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French cardinal rues ‘democracy gone mad’ in ‘worst-ever election campaign’

French cardinal rues ‘democracy gone mad’ in ‘worst-ever election campaign’

[At least one prominent FrogChurchman against Marine (and the Donald and Brexiters)? His Eminence said that the success of Le Pen reflected a “destabilizing trend” also visible in other parts of Europe and the United States]

Catholic World News – April 28, 2017

Stating that “our voters are totally lost,” Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon expressed deep frustration with the French presidential election campaign.

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NY PARISH HOSTING CELEBRATION AT NOTORIOUS GAY CLUB

NY Parish Hosting Celebration at Notorious Gay Club

“Come out for a drink or two or five to experience a Latino toast on Cinco De Mayo!”

by Anita Carey • ChurchMilitant • April 27, 2017

NEW YORK – A New York parish is hosting a celebration at a notorious gay bar.

The LGBT ministry at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish in the archdiocese of New York is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Therapy, a gay hot spot in Hell’s Kitchen known for anonymous sex in its restrooms.

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Cardinal Dolan slams Democrats’ abortion edict: ‘Extreme, disturbing, intolerant’

Cardinal Dolan slams Democrats’ abortion edict: ‘Extreme, disturbing, intolerant’

[His Immensity should know from experience by the number of times that he has schmoozed with New York Demo-pols and then been suckered by them]

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Lisa Bourne

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Timothy Dolan has called the new Democratic National Committee chair’s pledge to support only pro-abortion candidates “extreme” and “intolerant.”

The cardinal also said the pledge was “very disturbing” and urged Democrats to challenge party leadership to repudiate the intolerant stance.

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The Catholic insurance alternative that won’t make you pay for abortion

The Catholic insurance alternative that won’t make you pay for abortion

Lisa Bourne

April 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic alternative to expensive healthcare has become available that won’t compel subscribers to subsidize abortion or anything in conflict with their faith.

Solidarity HealthShare, a medical cost-sharing plan, looks to restore and rebuild an authentic Catholic healthcare system that respects the Church’s teachings, including the sanctity of human life, according to the group’s website.

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Canadian “Catholic” agency flew in abortion activist to promote feminism to school kids

Canadian “Catholic” agency flew in abortion activist to promote feminism to school kids

[The CanuckChurch equivalent of AmChurch’s CCHD]

April 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Canadian bishops’ international aid agency invited a Haitian pro-abortion activist to give talks in Canadian Catholic parishes, schools, and other venues during its “Share Lent” fundraising campaign this year.

The activist, Marie-Ange Noël, is the Coordinator of Fanm Deside (“Women Decide”), a feminist group supported by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace (D&P) that was identified by LifeSite in 2009 as an advocate of the legalization of abortion.

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Knights of Malta members petition Pope for ‘reasonable explanation’ for meddling with Order

Knights of Malta members petition Pope for ‘reasonable explanation’ for meddling with Order

[Which will go the same place as the four cardinals’ dubia concerning Amoris Laetitia; i.e., nowhere!]

Pete Baklinski

ROME, April 27, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Grassroots members of the Knights of Malta are directly petitioning Pope Francis as a crucial vote for a new leader looms on Saturday.

Members are signing on to an open letter launched by Maltese Knight Dr. Paul J. Camarata.

They say want answers to their “serious questions and misgivings” that have arisen after Francis reinstated within the order a fired condom promoter, forced the Order’s head to resign, and effectively removed their patron, Cardinal Raymond Burke, from his post.

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Arlington, Virginia, Diocese: Catholic religious-education teachers who decline to affirm Catholic faith, resign

Arlington, Virginia, Diocese: Catholic religious-education teachers who decline to affirm Catholic faith, resign

[Only 1/10 of 1%!]

Catholic World News – April 27, 2017

The Washington Post provides sympathetic coverage to Catholic religious-education teachers in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, who resigned their posts rather than takign an oath of fidelity to the Church.

The diocese has asked teachers who volunteer to teach the Catholic faith to certify that they are, in fact, believers in the Catholic faith.

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The Plight of the Knights of Malta: 900-year-old Religious Order Mired in Financial Scandal and Vatican Intrigue

The Plight of the Knights of Malta: 900-year-old Religious Order Mired in Financial Scandal and Vatican Intrigue

[Summary/report from Catholic World News – April 27, 2017]

