Monday, December 11, 2017

Broadcaster of the Archdiocese of Toledo Recommends Liberation Theologian

Leonardo Boff's Book: Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi. A New
Springtime for the Church?
(Madrid) The television station rtvd of the Archdiocese of Toledo recommends to the audience the writings of Leonardo Boff and other liberation theologians.
The diocesan television station of the Archdiocese of Toledo publishes reading and gift recommendations. Among them are books by Leonardo Boff and Pedro Casaldaliga, two leading figures of Liberation Theology.
"49 or more" (49 o mas) is the name of the new program of the diocesan TV station that wants to recommend "good literature". The book recommended by Boff is called "Francis of Rome and Francis of Assisi" (Francisco de Roma and Francisco de Asis). The former Franciscan wants to connect Francis of Assisi with Pope Francis in a wide arc.
Boff had joined the Franciscan Order in Brazil in 1959He completed his studies in Munich. He is considered one of the most important and best known liberation theologians. While criticizing the Church as an "institution" and its "hierarchy" as "fundamentalist," he showed open sympathy for communist regimes.
When, under Pope John Paul II, the Congregation of the Faith, under the leadership of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger condemned the Marxist liberation theology, Boff accused the later Pope Benedict XVI. of "religious terrorism".  Boff had been accused not only of Marxism, but more in the dissemination of theological heresies, including syncretism.
When Boff did not abide by the public silence imposed by Rome in 1992, he was dimissed from his order and suspended from his priesthood. At a state, Brazilian university, he received a chair of ethics specially designed for him.
While Boff had called for schism under Pope Benedict XVI., he showed sympathy to the incumbent Pope at the beginning of the pontificateWhile Leonardo Boff scattered flowers to the new pope from Argentina, his brother Clodovis Boff, Servite Father and former liberation theologian, expressed himself quite differently:
The Archbishop of Toledo is Msgr. Braulio Rodríguez Plaza, who is also the Primate of Spain. Although this position dates back only to the 11th century, when the city was reconquered in the wake of the Reconquista, it refers to the fact that Toledo was the capital of Spain before the Islamic occupation of the Visigoths. As local bishop, Archbishop Rodriguez Plaza is responsible for the diocesan television station.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi 
Image: 49 o mas / Youtube (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Archbishop of Salzburg: "The Priesthood Should Remain Linked to Celibacy"

Salzburg's Archbishop Lackner comments on after discussing statements in the "local papers"

Salzburg ( The Archdiocese of Salzburg has discussions about the statements of Archbishop Franz Lackner according to statements in the "local papers". They quote the archbishop as follows: "If Jesus came into the world today, I would say to him, "Take the women to the priesthood." But there is also an injustice on the other side: celibacy. So a priest must live without woman." asked Archbishop Lackner what these statements meant.

Lackner explains to "As part of a conversation on the sidelines of the presentation of the 'Reputation Study', I was once again addressed about the question of women's ordination and I made those statements in order to emphasize the basic Catholic theological conception as I said in this interview, that the Church is an organic whole, like a tree that has been growing for a long time, and that the tree can not be changed in its basic structure, the main roots, the trunk, and the main branches This is also the case in theology: there is a basic structure, such as the sacraments and the dogmas of the church, which is not - and certainly not arbitrarily - changeable." 

The Salzburg Archbishop then recalls that in the context of the priesthood, the Church looks back on Jesus Christ and a "long time of growth" under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Lackner then goes on to explain: "The sacramental priesthood is part of the Catholic identity." In ecclesiastical doctrine one knows the wise distinction of the potentia Dei absoluta and the potentia Dei ordinata, that is, the absolute salvific will of God and the actual salvific will of God. God does not exclude a priori that God originally chose another way of healing, and in this context, I have made a conditional statement, "If Jesus came into the world today, I would say to him, 'Take the women to the priesthood.'" In the sense of an absolute salvific will of God, this statement is not heretical, it is highly speculative and I admit that it is striking, but in this connection one thing is always clear: God can do it, we can not, but our task is in the sense of the potentia Dei ordinata to listen to how God spoke and how to speak through the history of salvation - which I firmly believe is spiritually guided - understood and also established as the teaching of the Church." 

