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Sandro Magister on the Pope's three 'U-turns

STEVE SKOJEC writes for OnePeterFive : 'Over at his 'Seventh Heaven' blog at L'Esspresso, top Vaticanista Sandro Magister has a post up from a couple days ago that's worth reading for those keeping score on the contradictory nature of the Francis pontificate - or as I like to call it, the 'shell game.'

Magister notes that this year there have been 'at least three U-turns that Francis has made on crucial questions, but always without making it clear if these are definitive and sincere, seeing what he has said and done before and after the apparent reversals.'

The first U-turn is on the matter of women priests:

'Here, properly speaking, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has not contradicted himself, because every time he has been asked since becoming pope he has always said he is against it personally, for example after his voyage to Sweden, where he had however embraced a female Lutheran bishop (see photo).

But at the same time he has long allowed the favorable opinions to run free, also on the part of figures on friendly terms with him, like cardinal of Vienna Christoph Schönborn.


'To judge by the preparatory document of the synod for the Amazon, scheduled for 2019, it is projected that this same region will see the ordination of the first women deacons. And then who knows'.

The second U-turn is intercommunion:

'When asked about this very question three years ago, while he was visiting the Lutheran church in Rome, Pope Francis leaned heavily toward the favorable side. And in Germany, where mixed couples are numerous, this new practice has spread to such an extent that last February a majority of the German bishops approved a document that justifies it.

Seven bishops including one cardinal, however, have appealed to Rome. The pope called them in for consultation, took some time, but then handed the issue back to Cardinal Ladaria, who with a letter dated May 25 written 'with the explicit approval of the pope,' blocked both the document and the practice that had entered widely into use, putting everything off until a future reflection 'at the level of the universal Church' and of an overall ecumenical accord, meaning a remote and improbable future, since the Orthodox Churches are unshakably against so-called 'intercommunion.'

Except that a few days ago, returning from his voyage to Protestant Geneva, Francis once again reopened the question, praising the document made null and void by Ladaria, and asserting that 'there has been no braking.'

The third U-turn was on the pope's fierce allegiance to Bishop Juan Barros:

'Until a few months ago, Francis had been saying that he was absolutely sure of the innocence of these bishops, and defended them with drawn sword against those who were 'calumniating' them.

'But then the 2400 pages of the canonical investigation that he finally ordered led him to confess that he had been spectacularly mistaken 'through the lack of reliable and balanced information.' Whose fault was that?

Magister offers a prediction on where we will not see a U-turn from Francis. Hit the link to read the whole thing.

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The St. Gallen Mafia's 'LGBT' Youth Synod

JULIA MELONI writes for Crisis Magazine : 'October's youth synod is about finishing the old business of the St. Gallen mafia. It will mark four years since Archbishop Bruno Forte crafted a manipulated synodal report on the 'precious support' in same-sex relationships-released the very day that two Italian political parties backed homosexual unions.

Pope Francis approved the text before it was published, and his homily that day excoriated 'doctors of the law'-an 'evil generation'-for resisting the 'God of surprises.' Archbishop Forte, meanwhile, declared to the media that 'describ[ing] the rights of people living in same-sex unions' is a matter of 'being civilized.'

Both men are followers of the late Cardinal Carlo Martini-the 'ante-pope' and mafia leader. Martini endorsed same-sex civil unions before his death, after battling Humanae Vitae for years and preaching 'discernment' on sexual issues in Night Conversations. There the Jesuit plotted to use young 'prophets' to revolutionize the Church-and said it would 'never occur' to him to 'judge' homosexual couples, years before Pope Francis's 'Who am I to judge?'

Other mafia alumni-the kingmakers behind Pope Francis's election-crusaded for 'gay Masses,' hailed 'gay marriage' laws as 'positive,' and tried to make homosexuality 'central' to the family synod. Amoris Laetitia's ghostwriter-the author of Heal Me With Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing-has openly lamented the pushback against the homosexual agenda there.

Amoris Laetitia, as one priest has shown, was really written to legitimize homosexual activity-but Humanae Vitae, natural law, and the Catechism's language still stand in the way.

That is why Archbishop Forte and Cardinal Baldisseri planned, in prior synods' working documents, to use young people to revolutionize moralizing language on sexuality (78), permitting a 're-reading' of natural law (30). Last year, Archbishop Forte already explained how the youth synod will develop Amoris Laetitia's vow to integrate 'everyone' (297).

Cardinal Baldisseri recently presented the synod's Instrumentum Laboris, which lauds conscience for discerning 'what gift we can offer … even if maybe not fully up to the ideal.' It says 'some LGBT young people' want 'greater care from the Church'-pushing the question of 'what to propose' to young same-sex couples.

Baldisseri claims this revolutionary first use of 'LGBT' by the Vatican merely quotes a pre-synodal document by young people-yet the ideological term never appears there. It's an ominous disparity, given his history of synodal manipulation.

Another leader behind the Instrumentum Laboris is Fr. Giacomo Costa, S.J.-the Vice President of the Martini Foundation, handpicked by the pope to help lead the synod as a special secretary. Fr. Costa's writings have promoted same-sex couples' struggle for 'social and civil rights.' He also helped write the synod's preparatory document, which vows to execute Amoris Laetitia 37's promise to 'make room for the consciences of the faithful,' who 'are capable of carrying out their own discernment.'

He and the Instrumentum Laboris are thus promoting Martini's 'School of the Word,' where young people just listen to the Bible for their own answers about God's will. At the pre-synodal meeting, young Catholics, non-Catholics, and atheists were led in meditation on Jesus's promise that truth will 'make you free' (John 8:32), as explicated by Gandhi ('[God] is conscience. He is even the atheism of the atheist') and the Muslim poet Rumi ('You are a copy of the holy Book of God… Look for whatever you want within yourself').

Fr. Costa then helped oversee the young writers and editors of the pre-synodal text, as shown by photos of teams at work. While those handpicked young people deny a 'conspiracy' or 'agenda,' a number are aligned with groups militating for a revolution on sexuality.

Their first draft demanded 'open-mindedness' on sexuality and the 'welcoming' of 'everyone' who violates the Church's 'desired 'standards.'' Their final text said young people 'may want the Church to change her teaching' on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, cohabitation, marriage, and the priesthood. While it diplomatically admitted that 'many' youths accept these teachings, it announced that what's 'important' is 'discussion' with dissenting 'convictions' on these 'polemical issues.'

One of the four writers behind that first section works as a producer for Fr. Thomas Rosica, a Martini disciple who gave skewed briefings against 'exclusionary language' on homosexuality at the family synod. Fr. Rosica recently acknowledged his staff member's role in the document and said to 'really pray' that 'the right young people' are delegates at the synod (23:37).

Another one of the four writers-a journalist featured at Crux-represented the Lay Centre. The group tried to influence the family synod by hosting Msgr. Philippe Bordeyne, a participant of a 'shadow council' on legitimizing same-sex unions (and an expert at a Vatican seminar for this synod). Both Msgr. Bordeyne and the Lay Centre's co-founder sit on the board of a Martini-patronized group working to 'welcome' homosexual couples.

Before sending its three delegates to the pre-synodal meeting, the Lay Centre hosted Cardinal Tobin, who once welcomed an 'LGBT pilgrimage' to Mass and recently said the Church is 'moving on the question of same-sex couples.' One young delegate told him about the Church's 'mistakes' in ministering to those 'of a different sexual orientation' (38:36). Cardinal Tobin criticized a 'cold,nominalistic ethic,' saying young people's 'greatest fear' is that the Church 'judges them.'

'Now, I think we can correct that, but we're gonna need help,' he told her (43:04).

She then helped edit the pre-synodal text, saying the meeting showed that 'all of us, even if we disagree with Church teachings … are hopeful and still want to be engaged.' She was also trained to fight for 'radical inclusion' by Voices of Faith, whose latest conference attacked the Church for being 'homophobic and anti-abortion.'

One Voices of Faith delegate helped write the text's second section lamenting 'rules' and 'judgment.' Another was surprised by others' silence on 'LGBT' issues, admitting that the question of including 'homosexuality and gender' in the text was 'contested until the end.'

That section is subversively modelled on the English Facebook group's pleas for bold, open orthodoxy:

[The Church] must be stable and not 'water down' her truths. [The young] want the Church to openly address issues often considered taboo: homosexuality, abortion, birth control, and gender.

Mysteriously, that cry metamorphosed into this:

'The young … desire answers which are not watered-down, or which utilize pre-fabricated formulations. We, the young Church, ask that our leaders speak in practical terms about controversial subjects such as homosexuality and gender issues, about which young people are already freely discussing without taboo.

Baldisseri also emphatically told the young writers to 'explore the [delegates'] different cultures,' so their first draft avoided 'very Catholic things' like Adoration and called Jesus a 'historical figure.' Others pushed back, yet there was a 'tense point' where the meeting's organizers expressed their desire that the writers not stay up amending the text.

The 'huge online community' requesting the Extraordinary Form of the Mass also wasn't 'properly' represented by online moderators, who accused those young people of being a 'lobby.'

Meanwhile, Fr. James Martin, S.J. is boasting that 'LGBT'-this political term that Cardinal Baldisseri falsely attributes to the young people's text-is now 'harder' to criticize. Fr. Martin's pro-'LGBT' book has been glowingly endorsed by Cardinal Farrell-a key leader behind the synod and the World Meeting of Families-and Fr. Martin recently headlined a conference organizing young people to lobby the synod, sponsored by an LGBT group that received extensive funding to push the homosexual agenda at the family synod.

Fr. Martin-who dreams of the day when the Catechism's language on homosexuality can change and priests can 'come out' and same-sex couples can kiss at Mass-has been handpicked by the Vatican to headline the World Meeting of Families along with top revolutionaries, cardinals who've already said conscience determines whether one can receive the Holy Eucharist while engaging in homosexual activity, who've already flaunted brazen homosexual-themed events within the sacred spaces of the Church.

We're clearly in a well-plotted endgame now. According to the men behind Pope Francis's election-ominously scandal-ridden figures like Cardinal Danneels, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick-the timeline was just four or five years to 'make the Church over again.'

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Pope Francis and Kabbalah: From Jewish mysticism to pagan collaboration?

H. REED ARMSTRONG writes for OnePeterFive: 'In his recent interventions, Pope Francis had repeatedly referred to a 'paradigm shift' with regard to the Church's attitude toward native cultures in different countries. It seems that he has in mind a return to rooted indigenous cultures and religions. One of his reference points for this approach is the Kabbalah, a Jewish occultist and mystical religion.

On 8 June, the Vatican's general secretariat of the Synod of Bishops published the Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the October 2019 Pan-Amazon Synod. This working document highlights the purported cruelties committed by the West when colonizing remote regions of South America, such as the Pan-Amazon region (emphasis added):

Also, the III Conference of Latin American Bishops, held in Puebla (1979), is a reminder that the occupation and colonization of indigenous lands was 'an extensive process of domination', which was full of 'contradictions and deep wounds' (DP 6). Later, the IV Conference of Santo Domingo (1992) recalled 'one of the saddest episodes in Latin American and Caribbean history', which 'was the forced transfer, as slaves, of an enormous number of Africans'.

It is because of this purported injustice that the Church now has to turn attentively to the native peoples of that region and ask them for guidance. Since these peoples are closer to nature - to Mother Earth - they also have much to teach the West, which seems, according to the Vatican, to have lost the way. The Instrumentum Laboris speaks about an 'ecological conversion' that is needed, a new 'convergent' solidarity oriented toward the local customs: 'Embracing life through community-based solidarity entails a change of heart.' And here comes the phrase 'new paradigm': 'This new paradigm opens up new perspectives for personal and societal transformation.'

Here, the Pope is being quoted as saying about the indigenous people that 'we need to let ourselves be evangelized by them and by their cultures.' The text insists that we need 'to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.' The Vatican also regrets that the Church still sometimes 'demonizes' these cultures: 'Today, unfortunately, traces still exist of the colonizing project, which gave rise to attitudes that belittle and demonize indigenous cultures.'

