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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Pilate’s Silver: Josephus’ Account of the Passion
by Peter E. Chojnowski, Ph.D.
If we were to attempt to find an extra-biblical historical source to confirm the happenings described in the Gospels, there is certainly none better than that of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus (37–100 A.D.) click here

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Catholic Identity Conference to hold
Third Annual September Conference in Weirton, WV

Weekend of September 12-14, 2014
“The Old Evangelization: Restoring Liturgy, Mission and Catholic Tradition”
Speakers this year include
• Dr. John Rao
• Michael Matt of
The Remnant
• John Vennari of
Catholic Family News
• Christopher Ferrara
• Louie Verrecchio
• James Vogel from Angelus Press
• Kenneth Wolfe of
Rorate Caeli
Father Gregory Pendergraft

For more information, for location, for registration, click here

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Protestant Tony Palmer Receives
Catholic Requiem Mass
Report: Pope Francis Insists he be “Buried as a Bishop”
By John Vennari
          “Father David told us that because Tony [Palmer] was not a Roman Catholic he had to ask his bishop’s permission to celebrate the requiem and though Tony’s wife and children are Roman Catholics, permission still had to be given for the requiem. The bishop agreed but said that Tony could not be buried as a bishop as he was not a Roman Catholic bishop. However, Pope Francis said he should and could be buried as a bishop, and so that put an end to that little bit of ecclesiastical nonsense!”
            The above was written on August 6 by Michael Daly, CJ, a member of the “non-denominational Franciscan” group called the Companions of Jesus, based in the UK. 
click here for article

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The Unholy Trinity of Modern Errors
Naturalism, Rationalism and Liberalism
By Robert J. Siscoe

In this article we will examine the errors of Naturalism and its two offspring: Rationalism and Liberalism. We will see that Rationalism is simply the application of Naturalism to human reason, while Liberalism is the application thereof to the human will. Together these errors form an unholy Trinity, within which Naturalism is the father, Rationalism is the prideful son proceeding from the father, and Liberalism is the rebellious daughter who proceeds from both the father and the son. click here

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Radical Synod Planned for October
Working Document Reveals Revolutionary Aims
By John Vennari
On June 26, the Vatican released its Working Document (Instrumentum Laboris) for the upcoming October Synod on the Family, a ponderous text of over 25,000 words. It is a thoroughly Conciliar manuscript. There is no mention of any document from the Church’s magisterium prior to Vatican II. Apart from Scriptural citations, all references are from Vatican II and post-Conciliar texts. The document contains good points, major deficiencies and frightening proposals. The three most radical proposals are: click here for article

Francis Speaks, Scalfari Transcribes, Brandmüller Shreds
As a Church historian, the German cardinal refutes the notion according to which clerical celibacy was an invention of the 10th century. No, he objects: its origin is with Jesus and the apostles. And he explains why. (In other words, Cardinal Brandmüller Corrects Francis) - click here
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Angelus Press Conference in Kansas City, Oct. 10-12
Speakers announced, including Bishop Tissier de Mallerais -
click here

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Contemporary Anti-Intellectualism

by Dr. Raphael Waters, D.Ph., L.Ph., Ph.C.

This brilliant article by the Thomistic philosopher Dr. Waters summarizes many of the main points he taught his students in his classes on metaphysics, philosophical psychology and ethics. click here

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Another Clueless Bishop:
President of the Philippines' Bishops' Conference: Before Francis,
Church was a "dogmatic, self engrossed and authoritative sick institution"

More of the destructive "Francis Effect" - click here

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July 2 update:
"Our Lady of Good Success"
Your Questioned Answered with Father Gruner

Brief video - Hosted by John Vennari

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June 30 update:
A note from John Vennari
daily web updates resume. - click here

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From Economic Slavery to Freedom
By Raphael T. Waters, D. Ph., L. Ph., Ph.C.

"From Slavery to Economic Freedom" is a previously unpublished work from Dr. Raphael Waters (above), eminent professor Thomistic philosophy, that bears careful consideration. Completed in 2005, it approaches the economic question from a Thomistic understanding of the body politic and the common good. Is capitalism per se evil? What is the problem with socialism? This and many more related topics examined. click here
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Out of the mouths of babes…

Pope’s niece says her uncle will update "stagnate" and "outdated" Church
"...that's why I believe life has put my uncle to renew this certain system of thought that was getting stagnated" click here

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Vatican II May Fail:
Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton's 1962 Warning

by John Vennari
Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton explained at the time that the Council may not be a success, and listed criteria by which we may judge if the Council is a success. Vatican II failed on all counts.
click here

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Letter of the Superior General regarding the
death of Rev. Kenneth Walker, FSSP

Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP, ordained 2012

Fraternity of St. Peter Priest Murdered in Phoenix
Another Priest Critically Injured

The Mater Misericordiae Mission, the Latin Mass community of the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, run by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), was the scene of a terrible tragedy on Wednesday night, following the breaking and entering of their church by armed burglars. click here

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Francis and four points of Apostate Action
Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican
by John Vennari

This Sunday, June 8, Pope Francis will allow for the first time in history Islamic prayers from the Quoran to be recited at the Vatican. The service is said to be in the cause of Peace in the Middle East. This radical initiative is scandalous on at least four counts: click here

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Divorce: Pope Francis telephones Argentine Woman
Q & A Program with Father Gruner, hosted by John Vennari

Report: Pope Francis tells Argentine woman who is divorced and remarried that she can receive Holy Communion.
Vatican has yet to deny!

