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New “Our Father” Book by Pope Likely To Contain Surprises

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(ROME) – Over the weekend, the Spanish Catholic website Religión Digital announced that the Pope has been working on a book about the Our Father. Scheduled for release in Italy on November 23rd, the work has been co-authored with the chaplain of a Paduan prison, Marco Pozza. Pozza is a well-known media figure in Italy who hosts religious television programs on the national network TV2000. If history is any guide, this new book is likely to contain some surprising statements from the Holy Father. read more

Does the Pope’s Development of Doctrine on the Death Penalty Turn Catholics into Pacifists?

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October 17th, 2017

(ROME) – Speaking to the meeting of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization last week, Pope Francis declared the death penalty an “inadmissible” punishment which was “contrary to the Gospel”. Commentators have rightly noted this statement’s apparent contradiction to the deposited teaching of the Church, including the strong definitions of previous Popes. However, the grounds on which the Pope’s position appear to depend could require far more revision of Church teaching than anyone has yet noted, including the concepts of just war and killing in self-defense. read more

Celestial Harmony and Marilyn Manson

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FROM THE PASTOR

October 8, 2017

By Fr. George W. Rutler

When a mathematical problem stumped Professor Einstein, he played Mozart on his violin to put him “in touch with the harmony of the cosmos,” and often the solution followed. It does not require genius to sense that all relations in the creation are harmonious. Only because of celestial harmony is there a human intuition that wrong is wrong and right is right.

“Music” first meant being charmed by what Greeks like Hesiod called the Muses. To climb up to their mount, Helicon or Olympus, was to be “amused,” and to return from that peak was to bring happy harmony to a dissonant world. Wanting to be amused is a desire to become part of the cosmic harmony. In physics six centuries before the Incarnation, Pythagoras discovered how harmonies issue from the ratios of vibrating strings, concluding that music, based on ratios of numbers, is the definitive principle ordering the world. Two centuries later, Aristotle figured out that the planets and stars, arranged in harmonic ratios, produce the “music of the spheres.” read more

Ignorance, Taking a Knee, and Islam

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September 24, 2017

By Fr. George W. Rutler

The current mania for tearing down statues and stifling free speech by cultural ingénues ignorant of history and logic, has reached a stellar absurdity in demands to censure “The Star Spangled Banner” on lame claims that it is racist. If ignorance is bliss, then those who indulge their revisionism must be in Nirvana.

Francis Scott Key penned the words in 1814, later set to the English song, “To Anacreon in Heaven”—a tune that is a challenge to singers, as even Renée Fleming confessed after performing it at the 2014 Super Bowl. It is often mutilated by rock stars calling attention to themselves by “interpreting” it. Key wrote the words after watching 19 British ships fire more than 1,500 cannonballs, mortar shells and rockets on Baltimore. Key was a slave-owner, which was, sadly, not in contradiction to common practice. But he ordered the manumission of his slaves, and in 1820 he embarked on a seven-year effort pleading before the Supreme Court for the liberation of 300 African slaves captured off the ship “Antelope” along the Florida coast. He also worked with John Quincy Adams in the “Amistad” case to free 53 slaves. read more

Demagoguery in High Places

Demagoguery in High Places

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Church of Saint Michael, New York City

The father of an old friend had contemplated a political career in 1912. In his idealism he traveled to Chicago for the Bull Moose Convention of the National Progressive Party. Its delegates announced that they were “battling for the Lord” and that the campaign would be a new Battle of Armageddon. The spectacle of many hundred portly men smoking cigars as they marched into the hot convention hall singing “Onward Christian Soldiers” was so unsettling to his acute instincts that he chose instead to become a clergyman. read more

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist versus the Extraordinary Form of the Mass

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist versus the Extraordinary Form of the Mass

Original Article By Andrew Parrish
Pewsitter.com
August 31, 2017

In fields such as theology, even words drawn from the vernacular, as opposed to custom-minted Latin terms, have a certain necessary precision in their meaning. An example of such a common word, generally meaning something specific, is “extraordinary.” In Catholic teaching, this word has the same definition as it does at large, only with slightly more dogmatic emphasis: An “extraordinary” thing is a thing, compared to the “ordinary”, that is in some way beyond, unusual, additional. read more

Cd. Mueller Officially Denies “Five Questions” Story

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(ROME, Italy) – Speaking to Die Tagespost today, Cardinal Mueller, ex-head of the CDF, has denied allegations printed by OnePeterFive and others that the Pope asked him ‘five questions’ in the confidential interview which led to the Cardinal’s dismissal.

“When Cardinal Mueller read the expression of the two reports, almost the same, on Wednesday morning, he could not believe his eyes,” Die Tagespost states. Mueller denies the substance of the conversation as reported; he also specifically denies the claim that at the close of the interview he “had still been sitting a little after the departure of the Pope, expecting something to come from Francis, a small gift or the like to say goodbye to the Cardinal or to thank him for his services; until the Prefect of the Pontifical Council, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, had informed him that the audience had finished.” As Die Tagespost reports, “Cardinal Mueller was not a little surprised when he had to read this fictitious portrayal.” read more

Open Letter to Bishop Barron Regarding Martin Luther: I Am Who Am Not?

