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Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

BREAKING: Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

Jan Bentz

January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — If you happen to receive a piece of mail from the Vatican this year, don’t be surprised to see the face of Martin Luther.

The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals.

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Maltese bishops’ guidelines ‘can only be called disastrous’

Maltese bishops’ guidelines ‘can only be called disastrous’

Lisa Bourne

January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Sharp criticism came swiftly after last Friday’s release of the Maltese guidelines giving the most liberal approval for Communion to date from a bishops’ conference in response to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

The Maltese bishops’ “Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia” was called a disaster, a lowering of the bar, and the sinking of a ship.

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Dutch Catholic editor questioned Pope Francis, and now he’s out of a job

Dutch Catholic editor questioned Pope Francis, and now he’s out of a job

Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent

January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Netherlands’ only independent and traditionally-minded Catholic weekly, Katholiek Nieuwsblad, is changing course after its editor-in-chief was forced out.

The departure of Henk Rijkers, who held the position for the past four years, is arguably a side effect of Pope Francis’ insistence on “pastoral care” as opposed to clean-cut, doctrinal orthodoxy.

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Homosexual couples aggressively coming out in Catholic parishes, and no one’s stopping them

Homosexual couples aggressively coming out in Catholic parishes, and no one’s stopping them

Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

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

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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Archbishop will defy proposed St. Louis law forcing Church to hire abortion activists

Archbishop will defy proposed St. Louis law forcing Church to hire abortion activists
Lianne Laurence

ST. LOUIS, Missouri, January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Archdiocese of St. Louis will defy a proposed city ordinance that would compel Catholic institutions to hire abortion activists and “force the people of St. Louis to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion,” Archbishop Robert Carlson has vowed.

The Catholic prelate excoriated the city’s proposed Board Bill 203 as a “flagrant violation of religious liberty and individual rights of conscience” in a January 10 statement.

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SIOUX CITY, IOWA, DIOCESE TO CLOSE NEARLY HALF OF PARISHES

Sioux City, Iowa, Diocese to Close Nearly Half of Parishes

[In the middle of winter the spring(?)time of Vatican II comes to Sioux City, Chicago, New York and other AmChurch cities]

by Stefan Farrar • ChurchMilitant • January 17, 2017

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, is planning to eliminate almost 45 percent of all parishes. The announcement comes in response to diminishing Mass attendance, a shortage of priests and the increasing age of parishioners.

The Reverend Kevin McCoy, a member of Sioux City’s Priests Personnel Board, commented, “Our Catholic population is not only shifting across the diocese, but it is increasing in diversity and aging.” From 2008 to 2015, McCoy noted that the number of [Catholic] households in Sioux City declined dramatically by a staggering 7.5 percent.

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A POWER STRUGGLE: KNIGHTS OF MALTA VS. THE VATICAN

A Power Struggle: Knights of Malta vs. the Vatican

The Grand Master is defending himself and the order’s sovereignty

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • January 16, 2017

Update: Tuesday, the Vatican hit back at the Sovereign Military Order of Malta re-asserting its decision to continue its investigation of the order. In a press release issued this morning, the Vatican “reaffirms its confidence” in the papal commission, after the order’s Grand Chancellor said Friday there were “serious accusations of a conflict of interest” among three of the commission’s members.

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The Vatican-UN Alliance: Architects of Death and Doom

The Vatican-UN Alliance: Architects of Death and Doom

Every time I think it can’t get any worse, Francis sinks to a new low. Inviting this discredited pro-death charlatan [Paul Ehrlich] to advise the Vatican exposes the diabolical depths of this Papacy. I have been trying to wake Catholics to the abortion-laden population control agenda at the Pontifical Academy for three years. If this doesn’t wake up the pro-life movement to organize against this papacy, nothing will. He is moving at lightening speed at the behest of Soros and the UN because of the emergence of the Brexit and Trump populist movements.

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‘Exorcist’ Author William Peter Blatty’s Canon Law Case Against Georgetown Continues

‘Exorcist’ Author William Peter Blatty’s Canon Law Case Against Georgetown Continues

William Peter Blatty, requiescat in pace. It now remains for other good Catholics to continue your noble effort … Only firm Church action can save Georgetown and make it [a good as well as] a great university. It is our only recourse. Our only hope.

Patrick Reilly
1/16/17

William Peter Blatty, best-selling author and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Exorcist, died Thursday at the age of 89 after battling a form of blood cancer. But his final work is still underway: a petition to the Vatican, seeking the enforcement of canon law to reform Georgetown University’s Catholic identity, is still in front of the Church’s highest court.

