Monthly Archives: May 2017

Priest from Official Church: No to a political compromise between China and the Vatican

Priest from Official Church: No to a political compromise between China and the Vatican

Fr Paul
5/31/17

The need for greater clarity from the Holy See; the bitterness of division between official and underground communities: “Are we not all serving Christ’s cause?” The story of the difficulties a Chinese priest faces in his daily life.

Beijing (AsiaNews) – The pain caused by the division that still exists between official and underground communities; bitterness provoked by the voices of compromise and ambiguity that apparently dominate dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See: these are some of the everyday experiences of a priest from the official Church (located in the Southeast). In addition to highlighting the corrosion of the relationship of trust, the priest notes a certain slowness on the part of the Vatican in giving direction to the Church in China. The example mentioned is Msgr. Thaddeus Ma Daqin, consecrated auxiliary bishop of Shanghai in 2012, with the consent of the Holy See and the government. Bishop Ma Daqin had refused to belong to the Patriotic Association and for this reason is still – even today – under house arrests. According to the author, the Vatican was not ready to appoint him as ordinary bishop of the diocese, giving the impression of abandoning him to his destiny. This silence has led to an even more confusing and complicated situation: Msgr. Ma eventually retracted his claims about the Patriotic Association; the Shanghai community is increasingly divided; the diocese of this great metropolis does not yet have a bishop. Here is the story of Fr. Paul [not his real name] entrusted to AsiaNews. read more

Cardinal Maradiaga: The Vatican’s Silliest Villain

Cardinal Maradiaga: The Vatican’s Silliest Villain

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Steve Skojec
May 31, 2017

If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. – Sun Tzu, Art of War

I keep trying to think of a movie scene to illustrate my point, but I’m grasping at straws. It’s such a common theme – the underdog who manages to keep prevailing despite all odds, the superior foe shaking a clenched fist and issuing a spittle-flecked tirade of incredulity, the unmasking of the villain who would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids. read more

TIJUANA, MEXICO, CATHEDRAL DESIGN DUMPED FOR BEING TOO UGLY

Tijuana, Mexico, Cathedral Design Dumped for Being Too Ugly

Tijuana archbishop: “The project does not look like a Catholic church, much less a cathedral”

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[Ugly as sin!]

by Anita Carey • ChurchMilitant • May 31, 2017 1

TIJUANA, Mexico – A Mexican archbishop is scrapping plans for his cathedral after slamming the new design for not looking “like a Catholic church.”

After 11 years of construction, the design for the new cathedral in Tijuana has been scrapped. The new archbishop, Francisco Moreno Barrón, said, “That in eagerness that it be modern, the project does not look like a Catholic church, much less a cathedral.” read more

Society of St. Pius X Banned from Swiss Hospital Chapel

Society of St. Pius X Banned from Swiss Hospital Chapel

en.news
5/31/17

The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) was kicked out from a chapel of the University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland. For ten years the SSPX has held a prayer in reparation for abortion. Now, the director of the hospital decided that abortion must not be questioned within its walls.

The Swiss district superior of the Society, Fr. Pascal Schreiber, told kath.ch that abortion kills innocent human life and is a sin. He criticised that “nowadays even prayers must be politically correct.” read more

NORTHERN IRELAND BISHOPS LIST ABORTION AFTER ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FOR VOTERS

Northern Ireland Bishops List Abortion After Environmental Issues For Voters

Abp. Martin: “Future sustainability of our planet … should be a key consideration”

[Ecology uber alles!]

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • May 31, 2017

WESTMINSTER, Northern Ireland – The bishops of Northern Ireland are placing abortion after environmental issues in their list of issues to be considered by voters.

The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, led by Abp. Eamon Martin, issued a statement Sunday, urging Catholics to vote in the “forthcoming Westminster election” scheduled for June 8. The statement lists concerns to be weighed by voters as follows: read more

Amoris Laetitia Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

Original Article

By James Todd
Pewsitter.com

For 2000 years, the Church’s teaching on the reception of communion for divorced and remarried has been crystal clear. Without a declaration of nullity, the answer was NO. Sadly, Amoris Laetitia has obscured this clarity. The answer now seems to be sometimes yes and sometimes no. For example, in some dioceses like Rome, Malta, and Gozo, the answer can sometimes be yes. How can that be? How can Philadelphia be no and Rome yes? How can there be disunity on this fundamental moral issue, when unity is one of the marks of the Church? read more

The Pope’s enigmatic words on resignation

The Pope’s enigmatic words on resignation

By Phil Lawler | May 31, 2017

In his homily at Mass on Wednesday morning, commenting on St. Paul’s farewell to the Church at Ephesus, Pope Francis said:

A shepherd must be ready to step down completely from his church, rather than leave in a partial manner….

All shepherds have to step down. There comes a moment where the Lord says ‘go to another place, come here, go there, come to me.’ And it’s one of the steps that a shepherd must take; be prepared to step down in the correct way, not still hanging on to his position. The shepherd who doesn’t learn how to do this because he still has some links with his sheep that are not good, links that are not purified by the Cross of Jesus. read more

THE NEW BISHOP OF PENSACOLA-TALLAHASSEE (FLORIDA) LOVES SCREENING PHOTOS. ALSO WITH LGBT SCIENTIFIC.

