The Truth About This Crisis

10/10/2014 Comments (265)

I think it is high time that we talk frankly about what is truly happening in the Church. It is quite probable that we are approaching the denouement of this horrible play, a century in the telling, in which the Synod on the Family, currently playing out in Rome, may be the opening scene of the final act.

We endlessly speculate and debate over who is with Cardinal Kasper and who is not, who will stand up and who will be quiet, and where does doctrine end and pastoral praxis begin.  Meanwhile, a “dark and false Church,” as foreseen by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, which has grown within the Church for a century, continues its unhindered progress.

We have many Cardinals and Bishops of...READ MORE

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Christian Marriage Hates Poor People

10/07/2014 Comments (51)

In the lead up to the Synod, we have had to endure many dumb things said by those trying to justify changes to immutable teaching. We have had those who have tried to change history, or put God's mercy in opposition to His Justice. You know the drill.

But leave it to an Assistant Theology professor at Catholic *ahem* Villanova to say the single dumbest thing so far about marriage.

Katie Grimes, writing at "Women In Theology" gives this advice to the Bishops in advance of the Synod.

Bishops ought to also listen to those critics who point out that marriage also accords disproportionate benefits to the well to do. Marriage, they claim, is not just about sex and love and children and...READ MORE

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I Am A Neil DeGrasse Tyson Denier

09/29/2014 Comments (65)

Really? A famous scientist's ridiculously absurd approach to science (Smug and wrong) turns out to be the same as his approach to life (Smug and wrong.)

Go figure?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the very same scientist who completely lied about history in a recent episode of his show Cosmos, has been getting a lot of flack lately for lying. His lies about the Church went largely unremarked, but his lies about quotes have gained more traction.

In his regular presentation which he gets paid big bucks to give, he has a section in which he presents "quotes" to show just how dumb are today's politicians. Now you wouldn't think it would be too difficult to demonstrate this obvious truth, but being an...READ MORE

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Streamlined Annulment Of Marriages or Jesus?

09/22/2014 Comments (114)

There is real danger in the decision, announced on Saturday some 7 weeks after the fact, Pope Francis has decided to establish a Special Commission for the study of the reform of the matrimonial processes in canon law, read annulments.

The Holy See Press Office states that the commission has as "its goal to prepare a proposal of reform of the matrimonial process, with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined, and safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of matrimony."

Simpler and more streamlined while safeguarding principles, who could possibly be opposed to that?

Let's just get this out of the way and state that if the result of the commission is...READ MORE

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The Humiliation Of Cardinal Burke (The No Spin Zone)

09/18/2014 Comments (342)

By now, most people have heard the rumor from multiple sources that Cardinal Raymond Burke will be removed from the Apostolic Signatura where he serves as Prefect.  This comes after being already removed from the Congregation for Bishops by Pope Francis.

Further, it is rumored that Cardinal Burke will be appointed "Cardinal Patron" of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a largely symbolic position.  This decision is said to be in response to a book to which Cardinal Burke contributed, to be published soon by Ignatius Press, in which the propositions proffered by Cardinal Kasper in his keynote speech in preparation for the Synod on the Family are systematically dismantled.  The book...READ MORE

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The Runt Of The Liturgy

09/08/2014 Comments (54)

Since the Council, the reformers of the Church have promised all kinds of things that were to improve upon the old, stale, and dusty Church. The dustiest place of all was seen to be the liturgy.  It is not my intent here to rehash the last 40+ years of the liturgy wars.  Rather, I want to focus on one narrow point to contrast the promises of the reformers and what was delivered.

Even though the Second Vatican Council in its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium did not call for the multiplication of the Eucharistic prayers, for the reformers of the liturgy, this was a key objective.  

Before the reform of the liturgy, we had one Eucharistic prayer essentially unchanged...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan and the Shameful NYC St. Patrick's Gay Parade

09/03/2014 Comments (579)

If reports are to be believed, a compromise is in the works that will amount to nothing less than an endorsement of the gay identity in the 2015 NYC St. Patrick's Day parade.

The Irish Times reports that under pressure from NBC, not only will a group be allowed to march in the parade with a gay identity banner (something previously banned) but that none other than Timothy Cardinal Dolan will be Grand Marshal.

 
A gay group of employees from NBC will march in next year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade behind their own banner, a source with knowledge of the ongoing parade controversy has told the Irish Voice.

On Wednesday, September 3, at a reception at the New York Athletic...READ MORE

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New Fatima Revelation?

08/19/2014 Comments (95)

On the site liberoquotidiano.it, Italian journalist Antonio Socci reveals some new text reportedly written by Sister Lucia of Fatima.

Socci is the Italian journalist who in 2006 published the book, "The Fourth Secret of Fatima" which contends that there is an additional text composed by Sister Lucia and sent to the Vatican which has never been revealed.

In this most recent article, Socci relays additional information reportedly from an unpublished diary of Sister Lucia, the provenance of which he reports is "contained in an official publication of the Carmel of Coimbra, the one where she lived and died (in 2005) Sister Lucia dos Santos, the last seer. Entitled "A caminho sob or olhar de...READ MORE

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.