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The Bomb That Never Detonated

The Bomb That Never Detonated

On the 1970s, Paul Ehrlich, overpopulation, and why poverty is mostly caused by bad ideas and lack of virtue, not lack of resources.

James V. Schall, S.J.
January 16, 2017

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Back in the early 1970s, in the heyday of unceasing rancor over Humanae Vitae, a great number of books were published that prophesied disaster for the human race. Among the most famous was Paul Ehrlich’s widely read The Population Bomb. At that time, we were given various apocalyptic scenarios about the end of things caused by our own uncontrolled breeding. We were soon to starve to death. The world, then with a population of around three billion, was running out of food, clothing, gas, and just about everything else. Things could only get worse. Resources were “limited”; no more new ones were imaginable. The Catholic Church was often singled out as contributing to this approaching demise of the human race since she taught that the world was made for man. Her weird stance on human breeding was “irrational”. Her views on marriage and children were said to go against the principles of, you guessed it, “modern science”.

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On the Worst President

On the Worst President

[Some (mostly liberals) say that the worst is yet to come (or is now incoming)]

James V. Schall, S.J., on the Obama legacy: He may have been our worst president, whose popular leftism identified religion as politics.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017

In the sweepstakes for which of our presidents was the worst, the usual candidates are James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Warren Harding. When William Jefferson Clinton left office, I wrote an opinionated piece in which I maintained that not only was Clinton the worst man ever to be president, but he was also the worst president. Subsequent popular lore seems to have decided that, even if both are true, we can’t be judgmental. Our modern culture has no “objective” standards to make such rash distinctions.

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“Catholic” organizations petition President-elect Trump on climate

“Catholic” organizations petition President-elect Trump on climate

[“‘Round up the usual suspects’ to endorse the petition.” Also, the Catholic Climate Covenant’s director is a supporter of the pro-abort political action committee Emily’s List as well as of the pro-sodomite Human Rights Campaign and similar groups]

Catholic World News – January 17, 2017

The Catholic Climate Covenant, an organization which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops helped form in 2006, has urged President-elect Donald Trump to “demonstrate bold leadership in addressing the climate crisis by honoring the Paris Agreement, contributing to the Green Climate Fund, and implementing the Clean Power Plan.”

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TRADITIONALIST SOCIETY OF EXORCISTS ESTABLISHED BY BISHOP AND THEN OUSTED BY HIS SUCCESSOR IN TULSA MOVING TO DENVER

Traditionalist Society of Exorcists [Established by Bishop and then Ousted by His Successor in Tulsa] Moving to Denver

Father Chad Ripperger and his order are being welcomed by Bp. Samuel Aquila

[Good news! Hat-tip to the Okie Traditionalist: “From our experience, Latin Mass communities are often treated like weirdos and outsiders by many dioceses”]

by Max Douglas • ChurchMilitant • January 16, 2017 12 Comments

DENVER – A traditional group of exorcist priests, the Doloran Fathers, also known as the Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother, are moving their ministry to Denver.

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Papal ghostwriter apparently copied his own work into Amoris Laetitia

Papal ghostwriter apparently copied his own work into Amoris Laetitia

[We have a conundrum: A ghostwriter plagiarizes himself for a work that in itself is plagiarism by the supposed author. Maybe Spock can comment on the situation.]

Catholic World News – January 16, 2017

Sections of Amoris Laetitia are copied from an essay written more than 20 years ago by a close associate of Pope Francis, a Catholic University professor has revealed.

Writing in Crux, Michael Pakaluk shows that a footnote in the controversial Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, and other passages from the papal document, are drawn almost verbatim from an article published in 1995 by Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez [aka Tucho (for “Touchy” or “Kissy” because of his book Heal Me With Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing?) – AQ moderator Tom]. Since the Argentine archbishop is known to be an adviser to the Pope, and is believed to have drafted the encyclical Laudato Si’, it seems most likely that Archbishop Fernandez also helped to draft Amoris Laetitia, and incorporated some of his own previous work into the document.

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Cardinal [Caffarra]: Pope’s letter is the reason for division among bishops

Cardinal [Caffarra]: Pope’s letter is the reason for division among bishops

[Hat-tip to Canon212: “Cd. Cafarra: Our dubia aren’t what’s dividing the Church. Francis’ Amoris Laetitia is!”]

Google translation of www.kath.net/news/58174

Rome (kath.net/KAP) 16 January 2017

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra has defended his call to Pope Francis to clear certain positions on the ehemale. The “splitting among the bishops” was not the result of the letter of Caffarra and three other cardinals to the pope, but the reason, said the archbishop of Bologna of the newspaper “Il Foglio” on the weekend. “Only a blind man can deny that the church is in great confusion,” Caffarra said literally.

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