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Pope Francis approves key changes to the Our Father
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Cardinal Muller: Contraception is 'intrinsically bad,' Church can never allow it

CARDINAL MULLER has been called by his detractors the '#1 enemy of the Pope' for issuing a 'manifesto of Faith' that some say reads as a correction of Pope Francis. The former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has not stopped speaking out in defense of truths of the Catholic faith - now under assault from within - despite being asked to step down from his post by Pope Francis in 2017.

John-Henry Westen has been speaking with Cardinal Muller about his 'manifesto of Faith' and what it means today for a cardinal to fulfill his duty to advise the pope. Here Cardinal Muller shines a ray of clarity on the unprecedented crisis that is unfolding in the Church under Pope Francis' watch.



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‘Let’s not wait for the theologians,’ says Pope Francis in an extraordinary statement about sharing the Eucharist
RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS) reports ~On the plane returning to Rome from Romania, Pope Francis made an extraordinary statement on the role of theology in ecumenical relations at his press conference Sunday (June 2).

In the past, church officials have stressed the need for theological agreement before Christian unity or Eucharistic sharing could be possible.

As a result, the Church is involved in extensive and complex theological dialogues with other Christian churches. These dialogues have made progress in dealing with issues raised by the Reformation, but new issues (women’s ordination, gay marriage, abortion) have arisen that divide the churches. This makes it very difficult to reach a final agreement.

But Francis told reporters on the plane, “Ecumenism is not getting to the end of discussions, it’s done walking together,” according to Crux. The journey is more important than the destination.

As a result, Francis stresses the ecumenism of shedding blood together and of working together in service to the poor, the sick and the marginalized. This fits with his famous statement that “facts are more important than ideas.” How we live our faith is more important than how we explain it.

But during the press conference Francis went further. As he explained on the plane, “there is already Christian unity,” according to the National Catholic Reporter. “Let’s not wait for the theologians to come to agreement on the Eucharist.”

Is the pope signaling his willingness to move toward Eucharistic sharing without total theological agreement?

This would be consistent with everything else he is saying. If it is the journey, not the destination, that is important, then why not share food during the trip? Why wait until we arrive? Such a view would see the Eucharist as a unifying sacrament rather than a celebration of unity

Ironically, during his visit, theological divisions made it impossible for the pope even to pray the Lord’s Prayer with Romanian Orthodox Patriarch Daniel, as right-wing Orthodox objected to their praying together. As a result, the pope prayed it first in Latin, followed by the patriarch saying it in Romanian.

But the pope revealed that from what he could see, most of the people at the service in the Orthodox cathedral prayed both times.

“The people went beyond us leaders,” explained Francis.

Likewise, in the Catholic Church, the people often lead the way and the theologians follow, not the other way around. Bankers started charging interest on loans before theologians distinguished interest from usury. Scientists knew the Earth revolved around the sun before biblical scholars applied literary criticism to Genesis. American Catholics embraced religious freedom before the church caught up at Vatican II.

Today, Catholics are encouraging their Protestant spouses to join them at Communion. Divorced and remarried Catholics are returning to Communion. Gay couples approach Communion ministers together. Catholic couples are practicing contraception. The laity have moved forward; they are not waiting for theologians or the hierarchy to lead them. They are waiting for them to catch up.


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Pope’s new teaching on death penalty appears in revised theological commentary on catechism

DOROTHY CUMMINGS McLEAN reports for LifeSiteNews ~ The revised edition of the 1993 Theological Commentary on the Catechism of the Catholic Church will contain Pope Francis’ new doctrine on the death penalty.

Although in recent decades Catholic popes have encouraged civil authorities not to use the death penalty, they did not label it intrinsically evil until 2017 when Pope Francis declared capital punishment to be “contrary to the Gospel.”

In an interview with America magazine, the editor of the revised edition, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, said that Pope Francis’ “intervention” should be seen as an example of the “dynamic nature” of tradition.

“What is often lost sight of in discussions of this matter is the fact that Apostolic Tradition, or ‘Sacred Tradition’ in the language of Vatican II, is first and foremost living,” Fisichella said.

The editor appeared to take aim at theological conservatives by adding: “Sometimes we are guilty of giving the impression that tradition is an exercise akin to an athletics relay in which the aim is to pass the gold baton of the faith onto the next runner just exactly as it was received. But this conception risks reducing tradition to a fly in amber and ends up negating its very origin and purpose.”

The archbishop said that tradition “has its origin in the Gospel which the living Christ ordered the Apostles to preach and to hand on to their successors, the bishops.”

“It is precisely tradition which allows the Church to confront new situations and evaluate them in the light of the Gospel,” he continued. “To deny this dynamic nature of tradition is tantamount to denying the contemporaneity of the Christian faith.”

Fisichella also said, however, that “each new generation of Christians” is not authorized to change the faith at whim, for “such a vision...would have no basis in the historical development of our faith.”

He believes that “the question of the death penalty and Pope Francis’s intervention must be understood within this dynamic conception of tradition.”

‘Not a true development of doctrine but a reversal or corruption of doctrine’
Professor Edward Feser, author of By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of the Death Penalty, told LifeSiteNews by email that Fischella had sidestepped the question concerning the novelty of Francis’s teaching.

“With all due respect to the archbishop, it seems to me that he has not really answered the question put to him,” Feser wrote.

“What Catholics who are concerned about the revision to the Catechism want to know, specifically, is whether the revision is meant to teach that capital punishment is always and intrinsically evil, and not just ill-advised under current circumstances,” he explained.

Feser asserted that if this is Pope Francis’ teaching, then it contradicts, not develops, doctrine.

“If that is indeed what is being taught, then that would be a direct contradiction of scripture, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, and all previous popes, and thus would not be a true development of doctrine but a reversal or corruption of doctrine,” he said.

“Calling something a ‘development’ doesn't make it a development, otherwise the Church could reverse any teaching at all – concerning the Trinity, the Resurrection, you name it – and simply label it a ‘development’ reflecting a ‘dynamic tradition’ etc.,” he continued.

“The great Catholic theorists of the development of doctrine, such as St. Vincent of Lerins and Blessed John Henry Newman, are always very clear that a genuine development can never contradict past teaching.”

Feser said that if the pope and the revision to the Catechism do not mean to teach that capital punishment is intrinsically evil, then there would be no contradiction.

“But then, why do they not just come out and explicitly say that?” he asked.

“Why doesn't the archbishop say that? It would be extremely easy. You simply say[,] ‘Capital punishment is not intrinsically evil, but at the present time it is best not to use it, for such-and-such reasons.’ That would leave no doubt that there is no rupture with traditional teaching, and would put to rest concerns, among some of the ordinary Catholics that the archbishop was asked about, about a pseudo-’development,’” he continued.

Feser recalled the warning of Pope St. Pius X regarding the changing of doctrine to fit the times.

“It would also be good to know how the archbishop would relate his remarks about tradition not being ‘a fly in amber’ etc. to Pope St. Pius X's stern warning in Pascendi that the Church's dogmas, and the meaning traditionally attached to them, should never be altered in the name of ‘progress’ or ‘development’ or ‘on plea or pretext of a more profound comprehension of the truth,’” he said.

Feser explained that St. Pius X had asserted “that, on the contrary, the Church must always rigidly preserve ‘the same dogma, the same sense, the same acceptation.’”

“The archbishop surely must agree with Pius X about this, in which case, the ordinary Catholics he was asked about would like to know how his remarks relate to Pius’s teaching," the philosopher concluded.

In his America interview, Fisichella said that Pope Francis was “very supportive” of the revised theological commentary and wrote the preface himself. The pontiff had purposely chosen the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Catechism to announce his desire to revise the catechetical teaching on capital punishment found in Paragraph 2267.

According to the Jesuit magazine, in 2010 Fisichella became the first president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. He has served as president of the International Council for Catechesis since 2013. His other qualifications including having taught theology at the Gregorian University for 20 years and having served as an auxiliary bishop of Rome.

However, Fisichella’s move to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization followed a short (2008 to 2010) and controversial stint as the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life. As president of the Academy, Fisichella critiqued the Brazilian bishop who excommunicated the abortionists and everyone else who encouraged the abortion of twins begotten on a minor child.

In America, Fisichella emphasized that the Theological Commentary is not itself a work of Magisterium and that each of the 42 commentators “takes personal responsibility for his or her own contribution.” The commentators included such left-wing luminaries as Cardinal Schönborn, whose commitment to women’s ordination, blessings for same-sex couples, and other innovations are well documented.


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Pope Francis approves key changes to the Our Father

TYLER O'NEIL reports for PJ Media ~ Last month, Pope Francis approved a change in the wording of the Lord's Prayer, the prayer Jesus taught His followers to pray (Matthew 6:9-15). Francis rejected the traditional language 'lead us not into temptation,' replacing it with 'do not let us fall into temptation.' This switch also cuts against the plain translation of the original Greek. Some Roman Catholics have spoken out against the change, which goes against tradition and separates them from Protestants.

Francis approved a third edition revision of the Italian Missal, as announced on May 22 during the General Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Italy. The revised translation will include changes to both the Lord's Prayer and the Gloria, uCatholic reported.

The Gloria, which begins 'Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to men of good will,' will change from 'Peace on earth to people of good will' to 'Peace on Earth to people beloved by God.' This change is more defensible, since the original Greek of Luke 2:14 is closer to 'on earth peace among men with whom [God] is pleased.' This change does still reject the traditional interpretation, however.

The change to the Lord's Prayer is much more explosive, yet not surprising. In December 2017, Pope Francis argued that the 'lead us not into temptation' is 'not a good translation.' He argued that God the Father does not lead people into temptation, but Satan does. 'A father doesn't do that,' he said. 'He helps you get up right away. What induces into temptation is Satan.'

That year, French churches began using an updated version of the prayer. The original line 'Ne nous soumets pas à la tentation' ('do not expose us to temptation') became 'Ne nous laisse pas entrer en tentation' ('do not let us give in to temptation').

Francis's suggestion did not go without criticism in 2017.

Philip F. Lawler, editor of Catholic World News, told The New York Times that the pope's criticism of the traditional translation 'isn't reasonable.'

'Pope Francis has made a habit of saying things that throw people into confusion, and this is one of them,' Lawler said. 'It just makes you wonder, where does it stop, what's up for grabs. It's cumulative unease.'

'I was shocked and appalled,' R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told the Times. 'This is the Lord's Prayer. It is not, and has never been, the pope's prayer, and we have the very words of Jesus in the New Testament. It is those very words that the pope proposes to change. It is not only deeply problematic, it's almost breathtaking.'

Those who defended the pope's translation claimed that it might better fit Jesus's teaching. 'NB: Pope Francis has not proposed changing Jesus's words in the 'Lord's Prayer,' aka the 'Our Father.' He's just proposing a more accurate translation from the original Greek,' Jesuit priest James Martin tweeted. 'Jesus most likely taught it in Aramaic (less likely: Hebrew), and the Gospels were written in Greek.'

While Martin is correct that Jesus likely did not teach in Greek, there is no surviving copy of Jesus's prayer in Aramaic or Hebrew. There is no evidence to suggest the Greek translations of His prayer were inaccurate. In fact, the Early Church had high standards for the Gospels, and only selected texts with a direct connection to eyewitnesses.

The phrase 'lead us not into temptation' appears in both the Matthew 6:9-15 version and the version in Luke 11:2-4. The Greek word in both verses is eisenenks, which means 'to carry inward.' The same word is used in Luke 5, to describe how men brought a man who was paralyzed in to Jesus.

In 2017, Monsignor Charles Pope laid out three key reasons why he opposed Pope Francis's proposed changes to the Lord's Prayer. 'First, 'lead us not into temptation' is the most straightforward and linguistically accurate rendering of the Greek,' he wrote. 'Second, in the English-speaking world the Lord's Prayer is one of the few prayers we have in common with non-Catholics.'

Finally, he noted, 'if we change the translation, we miss a teachable moment.' Pope Francis is correct that Jesus did not mean to teach that God tempts people. As Pope noted, the Bible clearly teaches, 'Let no one say when he is tempted, 'I am being tempted of God,' for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire' (James 1:13-14).

Indeed, the traditional translation of the verse can prompt questions about what it means for God to not lead Christians into temptation. It does not mean that God tempts us, but it does mean that we should ask Him to lead us away from temptations, lest we sin. This prayer involves acknowledging our own weakness to temptation and asking God to guide us away from it.

This change is not likely to go over well with English-speaking Roman Catholics. Pope Francis likely hasn't heard the last of the complaints.

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"Viganò told me six years ago he had advised Pope Francis on McCarrick"

DOROTHY CUMMINGS McLEAN reports for LifeSiteNews ~ Famed Catholic author and Pope St. John Paul II biographer George Weigel revealed that Vatican whistleblower Archbishop Carlo Viganò informed him on three different occasions - the first time as early as 2013 - about telling Pope Francis about then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's reputation as an abuser of seminarians and priests.

Weigel addressed both Pope Francis' recent denial that he knew anything about McCarrick's sins and the report released last week by Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo on EWTN's The World Over with Raymond Arroyo last Thursday.

Referring to Francis rather rambling remarks,' Weigel indicated that the most charitable interpretation of the pontiff's remarks is that he did not take Viganò's advice to see the thick dossier on McCarrick.

'On this key point, Archbishop Viganò has told me that same account (of advising Francis on McCarrick) three different times: once shortly after it happened, twice some years after that,' Weigel said.

'I cannot believe that (Viganò) is making this up,' he continued.

Weigel declared that the thought of Viganò's testimonies being concocted by a cabal of rich American conservatives is 'absolute rubbish and poppycock,' but it is 'widely believed' by people around Pope Francis and is even 'being sold to other leaders of the world church.'

'I ran into this during the Synod of 2018 last October,' he said. 'I ran into it at the abuse summit in February.'

'This is a lie, and it's being used both to undercut the Church in the United States and … it's being used to frame the debate prior to the next conclave.'

Weigel said this must stop and that the 'American bishops need to push back on this because they know it's a lie.'

'This is the kind of rubbish that people who know they're losing an argument engage in,' he added.

'It is absolutely unbecoming to anyone who thinks of himself as a churchman.'

'What we have here, I'm afraid, is a lack of disciplinary follow-up'

Weigel and Arroyo began the show by discussing the massive 'dump' of documents saved by McCarrick's former secretary, Monsignor Figueiredo. The Figueiredo Report, as it is now being called, shows that sanctions did exist against McCarrick and that McCarrick's successor as ordinary of Washington, D.C., Archbishop Donald Wuerl, knew about them.

In last Tuesday's disclosure, Figueiredo published a letter by McCarrick to the papal nuncio to the United States at the time, Monsignor Pietro Sambi, saying he had received a letter from Cardinal Giovanni Re with the restrictions and had shared the letter with Archbishop Wuerl. In the letter, he indicated that the sanctions involved a move and a ban on any future public appearances without Vatican permission.

Figueiredo also released email he received from McCarrick saying Wuerl had helped McCarrick with his move, gave detail of the restrictions, and revealed that he had sent his pledge of obedience to Re's orders directly to Wuerl.

'It certainly vindicates Archbishop Viganò's claim that Benedict XVI, presumably having been informed of some very bad problems with then-Cardinal McCarrick, essentially told him to shut down,' Weigel said.

The author pointed out that Benedict had also removed Cardinal McCarrick as ordinary of Washington, D.C.

' … Remember that it was Benedict XVI who, rather quickly after his election, accepted the pro forma resignation that Cardinal McCarrick had submitted but manifestly did not expect to be accepted for at least the next several years,' Weigel said.

