Kasperite Bishop Appointed Head of Pontifical Academy for Life

Kasperite Bishop Appointed Head of Pontifical Academy for Life

[With addendum that ex-Legionarie, Wuerl-protege Dallas Bishop Farrell appointed head of the whole new kit-and-caboodle Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life]

BY MAIKE HICKSON ON AUGUST 17, 2016

Vatican expert Dr. Sandro Magister revealed yesterday – a day before the announcement was officially made – the troubling news that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, as well as of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Paglia is already the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

With this decision, Pope Francis makes another move in order to strengthen the progressive direction of his papal teaching concerning moral matters. Paglia is known to be a strong supporter of the “opening” of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching with regard to marriage and the family. Paglia himself had published between the two Family Synods a book promoting the idea to give out Holy Communion to the “remarried” divorcees. He is also on record for repeatedly promoting the homosexual cause, for example by praising the U.S. TV show “Modern Family.” Paglia was also responsible for inviting homosexual couples to last year’s World Meeting of Families. As OnePeterFive reported at the time:

Pontifical Family Council President, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, when asked about homosexual couples and families coming to the event, said, “We are following Instrumentum Laborison the Synod to the letter. Everyone can come, nobody is excluded. And if anyone feels excluded, I’ll leave the 99 little sheep and go and get him.” (One might also pause and question the integrity of such a document). The National Catholic Reporter, while writing something similar, is quick to add from the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles. J. Chaput, “We don’t want to provide a platform at the meeting for people to lobby for positions contrary to the life of our church, so we’re not providing that kind of lobbying opportunity.” While the article attempts to cover up this odd invitation by focusing more on the details of the event, we understand the gist: homosexual couples and families are publicly invited to the Catholic World Meeting of Families.

Magister has also pointed out, the former head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli – a strong defender of the traditional Catholic moral teaching – had been excluded by Pope Francis from the Synod on Marriage and the Family, even though he has a much higher competence than someone like Paglia. As was also observed by Vatican experts such as Edward Pentin during the 2014 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis had then excluded members of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family from the Synod discussion. This institute is known for its strong loyalty to the moral teaching of Pope John Paul II and therefore for its being against the idea of admitting “remarried” divorcees to Holy Communion.

Thus it becomes considerably more obvious that Pope Francis intends to make changes within the curial dicasteries that will promote his liberalizing idea of mercy in questions of marriage and the family. Magister says, with regard to these newly announced changes: They intend “to change – along with the persons – the orientation of the institute [Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family] and to adapt it to the new Bergoglio course.” And he continues: “As to the Papal Academy for Life – which the pope also now entrusts into the hands of Paglia – there are to be expected several earthquakes.” Magister expects, for example, that Pope Francis will remove the Austrian philosopher, Professor Josef Seifert, from the Papal Academy for Life. Seifert just recently has published a well-reasoned, charitable but forceful critique of the papal document Amoris Laetitia in which he explicitly requests Pope Francis to rescind several of its objectively heretical statements.

In related news, the Vatican’s Press Bulletin has reported that Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell of Texas has now been appointed by Pope Francis to be the head of the newly establish Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. In 2008, Farrell had been under criticism for appointing as pastor of the newly renovated St. Michael’s parish in McKinney, Texas, a priest who has been associated with a prominent website for actively homosexual priests and religious.

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4 comments on “Kasperite Bishop Appointed Head of Pontifical Academy for Life

  1. Quote: “Magister says, with regard to these newly announced changes: They intend “to change – along with the persons – the orientation of the institute [Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family] and to adapt it to the new Bergoglio course.” And he continues: “As to the Papal Academy for Life – which the pope also now entrusts into the hands of Paglia – there are to be expected several earthquakes.” Magister expects, for example, that Pope Francis will remove the Austrian philosopher, Professor Josef Seifert, from the Papal Academy for Life. Seifert just recently has published a well-reasoned, charitable but forceful critique of the papal document Amoris Laetitia in which he explicitly requests Pope Francis to rescind several of its objectively heretical statements.”

