Catholic Family News
A Monthly Journal Preserving our Catholic Faith and Heritage
2016 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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Spaemann: “Every priest who holds to the sacramental order hitherto in force may undergo forms of bullying from their faithful and be put under pressure by their bishop. Rome can now impose the directive that from now on only 'merciful' bishops will be appointed, bishops who are willing to soften the existing order."

Pope's New Document Constitutes a Rupture
The Spaemann Interview

Translated by Robert Moynihan
Click here for interview

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April 29, 2016
One Year Anniversary of the Death of Father Gruner
Remembering Father Gruner: Chris Ferrara and John Vennari - click here

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Cardinal Pie of Poitiers
and the Kingship of Christ

by Father Denis Fahey

"The dethronement of God on earth is a crime, to which we must never become resigned. Let us never cease to protest against it." Cardinal Pie - click here

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“Amoris laetitia”: a need for clarification in order to avoid a general confusion
The paradox of the contradictory interpretations of “Amoris laetitia”

By Bishop Athanasius Schneider
English Translation from Voice of the Family

...There are bishops and priests who publicly and openly declare that AL represents a very clear opening-up to communion for the divorced and remarried, without requiring them to practice continence. In their opinion, it is this aspect of sacramental practice, which, according to them, is now to undergo a significant change that gives AL its truly revolutionary character. Interpreting AL with reference to irregular couples, a president of a Bishops’ Conference has stated, in a text published on the website of the same Bishops’ Conference: “This is a disposition of mercy, an openness of heart and of spirit that needs no law, awaits no guideline, nor bides on prompting. It can and should happen immediately”...
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Pope Pius XII’s Holy Office condemned Situation Ethics in all its forms on February 2, 1956
Situation Ethics Enshrined
Amoris Laetitia
A simple Q & A on Certain Aspects of the Post-Synodal Exhortation
By John Vennari
• How will Amoris Laetitia be destructive to the teaching of moral theology (at Francis' insistence)?
• What are the five main reasons why many Catholics fail to resist this new document?
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Mark Your Calendar! CFN Conference
Prophecy, Miracles and Aids to the Faith
Weekend of June 10-12, 2016 in Chicago area

Catholic Family News is scheduling its 2016 conference to be held in Deerfield Ill, near Chicago. The conference theme this year is Prophecies, Miracles and Aids to the Faith.

Speakers: Father Albert, OP •Father Isaac Relyea • Christopher Ferrara • Matt Gaspers • Cornelia Ferreira • Dr. Andrew Childs • Michael Matt • Suzanne Pearson • John Salza • John Vennari
for initial brief report, click here

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April 16 inflight interview:
Francis: "I could say, 'Yes. Period,' but that would be too short a response," - recommends Schonborn presentation -
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John Vennari interviewed about Fatima Conference in Boston
April 22-24, in memory of Father Gruner - click here

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Amoris Laetitia and The Great Façade
by Christopher A. Ferrara The publication of Amoris Laetitia has provoked an entirely predictable cyclone of competing opinions ranging from “nothing to see here,” to “not magisterial,” to “catastrophe” to “revolutionary” ... click here
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Francis’ Zombie Apocalypse
By John Vennari
April 11: The Amoris Laetitia offensive continues. Pope Francis appears to be doubling down on his insistence that divorced and remarried are somehow part of the life of the Church.
This morning’s ‘Tweet’ from Pope Francis is above -
click here for brief commentary

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CFN Media 14 - Francis' Rich Church and "Exhortation" Fraud

What are two overlooked fraudulent aspects of the latest Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia?

What about Francis' alleged "poor Church of the poor?"

Why is contradiction of Catholic doctrine permitted?

- CFN Editor John Vennari -
click here

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Francis Post-Synodal Exhortation released
Cautiously opens door for Communion to Divorced/Remarried.
Prepare for Battle -
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j vennari

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Francis' Apostolic Exhortation:
Pastoral Discernment
and Dead Members “Alive”

“In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? … let us open the doors a bit more... Why can’t they be godfathers and godmothers ? … Things need to change, our standards need to change.” - Pope Francis

