Thursday, March 21, 2013

Strong denials that Pope backed homosexual civil partnerships

Miguel Woites, director of the Catholic Information Agency Argentina (AICA), today told ACI Prensa that the Pope Francisc, when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, never pushed for homosexual unions.

Woites, working in direct contact with the Episcopal Conference of Argentina, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the Apostolic Nunciature challenged the journalist Sergio Rubin, author of Cardinal Bergoglio interview "On the heaven and the earth " which is the internationally designated sole source for the claim that the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires would have supported gay unions as a possible compromise with politicians.

In an article entitled "A reform-minded Pope who wants to reach out to people," published on March 14 in the newspaper Clarin, a day after the election of Pope Francisc, Rubin wrote that "when the project began for the struggle for homosexual marriage in the country, Bergoglio proposed to all bishops a moderate style. perhaps leaving open the middle way of de facto unions".

Days later, Rubin told the Associated Press that when Cardinal Bergoglio was faced with the possibility of legalizing marriage between same sex couples, he would have suggested that the Church supported civil unions in Argentina, a position that was rejected by the bishops according to the journalist.

In this regard AICA director said that what Rubin now says about the Pope is "not true, it is a total mistake."

"He never said who said it, when he said it. It is not correct to write something like air. The article was criticized by bishops. Surely be referred to cohabitation unions (heterosexual) but not to legalization or anything."

Woites finally stressed that what was said by Rubin in his article "is an incorrect statement."

On July 8, 2010, in a letter to the Carmelite Sisters of Buenos Aires during the discussion of same-sex marriages, the then Cardinal Francisco Bergoglio and now Pope wrote: "do not be naive: it is not a simple political struggle but pretense destructive of God's plan. It is not about a mere bill (this is only the instrument) but a move by the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God. "


Pope and Patriarch plan joint visit to Jerusalem

Pope Francis  has accepted the proposal of the head of the Orthodox Patriarchate for a joint visit to Jerusalem, he also apparently wants to visit the seat of the Patriarchate in Istanbul.

Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople want next year to visit Jerusalem together. The Pope had accepted a proposal by the  Orthodox chief said  the Greek news portal "NewsIt" on Wednesday. The journey will be on the 50th Anniversary of the historic meeting of Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI. Their encounter in 1964 in Jerusalem began the abolition of the mutual excommunications that had existed since the schism in 1054

Bartholomew I also invited  the Roman Pontiff, according to the report also to Fanar, the seat of the Patriarchate in Istanbul. Francis has promised to accept this invitation. An official invitation will still be sent through diplomatic channels, the report said. Both church leaders had met in an ecumenical meeting with the new Pope in the Vatican on Wednesday. Further, the two church leaders decided according to NewsIt to develop joint initiatives to protect the environment. Patriarch Bartholomew I suggested, therefore, Francis and he could open a joint exhibition planned for 2015 on the integrity of creation on Mount Athos. There were indications that the exhibition will then be displayed in the Roman Quirinale Palace. Bartholomew I is known for his environmental commitment. He is called in the media the "Green Patriarch". Francis, in his sermon when taking office called  for  among other things for environmental protection . St Francis of Assisi (1881/82-1226), to which he refers in his choice of name is the Patron Saint of Environmental Protection in the Catholic Church.


Pope Francis supported civil unions as Cardinal

When Argentina was on the verge of legalizing gay marriage in 2010, Pope Francis — then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires — suggested the church support civil unions, according to news reports published at the time.

“We don’t have a fanatic vision,” his spokesman, Federico Wals, told Argentina’s Infonews in 2010. “What we are asking is that the laws are respected. We believe that we must propose more comprehensive civil union rights than currently exist, but no gay marriage.”

Faced with the likelihood that gay marriage would be legalized, Bergoglio, then head of the Argentina Bishop’s Conference, suggested during a meeting with bishops in 2010 that the church support civil unions in the country. The idea was rebuked by the bishops, Pope Francis’ authorized biographer, Sergio Rubin, told the Associated Press.

