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In the fight for immigrants, retired and disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony works out[!?] of the spotlight

In the fight for immigrants, [retired and disgraced] Cardinal Roger Mahony works out[!?] of the spotlight

He told Archbishop Jose Gomez he would “stay below the radar”

JULY 22, 2018 BY CAL CATHOLIC DAILY

Standing beneath the wooden panels of a church in the San Gabriel Valley, Cardinal Roger Mahony delivered a message that has over decades become a refrain.

“Immigrants are our brothers and sisters,” he said, celebrating Mass in Spanish on a recent Sunday. The government may demonize them, but “they aren’t our enemies.”

He told parishioners of their responsibility to fight for reform. The pews erupted with applause.

A politically sophisticated clergyman whom Pope John Paul II nicknamed “Hollywood,” Mahony was raised among California’s immigrant farm workers. Named archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985, he became a powerful voice supporting those who were in the country illegally at a time when California was a pioneer in anti-immigrant measures. read more

US Catholic Bishops’ Relief Agency is Major Funder of Contraception Lobbying Organization

US Catholic Bishops’ Relief Agency is Major Funder of Contraception Lobbying Organization

By Michael Hichborn, Lepanto Institute

BALTIMORE, Md., July 23, 2018 /Standard Newswire/ — The Lepanto Institute issued a new report today showing that Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international aid and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is a dues-paying member of a lobbying agency which attacks pro-life and pro-family efforts.

According to the report, CRS pays annual membership dues of $54,000 to InterAction, which, among other things, has urged congress to expand access to abortifacient contraception and has called for Congress to block any attempt to reinstate the Mexico City policy and pass legislation for its permanent repeal. read more

Promethean medical temptations

Promethean medical temptations

Fr. Tad Pacholczyk
Sunday, July 22, 2018 

Superheroes attract us. From Greek gods to Superman and Spiderman, our fascination with the awesome deeds of superheroes beckons us to become Masters of our own destiny. Yet even as we enjoy the fantasy of acquiring Promethean powers to combat our enemies and conquer evil, we have legitimate misgivings about mere mortals taking on god-like powers in real life. We are concerned about those who play with fire just like Prometheus did, at the risk of harm and great destruction. Today, as modern medicine tries to rebuff death and control our humanity in ever more sophisticated ways, new temptations arise that challenge us to choose between life and death, between living in reality and living in a fantasy world where we elevate ourselves as “Masters of our own destiny.” read more

Chinese “Patriotic” churches get ready for Commie-style Sinicization

Chinese “Patriotic” churches get ready for Commie-style Sinicization

Dioceses asked to submit their own five-year plans for religion compatible with a socialist society

Chinese churches get ready for Sinicization

[Commie “Patriotic” Church meeting USCCCP-style: In civies at a resort hotel] Bishop Peter Luo Xuegang of Yibin in Sichuan province presides over a meeting about the five-year Sinicization plan at Naxi Tianhua Hotel on June 29.

Ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong  – July 23, 2018 Churches in two Chinese provinces have held training seminars on the five-year plan to promote Sinicization of the Chinese Catholic Church. The Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) issued the Five-Year Plan on Promoting the Chinese Catholic Church’s Adherence to Sinicization (2018-22) in June to all dioceses, asking them to formulate and report their own five-year plans to the CCPA and BCCCC before the end of August. Ucanews.com has obtained the 15-page document, which has 6,500 words and nine major points. The word “Sinicization” is mentioned 72 times in the text. Churches in all dioceses of Hebei province and in Yibin Diocese of Sichuan province have already held training seminars. A source in Hebei province told ucanews.com that he attended a media training course in Chengde from June 25-29. He believes that the CCPA and BCCCC issued the plan in response to the central government’s policy. “It is to complete the Chinese-style socialist road within five years,” he said. “Even if they do not get approval from the Holy See, they will still get trust from the government.” He said Sinicization could also be applied to Sino-Vatican negotiations. “China and the Vatican can establish diplomatic relations regardless of the conditions, and the mainland can still tighten its grip on the church with its plan.” Professor Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Sinicization had become an unavoidable mission for all religions in China since President Xi Jinping proposed the plan in 2015. Ying believes that the five major religions of Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Daoism and Buddhism feel it is necessary to take the issue seriously, unlike when former president Jiang Zemin proposed to make religion compatible with a socialist society. He told ucanews.com that the central government proposed three important directions for Sinicization — political identity, social identity and cultural identity — so the Catholic five-year plan was an extended discussion of these three aspects. “Because the central government’s main concern for the Sinicization of religion is not cultural, but political and social, how to make the interpretation of the progress of the times from Catholic theology and doctrine will be the main focus,” he said. Ying said the plan aimed for Sinicization to be incorporated into the localization of the universal church and the context of Vatican II. He also pointed out the plan stated that the history of Chinese Catholicism was also a way forward by learning lessons from the Ming and Qing dynasties. “If you have a bad relationship with an imperial power and tradition, you will have the consequences of prohibition. Matteo Ricci took the adaptation route to establish the basis for religious Sinicization of the 21st century.”

