Too soon after the Capozzi orgy, the Pope who pledged “zero-tolerance for sexual abuse” may be sheltering a child porn addict in Vatican City, as this Associated Press report reveals:
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A high-ranking priest working in the Vatican's embassy in Washington has been recalled after U.S. prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation.
The diplomat was suspected of possessing, but not producing or disseminating, child pornography including images of pre-pubescent children, a U.S. source familiar with the case said. The source was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Vatican declined to identify the priest, but said he was currently in Vatican City and that Vatican prosecutors had launched their own probe and sought evidence from the U.S.
If the accusations pan out, the case would be a major embarrassment for the Vatican and Pope Francis, who has pledged "zero tolerance" for sexual abuse. The diplomat would be the second from the Vatican's diplomatic corps to face possible criminal charges for such crimes during Francis' papacy. And any trial in the Vatican would come as Francis' own financial czar, Cardinal George Pell, is on trial in his native Australia for alleged historic sex abuse cases.
The State Department said it had asked the Vatican to lift the official's diplomatic immunity on Aug. 21, and said the request was denied three days later. For the State Department to make such a request, its lawyers would have needed to be convinced that there was reasonable cause for criminal prosecution.
The circumstances that prompted prosecutors to make the request, however, weren't clear. The Justice Department, which would have brought any charges, didn't immediately comment, and the Vatican gave no details about what, if any, evidence had been provided to persuade it to recall the priest. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Dear God, how much scandal can Your spotless bride endure? In her human element, she has fallen into the hands of who would defile her to death.
While her enemies are legion who’ve been plotting her destruction for centuries, the fact remains that over the course of the past half-century the human element of the Catholic Church has gone from the most powerful institution in the world -- capable of influencing political elections in all four corners of the earth, forcing mighty cultural elites (such as Hollywood) to censor themselves, causing demons like Adolf Hitler to respect Vatican neutrality or face a worldwide Catholic backlash his stupid Reich couldn’t possibly handle, dictating Christocentric moral and cultural norms in nearly every society, sending armies of missionaries to build schools and hospitals and havens for the soul in far-flung precincts barely on the map. The Catholic Church has gone from that to a ghastly shadow of her former self, pathetically recalling her missionaries, closing her schools, shuttering her churches, and in her delusional state, even raping her own children while begging her secularist jailors for the freedom to breathe the air they control, ever since the signing of the Treaty of Vatican II.
Her priesthood is as decried for homosexuality and child abuse today as it was celebrated for chastity and education yesterday
Her liturgy is a "trivialized" (to use Pope Benedict's word) veritable talent show for wannabe actors and failed pop stars, while the new theology it supports is crayons and finger painting compared to what it was.
Where Aquinas and Augustine once nobly defended her colors, Father James Martin and Blaze Cupich now use them for sanitary tissues.
Where the majesty of her architecture once represented the very best of which man is capable, the landscape today is littered with what appear more like wayside restrooms than Catholic churches.
And all the while, our poor Church hemorrhages members by the millions into false sects, pagan cults or that grand army of worldwide atheism on the move.
It’s madness to refer to such devastation as a “new springtime”, and yet the asylum is now in the hands of the former inmates who insist on it.
When do we get to admit the obvious: that the Devil got over the wall at Vatican II, and that much of the human element of Christ’s Church today is either possessed or hopelessly insane?
St. Peter Damian, Pray for us
In honor of the tenth anniversary of the “Liberation” of the Latin Mass by Pope Benedict XVI, a pilgrimage and conference were held in Rome. Pope Francis was notably silent throughout.
AbcNews.com/VATICAN CITY — Sep 14, 2017, 12:27 PM ET: Fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome on Thursday for their annual pilgrimage, facing indifference to their cause, if not outright resistance, from none other than Pope Francis.
Ten years after Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of the Latin Mass, Francis seems to be doing everything possible to roll it back or simply pretend it never happened.
