Papacy & Catholic Hierarchy

The Beauty of NOT having a Magisterium…

April 8, 2009

… is that you don’t have to have any solid positions, morals, or theology. You can waffle and change your mind. God has no opinion (obviously, or so think many) so you don’t have to worry about what He might think. Rick Warren is such a pastor and has now disavowed his opposition to the [...]

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Soviet Propoganda Besmirched Pope Pius XII

April 3, 2009

Soviet propaganda fueled campaign against Pius XII: Jesuit journal http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=2511 The persistent complaint that Pope Pius XII was sympathetic toward Hitler’s Nazi regime has been thoroughly undermined by historians, but the “black legend” persists. Writing in the Jesuit journal <i>Civilta Cattolica</i>, Father Giovanni Sale traces that legend back to Soviet publicists, who were eager to [...]

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Chair of Peter, Feast Day on Sunday

February 20, 2009

Chair of Moses – Chair of Peter Feast Day, February 22 Want to see pictures of the Chair of Moses and the Chair of Peter? Click here. I will join Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio Friday evening to discuss the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter 5:20  PM Eastern. You can listen on-line at [...]

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For those following the SSPX News

February 12, 2009

The Original Story *********** From my friend and canon lawyer Ed Peters: Why the Original SSPX Excommunications were Valid (Jan 27, 2009) While we await the L’Osservatore Romano article that is to offer an account of how Pope Benedict XVI arrived at the decision to lift the excommunication imposed on the four priests who received [...]

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How Can Some “Smart” People Be Such Idiots!?

February 10, 2009

Hans Küng says Obama would make a better Pope The dissident theologian Hans Küng has suggested that Barack Obama would be a better pope than Benedict XVI. “The mood in the church is oppressive,” Küng told a German outlet.  “Benedict is unteachable in matters of birth control and abortion, arrogant and without transparency and restrictive [...]

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Weigel and Peters: More on the Legionaires

February 8, 2009

In the Light of the Law looks at what kind of charism a criminal (or a sociopath) founder can bequeath: http://www.canonlaw.info/2009/02/maciel-was-criminal-or-sociopath-but.html And George Weigel calls for immediate Vatican intervention in the Legion: http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/?p=1311 No Immediate Vatican Involvement Click here My heart goes out to the many great men in the Legion who don’t deserve the [...]

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George Weigel on the Recent Lifting of Excommunication

February 5, 2009

Rome’s Reconciliation Writing for Newsweek, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel explores and explains Pope Benedict XVI’s lifting of excommunication of four Lefebvrist bishops, including Holocaust denier Richard Williamson: “the lifting of Williamson’s excommunication in no way constitutes a papal endorsement of Williamson’s lunatic view of history, or a retraction of John Paul II’s 1998 [...]

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Catholic Answers Live Monday Night

January 11, 2009

Tonight I was the guest on Catholic Answers Live Monday night from 6-7 PM Eastern time.  Our topic was the relationship between Ss. Peter and Paul. For more info or to view the options for listening to the archived show, click here. To listen to the archived show on RealAudio, click here.

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So, I have a New Archbishop

January 5, 2009

I live in the suburbs of Detroit — near Ann Arbor to be exact. People ask me, “Aren’t you afraid to go to Israel?” I usually laugh and retort, “No, I’m afraid to go into Detroit!” Today it was announced that Detroit has a new archbishop to replace the retiring Cardinal Maida. Bishop Allen Vigneron [...]

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Our Governor Needs to go back to CCD Class

November 1, 2008

I am nauseated by my Michigan governor; I am blush with pride for our bishop. Governor Granholm claims to be a Catholic and is the most pro-death abortion advocate in government who also promotes Embryonic Stem Cell Research (see my earlier blog on “stem cells“). Our new bishop confronted her. Proposal 2 will be decided by [...]

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What My Grandpa Said about the Pope: A Story

October 10, 2008

What My Grandpa Said About The Pope: A Story My grandpa is a nice old gentleman, with gray hair, and gold spectacles, and very fond of his little grandson Billy—that’s me. Grandpa and I often go out to walk together, that is, on fine days, because on cloudy days he never goes out of the [...]

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Married Priests? How Could They Afford Wives?

October 3, 2008

 Even if priests did marry, how would they afford a wife with their meager salaries? Take a look at this comparison from a few years ago. Catholic priests are at the lowest rung of the salary scale compared with the Protestant denominations. I ask about affording a wife with tongue in cheek, but there is [...]

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Peter & the Papacy–Verses I Never Saw

July 8, 2008

Peter & the Papacy Verses Protestants tend to overlook or misunderstand about Peter and the Church. Want to see pictures of the Chair of Moses and the Chair of Peter? Click here.  Pilgrimage with Steve and Teresa to the Holy Land For Steve's Adventure DVD "Peter, Keeper of the Keys"Steve's detailed defense of the Peter and [...]

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Hoping to Heal a Breach in the Church

June 26, 2008

Vatican proposal to SSPX (updated)  Rome, Jun. 24, 2008 (www.CWNews.com) – The Italian daily Il Giornale reports that Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) has approved an offer to the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that could heal the breach between the Holy See and the traditionalist group. The Vatican’s offer requires a response [...]

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Expelling a Bishop?

April 23, 2008

After decades of disinterest, suddenly two Canon 1405 cases? Pope Benedict XVI is believed to be mulling over the possibility of expelling a bishop, Fernando Lugo, from the clerical state. That would certainly be a first under the 1983 Code, and I'm pretty sure, it never happened under the 1917 Code. Read what options the [...]

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Impact of Pope’s Visit to America

April 21, 2008

Attached are comments by EWTN News Anchor Raymond Arroyo on the Pope’s visit to the U.S. for use in stories analyzing the impact of the Pope’s visit. God bless!  “Journalists are now calling inquiring about whether the Pope's trip was successful and what impact it has had. I stand by two sentences I wrote weeks [...]

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