Monthly Archives: June 2017

CATHOLIC SUPPORT FOR SAME-SEX ‘MARRIAGE’ AT ALL-TIME HIGH

Catholic Support for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ at All-Time High

For first time ever, Republicans evenly split on issue

by Stephen Wynne • ChurchMilitant • June 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – A new national survey is showing that support for same-sex “marriage” is at an all-time high, including among Catholics, and for the first time in history, Republicans are evenly split on the issue.

On Monday, the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank specializing in demographic and public opinion research, released a study of the country’s changing perspective on “marriage equality.” Conducted June 8–18, the survey of more than 2,500 Americans produced startling results: The percentage of Americans embracing same-sex “marriage” is now at 62 percent, an unprecedented level. And among many demographic segments, acceptance has risen more sharply since the Supreme Court branded same-sex “marriage” a “right” in its 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. read more

The biggest reason for priests’ silence in the face of our moral meltdown

The biggest reason for priests’ silence in the face of our moral meltdown

Msgr. Charles Pope

June 30, 2017 (KufeSiteNews) – One of the most consistent concerns expressed both by my readers and by attendees at the various talks I give, is the large number of tepid and problematic clergy. We clergy give our people much to endure, yet for the most part they are so very patient and loving with us despite our foibles and idiosyncrasies.

Most of the people are highly concerned about the widespread silence and/or vagueness of the clergy in the face of the grave moral meltdown in our culture. At best, many pulpits are silent or replete with abstractions and generalities. At worst, some pulpits and clerical teaching contain outright errors or ambiguities that (intentionally or not) mislead and confuse the faithful. read more

Vatican tells UN to remove horrific abortion vacuum from emergency health kits

Vatican tells UN to remove horrific abortion vacuum from emergency health kits

Pete Baklinski

GENEVA, June 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations (UN) criticized a resolution that called for an abortion vacuum machine, among other things, to be included in emergency kits to aid countries facing a humanitarian crisis.

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, told the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC ) in a June 23 meeting that “healthcare services must never be intended – or operate – against the life of the most defenseless or the unborn.” read more

Priest claims Church could accept gay ‘marriage’: ‘It would be wrong to fight against it’

Priest claims Church could accept gay ‘marriage’: ‘It would be wrong to fight against it’

Pete Baklinski

TORBAY, Newfoundland, June 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest helping to run a gay-Pride ‘multi-faith service’ says that the Holy Spirit could direct the Church under Pope Francis to change its teaching on marriage and sexuality to accept gay “marriage.” And, if the Holy Spirit did so, “it would be wrong to fight against it,” he said.

“It’s not like this was a teaching that was established in the time of Christ, or in the first three centuries, or by the Council of Nicea, or even by the Council of Trent,” said Fr. Paul Lundrigan, a pastor in active ministry at Holy Trinity Parish within the Archdiocese of St. John’s, Newfoundland, to LifeSiteNews. read more

‘It’s not all black and white’: New cardinal criticizes 4 cardinals asking Pope for clarity

‘It’s not all black and white’: New cardinal criticizes 4 cardinals asking Pope for clarity

Pete Baklinski

ROME, June 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — One of Pope Francis’ newly appointed cardinals is already calling out fellow cardinals who are questioning the new direction in which the Pope is trying to move the Church.

Archbishop Juan José Omella of Barcelona, Spain, told reporters this week, prior to becoming a cardinal, that the four cardinals shouldn’t be waging what he called a “public fight” with the pope. The four have asked Pope Francis to clarify whether his Exhortation Amoris Laetitia conforms to perennial Catholic teaching on marriage, the Eucharist, and conscience. read more

Vietnamese police organize violent attack on Catholic monastery

Vietnamese police organize violent attack on Catholic monastery

[No comment from the Vatican on this or earlier raids/attacks by police and thugs paid by the government, which wants to turn the monastery and its surrounding into an amusement park]

Catholic World News – June 30, 2017

Government officials orchestrated a violent attack on the Catholic monastery of Thien An, in Hué province, on June 28, the AsiaNews service reports.

A group of about 100 people, including police officers wearing plain clothes, broke into the monastery, knocked down a cross, and assaulted monks. Meanwhile uniformed police blocked local Catholics from the monastery, AsiaNews said. read more

Four fallacies that tempt Catholic leaders

Quick Hits: Four fallacies that tempt Catholic leaders

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Jun 30, 2017

The interchangeability fallacy: As an addendum to Wednesday’s commentary (The problem with doctrinal obscurity), allow me to notice that those who tend to favor a very loose approach to Catholic teaching on faith and morals typically place a great deal of weight on what they regard as Catholic social solutions, as if the two are completely interchangeable. In March I noted that Liberalism and Modernism treat intrinsic evils as relative and prudential decisions as absolute, which is a gross subversion of rational analysis. read more

Swedish cardinal: not ready for shared Communion with Lutherans

Swedish cardinal: not ready for shared Communion with Lutherans

Catholic World News – June 30, 2017

Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm is not ready to advocate the sharing of Communion between Catholics and Lutherans.

