This edition of CF NEWS No.2293 posted at 4.31 pm on Sunday, August 11th 2019



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The plot to destroy the Church from within

JOHN-HENRY WESTEN talks with Dr. Taylor Marshall about his new book Infiltration: The Plot to Destroy the Church from Within. Their discussion covers everything from his conversion to Catholicism, Freemasonry, and the Saint Gallen mafia.



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Pope Francis ~ Amazon synod is "son of Laudatio si"

INTERVIEWED by Domenico Agasso jr on behalf of the newspaper La Stampa, His Holiness Pope Francis specified that the Synod on the Amazon to be held in October at the Vatican "is" son "of the" Laudato si '", which is" an encyclical social, which is based on a "green" reality, the custody of Creation ".

According to the Pope's intentions, hoping that they will not be betrayed by certain participants, the Synod will be born "from the Church and will have an evangelizing mission and dimension. It will be a work of communion guided by the Holy Spirit ".

To the question whether the Synod will also discuss the possibility of ordering the "viri probati", elderly and married men who can remedy the lack of clergy, Pope Francis replied that it will absolutely not be one of the main themes, but "it is simply a number of the Instrumentum Laboris. The important will be the ministries of evangelization and the different ways of evangelizing",

Pope Francis also explained that the Amazon "involves nine states, so it does not concern a single nation".

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Support for Saint John-Paul's Institute for Marriage the Family in Rome

ROME, July 24, 2019. To the kind attention of Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri,n President, Pontifical Theological John Paul II Institute

cc: His Excellency Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, Grand Chancellor, Pontifical Theological John Paul II Institute, Rev. Msgr. Sequeri

In the last few hours, many students have expressed to us their immense concern about the sudden publication of the new statutes and the new ordinance of studies of our Institute, along with the sad news of the dismissal of two professors whose academic chairs play a central role in the formation offered by the Institute. In view of the growing concern, and in order to fulfil our duty as representatives, we turn to you, as President of the Institute, and therefore also as guarantor of the continuity of our Institute's studies and of the rights of its students.

Saddened and disconcerted by the way in which we have been notified about the crucial changes that affect us directly as students, we would like to begin by expressing our greatest concern: the loss of the formational approach and, therefore, of the identity of the Pontifical Theological John Paul II Institute. This formational approach, in any case, was the main reason why most students (and their superiors) chose this Institute for their education.

The Identity of the John Paul II Institute.

Given that already in the very first article of his motu proprio Summa familiae cura, Pope Francis himself expresses his desire to preserve John Pau II's original inspiration, that is, his unique proposal of teaching in the Church, it is astonishing that in the new ordinance of studies there is no mention of the theology of the body; there is no course dedicated to this topic norto any of the teachings of John Paul II. Rather everything seems to be reduced to the introductory course 'La Communio personarum...'. Thus, the following questions arise:

1. How will this identity, which is the center of John Paul II's teachings, be specifically safeguarded?

2. How to avoid that the 'dialogue with other disciplines' - which among other things is already found in the old curriculum - becomes a mere clash of diverse viewpoints onthe same subject without internal unity, as is typical of the interdisciplinary studies of most secular universities?

'It will therefore be essential that the original inspiration that gave life to the former Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family continue to bear fruit in the broader field of activity of the new Theological Institute, effectively contributing to making it correspond fully to the current demands of the pastoral mission of the Church.' Pope Francis, Motu proprio Summa familiae cura, 08.09.2017

3. Why should one continue studying at the John Paul II Institute if it does not seem to propose anything new with respect to what can be found in the curricula of secular universities and what is oftentimes offered there in more attractive and efficient ways?

On the other hand, John Paul II, in his motu proprio Magnum Matrimonii Sacramentum, paragraph 8, expressed his intention that the Institute be 'entrusted to the special patronage of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima.' We are well aware of the intimate relationship that our Institute has always had with this Marian invocation ever since the attack of May 13, 1981.

This is why we believe that it is crucial that this Institute, re-founded by Pope Francis in order to improve and strengthen it, be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima.

The Chair of Fundamental Moral Theology

At the center of our concern about the identity of the Institute is the suppression of the chair of fundamental moral theology. We know the importance that St. John Paul II attributed to the study of human action, as can be seen from the fact that he had entrusted this chair to the first president, cardinal Carlo Caffarra. Moreover, the activity of this chair, in particular in the Research Area established by Cardinal Scola, has been praised directly by Benedict XVI. For this reason, the motivation officially given to justify the suppression of this chair is incomprehensible: it was argued that the chair of fundamental moral theology belongs to the first cycle of theological studies. If this is the reason, then why is there still a chair of theological anthropology, and why is there even a new one of fundamental theology? Msgr. Melina's courses did not in fact only deal with the general principles of fundamental morality, but they were intimately linked to conjugal and family morality, as we have been able to experience in the teachings we have received from him. Moreover, why does this impediment suddenly appear to be so insurmountable if this chair has been operative for thirty-eight years?

In this sense, as students, we want to emphasize the importance that this chair has had for us: without doubt it is one of the greatest novelties and riches that, until today, the Institute has offered to the Church and society. In a world where everything seems to be divided between a relativistic or legalistic vision of ethics, the vision taught by the Institute allows us to understand morality as a path of fullness and meaning for the human being, where people are responsible for their actions while, at same time, always counting on the help of grace and of the virtues that help them live a good life. This conception of morality, in which holiness is at the center, allows us to respond with hope to many difficult cases within marriages and families.

The Dismissals of Our Professors

As for the unexpected dismissal of two of our professors at the Institute, Msgr. Livio Melina and Father José Noriega, we are concerned and alarmed by several issues:

1. by the sudden and for us incomprehensible way in which two professors were dismissed for no real reason, two professors who have great prestige not only within the Institute but who represent an international point of reference, as is demonstrated by their long academic careers. In the case of Prof. Melina in particular, his dismissal means not recognizing any of his merits after thirty-two years of teaching, twenty-eight years of which as a tenured professor, and many years as President of our Institute,which under his leadership has seen its expansion throughout the world.

2. by the fact that these dismissals weaken one of the Institute's formative pillars, as are fundamental moral theology and special moral theology.

3. by the fact that two months before the start of the new academic year 2019/20, with he curriculum already made known by the Institute itself last June and with many students already having registered for it, we are now notified of the immediate dismissals of Msgr. Melina and Prof. Noriega. Each of them offered each year a mandatory course, an optional course and two study seminars, and they are each directing many theses still in progress. In addition, Prof. Noriega directs with great success and recognition the Institute's academic journal Anthropotes along with the Institute's editorial projects.

4. by the fact of not having considered the high esteem that both professors enjoy among the students, as is evidenced by the professor evaluation forms and by the number of students who each year choose them as moderators of their thesis.

About the New Ordinance of Studies

Given the above, and after having examined the document published yesterday, July 23, on theInstitute's website, we ask for a clear answer on the following matters:

1. What will happen to the other academic offerings of our Institute such as: the Special Cycle of the Master in Sciences of Marriage and the Family, the second level Master in Bioethics and Formation, the Master in Fertility and Conjugal Sexuality, and the Master and Diploma in the Pastoral Care of the Family?

2. Will those who have chosen Prof. Melina or Prof. Noriega as moderators be guaranteed the opportunity to complete their thesis with the same moderators?

3. What will be guaranteed to those who have already enrolled in the courses or seminars held by Prof. Melina or Prof. Noriega?

4. Although the academic chairs of Prof. Melina and Prof. Noriega have been eliminated, there is the course 'Moral Theology of Love and Family.' Why can't thetwo professors teach theology in this course?

5. The published Ordinance of Studies limits itself to naming the courses, with titles that do not say much about their content. We ask that the content, the bibliography and the names of the professors who teach each course will be published, so that students can discern in an informed manner whether or not they want to follow the new curriculum.

6. Optional courses are mentioned, but their titles do not so much as appear.

7. The uncertainty generated by these changes is so great that some students, who have already paid their tuition fees, want to know about the modalities for having their fees refunded in case the situation is not clarified or the response given does not satisfy thestudents' requests.

Our Rights as Students

Article 89, §1, of the new Statutes guarantees that 'students enrolled while the previous Ordinance of studies was in force may choose to continue the educational path foreseen by it.'

Paragraph §2 says 'The old curricula will lose their validity three years after the approval of the new Ordinance of studies.' However, two professors who hold fundamental chairs within the old Ordinance have been dismissed. How do you, as President, intend to ensure the respect of the Statutes that have entered into force and the students' rights?

In this sense, we ask you:

• to guarantee the continuity of Professor Melina's and Professor Noriega's teachings for three years, which is the period of transition provided by the statutes, and to guarantee this continuity either with regard to their courses that had already been approved for the academic year 2019/20 as with regard to their work as moderators. Otherwise, Article 89 governing the transition would be violated.

• to guarantee, for at least the same period, the continuity of the teaching of all our professors who have been present up to now, both tenured faculty and full-time or parttime non-tenured faculty.

• to reconfirm Professor José Granados as Vice-President for at least the next three years of transition, so that also in this way the students can be guaranteed the continuity with the 'far-sighted intuition'2 of the Institute's founder, St. John Paul II, which has been reconfirmed by Pope Francis.

Even if it is not directly connected to our academic curriculum, we also ask you to guarantee the continued employment of all the non-teaching, administrative staff of our Institute: they too, for years have been allowing us every day to study seriously and serenely in a family spiritand in an atmosphere of welcome and unity.

Finally, we would like to emphasize once again that the student body has decided to turn to you, Msgr. Sequeri, both for the trust that so far has been placed in you as a man of proven academic reputation, and for your role as President, and therefore as the guarantor of the continuity of the John Paul II Institute's legacy and as the guarantor of the students' rights.

We would be grateful if you could give us an exhaustive and truly timely response to what has been requested in this letter, so that we students can decide and organize our academic and personal future accordingly, in concordance also, where necessary, with our superiors.

We thank you for your attention. May God bless you and may Saint John Paul II direct your steps.

Marc Adrien Nicole Haddad

Representative of the Licentiate and Doctoral Programs Representative of the Master Program


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Cardinal Pell is "disturbed" by preparations for the Amazon synod. "This is not the first low-quality document that the Synod secretariat has prepared"

 dl.PellED CONDON reports for CNA/NCR - Cardinal George Pell has written a letter thanking supporters for their prayers, and saying he is 'disturbed' by the preparations for the forthcoming synod on the Amazon.

The text of the two-page, handwritten letter - images of which were shared with CNA and confirmed by sources close to Pell - has been circulated amongst a group of Pell's closest supporters in Australia.

In the letter, dated from Melbourne Assessment Prison on August 1, the cardinal also says that he has been sustained in his incarceration by his faith and by the prayers of the faithful, and that he is offering his suffering in prison for the good of the Church.

'The knowledge that my small suffering can be used for good purposes through being joined to Jesus' suffering gives me purpose and direction,' Pell writes in the letter. 'Challenges and problems in Church life should be confronted in a similar spirit of faith.'

Pell goes on to say that 'we have reason to be disturbed by the Instrumentum Laboris of the Amazonian Synod,' which was published in June ahead of the October meeting.

That document, which has been the source of considerable discussion and commentary, included discussion on the subject of ordaining so-called viri probati, or 'proven men' who are married, to answer a shortage of priestly vocations.

The working document, which calls for 'a Church with an indigenous face,' further recommends that the synod identify 'an official ministry that can be conferred upon women, taking into account the central role they play in the Amazonian church.'

'This is not the first low-quality document the Synod secretariat has produced,' Pell writes.

The cardinal, apparently in reference to the considerable debate and criticism sparked by the synod's proposed agenda - which has also included some calls for changes the matter used to celebrate the Mass - also notes that 'Cardinal G. Müller, formerly of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has written an excellent critique.'

'I am no expert on the region,' Pell says, though noting he has travelled to parts of the region, but cautions that 'as in the Amazon, a lot of water has yet to run before the Synod.'

'One point is fundamental, the Apostolic Tradition, the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles, taken from the New Testament and taught by Popes and Councils, by the Magisterium, is the only criterion doctrinally for all teaching on doctrine and practice.'

'Amazon or no Amazon, in every land, the Church cannot allow any confusion, much less any contrary teaching, to damage the Apostolic Tradition,' he said.

The cardinal emphasized the need for unity in the essentials of Christ's teaching, while also calling for charity in all things.

'We must always remember that the Church is one, not just in the sense that good families stick together, whatever their differences, but because the Church of Christ is based in the Catholic Church, which is the body of Christ.'

Following his conviction in the County Court of Victoria on five counts of child sexual abuse in December last year, Pell was sentenced in March to six years in prison, of which he must serve at least three years and eight months.

Legal experts and commentators have discussed the weight of evidence produced against Pell during the trial, noting that the conviction rests solely on the testimony of one of Pell's alleged victims.

Attention has also been drawn to the plausibility of Pell's apparent crimes, in which he is supposed to have sexually abused two teenage boys simultaneously in the Melbourne cathedral sacristy after Mass, at a time when the space would have been both crowded with people and exposed to view.

The verdict was immediately appealed by Pell's legal team and the cardinal has remained in prison since that time.

