Europe’s rejection of Christianity has led to rise of aggressive Islam

Nov 26, 2014 by

Hilary White in LifeSite News 26th November, 2014 NORCIA, Italy – The “relativistic” thought that arose after Europe rejected its own Christian roots has created a cultural weakness that has allowed the resurgence of aggressive Islam, a coalition of “Ratzingerian” thinkers, activists, and politicians heard this weekend. At their annual meeting in the ancient Umbrian town of Norcia, the conference warned that the West is squeezed between a radical “post-human” secularist ideology on one side,...

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Pope Francis and ‘the Great Division’: the Catholic civil war draws closer

Nov 19, 2014 by

By Damian Thompson, Spectator: In the magazine a couple of weeks ago I asked if we were in the early stages of a Catholic civil war fuelled by confusion over Pope Francis’s apparent willingness to soften the Church’s pastoral approach to divorcees and gay people. Hostilities began during the disastrous Synod of the Family, at which liberal officials gave a press conference implying that the Church was about to admit remarried divorcees to Holy Communion and celebrate the positive aspects of...

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The Catholic Church risks Civil War

Nov 14, 2014 by

By Tim Stanley, Telegraph: Pope Francis’ attempts to start dialogue about aspects of Catholic theology have met with a backlash in the Vatican. But, says Tim Stanley, Catholics should keep Christian and carry on. I spoke to an Ordinariate friend the other day – one of those Anglicans who dared to cross the Tiber to convert to Rome – and he said he was depressed about the state of the Catholic Church. Why? “Because I left the Church of England to escape all that crap.” And by “crap” he...

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Watch out Pope Francis: the Catholic civil war has begun

Nov 7, 2014 by

by Damian Thompson, Spectator: Uncertainty over how much reform the pope wants is splitting his church into factions. ‘At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the church is like a ship without a rudder,’ said a prominent Catholic conservative last week. No big deal, you might think. Opponents of Pope Francis have been casting doubt on his leadership abilities for months — and especially since October’s Vatican Synod on the Family, at which liberal cardinals pre-emptively...

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Evangelical Anglican Reflections from Rome

Nov 5, 2014 by

By Paul Butler, Fulcrum: So what does an evangelical Anglican make of spending two weeks at an Extraordinary Synod of the Church of Rome? I was at a very nice dinner in the English College early in the second week. Cardinal Vincent Nicholls was our host. We were reminded, amidst the splendour of the college and the delights of the hospitality, that forty-one of the first priests who trained here at the end of the sixteenth century were martyred in England. It was a sobering thought. That week,...

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After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Melanie McDonagh, Spectator: The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a failure on the BBC, which declared that gay Catholic groups are ‘disappointed’ with the inability of the Synod to make progress towards acknowledging gay relationships. Other groups are similarly disappointed by the Synod’s refusal to admit divorced and remarried people to communion. As Damian Thompson observes, Pope Francis probably has...

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