THE NEW BISHOP OF PENSACOLA-TALLAHASSEE (FLORIDA) LOVES SCREENING PHOTOS. ALSO WITH LGBT SCIENTIFIC.

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[A rainbow (i.e., LGBTQUEER) and crow’s foot (i.e., pacifist) prayer shawl!]

MARCO TOSATTI
5/31/17
Google translation of www.marcotosatti.com/2017/05/31/il-nuovo-vescovo-di-pensacola-tallahassee-texas-ama-le-foto-scherzose-anche-con-lo-scialle-lgbt/

The diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee (Florida) has a new bishop, successor to the Apostles: he is a priest of the Congregation of the Holy Cross (CSC), is called William (Bill) Wack, 49, and has studied economics; Came from the parish of Saint Ignatius Martyr of Austin. read more

Cardinal Müller Roars as Pope Bergoglio Yawns

Cardinal Müller Roars as Pope Bergoglio Yawns

by Christopher A. Ferrara
May 30, 2017

John Allen has written an interesting piece on a recent interview of Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, by EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo.

During the Arroyo interview, Müller continues in the same line I have noted previously on these pages: that of literally pretending that Pope Bergoglio has no intention of overturning the bimillenial Eucharistic discipline of the Church barring public adulterers in “second marriages” from receiving Holy Communion; that Amoris Laetitia (AL) is a perfectly orthodox, non-problematical document; and that the bishops are to blame for their false interpretation of AL as permitting what the Church has always forbidden. Müller simply ignores Pope Bergoglio’s explicit approval of precisely that “false” interpretation of his own document. read more

Bishop Schneider: Consecration will bring Russia ‘to the fullness of conversion’

Bishop Schneider: Consecration will bring Russia ‘to the fullness of conversion’

John-Henry Westen

ROME, May 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – As Cardinal Raymond Burke made his historic call for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Rome Life Forum last week, one of his most enthusiastic supporters was Bishop Athanasius Schneider who was also present at the Forum.

Bishop Schneider was one of the first signatories to the appeal for the consecration, and explained to LifeSite his thoughts on the matter. read more

Tim Staples’ defense of Francis: A fraternal correction

Tim Staples’ defense of Francis: A fraternal correction

Louie Verrecchio
May 30, 2017

Tim Staples, who as Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers has a sizable following, is publishing a series of articles on his personal blog entitled, Defending Pope Francis; Parts 1 and 2 of which focus on Amoris Laetitia.

Here, I will offer important points that Mr. Staples overlooked. I’ve invited him to respond to this fraternal correction for the benefit of our readers.

Getting straight to the point, Staples provides his conclusion up front: read more

German Cardinal: Ramadan As a Pretext to Praise the EU

German Cardinal: Ramadan As a Pretext to Praise the EU

en.news
5/31/17

Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German Bishops, has greeted the Muslims for the beginning of Ramadan. In a short introduction he mentions Ramadan, “May the merciful God accept your fasting and listen to your prayers!” The rest of the letter sings the praises of the European Union, “We all wish that future generations in Europe will also be able to enjoy the fruits of this progress of civilization.” The EU has imposed a German hegemony over the rest of Europe and led Southern Europe into an unprecedented financial crisis. It is also promoting radical anti-family and pro-gay programs. read more

Pope Francis: Egyptian Christians “were killed after having refused to renounce their Christian faith”

Pope Francis: Egyptian Christians “were killed after having refused to renounce their Christian faith”

MAY 30, 2017 BY ROBERT SPENCER

This is odd. Pope Francis has said that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” He has also said that “Muslim terrorism does not exist.”

So if he really believes those statements, and others he has made about the peaceful nature of Islam, then he must believe that the Muslims who killed these Christians after first demanding that they convert to Islam were misunderstanding their own religion. As one of the world’s foremost imams, Francis should correct this: he should either go personally to Egypt in order to instruct these Muslims in the proper reading of the Qur’an, or send teams of Catholics who understand Islam correctly to Minya and other jihad hotspots in order to conduct outreach with the local jihad-inclined Muslims and correct their misunderstandings of authentic Islam. read more

Unfair Attack on Cardinal Burke

Unfair Attack on Cardinal Burke

en.news
5/30/17

The liberal Spanish periodistadigital.com slammed Cardinal Raymond Burke because on May 13th, while being in Fatima, he did not concelebrate with Pope Francis, but attended the mass within a group of pilgrims he was accompanying. According to Canon Law no priest is obliged to concelebrate.

A day later, Burke concelebrated with Leiria-Fátima Bishop Antonio Marto. Now periodistadigital.com complains that during the homily he prayed the rosary. The site quotes Bragança Bishop José Manuel Cordeiro who claimed that Burke’s attitude “was an attempt against the criterion of an active, conscientious and fruitful participation at the liturgy”. read more

New Cards To Be Played At the Incardination Table?

Vatican studying the possibility of incardinating priests in movements

The theme was addressed this morning during an interdicasteral meeting chaired by the Pope

www.lastampa.it/2017/05/29/vaticaninsider/eng/the-vatican/vatican-studying-the-possibility-of-incardinating-priests-in-movements-hQTrfikWpxHybS49O5sHFJ/pagina.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Pubblicato il 29/05/2017
Ultima modifica il 29/05/2017 alle ore 15:16
vatican insider staff

An interdicasteral meeting took place this morning; it was held under the presidency of the Pope with all the dicasteries of the Roman Curia.  read more