A priest giving absolution to a cuban before being shot by Fidel Castro’s firing squad

A priest giving absolution to a cuban before being shot by Fidel Castro’s firing squad

Andrew Lopez: 1960 Pulitzer Prize for News Photography

“For his series of four photographs of a corporal, formerly of Dictator Batista’s army, who was executed by a Castro firing squad, the principal picture showing the condemned man receiving last rites.”

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One of Lopez’s winning images, with original caption attached.

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Father Domingo Lorenzo performs last rites for Cuban Army Cpl. Jose Cipriano Rodriguez on Jan. 17, 1959. Rodriguez, who had served in Fulgencio Batista’s army, was executed by firing squad after being found guilty for the deaths of two brothers. His tribunal lasted just one minute. UPI photographer Andrew Lopez won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for a series of four photos from the scene, including this one.

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Reflections on Advent, Week II: Fr. George Rutler

Original Article

Fr. George Rutler
Pewsitter.com

FROM THE PASTOR – DECEMBER 4, 2016

It was a privilege years ago to know the English theologian Alec Vidler, a colorful and even eccentric character whose long beard amused the Queen when he was her chaplain and whose religious views irritated many. He was a good friend of C.S. Lewis and, especially, Malcolm Muggeridge who agreed to disagree with him. Although his interpretation of some of the Scriptures could be vague, he was impatient with superficial religiosity. After a lecture tour in the United States, his impression of churches there was that most preaching boiled down to friendly clergymen saying, “Might I suggest that you try to be good.”

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MARTYROLOGY-DECEMBER 7

Martyrology-December 7th
Roman Martyrology-December 7th-on this date in various years-

The Vigil of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church, who fell asleep in the Lord on the 4th of April; his feast is kept on this day, the day on which he assumed the government of the Church of Milan.

At Rome, blessed Eutychian, pope, who with his own hand buried three hundred and forty-two martyrs in various places. He himself was joined with them, crowned with martyrdom under Emperor Numerian, and was buried in the cemetery of Callistus.

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Cardinals Opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops, Popes against Popes

Cardinals Opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops, Popes against Popes

by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 2, 2016

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres… churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

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The Opposition [including neo-Catholics] Mounts

The Opposition [including neo-Catholics] Mounts

by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 5, 2016

In the turbulent wake of Amoris Laetitia, Francis may think he can calm the waves of disturbance he has unleashed throughout the Church and force an acceptance of his utter novelties in the realm of moral theology even despite the historic Four Cardinals Letter. The chosen modus operandi seems to be the use of mitered henchman — strategically vested with cardinal’s hats in a move akin to promoting pawns to queens in a chess endgame. Their role on the Bergoglian chess board is to denounce the four cardinals and other objectors as fomenters of “disunity” and “disloyalty” to the Pope, as if Francis were the head of a political party who must be defended no matter what he says or does.

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The “Squid Ink” Pontificate? Hilary White on the Bart Simpson of the East and Francis

[ A timely reminder of one of the primary reasons Our Lady asked for the consecration of Russia. As well, further vindication of the analysis of Orthodoxy as pantheistic…. ]

remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/2914-pulling-back-the-veil-orthodox-patriarch-defends-francis

“… Did you know that Amoris Laetitia is really about rewriting Catholic Trinitarian dogma? Did you know that with it, Pope Francis has freed us, not only from the “canonical regulations of man,” but from our Biblical concept of God as Father? And that we no longer have to concern ourselves with moral restraints or even behavioural preferences imposed by this “heavenly father”? Did you know that the Church no longer teaches that there is any divinely authored moral law at all?

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The Ordinary Form of the Mass Celebrated “ad orientem” not so often in the Manchester, New Hampshire, diocese

The Ordinary Form of the Mass Celebrated “ad orientem” [not so often in the Manchester, New Hampshire, diocese]

From: PREPARING FOR ADVENT
By Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, New Hampshire

[Limiting/undermining Cardinal Sarah’s “Reform of the Reform” proposal for the Novus Ordo Mass, implying Pope Francis’ attitude toward the traditional Latin Mass as something “exceptional” and “nostalgic” and questioning a priest who may desire ad orientem possibly for having a “rigid,” “defensive,” “insecure,” and/or “fundamentalist” mentality. Nonetheless, the bishop allows the traditional Latin Mass (ad orientem) at two parishes for Sunday High Mass: St. Patrick’s in Nashua and St. Joseph’s in Claremont – as well as all Masses at the St. Benedict Center in Richmond and occasional Masses at Thomas More College in Merrimack and Northeast Catholic (formerly Magdalen) College in Warner. Both colleges offer all or most of their Novus Ordo Masses (Latin and English) ad orientem. Bishop Libasci has allowed the Fraternal Society of St. Peter to staff a formerly closed parish (St. Stanislaus in Nashua) with Sunday and weekday TLMs. Ironically His Excellency has bi-ritual faculties for the Byzantine rite, whose Divine Liturgy (Mass) is always offered ad orientem!]

