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BRAZIL: Did these bishops allow women to concelebrate Mass?

BRAZIL: Did these bishops allow women to concelebrate Mass?

[Was the “traditional” Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan, Apostolic Administrator of the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney with its Apostolic Administrative Offices in Campos, there.? He usually attends such meetings of the Brazilian Catholic bishops (some of which have had similar strange happenings), vested as a concelebrant (rather than in choir dress which would signify that he is attending rather than concelebrating because of the prohibition of such in the traditional Latin liturgy except at the ordination Mass of a new priest or priests), although His Excellency says that he does “not inhale” at such events! – AQ moderator Tom]  Posted on  by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

A reader alerted me to this from about bishops in Brazil who allow two women to concelebrate Mass with them.  It is in Portuguese.  Not my translation:

Two women “concelebrated” the Mass with bishops of the CNBB. Is this already possible or is it still a very serious crime?
By, February 21, 2018: It was on February 13, 2018 that 41th Earth Pilgrimage took place in the city of Mampituba, Diocese of Osório, in Rio Grande do Sul.

As if the preaching of Mrs. Maria do Rosário (PT-RS) and Monge Marcelo Barros, both known for their unorthodox positions, the bishops present admitted at the altar two Protestant ministers as “concelebrants” in the Holy Mass. read more

Wherein Fr. Rutler thrashes @AntonioSpadaro

Wherein Fr. Rutler thrashes @AntonioSpadaro

Posted on  by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

At Crisis, Fr. George Rutler has posted a potent counterpoint to Jesuit jibber-jabber (I know… that could be taken for a tautology).  He goes after Antonio Spadaro, SJ, who has issued all manner of nonsense with Olympian authority.

Spadaro is one of the chief cadres of the New catholic Red Guard, who target for persecution anyone who insists that 2 plus 2 still equals 4.

You simply have to read the whole of Rutler’s take down, perhaps with a refreshing drink near to hand.  I warn you, however, to sip judiciously, lest you spray your screen.   Rutler’s piece is a deadly hoot. read more

Sack him! He’s a Catholic!



by Stephen Wynne  •  •  February 22, 2018

Monsignor “scandalously misrepresents” Catholic teaching ahead of legalization vote

DOUGLAS, Isle of Man ( – A leading U.K. cleric is lobbying against pro-life advocates in the leadup to a vote to legalize abortion in the Isle of Man.

In a letter to the self-governing crown dependency’s chief minister last week, Msgr. John Devine OBE, dean of the Roman Catholic Church, Isle of Man, trounced members of the right-to-life movement.

In his letter, later published in the Isle of Man Examiner, Devine recounted speaking against pro-life advocates from his pulpits in St. Mary’s and St. Anthony’s churches: read more



Brazilian Catholics Push Communist Agenda, Part I by Juliana Freitag  •  •  February 22, 2018

“Catholic” Basic Ecclesial Communities: indoctrination platforms for the Brazilian Left

