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Francis ~ Amazon synod is "son of Laudatio si"
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
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 ".
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",
Francis also explained that the Amazon "involves
nine states, so it does not concern a single nation".
for Saint John-Paul's Institute for Marriage the Family
July 24, 2019. To the kind attention of Msgr. Pierangelo
Sequeri,n President, Pontifical Theological John Paul
His Excellency Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, Grand Chancellor,
Pontifical Theological John Paul II Institute, Rev. Msgr.
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.
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.
Identity of the John Paul II Institute.
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:
How will this identity, which is the center of John Paul
II's teachings, be specifically safeguarded?
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?
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
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?
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.
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.
Chair of Fundamental Moral Theology
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?
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.
Dismissals of Our Professors
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:
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
by the fact that these dismissals weaken one of the Institute's
formative pillars, as are fundamental moral theology and
special moral theology.
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.
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
the New Ordinance of Studies
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:
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?
Will those who have chosen Prof. Melina or Prof. Noriega
as moderators be guaranteed the opportunity to complete
their thesis with the same moderators?
What will be guaranteed to those who have already enrolled
in the courses or seminars held by Prof. Melina or Prof.
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?
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.
Optional courses are mentioned, but their titles do not
so much as appear.
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.
Rights as Students
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
§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'
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
thank you for your attention. May God bless you and may
Saint John Paul II direct your steps.
Adrien Nicole Haddad
of the Licentiate and Doctoral Programs Representative
of the Master Program
and current students of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological
Pell is "disturbed" by preparations for the
Amazon synod. "This is not the first low-quality
document that the Synod secretariat has prepared"
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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
is not the first low-quality document the Synod secretariat
has produced,' Pell writes.
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.'
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.'
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.'
or no Amazon, in every land, the Church cannot allow any
confusion, much less any contrary teaching, to damage
the Apostolic Tradition,' he said.
cardinal emphasized the need for unity in the essentials
of Christ's teaching, while also calling for charity in
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.'
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.
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.
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.
verdict was immediately appealed by Pell's legal team
and the cardinal has remained in prison since that time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
prayers and letters of the faithful, he said, 'bring immense
consolation, humanly and spiritually.'
faith in the Lord, like yours, is a source of strength.'
: Cardinal's letter being investigated by Justice Department
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
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".
Department of Justice and Community Safety will thoroughly
investigate this social media activity," the spokeswoman
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."
Galbally, Pell's solicitor, declined to comment when contacted
by The Age.
Viganò: 'The figure of Christ is absent' from Amazon
synod working document
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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 '
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.
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.'
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.
Amazon Synod will take place in Rome from October 6 to
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.'
cardinal told his interviewer that pro-abortion Catholic
politicians like Joe Biden should not receive Holy Communion
may not present themselves to receive Holy Communion,
because they're not in communion with Christ,' he explained.
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.'
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.'
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.
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.'
actually a favor to these people to tell them, 'Don't
approach.' Because if they approach, they commit sacrilege.Tweet
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
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.''
Fox video highlighted a Mass offered by Cardinal Burke
at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse,
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.
have lost confidence,' the cardinal professed. He opined,
'We have to come clean on who was responsible for these
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.
defended this position, pointing out that 'the far greater
part of them have been homosexual acts with adolescents
or young men.'
I'm not 'homophobic,'' he added. 'but we cannot have this
active homosexual activity in the priesthood.'
cannot have this active homosexual activity in the priesthood.Tweet
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.
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
U.S. bishops have denied knowing of McCarrick's misdeeds,
such as Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Cardinal Kevin Farrell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
know so many wonderful young priests,' he said. 'And so,
I have no fear about the future.'
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.'
another clip from the interview, Cardinal Burke observed,
'The Church is in a state of great turmoil, a state of
Benedict meets privately with dismissed JP II Institute
professor, expresses solidarity
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
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.'
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.
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.
Francis has fully regularized the Society of St Pius X
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.
further appointed SSPX Bishop Bernard Fellay as a judge
at the Rota Romana, the highest appellate tribunal of
the Church, thus recognizing his authority.
