This edition of CF NEWS No.2264 posted at 12.33 pm on Sunday, January 20th 2019


NACF news

Philip Trower, R.I.P.   read more >>>

Vatican watch

Viganò tells McCarrick: repent, for the sake of your soul   read more >>>
Laity challenge clergy to confront homosexual subculture
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Burke: Fr. Martin 'not coherent' with Church teaching
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Icon of a disastrous Papacy
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Pope contradicts his 'mercy' saying it's better to be 'atheist' than hypocrite
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The depth of homosexual infiltration in the Church highlighted
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Freemasons thank Francis for his Christmas Message   read more >>>
Pope takes swipe at legacy of Pope Benedict    read more >>>

Humanae Vitae

Some quotes by Margaret Sanger that will probably make you sick    read more >>>

China supplement

Francis appoints retired, liberal Marxist to Hong Kong    read more >>>


Europe has lost the Faith    VIDEO    read more >>>
European court rules against German home-schooling family   read more >>>

News from around the world

AUSTRIA Cathedral gallery features lesbians kissing on Church step   read more >>>
FRANCE The new Catholic 'far right'
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GERMANY Priests call on Cardinal Marx to resign
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IRELAND New pro-life political party making waves
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PORTUGAL Fatima and Akita
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SWITZERLAND Global petition asking bishops to stop homosexual networks    read more >>>
UK Over 100 Anglican clergy criticise their bishops' LGBTI guidance    read more >>>
UK UK Oxford students ousting of philosophy professor for 'homophobia'
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USA March for Life: Trump promises to veto any abortion legislation    read more >>>
USA Cardinal Wuerl is denying denials, but video doesn't lie
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Commission for Countering Extremism: call for evidence
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St Vincent de Paul Concert
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Book review

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A shadow moves about the ruins
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Philip Trower, R.I.P.

GENEROUS PATRON and dear friend of the National Association of Catholic Families since its very foundation, Philip Trower died on the morning of January 9th.

Philip was born in May 1923 in London and, with an elder brother and two sisters grew up in Hertfordshire. After infant schooling, his education was at a preparatory school in Dorset, followed by six months learning French in Touraine, and then four years at Eton. In Jan 1941 he went to New College Oxford where he gained a MA in modern history (but didn't actually get around to collecting his degree in Oxford until last summer!)

In 1943 he was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade and took part in the Italian campaign, returning to England after being wounded at Anzio. When the war ended he spent two more years of service in Cairo, attached to an intelligence unit.

Originally destined for the law (his family had illustrious legal connections), he decided instead, after demobilisation, to pursue a literary career and began writing books and articles for the Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator, working at the same time on the first of his two novels, Tillotson (published in 1951 and recommended by the Book Society)

In 1953, together with his friend the poet Dunstan Thompson * he became a Catholic. This was a life-changing event and almost immediately he began to embark on a second novel, A Danger to the State (Ignatius Press) about a Spanish family involved in the intrigues leading up to the suppression of the Jesuits in 1773 and the destruction of the Guarani mission stations in Paraguay.

This was followed by a long and distinguished period of Catholic journalism for English, American and Canadian journals, which included covering Vatican II and episcopal Synods in Rome during the 1980s for the US Catholic paper The Wanderer. The fruit of this work, which gave him some clear insights into the ways of the Holy See, was the publication of two perceptive books, Turmoil and Truth (Ignatius Press,1998) and The Church and the Counterfaith, (Family Publications).

These helped throw light on events leading up to the Council, explained what, in God's providence, it was meant to, and succeeded, in achieving, and considered what it is that continues to trouble the Church and why things have since gone so very amiss. Philip continued to write occasional articles until well into his nineties .

CF NEWS editor Tim Matthews writes : 'I was introduced to Philip by Carol and Maurie Robinson, Catholic journalists and fellow Wanderer contributors who I knew when I was working in television in New York. When we moved to Norfolk, Carol noted in her school atlas that her friend Philip appeared to live near to us, passed on his telephone number and suggested that we should make contact. The happy result was that we became truly close friends (and discovered that we were distantly related).

'We are lucky to live within a few yards of one of the few Catholic churches in Norfolk and when we had daily Mass here would see him regularly and in summer he would join us afterwards for breakfast in our garden - followed by long and absorbing theological discussions. It was Philip who introduced me to Dr. Thomas Ward, and hence to the subsequent birth of this weekly NACF news bulletin.

'For family reasons, Philip later had to leave Norfolk and live with his family in Hertfordshire. We missed him dreadfully. Then, four years ago, he went to live in a Catholic care-home in Gloucestershire. In a characteristic letter he wrote the following explanation of why he wanted to make this move.

'Dear Sister Hannah, as I understand it, you wanted to know my reasons for wishing to move into Nazareth House seeing that, although 91, I am still reasonably agile.

'Your question is understandable. No one wants to go into a care-home sooner than they have to. That is the normal state of things. But for a Catholic, when it is a Catholic care-home where there is a chapel with Mass and the Blessed Sacrament , it can be different.

'In my case I felt that I had in a small way a kind of vocation --- a call to adoration and reparation of a very modest kind. I am too old for a religious order to consider me, I did not have any family ties and there was nothing much left of an active kind I could do for the Church apart from a little writing. So this, after consulting a spiritual director, seemed the next best thing, and in fact much more than that. An even better thing. How could living physically close to Our Lord all the time be a 'next best thing'.

'Going to Nazareth House, or any Catholic care-home, is like going to stay with Our Lord as his guest for the rest of one's life. Of course as God Our Lord is everywhere, and as God-man there are other ways in which he can be present. Where 'two or three are gathered together' for instance. But we can surely call and think of his Presence in the Eucharist as the Presence of all Presences. This, as we well know, is born out by the history of the Church from the earliest times. The Blessed Sacrament was not just reserved for the sick. Many of the early Christians wanted to have Him in their houses or even, what is no longer allowed, to carry him about all day on their persons. The life of St Tarsicius is there to remind us that devotion to the Blessed Sacrament was there from the beginning. Blessed John Henry Newman also gives a good picture of the situation in the early Church in his novel Callista.

'All this is quite logical and intelligible. Unlike other 'presences', Our Lord's presence in the Blessed Sacrament is visible and tangible. That is why it is called 'Real'. It was this visibility and tangibility which was and remains so reassuring and comforting. It doesn't mean that his other ways of being present are not in their own way real or actual. But belief in them depends purely on faith. There is not in addition that physical dimension to support our faith which God in his goodness and mercy had given us.

'In their devotion to the Blessed Sacrament both the early Christians and Christians down the ages resemble or have resembled the apostles during Our Lord's life time. For the apostles the best thing possible when they had been away from Our Lord for a time must have been coming back and being with him physically. While they were away knowing that he had been present with them invisibly because they were working together in his name wouldn't have been the same.
'All this should help to make Catholic devotion to the Blessed Sacrament easier for our separated brethren to understand in our ecumenical relations.

'Following Vatican II there were no doubt well-meant attempts to make the faithful more conscious of the other forms of Our Lord's presence, in Scripture for instance or the poor, which regrettably lead for a time to a decline in eucharistic devotion. But fortunately this situation was reversed largely by the teaching and efforts of St John Paul II so that many churches now have exposition for adoration and reparation lasting several hours at different times of the day in a way that was unheard earlier.

'All the same I think you will agree that as yet only a small number of Catholics take advantage of this new privilege or are aware of the need for adoration and reparation as a way of arresting the decline of faith throughout the west and promoting the new evangelisation. One is tempted to talk of the Mystical Body and the faith 'bleeding to death' in countries of the west like England.
'In addition to reparation a dimension of adoration which Pope Francis mentions, as, I seem to remember, Pope Benedict did, is 'keeping the devil at bay'. Just like St Ignatius of Antioch in the 2nd century. Keeping the devil at bay, says St Ignatius, is what Christians do when they come together for the breaking of bread, he says in one of his letters. (I came across the passage in the Office of Readings, but I can't remember the date.)

'This, it seems to me, is where the special value of Catholic care-homes comes in. They are full of the old, weak and suffering whose prayers, as we know, like those of children, are specially powerful with God.

'It is important therefore for them to realise that they have not been relegated to the side-lines in the Church's struggle to spread and make effective its message of love and salvation to a world so full of the opposite. They should see themselves as in the fore-front of the battle. Life should not be seen as 'over and more or less useless'. It is just a different and possibly higher form of God's service.

'This again is something St John Paul II was always emphasising during his pontificate when addressing pilgrimages of the sick in St Peter's square.

'Many of the Catholic inmates of our care homes, I'm sure, do realise all this. But in so far as they can be helped to recall it, it should be a source of great comfort as well as an advantage to Holy Mother Church.

'So too possibly could be something I say to members of the younger generation when they make some possibly cheeky remark to me about being old. 'Old,' I say. 'You are far older than me. I'm close to eternal youth. You've got years to go!'

'I hope these thoughts will be helpful. Thank you for asking me for them'.

Philip's funeral will be held at Nazareth House, London Road, Charlton Kings, Glos. GL52 6YJ on Thursday 24th January at 11:00. A memorial service will be held in Hertfordshire later in the year.

Requiescat in pace

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Viganò tells McCarrick: repent, for the sake of your soul

THE CATHOLIC HERALD reports -- mArchbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has called on Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to repent publicly of alleged 'crimes against minors and abuses of seminarians'.

In an open letter, the former nuncio to the Unites States told McCarrick that 'time is running out' and his 'eternal salvation is at stake'.

'No matter what decision the supreme authority of the Church takes in your case, what really matters, and what has saddened those who love you and pray for you, is the fact that throughout these months you haven't given any sign of repentance,' Viganò said.

Here is the full letter :

Dear Archbishop McCarrick,

As has been reported as news by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the accusations against you for crimes against minors and abuses against seminarians are going to be examined and judged very soon with an administrative procedure.

No matter what decision the supreme authority of the Church takes in your case, what really matters and what has saddened those who love you and pray for you is the fact that throughout these months you haven't given any sign of repentance. I am among those who are praying for your conversion, that you may repent and ask pardon of your victims and the Church.

Time is running out, but you can confess and repent of your sins, crimes and sacrileges, and do so publicly, since they have themselves become public. Your eternal salvation is at stake.

But something else of great importance is also at stake. You, paradoxically, have at your disposal an immense offer of great hope for you from the Lord Jesus; you are in a position to do great good for the Church. In fact, you are now in a position to do something that has become more important for the Church than all of the good things you did for her throughout your entire life. A public repentance on your part would bring a significant measure of healing to a gravely wounded and suffering Church. Are you willing to offer her that gift? Christ died for us all when we were still sinners (Rom. 5: 8). He only asks that we respond by repenting and doing the good that we are given to do. The good that you are in a position to do now is to offer the Church your sincere and public repentance. Will you give the Church that gift?

I implore you, repent publicly of your sins, so as to make the Church rejoice and present yourself before the tribunal of Our Lord cleansed by His blood. Please, do not make His sacrifice on the cross void for you. Christ, Our Good Lord, continues to love you. Put your entire trust in His Sacred Heart. And pray to Mary, as I and many others are doing, asking her to intercede for the salvation of your soul.

'Maria Mater Gratiae, Mater Misericordiae, Tu nos ab hoste protege et mortis hora suscipe?. Mary Mother of Grace, Mother of Mercy, protect us from the enemy and welcome us in the hour of death.

Your brother in Christ,

+ Carlo Maria Viganò

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Baptism of the Lord

Saint Hilary of Poitiers

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Laity challenge clergy to confront homosexual subculture

MICHAEL MATT, Remnant editor, writes -- The president of the Lepanto Foundation in Rome, Professor Roberto de Mattei, has issued an appeal (full text included below) to the clergy which calls out their silence and dares them to confront the homosexual nature of the sex abuse crisis in the Church.

In the kindergarten world of snarky tweets, cyber saber rattling and an endless series of brand-spankin'-new profile pictures, what a relief it is to read the words of a serious Catholic scholar and historian who knows what is at stake here and has the ability and the courage to confront the enemies of our Faith to their faces.

Well said, Professor! To paraphrase Thomas More, the bishops of the Catholic Church today would have snored through the sermon on the mount but they'll labor like scholars over an interfaith prayer meeting.

Meanwhile, the human element of the Catholic Church goes to hell in a handbasket, as whole generations of young people walk away disillusioned, fed up, and disgusted by the inaction and cowardice of the feckless Catholic bishops of the modern church.

In his comments to LifeSite, de Mattei included the following as reason for the provocation:

'…The problem is not only moral but also theological, because even more serious than the practice of homosexuality is the affirmation by many members of the clergy that a bridge between the Catholic faith and LGBT culture is possible. These pastors and theologians are likely a minority, but they are an active minority, and have been encouraged by the Supreme ecclesiastical hierarchies through a general silence.'


Here is the full text of Dare, Monsignor! (First published by the Lepanto Foundation)


Twenty-five years ago, on 8 February 1994, the European Parliament voted on a resolution that invited the nations of Europe to promote and give legal protection to homosexuality.In his Angelus address on 20 February 1994, the Holy Father Pope John Paul II appealed to public opinion worldwide, affirming that 'the legal approbation of active homosexuality is not morally admissible [...]. The Resolution of the European Parliament has called for the legitimization of a moral disorder.The Parliament has unduly given institutional value to deviant behaviors, which do not conform to God's plan'.

In May of that same year, the Lepanto Cultural Center [Centro Culturale Lepanto] handed out a manifesto in Strasbourg toparliamentary representatives, called 'Europe at Strasbourg: Represented or Betrayed?'. The manifesto made an indignant protest against the promotion of a vice condemned by both Christian and Western conscience, and asked the European bishops 'to unite their voices to that of the Supreme Pastor [John Paul II] in order to multiply itin their dioceses,by publicly denouncing the moral fault with which the European Assembly has stained itself and warning the flock entrusted to their care of the growing attacks of anti-Christian forces in the world'.

