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  • Mindong: Msgr. Guo Xijin, Underground Bishop, Gives Way to Formerly Excommunicated Msgr. Zhan Silu

    12/14/2018 7:34:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 12/13/18
    The handover in the state hotel in Beijing, in the presence of Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli. Pope Francis reportedly asked for this "sacrifice" from Msgr. Guo to save the unity of the Church and to guarantee the signing of the agreement between China and the Holy See. Msgr. Celli also requested the withdrawal of the elderly Bishop of Shantou, Msgr. Zhuang Jianjian.Mindong (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, an underground bishop of Mindong, recognized by the Vatican, but not by the government and to date ordinary bishop of the diocese, will leave his ordinary post and give it to Msgr....
  • Cardinal Müller: Priests ‘Duty-Bound’ to Resist Bishops Demanding Protestant Communion

    12/14/2018 7:14:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/12/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Says clerics 'rightly disobey' prelates ordering open CommunionROME ( - Cardinal Gerhard Müller is speaking out against bishops who order their priests to admit Protestants to Holy Communion. Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stressed that clerics are duty-bound to refuse such orders, saying they "rightly disobey" bishops who mandate such action. The cardinal's statements come in the wake of an erroneous pronouncement by German Bp. Felix Genn, head of the diocese of Münster. On Nov. 20, Genn published a pastoral guide featuring new directives, introduced by the German bishops earlier this year, that...
  • Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron Fears Rebellion From Gay Priests

    12/13/2018 6:23:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/12/18 | Jay McNally
    Seminary professor Dr. Mary Healy makes frank remarks at recent conferenceDETROIT ( - Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit allows pro-homosexual Dignity Masses to continue under his watch because he fears a "rebellion" by gay priests, according to Sacred Heart Seminary Professor Mary Healy. Vigneron has been tightlipped about his support for the dissident group Dignity throughout his nearly full decade as archbishop of Detroit, installed in January 2009. Indeed, there are no known public or private comments about Dignity from Vigneron as to why he consents to the scandalous Mass at Marygrove College, which is now in its 44th year....
  • Did John Allen Chau, the Missionary, Die from Arrogance or from Altruism?

    12/13/2018 8:19:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/12/2018 | Jerry Newcombe
    Since last month’s killing of 26-year-old missionary, John Allen Chau, a lot of ink has been spilled.On November 17, 2018, Chau of Washington state died at the hands of an isolated tribe in an island that is under India’s jurisdiction, although it is about 1000 miles southeast of India.North Sentinel Island is closed to any outside influence. Chau wanted them to learn about Jesus, the only hope for salvation, who died in the place of sinners---receiving in His own body the due penalty of our sins.The Boston Globe’s Renee Graham wrote that what killed him was hubris. She opined, “Chau...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, December 13, 2018 [prayer]

    12/13/2018 4:41:45 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 25 replies ^ | December 13, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for mercy and healing for our nation.
  • Church of England Introduces Baptism-Style Ceremony for Gender ‘Transitions’

    12/12/2018 6:40:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/11/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    UNITED KINGDOM, December 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – While the Church of England – the largest Christian denomination in the United Kingdom – is stopping short of calling its newly instituted blessing for “transgenders” a second baptism, priests are being directed to offer baptism-style ceremonies for those announcing their new sexual identity. In a newly issued pastoral guidance, clergy are being told to call men by their new female names, and women by their new male names. The guidance declares, “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be...
  • Late-Night Comedian Condemns Pope Francis for Homophobic Hate Speech

    12/12/2018 10:52:47 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 36 replies
    Friendly Atheist (Patheos) ^ | December 11, 2018 | Hemant Mehta
    Jenny Hagel, a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers who is both gay and Catholic, issued a strong denunciation of Pope Francis‘ homophobia last night. In response to the pope reiterating Catholic doctrine that says gay priests must be celibate (or be kicked out of the priesthood), an idea that suggests there’s something intrinsically wrong with gay people, Hagel called out anyone who still sees the pope as a good guy. "The press dubbed him “Cool Pope.” But here’s the thing: This guy’s not cool. This guy’s homophobic… We should all care about this because the pope is a...
  • Argentine Archbishop: in Some Dioceses There is a Gay Priests’ Lobby

