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December 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – After sparking controversy during a BBC interview outside the UN climate change talks in Paris last week, Cardinal Peter Turkson is regretting use of the term “birth control” when what he meant was spacing of births or “responsible parenthood.” Speaking to Aleteia’s Diane Montagna, Cardinal Turkson said, “When I used the phrase ‘birth control,’ what I had in mind was the Church’s own traditional teaching about responsible parenthood. So wherever anyone reads ‘birth control’ in the BBC interview, they should understand it as meaning ‘responsible parenthood.’”

During the BBC interview, Turkson, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said that “birth control” could “offer a solution” to the impacts of climate change. "This has been talked about," he said, "and the Holy Father on his trip back from the Philippines also invited people to some form of birth control, because the church has never been against birth control and people spacing out births and all of that. So yes, it can offer a solution."

Cardinal Turkson explained to Aleteia that the BBC reporter had used the expression “birth control” and he was responding in kind, but “my intention was to present the Church as not inimical or opposed to the idea of spacing births,” he said. READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: Can you imagine the Cardinal making this sort of mistake with other hot-button issues? For example, what if he'd told the BBC:  "Marriage is between one man and one woman, and these here faggots are straight up wrong to say otherwise."

A few days later..."When I called these good folks 'faggots' I was only responding in kind, and didn't at all mean to seem insensitive to our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters."

What then?  "No worries, Eminence. Nobody's perfect. No harm, no foul!" 

Yeah, right!  

Why do they always get a pass on massively scandalous "mistakes" such as these? And, really, how does a prince of the Church--an intelligent man--trot out the term "birth control" when speaking about the pope's position during an interview with the BBC and not think: "Gee, I'd better be careful here."?

It's always the same routine: Not until some faithful Catholic whistle blower freaks out do they suddenly feel the need to walk back their outrageous "mistakes".  Seems kind of ridiculous to me, but, then again, at least he walked it back this time. Five years from now?  No way!

This just in from LifeSiteNews: "PARIS, December 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – In an interview this morning, Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said that Pope Francis 'has called for a certain amount of control of birth,' while specifying that this would not include methods like the birth control pill.

"Speaking to the BBC outside of the climate change talks in Paris, the cardinal suggested that limiting births can 'offer a solution' to difficulties such as water and food shortages that are said to come from overpopulation and climate change. 'The amount of population that is critical for the realisation of this is still something we need to discover, yet the Holy Father has also called for a certain amount of control of birth.'

"Cardinal Turkson, described by the BBC as the Vatican expert on climate change, said while the critical level of population remains to be determined, the pope has nevertheless called for control of births." READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT There they go again, these traditionalists. I mean, did Cardinal Turkson even bother to check the original text of the Pope's statement? No, of course not! He just went right ahead and took the media's word for it, that the Pope is calling for birth control.  Obviously, the Pope never said this, and even if he did he didn't mean it. What he probably meant to say is there needs to be greater control of berths--that is, a reduction of the number of berths on trains and onboard ships so the people will stay home with their families and not travel abroad so much, which is death to the environment.   

This is getting ridiculous. Here's Francis--divinely appointed  by God to be Pope and to be infallible in everything and to never be questioned by ANYONE, ever, no matter what he says--trying to lead the world to Christ and be all humble and merciful and everything, and then along comes this traditionalist, radical extremist, fundementalist Cardinal Peter Turkson just making stuff up about our pope.

I'm tired of it! I LOVE THE POPE. Let me say it again, in case you didn't hear me the first time: I . LOVE . THE . POPE!

According to a story in NCR, "Some in the Vatican see the Pope’s position on climate change as binding on the faithful. At a Dec. 3 Acton Institute conference  on Laudato Si in Rome, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, insisted the Pope’s support for climate-change science is not mere opinion, but part of the ordinary magisterium, and so is owed the same obedience by the faithful as the recognition that abortion is a mortal sin (which is also part of the ordinary magisterium, he pointed out).