That this form of 'new evangelization' implies a sort of syncretism can be seen in this following paragraph, which includes concepts that are still alien to the Catholic Faith, such as the idea of 'cosmic love' and the thanksgiving thereby given by human beings and all of creation together:

In the Eucharist, the community celebrates an act of cosmic love, in which human beings, together with the incarnate Son of God and all creation, give thanks to God for new life in the risen Christ (cf. LS 236).

Let us consider now what these words could mean in the larger context of Pope Francis's own teaching in other places where he also calls for a 'new paradigm' and a 'revolution' - while significantly quoting the Jewish Kabbalah.

The Kabbalah

For those of our readers who do not know much about the Kabbalah, let us first read what Joseph Dan, professor of Kabbalah at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has to tell us (emphasis added):

The Kabbalah insists that there is a feminine aspect within the divinity itself, the Shekhinah, and therefore all terms concerning family and sexual life are applicable to the divine world. The Kabbalah often presented the universe as a battleground between satanic divine powers and good divine powers, drawing a parallel of divine 'emanations' of the left which are the enemies of God, yet they are divine in the full sense of the term. Lurianic Kabbalah found the origin of evil within the eternal Godhead itself. … [I]t is the task of the Jewish people to correct (tikum) the incompleteness of divinity itself.[i]

This is to say, the goal is to bring about what the Greeks called Apocatastasis ('Universal Salvation'), 'to harmonize the forces of good and evil that exist within the Divinity.'[ii] The Jewish scholar Gershom Scholem explained it the following way: 'Evil, therefore, for the Kabalist is simply the sitra ahra or 'emanation of the left' and at the end of time, through the process of man's work of tikkun even the devil, 'Samael' (Satan) will become Sa'el, one of the 72 holy Names of God.'[iii]

What can be seen here is that, in the Kabbalah, it is believed and foreseen that Satan will himself become like God.

In the words of the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, an ardent student of the Kabbalah and of Gnosticism, '[i]n our diagram, God and the devil appear as equal and opposite, thus conforming to the idea of the 'adversary.' This opposition means conflict to the last; and it is the task of humanity to endure this conflict until the turning-point is reached where good and evil begin to relativize themselves, to doubt themselves, and the cry is roused for a morality 'beyond good and evil'.'

Pope Francis's 'new paradigm' and 'cultural revolution' in light of recent remarks in Chile

Let us now consider some of the Pope's recent statements. We shall turn first to his Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium (promulgated on 29 January 2018) and then to an address he delivered in Chile on 17 January at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

The following portions of the text shall examine Pope Francis's recent apostolic constitution on the importance of a cultural change at Catholic universities and faculties in light of his reference to the mystical Jewish Kabbalah while visiting Chile at the beginning of the year. He seems to have a new understanding of the Fall of Man and its consequences.

In January, Pope Francis called for a reform at ecclesiastical universities and faculties. His new 29 January 2018 87-page document, entitled Veritatis Gaudium ('The Joy of Truth') replaces the apostolic constitution Sapientia Christiana, issued by Pope John Paul II in 1979. Pope Francis writes that the older document 'urgently needs to be brought up to date' in light of changes in society and in academic life. Pope Francis writes in this document: 'This vast and pressing task requires, on the cultural level of academic training and scientific study, a broad and generous effort at a radical paradigm shift, or rather - dare I say - at 'a bold cultural revolution.''

What this 'radical paradigm shift' means may be seen in his 17 January address to the faculty and students at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. We include here the commentary of a Catholic scholar who studied this address carefully but who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal. His account is followed by a commentary of our own.

Let us consider now first the words of the anonymous commentator:

Since his accession to the papal throne, Francis has showed a deep revulsion for the intellectual, contemplative tradition of Christianity. The 17 January discourse at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is revealing about some of the sources of such papal revulsion, and it also teaches us what the pope thinks would be the better alternative to that ancient tradition.

On such a solemn occasion - when probably what was expected from him was that he was going to set the desired spiritual and intellectual framework for the orientation of that important Catholic institution - Francis quoted six sources. Three of them were his own words in Laudato Si and in a 2017 discourse. But the other three are, perhaps, the most revealing. All were words of Jewish authors: Zygmunt Bauman, Gilles Lipovetsky, and Gershom Scholem. The first two have early connections with Marxism and even communism. Bauman is regarded as one of the leaders of the alter-globalization movement, and Lipovetsky is a harsh critic of the Catholic Church.

The third quotation by Gershom Scholem is the most illuminating, and I will come back to it after revisiting part of the context and line of discourse in which it is located.

Pope Francis started his speech with the following topic: the need 'to transform the university into a privileged space 'to practice the grammar of dialogue which forms the encounter.'' Here he quoted his Discurso a la Plenaria de la Congregación para la Educación Católica (9 February 2017). This latter document has the key to understanding what Francis is talking about. It expands: 'the grammar of dialogue, forms the encounter and valorization of the cultural and religious diversity.' The Catholic university must be 'diverse.' His reference to religious diversity might well include the trustful turning to various indigenous cultures and religions.

Moreover, Pope Francis also advises us in that 17 January speech 'to work simultaneously for the integration of the diverse languages which constitute us as persons. That is to say, an education - alphabetization - which integrates and harmonizes intellect, affections and hands, that is to say, head, heart and action.'

This is important, according to Francis, in order to overcome the current state of culture, which he assesses to be in accordance with Bauman and Lipovetsky.

In this liquid or light society, as some thinkers (Bauman and Lipovetsky) have chosen to name it, the points of reference with the help of which persons could build themselves individually and collectively are disappearing. Everything is volatile and therefore loses its consistency.

Somehow, the university must now create the conscience of the process of losing the public space. The way to do this would be by creating a feeling, and therefore an experience of this kind of modern alienation. Pope Francis says:

Without the 'us' of a people, of a family, of a nation and, at the same time, without the 'us' of the future, the children and tomorrow; without the 'us' of a city which transcends 'me' and which is richer than individual interests, life will be not only more and more fractured, but more conflictive and violent.

Notice well that, according to the previous paragraphs, knowledge must not be divorced from feeling and praxis. 'Experience' actually is feeling, not intellect. This is the only way in which the individual can transcend himself toward the convergent collective reality of the city and of the future, and the only way to prevent the fragmentation of life.

In this context, Francis recommended to widen the concept of 'educational community.' The researchers must be integrated with the peoples that form Chile so wisdom is integrated with 'popular intuition.' Knowledge should not be cultivated for its own sake, but it should feel always that it is at the service of life. We must produce:

… that very enriching synergy between scientific rigor and popular intuition. The close interaction between them prevents the divorce between reason and action, thinking and feeling, knowing and living, profession and service.

Thus, what the pope recommends here is that the world of learning should turn to the local people and their customs and experiences for wisdom. Reason has to connect with action, which is the people.

Episteme (knowledge) must assume a pluralistic logic, and in this context it must pay attention as to its 'main interlocutors,' to the 'originary peoples,' according to Laudato Si, 146 (as quoted by Francis in his 17 January address). Thus, the university must put an end to such nonsense as the search for causes and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. University knowledge must blend with the originary peoples - that is to say, with the 'Third World' or 'alter-globalization,' neo-pagan movements that go under that name.

Here the quotation from Gershom Scholem is inserted by the pope. According to Francis, an old Kabbalistic tradition teaches that the cleavage produced in man by the act of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is the origin of evil. Notice well: not Genesis, but the Kabbalah is now our putative source to know the origin of evil. Francis goes on: 'in this way, knowledge acquired primacy over creation, submitting it to its designs and wishes (Gershom Scholem, La mystique juive, Paris [1985], 86.).' Thus, now the pope seems to understand evil in the way of the Jewish Kabbalah. It is a matter of unrestrained knowledge: 'the lurking temptation in every academic realm will be reducing creation to interpretative patterns ('ideologies'), depriving it of its own mystery which has led whole generations to search for what is just, good, beautiful, and true.'

(End of the commentary by a Catholic scholar.)

One might conclude from this commentary that Pope Francis shows in this address in Chile an aversion to an intellectual culture and sets forth as an alternative a form of 'going native,' a turn to popular traditions. The basis for this argumentation is set out by the Kabbalah. Let us therefore now turn to the Kabbalah, its roots, and some of its current adherents.

Gershom Scholem and Adin Steinsaltz on modern Judaism and Kabbalah

The reference to the Kabbalah given by Pope Francis is taken from Gershom Scholem's La mystique Juive (Jewish Mysticism), and the pope is referring here to 'an ancient cabbalistic tradition in regard to Original Sin.' The quote comes from the writings of the world's foremost authority on the Jewish Kabbalah: Gershom Scholem.

The Kabbalah is a series of Gnostic mystical texts begun following the destruction of the Second Temple, further developed in medieval Spain and the French Provence, and then moving on to Eastern Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.[iv] It is the core doctrine of modern-day Chabad-Lubavicher Hasidism. Scholem (1897-1982) was a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a historian of Jewish mysticism, but himself not formally a Kabbalah practitioner.

This is not the case with the Chabad-Lubavicher Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, a world leader in Hasidic and 'Orthodox' Jewish circles. It is known that Rabbi Steinsaltz - the original 'Nasi' or prince of the newly created (Oct. 2005) Sanhedrin - has openly stated that Kabbalah is now the official theology of the Jewish people.

On December 5, 2016, Pope Francis met with Rabbi Steinsaltz. What was discussed has yet to be revealed.

To return to the Pope's 17 January speech where he quotes from the Kabbalah, he says that 'evil originates in the rift ['cleavage'] produced in the human being by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Knowledge thus gained the upper hand over creation, subjecting it to its own designs and desires [6; reference: cf. Gershom Scholem, La mystique juive, 86.].' He goes on to say: 'This will always be a subtle temptation in every academic setting: to reduce creation to certain interpretative models [ideology] that deprive it of the very mystery that has moved whole generations to seek what is just, good, beautiful, and true.'

In essence, the pope is telling the assembled audience in Chile that the role of the university is not to seek universal truths of faith and reason, imbedded in Western culture, and reveal them to humanity; rather, 'the new episteme' of plurality is to dialogue with the indigenous cultures and religions. As said above by the anonymous Catholic scholar, for Pope Francis, '[u]niversity knowledge must blend with the 'originary peoples.''

The goal, therefore, is to form a convergent and integrated whole where Catholic truth and pagan superstitions are placed on equal footing.

As I have shown elsewhere, the majority of these pagan religions or superstitions are Satanic (Luciferian) in origin. Additionally, LifeSiteNews just discussed the fact that still today, some of these 'original peoples' have, as part of their customs, child sacrifice.

How do such evil practices in native religions go together with the modern Catholic Church?

As Jorge Luís Borges attempts to inform us in his scholarly essay on the teachings of the Kabbalah, '[e]vil is in the variety, but variety is necessary for the world.'[v] The true aim of the Kaballah is not simply that '[e]vil is necessary for the world,' but, as stated above by Gershom Scholem and corroborated by Borges, the true aim of Kaballah is the incorporation of Satan as necessary to the harmony of the divine essence. 'All creatures, including the Devil will … to be mingled again with the Divinity from which they once emerged.'[vi]

Such a worldview might explain, too, why Cardinal Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, was taking part in a ritual of worship of 'Pachamama,' the Earth Mother, while he was in Argentina on November 29, 2014. It seems that the distinctions between the Catholic Faith and those syncretic 'native religions' that were once supposedly 'demonized' (in the words of the Instrumentum Laboris of the upcoming 2019 Pan-Amazon Synod) are being slowly elided. Now we have to learn from the 'originary peoples' instead of helping to convert them to the one, true Catholic and Apostolic Faith.

It should concern all Catholics when the vicar of Christ himself references in an uncritical way the Kabbalah and refers the faithful back to those native religions that have not yet received the Light of Christ.

