Showing posts with label Defense of Marriage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Defense of Marriage. Show all posts

Monday, February 27, 2017

Cardinal Müller: "Small Left and Right Factions" -- "Announce the Gospel Without Betraying"

(Rome) There have been rumors for weeks that Cardinal Gerhard Müller could be replaced by Pope Francis as Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine and the Faith. The former bishop of Regensburg was appointed by Benedict XVI. eight months before his unexpected resignation, to Rome. He still tries to form a counterpoise to the Pope's line by means of written and oral statements,  at present mainly on the question of the admission of remarried divorced persons to the sacraments.

Personally, the cardinal vehemently denies this, as in the interview published yesterday by La Repubblica.

The balancing act between the task of guarding the faith, on the one hand, and the fact that he exercises  this task only as an employee and an assistant on behalf of the pope.

"Let there be no hesitation to bring sexual abuse to the authorities"

In yesterday's Sunday edition, Paolo Rodari published a detailed interview with Cardinal Müller. As Vaticanist of the daily Il Foglio, Rodari accompanied the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. With the election of Pope Franziskus, he moved to La Repubblica in 2013, the "only" daily newspaper, which Francis regularly reads according to his own statement. Since then it has been quieter for the journalist.

In the opening credits of the conversation, Rodari writes that Cardinal Müller "denies the vernacular, which wants to see him as a  'right' guardian against the 'left' openings of Francis. The occasion for the interview was the publication of the Italian edition of Cardinal Müller's book "The Message of Hope", according to English title. The book was originally published in the spring of 2016 in Spanish.

The Cardinal reaffirmed the "zero tolerance" for pedophile priests. He urged the bishops to urge such priests to self-report and to bring the offenders to the authorities themselves. He also called minors themselves to bring cases to the public authorities.

"Priests are citizens like everyone else. If they commit a crime, they are to be held responsible for civil and criminal law. This is the only way to avoid a repeat of the abuse. "

Is there opposition to Pope Francis in the Roman Curia?

Rodari: Does Francis have adversaries in the Roman Curia?

Cardinal Müller: All Cardinals have studied theology, they all know the doctrine of the papacy and the episcopate. We are competent priests who know the mission of the Pope and its importance for all. We live with Francis an affective and effective collegiality. Unfortunately, some media are more aware of the legitimate differences of opinion and not the great harmony. The pope is the 266th successor of Peter, and everyone, including him, has his own history. This individuality is the form in which everyone fulfills their mission. Francis has the peculiarity of coming from an outside European continent. This difference is precious to us.

Rodari: Especially in the Internet, there is no lack of those who are able to oppose what you say about the doctrine of the faith ...

Cardinal Müller: These are small right and left-wing factions, which use me and the pope to argue among themselves. These are ideological positions that I do not share. By the way, soon a book of mine will be published about the pope and the papacy. [The German original edition was published on 20 February ] We all serve the work of the Pope. We work together to serve its mission.

Rodari: Do you think that with regards Communion, Francis is taking a new step for the remarried divorced?

Cardinal Müller: We have the message of Jesus and the Bible, which speaks clear words to the foundation of marriage in God's salvation. The sociological conditions are changing, but one must also bear in mind that there are different anthropologies which ours, based on the Word of God, do not accept. The Gospel is to be proclaimed without betraying it. With the sermon and testimony of Christian life, Francis wants the people of God to feel the closeness of the Good Shepherd.

Rodari: What does it mean that Mercy lives?

Cardinal Müller: God is not a cold lawgiver, but a present, near God. Already in the Old Testament, God had proved his closeness to his people by freeing them from slavery and giving them milk and honey. Jesus was merciful towards the needy, the sick ... Living mercy means to live the Gospel all the way.

Rodari: Is there the danger that the insistence on love forces the circumstance into the background that the truth has a name for the faithful: Jesus Christ?

Cardinal Müller: There is no contradiction. God is the creator of all men and loves all. Everyone has an identity and is to be respected. Jesus is not pushed into the background. The insistence on love is rather to speak the language of Jesus. Recently, Francis has met the representatives of other cultures. He said to them, "Even if we do not speak the same language, we can understand each other because we speak the language of the Holy Spirit, love."

Text / translation: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: La Repubblica (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Hundreds of Thousands March in Paris to Defend Society

Edit: We'd reported earlier about France's people resisting an attempt to further destroy the family.  This was met mostly by silence in the press and this time is little different.  While the French Bishops are showing a remarkable willingness to fight against the decadent Socialist government of France as hundreds of thousands process against Gomorra, the French people are showing a willingness to respond to the Church's call.
[France24] Several hundred thousand people are expected to march through Paris on Sunday against the planned legalisation of same-sex marriage in the first mass protest against the unpopular President Francois Hollande. 
Strongly backed by the Catholic hierarchy, lay activists have mobilised a hybrid coalition of church-going families, political conservatives, Muslims, evangelicals and even homosexuals opposed to gay marriage for the show of force. 
So many are expected to converge on Paris from around France that police had organisers split it into three separate columns starting from different points around the city and meeting in the Champ de Mars park at the Eiffel Tower.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Modernist Abbey Still Defies Archbishop Nienstedt

Edit: St. John's Abbey has recently come out in favor of the Marriage Amendment, but not really. Archbishop Nienstedt has been courageously encouraging all Minnesotans to defend Marriage, while some of his own clergy and professed Monks in Collegeville are undercutting his authority and insulting the Catholic Faith. While they insist that they support Marriage, they don't explicitly advocate a vote for "yes" and undercut the message by wingding about how different types of people have different struggles.

