Catholic Family News
A Monthly Journal Preserving our Catholic Faith and Heritage
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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SSPX Bishop Fellay: "We vigorously protest these canonizations"

"If on April 27th John XXIII and John Paul II are canonized, the act will present a double problem to the Catholic conscience. Firstly, the problem of the canonization itself: how can it be possible to offer to the whole Church as an example of sanctity the instigator of Vatican Council II and the Pope of Assisi and human rights? But there is also the deeper problem of what will appear to be an unprecedented recognition of catholicity: how is it possible to put the Church’s stamp of approval and sanctity on the teachings of such a Council, which inspired all of Karol Wojtyla’s action and whose rotten fruits are the indisputable indication of the Church’s self-destruction? ..."
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Letter to Friends and Benefactors no. 82

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The difference between the two opinions [Bellarmine & Suarez] refers to when and how a heretical Pope loses his office, but both opinions agree that a judgment of guilt must be rendered by the proper authorities, or by the guilty party himself, in order for the Pope to be considered no longer Pope. And such a judgment, and consequent determination, is not the domain of private opinion.
Bellarmine and Suarez on
The Question of a Heretical Pope

By Robert J. Siscoe

The main point: it is the Church that must declare that a pope loses his office, not the individual. Quotes Bellarmine, Suarez, John of St. Thomas and St. Francis de Sales on this topic. click here

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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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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:

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? -
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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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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.
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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:
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
Videos are about six minutes each -
click here for videos

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Special Report...

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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