    12/11/2018 4:21:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/10/18 | Staff Reporter
    Archbishop Aguer welcomed Pope Francis's recent remarks on homosexuality in the priesthood The Archbishop Emeritus of La Plata has said that some dioceses have a “high” proportion of gay clergy who constitute a “kind of lobby”. Archbishop Héctor Aguer made the comment on the Channel 9 television programme Keys for a Better World. He was responding to Pope Francis’s remarks on homosexuality in the priesthood. The archbishop’s comment was reported by ACI Prensa, an EWTN-owned Catholic news agency based in Lima. He cited Pope Francis saying that homosexuality had become “fashionable” and that this mentality had also entered the Church....
  • Amir Tsarfati explains Operation Northern Shield to repel the aggression through the Lebanese border

    12/08/2018 7:16:16 PM PST · by firebrand · 1 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Dec. 8, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Israel has been watching the construction of tunnels into Israel from Lebanon and has decided to make public the fact that they are aware of them. If UNIFIL will not stop the aggression, Israel will have to do it, and under international law it is entitled to do it. They will also continue to block "smart missile" manufacture, which is a threat to the safety of Israelis. A final note about the phony "sanhedrin." Be careful not to follow the misplaced enthusiasm about the red heifer and the Third Temple--it just makes believers look gullible and foolish. Right now there...
  • Interview With Cardinal Burke..The Faithful Are Suffering….But Schism Can Never Be Right

    12/08/2018 6:45:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 12/5/18 | Peggy Moen
    (Editor’s Note: This interview took place in Rome on October 22, 2018, the Feast of St. John Paul II, during the final week of the October 3-28 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment and before its conclusion. See The Wanderer, November 1, 2018, p. 1 for an article based on this interview.)Q. Your Eminence, the first thing I wanted to ask is, many Catholics, following this Summer of Shame, think they are living through the worst period of Church history. Do you agree?Cardinal Burke: It’s certainly among the worst, if not the worst. The Church has had...
  • Francis to Become First Pope to Visit Arabian Peninsula

    12/07/2018 4:27:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies ^ | 12/6/18 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The first visit by a pope to the Arabian peninsula will take place in February when Francis travels to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the Vatican said on Thursday. The Feb. 3-5 trip, Francis' latest to a predominantly Muslim nation, will be centered around the theme of inter-religious peace. The Vatican said the pope had accepted an invitation from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the tiny Catholic community there. He will attend an inter-faith meeting. In a statement, Bishop Paul Hinder, head of the Roman Catholic Arabian Vicariate...

    12/02/2018 6:22:00 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 27 replies
    SELF | 12/2/2018 | PilgrimsProgress
    I Corinthians 4:1-7 THE SIMPLICITY OF THE GOSPEL IS UNDER ATTACK—BY RELIGION! “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3). I find some humor while I am out driving around, and I see these churches named First Corinthians Baptist church and I say to myself, why don’t they have Second Corinthians Baptist churches? Have they even read their Bibles? First Corinthians was written to a carnal, worldly, immature church. Well, thank goodness for Second Corinthians. A lot...
  • Catholic Patriarchs in Baghdad to Meet Young People and Celebrate Martyrs

    11/29/2018 7:30:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 11/23/18
    Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako - who was President delegate during the recent Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church entitled "Youth, faith and vocational discernment" - will host the 26th meeting of the Eastern Catholic Patriarchs, scheduled from 26 to 30 November at the patriarchal seat of Baghdad, and dedicated to young people as "a sign of hope in the Middle East". The important summit - refer sources of the Chaldean patriarchate, consulted by Agenzia Fides - will begin on the afternoon of Monday 26 November with a Eucharistic concelebration presided over by the Syrian...
  • The Pope: if Necessary, the Church Goods Are to Be Sold to Help the Poor

