Tag: Pope Francis

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You get three guesses. And to give you a hint, it is not a traditional Latin mass, or the beatification of a new saint, or a Eucharistic procession through the streets of Rome to combat Covid. Preview Open

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The Catholic Church, in her long and storied history, has lots of experience dealing with dictatorial powers that see her as a rival.

Throughout much of European history, bishops were a different class of wealthy noblemen. Rulers rightly saw bishops as potential threats. Many kings and princes attempted to control the ability to appoint the bishops within their rule. The response of the Church varied over time and place, but the essential lesson is that the Church should not, can not, cede her power to appoint bishops to the local authorities. When she does, it goes badly.

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I haven’t studied this topic but wanted to throw out small observations I’ve had. The sample size is small but I wanted to see what Ricochet thought about the topic. Recently, someone here on Ricochet recommended the book The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I just finished it and it’s an interesting read. A radio […]

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In honor of this special day, I thought I’d write a brief (edit: I tried to keep it brief, I really did!) response to a post @westernchauvinist put together some time ago. Here, she asked the Ricochetti what it would take to bring them back to church. Though it elicited many thoughts at the time, I’m finally getting back to you, WC.

Excepting the funeral masses I’ve worked this year, this has been the first I attended all year – before I’m accused of being one of those who steals the seats of you regular attendees during the holidays, I’ll admit that I haven’t gone to a Christmas Mass in years. I wasn’t raised in the Catholic Church, but I’ve known for some time that the church of my mother’s family is the one I belong to, and that any return to a hospital for sinners would be to a Catholic hospital.

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The idiots, diabolical prelates, aging Vatican II boomers, atheists and pro-abortionists handpicked by Pope Francis, in all his wisdom, who used non-Catholic indigenous Amazonian people as a prop to push through a resurgent Marxist Liberation Theology (previously condemned by St. John Paul II) and open the door for ordination of women has been a dark comedy of errors. How could I say that the indigenous Amazonians are being used as a prop? Perhaps because Austrian Bishop Erwin Kräutler, the leading spokesperson for the Amazon Synod has articulated that,

“I have never in my life baptized an indigenous [person], and I also do not have the intention of ever doing so.”

Baptism is one of the duties of any priest. Priests and prelates are in the saving-of-souls business. That’s what they have been called by Christ to do upon ordination. They do this by performing the sacraments – baptism, confession, confirmation, marriage, Extreme Unction (also referred to as the Last Rites). When a priest, bishop, or cardinal articulates that he has no intention of baptizing someone to save their eternal soul, then that cleric is no longer working for Christ and one has to ask who he may be serving instead. There has been virtually no discussion of baptizing and converting non-Catholic indigenous Amazonians but instead discussion of melding pagan worship with Catholic worship and much moaning, groaning, and handwringing that there’s never enough priests in the region, so the Church must ordain married men, make women deacons, and consider at some point ordaining women to the priesthood. There is so much more to comment on about the Amazonian Synod that I just don’t have time to address, but Ricochet member Scott Wilmot has been doing yeoman’s work on addressing some of the other abominations.

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In a previous post, I characterized the currently ongoing Amazonian Synod as “one of the more bizarre (and potentially very destructive) events of the Francis pontificate.” Little did I know of the horrors that were about to occur when I wrote that.

On Friday, October 4, to get the festivities rolling, a “tree-planting” ceremony took place in the Vatican Gardens to consecrate the synod to St. Francis of Assisi. But what we got was a pagan ritual centered around the now infamous Pachamama.

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Yet another shocking allegation has emerged this morning (Wednesday, October 9th) in the midst of the already troublesome and disturbing Amazon Synod at the Vatican where, at the pope’s invitation, he had a front-row seat to witness indigenous Amazonians bowing and chanting before false idols in the Vatican gardens. The pagan celebration extended into St. […]

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One of the more bizarre (and potentially very destructive) events of the Francis pontificate will take place October 6-27 in Rome. It is a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region, entitled Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology. The lead-up to this synod consisted of talk about the lack of priests in the Pan-Amazon region and that, without priests, the Sacraments were not available on a regular basis. This is a serious concern for a Church given the mission by Jesus Christ to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19).

A story like this, wherein the Institute of the Consolata for Foreign Missions – a Catholic mission, mind you – has had priests and laypeople working among the Yanomamis in Brazil but have failed to baptize one single soul, gives a face to this serious concern.

