Why is Michael Voris happy to criticize every Bishop – except the Bishop of Rome?

mvorisLove ya Mike, but to produce a video claiming criticizing Church leaders is divisive to unity and a scandal is as mad as a hatter given your own vocation!

Look around us. “Criticism” about the antics of kooky priests and bishops have done catastrophic damage to unity. Yet raising concerns about the undisciplined kooky statements, actions and inactions is your role for Christ’s Church.

It’s precisely what you’ve been doing.

You can’t have it both ways.

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Donahue on latest Frontline/PBS show: Catholic bashers love to focus on “persecuted” gays, without, of course, holding them responsible for anything.

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Bill Donohue comments on tonight’s PBS “Frontline” 90 minute presentation, “Secrets of the Vatican”:

“Secrets of the Vatican” marks the 48th time PBS has addressed sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Though this problem is practically non-existent in the Catholic community these days, and is rampant in the public schools, as well as in the Orthodox Jewish community, PBS has devoted a combined total of ZERO episodes on both.

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Editor’s note: Frontline is the place to go to see everything negative – but not actually truthful – about the Catholic Church – historical, theological, political and otherwise.

Like a blind squirrel, they come across an occasional acorn of truth, but even those are  subject to their prevailing and constant bias against virtually all things Catholic.

Frontline ought to stick with subjects they actually understand, that are within their particular area of expertise. Their latest piece about Internet Social Media (Generation Like) for example, was very well done.

The mysteries of the Catholic faith however, remain way above their pay grade.

Don’t waste your time with this one – or pretty much ANY of their offerings – past or future – dealing with Catholicism. It will likely be a colossal waste of your time. 

A pertinent reader comment (by Steve) from the PBS site:

Lot’s of inaccuracies in this article. B16 did not orchestrate the Catechism definition of homosexual acts being deemed “disordered”; the CCC was written 12 years before his pontificate AND it merely explains Scriptural teaching that sex outside of marriage (regardless of what kind of behavior) is not what Christ taught.

Also, the sexual scandals referenced are decades old, and this article, like many others, merely rehash events that happened 20-50 years ago.

Ironically, the media and the “rehashing” then tries to promote homosexual acts, artificial birth control (FYI – cancer causing), etc. The hypocrisy is the media’s, not the Church’s.

If certain behavior violates Church teaching, even those who are ministers of the Church are subject to the same moral standard. Period.

Wouldn’t it be easier for the Church to simply say – “it’s alright go for it!”.

The illogical conclusions of these articles and poor journalism show nothing more than Catholic bigotry. Pope Francis, B16, JP2 or whomever, cannot change Christ’s teachings. And men, regardless of who they are, are sinners too.

That’s the “big news”.

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A prominent Protestant minister gets things almost totally wrong about St. Peter, the papacy and the Catholic Church

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It should be abundantly clear to all
that Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said,
“Thou art Peter (Rock) and upon this Rock
I will build my Church.”

On Sept. 25, 2013, protestant Rev. Bresciani wrote “Has the pope taken his first steps into Last Days apostasy?” for Renewamerica.com an online publication. 

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In the article, as you might well expect, Bresciani made lots of wrong statements about the Catholic Church in his attempt to shed speculation on the current pope and the end of the world. I don’t care about his personal opinions about the end of the world so I am not going to comment on those.

What I am going to do is tell the TRUTH where Bresciani told anti-Catholic lies. And I will do it using a PROTESTANT BIBLE, so the protestants can’t complain about the interpretation of a Catholic version of the Bible.

So let’s go…

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Belief and Obedience

My great teacher, Dietrich von Hildebrande wrote four outstanding books on the present crisis in the Church. Recently, his latest book, The Charitable Anathema was published. I wish we could mail a copy to Rome. A chapter in this book contains one of the most important lectures he ever gave to the Roman Forum. It concerns the difference between belief and obedience. He called it the critical difference. It was masterful.
The point is this: if there is a problem on a question of truth, and there’s a big dispute, and finally Rome speaks (invoking its infallible authority) and says, “This statement must be believed de fide”. Then this is the end of the dispute. Roma locuta causa finita. Rome has spoken, the case is finished. That is the end of it. Therefore, we owe assent of belief to statements of truth.

However, practical decisions of Churchmen, even the highest authorities; the Pope, bishops, priests are something quite different. We do not say, for example, that a command of a Pope or decision of a Pope to call a council is true or not. We can say that it is wise or not … it is opportune or not. Such a decision in no way asks us to assent to its truth. It asks us to obey the command or commands that pertain to us. This is what von Hildebrande meant by difference between belief and obedience. And we Catholics are never obliged to believe that a given command, or given decision of anyone, including the Pope, is necessarily that of the Holy Ghost.

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Pope Francis’ Coat of Arms

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The Vatican has released the new Papal Coat of Arms for Pope Francis. It is similar to the one he used as cardinal, with the addition of the papal symbols of a bishops’ miter and gold and silver-crossed keys.

A gold star representing the Virgin Mary, and the nardo, a grape-like plant with which St. Joseph is often represented, are painted on a bright blue background. Above them is the emblem of Francis’ Jesuit order. Together the three represent Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The Latin motto beneath the crest is “miserando atque eligendo” – which refers to a Bible passage showing Jesus Christ’s “mercy” in choosing Matthew, a tax collector, to be one of his disciples.

Source: Diocese of Joliet

New Pope Francis is known as a humble pastor and hard worker. Reportedly placed 2nd to Cardinal Ratzinger/Benedict XVI at last conclave.

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(Vatican Radio) Citing the Latin formula, Habemus Papam, the Proto Deacon, French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran appeared on the central balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica Wednesday evening to announce the election of the 265th Successor of Saint Peter:

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., the first Jesuit pope in history, was elected to the papacy, taking the name of Pope Francis.

Cardinal Tauran appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s basilica at 8:12 p.m. to the cheers of tens of thousands of people gathered under umbrellas in the square. Billowing white smoke appeared from the chimney over the Sistine chapel at 7:06 p.m signalling that the new Pope had been elected in the fifth ballot of the two day conclave.

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Past Conclaves and reluctant Popes: “Look what they have done to me!”

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The 1939 Conclave was the shortest in the twentieth century, lasting only two days and having three ballots.  Eugenio Pacelli was elected on the third ballot. Perhaps betraying a certain reluctance to assume the papal office, Pacelli insisted upon a final ballot to make certain that he was elected Pope.

His reluctance was further indicated when his housekeepers saw him arrayed as Pope and he told them with tears in his eyes, “Look what they have done to me!” 

With Europe being engulfed by Fascism and Communism and the world on the brink of another Great War after only a two decade respite, it is easy to understand  Pacelli’s reluctance to step into the shoes of the Fisherman at such a time.  However, reigning as Pius XII, he proved equal to all the many daunting challenges he confronted.

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