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It’s Official . . . Pope Francis Removes Cardinal Burke From Apostolic Signatura

November 15, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on It’s Official . . . Pope Francis Removes Cardinal Burke From Apostolic Signatura

(From combined sources) The Vatican announced on Saturday, November 8 that Pope Francis has removed Raymond Cardinal Burke from his position as prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. The choice of a Saturday for the announcement was, according to Robert Royal on his The Catholic Thing blog, “the ecclesial equivalent of the White House late-Friday ‘news dump’ to lessen controversy.” Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute, Washington, D.C., said that move “was also singularly ineffective.” He continued: “Even major secular newspapers and other media outlets — who have, shall we say, a certain interest in pushing the line that the Church is finally coming their way — carried stories Sunday about the ‘demotion of a…Continue Reading

Translation “Error” In Synod’s English Text? Final Document Cuts Marriage “Between A Man And A Woman”

November 14, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Translation “Error” In Synod’s English Text? Final Document Cuts Marriage “Between A Man And A Woman”

By HILARY WHITE ROME (LifeSiteNews) — Just at first glance, and without looking it up on Google Translate, what is the difference between these two passages of a recent important Vatican document, the final “relatio” from October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops? “. . . confronto alla luce del Signore Gesù per discernere le vie con cui rinnovare la Chiesa e la società nel loro impegno per la famiglia fondata sul matrimonio tra uomo e donna.” And: “. . . facing the situation, with an eye on the Lord Jesus, to discern how the Church and society can renew their commitment to the family.” A little pared down, perhaps? The official Italian original says, roughly, “. . . facing, in the…Continue Reading

By Showing Us The Way . . . Cardinal Burke “Accompanies” Us As Leaders Should

November 13, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on By Showing Us The Way . . . Cardinal Burke “Accompanies” Us As Leaders Should

By HILARY WHITE (This commentary first appeared on LifeSiteNews.com; all rights reserved. Hilary White is a Rome-based reporter for LifeSiteNews. The information White gives about LifeSite’s petition to thank Cardinal Burke was current as of November 11; for more information, visit www.lifesitenews.com.) + + + LifeSite’s petition to send a message of gratitude to Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke for his leadership has garnered over 19,000 signatures, and gaining. Despite the presumptions of the secular news media, there are a lot of Catholics who love their Church, who love the teachings of the Church on sexuality and family, and who love Cardinal Burke. As someone who has had the honor of meeting with him several times, I can add my witness…Continue Reading

The Abortion Load . . . Is It Getting Too Heavy For Democrats To Carry?

November 12, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on The Abortion Load . . . Is It Getting Too Heavy For Democrats To Carry?

By DEXTER DUGGAN PHOENIX — Is the oppressive load that Democratic Party candidates carry at the insistence of pro-abortion radicals like Planned Parenthood starting to become too heavy? Arizona’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, longtime liberal Fred DuVal, seemed none too pleased with that burden in mid-October when he was asked about abortions for young teenagers without parental notification or consent. DuVal sighed and went straight to the issue of parental consent. He opposes it, he said with the usual pro-abortion pietism, because “that then gives the choice of reproductive freedom to the parents and not to the expectant mother, and I believe the expectant mother has that. . . .” At this point his questioner, the pastor at the non-Catholic Redemption…Continue Reading

Same-Sex Marriage? Throw In The Towel

November 11, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Same-Sex Marriage? Throw In The Towel

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK Do I really mean by “throwing in the towel” that we should surrender to the proposition that same-sex marriage is morally equivalent to the traditional understanding of marriage? Well, yes — if we are going to continue to argue the case for traditional marriage while conceding the secular liberal con job about the First Amendment and the separation between church and state. There is no way we can win the argument if we make that concession. It stacks the deck against us. Consider the debate between Ted Olson and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council on Fox News Sunday on October 12. Olson argued in favor of same-sex marriage; Perkins against. I submit that Olson…Continue Reading

Will GOP Be His Bricklayer? . . . What Can Obama Build With Stones Now Cast Down In The Dust?

