Our Lady of Sorrows novena March 29-April 6

MOST BLESSED and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son; by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life, by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them; look down with a mother’s pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows, and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart. I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request,

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Pope To Canonize Jacinta and Francisco, But What about Sister Lucia?

Pope To Canonize Jacinta and Francisco, But What about Sister Lucia?

by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 24, 2017

The Vatican has announced that the Fatima seers Jacinta and Francisco, already beatified by John Paul II, will be canonized by Pope Bergoglio, following the recent approval of a second miracle attributed to their intercession. The ceremony will probably take place in May, during the Pope’s pilgrimage to Fatima.

Good news indeed. And long overdue. But there is something else that is long overdue respecting the Fatima event: the canonization of Sister Lucia. She is clearly the primary visionary who was accorded a long life on this earth for the purpose of recording and making known what the Blessed Virgin had revealed to the three seers, Jacinta and Francisco having died within three years of the apparitions. Indeed, the Virgin prophesied to Lucia that her two cousins would soon leave this earth but that she would have to remain “some time longer.” As Our Lady explained to Lucia: “Jesus wishes to make use of you to make me known and loved.”

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The “new evangelization” in Italy — the Sunday night pub in the sacristy of Trent’s Cathedral

The “new evangelization” in Italy — the Sunday night pub in the sacristy of Trent’s Cathedral

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Mixing the Sacred and the Profane?

[They were consuming alcoholic beverages stronger than altar wine]

Posted by hereisjorgebergoglio on Monday, March 27, 2017

Everyone has heard about the new crop of priests coming through the ranks. Those that are conservative in their tastes of ‘fashion’ as Francis would say. Well, this post isn’t about them, instead it’s about their brethren clowns, two in particular — don Mauro Leonardelli and don Ronaldo Covi. On the last Sunday evening of the month after the 7:00 PM Novus Ordo mess, the two clowns turn the sacristy of the Cathedral of Saint Vigilius in Trent into a pub. Don Mauro (34 years old) and don Ronaldo (37) are in charge of Campus Ministry at the local university (Pastorale Universitaria Torino) and thought this would be a good idea to bring people to the Novus Ordo religion. Don Mauro tells it best,

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Abortion and the “Catholic” Democrat

Abortion and the “Catholic” Democrat

Posted by Donald R. McClarey
3/28/17


[Hillary Clinton (slightly paraphrased): The unborn person doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell]

“In their directive, ‘Faithful Citizenship,’ our American Catholic bishops make clear that people don’t necessarily need to have their vote determined by a single religious [sic] issue. One could say, ‘I don’t like Hillary’s position on abortion but her social services policy should help reduce the number of abortions. I love her position on the environment and immigration reform and so I’ll vote for her.’” – Thomas Groome

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Collegeville, Minnesota, Benedictine Abbey Hosts “Drag Show”

Collegeville, Minnesota, Benedictine Abbey Hosts “Drag Show”

Tancred
3/27/17

Edit: we’ve heard of Benedictine hospitality, but is that extended to the Devil? Given the atmosphere of decadence, malignancy and outright evil, isn’t it possible that Collegeville wouldn’t be this open about its depravity. This monastery and school were caught before for attempting to host a naked retreat [Nude Guru Invites Monks and Students to Touch]. The naked retreat was cancelled.

Now a student organization funded by the school is promoting a “drag show”. From the school funded website:

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CALIFORNIA BISHOP “TEACHES” FLOCK TO RESIST IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS

California Bishop “Teaches” Flock to Resist Immigration Officials

Acting on fake news, Bp. Kevin Vann writes negative letter to Homeland Security

[Not the only AmChurch bishop relying on fake news of DHS/ICE officials supposedly watching and/or raiding Catholics churches and schools for illegals as well as instructing those institutions on how to hinder the officials’ work]

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • March 27, 2017

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. – Fake news reports that federal immigration officials were on church property resulted in the bishop of Orange writing two letters — a reprimand sent to Homeland Security and an instructional letter sent to his parishes and schools teaching them how to legally resist investigations conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY PARISHES

DEMOCRATIC PARTY PARISHES

This is one destination you want to avoid.

Michael Voris
The Vortex
March 28, 2017

[Video will be posted when available]

TRANSCRIPT

This Vortex is coming to you from Manhattan in the archdiocese of New York. If I may ask each of you today to offer a short prayer for my mother — Anne Josephine. Today would have been her 83rd birthday. God rest your soul Mum and eternal rest grant unto her O Lord.

