A reader comment reveals much about the current state of the Church

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“With Pope Francis I have nothing.”
Indeed, you are right. You have had this poison – that was all you had to eat – taken away and are through the withdrawal and are now faced with the task of rebuilding your strength on wholesome, real food.

Having been forced to abandon your Papal Positivist heresy, you have nothing false, nothing deadly, nothing soul-killing, you are no longer taking a daily dose of poison. With Pope Francis you, we all, have had the glamour stripped away from Novusordoism so that we can all finally see it for what it is. You have had the unworthy caricature of Catholicism taken away from you, as it was shown to be a worthless fraud, a counterfeit. I would suggest that this is a positive step.

To switch analogies for a moment, imagine that the Faith is a life preserver.

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Saints with an asterisk

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Fast-track beatifications where the will to beatify supersedes the worthiness of the proposed candidate is a dangerous and questionable development. This is what we see with the determined push to rapidly canonize John XXIII and John Paul II. Under the new system that eliminates the Devil’s Advocate, legitimate challenges to the sanctity, orthodoxy, and miraculous intervention of the candidate are left unaddressed. As Vatican postulator Msgr. Luigi Porsi warned, “There is no longer any room for an adversarial function.”

*Everything in the Catholic Faith conforms to reason. It seems unreasonable, then, to assume that a drastic loosening in the procedure for canonization would yield the same secure results as the “thorough and scrupulous” method that had been in place for centuries.

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More bad fruit: The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism

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CHICAGO — In a meeting room under Holy Name Cathedral, a rapt group of black Roman Catholics listened as Barack Obama, a 25-year-old community organizer, trained them to lobby their fellow delegates to a national congress in Washington on issues like empowering lay leaders and attracting more believers.

“He so quickly got us,” said Andrew Lyke, a participant in the meeting who is now the director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics. The group succeeded in inserting its priorities into the congress’s plan for churches, Mr. Lyke said, and “Barack Obama was key in helping us do that.”

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Editor’s note: This is a truly wide ranging bio on the President – probably much more revealing than Mr. Obama would prefer. And now, he may have another willing collaborator in Pope Francis.

It’s not “leftist” to help people in the slums or others in need. It’s Christ like!

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — On his first anniversary as pontiff Thursday, Pope Francis defended “slum priests” from the accusation their advocacy for the downtrodden reflects a different, leftist church that is remote from conservative Vatican values.

“The work of the priests in the slums of Buenos Aires is not ideological, it’s apostolic, and therefore forms part of the same church. Those who think that it’s another church don’t understand how they work in the slums. The important thing is the work,” Francis insisted in an interview made public Thursday.

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Editor’s note: Anyone who has ever personally worked with the poor and needy knows that there is no “litmus test” involved. You just “wade in” and render whatever assistance you can – keeping a sharp eye out for fakers, thieves, con artists, tin-horn politicians and other “leeches”- as you go.

That said, working with the poor gives no one license to preach heresy or otherwise denigrate the Catholic Church, her dogmas or her Sacred and Apostolic Tradition.

Michael Voris’ refusal to criticize the Pope – for any reason – is based on unsound biblical interpretation.

VorisAccording to Michael Voris and Church Militant.TV:

A very poignant example of how we should treat the Holy Father is found in Genesis 9:18-27, particularly 21-23:

18 And the sons of Noe (Noah) who came out of the ark, were Sem, Cham, and Japheth: and Cham is the father of Chanaan.
19 These three are the sons of Noe (Noah): and from these was all mankind spread over the whole earth.
20 And Noe, a husbandman, began to till the ground, and planted a vineyard,
21 And drinking of the vine was made drunk, and was uncovered in his tent.
22 Which when Cham the father of Chanaan had seen, to wit, that his father’s nakedness was uncovered, he told it to his two brethren without.
23 But Sem and Japheth put a cloak upon their shoulders, and going backward covered the nakedness of their father: and their faces were turned away, and they saw not their father’s nakedness.
24 And Noe (Noah)  awakening from the wine, when he had learned what his younger son had done to him,
25 He said: Cursed be Chanaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said: Blessed be the Lord God of Sem; be Chanaan his servant.
27 May God enlarge Japheth, and may he dwell in the tents of Sem; and Chanaan be his servant.

A strong case can be made that “ecclesiastical porn” sites and publications, and those who write for them, are walking in the footsteps of Cham by telling others of their father’s nakedness. Scripture gives us the example of Sem and Japheth who “covered the nakedness of their father, “their faces were turned away,” and “they saw not their father’s nakedness.” The sons of Noe knew that their father was naked, but they chose to “cover” it. – END

Here’s the important part:

The “father’s nakedness” spoken of in the above passage was actually Noah’s wifenot Noah, himself.

Keep my laws and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them, I am the Lord. No man shall approach to her that is near of kin to him, to uncover her nakedness. I am the Lord. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother: she is thy mother, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness. Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father’s wife: for it is the nakedness of thy father(Leviticus 18:5-8)

I will leave out the rest of the details, as they have little bearing on this discussion.

The point is: Michael Voris is basing his policy on an incorrect and uninformed interpretation of scripture and he’s holding others up to unjust criticism, based on his mistake.

Michael needs to apologize for his mistake, reformulate his policy, based on the truth, and get on with his otherwise good work.

Here’s the pertinent link to Michael Voris’ February 25, 2014 article

I’m Doug Lawrence, the author if this post. I’m a frequent critic of the Pope’s “nakedness” – and I’m also a Michael Voris “fan”.

Cardinal Pell “kicked upstairs” in Vatican Bank political/financial deal

pellLet’s get real. The Vatican is a jurisdiction of 12 square miles in central Rome. Its annual budget is about 120 million euros — a fraction of the budget of, say, Melbourne City Council or the Sydney County Council.

Even the archdioceses of Sydney and Melbourne would dwarf the Vatican for assets, turnover and salaried employees (there are only 2000 to 3000 at last count at the Vatican). It’s a small enterprise. It has a bank that acts as a credit union, most of whose depositors are the Roman headquarters of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of religious congregations of priests, brothers and nuns.

What is significant about Pell’s appointment is that he isn’t an Italian but one who studied there, like many Australian students for the priesthood, in the 1960s. He knows the place but is not of the place.

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Short video makes a startling point about liberals and guns

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Submitted by Frank V.