PopeWatch: Checkmate

Saturday, June 24, AD 2017

 

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

 

 

Society of St. Pius X chess grandmaster Larcel Mafebvre has turned four of his pieces into bishops without approval from the World Chess Federation, officials have confirmed.

“Mr. Mafebvre has, without approval from the Federation, created bishops out of pawn pieces,” said World Chess Federation head Antonio Salamanca. “After speaking with Mr. Mafebvre regarding abiding by the new chess rules, wherein players are given the freedom to concelebrate the match, and to say the words of ‘checkmate’ in the vernacular, he has sadly decided to ignore our requests.”

Salamanca went on to tell reporters that Mafebvre had automatically incurred excheckommunication because of his disobedience.

“I must do what is in my conscience to preserve the dignity of the game,”  Mafebvre told EOTT in an exclusive interview. “Therefore, I have decided to consecrate four of my pieces into bishops to help my depleted side, for, from some Fischer, the smoke of Satan has entered the chessboard of God.”

At press time, one time follower of Larcel Mafebvre’s, Bavid Dawden, told EOTT that he has decided to become head of the World Chess Federation, though he only has three pawns to play with.

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PopeWatch: Apostasy

Friday, June 23, AD 2017

 

Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register has a barn burner of interview with Monsignor Nicola Bux, a former consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

Monsignor Bux, what are the implications of the ‘doctrinal anarchy’ that people see happening for the Church, the souls of the faithful and priests?

The first implication of doctrinal anarchy for the Church is division, caused by apostasy, which is the abandonment of Catholic thought, as defined by St. Vincent of Lerins: quod semper, quod ubique, quod ab omnibus creditur (what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all). Saint Irenaeus of Lyon, who calls Jesus Christ the “Master of unity,” had pointed out to heretics that everyone professes the same things, but not everyone means the same thing. This is the role of the Magisterium, founded on the truth of Christ: to bring everyone back to Catholic unity.

St. Paul exhorted Christians to be in agreement and to speak with unanimity. What would he say today? When cardinals are silent or accuse their confreres; when bishops who had thought, spoken and written — scripta manent! [written words remain]— in a Catholic way, but then say the opposite for whatever reason; when priests contest the liturgical tradition of the Church, then apostasy is established, the detachment from Catholic thought. Paul VI had foreseen that “this non-Catholic thought within Catholicism will tomorrow become the strongest [force]. But it will never represent the Church’s thinking. A small flock must remain, no matter how small it is.” (Conversation with J. Guitton, 9.IX.1977).

 

What implications, then, does doctrinal anarchy have for the souls of the faithful and ecclesiastics?

The Apostle exhorts us to be faithful to sure, sound and pure doctrine: that founded on Jesus Christ and not on worldly opinions (cf. Titus 1:7-11; 2:1-8). Perseverance in teaching and obedience to doctrine leads souls to eternal salvation. The Church cannot change the faith and at the same time ask believers to remain faithful to it. She is instead intimately obliged to be oriented toward the Word of God and toward Tradition.

Therefore, the Church remembers the Lord’s judgment: “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” (John 9:39). Do not forget that, when one is applauded by the world, it means one belongs to it. In fact, the world loves its own and hates what does not belong to it (cf. John 15:19). May the Catholic Church always remember that she is made up of only those who have converted to Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; all human beings are ordained to her (cf. Lumen gentium 13), but they are not part of her until they are converted.

 

How can this problem best be resolved?

The point is: what idea does the Pope have of the Petrine ministry, as described in Lumen gentium 18 and codified in canon law? Faced with confusion and apostasy, the Pope should make the distinction — as Benedict XVI did — between what he thinks and says as a private, learned person, and what he must say as Pope of the Catholic Church. To be clear: the Pope can express his ideas as a private learned person on disputable matters which are not defined by the Church, but he cannot make heretical claims, even privately. Otherwise it would be equally heretical.

I believe that the Pope knows that every believer — who knows the regula fidei [the rule of faith] or dogma, which provides everyone with the criterion to know what the faith of the Church is, what everyone has to believe and who one has to listen to — can see if he is speaking and operating in a Catholic way, or has gone against the Church’s sensus fidei [sense of the faith]. Even one believer can hold him to account. So whoever thinks that presenting doubts [dubia] to the Pope is not a sign of obedience, hasn’t understood, 50 years after Vatican II, the relationship between him [the Pope] and the whole Church. Obedience to the Pope depends solely on the fact that he is bound by Catholic doctrine, to the faith that he must continually profess before the Church.

We are in a full crisis of faith! Therefore, in order to stop the divisions in progress, the Pope — like Paul VI in 1967, faced with the erroneous theories that were circulating shortly after the conclusion of the Council — should make a Declaration or Profession of Faith, affirming what is Catholic, and correcting those ambiguous and erroneous words and acts — his own and those of bishops — that are interpreted in a non-Catholic manner.

Otherwise, it would be grotesque that, while seeking unity with non-Catholic Christians or even understanding with non-Christians, apostasy and division is being fostered within the Catholic Church. For many Catholics, it is incredible that the Pope is asking bishops to dialogue with those who think differently, but does not want first to face the cardinals who are his chief advisors. If the Pope does not safeguard doctrine, he cannot impose discipline. As John Paul II said, the Pope must always be converted, to be able to strengthen his brothers, according to the words of Christ to Peter: “Et tu autem conversus, confirma fratres tuos [when you are converted, strengthen your brothers].” 

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4 Responses to PopeWatch: Apostasy

  • Thank you.
    The tug of war ragging in my heart is exhausting and separating the office from the man has been a challenge.

    Can God turn him? Can our offerings help in his conversion?

    Not every single word from his mouth is teetering on error but his reluctance to address the matter personally is cowardice.

    Thank you for the correct perspective.

  • The smoke of Satan has indeed entered the tabernacle. Information as to how the faithful must navigate these historically crucial times is needed more than ever to insure a viable thriving remnant remain.
    Thanks for the article Don.

  • Good commentary at St. Corbinian’s Bear:

    http://corbiniansbear.blogspot.com/2017/06/who-is-antichrist-debate-between-bear.html

    Liberals say Trump isn’t their President. Well guess what? Obama wasn’t my President and Jorge Bergoglio isn’t my Pope.

  • Monsignor Nicola Bux is playing the role of Thomas More in our age of the tragic decline of the Catholic Church and particularly it’s leadership. Pope Francis has much the same attitude as Henry VIII in deciding he has no higher authority than himself.

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PopeWatch: Audience

Thursday, June 22, AD 2017

 

The four dubia Cardinals drafted a request for an audience on April 25, 2017:

 

Most Holy Father,

It is with a certain trepidation that I address myself to Your Holiness, during these days of the Easter season. I do so on behalf of the Most Eminent Cardinals: Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Joachim Meisner, and myself.

We wish to begin by renewing our absolute dedication and our unconditional love for the Chair of Peter and for Your august person, in whom we recognize the Successor of Peter and the Vicar of Jesus: the “sweet Christ on earth,” as Saint Catherine of Siena was fond of saying. We do not share in the slightest the position of those who consider the See of Peter vacant, nor of those who want to attribute to others the indivisible responsibility of the Petrine munus. We are moved solely by the awareness of the grave responsibility arising from the munus of cardinals: to be advisers of the Successor of Peter in his sovereign ministry. And from the Sacrament of the Episcopate, which “has placed us as bishops to pasture the Church, which He has acquired with his blood” (Acts 20:28).

On September 19, 2016 we delivered to Your Holiness and to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith five dubia, asking You to resolve uncertainties and to bring clarity on some points of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.

Not having received any response from Your Holiness, we have reached the decision to ask You, respectfully and humbly, for an Audience, together if Your Holiness would like. We attach, as is the practice, an Audience Sheet in which we present the two points we wish to discuss with you.

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  • The pope will promptly schedule the requested audience for the second Tuesday of next week.

