A Very Popular Pope, But Not Among the Bishops

A Very Popular Pope, But Not Among the Bishops

Sandro Magister
28 May 17

With the appointment as president of Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, after that of the secretary general three years ago, Pope Francis now has full control of the Italian episcopal conference, one third of whose bishops have been installed by him, even in dioceses of the first rank like Bologna, Palermo, the vicariate of Rome, and soon also Milan.

Appointments are a key element in the strategy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. It should suffice to look at how he is reshaping in his image the college of cardinals, which in the future will elect his successor. After the latest batch of cardinals, announced one week ago for the end of June, chances are slimmer that the next pope could mark a return to the past.

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The President Meets the Pope

The President Meets the Pope

by Christopher A. Ferrara
May 25, 2017

So Pope Bergoglio has met with the President he publicly declared “not Christian” because he pledges to build a border wall. The meeting was cordial, and the First Lady and Trump’s daughter Ivanka had the decency to dress modestly for the occasion, including chapel veils routinely eschewed by the Pope’s more “liberated” female dignitary guests.

There was, by all reports, no discussion between the Pope and the President regarding “climate change,” the quasi-religious liberal dogma masquerading as science. But Trump was not allowed to escape the apostolic palace without being badgered about the issue. In the later meeting with Cardinal Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, Trump was pressed to commit the United States to remaining a party to the Paris Accord, which would impose the absurd requirement that the US “reduce its greenhouse gas emissions” — meaning predominantly simple carbon dioxide, which we exhale with every breath and plants need for photosynthesis —”by 26-28 percent below the 2005 level in 2025, and to make ‘best efforts’ to reduce emissions by 28 percent.”

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Gay Man Announces His Same-Sex Wedding in Radical LGBT-Affirmative Parish Bulletin

Gay Man Announces His Same-Sex Wedding in Radical LGBT-Affirmative Parish Bulletin

[Not for the bans of marriage (which in his case should be banned) but for his qualifications in running for parish council]

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[Fr. Muth celebrating Math]

Joseph Sciambra
5/27/17

A man who is a nominee for the Pastoral Council at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Baltimore announced in the Church bulletin that he is going to marry his same-sex partner. Within the May 28, 2017, bulletin is a “Pastoral Council Election Ballot.” This includes a short biography of each nominee. According to this one particular biography: “My fiancée and I are attending marriage counseling in preparation for our upcoming wedding.”

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Pope Francis Appoints LGBT-Positive Priest as Auxiliary Bishop in San Diego

Pope Francis Appoints LGBT-Positive Priest as Auxiliary Bishop in San Diego

[Hat-tip to PewSitter and Canon212: “CreepChurch: Gay New Prays praises the Francis for adding a San Diego auxiliary ‘with an LGBT-positive record'” (Is LGBT-positive related to HIV-positive?) How will Church Militant spin this?]

May 27, 2017
Robert Shine

Fr. John Dolan, a priest with an LGBT-positive record, has been appointed by the Vatican to be an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of San Diego.

Announcements about Dolan’s appointment repeatedly noted his pastoral work with marginalized people. In the past few years, this work has included ministry with LGBT Catholics and their families.

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POLISH PM WARNS EUROPE ABOUT ACCEPTING MORE MUSLIM MIGRANTS

Polish PM Warns Europe About Accepting More Muslim Migrants

Reacts to threats of sanctions for refusing migrants

[Mother of a recently-ordained priest who offers the traditional Latin Mass (see AQ angelqueen.org/2017/05/26/polish-prime-ministers-son-will-celebrate-in-the-tridentine-rite/ ]

by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • May 26, 2017

WARSAW, Poland – Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło tells Europe after the Manchester terrorist bombing, “Rise from your knees, from your lethargy or you will be crying over your children every day.”

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Who put the Ram in the Ramadamadingdong?

[Tickled my fancy – hat-tip FreeRepublic.com ]
www.michellesmirror.com/2017/05/who-put-ram-in-ramadamadingdong.html
by MOTUS A.D., May 27, 2017

Yesterday marked the official start of the holiday. Ours too of course, but I’m talking about Ramadan, the Muslims most holy holiday. It began at 6:00 PM.

To celebrate we grilled up some succulent BBQ pork ribs,

smothered in delicious Montgomery Inn Barbecue Sauce. (Which I used to have no problem finding around here until Kroger bought out our local gourmet grocery store and they stopped carrying it. So if anyone lives near Montgomery, OH…I need more sauce!) And we washed it all down with lots of good old American beer. [more photos at the link]

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Leadership of the Church “Very Disappointing”

Leadership of the Church “Very Disappointing”

en.news
5/27/17

According to Anna Silvas, lecturer for patristics at the University of New England, Australia, “a lot of bishops live in a sort of safety-first sort of zone.” For her “the generality of the leadership of the Church is very disappointing at the moment.” Talking to lifesitenews.com she added that she was “scandalised” about this.

Silvas also criticised, what she called, “affective papalism” and asks the question, “What happens when the Pope is disobedient to the [previous] Pope?”

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Good Peripheries and Bad Peripheries?

Good Peripheries and Bad Peripheries?