On June 5-6, judges at the Supreme Court of Victoria heard Pell's appeal against the jury's decision. After extensive arguments from both sides, prosecutors appeared to falter under questioning by the judges.

Led by court president Justice Chris Maxwell, the lead counsel for the prosecution struggled to account for what the judge called the 'wildly improbable' circumstances of Pell's alleged crimes.

The judges have been considering their decision since the June hearing. Sources close to the case told CNA that a decision is expected within the next two weeks.

In the letter, Pell says that he has received between 1500-2000 messages of support during his time in prison, and that he intends to answer all of them.

The prayers and letters of the faithful, he said, 'bring immense consolation, humanly and spiritually.'

'My faith in the Lord, like yours, is a source of strength.'


Update : Cardinal's letter being investigated by Justice Department

ASHLEIGH McMILLAN reports for The Age ~ Prison authorities are investigating whether Cardinal George Pell broke prison rules after a letter he apparently wrote to supporters, comparing his suffering to that of Jesus, was posted on social media.

A Department of Justice and Community Safety spokeswoman on Saturday said prisoners are denied any access to the internet or social media, and it is a prison offence to "commission other individuals to post something on social media on behalf of a prisoner".

"The Department of Justice and Community Safety will thoroughly investigate this social media activity," the spokeswoman said.

"Prisoners are denied any access to the internet or social media. It is a prison offence to commission other individuals to post something on social media on behalf of a prisoner."

Paul Galbally, Pell's solicitor, declined to comment when contacted by The Age.

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Archbishop Viganò: 'The figure of Christ is absent' from Amazon synod working document

Abp.ViganoMARTIN M. BARILLAS reports for LifeSiteNews ~ Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò said that the upcoming Amazon synod is the triumph of a decades-long effort by Jesuits and their supporters to re-make the Catholic Church.

'Where is the Christian message here?' Archbishop Viganò asked of the synod's working document, which former Vatican doctrine chief Cardinal Gerhard Muller and dubia signer Cardinal Walter Brandmüller have criticized for spreading 'false teaching' and as 'heretical,' respectively. Archbishop Viganò discussed the working document in an interview with Dr. Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican.

'In fact, the figure of Christ is absent,' he noted. 'The Synod working document testifies to the emergence of a post-Christian Catholic theology, now, in this moment. And this is very troubling. It is against everything I have worked for and believed for all my life.'

Viganò also charged that the working document shows influences of liberation theology, a theology developed in Latin America in the 1960s that sought to reconcile Catholic teachings with elements of revolutionary Marxism. Viganò suggested that Pope Francis, a Jesuit, is sympathetic to liberation theology. Jesuit priests have long been active in social causes in impoverished places in Latin America such as the Amazonian region. In his book The Jesuits: The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church, Fr. Malachi Martin chronicled the example set by Jesuit priests in armed struggles and revolutionary governments, such as Sandinista Nicaragua.

Viganò is now carefully studying the history of the Jesuit order, he said. He called the current situation the 'triumph of a 60-year-old plan, the successful execution of a well-thought out plan to bring a new sort of thinking into the heart of the Church, a thinking rooted in elements of Liberation Theology containing strands of Marxism, little interested in traditional Catholic liturgy or morality or theology, but rather focused on 'praxis' in the field of social justice. And now this plan has achieved one of its supreme goals, with a Jesuit on the See of Peter…'

Viganò, who formerly represented the Vatican to the United States as papal nuncio, gained attention in 2018 for a letter he wrote about the Vatican cover-up of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's sexual predation. He revealed Pope Francis had reversed sanctions Pope Benedict XVI had privately placed on the now-disgraced prelate.

In July, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan told LifeSiteNews that proponents of the Amazon synod care little for the spiritual needs of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. They are instead, he asserted, seeking to implement 'their own ideological agenda, which is a married clergy in Europe, and then to have it in the whole Latin Church.'

In June, LifeSiteNews interviewed author Julio Loredo, who wrote Liberation Theology, a life jacket for the poor made of lead (Teologia della liberazione. Un salvagente di piombo per i poveri) (Cantagalli, 2014). Loredo said the 'untold' backstory of the Amazon synod is that it is intended to 'change the whole Church' along the lines of 'so-called indigenist and ecological theology' and from an ''Amazonian' point of view, which is nothing else than the culmination of liberation theology.' While much of the media is focused on issues such as the ordination of women, Loredo said, 'This Synod is being prepared and staffed by a well-organized network of 'indigenist' associations and movements.' He asserted that key persons involved in the synod are connected to liberation theology.

The Amazon Synod will take place in Rome from October 6 to 27.

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Cardinal Burke slams pro-abort "Catholic" politicians

urkeDAVID NUSSMAN reports for CMTV~ Cardinal Raymond Burke is calling out pro-abortion 'Catholic' politicians. In an interview with Fox News aired Thursday, Cardinal Burke spoke out against nominally Catholic leaders who support legalized abortion and homosexual 'marriage.'

The cardinal told his interviewer that pro-abortion Catholic politicians like Joe Biden should not receive Holy Communion at Mass.

'They may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion, because they're not in communion with Christ,' he explained.

The cardinal said of barring leaders from Communion, 'It's not a punishment. It's actually a favor to these people to tell them, 'Don't approach.' Because if they approach, they commit sacrilege.'

At one point he told his interviewer, 'I've had non-Catholic leaders of government in this nation tell me that they were certain that the Catholic teaching on abortion, and the so-called same-sex marriages, and so forth, had changed, because so many Catholics on Capitol Hill are regularly supporting this kind of legislation. And that's a scandal.'

Cardinal Burke is known as an ally of faithful laity due to his fidelity to the Church's teachings and disciplines, as well as his support of traditional liturgy. Formerly, he was the head of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the Catholic Church's highest court - in which he is currently a prefect emeritus.

Fox's interview with the cardinal comes about a week after a piece published the liberal, theologically dissident National Catholic Reporter dissed Cardinal Burke as 'a living symbol of a failed version of the church.'

It's actually a favor to these people to tell them, 'Don't approach.' Because if they approach, they commit sacrilege.Tweet

The cardinal called for a public apology from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who last December berated federal judicial appointee Brian Buescher for his involvement in the Knights of Columbus.

Cardinal Burke commented on Harris' behavior, 'This is completely unacceptable. I mean, I think if you're an everyday citizen, whether you're a Catholic or not, you need to look at that kind of statement for what it is and say, 'This isn't a person who I want to be the leader of my nation.''

The Fox video highlighted a Mass offered by Cardinal Burke at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse,

Fox News claims it challenged Cardinal Burke on the Church's loss of credibility in the eyes of the public as a result of abuse scandals.

'People have lost confidence,' the cardinal professed. He opined, 'We have to come clean on who was responsible for these situations.'

Cardinal Burke was also asked about a position he stated in the past, that homosexuality among the clergy is one of the causes of the sex abuse crisis.

He defended this position, pointing out that 'the far greater part of them have been homosexual acts with adolescents or young men.'

'And I'm not 'homophobic,'' he added. 'but we cannot have this active homosexual activity in the priesthood.'

We cannot have this active homosexual activity in the priesthood.Tweet

Fox asked Cardinal Burke about the Theodore McCarrick scandal, in which a prominent American cardinal was stripped of his red hat and later laicized owing to multiple allegations of sexual abuse.

Cardinal Burke claimed he did not know about McCarrick's sexual predation, saying of the scandal, 'That really shakes the faith - shakes my faith,' he said. 'But Christ is the Head of the Church. And Christ doesn't abandon His Church.'

Other U.S. bishops have denied knowing of McCarrick's misdeeds, such as Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Cardinal Kevin Farrell.

Eventually, Cardinal Wuerl was forced to admit that he knew of at least one allegation of inappropriate conduct by McCarrick; while many found it unlikely that Cardinal Farrell could have lived in the same residence as McCarrick for six years without learning of his homosexual predation.

Cardinal Burke, however, is not known to have had any such connections with McCarrick. In fact, there is some evidence that McCarrick viewed him as an opponent.

In his bombshell testimony released last August, Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò suggested that McCarrick's machinations with the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops - an important office for the appointment of prelates - led to Cardinal Burke's membership in the congregation not being renewed.

At one point in the interview, Cardinal Burke indicated that his own encounters with faithful Catholics in the younger generations leave him optimistic about the Church's future in decades to come.

'I know so many wonderful young priests,' he said. 'And so, I have no fear about the future.'

Fox News briefly showed Cardinal Burke responding to the narrative that he is at war with Pope Francis, saying, 'They say that I'm the enemy of the Pope. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I have never spoken against Pope Francis or spoken disrespectfully of him.'

In another clip from the interview, Cardinal Burke observed, 'The Church is in a state of great turmoil, a state of tremendous confusion.'

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Pope Benedict meets privately with dismissed JP II Institute professor, expresses solidarity

MARTIN M. BARILLAS reports for LifeSiteNews ~ Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI met with Monsignor Livio Melina, who was recently dismissed from the embattled Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome. The meeting, which took place last week, comes at a time when professors are being dismissed from the institute, new statues are being adopted, and courses key to the legacy of John Paul II are being abandoned.

Benedict XVI met Msgr. Melina last week having invited him to a private audience. Sources told CNA that Benedict gave his blessing, prayers, and assurances of solidarity.

The monsignor, who had presided over the institute for ten years, was dismissed as chairman of moral theology once new statutes were promulgated. Pope Francis announced in 2017 that he was re-founding the Institute, giving it a new mission and focus. Melina had been chair of moral theology at the Institute until his dismissal. Pope Benedict was known to have been a close collaborator of the Institute.

Changes mandated by the Vatican included the dismissal of certain faculty members and the abolition of its chair of fundamental theology. In addition, the entire faculty and staff were temporarily suspended. St. John Paul II founded the school in 1981 as the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. It was given the mandate by John Paul II's apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio to be an interdisciplinary school that focused on the Church's theology of sexuality, marriage, and family.

Controversy over the re-founding of the Institute and dismissal of faculty continues. For example, a former professor at the Institute, Dr. Monika Grygiel - daughter of philosopher and friend of Pope John Paul II - recently wrote at Italian daily Il Foglio, denouncing the 'terrible suppression' and 'destruction' of a renowned academic community. She wrote that the 'violence' of the Vatican's 'abolition' of the Institute was 'something unheard of in academia.' She added that the reformed Institute was built upon 'the injustice of dismissals, on non-existent, totally questionable or even defamatory grounds.'

Also, graduate students at the Institute are blogging their objections to the changes there, which include the dismissal of professors and elimination of courses tied to the intellectual legacy bequeathed by Pope John Paul II. On the 'Gli studenti GP 2 informano' ('The students of the Giovanni Paolo 2 shall inform') website, the students' letter of protest can be signed by supporters who wish to show solidarity. The students objected to a July 29 press release from the Institute, which they believe did not address their concerns. Hundreds of students and alumni have signed the letter. Some say that students will not be able to complete the academic programs for which they are enrolled, and that faculty dismissals were accomplished without due process. According to CNA, some faculty members say they do not object to Pope Francis's plan to expand the Institute's mission. However, they object to how new administrators are implementing the changes.

Institute vice-president Fr. José Granados told CNA last week that the identity of the institution is 'seriously threatened.' Fr. Granados said that 'objective problems' posed by the recent changes must be addressed, warning of the 'danger' that the changes pose 'to the original mission of the Institute, which Pope Francis has clearly said he wants to preserve, not just as a piece of the past, but precisely because it is a source of renewal and a pathway for the Church's accompaniment to families.'

Fr. Juan José Pérez-Soba, who teaches pastoral theology and moral theology at the Institute, told CNA that Fr. Melina's dismissal is a concern, saying that in light of the importance Cardinal Ratzinger - now Pope Benedict - gave to teaching fundamental morals at the Institute, 'the suppression of the chair of fundamental morals and the dismissal of Livio Melina takes on new light,' he said.

'This set of changes now appears as a search to change the moral paradigm. There seems to be a desire to discard objective morality, which affirms the truth about the good to which man is called, following Veritatis splendor. And it seems intended to open a process of review of all sexual morality from subjectivism, starting with Humanae vitae,' he said.

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Pope Francis has fully regularized the Society of St Pius X (SSPX)

POPE FRANCIS has fully regularized the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), James Bogle, the ex-president of Una Voce International, has told Gloria.tv

Bogle stressed that the SSPX and the sacraments administrated by them, including marriages and confessions, have been formally recognized by Francis. The Society is also allowed to ordain to the priesthood whomever they see fit.

Francis further appointed SSPX Bishop Bernard Fellay as a judge at the Rota Romana, the highest appellate tribunal of the Church, thus recognizing his authority.

'I don't see how much more regular you can get than that,' Bogle concludes. He acknowledges, however, that there are a lot of intolerant bishops who still treat the SSPX as if it were irregular.

To them, Bogle answers that those who do not like the integration of the SSPX 'better have the argument with Pope Francis.'

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Urban Myths and the Amazon Synod

FR. JOHN HUNWICKE blogs ~ Any English reader will be able to name a village ... some village, somewhere ... in which property prices are well above the incomes of that same rural peasantry which occupied the properties in yesteryear. Because these properties have been bought up as retirement homes, or holiday homes, by the upper middle classes. When a man has spent his working life in a city office, commuting daily from a dormitory suburb by means of a transport system bursting at the seams, his retirement fantasy is a (carefully renovated) country cottage, with hollyhocks crowding suggestively around the door.

