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  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Blessed John Henry Newman, 09-24-18

    09/24/2018 5:42:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-24-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: John Henry Newman | Sir John Everett Millais Blessed John Henry Newman Saint of the Day for September 24 (February 21, 1801 – August 11, 1890) Blessed John Henry Newman’s Story John Henry Newman, the 19th-century’s most important English-speaking Roman Catholic theologian, spent the first half of his life as an Anglican and the second half as a Roman Catholic. He was a priest, popular preacher, writer, and eminent theologian in both Churches.Born in London, England, he studied at Oxford’s Trinity College, was a tutor at Oriel College, and for 17 years was vicar of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Prominent Bergoglio Archbishop in Troubles

    09/24/2018 10:16:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 24, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Prominent Bergoglio Archbishop in Troubles Archbishop Mario Delpini of Milan, Italy, the biggest diocese of the world, is in troubles after Father Mauro Galli, 32, was condemned to six years and four month in prison. In December 2011, only month after his ordination, Galli abused the 15-year-old Alessandro, a teenager with learning difficulties. Gallis parish-priest immediately informed Delpini who at the time was an auxiliary bishop and the episcopal vicar responsible for the area. As a consequence Galli was moved to another parish. Milan diocese justified this move with the argument that at the time nobody was speaking about [homosexual]...
  • [Catholic Caucus]A Homosexual Party for Cardinal McCarrick

    09/24/2018 10:00:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 23, 2018 | Gloria TV
    A Homosexual Party for Cardinal McCarrick The renowned journalist Marco Tosatti wrote on his blog (September 21) about a party thrown in honour Cardinal Theodore McCarrick somewhere in the Castelli Romani, a short distance south-east of Rome. According to Tosatti the party was organised by homosexual circles. It is unclear when the event took place. Because he was a liberal, McCarrick enjoyed for decades the protection of the oligarch media and of the Church establishment although his homosexual misconduct was no secret. Picture: Theodore McCarrick, U.S. Institute of Peace, CC BY-NC, #newsWqbevytgcj
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Dolan Deserting NY?

    09/24/2018 9:50:22 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 23, 2018 | Christine Niles
    NEW YORK (ChurchMilitant.com) - New York's Cdl. Timothy Dolan is reportedly trying to leave his post to become new head of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Well-placed sources inform Church Militant he possibly wants out of New York before the NY State Attorney General Barbara Underwood gets too deep into her sex abuse investigation of the archdiocese. Underwood announced Sept. 6 she had subpoenaed personnel files and records related to clerical abuse from all eight Catholic dioceses in New York. The information of Dolan's possible departure comes amid news that longtime vicar general Mustaciuolo is leaving...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Learning to Name Sins Is to Have More Power Over Them

    09/24/2018 8:23:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Learning to Name Sins Is to Have More Power Over Them Msgr. Charles Pope • September 23, 2018 • Over the years we have steadily been losing the vocabulary of sin. Saying “I have sinned” is often replaced by “I made a mistake,” or “I made a poor decision,” or “I’m sorry if my behavior was hurtful in some way.”Not only are we slow to say we have sinned, we are also ignorant of the subtleties of sin, in part because our vocabulary about sin is so limited. In this state we lose a certain advantage over sin because...
  • [Catholic Caucus] New Storm Over Pope Francis. From His Argentina

    09/24/2018 6:09:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | September 24, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    More than on the Baltic countries that Francis has visited in recent days, the attention of the media has inexorably focused on what he will say at the end of the journey, on the plane back to Rome, when he will again be interviewed on the scandal of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Since the sensational allegations of former United States nuncio Carlo Maria Vigan, who has accused Francis of having covered up that scandal in spite of being aware of it, more than a month has gone by. Without Francis having given the slightest response to the accusations.Meanwhile, however, another storm...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Who wants to be a bishop after McCarrick?

