Category Archives: General

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

Vatican not-so-pro-life academy head continues defending pro-abortion member in new interview

Vatican not-so-pro-life academy head continues defending pro-abortion member in new interview

[The Lady Cardinal doth protest too much, methinks]

Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent

June 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has said more about the new orientation of the profoundly restructured Pontifical Academy for Life in a lengthy interview with the French weekly, La Vie, scoffing at fears that the Academy willed by Pope Saint John Paul II would cease defending life “from the first moment of conception through to the last breath of life.” read more

“Catholic” hospital agrees to ‘direct cooperation’ with euthanasia

“Catholic” hospital agrees to ‘direct cooperation’ with euthanasia

[Coming soon to a “Catholic” hospital near you?]

Lianne Laurence

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — St. Boniface Hospital is under fire from the media and euthanasia advocates for reversing a short-lived policy allowing euthanasia onsite in “rare” circumstances.

But the Catholic hospital has also reportedly lifted a previous ban on onsite assessments for euthanasia, which, if so, is “unacceptable,” said Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. read more

Jim Gaffigan and Catholic Celebrity Canonizations

Jim Gaffigan and Catholic Celebrity Canonizations

[A neo-Catholic idol turns to clay]

Eric Sammons
June 26, 2017

We all remember high school and its cliques: the jocks, the nerds, the stoners, etc…and of course the mass of kids who just hope to survive without any embarrassing moments on their permanent record. One thing was certain: you were either a cool kid, or you wanted to be one. If you were a cool kid, you did everything in your power to remain in that position, and if you weren’t, you did everything you could to be accepted by the cool kids. read more

China: Why the Agreement With Rome Is Slow In Coming

China: Why the Agreement With Rome Is Slow In Coming; With a Postscript

Sandro Magister
6/26/17

Last summer, an agreement between the Vatican and China had been given as imminent. But not any more. Instead of the two sides issuing shared rules on the appointment of new bishops, news is coming from Beijing news of bishops who have been incarcerated and disappeared.

Halfway through Lent, Mindong bishop Vincent Guo Xijin, recognized by Rome but not by the Chinese authorities, was arrested and taken to a secret location for the crime of not wanting to enroll in and submit to the paragovernmental Patriotic Association. “So that he may study and learn,” police representatives said about him. read more

Incredible: A Modern Bishop Speaks His Mind

Incredible: A Modern Bishop Speaks His Mind

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Gloria.TV News 
6/26/17

In an article for the Rhode Island Catholic, Bishop Thomas Tobin (69) of Providence called the negative reaction to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord an “hysterical event”. Tobin does not dispute the need to control global warming, but “whether or not the Paris agreement is the best or only means of achieving that goal is a legitimate debate.” He quotes Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, “The Church knows that honest debate must be encouraged among experts, while respecting divergent views.” read more

Jesuit Encourages Friends To Celebrate Sin

Jesuit Encourages Friends To Celebrate Sin

[The alleged Russian mystic Rasputin, who counseled the Tsarina just before the Revolution, said something similar: “Sin and sin greatly,” but then added: “Then you can truly repent,” of which Fr. Martin has no concept or sees no need]

en.news
6/26/17

Last weekend Jesuit Father James Martin, an American homosexual(ist) and councillor for the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, wished his “LGBT friends” on Twitter, “Have a fun at Pride 2017”. read more

POTUS Just Put the Bomp Back in the Bomp She Bomp She Bomp

www.sfgate.com/news/article/Trump-just-ended-a-long-tradition-of-celebrating-11244746.php
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[Hey, despite all else, at least our Fearless Leader (no, the other one, not Serv) slammed the ram in the ramalamadingdong “tradition” even Dubya went all in to celebrate.]
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In the early days of December 1805, a handful of prominent politicians received formal invitations to join President Thomas Jefferson for a White House dinner.
Such entreaties were not uncommon: Jefferson frequently hosted lawmakers for political working dinners at the White House, almost always commencing them about 3:30 in the afternoon, shortly after the House or Senate had adjourned for the day.
But this gathering, scheduled for Dec. 9, would be slightly different.
“dinner will be on the table precisely at sun-set – ” the invitations read. “The favour of an answer is asked.”
The occasion was the presence of a Tunisian envoy to the United States, Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, who had arrived in the country just the week before, in the midst of America’s ongoing conflict with what were then known as the Barbary States. read more