An idealised and imagined rural idyll is a direct product of, and reaction to, Urbanisation.

It was ever thus. Theocritus initiated a tradition of European 'Pastoral Poetry' as he read in the great Library at Alexandria, one of the megalopoleis of the ancient world. While he sought the lucrative favour of Ptolemy II, he imagined a world of rural simplicity in which shepherds or cowherds held poetic competitions while their complaisant flocks or herds nibbled beautifully but unobtrusively. In this genre, the main problem was that shepherdesses often had tangled hair; but that mattered little as long as the shepherd could imagine himself exquisitely caught within her tangles. Vergil may have been libidinis in pueros pronioris, but, in the world of his Eclogues, a shepherdess or two running provocatively to hide behind the willow trees never came amiss. And that same Vergil, city educated, was among the court propagandists jockying for position and rewards in the cut-throat culture of newly 'imperial' Rome. Wall-paintings recovered at Pompei remind us that such mythical landscapes came right into the living quarters of the urban elite.

Already Horace (Epode II) had seen through this Urban Myth; but I doubt whether Marie Antoinette and her ladies read the Epodes as they tended their lambs at the Petit Trianon.

Trianon-time is back with a vengeance. The Pastoralist Community had never been quite sure where their 'True Countryside' was to be found; they just knew it had to be far distant from the tower-blocks and the filthy crowded streets of the metropolis. Might it be in Arcadia? Sicily? Shropshire? Versailles? ... but now the secret is out! Amazonia!! Amaryllis of the tangled hair, clutching her milking-stool, has decamped to the Amazon! At long last, Jorge I'm-the-Magisterium Bergoglio and his 'Spirit'-filled entourage have pinned it down! Amazonia is where the most mega-Trianon of all time is waiting to be built! Amazonia is where Rousseau's Savage really is still authentically Noble, happily unencumbered with either the felix culpa or the talis et tantus Redemptor!

Go there (by rowing boat, of course; little Swedish Greta Wozname will crew for you). Take your camera and get shots of Kasper herding his heiffers and of Marx playing with his syrinx. Your own face could even appear in a selfie together with Hans Kueng being pelted with apples by lascivious (but guaranteed indigenous) nymphs!

As Gerhard Cardinal Mueller has observed, 'It is certainly beautiful to be beside by the Rhine and to dream of the Amazon'! How often that irritating man does get things exactly right!! No wonder he had to be sacked!!! What a good job PF has done in shutting him up!!!!

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UN report ~ ISIS is planting "sleeper cells" in preparation for "eventual resurgence"

THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, Ph.D., reports for Breitbart News ~ The Islamic State terror group continues to pose a real and present danger, according to the latest United Nations six-month report on jihadist activities.

Islamic State (ISIS) leadership 'aims to adapt, survive and consolidate in the core area and to establish sleeper cells at the local level in preparation for eventual resurgence, while using propaganda to maintain the group's reputation as the leading global terrorist brand - the 'virtual caliphate,'' the report declares.

'When it has the time and space to reinvest in an external operations capability, ISIL will direct and facilitate international attacks in addition to the ISIL-inspired attacks that continue to occur in many locations around the world,' it states.

'The current abatement of such attacks, therefore, may not last long, possibly not even until the end of 2019,' it warns.

The report points to the estimated 30,000 foreigners who travelled to fight for ISIS and may still be alive.

'Their future prospects will be of international concern for the foreseeable future,' the report says. 'Some may join al-Qaida or other terrorist brands that may emerge. Some will become leaders or radicalisers.'

Relying on information provided by intelligence agencies of U.N. member states, the report offers a collective overview from security services around the world.

Despite a drop in recent major attacks, the threat to Europe from Islamic State activity 'remains high,' the report declares.

'Deradicalisation programmes have not proven to be fully effective,' the report says. 'The most combat-hardened fighters serving longer sentences are not yet approaching release from prison. They remain dangerous and continue to pose a challenge both inside and outside the penal system.'

The presence of jihadist extremists in prisons elevates the threat of radicalization of 'inmates afflicted by poverty, marginalisation, frustration, low self-esteem and violence,' the text states.

As many as 6,000 European citizens traveled to Iraq and Syria to join ISIS or other radical groups, the document notes, and while a third was killed, another third remains at large, and two thousand or more may have returned to Europe.

The report also notes that the Islamic State still has access to somewhere between $50 million and $300 million remaining from the revenues of the caliphate, a sum that could be used to inflict significant damage.#

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CANADA Dance celebrating homosexual behaviour in Montreal church sanctuary

DOUG MAINWARING reports for LifeSiteNews ~ A video now making the rounds on social media shows two scantily clad men performing a homoerotic dance in the magnificent sanctuary of Saint Peter Apostle Church in Montreal.

The two dancers perform to Jeff Buckley's sexualized adaptation of the song 'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen, according to gloria.tv, which first called attention to the disturbing three-minute video.

'The hallelujah is not an homage to a worshipped person, idol or god,' Buckley explained to the Dutch magazine OOR, 'but the hallelujah of the orgasm,' noted the gloria.tv report.

The most disturbing scene in the video comes in its final seconds, as the camera zooms in on the hands of two male dancers, imitating Michelangelo's famous depiction of the creation of Adam, as the hands of God and man touch.

This appalling mockery replaces immutable Scriptural truth with a narcissistic gay interpretation that places perverse passion between men above God's love for humankind.

'I wanted to push the Hallelujah deep into the secular world, into the ordinary world,' composer Cohen once said.

'He's rescued the word hallelujah from being just a religious word,' said the Right Reverend Nick Baines, Bishop of Croydon, in a BBC radio documentary, according to a 2012 Rolling Stone article. 'We're broken human beings, all of us, so stop pretending, and we can all use the word hallelujah because what it comes from is being open and transparent before God and the world and saying, 'This is how it is, mate.''

The Rolling Stone piece explains: 'Following the David and Bathsheba reference, the sexuality of the lyrics is drawn further forward and then reinforced in an image of torture and lust taken from the story of Samson and Delilah - 'She tied you to a kitchen chair / she broke your throne, she cut your hair' - before resolving with a vision of sexual release: 'and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah!'

'This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled,' Cohen has said, 'but there are moments when we can transcend the dualistic system and reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that's what I mean by 'Hallelujah.' That regardless of what the impossibility of the situation is, there is a moment when you open your mouth and you throw open your arms and you embrace the thing and you just say, 'Hallelujah! Blessed is the name.'…

'The only moment that you can live here comfortably in these absolutely irreconcilable conflicts is in this moment when you embrace it all and you say, 'Look, I don't understand a f***ing thing at all - Hallelujah!' That's the only moment that we live here fully as human beings.'

And as the song 'rescues' the exclamation 'Hallelujah!' from being a declaration of praise, the male pas de deux performed in the sanctuary is a defiant act 'rescuing' the sacred space from the presence of Christ.

Please watch at least a portion of the video below, in order to understand what is happening within the Catholic Church:



What is seen on the surface is disturbing enough, but to peer into the truest meaning of this performance is to catch a horrifying glimpse of what God sees in the hearts of many of his priests.

At its deepest level, this is an expression of the depravity of the homosexual elite inhabiting both the Church hierarchy and the Church's vast clerical bureaucracy.

God is letting us see this so that our eyes might be opened, that we might perceive and understand the extent and the gravity of the relentless homosexual offense toward him.

For the homosexualists occupying the ranks of the priesthood, worship of the Triune God is secondary to idolizing the male body. Their first love is not for the Mass: It is for sodomy.

And so through this video, God has allowed 'what has been spoken in darkness' to be 'shouted from the rooftops' (Luke 12:3).

This video brings into sharp focus what St. Paul warned us about long ago:

God gave them up to degrading passions . . . men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men. (Romans 1:26-27)

The dance takes place in the sanctuary - before the altar, before the tabernacle - declaring to the world a passion that burns not for Jesus Christ, but for perverse sexual 'intimacy' between men.

In a sense, the video was unavoidable. It had to happen. Why?

Because those to whom the Church is entrusted have not come completely clean on homosexuality among priests and prelates, despite a barrage of red flags being waved for all the world to see:

The homoerotic mural commissioned by Archbishop Paglia for his cathedral, depicting naked men embracing each other was a forerunner to this dance performance. Yet instead of repenting for it, Archbishop Paglia defended it, and Pope Francis rewarded him with a Vatican promotion. Paglia recently oversaw the undoing and reconstituting of the John Paul II Institute in Rome, which George Weigel compared to the sacking of Rome by the Vandals.

Likewise, Fr. James Martin, SJ, has not been suppressed for his relentless efforts to normalize homosexual activity and transgenderism with the Catholic Church. Instead, he too has been rewarded by being appointed as a communications consultant to the Holy See's Secretariat for Communications. More than that: Last year Martin was a main attraction at the Vatican's World Meeting of Families in Ireland, where he claimed that active homosexuals 'should be invited into parish ministries' specifically mentioning them becoming 'eucharistic ministers' in order to make them welcomed and accepted in the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano's stunning revelations about the Vatican ignoring warnings about predatory homosexual prelates has not been enough;

Nor have the substantiated allegations of now-defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for formerly hidden homosexual predation proven to be enough to make Church prelates come clean;

Nor was last year's Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report recounting and all the subsequent stories about priestly sexual predation and associated diocesan cover-up spilling out into the public square.

God has permitted this video, so that we might understand that homosexual priests and prelates are not men dealing with a little after-hours/off-duty problem with custody of their thoughts.

No. This video is a graphic expression of what God himself sees in the hearts and minds of so many men occupying Church sanctuaries around the world as they sacrilegiously offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

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CUBA As Catholic activities are banned, charity calls for scrapping of Religious Affairs Office

HEATHER PRESTON reports for premier.org ~ The Cuban government has withdrawn permission for the Catholic Church to hold public activities for National Youth Day - an event in which the Pope encourages young Catholics across the country in their faith.

Father Jorge Luis Pérez of the Havana Catholic Youth Ministry, explained in a Facebook video earlier this week that the Office of Religious Affairs of the Cuban Communist Party (ORA), had banned all public activities associated with National Youth Day, with the exception of one event in the city of Santiago.

Despite the arbitrary cancellation of all public National Youth Day celebrations, Father Pérez said that celebrations would continue to go ahead, but would have to be adjusted to take place inside Catholic Church properties.

Earlier, Pope Francis wrote a public letter to participants of the festival, inviting them to be 'witnesses of His Resurrection' and willing to let themselves be transformed into missionary disciples, 'so that many other young people may discover the presence of the Lord Jesus, listen to His call, grow in His friendship, and, in this way, live an existence founded on faith and mercy.'

Last month in the capital city of Havana, police officials prevented a number of believers from attending the funeral of former Archbishop, Cardinal Jaime Ortega.

Some members of the clergy we denied entry to the service, and threatened with arrest, while other mourners were forced to remain in their homes as the funeral proceedings took place.

Christian and friend of the late Cardinal Ortega, Mr Valdés Hernández shared his frustration at not being able to attend the service on Facebook, saying: 'All I wanted to do was to go tomorrow to the Requiem Mass and the burial, to fulfil the obligation of a Christian and a Cuban; to pray for the eternal rest of Cardinal Jaime Ortega, as behoves a son of the Church. The authorities have stopped me'

CSW's Head of Advocacy Anna-Lee Stangl said: 'There is no justification for blocking Cuban Catholics, including those who knew Cardinal Ortega personally, from participating in the funeral services and burial. Likewise, there is no good reason to arbitrarily cancel permits for almost all public activities associated with National Youth Day approximately a week before young Catholics were preparing to celebrate their faith.

'We continue to call for the abolition or reform of the Office of Religious Affairs, which remains the institution responsible for the most violations of freedom of religion or belief across Cuba.'

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GERMANY Prominent psychotherapist slams plan to ban therapy for unwanted same-sex attraction

C MevesMAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews ~ Well-known Catholic psychotherapist Christa Meves has written a commentary for the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost in which she criticizes Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn and his plan to criminalize so-called conversion therapies for homosexuals who want to overcome their same-sex attraction.

Such therapists, Meves writes, are to be 'forbidden by law. Our government once more seems now to lose it,' she comments, and asks why one specific therapy is here being singled out, while citizens may otherwise choose whatever therapies they are interested in.

Meves, who is 94 years old and is the author of more than 200 books, first mentions in her essay that there are several initiatives being taken in Germany that aim at 'introducing sexual diversity a la genderism' and at promoting Early Sexuality as well as children's rights that undercut parental rights. Some of these ideas, Meves adds, 'had been discussed already years ago and then rejected. But today,' she continues, 'where the family has already been so terribly weakened, and this for a long time, this unspeakable idea unfortunately has many more chances now to be implemented.'

Next to these 'measures that are destroying our future,' Meves adds, the Health Minister Spahn is now proposing a new law, 'which will have, among others, as its consequence that homosexuals, who are dissatisfied with themselves and their gender, are also going to be hindered from seeking help from therapists who have a proven competency for their concerns.' Such therapists, the author adds, 'are even to be forbidden by law.'

