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In February 2013, in his last official act as pope, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI appointed a commissioner for a small, seemingly insignificant hospital in Rome, the Immaculate Dermatological Institute (IDI). Two years later, that same hospital was at the center of a tug-of-war between Australian Cardinal George Pell and the Vatican’s Secretary of State. Today, […]

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Some tidbits on today’s feast. The liturgy today celebrates the feast of these three archangels who are venerated in the tradition of the Church. Michael (Who is like God?) was the archangel who fought against Satan and all his evil angels, defending all the friends of God. He is the protector of all humanity from […]

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For the past week-and-a-half, starting on the 24th week of Ordinary Time (Novus Ordo calendar), the Church has given us, in the Office of Readings, excerpts from a sermon On Pastors by Saint Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church. He begins: You have often learned that all our hope is in Christ and that […]

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Blessed Herman the Cripple, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Party of Evil

 

The good folks at New Liturgical Movement and Fr. Z, both have posts up today on Blessed Herman of Reichenau, “the Cripple”, honored in the Benedictine Tradition. Blessed Herman was a man who “could barely move and hardly speak, stricken with many maladies”. As Fr. Z’s interlocutor writes:

He was a genius of math, geometry, music and natural sciences.His story is simply amazing. Spina bifida, cleft palate, all sorts of illnesses. He needed a monk to help him for everything. But he had a wicked sense of humor and was admired universally.  But in today’s Europe his birth would have been considered a disgrace and aborted or euthanized. Or called an ossified unreconstructed manualist and neopelagian self-absorbed judgmentalist.

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From Rorate Caeli: Der Spiegel is the most important center-left weekly in Europe. Created in post-war Germany, it provides every week the “acceptable view” for liberal minds in the Federal Republic and, therefore, in all of Europe. It is the essential “Gutmensch” media source. Preview Open

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The Vatican not only has its hands full with the men having sex with men (MSM) crisis and subsequent coverup of the same by bishops and cardinals. She now is getting called by some bishops to cancel the upcoming XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome next month […]

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On September 14 I wrote a post on the pathetic inaction from the Holy See on the sexual abuse crisis in the Church (predatory men having sex with men [MSM]). In a press release dated September 19, we got this small beam of light from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Preview Open

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I don’t know if I have the words to describe how furious I am right now. My daughter just forwarded this article to me about a priest in the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, who was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in Conroe, TX. My family and I lived in Conroe from 1989-2004 and our parish was […]

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And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct.(Romans 1:28) A religion that doesn’t interfere with the secular order will soon discover that the secular order will not refrain from interfering with it.(Archbishop Fulton Sheen) Preview Open

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It is not only the mainstream media, with their homosexualist agenda who trash the Catholic faithful who want to know the truth about the Vigano Testimony and try to discredit the whistleblower Vigano. It is also the well-known papal sycophants. Is there any way to understand why Pope Francis can get away with not answering […]

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The Pope’s Point Man in the USA on the Sex Abuse Crisis

 

Cardinal Cupich of Chicago responds to the allegations in the Vigano Letter. This is outrageous.

“The Pope knows we have a bigger agenda. He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this. … …Quite frankly, they also don’t like him because he’s a Latino.” —Cardinal Cupich

“Blurred Lines”: Scandals in Bohemia and Ecclesia

 

“And that’s why I’m gon’ take a good girl / I know you want it… / I hate these blurred lines / I know you want it… / But you’re a good girl…” Unlike in Thicke’s hit, the “it” youth seeking mentorship want is hopefully not sex. Nonetheless, decent people have long suspected that among more bohemian sorts — actors, musicians, academics, etc — the blurring of lines between mentorship and sexual grooming, coupled with the impulse to save face, risks fostering a climate of sexual abuse. I’ve even heard decent people argue that those who go into bohemian fields ought to know what they’re getting into, and if they’re abused, it’s really their fault.

Decent people don’t want bohemian clergy. Nonetheless, religious callings have more in common with the bohemian than decent people might like to think. It’s appropriate for spiritual mentorship to be intense (possibly even more intense than intellectual or artistic mentorship). It’s normal for charismatic spiritual leaders to attract groupies (also known as disciples). Great good can come from both these dynamics. But also great evil. Decent people are properly sensitive to the great harm false accusations can do, and it feels awful to suspect those called to holiness of perverting these dynamics. Nonetheless, perversion has obviously happened — especially, it seems, in Catholic seminaries.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast – number 187!!! – for August 16, 2018 it’s the Too Much Preying edition of the show with your holier-than-thou hosts Todd Feinburg, radio guy, and Mike Stopa, AI bot. Welcome, welcome, welcome!

This week we are back into sex. We love to talk about sex. That’s pretty much all we can do concerning sex is talk about it so we might as well enjoy it.

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take on three heavy topics, starting with Colorado baker Jack Phillips now having a powerful case of discrimination against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission after the commission ruled Phillips had violated the rights of a transgender lawyer for not customizing a cake for their gender transition or one depicting Satan engaged in a sex act.  They also hammer the Catholic church in Pennsylvania over the new grand jury report that reveals more than 3oo priests horrifically abusing more than a thousand children over the decades and the despicable lengths officials in the church went to in order to silence accusers and keep the priests in active ministry.  And they shred Chelsea Clinton’s absurd contention that abortion has been great for the economy because it allows more women to stay in the workforce.

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Another round of reports on Catholic priests abusing children has come up.  As a Reformed Calvinist in good standing I’m somewhat detached from this, but I still find the whole mess despicable.  This post is not about that, really, though it’s related.  What I’d like to know from the Catholics on our site is a […]

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The Dumpster Fire in the Church Today: Time to Let Go of Vatican II

 

For the past month, the laity in the Church have vented their anger over the explosion of sexual abuse allegations that surround former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the accompanying failure of his brother bishops to stop his abuse or curtail his rise to power and prominence in the Church. The statements that have come out from the bishops that surround this crisis, are to me weak, pathetic, and devoid of any sense of responsibility. And they continue to be devoid of any self-awareness, accountability, or responsibility (just listen to Cardinal Wuerl, McCarrick’s successor in DC, say that he doesn’t think it is a massive crisis and calls it a “terrible disappointment” — good grief man, are you kidding me?)