Pewsitter News http://www.pewsitter.com/ Pewsitter News en-us Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:53:14 GMT Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:53:14 GMT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss none info2@pewsitter.com info2@pewsitter.com <![CDATA[ Benedict Forced Out?, Schuelerkreis Back in Session, Francis Effect Only Superficial, Iraqi Suffering Continues, Euro Islam Grows and Destroys ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180978.php
Benedict Forced Out?, Schuelerkreis Back in Session, Francis Effect Only Superficial, Iraqi Suffering Continues, Euro Islam Grows and Destroys



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

In a scathing blast Vatican II resource Louie Verecchio responded to the news that Pope Emeritus Benedict said Mass for his beloved Schuelerkreis of esteemed students today, wherein he appeared both sharp and healthy.

Does anyone other than the willfully deluded and painfully ignorant still honestly believe that Benedict XVI wasn’t forced from office by a substantial threat either real or imagined?

 

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Pope Emeritus Benedict traveled to his beloved Castel Gandolfo to say Mass and preach a homily to his annual Schuelerkreis of former students:

Fr. Twomey stated that Benedict's words were “very moving because the Church where we celebrated was near the place where Peter himself gave his final witness.”

The main points of Benedict’s homily, the priest explained, were that “today people are always asking who is Jesus Christ.”

“They say he was a great man, a teacher, a revolutionary perhaps. People outside see him in different ways. And that's not a bad thing; that means that Jesus image has spread throughout society and religions,” he went on, “But, to recognize him as the Son of God is a gift of faith.”

Father said:

“What struck us all is that despite being older each year,” Benedict XVI “looks much better, fresher. He's very clear in his mind,” he noted, observing how the former pontiff stood for nearly an hour and a half during the mass even though a chair was provided for him.

“He was in good form. There was a good spirit about him.”

 

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In a Google translation Kathnet News reports that 85-year old Emeritus German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller does not think much of the enthusiasm for Pope Francis. “It’s superficial.” If it were truly a religious movement the Churches would be full!

“Protestantism remains contrary to the Faith,” and the ‘Absolutism of the Individual’ keeps us from asking, ‘What is true?”

 

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Spero News’ Martin Barilla reports:

The vast majority of the (Iraqi) refugees are pressuring religious and political leaders to find a way for a rapid mass exodus out of Iraq, because of all the suffering, hardship and difficulty they are experiencing. Large numbers of families are still sleeping on sidewalks and parks and there is the fear this situation and their plight will extend into winter.

Their is anger, frustration and tension among the refugees as they are being moved from the halls and courtyards of churches into United Nations camps. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako, along with other Christian leaders, recently visited the camps and described the "inhuman" conditions there.

 

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Jihad Watch reveals that Muslims in Denmark are 4.5 times more likely to commit crimes:

Men in Denmark with Muslim names are more often convicted of crimes than the general population. For the population as a whole, 1.8 per cent have been convicted within the last five years. For men with Muslim names, the figure is about 8 per cent, according to a study by the Dispatch International. …

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180978/
<![CDATA[ Malta Bishop In Cold Water, Cd. Parolin Says Nothing Islamic Going On, Marshall Law Fatigue, Catholic Colleges Forced To Abort, Florida Church Pressured To Close Polling Ctr. ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180817.php
Malta Bishop In Cold Water, Cd. Parolin Says Nothing Islamic Going On, Marshall Law Fatigue, Catholic Colleges Forced To Abort, Florida Church Pressured To Close Polling Ctr.



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

In a brief statement Malta Bishop Scicluna urges the organizers of the “Ice-Bucket Challenge” not to use any funds obtained for embryonic stem cell research. He then submitted himself to the challenge very calmly and serenely and donated his pledge to some worthy causes.

 

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In a Kathnet translation, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that the genocide occurring in Northern Iraq is not a result of a cultural struggle between Islam and Christianity. He said that in fact many Muslims expressed solidarity with those Christians who were tortured, murdered, or displaced. The Cardinal blamed the brutality of ISIS for the situation and called for their condemnation from Islamic countries.

 

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In a frustrated angry rant, a Ferguson, MO citizen reveals how under the imposed martial law he has to show three forms of ID at three different checkpoints just to take his grandmother to the doctor or put gas in his car, while the police officer gets to go home to his suburban community where ‘there’s the chirping of the birds and the grass is green’ and they can go get gas whenever they want.

 

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The California Report reveals:

In a reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is barring two Catholic universities in California from offering health plans to their employees that limit abortion coverage.

Previously, state health officials had approved plans used by Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles that did not cover any abortion procedures, unless they were “medically necessary” to protect the health of the mother.

But earlier this month, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) said they were reviewing that approval.

The DMHC is now sending letters to insurance companies for both universities, requiring them to cover all abortions. 

 

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Florida Today reports:

When Floridians cast ballots Tuesday, many will do so after stepping onto the grounds of houses of worship where ministers and members have voiced a stake in some of the more pressing issues of the day, from same-sex marriage to abortion.

But for one church – Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic – this primary election day will be the last time that its grounds will be used as a polling place after a vocal group of protesters accused the congregation of promoting its views on its marquee and with a memorial for the unborn leading up to several past elections.

The Supervisor of Elections, Lori Scott, scrambling for last minute change, said:

"It was their decision…I would not have moved it. I rely on lots of organizations for polling places and churches are a big part of that. They are the only community centers in a lot of places.

 

 

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180817/
<![CDATA[ Vatican Diplomat Released From Immunity, Patriarch Shocked to See Iraqi Christians, American Bishops Offer Little, Allah Makes Beheading Easy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180867.php
Vatican Diplomat Released From Immunity, Patriarch Shocked to See Iraqi Christians, American Bishops Offer Little, Allah Makes Beheading Easy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

AP Reports:

Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement that Josef Wesolowski had ended all diplomatic activity for the Holy See and lost his related immunity and therefore ‘‘might also be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts that could have specific jurisdiction over him.’’

Lombardi said far from covering up for Wesolowski, the Vatican’s response ‘‘demonstrates the full and direct undertaking of the Holy See’s responsibility even in such a serious and delicate case, about which Pope Francis is duly and carefully informed and on which the pope wishes to address justly and rigorously.’’

 

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The UK Catholic Herald writes:

As secretary to Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham, Fr Rami Wakim has met scores of Syrian refugees, but said he was shocked at the flood of displaced Iraqis he encountered in Irbil, Iraq.

It continues:

The delegation visited the displaced at three different churches, and Fr Wakim described mattresses scattered around church altars. Various rooms in the churches were filled to capacity – up to 50 people sleeping in areas the size of a single bedroom – with the overflow spreading onto church grounds, parking lots and streets, now dotted with makeshift tents in the 105-degree heat.

“The people are angry because the government just gave up on them. They told us that, in Mosul, where there had normally been a presence of 60,000 soldiers, after the onslaught of ISIS, in only a matter of hours, these soldiers abandoned them, laying down their weapons,” Fr Wakim said.

 

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Martin Barillas at Spero News laments the unwillingness of the American Catholic Bishops to support meaningful international defense for the crushed Iraqi Christians. “As for the Catholic bishops of the United States, they wrote,”

"We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims, often against Christians abroad. We, and increasingly our Muslim partners in dialogue, are concerned about these very real phenomena. Along with many of our fellow Catholics and the many Muslims who themselves are targeted by radicals, we wish to voice our sadness, indeed our outrage, over the random and sometimes systematic acts of violence and harassment—acts that for both Christians and Muslims threaten and disrupt the harmony that binds us together in mutual support, recognition, and friendship." 

Continuing along the lines of dialogue, the American Catholic bishops wrote, "Still, it is our belief that the most efficient way to work toward ending or at least curtailing such violence and prejudice is through building networks of dialogue that can overcome ignorance, extremism, and discrimination and so lead to friendship and trust with Muslims."

 

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Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch reports:

A British jihadist feared to be one of The Beatles militants behind US journalist James Foley’s killing has claimed Allah makes beheading victims “easy”.

Abu Abduallah al-Britani, who fled the UK for Syria earlier this year, made the horrific claim while ­admitting he was ready to die fighting for the Islamic State.

He told of his terror training and revealed his fitness regime to keep fit for battle. Chillingly, he even bragged that “wrist exercises” made it easier to cut off enemies’ heads.

 

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In a brief statement Malta Bishop Scicluna urges the organizers of the “Ice-Bucket Challenge” not to use any funds obtained for embryonic stem cell research. He then submitted himself to the challenge very calmly and serenely and donated his pledge to some worthy causes.

 

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In a Kathnet translation, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that the genocide occurring in Northern Iraq is not a result of a cultural struggle between Islam and Christianity. He said that in fact many Muslims expressed solidarity with those Christians who were tortured, murdered, or displaced. The Cardinal blamed the brutality of ISIS for the situation and called for their condemnation from Islamic countries.

 

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In a frustrated angry rant, a Ferguson, MO citizen reveals how under the imposed martial law he has to show three forms of ID at three different checkpoints just to take his grandmother to the doctor or put gas in his car, while the police officer gets to go home to his suburban community where ‘there’s the chirping of the birds and the grass is green’ and they can go get gas whenever they want.

 

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The California Report reveals:

In a reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is barring two Catholic universities in California from offering health plans to their employees that limit abortion coverage.

Previously, state health officials had approved plans used by Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles that did not cover any abortion procedures, unless they were “medically necessary” to protect the health of the mother.

But earlier this month, the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) said they were reviewing that approval.

The DMHC is now sending letters to insurance companies for both universities, requiring them to cover all abortions. 

 

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Florida Today reports:

When Floridians cast ballots Tuesday, many will do so after stepping onto the grounds of houses of worship where ministers and members have voiced a stake in some of the more pressing issues of the day, from same-sex marriage to abortion.

But for one church – Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic – this primary election day will be the last time that its grounds will be used as a polling place after a vocal group of protesters accused the congregation of promoting its views on its marquee and with a memorial for the unborn leading up to several past elections.

The Supervisor of Elections, Lori Scott, scrambling for last minute change, said:

"It was their decision…I would not have moved it. I rely on lots of organizations for polling places and churches are a big part of that. They are the only community centers in a lot of places.

 

 

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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180867/
<![CDATA[ The Noble Crusades, Tyranny In California, Eighth Non-Accommodation, Episcopal Conference Space For Rent, Fired Artificially Inseminated Lesbian Teacher Sues Diocese ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180722.php
The Noble Crusades, Tyranny In California, Eighth Non-Accommodation, Episcopal Conference Space For Rent, Fired Artificially-Inseminated Lesbian Teacher Sues Diocese



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

At National Review Benedict Kiely makes a quick comparison of the great historian Hillaire Belloc and Pope Benedict on Islam. Both saw in Islam a simplicity or ‘relaxation of thought,’ which was the source of its attraction.

Belloc predicted the current resurgence of militant Islam in the world because he saw that the West was becoming incapable of resisting it and keeping it in check:

Stark simplicity, as Belloc argued, is key: “Islam presented to a society entangled and fatigued the obvious and fatal lure of simplicity,” and so “Islam poured over like a flood, not because it beat down opposition, but because opposition was lacking.” That “fatal lure of simplicity” is as relevant to the “entangled and fatigued” societies in the 21st century as it was in the seventh century. So much of the West’s leadership, including academic and media elites who influence and manipulate public opinion, is perilously blind to this reality. And this, Belloc argued, is the failure of spiritually bankrupt societies to see, both historically and in the present, that one must “always look to moral (or, more accurately, to spiritual) causes for the understanding of human movements and political change.”

 

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Lifenews Reports that California’s Jerry Brown has decided to force two Catholic universities to cover abortion in their health insurance.  From the San Francisco Chronicle story:


Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has reversed an earlier decision to allow two Catholic universities to eliminate coverage of most abortions for employees, saying state law requires health insurance plans to cover all abortions

 

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RNS news reports:

The Department of Health and Human Services released the new regulations for the mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage that gives workers free access to 20 forms of contraception. The new rules are meant to comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling.

It continues:

Almost as soon as the new rules were issued Friday, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented Hobby Lobby’s case, slammed them as inadequate.

Lori Windham, senior counsel for the Becket Fund, said in a statement that no matter how many times (and this is the eighth time ) the mandate is rewritten, the basic problem is the narrowness of the exemption itself. She said the government maintains its “original, hardline stance that only ‘houses of worship’ that hire and serve fellow believers deserve religious freedom.”

 

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The Juicy Ecumenism blog is linking to a piece by George Conger where he says the Episcopal Washington National Cathedral is now “soliciting proposals for corporations and non-profit groups to lease its premises.”

The move by the cathedral corresponds with an overall trend of Episcopal churches renting their facilities to outside groups as they seek to sustain expensive facilities amidst shrinking endowments and dwindling congregations.

The new program aims to provide event space to corporations and nonprofit organizations, but not to individuals. Earlier this year the cathedral began exploring renting its nave out for tai chi and yoga meditation sessions, shortly after announcing that a new $10 admission fee would be charged to visitors in an effort to pursue “new revenue opportunities”.

 

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USA Today reports that a Montana Catholic middle school teacher with 9 years tenure was fired for being unmarried and pregnant, but there’s more to the story:

Evenson became pregnant through artificial insemination and gave birth to a boy on March 7, the first child for Evenson and her partner, Marilyn Tobin.

The district said it fired Evenson for violating the terms of her contract, which required her to practice the tenets of the Catholic faith.

 

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National Catholic Register reports that the Blessed Sacrament has been returned to the Tulsa Diocese by a lawyer representing Adam Daniels, who is organizing the planned Black Mass.

“I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said Aug. 21.

“I remain concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.”

 

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In Pope Francis, The Economist magazine sees a whole new kind of radical that is not quite a Liberation Theologist.

Thanks to the arresting gestures he has made in favour of the poor and marginalised, and his often sharp critique of the rich, powerful and trigger-happy, Francis has already become the most popular pope on the religious left since Pope John XXIII died in 1963.

Pope Francis has himself been responsible for developing a refined version of liberation theology, as the author of a key document issued at a bishops' conference in Aparecida, Brazil in 2007. The statement put enormous emphasis on helping the poor but stopped short of endorsing Marxism or any kind of revolutionary violence.

 

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Veteran Vatican reporter Sandro Magister praises Pope Francis for his political skill and restraint as he lists the steps taken to response to the ISIS genocide in Iraq writing, “He puts prayer in first place. But he doesn't dismiss the arts of diplomacy. And now he is not hesitating to call upon armies.”

Pope Francis has always been careful not to align himself publicly against any adversaries on the field, especially if they are Muslims, even at the cost of remaining silent over his solidarity with Christian victims persecuted for their faith, from the Pakistani Asia Bibi to the Sudanese Meriam to the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

Francis' diplomacy even takes slaps in silence, in the hope of future success. At the pope's arrival in South Korea last August 14, North Korea mocked it by firing off three test missiles and canceling the attendance of its own delegation.

He continues:

The Vatican authorities have required the combative cardinal of Hong Kong, Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, to remain silent so that “diplomacy can work.” Since Francis became pope, the commission for China created by Benedict XVI in 2007, with Zen at the forefront, has not been convened. He regularly sends the pope informative letters with the discouraging words: "I hope that you read this.”

There is, however, a level of tolerance beyond which Pope Francis himself admits the use of force. And this is what is happening with the newly created Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

 

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Up against the relentless prosecution of the Australian courts for clerical sex abuse, Vatican Financial Czar Cardinal George Pell sums up in one sentence what has been in many respects a worldwide injustice to the Church:

'If a driver sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up along the way I don't think it appropriate for the ... leadership of that company be held responsible,' he said.

'If every precaution has been taken, no warning has been given, it is, I think, not appropriate for legal culpability to be foisted on the authority figure.

'If in fact the authority figure has been remiss through bad preparation, bad procedures or been warned and done nothing or insufficient, then certainly the church official would be responsible,' the cardinal reasoned.

 

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St. Petersburg Bishop Robert Lynch says an email actually woke him up Thursday.  The note informed him that a closed diocesan school had been used to shoot the film, “Sex Ed,” which is basically about middle school kids having sex.

“I wish to begin by apologizing to all alumni of SHA who like myself are embarrassed and perhaps even mortified by today’s revelations and to assure all it will not happen again,” Lynch wrote in the lengthy Thursday afternoon post.

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Sat, 23 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180722/
<![CDATA[ Blessed Sacrament Returned to Abp. Coakley, A Whole New Kind of Radical, Pope Francis Realpolitik, Cardinal Pell on the Stand, Bishop Lynch in the Dark ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180639.php
Blessed Sacrament Returned to Bishop Coakley, A Whole New Kind of Radical, Pope Francis Realpolitik, Cardinal Pell on the Stand, Bishop Lynch in the Dark



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

National Catholic Register reports that the Blessed Sacrament has been returned to the Tulsa Diocese by a lawyer representing Adam Daniels, who is organizing the planned Black Mass.

“I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said Aug. 21.

“I remain concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.”

 

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In Pope Francis, The Economist magazine sees a whole new kind of radical that is not quite a Liberation Theologist.

Thanks to the arresting gestures he has made in favour of the poor and marginalised, and his often sharp critique of the rich, powerful and trigger-happy, Francis has already become the most popular pope on the religious left since Pope John XXIII died in 1963.

Pope Francis has himself been responsible for developing a refined version of liberation theology, as the author of a key document issued at a bishops' conference in Aparecida, Brazil in 2007. The statement put enormous emphasis on helping the poor but stopped short of endorsing Marxism or any kind of revolutionary violence.

 

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Veteran Vatican reporter Sandro Magister praises Pope Francis for his political skill and restraint as he lists the steps taken to response to the ISIS genocide in Iraq writing, “He puts prayer in first place. But he doesn't dismiss the arts of diplomacy. And now he is not hesitating to call upon armies.”

Pope Francis has always been careful not to align himself publicly against any adversaries on the field, especially if they are Muslims, even at the cost of remaining silent over his solidarity with Christian victims persecuted for their faith, from the Pakistani Asia Bibi to the Sudanese Meriam to the Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram.

Francis' diplomacy even takes slaps in silence, in the hope of future success. At the pope's arrival in South Korea last August 14, North Korea mocked it by firing off three test missiles and canceling the attendance of its own delegation.

He continues:

The Vatican authorities have required the combative cardinal of Hong Kong, Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, to remain silent so that “diplomacy can work.” Since Francis became pope, the commission for China created by Benedict XVI in 2007, with Zen at the forefront, has not been convened. He regularly sends the pope informative letters with the discouraging words: "I hope that you read this.”

There is, however, a level of tolerance beyond which Pope Francis himself admits the use of force. And this is what is happening with the newly created Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

 

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Up against the relentless prosecution of the Australian courts for clerical sex abuse, Vatican Financial Czar Cardinal George Pell sums up in one sentence what has been in many respects a worldwide injustice to the Church:

'If a driver sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up along the way I don't think it appropriate for the ... leadership of that company be held responsible,' he said.

'If every precaution has been taken, no warning has been given, it is, I think, not appropriate for legal culpability to be foisted on the authority figure.

'If in fact the authority figure has been remiss through bad preparation, bad procedures or been warned and done nothing or insufficient, then certainly the church official would be responsible,' the cardinal reasoned.

 

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St. Petersburg Bishop Robert Lynch says an email actually woke him up Thursday.  The note informed him that a closed diocesan school had been used to shoot the film, “Sex Ed,” which is basically about middle school kids having sex.

“I wish to begin by apologizing to all alumni of SHA who like myself are embarrassed and perhaps even mortified by today’s revelations and to assure all it will not happen again,” Lynch wrote in the lengthy Thursday afternoon post.

 

 

 

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180639/
<![CDATA[ Bishops Seek Even More Dialogue, What Will Diocese NOT Do for a Fee? Two Donkeys And Six Kids, Black Flag Over Brooklyn, Kurds to Cardinal Filoni, Arm The Christians! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180529.php
Bishops Seek Even More Dialogue, What Will Florida Diocese NOT Do for a Fee? Two Donkeys And Six Kids, Black Flag Over Brooklyn, Kurds to Cardinal Filoni, Arm The Christians!</



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

National Catholic Reporter spoke to the USCCB’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Bp. Denis Madden, who said that their Muslim interreligious partners were themselves discouraged at the Islamic murders, massacres, conquests, forced renunciations, and other ‘acts of aggression’ that get in the way of dialogue.

"Sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families," said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee, whose chairman is Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore.

"We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims, often against Christians abroad," it said. "We, and increasingly our Muslim partners in dialogue, are concerned about these very real phenomena."

 

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The Tampa Tribune reports:

Producers generally spread the word when they're filming a project so they can generate buzz and maybe boost their box office.

But that wasn't the case when a team was in Tampa last summer filming the indie flick “Sex Ed,” a raunchy comedy about middle school students who take ad-hoc lessons from an inexperienced teacher of the topic.

Producer Dori Sperko said she was surprised when historic Sacred Heart Church downtown and the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg agreed to allow them use of the campus for a fee. Sperko wouldn't say how much.

She had been rejected by a number of other local public and private schools once they read the script. At Sacred Heart, no one asked to read it.

“But they knew the name of the film and what it was about,” Sperko said.

 

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A family walked all the way from France to Rome with their six children and two donkeys to meet Pope Francis. When they arrived they introduced their children then let the Pope pet the donkeys. An audience of 8,000 met them with applause.

 

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RT.com reports that a pro-Gaza protest took over Brooklyn Bridge with upwards of 3,000 people:

Hundreds of protesters flooded the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Wednesday, carrying signs and chanting in support of Palestinians as violence continues to rage in Gaza.

As demonstrators marched across the bridge, activists also dropped a huge Palestinian flag from the nearby Manhattan Bridge that read, “Boycott Divestment Sanctions.”

At the Gaza rally in New York, one speaker said, “There’s a reason people are making the connection between Gaza and Ferguson,” as quoted by Daileda, before adding that both situations are rooted in racism.

 

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Google Translated KathNet reports that the political leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, said they are helping and encouraging Christian volunteers to arm themselves and defend their villages. He asked Christians not to leave the country and called the ISIS threat temporary.