November 10, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Will GOP Be His Bricklayer? . . . What Can Obama Build With Stones Now Cast Down In The Dust?

By DEXTER DUGGAN With the last stones of the temple of Obama worship toppled into the dust by the November 4 midterm elections, questions immediately arose of what would replace the president’s shattered faux Greek columns for the two remaining years of his presidency. Little room seemed left for hubris, but Barack Obama’s capacity for majestic imaginings has always exceeded his accomplishments. The last thing victorious Republicans should do is extend a hand to reward his failures by helping build up his malign agenda. Instead, they need to construct positive programs to reward the hopes of rebellious, impatient voters who put the GOP into greater control. Now that both congressional chambers will be under Republican authority, just dare Obama to…Continue Reading

How Cardinal Burke Welcomed Home A “Gay Activist”

November 9, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on How Cardinal Burke Welcomed Home A “Gay Activist”

By STEVE WEATHERBE (Editor’s Note: This commentary is reprinted from LifeSiteNews.com. All rights reserved.) + + + Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke emerged from the recent, tempestuous Extraordinary Synod on the Family as a champion of orthodox Catholic sexual morality just as Pope Francis is removing him from the Church’s most senior canon law posting. However, if you sit across the Church leadership’s widening cultural gap from the former archbishop of St. Louis, as Alicia Ambrosio, producer and host of Vatican Connections on Canada’s Salt and Light Television, evidently does, you see him as stuck in “an ivory tower” cut off from “the messiness of life” that homosexual Catholics contend with. Now a testimony from one of those homosexual Catholics has…Continue Reading

Political Correctness And Marxism

November 8, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Political Correctness And Marxism

By DONALD DeMARCO The philosophy of Karl Marx is simple, appealing, and insidious. It is simple to the point of being cartoonish since it denies individual characteristics and lumps everyone into either one or two categories. Thus, people are either capitalists or proletarians, members of the ruling class or those who are ruled, the “haves” or the “have-nots.” In short, people are either oppressors or the oppressed. The two sides, being mutually exclusive, clash with each other and invite a revolution. It is appealing because it condones envy and promises the “have-nots” that they will gain a better share of the pie. It is also appealing because it speaks of a revolution that will bring about the “liberation” of the…Continue Reading

Columbo Is A Member Of The Holy Name Society

November 7, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on Columbo Is A Member Of The Holy Name Society

By FR. JEROME ROMANOWSKI (Editor’s Note: Fr. Romanowski is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, N.J.) + + + He always gets his man or woman. Art imitates life. “Columbo” is the fictitious character played by Peter Falk, the famous actor of many films. Falk is now deceased, but he always will remain “Columbo,” the plain, disheveled detective who lived a simple, good life inside and outside of his solving sinister crimes. He was always pitted against the famous who thought they could get away with murder because they felt that they were either smarter or more privileged than the rest of mankind — or humankind, if you prefer. It was Columbo’s personality that captured the imagination and soul…Continue Reading

We’re Meant To Fly To Greater Heights Than Assisted Suicide

November 6, 2014 Frontpage Comments Off on We’re Meant To Fly To Greater Heights Than Assisted Suicide

By KARNA SWANSON (Editor’s Note: Karna Swanson is the director of communications for the Archdiocese of Denver and the general manager of the Denver Catholic Register. ZENIT News Agency provided this commentary; all rights reserved.) + + + Before 29-year-old Brittany Maynard took her own life November 1, choosing to avoid the pain and suffering caused by an aggressive and large brain tumor, she left the world with a clear message — don’t be afraid of assisted suicide. In the weeks leading up to her own suicide, Brittany advocated for giving others the choice to “die with dignity,” and she called for a movement to “get people educated about this topic, to have discussions based on facts not fear.” As…Continue Reading