[i] Joseph Dan, 'Jewish Mysticism and Jewish Ethics,' an interview with the author by Jewish Book News (The Jewish Book Club, Allentown, PA:), May 9, 1996, p. 27

[ii] Jorge Luís Borges, Seven Nights (New York: New Directions, 1984). Review by Anthony Kerrigan, The University Bookman, Winter, 1987. p. 13

[iii] Gershom Scholem, Kabbalah (New York: Dorset Press, 1974) p. 123.

[iv] Gershom Scholem, ibid., pp. 8-20

[v] Borges, Seven Nights

[vi] Borges, ibid.

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JOHN SMEATON (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, UK) speaks on 'A true understanding of conscience, the necessity for heroic witness on the part of the pro-life and pro-family movement' at the Rome Life Forum at the Angelicum, May 17,



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Bishop Schneider: Mass migration is part of plan to water down Europe's Christian identity

Bp SchneiderBISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER OF KAZAKHSTAN, 57, has stated that the mass migration from Africa and Asia into Europe in recent years is part of a plan to change the Christian identity of Europe.

Bishop Schneider told an interviewer from Milan's Il Giornale last week that 'the phenomenon of so-called 'immigration' represents an orchestrated and long-prepared plan by international powers to radically change the Christian and national identities of the European peoples.'The Church, he said, was being exploited.

'These powers use the Church's enormous moral potential and her structures to more effectively achieve their anti-Christian and anti-European goal,' he stated.

'To this end they are abusing the true concept of humanism and even the Christian commandment of charity. '

Asked to comment on Italy's new and very outspokenly Euro-sceptic Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, the bishop said that he did not know Italy's political situation well, but that he applauded any European government's attempt to emphasize their nation's sovereignty and 'historical, cultural, and Christian identity' against 'a kind of new Soviet Union' with 'an unmistakably Masonic ideology': the European Union.

In the interview, the bishop also answered questions about the 'doctrinal confusion' in the Catholic Church, on intercommunion, on the dubia concerning Pope Francis's controversial encyclical Amoris laetitia, and on the phenomenon of children being raised by same-sex couples.

Regarding doctrinal confusion, Bishop Schneider reflected that even forty years ago Pope Paul VI had realized there was a problem in the Church, saying: 'We believed that after the Council a sunny day for the history of the Church would arrive. What arrived instead was a day of clouds, of storms, of darkness, of searching, of uncertainty. The smoke of Satan entered through some crack into the temple of God.'

The situation has become worse, Schneider said, leading 'the great' Cardinal Carlo Caffaro to say, shortly before he died, that 'Only a blind man could deny that there is a great confusion in the Church.'

Concerning recent attempts by some bishops to admit non-Catholics to Holy Communion, Bishop Schneider underscored that since the result of communion is the 'perfect union of all the members of the [Catholic] Church', granting it to a someone who continues to reject the Catholic faith is a 'lie.'

The dubia (questions) touching on the admission of Catholics in irregular marital unions have not been resolved, the bishop said. He noted that some clerics at every level had simply decided to allow communion to people living as if they were legitimately married, but that 'no ecclesiastical authority has the power to dispense with the Sixth Commandment and the indissolubility of marriage.'

The bishop was just as candid with his opinions about homosexuality, especially regarding same-sex couples raising children.

'The Catholic Church, just like every human person of common sense and simple reason has always rejected homosexual activity,' he said. 'Entrusting children to homosexual so-called couples is a violation of a fundamental right of every child to be raised and educated by a daddy and a mommy.'

'The entrustment of children to homosexual so-called couples represents in the last analysis a moral abuse of children, the smallest and most defenseless,' Schneider continued. 'This phenomenon will go down in history as one of the greatest degradations of civilization. Those who daily fight such a crying injustice are the true friends of children and heroes of our age.'

Athanasius Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, was born in the Soviet Union in 1961, the child of minority German Catholics who were sent to gulags after the Second World War. Like other German Catholics trapped in the USSR, the Schneiders catechised their children in secret. Not having much money for train fares, they could take their children to the nearest available Mass only once a month. In an interview with the Catholic Register, Bishop Schneider said that his elders 'imbued us children with the crystal-clear, concrete and beautiful Catholic faith of all ages, which they themselves received from their parents and grandparents.'

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The unobserved anti-Christian bias

Writing from Europe for The Catholic Thing, Robert Royal praises a new report that analyses persecution of Europe's Christians in two categories: the Squeeze and the Smash

ROBERT ROYAL writes : 'When we think about the persecution of Christians at the present moment, what comes to mind for most of us are places like China, the Middle East, or pariah states like North Korea, Venezuela, or Cuba. These situations are occasionally noticed but not exactly well publicized in the secular media. We mostly have to rely on religious outlets, Catholic and Protestant, to do the heavy lifting of keeping us informed about the plight of fellow believers in the modern world.

But there's a whole other dimension of threats against Christians that goes almost unnoticed. We know of the pressures that churches and religious organizations - and even single believers like florists and bakers - come under these days in America when they resist attempts by State or Federal agencies to impose the new sexual ethos, or to enforce rules on alleged 'hate speech' or bias on believers.

The Supreme Court has so far been fairly good at protecting religious liberty. And if President Trump - as is highly likely - appoints another justice (or two?) to the Court, sensitive to Constitutional protections of religion, we may have at least some long-term shelter from the constant anti-Christian drumbeat in the universities, media, and Hollywood.

I've been aware for years of similar problems in Europe, where there are generally not the same kind of First Amendment protections or judicial recourse. But I had no real idea of the extent of the problems there - I think almost no one does - though we now have a very useful tool to takes its measure.

The Vienna-based Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe has published a 74-page 2018 Report that's a real eye-opener (you can read it online here).

This is not simply a compilation of complaints or over-sensitive reactions to clashes in pluralist societies. It provides a portrait of an extensive problem that everyone who cares about liberty, religious liberty included, should be aware of.

One of the most striking things about the report is the care with which it has been put together, starting with defining its terms: 'The term 'intolerance' refers to the cultural or social dimension and, at its worst, includes hate crimes against Christians; the term 'discrimination' refers to the legal dimension and includes interference with freedom of expression, religion, conscience, association and assembly, rights of parents, contractual freedom, governmental removal of Christian symbols, laws that negatively impact Christians, and unequal access to justice.'

Just to read this passage is to be amazed that such things are happening in Europe now. The Observatory quotes Pope Francis that there are two types of anti-Christian persecution. The first is overt, the kind of thing you see in a place like Pakistan, which is clear and explicit and undeniable. The second is 'polite persecution. . . .disguised as culture, disguised as modernity, disguised as progress.'

The Report also sorts European persecution into two categories with more colloquial names: 'Squeeze' and 'Smash.' Squeezes now seem to be turning into an international phenomenon, as witness these descriptions (which have parallels in America): 'In France, a pharmacist was sanctioned for refusing to sell an IUD, the abortifacient device. Swedish prolife midwives who refused to participate in abortions lost appeals challenging their employment termination cases and were ordered to pay court costs. A Catholic nursing home in Belgium was fined for preventing doctors from giving a lethal injection, and a Christian nursing home in Switzerland was ordered to allow assisted suicide on its premises or risk losing its charitable status.'

This is already bad enough, indeed. But the Smash cases are even more ominous. Many of them involve attacks by Muslims on clergy or people wearing crosses or other religious artifacts. If you only get your news from mainstream media, you'd barely know such things happen unless there's a case impossible to ignore like the 2016 murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel in France by two Muslim extremists.

It's not only Muslims, however, and the bulk of the Observatory's report describes over 500 cases of intolerance and discrimination along with links that enable you to look further into what's happening.

One sign of the seriousness of this whole undertaking is that the Observatory is not content merely to record these outrages, but makes concrete suggestions about what might help counter what appears to be a growing trend. Two caught my eye as crucial in societies where reflexively anti-Christian attitudes are gaining acceptance: 'Opinion leaders must be aware of their responsibility in shaping a tolerant public discourse, and should refrain from negative stereotyping of Christians or Christianity. Artists should be respectful of religious sites and symbols, bearing in mind that the object of their art might be most holy to religious believers.'

That would already be a great gain, of course, though the Cultured Despisers of Religion are very unlikely to take such simple fairness to heart. Ultimately, however, public authorities at all levels have to be confronted with the evidence of their own biases and misdeeds. And shamed into not forgetting them.

In the American Masterpiece Cakeshop case, our Supreme Court rightly noted the open religious hostility displayed by the Colorado civil rights commissioners towards the baker who would not create a special cake for a gay wedding. Some have since cynically commented that it wasn't much of a win because it made it appear that courts would only act when there was evidence of overt anti-Christian bias.

That's a warning well worth keeping in sight, given that more such cases will doubtless arise. But our European friends have rightly called out governments at all levels for allowing subtle discrimination and - as we've also seen in the United States - the clever abuse of anti-discrimination laws to discriminate against Christians.

This is not going to be an easy battle. But the more work all of us do in registering and speaking out on the kinds of abuses the Observatory has identified, the less easy a time of it anti-Christian bigots are going to have.

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News from around the world


Australia Archbishop of Adelaide sentenced to 12 months detention

THE ARCHBISHOP of Adelaide has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment after his conviction in May of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse.

Archbishop Philip Wilson will likely serve the sentence under house arrest, and a judge is likely to confirm this arrangement at a hearing on August 14.

Wilson has not resigned as archbishop, but Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Greg O'Kelly as Apostolic Administrator of the archdiocese, giving him day-to-day leadership responsibility.

The archbishop was convicted of concealing child sexual abuse committed by a parish priest in the 1970s. Two abuse victims said they had confided in him, but he refused to report the abuse to the authorities.

The priest, Fr James Fletcher, was convicted in 2006 and died in jail.

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United Kingdom Judge upholds ban on pro-life witness at London abortion centre

DOROTHY CUMMINGS McLEAN reports for LifeSiteNews : 'An English High Court judge has upheld a ban on pro-lifers' freedom of speech outside a London abortion business even while acknowledging that it violates their 'human rights.'

Today a judge dismissed Alina Dulgheriu's challenge to a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) created by Ealing Council early this year to prevent any form of pro-life activity, including silent prayer, from taking place outside the infamous Marie Stopes Ealing clinic.

Although acknowledging that the PSPO interfered with the pro-life witnesseshuman rights,' Mr Justice Turner said that the local government was 'entitled' to impose it.

He stated that 'there was substantial evidence that a very considerable number of users of the clinic reasonably felt that their privacy was being very seriously invaded at a time and place when they were most vulnerable.'

He felt that the effect of the activities of the 'protesters' was 'likely' to make them 'unreasonable' and thus justified the imposed restrictions.

Dulgheriu told media via a press release that she was 'saddened' and 'shocked' that a measure preventing women from getting help in continuing their pregnancies had been upheld by the courts.

'I am saddened and shocked that the Court has upheld a PSPO that prevents good people giving help to mothers who desperately want it,' she stated. 'I am surprised that evidence that the judge recognised isn't of a criminal standard, can be used to criminalise a whole section of society that holds an 'unfashionable' worldview.'



Dulgheriu pointed out that the Court's decision created a precedent for criminalizing even silent prayer and was a dismissal of the fundamental right to freedom of speech.

She added that she was 'devastated' for women who would not be able to get the same 'loving help' she did, and 'desperately sorry' for the pro-life volunteers who, since the anti-support battle revved up, 'have been consistently subject to abuse on the street and slander online.'

In the same press release, Dulgheriu's solicitor, Andre Clovis, stated that the outcome has dangerous implications for the freedom of speech in England.

'This decision allows Ealing Council to seek criminal sanctions against individuals for purported 'misbehaviour,' such as silent prayer,' he warned.

'This outcome sets as dangerous precedent and is a direct attack upon our very basic rights, such as freedom of expression. My view is that this decision cannot and should not be looked at in isolation for fear we continue the worrying trend of becoming a society where those with opposing views simply seek to shut each other down rather than engage in dialogue and debate.'

