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Prelate ‘saddened’ by President Trump’s Cuba policy changes

Prelate ‘saddened’ by President Trump’s Cuba policy changes

[The arrangement was between Obama and Raul Castro, the latter of whom continues to limit the Cuban people’s human rights and religious freedom]

Catholic World News – June 29, 2017

The chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace recently said that he was “saddened to learn that President Trump scaled back our country’s bilateral engagement with the island nation.”

“Human rights and religious freedom will be strengthened through more engagement between the Cuban and American people, not less,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces. “I urge that as the implementing regulations are drafted the President consider the ramifications for many ordinary Cubans who have taken advantage of new opportunities to support their families.” read more

Shame! Cardinal Pell Charged With Trumped Up “Sexual Offences”

Shame! Cardinal Pell Charged With Trumped Up “Sexual Offences”

[Pope grants him leave of absence]

en.news
6/30/17

Cardinal George Pell, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, has been charged with trumped up “sexual offences” on Thursday in Melbourne, the capital of the Australian state Victoria. Pell announced he would “return to Australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name”. For years, Pell has been exposed to bogus accusations. He is hated by the commercial media for his strong Catholic leadership. read more

Irish education minister proposes to bar Catholic schools from favoring Catholic applicants but to continue allowing such for schools run by a “minority religion”

Irish education minister proposes to bar Catholic schools from favoring Catholic applicants [but to continue allowing such for schools run by a “minority religion”]

[The Catholic Church in Ireland is a “minority religion” because of the widespread secularization of Irish society and low number of Catholics practicing their religion]

Catholic World News – June 28, 2017

Irish education minister Richard Bruton has announced plans to prevent Catholic primary schools from giving preference to Catholic children in their admissions policies. read more

EUROPEAN COURT HANDS DOWN DEATH SENTENCE FOR BABY

European Court Hands Down Death Sentence For Baby

Mother: “All we’ve ever wanted is the chance for Charlie to try these drugs”

[The Eurocourt on Human Rights tramples on the human right to life]

by Anita Carey • ChurchMilitant • June 28, 2017

LONDON – A June 27 ruling from a European human rights court is forcing the English parents of a gravely ill baby to make their last, painful goodbyes to their son.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates have been in a legal battle over a potentially life-saving treatment for their son, Charlie, since October of 2016. Charlie Gard, was born with a rare genetic condition. They whole-heartedly believe an experimental treatment available in the United States will help him survive. read more

The problem with doctrinal obscurity

The problem with doctrinal obscurity

[More “putting lipstick on the pig” of Amoris Laetitia?]

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Jun 28, 2017

The most important thing I read while on vacation this month was Phil Lawler’s June 23rd commentary [see comment below for complete text], “A papal commission reconsidering Humanae Vitae? No, but…”. This is not because Phil proved anything, but because he raised exactly the right question: What is going on, under Pope Francis, with the Pontifical Academy for Life and the John Paul II Institute in Rome? read more

China rejects Vatican ‘interference’ on imprisoned bishop

China rejects Vatican ‘interference’ on imprisoned bishop

[No ChiCom gesture of goodwill during this period of negotiation for a Vatican-Chinese agreement: A sign of what they expect in such an agreement or what would continue to happen after such an agreement with some some empty promises?]

Catholic World News – June 28, 2017

The Chinese government has brushed aside a Vatican expression of “grave concern” over the abduction of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou.

When questioned about the Vatican’s June 26 statement, Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry, said: “China opposes any country interfering in China’s internal affairs.” read more

Francis Imposes Concelebration For Priests Living in Rome

Francis Imposes Concelebration For Priests Living in Rome

[Also, another papal putdown of Cardinals Burke and Sarah? Both have criticized large-scale concelebrations of Mass , respectively HERE (“can develop within the priest a sense of being another one of the participants instead of actually being the priest who is offering the Mass”) and HERE (“can lead to a risk of the profanation of the Blessed Eucharist”)]

en.news
6/28/17

Roberto de Mattei writes in Corrispondenza Romana about a secret working paper of the Congregation for the Clergy, which is circulating in Roman Seminaries and Colleges, i.e. houses where priests, who study in Rome live. The paper wants that the young priests stop saying Holy Mass and participate instead in mass(ive) concelebrations. read more

Let’s play a game! I call it “Connect the Vatican-perv dots”

Let’s play a game! I call it “Connect the Vatican-perv dots”

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JUN 28, 2017 by HILARY WHITE

So, the redoubtable [en.news at] Gloria TV posts today about a piece from an Italian paper reporting that an unnamed curial official has been arrested by the Vatican’s police for his involvement in gay drug orgies.

