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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

Cardinal Burke on Jesuit General’s “Tape Recorder” Remarks: “A serious mistake that needs correction”

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April 11th, 2017

(ROME / InfoVaticana) – Speaking in his apartment yesterday with the Spanish Catholic news site InfoVaticana, Cardinal Burke has given a wide-ranging and frank interview, offering his opinion on a host of controversial current topics. One of the issues he tackles is the recent and highly disputed interview given by the new Jesuit General, Fr. Arturo Sosa, in which Fr. Sosa questioned the historical accuracy of the Gospels and particularly Jesus’ words on divorce in the Mosaic Law. read more

Bombshell from Vatican: Benedict and Francis “in complete disagreement”, “never talk to one another”

(ROME) – Speaking at a March 16th conference in Limburg, Germany, the long-time Vatican correspondent Andreas Englisch has delivered an explosive allegation: In contradiction of public appearances, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “are in complete disagreement” and “never speak to one another.” The Pope Emeritus has apparently stated that he only appears in public “at the explicit request of Pope Francis.” What is shown on these occasions, Englisch continues, is “only the pretense of friendship.” read more

Vatican Op-Ed Attacks Critics: Pope Has Last Word on Amoris Laetitia

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Pewsitter publishes the following editorial, which appeared in the March 17th Edition of L’Osservatore Romano under the title of “The Last Word”.  This is a rough translation from the original Italian.

(ROME – Fr. Salvador Pie-Ninot) – In confrontation with the Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, which collects the reflections of the 2014-2015 Synods on the Family, some critical public voices have been raised in the form of “dissent,” and therefore it can be important to reflect theologically on this sensitive issue. For guidance we turn to the document published by the Congregation for the Defense of the Faith, Donum Veritatis, On the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian, published in 1990 by Cardinal Ratzinger; Ratzinger discusses “the problem of dissent” in the chapter of that name (nn. 32-41). read more

Cardinal Calls for Magisterial Document on Gender to Combat Forces Pushing Gender Theory

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March 7th, 2017

(AciStampa) UTRECHT – Yesterday, Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, said in an interview that a magisterial document on gender theory was “urgent.” The Archbishop confirms a previous statement, made in November, in which he expressed his opinion that such a document would be useful to the Church.

“I would not necessarily say it takes an encyclical,” the Archbishop told AciStampa. “It could also be a different type of document, such as an instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. However, it is important that there be an authoritative document of the Church on this theory.” read more

Open Letter to Card. Mueller on Martin Luther

Open Letter To Cardinal Müller: How Can a Excommunicated Heretic Be a “Witness to Hope”?

It is indisputable that in recent times the historical figure of Martin Luther has undergone a remarkable rehabilitation. Once excommunicated, Luther has been recommended to the faithful as a “witness to the Gospel.” His statue has been photographed in the Vatican, a commemorative Reformation postage stamp has been issued by the Vatican, and the Holy Father himself has praised Martin Luther’s personal journey and the Protestant Reformation which he began. read more