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Cardinal: Pope Francis Is “In a Certain Way a Conservative”

The problem with the secular concepts, 'left-wing', 'right-wing', 'liberal', and 'conservative' is that they very much depend upon one's point of view. If one is far enough on the 'liberal' or 'left' wing then those who are less 'liberal' will seem 'conservative' and so on. In fact the concepts used reveal more about the one who uses them than about the one of whom they are used. For those of us … 더보기
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U2’s Bono (Mistakenly?) Receives Eucharist at Mass After Concert in Colombia

aderito No he's Church of Ireland (Anglican). I am biased in that I am, like Bono, both Irish and from Northside Dublin so I am giving him the benefit of the doubt. I don't think he meant any irreverence nor sacrilege. So many protestans simply do not know what Catholics believe nor our discipline (how many Catholics do?) even here in Ireland where 90% are at least nominally Catholic. The Anglican Communion practices 'Eucharistic hospitality' and he probably thinks we do too.
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Austen Ivereigh admitts: supporting Modernism

Canonist Ed Peters (In the Light of the Law blog) has already shown how Buttiglione's critique is seriously flawed.
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The Vision of the Saint Don Bosco about persecution of the Church in the end time

Theresia Katharina "The condition that the Gospel is preached everywhere is fulfilled!" is a matter of opinion. As for the Great Monarch (King - in English the terms are equivalent) yes it is 'prophecy' but then so is the Book of Revelations in so far as it speaks of the future. My point is that we are safest when we read Scripture through the Tradition of the Church and there is a consistent message in that tradition. Again I recommend Birch's book wherein he presents his research.
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The Vision of the Saint Don Bosco about persecution of the Church in the end time

Theresia Katharina Your English is fine. There is a long tradition of Catholic interpretation of the Book of Revelation. We are safest when we stick close to that tradition. There have been bad Popes before. One of the conditions for the coming of Antichrist is that the Gospel should be preached everywhere yet there are many parts of the world where the Gospel has yet to be heard. Another thing … 더보기
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The Vision of the Saint Don Bosco about persecution of the Church in the end time

Theresia Katharina I would suggest that you read Birch's Trial, Tribulation and Triumph in which the author presents his research into what approved Catholic saints and mystics have said about the end times. Too much of our thinking today is influenced by protestantism. According to Birch we have not yet fulfilled all the conditions required for us to be in those times. I am reminded of St John … 더보기
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Pope Francis Wants To Listen To "Doubts"

Having worked both with second and third level students I can say that while most are very poorly formed in the Faith there are some who stand out for devotion and knowledge. These latter were a joy to work with. I wonder though whose doubts and questions will be listened to?
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Ultraliberal Cardinal: “Francis Is Not A Heretic”

Jungerheld There is no process for correcting a Pope. One can protest but there is no means to punish or depose him. He is a sort of absolute monarch. In the end while we protest and pray we wait for Heaven to intervene. He cannot live forever. We must pray for him and for a better successor.
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Ultraliberal Cardinal: “Francis Is Not A Heretic”

Jungerheld the authors of the Filial Correction explicitly say they are not accusing the Holy Father of heresy but of allowing by words, deeds, inaction etc., to allow heresy to be taught and spread unchallenged. Whether someone is a heretic, of course, is the decision of the proper authority but what does one do when the highest authority's orthdoxy is in doubt. One can be lacking in orthodoxy (… 더보기
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The Vision of the Saint Don Bosco about persecution of the Church in the end time

The Pope is this vision could refer to more than one holder of that office. After all hasn't the Church been undergoing this assault for a long time now? The first time the Pope is shot and is helped back up could refer to St John Paul's wounding. If the Pope being shot a second time is a different many, as I think, then there is yet to be a successful assassination or murder of a Pope followed … 더보기
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Kindergarten statues and images in a Rome church

Infantilise the imagery and infantilise the Faith. In the East they use icons. If children grow up seeing the Faith as an adult thing they are more likely to hold on to it. If it appears to be for kids they will want to grow out of it.
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Francis Claims That "The Left Always Looks For New Ways"

I am not a supporter of the SSPX but considering how Archbishop Lefevre was treated and how many 'liberal' bishops have gotten away with all sorts of malpractice I can only say that the Holy Father is speaking from what he would like to believe and not what has actually happened. Under Paul VI the liberals got free reign. Under St John Paul and Benedict there were efforts to clamp down on the … 더보기
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Vocations in Ireland – Record Low In 222 Years