The topic of celibacy is also very important to the Salzburg Archbishop: "I understand that a world based on equality (every distinction is a discrimination) makes it hard to understand why women can not reach the priesthood. I want to seize on this understanding, that's why I mean, but not just because the priesthood should be linked to celibacy, the priesthood must be "deficient" as it were "to compensate." The priest has to be lacking because of his path of sanctification. I have repeatedly defended the priesthood, as the Catholic Church has determined, both out of personal conviction and fidelity to the teachings of the Church, but I also seek to argue in a differentiated way in today's world." 

Photo: (c) Archdiocese of Salzburg

Trans: Tancred

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Heretical Prelate Says Pro-Lifers are Terrorists

Edit: for the record, here is LMS Chairman's commentary:

I've waited to see if there if would be any reaction in the Letters page to Mgr Basil Loftus' latest outrage: an attack on Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, in which he described the Archbishop, and any anyone like him who was actively pro-life, as a terrorist. (Catholic Times, 24th November 2017.)

His column is, as usual, both bizarre and incoherent. Remember, as you read it, that the Catholic Times is sold in the backs of Catholic churches every weekend: this is a newspaper, in other words, with ecclesiastical approval. I transcribe the key section for the record, since the paper has no online presence, even for subscribers.



Thursday, November 30, 2017

New Scalfari Interview: Pope Francis Really is a Revolutionary

(Rome) Is Pope Francis a Marxist? Or Communist? Who knows, but certainly he is a "revolutionary," as his friend and avowed atheist Eugenio Scalfari explained in the recent editorial of his La Repubblica, the only daily newspaper that is said to be regularly read by Francis.
Questions about the pope's political convictions have cropped up since the pontificate began. The starting point was in autumn 2013 with the publication of Evangelii gaudiumAt the time, critics in the United States called Francis a Marxist.

Is the pope a Marxist? A communist?

From the left side it was first mentioned particularly clearly in connection with the visit of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Tsipras, a representative of the radical left, which emerged from the former Communist Party of Greece, was received in September 2014 by Pope Francis in Santa Marta. The meeting came about through the mediation of Walter Baier, former president of the Communist Party of Austria (KPÖ). Following the meeting, Tsipras said:
"The Pope is not a leftist, but he talks like a leftist".

Yet Another Unusual Dismissal in Vatican Bank

(Rome) The number three of the Vatican Bank IOR was also dismissed.

Giulio Mattietti

Deputy Vatican spokesman Paloma Garcia Ovejero confirmed to the press agency ANSA that the service of Giulio Mattietti, Deputy Director-General of the Vatican Bank IOR, ended on 27 November.

Mattietti was appointed to the position in November 2015 by the current Director-General, Gian Franco Mammì. The reasons for the end of the collaboration "are currently unknown," says ANSA.

The press agency Notimex became clearer today. She says that Mattietti was "unexpectedly dismissed, even if the Holy See does not give any further explanation."

"Last Monday, November 27, had the right hand man of Director-General left his office and was escorted to the door by some of his colleagues."

Last June, the Holy See's Advisor-General, Libero Milone, was removed from the Vatican City under unusual circumstances. He was accused of spying on other people in the Vatican. It's an accusation that was rejected by Milone.

The series of dismissals and surprise resignations began in May 2012, when the then president of the bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was virtually knocked out by the other board members.

He was followed by Ernst von Freyberg, who threw in the towel after only a short time.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: MiL / SMM (screenshots)
Trans: Tancred

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Certificate to Kill Can be Received at the Diakonie (Catholic Social Services)

Bishop Dr. Franz Kamphaus was one of the decisive force among the German bishops, who is in conflict with those who oppose the continuatinon of life-threatening counseling of pregnant women. Only the instruction of Pope John Paul II of 7 March 2002 put an end to the issuing of certificates in Limburg. The instruction is certainly undermined since then, resulting in the death of numerous unborn children.