Today, one after another, the principal European nations, including many of those with the most ancient Catholic tradition, have elevated sodomy to a legal right by recognizing, under different forms, so-called 'same-sex marriage'and introducing the concept of the crime of 'homophobia.' The Pastors of the Church, who should have formed an unbreakable dam of opposition against the homosexualization of society promoted by the political class and by the media-financial oligarchies, have in fact fostered it by their silence. Even at the highest levels of the Church,the practice of homosexuality and of a so-called 'gay-friendly' culture that justifies and encourages homosexual vice has spread like a cancer.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary of Astana, Kazakhstan, said in a message dated 28 July 2018, that 'We are witnessing an incredible scenario, in which some priests and even bishops and cardinals, without blushing, are already offering grains of incense to the idol of homosexuality or gender ideology, to the applause of the powerful ones of this world, that is, to the applause of politicians, social media giants and powerful international organizations'.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, in his historic testimony of 22 August 2018, denounced - using precise names and circumstances - the existence of a 'homosexual current in favor of subverting Catholic doctrine regarding homosexuality' and the presence of 'homosexual networks, which are now widespread in many dioceses, seminaries, religious orders, etc.,' and which 'act under the concealment of secrecy and lies with the power of octopus tentacles, and strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations, and are strangling the entire Church'.

These courageous voices remain isolated even until today. The climate of indifference and cover-up which reigns within the Church has profound moral and doctrinal roots that date back to the Second Vatican Council, when the ecclesiastical hierarchies accepted the process of secularization as an irreversible phenomenon. But when the Church subordinates herself to secularism, the Kingdom of Christ becomes conformed to this world and is reduced to a mere power structure. The militant spirit dissipates, and the Church, instead of converting the world to the law of the Gospel, surrenders the Gospel to the world's demands.

How we long to hear resounding once again the fiery words of a new Saint Peter Damian or Saint Bernardine of Siena, instead of the infamous statement of Pope Francis, 'If a person is gay and is seeking the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge them?' If it is true that the meaning of this statement was distorted by the media, such misuse should have been combatted by means of clear and solemn documents condemning sodomy, as St. Pius V did with the two constitutions Cum Primum of 1 April 1566 and Horrendum Illud Scelus of 30 August 1568. Instead, Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia of 8 April 2016 not only was silent about this most grave moral disorder but also relativized the precepts of the natural law, opening the path towards the approval of cohabitation and adultery.

And this is why we now make an appeal to you, Monsignor.


The term 'Monsignor' evokes a certain dignity, not a power or a bureaucratic function. Each one of the bishops, as Successors of the Apostles, are recognized with the title of 'Monsignor,' but simple priests are also able to receive this title. The word 'dignity' seems to have lost its meaning today, despite the fact that there was an entire declaration of Vatican II dedicated to it. Dignity means an awareness of a role and mission given by God. Respect for a person's dignity is the source of a feeling of honor. Your dignity, Monsignor, derives from the honor which you have of serving the Church, without seeking either your own interests or the approval of the powerful. You have received the dignity of Monsignor from the Church, not from the men of the Church, and it is to the Church that you must render an account. The Church is the divine society founded by Jesus Christ, ever-perfect and ever-victorious, both in time and in eternity. The men of the Church may either serve the Church or betray her. Serving the Church means placing the interests of the Church, which are those of Jesus Christ, ahead of one's personal interests. Betraying the Church means placing the interests of a family, a religious institute, or an ecclesiastical authority taken as a private person ahead of the Truth of the Church, which is the Truth of Jesus Christ, the one Way, Truth and Life (John 14:6).

We would be insulting your intelligence, Monsignor, were we not to suppose that you already have a certain awareness of the crisis in the Church. Certain eminent cardinals, on various occasions, have manifested their unease and concern over what is happening in the Church. The same unease is displayed by the common man, who is profoundly disoriented by the new religious and moral paradigms. In the face of this unease, Monsignor, many times you have put up your hands, seeking to calm the person speaking to you, using words like: 'There is nothing we can do but be silent and pray. The Pope is not immortal. Let's wait for the next conclave'. That's all we can do, you say. We cannot speak; we cannot act. You adopt silence as the supreme rule of your behavior. Is this attitude the result of human self-serving; of a selfishness that seeks above all else to live quietly; of the opportunism of those who are able to adapt themselves successfully to every situation? To assert this would be to make a judgment about your intentions, and a judgment about intentions cannot be made by men; only God can do this on the Day of Judgment, when we will each stand alone before Him, to listen to His lips pronounce the un-appealable sentence that will send us either to eternal happiness or to eternal damnation.

We who live on earth can only judge facts and words as they objectively appear. And the words with which you explain your behavior, Monsignor, at times appear to be more noble than your true feelings 'We ought to follow the Pope, even when he displeases us, because he is the Rock on which Christ has founded His Church,' you say; or 'we ought to avoid a schism at any cost, because this would be the most serious disaster for the Church'.

Noble words, because they state truths. It is true that the Pope is the foundation of the Church, and that the Church can fear nothing worse than a schism. But what we would like you to reflect on, Monsignor, is that the path of absolute silence that you want to follow will bring harm to the Papacy and will hasten a schism in the Church.

It is true that the Pope is the foundation of the Church, but before being founded on him, the Church is founded on Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the primary and divine foundation of the Church, while Peter is the secondary and human foundation - even if it is true that he is divinely assisted. The divine assistance does not exclude the possibility of error or the possibility of sin. In the history of the Church, there has been no lack of popes who have sinned or erred, without this fact ever prejudicing the institution of the papacy. To say that 'we need to always follow the Pope and never depart from him,' while refusing to respectfully correct him in exceptional cases, means attributing to the Church all of the errors which, over the course of the centuries, have been made by the men of the Church. The absence of this distinction between the Church and the men of the Church enables the enemies of the Church to attack her, and many false friends of the Church to refuse to truly serve Her.

Equally fraught with consequences is the assertion that to break silence, to tell the truth, and to denounce - if necessary - the infidelity of the same Supreme Pastor, would lead to a schism. The word 'schism' means division, and never as in this moment of her history has the Church appeared so internally divided and fragmented. Within each nation, within each diocese, even within each parish, it is impossible to agree on a common way of living according to the Gospel, because each one experiences and lives a different Christianity - both liturgically and dogmatically - with each one constructing their own religion in such a way that the only thing remaining in common is the name 'Catholic', but the essence of Catholicism is no longer present. What are the reasons for this fragmentation? The star that lights the way has disappeared, and the faithful make their way in the darkness of night, following opinions and personal sentiments, without even one voice being raised to remind them of the unchanging doctrine and praxis of the Church. The schism is being caused by the darkness, which is the daughter of silence. Only clear voices, crystalline voices, voices which are entirely faithful to the Tradition, are able to dispel the shadows and permit good Catholics to overcome the divisions which have been provoked by this pontificate, and to avoid new humiliations to the Church beyond those which have already been inflicted upon her by Pope Francis. There is only one way to save the Church from schism: Proclaim the Truth. By remaining silent we will only further the schism.


Monsignor, you who enjoy a certain dignity, you who exercise a moral authority, you who have received an inheritance -what are you afraid of? The world may attack you with defamation and slander. Your superiors may deprive you of your authority and external dignity. But it is to the Lord that you must render an account, as must each one of us on the Day of Judgment, when everything will be weighed and judged according to measure. Do not ask us what you ought to do concretely. If you will dare to ask Him, the Holy Spirit will not fail to suggest to your conscience times, ways, and tones of coming out into the open, in order to be 'the light of the world, a city set on a hill, a lamp set on a lampstand' (Matthew 5:13-16).

What we ask of you, Monsignor, is that you assume an attitude of filial criticism, of deferential resistance, of devout moral separation from those responsible for the Church's self-destruction. Dare to openly encourage those who defend the Church from within, and who publicly profess the entire Truth of the Catholic Faith. Dare to seek out other confreres who will join you and us in issuing that cry of war and of love which St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort raised in his 'Fiery Prayer' [Prière embrasée] with these prophetic words: 'Fire! Fire! Fire! There is a fire in the house of God! There is fire within souls! There is fire even within the Sanctuary!'.

Tongues of fire like those of the day of Pentecost, as well as flashes of fire like those of Hell, seem to be hanging over the earth. A destroying fire, a purifying fire, a restoring fire - destined to engulf the entire world, to consume it and transform it. May the divine fire flare up within us before the fire of God's wrath does, which will reduce our society to ashes as happened to Sodom and Gomorrha. And this is the reason why, twenty-five years after the unfortunate resolution of the European Parliament, I now make this appeal to you, for the good of souls, for the honor of the Church, and for the salvation of society.

Monsignor, please accept this appeal, which is also an invocation to the Blessed Mother and to the Angels, that they may intervene, as soon as possible, in order to save the Church and the whole world.

Dare, Monsignor, to take up this holy cause in 2019,and you will find us battling at your side in this good fight!

Roberto de Mattei

President of the Lepanto Foundation

Written at the foot of the Manger, on this First Saturday of January 2019, the Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord

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Cardinal Burke: Fr. James Martin 'not coherent' with Church teaching on homosexuality

MARTIN M. BARILLAS reports for LifeSiteNews - Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Church's top defenders of Catholic teaching on marriage and sexuality, said that celebrity Jesuit priest and Vatican consultant Fr. James Martin 'is not coherent with the Church's teaching on homosexuality.'

In a Jan. 10 interview with Don Fier of The Wanderer, Burke also rebuked bishops who promote the Jesuit priest within their dioceses. This indicates, he said, 'that there is a serious difficulty within the hierarchy that must be addressed.'

Martin has come under fire for his speeches in which he advocates for what his critics say is the normalization of homosexuality within the Catholic Church. The editor-at-large of the Jesuit-run America magazine has been invited to numerous U.S. dioceses where he gives his pro-LGBT message.

At the November meeting of Catholic bishops in Baltimore, Bishop Joseph Strickland of Texas questioned whether his brother bishops believed that homosexual acts are, in fact, immoral, and if so, why certain bishops have allowed a homosexualist message to be preached in their dioceses. 'There's a priest that travels around now basically saying that he doesn't [believe the doctrine of the Church],' Strickland said, 'and he seems to be very well promoted in various places.' He added, 'Brothers, I think part of the fraternal correction, or the fraternal support, we offer each other is to say, 'Can that be presented in our diocese? That same-sex 'marriage' is just fine, and the Church will one day grow to understand that.''

To the applause of some of the bishops, Strickland said, 'It's part of our Deposit of Faith that we believe homosexual activity is immoral.'

While Strickland refrained from naming the priest in question, the description fits with LGBT-affirming Father Martin, author of 'Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.' The book was received widely among liberals. It was endorsed by Cardinals Kevin Farrell and Joseph Tobin, as well as San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy. The latter has written that criticisms of Martin are a 'cancer' in the Church.

Burke, however, explicitly named Martin in the Jan. 11 interview. He was responding to the question about whether there is an attempt within Church circles to soften Catholic teachings about homosexuality as cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, changing the words 'intrinsically disordered' to 'differently ordered' as they apply to homosexual acts.

The Cardinal said that such a change is not possible.

'God did not make us to engage in sexual relations between two people of the same sex,' he said.

Burke said that while the 'majority' of U.S. bishops are not in favor of changing the Catechism on homosexuality, there are 'pressure groups' who have power to drive the body towards positions opposed by individual bishops. Saying that there is an 'element that is not coherent with the Church' teaching on homosexuality, Burke identified them with those who 'promote Fr. James Martin SJ.'

Burke is not the first Prince of the Church to specifically name Fr. Martin and warn about his teachings.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, rebuked Martin in an August 2017 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. The revered Guinean churchman identified Martin as 'one of the most outspoken critics of the church's message with regard to sexuality.'

'He repeats the common criticism that Catholics have been harshly critical of homosexuality, while neglecting the importance of sexual integrity among all of its followers,' Cardinal Sarah wrote.

In addition, Archbishop Charles Chaput also criticized Martin in a July 2017 column. While saying that persons with 'same-sex attractions' must be treated with 'respect, compassion and sensitivity,' Chaput said that neither Martin or other Church leaders have a license to ignore the Bible's word on sexuality. Reviewing Martin's book, Chaput wrote, 'What the text regrettably lacks is an engagement with the substance of what divides faithful Christians from those who see no sin in active same-sex relationships.'

Appearing at the World Conference of Families last August, Martin argued that 'LGBT people should be invited into parish ministries: eucharistic ministers, music ministers, lectors, bereavement ministry, and every ministry.'

Martin's defenders include pro-LGBT Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Tobin, the archbishop of Newark, and others.

Fr. Martin appears to have counted Pope Francis among his possible supporters. Telling the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice in June 2018 that 'things are changing' in the Church regarding homosexuality, Martin told listeners, '...Just look at what has happened in the last five years--since Pope Francis has been elected.' He identified Francis's comment, 'Who am I to judge' as the pope's most famous words, adding that they happened to be 'about gay people, right?'

'He's the first pope to use the word 'gay', you know, in a sentence,' Martin continued. Claiming that the pope has relationships with persons who identify as LGBT, Martin also claimed that the pontiff has appointed bishops and cardinals who promote the homosexuality agenda.

'He has gay friends. He's talked about wanting gay people to feel welcome in the Church. That's a big deal. He has also appointed gay-friendly bishops and archbishops and cardinals, like Cardinal Tobin, the archbishop of Newark who, for example, held a 'Welcome Mass' for LGBT people in his Cathedral… So that's one trend,' Martin said.

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Icon of a disastrous Papacy

Morocco logoCHRISTOPHER A. FERRARA writes for Fatima Perspectives -Behold the logo for the Pope's upcoming useless trip to Morocco: the crescent moon symbolizing the religion invented by Muhammad almost completely encircles a distorted Cross. Given this Pope's obsessive promotion of the mass migration of Muslim males into Western European capitals, including Rome itself, the image suggests that the body of Christian faithful the Cross is supposed to represent now have almost no avenue of escape from what Pope Pius XI, in saner times, called 'the darkness of Islam' in a prayer traditional Roman Catholics still recite today on the traditional Feast of Christ the King. As that prayer, the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, declares: 'Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God.'