Last Thursday, Barzani had met with the papal envoy Cardinal Fernando Filoni special. On this occasion stressed Barzani, he hoped that the Christians in Iraq remained as they were part of the culture and tradition of the country since time immemorial.

 

 

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180529/
<![CDATA[ ISIS Is Not About Any Religion, Eastern Bishops Call For Defense, Francis Reaches Out To Foley Family, Card. Filoni Reports Back ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180582.php
ISIS Is Not About Any Religion, Eastern Bishops Call For Defense, Francis Calls Foley Family, Card. Filoni Reports Back



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

According to CNS News, White House spokesperson Marie Harf said the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.” In his speech Wednesday Obama recommended the governments across the Middle East make a “common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread” and saying, “this is not about us."”

Harf also emphasized the administration’s view that ISIS does not accurately represent the religion of Islam as a whole.

“ISIL does not operate in the name of any religion. The president has been very clear about that, and the more we can underscore that, the better,” Harf said.

 

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Eastern Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs met in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

"We are raising the alarm," Syriac Catholic Patriarch Yousef III Younan told L'Orient-Le Jour. "There is no time to lose. Our survival in Mesopotamia is at stake. Free nations who signed the Charter of Human Rights should have the courage to live up to its principles. We call for an international intervention to defend us, not to conquer. We have the right to defend ourselves and we ask to be defended. The international community did well in Kosovo despite Russia's opposition at the time. We will try, with Pope Francis to have our right for a defensive military intervention recognised to deal with the jihadi groups that threaten us."

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al Rahi sent a challenge to the international community.

"We believe letting the jihadists of the Islamic State do whatever they want would be a disgrace," he said. "That a terrorist group of diabolical inspiration is left free to act is an unprecedented scandal. We call on the international community to assume its responsibilities. It is unacceptable that a group of this kind can oppress peoples, whilst the international community fails to defend a group that cannot defend itself."

 

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Aleteia News reports:

Still grieving a tragic loss in his own family, Pope Francis has reached out to the family of James Foley, the U.S. journalist whose beheading by Islamist militants was depicted in a gruesome online video The Pope called the Rochester, N.H., family to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman said Thursday.

He said Foley's family was "deeply moved and grateful" for the Pope's gesture.

 

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The Pope’s Iraq Special Envoy Cardinal Fernando Filani returned from the country to meet with the Pope in Rome. He said that their meeting went very well:

The Pope was very attentive; he preferred to listen and allowed me to speak a length, obviously taking to heart all the situations I told him about: the expectations of our Christians, the worries and the plans of the Church. He learned with pleasure about the course of action that was taken by the local Church. I can say that the meeting was good; the Holy Father was very attentive and participative towards what I told him." According to the Prefect for Propaganda Fide, "our Christians, many of whom would like to go back, wish to see that the villages, if they were to return to them, have a safety belt; they ask that it be organised internationally if possible, so that it can guarantee their ability to lead a normal life again".​

 

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National Catholic Reporter spoke to the USCCB’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Bp. Denis Madden, who said that their Muslim interreligious partners were themselves discouraged at the Islamic murders, massacres, conquests, forced renunciations, and other ‘acts of aggression’ that get in the way of dialogue.

"Sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families," said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee, whose chairman is Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore.

"We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims, often against Christians abroad," it said. "We, and increasingly our Muslim partners in dialogue, are concerned about these very real phenomena."

 

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The Tampa Tribune reports:

Producers generally spread the word when they're filming a project so they can generate buzz and maybe boost their box office.

But that wasn't the case when a team was in Tampa last summer filming the indie flick “Sex Ed,” a raunchy comedy about middle school students who take ad-hoc lessons from an inexperienced teacher of the topic.

Producer Dori Sperko said she was surprised when historic Sacred Heart Church downtown and the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg agreed to allow them use of the campus for a fee. Sperko wouldn't say how much.

She had been rejected by a number of other local public and private schools once they read the script. At Sacred Heart, no one asked to read it.

“But they knew the name of the film and what it was about,” Sperko said.

 

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A family walked all the way from France to Rome with their six children and two donkeys to meet Pope Francis. When they arrived they introduced their children then let the Pope pet the donkeys. An audience of 8,000 met them with applause.

 

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RT.com reports that a pro-Gaza protest took over Brooklyn Bridge with upwards of 3,000 people:

Hundreds of protesters flooded the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Wednesday, carrying signs and chanting in support of Palestinians as violence continues to rage in Gaza.

As demonstrators marched across the bridge, activists also dropped a huge Palestinian flag from the nearby Manhattan Bridge that read, “Boycott Divestment Sanctions.”

At the Gaza rally in New York, one speaker said, “There’s a reason people are making the connection between Gaza and Ferguson,” as quoted by Daileda, before adding that both situations are rooted in racism.

 

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Google Translated KathNet reports that the political leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, said they are helping and encouraging Christian volunteers to arm themselves and defend their villages. He asked Christians not to leave the country and called the ISIS threat temporary.

Last Thursday, Barzani had met with the papal envoy Cardinal Fernando Filoni special. On this occasion stressed Barzani, he hoped that the Christians in Iraq remained as they were part of the culture and tradition of the country since time immemorial.

 

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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180582/
<![CDATA[ Nothing Islamic About ISIS, Obama Foreign Anti-Policy, A Pro-ISIS France, The Secret of the Korean Church?, Suspended for God Bless You ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180440.php
Nothing Islamic About ISIS, Obama Foreign Anti-Policy, A Pro-ISIS France, The Secret of the Korean Church?, Suspended for God Bless You



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Blogger ‘SooperMexican’ posts a video clip of Obama’s response to the ISIS beheading of brave Catholic photojournalist James Foley. He’s at a loss to justify the President’s reticence and his lies.

While he made a lot of tough talk, he didn’t say much about what we’re actually gonna DO to wipe these maggots off the face of the Earth. There’s NO support for these demons in the Middle East, we would offend NO ONE if we decimated them. They are a threat to our interests, and to our security, and he would likely get very little resistance from Congress to pursue them.

 

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Among other ugly themes of the Obama reign, pundit David Horowitz touches upon the President’s anti-American foreign policy.

Take one aspect of this epic default: Obama’s lack of response to the slaughter of Christians in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been slaughtered and driven from their homes in Iraq – over half a million by some counts. This is the oldest Christian community in the world dating back to the time of Christ. What was Obama’s response to this atrocity until a group of Yazvidi along with the Christians were trapped on a mountain side, and politics dictated he had to make some gesture. His response was to do and say nothing. Silence. Even his statement announcing minimal action to save the Yazvidi and the Christians mentioned the Christians once in passing while devoting a paragraph to the obscure Yazvidi.

What this unfeeling and cold response to the slaughter of Christians tells us is that Obama is a pretend Christian just the way he is a pretend American. What he is instead is a world class liar. That is because his real agendas are anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish, and obviously and consistently pro America’s third world adversaries to whom he is always apologizing and whom he is always appeasing. Obama lies about his intentions and policies because he couldn’t survive politically if he told the truth,

 

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ICM Research has conducted a poll in France (the European state with the largest Muslim population) which reveals that 16%, or the equivalent of 10 million people, have a favorable view of the murderous ISIS. The poll asks:

Q: From what you know, please, tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant otherwise known as ISIS?

 

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Reflecting on his recent trip to Korea, Pope Francis praised the Church for preserving ‘memory’ in the face of rapid economic expansion:

The Church is the custodian of memory and hope: a spiritual family in which adults pass the torch of faith that they themselves have received from the elderly on to the young people,” of the new generation, so that, “the memory of the witnesses of the past becomes new testimony in the present and hope for the future.”

He added that the Church does not destroy culture but in fact brings it to fulfillment. He pinned the relative success of the Korean Church in Asia upon its focus on the poor.

“The Church took root in Korea and grew largely because of lay people, who saw the attractiveness of the Gospel and sought to live like the first Christians, in equal dignity and solidarity with the poor”

 

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The local CBS affiliate reports on the suspension of a Tennessee high school girl for saying ‘bless you’ when someone sneezed in class:

Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

“She said that we’re not going to have godly speaking in her class and that’s when I said we have a constitutional right,” Turner told WMC.

When she defended her actions, the teacher told Turner to see an administrator. The student said that she had to finish the class period in in-school suspension.

The girl’s parents were told by school leaders that their daughter shouted “bless you” across the room and that it was a classroom distraction.

 

 

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<![CDATA[ Nephew Of Pope Loses Family, Forced Circumcisions For Christian Men - Yazidi Women Selling For $150, Antioch Patriarch Calls On Europe, Pope Is A Motor For Korean Nuns, Oscar Romero On The Fast Track ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180318.php
Nephew Of Pope Loses Family In Crash, Forced Circumcisions For Christian Men - Yazidi Women Selling For $150, Antioch Patriarch Calls On Europe, Pope Is A Motor For Korean Nuns, Oscar Romero On The Fast Track



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Associated Press is reporting:

The Vatican says a road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope’s nephew.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred Tuesday morning in the area of Cordoba, a major Argentine city. One nephew was 2, the other was 8 months. The age of their mother wasn’t immediately available. Lombardi said the nephew survived; local news reports said he was injured. Lombardi didn’t have the victims’ names.

 

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AINA News links:

The Tunisia Daily is reporting that the Islamic State (ISIS) forcefully circumcised Assyrian men in Mosul, without anesthesia. The report does not specify the number of men that were affected but does state that it was an organized mass circumcision. ISIS has ordered the circumcision of all Christian children and adults who remain in Mosul.

Very few Assyrian Christians stayed in Mosul after ISIS gave them a deadline to convert, pay jizya, leave or die (AINA 2014-07-20).

The report also states that ISIS sold 700 Yazidi women for $150 each in a public slave auction in Mosul.

 

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Patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church, which is in union with Rome and headquartered in Beirut, called the ISIS killings the ‘massacre of the century.’ He urged Europe to put an immediate end to the sale of weapons to Iraq and Syria, and for the UN to convene a special session.

 

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CAN news interviews a Korean nun, Sr. Lee Hee Jung, who met with Pope Francis along with another sister during his Korean visit.

Two Korean nuns expressed their excitement after participating in an audience with Pope Francis, saying his words on poverty and the witness of the martyrs were particularly impactful.

“I was very happy, thankful for his closeness. But for everyone, the whole people, they are very happy,” Sister Lee Hee Jung told CNA Aug. 17. “It’s a feeling that is difficult to express, because there are so many emotions that I felt – consolation, joy, gratitude, a feeling of surprise.”

It’s a “feeling that his words touch you,” she said, explaining that “he is a like a motor for us, he gives us energy, he moves us. He gives us strength. And this is hard to express in one word.”

 

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The Eponymous Flower blog feels that the beatification of assassinated San Salvador Abp. Oscar Romero is on the ‘fast track,’ since the CDF’s Cd. Muller is a proponent of the previously condemned ‘liberation theology.’

During his plane flight back from Korea, Pope Francis said Romero, "was a man of God" and suggested that he wanted to expand the church's concept of martyrdom to include a broader field of candidates.

 

 

 

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180318/
<![CDATA[ Pope Takes Genocide Problem to God, Fr. Schall and Archbishop Nona, Obama and ISIS, Is the Pope a Saved Pusson? ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180344.php
Pope Takes Genocide Problem to God, Fr. Schall and Archbishop Nona, Obama and ISIS, Is the Pope a Saved Pusson?



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Mario Poli, has announced that Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for the hundred-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Last June the Pope met with a surviving daughter of a family from that time and he took her hand. He said it was the ‘first genocide of the twentieth century’ which prompted a rebuke from Turkish officials who countered that it was ‘completely unacceptable.’

 

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Georgetown icon Fr. James Schall highlights the ‘exceedingly powerful’ statement by the displaced Bishop of Mosul, Amel Nona.

We think that these tragic events do not affect us. Archbishop Nona does not agree. “Our sufferings are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese.

The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.” This blunt passage is not unlike that of the Archbishop of Chicago who has stated that he expects his successors either to be jailed or killed.

The archbishop said, “Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions even at the cost of contradicting your principles.”

 

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Pam Geller writes:

If Obama is concerned about his “legacy,” he shouldn’t be. He will be remembered as the first American president who abandoned freedom, abandoned our allies and unleashed a terror on the world not seen for since the mid-twentieth century.

She links to a Reuters article which says,

The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans “in any place” if the raids hit its militants.

The video, which shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and victims of snipers, featured a statement which said in English “we will drown all of you in blood”.

 

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The writer Bones channels British blog-cartoon character, Eccles, when he asks, Is the Pope a Saved Pusson? They quote Pope Francis on route back from Korea where he says,

"I see it as the generosity of the people of God. I try to think of my sins, my mistakes, not to become proud. Because I know it will last only a short time. Two or three years and then I'll be off to the Father's House."*

Bones responds, “Yep, without doubt the humblest Pope ever.”

All the baptised are guaranteed that a place has been created for them in Heaven. All the baptised have not been guaranteed they will go to their place in Heaven, because we can, you know, lose it. Presumption is, last time I checked, a sin against the Holy Spirit. The missing phrase is "hope" or "hoping".

 

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The Associated Press is reporting:

The Vatican says a road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope’s nephew.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the accident occurred Tuesday morning in the area of Cordoba, a major Argentine city. One nephew was 2, the other was 8 months. The age of their mother wasn’t immediately available. Lombardi said the nephew survived; local news reports said he was injured. Lombardi didn’t have the victims’ names.

 

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AINA News links:

The Tunisia Daily is reporting that the Islamic State (ISIS) forcefully circumcised Assyrian men in Mosul, without anesthesia. The report does not specify the number of men that were affected but does state that it was an organized mass circumcision. ISIS has ordered the circumcision of all Christian children and adults who remain in Mosul.

Very few Assyrian Christians stayed in Mosul after ISIS gave them a deadline to convert, pay jizya, leave or die (AINA 2014-07-20).

The report also states that ISIS sold 700 Yazidi women for $150 each in a public slave auction in Mosul.

 

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Patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church, which is in union with Rome and headquartered in Beirut, called the ISIS killings the ‘massacre of the century.’ He urged Europe to put an immediate end to the sale of weapons to Iraq and Syria, and for the UN to convene a special session.

 

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CNA news interviews a Korean nun, Sr. Lee Hee Jung, who met with Pope Francis along with another sister during his Korean visit.

Two Korean nuns expressed their excitement after participating in an audience with Pope Francis, saying his words on poverty and the witness of the martyrs were particularly impactful.

“I was very happy, thankful for his closeness. But for everyone, the whole people, they are very happy,” Sister Lee Hee Jung told CNA Aug. 17. “It’s a feeling that is difficult to express, because there are so many emotions that I felt – consolation, joy, gratitude, a feeling of surprise.”

It’s a “feeling that his words touch you,” she said, explaining that “he is a like a motor for us, he gives us energy, he moves us. He gives us strength. And this is hard to express in one word.”

 

***********************************************************************

The Eponymous Flower blog feels that the beatification of assassinated San Salvador Abp. Oscar Romero is on the ‘fast track,’ since the CDF’s Cd. Muller is a proponent of the previously condemned ‘liberation theology.’

During his plane flight back from Korea, Pope Francis said Romero, "was a man of God" and suggested that he wanted to expand the Church's concept of martyrdom to include a broader field of candidates.

 

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180344/
<![CDATA[ Reunification Mass, The Korea Trip Wraps Up, State Tensions Surround Call for Unity, Franciscan Symbols and Realities, A non-Catholic Papal Throng ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180232.php
Reunification Mass, The Korea Trip Wraps Up, State Tensions Surround Call for Unity, Franciscan Symbols and Realities, A non-Catholic Papal Throng </b>



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

While Pope Francis celebrated a “Reunification Mass” in Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul Monday, there was a ‘war of words’ going on between North and South Korea.

In a ceremony shunned by the state-run Church in North Korea, the pope called on the divided peninsula to forgive “unreservedly” in the elusive quest for peace.

“God’s urgent summons to conversion also challenges Christ’s followers in Korea … to reject a mindset shaped by suspicion, confrontation and competition, and instead to shape a culture formed by the teaching of the Gospel and the noblest traditional values of the Korean people,” he said.

 

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The Walls Street Journal reports the Pope’s wrap-up of his five day trip to Korea, where he was greeted like a rock star.

He overran the time allotted for a visit to a care center because he wanted to greet every one of the 50-odd residents who came to see him, often caressing and hugging severely disabled children who had been abandoned by their families. When a nun and a priest knelt in front of him to greet him at the center, he immediately motioned for them to stand.

And in a country that is still reeling from the Sewol ferry disaster, which killed 300 in April, he made frequent references to the tragedy. He kept an audience of 800,000 waiting as he stopped for a long moment during an open-air Mass to hear complaints from the family members of victims about the government's management of the disaster.

The Journal’s Deborah Ball notes the Pope’s outreach to China and his stated desire to establish normal relations. She also covers his meeting with Asian bishops who Vatican Spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi says, ‘clamored’ for the Pope to visit their countries.

In Korea, Francis also delivered his economic message:

The pope took his harsh criticism of the market-based system to Asia, a continent that is seeing huge economic growth, but has generated angst in countries such as Korea, where suicides and poverty among the elderly has risen.

There are "societies where, alongside immense wealth, dire poverty is silently growing, where the cry of the poor is seldom heeded," he said Saturday. He also sent a pointed message to clergy, warning them not to fall for "models of management, planning and organization drawn from the business world."

 

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North Korea shunned an outreach from the Church and declined to send a party to the “Reunification Mass.”  South Korean President Park Geun-hye provoked a similar cold response to her attempts at cooperation.

North Korea denounced Sunday a package of proposals that President Park Geun-hye made Friday to bolster bilateral cooperation in non-political areas including the environment, calling them “trite and insincere.”

The communist state also repeated its criticism of the upcoming South Korea-U.S. Ulchi-Freedom Guardian military drills, warning of “merciless preemptive strikes.” The drills are to be held from Monday through next Friday.

Urging the North to stop threatening another provocation, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed that the UFG exercise was a set of “annual defensive” drills.

 

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The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara draws a clear distinction between the Pope’s more formal speeches and his extended ad libbing on the Korea Trip. He finds another gulf between Francis's shows of humility and the reality, and between his evangelical teachings and their results.

In departing for Seoul, Pope Francis flew in a personal helicopter to a chartered jet embossed with a Vatican logo for the trip. During the flight an Alitalia crew provided first-class treatment to the Pope, who occupied “the first seat in business class with no one next to him,” and his large entourage. The service included a four-course Italian dinner: sparkling wine and salsiccie (diced sausage and olives), fresh cannelloni with ricotta cheese, rocket salad, Italian prosciutto ham and cantaloupe, and “a hearty beef stew.”  On arrival, the Pope walked down a long, red-carpeted airstair, and then a red carpet that appeared to be at least 200-feet-long, at the end of which he was greeted by leading South Korean dignitaries.

But then, at the end of the red carpet, Francis squeezed into the back seat of a Kia Soul, the kind of car a high school student might drive, provided upon his specific request for the “the smallest South Korean car during his visit” (that model is actually the second-smallest). This was supposed to demonstrate the Pope’s humility and frugality—after a chartered flight with first-class dining that must have cost more than a million dollars for the Pope and his entourage.

 

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CNA news reports on a group of people who traveled from Thailand to see the Pope in Korea, from whom we hear that the vast majority of the 800,000 who attended the Beatification Mass were non-Catholic.

A group of pilgrims who traveled from Thailand to participate in events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit have expressed their joy at seeing him, particularly for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.

“It is the first time I have attended such a huge event with so many people. And I just heard on the news that about 1 million people attended the mass, and only about 17 to 19 percent of them were Catholics,” one of the group members, Theresa, told CNA Aug. 17.

“I think that the Pope is not just for Catholics, but for the world. He is for peace, and his kindness to the whole of humanity” displays that, she said.

 

 

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180232/
<![CDATA[ Dire Warning from Bishop of Mosul to the West, The Pope Wants Force, The Church Calls for Liberation in Iraq, Romero is Unblocked ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180265.php
Dire Warning from Bishop of Mosul to the West, The Pope Wants Force, The Church calls for liberation in Iraq, Romero is Unblocked



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Bishop of the now extinct Diocese of Mosul, Iraq issued a dire warning to the West:

My “diocese is now run by radical Muslims and that “liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here,” adding that “Islam does not say that all men are equal,” and if Westerners “do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed into your home.”

 

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Creative Minority Report highlights Papal Plane interviews that say Pope Francis has affirmed the limited use of force in Iraq:

On Iraq, Francis was asked if he approved of the unilateral U.S. airstrikes on militants of the Islamic State who have captured swaths of northern and western Iraq and northeastern Syria and have forced minority Christians and others to either convert to Islam or flee their homes. "In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," Francis said. "I underscore the verb 'stop.' I'm not saying 'bomb' or 'make war,' just 'stop.' And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated."

 

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Working together the Patriarch of Baghdad, Abp. Louis Sako, and The Pope’s special envoy, Cardinal Fernando Filano, issued a joint call for supplies and full military support in the region in order to, “liberate the villages and other places that have been occupied as soon as possible and with a permanent result. The hope of these people must not be allowed to die!”

 

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In a reversal of his predecessors’ desire to curb the dissident spread of ‘liberation theology’ in the Church the Pope said there was no doctrinal obstacle to the beatification of murdered San Salvador Archbishop, Oscar Romero.

He declared that Romero "was a man of God" and suggested that he wanted to expand the church's concept of martyrdom to include a broader field of candidates.

 

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While Pope Francis celebrated a “Reunification Mass” in Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul Monday, there was a ‘war of words’ going on between North and South Korea.

In a ceremony shunned by the state-run Church in North Korea, the pope called on the divided peninsula to forgive “unreservedly” in the elusive quest for peace.

“God’s urgent summons to conversion also challenges Christ’s followers in Korea … to reject a mindset shaped by suspicion, confrontation and competition, and instead to shape a culture formed by the teaching of the Gospel and the noblest traditional values of the Korean people,” he said.