'What we have here, I'm afraid, is a lack of disciplinary follow-up,' he concluded.

Weigel said those who knew McCarrick well would see from that letter he was 'treading water' and 'playing for time.'

'He's waiting until things calm down, and then he's going to proceed to get right back to what he had been doing, which was inserting himself into a whole lot of things that were really not his business and, in his newly retired state, setting himself up as a kind of parallel foreign minister of the Vatican,' he explained.

Weigel allowed that some of McCarrick's globetrotting may have been at the request of the Vatican but said he expected that most of it was 'self-initiated' and that his superiors had merely 'shrugged and gone along with it.'

The Figueiredo Report revealed to the world what insiders like Weigel had known for a long time: that then-Cardinal McCarrick was, in Weigel's words, 'a relentless self-promoter.'

'He was an extraordinary sycophant with superiors he thought could help him,' the author continued, 'and he was quite shameless about pushing himself into matters that were of interest to him.'

Later in the interview, Weigel revealed that he had heard about the Figueiredo Report a month before it happened, and that he had 'invited' his source to invite the monsignor to call him 'to talk about whether this was a good idea.' Figueiredo didn't accept the invitation, and Weigel doesn't want to speculate on his motives.

'I do think he is genuinely upset at the kind of stonewalling that is going on about (the McCarrick cover-up), which does not serve the interests of the Church, does not serve the credibility of the hierarchy, does not serve the credibility of the Holy See,' Weigel said.

However, the author doesn't think there is much more revelatory paperwork to be released about Newark and Washington.

'It does seem now quite clear that he was aware of what was going on'

The Figueiredo Report also revealed that McCarrick had discussed his sanctions with Archbishop Wuerl, who has long denied knowing anything about them. Asked what effect the Report would have on Wuerl's credibility, Weigel said he thought it was 'very sad.'

'In many respects Cardinal Wuerl was a very fine Archbishop of Washington, and he deserves credit for being that,' Weigel said.

'I cannot understand why he has taken the position he has on the McCarrick business since it first broke a year ago, and it does seem now quite clear that he was aware … of what was going on.'

However, Weigel stated that the ultimate responsibility rested with the Holy See. If the Holy See wanted McCarrick out of the limelight, 'it (was) up to the Holy See to enforce that,' he said.

'And that means it's up to the Nuncio to enforce that,' he continued. 'It's up to the Cardinal Secretary of State, who was Tarcisio Bertone at that time.

'There was a real failure of follow-through on this by people who should have understood that if you didn't put something equivalent to an electronic lock on this man's leg he was going to … keep doing his thing.'

Another communication in the Figueiredo Report contained an admission from then-Cardinal McCarrick to Bertone that he had shared his bed with seminarians without believing it was wrong; he denied ever having had sexual relations with anyone.

'It's a very disturbing letter,' Weigel said, but added that, to McCarrick, it was 'spin.'

The author said there had been rumors about McCarrick's beach house behavior for years, but that nothing was done because nobody had come forward to complain.

'In those days if no one was willing to come forward and lay a serious accusation, put their own reputation on the line, you'd just hope that it was (just) a bunch of stories. But there were so many of them, that it now seems very clear ... that there were real problems here that went unaddressed.'

Regarding McCarrick's enthusiasm for traveling to China and helping out Cardinal Pietro Parolin with negotiations with the Chinese government, Weigel said it is 'entirely possible' that McCarrick was doing things entirely on his own and that 'he was simply attempting to play along with the superiors in Rome.'

Weigel again underscored that it had been up to the Holy See to enforce its own sanctions.

'Why didn't they say to him, 'Stop it. We don't want you doing this?'' he asked.

The author also condemned the current deal with China, saying neither John Paul II or Benedict XVI would have signed a deal with the Communist government allowing it to choose bishops. However, he said McCarrick's suggestions that he had anything to do with it should be taken with not just a grain of salt, but 'a salt shaker.'

Weigel also believes that McCarrick was exaggerating about his role as a papal kingmaker in his 2013 Villanova University speech and told Arroyo that other bishops had wanted to 'duct-tape' McCarrick's mouth at that point.

Was Weigel really a potential Ambassador to the Holy See?

Weigel himself had a cameo part in the Figueiredo Report, for one of the released communications was a 2017 letter from McCarrick to Pope Francis warning that there were rumors that the author might be named the new U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

McCarrick warned Francis that Weigel was 'very much a leader of the ultra-conservative wing of the Church' in the United States,, had been 'publicly critical' of the pontiff, and 'many of us bishops would have great concerns' about the author being named to the post.

'It's all rubbish and nonsense,' Weigel told Arroyo.

First, the Trump administration hadn't yet been formed, so the idea that they had reached out to the Vatican to discuss a new Ambassador was 'absurd.' Second, Weigel thinks McCarrick got the idea from an article in 'Vatican Insider' by Chris Lamb, who had named Weigel as a 'wild card' choice for the position - alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill O'Reilly.

Weigel wasn't offered the post and wouldn't have accepted it if he had, he said. But he thinks McCarrick used the 'Vatican Insider' squib to 'backstab' Weigel, possibly unhappy that the conservative pundit had already had two audiences with Pope Francis.

'It is simply a lie that I had been publicly critical of the Pope,' Weigel added.

'That was simply malicious backstabbing.'

The author said that when he first saw the McCarrick letter about him, he burst out laughing.

Regarding future revelations, Weigel wondered if the Vatican will release the full letter from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the Catholic bishops of the United States about pro-abortion Catholic politicians presenting themselves for Communion. Then-Cardinal McCarrick redacted this letter, reading only parts to the other bishops.

That letter may now be in the Washington, D.C. archives, and Arroyo asked Weigel what pressure the new ordinary, Archbishop Wilton Gregory, may be under regarding the release of such documents.

Weigel praised Gregory as 'very competent' and having done the Church 'good service' during the clerical sex abuse crisis of 2002 while noting that the new Archbishop knows he has a 'big problem of trust.'

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Pope praises archbishop for stepping in to 'lead worship' for Lutherans

DIANE MONTAGNA reports from Rome for LifeSiteNews ~ Pope Francis has praised a Catholic archbishop for stepping in to 'lead worship' at a Lutheran cathedral, saying it's a sign of how far ecumenical relations have come.

On his return flight from a three-day apostolic visit to Romania, the Pope was asked what 'relationship' should exist between different religious confessions, and particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

'Ecumenism is not about reaching the end of the match, the discussion' the Pope said in response. 'Ecumenism is accomplished by walking together, walking together, praying together - the ecumenism of prayer.'

'Walking together, this is already Christian unity,' he said, 'but not waiting around until theologians agree so that we arrive at the Eucharist. The Eucharist is performed every day through prayer, through the remembrance of the blood of our martyrs, through works of charity, and also by loving one another.'

Pope Francis offered what he considers a true example of the 'ecumenism of prayer,' telling journalists:

In one European city, there is a good relationship between the Catholic archbishop and the Lutheran archbishop. The Catholic archbishop was scheduled to come to the Vatican on Sunday evening, and he called me to say that he would arrive on Monday morning. When he arrived, he told me: 'Excuse me, but yesterday the Lutheran archbishop had to go to one of their meetings, and he asked me: 'Please, come to my cathedral and lead the worship.'' Eh, there's fraternity. Coming this far is a lot. And the Catholic bishop preached. He did not do the Eucharist, but he preached. This is fraternity.

He then explained that, as cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, he too was in the habit of preaching in Protestant churches.

'I was invited to the Scottish church to preach a number of times,' he said. 'I went there, I preached. You can do it. You can walk together. Unity, fraternity, extending a hand, looking after each other, not speaking ill of others.'

'We all have defects,' he added, 'but if we walk together let's leave our defects to the side. Let the spinsters criticize us.'

In his inflight comments, Pope Francis then turned more specifically to Catholic-Orthodox relations.

Responding to a follow-up question from a French reporter, who asked the pontiff what was going through his mind while he stood silent as Orthodox clergy and faithful prayed the 'Our Father' separately from Catholics, he said: 'I'll tell you a secret. I did not remain silent. I prayed the 'Our Father' in Italian.'

He said the 'majority' of faithful who were present prayed the 'Our Father' with both Orthodox and Catholics. 'The people go beyond us leaders,' who 'have to balance things diplomatically' and keep to 'diplomatic customs and rules' so that 'things don't fall apart.'

The Pope added, however, that he and other religious leaders do pray together 'when we are alone.'

'I have the experience of prayer with many, many pastors: Lutherans, Evangelicals, and even Orthodox. The patriarchs are open,' he said.

The Pope then told journalists:

'We Catholics also have closed people who do not want [to pray together] and say that the Orthodox are schismatics. That's old business. The Orthodox are Christians. But there are some Catholic groups that are a bit fundamentalist. We have to tolerate them, and pray for them, that the Lord by the Holy Spirit softens their hearts. But I prayed during both [Our Fathers]. I did not watch [Romanian Orthodox Patriarch] Daniel, but I believe that he did the same'.

The traditional position of both Orthodox and Catholics is that public prayer with those in schism from the Church should not be attempted. This position has often softened in recent years partly due to ambiguity as to the existence of the schism between Rome and Constantinople. Stricter voices among Orthodox and Catholics would still maintain that all communicatio in sacris is forbidden with those outside the visible church.

Pope Francis may be referring to the apparently changed situation of Catholic and Orthodox Churches relative to one another, brought about by the mutual withdrawal of excommunication between Rome and Constantinople issued at the end of the Second Vatican Council by Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.

However, whatever the significance of this event (and it should be said that the excommunication Paul VI withdrew was never validly served in the first place), Catholics do not pray for the Orthodox patriarchs in their liturgy nor do the Orthodox pray for the Pope. Nor is there sacramental intercommunion between the Churches.

Therefore, if the traditional Catholic prohibition against prayer with those outside the Church is still in force, then Catholics are not free to pray with the Orthodox nor (if they sincerely believe they are the true Church) are Orthodox free to pray with Catholics. This is the more hardline position of a significant portion of the Orthodox Communion.

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Interview with Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, former head of the Vatican Bank

JULIANA FREITAG reports for ChurchMilitant.com ~ Catholic economist and banker Ettore Gotti Tedeschi made headlines all over the world in 2012 for his turbulent resignation from the Vatican Bank (or Institute for the Works of Religion, IOR). He spoke with Church Militant about the English translation of his recently published Love God, Make Money! Principles of Divine Economics, published by Gondolin Press.

It's an accessible read that still manages to offer in-depth analysis of an economics based on virtue, a system that aspires for the common good through work subjected to the divine will. It's a book for both the amateur and the specialist, covering topics that range from the role of the Church in worldly economic failure ('I continue to think, that if priests ... would have spoken only of God in their sermons ... the current economic crisis would not have happened') to the hostile climate created by the publication of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Caritas in Veritate (which criticized profit as an ultimate goal without any regard for the common good, and which Tedeschi feels might have contributed to the pontiff's resignation). Church Militant spoke with Tedeschi about his book.

CM: How did Italians receive the book Love God, Make Money! Principles of Divine Economics when it was published in Italy in 2014? Was it appreciated?

EGT: The title, which sounds like an oxymoron, a contradiction, paradoxically intrigued potential readers. In reality, when we love God, and strive to live in imitation of Christ, trying to give true meaning to life and to every single action, it's possible to 'make money.' Make it well, with benefits for the common good, and spend it well - spend it in good works.

I had an insight when choosing the title. If God desires the natural well-being of His creatures, but not all of them have the talents to achieve it, God might have predicted this well-being would result from the redistribution of the wealth of those who were capable of creating it. But in order to distribute it, wealth must first be created. Therein lies my insight: that the capacity of 'making money' was provided by God as a gift He conceded to those who love Him, in order to benefit the less fortunate.

The capacity of 'making money' was provided by God as a gift He conceded to those who love Him, in order to benefit the less fortunate.Tweet

In the same way, not only man sanctifies himself through work, but he also sanctifies his labor and the money he makes from it. I believe the book has been thoroughly appreciated, as I have been invited to present it many times, and it's being still quoted in several articles and books. Then you'd have to ask my editor if he's satisfied with the number of copies sold. [Catholic father of six and editor Giovanni Zenone from Gondolin Press told Church Militant the book is 'a best-seller and a long-seller.' He strongly believes in the importance of approaching the theme among Catholics, because 'frequently, in churches, making money is presented as a sin only expiable by giving money to the Church. This lie has worn out the faithful, now distrustful of a clergy that not only has lost the Faith but has altogether lost all shame as well.']

CM: Was the decision to launch the book in the United States by any chance based on the idea that the American Catholic public would be more receptive to your economic ideas?

EGT: American culture, as I understand it, is impregnated with a Lutheran-Calvinist spirit: thus our Catholic spirit, which has nothing to envy from the Reformed one, is encouraged to believe in its 'supremacy.' Our Catholic spirit doesn't separate faith-works, does not regard in any way that one is allowed to do anything and simply repent later and does not retain that anything we do is later justifiable. But it teaches that keeping a unity of life is what allows for the virtues we need to combat greed, selfishness and indifference. These vices create moral misery that generates material misery. The current economic crisis has been created precisely by these vices, and a certain modern Protestant culture indirectly helps spreading them. It creates crises of 'common evil.'

CM: You're one of the most vocal critics of Malthusian theories and you believe that the demographic crisis is the cause of the last great economic crisis, because economy without a solid morality, of which the foundation is the family, becomes an end, when it should be a means. What you defend is incredibly simple and should be easily understood by Catholics with a solidly formed conscience. But it seems that in Italy, in spite of its historically low birth rate, Catholics and conservatives generally still insist that the economy is the only (or the main) reason Italians don't have more than one child. Rod Dreher, author of The Benedict Option, pointed out that he heard many testimonies like this whilst in Italy for the tour of his book. Why is such a simplistic line of thought so predominant in Italy?

EGT: I've been studying the problem of the drop in birth rates and its impacts on the economic and financial cycles since the 80s when I worked for McKinsey [a global consultancy company], and my studies originated from a 'techno-scientific' vision. I ask the readers: how is the GDP [gross domestic product] supposed to grow in a mature economy if population decreases? A thousand inconsistent answers are usually given to this question in order to deny the original problem, which is moral, because it's about rejection of life, a rejection based on hypotheses that albeit proven wrong by strong evidence, still remain very much alive, upheld by theories of people like Paul Ehrlich and Jeffrey Sachs, both so acclaimed in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

These theories hold man to be a 'cancer of nature,' responsible for damaging the environment, and mankind should, therefore, be numerically re-dimensioned. Curiously, it seems that even the pontiff has been convinced of this non-truth. But the created effects were the exact opposite of the expectations, and in order to compensate for a stagnant GDP in a setting of increased individual consumerism, they've created the environmental problem, as well as the new poverty and inequality issue, which they still blame on overpopulation. It's a long discourse.

The problem regarding the way of thinking of Italians who won't allow themselves more than one child is just as complex, but overall the erroneous attitude of part of the Catholic Church has a considerable weight. That Church that after the Second Vatican Council granted the so-called 'responsible paternity,' which was unfortunately translated, also thanks to other factors, as 'an only child' plan blessed by this Church. One mustn't be rich to have children, one becomes rich by having children. I've been screaming that for 35 years!

CM: In your book Love God, Make Money, you make several mentions of the Benedictine monks, who've consolidated the foundation for work with supernatural meaning (something practically inexistent in the current economic context), and as a consequence the entire management of a community, in all of its aspects that are deeply meaningful to men. What else about the Benedictines inspired you in your economic views?

