Monthly Archives: February 2018

Ireland’s abortion referendum boils down to adults wanting to legally kill children

John Lacken

Ireland’s abortion referendum boils down to adults wanting to legally kill children

Grown men and women, many of them parents of children, all of them elected representatives, stood up in the Irish parliament chamber one after the other, to outline the conditions under which they believed that certain human beings, members of our nation, should be allowed to be put to death. read more

U.S. military resumes transgender recruitment despite Trump order

Lisa Bourne

U.S. military resumes transgender recruitment despite Trump order

[Who is the Commander-in-Chief: The constitutionally-designated POTUS, over-ruling federal courts, insubordinate Pentagon and DOD officials, opposing White House advisors? – AQ moderator Tom]

Officials confirmed Monday that as of last week it has one transgender recruit. This is the first to sign a recruitment contract since a federal court order required the Pentagon to admit transgender individuals into the military beginning January 1 if they meet certain criteria. read more

Jesuit Georgetown honors pro-abortion Senator whose bishop just barred him from Communion

Claire Chretien

Jesuit Georgetown honors pro-abortion Senator whose bishop just barred him from Communion

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia will present Durbin with the Jesuit university’s “Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award for exemplary public service.”

This award is “conferred upon Georgetown alumni who have rendered outstanding and exemplary service to his/her profession or community in support of humanitarian causes,” according to the University. read more

The Pope [B16] and the Vatican’s then-top powerbroker [Cardinal Sodano]

The Pope [B16] and the Vatican’s then-top powerbroker [Cardinal Sodano]

By Phil Lawler | Feb 27, 2018

For the first time in my life, I find myself in substantial agreement with Robert Mickens, who now covers Vatican affairs for La Croix. In his most recent column there, Mickens examines the enormous and enduring influence of Cardinal Angelo Sodano. It’s an eye-opener.

Cardinal Sodano retired as Vatican Secretary of State in September 2006. But he did not leave office willingly—in fact, he literally stayed, physically, at the same desk for weeks, forcing his successor Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to work out of a temporary office—and he has continued to play his accustomed role behind the scenes, promoting the interests of various prelates and various causes. He remains the dean of the College of Cardinals today, at the age of 90, with no sign that he is prepared to step down from that position. read more

CLERICAL CENSORING

CLERICAL CENSORING

[Under FrankenPope “All bets are off” and “Everything is up for grabs”; i.e., Church teaching and discipline are open to change or “deeper understanding”! – AQ moderator Tom]

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 28, 2018

Rome asked bishops to silence pro-homosexual speakers not faithful Catholics

While Church Militant is being censored in such dioceses as Orange, California and Lansing, Michigan, bishops are ignoring the Vatican’s ban on pro-homosexual speakers like Fr. James Martinand Fr. Greg Boyle. read more

 A Mandate Against Liberty and Conscience — And The Bishops Are On the Wrong Side?

 A Mandate Against Liberty and Conscience — And The Bishops Are On the Wrong Side?

The Catholic bishops of the United States have spent the better part of the past decade heroically fighting against government mandates that undermine religious freedom and personal conscience.

After investing so much effort resisting such mandates, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has found a mandate to support. That mandate forces government workers to pay for the activities of big labor, even when individual workers conscientiously object to union membership or to funding union activity. It’s similar to taxes or Social Security contributions:  Every person is forced to pay up as a price of government employment. read more

Five years on: a Vatican reporter remembers Benedict XVI’s resignation

Five years on: a Vatican reporter remembers Benedict XVI’s resignation

Pope Benedict’s decision shocked the world. But was it the right thing to do? [A report on B16’s papal legacy; IMHO: Reluctant to become and act as pope, disappointing in his resignation and inability to insure a like-minded successor! – AQ moderator Tom] by  – posted Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the faithful for the last time on February 28, 2013

February 28, 2013, was a blur. I’m pretty sure I was in the newsroom at Vatican Radio for some of the day, but I can’t recall whether I was there, or at home, or in a bar watching the chopper take off and carry the soon-to-be Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to his retirement at Castel Gandolfo.

I can talk a little about my feelings that day — they are with me still — as the reality of the situation pressed itself upon me. My thoughts were clear, and have not only stayed with me, but sharpened over the past five years. read more

The new Catholic ‘paradigm’ would mean ‘accompanying’ sinners right into hell

Alan Keyes

The new Catholic ‘paradigm’ would mean ‘accompanying’ sinners right into hell

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15)

Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. … He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11) read more

‘Proud to be conservative; proud to be transgender’: QPAC [Q for Queerish] is transitioning to the politics of pansexualism

Amy Contrada

‘Proud to be conservative; proud to be transgender’: QPAC [Q for Queerish] is transitioning [to the politics of pansexualism]

We had a rewarding time last October at Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, so we figured that the American Conservative Union’s CPAC 2018 attendees would likewise appreciate receiving our information.

