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USCCCP Continues to Lobby Congress to Fund Agency Funding Planned Parenthood

USCCCP Continues to Lobby Congress to Fund Agency Funding Planned Parenthood

[To two “international charities” – both of whom seek to prevent “HIV, TB and malaria” as well as babies (the latter by contraceptives and abortifacients), and one of whom acts as a conduit for funds to Planned Parenthood under the guise of “grants”!]

usccbThe US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have once again written to Congress requesting “robust funding” for two agencies deeply committed to the promotion and distribution of contraception, one of which provides millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood. read more

PORTUGUESE BISHOP ALLOWS DIVORCED COUPLES TO DISCERN RECEPTION OF HOLY EUCHARIST

Portuguese Bishop Allows Divorced Couples to Discern Reception of Holy Eucharist

[His Excellency does not limit his “Jorgiano (for himself or Bergoglio) Privilegio” only to civilly-divorced/remarried Catholics but to anyone in “irregular unions.” Thus, that must include those in shacking-up and same-sex unions (i.e., fornicators and sodomites)! – AQ moderator Tom]

by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • January 22, 2018

BRAGA, Portugal (ChurchMilitant) – The archbishop of Braga is leaving it up to civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to decide for themselves if they are “integrated” into the Church and can receive Holy Communion. read more

Vatican reportedly asking ‘underground’ Chinese bishops to yield to government-supported prelates 

Vatican reportedly asking ‘underground’ Chinese bishops to yield to government-supported prelates 

[What if St. Pope Pius V said something similar to Recusant (underground) Catholics in 16th century Protestant England in his 1570 papal bull “Regnans in Excelsis (Reigning from on High)” ?  Instead of declaring “Elizabeth, the pretended Queen of England and the servant of crime”, to be a heretic and releasing all her subjects from any allegiance to her, even when they had “sworn oaths to her”, and excommunicating any that obeyed her orders! – AQ moderator Tom]  read more

Why FrankenPope Flopped in Chile

Gloria.TV News 1/22/18

Why FrankenPope Flopped in Chile

[Also because of the decrease in the number of Catholics in Chile – from 90% in 1970 to 74% in 1995 to 44% last year!]

Lack of Enthusiasm: The Chilean newspaper “La Tercera” published an article about the lack of enthusiasm during Pope Francis’ trip to Chile, although this is allegedly a Catholic country. For Francis’ Mass in Maquhue/Temuco 400,000 people were expected. About 1/4-1/5 (90,000)  of this number showed up. Francis’ meeting with the youth was another flop. His visit was also accompanied by violent attacks against the Church. Francis’ problem: He appeals to the peripheries, but for attending his Masses he would need Catholics. Low Attendance: In another article La Tercera tried to explain the reasons for the low attendance of the faithful during Pope Francis’ visit in Chile. The first reason is, according to the paper, the fact that the Church in Chile is in a crisis with only 44% of the country’s population declaring themselves to be Catholics. However, this would still account for over 7 million Catholics, enough to fill the events with Pope Francis. La Tercera did not mention the true reason for the low attendance: Pope Francis is mainly popular in circles which care little about the Church.

Vatican Currently Has No Plans to Change Honors System After Ploumen

Vatican Currently Has No Plans to Change Honors System After Ploumen A source close to the matter says the Dutch government must take responsibility for how Lilianne Ploumen, a militant pro-abortion politician, abused her Order of St. Gregory medal, and that her award was actually meant as a ‘slight.’ [The Vatican is still “passing the buck” on the blame (now the Dutch government) and significance (not an award but a snub to the recipient) of the matter and has a “Let the scandal(s) continue” attitude regarding any change(s) in the system! – AQ moderator Tom] Edward Pentin – 1/22/17

The Vatican currently has no plans to change the procedure of exchanging honors during historic official visits of heads of state to the Vatican, and believes that the responsibility for any subsequent abuse of such decorations rests with the visiting delegation.

Despite the outcry over giving militant pro-abortion Dutch politician Lilianne Ploumen a medal of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great last summer, Vatican officials believe the statement issued about the honor last week by deputy spokeswoman Paloma Garcia-Ovejero was enough, and that Ploumen’s award was actually meant as a snub. read more

Pope Francis Comes Up With “Moral Of Discernment”

Pope Francis Comes Up With “Moral Of Discernment”

en.news – 1/22/18 Pope Francis called “discernment” the special charism of the Jesuits while meeting Jesuits in Chile.

According to an article of Father Jonathan Marín Cano SJ on jesuitas.co (January 19) Francis said that “discernment” was “especially” needed in the field of morality – as if discernment were not the basic tool of every science. He went on identifying “discernment” as the centre of his controversial document Amoris Laetitia.

The problem: Francis uses the term “discernment” not in its original meaning (“the ability to judge well”) but as an euphemism for “situation ethics” which is condemned by the Church because it allows for intrinsically evil acts like murder, pedophilia or adultery depending on different circumstances and personal intents and justifications.

