Catholic Bandita http://www.catholicbandita.com It is not by chance that in the old popular Mexican language, a mad person was called bandito, that is, blessed. - Cardinal Barragan Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:38:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 On Cardinal Burke’s Exile http://www.catholicbandita.com/on-cardinal-burkes-exile/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/on-cardinal-burkes-exile/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:38:14 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9264   Cardinal Burke, probably the greatest champion at the Vatican of those of us who love and defend Catholic teaching, has been exiled by Pope Francis. The Anchoress opines here. Father Z opines here. We can try to pretend that he’s not being exiled, but…it is what it is. Exile – expulsion from one’s native land […]

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LISA JOHNSTON | lisa@aeternus.com  lisajohnston@archstl.org .His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Leo Burke | Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura | Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis in front of the shrine to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Cathedral Basilica of S

Cardinal Burke, probably the greatest champion at the Vatican of those of us who love and defend Catholic teaching, has been exiled by Pope Francis. The Anchoress opines here. Father Z opines here. We can try to pretend that he’s not being exiled, but…it is what it is.

Exile – expulsion from one’s native land by authoritative decree.

The Vatican is his native land, as he is a cardinal, and he was expelled by authoritative decree, having his authoritative role diminished. He was exiled.

The question is, why was he exiled? It seems natural to assume that this very public act was because of the most recent public thing that he did, and that was to say in regard to Pope Francis’ “who am I to judge” remarks that “We have to judge acts.”

LifeSite:

Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court – the Apostolic Signatura – has given a lengthy televised interview in which he decisively rectifies the false notions about Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” quote that has been used frequently to suggest a change in Church teaching on the matter of homosexuality.

Host Thomas McKenna of Catholic Action Insight questioned Cardinal Burke about instances where people must make judgments in light of Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” phrase.

“We have to judge acts, we have to,” Cardinal Burke replied. “All day long we make judgments with regards to certain acts; this is what the natural law is: to choose good and to avoid evil.”

Pope Francis is a Jesuit, and this article yesterday at the Washington Post by a former Jesuit seminarian saying that Jesuits accept openly homosexual candidates for the priesthood isn’t exactly helpful in dispelling notions that Jesuits do not uphold Church teaching on this very grave matter.

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But I was open and transparent about my sexual orientation from the beginning. Before I committed, I talked to my vocation director. He was a gay Jesuit; he assured me I’d be welcomed into the Society of Jesus, that I wouldn’t have to go back into the closet. I met other gay Jesuits who told me the same.

So, what is official Church teaching? When Pope Benedict [then Cardinal Ratzinger] was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Saint John Paul the Great, he issued what continues to be the primary guide for the pastoral care of homosexual persons in the Church. The laity are most certainly bound to obey it as a matter of discipline, but we are also bound to obey our bishops (like Cardinal Dolan) and, of course, the Pope….all as a matter of discipline. In it, Benedict (then-Ratzinger) referred to some in the Church who consider same-sex attraction to be “neutral” or even “good,” and he corrected them.

In the discussion which followed the publication of the Declaration, however, an overly benign interpretation was given to the homosexual condition itself, some going so far as to call it neutral, or even good. Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is a more or less strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil; and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder.

Though we are all bound to hold to then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s guide (and our bishops, and Pope Francis, as a matter of discipline), and though it is completely in tune with Catholic understanding of human nature and salvation, the current Magisterium seems to be in some kind of “debate” mode on this subject.  Pope Francis, with his “who am I to judge” remark appears to be in the “neutral” camp while Cardinal Dolan, with his “bravo” comment, appears to be in the “good” camp. Pope Francis’ remark “who am I to judge” could not be strictly held to by the laity considering that it was so vague, whereas Cardinal Dolan’s “bravo” remark is not vague at all and completely contradicts Benedict’s letter. The rest of us are bound to adhere to the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons direction and to the very consistent teaching of the Catholic Church on this for two millennia, which is what Cardinal Burke was doing in his remarks on judging acts.