“When the Pope supports this because the majority tell him that scientific opinion thinks this, this isn’t an opinion; this is magisterium,” he said, stressing it’s not dogma and infallible, but still demands a level of obedience." Read more here

REMNANT COMMENT: You know what, Your Excellency?  Call us when the shuttle lands!  In your delusional little world do you seriously imagine that Catholics still give two hoots about anything you prattle on about? Your credibility as worldwide moral authority is in the toilet--you know that, right?   

Why? Well, let’s think about that for minute:

-      The liturgy you and your modernist predators...I mean predecessors concocted has been so "trivialized" (according to Pope Benedict himself) that many faithful Catholics refuse to expose their children to it for fear of loss of faith.   According to "Forming Intentional Disciples" by Sherry Weddell, only 30 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic are still practicing (p. 24), 10 percent of all adults in America are ex-Catholics (p. 25), nearly 80 percent of cradle Catholics are no longer Catholic by the age of 23 (p. 33).  Well played, wouldn't you say Excellency?  

-          By all accounts, under your generation's watch the mighty Catholic school system has become a joke, leaving many faithful Catholics determined to educate their children at home if they want them to have a Catholic education;

-          Your doctrine is increasingly heterodox, to such an extent that many faithful Catholics (myself included) wouldn't let most of you guys teach catechism to their kids;

-     Maniacal Islamic extremists are cutting the heads off Christians all over the place and driving the survivors by the tens of thousands from their homelands, and for the most part the Vatican continues to observe a bizarre ecumenical silence.

-     Abortion continues to claim the lives of millions of babies every year, and yet you folks have decided that it's good form to abandon any talk of Humanae Vitae lest it offend your new pals over at the United Nations.

-          Every other day there's another scandal involving one of your brother princes (the latest involves Cardinal Dolan, of course, being sued for allegedly helping to cover for priests using collection plate funds to finance their sadomasochism addiction);

-          The priest/sex scandal has led to the creation of laws--eccelsial and secular--whereby parents can not (and will not) allow their children to be alone even for a few moments with the alter Christi. Think of the longterm ramifications of THAT!

Need I go on? With all of this rot providing context, you're seriously going to sit up there like some tinhorn dictator and tell us that under pain of mortal sin we need to accept Pope Francis's insufferably politically correct, anti-air conditioner, pro-tree-hugging, gas-bag drivel?  Really?!  (You guys don't even believe in mortal sin anymore, do you?)    

Right! Well, I hereby declare and do solemnly proclaim that you are obliged under pain of mortal sin to read the following document, which will be of great assistance to you should you ever decide to get your head out of the ground. Failure to comply with this order will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul (remember them? Maybe you've seen pictures...)

Read on, Excellency, and have a nice day: 

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This just in from the Voice of the Family: "Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization, has stirred controversy by suggesting that some criticisms of Pope Francis might result in automatic excommunication.Archbishop Fisichella made his remarks while explaining how Pope Francis’s new “Missionaries of Mercy” will operate. The 800 “missionaries” will have the power to absolve from penalties previously reserved to the Holy See.

"In reference to Canon 1370, which imposes automatic excommunication for “physical violence” against the Roman Pontiff, Archbishop Fisichella said:

“I would say that we need to understand well ‘physical violence,’ because sometimes words, too, are rocks and stones, and therefore I believe some of these sins, too, are far more widespread than we might think.”

"Archbishop Fisichella’s comments will be interpreted by many as an attempt to silence faithful Catholics who are deeply concerned by the direction currently being taken by those who hold offices at the highest levels of the Church. READ FULL STORY HERE


Hear Ye

This just in from the Catholic Herald: "The bishops of England and Wales have appealed to Rome to change the Good Friday prayer for Jews as it is said in the Extraordinary Form.

The prayer reads: “Let us also pray for the Jews: that our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ is the Saviour of all men.”

The prayer was revised by Benedict XVI in 2008 after he permitted wider celebration of Mass in the older form with his apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum. Previously the prayer had included references to the “blindness” of Jewish people and their “immersion in darkness”.

