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Why Doesn't Francis Teach What Jesus Taught?

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Long post warning alert...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican this morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the beauty of marriage and warned that the Church must accompany – not condemn – those who experience failure in married life. He explained that Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church, and therefore you cannot understand one without the Other.

The Holy Father also warned against giving in to the temptation to entertain “special pleading” in questions regarding marriage. The Pharisees, he noted, present Jesus with the problem of divorce. Their method, the Pope said, is always the same: “casuistry,” — “is this licit or not?”

“It is always the small case. And this is the trap, behind casuistry, behind casuistical thought, there is always a trap: against people, against us, and against God, always. ‘But is it licit to do this? To divorce his wife?’ And Jesus answered, as…

Two for the Price of One: Creation and Marriage

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'And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these words, he departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judea, beyond Jordan. And great multitudes followed him: and he healed them there. And there came to him the Pharisees tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?

Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, made them male and female? And he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away? He saith to them:Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: butfrom the beginningit was not so. And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, …

Septuagesima: What is is and what happened to it?

My Most Popular Post of All Time

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Looking at my 'stats', something that I very occasionally do, I was astonished to learn that the blog entry below is the most popular blog post on my blog since I began blogging...

'This is a fluffy bunny rabbit. Fluffy bunny rabbits are descended from...err...someone help me out here! Anyway, it is clear from my academic research in a lab that the Lord made fluffy bunny rabbits to breed like rabbits, look fluffy, crap on hillsides, pop up every now and then in parks and make children go, "Look, Daddy! A fluffy bunny rabbit!", for us to pet and feed and keep in our back gardens in hutches and go "aww" when hey twitch their cute little noses. And that, is a scientific fact.'
And that's it! After all the hours and thought I have put into this blog over the years, that this should be my most popular post is a little perplexing. I guess I should keep them short! Obviously, the powerful figure of Charles Darwin hovers still over us all and t…

Luther's Protest is Over...Apparently!

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Whoa there! Praise the Lord! Did I just hear a room full of Pentecostals cheering the Pope of Rome? Yes, yes, I think I did. I did! Amen, but its Septuagesima, so I might refrain from saying the 'A' word...for now!

Damian Thompson highlighted the fascinating friendship between the Argentinian Pope Francis and English Episcopal 'Bishop' Tony Palmer. I watched the video on the eminent Dr Thompson's blog of Pope Francis making his 'heart-melting' ecumenical overtures to charismatic evangelicals and thought not a great deal of it. I was disconcerted by His Holiness talking of Tony Palmer as a 'Brother Bishop' since as far as I was told, Anglican orders remain null and void, but I thought to myself, 'Well, the spirit of Vatican II blows where it will...'

What Damian did not show us was exactly to whom this Papal message of fraternity was shown and who its audience turns out to be and I hope His Holiness will not be too offended if I say that to m…

Regime Change Fears Mount in Rome

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VATICAN CITY -- High level Vatican diplomats have expressed fears that through well-funded subversive intelligence operations, Washington is planning regime change at the Holy See.

With evidence growing that the 'Springs' that arose in the Arab world that ended with regime change in Libya, Egypt, Syria had CIA sponsorship from the beginning, concern is mounting in Rome that, at any time, CIA-sponsored insurgents in the walls of the Vatican could gain popular momentum in a planned Washington coup upon the Papacy and the Church.

It is rumoured that the NSA are tapping phones and listening to conversations taking place in Rome while well-funded black operations such as Catholics for Choice, a group established to undermine Church teachings, as well as US/UK intelligence operations CTA and ACTA, continue to foment distrust of the Papacy and rebellion against the Magisterium.

His Holiness Pope Francis, who has apparently been made aware of the danger, is deemed to be a grave threa…

Since When Was Violent Uprising Morally Okay?

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London, 2011

Ukraine, 2014
Remember protesters, if you rare planning to violently revolt, there are things you can do in Kiev that you cannot do in London. If you violently revolt in Kiev, the British Government, the CIA and the Western mass media are basically on your side. Just don't try this at home, kids. 
Pray for Ukraine.

And if you are British and really want 'regime change'...well, it will happen one day.

