Cathedral of Cordoba Confiscated and Nationalize? — Celebration from the Muslim Side

Cathedral of Cordoba Confiscated and Nationalize?

(Madrid) attacks against the Catholic Church have many faces. A recent venture appears in the style of the French Revolution as a snappy “joke”.  In the Spanish Andalusia Church opponents want to expropriate the famous Catholic cathedral of Cordoba and “nationalize” it. The southern Spanish city’s cathedral is unique for architectural reasons. It has had an eventful history. Before the diocesan church was established  in 1236, it was used for several centuries an Islamic mosque, to be exact, the main mosque of the emirate and caliphate of Cordoba.
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New Vatican financial authority will control all dicasteries and their investments; answer directly to Pope


Head of Vatican finance ministry aims to manage resources better, with the poor in mind

George Pell, the head of the new Secretariat for the Economy, tells Italian newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore” that the ministry will oversee the financial activities of individual dicasteries, with checks on income and expenses every three months


“The Holy Father has entrusted me with a very important role; the aim is to manage the Church’s resources as best as possible so that some can also be allocated to the poor,” Australian cardinal George Pell said in an interview with Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore on the day of his nomination as Prefect for the Economy of the Holy See. Pope Francis established the brand new dicastery in record time, following the advice of his eight cardinal advisors (Pell being one of them). It is a response to Francis’ concerns regarding the state of Vatican finances and the economic-administrative running of the Holy See’s various offices, plus those of the Vatican City State.


Changes were immediately implemented with the publication, yesterday, of the Motu Proprio “Fidelis dispensator et prudens”. The document announces the establishment of the Secretariat for the Economy which will oversee all of the economic and administrative activities of the Holy See and the Vatican City State.  It will also be in charge of setting an annual budget, financial planning and offering support in the form of human resources and procurement, for example, as well as putting together a detailed balance sheet. Pell was nominated at the same time as the announcement was made. The 73-year-old cardinal who had been leading the Diocese of Sydney for 12 years, will be leaving Australia and moving to the Vatican permanently. The Spaniard Lucio Vallejo Balda, will be the dicastery’s secretary and Pell’s main collaborator. Vallejo Balda is the former secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See and was the main driving force behind the commission the Pope established in 2013 to look into the economic-administrative situation of the Holy See.

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(Rome) Cardinal Müller knows as a longtime bishop of Regensburg in Bavaria, that you belong to God and to the gregariousness of  life. For this reason he planned a Holy Mass of thanksgiving for the occasion of his receiving the Cardinal’s hat  on Monday  in St. Peter’s Basilica and then to a festive gathering in the CDF.
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After a Democrat Praises Cuba, Marco Rubio Blasts Communism Like No U.S. Politician Since Reagan

After Democratic Senator Tom Harkin praised Cuba on several issues, Senator Marco Rubio gave what has been called by Miami Herald reporter Marc Caputo as the “best oration of his career.” Its passion and candor about the despicable socialist regimes of Cuba and Venezuela should put those politicians who can actually praise the oppressive nations to shame. The best lines from Rubio’s stemwinder, which is worth every minute: economy, they don’t know how to build, they don’t know how to govern a people. What they are really good at is repression.

Black Pastors: Impeach Holder

( – A coalition of black civil rights leaders and pastors announced on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that they are launching a campaign to gather one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder for violating his oath of office by trying “to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda.”

Those words are included in a press release issued by the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) at Tuesday’s press conference announcing the campaign.

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Most reject teaching on contraceptives

Bishop: Synod questionnaire shows most reject teaching on contraceptives

  • Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., concludes the dedication of the newly renovated Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle Sept. 12. (CNS/Ed Foster Jr.)
In an unusually blunt report to the Vatican, Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., said that even most regular churchgoing Catholics in his diocese find the church’s teaching on artificial contraception no longer relevant.
“On the matter of artificial contraception, the responses might be characterized by saying, ‘That train left the station long ago,’ ” he wrote in a Feb. 7 blog about his report. “Catholics have made up their minds and thesensus fidelium [the sense of the faithful] suggests the rejection of church teaching on this subject.”

In the blog on his diocesan website, Lynch said more than 6,800 Catholics in the diocese responded to a Vatican request worldwide for local church feedback on pastoral issues of marriage and family life, in preparation for October’s special synod on that topic. He said he sent his report on the results to the Vatican in mid-January.