On June 11, Minister Jens Spahn announced that he wished to implement, by the end of 2019, a legal interdict for so-called conversion therapies for homosexuals. Spahn, who himself lives in a homosexual relationship, stated that 'homosexuality is not an illness and thus is not in need of a treatment.'

At the time, Spahn presented to the public two studies that claim that it is possible to forbid such therapies, because it is medically necessary and because the constitutional law would allow it. The Magnus-Hirschfeld-Foundation - which is named after a pioneer promoter of the homosexual cause in Germany from the 1920s and 30s - claims that such conversion therapies lead to depression and suicide. This foundation is counseling the German health minister.

Such a legal ban on these forms of therapies that are meant to help people with unwanted same-sex attraction could include punishments from financial penalties up to criminal prosecution. Such a new law has also the support of Germany's Federal Council which represents the individual federal states.

Further commenting on this new political initiative, Christa Meves explains, 'people who are not anymore satisfied with their homosexuality … are not anymore able to find help!' And those therapists who continue their work will have to face 'not only monetary penalties, but also professional consequences and further restrictions.'

Meves asks how, in a democracy, it can be that suddenly there is 'one single group, for which one declares a therapy ban. Every citizen,' she continues, 'can turn in thousand different ways to any kind of expert or healer whatsoever and to seek counsel for his problems and to let himself be encouraged to a behavioral change. Why can a minister be so presumptuous to want to make here an exception in one single area?'

'Can there really be in our society a legislative authority which would permit such an idea? Or did we also here lose touch with reality?' Moreover, Meves is also concerned that the German physicians already signaled their compliance with such a potential restrictive law.

'What?' she asks. 'Did the physicians lose their minds?' For her, it seems rather that the physicians show compliance out of fear for 'losing their reputation, yes, in this specific respect also their approbation and, with it, their existence.' This fear, according to Meves, is rooted in the fact that already in the past, and 'on the international level,' such 'eliminations in this field … have repeatedly become reality.' With the help of 'simple strategies of lying,' a whole array of aid worker's 'public voice' has been 'simply turned off.'

As a final comment, Meves states that 'the situation in the [Catholic] Church is not better: Why did the Vatican call all the shepherds to a conference on sexual abuse in Rome, but then simply leave out the key aspect?' Clergy sex-abuse reports indicate that homosexuality, not pedophilia, is the root cause of the crisis.

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HUNGARY Married couples offered £27,000 if they have three children

MARTIN M. BARILLAS reports for LifeSiteNews ~ Hungary's pro-family government is offering married couples a 10 million-forint (about £27,000) loan that won't have to be paid back if the couple has three children.

The measure is part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's plan to encourage population growth in a country with one of the lowest birth rates in Europe. So far, according to a government spokesperson, thousands of families have applied for the loans or other pro-family subsidies during the month of July.

Eligible couples would receive the funds in the form of a loan, which they would have to repay until they become the parents of three children. The loans must be paid monthly. However, if the married couples should have a child within five years, the interest on the loan is suspended, while repayments are suspended for three years.

There are specific criteria that couples must meet in order to qualify for the loan, reported Euronews.com.

These include that the couple must be married, that the marriage must be the first one for at least one of the spouses, that the woman be between the ages of 18 and 40, and that one of the spouses must have paid at least 180 days worth of tax contributions in Hungary.

Married couples taking advantage of the loan who do not produce their first child or no child at all within the first five years would be compelled to repay the full amount of the loan within a four-month period unless they can produce a medical certificate.

According to Katalin Novák, Hungary's Minister of State for Family, Youth, and International Affairs, 1,300 couples have already received the loan. Describing Hungary's 'family protection action plan, Novak said that most of them had applied for the maximum, 10 million forint ($33,000 USD) loan. Couples who apply for the loan after the 12th week of pregnancy can automatically have the repayments on it suspended for three years.

The loans are not the only policy that the Hungarian government pursues in support of marriage and childbirth. For example, the government has received about 3,000 applications for write-offs of outstanding mortgage credit, while 6,400 large families have submitted applications for subsidies to buy cars, according to Novak. As of July 1, Hungarian families can apply for a $33,000 government mortgage write-off when the second child is born, followed by a write-off of more than 4 million forints ($135,000) in write-offs for a third child, followed by another 1 million forints in write-offs for each subsequent child.

Affirming the Fidesz party-dominated government policies, Novak said in a press conference that the 2020 budget allocates 2.5 times the amount of funding for families than the 2010 budget did. Novak, who is also vice-president of Fidesz, said that the 2020 budget will be 'the budget of families.' She asserted that the pro-family policies will afford 162 billion forints ($54.9 million) next year in savings to families with children, while her government will issue loan-based subsidies to them amounting to 700 billion forints ($2.30 billion).

The government loans constitute a plank in the Hungarian government's pro-family policies and budget, which was announced earlier this year by Prime Minister Orban's government in an effort to address the Central European nation's birth dearth without having to rely on mass immigration from outside. Hungary has been notable in recent years for strict border controls and passing on the hundreds of thousands of migrants, mostly from the Middle East, to neighboring countries such as Austria and Germany.

In May, Dunja Mijatovi?, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner, criticized Hungary's pro-family approach, as well as its immigration policies. Expressing displeasure over the status of gender rights in Hungary, she warned against the country's family protection action plan. 'Although the government seeks to empower women through labor market participation, the focus of the newly adopted family protection action plan lies on women as child bearers,' Mijatovi? said. 'This carries the risk of reinforcing gender stereotypes and instrumentalizing women,' she added.

According to Breitbart News, a government spokesperson said that Western Europe is addressing its demographic decline that will yield 'catastrophic consequences in the long run.' Instead, Hungary is encouraging births, the source said, by focusing on families. The alternative, the source said, is to encourage immigration. The fertility rate in the European Union is 1.6, which is below the replacement rate of 2.1 that is needed to sustain a population. Hungary has a rate of 1.57 in 2017. The highest birth rates were found in France and Germany.

State Minister Novak wrote a letter to Annika Strandhall, Sweden's Minister of Social Affair, in which Novak 'firmly rejected' Strandhall's accusations that Hungary's pro-family policies were reminiscent of Nazism. On Monday, Strandhall tweeted that the 'alarming' policies were 'reeking of the 1930's.' Standhall said that Prime Minister Orban wants to see 'more true Hungarian' babies, defining him as a 'right-wing populist trying to obscure the consequences of those policies to the independence women have fought for.'

For her part, Novak stated that she was 'shocked to learn that on Twitter you claimed that the family protection action plan announced last Sunday by Prime Minister Viktor Orban recalls Germany's thirties, and that our government exploits Hungarian women.'

Novak said that Hungary respects Sweden's decision that migration is 'your answer to the demographic challenges.'

'In Hungary, we believe in strong families as the basis of our community. We have driven family-friendly governance and gained two-third parliamentary majority three times in a row at democratic general elections. Hungarian citizens have many times expressed they will and entitled us to stop illegal migration at our borders, not to let in a mass of economic migrants but instead empower Hungarian women and men to be able to have as many children as they wish to and have them as soon as they wish to,' she said.

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto says 'Hungary spends money on families rather than migrants.'

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JAPAN Bioethicist responds to Japan's approval of human-animal hybrid research

JONAH McKEOWN reports for CNA ~ The Japanese government is expected to approve funding for a research project, led by stem cell scientist Hiromitsu Nakauchi, to use stem cells to create animal embryos that contain human cells.

Father Tad Pacholczyk, Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, told CNA that the research involves the implantation of human cells, typically human stem cells, into non-human animal embryos, such as embryos from pigs and sheep, for the purposes of growing human hearts, kidneys, and other organs in those animals.

'These organs would be generated for potential use in organ transplantation situations and to alleviate organ shortages…which could be a very helpful development for many people currently on the waitlist for an organ,' Pacholczyk explained.

'The aim is to make one species grow an organ of the other, rather than seeking to somehow 'combine' two species into a new, third species.'

That being said, however, Pacholczyk warned that if such research must be done, it should not include the creation or destruction of human embryos.

In general, he said, research destructive of human embryos is always morally unacceptable, because it involves 'the purposeful destruction of younger humans to serve the interests of older and more wealthy humans.'

The Pontifical Academy for Life stated its 2000 Declaration on the production and the scientific and therapeutic use of human embryonic stem cells that 'on the basis of a complete biological analysis, the living human embryo is - from the moment of the union of the gametes - a human subject with a well-defined identity,' and that as 'a human individual it has the right to its own life; and therefore every intervention which is not in favor of the embryo is an act which violates that right.'

These will not be the first experiments done involving human-animal hybrid embryos, but it is the first to receive official support from a government. The National Institutes of Health in the US has had a moratorium on funding such work since 2015, according to Nature.

Nakauchi is the director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Tokyo and team leader at Stanford's Nakauchi Lab. He is still awaiting final approval from the Japanese government to begin his research.

Nakauchi told Tech Explorist that he plans to inject animal embryos, which have been engineered to lack a specific organ such as the pancreas, with human stem cells in order to see if they can grow the missing organ using those cells.

Rather than embryonic stem cells, Pacholczyk said, the researchers should consider using adult stem cells- typically harvested from the bone marrow consenting adults- or what are known as induced pluripotent stem cells, which are adult cells that have been genetically reprogrammed to an embryonic stem cell-like state.

'These kinds of experiments require very careful ethical discernment, and the scientific community, with ethical input from the Church and appropriate outside regulatory control, must adhere to clear moral lines, meaning they need to agree that there are practices they will not do,' Pacholczyk said.

'This kind of research has the potential to be done in an ethical way, and to produce solid scientific advances, or in various unethical ways and to result in harmful and controversial scientific practices.'

Japanese scientists were previously forbidden from allowing human cells to grow within other animals past a 14-day period, but in March the government relaxed the rules on embryonic stem-cell research aimed at creating human-animal hybrids, allowing such creations to be brought to term.

Bioethicists have raised the possibility that human cells might stray beyond development of the targeted organ, travel to the developing animal's brain and potentially affect its cognition, Nature reports.

To that end, Pacholczyk said that for any chimeras- third, hybrid animals- produced, care must be exercised to avoid the replication of major pillars of human identity in animals, such as the brain system.

In addition, chimeras which produce human sperm or human eggs should never be generated, he said, to avoid the production of the basic building blocks of human reproduction.

The Japanese scientist plans to begin with mice and rats, experimenting for two years, and said it is his hope to eventually apply for government approval to grow human-pig hybrid embryos for up to 70 days.

'Human cells generally do not grow very well in pigs or sheep, likely due [to] the evolutionary distance between us and them, so additional 'tricks' and genetic manipulations may be needed to help the human cells grow,' Pacholczyk commented.

'There is also a chance of transmitting new viruses from, say, pigs into the human organs that the pigs are growing, so this will have to be carefully addressed to be sure that if such organs were ever used in transplants, humans would not become susceptible to new infections.'

In the US, the NIH proposed in 2016 federal funding of projects to possibly create a human-animal hybrid, prompting serious moral and legal concerns from Catholic ethicists.

In comments submitted to NIH at the time, the National Catholic Bioethics Center stated that using human embryonic stem cells for research is wrong because 'human beings at these vulnerable stages must be safeguarded, not exploited, in both clinical and research settings.'

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POLAND Archbishop decries LGBT 'rainbow disease' that's spreading across country

LISA BOURNE reports for LifeSiteNews ~ The archbishop of Krakow, Poland, has said that his country is under siege from the 'rainbow disease' of LGBT activism.

While his country is no longer beleaguered by the 'red plague' of Soviet communism, Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said, it is now afflicted by the 'rainbow' plague of LGBT ideology, which denies human dignity and aims to control the souls, hearts, and minds of the Polish people.

'A red plague is not gripping our land anymore,' the archbishop said, 'which does not mean that there is not a new one that wants to control our souls, hearts and minds.'

'Not Marxist, Bolshevik, but born of the same spirit, neo-Marxist,' he said. 'Not red, but rainbow.'



The archbishop's remarks came in his sermon during Mass at St. Mary's Basilica marking the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, CNS News reports.

Jedraszewski recalled in his homily the heroism of Poland's Home Army against Nazi occupation, and the country's struggles under fascism and then decades of 'Bolshevism' rule as a Soviet satellite state, a report from the Irish Times said.

He said that 'promoting LGBTI ideology denies human dignity' because the 'rainbow disease' was 'neo-Marxist' in its absolutist ambition.

The day before at the Polish Catholic pilgrimage site of Czestochowa, Jedraszewski had urged the Catholic faithful to 'defend the truth about the creation of a woman and a man to live together and to have children.'

Jedraszewski's homily remarks about LGBT ideology drew denunciation from U.S.-based LGBT activist Jesuit Father James Martin, who called the archbishop's comments incendiary, adding that they promote hatred and violence toward LGBT individuals.

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual tendencies are 'objectively disordered,' and that homosexual acts are 'intrinsically disordered,' against natural law and cannot be approved under any circumstances.

People with same-sex attraction are called to chastity, the Church's teaching says, as are all people.

