Showing posts from September, 2019


Enough said:

Love of Money - The Root of All Evil

How do you know that the Pope's spin doctors are mendacious and self-interested?

Well, a really good clue is if something really big is going on which contradicts their consistent narrative and they completely ignore it.

The German bishops are doing this right now, ignoring the pope, ignoring the Vatican, ignoring the curia and setting up their own "binding synodal process" which will lock in fundamental changes Catholic teaching, including:
A reduction of clerical powerChanges  regarding clerical celibacyChurch teaching on sexual morality Issues they are justifying by linking them to the sex abuse crisis.

The Vatican has written to the Germans stating that this new synodal assembly is not ecclesiologically valid. However German bishops appear determined to push through a new morality, despite it constituting a de facto break with Catholic authority and doctrine.

We can see how this has progressed: the intercommunion debate forwarded by ze Germanz was initially kicked in…

Cardinal Burke staged the moon landings

Watch Dr Damian Thompson on the claims of loony papal tailgaters that Cardinal Burke, not ze Germanz are causing a schism:

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Archbishop Chaput: Fr. James Martin's message causes confusion about Church doctrine

In this post the other day I mentioned Fr James Martin's most recent scandalous Tweet.

I had to wonder if this crossed a bit of a line - there was certainly a strong reaction on social media. But Martin has been doing this for a long while, and he doesn't just push it with LGBTQ issues, he challenges lots of Catholic ideas:

His problematic ramblings often attract brother priests to remonstrate:

Jim doesn't care. They're all just haters. And he has the Vatican backing him! And anyway, those who argue with him are all gays anyway!
.@jamesmartinsj says cardinals & bishops support his LGBT agenda

Says critics are "uncomfortable" with their sexuality. TYPICAL GAY TACTIC — Nick Donnelly (@ProtecttheFaith) August 1, 2017 Anyway I wonder if his "gay "marriage"" Tweet prompted Archbishop Chaput to write this warning to the faithful about Martin's lies?

Whether it was or not, it did seem to create a bit of a water…

Who are the Schismatics?

Phil Lawler, who's excellent book Lost Shepherd is a must read (it provides an essential catalogue of the growing list of disgraceful decisions and events in this papacy) has written an excellent article referencing the current talk of schism here.
I’ve started blocking people who use the word “schism” incorrectly.

My blood pressure is high enough without all y’all’s nonsense. — Ed. Condon (@canonlawyered) September 17, 2019Of course, the talk was started by Pope Francis himself who, on his last flight, said he did not fear schism. In response, Lawler wrought this, stating that:
Well, I am. And I’m afraid of any Roman Pontiff who isn’t afraid of splitting the universal Church.
Which means that, yes, I’m afraid of Pope Francis. In this new article, Lawler offers this interesting analysis of the threat of schisms:
"'The most 'progressive' Catholics recognize they cannot engineer the radical changes they want without precipitating a split in the Church. So they wan…

Having a Difference of Opinion versus Breaking with the Pope

Ed Condon is a Catholic who's learned opinion I really value and often quote him on my blog. On September 14th he tweeted this:
If someone tells you the only way to be authenticity Catholic is to break with the pope and the bishops, they are - at best - a Protestant. — Ed. Condon (@canonlawyered) September 14, 2019 I didn't get it. He does sometimes write subliminal Tweets, like this one:
I love priests. I try to love all priests for the sacrifice they make for the faithful.

But I’m really uncomfortable with the kind of priest who seems to spend most of his time online talking about sex and sexuality.

It’s not healthy. — Ed. Condon (@canonlawyered) September 15, 2019 Which was clearly a response to Twitter going mad about Fr James Martin's latest trollage:
Many #LGBT Catholics still feel unwelcome in their own church. But good news: More parishes are now trying to make LGBT Catholics feel at home. Here, one parishioner talks about the welcome that he, his husband, and th…

Messori on Church Unrest: Many Are Concerned But Christ Won’t Leave His Church

In this recent post, I remarked at how scandalous it is that the Church agenda, specifically the appalling Amazonian instrumentum laboris, are so diametrically opposed to the Catholic faith, that leading cardinals feel compelled to speak out against it publicly.

To create an atmosphere where princes of the Church are this uneasy with what is being taught and promoted seems to place Pope Francis well outside any considered via media, and on a definite path in a single direction - away from the settled teaching of Christ and towards some kind of "world religion". Certainly Papal sycophants consider Pope Francis is on some great mission to change the Church:
Galleys (otherwise known as "uncorrected proofs") of #WoundedShepherd are here from the publishers @HenryHolt. This early version is being sent to reviewers, endorsers etc. Book goes on sale November 5, when I am in U.S. for a fortnight of talks & lectures. Details to follow. — Aust…

Catholicism in Ireland

Fr. Declan from Derry tweeted this this morning:
I give up! — Fr. Declan McGeehan (@DMacGaoithin) September 16, 2019 I honestly thought it was a mickey take. No Catholic could be this wrong, surely? So I looked it up on Facebook. You can too. I took a screenshot, incredulous:

This must be a parody account? I checked out the "about" page. Seems legit. The profile pic is the Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy who also features on the FB page, which is very Pope Francis (which make sense).

