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Monday, October 23, 2017

Francis, the polariser is beyond ideology, neither "right" nor "left"

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Pope Francis polarized, also unintentionally. Some conservative Catholics criticize him, others start a solidarity initiative. According to the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro, Francis is not associated with any political direction.



"His approach has always been spiritual and never ideological," said the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro in Rome on Saturday evening at the presentation of his interview book with the Pope, which has just been published in Italy. It is impossible to pull Francis into a direction like "right" or "left".

Pope refused an ideologization

The Pope had emphasized that he had never been "right". He thus referred to allegations of a proximity to the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983) during his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, according to Spadaro. Likewise, Francis had said that he had never been a communist, according to the head of the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica. (Cathcon: well that is a relief)

This, too, shows that the head of the church is miles apart from any ideological approach. "The Pope refuses an ideologization of Christianity, that is, a transformation of Christianity into a religious ideology," says Spadaro.

Interview book by Antonio Spadaro

Spadaro, who, like Francis, belongs to the Jesuit Order, is editor of the interview book "Adesso fate le vostre domande" ("Please ask your questions").

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Luther not really a heretic - Reformation was a work of the Holy Spirit

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Galantino's Luther-praise

On 19 October, Bishop Nunzio Galantino, the general secretary of the Italian Bishops' Conference, visited personally by Pope Francis himself in his former bishopric and appointed by him, declared at a Reformation meeting at the Pontifical Lateran University:

"The Reformation initiated by Martin Luther 500 years ago was a work of the Holy Spirit."
At the same time he absolved Luther from all the blame for the division of Latin Christendom:

"Luther himself did not consider himself the author of the Reformation when he wrote:" While I have slept, God has reformed the church."

Probably the most brazen portrayal of the events since Luther's own.

A section on the Pope's praise of Wesley

Then!

In the edition published today, the Roman Jesuit paper, La Civiltà Cattolica (issue 4016) deals with the question whether Martin Luther was "really" a heretic. Author of the essay "Martin Luther, 500 years after" is the Jesuit Giancarlo Pani.

Pani showed himself as a Jesuit "street corner lawyer" (Roberto de Mattei) when, shortly before the beginning of the first Bishop's Synod on the Family, he promised recognition of divorce and second. Officially the agenda was, of course, "admission of remarried divorced to the sacraments". Pani claimed that the church had already known divorce and second in history ("Venetian Second"). The message to the Synodal fathers? Cardinal Kasper does not demand anything new. On October 7, 2014, historian Roberto de Mattei rebutted the story of the "Venetian Second".

More to follow!

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Professor sacked for signing Correctio Filialis

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Stift Heiligenkreuz: Professor dismissed because he asked Pope for the affirmation of the church teaching.

Cardinal Burke, Professor Stark and a monk of Heiligenkreuz....

"New cleansing of the critics of Amoris laetitia: Professor dismissed. [...]

The dismissal of Professor Stark is not to be read as a reaction of the progressive hierarchy to the criticism of a conservative lecturer, but rather as a struggle between the neo-conservative faction, which proves to be ultramontane and over-zealous to obey the Pope everywhere and the traditional world , which does not hesitate to correct even the actions and omissions of a pope if they are contrary to the Gospel and Tradition. The case of Professor Stark adds to the dismissal of Professor Josef Seifert from the Institute of Philosophy of the Archdiocese of Granada, which was decided by local bishop Francisco Javier Martinez. In this case, too, the offence was: lack of enthusiasm for Amoris laetitia. "

On October 19, 2017, Il Foglio commented on the dismissal of Professor Thomas Heinrich Stark, a signatory of the Correctio filialis against the spread of heresies, who taught at the Philosophical and Theological College of Benedict XVI. of the Cistercian monastery of Heiligenkreuz in Austria. Rector, Father Karl Wallner and Major Chancellor Abbot Maximilian Heim, on 15 October, dissociated themselves in a public statement from the Correctio and a "Guest professor". The name of Prof. Stark was not mentioned. On 18 October the students of the university were informed by the board of the Institute of Philosophy, that Prof. Stark's examinations were being invigilated by Prof. P. Marian Gruber. The distancing and dismissal of Prof. Stark was justified by the fact that cum Petro et sub Petro has been regarded as a special characteristic "since their foundation in 1802".

