Catholics Should Be Concerned About Power

Catholics Should Be Concerned About Power

“If this country–and indeed the other countries that make up what was once Christendom–are to survive, they shall require both a new animating principle and a new myth of governance.” – Charles Coulombe, Star Spangled Crown

Posted by Laramie Hirsch on Friday, June 23, 2017

A recent question has been asked of me. “Why do Catholics need to be concerned with power? It has never been a concern of the Church, and it certainly will never be a concern of Jesus Christ.” read more

Robert Card. Sarah, Terror of Libs

Robert Card. Sarah, Terror of Libs

Posted on 22 June 2017 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

From the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald. This is a terrific summary of the hate launched by liberals at Card. Sarah. We owe the writer debt of thanks for piecing this together for the record. He exposes a nasty fever-swamp. It is unpleasant, but ugliness must be exposed before it can be corrected. [Fr. Z’s comments in brackets]

Why Cardinal Sarah terrifies his critics

Cardinal Sarah’s opponents have attacked his views and called for his sacking. His response has been a gracious silence read more

Patronising youth, even if by the Pope, is still patronising

Guest post: Patronising youth, even if by the Pope, is still patronising

A guest post by Irenaeus, a 23 year old reader of Vox and more than slightly put off by the patronising of young Catholics as the new Synod soon comes upon us.

Posted by Vox Cantoris at Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Birds, Bees, Youth, Youth Masses and Yutes

by Irenaeus

When I was in elementary school about ten years ago, sex ed was taught throughout Grades 6 to 8 in the Catholic Ontario school system, during puberty, at precisely the time we needed it. When we weren’t watching informative videos on the reproductive systems or labeling diagrams of said reproductive systems, we were given relative freedom to ask our burning questions about fertilization and the like. Never once did I ask – or hear anyone else do the same – when women and men should have their first child. read more

Stephen Walford on Amoris Laetitia – The Case of the Missing Ellipsis

Stephen Walford on Amoris Laetitia – The Case of the Missing Ellipsis

[Walford is missing more than an ellipsis]

Posted by Oakes Spalding on FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Steve Skojec just wrote a post at OnePeterFive, Is Amoris Laetitia an Expression of the Ordinary and Universal Magisterium, where he critiques an article of a few months ago on Amoris Laetitia. The original article in Vatican Insider, The Magisterium of Pope Francis: His Predecessors Come to His Defence by Stephen Walford, was little noticed at the time, but yesterday on Twitter, Pope Francis apologist Austin Ivereigh threw down a sort of late gauntlet to prominent opponents of Amoris Laetitia, daring them to refute the article. read more

Lowering tuition would violate Catholic theology, Notre Dame president says

Lowering tuition would violate Catholic theology, Notre Dame president says

GREG PIPER – ASSOCIATE EDITOR
JUNE 23, 2017

It’s in the Catechism?

If you needed more evidence that Notre Dame was elevating progressivism over its Catholic identity, look no further than its president’s own bonkers comments on college affordability.

Father John Jenkins pretty baldly used his perverted version of Catholicism to justify robbing the parents of children who attend the gilded institution in an interview with New York Times money columnist Rob Lieber. read more

Catholic Georgetown University Refuses to Say If It Profits From Abortion

Catholic Georgetown University Refuses to Say If It Profits From Abortion

MICAIAH BILGER
JUN 23, 2017

A new financial policy at Georgetown University has some people questioning whether the Catholic school ever supported or profited from abortion.

The questions arose this week after the university board of directors approved a new policy requiring socially responsible investing, according to the school newspaper The Hoya. Catholic teachings on the value of human life and abortion are among the considerations listed in the policy. read more

Pope Francis’ silence is a bold denial of objective truth: former Vatican Bank chief

Pope Francis’ silence is a bold denial of objective truth: former Vatican Bank chief

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi

Why doesn’t the Pope respond to the Dubia? The former director of the Vatican Bank thinks he knows why. In a biting essay in Italy’s La Verità, translated below, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi suggests that Francis is sending two messages through his silence: that he can contradict himself if he likes and that he wishes to impose a “New Catholic Morality” on the Church. This new morality would be based not on doctrine but on the subjective opinions of the individual conscience. Meanwhile, Amoris Laetitia’s denial of eternal damnation contradicts Jesus’ assertions in the Gospel that sinners are indeed in danger of this fate. Ultimately, Francis’ silence — which allows doubts to continue to flourish — is a denial of objective truth. read more

Cardinal Müller Muzzled by the Pope

Cardinal Müller Muzzled by the Pope

en.news
6/22/17

On June 21, Edward Pentin published an interview with Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Twitter-User “F M Shyanguya” asked Pentin why he did not ask the Cardinal to answer the dubia of the four Cardinals concerning Amoris Laetitia.

