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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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Sigh – here we go again – another update to a scandalous story in the Church. I have written previously on the efforts by the German Episcopate for Inter-Communion: the offering of Holy Communion to non-Catholic spouses of German Catholics*. More

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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. More

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From LifeSiteNews: VATICAN CITY, Italy, May 18, 2018 – Chile’s Catholic bishops have handed in their resignations to the Pope en masse over the Church’s sex abuse scandal there. More

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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.

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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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