Brother Bartholomew Sennott, M.I.C.M., Obl.O.S.B., R.i.P.

Brother Bartholomew Sennott, M.I.C.M., Obl.O.S.B., R.i.P.

[One of the original members of the Saint Benedict Center]

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Still River, Massachusetts – Brother Bartholomew Sennott died peacefully on April 27, 2016 in Metro West Medical Center, Framingham, after a brief illness. He leaves his religious community of Saint Benedict Abbey in Still River, and several beloved nieces, grandnieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Mary [also an original member of the Saint Benedict Center and oblate of Saint Benedict Abbey]. Born Robert Francis Sennott on January 25, 1924, Brother Bartholomew was raised and educated in Arlington before serving in the Army during WWII under General Patton. He took part in the campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and the Ardennes.

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Please pray for…

Please pray for…

Fr. Laisney’s mother who is in her final agony.

Also please pray for Kevin who is in a similar state to Cindy’s Joseph (RIP) dying of cancer and won’t see a priest.

Kung pins hope on Francis

Kung pins hope on Francis

[Is “Professor” Hans playing “pin the tail on the donkey”?]

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK [for] 28 April 2016
www.thetablet.co.uk/editors-desk/2/8319/kung-pins-hope-on-francis

Professor Hans Küng, long regarded as the enfant terrible among Catholic theologians though he is now an illustrious 88-year-old, has asked Pope Francis to open a theological dialogue on the subject of infallibility. He says the Pope’s response, which he has just received, has been positive. This is not hard to believe. Ever since his election to the papacy, Pope Francis has acted as if the dialogue Professor Küng wants has already occurred and the result is settled. Francis is as undogmatic a pope as it is possible to imagine. But if this amounts to a redefinition of the papal teaching office in practice, what need is there to revisit a theory that has, so to speak, been left behind?

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The Decline of the Authority and Influence of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope Francis

[The Decline of the Authority and Influence of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope Francis]

The current prefect, Cardinal Müller, a Benedict XVI appointee, may soon be replaced by Cardinal Schönborn.

From: VIEW FROM ROME [for] 28 April 2016
by Christopher Lamb | www.thetablet.co.uk/view-from-rome/14/8343/view-from-rome

Situated in a grand, imposing sixteenth-century palace, the office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has long been the most feared of all Vatican departments, particularly by Catholic theologians it has decided to investigate. Under the papacy of Francis, however, the department – originally known as the Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition, and later more informally as “The Holy Office” – seems to have lost some of its teeth.

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May dedicated to Our Lady

Our Lady of Fatima
We celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13th. On this day in 1917, Our Lady made her first appearance to three shepherd children, Jacinta (age 7), Francisco (age 9) and Lucia (age 10), at Fatima in Portugal. She appeared to them once a month from May through October. The lives of the three children of Fatima were entirely transformed by the heavenly apparitions. While fulfilling the duties of their state with the greatest fidelity, those children seemed now to live only for prayer and sacrifice, which they offered in a spirit of reparation to obtain peace and the conversion of sinners. They deprived themselves of water during the periods of great heat; they gave their lunch to poor children; they wore around their waists thick cords that even drew blood; they abstained from innocent pleasures and urged one another to the practice of prayer and penance with an ardor comparable to that of the great saints.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict On The Loss Of Missionary Zeal

Pope Emeritus Benedict On The Loss Of Missionary Zeal

April 28, 2016
By JUDE P. DOUGHERTY
thewandererpress.com/frontpage/benedict-on-the-loss-of-missionary-zeal/

On March 17 of this year, Pope Benedict XVI was interviewed by Fr. Jacques Servais, SJ. The interview, originally published in German, is now available in the English language courtesy of CNA/EWTN. It is a remarkable document that can be read as Benedict defending the Catholic faith against certain theological trends.

Early in the interview Benedict speaks of the nature of faith. “Faith is not the product of reflection nor is it an attempt to penetrate the depths of my own being….In order for me to believe, I need witnesses who have met God and who have made him accessible to me.”

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Five Strong Statements on Amoris Laetitia From SSPX

Five Strong Statements on Amoris Laetitia From SSPX

BY MAIKE HICKSON ON APRIL 29, 2016 @ www.onepeterfive.com/five-strong-statements-amoris-laetitia-sspx/

After Father Matthias Gaudron of the SSPX district in Germany published a strong critique of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (here is the full English translation), two more statements have recently been officially presented by DICI, one of the websites of the Society of St. Pius X. Furthermore, two additional statements have just now been published on the website of the SSPX’s District in the United States. Taken together, there have thus been five SSPX priests publicly expressing their strong opposition to Amoris Laetitia.

