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Springtime Update from AngelQueen and the Diocese of Quebec:
Number of Quebec parishes falls from 130 to 64 [and eventually to 37] as “reorganization” continues
[The “springtime” of Vatican II comes to Quebec]
Catholic World News – 1/23/18
Prior to a reorganization announced in 2011 by Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, the Archdiocese of Quebec had 216 parishes. On January 1, the number of parishes serving these 216 “local communities” was reduced from 130 to 64. In 2020, the number of parishes will fall to 37.
Source: Diocèse de Québec
Read at AngelQueen.org HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Well played, Vatican II! But at least now the Quebecois can all "participate" in the liturgy...assuming they can find a church that's not been sold or shuttered.
Here, by the way, is some video footage from back in the days of the Old Evangelization—as opposed to the New & Improved one, which is so much better, right? This is what Catholics believed...this is what we used to be...this is what we lost:
And for those not too busy celebrating the Springtime of Vatican II, here's a video report on the recent demise of the great four-century-old Ursuline mother house in Old Quebec: View Here
And here's how the Ursulines in Quebec got started some four hundred years ago, before the Church of Accompaniment came along to help us figure out that proselytism is, as Pope Francis tells us, "solemn nonsense":
St. Marie de l’Incarnation, Mother of Quebec
The arrival of the Ursulines in Quebec, 1639
One rarely comes across a person with more true grit than St. Marie of the Incarnation. Not only was she the most significant missionary leader to establish the Ursuline Convent in Quebec, she was also a mother and a skillful entrepreneur.
She was christened as Marie Guyart in Tours, France in 1599. She was the fourth of Florent Guyart and Jeanne Michelet's eight children. When Marie was seven years old, she experienced her first vision of Jesus Christ. In her book Relation of 1654, she recounted: "With my eyes toward heaven, I saw our Lord Jesus Christ in human form come forth and move through the air to me. As Jesus in his wondrous majesty was approaching me, I felt my heart enveloped by his love and I began to extend my arms to embrace him. Then he put his arms about me, kissed me lovingly, and said, 'Do you wish to belong to me?' I answered, 'Yes!' And having received my consent, he ascended back into Heaven." From that point onward, Marie felt "inclined towards goodness."
Intent on belonging to Christ, Marie, at fourteen years of age, proposed to her parents that she enter religious life with the Benedictines of Beaumont Abbey, but her parents disregarded her desire. Instead, she was married to Claude Martin, a master silk worker in 1617. By her own account, she enjoyed a happy - although brief - marriage and within two years she had a son, also named Claude. Her husband died only months after the birth of their son, leaving Marie a widow at the age of nineteen.
With her husband's death, Marie inherited his failing business which she then lost. Forced to move into her parent's home, Marie secluded herself to pursue a deepening of her commitment to spiritual growth. After a year with her parents, Guyart was invited to move in with her sister and brother-in-law, Paul Buisson, who owned a successful transportation business. She accepted, and helped in managing their house and kitchen.
Turns out she had a knack for business, and not only did she make the silk merchant business profitable, but from there she went on to run her brother-in-law’s transport company. She took care of everything: the inventory of goods, the drivers, even the 60 horses.
But nothing, not even worldly success and acclaim, could distract Marie from the pursuit of a spiritual life. Finally, free to pursue her religious inclinations, Marie took vows of chastity, obedience and poverty. On 24 March 1620, she received a vision that inflamed and renewed her ardent desire for the habit. "I was constantly occupied by my intense concentration on God," she wrote in 1633. In 1631, after working with a spiritual director for many years, Guyart decided to enter the Ursuline monastery in Tours to test her religious vocation, at which time she received the religious name of Marie of Incarnation, by which she is now known.
Joining the monastery required her to leave her adolescent son. This was the most difficult decision of her life, but she accomplished the separation only because she firmly believed that it was the will of God. Young Claude did not respond with such resignation. He attempted to storm the monastery with a band of school friends, and could repeatedly be found crying at the gates, trying to enter. She left him in the care of the Buisson family, but the emotional pain of the separation would remain with them both. Her heart and prayers reached out toward him all her life, and her constant petitions to God affected a strong zeal for souls in the boy himself; he grew up to become a Benedictine monk. In later years they corresponded candidly about their spiritual and emotional trials.
