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  • [Catholic Caucus] Our Duty Respecting the Fake Magisterium

    10/21/2018 11:43:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | October 18, 2018 | Chris Ferrara
    Our Duty Respecting the Fake Magisterium Fatima Perspectives #1243 The Pope’s “rainbow” pectoral thing (I will not dignify it by calling it a Cross) tells us all we need to know about the already determined outcome of the Synod on Youth and Blah, Blah, Blah.  The whole point of this elaborate charade, which for the sake of truth in advertising should have been named “The Synod on Mainstreaming Sexual Perversion,” is to provide a mechanism by which the “gays” who have been agitating for “welcoming” and “acceptance” in the Church, led by that simpering subversive Father James Martin and his...
  • DESTROYER: Pope to Celebrate New Rite of Mass at Youth Synod Closing

    10/21/2018 9:44:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Whispers of Restoration ^ | October 17, 2018 | unknown
    DESTROYER: Pope to Celebrate New Rite of Mass at Youth Synod Closing For those just now connecting the dots…Pattern of Liturgical Deviance Plenty of controversy now surrounds Pope Francis: his seemingly invalid election, his long pattern of heterodox teaching, the Viganň report implicating him in cascading sex abuse crimes, the ongoing Amoris Laetitia debacle, the Vatican sell-out to Communist China, pick your disaster.As this Pope’s penchant for “making a mess” shows no sign of diminishing to the peril of countless souls, we agree with Chris Ferrara’s assessment over at The Remnant, and his call (like Bishop Gracida’s) for an imperfect synod to defend the Church from Francis:...
  • The Three Supernovas

    10/20/2018 4:11:44 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 13 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | October 20, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Three Supernovas By Philip Cottraux Atheists used to believe the universe was eternally pre-existing and static. By rejecting the biblical creation account, they couldn’t accept the idea of a universe that had a beginning. Bertrand Russell, Charles Darwin, and at one time even Einstein labored under this philosophy. The idea of the whole universe condensed to a small state whose expansion was triggered by a colossal explosion was first proposed by a Catholic priest, Georges LeMaitres. The idea seemed so preposterous that astronomer Fred Hoyle first coined the phrase “big bang” as a term of ridicule. But two years...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Paul of the Cross, 10-20-18

    10/20/2018 2:04:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Paul of the Cross | Engraving | Wellcome Images Saint Paul of the Cross Saint of the Day for October 20 (January 3, 1694 – October 18, 1775)  Saint Paul of the Cross’ Story Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ’s passion. Paul saw in the Lord’s passion a demonstration of God’s love for all people. In turn that devotion nurtured...
  • Dead bury the dead

    10/20/2018 11:21:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Dead bury the dead Jesus doesn’t reject the corporal work of mercy but calls us to focus on the spiritual rather than material Msgr. Charles Pope Question: We hear in the Gospel where Jesus says, “Let the dead bury their dead” (Mt 8:22). Yet, burying the dead is one of the corporal works of mercy. How do you resolve these things? — Paul VanHoudt, Erie, Colorado Answer: “Let the dead bury their dead” is an expression, not something to be taken literally. It is a way of saying, “Let the worldly take care of worldly things, but I am calling...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Should the Pope Resign?

    10/20/2018 10:46:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 20, 2018 | William Kilpatrick
    Should the Pope Resign? Should the Pope resign? Ever since Archbishop Vigano called for Pope Francis to resign in the wake of several high profile sex-abuse cover-ups, that has been a burning question for Catholics.The chief objection to resignation is that it would create a dangerous precedent. Following closely on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, it would create an expectation that all future popes would at some point have to resign. Writing in The Weekly Standard, Jonathan Last suggest that “two abdications in a row would have the practical effect of breaking the modern papacy.” It would turn the papacy, he says, “into an expressly political...
  • [Catholic Caucus] McCarrick Scandal Spotlights Bishops’ Appointment Process

    10/20/2018 8:23:41 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 20, 2018 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    McCarrick Scandal Spotlights Bishops’ Appointment Process WASHINGTON — When Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for a “prompt and thorough examination” of questions posed by the scandal engulfing Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, he spoke on behalf of a lot of Catholics when he singled out one unresolved mystery. Why, asked Cardinal DiNardo, did Archbishop McCarrick’s misconduct fail to impede “his advancement” from auxiliary bishop to bishop and from archbishop to cardinal? Given the scope of the Catholic Church’s established process of identifying, vetting and appointing episcopal candidates, it is a puzzle that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Ouellet Tried to Rebut, but Actually Confirmed Viganň

