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This week from the Editor’s Desk, Michael Matt takes a much closer look at the eco-theology of the Pan-Amazonian Bishops Synod, to kick off in two weeks.

Do you think this is really about women deacons and married priests? Or is there something much more sinister going on?

Plus, in addition to calling for the establishment of a ‘new humanism,’ Francis borrows a page from Hillary Clinton’s playbook and tells the world that ‘it takes a village’ to establish peace and justice for all.

Friday, September 20, 2019

STRUCK SHEPHERD, TICKED OFF SHEEP

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"Pope Francis does not speak like a Catholic, and much of what he says – many of his oft-repeated tropes apparently being the common tongue of forward-thinking Jesuit academics – can easily be mistaken for gibberish. But over the last few years it’s possible to discern a pattern and perhaps even get a knack for interpreting him." - Hilary White
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Exciting times! Heresy! Schism! Everyone pointing and yelling at everyone else: “You’re a schismatic!” “No, you’re a schismatic!” “No, YOU!”…

People taking bets on whether any of the bishops at October’s Amazon Synod are going to haul off and punch someone, just like in the good old days. It’s certainly a blast to live in interesting historic eras, eh?

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Laws which mandated breaking the seal of the confessional were enacted in two Australian states last week. In Victoria, the penalty for failing to report child sexual abuse admitted in confession is up to three years imprisonment, while in Tasmania, the maximum penalty is 21 years’ in prison - which is the same penalty in that state for crimes such as rape.

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ANTI-FRANCIS WINDS OF CHANGE...

Francis says Catholics must obey the United Nations.

Francis claims his critics use “rigid ideology” to mask their own moral failings.

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(Regnery Gateway, 2018 196 pp.) – The authors of two recently published books critical of the current pontificate take very different initial approaches to their task. George Neumayr, author of The Political Pope (See my review: The Remnant, May 31, 2019) begins his critique of the pope with these words: "From the first moment I saw him, I knew that he was going to be a Modernist wrecking ball."

The other author is not as blunt, at least at the start. He begins thus: "Every day I pray for Pope Francis. And every day (I am exaggerating, but only slightly), the pope issues another reminder that he does not approve of Catholics like me." Philip Lawler, Lost Shepherd.

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In his article, "Pope Francis Addresses Criticism of His Pontificate and Discusses ‘Schism’", Edward Pentin informs his readers that: "On the papal plane from Madagascar on Tuesday, Pope Francis said he always welcomes constructive criticism but not ‘pills of arsenic’ which he says can come from ‘rigid’ critics who hide behind orthodoxy and should be treated ‘with meekness.’"

According the Pentin, Francis set up the following almost laughable scenario for reporters on the plane to Madagascar: "Regarding the case of the Pope: I don’t like this aspect of the Pope, I criticize him, I speak about him, I write an article and ask him to respond, this is fair. To criticize without wanting to hear a response and without getting into dialogue is not to have the good of the Church at heart, it is chasing after a fixed idea, to change the Pope or to create a schism. This is clear: a fair criticism is always well received, at least by me." (Emphasis added) 

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- Will the Church, beginning this coming October, lose its Roman face in order to assume an “Amazonic face”? Somebody wants this to happen, but he is not in the Amazon, he is in Rome where Saint Peter was martyred, the Apostle on whom Christ conferred the universal Primacy.

The ninetieth anniversary of the Lateran Accords, signed in Rome on February 11, 1929, between the Holy See and the government of Benito Mussolini, passed almost unnoticed. The Accords, also known as the “Conciliazione” because they re-established collaboration between Church and State in Italy, which had ended after the taking of Rome in 1870, were replaced in 1984 with a “New Concordat” which distorted the significance of the 1929 Accords.

The Lateran Accords of 1929 included a Treaty with 27 articles as well as a Concordat with 45 articles. They reflect the principle already contained in the Statute issued in the Piedmont on March 4, 1848 (called the “Albertine Statute” because it was issued by King Carlo Alberto), which established that the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman religion was the only religion of the Italian State.

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As Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller send letters to the College of Cardinals, warning that apostasy threatens to find its way into the tribal socialist Pan-Amazonian Synod in Rome next month, Michael J. Matt explains how October’s Synod of Bishops is on a trajectory set a half-century ago at the Second Vatican Council. 

Matteo Salvini was pushed out of power in Italy last week, thanks to a Vatican-backed initiative to undermine the rosary-kissing Catholic populist who frequently called on Our Lady and the patron saints of Europe to protect Italy’s sovereignty, soul and borders.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Authority and Obedience in a Bureaucratic Church

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Corruption in the Church appears bound to the existing social order. Caesaropapism was a threat so long as there were Caesars. Feudal corruptions like simony lasted (with some amendment) as long as feudalism. The divine-right kings had their sycophantic clergy, and it took the Age of Revolution to break that particular grip.

Thus the social order tends to frame the way Catholics see the Church. Granting that any number of influences work on the Church through time, it still helps to understand how things are done. The manners of an age will probably find expression in the Church's life, even if unconsciously.  

Sunday, September 1, 2019

A DIOCESAN PRIEST: 'The Clans Must Unite'

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Here's a sermon many have waited 30 years to hear. Ironically, it comes from a diocesan priest, fighting Modernism right from within the belly of the beast.

In this Sunday Sermon of South Saint Paul, Father explains his own history growing up Catholic, recalling his childhood in the traditional Church and then recounting how the Revolution tore it all apart.

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Unite the Clans – is it just a call for a great big ecumenical group hug? Or is there more to it?

Michael J. Matt traces the history of the traditional Catholic movement, especially as relating to the Society of St. Pius X and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and then asks the question: Despite three decades of bitter intermural squabbling, can we get out of the way long enough to the let the old Faith unite us in battle against those who would crush us all?

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