An Anti-Catholic Pope?

An Anti-Catholic Pope?

by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 30, 2016

By now we have been accustomed to the shocking results of Francis’ insistence on blathering to reporters during flights to or from the destinations of the useless papal trips that have become a primary activity of the post-Vatican II papacy. In the midst of all the blathering, however, there are also inadvertently revealing remarks that indicate the scope of the crisis-within-a-crisis that is the Bergoglian pontificate.

The most recent example is the inflight press conference on the return to Rome from the papal trip to Armenia. A most revealing remark came in the context of a reporter’s question about key papal adviser Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s recent statement that the Church should apologize to “gays” for the way the Church has treated them. “Gays” have been added to the list of those to whom the Church must apologize and “beg forgiveness” — the endless mea culpa that John Paul II began and now seems to be perpetual, even though we have yet to hear a single apology from the powers of this world for their offenses against Christians, including state persecution and the genocide of scores of millions of them.

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To Vote or Not?

To Vote or Not?

by Gary Potter
July 1, 2016

The full force of the nation’s quadrennial general-election campaign season is about to hit us. It will not occur to the majority of the nation’s voters who identify as Catholic to assess candidates in the light of teachings of the Faith. It never does. The proof is how they have voted throughout the twentieth century and now into this one, and especially since the so-called “social issues” began to figure in elections. When has it ever been as they ought? However, a minority who are serious about their practice of the religion will wonder whom they should vote for, or even whether they should vote at all, in the light of Church teaching. They would appreciate some guidance. It exists.

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Jean-Paul Sartre: ‘Bathroom Bill’ Philosopher Extraordinaire

Jean-Paul Sartre: ‘Bathroom Bill’ Philosopher Extraordinaire

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by Brother André Marie
July 1, 2016

Anyone who has studied a smattering of modern philosophy in college has probably heard the misanthropic utterance of Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) from No Exit, “Hell is other people” (L’enfer, c’est les autres). As with Friedrich Nietzsche’s “God is dead,” this pithy little impiety has been scrawled as graffiti on bathroom walls (where it arguably belongs), and blazoned on t-shirts, stickers, and now, on Internet “memes.” And just as some clever wag humorously inverted the declamation of Nietzsche (“Nietzsche is dead. —God”), another did the job for Sartre: “Hell is Sartre. —Other People.”

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Sacramento diocese allows Catholic parish to show transgender activist film

Sacramento diocese allows Catholic parish to show transgender activist film

Lisa Bourne

SACRAMENTO, California, July 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic parish recently screened a film spotlighting “gender identity,” the presentation of which its diocese says did not controvert Church teaching.

The LGBT and Adult Faith Formation ministries of Sacramento’s St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church hosted Call Me Malcolm on June 22. The film was billed by the parish as a “down-to-earth, non-threatening and wholesome film” about a “transgendered man in his first year of United Church of Christ seminary.”

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Dating Website ChristianMingle Must Include Gays, Judge Rules

Dating Website ChristianMingle Must Include Gays, Judge Rules

[Applicable to the parent company’s other dating websites – including CatholicMingle.com? Coming soon to other Catholic dating websites? Involuntarily or voluntarily?]

By KEVIN DALY
Published on July 1, 2016

ChristianMingle.com, an online platform for single Christians seeking relationships, must accommodate gay users, a California judge ruled.

Two gay men in California brought a lawsuit against ChristianMingle’s parent company Spark Network, which also administers CatholicMingle.com, AdventistSinglesConnection.com, BlackSingles.com, and a mobile application CROSSPATHS. They alleged the site’s failure to accommodate gay users violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act, a state anti-discrimination law.

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If the Church apologizes to homosexuals, what comes next?

If the Church apologizes to homosexuals, what comes next?

[Apologizing to practitioners of bestiality and recognizing that their zoophiliac unions have “some of the same positive benefits” as marriage?]

By Phil Lawler | Jul 01, 2016

Pope Francis says that the Church should apologize to homosexuals. But how should we go about it?

The Holy Father made it clear, in that remarkable statement, that he thought individual Christians, not the universal Church, had mistreated homosexuals. Certainly I should apologize to anyone that I have offended. But I can’t apologize on behalf of others, especially if I am not aware of how they have given offense. What it is, exactly, for which apologies are due?

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Clerics in Holy Land puzzled by appointment of Italian to administer Jerusalem patriarchate

Clerics in Holy Land puzzled by appointment of Italian to administer Jerusalem patriarchate

[Also the possible abolition/downgrading the last Latin patriarchate in the Middle East – to a simple archbishopric? The other Latin patriarchates (dating back to the times of the Crusaders and paralleling the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic patriarchs of Antioch and Alexandria) were allowed to become vacant in the early 1950s and suppressed in 1964]

Catholic World News – July 01, 2016

Arabic Catholics in the Holy Land are uneasy with the appointment of an Italian Franciscan, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, to serve as apostolic administrator of the Latin-rite Patriarchate of Jerusalem, following the resignation of Archbishop Fouad Twal.

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The not-so-Pan-Orthodox Council [4 of the 14 autocephalous churches did not attend – especially the largest, Russia] pulled back from blessing marriages of Orthodox, non-Orthodox Christians

The not-so-Pan-Orthodox Council [4 of the 14 autocephalous churches did not attend – especially the largest, Russia] pulled back from blessing marriages of Orthodox, non-Orthodox Christians

[Frankenpope’s new teaching and discipline concerning marriage, annulments as well as adulterous, cohabitational and homosexual unions pale by comparison with the contents of this “less-than-perfect” document of the Orthodox churches]

Catholic World News – July 01, 2016

The recent Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church did not achieve its original goal of unifying the discipline of the Sacrament of Marriage among the 14 Orthodox churches, according to a L’Osservatore Romano report.