  • Matthew 7:9 (“Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will
    he reach him a stone?”) somehow comes to mind. Cardinals Caffarra et. al. being dutiful
    sons asking for bread, and our Pope offering stone instead. His is the silence of a man
    who has nothing to say for himself.

  • So what happens next when after time it becomes apparent to all that the Pope will never respond and dialogue?

    What is he afraid of?

  • The reality is the pope cannot answer the dubia without exposing its inability to comply with the teachings of the faith as handed down by the Apostles. The question remains: what now? Will the cardinals sit quietly for the dissolution of Catholic doctrine and practice that has already begun? Will the Pope respond with punishment?(alter boys for the lot of them) Will he attempt to answer with more transparent ambiguity and unclarity? Will he admit to its confusion and clarify the errors? As they say, only God knows.

  • This quote from the Register says it all:
    “For many Catholics, it is incredible that the Pope is asking bishops to dialogue with those who think differently [i.e. non-Catholic Christians], but does not want first to face the cardinals who are his chief advisors,” Msgr. Bux says.

  • For pf it might be better to remain silent and be accused of heresies than to open one’s mouth and support the evidence.

    Trying my best to take the good and leave the rotton until his chapter ends. Good?
    Yes. There is some good.
    Like it or not….. he’s our Pope.
    Pray for him.

  • What I hope will happen if the Pope doesn’t respond is continued following in the example of St. Catherine of Siena’s loyalty to a difficult Holy Father.

  • I’m beginning to wonder if this Pope “thinks” that his election is proof that he (Francis) is now “authorized” by God to change what Christ taught on Marriage. Am I crazy for thinking that the Pope thinks this?

  • David WS; I too, think that Pope Francis believes that he is enabled to change the truth taught by Jesus Christ, the Healer.

  • Mundabor has an interesting perspective on this, and he doesn’t take kindly to what he calls the meowing of Cardinals:

    https://mundabor.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/four-cardinals-five-dubia-and-no-end-of-meowing/

  • Agree with Mundabor. “Please, dear Cardinals, stop meowing and grow a pair already. You are supposed to be Princes of the Church, not whining kitten.”

    What we are dealing with here is the reincarnation of Henry VII in the body of Pope Francis. What’s needed is another Thomas More. We we now have are pussy cats. Like in the time of Henry the Cardinals and Bishops are mostly caving in as nearly all Catholic will also.

    The persecution of orthodox Catholics is well on its way. Let his pray for divine intervention so that fewer souls will be lost.

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PopeWatch: Unholy Ghost

Wednesday, June 21, AD 2017

 

 

An article at Crisis by Julia Meloni focuses on one of the ghostwriters for the Pope:

 

 

In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis announces: “No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!” (297). Josef Seifert warns that it’s “nearly unavoidable” to deduce a denial of Hell—a fear echoed by others. Anna Silvas notes Amoris Laetitia’s “missing” lexicon of eternity: “There are no immortal souls in need of eternal salvation to be found in the document!”

But papal ghostwriter Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez is ebullient with joy because, as he declares in a 1995 article, “I rely firmly upon the truth that all are saved.” The author of Heal Me With Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing, Fernandez elsewhere rhapsodizes that extra-marital sex can express “ecstatic” charity and “Trinitarian richness.”

And Fernandez the papal ghostwriter—as Michael Pakaluk and Sandro Magister have shown—repeatedly plagiarizes his previous work in Amoris Laetitia. For instance, Fernandez’s 2006 declaration that “Trinitarian” love can be “realized within an objective situation of sin” is echoed in Amoris Laetitia 305.

Last September, the four cardinals submitted their dubia out of grave concern for “the true good of souls.” They’ve now published a letter from April requesting an audience with the pontiff—who has not responded.

As the months of papal non-engagement grow, Pope Francis’s maxim that “time is greater than space” feels increasingly ominous. Fernandez—whose cited and uncited work also appears in Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium—has long claimed that we’re in an age of revolutionary “time.”

In his book The Francis Project, Fernandez laments that conservative “fanatics” can’t accept that the “Spirit”—which can “elude the supervision of the institution of the Church”—is leading us “toward a different phase.” It’s a phase where, apparently, God is “Mother” and “you should follow your conscience” and “a pope who tells us that God wants us to be happy on this earth will never ask us to be obsessed with sacrifice.” It’s a phase where, to quote Pope Francis, the Church isn’t “obsessed” with abortion or sexual ethics either.

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  • So what are the four cardinals who submitted the five dubia and requested an audience going to do as Jorge Bergoglio continues to refuse to address their concerns?

    Eventually we have to reach a point where we openly call Jorge Bergoglio a heretic and refuse to follow him or give him credence.

    He must be deposed from the Seat of St Peter and anathematized. For the good of his soul and the good of the Church, he must be cast out.

    But who can do that except God? Oh that Jorge Bergoglio might experience what King Nebuchadnezzar did in Daniel chapter 4! That would fix his Argentinian ego but good.

  • I know many decent people who are striving to lead holy lives, but in the greater balance of civilization I see very few who are “obsessed with sacrifice.”

  • the sacrifice that so horrifies many in the “lifestyle” is what they see as what the world wants them to live with daily– chastity, purity. They think not giving in to what they feel driven to do, in obedience to what they have accepted as their actual identity. “This is who I am!” “You are asking me to sacrifice every day!” “God mad me this way so He obviously wants me to live this way… your obsession with my need to sacrifice is hateful and unmerciful.”

  • Anzlyne.

    As a believer and ambassador for Christ we have much to do. Our love and example is what will help them heal from a lifestyle choice that is only a dead end.

    They will search us out as the indelible mark becomes more evident and important to their sense of true identity. We must remember to just be ourselves and trust in Providence. Of course we pray. We adore.
    We beg for the forgiveness of those who do not pray, do not adore and who do not love the one who placed that indelible mark on them from the very beginning.

    Fatima’s angel of Portugal is instructing…and preparing the future St. Francisco in all of us. Sacrifice and daily Rosaries for the conversion of sinners.

    Peace.

  • If we were to imagine how the devil speaks we could do no better than to listen to Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez. Why this isn’t perfectly clear to Pope Francis and the Cardinals can only be explained by sharing the same belief or lack of courage.

  • Good morning Philip and thank you . We pray and hope.

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PopeWatch: Christ?

Monday, June 19, AD 2017

 

A Francis appointed Bishop shows us that under the current Pontificate the words of Christ in regard to marriage mean less than nothing:

An Argentinian bishop, inspired by Pope Francis’ Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, celebrated a special Mass for civilly-divorced-and-remarried couples in his diocese. The thirty or so couples were all invited to receive Holy Communion despite there being no indication that any of them had promised to live as brother and sister.

“Welcome back home,” Bishop Angel José Macin of the diocese of Reconquista told the couples during the Mass celebrated on the June 11th Feast of the Blessed Trinity, according to Argentinian news website Radioamanecer.com.ar

The couples were given Holy Communion in what was described as a “festive atmosphere” in the parish church of Saint Roque. Relatives took photographs.

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  • It is near impossible to believe that this planting of poison ivy within Catholic flower beds isn’t done by design.

  • ” Pope Francis is all about mercy even if someone else gets kicked in the teeth as a result.”
    Comment of the week.
    “…til death do us part” means nothing so how could “I love you” from remarried people mean anything? Love is taking a back seat to I want what I want and I want it now, while Pope Francis plays the fiddle. The Pope’s job is to reiterate the words of Christ. For those who refuse to listen, they will not listen even if the rich man rises from the dead. It appears that our Pope Francis is among those who will not listen even though Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

  • It depends on what “objective truth” means.

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  • “Until death do you part..”

    Oh, how Cheap! ..those words have become!

  • Honestly, it’s as if our Pope and his fellow travelers in the clergy truly
    believe that the only worthy reason a person still might be denied Holy
    Communion is if he wished to receive upon the tongue whilst kneeling.