Not surprising Ireland is in so much trouble!

One thing's for sure, if the Bishop was condemning homosexual acts or advocating the old Mass, you can bet Archbishop Martin would be down on him like a ton of bricks. A huge part of the problem across the world is that the sort of propagation of misinformation, supplanting the Catholic faith with some kind of superstitious mysticism, pantheism or world-religion, is completely acceptable, even here on a diocesan page.…

Prestigious priests, Italian journalists and activists speak out against Francis.


Liberal can never be liberal enough...

Vatican tells German Bishops they've exceeded their authority. Completely unsurprisingly, news broke this morning that the German Church appears to have broken with Rome:
"German bishops revolt against Rome" — The diocese of Regensburg published on Saturday an alternative draft statute to the synodal way, one that reportedly corresponded to the #Pope's wishes, but it was rejected by the German bishops' conference permanent council by 21 to 3 votes — Edward Pentin (@EdwardPentin) September 14, 2019 What's happened is this:

On Sept. 4, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, wrote to Cardinal Marx as head of the German bishops’ conference, expressing concerns at the German plans to form a Synodal Assembly as part of the “binding process” announced by Marx earlier this year.

The letter was accompanied by a four-page legal assessment of the German plans by the Pontifical Commission for Legislative Texts, which expr…

Cardinali: Amazonian Synod Challenges the Deposit of Faith

Two Cardinals go public over Amazonian Synod problems, how many have the same misgivings but choose to keep them to themselves? CNA reports Cardinal Burke and Cardinal Brandmüller (pictured above) have sent letters to fellow members of the College of Cardinals, raising concerns about the working document for an upcoming synod of bishops on the pan-Amazonian region scheduled to take place in Rome, Oct. 6-27.

This fact alone is scandalous in my opinion. That these two brave cardinali are isolated to this point is a grave scandal for the universal Church. It raises concerns about unity and a systematic rejection of doctrine by Pope Francis and his supporters which cannot go unchallenged.

CNA report reports some of the content as follows:

“Some points of the synod’s Instrumentum laboris seem not only in dissonance with respect to the authentic teaching of the Church, but even contrary to it,” Cardinal Walter Brandmüller wrote to fellow cardinals in an Aug. 28 letter obtained by CNA.

“The …

Pope Francis: "I'm not afraid of schism"

Pope Francis + Plane = Pain.

This public comment from Msgr Pope, a much read and well loved priest of the Arch Diocese of Washington, was prompted by the Pope's latest plane comments on his journey home from Africa. As a son abandoned by a father who chose immorality over paternal duties, I recognise the tone of these comments - they are as a wounded child to his father, trying to understand the abandonment.

I sense this is a feeling millions of Catholics are feeling as this papacy rages on, seemingly completely unstoppable. Pope Francis' rampage appears all powerful, with no one even interested in commenting. This always strikes me as a stark contrast with Pope Benedict XVI, who, it is told once exclaimed to Bishop Fellay who seized the opportunity to remind the Pope that he is the Vicar of Christ, possessed of the authority to take immediate measures to end the crisis in the Church on all fronts. The Pope replied thus: “My authority ends at that door.” (Castel Gondolfo Augu…

Encouraging Children in Spiritual Pursuits

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. ~ Rev 3:15-17 As a father and in my role as a parish catechist for many years, I have found that young people quickly reject anything inauthentic and long for authenticity. I suppose it has long been demonstrated that young people especially are looking for a "peg" on which to hang their identity. An essential part of being a parent is ensuring that the environment which forms them is a positive rather than a negative one. My own experience of youth ministry is that it tends to appeal to a certain kind of young person. It can be very clicky and if you don't fit in, you are quickly put on the outside and a very worthy "spiritual" reas…

Stacking the Deck

At the weekend, Pope Francis announced a new Consistory for the creation of 13 new Cardinals on October 5th. The group includes 10 new Cardinal electors, pushing the current number of electors to 128.

Catholic social media breathed a collective sigh of despair as the names were announced.

With the exception of Bologna, Francis continues to overlook other episcopal sees historically headed by a red hat — in Italy most notably the Patriarchate of Venice, Palermo and Turin, and in the United States, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.  

The new Cardinali are:

1. +Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and leading historian on Islam. Bishop Ayuso was heavily involved in drawing up the Human Fraternity document signed Feb. 4 by Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar, and the Pope in Abu Dhabi. The Vatican called it “an important step forward” and a “powerful sign of peace and hope” between the two religions, but critics have expressed s…