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“Is the Vatican Slouching toward Wickedness?”

“Is the Vatican Slouching toward Wickedness?”

[It’s running with bated breath!]

en.news
9/22/17

In an article entitled “Is The Vatican Slouching toward Wickedness?” Judie Brown notices on the web page of the American Life League that “the situation in Vatican City continues to deteriorate”.

She points out that Chile’s pro-abortion president Michelle Bachelet will speak in the Vatican at a November conference organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Pro-abortion, pro-contraception, pro-homosex and pro-divorce dissenters like Anne-Marie Pelletier are appointed as members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. read more

“Magnum Principium” At Work. The Incredible “Credo” of Professor Melloni

“Magnum Principium” At Work. The Incredible “Credo” of Professor Melloni

[The first fruit of Magnum Principium?] 

Sandro Magister
9/22/17

A discussion has been prompted by the motu proprio “Magnum Principium” with which Pope Francis a few days ago redefined the responsibilities of the bishops and of the episcopal conferences in the translations of liturgical texts.

Meanwhile, however, there are those who are going rogue, without even being bishops. Like Professor Alberto Melloni, who on September 13 offered in grand style to the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew – on a visit to Bologna, to the foundation created by Giuseppe Dossetti and Giuseppe Alberigo, the captain of which today is Melloni – his own brand-new Italian translation of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan “Credo,” the one that is recited or sung at every Mass. read more

A Fraternal Invitation to Bishop McElroy and Father Martin

A Fraternal Invitation to Bishop McElroy and Father Martin

DEACON JIM RUSSELL
9/22/17

As a deacon, only once have I had the privilege of sitting around a table with one priest and one bishop, effectively forming a trio representing the three degrees of Holy Orders during a stimulating conversation about the Catholic faith.

I have such an exchange in mind as I write this essay—I see what follows as a possible opening monologue in what could be a beautiful, charitable, and game-changing “trialogue” with San Diego bishop Robert McElroy, Jesuit Fr. James Martin, and myself—bishop, priest, and deacon—focusing on Fr. Martin’s project to build a bridge between Church and “LGBT community” and moving past the escalation of emotion and incivility that has begun to surround that project. read more

The New Pro-Life Movement: Been There, Done That

The New Pro-Life Movement: Been There, Done That

PETER WOLFGANG
9/22/17

What would the pro-life movement be without its perennial infighting? From the absolutists vs. the incrementalists to the Seamless Garment vs. everyone else, it is a feature of our movement that just never goes away. The latest controversy over something mislabeled as “new” is evidence that there is nothing new about these internecine fights.

Rebecca Bratten Weiss recently lost her job as an English professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville after, she claimed, the school showed her evidence that she wasn’t “pro-life enough.” Bratten Weiss is one of the founders of the New Pro-
Life Movement (NPLM), a concept that bundles the traditional pro-life opposition to abortion and euthanasia together with several other causes usually associated with the left. read more

Loving Trump’s U.N. Speech

Loving Trump’s U.N. Speech

[Despite Vatican newspaper criticizes Trump’s UN speech]

Michael Reagan |Posted: Sep 22, 2017

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations on Tuesday was not just great, it was totally refreshing.

The president’s address to the U.N. General Assembly was so perfect it almost made me forget all the horrible speeches his predecessor gave to that corrupt, bloated and anti-American body.

For the first time in eight years the world saw an American president not spending half his time apologizing to the U.N. for our country’s past, present and future. read more

Pope Francis’ “Poor” Get Him Into Troubles

Pope Francis’ “Poor” Get Him Into Troubles

[Is His Holiness not heeding Our Lord’s words: “For the poor you have always with you: but me you have not always” (Matthew 26:11) and “Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40)?]

en.news
9/22/17

Some days ago, Vatican police ejected the homeless, who had established themselves underneath the Colonnades of Saint Peter with the explicit permission of Pope Francis, who provided them with showers, toilettes and even a special barbershop. read more

Hunger Strike in Dublin: “We’re discussing legalizing an offensive procedure [abortion]”  

Hunger Strike in Dublin: “We’re discussing legalizing an offensive procedure [abortion]

en.news

9/21/17

Tim Jackson, 28, is a self-employed marketing consultant and theology graduate of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He has done aid work in Syria, the Central African Republic and India. Tim ran as an Independent candidate in the Irish General Election in 2016. He is part of the White Flag Movement that started a petition calling the Abortion Committee of the Irish parliament to watch a video on abortion, before deciding to introduce the killing of unborn babies in Ireland. On September 18, Tim started a hunger strike in order to reinforce this demand. He spoke on September 21 to en.news. read more

Trump — American Gaullist

Trump — American Gaullist

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[Despite Vatican newspaper criticizes Trump’s UN speech]

Friday – September 22, 2017
By Patrick J. Buchanan

If a U.S. president calls an adversary “Rocket Man … on a mission to suicide,” and warns his nation may be “totally destroyed,” other ideas in his speech will tend to get lost.

