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Conversion never a consideration
The significance of Benedict XVI's visit to a New York synagogue
"Benedict entered the Park East synagogue as a choir sang the liturgical song Sh’ma Yisrael, which is the central proclamation of faith of Judaism. That is to say, at the very moment of the entrance of the Vicar of Christ, the Jews re-affirmed that they do not accept Our Lord Jesus Christ. Then, he was invited to sit at the left side of the stage (bimah), a secondary place.

"Soon after this, an elder member of the synagogue drew back a heavy velvet blue drape and the scrolls of the Torah were exposed for public veneration. With this gesture, which Benedict had certainly agreed to before the ceremony, he endorsed this symbolic display of the religious books of Judaism. This should cause no real surprise since the progressivist theologian Joseph Ratzinger often referred to the Catholic Pentateuch as the Torah, adopting the Jewish terminology."

NOW Comments: The above column on Tradition in Action by Atila Sinke Guimarães covers a number of serious concerns Catholics should have regarding Benedict XVI's visit to Park East Synagogue in Manhattan. Rather than reiterate those concerns, we would like to specifically address one that wasn't brought up in the column. At one point in his brief address to the synagogue congregation, Benedict remarked: "I find it moving to recall that Jesus, as a young boy, heard the words of Scripture and prayed in a place such as this." In speaking in such a way, he deftly sidesteps the fact that the extreme opposition to Christ's public ministry by Jewish leaders years later, which would eventually culminate in His death, was first manifest in perhaps the very place alluded to above by "Pope" Ratzinger:

14 And Jesus returned in the power of the spirit, into Galilee, and the fame of Him went out through the whole country. 15 And He taught in their synagogues, and was magnified by all. 16 And He came to Nazareth, where he was brought up: and He went into the synagogue, according to His custom, on the sabbath day; and He rose up to read. 17 And the book of Isaias the prophet was delivered unto Him. And as He unfolded the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart, 19 To preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward. 20 And when He had folded the book, He restored it to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

21 And He began to say to them: This day is fulfilled this scripture in your ears. 22 And all gave testimony to Him: and they wondered at the words of grace that proceeded from His mouth, and they said: Is not this the son of Joseph? 23 And He said to them: Doubtless you will say to Me this similitude: Physician, heal thyself: as great things as we have heard done in Capharnaum, do also here in thy own country. 24 And He said: Amen I say to you, that no prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 In truth I say to you, there were many widows in the days of Elias in Israel, when heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there was a great famine throughout all the earth.

26 And to none of them was Elias sent, but to Sarepta of Sidon, to a widow woman. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet: and none of them was cleansed but Naaman the Syrian. 28 And all they in the synagogue, hearing these things, were filled with anger. 29 And they rose up and thrust him out of the city; and they brought Him to the brow of the hill, whereon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong. 30 But He passing through the midst of them, went His way.
Luke 4:14-30

So, a synagogue turns out to be the first place that an attempt on life of Jesus was made by Jewish leaders, and at their instigation the entire congregation ("all they in the synagogue"), but because His hour had not yet come, they were unable to follow through on their murderous plans. For Benedict to suggest, through a blatant omission of this incident, that the synagogue was always a place of happy memories for Christ is a distortion of history that both compromises the Faith and whitewashes the tension that existed between our Lord and those who oversaw and regulated the synagogue. What a far cry from St. Vincent Ferrer, who entered a Spanish synagogue with the intention of converting the rabbi and his congregation; so successful was he in this apostolate that the entire congregation converted to the Catholic Faith, the synagogue was changed into a Catholic church, and the rabbi became a Catholic bishop. Clearly, then, the Faith of St. Vincent and that of Benedict are not and cannot be of the same religion.

'Catholic' university students seek academic credit for helping Planned Parenthood
"Dozens of University of St. Thomas law students are upset about a recent decision by the school's dean. In an open letter to Dean Thomas Mengler, the students are protesting his decision to deny academic credit to a student who wanted to volunteer at Planned Parenthood."

Liberation theology is alive and well
Can Paraguay's left-wing president-elect resist joining the Chavez club?

'Catholic' media center opens in Israel
"A Catholic news and information centre has been set up in the Holy Land, headed by Comboni Missionary and former editor of New People magazine in Nairobi, Fr Joseph Caramazza."

