Fr Timothy Radcliffe – Absolutely Shocking Papal Appointment

Fr Timothy Radcliffe – Absolutely Shocking Papal Appointment

One of the Church’s most controversial theologians, and a strong ally of Pope Francis, was given a boost by the Holy See Saturday.     Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP

In a move sure to raise eyebrows among the Church’s traditional guard, Pope Francis named the Rev. Timothy Radcliffe a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Vatican announced Saturday.

The head of the Dominican Order for nearly a decade in the 1990s and a professor of theology at Oxford, the English-born Radcliffe has repeatedly challenged Catholic attitudes toward women, gays and lesbians, and the divorced.

Last year, Radcliffe was at the center of a controversy over his invitation to speak at the International Conference of Divine Mercy, Ireland’s largest Catholic gathering. The American television network EWTN dropped plans to cover the event because of Radcliffe’s participation. A host at the station called Radcliffe’s views “at sharp variance to Catholic teaching.”

The row was caused by comments Radcliffe made in 2013 about homosexuality, as reported by The Tablet.

“Certainly it can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual, and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift,” he said. He expressed surprise that his views caused such a stir, stating that they were “deeply in resonance with the teaching of Pope Francis.”

Still, he has publicly supported the Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, though for reasons not normally promulgated by Church officials.

For example, in a December 2012 article in The Guardian, Radcliffe wrote, “It is heartening to see the wave of support for gay marriages. It shows a society that aspires to an open tolerance of all sorts of people, a desire for us to live together in mutual acceptance.”

But, he said, a heterosexual notion of marriage should not be imposed on gay couples, though differences should be embraced.  

Tolerance, he wrote, “implies an attention to the particularity of the other person, a savoring of how he or she is unlike me, in their faith, their ethnicity, their sexual orientation. A society that flees difference and pretends we are all just the same may have outlawed intolerance in one form, and yet instituted it in other ways.”

As a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Radcliffe is one of 40 or so people from around the globe who help “draw the broad lines of the action of the Counsel, according to their sensitivities and their professional and pastoral commitments,” according to the Vatican.

He is the author of more than a half-dozen books and an internationally sought after speaker. His book “What is the Point of Being a Christian?” won the 2007 Michael Ramsey Prize, which is awarded by the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury for the “most promising contemporary theological writing from the global Church.”

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Pope to theologians: Listen to the ordinary faithful

Radcliffe, ordained in 1971, is also a proponent of opening up to communion to divorced and remarried Catholics, currently a hot topic among bishops participating in the Synod on the Family.

In a 2013 essay in America magazine, Radcliffe wrote that he held “two profound hopes. That a way will be found to welcome divorced and remarried people back to communion. And, most important, that women will be given real authority and voice in the Church. The pope expresses his desire that this may happen, but what concrete form can it take?”

Regarding the role of women in the Church, Radcliffe is in line with Pope Francis, who has said no to women’s ordination but who nonetheless wants women to hold positions of authority. Radcliffe lamented what he sees as a stronger fusion between ordination and decision-making offices in the Church.

“I think the women’s ordination question has become more acute now because the Church has become more clerical than in my childhood,” Radcliffe said in a 2010 interview with US Catholic.

Radcliffe has pushed for a more open Church, along the lines of Pope Francis’ assertion that the Church be willing to “make a mess of things.”

“Jesus offered a wide hospitality, and ate and drank with all sorts of people. We need to embody his open heart rather than retreat into a Catholic ghetto,” Radcliffe said in a 2013 interview.