By John Vennari
            The Vatican has sent a letter to the world’s bishop with instructions on how to prepare the faithful for Francis’ post-Synodal Exhortation. Francis’ document, said to run about 200 pages, will be released this Friday. The Letter to bishops, written by the synod’s secretary general Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, mentions two key elements to reading the document: “pastoral discernment” and “dialogue." This language tallies with Pope Francis’ thematic call for “pastoral conversion." We can perhaps gain an understanding of what this new terminology entails – puzzling phrases that are nowhere found in the Catholic vocabulary of Pope Pius X, Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII – when we look at the continuing call for those publicly living in sin to become more active “living” members in the Church. This indeed would be a “pastoral conversion” of practice that may not specifically “change” doctrine, but conflicts with doctrine...
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Our dying nation...
120 Major Business Leaders Team up with
Homosexual Lobby to Pressure North Carolina

from Lifesitenews
In a situation reminiscent of last year's religious freedom fight in Indiana, and the more recent one last week in Georgia, powerful politicians and CEOs across America are teaming up with the LGBT lobby to pressure North Carolina to overturn its new law protecting privacy in restrooms and similar facilities ... Several LGBT advocacy groups have filed suit, saying the law is unconstitutional and meant to legalize discrimination. Scores of businesses have opposed the law, as well, with more than 120 "major" CEOs, including mega-billionaires like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Kellogg’s John Bryant, signing a letter opposing the law that was delivered to the governor by the Human Rights Campaign. The companies include Google, Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, Levi & Straus, Twitter, Starbucks, and Wells Fargo.
click here

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Australia's progressive Archbishop Mark Coleridge, at 2015 Synod Press Conference, said
he would do away with the term “indissolubility,” which he says is “negative in form.” He
also wants to discard the phrase “intrinsically disordered act” – a term despised by those
who embrace situation ethics.
Preview - Francis’ Synod Exhortation:
Brace Yourself for Revolution?

The Past is Prologue
by John Vennari
I travelled to Rome to cover the October 2015 Synod ... spent 14 days there, the final two weeks of the event. Based on what I saw coming from the Synod, as well as the daily Vatican press briefings, there is good reason to fear the new Exhortation will be every bit as “revolutionary” as Cardinal Kasper pledges.
click here

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Francis' widely anticipated document on family life to be published April 8
National Catholic Reporter
Pope Francis’ widely anticipated document on Catholic family life -- which may touch on sometimes controversial issues like divorce and remarriage and same-sex marriage -- will be released on April 8, the Vatican has announced... click here

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The "Bible Alone" is Not Enough
Answers to 25 Questions on the History of New Testament which refute the Protestants' "Bible Only" Theory.
ONE : Did Our Lord write any part of the New Testament or command His Apostles to do so? Our Lord Himself never wrote a line, nor is there any record that He ordered His Apostles to write; He did command them to teach and to preach. Also He to whom all power was given in Heaven and on earth (Matthew 28-18) promised to give them the Holy Ghost (John 14-26) and to be with them Himself till the end of the world. (Matthew 28-20). TWO... click here
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Francis Breaks Liturgical Tradition
Politicizes Holy Thursday - Washes the Feet of Refugees
Includes Catholic, Orthodox, men and women, two Muslims and a Hindu

While the Church has always encouraged showing Charity to all, it never has never blessed Charity at the expense of the truth, for such is not Charity at all - click here

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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on Judas
"Can you think of the first time that the fall of Judas is mentioned in the Gospels; the very first time? If you can recall that moment then you can have the answer to why there is a break in the priesthood. Where is the first mention of the fall of Judas? The day our Lord announced the Eucharist! When did Judas leave? The night our Lord gave the Eucharist! " -
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CFN Special Report:
Socci on the Francis Pontificate

A Historic Indictment
A Review of Antonio Socci’s La Profezia Finale
by Christopher A. Ferrara

Again and again the Italian Catholic and public intellectual Antonio Socci has shocked the Catholic “mainstream” with explosive exposés that confirm the diagnosis of the current crisis in the Church in “traditionalist” and “Fatimite” circles.... Now comes La Profezia Finale (The Final Prophecy) … What elevates the work to the status of an historical document is the open letter to Francis. Here we encounter a text beneath which simmers barely concealed but entirely justified fury over the baneful effects of what Socci has dubbed “Bergoglianism”—a mixture of popular piety, leftist ideology, disdain for strict adherence to the traditional doctrines and disciplines of the Church, and a personality cult fomented and sustained by a mass media delighted with a Pope who, as Socci writes, seems to have “set about attacking the Church” rather than defending her against attackers... click here

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Post-synodal document to be published after
Easter. It will be revolutionary, Kasper says

Kasper appears happy with it - you know we’re in trouble. click here
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Questions and Answers on Salvation
by Father Michael Müller, C.SS.R.