"The evidence is in. Vatican II, in its desire to be young and modern, to meet the world, has applied false principles. We see the results every day. We must therefore fight everywhere for the faith, that is, denounce the consequences, recall the true principles, principles which hold for all times and under all conditions."

~ Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

No thanks, we'll pass

Drinking Novus Ordo 'Kool-Aid' in Singapore

From Christ or Chaos
Leaving death bearers deader than dead
"The beliefs of false religions save no one. The beliefs of false religions have no 'civil right' to be propagated openly, thus putting into question the truths that Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has revealed to us in His Deposit of Faith and that He has entrusted exclusively to His Catholic Church for their eternal safekeeping and infallible explication. The beliefs of false religions can in no way contribute to the "betterment" of nations and the world."

$37M payoff in Iowa
Judge approves settlement for clergy abuse victims

Benedict receiving the Koran

Schönborn's underlings strike again
Mask 'Mass': Beware of 'priests' in wolves' clothing
More devilish liturgical innovations in Vienna; all with the approval of that well-known "conservative," Christoph Schönborn, purported "Cardinal" of that once-Catholic city. Apparently, he hasn't heard that Summorum Pontificum, the motu proprio said to be "liberating the traditional Latin Mass," is supposed to put an end to novelties of this sort. But, then again, this is taking place during an instance of "the ordinary form of the Mass" (as Benedict XVI calls the Novus Ordo Missae).

Yes, the same U.N. just praised by Benedict XVI
United Nations 'Human Rights' Committee pressures Poland on abortion

Bogus miracles for a bogus church
Italian church warden 'used blood to fake Madonna tears'
"A church warden has gone on trial accused of dripping his own blood on the face of a Virgin Mary statue so that she appeared to be weeping. People flocked to the Santa Lucia church in the northern Italian town of Forli two years ago after the 'miracle' was spotted by two elderly women."

Is Mother Teresa of Calcutta a saint?
"Mother Teresa often said that all souls need to be converted, which appears to be good doctrine if one assumes that the conversion is to the Catholic Faith. But, to the contrary, she said that her goal was 'to make the Christian the better Christian, the Muslim a better Muslim, and a Hindu a better Hindu.' This echoes the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi and Sri Ramakrishna that all religions are true (pp 29-31). It is not, however, Catholic teaching."

Another victory for enemies of Christ
Canadian group ordered to pay $23K+ to fired pervert employee

Reason for alarm remains
LA 'Catholic' school reassures parents after rumors of sale
"Seeking to shut down the rumor mill before it ramps up, officials are reassuring the Bishop Montgomery community that the school's existence is safe despite its status as collateral against a loan to the Catholic church. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles earlier this week announced that six of its schools were so selected in its efforts to secure a $50 million note to help pay a $660 million settlement to alleged sex-abuse victims of church clergy."

From the Antichrist Watch file
School district bans Christian drawing; allows pagan, diabolical 'art'

Sick comedy sketch takes unclear stand
'Abortionman' video raises questions about coerced abortion and fetal personhood
Comedian Damon Wayans' controversial new YouTube video featuring a camp superhero called 'Abortionman' (VIDEO Warning: Crude humor, immodest attire shown briefly) violently 'rescuing' a woman from pregnancy has focused public attention upon male mistreatment of women and the personhood of the unborn child."

Presiders accused of violating copyright laws
Polish Novus Ordo church cracks down on copied homilies
"There's a new commandment for Polish priests: Thou shall not lift. The Roman Catholic Church in this nation has published a new book that tells priests how to find inspiration in already published sermons without breaking the law by lifting passages from them verbatim."

 VIDEOS  Music from the Stan Fortuna crowd
Catholic Underground television website
"CU, is a cultural apostolate of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. It is a direct response to a call that began with Pope John Paul II, and is continued by Pope Benedict XVI. JPII said that because the Gospel lives in conversation with culture, we must be fearless in crossing the cultural threshold of the communication and information revolution now taking place."

Accused of drunken propositions to woman, daughter
Priest's return to parish work angers advocates
"The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is allowing the Rev. Jerome F. Gillespie to return to parish work, after a court dismissed charges that he drunkenly propositioned a 12-year-old girl and her mother in a Chelsea restaurant three years ago.