Catholic bishops from around the world will gather in Rome in October for the second part of a contentious debate about family issues in the Church. Source


It’s very clear indeed now, that to be “a priest in good standing” means “be opposed to all that  is truly Catholic – and that includes true morals.”   How can any Catholic fail to see the diabolical influence apparently holding sway over the current holder of the papal office? We must, really must, pray very hard for Pope Francis while continuing to highlight and resist his scandalous utterances, actions and Vatican appointments.  This latest one is a scandal too far, unjustifiable, as it is,  by any and every objective and measurable standard. Fr Timothy Radcliffe is about as Catholic as the two priests featured on a recent thread who plan to vote YES in the Irish referendum on same-sex “marriage”.  That’s how “Catholic” is Fr Radcliffe.  Anyone who disagrees, speak now or forever hold your peace…

Comments (59)

  • editor

    Summa posted this report on the Radcliffe appointment from Rorate Caeli, on the General Discussion thread so given the time difference between Australia and here, I thought I would alert readers to it in case it gets overlooked.

    This really is a shocking appointment. It would come as no surprise to learn that there’s standing room only in the sede chapels, but just remember, folks, this is a time for strong faith – not despair.

    May 17, 2015 at 12:23 am
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    You can see a falseness practically on all of these guys faces . They are most certainly not priests of the one true Catholic Church and that’s really simple as they go against our 2000 years of teaching . It’s well seen he won a prize from The C o E they change their minds on doctrine on a daily basis and so called priests like Ratcliffe (no I haven’t spelt it wrong ) just want to follow suit.

    May 17, 2015 at 1:55 am
  • Summa

    Editor. I am shocked of course like all others, but more so as I have, since the end of last year been reading a few traditional books from the Dominicans and the Third Order.
    (I hope you don’t mind me plugging the Third Order here

    To think that the the Order of Preachers have sunk so low now in the post-conciliar Church saddens me. I shudder to think what St Thomas Aquinas, St Catherine of Sienna and St Albert are thinking at this time.

    Is this appointment any worse than if it were Timothy O’Leary???

    May 17, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • westminsterfly

    The ubiquitous Fr Radcliffe, is modernist to the core – and very dangerous. Every mainstream ‘Catholic’ event seems to be sullied by his presence these days. His particular brand of undermining of Church teaching has been highly successful. He even preaches regularly at youth events, so his worrying influence may last for some years to come. James Hitchcock once wrote a good article about him called ‘The False Prophet’. The disingenuous Fr Radcliffe tried to defend himself in a response to the article, but James Hitchcock had the last word. See article and responses here:-

    May 17, 2015 at 11:01 am
    • editor


      Interesting article at Catholic Culture. However, I think you may find that now that Radcliffe has the very public approval of Papa Francis, they will change their tune. They are papolatrists with bells on, sorry to say. And ditto Michael Voris. Can’t imagine him doing a report denouncing Rev Radcliffe now, can you? Rhetorical question, it goes without saying! These “defenders of the Faith” (as they think of themselves) who try to keep a foot in both camps, come unstuck in due course. Very quickly unstuck in this time of crisis: nobody can straddle the fence now. It’s “put up or shut up” time – and has been for quite a while now.

      May 17, 2015 at 11:44 am
      • westminsterfly

        Actually I could imagine Voris denouncing Fr Radcliffe, but therein lies the problem. He seems to stop his denunciations at the level of Cardinals and won’t look any further for the cause of the malaise in the Church today . I don’t understand people like Voris. By the way, that article originally appeared in the Catholic World Report magazine – I don’t know whether it is affiliated to Catholic Culture.

        May 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm
      • editor


        That’s precisely my point. Voris will readily denounce Fr Radcliffe but will not (as he’s never tired of telling us) criticise the Pope: he MAY try to stick this appointment on “the Vatican” but how will he get round the fact that the buck, for all appointments, stops with the Pope?

        No idea if there’s any link between CWR and CC.

        May 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm
      • Jobstears


        Voris will readily denounce Fr Radcliffe ….. but how will he get round the fact that the buck, for all appointments, stops with the Pope? I strongly suspect his reasoning doesn’t go that far. He is obviously missing something, could it be that he does not know what the peasants and ( illiterate) Catholics of old knew about the Faith- when the pope teaches heresy or attempts to alter church teaching, he must be resisted? If he doesn’t ‘get this’ he will continue to be part of the problem no matter how much hot air he spews – always at the small fry in the hierarchy!