Marie experienced a vision that would inspire her voyage to the New World. She saw herself walking hand in hand with a laywoman against the backdrop of a foreign landscape; on the roof of a small church in this distant, foggy landscape sat the Virgin Mary and Jesus. In Relation of 1654 she wrote, "I saw at some distance to my left [in] a little church of white marble...the Blessed Virgin was seated. She was holding the Child Jesus on her lap. This place was elevated, and below it lay a majestic and vast country, full of mountains, of valleys, of thick mists which permeated everything except the church...The Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, looked down on this country, as pitiable as it was awesome...it seemed to me that she spoke about this country and about myself and that she had in mind some plan which involved me."
With the assistance of her spiritual director, Marie identified the country to be Canada and became convinced that her vocation was to help establish the Faith in the New World. Marie’s initial financial concerns for the funding of the journey and the establishment of a convent in New France were resolved when she was introduced to Madeleine de la Peltrie. Marie recognized that this devout widow, the daughter of a fiscal officer, was the laywoman from her vision. De la Peltrie’s contribution to the endeavor was met with strong opposition from her aristocratic family. To garner their support, de la Peltrie went so far as to arrange a sham marriage with a Christian man, Jean de Brenière. Madeleine's new marital status gave her the legal authority to sign over the bulk of her estate to the Ursuline Order, thereby fully funding the mission.
The spiritual daughters of St. Marie, a few years before Vatican II
On May 4, 1639, Marie de l’Incarnation and her intrepid new friend, Madeleine de la Peltrie, set sail from Dieppe for Quebec on board the Saint Joseph. They were accompanied by a fellow aristocratic Ursuline Marie de Sanonières, the young commoner Charlotte Barré, three nurses, and two Jesuit Fathers.
Despite never achieving martyrdom, Marie spent many years in the New World aspiring towards it, working diligently in the meantime. She was one of the first female missionaries in the New World, and the first superior of the Ursulines in Canada. The routine of everyday life was organized in the little house lent by a friend. It consisted of two rooms and a leaky roof. Little Indian girls flocked to the convent in such great numbers that it was thought necessary to build a monastery in 1641. Setbacks could have discouraged this little community, but the management strength of Mother Marie kept the community going. Not only did the sisters teach the young Indian girls, but they also washed, dressed and fed them free of charge. To teach the girls more effectively, Mother Marie learned the Algonquin, Huron and Iroquois languages and wrote dictionaries and catechisms for her students. Slowly but surely the number of sisters grew as they received new vocations.
Then fire destroyed the convent, and in a few hours the sisters’ work of nearly ten years was destroyed. Mother Marie and the sisters decided to not leave the area and to build again. She wrote, “We are in the dark here, and we must grope around for our way. We consult wise persons, but things do not turn out as foreseen. We roll along, however, and when we think we are at the bottom of the precipice, we find ourselves standing upright.”
Back in France, Marie’s son Claude became a Benedictine monk in 1641. He was eventually elected prior, assistant, definer and president of the General Chapter of his Order. For 30 years he kept up regular correspondence with his mother in Canada. This son was the first to write a biography of his mother, and in the foreword, the Bishop of Quebec wrote:
“Having chosen her to establish the Ursulines in Canada, God gave her the full spirit of her Institute. She was a perfect superior, an excellent Mistress of novices, capable of undertaking any religious enterprise. Her exterior life, simple and well-disciplined, was animated by an intense interior life, so that she was a living Rule for all her Community. Her zeal for the salvation of souls, and especially for the conversion of the Indians, was great and so universal that she seemed to carry them all in her heart. We cannot doubt that, by her prayers, she greatly called down God’s many blessings upon this new-born Church.”
Marie died of a liver illness on April 30, 1672. In the necrology report sent to the Ursulines of France, it was written: "The numerous and specific virtues and excellent qualities which shone through this dear deceased, make us firmly believe that she enjoys a high status in God's glory."
Her powerful intercession can be sought at any time, but especially on her feast day, April 30th.
