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  • [Catholic Caucus] The question remains: Can we believe our Bishops?

    01/18/2019 3:41:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 17, 2019 | Joseph Shaw
    The question remains: Can we believe our Bishops? January 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Two recent stories have shocked Catholics in the United States and around the world. First, on December 4, Msgr. Edward Weber, “director of priest personnel” (whatever that might be) in the Archdiocese of New York, wrote a formal letter of recommendation for a priest, Fr. Donald Timone, who wished to spend some time at a Catholic college in California. The letter affirmed (according to CNA) that Fr. Timone had “never been accused of any act of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct involving a minor,” and “manifested...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Report: Cardinal Farrell Under Police Investigation for Abuse

    01/18/2019 8:31:24 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Banks of the Trinity ^ | January 16, 2019 | Banks of the Trinity
    DALLAS - Sources tell Banks of the Trinity that Kevin Cardinal Farrell is under investigation by the Keller Police Department regarding an allegation of abuse while he was bishop of Dallas.We will keep you updated as this story develops.
  • Priest gives pulpit to homosexual partners to share ‘witness’ story prior to Sunday Mass

    01/18/2019 7:50:35 AM PST · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 17, 2019 | LifeSite News Staff
    Update Jan. 18, 2019: St. Joan of Arc pulled the video this morning of the two homosexual men giving their pre-Mass presentation. We are now using a source for the video provided by Complicit Clergy.  MINNEAPOLIS, MN, January 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A parish priest in Minnesota gave the pulpit to a same-sex “married” couple in a pre-Mass presentation last Sunday, allowing the two men to showcase their homosexual partnership, which included a child whom they said was conceived by IVF and carried to term via surrogacy.  Alan Nachtigal and Blake Wilson were legally “married” to each other in Minneapolis...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Please, bishops: act now; you’re running out of time!

    01/16/2019 10:52:18 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 15, 2019 | Phil Lawler
    Please, bishops: act now; you’re running out of time! The statement from Archishop Vigano, pleading with McCarrick to make a public act of repentance, was a dramatic—and sadly rare—display of bold pastoral leadership. God bless Bishop Strickland for joining in that plea. I hope and pray that other American bishops will follow suit. But please, bishops, act now. You’re running out of time. This morning, by chance (or was it by chance?) I found myself reading from the sermons of St. Claude la Colombiere. Speaking about true repentance for sin, St. Claude tells this striking story: We read, in the...
  • [Cath Cauc]Wuerl apologizes to priests ..., says he forgot he knew about harassment allegations

    01/16/2019 8:50:49 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2019 | Michelle Boorstein
    D.C.'s embattled Catholic leader, Donald Wuerl, under fire in recent days for untruthful statements regarding what he knew about the alleged sexual misconduct of his predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, apologized late Tuesday, saying he forgot he knew about the allegations and that it was “never the intention to provide false information.” Wuerl apologized to former priest Robert Ciolek in the evening and then sent a letter to the priests of the archdiocese, where Wuerl is the acting administrator. Pope Francis received Wuerl’s retirement as archbishop earlier than expected last fall as the cardinal was being pummeled by criticism over his handling...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cdl. Wuerl asks for ‘understanding’ after evidence shows he lied about McCarrick

    01/15/2019 1:05:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Januay 14, 2019 | Doug Mainwaring
    Cdl. Wuerl asks for ‘understanding’ after evidence shows he lied about McCarrick WASHINGTON, D.C., January 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In a January 12 letter addressed to the priests of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl offered no apology for months of deceitful statements denying his knowledge of sex abuse allegations against disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Instead, he asked for “understanding.” The letter (read full letter below) comes after news last week that Wuerl was deceitful about his knowledge of sex abuse allegations against McCarrick, further vindicating the testimony from former Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganň on who knew about...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis and Sexual Abuse. The Pope Who Knew Too Much

    01/15/2019 6:39:17 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | Januay 14, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    Francis and Sexual Abuse. The Pope Who Knew Too Much Pope Francis has already made it clear for some time how he judges and how he intends to address the question of sexual abuse among sacred ministers. As a problem not primarily of sex but of power, not of individuals but of caste, the clerical caste.He gave this to be understood in the letter on this question that he addressed to the “people of God” on August 20, 2018, in which he never mentions “sexual abuse” on its own, but in the combination of “sexual abuse, the abuse of power...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Viganň tells McCarrick: repent, for the sake of your soul