Which is unfortunate. For buried in Donald Trump’s address is a clarion call to reject transnationalism and to re-embrace a world of sovereign nation-states that cherish their independence and unique identities. read more

Pope welcomes to Vatican the head of Muslim group tied to financing of jihad terror

Pope welcomes to Vatican the head of Muslim group tied to financing of jihad terror

“Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa…expressed the appreciation of the Muslim world for the pope’s ‘fair positions’ regarding ‘the false claims that link extremism and violence to Islam,’ as well as for his insistence that extremism is not distinctive of Islam but is found among followers of all religions.”

In other words, he thanked the Pope for dissembling about the motivating ideology of jihad terror, which his group has been accused of financing, and for defaming other religions in an effort to whitewash Islam. read more

A Gay Saint?

A Gay Saint[?]

[Is New Ways Ministry the unofficial postulator to promote Fr. Judge’s cause for canonization? They have been in contact with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which is gathering testimony regarding the priest. They also have supporters among the AmChurch hierarchy including “conservative” Archbishops Chaput and Cordileone, who each separately visited them for “dialog” and got them “front row” seats for a papal audience during their 2015 Rome “pilgrimage”] read more

Fr James Martin disputes Cafod statement on lecture cancellation

Fr James Martin disputes Cafod statement on lecture cancellation

Fr Martin said he cancelled his trip only after Cafod had decided to postpone the lecture

[Cancellation of another speaking engagement]

by Catholic Herald Staff Reporter
posted Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017

Fr James Martin has said that Cafod was “inaccurate” in its explanation of why they cancelled a lecture he was supposed to deliver.

Cafod, the overseas aid agency of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has said that they postponed a lecture by Fr James Martin partly because of concerns about scheduling. read more

Selective Relativism

Selective Relativism

From Gloria.TV News 9/21/17

Monsignor Pierangelo Sequeri, whom Pope Francis imposed as a new rector of the Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome, tried to justify the Institute’s reorientation. Writing on Avvenire in a florid and foggy language, he implied that Catholic doctrine basically represents a – quote – “ideal model of the family” which has little to do with what Sequeri believes to be the reality. Therefore he proposes to leave Catholic teaching aside and to adopt the marriage ideology which presently is spread by those in power. Sequeri will not dare to adopt such a relativist stance when it comes to child abuse, because the powerful will not allow him to do so. read more

Basra, Iraq, a statue of Our Lady removed to ‘avoid tensions between religious communities’ [i.e., the Muzzies]

Basra [Iraq], a statue of Our Lady removed to ‘avoid tensions between religious communities’ [i.e., the Muzzies]

[Dhimmitude without being asked, including a “solution” by the Archbishop: Hide Our Lady in a church, monastery or cemetery and instead erect an “ecumenical monument” (unknown as to what that would be, because Islam prohibits and destroys images and statues – aniconism and iconoclasm); maybe a replica of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem or the cubic Kabba in Mecca] read more

U.S. President Asks the UN, “Are We Still Patriots?”

U.S. President Asks the UN, “Are We Still Patriots?”

Trump Calls UN to Patriotism and Sovereignty

President Donald Trump likely shocked his UN audience [and the Vatican (see Vatican newspaper criticizes Trump’s UN speech)] by speaking plain truths about human rights and national sovereignty. He likely shocked UN bureaucrats more because it is they who are the least interested in national sovereignty.- Austin Ruse

By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. | September 21, 2017

NEW YORK, September 22 (C-Fam) President Trump’s first UN speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday caught world leaders off guard and challenged seemingly unassailable attitudes about international cooperation. read more

“Social Justice” Lecture Cancelled

“Social Justice” Lecture Cancelled

[Not Fr. Martin but a Boston College theology prof (not a Jesuit but a feminist); hat-tip to Church Militant Headlines: “‘Catholic’ University Cancels Pro-Gay Speaker After Church Militant Report: Madonna University says media misconstrued topic of lecture”]

Madonna University Center for Catholic Studies & Interfaith Dialogue
September 18, 2017

The presentation A New Vision for the Church: Pope Francis’ Agenda for Social Justice, by Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, scheduled for Sept. 20, has been cancelled, due to some messages in the media that misconstrued the content of Dr. Copeland’s lecture.
“We are sorry for this lost educational opportunity for Madonna students, and for the heavy blow it strikes to academic freedom and to Pope Francis’ vision for the Church,” said Sr. Nancy Marie Jamroz, C.S.S.F., director of Madonna University’s Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue. She went on to say that the faculty and staff at Madonna remain unwavering in their commitment to living out the University’s Franciscan Values of: respect for the dignity of all people, reverence for creation, peace and justice, and education for truth and service. read more