A very disturbing trend has been developing over the past few years in major urban centers like New York. Call it the development of “destination parishes” — the process whereby a Catholic parish slowly converts from concentrating on the Church’s mission of salvation to focusing on more earthly cares. Unsurprisingly, talking points of the new social justice parishes happen to align almost perfectly with the talking points of the Democratic Party on every single issue with the exception of abortion. Abortion is never really promoted in the destination parishes — it’s just that its completely ignored.

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Knights of Malta. The Double Truth About That 30 Million Malta

Knights of Malta. The Double Truth About That 30 Million Malta

Sandro Magister
28 mar 2017

The reply of Eugenio Ajroldi di Robbiate, director of the communications office of the Order of Malta, to what was published on March 23 by Settimo Cielo on “the mystery of those 30 million Swiss francs,” has not been passed over in silence by other knights of the Order, closer to the mental workings of former Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing, forced to hand in his resignation last January 24 to Pope Francis in person.

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Comrades, Since 1958

Anyone who listens to the late, truly great Canon Gregory Hesse’s conferences on YouTube has likely heard him state without missing a beat that Roncalli was a communist.

Here’s a sourced time capsule to back up the assertion.

(Feel free to apply to certain ecclesial loony tune characters in our own hidebound era of intergalactic nuttiness, PC terrorism and galloping apostasy…)

[h/t to one Giuseppe Antonio Francisco on Facebook]
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Angelo Roncalli (would-be John XXIII) in March 1953, speaking before the entire city council and the mayor of Venice Italy, as quoted by his biographer, Lawrence Elliot:
“Not a week had passed before he went to the town hall to pay a call on the mayor, Armando Gavagnin, in thanks for the warmth of his welcome. Present, as Roncalli anticipated, was the entire city council, Socialists, Communists, and all. He told them that he was glad to be in the house of the people, the place where men worked for good government. ‘Only he who works for good is a Christian,’ he went on gently, ‘EVEN IF it happens that there may be several here who do not call themselves Christians. Yet they MAY be considered such for the good that they do, and so to all of you, WITHOUT DISTINCTION, I give my paternal blessing.’ ” [Cf. “I Will be Called John: A Biography of Pope John XXIII,” by Lawrence Elliot, Reader’s Digest Press (1973), pp. 208-209. Emphasis added.]

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Pro-Life Speaker Westen Receives Standing Ovation For Vatican Critique

Pro-Life Speaker Westen Receives Standing Ovation For Vatican Critique

Maike Hickson March 27, 2017

From 10-11 March 2017, the Bringing America Back to Life Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention was a gathering of nearly 1,500 defenders of life from different religious backgrounds and from all parts of the United States. This gathering, which included the courageous former Planned Parenthood nurse Abby Johnson, also featured many Catholic speakers such as Michael Hichborn (Lepanto Institute), John Smeaton (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children), Gabriele Kuby (Catholic German author), as well as John-Henry Westen (LifeSiteNews).

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Clericalism Continues To Thrive In The Church

