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The Papal Privilege and Erroneous Messages

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One can't help noticing...

From various sources it was reported that the responses to the Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia were as follows:

Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, who attended the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, said the document “is full of contemplative vistas but also down-to-earth practical wisdom which could come only from long pastoral experience of spouses and their families. It moves constantly between the ideal and the real.”Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin called Amoris Laetitia an “encyclopedic document and, like all encyclopedic documents, much of its most valuable content runs the risk of being bypassed by a preoccupation with one or two of its aspects. It is not just a collection of separated chapters,” Archbishop Martin said in a statement. “There is a unifying thread: The Gospel of the family is challenging and demanding, but … with the grace of God and his mercy, is attainable and fulfilling, enriching and worthwhile.”
Bishop Richard…

From Propaganda to Psychological Warfare: The Spiralling Descent of the Francis Pontificate

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What is really fascinating about today's threat from Mgr Pio Pinto is what it says about him and those for whom he so obviously speaks.

As it so happens, Mgr Pinto is named in a website claiming to revealmembers of the Hierarchy who are Freemasons - I have no idea whether the site is credible or the list true.

However, it is quite an allegation that someone has made in the public domain so would he care to answer a 'Yes' or 'No' to the question: 'Are you a Freemason?' Or has he already answered the question 'in a round about kind of way' throughout his ecclesiastical career? For clear answers of a 'yes/no' variety seem to be such a rarity from Rome nowadays.

But I digress: Much is revealed about Mgr Pio Pinto's psychology (or the psychology of whomever put him up to it) when he issues such threats against Cardinal Burke and the four Cardinals in general, claiming that they could be stripped of their cardinalate should they continue their…

Hummes Propaganda Unpacked

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'The pope could be wounded [were he not a living Saint] by the motives [referring hearers not to the questions but to the motives themselves, which he hereby casts as suspect'] which led these four persons to go so far [they are extreme/extremists] as to want to [they are not doing this out of duty but out of disobedient self-will] correct him [how dare they!!!?]. But, he is very calm, relaxed, and moves forward [our leader is strong and fearless in the face of this outrage]. He knows which is the right path [he is so wise he is beyond questioning by a competent authority] that one has to [he and we are obliged to] follow. And the College of Cardinals is with him, without any larger problems [he has overwhelming, total support among the Cardinals]. The whole College of Cardinals is with him [he has overwhelming, total support among the Cardinals. It is necessary to repeat this because that's the message he wants to get through, even though he can provide no evidence for t…

The War on 'Rigid Morality' is a War on Morality

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There is now a wealth of online news material of stories covering the Pope's comments on 'rigid morality', 'rigid Catholics', 'rigid seminarians', 'rigid priests', the latest (but doubtless not the last) being his 'Q and A'' with La Civiltà Cattolica.

As an aside, every interview His Holiness does now only creates more mystery concerning the unanswered dubia. It is strange how His Holiness can happily conduct a 'Q and A' with a Jesuit journal but not with his four Cardinals.

The funny thing is that when we deal with 'rigid' 'morality', if you just take out the adjective preceding the noun the headlines and quotes are more accurate to the truth of what the Pope is really saying.

So for example, we have...

'Pope despairs of current politics and rigid seminary morality'
becomes simply...
'Pope despairs of current politics and seminary morality'.
Pope on families: 'A rigid morality will not do'.

Hell is Not About Simply 'Distance' from God

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'Eternal damnation is continually distancing oneself from God. It is the worst pain, an unsatisfied heart, a heart that was created to find God but which, out of arrogance and self-confidence, distances itself from God.' ~ Pope Francis

Hell is not about simply distance from God.
Hell is separation from God.
Hell is exclusion from God's presence forever.
Hell is also a place of torment and punishment.
This is what the Gospel says. This is what the Lord Jesus says.

And whosoever shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me; it were better for him that a millstone were hanged around his neck, and he were cast into the sea. And if thy hand scandalize thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life, maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into unquenchable fire: Where there worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished. And if thy foot scandalize thee, cut it off. It is better for thee to enter lame into life everlasting, than having two fee…

To Conscience First

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'We can now appreciate Newman's toast first to conscience and then to the Pope. The Pope cannot impose commandments on faithful Catholics because he wants to or finds it expedient. Such a modern, voluntaristic concept of authority can only distort the true theological meaning of the papacy. ' ~ Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 1991
It seems very much that the wheels are coming off the papal bus, that vehicle with Francis in the driving seat and with Fr Antonio Spadaro the irritating tour guide, telling the passengers about the sites of local interest.

There is no doubt however that there exists in the wake of Amoris Laetitia an epic problem for the Pope, for his advisers and for prelates who wish to sideline or send to the outer peripheries those who have rightly taken issue with its more controversial contents. This problem is more to do with the issue of authority than it is to do with credibility. There now exists a great disconnect which is at the heart of the Four Cardinal&…

Help the Four Cardinals

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Help Cardinal Burke and the other 3-5 Cardinals find Pope Francis in order to invite him once more to answer some basic questions concerning faith and morals in this fun new game for all the family...




Ask Francis...

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After a long time of working hard on this blog, I can now proudly announce that I have a very special and esteemed guest running a new agony uncle column which I hope you'll enjoy.

He's already known for his worldly wisdom, his promotion of Churchmen with heretical opinions, his avoidance of mail from Cardinals who have fallen out of favour with him, insulting traditional Catholics, clergy and seminarians, creating havoc with Christian doctrine when at 35,000 feet, an enduring cordial relationship with an atheistic journalist who hates the Church, as well as for trashing the legacy of his predecessor who is wheeled out in public glare every now and then to add legitimacy to his pontificate. That's right, reader, the one, the only (apart from Benedict) Pope...

...Francis! 
Enjoy Pope Francis's wise and wonderful words to those struggling with issues in their life, the stuff of life, death and everything in between. Feel free to send in your own personal problems that to…

Petition: I Support the 4 Cardinals

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Sign it. 
We can be pretty sure that it will be ignored or passed over with some commentary about 'rigid' adherents to Catholic dogma or some other absurd insult.
And then ignored some more.
Not the point.
Let the Pope and the 4 Cardinals know that you support these brave men who are willing to speak Truth to he who should be speaking it.
These men deserve our prayers and our moral and public support.

They are not speaking for themselves alone but for faithful Catholics everywhere and for generations to come, that the Catholic faith may be preserved whole and entire, passed on and transmitted to the entire world until the End of Time.

Long live Christ the King of the Universe.


The Gospel of Jesus Christ

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Rather...

If you find the letter of the four Cardinals "confusing"- you have not read or do not understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

'But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother. And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven.' (St Matthew 18, 15-18)

Something to Hide, Your Holiness?

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Pope Francis has been giving advice on how to deal with annoying people. The quote this week was:

“Immediately we think: How long will I have to endure the laments, gossip, petitions or arrogance of this person?”
With regard to laments, here is a lament, wherein Pope Francis laments the rigidity of those young people who attend the Extraordinary Form of the Mass...:

"Sometimes I found myself confronted with a very strict person, with an attitude of rigidity. And I ask myself: Why so much rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else. Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid."(Message: I hereby lament the attitude that I perceive of these people who I now go on to denigrate.)
With regard to gossip, here is gossip, wherein Pope Francis gossips about the rigidity of those young people (though they need not be young) who attend and love the Extraordinary Form of the Mass...

"Sometimes I found myself confronted with a very …

So, what next?

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Quite naturally, faithful Catholics are asking what should be the next step if His Holiness refuses to reply to the letter from four Cardinals...
Hmm...
'We'd like to put on another light show,  Your Holiness...'