But the prayer remains different from the Novus Ordo version introduced after the Second Vatican Council, which reads: “Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant.”

Archbishop Kevin McDonald, chairman of the bishops’ Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations, said the difference had caused “great confusion and upset in the Jewish community”. READ MORE HERE

International Federation of Una Voce Press Release:

On the Good Friday 'Prayer for the Jews'

For immediate release.

The Prayer for the Jews used in the Extraordinary Form Good Friday Liturgy continues to be a source of comment and misunderstanding, and the FIUV wishes to respond as follows.

Statement by the President of the FIUV, Felipe Alanís Suárez

It was to avoid misunderstandings of the Prayer for the Jews that Pope Benedict XVI composed the 2008 version of the prayer, which is clearly based on what is essential to Christianity: the acceptance of Christ as the saviour of the whole world, and the desire that all persons be saved.

Jews are mentioned because of their special role in the history of salvation, and the special concern we must have for our ‘elder brothers’ (as Pope St John Paul II called them). The prayer looks forward to the incorporation of the Jewish people, of which Our Lord Jesus Christ and His first disciples were all members, in the salvation won for the human race by Christ on the Cross, a reconciliation which, as St Paul teaches, will be fulfilled only towards the end of history.

The FIUV is convinced that any possible continuing misunderstanding regarding the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews can be resolved in the context of the Magisterium of the Church, without veiling the treasures of our Faith.

We, as faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, acknowledge that to ask of our Lord for the grace of sharing with all our brothers the joy of salvation in Jesus Christ, is an act of humility and selfless love, and a spiritual work of mercy.  

The FIUV entirely rejects all hatred and hostility towards the Jewish people, and all forms of unjust discrimination.

Further observations

1.     Although the Novus Ordo Good Friday Prayer for the Jews does not explicitly refer to Jews acknowledging Christ as Saviour, other prayers in the revised liturgy do so. The Novus Ordo Vespers of Easter Sunday includes the prayer ‘Let Israel recognize in you the Messiah it has longed for’; the Morning Office of 30th December includes the prayer ‘Christ, Son of David, fulfilment of the prophecies, may the Jewish people accept you as their awaited Deliverer [Latin: Messiah].’

2.     In their daily prayers, Jews pray for the conversion of ‘all of the impious of the earth’. Rabbi Jacob Neusner, responding to criticisms of the 2008 Prayer for the Jews, pointed out the parallel with the Prayer for the Jews and remarked ‘The Catholic prayer manifests the same altruistic spirit that characterizes the faith of Judaism.’ (Die Tagespost,23 Feb 2008)[1]

3.     Walter, Cardinal Kasper, defended the 2008 prayer, explaining that a hope that Jews accept Christ, which may be fulfilled only by God, rather than by targeted proselytism, and eschatologically (at the end of history), is nothing more than a necessary consequence of the Christian faith.

A sincere dialogue between Jews and Christians, …is possible only, on the one hand, on the basis of a shared faith in one God, creator of heaven and earth, and in the promises made to Abraham and to the Fathers; and on the other, in the awareness and respect of the fundamental difference that consists in faith in Jesus as Christ and Redeemer of all men. (L'Osservatore Romano 10th April 2008)[2]


1.     The prayer used today in the Extraordinary Form was composed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, in response to concerns about the wording of the previously used prayer, and runs as follows:

Let us also pray for the Jews: that our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ is the Saviour of all men.

