Pope’s Protestant friend dies, but push for unity lives

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At one point, when Palmer was tired of living on the frontier and wanted to become Catholic, Bergoglio advised him against conversion for the sake of the mission (!!!) “We need to have bridge-builders”, the cardinal told him.

LONDON – The English surgeons who fought to save the life of a badly mangled motorcyclist on the morning of July 20 might have guessed he was someone unusual, since the hospital was receiving calls from Rome, from the pope himself, asking for updates.

The silver Audi that slammed into a Protestant cleric named Bishop Tony Palmer in a quiet country lane that morning, however, left little chance of his surviving, and he died after a 10-hour emergency surgery. The news stunned not just his grieving wife and young adult children, but many across the Christian world who were aware that, behind the scenes, the unlikely friendship of Palmer and Pope Francis was the catalyst of an extraordinary historic breakthrough in relations between the Catholic Church and the evangelical world.

An articulate, laid-back, jovial South African in his early fifties, with a penchant for quirky clerical clothes, Palmer didn’t look or sound much like a conventional Anglican bishop. When I first met him in May, at a coffee shop in Bath, close to where he lived with his family, he explained that he had been ordained by the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, or CEEC, whose presiding bishop is in Florida.

The CEEC, which was formed in the 1990s, is Anglican. Yet unlike the Episcopal Church in the United States, it’s not part of the Anglican Communion loyal to the Archbishop of Canterbury. Its leaders see themselves as part of a “convergence” movement, seeking to combine evangelical Christianity with the liturgy and sacraments typical of Catholicism.

That convergence, Palmer told me, “is a precursor to full unity between the Protestant and Catholic Churches.”

Born in Britain, Palmer grew up in South Africa where he worked as a medical underwriter and met and married Emiliana, a non-practising Italian Catholic. After a sudden conversion they began worshipping in an evangelical church. Palmer worked for some years in South Africa for Texas-based Kenneth Copeland Ministries, pioneer of the controversial “prosperity Gospel” which claims that God rewards his faithful with material blessings.

On trips back to Italy to visit Emiliana’s family, the Palmers encountered the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, a movement within the Catholic Church which has absorbed the Pentecostal evangelical traditions of praise-style worship, healing, and an expectation of spiritual gifts. Through the charismatics, Emiliana returned to the Catholic Church, and the Palmers with their young children began attending Sunday Mass. In the 1990s they began spending long periods in Italy, where they were invited to speak at Catholic churches.

In 2003 they moved to Italy full-time to work with Matteo Calisi, head of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Italy. Palmer increasingly felt at home in the Catholic Church but was unable to affiliate an ecumenical group he founded called the “Ark Community” with Rome because not all his members were Catholics.

Palmer instead found a home in the CEEC, which claims about a million adherents and 6,000 clergy. After further study the CEEC ordained him a priest, giving him a particular mission to Christian unity, and later consecrated him as a bishop. Palmer and Calisi began doing joint missions around the world — which is what took him to Buenos Aires in 2006. Its archbishop, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, had overcome his reservations about the charismatic renewal and enthusiastically backed a 6,000-strong joint Catholic-evangelical gathering that year in Buenos Aires’ Luna Park stadium.

Palmer and Calisi and four others went to meet the cardinal prior to beginning their mission in his diocese. When Palmer told Bergoglio that he was an Anglican evangelical with a Catholic wife and children, the cardinal was curious: how did they live that difference? Palmer told him that it worked very well, but that, since he led his family back to the Catholic Church, he was no longer allowed to take Communion with them.

When Palmer told him that his children asked him why he would join a church that separated a family, he said that Bergoglio’s eyes filled with tears.

“His heart broke,” Palmer recalled.

The cardinal asked if they could remain in touch and meet regularly. Over the years, the Buenos Aires cardinal and the evangelical bishop formed a deep bond, staying in touch by telephone and email between face-to-face meetings.

Palmer and Bergoglio had intense discussions about Christian separation, using the analogy of apartheid in South Africa. They found common ground in believing that institutional separation breeds fear and misunderstanding. Bergoglio, whom Palmer called “Father Mario,” acted as a spiritual father to the Protestant cleric, calming him (“he wanted to make me a reformer, not a rebel,” Palmer told me) and encouraging him in his mission to Christian unity.


At one point, when Palmer was tired of living on the frontier and wanted to become Catholic, Bergoglio advised him against conversion for the sake of the mission (!!!)

“We need to have bridge-builders”, the cardinal told him.