VATICAN II UPDATE: Number of Quebec Parishes to PlummetBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
More than 50,000 Poles have already signed a request to Polish bishops to defend the traditional teaching of marriage. This is a unique action in the history of the Polish Church. Learn more from PoloniaChristiana website:
Over fifty thousand Polish Catholics have already supported an initiative of Polonia Semper Fidelis – and the number of signatories of its petition to the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference is still increasing! It is still possible to join the circle of defenders of Christ’s teaching.
…Liberal interpretations of the Pope’s document caused quite a stir in the Church. For example, German bishops stated that divorcees living in new, nonsacramental relationships can receive Holy Communion. However, such a position is in breach of the existing teachings of the Church and violates the sixth commandment!
…The campaign launched by Polonia Semper Fidelis is a consequence of liberal interpretations of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia that appeared in some countries. Some solutions adopted e.g. in Germany allow people living in the state of mortal sin to receive Holy Communion without the necessity of changing their lives and going to confession. According to the constant teaching of the Church receiving the Holy Eucharist this way is sacrilegious and thus another very grave sin.
…In order not to spread the German errors in the Church in Poland the faithful ask their Polish bishops to confirm the Catholic doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage. The letter addressed to President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference Abp. Stanisław Gądecki has already been signed by over 54 000 Polish people.
…Polish bishops took a firm position during synods devoted to a family and bravely stood up for the teachings of the Church and the spiritual heritage of the Polish Pope. We expect that the Polish Episcopal Conference will rise to the occasion also this time. Let’s show that we support our Shepherds! READ MORE HERE and HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: One wonders when the world will start paying attention to the fact that something is happening in Poland. It's difficult to understand the various factions and who's who and what's what , of course, but what is clear is that Catholic Poland is rising, that Catholic Poles have had enough of the EU and maybe, just maybe, enough of the Church of Accompaniment. Please, God, watch over and protect our Polish brothers and sisters.
Over 50,000 Polish Catholics Sign Petition to Their Bishops Regarding Amoris LaetitiaBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
TwinCitiesPioneerPress.com recently bothered to print what looks like a nothing-burger of a story:
Police arrested a 19-year-old former St. Catherine University student on Wednesday after eight small fires were set in seven buildings on the St. Paul campus.
No injuries were reported, and the St. Paul fire and police departments are investigating. Police had no immediate information about what the motive might have been.
All but one of the fires were in trash cans, mostly in women’s restrooms, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Gaede. The largest fire was a chair that had been set ablaze in a lounge area, which activated a sprinkler system.
“That, by far, did the most damage to the building and the area,” Gaede said. The university said in a statement that the extent of the damage is being determined, but indicated it was not major.
Officers responded to the campus at 11:40 a.m., along with firefighters, on a report of suspicious fires, according to police.
In addition to Derham Hall, the fires were found and quickly contained in Our Lady of Victory Chapel; Fontbonne and Mendel halls, which are classroom buildings; Butler Center, the fitness facility; St. Mary Hall, a dorm; and Coeur de Catherine, the student center, according to Sara Berhow, St. Kate’s spokeswoman. Two of the fires were set in Coeur de Catherine.
Campus public safety officers worked with the police and fire departments to review security footage and identified a suspect entering various buildings. At about 1:30 p.m., the suspect was found in a lounge in Crandall Hall, a dorm.
The woman, identified in a police report as Tnuza Jamal Hassan, was removed from campus at 2:35 p.m. and police arrested her on suspicion of first-degree arson.
Hassan, of Minneapolis, was a St. Kate’s student during the fall semester, but was not enrolled for January term or the spring semester, according to Berhow.
St. Kate’s is in session for students taking four-week January-term classes. The university notified their community on Wednesday about the incident via email, their emergency alert system and social media, with messages going out every 15 minutes until police gave the all-clear, Berhow said.
REMNANT COMMENT: So, there’s the PC version, but read another report of the same event, from Gateway Pundit:
Muslim Starts Six Fires at Catholic University, Including the Daycare – Says “You Guys Are Lucky I Don’t Know How to Make Bombs”
She told investigators that she wanted to "burn the school to the ground":
The Star Tribune reported:
A former St. Catherine University student charged with setting fires on the college’s St. Paul campus told police she did it because she’d “been reading about the U.S. military destroying schools in Iraq or Afghanistan and she felt that she should do exactly the same thing,” according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.