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Anglican-Catholic dialogue coming to Toronto

Anglican-Catholic dialogue coming to Toronto

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Saskatoon Catholic Bishop Donald Bolen, left, and Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls [aka Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid] will be among those speaking on Anglican-Catholic diaogue in Toronto May 11

[Following National Review’s judgement of Pope John XXIII’s 1961 encyclical Mater et Magistra as “Whatever its final effect, it must strike many as a venture in triviality coming at this particular time in history,” I would apply the same to this drivel. Because the event provides Anglicans an opportunity to present their pansexualist-ethic nonsense as a legitimate position equal to the true ethic of the natural moral law, I would now call it a “venture in scandal.” In view of the recent Amoris Laetitia, it now seems an appropriate topic for “ecumenical dialogue/convergence.”]

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Why Is Father Pavone Kissing Up To Amoris Lamentia?

Why Is Father Pavone Kissing Up To Amoris Lamentia?

POSTED BY RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM AT restore-dc-catholicism.blogspot.com/2016/04/why-is-father-pavone-kissing-up-to.html
4/29/16

One must wonder who’s twisting Father Pavone’s arm to cause him to let loose with this drivel:

All of us at Priests for Life welcome the document issued today by Pope Francis called ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ which summarizes his teaching following the two worldwide synods of bishops held in the last two years on the topic of the family. We encourage all the clergy and laity to carefully read, study, discuss and apply this document, which repeats the church’s teaching on life, marriage and family, and urges all of us to encourage one another with compassion and care as we strive to live that teaching.

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Bicycling in the Sanctuary — The “Model” of the “Merciful” Bishops

Bicycling in the Sanctuary — The “Model” of the “Merciful” Bishops

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred
4/29/16
eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2016/04/bicycling-in-sanctuary-model-of.html

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Archbishop Lorefice Travels With His Bike Through the Presbyterium of his Cathedral

(Rome) The new Archbishop of Palermo, recently appointed by Pope Francis, Msgr. Corrado Lorefice, swung himself in a bicycle and drove through the presbyterium of his Cathedral.
“Sometimes I ask myself whether certain prelates do not invent these surprises from a mere desire to see if they come into the media and land especially on certain blogs, for example, ours …” according to the traditional website Messa in Latino.

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Dismantling Catholic ethos of schools in Ireland would leave ‘moral vacuum’

Dismantling Catholic ethos of schools in Ireland would leave ‘moral vacuum’

Taking religion out of classroom could result in nihilism and self harm, says school manager

Fri, Apr 29, 2016
Carl O’Brien In Killarney
www.irishtimes.com/news/education/dismantling-catholic-ethos-of-schools-would-leave-moral-vacuum-1.2628509

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Fr Paul Connell, president of the Joint Managerial Body and the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools: he said Catholic schools have been playing a vital role in helping young people grow in faith.

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The painfully slow reform of the Vatican’s communications operation

The painfully slow reform of the Vatican’s communications operation

By Phil Lawler | Apr 29, 2016
www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=1283

Almost exactly one year ago I wondered aloud whether a plan to streamline the Vatican’s communications efforts might be sidetracked. Today I’m happy to notice that my concern may have been misplaced. The head of the new Communications Secretariat reports that the plans are moving forward [Streamlining Vatican communications will take until 2018, new boss says].

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MARTYROLOGY-MAY 1

Martyrology-May 1st
Roman Martyrology-May 1st- on this date in various years-

The birthday of the blessed apostles Philip and James. Philip, after having converted nearly all of Scythia to the faith of Christ, went to Hieropolis, a city in Asia, where he was fastened to a cross and stoned, and thus ended his life gloriously. James, who is also called the brother of our Lord, was the first bishop of Jerusalem. Being hurled down from a pinnacle of the temple, his legs were broken, and being struck on the head with a dyer’s staff, he expired and was buried near the temple.

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Does Francis Really Love Children and the Family? Amoris Laetitia and “Sex Education”

Does Francis Really Love Children and the Family? Amoris Laetitia and “Sex Education”

Randy Engel, Guest Contributor
April 29, 2016
akacatholic.com/does-francis-really-love-children-and-the-family/

Introduction

Pope Francis’ pronouncement in Amoris Laetitia on “The Need for Sex Education,” appears in Chapter Seven, titled “Towards a Better Education of Children,” § 280-286.

The main heading, “The Need for Sex Education,” is instructive in light of the fact that prior to the post-conciliar era, no such “instruction” was deemed “necessary” by Holy Mother Church apart from the natural instruction given by parents to their children on sexual matters as they enter womanhood and manhood.

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Crazy Joe Biden, spare me your praise of the Pope

Crazy Joe Biden, spare me your praise of the Pope.

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[VP “Crazy Joe” Biden met Pope Francis (“Papa Pancho”) alongside U2 guitarist David “The Edge” Howell Evans as they called for a push to find cancer cures]

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Apr 29, 2016
www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=1284

I suppose this is a bit of a rant, but I’m tired of all the posturing. The latest is U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s praise of Pope Francis earlier today, when he addressed a conference at the Vatican.

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