Pentin replied: “He would have refused to answer them – the Pope has told him not to respond.”

Socci on the new, non-Christian version of the Church

Socci on the new, non-Christian version of the Church

by Christopher A. Ferrara
June 22, 2017

Antonio Socci’s commentary on current affairs in the Church has taken on a mordantly apocalyptic tone, and rightly so in the midst of the growing Bergoglian tumult. As he observes in an article appearing at ImolaOggi.it, dated June 21 (translation mine):

“Now the episodes increase, almost daily. The slow, progressive disintegration of two thousand years of Faith and History has undergone an acceleration. They [the liberal prelates allied with Francis] know that, with a Capo [boss] more than 80 years old, they now have little time. Whether Sister death visits the Vatican or there is another abdication, the old and new elements of the conspiracy of St. Gallen [the group of cardinals that plotted for Bergoglio’s election in 2005 and 2013] know they are in the finals. And they are springing into action.” read more

Oh… Hai, Paganism… long time no hear from…

Oh… Hai, Paganism… long time no hear from…

JUN 22, 2017 by HILARY WHITE

Bari [Italy] Cathedral offers us the NewNewChurch liturgy.

It was the summer solstice yesterday. Apparently the sun shines through the cathedral’s rose window way prettier on the summer solstice than on every other day.

So they decided to offer a paraliturgy…

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At least in Italy the liturgical ballerinas aren’t lumpy 45 year olds.

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… that included a barely-clothed snake-lady, for reasons unknown…

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I’m helpfully informed by the history people that actual paganism involved a lot more slitting the throats of animals and looking at their entrails, (which must have made temples smell pretty bad) so I guess Catholic paganism is an improvement. I’m sure animal-sacrifice wouldn’t be so popular with the tourists as the naked snake-lady doing her sexy-dance. (But you never know, right?) read more

Please pray for Tantumblogo’s son

Please pray for my son

June 22, 2017
Posted by Tantumblogo

My son has another MRI tomorrow. This year of Our Lord two-thousand and seventeen has really been our annus horribilis, not just with my son’s brain tumor diagnosis but a dozen other things as well. We’re facing myriad challenges on many fronts. We’re having a major problem with almost every child. One is mired in persistent scruples. Another is sinking into depression. Others have suddenly decided to flake out academically. And my son, even if his tumor is not growing, which I pray it is not, is having some severe behavioral problems, we think related to the anti-seizure medication, which we’ve changed, but we aren’t really sure. And academically he’s really struggling, at least with reading. Of course he has dyslexia which may be being caused by his tumor. And all these are only some of the more major items. read more

Bad and good news concerning abortion at the United Nations

Bad and good news concerning abortion at the United Nations

The bad news: UN Women Ramps Up Abortion Advocacy

By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. | June 22, 2017

NEW YORK, June 23 (C-Fam) UN Women’s new draft strategic plan signals a change of focus for the Agency from consensual policies to possibly promoting abortion among other controversial social policies. The agency’s leadership expressed no intention of backing down.

“We are seeking to translate what is agreed upon at the international level into laws and special measures at the national level,” said Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director during a preparatory meeting where the new strategic plan of UN Women was discussed ahead of the Executive Board of the super-agency next week. read more

China. Why the Agreement With Rome Is Slow In Coming

China. Why the Agreement With Rome Is Slow In Coming

Sandro Magister
6/22/17

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

Nancy Pelosi says homosexuality is ‘consistent’ with Catholicism. Are Church leaders [including the Pope] taking her lead?

Nancy Pelosi says homosexuality is ‘consistent’ with Catholicism. Are Church leaders [including the Pope] taking her lead?

[Who has said “Who am I to judge?”, welcomed sodomitic couples (including one with a transgendered partner), and appoints/demotes cardinals, bishops and other important/influential church personnel?]

Doug Mainwaring

WARNING: This article begins with a graphic clinical statement because all Catholics need to know the truth and not remain oblivious to it.

June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — When a man and a woman make love, the miracles of conception and birth are possible. When two men attempt the same, the most glorious result possible is an anal discharge of semen mixed with fecal matter. read more

A Chinese delegation expected in the Vatican: an agreement soon signed?

A Chinese delegation expected in the Vatican: an agreement soon signed?

According to Churches of Asia, discussions between China and the Holy See are progressing. But the parties concerned block any communication.

[Hat-tip to PewSitter; Google translation of Une délégation chinoise attendue au Vatican : un accord bientôt signé? As part of its new Ostpolitik (Eastern Foreign Policy), is the Vatican about to sacrifice the “underground” Church in Communist China as well as its diplomatic relations with Nationalist China (Taiwan)?] read more