Monthly Archives: November 2016

Novena for John Vennari

Miraculous Medal Novena

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit. Amen.

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your
faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Your love. Send
forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created. And You
shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by
the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same
Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His
consolation, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen. read more

The Ten Commandments According to Francis

The Ten Commandments According to Francis

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Posted by Oakes Spalding on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2016

I have obtained a draft version. Sources tell me that the New Decalogue will be promulgated soon after the four cardinals are beheaded.

1. I am the LORD your Pope: you shall not heed strange Popes before me.

2. You shall not take Yes or No questions to me.

3. Remember the late 1960’s and keep them holy.

4. Please report dissident relatives to the proper authorities.

5. You shall not discard that which can be re-used. read more

Belgium bishop co-authors book in support of pre-marital sex, same-sex relations

Belgium bishop co-authors book in support of pre-marital sex, same-sex relations

May I? Sorry, Thank you, Open Dialogue about relationships, marriage and family (2016) is simplistic, misleading, and in direct opposition to Church teaching in numerous ways.

November 25, 2016
Eduardo Echeverria [Professor of Philosophy and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He earned his doctorate in philosophy from the Free University in Amsterdam and his S.T.L. from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome] read more

Providence College and Dr. Anthony Esolen: An Alumnus Speaks Out

Providence College and Dr. Anthony Esolen: An Alumnus Speaks Out

Imagine going to Oxford in the ’30s, ’40s, or ’50s, and never hearing that C. S. Lewis taught there. That is what it is like for Dr. Esolen at Providence College.

[To paraphrase Matthew 13:57, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own college]

November 29, 2016
Dr. Michael J. Rubin [earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Mathematics from Providence College in 2008 and holds a Masters and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America] read more

Acclaimed Atheist Poet Becomes Catholic: ‘My Tears Just Stopped’

Acclaimed Atheist Poet Becomes Catholic: ‘My Tears Just Stopped’

By Fr. Mark Judge | November 30, 2016 | CNSnews.com [for “Conservative News Service” not the Catholic one, where you won’t find this story]

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Poet Sally Read

“If you’re there, you have to help me.”

Those are the words that poet Sally Read said to an icon of Jesus in 2010. Read, a British poet and atheist, had stopped into a church in Santa Marinella, Italy. She felt burdened. Her young daughter was having health issues. Her husband Fabio was enduring some stress at work. read more

The “Concern”

The “Concern”

[To paraphrase John 1:47, Behold, a Jesuit (Fr. Schall) indeed, in whom there is no guile]

REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
11/20/15

A relative recently wrote an e-mail to me in which he made the following off-handed comment: “What do you think of the pope’s recent course change on abortion?” Now, unless I missed something, on this subject the pope has not changed anything. He has, no doubt, indicated that he wanted to downplay its relative importance compared to other issues. He avoids right-to-life marches in Italy. Many of his ecological friends want to control world population. read more

Brave New Church: The Counter-Council of Trent

Brave New Church: The Counter-Council of Trent

[De-BLEEPed]

November 28, 2016

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You may recall that on Oct. 31, 2016, Pope Francis traveled to Lund, Sweden, for a joint commemoration of the Protestant Reformation. Well, it didn’t take long for this milestone event to bear its expected rotten fruit.

In the historic city of Trent, Italy, where in the 16th century the Catholic Church held the glorious Council of Trent to refute the errors of Martin Luther and the Reformation, the Italian Conference of Novus Ordo Bishops recently joined up with Protestants to celebrate 500 years of the Lutheran heresy as part of a three-day conference on the Reformation that took place November 16-18, 2016. One of the featured speakers was the infamous Archbishop Bruno Forte, the main author behind the controversial paragraphs on adulterers and sodomites in the interim report of the 2014 Synod on the Family. (Forte is one of the very few individuals who was personally consecrated bishop by the then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.) read more

Public university accused of violating Catholic students’ religious freedom: Lawsuit

Public university accused of violating Catholic students’ religious freedom: Lawsuit

Public university gives credit for volunteering at Planned Parenthood, but not at church” – LifeSiteNews

LAUREN FOX
NOVEMBER 29, 2016

At the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, students must complete 30 hours of service-learning to earn a diploma.