The diocese of Limburg was prohibited on 7 March 2002 from issuing  Pope John Paul II issued certifications with the children can be murdered impunity. Pro-lifers have now pointed out that the diocese of Limburg not only promotes abortion, but counseling centers of the diocese even puts pregnant women in conflict with institutions such as the Diakonie, who provide the issuance of the certifications for the murder of the unborn child that is excused from punishment by the law.
This does not happen in ignorance of the leadership of the diocese, but is explicitly praised by it. Speaking to the Hessian Rundfunk spokesman Stephan Schnelle said that it had indeed removed the advertisement for abortion from the diocese page according to reporting by, "the revision is no criticism of the work of Diakonie," they have been collaborated confidently together for years. Since there are numerous counseling institutions that counsel pregnant women in conflict to Catholic teachings, the promised collaboration with Diakonia can only mean the issue of abortion certificates, which was explicitly forbidden by Pope John Paul II. At any rate, the head of the diocese does not mind that the Diakonie issues certificates to kill unborn children.
This is in line with the reports of counselors from organizations that work according to Catholic standards. Many pregnant women in the conflict are dissatisfied because of the poor advice and, above all, make contact via Internet with more sound counseling centers. It is often said by the women that they are sent fairly quickly by the counselors, who are not allowed to issue a certificate, to other places so that they receive the abortion certificate there.
Just one parenthetic observation. During the image research, the author came to the press photos page. A picture of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst can not be found, whereas Bishop em. Dr. Franz Kamphaus appears. This too is a clear statement.
Text: Linus Schneider 
Photo: Bistum Limburg
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Local Catholics Infuriated by Blasphemous Crucified Cow in Belgium

Edit: this was sent to us by a reader from Dries Goethals in their local protest against blasphemy in the Belgian village of Borgloon, the "work" of the installation artist Tom Kerck. The "work" is called "The Holy Cow".

Saturday, November 25, 2017

ISIS Threatens Pope With Beheading

(Rome) The Islamic State (IS) has published a photomontage depicting Pope Francis being beheaded by a jihadist.

The Beheading is an Islamic ritual murder in which the victim's throat is cut and then the head is separated from the trunk.

In February 2015, the 21 Coptic Christians were murdered by the Islamic State (IS) in Libya. In this way, in July 2016, the Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, was murdered while celebrating Holy Mass by IS followers at the altar.

The photomontage published by Wafa Media shows a real execution by an Islamic terrorist. The head of the victim was replaced with that of Pope Francis. Wafa Media has released photos and videos of correct executions in the past.

To ensure that there are no doubts, the head of the pope was labeled "Jorge Mario Bergoglio".

In the background is the black flag of the Islamic terrorist militia.

SITE made Intel Group, a private association that monitors terrorist activity on the Internet has attended to the post.

Last week, Wafa Media released the manifesto, "The Ghost of Terrorism." In English it states: "You will pay dearly your war against Islam. We will avenge the blood of Muslims on your soil. We will kill the boys, and the old ones will have to watch. "

According to Islamism expert Robert Spencer, who recently published the book Infidel's Guide to ISIS, threats against the Catholic church leader have been part of the Islamic State (IS) strategy since its inception. The Pope is considered the head of all Christianity (see also "We will Take Rome" - New video of the Islamic State (IS): picture of Pope Francis Torn).

According to Spencer, the IS is working on a calendar according to which the final collision, the "Armageddon", will occur in 2025. In his ranks it is claimed that Mohammed prophesied that the two Roman cities Constantinople and Rome would be conquered. In 1453 Constantinople fell into Muslim hands. Since the interwar period it is called Istanbul.

The fact that the Islamic State (IS) is precisely targeting the head of the church, despite being one of the most influential advocates of barrier-free migration and repeatedly protecting itself from Islam, is a mystery. Pope Francis was silent on the ritual murder of Abbé Jacques Hamel and said at the Assisi meeting of world religions that war was "worse" than "terrorism".

The hatred of the jihadists against Christianity is obviously stronger.