Pastry-Shop Christians

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“Without divesting ourselves, we would become pastry-shop Christians, like beautiful cakes and sweet things but not real Christians.” - See more at: http://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=24661#sthash.6kOLI1d0.dpuf “Without divesting ourselves, we would become pastry-shop Christians, like beautiful cakes and sweet things but not real Christians.” - See more at: http://www.womenofgrace.com/blog/?p=24661#sthash.6kOLI1d0.dpuf “Without divesting ourselves, we would become pastry-shop Christians, like beautiful cakes and sweet things but not real Christians.” 

~ Pope Francis, October 4 2013

I don't know how I missed that one but some insults surely sound better in French...

"A-ha! C'est grave! C'est terrible! Le Cretien p√Ętisserie!"

New Publication from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales

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CNN and an Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching

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My piece for CNN on 'The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults' can be read here.

I am grateful to CNN for giving this mostly unemployed but passionate Catholic blogger and occasional writer the opportunity to write a piece for their religion and belief blog.

However, readers will be interested to know that CNN did not offer payment for my services. I was asked to write something and gave them 1,000 words. I'm not sure how long it took me, but it required a bit of thought and took me a good while to write. It was edited down to what it is now, but though I didn't write the piece for pecuniary reward, and its good that hopefully I have raised the profile of Catholic blogs as well as this one, I would like to give CNN a small introduction to Catholic Social Teaching.

There exist four sins crying out to vengeance. Along with sodomy, the oppression of the poor and wilful murder is the sin of denying just wages to the worker. I will concede that CNN never promised me a fee …

The Sacrament of Penance in Need of 'Reform'?

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Thanks to Protect the Pope for alerting us to the astonishing comments by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor made in a letter to author John Cornwell. Reported byThe Tablet...

‘Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor believes that Confession is in need of significant reform and should be discussed at a special synod on the sacraments.

The Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster has called for “proper reform to the sacrament” and says Confession has not received “serious reflection by any authoritative people within the Church” despite declining numbers of Catholics making use of the sacrament.'The remarks come in a private letter to the Cambridge academic and author John Cornwell, who is campaigning for a ban on childhood Confession and who sent the cardinal a new book he has written on the sacrament.Mr Cornwell, who says he was the victim as a boy of sexual solicitation by a confessor, has written an open letter to Pope Francis calling for a ban.A spokeswoman for the cardinal stress…

Pray our Politicians May Become Moral Crusaders

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Readers will, I hope, join me in praying for David Cameron and Cardinal-Elect Vincent Nichols, that these astute and able politicians may one day, by the grace of God, become the moral crusaders this country desperately needs, laying waste to the culture of death and promoting a culture of life, love, concern for the vulnerable and liberty for the Church of Christ.

There is a moral crusade out there, that involves defending unborn human life and mothers at risk of abortion, a crusade for purity and the teaching of virtue in schools, a crusade in defense of virginity, chastity, marriage and the family, a crusade for the return of devotion to Mary, the Ever Virgin Mother of God in our isles. At the current time, neither the Cardinal or the Prime Minister is remotely interested in any moral crusade other than those which are politically opportune for them in their chosen fields. It is sad to say that neither of these men belong with Martin Luther King or Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, or e…

Will Homosexuals Belong in the Brave New World?

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It would appear very much they they will not.
90% of unborn children diagnosed in pre-natal tests revealing downs syndrome are aborted. To suggest that the fate of unborn children with the 'high risk gene' showing the likely sexuality of the unborn child would be vastly different is to underestimate precisely what it was that drove the British Eugenics Society and their ilk to long for days such as this. Let's get this 'straight'. Both Margaret Sanger and Marie Stopes had no time for homosexuals. Zero time. The 'great eugenicist thinkers' still lauded today, like Bertrand Russell and the other elites of the Royal Society were not into the homosexual thing at all. They wanted and many still do want a utopia - a perfect society formed by an elite vanguard.
As Catholics we hold that all human life is sacred. All human life is made in the image and likeness of God. Whether such a 'gene' exists will, no doubt, become a matter of faith, rather than scienc…

Fighting on the Enemy's Terms

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Kudos to Caroline Farrow for entering the bear pit on BBC World Service. Catholic Voices faces an unenviable task in communicating the Church's position on same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom and in taking on the ire of the gay community and its huge political as well as financial muscle. No wonder you'll never see a Bishop on telly defending Catholic teaching in this area.