        May 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm
      • Michaela

        Westminster Fly,

        If Voris denounces Radcliffe then he has to denounce the Pope for appointing him to a Vatican council, so I can’t see him doing that. He’s more likely to ignore the promotion or blame a cardinal, no way will he blame the Pope IMHO.

        May 19, 2015 at 11:05 am
  • Frankier

    Does anyone else feel that it is time for Pope Emeritus Benedict/Cardinal Ratzinger, or whatever, to do his duty and come out of his retirement, even if it is only for five minutes, to condemn what is going on in the Church at the present time.

    I feel that it needs action like this to turn the tide.

    May 17, 2015 at 2:23 pm
    • editor


      Count me in, for sure… Like you, I think it’s (well past) time for Pope Benedict to speak out. And I’ve thought that for a very long time now.

      For the record, I refuse to use these E titles (Pope Emeritus, or Extraordinary Form of the Mass) unless quoting something.) They’re designed to normalise what is truly extraordinary – popes going into retirement and the creation/concoction of new Masses. No thank you. Pope Benedict remains Pope Benedict since he chose not to return to using his title of Cardinal and the Traditional Latin Mass remains just that. The only thing “extraordinary” about it, is that it refuses to go away despite the extra-EXTRA-ordinary efforts of its enemies!

      May 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm
      • Gregory the Great

        Remember the Walter Kasper Pope lobbying during the conclave there were meetings with Cardinals in Switzerland week’s before the Conclave known as team Bergogolio. This has all come to where the Church is now with Kasper as Pope Francis’ front man and all these evil appointments in an effort to mock Jesus Christ and His Holy Church.

        May 17, 2015 at 2:53 pm
    • Jobstears


      It is high time Pope Benedict spoke up. His resignation allowed this modernist pope to inflict untold damage on the Church, the least he can do now, is to condemn the destruction.

      If little Jacinta could be moved to make sacrifices and pray earnestly for souls after seeing the vision of hell, how much more should not the pope be doing- when he knows the third secret of Fatima?

      May 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm
    • Spiritus

      Count me in! Before Pope Francis I could not even imagine the depths the Pope (as a man, not as PETER) would sink to. I mean, THE POPE denouncing the Catholic Faith which has endured for over 2 millenia. Every time he opens his mouth, or appears in the media I think “oh, what now……how can he despise Christ and His holy church so much??

      May 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm
      • Spiritus

        post at 4:55pm in reply to Frankier, May 17 2:23pm

        May 18, 2015 at 4:57 pm
    • Gerontius

      Frankier, I agree something needs to be done, and soon! If you think Fr. Radcliffe falls short, have a swatch at this Remnant article.

      It’s beyond sickening – it’s actually frightening!

      May 21, 2015 at 6:01 pm
  • Frankier


    That is why I used the “or whatever”. I am reluctant to use these titles also.

    I think Pope Benedict could do more good in five minutes than all the rest could do in five years not only for the Church but also for the world in general.

    There’s one certainty, nobody else is going to do it.

    May 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm
    • editor


      “I am reluctant to use these titles also”

      OK, you can come off the bread and water for today. Once you turn that “reluctant” into a “refuse” you can come off the B & W for good!

