Cardinal Brandmüller Questions Francis’ Claim Not to Have Received the Dubia Before Publication

One of the four questioning cardinals hand-delivered it, Francis told Defense of Faith executive not to respond, now Francis has another story? Is it another Chilean abuse complaint, ignored until stuff hit the fan?

I’m gonna try to be a good Catholic and say some prayers over this, remembering that no pope is exactly like another. Join me?

via OnePeterFive


Pope issuing ‘fake news,’ or is it a ‘memory lapse’?

Francis says he read about the four cardinals’ letter asking for clarification on something he said about marriage in his Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love) letter two years ago from reading about it in the newspapers.

Like Obama saying the same thing when asked about Hillary’s basement email operation?

Or just forgetting about it?

Either way, very strange.

via Blogs | LifeSite

The Profanation of the Sacred and the Sacralisation of the Profane

Fascinating thesis here, put forward by one Dom Karl Wallner, O. Cis. (Cistercian), rector of the Pontifical University of Heiligenkreuz and national director of Missio for Austria, in the blog Canticum Salomonis A Blog for Liturgical Ressourcement,

The last few decades have brought a stark alteration of Catholic cult, liturgy, art, and architecture that many perceive as a break and a rupture, or even as an outright destruction of the former dignity and sacrality. In the long theological debates of the 1970s, “desacralisation” [Brit spelling, sorry] was treated as an imperative for the modernisation of the Church.

Get rid of the mumbo-jumbo, you know.  I do know I wonder about the elevation of the everyday and diminution of the sacred in the mass and how a zeal for making things easier to understand has removed the mystery of it all. Not that clarity has won the day. No. There’s been no concomitant outbreak of clarity.

Dom Wallner, continued:

Along with desacralisation inside the Church there was another phenomenon, which I was able to experience . . . in my encounters with the profane world of show business: a form of sacralisation of the profane, a ritualisation of the banal, the promotion of non-religious objects to the level of cult objects.

From the backstage of the show to which I had been invited, I could observe how the show was designed down the last detail as a sort of dramaturgy, so that the viewer in front of the television participated in a kind of “Pontifical Mass of Entertainment.”

That sounds a bit much, but he makes his point. Judge for yourself by reading further.

via Dom Karl Wallner: The Profanation of the Sacred and the Sacralisation of the Profane

For second year, Sanders earns more than $1M

It pays to be a socialist.

Bernie Sanders

The ultimate argument.

via VTDigger

Christopher Steele Visited State Dept Shortly Before 2016 Election

Well known author of the Steele Report/dossier used by FBI to get its FISA approval. Tricky fellow visited his tricky-fellow friends.

Former British spy Christopher Steele visited the State Department in October 2016 and briefed officials there about his work on the infamous anti-Trump dossier, it was revealed on Wednesday.

“Based upon our review of the visitor logs at the State Department, Mr. Steele visited the State Department, briefing officials on the dossier in October 2016,” Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said during a hearing held to review the U.S. government’s response to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Steele’s visit to Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C., prior to the election has not been previously reported.

Nor will this be much reported, is a good bet.

via The Daily Caller

The Latest: Trump rails against FBI probe of Clinton

Hostility, thy name is Associated Press.

Give ’em a break. They have to look good among their peers. How else hold their heads up at the watering hole?

Same again, Joe.

Here Are The Photos Of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities The Media Won’t Show You

Something I didn’t know. And you neither.

The policy of prosecuting immigrants for crossing the border illegally has been in place for multiple administrations.

The Obama administration prosecuted half a million illegal immigrants and similarly separated families in the process. So did the Bush administration.

Personal accounts from immigration lawyers tell a tale of Obama being equally concerned about unaccompanied minors traveling to the border and wanting to create a deterrent.

Why didn’t we know? because IT WAS NOT REPORTED!!

(Except down low in some other story or reduced to a 118 — old newspaper lingo for one or two paragraphs, part of the widespread Protect-Obama Project.)

via The Daily Caller

Have the Culture Wars Killed Christian Unity?

As the pope heads for the uber-ecumenical World Council of Churches meeting at Geneva, ecumenism seems a losing cause.

Thursday’s WCC event will unfold against a background of diminished expectations. Ecumenical enthusiasm, which peaked in the 1960s, has succumbed to realism about the theological barriers separating Christian denominations.


At the same time, the culture wars and the growth of newer Christian churches have made the ecumenical movement’s oft-stated goal of “full, visible unity” an even more distant prospect.

What happened?

Ecumenical enthusiasm, which peaked in the 1960s . . .  succumbed to realism about the theological barriers separating Christian denominations.

Oh those theological barriers.

A bishop exhorts:

“The reason why we engage in ecumenical relations is the fact that we Christians in the world are not living up to what Jesus wanted,” specifically his mandate at the Last Supper that “all of them may be one,” said Bishop Brian Farrell of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

There was a “heyday,” yes, but . . .

“There was great enthusiasm and perhaps even the illusion that unity would be achievable within a reasonable time,” the bishop said. “With the passage of time, and with the engagement in the theological discussions, we realize that the differences, the difficulties, the divergences are not easy to overcome.”

Chalk up another loss for wishful thinking.

The cause was hardly helped by an intimate of Francis, “a close adviser” and fellow Jesuit,  Father Antonio Spadaro, who last year . . .

. . .  co-wrote an article, in a journal vetted by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State [and surely OK’d by the pope], which argued that conservative American Catholics who join with “Evangelical fundamentalist” Protestants to oppose abortion and same-sex marriage are engaged in an “ecumenism of hate,” also marked by materialism and hostility to Muslims.

It’s a charge ( manifesto, really) dismissed as “absurd,” by Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, who noted that “Evangelical leaders work closely with U.S. Catholic bishops on a range of issues, including the rights of refugees and other migrants, predatory lending and international religious freedom.”

They get along better than the Jesuit judged from his Vatican roost. Note that the Baptist man did not eschew the fundamentalist designation, which in some Christian quarters is held in esteem.

via : WSJ

Trump’s approval rating just reached its highest level yet in the “gold standard” of presidential indicators

I’ll be darned!

(Smaller type here: This is post-Kim Jong-un meeting, pre-border separation of children from parents. Stay tuned.)

via AOL News

Pope Francis accepts resignation of three Chilean bishops

Good, even if it did take a house to fall on Francis, who used a hammer to kill the fly on baby’s nose.

That is, calling for offers to resign by all the Chilean bishops. Or it looks that way from afar. Alternatively, they all were suspect and in any case, they all survive at Francis’s will in the matter.

Besides 61-year-old Barros, the pope also agreed to the departures of Cristian Caro Cordero, bishop of Puerto Montt, and Gonzalo Duarte Garcia de Cortazar, bishop of Valparaiso, who had both reached the normal retirement age of 75. [And therefore would have made the offer regardless of the situation.]

Barros has been at the centre of the growing scandal ever since Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Osorno in 2015 over the objections of the local faithful, his own sex abuse prevention advisers and some of Chile’s other bishops.

They questioned Barros’ suitability to lead given he had been a top lieutenant of Chilean paedophile priest Fernando Karadima and had been accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. [boldface added]

The scandal is the latest to rock the Roman Catholic Church, and Argentine-born Francis said it must not happen again on his watch.

We may piously hope so, even while wondering what demon waits to be exorcised within the Holy Father, that which inspires his stubbornness, now reversed, in such a matter. As the gossipy lady said about another’s gauche apparel, what was [he] thinking?

via Chile News | Al Jazeera

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