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2014 CFN Daily Blog
Originally started as a daily Blog update of news reports on the
Papal Conclave and
ongoing news on Pope Francis, it is
now a general Blog updated daily on traditional Catholic topics

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"In the case of a Pope, to be considered a saint he must have exercised heroic virtue in performing his mission as Pontiff, as was for example, the case for Saint Pius V or Saint Pius X. Well, as far as John XXIII, I am certain after careful consideration, that his pontificate was objectively harmful to the Church and so it is impossible to speak of sanctity for him" - Professor Roberto de Mattei

Catholic Family News Interviews
Professor Roberto de Mattei:

On the proposed April 27 Canonizations
of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II
"If I had to admit that Pope Roncalli exercised virtue in a heroic way while carrying out his role of Pontiff, I would undermine at the core, the rational presuppositions of my faith. When in doubt, I adhere to the dogma of faith established by the First Vatican Council, according to which there can be no contradiction between faith and reason..."
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click here for exclusive interview

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Msgr. Fenton [r] noted there were those at the Council who wanted the Church to
abandon "Counter-Reformation" theology.


Cardinal Ottaviani and the Council
by Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton

Editor’s note: Catholic Family News is pleased to reproduced the following, which appeared in the January 1963 American Ecclesiastical Review. It is of historical importance as it was written just after the close of Vatican II’s first session. The eminent theologian Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton, the magazine’s editor, wrote a defense of Cardinal Ottaviani after the Cardinal had been continually vilified by the press. Msgr. Fenton explains that it was Cardinal Ottaviani’s twenty-eight year success in preserving the purity of Catholic doctrine that earned him the scorn of the liberals. Tragically, Cardinal Ottaviani’s work to preserve the purity of Catholic doctrine at Vatican II was foiled by the progressivist forces at the Council, a calamity that even Msgr. Fenton, at the time of writing this article, did not believe would happen. click here

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Q&A: What About Natural Family Planning? - short video
People forget that "family planning" is the enemy's terminology - click here

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Voice of Catholic Radio:

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Interview with John Salza on the Limits of Papal Authority

The Voice of Catholic Tradition presents an interview with John Salza, who clearly and expertly distinguishes authentic papal authority from misleading and ambiguous statements made by Pope Francis. John Salza discusses with host, Joe Bagnoli, why Catholics must adhere to Tradition in order to safeguard their faith during the revolutionary times following the Second Vatican Council. 39 min. - click here
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Short Video: Catholic Students at Fisher More College
April 4 Edition: of "Your Questions Answered with Father Gruner"
A School Survey reveals solid and faithful Catholic young adults! Why can't they have the Old Latin Mass? -
click here

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Short Video: The Latin Mass at Fisher More College
April 3 Edition of "Your Questions Answered with Father Gruner"
A discussion on Fort Worth's Bishop Olson illegally "forbidding"
the Tridentine Mass at Fisher More college -
click here

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Doubt and Confusion:
The New "Canonizations"

by John Vennari
Contrast between old and new canonization procedures • Weaknesses of the new system • the Mother Teresa "Miracle" • A compromised "Escriva" canonization • Young Catholic Homeschoolers horrified at John Paul II's pan-religious Assisi meeting • Doubt due to defect of procedure • click here

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Kasper & Marriage: What exactly happened
in the February Consistory, anyway?

Very Relevant: Exclusive for La Stampa: What exactly happened in the February Consistory, anyway? • Majority of Cardinals against Kasper Doctrine • Müller's strong words on "public opinion" click here

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A Bishop Speaks at the Council
Archbishop Lefebvre and Vatican II: The Defense of Tradition
March 25, 2014 marks the 23rd anniversary of Archbishop Lefebvre's death. This is an account of his heroic fight for Tradition during Vatican II - click here

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Vatican Says Body of John XXIII No Miracle
Traditionally, the Catholic Church does not declare an occurrence miraculous until every natural explanation is exhausted. click here

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A brief commentary on Michael Voris' CMTV assault on Traditional Catholic Writers
Video: Traditional Catholics and Noah's Nakedness
by John Vennari


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Invincible or Inculpable Ignorance
Neither Saves nor Damns a Person
by Father Michael Müller, C.Ss.R.
"Mark well, Pius IX uttered these solemn words against 'certain men', whom he calls the enemies of the Catholic Faith, he means liberal minded Catholics and priests, as is evident from other Allocutions, in which he says that he has condemned not less than forty times their perverse opinions about religion." click here

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Former Board Member Robert Drumm
Defends Fisher More and Michael King


OPEN LETTER TO A FRIEND ABOUT FISHER MORE COLLEGE
From Robert J. Drumm
"...I’ll just close by pointing out again that this is really about the old Mass and the life that flows from it. The diocese took no interest in the College until the Fort Worth Star Telegram feature ran and made it clear that the institution’s liturgical life is centered around the old Mass." click here

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The “Holy” in Holy Father
By John Vennari
March 13, 2014 - Note: Today is the one-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. CFN readers may recall I was at the Vatican for the event. While in Rome, I did some three-minute TV Spots for Fatima TV on the Conclave and the Election. The following is a slightly edited transcript from the first segment we filmed the morning after Pope Francis' election. click here

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Cardinal Dolan says "Bravo!" to
Football Star “coming out” as Homosexual
From J Vennari
With the ascension of Papa Bergoglio and his reckless approach to the Faith, I’ve been saying the Church is now in a free fall. But with the following report, I think we may have hit rock bottom.
click here

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Father Brian Harrison on Kasper's Assault
on Marriage: "Satan shaking the Church"