“You guys are lucky that l don’t know how to build a bomb because l would have done that,” Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis allegedly told investigators after being arrested Wednesday afternoon in a campus dorm lounge…
…A woman who identified herself as Hassan’s older sister — in tears outside Hassan’s first court hearing Friday — declined comment. In addition to the sister, Hassan has a mother in the area, who could not be reached for comment.
Patrick Nwaneri, an attorney retained by Hassan’s family, declined to comment on the charge but said it came as a “big shock” to the family, adding, “They are just at a loss.”
Hassan, appearing in court in a black and white hijab, gave only brief, one-word answers to questions from the judge.
According to the complaint, she told investigators she set six fires on the private Catholic university’s campus, though university and fire officials said there were eight.
The most serious fire started in Saint Mary Hall, a residential dormitory that also houses a day care. Police said there were 33 children and eight adults in the building when a chair was set ablaze — triggering the building’s sprinkler system, which prevented it from spreading.
A second fire was set at the Butler Center fitness facility in a women’s bathroom.
Police reviewed surveillance footage and saw a woman — later identified as Hassan — entering both halls just before the sprinklers activated. She was carrying a plastic shopping bag, which police later recovered. It contained a box of matches.
Muslim Arsonist Targets Catholic UniversityBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
From our friends at National Catholic Register:
Ed Pentin: One of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra’s last wishes — to have an international conference to examine ways to resolve the current crisis of division in the Church — will take place in Rome in early April, the Register has learned.
Details have yet to be officially released, but the conference is expected to explore the limits of papal infallibility as well as seek ways to overcome the division in the Church, exacerbated by what many see as pastoral and doctrinal confusion on key moral issues.
Sources who were close to Cardinal Caffarra up until his death last September said he had become deeply disillusioned by the crisis in the Church, especially the confusion and division caused by differing interpretations of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia on the issue of giving the Eucharist to Catholics engaging in sexual relations outside marriage, such as the divorced and civilly remarried and cohabiting couples.
The archbishop emeritus of Bologna was one of the four signatories of the dubia, five questions sent to the Pope in 2016 asking for clarification of the document to ascertain whether it was in continuity with the Church’s teaching and tradition, but to which the Pope has not responded.
…The upcoming conference is expected to also debate a related subject: the limits of papal power, amid concerns that Pope Francis is leading the Church in a direction that they consider to be a departure from the faith, continuity and tradition, and that he is doing so in an authoritarian fashion and without unanimous consent of bishops. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: This thing is far from over, and Pope Francis does not win in the end. The pro-family, pro-marriage forces have a powerful heavenly ally in Cardinal Caffarra—the late archbishop emeritus of Bologna—who shortly before he died pointed out that “at the root of this is the work of Satan, who wants to build an actual anti-creation. This is the ultimate and terrible challenge which Satan is hurling at God. ‘I am demonstrating to you that I am capable of constructing an alternative to your creation. And man will say: it is better in the alternative creation than in your creation.’”
Not long before his death, Cardinal Caffarra also let it be known that he’d received a letter from Sister Lucia reminding him that “there will come a time when the decisive confrontation between the Kingdom of God and Satan will take place over marriage and the family.” He went on the record, declaring that he firmly believed Sister Lucia’s prediction was “being fulfilled in these days of ours” but that in the end the Immaculate Heart will triumph and the enemies of God would fall.
Perhaps His Eminence—one of the original “dubia cardinals”—is still working in Rome even now, trying to save the Church from the Modernists who have her by the throat.
Let us pray that whatever it is, this conference will be imbued with the spirit of Carlo Cardinal Caffarra.
FRANCIS WATCH: Rumors Mount, Mysterious Roman ConferenceBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
This just in from LifeSiteNews:
EWTN’s Lauren Ashburn broke the news on Twitter Wednesday morning.
“We're excited to announce that the President will become the first sitting president to address the March for Life from the White House live via satellite,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a media briefing today. “This will take place from the Rose Garden. The President is committed to protecting the life of the unborn and he is excited to be part of this historic event.”
Previous Republican presidents have delivered remarks to the March for Life via pre-taped video messages or phone calls.
“Since his first day in office, President Trump has remained steadfast on his campaign promises to the pro-life cause and has actively worked to protect the unborn,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life. “Over the past year, the Trump administration has significantly advanced pro-life policy, and it is with great confidence that, under his leadership, we expect to see other pro-life achievements in the years to come. We welcome our 45th President, Donald Trump, to the 45th annual March for Life.”
