Stan Gets Stapled: Is Catholic Answers Becoming Protestant Answers?

Stan Gets Stapled: Is Catholic Answers Becoming Protestant Answers?

Catholic Answers Provides a Protestant Answer to the Crisis

Written by Christopher A. Ferrara
1/19/17

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Among the diehards of the neo-Catholic establishment, there are still plenty of blind men who are stuck in the usual mode of deny, deny, deny, explain, explain, explain. Take Tim Staples, for example, the “Director of Apologetics and Evangelization” for Catholic Answers. During an installment of the radio call-in show Catholic Answers Live, speaking to a caller named “Stan,” Staples babbled on for nearly ten minutes in an effort to explain that Francis has done nothing amiss and “there is no doctrinal error here.” What follows is my commentary on Staples’ sophistical attempt to explain away the crisis whose existence he cannot admit—for a probable reason I will propose at the end of this piece.

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In Malta, A Shepherd or a Wolf?

In Malta, A Shepherd or a Wolf?

Steve Skojec January 20, 2017

On May 28, 2011, in the small island nation of Malta — nestled in a Mediterranean archipelago between Italy’s boot and Africa’s northern coast — a referendum was held on the topic of divorce. The official religion of the Maltese Republic is Catholicism, and the country traces its Christian origins back all the way to St. Paul, who is believed to have been shipwrecked there. This connection to the most prolific apostle confers with it a special status; the Archdiocese of Malta is designated as an Apostolic see.

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“Putin’s Russia has moved considerably to the right of the Pope’s Vatican.”

“Putin’s Russia has moved considerably to the right of the Pope’s Vatican.”

[“We used to pray for the intentions of the pope and the conversion of Russia. Now we pray for the intentions of Russia and the conversion of the Pope!” – Gloria.TV News]

January 20, 2017
Posted by Tantumblogo

If by “right,” one means in the direction of promoting traditional Christian values and beliefs, I’d say that’s correct, and what a damning indictment that is, given how many errors the Russian Orthodox hold, in spite of the ancient nature of that Church and its many beautiful elements.

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San Antonio archbishop removes Anglican-use Catholic parish pastor

BREAKING: San Antonio archbishop removes Anglican-use Catholic parish pastor

[For no apparent reason except possibly for deviation from the local Novus Ordo party line of Hispanic mariachi-music liturgies and liberation theology-influenced institutions such as the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC). The beginning of a crackdown of another aspect of the JP2/B16 legacy? – i.e., special provisions for former Anglicans and Episcopalians to become Catholics because of opposition to pansexual innovations (such as ordination of women and buggers as well as marriage of the latter) in their churches. Hat-tip to Hilary White at What’s up with Francis Church]

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TRAD LIVES MATTER! US Bishop attacks “ad orientem” worship, overrides Summorum Pontificum

TRAD LIVES MATTER! US Bishop attacks “ad orientem” worship, overrides Summorum Pontificum

[Another AmChurch bishop cracks down on ROTR and the TLM; hat-tip to Canon212]

Posted on 19 January 2017 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

I received a copy of a letter sent by the Bishop of Rockford, Most Rev. David J. Malloy, to the priests of that diocese.

In this letter, a follow up to their diocesan “Presbytery Day” (where he spoke to them about “challenges”), the bishop writes:

Following that talk, I write now to ask for your cooperation on several matters that have since been referred to me in connection with my comments last September:

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Maltese bishop threatens priests will be suspended a divinis for refusing communion to divorced/remarried

Maltese bishop threatens priests will be suspended a divinis for refusing communion to divorced/remarried

[The heavy hand of the “Church of mercy”]

JAN 19TH 2017 BY DEACON NICK DONNELLY

Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, a Maltese island, has allegedly threatened priests that he will suspend them a divinis if they refuse Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly “remarried”. The German website Katholisches reports that Bishop Mario Grech announced his decision to impose this canonical punishment immediately on returning from Rome. Bishop Mario Grech is the co-signatory with Archbishop Charles Scicluna of the document, “Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia”.

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Nigerian prelate laments lack of missionary commitment

Nigerian prelate laments lack of missionary commitment

Catholic World News – January 19, 2017

A Nigerian archbishop said in a recent homily that a lack of a sense of missionary urgency among priests and religious is the greatest challenge facing the Church in Africa’s most populous nation.

Archbishop Mathew Man’Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna said that “many in our generation seem to have been infected with the deadly virus of complacency, lethargy, and nonchalance.”

