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

Listening to Pope Francis as Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Listening to Pope Francis as Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Posted on Saturday, October 21, AD 2017 by Donald R. McClarey

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

Two prisoners in Bologna, Italy escaped during their lunch with Pope Francis yesterday, reportedly fleeing back to their jail cells after what they called a “harrowing experience.”

The two inmates, who are serving time at a social reintegration facility in Castelfranco Emilia, told EOTT that, though the few bites of lasagna they ate before ditching the lunch were amazing, they just “couldn’t stomach” another minute listening to His Holiness apologize for everything the Church has ever done. read more

Cardinal Celebrates Mass for Pagan Hindu Festival

Cardinal Celebrates Mass for Pagan Hindu Festival

[Ab insídiis diáboli, líbera nos, Dómine/From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Lord]

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Modernist Cardinal Maurice Piat of Port Louis, Mauritius, celebrated a “Mass on the occasion of the feast of Diwali” on October 18. Diwali is a Hindu festival dedicated to two gods, Ganesha and Lakshmi who according to Scripture and Catholic doctrine must be considered demons or devils.

According to DefiMedia, the Mauritian Prime Minister attended at the Mass. Piat asked in his homily to respect “different cultures and religions”. read more

On the lowly, yet vital, importance of chastity

On the lowly, yet vital, importance of chastity

A thoughtful and charitable response to Bp. McElroy’s recent remarks about the role of chastity in the life of Catholics

OCTOBER 20, 2017

Bishop McElroy: “Many times, our discussions in the life of the Church suggest that chastity has a singularly powerful role in determining our moral character, or our relationship with God. It does not.”

FromHomiletic and Pastoral Review Magazine:

The reader likely needs no introduction to the recent uproar in Catholic media regarding the rescinding of various speaking engagements previously granted to Fr. James Martin, SJ. Those particular waters are so contentious that I think little good is done wading into them. Let us pray for unity in the Church and, without currently ascribing any blame to any parties involved, make our own an expression from the Anaphora of St. Basil: “By the power of Your Holy Spirit, end the schisms in the Church, quench the raging of nations, and quickly destroy the insurrections of heresy. Receive us all into Your kingdom, showing us to be children of light and children of the day. Grant us Your peace and love, O Lord our God, For You have given all things to us.”1 read more

Globalists want the Church to serve the “New World Order” while the Pope seems willing to go along

Globalists want the Church to serve the “New World Order” while the Pope seems willing to go along

Globalists want Church to serve ‘New World Order’: Italian journalist

Lisa Bourne

October 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A top population control proponent has attained unprecedented access and influence at the Vatican, a presenter for an international symposium on population control said Thursday, as part of an effort to target the Catholic Church and leverage its moral influence in service of a globalist agenda. read more

Secularists Seek to Demonize Christianity While Muzzies Seek to Cover-up Islamic Texts That Justify Violence Against Infidels

Secularists Seek to Demonize Christianity While Muzzies Seek to Cover-up Islamic Texts That Justify Violence Against Infidels

Archbishop Chaput: ‘Methodical Effort…in Mass Media to Recast Biblical Truths as a Form of “Hate”’

By CNSNews Staff | October 19, 2017

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia wrote in a column posted on the archdiocese website last month that there is a “methodical effort” in the mass media to portray adherence to biblical truth as “hate.”

“We live in the midst of a culture war,” wrote Chaput. “A methodical effort is now playing out in the mass media to recast biblical truths as a form of ‘hate,’ to reshape public opinion away from those biblical truths, and to silence anyone who stays faithful to Christian teaching on matters of sexual behavior, sexual identity, family and marriage.” read more

Polish primate warns priests not to join anti-immigration protests

Polish primate warns priests not to join anti-immigration protests

[Did Pope Francis or one of minions “get to” His Excellency?]

Catholic World News – 10/20/17

Archbishop Wojciech Polak of Gniezno, the primate of Poland, said forbade priests of his archdiocese from participation in anti-immigrant demonstrations. “Any priest who joins will be suspended,” he warned. “Christ suffers in refugees and we need to open up to these refugees.”

Source: The Polish primate toughens stance on anti-migrant activists (La Croix) read more

DISSENTING PRIEST FR. THOMAS ROSICA CHOSEN TO LEAD FL SEMINARY RETREAT

DISSENTING PRIEST FR. THOMAS ROSICA CHOSEN TO LEAD FL SEMINARY RETREAT

Pro-gay Rosica to lead priests through week of contemplation, study

[With a heavily feelings-based theme such as “not to look like sourpusses” at Mass but “to become more animated”]

by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant  •  October 20, 2017

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Heterodox priest Fr. Thomas Rosica has been selected to lead a retreat for U.S. clergy early next year.

Saint Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, will host its annual Priest Winter Institute, a week-long retreat for parish priests, January 28–February 2. read more

Parents Force School District to Halt Planned Parenthood Sex Ed Program

[I’m surprised the parents won – for now. Too bad our bishops force SIECUS/PP sex indoctrination on Catholic children. The only difference is that bishops never listen to parents.]

www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/20/parents-force-school-district-halt-planned-parenthood-sex-ed-program/

by Dr. Susan Berry, 20 Oct 2017

The complaints of hundreds of parents of middle schoolers in North Carolina’s Cumberland County have forced the school district to suspend a sex education program designed by Planned Parenthood. read more

Vice-Rector of Seminary Takes Leave of Absence

Vice-Rector of Seminary Takes Leave of Absence
 
[Another Italian seminary rector (in this case a vice-rector engaging in vice) siring an illegitimate child: Better than engaging in sodomy with seminarians, as some seminary rectors and priest-profs have done?]
 