At this point, Pope Francis’s view seems no longer vague. Just after Cardinal Burke publicly championed Benedict’s rule and the constant teaching of the Church on human nature and objective disorder, Pope Francis exiled him. Cardinal Burke sent a very public message in his capacity as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and he was subsequently expelled and sent to Malta.

My question is this. Given that it seems clear now that Pope Francis is “neutral” on the matter and expels those who do not hold to the “neutral” line, can we expect him also to discipline Cardinal Dolan for his “bravo” position?

I am not holding my breath for an answer.

To those of you who wonder whether we are to obey Pope Francis or the letter on the pastoral care of homosexual persons or, in the case of New Yorkers, Cardinal Dolan, I can only say that the Church is currently not very clear on this based on the messaging of Pope Francis, Cardinal Burke, and Cardinal Dolan. When such things happen, we have to look at the clear teachings of the Church for two millennia to determine what the truth is. My conscience is clear on this, and it is consistent with Benedict’s letter on the pastoral care of homosexual persons, therefore that is what I will be defending. Having said that, if you see people defending neutrality or “bravo,” you can’t really blame them as they are following the Pope and Cardinal Dolan. It seems clear that given the grave matter involved here, the laity will have a tough row to hoe in defending that which had been so very clear in the Church’s teaching before Pope Francis was elected, which they still have every right (and I would argue duty) to defend.

Am I saying that Pope Francis is not a faithful Catholic? No. I’m saying that how we approach this subject is currently debatable, though Pope Francis’ exile of Cardinal Burke should give us all great pause. How far is he willing to go to silence people who will not hold to the “neutral” line? He is not silencing Cardinal Burke in the sense of putting duct tape over his mouth, but he has certainly removed his credibility in demoting him. My heart sorrows, but I will not panic because, as I said, my conscience is clear. It is also well-informed.

 

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The Suffering Church: Morning Headlines 9/18/2014 http://www.catholicbandita.com/the-suffering-church-morning-headlines-9182014/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/the-suffering-church-morning-headlines-9182014/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:36:32 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9262 In Defense Of Christians Slams Weekly Standard Editor’s ‘Bigotry’ Defending Ted Cruz. The group that hosted one of the largest ecumenical Christian gatherings to address religious persecution in years last Wednesday night, which was crashed in dramatic fashion by junior Senator from Texas Ted Cruz, is calling for an apology from The Weekly Standard for remarks […]

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In Defense Of Christians Slams Weekly Standard Editor’s ‘Bigotry’ Defending Ted Cruz. The group that hosted one of the largest ecumenical Christian gatherings to address religious persecution in years last Wednesday night, which was crashed in dramatic fashion by junior Senator from Texas Ted Cruz, is calling for an apology from The Weekly Standard for remarks made by senior editor Lee Smith on Twitter regarding the incident.

25 Towns under the Control of Boko Haram, Says Catholic Church. The Catholic church yesterday gave a list of 25 towns in three North-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, presently under the control of the outlawed terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Ukraine’s bishops: voters should support defense of nation against foreign invasion. The synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church told voters that upcoming parliamentary elections “are the most complex and important ones in the history of independent Ukraine.”

Tulsa Catholic Church To Hold ‘Holy Hour’ During OKC Black Mass. TULSA, Oklahoma – Local Catholics are planning their opposition to a Black Mass scheduled to be put on this weekend by Oklahoma devil worshipers.

Theft of 150 toys leaves Catholic Charities without gifts for holidays. The theft of about 150 toys has left Catholic Charities in Waukegan, Illinois, with zero items left to start its gift-giving program this holiday season.

As IS sympathisers drive by Catholic school and threaten children and nun I pray God takes pity on them. AUSTRALIA – Police are investigating allegations death threats were made towards a nun at Maronite College of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church at Harris Park.

Photo slideshow: U.S. Catholic bishops visit the Holy Land on peace pilgrimage. Eighteen Catholic bishops from across the U.S., together with officials from Catholic Relief Services, the bishops’ international relief agency, are leading a peace pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Sept. 11-18, 2014.

