Vatican questions reports on homosexuality and abuse at Italian seminary, orders new investigation

Vatican questions reports on homosexuality and abuse at Italian seminary, orders new investigation

[The Vatican is engaging in CYA (not for “changing your attitude”) by denying the accusations and “reviewing the situation”]

Catholic World News – 11/20/17

Italian media reports alleged that the Diocese of Como, Italy, ordained a seminarian who had demanded homosexual relations with a younger seminarian under his authority. The diocese stated that a positive evaluation from authorities in Rome factored into the decision to ordain the older seminarian. The Vatican Press Office questioned the reports but said that “a new investigation is underway, to shed full light on really happened.” read more

Archbishop Becciu Defends Pope Francis’ “Openness” to “Sincere” Criticism

Archbishop Becciu Defends Pope Francis’ [“Openness” to “Sincere” Criticism]

[“Methinks the lady doth protest too much” applies to His Excellency’s words]

en.news
11/20/17

The word “parrhesia” (speaking openly) was brought back by Pope Francis according to Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, the second man in the Vatican Secretary of State.

Talking at a November book presentation in Rome, Becciu claimed that one does not take any risks with Francis by being sincere. This seems to contradict the facts as Francis is known to eliminate people on the mere suspicion that they do not agree with him. read more

Another Retired Cardinal: Amoris Laetitia Needs Clarification

[Another Retired] Cardinal: Amoris Laetitia Needs Clarification

en.news
11/20/17

“Doctrinal clarity should never scare anyone” retired Cardinal Jānis Pujats, 87, of Riga, Lettonia, said.

For Pujats it is necessary to clarify Amoris Laetitia: “Doctrinal clarity should never scare anybody.”

Talking to La Fede Quotidiana (November 19) he pointed out that “uncertainty united with ambiguity and confusion is harmful.” And, “One needs to have the courage to speak plainly, in the language of truth without fear or without wanting to please the world.” read more

Douthat reaches for the Red Pill

Douthat reaches for the Red Pill

NOV 19, 2017

I’ll just start by saying, yes, I know this is a year old. But it’s quite interesting, since Douthat, the New York Times’ token conservative Catholic, is showing rather strong signs of Tradding.

Ross Douthat is possibly the most prominent member of the “conservative” class of Catholic in the Anglosphere who is clearly realising the failures of this position. Keeping an eye on Douthat’s movement from prominent “conservative,” (though more polite about his disagreements with Traditionalists than most) to an increasingly traddie-sounding position has been very interesting. read more

For the record: Fr. Minutella threatened with “double excommunication”

For the record: Fr. Minutella threatened with “double excommunication”

There’s no point in even comparing the good Don Minutella with every wretched heretical priest — even some speaking on behalf of the Vatican — who bring countless souls to Hell through their preaching and television appearances. Not only do these priests not not face excommunication, but are widely praised, and are empower by Pope Francis himself. But the names are too endless to even start comparing. So we simply bring you this sad video, dubbed over in English. Welcome to the Church of Francis:

As the Church Drowns in a Sea of Words, the Faith of Our Fathers Is Forgotten

As the Church Drowns in a Sea of Words, the Faith of Our Fathers Is Forgotten

by Christopher A. Ferrara
November 18, 2017

One of the symptoms indicating the unprecedented severity of the current ecclesial crisis is the astounding level of prolixity in Church documents as compared with the declarative simplicity of pre-Vatican II Church teaching.

Even the very longest pre-conciliar encyclicals (e.g. Pius XII’s Mystici corporis or Saint Pius X’s Pascendi) run to about 20,000 words, including extensive footnotes, and their texts are models of clarity and precision. Today, however, we are routinely burdened with book-length manifestos such as Laudato si’, Evangelii Gaudium and, of course, Amoris Laetitia, which are more than twice as long but say little or nothing about the actual contents of the Faith, while in many cases appearing to undermine it with studied ambiguity. We also read page after page of musings about “visions” of the Church and assorted observations and mere opinions having nothing to do with the Deposit of the Faith which is the true object of the authentic Magisterium. Consider just these two paragraphs from Laudato si’: read more

Bishop Schneider Interviewed by Michael Matt

Bishop Schneider Interviewed by Michael Matt

Written by The Remnant Newspaper
11/19/17

Before the recent Catholic Identity Conference, I sat down with Bishop Athanasius Schneider and asked him a few questions about the Traditional Latin Mass, Amoris Laetitia, Cardinal Burke and the Dubia, Communion in the hand, the coming desecration of the Eucharist, resisting Pope Francis, and the increasingly obvious failure that is the Second Vatican Council.

