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No Response to the Pope from Cardinal Sarah

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I found an interesting German report here which suggests that Cardinal Sarah has failed to respond to Pope Francis' request to publicise his response to statements by the Cardinal on the Internet (as outlined in this post from October 23rd). The post suggests the deadline was discovered by research from Katholischen Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA) but I have not been able to verify this.

As the Dom Radio report states, Pope Francis decree "Magnum Principium" specified that the national episcopal conferences are responsible for the translation of liturgical texts. The moto proprio said episcopal conferences need only confirm these translations with Rome. So if there is there a concern about the change, no alternative translations should be written.

Cardinal Sarah, however, considers that the final decision should remain with Congregation for Divine Worship. At least that is the result of a post that Sarah let be published on the French Internet portal, L'Homme Nouveau. Seve…

Revealing Papal Interview

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At last! The Pope has taken some time off his busy schedule of sacking faithful prelates, insulting faithful lay people and giving interviews to left-wing Atheists to speak to Raymond Arroyo about his papacy in this revealing interview:


US Bishops Defeat Death

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There's genuine surprise across the Catholic internet today as news breaks that the strongly pro-life Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, beat quasi-catholic Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, to be the next head of the U.S. bishops' pro-life efforts yesterday.

The Catholic Herald reports the story with the telling headline:The bishops voted for Archbishop Joseph Naumann over the cardinal, who is seen as a 'Pope Francis bishop'.

This is because Cupich has been twice promoted by Pope Francis: to Archbishop of Chicago, and then to the College of Cardinals. He has also been appointed to the influential Congregation for Bishops. Before this Pontificate, he was known as the bishop who asked priests and seminarians not to pray outside abortion centers and who locked Catholics out of their parish during the Easter Triduum to prevent them from holding Traditional Latin Masses. The parish was forced to conduct its Good Friday liturgy on the sidewalk.

In voti…

Error & Fiction in Amoris Laetitia Pushed by L'Osservatore Romano!

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The English Weekly Edition of L'Osservatore Romano publishes an article attacking dissenters of Amoris laetitia, saying Pope Francis supports the Kasper proposal (explicitly rejected at the two Synods). By anyone's standards this would seem quite extraordinary, but it is also printing verifiable error!



This paragraph (below) is completely ridiculous as well as being verifiably false. What an extraordinary thing for L'Osservatore to print?! This question has been addressed before, by Jesus Christ. It was also addressed in Familiaris Consortio (no. 84) which upheld the Church’s perennial practice of “not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried,” unless they “take upon themselves the duty to live in complete continence.” Pope St. John Paul II actually emphasises the permanence of the discipline by insisting that it is “based on Sacred Scripture” (84).
In 1994, after a number of bishops and theologians had put forward certain pastoral proposals,…

Cardinal Burke: One Last Plea Before Public Correction?

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Cardinal Burke: I again turn to the Holy Father and to the whole Church, emphasizing how urgent it is that, in exercising the ministry he has received from the Lord, the Pope should confirm his brothers in the faith with a clear expression of the teaching regarding both Christian morality and the meaning of the Church’s sacramental practice. In a Nov. 14 interview with the National Catholic Register, Cardinal Raymond Burke has made a final plea to the Holy Father to clarify key aspects of his moral teaching, saying the gravity of the situation is “continually worsening.”

Since Amoris Laetitia was published in April 2016, some bishops’ conferences, drawing on the exhortation, have said certain civilly remarried divorcees can now receive the Sacraments depending on their personal circumstances, while others, basing their position on the Church’s perennial teaching, say they cannot.

“The concern was and is to determine precisely what the Pope wanted to teach as Successor of Peter,” Cardi…

Sophistry is Killing our Culture

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A number of friends have drawn my attention to Melanie Phillips' article above which addresses the crazy news coming out of the Church of England at the moment regarding the ever pernicious and aggressive transgender agenda. This is further to a "bullying Guidance" document released to CofE schools, which, much like the disgraceful Catholic Education Service document released recently, purports to be about stopping bullying whilst actually being a tool to further a clear anti-Christian agenda with the most impressionable children.

This prompted the resignation of one of the Archbishop of Canterbury's closest advisers at the weekend, as I reported here.
With regard to this resignation, Melanie Phillips suggests:
Ashworth’s protest, however, is a far deeper one about the church’s general embrace of secularism. The true message of Christianity, she says, risks being drowned out by people who prefer to discuss social justice because “if we talk about sin, then we have t…

Venerable Fulton Sheen words for our times

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It is worth reflecting on these words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1948):

“[Satan] will set up a counterchurch which will be the ape of the [Catholic] Church… It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content.”

