Monthly Archives: July 2018

The logic of Amoris Laetitia now infects Vatican diplomacy

The logic of Amoris Laetitia now infects Vatican diplomacy

By Phil Lawler | Jul 17, 2018

The latest of a series of articles on Vatican-China talks* posted on the Vatican News site tackles the question of how the Holy See could recognize bishops who were ordained without Vatican approval, and thus subject to excommunication:

The path to the legitimisation of the Chinese Bishops ordained without the mandate of the Pope is not and cannot be, then, a cold bureaucratic act; rather, it must be a journey of genuinely and profoundly ecclesial discernment, whereby particular cases are evaluated in order to determine whether the essential conditions exist, such that a given Bishop could be readmitted into full Catholic communion. read more

Does Humanae Vitae cause suffering, or does the National un-Catholic Reporter?

Does Humanae Vitae cause suffering, or does the National un-Catholic Reporter?

By Phil Lawler | Jul 17, 2018

The National Catholic Reporter headline informs us:

Humanae Vitae’s ban on contraception causes suffering

The argument of the article is lame and familiar: based on the assumption that—what your parents told you about bird and bees to the contrary notwithstanding—Catholic dogma causes unplanned pregnancies.

But let’s talk about suffering, anyway. Can you name a form of contraception that does not cause suffering—either by failing or by harming the person (almost always the woman) who uses it—and then possibly failing as well? read more

Sodomite deacon writes for obscene newspaper with archbishop’s permission

Sodomite deacon writes for obscene newspaper with archbishop’s permission

[Reminiscent of KrautChurch owning one of the most profitable publishers in Germany that sells about 2500 porn titles and other books offensive to Christianity!  Hat-tip to DefendTruth via Gloria.TV: “Archbishop Cordileone’s (Italian for ‘Cowardly Lion’? – AQ Tom) apparent acceptance of Bromberger’s job as a writer for the homosexual Bay Area Reporter is in stark contrast to his numerous public statements condemning homosexual behavior and homosexual “marriage.“] read more

Homoerotic Vespers to First Mass in Germany

Homoerotic Vespers to First Mass in Germany

[Theology of the Body in word and movement!]

en.news – 7/17/18

Father Fabian Ploneczka of the diocese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany, celebrated on Sunday his first mass in Augsburg.

According to kath.net (July 17), the preceding vespers on Saturday was a “homoerotic event”.

The vespers’ topic was “Eroticism of Faith”. A man dressed only in skin-coloured shorts danced in a lascivious way through the church.

Father Thomas Steiger spoke in a homily about the gracefulness of a man’s body. read more

LEAGUE of the SACRED HEART (A Remnant TV Update from Italy)

LEAGUE of the SACRED HEART (A Remnant TV Update from Italy)

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Published on Jul 12, 2018

Michael Matt takes a break from the Roman Forum in Italy to update RTV viewers about a new initiative starting up this summer over at The Remnant newspaper, called the League of the Sacred Heart. Also, Michael answers some Internet critics (sort of) who’ve been attacking The Remnant in general and Michael Matt personally of late. Plus, a free offer from The Remnant, while supplies last. Finally, details about The Remnant Underground’s new season, to kick off this fall. read more

Bishops pray for exorcism as anti-Catholic attacks continue in Nicaragua

Bishops pray for exorcism as anti-Catholic attacks continue in Nicaragua

The bishops will pray the prayer of exorcism to St Michael the Archangel later this week

by Catholic Herald – posted Tuesday, 17 Jul 2018 People pray in front of police who block the entrance to Divine Mercy Catholic Church

As attacks on Catholic clergy continue and anti-government protesters are besieged by Nicaraguan police and paramilitaries, the bishops said they would pray an exorcism prayer.

The bishops said that July 20 would be a day of prayer and fasting “as an act of atonement for the profanation carried out in recent months against God.” On that day, “We will pray the prayer of exorcism to St Michael Archangel.” read more

Change teaching on contraception, British cabinet minister tells Church

Change teaching on contraception, British cabinet minister tells Church

Penny Mordaunt spoke after meeting the President of the NuPontifical Academy for

Life
[AQ Tom: She also raised the issue of LGBTQUEER “rights”!  What did the Academy-President (Archbishop Paglia) say to her?]

A British minister has called on the Church to permit artificial contraception after a meeting with senior Vatican officials last week.

Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, said 800 girls and women lose their lives every day due to pregnancy and childbirth complications, and claimed that wider access to contraception would help alleviate the problem. read more

Czech churches cry foul over Communist tax plan

Czech churches cry foul over Communist tax plan

[AQ Tom: The Reds are back in power in the Czech Republic and plan to take back with one hand what they gave with the other; hat-tip to The Catholic Herald]

Jan FLEMR – AFP –14 July 2018
Czech churches are up in arms against Communist party plans to tax the compensation the state is paying them in return for assets seized during the Communists Cold War rule

Czech churches are up in arms against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation being paid by the state in return for assets, mostly land, seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule.