This absurd and offensive logo has deeper layers of malign significance. As the dutifully Vatican party line organ Zenit explains, the 'cross and a crescent… represent the interreligious dialogue between Christians and Muslims.' But what is depicted is not a dia-logue, from the Greek dialogesthai, meaning a conversation between two or more parties, dia - 'across' or 'between' - but a distance that separates them, a distance no dialogue between the religion founded by God and that founded by Muhammad will ever eliminate. What we see, rather, is one 'dialogue' party, Islam, visually engulfing the other: i.e., Catholicism, represented by a distorted Cross that in turn represents a distorted Church in the throes of the worst crisis in her history.

But there is more. To quote Zenit, the logo features '[t]he colours of the 2 countries: green and red for Morocco, yellow and white (the background) for the Vatican.' Notice that the green for Morocco is depicted in the horizontal beam of the Cross, whereas the red for Morocco is seen in the crescent that almost complexly surrounds and engulfs the Cross.

Fully 99% of Moroccans are Muslims, whereas the minuscule number of Christians in the country are almost all foreigners. Moreover, in Morocco 'it is a criminal offence to possess a Christian Bible written in the Arabic language, part of a wider law prohibiting proselytisation of Muslims to any other belief,' while the Moroccan constitution establishes Islam as the sole religion of the Moroccan state. There is no 'dialogue' between Christianity and Islam in Morocco, but only a monologue favoring Islam with the force of law. If the placement of the colors in the logo signifies anything, then, it is the engulfment of Christianity by Islam, even to the extent of becoming an element of a distorted Cross representing the subjection of Christ by Muhammad.

Finally, to quote Zenit again, the logo declares that Pope Francis is the 'Servant of Hope' - yet another contribution to the cloud of empty slogans that have plagued the Church since Vatican II, and about as meaningful as 'Servant of Optimism' or 'Servant of Cheerfulness.' What exactly is the 'hope' that Francis serves? We haven't the slightest idea. We do know for certain, however, the hope that Francis does not serve. The hope expressed by the Mother of God at Fatima: 'In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.'

And by peace, Our Lady meant the farthest thing from the program Francis advances in this final stage of the post-conciliar crisis in the Church. To quote Pius XI in a landmark encyclical that has been buried and forgotten in a toxic mountain of ruinous post-conciliar novelties: 'Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ' whose 'empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptized persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ.'

Only when that truth of revelation has been rediscovered and proclaimed anew by the wayward human element of the Church, above all the man who holds the office of Roman Pontiff, will this crisis be over at last.

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Pope Francis contradicts his 'mercy', saying it's better to be 'atheist' than hypocrite

DIANE MONTAGNA reports from Rome for LifeSiteNews - A prominent theologian has challenged Pope Francis's recent off-the-cuff remarks implying it's better to be an atheist than a Christian who hates, saying the Pope sometimes 'slips into a contradictory vision' and 'schizophrenia that clashes with the very idea of mercy' he seeks to promote.

In a Jan. 4 interview with the Italian daily Quotidiano di Foggia, Monsignor Nicola Bux, a theologian consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said 'certain statements, if they fall on weak or unaware groups, are dangerous and have detrimental effects.' With such remarks, he said, 'we risk emptying the churches even more.'

Msgr. Bux's comments came two days after Pope Francis said at his first Wednesday general audience of 2019 that it is better to be an atheist that go to Church while hating and speaking ill of others.

In his Jan. 2 catechesis to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope said:

There are people who are able to compose atheistic prayers, without God, and they do so in order to be admired by people. And how often we see the scandal of those people who go to church and are there all day long, or go every day, and then live by hating others or speaking ill of people. This is a scandal! It is better not to go to church: living this way, as if they were atheists. But if you go to church, live as a child, as a brother or sister, and bear true witness, not a counter-witness. Christian prayer, however, has no other credible witness than one's own conscience, where one weaves a most intense dialogue with the Father: 'when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret' (6:6).

In his Jan. 4 interview, Monsignor Bux said he believes 'certain' off-the-cuff comments from the Pope (such as those above) come from a 'discomfort he nurtures toward the Church.'

Pope Francis 'prefers a vision of the Church as an indistinct people' over [this vision] understood in its true sense,' he said. 'He doesn't realize, however, that he slips into a contradictory and peronist vision, a schizophrenia that clashes with the very idea of mercy so widespread and followed.'

'If I say that those who hate - and therefore are effectively in a state of sin - are right to stay outside the Church, and at the same time I affirm that we need to let the divorced and civilly remarried enter - who equally are sinners - by giving them communion, something that is impossible, I fall into contradiction,' Bux explained.

'Both parties, in fact, are in sin. So why be strict with those who hate and merciful with the divorced and remarried?,' he added.

This is not the first time Msgr. Bux has spoken out against statements of the current pontificate.

In a forceful with Aldo Maria Valli in Nov. 2018, Bux warned that the current pontificate is issuing statements that are generating 'heresies, schisms, and controversies of various kinds' and that the Holy Father should issue a profession of faith to restore unity in the Church.

In the Nov. interview, Bux also described the Pope's vision of the Church as a federation of ecclesial communities - saying it is 'a bit like the Protestant communities.'The former consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Benedict XVIalso took issue specifically with recent confusion over whether to admit divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to Holy Communion, and the Pope's decision last August to change the Catechism on the death penalty.

In his more recent interview, Msgr. Bux also takes issue with Pope Francis's repeated claim that the Gospel is 'revolutionary,' saying the idea is more reminiscent of 1970s Marxism than it is of Holy Writ.

The Pope cannot 'propagate his private ideas instead of those belonging to perennial Catholic truth,' Bux said. 'He isn't a private doctor, and it's not an option to modify at will or offer versions that clash with Catholic doctrine and the deposit of the faith.'

LifeSite translation of the full interview with Msgr. Bux below.


Quotidiano di Foggia (QdF): Don Nicola, is the Gospel 'revolutionary' as the Pope has said?

Monsignor Nicola Bux: No. This is a thesis that was going around in the '70s, after the publication of several books, and shows traces of the ideas of 1968 and Marxism. It came out to make the figure of Jesus more attractive, but it has no theological foundation.

QdF: Why?

Msgr. Bux: The Gospel itself tells us that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it, and that alone would be enough. A revolution that is respected does not spare the past or even what already exists (the status quo). Jesus, on the contrary, is the One who recapitulates, according to the beautiful expression of St. Paul, he 'unites all things in himself (Eph. 1:10). It is true that in the Book of Revelation it is written that he makes all things new, but that verse must be understood as a bringing to completion.

QdF: Is it better to be atheists than Christians who hate?

Msgr. Bux: I believe the problem comes when the Pope moves away from the written text they prepare for him and raises his eyes to the audience. My sense is that certain statements, in addition to providing a certain self-satisfaction, arise from a discomfort he nurtures toward the Church. Pope Francis prefers a vision of the Church as an indistinct people, over [this vision] understood in its true sense. He doesn't realize, however, that he slips into a contradictory and peronist vision, a schizophrenia that clashes with the very idea of mercy so widespread and followed.'

QdF: Why?

Msgr. Bux: If I say that those who hate - and therefore are effectively in a state of sin - are right to stay outside the Church, and at the same time I affirm that we need to let the divorced and civilly remarried enter - who equally are sinners - by giving them communion, something that is impossible, I fall into contradiction. Both parties, in fact, are in sin. So why be strict with those who hate and merciful with the divorced and remarried?

Let's return to the theme of Peronism. What happens is that, paradoxically, one wants to let those who are outside in, but then those who are inside leave. Certain statements, if they fall on weak or unaware groups, are dangerous and have deleterious effects. We risk emptying the churches even more.

QdF: And so?

Msgr. Bux: It's an underlying issue. Can the Pope propagate his private ideas instead of those belonging to perennial Catholic truth? No. He isn't a private doctor, and it's not an option to modify at will or to give versions that clash with Catholic doctrine and the deposit of the faith, which is not a museum, and also here there's more to say.

QdF: Please, go on.

Msgr. Bux: If museums were filled with useless stuff, nobody would visit them, would they? The pastors of the Church must always show fidelity to the sound and perennial doctrine and truth without pollution, but guard them with care.

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The depth of homosexual infiltration in the Church highlighted

STEVE SKOJEK reports for OnePeterFive -- I've been under the impression for a while now that everyone knew about Msgr. Battista Ricca, who is the director of the Casa Santa Marta (where the pope lives) and was the pope's hand-picked liaison - his 'eyes and ears' - on Vatican Bank reform.

But I saw a post from a well informed Catholic this week indicating that he hadn't heard the story. So I decided it would be of value to repeat what I know here (as I have already done on social media). Faced as we are with the issue of homosexuals in the clergy, it is important to know that it was in the context of a question about Ricca that Francis first infamously said, 'Who am I to judge?'

As I reported last year:

'Also of note is the fact that the pope's hand-picked liaison to the now-stalled Vatican Bank Reform, Msgr. Battista Ricca, was claimed to have outraged church figures in Uruguay during a diplomatic posting in 1999, when he moved 'his lover, Patrick Haari, a Swiss army captain, in with him', only to later have Haari forced out by apostolic nuncio Janusz Bolonek in 2001. Ricca was caught later that year in an elevator, where he was 'trapped with a youth known by local police' after being attacked at a 'cruising ground' - a meeting place for area homosexuals. There is no indication that Ricca has been removed of his position as Prelate the Vatican Bank, despite indications that his past was hidden from the pope and reports of his offered resignation as long ago as 2013. Less well known is the fact that it was in reference to a specific question about Msgr. Ricca that Pope Francis infamously responded, 'Who am I to Judge?'

So what was the context for the pope's infamous comment? When Francis was flying back from Rio for World Youth Day in 2013, he was asked the following question, and he gave the subsequent answer. It's an eye-opener when people put this in context:

'Ilze Scamparini:

I would like permission to ask a delicate question: another image that has been going around the world is that of Monsignor Ricca and the news about his private life. I would like to know, Your Holiness, what you intend to do about this? How are you confronting this issue and how does Your Holiness intend to confront the whole question of the gay lobby?

Pope Francis:

About Monsignor Ricca: I did what canon law calls for, that is a preliminary investigation. And from this investigation, there was nothing of what had been alleged. We did not find anything of that. This is the response. But I wish to add something else: I see that many times in the Church, over and above this case, but including this case, people search for 'sins from youth', for example, and then publish them. They are not crimes, right? Crimes are something different: the abuse of minors is a crime. No, sins. But if a person, whether it be a lay person, a priest or a religious sister, commits a sin and then converts, the Lord forgives, and when the Lord forgives, the Lord forgets and this is very important for our lives. When we confess our sins and we truly say, 'I have sinned in this', the Lord forgets, and so we have no right not to forget, because otherwise we would run the risk of the Lord not forgetting our sins. That is a danger. This is important: a theology of sin. Many times I think of Saint Peter. He committed one of the worst sins, that is he denied Christ, and even with this sin they made him Pope. We have to think a great deal about that. But, returning to your question more concretely. In this case, I conducted the preliminary investigation and we didn't find anything. This is the first question. Then, you spoke about the gay lobby. So much is written about the gay lobby. I still haven't found anyone with an identity card in the Vatican with 'gay' on it. They say there are some there. I believe that when you are dealing with such a person, you must distinguish between the fact of a person being gay and the fact of someone forming a lobby, because not all lobbies are good. This one is not good. If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in a beautiful way, saying … wait a moment, how does it say it … it says: 'no one should marginalize these people for this, they must be integrated into society'. The problem is not having this tendency, no, we must be brothers and sisters to one another, and there is this one and there is that one. The problem is in making a lobby of this tendency: a lobby of misers, a lobby of politicians, a lobby of masons, so many lobbies. For me, this is the greater problem. Thank you so much for asking this question. Many thanks'.

If you, like me, think the homosexual infiltration of the clergy is at the root of much of the corruption we are facing in the Church today, this should be a strong indicator that we have enormous obstacles to overcome before we can begin to address the issue. Some people will point to the pope's recent negative comments about homosexuals in the priesthood as an indication he's on the side of the angels with this. But I encourage people to remember The Perón Rule. Don't look at what he says. Look at what he does. Personnel is policy, and actions speak louder than words.

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Freemasons thank Francis for his Christmas Message

IN 2017 OnePeterFive published a three-part series examining all the support that Pope Francis has received from Freemasons around the world since his election. At the time,they presented a compilation of 62 examples of public support from various Freemasonic figures or lodges for the 266th pope — an almost impossible thing to imagine happening less than a century ago. Today, from the Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli, they present a new example from the Masons of the Grand Orient Lodge of Spain, who have praised Francis for his Christmas message, in which he expressed “a wish for fraternity” among “individuals of every nation and culture,” among “people with different ideas, yet capable of respecting and listening to one another,” and “among persons of different religions.” This message has been interpreted by the Freemasons of Spain as compatible with their own values, despite a long enmity between the Church’s ideals and those of the Freemasons.

Here is Aldo Maria Valli's full post, translated from Italian for our audience by Giuseppe Pellegrino  “Thank you, Francis” from “All the Freemasons of the World.”


“ALL the Masons of the world unite themselves to the petition of the Pope for “fraternity between persons of diverse religions”

The message which Spanish Masons have sent to Francis is truly full of enthusiasm and gratitude: “All the Masons of the world unite themselves to the request of the pope for ‘fraternity between persons of diverse religions.’”

The text was re-sent in a tweet by the Grand Lodge of Spain, which emphasized its identification with the views expressed by Francis in his Christmas Message.

“In his Christmas message from the central loggia of the Vatican,” wrote the Masons of the Grand Orient Lodge of Spain, “Pope Francis asked for the triumph of universal brotherhood among all human beings:

For this reason, my wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity. Fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture. Fraternity among people with different ideas, yet capable of respecting and listening to one another. Fraternity among persons of different religions. Jesus came to reveal the face of God to all those who seek him.

The face of God has been revealed in a human face. It did not appear in an angel, but in one man, born in a specific time and place. By his incarnation, the Son of God tells us that salvation comes through love, acceptance, respect for this poor humanity of ours, which we all share in a great variety of races, languages, and cultures. Yet all of us are brothers and sisters in humanity!

Our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. As when an artist is about to make a mosaic: it is better to have tiles of many colors available, rather than just a few!