    10/20/2018 7:56:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | October 20, 2018 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    Note: After this column was prepared for publication, Archbishop Viganň issued a third Testimony, which readers will find in English here. The Archbishop largely confirms what Fr. Murray lays out so clearly below. We’ll be commenting on further developments in the Viganň story in future columns. – RRCardinal Marc Ouellet published an Open Letter to Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň on October 7th in response to Viganň’s first and second testimonies – in particular to his claim that Cardinal McCarrick had been sanctioned by Pope Benedict for sexual immorality with seminarians and priests, and that Pope Francis knew about this but nonetheless set aside or ignored...
  • [Cath Cauc] Columnist: Youth Synod will only drive young people away from Catholic Church

    10/19/2018 11:18:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 19, 2018 | Doug Mainwaring
    Columnist: Youth Synod will only drive young people away from Catholic Church VATICAN CITY, October 19, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – “Instead of composing a useless document filled with reheated progressive clichés about the need to reach the youth and stay relevant, bishops should consider why traditional parishes seem to do so well,” asserts an essayist writing for The Federalist about the currently happening Vatican-run Youth Synod now underway in Rome.  The author, Auguste Meyrat, sees little chance for anything helpful resulting from the Youth Synod. Instead, he seems certain the synod will have the opposite effect, as it attempts to tap...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Sts Isaac Jogues,Jean de Brébeuf& Comp. 10-19-18

    10/19/2018 9:38:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Martyrdom of Father Isaac Jogues S.J. | Engraving by A. Malaer | Wellcome Images Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions Saint of the Day for October 19 (d. 1642 – 1649)  Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf, and Companions’ Story Isaac Jogues and his companions were the first martyrs of the North American continent officially recognized by the Church. As a young Jesuit, Isaac Jogues, a man of learning and culture, taught literature in France. He gave up that career to work among the Huron Indians in the New World, and in 1636, he...
  • [Catholic Caucus] New Church, New Faith, New Pope

    10/19/2018 10:33:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 16, 2018 | Raymond Kowalski
    In 2013 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor told Paul Vallely of The Independent, “Four years of Bergoglio would be enough to change things.” In a story published in March 2017, LifeSiteNews quoted from a speech given by former cardinal Theodore McCarrick that there was a pre-conclave plan to elect Jorge Bergoglio as the one who could “reform the Church … [and in] five years, he could put us back on target.”The LifeSiteNews article was itself about an interview with Cardinal Donald Wuerl that had appeared in the Jesuit magazine America. The essence of that interview was that, after the Second Vatican Council,...
  • More than before: persecution continues in Wenzhou, Henan, Hubei after the China-Holy See agreement

    10/19/2018 9:45:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | October 11, 2018 | Asia News
    Cross and boundary wall of  Lingkun church torn down. A cross demolished in Zhumadian in Henan. It was "too visible". Re-education of priests in Hubei to reaffirm the Church's "independence" from the Vatican and submission to the Party. Rome (AsiaNews) - The "provisional" agreement between China and the Holy See, signed on 22 September, does not seem to have stopped persecution and violence against Catholics. This morning in Lingkun, in the district of Yongqiang, the cross that stood on the bell tower of the Catholic church was torn down (photo 1); the perimeter wall in front of the sacred building was demolished...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Working for the Kingdom Despite Human Failures

    10/19/2018 8:51:10 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Working for the Kingdom Despite Human Failures Msgr. Charles Pope • October 18, 2018 • My father had an expression: “Charlie, people disappoint.” It was his way of saying that even people we think irreproachable, godly, and saintly can let us down, either with sin or simply by being unable to help us in key moments. Something of that comes through in the words of St. Paul from today’s first reading:Demas, enamored of the present world, deserted me and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Luke is the only one with me. … At my...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Luke, 10-18-18