As a commenter pointed out over on Fr Z's blog this isn't the whole story. Yes vocations are low but there are actually more men joining than this. They now go to Spain for a year and not all the bishops are co-operating this year. Also it does include religious Orders - the Dominicans are doing well among others.
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Pope Francis Believes That He Speaks Clearly

Because it means what says: in certain undefined circumstances a pastor can discern his way to giving Holy Communion to those who are in an objective state of grave sin without demanding repentence and conversion of life. This is what the infamous footnote means and what liberal clergy understand by it (very recently I have heard some say it). The dubia Cardinals knew it but wanted the Pope to … 더보기
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Another Defender of Christian Marriage Has Died

Maybe the Lord is calling some of His Faithful servants home before He visits the world and the Church for our infidelities!
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Fr. James Martin, S.J. proclaims heresy

Is it possible there are persons who achieve the heights of sanctity despite Same-Sex Attraction? Yes. Is it possible there are persons who are 'gay' i.e. actively homosexuals, and who also achieve the heights of sanctity? Not this is not possible. The process of sanctification, of divinization, means the conquering of the passions and the flourishing of a holy and chaste life under the rule of … 더보기
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Liturgical Divisions: Francis Gives Bishops Control Over Liturgical Books

If Bishop's Conferences have no theological (or canonical?) status, are not of Divine institution, how can they be given and excercise this authority? If the Bisjop's Conference can have and exercise this authority why can't an individual bishop? And as Fr Z has wondered 'does this document give the Conferences control over the Sacramental formulas (e.g. the words of institution)?
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Carlo Cardinal Caffara has died

If I was a 'dubia Cardinal' I might be getting worried. He didn't get a visit from the Vatican did he?
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Australian Jesuit in favour of Gay Pseudo-Marriage

The American canonist Ed Peters demolishes this man's position here: https://canonlawblog.wordpress.com.
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SALVADOR BORREGO EN GDL 5a PARTE OK

Sunamis 46 There were no Freemasons in Germany or among the Nazis? Some have argues for the Masonic and occult roots of Nazism. Germany launched both aggressive wars (I and II) and suffered for it. No one forced them to. They did it to seek power. The majority of Germans went along with the war while Germany was winning. It was the few who resisted. If Catholic prophecies come true (see Desmond… 더보기
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SALVADOR BORREGO EN GDL 5a PARTE OK

Sunamis 46 They all came together because Germay launched an illegal war.
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The Atheist Delusion Movie (2016) HD

mijailoa It's no gnat that encourages people to put their trust in Jesus but not in His Church which He established. I admire this man's enthusiasm and his methodology (I've seen his other videos) but to bring people part of the way to Christ but then leave them short of the fulness of truth is a grave disservice. I used to do street ministry like this and I bet most of his encounters never made … 더보기
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The Atheist Delusion Movie (2016) HD

It's a shame his theology is so protestant. There is so much more to what Christ has done for us than their theology allows for! If one followed his approach to Christ one could be a 'private Christian' when Christ Himself established the Church.
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Hungarian Bishop Calls For Married Priests

charisma I think you have phrased yourself poorly. I think you wished to say that Bishop Beer (oh how the English speaking media would love that name) wants to ordain married men rather than "to add ordained men (to be able to provide new priests for the parishes) to the existing (unmarried) priests". But you are right that ordaining married men would undermine the value of celibacy. Even the … 더보기
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Martin Luther Is About Nationalism, Not About Religion

I would've thought that Luther's 'protest' was all about Luther: his desires, prejudices and vanity.
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Did Cardinal Napier Attack the Dubia-Cardinals?

I would not be surprised if many bishops are simply 'hunkering down' and waiting for this papacy to pass. They too may be waiting for a biological solution. I fear that the same policy was taken by many bishops during the Reformation particularly in England. By the time they woke up it was too late.
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Brazil’s Bishops Admit Adulterers To Holy Communion

Angie W. "each episcopal conferences are now autonomous are replacing the papacy and annulling the dogmas and the Magisterium" unfortunately I think you are right. It's as if the Pope does not actually believe in or wishes to exercise his role. When one diocese can allow adulterers to receive Holy Communion (and if them why not fornicators, practicing homosexuals, paedophiles etc?) and another, perhaps next door, forbids them what then is left of Catholic unity? Is sacrilege no longer a sin?
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Catholic priest abuse allegations coming out of Guam’s shadows

mccallansteve The Synod of Elvira, Spain, (305) introduced penalties for clergy who abused boys. There was an Oder entirely dismantled (some members excommunicated, some moved to other Orders) by the Church in the Renaissance period for the same crimes. This is not new. Sin keeps reappearing. The price of peace (and safety for the vulnerable) is constant vigilance.
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German Bishops Forbid Marriages by Priests of the Society of Saint Pius X

