The Camel, The Tent, and The Nose

The Camel, The Tent, and The Nose

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
Timothy Dempsey

The Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s (GALA) has applied to the Notre Dame Alumni Association (NDAA) for official recognition.

NOTRE DAME, IN – GALA has for some years sought, and has had some success in gaining, a foothold on campus. It achieved one of its most important goals with the university’s recognition of a student LGBT club. Its target now is official approval as an alumni group.

While GALA’s goal of eliminating discrimination against LGBT students is praiseworthy, its celebration of same-sex marriage, promotion of same-sex marriage on campus, and sponsorship of training of students certainly is not. The NDAA should no more approve this organization than it would one with racial discrimination or abortion as a goal and an ambition to influence students and events on campus.

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Paul Likoudis, RIP

I was just informed that Paul Likoudis, husband, father and the son of James and Ruth Likoudis, passed away after a lengthy illness.

I met Paul only once, a number of years ago. He made important contributions as a Catholic journalist ( the Wanderer ) in uncovering grave problems arising from within the USCCB as well as a number of related areas of concern.

Please pray for his soul and for his bereaved family.

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine et lux perpetua luceat ei Requiescat in pace Amen +

Assisi

Assisi

It is silly and meaningless. Perhaps under Francis it becomes non- or barely religious and more a political meeting.

Posted by Fr Ray Blake on Friday, September 23, 2016

Assisi: as Fr Lucie Smith says [in the Catholic Herald] needs revamping, it is a bit like any ecumenical event, it becomes self-referential, a bit ‘same old’ a bit dull. I have always justified it to those Catholics who disapprove of ‘Assisi’, as being the Pope being recognised in some sense as ‘leader’ of all ‘faith communities’, I admit its not necessarily good theology.

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New York parish promotes ‘Catholic’ gay activist rally that includes Mass

New York parish promotes ‘Catholic’ gay activist rally that includes Mass

Claire Chretien

NEW YORK, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—A Catholic parish is promoting a pro-homosexual “Pilgrimage of Mercy” and not planning on denying its participants Holy Communion when they attend Mass as part of the pro-LGBT event in October. The parish is also hosting a speaker from the nation’s leading homosexual lobby group, the Human Rights Campaign, today. The Archdiocese of New York declined to comment on both events.

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A Meme from the Mean

A Meme from the Mean

Written by Michael Matt | Editor
9/22/16

A man willing to speak the truth in an alethephobic world is a man ready to hear a lot of this: You’re so mean! And you know what? If you want to get your message out you’d better fix your tone!”

Truth these days has an automatic tonal problem however it’s presented, whereas every manner of deceit is music to the modern ear. I don’t’ know how it happened but we’ve become so fragile, so feckless.

Remember when this guy was a hero of the silver screen?

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A whiff of schism: when different Catholics hold radically different beliefs

A whiff of schism: when different Catholics hold radically different beliefs

[Important quote:] These conflicts erupted in the 1960s, peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, then subsided for a few decades. They have escalated again during the past three years, since the election of Pope Francis.

By Phil Lawler | Sep 23, 2016

At a Catholic parish in Athy, Ireland, a lesbian couple who resigned from parish ministry after entering a legal marriage has returned to active participation—and to loud applause. So now everyone is welcome in St. Michael’s parish, right?

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Vatican revises norms for examining alleged miracles

Vatican revises norms for examining alleged miracles

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service
9.23.2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an effort to ensure transparency as well as historical and scientific accuracy, Pope Francis has approved revised norms for the Congregation for Saints’ Causes regarding medical consultations on healings alleged to be miracles.
Among the regulations published by the Vatican Sept. 23 was the requirement that the medical panel have a quorum of six experts and that a two-thirds majority is needed to approve a statement declaring a healing has no natural or scientific explanation.
Previously, the declaration — a key step in a pope’s recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of a candidate for sainthood — required the approval of a simple majority of the consultation team members present.
“The purpose of the regulation is for the good of the (saints’) causes, which can never be separated from the historical and scientific truth of the alleged miracles,” Archbishop Marcello Bartolucci, secretary of the congregation, said in a Sept. 23 statement.
Archbishop Bartolucci presided over a seven-member commission that began revising the regulations in September 2015 to update the norms established by St. John Paul II in 1983. Except in the case of martyrs, in general two miracles are needed for a person to be declared a saint — one for beatification and the second for canonization.
The new regulations, which were approved with the pope’s mandate Aug. 24 by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, also state that an alleged miracle “cannot be re-examined more than three times.”
For each alleged miracle, the Medical Consultation team is comprised of a maximum of seven experts; when the promoter of a cause appeals a negative judgment, a new team of physicians and medical experts must be appointed, the new norms say. The members of each consultation will remain unknown to the postulator, as the promotor of the specific cause called.
A presumed miracle is first reviewed by two medical experts within the congregation, and with their recommendation is then sent to the Medical Consultation team.
While the medical experts receive compensation for their work, the new regulations state that they will only be paid through wire transfer. Prior to the approval of the new norms, experts were given the option to receive cash payments for their work.
Archbishop Bartolucci said the regulations will further ensure that the consultations will be carried out with “serenity, objectivity and complete security” by the medical experts.
“This regulation obviously concerns only the proper functioning of the Medical Consultation, whose task is always more delicate, demanding and, thank God, appreciated inside and outside the church,” he said.

