Tag: Pope Francis

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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:

This is the fourth search warrant executed for documents pertaining to LaRosa-Lopez. A man and a woman claimed they were abused as teenagers by LaRosa-Lopez between 1998 and 2001 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.

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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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 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.

This is also the new, more permissive Church that now wants to curtail further publication of a book by Vatican reporter Aldo Maria Valli that relates the story of Archbishop and former papal nuncio, Carlo Maria Viganò who blew the whistle on predator homosexual Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. McCarrick, as Viganò points out in his first and subsequent open letters (here and here), had been removed from active duty and restricted from traveling by now Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI but who was later restored and sent to China as a papal emissary by Pope Francis despite hearing from Viganò in a face-to-face meeting that McCarrick had been sexually grooming seminarians for generations.

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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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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.

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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.

On a flight from Brazil back to Rome in 2013, Pope Francis was confronted by reporters with questions about the active and militant, gay lobby (referred to most commonly as the Lavender Mafia) within the ranks of the Vatican hierarchy. The pope replied, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?” The pastoral guidance from St. Paul in Romans, Chapter One, apparently did not come to the pope’s mind (emphasis mine):

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. ‘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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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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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. Preview Open

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The quote in the title of this post is from Dr. Taylor Marshall who is a convert to Catholicism and a Catholic theologian. In the video immediately above, he explains what he means by papalatry and addresses the claims by Pope Francis and others in the Vatican hierarchy that the decades-long and current widespread crisis in […]

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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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