The new Swedish cardinal—the first-ever member of the College of Cardinals from the predominantly Lutheran country—spoke about the differences between Catholic and Lutheran understandings of the Eucharist in an interview with John Allen of Crux. He observed that “in the Lutheran Church, there are different visions on the Eucharist. Some members are very close to us,… while others have a very different outlook.” read more

We have a winnah [Cardinal Cocco’s male secretary]!!

We have a winnah [Cardinal Cocco’s male secretary]!!

JUN 30, 2017
by HILARY WHITE

Mexico City, June 29 (SinEmbargo / RT) .- Italian police broke into the apartment of the former secretary of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, housed in the palace of the former Holy Office in the Vatican, where a Gay orgy with drugs, reports Italian media.

Upon locating the prelate himself, the police arrested him and sent him to the Pío XI clinic for detoxification. He is currently in retreat in a convent in Italy. read more

SSPX: Unity or Legality?

Father Jean-Michel Gleize, SSPX: Unity or Legality?

Written by Father Jean-Michel Gleize, SSPX, Professor of Ecclesiology, Écône, Switzerland
6/30/17

Note: In this article, Father Gleize addresses the question of Church unity, which he shows to be (first and foremost) a unity of Faith, and only afterwards a unity of government. He concludes that a conception of Church unity which would exclude unity of Faith, or put it in second place, would be a legalistic unity, contrary to the very nature of the Church, and more apparent than real. Father Gleize ranks the ecumenical unity dreamed of by Paul VI and John Paul II, and the unity of “full communion” dangled by Rome before the SSPX as such. He concludes that the Vatican’s new Profession of Faith cannot form the basis of unity of Faith in the Church, and that, while the preaching and government of the Hierarchy may be deficient at a given point in time, unity of Faith subsists throughout history because it is based on the unchanging Truth taught by the Magisterium.(This article appeared in LE COURRIER DE ROME, May 2017, and can be found in the original French here: laportelatine.org/publications/presse/courrier_de_rome/2017/1705cdr599.pdf The subtitles are by the translator, who asks for prayers for himself and his family). read more

THE POPE’S POWER

THE POPE’S POWER

by Marco Tosatti
6 . 29 . 17

Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to undertake institutional reform of the Vatican. But as curial reform has proved difficult, Francis seems to have made it a lower priority. Meanwhile, the corruption and inefficiency of the Curia have not prevented him from pursuing his higher priorities. Increasingly, when he has his own ends in view, Francis simply goes around the Curia—for good and ill.

In four years as pope, Francis has instituted a deeply personal (some might say autocratic) regime that is without precedent in living memory. While the popes have always been absolute monarchs—at least theoretically—during the last century they have consistently respected a delicate system of checks and balances, perfected under Paul VI, according to which the pope carefully weighs the advice of the curial cardinals before making decisions. Pope Francis has all but dismantled this fine-tuned instrument. In consequence, he enjoys a plenitude of power unknown to his last six or seven predecessors. read more

Pope Francis Cans Cardinal Müller

Pope Francis Cans Cardinal Müller

6/30/17

From Various sources:

Letters from the Journal of Robert Moynihan: Pope Francis Said to Have Not Reconfirmed Cardinal Mueller

The conservative Catholic Italian website Corrispondenza Romana is reporting that German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the highest-ranking doctrinal authority in the Church as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has not been reconfirmed at his post by Pope Francis, and so will end his term of office in two days, on July 2. read more

Jesuit “Catholic” university renews whites-only program for ‘analyzing whiteness’

[Jesuit] “Catholic” university renews whites-only program for ‘analyzing whiteness’

But it gives a loose definition of ‘white’

TONI AIRAKSINEN
JUNE 29, 2017

Loyola University Chicago has chosen to renew a program limited to white students that appears to violate the Catholic school’s own nondiscrimination policy.

Ramblers Analyzing Whiteness started three years ago as an “affinity space on campus for self-identified White students” who yearn to “become anti-racist, anti-supremacist White allies.” read more

Francis Theology: A Theologian Close To Benedict XVI Asks Hard Questions

Francis Theology: A Theologian Close To Benedict XVI Asks Hard Questions

Gloria.TV News 
6/30/17

Monsignor Livio Melina, the former President of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, who was sacked by Pope Francis, spoke on Jun 12th at the meeting of the Polish moral theologians in Nysa about the controversial document Amoris Laetitia. Melina is very appreciated by Benedict XVI, whose collaborator he was at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In his talk, Melina quoted Pope Francis’ preference for a “bruised, hurting and dirty Church that was out on the streets” (EG 49). He comments: After Amoris Laetitia “it can hardly be denied that the situation in pastoral care as well as in moral theology is now “bruised, hurting and dirty”. For Melina, “it is not certain that this will lead to a renewal of pastoral care.” read more

A Syllabus of Errors: An Update In Ninety-Five Sentences

A Syllabus of Errors: An Update In Ninety-Five Sentences

JAMES SORIANO
6/30/17

On October 31, 1517, a 34-year-old Catholic priest affixed a notice of disputation, consisting of ninety-five theses, to the door of the castle church in the German town of Wittenberg.

That act has come to be seen down the ages as a dramatic gesture of defiance and an open declaration of rebellion. It was not. Martin Luther’s act was an academic challenge for disputing certain practices (primarily indulgences) within an institution in need of reform. read more