Last year, President Trump called out the media for giving extensive coverage to a pro-abortion march but not to the March for Life, the largest pro-life event in the world. The March for Life draws hundreds of thousands of people every year on or near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Game over, Never-Trumpers. Don’t let the door hit you in the backside on the way out.
Trump First President Ever to (Live Stream) Address Pro-life March in DCBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
Francis: It is a sin to base social policy on legitimate, understandable fears concerning the effects of Muslim immigration. But adultery is not sinful in “complex circumstances.”
As this grotesque mockery of a papacy continues with so sign of abatement, we learn that Francis has just bestowed the title of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great on none other than Lilianne Ploumen, former Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands, who is one of the world’s foremost promoters of abortion on demand. As Michael Hichborn (a fellow parishioner of mine) reports:
“After US President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, Ploumen launched a new NGO called She Decides to provide mass amounts of funds to organizations that would no longer receive funds from the US government. The Mexico City Policy automatically denies US funding for international organizations which perform or promote abortion.
“Referring to the Mexico City Policy as a ‘Global Gag Rule,’ Ploumen stated that the intention of She Decides was to continue support for existing programs being run by organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International. She said, ‘These are successful and effective programs: direct support, distributing condoms, making sure women are accompanied at the birth, and making sure abortion is safe if they have no other choice. By July of 2017, Ploumen’s program had raised over $300 million."
Let this sink in: in the name of Pope Gregory the Great, a wayward successor on the Chair of Peter has conferred the dignity of a papal knighthood on a woman who declares publicly her undying commitment to “making sure abortion is safe if they have no other choice.” Let no one object that Francis merely provided a pro forma papal blessing to a ceremonial honorific. He surely knows the worldwide scandal this has caused, but just as surely will never revoke the honor. Message received!
Meanwhile, the entire Church is expected to hang on Francis’s every word concerning this or that matter which preoccupies him, for as he has made clear in one of his multitude of infamous interviews: “I’m constantly making statements, giving homilies. That’s magisterium.” Constantly indeed! And this constant stream of “magisterium” includes the obsessive repetition of Francis’s opinion on the imaginary moral duty of European nations to welcome their invasion by endless waves of “migrants” and “refugees” the large majority of whom are military age Muslim males.
The most recent example is a sermon on the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
Like the politician he clearly wishes to be, on this occasion Francis spoke out of both sides of his mouth, the better to advance the result that one side of his mouth has never ceased advocating: the effective Islamicization of Western Europe. Quoth Francis:
In today’s world, for the newly arrived, to welcome, to know and to recognize means to know and respect the laws, culture and traditions of the countries in which they are welcomed….
So far, so good. But of course we know what is coming next from our bitter experience with the maddening Bergoglian two-step: exactly the opposite thought, which is the real point of the sermon. Thus, Francis continued:
It is not easy to enter into the culture of others, to put ourselves in the shoes of people so different from us, to understand their thoughts and experiences. And so often we give up the meeting with the other and raise barriers to defend ourselves. Local communities sometimes fear that newcomers disturb the established order, “robbing” something that has been painstakingly constructed. Even the newcomers have fears: they fear confrontation, judgment, discrimination, failure.
These fears are legitimate, based on doubts that are fully understandable from a human point of view. Having doubts and fears is not a sin. Sin is to let these fears determine our responses, condition our choices, compromise respect and generosity, feed hatred and rejection. Sin is to renounce the encounter with the other, the encounter with the different, the encounter with others, which in fact is a privileged opportunity to meet the Lord.
To summarize this double-talk: (a) “migrants” and “refugees” (i.e., basically hordes of well-fed, military age Muslims) should respect the laws, culture and traditions of the European nations into which they are swarming; (b) fears that millions of Muslim “migrants” and “refugees” will not respect “laws, culture and traditions” of European nations, particularly in local communities, are legitimate and fully understandable; but (c) civil authorities would sin if they based their immigration policy decisions on legitimate and understandable fears about the effects of Muslim mass migration.