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Cathcon- teaching of the Catholic Church on civil partnerships

And elsewhere

"Alejandro Russo, the rector of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, said it was unlikely the Pope had ever expressed such a view, even in private.

In 2007, Bergoglio publicly criticized Buenos Aires' government for allowing civil unions, Russo said. His relationship with the mayor of Buenos Aires soured over the matter."

Cathcon- that is an earlier date, before marriage proposals came forward.

Cardinal Kasper's Progressive Pope

“I was overwhelmed by joy,” said Hans Kung, the dissenting European theologian, in a radio interview after the elevation of Pope Francis. “There is hope in this man,” gushed Kung, who predicted that Pope Francis will conform to the progressive interpretation of Vatican II and not follow the “line of the two popes from Poland and Germany.”

Leonardo Boff, one of the fathers of liberation theology, was quoted in the German press as saying that Francis is “more liberal” than commonly supposed.

Cardinal Roger Mahony took to Twitter to proclaim that the Church would move from high church to “low” church under Francis: “So long Papal ermine and fancy lace!”

The National Catholic Reporter approvingly quoted an unnamed Vatican diplomat as saying that “the Traditional Latin Mass brigade is finished.”

Esteban Paulon, president of the Argentine Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexuals, told the Washington Post that Pope Francis is “known for being moderate” and when “he came out strongly against gay marriage, he did it under pressure from the conservatives.” According to Sergio Rubin, whom the Post calls his authorized biographer, Pope Francis initially “urged his bishops to lobby for gay civil unions” as an alternative to gay marriage.


Reports on his compliance with Benedict’s authorization of wider use of the Traditional Latin Mass are conflicting, but it is safe to say that he was less than thrilled by it. According to columnist E.J. Dionne, “an American bishop noted that the choice of Francis would not be greeted as a clear victory by conservatives,” since on “liturgical issues, he has opposed those who seek to roll back changes instituted by the Second Vatican Council.”

It was telling that Pope Francis in his first address from the papal window pointed to Cardinal Walter Kasper as a theologian whom he admires. Kasper is known for his hyper-ecumenism and taste for theological novelty.

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Cathcon-see Cardinal Kasper plotting an anti-Ratzinger Pope. Cathcon- the tension between Tradition and Vatican II which Pope Benedict attempted to resolve with the "hermeneutic of continuity" but at the same time making Vatican II a litmus test for orthodoxy will go unresolved. The "hermeneutic of continuity" can appear convincing as the break actually occurred sometime before the Council, theologically with the advent of "new theology" and philosophically sometime before that as scholastic theologians surrendered to a Kantian critique of Thomistic metaphysics.

 It will be no solution to trap the Church in the alleged golden age of the 1970s, for it was then that the catastrophe was truly unfolding.

And hopefully the Pope's devotion to Cardinal Kasper does not extend to the erection of a pseudo-diaconate for women which would only lead to more pressure for attempted ordination of women.

Cardinal Kasper also thinks the UK is a third-world country.

Pope Francis sends greetings to new Archbishop of Canterbury

To the Most Reverend and Right Honourable
Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury

"May grace and peace be multiplied to you" (1 Pet 1:2b)

I thank you for the kind words contained in your message to me at my election, and I wish in turn to offer my greetings and best wishes on the occasion of your Enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral.

The pastoral ministry is a call to walk in fidelity to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please be assured of my prayers as you take up your new responsibilities, and I ask you to pray for me as I respond to the new call that the Lord has addressed to me.

I look forward to meeting you in the near future, and to continuing the warm fraternal relations that our predecessors enjoyed.

From the Vatican, 18 March 2013



Cathcon- what an inverted world we live in, where the Pope is inaugurated (the word comes from reading of auguries in pagan Rome) and an Archbishop of Canterbury is enthroned.