Tag: Pope Francis

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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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Popesplaining

 

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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Why Does Pope Francis Keep Promoting Predators?

 

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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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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Wuerl Lied. Viganò Vindicated. Pope Further Embarrassed.

 

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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More Generous Health Care, Less Government

 

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. More

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The Village Papal

 

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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Wherein I Praise Pope Francis

 

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/ More

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The Wisdom of Pope Francis: I Think a Monkey Sitting at a Typewriter Can Do Better Than This.

 

I am no longer astounded or dumbfounded or shocked or surprised by the things Pope Francis says, but this one is a real gem. In an address today, Pope Francis said this (trigger warning: gobbledygook ahead): More

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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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Notes on Baltimore from Church Militant

 

As a confessional Lutheran, I have followed the discussions here concerning the latest cascade of scandals from the Roman Catholic Church. I have sat silently on provocative observations on the daggers that Martin Luther thrust into the corpulent target of the 16th Century papal rule and conduct. Those responses are not constructive today. Those sheep […]

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Vatican Bans Further Editions of Book on Viganò

 

Many decades ago, the Catholic Church banned Franco Zeffirelli’s film of Romeo & Juliet because the director showed the couple in bed after they had been married by Friar Lawrence and because audiences got a brief glimpse of Romeo’s rear end and split-second glimpse of Juliet’s breast. The ban was essentially toothless since it was more of a signal of displeasure from the Holy See but otherwise something that couldn’t prevent Catholics from seeing the film. My late father, a huge fan of the film, who was fluent in Italian, quite knowledgeable about Catholic theology and who converted to the faith during WWII, was incensed by the Church’s pronouncement. The film has stood the test of time and is a classic not merely for Shakespeare’s insightful and beautiful rhyming couplets but for the way in which Zeffirelli handled the material and his choice of actors, locations (in Verona, Italy where the legendary story of the star-crossed lovers is actually set), costumes, music (Nino Rota) and cinematography.

Fast-forward 50 years to the Catholic Church of What’s Happening Now where predatory homosexual priests, bishops, and cardinals who have raped children, sexually groomed seminarians, and engaged in drug-fueled orgies are protected and promoted and very rarely punished or defrocked; and where a militant gay clergy continues to aggressively push the Church (with a nod and a wink from Francis) to openly embrace an active gay lifestyle that runs counter to almost two thousand years of Church teaching.

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Battling the Weaponized Ambiguity of the Church Today

 

In his 1987 Christmas address to the Roman Curia, Pope St. John Paul II, deviated from the custom of giving a year-in-review address and instead spoke of a new vision for the Church. The work of the great Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar had suggested that four biblical images of the Church, based on […]

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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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I’m So Done with this Pope

 

Pope Francis calls out Archbishop Viganò as The Great Accuser (Satan) for bringing to light how deceptive and dismissive Francis and his cadre of cardinals and bishops have been in their dealings with Cardinal McCarrick and other pederast and pedophile clergy and refuses to address Viganò’s charges in any substantive way and refuses to meet with […]

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Cardinal Wuerl…not really gone.

 

Dr. Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon discuss the purported resignation of disgraced Cardinal Wuerl and the Pope’s fawning praise for the man who shielded pederast and pedophile priests. Cardinal Wuerl is still a cardinal and still has a position of authority in the Washington, D.C. diocese. So, not really punished. Fascinating listening. More

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Cardinal Ouellet Writes Open Letter to Archbishop Viganò

 

Cardinal Marc Ouellet has publicly responded to Vigano’s accusations about Pope Francis, calling them ‘blasphemous,’ false, and a ‘political maneuver without any real foundation.’ Edward Pentin has the details of the letter here: More

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Laicization or Excommunication?

 

In a wide-ranging interview with Raymond Arroyo, Gerhard Cardinal Muller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) speaks at length on the sexual abuse crisis in the Church and what needs to be done. More

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