“Proselytism is solemn nonsense” – Pope Francis

In 2012 Palmer’s family moved to England, to allow their son to prepare to enter university there. Palmer had little idea of Bergoglio’s rising star, but received an email three days before the conclave of March 2013 asking for his prayers. When he saw Pope Francis emerge on the balcony, Palmer was thrilled but assumed that their friendship would be over.

Shortly after the New Year, however, he received a call. Francis wanted to know when he was next in Rome, could he come by? On January 14, Palmer spent the morning with Francis in the Vatican residence where he now lives, the Domus Santa Marta.

“We didn’t have an agenda,” Palmer recalled. “He told me that we are brothers and nothing will change our friendship.”

Palmer told him that the following week he would be addressing 3,000 evangelicals at Kenneth Copeland’s international leaders’ conference in Fort Worth, Texas, and would he like to send a word of greeting?

“Let’s make a video,” Francis replied.

“You want me to pull out my iPhone and record you?” asked Palmer, astonished.

“Yes, exactly,” the pope answered.

When he presented the recording to the Pentecostals in Texas, Palmer said that few Protestants knew that the Catholic and Lutheran Churches had signed a historic declaration in 1999 settling the doctrinal issue of the Reformation.

“We preach the same Gospel now,” Palmer told them. “The protest is over.”

Then he played the video, in which Francis addressed them as brothers and sisters and said that with just “two rules” — love God above all, and your neighbor as yourself — “we can move ahead.” He spoke of the sin of separation, and his yearning for reconciliation. “Let us allow our yearning to grow, because this will propel us to find each other, to embrace one another, and together to worship Jesus Christ as the only Lord of History,” he told them.

The delegates reacted rapturously. After the video went viral Palmer began to be inundated by requests from evangelical leaders to be part of what was happening. “People said: this is a new day, this is what we have been waiting for.” Palmer had to cancel his teaching commitments and his own studies simply to cope with the correspondence. He reported it all to Pope Francis in a meeting in April, who was amazed.

Cosa facciamo? “What do we do?” he asked Palmer.

On June 24, Palmer took a group of evangelical leaders who jointly reach more than 700 million people to meet and lunch with Francis, which he reported to me a few days later, as he left for two weeks in South Africa. The delegates included Copeland, the televangelist James Robison, as well as Geoff Tunnicliffe, head of the Worldwide Evangelical Alliance. They told Francis they wanted to accept his invitation to seek visible unity with the Bishop of Rome.

Palmer handed the pope a proposed Declaration of Faith in Unity for Mission the evangelicals had drawn up, which they proposed would be signed by both the Vatican and leaders of the major Protestant churches in Rome in 2017, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Palmer told me the draft Declaration has three elements: the Nicean-Constantinople Creed, which Catholics and evangelicals share; the core of the Catholic-Lutheran declaration of 1999 making clear there is no disagreement over justification by faith; as well as a final section asserting that Catholics and evangelicals are now “united in mission because we are declaring the same Gospel.”

The closing section speaks of the importance of freedom of conscience and the need for Catholics and evangelicals to respect each other’s mission fields and treat the other with respect, not as rivals. Francis had taken the draft and said he would think about it. Palmer and I agreed to speak again when Francis got back to him, but that was not to be.

Last Wednesday, in Bath, Palmer’s funeral was a Catholic Requiem Mass at which most of the congregation were evangelicals. He was buried in a Catholic cemetery, united at last with the Church he felt at home in.

Pope Francis sent a message, which was tearfully read out by Emiliana Palmer. In it he said he and Palmer were close friends, and like father and son, “Many times we prayed in the same Spirit.” He praised Palmer as a brave, passionate and pure-hearted man in love with Jesus, who left a precious legacy in his passion for Christian unity.

Francis created the strong impression that the work he and Palmer had begun would continue.

“We must be encouraged by his zeal,” the pope said.



The return of liberation theology: Pope reinstates suspended pro-Sandinista priest

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The Sandinistas, who supported the “popular church” of liberation theology

Pope Francis has reinstated a Nicaraguan priest suspended by the Vatican in the 1980s for participating in Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista government.

The 81-year-old Rev. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, Nicaragua’s foreign minister from 1979-1990, recently wrote to Francis asking to be allowed to celebrate Mass again before he died. The Vatican said Monday that Francis had agreed and asked D’Escoto’s superior in the Maryknoll order to help reintroduce him into priestly ministry.

The Vatican suspended D’Escoto and three other dissident priests in 1985 for defying a church ban on clergy holding government jobs. The sanction was also a reflection of St. John Paul II’s broader crackdown on liberation theology in Latin America.

