Category Archives: General

General discussion and articles that don’t fit into any other category.

Vatican diplomat’s statement on ‘safe, orderly, and regular migration’ but with no penalties for illegals

Vatican diplomat’s statement on ‘safe, orderly, and regular migration’ [but with no penalties for illegals]

Catholic World News – October 23, 2017

“Indubitably, every state has the sovereign right and responsibility to regulate the movement of people and should do so with a clear system of migration laws,” Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic said at a UN meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Nonetheless, “states should avoid the criminalization of irregular migrants”.

Source: Overly strict immigration laws do not discourage migration, Vatican official says (Catholic News Service) read more

Our new ‘catholic Cultural Revolution’s Red Guard. Their cadres and their tactics.

Our new ‘catholic Cultural Revolution’s Red Guard. Their cadres and their tactics.

Posted on  by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

1968 – “The 3 July and 24 July proclamations are Chairman Mao’s great strategic plans! Unite with forces that can be united with to strike surely, accurately and relentlessly at the handful of class enemies.”

During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Mao and other leaders signaled to the masses, such as gangs of students, whom they should target for attack and public abuse.  Quickly the mobs, led by party cadres, began to conduct purges of “enemies of the people”.  In those dark days even the slightest suggestion that you were a counter-revolutionary, a foreign agent, an intellectual or a capitalist roader (e.g., anyone whom you don’t like), could result in your being condemned in a public mob trial, physically abused and humiliated, exiled to hard labor, or thrown out of a high window.  Children learned to tattle on parents and neighbors and turn them in to the Red Guards for “struggle sessions”.   Forgetting or misquoting a slogan from the Little Red Book, could instantly result in your dwelling being trashed, your head shaved, a sign strung around your neck as for hours you performed kowtow to the People begging their forgiveness. read more

Leading Russian Orthodox official: Europe without Christ is ‘destined to annihilation’

Leading Russian Orthodox official: Europe without Christ is ‘destined to annihilation’

Catholic World News – 10/23/17

“I think the immigration policy of most countries of the EU is very shortsighted and in the long run it may bring disastrous results for European identity,” Metropolitan Hilarion said in an interview. “I also believe Europe, which denies its own Christian identity and Christian roots, will be destined to annihilation.”

Source: Metropolitan Hilarion: Europe Must Defend Christian Roots (National Catholic Register) read more

Chinese Communist official: Pope must not interfere in internal affairs

Chinese Communist official: Pope must not interfere in internal affairs

Catholic World News – 10/23/17

Wang Zuoan, the Chinese government’s director of religious affairs, said that although Pope Francis has been friendly, the Vatican must agree to sever ties with Taiwan and recognize Beijing’s control over internal Chinese affairs—including the affairs of the Catholic Church in China.

Emperor Honored in Nation’s Capital: Coordinator Meets Pope (Grants Remnant Interview)

Emperor Honored in Nation’s Capital: Coordinator Meets Pope (Grants Remnant Interview)

Written by Olivia Rao
10/23/17

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The annual pontifical mass in honor of the Emperor Blessed Karl of Austria took place yesterday (October 21, 2017) at Mary Mother of God Church in Washington, D.C. The event, organized by the United States branch of the Blessed Karl League of Prayer, received a large turnout of around 500 people, among whom, most importantly, were His Highness Prince Dimitri Galitzine, great-grandson of Blessed Karl, and his wife, Her Highness Princess Alexandra Galitzine. The pontifical mass was celebrated by his Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Astana, Kazakhstan, with Reverend D.B. Thomas as Assistant Priest, Reverend Luke Melcher as deacon, and Reverend Garrett O’Brien as subdeacon. read more

The Politics of the Reformation: Movement Was as Much About Power as Religion

The Politics of the Reformation: Movement Was as Much About Power as Religion

The Reformation was as much a political revolt as it was ever a theological movement.

Matthew E. Bunson
10/23/17

In 1517, the Christian Church was still the very heart of Western life, and the vast majority of people were devoutly religious and loyal to the Church and her traditions, even if they were aware of the serious shortcomings of their leaders. Yet, within a few short years, these same Christians were burning monasteries, reviling the pope and destroying statues, shrines and relics. What brought about this astounding transformation? read more

Venezuela’s Catholic bishops deplore pro-government bias in elections

Venezuela’s Catholic bishops deplore pro-government bias in elections

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[“Democracy in action” a la one of Pope Francis’ favorite Latin American presidents]

Ecumenical News Reporter | Sunday, October 22 2017

Venezuela’s Catholic bishops have criticized bias by the country’s National Electoral Council in favor of the government of President Nicolas Maduro during last week’s regional elections.

