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Archbishop Gänswein: statement by Benedict XVI not aimed at Pope Francis

Archbishop Gänswein: statement by Benedict XVI not aimed at Pope Francis

[Sort of like the “He Said, She Says, Says He, Said She” game]

Catholic World News – July 19, 2017

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the longtime personal secretary to Benedict XVI, denounced suggestions that the retired Pontiff had intended to criticize Pope Francis with a statement issued for the death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner.

In his statement, which was read (by Archbishop Gänswein) at the funeral for Cardinal Meisner, the retired Pontiff praised Cardinal Meisner for his “conviction that the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.” Some reporters interpreted the statement as a suggestion that the Catholic Church is in crisis under the leadership of Pope Francis. read more

Archbishop Paglia explains new direction for Pontifical Academy for Life

Archbishop Paglia explains new direction for Pontifical Academy for Life

[The seamy “seamless garment of life” comes to the not-so pro-life Pontifical Academy]

Catholic World News – July 19, 2017

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia explained the new strategic vision of the Pontifical Academy for Life in an interview with Austen Ivereigh for Crux.

The Italian prelate brushed aside criticism that the Pontifical Academy has downgraded its commitment to the pro-life struggle, explaining that the institution will now pursue a more diverse agenda. He spoke about a commitment to the environment, observing that in the Book of Genesis, God gives Adam and Eve a mandate to care for his Creation. read more

Jesuit “Catholic” Marquette University foots the bill for faculty to attend ‘Overcoming Islamophobia’ seminar

Jesuit “Catholic” Marquette University foots the bill for faculty to attend ‘Overcoming Islamophobia’ seminar

COLLEGE FIX STAFF
JULY 18, 2017

Marquette University, a Catholic institution, will foot the bill for members of its faculty to attend an upcoming seminar on combating Islamophobia.

The August 7 event, “Overcoming Islamophobia: Creating a Positive Classroom Culture,” will be held at a nearby college in Milwaukee and Marquette will pay the $30 fee for its faculty to attend, The Daily Caller News Foundation reports. A university webpage states Marquette’s Office of International Education is sponsoring the event for faculty. read more

Protect the Pope? Francis is “destroying the Catholic nature of the Church”

Protect the Pope? Francis is “destroying the Catholic nature of the Church”

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[A “classical” Anglican (i.e., Low-Church Evangelical Prot) comments on a blogging former papolatrist who recently changed his blog from “Protect the Pope” to “Protect the Faith” because of the change in the papacy (IHHO – for “in his humble opinion” – in more than one way) from Benedict XVI to Francis; hat-tip tp gloria.tv]

July 19, 2017
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A Call to Protest the Growing Threat from Satanism

A Call to Protest the Growing Threat from Satanism

JOHN HORVAT II
7/19/17

A Satanic offensive is taking place in America. It can be seen not only in large cities and liberal strongholds, but in small communities like Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

This city served as the stage for a highly symbolic sequence of event. In April, officials there approved plans for a Satanic monument to be erected in a free speech area of the town’s Veterans Memorial Park. The effort was a project of the Satanic Temple, based in Salem, Massachusetts, and a local religious freedom group. The sponsors designed, fundraised and built a symbol-laden monument which was to have been the first Satanic monument on public property in United States history. read more

Austria: majority of altar servers are girls

Austria: majority of altar servers are girls

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[N.B.: Items in quotation marks are from the source article referenced below; e.g., altar service is no longer regarded as a seedbed for priestly vocations (unless for women’s ordination) but as “a sign of liberty and equality”]

Catholic World News – July 19, 2017

Nearly a quarter century after the practice of female altar servers became licit, 55% of Austria’s 45,000 altar servers are girls, according to statistics published by the Archdiocese of Vienna [“higher in relation to the persons in charge of altar service: in the past, the only management was by chaplains or clerics, but now women and girls”]. read more

The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same

New Oxford Review Notes
July-August 2017

Remember when the Catholic priesthood was supposedly “becoming a gay profession”? That was the claim of Fr. Donald Cozzens, a former rector of St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland, who estimated in his book The Changing Face of the Priesthood (2000) that the percentage of homosexuals in the priesthood ranged somewhere between 23 and 58 percent — way out of proportion to their percentage in the general male population.

Not two years later, the explosive revelations of a decades-long cover-up of sexual impropriety and abuse by Catholic clerics appeared to prove Fr. Cozzens correct. Though much of the scandal centered on the sexual abuse of children, a report by the Boston Globe (May 17, 2002) discovered that the “vast majority” of predator priests chose adolescent boys — not young children — as their targets. In fact, one of the more alarming statistics put forth by the John Jay Report, a 2004 study commissioned by the U.S. bishops to gather data about the extent of the crisis, was that 81 percent of the victims were males. According to Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a psychiatrist and a consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy, the John Jay Report “clearly revealed” that the sex-abuse crisis was “not one of pedophilia but of homosexuality. The primary victims have not been children but adolescent males” (Zenit, May 1, 2004). He expressed hope that “this clarification in regard to homosexuality as the basic problem that caused the crisis” would lead to new measures to “protect” the priesthood. read more

And Then There Were Three: Now What?

