June 29, 2016 (The Christian Review) — Is it the altitude? Is it free cocktails? Is it the urging of a captive media hungry for headlines? Is it a loquacious and friendly Pope who likes to freewheel and think aloud? I just don’t know. But now we are told that Christians “have to apologize for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gay people), but we must ask for forgiveness. Not just apologize – forgiveness.”
I have no trouble apologizing for my misdeeds, even if they are corporate in nature, meaning if they are directed towards a group of some kind. As a young man, I had to come to terms, and repent of, the racism I was raised with. I’m very grateful to the University of Texas student who taught me that lesson early in my freshman year. After the initial hurt feelings, my reaction was, “Well, of course he’s right!” …
by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 29, 2016
On June 16, 2016 — the very date of the “debacle at the Lateran” involving Francis’ comments on marriage and cohabitation, the subject of my previous three columns — the Orthodox Church of America approved the following statement of its moral teaching:
The Orthodox Church in America teaches and maintains as a sincerely held religious belief that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman, and that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is immoral, and therefore sin…
[See selection of comments posted to 1Peter5 at bottom; any comment by Christopher Ferrara will be posted when it becomes available]
BY STEVE SKOJEC ON JUNE 29, 2016
In March of this year, as the Catholic world mourned the death of Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation — Mother Angelica as she was known to the viewers of the television network she founded, EWTN — I wrote an essay that was part tribute, part lamentation, concerning what I saw as EWTN’s drift away from her tenacious desire to combat liberalism within the Church. In that essay, I cited at length a passage from Christopher A. Ferrara’s 2006 book, EWTN: A Network Gone Wrong. Specifically, I quoted a section of the book which details an alleged insider account of Mother Angelica’s hasty departure as CEO of EWTN and chairman of its board of directors while under pressure from Bishop David Foley, the ordinary of her diocese, and an investigation instigated by him from Archbishop Roberto Gonzales of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In the interest of space, I will reproduce here only the most relevant portion (of which you can read more at my original post):
BY STEVE SKOJEC ON JUNE 29, 2016
On the June 23rd episode of The World Over With Raymond Arroyo, we witnessed one of the best (if not the best) discussions of papal impropriety in mainstream Catholic news. Again and again, Arroyo shows us that he gets it. And his guests (even with Robert Royal’s tendency to softpedal things) are right there with him.
Even if you’re not a regular viewer of the show (or not a fan) this is definitely worth your time:
BY ERIC SAMMONS ON JUNE 29, 2016
Over the past few years, we’ve all seen articles advising people what to do in an active shooter situation. The advice usually goes, “run, hide, fight.” But many articles point out that the biggest challenge for responding to a crisis isn’t necessarily knowing what to do, but overcoming “normalcy bias.” What is normalcy bias? It is the mental state people tend to enter when faced with a rare and disastrous situation. It is the tendency to deny the possibility that something disastrous is occurring. Even though the evidence points to something very, very bad happening, because we’ve never experienced it before, we assume it can’t really be happening. Thus, many people upon hearing a gunshot will first want to believe it is just a car backfiring. They can’t accept that they are in the midst of a crisis and need to react accordingly.
MANILA, Philippines, June 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – New Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has promised to champion contraception to combat poverty in the country of 102 million people, and he doesn’t mind taking on the Catholic Church to do it.
But experts on corruption and population say babies aren’t the country’s problem. It’s the culture of public malfeasance in which farmers are driven off their land to make way for multinational companies who bribe government leaders for access, and public funds being diverted each year into private pockets.
[“He may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB”]
BY STOYAN ZAIMOV , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
June 29, 2016
Catholic League President Bill Donohue said it is he who deserves an apology from the LGBT community following remarks by Pope Francis that called on Christians to apologize to gay people and others they have offended.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo spoke with Donohue in an interview on Tuesday, where the latter was asked whether he feels like apologizing to the gay community.
JUN 28, 2016 by HILARY WHITE
The following comes from a theologian – yes, an actual professor of theology at a Catholic university who publishes things – who has helped me on occasion when I have been writing against Francis’ habitual blasphemies. He has assured me that I am not wrong in so identifying his various statements against the Faith, and that in calling publicly for Francis to repent his blasphemies I am helping this international group of theologians. Apparently it demonstrates that Francis is indeed causing public scandal.
JUN 28, 2016 by HILARY WHITE
I’ve been saying it for some time. This is their time to get rid of us. There are so few Catholics left who believe what the Church teaches that it shouldn’t really be that hard for them.
But make no mistake. They understand exactly the same thing that we do. The sides have lined up. There is no pretense at all now of trying to convert anyone. They know full well that the work they have done for the last 50 years in the Church to undermine and misinform, to dupe and deceive and lull to sleep as many as they can is now complete. All the ones who can be corrupted have been corrupted. The ones that are left – us – are the ones they know they can’t get to. The only thing left to do now, therefore, is get rid of us.
Roman Martyrology-June 30th- on this date in various years-
The commemoration of the holy apostle Paul.
At Rome, St. Lucina, a disciple of the apostles, who relieved the necessities of the saints with her goods, visited the Christians detained in prison, buried the martyrs, and was laid by their side in a crypt which she herself had constructed.
In the same city, St. Aemiliana, martyr.
The same day, the saints Caius, priest, and Leo, subdeacon.
At Alexandria, the passion of St. Basilides, under Emperor Severus. He protected the saintly virgin Potamioena from the insults of shameless men when he was leading her to execution. He was rewarded for his considerate action, for at the end of three days she appeared to him, placed a crown on his head, not only converting him to Christ, but by her prayers making him, after a short combat, a glorious martyr.
Roman Martyrology-June 29th- on this date in various years-
At Rome, the birthday of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, who suffered martyrdom on the same day, under Emperor Nero. Within the city the former was crucified with his head downwards, and buried in the Vatican, near the Triumphal Way, where he is venerated by the whole world. The latter was put to the sword and buried on the Ostian Way, where he received similar honours.
In Cypus, St. Mary, mother of John, surnamed Mark.
Roman Martyrology-June 28th- on this date in various years-
The vigil of the holy apostles Peter and Paul.
At Lyons in France, St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr. St. Jerome relates that he was the disciple of blessed Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, and lived near the time of the apostles. After having strenuously opposed the heretics by word and by writing, he was crowned with a glorious martyrdom along with almost all the people of his city, during the persecution of Severus.
At Utrecht, St. Benignus, bishop and martyr.
June 28, 2016 (JosephSciambra) — When I was a conflicted and scared boy growing up within the confusing confines of the post-Conciliar Church of the 1970s, I needed someone, anyone, to teach me and to tell me that Jesus wanted to be more than just my friend, that He wanted to be my Savior – that He wanted to save me from myself. I knew, even from a young age, that something was going incredibly wrong within me – I was terrified and I needed help. However, the Jesus they offered was a mere historical figure; a guy who meant well, but who was dead and distant; he was the hippie-Christ from “Godspell” in a Superman shirt – with the Bible as a superhero comic-strip.
June 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In a pithy tweet on Saturday, a prominent South African cardinal rebuked German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s claim that the Church should “apologize” to homosexuals.
“God help us! Next we’ll have to apologise for teaching that adultery is a sin! Political Correctness (PC) is today’s major heresy!” Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier tweeted.
Napier posted his tweet in response to African pro-life and pro-family activist Obianuju Ekeocha, the founder of Culture of Life Africa, who tweeted an Irish Times article about Marx’s comments. Marx, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, said that up until “very recently” the Catholic Church had been “very negative about gay people,” and that “it was a scandal and terrible.”