Text: Andreas Becker
Image: Il Timone
Trans: Tancred


Friday, November 24, 2017

Anti-Catholicism of Freemasonry Remains -- Despite Strange Appeals From Bishop of Syracuse

The Freemasons Seek Among Other Things, Secret Knowledge About the World and What it Contains, but Without Christendom.  Excerpt from the Bible le moraliseé, the Creation of the World (Around 1220) 
On November 12, in Syracuse,  a conference entitled "Church and Freemasonry - So close, So Far?" has taken place. It was organized by the Grand Orient of ItalySpeakers included the theologian Monsignor Maurizio Aliotta (Archbishopric of Syracuse), Msgr. Antonio Staglianò (Bishop of Noto), and Sergio Rosso and Santi Fedele, both grand dignitaries of the Grand Orient.
The Franciscan of Immaculata, Paolo Maria Siano, one of the best authorities on Freemasonry, wondered:
"Why this conference?"

Masonic meeting in Syracuse

The official reason was the 300th anniversary of the founding of Freemasonry in 1717. In an article in Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Episcopal Conference, the priest Ennio Stamile wrote that "despite the differences, it is good," genuine ways of serving the common good and the transparent and responsible use of social justice."
So is it "a Catholic-Masonic co-operation on the level of social justice and solidarity?" is the question asked by Father Siano, who analyzed the four main addresses.

Diocese of Limburg Continues to Advertise for Murder

(Gießen) On the website of the diocese of Limburg under the heading "Pregnancy counseling" mothers are still encouraged to get a "counseling certificate," "which is necessary for terminating pregnancy" (page 26).
This formulation is not intended to protect the life of the unborn child, but wants to encourage pregnant mothers to have their child murdered unlawfully, but without punishment.
With the same offense today (24.11) a doctor has been sentenced by the district court of Giessen with a 6,000 euros fine. The doctor's lawyer wants to appeal this verdict.
Pro-lifers suspect that with the abortion advertising on the Internet, there is an open support of those forces who want to achieve an elimination of §219a from the Penal Code. As we know, German bishops have problems with the morally theologically clear abortion ban. Even today, many pregnant women are sent by Catholic counseling centers to institutions that issue bills for punishment-free abortion and provide contacts. The lack of distancing and partly open support of the hostile organization "Donum Vitae" is another example that unborn life in German dioceses can be called into question despite contradictory explanations.
On 20 November, the site of the German Bishops' Conference  published a commissioned article by the Limburg diocesan spokesman Stephan Schnelle, which he had previously announced with threats and insults against Katholisches.infoThe article has "reported," the spokesman of Bishop Bätzing as saying, "they had removed the PDF file immediately from the website after it had been made aware it." That the other abortive advertising is still available, he concealed. Likewise, he made threats and insults to those who had "brought it to his attention." Incidentally, Bishop Bätzing has been alerted by several referrals, according to statements by various Pro-life activists. Only the reporting of led to a partial cancellation of abortion advertising.
The abortion advertising screenshot was created today at 5:30 pm on November 24th. The above-mentioned link leading to abortion advertising was also tested at the same time. Already on 19 November,  this online magazine had reported on the still existing abortive advertising.
Text: Linus Schneider 
Picture: Detail Screenshot
Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Diocese of Limburg Removes Their Advertising for Abortion

The advertisement for abortion has just been removed from the website of the diocese of Limburg. The publication under the link has been removed. In the GoogleCache can be verified that in fact advertisements for abortion was found in publications of the diocese. Whether the printed edition with the abortion advertising has been recalled is not known.
[Update 19.11.2017, 18:00 clock: abortion advertising, punishable under § 219a in publications of the diocese of Limburg published in June 2015, .de / downloads / Juni_2015_Kontaktadressen_fuer_Menschen_in_Notsituationen-HT.pdf ]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Diocese of Limburg Advertises for Abortion

Edit: the diocese of Limburg has since taken the referral down after threatening Katholisches...

