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Pope Benedict XVI Warned Us in 1989...

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Although these are impossibly difficult times for faithful Catholics, one possible consolation is that Pope Francis banal ramblings will likely be quickly forgotten. As Damian Thompson expressed it, if Pope Benedict is Motzart, Pope Francis is that annoying lift muzak.

I can imagine that we will be studying and unpacking Pope Benedict XVI's writings in a hundred years time, remarking how prophetic he was.

This is a good example.
In 1989, the then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger said:  “Each of these controversies (e.g. allowing contraception, homosexual practice, Communion for D&R) rests upon a much more far-reaching change of ‘paradigms,’ that is, of the basic ideas of being and of human obligation.” In a talk given to European bishops the future pontiff foresaw many of the challenges afflicting the Church today, and in typical fashion, proposed strategies to understand and effectively deal with them.

In his discourse to doctrinal commissions in Laxenburg, Austria, entitled Difficu…

Discovering the One True Church

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I found this so emotional to watch. This young lady reads Jn 6 and cannot deny the Catholic truth she finds there. It leads her (impels her - see Lumen Gentium 8) to the truth, but it takes an honest reading of the text and the impetus of the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth when your whole experience has been telling you this is something else.

Do you take your faith for granted? Even today, right now, there are people abandoning popularity, friends, even family to follow Jesus and His Church. Think there's no difference between the denominations? Think again.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword." Matthew 10:34


Cupich Punching Above his Weight?

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The Catholic Heraldreports that Cardinal Blase Cupich has addressed the Von Hügel Institute at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, presenting a lecture entitled “Pope Francis’ Revolution of Mercy: Amoris Laetitia as a New Paradigm of Catholicity”.

I have to admit I was impressed by his bottle to be prepared to try and hoodwink academics with such a moody talk. (Yes I did very much slip into the local vernacular there).

In his address, Cardinal Cupich called for “a major shift in our ministerial approach that is nothing short of revolutionary”. The hoped-for “paradigm shift”, the cardinal said, would be from an approach focused on “the automatic application of universal principles” to one which is “continually immersed” in “concrete situations”.
In a question-and-answer session after the cardinal’s lecture, the historian and philosopher Professor John Rist suggested that “the Pope’s ‘paradigm shift’ should be recognised as an attempt, under cover of offering solutions to genuine social pr…

Who is Lying in the Vatican?

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I can't believe I am reading the Tablet these days but it is born of some sort of morbid curiosity as I watch the Pope's former buddies organise themselves into a firing squad.

You may remember I drew your attention to an article by Robert Mickens in La Croix on Jan 20th. Mickens continues to chase this story writing yesterday in the Tablet.
The latest revelation is that, despite Pope Francis claim that "No one has come forward" he actually received an 8-page letter in 2015 detailing the abuse suffered at the hands of Fr Karadima (pictured above is the letter being given to Cardinal Sean O’Malley).

The existence of this letter contradicts the Pope’s insistence that victims of Fr Fernando Karadima had not come forward to complain about a cover-up by Bishop Juan Barros, who Francis appointed to lead the Diocese of Osorno in 2015.

“You, in all good will, tell me that there are victims, but I haven’t seen any, because they haven’t come forward,” Francis told journalists…

Vatican Chancellor Praises Communism

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Recently back from his very first trip to China, Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo (chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences) is full of excited praise for the world's most populous country. “Those who best realize the social doctrine of the Church at this time are the Chinese.” So Sorondo gushed to the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, on Friday. “They seek the common good, subordinating all things to the general good.”

One has to wonder just what planet Archbishop Sanchez is on! Has he heard of prison, persecution, negative participation in national life, one child policy and its enforcement, Tibet, the underground church, falang dang (?), and a host of other aspects of China's polity at variance with basic humanity, let alone anything near to what the Church teaches. Under the Vatican's new Sinopolitik perhaps he should be sent there as Nuncio?

In any case what is completely clear is that this sort of political/economic analysis is an embarrassment to the H…

ROSARY ON THE COAST OF THE BRITISH ISLES

Thank you Bishop John Keenan!


The Event This is a day of Pilgrimage and Prayer for the re-flourishing of our Faith, for the grace to build a culture of Life and for true Peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples & Nations.

The Inspiration Recently the faithful of Poland and Ireland have responded to what they sense as a movement of the Holy Spirit to gather around the coasts of their nations and pray to Jesus, the Divine Mercy, for a renewal of faith and respect for human life through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary. Having witnessed this, a number of the lay faithful in the British Isles - England, Scotland, Wales and their isles- have felt the same inspiration and urge to respond.

They are hoping for us to have our own national Rosary on the Coast for Faith, Life and Peace in the British Isles and are calling their brothers and sisters to such a day of Prayer and Pilgrimage on Sunday 29th April at 3pm, 2018, fifth Sunday of Easter.
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Is this the beginning of the end for Pope Francis?

In the latest Spectator Podcast, Dr. Ed Condon and Dr. Damian Thompson discuss recent calamitous developments in the Pontificate of Pope Francis: Chile and China.

I am especially glad they talk about Cardinal Danneels inclusion in the synod on the family as Pope Francis' special guest, despite serious questions about his cardinalate, see here and here as I can't believe more questions haven't been asked about this, especially given his claims about Pope Francis' election in his autobiography (see here for the details).

There's also analysis of the Chinese betrayal: Thompson concludes "the bad guys have won", Condon says there are faithful priests and bishops within the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, however he points out that many are opposed to any deal and the CPCA bishops incur automatic excommunication under canon 1382. Huang was also publicly excommunicated by Benedict XVI in 2011. Another example of Pope Francis' flagrant disregard for…