    01/14/2019 7:19:44 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Januay 14, 2019 | Staff Reporter
    Viganò tells McCarrick: repent, for the sake of your soul Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has called on Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to repent publicly of alleged “crimes against minors and abuses of seminarians”.In an open letter, the former nuncio to the Unites States told McCarrick that “time is running out” and his “eternal salvation is at stake”.“No matter what decision the supreme authority of the Church takes in your case, what really matters, and what has saddened those who love you and pray for you, is the fact that throughout these months you haven’t given any sign of repentance,” Viganò...
  • [Catholic Caucus] GUESS WHO? (New Vatican PR Chief Identifies "Great Accuser")

    01/14/2019 6:06:58 AM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | January 10, 2019 | Michael J. Matt
    GUESS WHO? (New Vatican PR Chief Identifies "Great Accuser") Looks like next month's Vatican summit meeting with the world bishops’ conference heads—called, ostensibly, to address the massive sex abuse crisis in the Church—will likely have all the effectiveness of a very nice bumper sticker. The real problem in the Church today is, of course, homosexuality in the priesthood. But how can the Vatican be expected to address that when there are so many other more pressing problems to tackle? Clericalism, for example. That’s a biggie!  And the abuse of power, immigration, plastic straws in the ocean. There’s a lot on...
  • [Catholic Cauchus] The Unraveling of Wuerl’s Lies

    01/13/2019 9:58:58 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 13, 2019 | George Neumayr
    Long before he concealed McCarrick’s misconduct, he had done the same for his mentor. In the latest revelation about Donald Wuerl — that, contrary to his claims of ignorance, he knew about McCarrick’s misconduct for at least 14 years — he emerges as the amoral but self-protective bureaucrat, undone by his own pass-the-buck-style record-keeping, which gives a grimly ironic dimension to his downfall. Wuerl’s policy wasn’t one of zero tolerance but of zero legal exposure, and toward that end he needed to keep records of complaints he had received and transmitted to the papal nuncio.
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Zanchetta case: a fatal blow to the Pope’s reputation as a reformer

    01/12/2019 3:03:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 11, 2019 | Phil Lawler
    The Zanchetta case: a fatal blow to the Pope’s reputation as a reformer Last week the Vatican acknowledged that an Argentine bishop working at the Vatican faces sex-abuse charges. The story drew little attention from American media outlets, and understandably so: just one more in a long line of complaints against clerics, in this case involving a bishop whose name (Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta) was unfamiliar to readers in the US. But reporters who look at the story just a bit more carefully recognize it as a blockbuster: a potentially fatal blow to the reputation of Pope Francis as a reformer....
  • [Cath Cauc] Cdl. Schönborn’s cathedral gallery features lesbians kissing on Church step

    01/11/2019 3:48:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | January 10, 2010 | Maike Hickson
    Art exhibition at Cdl. Schönborn’s cathedral gallery features lesbians kissing on Church step January 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A recently concluded art exhibition in the rectory of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria included an image [WARNING: Following links lead to graphic images] of two lesbians kissing in front of a church as well as an image of an almost completely nude woman posing as the Resurrected Christ.  The Austrian news website Kath.net reported today that these pictures were to be found and seen in the Curhaus, the building adjacent to St. Stephen's Cathedral which is among other things...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis From Innocent To Guilty. Bad News From His Argentina

    01/10/2019 8:48:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 9, 2019 | Sandro Magister
    Francis From Innocent To Guilty. Bad News From His Argentina Tough times for the new squad of the pope’s press agents. The first public statement that Alessandro Gisotti, the new director of the press office of the Holy See, released after embarking on his role concerns the case of an Argentine bishop (in the photo) who is in danger of smashing to smithereens the strategy that Francis has adopted for addressing the question of sexual abuse committed by sacred ministers.It is the strategy that also inspires the letter that the pope sent at the new year to the bishops of...
  • Jay Is ‘Gay’ — And a Jesuit Wannabe

    01/09/2019 6:13:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/8/19 | Jim Russell
    Gay Jesuit candidate attacks 'ideological militants'Sometimes, the homosexual subculture in the Church and among the clergy isn't content to slink in the shadows. Sometimes, it narcissistically demands center stage, and it seizes the limelight with a ferocity that is best viewed as an upside-down parody of what true virtue really is. One would be hard-pressed to find a more complete example of this kind of unintended parody than in the social media presence of Jesuit order candidate R. Jay Pearson. Jay Pearson is as proudly and publicly "gay" as one can be. "My name is Jay, I am a Greek...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Ousting Cupich