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.
them, Bogle answers that those who do not like the integration
of the SSPX 'better have the argument with Pope Francis.'
Myths and the Amazon Synod
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.
idealised and imagined rural idyll is a direct product
of, and reaction to, Urbanisation.
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.
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
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!
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!
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
to defend Humanae Vitae
report ~ ISIS is planting "sleeper cells" in
preparation for "eventual resurgence"
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.
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.
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,'
current abatement of such attacks, therefore, may not
last long, possibly not even until the end of 2019,' it
report points to the estimated 30,000 foreigners who travelled
to fight for ISIS and may still be alive.
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.'
on information provided by intelligence agencies of U.N.
member states, the report offers a collective overview
from security services around the world.
a drop in recent major attacks, the threat to Europe from
Islamic State activity 'remains high,' the report declares.
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.'
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.
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.
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.#
celebrating homosexual behaviour in Montreal church sanctuary
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.''
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!'
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.'
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.'
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.
watch at least a portion of the video below, in order
to understand what is happening within the Catholic Church:
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.
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.
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.
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
so through this video, God has allowed 'what has been
spoken in darkness' to be 'shouted from the rooftops'
video brings into sharp focus what St. Paul warned us
about long ago:
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.
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.
a sense, the video was unavoidable. It had to happen.
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
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.
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.
Carlo Maria Vigano's stunning revelations about the Vatican
ignoring warnings about predatory homosexual prelates
has not been enough;
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;
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
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.
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.
Catholic activities are banned, charity calls for scrapping
of Religious Affairs Office
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.
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.
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.
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.'
month in the capital city of Havana, police officials
prevented a number of believers from attending the funeral
of former Archbishop, Cardinal Jaime Ortega.
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
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
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
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
psychotherapist slams plan to ban therapy for unwanted
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
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.
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.'
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.'
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.'
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.
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
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.'
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?'
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.
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.'
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.
couples offered £27,000 if they have three children
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
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.
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.
are specific criteria that couples must meet in order
to qualify for the loan, reported Euronews.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.'
said that Hungary respects Sweden's decision that migration
is 'your answer to the demographic challenges.'
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.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto
says 'Hungary spends money on families rather than migrants.'
responds to Japan's approval of human-animal hybrid research
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.
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.
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.
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.'
being said, however, Pacholczyk warned that if such research
must be done, it should not include the creation or destruction
of human embryos.
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.'
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.'
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.'
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.
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.'
decries LGBT 'rainbow disease' that's spreading across
BOURNE reports for LifeSiteNews
~ The archbishop of Krakow, Poland, has said that his
country is under siege from the 'rainbow disease' of LGBT
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.
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.'
Marxist, Bolshevik, but born of the same spirit, neo-Marxist,'
he said. 'Not red, but rainbow.'
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.
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.
said that 'promoting LGBTI ideology denies human dignity'
because the 'rainbow disease' was 'neo-Marxist' in its
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.'
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.
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.
with same-sex attraction are called to chastity, the Church's
teaching says, as are all people.
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.
majority Catholic country is having turmoil and tension
between LGBT activists working to advance their agenda
and traditional Poles.
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,
Benedict XVI appointed Jedraszewski the archbishop of
Lodz in 2012, and in 2017 Pope Francis named him archbishop
remarks made in 2013, Jedraszewski said gender ideology
is the 'direct path to the self-destruction of our civilization.'
is an extremely dangerous ideology that leads directly
to the death of our civilization,' he said.
Government to allow marriage downgrades
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.
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.
new administration of Boris Johnson is expected to implement
the policy initiated under Theresa May.
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.
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
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.
watch Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern
and also a C4M board member, making the case against heterosexual
civil partnerships on Sky News.
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.
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.
politician praises Reformation
CATHOLIC HERALD reports ~
A British Catholic politician has praised the Protestant
Reformation as 'the making of this country'.
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'.