Modernist Rome still driven by Vatic
an II
Society of St. Pius X still not happy after motu proprio  
"The head of the schismatic Society of St Pius X says that 'nothing has changed' in Rome's determination to follow Vatican II despite Pope Benedict's recent re-authorization of the Tridentine Mass. 'The time for an agreement has not yet come,' SSPX head Bishop Bernard Fellay wrote in a letter to the society’s members, published in French last Saturday by the SSPX information service DICI, Catholic News Agency reports."

Whatever happened to zeal for the salvation of souls?
'Priest's' super dangerous balloon ride goes awry in Brazil
"Offered a hot air balloon ride? Make sure it's one balloon, not many: The Brazilian priest doing a charity stunt we told you about Wednesday has now been missing for five days after taking off from the coastal city of Paranagua. He was hooked up to 1,000 balloons[!]."

 VIDEO  Priest attached to party balloons vanishes (Opens with a whimsical musical "tribute" that somehow seems to fit the bizarre act.)

Italian doctors take stand against abortion
"Nearly 70 percent of Italian gynecologists now refuse to perform abortions on moral grounds and the number is increasing, a report by the country's ministry of health said Tuesday."

Pius XII condemned unrestrained immigration
A practicing Catholic considers why 'The Church' is wrong about immigration
"Pope Benedict XVI is back in Rome after his first papal visit to the United States. Before leaving, he had a private meeting with his American bishops in which—according to Roger Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles who was there—he expressed the thought that 'newcomers' to the U.S. are 'people of faith and we [Americans] are here to welcome them.'"

He should defrock himself while he's at it!

'Pope' to defrock Lugo, ex-'bishop' elected Paraguayan president?
"Pope Benedict XVI is to decide whether to defrock Fernando Lugo, a Roman Catholic Bishop, following his election as President of Paraguay, Vatican sources said today."

Related link:
The triumph of liberation theology

Father Ratzinger cannot be pope

From Christ or Chaos
All is quicksand without our Lady
"All is quicksand without Our Lady, she who made possible our very salvation by her perfect fiat God the Father's Most Holy Will, which was announced to her by Saint Gabriel the Archangel at the Annunciation. Yes, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI once again ignored the Mother of God in the 'homily' that he gave in the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service at Yankee Stadium in the Borough the Bronx, City of New York, New York, yesterday, April 20, 2008. All is quicksand without Our Lady."

Benedict a man of conviction, contradiction

Benedict praised as candid, but visit's impact unclear
"Pope Benedict XVI's U.S. visit left behind the impression of a compassionate and candid leader who has made a successful transition from professor to pope. But it's uncertain whether the pontiff's six-day pilgrimage, which ended Sunday, will make a lasting imprint on a country he obviously admires."

USCCB's Official 'Papal' visit website

'Papal Mass' At Yankee Stadium
From the infield "altar" to communion in the upper deck, it's time for the "new Mass" at the old ball yard, and it's every bit as tacky and cheapened as you'd imagine it would be.

Opposed communion for pro-abortion politicos
Head of 'Pontifical' Council for the Family dies at 72
"Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, died on April 19 at Rome’s Pius XI clinic, where he had been hospitalized since early April with a respiratory infection. He was 72."

Benedict XVI makes time to pay homage to U.S. theologian Avery Dulles

'Pope' treated like rock star at New York youth rally
"The pope was treated like a rock star at the 25,000 attending the youth rally he spoke at Saturday. The crowd burst into wild cheers as he entered onto the stage."


Pope attends Upper East Side prayer service

Benedict XVI's visits NYC synagogue

'Pope' makes first visit to a U.S. synagogue
"Pope Benedict XVI paid a 22-minute visit to the Park East Synagogue — the first papal trip to a United States synagogue — on Friday afternoon. He presented the synagogue with a replica of a medieval Jewish manuscript from the Vatican library and received three gifts: a seder plate, a Passover haggadah and a box of matzo. The pope offered warm remarks and was showered with praise and music, but in a brief, three-minute address, he did not address the Holocaust, anti-Semitism or historic tensions between Jews and the Catholic Church."