    09/23/2018 9:03:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 22, 2018 | Michael Davis
    Who wants to be a bishop after McCarrick? by Michael Davis posted Saturday, 22 Sep 2018 Cardinal Timothy Dolan (CNS) The Vatican is struggling to regain control of major American diocesesJust a few months ago though it seems like years Washington, DC was the most coveted see in America. Though not the largest or wealthiest diocese, its archbishop is often the most politically well-connected cleric in the United States.All that changed when its former archbishop, Theodore McCarrick, was revealed to be a serial sex abuser. Then, accusations of complicity began to pile up against his successor, Cardinal...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, 09-23-18

    09/23/2018 2:56:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | 09-23-18 | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: Saint Pio of Pietrecina | San Sebastian Cathedral of Tarlac, Philippines | photo by Ramon FVelasquez Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Saint of the Day for September 23 (May 25, 1887 – September 23, 1968)  Saint Pio of Pietrelcina’s Story In one of the largest such ceremonies in history, Pope John Paul II canonized Padre Pio of Pietrelcina on June 16, 2002. It was the 45th canonization ceremony in Pope John Paul’s pontificate. More than 300,000 people braved blistering heat as they filled St. Peter’s Square and nearby streets. They heard the Holy Father praise the new...
  • [Cath Cauc] All holy martyrs of communism, pray for China; pray for the Church of China.

    09/23/2018 1:21:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    What is Up with the Synod ^ | September 22, 2018 | Hilary White
    All holy martyrs of communism, pray for China; pray for the Church of China. Sep 22, 2018 by Hilary White in Church of traitors Infamous photo of Mindszenty after months of torture, taken at his show-trial. To understand how the homosexual infiltration of the clergy happened, you must first understand when, why and how the Church first abandoned its opposition to Communism. The two issues are inseparable. The Churchs recent embrace of the Sexual Revolution comes from the same source; its infiltration by Marxists, and behind them, Freemasonry.Quite a lot of that history can be read about here and here.Many...
  • [Cath Cauc] Expert condemns Vatican for betrayal in secret agreement with Communist China

    09/23/2018 9:30:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 22, 2018 | Steven Mosher
    September 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) As someone who, over the years, has helped underground Catholics in China build churches and open orphanages, I believe that the "provisional agreement" is a betrayal of the Catholic Church in China. Actually, I see it as a betrayal on several levels. It betrays the authority of the papacy by giving the Chinese Communist Party the right to name bishops. It betrays the underground Church in China, a Church which not only has survived decades of persecution at the hands of the authorities but is now, once again, under siege. And--I would argue--because it is asecretagreement,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Fires Back at Crictics Despite Pledge of Silence

    09/23/2018 8:48:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | September 22, 2018 | Bree A. Dali
    Revealing The Great Accuser: Pope Francis Fires Back at Crictics Despite Pledge of Silence Bree A. Dail September 22, 2018 Although the pope pledged that he would not say a single word about the accusation that he was involved in the coverup of Cardinal McCarricks sexual abuse, he seems unable to stop making oblique references to exactly that situation. There has been a patterna theme if you willthat has overtaken the papal homilies of the past few weeks since the allegations first sufraced. Indeed, since news broke of the 11-page testimony from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan on August 25th, the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year

    09/23/2018 7:59:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Asking a Crucial Question: A Homily for the 25th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2018 • In the Sunday Gospel, the Lord Jesus is asking a crucial question. The word crucial here is selected carefully; it comes from the Latin cruces, meaning “cross.” Indeed, looming over this entire gospel reading is the cross. In it, Jesus makes the second prediction of His passion, death, and resurrection. It is in the context of this teaching that the Lord asks the “crucial” question of us: What is most central in your life? Let’s look at this...
  • [Cath Cauc] Chicago Priest Who Burned Gay Flag Flees After Archdiocese Threatens Forcible Removal

    09/22/2018 5:27:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | September 22, 2018 | Oakes Spalding
    Just hours ago, new Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Mark Bartosic arrived unannounced at Resurrection Parish on Chicagos Northwest side and told Pastor Paul Kalchik that he had just minutes to get his belongings together and vacate the premises or the police would be called to arrest him for trespassing.Fr. Kalchik was about to perform a wedding.Soon after, Fr. Kalchik left for an undisclosed location, accompanied by his brother who had been visiting the parish.Bp. Bartosic performed the wedding instead, hastily slipping out the door of the church only seconds after concluding the ceremony.Fr. Kalchik had been ordered by Cardinal Cupich and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions, 09-22-18

