Category Archives: General

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

Ivory Coast Bishops: Freemasonry is a No Go and Their Concept of God “an Empty Container”

Ivory Coast [Bishops]: Freemasonry is a No Go [and Their of God “an Empty Container”]

en.news
5/24/17

The bishops of Ivory Coast have vowed to eliminate freemasons from within the Church. In a recent statement they call Freemasonry a “secret society”, their concept of God “an empty container”, and their principles irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church, pointing out that relativism is the backbone of the masonic principles.

The bishops call on those Catholics who have joined Freemasonry to return to the Church according to the example of the prodigal son. In January 2018 they will publish a pastoral letter about this subject.

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MEDIA SPIN TRUMP-POPE MEETING

MEDIA SPIN TRUMP-POPE MEETING

Catholic League
5/24/17

Bill Donohue comments on how the media are spinning the meeting between President Trump and Pope Francis:

The first news report I heard this morning on the meeting between the president and the pope was on radio: WCBS said reporters were taking note of the fact that President Trump smiled but Pope Francis did not. That must mean something, of course. But it does not—it means nothing. As even the New York Times and the Washington Post acknowledged, the two were beaming when they shook hands. So what?

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Why The Correction Should Happen

Why The Correction Should Happen

MAY 24, 2017
Posted by Mundabor

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Giant, not dwarf

I read around other blogs comments which ask what would be the use of the correction, seen that Francis will not change his mind or his policy afterwards.

This is tantamount to asking what good it was to condemn Luther’s heresies, seen that Luther did not change his mind or policy afterwards.

Truth must be defended irrespective of immediate consequences. It must be defended to encourage the faithful of this generation, and to serve as a witness to faithful of all generations to come.

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More on the Ridiculous “Ruini” Report

More on the Ridiculous “Ruini” Report

by Christopher A. Ferrara
May 23, 2017

An article in the Catholic Herald reveals further depths of absurdity in the Ruini Commission’s and the Vatican’s approach to the pseudo-apparitions at Medjugorje. The Herald, citing Fr. Salvatore Perrella, president of the Pontifical Institute Marianum and a member of the Commission, confirms that, laughably enough, the Commission “opted to distinguish between what occurred in the first 10 days and what has occurred in the following three decades.”

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Will Cardinal Rivera and Cardinal Vallini Be Replaced? Personnel Decisions for Mexico and Rome

Will Cardinal Rivera and Cardinal Vallini Be Replaced? Personnel Decisions for Mexico and Rome

By Andrew Parrish
5/23/2017

(katolisches.info – ROME/MEXICO CITY) – Katolisches.info reports on rumors that Cardinal Rivera Carrera of Mexico City and Cardinal Vicar Agostino Vallini of Rome will shortly be replaced by the Pope with new cardinals more favorable to the Holy Father’s agenda. This continues the widely-acknowledged process of replacing “conservative” cardinals with “progressive” ones, in the hopes of influencing future Papal elections to cement Pope Francis’ remodeling of the Church’s direction.

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Cathedral Burned Down By Terrorists

Breaking: Cathedral Burned Down By Terrorists

[PinoyChurch bishops’ conference prez-bishop appeals to their “ecumenical instincts” to go against their “religious instincts” of jihad against infidels]

en.news
5/24/17

A group inspired by the so-called Islamic State torched today the Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians in Marawi City, southern Philippines, according to local media. Before, they abducted the local vicar general Father Teresito Suganob, church staff and churchgoers. Today is the feast of the patron saint of the Church.

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Vatican Heavily Attacks Trump

Vatican Heavily Attacks Trump

en.news
5/23/17

The Italian website “ilsismografo.blogspot.com“, an unofficial mouthpiece of the Vatican, has heavily attacked U.S. President Donald Trump in the wake of his visit with Pope Francis.

For Il Sismografo it is “evident that Trump says everything and the opposite of everything.” It adds that Vatican diplomacy considers him as “not particularly reliable”.

The attack ends with a question, “Is Trump really a player capable of playing in a unique, transparent and linear way and, above all, in a way that is docile to soft power? To date, Trump has demonstrated the opposite in every moment of his public life.”