Vatican Prepares Drowsy Church for Abolishing Celibacy

Vatican Prepares Drowsy Church for Abolishing Celibacy

en.news – 1/22/18 The prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, a blind partisan of Pope Francis, announced that the Vatican is “studying” ordaining married men to a part-time priesthood. Speaking in contradictions, he claimed at the same time that “celibacy is not under discussion”.

Stella makes his statements in an interview for Fabio Marchese Ragona’s book, “Tutti gli uomini di Francesco” (All the men of Francis). According to Stella, the abolition of celibacy would not only regard the Amazon region but also “some islands in the Pacific, and not only”.

As usual, when novelties contradicting the rule of Faith are introduced, Stella claimed that “one would restore a structure which already existed in the Church of the origins”, although many studies have shown that this is not true. read more

Where Are the Churchmen With Chests?

Where Are the Churchmen With Chests?

[And bishops with backbones?]

Cardinal [“Nellie”] Spellman with ex-prime minister Winston Churchill [the “British Bulldog”] in New York City in 1946

To have been the proverbial fly on the wall during a conversation, one good time would have been during dinner in the White House on September 2, 1943 when Franklin Roosevelt was hosting Winston and Clementine Churchill with their daughter Mary and the newly appointed ambassador to the Soviet Union, Averill Harriman. The other dinner guest was Cardinal Spellman, just back from a lengthy tour of overseas military units. read more

CanuckChurch Complains Because of Money – Not Because of Abortion

CanuckChurch Complains Because of Money – Not Because of Abortion

en.news – 1/22/18

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau requires organizations like the Church to sign off in favour of abortion if they want to receive money for funded students jobs in summer. Since this is about cash, priests and even bishops warn now of a “persecution” against Christians.

The blog Toronto Catholic (January 21) asks where the bishops were when Trudeau for years was advocating for abortion and gay-pseudo-marriage. According to the blog, the bishops remained silent and even campaigned for him. read more

FRANCIS WATCH: Rumors Mount, Mysterious Roman Conference

FRANCIS WATCH: Rumors Mount, Mysterious Roman Conference

From our friends at National Catholic Register:

Ed Pentin: One of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra’s last wishes — to have an international conference to examine ways to resolve the current crisis of division in the Church — will take place in Rome in early April, the Register has learned.

Details have yet to be officially released, but the conference is expected to explore the limits of papal infallibility as well as seek ways to overcome the division in the Church, exacerbated by what many see as pastoral and doctrinal confusion on key moral issues. read more

CATHOLIC MASS ATTENDANCE AND OTHER FIGURES IN CINCINNATI AND COVINGTON DECLINE AGAIN IN 2017 

CATHOLIC MASS ATTENDANCE AND OTHER FIGURES IN CINCINNATI AND COVINGTON DECLINE AGAIN IN 2017 

[The “springtime” of Vatican II continues in Ohio and Kentucky]

${$station} Logo Jan. 21, 2018   Michael Mason was a happy member of a Protestant church when he began studying the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the great theologians of the Roman Catholic Church.

His studies led him to believe that the Catholic church offered a better, truer model for following Jesus Christ, so he and his wife, Jennifer, converted in 2013. They moved to the tri-state that same year, and Michael now teaches at a parochial school, Roger Bacon High School in St. Bernard.

“The Church breaks through the glass ceiling of evangelicalism to a deeper, more well-rooted Christian experience,” Mason, 36, said. read more

Preacher Wears Dog Mask

Preacher Wears Dog Mask

[This deacon is colloquially a dog (i.e. despicable) !] en.news – 1/21/17 Twitter-User Kevin Acker published on January 20 the picture of deacon Anthony DiIenno preaching with the mask of a dog on his head. Acker commented: “Only in Philadelphia is this not a weird scene in Church.”

The picture was taken by Acker’s parents in the Catholic parish St Rose of Lima in Eddystone, Archdiocese of Philadelphia, USA.

The archdiocese is run by Archbishop Charles Chaput who is considered one of the best[!? or rather, “conservative”] bishops in the United States.

‘Church won’t carry out crusade against removal of Catholicism from Constitution’

‘Church won’t carry out crusade against removal of Catholicism from Constitution’

Maltese archbishop Charles Scicluna says all religions should enjoy the liberty and freedom of belief in a secular state

[The “Springtime” of Vatican II’s Dignitatis humanae (Declaration on Religious Liberty) comes to Malta! – AQ moderator Tom] Matthew Vella 20 January 2018  

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said removing Roman Catholicism as Malta’s official religion would not affect the Church’s mission

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said removing Roman Catholicism as Malta’s official religion would not affect the Church’s mission

The Maltese Archbishop has vowed he will not carry out any “crusade” should Roman Catholicism be removed from the island’s Constitution as the official religion of Malta.

Charles Scicluna told Radju Malta host Andrew Azzopardi that the separation of church and state were positive developments for a country, and that he was in favour of a level-playing field for all religions. read more

Topping Up the Oxygen Tank at 35,000 Feet

Topping Up the Oxygen Tank at 35,000 Feet