[Katholisches] As the public prosecutor's office of Limburg confirms, the public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt am Main has been investigating  allegations against Bishop Dr. Georg Bätzing. Bätzing is accused of "promoting abortion".
On the website of his diocese under the heading "Pregnancy Counseling," mothers are encouraged to get a "counseling certificate", "which is necessary for abortion," / downloads / Ht_September2017_Kontaktadressen.pdf (page 23).
This formulation is not intended to protect the life of the unborn child, but wants to encourage pregnant mothers to have their child murdered unlawfully, but without punishment.
Because of the same offense, a specialist in general medicine from Gießen has had to answer in court on November 24, 2017. She had listed "abortions" on her practice's website among her fields of activity.
"Advertising for the termination of pregnancy" is punishable in Germany under § 219a StGBWith a petition to the German Bundestag, the general practitioner wants to petition the deletion of the penalty. 70,000 have already signed. She has to go through all instances.
The misogynist organization "pro familia" supports the petition. The abortion group itself operates four "medical centers", where more than 6,000 unborn babies are slaughtered every year. Two of these institutions have recently also promoted abortion on their website to assist the doctor. The Bishop of Limburg has apparently joined this support action. The diocesan abortion advertising document was published in September 2017.
Thus Dr. Georg Bätzing writes Church history. There is no other Catholic bishop who proclaims that he was directly promoting the murder of a child in the womb.
The diocese of Limburg has Germany's largest mass grave of children who were murdered by abortion. According to information from the state capital Wiesbaden, aborted children "from all over Germany" are referred to the pathological practice of Prof. Dr. Fisseler-Eckhoff and colleagues sent for histological examination and then buried in the "Star Garden" on the Wiesbadener Südfriedhof. Among them are also the annually about 5,000 victims of Germany's largest abortion clinic in Munich.
About two to three years ago, a mother from Bavaria, who was searching for the grave of her aborted child, contacted the association "Star Garden Wiesbaden." Since then, these requests are increasingly piling up. Since then, the Catholic community officer and hospital counselor Hildegard Hönig know about it, because she sits on the board of the small association. The increasing incidents are skilfully covered up. Thus, the Diocese of Limburg is the vicarious agent of the abortion industry. When asked, the press spokesman of the bishop simply avoided this fact.
The reason for the action of the criminal mediator because of the abortion advertising of the diocese of Limburg was apparently an ad by Gerhard Woitzik, national chairman of the German Center Party.

Trans: Tancred

Friday, November 17, 2017

Freedom -- Father Alfred Delp SJ

One thing is as clear and perceptible to me as it is precious: the world is so full of God. From all the pores of things He swells, as it were, towards us. But we are often blind. We stay in the good and the bad hours and do not experience them through to the fountain point, where they flow out of God. 
That applies to everything beautiful and also to misery. In all, God wants to celebrate encounter and asks and wants the adoring, devoted response. The art and the task is only to make and learn lasting awareness and concrete attitude from these insights and graces. Then life becomes free in the freedom we have always sought."
Father Alfred Delp (SJ)
On November 17, 1944, Father Alfred Delp wrote a coded message with his hands bound, out of his cell in the Berlin-Tegel prison. After his death on February 2, 1945, his ashes were scattered to the winds on Hitler's personal orders.
During the detention, the Gestapo made him the offer of "release in return for his withdrawal from the Order," which was rejected by Father Delp. He was able to make his last solemn vow in custody on December 8, 1944, to a fellow brother who visited him on behalf of the Provincial of the Society of Jesus.
Image: Heizer, Wikipedia
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, November 16, 2017

De Mattei: Friendly Criticism of Rocco Buttiglione’s Theses

Roberto de Mattei
Corrispondenza Romana
November 15, 2017

[Rorate Caeli] I have known Rocco Buttiglione for more than forty years. Both of us were assistants to Professor Augusto Del Noce (1910-1989) at the Faculty of Political Science at La Sapienza University in Rome, but since then our positions have diverged, mainly regarding our judgment on modernity. Buttiglione believed that the historical process inaugurated by the French Revolution was compatible  with Christianity, but I believed it incompatible.  Despite these differences, I appreciated Buttiglione’s work as Minster of National Cultural Heritage in Berlusconi’s government (2005-2006) and expressed my solidarity with him in 2004 when he didn’t attain the nomination as European Commissioner as a result of having called homosexuality “a sin”.  I refer to all this in order to show my sincerity in my “friendly criticism” of his theses, just as Buttiglione is truly sincere when he argues with Professor Seifert, his “life-long friend” in his most recent book (Friendly Responses to the Critics of Amoris Laetitia, which included an essay introduction by Cardinal Gerard Ludwig Müller, Ares, Milan 2017, p. 41).