In recent weeks, he has affirmed with "magisterial authority" that the reforms of the 1960s allowing for Mass to be celebrated in the vernacular rather than Latin were "irreversible." Last week he gave local bishops conferences authority to oversee those translations, rather than the Vatican.
The moves underscored that the age-old liturgy wars in the Catholic Church are very much alive and provide a microcosm view of the battle lines that have been drawn between conservative, traditionalist Catholics and Francis ever since he declined to wear the traditional, ermine-trimmed red mozzetta cape for his first public appearance as pontiff in 2013.
The indifference seems reciprocal.
At a conference Thursday marking the 10th anniversary of Benedict's decree liberalizing use of the Latin Mass, the meeting organizer, the Rev. Vincenzo Nuara, didn't even mention Francis in his opening remarks. The current pope was mentioned in passing by the second speaker, and ignored entirely by the third.
The front-row participants honoring retired pope Benedict and his 2007 decree were also telling: Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading critic of the current pope whom Francis removed as the Vatican's supreme court judge in 2014; Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, recently axed by Francis as the Vatican's doctrine chief, and Cardinal Robert Sarah, appointed by Francis as head of the Vatican's liturgy office but effectively sidelined by his deputy.
…Francis' new law is a "pretty clear course correction from Pope Benedict's line," said the Rev. Anthony Ruff, associate professor of theology at St. John's University in Minnesota and moderator of the progressive liturgical blog, Pray Tell.
Despite the sense of belonging to a previous era, the conference was nevertheless upbeat about the future of the Latin Mass even under a pope who has openly questioned why any young person would seek out the old rite and disparaged traditionalists as rigid and insecure navel-gazers. READ MORE pilgrimage and conference
REMNANT COMMENT: No surprise here, of course. Although, in fairness, I remember attending these SP pilgrimages when Pope Benedict was still at the helm, and he too was always conspicuous by his absence, though in those days there was at least a greeting. This year, only deafening papal silence to mark ten years of the history-changing moto proprio.
Francis, it must be said, has bigger and better things to do. Right now he's trying to reduce the number of priests working at the Vatican, for example, in order to load up on laypeople, especially women.
He's also keen on reducing the number of Italians at the Vatican, God knows why (Rome's in Italy, Holiness, remember?)
Pope Francis has got a lot of big plans to permanently decentralize the Church, get rid of whatever Latin is still being used, and bring diversity to the Vatican, according to Rome Reports:
Note the Pope's hand gestures (minute 0:59) as he enters the room filled with prelates at the end of the video. Very telling. Someone needs to inform His Holiness: “They're not standing up for you, Holiness; they're standing out of respect for your august office.” Does this man know the difference?
On the other hand, I'm left with the distinct impression that if his subordinates had not risen at his entrance, Francis would have been the first to read them the riot act. It's the "Oh, no, no. Please. I'm humble" moment that this pope seems to really enjoy.
By the way, we take some heat for calling Pope Francis the "Holy Father" here on this web site. As Francis demonstrably gesticulates to have everyone sit down in his humble presence, I hope visitors will understand why we insist on that. It is the Holy See, it is the Holy Father, it is the Holy Church. And we will NEVER join Francis in denigrating and downgrading the office of the Papacy. He is the Holy Father, whether he likes it or not.
A coalition of pro-life organizations, activists, and journalists issued a public statement today calling upon Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, and the other Catholic bishops of Massachusetts, to stop their betrayals of the pro-life movement.
In its 2004 document Catholics in Political Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops specifically prohibited Catholic institutions from giving awards, honors or platforms to political figures who support legal abortion. The coalition cited nineteen violations of this in the last three years involving Catholic prelates in the Bay State.
Among the scandals decried by the statement's signatories was Cardinal O’Malley's attendance at the 2017 Profiles in Courage Award ceremony at the Kennedy Library honoring former President Barack Obama, whose administration was sued by the Little Sisters of the Poor over the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.
