Category Archives: Pope Francis

Catholics warn of church schism if Vatican makes a deal with China

BEIJING — A group of influential Catholics published an open letter Monday to express their shock and disappointment about a report that the Vatican could soon reach a deal with the Chinese government, warning that it could create a schism in the church in China.

The Holy See has been in negotiations for several years with the Chinese Communist Party and is now believed to be close to an agreement over the appointment of bishops in China.

That agreement, under which responsibility for the appointment of bishops would probably be shared between the Vatican and the government, could pave the way for the eventual reestablishment of diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, cut in 1951. The deal is also expected to confer Vatican recognition on seven state-appointed bishops, who had been excommunicated by previous popes.

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China-Vatican deal on bishops ready for signing – source

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A framework accord between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops is ready and could be signed in a few months in what would be an historic breakthrough in relations, a senior Vatican source said.

An even partial resolution of the thorny issue of who gets to appoint bishops could open the way for a resumption of diplomatic relations nearly 70 years after they were cut during the Communist takeover of China.

He’s a commie.

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Pope pushed to change his approach to ‘dangerous’ Islam

A group of Algerian and French converts to Christianity have launched an online petition urging Pope Francis to abandon his conciliatory attitudes to the Islamic faith and Muslim immigration to Europe.

The petition, signed initially by Algerian-French convert Mohammed Christophe Bilek, a published author of two books who now runs a religious discussion blog in France, was published a few days ago.

It has gathered more than 2740 signatures from around the world, with Christians and others joining in. The signatories come from Africa, Europe, the US and Australia.

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Mark Steyn on Pope Francis’s questionable claim that Jesus was “a refugee” in Bethlehem

From Mark Steyn:

But, even were Mr Duerr right and the Pope were equating refugees with the flight from King Herod, His Holiness would still have been, in the larger meaning, wrong. I don’t mean merely in the literal sense that, as the burdens of the census make plain, Joseph is not the ancient equivalent of a Syrian refugee in Malmö, but of, say, a guy with grandparents in Malmö who’s been away working in Gothenburg for a couple of years; I mean it in the sense that the Pope is wrong about an existential question for the Church and the civilization it built.

I don’t know if His Holiness ever gets into street clothes and leaves his impressively walled city-statelet to wander the streets of Rome, but, if he did, he would see, in Italy as in France as in Spain as in Germany, that Christendom is dying on his watch. In 2016 I attended (as the Pope did not) the funeral in Rouen Cathedral of Père Hamel, the eighty-five-year-old Catholic priest whose throat was slit during Mass by two Muslim men. The service, for all its protestations of unity and forgiveness, chilled me: I felt mostly the absence of faith, or at most its exhausted remnants. Père Hamel had shared, enthusiastically, his Holy Father’s illusions: In Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, he had given land next to his church to the local Muslim community to build a mosque. So no “closed” heart there. And he was repaid for his generosity with ritual decapitation. More.

Reality check: Fr. Hamel’s murderers view themselves as conquerors and they are largely right. People make their peace where they can find it, including just chucking the most basic claims of their tradition and feeling little sympathy with its servants.

At Steyn’s page, I wrote,

I say this with sorrow: The real harm in Francis’s comments is not what he claims to reveal but in what he conceals: The scriptural witness is clear that Jesus was born in Bethlehem because that is where the king promised by the prophets for the Throne of David was to be born, in David’s own city. And, due an apparently unrelated decree, his holy earthly family found their way back there at that time…

So Jesus was not born in Bethlehem as a refugee. He was born there *to claim his throne*. (Americans who believe that their president should be born in the United States should understand this, even if no one else does.)

Jesus was exactly the possibility that Herod, ruler of the day, feared: Someone with a legitimate claim to the throne. Hence the slaughter of baby boys in Bethlehem.

To twist that particular story into a saga of refugee-ship amounts to abandoning a key claim of the Christian witness, that the Messiah was born in Bethlehem, the traditional city, as the prophets had promised.

It is not Islamic terror that is destroying the Church. Terror never destroyed the Church. Almost all Christ’s apostles were martyrs.

They died. The truth lived. But what now?

Accommodation – needing to be liked, approved, rewarded, in step, Cool – that destroys the Church. It destroys not only truth but even the concept of truth. So the truth cannot live.

See also: Why doesn’t Europe resist? Their feminism will adjust; indeed, it already has. They traded everything for abortion and a bargain was sealed. Of course, they don’t enjoy being reminded of how far they have fallen. So they persecute those who remind them.

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How naturalism morphed into a state religion

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Ex-Muslims to Pope: Islam Not a Religion of Peace

“‬If‭ ‬Islam is in itself a good religion,‭ ‬as you seem to teach,‭ ‬why did we become Catholic‭?”

DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) – A group of ex-Muslim converts to Catholicism are criticizing Pope Francis’ approach to Islam. In an open letter to the Holy Father recently published online, the former Muslims say the pope’s teaching on Islam as it appears in the apostolic exhortation ‬Evangelii Gaudium (EG) implies that Islam is a good religion in itself.

“‬If‭ ‬Islam is in itself a good religion,‭ ‬as you seem to teach,‭ ‬why did we become Catholic‭?” they ask. “‬Do not your words question the goodness of the choice we made‭ ‬…‭ ‬at the risk of our lives‭?”

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Pope Francis Pushing ‘Anti-American Worldview’ With ‘Hysterical Leftist Agitprop’

Pope Francis is pushing an “anti-American” and “anti-American worldview” via “hysterical leftist agitprop,” said The Stream’s Senior Editor John Zmirak on Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight.

Zmirak made his comments during an interview with Breitbart News’s Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

There have been better Popes…

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Pope Francis: Opponents of Mass Migration Sow ‘Violence, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia’

In his new message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis has denounced those who question the wisdom of mass migration, accusing them of demagoguery and promoting xenophobia.

Those who decry “the risks posed to national security or the high cost of welcoming new arrivals,” are guilty of “demeaning the human dignity due to all as sons and daughters of God,” Francis said in the New Year’s message.

To resort to such “rhetoric,” the Pope continued, people “are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great concern for all those concerned for the safety of every human being.”

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Pope Francis’ call to jettison life’s “useless baggage” in 2018 not a resignation notice after all

Pope wants you to let in more migrants and then some more after that.

Pope Francis on Monday recommended jettisoning life’s “useless baggage” in 2018, including what he called “empty chatter” and banal consumerism, and focusing instead on building a peaceful and welcoming world, particularly for refugees and migrants.

Francis offered his reflections on paring down non-essentials as he celebrated New Year’s Day Mass Monday in St. Peter’s Basilica and later greeted some 40,000 people in St. Peter’s Square.

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The Pope welcomes Sunni migrants while Sunni Islamists seek to cleanse Egypt, Iraq, and Syria of Christians

The current Roman Catholic Pope who hails from South America is adamant that millions of Sunni Muslim migrants – usually economic – should be welcomed with open arms by European nations. At the same time, Sunni Islamist terrorist attacks in Europe and Islamist ghettoes are growing throughout major European cities. More alarming, while the Pope welcomes millions of Sunni Muslims, the same Sunni Islamist faith is intent on erasing Christianity in Egypt, Iraq, Libya (Coptic Christian migrants have been beheaded in Libya and black African Christians face modern day Arab Muslim slavery), Syria, and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Of course, the same reality applies to other parts of the world, for example, Northern Nigeria and Somalia (all apostates face death at the hands of Al-Shabaab and they face state institutional discrimination).

Equally disturbing, the Christian religion and all non-Muslim faiths are banned in Saudi Arabia.

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Pope Francis uses Christmas message to say something else one will pay attention to

Pope Francis has used his Christmas message to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hours after Guatemala announced that it was becoming the first country to follow President Donald Trump’s lead and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Mr Trump’s December 6 declaration – overwhelmingly condemned at the United Nations general assembly last week – has sparked clashes that have left at least 12 Palestinians dead.

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Pope Francis compares the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem to migrant invasion

Pope Francis in Christmas Eve remarks likened the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to the migrations of millions of people today who are forced to leave homelands for a better life, or just for survival, and he expressed hope that no one will feel ‘there is no room for them on this Earth’.

The late-evening service in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday came after the pope’s Angelus noon prayer, which he delivered from his studio window overlooking St Peter’s Square.

The Argentine pontiff, himself the grandson of Italian migrants, told faithful at late-evening Christmas vigil Mass that the ‘simple story’ of Jesus’ birth in a manger changed ‘our history forever. Everything that night became a source of hope’.

What’s he smoking?

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Pope Francis sets Flagpole sitting record – says fake news & sensationalism ‘a grave sin’

Thou shalt not report fakes: Pope Francis says bias & disinformation ‘a grave sin’

Sensationalism is a grave sin, Pope Francis has warned. News should encourage a healthy critical sense, the pontiff said, in an attack on media bias which implied that tittle-tattle is as deadly as lust, sloth and gluttony.

“We must not fall prey to the ‘sins of communication’: disinformation – that is, giving just one side of the argument – slander, which is sensationalistic, or defamation, looking for outdated and old things, and bringing them to light today,” the pontiff said, addressing members of the Italian Periodical Press Union on Saturday.

Pope Francis takes an allowed break on way to setting new Flagpole sitting record.

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Pope Francis: I Cannot Hide ‘My Deep Concern’ Over Jerusalem

In a special appeal Wednesday, Pope Francis called for respect for the “status quo” in Jerusalem, in the wake of news that the United States will transfer its embassy in Israel to the Holy City.

“My thoughts now turn to Jerusalem,” the Pope said before the large crowd assembled in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall for his weekly General Audience. “I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has been created in the last days.”

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