      May 17, 2015 at 6:27 pm
  • Bradders

    I think it’s only a matter of time before Fr. Radcliffe declares himself gay. It has happened so often in the past with gay propagandists within the Church that they are gay themselves or have strong leanings in that direction. Like the devil himself, Radcliffe has allies everywhere who delight in storming the doors of sacred tradition, just like the mob who kept trying to beat down Lot’s door to sexually assault his three male visitors. Divine retribution was swift however and the attackers paid a heavy price. I pray for all those misled by neo modernism in the Church and those who invited Radcliffe to the Divine Mercy Conference in Dublin and to St. Brigid’s parish in South Belfast shortly after that. As to allies, let it be said that the SDLP, who rely mainly on a Catholic vote, were recently to the fore in yet another attempt to impose ‘gay marriage’ on Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein as expected were its biggest cheer leaders. All SDLP members at the recent Stormont debate voted in favour of the greatest oxymoron in the world, gay marriage. They have the nerve to call themselves Catholics. Thanks once again to the DUP who voted the motion down. This says that Irish Catholics, at least in the North, see no contradiction in gay marriage. Many, in fact, will celebrate a YES vote. When priests and bishops go to ground on marriage and sexual ethics, as they have since Vatican II, the outcome is what we see before us: the Gaderene Swine moving inexorably to the cliff edge and perdition. This Friday, 22nd May, will underline either the nearness of Irish Catholics to the precipice or, please God, a return to Truth and reality. Hence to the Rosary for the victory!

    May 17, 2015 at 7:36 pm
    • Margaret Mary


      I tend to think that, too, that it’s only a matter of time until Fr Radcliffe “comes out” as a gay man. I can’t see how anyone who is not of that inclination would be so much in favour of it.

      It will be very revealing to see what happens in Ireland on Friday in the referendum. However, it seems like a foregone conclusion see as to how the NO campaign seems almost non-existent.

      May 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm
      • Bradders

        Margaret Mary,

        I think you’re right about the outcome of Friday’s vote, despite some reports that the Yes campaign had lost some ground. It’s very unsettling to see how all this has come about in so short a time. It would have been unthinkable 20-30 years ago even to suggest same sex marriage. God knows what the next decades will bring.

        May 17, 2015 at 9:15 pm
      • Spiritus


        If the NO campaign (in Irish referendum) is almost non-existent is is because our voices are being drowned out of existence. Even the voices of gay people who advocate a NO vote are not allowed to be heard. All the political parties, business communities, public bodies appear to advocate a YES vote. All the political parties are railroading us into vogting YES.

        May 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm
      • editor


        That’s interesting. There was one “gay” man on the news here today (from Ireland – about the referendum) who said that he was a NO voter, had been in both types of relationships (presumably he meant he’d been married, possibly children) and didn’t think they were the same (glad he noticed!)

        He was only on and off, of course, not any kind of in-depth discussion but then the news is like that – they only scrape the surface.

        I expect we’ll get more reports as the week progresses.

        May 18, 2015 at 8:02 pm
    • westminsterfly


      Time will tell if Fr Radcliffe declares himself to be ‘gay’. But he has already nailed his colours very firmly to the ‘LGBT’ mast. According to a report on the Catholic World News website dated 6 April 2006 (no longer online but may be cached), he was quoted as saying the following at a public event:-

      “I’m afraid I’m an old-fashioned traditional Catholic, and I believe that’s the wrong place to start. We begin by standing by gay people, as they hear the voice of the Lord that summons them to a life of happiness. We accompany them as they wrestle with discovering what this means and how they should walk, and this means letting our imaginations be stretched open to … watching Brokeback Mountain*, reading gay novels, having gay friends, making our beliefs of our hearts and our minds delighting in that being…” (*Brokeback Mountain is a Hollywood film about sexual activity between two cowboys)

      And then Cardinal Nichols lets him loose on youth events like Flame/CYMFED . . .

      May 18, 2015 at 12:28 pm
      • Bradders


        Radcliffe has all the subtlety of a wrecking ball. He says he’s an “old-fashioned traditional Catholic” who sets his traditional cap aside so as to embrace gay people and their culture. We should all to do likewise and to prove we’re oh so progressive, read gay novels and watch Brokeback Mountain. And then I suppose, go to Mass (preferably in Soho) receive Holy Communion, give ourselves a pat on the back and continue blindly down the Wide Road singing “I did it my way.” God help us all. Aquinas just turned in his grave.

        May 18, 2015 at 10:45 pm
      • editor


        That’s a classic! Well said. “I did it my way” – the novus ordo funeral favourite – priceless!