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The Gall of the St. Gallen Mafia

The Gall of the St. Gallen Mafia

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The St. Gallen Mafia

Written by Elizabeth Yore
7/1/16

“Never let anyone know what you are thinking.”~Mario Puzo, The Godfather

Darkness descended onto Piazza di San Pietro into the evening hours of March 13, 2013, as the successor to the resigned Benedict XVI, was introduced to the Catholic Church.

Invited onto the balcony, a mere arm’s length from the new Pontiff, Cardinal Godfried Danneels surveyed the massive crowd during the announcement of the papal election of Jorge Bergoglio. There, on the Loggia of St. Peter’s, he stood, sending a message with his smug triumphant gaze.

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The Bergoglian Theory of Relativity

The Bergoglian Theory of Relativity

Louie Verrecchio
June 30, 2016

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In the aftermath of Francis’ hate-filled comment (with the object of his hatred being the Catholic faith and those who profess it) suggesting that Christians should apologize to gays, the punchline isn’t getting nearly enough attention.

Recall that Francis was answering a question concerning remarks recently made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx who said:

“The history of homosexuals in our society is a very bad history because we have done a lot to marginalize them. It is not so long ago and so as church and as society we have to say sorry.”

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How to understand Pope Francis’ ‘apology’ to the gay community

How to understand Pope Francis’ ‘apology’ to the gay community

[EEEEWTN’s neo-Catholic News Agency “spins” Frankenpope’s words]

Vatican City, Jun 30, 2016 / (CNA).- As Pope Francis on Sunday backed the idea of apologizing to gay individuals who may feel marginalized by the Church, discussion has once again broken out over how to interpret the pontiff’s words.

Debate flared up overnight after the Pope responded to a question about recent comments made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having “marginalized” them.

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The Liquidation of Christianity

The Liquidation of Christianity

The Catholic Thing
7/1/16
David Carlin: liberal Christians promote an atheistic agenda while refusing to call themselves atheists.

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In the history of Western religion, what we are living through today is, I strongly suspect, a moment historians may eventually label the Era of the Liquidation of Christianity. In its power of liquidation, it is reminiscent of the age of the Protestant Reformation, which might be labeled the Era of the Liquidation of Catholicism, at least when it came to England, Scotland, Holland, Scandinavia, and most of Germany. Beginning in 1517, the old religion was suddenly and rapidly eliminated.

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Excellent Op Ed: 10 things Michael Cook gets wrong in his criticism of papal critics

Excellent Op Ed: 10 things Michael Cook gets wrong in his criticism of papal critics

Posted by TTC (The Tenth Crusade) on 6/30/16

Excellent op ed: Carl E. Olson (Catholic World Report): 10 things Michael Cook gets wrong in his criticism of papal critics [i.e.] “7 reasons why the Pope’s gaffes are OK

Yes, Francis is often misquoted. Yes, Francis sometimes trips over his own rhetorical toes. But there are deeper problems. And saying so isn’t a sin.

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For whatever reason, Francis seems to think that the past few decades have been marked by a dogmatic rigidity that is as merciless as it is obsessed with the fine details of law, causing countless innocent or near innocent Catholics to flee a Church that they perceive to be cold and heartless. That perspective is, to put it nicely, dubious and problematic. The impression often given, unfortunately, is that any emphasis on objective moral standards regarding actions and relationships is bound to quickly degenerate into a harsh and uncharitable condemnation

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Communion For All, Even For Protestants

Communion For All, Even For Protestants

In addition to the divorced and remarried, for Luther’s followers as well there are those who are giving the go-ahead for the Eucharist. Here is how “La Civiltà Cattolica” interprets the pope’s enigmatic words on intercommunion

[Matthew 7:6: Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you.]

by Sandro Magister

ROME, July 1, 2016 – In his way, after encouraging communion for the divorced and remarried, in that it “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak,” Pope Francis is now also encouraging Protestants and Catholics to receive communion together at their respective Masses.

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Ramadan in Egypt: Muslims kill Coptic Christian priest with hail of bullets outside church

Ramadan in Egypt: Muslims kill Coptic Christian priest with hail of bullets outside church

JUNE 30, 2016 BY DEACON ROBERT SPENCER

Did Fr. Raphael provoke them in some way? Did he draw Muhammad? Did he opine that Islam was not a religion of peace? Or could his murder simply have been provoked by who he was, as an Infidel, a Christian priest?

Why are Church leaders in the West so uniformly silent about the Muslim persecution of Christians? Jean-Clément Jeanbart, the Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, gave an interview to a French reporter in which he was highly critical of the mainstream media and even of his fellow bishops for ignoring the Muslim persecution of Middle Eastern Christians. “The European media,” he charged, “have not ceased to suppress the daily news of those who are suffering in Syria and they have even justified what is happening in our country by using information without taking the trouble to verify it.” And as for his brother bishops in France, “the conference of French bishops should have trusted us, it would have been better informed. Why are your bishops silent on a threat that is yours today as well? Because the bishops are like you, raised in political correctness. But Jesus was never politically correct, he was politically just!”

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