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Saint Pius X and Theodore Herzl - Gesture
of Apology by Pope Francis?

Francis effectively apologized for St. Pius X's adherence to Catholic doctrine.
"The Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayomand internet radio station Arutz Sheva reported a few days ago on the Pope's visit to the Holy Land, the Catholic Church leader's intention to make a 'gesture of apology' to the founder of Zionism, because of the 'injustice' that Theodor Herzl had received from St. Pius X.. But what did St. Pius X did to the Zionist leader? Theodor Herzl himself reported...." click here

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Catholicism and Wealth Redistribution
By Brian McCall, J.D.

Dr. Brian McCall explains crucial distinctions in Catholic Social teaching that are conspicuously missing from Francis' constant imprecise statements. Dr. McCall deals with false ideas regarding equality; distinction between Commutative and Distributive Justice; distinction between Redistribution or Restitution; the important principle of Subsidiatiry, all points either not mentioned or never properly addressed by Papa Bergoglio.

..vague unqualified statements condemning inequality and calling for State compelled redistributions without limiting such to restitution can easily and understandably be aligned with the errors of Socialism. " click here

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Pope kisses the hand of, concelebrates
Mass with pro-homosexual activist priest
By Hillary White


Pope Francis raised eyebrows earlier this month by concelebrating Mass with and kissing the hand of a leading homosexual activist priest campaigning for changes in the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. On May 6, Francis received the 93 year-old priest who has cofounded the homosexualist activist organization, Agedo Foggia, that is opposed to Catholic Church teaching - click here
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Who Was Paul VI?
A review of Msgr. Villa’s Paul VI Beatified?

By Robert J. Siscoe

Jean Guitton, a close friend of Paul VI, said that Paul VI always seemed to him more like a layman than a cleric. “I noticed how his thoughts were of a secular kind. With him, one was not in the presence of a ‘cleric’, but of a layman, promoted, unexpectedly, to the papacy”. click here
In light of the astonishing claim that this man is worthy of beatification, we place Mr. Siscoe's important piece once again in the spotlight. Diabolic disorientation indeed!

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Freemasons in the Catholic Hierarchy
Discussion with Father Nicholas Gruner and John Vennari

- click here

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Breaking: Harvard's Black Mass Canceled After Outrage
A Harvard student group’s planned satanic “black mass” has been canceled after widespread condemnation from religious and educational leaders, who called the event an affront to the faithful. click here

'Satanic Black Mass' to
Take Place Tonight at Harvard

Two news reports:
Reparation needed - Even the Archdiocese of Boston
has scheduled a Holy Hour of Reparation

click here

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Another Round? New Claim that Bishop Fellay Met with Pope Francis

by John Vennari

It is said that “the Pope has a true interest in resolving this situation,” but it is hard to know exactly what this means, especially from Papa Bergolgio’s context. In his short time in the Vatican, Francis already has a track record of derogatory comments about traditional Catholics... click here

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Akita Pilgrimage 2014

8th Annual Akita Pilgrimage, 2014: Organized by the Society of St. Pius X. Pilgrims came from Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and one each from Poland, Canada and US. Full write-up of Akita Pilgrimage and other stops in Japan will be in the print edition of the June 2014 CFN

(I just returned from the trip on late May 8; was gone since April 30 - jv) click here for short video and photos

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tintoretto_theresurrection_of_christQuestions and Answers on Salvation
by Father Michael Muller, C.SS.R.
Do all admit that the Catholic Church is the first and the oldest Church, and, consequently the Church established by Jesus Christ?
That the Catholic Church is the first and oldest and consequently the Church established by Jesus Christ, is and must be admitted by all, because it is a fact clearly proven by Scripture and by history. (A defense of Extra Ecclesia...) - click here for entire article
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Obama Praises "Revolutionary" Pontiffs
"The work and witness of both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II shaped not only the Catholic Church but the world. Pope John XXIII articulated powerful roles for the Church in the cause of global peace and justice, and by convening the Second Vatican Council he revolutionized not only aspects of worship but the Catholic Church’s relationship with other faith communities..." - Barack Obama - click here

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"Canonizing" a Contradiction

"The splendid absurdity of the event..." click here

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The Secret of Pope John Paul II’s Success
by John Vennari

"Yet nowhere in this tsunami of sentiment did I see anyone praise him for achieving the primary purpose of the papacy: unswervingly fidelity to the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church as taught and practiced throughout the centuries. Nowhere did I see him praised for preserving the purity of doctrine and the maintenance of discipline in the Church worldwide. Pope John Paul II was not praised for this because he did not achieve it. And for a Pope to fail in this area is to fail mightily...." click here

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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? ..."
click here
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..."
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:

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

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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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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