Pope Francis

0D436026-B326-4085-B445-A02DAF27AA46On Nov. 5, 2019, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., condemned idolatry on his weekly program on EWTN, Scripture and Tradition. He spends about 10 minutes talking about the idols that were praised and blessed at the recent Synod on the Amazon in the Vatican. 

 He says the introduction of the pachamama idol at the synod on the Amazon is a major scandal. We are forbidden to have idols. We are forbidden to worship other gods. He said to those who say it is a symbol of fertility and motherhood: Knock it off. We are not stupid. We are not. This is an idol.

 He said the bishops conference of Italy published a prayer to pachamama (A prayer to mother earth of the Inca peoples). Stop. You are talking about making an offering to a goddess.

 He says the people of the Andes place the pachamama idol above Jesus, Mary, and the saints. We offer sacrifices to God alone and we do not worship Mary or any of the saints.

An Earth Goddess Idol at the Vatican

This other nonsense has to stop and it is spreading. This is New Age like thinking that goes back to the 1970s. This is unacceptable. All of us who love God must make that clear.

(Picture: Earth Goddess Idol at the Vatican)

 He urged all Catholics to pray to the Virgin Mary to intercede for us and to wear the scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, a symbol of putting on the yoke of Jesus Christ. Mt. Carmel is the place where the prophet Elijah destroyed the idols of Baal, the mother goddess of the Canaanite people.

 And this will be the start of many other things we have to do to stop the nonsense.

 You can see his comments after 31:00 minutes at: https://www.ewtn.com/tv/shows/scripture-and-tradition-with-fr-mitch-pacwa

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RELATEDCatholic priest in Mexico City burns satanic Pachamama effigy in reparation for idolatry at Vatican… https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/watch-catholic-priest-burns-satanic-pachamama-effigy-in-reparation-for-idolatry-at-vatican

RELATEDWikipedia “Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. She is also known as the earth/time mother. In Inca mythology, Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains, and causes earthquakes.”

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My Talk on Pope Francis is now available

by Steve Ray on October 24, 2019

483DB22B-D13D-4D88-8B89-F3771918A217A few weeks ago I gave a controversial talk entitled “How Does a John Paul 2 Catholic Survive in a Pope Francis World.”

The talk was given to a 6-state gathering of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre with a number of bishops in the audience. Al Kresta spoke first with the same topic laying the groundwork. My talk centered on what the situation is and what we as faithful Catholics can —and should do.

You can learn more and acquire the talk here. It is $3.99 for an MP3 download.

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Whatever that was, it wasn’t a ‘stunt’

By Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer
October 22, 2019

0D436026-B326-4085-B445-A02DAF27AA46A few days ago men removed some female figurines (centerpieces for several weird ceremonies in Rome the last few weeks) from a church and tossed them into the Tiber River. Vatican spokesman Paolo Ruffini dismissed the act as a “stunt”. Regardless of how one assess this act, however, I think it not accurate to describe it as a mere “stunt”.

A “stunt” is a gesture that calls attention to a problem but does not itself solve the problem. For example, chaining oneself to a lamppost could call attention to the plight of the unjustly imprisoned but does not itself free the imprisoned. Standing on the corner with one’s mouth duct-taped might call attention to the suffering of the voiceless but does not itself give them a voice. Such acts are stunts, good stunts or bad, but in the end, stunts. What the Tiber men did was different.

Removing these figures from a church and tossing them into the Tiber does not simply call attention to the problem of setting up such objects in a church it also removes the statues from the church and thus solves the problem of having them set up in a sacred place. Such an act, good act or bad, is more than a “stunt”, it is form of direct action against a problem.

The Vatican having ruled out the possibility that the nude statues might represent the Virgin Mary or ‘Our Lady of the Amazon’, it is disputed whether the figurines portray the Amazon pagan goddess Pachamama or (at least per a handful of Vaticanisti) merely some vague “life force”. It is not for me to opine on who or what the objects actually represent and if someone wants to argue that chanting to and bowing before figurines of naked women does not count as worshiping strange gods, well, who am I to say?

But a fuller assessment of the act of these two men does not rest solely on whether the figures are demonic or merely faddish. Canon 1210, addressing the dignity of Catholic holy places in general, states: “Only those things which serve the exercise or promotion of worship, piety, or religion are permitted in a sacred place; anything not consonant with the holiness of the place is forbidden…” And Canon 1220 § 1, addressing churches specifically, states: “All those responsible are to take care that in churches such cleanliness and beauty are preserved as befit a house of God and that whatever is inappropriate to the holiness of the place is excluded.”

Theses canons, in my view, do not simply preclude the placement of obviously demonic or pagan artifacts in our churches, but rather, require those in charge of sacred places to set up objects that are positively conducive to Christian prayer and worship. If, as the Congregation for Divine worship stated in 1987(*), the mere fact that that some music is admittedly beautiful does not justify its performance in churches, then all the more so should church authorities be on guard against setting up objects widely and reasonably seen as representing pagan deities in Catholic sacred spaces. I suggest (and more to the point, the Code of Canon Law understands in, say, Canon 214), that the faithful have the right to trust that what they see in Catholic sacred places is actually there in service to the sacred and is not simply a gesture toward some form of political correctness or the latest cause du jour, to say nothing of it possibly being simply evil. Ignoring concerns about the proper use of sacred space with a shrug and a ‘we don’t really know what it is’ is to ignore the positive duties that Church leadership owes to the faithful.