2.     It is recited, in Latin, once a year, in the small number of churches worldwide where the Good Friday Liturgy is celebrated in the Extraordinary Form. It forms part of a series of prayers for different categories of persons, both within and without the Church, the latter including heretics and pagans. In each case the celebrant prays for God’s graces for them. This pattern is followed in the reformed, 1970 (‘Novus Ordo’) Missal, although the wording of the prayers is different.[3]

3.     The prayer is based on Scripture, notably St Paul. The image of ‘light’ penetrating the hearts of the Jews is drawn from 2 Cor 4:3-6; St Paul speaks of the eventual conversion of the Jews in Romans 11:25-26. Romans 11:29 says of the Jewish Covenant that God ‘never revokes His promises’, which is quoted by Vatican II’s Nostra aetate, and by Pope St John Paul II, as the basis for a special affection and respect which Christians owe the Jewish people.[4]

Note to editors

The FIUV (Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce) is the international federation of groups of Catholics attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the Vetus Ordo or Traditional Mass.

Contact details:

President, Felipe Alanís Suárez:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+52-1 8121 000 225
FIUV C/o The Latin Mass Society
11-13 Macklin Street
London WC2B 5NH

[1] The full text of the article can be seen in English here:

[2] The full text can be found in English here:

[3] The different versions of the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews can be found on Wikipedia:

[4] Romans 11:29: ‘For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.’ Quoted by Nostra aetate 4, and Pope St Jophn Paul II in his Address to the Jewish Community of Berlin on 17th November 1980.

This from LifeSiteNews: "ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, November 30, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- On the plane returning from his journey to Africa today Pope Francis made his clearest remarks in condemnation of ‘fundamentalist’ Catholics.

"Fundamentalism is a sickness that is in all religions," Francis said, as reported by the National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent, Joshua McElwee, and similarly by other journalists on the plane.  "We Catholics have some -- and not some, many -- who believe in the absolute truth and go ahead dirtying the other with calumny, with disinformation, and doing evil."

"They do evil," said the pope. "I say this because it is my church."


"On the same flight a journalist asked about the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS and if it was time for the Church to change its position.

"The pope acknowledged that condoms are one method of prevention, saying that the Church was faced with a perplexity of whether to follow the fifth commandment (Thou shalt not kill) “or that sexual relations are open to life.” 

"He dismissed this however as ‘not the problem’ and said it reminded him of the question asked Jesus, “Tell me, teacher, is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath? Is it obligatory to heal?’


"While in Africa the pope used very strong language to promote the climate change agreement at the Paris climate summit that started today..." READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT: To our neo-Catholic brothers and sisters: Now does Pope Francis concern you?  If not now, then when and what's it going to take?

This week on LifeSiteNews: "The only reason the Catholic Church is growing in Africa is because the people have a “rather low level” of education and accept “simple answers to difficult questions” involving marriage and sexuality, posited an article on the official website of the German Bishops' Conference posted yesterday. The article targeted particularly Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican's prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and ardent defender of Catholic tradition.First Things blogger Leroy Huizenga, who translated a portion of the article, criticized the article's view as “soft racism.”

"In his article, titled “The Romantic, Poor Church,” editor Björn Odendahl writes: 

So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions (of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent.

"Huizenga said that such an article has no place on a bishops’ conference website." READ MORE HERE

REMNANT COMMENT See what Francis hath wrought!  There is something particularly loathsome about racism, and when it comes from German Catholic hierarchy it reeks of rotten NAZI ideologues.  All indications point to the cooperation and input by Pope Francis in his promotion and statements concerning the Kasperian Ostpolitik incorporated into the contraversial Synod on the Family.

Unless and until Pope Francis corrects the direction of the Rhine, the Church will drown in its wake. I pity those who for whatever reasons are still locked into the belief that Pope Francis is chiefly concerned with pleasing God.  On the contrary, he seems to be amused by the contradiction of what Jesus said and did vs. what the humble Pope's 'new Church' wants to say and do.

This just in from the AP: NAIROBI, Kenya  -- Pope Francis warned Thursday that it would be "catastrophic" for world leaders to let special interest groups get in the way of a global agreement to curb fossil fuel emissions as he brought his environmental message to the heart of Africa on the eve of make-or-break climate change talks in Paris.Francis issued the pointed warning in a speech to the U.N.'s regional office here after celebrating his first public Mass on the continent: A joyous, rain-soaked ceremony before 300,000 faithful that saw the Argentine pope being serenaded by ululating Swahili singers, swaying nuns, Maasai tribesmen and dancing children dressed in the colors of Kenya's flag.