“We like to bask in the euphoria of our being the first and well established Roman Catholic Church founded on Peter the Rock, with no sense of urgency to proclaim the Gospel,” he continued. “Before our very own eyes we see wolves in sheep’s clothing poaching and devouring our sheep, without any serious concern except that of assuring and reassuring ourselves that when some leave, others will come in on their own because we are, one, holy, catholic and apostolic.”

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Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary novena Jan. 24-Feb 1.

NOVENA: In preparation for the Feast of the Purification

I. Bright mirror of all virtues, holiest Mary, forty days had scarcely elapsed from thy delivery when thou, though the purest of all virgins, didst will, according to the law, to be presented in the temple to be purified: grant that we, like thee, may keep our hearts unstained by sin, that so we, too, may be made worthy to be presented to our God in the temple of his glory.
Hail Mary, etc.

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Lawsuit by Ex-SNAP Insider Exposes Lawyer Kickback Schemes, Exploitation of Victims, and Corruption of SNAP

Lawsuit by Ex-SNAP Insider Exposes Lawyer Kickback Schemes, Exploitation of Victims, and Corruption of SNAP

w/ EXCLUSIVE Court Docs

[A scam/shakedown/kickback-scheme for anti-Catholic ambulance-chasers]

JANUARY 19, 2017 BY THEMEDIAREPORT

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Exposed in the courts: SNAP president Barbara Blaine (l) and SNAP director David Clohessy (r)

A callous disregard for victims. Financial kickbacks from Church-suing tort lawyers. Retaliation.

A stunning new civil lawsuit filed in Illinois by a former insider at SNAP confirms what many of us have known all along: SNAP is not an organization designed to help victims of clergy sex abuse but a gang hellbent on shaking down the Catholic Church through a seedy web of lawyer kickback schemes, lawsuits, and bigotry.

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Some interesting recent developments in the Knights of Malta Machtpolitik-Kulturkampf (power-politics/culture-struggle)

[Some interesting recent developments in the Knights of Malta Machtpolitik-Kulturkampf (power-politics/culture-struggle)]

From: Order of Malta, Holy See Remain at Odds Over Inquiry Commission

Edward Pentin
VATICAN | JAN. 18, 2017

Conflict-of-Interest Accusations

In his Jan. 14 letter, Fra’ Festing said the makeup of the Holy See commission had “raised serious questions,” including because of “serious accusations of a conflict of interest for at least three of the members who have been proved to be linked to a fund in Geneva.” The Register previously reported three commission members — Archbishop Tomasi, Marc Odendall and Marwan Sehnaoui — had been involved with Boeselager regarding a mysterious 120-million Swiss Franc ($118 million) donation to the benefit of the order.

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Vatican doubles down on commission members as Order of Malta controversy continues

Vatican doubles down on commission members as Order of Malta controversy continues

Jan Bentz

January 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In a press release yesterday, the Vatican said it “reaffirms its confidence in the five Members” of the Pope Francis appointed commission and “rejects, based on the documentation in its possession, any attempt to discredit these Members of the Group and their work.” The statement comes in the wake of revelations of bias concerning three of the five members of the group set up to investigate the dismissal of one of the high ranking members of the high profile Catholic order for having knowingly permitted distribution of contraception.

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Anglican Ordinariate: No Communion for unchaste divorced and remarried couples; no ‘at peace with God’ exceptions

Anglican Ordinariate: No Communion for unchaste divorced and remarried couples; no ‘at peace with God’ exceptions

[No “Anglican patrimony” on this issue brought over into the Catholic Church]

Jan Bentz

January 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Catholics who are civilly divorced and remarried “cannot receive the Eucharistic Communion” as long as they do not live in abstinence, explains a pastoral letter published by the Personal Anglican Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter on Tuesday.

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Luther Would Have “Found His Own Council” in Vatican II

Luther Would Have “Found His Own Council” in Vatican II

Steve Skojec January 18, 2017

Yesterday, we told you that the Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office plans to issue a stamp bearing the image of Martin Luther. Now, in a reflection given to commemorate the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation — and published in the official Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano — Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has made some rather astonishing observations that seem to complement this bizarre decision perfectly.

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Louie V. : FINALLY! Bishops Attack AL’s Most Basic Error!

akacatholic.com/finally-bishops-publicly-address-als-most-basic-error/

[ click on link, above, for entire article ]

LifeSite News is reporting that three Eastern European prelates – Archbishop Tomash Peta, Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider – have issued an appeal calling on faithful Catholics to join them in a “spiritual crusade,” praying:

“That Pope Francis may confirm the unchanging praxis of the Church with regard to the truth of the indissolubility of marriage.”
While this appeal is similar in many ways to others, it is noteworthy indeed.

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