“We are living in the days of the Apocalypse, the last days of our era. The two great forces – the Mystical Body of Christ and the Mystical Body of the anti-Christ – are beginning to draw battle lines for the catastrophic contest.”

“The False prophet will have a religion without a cross. A religion without a world to come. A religion to destroy religions. There will be a counterfeit Church.”

“Christ’s Church the Catholic Church will be one; and the false Prophet will create the other.”

“The False Church will be worldly, ecumenical, and global. It will be a loose federation of churches and religions, forming some type of global association.”

“A world parliament of Churches. It will be emptied of all Divine content, it will…

Leading evangelical quits Church of England leadership over ‘heresy’

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Premier reports that prominent Church of England evangelical Lorna Ashworth has left the Archbishops’ Council in protest over what she described a "revisionist agenda" and “heretical teaching”.
Ashworth resigned yesterday over the Church’s increasingly relaxed approach to gay couples. She is one of a number of signatories who put their names to an open letter sent to the Telegraph in July, warning that the Church had "capitulated to secular values".

In the past, she has spoken out against women bishops and gay marriage and in her letter of resignation, she is said to have stated:  “I refuse to be mistaken as one participating in the fanciful notion of ‘good disagreement’”.
"In light of this revisionist agenda and the heretical teaching that comes with it, I am no longer willing to sit around the table, pretending that we, as a governing body of the Church of England, are having legitimate conversations about mission". The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, w…

Catholics are waking up & walking away:

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Yesterday's Vortex was particularly excellent I thought, one of those episodes which speak directly to so much that seems so obvious about being an active Catholic today. People are utterly dismayed with the lack of Catholic in the Catholic Church. This comment probably sums it all up:


Do you want to be Catholic with Max? If so, good luck with that. It's not an easy thing to do in the Catholic Church today. In fact, it can get you into quite a bit of trouble!

I have spent the last year or so trying to work in service to the Church, but despite a strikingly successful track record in business and management and a degree in Catholic theology (or perhaps BECAUSE of these things) I have found myself rejected at every stage (even being appointed to a senior position in Westminster Cathedral, only to be told Cardinal Nichols wanted the appointment withdrawn a day or so before I was to start). A number of clergy have forwarded and backed me for numerous positions within the Church, …

A Cry From The Centre of the Church

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Dr Joseph Shaw draws our attention to this post in Patheos by Dr Greg Popcak. Popcak is a bit of a blast from the past for me, because I bought his book on Catholic Parenting when I first became a dad and found it revelatory and a great help.

The article is a huge slap down of all those who are pretending that everything is great with Pope Francis' Pontificate, there is no confusion and no questions which need answering. It particularly addresses Deacon Bill Ditewig, who has said that lay people, like me, who are genuinely confused as to how some of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia squares with the previous teaching of the Church are not worth considering. We wouldn’t know pastoral practice if it hit us in the face because, apparently, we are just children who have never put out into the deep, who cower in our cave of rules and rigorism.

He argues that people who claim to be “confused” about what Pope Francis’ writings mean and how they square with the historical teaching of the Chu…

Rome Under Pope Francis: A Climate of Fear

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This really is a must watch presentation. The premier English-language Vatican journalist, Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register, offers a journalist’s objective evaluation of a climate of fear in Rome, the Synod on the Family, Amoris Laetitia, and the crisis in the Church during the reign of Pope Francis.



Pope Francis has "a disregard for absolutes and traditional teaching" says the respected journalist. The Pope is fermenting schism, preaching politics, and concerned most with power, although he genuinely believes he is doing the best for the Church.

Pentin here gives a factual catalogue of spurious interventions, manipulations, monitorings which continue to lead to a breakdown of trust in the Vatican where the behaviour is being reduced to that of a boarding school, to quote Cardinal Müller. Vatican officials have left or will soon leave as a result of the conditions, he has an account of one official who feels the Pope and the Bishops are "trying to destr…

Theologians, Corrections & Donum Veritatis

Further to the story about Fr Weinandy, I was asked earlier today how theologians going public with their letters and 'corrections' square their actions with Donum Veritatis (the instruction on the ecclesial vocation of the theologian) which is pretty clear about not going public:
30. If, despite a loyal effort on the theologian's part, the difficulties persist, the theologian has the duty to make known to the Magisterial authorities the problems raised by the teaching in itself, in the arguments proposed to justify it, or even in the manner in which it is presented. He should do this in an evangelical spirit and with a profound desire to resolve the difficulties. His objections could then contribute to real progress and provide a stimulus to the Magisterium to propose the teaching of the Church in greater depth and with a clearer presentation of the arguments.
In cases like these, the theologian should avoid turning to the "mass media", but have recourse to th…

Where I am Right Now - Every Word...

