Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Wanderer links to America Rag-azine on Catholics lamenting a recent SCOTUS decision against a stealth Obamnesty program for illegal immigrants

The Wanderer links to America Rag-azine on Catholics lamenting a recent SCOTUS decision against a stealth Obamnesty program for illegal immigrants

[First a National neo-Catholic Register/National un-Catholic Reporter connection; now a Wanderer-America one?]

June 30, 2016

The Wanderer website has the following item posted in its “New Around The World” section:

Church Leaders React to Supreme Tie on DAPA/DACA

Catholic leaders from around the country were expressing disappointment today in response to a Supreme Court tie vote that effectively terminates Obama administration initiatives on immigration that shielded millions from deportation. Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, described…Continue Reading read more

Belgian court rules against Catholic nursing home for objecting to euthanasia

Belgian court rules against Catholic nursing home for objecting to euthanasia

Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent

ANALYSIS

June 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic nursing home in Diest, Belgium, was condemned by a civil court in Louvain on Wednesday for having refused to allow an inmate to be euthanized on its premises in 2011.

Huize Sint-Augustinus was ordered to pay damages of 6.000 euros (about $6.65 U.S.) to the elderly woman’s family for forcing them to organize her death at her own home after the nursing home’s directors denied access to her doctor, who had come to give her a lethal shot. read more

New Tulsa bishop is strong advocate for Catholic teaching on life, morals

New Tulsa bishop is strong advocate for Catholic teaching on life, morals

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David Konderla, the new Catholic bishop in Tulsa, Okla., meets schoolchildren after he was named to succeed retiring Bishop Edward Slattery.

Lisa Bourne

TULSA, Oklahoma, June 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Tulsa diocese’s new bishop comes in with a history of active support for Catholic moral principles.

Bishop David Konderla was ordained Wednesday afternoon at the University of Tulsa’s Reynolds Center, after a Tuesday evening service at Holy Family Cathedral. read more

Canon212.com: A Great Place to Get Your Catholic News

Canon212.com: A Great Place to Get Your Catholic News

[I still have a bookmark for PewSitter and consult it on a regular basis – along with Canon212. – AQ moderator Tom]

BY STEVE SKOJEC ON JUNE 30, 2016

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I’ve never met Frank Walker, but I owe him a lot.

In March of 2014, I had never heard of Pewsitter. All of a sudden, though, people started telling me that they had linked to something on my personal blog, when 1P5 was still just a tickle in the back of my brain. Sure enough, the traffic came rolling in. Then I got a note through my site contact form from a guy named Frank Walker: read more

Two recent articles from Catholic sources on Chinese Bishop Ma’s “Recanting”

Two recent articles from Catholic sources on Chinese Bishop Ma’s “Recanting”

[Another source (which I previously read did not post and now cannot find) mentions that the current Francis-appointed Papal Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, is a protege of the late Antonio Cardinal Casaroli, who was Paul VI’s Secretary for Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs and promoted by JP2 to Secretary of State – as well as architect (under Pope Paul) of the Ostpolik (East-policy) of appeasement toward East European Communist governments (such as the removal of Hungarian Josef Cardinal Mindszenty from sanctuary in the US Embassy of Budapest and later of his titles as Prince-Archbishop and Primate-Regent). Thus, Abp. Parolin may be following in his master’s footsteps with a similar Fernostpolitk (Fareast-policy) of appeasement toward the Chicoms.] read more

Suicide and The Catholic Advantage

Suicide and The Catholic Advantage

June 30, 2016

Bill Donohue comments on the link between religion and suicide:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently found that suicide rates in the U.S. spiked between 1994 and 2014. While women are less likely to kill themselves than men, their rate of suicide jumped by 80 percent over this period. But not all women are at risk.

A study released this week by JAMA Psychiatry, an American Medical Association journal, reported that “Frequent religious service attendance was associated with substantially lower suicide risk among U.S. women compared with women who never attended religious services.” To be exact, the researchers studied approximately 90,000 nurses, mostly women, and found that Catholic and Protestant women had a suicide rate that was half that for women as a whole. read more

A Tale of Two Synods

A Tale of Two Synods

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… read more

Former EWTN Board Member: Mother Angelica Wasn’t Forced Out

Former EWTN Board Member: Mother Angelica Wasn’t Forced Out

[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): read more

Raymond Arroyo and Panel: Pope’s Comments on Marriage “Unacceptable”, “Reckless”

Raymond Arroyo and Panel: Pope’s Comments on Marriage “Unacceptable”, “Reckless”

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: read more

Normalcy Bias and Papal Positivism

Normalcy Bias and Papal Positivism

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. read more

Catholic League’s Bill Donohue Wants Apology From Gays After Being Assaulted by Lesbians

Catholic League’s Bill Donohue Wants Apology From Gays After Being Assaulted by Lesbians

[“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. read more

Guys, it’s a purge (…as I think I’ve said a few times…)

Guys, it’s a purge (…as I think I’ve said a few times…)

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. read more

MARTYROLOGY-JUNE 30

Martyrology-June 30th
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. read more

MARTYROLOGY-JUNE 29

Martyrology-June 29th
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. read more