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ROME TRIBUTE TO DUBIA CARDINAL STOPPED BY POLICE – Officers detain, question hosts of billboard praising the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra

ROME TRIBUTE TO DUBIA CARDINAL STOPPED BY POLICE – Officers detain, question hosts of billboard praising the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra

Rome Tribute to Dubia Cardinal Stopped by Police by Juliana Freitag  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 18, 2017 A truck billboard honoring the late Cdl. Carlo Caffarra, stalwart defender of orthodoxy and one of the signatories of the dubia, was stopped by Italian police, its hosts detained and questioned. Italian pro-life groups ProVita Onlus and Vita è got together with Catholic publishing house Fede e Cultura to pay homage to the deceased archbishop of Bologna. They arranged for a publicity truck with billboard images of the cardinal and his close friend Pope St. John Paul II to be driven around Rome from November 6 (the two-month anniversary of Caffarra’s death) to November 11. We will stand up and affirm the indissolubility of the marriage bond.Tweet The billboard read, “Thank you, Caffarra,” alongside an extract of Pope John Paul II’s famous Washington speech: “When the institution of marriage is abandoned to human selfishness or reduced to a temporary, conditional arrangement that can easily be terminated, we will stand up and affirm the indissolubility of the marriage bond.” Editor and co-founder of Fede e Cultura, Prof. Giovanni Zenone, stated that they wanted to remember Caffarra “because he was truly a father, able to direct souls to Christ, both in previous pontificates and in the present times of doctrinal and spiritual disorientation.” “[He] wasn’t ambiguous, but had that … clarity that is a sign of truth and love,” Zenone continued. “He did a lot of charity for the poor, but never publicized it, because for him it was enough that God knew.” Zenone is also a signatory of the Filial Correction, a 25-page letter signed by clergy and scholars asking the Pope to condemn seven potential heresies in Amoris Laetitia, made worse by the Pope’s “words, deeds and omissions.” Zenone says he signed the Correction “because the Pope’s silence toward the legitimate … pleas of clarification … scandalized me and it spurred me to do something as a Catholic. Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas (“Plato is my friend, but truth is a better friend”).” On the very first day, the tribute truck was stopped by the Italian Police, and the driver, Toni Brandi (president of ProVita Onlus), was held and questioned for two hours. Brandi was contacted by one of the chief officers over the phone, who asked him what the purpose of the initiative was, “since Cardinal Caffarra wasn’t aligned with Pope Francis.” To this incredible accusation, Brandi replied that theirs was the celebration of a holy man who was “neither a heretic nor separated from the Pope.” Brandi was summoned the next day for further questioning. Brandi made clear that the police officers were kind and polite, and that “it seemed as if they’d been forced to do this ugly job.” He wondered “who might’ve ordered them to block the truck.” Church Militant spoke to Brandi, who confirmed all the details of the incident and called it “absolutely shameful.” The interrogation lasted about 45 minutes, during which time Brandi explained the connection between Caffarra and Pope John Paul II (they co-founded the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family). The officers inquired as to the organizers, whether there were other people behind the billboard, why it was done, and whether the Vatican had been warned (a needless procedure, as the truck had all the necessary permits to operate in the Italian State). The officers questioned their motivates: “Was it an awareness campaign, a protest or simply a celebration?” Brandi was also asked why the need to celebrate a Bolognese cardinal in Rome. If the ordeal weren’t surreal enough, when faced with Brandi’s answer — “because Rome is the home of Christianity; we’re a pro-life organization, we wanted to celebrate a defender of life” — one of the officers replied, “But the Church doesn’t talk about life nowadays.” The meeting finished with the president of ProVita disclosing information about his work and providing a number of documents to back up his claims. He was advised to “be careful” when uploading pictures of the truck to the organizers’ websites.

Brandi can be seen in the video above praying to Caffarra outside the police station where he had been interrogated. The truck circulated freely throughout Rome over the next days.

ProVita Onlus is now looking into legal action against the government for violating ther religious freedom, and six members of the Italian Parliament have already submitted  the case to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Alessandro Pagano, from Lega Nord (“Northern League”), stated: “We ask the Minister to verify the reasons for the police’s anomalous behaviour.” It’s unacceptable that Christians, persecuted all over the world, have been intimidated in Rome, in the heart of Christianity.Tweet Massimiliano Fedriga, also from Lega Nord, commented, “I presented a query to understand … the motivations of whoever issued the orders to interrogate ProVita Onlus.” And Eugenia Roccella, from IDEA (the Identity and Action Party) declared that “it’s unbelievable that the celebration of … Cardinal Caffarra … can be seen as suspicious by the police. We wonder … who ordered such questioning. It’s unacceptable that Christians, persecuted all over the world, have been intimidated in Rome, in the heart of Christianity.” Vatican insider Marco Tosatti mentioned the possibility that the order to detain might have come from inside the Vatican itself.

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Juliana Freitag is Church Militant’s Italian correspondent.

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Bishops’ discussion of marriage document, pastoral plan strikes traditionalist tone – ‘Amoris Laetitia’ connected to ‘Humanae Vitae’

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Nov 14, 2017 by Heidi Schlumpf

Salvatore Cordileone San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone gestures Nov. 14 during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS/Bob Roller)

BALTIMORE — A year and a half after the release of Amoris Laetitia, the U.S. bishops have voted to create a document and pastoral plan on marriage and family life in light of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation that followed the Synods of Bishops on the Family in 2014 and 2015.