“Catholic” School Introduces Gender Neutral Uniforms

“Catholic” School Introduces Gender Neutral Uniforms

[Not unisex but leaving the choice of “skirts, pinafores, shorts or trousers” to each student regardless of gender; hat-tip to Canon212: “UK FrancisDiocese letting schoolboys wear skirts” and not just the laddies from the Scottish Highlands]

Tancred
6/24/17

Edit: this is from the blog “Listening in the Desert”, where the allegedly Catholic Diocesan school in the United Kingdom has introduced a gender-neutral uniform. read more

Ramadan Rage 2017: Deaths Reach 1,627, Marking One of the Bloodiest Islamic Holy Months in Recent Memory

[R.O.P. outreach keeps growing. How’s Rome’s ecumenical dialogue coming along?]

www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/06/07/ramadan-rage-2017-complete-list-jihadist-attacks-around-world/
by Edwin Mora, 25 Jun 2017

Islamic extremists killed more than 1,620 people during this year’s holiest month for Muslims, marking one of the deadliest Ramadans in modern history, reveals a Breitbart News tally.

The large majority of Ramadan violence victims are Muslims.

At the end of Ramadan on Saturday, the total number of casualties across the world for the entire holy month had reached 3,451 (1,627 murders and 1,824 injuries), more than tripling the 1,150 (421 deaths and 729 injuries) that took place in 2016, considered the deadliest holy month in recent memory. read more

Indonesia: For Eid, Catholics change Mass timetable to leave carparks free for Muslim “brothers”

Indonesia: For Eid, Catholics change Mass timetable to leave carparks free for Muslim “brothers”

JUNE 24, 2017 BY ROBERT SPENCER

This is a beautiful gesture, but if it is intended to show good will and build good relationships with the local Muslims, it will not work. Islamic supremacists see gestures of good will as signs of weakness, and they only make them regard the giver with contempt. Nor will this gesture be reciprocated; we see Christians all over the world making good will gestures to Muslims, but we never see them returned in kind. read more

No-longer pro-life “Catholic” Pennsylvania Democrat Senator Bob Casey, Jr.

No-longer pro-life “Catholic” Pennsylvania Democrat Senator Bob Casey, Jr.

No longer a chip off the old block but now in Planned Parenthood’s pocket

From LifeNews:

JUN 9, 2017 “Pro-Life” Democrat Bob Casey Makes the Crazy Claim “Planned Parenthood Reduces Abortions”

MICAIAH BILGER

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania has been going out of his way lately to support the abortion chain Planned Parenthood.

Like his father, pro-life Democrat Bob Casey Sr., a former Pennsylvania governor whose administration fought against Planned Parenthood at the U.S. Supreme Court, Casey Jr. claims to be pro-life. However, the U.S. Senator has fallen far short of his father’s strong pro-life legacy. read more

US Senate health-care bill is ‘unacceptable,’ says bishops’ spokesman

US Senate health-care bill is ‘unacceptable,’ says bishops’ spokesman

[Obamacare with or without(!?) the Obamabortion-mandate is preferable to any Trump or Republican overhaul]

Catholic World News – June 23, 2017

Bishop Frank Dewane, who chairs the US bishops domestic-policy committee, has described a health-care reform proposal in the US Senate as “unacceptable as written.”