In affirming with emphasis the importance of the concepts expressed by Francis, the Grand Lodge of Spain observes: “The words of the Pope show how far the Church has come from the content of Humanum Genus (1884), the last great Catholic condemnation of Masonry.”

In the encyclical Humanum Genus Pope Leo XIII condemned Masonry without half-measures, stigmatizing “the great modern error of religious indifferentism and of the equality of all religions,” an attitude which the pope of that time called “the most opportune way to annihilate all religions, and especially Catholicism, which, because it is the one true religion, cannot be placed in a bundle with all the others without enormous injustice.”

According to the Spanish Masons, the way in which the present pope condemns religious fundamentalism and asks for fraternity and tolerance brings the Church alongside Masonry, uniting them in their commitment to universal fraternity, apart from their differences in the political, cultural, natural and religious fields.

The expression of esteem for the Pope by Masonry is noteworthy, but not surprising. After Paul VI, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (who has been an honorary member of the Rotary Club since 1999) is decisively the Pope most appreciated by international Masonry.

While John Paul II and Benedict XVI were strongly opposed by Masons, the Argentine Pontiff has received repeated praise from Masonry, both in Europe and in America. And certainly new praises are going to be coming in, since the Pope is now preparing to go to Abu Dhabi at the beginning of February, at the invitation of the Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for the Inter-Religious Meeting on Human Brotherhood, a theme which has always been dear to the heart of Masonry.

Over the course of time, even Italian Masons have made expressions of esteem and sympathy for Francis. Years ago, for example, Gustavo Raffi, who at the time was Grand Master of the Grand Orient Lodge of Italy, said to thousands of his fellow Masons gathered at a conference: “Just look inside those walls that separate Italy from the Vatican, and you will understand that something is changing. We observe with attention and respect how this Pope is accelerating the times of an epochal change within the horizon of traditional structures reluctant to welcome the ferment of innovation. And as a result his influence will reverberate far beyond the confines of the sacristy.”

For those who would like to read the April 20, 1884 enyclical Humanum Genus of Leo XIII on the “condemnation of philosophical and moral relativism of Masonry,” you may find the text here. Which concludes, it must be recalled, with a quadruple, intense invocation: to the Virgin Mary “that she may show her power over these evil sects,” to “Saint Joseph, spouse of the Most Holy Virgin and Heavenly patron of the Catholic Church,” and to the “great Apostles Peter and Paul, the fathers and victorious champions of the Christian faith.”

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Pope Francis takes swipe at legacy of Pope Benedict

THE EPONYMOUS FLOWER reports -- The Italian daily Libero haspublished the following text, which is reproduced in full.

"The thesis is one of the most serious. This is also shown by the evidence. Pope Francis has a plan to eliminate the legacy and disciples of Benedict XVI. The operation has stirred up the Vatican, which has not by any means significantly opposed the incumbent Pope.

The thesis is voiced by Riccardo Cascioli [chief editor of the Catholic Internet newspaper Nuova Bussola Quotidiana ] in the daily Il Giornale:

"It's just a matter of days and two more threads that connect Pope Francis with his predecessor are severed. More voices are being raised that the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household is being abolished, its incumbent - and at the same time personal secretary to Benedict XVI. - Msgr. Georg Gänswein, and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, established in 1988 for dialogue with the Society of St. Pius X (the Lefebvrians), is today the reference point for the application of Summorum Pontifiicum, the motu proprio of Benedict XVI, with which the Latin Mass in the traditional rite was freed."

These are two decisions of very grave symbolic value, similar to the expulsion of Cardinal Raymond Burke, whom Joseph Ratzinger had called to Rome in 2008 as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. In November 2014, he was deposed by Pope Francis, who had already replaced him as a member of the Congregation of Bishops the year before. The same fate befell Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

Now one has arrived at the last link, with Msgr. Gänswein, a person inconvenient to Francis. The abolition of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household, with the relocation of duties (appointments and audiences of the Pope) to a section of the Secretariat of State, would allow the Pope to get rid of Gänswein and to justify the operation with the need for a reform of the Curia.
As for the end of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which has been talked about for some time: The consequences are explosive. This would give more weight to those who want to eliminate Summorum Pontificum and Mass in the 'Extraordinary Form' of the one Roman rite whose 'proper form' is the Missal enacted in 1969. This is the next blow against Ratzinger's legacy, which Francis seems to want to eradicate.





















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Some quotes by Margaret Sanger that will probably make you sick

THESE quotes by Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, reveal the wicked roots of the abortion movement and expose the twisted mindset behind the present-day Culture of Death. In her own words, Sanger peddles racism, eugenics, contraception, abortion, while demonstrating a visceral hatred for children, parenthood, marriage and the Catholic Church.

If you want to open more eyes to the truth, please share these quotes far and wide. Only when the abortion agenda is fully rejected in our culture will America be ready to turn back to Go

1. 'But for my view, I believe that there should be no more babies.' -- Interview with John Parsons, 1947

2. 'The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.' -- Woman and the New Race, Chapter 5, 'The Wickedness of Creating Large Families.' (1920)

3. 'We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population...' -- Letter to Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, December 10, 1939, p. 2

4. 'I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan... I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak...In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered.' -- Margaret Sanger, An Autobiography, published in 1938, p. 366

5. 'I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world, that have disease from their parents, that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically... Delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they're born. That to me is the greatest sin-that people can-can commit.' -- Interview with journalist Mike Wallace, 1957

6. 'The most serious evil of our times is that of encouraging the bringing into the world of large families. The most immoral practice of the day is breeding too many children...' -- Sanger, Margaret. Woman and the New Race (1920). Chapter 5: The Wickedness of Creating Large Families.

7. 'Eugenics without birth control seems to us a house builded [sic] upon the sands. It is at the mercy of the rising stream of the unfit.' -- Sanger, Margaret. (1919) Birth Control and Racial Betterment. The Birth Control Review.

8. 'As an advocate of birth control, I wish to take advantage of the present opportunity to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes.' -- Sanger, Margaret. (1921) The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda. The Birth Control Review, p. 5.

9. 'The most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.' -- Sanger, Margaret. (1921) The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda, Birth Control Review, p. 5

10. 'No more children should be born when the parents, though healthy themselves, find that their children are physically or mentally defective. -- Sanger, Margaret. (1918) When Should A Woman Avoid Having Children? Birth Control Review, Nov. 1918, 6-7, Margaret Sanger Microfilm, S70:807.

11. 'A marriage license shall in itself give husband and wife only the right to a common household and not the right to parenthood.' -- Margaret Sanger, 'America Needs a Code for Babies,' Article 3, 27 Mar 1934.

12. 'No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child, and no man shall have the right to become a father, without a permit for parenthood.' -- Margaret Sanger, 'America Needs a Code for Babies,' Article 4, March 27, 1934.

13. 'Permits for parenthood shall be issued upon application by city, county, or state authorities to married couples, providing they are financially able to support the expected child, have the qualifications needed for proper rearing of the child, have no transmissible diseases, and, on the woman's part, no medical indication that maternity is likely to result in death or permanent injury to health.' -- Margaret Sanger, 'America Needs a Code for Babies,' Article 5, March 27, 1934.

14. 'No permit for parenthood shall be valid for more than one birth...' -- Margaret Sanger, 'America Needs a Code for Babies,' Article 6, March 27, 1934.

15. 'Apply a stern and rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to that grade of population whose progeny is tainted, or whose inheritance is such that objectionable traits may be transmitted to offspring.' -- Sanger, Margaret. 'My Way to Peace,' Jan. 17, 1932. Margaret Sanger Papers, Library of Congress 130:198.

16. '... these two words [birth control] sum up our whole philosophy... It means the release and cultivation of the better elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks -- those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.' -- Margaret Sanger, 'High Lights in the History of Birth Control,' Oct 1923.

17. 'Organized charity itself is the symptom of a malignant social disease...' -- Sanger, Margaret (1922). The Pivot of Civilization.

18. 'My own position is that the Catholic doctrine is illogical, not in accord with science, and definitely against social welfare and race improvement.' -- Margaret Sanger, 'The Pope's Position on Birth Control,' Jan. 27, 1932.

19. 'All of our problems are the result of overbreeding among the working class... Knowledge of birth control is essentially moral. Its general, though prudent, practice must lead to a higher individuality and ultimately to a cleaner race.' -- Margaret Sanger, 'Morality and Birth Control,' Feb-Mar 1918.

20. 'Feeble-mindedness perpetuates itself from the ranks of those who are blandly indifferent to their racial responsibilities. And it is largely this type of humanity we are now drawing upon to populate our world for the generations to come. In this orgy of multiplying and replenishing the earth, this type is pari passu multiplying and perpetuating those direst evils in which we must, if civilization is to survive, extirpate by the very roots.' -- Margaret Sanger, The Pivot of Civilization, 1922

21. 'Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives… If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.' -- 'Woman and the New Race,' 1920

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Francis appoints retired, liberal Marxist to Hong Kong

THE EPONYMOUS FLOWER reports -- Pope Francis has temporarily recalled 79-year-old Cardinal John Tong Hon from his retirement to the top of the diocese of Hong Kong. This was reported by the Vatican press service Asianews. Tong, who led the diocese from 2009 to 2017, until further notice replaces bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung, who died on Thursday at age 73. The Vatican itself did not announce the appointment. In any case, the custom is considered unusual because there is a suffragan bishop in Hong Kong. In the event of the death or resignation of the diocesan Bishop, this would normally be the responsibility of an interim diocesan leader.

Tong is considered the co-architect of September's controversial agreement between China and the Holy See on bishop appointments. Tong's predecessor Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun (86) is a determined opponent of rapprochement because he fears disadvantages for the Catholic underground Church in China.

The press service Asianews reiterated fears that Tong's appointment as Apostolic Administrator for Hong Kong would be in China's favor. According to other voices Tong was a neutral choice for a transitional period. This leaves Hong Kong Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha Chi-shing (59) a possible candidate for proper succession.

Auxiliary Bishop Ha, unlike Tong, is considered critical of the regime. He was involved, according to AsiaNews, for imprisoned Chinese bishops, vigils for the massacre at Tiananmen Square and for more democracy.

Pope Francis had again defended the signing of the Interim Agreement between the Holy See and the People's Republic of China on the appointment of bishops in China at the New Year's reception for the Diplomatic Corps on Monday. The agreement was the result of 'a long and deliberate institutional dialogue that has succeeded in defining some stable elements of cooperation between the Apostolic See and the civil authorities'. The official bishops, without a papal mandate, have now been reinstated in full ecclesial communion and 'invited to work generously for the reconciliation of Chinese Catholics and for a new momentum in evangelization'. A visible sign of this was the participation of two bishops of China in the Youth Synod. 'It is to be hoped that the continuation of the contacts with regard to the implementation of the Closed Provisional Arrangement will help to resolve the outstanding issues and ensure the spaces necessary for the true enjoyment of religious freedom,' said Pope Francis.

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Europe Has Lost the Faith; March for Life 2019

NEW research from Pew shows that Europe has dropped drastically in its overall Catholic population vs. the world. In 1910, Europe had 65% of the world’s Catholics. In 2019, it’s only 24%. Steve talk about what that means. PLUS: 1P5 Contributor Bree Dail reports from Washington DC about this year’s March for Life.




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European court rules against German homeschooling family

DOROTHY CUMMINGS McLEAN reports for LifeSiteNews -- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Germany's ban on homeschooling does not violate the rights of one homeschooling family.

Dirk and Petra Wunderlich of Darmstadt, Germany, have been fighting for more than a decade for the right not to send their children to state schools. After years of fines, exile, and forced removal of their four children by police, the couple took their struggle to the European rights court. They argued that by forcing their children to go to a local school, the government had violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. This article pertains to the right to a family life without interference from the government.

However, on January 10, the European Court of Human Rights sided with the German government against the Wunderlich family. According to newsmagazine Deutsche Welle, the court found both that the family 'had not had not provided sufficient evidence that the children were properly educated and socialized' and 'that a government removing children from their parents to ensure they receive an education did not violate Article 8.'

Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights states that 'everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence' and also that 'public authority may not interfere with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.'

The ECHR also included in their ruling a 'troubling statement' by Dirk Wunderlich that 'implied' children are the 'property' of their parents.

Dirk, 52, and Petra, 53, Wunderlich are gardeners by profession. Their now-teenage children are Machsejah, 19, Joshua, 18, Hannanjah, 16, and Serajah, 13.

According to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, the Wunderlichs' ordeal began in 2006 when a court fined the parents 'several hundred euros for homeschooling.' In 2008, they left Germany to continue homeschooling in France. In 2009, after intervention by the German government, French authorities removed the Wunderlich children from their home but returned them a few days later. In 2012, after being unable to find long-term employment, the Wunderlich family returned to Germany.

That October, a German district court took legal custody of the Wunderlich children away from their parents and gave it to German social services.

In August 2013, the children were removed from their home for three weeks.

Dirk Wunderlich described his anguish on that occasion to Deutsche Welle last week, saying 'August 29, 2013, as 40 officials stood before our door, was the most horrible day for us.'

Apparently, the authorities had been contacted by neighbors who claimed Dirk had said he would rather kill his children than send them to school. He called the allegation 'nonsense' and 'invented.'

On September 19, 2013, the children were returned to their parents on condition that they attend public school, and their passports were revoked. The following August, the passports and custody of the children were returned to the family by order of a German court. The following month, the Wunderlichs resumed homeschooling.

Then in April 2015, both the Homeschooling Legal Defense Association and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International filed an application at the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the Wunderlich family. The following year, the ECHR decided to take the case. In January 2017, the German government presented its defence to the ECHR. In April 2017, the HLDA and ADF presented their response to Germany's arguments.

The full story can be found in the ECHR judgement.

Dirk Wunderlich asserted to Deutsche Welle that his children are properly socialized, noting that they belong to several clubs and associations. He also stated his belief that the 'family circle' is the best environment for children.

