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Yesterday in the Catholic Church we celebrated the Solemnity of Pentecost, the great feast day whereby the Holy Spirit descended upon the Church. During the psalm, we sang, Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth. We sang the Sequence by starting, Veni, Sancte Spiritus – Come, Holy Spirit. And during […]

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Charles McElwee joins Seth Barron to discuss the decline of the Catholic Church in the Rust Belt and the impact of immigration on a working-class community in Pennsylvania. The Catholic Church faces a crisis in an area that remains disproportionately Catholic. In 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed how clergy covered up the abuse of children by […]

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Vatican Proposes New Design for Notre Dame Cathedral

 

(April 17, 2019, Rome)

The Holy See has unveiled a more contemporary and relevant design for the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris that was recently gutted by fire. Without waiting for the final analysis on the stability and integrity of the structure, His Holiness, Pope Francis has expressed that this would be the perfect time to simply replace the tired, old gothic cathedral emblematic of a dark and superstitious age of fear and oppression to a much more relevant and welcoming edifice that is reflective of today’s Catholic Church and its ongoing mission of inclusiveness and diversity. The Vatican will work closely with a diverse group of architects, designers, and craftspeople of every race, ethnic and gender preference, the French government, and other wealthy benefactors and celebrities to make sure that funds donated for the restoration of Notre Dame are well spent.

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Jordan Peterson v. The Catholic Hierarchy – The Grudge Match

 

In my occasional wanderings on social media, I’ve noticed a certain dismissive or snarky narrative cropping up from members of the Catholic clergy about Dr. Jordan Peterson. Though many admire his intellect, Dr. Peterson comes in for a lot of tut-tutting, tsk-tsking, dismay and disappointment because he won’t emphatically state that he is a Christian or that he believes in God.

Peterson, is a well-read intellectual grounded in years of listening to his clinical patients and who has adhered to a fairly rigorous scientific methodology. For those who have spent any time watching him speak before a large audience, debate or respond to sometimes hostile interviewers, it’s evident that Peterson thinks very carefully before he speaks. At times, one can even see him struggling as his dancing fingers appear to search the ether around him for just the right word to accurately express his thoughts accompanied by an oft repeated question, “…how would you say…?” Peterson has indeed been reluctant to answer whether he believes in God, as he says, because he’s not sure what his interrogator means by the terms “believe” and “God” or if the intent of the interrogator is to pigeon-hole him or immediately embrace him as a member of his particular faith or version of Christianity. Some may find Peterson’s reluctance to be evasive and perhaps even cowardly. I find it refreshing and intellectually honest.

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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Wilton Gregory, protege of Cardinal Bernardin, and friend of Theodore McCarrick, has been appointed Archbishop of Washington D.C. More

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St. Peter Damian, Italian Benedictine monk and hermit, Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia, and a Doctor of the Church is feasted twice this week in the Catholic Church: February 21 on the Novus Ordo Calendar and February 23 on the Traditional Calendar. As Pope Francis has said many times, God is a God of surprises – and he […]

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The presidents of the Catholic Church’s bishops conferences are gathering this week (Feb 21-24) at the Vatican for a summit on the sexual abuse of minors. Yesterday, after his Angelus message, Pope Francis asked for prayers for this meeting, that the Pontiff said he wanted “as an act of strong pastoral responsibility in the face of […]

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Sexual Predation and Power Structures

 

As the slow tortuous agony of the revelation of sexual predation within the Catholic church unwinds, and the faithful of the Catholic Church mourn every new outrage, there has been an enormous amount of debate over the underlying causes of the abuses, and the nature of the coverups. For some outside of Catholicism, there has been also a horrible triumphalism, as if the scandals are entirely the fault of Christianity in general, Catholicism in particular, or dogmatic or doctrinal within Catholicism. I have seen denunciations of priestly celibacy, denunciations of anti-homosexual church teachings (such teachings being blamed for somehow repressing those who chose to go into the priesthood), and even suggestions from non-Catholic Christians that the Reformation has somehow shielded them from similar abuses and scandals. And yet, as the Houston Chronicle detailed over the weekend, another denomination, the Southern Baptists, is now facing its own horrible unearthing of decades of sexual abuse and protection of known or suspected sexual predators.

I have little doubt that other such investigations will be detailed in the coming years, and for other churches of other denominations. The fact of the matter is that sexual predation can occur in any power structure, and that who the perpetrators are, on whom they prey, and how they get away with their terror is ultimately a function of the organization, its distribution of power, and the strength of the self-policing within that structure. For the Catholic Church, this has been strongly (but by no means entirely) a series of cases of the abuse of younger males by older males, but this was mostly due to the environment where mostly males were employed, and mostly only younger males were in vulnerable positions. For the Southern Baptists, however, the issues seem to be mostly older males preying on younger females instead, because that structure put those two groups together. More than anything else, this should be pointing to something beyond doctrine or denomination, but instead towards something more fundamental and quite apart from issues of sexuality.

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A Message for Catholics in New York

 

A portal to Hell has opened in New York State. It was opened by elected members of the state legislature and by its governor, who was baptized in the Catholic faith and vowed at the sacrament of Confirmation to be a soldier of Christ. However, through his advocacy and promotion and the joy that he expressed when he signed the deceptively named Reproductive Health Act, Andrew Cuomo has switched allegiances and is now a soldier of Satan and his soul now is closer to eternal damnation and torment.

The name of this new satanic law is a lie and something we should expect from the Lord of Lies and those who have done his bidding. It does nothing to promote human reproduction but instead authorizes abortionists to inject fully-formed children in the womb with lethal poisons and to be brutally and horrifically killed up until the moment of live birth on the pretext that a mother’s ensuing life after the birth of her child might be stressful and emotionally challenging.