Same-sex sexual activity has never been criminalized in Poland and its legality was reconfirmed in 1932. Homosexuality does not have special protection in Polish law, and gay 'marriage' and the adoption of children by gay couples in Poland remain illegal.

The majority Catholic country is having turmoil and tension between LGBT activists working to advance their agenda and traditional Poles.

Jedraszewski, 70, was appointed auxiliary bishop of Pozna? in 1997 by then Pope St. John Paul II, just before Jedraszewski's episcopal consecration. The two clerics were close friends, CNS reports.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed Jedraszewski the archbishop of Lodz in 2012, and in 2017 Pope Francis named him archbishop of Krakow.

In remarks made in 2013, Jedraszewski said gender ideology is the 'direct path to the self-destruction of our civilization.'

'It is an extremely dangerous ideology that leads directly to the death of our civilization,' he said.

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UNITED KINGDOM Government to allow marriage downgrades

COLIN HART, Chairman of Coalition for Marriage (C4M), writes ~ The Government wants to give every married couple in England and Wales the chance to downgrade their marriage.

It's part of plans to introduce heterosexual civil partnerships, after the Supreme Court ruling last year. C4M predicted this ruling all along. It stems directly from introducing same-sex marriage for homosexual couples in 2014 when they already had access to civil partnerships. The court said this was discriminatory against heterosexuals, who only had access to marriage.

The new administration of Boris Johnson is expected to implement the policy initiated under Theresa May.

As well as giving new legal rights which avoid the commitment of lifelong marriage, civil partnerships will allow already-married couples to trade down to the temporary union.

Marriage is the gold standard. All the studies show it's best both for adults and for children. In marrying, couples at least have an intention to stay together for life. People need that stability.

But opposite-sex civil partnerships provide no foundation for long-term commitment. They are 'marriage-lite' unions. All of the rights of marriage but none of the responsibilities that come with an exclusive lifelong commitment.

Please watch Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern and also a C4M board member, making the case against heterosexual civil partnerships on Sky News.

The Government claims it wants to promote marriage. Yet opening up a rival institution with a lower threshold of commitment will inevitably reduce the numbers of people marrying. And ministers seem intent on making it easier to end a marriage, either through no-fault divorce or downgrading to civil partnership.

By allowing people to downgrade their marriage, the Government is creating new instability, a halfway house to family breakdown. Just because a tiny minority of people want the rights of marriage without the commitment.

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UNITED KINGDOM Catholic politician praises Reformation

I Duncan-SmothTHE CATHOLIC HERALD reports ~ A British Catholic politician has praised the Protestant Reformation as 'the making of this country'.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith compared the vote to leave the European Union with Henry VIII's break from Rome, describing the Catholic Church of the time as a 'corrupt organisation'.

'Freed from the shackles of what had become a corrupt organisation, the concept of our island nation emerged, supreme and self-governing,' Duncan Smith wrote in an article for the Sunday Telegraph.

'From that moment, our buccaneering global nature was given free rein with astonishing results as the UK grew to influence the rest of the world.

'On everything from free trade to parliamentary democracy and the rule of law, Britain was truly a nation that led the globe.'

'I believe Brexit is about us breaking from Rome again,' he added.

Duncan Smith was leader of the Conservative Party from 2001 to 2003, the first Catholic to hold the position, and later served as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2010 to 2016. He was a prominent member of the Leave campaign during the Brexit referendum and recently chaired Boris Johnson's leadership campaign.

His comments in praise of the Protestant Reformation surprised some commentators. Former Tablet editor Catherine Pepinster said it was a 'Strange notion for a Roman Catholic, condoning Henry VIII's tyranny.'

TV historian Simon Schama also criticised the comments, saying: '1) the Reformation was a pan European phenomenon, 2) it created a religious civil war in Britain that lasted 2 centuries.'

Iain Duncan Smith previously said that his Catholic background 'has become integral to everything I do', and frequently cited the importance of religious groups in helping the poor.

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UNITED KINGDOM Fear of Muslims leads to prison conversions to Islam

HUGH FITZGERALD reports for Jihad Watch ~ A report was issued in early June in the U.K., telling us what we already knew: that prisons are being taken over by Muslim gangs, who force non-Muslim inmates to convert by threatening them with violence.

Muslim prison gangs are forcing inmates to convert to Islam and follow religious practices or face violent repercussions, according to a government report.

The report, carried out by the Ministry of Justice, surveyed 83 male prisoners and 73 staff at three of the eight high-security prisons in the country. It found that large gangs of Muslim men were using intimidation tactics to force conversions and rules on other prisoners. The gangs were made up of multiple ranks including leadership, foot soldiers, recruiters, and enforcers.

Those who had committed terrorist activities were said to hold key positions of influence among the gangs, as well as those who can speak Arabic and recite the Quran.

It was said that the gangs were establishing Islamic rules within the prisons such as underwear having to be worn in the showers and banning the cooking of bacon.

The report highlighted the fact that Muslim gangs were the only serious organised gang threat within the prisons surveyed and that as a result, they wielded considerable influence and power over their fellow inmates.

Though Muslims are only 18-20% of the prison population in the U.K., the Muslim gangs are the biggest, best-organized, and most violent of the gangs behind-bars. And they are single-mindedly dedicated to converting as many non-Muslim prisoners as possible and imposing Muslim rule behind bars.

One non-Muslim prisoner said: 'There is an underlying pressure for people to convert and join the gang. The tactic they use is to befriend someone when they come in. If they don't convert they will then start spreading rumours about them, that the person is a snitch so that they will be ostracised. Then the beatings will follow.'

Meanwhile, a Muslim prisoner spoke of the pressure on other inmates to convert, saying that they could not even escape by moving prisons. 'They know they're only going to three other jails and they know there will be brothers waiting there to stab them,' the prisoner said.

There is no escape from the pressure to convert, for Muslim gangs exist in all of the prisons, ready to use violence against any non-Muslim prisoners who refuse to convert. The threat is everywhere. No prison is safe.

The study echoes a report from The Sun from 2016 which alleged that at one prison, HMP Gartree in Leicestershire, Muslim prisoners had turned sections of the prison into 'no-go zones' for non-Muslim inmates, even imposing sharia law.

One source said at the time: 'It is so bad non-Muslim prisoners are refusing to move there as they feel intimidated. There is huge pressure put on them to convert and a threat of violence if they don't. The Muslim gangs have their own rules and use Sharia law to sort out disagreements. In effect, they are setting up their own prison within a prison. There have been stories about non-Muslim inmates being barred from putting up topless pictures of women in their cells and even showering naked.'

In 2018, the Ministry of Justice reportedly blocked an independent three-year report from being carried out into the impact of Islamic gangs in UK prisons because of fears of the results. One source said: 'The corporate culture of the service is defensive and they will have been concerned about what this proposed project will discover.'

The British officials who blocked the earlier report on Islamic gangs in prisons, in order to hide the horrific reality from the public, ought to be discharged. The British public needs to know about the situation in the prisons, which provide an especially dangerous pool of potential converts, for these convicts were already violent when they entered prison, and after their forced conversion, Islam now provides them with a justification for their violence, which upon their release they can visit upon the Unbelievers.'

Last year, a Christian pastor who worked as a prison chaplain also claimed that prisoners were being coerced into converting to Islam in exchange for protection from gangs. Pastor Paul Song said of the culture in Brixton prison: 'If someone is secular and in prison and they want to lead a peaceful life in prison they need to become Muslim. That way they are protected.'

There is no way to prevent Muslims from intimidating non-Muslim prisoners within the present system. Prisons lack sufficient personnel to monitor every threatening encounter of Muslims with non-Muslims. Non-Muslim prisoners are threatened in two ways. First, they are directly threatened with violence from Muslim gangs if they do not convert. Second, Muslims threaten to circulate false stories about them - as, for example, that they are 'snitches' who deserve to be attacked - to put them in danger of violent retribution from other prisoners, including non-Muslims. The fear is palpable; few non-Muslims can resist these threats; the prisons have thus become a main source of converts to Islam.

There is only one way to prevent these forced conversions. That is to make sure that Muslims are confined to Muslim-only prisons. Some Muslim groups will undoubtedly protest that this is unacceptable segregation, an expression of 'islamophobia' and 'racism,' that it was unfair to single out Muslim prisoners, and that in any case, prisoners should not be denied the opportunity to learn about Islam, which has 'nothing to do with violence, as Pope Francis has said,' and which can provide a structure, and bring stability, to their lives.

The objections of these groups should be ignored. The facts about prison conversions cannot be disputed. Muslims in prisons are using whatever weapons they can - the threat of spreading false stories, the threat of violence, the actual infliction of violence - to force non-Muslims to convert. This is not the peaceful 'opportunity to learn about Islam' that Muslim apologists describe. The prison personnel are unable to stop the threats from these Muslim gangs. The converts to Islam in prisons pose a special danger, as they are already prone to violence and antisocial behavior. Islam provides them with a religious justification for such behavior, and when they are released, they can renew violence against Unbelievers, this time enjoying the favor of the faith.

As for Muslims claiming that freedom of religion includes the freedom to proselytize, that does not apply when the proselytizing consists not of theological argument but of the threat, and infliction, of violence. It's a travesty to describe prison conversions to Islam as voluntary acts; non-Muslims in prison have become terrified of the biggest, baddest gang - the Muslims - whom they must join to ensue their own safety.

But how do Muslims manage to attain such power in prisons, if they are still such a small proportion of the general population? In every Western country, it turns out that the percentage of prisoners who are Muslim far exceeds their numbers in the general population. In the United States, 1% of the population is Muslim, but they constitute 15% of the prison population. In France, they are 8% of the general population but 70% of the prison population; int the U.K., they are 5% of the total population, but almost 20% of the prison population. And apparently these percentages are more than enough to give Muslims the power to rule the roost in prisons.

These Muslim-only prisons would prevent forcible conversion of non-Muslims. To the argument that this would deprive non-Muslim prisoners of the opportunity to convert, the answer is clear. Any non-Muslims who wish to read Islamic texts (Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira), or to meet with Muslim chaplains, would have the freedom to do so. They are only being protected from systematic campaigns of forced conversion through violence, which are an offense to true freedom of religion. Should any of these non-Muslims choose to convert, they could then be moved to Muslim-only facilities. Freedom of religion remains protected; non-Muslims are not prevented from studying Islam, or from converting, but they would no longer be subject to the forcible conversions to Islam that are now, in British prisons, and in many other Western prisons, not the exceptions but the disturbing rule.

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UNITED STATES Poll reveals that 7 in 10 US Catholics don't believe in the Real Presence

BRADLEY ELI, M.Div., Ma.Th. reports for ChurchMilitant.com ~ A recent poll of U.S. Catholics found that nearly 7 out of 10 self-described Catholics do not believe the Eucharist is the whole Christ.

Pew Research Center released data from a recent poll showing that 69% of self-identified Catholics think the appearances of bread and wine in Holy Communion are merely 'symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.'

Less than one-third of all Catholics say they believe that 'during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.'

The poll shows that half of America's self-styled Catholics (50%) are either ignorant or simply mistaken about what the Catholic Church teaches on the Eucharist. It also shows, however, that more than 1 in 5 of these Catholics (22%) do know that the Catholic Church teaches Christ is really present in the Eucharist but rejected this teaching anyway. They erroneously think Christ is only symbolically present.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 1374 quotes the 16th century Council of Trent when teaching, 'In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist 'the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.''

The Council of Trent was even more emphatic adding, 'If anyone denies' this teaching and holds that Christ 'is in it as by a sign or figure ... let him be anathema.'

Polls from Pew Research and Gallup have shown that less than 4 in 10 self-described U.S. Catholics attend Mass weekly. The recent poll by Pew Research found that more than one-third of weekly Mass-going Catholics (37%) do not believe that they receive the 'whole Christ' at Holy Communion.

The Catholic Church teaches that those who receive the Blessed Sacrament without believing that it is Christ commit a sacrilege.

This teaching is based on St. Paul's admonition, who, in 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 taught, 'Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. ... For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.'

Most people attending Mass also go up for Holy Communion because few priests ever warn them during funerals, weddings or during Mass at Christmas and Easter to only receive Holy Communion if they believe in the Eucharist and are in a state of grace.

The danger of sacrilege increased dramatically for those who attended Mass infrequently. The poll found that three-fourths of all Catholics who attend Mass monthly or yearly do not believe they receive Christ under the appearance of bread and wine.

The late former bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, Bp. Robert Morlino, blamed in part the loss of faith in Christ's Real Presence on the way Holy Communion is handled and received. Morlino made this observation during a homily in 2017 in which he asked the faithful to receive Communion on the tongue while kneeling.

'There are liturgies that are less than reverent, especially in the way that Communion is received,' said Morlino. 'It's hard to believe that some people actually believe that that's the Body of Christ the way they handle it. You'd think it was an M&M.'


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UNITED STATES White House confirms Trump's LGBT support in multiple tweets

STEFANO GENNARINI, J.D. reports for C-Fam ~ The White House has confirmed the launch of a global U.S. campaign to promote acceptance of homosexual acts after several months of confusion and misinformation surrounding the administration's position on LGBT issues.

'The Trump Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invites all nations to join us!' read a tweet from the White House last week. The tweet was a message of support for the LGBT advocacy of openly gay Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany.