    Well, that’s overstating. I think a few might also refuse Communion to
    those who would deny the inerrancy of ‘man-made climate change’…

    Snark aside, if no one need listen to the Church’s perennial teachings on
    the indissolubility of marriage, the sinfulness of adultery and fornication,
    and the necessity of being free of mortal sin before approaching Communion,
    then why exactly should anyone listen to bishops and Popes when they speak
    about the sinfulness of anything else? Would it still be “merciful” to deny
    Communion to a notorious, outspoken racist? What about an unrepentant
    advocate of pedophilia? Would this bishop also greet them at the Communion
    rail and tell them “welcome back home” without one word about their need to
    amend their lives?

    Bishops like His Excellency the Bishop of Reconquista are no shepherds. They
    are refusing to herd their sheep towards the Father’s fold, and abandon them
    to find their own way– with disastrous results for the lost sheep. Worse, the
    sheep are told they’re on the right path no matter what they do, when in
    fact they are left in the dark, unknowingly lurching towards the wolves…

    “Merciful” prelates such as His Excellency the Bishop of Reconquista might
    abandon the ancient symbol of their office, the shepherd’s crook, for some-
    thing that better reflects their new understanding of their role. If a bishop
    intends neither to teach, govern nor sanctify as a bishop should, but rather
    is merely the head administrator and chief glad-hander of the diocese, perhaps
    his symbol of office shouldn’t be a crozier but instead a giant checkbook and a
    microphone. (At least we could tell more easily which ones to avoid).

  • Here is a case of actions speaking louder than words. Now, who can deny what Pope Francis really means in Amoris Laetitia?

  • The four “dubia” cardinals requested an audience with the pope and it appears they’re getting blown off again.

    http://m.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/dubia-cardinals-seek-papal-audience#.WUji-YVlCaM

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PopeWatch: Dark

Saturday, June 17, AD 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

 

 

In an effort to attract more young people, the USCCB announced today that they will begin working on a dark, gruesome, and gritty reboot of the Novus Ordo.

Speaking with EOTT, Bishop Robert Lombardo, who came up with the idea for the reboot, said that they hope to begin saying the new Mass beginning next fall.

“Right now we’re just beginning to work on the new translation, which we’re tentatively calling ‘The Mass: Rise of the Godman.’”

Lombardo also went on to explain that the reboot would skew more towards gritty priests and deacons and away from the smiling and happy priest and deacon that we’ve become accustomed to seeing.

“These days young adults are spending so much of their time and money watching dark movie reboots, so there’s no reason why we can’t do that within the context of the Mass. To say to someone in their 20’s and 30’s, ‘Hey, you enjoyed that gritty and gruesome movie last night, now come to Mass and enjoy the complete opposite of what you loved last night,’ is absurd. We have to give them what they want is what it boils down to.”

Gotham bishop Leonard Kelly told EOTT that the bishops also discussed a reboot for all the sacraments, including Confirmation, which will be called The Sacrament of the Blood Oath, Anointing of the Sick, which will be called The Sacrament of Bodily Annihilation, and Matrimony, which will be called The Sacrament of Mental Annihilation.

We also plan to change the vestments so that they’re simply red mantles and hoods, with the red symbolizing blood, all the blood Christ spilled for our transgressions.

At press time, Kelly has cryptically stated that it is time for the youth to heed the calling of the Light, saying “You either die a saint or live long enough to see yourself become the devil,” before throwing the hood over his head and leaping off the top of a church spire.

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PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia

Friday, June 16, AD 2017

 

 

The Lavender Mafia is alive and well at the Vatican:

 

Cardinal Joseph Tobin told the New York Times that it would have been “backhanded” of him to mention anything about sin to the “LGBT pilgrims” who he personally welcomed to a Cathedral Mass last month.

On Sunday, May 21, the Cardinal was on hand at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart to personally welcome homosexuals on a so-called “LGBT Pilgrimage.”

When asked by the New York Times if he should have used the event to call the “LGBT pilgrims” out of sin, Cardinal Tobin replied: “That sounds a little backhanded to me.” 

“It was appropriate to welcome people to come and pray and call them who they were. And later on, we can talk,” he said. 

The Cardinal said that to “combine his welcome with a criticism would not have been a full welcome at all.”

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Some other high profile priests and bishops pushing the envelope on the acceptance of homosexuality within the Church include: 

  • Fr. James Martin, SJ, editor-at-large for the Jesuit magazine America and recently appointed to the Vatican as a communications consultant, who just published his pro-homosexual book, Building a Bridge.
  • Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, now at the helm of both the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, who paid a homosexual artist to paint a homoerotic mural in his cathedral church in 2007. The mural includes an image of the archbishop himself clasped to a semi-naked man.
  • Cardinal Kevin Farrell, recently appointed by Pope Francis to head the Vatican office on laity, family, and life issues, who has called on his city’s priests to embrace “LGBT families.”
  • The Diocese of San Diego, under Bishop Robert McElroy, recently announced that Fr. John Dolan, a priest with an LGBT-positive record, had been appointed by the Vatican to be an auxiliary bishop. Fr, Dolan had previously gone on record suggesting that there is no problem with homosexual “marriage” within the Catholic church.

Catholic parishioners in some major urban centers may also have noticed a creeping incrementalism of the acceptance of homosexuality within their parishes. 

For instance, in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Matthew’s Parish has been promoting homosexuality and its so-called “compatibility” with Catholicism for years.

In the Archdiocese of New York, leaders of “gay and lesbian ministries” in three separate parishes openly flout Catholic teaching on sexual morality, saying that their lifestyle choices are part of how God made them. 

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  • I am sick to death of homosexualism. They are indeed pushing the envelope. God knows when they push too far.

  • Cardinal could have offered an off-hand remark on whether one could simultaneously be LGBT and Catholic Christian. Problem is: where does he stand?

    I’m totally ignorant in Theology. Were Hitler’s life style choices part of how God made him?

  • Lavender Mafia and Free Masonry ties?

    I wonder.
    My guess is that there connected.

    Was Francis blanketing a smokescreen when he ordered Cardinal Burke to clear out Mason’s a few months ago? http://angelqueen.org/2017/01/12/pope-ordered-card-burke-to-clean-out-freemasons-from-the-knights-of-malta/

    Who knows.
    In this climate it’s a possibility.

    As always we must pray for his conversion.
    Holy Spirit take over… please.

  • I think us lay people are more faithful to our faith its teaching and our Lord Jesus Christ then any of the Bishops, Cardinal, Priest and our Pope who all seem to be leading us in the wrong direction. I wish they would grow a backbone and teach the teaching that God wants us to live by. Shame on them!!!!

  • Homosexuality or same sex attraction is an act of “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” Addiction to sodomy and the vice of lust is a free will act contrary to and in violation of the rational free will. Sodomy itself is assault and battery of another human being. There is nothing sexual about sodomy. Sodomy is a crime against oneself and Nature. Only Truth will set us free. The Truth about addiction to sodomy is enslavement to slavery. The Preamble to our Constitution promises “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (Constitutional ) Posterity, all future generations. Enslaving all future generations, our Posterity, to an addiction to sodomy is the devil’s work. All human beings are conceived in original innocence, legal and moral innocence. They are the standard of Justice for our nation from the very first moment of their existence. To corrupt an innocence child needs a millstone about the neck and a very deep river into which the corrupter needs to cast himself. Priest, pagan and heretics all are required to maintain our innocent children in innocence as their God and their heritage intends for them.

  • Only those persons who reverence the human person can enter into the honorable state of Holy Matrimony.
    Informed consent cannot be given to sodomy. Sodomy is a lie. A female husband and a male bride is a lie and perjury in a court of law. Informed consent cannot be given to a lie because by its very nature a lie is disinformation.