Ying said the unique system of Chinese Catholicism, with democratic management of the church, CCPA and BCCCC, established its legitimacy under the name of Sinicization. read more

The crisis of authority

The crisis of authority

[From the blog of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society of former Anglicans and related Prots who entered the Church through the Pastoral Provision or the Ordinariate]

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With more news of allegations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, I’m reminded of the angst and turmoil I experienced before coming into the Catholic Church in 2012.

I had known, as did many other journalists, about the rumors of his behavior with seminarians for a number of years.   In 2012, and perhaps earlier, I had interviewed Richard Sipe, who had affidavits on his website describing some of it. read more

Another Jesuit La Civilta Cattolica article on “religion” in America

Another Jesuit La Civilta Cattolica article on “religion” in America

[“People (such as the Jesuit White Pope and his fellow Black Pope) who live in glass  houses (or hotels) shouldn’t throw stones” because “What’s good for the goose (i.e., fraternizing with Prosperity Gospelers such as Ken Copeland)  is good for the gander (i.e., FrankenPope meeting with the same through the auspicies of his late Prot “bishop” friend Tony Palmer, who at papal command was given obsequies for a Catholic bishop at a funeral Mass)”!]

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It was embarrassing, even cringe-worthy, to read Fr. Anthony Spadaro and Rev. Marcelo Figueroa’s first foray last July into explaining American brands of Christianity entitled Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism: A Surprising Ecumenism. read more

THE REMNANT ON THE ROAD: The Church in Scandinavia (Part 1)

THE REMNANT ON THE ROAD: The Church in Scandinavia (Part 1)

Written by  Vincent Chiarello | Remnant Columnist – 7/21/18

Fr. Håkan Lindström, SSPXFr. Håkan Lindström, SSPX

“The true Sweden is Catholic Sweden.” –Fr. Håkan Lindström, SSPX

(Western) Europe is post-Christian.” –Justice Antonin Scalia

On an unusually warm Spring afternoon in Stockholm, an architecturally beautiful city, described by a frequent visitor “as a mixture of Edinburgh and Venice,” I met with Fr. Håkan Lindström, SSPX, to discuss the past, present, and future of the Catholic Church in Scandinavia. (N.B.: when speaking of “Scandinavia,” the only nations that are correctly included are Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. When Iceland and Finland are included, the word “Nordic” is used. Some ethnographers would include the “Sami,” Europe’s only nomads, in that group.) read more

The Erring “Magisterium” of Robert Miller: Leo XIII, Pius IX, Pius X, Pius XI Were All Wrong!

 The Erring “Magisterium” of Robert Miller: Leo XIII, Pius IX, Pius X, Pius XI Were All Wrong!

Fatima Perspectives #1216

A law professor by the name of Robert Miller has written a piece in which he suavely assures his readers that a long line of Popes — including Leo XIII, Pius IX, Pius X and Pius XI — were in error about the duty of the State to profess and defend the Catholic religion. Those Popes taught the normative sociopolitical status of the Catholic confessional state, which is only the logical consequence of the Social Kingship of Christ over both men and nations.  Indeed, the confessional state was the form and pattern of all the commonwealths of Christendom for some thirteen centuries before the French Revolution violently destroyed the Catholic confessional state in France, which dated back to the conversion of Clovis in 496. read more

Cardinal Brandmüller Criticises Communion in the Hand, Mercy Ideology

Cardinal Brandmüller Criticises Communion in the Hand, Mercy Ideology

en.news – 7/22/18

“It is evident that receiving Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling expresses the faith in Christ’s real presence better than Communion in the hand while standing”, according to Cardinal Walter Brandmüller.