The Sandinistas, who supported the “popular church” of liberation theology, overthrew the pro-American regime of Anastasio Somoza in 1979.

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Francis, who was a young Jesuit provincial in Argentina at the time, shared John Paul’s opposition to the perceived Marxist excesses of liberation theology. But as pope, he has also called for a more merciful church and has indicated that another symbol of liberation theology, slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, will soon be beatified  

D’Escoto was ordained a priest in 1961 and remained a member of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers religious order throughout the 29-year suspension. He simply couldn’t exercise his priestly duties. A brief statement issued by the Maryknolls, known for their missionary work around the globe, announced Francis’ Aug. 1 decree lifting the suspension and noted that D’Escoto can now resume those duties.

In recent years — from 2008-2009 — D’Escoto served as president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Vatican Lifts Suspension on U.S. Missionary Priest


(Christian Newswire) –  The Vatican has issued a decree that lifts its 29-year suspension on Father Miguel F. d’Escoto Brockmann, a Maryknoll priest. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is the mission society of the U.S. Catholic Church.

Father d’Escoto, 81, was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 10, 1961. He helped found Orbis Books, the theological publication division of Maryknoll, and he was an official with the World Council of Churches. During the 1970s, Father d’Escoto became engaged in politics in Nicaragua. He joined the Sandinista National Liberation Front, a political party that overthrew Anastasio Somoza Debayle and established a revolutionary government.

For his political actions, involvement in the Sandinista government and failing to resign from a political office (Nicaragua foreign minister) held in violation of his ministry, Father d’Escoto was suspended from his priestly duties by the Vatican.

In the notification from the Vatican dated August 1, 2014, “The Holy Father has given His benevolent assent that Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann be absolved from the canonical censure inflicted upon him, and entrusts him to the Superior General of the Institute [Maryknoll] for the purpose of accompanying him in the process of reintegration into the Ministerial Priesthood.”

The lifting of the suspension allows Father d’Escoto to resume his priestly duties.

Father d’Escoto has remained a member of the Maryknoll Society with residence in Nicaragua. From September 2008 until September 2009, he presided over the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly as its president.

Blessed by Pope Pius X on June 29, 1911, the 103-year-old Maryknoll Society follows Jesus in serving the poor and others in need in 26 countries that include the U.S. As the foreign mission society of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, Maryknoll shares God’s love and the Gospel through its evangelizing efforts in combating poverty, providing healthcare, building Christian communities and promoting the dignity of all people. All Catholics are called to mission through baptism and confirmation, and Maryknoll’s mission education outreach in parishes and schools throughout the country engages U.S. Catholics in mission through vocations, prayer, donations and as volunteers. Website: maryknollsociety.org.


Pope To Attend Ecumenical Meetings and Meet Poor Children on Visit to Albania

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The schedule for Francis’ trip to the Albanian capital Tirana on 21 September has been released. Archbishop Mirdita said the Albanian martyr Church is an example of coexistence


On his forthcoming trip to the Albanian capital, Tirana, on Sunday 21 September, Pope Francis will meet with State and religious leaders, the local clergy and some children who are being cared for in various charity organisations. The Holy See Press Office has published the full schedule of the Pope’s one-day visit, during which he will give six speeches.

Francis will depart from Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 7:30 am (CET) and will arrive at Tirana’s “Mother Teresa” international airport at 9 am. Here. The Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama will be there to welcome him. At 9:30 am there will be a welcome ceremony in the square in front of the Presidential Palace, after which the Pope will pay a courtesy visit to the President, Bujar Nishani in the “Green Study”. At 10 am Francis will have a meeting with the country’s political leaders and will deliver his first speech.

At 11 am, the Pope will celebrate mass in in Mother Teresa Square and the Angelus prayer will follow after another brief speech.  At 1:30 pm Francis will meet and lunch with Albanian bishops in the Apostolic Nunciature.

At 4 pm the Pope will meet with leaders of other religions and Christian denominations at the Catholic University “Our Lady of Good Counsel”

. At 5 pm he will celebrate Vespers with priests, religious sisters and brothers, seminarians, and members of various lay movements at St. Paul’s Cathedral. At 6:30 pm he is due to meet with children from the “Centro Betania,” along with representatives from other charitable institutions of Albania. The Pope will give a speech on each of these three occasions.

The visit will conclude with a farewell ceremony at Mother Teresa airport at 7:45 pm. He will depart for Rome at 8 pm and is scheduled to arrive at Rome’s Ciampino airport at 9:30 pm.

