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California bishop praises President Trump’s travel ban

California bishop praises President Trump’s travel ban

[Chaldean (Eastern) Catholic prelate breaks ranks with AmChurch party-line]

Catholic World News – February 21, 2017

Stating that “I am not against refugees, since I was one myself,” a Chaldean Catholic bishop who ministers in California defended President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

Bishop Bawai Soro, who came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq in 1973, wrote in a San Diego newspaper column that “the events of Sept. 11, 2001, illustrated how radical Islamic terrorism is the clear and present danger facing America.”

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Catholic Bishops Team Up With The Left To Oppose Trump and the Rule of Law

Catholic Bishops Team Up With The Left To Oppose Trump and the Rule of Law

By Christopher Manion
November 19, 2016

In the last week, Catholic bishops have teamed up with New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio to support President Obama’s defiance of immigration law, and to oppose Donald Trump’s sworn duty to enforce it.

This curious alliance raises a fundamental question that goes to the heart of the challenge faced by faithful Catholics in today’s prevailing secular culture.

It’s no secret. For the past eight years, the Obama Administration has attacked religious freedom on numerous fronts, from the notorious “HHS Contraception Mandate” and supporting Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal body parts to the campaign for SSM (“same-sex marriage”), going so far as to insist on incorporating sexual preference into the “rights” protected by the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The same goes for the administration’s support of universal, free abortion on demand until the moment of birth, both at home and abroad, funded by the taxpayer in domestic legislation as well as “family planning” components included in foreign aid programs.

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Catholics, Cash, Corruption, and Collapse

Catholics, Cash, Corruption, and Collapse

By Christopher Manion
November 9, 2016

God damn America! – Words Obama lives by

In every subculture Obama has lived in, he has been taught to hate America. Like many pliable and fatherless narcissists, he always wanted to please his groomers and willingly submitted to their manipulation.

Spending the first years of his life in Suharto’s Indonesia, a bloody dictatorship that had become a way of life for Indonesians, Barry Sotero, along with billions of others in the Third World, was raised in a culture that taught that the plight and poverty of his neighbors and friends were the fault of the United States.

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Catholic Bishops Push Amnesty, Vilify Trump Supporters

Catholic Bishops Push Amnesty, Vilify Trump Supporters

By Christopher Manion
December 31, 2016

It is sometimes difficult to explain things Catholic to the general public. The vast majority of Americans, of course, are not Catholic, but most of them expect Catholics, especially our bishops – Catholic leaders – to act like… well, to act like Catholics.

Now there are specific Catholic teachings which are quite unpopular in our own age. Take abortion. Folks who support abortion “rights” accuse pro-lifers of forcing their religious – and that means Catholic – moral views on the public. The same goes for contraception. Pollsters would have us believe that nobody, even devout Catholics, really opposes the Pill – in fact, our modern age has welcomed the Pill as a liberator. Indeed, it has been the engine of the sexual revolution.

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Is The Pope Catholic?

Is The Pope Catholic?

By Christopher Manion
January 9, 2017

Over the years a popular riposte to questions with painfully obvious answers invoked the Holy Father, the Successor of Peter and the leader of the Catholic Church on earth.

For centuries the answer to the question has also been assumed to be obvious, and affirmative. And yet, a lot of folks these days are scratching their heads and wondering if they should reconsider.

It’s natural for non-Catholics to get the impression that, for believers, the pope is our supreme authority in everything. Likewise the bishops. Their word is the last word, period.

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Viganò, the Failed Reformer. With All the Vatican Media Against Him

Viganò, the Failed Reformer. With All the Vatican Media Against Him

[Hat-tip to Gloria.TVNews]

Sandro Magister
2/20/17

One week ago Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the secretariat for communication, reported to Pope Francis and the nine cardinals who are helping him with the reform of the curia on the progress of the Vatican media reorganization entrusted to him.

The latest news is the consolidation of Vatican Radio and the Vatican Television Center into the dicastery headed by Viganò.

In effect, as of January 1, 2017 the name “Vatican Radio” no longer has any legal value and has disappeared from the paychecks of its 350 employees. But this is not all there is to it. As of December 1, the AM broadcasts have ceased, and the shortwave – an historical channel of communication for Catholics in countries devoid of freedom, defended to the end by Fr. Federico Lombardi – also have their days numbered. They are still operating for Africa and part of Asia, but their broadcast station in Santa Maria di Galeria is about to be closed.

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Do Catholic Bishops Miss Obama?

Do Catholic Bishops Miss Obama?

Prelates of the welfare-state church

[Hat-tip to Gloria.TVNews]

By Christopher Manion
February 16, 2017

Donald Trump has scared the devil out of America’s Catholic bishops. They have supported the Democrat agenda for so long – global warming, amnesty, raising the minimum wage, and national health care – that they can’t seem to let go.

As a result, with few exceptions, these prelates have blithely ignored Trump’s defense of moral principles supported by the Church – on abortion, on religious freedom, on radical federal judges, and on education.

