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  • Catholic historian explains the disturbing history behind Pope Francis’ ‘novel’ rhetoric

    07/17/2018 5:55:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    LAKE GARDA, Italy, July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Papal homilies about the “God of surprises,” discourses on the “ideologues of doctrine,” and the upcoming youth synod’s stress on the need to listen to “the voices” inside and outside the Church in order discern the Spirit, may seem new to many Catholics.  But for one noted historian, this language isn’t new at all but is steeped in a “fascist spirit” that emerged in Catholic circles during the interwar period of the 1920s-30s, was carried forth by controversial figures like Teilhard de Chardin, and is now being unleashed. According to Dr. John Rao, this spirit is...
  • German Bishop Invites All Protestant Spouses to Receive Communion at Jubilee Masses

    07/08/2018 7:14:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/6/18 | Staff Reporter
    The Bishop of Würzburg's invitation goes well beyond previous statements from German bishopsThe Bishop of Würzburg has allowed all Protestants married to Catholics to receive Holy Communion at jubilee Masses for married couples in his cathedral. Bishop Franz Jung, who was installed as bishop just last month, told spouses in “inter-denominational” marriages that they were welcome to “join the Lord’s table” at the Masses, which are taking place on Thursday and Friday. An article on the diocese’s website says the bishop “expressly invited interdenominational [literally ‘confession-uniting’] couples to celebrate the Eucharist”. The article says that, in the coming months, the...
  • Serbian Population is Against a Papal Visit—Serbian Patriarch

    07/07/2018 3:48:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 7/4/18
    His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has expressed the view that now is not the right time for a Papal visit to Serbia. His comment comes in an interview with Blic, reflecting on his recent meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. During the meeting, Pat. Irinej expressed gratitude for the official position of the Vatican, which has not recognized the independence of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija. Pat. Irinej notes in the interview that he did not speak about the possibility of a Papal visit with the Cardinal during their meeting, but that he...
  • Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider Respond to Pope Francis’ Inflight Intercommunion Comments

    07/03/2018 3:40:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/28/18 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, June 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The reception of Holy Communion in the Catholic Church — even in exceptional cases — by a Protestant or other non-Catholic constitutes a “lie” that betrays the Apostolic tradition and the Church’s constant practice for over two thousand years. According to Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary of Astana, Kazakhstan, the reception of Holy Communion by a non-Catholic would be a falsehood because Eucharistic Communion is meant to manifest the “perfect union” of the Church’s members. Admitting a non-Catholic who does not accept the integrity of the Catholic Faith (e.g. the papacy, the Marian dogmas, etc)...
  • Orthodox Church Leaders Duel Over Ukraine, Meet With Pope Francis

    06/28/2018 5:51:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/27/18 | Peter Jesserer Smith
    The Bishop of Rome’s support is being called upon by two sides of Eastern Orthodoxy over the creation of a new independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church.VATICAN CITY — Within the span of a week, Pope Francis met with the spiritual head of Eastern Orthodoxy, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, and the representatives of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow. Both Constantinople and Moscow are locked in a battle over the creation of a new and independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which could shift the balance of power in Eastern Orthodoxy and impact the course of Orthodox-Catholic ecumenical dialogue. Pope Francis’ May...
  • Pope Says Local Bishop Should Make the Call on Intercommunion

    06/23/2018 5:49:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/21/18 | Christopher White
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - After a day of touting ways in which Christians might share in greater unity, that commitment to coming together didn’t prevent Pope Francis from backing the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog in its decision to insist on caution regarding proposals for intercommunion with Protestants. On a return flight to Rome on Thursday from a day-long ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva, Francis said he supported the Vatican’s Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-elect Luis Ladaria, in requiring a rethink of a draft proposal from the German bishops that would allow for non-Catholics to receive...
  • “Healing the wounds in the body of Christ”

    06/07/2018 2:59:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Lutheran World.org ^ | June 5, 2018 | unknown
    Five signatories of JDDJ to discuss implications for church life (LWI) The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) together with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), as well as the Methodist, the Reformed and the Anglican communion will start a consultation process to discuss spiritual and ecclesial implications of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.“We have now five signatories of this ecumenical declaration,” says Kaisamari Hintikka, LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. “We feel we are called to ask together what kind of  spiritual and ecclesiastical consequences the JDDJ might have for our churches.”Milestone in ecumenical dialogue...
  • German Ecumenism Chief Attacks Vatican Communion Ruling