In the past, students have earned hours by such things as attending a lecture on how Planned Parenthood has contributed to society or participating in a White House Student Film Festival on social justice. read more

Cardinal Burke responds to Pope Francis: The Latin Mass ‘is no exception’

Cardinal Burke responds to Pope Francis: The Latin Mass ‘is no exception’

Claire Chretien

November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke defended the Extraordinary Form of the Mass as on equal footing with the Ordinary Form after Pope Francis described the former as an “exception” and said his predecessor’s freeing up of its availability was “magnanimous.”

Speaking to La Fede Quotidiana, Burke, the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura–the Vatican’s highest court–said the Church’s traditional, pre-Vatican II rite “is no exception.” read more

San Diego bishop bans outspoken pro-life priest from writing bulletin columns

San Diego bishop bans outspoken pro-life priest from writing bulletin columns

Claire Chretien

SAN DIEGO, California, November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy ordered a pastor to cease publishing columns in his church’s weekly bulletin after the priest wrote in support of the Catholic Church’s teaching on intrinsic evils and took strong stands on matters of prudential judgment within Catholic teaching.

Father Richard Perozich of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church first came under fire this fall when inserts appeared in his parish bulletin that said it’s a “mortal sin” to vote for pro-abortion Democrats. The fliers pointed out the Democratic Party’s official support for such intrinsic evils and warned Catholics they put their souls at risk by voting for Democrats. The Diocese of San Diego decried the fliers, which Perozich hadn’t authorized. read more

Dutch Catholics raise alarm after bishops ‘update’ words of the Our Father

Dutch Catholics raise alarm after bishops ‘update’ words of the Our Father

Steve Weatherbe

November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Dutch Catholics are raising alarm bells after the bishops of the Netherlands and Belgium changed the words to the Our Father in a way that they believe amounts to an “ideological reinterpretation of the text.”

Dutch Catholics who still attend weekly Mass heard a newly-worded Our Father last Sunday that no longer asked God the Father, as Jesus taught, “to lead us not into temptation” but, instead, “not into trial.” read more

The St Andrew Christmas Novena Nov.30- Christmas

The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is often called simply the “Christmas Novena” or the “Christmas Anticipation Prayer,”
because it is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas.
The First Sunday of Advent is the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saint Andrew.
(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day
from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)

Imprimatur
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897 read more

Push for ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ at ‘Catholic’ colleges

Push for ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ [at ‘Catholic’ colleges]

Catholic colleges consider becoming ‘sanctuary campuses’ for undocumented immigrants

From: The Cardinal Newman Society’s “Report Card” by Matt Archbold / November 22, 2016

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The group Undocumented Students and Allies Association at Santa Clara University staged a walkout to show support to those who say they feel targeted by President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric. The group called on school administrators to designate the institution a “sanctuary campus” where federal immigration officials would be barred from entering. read more

Gender Ideology Embraced at Villanova

Gender Ideology Embraced at Villanova

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God created them man and woman. Villanova thought otherwise

From: The Cardinal Newman Society’s “Report Card” by Matt Archbold / November 22, 2016

Villanova University has decided to “make the University more inclusive to non-gender binary and transgender students,” according to the Villanovan.

The Title IX Coordinator reportedly said, “Because we are committed to providing bathroom facilities that are inclusive and honor the privacy needed in a bathroom, we would like our students, faculty and staff of all genders and gender identities, the option of using a bathroom where they and those around them can feel most comfortable.” read more

Signs of Renewal in the Study of Catholic Theology

Signs of Renewal in the Study of Catholic Theology

Adam Cassandra / November 30, 2016

Over 20 years ago, concerned about the state of his academic discipline, then-Boston College theology professor Father Matthew Lamb posed the question in America magazine: “Will there be a Catholic theology in the United States?” A new book compiled by his former students looks to answer that question in the affirmative.

Fr. Lamb left Boston College in 2004 to help establish the graduate theology program at the Newman Guide–recommended Ave Maria University in Florida. Last year, Ave Maria and his former students honored Fr. Lamb with a tribute for his contributions to theology and to the university. The presentations given at that event are the basis of the recently published book Wisdom and the Renewal of Catholic Theology: Essays in Honor of Matthew L. Lamb. read more