EGT: The Benedictine monasteries transformed work (until then considered a punishment, a suffering man had to endure after his fall and banishment from the earthly paradise) in real progress, giving it sense and value. In Benedictine monasteries, the genius of man is reborn, with its spark of divinity applied to necessary work. Did you know that the first treatise on mechanical engineering was written in a Benedictine monastery in the 7th century?

In Subiaco, where St. Benedict founded the first monastery, in the monastery of St. Scolastica, it's possible to have a look at the library of the first studies transcribed by the monks, and it's amazing. Faith and works are solidly tied, and together they bring about miracles.

CM: You became known worldwide for the injustices you've endured during the process of your resignation from the Institute for the Works of Religion. Lately, many Catholics have publicly expressed their will to leave the Holy Roman Catholic Church due to their desperation in face of the scandals, cover-ups and treachery from inside the Vatican. Do you have anything to say to these Catholics, since you continue to combat for the Church despite all you've been subjected to?

EGT: First of all, I am 'proud' to remind people that I was the one who quit the presidency of the IOR. A motion of no-confidence was imposed on me by a board that had no powers to do so, and in fact they weren't able to get a new president for the next nine months; a new president was installed only after the renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI, in February 2013. I have been infamously thrown out and persecuted. If after my ousting, I managed to keep my faith and reason, it was because of a new indirect bond established with Pope Benedict, and that has always consoled me. But this isn't the time to speak of it.

To my brothers in the Faith, the confused, disappointed, scared, angry Catholics, all I have to say is that the Church that acts like this, or permits that sort of behavior, isn't the Church of Christ. I invite everyone to read Of the Five Wounds of the Holy Church by the Blessed Antonio Rosmini, which is enlightening. There are many holy priests, bishops and cardinals to turn to for some light. I am actually one to tell, because I am only a poor sinner striving for sanctification.

I used to visit Cardinal Caffarra [Dubia Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, former head of the archdiocese of Bologna, deceased in September 2017] frequently when he was still alive, and it was often emotional. At the end of our meetings I always saw the Cross of Christ everywhere - actually, the more vileness I saw, the more I saw the Cross shining. And thus I have never lost my faith. But certainly, my greatest pain is to live it in apparent disunion with Rome.

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Top Theologian: In his Abu Dhabi Statement, Pope "undermines" the Gospel

THOMAS D.. WILLIAMS, Ph.D reports for Breitbart ~ The former doctrinal chief of the U.S. bishops’ conference has published an article criticizing the Abu Dhabi statement signed by Pope Francis in February, alleging that the statement undervalues the person of Jesus and undermines the Gospel itself.

In a join  statement with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, Pope Francis asserted in February that God wills a plurality of religions just as He wills a plurality of colours, sexes, races, and languages.

The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings, the statement said.

In his article this week, Father Thomas Weinandy took issue with the statement, insisting that the existence of a variety of colours, races, and languages in humanity is very different from a variety of contradictory truth claims about God's identity and way of acting.

Pope Francis later walked back the statement, saying that rather than willing a plurality of religions, God really only permits the existence of many religions.

In a series  of unscripted remarks, the pope  attempted  to clarify that what God really  wills  is fraternity among all peoples, while he only  allows  a plurality of religions.

But someone may wonder: why does the Pope go visit the Muslims and not just Catholics? Why are there so many religions? How is it that there are so many religions? Francis said.

With the Muslims we are descendants of the same Father, Abraham. Why does God allow there to be so many religions? God wanted to allow this. Scholastic theologians referred to God's  voluntas permissiva  [permissive will]. He wanted to allow this reality: that there are so many religions, he said.

Some are born from culture, but they always look at heaven, they look at God, he said. But what God wills is brotherhood among us and in a special way and this is the reason for this journey with the Muslims, our brothers and sisters, children of Abraham.
We must not be frightened by the difference: God allowed this, the pope continued. We should be frightened if we do not work in brotherhood, to walk together in life.

The pope did not, however, take back his support for the Abu Dhabi statement or ask to have it amended.

In his article, Father Weinandy said that Pope Francis is noted for his ambiguous statements, but the Abu Dhabi text is the most egregious.

By implication, it not only devalues the person of Jesus, but it also, and more so, strikes at the very heart of God the Father's eternal will. Thus, such studied ambiguity undermines the very Gospel itself, he wrote.

With his sloppy and imprecise language, the pope plays rights into the hands of contemporary academics and pundits who argue that Christianity can no longer claim itself to be the one true religion, Father Weinandy said.

According to Catholic belief, the priest said, Jesus Christ is the universal Savior and definitive Lord and cannot be compared to any other religious founder, guru, or guide.

Christianity is principally founded upon the saving actions of God; first anticipated and prefigured within his saving actions among the Israelites and fulfilled in the sending of his Son into the world as the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, he said.

The theologian also cites Saint John Paul II, who wrote: It is precisely this uniqueness of Christ which gives him an absolute and universal significance, whereby, while belonging to history, he remains historys centre and goal.

Regarding the Abu Dhabi statement itself, Father Weinandy said that one would like to think that Pope Francis unwittingly, and so not consciously aware of the doctrinal implications of his signature, did not intend what the document seems to declare.

Regardless, no one, not even a pontiff, can undo or override the will of God the Father concerning Jesus his Son, he concludes.

In his love the Father has given the world Jesus his Son, and there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12),  he said.

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Pope Francis appoints extremely pro-LGBT Cardinal Tobin to oversee Catholic education

MARTIN M.BARILLAS LifeSiteNews ~ Newark archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin, who has come under fire for statements at odds with Church teachings about sexuality, has been named by Pope Francis as a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

In addition to Cardinal Tobin, Cardinals Luis Ladaria and Désiré Tsarahanzana and Bishop Joseph Ðình Ðúc Ðao were named to the congregation. The Congregation for Catholic Education is responsible for communicating and ensuring the implementation of the directives of the Holy See at Church-affiliated schools, institutes, colleges, and universities.

Cardinal Tobin said in a nationally televised program in April that Catholic teachings on same-sex attraction are “disordered” and “unfortunate” and use “hurtful” language. On NBC’s Today show, Tobin suggested that the Church is about to change its teachings: “The Church, I think, is having its own conversation about what our faith has us do and say with people in relationships that are same-sex. What should be without debate is that we are called to welcome them.”

In the interview, show host Anne Thompson introduced discussion about homosexuality by praising Tobin, saying his “outreach to the LGBTQ community is in the mold of Pope Francis, despite some Church teaching.” She asked Tobin, “But how can you welcome people that you call ‘intrinsically disordered’?” Tobin answered, “Well, I don’t call them ‘intrinsically disordered.’”

She countered, “But isn’t that the Catechism of the Catholic Church?”

“That is,” Tobin said and added, “It’s very unfortunate language. Let’s hope that eventually that language is a little less hurtful.”

Just before assuming leadership of the Newark archdiocese, Tobin welcomed homosexual activists to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Sacred Heart, who came on a so-called “LGBT Pilgrimage.” Fr. James Martin, S.J., whom many have criticized for his statements supportive of homosexuality, congratulated Tobin on his participation in “LGBT Pilgrimage,” tweeting, “Bravo!” Tobin was one of four American bishops who endorsed Martin’s controversial book Building a Bridge. Martin suggested in 2018 that Tobin is one of the “gay-friendly” prelates appointed by Pope Francis.

Under Tobin’s authority is Our Lady of Grace in Hoboken, which will hold what it touts as its “2nd Annual Pride Mass in Support of Our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters.” Scheduled for June 30, the morning Mass is being advertised in LGBTQ media. The parish is encouraging those attending the Mass to participate in the gay pride march in New York City later that day.

Speculation has swirled since last year regarding a tweet Tobin posted and later deleted that read, “Nighty-night, baby. I love you.” Tobin claimed that the tweet was meant for his sister. He was later the focus of rumor when he reportedly confirmed that he had recently housed a young Italian actor in his residence for a period of time.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal ambassador to the United States, stated in his famous letter last year: “The appointments of Blase Cupich to Chicago and Joseph W. Tobin to Newark were orchestrated by [disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore] McCarrick, [Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez] Maradiaga and [recently deposed Washington, D.C. archbishop Cardinal Donald] Wuerl, united by a wicked pact of abuses by the first, and at least of coverup of abuses by the other two. Their names were not among those presented by the Nunciature for Chicago and Newark.”

While Catholics are called on not to subject persons with homosexual attractions to unjust discrimination, the Church has been clear that homosexual acts are not morally acceptable. Teaching that homosexual acts are “acts of grave depravity” and “intrinsically disordered,” the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

In addition, the Church teaches that homosexual inclinations are “objectively disordered” and a “trial” for the persons so inclined.

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The Political Leader of the Worldwide Left

CHRISTOPHER A. FERRARA writes for Fatima Perspectives ~ It does not seem possible, or even responsible, to divert one’s attention from the constant mischief of a pontificate exercised by one who, to quote Antonio Socci’s most recent column, being “oblivious to the umpteenth scorching electoral defeat (or perhaps because of it)… with angry obstinacy continues his electoral campaign as the political leader of the worldwide Left.” Socci is referring to the massive victories for the nationalist parties of Italy, U.K., France, Hungary and Brazil, whose electorates have rejected Francis’ open borders, quasi-socialist rhetoric.

“In fact,” Socci writes, Pope Francis “continues to repeat his invective in perfect harmony with that political constituency.” Socci is referring to Francis’ just-concluded trip to formerly communist Romania, where he declared: “Do not surrender to a culture of hate” — yet another reference to his obsession with the immigration policies of states other than his own.

In the address to which Socci refers, Francis (with dreary predictability) denounced one of his many imaginary bugaboos: “a spreading sense of fear, often artfully fomented, which leads to attitudes of closure and hate.” Somehow, as Socci observes, Francis never seems to notice that it is the Left, and particularly the communist Left, that has historically fomented the politics of hate.

While during his visit to Romania Francis assisted in the beatification of seven Greek Catholic bishops martyred by communists from 1950 to 1970, he had nothing specific to say about “the massacres of communism, which was the most colossal, bloody and satanic attempt to eradicate Christianity from the soul of the people among the massacres of Christians.”

Instead, Francis immediately pivoted from the martyrdom of the seven bishops to what he imagines to be, as Socci puts it, a contemporary “‘culture of hate’ against which he [Francis] hurls himself [that] would seem to be even more dangerous than communism, ‘an individualistic culture that, perhaps no longer ideological as in the times of atheistic [never communist] persecution, is, however, more persuasive and not less materialistic.’”

Socci notes the immense gaffe involved in denouncing this bugaboo while passing over the Soviet imposition of genocidal terror and the Gulag on the Romanian people, including 44 prisons and 72 concentration camps “through which passed 3 million Romanians, 800,000 of whom died” (quoting Violeta Popescu).

In one of the Soviet prisons in Romania, Socci continues, the forms of torture included prisoners being forced to swallow an entire mess tin full of excrement, and when they vomited to swallow the vomit as well. There were also “baptisms” consisting of the forcible immersion of prisoners’ heads into “a bucket full of urine and fecal matter.” Worse, seminarians were forced to assist in black “Masses” and other sacrilegious ceremonies filed with blasphemies as part of their “reeducation.”

Yet, as a clearly disgusted Socci observes, this Pope, who has never denounced the evils of communism as such, gladly accepted from Evo Morales, and took home with him to the Vatican, a blasphemous crucifix in the form of a hammer-and-sickle, the very symbol of diabolical hatred of Christ and the sacred ministers of His Church.

Socci quotes the observation of the prominent academic and jurist Francesco Margiotta Broglio that Francis has “imported South America to Rome, a style of the Church of Liberation.” Speaking of the cardinals who elected this Pope, Broglio declared during an interview in Il Messaggero: “Did they want a Che Guevera? Well, here he is.”

The errors of Russia have indeed spread throughout the world. But now, following the decidedly anti-communist pontificate of John Paul II, they appear to have reached as far as the Chair of Peter, whose current occupant is evidently more concerned about limitations on immigration than communist persecution of the faithful in his charge — including those of China, to whose communist regime he has effectively surrendered the Underground Church.


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Vigano is for Victory! New docs on Pope Francis and McCarrick

MONSIGNOR Anthony Figueiredo released a statement about the restrictions placed on the abusive Ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Dr Taylor Marshall and Timothy Gordon discuss how this vindicates Archbishop Vigano’s claims against Cardinal Wuerl and Pope Francis. They also discuss the theological implications related to Beniplenist and Sedevacantist positions.




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Yet another study confirms pornography functions like a drug, and it's destroying teens

JONATHON VAN MAREN reports for LifeSiteNews ~ While a few lonely experts with obvious agendas are still attempting to defend the porn industry, the rest of society is rapidly coming to the sickening realization that the sexual social experiment of 24-7 digital toxins getting pumped directly into the minds of an entire generation is going very, very badly. Just last month, for example, a report issued in the United Kingdom described how online porn use had transformed high schools into 'battlefields,' with girls expected to act like porn stars and boys using online smut as a guide for how to live life. Testimonies like this from teens were the norm:

Everything you see on social media is reinforcing the worst things about 'lad culture'. Pictures of women like porn stars with slogans like 'What every lad wants his girl to look like'…My friend wanted his girlfriend to dress like a porn star and do what a porn star would do. Porn is so easily accessible. You see guys watching it in the classroom on their phones [and] on the bus.

Additionally, another major study released last month, which you can read in full here, also details the devastation wreaked by online pornography across our culture, and confirms the growing consensus that porn is a public health crisis. The study, which surveyed 6,463 students (2,633 males and 3,830 females) between the ages of 18 and 26, indicated that almost 80 percent of the students had been exposed to pornography (a number that I found low). The effects of this were extraordinarily disturbing. One key finding highlighted what some of us have been warning about for some time: That porn functions like a drug, and that users will continue to escalate to harder and harder-core versions of pornography in order to feed their addiction. From the study:

Tolerance/escalation: The most common self-perceived adverse effects of pornography use included: the need for longer stimulation (12.0%) and more sexual stimuli (17.6%) to reach orgasm, and a decrease in sexual satisfaction (24.5%)……The present study also suggests that earlier exposure may be associated with potential desensitization to sexual stimuli as indicated by a need for longer stimulation and more sexual stimuli required to reach orgasm when consuming explicit material, and overall decrease in sexual satisfaction.....Various changes of pattern of pornography use occurring in the course of the exposure period were reported: switching to a novel genre of explicit material (46.0%), use of materials that do not match sexual orientation (60.9%) and need to use more extreme (violent) material (32.0%)…

Interestingly, the study also found that 10.7 percent of males and 15.5 percent females self-reported daily use and addiction, with virtually no difference between males and females in regard to addiction rates. Typically, porn addicts are slow to admit that they have a problem, so that is actually a very high rate of users willing to admit that they feel addicted to online pornography. Even among those who do not think they are addicted, the study indicated that withdrawal symptoms are common: 51 percent had attempted to quit at least one time, with 72.2 percent of those experiencing one or more symptoms of withdrawal, including loneliness, libido decrease, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, trembling, aggression, depression, erotic dreams, and attention disturbance.

Unsurprisingly, the younger people were when they were first exposed to porn, the more likely they were to suffer from negative effects, with the highest likelihood found in those first exposed at age 12 or younger (and keep in mind that the average age of first exposure to porn keeps on going lower, and now sits around age 11). The study's authors cautiously suggested that further research may indicate long-term damage to adults from being exposed to porn at young ages. In fact, the majority of the study's participants both stated that porn was a public health crisis with many adverse social effects and declined to support public policies restricting access. Addictions, as we know, are hard to break.