The late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra said ten months ago:

"Only a blind man can deny that with Amoris laetitia the greatest confusion rules in the church."

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Pope is said to have criticized Cardinal Schönborn over Islam

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On the subject of "Islamization", there is no contradiction between Pope Francis and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn: The spokesman of the Archdiocese of Vienna, Michael Prüller, pointed out on Saturday. The occasion for the statement was the publication of the news magazine, "profil" which, in its forthcoming issue (Monday), quotes Pope Francis as saying: "I have a different approach to Islamization from your Cardinal." This the Pope had recently said, according to "profil", to a "small group of Catholics from Austria". "It seems to me that there is a misunderstanding. What the Pope said at a private audience about Islamization coincides with Cardinal Schönborn's view," commented Schönborn’s spokesman Prüller.

According to “profil” the Pope said that he did not believe in "misunderstood tolerance", but his greatest concern was not the spread of Islam itself but the "indifferent attitude" of Catholics to their own faith. "Cardinal Schönborn could also have said this," said the dry commentary of Prüller. Either the Pope was given a distorted picture of the attitude of the Austrian bishops or the Pope had been grossly misunderstood, Prüller surmised further. "After all the, in reality, the content of the positions of the Pope and Cardinal are consistent which does not very cause great upset".

In this context, Prüller referred to the missionary spirit, which is a priority for the Cardinal. In interviews a year ago, Cardinal Schönborn said: "Europe's Christian heritage is in danger because Europeans have squandered it, and it has nothing to do with Islam or even the refugees, and it is clear that many Islamists like our weakness but they are not responsible for our weakness. We Europeans ourselves are ... The chance for a Christian renewal of Europe lies with us: when we look to Christ, spread his Gospel and deal with our fellow men, even the stranger, as if they are in our heart - in love and responsibility. " And: "We do not need to arm ourselves against other religions in Europe, but we need again a lively Christendom.



Cathcon: The Archdiocese of Vienna spinning faster than Peter Mandelson

Friday, October 20, 2017

Patriarch: Pontificate of Francis is radical

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The relationship between Pope Francis and the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I is considered friendly. Now the Patriarch has expressed himself-and for the exercise of office of the Pope.

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I describes the pontificate of Pope Francis as "radical". In an Italian interview with prominent persons who have met Francis, he was explicitly asked whether he regarded the Papal term of office as "revolutionary". "The secular world may speak of a 'revolution', but we prefer the term 'radical'," said the honorary head of Orthodox Christianity in the interview published on the Vatican Insider Internet portal. Etymologically, the word refers to a return to the roots or the essence of the Gospel.

There was nothing more radical than a God who created the world out of love, became flesh, and identified with the weakest, according to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople. "There is nothing more radical than a God who judges the people to eat thirsty water and hungry." Every Christian, and every clergyman, was called upon to act according to these "radical truths." Pope Francis reminded the faithful.

Spontaneous blessings for the Pope
The patriarch has called Francis his brother. Their relationship could not include the doctrinal and theological differences between their churches, which were formed by a thousand years of separation. But the personal dimension of their relationship plays an important role in the path of reconciliation between the Catholic and the Orthodox Church, according to Bartholomaios.

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Cardinal celebrates Mass for Divali

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"Do not let this lamp go out. We must pray that we do not become 'ditched boats', but people of integrity. "This is the message that Cardinal Maurice Piat gave yesterday during the Mass said at Sainte-Croix on the occasion of the feast Divali.


The Cardinal also stressed the need to pray for Mauritian families. "Do not let the winds of egoism and corruption put us in the dark. "This ceremony, organized by the Indo Mauritian Catholic Association (IMCA), saw the presence of several personalities, including Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth and his deputy, Ivan Collendavelloo.

In his homily, Cardinal Maurice Piat argued that the light should shine in each of the Mauritians. He praised the unity that exists between the different components of our society. "We must live together with respect for each other's culture and religion, in peace and social justice.

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