As a man of law I am also a man of order and, as a rule, I hold that removing objects from private property is not an act of good order. But then, neither is setting up idols (whether to demons or to secular causes) in Catholic churches an act of good order. Over time the disregard of law by those in charge eventually brings about disregard of law by those subject to it. And that in turn can result in acts that are much more than mere “stunts”.

* See Cong. for Divine Worship (Mayer), excerpt from let. “Qua in mentem quaedam normae quoad ‘Concerti nelle chiesa’ revocantur” (05 nov 1987), Communicationes 19 (1987) 179-181.

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Did the Pope Deny Jesus was God?

October 10, 2019

According to an interview he gave (see below) the Pope denied the divinity of Jesus. If he did we have a serious problem. If he did not, then why doesn’t he step forward, clarify what he said and clearly affirm the teaching of Scripture and the constant teaching/dogma of the Church? Either way — if […]

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Should we pray for ‘our Holy Father’s intentions’ even if a pope has bad intentions?

October 3, 2019

Should we pray for ‘our Holy Father’s intentions’ even if a pope has bad intentions? Peter Kwasniewski October 3, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — I was in a car driving with a friend, and he said to me: “You know, it’s really hard in this pontificate to know what to do in front of the children. I […]

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My Respectful but Honest Radio Show concerning Pope Francis

September 13, 2019

Today I was invited on the Terry & Jesse Show to discuss the uncomfortable situation we Catholic find ourselves in with Pope Francis. Hope you appreciate the show. My interview starts 15 minutes into the hour.

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Msgr. Pope Writes Powerfully to Pope Francis on his latest comments on “rigid young priests”

September 13, 2019

A widely-recognized and respected American priest has responded to Pope Francis’ recent remarks on “young, rigid priests,” saying in a social media post addressed to the Pope that he must “honestly and painfully say that I am wearied from being scorned and demonized by you.” Msgr. Charles Pope .  September 10 at 8:54 PM · Papa Francisco says, “I […]

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EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo is Under Attack; Pope Says He’s Honored to be Attacked by Americans

September 11, 2019

The post below was from a year ago but certainly still very timely. The blog hit a nerve so I am reposting this. Having been on EWTN a couple of times since this original posting, I must say that EWTN and affiliates are spot on and I support them and their ministry and assessment of the Church all […]

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Pope Says Capital Punishment is Inadmissible, Cardinal Dolan Praises the Decision, Ed Peter’s Challenges Both

June 18, 2019

A comment on a cardinal’s tweet re capital punishment, by Canon Lawyer Ed Peters: June 17, 2019 Earlier today Cdl. Dolan of New York tweeted: “With the clear and cogent clarification of the successor of St. Peter, there now exists no loophole to morally justify capital punishment.” The supposedly clear and cogent clarification that Dolan […]

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Signer of Letter accusing Pope Francis of Heresy explains why he signed the letter

May 21, 2019

Edward Pentin interviewed Professor John Rist as to why he signed the controversial letter along with 85 other prominent theologians and scholars. Frankly, I admire these men who stood up and spoke out. They may not have proven formal heresy (which is something I leave to experts and canon lawyers) but the silence in the […]

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Update: Scholars accuse Pope Francis of Heresy

May 3, 2019

This is a significant and important 20 page letter written to the Pope by a group of scholars. I hope Rome takes it seriously. I am in Rome right now two blocks away from the Vatican. I’d love to go over and beg Pope Francis to consider this letter seriously.  I am not saying that […]

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Why Stay with the Church? Make Rome Catholic Again! Steve Ray Talks Straight with Teresa Tomeo

March 9, 2019

Steve’s segment starts 24:00 minutes into the show. The questions are multiple. What is happening to the Church? Why aren’t Rome and the bishops doing something about homosexual clergy? Why should I stay with the Church with all the confusion and lack of action with Pope Francis and the Vatican? I am angry and don’t […]

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Pope Francis and the Papacy: Steve Ray on Catholic Answers Live

February 27, 2019

The Papacy, What the Pope Does and Why It Matters (Steve’s new book)  February 25, 2019 – 7pm Questions Covered: 12:30 – If every bishop and priest is a successor of Peter, why is the bishop of Rome the sole successor of Peter? 15:34 – Our pope was talking about the Mark of the Beast. How are […]

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So, What Do I Really Think about the Papacy and this Pope?

February 26, 2019

Two radio shows on Monday were quite lively. They were both based on my new book The Papacy: What the Pope Does and Why It Matters. The first was an interview with Fr. Robert McTeigue SJ. What a sharp and perceptive priest. He asked me very pointed questions about Pope Francis, today’s Vatican and the papacy […]

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A MUST READ: Cardinal Müller issues Manifesto: A quasi correction of Pope Francis’ pontificate

February 9, 2019

“February 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) (News also released by Catholic News Agency) – Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, has released a Manifesto which reads like a correction of many of the doctrinal errors Pope Francis has taught during his tenure as Pope…. …Pope Francis removed Cardinal Müller from his post as […]

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3 Keys to Credibility at the Upcoming Sex Abuse Summit in Rome

February 3, 2019

There will be little real progress unless the summit tackles these three issues — including the “forbidden” topic of homosexuality. National Catholic Register, by Msgr. Charles Pope, Feb 2, 2019 ********************************************* The summit on clerical sexual abuse called by the Holy Father is scheduled for Feb. 21-24. While no meeting of four days can be expected to […]

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