 

***********************************************************************

The Walls Street Journal reports the Pope’s wrap-up of his five day trip to Korea, where he was greeted like a rock star.

He overran the time allotted for a visit to a care center because he wanted to greet every one of the 50-odd residents who came to see him, often caressing and hugging severely disabled children who had been abandoned by their families. When a nun and a priest knelt in front of him to greet him at the center, he immediately motioned for them to stand.

And in a country that is still reeling from the Sewol ferry disaster, which killed 300 in April, he made frequent references to the tragedy. He kept an audience of 800,000 waiting as he stopped for a long moment during an open-air Mass to hear complaints from the family members of victims about the government's management of the disaster.

The Journal’s Deborah Ball notes the Pope’s outreach to China and his stated desire to establish normal relations. She also covers his meeting with Asian bishops who Vatican Spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi says, ‘clamored’ for the Pope to visit their countries.

In Korea, Francis also delivered his economic message:

The pope took his harsh criticism of the market-based system to Asia, a continent that is seeing huge economic growth, but has generated angst in countries such as Korea, where suicides and poverty among the elderly has risen.

There are "societies where, alongside immense wealth, dire poverty is silently growing, where the cry of the poor is seldom heeded," he said Saturday. He also sent a pointed message to clergy, warning them not to fall for "models of management, planning and organization drawn from the business world."

 

***********************************************************************

North Korea shunned an outreach from the Church and declined to send a party to the “Reunification Mass.”  South Korean President Park Geun-hye provoked a similar cold response to her attempts at cooperation.

North Korea denounced Sunday a package of proposals that President Park Geun-hye made Friday to bolster bilateral cooperation in non-political areas including the environment, calling them “trite and insincere.”

The communist state also repeated its criticism of the upcoming South Korea-U.S. Ulchi-Freedom Guardian military drills, warning of “merciless preemptive strikes.” The drills are to be held from Monday through next Friday.

Urging the North to stop threatening another provocation, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed that the UFG exercise was a set of “annual defensive” drills.

 

***********************************************************************

The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara draws a clear distinction between the Pope’s more formal speeches and his extended ad libbing on the Korea Trip. He finds another gulf between Francis's shows of humility and the reality, and between his evangelical teachings and their results.

In departing for Seoul, Pope Francis flew in a personal helicopter to a chartered jet embossed with a Vatican logo for the trip. During the flight an Alitalia crew provided first-class treatment to the Pope, who occupied “the first seat in business class with no one next to him,” and his large entourage. The service included a four-course Italian dinner: sparkling wine and salsiccie (diced sausage and olives), fresh cannelloni with ricotta cheese, rocket salad, Italian prosciutto ham and cantaloupe, and “a hearty beef stew.”  On arrival, the Pope walked down a long, red-carpeted airstair, and then a red carpet that appeared to be at least 200-feet-long, at the end of which he was greeted by leading South Korean dignitaries.

But then, at the end of the red carpet, Francis squeezed into the back seat of a Kia Soul, the kind of car a high school student might drive, provided upon his specific request for the “the smallest South Korean car during his visit” (that model is actually the second-smallest). This was supposed to demonstrate the Pope’s humility and frugality—after a chartered flight with first-class dining that must have cost more than a million dollars for the Pope and his entourage.

 

***********************************************************************

CNA news reports on a group of people who traveled from Thailand to see the Pope in Korea, from whom we hear that the vast majority of the 800,000 who attended the Beatification Mass were non-Catholic.

A group of pilgrims who traveled from Thailand to participate in events surrounding Pope Francis’ visit have expressed their joy at seeing him, particularly for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.

“It is the first time I have attended such a huge event with so many people. And I just heard on the news that about 1 million people attended the mass, and only about 17 to 19 percent of them were Catholics,” one of the group members, Theresa, told CNA Aug. 17.

“I think that the Pope is not just for Catholics, but for the world. He is for peace, and his kindness to the whole of humanity” displays that, she said.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180265/
<![CDATA[ LCWR Nuns Teach the Church To Listen, Korean Catholics Line the Streets, Francis Defends The Family ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180110.php
LCWR Nuns Teach the Church To Listen, Korean Catholics Line the Streets, Francis Defends The Family



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

As a direct affront to the U.S. Bishops and the Vatican, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious chose to honor dissident Fordham theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson, whose writings have been flagged by the USCCB. In her acceptance speech Johnson took no responsibility for the ongoing investigation.

“I think both of us are caught in a situation not of our own making,” she said.

NC Reporter’s Dan Stockman writes:

In April, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ordered that after this assembly, speakers at the group’s events must be approved by Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who heads the congregation’s five-year reform agenda for LCWR. Müller cited LCWR’s selection of Johnson for the Outstanding Leadership Award as one reason for the mandate, noting that Johnson has been “criticized by the Bishops of the United States because of the gravity of the doctrinal errors in [her] writings.” Sartain attended each of the public events during the LCWR assembly except for Johnson’s presentation, as he was traveling Friday night.

Johnson was critical of the Vatican’s chief doctrinal authority, Cardinal Gerhard Muller, who heads the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:

“It was clear from his statement that Cardinal Müller neither read the book or my response, but simply echoed the criticisms of the panel,” Johnson told LCWR members. “But the committee’s assessment of Quest is itself theologically flawed.”

Johnson reiterated her stance that the book does not say the things the panel claims it does and that she does not believe the things they say she wrote.

“It criticizes positions I take that are in accord with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and in several instances, it reports the opposite of what the book actually says in order to find fault,” she said. “In my judgment, and this is difficult to say, but I do believe such carelessness with the truth is unworthy of the teaching office of bishop.”

 

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NC Reporter’s Dan Stockman details the National LCWR Nuns’ Conference in Nashville this week. Seattle Abp. J. Peter Sartain was in attendance as the presentations highlighted the group’s decision-making process.

Wednesday morning's session began with an examination of the decision-making process LCWR uses: contemplation, observation and exploration, reflection and dialogue, and finally, decision and action. The process is in stark contrast to the hierarchical decision-making process used by the Catholic church.

Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain listened intently as facilitators Catherine Bertrand of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and Mary Jo Nelson of Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters explained how truly listening to others and reflecting on their thoughts can change your thinking from individualistic to what is best for the community. Failure to listen, they said, leads to judgment, cynicism and fear.

Philadelphia Sister Carol Zinn demonstrated how to use principles of Music to listen better.

"Are we singing with full voice the ways in which God's creation and Christ's body cry out for justice, inclusivity, compassion? Perhaps we're singing in muted tones the authentic and radical message of the Gospel and the vision of a Second Vatican Council church as the People of God, all the People of God, walking together," she said. "Likely, we're only whispering that Oneness from within and beyond the national world to the most meaningful and sacred relationships regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or belief system."

 

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AP reports:

Hundreds of thousands of people turned out Saturday for one of the highlights of Pope Francis' trip to South Korea: The beatification of 124 Koreans killed for their faith over two centuries ago.

The streets leading up to Seoul's iconic Gwanghwamun Gate were packed with Koreans honoring the ordinary lay Catholics who founded the church here in the 18th century. Korea's church is unique in that it was founded not by missionaries or priests who brought the faith to the peninsula and converted people — as occurred in most of the world — but by members of Korea's own noble classes who learned of Christianity by reading books about it.

 

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Pope Francis defended the family before the annual Latin American Congress for the Pastoral Care of the Family, organized by CELAM, the Latin American Episcopal Council (Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano).

The family, the pope said, “is a centre of love, where reigns the law of respect and communion.”

Faced with a materialistic view of the world, the family does not reduce man to sterile utilitarianism, but channels his deepest desires,” the pope said. “The family reflects the image of God, in his deepest mystery, and in this way allows you to see human love as a sign of God’s love and presence.

 

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The UK Daily Mail reports:

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something.

'I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,' Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,' but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.'

Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent.

Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha's Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington this weekend before returning on Tuesday to fun, sun, and more golf.

 

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The AP notes that Pope Francis is trying to ‘sell’ the S. Koreans today on being less materialistic saying,

Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked here to the hard work, sacrifice and gritty persistence of generations who hustled their nation out of war, dictatorship and poverty into an Asian powerhouse.

He made the statement in the first public Mass on his trip.

During his homily, Francis urged the faithful to reject "inhuman" economic policies that disenfranchise the poor and "the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife."

Many Korean have respect for their economic success, the competetive spirit and the hard work that’s made them prosperous. These may not respond so well to the Pope’s warnings:

Francis referred to the toll such competition can cause, saying it can lead to an emptiness that leads to a despair that grows "like a cancer" in society. "Upon how many of our young has this despair taken its toll!" he said.

 

********************************************************************

Pope Francis invoked the prayers of Our Lady on the Feast of Her Assumption, tying his regular condemnation of first world ‘economic models’ to Church teaching on the value of life, and asking Mary’s prayers that the Korean people may:

Combat the allure of a materialism that stifles authentic spiritual and cultural values and the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife. May they also reject inhumane economic models which create new forms of poverty and marginalize workers, and the culture of death which devalues the image of God, the God of life, and violates the dignity of every man, woman and child. 

 

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Fortune Magazine has glowing and extended praise for Pope Francis and his new inspirational style of financial management:

As the spiritual shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Francis, 77, has already done more in 18 months to energize the church and burnish its image than anyone has since the heyday of John Paul II in the mid-1980s. What’s far less appreciated is his intense engagement—and astounding success—in overhauling the Vatican’s finances and pushing the adoption of modern practices it had resisted for decades. “The changes are massive,” says René Brülhart, chief of the AIF, the Vatican equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Now a clear game plan has been put in place, and we’re really part of the international community.”

Without giving any hard numbers on the Francis Effect, Fortune’s Shawn Telly says,

Although it’s too early to make a definitive judgment, the “Francis effect” appears to be reversing the church’s fortunes. Mass attendance is surging in Italy, for instance. The Jesuits, Francis’s religious order, are seeing more inquiries about priestly vocations. And donations are on the rise at dioceses around the world.

Finally, in this unsettling account of new power players behind the Pope, Telly writes:

His central idea was revolutionary: Money matters are not a core competency of the clergy, as the record shows. So he began replacing the old guard of cardinals and bishops with lay experts who are now largely setting strategy, heading regulatory oversight, and running day-to-day operations.

Indeed, Francis has brought in some of the biggest brand names in the world of business. KPMG is implementing uniform, internationally accepted accounting standards to replace the Vatican’s previous crazy quilt of bookkeeping. EY (the former Ernst & Young) is scrutinizing management of the Vatican’s stores, utilities, and other municipal services. Deloitte & Touche now audits the accounts at the Vatican bank. And Spencer Stuart has recruited top management talent from around the globe. Heading the effort to restructure media operations, assisted by McKinsey & Co., is Lord Christopher Patten, a former head of the BBC and the last British governor of Hong Kong.

 

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CNA reports:

Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said Thursday that “we share the sadness” of the young people from mainland China who were prevented from travelling to South Korea to participate in the Pope's visit.

“Certainly we share the sadness of these events, but we cannot say more,” he cautioned, noting that the Asian Youth Day is not organized by the Vatican.

 

 

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Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180110/
<![CDATA[ A French Rebuke, Prayers for a New Kind of Economy, Pope Francis Super Manager, Silence on Chinese Catholic Youth ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_180013.php
A French Rebuke, Prayers for a New Kind of Economy, Pope Francis Super Manager, Silence on Chinese Catholic Youth



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The UK Daily Mail reports:

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has a message about Iraq for Barack Obama: Get back to the White House and do something.

'I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,' Fabius told a radio interviewer Tuesday in France,' but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.'

Full-time workers in France are guaranteed a whopping five weeks of paid vacation every year, making his plea all the more urgent.

Obama is on a family and golfing holiday in a ritzy neighborhood of Martha's Vineyard but says he will come back to Washington this weekend before returning on Tuesday to fun, sun, and more golf.

 

********************************************************************

The AP notes that Pope Francis is trying to ‘sell’ the S. Koreans today on being less materialistic saying,

Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked here to the hard work, sacrifice and gritty persistence of generations who hustled their nation out of war, dictatorship and poverty into an Asian powerhouse.

He made the statement in the first public Mass on his trip.

During his homily, Francis urged the faithful to reject "inhuman" economic policies that disenfranchise the poor and "the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife."

Many Korean have respect for their economic success, the competetive spirit and the hard work that’s made them prosperous. These may not respond so well to the Pope’s warnings:

Francis referred to the toll such competition can cause, saying it can lead to an emptiness that leads to a despair that grows "like a cancer" in society. "Upon how many of our young has this despair taken its toll!" he said.

 

********************************************************************

Pope Francis invoked the prayers of Our Lady on the Feast of Her Assumption, tying his regular condemnation of first world ‘economic models’ to Church teaching on the value of life, and asking Mary’s prayers that the Korean people may:

Combat the allure of a materialism that stifles authentic spiritual and cultural values and the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife. May they also reject inhumane economic models which create new forms of poverty and marginalize workers, and the culture of death which devalues the image of God, the God of life, and violates the dignity of every man, woman and child. 

 

********************************************************************

Fortune Magazine has glowing and extended praise for Pope Francis and his new inspirational style of financial management:

As the spiritual shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Francis, 77, has already done more in 18 months to energize the church and burnish its image than anyone has since the heyday of John Paul II in the mid-1980s. What’s far less appreciated is his intense engagement—and astounding success—in overhauling the Vatican’s finances and pushing the adoption of modern practices it had resisted for decades. “The changes are massive,” says René Brülhart, chief of the AIF, the Vatican equivalent of the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Now a clear game plan has been put in place, and we’re really part of the international community.”

Without giving any hard numbers on the Francis Effect, Fortune’s Shawn Telly says,

Although it’s too early to make a definitive judgment, the “Francis effect” appears to be reversing the church’s fortunes. Mass attendance is surging in Italy, for instance. The Jesuits, Francis’s religious order, are seeing more inquiries about priestly vocations. And donations are on the rise at dioceses around the world.

Finally, in this unsettling account of new power players behind the Pope, Telly writes:

His central idea was revolutionary: Money matters are not a core competency of the clergy, as the record shows. So he began replacing the old guard of cardinals and bishops with lay experts who are now largely setting strategy, heading regulatory oversight, and running day-to-day operations.

Indeed, Francis has brought in some of the biggest brand names in the world of business. KPMG is implementing uniform, internationally accepted accounting standards to replace the Vatican’s previous crazy quilt of bookkeeping. EY (the former Ernst & Young) is scrutinizing management of the Vatican’s stores, utilities, and other municipal services. Deloitte & Touche now audits the accounts at the Vatican bank. And Spencer Stuart has recruited top management talent from around the globe. Heading the effort to restructure media operations, assisted by McKinsey & Co., is Lord Christopher Patten, a former head of the BBC and the last British governor of Hong Kong.

 

********************************************************************

CNA reports:

Holy See press officer Fr. Federico Lombardi said Thursday that “we share the sadness” of the young people from mainland China who were prevented from travelling to South Korea to participate in the Pope's visit.

“Certainly we share the sadness of these events, but we cannot say more,” he cautioned, noting that the Asian Youth Day is not organized by the Vatican.

 

... ]]>
Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/180013/
<![CDATA[ Whose Side is Obama On?, The Call of Cardinal Filoni, The Ugly Case of Fr. Wylie, A Warning to Korean Triumphalists ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179955.php
Whose Side is American On? The Call of Cardinal Filoni, The Ugly Case of Fr. Justin Wylie, A Warning to Korean Triumphalists



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

A scathing report from Charisma News presents a timeline of opportunities President Obama has had to address ISIS.

It's starting to seem as if the Obama White House operates on a time delay. In the case of Iraq's religious minorities, the results have been deadly.

In USA Today Kirsten Powers tells us:

“Two full months after the crisis began—President Obama announced airstrikes in Iraq and for the first time acknowledged that Christians are being driven from the homeland of their faith. But the Christians garnered a passing mention, while the religious minority of Yazidis seems to be what moved the president to act.

Powers concludes:

The disinterest in the suffering of Iraqi Christians has been a bipartisan travesty. During the Bush administration, nearly a million Christians fled Iraq in fear for their lives. Ironically, it was Sen. Barack Obama who sent the Bush State Department a letter in 2007 inquiring about this persecution. Incredibly, the Bush administration denied there was a problem.

 

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Cardinal Fernando Filoni is in Iraq on behalf of Pope Francis to try and help the attacked ancient Christian remnant in the region.

Filoni told Vatican Radio he began his day Aug. 14 visiting the bishop's house where "in the garden, in the church and in 23 other places — mostly parochial schools or the parish churches — thousands of people have found refuge."

Thanks to the local Church, local families, international aid agencies and several foreign governments, the welcome for the displaced seems well organized, he said. "There is much generosity and much hard work."

Then the Cardinal warned:

"Unfortunately, it must be said that the situation, including from a military point of view, is still fluid," he said. 

Local officials complain of difficulty getting the help they need to defend their territory and their people from the advance of the Islamic State militants.

The threats to life and home don’t seem to have diminished. There’s no concrete evidence that the vicious onslaught will be checked.

 

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Rorate Caeli is responding to the most recent of the mainstream press efforts on behalf of the parishioners at Holy Innocents Church in New York City. The Church, which offers the Ancient Mass regularly, is marked for closure in the unfortunate wave of sales and consolidations of the city’s historic Churches.

A few months ago, Fr. Justin Wylie, of Holy Innocents made a clear bold statement with guidance on behalf of Catholics who lament the suppression of the old Mass. For this he was immediately removed and sent back to his diocese in South Africa. FoxNews’ Adam Walsh has since learned that the Archdiocese threatened to recommend Father’s priestly faculties be completely removed.

 

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In Korea Pope Francis, within his many statements of encouragement and direction, fell back on some of his more standard themes, warning against success and power, ‘triumphalism,' ‘clericalism,’ and using ‘business models’ to guide parishes, Church orders and ministries.

 

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Chris Ferrara at "The Remnant" has a lengthy breakdown of the facts and stories in the run-up to the Synod on the Family scheduled to start in October and its ugly.

First they came for the Roman Rite, which they destroyed. Then they came for the Church Militant, which they disarmed and surrendered to the spirit of the age. Now, at the Synod, which threatens to become Vatican II rebooted, progressivist bishops and their apparatchiks will be coming for the moral law itself under the guise of a search for “pastoral solutions” to “challenges facing the family”

The symptoms are unmistakable: after a period of relative remission during the years of Pope Benedict’s mysteriously self-terminated reign, the postconciliar “process of decay” remarked by the former Cardinal Ratzinger has resumed with a vengeance, like a rebound infection after an incomplete course of antibiotics. The progressivist priests and prelates who are the disease-causing agents of Vatican II Fever are now running amok throughout the ecclesiastical bloodstream. They have been let loose by a Pope who is so fond of publicly staged “surprises.”

Ferrara counsels:

We must present in the public forum the only appropriate “demands” of the “the People of God” respecting the Synod: that, if it must take place, the participants courageously hold the line on the Church’s perennial practice in defense of her moral teachings, while affirming those teachings without equivocation.

…and prays someone will "Stop The Synod!"

 

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After North Korea launched rockets into the sea nearby as his plane flew above, Pope Francis, speaking with President Park said,

"Diplomacy ... is based on the firm and persevering conviction that peace can be won through quiet listening and dialogue, rather than by mutual recriminations, fruitless criticisms and displays of force," he said.

The Pope carefully avoided referring to Korea as North or South. As usual Pope Francis mentioned the economy and the poor:

"In an increasingly globalised world, our understanding of the common good, of progress and development, must ultimately be in human and not merely economic terms," he said, stressing the importance of caring for the poor, the vulnerable and "those who have no voice." 

 

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In a last-minute decision, China cancelled attendees who were going to be in South Korea for Asian Youth Day with the Pope. About half of the 80 people stopped by authorities were priests.

Many priests were recalled from Korea just in advance of the Pope’s visit and threatened with ‘serious problems” if they did not return to China immediately.

 

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AP reports that:

After his arrival Thursday, the pope left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble a conveyance for a globally powerful figure.

Francis' frugality and humble demeanor have received wide coverage in South Korea, a fiercely competitive country that celebrates ostentations displays of status and wealth. This national trait can be seen in a boom in such industries as private tutoring and plastic surgery.

 

********************************************************************

After walking the steps with his black bag and hitting cruising altitude, Pope Francis mingled through the plane, chatting with the many journalists and taking selfies. Once he moved back to his seat the passengers were served a fabulous meal:

The stewards began circulating up and down the aisles serving Italian sparkling wine and snacks of salsiccie – a delicious diced Italian sausage – and olives in little plastic cups.

Dinner then quickly followed: fresh cannelloni with ricotta cheese and a rocket salad, followed by Italian prosciutto ham on top of cantaloupe melon, then a hearty beef stew.

An unidentifiable Italian dessert was then served, so too an accompanying sweet dessert wine, tea, coffee and mountains of Ferrero Rocher.

UCA's Steve Finch says, "All in all, it was by no means the worst airline meal one is likely to encounter."

 

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Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179955/
<![CDATA[ The Looming Synod, A Call for Korean Unity, China Reacts to Asian Youth Day, The Humble Kia Soul, Fly Alitalia to Asia! ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179918.php
The Looming Synod, A Call for Korean Unity, China reacts to Asian Youth Day, The Humble Kia Soul, Fly Alitalia to Asia



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Chris Ferrara at "The Remnant" has a lengthy breakdown of the facts and stories in the run-up to the Synod on the Family scheduled to start in October and its ugly.

First they came for the Roman Rite, which they destroyed. Then they came for the Church Militant, which they disarmed and surrendered to the spirit of the age. Now, at the Synod, which threatens to become Vatican II rebooted, progressivist bishops and their apparatchiks will be coming for the moral law itself under the guise of a search for “pastoral solutions” to “challenges facing the family”

The symptoms are unmistakable: after a period of relative remission during the years of Pope Benedict’s mysteriously self-terminated reign, the postconciliar “process of decay” remarked by the former Cardinal Ratzinger has resumed with a vengeance, like a rebound infection after an incomplete course of antibiotics. The progressivist priests and prelates who are the disease-causing agents of Vatican II Fever are now running amok throughout the ecclesiastical bloodstream. They have been let loose by a Pope who is so fond of publicly staged “surprises.”

