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Papal advisor retweets call for Church to shut down EWTN unless they fire Raymond Arroyo

Papal advisor retweets call for Church to shut down EWTN unless they fire Raymond Arroyo

February 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Papal confidante Father Antonio Spadaro retweeted a call for EWTN to be severely censured “until they get rid of Raymond Arroyo.”

The call for an “interdict” to be imposed on the Catholic media empire started by Mother Angelica came from Anthony Annett, Assistant to the Director at the International Monetary Fund’s Communications Department.

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An interdict is essentially one step short of excommunication. It bans a person or people from accessing most Church Sacraments. read more

Cardinal Müller Calls Cardinal Parolin a “Modernist”

Cardinal Müller Calls Cardinal Parolin a “Modernist”

[Background from Catholic World News for February 20, 2018 – AQ moderator Tom]

Cardinal Müller rejects idea of ‘paradigm shift’ in Catholic doctrine

Cardinal Gerhard Müller rejects the notion of a “paradigm shift” in Church teaching, in an essay for First Things.

In an unusual public disagreement among prominent cardinals, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith takes issue with the use of a term (“paradigm shift”) that was used by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, with reference to Amoris Laetitia. Cardinal Müller says that term “seems to be a relapse into a modernist and subjectivist way of interpreting the Catholic faith.” read more

Hungarian Prime Minister: ‘Christianity is Europe’s last hope’

Hungarian Prime Minister: ‘Christianity is Europe’s last hope’

Brussels

Hungary’s Orbán Calls for Patriotic Alliance to Save Europe, ‘We’ll Fight Together to Stop the Soros Plan’

[Image, caption and link from Breitbart News for more information – AQ moderator Tom]

BUDAPEST, Hungary, February 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Brushing aside any semblance of political correctness, Hungary’s Prime Minister said in his state of the nation speech on Sunday that, “Christianity is Europe’s last hope.”

Addressing his country and the world, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán warned that European nations which have encouraged migration have, “opened the way to the decline of Christian culture and the advance of Islam.” read more

Canadian Catholic Bishop: Discrimination Against Pro-Life People is Turning Christians Into “Second Class Citizens”

Catholic Bishop: Discrimination Against Pro-Life People is Turning Christians Into “Second Class Citizens”

MICAIAH BILGER   FEB 19, 2018   |   LIFENEWS.COM    OTTAWA, CANADA

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“Sacrilege”: Archbishop of Montreal gives Communion to pro-abortion Justin Trudeau; His Excellency calls it “a gesture of hope”

[Image, caption and link added from LifeSiteNews for “contrast” – AQ moderator Tom]   Canadian leaders are creating “second-class citizens” by chipping away at religious freedom, Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine said recently.

Lépine spoke with Crux about two recent moves by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government that restrict religious freedom. One involves the Canadian Summer Jobs program, which provides grants for summer jobs for students. Last year, the Trudeau administration decided to force groups to say they support abortion if they want to receive the grants.

Such requirements treat pro-life Christians and other religious people as “second-class citizens,” Lépine said. read more

Presumption: The ‘I Am a Good Person’ Sin

Presumption: The ‘I Am a Good Person’ Sin

 Feb 19, 2018  

The Way We Were

Presumption is a sin that has become increasingly more common over the past fifty years. Before Vatican II, Catholics were taught to have a healthy fear of God and being judged by Him. Whether we were doing well or poorly was determined by the state of our souls. If you had committed a mortal sin and had not sought Our Lord’s forgiveness, then you could be sent to Hell. Those who died with a venial sin on their soul would be sent to Purgatory. A small number of saints, whose souls were free from all sins, went straight to Heaven. Although we knew that God was all-merciful, we understood that He was all-just as well. This meant that when we stood before Him to be judged, we would receive exactly what we deserved. This, in turn, would be determined by how well we lived our lives as He intended. His standards, not our standards, are what would prevail. read more