The tweet confirmed conservative concerns about the Trump administration's position on LGBT issues.

Last year the Friday Fax reported that State Department representatives pressured governments to accept 'sexual orientation and gender identity' in international law. Additionally, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council made an impassioned plea during the General Assembly for homosexual issues. What's more, the U.S. under President Trump has remained a member of the UN LGBT Core Group of nations that push for homosexual and transgender issues.

When Ambassador Grenell announced a U.S. campaign to 'decriminalize homosexuality' in February, a conflict emerged within the administration on how to proceed on LGBT issues.

Speaking to the press, President Trump initially denied knowing about a global campaign to repeal sodomy laws when Ambassador Grenell announced its launch in February. Some in the administration were caught off guard. Others called the campaign a 'rogue' initiative by Grenell. For his part, Ambassador Grenell all the while claimed support from the White House and Vice President Mike Pence in television appearances.

Then, for the first time since taking office, President Trump tweeted a message in support of 'Pride Month,' and in a subsequent tweet confirmed the launch of the global campaign to 'decriminalize homosexuality.'

But confusion and misinformation about the campaign continued in June, as the State Department directed U.S. embassies not to fly the rainbow flag - a flag that is increasingly a symbol of political oppression for Christians in Western countries. Even so, many U.S. embassies chose to display the flag, including at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

The White House's tweet in support of Ambassador Grenell on July 26 shows the Trump administration's commitment to promoting acceptance of homosexual acts internationally. It followed a string of tweets from Ambassador Grenell and the U.S. Embassy to Germany about their participation in the annual Berlin Gay Pride Parade.

Homosexuality is a controversial topic in the UN General Assembly. Over 70 countries outlaw homosexual acts or even the promotion of homosexuality. These governments say that all individuals are entitled to the same human rights protections, including individuals who identify as LGBT, but that homosexual acts are not protected by human rights law.

They may find the Trump administration's campaign inconsistent with President Trump's statements in the General Assembly about respect for sovereignty and family values.

Homosexual acts, like all nonmarital sexual activity, are not protected by internationally agreed human rights law. International law only protects sexual autonomy in the context of the equal right of men and women to marry and found a family.

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UNITED STATES George Soros spends over $5 million on new super PAC to fund liberals in 2020

G SorosCALVIN FREIBURGER reports for LifeSiteNews ~ Liberal mega-donor George Soros has launched a new super PAC ahead of next year's elections, through which he hopes to help Democrats retake the United States.

The new outfit, dubbed Democracy PAC, will not directly support politicians but instead keep other left-wing groups funded, Politico reports. Soros has so far invested $5.1 million in the PAC, the single biggest check of the cycle and more than double what he spent by this point in 2016.

For an idea of what type of groups Democracy PAC may finance, a source told Politico that Soros 'has, unlike Tom Steyer or [Michael] Bloomberg, funded things like Senate Majority PAC and Priorities USA and EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood and expects to continue to do so.' It will most likely not favor a candidate in the Democrat presidential primary, as Soros has said primaries 'divide the Democratic Party.'

Soros spends his millions on a wide range of left-wing causes such as abortion, euthanasia, and population control, as well as same-sex 'marriage,' transgenderism, and more. His New York-based Open Society Foundations spends $940 million annually in 100 different countries, including $150 million per year funding the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the leading abortion company Planned Parenthood, and other liberal groups.

Promoting abortion on demand in America and abroad has been an area of particular emphasis for Soros. According to the Media Research Center, he has donated more than $21 million to Planned Parenthood since 2000, and gave 2017's so-called Women's March on Washington almost $90 million via donations to more than 100 partnered organizations such as NARAL and the National Abortion Federation.

In addition to his efforts to sway U.S. elections, Soros' money has also helped support articles attacking orthodox Catholic universities, as well as the journalism nonprofit Poynter, which labeled numerous mainstream right-of-center news outlets (including LifeSiteNews) as 'UnNews.' Soros is also an aggressive supporter of the European Union who has spent money in hopes of influencing the elections of multiple European nations.

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

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Against liberalism and for conscience

RYAN J. MARR writes for MercatorNet ~ In February of this year, news came from Rome that Pope Francis had cleared the way for the canonization of John Henry Newman (1801-1890), the celebrated 19th Century theologian and Oratorian priest, who midway through his life converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism. When the canonization takes place, it is likely to reignite discussions about the significance of Newman's legacy.

Newman has been many things to many people. He clearly possessed a conservative outlook on divine revelation and humanity's standing before God. But he also advanced ideas-such as doctrinal development and the responsibility of the hierarchy to consult the faithful-that went beyond the standard ways in which Catholic theologians had thought. In light of these tensions, how are we best to understand the work of this holy priest and scholar, who exercised such a profound influence on modern Catholic theology?

Relatively late in life, Newman offered his view on the unifying purpose behind his various projects in the memorable 'Biglietto Speech' (which he delivered in 1879 upon receiving word that he had been named a cardinal). In that speech, Newman confessed his own inadequacies, noting that over the course of years he had 'made many mistakes' and that his work lacked 'that high perfection which belongs to the writings of Saints.' Despite these shortcomings, there was, Newman asserted, an underlying continuity to his efforts, one in which he took pride:

I rejoice to say, to one great mischief I have from the first opposed myself. For thirty, forty, fifty years I have resisted to the best of my powers the spirit of liberalism in religion. Never did Holy Church need champions against it more sorely than now, when, alas! it is an error overspreading, as a snare, the whole earth.

In response to the temptations of liberal religion, Newman articulated a profound vision of conscience as a natural mode of hearing God's voice. He brought this concept into relation with ecclesiastical authority, which he saw as a divinely ordained assistance for rooting out errors in moral judgment. Newman's insights on these matters, though addressed to specific challenges that Catholics faced during his lifetime, remain important resources for resisting the spirit of liberalism in religion today.

Newman's Thoughts on Conscience

Some have speculated that, when Newman is canonized, the Holy Father will also bestow on him the title Doctor of the Church (Doctor Ecclesiae) and specifically 'doctor of conscience.' If Newman receives this honor, I hope that those who are interested in the question of conscience will attend closely to what he actually wrote, rather than speculate based on a few snippets of his writings.

We hear a lot of talk these days about the 'primacy of conscience,' and, with the proper qualifications, Newman's writings could support this idea. But that concept can also be employed in ways that contradict what Newman said about conscience, and it's important that we not put Newman's authority behind ideas that he never would have defended.

Newman touched on conscience at various places in his writings, but his most notable discussion of it can be found in his essay on papal authority, titled A Letter to the Duke of Norfolk (1875). There Newman memorably described conscience as 'the aboriginal vicar of Christ.' By this phrase he intended to highlight that it is in and through our conscience that we first hear the voice of God.

As Reinhard Hütter rightly observes, Newman's understanding of conscience is 'essentially theonomic,' that is, it has divine law as its foundation: 'Conscience is not simply a human faculty, but is in its root constituted by the eternal law, the Divine Wisdom communicated to the human intellect. It is upon its theonomic nature and upon it alone that the prerogatives and the supreme authority of conscience are founded.'

This theonomic framework totally dispels any notion that Newman's emphasis on the primacy of conscience could lead to subjectivist or relativist ethics. Newman took precautions against this potential misconception by distinguishing between conscience, rightly understood, and a counterfeit understanding of conscience, which had wormed its way into the popular mindset. As he put it:

Conscience has rights because it has duties; but in this age, with a large portion of the public, it is the very right and freedom of conscience to dispense with conscience, to ignore a Lawgiver and Judge, to be independent of unseen obligations. . . . Conscience is a stern monitor, but in this century it has been superseded by a counterfeit, which the eighteen centuries prior to it never heard of, and could not have mistaken for it, if they had. It is the right of self-will.

This notion of conscience as 'the right of self-will' has become ever more pervasive since Newman's time. Newman's stance on conscience, then, was not only countercultural but also prophetic. If persons of faith today are to avoid being tossed here and there by 'false liberty of thought' (as Newman called it in his Apologia pro Vita Sua), we will have to hold fast to the theonomic understanding of conscience that Newman articulated.

Conscience in Relation to Church Authority

Because Newman understood conscience as theonomic, he consistently emphasized that the central concern of the moral life is to discern what God requires of us. In matters of moral inquiry, God has not left us stumbling in the dark, but has given us the Church, which can speak authoritatively on questions pertaining to divine and natural law.

From Newman's vantage point, then, ecclesiastical authority is a gift, not a burden. The Church can bind our consciences because her leaders speak with the authority given by Christ to the Apostles. That the modern world ignores the voice of the magisterium is not a mark against the Church's authority; rather, it is testimony to humanity's persisting rebellion against the will of God.

This facet of Newman's theology runs counter to the liberal notion that the individual is master over his own life. As Newman puts it in the Letter to the Duke of Norfolk, the divine law is 'the rule of ethical truth, the standard of right and wrong, a sovereign, irreversible, absolute authority in the presence of men and Angels.' A conscience that is attuned to the divine law is 'a stern monitor.'

Too often, however, we become indifferent to the voice of conscience. Because of sin's effects on the mind, our 'sense of right and wrong [is] easily puzzled, obscured, [and] perverted.' Consequently, God has given us the Church to guide us along the right path: 'The Church, the Pope, the Hierarchy are, in the Divine purpose, the supply of an urgent demand. Natural Religion, certain as are its grounds and its doctrines as addressed to thoughtful, serious minds, needs, in order that it may speak to mankind with effect and subdue the world, to be sustained and completed by Revelation.'

Nevertheless, Newman did not counsel unthinking obedience on the part of the Church's members. For Newman, conscience and ecclesiastical authority exist in a dynamic interrelationship. The Church does not rule by fiat, but appeals to the consciences of the faithful, who are ultimately answerable to God.

This is the import of Newman's famous quip about raising a glass to conscience first, and then to the Pope. Were a pope (or any other holder of church office) to denigrate conscience, he would in effect saw off the very branch on which he sat. For whenever ecclesiastical authorities uphold some facet of the moral law, they make a direct appeal to the consciences of persons of good will.

The Infidelity of the Future

Because society in general was drifting away from a traditional understanding of conscience and its relation to divinely established authority, Newman anticipated a coming age of infidelity. Arguably his most dire prophecy was this: 'The trials which lie before us are such as would appall and make dizzy even such courageous hearts as St. Athanasius, St. Gregory I, or St. Gregory VII. And they would confess that dark as the prospect of their own day was to them severally, ours has a darkness different in kind from any that has been before it.' In this area of his thought as well, Newman's anti-liberal instincts were manifest. Newman was no naïve optimist, and he remained skeptical about narratives of uninterrupted progress.

In spite of his criticisms, Newman recognized certain positive aspects of the liberal tradition. In the Biglietto Speech he readily admitted 'that there is much in the liberalistic theory which is good and true; for example, not to say more, the precepts of justice, truthfulness, sobriety, self-command, benevolence, which . . . are among its avowed principles, and the natural laws of society.'

It is precisely on account of these characteristics, however, that liberalism can play such an insidious role in society. As Newman warns in the same speech, 'There never was a device of the Enemy [Satan] so cleverly framed and with such promise of success.' If we are not careful, we are liable to mistake the attainments of liberal society for the inbreaking of the kingdom of God, and lose sight of the ultimate destiny to which humans are called.

The battle in which Newman fought has not ended since his death. If anything, it has intensified. Newman's contention that '[n]ever did Holy Church need champions against [liberalism] more sorely than now,' just as readily applies to our own context.

Of course, we should be careful not to conflate the 'liberalism' that Newman opposed with the word as it is commonly used today. Certainly, there are errors intrinsic to contemporary political liberalism that need critiquing, but that conversation is distinct from the struggle against the spirit of liberalism in religion, which demands unqualified resistance. In the Biglietto Speech, Newman specifically described this strand of liberalism as 'the doctrine that there is no positive truth in religion, but that one creed is as good as another.' This outlook teaches that '[r]evealed religion is not a truth, but a sentiment and a taste; not an objective fact, not miraculous; and [that] it is the right of each individual to make it say just what strikes his fancy.'

As his words indicate, the preeminent object of Newman's concern was religious indifferentism. With great prescience, he recognized how a relativistic approach to religious differences corrodes the foundational claims of the Christian faith. If, as the Church confesses, the Incarnation is the central fact of history, then the person of Jesus demands our undivided allegiance. The confession of Christ as Lord simply cannot be squared with the notion of religion as a mere sentiment.

During Jesus' public ministry, he posed the question to his disciples, 'Who do you say that I am?' How we answer that question-in the time and in the place that God has ordained for us-will have all sorts of ramifications for the lives of our families and of our communities. So even though one may distinguish between the spirit of liberalism in religion and present-day political liberalism, the topics are not unrelated.

One of the myths of the liberal tradition, as inherited from such thinkers as John Locke and J.S. Mill, is that there exists a strict demarcation between religious practice, which liberalism treats as a private matter, and our political existence, which is lived out in the public square. But if religion fundamentally has to do with that which ties or binds a community together (as in the classical sense of religio), then it can never be a matter of merely private concern.