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.
that moment, our buccaneering global nature was given
free rein with astonishing results as the UK grew to influence
the rest of the world.
everything from free trade to parliamentary democracy
and the rule of law, Britain was truly a nation that led
believe Brexit is about us breaking from Rome again,'
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.
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.'
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
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
of Muslims leads to prison conversions to Islam
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.
prison gangs are forcing inmates to convert to Islam and
follow religious practices or face violent repercussions,
according to a government report.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.'
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.'
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
reveals that 7 in 10 US Catholics don't believe in the
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.
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.'
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.'
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
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.''
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.'
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.
Catholic Church teaches that those who receive the Blessed
Sacrament without believing that it is Christ commit a
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
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.
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.
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
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.'
Taylor Marshall and Timothy Marshall comment
House confirms Trump's LGBT support in multiple tweets
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.
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
tweet confirmed conservative concerns about the Trump
administration's position on LGBT issues.
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.
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.
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
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.'
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
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.
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.
may find the Trump administration's campaign inconsistent
with President Trump's statements in the General Assembly
about respect for sovereignty and family values.
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.
Soros spends over $5 million on new super PAC to fund
liberals in 2020
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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).
World Over with Raymond Arroyo
liberalism and for conscience
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
Thoughts on Conscience
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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:
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.
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.
in Relation to Church Authority
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.
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.
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.'
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.'
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.
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.
Infidelity of the Future
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.
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.'
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.
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
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.'
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.
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.
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
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.
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]
by pope, cardinal, sociologist, novelist published in
new book on clerical sex abuse
of Sexuality in the Catholic Church. Gabriele Kuby.
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.
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.
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.
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,'
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.'
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.
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.
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.
far as I know, there has never been a call to prayer for
Houston's victims,' he continued.
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.'
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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
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.'
if clericalism is part of the ongoing scandal, it is because
it is driven by homosexual clericalists and their friends.
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.'
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.
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.'
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
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.
the same time, we must understand that the Church, the
Body of Christ in this world, is bleeding from grievous
wounds,' he continued.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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'
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.'
interview with Michael Knowles
Church in Crisis: What should faithful Catholics do?
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
Jean Vianney versus the Counterfeit Priests
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
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.
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
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.
this he suffered terribly at the hands of us, the diabolical
ones. As one of the Enemy's priests summarizes:
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[.]
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[.]
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]
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
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.
look forward to hearing of your renewed efforts against
these loathsome foes.
was heartened to hear you ask more specifically about
our tactics against the priesthood. They are sly and manifold.
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.
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.
too, what this foe says about celibacy:
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
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.'
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.
this letter impel you to redouble your efforts against
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.
Heretics hate Mary and we should love her more
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.
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)
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.
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
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:
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)
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.
Mary Humbles the Proud
the Holy Spirit exalted Mary by the mouth of St. Elizabeth,
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)
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.
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' . In Mary, our humility is truly
tested because she is a human, not God.
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).
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.
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 . As I have written in another
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.
Devotion is a test for orthodoxy
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:
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.' 
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:
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) 
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 .
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)
. When their efforts to suppress Marian devotion were
opposed by Paul VI (to his credit), the time became known
to them as 'Black Week' . 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
. Without succumbing to the sin of rash
is nevertheless suggestive that this lack of Marian piety
correlates with an apparent hubris on the part of many
Vatican II 'reformers.'
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.
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
Eastern Catholic Marian antiphon
So too the mediation of the Sacraments - through another
human - we receive our Lord.
The Life of Saint John Vianney, The Curé of Ars,
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.
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.
See Rev. Ralph Wiltgen, The Rhine Flows into the Tiber
(Augustine, 1979), 90ff.
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,
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.
OF THE DAY : CASTLE ACRE
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
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).
priory is now in the care of English Heritage. Open daily
Apr-Oct 1000-1800. Nov-Mar Wed-Sun 1000-1600.
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.
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.
Gregoriano, Schola Gregoriana Mediolanensis, Giovanni
Vianini, Milano, Italia
for counsel to a holy and upright conscience rather than
a proud man learned in much science
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.'
Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue] 2293.35
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