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Pope Francis Got His Candidate of Choice

Pope Francis Got His Candidate of Choice

en.news
5/24/17

Yesterday Perugia Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti came in first in the vote of the Italian Bishops that proposed a new president of the Bishops’ Conference to Pope Francis. Today, Pope Francis named him who was his candidate of choice. Bassetti is a weak figure, who is beyond the retirement age of 75.

His nomination will not challenge the true strongman of the Conference, Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, whom Pope Francis imposed in December 2013 as the Secretary-General of the Conference making clear that through this move he wanted to sideline the then president, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco whom he de facto deemed too Catholic.

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PHILIPPINES SUSPENDS CAR ROSARY BAN

Philippines Suspends Car Rosary Ban

Law banned Rosaries and holy statues on car dashboards

by Trey Elmore • ChurchMilitant • May 23, 2017

MANILA – A new law in the Philippines that bans Rosaries hanging in cars took effect on May 18, and only four days later has been suspended, following backlash. Known as RA 10913, the rationale of the Rosary ban is an alleged safety concern by the government, which claims that items such as hanging Rosaries obstruct the view of drivers. Lawmakers are now planning on disseminating information related to the law before its full implementation.

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Melania and Ivanka Trump Covered their Hair in the Vatican – Unlike in Saudi Arabia

Melania and Ivanka Trump Covered their Hair in the Vatican – Unlike in Saudi Arabia

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“Melania and Ivanka kept with tradition and wore [the customary black] veils [and dresses] to meet the Pope. The veil, or mantilla, is traditionally worn by women as a sign of respect when meeting the Pope.” – The Guardian

en.news
5/24/17

On Wednesday morning President Donald Trump and his common-law wife Melania [with his daughter Ivanka] arrived at the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis. The first lady [and daughter] were wearing black mantillas, a lace head scarf.

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LGBTQ Archdiocese of San Francisco: “How God Made Them to Be.”

LGBTQ Archdiocese of San Francisco: “How God Made Them to Be.”

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[Hat-tip to California Catholic Daily]

By Joseph Sciambra

On May 20, 2017, I attended a Catholic workshop entitled: LGBTQ Gifts for the Institution Church. The “facilitator” for the workshop was Brian Bromberger, a Deacon of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The event took place in conjunction with the Jesuit-run St. Agnes Parish at their Ignatian Life Center. During the workshop Bromberger said:

“This is who God made us to be.”

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An AmChurch “no” to Trump’s budget but a CalChurch “si” to Brown’s

[An AmChurch “no” to Trump’s budget but a CalChurch “si” to Brown’s]

With a photo-op of Communion for the Guv from a CalChurch bishop to go along with those of AmChurch for Sen. Kerry and CanuckChurch for PM Trudeau

6 prelates weigh in on Trump budget, find defense spending increase ‘profoundly troubling’

Catholic World News – May 23, 2017

Six bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a joint letter on President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.
“Our Conference has long supported the goal of reducing future unsustainable deficits that would harm all citizens, especially those who are poor,” the prelates said.
At the same time, “sharp increases in defense and immigration enforcement spending, coupled with simultaneous and severe reductions to non-defense discretionary spending, particularly to many domestic and international programs that assist the most vulnerable, would be profoundly troubling,” they added.
The six bishops who signed the letter are Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice (Fl.), Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, Bishop George Murry, SJ, of Youngstown, Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington, and Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin.

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Belgian bishops reject hospitals’ decision to allow euthanasia

Belgian bishops reject hospitals’ decision to allow euthanasia

[If the Brothers and their hospitals do not comply, will the bishops suppress the order and interdict or revoke the Catholic status of the hospitals?]

Catholic World News – May 23, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Belgium have issued a statement rejecting the policy proposed by the Brothers of Charity, who have said that they will allow doctors to euthanize patients in the hospitals they administer.

“We cannot accept that euthanasia could be practiced on psychiatric patients who are not in a terminal condition,” the bishops said.

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Venezuelan cardinal denounces government violence

Venezuelan cardinal denounces government violence

[Cardinal Urosa asks: “Enough violence!” and FrankenPope replies: “More dialogue!”]

Catholic World News – May 23, 2017

As Venezuela’s bishops led a day of prayer and fasting for peace, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas renewed his condemnation of the Maduro regime’s violence.

“They must not launch tear gas against people and, of course, not even shoot or allow certain groups to shoot, because there are paramilitary groups; everyone has seen in the videos,” the prelate said, according to a Fides report. “All this should cease immediately.”

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