Who is Lying in the Vatican?

I can't believe I am reading the Tablet these days but it is born of some sort of morbid curiosity as I watch the Pope's former buddies organise themselves into a firing squad.

You may remember I drew your attention to an article by Robert Mickens in La Croix on Jan 20th. Mickens continues to chase this story writing yesterday in the Tablet.
The latest revelation is that, despite Pope Francis claim that "No one has come forward" he actually received an 8-page letter in 2015 detailing the abuse suffered at the hands of Fr Karadima (pictured above is the letter being given to Cardinal Sean O’Malley).

The existence of this letter contradicts the Pope’s insistence that victims of Fr Fernando Karadima had not come forward to complain about a cover-up by Bishop Juan Barros, who Francis appointed to lead the Diocese of Osorno in 2015.

“You, in all good will, tell me that there are victims, but I haven’t seen any, because they haven’t come forward,” Francis told journalists…

Vatican Chancellor Praises Communism

Recently back from his very first trip to China, Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo (chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences) is full of excited praise for the world's most populous country. “Those who best realize the social doctrine of the Church at this time are the Chinese.” So Sorondo gushed to the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, on Friday. “They seek the common good, subordinating all things to the general good.”

One has to wonder just what planet Archbishop Sanchez is on! Has he heard of prison, persecution, negative participation in national life, one child policy and its enforcement, Tibet, the underground church, falang dang (?), and a host of other aspects of China's polity at variance with basic humanity, let alone anything near to what the Church teaches. Under the Vatican's new Sinopolitik perhaps he should be sent there as Nuncio?

In any case what is completely clear is that this sort of political/economic analysis is an embarrassment to the H…


Thank you Bishop John Keenan!

The Event This is a day of Pilgrimage and Prayer for the re-flourishing of our Faith, for the grace to build a culture of Life and for true Peace to reign in the hearts of all peoples & Nations.

The Inspiration Recently the faithful of Poland and Ireland have responded to what they sense as a movement of the Holy Spirit to gather around the coasts of their nations and pray to Jesus, the Divine Mercy, for a renewal of faith and respect for human life through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary. Having witnessed this, a number of the lay faithful in the British Isles - England, Scotland, Wales and their isles- have felt the same inspiration and urge to respond.

They are hoping for us to have our own national Rosary on the Coast for Faith, Life and Peace in the British Isles and are calling their brothers and sisters to such a day of Prayer and Pilgrimage on Sunday 29th April at 3pm, 2018, fifth Sunday of Easter.
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Is this the beginning of the end for Pope Francis?

In the latest Spectator Podcast, Dr. Ed Condon and Dr. Damian Thompson discuss recent calamitous developments in the Pontificate of Pope Francis: Chile and China.

I am especially glad they talk about Cardinal Danneels inclusion in the synod on the family as Pope Francis' special guest, despite serious questions about his cardinalate, see here and here as I can't believe more questions haven't been asked about this, especially given his claims about Pope Francis' election in his autobiography (see here for the details).

There's also analysis of the Chinese betrayal: Thompson concludes "the bad guys have won", Condon says there are faithful priests and bishops within the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, however he points out that many are opposed to any deal and the CPCA bishops incur automatic excommunication under canon 1382. Huang was also publicly excommunicated by Benedict XVI in 2011. Another example of Pope Francis' flagrant disregard for…

The Sin of Judging Others

There is hardly any verse of the Bible that is more misunderstood than Jesus’ words, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged” (Matt. 7:1). I have blogged about it before because someone asked me to. How common has this verse become, especially since Pope Francis said "Who am I to judge?" when asked about a priest with same-sex attraction in 2013. It has become a kind of mantra for the Church under Pope Francis, like truth doesn't matter anymore, all that matters is not judging.

This has always made me feel uncomfortable. I know in my heart that in a certain sense this is right, but I also recognise that it is not right in the way it is being used; almost weaponized.
If you know Jesus, if you know the Christian faith, this sentiment is anathema, because the fundamental turning point in most people's lives from agnosticism to discipleship is the point where you recognise you have sinned and you need to be Redeemed by Jesus Christ. Judging right from wrong is a fu…

Bishops are given an opportunity to stand up for Christ - HOW MANY WILL STAND?

If you believe in the faith at all Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, now is the time to stand up against this madness! — Mark (@sitsio) January 30, 2018 In Fr. Mennon's article commenting on the present dire situation in the Church, he suggests that there are two reasons that no one, or very few people, anyway, are prepared to accuse the pope and his entourage of formal heresy. Firstly because the heresy being peddled is indirect, obscure. Secondly because the one who appears to be pushing it is the Pope, and it is unheard of that anyone should have need to correct the pope on faith or morals. He also noted that for bishops to start openly calling on the Pope to repent of his heresy would mean existential and open schism, which would cause great pain to the Church.

These reasons all make a lot of sense to me. They almost seem like good reasons for the clamour against Amoris Laetitia and the subsequent episcopal statements of Malta, Germany, Portugal and Argenti…

Save The Eighth - Action required to fight abortion in Ireland

Last night, the Irish Taoiseach (PM) Leo Varadkar confirmed that a referendum on Repealing the Eighth Amendment, and replacing it with a clause specifically enabling the Parliament to legislate for abortion. Not only would the right to life be stripped from unborn babies, the abortion regime being drafted is even more extreme than Britain's. This video explains why it is so crucial to #SaveThe8th.

Please do take a minute to share it - especially with your Irish family & friends. This really is a battle of good against evil. And don't forget to pray that Ireland seizes this opportunity to lead Europe towards the light!