I've said this before, and I'll keep saying it until people truly realize it: Pornography is the number one threat to our communities, our churches, our families, and our marriages. Many Christians are steeling themselves for what might come next in the culture wars. Many communities are preparing for the external threats of secular totalitarianism. But pornography, leaking into our homes from the screens of every device that can sustain an Internet connection, is poisoning the very relationships and places that we will need if we are to survive the cultural onslaught we will be facing in the coming years.

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Pell in chains

Decision on Cardinal Pell's case "reserved"

THE two-day appeal-hearing into Cardinal George Pell's wrongful conviction of "sexual abuse" ended on June 6th,

The decision will be made on a later date.

He was taken from court by guards to return to prison.

The martyr, who turned 78 yesterday, wore handcuffs.




Cardinal Pell & The Mafia

ROD DREHER writes for the American Conservative ~
I hear great news out of Australia, where Cardinal George Pell’s appeal on his child abuse conviction was heard by a court tribunal today. Daily Telegraph journalist Miranda Devine writes that the government’s cast collapsed. Her column is behind a paywall, but here is an excerpt:

Cardinal George Pell and his supporters were relieved that his appeal of his child sexual assault conviction was live-streamed on Wednesday.

The intense seven-hour courtroom argument was the first time the public has heard first-hand the flimsiness of the evidence against him.

Three judges of the Victorian Appeals Court are reviewing the jury’s verdict in which Cardinal Pell was convicted of sexually assaulting two choir boys after Sunday Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in December 1996. One of the boys has since died and told his mother he never was molested.

So that leaves the conviction to be based on the word of one man against Cardinal Pell’s, with no corroborating evidence, no forensic evidence, no witnesses, and against a mountain of contrary evidence which showed that the allegations were highly improbable, if not impossible.

The jury verdict has troubled legal experts and lay people around the world ever since. The evidence seen so far leads to the conclusion that an innocent man was jailed to atone for the sins of others in a church plagued by sexual abuse scandals.

From what I’m told, the state’s case was routed, though we won’t know the verdict for months.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Pell remains jailed in Melbourne.

In 2014, Pell was given by Pope Francis responsibility for cleaning up the infamously corrupt Vatican Bank. When that news broke, I thought, “They’ll find some way to take him out. They won’t let him do it.” When the child abuse charges were brought against Pell in 2017, I thought, “So that’s how they did it.” But I didn’t go further, because how would I prove that Pell was set up? It was just a hunch.

When I was in Australia last month, I found myself in a conversation one evening with someone about all this. (I had a lot of Pell conversations, as you might imagine.) I shared with my interlocutor my suspicion that Pell was set up to take him off the Vatican Bank case. The man across the table said, “That’s interesting. You may not know it, but the ‘Ndrangheta is quite well established in Australia, especially in Victoria. That’s where the cardinal was charged.”

The ‘Ndrangheta is the Calabrian mafia, and yes, they are well established in Australia. They control organized crime on Australia’s East Coast, and are said to have infiltrated every part of the Australian establishment. With that in mind, here’s an interesting bit of news, from the Irish Times, Nov. 16, 2013:

Senior Calabrian Mafia investigator Nicola Gratteri, whose investigative zeal has forced him to live with police protection since 1989, has said the pope’s plans to reform Vatican structures, including the Vatican bank, the IOR, could prove a problem for the ’Ndrangheta, Italy’s most powerful Mafia.

He said that while Pope John Paul II called on the “military” mafiosi to “repent” in 1993, Pope Francis has gone further, perhaps hitting the ’Ndrangheta where it hurts.

“He has named his G8 [council of cardinals] to overhaul the entire structure of the Vatican, including a review of the Vatican’s economic affairs and in particular, the IOR,” Gratteri says.

“For those with real economic power it is obvious this could be a huge disadvantage . . . Given that in the past we’ve had collusion at the highest level between church and Mafia, this exposes the pope.”

Months after this report, Cardinal George Pell was named by Francis to reform the IOR. In 2014, Pell said his team found nearly two billion euros hidden away in various Vatican accounts, off the balance sheets. In November 2015, with the Pope’s approval, Pell issued new guidelines for running all Vatican offices, to bring them up to international standards for financial transparency.

In April 2016, without consulting Pell, the Vatican Secretary of State suspends an external audit of Vatican finances. The National Catholic Register quotes an unnamed source as saying that officials are afraid of what the audit will find, and want to get rid of Pell. A year later, Pell was charged in Melbourne with sexual abuse. And that was the end of the Pell threat to the Vatican Bank insiders.

This mafia thing, it could all be a coincidence, and in any case, there are other factors in play in the persecution of George Pell, who was widely hated by Australian anti-clericalists. But it’s curious all the same. George Pell was the No. 1 enemy of the ‘Ndrangheta in the Vatican, and he showed early on in his tenure, when he uncovered all the hidden euros, that he meant business. Now George Pell sits in solitary confinement in a prison cell in Melbourne, convicted on pathetically shabby charges. The old guard in the Vatican won. The world is as it always was.

UPDATE: I have been told by someone very much in a position to know that the current head of the Vatican Bank is from Calabria. For what it’s worth…


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CANADA Christian pastor arrested, banned from preaching in public

LIANNE LAURENCE reports for LifeSiteNews ~ A street preacher arrested for evangelizing in Toronto’s “gay village” was released on Wednesday after a night behind bars on bail conditions barring him from “Pride” events and the homosexual district.

Police arrested David Lynn of Christ’s Forgiveness Ministries early Tuesday evening and charged him with disturbing the peace after a crowd protesting his message surrounded him and other street evangelists on the corner of Church and Wellesley Streets.

Members of Torch of Christ ministries were also present and posted a full video of the incident on YouTube, while Christ’s Forgiveness Ministries posted a seven-minute edited version.



The edited video shows Lynn using a microphone to declare he is “coming out as a Christian” and asking several people if they will “tolerate” him, but they refuse to engage with him.

“We have people who can’t say they even tolerate me, and I haven’t even said anything yet,” Lynn says as he’s hemmed in and jostled by people holding rainbow flags and pro-LGBTQ banners and signs.

Lynn states he doesn’t hate anyone, that some people hate Christians, and that some people want him to “stay in the closet” as a Christian, as he is followed, elbowed, and yelled at.

“Everyone’s accepted, and that’s what we preach as Christians,” he says. “Jesus died for the sinner…sin is when we violate the laws of God.”

As the crowd spills onto the road and tensions mount, more police arrive on the scene, 680 News reporter Melissa Nakhavoly notes on Twitter.

The video shows Lynn telling the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood’s Sergeant Henry Dyck, who is openly homosexual, he has a right to preach on the sidewalk and objecting to his arrest.

“What did I do?” Lynn asks as he is handcuffed and placed in a police car by at least five officers. “This is against the law. This is against the law … I was sharing the Gospel.”

“We arrested a man for disturbing the peace after he was allegedly yelling derogatory comments,” Dyck is heard saying on the video.

“There were people there that were clearly disturbed and appalled by the comments that were being made. I don’t know what those comments were, or exactly what it was that he was saying,” he states. “And so that man was arrested.”

Toronto Police Services are now investigating whether a hate crime charge is warranted.

“We had a number of individuals who came to the village and one had a bullhorn and they started making comments that were disparaging towards the LGBTQ community,” duty inspector Jim Gotell told CP24.

“Our hate crime investigators are going to be reviewing what was said today to determine if additional charges could be laid,” he said.

“We are asking people if they did make a video of what happened, to please turn it over to us.”

Dyck likewise defended the arrest to CityNews.

“The difficulty becomes when that expression on loud speaker and using screaming and insulting language results in people responding in a negative way,” he said.

“Unfortunately at that point, as you can see, the safety of everybody can be put at risk.”

But Lynn disputes that version of the incident.

“All I said was ‘God loves you, there’s hope for everybody.’ I didn’t do anything illegal, I was within my rights of the law. I didn’t go there to provoke anybody,” he told CityNews after his bail hearing.

Lynn will be in court to answer to the charge on July 10.

Meanwhile, he is barred from in the area bound by Bloor Street, Yonge Street, Carlton Street and Jarvis Street and from locations hosting “Pride Month” events.

Lynn was arrested the same day Mayor John Tory raised the pro-homosexual rainbow flag at City Hall to kick off June as “Pride Month.”

“It is very clear that a bias exists in Canada,” notes a message under the Torch of Christ Ministries video of the incident.

“Christian beliefs are being labeled as hate speech, and hatred and violence towards Christians is being allowed,” it states.

“Assaults against us are overlooked by law enforcement. Christians, you are being discriminated against. This is the truth.”

That won’t deter the Christians from evangelizing, Phillip Blair of Torch of Christ told CityNews.

“We believe that it’s worth the persecution against us,” he said. “We believe it’s worth the arrest. The truth is always going to be a very difficult, complex subject.”

In 2012, about a dozen police officers surrounded Lynn and his team as they preached near the corner of Yonge and Wellesley during the “Pride Parade” and forcibly shut them down.

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COSTA RICA President wants to force Catholic priests into violating seal of confession

MARTIN M. BARILLAS reports for LifeSiteNews ~ President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica has called on the Central American nation to “discuss as a society” possible legislative action to force Catholic priests to tell authorities when they hear confessions of child abuse and pedophilia.

Proposed by Deputy Enrique Sanchez, a member of the president’s left-of-center Citizen Action Party, the bill would amend Article 206 of Costa Rica’s criminal code and require clergy and others who have contact with young people to report allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Priests who fail to report what they heard in confession about child sex abuse would be subject to fines, the bill stipulates.

According to local media, President Alvarado said, “As a nation, we have seen the issue of violence, which is sexual in this case against children, is a problem that concerns us on the basis of evidence, and is something important to learn.”

The bill is being considered by Costa Rica’s national congress. In May, Alvarado signed a bill that extended the statute of limitations from 10 to 25 years for crimes against minors.

Currently, Costa Rican law notes that only teachers and health care professional are mandated reporters of child sex abuse.

“We are expanding the requirement so that it is not only education and health centers but also places where children gather, ranging from sports, cultural and religious organizations,” Sanchez told local media. “Therefore, it would include responsible persons, for example, in the churches, in being obliged to report to the Public Ministry when they hear of a case or suspect abuse.”

Sanchez claimed that the obligation to inform authorities about suspected cases of child abuse is not limited to what is heard in confession but includes what mandated reporters hear outside the confessional. He said his bill is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, which asserts that the rights of minors supersede attorney-client privilege, and that child rights rise above religious doctrine, including the seal of confession recognized by the Catholic Church.

Sanchez said a priest, for example, would be required to report not only cases of sexual abuse, but also negligence and physical abuse. He added that he was inspired by a bill now being considered by the California legislature, which would require priests to report to police the sins they hear in confession.

Sanchez explained that under current law, clergy, some public officials, attorneys and other professionals can abstain from giving court testimony even when they have privileged knowledge about the abuse of minors.

In the text of the proposed law, it states that “ministers of religion enjoy an absolute protection under the so-called ‘secret of confession,’ while the aforementioned professionals and public officials have only protection related to the so-called ‘professional secret’ or ‘state secret,’ respectively.” It goes on to claim that it is “inexplicable” why a member of the clergy can abstain from giving testimony even when the interested party has allowed the airing of what was heard in confession.

While acknowledging that his proposal may irritate members of the Catholic Church, Sanchez said, “In accordance with Pope Francis’ mandate that called on national institutions to put into place all necessary measures to prevent impunity in these cases, I believe that the Church will have to rethink that the interests of the child come before any dogma that exists within the Church.”

Archbishop Jose Rafael Quiros of San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, said, “The seal of confession must not be violated; what is said in confession must not be revealed.”

His statement echoes the Code of Canon Law in the Catholic Church, which notes that “The sacramental seal is inviolable; therefore it is absolutely forbidden for a confessor to betray in any way a penitent in words or in any manner and for any reason.” Catholic clergy who intentionally violate the secret face automatic excommunication.

A spokesman for the bishops’ conference of Costa Rica said the bill endangers religious liberty but does nothing in the cause of justice.


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FRANCE Catholic college students who opposed LGBT display face expulsion, $84, 000 fine

JEANNE SMITS reports for LifeSiteNews ~ On Saturday afternoon, May 18, some 20 adolescents and young adults, many of whom had just finished their college exams, were enjoying a drink on 'Place Napoléon,' the main square of La Roche-sur-Yon, the administrative capital of the Vendée in the west of France. When they noticed an 'LGBT rights' stand in the square, they decided to react. Their student rumpus has been blown up into a full-scale scandal by the French media, and for the students, the consequences are dire. Several have been expelled from the local Catholic university - one of a limited number of Catholic universities in France - and most will have to answer for their crime at the local criminal court on July 18.

Here is what happened. Heads uncovered, the group walked through the LGBT exhibition chanting, 'Homofolie, ça suffit' ('we've had enough of homofolly'). They toppled over an iron fence, seized a few rainbow flags, and burst some balloons. A number of LGBT activists ran after them, filming the group with their smartphones, and a few pointed words were exchanged. It was only one week later that press reports spoke of two septuagenarians at the LBGT stand who said they had been 'knocked over' by one youth, who denies the accusation.

By Sunday, the national media had picked up the film of the event posted on social media, and many mainstream reports were announcing that 'a group of youths' had 'ransacked' an LGBT stand. A judiciary inquiry was immediately set up, despite the fact that during a television interview, three young female LGBT activists acknowledged that the damage had been minimal and no one had been harmed.

But they added: 'If they're bursting balloons this year, imagine what might happen next year!'

There was a twist: several boys were wearing the insignia of the 'Manif pour tous,' and one had a sweatshirt of the ICES Catholic University barely visible under his coat. The 'Institut Catholique D'Etudes Supérieures' opened in La Roche-sur-Yon in 1990, mainly thanks to Philippe de Villiers, the Vendée's emblematic politician who is world-famous for having created the historical theme park of the Puy-du-Fou. The ICES is known for its high-quality teaching and its clearly assumed Catholic identity. Students go there from all parts of France.

Immediately, the incident was connected with the ICES, and French media accused both the local 'Manif pour tous' association and the Catholic university of promoting 'homophobia' and 'transphobia.'

The 'Manif pour tous' officially distanced itself from the 'attack, firmly condemning' the 'degradation' of the 'stand of the LGBT center of La Roche-sur-Yon, as well as all homophobic acts.'

The ICES went even farther. Although the incident took place outside the campus and at a time when the university was closed, its official Twitter account posted a message on Sunday saying that if the youths who attacked an 'anti-homophobia' stand turned out to be ICES students, 'disciplinary measures would be taken.'

On the 20th of May, the university's president, Eric de Labarre, 'condemned' the attack, calling it a 'grave incident. Several persons were identified as students at the ICES. ... The ICES condemns all forms of violence used to promote any convictions whatsoever. ... Their attitude is detrimental to the reputation of the ICES, and as such they will not only be accountable before the courts, since a complaint has been lodged, but also before the ICES.'

The public letter went on to speak of the 'respect due to the dignity of persons,' adding that 'apart from ignorance and stupidity,' there was also 'a form of ideology translated into political activism.' Labarre added that many institutions are confronted with 'radical activist fringes of all sides,' proclaiming that the ICES will 'never become politicized.' According to Eric de Labarre, the university's 1,300 students were living through 'something that is very hard and even violent' because of the 'activists'' disruption.

Heads of student organizations were invited to sign a statement condemning the acts, and the 'Bureau des étudiants' that refused was immediately deposed by the university authorities and replaced by next year's elected formation, which should have come into office on June 15th, which then signed the document.

