Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by an Australian priest who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.
AUSTRALIA, October 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Australia’s “gay’’ marriage and LGBTI activists rejoiced. An article in the national newspaper, The Australian, lent support to their shrill campaign for a “yes’’ vote in the nation’s postal plebiscite on same-sex “marriage’’ from an unexpected quarter.
In our pluralist society, Bishop Bill Wright, bishop of the Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle (north of Sydney), said a “common good’’ argument could be made that “it does more for community peace and harmony for gay couples to have a place in the recognised structures than for them to be excluded.’’read more
By Rick Fitzgibbons, MD, Oct 12, 2017 – 3:59 pm EST
October 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The faithful of the Church are presently going through a most challenging and stressful time. The 2,000-year-old teachings of Jesus and his Church have been put at risk by statements in the eighth chapter of Amoris Laetitia and by Pope Francis’ failure to correct heretical positions taken against marriage, the Eucharist and sexual morality by members of the hierarchy and priests.
The recent response to this crisis in the Church as been influenced by the actions of St. Paul when he corrected St. Peter, the first pope chosen by Christ.read more
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time & St. Callistus 14, October 14,2017
The cemetery of Callistus is perhaps the best known repository of he remains of the early martyrs. The man Callistus was its caretaker, and, according to the only contemporary account we have of his life, a former slave. While he administered the cemetery, Callistus worked closely with Pope Zephyrinus, whom he succeeded as pope around 217 A.D. What we know of his papacy is telling, for it comes to us from the Roman priest Hippolytus, his severe critic. Hippolytus lambasted Callistus for his unwillingness to excommunicate grave sinners who sought to confess and do penance. In defiance, Hippolytus assumed papal privileges for himself, becoming the first antipope. Callistus’ compassion recalls the words of our Lord: “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners” (Mk 2:17). His faithful witness was crowned with martyrdom in the year 222 A.D. Hippolytus later repented and was martyred around the year 236 A.D.read more
Poverty is one of the tragic outcomes of social, economic and political exclusion, according to Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. His comments came October 12, 2017, during the Second Committee debate on Agenda Item 23, dedicated to the “Eradication of Poverty” at the United Nations in New York.
He went on to say that exclusion blocks the participation necessary for integral human development and concentrates development benefits and opportunities in the hands of some. And he urged a concerted strategic focus on pathways to participation, especially education, health, and nutrition; social protection policies for seniors, children and poor families; and policies to increase access to jobs, credit and entrepreneurial opportunities for women.read more
Mission San Juan Capistrano in California (Pixabay/CC0)
BLOGS | OCT. 11, 2017
The California Missions and the New Iconoclasm
One cannot be truly Catholic without being deep in history.
BY Anna Abbott
Let’s take a trip back in the time, to an era that feels eerily familiar: In the eighth and ninth centuries, Byzantine Iconoclasm rocked the Catholic Church, especially in the East. It called for the destruction of religious images. The Second Council of Nicaea from 786 to 787, as well as the Synod of Constantinople in 843, would resolve the issue in favor of sacred art, but there would be persecution of those who supported iconography. Germanos I of Constantinople, now revered as a saint by Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, was deposed because of his support for icons. St. Stephen the Younger was martyred in 765 because he was devoted to icons.read more
CM Resistance chapter resists talk by pro-gay Fr. Greg Boyle
SANTA ANA, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) – While a heterodox priest is speaking at a diocesan event in Orange County, California, faithful laity will gather across the street for a Rosary rally.On Saturday, theological dissident Fr. Gregory Boyle, who supports gay “marriage” and women “priests,” will be the featured speaker at an event in the diocese of Orange, currently under the leadership of Bp. Kevin Vann.
Church Militant’s Orange County chapter of Resistance, aided by other Catholic organizations, is hosting a Rosary rally from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time Saturday, across the street from the diocesan event. The rally is also commemorating the centennial of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima.
One Resistance member, who wished to remain anonymous, told us in an email that he looks forward to the event. “I pray that this Rosary rally/prayerful protest will bring like-minded Catholics together, and that this will be a turning point for the laity of the diocese of Orange,” he commented.read more
ITALY (ChurchMilitant.com) – Faithful Catholics in Italy are fasting on bread and water and praying the Rosary together throughout the country.
On Friday, the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, the Italian Association Accompanying Marian Sanctuaries (Associazione Italiana Accompagnatori Santuari Mariani, or AIASM) sponsored a nationwide day of fasting, as well as a Rosary.
Organizers called it “Rosary at the Border” and praised the Rosary as “the most powerful peace initiative” for their country and the world.
The event’s inspiration came from the “Rosary to the Borders” rally in Poland on October 7. Poland’s Rosary to the Borders drew well over 1 million participants, making it the largest prayer event in Europe since the 2016 World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland.read more
Lauds faith as the foundation of U.S. ideals, character
WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – President Trump is affirming faith as the foundation of America’s greatness.
Addressing the 2017 Values Voter Summit in Washington Friday, Trump reflected on the fact that Americans “all pledge allegiance to — very, very beautifully — ‘one nation under God.'” This, he said, “is America’s heritage, a country that never forgets that we are all — all, every one of us — made by the same God in Heaven.”read more
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