Il Fatto Quotidiano writes, that the Holy See’s Gendarmerie disrupted a homosexual drug-party in an apartment of the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio in Rome, where also the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is located. The apartment belongs to a monsignor, who was caught in flagrant[e]. According to Il Fatto Quotidiano, he is the secretary of a cardinal who heads a dicastery of the Roman Curia and who had proposed the monsignor to become a bishop. The monsignor was brought to the Roman clinic Pio XI in order to be detoxified. He is now in a monastery in Italy. His apartment was not destined for simple monsignors. He also drove an exclusive car with Vatican license plates, which are reserved for higher Vatican dignitaries. read more

EMBATTLED MALI BISHOP VOWS TO BE AT CEREMONY MAKING HIM CARDINAL

Embattled Mali Bishop Vows to Be at Ceremony Making Him Cardinal

Abp. Jean Zerbo is being accused of laundering 12 million euros through a Swiss bank account

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • June 27, 2017

VATICAN CITY – A Mali prelate is confirming he’ll be attending the Wednesday ceremony in Rome elevating him to the rank of cardinal, even while explosive allegations are swirling that he embezzled millions of euros and stashed them in a foreign bank account. read more

FR. JAMES MARTIN, S.J., WOULD DECLARE PRO-SODOMY “NUN” A SAINT

Fr. James Martin, S.J., Would Declare Pro-Sodomy “Nun” a Saint

“I’m going to canonize Sr. Jeannine Gramick”

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • June 27, 2017

DETROIT – Celebrity priest Fr. James Martin, S.J. is claiming a dissident nun condemned by the Vatican for her homosexualist views should be declared a “saint.”

“I’m going to canonize Sr. Jeannine Gramick, who was the co-founder of New Ways Ministry,” said Martin during a June 16 podcast, as reported by Deacon Jim Russell. “You know in the ’80s, they were really under a microscope, and then in the ’90s, Cdl. George in Chicago said they couldn’t call themselves Catholic; it was really severe, and, you know, she persisted.” read more

Drastic Changes in Chile

Drastic Changes in Chile

en.news
6/28/17

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit Chile and Peru in January 2018. The Chilean paper El Telegrafo points out that the country has drastically changed since the visit of John Paul II in 1987. At the time, Chile had 12 Million inhabitants of which over 70% were Catholic. Now, Chile has 18 Million inhabitants and the number of Catholics has dropped below 59%.

More Catholics support gay ‘marriage’ than ever before. Here’s why

More Catholics support gay ‘marriage’ than ever before. Here’s why

[And more than any religious groups except for “religiously unaffiliated”]

Doug Mainwaring

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court approved “same-sex marriage,” two out of three Catholics — a whopping 67 percent — told Pew Poll Surveyors that they now support “gay marriage.”

The stunning statistic is nearly identical to mainline Protestant support (68 percent), and is way above black Protestant (44 percent) and white Evangelicals (35 percent) support. The only religious group that exceeds Catholic and mainline Protestant support is the catch-all religiously unaffiliated (85 percent). read more

Liberal “Catholic” writer: Deny bishop a Catholic funeral if he won’t give them to people in gay ‘marriages’

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Liberal “Catholic” writer: Deny bishop a Catholic funeral if he won’t give them to people in gay ‘marriages’

Claire Chretien

June 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A National un-Catholic Reporter writer argued that Bishop Thomas Paprocki should be sacked and denied a Catholic funeral because of new guidelines he released that stipulate Catholic funerals are not for unrepentant people in same-sex “marriages.” read more

Lebanon: The Church consecrates the country and the Middle East to Our Lady of Fatima

Lebanon: The Church consecrates the country and the Middle East to Our Lady of Fatima

Fady Noun
6/27/17

The long schedule of prayers was dedicated to peace. The journey is not for the “weak of heart” who are content with “salvation on the cheap”. Without the conversion of the heart, pilgrimage is not enough. Penance and mercy go hand in hand. We must always be ready to respond to the Virgin’s requests.

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Fatima (AsiaNews) – I caught Sister Gloria Maalouf at the entrance of the Casa da Nossa Senhora do Carmo (House of Our Lady of Carmel), an hotel next to the shrine of Fatima. It belongs to the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I’ll never find out how a daughter of Zghorta ended up in Portugal, but her help seems invaluable to organisers. Quickly, she reminded me of the schedule of the Saturday evening prayer vigil, the first part of the “Day of Lebanon in Fatima” organised on the occasion of the centenary of the apparitions: the rosary, the torchlight procession, then the exhibition Of the Blessed Sacrament and a moment of adoration. . . until 3 am. “Otherwise, we’ll never have peace!” she said, turning around to go back to the Chapel of the apparitions, where the vigil was set to start. read more

Philippines: Islamic State forces women to become sex slaves and orders hostages to convert to Islam

Philippines: Islamic State forces women to become sex slaves and orders hostages to convert to Islam

[The women are presumably Catholic, and “Christian” most likely means “Catholic”]

JUNE 27, 2017 BY ROBERT SPENCER

The Qur’an teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified. read more