Ferrara counsels:

We must present in the public forum the only appropriate “demands” of the “the People of God” respecting the Synod: that, if it must take place, the participants courageously hold the line on the Church’s perennial practice in defense of her moral teachings, while affirming those teachings without equivocation.

…and prays someone will "Stop The Synod!"

 

********************************************************************

After North Korea launched rockets into the sea nearby as his plane flew above, Pope Francis, speaking with President Park said,

"Diplomacy ... is based on the firm and persevering conviction that peace can be won through quiet listening and dialogue, rather than by mutual recriminations, fruitless criticisms and displays of force," he said.

The Pope carefully avoided referring to Korea as North or South. As usual Pope Francis mentioned the economy and the poor:

"In an increasingly globalised world, our understanding of the common good, of progress and development, must ultimately be in human and not merely economic terms," he said, stressing the importance of caring for the poor, the vulnerable and "those who have no voice." 

 

********************************************************************

In a last-minute decision, China cancelled attendees who were going to be in South Korea for Asian Youth Day with the Pope. About half of the 80 people stopped by authorities were priests.

Many priests were recalled from Korea just in advance of the Pope’s visit and threatened with ‘serious problems” if they did not return to China immediately.

 

********************************************************************

AP reports that:

After his arrival Thursday, the pope left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble a conveyance for a globally powerful figure.

Francis' frugality and humble demeanor have received wide coverage in South Korea, a fiercely competitive country that celebrates ostentations displays of status and wealth. This national trait can be seen in a boom in such industries as private tutoring and plastic surgery.

 

********************************************************************

After walking the steps with his black bag and hitting cruising altitude, Pope Francis mingled through the plane, chatting with the many journalists and taking selfies. Once he moved back to his seat the passengers were served a fabulous meal:

The stewards began circulating up and down the aisles serving Italian sparkling wine and snacks of salsiccie – a delicious diced Italian sausage – and olives in little plastic cups.

Dinner then quickly followed: fresh cannelloni with ricotta cheese and a rocket salad, followed by Italian prosciutto ham on top of cantaloupe melon, then a hearty beef stew.

An unidentifiable Italian dessert was then served, so too an accompanying sweet dessert wine, tea, coffee and mountains of Ferrero Rocher.

UCA's Steve Finch says, "All in all, it was by no means the worst airline meal one is likely to encounter."

 

 

... ]]>
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179918/
<![CDATA[ The Legions of the Pope, The Orders of Abp. Sako, Moving on from a Wrecked Culture, Bishops Among the Marginalized ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179790.php
The Legions of the Pope, The Orders of Abp. Sako, Moving on from a Wrecked Culture, Bishops Among the Marginalized



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

NRO’s Jonah Goldberg invites rebuke when he asks, “Why shouldn’t the Catholic Church bring back its army?”

The use of force isn’t forbidden by Catholic law, I know that much. And the Swiss Guards still have weapons even on Vatican property. Why couldn’t the Pope dispatch armed soldiers to restore order, open food supplies, secure humaintarian efforts etc?

Papal peacekeepers could do incredibly valuable work in parts of Africa or South America, protecting persecuted populations, delivering aid etc. The teaching effect could be profound (and perhaps very good at getting people back in the pews). Democracies are often slow and reluctant to do such work. And, if present trends continue America is going to do less and less of such things. Papal armies could do the jobs Americans won’t do. 

Goldberg feels it would be infinitely better than the U.N.

 

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Asia News reports that the Patriarch of Baghdad, Abp. Louis Sako has written an appeal in which he asks world leaders:

“Save the Nineveh plain from jihadists and ensure international protection". The very firm note was written "with the unanimous consent" of the bishops of Mosul, the various churches and Christian denominations.

The United States, European Union and Arab League have a duty to "clear the Nineveh plain of all jihadists militia" and help Christians (but also Yazidi and Shiites) "to return to their villages of origin and rebuild their lives”

The Patriarchate in Iraq is moving "from Baghdad to Erbil," in Iraqi Kurdistan, to closely follow "the situation of displaced families" for whom "all the bishops are doing their best". Mar Sako warns of a "the quickly developing tragedy" and few signs of a rapid solution. He hopes in the decisive intervention of the international community, pending the formation of a new government in Baghdad that knows how to act in coordination with the Kurdish authorities to thwart the extremist threat.

 

********************************************************************

Classics scholar Anthony Esolen provides a warning to parents and those who seek to work within the culture for change:

One bomb or wrecking ball can shatter in an instant the cathedral that it took human hands and minds fifty years to build.

What is true of buildings is true of culture generally.

Should we expect any help from places like Yale? Those places sponsor weeks for show-and-tell by whores and peddlers of sex toys. Any help from your local school? That would be like expecting Belial to lead you in prayer. There is no help from “the culture,” because there is no longer any culture; only the rubble of what used to be a culture.

His advice? Start from scratch and try to begin rebuilding what’s been lost.

 

********************************************************************

In an extended piece at the Wanderer, Dexter Duggan reminds the American Bishops that the voting population is squarely opposed to them on illegal immigration. In siding with the elites, contemptuous anti-Catholic political figures, and pleasing their government benefactors, they do terrific damage to their credibility with the faithful.

Duggan quotes reporter Barbara Simpson who says, “I think their whole attitude is beyond disingenuous and hypocritical, and is, quite frankly, politically motivated.”

 

 

 

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179790/
<![CDATA[ Gay Marriage Christians, Sinless Suicides, Powerless Citizens, and Spat-Upon Priests ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179849.php
Gay Marriage Christians, Sinless Suicides, Powerless Citizens, and Spat-Upon Priests



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The National Catholic Register is reporting:

Churchgoing Christians who support “gay marriage” are more likely to approve of commitment-free sexual relations, pornography, adultery, polyamory and abortion than other churchgoers, says one researcher who calls the differences a “massive divide.”

“At a glance, there is a pretty obvious fissure between Christians who do and do not oppose same-sex marriage,” University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus

“More than seven times as many of the latter think pornography is okay. Three times as many back cohabiting as a good idea, six times as many are okay with no-strings-attached sex, five times as many think adultery could be permissible, thirteen times as many have no issue with polyamorous relationships, and six times as many support abortion rights.”

 

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The Salt Lake Tribute falsely answers the question, “Was Robin Williams’ suicide a sin?”

"Today’s clergy are still firmly opposed to suicide on principle but are more likely to see the forces that drive people to end their lives as compulsions or mental demons in the form of illness, depression, drugs, addictions," the story noted. "The issue is further complicated by technology’s ability to keep people alive long after nature would have, spawning debate about the end of life, the right to die and faith vs. reason. The nature of sin is no longer so clear."

The writer quickly moves to more up-to-date religious thinking on suicide, touching on the Mormon Church and then the ‘c’atholics:

"After Vatican II, the Roman Catholic Church’s position gradually evolved," the Rev. Charles Ruby, founder of LOSS (Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) in Chicago, said in The Tribune piece. "It took suicide out of the moral realm, where it didn’t belong anyway, and moved it into the medical realm."

 

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Breitbart News reports:

A startling new political science study concludes that corporate interests and mega wealthy individuals control U.S. policy to such a degree that "the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy." 

The quick piece surmises that: "If policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened."

 

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A seminarian in Holland was spat upon and threatened by a Muslim for wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the ‘nouwn’ symbol for Christian. The nouwn is the mark applied to the houses of Christians who were expelled from their homes, killed or forced into the desert by Iraqi Muslims in recent weeks.

 

********************************************************************

NRO’s Jonah Goldberg invites rebuke when he asks, “Why shouldn’t the Catholic Church bring back its army?”

The use of force isn’t forbidden by Catholic law, I know that much. And the Swiss Guards still have weapons even on Vatican property. Why couldn’t the Pope dispatch armed soldiers to restore order, open food supplies, secure humaintarian efforts etc?

Papal peacekeepers could do incredibly valuable work in parts of Africa or South America, protecting persecuted populations, delivering aid etc. The teaching effect could be profound (and perhaps very good at getting people back in the pews). Democracies are often slow and reluctant to do such work. And, if present trends continue America is going to do less and less of such things. Papal armies could do the jobs Americans won’t do. 

Goldberg feels it would be infinitely better than the U.N.

 

********************************************************************

Asia News reports that the Patriarch of Baghdad, Abp. Louis Sako has written an appeal in which he asks world leaders:

“Save the Nineveh plain from jihadists and ensure international protection". The very firm note was written "with the unanimous consent" of the bishops of Mosul, the various churches and Christian denominations.

The United States, European Union and Arab League have a duty to "clear the Nineveh plain of all jihadists militia" and help Christians (but also Yazidi and Shiites) "to return to their villages of origin and rebuild their lives”

The Patriarchate in Iraq is moving "from Baghdad to Erbil," in Iraqi Kurdistan, to closely follow "the situation of displaced families" for whom "all the bishops are doing their best". Mar Sako warns of a "the quickly developing tragedy" and few signs of a rapid solution. He hopes in the decisive intervention of the international community, pending the formation of a new government in Baghdad that knows how to act in coordination with the Kurdish authorities to thwart the extremist threat.

 

********************************************************************

Classics scholar Anthony Esolen provides a warning to parents and those who seek to work within the culture for change:

One bomb or wrecking ball can shatter in an instant the cathedral that it took human hands and minds fifty years to build.

What is true of buildings is true of culture generally.

Should we expect any help from places like Yale? Those places sponsor weeks for show-and-tell by whores and peddlers of sex toys. Any help from your local school? That would be like expecting Belial to lead you in prayer. There is no help from “the culture,” because there is no longer any culture; only the rubble of what used to be a culture.

His advice? Start from scratch and try to begin rebuilding what’s been lost.

 

********************************************************************

In an extended piece at the Wanderer, Dexter Duggan reminds the American Bishops that the voting population is squarely opposed to them on illegal immigration. In siding with the elites, contemptuous anti-Catholic political figures, and pleasing their government benefactors, they do terrific damage to their credibility with the faithful.

Duggan quotes reporter Barbara Simpson who says, “I think their whole attitude is beyond disingenuous and hypocritical, and is, quite frankly, politically motivated.”

 

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179849/
<![CDATA[ When Dialogue Actually Says Something, Vatican Diplomacy Engages, American Anti-Help from the Sky, Bill Donohue's Reality Check, Robin Williams' Light and Airy Faith. ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179697.php
When Dialogue Actually Says Something, Vatican Diplomacy Engages, American Anti-Help from the Sky, Bill Donohue Reality Check, Robin Williams Light and Airy Faith.



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

A very strongly-worded statement came out of the Vatican regarding the genocide of Christians and other minorities in Northern Iraq. Asia News Reports:

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue deplores in no uncertain terms the acts of violence by the militants of the Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria.

The Vatican body calls on the members of all religions and on the international community to join in the condemnation. It also calls on Islamic religious leaders to condemn the use of religion as a false justification for terrorism and to make the culture of coexistence and dialogue that has developed in the past few years more real and credible.

The Council goes on to list ten crimes and atrocities committed by ISIS Islamists adding, “No cause, and certainly no religion, can justify such barbarity.”

 

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Religion News Service reports:

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that began last week were necessary and working.

“This is something that had to be done, otherwise (the Islamic State) could not be stopped,” Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, the Vatican’s nuncio to Iraq told Vatican Radio.

They continue:

The Vatican’s top official at the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, also signaled the Holy See’s openness to airstrikes in a weekend interview with Vatican Radio. Tomasi said that while reconciliation was a long-term goal, in the short run Iraq’s Christians needed “practical action” that would include “even effective military protection.”

RNS says the Vatican does not want to directly endorse war as an option and they are clearly not impressed with the results of the U.S. occupation which they decried at the time. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who is being sent by Pope Francis to Iraq said, “From that time, the situation has never improved.”

“On the contrary, you can say so many aspects are worse,” said Filoni, who spent years in Iraq during the violent aftermath of the 2003 invasion.

 

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Robert Spencer’s 'Jihad Watch' reports that the catastrophe of Iraq's Yazidi minorities forced onto a desert mountain is much worse than reported. A witness to the U.S. aid drop said that 70% of the abandoned community has died; and much of the food , water, and supplies burst after being dropped from 15,000 feet without parachutes, rendering it useless.

 

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The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue says it’s a good sign that the United States is helping the Kurds to fight back against ISIS. He also hails the recent victories in Egypt and Israel against Islamist extremists as encouraging news.

The world has not seen a threat like this to destabilize the democracies in many years. Anything less than an all-out effort to stop these extremists is bound to fail. We have the resources to win—there cannot be two winners in war—the question is whether we have the resolve.

 

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Robin Williams, the beloved performer who struggled his entire life with addictions and despair, was raised an Episcopalian. At one time Williams listed the top ten reasons to be an Episcopalian when you compare it to other Christian religions. For the number one reason he said this:

No matter what you believe, there's bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.

It turned out this lighthearted treatment of a hollowed-out Faith was really the the flip side of sadness, confusion, and doubt.

 

 

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179697/
<![CDATA[ A Faithful Blast from Adam Shaw, A Call to Bishop McManus, and OK Governor Against Satan ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179732.php
A Faithful Blast from Adam Shaw, A Call to Bishop McManus, and OK Governor Against Satan



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Fox’s Adam Shaw is at it again, saying the blunt and unacceptable as quickly and painfully as possible.

Although suppressed immediately after the reform, the older rite was legalized by Pope St. John Paul II in limited circumstances in 1988, and then freed up entirely by Pope Benedict XVI in his groundbreaking 2007 document "Summorum Pontificum," in which he also expressed his desire that the solemn celebration of the traditional rite would consequently rub off on the way the new rite is celebrated.

Yet Pope Francis is having none of it. In his Archdiocese in Buenos Aires, the traditional rite was non-existent, and he was described by an Argentinian journalist as "a sworn enemy of the Traditional Mass." Since he ascended to the papacy this has been shown to be true in a global sense.

Apart from his dive away from the traditional liturgical style of Benedict in papal masses, Pope Francis has dismissed Catholics who attend the older rites in Latin as 'ideologizing' and being guilty of 'exploitation.' He also banned the Franciscans of the Immaculate -- a worldwide traditional Catholic order -- from celebrating the old Mass freely. Apparently, the attitude of "Who am I to judge" does not apply here.

No wonder then that some bishops and cardinals are seeing the winds of change at the Vatican and are acting accordingly.

According to Shaw, Cardinal Dolan’s scheduled closure of the thriving New York City parish, Holy Innocents, is just falling in line with cold Papal realities in the Church.

 

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In light of recent statements against Islamic atrocities from the Vatican, the Catholic blogger at “La Salette Journey calls attention to the statement last year rescinding an invitation for Islamic Scholar Robert Spencer to speak at a men’s conference in his diocese by Bishop Robert McManus of Mass.

"In a statement which was published in The Catholic Free Press...Bishop Robert McManus explained his decision to rescind the invitation to Mr. Robert Spencer to speak at the Diocese of Worcester's Catholic Men's Conference which is to be held next month. Bishop McManus writes, 'In light of my recent decision to rescind the invitation to Mr. Robert Spencer to speak at the Catholic Men's Conference next month on the topic of Islam in its relation to Christianity, I should like to reflect briefly on the conciliar document entitled, The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium), specifically on paragraph 16 of Chapter 2 which speaks about the special relationship that Christianity has to Islam. The paragraph states, "But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place among these are the Muslims who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the one and merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind."

 

The writer asks:

Bishop McManus, wouldn't this be an opportune time to apologize to Mr. Robert Spencer and extend him a warm invitation to speak at next year's Catholic Men's Conference?

 

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Zenit reports that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Monday condemned a scheduled performance of the satanic black mass in Oklahoma City.

“This 'Black Mass' is a disgusting mockery of the Catholic faith, and it should be equally repellent to Catholics and non-Catholics alike,” said Fallin. “It may be protected by the First Amendment, but that doesn't mean we can't condemn it in the strongest terms possible for the moral outrage which it is. It is shocking and disgusting that a group of New York City ‘satanists’ would travel all the way to Oklahoma to peddle their filth here. I pray they realize how hurtful their actions are and cancel this event.”

 

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A very strongly-worded statement came out of the Vatican regarding the genocide of Christians and other minorities in Northern Iraq. Asia News Reports:

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue deplores in no uncertain terms the acts of violence by the militants of the Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria.

The Vatican body calls on the members of all religions and on the international community to join in the condemnation. It also calls on Islamic religious leaders to condemn the use of religion as a false justification for terrorism and to make the culture of coexistence and dialogue that has developed in the past few years more real and credible.

The Council goes on to list ten crimes and atrocities committed by ISIS Islamists adding, “No cause, and certainly no religion, can justify such barbarity.”

 

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Religion News Service reports:

Even as Francis called on the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes,” the Vatican also tried to make peace with the idea that U.S. military strikes that began last week were necessary and working.

“This is something that had to be done, otherwise (the Islamic State) could not be stopped,” Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, the Vatican’s nuncio to Iraq told Vatican Radio.

They continue:

The Vatican’s top official at the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, also signaled the Holy See’s openness to airstrikes in a weekend interview with Vatican Radio. Tomasi said that while reconciliation was a long-term goal, in the short run Iraq’s Christians needed “practical action” that would include “even effective military protection.”

RNS says the Vatican does not want to directly endorse war as an option and they are clearly not impressed with the results of the U.S. occupation which they decried at the time. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who is being sent by Pope Francis to Iraq said, “From that time, the situation has never improved.”

“On the contrary, you can say so many aspects are worse,” said Filoni, who spent years in Iraq during the violent aftermath of the 2003 invasion.

 

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Robert Spencer’s 'Jihad Watch' reports that the catastrophe of Iraq's Yazidi minorities forced onto a desert mountain is much worse than reported. A witness to the U.S. aid drop said that 70% of the abandoned community has died; and much of the food , water, and supplies burst after being dropped from 15,000 feet without parachutes, rendering it useless.

 

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The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue says it’s a good sign that the United States is helping the Kurds to fight back against ISIS. He also hails the recent victories in Egypt and Israel against Islamist extremists as encouraging news.

The world has not seen a threat like this to destabilize the democracies in many years. Anything less than an all-out effort to stop these extremists is bound to fail. We have the resources to win—there cannot be two winners in war—the question is whether we have the resolve.

 

********************************************************************

Robin Williams, the beloved performer who struggled his entire life with addictions and despair, was raised an Episcopalian. At one time Williams listed the top ten reasons to be an Episcopalian when you compare it to other Christian religions. For the number one reason he said this:

No matter what you believe, there's bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.

It turned out this lighthearted treatment of a hollowed-out Faith was really the the flip side of sadness, confusion, and doubt.

 

 

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179732/
<![CDATA[ Honesty, Reason, and Diplomacy from the Vatican on Iraq, and Regensburg Revisited. ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179609.php
Honesty, Reason, and Diplomacy from the Vatican on Iraq, and Regensburg Revisited.



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Google-translated Kathnet news reports than when Vatican UN Envoy, Abp. Silvano Tomasi was discussing military intervention in Iraq on behalf of Christians and other terrorized minorities, that such an approach might “at this moment be necessary.“

He also said that those countries which support ISIS through weapons and money be identified. The piece then reiterates the Pope’s slogan that ‘violence is never defeated with more violence.”

 

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Vatican UN Envoy Abp. Silvano Tomasi called to mind even the World Council of Churches on behalf of those being murdered, starved, displaced and terrorized by ISIS in Iraq:

"At this moment, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and other members of the Christian community, including the World Council of Churches, are taking a strong stand in defense [of the Iraqi Christians] and their right to survive and to live in peace in their own home, which for the last 2,000 years has seen them active and contributing to the development of the region."

"However, we are faced with a certain indifference at the practical level with the international community. It is difficult to convince--because of false modesty, I would say--the Western powers to take a strong stance in defense of the Christians."

"At this moment, we hope the voice that is surging from different Christian and religious communities, from moderate Muslims, from people of good will around the world, may find the response of concrete humanitarian assistance that is provided for the Christians in northern Iraq as well as some political and even effective military protection."

 

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In a Fox News report Rear Admiral John Kirby says that the limited strikes applied in Iraq to stem the ongoing genocide were successful. Nevertheless ISIS continued their advance on Saturday.

The Islamic militants reportedly expanded their drive near Iraqi Kurdistan Saturday despite two U.S. airstrikes aimed at mortar positions and a seven-vehicle convoy to stop the advance on Kurdish capital of Irbil.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the militants appear to have their sights on connecting towns seized along the Kurdish-control territory. The most recent town to be seized was identified as Sheikhan.

 

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“They did not accept [the offer from Islamic State militants] to convert to Islam – this would have saved their lives immediately – so, they are giving us great testimony of faith.”

These were just some of the words of praise that the Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq, Archbishop Giorgio Lingua had for Iraqi Christians when he spoke with Vatican Radio over the weekend.

“You can see these kids sleeping on the streets,” he said, adding, “[there is so much] suffering.” The Archbishop Said. He praised the U.S. military intervention on behalf of the terrorized people, and the Christians who stand for their faith, but posed a question directed perhaps at America.

“Now the American aviation has begun to [strike Islamic State positions and military assets]: this is something that had to be done, otherwise [the IS] could not [be] stopped,” he said. “But,” he continued, “we should wonder why we have arrived at this point: was it not a lack of intelligence? Were we not able to understand what was going on? And then: who gave to these [IS fighters] such sophisticated weapons?”

 

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English blogger, “That These Bones…” has re-published some of Pope Benedict’s highly controversial statements on the history of Islam and the role of reason in that religion from his famous Regensberg Address.