    11/29/2018 7:22:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/29/18 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    Message to the conference on the decommissioning of unused places of worship: “Change should not be welcomed with anxiety but as a sign of the times that requires us to adapt”“The Church should not see “with anxiety” that “many churches, until a few years ago needed, are now no longer necessary, for lack of faithful and clergy, or for a different distribution of the population in cities and rural areas”, but welcome this change “as a sign of the times that invites us to reflect and requires us to adapt”. The Pope emphasized this in a message to the participants...
  • Chinese Priest: The Holy See Should Concern Itself with Bishops in Prison

    11/29/2018 7:15:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/28/18 | P.Pietro
    Peter, who has undergone several years of imprisonment because of the faith, advises the Vatican to take also to heart the situation of the "brothers who are still suffering". The Sino-Vatican agreement produces confusion. Some doubts about the morality of the illegitimate bishops, who are now reconciled. Esteem for Pope Francis.Beijing (AsiaNews) - "The Holy See should concern itself with bishops who are still in prison", comforting "the brothers who are still suffering": says Fr. Peter, a priest from central China, who in the past also suffered prison. While appreciating the mission of Pope Francis, Fr. Peter confesses to being...
  • Prison Ministry Outreach - Dear Friends Perhaps you can help!

    11/29/2018 3:31:03 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 13 replies
    MBC ^ | 11/29/18
    Dear Freepers, I wanted to share this with you, It is our desire to be helpful to those in prison who indicate an interest in receiving spiritual help, even the good news of salvation centering in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, God's only Saviour. We also want to see these men and women continue in God's Word by means of personal Bible study. From our experience, we have found that inmates often profit from doing Bible studies by way of correspondence. They have plenty of time to devote to Bible study and they also enjoy receiving mail. We...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Visits China as Well North and South Korea

    11/28/2018 6:52:53 PM PST · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/27/18 | Vladimir Rozanskij
    The second most important cleric in the Russian Orthodox Church visits the Far East. In Beijing he cited the 222 Chinese martyrs killed during the Boxer Uprising (1900). In Pyongyang he gave a gift to Kim Jong-un from Patriarch Kirill. Russia’s Church and diplomats work together abroadMoscow (AsiaNews) – Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, the most important cleric in the Russian Church after Patriarch Kirill, visited Beijing 23-24 November. Before travelling to the two Koreas, he celebrated a Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God, in the Russian embassy in Beijing, together with Church...
  • A Sanctuary Fight and Another Coverup

    11/28/2018 6:40:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Fr. Regis ^ | 11/26/18 | Fr. Regis Scanlon
    By now it should be clear to Catholics that when it comes to proclaiming the Faith, our biggest fight today is within our own Church, and the dissension is about sexual morality and gay rights. This was made clear to me by an incident that happened some years ago. A gay rights group took out an ad in a local newspaper condemning the local bishop who was teaching that homosexual acts are intrinsically evil. A group of young college-age Catholics wanted to fight back, and they collected money to run their own ad defending the bishop. But the chancery at...
  • Dubia Cardinal, Bishops Defend Cdl. Müller Linking Abuse Crisis and Homosexuality

    11/28/2018 6:30:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/26/18 | Maike Hickson
    November 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – On 21 November, LifeSiteNews published a wide-ranging interview with Cardinal Gerhard Müller – the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – in which the cardinal spoke about the abuse problem in general as related to the loss of Faith, and he pointed to the high percentage of male victims of clerical sex abuse and likewise to the problem of homosexually active priests. These statements have prompted an outcry of indignation in Germany, as may be seen with the German bishops' news website conducting an interview with a German Jesuit,...
  • The tragedy of murdered missionary John Allen Chau: Some questions

    11/28/2018 11:27:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/28/2018 | Mark Woods
    It's impossible to look at a photograph of John Allen Chau, the young American killed by tribespeople on North Sentinel Island, without sadness. He is in the full glow of youth, with decades of life ahead of him. His friends and family have paid tribute to his gifts and his character: 'He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend to us. To others he was a Christian missionary, a wilderness EMT [Emergency Medical Technician], an international soccer coach, and a mountaineer', they wrote on Instagram. John Allen Chau was killed on North Sentinel Island.In a moving post, they ask...