Francis has made ecological concerns a hallmark of his nearly 3-year-old papacy...blah, blah, blah.  Read More Here

REMNANT COMMENT: Really?!  With ISIS conducting regular target practice on Europeans; tens of thousands of homeless refugees abandoning Syria; Christians being beheaded on the nightly news; Christianity disappearing completely from the Middle East; millions of babies aborted by their mothers every year; Chicago, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Ferguson working to enshrine anarchy in their streets; cultural Satanists feasting on the souls of our kids in pop culture; a massive crisis in the Catholic priesthood--- it's  the climate that keeps him pacing the floors of  the Domus Sanctae Marthae at night?

Honestly, what is wrong with this man? We must pray for him, for he seems to have lost any sense of real-time understanding of his responsibilities--not as life coach or social engineer or climatologist--BUT AS VICAR OF CHRIST and SUCCESSOR OF ST. PETER.

It's almost as if the man is suffering from dementia. Perhaps he is. Pray for him.

In the meantime, God help us, our children and the whole world if Peter doesn't wake up soon...or step down.

The Vatican chief of the sacraments Cardinal Robert Sarah has spoken out against the profanation of the Holy Eucharist being proposed by some of the ruling fathers in the Vatican. His action comes on the heels of Pope Francis' recent suggestion that non-Catholics can receive Communion if they decide this is what they want to do. The pope told the congregation at the Lutheran Evangelical Church of Rome last Sunday that the question of whether or not a non-Catholic can receive Communion in the Catholic Church is one that "must be responded to on one’s own."

Cardinal Sarah, who is prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, sharply disagrees, pointing out that there are divine laws forbidding the administration of Communion to non-Catholics or to baptized members living in mortal sin (i.e. adultery), so that should such a person petition the Catholic Church to receive Communion, the clergy "have no right to give him Communion."

Sarah also gives this warning concerning priests who would dare to administer Communion to non-Catholics: "If they do so, their sin will be more grave before the Lord. It would be unequivocally a premeditated complicity and profanation of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus." 

The prefect reminds us that not even the pope can change divine law on Communion. "The entire Church has always firmly held that one may not receive communion with the knowledge of being in a state of mortal sin, a principle recalled as definitive by John Paul II in his 2003 encyclical ‘Ecclesia de Eucharistia,'" he said. "Not even a pope can dispense from such a divine law."

Cardinal Sarah's words are most faithful and true. There is actually no doctrinal teaching that the pope can change. He can enact slight disciplinary changes, provided they keep firmly with tradition and do not slight doctrine, but to change a divine law or teaching is not something the pope or any bishop is authorized to do. Their authorization is to keep the law and pass it on to the people, just as Moses did at Mt. Sinai.

Sarah laments this is not being done. "I feel wounded in my heart as a bishop in witnessing such incomprehension of the Church’s definitive teaching on the part of my brother priests," he said. "I cannot allow myself to imagine as the cause of such confusion anything but the insufficiency of the formation of my confreres."

Not to mention, too, that Satan is reigning and ruling today in the Eternal City. The Blessed Virgin at Fatima warned how the enemy would infiltrate the Vatican hierarchy and bring about that time when it would be "bishop against bishop, cardinal against cardinal." Those days are now upon us, largely because the Fatima Third Secret was not released in 1960 as Our Lady requested be done. She was attempting to avert this disaster to the Church.

Now the members of Christ have to tough it out. The faithful have no recourse but to continue their fight for the truth, most especially by imitating Cardinal Sarah's example to be defenders of the Faith.
Cardinal Sarah's statements are taken from a forthcoming article to be published in the French Catholic magazine L’Homme Nouveau. Vatican insider Sandro Magister has published an excerpt in advance, for which we're indebted. For the complete story please go to the following link. BREAKING: Cardinal Sarah on Holy Communion for the...