 VIDEO/TEXT  link:
Observations on Benedict XVI's Passover Eve synagogue visit (full length video)

'Pedophile priest' victims bare pain to 'pontiff'

From our Don't Hold Your Breath Department
'Pope' urged to act on evidence that McCarrick is a sodomite
"Catholic journalist Matt C. Abbott already featured the statements of two priests (2005) and one ex-priest (2006) about McCarrick. All three were "in the know" and aware of the Cardinal McCarrick’s activities in the same mode as I had heard at the seminary. None of these reporters, as far as Abbott knew, had sexual contact with the cardinal in the infamous sleepovers, but one had first hand reports from a seminarian/priest who did share a bed and received cards and letters from McCarrick. The
modus operandi is similar to the documents and letters I have received from a priest who describes in detail McCarrick’s sexual advances and personal activity."

Adventures in Apostasy
John Paul II pays homage to Buddhist high priest

Nostra Aetate (Part II): Declaration on the relation of the Church to Satan
"When God created the angels, He appointed Lucifer the "anointed Cherub" over paradise (Ezek 28:14). Since "the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable" (Rom 11:29), it follows that, by virtue of his original office, Satan shall forever enjoy a special place and dignity before God. Men always ought to show him respect therefore. Not even the Archangel Michael dared accuse him of wrongdoing (Jude 8-9)."

Benedict XVI at the United Nations

When 'the Pope' becomes the chaplain of Masonry
"On April 18, 2008, Benedict XVI went to the United Nations headquarters to officially commemorate the 60th anniversary of the promulgation of the Declaration of Human Rights. As anyone knows, this declaration closely follows the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of the French Revolution, inspired by the principles of the Enlightenment, which professes a system called Deism, a belief in a vague 'god.'"

NOW Comments:
Benedict XVI's visit to the United Nations should disabuse all but his most determinedly obtuse "traditional" supporters that this man is not a Catholic, much less a true pope. Only once in his address to the General Assembly did he mention Christ:

"In my recent Encyclical, Spe Salvi, I indicated that 'every generation has the task of engaging anew in the arduous search for the right way to order human affairs.' For Christians, this task is motivated by the hope drawn from the saving work of Jesus Christ. That is why the Church is happy to be associated with the activity of this distinguished Organization, charged with the responsibility of promoting peace and good will throughout the earth."

Of course, no mention was made of Christ as King over all nations. Rather, "Pope" Ratzinger makes belief in Christ ("For Christians…") just one of many religious opinions, no more or less valid than the others. The U.N., made up largely of non-Catholics, pagans, humanists, and other unbelievers, many openly hostile to Christianity, is held up as some wonderful, "distinguished" organization formed for noble purposes such as "peace" and "good will," whereas its history has shown it to be antichristian in its aims (for example, promotion of abortion and birth control) and much in line with the goals of international Communism. Ratzinger spoke of human rights (a joke in such company), but in the context of globalism, so the buzz words favored by one world government proponents, such as "binding international rules," "authentic integral development," "a greater degree of international ordering," "multilateral consensus," and "interventions in the form of collective action by the international community" were plentiful. He also made a point of invoking the name John Paul II, whose address before the same body seemed to be a template for this one. The citing of him is particularly apt for another reason, as well, for it was something that his predecessor, then a mere heretical Polish bishop, had declared at Vatican Il, that in a sense defined Benedict's un-Catholic approach: "It is not the church's place to teach unbelievers," Karol Wojtyla had warned the assembled bishops. "She must seek in common with the world.... Let us avoid any spirit of monopolizing and moralizing." Seeking in common with the world could almost be used as the subtitle of the Ratzinger talk, because the teaching of Christ, for all intents and purposes, was not in the day's lesson plan.

Related links:
No room for Christ the King at the United Nations
Masonic Influence in the European Union
Address of Benedict XVI to the General Assembly of the United Nations

JP2 Cultural Center appropriate venue
'Papal' visit includes Assisi-style interfaith meeting
"Benedict XVI says that interreligious dialogue has a purpose beyond establishing a peaceful society: The point of this dialogue is to find the truth. The Pope affirmed this Thursday in a meeting at the U.S. capital with interreligious leaders. The theme of the meeting was “Peace Our Hope,” and it was held at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center."