Clericalism Continues To Thrive In The Church

March 25, 2017
By CHRISTOPHER MANION

Pope Francis has condemned clericalism repeatedly, insisting that it goes hand in hand with corruption. Russell Shaw, an expert on the subject, writes that the “illness” of clericalism has been with us for so long “that most of us take it for granted. In fact, we’re clericalists ourselves.”
Just what is this thing called “clericalism,” anyway? In one sense, it’s reminiscent of Justice Potter Stewart’s observation about hard-core pornography: “Perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly [defining it],” he wrote, “but I know it when I see it” (Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964).
In that spirit, Pope Francis has seen “clericalism” in the corruption endemic to his native Latin America, as well as in the “rigorism” of his critics who are (to say the least) uncomfortable with his theological ambivalence.
Well, for Pope Francis, the term might just refer to people he doesn’t like; but historically, “clericalism” refers to misperceptions regarding the clerical state, and, as a result, confusion regarding both the clerical and the lay calling.
Clericalism is a “caricature,” Shaw continues. “It fosters an ecclesiastical caste system in which clerics comprise the dominant elite, with lay people serving as a passive, inert mass of spear-carriers tasked with receiving clerical tutelage and doing what they’re told.”
Shaw’s perceptive insight goes a long way to explain the situation in the American Church today, because clericalism spawns two popular myths: first, that the only way to have a truly religious calling is to work in an official capacity in the institutional Church; and second, that the opinions of clerics are superior to those of the laity, not only on matters of faith and morals, but on prudential questions regarding social and political issues as well.
According to Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, such questions belong in the realm of the laity. However, instead of encouraging the laity in our efforts to meet that challenge, today’s bishops are eagerly encouraging us to fill positions in the institutional Church.
Kevin Cardinal Farrell, who heads the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Family, Laity and Life, tells bishops visiting Rome “that they need to get lay people into the Church . . . holding jobs in the Church. For instance, I mean running the educational system, or the financial system . . . the only thing that’s off the table at this moment is ordaining women to the priesthood! Everything else is open.”
And he assures his interviewer that “Pope Francis told me expressly he would like to see more lay people over here.”
As bishop of Dallas, Farrell derided the “cowboy mentality” of his flock, and hinted that many of them weren’t very smart, either. Now, as the Vatican’s point man on the laity, he wants them to work for the Vatican — ironically, where they will always be under the supervision of a cleric!
So we have two “caricatures” of clericalism, both of which command the “inert mass” of the laity to lay down “passively” and let the clericalists speak for all Catholics, even on the wide range of issues which the Church’s own law accords to the laity (Lumen Gentium, nn. 30 ff; Code of Canon Law, n. 212).
The post-Vatican II era was supposed to be “the Age of the Laity,” but when it comes to America’s bishops, Shaw’s words have fallen on deaf ears. At best, we can surmise that episcopal sentiment has triumphed over common sense.
Consider Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who in 2008 hailed Obama’s victory as “a great step forward for humanity and a sign that in the United States the problem of racial discrimination has been overcome.” This optimism provided a springboard for the bishops’ support of Obama’s welfare-state agenda for the next eight years, even while millions of real Catholics were being persecuted by his radical regime.
Obama repeatedly betrayed the bishops’ trust, yet they soldiered on: USCCB President Timothy Cardinal Dolan pleaded on national television in 2013 (Meet the Press, December 1, 2013) that they wanted to be Obama’s cheerleaders on comprehensive health care reform, but couldn’t be if that included morally objectionable components. This was even as Obama was launching attack after attack on the Church, on the family, on life, education, health care, and virtually every aspect of American society.
Cardinal Dolan’s candor was refreshing. He admitted that the bishops had lost credibility due to their cover-ups of clerical homosexual abuse that spanned several decades. He also frankly admitted that this weakness contributed to the years of silence on the part of the bishops regarding the unpopular moral teachings of the Church, especially Humanae Vitae (Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2012).
Into this vacuum of authority strolled Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, who became popular with the mainstream media with her “Nuns on the Bus” road show in 2012. Since they were not involved in the scandals, America’s women religious have escaped, for the most part, the sustained criticism aimed at the bishops. However, instead of using the opportunity to teach the truths of the faith with renewed clarity, today’s dissident activists among women religious have instead drawn down the reservoir of goodwill that the nation once felt for the devoted sisters of an age long gone, using it instead to advance their radical political agenda.
As a result, Sr. Simone squandered a golden opportunity, and embraced Obama’s agenda even more brazenly than the bishops did.
Here we see clericalism’s core contradiction: Sr, Simone’s is just another leftist wrapped in the slippery Marxist dialectic.
Consider: It is Simone’s fellow feminist dissenters in religious garb who have criticized, so long and so hard, those “Old Men In Rome” whose “patriarchy” is so pathetic, so anachronistic, so unjust — you get the picture. In that, they were supposedly condemning clericalism.
And yet — now she’s just one of those “Old Women On The Bus.”
Yes, the busybody nun is easily seduced by the temptation to indulge in the same tired clericalism of those heirarchs whom her sisterhood reviles: hypocrisy enthroned, she wraps herself in the hijacked trappings of Catholic authority, throwing Catholic moral teaching under the bus as she spouts pro-LGBT, pro-women’s “ordination” blather and wows the gaggle of vulgar viragos marching on Washington, blasphemously conferring upon their salacity a bawdy blessing, assuring them with a wink that their hateful poison has infected Catholic institutions too.
No wonder they cheered.
In a recent interview with the Jesuit America magazine, Sr. Simone doesn’t even bother to mention Jesus. Her mission is all about neighborhood organizing, supporting the Obama agenda, and branding it with a purloined “Catholic” label.
In her latest political foray, she insists that Congress preserve Obamacare’s destructive agenda, labeling her opinions as “Commandments,” just in case the public has forgotten that, after all, she is zealously “religious.”
Meanwhile, the bishops are silent. A word from them and they’d be slapped down with the usual epithets. “Our credibility is shredded,” said the bishops’ leader on Child Protection (USA Today, September 5, 2012).
And here Mr. Shaw is relevant once more: “Finally, unpleasant though it is, it’s necessary to face up to the link between clericalism and the scandal of clergy sex abuse. Clericalism plainly doesn’t cause sex abuse, any more than sex abuse causes clericalism. But the two things fit together hand in glove. Secrecy explains why.”
And one of the best-kept secrets of the entire foul abuse scandals is this: While a relatively small percentage of priests were criminally abusers, a majority of America’s bishops were guilty of covering up for them, in some cases even actively enabling them, all the while keeping their jobs, costing the faithful billions and inflicting a profound moral wound on the Church that will take decades, if not centuries, to heal.
For now, the prospects for that healing are not promising: leading bishops recently announced that their highest foreign policy priority is Global Warming. Domestically, they continue to insist on amnesty for illegal aliens, preserving the worst features of Obamacare, and continuing the influx into the country of unaccompanied minors and Muslim “refugees” — all programs for which the bishops’ welfare agencies have received hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year under Obama.
Wherein lies another well-kept secret: In addition to their taxpayer support, the USCCB taxes each diocese — and ultimately the people in the pews of every American parish — through the “diocesan assessment” and the “Cathedraticum,” respectively — without ever consulting the laity on the political and social advocacy that they are paying for. Moreover, federal law forbids the use of taxpayer funding for lobbyists, public relations firms, fundraising experts, and legislative staff. The bill for those expenses is sent to the people in the pews.
As Shaw says, we’re clericalists ourselves — and we are its victims.
What is to be done? It’s up to the laity. The thousands of bureaucrats at the USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Charities, USA, are constantly asking Congress — in the name of the laity — for more federal funding. After all, as their budgets reveal, these entities are little more than federal government subsidiaries with nice Catholic labels. In the pews or in our taxes, the meek, passive laity must pay for it all, period.
Until we don’t.