"The German bishops have devised a pastoral plan to admit divorced and remarried Catholics to Communion, whether or not a Church tribunal has granted a decree of nullity of their first marriage...Let us make no mistake: Satan is right now shaking the Church to her very foundations over this divorce issue." click here


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Fisher More Refuses to “Censor” Her Faculty: Therefore Fisher More Shall have no more Mass
The "Dudley Lecture"
By Brian McCall, JD
The surprising controversy over Dr. Dudley's lecture "The Faith in Europe": "By quoting the text of the Council Constitution on the Liturgy, Dr. Dudley argues that the Council explicitly and at other points implicitly authorized and enabled the dismantling of the Mass as preserved by Tradition in favor of a new form that bears more of a resemblance to a Protestant communion service than the Traditional Mass. Again he says nothing other than what Michael Davies claimed in his writings which were spoken of with praise by Cardinal Ratzinger." click here

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Resisting Wayward Prelates According to the Saints
By John Vennari

In times of great confusion, such as our own day, many Catholics are baffled on how to react. Some claim that we must obey our leaders no matter what, and that to voice the slightest disagreement with them is a manifestation of disrespect and disobedience. Not only is this way of thinking incorrect, it also paralyzes Catholics into inaction and heightens their confusion. What we hope to demonstrate is that, according to the Saints, and according to the consistent teaching of the Church, Catholics are bound to resist even prelates if they deviate from the unchanging doctrine and Tradition of the Catholic Church. click here

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Bishop Bans Fisher More College from offering Traditional Latin Mass to Students
In a stunning and breathtaking letter, the Most Rev. Michael Olson, the newly-consecrated bishop of the Fort Worth Diocese and the second-youngest bishop in the United States, has fully and totally banned the offering of the Traditional Latin Mass in the chapel of Fisher More College, where it has been offered for the last three years on a daily basis by chaplains all approved by his predecessor bishop according to the college. click here

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A Response to Michael Voris' assault
against Traditional Catholic Writers


Thank you Mr. Louie Verrecchio for your common-sense response to a remarkably silly and confused attack against us by Michael Voris' Church Militant TV

From J Vennari: Here is what Voris' ChurchMilitantTV said about us, as part of a larger manifesto:
"It is our judgment that most Catholics should not read articles and essays such as those above by Christopher A. Ferrara and John Vennari, nor similarly themed articles and essays available elsewhere. We also believe that such articles and essays should not be published anywhere for public consumption but, rather, reserved for those capable of reading such without risk of damaging their faith in the Church and the Vicar of Christ. We make these recommendations for the same reasons that we discourage people from visiting sedevacantist and pornography web sites: they are potential occasions of sin…"

For Mr. Verrecchio's intelligent response, click here

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Former Pope Benedict Insists: "My Resignation
was valid; speculations are simply absurd"

by John Vennari
Ratzinger wrote in his letter of reply. 'The only condition for the validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my decision..." click here

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Homini Gaudium: A Lot of Joy for Man
but not a Lot of Justice for God
Pope Francis on Economics
By Brian McCall, JD
Unlike Leo XIII and Pius XI, Francis’ analysis is not rooted in our obligations in justice (although he places a few off hand allusions to justice). The overwhelming thrust of his argument is emotional. click here

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The Four Temperaments
by Father Antonio Royo Marin, O.P.
Editor’s Note: The Catholic teaching on The Four Temperaments is invaluable to help us understand others, and is also a great aid to child-rearing. The following is one of the best treatments on the subject available. It is especially helpful as it describes the Temperaments using the examples of various saints. Click here

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VOCR interview with J Vennari on Andrew
Cuomo and Vatican II Disorientation


Interview with Voice of Catholic Radio host Joe Bagnoli. It was posted on line this weekend. The interview was about Gov Andrew Cuomo's comment that pro-life and 'anti-gay' people "have no place in the State of New York".  The thrust of the interview was on the lack of response from Catholic leaders, and the reasons for this lack of reponse. Where are the Bishop Hubbards? Where are the Cardinal Dolans? We covered a range of topics. Hope you find it useful - j vennari [2-1-2014] - click here

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Stories from Don Bosco
Feast day, January 31
Training for Confession & Don Bosco's Miracle of the Loaves -
click here

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Rolling Stone on Pope Francis:
The Times they are A'Changin'

It's what you would expect from Rolling Stone, cheers for Francis' progressivism,
and sneers for the traditional Catholic Faith.
click here

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The Guilds: Figures of the Mystical
Body and Economic Common Sense

by Peter Chojnowski, Ph.D.
Rather than being something forced or imposed on an unwilling population, the guilds appear to have been voluntary associations formed for the mutual benefit of the members. These associations were encouraged by the Church and officially sanctioned by the State. Read More...

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Jan 3 update:
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Three videos on the Old Latin Mass
Part of the daily series from the Fatima Center: Questions and Answers with Father Gruner
In late December 2013, we dealt with these three topics:
1) Do We Need Permission for the Old Latin Mass?
2) The Latin Mass: Our Duty
3) What if a Priest is refused "Permission" for the Old Latin Mass
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Videos are about six minutes each -
click here for videos

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Special Report...
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The Martini Pope
 by John Vennari

In the 2005 Conclave that elected Ratzinger to the papacy, Cardinal Bergolgio was not only the leading contender, but “the votes of Martini’s supporters, along with others, converged at the time precisely on Bergoglio. Eight years later, in March of 2013, it was again the ‘martiniani’ who backed the election of Bergoglio as pope. This time with success” - click here for CFN report

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Modern "Liberty"
This photo says it all

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