Kerry, Dodd receive communion at 'Papal Mass'; Kennedy also receives

You mean like the Novus Ordo religion?!
'An aimless pursuit of novelty parading as the realization of freedom'
"Pope Benedict XVI, in an address yesterday evening at Catholic University of America, emphasized that Catholic education should lead to an encounter with Jesus, who teaches us the truth. Any failure to do so leads Catholic institutions to fall short of their Catholic identity, he said.…

"The particular responsibility, for every Catholic educator, 'is to evoke among the young the desire for the act of faith, encouraging them to commit themselves to the ecclesial life that follows from this belief,' the pope said. 'Clearly, then, Catholic identity is not dependent upon statistics. Neither can it be equated simply with orthodoxy of course content. It demands and inspires much more: namely that each and every aspect of your learning communities reverberates within the ecclesial life of faith,' the pope said."

NOW Comments:
It's amusing to hear "Pope" Ratzinger pronounce on this topic, given that he made his academic reputation in Germany as a "progressive"  professor first at the University of Bonn, the University of Tübingen (brought there at the urging of fellow Modernist
Hans Küng), and the University of Regensburg. Like other dissenter priests, he opted to put aside clerical garb and wear a suit and tie to his academic lectures, as he had at Vatican II (see photo left), all the while routinely questioning the teachings of the Church. Thus, for him to expound on "orthodoxy of course study" must be taken cum grano salis, given what passes for Catholic theology in Conciliar universities. Indeed, "academic freedom" at those schools not only allows for every sort of heresy to be taught as Gospel, but allows for immoral and un-Catholic entertainment and organizations to appear on campus. When we look past Benedict XVI's occasionally traditional-sounding, but ultimately hollow, rhetoric, we see that these evils continue to exist beyond the tough talk, just as they did after John Paul II's occasional sham scoldings. The distribution of communion to pro-abortion politicians at Benedict's "Papal Mass" is a pretty clear indicator of how such pronouncements are to be taken.

President Bush welcomes 'Pope' Benedict at White House
"This morning Pope Benedict was officially welcomed to the United States by President Bush and 12,000 other guests at the White House. During the reception, the Pontiff described the goal of his visit to bring hope to American Catholics and strengthen them to increasingly contribute to the life of the United States."

Related article:
Benedict XVI prays with Bush

Destroying faith in Christ

Interfaith Seder demystifies Judaism's link to Christianity
"Passover may be a Jewish observance, but about 60 Catholic high school students broke unleavened bread Tuesday night at an interfaith Seder that explored Christianity's connection to the Judaic tradition. The goal was to 'demystify' Judaism by linking it to the Last Supper of Jesus, which many scholars believe was itself a Passover celebration."

Pro-sodomite 'priest' speaks at Quebec 'gay' conference

Case close to being solved?
Father Alfred Kunz' killer is...
"I can say the suspect is male, Catholic and Caucasian. The apparent motive is indeed more 'common,' so to speak, than certain theories that have been bandied about, although I obviously don't have the full story. Only the investigators do."

State-enforced evil
New Mexico commission fines business $6K for Christian beliefs
"A Christian law firm will appeal a ruling by the New Mexico Human Rights Commission fining a photographer who refused to take photos of a homosexual commitment ceremony."

Related news:
Federal judge: Courthouse's Jesus painting 'unconstitutional'

'Pope's' visit to US occurs as church in big transition

Praises Ratzinger's 'moderate, non-censorious tone'
Modernist McBrien gives thumbs-up to Benedict XVI's first three years
"By late 2005, there were already grumblings about the other Pope Benedict within his 'base' on the Catholic right. In September, Benedict XVI had hosted a friendly meeting with the
bête noire of conservative Catholics, the Swiss theologian Hans Küng. When it came time to issue a statement to the media, the pope would not do so until Küng had read and approved it. By contrast, John Paul II had for 25 years refused to grant an audience to Küng, much less invite him to dinner and a four-hour conversation."

Related Link:
Theology of Richard McBrien exposed

'Death of Communism' update
Vietnamese government to clamp down on protests

Opinions have consequences

Fresno 'bishop': Limbo 'just a theological opinion'
“'Babies That Die Without Baptism' is the subject of Fresno Bishop John Steinbock’s pastoral message for April. Referencing the millions of unborn children who 'are killed by abortion' as well as the estimated 'one in five pregnancies [that] end in a miscarriage,” Bishop Steinbock says that 'older Catholics remember from the days of their catechism that baptism is necessary for salvation, and that Limbo was a place where unbaptized children would go after death.' However, Steinbock says, 'many Catholics may not realize it but Limbo was just a theological opinion, and was never part of the official teaching of the Church.'”

