Showing posts from August, 2017

Breaking: Britain's Leading Theologian: reform canon law to allow pope’s doctrinal errors to be established.

The Catholic Heraldreports Fr Aidan Nichols, a prolific author who has lectured at Oxford and Cambridge as well as the Angelicum in Rome, says that Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia has led to an “extremely grave” situation.

Grave enough for the top theologian in the country to call for the re-writing of canon law to include a juridical process to correct papal errors!!

Such a process would “dissuade popes from any tendency to doctrinal waywardness or simple negligence”, and would answer some “ecumenical anxieties” of Anglicans, Orthodox and others who fear that the pope has carte blanche to impose any teaching. “Indeed, it may be that the present crisis of the Roman magisterium is providentially intended to call attention to the limits of primacy in this regard.”
In other words – because of Pope Francis' approach, it appears to the orthodox and Anglicans and others that the pope can change anything, even if it contradicts previous teaching and Sacred Scripture.
Fr Nichol…

Tim Stanley: Live Radically as a Catholic

One of the hardest things about writing a blog is knowing when to speak and when to shut up. Believe it or not, there is quite a lot of information that comes my way that I do not post.

I do try and post uplifting and encouraging stuff here, but it is necessarily interspersed with my worries and concerns about departures from the faith I have lived and studied. My desire is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. My family are brought up in this conviction and this makes it central to my life. I post concerns not to raise scandal, but to reject error and to educate the laity to the problems which, I feel strongly, will persist until we start to reject them.

If the laity were knowledgeable, committed and faithful disciples, there would be no space for the problems we see all around us today, the "cognitive dissonance" as I posted yesterday. Problems are allowed to proliferate in the gap between orthodoxy and praxis.

Thankfully, I receive a great deal of encouragement from a wide r…

Fr James Martin: Cognitive Dissonance

I honestly find it difficult to understand how someone so clearly at odds with Church teaching as Fr James Martin, SJ, is able to retain credibility. But he is, even lauded and given influential posts at the Vatican! The clear contradiction in his outward persona and agenda and his priesthood I find incredibly jarring, but also a dimension of the kind of religious hypocrisy that people see through very easily.

It was very interesting to see this bit of detective work from Dan Hitchens on Twitter this morning: Fr Martin praises an editorial which called for “the entirety of the Church’s sexual ethics” to be rewritten. — Dan Hitchens (@ddhitchens) August 17, 2017 For those trying to make sense of Fr Martin’s much-discussed recent writings and interviews, this seems a noteworthy statement. — Dan Hitchens (@ddhitchens) August 17, 2017 Particularly interesting to see the link with Charles Curran, whose license to teach as a Catholic Theologian was revoked because o…

Archbishop Attacks "wishy-washy" Faith

The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia fears "too many believers" have adapted to the secular world around them by stressing not their faith itself but its ethical values.

Challenged by a robust secularism, he said Scottish Catholics avoid saying they "really believe in anything supernatural; in anything they can’t see or touch or experience; or in anything beyond modelling and encouraging decent behaviour.
He added: "Too many believers no longer talk about Jesus winning salvation for the sinful but instead point to him as a moral ideal of what humans should strive for.

"We accommodate. We compromise. We avoid conflict - even when conflict is the only proper course. We are too wishy-washy, as we would say in Scotland."

The Archbishop made the comments at a recent meeting of priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Archbishop Tartaglia, spoke about what lessons could be learned in the United States from the Church in Scotland and the rest of the Unit…

Assumpta est Maria in Coelum!

Arise! the cold blasts from earth have receded, And in the field are lovely flowers smiling, For thee, O gracious Mother, bearer of Life, Arise, O Mary!