Rod Dreher, author of the The Benedict Option, which proposes solutions to raising virtuous Christian children in an increasingly unvirtuous, anti-Christian world, addressed the plight of the Wunderlich and other German homeschooling families in a recent American Conservative column. He noted, in particular, the European rights court's interest in children learning such 'social skills' as 'tolerance or assertiveness.'

'There you go,' Dreher wrote in response to the ruling. 'Terrible. Learning 'tolerance' is so important in Germany that the state can override the rights of families.'

He recommended that Christian families who are forced to send their children to state schools create a 'parallel polis' while fighting homeschool bans on the political front.

'Despite this law, and this ruling, German Christians have more freedom than Czech Christians did under communism,' Dreher noted.

'If they want to educate their children in a supplemental way, in addition to what they get in state schools (even contrary to it!), the secret police will not be monitoring them,' he continued.

'Sure, it's going to be hard, but what choice do they have? And heaven knows American Christians are incomparably more free to act - for now, at least.'

Dreher called for American parental to be defended, politically and legally.

' ... (I)t's important for Christians to join and support the Home School Legal Defense Association, and to donate to organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom, which fight for these kinds of liberties,' he said.

Schooling children exclusively at home has been banned in Germany since 1919, possibly initially as a response to high post-war migration from Turkey.

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Austria Art exhibition at Cardinal Schönborn's cathedral gallery features lesbians kissing on Church step

MAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews -- A recently concluded art exhibition in the rectory of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria included an image [WARNING: Following links lead to graphic images] of two lesbians kissing in front of a church as well as an image of an almost completely nude woman posing as the Resurrected Christ.

The Austrian news website Kath.net reported today that these pictures were to be found and seen in the Curhaus, the building adjacent to St. Stephen's Cathedral which is among other things the rectory and which is open for everyone, including children. The exhibition ran from September 2018 until January.

The artist, August Zoebl, states in the exhibition that 'what is needed is the explosiveness of the pictures' in order to 'communicate the outrageous message of the Resurrection.' These words are to be found next to the image of a naked woman, with light coming down from above, in a dark room, who partly covers her body with a white linen similar to the one that was found in the tomb of Christ. The photographer calls his picture 'Pietà.' It also said as a sort of title: 'The first light in the sepulcher: a man.' That picture was for sale for a prize of 25,000 euro.

Another picture shows a woman standing on the top balcony of St. Stephen's Cathedral, holding a golden chalice in her hand.

Zoebl calls such pictures 'sacred imaging.'

Kath.net reached out to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, but has so far not received any comment from the prelate.

At the end of 2018, Cardinal Schönborn had caused a stir when allowing a charity rock concert and dramatized play to take place in St. Stephen's Cathedral. During this event, the main actor - who in the past has repeatedly played nude roles on stage and who played homosexual scenes with other men in movies - stood upon the Communion rail of the church with a naked upper body, singing. The play also included several demons and one female Satan. The event was hosted by Gary Keszler, a prominent homosexual activist.

In 2008, a display of a series of paintings by Alfred Hrdlicka in the art gallery attached to the cathedral depicted Christ and his Apostles as homosexuals engaged in a homosexual orgy at the Last Supper.

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France The new Catholic 'far right'

GARY POTTER writes for Catholicis.org -- For the first time in decades there is visible on the French political landscape politics rooted in France's historical Catholicism. From the point of view and in the parlance of secular liberal globalists that makes the politics 'far right, extreme right' or even 'fascist'.

Given France's position as one of the world's leading nations, its role as a main actor in history and the lamentable fact that in 1789 it became the first country in Christendom to experience the overthrow of Christian government, the emergence of the new politics inspired by traditional Church teaching is of considerable significance.

It excites fear and loathing in some. One such is Mark Lilla, author of an article about the movement recently published by the New York Review of Books, that flag-bearer journal of the political left in the U.S. He fears that it can serve, at least in its 'aggressive form,' as a 'powerful tool for building a pan-European reactionary Christian nationalism.'

Bear in mind as we discuss it here that France is officially secular to the degree that the very buildings in which Catholics worship - their churches - are property of the state. It should not surprise us, therefore, that the young men and women expounding the new politics do not foresee their ideas prevailing soon. On the contrary, we should take them all the more seriously for that reason.

As Lilla noted in his article about them, Antonio Gramsci is frequently cited in their journals and magazines. Gramsci was an Italian Communist theoretician imprisoned by Mussolini in the 1930s who saw and taught that the Marxist subversion of Europe and the rest of the West required intellectual transformation - a 'long march,' as he put it, through educational and cultural institutions in order to weaken age-old attachments to family, community and religion. The social turbulence of the 1960s and general collapse of Christian standards of behavior, exemplified by the sexual revolution of that decade, showed that the long march had begun to pay off. Finally it arrived at today's secular liberal globalism which is culturally Marxist if it is anything, this even if many globalists identify themselves as being on the political right. Their true essential character is revealed by their economic vision of history and the life of society. If we assume they are familiar at all with the sayings of Our Lord, they have forgotten that man does not live by bread alone.

The young thinkers of the new Catholic right understand that nothing will roll back cultural Marxism except a long march in the opposite direction leading to the restoration of tradition. To speak of this restoration is to speak of peoples of former Christendom, in this case the French, embracing their Christian history and thereby revitalizing family, community and religion, institutions in which humanity flourishes and which, when they are strong, also insulate men from the power of the modern state that seeks for that very reason to weaken them. It aims to take their place and in many respects has.

We ought to note here that the last rightwing political movement of Catholic coloration to exercise serious influence in France was Action Française. Its sway was the widest in the period between the First and Second World Wars. Its leading intellectual light was thinker, writer and member of the French Academy, Charles Maurras.

If we allude here to Action Française it is for two reasons: 1) Ideas set forth by Maurras can be seen to figure in the thinking of the young men and women of the emerging politics. To be sure, they are adapted to today's circumstances. 2) Apart from its monarchism, the most notable feature of Action Française was that it was anti-statist.

What are the exact, concrete positions staked out by adherents of the new politics? They reject the European Union, same-sex marriage and mass immigration. They also reject unregulated global financial markets, genetically-modified foodstuffs, consumerism and daily life dominated by what they refer to as AGFAM (Apple-Google-Facebook-Amazon-Microsoft). In Lilla's words, they see 'the fundamental task of society is to transmit knowledge, morality, and culture to future generations.'

Lilla goes on to explain that they oppose the E.U. 'because it rejects the culture-religion foundation of Europe and tries to found it instead on the economic self-interest of individuals. Unlike their American counterparts…the young French conservatives argue that the economy must be subordinate to social needs.'

Of course from the Catholic point of view they are correct to do so. Having a sound economy depends on having right politics, the means by which the life of society is governed, but such politics cannot exist except on the basis of right morality, and that is impossible if society is divorced from God, restricting religion to purely private practice.

Another big difference between the young French conservatives and their American counterparts is that the French are strong environmentalists, whereas the Americans by-and-large have never understood that conservatism should conserve.

In the next installment of this article we'll identify some of the leading figures among the young French Catholic conservatives, take a closer look at what they espouse, including some differences between them, and see how all this fits, if it does, in the context of the 'yellow-vest' uprising that has rocked France since November.

Meantime, my attention has been drawn to a Spanish poll that shows that the Vox Party, whose meteoric rise I recently wrote about, now enjoys nearly twelve percent support among voters nationally after their stunning victory in Andalusia ended 36 years of Socialist rule in that region.

About twelve percent support was what the AfD Party had when it won its first seats in Germany's federal parliament, where it is now the main opposition to lame-duck Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU-Socialist-CSU coalition government. It also now has seats in the legislatures of all sixteen German states.

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Germany Group of priests call on Cardinal Marx to resign as bishops' head for 'abusing' spiritual office

MAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews - A group of German priests are calling upon Cardinal Reinhard Marx to resign as the head of the German bishops.

Communio veritatis, a group of priests from the Archdiocese of Paderborn, published a statement today accusing the prelate of 'abusing your spiritual office by obviously considering the Church's Sacraments as your personal property which you sacrifice at your own whims on the altar of the Zeitgeist.'

The first sentence of the statement, as published today on the Austrian Catholic website Kath.net, refers to a recent claim made by Marx, namely, that he does not like the term 'Christian West' because it is too 'exclusive.' In response the German priests say: 'We call upon you to renounce the presidency of the German Bishops' Conference because this notion is exclusive of your own fellow bishops!'

The Communio veritatis group had formed itself in light of the 2018 debate in Germany about giving Holy Communion to some Protestant spouses of Catholics. Communio veritatis strongly opposes this idea and had published a statement opposing their own archbishop in Paderborn, Hans-Josef Becker.

In their new 14 January statement, the priests accuse Cardinal Marx of syncretism and relativism: 'You stand with your sociological viewpoint on the grounds of syncretism and relativism.' In reality, they say, Christ has revealed Himself to us, and with it the Truth. 'We reject the instrumentalization of our religion!' the priests call out and criticize Cardinal Marx for using the Catholic religion 'in a falsifying secularization in order to spread the left-liberal political ideology of the mainstream.'

The group of priests further stated: 'We remind you that the red of the cardinal does not refer to the flag of Neo-Marxism, but to the defense of the Catholic Faith, up to shedding one's blood. Thereby, the Catechism is not the name of an island in the South Sea, but the reliable interpretation of the Church's teaching.'

In reference to the fact that Cardinal Marx, when visiting the Temple Mount in Israel in 2016, had removed his pectoral cross so as not to 'offend' his hosts, the priests say that 'We will confess Jesus Christ as the only Redeemer and true Savior, while you yourself have laid down the Cross of the Lord in a scandalous manner.'

Cardinal Marx had also received much criticism in 2018 for distancing himself from Markus Söder, the Bavarian governor who had ordered the public display of crosses in state administrative buildings. Cardinal Marx at the time claimed that he was 'quite sad and ashamed' of this decision. Furthermore, the prelate then said publicly that Söder was causing 'division, unrest and animosity' with his own plan, and that Söder was even 'expropriating the cross in the name of the state.'

The Paderborn priestly group is, however, of another opinion: 'We pray that our western world will return to the Faith in the Triune God, in Whom alone is to be found life and salvation.'

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Ireland New pro-life political party already making waves

K.V. TURLEY reports for LifeSiteNews - A new Irish pro-life political party is already creating ripples among the Irish political class both north and south of the border. It is also asking questions about just how pro-life some of Ireland's existing political parties really are.

Last year pro-life politician Peadar Toibin resigned from Sinn Fein over its pro-abortion stance. Thereafter, it was expected that he would retreat to the parliamentary back benches. Instead, he began setting up a new political party - one as pro-life as it will be Republican.

Starting a political party is one thing, but actually finding supporters is another matter. The Belfast Newsletter, however, is reporting that no fewer than seven local councillors in Northern Ireland are defecting to Toibin's new party. This comes just as the campaign gets underway in Northern Ireland for the local government elections scheduled to take place in May 2019.

Toibin told the Newsletter: 'We hope to be standing about 10-15 candidates in the [Northern Ireland] local government elections in May.' He hopes that at least seven elected councillors will choose to stand for his new party. From what he hinted, these candidates come from the two main nationalist parties: Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and Sinn Fein.

Shortly after announcing the formation of his new political party, surprisingly, Toibin headed to Northern Ireland. While there, he addressed a public meeting of supporters in Maghera, Derry. Later this month and next, more meetings will take place in the North: Omagh (January 9), Newry (January 23), Belfast (January 28), and Armagh (February 4).

Although the party has no name yet, according to Toibin, since its membership opened last Saturday, the party has grown rapidly to 1,400 members. This was after 40 people attended the party's first executive meeting on Saturday. At the meeting, the party's constitution and structure were agreed upon. Toibin's party will be of the Left with an emphasis on economic justice, but he has also made clear that its constitution will be '100 percent pro-life.'

SDLP's actions on abortion raise questions

The new pro-life party has attracted interest from some high-level former Sinn Fein members. Martin McGuinness' brother, Declan McGuinness, has officially signed up and is said to be interested in standing for election. Ex-Sinn Fein councillors Francie and Ann Brolly, both of whom also left the party over its pro-abortion stance, are said to be considering putting themselves forward as candidates for the new party.

More interesting still is the news that SDLP politicians are now defecting to the new party. County Tyrone councillor Rosemarie Shields has confirmed she is leaving the SDLP for Toibin's pro-life party. She told the Newsletter that there were others within the SDLP and from 'another party' who are also considering leaving and joining Toibin.

Ms. Shields said she was attracted by the new party's emphasis on economic justice when so many parties appear to have the same view on economic and social issues. She was equally impressed by Toibin's 'integrity' and 'honesty,' something she contrasted with what is usually on display in modern Irish politics.

In addition, she made clear that the unabashed pro-life position of the new party was a significant factor in her decision to join it.

The reaction of the SDLP, her former party, is telling.

Rather than accepting that Ms. Shields made the decision from the highest of motives, the party seemed to suggest that her leaving was to do with the 'selecting of candidates' for the forthcoming elections, implying she would not have been selected to stand anyway.

Furthermore, the party had this to say: 'Councilor Shields' lack of commitment to her role has been a matter of concern for some time now and that would obviously have been a factor in the party's decision on whether to run her as a candidate again or not.'

In response, Ms. Shields pointed out that the SDLP has not yet selected any candidates for the local government election. She also told the Newsletter that she doesn't accept the narrative now being cast by her former political party: 'I was dedicated to my role as a public representative.'

The SDLP officially opposes the changing of abortion law in Northern Ireland. However, some of its recent actions have caused concern to pro-lifers within the party. In April 2017, three SDLP councillors in Belfast quit the party.

Former Lord Mayor Pat Convery and councillors Declan Boyle and Kate Mullan were suspended by the SDLP in April 2017 after abstaining from a Belfast City Council vote condemning the 'harassment of women by anti-abortion activists outside reproductive healthcare facilities.' The motion was proposed by the Green Party, which claimed women were forced to 'run a gauntlet of intimidation and harassment.'

The SDLP leadership had instructed its Belfast councillors to support the Green Party motion. The three councillors told the Belfast Telegraph that they 'totally opposed the harassment and intimidation of women' and had abstained from the vote 'as the SDLP are a pro-life party.'