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PopeWatch: Unchanging

Thursday, June 15, AD 2017

 

PopeWatch has long believed that the key to understanding Pope Francis is his life in Argentina, and, above all, this event:

 

A titanic struggle for the soul of Catholicism ensued. Bergoglio had strong support within the Jesuits when he became provincial superior in 1973. But by the time he ended his leadership role as rector of Buenos Aires’s Jesuit seminary in 1986, those who loathed him had begun to outnumber those who loved him. By 1990, his support within the order had been eroded by his authoritarian style and his incorrigible inability, in the words of the Jesuit, Father Frank Brennan, “to let go the reins of office once a [Jesuit] provincial of a different hue was in the saddle.” Another senior Jesuit told me: “He drove people really crazy with his insistence that only he knew the right way to do things. Finally the other Jesuits said: ‘Enough.’”

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  • “He drove people really crazy with his insistence that only he knew the right way to do things. Finally the other Jesuits said: ‘Enough.’”

    If my own experience is any guide, the propensity of management to push that line is inversely proportional to the actual skills possessed.

  • “His view that it is his way or the highway as a young man remains the exact mode of operation of his Papacy.”

    Wait till the Lord Jesus Christ deposes him and one day He shall. This dictatorial Latin American Peronist will have much to answer for.

  • “What Pope Francis learned from this is that the left is stronger than the right in internal Church struggles, and from then on he was going to ally himself with the left.”

    Looks like practically every bishop learned that same lesson and took it to heart. As I have said before, Pope Francis is not as much the cause of the leftward lurch in the Church’s power base, but the product of it.

  • Practically every bishop in the west that is.

  • John Paul II did not learn this lesson and neither did Pope Benedict. Pope Francis is most definitely the cause of the leftward lurch in the Church as we will see after his successor takes office.

  • Well, Donald, JPIi and Benedict XVI did unwittingly set the table for much of what we are seeing now. In the case of JPII, in the latter part of his pontificate took positions on issues like capital punishment in a manner that an honest critique would demand to regarded as irresponsible. As for B16, although he didn’t enshrine his views on the “climate change” hoax in an encyclical, he was clearly in the Al Gore like camp on that issue. And the bishops they picked are clearly leftist, even the orthodox ones. Unless Church teaching explicitly forbids it, these bishops are not only leftist, but hard left. And judging from the tone of their statements, they are more concerned about “social justice” than they are anything else.

    Against this backdrop, it was only a matter of time that someone like Bergoglio got elected.

  • Pope John Paul II also helped to bring down Communism in Eastern Europe, chastised the Sandinistas to their face and was a champion of orthodoxy. Likewise Pope Benedict was a champion of orthodoxy, was alarmed by the threats to religious freedom in the US from the Obama administration and fought the normalization of homosexuality. Compared to Francis, either one was Reagan in a cassock.

  • Of course, I am not denying the good these popes did. In fact, I think especially JPII was a great pope. But in some areas, he did things that were harmful.

    Unfortunately, I think JPII would handled the Muslim refugee issue in a similar manner as Francis is. And given the fact JPII was a Pole, that would have put both the Polish government and the Polish bishops in a bad position because they take a very politically incorrect, but correct, position on that issue. That’s why Poland doesn’t have a problem with Islamic terrorism.

    And yes, compared to Pope Francis, they were Reagan in a cassock. But considered who Pope Francis is, that in itself isn’t really saying much, is it?

  • Unfortunately, I think JPII would handled the Muslim refugee issue in a similar manner as Francis is.

    Not so sure about that:

    http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/messages/migration/documents/hf_jp-ii_mes_25071995_undocumented_migrants.html

    “When no solution is foreseen, these same institutions should direct those they are helping, perhaps also providing them with material assistance, either to seek acceptance in other countries, or to return to their own country.”

  • “He drove people really crazy with his insistence that only he knew the right way to do things. Finally the other Jesuits said: ‘Enough.’”

    Let us hope the Cardinals will soon say that they too have had “Enough”.

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PopeWatch: Bad Joke

Wednesday, June 14, AD 2017

 

Further evidence that this current pontificate is a bad joke:

 

Among the 45 new members Pope Francis has appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life is an Anglican minister who has argued that abortion should be legal until “18 weeks after conception.”

University of Oxford Professor Nigel Biggar, who was appointed to the Academy for a five-year term, stated in a 2011 dialogue with pro-infanticide ethicist Peter Singer that a preborn baby is “not…the same kind of thing as an adult or a mature human being” and therefore does not deserve “quite the same treatment.”

“I would be inclined to draw the line for abortion at 18 weeks after conception, which is roughly about the earliest time when there is some evidence of brain activity, and therefore of consciousness,” he said as reported by Standpoint magazine.

Then, one year later, when he was the keynote speaker for an event at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, he said that “it is not true that all abortion is equivalent to murder.”

 

Go here to read the rest.  Pro-lifers in the Age of Francis need to watch their backs, because the Church sure will not be.

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  • A pro-abort at the Academy for Life. There’s an oxymoron for you!

  • He is on a mission….. unfortunately;

    (An except from your article)
    Pope Francis began his overhaul of the Academy last year by creating new statutes, that among other things, no longer required that members sign a declaration to uphold the Church’s pro-life teachings. The Pope’s next move was to then remove all of the academy members while promising to make new appointments himself.

    Former academy member Judie Brown wrote in an article earlier this year that she was shocked by what she called Francis’ move to “deconstruct” the Academy that was once considered a bastion of orthodoxy.

    “The Pontifical Academy for Life is undergoing an overhaul by Pope Francis and his political operatives within the Vatican’s hierarchy, and it is one of the most heartbreaking events I have seen in my lifetime. But given the politics of the Vatican, it is not surprising,” she wrote at that time.

    Bad joke indeed.
    I can’t help but see a Martin Luther wannabe​ sitting in the Chair of Peter.

    The Chastisement us well underway.

  • The chastisement IS well….not us.
    Excuse my typo please.

  • The Eye of the Tiber and actual news are confused with this Pope.

  • “Pro-lifers in the Age of Francis need to watch their backs, because the Church sure will not be.”

    I would amend that to say:

    “Pro-lifers in the Age of Francis need to watch their backs, because neither this Pontiff nor his lackeys surely will.”

    That Argentinian Marxist Peronist heretic and his limp-wristed effeminate lavendar clothed yes-men of demonic doom do not define the Church. When God has had enough of them, He will ensure that they go to exactly where they have by their actions always shown where wanted to go in the first place.

  • Scientific DNA tells us that the human being begins at fertilization. Mary, the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION tells us that her life began at conception. The human soul being scraped from the womb is murder, a violation of the Fifth Commandment. Pope Francis has to work every hard to maintain that kind of ignorance. Maybe Pope Francis will get overtime pay from the devil, a couple of extra years in hell after eternity.

  • It won’t be long before Pope Francis re-defines Pro-Life to include environmental and economic concerns. Maybe he already has?

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PopeWatch: Not a Liberal

Tuesday, June 13, AD 2017

 

 

Mathew Walther insists at The Week that Pope Francis is no liberal:

 

Indeed, I would go so far as to say that both of his predecessors, St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, had more of the saccharine “Spirit of Vatican II” about them than Francis has. The current pope is a hard-headed practical man, with no illusions about human nature. Nor is he much of an intellectual, though his environmental encyclical Laudato si’ is one of the most important pieces of theological writing to have appeared in my lifetime.

 

His is a decidedly peasant spirituality of intense Marian devotion. He loathes pomposity with the fervor of his ascetic namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. While he is famous for not getting on well with mainstream traditionalists like me, the so-called rigorists and doctors of the law whom he has subjected to endless (and sometimes deserved) ridicule, he clearly has a soft spot for the much-maligned Society of St. Pius X, whose founder was shamefully — and perhaps invalidly — excommunicated by John Paul II. His gradual reintroduction of these battered and pious misfits into the wider life of the Church is the answer to many prayers.