NOW Comments: While not dogma, the teaching of
Limbo (or limbus infantium) can be traced back to the early Church and was never contradicted by any pope prior to Vatican II; it thus constitutes a perennial, unbroken place in the magisterium. Should anyone doubt this, they need only consider that The Catechism of the Council of Trent, which was composed at the order of Pope St. Pius V, states unequivocally that "infant children have no other means of salvation except Baptism." (See the "Baptism" portion of the section devoted to The Sacraments) Now, to deny this is implicitly to deny original sin, which in turn denies many other dogmas, including the very Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. But let's play 'Bp.' Steinbock's game for a moment and say that Limbo is merely an opinion, which renders it an optional belief. But the logical consequence of such an assertion is first to maintain that denial of Limbo is an equally permissible view, which leads, second, to say that infant baptism is also optional. Of course, such a position leads to playing Russian Roulette with the souls of unborn and neonatal life, making Steinbock's Novus Ordo stance on the subject utterly contemptible.

Rise of the red bishop
The radical tide sweeping Latin America is moving into the obscurer creeks and backwaters of the continent. The isolated and unnoticed country of Paraguay is about to elect a red bishop as president, bringing to an end the rule of the Colorado party and its six decades of dictatorship and corruption. Fernando Lugo, the bishop of the northern town of San Pedro, is well ahead in the opinion polls and should remain so on polling day, April 20. He abandoned the priesthood last year, at 57, to forge a progressive opposition movement - the Patriotic Alliance for Change."

Karaoke microphone kills 'Catholic priest' in Philippines

Christ or Chaos
Many acts of 'Papal' evil demand many acts of reparation
"Many acts of overt evil will be committed by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI during his upcoming visit to the United States of America. He is, of course, entirely oblivious to the evil acts that he will perform. He has convinced himself from the time of his seminary studies that dogmatic truths can be "understood" differently at different times, a completely Modernist proposition that strikes at the very heart of the nature of God's own immutability. It is relatively easy for one who does not understand or accept the fixed nature of truth of any kind, including dogmatic truth, to have no sense whatsoever of the honor and majesty that are due God, no less to realize that even giving the appearance of the approval of false religions and their symbols is gravely offensive to God and to the souls, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross."

'New Springtime' update
NJ 'bishop's' restructuring to cut number of parishes in half
"The Camden Diocese plans to slash its number of parishes from 124 to 66, Bishop Joseph Galante announced Thursday.
Under a long-awaited restructuring program, the diocese will consist of 38 merged parishes, three "clusters" involving six parishes and 22 stand-alone parishes, Galante said at a press conference today."

Obama's 'punished with a baby' comment sparks protests
"Christian leaders in the U.S. are demanding that Sen. Barack Obama apologize for comments he made referring to babies as a 'punishment.'”

Making official what was already de facto
'Archbishop' Wuerl to secularize several DC inner-city schools
"The bottom line is clear, says Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl: The Catholic Church can no longer afford to run a full complement of inner-city parochial schools serving a population that is, by an overwhelming majority, non-Catholic. So, facing a deficit of about $50 million over the next five years, the church is moving to convert at least seven D.C. elementary schools into secular, taxpayer-funded charter schools."

Life in post-Christian America

Judge rules permanent ban on public display of Ten Commandments

Not to worry, no 'laver of redemption and of life' here

Modernist Rome moves to allay Jewish fears about prayer for them
"Following the publication of the new prayer for the Jewish people in the 1962 Missal, reaction from some corners of the Jewish community said that the prayer was anti-Semitic. Today, the Vatican’s Press Office issued a statement assuring the Jewish community that the prayer “in no way intends to indicate a change in the Catholic Church's regard for the Jews.”…The Vatican went on to say that "The Holy See wishes to reassure that the new formulation of the Prayer, which modifies certain expressions of the 1962 Missal, in no way intends to indicate a change in the Catholic Church's regard for the Jews which has evolved from the basis of the Second Vatican Council, particularly the Declaration Nostra Aetate.”