The Albanian Church is grateful for the Pope’s visit, the Archbishop of Tirana, Mgr. Rrok Mirdita, told Vatican Radio

“It is thanks to our Church’s communion with the successor of Peter and our loyalty towards him that our people have experienced the feeling of belonging to the universal Church, even when the successor of Peter and the universal Church were considered to be enemies of the nation. I am thinking of the persecution during the regime of Communist dictator Enver Hoxha brought Albania’s religions closer together,” the archbishop underlined. “ Now it is the successor of Peter who is turning his attention toward us and is coming to visit us to confirm us in the faith and pay tribute to Catholic martyrdom and suffering and not only. The Albanian Church awaits his arrival with joy and affection but other religions and non-believers also deeply esteem and respect him.”

Mirdita recalls that persecution during the communist regime strengthened the bonds between religions and the four main communities (Sunni Muslims, Orthodox, Catholics and Bektashi Muslims) cohabit peacefuly. “Some suggested that sectarian tensions would follow on the fall of Communism, but that didn’t happen,” he said.

Twenty one years after John Paul II visited Albania, the Archbishop of Tirana recalls that his visit was like a loving caress on the tortured body of a martyr Church. It brought light to the entire nation. He rebuilt the Church hierarchy and consecrated the first four bishops.” Now, he continued, “society has changed a lot, but some challenges remain the same, like corruption, poverty, unemployment, organized crime and justice.”


“The protest of Martin Luther is over: Tony Palmer, the Protestant who no longer wanted to protest

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“The protest of Martin Luther is over. Tony Palmer, the Protestant who no longer wanted to protest

(Rome) In the last six months of this pontificate unexpectedly a man came to the stage, which was the Catholic public previously unknown. So fast seemed to be his star, he is also extinguished again. Reason enough to look a little closer, to understand what is happening around Pope Francis. This past July 20, died after a motorcycle accident in the UK and of futile hours in the operating room Anthony Joseph Palmer, Bishop Founded in 1995, Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC), which belongs to the Anglican world community.Palmer was born in Britain, grew up in South Africa, was professionally initially worked in the insurance industry, married to an Italian, and was converted in adulthood to Christ. In the last six months of his life he became a “friend of Pope Francis’ international reputation. On Monday, July 28, he would have “secret” meeting of the Pope with Pastor Traettino of the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation should participate in Caserta.

Where today runs the break line?

“I understand Tony Palmer, because I went the same way,” Father Dwight Longenecker said a former American Protestant and former Anglican, now Catholic priest and the Internet, a well-known personality. “Growing up in a Protestant North American family, I have made myself on the search for the truly historic church and became Anglicans. This step has approached me to the catholicity and finally I was admitted to the communion of the Catholic Church. In this way, I have experienced the fullness of the faith of the Catholic Church and at the same time all the positive aspects of the Protestant and Anglican traditions. I do not deny the positive aspects, but it reinforced by my Catholic Will, “said Longenecker.


“For some time, the actual separation is no longer that between Catholics and Protestants, but between the Christians who believe in revealed religion and those Christians who believe in a relative religion. The real divide is now between the progressives who want to change suffered by Christ in the history of faith in the sense of a contemporary spirit and those who believe that the zeitgeist is challenge by the eternal and immutable truth of the Christian Gospel always new. Those who believe in a relative, progressive and modernist form of Christianity, despise the wonderful element of religion and think that the Church had to adapt to the needs of modern society completely on a sociological basis. ”

The evangelicals and charismatic Episcopal direction

In Tony Palmer to Father Longenecker recognized again. A young man who was really looking for Christ and in this way met the Pope. Palmer had risen to become a leading representative of the CEEC.  Almost 20 years ago from the Convergence Movement emerged that a larger group of conservative American Protestants, evangelical direction and with a charismatic style of prayer resulted since the 1970s to rediscover the liturgical and Episcopal tradition of the Anglican world community. The self-designation “church” does not say anything about the size of the different communities, which can range from a handful of believers to several tens of thousands. From this emerged several umbrella organizations of different evangelical charismatic Anglican churches. Such a merger is the CEEC. First archbishop was Michael Owen, after John Kikuva, an Anglican bishop from Kenya led the transition to the Episcopal tradition. Other bishops Old Catholic or Oriental tradition join the CEEC. Through the Mission Archbishop Robert Wise, the CEEC experienced their distribution in Europe. In Italy, the community was founded L’Arca in Todi, which was founded by the British Tony Palmer, who is married to an Italian. Palmer was ordained as a community leader from the CEEC to the bishop. Palmers community is interested in a particular way to a Celtic spirituality and the Christian origins in the British Isles. However, Todi never belonged to the Celtic area in Europe.

