Monthly Archives: September 2017

Cdl Burke Back at Apostolic Signatura

Cdl Burke Back at Apostolic Signatura

[In Anglo-American legal lingo, His Eminence will be “clerking” rather than “judging”]


VATICAN CITY – Three years after removing him from the Vatican’s top court, Pope Francis has re-appointed Cdl. Raymond Burke to the Apostolic Signatura. This time, he will serve not as prefect, but as advisor. The announcement of his appointment, along with five others, was made Saturday.

Burke had previously served as head of the Vatican supreme court until his unexpected removal in 2014, at the height of public disagreements over the direction of the Synod on the Family, which seemed to be pushing an agenda to open Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried — a violation of longstanding Church teaching and practice. read more

Pope Francis enjoys Lunch inside Bologna Cathedral

Pope Francis enjoys Lunch *inside* Bologna Cathedral

[If they have changed the idea of the Mass from a Holy Sacrifice to a happy meal, they may as well change the setting of the church to that of a cafeteria]

Buon Pranzo!

[Reminiscent of the Neo-Catechumenal Masses Celebrated with People Sitting Around a Table as an Altar, Receving Communion under Both Forms While Sitting and Passing the Chalice from One to Another]

Countless Novus Ordo parents who have taught their children not to bring food into church, have egg on their face today, as Pope Francis enjoyed a “solidarity luncheon” with prisoners, poor people, and refugees inside San Petronio Basilica in Bologna, Italy. This event was featured explicitly as part of the “Holy Father’s” schedule for the day. read more

Professor Pierantoni: Cardinal Burke Appears Pleased with Filial Correction

Professor Pierantoni: Cardinal Burke Appears Pleased with Filial Correction

Maike Hickson Maike Hickson September 29, 2017

Today, LifeSiteNews published an interview with Professor Claudio Pierantoni, one of the signatories of the recent “Filial Correction” of Pope Francis with regard to Amoris Laetitia. Professor Pierantoni is an Italian scholar who now lives and teaches in Chile. He has just recently published a lucid and excellent defense of Professor Josef Seifert – whose archbishop dismissed him because of his polite criticism of Amoris Laetitia – in which he calls the treatment of Professor Seifert to be a “persecution of orthodoxy.” read more

Overcoming Fr. Martin’s dissent through genuine, transforming love

Overcoming Fr. Martin’s dissent through genuine, transforming love

True welcoming means we make it clear we want everyone to join us in following Jesus.

[Prof. Smith says “We cannot and must not be content simply to rant and rave and wail because of Father Martin’s slick dissent and its pernicious influence” but laments “I find myself, as an aging Catholic warrior, experiencing déjà vu all over again. The faithful of my generation spent a lot of our lives countering the equally specious (though more sophisticated) arguments of Father Charles Curran and his ilk—those who dissented from Humanae Vitae and for decades dominated virtually every Catholic institution. We fought a fight that has enjoyed a lot of success. Because of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Saint John Paul II’s Veritatis Splendor, the appointment of good bishops, the reform of seminaries and many Catholic colleges and universities, the proliferation of the “movements,” and the development of nearly countless good resources and programs, it seemed dissent was almost a thing of the past. … But it is back and, to be sure, I am despondent to some extent.” Thirty-five years of (what was trumpted early in JP2’s pontificate as) the “Catholic restoration” of the JP2 and B16 pontificates, much of which has been (or is being) undone in less than four years of this F pontificate.] read more

Cardinal Müller Bobs and Weaves

Cardinal Müller Bobs and Weaves

[With “translations” of His Eminence’s responses to the questions]
by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 29, 2017

During an interview conducted by the redoubtable Edward Pentin, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who was abruptly sacked at the end of his first term as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), bobbed and weaved like a boxer on the rope in response to Pentin’s probing questions. But much can be gleaned from Müller’s evasive responses.

Herewith a sampling from this important encounter with a prelate who was at the vertices of a Church in turmoil under Pope Francis.

“Your Eminence, last month it was reported that, since 2013, no action has been taken against dissident theologians. Is this true?  read more

Leading Vatican official: Radio is crucial in countering ‘fake news’

Leading Vatican official: Radio is crucial in countering ‘fake news’

[Thus, radio can also be a disseminator of fake news, which the Vatican is not above]

Catholic World News – 9/29/17

Msgr. Dario Viganò, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, said that young people have more confidence in the credibility of radio than that of TV or newspapers; thus “radio is a strategic key to ‘anti fake news.’”

Source: Mons Viganò: Radio an antidote to fake news (Vatican Radio)

An end-of-the-month twofer on Cardinal Burke

[An end-of-the-month twofer on Cardinal Burke]

Cardinal Burke “Knows” That For Him Soon It Is Time To Act

Cardinal Raymond Burke has given the signatories hints that he approves the “filial correction”, one of them, Professor Claudio Pierantoni, told

According to Pierantoni the Cardinal knows that it is very soon his time to act, “Perhaps two or three more cardinals, or half a dozen bishops, will join.”