Of course, they mean Father Bob Pierson, among others, who was asked to lie low but continues to speak against the Archbishop's witness in defense of marriage. The Abbey refuses to discipline him or any of the others like him who make a mockery of the Church's teachings by their support for sodomy.

We'd written earlier this month about Father Piersn's continuing defiance of the Archbishop's defense of marriage.

Here's the Abbey's passive aggressive non-statement. It's actually worse than if they'd said nothing at all:

Marriage amendment in Minnesota
As a Catholic institution we take the proposed amendment to the Minnesota constitution as an opportunity "to witness to our conviction that marriage is a vital part of the social fabric" that needs support and attention. By doing this we hope to put the marriage amendment into a larger context that acknowledges the challenges that people face in reconciling their faith commitments with a variety of other positions in the culture.
Individual members of the monastic community do have individual opinions regarding this and other political, social and even moral issues under discussion in our society. Individual monks may express their personal views on such issues based on their own freedom of conscience, though in doing so, they do not necessarily represent the opinion or view of the abbey. In this situation, the individual speaks for himself only.
As an institution we strive to ensure that whatever takes place under our auspices be consistent with the integrity of the Church's teaching on marriage. We wish to witness to unity, respect, and peace, even in the midst of challenging emotions and differing ideas on this matter.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Marriage Defenders Attacked and Spit on at Minnesota Gettogether

Edit: this is from the Marriage Minnesota campaign and their experiences of some, what might be described as typical Minnesotans. 
Same-sex "marriage" supporters assaulted our volunteers at the recent Minnesota State Fair. 

A 53-year-old female staff member was spit on - another volunteer was pushed over. And look at the photo below of this gay "marriage" extremist wearing an “Exterminate Christians One Bullet at a Time” T-shirt. Nobody should have to deal with a thug like that.
 One woman even bragged about spitting in the lemonade of a person who had a "Vote Yes" campaign t-shirt on.  The fair decided to take no action.  One brave Minnesotan even spit on a 53 year old campaign worker.  One courageous female had this to say:

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old female campaign intern was glittered, and a person even commented about her on our Facebook page. He said, “Wow. I hope these two (expletive) end up ditch-side on the news one day.”
Still, this hasn't dampened participation in the campaign:

There is good news! Over 18,000 of you state fair visitors signed our pledge to vote yes this November!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

TFP Defends Marriage in Minnesota

Edit: The Society for Tradition, Family and Private Property has been campaigning fervently for the truth in Minnesota and has found a lot of support in various places, whether at the State Capital, the Suburbs or in one of the more troubled neighborhoods of St. Paul. They are surely doing good for the Archdiocese and helping the Archbishop get this timely and vital message to the public.

Way to go guys. Here's a video showing their work which is clearly not without its dangers. Be sure you go to their website and offer some support.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Archbishop Nienstedt Puts Pressure on Lavender Basilica

Edit: In the past, the Lavender Basilica has been resisting the Archbishop's initiatives, keeping an ambiguous presence at Minneapolis' depraved Gay Pride Festival and fostering an atmosphere of disobedience to the Archbishop and opposition to the Catholic Church's teachings on a variety of issues. On Friday, there was a giant puff piece giving a lot of attention to some of the usual suspects on the subject of the Defense of Marriage Act that is up for a vote in the state of Minnesota in the anti-Catholic 'MinnPost'.   There is some resistance from 17 parishes in the Archdiocese, the most dissident and substantial is the Basilica of St. Mary's, to the Archbishop's initiative, but there is also a loss of nerve.

There is a presence on Facebook of "Catholics" who say "No" , which has a list of parishes resisting the Archbishop, but it only boasts about five hundred souls, many coming from the Lavender Basilica of St. Mary's, which is the Archdiocese's Co-Cathedral.  Yet even at this place, the pressure is increasing and there was a flier included in this week's church bulletin, complained one of the Basilica's parishioners on the Facebook group:

Another dissident is Father Bob Pierson whom the Archbishop doesn't want teaching in the Archdiocese any longer and is keeping his mouth shut for now, except that the Tribune did cite him.

