Monthly Archives: December 2017

The De-Missionized “Missionary Church”

The De-Missionized “Missionary Church”

by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 13, 2017

One of the hallmarks of ideology is a perversion of meaning according to which words no longer have their original meaning but rather a new meaning with which the ideology invests them. And that meaning is usually the opposite of the original meaning. Thus, in Marxist ideology, “freedom” means subjugation by the collective, which is tyranny.

So it is amidst the human element of the Catholic Church today, where traditional terminology has been evacuated of its original meaning in order to serve, not the Faith, but what Msgr. Guido Pozzo, referring to Vatican II, has called a “para-Conciliar ideology.” That ideology, to quote Pozzo, involves the attempt to impose “a new form of the Church in rupture with the past,” which exhibits three characteristics: “1. … the renunciation of anathema, that is, the clear contradistinction between orthodoxy and heresy… 2… the translation of Catholic thought into the categories of modernity… [and] 3. … the interpretation of the aggiornamento desired by Vatican Council II,” according to which “dialogue” ends up “obscuring the urgency and the call of conversion to Christ and adherence to His Church.” read more

Cardinal Müller, Francis‘ Recent Move Is Disturbing

Cardinal Müller, Francis‘ Recent Move Is Disturbing

en.news
12/13/17

Cardinal Gerhard Müller calls it “disturbing” that Pope Francis declared the Buenos Aires bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia “authentic magisterium”.

Talking to the National Catholic Register (December 13), Müller states that pastoral guidelines of bishops of any region “do not oblige all the faithful of the world to accept this interpretation of footnote 351 as divinely necessary for salvation and accepted Catholic belief.” read more

Vatican: Summit Against “Populism”, “Racism”, and “Xenophobia”

Vatican: Summit Against “Populism”, “Racism”, and “Xenophobia”

en.news
12/13/17

The Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity will organize in May 2018 a study day against “populism”, “racism”, and “xenophobia”. The goal of the event is to promote mass-immigration.

According to the Roman Il Messaggero the summit has the blessing of Pope Francis and has as a co-sponsor the World Council of Churches.

The term “populism” is commonly used to discredit critics of the rich leftwing oligarchy which presently is governing most Western states. The terms “racism” or “xenophobia” are used to discredit critics of the present mass-immigration into the West which deprives the countries of origin of a whole generation. read more

Did CCHD Attempt to Pay Off Investigative Reporters Exposing Anti-Catholic Grant Recipients?

Did CCHD Attempt to Pay Off Investigative Reporters Exposing Anti-Catholic Grant Recipients?

December 12, 2017

If you know Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute like I do, you know he goes after corruption in the Church like a bloodhound after a scent. He is tenacious, unflappable, and utterly devoted to the cause. I’ve worked with him on more than one occasion, and I don’t know that I’ve ever met a man less likely to be bought off.

Which makes the story he shared today about Catholic Campaign for Human Development Executive Director Ralph McCloud look like one of the most egregious examples of miscalculation I’ve ever come across. In a blog post, Hichborn says that in a recent email, McCloud sought to discredit his investigative findings into some of CCHD’s grant recipients — recipients Hichborn reported last month were engaged in pro-abortion and/or pro-homosexual activities. Hichborn’s report didn’t just include information on one or two such recipients, but a full dozen. Nevertheless, McCloud was dismissive of the report: read more

Here’s why every argument allowing Communion for ‘remarried’ ultimately fails

Here’s why every argument allowing Communion for ‘remarried’ ultimately fails

ROME, December 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – As “lovers of the papacy,” the critics of Amoris Laetitia wish to spare Pope Francis a fate worse than Honorius, the only pope to have been formally condemned for heresy. But, at the same time, those who close their eyes to the present situation are only “encouraging him down that path.”

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Professor Claudio Pierantoni

These remarks, by Italian philosopher and Church historian, Professor Claudio Pierantoni, have come in response to Rocco Buttiglione’s latest interview with Vatican Insider. read more

‘OUR FATHER’ WRONG? (Pro-Life Leaders Resist Pope Francis)

‘OUR FATHER’ WRONG? (Pro-Life Leaders Resist Pope Francis)

TheRemnantvideo
Published on Dec 12, 2017

Was it really necessary for the Vatican’s Christmas Nativity scene to include a statue of a naked man? Pope Francis’s call to correct the Lord’s Prayer dominates international headlines and is met with resistance from both Catholic and Protestant groups. Plus, pro-life leaders throughout the world sign a Pledge of Fidelity to resist pastors—including Pope Francis—who deviate from Church teaching on marriage and the family. Finally, Michael Matt explains the point and purpose of the catacombs and the distinguishing mark of ‘Catacomb Christians both in the past as well as in our own time. read more

LifeSite interviews mysterious author of ‘The Dictator Pope’

EXCLUSIVE: LifeSite interviews mysterious author of ‘The Dictator Pope’

Diane Montagna

ROME, December 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — “The popular image of Pope Francis is one of the most extraordinary deceptions of the present time,” Marcantonio Colonna, author of The Dictator Pope, has said in a new interview with LifeSiteNews.