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German Cardinal Marx suggests lay-run parishes

German Cardinal Marx suggests lay-run parishes

[Laying the groundwork for the ordination of “viri probati” (and “mulieres probatae”?)?]

Catholic World News – March 27, 2017

Instead of closing parishes because of a shortage of priests, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich has proposed to appoint lay people to administer parishes.

Cardinal Marx said that lay-run parishes would provide the German archdiocese with a way of “remaining visible locally” despite the clergy shortage. “The local Church is most significant,” he said. “We would waste a great many opportunities if we were to withdraw from our territorial roots.”

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Mexico City archdiocese: ‘immoral’ to help build Trump’s border wall

Mexico City archdiocese: ‘immoral’ to help build Trump’s border wall

[Will AmChurch follow suit?]

Catholic World News – March 27, 2017

An editorial in the newspaper of the Mexico City archdiocese has argued that helping to build the border wall proposed by American President Donald Trump would be immoral.

The wall would be “a serious affront to dignity,” the editorial in Desde la Fe contends. The paper criticized the Mexican government for a “tepid” reaction to statements by some Mexican corporations that they would be willing to bid on the Trump project.

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Pope Francis is playing with fire. Hell fire.

Pope Francis is playing with fire. Hell fire.

John-Henry Westen

March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – For months the Vatican has been sending Catholics a steady stream of indications that Pope Francis agrees with the modernists’ view allowing Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.

We had his signature on a letter supporting the Buenos Aires bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. We had testimony to the Pope’s view by Germany’s Cardinal Marx, one of the Pope’s Council of 9 Cardinals. We had the Maltese bishops say so. We had the chief interpreter of legislative texts at the Vatican say so. And we’ve seen numerous articles published in the Vatican newspaper advocating this break with Tradition.

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Cardinal Burke: Vatican hosting pro-abort population control activist was ‘simply a scandal’

Cardinal Burke: Vatican hosting pro-abort population control activist was ‘simply a scandal’

Claire Chretien

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia, March 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke said it’s “simply a scandal” that pro-abortion and pro-contraception population control activist Paul Ehrlich was given a platform at a recent Vatican conference.

Burke was speaking on Friday to a standing room only crowd at St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church as part of its distinguished speaker series. He fielded questions at the end of his talk.

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