A social media buzz occurred, and (unverified) accusations were brandished by former students accusing certain professors of having called homosexuality 'an illness' during their courses when the parliamentary debate about same-sex 'marriage' was in full swing six years ago.

And so a regrettable tempest in a teapot turned into something much darker. The ICES cooperated fully with the police in order to help them identify some of the students involved, two of whom were then arrested and kept in custody for 48 hours.

An official statement from the public prosecutor of La Roche-sur-Yon has described the way the 18 youths implicated had been identified thanks to smartphone films and video surveillance cameras. All were heard by the police. It was established that they had walked 'in a lively way' through the exhibition, as a group, repeating the slogan: 'Homo-folly, we've had enough.' One member of the group had covered his face, the statement added, and a partially burnt rainbow flag was found in the home of one of the students. 'Two persons claim to have been jostled violently and have presented certificates proving they obtained 8 and 10 days' temporary disability,' the statement said.

Most of the youths now face charges including 'impeding freedom to demonstrate' (with maximum sanctions of three years' imprisonment and/or a 45,000-euro fine), 'theft and deterioration' (of the LGBT flag): five years' imprisonment and/or a 75,000-euro fine) and 'public insults because of the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity' (one year's imprisonment, 45,000-euro fine). They will face judgment on July 18. If they are condemned under several headings, only the heaviest sentence will be implemented.

The indictment of 'public insults' linked to sexual orientation and gender identity was introduced into the French penal code in 2004 under pressure from the LGBT lobby. It has been widely criticized as the criminalization of opinions and has rarely if ever been successfully invoked against persons reaffirming the traditional condemnation of homosexual acts, but its inclusion in French penal law has put in place the framework of powerful thought-policing.

It should be noted that the public prosecutor made clear that the action had nothing to do with the ICES. 'If all were students at the Institut Catholique d'Etudes Supérieures, it does not appear from any element in the case that this membership played any role in the commission of the acts,' it stated.

Despite this official recognition that the ICES was in no way involved, all the students who took part in the incident faced disciplinary action within the university itself and were heard singly. One of the possible sanctions, the one the media and the LGBT lobby were clamoring for, is their outright expulsion - that is, the equivalent of social death for youngsters whose future hangs on their studies.

Sanctions were officially communicated to the press on Friday. Two students have been expelled outright, one will have to wait one year before being allowed to join the ICES once more, and nine are under a 'suspended expulsion,' meaning that if they commit acts judged detrimental to the ICES's reputation during a determined period, they will immediately be required to leave. Several will have to do 'community work.'

It was held against the students that the affair was widely publicized on social media, with '44 million negative comments and 1.9 million positive comments.' The ICES also claims to have sanctioned the students because it is 'committed to promoting the social thought of the Church, in particular regarding absolute respect for the dignity of persons.'

At no point did the university authorities recall that while Catholics are expected to be tolerant of persons, they should also hold up Catholic doctrine and moral teachings and that while their methods may have been ill advised, LGBT activism is in itself a much more grave disorder, promoting rights for morally erroneous lifestyles.

Nor did the authorities recall that this LGBT activism is becoming ever more totalitarian worldwide, with sanctions and 'social death' increasingly the price to pay for even calmly exposing moral choices in this area or refusing to submit to politically correct language.

Is in in fact the disproportion in the way the authorities are treating the two attitudes - one of which is claiming rights for intrinsically disordered acts, while the other is protesting somewhat immaturely - that has sparked anger among a number of students of the ICES who aim to be faithful to the integral Catholic faith.

As Guillaume de Thieulloy, director of the French socially conservative internet medium www.lesalonbeige.com and a onetime lecturer at the ICES put it, 'this case quite nicely shows the sense of priorities in the dominant media. On the same day, two people were attacked with knives and iron bars in Villejuif, by an individual claiming that Allah was great, and this event only got a few lines in the press! In other words, when young Catholics burst balloons to demonstrate their opposition to LGBT propaganda, this is national news, but that French citizens barely escaped being murdered by an Islamist terrorist is of no interest to anyone.'

He added that the ICES has apparently chosen to 'submit' to the LGBT lobby: 'It seems that ICES will organize next year - as a kind of atonement for this sin it didn't commit (and which looks very venial to me if it is one!) - a conference on sexuality, with a special focus on the notorious 'LGBT rights.' When I heard about it, I thought it was a tall tale or 'fake news,' as they say nowadays, but it appears that the information has been confirmed.'

Guillaume de Thieulloy went on to recall that the language of 'homophobia' is truly the 'adversary's vocabulary,' which aims at banning every critique of homosexuality and the homosexual lobby.

'Let us understand, once and for all, that 'LGBT rights' have absolutely nothing to do with human rights. Every human person, whatever his or her actions, has the right to respect for his or her dignity. But not every act has the right to official recognition of society; nor, a fortiori, the right never to be challenged by anyone under penalty of criminal conviction,' he said.

'I am one of those people who still believe that homosexual acts are seriously disordered, as the Catechism says. I understand that it is painful for those who commit them to hear that. But let them be reassured, being a sinner like them, it happens to me quite regularly that I too hear rather unpleasant things about my own sinfulness. The main difference between them and me is that I don't believe that my sins give me any other right than to run to confession - which, after all, is more useful for my salvation than claiming more or less fanciful rights!' he added.

But it seems that the dictatorship of relativism is stronger than rational thought about this regrettable but minor incident.

Could it be that today's accusers have never heard of Jordan Peterson risking expulsion from his university for refusing to bow down to any legal obligation that would force him to use a person's 'chosen pronouns' on the basis of the illegality of transphobia?

Have they never heard about cardinal Müller's clear warning in an interview with Costanza Miriano?

'Homophobia simply does not exist,' said the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 'It is clearly an invention and an instrument of the totalitarian dominance over the thoughts of others. The homo-movement is lacking scientific arguments, that is why it created an ideology which wants to dominate by creating its own reality. It is the Marxist pattern according to which reality does not create thinking, but thinking creates its own reality. He who does not accept this created reality is to be considered as being sick. It is as if one could influence an illness with the help of the police or with the help of courts. In the Soviet Union, Christians were put into psychiatric clinics. These are the methods of totalitarian regimes, of National Socialism and of Communism. The same happens in North Korea to those who do not accept the reigning way of thinking.'

Do today's accusers realize that the LGBT lobby is gaining ever more power against those who simply want to proclaim their faith and morals, and that the worst kind of violence is the one that aims to silence those who will not go along with the lie?

Last March, LifeSite told the story of Tonya Callaghan, a lesbian and former Catholic schoolteacher who has written wrote a book claiming that Alberta's and Ontario's publicly funded Catholic schools are 'potential hotbeds for homophobia.' She appeared to argue that Catholic teaching was to blame, wrote LifeSite.

Canada is farther along that path than France. It would be sad indeed if French Catholics were to help the LGBT agenda on its way in France.

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ITALY Bannon fights eviction from Trisulti Abbey

KRISTINE CANAVAN reports for ChurchMilitant.com ~ On January29th, Dignitatas Humanae Institute (DHI) became the new leaseholder of the historic Trisulti monastery outside of Rome. Four months later, Italy's ministry of culture is revoking the rental agreement.

Dignitatas Humanae Institute is the think tank led by former White House advisor and Breitbart chief Steve Bannon and former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura Cdl. Raymond Burke. The Institute was planning to make Trisulti its base of operations and the home for its Academy for the Judeo-Christian West, what Bannon nicknamed his 'gladiator school.'

From the beginning, locals objected. Some of these early objections were backlash to Bannon. Other concerns seemed plausible. Trisulti monastery is an important cultural landmark and pilgrimage destination, making it a source of revenue for the people there. They had a legitimate interest in who would be awarded the lease. But DHI prevailed in its bid to be leaseholder, and its plans for the property's preservation and improvement were able to begin.

The May 31 announcement revoking the lease noted a problem with the 'competitive tender process.' It was suggested some of the bank documentation in support of DHI's offer had been forged. The ministry of culture also claimed 'the institute has not paid concession fees and failed to do maintenance work on the monastery.'



Opposition to DHI's plans has been led by Nicola Zingaretti, leader of Italy's center-left Democratic Party, and directly opposed to Matteo Salvini's populist party (which Bannon has championed) - strong evidence that the ministry of culture's actions are not motivated by 'duty,' as they claim, but are blatantly motivated by politics. Zingaretti is governor of the region in which both Rome and Trisulti are located, and he has assured the ministry of culture that a viable alternative plan for the monastery is ready for execution.

The always unflappable Bannon summed up the controversy: 'All of this stuff is just dust being kicked up by the Left.' But he also said, 'The fight for Trisulti is a microcosm of the fight for the Judeo-Christian West.'

It is also reported that Benjamin Harnwell, one of DHI's founders, in a tone similar to Bannon's, said the organization will oppose the lease revocation with 'every resource at its disposal no matter how many years it takes.

'The Ministry for Culture might be prepared to surrender to every whim of the extreme left - the [DHI] will never do so,' Harnwell said. 'This is nothing more than the braying of the cultural Marxist left against the defense of Western Civilization.'

The announcement of potential eviction comes on the heels of major victories for populist parties in the European Parliamentary elections, also at the end of May. In an interview with The Guardian's associate editor Paul Lewis in November 2018, Bannon predicted, Everything converges on May of 2019 and that is literally when we take over the EU. It's going to overwhelm the news cycle.'

Bannon isn't always right, but he is right a lot of the time. The chances he or anyone associated with DHI forged an important supporting document for the monastery lease agreement is so slim it's likely the agreement ultimately will stand, but that decision could take years. Vegas is betting on Bannon.

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MALTA Archbishop Charles Scicluna Stonewalls Catholic lay organization

BRUCE WALKER reports for ChurchMilitant.com ~ Repeated requests to condemn the actions of a Maltese pro-LGBT priest have gone unanswered by Archbishop Charles Scicluna, prompting one group to publish a full-page letter in protest.

As reported by Church Militant in April, the Catholic lay group Pro Malta Christiana (PMC) first expressed dismay that a Catholic priest would appear on state television to state homosexuality is 'part of God's plan' and homosexual relations are perfectly normal 'so long as they are based on clear love.' The statements were made March 8 by Fr. Kevin Schembri on the popular television program Xarabank.

We have prudently waited more than two months for Your Excellency to publicly disassociate the Maltese Church from the scandalous propositions contrary to Christian faith and morals put forward by Father Schembri.Tweet

Titled 'Open and Respectful Interpellation Directed to His Excellency, the Most Reverend Charles Jude Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta,' the document begins:

'The Maltese Society for Christian Civilisation - Pro Malta Christiana, presenting its respectful greetings to Your Excellency, requests the attention of Your Excellency regarding the content of the opinions uttered by the Rev. Father Kevin Schembri on the XARABANK discussion programme aired on Malta's state television on March 8 last. It was made clear by the producers of this television programme that Rev. Fr. Schembri was sent by Your Excellency to state the teachings of Holy Mother Church on the question of same-sex attraction and homosexual relations.

'We have prudently waited more than two months for Your Excellency to publicly disassociate the Maltese Church from the scandalous propositions contrary to Christian faith and morals put forward by Father Schembri on this television programme. Given the mysterious silence from your Archdiocesan Curia on this grave matter, it is felt that a public and open interpellation directed to Your Excellency is warranted at this critical juncture in order to express the sadness, bewilderment and legitimate disappointment felt by innumerable Catholics in Malta at Your Excellency's silence.

Confusion wrought by Schembri's appearance was exacerbated by the fact he is currently serving as the Maltese curia's defender of the marriage bond for matrimonial nullity cases in Malta.

As for Scicluna, he was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as adjunct secretary for the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

As noted by Church Militant: Since the program's airing, the Maltese curia has been bombarded by scores of emails by confused Maltese Catholics asking for a doctrinal clarification. The Archbishop 's silence may arguably be construed as an implicit confirmation of Malta's episcopal double standard when it comes to treating Catholics who oppose the homosexual agenda in Malta as compared to those promoting this agenda. His treatment of Pro Malta Christiana compared to his silence on Fr. Schembri's televised remarks speaks volumes.



In the public letter addressed to Scicluna, the PMC states: 'We humbly take the liberty of reminding Your Excellency that as the Catholic Church has taught constantly over two thousand years, the primary duty of a Bishop is to publicly defend, protect and promote the sacred deposit of the faith against all heresies, errors and scandalous propositions. This is a duty, Your Excellency, which cannot remain unfulfilled, regardless of the circumstances in which the shepherd of the flock finds himself.

The PMC letter also addresses Scicluna's silence rather than expressing support for faithful Catholics praying the Rosary in response to a homosexual pride parade in the city of Valletta last fall. The letter describes the event as 'sordid, vulgar and anti-Christian.'

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ROMANIA Pope Francis slams traditional Catholics

Voices anti-populist themes, claims traditionalists are 'safeguarding ashes'

MARTINA MOYSKI reports for ChurchMilitant.com ~ Pope Francis made a visit to the Romanian cities of Bucharest, Bacau, Sumuleu-Ciuc and Blaj from May 31-June 2.

'I am happy to find myself in this, your ?ara frumoas? [beautiful land], twenty years after the visit of Saint John Paul II,' Francis said. Francis observed that his visit coincides with Romania's holding, for the first time, the presidency of the Council of Europe, a thematic political observation close to Francis' comments throughout his stay.

Speaking in what has become a hallmark of his rhetorical style - ambiguity - Francis criticized traditionalist Catholics who, he says, seek to 'safeguard the ashes' of the past while also touting 'tradition as the guarantee of the future.'

Francis said 'the global Church's centuries of tradition are not akin' to 'a container for preserved objects but instead like roots to be drawn on for future growth.' Francis did not make clear whom he had in mind while speaking of Catholic traditionalists and did not make clear at what point adhering to tradition morphs into 'ashes.'

The Pope also asked Catholics to pray for the future of the European Union. Francis said the European Union is in danger of being 'overcome by pessimism,' a jab at the recent in gains for populist parties in elections across the continent.

Francis referenced the tragedy of World War II as he addressed Romanians: 'Please, let's not return to this. Let's learn from history. Let's not fall in the same hole.'

The Pope's use of the image of a 'hole' echoes the comment Francis made recently to Mexican journalist Valentina Alazraki about border walls: 'We knew of one, of Berlin, and the many headaches and suffering it caused us. ... But it appears that man does what animals don't, right? Man is the only animal that falls twice into the same hole, right? We are returning to the same thing, right? Building walls as if it were a defense, right?

A high point of the Romanian visit included Francis announcing the beatification of seven Greek Catholic martyred bishops who gave their lives for the Church: Valeriu Traian Frentiu, Vasile Aftenie, Ioan Suciu, Tito Livio Chinezu, Ioan Balan, Alexandru Rusu and Iuliu Hossu.

Francis said these martyrs were killed 'in hatred of the Faith' during the Soviet occupation of Romania and the iron-fisted rule of Nicolae Ceausescu between 1950 and 1970 and who gave their lives for fidelity to the Church and in defense of the right to freedom of religion.

Those beatified 'endured suffering and gave their lives to oppose an illiberal ideological system that oppressed the fundamental rights of the human person,' Francis said during a Greek Catholic Divine Liturgy in Blaj in the Transylvania region of Romania.

According to Francis, the seven newly beatified bishops 'handed down ... a precious legacy that we can sum up in two words: freedom and mercy.'

Francis and the Patriarch Daniel of Romania's Orthodox Church prayed the Our Father in the monumental new People's Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest. Before the recitation of the prayer, Patriarch Daniel praying in Romanian and Francis in Latin, Francis took the opportunity to explicate the Our Father.

