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December 2018

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Matt Gaspers: The Passion of the Church: Reflections on the USCCB’s Fall Meeting

Darkness Has Its Hour

“When I was daily with you in the temple, you did not stretch forth your hands against Me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” (Luke 22:53)

Early last week (Nov. 12-14), the bishops of the United States gathered in Baltimore for their annual fall general assembly. Anyone who followed the meeting knows that it began with a surprise and shocking announcement from a visibly frustrated Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, current USCCB President:Click here to continue reading

Christopher Ferrara: Every Con Job Has Its Sting: A Commentary on the Final Document of the Synod on “Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”

The American slang “con job” is defined as “the act or instance of duping, swindling, or persuading by deception.”

Every con job has its “sting,” the moment at which the con artist’s elaborately prepared trap is sprung and the “mark” can no longer escape.

Like the Synod on the Family, whose blatant rigging by Pope Bergoglio and his inner circle is the subject of Edward Pentin’s exposé, 2 the recently concluded Synod on “Youth, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” (Oct. 3-28) was a con job. And, just as with the last Synod, the sting was the issuance of a voluminous Final Document that merely pretends to be the product of the synodal deliberations but was, in fact, the synod’s predetermined outcome, basically written far in advance. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Pope Pius XI: Encyclical Letter “On the Incarnation of Our Lord”

1. History, the light of truth, and the witness of the ages, if only it be rightly discerned and diligently examined, teaches us that the divine promise of Jesus Christ, “I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Matt. 28:20), has never failed the Church His Bride, and therefore that it will never fail her in time to come. Nay, further, the more turbulent the waves by which the divine barque of Peter is tossed, in the course of ages, the more present and powerful is her experience of the help of heavenly grace. This happened more especially in the first age of the Church, not only when the Christian name was regarded as an execrable crime, to be punished by death, but also when the genuine faith of Christ, confounded by the perfidy of the heretics who were spreading, chiefly in the eastern regions, was placed in grave jeopardy. For even as the persecutors of the Catholic name, one after another, perished miserably, and the Roman Empire itself came to ruin, so all the heretics, as withered branches (cf. John 15:6) torn from the divine vine, could neither drink the sap of life nor bring forth fruit. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Brian M. McCall: New Traditional Catholic College in the Works

CFN Interviews President of Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum

The following interview was conducted by CFN Editor-in-Chief Brian McCall with Dr. Edward Schaefer, President of the Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum, “a faithful, affordable, and classical liberal arts college,” one that “is faithful to the intellectual, moral, spiritual, and liturgical traditions of the Roman Catholic Church,” according to the “Mission” and “Vision” statements on the school’s website (www.thecollegium. org). Located in Ocala, Florida and endorsed by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the four-year, residential college will offer a traditional liberal arts education culminating in the conferral of an A.A. or B.A. degree (depending on the track chosen by the student). CFN wishes the Collegium every success as its leaders pursue the noble endeavor they have begun. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Randall Flanery, Ph.D.: Fostering Priestly and Religious Vocations

Insights and Encouragement for Parents and Educators

Our son did not call very often while at boarding school, even though he had the opportunity every week. Occasionally, we had to leave a message at the school office, asking that he be told to call home. It was a few weeks before graduation from Notre Dame de LaSalette Boys Academy when he called, unprompted (as far as I know), wanting to talk to me. I quickly reviewed what he might need to call about: Tuition? No, that had been paid. Money? Perhaps. Confirming that we were coming to graduation? He wouldn’t need to call to know that. Perhaps checking how many were actually coming? Instead, it was a grand gift, and completely unexpected. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

The Life of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

In this month’s installment, we read of Fr. Lefebvre’s transition from a diocesan priest to a Holy Ghost missionary. He answers the call from Africa, as his brother, Fr. René Lefebvre, did before him. We see in his preparation for Africa (a yearlong novitiate) how God was sowing the seeds that would blossom in the Archbishop’s founding of the seminary in Ecône. His first assignment in Africa would be as a seminary professor. As in 1931, when he told the bishop, “I’m no better for that job than anyone else,” his humility would again make him feel reluctance at the thought of founding a seminary to form traditional priests. He only agreed to do so after the aspiring seminarians pleaded with him that there was nowhere in the post-conciliar Church where they could find a traditional formation. Just as he was called to form priests for the difficult life of the mission in Africa, he would decades later answer the call to form priests for the missionary wasteland of the post-conciliar Church. We also see the seeds of the year of spirituality he would mandate for the formation of his traditional priests. He learned personally the importance of this year of spirituality that prepared him for the rugged African missions and would add a year of spirituality to the traditional five years of seminary formation when he organized the seminaries of the Society of St. Pius X. To this very day, his sons in the seminaries now dispersed over four continents complete this year of spiritual formation modeled on his own formation. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Paul Folbrecht: Finding Peace in the Crisis – Part III

Ordinary Magisterium Violated?