And Then There Were Three: Now What?

by Christopher A. Ferrara
July 17, 2017

With the sudden death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the four “dubia cardinals” have become three, without any of them having taken any action to correct the errors of Amoris Laetitia, now spreading throughout the Church in an unprecedented, and truly apocalyptic, fracturing of a universal, bimillenial Eucharistic discipline rooted in the revealed truth on the indissolubility of marriage and the infinite sanctity of the Blessed Sacrament. read more

When Jesuits and Popes Dance With the Devil

When Jesuits and Popes Dance With the Devil

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Written by Father Celatus
7/17/17

Years ago I was brought in as a priest to a psych ward in a VA hospital to work with a suicidal Vietnam veteran. His family was convinced that the root of his problem was not merely mental but diabolical. After spending some time with the tormented veteran, I agreed that something diabolical was at work. One thing I remember the veteran saying was that he “danced with the devil.” I shudder at the thought!

So I prayed the Rosary with him, taught him the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel and enrolled him in the scapular. For a while he seemed better but then one day he hanged himself in the hospital. He was rescued before he died and as he was wheeled away a priest noticed the scapular and gave him absolution. The veteran died shortly after and I am hopeful the Blessed Mother saved his poor soul from the devil. read more

“Luther’s True Face” by Fr. Jean-Michel Gleize

PRESS RELEASE: “Luther’s True Face” by Fr. Jean-Michel Gleize

Written by Wojtek Golonka
7/17/17

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On the occasion of the 500th year anniversary of the deplorable Lutheran reformation St. Thomas Aquinas Institute for Catholic Apologetics issued a forthright work on the Father of Protestantism and his doctrine.

“Luther’s True Face”, written by a French scholar and clergyman, Fr. Jean-Michel Gleize of St Pius X Society, brings back into the light of day historical facts, too often forgotten by modern Catholics and Protestants alike. What was Luther’s career before 1517? How long was the “shortest seminary formation in history”? Why and how did he form his protestant doctrine? What was the situation in the Church at the time? All these questions and more receive clear answers from an author skilled in Thomist precision and Aristotelian logic. read more

The Garda Interviews: Michael Matt & Edward Pentin, Thomas Pink

The Garda Interviews: Michael Matt & Edward Pentin, Thomas Pink

TheRemnantvideo
Published on Jul 18, 2017

As part of Remnant TV’s documentary on the 25th Anniversary of the Roman Forum in Gardone Riviera, Italy, Michael Matt interviews Vatican journalist and premier Rome correspondent, Edward Pentin, as well as King’s College’s renowned professor of philosophy, Dr. Thomas Pink. This is the first installment of a series of interviews that will appear over the course of the next few weeks. The RTV Documentary on this most unique symposium on the Shores of Lake Garda will appear on August 1, 2017 read more

Australian archbishop unsurprised by decline in religious affiliation

Australian archbishop unsurprised by decline in religious affiliation

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[Another NewChurch bishop with his head in the sand]

Catholic World News – July 18, 2017

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane has said that there is “nothing very surprising” about Australian census figures that show a sharp rise in the number of young people with no religious affiliation.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that people, young or old, are less religious than they were; but it does mean that they’re religious in very different ways than in the past,” the archbishop told the Catholic Leader. He went on to say that the Catholic Church must adjust to new popular attitudes, “lest the communication gap between believers and non-believers grow even wider.” read more

Army prepares women to shower with [transgendered or transgendering] men as part of ‘transgender’ training

Army prepares women to shower with [transgendered or transgendering] men as part of ‘transgender’ training

[Trannies comprise about .03% of the general population; unknown about how many are in the military; thus, the Army must have to bring them in from all over the place to have enough for transgender shower training, or it must have a cadre of them who do such showering duty all day long]

Peter LaBarbera

SIGN THE PETITION: Say NO to Army forcing women to shower with ‘transgender’ men

July 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. Army is telling women soldiers that they need to accept gender-confused, biological men in their showers, bathrooms, and barracks as part of a controversial policy to build “dignity and respect” for “transgender Soldiers.” read more

German Canon Lawyer Spreads Conspiracy Theory about Benedict XVI

German Canon Lawyer Spreads Conspiracy Theory about Benedict XVI

[From the BLEEPs’ perspective, they are all anti-popes, including both Michaels …]

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Voris

en.news
7/18/17

The canon lawyer Thomas Schüller of Münster, Germany, has condemned the address of Benedict XVI at the funeral of Cardinal Meisner in Cologne according to the news agency Evangelischer Pressedienst (Evangelical – i.e., Lutheran – Press Service) [Kampagne gegen Franziskus (Campaign against Francis)? See comment below for translation of the important parts]. read more

“Evolution Has No Martyrs”

“Evolution Has No Martyrs”

James V. Schall, S.J.
TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

In 1951, some 1500 people gathered in the crypt of St. Odile’s Church in Paris where the Semaines des Intellectuels Catholiques met to hear lectures on hope. The speakers were notable: Gabriel Marcel, Jean Daniélou, Yves Congar, and Josef Pieper, who recounts the evening in the second volume of his autobiography, Not Yet the Twilight. The topic of Pieper’s lecture concerned the hope of martyrs, currently a lively topic, perhaps more urgent in 2017 than in 1951. read more