Reminding readers that then Cardinal Bergoglio was outraged by Benedict’s statements at the time, he asks:

Is it possible, perhaps, that despite what Benedict XVI said in his speech lamenting those particular faiths that dispense entirely with reason, and support violence in the name of religion being unpopular that he was completely 100% correct? Does his Successor have issues with truth or even reality? Or do we have a Pope who considers the papacy to be a purely political office, his role political, his vocation that of a politician?

 

 

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179609/
<![CDATA[ A Sharp Reversal of Church Course, The Fight of Bishop Sako, The Story of Joseph and His Family, and The End of Maliki ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179655.php
A Sharp Reversal Of Church Course, The Fight Of Bishop Sako, The Story Of Joseph And His Family, And The End Of Maliki



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Boston Globe’s Catholic Reporter John Allen sees a ‘sharp reversal or course’ in the recent statements from the Vatican regarding the unprecedented eradication of Christian peoples by ISIS in Iraq. “On Monday, the Vatican’s previously tacit approval for the American intervention turned explicit,” he said as he began to list time and again the seemingly pacifist positions taken by Rome during the past decades.

Allen closes:

What’s going on at the moment, however, would seem to be a de facto recognition that there are times – however rare, and however lamentable – when “give peace a chance” may work as a fervorino, but as foreign policy it doesn’t quite do the trick.

 

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Bagdhad Patriarch Sako continues his relentless and heart wrenching defense of Catholic and Christian people in Iraq facing extinction from the ISIS Islamic onslaught.

Just today, the Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Sako pointed out that the US raids are only interested in saving Erbil, capital of Kurdistan, and not Mosul and Qaraqosh from where Christians, Yazidis and Shiites have fled. The US air support is simply an attempt to reduce tension rather than stopping the cruelty and violence of the Islamic Caliphate.

AsiaNews lists a five-step plan to bring stability to Iraq which notes that the U.S. has financed the same groups who support ISIS with their aid to the Syrian Islamist resistance against Assad. The same Islamists are now eradicating Christians in northern Iraq.

Writer Bernardo Cervellera pleads that the West not leave Christians out of the equation as they slice up the Mid-East along ethnic lines.

 

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The Phoenix ‘Catholic Sun’ reports the sad story of Joseph, an Iraqi Christian forced from his family home and parish. On an evening in June ISIS militants, many of them foreigners, burst into his house stealing everything they had including the gold cross around his son’s neck.

After ransacking the home for other valuables, the terrorists warned they would return in 48 hours. Their ultimatum: The family must convert to Islam, pay the Islamic jizya tax, or be killed.

Joseph knew he had no choice but to flee quickly with his family.

“We were happy, our life was good,” he said, collapsing into sobs.

“All the work of my father and myself and my brothers, all the years … gone in just a few seconds,” he said of the trading company he had to abandon. The next morning, “I went to the cemetery and said good-bye to my father, and I went to Mass in my church to receive the Eucharist. I think it was the last Mass celebrated in my village. And I thought, if I’m meant to die at this time, at least I’m in God’s house.”

 

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The UK Guardian reports:

Iraq's embattled prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, appeared to have lost his job on Monday, after the country's president appointed a rival Shia candidate to form a new government in a bid to end the deadlock that has paralysed the Baghdad government while jihadists have swept through the country's north.

The move to effectively remove Maliki came after the White House launched a fresh volley of phone calls to politicians in Baghdad on Monday. In his fourth diplomatic intervention in as many days, the US vice-president, Joe Biden, called both the Iraqi president, Fouad Massoum, and the man he has selected to try to replace Maliki, Haider al-Abadi, indicating that further US military support could follow swiftly if they succeed in their efforts to form a new government.

Some analysis say Maliki is “increasingly likely to use force to protect his political position.”

 

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Google-translated Kathnet news reports than when Vatican UN Envoy, Abp. Silvano Tomasi was discussing military intervention in Iraq on behalf of Christians and other terrorized minorities, that such an approach might “at this moment be necessary.“

He also said that those countries which support ISIS through weapons and money be identified. The piece then reiterates the Pope’s slogan that ‘violence is never defeated with more violence.”

 

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Vatican UN Envoy Abp. Silvano Tomasi called to mind even the World Council of Churches on behalf of those being murdered, starved, displaced and terrorized by ISIS in Iraq:

"At this moment, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and other members of the Christian community, including the World Council of Churches, are taking a strong stand in defense [of the Iraqi Christians] and their right to survive and to live in peace in their own home, which for the last 2,000 years has seen them active and contributing to the development of the region."

"However, we are faced with a certain indifference at the practical level with the international community. It is difficult to convince--because of false modesty, I would say--the Western powers to take a strong stance in defense of the Christians."

"At this moment, we hope the voice that is surging from different Christian and religious communities, from moderate Muslims, from people of good will around the world, may find the response of concrete humanitarian assistance that is provided for the Christians in northern Iraq as well as some political and even effective military protection."

 

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In a Fox News report Rear Admiral John Kirby says that the limited strikes applied in Iraq to stem the ongoing genocide were successful. Nevertheless ISIS continued their advance on Saturday.

The Islamic militants reportedly expanded their drive near Iraqi Kurdistan Saturday despite two U.S. airstrikes aimed at mortar positions and a seven-vehicle convoy to stop the advance on Kurdish capital of Irbil.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the militants appear to have their sights on connecting towns seized along the Kurdish-control territory. The most recent town to be seized was identified as Sheikhan.

 

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“They did not accept [the offer from Islamic State militants] to convert to Islam – this would have saved their lives immediately – so, they are giving us great testimony of faith.”

These were just some of the words of praise that the Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq, Archbishop Giorgio Lingua had for Iraqi Christians when he spoke with Vatican Radio over the weekend.

“You can see these kids sleeping on the streets,” he said, adding, “[there is so much] suffering.” The Archbishop Said. He praised the U.S. military intervention on behalf of the terrorized people, and the Christians who stand for their faith, but posed a question directed perhaps at America.

“Now the American aviation has begun to [strike Islamic State positions and military assets]: this is something that had to be done, otherwise [the IS] could not [be] stopped,” he said. “But,” he continued, “we should wonder why we have arrived at this point: was it not a lack of intelligence? Were we not able to understand what was going on? And then: who gave to these [IS fighters] such sophisticated weapons?”

 

********************************************************************

English blogger, “That These Bones…” has re-published some of Pope Benedict’s highly controversial statements on the history of Islam and the role of reason in that religion from his famous Regensberg Address.

Reminding readers that then Cardinal Bergoglio was outraged by Benedict’s statements at the time, he asks:

Is it possible, perhaps, that despite what Benedict XVI said in his speech lamenting those particular faiths that dispense entirely with reason, and support violence in the name of religion being unpopular that he was completely 100% correct? Does his Successor have issues with truth or even reality? Or do we have a Pope who considers the papacy to be a purely political office, his role political, his vocation that of a politician?

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179655/
<![CDATA[ My Family Doctor, Walmart, Find Me Someone Persecuted, Cardinal Dolan Help Us Heal, A Chaldean Priest Follows His People, Fr Z and the Horror ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179497.php
My Family Doctor, Walmart, Find Me Someone Persecuted, Cardinal Dolan Help Us Heal, A Chaldean Priest Follows His People, Fr Z and the Horror



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The New York Times is reporting that Walmart is “making an aggressive push to become a one-stop shopping destination for medical care.”

The company has opened five primary care locations in South Carolina and Texas, and plans to open a sixth clinic in Palestine, Tex., on Friday and another six by the end of the year. The clinics, it says, can offer a broader range of services, like chronic disease management, than the 100 or so acute care clinics leased by hospital operators at Walmarts across the country. Unlike CVS or Walgreens, which also offer some similar services, or Costco, which offers eye care, Walmart is marketing itself as a primary medical provider.

“If they’re rolling it out across the rural stores primarily, they’re actually filling an important gap in the health care ecosystem,” said Skip Snow, a health care analyst at Forrester Research.

But while experts agree that increased access to health care is a good thing, others say patients with chronic conditions need complex care that retail giants cannot provide. Diseases like diabetes, for example, can result in complications that are not easy to manage.

Walmart is a place that one goes to because one has to. It’s the only place nearby that has what you need. It wasn’t always that way but it is now. Will this be the same soon for visiting a doctor? (Not that there will be doctors)

Can you imagine putting your health in Walmart’s hands?

 

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Quoting Francis in a lecture in Australia on August 1, Philippine Cardinal Tagle said: “He told me, 'If I encounter someone who was persecuted for the faith from Asia, I would kiss his hand, I would kiss his feet, for they deserve the respect that we give to the saints of the faith.'”

Cardinal Tagle said, “In fact by some mysterious action of God, persecution even deepens their conviction. And we need to learn from them.”

Tagle, who spoke at the St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, pointed out that “we who enjoy freedom of religion...might be spoiled, really.” He went on to tell of ordained priests who must hide as teachers, or professors and of a group of nuns who visited Manila from mainland China.

“You would not think that they come from a situation of suffering and persecution,” he said. “It is grace. It is not just human psychology. It is grace. So when you encounter them, you will be edified and you will be affirmed in your own faith.”

 

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Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced an interfaith spiritual summit in the wake of the police killing of a man they were brutally arresting. The man died after police put him in a chokehold during for selling bootleg cigarettes. A city-wide protest is planned.

The Mayor has invited Cardinal Dolan to participate in the event.

“There is a tremendous need for healing at this moment,” the mayor said Friday in announcing the spiritual summit.

“Religion and faith are powerful agents for what is good and unifying in the spirit,” Dolan responded in a statement.

 

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La Stampa reports:

Fr. Paolo Thabit Mekko, the Iraqi Chaldean priest of Qaraqosh, had spent the past few months reopening wells and getting electricity generators going for refugees that fled Mosul after Iraq’s second major city fell into the hands of ISIS jihadists. Now, he too finds himself living the life of a refugee.

“At two in the morning, we saw that the Kurdish Peshmerga militia were withdrawing from the line of conflict and ISIS was taking their place. We don’t know why this happened. All we knew was we could not stay there without their protection. Families had started fleeing several hours ago. We got into our cars, carts and buses, a river of terrorized people, all heading towards Kurdistan.”

The refugees have left behind everything they had. And they know that the Caliphate’s members go into people’s homes and rob everything, as they have already done in Mosul.”

Fr. Paulo says the people blame not just the jihadists but also the government, who simply allowed the situation to deteriorate in the months following the fall of Mosul.  Their hopes of an autonomous Christian region have died.

“All that remains now is the absurdity of a people who carry the legacy of a four-thousand year old civilization being forced by bands of fanatic criminals to flee their own homes and live in the street like beggars,” the priest concluded bitterly.

 

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Fr. Z says,

I am convinced that what is going on in Iraq is going to have dangerous consequences for us here in these USA and for Western Europe.  Prepare your minds and gird yourselves.

A canon at an Anglican Church saw a five year old child whom he had baptized cut in half during the ISIS attack on the Christian town of Qaraqosh. The boy’s parents had named him Andrew after the canon himself.  Fr. Z also notes:

Witnesses reported that, of the 500 Christian women abducted from Mosul alone, the ones who were deemed attractive were taken to ISIS princes to be their personal sex slaves.

 

"Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us."

 

 

 

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Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179497/
<![CDATA[ The Anti-Evangelizing Church Tax, Fast Against The Black Mass, A Pope Tells A Friend NOT To Convert, The Real ISIS Horror ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179424.php
The Anti-Evangelizing Church Tax, Fast Against The Black Mass, A Pope Tells A Friend NOT To Convert, The Real ISIS Horror



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

A Google-translated Kathnet report says that the number of Germans formally leaving the Catholic and Protestant Churches has ‘risen sharply in the first half’ of the year. The cause is being linked to a new method for collecting the “Church Tax” on capital gains. The numbers are generally 50% higher than the previous year.

This is the first time such a surge has occurred in 65 years. A proposed solution is to educate people so they know the tax is now deducted automatically.

 

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Tulsa Bishop Slattery is calling this week on Catholics to Fast and Pray from August 6-14th in advance of the planned Black Mass, which he said is “meant to “mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion.”

So far, however, as Oklahoma Civic Center management specialist Kelly Hadsall told CNSNews.com, “since the center is a city-owned facility, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution does not allow us to turn away productions based on their content.”

In an insert with parish bulletins Bishop Slattery wrote, "It blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed.”

 

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The Boston Globe’s, Austen Ivereigh is calling the friendship between the late, Protestant ‘bishop’ Tony Palmer and Pope Francis a “catalyst of an extraordinary historic breakthrough in relations between the Catholic Church and the evangelical world.”

Palmer was a member of an Anglican offshoot based in Florida. Ivereigh writes,

Its leaders see themselves as part of a “convergence” movement, seeking to combine evangelical Christianity with the liturgy and sacraments typical of Catholicism. That convergence, Palmer told me, “is a precursor to full unity between the Protestant and Catholic Churches.”

Cardinal Bergoglio and Palmer met in 2006 and worked together closely finding ways to build unity between their faiths. Astoundingly,

At one point, when Palmer was tired of living on the frontier and wanted to become Catholic, Bergoglio advised him against conversion for the sake of the mission.

“We need to have bridge-builders”, the cardinal told him.

 

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In the interview with CNN's Jonathan Mann, Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo said that the "world hasn't seen an evil like this for generations." 

"There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park," he explained. "More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung."

“They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking crimes that you can think of," Arabo said in a Skype interview from San Diego.

When asked about Sunni extremists' targeting of Christians, Arabo said that around 95 percent of Christians have fled, five percent have converted. Also, the ISIS have marked the death stamps on Christian homes, so whoever returns will get killed.

"Christian holocaust is in our midst," he said. "This should never be happening in 2014." 

 

 

 

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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179424/
<![CDATA[ The World and the Church Move to Stop the Genocide, the End of the Old Neighborhood Parish, Mary's Prayer Discount Nipped in the Bud ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179364.php
The World and the Church Move to Stop the Genocide, the End of the Old Neighborhood Parish, Prayer Discount Nipped in the Bud



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Newsmax reports that the White House is considering air strikes to protect Christians and other minorities being murdered or robbed of their homes and herded off into the Iraqi desert by Sunni ISIS militants.

The Times reported that the UN was also considering making air drops of food and water to the Christian minorities who are dying of heat and thirst on Mount Sinjar, where as many of 40,000 are said to be living, while ISIS fighters sit at the base of the mountain.

Newmax’ Drew MacKenzie continues,

Violent ISIS fighters overran Qaraqoush, the country’s biggest Christian village with 50,000 residents, and several other hamlets in the northeastern province of Ninevah near the semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Amid reports that dozens of people had been massacred in one village, an estimated 100,000 people abandoned their homes on foot with just the clothes on the back, some in pajamas and some even without shoes, according to CNS.

The Catholic Church has mobilized on the ground and in Rome to do what they can:

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the former nuncio to Iraq and current prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, told the told Fides, the congregation’s news agency, that ISIS extremists are “chasing out thousands of Christians,” according to CNS. “We are facing a serious humanitarian situation,” the cardinal said. “These people have been left to their own devices with a closed border in front of them and they don’t know where to go. The Christians had to abandon everything, even their shoes, and barefoot they were forced toward Iraqi Kurdistan.”

Chaldean Sister Luigina, a member of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, told Fides that ISIS fighters had “arrived in force last night and, using loudspeakers, ordered the people to abandon their homes. The people were forced to flee in their pajamas.”

 

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In the small township of New Waterford, Nova Scotia six Catholic parishes have consolidated into one.

"The process is extremely difficult, as you might expect," said Antigonish Bishop Brian Dunn. "It is extremely difficult because people are connected to their own buildings and their parishes."

At least two of the town's five other parishes have closed. St. Joseph's and St. Alphonsus, affectionately referred to as the Stone Church by locals, are slotted for demolition. 

Donald McGillivary, Director of Pastoral Planning for the diocese, says parishioners have been fighting to save their local churches:

"It is like a perfect storm," added McGillivary. "We have less clergy to do the work, we have less of an ability to finance the infrastructure that we have, so that is what we have to deal with and that is what we are responding to. What we are trying to do is to keep or develop or maintain viable parish communities where there are enough resources to be able to do what a parish needs to do." 

 

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The now well-known Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston Salem has quickly been forced to end the discount the owners were happy to provide to customers who said their prayers before meals. That is of course, a flagrant violation of the rights of non-prayers and the owners were so instructed by some entities from out of town, who then threatened them with a lawsuit.

Mary’s was compelled to place a handwritten note encouraging patrons to ‘protect your freedom from religion on a public space,’ as well as make an apology for "any offense this discount has incurred."

Mary’s Manager says that nevertheless, “We have things to be thankful for and we like to give thanks regardless of a discount or not."

 

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Aleteia news is reporting:

“The ISIS militants attacked with mortars most of the villags of the plain of Nineveh, during the night of 6th-7th of August and now they are controlling the area,” Patriarch Sako said, writing from Baghdad today in a letter emailed to Aleteia partner Aid to the Church in Need.

The Associated Press, quoting "several priests in northern Iraq," reported that militants from the Islamic State group overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, sending tens of thousands of civilians and Kurdish fighters fleeing from the area. The capture of Qaraqoush, Iraq's biggest Christian village, and at least four other nearby hamlets, brings the Islamic State to the very edge of the Iraqi Kurdish territory and its regional capital, Irbil.

"All Christian villages are now empty," said Kirkuk Bishop Joseph Tomas.  Patriarch Sako concluded his letter, 

“We appeal with sadness and pain to the conscience of all and all people of good will and the United Nations and the European Union, to save these innocent persons from death. We hope it is not too late.”

 

********************************************************************

The AP reports:

The pope's second appeal in as many weeks came Thursday as Iraqi militants from the Islamic State group overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, sending tens of thousands of civilians and Kurdish fighters fleeing.

In a statement, Francis appealed to the international community to "put an end to the humanitarian drama underway, adopt measures to protect those who are threatened by violence and assure them necessary aid, especially urgent for those who are homeless and depend on the solidarity of others."

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National Catholic Register’s Joan Frawley Desmond writes:

Before the close of the weekend, an estimated 200,000 Yazidis had left their homes in Sinjar for the mountains with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and a smaller group of Christians were also on the move, victims of the militants’ policy of religious cleansing.

The Washington Post has since reported that tens of thousands of Yazidis are stranded on top of Mount Sinjar, and a Yazidi member of the Iraqi parliament alerted followers on Twitter that the harsh conditions resulted in the deaths of 70 children.

Catholic Leadership in the region is frustrated with the silence from the White House in the face of this genocide:

“We are facing real genocide, but all the world has been silent, especially what we call the ‘First World,’” said Syriac Catholic Bishop Barnaba Yousif Habash, based in New Jersey, who has written President Barack Obama and visited both the State Department and Capitol Hill, pleading for U.S. action. 

Now, Bishop Habash said during an Aug. 5 interview with the Register, “I don’t trust anyone in the American administration. I don’t have any expectations that they will help.”

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“We’re attempting to put into place the best available set of management practices”, said the man put in charge of a complete overhaul of Vatican finance, Australian Cardinal George Pell. We don’t want to have a system that’s ‘sloppy or inefficient.’

“What might be some of those things? Regular audits: Before the end of the year we hope to appoint an auditor who’ll be completely independent here and to whom anybody can have recourse. We’re clarifying even further what I believe they call the ‘four eyes’ principle, so that any significant piece of business cannot be conducted only by one person.

********************************************************************

England’s Fr. Ray Blake has responded to the not-so-veiled warning Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin sent from Australia to young faithful priests who express concern over the Pope’s new direction and the “Francis Effect.”

There is always a dark-side to the The Tablet, so maybe this report about Archbishop Martin of Dublin criticising one of his very few younger priests should be taken with a small pinch of salt but His Grace does have form of being critical and unsympathetic towards his younger priests. That of course could explain why he has so few of them, and possibly why his diocese is so unattractive to young men who might have a vocation. It is obviously indicative of a poor management style and could well be a reason why the few young priests he does have might well be considering looking for bishops elsewhere in the world.

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179364/
<![CDATA[ ISIS Moving Quickly, Church Calling for Action, Card. Pell’s Four Eyes Program, Fr. Blake Stands for Young Priests ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179313.php
ISIS moving quickly, Church calling for action, Card. Pell... ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179313/ <![CDATA[ ISIS Moving Quickly, Church Calling for Action, The Card. Pell Four Eyes Program, Fr. Blake Stands for Young Priests ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179314.php
ISIS moving quickly, Church calling for action, The Card. Pell Four Eyes Program, Fr. Blake Stands for Young Priests



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 


Aleteia news is reporting:

“The ISIS militants attacked with mortars most of the villags of the plain of Nineveh, during the night of 6th-7th of August and now they are controlling the area,” Patriarch Sako said, writing from Baghdad today in a letter emailed to Aleteia partner Aid to the Church in Need.

The Associated Press, quoting "several priests in northern Iraq," reported that militants from the Islamic State group overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, sending tens of thousands of civilians and Kurdish fighters fleeing from the area. The capture of Qaraqoush, Iraq's biggest Christian village, and at least four other nearby hamlets, brings the Islamic State to the very edge of the Iraqi Kurdish territory and its regional capital, Irbil.

"All Christian villages are now empty," said Kirkuk Bishop Joseph Tomas.  Patriarch Sako concluded his letter, 

“We appeal with sadness and pain to the conscience of all and all people of good will and the United Nations and the European Union, to save these innocent persons from death. We hope it is not too late.”

********************************************************************

The AP reports:

The pope's second appeal in as many weeks came Thursday as Iraqi militants from the Islamic State group overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, sending tens of thousands of civilians and Kurdish fighters fleeing.

In a statement, Francis appealed to the international community to "put an end to the humanitarian drama underway, adopt measures to protect those who are threatened by violence and assure them necessary aid, especially urgent for those who are homeless and depend on the solidarity of others."

********************************************************************

National Catholic Register’s Joan Frawley Desmond writes:

Before the close of the weekend, an estimated 200,000 Yazidis had left their homes in Sinjar for the mountains with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and a smaller group of Christians were also on the move, victims of the militants’ policy of religious cleansing.

