A Day That Will Live in Infamy

Dscember 7, 1941 is the day when the Empire of Japan attacked the United States of America at Pearl Harbor. I would be remiss if I did not remember the lives that were lost on that day and pay tribute to those who survived and are among the few who remain in our midst as veterans of WW II. God bless them and keep them close to His Heart.

Bishop Schneider likens treatment of four Cardinals to Soviet regime: ‘We live in a climate of threats’

Bishop Schneider likens treatment of four Cardinals to Soviet regime: ‘We live in a climate of threats’

Jan Bentz

ROME, Italy, December 6, 2016, (LifeSiteNews) — Before a packed room in Rome’s Centro Lepanto on Monday, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan urged the faithful to ardently hold on to the Church’s Magisterium on the indissolubility of marriage within the current state of ongoing ambiguities.

“When Christ preached 2,000 years ago, the culture and reigning spirit were radically opposed to Him. Concretely religious syncretism ruled, also Gnosticism among the intelligent leaders, as well as permissibilism among the masses — especially regarding the institution of matrimony. […] The sole purpose of the Son of God was to reveal the truth to the world.”

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San Diego bishop praises pro-gay parish as model for welcoming ‘LGBT worshippers’

San Diego bishop praises pro-gay parish as model for welcoming ‘LGBT worshippers’

[In praise of perversion]

Claire Chretien

SAN DIEGO, California, December 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The director of the young adult ministry at a parish San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy recently praised for its “welcoming” attitude toward “LGBT worshippers” is an openly gay man who works for an organization that supports same-sex “marriage” and women’s ordination.

The San Diego Union Tribune reported that McElroy cited St. John the Evangelist in Hillcrest as an example of a parish where “LGBT worshippers ‘feel particularly welcome.'”

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A divided Catholic Church in Canada confronts assisted suicide

A divided Catholic Church in Canada confronts assisted suicide

[“If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand” – Mark 3:25]

Fr. Dominique Boulet

December 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The decriminalization of doctor-assisted suicide in Canada by the Trudeau government has exposed the deep divisions that exist within the Catholic Church in Canada. In its 2015 decision in Carter v. Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada found the Criminal Code provision that prohibited physician-assisted suicide to be unconstitutional. The Liberal government’s Bill C-14, which received Royal assent in June 2016, decriminalized the practice and set out a regime to regulate who could obtain “medical assistance in dying.”

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Cdl. Farrell’s Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Cdl. Farrell’s Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

New prefect speaks as if doctrine is a matter of opinion while Cdl. Müller is muted

[Again ChurchMilitant overlooks the 800-lb. gorilla who created the super-dicastery (apparently above the CDF in rank), made Bp. Farrell its prefect (and also a cardinal), and muted Cdl. Muller’s comments on the issue]

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • December 6, 2016

VATICAN – The prefect of the newly established super-dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life is critical of those who oppose his liberal interpretation of “Amoris Laetitia” (AL), while sidelining the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) by brushing off doctrinal objections to AL as mere differences of opinion.

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Francis Fave Spadaro: Adultery Is a Moral Duty!

Francis Fave Spadaro: Adultery Is a Moral Duty!

December 7, 2016
Posted by Tantumblogo

That’s plainly what his reasoning in an interview given in the amateur liberal Catholic website Crux points to. Asked whether those persisting in extramarital unions would have to refrain from sex in order to receive the Blessed Sacrament, possibly Francis’ closest confidant and advisor Antonio Spadaro said, in some cases, they may be permitted to continue in adulterous acts and still receive the Blessed Sacrament, if they thought a “worse evil”would result. In answering thus, Spadaro has elevated adultery to a moral duty, if some “worse evil” is to be avoided.

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Phil Lawler on Things a Pope Can’t Say

Phil Lawler on Things a Pope Can’t Say

Steve Skojec
December 5, 2016

If you have ever been a follower of CatholicCulture.org, you may well have given up on getting any but the most biased coverage of the papacy from them some time ago. But while Jeff Mirus has demonstrated remarkable resilience to the red pill (with cracks only just beginning to show), Phil Lawler has been on a steadily accelerating trajectory to Truthville.

Today, he offers one of his simplest and best pieces to date, entitled, Three things the Pope can’t say. This is sort of a 101, everyman level attempt to tackle what those Divinely-guided papal powers really entail, and I suspect it’s going to be very valuable to those Catholics who have only just recently started catching on to the war brewing in Rome:

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Robert Spaemann: “It is Deplorable that Only Four Cardinals Have Taken the Initiative”

Robert Spaemann: “It is Deplorable that Only Four Cardinals Have Taken the Initiative”

Maike Hickson
December 5, 2016

Robert Spaemann, the prominent German philosopher and outspoken critic of the papal document Amoris Laetitia, has just given an interview to the Italian website La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, in which he comes to the aid of the Four Cardinals.

As the same website has now also revealed, in a separate article – although Professor Spaemann appears not yet to know of this speculation – the other two prelates who had earlier also signed the dubia which were sent to Pope Francis are “in all probability” the retired Curial Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes of Germany and His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Cardinal Cordes had been a critic of some of the liberalizing tendencies manifested in the Family Synod discussions in 2014 and 2015, and he had also published a booklet in which he spoke about the strong resistance against the “Kasper proposal” during the 2014 Consistory itself, and surfacing just after Cardinal Walter Kasper’s own speech.