Clare Carberry of BeHereForMe.org, a group dedicated to making sure women who want and need help not to abort, praised Dulgheriu for her attempt to quash the PSPO and for forcing the public to take notice of women who are coerced into abortions.

'Before this case came to the courts it was wholly denied that women like Alina even existed,' Carberry said. 'The dominant narrative was that every woman attending an abortion centre was freely and independently choosing an abortion and that the vigils outside the clinic offered them nothing.'

Dulgheriu has 'blown the lid off the myth that abortion clinics offer options to women who are in the most difficult circumstance,' Carberry continued. 'She has overturned the pretence that the the pro-life vigils outside their doors do not offer help and that women do not want them there.'

Antonia Tully of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn (SPUC) told LifeSiteNews that she was 'astonished' that the judge would recognize that the PSPO interfered with human rights and but find Ealing Council was entitled to impose it.

'What is most shocking is that the High Court is allowing a council to ban peaceful public acts of witness and freedom of expression and stop members of the public offering charitable help to pregnant women,' she said.

Speaking of Dulgheriu, Tully continued: 'A mother who was herself given this help and has a beautiful six-year-old daughter as a result brought this challenge, and a judge has decided that no other mothers may be helped this way, and no-one else's sons or daughters may be saved.'

'Instead, they are to be left at the mercy of Marie Stopes. It's the height of irony that it's not the multi-million pound organisation that we know from CQC reports has injured women and put their health and safety at risk that is facing court action, but volunteers who give up their time to offer financial help and moral support to women who want to keep their babies. What kind of society treats its citizens in this way?'

Catholic journalist Caroline Farrow told LifeSiteNews that this was the first time in English history since the interdict against Catholicism was lifted that prayer has been criminalized.

'Prayer has been made illegal, and not just public prayer but anything which could be interpreted as a silent articulation of prayer or devotion,' she said.

'This is a major blow not only for religious freedom but also for free speech which is protected under the EU convention on human rights.'

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United Kingdom Gosport War Memorial Hospital ~ families call for justice

MORE than 450 people died in Gosport War Memorial Hospital after being prescribed 'dangerous doses' of clinically unjustified pain killers, a damning new report has found.

An independent panel led by former bishop of Liverpool James Jones concluded that between 1989 and 2000 'the lives of over 450 people were shortened as a direct result of the pattern of prescribing and administering opioids that had become the norm at the hospital, and that probably at least another 200 patients were similarly affected.'

Furthermore, the report said, 'there was a disregard for human life and a culture of shortening the lives of a large number of patients.'

This 'institutionalised practice of shortening lives' occurred under the direction of clinical assistant Dr Jane Barton, who was responsible for prescriptions made on the wards. In 2010, the General Medical Council ruled that Dr Barton was guilty of multiple instances of professional misconduct relating to 12 patients who died at the hospital, but she was never struck off and has since retired. However, the report found that the fear that they were dealing with 'another Dr Shipman' led any investigations to focus solely on whether she was guilty of unlawful killing, rather than pursuing a wider investigation.

In fact, the report says, the 'practice of anticipatory prescribing, and of administering certain drugs in circumstances and doses beyond what would have been indicated or justified clinically, involved the consultants, the clinical assistant, the nurses and the pharmacists.'

Some nurses had questioned the practise as early as 1991, but their concerns were overlooked. One nurse, Pauline Spilka, described how syringe drivers, a device used to administer a constant dosage of drugs over a period of time, was used. 'It was also clear to me that any patient put onto a syringe driver would die shortly after. During the whole time I worked there I do not recall a single instance of a patient not dying having been put onto a driver.'

She also related several shocking stories of the device being used inappropriately. In one case, she came into work to find that a difficult but active and responsive patient, who she had not considered to be near death, was on a syringe driver and unconscious. The nurse responsible wasn't able to reassure her that the patient had known this action would lead to his death. 'Knowing [the patient] as I did I am confident that he to [sic] would not have allowed the introduction of a syringe driver had he known of the outcome...I am concerned that he was certainly not in imminent fear of death when he allowed the syringe driver to be introduced.' Another lady, whose family insisted that medication be stopped and refused the syringe driver, 'improved beyond all recognition' and went home, she said.

A police detective, reporting an interview with Nurse Spilka, said: 'She describes the ward at [sic] the 'Dead Loss' ward as opposed to Daedlus. She describes the regime of [the nurse] as being geared towards euthanasia.' She also said that 'indiscriminate use of Syringe Drivers on Patients in the Daedalus Ward at Gosport War Memorial Hospital is my main concern. It appeared to me then and more so now that euthanasia was practised by the nursing staff.'

There were other accusations that euthanasia was taking place. A 2002 expert report by Prof Gary Ford stated: 'Routine use of opiate and sedative drug infusions without clear indications for their use would raise concerns that a culture of 'involuntary euthanasia' existed on the ward.' A distressed son spoke of his 'amazement that I was being asked to sanction what appeared to be euthanasia' on his mother.

The report also noted a pattern of clinical judgements being made that patients were close to death, regardless of the purpose of their admission or the plan in place. 'It may be tempting to view what happened at the hospital in the context of public debate over end of life care, what a 'good death' is, and assisted dying,' it said. 'That would be a mistake. What happened at the hospital cannot be seen, still less justified, in that context. The patients involved were not admitted for end of life care but often for rehabilitation or respite care. The pattern of prescribing and administering drugs was excessive and inappropriate in the ways explained in this Report.'

Dr Anthony McCarthy of SPUC commented: 'The failures recounted in the report are fully consistent with adoption in some quarters of a euthanasiast culture. Such a culture views it as an acceptable solution to replace genuine care with the intention to bring about the early death of vulnerable patients. The systematic failure of both medical and legal bodies to take appropriate action in the face of concerns raised by nurses suggests that constant propaganda in favour of euthanasia and an indulgent attitude to 'hard cases' is doing its work. We welcome this report and hope that it awakens everyone to the real dangers posed by a pro-euthanasia climate and the perversion of palliative care. To begin to treat certain lives as unworthy of life, whether through the assessment of the patient or simply that of a doctor or bureaucrat, is to be at odds with the most basic Hippocratic principles and basic justice to vulnerable human beings.'

The families of those who died, who have been campaigning for justice for the last twenty years, are calling for criminal prosecutions to be brought. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was apologised to the families for 20 years 'of anguish and pain' and said that he will work with the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether criminal proceedings can be brought.

Update :Bishop Egan warns Catholics: gravely ill still face threats in NHS hospitals

SIMON CALDWELL reports for the Catholic Herald : 'Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has warned Catholics to be alert to the possible deliberate killings of seriously ill patients in state-funded hospitals.

Bishop Egan issued a "pastoral message" to clergy and laity after the publication of a report, which concluded that 650 people died in a hospital within his diocese after they were given large doses of painkillers without medical justification.

Bishop Egan said he was "shocked and saddened" by the report, published in late June by the Gosport Independent Panel, and he described the deaths at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital from 1989 to 2000 as "a terrible tragedy."

The panel began in 1998 to investigate the medical care and deaths of patients at the hospital.

The bishop warned the faithful that gravely ill patients continued to face threats within Britain's National Health Service.

He suggested that over-sedation and dehydration were so commonplace that people were safer receiving care at home than being hospitalised.

"The NHS is a huge blessing, but we must ever be vigilant to the policies, values, priorities and procedures that operate within it," Bishop Egan said.

"If you or a loved one is terminally ill, consider whether it might be practicable to die at home," he said.

"Ask whether it is possible for drugs to be used that do not totally withdraw consciousness and a chance to pray and commune with family and friends," he continued. "As next of kin, gently insist on being involved in decisions. It might be appropriate to ask staff for a second opinion or a re-evaluation of treatment."

Bishop Egan called for a review of geriatric and end-of-life care "in relation to fundamental moral principles," adding that it was "not morally permissible until the very last to withdraw feeding and hydration."

Not a single medical professional has faced prosecution for the deaths of patients at Gosport, although Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, has indicated that police will study new evidence produced by the investigating panel.

The scandal, however, is only the latest to convulse the health service, and follows a series of reports in the media about the widespread neglect of elderly and gravely ill patients.

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United Kingdom BBC reveals fourfold over-representation of LGBT staff - insists more must be hired

BREITBART reports: 'Announcing reforms to make the BBC more trans-friendly, Tunde Ogungbesan, BBC diversity boss, has revealed the proportion of transgender staff at the BBC is fourfold that of the wider population - with LGB employees overrepresented almost fivefold - but insisted more must be hired to make the corporation diverse.

With figures from a confidential staff sex survey showing the BBC employs more than 400 transgender individuals, the public broadcaster's diversity chief boasted that representation of sexual minorities in its workforce was 'very high' - but said it needs to hire more lesbian and trans people as staff.

Revealing the results of the corporation's internal survey of more than 21,000 workers, Ogungbesan said that 11 per cent of the BBC workforce identified themselves as LGBT in total, with male homosexuals accounting for 4.8 per cent of employees, lesbians 1.3 per cent, and bisexual people 2.2 per cent.

Speaking at a conference at the end of last month, the BBC boss said: '[The 11 per cent of BBC staff who identify as sexual minorities] are mainly the Gs [gay] and the Bs [bisexual], so the lesbians and the transgender folk, the figures are not as high as you would want them to be, especially with the lesbians.'

Considering official data published in October showed that only 0.7 per cent of females in Britain identify as lesbian, the BBC's concern over its workforce containing supposedly too few people from this demographic would appear to be misplaced, given the corporation's claim it is 'committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK'.

According to Office for National Statistics figures, which were reported by Breitbart London, only two per cent of the UK population identifies as homosexual or bisexual, accounting for 1.2 per cent and 0.8 per cent, respectively.

Males were much more likely to identify as homosexual (1.7 per cent) than females, who were more likely to identify as bisexual, the figures showed.

'Can someone have a guess at how many people have disclosed they are transgender at the BBC. Ten? Anyone else? Twenty? Not bad. One more? I will put you out of your misery. We've got 417… almost two per cent. That is very, very high,' Ogungbesan told senior civil servants, doctors, and pro-transgender activists at the end of last month.

With 417 of the BBC's workforce disclosing that they identify as transgender, the demographic is employed at the corporation at four times the rate they appear in the wider UK, where the figure stands at 0.5 per cent according to a Home Office-funded study by the far-left Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Despite revealing massive underrepresentation of heterosexuals, the survey results have 'helped [the BBC] move the agenda forward', Ogungbesan said, adding that the 'fascinating' data would lead to the corporation making further pro-LGBT reforms.

Announcing to the Westminster Social Policy Forum the launch of a new 'work stream' looking at 'the culture and career progression' of LGBT staff - 12 per cent of whom hold 'leadership' positions at the corporation - Ogungbesan also apologised for failing to create the programme sooner.

A BBC spokesman said: 'We're proud to have a diverse range of people.'

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United Kingdom Young Catholics sign letter in support of Humanae Vitae

NICK HALLETT reports for the Catholic Herald : 'Nearly 200 young Catholics have signed an open letter expressing their support for the teaching of Humanae Vitae.

The letter, published in this week's Catholic Herald, praises the document's call to chastity, describing as "beautiful and prophetic".

"Living out chastity is counter-cultural and difficult, but rewarding for relationships," the signatories say. "It reminds us how the person to whom we are attracted is not a thing to be used, but an equal to be loved, honoured and treated with reverence."

While they admit that Humanae Vitae's teachings may be "unfashionable", they add that this does not make them untrue.

"Sex can never be truly casual, because it is so inherently filled with meaning - namely, the mutual love of the couple and openness to new life. That is why respecting the integrity of the sexual act matters. It is in allowing sex to convey its full meaning that we can give oneself to one's spouse completely in love."

The letter comes just ahead of October's Youth Synod, when bishops will examine the Church's pastoral outreach to young people. A working document for the synod said Young Catholics were divided on issues such as sexuality and gender.