A documentary series is highlighting how lay Catholic groups in Brazil are being used to push communism in the country — and the Vatican has been put on notice.
Bernardo Pires Küster
The Brazilian Bishops’ Conference is currently celebrating the “Year of the Laity,” aiming “to stimulate the participation of the laity as salt, light and yeast in the Church and in society.” But it’s not turning out so well for Brazilian Catholic journalist Bernardo Pires Küster, who embraced his layman duty and thoroughly reported on the discussions that took place during the 14th Interecclesial Meeting of the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) in his hometown of Londrina. Küster first decided to give his account of the event after spotting a poster from the Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT) stating: “Elections without Lula are fraudulent” (in reference to socialist icon Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, two-term president of Brazil and sentenced to 12 years for moneylaundering and corruption in the same week as the Interecclesial Meeting). Basic Ecclesial Communities emerged in the 1960s as a legitimate reunion of small Catholic groups, with the intention to offer the laity the opportunity to participate in the life and mission of the Church. But soon after their foundation, BECs in Latin America were hijacked by Liberation Theology and consequently played a fundamental role in the creation of the Brazilian Workers’ Party. The material gathered by Küster and presented in four documentary-style videos shows that the BECs are again serving as an indoctrination platform for the reorganization of the Brazilian Left. Küster asked the archbishop of Londrina, Geremias Steinmetz, to clarify the situation, as His Excellency was hosting the event. Steinmetz has been archbishop of Londrina for only eight months, but he has already allowed an LGBT week at a Catholic university. According to some of Küster’s sources, Steinmetz denies Holy Communion for those who kneel — a violation of Catholics’ rights under Church law. Meanwhile, the BEC meeting, in full “ecumenical” spirit, celebrated open-air Masses with African-inspired drums and dancing, and the cheerful intoning of a song that pays tribute to pagan deities in Candomblé, an African-Brazilian pagan tradition whose rituals involve the invoking of spirits. LGBT flags were waved during the liturgy, but most upsetting by far was the profanation of the Holy Eucharist: the body of Our Lord handled poorly and irreverently, with consecrated particles falling all over the gymnasium (see video below). The plenary sessions of the assemblies voted on matters like “the control of the Judiciary system,” and submitted a motion to reject the Regional Federal Court, which condemned Lula, claiming the Court’s move was “judicial fraud.” Many members of the organizing committee of the 14th Interecclesial Meeting are connected to Brazilian Workers’ Party: Their communications assistant was a member of the Party, and one of their advisors was Marcia Lopes, another Party member and sister of Lula’s right-hand man Gilberto Carvalho.
Frei Betto
But the most authoritative figure in the meeting was the Dominican friar known as Frei Betto. He is one of the most prominent militants in the world of Liberation Theology, and has been involved in the organization of every Interecclesial Meeting since the 1970s. Frei Betto isn’t just Lula’s friend; he was also close to Fidel Castro, even being honored with a literary award in Cuba in 2009 from the hands of Raul Castro and Hugo Chavéz themselves.
Frei Betto with Fidel Castro
Explaining his book-length interview with Fidel Castro, Fidel and Religion, Frei Betto affirmed that “Fidel might not be a Christian in faith, but he is a Christian in his practices.” The preface of Betto’s 2016 biography was written by his communist dictator friend. In another book, Sinal de contradição (“Sign of contradiction”), the friar affirms that “the future Latin-American man and woman will be the offspring of the marriage between Che Guevara and St. Teresa of Ávila.” And in a book on spirituality cowritten with former Franciscan friar Leonardo Boff, Frei Betto proclaimed that “the Eucharist is the most socialist of sacraments.” He’s still a columnist on national newspaper O Globo, where in 2014 he published an article titled “Is God Gay?” propounding on the importance of “re-reading the Gospels through the gay optics.” In a biography of Lula, Frei Betto confirmed the Brazilian Workers’ Party’s connection with the BECs: “The [the Brazilian Workers’ Party] proposal … met all the expectations of the BECs.”



by Alexander Slavsky  •  •  February 15, 2018

National Rally and Rosary for Life to take place in March

DUBLIN ( – Pro-lifers are rallying across Ireland in support of the Eighth Amendment protecting the life of unborn children and their mothers.

On February 10, hundreds of family members and young women stood up for the unborn with heart-shaped balloons and posters at “Loving the 8th” event in Dublin’s coastal suburb of Dún Laoghaire. The event was organized by Dún Laoghaire Life Canvass and Cherish All the Children Equally.

“We were so delighted to see such a great crowd come out for this event today, and it’s really indicative of how people are becoming energized at a local level to save the 8th amendment ahead of the referendum,” commented spokeswoman Mairéad Hughes of Save the 8th Campaign. read more

Catholic bishop bars pro-abortion “Catholic” U.S. senator from Communion until he ‘repents’

Claire Chretien

Catholic bishop bars pro-abortion “Catholic” U.S. senator from Communion until he ‘repents’

The catalyst for this announcement was the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have made most abortions after 20 weeks illegal (the bill had an exception for babies conceived in rape and incest). read more

Diane Montagna

Cardinal Sarah: Widespread Communion in the hand is part of Satan’s attack on the Eucharist

ROME, February 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The head of the Vatican department overseeing liturgy is summoning the Catholic faithful to return to receiving Holy Communion on the tongue and kneeling.