Cardinal Dolan: Ukraine ‘Flowing With Blood’. New York’s archbishop urges U.S. Catholics to respond to the pleas of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic bishops.

A plea from Christian churches around the world: Stop the genocide in Iraq and Syria. Christian leaders throughout the Middle East have called on Muslim governments and religious authorities to condemn the Islamic State for its ongoing persecution of minority religious communities in Iraq and Syria.

UN panel raps Iran over imprisonment of Christian pastor Saeed Abedini. A United Nations panel this week blasted Iran’s continued imprisonment of American citizen Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year prison term in the Islamic republic for practicing his faith.

Mideast Christian Leaders Want Arabs to Be At the Front Against the Islamic State. GENEVA — Middle East church leaders have urged Arab governments and Muslim religious authorities to strongly denounce the Islamic State for its onslaught on minority religious communities.

ASU Responds to Christian Advocacy Group Concerning Cross Decals on football helmets. JONESBORO, AR – Arkansas State University has responded after being accused of violating students’ right to free speech.

 

 

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The Suffering Church: Morning Headlines http://www.catholicbandita.com/the-suffering-church-morning-headlines/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/the-suffering-church-morning-headlines/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:30:51 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9260 Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Christian Religious Leaders of the Middle East. This afternoon, President Obama dropped by National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s meeting at the White House with a delegation of Christian religious leaders from the Middle East led by Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Rai. Iran’s Ayatollah Declines to […]

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Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Christian Religious Leaders of the Middle East. This afternoon, President Obama dropped by National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s meeting at the White House with a delegation of Christian religious leaders from the Middle East led by Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Rai.

Iran’s Ayatollah Declines to Help US Coalition Fight ISIS. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei put to rest on Monday any speculation that his country would be partnering in anyway with the U.S. and its allies in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Corbella: Albertans’ anti-Christian bigotry is shocking. The most shocking thing about Alberta Premier Jim Prentice’s new cabinet isn’t that he has chosen two unelected cabinet ministers, though that’s generating a lot of buzz to be sure. What’s really alarming, however, is the open, anti-Christian bigotry attacking one of those unelected ministers — Gordon Dirks — who is Alberta’s new minister of education.

Meet Milad, the nurse who connects displaced Iraqis with crucial drugs. ARBIL (AFP) – Milad was an operating theatre nurse in Qaraqosh before ISIS fighters seized Iraq’s largest Christian town. Now he compiles long lists of medicines that his fellow displaced Iraqis sorely lack.

Cal State University strips official status from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. After refusing to eliminate a requirement that leaders affirm a doctrine of faith, a Christian student organization has returned to Cal State University this fall without the financial help, recruitment opportunities and community standing other groups enjoy.

Texas Town Fights to keep Christian Plaque at Public School (Video). A Christian plaque at Mountain Peak Elementary School in Midlothian, Tx, has galvanized the small community against the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which wants the plaque removed because it sits on public property.

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim speaks of her prison ordeal for first time. The Sudanese mother who was sentenced to hang for refusing to give up her Christian faith has spoken about her ordeal for the first time, saying she never once considered giving in and that she made her stand on behalf of all those facing persecution around the world because of their religious beliefs.

Texas board debates school textbooks’ stress on Christian tradition, ‘living’ US Constitution. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Board of Education is considering 104 proposed social studies, history, geography and government textbooks that publishers have submitted for approval and use in public schools statewide. Much of the criticism is from left-leaning academics who say too much emphasis is placed on America’s Christian tradition.

Satanic Temple Plans To Distribute Satinist-Themed Children’s Activity Book To Florida Students. The New York based Satanic Temple announced in a press release Monday that they plan to distribute “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities” to Florida students.

TERROR: Boko Haram rape women, slaughter people in Michika -Residents. Residents of Michika and Bazza towns of Adamawa State have raised the alarm that contrary to the claims of military authotities, the towns have yet to be recaptured by federal troops from the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram, which overran the communities on penultimate Sunday.