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A priest giving absolution to a cuban before being shot by Fidel Castro’s firing squad

A priest giving absolution to a cuban before being shot by Fidel Castro’s firing squad

Andrew Lopez: 1960 Pulitzer Prize for News Photography

“For his series of four photographs of a corporal, formerly of Dictator Batista’s army, who was executed by a Castro firing squad, the principal picture showing the condemned man receiving last rites.”

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One of Lopez’s winning images, with original caption attached.

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Father Domingo Lorenzo performs last rites for Cuban Army Cpl. Jose Cipriano Rodriguez on Jan. 17, 1959. Rodriguez, who had served in Fulgencio Batista’s army, was executed by firing squad after being found guilty for the deaths of two brothers. His tribunal lasted just one minute. UPI photographer Andrew Lopez won the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for a series of four photos from the scene, including this one.

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Reflections on Advent, Week II: Fr. George Rutler

Original Article

Fr. George Rutler
Pewsitter.com

FROM THE PASTOR – DECEMBER 4, 2016

It was a privilege years ago to know the English theologian Alec Vidler, a colorful and even eccentric character whose long beard amused the Queen when he was her chaplain and whose religious views irritated many. He was a good friend of C.S. Lewis and, especially, Malcolm Muggeridge who agreed to disagree with him. Although his interpretation of some of the Scriptures could be vague, he was impatient with superficial religiosity. After a lecture tour in the United States, his impression of churches there was that most preaching boiled down to friendly clergymen saying, “Might I suggest that you try to be good.”

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MARTYROLOGY-DECEMBER 7

Martyrology-December 7th
Roman Martyrology-December 7th-on this date in various years-

The Vigil of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church, who fell asleep in the Lord on the 4th of April; his feast is kept on this day, the day on which he assumed the government of the Church of Milan.

At Rome, blessed Eutychian, pope, who with his own hand buried three hundred and forty-two martyrs in various places. He himself was joined with them, crowned with martyrdom under Emperor Numerian, and was buried in the cemetery of Callistus.

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Cardinals Opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops, Popes against Popes

Cardinals Opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops, Popes against Popes

by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 2, 2016

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres… churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

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The Opposition [including neo-Catholics] Mounts

The Opposition [including neo-Catholics] Mounts

by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 5, 2016

In the turbulent wake of Amoris Laetitia, Francis may think he can calm the waves of disturbance he has unleashed throughout the Church and force an acceptance of his utter novelties in the realm of moral theology even despite the historic Four Cardinals Letter. The chosen modus operandi seems to be the use of mitered henchman — strategically vested with cardinal’s hats in a move akin to promoting pawns to queens in a chess endgame. Their role on the Bergoglian chess board is to denounce the four cardinals and other objectors as fomenters of “disunity” and “disloyalty” to the Pope, as if Francis were the head of a political party who must be defended no matter what he says or does.

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The “Squid Ink” Pontificate? Hilary White on the Bart Simpson of the East and Francis

[ A timely reminder of one of the primary reasons Our Lady asked for the consecration of Russia. As well, further vindication of the analysis of Orthodoxy as pantheistic…. ]

remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/2914-pulling-back-the-veil-orthodox-patriarch-defends-francis

“… Did you know that Amoris Laetitia is really about rewriting Catholic Trinitarian dogma? Did you know that with it, Pope Francis has freed us, not only from the “canonical regulations of man,” but from our Biblical concept of God as Father? And that we no longer have to concern ourselves with moral restraints or even behavioural preferences imposed by this “heavenly father”? Did you know that the Church no longer teaches that there is any divinely authored moral law at all?

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The Ordinary Form of the Mass Celebrated “ad orientem” not so often in the Manchester, New Hampshire, diocese

The Ordinary Form of the Mass Celebrated “ad orientem” [not so often in the Manchester, New Hampshire, diocese]

From: PREPARING FOR ADVENT
By Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester, New Hampshire

[Limiting/undermining Cardinal Sarah’s “Reform of the Reform” proposal for the Novus Ordo Mass, implying Pope Francis’ attitude toward the traditional Latin Mass as something “exceptional” and “nostalgic” and questioning a priest who may desire ad orientem possibly for having a “rigid,” “defensive,” “insecure,” and/or “fundamentalist” mentality. Nonetheless, the bishop allows the traditional Latin Mass (ad orientem) at two parishes for Sunday High Mass: St. Patrick’s in Nashua and St. Joseph’s in Claremont – as well as all Masses at the St. Benedict Center in Richmond and occasional Masses at Thomas More College in Merrimack and Northeast Catholic (formerly Magdalen) College in Warner. Both colleges offer all or most of their Novus Ordo Masses (Latin and English) ad orientem. Bishop Libasci has allowed the Fraternal Society of St. Peter to staff a formerly closed parish (St. Stanislaus in Nashua) with Sunday and weekday TLMs. Ironically His Excellency has bi-ritual faculties for the Byzantine rite, whose Divine Liturgy (Mass) is always offered ad orientem!]

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