Or, more simply: there must be no restriction on Muslim mass migration, and certainly no “barriers” such as those “sinfully” erected by Poland and Hungary in order to “renounce the encounter with the other.”
So, according to Francis, calling a halt to mass Muslim migration, or even sharply restricting it, would be sinful. But living in a state that the Catechism of John Paul II calls “permanent and public adultery” is not sinful for many in that state, nor is it any impediment to their reception of Holy Communion, given their “complex circumstances.” No “complex circumstances,” however, would justify halting or restricting Muslim mass migration, even based on legitimate and understandable fears about its effects.
Confronted with rising opposition to his novelties, Francis has dared to affix the label Authentic Magisterium® to his approval of Holy Communion for public adulterers, even though it introduces “a discipline alien to the entire Tradition of the Catholic and Apostolic faith.” Doubtless he would, if he deemed it expedient, apply the same label to his view that the “welcoming” of an indiscriminate number of “migrants” and “refugees” is a moral imperative of nations and that its rejection is sinful.
The label as applied by Francis deserves the mockery of the registered trademark symbol because, by standing in opposition to all his predecessors on a matter as fundamental as the sin of public adultery and its consequences respecting the discipline of the Sacraments, Francis himself forfeits any claim that his personal brand of thought can be identified with the perennial Magisterium of the Holy Catholic Church. With each passing day of “this disastrous pontificate,” the distinction between what Francis thinks and what the Magisterium teaches impresses itself ever more deeply on the Catholic mind.
The Latest from the Authentic Magisterium®By: Christopher A. Ferrara
Bishop Bode put his stripy socks on, everybody. Time to listen up and take him seriously:
GERMANY, January 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, the Vice President of the German Bishops' Conference, has called for a discussion about the possibility of blessing homosexual relationships. He believes there to be “much [that is] positive” in such relationships.
The new statement from Bishop Bode comes in the wake of a recent interview given to the German journal Herder Korrespondenz by Cardinal Reinhard Marx – President of the German Bishops' Conference and papal adviser – in which he proposed that the Catholic Church rethink her teaching on sexual morality in which he argued against “blind rigorism.” For him, it is “difficult to say from the outside whether someone is in the state of mortal sin.” Marx applied this statement not only to men and women in 'irregular situations,' but also to those in a homosexual relationship.
There has to be “a respect for a decision made in freedom” and for one's “conscience,” claimed Marx. He said that one has to take into account the “concrete circumstances,” while still remembering “one's own responsibility in light of the Gospels.” Of course, added Marx, one also has “to listen to the voice of the Church.”
In the new interview with the German regional newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, Bishop Bode made remarks which have already led to a vivid discussion in Germany, with conservative Catholics like Mathias von Gersdorff and Dr. Markus Büning raising their voices in protest.
“I think we have to discuss this matter in more detail within the Church,” says Bishop Bode – who has been the bishop of Osnabrück since 1995 – adding that it does not help to maintain “silence” in this matter.
...Bishop Bode asks, with reference to homosexual couples, “how do we do justice to them?” and adds: “how do we accompany them pastorally and liturgically?” Moreover, the German prelate – who had been one of the representatives of the German bishops at the Synod of Bishops on marriage and the family – proposes to reconsider the Church’s stance on active homosexual relationships which are regarded as gravely sinful. “We have to reflect upon the question as to how to assess in a differentiated manner a relationship between two homosexual persons,” he says. “Is there not so much positive and good and right so that we have to be more just?” READ MORE HERE
A New Year Prediction: Vatican Will Greenlight ‘Gay Unions’ in 2018
German Bishop Advocates Blessing for Gay CouplesBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
What the “paradigm shift” is going on?
National Catholic Register: Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said Amoris Laetitia represents a “new paradigm” that calls us to a “new spirit, a new approach” to help “incarnate the Gospel in the family.”
In an interview with Vatican Radio published Thursday, the Vatican Secretary of State said “at the end of the day, Amoris Laetitia has emerged as a new paradigm that Pope Francis is conducting wisely, prudently and also patiently.”
He added that the “difficulties” arising from the document and which “still exist in the Church, beyond certain aspects of its content, are due precisely to this change in attitude that the Pope is asking of us.”
“It’s a paradigm shift, and the text itself insists on this, that’s what is asked of us — this new spirit, this new approach!,” he said.