Francis summarily characterized it as 'a prayer that leaves us troubled and crying out in protest against the famine of love in our time, against individualism and indifference.'

During the flight back to Vatican City, Francis returned to populism and traditionalism which he delivered in the form of thinly veiled jabs, and sometimes ominous predictions: 'If Europe does not look well at the challenges ahead, Europe will wither, it will be withered.' The Pope advised Europe to 'take up again the mysticism of the founding fathers.'

Francis criticized traditionalist Catholics who, he says, seek to 'safeguard the ashes' of the past while also touting 'tradition as the guarantee of the future.'Tweet

Europe needs 'to be itself,' to rediscover 'its own identity, its own unity,' in order to overcome 'divisions and borders,' he said.

Speaking in what some say is confusing language, Francis acknowledged that 'nations [must] have their own proper identity,' but 'with the mysticism of the polyhedron,' a reference to Francis' obtuse conceptualization of globalization.

Francis also denounced corruption, which he said 'occurs everywhere': 'We must help politicians to be honest and not to campaign with dishonest banners, calumny, defamation, scandals and so often sowing hatred and fear.'

According to Francis, 'The politician should not spread hatred and fear, [but] only hope.'

Francis has come under increasing criticism from groups of clarity-seeking Catholics throughout the world, including some cardinals, who have expressed concern that he has not been clear in enunciating some of the Church's teachings.

Judging from Francis' use of anti-populist language this past weekend in Romania, fuelled more by political ideology than theology, clarity-seeking Catholics have not had such concerns quashed.

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UNITED KINGDOM Leading medical journal officially declares its support for abortion

CAROLE NOVIELLI reports for Live Action News / LSN ~ The Lancet has joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG), American Medical Association, Contraception, and other medical organizations in their openly advocating abortion rights. The once prestigious United Kingdom–based journal describes itself as "an independent, international weekly general medical journal," but in its May 2019, Volume 393 edition, the Lancet's editorial board made the decision to become an outright advocate for abortion, calling "the right to access abortion" an "empty construct in some states in the USA."

Quoting a statement of support for abortion by pro-abortion medical organizations like the American Medical Association (AMA), Lancet editors even stunningly degraded pro-life and religious voices — including pro-life women — who advocate for preborn children by asking, "So, among all this regressive, religious, and repressive law-making, where are the advocates for women?"

The Lancet editorial was published in response to pro-life laws recently enacted in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, and other states. Studies published by The Lancet can reach an international audience. Live Action News has previously quoted from The Lancet's edited and peer-reviewed studies, including:

The use of prenatal MRI scans with motion-corrected 3D imaging

Half of countries are now facing a 'baby bust'

Almost 16 million abortions were committed in India in 2015

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UNITED STATES Bishop Thomas Tobin catches hell for warning about 'Pride' events

After calling on Catholics to avoid supporting or attending so-called 'Pride' events, during the month of June, the Catholic prelate of Providence, Rhode Island, Bishop Thomas Tobin was fiercely attacked online, and protested by LGBT activists, offline.

Bp.T TobinFR. JOHN ZUHLSDORF blogs ~ I suspect that before too long we will see violence in the streets and overt attacks on churches over this. Boston Globe story about the vituperative blow-back that Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, RI is getting about a tweet he sent out concerning Catholics' participation in 'Pride' month…. the exaltation of a defective orientation that some people are afflicted with. Properly, Bishop Tobin cautioned Catholics about these events.

Bishop Thomas Tobin@ThomasJTobin1 A reminder that Catholics should not support or attend LGBTQ 'Pride Month' events held in June. They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith and morals. They are especially harmful for children. 23.

One Boston Globe - what a bastion of truth - headline read, fallaciously and mendaciously: 'Providence Bishop faces backlash for homophobic tweet'. This is, of course, a lie. The tweet was hardly homophobic. And just what does homophobic mean, now, anyway? It is flung around so hysterically that it now means practically nothing other than 'Target this person for your hate!'

The Globe article, above, describes the over the top reaction to Bishop Tobin on the part of supposed Catholics. I suspect that were you to sit and talk with them for awhile, you would discover massive gaps in their basic knowledge of the faith and also explicit denials of teachings of the Church on faith and morals.

So, what's the card they play now again Bishop Tobin? We will see this played again and again when Bishop s and priests with a little courage remaining put their head up above the others to say something true. Like sullen teenagers they are threatening to leave the Church. You can, in reading the story, sense the not-yet-mature angst. 'No,' dad says, 'you can't wear that to the party and you have to be home at 9:30. It's a school night. I HATE YOU!', daughter screams, 'You never let me do anything! Everyone's going to be there. I'm going and YOU CAN'T STOP ME!' That's about the level of reason in their discourse.

Bishop Tobin did his job, just as unpopular dad did in the dialogue.

• It is not hate for a father to snatch his two-year old away from sticking the fork in the electric outlet.

• It is not hate for a father to ground his 10-year old for breaking a lamp in the living room with a baseball bat.

• It is not hate for a father to tell his 15-year old daughter that she can't go dressed that way to that party.

• It is not hate for a Bishop to tell people that the celebration of and promotion of sodomy - a sin that cries to heaven - is wrong.

In that Globe article we then see the reaction of a parish priest to his Bishop 's remarks.

[T]he Rev. Edward L. Pieroni openly expressed his worry that the latest controversy would push gays and lesbians away from a church already riven with divisions over abortion, clergy sex abuse, and same-sex relationships. 'My concern is that for people who are lesbian or gay - same-sex attraction - that they may leave the church. A lot of people have hung in there, but it's like, 'One more slap and we are done.' I am here to beg you - and I will get on my hands and knees and beg you - not to leave,' Pieroni told the congregation.

On your hand and knees, huh? What an impressive display.

Friends, every situation has its own dynamics and, from a distance we can't know them all. Heck, even the people involved don't know them. But I strongly suspect that this prostrate pandering to people who have these afflictions, and to their well-meaning loved ones and to their duped abettors, garnered not a single shred of respect. In fact, it signals that that stretch of the front in Providence is weak. Homosexualist organizers would be smart to strike hard at that feeble emplacement. With Fr. Ephialtes' help, it'll cave without much resistance, thus leaving all of us more vulnerable to the invasion of society and the Church with falsehoods and agents of the Enemy of our souls.

Our Blessed Mother told Lucia (as communicated to the late Cardinal Caffarra) that the Devil's last battlefront is the family. From the beginning the 'father of lies' has deceived people into thinking that God hasn't told the truth and that we can be the arbiters of our own 'right' and our own 'wrong'. This is why the growth of the homosexualist agenda is so deadly. It overturns the very order of creation and promotes a violation of God's image manifest in each and every human being. Homosexual acts tear at the very fabric of society.

I've used this locus from Augustine's preaching before. Repetita iuvant.

St. Augustine was a great pastor of souls who truly loved his flock. He was Bishop in very difficult times. He loved his people enough to rough up his congregations when they went wrong: because he wanted them to get to heaven. Whether they listened or not, he didn't want to lose heaven for himself by neglecting to preach the hard stuff. It was his vocation to preach whatever it took to get them to heaven.

Then Augustine, as priest/victim said, 'Nolo salvus esse sine vobis… I don't want to be saved without you.'

That is the work of the priest/victim. He would do what it took to help them to heaven, even if that meant making them temporarily angry with him. He put them before himself.

Buried within the message, however, is a stern reminder. If you don't correct your errant ways, there's the door over there. Beyond that door is Hell. We'd rather you stay, but if you want, don't let the door hit you in the backside on the way down.

And I'll repeat for the umpteenth time. Those people who have this same-sex attraction affliction have the opportunity through this cross they bear to attain real holiness and great glory in heaven. But they have to be willing to stay on the cross and struggle, with grace, against it.

To the sullen dissidents: I remind you of what Vatican II taught in Lumen gentium:

14. This Sacred Council wishes to turn its attention firstly to the Catholic faithful. Basing itself upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition, it teaches that the Church, now sojourning on earth as an exile, is necessary for salvation. Christ, present to us in His Body, which is the Church, is the one Mediator and the unique way of salvation. In explicit terms He Himself affirmed the necessity of faith and baptism(124) and thereby affirmed also the necessity of the Church, for through baptism as through a door men enter the Church. Whosoever, therefore, knowing that the Catholic Church was made necessary by Christ, would refuse to enter or to remain in it, could not be saved.

Finally, I suspect that most people who are activists in this homosexualist thing know, deep down, that what they are doing is wrong. But they have been duped by others and they have caved into their own appetites and, now, don't know how to get out.

A drowning man will often lash out at the person trying to save him. In the time before modern medicine, doctors had to keep cutting even though the patient screamed for him to stop. The shepherd has to beat sheep who are going the wrong way and even loose the dogs to stop them.

Bishop s and priests, be good fathers and keep telling the truth. Be good physicians of the thrashing wounded. Pin those arms and drag those drowning people ashore. Use that crooked staff and your solid collaborators to prevent the loss of more souls.

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INTERNATIONAL Even the BBC wises up to the fact that Christians are being persecuted . . .

ALDO MARIA VALLI writes for Rorate Caeli / Ricognizioni ~ “The persecution of Christians is at a level near that of genocide.” This statement is from an unexpected source - the BBC, which reports on a study commissioned by the Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt, and carried out by the Anglican Bishop of Truro, Philip Ian Mounstephen.

Reportedly, one out of three people in the world is suffering religious persecution, and Christians are decidedly “the most persecuted group, so much so, that in three areas of the world the level and nature of the persecution is ostensibly nearing the international definition (adopted by the United Nations) of genocide.”

In this regard, Jeremy Hunt, notes how Western Governments seem to be “fast asleep” and incapable of reacting or at the very least of showing sensitivity in the face of such a situation.
According to Hunt, there is perhaps embarrassment, on the part of the West, connected to the fact that some European countries have a guilty conscience in that they are former colonialist countries. Even if such an attitude is in part understandable, we need to stress that in reality, many of the Christians most persecuted in the world, have never had anything to do with colonialism and with the presence of Western missionaries. Christians threatened with genocide, for example, the Assyrians of Syria and Iraq or the Coptics in Egypt, were Christians many centuries before the forefathers of the European colonizers became Christian and went on missions.

The BBC report identifies the “politically correct” [phenomenon] as the main reason for the West’s indifference, an absurd attitude, given that, as Hunt explains, very frequently, the Christian populations persecuted are also the poorest in the world.

However, Raymond Ibrahim (whose latest book is The Sword and the Scimitar, Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West) in an article for Gatestone Institute, notes that albeit the BBC rightly denounces “the politically correct”, in turn, they show themselves to be a victim of it when they avoid indicating who is actually persecuting the Christians and why.

“The overwhelming majority of Christian persecutions” – writes Ibrahim – “take place in predominantly Muslim nations.” According to World Watch List 2019 of Open Doors, which studies the fifty nations where Christians are most persecuted, “Islamic oppression continues to have an impact on millions of Christians” and in seven of the nations most afflicted, the cause of the persecution is specifically Islam. Which means that for millions of Christians openly following Jesus may have painful consequences, including death.

Among the worst persecutors are the countries that govern by Islamic law - the Sharia. In Afghanistan it is simple: “Christianity cannot exist”, says the Open Doors report. Since it is an Islamic State constitutively, government officials, ethnic groups, religious officials and citizens are programmatically hostile to Christians.

Likewise in Somalia, the small Christian community is under constant threat of attack, given that the Sharia is an integral part of the country’s constitution and the persecution of Christians almost always involves violence. Also in Iran, the report states: “society is governed by Islamic law, which entails that the rights and professional possibilities for Christians are greatly limited.” Similarly significant is the fact that thirty-eight of the fifty nations in which Christians are the most persecuted are predominantly Muslim.

“The intention to erase all signs of the Christian presence in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Egypt, north-east Nigeria and the Philippines, is made evident by the removal of crucifixes and the destruction of religious buildings and other symbols. In some parts of the Middle East, Christians risk being wiped out. In Palestine, they are reduced to 1.5% of the population. In Syria they have dropped from 1.7million in 2011 to less than 450 thousand and in Iraq they have plummeted from 1.5 million before 2003 to less than 120 thousand today.”

In conclusion, when you hear that Christianity in those countries is at risk of extinction - it is no exaggeration.

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INTERNATIONAL Some jihad headlines of the week


Canada : Professor Jordan Peterson declares Islam is not compatible with democracy

Canada : Muslim openly endorses murder of gays, proclaims sharia is country's future

Pakistan : Violent attack on Christians incited from Mosque loudspeakers

Sweden : Stockholm bishop has more in common with Muslims than 'right-wing Christians' 

Turkey : Erdogan declares Istanbul is 'Islam-bul' and not Constantinople


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INTERNATIONAL The World Over with Raymond Arroyo


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



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Sacred Heart

O SACRED HEART OF JESUS,, I adore Thee in the oneness of the Personality of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Whatever belongs to the Person of Jesus, belongs therefore to God, and is to be worshipped with that one and the same worship which we pay to Jesus. He did not take on Him His human nature, as something distinct and separate from Himself, but as simply, absolutely, eternally His, so as to be included by us in the very thought of Him. I worship Thee, O Heart of Jesus, as being Jesus Himself, as being that Eternal Word in human nature which He took wholly and lives in wholly, and therefore in Thee. Thou art the Heart of the Most High made man. In worshipping Thee, I worship my Incarnate God, Emmanuel. I worship Thee, as bearing a part in that Passion which is my life, for Thou didst burst and break, through agony, in the garden of Gethsemani, and Thy precious contents trickled out, through the veins and pores of the skin, upon the earth. And again, Thou hadst been drained all but dry upon the Cross; and then, after death, Thou wast pierced by the lance, and gavest out the small remains of that inestimable treasure, which is our redemption.

My God, my Saviour, I adore Thy Sacred Heart, for that heart is the seat and source of all Thy tenderest human affections for us sinners. It is the instrument and organ of Thy love. It did beat for us. It yearned over us. It ached for us, and for our salvation. It was on fire through zeal, that the glory of God might be manifested in and by us. It is the channel through which has come to us all Thy overflowing human affection, all Thy Divine Charity towards us. All Thy incomprehensible compassion for us, as God and Man, as our Creator and our Redeemer and Judge, has come to us, and comes, in one inseparably mingled stream, through that Sacred Heart. O most Sacred symbol and Sacrament of Love, divine and human, in its fullness, Thou didst save me by Thy divine strength, and Thy human affection, and then at length by that wonder-working blood, wherewith Thou didst overflow.

O most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, Thou art concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and Thou beatest for us still. Now as then Thou savest, Desiderio desideravi - 'With desire I have desired.' I worship Thee then with all my best love and awe, with my fervent affection, with my most subdued, most resolved will. O my God, when Thou dost condescend to suffer me to receive Thee, to eat and drink Thee, and Thou for a while takest up Thy abode within me, make my heart beat with Thy Heart. Purify it of all that is earthly, all that is proud and sensual, all that is hard and cruel, of all perversity, of all disorder, of all deadness. Oh, so fill it with Thee, that neither the events of the day nor the circumstances of the time may have power to ruffle it, but that in Thy love and Thy fear it may have peace. Amen.























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The French Connection

Michael Matt on massive Catholic rendezvous in France

REMNANT EDITOR Michael J. Matt explains the significance of the largest international traditional Catholic annual rendezvous in the world today--the Notre Dame de Chretiente Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres. With over 10,000 traditional Catholics coming into Paris from all over the world, Michael comments on what this is, its history and what it portends for the future of the Catholic Church.




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Pope Francis, a new generation of informants?

A GagliarducciANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI writes for Monday Vatican ~ Besides Pope Francis' trip to Romania, taking center stage last week were Mons Anthony Figuereido's leaks about McCarrick - Figuereido had been a personal secretary to McCarrick - and the interview that Pope Francis granted to the Mexican television station 'Televisa.'

Both the leaks of the 'Figuereido reports' and Pope Francis' answers are likely a new frontline for Vatican communication.

Monsignor Figuereido opened a website to make public McCarrick's correspondence. He activated a secure email and also a discussion board. In his introduction to the documents and later in an interview on CBS, monsignor Figuereido underscored that he decided to reveal everything for the love of the truth, after he tried to share this information with Curia members, with no success.

Monsignor Figuereido also identified himself as a victim of abuse of power by superiors and said he became an alcoholic because of these abuses. He also says that he has now overcome his alcohol addiction.

The publication of documents on a dedicated website can be considered another frontline of the so-called Vatileaks phenomenon.

In the very beginning, confidential documents were sent out to journalists who were often considered close to the pontificate. The ultimate purpose of the leaks was to develop a competitive edge on some governance issue. It mostly happened during Benedict XVI's pontificate. It was the first Vatileaks: it targeted men and situations, while it tried to safeguard the papacy.

The second phase of the leaks was slightly different. Documents were delivered outside of the circle of Vatican watchers. The aim was not to attain some competitive advantage but to attack the Vatican. These leaks led to the publication of books by journalists who often knew nothing of the work of the Holy See, and were full of anti-Vatican prejudices. They attacked the sovereignty of the Holy See. These journalists barely had Vatican connections.

The third phase of Vatileaks led to the Vatileaks trial in the Vatican. The attacks to sovereignty were still present. The leak was not just a consolidated habit. It became a regular tool to raise the pressure and exchange secrets to dismantle the Vatican world. It was an attempt to manage the Vatican by people who came from outside the Vatican.

The Figuereido report opened the fourth phase: everyone who has a document tries to exploit it and feels encouraged to do so. The papers published shape a narrative and reveal a specific goal by the leakers. It means that we cannot be sure that the documents published are the full story. If select papers were made public, why did the leaker select those documents and not others?

For instance, documents in the Figuereido Reports partially absolve McCarrick (McCarrick admits to having been imprudent in sharing the bed with seminarians, but he says he never had sexual intercourse) and at the same time show that information about sanctions on McCarrick disclosed by Archbishop Viganò in his testimony was correct.

Like Archbishop Viganò's testimony, the Figuereido report is a partial story, seen from a particular perspective. What is told might be correct, but nobody knows if what is said is also all the truth. If it is not, why did they decide to show just that part of reality?

However, the Figuereido report might have opened a Pandora's box, and other documents will be soon published. Leaks are encouraged, sometimes even awarded.

Not all the leaks are welcome, though, as can be understood by the interview Pope Francis granted to Televisa. As is his custom, Pope Francis did not refrain from answering questions.

Pope Francis spoke about the case of Gustavo Zanchetta, whom the Pope called to serve in the Vatican in a position tailored for him in the Administration for the Apostolic See. Zanchetta is now under investigation for alleged abuse. Pope Francis said there would be a sentence and admitted that he was aware Zanchetta was accused of authoritarianism and mismanagement, but also noted that an inquiry about his personality did not reveal any problems.

Pope Francis also spoke of the McCarrick case: he said he knew nothing about McCarrick and also indirectly lamented that Archbishop Viganò might not be credible (the Pope made an indirect reference to a trial on Viganò in Milan on family inheritance issues).

Pope Francis also spoke of the Chilean sex abuse scandals and said that he became aware of the gravity of the situation only when he came back from Chile, so he decided to send a special envoy.

Above all, Pope Francis asserted that he could act without having to explain step by step what he was doing.

In the end, there is no duty to transparency. There is a duty to justice, which is profoundly different.

The general discussion on these issues is instead mostly focused on transparency. Pope Francis asks everyone to speak out, with parresia (frankness). The Pope often talks about the effect of the terrorism of gossips. This issue is real. The Pope, on the other hand, knows well that gossips are sometimes needed to understand what is going on.

As the Pope asserted confidentiality, the climate around him became tense. The smartest want to manage the flow of information, while the most loyal are trying to preserve the institution. The smartest grab the headlines.

This situation feeds a new generation of informants with no fear to come out into the open. The coming out improves their image. Media are at the end called to provide information and build stories, and the image of a character calling for transparency always works. Nobody ever asks why this person is asking for transparency.

For this reason, Vatican communication is called to a new challenge: that of protecting the institution from having to meet requests for transparency. Pope Francis' interview to Televisa might be, and should be, the latest of its kind: it is too hard to manage communication when the Pope himself vaguely justifies or explains his choices.

The challenge with this new generation of informants is about changing the tenure of the questions. When there are leaks, the general problem is: is it correct? The issue should rather be: why are they reporting about these facts? Also, which are the facts that were not told?

[Andrea Gagliarducci is Vatican Analyst at the Catholic News Agency and writes for the National Catholic Register]

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The Transgender Agenda

DR PETER SAUNDERS on The Transgender Agenda: Critiquing its origins, ideology, methods and goals. [Family Education Trust, London, 24 June 2017]



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Pope Francis, the philosopher of inclusion

R de MatteiROBERTO de MATTEI writes for Corrispondenza Romana / Rorate Caeli ~ On June 2, in Italy, the traditional military parade celebrating the birth of the Republic, took place under the sign of “inclusion”. “The theme of inclusivity, which has characterized this event, represents well the values engraved in our Constitutional Charter, which stipulates that no citizen may feel they are abandoned, rather, that the full exercise of their rights be guaranteed,” declared the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella.

The same day in Blaj, Romania, Pope Francis offered a “mea culpa”, in the name of the Church for the discriminations suffered by the Roma [gypsy] community: “I ask forgiveness – of the Lord and you, in the name of the Church, whenever, in the course of history, we discriminated against you, maltreated or looked at you in the wrong way, with the look of Cain instead of Abel, and weren’t able to recognize, appreciate and defend your uniqueness.”

Over the course of history, there have been no traces of persecution or maltreatment of gypsies by the Church. With these words, however, Pope Francis wanted to reaffirm the principle of “inclusion”, of which he today is the theorist par excellence, and to which the European Union subjects its politics.

The insistence with which Pope Francis returns continuously to themes like inclusion, non-discrimination, hospitality and the culture of encounter, may appear to some like an expression of love for one’s neighbor and - to use Pope Bergoglio’s metaphor - are part of “the Christian’s identity card”. Those who think this, are however, making the same error in perspective as the one the progressive Catholics in the late 20th century did, in saying that Marx’s attention for the proletariat was born of his love for social justice.

These Catholics recommended the decomposing of Marxism, by refusing its materialist philosophy and accepting, instead, its economic and social analysis. They didn’t understand that Marxism constitutes an indissoluble block and that Marxist sociology is a direct result of its dialectic materialism. Marx was not a philanthropist, bent over the misery of the proletariat in order to alleviate their sufferings, but was a militant philosopher who made use of these sufferings as an instrument in achieving his revolutionary goal.

In a similar way, Pope Francis’s attention towards the peripheries and the last [or least], is not born of an evangelical spirit or even secular philanthropy, but is a choice, which, prior to being political, is philosophical and can be summed up with the term ‘cosmological egalitarianism’. In his encyclical Laudato si, Francis utilizes the buzzword: “inequality”, which, in substance, indicates every form of unjust social disparity. “What we want is the fight against inequalities; this is the greatest evil that exists in the world”, he declared to Eugenio Scalfari in “La Repubblica” of November 11, 2016.

In the same interview, Pope Bergoglio endorses the concept of “mixed race”, suggested by Scalfari. And Scalfari, in an editorial from the same daily newspaper of September 17, 2017, affirms that, according to Pope Francis: “in the global society we live in, entire populations are moving to this and that country, and little by little, as time passes, an increasingly integrated sort of “mixed race” will be created. He thinks this is a positive thing, where individuals and families and communities become more and more integrated, the various ethnicities will gradually disappear and a great part of our Earth will be inhabitated by a population with new spiritual and physical connotations. We will need centuries or even thousands of years for a phenomenon of this kind to happen, but according to the words of the Pope – the tendency is this. It is not without reason he preaches the One God, namely, the One for all people. I am not a believer, but I recognize a logic in Pope Francis’s words: one people and one God. There has never been until now a religious leader who has preached this - his [own] truth to the world.”

The term “mixed race” , like that of inclusion and hospitality, occurs frequently in Pope Francis’s ministry. On February 14, 2019, in his intervention at the event of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (FAD) in Rome, Francis, met representatives of indigenous populations and, in defining these communities as “a living cry of hope” he expressed his hope for a “cultural hybridization” among the “so-called civilized populations” and native populations, who “know how to listen to the earth, see the earth and touch the earth”. “Cultural hybridization” , he explained is the route to follow, by working “to safeguard those who live in the poorest, rural zones of the planet, but richer in wisdom in their coexistence with nature.”

On January 19, 2018, at Puerto Maldonado, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, Pope Francis while meeting the natives, had said to them: “the treasure that encloses this region” cannot be grasped or understood, without “your wisdom” and “your knowledge”.

In order to understand better his reference to the “wisdom” and “knowledge” of the natives, we need to turn to the work of an author dear to Pope Francis: the former Franciscan, Leonardo Boff. The Amazon, Boff explains, has “an exemplary universal value”, since it represents the antithesis of the modern, development model “fraught with capital and anti-ecological sins; it is “the ideal place to experiment a possible alternative, in harmony with the rhythms of that luxuriant nature, by respecting and enhancing the ecological wisdom of the natives who have lived there for centuries.” (The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. For a cosmic ecology, Cittadella, Roma 1996, p. 183). For Boff, “we need to move from the modern paradigm to the post-modern, global “holistic” paradigm that offers ‘a new dialogue with the universe’ and a new form of dialogue with the totality of beings and their relationships” (The cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, pp. 26-27).

The Amazon then, is not only a physical territory, but a cosmological model in which nature is seen as a living whole that has a soul i.e. a principal of internal and spontaneous activity. By means of this nature impregnated with divinity, the indigenous people of Latin America are maintaining a relationship that the West has lost. The wisdom of the natives should be recuperated, asking forgiveness for the discrimination committed against them, without expecting them to ask forgiveness for the cannibalism and human sacrifices their ancestors practiced. The bridges that must substitute walls are unidirectional.

And this is the cultural background of the Synod opening in the Vatican next October 6. Inclusion is a philosophical concept prior to being a social one: it means the affirmation of a hybrid, indistinct, “mixed race” reality, in which everything is fused and confused, like the theory of gender - the theory of inclusion par excellence. LGBT people, like migrants and the natives of South America, should be accepted and respected not because they are people, but because of the cultural and orientations they convey.

This cosmology recalls the Deus sive natura, of Spinoza which preaches the identity of God with the infinite substance from which all beings derive. God should be included in nature and nature should be included in God, ‘who’ is not the transcendent cause, but immanent in the world with which ‘he’ coincides. There is no qualitative difference between God and nature, as there is no qualitative difference among diverse societies, religions or cultures, and not even between good and evil, which, in Spinoza’s view, are “correlative” (Ethica, IV, prop. 68).

The doctrine of inclusion is not the view of Leo XIII’s Aeterni Patris or St. Pius X’s Pascendi. On the contrary, it goes against these documents. Few, however, dare say this openly. How long will this ambiguous silence go on - so convenient for many – but particularly for whoever is using it to achieve purposes other than those supernatural of the Church?


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Who covered up?  The McCarrick case more serious than ever

S MagisterSANDRO MAGISTER blogs from Rome for Settimo Cielo ~ In recent days there has come back with a vengeance the case of Theodore E. McCarrick, the American cardinal first stripped of the scarlet and finally expelled from the clerical state last February, after having been found guilty by the congregation for the doctrine of the faith of 'solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.'

Reigniting attention over his case were two concomitant facts: a few statements by Pope Francis during an interview with Valentina Alazraki of the Mexican TV network 'Televisa' previewed by 'Vatican News' on May 28 and, on the same day, the publication of a 'Report' on the relations between McCarrick and senior Church authorities written by a former secretary and confidant of his, the priest Anthony J. Figuereido.

Both of these elements, far from moving the case toward a solution, are making it more serious than ever, elevating it as the highest emblem not so much of the scourge of sexual abuse committed by sacred ministers - abuse that for McCarrick has been verified and condemned - but of the cover-up granted to some of the abusers by Church authorities, up to the highest levels. Cover-ups that in McCarrick's case appear very extensive and far from being clarified.

Figuereido bolstered the ten pages of his report with citations from letters, e-mails, and documents never seen until now and upheld as authentic by experts consulted for the occasion.

Once again there is above all the news that the restrictions imposed on McCarrick during the pontificate of Benedict XVI were transmitted to him not only verbally, but were put down in writing in a 2008 letter from Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, at the time the prefect of the congregation for bishops, a letter that McCarrick himself wrote he had immediately 'shared' with the archbishop of Washington at the time, Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Wuerl has always denied that he knew anything at all about the abuse committed by McCarrick or the restrictions imposed on him, in practice the obligation to retire to private life. And besides, McCarrick always avoided obeying such restrictions, both during the pontificate of Benedict XVI and afterward, when on the contrary he intensified his trips all over the world, including to China, in accord with the Vatican secretariat of state and Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Another bit of news from the report is the defense of himself that McCarrick made with respect to the accusations of sexual abuse, in a 2008 letter to then-secretary of state Tarcisio Bertone. He admitted that he had imprudently 'shared a bed' with priests and seminarians 'when the Diocesan Summer House was overcrowded,' but without ever having or attempting sexual relations with them, because he considered them 'as part of my family,' just as he had often done with his 'cousins and uncles and other relatives,' going to bed with them too but always innocently.

As is well known, this defense of himself by McCarrick - who still to this day is not known to have expressed any remorse in public - was invalidated eleven years after the guilty verdict of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith.

But what remains to be clarified is precisely the responsibility of many senior Church authorities who knew about his offenses and did not do what they were supposed to.

The position, for example, of Cardinal Wuerl is today more difficult than before, seeing the revelations of Figuereido's report.

But above all there has been no clarification of the behaviour of Pope Francis. Who in the interview with 'Televisa' sought to justify his conduct, while however leaving open many, too many questions.

The one who accused Pope Francis of having covered up for McCarrick was the former nuncio in the United States Carlo Maria Viganò, in his 'Testimony' made public on the night between last August 25 and 26.

That night Francis was in Dublin, to close the world meeting of families. With the result that a few hours later, at the press conference on the flight back to Rome, he was asked about it by NBC journalist Anna Matranga.

Viganò had reported that on June 23 2013, in a brief face to face meeting, Pope Francis had asked for his judgment on Cardinal McCarrick, and he had replied that 'at the congregation for bishops there is a file this big on him. He has corrupted generations of seminarians and priests, and Pope Benedict required that he retire to a life of prayer and penance.' Adding: 'The pope did not make the slightest comment on those very serious words of mine, and did not show on his face any expression of surprise, as if he had already known about the matter for some time, and he immediately changed the subject.'

When Anna Matranga asked him 'if this were true,' Francis replied: 'I will not say one word on this.' The pope instead invited the journalists to 'study' for themselves the credibility of Viganò's accusation. And he added: 'When a bit of time has gone by and you have drawn your conclusions, perhaps I will speak.' Finally, asked once again to respond, he promised, without the 'perhaps' this time: 'You study, and then I will speak.'

