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Vatican letter fiasco: Benedict no victim
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:57:22 +0000
At Holy Mass yesterday, the sermon delivered by Fr. Joel Kiefer, FSSP (a gifted preacher) was focused on the evil of lying as discussed in the Roman Catechism’s treatment of the Eighth Commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” The Roman Catechism, quoting the words of Solomon, reminds us that the Lord “hateth” six things, but there is a seventh that He “despiseth” (i.e., that which He finds especially repugnant), and that is “a deceitful witness that uttereth lies.” Considering recent news out of Rome, the timing of yesterday’s sermon was remarkable if not providential. It has more »
Ite ad Joseph
Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:51:03 +0000
By: Andrea Chamberlain After the death of Pope Gregory XI in 1378, the Church was thrust into a period of intense turmoil known as the Western Schism which saw three rival political factions each vigorously claim their own successor to the chair of St. Peter.  The schism finally ended in 1414 during the Council of Constance which had been called to try to bring an end to the chaos. One of the strongest forces present at the Council working towards the reunification of the Church was Jean Gerson, the chancellor of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. He preached more »
Some timely reminders from Cornelia Ferreira
Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:30:20 +0000
My post dated March 14 on Bishop Williamson’s comments concerning Russia’s alleged “return to God” sparked precisely the reaction I had expected from certain quarters (not just here, but via social media and private correspondence). No need to recap those reactions here; suffice it to say that some folks find it very difficult to even consider that someone they admire may have something wrong; even, it seems, if that means putting more stock in the words of men than in the warnings issued by Our Lady. In the present case, we have a choice to make and it’s a simple more »
#FakeNews? How about #FakeChurch
Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:57:28 +0000
The big news out of Rome these days concerns the letter of Benedict the Abdicator, which was presented to the world a few days ago as an endorsement for the recently published Theology of Pope Francis series of books. The Vatican has since admitted that the image of the letter disseminated to the media was doctored in order to hide the fact that the Pope Contemplatus has not read the books, and does not plan to read them, ever. While this is a stellar example of #FakeNews, in and of itself, it’s not really news at all as Rome has more »
Bishop Williamson: False views of Fatima and Russia
Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:55:32 +0000
In his most recent newsletter, Eleison Comments, Bishop Richard Williamson stated: As Solzhenitsyn said, Russia would never have fallen into the Communist Hell if it had not turned its back on God. Almighty God allowed that Hell in order to bring “Holy Russia” back to Him. It took several years, but that return to God is now taking place all over Russia, even if the conversion is not yet Catholic. Patience. The Consecration of Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart will see to that. It’s always dangerous, in my opinion, to imagine that we have figured out the mind of God; more »
Benedict’s letter: Real, forced, or fake?
Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:48:36 +0000
The Catholic world is all abuzz over a letter that was written (allegedly) by Benedict the Abdicator praising his successor (alleged) and declaring “interior continuity between the two pontificates.” The text was written for inclusion in a series of books recently published by the Vatican Library entitled, “Theology of Pope Francis.” The series, according to the letter, “rightly demonstrates that Pope Francis is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation.” What shall we make of this? Is it real? Was it forced? Is it fake? First, let’s be clear; Ratzinger is a modernist; a man whose own theological writings more »
Opus Dei Watch – Jan. / Feb. – Part 2
Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:38:57 +0000
By: Randy Engel [NOTE: Like Part One of this iissue (available HERE), the following is comprised of extracts; loose translations of a cross-section of the book, Opus Judei, José María Escriba, Orion Publications, Santa fé Bogotá, Columbia, 1994, 246pp. Distributor: Editorial Solar Ltda., Carrera 9a, No.19-59, Of.402, Santa fé Bogotá, D.C., Colombia In this post, we will consider the highly dubious “biography” of Jose Maria Escrivá de Balaguer and the mythical image so widely promoted by Opus Dei. At present, an English translation exists only for Chapter II, Subheading 1. We will post the remainder of the chapter as translations become more »
Francis signals support for blessing homosexual unions
Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:05:18 +0000
Earlier today, Francis addressed the Conference of Rectors of German Language Seminaries, gathered in Rome. The conference is taking place in the shadow of comments made by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, President of the German Bishops’ Conference, suggesting the possibility of blessing homosexual unions. Those unfamiliar with this story would do well to read Maike Hickson, whose English language reporting on the activities of the Church in Germany is unparalleled. As most readers likely recall, in a recent interview, Cardinal Marx said: This I really must leave up to the local pastor and more »
General Audience: Francis and the Novus Ordo exposed
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:22:58 +0000
At the General Audience earlier today, Francis continued to expound upon the Novus Ordo (let’s be clear – he isn’t offering catechesis on Holy Mass), this time with respect to what he dubbed “the central moment;” namely, the so-called “Eucharistic Prayer.” The Mass, he said, “corresponds to what Jesus himself did, at the table with the Apostles at the Last Supper.” This concept, which emphasizes meal as opposed to Cross, is one that the Protestants find most acceptable. Francis wasn’t done, however, as he went on to say of the Novus Ordo: Jesus’ thanksgiving lives again in all our Eucharist, more »
Non Nisi Te, Domine / None Other Than Thyself, Lord (I)
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:00:46 +0000
It is said that in 1273, while visiting a monastery in Naples, St. Thomas Aquinas was in the chapel, in ecstasy, praying intensely, prostrated on the floor. One of Dominican brothers claims to have witnessed how Our Lord Jesus Christ, from the Crucifix in the center of the altar, told the saintly theologian: Thou hast written well of me, Thomas; what reward wilt thou have? To which Thomas replied, Non nisi te, Domine / None other than Thyself, Lord. In December of that same year of 1273, merely months away from dying, with his monumental Summa Theologiæ still incomplete, Father Reginald claims that Thomas laid more »