The dangers of attacking the validity of the Novus Ordo

Abuses are the fault of the priest and do not affect the validity of the Mass

The following is by Fr. Charles Nwora Okeke on courageouspriest.com: A liturgical Rite represents a church tradition about how the sacraments are to be celebrated. There are about 20 liturgical Rites present in the Church today. Of these, the ordinary form of the Latin Rite, referred to as the Novus Ordo by some people, has been the target of unremitting negative attacks. … [Read more...]

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Vatican article says main obstacle for Pope Francis is bishops, priests

Antiquated image of priesthood and old theology are responsible for hostility towards pope

On the heels of one controversial Vatican article alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in America, another potential eyebrow-raiser emerged Saturday claiming that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.” The term “high and … [Read more...]

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Christians didn’t start the war on religious liberty

Archbishop Chaput answers Rome's foes of Catholic-Evangelical alliance

The following comes from a July 18 story in Catholic Philly. History is full of great quotations that people never said. One of the best lines comes from Vladimir Lenin. He described Russian progressives, social democrats, and other fellow travelers as “useful idiots” – naïve allies in revolution whom the Bolsheviks promptly crushed when they took power. Or so the … [Read more...]

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Jesuit publication slams perceived evangelical-Catholic coalition in US

Confidantes of Pope Francis publish article in influential Jesuit magazine "La Civilta Catholic"

An analysis piece published Thursday in La Civilta Cattolica discusses what it calls a “surprising” and unfortunate alliance between conservative Catholics and evangelicals in the U.S. on issues such as immigration – suggesting the two are in direct opposition to Pope Francis' message of mercy. The article, published online July 13, is co-authored by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, … [Read more...]

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Vatican journal article questions ban on female ordination

Material in Civilta Cattolica is approved in advance by the Vatican and its editor is a key adviser to Pope Francis

A new article in the Italian Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica raises questions about the teaching of St. John Paul II that women can never be ordained to the priesthood. The essay in Civilta Cattolica carries special significance, because material in the journal is approved in advance by the Vatican. Moreover, the editor of Civilta Cattolica, Father Antonio Spadaro, is a key … [Read more...]

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Vatican to issue stamp featuring Martin Luther

Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017

If you happen to receive a piece of mail from the Vatican this year, don’t be surprised to see the face of Martin Luther. The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in … [Read more...]

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Vatican invites pro-abortion ‘Population Bomb’ author to speak at Biological Extinction conference

Stanford biologist has championed sex-selective abortion as well as mass forced sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth

The Vatican has invited the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference. Dr. Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb is scheduled to speak in Vatican City during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss “how to save the natural world.” The Stanford … [Read more...]

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Statues turned to face wall, candles flipped in Hanford church

Tabernacle carried across the street from Immaculate Heart of Mary

The following comes from a May 30 story on ABC News, Fresno. Leaders and parishioners of a Catholic church in Hanford are devastated after learning their place of worship was set on fire and vandalized Sunday night. Wine was spilled, windows and pictures were smashed, holy robes and other items burnt and broken. And an entire congregation is shocked and saddened by what … [Read more...]

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Is a Y chromosome necessary to preach at Mass?

Vatican newspaper essays say pulpits should be available to women

The following comes from a March 2 Religion News Service article by David Gibson: A series of essays in the semiofficial Vatican newspaper is urging the Catholic Church to allow women to preach from the pulpit at Mass, a role that has been reserved almost exclusively to the all-male priesthood for nearly 800 years. “This topic is a delicate one, but I believe it is urgent … [Read more...]

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What will the pope decide?

The countdown is on for his big decision on the family

The following comes from a December 28 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr.: Sometime soon, Pope Francis is expected to issue his own conclusions on the two recent Synods of Bishops on the family in the form of a document, technically known as an “apostolic exhortation.” Veteran Italian Vatican writer Marco Tosatti recently reported that the document could appear as early as … [Read more...]

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