A few weeks later, in a statement on October 6, Francis made it known that he had ordered 'a careful further study of the entire documentation present in the archives of the dicasteries and offices of the Holy See' concerning McCarrick. And he pledged that 'the Holy See will not fail, in due time, to make known the conclusions of the case.'

But more than nine months have gone by since the case erupted, and nothing of that has yet been published.

On May 29, Cardinal Parolin said that the investigation is still underway and 'once this work is concluded, there will be a statement,' without however giving a sense that this will take place soon.

But there was no clarification at all in the words Francis had to say about this in the interview with Valentina Alazraki a few days ago, the first he has said in public after the promise made on the plane on August 26.

To the questions of Valentina Alazraki, the pope replied first of all by justifying his silence and his initial decision to invite journalists to 'study' for themselves the indictment by Viganò.

This because - he said - 'I had not read the whole letter, I took a quick look at it and I already knew what it is.'

Actually, on the plane on August 26, Francis had said that he had read the whole thing. But now he has intimated that his negative prejudice on Viganò's indictment concerned the person of the ex-nuncio, in his view a lowlife, seeing that 'three or four months later a judge in Milan found him guilty,' seeing that 'some have even written that he had been paid,' and above all seeing his 'doggedness,' in the face of which the only response to make was silence, as Jesus did 'on Good Friday.'

Properly speaking, that of Milan was not a 'guilty verdict' on Viganò, but the settlement in civil court of a dispute among brothers concerning the distribution of a substantial inheritance. An age-old family dispute that the pope said he had known about for some time but had always kept quiet about in public so as not to 'sling mud' at the ex-nuncio. And as for the suspicion of a secret pay-off, Francis immediately added: 'I don't know, not as far as I know.' The fact is, however, that he has now said both things in public, and badly, completely contradicting himself.

To the crucial question of whether he knew about McCarrick's misdeeds or not, Francis replied as follows in the interview with 'Televisa':

'About McCarrick I didn't know anything, of course, nothing, nothing. I have said a number of times that I didn't know anything, I had no idea. And when [Viganò] says that he spoke to me that day, that he came… I don't recall if he spoke to me about this, if it is true or not. I have no idea! You know that I knew nothing about McCarrick, otherwise I would not have remained silent, right?'

In a man with an uncommon memory like Jorge Mario Bergoglio, this lapse appears anomalous. And Viganò replied immediately, from the secret place where he is in hiding, accusing the pope of lying.

Whom to believe, at this point? Viganò or Francis? The answer can be given only by the documents kept at the Vatican, the nunciature, and the dioceses in which McCarrick served: New York, Metuchen, Newark, Washington.

Because, if it were true that Francis never knew a thing about McCarrick's bad behavior, it remains to be explained how this could have happened, when at the Vatican and in the United States there were so many senior churchmen who were aware of it, for many years.

If by-the-book canonical proceedings had gone forward against McCarrick last year, this whole cover-up would have inexorably come to light.

Instead the shortcut of an administrative decree was chosen, concentrated only on the person of the reprobate.

All that remains is to wait for the publication of the results of the documentary investigation announced last October 6 and confirmed in recent days by Cardinal Parolin.

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Does Pope Francis see Latin, Gregorian chant, Church’s ancient customs as ‘return to the ashes’?

J ShawDR. JOSEPH SHAW writes for LifeSiteNews ~ On the plane back from Romania, Pope Francis responded to a question about Pope Benedict, who, he said, he thought of as a wise old grandfather. He then spoke about the nature of tradition:

'Speaking of tradition, [the composer Mahler] said that tradition is the guarantee of the future and not the keeper of ashes. It is not a museum. Tradition does not preserve ashes; the nostalgia of fundamentalists [is] to return to the ashes. No, tradition is the roots that guarantee the tree grows, flowers and gives fruit'.

Pope Francis is here freely combining two images: Mahler’s, and one of his own, of tradition as a root or source for what we do. In Evangelii Gaudium he expressed it slightly differently, in relation to evangelization:

'Nor should we see the newness of this mission as entailing a kind of displacement or forgetfulness of the living history which surrounds us and carries us forward'.

Tradition, memory, history, is as it were the energy which gives energy to even the perpetually new enterprise of evangelization.

Mahler’s dictum says something similar. The original German is “Tradition ist nicht die Anbetung der Asche, sondern die Weitergabe des Feuers”: that is, tradition is not the worship of ash, but the passing on of flames.

Mahler’s saying has so often been used to criticize traditionalists, that it is easy to miss the fact that in itself it is a defense of tradition, not an attack on it. It does, however, distinguish genuine traditionalism from something which would be absurd: the worship of ash, however that is to be understood. Pope Francis attributes this activity, by implication, to a group of people he calls ‘fundamentalists’.

It is never quite clear who is the intended target of Pope Francis’ generalizations, and since this is presumably an intentional feature of them I do not propose to try. The distinction between tradition as a vital force carrying us forward, and which we want to pass on, and a sterile worship of ashes, is nevertheless an interesting one.

If the past inspires us to creative efforts, whether in art or in the life of the church, this is tradition functioning as it should. A reverence for the past which does not do this, however, is sterile. Put like that, it is difficult to argue with the distinction.

It leads us to ask: Is what we are doing an example of the former or the latter? How can one tell? We need an objective basis upon which to make a judgment.

The Second Vatican Council may give us some guidance here, since in seeking to equip the Church to evangelize the modern world more effectively, the documents of the Council demand that certain aspects of the tradition not be sacrificed. For example, from the Decree on the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium: “Thus, in the course of the centuries, [the Church] has brought into being a treasury of art which must be very carefully preserved.” Again: “The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care.” Again: “the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.” Again: “The liturgical year is to be revised so that the traditional customs and discipline of the sacred seasons shall be preserved”.

The idea here is precisely that these things are roots providing the life and energy of the Church in the renewed program of evangelization. Discarding these things—Latin, sacred music, devotional art, and the ancient customs and disciplines of the liturgical year (fasting in Lent is the obvious example)—will lead to the sterility of a plant whose roots have been cut off. There will be no flowers, no fruit.

Pope Paul VI, who promulgated this document in 1962, wrote even more explicitly about Latin chant four years later (Sacrificium Laudis): “We therefore ask all those to whom it pertains, to ponder what they wish to give up, and not to let that spring run dry from which, until the present, they have themselves drunk deep.”

Those who concern themselves with the Church’s liturgical traditions are concerning themselves with the very things which Vatican II and Pope Paul VI saw as the living roots of spiritual vitality. We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who preserved Gregorian Chant through the dark days following the Council, when it was banished from so many churches around the world, as we do to those who fought to preserve the Church’s patrimony of art, which in too many places was being willfully destroyed. Those who wish to bring Latin back, or who talk about restoring Lent as a truly penitential season, are trying to re-grow roots which, in time, will revitalize the Church.

To adapt Pope Francis’s expressions, if we wish to be carried forward by living history, we have to be surrounded by it; if we wish to see the tree bear fruit, it must have healthy roots.


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The Imminent Collapse of Cultural Marxism

G SlyszGREGORY SLYSZ writes for The Quarterly Review ~ The dreadful damage inflicted on Western societies by Cultural Marxism, popularly known as Political Correctness (PC), has attracted much conservative commentary, most of which focuses on the imminent death of all things Western. The eleventh hour has been reached and the last chance of salvation from a Maoist nightmare is an Arthurian counter offensive whose chances of success are slim to nothing. ‘If Trump fails in his attempt to defeat political correctness’, writes Edward J. Erler, ‘no one—certainly no Republican—is likely to try it again. It is easy to predict the First Amendment’s fate if Trump fails.’

Yet terrible as the situation has become, the time for panic is premature. Re-capturing the state from PC zealots must remain foremost for conservatives, but to view it as a make or break situation not only invests the architects of Cultural Marxism with unparalleled sagacity but also overlooks the inherent, self-destructive contradictions of their ideology. Its progressive façade is no longer adequate to disguise its moral bankruptcy – its authoritarianism, its spiritual vacuity, its cultural nihilism and its irrationality. The more extreme it gets, the more it is rejected. Nevertheless, it remains entrenched within state institutions and notwithstanding the great successes that have been achieved against it recently, as Trump and Brexit have demonstrated, the counter-revolutionary strategy, so to speak, has been a slow, wearisome processes of attrition that has inflicted considerable battle scars on its protagonists. Recognition of the inherent weaknesses of Cultural Marxism will serve to reinvigorate the conservative Right and channel effort more effectively. Justin Trudeau’s increasingly bizarre antics or the Archbishop of Canterbury’s latest leftist pronouncement or CNN’s explicit promotion of adultery should not be regarded as evidence of ideological ascendancy but rather of hubris: “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad”.

Paradoxically, the Western liberal state has assisted its ideological antithesis. The point at which liberalism turned the private person into a ‘citizen’ was the point at which society became politicised. A political merry-go-round emerged, pitting citizens’ lobby groups against the state, the former insisting on freedoms, the latter legitimising itself by providing them. It was fertile soil for groups hell bent on ‘promoting/defending’ special interests in the name of democracy and equality. Areas which hitherto had been the private domain of the individual became policed by the state, under the watchful eye of lobby groups to ensure that legislation to protect new rights was being enforced.

Once established, the system provided for an endless quest for egalitarian democracy that demanded new lobby groups to campaign for the eradication of newly discovered inequalities. Coercion towards a Rousseaunian ‘general will’, rather than the furtherance of individual liberty, became the dominant pillar of the liberal-democratic state, while private individuals became subject to agenda that overwhelmingly did not concern them.

It was certainly a system that suited Cultural Marxism. Exiled from Frankfurt, Germany, by the Nazis, where it had operated under the aegis of the Institute for Social Research, it thence arrived in the US, at Columbia University. It subsequently become dominant in other American academic and public institutions and further afield in the Western world. Existing Western culture was to be subverted and replaced with a revolutionary alternative that would sweep away capitalism and usher in a Communist Utopia.

The origins of this strategy lay in the failure of the anticipated proletarian revolution to materialise during the First World War, when workers overwhelmingly rallied in defence of their nations. This absence of class consciousness convinced many Marxists that classical Marxism was insufficient to provoke class war. The Communist coup in Russia in 1917 offered brief hope of an international revolution. But after its containment by the Poles, in 1920, and the collapse of the short-lived communist republic in Hungary in 1919, Marxists formulated an alternative strategy for achieving world revolution. For the Hungarian communist Georg Lukacs and his Italian colleague Antonio Gramsci, the revolution had stalled because workers were incapable of recognising their true class consciousness, held captive by the socio-cultural-religious norms that underpinned the capitalist state. Consequently, a successful revolution was dependent on the destruction of these forces.

To do this, however, the ‘bourgeois’ worker needed to be replaced by groups ‘oppressed’ by the capitalist cultural norms. Every aspect of Western civilisation should be made ‘to stink’, to coin the phrase of German Communist Willi Munzenberg. This, in turn, would pave the way for the acceptance of Marxist doctrine. National heritage, Christianity, patriotism, marriage, sexual self-discipline, marital fidelity, the family unit, gender constancy; all were attacked for their alleged ‘oppression’ of some group or another; marriage for its ‘oppression’ of women, Christianity for its ‘oppression’ of sexual minorities, patriotism for its ethnic exclusivity and so on. A coalition of victims would form the new revolutionary vanguard. It would be guided by a cadre of intellectuals who would provide scholarly justification for the cultural vandalism that would ensue, in the form of a Critical Theory. The task here was to create a uniform system of thought and behaviour to be imposed by academic and media institutions, ‘captured’ from within, in an elaborate entryist action plan devised during the 1930’s by Gramsci.

The sexual element of Critical Theory acquired particular prominence. The attempt by Georg Lukacs, the deputy Commissar for culture in the aforementioned Communist Republic of Hungary, to implement an explicit sexual agenda in schools, did not deter the next generation of social engineers. The goal, in Herbert Marcuse’s words, was ‘polymorphous perversity’, a Marxian-Freudian psychoanalytical hybrid, which aimed to sweep away all religio-conservative boundaries on sexual gratification as well as established designations of gender identity, which, for the likes of Erich Fromm, were mere social constructs.

A crucial turning point in the advancement of Cultural Marxism were the student rebellions during the 1960s. Although they failed, the rebels remained loyal to the cause, and they gradually ‘captured’ the political, media and cultural bodies. No western institution, public or private, remained untouched. Bureaucracies, political parties, educational establishments, the military, law enforcement bodies, youth organisations, Churches – the list is indeed long. The upshot was declining academic standards, affirmative action, the discouragement of critical thought, the suppression of free speech, the feminisation of men and de-feminisation of women, epidemic levels of family breakdowns and single parenthood, mass abortion, sexual depravity and widespread substance abuse.

Opposition to Cultural Marxism is deemed heresy so that acceptance in the public area is conditional on full adherence to its ideological prescriptions. To silence debate, critics are subjected to Maoist-style ‘anti-rightist’ campaigns, orchestrated by the ‘captured’ media and its acolytes. Once accused of causing ‘offence’, the indicted risk social ostracism, blacklisting, dismissal from employment and even imprisonment. The hi-jacking of Western liberal-democratic states by Marxists has left an indelible mark on Western culture. Witness the grotesque spectacle of Britain’s shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbot, praising Communist icon Mao Zedong.

However, an ostensibly bleak situation for Western civilisation is changing. The Trump-Brexit triumphs have demonstrated that establishment politics is despised. The near unanimous dismissal by the Mainstream Media of the possibility of a Trump victory was indicative of how detached from reality it is. It was once easy for establishment politicians and their media allies, for instance, to dismiss anti-immigration sentiment as bigoted and misguided, but now they tread carefully on this issue and contend with mass movements that challenge their hegemony. Alternative media have played a significant role in mobilising a hitherto disenfranchised populace. But this mobilisation has become increasingly easier in light of the rapidly disintegrating PC cultural landscape. So extreme has the PC agenda become that outside of Mainstream Media, urban cosmopolitan elites and celebrity bubbles, it has little appeal.

Cultural Marxism has been hoist on its own petard. By opting for diatribe, it has failed to equip its promoters to compete in the global media. Hurling abuse at opponents worked when the PC establishment controlled the media but not today. All that it has left to fight with are ‘safe spaces’, snowflake tantrums, asinine political posturing and violent assaults.

Given the damage that Cultural Marxism has inflicted, conservative anxiety is understandable. But wallowing in hopelessness is unwarranted. The Cultural Revolution and the ‘culture of pessimism … a world abandoned by God’, that Georg Lukacs deemed necessary to topple capitalism, is surely coming to an end.

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ABINGDON, in Oxfordshire, is associated with a number of saints including St Edmund of Abingdon, St Elstan, St Ethelwold, and St Vincent of Sargossa. Abingdon is an old town, set on the River Thames, and until demoted in 1870 was the county town of Berkshire. It suffered further indignity in 1974 when it was removed from Berkshire and acquired by Oxfordshire.

This attractive town grew up round the gates of an abbey founded for 12 Benedictine monks in 647 by Cyssa, Viceroy of Kinwine, King of the West Saxons, or by his nephew Heane, in honour of Our Lady. It grew in importance and wealth until its destruction by the Danes in the reign of King Alfred, and the sequestration of its estates by Alfred. After the Norman Conquest of 1066 vast quantities of Anglo-Saxon art treasures were shipped across the Channel to the Norman's homeland: numerous Gospel books, reliquaries, chalices, vestments and other treasures were taken. ( 'amputating the limbs of God's sons in one country in order to offer them to the same God in another', as a Waltham Abbey chronicler bitterly complained).