We applied for a booth, were vetted, and approved in late January.  Shortly thereafter, we were abruptly disinvited.  No convincing reason was given – just some vague statements about our “tone” not being respectful toward our political opponents.  You can read the details here. read more

Vatican to host Winter Olympics

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Vatican to host Winter Olympics

There have been snowfalls in Rome this week, a direct result of a billion faithful Catholics taking the papal advice in Laudato Si’ seriously, and thus saving the planet. Accordingly, St Peter’s Square has been transformed into a venue for winter sports, which are so much more popular than papal audiences these days, and it has now been agreed that the Vatican will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.Eskimo and igloo

Cardinal Nanook of the North stands by the dome.

The Catholic Church is very strong in certain events, such as snowball fights – it will have a natural advantage when the referee shouts “Let him who is without sin cast the first snowball” – and building snowmen, especially ones that look like saints.

pope snowman

Graven images are OK, but don’t worship them!

These traditional sports are likely to replace some of the sillier Olympic sports such as Curling (feel free to disagree). We are happy to give our readers a preview of what we may expect at VAT2022. read more

100 Years Of Drunkenness?

100 Years Of Drunkenness?

[50 or 55 years down, and another 50 or 45 to go; one way or another, it’s a record bender! – AQ moderator Tom]

FEB 28 ’18 – Posted by Mundabor

The dreaded news is among us again: new Cardinals and possibly a new Encyclical Letter coming. There is little doubt the new document will cause further division and schism (and there is no deterrent for Francis from doing so, seen that Amoris Laetitia caused no more than some extremely hypocritical meowing). There is even less doubt that the new appointments will further disfigure and ravage the Church. read more

Cardinal Sarah, There Is A Betrayal Of Prelates

Cardinal Sarah, There Is A Betrayal Of Prelates

 en.news – 2/28/18

High-ranking prelates from rich nations are trying to alter Christian morality with regard to abortion, euthanasia and divorce – Cardinal Robert Sarah said during a presentation of is book “God or Nothing” in Brussels, Belgium.

According to lanuovabq.it (February 27) the ultraliberal Brussels Cardinal De Kesel and Uganda born Nuncio Augustine Kasujja were present.

Sarah explained that the change became manifest when certain prelates began to accept abortion and euthanasia, “When Catholics abandon Christ’s teaching and the Church’s Magisterium, they contribute to the destruction of the natural institution of marriage”. Accordingly the entire human community finds itself “fractured by this betrayal on the part of the clerics.” read more

Council of Cardinals discussed Vatican cost controls, role of episcopal conferences, and proposal for regional tribunals to hear abuse cases 

Council of Cardinals discussed Vatican cost controls, role of episcopal conferences, [and] proposal for regional tribunals to hear abuse cases 

[Vatican costs have skyrocketed under FrankenPope with more agencies and commissions in the Curia, synods and conferences at the Vatican as well as expensive outside consultants; devolution of authority to bishops conferences could lead in doctrinal matters to what I have called a new meaning of “cuius regio, eius religio (whose region, his religion; i.e., the religion of the ruler dictates the religion of those ruled)” that what is ok (such as Communion for unrepentant adulterating, fornicating and sodomite couples) in one country (such as Germany) is not in another (such as neighboring Poland); oh, that’s already happening! – AQ moderator Tom] read more

CATHOLIC JUDGE NOMINEE ON THE DEFENSIVE

CATHOLIC JUDGE NOMINEE ON THE DEFENSIVE

[“No Catholics need apply”]

2/28/18

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the fate of a judicial nominee whose Catholicity has become an issue:

Gordon Giampietro, a former federal prosecutor, has been nominated by President Trump for a seat on the federal district court in Milwaukee. He has come under fire for holding to Catholic teachings on marriage, the family, and sexuality.

None of the comments he has made fall outside the domain of settled Catholic theology, but enough red flags have been raised by irresponsible media outlets to warrant the concern of Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin; she could block the nomination. read more

Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopens 

Church of the Holy Sepulcher reopens  [After Israel suspends plan for new tax on church properties] Catholic World News – 2/28/18 The Church of the Holy Sepulcher has reopened, after being closed for three days in a protest against proposed new regulations that would have levied taxes on church properties in Jerusalem. After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intervened to block the new tax policies, the Christian leaders who share custody of the basilica announced on February 27 that the ancient church—the site of the Resurrection—would be open to visitors once again.