    06/06/2018 6:17:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/6/18 | Staff Reporter
    The leader of the ecumenism committee said the Vatican's rejection of the German proposal was 'inexplicable'The Vatican is facing a backlash from Germany after the publication of a letter on Communion for Protestants. A majority of the bishops’ conference had approved a plan to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive Communion if they experienced “distress”. After an appeal from a minority of German bishops, Pope Francis originally declined to give a decision. But yesterday it emerged that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in a letter approved by the Pope, later told the German bishops that they...
  • German Bishops Plan for Inter-Communion Defeated by Ecumenism

    06/05/2018 3:24:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 4, 2018 | Chris Jackson
    Cardinal Marx Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported today that Pope Francis rejected a proposal for inter-communion from the German Bishops Conference. This struck me as odd since in 2015 Pope Francis told a Lutheran woman asking about receiving Communion with her Catholic husband to “go forward” guided by individual conscience. Curious, I read further. It turns out that after intense debate, Cardinal Marx, the progressive president of the German Bishops Conference, announced in February that the Conference would issue guidelines explaining that Protestant spouses of Catholics could receive Holy Communion in “individual cases” and “under certain conditions.” Some opposing German...
  • Islamic terrorist to be given funeral in Catholic Church

    06/05/2018 2:18:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | June 5, 2018 | Christopher Gillbrand
    On May 29, the man killed three people in the centre of Liège. The Church of On, in Marche-En-Famenne: this is where the funeral of Benjamin Herman, the killer of three people in the attack on Liege, will take place, according to L'Avenir. St Laurent The assailant's body, killed by the police shortly after committing these crimes, will be buried in the village cemetery. The priest of the village of On, François Barbieux, spoke about the approach of the family of the one who is radicalized in prison: "The family is quite aware of the unacceptable nature of the acts,...
  • [Catholic/Orthocox Caucu] Pope Francis – Russian-Orthodox Must Not Become Catholic

    06/04/2018 7:22:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | June 2, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Pope Francis – Russian-Orthodox Must Not Become Catholic During a May 30 meeting with a delegation of the Russian Patriarchate of Moscow, Pope Francis stressed that he doesn’t want Russian Orthodox to be become Catholics, “We will never allow ourselves to do this, I do not want it.” Francis insisted that “in Moscow - in Russia - there is only one patriarchate: yours. We will not have another one.” Francis also rejected the idea that there should be first a doctrinal agreement and then an ecumenical walking together. “This does not work for ecumenism”, he claimed. According to Francis, Christians...
  • Maine Bishop had 'No Alternative' but to Leave State Ecumenical Group

    06/01/2018 8:15:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Portland, Maine, May 31, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After the Maine Council of Churches changed its decision-making process earlier this year, the Bishop of Portland was forced to withdraw from the group, the Portland Press-Herald reported Tuesday. The council had previously required unanimous agreement before advocating on a public policy issue, but in February adopted a simple majority vote. This meant that continued membership in the group could have forced the Diocese of Portland to be represented by views at odds with Catholic teaching. Bishop Robert Deeley wrote to Bonny Rodden, president of the Maine Council of Churches,...
  • Do most Calvinists really know what Calvin taught about predestination?

    05/26/2018 7:00:33 AM PDT · by tiredofallofit · 174 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 5/25/2018 | Robert Messner
    Well I finally got around to it – I am reading through some of the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin. I say “some” because the complete work spans more than 1500 pages and deals with some of the most weighty and complex theological issues known to mankind. I have chosen for now to plod my way through the most controversial aspects of Calvin’s writings; the topics of predestination and election. Most of my friends who call themselves Calvinists are eager to disassociate themselves from the doctrine of “double predestination”. They state that God has predestined some to...
  • Germany’s Communion Discussion ‘Puzzling,’ Says Canadian Archbishop

