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  • [Catholic Caucus] Trappist Abbey Closed Down -- Summorum Undone by Current Vatican Regime

    01/19/2018 2:30:46 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 19, 2018 | New Catholic
    Mariawald Trappist Abbey Closed Down -- Summorum Undone by Current Vatican Regime The Trappist Monastery of Mariawald, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was probably the only monastic house in the world to make use of the provision present in Article 3 of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum that allowed for the whole conversion of such a house to the exclusive use of the Traditional Rite. We covered this momentous news in 2008 (see our 2012 post), and in 2015 we published the translation of a great interview granted by the abbot responsible for this change, Dom Josef Vollberg. The traditional turn...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

    01/19/2018 1:50:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    AP News ^ | January 19, 2018 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”
  • Unreformable Ireland? The Failure of the Reformation in Ireland

    01/19/2018 12:12:39 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Marginalia ^ | Date uncertain | Henry A. Jefferies
    What makes Ireland so interesting for Reformation studies is that it stands out as the classic exception to the general rule of ciuis regio, eius religio. Despite the endeavours of successive monarchs to extend the English Reformation to Ireland since 1534, by the end of the sixteenth century the number of Irish Protestants was reckoned by contemporaries at between 40 and 120 individuals. In Dublin, the capital of Ireland, only twenty Irish householders attended Protestant church services, and only four of those would receive communion by Protestant rites. By any criteria the failure of the Reformation in Ireland was comprehensive...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Thoughts on a mid-air marriage

    01/19/2018 8:23:43 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | January 18, 2018 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    Thoughts on a mid-air marriage January 18, 2018 Show of hands! Who wants to rain all over the sentimental parade lining up behind (what is being presented as) the pope’s facilitation of married love? Anyone? Anyone?I thought not. Oh well.Readers of this blog know that I am no fan of canonical form for marriage (cc. 1108, 1117)—a cure that has far outlived the malady (clandestine marriage) it was designed to treat—but canonical form is still law for Catholics and that law goes to the validity of Catholic marriage. Based on the reports offered here and here, I cannot tell whether the ‘wedding’...
  • Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles

    01/19/2018 7:47:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 162 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Can We Talk? A Brief List of Annoying Expressions and Verbal Fumbles Msgr. Charles Pope • January 18, 2018 • We all have certain phrases that annoy us; oddities creep into the language that invite comment or could use correction. To that end, I propose below a list of ten annoying and/or misused words and expressions.Please accept this list in the humorous vein in which it is intended. I am playing the role of an irritated curmudgeon, but it’s just my shtick. Have some fun with me as I complain and then feel free to add to my list.So,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Muller: An apostle’s duty calls

    01/19/2018 6:26:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | January 18, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    Cardinal Muller chats with the “active” member of the Petrine ministryAs promised, today we will look at Part II of Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s online series of essays posted by First Things.In this installment, Cardinal Müller writes at length about “the pope’s Magisterium and the Tradition of the Church” and how the two relate.In doing so, it is perfectly plain that he is not only speaking about, but also, in a sense, lecturing, Francis.Yes, I too would like to see him and other timid churchmen identify the wolf by name for the good of the sheep. Even so, no doubt exists...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Minimalism: the present-day sickness of Catholicism

    01/19/2018 5:51:16 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 17, 2018 | Roberto de Mattei
    In Italy recently, two videos have been circulating online which give pause for thought. The first replicates the words of Don Fredo Olivero, Rector of the Church of San Rocco in Turin, uttered during Midnight Mass. “Do you know why I’m not going to say the Creed? Because I don’t believe it!” Amidst the laughter of the faithful, the priest continues: “As if anyone understands it – but as for myself after many years I’ve  realized that it was something I didn’t understand and couldn’t accept.  Let’s sing something else that presents the essential things of the faith.” The priest...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    01/18/2018 9:35:03 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Simple CHRISTIANS from all parts of the world have ever flocked to Rome as to the rock of faith and the foundation of the Church, and honored with the greatest reverence and piety the spot hallowed by the sepulcher of the Prince of the Apostles. These words of Holy Church are exemplified in the Martyrs of today. Forced with ambition to have some part and fellowship in the glorious Society of the holy Apostles and Martyrs, they left all things and hastened to the Eternal City, there to receive in fullest measure what they sought. Like the Magi...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Canute, King and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/18/2018 9:34:13 PM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Red vestments   THE MAGI KINGS, as we have already observed, have been followed to the Crib of Jesus by Saintly Christian Monarchs; and it was just that these should be represented on the Church’s Calendar during the season which is consecrated to the Mystery of his Birth. The eleventh century is one of the most glorious of the Christian era, and gave, both to the Church and the various States of Europe, a great number of saintly Kings. Among them, Canute the Fourth of Denmark stands pre-eminent by reason of the aureol of his martyrdom. He had every...
  • (Catholic) Bishop says Arkansas AG wrong for participating in rally

    01/18/2018 9:11:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Crux ^ | January 18, 2018 | Kelly P. Kissel
    A Catholic bishop who has led prayers at Arkansas anti-abortion rallies says he will not take part this year because its featured speaker is a public official who actively pushed for the state’s aggressive execution schedule last year. Bishop Anthony Taylor wrote an open letter to the state’s 125,000 Catholics inviting them to special Masses instead of attending the event featuring Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.“Arkansas Right to Life has chosen as the keynote speaker for the Rally a person who has good anti-abortion credentials but otherwise is decidedly not an appropriate pro-life speaker,” Taylor wrote. He said Rutledge “worked tirelessly...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-19-18

