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How Pope Francis Dialogues with Critics

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So a day since the filial correction of Pope Francis was made public and the numerous criticisms of the critics on social media share one key trait: they all suggest that the authors are a minority, or conservative or similar to the example I shared in yesterday's post.
The main attack to this correction, led by infamous Jesuits, is entirely focused on the signers, who they are, what Mass they attend ... — Rorate Caeli (@RorateCaeli) September 24, 2017 ... None of them have successfully refuted -- or even attempted to refute -- the merits of the charges against Pope Francis. — Rorate Caeli (@RorateCaeli) September 24, 2017 I think it is worth pointing out that the argument from authority is the weakest of arguments. One should always endeavour to debate the idea, not the person, but no one seems to have addressed the content of the criticisms levelled at the Pope. That would seem to be because they are facts and beyond reasonable dispute.

Almost more importantly regarding this ar…

Filial Correction of Pope Francis made Public

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After much speculation on the internet over the last few weeks, today sees the publication of a formal, filial correction of errors being promulgated by Pope Francis delivered privately to the Pope on August 11th.

Since no answer was received from the Holy Father, it is being made public today, 24th September, Feast of Our Lady of Ransom and of Our Lady of Walsingham. The letter, which is open to new signatories, now has the names of 62 clergy and lay scholars from 20 countries, who also represent others lacking the necessary freedom of speech. It has a Latin title: ‘Correctio filialis de haeresibus propagatis’ (literally, ‘A filial correction concerning the propagation of heresies’). It states that the pope has, by his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, and by other, related, words, deeds and omissions, effectively upheld 7 heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments, and has caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Ch…

Magnum Principium from The Papal Posse

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THE PAPAL POSSE...FR GERALD MURRAY, canon lawyer and priest of the Archdiocese of New York and ROBERT ROYAL, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, discuss Pope Francis' new motu proprio on the liturgy, Magnum Principium, and all the latest news from the Vatican.

I think this is one of the most helpful programmes on what is going on in the Church currently.



On the Pope's liturgical moto proprio, the main question seem to me to be: why do this now? Robert Royal says the danger of Magnum Principium is that the many polarising elements will cause a dissolution of our unity. Local bishop's conferences will now be able to propose their own translations of the Latin text of the Mass. Is the intention to decentralise liturgical power from Rome?

The comprehension of the people is the new bench mark being set here by Pope Francis it seems, this as opposed to faithfulness to the Latin text, which was the benchmark of his predecessor. Fr Gerald considers this can do nothing other tha…

Coping with Clare

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Having a hard day? Struggling to keep it all together? Feel like you are finding it difficult to maintain that calm, swan-like exterior while underneath your little legs are going like the clappers?

Have a read of Clare's blog today and I'm sure you will feel better.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O-Connor - requiescat in pace.

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Today sees the funeral at Westminster Cathedral of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor requiescat in pace.

Daniel Blackman has this honest and thorough analysis of the Cardinal's legacy:

He trained for the priesthood at the Venerable English College, Rome, where two of his brothers, Brain and Patrick, were also studying. He was ordained on 28 October 1956.

Ten years later he was chosen as private secretary to Bishop Derek Worlock of Portsmouth, a post he held until his return to the Venerable English College, Rome as its rector in 1971. The appointment as private secretary and rector were indications that the young Fr Cormac was being prepared for higher office.

Bishop and ‘Renew’

Blessed Pope Paul VI named Cormac bishop of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in 1977. Among the usual duties of a diocesan bishop, two things stood out during his 23 years of service.

First, he introduced the American ‘Renew’ program into the diocese in 1988, with the aim to make his diocese an engaged …

The Price of Appeasement

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Well I do hope the CES are proud of themselves!

Any human being with any iota of common sense would be appalled at the treatment of Nigel and Sally Rowe the parents of a six-year-old boy who have removed him from his primary school after another child in his class began wearing a dress to school.

The couple said under the school's bullying policy their son faced being disciplined for misidentifying the gender of the six-year-old pupil.

They've been subjected to this sort of madness on television:
"What gender are your children?"

LGBT rights campaigner Jane Fae challenges parents who withdrew 6yo son from school with transgender child pic.twitter.com/pTSEEupfUz — Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) September 11, 2017 And also from the likes of Stella Creasy and Anna Soubry. It is incredible to see MPs detracting and abusing an ordinary couple who just want the best for their child.
So sad to hear parent teach their child to hate like this- hope that both kids in get s…

JC receives JC

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I'm struggling a lot with this article in The Catholic Herald attacking our Lord Jeremy Corbyn for receiving the blessed sacrament at a funeral.

The article states:
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of disrespecting the Catholic faith after allegedly receiving Holy Communion despite not being a Catholic.
The New Statesman reports he that he received Communion at the funeral of GMB union president Mary Turner, at Sacred Heart Church in Kilburn, north London.
Under Canon Law, non-Catholics are forbidden from receiving Holy Communion except in extreme circumstances.
The Labour Party declined to comment on whether Corbyn had received Communion, but did confirm his attendance at the funeral. They also confirmed he was not a Catholic.
Clare Bowskill of the Latin Mass Society told the Telegraph: “Most Catholics would think that was disrespecting the faith quite considerably. Even Anglicans are normally told at Mass that they are welcome to come up for a blessing but the…