catholic Church in the United States, and Wuerl would be one of the prime targets of any such investigation. According to sources, Pope Francis is afraid that if Wuerl were...
  • The Vatican Is Using Bill Clinton’s Playbook To Defend Pope Francis

    08/29/2018 10:46:49 AM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 29, 2018 | Warren Henry
    Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň — a former apostolic nuncio to the United States — recently published a “testimony” accusing a number of top Vatican officials of having known about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct for many years. He also claims that, despite knowing of the claims that McCarrick was a sexual predator, Pope Francis removed sanctions imposed by his predecessor, Benedict XVI, raised McCarrick’s stature and relied on his advice regarding major appointments. Viganň has called for Francis’ resignation on that basis. Although some corroborating evidence has emerged, much territory remains to be explored. The response from the Vatican and...
  • Pope Francis Allies Mobilize Against Archbishop Accusing Vatican Of Abuse Cover-Up

    08/28/2018 11:44:21 AM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/27/2018 | Peter Hasson
    Shortened title. Full title: 'Crackpot,’ ‘Terrorist’: Pope Francis Allies Mobilize Against Archbishop Accusing Vatican Of Abuse Cover-Up Archbishop Carlo Vigano accused Pope Francis of covering for Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, an alleged sexual abuser. Pope Francis would neither confirm nor deny Vigano’s allegations on Sunday: “I won’t say a word about it.” Some of Pope Francis’ allies have mobilized against Vigano, attacking his motivations and credibility. Prominent liberal Catholic voices have mobilized against Archbishop Carlo Vigano, who accused Pope Francis of ignoring credible sexual misconduct allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Vigano published an 11-page letter Saturday night that laid out...
  • Former Vatican Official Corroborates Allegations Against Pope Francis

    08/27/2018 2:28:32 PM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Aug 2018 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A monsignor who worked at the apostolic nunciature to the United States has corroborated an explosive report accusing Pope Francis of rehabilitating Cardinal Theodore McCarrick despite knowing of his record of homosexual abuse of priests and seminarians. Contacted by the Catholic News Agency (CNA), Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume, the former first counselor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C., declined to give an interview, but affirmed the veracity of the report by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň. “Viganň said the truth. That’s all,” he wrote to CNA.
  • The Courage to be Catholic

    08/26/2018 4:41:22 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    Google Books ^ | 2002 | George Weigel
    A Church with almost two thousand years of history behind it has inevitably passed through many moments of crisis and many moments of reform. In each instance when crisis-as-cataclysm has been transformed into crisis-as-opportunity, "reform" has meant a return to the Church's roots in order to better engage the spirit and the needs of a given time and place. "Reform," in the history of the Catholic Church, has meant retrieving, and developing often forgotten elements of the Church's tradition. It has not meant rejecting the past, or severing the present and the future from the past. Genuine "reform" has always...
  • World Meeting’s mixed messages bring value of all families into focus (anti-nuclear family)

    08/23/2018 7:15:11 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 7 replies
    Irish Independent ^ | 23rd August 2018 | Katherine Zappone
    THOSE who seek to put a tight or traditional definition on the meaning of family are out of touch and run the real danger of creating exclusion, division and inequality. This is something which the organisers of the World Meeting of Families have been learning. The fact individuals and groups do not feel welcome at the gathering is a matter of record and something which as a campaigner, activist and a public representative I regret. Next month, my department will publish research showing the notion of the “nuclear family” is outdated and for hundreds of thousands of people does not...
  • not forsaken but Esteemed[Charismatic Caucus]

    08/21/2018 9:38:05 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    I have not forsaken you, even now you stand in my courts beside me as I in all My majesty release my justice and blessings . You see you are on display in my courts as one wise and esteemed for you know IAM and in the precipise of this revelation all of creation stands before The living God awaiting My desire for I AM All in All and this is who you know to be True and Faithfull as Creator Lord and God . Yahweh is My name and there is nothing before I AM. Therfore fear not oh...
  • "No bible basis" against homosexuality Institute sets out to prove.

    08/20/2018 7:45:49 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 73 replies
    Sunday Times ^ | 19th August 2018 | Stephen O'Brian
    A research project by an international Catholic think tank, to be launched today by Mary McAleese, is to challenge the theological evidence for church teaching that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disorder". Plans for the study by Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research will be unveiled at Trinity College by McAleese, a former president and an outspoken critic of the Vatican. The institute will call on Pope Francis to question official church teaching on same-sex relationships. "I am hoping the project will advance an intelligent and scholarly debate about the warped, damaging, unchristian, unscientific, fake gender ideology which currently underpins Catholic teaching...
  • [satire] Pope Says He Will Address Sex Abuse Scandal Once He’s Finished Talking About Climate Change

    08/16/2018 7:24:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | 8/16/2018
    VATICAN CITY—In his first public statement on the horrifying, devastating report on sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, Pope Francis stated he would address the controversy in detail once he’s done talking about climate change for a few more weeks. The head of the Roman Catholic Church claimed he is deeply concerned with the tragic report, but is “just too swamped” with work fighting climate change, criticizing capitalism, and advocating for other issues of social justice to talk about the repulsive report at the moment. “Rest assured, once I have exhausted my talking points on the need for government policies...
  • International Red Cross warns of food crisis in North Korea

    08/11/2018 5:31:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/11/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    As negotiations continue over President Trump’s demand that North Korea junk its nuclear weapons and missile programs, Kim Jong-un’s bargaining position ay be weakening. Reuters reports: A heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, “with potentially catastrophic effects”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday. The world’s largest disaster relief network warned of a risk of a “full-blown food security crisis” in the isolated country, where a famine in the mid-1990s killed up to three million people. It said the worrying situation...