Saying, “I’m no fan of bishops who bling for bling’s sake,” Patheos blogger JoAnne McPortland is urging CNN readers to take the American Bishops Lavish Living expose in context.  Bishops are really CEO’s of multimillion dollar corporations, McPortland explains. Their dioceses are different, their residences are different, the populations are different, and the bishops are different from Pope Francis too. He is extroverted. Some of them may be introverted, some belong to orders, etc.  The circumstances vary in every degree. After exploring them all, McPortland says:

Jesus told the rich young man that he must give up all that he had to serve God authentically. The rich man went away sad, because he was much attached to his possessions. But Jesus had very different answers for the wealthy followers whose generosity supplied his own ministry and gave him the forum to preach and heal. He had a very different answer for Judas, who chided the woman of Bethany for wasting precious ointment on Jesus’ comfort. In each circumstance, Jesus judges the heart and the intention of the individual, not the exterior circumstances.

So does Pope Francis. And so, my friends, should we.

The question is… if the government supports the Church with our taxes, and we have to take Central America into our towns and parishes, if New York and Boston are selling off our priceless Catholic patrimony and houses of God in order to invest in government projects and pay off abuse settlements, and the Pope orders priests to drive old cars; why is the Miami Archbishop living on key Biscayne, far from any office, in what appears to be a ten million dollar spread with a yacht?


de blasio pre k

The new era of government funding without any conscience protections or religious rights in America is in full swing. The New York Times is reporting that New York City is offering funding for Pre-K programs to religious institutions like the Catholic Church to relieve ‘inadequate capacity,’ but the 10,000 per child windfall has a small stipulation:

The concerns crystallized in a one-page document the city issued in May to religious schools weighing whether to host full-day prekindergarten classes. Rather than state simply, as other municipalities have, that all religious instruction is prohibited, the city’s guidelines say that religious texts may be taught if they are “presented objectively as part of a secular program of instruction.” Learning about one’s culture is permitted, city officials say, but religious instruction is not.

“Can you conduct a mock Passover Seder?” said Jeff Leb, of the Orthodox Union, a national Jewish organization. “Can you discuss the symbolism of the menorah for Hanukkah? Can you have a sukkah at the back of the school? Are these things cultural or religious?”

Mayor De Blasio’s New York will have the answers to questions like these. All you have to do is ask and then comply.

New home in the mountains

ISIS is moving into Kurdish areas and forcing people into barren desert and mountains to die.

Some 40,000 Iraqi refugees face starvation after being forced into hiding on a barren mountain top by a circling band of bloodthirsty jihadists.

They must now decide whether to descend and risk being slaughtered or hope their attackers are defeated before they die of thirst or hunger, officials said.

They were driven from the town of Sinjar by ISIS over the weekend and have already been forced to bury at least 20 children who succumbed to the harsh conditions on Mount Sinjar.

Familes ask, Where are the officials?

Marzio Babille, the Iraq representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said: ‘There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads.

‘There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by the Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.’




Rorate Caeli reports in the translated story,

The priest and former Nicaraguan foreign secretary Miguel D´Escoto Brockmann said tday [Tuesday] that Cuban leader Fidel Castro is a chosen man of God to convey the message of the Holy Spirit in Latin America.

The Vatican may silence everyone, then God will make the stones speak, and may the stones spread his message, but He didn’t do this, He chose the greatest Latin-American of all time: Fidel Castro,” the religious, 81 years old, declared today to Channel 4 in the local [Nicaraguan] television.

On the day after the Vatican announced they’d lifted the suspension applied by Pope John Paul II, Fr. added,

It is through Fidel Castro that the Holy Spirit sends us the message. This message of Jesus, of the need to struggle to establish, firmly and irreversibly, the kingdom of God on this earth, which is his alternative to the empire.



Building Christ’s Kingdom on Earth



The Prophet

Furious English blogger, Mundabor makes this concise statement in response to the news of rehabilitated Sandinista priest, Fr. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann:

“This is a priest in good standing, according to Pope Francis. The FFI is still persecuted, one of its founders still kept in seclusion and slandered.”


Francis Reinstates JPII’s Liberation Theologist Sandinista

For eleven years California native, suspended Fr. D’Escoto was foreign minister for Nicaragua’s socialist Ortega government where he lent his influence to communists and terrorists around the world praising the likes of Fidel Castro.

In his young pontificate, Pope Francis has begun to rehabilitate radical Latin American priests. He invited Liberation Theology founder Gustavo Guttierrez to meet with him in Rome and now has revived the priestly faculties of a priest who called Ronald Reagan a butcher.


Capitalism is not our way, the Way of the Gospel Must Prevail!