    05/24/2018 7:56:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | 5/23/18 | Deborah Gyapong
    Even a consensus among German Catholic bishops allowing intercommunion with Protestants cannot change Catholic teaching, says a Canadian archbishop. Even more important is the challenge to remain faithful to Catholic doctrine and not to propose practices that undermine the faith, and the need to foster loyalty and communion with the universal Church,” said Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ, of Ottawa in an interview. “It is puzzling to learn that the Holy Father told the bishops that whatever they determine is acceptable as long as they all agree.” A majority of German bishops would like to offer communion to Protestant spouses of...
  • Evangelizer bases work with parishes on her own journey to Catholicism {Ecumenical}

    05/23/2018 10:25:54 PM PDT · by Cronos · 28 replies
    Catholic philly ^ | 23 may 2018 | Simon Caldwall
    Sherry Anne Weddell recalls the moment when she stepped “across the threshold” and entered a Catholic church for the first time. It was while she was studying at the University of Washington in Seattle and, coming from a Southern Baptist background, she was looking for a Protestant church in which to pray. All those in her vicinity were closed, but Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church was open. “I know it sounds incredible, but I didn’t know what that (the Blessed Sacrament) was, and if you had explained it to me I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said in a May 12...
  • German President: Catholic Church Should ‘Share’ Communion with Protestants

    05/15/2018 7:39:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/15/18 | Nick Hallett
    His comments come as debate over Communion for Protestants intensifiesThe President of Germany has called for the Catholic Church to allow Protestants to receive Communion. Speaking at Katholikentag, a major conference for German-speaking Catholics in Münster, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: “Let us seek ways of expressing the common Christian faith by sharing in the Last Supper and Communion. I am sure: Thousands of Christians in interdenominational marriages are hoping for this.” Steinmeier said he was speaking “not as Federal President, but as an avowed Evangelical Christian who lives in an interdenominational marriage.” He also criticised the Bavarian government’s decision to hang...
  • Cardinal Marx: In Intercommunion Debate, Dioceses Might Have Different Rules

    05/14/2018 3:45:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 14, 2018 | Maike HIckson
    Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the head of the German bishops, is now opening up to the idea of different German dioceses having different rules concerning the possible admittance of Protestant spouses of Catholics to Holy Communion. Another bishop just said, moreover, that Pope Francis seems not to see in the new German intercommunion guidelines a “threat to the Faith.”Last Saturday, the German Katholikentag (a national Catholic gathering with some 50,000 participants) in Münster came to an end. Now, at the beginning of this week, the statements of the participating German bishops concerning the ongoing intercommunion debate are being widely reported in...
  • Saudis sign deal with Vatican to build churches [Rev 17]

    05/07/2018 11:37:02 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    Aljazeera.com ^ | 05/04/2018 | Staff
    Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement with the Vatican to build churches for Christian citizens, according to Egyptian news media reports. Online newspaper Egypt Independent on Wednesday said the agreement was signed during a visit by Jean-Louis Tauran, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue at the Vatican, during his visit to the kingdom in April. Al Jazeera could not independently verify the contents of the purported agreement. In an interview with Vatican News, Tauran confirmed a declaration had been signed which paved the way for further dialogue, but did not mention building future churches in Saudi Arabia. Tauran met high-level...
  • Pope Francis Asks German Bishops for ‘Unanimous’ Decision on Intercommunion with Protestants

    05/05/2018 6:54:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/3/18 | Diane Montagna
    VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has asked the bishops of Germany to come to a “unanimous” decision on whether a Protestant spouse who is married to a Catholic may receive the Holy Eucharist in some exceptional cases. The news follows reports that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the Pope’s approval, had already written a letter to German bishops rejecting their proposal to allow some Protestant spouses to receive Holy Communion. According to the reports, Pope Francis did not wish the letter to be made public because it didn’t “fit the narrative and direction” of this...
  • Patriarch Kirill: True Faith Defeats Terrorism. Hilarion: Unity with Catholics Impossible

    05/04/2018 5:34:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 5/2/18 | Vladimir Rozanskij
    On his visit to Albania, the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow invoked the unity of the Christian Churches to disarm religious radicalism. On the same day, his closest collaborator, Hilarion, pulled the breaks on ecumenical leaps. Between Catholics and Orthodox there is a common faith, but too many "contradictions and misunderstandings", such as the work of Card. Stepinac and that of the Greek-Catholics (uniates).Moscow (AsiaNews) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill (Gundjaev), went on an official visit to Albania from April 28 to 30, where he was welcomed by the Archbishop of Tirana Anastas (Janullatos), leader of...