Four days after the vote, Councillors Convery, Boyle, and Mullan received a letter from SDLP chief whip Colin McGrath informing them of their suspension. It stated: 'Your vote has brought considerable disrepute to the party in all forms of print, broadcast and social media and was contrary to party policy and to the direction sought and provided from the party on the day.'

At the time, Convery, a former SDLP vice-chairman who was first elected to Belfast City Council 16 years ago, told the Belfast Telegraph: 'The party I joined was one of inclusiveness and I feel that no longer applies…The SDLP needs to go back to its roots of being a broad church where everyone is welcome.'

He went on to add that 'moral issues should be matters of personal conscience and party policy should reflect that.'

Subsequently, the three councillors asked for a meeting with their party leader, Colum Eastwood. Their request was refused.

'We weren't given the chance to make our case at a meeting. We were sentenced in advance of that in a draconian approach,' Convery said.

A statement issued by the trio's solicitor said, 'The SDLP leadership showed no respect for three experienced and distinguished councillors and no appetite to resolve issues which clearly affected the party's pro-life stance.'

On May 19, 2018, the SDLP voted to reaffirm their pro-life policy. They also voted, however, to allow what was described as a conscience vote on the subject. Henceforth, the SDLP moved from a solidly pro-life party position to a view on abortion that is left to the consciences of individual members. As a consequence, it seems SDLP members today can vote and actively campaign for any policy they like relating to abortion.

Last year shortly after this vote on party policy, SDLP leader Eastwood backed the 'yes' vote in the Republic's abortion referendum supporting the scrapping of Ireland's pro-life constitutional safeguard.

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Switzerland Pro Ecclesia launches global petition asking Catholic bishops to stop homosexual network

MAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews -- A petition launched on Wednesday asks the heads of the bishops' conferences worldwide — who will be meeting in Rome next month with Pope Francis — to take the necessary steps to stop homosexual networks in the Catholic Church, especially the networks that are connected with the clerical abuse crisis and that have recently come to light.

Pro Ecclesia, a Catholic lay organization in Switzerland, launched the petition, partnering with LifeSiteNews which releases the English-language version (see here). The petition should soon also be available in other languages such as Italian and Spanish. (If anyone is interested in helping to spread and promote this petition, please contact us here.)

In addition to Pro Ecclesia and LifeSiteNews, the following prominent individuals and media personalities are co-sponsors of this petition: John Smeaton, CEO of The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (UK); Dr. Markus Büning (Germany); Riccardo Cascioli, Editor of La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana (Italy); Christian Spaemann, MD (Germany); Pedro L. Llera (Spain); Prof. Anna Silvas (Australia); Donna F. Bethell, J.D. (U.S.); Peter A. Kwasniewski, PhD (U.S.)

The petition to Stop homosexual networks in the Catholic Church proposes that a set of steps be taken that clearly and unambiguously punish every single priest, bishop, or cardinal who sexually assaults minors, but also vulnerable young adults such as seminarians. It demands that the penalties which were in place in the 1917 Code of Canon Law be reinstated, that is to say, that these clergymen should be removed from office, and should be deprived of financial support and honor. Additionally, there should be a declaration from the Holy Father that any bishop who covers up the crimes of his clergy is also to be removed from his office.

In this way, the organizers of the petition hope to be able to free the Church from homosexual networks –present in all of the world -- which bear culpability in the current sex abuse crisis. Cardinals Gerhard Müller, Walter Brandmüller , and Raymond Burke recently pointed out that there is statistically a clear link between the clerical sex abuse crisis and the conduct of homosexuality.

Thus far, these three prelates seem to be in a minority position in the Church, since not even Pope Francis has yet made any such public statement, even though he only recently re-stated that homosexuals should not be ordained as priests.

On the contrary, Pope Francis always claims clericalism is the root problem of the abuse crisis. In his recent letter to the U.S. bishops concerning this topic, he only twice even mentions “sexual abuse,” and both times, he mentions it only after first speaking about “abuse of power and conscience,” thus steering away from that which is at the heart of the matter: the violation of the physical and emotional purity of the young.

Pope Francis' preacher to the papal household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, just gave the U.S. bishops a one-week retreat, in which he stressed the problem of wealth, but effectively declined to address the larger problem of sexual abuse or homosexuality.

Pope Francis' new editorial director for Vatican media, Andrea Tornielli, even went so far as to claim that the abuses committed by then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick were not so much about homosexual abuse, but, rather, about an abuse of power.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, one of the remaining members of the C9-Council of Cardinals counseling the Pope, recently stated that Pope Francis sees the main cause of sexual abuse to be in the “abuse of power.” He also indicated that this understanding will guide the direction to be taken during the upcoming three-day Rome gathering in February 2019. Marx himself explicitly rejected the claim that there exists a link between homosexuality and the clerical sexual abuse. He said, moreover, that he is disturbed about “forces who think that, if we had no homosexual priests anymore, the whole abuse problem would be solved.”

Many lay Catholics, however, are very troubled by such clerical statements, also because it is about their own beloved children who might be at risk of being sexually abused, and they are determined to see the Church address – and root out – the underlying problems of homosexual priests in the Catholic Church. In past centuries, the Church always has forbidden the ordination of homosexual men – and this has been, it seems, re-affirmed in 2016 under the papacy of Pope Francis. In the older 1917 Code of Canon Law, the Church very strongly punished those priests who either committed the crime of sexual abuse or who practiced homosexuality.

As Dr. Anna M. Silvas – one of the co-sponsors of the petition – points out, it is not the first time in the history of the Church that there has been a homosexual problem in the Church, where some bishops even covered up for their own homosexual priests. In the 11th and 12th century, for example, after “Peter Damian’s blazingly prophetic the Book of Gomorrah,” it was often lay people that worked for a purification of the clergy, she explains. The Fourth Lateran Council (1215) and its canon 14 robustly addressed this problem by even punishing those bishops involved in cover-up. She comments: “We might ask whether a repristination of Canon 14 of the Fourth Lateran Council is now in order, to the effect that not only guilty priests and others, but bishops and ordinaries themselves who have demonstrably covered up sexual abuse by clergy and church workers, whether of children, of adolescents, of vulnerable young adults, or of ‘consensual’ adults, be deposed from their office.”

In light of the current deep and painful crisis, the organizers of this petition see that it is time to return to the older discipline, for the protection of the vulnerable young entrusted to the priests of Christ. As the President of Pro Ecclesia, Herbert Meier, states: “Now is the time when the wheat is being separated from the chaff. And everybody can decide for himself whether he wants to be wheat or chaff.”

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United Kingdom More than 100 Anglican clergy criticise their bishops' LGBTI guidance

MORE than 100 clerics in the diocese of Oxford have written to criticise their bishops' approach to LGBTI+ people. A letter released on Monday warns that, if the bishops cannot affirm traditional teaching, many of the signatories will consider seeking alternative oversight.

The letter, signed by 104 serving clerics in the diocese, questions whether people in same-sex relationships should be ordained, or receive communion.

The letter addresses the diocese's four bishops: 'We would ask them to recognise the seriousness of the difference between us: advocacy of same-sex sexual intimacy is either an expression of the love of God or it creates an obstacle to people entering the kingdom of God. It cannot be both. The situation is serious.'

The letter is a response to an ad clerum, 'Clothed With Love', sent by the Bishops of Oxford, Dorchester, Reading, and Buckingham, in October, calling for 'an attitude of inclusion and respect for LGBTI+ people' (News, 2 November). Sent to 1500 clergy in the diocese, it called for 'dialogue and conversation' with clergy who are seeking guidance on pastoral responses to same-sex couples, and suggested that the diocese may produce 'short-term' guidance in advance of national provision.

It also commended the five principles set out in the diocese of Lichfield, which state that 'nobody should be excluded or discouraged from receiving the sacraments of baptism or the Lord's supper on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity', and affirm that 'LGBT+ people can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church' (News, 18 May 2018).

In their response, the 104 clergy write that they are 'disturbed by the apparent ambiguity of the language' in the ad clerum. The assertion that 'LGBTI+ people can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church' carries with it 'a range of understandings about what is appropriate by way of lifestyle', they argue. 'We cannot see how it is right to accept as Christian leaders those who advocate lifestyles that are not consistent with New Testament teaching.'

With regard to the statement on the eucharist, they observe that 'indiscriminate participation seems to be inconsistent with the witness of scripture . . . [which] clearly discourages participation in the Lord's Supper for those who have not examined themselves.'

The signatories are also concerned 'by the references to LGBTI+ 'identity', when as Christians we want to urge that our identity is to be found 'in Christ'; by the generalisation of 'gender identity', when there are so many aspects to this question; by the apparent desire to see the Church innovating liturgically in order to meet an expressed desire of some same-sex couples; and by the organisation of a group of LGBTI+ advisers which does not include same-sex attracted people who advocate celibacy in faithfulness to scripture'.

They express alarm that the bishops' letter lacks 'any articulation of the current teaching of the Church of England on marriage and sexual relationships, based as it is on the words of scripture, nor is there any expressed support for it'.

Their main concern, they write, is with the 'direction of travel' of the diocese. 'In its desire for new expressions of 'inclusion', it could end up excluding those who hold to the traditional teaching of scripture, and doing a great disservice to those of us who experience same-sex attraction.

'We are not here simply stating an aversion to change; we are, however, convinced that failing to hold the Bible's teaching out to everyone, including those who identify as LGBTI+, is to show a lack of that very love the letter urges us to exhibit.'

The signatories disavow any sense of being 'morally superior' and acknowledge that they have 'much to learn from others, including those with whom we disagree'; but they conclude that 'the issue concerns the teaching of Christ's Church, however lacking we may be as disciples of Christ. .

'We would love our bishops to articulate clearly God's love for us in helping us see both the attractiveness of deep friendships, but also the appropriate setting for sexual intimacy - namely in marriage between a man and a woman. However, if they are unwilling to do this, we would ask them to recognise the seriousness of the difference between us: advocacy of same-sex sexual intimacy is either an expression of the love of God or it creates an obstacle to people entering the kingdom of God. It cannot be both.

'The situation is serious. If not addressed, we would all struggle to support the leadership of our bishops in this matter, and a number of our churches may want to seek alternative means of receiving episcopal ministry, in recognition that your position is seriously differentiated from theirs. This would be a tragedy.'

The letter also warns that a separation would have 'both pastoral and possible financial implications for the diocese'.

The signatories say that there is 'much in the letter that we joyfully affirm. . . We wish to respect all people, and we endorse the view of the Archbishops that in discussions, no person is a problem or an issue. . . We entirely endorse the view that nobody should be told that their sexual orientation makes them an unsuitable candidate for leadership in the Church.'

Several of the signatories to the letter lead large Evangelical churches in the diocese.

It was co-ordinated by four Evangelical priests: the Vicar of St Andrew and St Mary Magdalene, Maidenhead, the Revd Will Stileman; the Rector of Aborfield with Barkham, the Revd Piers Bickersteth; the Rector of Buckingham, the Revd Will Pearson-Gee; and the Rector of St Ebbe's, Oxford, Canon Vaughan Roberts.

Signatories include four clergy members of General Synod: the Revd Sam Allberry, an NSM at St Andrew and St Mary Magdalene; the Revd Dr Andrew Atherstone, an NSM at St Leonard, Eynsham and Cassington, and a tutor at Wycliffe Hall Theological College; Canon Charlie Cleverly, the Rector of St Aldate's, Oxford; and Canon Frog Orr-Ewing, the Rector of Latimer Minster.

Signatories are overwhelmingly Evangelical, but Anglo-Catholic signatories include the Vicar of St Martin, Fenny Stratford, Canon Victor Bullock; the Vicar of Hanslope, Canon Gary Ecclestone; and the Vicar of St Mary and St Giles, Stony Stratford with Calverton, Fr Ross Northing.

Several of the signatories teach at Wycliffe Hall, including the Director of Ministerial Training, the Revd Greg Downes, and the Vice-Principal and Academic Dean, the Revd Dr Justyn Terry.

Six of the clergy signatories are women. The letter has also been signed by 28 members of the laity - three of whom are members of the General Synod- and 16 retired members of the clergy.

A letter of response from the bishops emphasises that 'Clothed With Love' was a pastoral letter: 'It is not intended as a theological statement of a position or as a contribution in itself to the wider debate in the Church.' It was written 'primarily to address the significant sense of hurt and exclusion felt by LGBTI+ Christians and their families', and had 'helped each of us to have significant pastoral conversations'.

The wording concerning the eucharist was consistent with the policy set out in the Canons, Issues in Human Sexuality, and the House of Bishops guidelines on same-sex marriage, they said.

'There is no desire on our part to diminish support for those who are seeking to uphold and to live within the Church of England's current teaching,' they wrote. 'There is no intention either to exclude in any way those who hold to the traditional teaching of Scripture now or in the future. . . If the Church discerns that some further development in polity is needed at this point on human sexuality we will need to take equal care both locally and nationally to honour and respect those who continue to hold the traditional view.'

The Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven Croft, wrote that one option open to him was 'to remain as silent as possible on these difficult questions, avoid them wherever possible and take refuge in ambiguity. This does not seem to me to be the right course of action at this time.'

The letter began with reassurance: 'As bishops we respect and value each of you, the ministry you offer, and your commitment to scripture and the historic tradition of the church.'

Mr Pearson-Gee suggested that the letter confounded the suggestion that only a 'handful' of people were concerned by the bishops' ad clerum.

'Those opposing include almost every single leader of the largest churches, as well as many other leaders across the spectrum, including Anglo-Catholic Brothers,' he said.

On Wednesday, another member of General Synod, the Rector of Winslow, the Revd Andrew Lightbown, said that he agreed with the signatories - 'who by and large represent a few of Oxford's larger churches' - 'that the overall direction of travel appears to be moving towards greater inclusivity, albeit one which respects those who wish to adhere to the historic position. This should, given the Archbishops desire for a radical new inclusion in the life of the Church for LGBTI people, be expected.'

He was 'very concerned by the way that the term 'in Christ' was used . . . and by the seeming rejection of the Canons and bishop's guidelines in respect of admission to the sacraments. As the Oxford bishops rightly say a great many people, from both sides of the divide, have over the long-term reflected theologically on these issues before arriving at their current positions.'

