Monthly Archives - November 2016

Is Doubting The Faith No Longer A Sin?

VATICAN CITY - Everyone experiences doubts about the faith at times - “I have” many times, Pope Francis said - but such doubts can be “a sign that we want to know God better and more deeply.” “We do not need to be afraid of questions and doubts because they are the beginning of a...

Church Crisis: Educating The Masses…

We often receive emails asking questions about the state of the Church and how to deal with it. I'm afraid that I sometimes feel impatience with certain enquirers, especially if they are members of the older generation, when we were all taught very clearly that our Catholic Faith could never contradict Reason. Therefore, it seems...

Is Naming & Shaming UnChristian?

Some three years or so ago, Catholic Truth was given information by concerned parishioners in a Scottish parish, when their new priest arrived and moved into the presbytery with his housekeeper. A divorcee with children (who often stayed at the presbytery),  this woman - parishioners claimed - acts more like the lady of the...

Cardinals Join Battle With Pope Francis

Cardinal Burke on Amoris Laetitia Dubia: ‘Tremendous Division’ Warrants Action Posted by Edward Pentin on Tuesday Nov 15th, 2016 at 11:25 AM In an exclusive Register interview, [Cardinal Burke] elaborates about why four cardinals were impelled to seek clarity about the papal exhortation’s controversial elements. Four cardinals asked Pope Francis five dubia questions, or “doubts,” about the...

Scotland Preparing For Lay-Led Funerals

Galloway prepares for funerals without priests. Galloway Diocese is training up laity to carry out funeral services without a priest. Last week the first lay Catholics attended funeral training at St Brides in West Kilbride in Ayrshire. The scheme is similar to one adopted by Liverpool Archdiocese in 2012. The family of the deceased would still be offered...

A New Mercy: Mercy As “Way of Life”…

What Religion Is This? by Christopher A. Ferrara November 8, 2016   "The mystery of mercy is not to be celebrated in words alone, but above all by deeds, by a truly merciful way of life marked by disinterested love, fraternal service and sincere sharing." In a brief address to an "inter-religious audience" at the Vatican on November...

Papacy: Elect One Pope, Get One Free?

This box contains all my copies of the Catholic Truth newsletters, Francis. A MUST-read, if you want to be a good pope... I'm finding myself getting short on patience, to put it mildly,with those who keep telling me that "Benedict is still pope" - having me choking on my morning tea - and, as if that's...

The Morality of WikiLeaks…

Whistleblower Julian Assange has given one of his most incendiary interviews ever in a John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films, in which he summarizes what can be gleaned from the tens of thousands of Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks this year. John Pilger, another Australian émigré, conducted the 25-minute interview at the Ecuadorian Embassy,...

Restoring The Faith – A Model Parish…

From the Parish Website, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Glasgow, Scotland... To celebrate the Eve of All Saints’ Day, some of our young parishioners and friends of the parish dressed up for our All Saints Party. We started the evening by processing into the church and chanting the Litany of Saints in Latin. After some food,...