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  • Pope Francis has confused orthodoxy, orthodox doctrine, with doctors; principles with persons. Pope Francis has banned the priests and sisters of the Immaculate Conception for whatever reason, for which he is embracing the Society of Pius X. It would appear that a Pope devoted to Our Lady would embraced the priests and sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

  • Francis isn’t an ideologue since he is completely a-ideological. He could just as easily function in a country that is ruled by generals like in Argentina (where he got along swimmingly – biggest problems for him were the Catholics who didn’t like his holyman/shamanism/prophet schtick) as he can with the Leninist/Stalinists/Maoist like he is presently with the Chinese government.

    Francis is all about power. He will do whatever he needs to do to attain it and then keep it.

    So in fact, what Francis is is a Machievellian.

    And if you don’t believe me, go read the joint statement that he put out with the Russian Patriarch Kirill in Cuba.

  • I stopped reading Mr. Walther’s piece at “…(Pope Francis’) environmental encyclical
    Laudato Si’ is one of the most important pieces of theological writing to have appeared
    in my lifetime”.
    Whatever the man might have to say after a howler like that, I know
    I cannot take seriously. I actually did a double-take to make sure this wasn’t a satirical
    article reposted from Eye of the Tiber.

  • A great deal of topical commentary (by experts and aspirant experts) is fundamentally self-aggrandizing. What is the function of intellectuals, but to tell us that things are not as ordinary people see them? I’m hoping as one trods through middle age one acquires the talent to recognize this dreck fairly reliably from the appearance of a few predictable phrases, because I’m very unmotivated to read it any more. Oh no no no. If you were sophisticated you’d see the subtelty or the deeper problem or the root cause or the unnoticed antecedent ka blah ka blah ka blah. Everything that needs to be said to Mr. Walther is said by John Cleese at the 0:30 mark.

    https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KLqIMg5z9ZKG8Al3M0nIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByZWc0dGJtBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDBGdwb3MDMQ–?p=john+cleese+belgians&vid=f44ffb6f6a66dcad65af117795e75e9e&turl=https%3A%2F%2Ftse2.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOVP.owB-0ZYXI0KjII9HR2Ij3AEsDh%26pid%3D15.1%26h%3D225%26w%3D300%26c%3D7%26rs%3D1&rurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8iXvhcw07do&tit=John+Cleese+hates+Belgians&c=0&h=225&w=300&l=78&sigr=11b4eo8eg&sigt=10qbi80p2&sigi=12rle1gl1&age=1200726190&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Av&b=1&hsimp=yhs-safesearch&hspart=avira&type=videos&tt=b

  • Jorge Bergoglio is a heretic. Further, I agree with Clinton. Laudato Si is a piece of liberal progressive eco-wacko, enviro-nazi pagan nonsense best reserved for the incinerator.

    This Pope must be deposed and anathematized! The sooner the better!

  • We learn a lot about Mr. Walther and his dislikes in this piece. He’s certainly not *that* kind of traditionalist.

    Not so much about the Pope, alas.

  • Man that bugs me. He does not seem a very good person.

    At the end of the article is this:
    “Ostensibly traditionalist Catholic journalists subject the pope’s every utterance to a kind of graspingly paranoid scrutiny; the most innocuous line from a homily is taken as evidence of a sinister mission to undermine and ultimately destroy the Church.”
    Mr. Walther’s article is a round-house wind up ending in a smack down of the faithful Catholic who is caught in the maelstrom of Francis. Sort of a tricky way of using fine language but jabbing us in the stomach at the same time. .

  • In the article Walther badmouths an excellent new book: The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives, a new book by an American journalist called George Neumayr.

    Do yourself a favor and buy it.

  • Alain Badiou, the Grand Old Man of the French Left, would certainly agree that Pope Francis is no liberal.

    Badiou described the Holy Father as “a typical petit-bourgeois Social Democrat. In other words, he is someone who wants a decaffeinated Revolution – 1789 without 1793 or the October Revolution without the Red Terror”

  • Ah French lefties, thahk God that since the Commune they have usually lacked the power to carry out their blood drenched schemes. Of course in regard to Badiou he is hampered by the fact that no one, including himself, understands what he is saying which has been described as bursts of metaphysical gibberish.

  • Badiou described the Holy Father as “a typical petit-bourgeois Social Democrat. In other words, he is someone who wants a decaffeinated Revolution – 1789 without 1793 or the October Revolution without the Red Terror”

    I think if Ted Cruz or William Voegli were to describe Francis in terms of his disposition toward the Constitution of 1789, people would generally say that was silly.

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PopeWatch: Cardinal Sarah

Monday, June 12, AD 2017

 

PopeWatch has long thought that the alleged amity between the Pope Emeritus and his successor is basically a sham.  The flap over Cardinal Sarah’s book might be evidence of this:

 

“The arrogance, the violence of language, the disrespect and the inhuman contempt for Benedict XVI are diabolical and cover the Church with a mantle of sadness and shame,” Cardinal Sarah said.

“These people demolish the Church and its profound nature,” he added.

 

Critics of Benedict XVI have complained that the former Pontiff meddled in Church affairs by contributing the afterword to the German edition of the book, in which Benedict praises Cardinal Sarah and thanks Pope Francis for appointing the African prelate to his current post as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship.

In his afterword to Cardinal Sarah’s book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, Benedict XVI wrote that the liturgy is in “good hands” with the Guinean cardinal, while also praising Sarah for his prayer life.

Sarah, Benedict writes, speaks “out of the depths of silence with the Lord, out of his interior union with him, and thus really has something to say to each one of us.”

“We should be grateful to Pope Francis for appointing such a spiritual teacher as head of the congregation that is responsible for the celebration of the liturgy in the Church,” Benedict writes.

The last line of the afterword reads, “With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands.”

Critics were quick to accuse the former pope of interfering in Church politics and trying to undermine Pope Francis.

One, the Italian liturgist Andrea Grillo, a longtime detractor of Pope Benedict, claims that the former pope has behaved in a “scandalous way” by writing the afterword in praise of Cardinal Sarah and his book, accusing him of “clericalism” and “hypocrisy.”

“It’s as if Ratzinger suddenly renounced his renunciation and wishes to influence the decisions of his successor,” Grillo declared.

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  • Benedict’s rather effusive praise of his successor in his post pontificate interview with Peter Seewald suggests he is playing both sides against the middle. I think B16 giving interviews and writing afterwords to books is a bad idea in my opinion. I think it would be best if he said nothing at all.

  • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is still a bishop, and is still entitled to speak as he thinks fit – because he has handed over the papacy does not remove his right and duty to speak as any other bishop has the right to do.
    I am part way through reading Cdl. Robert Sarah’s book, “God ro Nothing” – and I cannt help but be hugely impressed by this amazing man. I will be getting his new book, and pray that he will be elevated to the papacy on the passing of Pope Francis. We would then get clear and definitive speaking, and most certainly in line with Church doctrine – not the confusing and obfuscating language we get now.

  • We don’t know what a former Pope is supposed to do or not do. None of us have any experience with this. The best we can do is by analogy and it seems to me that the closest parallel is with retired bishops. Here in Philadelphia, we have had a lot of retired bishops around and their conduct was as they see fit. Some were really vocal like Krol. Some were dead silent like Bevilacqua. My point is only that there does not seem to BE a standard, a general view of of how retired bishops should behave. Against that backdrop, I think that Benedict should be given some latitude. Expecting him to remain silent as everything he believes about the liturgy and the importance of theology to the life of the Church is torn asunder is unreasonable.

  • “He is not going to express himself directly for fear of bringing about a formal schism.”
    Pope Benedict should speak truthfully, forcefully and frequently. If this results in a schism so be it.

  • As a human being, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is free to speak his opinion. Pope Benedict’s opinion said nothing against anyone, but only in praise of Cardinal Sarah. Those who would find fault where there is no fault are seeking to inflict their opinion by intimidation.

  • The pope ought to have taken the name, Boniface IX.

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PopeWatch: Get Thee to a Nunnery

Saturday, June 10, AD 2017

 

 

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

 

After several public failed relationships and an embarrassing 8-months without a boyfriend, award winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift announced today via Twitter that she was leaving the music industry to become a nun.