In the preface to a new book on the subject, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, writes: “The most insidious diabolical attack consists in trying to extinguish faith in the Eucharist, by sowing errors and fostering an unsuitable way of receiving it. Truly the war between Michael and his Angels on one side, and Lucifer on the other, continues in the hearts of the faithful.” read more

Catholic school board upholds pro-life motion, bucks pressure from pro-abort, pro-homo “Catholic” teachers’ union

Lianne Laurence

Catholic school board upholds pro-life motion, bucks pressure from pro-abort, pro-homo “Catholic” teachers’ union

Paul Marai voted to defeat the motion early in the night, but as the meeting wound down some three hours later, he asked that it be revisited, and this time, voted for it.

The policy that so roiled the Catholic board asked it to ensure no school-generated funds be donated to “any charities or non-profits that publicly support, either directly or indirectly, abortion, contraception, sterilization, euthanasia, or embryonic stem cell research.” read more

Cardinal Kasper Pushes for Abolishing Priestly Celibacy

Cardinal Kasper Pushes for Abolishing Priestly Celibacy – 2/22/18

The ultraliberal and influential Cardinal Walter Kasper has urged to think “thoroughly and timely” about abolishing priestly celibacy.

Talking to kathpress (February 19), Kasper stated that married priests are an answer to an alleged shortage of priests (although the true problem of the Church is a shortage of faithful). Kasper proposes to begin with ordaining married deacons.

In October 2005, after the election of Benedict XVI, Kasper told Radio Vatican that married priests could not be expected soon, because “the problem is more complex than one could suppose.” read more

Is Jesus Really Our Friend?

Is Jesus Really Our Friend?

 FEB 21, 2018  

There is a popular old Protestant hymn by Charles Crozat Converse that readers may have heard: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” The hymn dates from 1868, but the words were borrowed from an 1855 poem called “Pray Without Ceasing” by an Irish member of the Plymouth Brethren, Joseph M. Scriven. Converse’s hymn is something of a classic in the Protestant Anglosphere.

That an Irishman’s poem set to music by a Yankee lawyer has been recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman and Ricky SkaggsMahalia JacksonAlabamaAretha FranklinWillie Nelson, and many more shows that the sentiments found therein speak to the souls of a denominationally, culturally, and geographically “ecumenical” collective of American Protestants. read more

Why papal adviser is angry with EWTN’s ‘Papal Posse’

Why papal adviser is angry with EWTN’s ‘Papal Posse’

Dorothy Cummings McLean

February 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — During a lively segment of EWTN’s “The World Over” last week,  “Papal Posse” members Robert Royal and Father Gerald Murray weighed in on three segments from papal adviser Father Antonio Spadaro’s lecture at Georgetown University. They also commented on the Bishop Barros scandal and Cardinal Cupich’s planned New Momentum series of conferences. Spadaro’s lecture was entitled “Pope Francis’ Global Vision and his work for a more just and peaceful world.” read more

Billy Graham has died: Santo Subito!

Billy Graham has died: Santo Subito!

[The Catholic League’s Dr. Bill Donohue has already “canonized” him: “Rev. Billy Graham will be missed. I am happy that he is with our Lord.”] – AQ moderator Tom]

 Louie  February 21, 2018  

Billy GrahamFamous American “evangelist” Billy Graham has died. Let us pray for him, confident that Our Lord will render perfect justice unto this man who enriched himself by preaching a false gospel; one that encouraged countless souls to die as he did without the aid of the sacraments, outside the one true Church of Christ. read more