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We live in a time where outrage manifests itself daily in the media and on the internet. A lot of the outrage is much ado about nothing, but with the recent actions of the NY Legislature and NY’s Governor Cuomo, on signing into law the state’s new abortion law, I venture to say (as have […]

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Claims of papal plausible deniability about clerics with histories of sexual predation are wearing thin with the Catholic faithful. One would have thought that after the Cardinal McCarrick revelations from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò back in August of 2017, which was shocking and disheartening enough for the Catholic faithful, that the pope would act in […]

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February Summit on Clerical Sexual Abuse: The Inaction of a Corrupt Church

 

Back in September of 2018, I reported on the call by Pope Francis to have the presidents of the Catholic Church’s bishops conferences meet in Rome in February 2019 to deal with the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the Church. Today, the Vatican released new details on this summit:

The February Meeting on the protection of minors has a concrete purpose: the goal is that all of the Bishops clearly understand what they need to do to prevent and combat the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors. Pope Francis knows that a global problem can only be resolved with a global response. The Pope wants it to be an assembly of Pastors, not an academic conference – a meeting characterized by prayer and discernment, a catechetical and working gathering.

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McCarrick, Bernardin, Bergoglio, and Satan.

 

In May of 2015, I wrote about Alfred Hitchcock’s Catholicism, evident in his many amazingly crafted movies. It seems that one can always draw some interesting insights from Hitch, particularly as it relates to the nature of evil and the tactics of evil men and women. Here’s an excerpt from my post:

Hitchcock’s dark world is perhaps most vividly described in Shadow of a Doubt by Uncle Charlie, Charles Oakley (Joseph Cotten) who describes what the world is really like to his niece Charlie (Charlotte) played by Teresa Wright, after she discovers that her uncle is indeed the psychotic serial killer of wealthy widows on the run from the law whom a detective has warned her about. At night, in a Santa Rosa bar, Uncle Charlie chases down and confronts his troubled namesake and niece:

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Resigned and reappointed Cardinal Donald Wuerl, contrary to his previous public comments about not being aware of disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s years of sexual predation on young boys and seminarians, in fact knew and reported what he knew to the Vatican according to The Washington Post: More

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The Desecration of a Cathedral in Vienna

 

Let me say at the outset that raising money to battle the scourge of AIDS is a good thing. Doing so by putting on a satanic celebration in a consecrated Catholic cathedral is horrific. Sadly, or shockingly, that’s what Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, in his wisdom, permitted in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna a few days ago. As Tradition In Action reports:

A man stands on top of the altar rail of St. Stephen’s Cathedral with an open camo-jacket showing his belly and holding a bottle of beer. He walks like a drunk, he sings like a lunatic, he acts like one possessed. On the same rail are skulls, candles and jars, giving the impression of a satanic orgy. During his performance other macabre and delirious-looking actors and actresses enter the scene. Then, devils appear onstage and flaunt their seductive cajoleries.

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Police Raid Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

 

After all the anger that has been simmering toward the Catholic hierarchy in America and in Rome for the dismissive and deceptive way in which it has responded to the generations-old sexual abuse crisis, where priests and bishops have preyed on children and seminarians, it may fall to American law enforcement to begin the effort to cleanse the Catholic Church.

News broke today that offices for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, TX, which is the office of Cardinal DiNardo who currently presides over the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, have been raided by law enforcement officers with warrants to gather information pertaining to the case of a priest accused of molesting children who was reassigned to another parish. From KHOU in Houston:

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The Church’s Ongoing Gay Orgy

 
Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio

Not a headline I take any pleasure in writing but arguably quite accurate and descriptive of the crisis that threatens to utterly destroy the Catholic Church and all that portends – especially the possible disintegration of the good charitable work and the medical care the Church provides.

The news of a cocaine-fueled gay orgy in the same Vatican building that houses the offices of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith* broke in July of 2017, four years into Francis’ papacy. Priests engaging in this orgy and their guests, some of whom may have been male prostitutes, were arrested by Vatican police. About a month ago, it came to light that, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio was present at the orgy and was given an opportunity to leave the scene by the police rather than be arrested.

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The Heresy from Within

 

Are you paying attention? Have you been watching the Catholic Church wrestling with itself on being more relevant to the post-modernist world? In today’s Internet age, you have a ringside seat to this sad and sordid spectacle because news and commentary abound beyond what the talking heads or columnists in the mainstream media, who adore the current pope, will report.

To say that the barbarians are once more at the gates of Rome might be an insult to barbarians, many of whom may have had better family values and ethics than some of the despicable members of the Catholic clergy who have seduced and raped young boys, young girls, seminarians, conducted drug-fueled gay orgies in the shadow of St. Peter’s basilica, or who continue to maintain homosexual relationships with other priests or members of the laity without a worry that they will be reprimanded or defrocked; or other bishops and cardinals who have shielded and shuffled around the aforementioned pederasts, pedophiles, and rapists who then continued to prey on new victims in other parishes. No, the Roman Catholic Church is not suffering from an assault from an outside throng of barbarians running amok in Vatican City, rather it is under attack from demonic forces who wear clerical garb who are running amok within and spreading sin and heresy throughout the world in their wake.

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‘To Bear Witness to Corruption in the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church Was a Painful Decision’

 

So begins the third “testimony” of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, on the ongoing sexual abuse/coverup scandal in the Church (h/t @9thdistrictneighbor). With this latest installment of “he said”/”he said,” Archbishop Viganò restates the key points of his original testimony and also answers the rebuke he received from Marc Cardinal Ouellet.

It was good to have the key points listed succinctly and to have an answer to Cardinal Ouellet’s letter, but what touched me most were the reasons Viganò gave for writing his testimonies. He strikes me as a man of great faith (which is in direct contrast to how I view those involved in this scandal).

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