Maduro’s regime took 18 out of 23 disputed governorships, but faced allegations of fraud from the opposition, which won five states, an increase of two. read more

Sodomites and Feminists Try To Burn Down Cathedral

Sodomites and Feminists Try To Burn Down Cathedral

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Gloria.TV News
10/23/17

Participants at an annual Feminist march in Resistencia, Argentina, aggressed the local cathedral throwing paint against its façade and trying to burn it down with Molotov cocktails. The feminists have the protection of the media as well as of the leftwing and LGBT lobby. The attack went on for hours until the police finally took action.

Vatican Refuses Mason Appointed as Ambassador from Lebanon

Vatican Refuses Mason Appointed as Ambassador from Lebanon

[The Vatican also refuses sodomites as ambassadors (France unsuccessfully tried to foist one in 2016) but apparently accepts those involved in divorce or adultery, the latest example of the latter being Callistra Gingrich, who (while singing in the DC National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception choir) had a six-year affair with Newt (then in his second marriage) and finally decided to “tie the knot” with him in 2000 after he divorced his second wife)] read more

Pope Francis “Loses” Argentinean Elections

Pope Francis “Loses” Argentinean Elections

en.news
10/23/17

Center-right Argentinean president Mauricio Macri who received from Pope Francis in February 2016 a frosty welcome in the Vatican, won the midterm parliamentary elections on Sunday. Former leftwing Peronist President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, favoured by Francis but involved in a corruption affair, lost against Macri’s candidate in Buenos Aires by four percentage points. During the election campaign Kirchner had claimed that Macri’s policies would “hurt the poor”. In Buenos Aires Macri’s coalition received more than half of the vote. read more

Cardinal Müller Criticizes Vatican Spy System

Cardinal Müller Criticizes Vatican Spy System

en.news
10/23/17

Cardinal Gerhard Müller sharply criticised those who “inform” Pope Francis about the activities of the Vatican congregations behind the backs of the prefects who are responsible for them.

Speaking at the Fondazione Iniziativa Subalpina in Stresa, Italy (October 20) Müller revealed that this happened while he was the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “I must say in public that this is not okay.” Müller revealed that he and some of his collaborators became victims of “anonymous accusations without merit”. read more

Not all is OK in Oklahoma

Not all is OK in Oklahoma

[The new bishop’s undoing brick-by-brick of what the previous bishop did brick-by-brick – also happening in other dioceses and in the universal Church by the new “Bishop of Rome” – as he prefers to style himself]

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Posted by Vox Cantoris at Sunday, October 22, 2017

Since the retirement of Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa and his replacement with David Konderla, there has been some controversy. First, there was the departure of exorcist Father Chad Rippenger and then that of the removal of a fledgling group of nuns, the Daughter of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope. read more

What Does Pope Francis’ Letter To Card. Sarah Really Say?

What Does Pope Francis’ Letter To Card. Sarah Really Say?

[Fr. Z’s counter-spin to the liberals’ spin? Or as Vox Cantoris puts it: Has Francis dressed down Cardinal Sarah over issue of translations of the liturgy? Father Zuhsdorf has his take on it; particularly on the scumbags known as Massimo Faggioli, James Martin and Robert Mickens. Posted on  by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

By now you have seen coverage of a letter that his Holiness of Our Lord Pope Francis sent to an Italian site, La Nuova Bussola, for publication. [HERE]  Inter alia, it explains something about the meaning of Magnum principium, Pope Francis’ change to law to expand the role of episcopal conferences in the preparation of liturgical translations.   [HERE]

The catholic Left has whipped itself into a spittle-flecked nutty over this new letter from Pope Francis and they are practically baying for Card. Sarah’s blood. read more

Prayer Request

I have just been informed that a dear friend, George M., from my old home town faces brain surgery on Tuesday, October 24, to remove a tumor. He also has a tumor on one kidney.

A classicist, George is a sterling example of Catholic scholarship, charity and piety.

My thanks in advance for your prayers.

Patrick

Further debate on “ecumenical” religious education

Further debate on “ecumenical” religious education

Google translation of Weiter Debatte um “ökumenischen” Religionsunterricht

 [Hat-tip to Pewsitter: “The Next Frontier in the Deconstruction of the Church: ‘Ecumenical’ religious instruction”]

Less and fewer students are Catholic or Protestant. This is why NRW [the German land (state) of North Rhineland Westphalia] will soon offer joint religious education for both confessions. But there is criticism from the Catholic side. read more