But some bishops said they hope to avoid focusing on the controversial portions of Amoris Laetitia and instead to take advantage of the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, the 1968 papal encyclical that affirmed church teaching opposing artificial contraception. read more

Church versus extrajudicial killings in the Philippines: Bishop David denounces the violence

Church versus extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

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AUTHOR – Eleanor R. Dionisio, John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues, October 2017

As the bloody campaign against illegal drugs and crime continues under the present administration, the Church in the Philippines is addressing the mounting mortality by establishing community-based drug rehabilitation programs as a form of compassionate care and systematic intervention in order to reduce those who are being killed. read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin Encourages US Bishops: Bring Material Aid and Spiritual Healing

Cardinal Pietro Parolin Encourages US Bishops: Bring Material Aid and Spiritual Healing

Card. Parolin, august 25, 2017, CTV

Card. Parolin, August 25, 2017, CTV

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) originated 100 years ago in a “wise and Spirit-filled” response to the needs of the time, according to Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.  And he stated that those needs exist today and must continue to be met with a similar response.

The Cardinal’s comments came November 12, 2017, in his homily in Baltimore at the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, during the centenary meeting of the USCCB. read more

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH DEFEATED: US bishops vote for Archbishop Joseph Naumann to chair Pro-Life Committee

CARDINAL BLASE CUPICH DEFEATED: US bishops vote for Archbishop Joseph Naumann to chair Pro-Life Committee


by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 14, 2017

US bishops vote for Abp. Joseph Naumann to chair Pro-Life Committee

BALTIMORE (ChurchMilitant.com) – In a surprise upset, the cardinal-archbishop of Chicago, well known for pushing the seamless garment, has lost to Abp. Joseph Naumann as chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. It’s the first time in four decades that the U.S. bishops have not chosen a cardinal to chair this committee, revealing the strong reaction of bishops to Cdl. Blase Cupich. read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke makes ‘final plea’ for clarity to Pope Francis on dubia anniversary

Cardinal Raymond Burke makes ‘final plea’ for clarity to Pope Francis on dubia anniversary

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Cardinal Raymond Burke during visit to Canterbury to venerate relics of St. Thomas More. October 15, 2017.Diane Montagna/LifeSiteNews
BY Diane Montagna, Nov 14, 2017 – 9:00 am EST

ROME, November 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One year to the day after the dubiawere made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke today is turning again to Pope Francis and to the whole Church in an urgent and final plea for clarity.

In a new interview, which has been first published by the National Catholic Register, Cardinal Burke presents the “gravity” of the current situation in the Church, which he says “is continually worsening,” as bishops from Philadelphia to Malta offer “divergent and “at times incompatible” interpretations of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). read more

Polish bishops back campaign to ban abortion: ‘no justification for killing children’

Polish bishops back campaign to ban abortion: ‘no justification for killing children’

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Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, President of the Polish Bishops’ ConferencePolish Bishops’ Conference
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The letter, signed November 8, appeared 13 months after the defeat of a bill that would have made abortion in Poland illegal in almost every circumstance. Currently the law allows for the abortion of children conceived in rape, children with severe disabilities, and children whose gestation puts their mother’s life or health in jeopardy. read more

Pope Francis-appointed Cardinal Blase Cupich praises pro-LGBT priest Fr. James Martin as ‘foremost evangelizer’ of youth

Pope Francis-appointed Cardinal Blase Cupich praises pro-LGBT priest Fr. James Martin as ‘foremost evangelizer’ of youth

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Cardinal Cupich at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics Nov. 6.Facebook / University of Chicago IOP
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CHICAGO, November 8, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — U.S. Cardinal Blase Cupich praised Jesuit Fr. James Martin for being what he called the “foremost evangelizer” of young people in the Church today.

“He really is one of the, if not the foremost evangelizer in the Church today, especially for young people,” said the Pope Francis-appointed Cardinal, who is the Archbishop of Chicago, while speaking at The University of Chicago Institute of Politics on Monday.

Martin, a Vatican consultant and editor-at-large of the Jesuit-run America magazine, is one of the most recognized proponents of homosexuality within the Catholic Church today. read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller clarifies: There are ‘no exceptions’ to ban on Communion for ‘remarried’

Cardinal Gerhard Müller clarifies: There are ‘no exceptions’ to ban on Communion for ‘remarried’

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By Riccardo Cascioli, Nov 8, 2017 – 8:28 pm EST

Editor’s Note: The following article was translated from the Italian magazine La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana by LifeSite’s Diane Montagna, and is reprinted with permission.

“The Dubia are authoritative and clearly legitimate,” says the former Vatican doctrinal prefect in a new interview.

November 8, 2017 (LaNuovaBQ.it) – “No, no change and no demolishing the Dubia. The purpose of my intervention was only to state that the one way to interpret Amoris Laetitia is in continuity with the Word of God in the Bible, the previous Magisterium, and with the Tradition of the great Councils of Florence, Trent and Vatican II.” read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput to priests: defend marriage bond wherever you can

Archbishop Charles Chaput to priests: defend marriage bond wherever you can

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