Meeting with Pope Francis on January 14 in Rome

When and how the Celtic-Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer and the Catholic Pope met is not known exactly. Both Palmer and Wise regularly took part in ecumenical meetings especially with charismatic Catholics. However, the decisive moment for Palmer seems to have been the last January 14, when he, in his capacity of the leaders of the International Ecumenical Officer was received by the Pope of the CEEC. The official bulletin of the Holy See was recorded on that day among the audiences: “His Grace Anthony Palmer, Bishop and International Ecumenical Officer for the Communion Evangelical Episcopal Churches”. Palmer was (now expanded to C9) received Oscar Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa and a member of the C8 Cardinal Council immediately before Archbishop.

What was discussed in detail here, is not known to within a point: the Charismatic Evangelical Leadership Conference , in February took place a few weeks later in Texas under the leadership of Kenneth Copeland, one of the most famous and influential representatives of the Evangelical-Pentecostal movement Word of Faith . Palmer is reported to the Pope of it and have underlined the importance of this meeting within the evangelical Pentecostalism. The Pope sent the Leadership Conference in any case spontaneously a video message that was received by Palmer with his smartphone in place (see separate report unusual correspondence from the Vatican ).
The Pope wanted to take the opportunity by doing something that no Pope had done. He came into direct contact (albeit at a distance) to leading evangelicals. Whether the video message is now part of the official or private Magisterium of the Pope, lawyers and dogmatists may employ. The private teacher unfolds in any case its effect.

Palmer’s speech in Texas

The spontaneous video was pretty unspeakable best homespun, showing a pope who stammers a few English words, then speaks Italian and can translate in english subtitles. It seems to play no role. With the Anglicans Palmer before the assembled in Texas evangelicals spoke in February, he was attentive ear. Palmer spoke on this occasion actually only about Catholic: about the charismatic Catholics about the Catholic Church, through its long-standing friendship with Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, about the conclave that chose this pope, about the emotions he felt when he saw those as the new Pope, which he considers one of his three spiritual fathers, about his Italian wife, who again took their Catholic faith and their children who are educated in the Catholic faith. And then, it seemed to not be denied, Palmer announced what was previously sure all present had thought impossible: a video message of the Catholic Pope to an evangelical meeting. The Protestant congregation watched and listened in amazement and silence. As it is said, is of the influential evangelicals present even someone who converted to the Catholic faith. Pope Francis talked about the “desire” for unity. A keyword that was well received in Texas. The message was there, does more than a thousand speeches ecumenical and inter-religious meeting. What does this mean on a dogmatic level, is difficult to evaluate.

Palmer had been under John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Shown sympathy for the Catholic Church. With Francis he wanted to work on the unity of the one Church. In Texas, Palmer told the evangelicals gathered there: “The protest of Martin Luther is over. And you? ”

The meeting on 19 June and Caserta

On June 19, Palmer was a member of the Evangelical-Pentecostal delegation was received by Pope Francis in the Vatican (see separate report Gimme Five between Pope Francis and tele-evangelist James Robison ). A meeting of the except of protocol took place. The Bulletin of the Holy See does not mention the encounter. A meeting, which has not officially taken place, was supposed to be just as the Pope’s visit last Monday in Caserta “private” as Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi stressed and therefore not part of the official acts of the Pope.

Nevertheless, the Holy See published now officially the Pope’s address before the charged in Caserta Evangelicals and Pentecostals. Thus, the visit will be charged subsequently made an official papal act.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: CEEC Italy



Sec. of World Evangelical Alliance: It’s obvious the Pope’s ‘personal sense of following Christ was high on his priorites.’ I suspect he’s a ‘devotional person!?!!

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No need to wonder why the world is praising the Bishop of Rome Jorge Bergoglio, he insults his own but has only high praise and apologies for heretical sects!!! It is a shame he does not show the same compassion towards his own. The very persecuted Religious Order the FFI and All Traditional Religious Orders  will only continue to suffer, under the New World Pope Francis Bergoglio. Miserere nobis!

Evangelicals Praise Pope Francis’ Promotion of the Gospel

As Pope Francis visits a evangelical Protestant church in Italy today and is expected to offer an apology for the sins of Catholics, evangelical leaders in the United States who met him recently have praised him for promoting deeper understanding between Christians and focus on having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Pope Francis is set to  preach at the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, a church about 130 miles south of Rome, which is run by pastor Giovanni Traettino, whom he knew from Buenos Aires,.

