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Clergy and Lay Scholars Issue Filial Correction of Pope Francis

A group of clergy and lay scholars from around the world have taken the very rare step of presenting Pope Francis with a formal filial correction, accusing him of upholding seven heretical positions about “marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments” which, they say, has “caused these heretical opinions to spread in the Catholic Church.”

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The signatories stress they are not accusing the Pope of formal heresy (when a person departs from the faith by doubting or denying some revealed truth with a full choice of the will), and are making “no judgment about Pope Francis’s culpability in propagating the seven heresies” as it is “not their task to judge about whether the sin of heresy has been committed.”

The 25 page letter was delivered to the Holy Father at his Santa Marta residence on Aug. 11. This is the first filial correction of a reigning Pontiff since Pope John XXII was admonished in 1333 for teaching that the souls in heaven wouldn’t see God completely until after the Last Judgment, a heresy he recanted on his deathbed.

Pope Francis has so far not responded.



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Ash Wednesday is the day after tomorrow


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Gender Bending: It’s About Hating God

Gender bending

Pope Benedict XVI called gender bending “a profound falsehood.”

Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun reports that, in a personal conversation with him, Pope Francis called gender bending “demonic.”

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Three popes

September 24, 2015: This evening Pope Francis will not be dining with politicians. He’s going to break bread with the homeless.

Three popes


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Wickedness vs. The Common Good

“At the end of time, evil shall increase. Many shall be refined, purified, and tested, but the wicked shall prove wicked.” -Daniel 12: 1,4,10

Democrats booed God

From Conservative Hammer: “The vitriol here on FB has been stunning… Many of my Christian friends have been verbally attacked with such violence and disdain, it absolutely took my breath away… I wanted to stay out of the fight, but was watching rainbow flags appear on almost every page I opened, and was bombarded by images I would have preferred NOT to see… It makes my blood boil to think that just a week ago, these SAME people were demanding the removal of the Confederate flag from every nook and cranny… So, I am hugely OFFENDED by the rainbow flag now, because it represents hate and disdain against those who do not agree with the SCOTUS decision.” –Irene H

2003 Ratzinger on homosexual unions

Here’s a story that, in light of recent events, should be very familiar to us:

1. Church gets planted in San Francisco
2. Church hires musician to do the church music
3. Subsequently, it comes to light that said musician is a practicing homosexual
4. Musician is informed by the church that his lifestyle is not in accord with church doctrine
5. Musician tells church that he is not going to change
6. Musician is dismissed by church
7. Church gets sued for violation of local “gay rights” ordinance.

This might have happened just last week, but the series of events I’m referring to took place in 1978, nearly 40 years ago.

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Pope Francis Wins Papal Miracle Olympics; Predecessors Hit Hardest

On Saturday, Pope Francis was in the Italian city of Naples. Observing tradition, he also stopped by the Cathedral to visit the 1700 year old relics of St. Januarius (Gennaro in Italian), the patron saint of the city.

The relics are the subject of a world-famous recurring miracle that has been happening more or less every year since 1389 when it was noticed that a glass ampule containing the dried blood of the martyr saint had become liquid during a procession, so that it could be clearly seen sloshing around in the container. Since then, the people of the city have considered it a miraculous event showing favor on the city and on visitors when it occurs. It appears to occur with some frequency, though not entirely predictably, for the last 600 years, usually on feast days associated with the saint. It has happened in the presence of many notable people and common folk alike, including Americans.

It has never – or nearly ever – occurred in the presence of a visiting pope. The previous two pontiffs, Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both visited the relics, but each time the blood stayed stubbornly solid, dry and motionless.
That all changed on Saturday, according to a number of news sources, including Breitbart. When the ampule was taken out of the vault by the Archbishop of Naples, he proclaimed that it was already halfway liquified. Soon after, when reverenced by the pope, it appeared to have fully liquified, drawing astonishment from the priests and congregation. As you can see from the two images above and below, the level of the red liquid maintained a horizontal aspect regardless of how the case was oriented by either the archbishop or the pope.
Some scientific analyses have been performed on the blood relic over the years, mainly spectroscopy through the glass indicating results consistent with human hemoglobin. Skeptics have theorized that the occurrence is an elaborate ruse perpetrated in the middle ages using a self-liquifying substance sensitive to heat or motion, but no explanation has satisfactorily explained the variability of it. In any case, Pope Franko has received a dramatic boost in his status, at least among Napolitanos, who now talk about him cracking jokes during miracles and quite possibly being the first pope to return to the Vatican where a pope-emeritus is now obligated to buy him a victory beer at the Vatican Pub.


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The Pope Emeritus Responds to an Atheist

In 2011, Italian atheist, Piergiorgio Odifreddi, published a book called Dear Pope, I am Writing to You, in which he criticized some of Pope Benedict’s writings.

Benedict recently published his response, which he says was delayed because of his duties and his desire to actually read the book before commenting.

He begins with, “Thank you for the faithful manner in which you dealt with my text, earnestly seeking to do it justice.” But then he says,

“My opinion of your book as a whole, however, is rather mixed. I read some parts of it with enjoyment and profit. In other parts, however, I was surprised by a certain aggressiveness and rashness of argumentation. I would like to respond chapter by chapter, but unfortunately I do not have sufficient strength for this. I shall therefore choose a few points that I think are particularly important.”

I’ve included a link below to the English translation.  I found it too difficult to read on my monitor, so created a printable document in Word, so I can give it some first morning brain cells tomorrow. It’s 8½ pages.