Today’s Vatican is worried that religious are living in ignorance of economic realities. “Gratuity, fraternity and justice” are the basic principles essential to “an evangelical economy of sharing and communion,” said Prefect of Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz.

Catholic News Service is reporting that the Cardinal and Secretary published a circular letter on the use of financial resources by religious orders, telling the communities they must “adopt modern budgeting and bookkeeping practices and ensure their expenditures are for ministries in line with their founding purpose and the good of the whole church.” They recommend getting professional outside audits of their books.

The letter also explains,

Because the most pressing needs of the Church and society may change over time, every order must “define which works and activities to pursue, which to eliminate or modify” and what new areas of ministry they should try to develop.

Delegating and disseminating financial information will help to “verify the real degree of personal and communal poverty” in the order, the letter says. The Cardinal then warns against ‘capitalism’ telling religious orders around the world that, “We live in a culture that considers capitalism to be the law that governs the use of money,” he said. “For religious, it should not be this way. It is the Gospel that must prevail.”


We want a professional outside audit and a proposal to revamp your ministries.

We want a professional outside audit and a proposal to revamp your ministries.




Iraqi Patriarch Speaks the Truth

Iraqi Patriarch Sako has asked Pope Francis to encourage world powers to stop providing economic aid and military partnerships to Islamists. The Iraqi Christians, after years of American involvement, are left completely without powerful support.

Asia News reports, “These “powers”, which Mar Sako does not mention directly, should ” vigorously exercise their pressure” on those who provide “economic support” and entertain “military ties” with the Islamists. The objective is to “cut the roots of violence and radicalisation.”

“His Beatitude notes that Iraqi Christians have a “vital need for emergency humanitarian aid” as well as “real, effective and permanent protection.”


He will be beheaded because he is Kaffir

“He will be beheaded because he is Kaffir, non-Muslim, sided [with] the government and was not praying at all. Everyone like him will have the same end, beheading.” Those are the words of a Syrian Islamist who sawed off the head of a man after forcing him to “deny his faith and salute Mohammed as “the messenger of God.” The Christian Post reports, “The incident was caught on video for the world to see and broadcast as a warning to “everyone like him.”


Rainbow Sash Joins the Bishops

The Catholic dissident Rainbow Sash Movement is announcing, “Attempts to work with the Catholic Bishops where we can should be attempted, as long as they do not single out LGBT families for condemnation when it concerns immigration policy.” The group is urging common cause in condemning Republicans for their ‘fear-mongering directed at innocent children.’

The Rainbow Sash wire reads, “This is a pro life issue. Since Pope Francis has become Pope he is making the social gospel equivalent to poverty relief, conflict resolution, human trafficking, and the environment, as well as immigrant rights.”


Celebrating unity in our diversity

Celebrating unity in our diversity




Breitbart News highlights the Pope’s opinion that it would be a mistake for Scotland to secede from the United Kingdom, calling his words “an extraordinary and by some measures outrageous interference in the constitutional debate.


The National Catholic Reporter has detailed events at the Bishops’ meeting in New Orleans.  Law professor Helen  Alvare’, who spoke at the assembly,  wonders if the government will continue to agree with the USCCB that it is  ‘eminently possible and good‘ for the Church to partner with public authority.


Human Life International disagrees with Melinda Gates, noting she has claimed the foundation doesn’t support abortion for the past four years.  Meanwhile tens of millions have gone to numerous pro-abort groups.


In addition to her half million dollar salary, Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richard’s husband, SEIU Vice President Kirk Adams, brought in 1.1 million in Planned Parenthood marketing fees to his LLC.  It’s no surprise Lila Rose claims they will tell any lie to keep the money flowing.


Fr. Bernard Adura of the Pontifical Council of Sciences has been tasked with honoring the centennial of the death of Pope St. Pius X through research, teaching, and perhaps some revision?  Apparently history has neglected the pope’s true legacy.  “He was remembered as a Pope of condemnation, but, instead was truly a great reformer, a great innovator. Yes, he condemned modernism, but he, in fact, was very modern.”  When asked if he found any similarities between Pope Pius X and Francis, Fr. Adura responded, “There are. There absolutely are,” even claiming that they look alike.


Gates of Vienna is reporting that the Pope’s Peace-Prayer event in the Vatican Gardens included an Islamic prayer calling for ‘victory over infidels‘.  An Arabic-speaking ex-Muslim blogger claims that the segment has been edited from the official Vatican tape.


Pope Francis revealed that his Peace-Prayer event in Rome had almost no support in the Vatican.  Less that 1% agreed with him at first but that figure began to grow when they realized he was going through with it.


Reporting on the USCCB Meeting in New Orleans, the New York times suggests the bishops are following Francis by being more humble.  NOLA Bishop Gregory Aymond recommends that they continue to talk more about the poor, the economy, and maybe reach out to those with disabilities.


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