One might think that a Jesuit pope would look to the Society of Jesus to find a good missionary priest or two cut from the mold of St. Francis Xavier or Matteo Ricci or St. Isaac Jogues or St. Jean de Brebeuf to go to the Amazon region and preach the Gospel. Or one might think that this special gathering of bishops in Rome to (allegedly) deal with a priest shortage might be about evangelization and an increase in missionary activity.

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There are some causes worth speaking out about. And then there are those causes that one dare not utter a word for fear of retribution. Pope Francis and Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, are quite sympathetic and at times vocal about certain causes – LGBTQ rights, gun violence, diversity, and climate change to name but a few — but they’ve both gotten noticeably quiet about two movements that have surfaced in the past year or so. One that promotes free speech and one that would crush it. One that seeks to live in freedom in one of the great success stories of enterprise and capitalism and the other that seeks to impose communist rule through a blood-soaked revolution.

Clearly, Apple has a great deal to lose if Cook speaks up about the Chinese government’s moves to bring Hong Kong under a more oppressive yoke, taking direct control of Hong Kong’s banking sector, and cracking down on any dissent. The financial hit to Apple would be in the billions if President-for-Life Xi Jinping became upset with a positive statement from Cook about the democracy movement in Hong Kong and ordered that factories where Apple products are manufactured be shuttered.

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Remember Uncle Ted? Theodore McCarrick? Former cardinal of the Catholic Church and money man/glad hander for Pope Francis? If you don’t, he is the despicable homo-predator and poster boy for the sex abuse crisis in the USA. And other than being forced to live a life of prayer and penance, and relegated to the lay […]

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Seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? I mean to a greater or lesser degree we have all displayed obstinance about certain ideas or positions we’ve held even as others have convincingly explained how it is we have been wrong (I’m lookin’ at you, Bill Kristol). So, what’s the big deal if Pope Francis has displayed very apparent obstinate behavior? Well, the obstinance is one of the lynchpin factors to determine whether a member of the clergy, in this case, the current pontiff, may be a heretic for the positions he’s articulated that run counter to both doctrine and dogma and for his continued promotion of known sexual predators to positions of prominence in the Roman Curia.

A few days ago, 19 Catholic scholars issued an indictment of heresy upon Pope Francis and cited in detail what his heretical infractions were. As of this morning, several others have added their names to the document bringing the total to 61. Of course, defenders of the pontiff have criticized the issuing of the indictment and dismissing the authors even as they avoid criticizing or dissembling the actual examples of heresy and heretical behavior cited. From Life Site News:

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I want to call your attention first to this from respected Vatican journalist Edward Pentin:

The well-known and respected Dominican theologian Father Aidan Nichols has put his name to an historic open letter to bishops claiming Pope Francis is guilty of heresy and calling on them to formally correct him.

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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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Pope Francis has just completed a 3-day Apostolic Journey to the United Arab Emirates. This trip comes 800 years after the meeting of St. Francis of Assisi with the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil. It made history for the fact that Pope Francis prayed the first papal mass on the Arabian Peninsula and for the signing, by Pope […]

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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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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:

Uncle Charlie: You think you know something, don’t you? You think you’re the clever little girl who knows something. There’s so much you don’t know. So much. What do you know, really? You’re just an ordinary little girl living in an ordinary little town. You wake up every day and know there’s nothing in the world to trouble you. You go through your ordinary little day. At night, you sleep your ordinary sleep filled with peaceful, stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares. Or did l? Or was it a silly, inexpert, little lie? You live in a dream. You’re a sleepwalker, blind.

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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: Preview Open

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Pope Francis marked World Day of the Sick this week by meditating on Matthew 10:8: “Freely you have received, freely give.” Some of his thoughts: Volunteer work passes on values, behaviours and ways of living born of a deep desire to be generous. It is also a means of making health care more humane. A […]

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It takes more than a few errant parish priests who can’t control their sexual desires to undermine the Church and disillusion the faithful who were their victims and who left the Church altogether. It takes a widespread corruption of the priesthood on every continent on the planet by those who not only preyed on children […]

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The 90’s came and went. The priestly abuse scandal came, went and returned. Little was done to fix the problem. As has been discussed here, those who tried to act meaningfully were marginalized. Now, of all people, it looks like Francis is taking action. https://nypost.com/2018/12/03/pope-francis-says-gay-men-shouldnt-join-catholic-clergy/   Preview Open

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