“With some prayer, and lots of thinking about boys, I’ve decided to become a nun,” she  wrote on Twitter.

Swift’s agent Rod Steelman confirmed this morning that she has been accepted into the Monastery of Our Lady of Perpetual Disappointment, a convent exclusively for women who respond to a calling immediately after experiencing a devastating breakup.

“She told me a few months ago that she had discerned entering a convent every time she had ever had a breakup, but that this last breakup  was different,” Steelman told EOTT. “She said that she was thinking about how Jesus seemed like the only man that wouldn’t ever break up with her, and how she would never have to write a song about him like she did other men in her life. That’s when it dawned on her to get herself to the nunnery.”

Swift has won several awards, including  ten Grammy Awards, one Emmy Award, and  21 Billboard Music Awards. Forbes recently named her in their annual 100 Most Powerful Women.

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  • “She said that she was thinking about how Jesus seemed like the only man that wouldn’t ever break up with her, ”
    Jesus is the only man who would never break up with her. For real. And convents are good places to write songs about The Beloved.
    Hopefully Taylor Swift will take EOTT’s advise.

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PopeWatch: Que?

Friday, June 9, AD 2017

 

Another papal mess to clean up:

 

Pope Francis again sparked calls for clarification today as he stated before the crowds in St. Peter’s Square: “God cannot be God without man.”

The pope was speaking from a written text at his Wednesday general audience.

According to theologians who spoke with LifeSite, there is a danger the phrase by itself could be taken in an erroneous way.

In context, the Pope said:

Dear brothers and sisters, we are never alone. We can be far, hostile; we can even say we are ‘without God.’ But Jesus Christ’s Gospel reveals to us that God cannot be without us: He will never be a God ‘without man’; it is He who cannot be without us, and this is a great mystery! God cannot be God without man: this is a great mystery!

John Paul Meenan, professor of theology at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, a Catholic college in Eastern Ontario, told LifeSiteNews that while the second phrase (God cannot be God without man) is open to misinterpretation, the Pope’s first wording (He will never be a God ‘without man’) is less problematic since it is in the future tense, “since God is now in an eternal covenant with man.” Professor Meenan said it is not true that ‘God cannot be God without man’ in a universal sense.

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  • Listen, analyze, judge against what the Church has taught always and everywhere, if in error- under necessity ignore.

  • The comparisons to the IQ of a soap dish and or a house plant are appropriate.

  • Penguins Fan is correct. I read the statement that Pope made and immediately thought heretic. God doesn’t need man to be God. God doesn’t need anybody or anything to be God. He is God, omniscient, omnipresent and eternal, existing before man was ever made and continuing to exist long after man has passed from this universe, outside of space and time, not subject to the laws of matter and energy, but having created all those things by His very word. However, in charity maybe the best we can really say is this is the ravings of a geriatric senile imbecile who for the sake of the Church must be deposed and anathematized.

    God, please save your Church from this Marxist Peronist Argentinian.

  • I read this and I immediately thought Process Theology. Maybe I’m reading into it, but that’s what came to my mind.

  • What the Holy Father meant to say was

    Father all-powerful and ever-living God,
    we do well always and everywhere to give thanks.

    You have no need of our praise,
    yet our desire to thank You is itself Your gift.
    Our prayer of thanksgiving adds nothing to Your greatness,
    but makes us grow in Your grace,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord…

    –From the Preface of the Mass in Weekdays of Ordinary Time, IV

  • “I read this and I immediately thought Process Theology. Maybe I’m reading into it, but that’s what came to my mind.”

    I suspect you are right Dave.

  • It seems Papa Foxtrot is a liberal. Orwell wrote (in Reflections on Gandhi) that a liberal cannot be, is not, a spiritual.

    “. . .Gandhi’s teachings cannot be squared with the belief that Man is the measure of all things and that our job is to make life worth living on this earth, which is the only earth we have.”

    “But it is not necessary here to argue whether the other-worldly or the humanistic ideal is ‘higher.’ The point is that they are incompatible. One must choose between God and Man, and all ‘radicals’ and ‘progressives,’ from the mildest liberal to the most extreme anarchist, have in effect chosen Man.”

  • Frank J. Attanucci

    He should of said that..your spot on.
    He would do well to follow the master…not share his throne. Less would most definitely be more in pf’s case.

  • Infinite God. Only God is God. What Francis is saying is that God cannot contradict Himself. If God contradicts Himself, God ceases to be God. Francis’s text blames God for man sins and accuses God of going back on His Word, Who is Jesus Christ. Those of us who refuse to be brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ are going to hell with the fallen angels. Those of us who embrace Jesus Christ will spend eternity with our infinite God in the joy of heaven. Pray for me to get to heaven. I’m not going unless you get to heaven too.

  • He was a Jesuit formed in the First Reign of Insanity following Vatican II. Most of them are drift nets who have scooped up all sorts of profound-sounding nonsense. There’s a reason that the Father John Hardon types stand out for their orthodoxy.
    At this point, I suspect the man can’t help but be a rotating sprinkler of heterdoxy with the hose cranked up to full.

  • Look on the bright side: in no way can that quote be acceptable to Islamic theologians.

  • Dale Price:

    Not to pound the Process Theology angle too much, but I just keep going back to that. Especially because, IIRC, there is some connection between those in the Latin American liberation theology movements and process thought. And it’s my strong feeling that Pope Francis is, above all things, a child of LA Liberation Theology.

  • Dave Griffey, I think you are half-right. A lot of Pope Francis’ career in Argentina can be explained if he accepted the descriptive side of liberation theology but not the prescriptive side.

  • “And it’s my strong feeling that Pope Francis is, above all things, a child of LA Liberation Theology.”
    A half-child. Pope Francis appears to accept the descriptive side of Liberation Theology but not the prescriptive side. His thinking appears to be an attempt to reconcile Liberation Theology with Peronism.

  • Apologies for the partial double post. The first post took 30 minuted to appear on my browser.

  • I don’t think it’s process theology. I read the full text, and he’s saying something different, that God is limited by His mercy. He needs man, and His love makes Him incapable of being anything but man’s Servant. Utterly heretical, but different from process theology.

  • One should be suspicious of anyone who wears black slacks under a white see-through cassock.

  • “At this point, I suspect the man can’t help but be a rotating sprinkler of heterdoxy with the hose cranked up to full.”

    Dale,

    Can I use that line? With attribution of course. 🙂

  • Pinky,

    Possibly not bona fide Whitehead, as I said, didn’t want to push it too far. But it’s worth noting that I can’t remember hearing the last two popes at any time and thinking ‘gee, was that Process theology’? To me, that speaks volumes.

    But then I just read that Bernie Sanders has been joined by CAIR and the ACLU in saying traditional Christian beliefs about salvation and hell are racism and bigotry and could preclude someone from holding office, so there you go. These times, as they say, are a changin’.

  • Pope Frank’s steadfast propensity for making ungodly-stupid statements is now so legendary that he is surefire material for a Geico commercial:

    “If you are Pope Frank, today you would say something that shocks and confuses both Catholics and non-Catholics alike worldwide. That’s what he does: He’s Pope Frank.”

    “If you want to save you up to 15% or more in 15 minutes, you call Geico. That’s what we do.”

  • Man is an expression of God’s beneficence not His need.

  • “God cannot be God without man.”
    Threatening Almighty God with extinction is in poor taste and uncharitable. Threatening The Supreme Sovereign Being with annihilation is disingenuous.
    God is Existence and God exists. God is Love and God loves. God is Justice and God is just. All existence extinguished, starting with Satan, is a lie. The vows of the Sacrament of Matrimony bound in heaven will not be unbound on earth.