    Another purge begins. Will the change the name from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family to the Bergoglio Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family?

    Incidentally, the question of whether global warming (and/or climate change) is caused by human activity is not included in or resolved by the Magisterium. Likewise, the magisterium of the Catholic Church holds no specific teaching on air conditioning (which remains a matter of prudential judgment and common sense). For any converts to Vatican II modernism, Bergoglio’s opinions concerning Professor Josef Seifert are also NOT part of the magisterium. The opinions of a pope on disputed matters of opinion are merely opinions and NOT official teachings of the Catholic Church on matters of faith. Pope Francis may also want Argentina to win the World Cup in soccer, but that doesn’t automatically become an official teaching of the Catholic Church just because the pope thinks it or wants it to be so.

  2. Prelate Favoring Holy Communion for Remarried Divorcees Given Multiple Key Posts

    Abp. Paglia Takes Over Pontifical Academy for Life and JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family

    [ChurchMilitant does NOT mention who appointed His Excellency to his new positions and who did NOT appoint members of the JP2 Institute to the Synod on the Family, NOR does CM mention who recently wrote a glowing letter to His Excellency on the occasion of his appointment (see comment below)]

    by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • August 18, 2016

    VATICAN – The archbishop recently appointed as head of two pro-family institutes in Rome has worked to undermine the traditional family by advocating for the reception of Holy Communion by civilly remarried divorcees engaged in ongoing adulterous relationships.

    Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, until now president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, has been appointed president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and new grand chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family. The Vatican made this announcement Wednesday alongside the appointment of Dallas bishop Kevin Farrell as prefect of the Congregation for the Laity, the Family and Life.

    Paglia is known to favor giving Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried. He himself published a book after the 2014 Synod on the Family titled “Family and Church: an indissoluble bond.” The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that this book offers arguments for admitting “remarried” divorcees to the sacraments, albeit in a limited way.

    The same newspaper also reported on a three-day seminar conducted by the Pontifical Council for the Family headed by Paglia:

    A penitential path ad-hoc, let us call it a “via discretionis” [a discreet or discretionary path], which consents to make it possible that remarried divorcees may have access to the Sacraments of the Eucharist and of Reconciliation. This is the proposal which emerged during a three-day international seminar, behind closed doors, which has been convoked by the Pontifical Council for the Family in light of the upcoming Synod of Bishops in October 2015.

    Interestingly, the JPII Institute for Marriage and the Family, which Paglia will be taking over, is well known for its commitment to the solid moral teaching of its namesake. Members of this institute, outspoken against extending Holy Communion to remarried divorcees, were not present at the 2014 Synod on the Family.

    Paglia has been president of the Pontifical Council for the Family since 2012. Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko has been president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity since 2003. On September 1, both of these councils will be dissolved into the newly created super-dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life.

    The Pontifical Academy for Life, with Paglia as its new president, will be connected to the new mega-congregation but retain its own identity. A new appointment was not provided Wednesday for Cdl. Rylko.

    • Pope calls for collaboration between pontifical academy, institute

      [For a job “well done” and/or to be done?]

      Catholic World News -August 18, 2016

      In a chirograph to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Pope Francis expressed esteem for the prelate’s past work as president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and said that as he named him president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and grand chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, he hoped to promote collaboration between the two bodies.

      The Church’s Magisterium on marriage and family life has “broadened and deepened” in content with the recent synod and the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, the Pope wrote in his August 15 letter.

      In the letter, he called upon Archbishop Paglia to collaborate with other academic institutions, to engage in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and to work to treat man’s wounds in the “field hospital” of the present age, when man’s life is “threatened by new cultures of competition and waste.”

      • “threatened by new cultures of competition and waste.”

        Competition!? For what? Handouts in Francis’ socialist paradise? God help us that men would have to work and compete to better serve the needs of the public at large. What horror! Down with competition! Down with productivity! Up with air-conditioner-less housing projects filled with welfare slouches who vomit in the lobby and pee in the elevator! Or vice-versa …

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