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United Kingdom Oxford students demand university oust philosophy professor for 'homophobia'

LISA BOURNE reports for LifeSiteNews - A leading Catholic moral theologian and natural law expert is facing a campaign from college students to oust him from a faculty position for his purported 'extremely discriminatory views against groups of disadvantaged people' and for 'being particularly homophobic and transphobic.'

A petition for John Finnis to be removed from his academic position at Oxford University cites his 'discriminatory conduct.'

The petition lists 'hateful statements' from Finnis regarding homosexuality made between 1992 and 2011, and also accuses him of racism and xenophobia.

Finnis, a renowned legal philosopher, jurist and scholar, is an emeritus professor of law and legal philosophy at the University of Oxford and Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.

He has mentored several Ph.D students, including Neil Gorsuch and Robert P. George.

The petition looking to expel him from Oxford also asks the university to clarify its policy on 'discriminatory professors.'

It says Finnis teaching Oxford's compulsory main graduate law courses for its Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and Magister Juris (MJur) degrees is 'unacceptable' because 'It puts a hugely prejudiced man in a position of responsibility and authority.'

'It makes people who are affected by his discrimination question whether they should even attend these seminars,' the petition states. 'University is a place to focus on education, not to be forced to campaign against or to be taught by professors who have promoted hatred towards students that they teach.'

Finnis has written critically of homosexual conduct, describing it at times as evil or destructive.

Petitioners also cite his writing in opposition to adoption by same-sex couples and in support of reparative therapy.

'John Finnis has built a career on demonization,' BCL student and petition co-author Alex Benn told The Oxford Student publication. 'His so-called 'arguments' about disadvantaged people are hateful, not to mention widely discredited.'

'His position at Oxford ignores his decades-long promotion of discrimination and, in particular, his active role in worsening the lives of LGBTQ+ people,' added Benn.

A number of academics responded in support of Finnis on social media soon after news of the petition surfaced. 'John Finnis of Oxford is one of the most famous Christian professors alive,' tweeted Israeli philosopher, Biblical scholar and conservative political theorist Yoram Hazony. 'Now a move to ban him from teaching because he has opposed homosexual acts in philosophical essays.'

'John Finnis hardly deserves to be run out of Oxford!' Reilly later tweeted. 'But if he goes, I pray that he lands at a faithful Catholic college, one that embraces Bl. John Henry Newman's 'Idea of a University' -- the 'Oxford improvement' plan!'

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United States Trump promises to veto any abortion legislation in March for Life address

DOROTHY CUMMINGS McLEAN reports for LifeSiteNews – In a surprise appearance, President Donald Trump addressed pro-life advocates at the 2019 March for Life, telling them that "every life is worth protecting" and that he will veto any legislation that crosses his desk that "weakens the protection of human life."

"Today, I have signed a letter to Congress to make clear that if they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the protection of human life, I will issue a veto. And, we have the support to uphold those vetoes. Every child is a sacred gift from God," he said in a pre-recorded video message.

Trump sent his message via large screens set up in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life Rally.

“Today I am very proud to welcome tens of thousands of families, students, and people of all faiths and backgrounds to our nation’s capital for the 46th annual March for Life,” the President said.

“This is a movement founded on love and grounded in the nobility and dignity of every human life,” he continued.

“When we look into the eyes of a newborn child we see the beauty and the human soul and the majesty of God's creation. We know that every life has meaning and that every life is worth protecting. As President, I will always defend the first right of our Declaration of Independence, the right to life.”

The President then listed the actions his administration has taken to honor the sanctity of life and to work for the freedom of Americans not to have to commit or fund contraception and abortion against their consciences.

“During my first week in office I reinstated the Mexico City policy,” Trump said.

“We have taken bold action to protect the religious freedoms of doctors, nurses, and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor,” he continued.

“We issued a new proposal to prohibit Title X taxpayer funding from going to any clinic that performs abortions. We are supporting the loving choice of adoption and foster care including through the support of faith-based adoption services.”

“And I am supporting the US Senate effort to make permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion in spending bills.”

The President then told the cheering crowds that he will veto any bills that threaten the unborn child.

“Today I have signed a letter to Congress to make clear that if they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the protection of human life I will issue a veto,” he said.

“We have the support to uphold those vetoes. Every child is a sacred gift from God.”

Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised the President for his "bold message."

“Today President Trump sent a bold message to Nancy Pelosi that popular pro-life policies like the Hyde Amendment that save unborn children and protect taxpayers are here to stay, despite her extreme attacks,” she said

“A strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, domestically and abroad. President Trump is the most pro-life president our nation has seen and is keeping his promise to the pro-life Americans who swept him into office. Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats can continue pushing an extreme pro-abortion agenda at their own political peril,” she added.

Trump heartily endorsed the theme of this year’s March for Life, “Each Person is Unique from Day One”, saying that it was “very important” and “so true.”

The President thanked the crowds, particularly the thousands of high schools and college students who traveled to the National Mall for the March and Rally.

“I want to thank Americans who traveled all across the country to the March for Life, and I especially want to thank so many young people who give us hope for the future,” he said.

“Together we will work to save lives of unborn children so that they have a chance to live and to love, to thrive and to dream, and to bless our nation and reach their full and glorious potential,” he continued.

“Thank you, and God bless you and your family, and God bless America.”

President Trump’s message was introduced by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, who were surprise speakers at the Rally.

“Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history,” the Vice-President stated.

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United States Cardinal Wuerl is denying denials, but video doesn't lie

STEVE SKOJEK reports for OnedPeterFive -- In what may just be the most unintentionally humorous headline in Catholic news this year, we get this triple-negative from J.D. Flynn at Catholic News Agency (CNA):

'Wuerl denies prior denials denied knowledge of McCarrick seminarian abuse'

It reminds me of the old saying, 'Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.'

I say it's unintentional, because it's a serious article, but I've gotten to know J.D. a little bit over the past couple of months, and I suspect there's some subtle gallows humor at work here. Once again, it appears we are being lied to by one of the most influential Catholic cardinals in the world, and he thinks we're stupid enough to buy it.

The article itself details how Cardinal Wuerl - the former archbishop of, and current administrator of (with no apparent difference) the D.C. Archdiocese - is handling the revelation that he passed a report about Theodore McCarrick's illicit activities to the apostolic nuncio back in 2004. As you may recall, that report dealt with an accusation from a Pittsburgh-area priest, now laicized, named Robert Ciolek.

According to CNA, in a letter to priests dated January 12, Wuerl wrote of the complaint made by Ciolek:

'The entire report was also immediately turned over to the Apostolic Nuncio - the Papal Representative in the U.S. Having acted responsibly with the allegation involving Bishop McCarrick's behavior with an adult and hearing nothing more on the matter I did not avert to this again[.]

Wuerl is insisting, Flynn reports, that he 'appropriately handled' this allegation and that his 'recent denials of knowledge concerning McCarrick's alleged misdeeds pertained only to the sexual abuse of minors.' More from his letter to priests:

'When the allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was brought against Archbishop McCarrick, I stated publicly that I was never aware of any such allegation or rumors. This assertion was in the context of the charges of sexual abuse of minors, which at the time was the focus of discussion and media attention.

'While one may interpret my statement in a different context, the discussion around and adjudication of Archbishop McCarrick's behavior concern his abuse of minors[.]'

The only problem is that he did deny knowing about McCarrick acting inappropriately with adults, and here's the proof. In an interview with CBS News in August of 2018, Wuerl flatly denied knowing about the allegations that McCarrick 'was having relationships with other priests.' And just look at the phony smile on his face when he says it:




According to CNA, Wuerl also told the D.C.-based news radio station WTOP that he hadn't heard any rumors about McCarrick engaging in sexual misconduct.

Wuerl appears to be attempting another example of the notorious mental evasion, 'It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is.' Here's Washington, D.C. Archdiocese spokesman Ed McFadden taking a stab at Clintonian doublethink:

'Wuerl's letter did not offer detail on the specific allegations Ciolek made against McCarrick, but Archdiocese of Washington spokesman Ed McFadden told CNA last week they concerned behavior by McCarrick at his New Jersey beach house, where the archbishop is alleged to have shared beds with seminarians, and exchanged backrubs with them.

'McFadden said Ciolek 'never claimed direct sexual engagement with McCarrick' in his complaint to Wuerl'.

The level of dissimulation being deployed here is staggering. Keep smiling, Your Eminence, if you think that's convincing anyone. But you'll have to forgive us for not believing you when you say you didn't know.

Did Cardinal Wuerl Lie regarding McCarrick?

According to the Washington Post, Cardinal Donald Wuerl knew of sexual misconduct allegations against ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick since 2004, despite saying: 'I can report that no claim - credible or otherwise - has been made against Cardinal McCarrick during his time here in Washington.' Dr Taylor Marshall and Tim Gordon analyse all the timeline of events and the quotes of Cardinal Donald Wuerl regarding his claims and discuss whether he lied to the press and to the faithful.



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United States New York abortion bill could one day make being pro-life 'a crime'

EMILY BENSON reports for the Catholic Herald -- Officials at the New York State Catholic Conference are calling the Reproductive Health Act 'worse than we thought it would be.'

'It foresees a time in New York where it's a crime to be pro-life,' said Kathleen Gallagher, director of pro-life activities and the Catholic Action Network for the conference, which is the public policy arm of the state's Catholic bishops.

The measure, introduced in the Legislature the week of January 7, will expand access to abortion in the state, despite being promoted as simply codifying Roe v Wade. It not only increases access to abortion across the board, including late-term abortions, but also goes beyond Roe, which left some limits in place.

The Reproductive Health Act, or RHA, is known as S. 240 in the state Senate and A. 21 in the state Assembly.

'The RHA is a great blow to the pro-life community,' said Renee Morgiewicz, coordinator of Respect Life Ministry and parish services and for the Albany Diocese. 'Many people in New York state have successfully held off the legislation for 12 years.'

In the past, a bipartisan Legislature has helped keep the RHA at bay. With regard to life issues, so far, 'the Republican Party has helped a lot with' supporting the pro-life agenda, said Morgiewicz. Now, with a Democratic majority in the state Senate, many pro-life issues are anticipated to take a big hit - particularly abortion.

'The fact that we've held this off for 12 years gives me great comfort,' Gallagher told The Evangelist, newspaper of the Albany Diocese. 'It means we've saved some human lives, and we saved women from anguish.'

The measure is expected to pass within the first 30 days of the legislative session, as promised by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Dennis Poust, director of communications for the New York State Catholic Conference, said the numbers needed to prevent the bill from passing 'just aren't there.'

'The Assembly is overwhelmingly Democrat, and the governor is the one who has been proposing it. (Senate Democrats) ran on this and were swept into office, so they're not going to not pass it,' he explained.

The bill refers to abortion as a 'fundamental human right,' which is cause for concern, said Gallagher. Because of the strong language, the bill could be used to block religious organizations from advocating for life, or prevent doctors from abstaining from performing abortions on religious or moral grounds.

''A fundamental right' is a right that could supersede everything, even the right of conscience and religious freedom,' said Morgiewicz.

The RHA also repeals the current state requirement that only a licensed physician can perform an abortion and repeals the current law that states third-trimester abortions can only be performed in cases where the mother's life is in danger.

Physicians and other health care practitioners in neighboring states that still hold strict laws on late-term abortions, such as Pennsylvania, could see this bill as 'a green light' to come to the state for work, said Gallagher.

The bill also repeals protections for accidental live births and disallows criminal charges for illegal abortions, such as when a perpetrator seeks to abort their partner's child through drugs or physical violence.

In early December, a resident of Saratoga County was arrested for punching the stomach of a woman who was 26 weeks pregnant in an attempt to cause a miscarriage. The man was charged with abortion in the second degree, but under the RHA, the attacker would not have been charged with a felony.

The state Catholic conference has updated its website to spotlight the RHA, and to ask visitors, through its Catholic Action Network, to send a message via an email form on the site to their legislators and the governor urging them not to support the legislation.

While the legislative battle may be over, 'we don't feel that all is lost,' said Poust. 'The challenge now becomes changing hearts and minds more than ever.'

Those working in the pro-life movement say their work will focus on educating the public on pro-life issues and providing resources so that fewer women will choose abortion. Many people don't realize what resources are already available. Catholic Charities, for example, offers a variety of maternity services for women facing an unplanned pregnancy in the Albany Diocese. Other resources include the upcoming diocesan Project Rachel ministry, which provides support and healing to women who have had an abortion, and parish respect life ministries that offer resources and support on a grassroots level.

'Like cigarettes, something harmful can be legal, but if people are properly educated on it, and we are praying for them, they do not have to choose that harmful option,' said Morgiewicz.

Both nationally and statewide, the number of abortions has continued to decline. According to a report issued in November by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, approximately 638,169 abortions were performed in 2015, the last year for which statistics are available. That figure is around 2 percent less than the 652,639 reported in 2014, and about one-fourth less than the 852,385 reported in 2006.

'That gives me great hope,' Gallagher said of the dropping rates. More than enacting public policy, the goal of the pro-life movement is 'building a culture of life,' she added, noting that one sign of this culture change can be seen in the decline in abortions rates.

'I always used to say, 'Write to your legislator,' but the most important thing you can do is talk to your hairdresser, talk to the guy on the local baseball field; that's what's going to change hearts and minds,' said Gallagher.

The state Catholic conference recently released a bulletin announcement for use in parishes across the eight dioceses in the state. Each bulletin insert is customizable so that parishes are able to add local resources for women who may be facing an unplanned pregnancy or who may be struggling after an abortion.

'Rarely is abortion a first choice; it's usually a last resort,' said Poust. 'The church ought to be in a place of helping women and girls to make an informed decision and have the resources they need, whether psychologically, physically, or spiritually, to carry and bring their baby to term.'

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International Michael Voris

Vade, propheta ad populum meum '. . flicking his whip at the Bishops, cutting them in tender places, throwing stones at Sacred Congregations, and discharging pea shooters at Cardinals' (Newman).



