[Hat-tip to Canon212: “Francis, Jesuit Refugee Service meet with federal paymaster Sen. Tim Kaine in the Vatican!” Seeking an endorsement for the 2020 US presidential race? If so, will he be recycled as Hillary’s running-mate or go for the top spot?]
POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2017, BY WTVR (Richmond, Virginia) WEB STAFF
VATICAN CITY – Senator Tim Kaine met with Pope Francis after attending a general audience with him on Wednesday.
This month marks the second anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of Islamic terrorists. Their crime? Loving Christ enough to die for Him. Would Roman Catholics do the same? What motivates martyrs, if not love of something bigger than life itself?
Michael Matt asks the question: Is it because the New Order no longer speaks of Holy MOTHER Church that so few of her sons seem willing to die for her anymore? What have we lost? What was life in the Church like just 40 years ago? Growing up Catholic…and remembering what we lost. Scapulars. Meat-less Friday. Ember Days. Midnight Masses. Catholic Schools. Unlocked churches. Kids on bikes (sans helmet). Dogs without leashes. Large Catholic families. Remember?
Francis shows no signs of dropping his demand for a seemingly limitless accommodation of “refugees,” the vast majority of whom are military-age Muslim males, while he resides in a walled enclave surrounded by a small army of security guards. Meanwhile, as [Deacon] Robert Spencer notes, the consequences in both Europe and the United States have been deadly. To borrow from his summary of recent events, on his important Jihad Watch website:
The Communities of Jerusalem Leave Belgium (photo of their establishment
in Great St. Martin Church in Cologne)
[A Belgian version of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bishop Konderla, who also ousted from his diocese two traditional religious communities founded by his predecessor]
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
(Brussels) An icy wind is blowing now under the new Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. After throwing out the Priestly Society of the Holy Apostles from his diocese, the Communities of the Brothers and Sisters of Jerusalem must now pack their bags.
(Rome) Cardinal Raymond Burke, a brilliant jurist and the highest judge of the Holy See until the end of 2014, is a patient man with a great deal of suffering. But he can not just stand by for everything. Anyone who currently wants to understand what is happening in the Vatican and in the Church must listen carefully, look behind the scenes, read between the lines and, above all, question what the “information disinformation channels” are rumoring in the Vatican, says Marco Tosatti. In other words, anyone who wants to see through this, is called to be an observer. This is exhausting but necessary in the service of the Church.
Posted by Vox Cantoris at Friday, February 24, 2017
“There are those who say ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association’,” the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to a Vatican Radio transcript.
He said that some of these people should also say “‘my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life’.”
The Diocese of Essen, Germany, celebrated its sixtieth anniversary on February 23.
Since 1957, the number of Catholics has declined from 1.4 million to 791,000, in part because of a decline in the steel industry, according to the Italian news agency SIR. Over 200 parishes have closed, with the number of parishes falling from 259 to 43.
P.S. (from AQ moderator Tom): Besides closing churches, what the current bishop, Franz-Josef Overbeck, is doing (“From the horse’s mouth“):
David Carlin on Catholicism as it is meant to be, with all its pre-Vatican II richness: a hearty stew of faith and practice, not a weak, tasteless gruel
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017
I am an old man – old enough to have vivid memories of what American Catholicism was like prior to the end of Vatican II (1965). If I were asked to give a very short summary of the differences between the pre-V2 and post-V2 versions of American Catholicism, I would say the former was a “thick” religion while the latter is a “thin” religion. And I would add that thick religions are “hard” while thin religions are “easy.” So pre-V2 Catholicism was thick and hard, while present-day American Catholicism is thin and easy.
Just a few of the many glories of the pontificate of Pope Francis, preserved for posterity in the style of a Perry Como classic. Dedicated to the great Ed Pentin, journalist and thorn in the side of those for whom truth is now deeply inconvenient.
VATICAN CITY, February 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – More than 10,000 names were delivered to the Vatican this week from people across the world opposed to notorious population control zealot Paul Ehrlich speaking at a Pontifical Academy of Sciences conference.
LifeSiteNews Rome correspondent Jan Bentz brought a petition with 10,710 names to the Vatican on Monday asking Pope Francis to stop plans for the pro-abortion and anti-Catholic Ehrlich to address a symposium titled “Biological Extinction” set for next week.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland, February 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway gave a simple reason why she doesn’t label herself a “feminist” in her speech this morning at CPAC.
“It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist,” she said, because modern feminism is “anti-male and pro-abortion. I am neither.”
Conway is a staunch pro-life activist who was the first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign. She was responding to a question about the pro-abortion Women’s March and Democrats claiming to speak on behalf of women.
February 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider says bishops who order their priests to give Holy Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics are “committing a grave abuse of his power.”
“He’s ordering (the priest) to sin and when a bishop even or a Pope commands me to sin I have to refuse,” Bishop Schneider explained in a recent interview with Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe. “I have to obey God and therefore in this case the priest has to say to the bishop, ‘Your Excellency you order me to commit a sin and I cannot do this, I have to obey God and I cannot obey you.’”
February 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Neil Gorsuch has been received by most conservative leaders as an outstanding nominee to fill the vacant position of Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. His bona fides is attested to by such authorities as the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, as well as numerous luminaries of originalist jurisprudential thought.
On February 16, just two days after the Church observed the Feast of Saint Valentine, who was known for his kind gestures and notes, a rather unkind anonymous post appeared on the SSPX U.S.A. website, criticizing of all things anonymous posts on websites, among other things, such as the anti-Francis posters that appeared on many streets throughout Rome last week:
An excerpt from the SSPX website appears below:
“Further, and as we have touched on before, we cannot support this passive-aggressive and disrespectful method of “correcting” the Sovereign Pontiff. While privacy and confidentiality are not without their place, hiding behind a computer screen has, unfortunately, become an accepted method of public discource. Letters sent without signatures, anonymous emails, and posts on websites using pseudonyms are not done by men of fortitude and conviction in the truth. They are the acts of cowards, who like the mythological figure Eris, only seek to attain their goals – however noble they may be – through chaos.”