    10/18/2018 6:15:44 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: The Apostle Luke | Andrey Mironov Saint Luke Saint of the Day for October 18 (d. c. 84)  Saint Luke’s Story Luke wrote one of the major portions of the New Testament, a two-volume work comprising the third Gospel and Acts of the Apostles. In the two books he shows the parallel between the life of Christ and that of the Church. He is the only Gentile Christian among the Gospel writers. Tradition holds him to be a native of Antioch, and Paul calls him “our beloved physician.” His Gospel was probably written between 70 and...
  • Video: Why Paul Wrote I Timothy

    10/18/2018 4:27:45 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 16, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    Good evening!I'm a day late on this (been working some ridiculous hours). However I finally got home from work early enough to post this week's "Why the New Testament Was Written" vlog. This week, in part 9, we're talking about why Paul Wrote I Timothy.Why Paul Wrote I TimothyVideo clocks in at 11:31. Normally with first-and-second books of the New Testament we talk about both in one video, but Paul wrote to Timothy twice for very different reasons. This also gave me a chance to talk about gnosticism, which some historians believe originated in Ephesus and was the false doctrine...
  • [Cath Cauc] Australian Youth to Synod: We Can’t Help Shape the Church Until the Church Forms Us

    10/18/2018 11:41:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 17, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Australian Youth to Synod: We Can’t Help Shape the Church Until the Church Forms Us In a letter to the Synod, a group of young people criticize substituting the truth for policy-speak and call out senior prelates who deliberately use ambiguous language in the face of Christ’s teachings. Edward Pentin Ambiguity and confusion over Catholic teaching is “neither charitable nor desired” by young people who instead want the Church to form them in the truth of Christ, a group of young Australians has told the Youth Synod.  In an Oct. 12 letter addressed to the Synod Fathers and all the...
  • Father Paul Warns that Chinese Regime’s “Ultimate Goal Is To Eliminate All Religion”

    10/18/2018 11:29:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Persecution ^ | October 17, 2018 | unknown
    Father Paul Warns that Chinese Regime’s “Ultimate Goal Is To Eliminate All Religion” 10/17/2018 China (International Christian Concern) – According to statements by religious affairs officials in a recent Religious Affairs Committee seminar, the Chinese government believes the “Vatican’s policy of meddling in China had not been abandoned”. The seminar was held in Wuhan city of Henei province where the deputy director of the committee, Xiong Huaqi, asks that Catholics regulate their religious activities to protect government interests.In a series of statements made by Xiong, he accuses some Catholics of having “lost their minds” because they do not know whether...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Clergy Abuse Is Soul Murder

    10/18/2018 11:17:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 17, 2018 | Elizabeth Yore
    Clergy Abuse Is Soul Murder Amid the low rolling plains, where the coastal mountains dot the northwest corner of Ireland, lies the beautiful county of Donegal. There, in the rural village of Gortahork, where Gaelic primarily is spoken among the 1,600 residents, lies the Catholic Parish of Criost Ri (Christ the King). Known for its natural diverse, rugged beauty, Gortahork is infamous – not as the home of Gerry Adams, the leader of the Sinn Féin political party, but for the wreckage of many young lives. Tragically, this beautiful, quaint hamlet harbors a dark and menacing secret.Clerical sex abuse hangs...
  • [Cath Cauc]Priest gives Communion to pro-abortion presidential candidate, quotes Pope Francis

    10/18/2018 10:33:54 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | October 17, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Brazilian priest gives Communion to pro-abortion presidential candidate, quotes Pope Francis October 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Brazilian Catholics are expressing outrage following a mass in which the country’s main socialist candidate for president, Fernando Haddad, who is perceived as pro-abortion, was given the sacrament of Holy Communion in a Catholic parish by a priest who is openly supporting his candidacy. The priests attached to the parish have issued a statement defending the action, citing Pope Francis’ famous dictum, “Who am I to judge?” and claiming that anyone who approaches the altar must be given Communion. Haddad, whose Labor Party...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Five Biblical Lists of Mortal Sins

    10/18/2018 9:12:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-17-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Biblical Lists of Mortal Sins Msgr. Charles Pope • October 17, 2018 • The first reading for Wednesday of the 27th Week of the Year, from Galatians, spoke to sins that exclude one from the Kingdom of Heaven. If one dies unrepentant from committing any of these sins, one cannot go to Heaven but rather must be excluded in Hell. It is an important reminder to pay heed to the toll that sin takes on our heart, our character, and ultimately our destiny.One of the great deceptions of our time is that serious sin is only a remote...