  • “God cannot be God without man.”
    Mary, I think I understand what Pope Francis meant. You write that “God is Love”. True. So we can state in a narrow sense that God ‘needed’ to create Man so that He would have more to love, and of course the greatest expression of love by Man is to turn to God. There is a faint echo here of a popular explanation of the mystery of the Trinity.

    Of course, God REALLY did not ‘need’ to create Man, the infinite Love within the Trinity is sufficient for God. This ‘need’ is really just a metaphor.

    Regarding process theology, as far as I can see the only problems arise with the variants that deny God’s omnipotence, omniscience, etc (which admittedly is most of them). The mathematician Georg Cantor demonstrated more than a century ago that it is not illogical to think that an infinity can be increased.

  • One qualification to my last post: God is unchanging, per the Creed. My feeling is that process theology can only be true if the process result(s) are ALREADY ‘accepted’ by God before they happen. Personally I don’t think most process theologians really thought about such matters, they were too ‘worldly’ in their scope.

  • Yeah, I can guess what he meant. I’m sure he wasn’t trying to promote a heretical idea. But, as Chesterton notes, orthodoxy is a balancing act. If you’re not careful, and you put too much emphasis on one idea over another, you can lose the balance. The mystery of God’s love for us doesn’t change the fact that He is pure existence. It’s such an odd thing: for most of us, love is something that disrupts us, binds us, changes us all the time. But God is pure love, and remains unchanged by the object of His love.

  • How about interpreting what Pope Francis said through a Christological lens? God and man are united in the person of Jesus therefore it would be to deny his very existence without his full and complete possession of his humanity. That’s the way I understood what he said.

  • If God cannot be God without man, then man cannot be man without God. The Word of God made flesh in the Hypostatic Union is infinite, making man immortal. Even so, The Word of God in the Hypostatic Union is infinite, man is finite.

  • The Hypostatic Union of God and man by the Word of God depends upon the creation of the Mother of God, Mary. The Son of God chose to be the Son of Man. The Hypostatic Union and the Crucifixion are before all ages. The Hypostatic Union and the Crucifixion before all ages are eternal. God is infinite. The Son of God is infinite. The Son of Man is eternal and depends upon Mary, whose immortal soul was created in original innocence before the fall of Adam. Mary chose to remain in original innocence and obedience to God, offering herself to God in eternity.
    In the Hypostatic Union, the Son of God chose to be Jesus Christ, the Son of Man with Mary as His human Mother. The Word of God as the Son of God is infinite. The Word of God and the Son of God as the Son of Man is dependent upon the human being Mary, who is created in original innocence, as all human being’s souls are created. Mary chose to remain in original innocence as Immaculate Conception.
    Therefore, God is God without or until the creation of the image of God in mankind.

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PopeWatch: One Minute

Thursday, June 8, AD 2017

 

Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there is no peace; and when one builds up a wall, behold, they plaster it with whitewash:

Ezekiel 13: 10

 

Pope Francis is requesting a minute of prayer for peace:

 

Pope Francis has appealed for prayers and international participation in the “One Minute for Peace” initiative to be held Thursday, 8 June, at 1:00 PM Rome time.

He said the initiative represents “a short moment of prayer on the recurrence of the meeting in the Vatican between me, the late Israeli President Peres, and the Palestinian President Abbas”.

Their encounter took place in the Vatican Gardens on 8 June 2014, during which the three men prayed together for peace.

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  • Does Pope Francis not know or care that minutes of silence and prayer are banned in the United States of America since the athiest, Madalyn Murray O’Hair told the Supreme Court that she and her son are OFFENDED by prayer, for peace, health, prosperity and the pursuit of Happiness? Pope Francis visited the American gulag. What did he learn?

  • I shall pray for victory – that the Israelis defeat the Muslim Palestinian infestation.

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PopeWatch: Venezuela

Wednesday, June 7, AD 2017

 

This may be interesting:

 

Venezuelan bishops will visit Pope Francis on Thursday as anti-government unrest continues unabated in the South American country, the Vatican said in a statement on Monday.

“The meeting was requested by the (Venezuelan) bishops conference, who would like to speak with the pope about the situation in Venezuela,” the statement said.

The appointment with the Argentine-born pontiff came months after Vatican-brokered peace talks between Socialist leader Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders broke down.

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  • Dialogue, the approach the modern Church proscribed for every situation, has proven to be completely ineffective. Maduro won’t quit until the Venezuelan Army forces him out or he gets a bullet through his head.

    Latin American pseudointellectuals never learn from the disasters that leftist governments create. Chavez was the most criminal president in Venezuelan history and he still got reelected.

  • Penguins Fan, weren’t we having dialogue with the Japanese ambassador just as they hit Pearl Harbor? Then there was that marvelous Germany/Britain talk with Chamberlain that assured “peace in our time.” Didn’t dialogue at Yalta prevent the post WWII division of Europe? Sure.

  • Actions speak louder than words.

  • Jorge Bergoglio is most damaging not to the Church in US or Europe or Ukraine or the Middle East or China or Africa. Rather, he is most damaging to the Churrch of his countrymen in Latin America. He damns his Latin American brethren to a life of poverty and impoverishment. For that alone he must be deposed and anathematized.

  • Penguins Fan: they are not pseudo-anything. They are either evil or idiot intellectuals that believe all that leftist crap.

    Papa Foxtrot should not have allied himself with climate cultists, socialists, statist elites, et al. They are out to destroy the nuclear family. Milton Friedman taught that we live in a family, not an individualist, society and that redistribution of wealth destroys family and society.

  • Latin American pseudointellectuals never learn from the disasters that leftist governments create. Chavez was the most criminal president in Venezuelan history and he still got reelected.

    A student of the two offered that Chavez had an international oil market which served his purposes and was adept at the long con. Maduro is comparatively vulgar and faces leaner times, so was reduced to the ‘winner, winner, chicken dinner!” short con. (Which is now unsustainable). I’m wagering Maduro is clinging to office because he’s not satisfied with the haul he has deposited in Switzerland and / or he hasn’t arranged a refuge abroad as yet. The choices right now are Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, and ?

    Venezuela might have been passably governed between 1958 and 1974, but not since then. Economic mismanagement, Brobginnagian corruption, and, after 1998, wretched abuse of the political opposition, theft of private property, inane mercantile controls. and “winner, winner, chicken dinner!”. Before that time, they could say of themselves that they were (bar Costa Rica) Latin America’s most durable constitutional state. Now they’re the most politically retrograde bar Cuba.

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  • When the Pope can’t seem to tell the basic difference between good and evil, it’s rather hard to listen to him on anything.

  • And please pray for Venezuela and the brave people on the streets

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PopeWatch: Knights of Columbus

Tuesday, June 6, AD 2017

 

 

Sandro Magister takes a look at the financial support given by the Knights of Columbus to Vatican communications:

 

At the end of this month of June it will be seen whether the Knights of Columbus in the United States will for another year dispense 100,000 dollars for “Vatican Insider,” the religious information site that is most closely connected to Pope Francis through its coordinator Andrea Tornielli, a friend of Jorge Mario Bergoglio since long before he was elected to the papacy and still his frequent visitor.

“Vatican Insider” is a creature of the Turin-based newspaper “La Stampa,” where Tornielli is the vaticanista, and is still published on the web platform of this daily. But since July 1 of 2014 it has been kept alive precisely through the annual support of 100,000 dollars supplied by the Knights of Columbus and until now renewed at each expiration.

The man who holds the keys of this donation is Thomas Smith Jr., executive director of the Knights of Columbus and second in command of the organization, right after supreme knight Carl Anderson (in the photo). They are both convinced that keeping “Vatican Insider” alive is a desire of Pope Francis himself, and feel the need to show their obedience and devotion to him in this way as well.

The reputation of the Knights of Columbus is in fact by no means in line with the novelties of the current pontificate. It should suffice to look at the recent portrait of the Knights in somber, ultraconservative tones drawn by the “National Catholic Reporter,” a leader of the progressive American Catholic media, in a series of highly documented articles that is summarized in this, the last:

> Editorial: Knights’ monetary influence skews our church

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  • In the corrupt pontificate of Pope Francis the Knights need to make distinctions in their giving. But I doubt they will. Like most everyone in the Catholic Church ‘go along, get along’ is the mantra.