Another incident criticized was the 2014 presentation by the Missionary Society of Saint James the Apostle – whose president is Cardinal O'Malley – of the Cardinal Cushing Award to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a longtime proponent of legal abortion. Walsh, the recipient of the 2016 Men of Choice Award from NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, went on to defend the public funding of Planned Parenthood, name a square in the city's South End after abortionist Kenneth Edelin, and call for Boston to become a sanctuary city for abortions, should Roe v. Wade be overturned.
Along with asking for full episcopal compliance with Catholics in Political Life, the coalition is also urging the bishops to reverse their recently imposed ban on signature gathering on church property,the timing of which will adversely impact an initiative petition drive seeking to end tax funded abortions in the Commonwealth.
The coalition characterized the bishops' behavior as a series of "repeated, ongoing and worsening scandals and betrayals, which demoralize faithful Catholics, marginalize the pro-life community, and send a message of confusion and contradiction to secular society."
Operation Rescue: Boston President William Cotter stated: "All we are asking of our prelates is that they uphold their own professed principles and abide by their own stated policies. The disconnect in the Catholic hierarchy between rhetoric and reality on the issue of abortion must come to an end."
"The bishops expose themselves to the reproach of hypocrisy when they urge Catholics to support the right to life, but then give awards and platforms to public officials who work to keep abortion legal, unrestricted and publicly funded."
"No rational person can reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic opposition to abortion when Catholic bishops and cardinals honor and extol, at public events, even in their own institutions, political figures who are opponents of the right to life, and allies of Planned Parenthood. The bishops must stop these betrayals."
Let’s all take a moment to thank the Euro market, “Lidl”, for helping to make the world safe for diversity. According to Breitbart:
German supermarket giant Lidl has been caught doctoring pictures of the iconic Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece, which appear on some of its products, to erase the crosses which adorn the building.
Images of the world-renowned church were used for the packaging of its Eridanous brand Greek-style yoghurt — an in-house label which also includes a range of feta cheese, moussaka, and pistachio products, according to RTL Info.
A spokesman for the low-cost retailer — which has hundreds of stores throughout Europe and the United Kingdom — justified the Soviet-style alterations by saying: “We avoid the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs.”
They added: “We are a company that respects diversity and this is what explains the design of this packaging.”
The rationale behind the supermarket’s belief that erasing Christian iconography from Christian religious buildings is “respecting diversity” is left unclear, and its statement that “we avoid the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs” does not appear to be wholly accurate.
…The news comes shortly after Aldi — another low-cost German retailer — courted controversy by putting up a sign in a store in Northampton, England, advising customers that they could not purchase alcohol at a till manned by a cashier thought to be Muslim.
“If a colleague raises concerns about a job they have been asked to do, our approach is to try and find a solution,” a spokesman told the MailOnline.
“In this instance, we informed customers via a sign on the tills that our colleague would not be serving alcohol.”
This accommodating stance stands in sharp contrast to some Christian workers and business owners in the United Kingdom. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Good to know.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, let's talk "kashrut," shall we? Kashrut is a set of Jewish religious dietary laws. Food that may be consumed according to halakha is termed "kosher" in English, from the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the Hebrew term kashér, meaning "fit". Kosher labeling is commonplace throughout much of the world, as grocery stores from east to west and in cities large and small are expected to provide food that is fit enough to be consumed by Jewish people in accordance with the dietary laws of their religion.
Maybe you've seen pictures:
Are you offended? I'm not. But obviously this does indeed "exclude my religious beliefs." So apparently Christians aren't the snowflakes everyone else seems to be, freaking out like vampires in a grocery store at the mere sight of a cross on a bread wrapper or a yogurt cup.
What I find offensive is that the only religion that seems to present a problem for the diversity crowd is Christianity. Why are they so afraid of the Cross? Why if I didn't know better I might suspect this is all part of a grand Christophobic conspiracy of some kind. But of course that’s crazy talk, right?