Special report: Internal documents show split within Knights of Malta

As leaders of the Knights of Malta prepare to elect a new grand master, contending factions have put forward radically different explanations for the dispute that caused a crisis in the ancient fraternal order.
CWN has obtained internal documents, circulated widely among members of the Knights of Malta, showing that the chancellor of the Order, Albrecht von Boeselager, was aware that the Order’s charity, Malteser International, had been involved in the distribution of contraceptives, and that an inquiry concluded that the policies of Malteser International were “inconsistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church.” The documents also show that Pope Francis demanded action to end that involvement.
In January of this year, Fra Matthew Fessing, the grand master of the Order, responded to the Pope’s direction by demanding Boeselager’s resignation. When the chancellor refused to step down, Fessing acted on his initiative to oust him. Evidently some members of the Order’s leadership believed that Fessing had overstepped his authority, and the internal documents report that it was “apparent that two-thirds of the Sovereign Council will not agree” to remove Boeselager.
At this point Pope Francis intervened. He called Fessing to the Vatican. The grand master was told that he should come alone, and tell no one about the meeting. When he arrived, the Pope asked for his resignation, and Fessing obliged.
However, some members of the Order have evidently told Fessing that he should not have resigned, and suggest that he should be re-elected to his former post. Earlier this week it was revealed that Archbishop Angelo Becciu, named by Pope Francis as a special delegate to supervise changes in the Knights of Malta, had ordered Fessing not to attend the April 29 session at which the new grand master will be elected. Nevertheless Fessing has arrived in Rome, apparently intent on participating in the vote. Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register reports that the Vatican may have rescinded the order for him to stay away, perhaps because Fessing’s attendance could be required for a valid vote.
Informed sources within the Order say that the April 29 vote will reflect a bitter struggle for control of the Knights of Malta, with the German branch—heavily supported by the Vatican—likely to win control. But some members remain concerned about the direction the German leaders of the Order might take. Those concerns reflect both the dispute about contraceptive distribution and the involvement of the German branch in the acceptance of a large bequest from a shadowy anonymous donor.
A report commissioned by the order concluded that Malteser International, under Boeselager’s administration, became involved in contraceptive distribution, and concealed evidence of that involvement from the international leadership. Even after acknowledging the problem, the inquiry found, Malteser International continued to base its policies on assumptions that contraceptive use is an acceptable means of spacing births, that condoms could be used to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, that young people should be educated about contraceptives as an option, and in general that Catholic moral teachings may be disregarded if medical evidence weighs against them.
However, the dispute about contraceptives could eventually be seen as a secondary issue, in light of the questions arising from the acceptance of a $120 million donation to Malteser International. The donation comes from a trust that has been carefully set up to conceal the identity of the original donor, and the trust itself has been involved in litigation—with the Order’s charity once among its adversaries—over the handling of the funds. The most implacable critics of von Boeselager and the German branch of the Knights argue that accepting the questionable gift is evidence of corruption within the Order, and that revelations about the source could eventually bring disgrace to the Knights and to the Vatican.
Oddly, when Pope Francis set up a commission of five people to investigate the dispute between Fessing and von Boeselager, three of the members had some substantial involvement in the acceptance and/or administration of the anonymous gift. That fact that has reinforced concerns among some Knights that the Vatican had stacked the deck in favor of the German branch.

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The Egypt of Pope Francis, Between Reality and Fantasy

The Egypt of Pope Francis, Between Reality and Fantasy

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Sandro Magister
27 apr 17

After Fr. Henri Boulad, another Egyptian Jesuit and Islamologist is framing in politically incorrect terms the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Egypt. His name is Samir Khalil Samir. He is 79 years old and teaches at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome and at the Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut.

Fr. Boulad’s interview with “L’Osservatore Romano” was covered by Settimo Cielo ten days ago:

> “Islam, Religion of the Sword.” The Alarm of an Egyptian Jesuit

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Students implore “Catholic” university to provide birth control, become more secular

Students implore “Catholic” university to provide birth control, become more secular

COLLEGE FIX STAFF
APRIL 26, 2017

Students at Saint Louis University are calling on the Catholic institution to become more secular and provide additional contraception, even though Catholic teaching denounces premarital sex.

SLU’s student government and campus newspaper have both taken action this month, calling for more contraception at the Jesuit school.

The student government passed a resolution on April 5 suggesting the university’s student health center bump up the amount of birth control it gives out. Last week, The University News editorial board backed that recommendation.

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Bears to Church: “We Got This”

Bears to Church: “We Got This”

By Tim Capps – April 26, 2017

Planet of the Heretics

“You bloody fools. Ah, damn you!”

That’s it. Bears are taking over. Resistance is… yummy. For a preview, check out the Bear’s favorite website.

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Why does the Bear feel like Charlton Heston on the beach at the end of Planet of the Apes?

Ann Barnhardt’s inaugural podcast was pretty gosh-darn good, and not just because she cites the Bear. She gets the high stakes we are playing for.

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Is The TED Talk Replacing The Poop Videos?

Is The TED Talk Replacing The Poop Videos?

POSTED BY RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

The Pope gave an address utilizing a website called “ted.com“. This is being dubbed as a “ted talk”. This one was apparently released a day or two ago. He rambled on about “the future you”, a lame definition of “hope”, a “revolution of tenderness” and other humanistic blather. Only twice in passing did the Vicar of Christ mention Jesus and God.

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FrankenPope Stacks the Deck for the New Election of the Grand Master of the Maltese Order

FrankenPope Stacks the Deck for the New Election of the Grand Master of the Maltese Order

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred
4/26/17

(Rome) On the following Saturday, 29 April, the Grand Council of Sovereigns of the Sovereign Order of Malta will gather in Rome to form the “conclave”, to elect a new Grand Master and Prince of the Order — the 80th. The election becomes necessary because Pope Francis, with a blatant act, forced the resignation of the reigning Grand Master without naming reasons and now intervenes massively in the election of the successor.
Pope has dismissed the Grand Master and now wishes a successor of his choosing

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FOIA DOCS: CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD LYING TO DONORS ABOUT CONDOMS

FOIA Docs: Catholic Medical Mission Board Lying to Donors About Condoms

April 26, 2017
The Lepanto Institute’s latest investigation
By Michael Hichborn

In February, the Lepanto Institute published a report showing promotion and distribution of condoms by the Catholic Medical Mission board. In the report were statements from the current and former CEO of CMMB, both voicing their support for the use of condoms to combat HIV/AIDS, as well as screen captured images of official government documents showing that CMMB distributed condoms in South Sudan.

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‘Woman priest’ to speak at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California

‘Woman priest’ to speak at Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California

Mary Alice Nolan, who claims to have been ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest, will participate in panel discussion entitled “Women Responding to the Call to Ministry in the Church” at Berkeley campus

APRIL 26, 2017 BY CAL-CATHOLIC DAILY

Part of a series of events at the Jesuit School of Theology on The Papal Commission on Women Deacons:

On Tuesday, May 2, there will be a panel discussion on “Women Responding to the Call to Ministry in the Church” at the Gesu Chapel, Jesuit School of Theology.

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