    01/18/2018 8:26:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    January 19, 2018 Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time Reading 1 1 Sm 24:3-21 Saul took three thousand picked men from all Israel and went in search of David and his men in the direction of the wild goat crags.When he came to the sheepfolds along the way, he found a cave, which he entered to relieve himself.David and his men were occupying the inmost recesses of the cave. David's servants said to him, "This is the day of which the LORD said to you, 'I will deliver your enemy into your grasp; do with him as...
  • Hong Kong’s Catholic Church in President Xi Jinping’s Era

    01/18/2018 6:47:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/15/18 | Victor Gaetan
    An interview with Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, Pope Francis’ choice to shepherd Hong Kong.Twenty years since Hong Kong’s passage from British colonial rule to Chinese central government rule, 20 years since the application of the “one country, two systems” formula, Beijing is dropping the pleasantries. The communist giant has increasingly exerted its power over education, the judiciary and the electoral process governing the island’s 7.35 million people. This trend was reinforced with the October 2017 Chinese Communist Party congress that re-elected President Xi Jinping party chief and commander of the army. Last August, Pope Francis selected mainland-born Bishop Michael Yeung...
  • Major Conference Planned on Divisions in Church, Papal Infallibility

    01/18/2018 6:35:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/18/18 | Edward Pentin
    The international meeting in Rome, one of the last wishes of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, is due to take place in April. One of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra’s last wishes — to have an international conference to examine ways to resolve the current crisis of division in the Church — will take place in Rome in early April, the Register has learned. Details have yet to be officially released, but the conference is expected to explore the limits of papal infallibility as well as seek ways to overcome the division in the Church, exacerbated by what many see...
  • Justice Dept. Backs Archdiocese in Christmas Subway Ad Fight

    01/18/2018 6:29:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/17/18 | AP
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department on Tuesday threw its support behind the Archdiocese of Washington in a court fight to have its Christmas fundraising ads displayed on D.C. buses. The archdiocese sued Metro in November, arguing the transit agency’s refusal to sell ad space violated its First Amendment rights. But a federal judge rejected its request to force Metro to post the ads, which showed a biblical Christmas scene and the message, “Find the Perfect Gift,” encouraging charitable donations and church attendance. The Justice Department’s Tuesday court filing called Metro’s ban on ads that promote or oppose religion unconstitutional...
  • Hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers backed by Trump to march for life in D.C.

    01/18/2018 5:58:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 18, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates are converging on Washington for Friday’s March for Life to mark 45 years of legal abortion in the United States, and proclaim that “Love Saves Lives.”  They gather to mourn some 60 million children killed in the womb since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling struck down abortion laws on January 22, 1973, and to renew their strength to continue the battle to secure protection for their country’s tiniest and most vulnerable citizens. “Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering, and self-sacrificial option,” March for Life president Jeanne...
  • Christians must convert to ecumenism, cardinal says

    01/18/2018 5:50:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | January 17, 2018 | Catholic News Service
    Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, has suggested that ecumenical work will be productive only if the faithful engage in “self-evangelization that includes conversion to the ecumenical search for Christian unity.”
  • [Catholic Caucus] Braga Archbishop Encourages Mortal Sin

    01/18/2018 5:39:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 18, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Archbishop Jorge Ortiga of Braga, Portugal, published on January 17 sacrilegious guidelines admitting adulterers to the sacraments and contradicting the Gospel and Catholic doctrine. According to Ortiga divorcees living in a second liaison may undergo a six-months program with meetings. After that, Braga lets them receive Holy Communion. A condition to participate in the program is a valid first marriage and a subsequent adulterous liaison which has been ongoing for at least five years so that Ortiga considers it to be “stable”. Catholic doctrine calls bigamist living in "stable" liaisons "hardened sinners".
  • Cath Cauc: Pope conducts spontaneous wedding on papal plane for invalidly married couple

    01/18/2018 3:45:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 18, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Pope Francis conducted a spontaneous marriage ceremony for a Catholic couple living in a civil, non-sacramental marriage during a flight in Chile today. The Chilean couple, Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest Ruiz, are flight attendants who say that the pope proposed the idea to them while they sat and chatted with him after a group photo with the plane’s crew. “When the time came for the group photo of all flight crew with the pope, he invited us to sit down [next to him],” said Ciuffardi to the press afterwards in a video interview. “He asked us...” Podest Ruiz interrupted,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] How Bishop Athanasius Schneider Became a Leading Voice for Catholic Truth

    01/18/2018 11:59:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Bishop Athanasius Schneider was a “model child” who developed a deep love and reverence for the Eucharist, thanks to deeply devout parents and having been starved of the Blessed Sacrament under Soviet communist rule. This is the picture obtained from family and friends of the auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan who is becoming one of the leading voices of fidelity, continuity and tradition in the Church today. Most recently, Bishop Schneider took the lead in issuing a “Profession of Immutable Truths About Sacramental Marriage” in a bid to resolve the confusion over interpretations of Pope Francis’ 2016 post-synodal apostolic...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Survivors blast pope abuse apology in Chile as ‘cheap headline’

    01/18/2018 11:27:37 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | January 16, 2018 | John L. Allen Jr. Inés San Martin Crux Staff John L. Allen Jr. Inés San
    SANTIAGO, Chile - In his first public address in Chile, Pope Francis apologized for the “irreparable damage” caused by clerical sexual abuse. In the wake of what he had to say, abuse survivor Peter Saunders, a former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, wasn’t impressed.“The pope spoke today about shame, but that isn’t good enough,” Saunders told Crux on the phone. “He could have removed [Bishop Juan] Barros a long time ago, and that would have been a good symbolic move to make. Symbols are as good as words.”RELATED: Pope opens Chile trip with apology for clerical...