He added that “any change obviously always involves some difficulty, but these difficulties are taken into account and must be tackled with commitment, to find answers that become moments for further growth, further study.”
Amoris Laetitia, he continued, as well as indicating the Church’s “embrace of the family and its problems in the world today, really helps to incarnate the Gospel in the family — which is already a gospel: the Gospel of the family — and at the same time is a request for help from families that they might collaborate and contribute to the growth of the Church.”
In the same interview, Cardinal Parolin said the Church in 2018 will be especially focused on young people.
He said he believed it important to “search for a new relationship between the Church and young people, characterized by a paradigm of commitment free of every type of paternalism.” The Church, he added, “truly wants to enter into dialogue with young people’s reality; it wants to understand young people and wants to help them.”
...The term "paradigm shift" in relation to Amoris Laetitia and the Church's moral teaching has been causing unease of late. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: No seriously, Eminence, you're doing a wonderful job.
Speaking of "paradigm shifts", here's another (just think of this old church as infallible Catholic teaching in the indissolubility of marriage... and the machines as the pontificate of Pope Francis):
Vatican SecState: Amoris Laetitia Means "Paradigm Shift" in ChurchBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
On January 6, 2018, right to life in Paris received a tremendous advocate:
National Catholic Register: “…Paris now has a vigorous new pro-life champion for its archbishop! His installation [was] Jan. 6.
Archbishop Aupetit, 66, was something of a “late vocation” (if you only count the priesthood as a vocation): He was ordained at age 44, after a previous vocation as a medical doctor. He practiced medicine from 1979 to 1990 and taught bioethics until 2006. His book, L’Embryon, Quells Enjeux? (The Embryo: What Are the Stakes? Paris: Éditions Salvator, 2008) is a vigorous defense of the unborn child.
…What is most appealing about Archbishop Aupetit is that, as a medical doctor, he has the scientific background and expertise necessary to engage and respond to the bioethicists ready to bless the next case of embryo experimentation here or euthanasia there. There is still an aura about the white-laboratory-coated “expert” that affords him deference — often undue deference — to conduct experiments or even formulate public policy. Part of that aura stems from his biological or medical knowledge that his audience neither has nor often understands, so they are ready to give him the benefit of the doubt.
The value of Archbishop Aupetit is that he can stand toe-to-toe with them and offer plausible rebuttals, having the same command of biology and medicine as his opponent.” Read the full report HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: It is tragically indicative of the nature and full extent of the crisis in the Catholic Church when a new bishop is highly praised merely for being pro-life, as though that's no longer a given. Well, in fact it's not. Lots of things once considered givens ain't necessarily so anymore. (Something about popes always and forever being unquestionably Catholic comes to mind.)
Still, the new Archbishop of Paris is highly regarded in the pro-life community and at least is not known to be not supportive of the Traditional Latin Mass movement. In fact, Angelqueen reported a possible good sign in this regard:
Bishop Michel Aupetit, 66, of Nanterre, a former medical doctor, will be the next archbishop of Paris according to the French Journalist Frederic Martel writing on Twitter. Martel refers to “informal contacts in Rome”. On November 11, Nanterre Diocese celebrated the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum with a Tridentine Latin Mass in Nanterre cathedral. The Latin Mass was even announced on the diocesan website.
Here's to hoping and praying for the best in Paris.
New Pro-Life Archbishop for ParisBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
For more information, click HERE
Archbishop Sample to Celebrate TLM for Summorum Pontificum AnniversaryBy: Press Release
Next Tuesday at the Argument of the Month:
In order to be a good Catholic in the modern Church, is it necessary to be some sort of progressive, open-minded Democrat, or an environmentalist, anti-capitalist and celebrate Martin Luther's Protestant Revolt? Michael Matt and Father Echert say NO! AOTM asks why not? Is that not the message from the majority of Catholic leaders? Is it OK, for Catholics to stick with traditional moral theology or is it necessary for all of us to change how we believe and get ready to go along with the times? Come see our very own Fr. Echert and Michael Matt defend their positions in a crossfire of objections from our moderator. Come enjoy the good food and fellowship at the next AOTM!
5:30pm Social Hour and Appetizers
|7:30pm Main Presentation/Debate|
|9:30pm Wrap Up|
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