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Return of an Imaginary Menace

Return of an Imaginary Menace

New Oxford Review
November 2016

In our New Oxford Note “The Last Rhetorical Refuge of an Intellectual Scoundrel” (June), we asked the rhetorical question: “Remember all those insults about the ‘American Taliban’ hurled at religious conservatives in the 2000s?”

Kevin D. Williamson remembers, and he takes us back to that time, ten years ago, when Chris Hedges, a “leading moralist of the Left,” as The New Republic called him (Jun. 11, 2014), could author a book titled American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, and that book could earn rave reviews on its way to becoming a New York Times bestseller. Hedges’s book claims, in Williamson’s words, that “a secretive movement of authoritarian Christians organized along the lines of the great totalitarian movements of the 20th century was on the verge of seizing power through violence” (National Review, Sept. 12).

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Considerations on the dubia of the four cardinals

Article: “Considerations on the dubia of the four cardinals”

by John R. T. Lamont, PhD
Posted by New Catholic at 12/05/2016

Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meiser have performed a signal service to the Church by sending five dubia on the apostolic exortation Amoris laetitia to the Holy See, requesting an authoritative clarification of the meaning of that document, and then making public the text of the dubia when no response to them was given. Cardinal Burke has performed a further service to the Church by explaining this initiative in an interview with Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register on Nov. 15th 2016, and stating that if no response was given to the dubia the cardinals would have to make a formal act of correction of a serious error.

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Schismatic Patriarch applauds heretical statements of Pope

Schismatic Patriarch applauds heretical statements of Pope

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[First, Bartholomew (know as the “Green Patriarch” because of his eco-consciousness) praises Francis’ Laudato Si, now Amoris Laetitia; his “Orthodox” church allows remarriage and remaining in good standing (i.e., to receive Holy Communion) for divorcees up to three times]

Posted by Vox Cantoris at Saturday, December 03, 201

From Rorate Caeli: Bizarre move: Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople writes article for L’Osservatore Romano endorsing Amoris Laetitia.

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New Appeal to the Pope. The Catholic Doubts of “The New York Times”

New Appeal to the Pope. The Catholic Doubts of “The New York Times”

In California the bishop of San Diego, a favorite of Bergoglio, admits de facto divorces and remarriages, as in any Protestant church. From the news arises the question: Can “Amoris Laetitia” be interpreted this way, too?

by Sandro Magister

ROME, December 5, 2016 – Four cardinals, as is already known, have asked the pope to give a clear answer to five “doubts” raised by the most controversial passages of “Amoris Laetitia”:

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USCCCP: December 12 to be day of prayer and “solidarity” for immigrant families

USCCCP: December 12 to be day of prayer and “solidarity” for immigrant families

[“As the Catholic Church continues to accompany migrants and refugees seeking an opportunity to provide for their families” – By helping them illegally to enter and stay in the US or get instant amnesty and easy citizenship?]

Catholic World News – December 05, 2016

Dioceses in the United States will mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) as a day of prayer and solidarity with families of immigrants.

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San Diego Bishop Marginalizes Faithful Priest

San Diego Bishop Marginalizes Faithful Priest

Fr. Richard Perozich speaks with Church Militant about his ordeal

[Once again ChurchMilitant evades “the 800-lb. gorilla in the room” – namely the pope who appointed the likes of this bishop to advance the neo-modernist agenda and persecute faithful priests such as Fr. Perozich]

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • December 4, 2016

SAN DIEGO – The bishop of San Diego, California is banning a parish priest from publishing anymore columns in the parish bulletin.

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Time for Catholics and Democrats to get a divorce

Jack Kenney: Time for Catholics and Democrats to get a divorce

By JACK KENNEY
12/4/16

AT THE END of an unusually awkward and embarrassing campaign for President, a few things have become clear, not the least of which is the increasingly strained relationship between the leadership of the Democratic Party and a great many serious and thoughtful Catholic voters, whose loyalty to the party has been a long-standing tradition.

That strained relationship was brought into sharp and uneasy focus at the quadrennial Al Smith dinner in New York. With Hillary Clinton seated next to Cardinal Tomithy Dolan, Donald Trump said Clinton was there “pretending not to hate Catholics.”

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MARTYROLOGY-DECEMBER 6

Martyrology-December 6th
Roman Martyrology-December 6th-on this date in various years-

At Myra, which is the metropolis of Lycia, the birthday of St. Nicholas, bishop and confessor, of whom it is related, among other miracles, that, while at a great distance from Emperor Constantine, he appeared to him in a vision and moved him to mercy so as to deter him from putting to death some persons who had implored his assistance.

On the same day, St. Polychronius, priest, who was surprised while offering Mass at the altar and slain by the Arians, in the reign of Emperor Constantius.

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