The Modern Quest for Enchantment

The Modern Quest for Enchantment

 Dec 22, 2017  

Christmas is at last upon us. I say at last because even the most devout of Catholics, however keen on keeping Advent strictly they may be, are doubtless aware of the Yuletide decorations up in stores since mid-September. Of course at that time they shared the stage with those for Halloween, creating a strange Tim Burtonesque feel. Nevertheless, it is a strange phenomenon that the retail decorations for those two holidays seem to go up earlier each year; I am old enough to remember when the Christmas retail season began at Thanksgiving (often signalled by the arrival of Santa Claus at the end of parades commemorating that day), and that of Halloween commenced in mid-October. One might be tempted to think it was all a matter of store owners simply trying to cash in. But while that may be a part of it (and is certainly responsible for the creation of that grotesquerie called “Black Friday”), I truly do not think that that is all of it. For one thing, Christmas is also creeping forward. Again, zealous Advent-observers tend to try to keep Christmas going until the Epiphany — and perhaps even a shred of its spirit until Candlemas. But storekeepers put out the Valentine’s Day hearts the day after New Year’s. Nevertheless, more and more house Christmas lights are staying up until the Epiphany and beyond. No, I believe that — in, with, and under retailer’s greed — there is simply a widespread desire to make what has become a single season of celebration last as long as possible. In a nutshell, against an outside world that becomes ever crazier in Church and State — even among those who intellectually support one or another aspect of that craziness — there is an unconscious desire for something. I believe that desire to be for nothing less than enchantment. read more

Cardinal Marx Lies to the Face of the World, “I Never Called For Gay Blessings”

Cardinal Marx Lies to the Face of the World, “I Never Called For Gay Blessings”

How Good A Liar Are You?  
en.news – 2/20/18 During a press conference (February 19) before the start of the ongoing meeting of the German Bishops in Ingolstadt, Cardinal Marx of Munich astonished the world by claiming that “I have not at all spoken about a public blessing of homosexual couples”, although he added immediately, “But the topic is here.”

Playing on words Marx said that, when talking on February 3 to the Bayerischer Rundfunk, he had not asked for a “Segnung” (blessing), but for a “Zuspruch”, a German word that, especially among liberals, is used as a synonym for “blessing”.

However, when the Bayerischer Rundfunk originally published the interview under the title “Blessing of gay couples is possible”, Marx did not protest. The German Bishops’ webpage katholisch.de wrote on February 3, “Marx considers gay-couples’ blessing as possible”. Again, Marx kept mum. read more

Disgraced cardinal cancels appearance representing FrankenPope after locals vow to protest

 Disgraced cardinal cancels appearance representing FrankenPope after locals vow to protest

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, February 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis appointed disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass. But after uproar, the diocese removed the announcement of Mahony’s visit from their website and told LifeSiteNews the cardinal informed them “late last week” that he’ll be unable to attend.

On January 13, the Diocese of Scranton issued a press release saying, “Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, as his special envoy at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the erection of the Diocese of Scranton, to be observed with a Pontifical Mass on March 4 in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton.” read more

A Departure from Tradition: On Religious Liberty and the Second Vatican Council

A Departure from Tradition: On Religious Liberty and the Second Vatican Council

[Some would say: The only worthwhile words from Dignitatis Humanae are the following from no. 1; the rest is dross! – AQ moderator Tom]
[T]raditional Catholic doctrine on the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and toward the one Church of Christ:
[T]he Council professes its belief that God Himself has made known to mankind the way in which men are to serve Him, and thus be saved in Christ and come to blessedness. We believe that this one true religion subsists in the Catholic and Apostolic Church, to which the Lord Jesus committed the duty of spreading it abroad among all men. Thus He spoke to the Apostles: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have enjoined upon you” (Matt. 28: 19-20). On their part, all men are bound to seek the truth, especially in what concerns God and His Church, and to embrace the truth they come to know, and to hold fast to it.
Jean Delacroix – February 19, 2018