        May 18, 2015 at 11:57 pm
  • gabriel syme

    The self-destruction continues apace!

    May 17, 2015 at 10:49 pm
  • Frankier

    Ireland isn’t going to give up its place among the top ten atheistic countries in the world by voting no. They have sold their souls to get there.

    There is no way they will vote no without a miraculous turnaround.

    I often wonder if they were really as loyal to the Church as they pretended they were or whether it was all a sham.

    May 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm
  • Spudeater

    If Ireland (or at least the three quarters of the country that’s ‘independent’) votes in favour of same-sex ‘marriage’ on Friday, I’ll only be mildly surprised if I turn on the news on Saturday or Sunday morning to hear that the whole island (apart from Croagh Patrick, a small area around Knock and who knows,maybe even a few Wee Wee Free strongholds in the wilds of Antrim) is now six feet lower down in the Atlantic.

    May 18, 2015 at 8:58 pm
  • editor

    Spudeater – if only!

    And just when you think things can’t get much worse – they get much worse. Read this – and weep for the offence caused to Our Lord by this blasphemous bishop.

    May 18, 2015 at 10:02 pm
    • Spudeater


      Yep,I’d spotted that on Ceefax of all places on Saturday. (The comments were obviously so egregiously incongruous – considering their source – that even the BBC saw fit to report it).

      I can only be charitable and surmise that His Excellency may have been sampling some of Colombia’s,er,most infamous export. In fact,sad to say,that’s virtually a more understandable explanation than if he was fully aware of what he was actually saying.

      St.Peter Claver he ain’t.

      May 18, 2015 at 10:37 pm
    • Bradders

      Just plain diabolical, Editor. I think it has just got even worse. I have just read on Rorate about “Synod Battles” and the “Kasperisation of the German Church.” Please, somebody, tell me it’s April1st or have I lost my marbles altogether? The Central Committee of the German Catholics (ZdK) have published a document which goes even further than Kasper. Looks like the “98 Theses” (2015 edition) has just been nailed to a cathedral door somewhere in Wurzburg well ahead of the October Synod. Is there a silver lining anywhere in all this, perhaps things are unfolding as Our Lady said they would and the end is nearer than we think?

      May 18, 2015 at 11:05 pm
      • Michaela


        Do you have a link to that document which goes even further than Kasper? It’s hard to imagine how anything could be worse than his proposals. I’d like to read that in detail, if possible.

        May 19, 2015 at 11:08 am
      • Bradders


        Sorry I should have posted this:
        Hope this works for you – I’m not very good at this so let me know if it opens for you and I’ll try another route. It’s in two sections as below: (1) Bishops’s statement and (2) Rorate’s response.

        I’m wondering if I have missed this on a previous thread, if so apologies. Rorate is very reliable but the timing of this is so unexpected and downright schismatic that I wondered about authenticity. If genuine, the Germans have burnt their bridges – no road back. God bless, Michaela.

        1. DOCUMENT

        Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (Central Committee of the German Catholics)

        Saturday, May 9, 2015

        To Build Bridges between Teaching and the Reality of Life – Family and Church in the World of Today

        2. ANALYSIS

        Is the ZdK Already Planning Ahead for the Time After the Synod?

        Mathias von Gersdorff

        Tuesday, May 12, 2015

        May 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm
      • editor


        It opened, and we simply have to scroll down to reach the document to which you refer, found not far from the top of the page – a truly shocking document. I copied the closing paragraph which summarises the Central Committee of German Catholics’ wish list for acceptance of non-marital “relationships”…

        In detail, this means that:


        In other forms of communal living, as well, there are to be found values which signify a marriage as a covenant between God and men: an unbreakable [sic] “yes” to the other person, the constant readiness to reconcile, as well as the perspective upon a fruitful relationship in exchanging the gifts of different persons.

        These forms of living and family [also] have to be honoured, even if they are not to be found in the form of the sacramental marriage. We think here of enduring partnerships [cohabitation], civil marriages, as well as civilly registered partnerships [i.e., homosexual unions]. END.