Beautiful Lily blooming 'mid the brambles, Death's haughty author thou alone didst conquer, Plucking life-giving tree of fruits the fathers By sin did not taste.
Ark of sweet wood not destined for ruin, Holding the manna, whence springeth forth the power Summoning forth the bones again arisen From depths of the tomb.
Thou handmaid, faithful to the Ruler of hearts, Thy flesh cruel decay could never touch, Thy soul of Spirit partaking without end, Hath winged to the stars.
Leaning on thy beloved, arise, go heav'nward! Accept the crown with stars for thee bedecked, List to the hymn thy children sing on this day, Calling thee blessed.
Praise to the Triune Godhead everlasting, Who hath caused thee, O Virgin, to be crowned, And providently willed our Queen thou shouldst be Also our Mother.
H/T Rev. Dr. Stephen Morgan

Bravo to the Truth: What’s Wrong with Transgender Ideology

Walt Heyer is an author and public speaker with a passion to help others who regret gender change. Through his website,, and his blog,, Heyer raises public awareness about the incidence of regret and the tragic consequences suffered as a result. Heyer’s story can be read in novel form in Kid Dakota and The Secret at Grandma’s House and in his autobiography, A Transgender’s Faith. Heyer’s other books include Paper Genders and Gender, Lies and Suicide.
In this article he addresses some of the serious problems with Transgender Ideology.
He notes that, in the USA: no legal standards or legal definitions of transgender exist. Yet, as Carlson pointed out, $11 billion of federal money is spent on sex-specific programs, such as the Small Business Administration investing in businesses owned by women. Without a legal definition, these funds become easy prey for, as Carlson puts it, “charlatans” who will claim to be women simply to get the money. ...
No object…

'Convert Neurosis' Article Sparks Change of Policy at Crux

Further to the dreadful piece self-appointed papal interpreter Austen Ivereigh posted in Crux last week (see my post here), the editor, John Allen, has posted a quite extraordinary rebuke of both the content & the premise of the piece.
Up to this point, Crux has never had formal editorial policies, because we’re a small enough operation I didn’t think we needed them. As of today, however, I’m implementing Policy #1. For “Star Trek” fans, you might think of this as our new “Prime Directive": Yes to vigorous discussion, no to personal attacks. Allen apologises, and goes so far as to say:
I should not have allowed such personal criticism to appear, because ultimately everything that runs on Crux is my responsibility. How humiliating for Austen. I wonder if there was some outside pressure brought to bear that prompted such a comment from Allen?

Ivereigh did issue an apology (Eccles posted on it here) which basically amounted to"Sorry, folks! I was right of course - I always…

Existential Consequences of Amoris Laetitia & Theological Issues

Further to my post yesterday a friend commented that Cardinal Napier had recently addressed the question of the damage being done to the body of Christ by Amoris Laetitia in the following tweet:
The Incoherence of "Just Clarify Amoris! Answer the Dubia!" Interesting counterpoint to Dubia promoters! — Cardinal Napier (@CardinalNapier) August 10, 2017 The article promoted by the Cardinal, written by Scott Eric Alt, does not address the issue I was raising in this post, namely that we have an actual, physical division with regard to Amoris Laetitia due to differing interpretations and applications by different bishop's conferences (for example, the MaltesecontraPortsmouth diocese).

The Dominican scholar, Fr Thomas Petri sees this immediately:
I think the real issue is not about answering dubia but correcting mutually exclusive opposing interpretions of AL by bishops & conferences. — Fr. Thomas Petri, OP (@PetriOP) August 10, 2017 What it does sa…

Is Amoris Laetitia Damaging the Church? Cardinal Müller thinks so...

In this EWTN interview with the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, we hear (at about 09:05) Cardinal Müller saying as a Catholic theologian that the bishops making their own interpretations, going in their own directions is "not good...not Catholic"..."We don't have two Magisteriums...this understanding could make damage [sic] for the Catholic Church". he says that the Pope uses his authority to give the summary of the synod and it is not Catholic that we then have bishops' conferences' giving interpretations of the interpretation. This is not the way we do things.

Cardinal Müller also appears to confirm, with some emotion, that the Pope summarily dismissed three employees of the CDF as reported by the respected Vaticanista Marco Tosaatti in January.

Diagnosing Convert Neuroses

If I'm honest, most of the ageing Catholic congregation in my Parish would say "Crisis? What crisis?" with respect to the current situation in the Church. If I rattled off a few concerns, they would likely say "Where on earth are you getting all this information, it's all news to me!"

