Monthly Archives: March 2017

Francis moves Roman Corpus Christi procession from Thursday to Sunday

Francis moves Roman Corpus Christi procession from Thursday to Sunday

[Hat-tip to gpmtrad]

Diane Montagna | Mar 30, 2017 | AFP

Pope’s historic decision said to be based on wanting to attract more faithful

VATICAN CITY — In an unprecedented change, Pope Francis has decided to move the traditional Roman Corpus Christi procession from Thursday to Sunday, Italian media is reporting.

The candlelight Eucharistic procession traditionally begins after Holy Mass at the basilica of St. John Lateran, travels along Rome’s via Merulana, and ends at the basilica of St. Mary Major, just over a mile away. read more

Cardinal Turkson sees China as model for environmentalism. Seriously?

Cardinal Turkson sees China as model for environmentalism. Seriously?

[Does His Eminence also see China as a model for “integral human development” (whatever that is) in view of that country’s slave-labor economic system and scorched-earth ecological policies that are the very model of the stereotype of rapacious 19th-century capitalism?]

By Phil Lawler | Mar 30, 2017

Cardinal Peter Turkson has suggested—apparently with a straight face—that when it comes to protecting the environment, the US might look to China for leadership. This astonishing statement came during a meeting with reporters, at which the prefect of the Vatican’s new dicastery for Intergral Human Development expressed his concerns about White House policies. read more

Liturgical ‘devastation’ reflects serious crisis of faith, says Cardinal Sarah

Liturgical ‘devastation’ reflects serious crisis of faith, says Cardinal Sarah

[Another upcoming private meeting with and public slapdown from a “higher authority”?]

Catholic World News – March 31, 2017

In an address to a German conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Summorum Pontificum, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, offered an extraordinarily blunt appraisal of “the disaster, the devastation, and the schism that the modern promoters of a living liturgy caused.” read more

LA ARCHBISHOP SHARES STAGE WITH PRO-ABORT DA

LA Archbishop Shares Stage With Pro-Abort DA

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DA slapped pro-life hero David Daleiden with 15 felony charges this week

[Not the first time that His Excellency has schmoozed with pro-abort pols – and not the only AmChurch bishop to do such]

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by ChurchMilitant • March 31, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Though the archdiocese of Los Angeles is condemning attempts to stifle investigations into Planned Parenthood, Abp. Jose Gomez appeared alongside the man trying to grind those investigations to a halt. read more

The “purification of memory” — Martin Luther

The “purification of memory” — Martin Luther

Posted by hereisjorgebergoglio on Friday, March 31, 2017

A note from Call Me Jorge…, the term “purification of memory” was to our knowledge coined by John Paul II. This concept is a central key to understanding his reign which consisted of traveling all over the world and asking the Church’s enemies for forgiveness. The document, MEMORY AND RECONCILIATION: THE CHURCH AND THE FAULTS OF THE PAST (December 1999) explains it thus,

The purification of memory is thus “an act of courage and humility in recognizing the wrongs done by those who have borne or bear the name of Christian.” It is based on the conviction that because of “the bond which unites us to one another in the Mystical Body, all of us, though not personally responsible and without encroaching on the judgement of God, who alone knows every heart, bear the burden of the errors and faults of those who have gone before us.” read more

Irish bishop: continue work of European unity

Irish bishop: continue work of European unity

[Despite “Council of Europe Calls for Legalizing Abortion in Ireland“]

Catholic World News – March 31, 2017

Bishop Noel Treanor of Down & Connor recently issued a statement for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the first milestone on the path to the current European Union.

“We are increasingly conscious that we are the children and grandchildren of this unifying vision that has ennobled and empowered its member states,” he said. read more

On the Pope’s Desk, a “Memorandum” Against the General of the Jesuits. For Near Heresy

On the Pope’s Desk, a “Memorandum” Against the General of the Jesuits. For Near Heresy
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Sandro Magister
31 mar 17

Among the priests born in the diocese of Carpi, that Pope Francis will visit on Sunday, April 2, there is one who is giving him a tough nut to crack.

His name is Roberto A. Maria Bertacchini. He was formed in the school of three Jesuits of the first rank: Frs. Heinrich Pfeiffer, an art historian and professor at the Gregorian, Francesco Tata, former provincial of the Society of Jesus in Italy, and Piersandro Vanzan, a prominent writer for “La Civiltà Cattolica.” read more

BELGIAN BISHOPS REFUSE TO CALL ABORTION MURDER

Belgian Bishops Refuse to Call Abortion Murder

Catholic Professor thrown under the bus for standing for Church teaching on Abortion

by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • March 30, 2017

LOUVAIN, Belgium – The Catholic bishops of Belgium are allowing a Catholic university to persecute a professor who called abortion “murder.”