After the visit was announced, Brian Stiller, global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), revealed on his blog that the Holy Father had privately informed them during a meeting in late June organized by the late Evangelical bishop Tony Palmer with evangelical leaders at the Vatican, that he was going to make this visit and why.

“He listened and then told a remarkable story,” Stiller recounted. “In his years in and out of Rome, he became friends with an Italian pastor. In time he came to learn that the church and pastor felt the power and presence of the Catholic Church, with its weighty presence, obstructing their desire to grow and be a witness. So he decided to visit the church and offer an apology for the difficulty brought to their congregation.”

James Robison, a founding pastor and televangelist with his wife Betty of the LIFE Outreach International, was there as well. He told the Register he believed the Pope wanted to correct and see healing for the wrongs treated against any person.

“He thinks there was reason to apologize to this group, and I clearly got the impression [he seeks to apologize] to Evangelicals and Protestants in other parts of the world where Catholics had in any way been unkind [to them],” he said.

Robison said he and the others went back and forth with the Pope through a translator. He emphasized that they communicated to the Pope that they are encouraging fellow Christians to build Christ-filled relationships with Catholics.

“One of the things that we try to do, and I think the Pope appreciated that, is to stop the unkind attacks from Protestants on Catholics, and really seek understanding,” he said.

Robison added, “Both sides still need to learn, both sides have repentance to do to answer for their very un-Christlike attitude toward one another.”

“We need understanding of the times like the men of Issachar under King David, and in order to do that we need to have a better understanding of one another.”

Rev. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general and CEO of the WEA, said opportunity to spend personal time with Pope Francis was helpful.

Personal Relationship With Jesus

Part of the evangelical leaders’ discussion with Pope Francis emphasized the need for all Christians to develop a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ. “It was obvious in his language that his personal sense of following Christ was high on his priorities,” Tunnicliffe said. “I’ve always suspected that he was a devotional person?!”

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/evangelicals-praise-pope-francis-promotion-of-the-gospel?utm_source=feedburner&utm_

Pope asks forgiveness for Pentecostal ‘persecution!!

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WTH??? At Caserta, apologized to Catholics persecuted evangelicals!??! 

I am the shepherd of the Catholics, and I ask forgiveness for those brothers Catholics and sisters who have not understood and have been tempted by the devil!!!– Bergoglio July 28

There he goes again defending anybody but Catholics!!! Is it necessary to point towards again…  Since Catholic Leaders aren’t Clear, “Evangelicals” respond“We’re completely different, we hate your ‘Imperial Church’: Please, Keep Out!!”  –  Parce nobis, Domine!

“Among those who have persecuted and denounced the Pentecostals, almost as if they were fools who ruined the race, there were also Catholics: I am the shepherd of the Catholics, and I ask forgiveness for those brothers Catholics and sisters who have not understood and have been tempted by the devil. ” And ‘mea culpa delivered today by the Pope met the evangelical community of Caserta led by pastor John Traettino.

Pope Francis asked forgiveness Monday on behalf of all Catholics for the “persecution” of Pentecostals during remarks to an evangelical community in southern Italy.
The pope said Catholics in the past were “tempted by the devil” when they contributed to the harsh treatment of Pentecostal members. “Among those who have persecuted and denounced the Pentecostals, almost as if they were crazy about ruining the race, there were also Catholics,” Francis said during a meeting with evangelicals in Caserta, a city near Naples. “I am the shepherd of the Catholics, and I ask forgiveness for those Catholic brothers and sisters who did not understand and were tempted by the devil”. During the Fascist period in Italy, in the 1920s and 1930s in particular, Pentecostal members were persecuted by authorities, with the Church’s knowledge.
Pentecostalism is a Protestant faith that emphasizes a direct, personal relationship with God which is different from the Catholic Church, which includes the pope, priests and the sacraments as also crucial to the relationship between God and individuals. Since his election almost 18 months ago, the pope has been making efforts to reach out to other faiths through meetings with leaders of Protestant groups, as well as senior Jewish and Muslim leaders.
Francis landed by helicopter in Caserta, his second visit there in three days, and was scheduled to meet privately with an old friend, Italian Pentecostal pastor Giovanni Traettino, as well as a group of around 350 faithful.
The pair first met in Buenos Aires when Francis was the archbishop of the Argentine capital, the Vatican said earlier this month. Traettino, who is married and has four children and two grandchildren, has been active in ecumenical circles for years and his church is called the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation. During his remarks, the pope emphasized the similarities between Catholics and Pentecostals, noting that both are Christian, and said that all should celebrate the diversity among faiths. Francis was also in Caserta on Saturday, where he repeated his message denouncing the mafia. In June Francis accused mafiosi of practicing “the adoration of evil” during a visit to the southern region of Calabria where he excommunicated them. The province of Caserta is the base of the infamous Caselesi clam of Campania’s Camorra mafia syndicate. Earlier this year the mayor of Caserta, Pio Del Gaudio, wrote to the pope about the so-called ecomafia, whose dumping and burning of toxic waste have led to parts of the surrounding province to be dubbed the “land of fires”. Mafia infiltration of waste disposal has become a major environmental and health issue as hundreds of tonnes of waste – some of it dangerously contaminated – has been illegally dumped in what some have described as an ecological time bomb that will continue to poison the land for at least another 50 years.