    01/08/2019 5:03:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 8, 2019 | Stephen Wynne
    Roman Catholic Faithful (RCF) is back, and it's leading the charge against homosexualist corruption in the archdiocese of Chicago.  On Saturday, Jan. 5, followers of the Illinois-based defender of Catholic orthodoxy gathered for a rally near Mundelein Seminary, where the U.S. bishops were sequestered for a week of "prayer and unity." The RCF conference drew hundreds of concerned laity and gave evidence of a rising groundswell of opposition to business-as-usual among the hierarchy. Founder and President Stephen Brady rallied concerned Catholics to confront bad bishops directly and to be creative in fighting to roll back the rot. He told his audience his goal is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Analysis: The non-trial of Theodore McCarrick

    01/07/2019 6:41:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 7, 2019 | Ed Condon
    Analysis: The non-trial of Theodore McCarrick While recent media reports suggest that a trial of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick is underway, Vatican sources have told CNA that his case is not being handled by a full judicial process.Sources at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have confirmed that allegations against McCarrick are being considered through an abbreviated approach called an “administrative penal process.”That decision gives insight into the strength of evidence against McCarrick, and suggests that resolving sexual abuse allegations against the archbishop is a top priority for Pope Francis and other senior Vatican officials.—Canon law outlines specific processes...
  • [Catholic Caucus]De Mattei: Dare (Challenge), Monsignore!

    01/06/2019 8:55:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 6, 2019 | Roberto de Mattei
    De Mattei: Dare, Monsignore! TWENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER... Twenty-five years ago, on 8 February 1994, the European Parliament voted on a resolution that invited the nations of Europe to promote and give legal protection to homosexuality. In his Angelus address on 20 February 1994, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II appealed to public opinion worldwide, affirming that “the legal approbation of active homosexuality is not morally admissible [...]. The Resolution of the European Parliament has called for the legitimization of a moral disorder.The Parliament has unduly given institutional value to deviant behaviors, which do not conform to God’s plan”....
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Pope’s Laxity Catches Up With Him

    01/06/2019 4:34:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 6, 2019 | George Neumayr
    The Pope’s Laxity Catches Up With Him He dings the American bishops for a lack of credibility as his own takes another hit in the wake of a new Vatican scandal.Pope Francis lectured the American bishops this week on their “crisis of credibility” even as his own reputation took another hit in the wake of revelations about one of his protégés. It turns out that another McCarrick-like predator has been nesting at the Vatican under the patronage of this famously permissive pope. “Pope Francis’ Argentinean Protégé Accused of Sex Abuse,” reported the Daily Beast.The accused bishop is Gustavo Óscar Zanchetta, a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] More proof the pope's investigation is a sham

    01/03/2019 3:34:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 3, 2019 | Church Militant
    Breaking News: Vatican Attempts McCarrick Cover-Up Church Militant has learned from extremely reliable sources that the Vatican investigation into disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick appears to have gone into cover-up mode. In an unbelievable turn of events, Church investigators are now presenting the accusations against McCarrick from a former altar boy as not credible. But what is proving to be astonishing is the rationale. The case as laid out to Church Militant is that the then-16-year-old boy went to St. Patrick's Cathedral to seek out McCarrick and serve midnight Mass in 1972 where McCarrick groped and fondled him in the sacristy. Even...
  • [Cath Cauc]Pope Tells Bishops to Stop ‘Pointing Fingers’ on Abuse, Calls for ‘Pastoral Conversion’

    01/03/2019 12:07:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Tablet ^ | January 3, 2019 | Christopher White
    Pope Francis Tells US Bishops to Stop ‘Pointing Fingers’ on Abuse, Calls for ‘Pastoral Conversion’ NEW YORK – In a landmark 8-page letter to U.S. bishops who are on retreat in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis that has engulfed the American Church, Pope Francis called for a “new ecclesial season” led by bishops who are more than administrators interested in “pointing fingers,” and instead, leadership marked by “collegial spiritual fatherhood,” rooted in humility and unity.Prior to offering a prescription for the current predicament, Pope Francis began by diagnosing the problem of the Church’s loss of credibility, not only...