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Opus Dei Sex Abuse Case: An exclusive interview
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:20:48 +0000
By: Randy Engel An Interview with Mr. Juan Cuatrecasas on The Gaztelueta Sex Abuse Case [Note: The following interview with Mr. Juan Cuatrecasas Asua is a follow-up to the detailed investigative report of the Gaztelueta sex abuse case by this writer that originally appeared as a two-part series, “The Gaztelueta Sex Abuse Case – Opus Dei On Trial,” on AKA Catholic HERE  and HERE. The reader may want to refer to that report before reading this interview with Mr. Cuatrecasas, the victim’s father. The Gaztelueta case is expected to go to trial on October 4 to October 11, 2018, at the Audiencia more »
Rome-Beijing agreement: A victory for Vatican II
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:10:59 +0000
As has been widely reported, Bergoglian Rome is soon to enter into an agreement with Beijing that would grant the Chinese Communist government a say over who is, and who is not, appointed to serve as a bishop in that nation’s dioceses. Among the outlets reporting on the situation is the Wall Street Journal, which states: The controversial deal would include the first official recognition by Beijing that the pope is the head of the Catholic Church in China. In return, Pope Francis would formally recognize seven excommunicated Chinese bishops who were appointed by the Communist government without Vatican approval. more »
Two ecclesial calamities: Which came first?
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 21:23:16 +0000
There is a crisis rocking the Church in our day, and it is unprecedented in both its nature and scope. About this, Catholics of pretty much every stripe – from the wildest-eyed liberals to the staunchest of traditionalists – agree. With this in mind, many may immediately think of the McCarrick scandal; the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report; the Viganò testimony; the report out of Germany detailing the sexual abuse of thousands of minors, etc. On some level, this makes sense, but these things are but symptoms of a crisis that, first and foremost, is doctrinal in character; the moral rot best more »
A Rebuttal to Carlo Viganò on the Nienstedt Case
Wed, 12 Sep 2018 16:35:35 +0000
By: Randy Engel The Strange Case of Archbishop John Clayton Nienstedt: Part III —A Rebuttal to Carlo Viganò on the Nienstedt Case Introduction On August 26, 2018, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Papal Nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016, issued a “Statement by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò regarding the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis,” on his (non)role in the notorious Nienstedt Case – a case which I have documented in Part I and Part II of this series, and which first appeared in The Catholic Inquisitor (July and August 2018). For the record, Parts I and II of this series more »
Neo-Conservatism: Destroyer of both faith and reason
Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:27:55 +0000
On August 30, National Catholic Register published a truly bizarre article on the present homo-clerical crisis written by Benjamin Wiker, whose bio reads: Benjamin Wiker is Professor of Political Science, Director of Human Life Studies, and Senior Fellow of the Veritas Center at Franciscan University. His newest book is In Defense of Nature: the Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic, and Moral Ecology. Our expert’s credentials out of the way, let’s dive in. According to Wiker, “Greater clarity about the nature of this crisis can be had by looking at the larger moral-historical perspective.” This may perhaps be true, but upon reading further more »
New Comments Policy
Sat, 08 Sep 2018 18:23:54 +0000
At one time, the comment section to this blog was a source of edification for readers, but on the whole, it hasn’t that been that for a while. Yes, there are still a number of thoughtful, intelligent, disciplined commenters here, but the “little leaven” principle has turned the combox into something that I no loner want to be associated with. So… after a number of failed attempts to set things right, and encouraging commenters to act like adults and follow just a few limited guidelines, it’s time for a new policy. This one is so simple that no one will more »
Viganò reveals Newchurch’s only unforgivable crime
Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:13:38 +0000
It seems that we are in the midst of an awakening of sorts among some neo-conservatives, as persons once loathe to level public criticism against the Heretic-in-Chief are now beginning to speak of the disaster that is Francis more forcefully than at any time in the past. The tipping point arrived with the credible allegations made by Archbishop Viganò, who testified that Francis turned a blind eye to the homo-shenanigans of Uncle Ted McCarrick, and even made of him a trusted and influential advisor. This is all well and good, and yet it is noteworthy that it took Viganò’s bombshell more »
The Strange Case of Archbishop Nienstedt – Part Two
Sun, 02 Sep 2018 13:53:05 +0000
By: Randy Engel The Investigations of Abp. more »
The Strange Case of Archbishop Nienstedt – Part One
Thu, 30 Aug 2018 17:04:40 +0000
By: Randy Engel [The following is the first in a two-part series of articles that appeared in The Catholic Inquisitor, July and August 2018. In light of the recently published Viganò bombshell, the case of Archbishop John Nienstedt and the former nuncio’s involvement in it has been receiving increased scrutiny. PLEASE NOTE: This article was written in late June 2018 – well before Archbishop Viganò’s testimony. I would caution readers to refrain from impugning Mrs. Engel’s stellar reputation for accuracy and fairness until she has an opportunity to respond in detail to Archbishop Viganò’s claim that he had no hand whatsoever in halting the Archdiocese of more »
Viganò indicts Francis, Benedict XVI and John Paul II
Mon, 27 Aug 2018 20:24:07 +0000
By now, the testimony of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is well known to most readers. It will take some time for us to digest the revelations made therein, and still more to see what impact they may have moving forward. I speak of “revelations” as opposed to accusations deliberately. At this point in time, knowing what we know, absolutely nothing in Viganò’s testimony smells of fabrication. Even so, at least one prominent Vaticanista has seen fit to question Viganò’s motives rather than accept at face value what he stated; namely, that his conscience urges him to speak out. I won’t more »