The Washington Post has since reported that tens of thousands of Yazidis are stranded on top of Mount Sinjar, and a Yazidi member of the Iraqi parliament alerted followers on Twitter that the harsh conditions resulted in the deaths of 70 children.

Catholic Leadership in the region is frustrated with the silence from the White House in the face of this genocide:

“We are facing real genocide, but all the world has been silent, especially what we call the ‘First World,’” said Syriac Catholic Bishop Barnaba Yousif Habash, based in New Jersey, who has written President Barack Obama and visited both the State Department and Capitol Hill, pleading for U.S. action. 

Now, Bishop Habash said during an Aug. 5 interview with the Register, “I don’t trust anyone in the American administration. I don’t have any expectations that they will help.”

********************************************************************

“We’re attempting to put into place the best available set of management practices”, said the man put in charge of a complete overhaul of Vatican finance, Australian Cardinal George Pell. We don’t want to have a system that’s ‘sloppy or inefficient.’

“What might be some of those things? Regular audits: Before the end of the year we hope to appoint an auditor who’ll be completely independent here and to whom anybody can have recourse. We’re clarifying even further what I believe they call the ‘four eyes’ principle, so that any significant piece of business cannot be conducted only by one person.

********************************************************************

England’s Fr. Ray Blake has responded to the not-so-veiled warning Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin sent from Australia to young faithful priests who express concern over the Pope’s new direction and the “Francis Effect.”

There is always a dark-side to the The Tablet, so maybe this report about Archbishop Martin of Dublin criticising one of his very few younger priests should be taken with a small pinch of salt but His Grace does have form of being critical and unsympathetic towards his younger priests. That of course could explain why he has so few of them, and possibly why his diocese is so unattractive to young men who might have a vocation. It is obviously indicative of a poor management style and could well be a reason why the few young priests he does have might well be considering looking for bishops elsewhere in the world.

 

... ]]>
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179314/
<![CDATA[ The Rants and Raves of a Restored Sandinista Priest ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179217.php
The rants and raves of a Restored Sandinista Priest



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

Rorate Caeli reports the translated story, “The priest and former Nicaraguan foreign secretary Miguel D´Escoto Brockmann said tday [Tuesday] that Cuban leader Fidel Castro is a chosen man of God to convey the message of the Holy Spirit in Latin America.”

"The Vatican may silence everyone, then God will make the stones speak, and may the stones spread his message, but He didn't do this, He chose the greatest Latin-American of all time: Fidel Castro," the religious, 81 years old, declared today to Channel 4 in the local [Nicaraguan] television.

On the day after the Vatican announced they’d lifted the suspension applied by Pope John Paul II, Fr. added, "It is through Fidel Castro that the Holy Spirit sends us the message. This message of Jesus, of the need to struggle to establish, firmly and irreversibly, the kingdom of God on this earth, which is his alternative to the empire."

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Furious English blogger, Mundabor makes this concise statement in response to the news of rehabilitated Sandinista priest, Fr. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann:

“This is a priest in good standing, according to Pope Francis. The FFI is still persecuted, one of its founders still kept in seclusion and slandered.”

********************************************************************

For eleven years California native, suspended Fr. D’Escoto was foreign minister for Nicaragua’s socialist Ortega government where he lent his influence to communists and terrorists around the world praising the likes of Fidel Castro.

In his young pontificate, Pope Francis has begun to rehabilitate radical Latin American priests. He invited Liberation Theology founder Gustavo Guttierrez to meet with him in Rome and now has revived the priestly faculties of a priest who called Ronald Reagan a butcher.

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Today’s Vatican is worried that religious are living in ignorance of economic realities. "Gratuity, fraternity and justice" are the basic principles essential to "an evangelical economy of sharing and communion," said Prefect of Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz.

Catholic News Service is reporting that the Cardinal and Secretary published a circular letter on the use of financial resources by religious orders, telling the communities they must “adopt modern budgeting and bookkeeping practices and ensure their expenditures are for ministries in line with their founding purpose and the good of the whole church.” They recommend getting professional outside audits of their books.

The letter also explains, “Because the most pressing needs of the Church and society may change over time, every order must "define which works and activities to pursue, which to eliminate or modify" and what new areas of ministry they should try to develop.”

Delegating and disseminating financial information will help to "verify the real degree of personal and communal poverty” in the order, the letter says. The Cardinal then warns against 'capitalism' telling religious orders around the world that, "We live in a culture that considers capitalism to be the law that governs the use of money," he said. "For religious, it should not be this way. It is the Gospel that must prevail."

********************************************************************

Iraqi Patriarch Sako has asked Pope Francis to encourage world powers to stop providing economic aid and military partnerships to Islamists. The Iraqi Christians, after years of American involvement, are left completely without powerful support.

Asia News reports, “These "powers", which Mar Sako does not mention directly, should " vigorously exercise their pressure" on those who provide "economic support" and entertain "military ties" with the Islamists. The objective is to "cut the roots of violence and radicalisation."

“His Beatitude notes that Iraqi Christians have a "vital need for emergency humanitarian aid" as well as "real, effective and permanent protection.”

********************************************************************

"He will be beheaded because he is Kaffir, non-Muslim, sided [with] the government and was not praying at all. Everyone like him will have the same end, beheading." Those are the words of a Syrian Islamist who sawed off the head of a man after forcing him to “deny his faith and salute Mohammed as "the messenger of God." The Christian Post reports, “The incident was caught on video for the world to see and broadcast as a warning to "everyone like him."

********************************************************************

 The Catholic dissident Rainbow Sash Movement is announcing, “Attempts to work with the Catholic Bishops where we can should be attempted, as long as they do not single out LGBT families for condemnation when it concerns immigration policy.” The group is urging common cause in condemning Republicans for their ‘fear-mongering directed at innocent children.’

The Rainbow Sash wire reads, “This is a pro life issue. Since Pope Francis has become Pope he is making the social gospel equivalent to poverty relief, conflict resolution, human trafficking, and the environment, as well as immigrant rights.”

... ]]>
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179217/
<![CDATA[ When Pre-K is Just Cultural, Full Swing Genocide, and The Rants and Raves of a Rehabilitated Sandinista Priest ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179249.php
When Pre-K is Just Cultural, Full Swing Genocide, and The Rants and Raves of a Rehabilitated Sandinista Priest



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

 

The new era of government funding without any conscience protections or religious rights in America is in full swing. The New York Times is reporting that New York City is offering funding for Pre-K programs to religious institutions like the Catholic Church to relieve ‘inadequate capacity,’ but the 10,000 per child windfall has a small stipulation:

The concerns crystallized in a one-page document the city issued in May to religious schools weighing whether to host full-day prekindergarten classes. Rather than state simply, as other municipalities have, that all religious instruction is prohibited, the city’s guidelines say that religious texts may be taught if they are “presented objectively as part of a secular program of instruction.” Learning about one’s culture is permitted, city officials say, but religious instruction is not.

“Can you conduct a mock Passover Seder?” said Jeff Leb, of the Orthodox Union, a national Jewish organization. “Can you discuss the symbolism of the menorah for Hanukkah? Can you have a sukkah at the back of the school? Are these things cultural or religious?”

Mayor De Blasio’s New York will have the answers to questions like these. All you have to do is ask and then comply.

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ISIS is moving into Kurdish areas and forcing people into barren desert and mountains to die.

Some 40,000 Iraqi refugees face starvation after being forced into hiding on a barren mountain top by a circling band of bloodthirsty jihadists.

They must now decide whether to descend and risk being slaughtered or hope their attackers are defeated before they die of thirst or hunger, officials said.

They were driven from the town of Sinjar by ISIS over the weekend and have already been forced to bury at least 20 children who succumbed to the harsh conditions on Mount Sinjar.

Familes ask, Where are the officials?

Marzio Babille, the Iraq representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said: ‘There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads.

‘There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by the Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.’

 

********************************************************

Rorate Caeli reports the translated story, “The priest and former Nicaraguan foreign secretary Miguel D´Escoto Brockmann said tday [Tuesday] that Cuban leader Fidel Castro is a chosen man of God to convey the message of the Holy Spirit in Latin America.”

"The Vatican may silence everyone, then God will make the stones speak, and may the stones spread his message, but He didn't do this, He chose the greatest Latin-American of all time: Fidel Castro," the religious, 81 years old, declared today to Channel 4 in the local [Nicaraguan] television.

On the day after the Vatican announced they’d lifted the suspension applied by Pope John Paul II, Fr. added, "It is through Fidel Castro that the Holy Spirit sends us the message. This message of Jesus, of the need to struggle to establish, firmly and irreversibly, the kingdom of God on this earth, which is his alternative to the empire."

 

********************************************************************

Furious English blogger, Mundabor makes this concise statement in response to the news of rehabilitated Sandinista priest, Fr. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann:

“This is a priest in good standing, according to Pope Francis. The FFI is still persecuted, one of its founders still kept in seclusion and slandered.”

 

********************************************************************

 

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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179249/
<![CDATA[ Rainbow Sash Partners with Bishops, The Lone Honduran Prelate, Priestly Saintly Sandinistas, My Named Person, A Busload of Diplomacy ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179109.php
Rainbow Sash Partners with Bishops, The Lone Honduran Prelate, Priestly Saintly Sandinistas, My Named Person, A Busload of Diplomacy



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The Catholic dissident Rainbow Sash Movement is announcing, “Attempts to work with the Catholic Bishops where we can should be attempted, as long as they do not single out LGBT families for condemnation when it concerns immigration policy.” The group is urging common cause in condemning Republicans for their ‘fear-mongering directed at innocent children.’

The Rainbow Sash wire reads, “This is a pro life issue. Since Pope Francis has become Pope he is making the social gospel equivalent to poverty relief, conflict resolution, human trafficking, and the environment, as well as immigrant rights.”

********************************************************************

Bishop Romulo Emiliani Sanchez of ‘failed state’ Honduras is a lone voice from the much-derided part of the world. He said, “It is unfortunate that the illusion and mirage that the U.S. is the best place for all of the children from Honduras, when it is a false and empty promise to say that arriving there they will have free education, health care, food, and clothing,” he said. Blaming organized crime for creating this false illusion he added, “They have tricked thousands of parents.”

“It is undignified and sad that in this country we cannot provide our children with the basic needs of education and food; it is a duty of the state and of all of us to care for the children of Honduras.”

********************************************************************

Reinstated Sandinista priest, Fr. Miguel D’Escoto was originally suspended in 1985 as part of “John Paul II's broader crackdown on liberation theology in Latin America. “ Miami Herald’s Nicole Winfield writes, “Francis, who was a young Jesuit provincial in Argentina at the time, shared John Paul's opposition to the perceived Marxist excesses of liberation theology. But as pope, he has also called for a ‘more merciful church’ and has indicated that another symbol of liberation theology, slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, will soon be beatified.”

********************************************************************

Scotland has passed and is starting to implement the notorious ‘named person’ law where a named government official will be assigned to each child in the country until he or she is 18 years old. Blogger Lydia McGrew calls this a, “massive invasion of privacy in which an outside person is assigned, without parents' consent, to monitor their child and make on-going recommendations for the child's "well-being." There is not the slightest doubt that parents who refuse to take the advice of these state social workers will face probable repercussions.”

********************************************************************

Mark Tooley draws attention to Nuns-on-the-Bus group, NETWORK, who citing Pope Francis, are urging strong diplomacy from the Obama White House in the case of Iraq and ISIS. Tooley says Sr. Campbell’s NETWORK, “doesn’t describe how “diplomacy” will affect the ISIS reign of terror, which has included demands that Christians convert, pay special taxes as non-Muslim legal inferiors, or die. There are also reports of crucifixions, beheadings, torture and mandatory female genital mutilation, among other horrors, under the new Islamist rule over northern Iraq.”

He continues, “There’s really no solution to the ISIS invasion in Iraq that is not military. But Network, which is essentially pacifist, like most of the Religious Left, is loathe to admit the necessity of force. Instead it prefers cheap talk about “diplomacy.” No doubt fleeing Christians in Iraq are grateful.”

 

 

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179109/
<![CDATA[ The Priest Who Got The Lenin Prize, The Auditors And The Orders, Abp. Sako Writes The Pope, And Do Not Deny The Lord. ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179152.php
The Priest Who Got The Lenin Prize, The Auditors And The Orders, Abp. Sako Writes The Pope, And Do Not Deny The Lord.



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Fr. Miguel D’Escoto received the Lenin Peace Prize in 1985.  At the same time he was stripped of his priestly faculties for holding political office.  Austin Ruse reports that, “Quite famously, upon his arrival in Managua in 1982, Pope John Paul II wagged his disapproving finger in the face of d’Escoto’s fellow priest and Cabinet Minister Ernesto Cardinal, who was also suspended from priestly faculties. John Paul II said to him on the airport tarmac, “You must straighten out your position with the Church.”

For eleven years California native, suspended Fr. D’Escoto was foreign minister for Nicaragua’s socialist Ortega government where he lent his influence to communists and terrorists around the world praising the likes of Fidel Castro.

In his young pontificate, Pope Francis has begun to rehabilitate radical Latin American priests. He invited Liberation Theology founder Gustavo Guttierrez to meet with him in Rome and now has revived the priestly faculties of a priest who called Ronald Reagan a butcher.


********************************************************************

Today’s Vatican is worried that religious are living in ignorance of economic realities. "Gratuity, fraternity and justice" are the basic principles essential to "an evangelical economy of sharing and communion," said Prefect of Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz.

Catholic News Service is reporting that the Cardinal and Secretary published a circular letter on the use of financial resources by religious orders, telling the communities they must “adopt modern budgeting and bookkeeping practices and ensure their expenditures are for ministries in line with their founding purpose and the good of the whole church.” They recommend getting professional outside audits of their books.

The letter also explains, “Because the most pressing needs of the Church and society may change over time, every order must "define which works and activities to pursue, which to eliminate or modify" and what new areas of ministry they should try to develop.”

Delegating and disseminating financial information will help to "verify the real degree of personal and communal poverty” in the order, the letter says. The Cardinal then warns against 'capitalism' telling religious orders around the world that, "We live in a culture that considers capitalism to be the law that governs the use of money," he said. "For religious, it should not be this way. It is the Gospel that must prevail."

********************************************************************

Iraqi Patriarch Sako has asked Pope Francis to encourage world powers to stop providing economic aid and military partnerships to Islamists. The Iraqi Christians, after years of American involvement, are left completely without powerful support.

Asia News reports, “These "powers", which Mar Sako does not mention directly, should " vigorously exercise their pressure" on those who provide "economic support" and entertain "military ties" with the Islamists. The objective is to "cut the roots of violence and radicalisation."

“His Beatitude notes that Iraqi Christians have a "vital need for emergency humanitarian aid" as well as "real, effective and permanent protection.”

********************************************************************

"He will be beheaded because he is Kaffir, non-Muslim, sided [with] the government and was not praying at all. Everyone like him will have the same end, beheading." Those are the words of a Syrian Islamist who sawed off the head of a man after forcing him to “deny his faith and salute Mohammed as "the messenger of God." The Christian Post reports, “The incident was caught on video for the world to see and broadcast as a warning to "everyone like him."

********************************************************************

 The Catholic dissident Rainbow Sash Movement is announcing, “Attempts to work with the Catholic Bishops where we can should be attempted, as long as they do not single out LGBT families for condemnation when it concerns immigration policy.” The group is urging common cause in condemning Republicans for their ‘fear-mongering directed at innocent children.’

The Rainbow Sash wire reads, “This is a pro life issue. Since Pope Francis has become Pope he is making the social gospel equivalent to poverty relief, conflict resolution, human trafficking, and the environment, as well as immigrant rights.”

********************************************************************

Bishop Romulo Emiliani Sanchez of ‘failed state’ Honduras is a lone voice from the much-derided part of the world. He said, “It is unfortunate that the illusion and mirage that the U.S. is the best place for all of the children from Honduras, when it is a false and empty promise to say that arriving there they will have free education, health care, food, and clothing,” he said. Blaming organized crime for creating this false illusion he added, “They have tricked thousands of parents.”

“It is undignified and sad that in this country we cannot provide our children with the basic needs of education and food; it is a duty of the state and of all of us to care for the children of Honduras.”

********************************************************************

Reinstated Sandinista priest, Fr. Miguel D’Escoto was originally suspended in 1985 as part of “John Paul II's broader crackdown on liberation theology in Latin America. “ Miami Herald’s Nicole Winfield writes, “Francis, who was a young Jesuit provincial in Argentina at the time, shared John Paul's opposition to the perceived Marxist excesses of liberation theology. But as pope, he has also called for a ‘more merciful church’ and has indicated that another symbol of liberation theology, slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, will soon be beatified.”

********************************************************************

Scotland has passed and is starting to implement the notorious ‘named person’ law where a named government official will be assigned to each child in the country until he or she is 18 years old. Blogger Lydia McGrew calls this a, “massive invasion of privacy in which an outside person is assigned, without parents' consent, to monitor their child and make on-going recommendations for the child's "well-being." There is not the slightest doubt that parents who refuse to take the advice of these state social workers will face probable repercussions.”

********************************************************************

Mark Tooley draws attention to Nuns-on-the-Bus group, NETWORK, who citing Pope Francis, are urging strong diplomacy from the Obama White House in the case of Iraq and ISIS. Tooley says Sr. Campbell’s NETWORK, “doesn’t describe how “diplomacy” will affect the ISIS reign of terror, which has included demands that Christians convert, pay special taxes as non-Muslim legal inferiors, or die. There are also reports of crucifixions, beheadings, torture and mandatory female genital mutilation, among other horrors, under the new Islamist rule over northern Iraq.”

He continues, “There’s really no solution to the ISIS invasion in Iraq that is not military. But Network, which is essentially pacifist, like most of the Religious Left, is loathe to admit the necessity of force. Instead it prefers cheap talk about “diplomacy.” No doubt fleeing Christians in Iraq are grateful.”

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179152/
<![CDATA[ On Bishop Mansions, A Reinstated Marxist Priest and His Commemorated Brothers, Ten Years of Iraqi Christian Devastation, and the 99-Church IRS Watch List ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179015.php
On Bishop Mansions, A Reinstated Marxist Priest and His Commemorated Brothers, Ten Years of Iraqi Christian Devastation, and the 99-Church IRS Watch List



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

CNN makes a comparison between the stark picture of Pope Francis’s living quarters and the mansions where many American bishops reside. The expose leads with Cardinal Dolan’s 15,000 square foot building on NY’s Madison Avenue, and Cardinal George’s Mansion in Chicago. It also shows an apparent aerial view of Miami Archbishop Wenski’s sprawling mansion on Biscayne Bay with what looks like a yacht moored at the dock.

"There's no reason a bishop has to live like a prince or medieval monarch, even if he inherited the place from his predecessor," said the Rev. Steven Avella, a Catholic priest and professor of religious history at Marquette University. "They should convert the mansions to museums and move into rectories."

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Cliff Kincaid is reporting that, “An advocate of Marxist-oriented “liberation theology” and recipient of a Lenin Peace Prize has returned to his duties as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, after a 29-year suspension” by anti-Communist Pope John Paul II. “Fr. Miguel D’Escoto had joined the communist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua as foreign minister, after which the Soviets recognized his service by giving him the International Lenin Peace Prize.”

Kincaid warns, “His reinstatement is another sign of the leftward drift of the papacy of Pope Francis, a worldwide media favorite, who recently said, 'I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag,' because the Marxists claim to be concerned about the poor.” In January 2009, Al Jazeera noted Fr. D’Escoto said Israel was guilty of “genocide” against Palestinians.

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Kerknet reports that, “A U.S. delegation commemorated this week in the garden of the University of Central America six Jesuits, who were murdered by a death squad on November 16, 1989. The liberation theologian Jon Sobrino, for whom the attack was primarily intended, coincidentally stayed abroad while six of his fellow brothers were executed.”

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AINA news is reporting that, “Since 2004 118 Christian churches have been victims of attacks and bombings in Iraq, 45 in Baghdad, 64 in Mosul, Kirkuk and 1 in 8 in Ramadi. For fear of being killed, in fact, circus 50 thousand Christians have fled from the countryside near Mosul. Between houses, livestock, agricultural machinery, seeds and cars, the Islamic state has stolen all the goods for eight million dollars.” Islamists have since moved on from Mosul and are moving into Kurdish villages where Christian populations have fled.

*****************************************************

NRO’s Quin Hillyer is reporting that the IRS has signed, “a secret pact with atheists…According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal electioneering activities."

In a 2012 letter to the IRS, the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation "complained that Bishop Robert Morlino of the Madison, Wis., diocese, had dared send out an election-season letter stressing the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion and homosexual marriage. The letter said that “no Catholic, in good conscience,” may vote for candidates, who are 'pro-choice,' who support same-sex marriage, or 'who would promote laws that would infringe upon our religious liberties and freedom of conscience.”

 

 

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179015/
<![CDATA[ Irish Church Puts Faithful Young Priests on Notice, TIME for a Pope Francis Shift in the Catholic Vote, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is Honest Again ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_179059.php
Irish Church Puts Faithful Young Priests on Notice, TIME for Pope Francis Shift in the Catholic Vote, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is Honest Again



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The UK Tablet reports that, “Pope Francis’ ‘courage’ is causing disquiet among those with “a very conformist and closed Catholicism.”  Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told a story of a young priest who was not at all happy with things he’d heard Pope Francis say which were, “not in line with what he had learned in the seminary.”

In response the archbishop warned against young priests who were ‘closed in’ within their own ideas and “so locked into a past model of priesthood.”  You can see this in “the way that they dress up, the way they celebrate Mass, and in their views.”

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TIME is anticipating that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia and perhaps speak at the United Nations next year. After a quick history of the Republican-voting religious right, John Gehring outlines his hopes for a sea change in religious voting in the new world of Francis. He calls attention to the Pope’s words on poverty, the economy, immigration, and other so-called ‘social justice’ policies, but sees still more work to do changing the perspectives of the U.S. Bishops. He expects that the Pope will use the World Meeting of Families next year to move “past the usual culture war flash points," remind that, "serving human dignity and the common good means putting real meat on the bones of our values.”