Ambassador warns of ISIS threat for Pope Francis’ Albania visit. Iraq’s Ambassador to the Holy See is warning that Pope Francis could be targeted by ISIS militants ahead of the pontiff’s first visit to Albania this weekend.

In a first, US strikes ISIS near Baghdad. The United States has bombed militants near Baghdad in support of Iraqi forces, striking close to the capital for the first time in its expanded campaign against Islamic jihadists.

Vigil planned at Quinnipiac for persecuted Mideast Christians. HAMDEN >> Members of the clergy and others have planned a vigil and prayer service at Quinnipiac University to show support for Christians persecuted in the Middle East.

Sudanese Christian Woman Speaks Out in On Camera Interview; Wants to Help Women in Sudan [VIDEO]. Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam, spoke to Fox News in an exclusive interview in which she gave all glory to God and said her battle is not over.

IDC Leader: Ted Cruz Put ‘Lives at Risk’ at In Defense of Christians Summit. The Texas senator potentially gave extremists more reason to exterminate Middle East Christians by calling the State of Israel their greatest ally, said In Defense of Christians’ executive director.

Patriarchs ask faithful to help ‘save Christianity in the Middle East’. Five Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East urged Westerners to take action to help ensure that Christians and other minorities can remain in the region. “Christians are not (just) looking for humanitarian aid. They are looking for humanitarian action, to save Christianity in the Middle East,” Catholicos Aram of Cilicia, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church says.

 

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The Suffering Church http://www.catholicbandita.com/the-suffering-church-2/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/the-suffering-church-2/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:18:34 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9258 Today’s Headlines:   Coptic Christian protesters clash with police in southern Egypt over abducted housewife. A couple hundred Christian protesters clashed with police in southern Egypt after holding a demonstration on Tuesday in front of a police station demanding authorities locate an abducted housewife, a security official said. Kurds retake Christian villages from Iraq jihadists. Arbil (Iraq) […]

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Today’s Headlines:

 

Coptic Christian protesters clash with police in southern Egypt over abducted housewife. A couple hundred Christian protesters clashed with police in southern Egypt after holding a demonstration on Tuesday in front of a police station demanding authorities locate an abducted housewife, a security official said.

Kurds retake Christian villages from Iraq jihadists. Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) – Kurdish peshmerga forces on Tuesday recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with Islamic State (IS) jihadists, an officer and a cleric said.

Mideast Christian leaders want Arabs to be at the front against the Islamic State. GENEVA – Middle East church leaders have urged Arab governments and Muslim religious authorities to strongly denounce the Islamic State for its onslaught on minority religious communities.

NFL Forces RGIII To Turn Christian Shirt Inside Out For Press Conference. Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III, who dislocated his ankle in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, entered the room for a post-game press conference wearing a T-shirt that said “[K]No[w] Jesus, [K]No[w] Peace” but turned it inside-out before speaking to reporters.

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim tells for first time of her ordeal. Christian mother who faced death sentence in Sudan after being accused of abandoning Islam says she was read the Koran in prison in an attempt to convert her.

Media Silent: Terrorists Kidnap Hundreds Of Christian Girls, Cut Off Their Breasts. The mainstream media has failed us again, overlooking a report that hundreds of Christian girls were abducted and tortured in the most gruesome ways.

Thousands of young Christian Iraqis have joined the fight against ISIS — but few have faith it will help. Five years ago, Sirgon Horomes had “Long live the Iraqi army” tattooed on his arm. It went with the image of Jesus tattooed on his other arm. He was 17 then and believed that Iraq’s army would protect the interests of the minority Christians. “Now, I’m disappointed,” Sirgon says. At the beginning of the summer, the army crumbled in the face of an attack by the militant group ISIS in Mosul. That left Christians, Turkmen and Yazidis vulnerable to attack and persecution by ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.

Mideast Christian leaders call Arab states ‘timid’ in confronting Islamic State. Prominent Middle East Christian leaders say that Muslim leaders have been “timid” in their response to the massacres by the Islamic State, and urged Arab leaders to do more to defeat the terror group.