Bishop Dewane criticized that the bill’s cap on Medicaid funding, saying that the result would “provide even less to those in need than the House bill.” He added that the bills should “improve real access for immigrants in health care policy.” As it stands, he said, the legislation would “cause disturbing damage to human beings served by the social safety net.” read more

A MAJOR SSPX CLARIFICATION: Towards a Doctrinal Agreement?

A MAJOR SSPX CLARIFICATION: Towards a Doctrinal Agreement?

Written by Father Jean-Michel Gleize
6/22/17

“You do not enter into a structure, and under superiors, saying that you are going to shake everything up once you are on the inside, whereas they have everything in hand to stamp us out ! They have all the authority.” – Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

SUMMARY from en.news:

Division: SSPX’s French District Argues Against Agreement

Father Jean-Michael Gleize of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) has published in the monthly newsletter “Courrier de Rome” and on the website of the French SSPX “La Porte Latine” an article against an agreement of the SSPX with the Vatican. Gleize teaches theology in the seminary of the Society in Ecône, Switzerland. He was one of the four SSPX theologians, who participated in the dogmatic discussions with the Vatican between 2009 and 2011. read more

And the Problem Is…

“The (Dubia) Cardinals begin their letter to the Pope by renewing their “absolute dedication and our unconditional love for the Chair of Peter and for Your august person, in whom we recognize the Successor of Peter and the Vicar of Jesus: the ‘sweet Christ on earth.’”

You see, my friends that this treatment of Jorge Bergoglio has accomplished nothing. So, where do they go from here?

Now I know that his manner of closing is customary in correspondence with the Papacy and I do not criticize its intent in that regard. But I wonder what it accomplishes, if anything, but to embolden His Humbleness to make even more dramatic and dangerous moves towards Modernism and away from Absolute Truth. To compare Jorge Bergoglio with “Jesus: the sweet Christ on earth” is tantamount IMO of utter blasphemy. Would it not be better to close their request with a simple: “We await your response for the hour is late and the clock is ticking.” read more

Hispanic Criminal Gangs Proliferated Under Obama

Hispanic Criminal Gangs Proliferated Under Obama

June 24, 2017
By CHRISTOPHER MANION

For many years our bishops have advocated amnesty and opposed efforts like those of President Trump to protect Americans from criminal illegal aliens. So it is no surprise that an FBI agent recently informed Washington, D.C., news radio WTOP that, “We have seen a resurgence of MS-13 in the past four or five years.” A Fairfax County gang task force leader who has tracked MS-13 for more than 15 years says the gang, one of the most lethal in all the Americas, is “much more violent” than ever.
Hispanic youth are easy pickings for gang recruiters. Seventy-eight percent of public-school students in Fairfax County, Va., a populous suburb of Washington, come from immigrant households. One local sheriff reports that schools have children from over 60 countries speaking over 35 languages — “and every language has at least one street gang.”
Because the bishops have endorsed amnesty and illegal immigration for years, they find it hard to encourage immigrants to follow the law, even the Ten Commandments, with the same vigor. Moreover, it is the rare bishop (Jaime Soto of Sacramento is an example) that will address the disastrous family situations caused by the bishops’ support of burgeoning illegal immigration.
Most illegals cross the border alone, each having paid criminal “Coyotes” from the drug cartels thousands of dollars to get here. That’s their first contact with American gangs. They know they’re lethal. So do Hispanic children, who are bullied, threatened, and recruited on the most dangerous place they go each day — the yellow school bus, ruled by gangs.
Instead of ministering with the Ten Commandments — “Thou Shalt Not Steal” (Social Security Numbers) or “Bear False Witness” (lie on welfare applications) — dioceses throughout the country offer illegals access to free advice on how to dodge immigration officers. When it comes to their marital status and their legal status, the Church is “nonjudgmental” — even as bishops routinely lambaste U.S. citizens who oppose amnesty as bigots, Nativists, racists, and xenophobes.
Meanwhile, there is no indication from the USCCB that our bishops will begin to cooperate with immigration officials to protect Americans, prosecute criminals, and preserve the rule of law. read more