Some, much smaller number might have read some stuff in The Catholic Herald, or one of the other Catholic news publications, but might not really grasp the seriousness of the problem we currently face. They like the smiley, friendly Pope and don't have any grasp of the obvious, numerous and atrocious theological problems with his writing.

Although my own faith was gifted to me by my parents at birth, and my greatest Catholic role model was undoubtedly my Irish Grandmother, Mary, I would say that generally speaking, us cradle Catholics are pretty poor at practising our faith. It is more likely to be a cultural thing, something we were born with, some part of our identity. …

Cardinal Burke’s 10 Ways to Overcome Crisis of Confusion, Division in the Church

Edward Pentin reports in The National Catholic Register that Cardinal Raymond Burke has sought to explain the essence of the deep spiritual crisis facing the Church and the world in a wide-ranging and timely address. Most invaluably, he recognises the distress felt by many Catholics and offered pastoral suggestions and encouragement to the faithful on how to deal with it.

Stressing that Christ’s teachings do not change, he gave 10 ways to deal with the crisis:
Study the Catechism more attentively and be prepared to defend the Church’s teaching;Recall the “many edifying signs” of fidelity to Christ among “many good and steadfast faithful, priests and bishops”;Have recourse to the Blessed Virgin Mary, imitate the oneness of her heart with Jesus;Invoke frequently, “throughout the day,” the intercession of St. Michael the Archangelas there is “definitely diabolical involvement in the ever spreading confusion, division and error within the Church”;Pray to St. Joseph daily to protect the Ch…

James Bogle Interview on Catholic Culture: What everyone seeks!

Another outstanding, positive interview from The Remnant, here with James Bogle, who speaks with tangible joy and passion about the beauty and importance of Catholic faith and culture.
Michael Matt interviews the former president of Una Voce International--English barrister, Lt. Colonel James Bogle on the situation in the Church under Pope Francis, silent bishops, religious liberty, racism and Catholic culture. What built Europe? Why are so many people from all over the world fascinated by Europe? What brings tourists flocking to Europe’s greatest attractions? Two words: Catholic Church--the only completely non-racist religion in the world!

Bogle explains that there is a crisis of leadership in the Church today, and also a crisis of moral fibre. Leaders are afraid to lead and be openly & publicly Catholic. Why? They're afraid of being criticised by the secular media. This can only mean that they are suffering from a crisis of their own faith; they don't believe quite as m…

Weigel: Holy See should break links with Civiltà Cattolica over "incompetence"

In a new article in The Boston Pilot, George Weigel (Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.)takes an interesting look at the recent bizarre article in La Civiltà Cattolica I posted about here.

Weigel explains why, despite its' minuscule readership, the publication is important:
...the vast majority of them will read (or at least scan) it, not for scintillating content, but because its articles are vetted by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, and are thus assumed to have some sort of quasi-official status: which means that those articles are taken to reflect the cast of mind of the current pontificate. So if you want to be in the know, you read (or at least scan) Civiltà Cattolica. [emphasis mine] Weigel, like just about everyone else on the planet who has read this article, is scathing on its content and inaccuracy:
...its ill-informed misrepresentation of American religious history; its surreal descriptions of 21st-century American Cathol…

James Martin backed by Cardinals!

Delusional Jesuit homosexualist James Martin uses Twitter for two things: to troll faithful Catholics by posting heretical/provocative/erroneous statements about the faith (see here for an example) and (and mostly this second function if we're honest) to promote the homosexual agenda. Church Militant have no qualms in calling him out on this, see here. He recently wrote a controversial book which was criticised by Archbishop Chaput for failing to speak with authenticity about this complex and difficult issue (see here).

Archbishop Chaput isn't Martin's only critic, his clearly inauthentic and agenda riven approach has been broadsided by all and sundry including:

Catholic World Report
Catholic News Agency
National Catholic Register
Fr Gerald Murray
Crisis Magazine
The Liturgy Guy
First Things
The Witherspoon Institute
One Peter Five
Catholic Education Resource Centre
Joseph Sciambra
Pagadian Diocese
And several notable posts from Bruvver Eccles

Seriously, the lis…