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Pope Benedict already rejected paganism-affirming proposals made in Amazon Synod working doc

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives at the St. Peter's Basilica for a mass with newly appointed cardinals on November 25, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. August 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In 2007 during his visit to Aparecida, Brazil, Pope Benedict XVI clearly rejected certain aspects of Liberation Theology, especially its claim that the colonization of South American was a time of injustice that needs to be undone and that it is more important to serve the poor than to convert them to the Catholic Faith. On his flight to Brazil, Pope Benedict also referred back to his own 1984 Instruction concerning Liberation Theology that was a detailed critique of this theory. In light of

Immaculate Mary and Personified Wisdom in the Old Testament

Immaculate Mary – Seat of Wisdom The Old Testament frequently personifies “Wisdom” as an allegorical female who leads righteous men to God. In Hebrew, the word for wisdom is “Chakmah,” in Greek it is “Sophia,” and in Latin it is “Sapientia.” All three words, incidentally, are feminine nouns. Who, then, is Lady Wisdom? Here are a few options: 1) Lady Wisdom is the pre-incarnate Christ. 2) Lady Wisdom is a type of Mary, the Mother of Christ. 3) Lady Wisdom is an ancient Near Eastern goddess or a feminine Gnostic demigod. 4) Lady Wisdom is purely an allegory of the virtue of wisdom. Now the Catholic in good faith must reject the third option, since there is no such thing as a goddess in Mosa

Liturgy wars? Younger Catholics just want reverence

Modern and relevant: an ad orientem Mass (catholicrelics.co.uk) As a High Church Anglican who climbed fairly high up the candlestick, I developed a great appreciation for the ancient Church at prayer. It was catechism by incense, rood screens, gorgeous vestments and ad orientem Masses chanted from high altars that scrape the heavens. What a shock, then, when I was finally received into the Catholic Church in 2011 and discovered that, in the Latin Rite, this patrimony had been discarded and was viewed with suspicion. While studying for ordination to the priesthood, I was told to stop wearing a cassock, denied the opportunity to learn the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (I learned it later on m

MUNIFICENTISSIMUS DEUS: Defining the Dogma of the Assumption

APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION OF POPE PIUS XII MUNIFICENTISSIMUS DEUS DEFINING THE DOGMA OF THE ASSUMPTION November 1, 1950 1. The most bountiful God, who is almighty, the plan of whose providence rests upon wisdom and love, tempers, in the secret purpose of his own mind, the sorrows of peoples and of individual men by means of joys that he interposes in their lives from time to time, in such a way that, under different conditions and in different ways, all things may work together unto good for those who love him.(1) 2. Now, just like the present age, our pontificate is weighed down by ever so many cares, anxieties, and troubles, by reason of very severe calamities that have taken place and by re

Excommunicated Advocates of the Amazon Synod

Meet the excommunicated advocates, the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, of the upcoming October Amazon Synod, which many expect to discuss married priests, women deacons, and ordained women priests. In July, LifeSite News reported that Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, removed in 2017 by Prope Francis, stated that “the Magisterium of the Pope and of the bishops has no authority over the substance of the Sacraments." "Therefore, no synod – with or without the Pope – and also no ecumenical council, or the Pope alone, if he spoke ex cathedra, could make possible the ordination of women as bishop, priest, or deacon. They would

Cardinal Burke: Pro-Abortion Politicians May Not Receive Holy Communion

Pro-abortion politicians who claim Catholicism as their faith may not present themselves to Holy Communion, says Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. Speaking with Martha MacCallum on Fox News, Burke said that the overabundance of Catholic politicians in Washington supporting abortion has caused a great scandal in the Catholic Church by leading many to believe it has somehow flipped its position on abortion, which it most certainly never has. "I've had non-Catholic leaders of government in this nation tell me that they were certain that the Catholic teaching on abortion and so-called same-sex marriage have changed because so many Catholics on Capitol Hill are regularly supporting this kind of legisla

We Veil What is Sacred

Why do women wear chapel veils during the Mass? Why do women wear their hair long? Why do women wear long dresses? The answer is, we veil what is sacred. It's more than what Saint Paul wrote in I Corinthians 11:1-16 when he stated that the "woman is the glory of man" and that "this is why the woman ought to have a sign of authority over her head, because of the angels." Humanity was given the power to cooperate with God to create life, and women have the beautiful role to be the tabernacle for that new life. The Apostle continues: Yet neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man in the Lord. For as the woman is from the man, so also is the man through the woman, but all

Survey: half of Catholics don’t know Church teaching on Holy Eucharist

Results from a new Pew survey show that Jews are the most knowledgeable among America’s religious communities about world religions, while only half of American Catholics know what their own Church teaches on core principles such as Holy Communion. According to the survey, exactly 50 percent of Catholics in the United States correctly answered a question about Church teaching on transubstantiation – the belief that during Mass, the bread and wine become the full body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ. “The other half of Catholics incorrectly say the Church teaches that the bread and wine used in Communion are just symbols of the body and blood of Christ,” and a small percentage are

‘It Hath Hated Me before You’: Interview with Fr. Vaughn Treco, Excommunicated for Preaching the Fai

“Christ was crucified on earth and the Church is crucified in time, and the Church is crucified by all of us, by her members most particularly because She is a Church of sinners.” —Flannery O’Connor. There is quite a lot of talk these days about heresy and scandal in the hierarchy of the Church, of bishops having disdain for tradition and aversion to hearing immemorial truth in any form. There once were whispers and now are shouts about some ethereal “spirit of Vatican II” and the myriad points of destruction it has left in its wake. All easy enough to dismiss as hysteria or the crying of odd “ultra-traditionalists” pining away for archaic liturgical minutiae which no modern person would mis

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