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Author, activist, and victim of Islamic abuse and persecution, Ayaan Hirsi Ali says “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his resolve during Israel’s latest conflict with the terrorist group Hamas. I really admire Benjamin Netanyahu,” Ali told the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom. “[H]e is under so much pressure, from so many sources, and yet he does what is best for the people of Israel, he does his duty,” she continued.

“I really think he should get the Nobel Peace Prize. In a fair world he would get it.” Ali said that it is pointless to negotiate with people who don’t believe your nation has a right to exist. “That is a basic demand,” she said, but the world derided him for it.

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CNN makes a comparison between the stark picture of Pope Francis’s living quarters and the mansions where many American bishops reside. The expose leads with Cardinal Dolan’s 15,000 square foot building on NY’s Madison Avenue, and Cardinal George’s Mansion in Chicago. It also shows an apparent aerial view of Miami Archbishop Wenski’s sprawling mansion on Biscayne Bay with what looks like a yacht moored at the dock.

"There's no reason a bishop has to live like a prince or medieval monarch, even if he inherited the place from his predecessor," said the Rev. Steven Avella, a Catholic priest and professor of religious history at Marquette University. "They should convert the mansions to museums and move into rectories."

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Cliff Kincaid is reporting that, “An advocate of Marxist-oriented “liberation theology” and recipient of a Lenin Peace Prize has returned to his duties as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, after a 29-year suspension” by anti-Communist Pope John Paul II. “Fr. Miguel D’Escoto had joined the communist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua as foreign minister, after which the Soviets recognized his service by giving him the International Lenin Peace Prize.”

Kincaid warns, “His reinstatement is another sign of the leftward drift of the papacy of Pope Francis, a worldwide media favorite, who recently said, 'I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag,' because the Marxists claim to be concerned about the poor.” In January 2009, Al Jazeera noted Fr. D’Escoto said Israel was guilty of “genocide” against Palestinians.

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Kerknet reports that, “A U.S. delegation commemorated this week in the garden of the University of Central America six Jesuits, who were murdered by a death squad on November 16, 1989. The liberation theologian Jon Sobrino, for whom the attack was primarily intended, coincidentally stayed abroad while six of his fellow brothers were executed.”

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AINA news is reporting that, “Since 2004 118 Christian churches have been victims of attacks and bombings in Iraq, 45 in Baghdad, 64 in Mosul, Kirkuk and 1 in 8 in Ramadi. For fear of being killed, in fact, circus 50 thousand Christians have fled from the countryside near Mosul. Between houses, livestock, agricultural machinery, seeds and cars, the Islamic state has stolen all the goods for eight million dollars.” Islamists have since moved on from Mosul and are moving into Kurdish villages where Christian populations have fled.

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NRO’s Quin Hillyer is reporting that the IRS has signed, “a secret pact with atheists…According to a June 27 IRS letter to the Justice Department, 99 churches merit “high priority examination” for allegedly illegal electioneering activities."

In a 2012 letter to the IRS, the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation "complained that Bishop Robert Morlino of the Madison, Wis., diocese, had dared send out an election-season letter stressing the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion and homosexual marriage. The letter said that “no Catholic, in good conscience,” may vote for candidates, who are 'pro-choice,' who support same-sex marriage, or 'who would promote laws that would infringe upon our religious liberties and freedom of conscience.”

 

 

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/179059/
<![CDATA[ Father's Sweet Irony, Voris Dissuades, The Evangelico Vote, The Restored Sandinista, and The Bishops Who Rise Above ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178910.php
Fr. Longenecker Gloats, Voris Dissuades, The Evangelico Vote, The Restored Sandinista, The Bishops Who Rise Above



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

In attempt to even further politicize the Faith and throw sand in the eyes of Catholics who watch the hierarchy ‘instrumentalizing’ the Church today, Fr. Dwight Longenecker delivered another ‘light-hearted’ piece wherein he gloats about those conservative Catholics who appreciated Pope Benedict and spoke out against Cafeteria Catholics back in the day. How ironically funny that now those same people have become cafeteria catholic themselves in the new Church era of Francis! If only they would be more enlightened than ideological, seeing the deeper ‘apolitical’ truths, and looking beyond those timeless teachings of Christ, the popes, the saints, and the apostles.

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In a follow-up to his controversial warning that it’s destructive and sinful to criticize a Pope, Michael Voris made the case that it doesn’t even help anyway. The Pope will not be moved by your protests or concerns, and even if he did the bishops wouldn’t pay attention to him. If Pope Benedict couldn’t get the bishops to follow his Summorum Pontificum and free the ancient Mass, why would they listen to Pope Francis now if for some reason he decided to listen to you? There’s a much better chance for you to pressure the bishops for change in your own dioceses acting locally, and that way you won’t jeopardize the souls of those struggling on-the-fence Catholics.

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Looking for re-election support for her leftist policy, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff traveled to the Evangelical replica of Solomon’s temple, which holds 10,000 mostly once-Catholic souls. “Billionaire bishop” Edir Macedo's compound spans two city blocks and cost 680 million reais ($300 million) to erect. Bloomberg News says, “Macedo, who defended Rousseff in her 2010 campaign against critics alleging she supported abortion, has become an ally in her efforts to win over almost a quarter of Brazilians who describe their faith as "evangelico."

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The Vatican has lifted the 29 year old suspension against MaryKnoll priest, Father Miguel F. d'Escoto Brockmann, who once joined the Sandinista rebels in Nicaragua. Christian News Wire reports that, "For his political actions, involvement in the Sandinista government and failing to resign from a political office (Nicaragua foreign minister) held in violation of his ministry, Father d'Escoto was suspended from his priestly duties by the Vatican."

From henceforth the Father is “absolved from the canonical censure inflicted upon him, and entrusted to the Superior General of the Institute.”

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Michael Sean Winters says the bishops are concerned about more than sexual issues.  They also care about illegal aliens and the thousands of children just ‘showing up’ on the border. Accusing D.C. politicians of maximizing “the political benefits of partisan posturing,” Winters says the bishops rise above as ‘models of compassion and competence.’ “While Republicans blame Obama for the flood of children at the border, the bishops see ‘multiple interrelated factors.’ For one, American free trade agreements have abandoned Central American farmers to the “Darwinian forces of the market.” This demonstrates the “ugly side of globalization so criticized by Pope Francis.”

Winters closes by saying, “Why are we surprised that people without other options risk everything to reach our borders when we would do the same? In fact, our Irish, Italian and other European ancestors did exactly that when they came to America and were met by nativist prejudice?”

 

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Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178910/
<![CDATA[ Uprooting New Shoots in Paraguay, The Rude Diss, The St. Louis Proposal, and The Fault of Default. ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178830.php
Uprooting New Shoots in Paraguay, The Rude Diss, The St. Louis Proposal, and The Fault of Default.



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

The clergy of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este have made a powerful defense of their suspended Bishop, Rogelio Livieres, and popular yet removed Vicar General ,Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity, who, despite being released by a review board in the U.S., was recommended to del Este by none other than Cardinal Ratzinger. As the facts and accusations continue to play out, it appears we may have an ideological persecution on our hands. After years of successfully rebuffing attacks from the liberal majority bishops in the region and building a faithful enclave with the backing of Rome, the ecclesial adversaries will finally have their day.

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Sandro Magister has a blockbuster expose out that reveals the extensive outreach and collaboration going on between the Pope and powerful Evangelicals in the U.S. and worldwide. It describes the actual time they’ve spent working together and contrasts this with the Pope's relative shut-out for certain cardinals, faithful nuns, bishops, townspeople, and key leaders at the Vatican Bank. Once again, Magister notes the democratic ‘synodal’ rhetoric and compares that to the autocratic rule, the rude excuse, and cruel snub.

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The SSPX outlet DICI has a lengthy discussion of the Pope’s “not feeling well” last-minute excuses and how frequently they are used. They also list the comments of health experts who are familiar with the Pope or some of his physical ailments, but as they discuss Antonio Mastino’s, “The Soap Opera of the Pope’s Health," they reveal a pattern.

“Time again, Cardinal Angelo Scola, his direct rival at the conclave, is the one who suffers the consequences of Bergoglio’s ‘mild indispositions’.  Twice already last year, after he had obtained an audience with Francis, ‘at the last minute’ he had someone tell him that he had ‘a mild indisposition’.  An indisposition that some people by now think concerns Scola.”

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The St. Louis Archdiocese has announced that, “Catholic Charities agencies have joined with a coalition of St. Louis City and County agencies and nonprofits to offer assistance to unaccompanied 'refugee' children who have been apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.” They note the DHS Office of Refugee Resettlement is accepting proposals for as many as 60 resettlement centers across the country to provide temporary shelter and care. The archdiocese says, “Three residential care facilities are expected to collaborate in the project: Marygrove, a Catholic Charities federated agency in north St. Louis County; St. Vincent Home for Children in Normandy; and Great Circle, formerly Edgewood, in Webster Groves.”

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Argentina has defaulted on its national debt for the second time in twelve years. Although its clear the government has borrowed and spent far beyond their ability to pay, the country’s bishops have put the blame on ‘financial speculators,’ and hope the results of their greed don’t end up hurting the ‘people’ through unemployment.

 

 

 

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178830/
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Hummes Hesitates, When Everything is Trafficking, the Evil West Side Condo, the Register is Green ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178714.php
Cardinal Hummes Hesitates, When Everything is Trafficking, the Evil West Side Condo, the Catholic Register is Green



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Rorate Caeli is reporting that Cardinal Hummes of Brazil, “the Pope's greatest friend in the College of Cardinals, the Franciscan who inspired the papal name "Francis", the man who was right by the Pope's side in the loggia in the memorable evening of his election;" has given a recent interview where he was asked whether Our Lord would approve of gay 'marriage'.  The Cardinal referred the whole issue to the deliberatory, listening body of the Church. “It is the Church that must indicate the ways, and there must be a way for all, He said.

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The U.S. ambassador-at-large for trafficking in persons, Luis CdeBaca attended the Vatican conference marking the “World Day Against Trafficking,” and said that attitudes and cultural assumptions must change if the problem were to ever be solved. He pointed to causes inherent in our economic system. It wasn’t enough to protect or rescue victims, but we must also change, “underlying economic assumptions that treat people as commodities.”

CdeBaca said trafficking can be tied to almost anything, yet remain hidden since, “Governments will always try to reclassify things, so they are not defined as human trafficking, to protect their fishing industry, to protect their palm oil industry, to protect their charcoal industry, to protect their ability to bring in nannies or people to come and build their stadiums for upcoming sporting events.”

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U.S. Catholic’s Kira Dault is calling out developers of a new mixed-use condo on New York’s Upper West Side, where affordable housing and larger riverfront units are both included in the same building.  There is an entrance on the street side and one on the nicer river side.  Dault sees a class distinction being made here which she thinks the developers are trying to hide.  The building is designed to shield and segregate the “upper crust,” she says. “When Pope Francis talks about the culture of encounter, this is exactly the sort of thing that he can point to and say "See? Don't do THAT!"

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Omar Gutierrez at the National Catholic Register teaches on Climate Change and what Catholic Social Teaching has to say about it. He draws from the “Compendium of Social Doctrine of the Church,” noting that the U.S. Bishops encourage Catholics to see environmental stewardship as a moral issue. He accuses the Western World of emphasizing “having and doing instead of being,” and lists ways as a culture we have failed. Gutierrez refers to our ‘human ecology’ and how, while not ‘divinizing’ nature, it’s true that God created our bond with nature and no one should artificially break it.

After pointing to extremes at both ends of the topic, and referring to recent popes, Gutierrez concludes that even though there may not be an impending risk from climate change, at minimum we should be more proactive about recycling, reusing and reducing energy use in order to be responsible and prudent, and reject the “culture of consumption that permeates the West.”  Is this Catholic Faith?

 

 

 

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178714/
<![CDATA[ Millions of Climate Refugees, No Balance From the Bishops, An Opportunity in Gaza, in Run-Up to the War, And the Crime of Playing ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178765.php
Millions of Climate Refugees, No Balance From the Bishops, An Opportunity in Gaza, in Run-Up to the War, And the Crime of Playing



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

On a three day trip to Mexico, California Governor Jerry Brown spoke at length about the link between climate change and illegal immigration. NRO Reports, “We can see how some are fearful of children walking across the border,” Brown said at the signing of a voluntary climate-change agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. “What will they think when millions of people are driven north from the parched landscapes of a world degraded by intensifying climate change?”

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Phil Lawler offers a concise example of the balance necessary to preserve a nation state and at the same time show charity toward aliens. He wishes that at least a few American bishops would make small reference to the rule of law in the flood of rhetoric and illegal aliens we see today.

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Curial ‘Gang of Nine’ chief and head of Caritas International, Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, weighed in today on the Gaza War. “The battlefield is neighbourhoods full of children, women and men. It contains hospitals over-burdened with the injured and dead and schools which are being bombed even if they are meant to offer refuge,” the Cardinal decried. “Israel and Hamas, why do you keep pointing out the speck in the eye of your brother while missing the plank in your own eye?” Cardinal Maradiaga reminded of the Pope’s words when he said, “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence!”

The cardinal included a promotion for the Church’s worldwide charity organization which he heads and demanded concessions from Israel saying, “Caritas brings material and spiritual aid to the people of Gaza in their times of need and despair. We call for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza to allow Gazans to protect their lives and livelihoods and so they can live a dignified life.”

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Russian Interfax News is reporting that “Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations has expressed concern over the current international situation, claiming that the world has found itself one step away from a global war…The current situation is increasingly reminiscent of that in the run-up to the First World War. News programs have turned into frontline news summaries.” In the Russian Newspaper, Week, the Metropolitan continued, "Various countries create and maintain, through mass media, an image of the enemy. And that is one step away from a declaration of global war."

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Prison Planet is reporting that, “Parents are now routinely arrested and children traumatized by the state.” A Florida woman's seven year old son was shadowed by two pool lifeguards who questioned him. He got scared and ran off into the park. They called the police who took him home and booked the mother on a felony charge, while scolding her about pedophiles and how she's not permitted to leave the boy alone. The writer, Kurt Nimmo says the case is not unusual.

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Rorate Caeli is reporting that Cardinal Hummes of Brazil, “the Pope's greatest friend in the College of Cardinals, the Franciscan who inspired the papal name "Francis", the man who was right by the Pope's side in the loggia in the memorable evening of his election;" has given a recent interview where he was asked whether Our Lord would approve of gay 'marriage'.  The Cardinal referred the whole issue to the deliberatory, listening body of the Church. “It is the Church that must indicate the ways, and there must be a way for all, He said.

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The U.S. ambassador-at-large for trafficking in persons, Luis CdeBaca attended the Vatican conference marking the “World Day Against Trafficking,” and said that attitudes and cultural assumptions must change if the problem were to ever be solved. He pointed to causes inherent in our economic system. It wasn’t enough to protect or rescue victims, but we must also change, “underlying economic assumptions that treat people as commodities.”

CdeBaca said trafficking can be tied to almost anything, yet remain hidden since, “Governments will always try to reclassify things, so they are not defined as human trafficking, to protect their fishing industry, to protect their palm oil industry, to protect their charcoal industry, to protect their ability to bring in nannies or people to come and build their stadiums for upcoming sporting events.”

**********************************************************************

U.S. Catholic’s Kira Dault is calling out developers of a new mixed-use condo on New York’s Upper West Side, where affordable housing and larger riverfront units are both included in the same building.  There is an entrance on the street side and one on the nicer river side.  Dault sees a class distinction being made here which she thinks the developers are trying to hide.  The building is designed to shield and segregate the “upper crust,” she says. “When Pope Francis talks about the culture of encounter, this is exactly the sort of thing that he can point to and say "See? Don't do THAT!"

**********************************************************************

Omar Gutierrez at the National Catholic Register teaches on Climate Change and what Catholic Social Teaching has to say about it. He draws from the “Compendium of Social Doctrine of the Church,” noting that the U.S. Bishops encourage Catholics to see environmental stewardship as a moral issue. He accuses the Western World of emphasizing “having and doing instead of being,” and lists ways as a culture we have failed. Gutierrez refers to our ‘human ecology’ and how, while not ‘divinizing’ nature, it’s true that God created our bond with nature and no one should artificially break it.

After pointing to extremes at both ends of the topic, and referring to recent popes, Gutierrez concludes that even though there may not be an impending risk from climate change, at minimum we should be more proactive about recycling, reusing and reducing energy use in order to be responsible and prudent, and reject the “culture of consumption that permeates the West.”  

Is this Catholic Faith?

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178765/
<![CDATA[ DHS Passing Out Bibles, Rerum Novarum for Illegals, The Wrong Side of The Isle, No Peace or Justice, And Ten Tips For Better Living ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178595.php
DHS Passing Out Bibles, Rerum Novarum for Illegals, The Wrong Side of The Isle, No Peace or Justice, And Ten Tips For Better Living



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

As reported by the Christian Post, “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has distributed over 1,200 Spanish language Bibles to illegal immigrant children and adults who are being detained by U.S. Border Patrol near Nogales, Arizona.” Groups have collaborated to donate Spanish languages bibles and some children’s edition bible books to people being processed by DHS.

USCCB marketing director, Matthew Kilmurry said Arizona Bishop Gerald Kicanus spoke to DHS who told him they’d be ‘more than willing’ to hand out the donated Bibles. Kilmurry said they have a lot of time on their hands right now and "The Bible is something tangible they can also hold onto when they're alone and scared. I think it's of tremendous value and I pray that it really does help them in their time of need."

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Catholic Journal writer Vincent Ryan Ruggiero dove into the USCCB testimony from Bishop Mark Seitz to the House Judiciary Committee regarding the undocumented alien ‘crisis,’ and came to conclusion that the moral justifications put forth in the testimony are ‘flawed’ and require critique. He said that to develop a morally ‘mature’ perspective is to “distinguish between merely quoting scriptural passages or citing ethical ideals (virtues) and analyzing issues in light of them.”  

Ruggiero said, “No thoughtful person will deny the relevance of Christ’s teachings to the plight of immigrants—specifically, His direction to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, and care for the oppressed,” but he finds it curious that, in the lengthy references, there’s no mention of Pope Leo XIII, who many see as the father of social justice. In his encyclical, Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo teaches against taking what rightfully belongs to someone in order to help the needy or oppressed.

Especially perplexing in the Bishop’s testimony is the desire to honor the ‘legal rights’ of those who violate the “laws of the country or the rights of the people in whose country the arrival occurred.” Ruggiero refers to Pope Leo’s condemnation of socialism which ignores the truth that “every man has by nature the right to possess property as his own.”

“Perhaps the most revealing characteristic of the USCCB document is that it speaks almost exclusively about the response of governments and the Catholic Church to the 'humanitarian crisis,' but says virtually nothing about the response of American citizens, taxpayers, or even Catholic parishioners.” Ruggiero believes that is, “in effect if not intent, a subtle denial that legal US residents also possess God-given dignity and rights.”

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Politico reports that a “seemingly innocuous” resolution in the House praising and thanking Pope Francis has stalled in committee.

“With time running out on the Capitol Hill calendar, the lawmakers who crafted the bipartisan measure are getting impatient with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The resolution, written by Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.), congratulates Francis on his March 2013 election and recognizes “his inspirational statements and actions.”

Politico’s Molly Hooper reveals, “Only 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. The dearth of GOP members on the measure could be attributable to assertions that the Pope is “too liberal.” Other sources say it may be due to his views on economics, or possibly civil unions, and the way he sounds “like Obama” with his rhetoric on equality.

Remaining reps are disappointed they can’t get the Speaker to move on the resolution since, “Five of the 19 Republican co-sponsors hail from Boehner’s home state of Ohio.”

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In the face of one of the worst persecutions of Christians to ever occur in the Mideast, where entire Christian communities in Northern Iraq are being driven from regions where they’ve lived since the early Church, the United States Bishops are echoing the call for President Obama to do something. But rather than recommend some form of U.S. military intervention to stop the attacks, mass-murders, stealing and forced evictions; Bishop Pates of the Justice and Peace Committee is encouraging ‘humanitarian aid’ delivered by ‘trusted non-governmental organizations.’  He said the White House should work together with other governments to ‘stop the violence,’ and quoted Pope Francis who said, “Violence is defeated with peace.”

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The liberal website, ThinkProgress has taken note of the Pope’s numerous statements on war and peace.  They’ve made a concise comparison with official Church teaching and come to the conclusion that there’s a marked difference between the Francis’ pronouncements and Catholic Just War Doctrine.

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The English Catholic blogger ‘Bones’ has scrutinized the Pope’s ten self-help tips to a life of joy, which appeared in Argetina’s Viva magazine over the weekend, and finds it astounding that unlike Jesus’ Beatitudes, there’s not one mention of God from the Vicar of Christ.

 

 

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178595/
<![CDATA[ Fascism in the Rota, Gregoire rings true, Rerum Novarum for Illegals, The Wrong Side of The Isle, No Peace or Justice, And Ten Tips For Better Living ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178656.php
Fascism in the Rota, Gregoire rings true, Rerum Novarum for Illegals, The Wrong Side of The Isle, No Peace or Justice, And Ten Tips For Better Living



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Rorate Caeli is reporting on the state-assisted persecution of those who act on behalf of the suppressed faithful order, Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. A popular writer has been sued and harassed by police for criticizing an imposed new leader of the order, Fr. Alfonso Bruno. Rorate notes, “a characteristic of totalitarian regimes is...shutting the dissenters up and handing them over to the State for rehabilitation.”

Apparently there is a Vatican plan in the works to merge the Church Tribunals of the Apostolic Signatura, the Roman Rota, and the Apostolic Penitentiary into a sort of new Ministry of Justice. This would render those bodies irrelevant and concentrate power in one executive minister, similar to the transformation being realized in Washington D.C.