    09/22/2018 5:07:38 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Church | photo by Judgefloro Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions Saint of the Day for September 22 (1600 – September 29 or 30, 1637)  Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions’ Story Lorenzo was born in Manila of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, both Christians. Thus he learned Chinese and Tagalog from them, and Spanish from the Dominicans whom he served as altar boy and sacristan. He became a professional calligrapher, transcribing documents in beautiful penmanship. He was a full member of the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary under Dominican auspices. He...
  • The Purpose of Exile

    09/22/2018 4:42:31 PM PDT · by pcottraux · 3 replies
    Depths of Pentecost ^ | September 22, 2018 | Philip Cottraux
    The Purpose of Exile By Philip Cottraux Assyria. The terror of the ancient world is still infamous for their extreme brutality. When the Assyrians would conquer a city, they were known to have child fires, lining up the citys children and forcing the parents to watch while they burned them en masse. They would flay survivors of defeated armies alive and adorn the walls of Nineveh with the skins. Inside, the streets were decorated with head pyramids, large piles of decapitated heads of conquered people. Lines of dismembered limbs were strewn from building to building, adorning the city like gruesome...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal: Pope is ice cold, sly Machiavellian, and, what is worse he lies

    09/22/2018 2:54:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 22, 2018 | Maike Hickson
    Print this Page BlogsCatholic Church Sat Sep 22, 2018 - 2:49 pm EST Cardinal: Pope is ice cold, sly Machiavellian, and, what is worse he lies Maike Hickson Follow Maike catholic, der spiegel, pope francis, vatican September 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Today, the German magazine Der Spiegel, one of the most influential political magazines in Europe, published a report on the failures of the papacy of Francis. LifeSiteNews already summed up the parts of this report about the involvement of Pope Francis in a cover-up of abuse cases in Argentina. But the Spiegel authors also make a report...
  • [Cath Cauc] Holy See Signs Provisional Agreement With China on Appointment of Bishops

    09/22/2018 11:23:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 22, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    The Vatican announced today that the Holy See and the Peoples Republic of China have signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, allowing the faithful to have bishops who are in communion with Rome but at the same time recognized by Chinese authorities. In a shortcommunique(see full text below), the Vatican said the agreement is the fruit of a gradual and reciprocal rapprochement that follows a long process of careful negotiation. In an accompanying briefing note, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had decided as part of the agreement to readmit to full ecclesial communion eight bishops (one...
  • Mental reservation

    09/22/2018 10:22:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 09-23-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mental reservation Deception, even for very good reason, is always a sin, but we can still rely on God’s abundant mercy Msgr. Charles Pope September 23, 2018 Question: As a product of Jesuit education, I learned that if someone is not entitled to know the truth, then it is permissible to lie in order that the truth not be revealed to them, especially if they will use that information to harm others. Is this a valid view? — Ed Siering, Muscatine, Iowa Answer: If someone is not entitled to know the truth or facts about a certain situation, the clear...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cdl. Zen calls for Vatican's Parolin to resign over betrayal in China deal

    09/22/2018 8:22:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 21, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    HONG KONG, September 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong is calling for the Vatican secretary of state to resign over the Holy Sees impending deal with China that he says is an incredible betrayal. Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who is considered papabile,was chief negotiator in the agreement that is expected to be finalized when a Vatican delegation travels to China at the end of this month, according to AsiaNews. America Magazine reported Tuesday a Vatican source confirmed a high-level Holy See delegation will travel to the Chinese capital for the signing and that a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Matthew, 09-21-18

    09/21/2018 7:11:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    FranciscanMedia.org ^ | FranciscanMedia
    Franciscan Media Image: St. Matthew and the Angel | Guido Reni Saint Matthew Saint of the Day for September 21 (c. 1st Century) Saint Matthews Story Matthew was a Jew who worked for the occupying Roman forces, collecting taxes from other Jews. The Romans were not scrupulous about what the tax farmers got for themselves. Hence the latter, known as publicans, were generally hated as traitors by their fellow Jews. The Pharisees lumped them with sinners (see Matthew 9:11-13). So it was shocking to them to hear Jesus call such a man to be one of his intimate followers.Matthew...