The letter also comes after a similar statement signed by 500 British priests to mark the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. The clergy said that a "proper 'human ecology', a rediscovery of the way of nature and respect for human dignity is essential for the future of our people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike."

"We propose discovering anew the message of Humanae Vitae, not only in fidelity to the Gospel, but as a key to the healing and true development of our society."

The full letter

It has been suggested that Catholic teaching on contraception has failed to "engage with social change" (Letter, June 22). Yet one must not confuse being unfashionable with being untrue.

Living out chastity is counter-cultural and difficult, but rewarding for relationships.

It reminds us how the person to whom we are attracted is not a thing to be used, but an equal to be loved, honoured and treated with reverence. The philosopher Elizabeth Anscombe rightly observed that "in this contraceptive day", however, sex becomes seen as "no more than a sort of extreme kiss, which it might be rather rude to refuse".

At the heart of chastity is the simple yet revolutionary idea that we are made for love, and our sexuality has been given to us in order to fulfil this call. Hence, as Pope Francis puts it, "The image of God is the married couple". Sex can never be truly casual, because it is so inherently filled with meaning - namely, the mutual love of the couple and openness to new life. That is why respecting the integrity of the sexual act matters. It is in allowing sex to convey its full meaning that we can give oneself to one's spouse completely in love.

As young, lay Catholics living in Britain who find this teaching on sexuality beautiful and prophetic, we therefore wish to affirm the relevance of Humanae Vitae for our generation - and indeed for generations to come.

The full list of signatories:

Michelle Allan

Johannes Arens

Ray-Mallero Baquiran

Damian and Margaret Barker

Joao Barroca

Vivienne Barrow

Lorna Begley

Antonia and Chris Braithwaite

Anna Branford

Sean Biggins

Gerald Bonner

Joanna and Stephen Bullivant

Hugh Burling

Ruth Bushell

Elena Cahill

Christopher Cahill

Joshua Caminiti

Philip and Clara Campbell

Thomas and Rebecca Carrott

Sara Chan

James Channer

Gregory Chilson

Johnny Church

Dominic Ciftci

Georgia Clarke

Dominic Clearkin

Elizabeth Cohen

Patrick Connell

Mollie Cornell

Angela Costley

Rebekah Curran

Catherine Dalzell

Henry Darlison

Edward David

Tudur David

Christopher Dean

Grace Deighan

Simone Delzin

Alisa and Gregor Dick

Luke Dowle

David and Katie Edwards

Emmi Egbuonu

Sina Fackler

Selina Fang

James Farrell

Eve Farren

John and Rosemary Fetherston

Catherine Fleischer

Andrew Ford

Maria Freeman

Raphaella Gabrasadig

Joseph and Julie Geoghegan

Rafael Gibbons

Conor and Naomi Gildea

Annie Glasspool

Chris and Marie-Therese Glover

Antonia Goddard

Anastasia Gomes

Naoise Grenham

Ryan Hawkes

Eleanor Hall

Angela and Paul Hammond

Rachel Hammond

Lucy Healy

Jonathan Henry

Rachael Henry

Josephine Holt

Joseph Hopkins

James Howe

Andrew and Irene Hutchinson

Thomas Hutchinson

Jacob Imam

Gregory and Grace Jackson

Guy Jackson

Jo Jackson

Emma John

Bonnie and Dennis Johnson

Michael Jones

Leslie and David Keating

Rory Kennedy

William Kent

Jack Kilday

Evangeline Kozitza

Ilona Lahdelma

Brian M. Lapsa

Matt Lavelle

Visitation Lesterpearson

Martin and Roisin Macgregor

Pui Yiu Carol Mak

Kathleen Malkin

Claire Maloney

Julia McCourt

James McKee

David Mitchell

Caisen Mirassou

Riccardo Monni

John Morris

Lauren and Greg Morrison

Marya Morrison

Peter Morrison

Narquita Navarro

Thomas and Catherine Neal

Michael and Margaret Nicholson

Isabel Ng

Angela Mui Nouillan

Darren Nouillan

Niall and Ruth O Coinleáin

Christopher and Rebecca Oldroyd

Francis and Annabel Osborn

Maria Overy

Tanya Park

Fraser and Jane Pearce

Helena Penfold

Benjamin and Jutta Portelli

Michal Pruski

Liam and Patricia Rafferty

Gavin Rice

Theresa Rowland

John Saladino

Gerrie Serpell

Paul Shakeshaft

Ruby Shao

John Shinkwin

Rebecca Short

Edward Smith

Brian and Elizabeth Sudlow

Caroline and Matthew Sutherland

Madeleine and Dominic Strezynski

Wojciech Szymczak

Saumya Thomas

Brenden Thompson

Gregory Treloar

Joseph and Bethany Treloar

Grace Shih-Chia Tseng

Monica Underwood

Hannah Vaughan-Spruce

Ailsa and James Walton

Ian and Kristiina Watt

Matthew and Rachael Ward

Thomas and Sarah Ward

Michael and Elisabeth Wee

Elizabeth Wilkinson

Alithea Williams

Matthew Williams

Jamie Wilmore

William Woodall


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United Kingdom Speaker of the House of Commons says LGBT rights must trump religious liberty

ON WEDNESDAY the Speaker of the House of Commons explicitly declared that "gay rights" should override religious freedom.

John Bercow made the declaration at a PinkNews reception, PinkNews reports. "Gay rights, lesbian rights, bi rights and trans rights are not gay rights, lesbian rights, bi rights or trans rights, they are human rights," he declared, "and that seems to me to be the inescapable conclusion of any serious consideration of these matters."

He went on to claim to "respect people's rights to adhere to and profess their faith," but asserted that when "somebody's adherence to faith on the one hand and the acknowledgement of and demonstration of respect for human rights" come into conflict, "the latter has to trump the former."

"If there are people who take a different view, no doubt they will profess it, but that is my absolutely clear sense," he reiterated.

In particular, he singled out the 1988 law known as Section 28 for ridicule as "the single most pernicious piece of legislation in the post-war period." Repealed in 2003, the law forbade public schools from promoting homosexuality in sex education classes.

Bercow has advocated for the LGBT agenda throughout his nine-year tenure as speaker, and even incorporates a rainbow flag into his official heraldic Coat of Arms. He has also advocated to legalize abortion in Northern Ireland and allow the destruction of embryos for stem cell research, as well as supported measures to mandate explicit sex education for children as young as six, and criminalize pro-life pregnancy centres for advertising the government deems "misleading."

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United States Dissident priest spouts heresy with local bishop's 'protection'

MICHAEL HICHBORN reports for the Lepanto Institute : 'This week Archbishop Wester celebrated Mass for the members of this year's Association of US Catholic Priests (AUSCP) Assembly. It is likely no coincidence that the Gospel reading was Matthew 7:15-20, which begins, 'Jesus said to his disciples: 'Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.'' Sadly, His Excellency gave no such warning Tuesday night as gnostic-leaning Franciscan, Fr. Richard Rohr, denied the inerrancy of Scripture, denied the doctrine of infallibility, denied that the Catholic Church possesses the fullness of the Truth, and proclaimed the evolution of doctrine. Abp. Wester was in the conference hall for Fr. Rohr's talk.

Gnosticism is an ancient heresy that denied the Incarnation because it professed the false belief that all matter was evil. While Fr. Rohr doesn't profess this belief, much of his ideas are sprinkled with gnostic teachings. For instance, the gnostics didn't deal with sin so much as ignorance. This is a theme that runs throughout Fr. Rohr's speech. Another gnostic idea is that one must obtain secret knowledge in order to achieve salvation, and again, this theme is heard all through his talk.

In a previous article, the Lepanto Institute profiled many of the serious issues with Fr. Rohr, some of which are the following:

•  Fr. Rohr violated Pope John Paul II's encyclical Ecclesia De Eucharistia, 30 by receiving and distributing 'communion' at a Protestant service.

•  Fr. Rohr co-presided at a 'commitment ceremony' between two lesbians.

•  Fr. Rohr's Center for Action and Contemplation hosted a workshop inspired by Starhawk, a self-proclaimed witch and neo-pagan practitioner of goddess-worship.

•  Fr. Rohr was identified as having prayed to 'Mother God' in Mass.

Despite Fr. Rohr's documented history of violating Church teaching, he is still a priest 'in good standing' and currently has faculties in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. In fact, during his speech to the AUSCP, Fr. Rohr specifically mentioned that he had always had 'Cardinal-bishop protectors wherever [he] has been, including our wonderful Archbishop Wester, here.

Fr. Rohr's speech was a meandering conglomeration of gnostic ideologies and political rhetoric. Amidst his insults to traditional Catholics, political conservatives, the Trump administration, and those who believe in the fullness of the Church's absolute teachings, he calls for those in attendance not to take sides, not allowing themselves to humiliate 'the other side,' and not to demonize or scapegoat 'the other side.'

Highlights from the speech include the following:

•  Fr. Rohr claims that it was Protestants who 'decided that the Bible was inerrant.' He goes on to say that, 'The Bible might be inerrant spiritually, but historically, scientifically, culturally … it's a mass of contradictions from beginning to end. Now, I won't offend Catholic by that because Catholics don't know very much about Scripture.'

•  Fr. Rohr denies the doctrine of infallibility of the pope, claiming that it was an 'invention' of Church hierarchs. He said, 'Around the same period that they declared the Bible to be inerrant, INERRANT! We declare the pope to be infallible.' NOTE: This statement elicits laughs throughout the audience. He continues: 'We both went on nineteen hundred years without an inerrant bible … So, they said 'sola scriptura,' with a very limited understanding of how a Sacred Story is communicated, and we decided that all truth could be found by making the pope infallible. Might they say, 'well, what did we do for the first nineteen hundred years? Were none of those people Christians? Were none of them Catholics because they didn't have an infallible pope?'

•  Fr. Rohr claims that Christianity, including Catholicism, is a 'religion of white privilege.'

•  Rohr twists the writings of the mystics and Scripture to assert that true knowledge of God comes from an 'awakened spirit'

•  Fr. Rohr claims that people on the right are united, not because of what they believe, but because of what they're against, and he suggests that it is a unity against people like himself, those in the room that he is talking to, and that the right holds together in order to bring in 'funds.'

•  Fr. Rohr claims that the 'sin of the world' that Our Blessed Lord came to reveal is 'ignorant killing; ignorant attacking anybody else.'

After spending over 40 minutes telling the audience that they can't know anything that is true except by an interior experience, Fr. Rohr proposes a slippery idea that truth can come from many sources, such as Hindus, Buddhists, or Protestants, suggesting that Catholics should be comfortable reading false sources in search of Truth.

Here is the entire talk for those who can stomach it.



[Published by LifeSiteNews with permission from the Lepanto Institute]

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United States Priests urge clergy to join declaration of 'total acceptance' of Humanae Vitae

CLAIRE CHRETIEN reports for LifeSiteNews : 'Warning that marriage, family, and gender are being 'reinvented and distorted,' U.S. Catholic priests are expressing their 'total acceptance' of the Church's teaching against contraception and urging fellow clerics to join them.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical reaffirming Catholic teaching against artificial contraception. The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy's U.S. chapter has united in support of the landmark encyclical that defied the sexual revolution and articulated natural law.

'Since 1968, dissent from this official teaching among some theologians and non-adherence among many people have precipitated the dire predictions of the pope that promiscuity, pornography, divorce, remarriage, artificial conception and unnatural intercourse, would proliferate,' the priests explain on LifePetitions, LifeSiteNews' petition platform for pro-life and pro-family activists. So far, their appeal has 47 signatories.

Many priests openly rebelled against Humanae Vitae when it was released. Clerical opposition to the Church's prohibition of contraception, which festered quietly and seemed to dim during the pontificates of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, has resurged under Pope Francis. A new member of the overhauled Pontifical Academy for Life Father Maurizio Chiodi, has even used Amoris Laetitia to argue that some circumstances 'require' contraception.