You will see, in Caroline's epic joust with a gentleman on the BBC on the issue of homophobia how those now in the ascendency can justly feel that victory is close, or even already theirs in the public debate on 'same-sex marriage'. I hope Caroline, since this is not a criticism of her, will not feel offended if I make a couple of suggestions for the Catholic Voices team.

Why we are losing the battle...

Firstly, we have a huge problem here that is based in the political gay lobby's previous victories in terms of public discourse. They are winning? Why, when truth is not on their side? T…

Vatican and UN Establish Periphery Parks: Where Traditional Catholic Dreams Come True

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What traditionally-minded Catholic could forgo this wonderful opportunity, established out of the bowels of the mercy, patience and kindness of Pope Francis and his team of advisors.

Book today, traditional Catholics, for Periphery Parks. It is hoped that these will 'spring up' in every country where the Catholic Church has a presence in the World.

'Going Deeper' With Pope Francis

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It is saddening that an Italian journalist at Radio Maria has fallen foul of the broadcasting organisation's policy towards reporting on Church affairs. Good grief, I mean, if fidelity and obedience to everything the Successor of St Peter says and does is the yardstick of Catholicism then the entire editorial boards of The Tablet and the National Catholic Reporter, among others, should have been sacked years ago. I feel great sympathy for Professor Roberto de Mattei and I'm sure His Holiness wouldn't want people being sacked on his behalf in a Church of mercy.

Rorate Caeli also has some pretty depressing news today concerning the Holy Father's thoughts on those who wish to attend the Traditional Latin Mass liberated by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. His Holiness has recently toned down some of his language but I find these latest words, attributed to him by a Czech bishop, to be a little insulting personally and a little insulting, too, to his predecessor of fond…

Breaking: Europe Shun Novus Ordo Calendar

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Rejects SS Cyril and Methodius and keeps the Feast of St Valentine.
Yes. We're all trads now...

Media Coverage of The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults

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Thanks to a reader for alerting me to the news that The Week, a British weekly news magazine, has run a piece on the differences in the media's portrayal of Francis and Benedict and the insults issuing from the mouth of our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

In particular, The Week links to my satirical piece joking that I had been commissioned by the Catholic Truth Society to compile 'The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults'. Unfortunately, the article makes no mention of the fact that this was a joke piece, even if the insults so far compiled are real.

The religion editor of a US media company has also contacted me asking me to write a piece for their belief blog on the Pope Francis Insults Book idea, which I will keep respectful in tone, of the Successor of St Peter.

I have amended the satirical post to ensure that there are no further misunderstandings over the nature of the 'book'.

Eucharistic Discourse

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The Catholic Herald is reporting that His Holiness said yesterday...

"If anyone among us does not feel in need of God’s mercy, if he does not consider himself to be a sinner, it is better that he not go to Mass!" ~ Pope Francis I would prefer that the Holy Father had replaced the word "Mass" with the words "Holy Communion".

At the same time, I would like to hear His Holiness talk also of our need to be in a State of Grace in order to receive Holy Communion, lest we eat and drink unto ourselves condemnation. None of us are 'worthy' but we should not be in a state of mortal sin when we receive Our Lord's Body and Blood. We don't hear much on that from Bishops, do we?

Sentiments of faith, unworthiness and penitence come and go and of course we should examine our consciences before Mass and pray to foster sentiments of penitence. Because we are sinners, we can experience the fog of our sins, especially pride, which blinds us to our deep unwort…

Floods Prompt British Pagan Federation to Campaign for "Sacifices to be Made"

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With the Prime Minister and the Environment Agency struggling to deal with floods of 'biblical proportions', concern is growing as to how the British population will respond to the Cabinet's management of the disaster in a 'post-Christian country' in times of epic aquam intolerabilem.

With the baptismal waters of Christianity brought to the British Isles in tidal retreat and polytheism and neo-paganism washing over the nation as they leave, the UK-based Pagan Federation believes that the ancient rites associated with human sacrifice to appease rain gods could bring welcome relief to a country whose patience with unprecedented precipitation-related strife is running very swiftly dry.

Emergency sacrifice sites already being prepared?

The Pagan Federation's controversial proposal suggests that such sacred sites as Glastonbury Tor, Stonehenge, Datchet, Worcester, Shepperton and Bridgwater could quickly and readily be prepared to make way for sacrifices and politica…