Most of the respondents agreed with church teaching that marriage — or at least sacramental marriage — is strictly a union of one man and one woman, he said, but at the same time many had serious problems with the church’s pastoral approach to divorced and remarried couples and to same-sex couples.

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Another “Successful Banker” Found Dead

The dismal trail of dead bankers continues. As The Journal Star reports, a successful Lincoln businessman and member of a prominent local family died last week. Former National Bank of Commerce CEO James Stuart Jr. was found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say what caused the death. This brings the total of banker deaths in recent weeks to 9 as Stuart is sadly survived by three sons and four daughters.

 Mr Stuart’s background (via The Journal Star)

Stuart was a native of Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Business Administration.

 In 1969, Stuart joined Citibank in New York City and served as a loan officer until 1973, when he joined First Commerce Bancshares (then NBC Co.) as executive vice president. He was named president in 1976, chairman and CEO in 1978, and also became chairman and CEO of National Bank of Commerce in 1985. Stuart spent his life building the organization into an important business voice in Lincoln, friend and colleague Brad Korell said.

“He was a very successful banker,” said Korell, who worked with Stuart for more than 30 years. “I always felt that he was a visionary. He really did build one of the most successful and admired banking organizations in the Midwest.”

 Stuart spent much of his career with First Commerce Bancshares, a $3 billion multi-bank holding company headquartered in Lincoln. First Commerce was sold to Wells Fargo in 2000.

Which brings the total number of recent banker deaths to 9.

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This is the Mass!

Ottobeuren Abbey
February 22, 2014

The seminarians of the European seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), in Wigratzbad, Bavaria, visited one of the most glorious abbatial churches in the world, in Ottobeuren (click image for larger view), for the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Several images of the visit are available here, courtesy of the seminary blog. Ottobeuren Abbey, which is celebrating the 1250th anniversary of its foundation this year, unfortunately does not host regular celebrations of the Traditional Mass it was built to house.

But the Traditional Roman Rite is not a privilege of beautiful churches, it is a common heritage of all of us everywhere, all Catholics in the Latin Church. This is our Mass, thanks be to God. As a sign of this, we also recommend the pages of recent photographs of the permanent mission of the Institute of Christ the King (ICRSS) in Mouilla, Gabon, currently staffed by Canon Fragelli, and his enthusiastic parishioners as well as the local Ordinary. The sound is that of the parishioners of Notre-Dame de Lourdes, in Libreville, whose vicar is Canon Bergerot

True Catholics Cannot Respect False Religions

Continuity Or Contradiction                                                                                                       


Should Catholics “Respect” False Religions?

The first indemonstrable principle is that “the same thing cannot be affirmed and denied at the same time,”… and on this principle all others are based…

– St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae I-II, q. 94, a. 2.

Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial…
– Pope Leo XIII, Custodi di quella fede, n. 15.

We have a single goal and a shared intention, but we will pray in different ways,respecting one another’s religious traditions.
– Pope John Paul II, Assisi, January 24, 2002.

[The postconciliar authorities say that the false religions] don’t have the “full communion.”  Do they have any communion? What does it mean, a “part” of communion? It means nothing. It’s the same as to say “2+2 makes 3. Oh you know, 3, that’s a lot already.  It’s almost 4!” It doesn’t matter. If you write “3” at your exam… you get a zero.
– Bishop Bernard Fellay, 2010 Angelus Press Conference.

It is a foundational principle of St. Thomas Aquinas’s philosophy — and indeed, of all reality — that contradictions cannot be simultaneously realized. “To be or not to be?” Hamlet asked, but note that he did not say “To be and not to be.” This latter phrase, in addition to being less poetic and less Shakespearean, would also have entailed a violation of the principle of non-contradiction, which very simply states a basic truth about all reality: The same thing, in the same respect, at the same time, cannot both be and not be. The same thing cannot be both affirmed and denied; contradictions cannot both be true. One is right and the other is wrong, but not both, and not neither. Not a very profound statement, a reader might object, but to paraphrase Chesterton’s apt summation of our modern age, “the only thing common about common sense is that it’s uncommon.”

With all of this in mind, we note that the principle of non-contradiction applies no less to our Catholic religion than it does to any other area of human interest. If the Church has ever authoritatively and definitively pronounced a certain proposition to be true, then she has pronounced it to be true for all time. This means that no one, no matter what may be his status or authority in the Church, may ever contradict or renege on that original truth. And yet a cursory glance at the barren wasteland which is the ongoing postconciliar crisis would reveal many current instances of contradiction with past teaching and praxis.

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