Category Archives: General

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

Slumming with the Creationists

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

Slumming with the Creationists

A display at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky

This week I wrote two posts [see below] where I bashed what I called the modern synthesis between the theory of evolution – including its accompanying claims about the 4.5 billion year age of the earth – and orthodox Catholicism.

However, nowhere in the posts did I call myself a “creationist,” endorse “creationism” or, for that matter, even use the terms.

For the record, I wouldn’t currently call myself a creationist. I’d call myself a Catholic who is also a skeptic. And, yes, that means, among other things, that I’m quite skeptical of the creationist view that the earth is less than 10,000 years old, that dinosaurs probably lived alongside men and all the rest. To believe that, you would have to discard or at least radically reinterpret much of what the overwhelming majority of scientists believe about geology, astronomy and chemistry. Specifically, certain core assumptions underlying radiometric and radiocarbon dating as well as the consistency of the speed of light would have to be thrown out. read more

Did the Pope say “Yanny” or “Laurel”?

Friday, 18 May 2018

Did the Pope say “Yanny” or “Laurel”?

In the immortal words of the Daily Mail, the Internet was divided this week by a recording of Pope Francis finally answering the Dubia posed by Cardinal Burke and his colleagues. Did he say “Yanny” (an ecclesial term for “Yes”) or “Laurel” (“No”)?This is not the first time that people have been divided over the Holy Father’s words. Did he say “Divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion” or did he say “No, we’re not changing Church teaching, you adulterous weasels”? Nobody can be sure.

Pope and Welby

Did Francis say “Get lost you heretic” or “We all believe the same thing really”?

Then again, did he say “It’s open house in the Catholic Church: of course Protestants can receive Communion, even though they don’t believe in it!” or did he say “Get those Lutheran frauds out of my Church and tell them not to come back until they’ve converted!”?

These are difficult issues, and the SPADARO WORMTONGUETM speaking device that the Pope was given to help him make public announcements does not seem to have simplified the issue. read more

FrankenPope: “God made you gay”

Posted by  on Saturday, May 19, 2018

FrankenPope: “God made you gay”

[Info Vaticana] In an interview in the newspaper EL PAIS, the media spokesperson for the victims of Karadima recounts his private meetings with Pope Francisco: “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care. The Pope wants you like that, you have to be happy with who you are. Spanish text: infovaticana.com/2018/05/19/cruz-asegura-papa-le-dijo-dios-te-gay/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Combating Islam and Secularism

Combating Islam and Secularism

MAY 18, 2018 BY 

The Catholic Church faces two formidable challenges today, from Islam and from secularism. The responses needed to these two are not unrelated.

The adherents to Islam are intensely dedicated to Mohammed, and to the book he claims to have received from God, the Quoran. Yet, several books have recently been published abut Moslems who have become Christians—Evangelicals and even Catholics: From Islam to Christ, by Derya Little; Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, by Nabeel Qureshi; The Price to Pay, by Joseph Fadelle; and Hiding in the Light, by Rifqa Bary. All four of these, written by people from Moslem societies in different countries (Turkey, Iraq, United States and Sri Lanka), give similar pictures of the people in the societies in which they grew up. read more

Open War Between Dutch Bishops

Open War Between Dutch Bishops

 en.news – 5/19/18

Auxiliary Bishop Jan Hendriks of Haarlem-Amsterdam, Netherlands, has defended the German Protestant Communion.

He supported on his website arsacal.nl (May 16) the idea that bishops’ conferences may decide by themselves [contradicting other bishops’ conferences and the New Testament] to introduce this sacrilege.

Hendriks was appointed in 2011 by Benedict XVI. His diocesan bishop Jozef Punt is considered to be a “conservative”.

Two days after Hendriks, Utrecht archdiocese headed by Cardinal Willem Eijk (May 18) stated the opposite. read more

Becoming a saint today means ‘resisting’ erring religious leaders: Catholic historian

Becoming a saint today means ‘resisting’ erring religious leaders: Catholic historian

Rome, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – “Is it possible that a bishop, Episcopal conference, Council or Pope can fall into error or heresy, and expect to be followed on this path? What, in such circumstances, should the faithful do?” asked a renowned Catholic historian at a conference in Rome today.

Professor Roberto de Mattei, founder of the Lepanto Foundation, suggested that some Catholics today have a mistaken understanding of “obedience” that makes them reluctant to “resist” religious authorities “when they violate divine and natural law.” read more

Catholics can ‘resist’ erring Pope in good conscience: pro-family leader

Catholics can ‘resist’ erring Pope in good conscience: pro-family leader

ROME, May 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-family leader and respected Catholic commentator marshaled the writings of Blessed John Henry Newman on conscience to outline at a conference in Rome how Catholics must respond to the commands of an erring pope.

Voice of the Family’s Matthew McCusker outlined the “relationship between conscience and obedience towards ecclesiastical authority” at the 2018 Rome Life Forum at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum). read more

“Catholic” University of Louvain Prof fired for pro-life lecture: Defend truth even if ‘spineless shepherds’ won’t

“Catholic” University of Louvain Prof fired for pro-life lecture: Defend truth even if ‘spineless shepherds’ won’t

ROME, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In a brilliant lecture today at the 2018 Rome Life Forum, Professor Stéphane Mercier illuminated just how ridiculous the state of affairs has become in the Church and pleaded for an end to the cowardice so characteristic of modern Catholic bishops and priests.