The explosive new book, which first appeared in Italian and then in English on December 4, has provoked praise and consternation and drawn considerable attention, particularly in Catholic media. read more

The Wrath of God Shall Be Upon Us

(Warning – this is not for the weak of heart and my apologies in advance for anyone who tried to vote in accordance with God’s Laws)

Thanks, Alabama. By electing s person who is openly pro-abortion, who thinks it’s OK to kill babies both in the womb and in the birth canal, who thinks it’s OK for a man to “make love” to another man and for a woman to make love to another woman, who thinks it’s OK for a person to deny the gender which Almighty God has created them and for this person to vote in the US Senate to advance these agendas, you have assured us that the wrath of God will be upon us and our children. And, don’t feed us this baloney that you were only selecting the best of two alternatives. God knows and you should know that you can never vote for Evil in any case and despite your claims you know in your hearts that you could have advanced a candidate in preliminary elections that truly represented Christian values. And where was the crowd from Irondale to warn you of the consequences of your vote? Where was the outrage from the pulpit? And, you so-called Christian evangelicals, where was your mobilization to find a person to run for and win in this election? read more

Pope Francis – Entangled in Contradictions

Pope Francis – Entangled in Contradictions

en.news
12/13/17

In early December Pope Francis attempted to pass his September 2016 letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires as “authentic Magisterium”. Contradicting the Gospel, this letter says that chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia allows unrepentant adulterers to receive Holy Communion adding, “There are no other interpretations.”

On December 13 Sandro Magister pointed out that this contradicts the opening of Amoris Laetitia, according to which there should exist “various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching,” so that “each country or region can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs”. read more

Only A Council Can Decide Whether Francis Is a Heretic

Only A Council Can Decide Whether Francis Is a Heretic

By Father Reto Nay
en.news
12/13/17

Argentinean Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, Pope Francis’ personal theologian, said that his master is unimpressed by criticisms pronounced against him.

Talking to the radical Spanish webpage Religión Digital (December 7) Fernández added that Francis does not lose his sleep over criticisms that he is a “heretic or schismatic”. It is unclear, whom Fernández has in mind. To my knowledge none of Francis’ important critics have made such claims. read more

“Vatican Is Dominated By Canny Ecclesiastical Politicians”

“Vatican Is Dominated By Canny Ecclesiastical Politicians”

en.news
12/13/17

The book The Dictator Pope is genuinely insightful according to Dan Hitchens, the deputy editor of the Catholic Herald. He notices that the material of the book has been presented before, “But rarely with such lucidity”.

Writing in the Catholic Herald (December 12) Hitchens highlights the books message that the Vatican is “increasingly dominated by canny ecclesiastical politicians who devote much of their time to preventing important reforms” while those who try to root out for instance financial corruption run into trouble. read more

Evangelical Mega-Church Leads Congregation in Consecration to Sacred Heart of Jesus Prayer

Evangelical Mega-Church Leads Congregation in Consecration to Sacred Heart of Jesus Prayer

by ChurchPOP Editor – 

Carolus, Wikimedia CommonsCC BY-SA 3.0 / Adammeliski, Wikimedia CommonsCC BY-SA 4.0

This is certainly surprising!

During a recent Friday night service,  a pastor at New Life Church, an evangelical Protestant megachurch in Colorado Springs, CO, reportedly led the congregation in something you wouldn’t normally expect: the Sign of the Cross and a prayer of a consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Redditer /u/MarvelDCgoodwithme, who is Catholic, explained on the /r/Catholicism subreddit that his Protestant mother attends the church and thought the prayer sounded Catholic. So she took pictures of a few of the slides with the prayer, which you can see at the bottom of this article. read more

Cardinal Kasper: the controversy over Amoris Laetitia is now over

Cardinal Kasper: the controversy over Amoris Laetitia is now over

The publication of the Pope’s letter to the Buenos Aires bishops mean the matter is ‘hopefully’ settled, the cardinal said

[Nay, Your Eminence, “We’ve only just begun”; see the latest salvo: Pro-life leaders from 13 countries accuse Pope Francis of failing to uphold Church teaching]

by Catholic Herald Staff Reporter
posted Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017

The controversy over Amoris Laetitia has come to an end, Cardinal Walter Kasper has said. read more

MEXICAN ‘DEATH SAINT’ DISPLAYED IN CATHOLIC SANCTUARY

MEXICAN ‘DEATH SAINT’ DISPLAYED IN CATHOLIC SANCTUARY

Mexican ‘Death Saint’ Displayed in Catholic Sanctuary by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant •  December 8, 2017

“Santa Muerte” cult denounced by Vatican, bishops

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (ChurchMilitant) – A Washington State Church displayed a pagan altar honoring a devotion condemned by at least one high-ranking Vatican cardinal and multiple bishops around the world.

In November, St. Augustine Catholic Church in Oak Harbor allowed for a woman to set-up a Santa Muerte (Saint Death) display in the church around the Feast of All Souls, November 2. It was removed two days later after a parishioner complained about the sacrilege. Cristian Cadavid described the cult shrine as “blasphemy and affected the faith of many (especially the ones that know anything about the ‘santa muerte’).” read more