        This is really what the “liberals” want to see happen at the Synod. No more fuddy duddy insistence on marriage but an anything-goes attitude to sexual activity. Within or without marriage, they’re not bothered. Incredible. They’ve certainly taken Pope Francis at his word and are making a mess – one unholy mess, which it will take years and years to clean up.

        May 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm
    • Jobstears


      I just could not believe what I was reading. I think, this time I am really speechless.

      I agree with Spudeater, the only understandable explanation for the nonsense His Excellency was spouting is that he did not have full possession of his mental faculties-he had voluntarily surrendered them to someone or something !!

      May 19, 2015 at 1:45 pm
      • editor


        It is totally impossible to comprehend what this bishop and his ilk are thinking. To be so very far away from the truth, it seems to me, after lots of thought on the subject, that there has to be something very seriously amiss in their personal lives. I said the same thing years ago about Cardinal O’Brien’s refusal to act against his publicly dissident priests and the rest, as they say, is history.

        So, whatever is going on in the lives of these pro-homosexual clergy and bishops, it’s not the cultivation of Christian virtue. Of that we may be absolutely certain.

        May 19, 2015 at 11:40 pm
  • Frankier

    Ireland it seems has been on a downward slope for almost 50 years now.

    The Brigitte Bardot song Je t’aime was second in the charts in Ireland in 1969 when it was barred from the airwaves in almost every country in the world.

    Even the UK eventually banned it.

    I suppose this would be about the time that the pathetic Dave Allen was beginning to put the boot into the Church and it hasn’t halted since.

    I don’t see any way back for them now although I pray that Friday will prove me wrong.

    May 18, 2015 at 11:46 pm
  • editor

    Well, Spudeater and Bradders,

    If you take a cruise around the various alleged Fatima websites and read the propaganda that passes for reports on the death of Father Gruner, you will see that all is really well and we’re just not understanding that the Emperor has lovely new clothes. There’s Cardinal Amato spouting his own interpretation of Fatima, peddling the lie that the entire Message has been revealed and which, he says, “lifts the veil on the Hell that exists on earth” – note: as opposed to revealing the ACTUAL Hell to the three Fatima seers. Click here to read this prelate’s nonsense.

    Yes, I think the end, Bradders, is pretty near now. There’s no way the Church can continue to be torn apart by heretics and blasphemers – all appointed to high office! No way!

    May 18, 2015 at 11:49 pm
    • Helen

      The whole thing is surreal. Sometimes I wonder if it’s all a fairytale.

      May 19, 2015 at 11:43 am
      • editor


        fairytale? Nightmare, more like.

        May 19, 2015 at 11:20 pm
  • Christina

    It’s surreal alright, but no fairytale! The mystic and visionary, Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774 – 1824) said, in her vision of Christ’s descent into hell:-

    In the centre of hell I saw a dark and horrible-looking abyss, and into this Lucifer was cast, after being first strongly secured with chains;….. God Himself had decreed this; and I was likewise told, if I remember right, that he will be unchained for a time fifty or sixty years before the year of Christ 2000.

    This would give Lucifer ten or twenty years in which to prepare the theologians, priests, prelates, future popes and others who would cooperate with him, not necessarily maliciously, in his intended work of destroying the Church. Ven. Pius XII was Pope between 1939 and 1958, which years include the period when, according to Bl. Anne Catherine, Lucifer would be unchained. Pius XII had visions himself, and said after one of them “Mankind must prepare itself for sufferings such as it has never before experienced… the darkest since the deluge.” Although I have no doubt of the sanctity of the last of our holy popes, he did, with the best of intentions, fatefully ‘reform’ the Holy Week liturgy in 1951. I have no doubt that this ‘reform’ must eventually be reversed, and it opened the door ultimately to the fabricators of the New Mass. Similarly his great encyclical Divino afflante Spiritu in giving the green light most cautiously to the historico-critical method of biblical exegesis, has ultimately been used by our present day bunch of heretical exegetes to demolish the Catholic faith, including the essential Catholic faith in the Resurrection of Christ.