  • bergoglio is an evil pope – a supporter of divorce and sacrilege – pretending they are ‘annulments’ – that is hypocrisy

  • Looks like KofC is careful and decent.Prudence is a virtue that seems so rare now when discernment is a real chore.
    Also I want to mention that I appreciate the “popewatch” posts – also careful and decent.
    I love, and have a protective concern for our Catholic faith and our Catholic people – so keeping abreast of what is “out there” is vital to carrying my little lantern forward.

  • I must disagree with the various assessments made in this article. Crux is a very liberal publication and NCR would be termed conservative only by the far left. Of course, the discussion of all issues is skewed in the public debate in exactly this manner, but it is still useful to make note of the fact, for the record.

  • The Knights are one of the few reliable and fully trustworthy direct-relief funding sources for Middle East Christians, esp. those in Syria, with a very low cost of overhead.

    You can read their strikingly stark statistics on the crucifixion of Syrian, mostly Melkite and Antiochene, but also Chaldean, Catholics at their website, kofc.org. The Knights sponsored a fundraiser and discussion in Campbell, CA last summer that renders other causes pale by comparison. Whether these other mostly useless news organizations survive is mostly irrelevant, when place alongside what continues on a daily basis in Syria and Iraq.

    By the way you can give monthly to the KOC Middle-Eastern Relief fund online, at their website. They send you an annual tax deductible statement also.

  • Pearl- very good point about needing to point those out!
    I think you misread the mention of NCR a bit, though — I took it to mean “NCReporter, which is the leftwing Catholic paper, did a report styling the Knights as arch-conservatives.”
    I had to go back and double-check I hadn’t gotten confused and missed a mention of the Register, which you very accurately described. 😀

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PopeWatch: Merchants of Death

Monday, June 5, AD 2017

One of the more distressing aspects of this Pontificate is how firmly Pope Francis believes things that simply are not true.  A prime example of this is his oft repeated contention that most wars are caused by arms merchants, the old “merchants of death” theory of international conflict.

This was a fairly common meme in the thirties of the last century when it was argued with a straight face, in the wake of World War I disenchantment and the growth of pacifism in the democracies, that World War I had been caused by arms dealers and by governments eager to profiteer from war.  Alas it was complete and utter rubbish and it is rubbish still.  Of course it is important to the Pope that wars be caused by sinister cabals of greedy men who initiate conflicts to make money.  This helps the Pope ignore the fact that most wars occur due to intractable differences between nations and people that are not amenable to negotiation.  Such reality does not fit into the Pope’s ideological world view, and when reality comes into conflict with what the Pope believes, so much the worse for reality.  Such a refusal to face facts can be harmful for an individual, it is disastrous for the Vicar of Christ.

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17 Responses to PopeWatch: Merchants of Death

  • Automobile manufacturer’s… watch out!

    http://blog.spiritdaily.com/news-links/van-mows-down-pedestrians-on-london-bridge

    I hope it’s not an American made van.
    ( Gun’s don’t kill people….Van’s do. )
    Meanwhile. Prayers for the injured are forthcoming.

    Prayers continuing for our Pope.
    God help him.

  • The problem with liberals is that they actually believe all that leftist crap.

    Seen elsewhere some liberal is hugely concerned that the US (Thank God) still has 8,600 nuclear weapons. No mention is made of the nuclear weapons others have.

  • Wars happen because people do not/will not convert to Christ, and this current crop of Church princes seems fine with not spreading the news that Jesus is the Way, the Life, and the Truth. Jesus ought to know how things Ought to Be because He was instrumental in their creation. If people just do what he says, thinfs will be much better here on Earth.
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    I suspect the current chaos in the world is a direct result of broken marriages and broken families-polygamy in the Middle East, and “serial polygamy” in the West (and Asia).

  • Czar Nicholas II sent his soldiers onto the battlefield with on egun for every nine men. The idea was that when the first man fell, the gun was to be used by the second man and so forth. Death, war, famine and pestilence, the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will only be stopped by Mary’s Holy Rosary.
    Pope Francis ought to be calling for and on his knees praying the Rosary

  • Mary De Voe.

    Amen!

  • Such reality does not fit into the Pope’s ideological world view,

    The American Universities Field Staff put together in 1963 a collection of essays on political economy abroad, including an assessment of Argentina. By the author’s account, the political culture of Argentina was such that civic life was conceived of as a zero-sum conflict over resources between the working-class and the bourgeoisie, with the winners expected to redistribute income to their clientele. This was the climate in which that man came of age, and it does not appear that anything that has happened in Argentina or anywhere else in the intervening years persuaded him that businessmen were anything but thieves conning people and stealing from them.

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  • Well,I knew that when I heard that Frankie was wetting the papal panties over a bunch of bogus “global warming” computer models that he had finally snapped one mackerel too many

  • The generous donations to Peter’s Pence from Catholics in “war mongering”, capitalistic countries aren’t rejected by the Vatican.

  • Hopefully, there won’t be questions about the van’s motivation!?! The press might be concerned about people blaming extremist terrorist vans and becoming vanophobic!!! Later, they may have a meeting with all vans to talk about giving peace a chance, while singing superficial feel good pacifist peace loving ditties.
    Sheesh.

  • Pope off base as usual. We have an age old war going on right now: Islam against Christianity. The big problem is that most Christians, others, and especially Pope Francis don’t seem to know it is going on and don’t seem interested in finding out what it’s about. This is an indication of how dark the minds of Western man have become in the false Liberal attitude of political correctness. Niceness (feminization) is going to kill us all unless we face the truth about ourselves and our world. Let us pray to Our Lady of Fatima for insight and strength and especially for our misguided Pope.

  • Writing during WW1, G K Chesterton had this to say of Krupp, the great German arms manufacturer: “Now here comes in the real and sinister significance of Krupps. There are many capitalists in Europe as rich, as vulgar, as selfish, as rootedly opposed to any fellowship of the fortunate and unfortunate. But there is no other capitalist who claims, or can pretend to claim, that he has very appreciably helped the activities of his people in war. I will suppose that Lipton did not deserve the very severe criticisms made on his firm by Mr. Justice Darling; but, however blameless he was, nobody can suppose that British soldiers would charge better with the bayonet because they had some particular kind of groceries inside them. But Krupp can make a plausible claim that the huge infernal machines to which his country owes nearly all of its successes could only have been produced under the equally infernal conditions of the modern factory and the urban and proletarian civilisation. That is why the victory of Germany would be simply the victory of Krupp, and the victory of Krupp would be simply the victory of Capitalism. There, and there alone, Capitalism would be able to point to something done successfully for a whole nation—done (as it would certainly maintain) better than small free States or natural democracies could have done it. I confess I think the modern Germans morally second-rate, and I think that even war, when it is conducted most successfully by machinery, is second-rate war. But this second-rate war will become not only the first but the only brand, if the cannon of Krupp should conquer; and, what is very much worse, it will be the only intelligent answer that any capitalist has yet given against our case that Capitalism is as wasteful and as weak as it is certainly wicked. I do not fear any such finality, for I happen to believe in the kind of men who fight best with bayonets and whose fathers hammered their own pikes for the French Revolution.”

  • As usual when GK was writing on economics, he had no idea what he was talking about.

  • I refuse to buy and have refused to buy KRUPP coffeemakers. Capitalism in action. God’s Justice is as fine as gold. The longer it takes the finer it gets.

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  • “God’s Justice is as fine as gold. The longer it takes the finer it gets.” MDV.

    Damn girl…… that’s good.
    I’m a country bumpkin and don’t get out much so I must ask…..is that yours?
    Regardless. I like it. Great quote!

  • The saying may be in the Bible. My dad used it all the time.

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