by Dr. David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch
I. POPE FRANCIS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
COURAGE, FR. HARVEY, AND PSYCHOLOGIST, RICHARD FITZGIBBONS: The "orthodox approach" to homosexuality is looking fatally flawed. A stunning article of reporting should cause a serious reflection. And right away - Rod Dreher starts reflecting.
ROME FIRES JESUIT HEAD OF SEMINARY WHO APPROVES OF HOMOSEXUAL UNIONS: In Germany, homosexual defenders cry for subsidiarity.
CARDINAL WUERL RESIGNS. WINS POPE"S PRAISE.
Cardinal Wuerl is one of the key figures in the corruption of the American and Roman Catholic Clergy has resigned. He has been the slipperiest of deceivers. To all priests and good laymen--we have not yet told the story of his reign in Pittsburgh and Washington DC. The joy we know from his resignation is tempered by the nausea we feel at the Pope's praise for him. No-one has ever told the Wuerl narrative as clearly as the McCarrick tale. That is needed now more than ever. The Pope needs to hear more so he can speak more truthfully about Queen Donna-the epitome of American clericalism and the pastor who first and foremost always pastured himself.
POPE FRANCIS SAYS, "GETTING AN ABORTION IS LIKE HIRING A HITMAN": There he goes again.
THE TRUTH OF THE RAPE EPIDEMIC OR THE LIE OF FREE LOVE: By Heather McDonald.
THE ROSARY VS. THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION: By Tom Hoopes.
ON CHINA - AN OLD CARDINAL DOES NOT LIKE THE OPENING: Cardinal Zen vs Cardinal Parolin. Cardinal Zen has not approved of any Vatican picks on China. The two Bishops of Hong Kong who followed Zen are not as troubled as he is.
CARDINAL OUELLET ANSWERS ARCHBISHOP VIGANO: The Cardinal's October 7 letter. The best answer to Cardinal Ouelette is by Phil Lawler. This changes nothing says Vigano partisan. Vigano is refuted says another. Vatican will initiate a probe on McCarrick advancement.
The Vatican officials tied to Pope John Paul II most involved in McCarrick advancement. The Church militant and Michael Voris have done a lot of excellent investigative work especially here. Their animus toward Pope Francis doesn't help. Their reporting though has stayed at the forefront of the unfolding drama.
US bishops will investigate four dioceses and McCarrick. An excellent division of labor. Reform will only come from strong bishops in particular dioceses and serious investigative mechanisms and courageous bishops acting for national and regional conferences. There were all kinds off bureaucrats who came out o f national bishops conferences to change the liturgy, to coordinate lobbying and alter Catholic Education. Why can't a few bishops or secretary priests became real investigative arms of state or national bishop conferences to purify the priesthood?
RIGHT DOCTRINE DOES NOT INSURE PURIFICATION: An interview with an expert on Padre Pio. He says the moral corruption in the Church in the 1920's and 30's under Benedict XV and Pius XI in terms of homosexuality is worse than now. Right doctrine is NOT a guarantee of holiness:
Aldo Valli: What were the distinctive features of the moral degradation reported by Brunatto?
Alessandro Gnocchi: It can be summarized in one concept: corruption. Moral corruption, with the spread of homosexual practice and the domination of the homosexual lobby, reaching even to the papal throne. I can assure you that the pontificate of Benedict XV is simply appalling from this point of view. But under Pius XI the situation did not change.
Evidently the infection came from very far away and, as you could also perceive as you studied the revelations of Viganò, it spread very far. And it will spread very far. It is a matter of the corruption of ecclesial life, with the struggle for offices, careers, favors, compromises and, naturally, money.
In the end we perceive the corruption of the men, who practiced this abomination using the name of Christ as a shield.
Aldo Valli: But, one could point out to you that the preaching of orthodox doctrine never failed in those years ...
Alessandro Gnocchi: Formally, one can also try to support this thesis, which in any case is a an historical falsehood. This, for me, is the most painful point, because I too had fallen into the trap of the equation "good doctrine equals good Church." The facts show us that this is not the case. Among the vices of the Catholic Church is that of formalism linked to an excessively juridical mentality.
The idea that one may simply state the letter (of the law) correctly to save any practice. In this way we have arrived, and not just over one century, to a Church founded on canon law instead of the Gospel. When we do not have holiness as our first goal, we end up corrupting everything that comes after, and I mean everything. Good doctrine is proclaimed only as a weapon to wage war on one's adversaries.
But when the doctrine is used as a weapon, it always ends up being adapted to the war and, therefore, is altered. We start by considering the doctrine under a new, instrumental aspect, and we end up finding a new doctrine, perhaps more effective, but a new one in our hands. Not to mention that if you use it to wage war and the war is lost, the doctrine will succumb together with the defeated.
I assure you that this is what has happened in the years we are talking about, involving names that I considered crystalline only because I applied the deceptive equation "good doctrine equals good Church." This is how we arrived at the famous midnight of October 10, 1962. ...I am so sick of the so called traditionalists who name all evils as starting then."
“Only holiness is subversive with respect to this infernal order in which we are immersed.” —Italian Catholic scholar and writer Alessandro Gnocchi, in an interview with Italian Catholic author Aldo Maria Valli published today on Valli's blog in Italy. Valli was one of the journalists, along with Marco Tosatti, with whom Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano met in the days prior to publishing his Testimony on the evening of August 25.
II. ISLAM AND THE MIDDLE EAST
SAUDIS, WASHINGTON POST JOURNALIST, AND CONSULATE IN TURKEY: Death in the Consulate? Could the death of a journalist be the spark to look at the reality of the Saudi-US alliance? Robin Wright on Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi. The journalist Kashoggi knew a lot about the other time Saudis left a country on a plane in a hurry after a murder - 9/11 in the USA. Kashoggi is no liberal speaking truth to power. He was in the middle of an increasingly fractured Saudi royal family. This is tremendous opportunity for the President to break the US from the impetuous leader of the country that harbors the most deadly form of Islam on the globe. They have been our enemy for two decades. Senators could help the President by underlining this. We will see the journalists and Congressmen who are most committed to the Saudi-Israeli alliance telling the rest of us not to get overly emotional about a single murder in the light of the US-Saudi-Israel alliance against Iran.
ISRAEL'S CASE FOR WAR AGAINST IRAN: The rabid anti-Trump sentiments of the Senate Democrats led by New York Senator Schumer has prevented a serious discussion about our alliance with Israel and the increasingly Salafist Saudi regime. It is not America First to help these two countries try to destroy their regional enemy. The disastrous over-personalization of political life is pushing us to war. Here is the clearest expose of Israeli policy toward Iran: their perspective is understandable. It cannot be ours.
AUSTRIA'S PROPER DISCRIMINATION: It shuts down and exiles Salafist Sunni mosques
III. NATIONS R&G ROUND UP
WHITE COUNTRIES TAKE ON CHINA: The Five Eyes alliance.
GOD AND NATION IN SOUTH AMERICA'S MOST PIVOTAL COUNTRY: Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil won 47% of the vote for President on the feast of Our Lady of Victory. There will be a runoff October 28 against a leftist labor opponent (Fernando Haddad) who received 28% of the vote. Almost every article about the "Brazilian Trump" is as shrill as MSNBC on Trump. A great day for Brazil and hopefully the beginning of a new set of God-centered nationalists in Central and South America. He has serious backing from the growing Evangelical community.