    Ven. Pius XII’s vision of ‘sufferings’ were perhaps foreseen in Sister Emmerich’s visions when once in ecstasy she said, “They want to take from the shepherd his own pasture grounds! They want to fill his place with one who will hand all over to the enemy!”– Then she shook her hand indignantly, crying out: “O ye German cheats! Wait a while! You will not succeed! The Shepherd stands on a rock! O ye priests! You stir not, ye sleep, and the sheepfold is everywhere on fire! You do nothing! O how you will bewail this some day! If you had said only one Our Father! The whole night have I seen the enemies of the Lord Jesus drag Him around and maltreat him upon Calvary! I see so many traitors! They cannot bear to hear said: ‘Things are going badly!’–All is well with them if only they can shine before the world!”

    ‘German cheats’, ‘…All is well with them if only they can shine before the world!’ No fairy tale!

    And today we are seeing that Lucifer has almost succeeded. As many bloggers have said, we must be very near the end times, and Our Lady of Fatima has given us the only means by which Lucifer may once again be chained. Our Lady of Fatima pray for us.

    May 19, 2015 at 11:22 pm
    • editor


      A very interesting post indeed, with sobering quotes from Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich.

      I’ll read your comment again tomorrow – right now I’m doing a flying visit round the blog in a “better late than never” spirit! But thanks for that very illuminating post.

      May 19, 2015 at 11:37 pm
    • Jobstears


      What a great post! Those revelations of Bl. Anne Emmerich are describing the present state in the Church and how! German cheats….They want to take from the shepherd his own pasture….(and) fill his place with one who will hand all over to the enemy, All is well with them if only they shine before the world”

      I wonder why Pius XII even after his vision of Satan being loosed on earth, did not comply with Our Lady’s request. This may be off topic, but along with the ‘reform’ of the Holy Week Liturgy, Pius XII gave dispensation for Catholics in the US to break the Friday fast the Friday after Thanksgiving! I think he unwittingly paved the way for the Masons to go about their infernal job of destroying the Church from within.

      Our Lady of Fatima has offered us the solution, maybe with Fr. Gruner’s intercession, we may yet be spared the chastisement we have brought on ourselves.

      May 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm
      • Fidelis


        I agree about Christina’s great post but I have to admit I never thought of asking Fr Gruner’s intercession for being spared the chastisement. It makes perfect sense because if we pray for the souls in Purgatory they can help us, as can the saints in heaven so even if Fr Gruner is in Purgatory (which I definitely doubt) he can still intercede for us.

        That’s all very interesting about Pius XII as well. I wonder why the US bishops wanted to break the fast on the Friday AFTER Thanksgiving? If it were to break the fast if it fell on a Friday that would be different – as I don’t think we are obliged to keep the fast on a feast day anyway so that would not be a big deal.

        The whole thing is a mystery. Why are we going through this crisis, etc. It seems to be going on and on, too, but I wonder for how much longer.

        May 20, 2015 at 5:19 pm
      • Jobstears


        I think the dispensation for breaking the Friday fast after Thanksgiving (a national holiday,always the last Thursday in November) must have been to allow for turkey and other meat leftovers to be eaten on a Friday! 🙄

        I too, doubt Fr. Gruner spent much time in Purgatory!

        Yes, the whole thing is a mystery. That the ones who’ve died are the lucky ones, no matter how terrible their deaths seem to us (the martyrs in the Middle East, Asia and Africa), is scary!

        May 20, 2015 at 6:48 pm
      • crofterlady

        Is Thanksgiving a Feast Day?

        May 21, 2015 at 8:04 am
      • Jobstears

        No, Thanksgiving is a secular, national holiday, but attend a NO Mass on either Thanksgiving or the 4th of July and you may never guess that the ‘celebration’ is supposed to be a sacrifice!