'Blessed Paul VI solemnly reaffirmed the perennial doctrine that conjugal love is essentially and necessarily oriented to love and life,' the American priests write. 'Furthermore, all sexual acts outside of marriage or those not disposed to unity and procreation are intrinsically evil and are therefore always sinful.'

'Contraception has infected society with a culture of death that sees abortion not as the murder of innocent unborn, rather as a mere personal choice,' they continue. 'We recommit ourselves to defending Humanae Vitae as it is based on the immutable Natural Moral Law and the Magisterium of the Church.'

The priests of the confraternity say they 'fear the intrusion of the state and secular powers to interfere with Divine Justice by promoting and even compelling acts against the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.'

Developing countries often only receive Western aid money on the condition that they promote contraception, something the faithful Catholic priests condemn in their new petition: 'We repudiate the efforts by governments and other institutions to compel people, especially those in need, to embrace a contraceptive mentality and attitude as a prerequisite to receiving charitable assistance.'

In June, nearly 500 priests in the United Kingdom issued a similar statement upholding Catholic doctrine against contraception, saying what it offers is 'key to the healing and true development of our society.'

'We urge and exhort our ordained brothers as well as all the faithful to reacquaint themselves and those under their care with [Humanae Vitae] and vigorously defend it and implement it for the common good of humanity itself,' the U.S. priests conclude.

Pope Francis is scheduled to canonize Pope Paul VI, who oversaw and approved the radical changes to the Catholic Mass a half-century ago, on October 14.

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International The World Over with Raymond Arroyo



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International Some jihad headlines of the week


Canada: Refugee sees her ISIS slave master on bus, is told 'don't tell anyone'

Iraq: Kurdish government imposes jizya on Assyrian Christians

USA : Muslim plotted jihad mass murder for Fourth of July

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Panel Discussion ~ Education's response to violations of religious freedom



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'How unspeakably cold is the idea of a Temple without that Divine Presence!'

FR JOHN ZUHLSDORF draws attention in his blog to the Catholic Herald 'sprint edition (not online), which recently carried an article by the renowned Newman scholar, Fr. Ian Ker about Newman's conversion and the Real Presence in Catholic churches. Here it is in toto:

'Before Newman's conversion, he avoided Catholic churches.

Then he discovered what made them unique

The story of Newman's conversion to Catholicism is not quite the same as his subsequent discovery of Catholicism. There were then very few Catholic places of worship, and, in any case, to avoid the charge that the Oxford or Tractarian Movement was really just a preparation for conversion to the Church of Rome, Newman had carefully avoided Catholics and Catholic services, even when he was on his Mediterranean tour of 1832-3 and when he could hardly avoid being exposed to both.

And so it was that the feature of his new religious life as a Catholic that most struck him came as a complete surprise - namely, the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament in Catholic churches. He wrote in a letter to a close friend, herself about to become a Catholic a few months later:

We went over not realising those privileges which we have found by going. I never allowed my mind to dwell on what I might gain of blessedness - but certainly, if I had thought much upon it, I could not have fancied the extreme, ineffable comfort of being in the same house with Him who cured the sick and taught His disciples … When I have been in Churches abroad, I have religiously abstained from acts of worship, though it was a most soothing comfort to go into them - nor did I know what was going on; I neither understood nor tried to understand the Mass service - and I did not know, or did not observe, the tabernacle Lamp - but now after tasting of the awful delight of worshipping God in His Temple, how unspeakably cold is the idea of a Temple without that Divine Presence! One is tempted to say what is the meaning, what is the use of it?

It is remarkable how it was the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament in Catholic churches that more than anything else impressed and moved Newman, even more than the Mass itself. And it tells us something very important not only about Newman but also about a central aspect of the impact of Catholicism on the imagination of the 19th-century English Protestant convert. Thus Newman is not only making a devotional and spiritual point when he writes to an Anglican friend:

I am writing next room to the Chapel - It is such an incomprehensible blessing to have Christ in bodily presence in one's house, within one's walls, as swallows up all other privileges … To know that He is close by - to be able again and again through the day to go in to Him …

Newman is saying something very significant about objectivity and reality.

For it was that concrete presence of Jesus in a material tabernacle which, for Newman, above all produced that 'deep impression of religion as an objective fact' and which so impressed him about Catholicism. He admired 'every where the signs of an awful and real system'.

When Newman arrived in Italy a year later to prepare for the priesthood, he was immediately and vividly aware of a reality that powerfully impinged on his imagination, but of which he had been oblivious on his previous visit. Arriving in Milan, he immediately noticed that he had now an added reason for preferring classical to Gothic architecture, since its simplicity meant that the high altar stood out as the focal point of the church, with the result that the reserved Sacrament had particular prominence - for 'nothing moves there but the distant glimmering Lamp which betokens the Presence of our undying Life, hidden but ever working'.

His almost obsessive preoccupation with this 'Real Presence' was more than simply devotional: 'It is really most wonderful to see this Divine Presence looking out almost into the open streets from the various Churches … I never knew what worship was, as an objective fact, till I entered the Catholic Church.'

For what Newman had discovered was that the objectivity of the worship which so impressed him only reflected the objectivity of Catholicism, which he came to believe was a quite different religion from Anglicanism or Protestantism. Now he was delighted to find, as he thought, 'a real religion - not a mere opinion such that you have no confidence your next door neighbour holds it too, but an external objective substantive creed and worship'.

Newman's fascination with the reservation of the Sacrament reflects his celebrated philosophical distinction between the notional and real, notions being intellectual abstractions and the real what we personally and concretely experience. Catholics, he insisted, worshipped not dogmatic definitions but 'Christ Himself', believing in the '[Real] Presence in the sacred Tabernacle not as a form of words', or 'as a notion, but as an Object as real as we are real'.

[Fr Ker's Newman on Vatican II (2014) was reissued this year in paperback by OUP]

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Book review


The Holy Family

The Holy Family Model not Exception. By Prof. Mary Sivanandan, STD. ISBN 1981948171. 334 pages.. Amazon £15.02 paperback, £10.75 Kindle

IN 1988 Mary Sivanandan was awarded a fellowship to the John Paul Institute for Studies in Marriage an Family. This new book is expanded from her teaching at the Institute, in which she stresses that the Holy Family is by no means the 'ontological exception' but the true model for every family, a key element in the economy of salvation.

Her theses begins with a discussion on the implications of the concept of the family as an image of the Trinity -- in a communion of persons and as the 'domestic church' - and this at a time when our troubled current culture so strongly emphasises individualism.

Our culture today, says the author, is confused over the identity of man and woman and marriage. Women seek to become like men in order participate in society, regarding their feminine gift of fertility and nurturing as detrimental. Some men, on the other hand, seek to become women. This book, following St John Paul II and his interpreters, shows a better way that both affirms women's legitimate desires to be honoured as human persons first and, at the same time, calls for a true appreciation of masculine gifts.

Prof.Sivanandan shows how the family has the vocation to image the Trinityand then traces, from medieval times to the 21st century, the theological developments of the Holy Family as a communion of persons - a communion where Joseph and Mary gave themselves so totally to the person of Jesus as well as to each other, with special emphasis on Joseph's chastity and Mary's bodily nursing of Jesus,

In Chapters V to VII she examines the communion of persons through the spousal relations - in which the child plays such a central role. ('Christ attached enormous importance to the child. He made the latter almost the spokesman of the cause proclaimed by him and for which he gave his life. He made the child a representative, the simplest one, of this cause, almost a prophet of this.' St John Paul II)

By chance, when reading this book, I came across this relevant passage delivered in a sermon by Msgr. Ronald Knox. 'We Catholics have a touching habit of making the profession of a nun into a sort of parody of a wedding service; the preacher is expected to address the novice as if she were a bride just waiting for the nuptial blessing. One of these days, I would like to reverse that process, and preach a wedding sermon in which I should address the bride and bridegroom as two souls who were about to take their solemn vows in some enclosedd order ofreligion. A little enclosed order of two, with an object of its own and a spirit of its own - the oldest of all religious orders, becauseit was founded by Adam and Eve'.

Prof. Sivanandan has brought us an important book - but, though written with clarity is certainly not a light read,

[Tim Matthews]

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Sexual Abuse and the Third Secret: A Timely Reminder

MATT GASPERS reports for OnePeterFive : 'Last week Tuesday, June 26, marked the eighteenth anniversary of the release of The Message of Fatima, a booklet published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in which the Vatican claims to have revealed the entire Third Secret of Fatima - that is, the third part of the secret entrusted to the three shepherd children by Our Lady on July 13, 1917.

The CDF booklet provides Sister Lucia's description of a mysterious vision (previously unpublished) concerning 'a Bishop dressed in White' who passes 'through a big city half in ruins' and is eventually 'killed by a group of soldiers' atop 'a steep mountain' near 'a big Cross,' followed by 'the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions' who were following the Holy Father and are killed in the same manner. What is missing is the continuation of Our Lady's words (recorded by Lucia in her Fourth Memoir): 'In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved etc.' - a key phrase of the Blessed Virgin consigned to the status of a footnote at the back of the booklet.

I gave a Fatima-themed talk at a local parish on June 26. Toward the beginning, I chose to emphasize the following words of Pope Benedict XVI during his May 13, 2010 homily at Fatima: 'We would be mistaken [lit. 'One would be deceiving himself' in the original Italian] to think that Fatima's prophetic mission is complete.' Although the theme of my talk was the Five First Saturdays (based on a conference talk I gave last May), I took the opportunity to stress that Fatima - including its 'prophetic mission' - is not only relevant, but vital for us here and now, contrary to what certain men in the Church would have us believe. We need look no farther for the vital relevance of Fatima than the recent headlines announcing more despicable crimes on the part of Catholic clergy.

Sins that Cry to Heaven

Roughly a week before my parish talk, news broke that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C. (retired since mid-2006), has been forbidden by the Holy See to exercise public ministry due to a 'credible and substantiated' allegation of sexual abuse. Both McCarrick and Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the current D.C. archbishop, released statements on the incident, as did Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, who was tasked with overseeing the investigation (the incident of abuse occurred some 45 years ago, when then-Father McCarrick was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York).

For the record, this 'credible and substantiated' case is not the only incident in Cardinal McCarrick's past (far from it, OnePeterFive demonstrated, quoting the formerly Catholic journalist Rod Dreher at length). Later in the day on June 20 (date of the McCarrick announcement), other prelates admitted to knowing about other allegations of 'sexual behavior with adults' involving the now disgraced cardinal, two of which resulted in 'settlements.'

This is the same Cardinal McCarrick, by the way, who stated in 2007 that he would not feel 'comfortable' denying Holy Communion to openly pro-abortion politicians, despite being clearly admonished otherwise in 2004 by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then-prefect of the CDF and the future Pope Benedict XVI. It is also the same Cardinal McCarrick who proudly admitted to having 'talked up' (i.e., lobbied for) Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio among his fellow cardinals prior to the 2013 Conclave that elected Bergoglio as Pope Francis.

Just a week after the McCarrick announcement, LifeSiteNews reported that '[a] priest and diplomat who served at the Vatican's embassy in Washington, D.C.' - note the location (McCarrick's turf) - 'has been convicted of possession and distribution of child pornography, according to the Holy See.' The report goes on to explain, 'The Vatican City State tribunal declared [Msgr. Carlo Alberto] Capella specifically guilty of 'publishing, transmitting, offering, and holding' child pornography in the form of cartoons, photos, and videos, which he had downloaded on his phone,' while also observing, 'The conviction of Capella follows several high-visibility scandals that have troubled Pope Francis and the Vatican in recent months' - most especially, the case of Bishop Juan Barros, a Chilean prelate appointed by none other than Pope Francis.

Vital Relevance of Fatima

Do you recall what Benedict XVI stated back in 2010? 'One would be deceiving himself to think that Fatima's prophetic mission is complete.' He uttered those words on May 13. Two days prior, while en route to Fatima, he uttered even more explosive words in response to an equally controversial question, one directly related to clergy sexual abuse.