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By Andrew Parrish
Pewsitter.com

Your Excellency,

You have long had a reputation as a stalwart defender of the Catholic faith. The apologetic work you have done explaining the Faith to both the faithful and the non-Catholic has been an inspiration and a great enlightenment to many. We take this opportunity to thank you for your service, as so many others have already done.

In the light of your theological expertise, it is troubling to see a number of questionable remarks on the subject of Martin Luther appear in the media in recent months, attributed to you. These comments have the potential to be very misleading and need to be addressed. read more

AL Questions Linger in Wake of “Cardinal Mueller Report”

By Andrew Parrish
Pewsitter.com

6/28/2017

(ROME) – In a just-published book-length interview, Cardinal Mueller, head of the CDF, gives his opinions on a range of the Church’s most pressing questions. While echoing the 1985 Ratzinger Report in format, Cd. Mueller must address issues not present in his predecessor’s time – most obviously, the unresolved crisis of Amoris Laetitia. Cd. Mueller was interviewed last week on his book by Edward Pentin for the National Catholic Register.

Wasting no words, Mr.Pentin asks: “Parts of Amoris Laetitia are criticized for being geared too much to compromising on the Gospel, trying to be too much with the times; is the document, especially Chapter 8, of great concern to you?” The Cardinal responds in full: read more

Planned Parenthood Executives to Speak at Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Convention Center

Planned Parenthood Executives to Speak at Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Convention Center

UPDATE [from Church Militant], June 20, 2017: Los Angeles archdiocesan spokesman Adrian Marquez Alarcon responded to Church Militant’s inquiries Tuesday afternoon in an email: “The Archdiocese became aware of the matter yesterday evening. The event will not be taking place at the Center on the Cathedral Plaza.”

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June 20th, 2017

(LOS ANGELES, California) – On Friday, June 23rd, the Center at Cathedral Plaza in Los Angeles will be hosting a conference at which two representatives of Planned Parenthood will speak. Entitled “Uncertain Times: Charting the Path Forward for Women’s Health”, the conference is hosting “two of California’s leading women’s health advocates,” Kathy Kneer and Sue Dunlap. read more

Amoris Laetitia Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

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By James Todd
Pewsitter.com

For 2000 years, the Church’s teaching on the reception of communion for divorced and remarried has been crystal clear. Without a declaration of nullity, the answer was NO. Sadly, Amoris Laetitia has obscured this clarity. The answer now seems to be sometimes yes and sometimes no. For example, in some dioceses like Rome, Malta, and Gozo, the answer can sometimes be yes. How can that be? How can Philadelphia be no and Rome yes? How can there be disunity on this fundamental moral issue, when unity is one of the marks of the Church? read more

Will Cardinal Rivera and Cardinal Vallini Be Replaced? Personnel Decisions for Mexico and Rome

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5/23/2017

(katolisches.info – ROME/MEXICO CITY) – Katolisches.info reports on rumors that Cardinal Rivera Carrera of Mexico City and Cardinal Vicar Agostino Vallini of Rome will shortly be replaced by the Pope with new cardinals more favorable to the Holy Father’s agenda. This continues the widely-acknowledged process of replacing “conservative” cardinals with “progressive” ones, in the hopes of influencing future Papal elections to cement Pope Francis’ remodeling of the Church’s direction. read more

German Theologians: Redefining “Intrinsic Evil” As a Way of Justifying Amoris Laetitia

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5/7/2017

(ROME / La Stampa) – In a new book on Amoris Laetitia published last week, two of its authors criticize the section of the “dubia” statement which deals with the category of “intrinsically evil acts”, claiming that this criticism does not apply. Entitled “Amoris Laetitia: a turning point for moral theology?”, the work contains a postscript authored by Stephen Goertz, professor of moral theology at the University of Mainz, and Antonio Autiero, former moral theology professor at the University of Munster, with the title “Speaking of doubts, mistakes, and distinctions.” read more

St. Francis and Pope Francis: Not in Agreement on Ecumenical Dialogue

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By Andrew Parrish
Pewsitter.com

April 25th, 2017

With the Pope’s visit to Egypt looming large in the headlines, the UK Catholic Tablet has today published an article by Christopher Lamb comparing this trip to another, previous Francis’ visit to the Middle East. As documented in the Life of St. Francis, St. Francis of Assisi – the Pope’s namesake – undertook a journey to the court of the Sultan of Jerusalem, the most powerful Muslim leader of the time. Unfortunately the author of this piece subscribes to a fairly common misconception – that this early meeting between Catholicism and Islam represents a primitive example of the “ecumenical dialogue” approach which is common today. The text of the Life, however, indicates that this was not the sort of dialogue of which modern proponents would approve, and the differences in approach between St. Francis and Pope Francis are worthy of note. read more