Professor Mercier became a good friend of LifeSiteNews and household name across the pro-life world last year when he was fired by the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium for asking his students to consider arguments against abortion and gender ideology. read more

Unpublished letter from Cardinal Caffarra explains what ‘conscience’ actually means

Unpublished letter from Cardinal Caffarra explains what ‘conscience’ actually means

May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The former president of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family read to the Rome Life Forum today parts of a previously unpublished lecture by the deceased dubia signer Cardinal Carlo Caffara explaining the true Catholic understanding of conscience.

For 10 years, Monsignor Livio Melina was the president of the John Paul II Institute, which in 2017 Pope Francis gutted and replaced with a school focused on the approach of Amoris Laetitia. read more

Cardinal Burke: Catholics must let Christ reign as King in face of ‘apostasy’ within Church

Cardinal Burke: Catholics must let Christ reign as King in face of ‘apostasy’ within Church

ROME, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics must consciously place themselves under the “Kingship of Christ” in the face of enemies of the Church today attempting to “infiltrate the life of the Church herself and to corrupt the Bride of Christ by an apostasy from the Apostolic Faith,” Cardinal Raymond Burke indicated at a talk today in Rome.

The Cardinal, one of the dubia signers and a foremost defender of orthodoxy within the Church today, told participants at the annual Rome Life Forum that Christ as King reigns over his Bride the Church, over the world, and must also reign over human hearts. read more

Cardinal Burke warns upcoming youth synod may release ‘new storm in the Church’

Cardinal Burke warns upcoming youth synod may release ‘new storm in the Church’

 Claire Chretien

ROME, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – There is a risk that the upcoming synod on youth will bring “more difficulties” for the Church, Cardinal Raymond Burke said at the Rome Life Forum today, noting there have already been allegations of manipulation.

“What can we expect about and after the new synod in October?” he was asked. “A new storm in the Church? A new ambiguous exhortation? More dubia?”

“I think simply from a point of human reason, and also from the point of view of Christian morality, if those who organized the synod in 2014 and 2015 have not had a conversion of heart, I think we can expect more difficulties,” the cardinal responded bluntly. “I see already – and I read it also from some young people who have been engaged in the process – their perception that the synod is being manipulated to drive forward [a] certain agenda.” read more

U.S. Catholic university opens segregated Muslim ‘prayer space’ on campus

U.S. Catholic university opens segregated Muslim ‘prayer space’ on campus

DAVENPORT, Iowa, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic university in Iowa dedicated a room on campus last week to be used as a Muslim “prayer space.” The room was replete with sinks for ritual foot-washing along with segregated worship areas for males and females, as is required by the Islamic faith.

“On Tuesday, May 8, St. Ambrose University dedicated a room that will be available for daily prayer to students of the Islamic faith as well as students of other religions who prefer to pray somewhere other than Christ the King Chapel,” a press release about the event stated. read more

Cathedral renounces Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s pro-abortion pledge after archbishop intervenes

Cathedral renounces Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s pro-abortion pledge after archbishop intervenes

Lianne Laurence

BONIFACE, Manitoba, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic cathedral parish that initially defended signing the Liberal pro-abortion attestation to receive summer job grants reversed its decision after LifeSiteNews contacted the archbishop, who subsequently intervened.

Once the pastor and administrator of St. Boniface Cathedral “realized the implications of the attestation, they have decided to immediately cancel” the summer job grants, Archbishop Albert LeGatt of St. Boniface diocese in Winnipeg told LifeSiteNews. read more

Cardinal Müller Rejects Notion of “Homophobia”, Calls it an “Instrument of Totalitarian Dominance”

Cardinal Müller Rejects Notion of “Homophobia”, Calls it an “Instrument of Totalitarian Dominance”

Maike Hickson Maike Hickson – May 18, 2018

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has given an interview to the Italian journalist Costanza Miriano, who works for the Italian television broadcaster RIA. In this new interview, the German cardinal rejects the notion of “homophobia” and explains that it is an instrument of an ideology that is contrary to reality.

Miriano posted the interview on her own private blog, on which she also promotes two books of hers in which she advocates the traditional understanding of marriage – namely, that wives be subject to their husbands and that husbandsprotect their wives even with their lives. In her own introduction to the new interview, she rejects the notion of “homophobia” – i.e., an aversion against homosexuals. read more

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE JESUITS?

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE JESUITS?

What Happened to the Jesuits? by Rodney Pelletier  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 18, 2018

Once teaching nations about the glories of the Church, now teaching acceptance of sodomy

Nowadays, when Catholics hear the word “Jesuit,” they generally think one of two things: “education” or else “uhhhh” accompanied by a facepalm.

The religious order, called the Society of Jesus, was founded in the mid–16th century by spiritual giant St. Ignatius Loyola. Its members quickly became known for their strict adherence to Catholic teaching and played a big role in the Counter-Reformation following the Council of Trent.

To combat Protestant heresies running rampant throughout Europe, the Jesuits established colleges and universities throughout the world. These universities promoted sacred doctrine as well as the arts and sciences. read more