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When May We Disagree With The Pope?

October 13, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOHN YOUNG Many faithful Catholics are disturbed by some of the statements made by Pope Francis, and find themselves unable to agree with him. There’s need for clarity here, and the way to achieve clarity is to make the appropriate distinctions. So let us consider what distinctions need to be made in regard to the obligation of a Catholic to accept what the Pope says. The Pope and the bishops have authority in matters of faith and morals. Christ said to His apostles, “He who hears you hears me”; and He made St. Peter the rock on which He would build His Church. But God the Son didn’t come from Heaven to teach science. As St. Augustine said, Scripture…Continue Reading

No Class Of Sinners Should Be Privileged

October 12, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By REY FLORES I was invited to participate in a teleconference just before the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, being held in Rome October 4 to 25. The call was titled “Living the Truth in Love” and was hosted by Carmel Communications founder Lisa Wheeler and facilitated by Dr. Pia De Solenni of the Augustine Institute. The main focus of the teleconference was the question of people who identify as homosexual, or who are dealing with same-sex attraction, and the pastoral care that the Church has been extending to these folks. While it was proposed that we would also be hearing about the Church’s teachings on marriage and family life, and an ongoing appeal to oppose…Continue Reading

Libertarians And The Pope

October 11, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There is no reason to assume that readers of this column are familiar with the Fox News program The Five, so permit me to give a brief description. It features four conservative commentators and one liberal, lately Juan Williams, discussing the issues of the day. It is Fox News’ attempt to replicate — with reverse spin — the format of ABC News’ The View, which features four liberal commentators and one conservative. Why am I bringing up the program now? Because I suspect that Greg Gutfeld, one of the show’s conservative commentators, has caused some confusion in conservative circles. Gutfeld, the author of several books and a former editor of Prevention and Men’s Health magazines, is…Continue Reading

Demo Leaders… Fight Videos As New Footage Shows Graphic Organ-Harvesting Talk

October 10, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN Like the Planned Parenthood mega-abortionists they support, national Democrat Party leaders grimly refuse to see the evidence of slaughter before their eyes while they try to crush the opposition to crushing helpless infants. Veteran Cong. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) was among Democrats excusing PP’s assault on babies and the law even while they pushed an attack against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), whose sting videos have exposed the abortion giant’s barbarity, according to an October 6 report. “We believe it is inappropriate for the (House Oversight) committee to continue harassing Planned Parenthood for political reasons — with no evidence of any wrongdoing,” Cummings and others complained, the Washington Examiner reported. The videos clearly have shown PP…Continue Reading

The First Week Of The Synod . . . Concerns About Instrumentum Laboris, Final Report Surface

October 9, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By LOUISE KIRK It wasn’t done on purpose, of this Archbishop Bruno Forte assures us, but there they were, the ringing words of Christ Himself read out in every Catholic church throughout the world on the first day of the Family Synod: “It was because you were so unteachable that [Moses] wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation God made them male and female. This is why a man must leave father and mother, and the two become one body. They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united, man must not divide.” Pope Francis has repeatedly assured us that the task of the synod is to be all encompassing,…Continue Reading

Diary Of A Synod . . . Positions, Preparations, And Maneuvers

October 8, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON Even before the long-awaited (and sometimes feared) Synod of Bishops on the Family commenced in Rome on October 4, several prelates, priests, and lay groups published important statements with regard to the desired and desirable outcome of that synod. I shall name now only four examples, hoping thereby to shed some helpful light. First, two major lay organizations in Germany — the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK) and the Association of the German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) — have both made statements concerning their wishes for the outcome of that synod. As the official website of the German Bishops Conference, katholisch.de, reports, the president of the German Catholic Youth Organization, Wolfgang Ehrenlechner, said that he will be…Continue Reading

Wikipedia: A Reliable Source?

October 7, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK I have been hearing for years that it is unwise to use the website Wikipedia.com for my research because, people say, “anyone can put anything in there.” Which is largely true. Wikipedia — a combination of “wiki,” the Hawaiian word for quick, and encyclopedia — is a collection of nearly 5 million articles in its English version, written and edited by people who feel they have expertise to offer on a particular subject. This means that when you look up a topic on Wikipedia you are reading articles by anonymous individuals, who may or may not know what they are talking about. The people who run the website state that they “strive for articles that document…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Hug And The Shrug: Kim Davis And The Pope

October 6, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK As with all things Catholic and all things in life, we must always put the most charitable interpretation on events that come to our attention. If they come to our knowledge through sinful curiosity, it is, of course, none of our business. In our voyeuristic culture, however, where the news cycle knows no sleep and many people record their entire existence on the Internet, it becomes increasingly heroically virtuous to observe private boundaries in our culture and to ask that others do the same. In this milieu almost every word and action of Pope Francis is recorded, analyzed, and spun. To our Holy Father Pope Francis we owe a great deal in the way of…Continue Reading

On The 50th Anniversary Of Dei Verbum . . . The Inerrant Truth Of God’s Word

October 5, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

By JOSEF FROULA (Editor’s Note: Professor Josef Froula has taught dogmatic theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary since 2003. He holds a master’s in humanities, a master’s in dogmatic theology, and is pursuing a doctorate in education.) + + + November 18, 2015 marks the golden jubilee of the promulgation of Dei Verbum, the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation. This momentous document of the Second Vatican Council sought to clarify the nature and scope of divine Revelation by answering the following questions. How does God manifest Himself to us? How do we participate in His life and knowledge? Can we really trust the words of Scripture? With so much dissent and disagreement among Catholics of our day, it seems…Continue Reading

Homily of Pope Francis during the Mass for the opening of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

October 4, 2015 Frontpage Comments Off

HOLY MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE XIV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4 October 2015 [Multimedia] “If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12). This Sunday’s Scripture readings seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing: the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which begins with this Eucharistic celebration. The readings centre on three themes: solitude, love between man and woman, and the family. Solitude Adam, as we heard in the first reading, was living in the Garden of Eden.…Continue Reading