On May 11, 2010, during the flight to Portugal, Benedict fielded a small number of pre-selected questions from the media that were presented to him by Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., then-director of the Holy See Press Office. The third and final series of questions reads as follows (emphasis added):

'Your Holiness, what meaning do the Fatima apparitions have for us today? In June 2000, when you presented the text of the third secret in the Vatican Press Office, a number of us and our former colleagues were present. You were asked if the message could be extended, beyond the attack on John Paul II, to other sufferings on the part of the Popes. Is it possible, to your mind, to include in that vision the sufferings of the Church today for the sins involving the sexual abuse of minors?

Here, in part, was Benedict's explosive answer:

'In 2000, in my presentation, I said that an apparition - a supernatural impulse which does not come purely from a person's imagination but really from the Virgin Mary, from the supernatural - that such an impulse enters into a subject and is expressed according to the capacities of that subject. … Consequently, I would say that, here too, beyond this great vision of the suffering of the Pope, which we can in the first place refer to Pope John Paul II, an indication is given of realities involving the future of the Church, which are gradually taking shape and becoming evident. So it is true that, in addition to moment indicated in the vision, there is mention of, there is seen, the need for a passion of the Church, which naturally is reflected in the person of the Pope, yet the Pope stands for the Church and thus it is sufferings of the Church that are announced. The Lord told us that the Church would constantly be suffering, in different ways, until the end of the world. … As for the new things which we can find in this message today, there is also the fact that attacks on the Pope and the Church come not only from without, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin existing within the Church. This too is something that we have always known, but today we are seeing it in a really terrifying way: that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church, and that the Church thus has a deep need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn forgiveness on the one hand, but also the need for justice. Forgiveness does not replace justice.

Although he did not give a simple 'yes' in response, Benedict implied an affirmative answer to the question concerning 'the sufferings of the Church today for the sins involving the sexual abuse of minors'. By emphasizing that the Third Secret concerns 'the future of the Church,' and, more specifically, 'a passion of the Church' resulting 'from sin within the Church' that is manifesting itself 'today … in a really terrifying way,'Benedict unmistakably affirmed that the Third Secret deals with much more than a failed assassination attempt. (The idea that anyone familiar with the facts and in his right mind could buy such an absurd explanation is both insulting and comical.)

Yet Benedict's lengthy answer in 2010 raises another question: where in Sister Lucia's description of the vision do we see anything about 'sin within the Church'? Simply put, there is no indication of it whatsoever, which obviously means, in the words of Mother Angelica, that 'we didn't get the whole thing.'[1]

The Third Secret Speaks of Apostasy

Thankfully, due to the testimony of several key witnesses and scholars - and the efforts of men like Fr. Nicholas Gruner and John Vennari (may they rest in peace), who worked tirelessly to spread this crucial testimony - we know the substance of Our Lady's still hidden words, which can be summarized by a single word: apostasy. Here is a brief sampling of the testimony to that effect, most of which can be found in Volume 3 of The Whole Truth about Fatima by Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité [2]:

•  'I cannot say anything of what I learned at Fatima concerning the third Secret, but I can say that it has two parts: one concerns the Pope. The other, logically - although I must say nothing - would have to be the continuation of the words: In Portugal, the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved.'[3] [emphasis added] - Joseph Schweigel, S.J., d. 1964 (interrogated Sister Lucia about the Third Secret on behalf of Pope Pius XII on Sept. 2, 1952)[4]

•  'In the period preceding the great triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, terrible things are to happen. These form the content of the third part of the Secret. What are they?

If 'in Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved,' … it can be clearly deduced from this that in other parts of the Church these dogmas are going to become obscure or even lost altogether.Thus it is quite possible that in this intermediate period which is in question (after 1960 and before the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary), the text makes concrete references to the crisis of the Faith of the Church and to the negligence of the pastors themselves.'[5] [emphasis added] - Fr. Joaquin Alonso, C.M.F., d. 1981 (Cleratian priest and official Fatima archivist for over sixteen years; had unparalleled access to Sister Lucia)

•  'The Secret of Fatima speaks neither of atomic bombs, nor nuclear warheads, nor Pershing missiles, nor SS-20's. Its content concerns only our faith. To identify the Secret with catastrophic announcements or with a nuclear holocaust is to deform the meaning of the message. The loss of faith of a continent is worse than the annihilation of a nation; and it is true that faith is continually diminishing in Europe.' [6] [emphasis added] - Bishop Alberto Cosme do Amaral, d. 2005 (former bishop of Fatima-Leiria; remarks made in Vienna, Austria on Sept. 10, 1984)

•  'It [the Third Secret] has nothing to do with Gorbachev. The Blessed Virgin was alerting us against apostasy in the Church.'[emphasis added] - Cardinal Silvio Oddi, d. 2001 (Vatican diplomat and personal friend of Pope John XXIII, from whom he knew certain details concerning the Third Secret) [7]

•  'In the Third Secret it is foretold, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.'[emphasis added] - Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, O.P., d. 1996 (personal theologian to Popes John XXIII-John Paul II) [8]

Perhaps the most compelling testimony of all is that of Sister Lucia herself, who related the following to Fr. Augustine Fuentes during a Dec. 26, 1957 interview:

'Father, the devil is in the mood for engaging in a decisive battle against the Blessed Virgin. And the devil knows what it is that offends God the most, and which in a short space of time will gain for him the greatest number of souls. Thus the devil does everything to overcome souls consecrated to God, because in this way the devil will succeed in leaving the souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders, thereby the more easily will he seize them.

That which afflicts the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Heart of Jesus is the fall of religious and priestly souls. The devil knows that religious and priests who fall away from their beautiful vocation drag numerous souls to hell. … The devil wishes to take possession of consecrated souls. He tries to corrupt them in order to lull to sleep the souls of laypeople and thereby lead them to final impenitence. He employs all tricks, even going so far as to suggest the delay of entrance into religious life. Resulting from this is the sterility of the interior life, and among the laypeople, coldness (lack of enthusiasm) regarding the subject of renouncing pleasures and the total dedication of themselves to God. …

Hence from now on we must choose sides. Either we are for God or we are for the devil. There is no other possibility.'[9] [emphasis added]

Apostasy and Moral Corruption

You might be asking: What does apostasy (loss of faith) have to do with clergy sexual abuse? More than we might think, precisely because purity of faith and purity of heart (and, ultimately, of conduct) are profoundly interrelated. St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354-430) touches upon this truth at the end of his treatise On Faith and the Creed (Ch. 10, 25), where he explains:

'This is the faith which in few words is given in the Creed to Christian novices, to be held by them. And these few words are known to the faithful, to the end that in believing they may be made subject to God; that being made subject, they may rightly live; that in rightly living, they may make the heart pure; that with the heart made pure, they may understand that which they believe'. [10]

If our minds are not subject to God through 'obedience to the faith' (Rom. 1:5; cf. 16:26), then our wills inevitably stray from following the dictates of His law. And vice versa: if we choose to commit grave sins - especially sins of the flesh - and thus form a deep-seated habit of sin, our interest in the truths of Faith will eventually be snuffed out, just as 'the end of the commandment' - that is, the result of keeping God's law - 'is charity from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and an unfeigned faith' (1 Tim. 1:5). By choosing to sin, we become 'lovers of pleasure more than of God: Having an appearance indeed of godliness but denying the power thereof' (2 Tim. 3:4-5) - namely, the power of grace to change sinful behavior.

Does this not fittingly describe men like Cardinal McCarrick, those who have lived for decades with 'an appearance of godliness' that was, in fact, a veneer covering a disgusting habit of unnatural vice?

'The Secret, It's Terrible'

Let us recall once more the words of Benedict XVI:

'… that the greatest persecution of the Church comes not from her enemies without, but arises from sin within the Church, and that the Church thus has a deep need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn forgiveness on the one hand, but also the need for justice. Forgiveness does not replace justice'.

'Be not deceived,' St. Paul warns us, 'God is not mocked' (Gal. 6:7). Likewise, 'Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord' (Rom. 12:19; cf. Deut. 32:35). The abominable crimes of men like Cardinal McCarrick - sins that are overwhelmingly homosexual in nature and cry to Heaven for vengeance - will not go unpunished. The frightening reality is that the chastisement for such sins impacts the entire Mystical Body of Christ and the world at large.

With this in mind, let us reflect on one final piece of evidence concerning the Third Secret and its contents. It is found in a book written by Frère François de Marie des Anges, a confrère of Frère Michel, and relates to Cardinal Albino Luciani, who reigned for a mere 33 days as Pope John Paul I (Aug. 26-Sept. 28, 1978, emphasis added):

'In 1977, to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Cardinal Albino Luciani led a group of about fifty Italians from Venice to the Cova da Iria, among whom there were about a dozen priests. They went to the Carmel of Coimbra on July 11. The Patriarch of Venice, the future Pope John Paul I, celebrated Mass in the Convent Chapel. Then, on Sister Lucy's request, he conversed with her for almost two hours. At the end of that interview, 'the Cardinal appeared very pale, to the extent of leaving an impression on those individuals who were present.'

The photographs taken of him a few months later, in the beginning of the year 1978, when he preached on Lent in his native land, show him again 'with an expression which was not habitual to him, extremely serious.' During that sojourn, his brother and sister-in-law, Edoardo and Antonietta Luciani, perceived that the Cardinal was strangely absorbed, pensive, and inscrutable. 'One evening,' relates Regina Kummer in her biography of John Paul I, 'during dinner, Antonietta suddenly noticed his extreme and anguished pallor. He excused himself and without giving further explanations, he took his breviary and withdrew into his bedroom. The same thing happened the next evening. As a good hostess, she asked him if the food was the cause of his discomfort. The Cardinal answered them: I was just thinking of what Sister Lucy told me at Coimbra.

Then he added: The Secret, it's terrible.''[11]

Editor's note: This article originally ran at Catholic Family News. It is edited and published here with the author's permission.

[1] Quoted by Christopher A. Ferrara in his book, The Secret Still Hidden (Pound Ridge: Good Counsel Publications, 2008), p. 68. In the Aug-Sept. 2011 issue of Inside the Vatican magazine, Dr. Robert Moynihan (founder and editor-in-chief of ITV) revealed that Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the apostolic nuncio to the United States who had recently passed away, personally recommended The Secret Still Hidden to Moynihan.

[2] Last May, during his Rome Life Forum speech, Cardinal Raymond Burke praised Frère Michel's work as a 'monumental study of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima' and quoted from Volume 3 as follows: 'In short, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary undoubtedly refers much more to the third Secret than even the second. For the recovery of peace will be a gift from Heaven, but it is not, properly speaking, the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her victory is of another order, supernatural, and then temporal by addition. It will first be the victory of the Faith, which will put an end to the time of apostasy, and the great shortcomings of the Church's pastors.'

[3] Quoted by Frère Michel de la Sainte Trinité in The Whole Truth About Fatima, Volume III: The Third Secret (1942-1960), trans. John Collorafi (Buffalo: Immaculate Heart Publications, 1990), p. 710.

[4] Ibid., see pp. 337-338.

[5] Ibid., p. 687.

[6] Ibid., p. 677-678.

[7] See Maike Hickson, 'Cardinal Oddi on Fatima's Third Secret, the Second Vatican Council, and Apostasy,' OnePeterFive, Nov. 28, 2017.

[8] See 'Alice Von Hildebrand Sheds New Light on Fatima,' OnePeterFive, May 12, 2016.

[9] See The Whole Truth About Fatima, Vol. III: The Third Secret, pp. 505, 507.

[10] Philip Schaff (Ed.), Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 3 (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., fifth printing - January 2012), p. 333.