By refusing to separate the natural and supernatural ends of human existence, John Henry Newman's antiliberal stance pointed us toward a truly integral form of life-one that has the potential to renew a dying culture.

[Ryan J. Marr is the Director of the National Institute for Newman Studies and Associate Editor of the Newman Studies Journal. He is the author of To Be Perfect Is to Have Changed Often: The Development of John Henry Newman's Ecclesiological Outlook, 1845-1877. This article has been republished, with permission, from Public Discourse]

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Writings by pope, cardinal, sociologist, novelist published in new book on clerical sex abuse

Abuse of Sexuality in the Catholic Church. Gabriele Kuby. Amazon $13.33

DOROTHY CUMMINGS McLEAN writes for LifeSiteNews ~ When will the clerical sexual abuse crisis end? When powerful churchmen stop enabling it, says author and artist Michael O'Brien.

O'Brien contributed an essay to the English-language release of sociologist Gabriele Kuby's Abuse of Sexuality in the Catholic Church. Also included in the book is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's famous April 2019 letter on the abuse crisis as well as a Manifesto of Faith issued earlier this year by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

'Mrs. Kuby and I have been friends and colleagues for many years now, and have closely followed each other's work,' O'Brien told LifeSiteNews via email.

'Her own work as a writer and worldwide lecturer on the destructiveness of the sexual revolution (and its latest stage the gender revolution) have paralleled portions of my own work,' he continued.

'This book on the abuse crisis was originally published in the German language, and when it came time for an English edition she thought it would be enriched by my personal experiences and insights.'

In his essay in the book, titled 'The Scandals and the Shepherds', the author of Father Elijah and over two dozen other books introduces readers to the living nightmare that was his exile, as a 13-year-old, in a residential school in the Canadian Arctic. O'Brien believes that the fact that he, unlike many of his older schoolmates, was not sexually abused by 'the very fallen' supervisor of his Catholic residence, Martin Houston, was literally miraculous.

What is decidedly not miraculous is that after serving a nine-year prison sentence for abusing boys, Houston applied to a Canadian seminary and was accepted. The bishop who accepted him was fully aware of Houston's past, as was revealed when, now ordained, Houston stood another trial for the abuse of other victims of his past.

'For the remainder of his life Houston lived in the archdiocesan chancery, and was given a glorious send-off funeral, with glowing praise from the current archbishop,' O'Brien writes.

'As far as I know, there has never been a call to prayer for Houston's victims,' he continued.

'Clearly, in the brave new liberal church, some of us are more equal than others, to borrow a phrase from Orwell. Plenty of mercy for the abuser, silence regarding his victims.'

O'Brien described the long-term effects verbal, psychological and sexual abuse has on child victims and the hatred one of his schoolmates, now an old man, still harbours for the Catholic Church and his seducer/abuser. But O'Brien believes that opportunists are using the crisis of clerical sexual abuse to promote a liberal agenda.

'Liberal Catholics (irony of ironies) are using it to promote the cause of married priests, women's ordination, neo-liturgical blessings of same-sex 'marriage' and the integration of active homosexuals into ministry,' he observes.

O'Brien sees in the Church a culture of unrepentance for sexual sin?Fr. Houston never once apologized to his victims?which is engendering new evils, and a 'huge industry of public blame' that is drumming up 'outrage and hatred.'

He believes the way forward can be found in the address by St. John Paul II to the cardinals of the American Church on the scandals. In this speech, the pontiff linked true pastoral care to fidelity to Church teaching on chastity.

This is key to O'Brien, who describes spiritual fatherhood as an impulse to protect children from both abuse and false teaching. O'Brien's essay leaves the reader with a sense that there existed an absence of spiritual fatherhood in too many American parishes and Canadian residential schools.

Meanwhile, the author does not ignore the findings of the John Jay report that 81% of the underage victims of Catholic priests were male. Nor does he refrain from pointing out that there is a 'more widespread problem of sexual promiscuity of homosexual priests with consenting adults.'

And if clericalism is part of the ongoing scandal, it is because it is driven by homosexual clericalists and their friends.

O'Brien writes: 'The current utterances from Rome about the root cause being 'clericalism' ring hollow to most ears, for at best this kind of response merely inflates associated dimensions into supposed first causes, deflecting close scrutiny away from the core problem.'

'Yes, remnants of clericalism exist here and there in the Church, but note that in those countries where the scandals are worst, the clericalism is driven by homosexual clericalists and their enablers,' he continued.

'Overwhelmingly, the root cause of the abuse scandal is homosexuality in the priesthood and episcopacy, which is a direct result of deliberately disobeying Canon Law's specific directives on the matter (men with 'deep-seated' homosexual tendencies should not be admitted to seminaries, and not ordained to the priesthood), as well as papal reinforcement of these directives by John XXIII and Benedict XVI-and, need it be said, God's laws.'

O'Brien told LifeSiteNews that despite Catholics' anger with abuse and corruption in the Church, we must remember that most priests are honest and that the Church remains the Bride of Christ.

'We all must keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of priests are honorable men of true faith, who love Christ and their flocks with authentic priestly hearts, pouring out their lives for others,' he said.

'At the same time, we must understand that the Church, the Body of Christ in this world, is bleeding from grievous wounds,' he continued.

'She is the Bride being prepared for the return of the Bridegroom. Humiliated, betrayed from within, compromised in places, now is not the time to abandon her. We must love her with a profound love for her true nature-praying and fasting all the while for her purification and strengthening.'

When asked to describe how the different essays in Abuse of Sexuality in the Catholic Church complement each other, O'Brien gave a helpful summary of the book.

'Gabriele Kuby's extraordinary skills as a researcher and commentator bring an intelligent, informed approach to the crisis of sexual abuse of the young and the more widespread problem of homosexuality in the priesthood,' he replied.

'My own contribution is a combination of personal account and reflections on the crisis. Pope Benedict's approach is a profound examination of the historical roots of the crisis, in its ecclesial, theological, and social-revolutionary origins,' he continued.

'Cardinal Müller's 'Manifesto' is a clear proclamation of authentic Catholic teaching, cutting through the cloud of confused obfuscation that blurs the issues and contributes to the spread of evil under the guise of 'pastoral sensitivity' and 'openness.''

'In summation, each of the approaches taken by the four contributors bring a unique lens or eye to the problem, which, combined, offers a kind of depth perception.'

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An interview with Michael Knowles




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The Church in Crisis: What should faithful Catholics do?

FATHER ISAAC MARY RELYEA speaks on how the Church is now living through the Passion of Christ. Many members of the hierarchy are leading souls astray instead of seeking their salvation. The devil has targeted the clergy because he knows what offends God most and drags the most souls to hell. Now more than ever we must pray for perseverance, not despair, and apply the rules of St. Vincent of Lerins.



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Clap trap

Fr HunwickeFR. JOHN HUNWICKE blogs ~ When I was a simple curate in my (Anglican) Title Parish, I did my best to explain the Faith as lucidly and as vividly as I could. One Sunday, along came a visiting preacher, who made a great Thing about he called the Hic Et Nunc. And ... gracious me ... how impressed so many of the people were simply by his use of a Latin tag. It taught me one of the valuable lessons we all learn early in our Ministry: that very many of the laity are extremely gullible and terribly easily impressed ... particularly by charlatans who prey upon that gullibility.

The hyperbergolianistical Instrumentum laboris issued to guide the Fathers of the Amazonian Synod has been beautifully dissected by Cardinal Mueller. At the LMS Latin Summer School last week, somebody asked me what I thought of the Amazonian Synod. I wish I had just replied 'Exactly what Cardinal Mueller has said'. He beautifully demonstrates the pompous redundancy and repetitiousness of this fatuous document, pointing out that if all the repetitions were eliminated, it would probabably be less than half its length. His destruction job reminds me of the elegant pamphlets, Church Literature Association, which the late Professor Eric Mascal used to write after painful events such as the publication of the Encyclicals and Resolutions of the Anglican Lambeth Conferences. Trained as a Mathematician and then as a Thomist, Mascall used his icy and razor-sharp analytical mind to expose the pompous and silly twaddle that, in such documents, passed as Theology.

Mueller cites the following from the Instrumentum laboris: 'Furthermore, we can say that the Amazon ... or another indigenous or communal territory ... is not only an ubi ... but also a quid ... thus territory is a theological place where faith is lived and also a particular source of God's revelation: epiphanic places where blah blah blah '(I hope Fr Zed will forgive my appropriation of his convenient formula).

Need I say more? So I won't. Not least because His Eminence has already clobbered all this crass and evil verbiage far better than I could.

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Saint Jean Vianney versus the Counterfeit Priests

Cure d'ArsJULIA MELONI writes for OnePeterFive ~ I shall not endeavour to explain how these two letters fell into my hands. I shall only note how curious their contents are in light of the debates surrounding the upcoming Amazon Synod.


My dear Wormwood: I am gravely troubled by your slackening efforts against priests. You proceed as if they are equal to our other patients, as if they require no greater spiritual battering. I shall thus endeavor to write to you about the priesthood: how we despise it, how we abhor it, how we plan to attack it.

Did you know that this month, the Enemy celebrates the great boast of His priesthood, St. John Vianney? When that detestable one was young, he once asked the definition of a priest. A priest, he was told, is a man who'd die so he could be one.

And how he did die - daily! - in spite of all our wiles. He fasted for days at a time and then subsisted on musty potatoes. He taught his flock to abhor sin - the 'executioner of the good God and the assassin of the soul' - and then offered reparation with the most frightful penances. He modeled the most burning love for the Eucharist, exclaiming, 'Oh, beautiful life!' at the mere thought of it.

For this he suffered terribly at the hands of us, the diabolical ones. As one of the Enemy's priests summarizes:

'Vianney! Vianney! potato eater! Ah! You are not yet dead! I shall get you all right!' The sound rattled and overturned furniture. Sometimes it growled like a bear or snarled like a dog; when it did speak it spoke the local dialect[.] …

Sometimes the spirit, or spirits, felt like rats running over him, and sometimes they tried to toss him out of bed. On other nights the straw mattress became suddenly soft, and the voice sang a lullaby or seductive tune. In the next morning, the Curé would arrive at Mass pale and shaken. In 1826 as he walked to Saint-Trivier to preach, the atmosphere took on a sinister glare, and the roadside bushes glowed a sickly red color; when he arrived to begin the mission, four witnesses watched his bed get tossed about and deposited in the middle of the room accompanied by shrill squeals[.] …

When his visiting sister heard the noises, he calmed her with words we would not consider a consolation: 'It is the grappin. He cannot hurt you; as for me he torments me in sundry ways. At times he seizes me by the feet and drags me about the room. It is because I convert souls to the good God.' [i]

I relate this all to you to remind you of what it is that we hate. We hate the priest's asceticism and purity in reparation for his people's sins. We hate his ethereality, his otherworldliness, in testimony to a life beyond this one. We hate his power to enrapture souls with love for the Eucharist which he makes present. Do you not see how powerless our assaults were on this hated one, Vianney? As one of us, possessing a woman, snarled at him: 'If there were three like you on earth, my kingdom would be destroyed. You have taken more than eighty thousand souls from me.'

Never, my dear Wormwood, underestimate the power of the priest to snatch souls away from Our Father's house. Never forget to attack the priest first, for he will drag innumerable souls down with him.

I look forward to hearing of your renewed efforts against these loathsome foes.

Your affectionate uncle,



My dear Wormwood,

I was heartened to hear you ask more specifically about our tactics against the priesthood. They are sly and manifold.

We are in a war to replace St. John Vianney, the glory of the priesthood, with the 'caricature-priests.' This term 'caricature-priests' comes from one of the Enemy's bishops, who used it to describe the 'aid workers, NGO employees, socialist syndicalists, eco-specialists,' and priestesses of nature who will try to seize the priesthood, forming a kind of 'sect.' We are in a war to turn the priesthood into a caricature of itself, a mockery.

One of the Enemy's cardinals laments that so many souls are leaving the Church 'in the same spirit as one cancels membership of a secular organization.' They apostatize, and they have no more dread than they'd have at leaving a community club! This cardinal warns that those who promote women's ordination 'consider the Church to be at best a secular institution and subsequently fail to recognize the ordained office as a divine institution.' He warns that any attempt to confer such ordination would be 'invalid' - in other words, another mockery.

Note, too, what this foe says about celibacy:

In a Church which - as a mere human institution with purely secular goals - has abandoned her identity as the mediator of salvation in Christ, and who has lost all transcendental and eschatological reference to the Coming Lord, the freely chosen celibacy 'for the sake of the kingdom' (Mt. 19:12), or, in order to be able 'to concern himself with the Lord's work' (1 Cor. 7:37) is perceived now as an embarrassment - like an alien element or a residual waste from which one has to be freed as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. At best, this celibacy might be granted to some exotic people as a masochistic form of an extremely autonomous self-determination.

Celibacy, that font of graces which we hate, is now being successfully mocked as a masochistic holdover from a primitive past! Do you see, my dear Wormwood, how we are eviscerating the Church's supernaturalism and strangling graces by directly attacking the priesthood? 'When people wish to destroy religion,' Vianney once said, 'they begin by attacking the priest, because where there is no longer any priest there is no sacrifice, and where there is no longer any sacrifice there is no religion.'