NOW Comments:
The teaching that "evolved" since Vatican II is a departure from the true Catholic doctrine on the Jews as taught since the time of Christ, as it artificially places them in a unique category of people who do not need the Messiah for their salvation, but are free to continue religious practices that were abolished with the rending of the veil of the Temple at the time of the Crucifixion. In standard Modernist fashion there are from time to time statements made in the counterfeit church about how it would be good if Jews were to accept Christ to bring a fullness to their beliefs, but never once will you find anything coming from an authoritative source in the Vatican (including the altered prayer for the Jews) that notes the obligation of the Jews to accept Christ as Savior or calls for their conversion.

The Mother Teresa Effect

Conciliar Church in India facing shortage of nuns
"Catholic church in India is facing an increasing shortage of aspirants to convent life, with girls preferring more worldly professions, church authorities feel."

Well, he's got the revolution part right!
Benedict XVI to bring 'Revolution of Virtue'

Benedict XVI will bring with him to the United States this month a 'revolution of virtue,' says the leader the Knights of Columbus."

Blasphemous exhibit's artist given tour of St. Stephen's Cathedral by senior cleric!


Vienna's 'cardinal' orders removal of part of antichristian 'art' exhibit, but allows equally bad to remain
Is it art -- or is it blasphemy? Austrians are locked in a nationwide debate touched off by the brief display in a prestigious Roman Catholic museum of an etching that depicts Jesus Christ and his disciples having an orgy during the biblical Last Supper. A chastened and chagrined Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the top churchman in this largely conservative and overwhelmingly Catholic country, has ordered the offending artwork removed."

NOW Comments:
"Religion, Flesh and Power" exhibit, which opened at the Dommuseum in mid-March, is the work of the self-described atheist and Communist, Alfred Hrdlicka and is noteworthy only for the contempt manifest in its depiction of Christ and His Apostles. So vile is Hrdlicka's conception of the Last Supper and other scenes from our Lord's Passion that the less said the better (it was so bad that two readers of Novus Ordo Watch wrote to us complaining with some justification of the video link exposing Hrdlicka's evil that we'd carried last month, despite the "Warning" we'd put up regarding the contentin fairness, the video, put out by some traditionally-oriented members of the Conciliar Church, panned over some of the objectionable art, but the camera never lingered long on the impure and unnatural pictures). The response given by Schönborn (shown, right, with personal friend and fellow "friend of tradition," Benedict XVI) to the international outrage is classic Novus Ordo: First, he claims he didn't know of the nature of the exhibit's contents; second, he wouldn't have allowed it had he known; third, he ordered the offending version of the Last Supper to be removed from the museum; and fourth, he defended in principle having works by an antichristian propagandist like Hrdlicka (whom he praised) shown at the Dommuseum. What we are struck by initially is Schönborn's assertion that he somehow didn't know what was being shown across the street from St. Stephen's. Yet if he has the authority to command that something be removed from the exhibit, then it follows he could (and should) have known what was being considered for display there and have had the final say on whether it was appropriate. The sincerity of his act in the removal of part of the exhibit is debatable, because the equally vile Flagellation picture was not taken out. Schönborn could easily have seen what was on display and ordered the entire exhibit tossed out the door, but he opted to only have part of it removed, coincidentally the part that seemed to be getting most of the complaints, which  smacks of him not acted on principle, but to quiet down the protests. That he would go on to praise Hrdlicka, who was known beforehand to produce such "artwork" and who is openly irreligious, does not reflect well on Schönborn, and neither does the guided tour of the cathedral reported in the above video, which occurred over a month after the blasphemous art went on display and after the furor raised against it.

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Novus Ordo convert Tony Blair raises funds for homosexual group
"Stonewall, England’s largest and most well-known homosexual activist organization, held its annual fundraising dinner last night, raising over $600,000. A sizeable chunk of the funds raised came in thanks to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair – the same Tony Blair who was received into the Catholic Church only a few months ago by top English prelate Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor."

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'Bishop' admits religion teacher suspected of child porn 'wasn't a good hire'
"The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yakima said Tuesday he regrets hiring a retreat director known to be under investigation of child pornography charges in Oregon, saying it "wasn't a good hire."

Previously noted for her role in ruining marriages
'Nun' pleads guilty to felony theft from Omaha 'archdiocese'
As a Notre Dame nun, she took a vow of poverty. She then took more than $250,000 from the Archdiocese of Omaha and gambled a chunk of it away at casinos, prosecutors said today. Barbara Markey, the former director of the Catholic Family Life Office in Omaha, pleaded guilty to theft by deception. She faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced in July."

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