Showing posts from January, 2018

Pope appoints dodgy elector special envoy.

Yesterday's Vatican Bollitino announced the
“Appointment of special envoy to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the erection of the diocese of Scranton, United States of America. The Pope has appointed Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles, as his special envoy at the celebration of the 150 th anniversary of the erection of the diocese of Scranton, United States of America, to take place on 4 March 2018.” The fact that Mahony’s successor has forbidden him from public ministry in the LA archdiocese due to his woeful handling of abuse cases appears not to matter.

According to Wikipedia, Mahoney has been an instrumental figure in working to cover up sexual abuse in the sexual abuse scandal, relocating dozens of priests in order to avoid prosecution and aspersions being cast on the Catholic Church.

So how has Pope Francis come to the decision that Mahony should be given this honour? Well it is interesting to note that Mahony was one of the cardina…

On This Rock

When I look back at the person I was before entering five years of formal study in Catholic theology at Maryvale I recognise just how different I am now. I see those five years very much as a period of preparation orchestrated by God to help me through the challenges I would soon endure.

Before beginning, I was pretty laissez faire, not really my fault, I just did not know why I was Catholic, other than it was what my family had always been and it seemed to make some sense. I did not know what the Church taught, or how that might effect my life, death or possibility of salvation. I could not articulate the Good News. I could not pass on the faith to anyone else.

The first thing I realised about studying the Catholic faith was how coherent it was and how it addressed all my concerns and all the shortcomings in my knowledge quite confidently. I came to be confident that, no matter how convoluted or complicated my question, someone, somewhere in the Catholic world had thought carefully …

Catholic converts from Islam want answers from Pope Francis

Giving Amoris Laetitia a rest for a minute, let's go back to 2013 and Pope Francis' first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. I've posted before about this troubling passage in the text:
"..for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” E.G. n. 253 Is it? Samuel Gregg notes in the National Review that Pope Francis’s fellow Jesuit Samir Khalil Samir (who is no knee-jerk anti-Muslim), writes in his 111 Questions on Islam (2002), Westerners who assert that groups like the Taliban are acting in a manner contrary to the spirit of Islam “usually know little about Islam.” In the Egyptian-born Jesuit’s view, “On the sociohistorical level, from the Qur’an onward, the ordinary meaning of jihad is unequivocal. [It] indicates the Muslim war in the name of God to defend Islam.” Later in the same book, Father Samir underscores that, alongside one tradition in Islam of somewhat limited tolerance towards Jews and Christians (pol…

Tim Farron: I was foolish to say gay sex isn't a sin

Former Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron MP who quit as Liberal Democrat leader in July after journalists attacked him for being Christian and questioned him about his opinions regarding homosexual acts, has admitted that he should have stood by his principles and that he lied when he said gay sex isn't a sin.

I was really pleased when Tim was appointed leader. I feel we desperately need more Christian voices to engage the culture. I was then hugely disappointed that he decided to betray his Christian beliefs on any number of issues in the course of his pursuit of acceptance and power. I think Peter D. Williams of Right to Lifesaid it perfectly on social media yesterday:

Since resigning as party leader, Tim has started doing what he should have done in the first place, providing an intelligent, articulate apologia for the hope that he bears (1 Peter 3:15). As I reported in November, he gave the Theos annual lecture for 2017 which was roundly welcomed as being excellent. Of cour…

Where will new Humanae Vitae direction take the Church?

Where will the new Humanae Vitae direction take the Church? Well, we don't have to guess, because the Anglican Church already did this in 1930.

I was very pleased to see this point - about Anglicanism and the Lambeth conference -taken up by Edward Pentin in the National Catholic Registertoday.

As I have posted before,Humanae Vitae marked a clear break with the secular moral agenda in 1968, and shocked many who were sure Paul VI would condone use of the contraceptive pill. Once, all Christian denominations were in agreement regarding the essential indivisibility of the procreative and unitive dimensions of sexual intercourse. The Anglican communion broke away from this consensus in 1930 at the now infamous Lambeth Conference. This opened the door to a plague of moral relativism which has dogged the Anglican Communion ever since, and led to the current situation where no one is really sure if sexual morality is even relevant or important in the Anglican Church.

Rather than capitulat…

The Assault on Humanae Vitae Grows More Explicit

There are some people who still think that people are being rude and nasty about Pope Francis and Amoris Laetitia.

"You've never liked him" come the school playground retorts to the stream of anti-Catholic news coming out of Rome.

"Amoris Laetitia is perfectly orthodox, Cardinal Müller said so", they whine, failing to recognise the very function of the pope is to dispel confusion and reinforce truth. The fact the Pope has said nothing to the proliferation of alternative interpretations of his Apostolic Exhortation seems to completely pass them by.

When news broke last year that a group of theologians had been commissioned with reviewing Humanae vitae, the prophetic and continuously controversial encyclical of Pope Paul VI which condemned artificial birth control, they dismissed it as rumour being spread to further damage Pope Francis' reputation. Indeed, Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, (yes, he who commissioned his own homo-erotic mural, that's th…

Pope Francis prepares a counter-offensive

Further to the brave statement from ALL the bishops of Kazakhstan, Vaticanista Marco Tosatti — a respected expert on inside matters in Rome — noted that a popular Italian blog was reporting that Pope Francis is preparing a counterattack against them and the two Italians.

Anonimi Della Croce("Anonymous of the Cross"), in a post titled "The Quiet Before the Storm," posted yesterday:
My source in the Vatican told me that last night [Pope Francis] stayed in Santa Marta with several Vatican "press officers" and various "advisers" for a meeting on how to deal with this new and "unexpected" Correction from the Bishops of Astana. The source told me that [the pope] was furious. He went on a rampage — because he cannot stand any opposition. They heard him scream: "They will regret it! They will regret it bitterly!" It goes on to summarise the pope's proposals as a "campaign of denigration" against the bishops, conducted …

New Year Post

I hope you have had a happy and fulfilling Christmas. I love the New Year, it always renews my sense of what is possible. An opportunity to reflect on that which I want to change, where I want to put more focus, an exercise in what is possible. 2017 has been a challenging year for me, but overall I have finished the year with a renewed sense of purpose and direction. Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve was particularly beautiful and touching with a real feeling of being close to God Incarnate, Emmanuel - God with us (on that subject, Msgr Charles Pope wrote an outstanding blog explaining why Jesus was named Jesus, or in Aramaic Yeshua which means “Yahweh is Salvation”, rather than Emmanuel as Isaiah 7:14, which you can read here).

Over the Christmas break, I felt filled with enthusiasm and ideas. Having suddenly been forced to leave my work position in June 2016, I have been suffering some anxiety about what direction I should next take. Turning to what I know best, I started selling tool…