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Bishop Schneider: Catholics are not called to blind obedience to the Pope

Bishop Schneider: Catholics are not called to blind obedience to the Pope

John-Henry Westen

February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Asked about the confusion in the Church today stemming directly from Pope Francis and how the faithful are to respond, a prominent Catholic bishop has said Catholics do not owe blind obedience to the Pope, adding that blind obedience is characteristic of a ‘dictatorship,’ not the Church.

Kazakhstan Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the most prolific voices in the Church today seeking to defend the Catholic faith from anti-life and anti-family distortion, made the remarks in an interview with Rorate Caeli and Adelante la Fe.

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Cardinal Zen on dubia: ‘Very respectful request by those bishops and Cardinals to have a clear statement’

Cardinal Zen on dubia: ‘Very respectful request by those bishops and Cardinals to have a clear statement’

Jan Bentz

February 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Joseph Zen in an interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo expressed his support for the four Cardinals’ dubia that asks for clarification on the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia’s chapter 8.

“I suppose it is a very respectful request by those bishops and Cardinals to have a clear statement,” Cardinal Zen said.

Pope Francis has been silent on the “yes and no” questions submitted by Cardinals Raymond Burke, Walter Brandmüller, Joachim Meisner and Carlo Caffarra.

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FrankenPope Praises Soros-Funded Organization; Encourages “Resistance”

FrankenPope Praises Soros-Funded Organization; Encourages “Resistance”

Maike Hickson February 20, 2017

On 17 February, Pope Francis released a letter written for those gathered for the World Meeting of Popular Movements held in California from 16-19 February — a meeting organized by the Vatican. Such meetings regularly take place in the Vatican and are initiated by Pope Francis himself in his attempt to work together with a variety of grassroots movements world-wide.

In the letter, which is dated 10 February, Pope Francis publicly praises the organization PICO — People Improving Communities through Organizing — which was one of the promoters of this Vatican event. Francis writes:

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Archbishop of Malta Claims Fidelity to Pope on Exhortation Guidelines

Archbishop of Malta Claims Fidelity to Pope on Exhortation Guidelines

[The heavy-handedness of the Maltese “Church of Mercy” continues: The Archbishop says that seminarians who disagree with FrankenPope may leave, and priests who disagree are harassed by a cadre of clergy who opposed the previous “orthodox” archbishop but are now allies of the new one]

Steve Skojec February 20, 2017

The focus is back on the Maltese bishops this week after it was revealed that in a meeting with the priests of his archdiocese, Archbishop Charles Scicluna had said that he had no choice in issuing the deeply controversial Maltese bishops guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, because in his conscience he could not oppose the wishes of Pope Francis.

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Cardinal Refused Masonic Grandmaster Church Funeral

Cardinal Refused Masonic Grandmaster Church Funeral

[Not Cardinal Burke, not concerning the Knights of Malta, but nonetheless showing the Masonic influence in Francophone Africa]

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans:Tancred
2/20/17

(Abidjan) This news has been concealed in Europe. Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa, the Archbishop of Abidjan, denied the Honorary Grandmaster and founder of the Grand Lodge of the Ivory Coast, Clotaire Magloire Coffie, an ecclesiastical funeral. Coffie had been killed in a traffic accident this January 29th.

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When the Church Ignores Dissent…and Bill and Melinda Gates

When the Church Ignores Dissent…and Bill and Melinda Gates

Fr. Shenan Boquet

I appeal to you, brethren, to take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple minded. (Romans 16:17-18)

February 17, 2017 (Human Life International via LifeSiteNews) – At the heart of the Culture of Death is the rejection of God and His plan for the flourishing and salvation of those who love Him. Though this can take many forms, one that we are particularly concerned with is dissent from His teaching on the sacredness and dignity of human life.

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These Catholic parishes openly celebrate LGBT. Why aren’t bishops stopping it?

These Catholic parishes openly celebrate LGBT. Why aren’t bishops stopping it?

Part one of a series on “gay-friendly” parishes and ministries in the Catholic Church

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – As controversy continues to rage over Pope Francis’ doctrines on communion for the divorced and remarried, an even more controversial practice proliferating in the shadows for decades is becoming increasingly open and explicit: same-sex couples exerting their influence in Catholic parishes throughout the United States and Canada.

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FrankenPope’s “reform” of the Roman Curia

[FrankenPope’s “reform” of the Roman Curia]

From Gloria.TV News on the 20th of February 2017

Personal: Marco Tosatti writes that Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia is radically personalized. Francis choses people not according to their capacities but according to their subservience and unconditional loyalty to his person.

The Opposite: Tosatti notices that Francis did not fulfill the wishes of the cardinals prior to his election in 2013. They asked for downsizing the power of the Secretary of State and for regular meetings between the heads of the Vatican Congregations and the pope. The opposite happened. Some heads of Congregations almost never get a chance to see Francis, others have to wait for month until they receive an appointment.

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