The volume recently published has 200 pages, divided into four chapters. There is nothing in it that Buttiglione’s readers don’t know.  The chapters are in fact made up of essays previously published in several places, between 2016 and 2017. This explains the numerous repetitions, which, nonetheless, aid in a better understanding of his basic thesis: the possibility of admitting the divorced and remarried to Communion, since  in certain cases, “even if the acts are illegitimate” , people “may not fall into mortal sin because of the absence of full knowledge and deliberate consent” (p.172).

I have already had the occasion to criticize this position (see here: Additionally, in order to justify it, Buttiglione introduces a fallacious distinction between “grave sin”, “specified by the object (by grave matter)” and “mortal sin”, “specified by the effects on the subject (it kills the soul)”. He writes “ all mortal sins are also grave sins, but not all grave sins are also mortal. It may happen in fact that in some cases grave matter has not been accompanied by full awareness and deliberate consent.” (p. 173).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cardinal Vingt-Trois Reaches 75 -- Pope Ignores Congregation of Bishops in Appointments -- Wants the Most Progressive Replacements

(Paris) On November 7, André Cardinal Vingt-Trois completed his 75th birthday. He has offered Pope Francis his resignation according to canon law. Who will succeed him as Archbishop of Paris?

The Cardinal has been the head of the Archdiocese since 2005, which had been evangelized by Saint Dionysius of Paris (Saint Denis). According to La Croix, the daily newspaper of the French bishops, the Apostolic Nuncio and the Permanent Council of the Episcopal Conference have already prepared a tripartite proposal, which will be examined by the Congregation of Bishops and presented to Pope Francis for help in any decision. The Pope is completely free in his decision.

He can leave Cardinal Vingt-Trois in office for another two years or more. He may if he wants to retire the Cardinal, he may or may not stick to the proposal of the Bishops' Congregation. While his predecessors rarely deviated from this, Pope Francis also strikes his own course on this point. Above all, he has appointed the important episcopal sees on his own, that is, past the competent Congregation of Bishops. As it happened in Chicago, Madrid, Sydney, Palermo and Bologna, to name just a few examples. Paris is one of the important episcopal sees, which is why the Pope is likely to take a similar approach.

Search for "the most progressive candidate"

It is not just a papal willfulness, but a directional decision. On 19 April 2016, Le Journal de Montréal quoted Quebec's Alain Pronkin, a journalist specializing in religion and good connections with his fellow countryman, quoted Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops as saying:

Pope Francis is looking for "the most progressive candidates".

"It is disturbing because it is the task of Cardinal Ouellet in Rome to propose the name to the Pope, but he ignores it and opts for completely different candidates".

A few days earlier La Croix had written:

"It has already happened that Pope Francis rejected all three of the names presented to him by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, [...] and even sought others from his direction."

In order to seek "others from his own direction," the Pope, in order to obtain information, makes use of the Jesuit order. The decisive factor for Francis, according to Pronkin, is the progressive attitude of the candidate, which must be confirmed to him by a confidant. This confirmation is sufficient. The Pope would then need no dossiers and reports, as presented to him by the Congregation of Bishops. The recommendation of a person whom he trusts is enough to make someone a bishop.

Candidate for the Archdiocese of Paris

Several names have been mentioned in the past for the Archdiocese of Paris, which are given alphabetically:

Msgr. Michel Aupetit, 66, Bishop of Nanterre since 2014

Mgr. Jean-Marc Aveline, 58, Auxiliary Bishop of Marseille since 2013

Msgr. Jacques Blaquart, 65, Bishop of Orleans since 2010, Chair of the Solidarity Committee of the Episcopal Conference

Msgr. Jean-Paul James, 65, Bishop of Nantes since 2009

Msgr. Dominique Lebrun, 60, Archbishop of Rouen since 2015

Mgr. Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, 55, Auxiliary Bishop of Paris since 2008, Chairman of the Faith Commission of the Episcopal Conference

Msgr. Pierre d'Ornellas, 64, Archbishop of Rennes since 2007

Msgr. Laurent Ulrich, 66, Archbishop of Lille since 2008, former Vice-Chairman of the Episcopal Conference

Msgr. Pascal Wintzer, 57, Archbishop of Poitiers since 2012

There is also a name that has recently been given special mention and is also highlighted by La Croix:

Father François-Xavier Dumortier, 69, Jesuit, former Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

For the Paris See, Francis may not only use the Jesuit order to obtain information, but make another Jesuit Archbishop.