Please keep in mind that it was not my intent to “grill the bishop”. I have known him for some time and have come to respect him more than I can say. It was my intent to assist our readers and friends around the world to get to know this most courageous churchman—a man of faith and deep appreciation for the traditions of Holy Mother Church. read more

“The Challenge of Racism Today”: Cardinal Donald Wuerl vs. St. Thomas Aquinas

“The Challenge of Racism Today”: Cardinal Donald Wuerl vs. St. Thomas Aquinas

[La Donna Cardinal vs. The Dumb Ox]

Written by Dr. Jesse Russell, Ph.D. | Remnant Columnist
11/18/17

On All Saints Day of this year, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington DC, issued his pastoral letter, “The Challenge of Racism Today.” In a certain sense, His Eminence’s letter could not have been released at a worse time. The day before the letter’s publication, Sayfullo Saipov, a Uzbec immigrant, plowed into bikers in New York City, gruesomely killing eight of them. Saipov, ironically, was a beneficiary of the Diversity Lottery Visa program, which dates from the George H.W. Bush era but was crafted by the late Senator Ted Kennedy. read more

Da Vinci Code Author Dan Brown’s Brother Composes ‘Missa’ for Charles Darwin

[Da Vinci Code] Author Dan Brown’s Brother Composes ‘Missa’ for Charles Darwin

[For Catholic evolutionists]

New Boston Pilot
11/19/17

The musical composition sounds like the music for a Roman Catholic Mass, but instead of Scripture uses excerpts from The Origin of Species and other works by Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution through natural selection replaced his original Anglicanism.

The Devotional Hymns to Darwin that Inspired Dan Brown

BY RICK BROUSSARD
New Hampshire Magazine
December 2017 read more

Francis Described As “Dialectical Thinker”

Francis Described As “Dialectical Thinker”

en.news
11/19/17

Pope Francis represents “reconciliation thinking” according to the Perugia Philosopher Massimo Borghesi, a neoconservative who converted to Bergoglianism. Borghesi recently published the new Francis book “An Intellectual Biography” for which he met with Francis in January and March four times. The book reveals the title of Francis’ never completed doctoral thesis: “Polar opposition as Structure of Daily Thought and Christian Proclamation”. read more

Why Does the Clergy Behave Like a Pack of Delinquent Monkeys?

Why Does the Clergy Behave Like a Pack of Delinquent Monkeys?

By Dr Geoffrey Brushwood

en.news

11/18/17

I wonder if the Church will ever recover from having had Pope Francis and the Bergoglio party.

Francis’ way of behaving has emboldened others who are willing to take things even beyond what he does. Then, Francis takes a cue from their behaviour and moves further on a destructive path. It appears that these negative forces coalesce and feed off each other.

Their behaviour is classic of a band of delinquent monkeys, studied by primatologists.

These monkeys started off by being rebellious and doing petty irritating things to the rest of the pack. Once the pack’s alpha male couldn’t stand up to them and stepped down, one of their own took over and they progressed in stages until they started a frenzy of grabbing baby monkeys from their mothers and eating them. read more

Islamic State releases image of Pope Francis beheaded

Islamic State releases image of Pope Francis beheaded

[How dare they disrespect the “Pope of Islam”!]

NOV 18, 2017 BY ROBERT SPENCER

Well, he has already lost his head. This would just make it official.

If the Islamic State gets the chance to make this image a reality, perhaps Pope Francis will be able to remind his killers, just before the blade slices into his neck, that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14) read more

Priest Suggests To Give Up on Using “Christmas”

Priest Suggests To Give Up on Using “Christmas”

[No longer “Keep Christ in Christmas” but this priest says, “Take Him out!”]

Oblate Father and Irish psychologist Desmond O’Donnell called for Christians to stop using the word “Christmas”.

Talking to the Belfast Telegraph (November 17) O’Donnell said that he wants to let go Christmas, “We’ve lost Christmas, just like we lost Easter, and should abandon the word completely”.

According to O’Donnell Christmas has been commercialised, hijacked by “Santa and reindeer” and has no sacred meaning anymore. read more

On Sad Songs

On Sad Songs  All sad songs have a melancholy “remembering Zion” about them. Christ did not abolish sadness; He redeemed us through it.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017

The archetypal sad song is probably found in Psalm 137. It reads: “By the streams of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. . . .And though our despoilers urged us to be joyful, ‘Sing for us the songs of Zion,’ how could we sing a song of the Lord in a foreign land?” Sad songs involve remembering and weeping, injustice and joys.

The saddest opera that I know is Madama Butterfly. The cross-cultural plot zeros in on nothing less than a promise, an expectation that was unfulfilled, betrayed. I asked a friend here who knows opera well whether Lt. Pinkerton, the American naval officer who left Butterfly to her fate, had any redeeming characteristics. None could be recalled. read more