Under a 2012 law and deals with the state, 17 religious denominations — Christian and Jewish — are entitled to recover assets worth up to 75 billion koruna (2.9 billion euros, $3.4 billion) seized by the atheist Communist regime after World War II. read more

PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN’S LEGACY OF EUGENICS AND RACISM CAN’T BE IGNORED

BY  MAY 21, 2018

PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN’S LEGACY OF EUGENICS AND RACISM CAN’T BE IGNORED

[AQ Tom: To paraphrase Marx from the Communist Manifesto: The spectre of Teilhard de Chardin is haunting the Church; hat-tip to the Catholic Herald] 

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After Bishop Michael Bruce Curry delivered his sermon at today’s wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, many observers around the world wondered, as one headline put it, “Who was the Jesuit priest mentioned during the Royal Wedding sermon?” On Twitter, many of those familiar with the work of that Jesuit priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, expressed surprise and joy at the inclusion of a figure whose work had had a warning, or “monitum,” placed on it by the Catholic Church in 1962. Others swooned over one of the quotes mentioned by Bishop Curry: “If humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.” read more

Jesuit Supports Murdering Babies – Bishop Plays Scandal Down

Jesuit Supports Murdering Babies – Bishop Plays Scandal Down [Again the double standard for Catholic and heterodox priests expressing their views (actively or passively) at public rallies!] en.news – 7/17/18

Jesuit Father Mario Serrano demonstrated on July 15 in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) at a leftwing march to legalise abortion.

Serrano called the killing of children on Twitter (July 13, 15) a “just cause” stating that during the march he felt “close to the Jesus who loves, accompanies and does not condemn people in extreme situations” [including pedophiles, rassists and terrorists?].

Auxiliary bishop Jesús Castro Marte of Santo Domingo called Serrano’s statement a “private position”. read more

JESUIT GEORGETOWN REMOVES PRO-ABORTION PAGE

JESUIT GEORGETOWN REMOVES PRO-ABORTION PAGE

by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 16, 2018

Webpage yanked after 13,000 sign petition

WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Jesuit university removed a pro-abortion webpage from its site, and faithful Catholics are calling it a victory.

Georgetown University’s Law Library webpage has a section about civil rights which used to include a page about legalized abortion. The webpage encouraged students to support abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Center for Reproductive Rights on the grounds that these organizations promote civil rights.

But faithful Catholics objected to the pro-abortion message. TFP Student Action organized an online protest petition which garnered more than 13,000 signatures. read more

Liberal Pressure: Articles Exposing Cardinal McCarrick Had to Be Removed

Liberal Pressure: Articles Exposing Cardinal McCarrick Had to Be Removed

en.news – 7/17/18

Bart Aslin, a former Newark priest, spoke already in 2006 to Matt C. Abbott about Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s behaviour as a homosexual predator.

Later Aslin asked for a removal of the article, Abbott revealed on RenewAmerica.com (July 16) [see complete text of Mr. Aslin’s letter in comment below] because the article was causing Aslin to lose job opportunities within the Church, “Recruiters would put me forward as a very strong candidate, but in every case, my candidacy went nowhere.” read more

Remembering neo-Con/-Catholic Fr. Richard John Neuhaus’s ‘The Naked Public Square’

Remembering [neo-Con/-Catholic Fr.] Richard John Neuhaus’s ‘The Naked Public Square’

Written by  Jesse Russell, Ph.D. | Remnant Columnist – 7/9/18

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus

In July of 1984, the then Lutheran pastor Richard John Neuhaus, previously known across America for his Civil Rights activism and his leadership of Clergy and Laity Concerned about Vietnam, was brought to Bohemian Grove, the exclusive and scandalous northern California retreat of wealthy Republicans, by John Howard, president of the conservative think tank, the Rockford Institute. While visiting Bohemian, Neuhaus met with Edwin Meese III, who would later serve as Attorney General of the United States during Ronald Reagan’s second term. In between a little R & R, Meese and Pastor Neuhaus hashed a plan for Neuhaus to visit Reagan’s White House later that year in order to give a briefing on “Religion and Politics.” This briefing was, in effect, one of the most important events of Pastor Neuhaus’s life and would come to cast a shadow over the Catholic Church in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, for it was, at heart, the wedding ceremony between social conservativism and the Republican Party. read more

Dialogue or Disassociation: What to Do with Heretics and Public Sinners in the Church

Dialogue or Disassociation: What to Do with Heretics and Public Sinners in the Church

Eric Sammons – July 16, 2018

The watchword of the day is “dialogue.” Invoked by Church leaders like an Eastern mystical mantra, dialogue is the solution to every problem. Pro-abortion politicians claiming to be good Catholics? We need dialogue. Priests promoting same-sex relationships? We need dialogue. Millions of Catholics leaving the Church in droves? We need dialogue. No matter the issue, dialogue will make the world sing in perfect harmony.

But dialogue is not always the answer. Sometimes, in fact, the Church has embraced the opposite of dialogue – disassociation – as the proper means to address certain issues. Consider the problem of heretics and public sinners within the Church. What should we do when someone claims to be Catholic (or even is a priest or bishop) and yet acts in a manner fundamentally at odds with the Faith? Should we dialogue with him or disassociate from him? read more