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Father Giuseppe Tavolacci, 38, abandoned his position as vocation director and vice-rector of the seminary of Palermo Archdiocese, Italy.

Tavolacci belonged to the modernist establishment under Monsignor Corrado Lorefice, the one who in April 2016 drove around with a bicycle in his cathedral, dressed in mass vestments.
 
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Tavolacci’s departure was caused by the announcement of a female doctoral student at Palermo’s Theological School that the father of a child to which she recently gave birth, was in fact Tavolacci. read more

Here We Go Again: Update on Phony Synod III

Here We Go Again: Update on Phony Synod III

by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 20, 2017

As the 2018 Synod on “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment” approaches, all signs indicate another looming disaster for the Church. In his “Letter to Young People” in connection with the Synod, Pope Francis declares: “The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls.” read more

The Miracle of Japan’s “Hidden Christians” Versus “proselytism is solemn nonsense”

The Miracle of Japan’s “Hidden Christians” Versus “proselytism is solemn nonsense”

by Christopher A. Ferrara
October 19, 2017

Martin Scorsese’s film “Silence,” which I have viewed, is based on the novel by Shusaku Endo, a semi-fictional account of two 17th-century Jesuit missionaries to Japan who apostatize under torture and became retainers of the shogunate (military dictatorship) that ruled Japan for centuries. The film is an evil piece of work that sympathetically portrays the apostasy of the fictional characters Father Ferreira and Father Rodrigues during waves of genocidal persecution of Japanese Catholics in that century, at the end of which all the faithful priests had been martyred or expelled from Japan and the remaining Catholics had been driven underground. read more

Raymond Cardinal Burke: New Apologist for the Sedevacantists?

Raymond Cardinal Burke: New Apologist for the Sedevacantists?

Written by  John F. Salza, Esq.

10/20/17

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Clearly, the current crisis in the Church is now without precedent.  If history is hiding a more disastrous pontificate than that of Pope Francis, I’d be interested to learn which one. And as the battle for the soul of the human element of Christ’s Church rages on—a battle which, as Our Lady predicted it would, now has “cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops…churches and altars sacked… and [a Church] full of those who accept compromises”—there is a growing temptation to conclude that all is lost and it’s time to go off and “do our own thing”. But then, what? What happens to the Church if all her faithful sons and daughters abandon her? This is not an option for the faithful Catholic—the soldier of Christ—who must  stand up, step up, and fight on. When the Son of Man returns he must find faith, if only in a remnant. read more

Progressive Catholic “big-guns” attack Correctio Filialis

Progressive Catholic “big-guns” attack Correctio Filialis

From  on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Conservative Catholics had criticized the Pope with a “Correction”. Now, many bishops, theologians and other prominent Catholics are reacting – and defending Francis in an open letter. Even a former German Bundestag president has signed. Francis is to be defended with a new international initiative against attacks by Catholic critics. The group “Pro-Pope Francis”, in which Catholics from the church and public life are represented, addresses directly the Pope in an online-accessible letter. “With this public letter, we are expressing our gratitude for your courageous and theologically well-founded leadership”, says the website “www.pro-pope-francis.com“. The “pastoral culture” of Francis stands for a manner of dealing with the people in which not the law but the compassion should have the last word, their website says. And, “They dream of a ‘church as mother and shepherdess’. In addition to the initiators, the theologians Paul Zulehner (Vienna) Here with Cardinal König and Father Tomas Halik (Prague),

more than 100 signatories of the open letter are currently available (as of Tuesday). These include, for example, the Austrian retired bishops Paul Iby, (Eisenstadt)

 and Helmut Krätzl (Vienna), the Abbot of Pannonhalma (Hungary), Asztrik Varszegi, the Prague auxiliary bishop Vaclav Maly and the former bishop of North Aliwal (South Africa). Among other things, the Berlin sociologist, Andreas Lob-Hüdepohl, the Jesuit and chief editor of the “Voices of the Times”, Andreas Batlogg, Father Batlogg SJ (a thoroughly modern Jesuit) as well as the former President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Thierse, A modern Socialist, Wolfgang Thierse have signed up from Germany. In addition, there are around 1,000 “supporters” who have participated online in the campaign. =&0=& In the letter, ask the Pope not to deviate from his way, and assure him of his support. Francis has been able to reform the pastoral culture of the Catholic Church in a short time. He has taken to his heart the “wounded” peopl, but also the wounded nature. “They see the church at the edges of life as a field hospital,” it says. The background of the initiative is a “childlike censure” of conservative clerics and theologians, who demanded the pope distance himself from “heresies”. The signatories take the view that Francis “directly or indirectly” encouraged heretical positions on marriage, morals, and the doctrine of the sacraments. Among them are the German writer Martin Mosebach, the former head of the Vatican bank IOR, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, the former chairman of the national research council in Italy, CNR, Roberto de Mattei, and the philosopher and priest, Antonio Livi, former dean at Lateran University , Among the signatories is Bernard Fellay, General Superior of the traditionalist Society of St Pius X.

Progressive Catholics Launch Defense Initiative Against Filial Correction

Progressive Catholics Launch Defense Initiative Against Filial Correction

Maike Hickson October 17, 2017

Today, the website of the German bishops, Katholisch.de, surprises its readers with the publication of a story detailing an initiative which has been launched in order to support Pope Francis himself against the critics who signed the 24 September Filial Correction. The new group is called “Pro Pope Francis” and now has its own website, www.pro-pope-francis.com. It says that the group has already 100 signatories and more than 1,000 “supporters” of this declaration. The initiative thanks Pope Francis for his “courageous and theologically well-founded leadership.” The signatories also praise the pope for letting “mercy have the last word” in pastoral matters. read more