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At the introduction of the Catholic Identity Conference 2017, emcee Michael J. Matt speaks of the present crisis in the Church as one without precedent. He explains why is it worse than the Arian crisis, and how the modern Church has brought this on by reneging on her own claim to be the sole means of salvation. Michael then gives background information on Bishop Athanasius Schneider as he introduces His Excellency as this year's CIC honoured guest speaker.

This is where I feel I am at the moment 100%. Great speech from Michael Matt!



All Souls...

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Have you prayed for the departed members of your family today? Those who have died, and have no-one to pray for them?

An excerpt from The Dream of Gerontius : closing words ...

Softly and gently, dearly-ransomed soul,
In my most loving arms I now enfold thee,
And o'er the penal waters, as they roll,
I poise thee, and I lower thee, and hold thee.
And carefully I dip thee in the lake,
And thou, without a sob or a resistance,
Dost through the flood thy rapid passage take,
Sinking deep, deeper, into the dim distance.
Angels to whom the willing task is given,
Shall tend, and nurse, and lull thee, as liest;
And Masses on the earth, and prayers in heaven,
Shall aid thee at the Throne of the Most Highest.
Farewell, but not for ever! brother dear,
Be brave and patient on thy bed of sorrow;
Swiftly shall pass thy night of trial here,
And I will come and wake thee on the morrow.
Farewell! Farewell!


Blessed John Henry Newman





It will warm your soul : 'this is the best of me ...' (Elga…

Fr Weinandy Sacked from USCCB *Update*

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Further to my post yesterday about the breaking news that the chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine and a current member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission had written a letter to Pope Francis expressing his deep concerns about several aspects of the current pontificate, including the much-debated Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, the Holy Father’s apparent low regard for Church doctrine, and the clear sense that many bishops “fear that if they speak their mind” about their concerns, “they will be marginalized or worse.”

Catholic World Report posted:  since the letter’s publication, he has received many positive and encouraging notes from theologians, priests, and lay people. However, the USCCB asked him to resign from his current position as consultant to the bishops, and he has submitted his resignation. In making such a request, the USCCB, it would appear, reinforces Fr. Weinandy’s very point about fearfulness and lack of transparency. So a note…

Top Theologian: Pope committing “calumny” against some of his critics

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It has been revealed today that Father Thomas Weinandy, former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops' committee on doctrine and currently a member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission, sent a letter to the Holy Father on July 31 criticising him for “demeaning” the importance of doctrine, committing “calumny” against some of his critics, and appointing bishops who “scandalise” believers with dubious “teaching and pastoral practice.”

He stressed the Holy Spirit is given to the Church, and particularly to the Pope, to “dispel error, not to foster it,” and that only the light of truth can free mankind from the blindness of sin.

He goes on to point out to the Holy Father that he seems “to censor and even mock” critics of Chapter 8 of his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, who wish to interpret it in accord with Church tradition, committing a “kind of calumny" that is “alien to the nature of the Petrine ministry.”

Elsewhere, he warned against t…

Faith & Reason 3-Minute Masterclass

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A couple of weeks ago my 14 year old son came along to Saturday Mass without much argument (which I considered to be a bit of a result). The sacristy bell rang and Fr. Andrew Pinsent processed out with Fr. Kevin, Fr. Con and Fr. Basil to concelebrate. It turned out it was his aunty's 50th wedding anniversary and the Mass was being offered for them.

My Son, John, our fourth child, has a complex presentation of Autism which makes him all the more special to us, but he is different and has difficulty communicating. He can appear abrupt, even rude, and tends to be very direct. I explained to John that as well as a priest, Fr Andrew was a prominent particle physicist who worked in the Large Hadron Collider project at Cern. John was sceptical about this saying "scientists don't believe in God dad", so, after Mass, Fr Andrew came up to say hello and I told him what John had said. He gave John a 3 minute master-class in science and religion and explained that all the best s…