An argument sometimes put forth is that this or that statement of the Pope constitutes heresy per a violation of some dogma of the Church’s Ordinary Universal Magisterium.

First, of course, whether or not a material heresy is actually formal (pertinacious – the sin of heresy) is another question, as is the Church’s judgement concerning pertinacity, as discussed in Part II of this series. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Janet Baker: CFTC Chairman Challenges the Vatican

In May of this year, the Vatican released a document sharply critical of specific economic products of investment entitled Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones, referred to as the Bollettino, jointly authored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD).

Catholic Family News Editor-in-Chief Brian McCall subsequently wrote an analysis of this document for the August 2018 issue.

McCall analyzed the Vatican document from the perspective of traditional Catholic teaching on morality in business. Interestingly, J. Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), also drafted a response to the Bollettino in the form of a letter. Giancarlo objected to certain condemnations of specific business practices in the Vatican document, which appears to have thrown out the baby with the bath water by broadly condemning complicated but legitimate business activity. Giancarlo, a well-informed and practicing Catholic, is not having it, although he did not go so far as to call it socialist. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Father David Sherry: Adolescence, A Time of Transition

The development of a man has several stages: babyhood, infancy, boyhood, adolescence, and manhood. Boyhood runs about from the age of reason to thirteen or fourteen years old. The period from then until adulthood is known as adolescence or, in modern speak, as the “teenage years.” (It is worth noting that the concept of a “teenager” was coined by the advertisers of Madison Avenue as they sought to create a new and lucrative “teenage market” for the companies whose businesses they were trying to benefit.) Boyhood and adulthood are periods of certainty. The child, in general, accepts the world as he finds it and has an objective viewpoint. He doesn’t look in on himself: he is certain of the world as he finds it. Adulthood brings new certainty when the adult is able and responsible for the achievement of his own goal. Between the two is adolescence, of which the chief feature is uncertainty. To continue reading subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Edward Pentin: Monsignor Bux: Pope Francis Must Urgently Issue Profession of Faith

In a forceful interview with Italian Vaticanist Aldo Maria Valli, Msgr. Nicola Bux has warned that the current pontificate is issuing statements that are generating “heresies, schisms, and controversies of various kinds” and that the Holy Father should issue a profession of faith to restore unity in the Church.

In the interview, published Oct. 13 but overlooked due to the Youth Synod taking place in Rome last month, the theologian consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints said “heretical statements” on marriage, the moral life and reception of the sacraments are now “at the center of a vast debate which is becoming more and more passionate by the day.” To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Jesse Russel, Ph.D.: Tradition or Bust

The Rise and Fall of the JPII Generation

In the wake of new clergy sexual abuse revelations earlier this year – most notably, the outing of former Cardinal Theodore “Uncle Ted” (aka “Blanche”)

McCarrick and the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report (including Cardinal “Donna” Wuerl’s shameful reign as Bishop of Pittsburgh) – there have been a number of curious responses from Catholic public figures. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Mark Fellows: St. Philip Neri

A Joyful Saint for a Joyful Season

The Happy Saint

Over the centuries, the Saints in general sometimes become associated with a certain grim and austere manner, an ascetic and even forbidding personality. And while this might be true for some of them (St. Jerome, for example, is reputed to have been rather cantankerous), it is certainly not true of St. Philip Neri (15151595), who surely would have thoroughly enjoyed mocking that stereotype. Even the German Freemason Goethe loved dear Philip, who has been nicknamed the Happy Saint. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Dr. Roberto de Mattei: Defending “True Devotion to the Chair of St. Peter”

A Response to Professor Douglas Farrow

On Nov. 10, 2018, Professor Douglas Farrow published a long article on the website of the Catholic World Report entitled, “The Conversion of the Papacy and the Current Church Crisis,” in which in a friendly manner he criticizes several theses which I proposed on the occasion of the Catholic Family News Conference in Deerfield, Illinois, on April 8, 2018, speaking on the theme, Tu es Petrus: True Devotion to the Chair of St. Peter.

Professor Farrow is a scholar whom I greatly esteem, and his criticisms deserve a brief reply from me, also because they stem from a concern we share in common: the serious situation into which the Church has been thrown under the Pontificate of Pope Francis. A premise, however, is necessary: what is truly interesting is not discussing either my own personal opinions or those of Farrow, but rather to seek to clarify the true doctrine of the Church on the points we are discussing. As far as I am concerned, my point of reference seeks always to base itself upon the immutable Magisterium of the Catholic Church. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition

Alberto Carosa: Annual Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome

2018 Event Featured a Scandinavian Dimension

The seventh international Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome (Oct. 26-28, 2018) was marked by a Scandinavian dimension which bears a direct reference to what Pope Francis has often termed the “peripheries” of the Church and world. This could partially explain why the event received somewhat less attention than in previous years, even on the part of those media outlets which are typically more supportive of the traditional liturgy. To continue reading, subscribe to Catholic Family News E-Edition