Thursday, March 4, 2021
JAMES ALTMAN: You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat, period. Their party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches. Repent of your support of that party and its platform or face the fires of hell.
POGGIOLO: That's Father James Altman of La Crosse, Wis., in a video uploaded to YouTube last August and seen more than a million times. Not all conservative Catholics sound so apocalyptic about Democrats, but they're critical of Biden. In a podcast last month with a conservative think tank, George Weigel, who has written extensively about the Catholic Church, said the new president is a professed Catholic who, in his personal piety, seems quite sincere. But...
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) GEORGE WEIGEL: Mr. Biden is an incoherent Catholic. And incoherent Catholics should not be presenting themselves for Holy Communion as if they were living in full communion with the church.
POGGIOLO: As both Francis and Biden ignore their Catholic critics, presidential historian Timothy Naftali sees potential parallels with 60 years ago at the peak of the Cold War. Six months after the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the precipice of nuclear annihilation, Pope John XXIII issued an encyclical. Addressed not just to Catholics but to all people of goodwill, it called for peacemaking through negotiation. A week later, citing the document in a major speech, President John Kennedy was able to win domestic support for a nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviet Union. Naftali says both the Pope and Biden believe climate change is today's existential threat, and they can work together.
TIMOTHY NAFTALI: These are two leaders powerful in different realms. That's an opportunity. And it's not an opportunity that comes every generation.
POGGIOLO: Amidst so much disinformation on the coronavirus pandemic and on vaccines, Naftali says these two prominent Catholics could also help convince more people that science and faith are not mutually exclusive.
Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome. AMDG
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Indigenous people wait to receive the Sinovac’s CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine in the village of Itacoatiara, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2021. The Brazilian bishops’ conference has come under fire from some of its more conservative members since it announced this year’s Fraternity Campaign, which defends Indigenous peoples, criticizes the high rates of femicide and speaks up against LGBTQ violence and homophobia. (CNS photo/Bruno Kelly, Reuters)
By Lise Alves, Catholic News Service
SAO PAULO — The Brazilian bishops’ conference has come under fire from some of its more conservative members since it announced this year’s Fraternity Campaign, which defends Indigenous peoples, criticizes the high rates of femicide and speaks up against LGBTQ violence and homophobia.
Archbishop Fernando Guimarães of Brazil’s Military Archdiocese has instructed chaplains working with Brazil’s armed forces to refuse to participate in the 2021 campaign. In a public letter sent to Bishop Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo, president of the bishops’ conference, the archbishop said “evangelization of the faithful … at any time and even more so in a special time such as Catholic Lent, is not a place for dialogue on controversial topics and contrary to the authentic doctrine of our church.”
Friday, February 26, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Edit: wow, if only they could get rid of more narcissistic flamers like this.
Tbh, he sounds like the kind of person who doesn’t belong in the priesthood in the first place.
Stephen Brady had this cancer in his sights.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Lawyers representing Monsignor Craig Harrison said he has tendered letters of resignation as the Pastor of St. Francis Parish and from his obligations as a Catholic priest.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Father Werenfried van Straaten in a picture of the aid organization he founded, Church in Need, where a pathetic "purge" of its founder is currently in progress.