Angie W. While Canon Law allows for lay people to be Duly Authorised WItnesses to marriages (note they are witnesses not ministers of any sort) more importantly it has always recognised the authority of the bishop (the local ordinary) over the administration of the Sacraments in his diocese. It remains a fact that the SSPX is not in communion with the Church. It is in an anomalous situation. … 더보기
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Father Richard Geoghegan

mccallansteve Knowing the reputation of his bishop I very much doubt it! I would guess that he's more of an embarrassment. There was a tradition (since the 70's) of some Irish priests singing etc for charitable purposes (e.g. The Priests) but this is way beyond that.
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New Raleigh Cathedral Neither Ugly Nor Modernistic

Lux de Coelo they seem to have the same root in Greek, kiborion, meaning a cup (derived from the shape of an Egyptian plant!) but how the canopy over the altar got to be named that is beyond me. Wikipedia has two articles on the word one referring to the container for the Blessed Sacrament and the other to the canopy. The latter is worth reading.
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Atheistic Abortionist in the Church - Catholic Pro-lifers thrown out

I simply cannot understand how Pope Francis praised this woman. She has not repented of her actions nor has changed her ways. Perhaps someone who knows Italy can explain this? Has no one in the Vatican the courage to explain to the Holy Father that even he can be guilty of giving scandal by acquiescing in evil. He is not above God's law.
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New Raleigh Cathedral Neither Ugly Nor Modernistic

Lux de Coelo I've heard it called that too. Perhaps the two terms are interchangeable today but earlier versions that were free-standing are always called ciboria. Perhaps baldichino is a later term?
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New Raleigh Cathedral Neither Ugly Nor Modernistic

GJA Taylor If you look under the Ciborium (pace Lux de Coelo, as far as I know, a baldacchino is suspended from the ceiling or attached to a wall) you will see the Crucifix and under that is the Tabernacle). Since this is a consecration there is no Blessed Sacrament reserved until after the Mass.
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Bishop: It's "Wrong" to Defrock Abuser Priests

The Italians have a long way to go it seems. The English-speaking Catholic world has already been through all this. Being stripped of one's right to minister and present oneself as a priest ('defrocking') is often the only punishment that gets through to habitual abusers and more importantly it helps protect future victims! It's not perfect. I would be concerned though that a bishop wants to … 더보기
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Vatican Allowed Sister to Minister At Marriage

Ctc333 I am not sure what planet you are from. My comment suggested no approval for this sister officiating at a marriage but remains legal under CANON LAW in areas where clergy are not available, that is, there are places in the world that rarely see a priest. In those cases, rather than have couples wait a long time for a wedding (and be subject to temptation) the bishop can designate someone… 더보기
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Vatican Allowed Sister to Minister At Marriage

This has been a possibility under Canon Law since the 1983 Code came in. Any Catholic layperson can be a duly authorised witness and so preside over a Catholic marriage, providing that no clergy are ordinarily available. After all in Catholic theology the spouses are the ministers of the Sacrament not the one who presides. Still, she should not wear an alb. She's an official witness for the diocese not a cleric administering a Sacrament.
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Putin blasts the West for abandoning Christian Heritage at the G20

This is interesting if it shows what he really thinks. Unfortunately with a Total Fertility Rate of just 1.61 (though that is up from below 1.3) Russia is badly off as any other country in Europe and has a long way to go to get back to a healthy state ( a TFR of 2.1).
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The Three Franciscan Branches Talk About Merging

and the boys on the ground could slow it down and even bring it to shuddering halt. The reality is that while we get on well together the different branches have developed different traditions and even different identities. This looks as if it is another way to avoid the consequences of shrinking numbers. Good idea in theory but avoids reality in practice.
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Quotation of Saints: Most souls go to hell

Be careful of quoting saints. There are thousands upon thousands of saints (over thousand for January alone in the Roman calendar). The saints are not infallible and neither are the Doctors. I recommend you read the article on predestination in the Catholic Encyclopedia over at New Advent. This matter has long been debated and Augustine's position is not that of the majority of the Fathers (… 더보기