On December 7, 1965, Pope Paul VI promulgated the declaration Dignitatis Humanae, which chiefly proclaimed that an individual has the right to religious freedom [1]. The Council Fathers declared that the right to religious liberty proceeds from the very dignity of the human person, and that said right should become a civil right acknowledged by governing bodies [2]. Throughout the document, the Fathers discussed the ramifications of this“right” at the individual, communal, and societal levels. read more

Setting the Stage: Cardinal Marx on ‘Commission’ to Prepare ‘Discussion’ of Blessing Homosexual Couples

Setting the Stage: Cardinal Marx on ‘Commission’ to Prepare ‘Discussion’ of Blessing Homosexual Couples

[Another “internal commission” to further “the Church turned upside down”! – AQ moderator Tom] Maike Hickson – February 19, 2018

Cardinal Reinhard Marx – who received much criticism for his recent remarks on the possibility of blessing homosexual couples in individual cases – has deflected that topic for now, but he says an episcopal commission has been set up in Germany to consider it.

Today, the German bishops are starting their four-day-long Spring Assembly, which takes place this year in Ingolstadt. As the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitungreports, Cardinal Marx – the president of the German Bishops’ Conference and a member of the pope’s Council of Nine Cardinals – has today made some comments on the topic of the blessing of homosexual couples. read more

You are now entering the Bergoglian Age: please remove sunglasses

You are now entering the Bergoglian Age: please remove sunglasses

FEB 19, 2018

A short time ago, an old conservative friend of mine from Canada wailed to me in a Facebook message, “You don’t really think we’re looking at 50 more years of this?” I had to tell him that I saw no reason not to think so, and that it was time to start facing up to certain realities. I told him to consider that we have been put into this situation after nearly 40 years of “conservative” popes, as the term is now understood. This is not the doing of one man, or even one group of highly successful conspirators. This is the wasteland of the Real, and it has been in the making for a long, long time. read more

The “incomplete” and “empty” Bergoglian Christ

The “incomplete” and “empty” Bergoglian Christ

 Louie  February 19, 2018

Lenten retreat 2017Meet the man who has been chosen to deliver the Lenten spiritual exercises to Francis and members of the Roman Curia this year.

Fr. Tolentino MendonçaHis name is José Tolentino Mendonça, a “poet” who, although not a Jesuit, is a priest who apparently prefers business attire to clerical garb.

That, however, probably isn’t the reason he was selected to preach this year; rather, it is more likely that he was chosen in light of his Bergoglian Christology.

According to Vatican News:

Fr Tolentino says, Jesus comes to us in his own incompleteness, in his own emptiness. read more

FrankenPope has got a little list

Monday, 19 February 2018

FrankenPope has got a little list

It was time that someone set the Pope Francis book of insults to music, and it will now form part of Gilbert and Sullivan‘s latest opera, The Dictator, subtitled The Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

[Until Laurence England makes his recording, here’s a Gilbert and Sullivan karaoke to which you can sing the words – AQ moderator Tom]

Pope singing a song

Take it away, Holy Father!

As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,
I've got a little list – I've got a little list
Of the Catholics that we are trying to drive underground,
And who never would be missed – who never would be missed!

There's the creed-reciting parrot-Christians meaning what they say –
The fomenter of coprophagia - he has had his day –
The self-absorbed Promethean neo-Pelagian -
And airport bishops, who are quite authoritarian,
Museum mummies, and of course the fundamentalist –
They'd none of 'em be missed – they'd none of 'em be missed!

CHORUS (Spadaro, Martin and Rosica): 
He’s got 'em on the list – he’s got 'em on the list;
And they'll none of 'em be missed – they'll none of 'em be missed.

Pope and Spadaro read more

(sodomite?) problem of the Church

(sodomite?) problem of the Church

[Where was the Pope Emeritus?  Maybe too ill to make this performance, but during his pontificate he had a similar group spelling out his name with their contortions! – AQ moderator Tom] Image result for pope benedict male acrobats HerzMariae via Gloria.TV – 2/19/18 On February 7, 2018, Pope Francis and Archbishop Georg Gänswein admired the contortions of a male Acrobat. (General Audience in Vatican Hall)