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The Sodomovement advances in the Church – with the silence or approval of churchmen!

[The Sodomovement advances in the Church – with the silence or approval of churchmen!]

From: Gloria.TV News on the 23rd of September 2016

Silent Support: Albert Roggenbuck, a so-called drag queen – a man who dresses up as a woman – gave the homily, functioned as a deacon and distributed Holy Communion during a Mass during the novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the parish of Itaquera in the diocese of Sao Miguel Paulista, Sao Paolo. The local bishop Dom Manuel Parrado Carral has shown silent support of this scandal.

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Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

CHINA-VATICAN: Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

[The ChiCom reply to the Vatican Fernostpolitik (Far East Policy) of appeasing them>]?

Bernardo Cervellera
09/23/2016

Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for “illegal religious activities” by Catholic or other members of underground communities. “Illegal activities” include “dependence from abroad” (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community.

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At UN, Cardinal Parolin outlines Vatican ‘foreign policy’

At UN, Cardinal Parolin outlines Vatican ‘foreign policy’

[His Eminence did not mention the West (especially the US) and the UN (under the guise of “sustainable development”) forcing contraception, abortion and other deviances on the Third World]

Catholic World News – September 22, 2016

In a September 22 address to the UN General Assembly, the Vatican’s Secretary of State offered an overview of the Holy See’s concerns about world affairs.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin opened his remarks by welcoming the approval by international leaders of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris accord on climate change. He went on to say, however, that these goals cannot realistically be reached without significant changes in the world’s economic systems. Specifically, he spoke of the “ecological debt” that wealthy nations should pay to the needy, and the need for “alternative financial systems capable of ensuring that financial resources are both accessible to and sustainable for the poorest.”

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Head of U.S. bishops’ marriage committee lauds scholars’ affirmation of ‘Humanae Vitae’

Head of U.S. bishops’ marriage committee lauds scholars’ affirmation of ‘Humanae Vitae’

Claire Chretien

September 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth commended the hundreds of Catholic scholars who released a defense of Church teaching on contraception as a group of dissidents blasted it at the United Nations.

“It is so encouraging to see a broad group of Catholic scholars standing up to promote and defend the Church’s teaching on married love and responsible parenthood and the fact that contraception and sterilization are morally unacceptable and cannot lead a couple to the happiness they desire,” Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, wrote.

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Canadian archbishop to accept award from women’s ordination advocacy group ‘FutureChurch’

Canadian archbishop to accept award from women’s ordination advocacy group ‘FutureChurch’

Pete Baklinski

CLEVELAND, Ohio, September 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian archbishop has agreed to accept an award from a dissident U.S. Catholic group tonight for his work in promoting female deacons within the Catholic Church during the 2015 Family Synod in Rome.

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of the Gatineau diocese in Quebec will receive the award from FutureChurch for what the group called his “visionary proposal during the 2015 Family Synod in Rome calling on bishops to discuss women deacons and expand leadership for women in the Church including greater opportunities for preaching.”

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Donald Trump Names Rick Santorum and Other Top Pro-Life Neo-Catholics as Key Advisers

Donald Trump Names Rick Santorum and Other Top Pro-Life [Neo-]Catholics as Key Advisers

STEVEN ERTELT SEP 22, 2016

Fresh from announcing a list of pro-life leaders who are advising him on issues that matter to pro-life voters, Donald Trump has named a group of pro-life Catholic leaders as additional key advisers, including pro-life former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

The list of 33 advisers includes former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who ran for president in 2012 and 2016 and who was a leader on pro-life issues in Congress — including the ban on partial-birth abortions. Faith Whittlesey, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland and a high-ranking political official in the Reagan White House is also on the list of pro-life Catholics advising Trump.

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