François-Xavier Dumortier

The Jesuit Dumortier was born on November 4, 1948 in Levroux, France. His family is from French Flanders. He studied Political Science at the Institut d 'Etudes Politiques de Paris and Law at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris with a specialization in Legal Philosophy. At the age of 25, in 1973, he entered the Society of Jesus and studied philosophy and theology at the Center Sèvres of the Jesuit order in Paris and at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge Massachusetts. In 1982 he was ordained a priest and in 1990 also took solemn vows in his order. For 20 years he taught philosophy, mainly ethics, at the Paris Jesuit College Center Sèvres of which he was its principal from 1997 to 2003. His research focus was the work of Hannah Arendt. In 2003 he was appointed Pro-Provincial of France. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI made him the rector of the Roman Jesuit College Gregoriana. This is a post he held until 1 September 2016. Since the beginning of 2014 he is a Knight of the French Legion of Honor. Pope Francis personally made him a Synodal participant for the Double Synod of the Family in 2014. In 2008 he was already talked about as successor to Msgr. Gerard Defois as Archbishop of Lille. Now he is considered the most promising candidate for the Episcopal See of Paris.

On 15 April 2016, just a week after the presentation of the post-synodal letter Amoris laetitia , Rector Dumortier hosted a conference on this highly controversial document. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, and Archbishop Vicente Paglia, at that time President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, attended the meeting. In his greeting, Dumortier expressed his unreservedly positive response to Amoris laetitia, in whose establishment he had himself participated as a synod.

His introduction and the conference papers are in video:


Text: Giuseppe Nardi
 Image: Youtube (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cupich Crushed by Pro-Life Archbishop of Kansas City

Edit: cautiously speaking, this looks like good news.

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2017 / 08:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a move seen as an endorsement of St. John Paul II's “culture of life” approach, the US bishops on Tuesday elected Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas as chairman of the conference's committee on pro-life activities.

The bishops also elected a conference secretary and the chairs of five additional committees Nov. 14 during their plenary assembly in Baltimore, Md. Board members for Catholic Relief Services were elected as well.

Archbishop Naumann won the pro-life committee with 96 votes, or 54 percent. The other candidate, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, garnered 82 votes, or 46 percent. The committee has customarily been overseen by a cardinal.


Monday, November 13, 2017

A Message to Catholic Bloggers About Mark Shea

Edit: the people who are his apparent superiors are really the problem. He doesn't seem to be recognizably Catholic, despite his claims and appearances on EWTN, the network gone wrong. Here's Andy Nowicki, who asks the Catholic hierarchy, anyone, to intervene:

Friday, November 10, 2017

MSNBC et Christ Mathews Locuta Causa Finita

Edit: doncha just love it when people who are Catholic purely for social and cultural reasons suddenly remember they're Catholic and declare themselves as experts in all things Catholic when there's an axe to grind?

[] Chris Matthews has just published a book on Robert Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit (Simon & Schuster), which he is promoting vigorously. Among the numerous interviews he has given (many to his colleagues at MSNBC), the one with Al Sharpton, embedded below, has come to our attention for its mention of Father Leonard Feeney.
Around the 6:14 mark, Matthews makes a fleeting mention of Father Feeney as an example of someone that had, early on, roused “raging spirit” of Bobby Kennedy.
The mention of Father Feeney is limited to these words, which I have transcribed as faithfully as possible:
When that priest, Father Feeney, in the 40’s… late 40’s… was saying “no salvation outside the Catholic Church, everybody else is going to hell,” Bobby wrote a letter to the paper, fought the … fought the Cardinal over it. His mother thought he was going to get excommunicated over it, and then the priest got excommunicated.
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