‘You Can Kill My Body, But Not My Soul': Christian Refuses to Convert to Islam in Face of Death.  Christian man in Nigeria recently stood firm for his faith despite Muslim attempts to force him to convert to Islam while threatening him with death.

Christian News Anchor With Cancer ‘At Peace’ in Final Days. Not many people handle sobering news with the type of calm demeanor and peaceful spirit one TV anchor just did in announcing an inoperable relapse with cancer.

ISIS Using Christian Homes in Mosul As Factories for Explosive Devices. A number of Mosul residents have said that ISIS has turned Christians homes into factories for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and car bombs.

Oklahoma lawmaker proposes nitrogen gas for executions. An Oklahoma lawmaker has proposed nitrogen gas as a possible alternative for executing condemned prisoners after a botched execution in April raised concerns about lethal injection. State Representative Mike Christian, a Republican, on Tuesday called for a state House committee to study the use of “nitrogen hypoxia” for executions, saying it would be painless for inmates and affordable for Oklahoma.

California’s ironic ousting of campus Christian groups. A disturbing story came and went, barely noticed a few weeks ago. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is being unceremoniously booted off the campuses of California’s 23 state universities. This begins with a process of “derecognizing” these as legitimate campus groups.

Second Secular Group Opposes Cross In State Park. Two different secular groups have argued that the sculpture depicting an eagle, veterans and a small white cross is a violation of the constitution.

Texas School Board Vows To Keep Christian Plaques In School. At a packed school board meeting Monday night, the Midlothian ISD school board vowed to keep two religious plaques uncovered for the foreseeable future.

Rise of ISIS: Why the Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher. The Islamic State (ISIS), the wealthiest and most lethal terrorist group in history, is making its presence known on the world stage in a gruesome way.

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Deacon Keith Fournier wrongly defends Cruz’s politicization of IDC summit http://www.catholicbandita.com/deacon-keith-fournier-still-defending-cruzs-politicization-of-idc-summit/ http://www.catholicbandita.com/deacon-keith-fournier-still-defending-cruzs-politicization-of-idc-summit/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:27:16 +0000 http://www.catholicbandita.com/?p=9255 It is utterly appalling to me to see that Deacon Keith Fournier defending Ted Cruz’s politicization of the IDC Summit…based, apparently, on a 43-second video that was taken at the event. Sadly, he even goes so far as to besmirch the reputation of the IDC Summit itself, of which Cardinal Wuerl was a part. He writes […]

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It is utterly appalling to me to see that Deacon Keith Fournier defending Ted Cruz’s politicization of the IDC Summit…based, apparently, on a 43-second video that was taken at the event. Sadly, he even goes so far as to besmirch the reputation of the IDC Summit itself, of which Cardinal Wuerl was a part.

He writes at Catholic Online:

This relatively new group has an interesting mission statement and some commendable goals. It has also now become a pawn in an underlying effort to divide an emerging alliance of what are often called Values Voters.

This stabs me right in the heart. It is Ted Cruz who used the event to divide and who used them as pawns for his political theater. Fortunately, the entire speech was recorded (which I link to and discuss here) and it is clear that the audience was, in fact, pro-Israel and pro-Jewish, but not Zionist.

About the Zionism, Deacon Fournier creeps perilously close to it, does he not?

A small group in the assembly, rudely and loudly, reacted negatively to some of the words Senator Cruz spoke as he expressed his convictions concerning the persecution taking place in this land which is properly holy, precisely because of its role in God’s loving plan of salvation for the whole human race.

Yes, we refer to it as at Holy Land because of its history and holy sites, but the “role in God’s loving plan of salvation” (his quote) has ended, which is an important point that Deacon Fournier would have done well to point out. Catholics do not ascribe to the Zionist theology that Cruz was demanding the summit agree to. And yes, that is what he was demanding.

There are many other honey-soaked words and phrases that I could discuss but suffice it to say that Deacon Fournier’s flowery praise of Ted Cruz along with a 43-second video may be enough for some people to believe that Cruz was persecuted by “divisive” victims of genocide, but I prefer to be a little more thoughtful about these things.

 

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