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In “‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones’. Considerations for an ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic-financial system” of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, 17.05.2018 the Vatican takes a look at modern finance. It recycles some agency problem theory, implies that all borrowers are weaker than […]

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Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, Netherlands, has penned a commentary wherein he hammers the German episcopate and Pope Francis for playing fast and loose to giving Holy Communion to Protestant spouses of German Catholics. To be able to receive the Eucharist, one must be properly disposed (in a state of grace) and must […]

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This is a cool story. After all the grief I give Pope Francis, I hope he has had a chance to enjoy his bottle of 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. If you’re from Kentucky and get invited to the boss’s house, to make a good impression you might bring a bottle of bourbon. […]

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Today, the Vatican released Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad), the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the call to holiness in today’s world. He gives us his reasoning for writing to us in the opening two paragraphs: 1. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord […]

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The title of this post comes from a quote from Cardinal Carlo Caffara, who was one of the four cardinals to sign the dubia presented to Pope Francis asking for clarification on his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. The quote is the subtitle to a conference that was held in Rome today, entitled Catholic Church, […]

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Fighting for Truth on Two Fronts

 

This is a story of fighting for truth. On two fronts: Providence College and Ireland.

When you have no argument, you do other things. You bully. You shout slogans. You attribute evil motives. You deflect attention from what is said. You do everything except address the actual point, which in Dominic’s case is whether marriage is what nature and God show it to be.

Fake News from the Vatican: The Benedict Letter

 

There has been quite some hubbub this past week over a letter written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It is a sad case of what happens when the truth is withheld. And yet, apparently, even our good friends at the Vatican Secretariat for Communications spread fake news. Sad. Particularly sad when Pope Francis, in his message for the World Day of Social Communications, condemned fake news.

The story is like a turducken, composed of various parts hidden inside one another, that came to see the light of day only through the work of a press seeking the truth. As they say, the cover-up is usually worse than the scandal.

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Today marks the fifth year of the papacy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, aka Pope Francis. He holds the See of Peter while we have a Pope Emeritus also among us (Benedict XVI). To me, this marks the pontificate of Pope Francis: confusion – we have a Pope and a Pope Emeritus – these are strange […]

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Pope Benedict XVI was a man in love with liturgy. He was a true believer in the Latin phrase lex orandi lex credendi. Lex orandi, lex credendi has become something of a tenet of liturgical theology, especially in the years since the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Literally translated, it means “the law of prayer […]

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The splendor of truth shines forth in all the works of the Creator and, in a special way, in man, created in the image and likeness of God (cf. Gen 1:26). Truth enlightens man’s intelligence and shapes his freedom, leading him to know and love the Lord. Hence the Psalmist prays: “Let the light of […]

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In the wake of his failed attempt in England to defend Amoris Laetitia, Blase Cardinal Cupich, cardinal archbishop of Chicago, is taking his snake oil show on the road. He will have the help of some of the more heterodox bishops of the US (Joseph Tobin, Donald Wuerl, and Robert McElroy) and dissident theologians who […]

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Blase Cupich, cardinal archbishop of Chicago, gave an address yesterday wherein he tried to explain the “revolution of mercy” of Pope Francis in light of Amoris Laetitia. One might think a cardinal of the Church, when addressing such a subject, would speak on the immutable truths of marriage or speak on the yearning for truth […]

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The sexual abuse of minors by priests is the greatest scandal in the Church since the Protestant Revolution. Thanks be to God the Church at least had the sense to investigate itself in order to define and quantify the scandal and set measures in place to combat this satanic scourge. It is clear that the […]

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In a recent interview with Vatican Radio, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Cardinal Parolin said Amoris Laetitia represents a “new paradigm” that calls us to a “new spirit, a new approach” to help “incarnate the Gospel in the family.” (Amoris Laetitia is the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope Francis that has caused great confusion in […]

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Vatican Honors Pro-Abortion Activist?

 

Did the pope honor a vehemently pro-abortion activist, Netherlands minister Lilianne Ploumen, with the title of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great? Reports on various blogs, including a short video clip, flabbergastingly suggest just that. If any Ricochetti speak Dutch, can you verify whether these blogs’ translations of this video are accurate? The medal itself looks strikingly similar to the genuine article if it is not real.

In this era of legitimately fraudulent “news” (as distinguished from frequent media misrepresentations, a la President Trump’s “fake news”), it is hard to immediately believe this report. Then again, Francis’s pontificate has been anything but believable.

The Order of St. Gregory is not reserved for saints or even Catholics (Roy Disney received it, as did Jimmy Savile, though before news broke of his horrible crimes), but it is nominally given to those who are “deemed worthy to be honored by a public expression of esteem on the part of a Holy See.” G.K. Chesterton and Alice von Hildebrand are members of this Order.

Pope Francis’ Political Instincts Are Execrable

 

As a faithful, devout Catholic, I believe the pope to be infallible when he is pronouncing on matters of faith and doctrine. However, as I have told my own children many times, that does not mean that the pope is right about anything else. As a historian, I teach them of the history of the papacy, with all its lechers and weak-minded boobs, as well as its holy saints and wise and powerful leaders. In most of my lifetime, the pope has been someone whose wisdom I valued and whose reasoned statements on matters of international importance I could at least respect, even if I disagreed.

But, Pope Francis, as much as I pray for him as the leader of my church, has terrible political instincts. His self-important idea that if he doesn’t speak up, the Israelis will suddenly start oppressing religious worship, rather than being the only country in the Middle East that guarantees freedom of worship, makes me sick. The reality is that the threat of violence is not coming from the Israelis, and that only areas of Jerusalem that are under the control of the Israelis, not the Palestinians, are safe for people of all faiths.

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The title above is the name of a book that appeared Monday in English (after earlier publication in Italian) by a writer who has assumed a grand Renaissance pseudonym: Marcantonio Colonna (an admiral at Lepanto). So begins the review of this book by Robert Royal, editor of The Catholic Thing. Mr. Royal is a well respected […]

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