Bergoglio anathema!



A False Prophet Speaks: The vocations crisis is over because people who remember pre-Vatican II years are dying?!!! / Pope Leo XIII’s – APOSTOLICAE CURAE

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A False Prophet Speaks ( Fr. Longenecker): The Vocations Crisis is Over

When I say this is a prophecy I don’t want to suggest that I have had some sort of supernatural vision. This is not a prophecy in that sense, but a prophecy because prophets not only sometimes have supernatural revelations, but they are people who are also able to see the big picture, understand the times and circumstances and know the past so they can therefore predict the future.

So here is my prediction: the vocations crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States is over.

Here’s why: Fifty years after the revolution of the Second Vatican Council we are moving on from the tensions it created. Those tensions existed because Catholics kept comparing the pre-Vatican II church to the post-Vatican II church. The ones who did this most were the folks who went through the Vatican II revolution. The Vatican II modern Catholics–for their whole life–could not help but compare the “new” church to the “old” church. Everything was viewed through that lens. A pope, bishop, priest or theologian was therefore either “conservative” and “pre Vatican 2″ and trying to turn the clock back or they were “liberal” in favor of the “Spirit of Vatican 2″ and progressive.

To be blunt, those people are old. Not only are they dying out, but their ideas are dying out. Their places are being taken by a younger generation of Catholics who do not remember the Vatican 2 wars. The old folks would like to brand the young Catholics as “conservatives” or “traditionalists” or even “arch conservatives”. Some of them are, burt most of them are not. They are young. They’re smart and they simply want to be Catholic. They’re not buying into the whole liberal agenda, but most of them also don’t care that much for the traditionalist agenda.

Read more – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/2014/07/a-prophecy-the-vocations-crisis-is-over.html


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Pope Leo XIII’s Apostolicae Curae


This is the Papal Bull by Pope Leo XIII issued on September 18, 1896. It officially alerted the Catholic world and Anglicans that those ordained in Anglican rite of Holy Orders is not a true sacrament and therefore Anglican priests are not true priests, their Orders are null and void, and therefore no sacrament is confected, ergo NO True Presence on Anglican, Episcopal or Novus Ordo “altars” for His Holiness Leo XIII also referred to the nullity of episcopal consecrations (consecration of bishops). When one studies the Anglican rite and what the Magisterium of the Church rightly rejected, one is shocked that those Anglican rites are actually much more Catholic than newchurch’s revamped synthetic so-called sacrament of Holy Orders, fashioned illegally by Giovanni Montini in 1968 with his novel revolutionary New Order nonsense in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. If Leo, through thorough study, prayer, and consultation with the infallible perennial Magisterium of the Church, determined that the Anglican rite is null and void, then there is no doubt that the Novus Ordorite of Holy Orders and episcopal consecration since 1968 have to be NULL AND VOID as well.


Gimme Five between Pope Francis and Televangelist James Robinson

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Gimme Five between Pope Francis and Televangelist James Robinson!

(Rome) In July, Pope Francis is in Caserta, near Naples an evangelical church visit ( see separate report ). The visit Pope Francis agreed with his “friend” Pastor Giovanni Traettino of the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation this past June 19, when the Pope out of protocol, a group of evangelical preachers in the Vatican received. Meanwhile, more details are known of this officially concealed from the Vatican meeting.

While the Holy See keeps secret the meeting, the guests of the Evangelical Pope’s message are joyful. Was organized by the encounter of another “friend” of Pope Francis, the Celtic-Anglican “bishop” Tony Palmer. It was attended by nine evangelical “leaders” in part, including Joel Osteen, preacher of Lakewood Church, which belongs to the so-called Protestant megachurches.