A (Little) Nomination For Cardinal Burke read more

Vatican is Afraid of More Leaks

Vatican is Afraid of More Leaks

[Get your popcorn and take your seats for the upcoming feature, Vatileaks II]


The publication of counterfeit documents about the case of Emanuela Orlandi is only the beginning of a new Vatican leak wave, according to the Italian magazine L’Espresso. The magazine points out that in March 2014 mysterious thieves stole documents from a safe in the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See and that a “chest full of documents” is still out there. read more

Dwindling Veneration, John XIII Museum Closes

Dwindling Veneration, John XIII Museum Closes

[Will it get a bailout to keep going similar to the KofC one for the Washington, DC, JP2 Cultural Center, which closed in 2009 and reopened in 2011 as the JP2 Shrine?

[The JP2 Cultural Center in its hayday (not heyday)]

The John XXIII museum, located in the late pope’s house of birth in Sotto il Monte, Italy, will in future be closed during most of the week, only three years after John XXIII’s canonization. The congregation of sisters which took care of the place, abandoned it for a lack of vocations after 57 years. Now the house will be open only on Saturday, Sundays and after appointments. The parish is new in charge of the location and it struggles to find people who would help to take care of the visitors and the building. read more

Ten main points of the interview with Cardinal Gerhard Mueller

[Ten main points of the interview with Cardinal Gerhard Mueller]

The new interview everyone is reading: Cardinal Gerhard Mueller

Robert Moynihan
Inside the Vatican
Friday, September 29, 2017

Editor’s note from Catholic World News: In a lengthy interview with the National Catholic Register, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) spoke about Amoris Laetitia and the dubia, the influence of the Pope’s key advisers, the anonymous accusations that can undermine Vatican officials, and the future of the CDF. Cardinal Müller discloses that under his leadership the CDF did take action against some dissident theologians, although the cases were not made public. Cardinal Müller insists that “the only true and correct interpretation of Amoris Laetitia“ is in line with Church’s constant doctrine. He rejects the notion that a Pope can unilaterally change Church teaching: “Some think that a pope can personally do whatever he wants because he is absolute sovereign, but that’s not true.” read more



Reforming the Church

[According to Francis’ vision of the Church summarized in the three-word slogan “collegiality, synodality. subsidiarity” – similar to the Jacobin “liberty, equality, fraternity,” the Bolshevik “peace, land, bread” and the Nazi “ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer”]

27 September 2017 | by Christopher Lamb

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Con­nor summed it up as he twirled the last of the spaghetti all’Amatriciana around the plate with his fork. “Pope Francis is implementing the Second Vatican Council,” he told me over lunch last year in one of his favourite trattorias, La Quercia, just off Rome’s Piazza Farnese. read more

Francis the Thomist? Do not lose the thread.

Francis the Thomist? Do not lose the thread.

[This article by Dr. Jeff is better (but not perfect) than his earlier one: The latest effort to correct Pope Francis, for what it is worth]

By Dr. Jeff Mirus  | Sep 29, 2017

Now Pope Francis has claimed that the morality underlying Amoris Laetitia is Thomistic. Please note that I am resisting the temptation to write another of my 10,000 word commentaries. Like the rest of you, I really, really want to have a life. Instead, to make things quicker and easier, I offer bullet points:

  • To grasp Amoris Laetitia one must read everything: Pope Francis stated that we must read the entire text plus the work of the two Synods on the Family. Unfortunately, the Pope implies that his critics have not done so. But everybody who has raised serious questions has done this, and has become even more disturbed.
  • Theology must be done on the knees: This is indispensable advice from Pope Francis—were it not for the implication that all those who question him are notorious in their failure to heed it. Judging anecdotally, the most prominent advocates of Pope Francis’ penchant for novelty seem significantly less committed to a life of prayer than do their critics.
  • We must avoid the casuistry of the old manuals: Again, a valid concern—were it not for the implication that those who question this Pope are by definition stuck in the old manualistic rut. But casuistry has always been used in two senses: (1) The resolution of moral problems through the application of moral principles to specific cases; (2) The use of highly-elaborated but fundamentally unsound reasoning to justify faulty moral conclusions. To abandon the first is to embrace the conclusions produced by the second—that is, to confirm only what we would prefer to be true.
    • Related point 1: The Manuals The problem with the “manuals” used to teach theology in the early twentieth-century was a Scholasticism in which ideas were regarded as safe only if they fit into an essentially human system, eliminating mystery. This led many brilliant theologians to be treated with suspicion by the Holy Office, precisely for their insistence on returning to Scripture and the Fathers in order better to do theology on their knees. Henri de Lubac is a prime example. The greatest living exponent of the subsequent renewal is Joseph Ratzinger. Those who did not stay on their knees became Modernists.
    • Related point 2: The Culture There was a corresponding cultural tendency to live the faith prescriptively in those days, a preoccupation with knowing the rules necessary to squeak into purgatory. But the culture-wide reaction to old rules in the second-half of the twentieth century was hardly an effort to go deeper into the mystery of the relationship between God and the soul. If it had been, why have so many Catholics constantly fallen back on cultural rather than Divineinfluences since that time—just like everybody else?
    Discernment: The only answer Pope Francis gives to those with questions is to stress the priority of “discernment” in dealing with the spiritual and moral fragility of the human person. But the role of discernment here is not to make a public determination of the degree of subjective guilt. Faced with two persons caught in the same objective moral situation, it is not for the pastor to say: “You on my left are a goat; do not darken the Church door. But you on my right are a sheep. Take Communion with us!” No, the purpose of discernment here is to sense what the most serious obstacles to conversion are, and to target those issues as effectively as possible. Invincible ignorance: The discernment Pope Francis has advocated seems to be predicated on what we might call the level of “partially invincible ignorance” of each person. Thus he wishes to discern whether God is calling someone to do his or her best in a given moment, even if this still entails serious sin, so that the Church can treat that person accordingly. Not only is this an impermissible judgment, but the whole problem of truly invincible ignorance is completely beyond the Divine remit of the Church, which is called always and only to present the full Gospel of Christ. Though invincible ignorance may indeed prevent any given person from being damned, those who will not or cannot recognize the spiritually authoritative character of the Church cannot enter into communion with her. (And what valid motive could they have for desiring to do so?) The Church as polity: The previous point relates closely to what we might call the “polity” of the Church. The Church is the mystical body of Christ but also an institution with its own structure and polity, both of which are designed to represent Christ the way, Christ the truth, and Christ the life to all, insofar as that is possible for an institution of sinners. For this reason, the desire for and the profession of Faith has always been not only the key spiritual determinant but the key institutional determinant of membership/communion. The Church’s polity demands not the assumption that all who are not in communion with her are damned, but the recognition that all who refuse to profess the Church’s faith are not in communion with her. The neuralgic point: It is precisely this that is the neuralgic point for the critics of Amoris Laetitia and related aspects of Pope Francis’ pontificate. They fear that Pope Francis is, as it were, baptizing the continuation of an extremely damaging cultural trajectory. I mean the continuing pattern of diluted convictions which, in our culture, has caused the number of those who claim no religion to grow dramatically, along with the number of self-identified Catholics who feel free to deny what the Church teaches in the name of Christ. It is not necessary to live without sin to be in full communion with the Church; but it is necessary to profess the Church’s faith and accept her spiritual authority. Ecclesiastical discipline: What the critics are struggling to preserve is the distinction between sin and a refusal to accept what the Church is. The former does not eliminate communion; the latter does. That is why the Church’s consistent refusal to admit some to receive Communion, regardless of interior states of mind and heart, has always been based on the problem of scandal. Those who publicly manifest their rejection of the Faith or their refusal to accept the Church’s spiritual and sacramental authority are not to be admitted to communion. This may be determined by their public commitment to a particular state of life (as in marriage cases) or by their public actions and speech (as in those who openly support various intrinsic evils which the Church condemns).


    Some will argue that there is no longer any scandal connected with things like invalid marriages, or political advocacy for abortion, or even gay liaisons under various public names. But such persons simply fail to understand scandal. The scandal in question is not a popular reaction of horror at such open sins. It is exactly the opposite. The scandal is the failure to perceive the horror of such open sins. It is precisely this scandal which is increased whenever the Church’s ministers, at any level, find ways to pretend that those who are committed to such sins remain in good standing and full Communion with the Church. read more

Cologne Archbishop to Fellow Prelates: Ignore Crisis in the Church

From Church Militant Headlines – SEPTEMBER 29, 2017:

Cologne Archbishop to Fellow Prelates: Ignore Crisis in the Church

Germany has lost more than half a million Catholics in less than three years.

FULL STORY: Kardinal Woelki: Bischöfe, resigniert nicht: Cardinal Woelki: Bishops, do not resign! (

Fewer and fewer Catholics, fewer and fewer priesthood candidates. The social influence of the church also diminishes. But the Church does not live by numbers and successes [but by every Euro that comes from die Kirchensteuer (the Church tax) Cf. Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4], says Cardinal Woelki. read more



[“It ain’t over until the fat Gray Lady (aka The New York Times) sings”]


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a new attack on Amy Coney Barrett’s religion:

The Catholic baiting that Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett has been subjected to is becoming a liberal sport; she is being considered for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. After first being questioned about her religious convictions—coming close to invoking a religious test—by Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Dianne Feinstein (I wrote to both of them registering my outrage), Barrett’s religious affiliations are now under attack. read more