And yet we shall not leave the people with no priests; we shall leave them with the caricature-priests. The caricature-priests are the practitioners of no asceticism, the foes of no grappin, the presiders over a mock 'religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion, or a politics which is a religion' - to borrow a line from the Enemy's soon-to-be Blessed Fulton Sheen. We shall let their play-religion of eco-politics kill whatever vestigial thirst the people may have for real Catholicism.

May this letter impel you to redouble your efforts against Vianney's heirs.

Your affectionate uncle,


PS: One last word, my dear Wormwood: Can you not feel it hanging in the air - the thick, electric sensation of a coming showdown? Things accelerate toward the end.

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Why Heretics hate Mary and we should love her more

BVMTIMOTHY FLANDERS writes for OnePeterFive ~ Marian devotion is the cure for heresy and the healing of all heretics. We must turn to her for refuge from the heretical depravity now consuming the Church. Marian devotion is the destruction of error, the fount of humility, and a potent safeguard for orthodox faith.

In True Devotion to Mary, St. Louis de Montfort writes: 'The most infallible and indubitable sign by which we may distinguish a heretic, a man of bad doctrine, a reprobate, from one of the predestinate, is that the heretic and the reprobate have nothing but contempt and indifference for our Blessed Lady, endeavoring by their words and examples to diminish the veneration and love of her. (30)

In the Tract for the Mass Salve Sancta Parens, the Church sings, 'Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, thou alone hast destroyed all heresies.' From this, Pope St. Pius X invoked her as 'Destroyer of Heresies' in Pascendi 58. And again, it was in the context of St. Dominic's war against heresy that the Holy Rosary, Mary's psalter, was revealed.

Thus, it is manifest that Our Lady holds a special place in the relationship of Holy Church with heresy and heretics. Why is this? It is because the root cause of heresy is not anger, lust, or sloth, but pride. A formal heretic pridefully and obstinately rejects the authority of the Church and the authority of the Fathers. His whole opinion hinges on an imaginary antiquarianism created by his pride. And it is against the sin of pride that Our Lady most perfectly shows her power. This is why St. Louis says in another place:

'[Satan] fears her not only more than all Angels and men, but in some sense more than God Himself … because Satan, being proud, suffers infinitely more from being beaten and punished by a little and humble handmaid of God, and her humility humbles him more than the Divine power'. (True Devotion, 52)

Demons and heretics fear her because she threatens to humble them. The latter impiously attack her under the pretense that they are safeguarding the honor due to God. In reality, they know that Mary will destroy their prideful opinions. 'Humility is an abomination to the proud ' (Ecclus. 13:24).

How Mary Humbles the Proud

When the Holy Spirit exalted Mary by the mouth of St. Elizabeth, Mary said:

'He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble'. (Lk. 1:51)

Devotion to Mary brings humility to the soul. Just as St. John heard her voice and leaped for joy, and St. Elizabeth immediately humbled herself, saying 'Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?' (Lk. 1:43), we too know this humility when we exalt Mary.

Mary humbles us because God wills that Jesus Christ be manifested to the world through her. According to nature, any man is her equal. According to grace and merit, she is 'more honorable than the cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim' [1]. In Mary, our humility is truly tested because she is a human, not God.

Humility toward God is presumed by all, and heretics falsely think themselves humble because they say they submit to God. But their pride is revealed when they refuse to submit to man - both legitimate authority and the sayings of the wise. 'The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsels' (Prov. 12:15).

A humble man may even debase himself before wicked men, as our Lord did. But heretics have no humility toward men. In reality, heretics are attempting to impose their private opinion on all authorities. They have no humility toward any human but are consumed in their own selves. As the history of Protestantism has shown, it is easy to feign humility toward God while exalting yourself over every man. This is the way of all the heretics.

One who is humble toward Mary will be humble toward authority. Mary especially checks the pride of heretics by proclaiming that they cannot have their own private, 'personal Jesus,' since our Lord has forever bound Himself to His mother by His incarnation. In the same way that the Incarnation is the foundation of our redemption - without which there can be no Passion or Resurrection - the human person of Jesus Christ cannot exist without the person of Mary [2]. As I have written in another place, true union with Christ will result in love of Mary as our mother, who was also the first natural cause of His appearance to the world.

Marian Devotion is a test for orthodoxy

Since Marian Devotion is the fount of humility, it becomes a powerful test for orthodoxy. For example, when St. John Vianney's lack of intelligence presented a barrier to his ordination, he was evaluated like this:

'The vicar-general asked the superior of the seminary: 'Is young Vianney pious? Is he devoted to the Blessed Virgin?' The authorities were able to assure him fully upon these points. 'Then,' said the vicar-general, 'I will receive him. Divine grace will do the rest.' [3]

And so the Church ordained the future patron of parish priests. Sometimes it is as simple as asking if a man has Marian devotion. If a man is truly devoted to our Lady, he can be no heretic. St. Louis again:

'If you follow her,' says St. Bernard, 'you cannot wander from the road.' Fear not, therefore, that a true child of Mary can be deceived by the evil one, or fall into any formal heresy. There where the guidance of Mary is, neither the evil spirit with his illusions, nor the heretics with their subtleties, can ever come - Ipsa tenente, non corruis. (True Devotion, 209) [4]

Thus, it is unsurprising that when we read through Building a Bridge by James Martin, S.J., a book purported to be about mercy and compassion, not a single page mentions the Mother of mercy and compassion. In fact, on page 130, he even erroneously asserts that at the Resurrection, Mary Magdalene was the first Christian, implicitly denying our Lady and the entire tradition of her Saturday memorial in which her sole faithfulness is commemorated. The examples of his warped or deficient Marian piety are only too easy to find [5].

But it is even more disturbing when we read how the Rhine group at Vatican II successfully suppressed the document on the Mother of God, relegating it, by a narrow vote, to the final section in Lumen Gentium (against the protests from Eastern Catholic bishops and others) [6]. When their efforts to suppress Marian devotion were opposed by Paul VI (to his credit), the time became known to them as 'Black Week' [7]. Perhaps more alarming, Ratzinger himself admits that his Marian piety was weak in Last Testament and seems to imply the false dichotomy that Marian piety is not Christocentric [8]. Without succumbing to the sin of rash judgment, it is nevertheless suggestive that this lack of Marian piety correlates with an apparent hubris on the part of many Vatican II 'reformers.'

Whatever the true state of these and other men with an apparent reluctance to love and honor their own mother, we can be certain that our Blessed Lady is a sure refuge from heresy. As Fr. Ripperger has stated, without a strong intellectual formation, everyone becomes a Modernist in our corrupt society. That is why we must cling to Our Lady for refuge from heretics and heresy in our time.

True devotion to Mary keeps us safe from the excesses of pride. Even more in our day, let us consider: she stood firm, though she witnessed the Passion and death of our Lord. We also must stand firm, even as we are witnessing the passion and death of the Church. Moreover, it seems clear from her frequent apparitions since the 19th century that Our Lord has purposed His mother for a special role in resolving this crisis. Let us pray our daily rosary and make the First Saturdays. Let us abide with Our Lady in the Passion of the Church and never lose hope for the Glorious Resurrection.

[1] Eastern Catholic Marian antiphon

[2] So too the mediation of the Sacraments - through another human - we receive our Lord.

[3] The Life of Saint John Vianney, The Curé of Ars, ch. 1

[4] It should be noted that Marian devotion is not an infallible test for orthodoxy, but merely a general rule against which there can be significant exceptions. Some Protestants, although material heretics, are in fact humble, and some Catholics are orthodox with little or no Marian piety. However, no man can be truly devoted to Our Lady and be a heretic. Moreover, formal heresy is defined as an error in the intellect and an obstinate will. It is particularly the latter from which Mary keeps us safe.

[5] I refuse to expose the reader to any further abuse of Our Lady from James Martin. Suffice it to say I have searched in vain for a substantial treatment or promotion of Marian devotion from Martin, and he admits in My Life with the Saints, p. 345ff., that his Marian devotion, which was shallow in his youth, was formed by the Jesuits as an imitation model, not the traditional, primarily mediatrix role. If his Marian devotion does go beyond sentimentality, let him publicly and explicitly disavow every heresy of which he is accused.

[6] See Rev. Ralph Wiltgen, The Rhine Flows into the Tiber (Augustine, 1979), 90ff.

[7] See Ibid., 234ff. The Rhine group was opposing Paul VI's honoring of our Lady as 'Mother of the Church' as well as his actions regarding collegiality, religious liberty, and ecumenism.

[8] See Benedict XVI, Last Testament, trans. Jacob Phillips (Bloomsbury, 2016), 70ff. As I have read more into Ratzinger, despite his obvious strengths, more of his theology has concerned me. This point was another red flag.

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A CASTLE ACRE in Norfolk are some magnificent remains of a castle and a Cluniac priory, founded in 1085 by the Earl of Warenne and dedicated to Saint Mary, St Peter and St Paul. The priory was a cell of Lewes in Sussex. It covered 20 acres and had a large cruciform church, chapter house and refectory - even though there were no more than a maximum of thirty-five monks here. In the early 16th-century the prior built himself a residence of splendour, which resembles a contemporary manor-house. The arm of the Apostle Saint Philip was preserved at Castle Acre. In 1537 the relic and perhaps its tabernacle were removed to Thetford ('pro makyng a place pro braggin Sancti Philippi 1s.8d'.)

At the Dissolution the monastery was given to the Duke of Norfolk. (The 17 lay lords who formed the parliament that approved of the Dissolution suffered grievous misfortunes and most of their families became extinct: Thomas, Duke of Norfolk, was committed to the Tower; his son Henry was beheaded at the King's command as he lay on his deathbed. His grandson was beheaded by Elizabeth. The family of his son, Thomas, became extinct in the next generation).

The priory is now in the care of English Heritage. Open daily Apr-Oct 1000-1800. Nov-Mar Wed-Sun 1000-1600.

In the pleasant village of Castle Acre you may also see the Bailey Gate, the north gateway to the medieval planned town, and Castle Acre Castle, the remains of a Norman manor house set on a nearby hill. Both are in the care of English Heritage and open at any reasonable time.

In Penal Days there was a Mass centre here, provided by (Ed. My relations) the Guybon family. It is rare that the presence of priests can be proved by contemporary documents; the quarry sought to give no clue. 'Yet the account books and letters of the harbouring families sometimes betray the closely guarded secret, or the archives of the continental seminaries, or the papers of ecclesiastical superiors, or the reports of spies, or the accounts of successful raids or the records of courts of law' (T.B. Trappes-Lomax, Norfolk Archaeology. Vol XXXII). There is a Countryside Commission Recommended Walk near Castle Acre. Wander amongst these riverside meadows on the River Nar where you can enjoy superb views of the castle ruins. Ideal for picnics and informal recreation. Look out in spring and early summer for a wide range of wildflowers.. OS Map Ref. TF 820 152 Landranger Map No.132.




















Missa de Angelis


Canto Gregoriano, Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis, Giovanni Vianini, Milano, Italia


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St Catherine


Go for counsel to a holy and upright conscience rather than a proud man learned in much science

WHEREFORE they understood the Holy Scripture rather literally than with understanding, and taste only the letter of it, still desiring many other books; and they get not to the marrow of it, because they have deprived themselves of the light, with which is found and expounded the Scripture; and they are annoyed and murmur, because they find much in it that appears to them gross and idiotic. And, nevertheless, they appear to be much illuminated in their knowledge of Scripture, as if they had studied it for long; and this is not remarkable, because they have of course the natural light from whence proceeds science. But because they have lost the supernatural light, infused by grace, they neither see nor know My Goodness, nor the grace of My servants. Wherefore, I saw to thee, that it is much better to go for counsel for the salvation of the soul, to a holy and upright conscience, than to a proud lettered man, learned in much science, because such a one can only offer what he has himself, and, because of his darkness, it may appear to thee, that, from what he says, the Scriptures offer darkness. The contrary wilt thou find with My servants, because they offer the light that is in them, with hunger and desire for the soul's salvation. This I have told thee, my sweetest daughter, that thou mightiest know the perfection of this unitive state, when the eye of the intellect is ravished by the fire of My charity, in which charity it receives the supernatural light. With this light the souls in the unitive state love Me, because love follows the intellect, and the more it knows the more can't it love. Thus the one feeds the other, and, with this light, they both arrive at the Eternal Vision of Me, where they see and taste Me, in Truth, the soul being separated from the body, as I told thee when I spoke to thee of the blissfulness that the soul received in Me. This state is most excellent, when the soul, being yet in the mortal body, tastes bliss with the immortals, and ofttimes she arrives at so great a union that she scarcely knows whether she be in the body or out of it; and tastes the earnest -money of Eternal Life, both because she is united with Me, and because her will is dead in Christ, by which death her union was made with Me, and in no other way could she perfectly have done so. Therefore do they taste life eternal deprived of the hell of their own will, which gives to man the earnest-money of damnation, if he yield to it.'

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GRANT US, Father a spirit of wisdom and insight, so that we may know the great hope to which we have been called.

Let peace and harmony reign among all the dwellers on the earth.

To those who exercise the ministry of authority in the service of their brothers, send a spirit of wisdom and humility.

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