Stéphane Mercier, a Catholic philosophy professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), was suspended on March 24 for debating abortion in his philosophy classes on February 7 and 9. The students, who were first-year undergraduates, requested Mercier hold debates on ethical issues, specifically asking for abortion to be discussed. read more

JESUIT ISLAMIC SCHOLAR: ISLAM NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE

Jesuit Islamic Scholar: Islam Not a Religion of Peace

Fr. Samir offers comments in light of pope’s upcoming visit to Egypt

by ChurchMilitant • March 30, 2017

BEIRUT – A scholar of Islam is warning Christians that they are in danger of misunderstanding Islam — including the Holy Father.

Father Samir Khalil Samir, an Egyptian-born Jesuit priest, is one of the leading Catholic scholars of Islam. In an interview with the Italian paper La Fede Quotidiana Wednesday, the orientalist and philosopher noted that, in spite of his good intentions, Pope Francis is mistaken to portray Islam as a peaceful religion. The comments come in light of the pope’s scheduled trip to Egypt in late April. read more

Buchanan: Putin vs. Western Globalists

Is Putin the ‘Preeminent Statesman’ of Our Times?

Is Putin the ‘Preeminent Statesman’ of Our Times?
Thursday – March 30, 2017 at 8:35 pm

By Patrick J. Buchanan

“If we were to use traditional measures for understanding leaders, which involve the defense of borders and national flourishing, Putin would count as the preeminent statesman of our time.

“On the world stage, who could vie with him?”
So asks Chris Caldwell of the Weekly Standard in a remarkable essay in Hillsdale College’s March issue of its magazine, Imprimis. read more

Cardinal Turkson ‘concerned’ by Trump policies, welcomes ‘dissenting voices’

Cardinal Turkson ‘concerned’ by Trump policies, welcomes ‘dissenting voices’

[Another Never-Trumper in the Vatican]

Catholic World News – March 30, 2017

The Vatican is “concerned” about the policies of US President Donald Trump, and hope he will “reconsider some of his decisions,” a top Vatican official told reporters on March 30.

“Fortunately there are dissenting voices” in America, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, the prefect of the Vatican’s new dicastery for Integral Human Development. He noted that the US Catholic bishops have criticized Trump’s stand on immigration, and “a lawyer in Hawaii” [actually a federal judge] had blocked the White House restrictions on travel to the US. read more

Cultural Marxism versus the Church

Cultural Marxism versus the Church

MAR 29, 2017 BROTHER ANDRÉ MARIE

The phenomenon of “cultural Marxism” has generated much commentary in conservative circles in recent years. As a result, more people have now heard of it and its role in spawning “political correctness,” but the larger phenomenon and its origins are not sufficiently known by those who should oppose it. Catholics should be aware of the fact that cultural Marxism is not only explicitly and diametrically opposed to the Church’s faith and morals, but that it has crafted an atmosphere which marginalizes the Church — sending Christ’s Mystical Body over to the sidelines of social questions, where she can only watch society’s degeneration as a virtual helpless spectator. read more

Are Some Knights of Malta Trying to Silence the Catholic Press?

Are Some Knights of Malta Trying to Silence the Catholic Press?

Steve Skojec March 30, 2017

In my summary of newly-alleged details about the Sovereign Military Order of Malta’s inner workings [Anonymous Letter Raises New Questions About Knights of Malta], I concluded with this statement:

Are we expected to believe this is all just a series of coincidences? Rumor has it that some of the players in this story are…aggressively litigious, so perhaps we’re not supposed to ask.

It appears that no, we’re not supposed to ask. read more

FrankenPope Rewrites the Account of the Healing at Bethesda

FrankenPope Rewrites the Account of the Healing at Bethesda

by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 29, 2017

A major element of what Antonio Socci has dubbed “Bergoglianism” is Pope Bergoglio’s freewheeling “exegesis” of Scripture during his improvised, rambling homilies at Casa Santa Marta. The result often bears no resemblance to the Gospel account and even at times turns the Gospel on its head.

In the homily of March 28, for example, Pope Bergoglio addresses Our Lord’s miraculous healing of the lame man at Bethesda recounted in the Fifth Chapter of St. John. We read of the poor man being unable to approach the healing pool in time when the angel stirs the waters because his infirmity slows him down. When Our Lord asks him if he would be made whole, he replies: “Sir, I have no man when the water is troubled, to put me in the pond: for whilst I am coming, another goeth down before me.” Whereupon Our Lord heals him on the spot, he takes up his pallet, and walks away. read more

The Decadent Face of the Church in Germany

The Decadent Face of the Church in Germany

by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 30, 2017

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You are looking at Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the extremely well-fed, luxuriously housed, chauffeur-driven, endlessly subversive Modernist who heads the German Bishops’ Conference while presiding over his sector of Europe’s silent apostasy as the Cardinal Archbishop of Munich.

Marx, a member of Pope Bergoglio’s worse-than-useless Council of Cardinal Advisers, represents what is left of the Catholic Church in most of Germany. He presides over a spiritually rotting husk of an archdiocese that has exactly one new candidate for the priesthood this year. And who knows if that one candidate will ever be ordained? read more