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The Melkite Patriarch of Syria and Lebanon, Gregoire III has made a rare and sincere call for strong intervention on behalf of Christians in the Middle East. Dismissing the French decision to permit refugees to have a home in their country, He said, "We do not need someone to take us in, but someone who can help us to stay in our country."

Gregoire added, “The international community should support the population in the Middle East in the fight against terrorism and Islamist extremists. "That would be a real achievement, rather than to make us into refugees and to promise us sympathy and help."

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As reported by the Christian Post, “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has distributed over 1,200 Spanish language Bibles to illegal immigrant children and adults who are being detained by U.S. Border Patrol near Nogales, Arizona.” Groups have collaborated to donate Spanish languages bibles and some children’s edition bible books to people being processed by DHS.

USCCB marketing director, Matthew Kilmurry said Arizona Bishop Gerald Kicanus spoke to DHS who told him they’d be ‘more than willing’ to hand out the donated Bibles. Kilmurry said they have a lot of time on their hands right now and "The Bible is something tangible they can also hold onto when they're alone and scared. I think it's of tremendous value and I pray that it really does help them in their time of need."

**********************************************************************

Catholic Journal writer Vincent Ryan Ruggiero dove into the USCCB testimony from Bishop Mark Seitz to the House Judiciary Committee regarding the undocumented alien ‘crisis,’ and came to conclusion that the moral justifications put forth in the testimony are ‘flawed’ and require critique. He said that to develop a morally ‘mature’ perspective is to “distinguish between merely quoting scriptural passages or citing ethical ideals (virtues) and analyzing issues in light of them.”  

Ruggiero said, “No thoughtful person will deny the relevance of Christ’s teachings to the plight of immigrants—specifically, His direction to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, and care for the oppressed,” but he finds it curious that, in the lengthy references, there’s no mention of Pope Leo XIII, who many see as the father of social justice. In his encyclical, Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo teaches against taking what rightfully belongs to someone in order to help the needy or oppressed.

Especially perplexing in the Bishop’s testimony is the desire to honor the ‘legal rights’ of those who violate the “laws of the country or the rights of the people in whose country the arrival occurred.” Ruggiero refers to Pope Leo’s condemnation of socialism which ignores the truth that “every man has by nature the right to possess property as his own.”

“Perhaps the most revealing characteristic of the USCCB document is that it speaks almost exclusively about the response of governments and the Catholic Church to the 'humanitarian crisis,' but says virtually nothing about the response of American citizens, taxpayers, or even Catholic parishioners.” Ruggiero believes that is, “in effect if not intent, a subtle denial that legal US residents also possess God-given dignity and rights.”

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Politico reports that a “seemingly innocuous” resolution in the House praising and thanking Pope Francis has stalled in committee.

“With time running out on the Capitol Hill calendar, the lawmakers who crafted the bipartisan measure are getting impatient with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The resolution, written by Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.), congratulates Francis on his March 2013 election and recognizes “his inspirational statements and actions.”

Politico’s Molly Hooper reveals, “Only 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. The dearth of GOP members on the measure could be attributable to assertions that the Pope is “too liberal.” Other sources say it may be due to his views on economics, or possibly civil unions, and the way he sounds “like Obama” with his rhetoric on equality.

Remaining reps are disappointed they can’t get the Speaker to move on the resolution since, “Five of the 19 Republican co-sponsors hail from Boehner’s home state of Ohio.”

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In the face of one of the worst persecutions of Christians to ever occur in the Mideast, where entire Christian communities in Northern Iraq are being driven from regions where they’ve lived since the early Church, the United States Bishops are echoing the call for President Obama to do something. But rather than recommend some form of U.S. military intervention to stop the attacks, mass-murders, stealing and forced evictions; Bishop Pates of the Justice and Peace Committee is encouraging ‘humanitarian aid’ delivered by ‘trusted non-governmental organizations.’  He said the White House should work together with other governments to ‘stop the violence,’ and quoted Pope Francis who said, “Violence is defeated with peace.”

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The liberal website, ThinkProgress has taken note of the Pope’s numerous statements on war and peace.  They’ve made a concise comparison with official Church teaching and come to the conclusion that there’s a marked difference between the Francis’ pronouncements and Catholic Just War Doctrine.

**********************************************************************

The English Catholic blogger ‘Bones’ has scrutinized the Pope’s ten self-help tips to a life of joy, which appeared in Argetina’s Viva magazine over the weekend, and finds it astounding that unlike Jesus’ Beatitudes, there’s not one mention of God from the Vicar of Christ.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178656/
<![CDATA[ Walking Together, Stalled Praise For The Pope, Telling The Bishop Like A Man, A Blind Eye For Genocide, The End Of Ciudad Del Este ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178512.php
Walking Together, Stalled Praise For The Pope, Telling The Bishop Like A Man, A Blind Eye For Genocide, The End Of Ciudad Del Este



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Pope Francis gave a sermonette to a Pentecostal Church in Caserta where he talked about walking together. “I don't understand a Christian who stands still! I don't understand a Christian who doesn't walk. A Christian must walk … because that which is still, that does not move ahead, becomes corrupt. Like still water, which is the first to become stagnant.”  He also spoke against some Christians who ‘saunter around’ and don’t walk boldly ahead because they lack hope. He said they should walk together but not scrutinize each other too much and start going in different paths.

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House Democrat John Larson and Republican Peter King are growing impatient with John Bohner over a harmless motion to congratulate Pope Francis on his March 2013 election and recognize “his inspirational statements and actions.” The House Foreign Affairs Committee where the resolution has stalled would not comment, but it might have something to do with the fact that only 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. Some have suggested that it’s because “the Pope is too liberal,” or due to his critique of politically-charged ‘trickle-down economics.’ Other say it’s because he sounds too much “like Obama” or because of reports that he may support same-sex unions.

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Speaking to a group of priests in Caserta, Pope Francis warned, “One of the dangers of a "sterile" form of celibacy is bitterness and gossip.” The Pope said priests and bishops should never talked behind backs but always air their differences directly out loud. "Say it to his face," the pope recommended. "You're a man, so if you have something against your bishop, go and tell him. There may be consequences, but pick up your cross, be a man!"  The Pope said you should not be a priest who lives his celibacy without fruitfulness. "When we find a priest who lives with such anger and tension, we think: This man drinks vinegar for breakfast. Then, for lunch, pickled vegetables. And, in the evening, a nice glass of lemon juice"

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His Beatitude Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan, Catholic leader in Iraq, bravely called for the United States to re-intervene in Iraq to stop the terrorism of ISIS. "We are so saddened that the civilized world doesn't really care," he told Sirius XM host Father Jonathan Morris. "Surely there are other dramatic problems — wars around us in the Middle East... Gaza or Syria but here it's ... genocide ... just because they are Christians."

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A great deal of speculation circulates around the Vatican visitation of a thriving faithful Catholic diocese in Paraguay on the border with Argentina. The diocese of Ciudad del Este, with strong vocations and a bishop, Rogelio Livieres, who openly corrects dissident liberation theologists and homosexuals among the clergy; was the landing place for Scranton, PA’s Fr. Carlos Urrotigoity after he was removed for several abuse accusations. Bishop Livieres defended Fr. Urrotigoity saying that the accusations are unproven. No reasons have been given for the Vatican investigation.

Following the visit of Cardinal Abril y Castello beginning July 21, Bishop Livieres has now been suspended with no further ordinations possible, and Fr. Urrotigoity once again removed. The Cardinal also fainted and was hospitalized for a while but returned to complete his visitation.

 

 

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178512/
<![CDATA[ The Lopsided Resolution, the Inappropriate Dinner, And the Thug at the FFI ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178545.php
The Lopsided Resolution, the Inappropriate Dinner, And the Thug at the FFI



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

Politico reports that a “seemingly innocuous” resolution in the House praising and thanking Pope Francis has stalled in committee.

“With time running out on the Capitol Hill calendar, the lawmakers who crafted the bipartisan measure are getting impatient with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The resolution, written by Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Pete King (R-N.Y.), congratulates Francis on his March 2013 election and recognizes “his inspirational statements and actions.”

Politico’s Molly Hooper reveals, “Only 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. The dearth of GOP members on the measure could be attributable to assertions that the Pope is “too liberal.” Other sources say it may be due to his views on economics, or possibly civil unions, and the way he sounds “like Obama” with his rhetoric on equality.

Remaining reps are disappointed they can’t get the Speaker to move on the resolution since, “Five of the 19 Republican co-sponsors hail from Boehner’s home state of Ohio.”

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The Catholic League says that President Obama, in his words at the Eid-al-Fitr Dinner marking the End of Ramadan in the White House, asserted that EID, “reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy,” and that he, “stands with people of all faiths.”

The League’s Bill Donohue responded, “No, Mr. President, you do not stand with “people of all faiths” in protecting and advancing human rights. As you speak, Christians are being beheaded all over the Middle East because they are Christians, and those carrying out this mass murder are doing so in the name of Islam. Yet you continue to say and do absolutely nothing about these unspeakable crimes. Do Christian lives mean so little to you?”

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Creative Minority Report’s Pat Archbold links to the Rorate Caeli/La Stampa reports about the once thriving now destroyed Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, who have been placed under new management under Pope Francis.  Apparently a blogger close to the order has been sued and investigated by police for a critical post about the imposed chief, Fr. Alfonso Bruno. This is just the latest outrage among a long list of awful abuses these faithful priests, nuns, and brothers have endured in the past year.

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Pope Francis gave a sermonette to a Pentecostal Church in Caserta where he talked about walking together. “I don't understand a Christian who stands still! I don't understand a Christian who doesn't walk. A Christian must walk … because that which is still, that does not move ahead, becomes corrupt. Like still water, which is the first to become stagnant.”  He also spoke against some Christians who ‘saunter around’ and don’t walk boldly ahead because they lack hope. He said they should walk together but not scrutinize each other too much and start going in different paths.

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House Democrat John Larson and Republican Peter King are growing impatient with John Bohner over a harmless motion to congratulate Pope Francis on his March 2013 election and recognize “his inspirational statements and actions.” The House Foreign Affairs Committee where the resolution has stalled would not comment, but it might have something to do with the fact that only 19 of the 221 co-sponsors are Republicans. Some have suggested that it’s because “the Pope is too liberal,” or due to his critique of politically-charged ‘trickle-down economics.’ Other say it’s because he sounds too much “like Obama” or because of reports that he may support same-sex unions.

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Speaking to a group of priests in Caserta, Pope Francis warned, “One of the dangers of a "sterile" form of celibacy is bitterness and gossip.” The Pope said priests and bishops should never talked behind backs but always air their differences directly out loud. "Say it to his face," the pope recommended. "You're a man, so if you have something against your bishop, go and tell him. There may be consequences, but pick up your cross, be a man!"  The Pope said you should not be a priest who lives his celibacy without fruitfulness. "When we find a priest who lives with such anger and tension, we think: This man drinks vinegar for breakfast. Then, for lunch, pickled vegetables. And, in the evening, a nice glass of lemon juice"

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His Beatitude Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan, Catholic leader in Iraq, bravely called for the United States to re-intervene in Iraq to stop the terrorism of ISIS. "We are so saddened that the civilized world doesn't really care," he told Sirius XM host Father Jonathan Morris. "Surely there are other dramatic problems — wars around us in the Middle East... Gaza or Syria but here it's ... genocide ... just because they are Christians."

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A great deal of speculation circulates around the Vatican visitation of a thriving faithful Catholic diocese in Paraguay on the border with Argentina. The diocese of Ciudad del Este, with strong vocations and a bishop, Rogelio Livieres, who openly corrects dissident liberation theologists and homosexuals among the clergy; was the landing place for Scranton, PA’s Fr. Carlos Urrotigoity after he was removed for several abuse accusations. Bishop Livieres defended Fr. Urrotigoity saying that the accusations are unproven. No reasons have been given for the Vatican investigation.

Following the visit of Cardinal Abril y Castello beginning July 21, Bishop Livieres has now been suspended with no further ordinations possible, and Fr. Urrotigoity once again removed. The Cardinal also fainted and was hospitalized for a while but returned to complete his visitation.

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178545/
<![CDATA[ The Plea of Pirro, The Call of Abbas, European Attitude, Catholic Government Training, Visiting the Faithful and the Protestant ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178398.php
The Plea of Pirro, The Call of Abbas, European Attitude, Catholic Government Training, Visiting the Faithful and the Protestant



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

On her Saturday show Judge Jeanine Pirro gave an impassioned plea for the Pope to use his diplomatic influence and the Church’s network to try and stop the Christian genocide occurring in Iraq and the Mideast. Reminding Pope Francis that Christian civilization is being eradicated in places where it has existed since the time of the Apostles, she said his prayers and recent efforts were “just not enough.” Pirro told the Pope, “Your recent trips and your planned trips do not reflect the urgent concern necessary for Christians in Iraq and Syria and Egypt,” saying that he seemed to give greater priority to illegals crossing into the United States, who were actually being sheltered and supported, than Christians dying for their Faith.

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Reporter Pamela Geller said the refusal to call the war in Israel a religious Jihad is sewing confusion. She fumed, “All this hand-wringing about a fictional occupation and land … it’s one big fat lie.”  The Obama White house has invested billions in ‘peace-partner’ Mahmoud Abbas but, as reported Thursday, the “Palestinian Authority Chairman had publicly declared the current conflict with Israel as a religious “war for Allah.” His words were interpreted as a call for Palestinians to initiate violence, which began immediately following Abbas' speech and peaked on Saturday.

Abbas was in the Vatican in June to pray for peace with Pope Francis and Israel’s Shimon Perez. The Imam who led prayers in Arabic is said to have called for ‘victory over the infidels’ from inside the Vatican gardens.

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Details from the Pope’s interview with Argentinian paper, 'Viva' are beginning to emerge. In Google-translated text the Pope rebuffed the idea of receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace, saying that it ‘was never part of his agenda.’ He also expressed concern over the 'attitude' of Europeans reluctant to ramp up the current high rate of immigration from third world and Muslim countries, saying that “Europe is Afraid.”

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The Eponymous Flower is reporting that ordinations have been halted in a Paraguayan diocese currently under Vatican visitation. The writer wonders, since no cause has yet been reported for these restrictions, if it may have something to do with the Catholic faithfulness of clergy and seminarians, or a bishop’s attempts to call out aberrosexual behavior and speak against dissident Liberation Theology.

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Breitbart News Reports that although the U.S. Bishops are calling for Catholics to oppose Obama’s Executive Order mandating special privileges for LGBT employees in all institutions receiving Federal Funds, they have no intention of sacrificing the $66 billion flowing toward their illegal immigration efforts on behalf of the White House.  Breitbart's Dr. Susan Berry says that the Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services Office has even gone so far as to develop training programs to ensure sensitivity to the “sexual needs of young LGBT migrants,” without any mention of Catholic moral law or the inconvenient fate of one’s soul.

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After resetting his itinerary to fly to the Italian city of Caserta twice in three days; once for Catholics on their patron feast day, and another for Evangelicals; the Pope made a ‘surprise’ stop inside the 'Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation,' and spoke to its assembly.

 

 

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178398/
<![CDATA[ Live and Let Live, the Holy Unity of Diversity, and Apologizing for the Obstruction ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178446.php
Live and Let Live, the Holy Unity of Diversity, and Apologizing for the Obstruction



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

“Live and Let Live. That’s the first step to peace,” Pope Francis said as he listed his ‘ten point plan for happiness’ in Argentina’s ‘Viva’ magazine today. “Giving oneself to others” is also important.  We should, ‘run like a quiet stream’ and we should share Sundays with the family.

Other close-to-the-heart tips included looking after nature, rapidly forgetting the negative, respecting those who think differently, actively seeking peace, and growing the Church by attraction, not proselytizing.

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Pope Francis went to a well-lighted under-construction Pentecostal Church in Caserta today to speak to a group of about 350.  He offered apologies on behalf of the Catholic Church for “brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the Devil.”

Francis said the diversity of the Church is the work of the Holy Spirit and the “same Spirit creates unity,” so the Church is "one in diversity."  He did not directly explain whether he thought the assembled Pentecostal Protestants were also made ‘one in diversity’ by the Holy Spirit, or whether he thought their beliefs placed them outside communion with Christ and His Church.

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The global ambassador to the World Evangelical Alliance, Brian Stiller, said that Cardinal Bergoglio, during his trips to Rome, became friends with a Roman Protestant Pastor and “came to learn that the church and pastor felt the power and presence of the Catholic Church, with its weighty presence, obstructing their desire to grow and be a witness,” so as Pope he decided to come visit and apologize for Catholics. The Secretary General and CEO of the WEA said there are countries in which evangelicals are marginalized, and in some real cases, maligned and hurt by bishops and those in power who are Roman Catholic.” 

American televangelist, James Robeson told the reporter, “This Pope wants everyone to have a personal encounter, and personal relationship with Christ — and not just be satisfied with being christened, baptized or confirmed.”

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On her Saturday show Judge Jeanine Pirro gave an impassioned plea for the Pope to use his diplomatic influence and the Church’s network to try and stop the Christian genocide occurring in Iraq and the Mideast. Reminding Pope Francis that Christian civilization is being eradicated in places where it has existed since the time of the Apostles, she said his prayers and recent efforts were “just not enough.” Pirro told the Pope, “Your recent trips and your planned trips do not reflect the urgent concern necessary for Christians in Iraq and Syria and Egypt,” saying that he seemed to give greater priority to illegals crossing into the United States, who were actually being sheltered and supported, than Christians dying for their Faith.

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Reporter Pamela Geller said the refusal to call the war in Israel a religious Jihad is sewing confusion. She fumed, “All this hand-wringing about a fictional occupation and land … it’s one big fat lie.”  The Obama White house has invested billions in ‘peace-partner’ Mahmoud Abbas but, as reported Thursday, the “Palestinian Authority Chairman had publicly declared the current conflict with Israel as a religious “war for Allah.” His words were interpreted as a call for Palestinians to initiate violence, which began immediately following Abbas' speech and peaked on Saturday.

Abbas was in the Vatican in June to pray for peace with Pope Francis and Israel’s Shimon Perez. The Imam who led prayers in Arabic is said to have called for ‘victory over the infidels’ from inside the Vatican gardens.

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Details from the Pope’s interview with Argentinian paper, 'Viva' are beginning to emerge. In Google-translated text the Pope rebuffed the idea of receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace, saying that it ‘was never part of his agenda.’ He also expressed concern over the 'attitude' of Europeans reluctant to ramp up the current high rate of immigration from third world and Muslim countries, saying that “Europe is Afraid.”

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The Eponymous Flower is reporting that ordinations have been halted in a Paraguayan diocese currently under Vatican visitation. The writer wonders, since no cause has yet been reported for these restrictions, if it may have something to do with the Catholic faithfulness of clergy and seminarians, or a bishop’s attempts to call out aberrosexual behavior and speak against dissident Liberation Theology.

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Breitbart News Reports that although the U.S. Bishops are calling for Catholics to oppose Obama’s Executive Order mandating special privileges for LGBT employees in all institutions receiving Federal Funds, they have no intention of sacrificing the $66 billion flowing toward their illegal immigration efforts on behalf of the White House.  Breitbart's Dr. Susan Berry says that the Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services Office has even gone so far as to develop training programs to ensure sensitivity to the “sexual needs of young LGBT migrants,” without any mention of Catholic moral law or the inconvenient fate of one’s soul.

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After resetting his itinerary to fly to the Italian city of Caserta twice in three days; once for Catholics on their patron feast day, and another for Evangelicals; the Pope made a ‘surprise’ stop inside the 'Pentecostal Church of Reconciliation,' and spoke to its assembly.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178446/
<![CDATA[ Making Evangelii Gaudium reality, Islamic socialism, ex-gay cakes, and damned Mafioso polluters ]]> http://www.pewsitter.com/view_news_id_178306.php
Making Evangelii Gaudium reality, Islamic socialism, ex-gay cakes online, and damned Mafioso polluters



By Frank Walker
Pewsitter.com


 

With initiatives in the Vatican to find ways to push along and implement the Pope’s extended exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium; and with Francis’s open warning that the Italian Mafia are ‘not in communion’ with the Church and the southern Italian bishops calling for a moratorium on Godparents and processions; the Journal’s Paul Farrel wonders if this sort of treatment might not also extend to wealth producers, captains of industry, entrepreneurs, or otherwise “capitalists” at some point. He pulls sections from EG which could give possible justification.

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Acton Institute’s Jacqueline Derks calls attention to the economic realities of a hard-line historical Islamic culture like that being imposed in Iraq today by ISIS.  Oil fields are being seized, economic power is being established, and rights to life and property are stolen on a wide scale. Since the world refuses to support the legitimate Iraqi government, Acton asserts, “fueled by the powerful appeal of religious fervor, ISIS has the strength to dismantle capitalist ideas and forcibly implement socialist economic policies.”

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Demolished by the courts and aggressive gay people, Sweet Cakes by Melissa Bakery has been forced to move their store online.  Renamed as “Sweet Cakes” bakery, they now advertise cakes for Restored Hope Network, which provides support for gays who wish to live more normal lives.

While the re-born bakery still does not make gay cakes, ‘Wilmette Week’ reports that it’s "willing to provide baked goods for celebrations of divorces, unmarried parents, stem-cell research, non-kosher barbecues and pagan solstice parties."

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The Weekly Standard reveals that the White House is ready to unload another unilateral ‘Executive Order’ giving official work authorization to several million illegal aliens in the United States. “The President and his aides hope his decision will offer ‘relief’ to a significant percentage of the estimated 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. He seems resolute that he’s going to go big and go soon.”

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This “palace is a symbol of decay and abandonment in a land ruled by the mafia; a land which has had to bear the loss of so many as a result of the environmental damage caused by organised crime clans that have been pumping poison into the ground for decades.”  La Stampa reports on the Pope’s visit to Caserta this weekend where he excoriated the Mafia clans for damaging the environment.  On Monday he will return to the area to visit his Evangelical friends and a group of 350 Protestants on a stage which has been prepared for him with “a group of musicians and a bass guitar.”

 

 

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Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.pewsitter.com/addons/news/view/178306/