The Pope doesn’t agree with the President’s policies on immigration, so naturally, he attacks Trump’s pro-life values…?
LifeNews.com/ Sept. 11, 2017: During an interview with a reporter from Mexico, the leader of the Catholic Church questioned President Trump’s pro-life values because of his recent decision to end DACA, a program that prevents undocumented young people from being deported. Francis says Trump’s decision to stop the program betrays his pro-life views and devalues family.
In a half-hour press conference on the flight back to Rome Sept. 10 after a five-day visit to Colombia, the pontiff also said he hoped Trump would reconsider his decision to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.
“I have heard the President of the United States speak,” the pope said, responding to a question from a Mexican journalist about Trump’s decision. “He presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity.”
Francis said that while he has not studied the specifics of the DACA program, he believes “removing young people from their family is not a thing that bears good fruit, neither for the young person nor the family.”
The pope said he is especially worried about young people who become detached from their roots and lose hope in the future, even then choosing to commit suicide. “Young people today need to re-find their roots,” he said. “And anything that goes against this robs them of hope.”
However, president Donald Trump has governed consistently pro-life since taking office in January.
During his first days in office he put the Mexico City policy back in place that protects taxpayers from funding International Planned Parenthood and its Global abortion agenda. He also signed an executive order to defund the UNFPA, United Nations agency that promotes abortion internationally and supports China’s population control program. Trump then expanded the order to defund Internation Planned Parenthood beyond what other pro-life presidents had done.
President Trump also cut off funding for sex education programs run by the Planned Parenthood abortion business that bring young people into its abortion agenda and builds the abortion company’s clientele. He also signed a bill to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood abortion company.
Trump also put pro-life advocates in key places such as Jess Sessions as Attorney General, Tom Price as HHS Secretary and Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: I wonder if it’s possible for Pope Francis be any more in the tank for the Far-Left than he is now. For the purposes of this Remnant Comment, it makes no difference what one thinks about President Trump's personal beliefs on the pro-life issue. The point is this: A massive disruption in global pro-death politics came about in November of 2016 when a man named Donald Trump convinced pro-life, pro-God, pro-family America that he'd take up their cause.
Was it just politics? Who knows! But Trump rode to the White House on the shoulders of pro-lifers. This is why the Left hate him, because he convinced good people that although his pro-life cred was far from established, he'd nevertheless make their cause part of his cause, along with the core issues that have long defined him—Second Amendment rights, education choice (including home-schooling), appointing conservative judges, tightening up the national borders, making America user unfriendly to the George Soros, NWO, EU whackos, etc.
And so far Trump gets a B+ for effort, despite overwhelming opposition from the "conservative" GOP who've been lying to and exploiting the same group of voters for nearly half a century. At least Trump is trying to make good on his word to regular God-fearing Americans.
So, for the Pope to continue to blast this particular President while obstinately ignoring what's going on at the level of pro-life America reveals a positively Titanic Leftist keeling over of the Barque of Francis.
And for Francis to suggest some sort of moral equivalence between the slaughter of millions of babies in their mothers' wombs on the one hand, and the MSNBC caricature of Trump’s DACA decision on the other, is beyond scandalous.
Even if Trump were really planning to send illegal kids back to Mexico without their families (and he’s not, of course), this would not come close to the satanic depravity of murdering millions of unborn babies every year. I realize the Holy Father is no great theologian, but even he should be able to glean the difference between killing millions of kids in their mothers’ wombs and sending a few thousand home every year.
It's so obscene, in fact, that even those of us here at The Remnant who defend the Church's teaching against the separation of Church and State are tempted to encourage the Holy Father to begin listening to his own blather on the great merits of the secular state and the need to maintain proper separation from the Church. In the case of Francis, good idea! Perhaps the Holy Father could be persuaded to give pro-life America a break, in fact, and stay out of our politics altogether.
Really, Holiness, you’ve done enough. It’s time to stop talking.