Pope Francis

UPDATE: The Catholic Thing has posted an update, especially of interest is the last half of the report regarding Vigano and Oullette HERE.

If you intend to follow the ill-advised Youth Synod in Rome, I suggest you check in periodically with “The Catholic Thing” which has Robert Royal there for the duration. The conflicts between bishops over this Synod involving the Pope is quite telling. Here is the introduction to the whole affair in today’s article by Robert Royal.

Screen Shot 2018-10-03 at 7.28.41 AMNote: I am in Rome for the Synod on “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment,” which begins today. I’ll be here, Deo Volente, essentially the whole month of October. It’s an inopportune time for such an event: the abuse crisis – and the involvement in that crisis of several bishops participating in the synod – have damaged the Church’s credibility with young people. The “Working Document” (Instrumentum Laboris) is cumbersome and deeply flawed – more sociology than theology – as our friends Archbishop Chaput and George Weigel have argued. And the Instrumentum betrays signs of wanting to move the Church more in the direction of secular culture rather than moving the culture in the direction of the Church. But the show goes on. The Catholic Thing will be bringing you regular synod reports (daily, if warranted) from Rome, as well as our regular columns during October. This is a crucial moment: Oremus pro invicem. – Robert Royal.

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Maybe a Better Illustration for the Pope to Use

by Steve Ray on October 2, 2018

86EFBB42-A16A-4234-BA34-CAEE896532D1In some of his recent homilies and comments the Pope has suggested he is being like Jesus when he retreats to “silence.” When Jesus was at trial before Pilate he kept his mouth closed and was silent.

Pope Francis has made it clear that this his position regarding the charges against deviant and sinful clergy, even bishops and Cardinals and his own suspected collusion. In the face of credible accusations and egregious sins committed by his Cardinals, bishops and priests — he remains silent.

With rampant homosexuality flouted by many of the clergy with evil practices and moral compromises I suggest this is no time for silence. All of this is only exacerbated by the Popes own comments and writings creating confusion and division among the faithful.

Might I suggest a better illustration?

4EF908A3-8F53-4BDA-932F-94EDCEEE410AWhen Jesus and his disciples were in a boat in a storm and the boat was about to capsize, what did Jesus do? Did he remain silent and tell his disciples to be silent and just to pray?

He did not. He stood and exercised his authority. He spoke out loudly to calm the storm and save his disciples. He was not silent in the storm but did what was necessary to set the situation right.

Often in the Bible boats are images of the Church tossed by the waves. Jesus is in the boat with us and is not silent but ACTS! As his Vicar on earth, should not the Pope do the same?

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ea5bbaf0-9208-4600-9a93-fd5be29153d3A month ago Archbishop Viganó exposed the secrets of the homosexual network in the Vatican and the Catholic Church. He called on Pope Francis to resign and all the bishops and Cardinals in the network to resign with him.

Since Pope Francis has been silent (and unhappily Pope Emeritus Benedict too) Archbishop Viganó has released a new letter.

If you haven’t read it yet you need to do so.  God bless this Archbishop.

Article and full text here.

Matt Fradd explains why we can and should criticize a pope. His commentary on ++Viganó’s letter. Great video here….

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Why the Church Cannot Reverse Past Teaching on Capital Punishment

September 20, 2018

If Pope Francis were to teach that capital punishment is “absolutely” immoral, he would be contradicting the teaching of scripture, the Fathers, and all previous popes, and substituting for it “some new doctrine.” June 7, 2017 Joseph M. Bessette, Dr. Edward Feser  Editor’s note: This first part of a two-part article on Catholicism and the death penalty was originally […]

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Bishop Barron: Why Remain Catholic? Why Not Cut and Run?

September 5, 2018
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An Impassioned Appeal to the Pope & Explanation Why Our Patience has RUN OUT!

September 4, 2018

A friend and well-known commentator everyone knows, Al Kresta,  President of Ave Maria Radio, sent me this today. I said it captured a lot of Catholic’s sentiment and asked if I could share it. He said YES!  I think his comments reflect the heart of all of us good Catholics in America struggling to understand […]

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Really? The Pope has more important things to do ?!?!

August 28, 2018

When I saw this I couldn’t believe it. With the sex scandal raging, Cardinals exposed as perverts, young men, seminarians and priests abused and raped by clergy, men raised to Bishop and Cardinal while doing such despicable and perverted things, the Pope credibly charged with culpability — and Cupich of Chicago says there are more important […]

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Former Apostolic Nuncio to Washington DC calls prelates out — naming names and exposing corruption to the highest levels including Pope Francis

August 26, 2018

UPDATE Sunday morning:  Bishop Strickland of Tyler Texas responds to the letter below. A courageous Bishop… I hope other bishops follow his lead (write your bishop to do the same). UK Spectator aticle here. (Picture: Pope Francis greeting the perverted predator knowing what he was according to the letter below.) UPDATE COMMENT Sunday Evening: This continues […]

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Pope Francis and Capital Punishment

August 4, 2018

Excellent article by Edward Feser in First Thing Magazine that puts Pope Francis misstep in perspective … ********************** “In a move that should surprise no one, Pope Francis has once again appeared to contradict two millennia of clear and consistent scriptural and Catholic teaching. The Vatican has announced that the Catechism of the Catholic Church will […]

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Cardinal Burke Speaks on the Confusion in the Church and the Need for Bishops to Speak Out

May 7, 2018

Here is a real prince of the Church. God bless him. The following interview on current events in the Church with George Weigel is also excellent. You may also want to read “The German Church Divided” in the Catholic Thing. This regards communion for divorced and civilly remarried and communion for Protestants. Also Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s […]

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Cautious before Claiming Pope Denies Hell’s Existence

March 30, 2018

UPDATE: I recommend this article by Catholic World Report. Very good. Click HERE ************* It is being reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell and said those unrepentance souls just disappear. The Pope does believe in hell but he ought to more careful who the hell he talks too and how he says […]

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Does God Pick the Pope? [implied, Did God Pick Pope Francis]? by Jimmy Akin

March 14, 2018

Does God Pick the Pope? by Jimmy Akin “When Pope Benedict was elected in 2005, I was overjoyed.As much as I loved John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger spoke to me in a special way, and I was thrilled when he became pope. I was puzzled, though, by the way people began announcing him as “God’s choice” and […]

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Vatican Releases New Document on Salvation — Good Read!

March 6, 2018

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has released a new document–which it does not do too often. It was written by the head of the congregation Archbishops Luis Ladaria at the request of Pope Francis. It addresses two problematic tendencies in the modern world that relate to the heresies of Gnosticism and Pelagianism. Jimmy […]

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EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo is Under Attack – even it seems from the Vatican

February 26, 2018

A number of good Catholic journalist and newscasters are speaking out about what is going on with the Vatican. Raymond Arroyo is one of them. “Raymond Arroyo is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist and a producer. He is the news director and lead anchor of EWTN News, the news division of the Eternal […]

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What to Think About Bad Popes

February 16, 2018

Written by Dave Armstrong and used with permission: BAD POPES: REPLIES TO A SINCERE INQUIRER, February 15, 2018, by Dave Armstrong God made an everlasting covenant with King David, even though he was an adulterer and murderer. Dave writes: “As this was originally private correspondence, my correspondent’s exact words will be paraphrased, not cited. Her […]

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Two Favorite Quotes this Week

January 25, 2018

“My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.” – C.S. Lewis. “Our faith is not on the pope, it is on Christ who is the foundation of the church.” Cardinal Francis Arinze

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