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International A few headlines of the week


Australia : Woman threatened with murder for leaving Islam, politicians silent, 'scared of offending' Muslims

Austria : Wife stabbed to death in front of children, she went out without burqa

Iran: Ayatollah says Christians should chant 'Death to America'

Malaysia: Muslim leader says 'If one who leads is non-Muslim, even the kindest,' people 'will still end up in hell'

Netherlands: Muslims got firearms training, plotted 'major' jihad massacre with 'dozens of victims'

UK : ISIS calls on Muslims to poison food Kate Middleton buys at supermarkets

USA : Giant sculpture proclaiming 'There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet' goes up at Ground Zero

USA : ISIS 'mass casualty' attack on White House, Statue of Liberty foiled by FBI

USA : Imam says Muslims should beat wives lightly, not to hurt physically but to hurt her dignity


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His children

WHAT shall be said of that new creation of the soul, whereby he makes us his children . . . gives a new heavenly nature, implants His Holy Spirit within us, and washes away all our sins? This is the portion of the Christian, high or low; and all glories of this world fall away before it; king and subject . . . all are on a level in the kingdom of Christ.

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Strong Families

FROM POLAND Elibieta Osewska writes -- We are pleased to inform you that we have been finishing a book collection tilted Strong Families - Strong Societies (The Pontifical University of John Paul II Press). We hope that this publication will serve as a means to foster discussion on the reality of family issues.

As we have got many articles we decided to publish second book and we are looking for chapters. The articles should be written in the same style as in our journal 'The Person and the Challenges':


Can you be so kind to send this message to anyone who may be interested.

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Commission for Countering Extremism: call for evidence

THE CHRISTIAN INSTITUTE writes -- The Government has promised to tackle all forms of extremism: violent and non-violent'. But it has not been able to produce a definition of extremism that it can use in law. Proposals like extremism disruption orders had to be abandoned because of difficulty defining extremism with precision.

The Government decided to outsource the problem and created the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE). The CCE is asking the public for its views on what extremism is and how it should be tackled.

There is enormous potential for counter-extremism measures to impact free speech and religious liberty. A broad definition of extremism could be used to suppress ideas which are unfashionable. Declaring the exclusive claims of Christ could fall foul of such an approach.

Freedom to disagree must be protected. Measures to tackle extremism should focus on those who encourage or support terrorism or violence.

The deadline is 11.45pm on Thursday 31 January.

The easiest way to respond is online: www.bit.ly/ccerespond19

We have provided a guide to the call for evidence below, including some ideas for how to answer the key questions.



Page 1 is an introduction from Sara Khan, the Lead Commissioner.

Page 2 asks what capacity you are responding in. Unless you are responding on behalf of your church or have relevant professional experience, select 'Member of the public'.

Page 3 asks about you. If you selected 'Member of the public' on page 2, you have to:

• Provide a name.

• Answer questions about your location, gender, age and religion - there are 'prefer not to say' options.

• Say if you are happy for your response to be quoted by the Commission, and whether you want to be anonymous.

• Provide an email address

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la) Can you describe extremism? Extremism is a vague and subjective concept that is difficult to define. We suggest selecting 'Not sure'.

Under lb) you can give further comments explaining your answer. You may wish to make some of the following points, in your own words:

• Say you are not sure it is possible to define extremism, especially 'non-violent extremism', in a way that will be acceptable to most people. One person's extremism can be another person's mainstream belief.

• The term extremism is cheapened because so many people use it to insult and marginalise those who disagree with them.

• Great social reformers of the past were labelled 'extremist' simply because they shook up the consensus of their day.

• Extremism must be more than holding strong or traditional views, or trying to encourage others to share those views.

• It is very difficult to define non-violent extremism in a way that respects freedom of speech.

• Efforts to tackle extremism should focus on the real problem of those who encourage or support terrorism or violence.

• Sometimes unpopular ideas are just what a society needs. Democracy needs dissent, and silencing it undermines the foundations of a free society.

• Disagreement is not hatred. People must be free to engage in open and vigorous debate about ideas, beliefs and lifestyles.

• Genuine extremism may include things like:

- advocating the violent overthrow of democracy;

- denying the right of people to change their religion;

- advocating honour killings;

- calling for the deaths of British soldiers, police etc;

- following a leader, or being part of a group, that advocates violence;

- promising spiritual paradise as a reward for murder.

2a) How helpful is the following definition of extremism? on having a workable definition and common understanding of 'extremism'.

'Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. We also regard calls for the death of members of our armed forces as extremist': (NM Government Counter-Extremism Strategy, 2015)

We suggest selecting 'Very unhelpful'.

Question 2b) allows you to give a reason for your response. Themes for your answer could include:

• It is one thing to respect a person, but another thing to respect a belief. This definition makes no distinction between these things. You can respect a person while rejecting their beliefs.

• 'Respect and tolerance' is too often taken to mean agreement or endorsement. In a democratic society there must be freedom to strongly disagree with others' beliefs or lifestyles, and to urge people to change.

• The definition of extremism should focus on violence.

• Free speech and freedom to change religion or belief should be specifically mentioned as fundamental values.

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3) How important do you think the following factors are when considering extremism in this country? Due to the difficulties of defining extremism, we suggest selecting 'Don't know' for each of the factors listed.

4a) Is there one factor from the list above that you think is most important when considering extremism? Again, because extremism is difficult to define, we suggest selecting 'Not sure'.

Under 4b) you could include the following themes:

• The question requires a workable definition of extremism, which is difficult to produce. One person's extremism is another person's mainstream belief.

• Efforts to tackle extremism should focus on violence.

• Use other points listed under lb) below..

Page 6 - Section one: Part three

We suggest skipping this page. There is opportunity on the next page to comment on this part.

Page 7 - Section one: Part four

6a) Can you describe the harms caused by extremism? We suggest selecting 'Not sure', because the question hinges

You can explain your answer in 6b). Please draw on the themes we have already highlighted.

We suggest not answering question 7a).

The free-text field at 7b) is a good opportunity to point out bias in the call for evidence:

• The list of potential victims of extremism in question 7a) includes 'Non-religious people e.g. secularists, humanists'.

• However, a list of potential types of extremism in question 5b) does not include secularist or humanist extremism. This gives the impression that while religious people can be both victims and perpetrators of extremism, non-religious people can only be victims.

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10a) Do you think more should be done to counter extremism? As this question depends on how extremism is defined, we suggest selecting 'Not sure'. You can give your reason (max. 100 words) under 10b). Please draw on the following ideas:

• Whatever countering extremism means, it is critical free speech is protected.

• More should be done to tackle violence.

• Genuine extremism may include things like: advocating the violent overthrow of democracy; denying the right of people to change their religion; advocating honour killings; calling for the deaths of British soldiers, police etc; following a leader or being part of a group that advocates violence; promising spiritual paradise for murder.

• Use other points from previous questions to help you form your response.

We suggest moving straight to question 14.

14) What is the one thing you would give greater priority to, in our efforts to counter extremism offline and online, and why? This is another opportunity to emphasise the importance of free speech and that efforts to tackle extremism should focus on violence. Use points from previous questions to help you form your own response.

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To save time, you can ignore this section and submit your response.


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The Roman Forum

THE ANNUAL Roman Forum on the shores of Lake Garda in Northern Italy is one of the most important institutions in Catholic traditionalism, bringing together some of the best traditionalist minds to reflect on where we are, how we got here, and how to move forward. The chairman, Dr. John Rao, has sent the following information about this year's symposium as well as the lectures on Church history that he will be giving in New York City. We urge our readers to consider attending the symposium and the lectures.

The Roman Forum has now collected $25,000 of the $75,000 needed to provide for the attendance of the nineteen speakers and the musical director, as well as for the cost of the hall rental, a donation for the use of the parish church, and assistance for twenty scholarship candidates. $50,000 more is needed. Please do consider giving a donation to support the attendance at the symposium of a speaker, a member of the clergy, a seminarian, or a student. Send all applications, deposit, payments, and donations for the Summer Symposium either through the PayPal link on the Roman Forum Website or directly to: Dr. John C. Rao, The Roman Forum, 11 Carmine Street, 2C, New York, NY 10014.

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St Vincent de Paul Concert

ST VINCENT DE PAUL CONCERT in aid of SVP Vinnie Packs for the Homeless. Featuring Alexander Armstrong, Miranda Heldt, Alex Macqueen and The Choir with No Name. Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 7pm. Farm Street Catholic Church, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH.

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Who's in charge now at L'Osservatore Romano. And what has changed

S Magister

SANDRO MAGISTER blogs from Rome -- It was written that L’Osservatore Romano would be getting a facelift soon, after the abrupt change of director a few days before Christmas:

And in fact quite a bit is new in the first issues of this year.

For starters, the official newspaper of the Holy See launched what is supposed to be in 2019 the Church’s “word of the year,” the word “fraternity,” taken from the latest Christmas message “urbi et orbi” from Pope Francis, in which it does in effect appear no fewer than twelve times, three more times than the words “God” and “Jesus” put together.

The launch was previewed by new director Andrea Monda, with an editorial in the first edition of the new year, announcing that Francis has finally roused from sleep that “fraternité” which the French Revolution had exalted but then immediately put in cold storage, solely in favor of “liberté” and “égalité” and their degeneration into license and uniformity.

And to show that the new “Osservatore Romano” is serious there came in the January 16 edition the full-fledged launch, in grand fashion, of “fraternity” as the “new frontier of Christianity,” with an identical extra-large headline on the front page and then inside, applied to the letter that Francis sent on the feast of the Epiphany to the pontifical academy for life, but above all with a long-winded article justifying the appointment of fraternity as word of the year, as if it were the awarding of a Nobel prize.

The author of the article is Antonio Maria Baggio, a focolarino from way back, who studied Marxism in his youth with Toni Negri and Luciano Ferrari Bravo among his teachers, then received a doctorate in philosophy from the Angelicum before becoming director of the magazine “Nuova Umanità” and then professor at the Gregorian and at the Focolare university Sophia, and finally a specialist precisely in “fraternity” as “a foundational category of political thought,” with a “Red universitaria para el estudio de la fraternidad” founded in Argentina and today extending over all of Latin America.

Those who were expecting that L’Osservatore Romano would return to setting the course, or indicating what road to take in fidelity to the current pontificate, can therefore consider themselves satisfied. Now they know from the pope’s newspaper that fraternity is one of these milestones, to be used as a landmark even by a pontifical academy, that of life, created twenty-five years ago by John Paul II for a completely different purpose, the defense of human life from conception to natural death

But that’s not all. In the first editions of the new year there are other things that have changed in L’Osservatore Romano.

Gone is the byline of Lucetta Scaraffia, who continues to direct the monthly supplement “Donne Chiesa Mondo” but no longer figures as the newspaper’s main editorialist, as was the case when the director was Giovanni Maria Vian.

There has appeared instead, next to and above that of new director Andrea Monda, the byline of Andrea Tornielli, in his capacity as new editorial director of all the Vatican communications media and therefore also of L’Osservatore Romano.

To each his own. In an analysis of the new Osservatore published on January 11 as part of the online magazine “Formiche,” the former director of the news agency of the Italian episcopal conference, Domenico Delle Foglie, assigned Monda the role of “sapient spiritual reflection” and Tornielli that of “political-ecclesial stance.”

No need to say that the influence of the two is very unequal. Monda, with his fine pen, ranges in his editorials from Shakespeare to Martin Buber, from Chesterton to Péguy. And on January 14 he inaugurated a new feature entitled “Letters from the director,” with a brief autobiographical memory reawakened in him by the citation the pope made two days before of a dear history professor at the Gregorian, the Jesuit Giacomo Martina.

But it is Tornielli who mans the helm. After entering into service on January 1 as editorial director, on January 3 he signed on Vatican News the authorized exegesis of the letter that Francis sent to the bishops of the United States on the question of sexual abuse. And the next day L’Osservatore Romano”reprinted it with a preface stating that the “inner core” of the pope’s letter is precisely the one “indicated” by Tornielli.

The same thing happened on January 7 with regard to the pope’s address to the diplomatic corps, with a commentary by Tornielli aimed at justifying and exalting the most criticizable passage of the address, the one relative to the accord between the Holy See and China on the appointment of bishops.

And it happened again on January 11 on an even bigger stage, with a front-page editorial by Tornielli aimed at defusing the “excessive media buildup” to the summit convened in February by Pope Francis on sexual abuse, as if it were “halfway between a council and a conclave” and should deal only with “norms, laws, codes, and procedures,” when instead “these will never be enough without a change in the mentality and heart of those who are called to apply them.”

On the whole, the layout of L’Osservatore Romano has remained the same so far, with international news on the first three pages and culture on the next two pages. But there is a more frequent use of the “focus,” signed, on specific areas of crisis. And there also appeared for the first time, on January 11, a “focus” taking up a whole page on a particularly critical area, in this case Venezuela, with further updates over the following days, including a statement from the new “ad interim” director of the Vatican press office, Alessandro Gisotti, in justification of the presence of the chargé d'affaires of the apostolic nunciature in Caracas at the inauguration of Maduro’s presidency, seen as illegitimate by almost all governments, with the consequent harsh criticism of the Vatican’s compliance on the part of about twenty former heads of state, most of them Catholic, of Latin America.

A second full-page “focus” was dedicated, on January 17, to the deterioration of the “Brexit chaos” between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

In any case it must be acknowledged that during the first days of 2019 there also appeared in L’Osservatore Romano articles of unquestioned prominence. For example, these three:

- on January 10 a front-page article by Fabrizio Contessa on the “historic” statement signed by 500 Muslim imams of Pakistan in support of religious freedom and minority rights;

- on January 11, a commentary of rare depth on Humanae Vitae, by the German philosopher Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz, exemplary in bringing to light the unconventional, “uncomfortable,” explosive” elements of that encyclical of Pope Paul VI, but at the same time holding firm its teaching;

- and also on January 11 the news, ignored by almost all the media, of a terrorist attack on a Coptic church in Cairo that was thwarted by a Muslim imam, who by sounding the alarm from a nearby minaret made it possible to defuse the devices and save the lives of the Christians crowded