Father Michael Müller was one of the most widely read theologians of the 19th Century. He ranks as one of the greatest defenders of the dogma “Outside the Church there is no salvation” in modern times: "All those who wish to be saved, must die united to the Catholic Church. For out of her there is no salvation, because only she teaches what Jesus Christ requires of everyone to be saved, and because only to her did Christ leave the means to obtain all the graces necessary for salvation. Hence Jesus said to His Apostles and to all their lawful successors: 'Go and teach all nations: teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. He that believeth not all these things shall be condemned.' - Father Michael Müller • click here

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Pope Francis with Anglican "Archbishop" of Canterbury Justin Welby
Three years on, Pope leaves Catholic conservatives feeling marginalised
Reuters: Three years after the election of Pope Francis, Roman Catholic conservatives are growing increasingly worried that he is quietly unravelling the legacy of his predecessors... click here

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The Latest Bergoglian Novelty:
Confession without Confession

by Christopher A. Ferrara

If only it were possible to avoid what has become an almost continuous commentary on the sayings and doings of Pope Francis.  But one does not ignore the public statements of a Pope, especially from this Fatima perspective. And at this point in the Bergoglian pontificate, the landscape of the Church is cratered by the bombshells Francis has been dropping almost weekly in off-the-cuff homilies, meditations, press conferences and other settings outside the four corners of an encyclical or other formal papal pronouncement.... click here

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Archbishop Lefebvre was Never Sedevacantist
Siscoe & Salza Refute Fr. Cekada

To help us understand the Archbishop’s position and his many statements on the crisis in the Church, we believe it is important to explain the steps that one logically takes before becoming a Sedevacantist. There are five clear stages that one goes through, with the last stage ending not only in a rejection of the Pope, but also a rejection of the entire visible Church over which he reigns. In explaining these stages, we will demonstrate that Archbishop Lefebvre never went beyond the first, initial stage, which is simply questioning whether it was possible for the conciliar Popes to be illegitimate Popes. This first step is one that many Traditional Catholics (including these authors, as we mention in our book) have taken - but most never move past it to the second stage... click here

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Same-Sex Civil Unions in Italy: Historical Betrayal by Catholics
by Roberto de Mattei

The approval of homosexual pseudo-marriage in the Senate on February 25th 2016, with 173 in favor, 71 against and 76 abstentions is the last stage in the process of dissolution of Italian society which began with the introduction of divorce (1970), then the legalization of abortion (1978) and has as its next, imminent step, the legalization of euthanasia. With that in mind, we understand the exaltation of the secular press: “In the long and tortuous history of sexual liberation in Italy – writes Francesco Merlo in “La Repubblica”, February 26th – this law has the same epochal importance as the law on divorce and the law that regulates abortion”. What these three events have in common is an act of betrayal committed by men in Catholic government...
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Francis’ Vulgar Comments on the Traditional Latin Mass
By John Vennari
"So for fun we’d do imitations of the priest, messing up the words a bit to make up weird sayings in Spanish. We had fun, and we really enjoyed serving Mass..."
click here.

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Pope calls Italy’s foremost abortion promoter one of nation’s ‘forgotten greats’
by John Henry Westen
February 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- In a February 8 interview with one of Italy’s most prominent dailies, Corriere Della Serra, Pope Francis praised Italy’s leading proponent of abortion – Emma Bonino -- as one of the nation’s “forgotten greats,” comparing her to great historical figures such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman.  Knowing that his praise of her may be controversial, the Pope said that she offered the best advice to Italy on learning about Africa, and admitted she thinks differently from us. “True, but never mind,” he said. “We have to look at people, at what they do.” -
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Bishop de Galarreta: “I think the pope will lean towards a one-sided recognition.”
"He is going to take his own steps towards recognizing the Society. He has already begun; he is simply going to continue. And I am not saying what I desire but what I foresee. I foresee, I think that the pope will lean towards a one-sided recognition of the Society, and that by acts rather than by a legal or canonical approach..." - click here

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BREAKING: Vatican affirms Pope was speaking about contraceptives for Zika
It appears Francis' Vatican has hunkered down defending Francis' reckless statement on the plane. The calamity of this cannot be overstated.... click here

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Francis Launches Confusion Regarding Contraception
Another Reckless On-Flight Interview
by John Vennari

In yet another off-the-cuff interview with reporters aboard the papal plane back to Rome, Pope Francis lobbed another hand grenade into Catholic moral teaching, the shrapnel of which may ricochet throughout the Church for years to come... click here

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Pope Francis as an Aid to the Faith
by John Vennari
I finally discovered a way in which the revolutionary Pope Francis can actually be an aid to the Faith, albeit indirectly...
click here

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Pro-Life Action League national director Joe Scheidler remembers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a great friend of the pro-life cause.

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Update: In light of the “Joint Declaration”
The Francis / Orthodox Meeting in Cuba
Another A.B.T.D. Event (Anything But True Doctrine)
By John Vennari

Ecumenism is not really a union of religions. It is the union of non-doctrinal sentimentalists within various religions, whose principle of unity is A.B.T.D. (Anything But True Doctrine). The level of betryal is astonishing - click here

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Modern "Liberty"
This photo says it all


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