By Fr Reto Nay
en.news
5/27/17

During a Roman presentation of Cardinal Robert Sarah’s book “The Power of Silence”, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household, said, that “for the Church there is no such thing as peripheries; her heart is wherever a candle burns in front of a tabernacle.”

Nevertheless, Pope Francis often talks about peripheries. He is even referred to as “Pope of the Peripheries”. In this sense, Cardinal Sarah, who hails from a poor family in peripheral Muslim Guinea, must be called “Cardinal of the Peripheries”. But then we hear, that the liberal “Pope of the Peripheries” does not like the Catholic “Cardinal of the Peripheries”.

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Trump’s Catholic Budget Chief: The U.S. Bishops “Are Wrong”

Trump’s Catholic Budget Chief: The U.S. Bishops “Are Wrong”

en.news
5/27/17

President Trump’s budget chief Mick Mulvaney, a lifelong Catholic, has defended the U.S. budget from claims from the Catholic bishops that it is “profoundly troubling”. On May 24th he said to The Charlotte Observer, “Respectfully, they are wrong.” He added, “We are not going to kick any deserving person off any meaningful program. And: “We are going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off of those [social] programs and get back in charge of their own lives.”

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Joke of the Day: There’s this Synod…

Joke of the Day: There’s this Synod…

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Louie Verrecchio
May 26, 2017

The Holy See has produced a Preparatory Document for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”

Those looking for a mortification opportunity will find a careful read of this 11,000+ word tome more than sufficient. For the rest of you, I’ve taken the bullet and am offering here the following overview.

First, let’s not be naïve: If we learned anything in 2014-2015, it’s that the “God of Surprises” and his merry band of modernists already have an outcome in mind, and come Hell or high water, they aim to achieve it.

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Philippines: Islamic State jihadis capture and murder nine Christians [i.e., Catholics, R.i.P.]

Philippines: Islamic State jihadis capture and murder nine Christians [i.e., Catholics, R.i.P.]

MAY 26, 2017 BY ROBERT SPENCER

Did these Christians draw Muhammad? Did they poke the Muslims in the eye in some way? They must have provoked them, right? If we just stay quiet, we will be okay, right?

Actually, their crime was only to be Christian. Pope Francis is no doubt jetting to Marawi City as we speak, so as to explain to these jihad mass murderers that true Islam and the proper understanding of the Qur’an reject every form of violence.

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ITALY’S CATHOLICS PUSH BACK AGAINST GAY PRIDE PARADE

Italy’s Catholics Push Back Against Gay Pride Parade

Catholics planning public day of reparation receive no support from local clergy

by Juliana Freitag • ChurchMilitant • May 26, 2017

“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It’s up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church.” ~Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen

Last week Catholics from Reggio Emilia in northern Italy decided to take action against the first-ever gay pride parade to take place in their town on June 3.

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DOES CANON LAW FORBID NO-FAULT DIVORCE?

Does Canon Law Forbid No-Fault Divorce?

Why order Catholics to get permission before divorcing if no one does so?

[Bai Macfarlane takes Ed Peters to the woodshed]

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • May 26, 2017 0 Comments

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – The question whether Catholics who divorce must obtain permission from their bishop before they file is being debated by experienced canon lawyers, learned laypeople and Vatican officials.

Dr. Ed Peters, a widely respected canon lawyer, starts off his analysis of the issue by admitting that this requirement is written into the Church’s legal code. “Canons 1151–1155 of the Code of Canon Law state that Roman Catholics wishing to separate from their spouses must obtain ecclesiastical permission for the cessation of conjugal life,” says Peters.

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Francis-appointed Cardinal personally welcomes ‘LGBT Pilgrimage’ to cathedral

Francis-appointed Cardinal personally welcomes ‘LGBT Pilgrimage’ to cathedral

Doug Mainwaring

May 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — On Sunday, May 21, Cardinal Joseph Tobin personally welcomed homosexuals to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark as part of a so-called “LGBT Pilgrimage.”

It’s unclear how many were expected to attend, but photographs of the event suggest a modest turnout for a New York City area event.

On his Facebook page, Fr. James Martin, SJ—lauded by Catholic dissident, Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, for showing “how the Rosary and the rainbow flag can peacefully meet each other,”—delivered a congratulatory message to the Cardinal, saying, “Bravo!”

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Belgian Bishops Claim That Sexually-Active Remarried Divorcees Can Receive Communion

Belgian Bishops Claim That [Sexually-Active] Remarried Divorcees Can Receive Communion

en.new
5/27/17

On Mai 24th, the Belgian bishops published a pastoral letter about the controversial document “Amoris Laetitia”. They write: “One cannot decree that all those [who are] divorced and remarried [as well as sexually active] can be admitted to communion. Nor can one decree that they are all excluded.” The bishops ask for “pastoral decisions” based on the consciences of each person.

They seem not to be aware of the fact, that those “pastoral decisions” have been made by the Church. Civilly remarried divorcees have access to the sacraments if they abstain from sexual intercourse. Otherwise they eat their own judgment when receiving Holy Communion unlawfully (1 Cor 11,28).

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