To whet your appetite, here are an excerpt on the relationship between faith and reason:

“An important function of theology is to keep religion tied to reason and reason to religion. Both roles are of essential importance for humanity. In my dialogue with Habermas, I have shown that there are pathologies of religion and — no less dangerous — pathologies of reason. They both need each other, and keeping them constantly connected is an important task of theology.”

And another on the Church as a sign of goodness and beauty, despite the evils that afflict it:

“If we may not remain silent about evil in the Church, then neither should we keep silent about the great shining path of goodness and purity which the Christian faith has traced out over the course of the centuries.”

The National Catholic Register has the full English translation of Benedict’s letter

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We shall be saved by Jesus

April 16, 2008: Battle Hymn of the Republic performed by the US Army Chorus

President and Mrs. Bush welcome Pope Benedict XVI to the White House

The news gets worse and worse. But we need to remember that the good guys ARE going to ride in an save us! God has promised it.

Revelation 19:11,14-15,19-21

Then I saw the heavens opened, and there was a white horse; its rider was [called] “Faithful and True.”

He judges and wages war in righteousness. The armies of heaven followed him, mounted on white horses and wearing clean white linen.

He himself will tread out in the wine press the wine of the fury and wrath of God the almighty. He has a name written on his cloak and on his thigh, “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered to fight against the one riding the horse and against his army.

The beast was caught and with it the false prophet who had performed in its sight the signs by which he led astray those who had accepted the mark of the beast and those who had worshiped its image. The two were thrown alive into the fiery pool burning with sulfur.

The rest were killed by the sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the horse.

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Newt Gingrich: Personal Reflections on Pope Benedict XVI

Let me say up front that I have a very personal feeling about Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement.

The Holy Father’s visit to Washington, D.C. in 2008 changed my life.

It was seeing him at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which changed my curiosity into my becoming Catholic.

Let me explain.

For years, I would attend church with Callista (who was born and raised Catholic and is a longtime member of the Choir of the Basilica). As a non-Catholic I supported her deep commitment to the Church.

Further, Callista and I made a movie about Pope John Paul II and his pilgrimage to Poland in 1979. Nine Days that Changed the World is a remarkable film about this historic visit, which created a revolution of conscience that transformed Poland and fundamentally reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th Century. In producing this movie, I became even more intrigued with the amazing life of Pope John Paul II.

I gradually became more and more interested in the Catholic Church as an institution and in the Eucharist as the centerpiece of Catholic worship.

Of course, as a historian, I had studied the Church over the centuries including its strengths and weaknesses.

Having grown up Lutheran, serving as a Protestant acolyte in military chapels while my dad was in the Army, and becoming a Baptist in graduate school, I was pretty steeped in the history of the Reformation and the Protestant approach to God.

It was the weekly experience of the Catholic Church which had a steadily growing impact on me. The sense of community and reaffirmation of Christ’s sacrifice and love every Sunday — strengthened by my study of the extraordinary leadership and evangelism of Pope John Paul II drew me closer to the Church.

And yet the intellectual curiosity had not converted into an emotional bond — until Pope Benedict XVI came to Washington, D.C. in 2008.

During this visit, the Bishops gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for Vespers with the Holy Father

The Choir of the Basilica was invited to sing for Vespers. As a spouse of a choir member, I was invited to come to the Basilica. Spouses were allowed to sit in the large Upper Church while the Choir, the hierarchy, and the Pope were in an intimate Crypt Church below (which was good for the Choir because the Crypt Church is both beautiful and has extraordinary acoustics). Here, we watched the Vesper Service on large screen televisions.

To our surprise, the Holy Father, came through the sanctuary and visited with guests in the Upper Church. There was clearly joy in his eyes – it was absolutely stunning. His theme for the visit was “Christ our Hope” which I certainly thought captured the heart of Christianity in three words. His interaction with people was joyous as he communicated God’s love.

I was really surprised by the intense personal happiness Pope Benedict XVI conveyed. I had previously seen him as an intellectual German theologian (one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century) but not as an emotional evangelist like Pope John Paul II.

Yet here the Holy Father was visibly enjoying, indeed thrilled, by his chance to bring Christ’s message of salvation to the United States.

That night at dinner I told Monsignor Walter Rossi, the Rector of the Basilica and our good friend, that I wanted to become Catholic.

So you can see why I was deeply moved by the announcement that for the first time since 1415, a Pope would resign (and that occasion involved a political solution to having multiple Popes during the Avignon period) and for the first time since 1294 (and to the best of our knowledge only the second time in history) a Pope would resign because of age and energy.

In his last meeting with the Cardinals, Pope Benedict XVI noted “One of you is the future Pope, whom I today promise my unconditional reverence and obedience.”

This is a unique historic moment for the Catholic Church.

It is also a deeply personal moment for me.

Last night the Choir of the Basilica, led by Dr. Peter Latona, offered “Truth and Beauty: A Musical Tribute to Pope Benedict XVI.” Their wonderful music was interspersed with quotes from the Holy Father. (It was broadcast by EWTN).

Allow me to close with one example of his deep faith: “Love is the light — and in the end, the only light — that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage needed to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practice it because we are created in the image of God. To experience love and in this way to cause the light of God to enter into the world — this is the invitation I would like to extend.”

Pope Benedict may have retired, but his words will live on forever.

Your Friend,



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We could have a new Pope before Easter

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he will resign on February 28, because his health makes it too difficult for him to perform the duties. He is 85 years old. It’s the first time in more than 600 years that a Pope has resigned.


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