[11] Frère François de Marie des Anges, Fatima: Intimate Joy, World Event, Book IV Fatima: Tragedy and Triumph (Buffalo: Immaculate Heart Publications, 1994), pp. 143-144. Concerning the origins and purpose of this work, the author himself explains in his Preface: 'When Brother Michael [AKA Frère Michel] left our community [the Little Brother of the Sacred Heart] in 1989, in order to consecrate himself to the contemplative life in Chartreuse [as a Carthusian monk], he had not yet drafted the fourth volume [of The Whole Truth About Fatima] announced as 'In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph.' Some months later our Father Superior [Abbé Georges de Nantes] asked me to pursue Brother Michael's studies on Fatima, in preparing a summary of the three volumes already in print, and of the fourth volume which is yet to appear. … The last part of this work [Book IV of Fatima: Intimate Joy, World Event], abridged from the fourth volume [of The Whole Truth About Fatima] deals primarily with the period 1960-1991. Thus this book will show convincingly the actuality of the prophetical warnings contained in the great Secret of Fatima, as also the worldwide importance of the message of Our Lady in these last years of the 20th century' (pp. viii-ix).

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Cardinal Burke, Rome Life Forum, May 2018, Christ the King



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The Precious Blood of Jesus

'It is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy. And if you invoke as Father him who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one's work: converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here. Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers: But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled...' (1 Peter 1:16-19)

STEVE SKOJEC writes : 'There is a moment of particular poignance in The Passion of the Christ when Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate, who was deeply troubled by dreams of Christ's innocence, silently brings fresh linens to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who has just seen her Son scourged to the brink of death by the impious and drunken legionaries charged with carrying out His 'chastisement.' A knowing look passes between the noblewoman in her elegant Roman finery and the future Queen of Heaven, whose garments are woven of coarse, earth-toned cloth. The intensity of their gaze at last breaks, and Mary turns at once to the task not of cleansing the blood-soaked stones of the plaza, but of retrieving from them as much as possible of the infinitely precious contents of Our Lord's sacred veins, the very Blood of God spilled so carelessly onto the earth beneath the cruel Judean sun.

It is an image that will stay forever with me, and one upon which I had never previously meditated in my contemplation of the Passion. Every drop, every molecule of that saving ichor was of such incomparable worth that gold and silver were counted as refuse in comparison.

It is the long tradition of the Church, which celebrates today the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, that Christ was entirely exsanguinated during His torture, crucifixion, and death, drinking the chalice of suffering 'to the dregs' by shedding every last drop of His inestimably treasured blood. One drop of his blood, it has been said, would have been enough to redeem the world, but Our Adorable Savior spared nothing in His suffering of the cruelest imaginable torments to show us that 'God so loved the world…' (John 1)

In a conference given on the Precious Blood of Jesus, Father John Hardon once recalled:

'In the Middle Ages when the faith was stronger than in modern times, even the errors, shall I say, were more respectable? There were those who speculated (talk about a believing age!) those who speculated that maybe, just maybe, when Christ shed His Blood either in the Agony in the Garden or on Calvary, that once the Blood left the Body It was just ordinary blood. In the age of faith, believers speculated about, what was that blood separated from the Body? And the Church infallibly defined: Every drop of Christ's Blood in the Agony in the Garden, every drop He shed on Calvary, every drop was united hypostatically with the Second Person of the Trinity. Every drop of that Blood was adorable'.

In The Liturgical Year, Dom Prosper Gueranger explains the centrality of the Precious Blood in the Mass:

'The Blood of the Man-God, being the pledge of peace between Heaven and earth, the object of profoundest worship, the centre of the whole liturgy, and our assured protection against all the evils of this present life, deposits, even now, in the souls and bodies of those whom it has ransomed, the germ of eternal happiness; The Church, therefore, in her Collect, begs of the Father, Who has given us His Only-begotten Son, that this Divine germ may not remain sterile within us, but may come to full development in Heaven'.

In Ven. Mother Mary Potter's book, Devotion for the Dying: Mary's Call to Her Loving Children, she relates that Jesus is desirous that the blood He shed in His agony, scourging, crowning with thorns, via dolorosa, and crucifixion should not be allowed to go unadored:

'Our Lord told Sister Mary of St. Peter: 'Ask My Father for as many souls as I shed drops of Blood during My Passion.' By asking for the Precious Blood to be poured out on souls we prevent Its being, as it were, spilled out on the ground in vain. In His mysterious Providence God has put the salvation of others in our hands: we must ask for it, and ask fervently and often.

'One of the best means of participating in the graces and blessings of the Precious Blood is to offer It to the Eternal Father. 'An offering,' says Father Faber, is 'more than a prayer.' In prayer, we are the recipients, but when we make an offering, God vouchsafes to accept something from us. St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, when in ecstasy, once exclaimed: 'Every time a creature offers up the Blood by which he was redeemed, he offers a gift of infinite worth, which can be equaled by no other.' God revealed the practice of making this offering to this Saintly Carmelite nun when He complained to her that so little effort is made in this world to disarm His Divine justice against sinners. Acting upon this admonition, she daily offered the Precious Blood fifty times for the living and the dead. She did this with so much fervor that God showed her on different occasions the numerous souls who had thereby been converted or delivered from Purgatory'.

An offering of the Precious Blood may be made simply, as in the following prayer:

'Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, in satisfaction for my sins, in supplication for the holy souls in Purgatory and for the needs of Holy Church [especially for the soul of (Name)].'

We may also offer it through the efficacious intercession of Mary. Ven. Mother Potter offers this formula:

'IMMACULATE Heart of Mary, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of sinners, especially [Name].

Of particular import in the devotion to this central mystery of our salvation is the Litany of the Precious Blood of Jesus, which is especially effective in spiritual warfare against the forces of Hell. It is for this reason that the Litany is an essential portion of the prayers against the power of Satan and his fallen angels offered daily by the members of the Auxilium Christianorum.

The 'Blood of Christ,' as the Litany says, is truly 'most worthy of all glory and honor…' As the Litany concludes, we are left with a fitting reflection on why this particular devotion is deserving of the greatest respect and should be revived and embraced by all Christians:

'Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen'.

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The German rebellion on Eucharistic Communion for Protestants: The ground opens up

And immediately as Moses had made an end of speaking, the earth broke asunder under their feet: And opening her mouth, devoured them with their tents and all their substance. And they went down alive into hell the ground closing upon them, and they perished from among the people. But all Israel, that was standing round about, fled at the cry of them that were perishing: saying: Lest perhaps the earth swallow us up also. And a fire coming out from the Lord, destroyed the two hundred and fifty men that offered the incense. (Numbers 16:31-35)

RORATE CAELI writes: 'Once again in this Pontificate, the most sacred treasure possessed by the Church, the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, is turned into an object of rebellion and division. The first was, of course, the fake controversy of Communion to adulterers ('remarried divorced' Catholics).

Now, following several denials by Rome, but after a clear authorization given informally by Francis in another interview granted in his return to Rome from Geneva a week ago, the first German bishop has finally awarded express authorization for Communion to be regularly offered to Protestant spouses of Catholics.

From the German-language page of the EWTN news network, the news that the Archbishop of Paderborn, Hans-Joseph Becker, has given his full authorization for the distribution of Holy Communiuon to Protestant spouses:

Erzbischof Becker von Paderborn führt Kommunion für protestantische Ehepartner ein https://t.co/dlGhjfGnQM - CNAdeutsch.de (@CNAdeutsch) July 1, 2018

The excuse offered is that this will be done 'in individual cases', and not as a 'general rule'. But be not fooled! This is merely a rhetorical smokescreen, a ruse for disinformation, fake news made up by an Archbishop: what matters is that even in these 'individual cases' Communion will be given regularly.

But that is certainly not the reading of Canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law, that foresees this ONLY in 'danger of death' or other 'grave necessity' and only with a profession of Catholic faith and proper disposition -- basically, in a very urgent situation when formal steps for conversion would not be possible in time before a rapid denouement of the personal situation of the non-Catholic. That is certainly not the case with a Lutheran spouse of a Catholic who wants to receive Communion regularly: the answer here is for this spouse, if he or she is so eager, to renounce his former faith and enter the Catholic Church.

This is an age of Sacrilege, Apostasy, Schism, this is the age of the rebellion of Korah, led by members of the Hierarchy itself in Germany: 'Depart from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be involved in their sins.' (Numbers 16:26) This rebellion has been brought about by confusion and ambiguous declarations from a Supreme Office that should bring about only clarity and certitude.

Parce, Domine, parce populo tuo!

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Our Catholic Heritage

Site of the day : East Ham


EAST HAM in Essex played an important part in the life of Stephen Brinkley, Confessor of the Faith. He was a member of an association of Roman Catholic unmarried gentlemen of property, organised by Father George Gilbert, SJ, and solemnly blessed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1580. The association's purpose was to raise funds for the support of priests, to convert Protestants, and, at a time when priests travelled in disguise, without papers of identification, to arrange for introductions which would guard both priests and laity against betrayal. The members undertook to content themselves with the bare necessaries of their state of life, to spend the remainder of their goods in the cause of the Church, and to devote themselves wholly to the salvation of souls and the conversion of heretics.

At this time Father Robert Persons, SJ and Edmund Campion were preparing for a vigorous propaganda through the press. With the assistance of several of the old Marian priests, Persons procured from the elder Brooks, owner of a large house called Greenstreet, at East Ham, Essex, then five miles from London, permission for certain gentleman to lodge there. To this house, chiefly with the assistance of Brinkley, Persons conveyed a printing press and materials. Brinkley's seven workman appeared in public with fine clothes and horses, to avert suspicion. The parson and churchwardens urged the newly arrived gentlemen to attend services; an incautious purchase of paper almost gave a clue to the discovery of the press, and a servant of Brinkley's was caught and racked.

Their first book, however, probably a work of devotion or of encouragement to Catholics, was successfully issued. Brinkley moved the press to the home of Francis Browne, brother of Viscount Montagu. Persons issued A brief Censure upon two Books written in answer to M. Edmund Campion's Offer of Disputation in 1581. Campion's challenge was then circulating in manuscript. Caution was required in the management of Brinkley's Press. Government experts, like Norton, reported that the Brinkley books, in spite of the Douai imprint, had been produced in England; the landlord Brooks was suspicious; information as to the press was inquired of Father Briant upon the rack. After a second removal, Brinkley printed, at a lodge belonging to Dame Cecilia Stonor's house, near Henley-on-Thames, Campion's 'Decem Rationes'. At Oxford, on Commemoration Day, 27 June 1581, the benches of St. Mary's Church were found strewn with copies of this ringing challenge to the universities.

The capture of Campion near Oxford Sunday evening, 16 July, was followed in a few weeks by that of Brinkley and his printers. Brinkley, though tortured in the Tower of London, escaped the fate of his fellow prisoner, William Carter, a Catholic printer, who was executed at Tyburn. Brinkley was discharged in June 1583. He accompanied Father Persons first to Rome, where we find his name in the Pilgrim Book of the English College in the following September, and thence in the following year to Rouen. Here, with George Flinton, Brinkley printed a second edition of a work which Flinton had brought out in 1581, The Christian Directory.

After Flinton's death about 1585, Brinkley continued to issue Catholic books. The date of his death is unknown. Joseph Gillow mentions a work translated from the Italian (Paris, 1579), entitled The Exercise of a Christian Life ... newly perused and corrected by the translatour (James Sancer). Sancer, or Sanker, is known to have been the pseudonym of Brinkley. This work, perhaps, is one of the early issues of Brinkley's own press.




















Saint of the Day

SAINT KILIAN was born in Co. Cavan. He was a bishop and the apostle of Franconia, which is nowadays in the northern part of Bavaria, in the late 7th century. He preached the gospel in Würzburg and converted the local Duke and much of the local population. He was martyred by beheading, possibly at the behest of the duke's wife, possibly because she was the widow of the d all uke brother and Kilian declared her subsequent marriage to the Duke to be illegal.





















Missa Papae Marcelli

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See that I am God

SEE that I am God. See that I am in everything. See that I do everything. See that I have never stopped ordering my works, nor ever shall, eternally. See that I lead everything on to the conclusion I ordained for it before time began, by the same power, wisdom and love with which I made it. How can anything be amiss?

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