Archbishop Nienstedt is still remaining firm on the issue.  He's getting one of the most dissident parishes to get the message out and others will soon be following in their continued efforts to get the message out.  His statement for the MinnPoste was as follows:
“But the reality is that marriage is not ours to redefine, just as another human life is not ours to take,” the archbishop continues. “God is both the author of life and the author of marriage. It is this most fundamental understanding of the natural order that animates who we are as Catholics. ... It is also why we fight to defend God’s plan for marriage, because his providence is as clear for what marriage is as it is for the dignity of each human life. ...
At present, the Archdiocese has given $1 million to defend marriage, something which should be encouraging to local conservative protestants and conservatives in general who don't want to see society further eroded by such legislation.

There's also no word from the noxious Father Mike Tegeder.  He's not even mentioned in this article.
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Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Progressive Referendum Against Homosexuality in Slovenia

Slovenia.  A progressive citizen's initiative in Slovenia has enough signatures collected against a homosexual law of June 2011 in order to bring a referendum to a vote.  The signatures were presented to Parliament last Friday.  The homosexual law allows Gomorrhists to adopt.  The Church supports the proposed referendum.  The Slovenian people foresee bringing the law to account by March.


Similar measures are being undertaken in Russia, in St. Petersburg, which promise to punish those promoting homosexuality with a fine of $16,700.  The measure is intended to protect the virtue of Russian youth.

New Pravda seems unhappy about the measures as it points out that homosexuality was only legalized under Boris Yeltsin, when it was specifically prescribed under Soviet Law.  They point out that, "anti-gay sentiment is still widespread."

Link at pravda...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Archdiocese plans anti-gay marriage committees in every Minnesota Catholic church

St. Mary's Lavender Basilica
Edit: good luck with that.

By Andy Birkey
Monday, October 17, 2011 at 6:00 am

Archbishop John Nienstedt sent a letter to every priest in the state at the start of October urging them to put every Catholic church in Minnesota tow work passing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

“It is imperative that we marshal our resources to educate the faithful about the Church’s teachings on these matters, and to vigorously organize and support a grass roots effort to get out the vote to support the passage of the amendment,” the letter read. It went out on Oct. 4 to every priest in the state.

The archbishop said it wants priests in every parish to identify a “church captain” in order to create an “ad hoc committee” in every church in the state. The “church captain” is a component of the Schubert Flint strategy used in 2008′s divisive Proposition 8 battle in California.

Link to original...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Marriage Defender Hit in Head by Bottle: TFP in Action

"These bully tactics do not even slightly dampen my resolve to continue
promoting the truth about marriage in charity," said TFP volunteer Michael

BY Rebecca Millette

FAIRPORT, New York, June 6, 2011 ( – Volunteers with the
American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP)
were attacked while peacefully demonstrating in support for marriage in
Fairport, New York, on June 2. 

Watch a video of the attack here. PHONE NUMBER POSTED ON YOUTUBE SITE IN

The group was peacefully holding signs in support of marriage and
distributing flyers titled “10 Reasons Why Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Is
Harmful and Must Be Opposed.” The pamphlet calls on New Yorkers to firmly
and peacefully resist the advance of the gay rights movement.

Young demonstrators were approached by a pro-homosexual man who knocked down
and tore to pieces the group’s thirteen foot long banner, inscribed with
the words “God’s Marriage = 1 Man & 1 Woman.” 

Immediately afterward, the man threatened to destroy the group’s camera.
“I’ll smash your camera,” he said. 

Approaching another TFP volunteer who was holding a sign that read “Honk
for Traditional Marriage,” the man said: “Are you going to give me your
sign, or do I need to rip it up too!?”

During the same demonstration, a passerby in a moving vehicle threw a beer
bottle at TFP volunteer Michael Shibler. The glass bottle hit him on the
forehead, causing it to swell and bleed. Local police are investigating both

“These bully tactics do not even slightly dampen my resolve to continue
promoting the truth about marriage in charity. Our cause is noble and we
will win,” said Shibler. 

“Some say that same-sex ‘marriage’ doesn’t harm or affect anybody.
Well, I think my throbbing forehead is a good example of how it does harm
people. Anti-family proponents would like to completely silence my first
amendment right to free speech,” he said. “While demanding tolerance for
what they call ‘diversity,’ they are utterly intolerant of opposing

TFP is a Catholic organization rooted in a mission to fighting what they
call the “Culture War” in the front lines, by peacefully defending the
values of tradition, family and private ownership.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

TFP Marches in Defense of Marriage Rally in Da Bronx

Editor: The TFP was invited to help at the Defense of Marriage March in the Bronx, New York by Senator Diaz.  There were many Cristeros present and the numbers were swelled somewhere between five to ten thousand.  Naturally, the decadent media ignored the presence of the Society for Tradition, Family and Private Property.

Don't be afraid. Stand up and tell the truth about marriage and listen to Mr. Brown.  They've told kindergarten children that their parents are bigots for believing marriage is between a man and a woman, closed down Christian adoption agencies and threatened those who oppose them.  In any event, someone should tell Mr. Brown that the problems were intensified by the Civil Rights Movement, but it was a moving speech all the same, but they need to understand that some of the principles they embrace actually undermine their positive support for marriage.