Talking to LaFedeQuotidiana.it (July 22), Brandmüller, one of the two living Dubia cardinals, further criticises Pope Francis’ mercy ideology,

“Mercy is only true if it does not contradict but is in harmony with the other Christian virtues: prudence, temperance, fortitude.” read more

Petition started for new Irish referendum targeting Catholic schools

Petition started for new Irish referendum targeting Catholic schools

  • Charles Collins – Jul 21, 2018
In the wake of Ireland’s May 25 referendum legalizing abortion in the country, the Irish Labour Party has started a petition seeking a referendum to end religious schools in the country.

[The next stage is being set to seize and secularize Catholic schools; based on the results of the referenda legalizing sodomarriage and abortion the “Catholic” citizenry  may go along; also the bishops up to a point; after that the “redefinition” of the family!]

LEICESTER, United Kingdom – In the wake of Ireland’s May 25 referendum legalizing abortion in the country, the Irish Labour Party has started a petition seeking a referendum to end religious schools in the country. read more

THE CATHOLIC “MOMENT” OF THE 1980’S IN THE USA–FROM THE TOAST OF THE TOWN FOR LIBERALS TO “TOAST” AND HOW HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF TODAY WITH THE 1970’S MENTALITY RETURNING TO THE CHURCH BUT THIS TIME ON THE UNIVERSAL LEVEL

THE CATHOLIC “MOMENT” OF THE 1980’S IN THE USA–FROM THE TOAST OF THE TOWN FOR LIBERALS TO “TOAST” AND HOW HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF TODAY WITH THE 1970’S MENTALITY RETURNING TO THE CHURCH BUT THIS TIME ON THE UNIVERSAL LEVEL

IS THE LOSS OF PRIESTLY MAJESTY AND OTHER WORLDLINESS THE CAUSE OF SO MANY SCANDALS CONCERNING BISHOPS AND PRIESTS? IS LIBERALISM THE CAUSE IN THE INCREASE?

IS THE LOSS OF PRIESTLY MAJESTY AND OTHER WORLDLINESS THE CAUSE OF SO MANY SCANDALS CONCERNING BISHOPS AND PRIESTS? IS LIBERALISM THE CAUSE IN THE INCREASE?

The loss of priestly majesty has turned the priesthood into a joke for many people, Catholics and non Catholics throughout the world. Did Pope Benedict XVI know this with his recovery of papal majesty and the renewal of the Church in continuity with the pre-Vatican II Church, something completely lost on Pope Francis and His Holiness’s 1970’s mentality? Who nose what he'lll do next? Pope Francis dons a red nose to surprise two newlyweds who are volunteers with the Rainbow Association Marco Lagulli Onlus, a charity that offers clown therapy to sick children

R.I.P. Msgr. Camille Perl, once Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”

R.I.P. Msgr. Camille Perl, once Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”

Posted on  by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

I beg the readership today for prayers for the repose of the soul of my dear old friend Msgr. Camille Perl, who died recently.   He had been from the beginning the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“.  He was very good to me and many others.

Msgr. Perl, from Luxembourg, had been a Benedictine monk. He left the Benedictines for secular priesthood.  While he was working in the Congregation for Divine Worship, his chief, Card. Mayer brought him over to the PCED when it was formed in 1988, where I joined the group in 1989.  As he stepped away from the Curia, he was made a Canon of St. Peter. read more

Glasgow Caledonian appoints a new “Catholic” Chaplain

Cardinal Dolan launches national prayer campaign for Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

Cardinal Dolan launches national prayer campaign for Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan launched a nationwide effort Thursday to pray that the next U.S. Supreme Court appointment “will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.”

President Donald Trump announced D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh July 9 as his nomination to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June.

Speculation about the implications of a Kavanaugh appointment immediately ensued, along with intense lobbying against it from liberals and other pro-abortion factions dead set on fierce protection of legal abortion on demand from any threat – regardless if it should generate from a Trump judicial nominee. read more