Tag: Pope Francis

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The XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, on the theme “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”, opened today at the Vatican (Yippee!). In his opening remarks, Pope Francis resorted to a condemnation of one of his favorite topics: clericalism. Preview Open

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John L. Allen Jr., a respected Vaticanista, asks that question in an article entitled, How the USCCB could pitch a Vatican-backed McCarrick probe. Crux is not a site I frequent, but I stumbled across Allen’s report at one of my favorite sites, Catholic World Report, in an article by Christopher Altieri entitled, The Week in Review: China, […]

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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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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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A senior Vatican official has confirmed previous reports to The Newspaper of Record that $400 million in Vatican gold bullion was authorized by veteran Roman Curia officials and delivered on pallets to Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford last week, just two days before she agreed to go public with her allegations of heavy petting […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the results of primaries in Florida and Arizona, pointing out that the GOP enjoyed turnout advantages in both states, and got its best option for holding the Senate seat in Arizona while Democrats nominated an avowed socialist for governor of Florida.  They also unload on a Catholic cardinal from Chicago for suggesting Pope Francis cannot go down “rabbit trails” like rampant allegations of pedophile priests and bishops who covered up the crimes because the pontiff needs to focus more on climate change and building acceptance for migrants.  And they roll their eyes as Democrats and the media (but we repeat ourselves) are horrified that any Republican senator would not immediately rush to rename a Senate office building in honor of John McCain and that any opposition to the idea is an endorsement of the segregationist views of the senator for whom the building is currently named.

Prelates and Pederasts

 

Sixteen years ago, reporters at The Boston Globe conducted an extensive investigation of the sexual abuse of minors by priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Not long thereafter, reporters elsewhere detailed similar abuse in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and the like. The word used in the press to describe what had been going on was pedophilia, which is a misnomer deliberately employed to cover up what journalists then considered and still consider now an inconvenient aspect of the truth.

As a report commissioned by the National Review Board of the American Catholic bishops and issued in 2004 revealed, something like 81 percent of the victims were boys, and very few of them were, in the strictest sense, children. They were nearly all what we euphemistically call young adults. They were male adolescents on the younger side – at the age when boys as they mature can briefly be downright pretty.

Your Daily Reminder That the Death Penalty Is Both Moral and Necessary

 

Noted moral philosopher Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) issued a statement last week regarding the Catholic Church’s updated position on the Death Penalty:

Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme means of safeguarding the common good, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes; Consequently, the church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.

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Every Friday during the year, the Church prays Psalm 51, The Miserere, at Lauds. It is a prayer by King David to God for mercy, cleansing, and pardon, and reminds us that our inmost being must be renewed, and that we must put on the new man (Ephesians 4:23-24). It is a necessary prayer, because […]

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You might not have noticed, but the Catholic Church is a mess under Pope Francis (and this was all a part of his doing!). I have been chronicling the disaster of this papacy on this site and want to turn once again to something that strikes deep at the heart of the Church – the […]

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Amidst the confusion of today’s Catholic Church, there are voices that speak out clearly and distinctly. I profiled one of these voices here (where Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands,  penned a commentary wherein he hammered the German episcopate and Pope Francis for playing fast and loose with giving Holy Communion to Protestant spouses […]

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In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil”. So why is it that Pope Francis puts out so many confusing statements? His latest has to do with the Chilean sexual abuse crisis. Preview Open

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