        May 23, 2015 at 1:28 pm
      • Confitebor Domino

        J, you would be hard pushed to tell that at 99.9% of Novus Ordo Masses (and that 0.1% might be over-optimistic)!

        May 23, 2015 at 2:58 pm
    • crofterlady

      Christina, what changes too the Holy Week liturgy did Pope Pius 12 make?

      It is surprising that he didn’t do the consecration especially in view of the fact that he had that awful vision.

      May 21, 2015 at 8:07 am
      • Christina

        CrofterLady, I’m sorry I can’t list the many changes to the Holy Week liturgy made under Pope PiusXII’s watch, as I’d have to write a book! Or at least you’d have to get a pre-1955 Missal (or better still, a pre-1948 one) and compare it to the 1962 Missal we use at present (which is the one used under Summorum pontificum and which Archbishop Lefebvre also accepted). However, the following link should answer your question.

        Most bloggers know that the ‘Architect of the Novus Ordo Missae‘ was Annibale Bugnini. On May 28th 1948, Pope Pius XII appointed non other than Annibale Bugnini as ‘Secretary to the Commission for Liturgical Reform’, and it was under his leadership that this Commission pushed through all the ‘reforms’ that antedated the Paul VI Mass, including those of Pius XII. Therefore I believe that all these ‘reforms’ must be reversed and the Roman liturgy restored to its pre-Bugnini state.

        Dr. Carol Byrne has written an article that might explain a little more about this subject, and it is well worth reading here:-

        May 22, 2015 at 11:42 pm
  • editor

    A reader in England alerted me to the fact that this blog thread gets a mention and is linked in this Lifesitenews report.

    May 21, 2015 at 10:48 am
    • Jobstears

      The Pope handpicked this man, this priest, this writer who can say this of the sin of sodomy “ We cannot begin with the question of whether it is permitted or forbidden! We must ask what it means, and how far it is Eucharistic.
      How can anything other than the Holy Eucharist be Eucharistic? How on earth can one evaluate a sin in terms of it being Eucharistic? The man is either deranged or evil.

      May 23, 2015 at 1:58 pm
      • editor


        “The man is either deranged or evil.”

        If we were permitted to say, definitively, my money would be on the latter…

        May 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm
  • Christina

    CrofterLady:- I’m sorry I gave you the link only to part 3 of Gregory DiPippo’s work on the liturgical changes of Holy Week. I meant to give you the radical changes to Good Friday (parts 4.1 and 4.2}. You’ll find all parts if you Google his name then ‘Compendium of the 1955 Holy Week Revisions of Pius XII’. I can’t send this link now (using tablet), but let me know if you can’ t find it and I’ll send it next time I’m using the computer.

    May 23, 2015 at 1:38 am
  • editor

    This report from the Catholic News Agency on the appointment of Fr Radcliffe is very interesting. Note the description of him as a “controversial thinker” and that he “has stirred controversy in the past for his stance on certain ecclesial issuesstance on certain issues” with no details. Disgraceful. No wonder this sort of thing often passes over the head of the unsuspecting Catholics in the pew (although not our “Pew Catholic”!)

    May 23, 2015 at 10:08 am
    • pew catholic

      Yep, I’m a highly suspicious Catholic. 😀

      May 23, 2015 at 3:48 pm
  • Christina

    ‘Stirring controversy’ – creates a bit of a storm in a teacup? Nothing to be concerned about. This insidious way of reporting so as to sanitise evil and deceive pew Catholics really makes my blood boil. Years ago a very orthodox priest I know called this evil man ‘the playboy of the western world’. He probably didn’t imagine that the playboy might eventually be in a position to open up his own perverts’ club in the bosom of the Church.

    May 23, 2015 at 11:50 am
  • gabriel syme

    Following Francis’ lead, we have just elected a serial arsonist as Fire Safety Officer at my place of work.

    June 1, 2015 at 8:16 pm

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