The servierende Pope: No conversion of other Christians

Traettino announced that the evangelical preachers were personally received by the Pope at the door of Santa Marta and welcomed with embrace. We’ve put together “laughed and prayed,” said Traettino. It was already known that Pope Francis guests personally served the food. The Canadian preacher Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), announced that Pope Francis had explicitly emphasizes that it will not convert Evangelicals to the Catholic faith. According to Stiller was the Pope ensure that people who belong to a Christian community, to find Jesus in their communities. After abandoning the mission to the Jews of the waiver, without any desire to lead other Christians in the church follows. This is the question in space, on which premises the desired unity to take place.

Pope Francis, actually some Latin American distance to the U.S. is said to have announced themselves at the meeting with evangelicals quite as “Gringo”. With the American televangelist James Robinson, the Pope understood so shiny that the two a kind of High Five Gimme Five or completed (see figure). That in Europe among young people, in the U.S., however widespread fives should normally bring the satisfaction of a common success expressed. About how successful the two good-humored religious leaders were so happy? Was published the picture of Christian News .

“Supernatural” encounter between Pope and Evangelicals

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Pope Francis and Televangelist preachers (image)

Robinson as was also present at the Vatican Kenneth Copeland of Texas are known for their sermons as a mass event. Both belong to the category of big-televangelists, everyone has not only his own “church” but also own to their person-built “religious empire” (CBS).Copeland submitted last January, a video message to Pope Francis. Had evangelical “leaders” sent He thanked thus for a similar, the Pope Francis on the Celtic-Anglican “bishop” Tony Palmer at a convened by Copeland Assembly (see separate report Benedict XVI. “My resignation is valid. speculation is absurd” – Unusual correspondence from the Vatican ). Palmer was also a member of the delegation.

Robinson called on his blog the meeting with the Pope as a “supernatural” and “unprecedented moment between evangelicals and a Catholic Pope.”

Similarities and differences


In contrast to the conspicuous reluctance of Pope Francis, the evangelical preacher-down to him, the non-negotiable values ​​publicly defend. The participants of the delegation from the United States to work also on a political level active mind that with President Obama’s departure also left dominance in the White House comes to an end. With the Catholic Church leader they share a pro-Israel stance. Fewer points of contact have the poverty invitation of Pope Francis and the “prosperity gospel” preached by televangelists. But that seems to have good humor and a friendly deal done any harm. “We laughed together and prayed and searched for the unit,” said Pastor Traettino who gets papal visit on July 26 as the first free Kirchler history.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi

image: Secretum mihi (Sreenshot)



Franciscans of the Immaculate: Official Note of the Authority of the Institute

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Official Note of the Authority of the Institute The Commissioner Volpi liquid Church law!!!

On 1 July the following output is “Official Note of the Authority of the Institute,” dual signature of the Secretary-General, Father Alphonsus Maria Bruno FI, and Commissioner Apostolic Father Fidenzio Volpi OMF Capp., Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate Conception:

” In view of some serious abuses that have harmed the image and at the same proper religious life of the Institute, please note the heads of all the homes that Mariane removal, even for short periods of Religious assigned to them can be only with the express written permission from the respective national delegation if the trip takes place within it, or the Commissioner’s Apostolic if you go abroad.

These provisions shall also apply to the Reverend Fathers Guardians and Vicars Officers.

To them require the posting of this notice in the albo of each House Mariana, his reading of the Community and the timely execution of the provisions in it.

Rome, July 1, 2014 »

We would like to argue that this Note is a further step towards the degiuridizzazione of the Church. The statement may appear severe and disproportionate, but we will try to show how the value of the document in question goes far beyond the events of the Institute founded by Father Stefano Manelli.

The question of the role of law in the Church is one of the crucial clash between the Catholic tradition and modernism, although it is among the least openly discussed. The Church was built by our Lord Jesus Christ as asocietas perfecta , ie a society sufficient to itself, with, at its core, all that needs. That’s the legal time is essential for every human community, which, if it is not regulated by your own, must borrow to others, thus ceasing to besocietas perfecta , to become societas imperfecta , indebted to another company in its own right. Hence the traditional care of the Church in respect of its domestic law, with attention to the forms and formalities, note that, at first glance, you could also appear excessive, but that has always played the dual role of safeguarding the independence of the Body Mystical Christ, in his human side, and to give greater substance and strength in the salvific mission of the Bride of Jesus, for this purpose has always been present in canon law as a norm “supercostituzionale” we would say today, through the principle of salus animarum suprema lex .

Modernism, however, attempted to deprive the life of the Church the legal aspect, considered unsuitable to accommodate the changing nature of the inspiration of the Spirit, in the name of a carismatismo, often unexpressed, which tends to justify or condemn individual stocks, not on the basis of legal certainty, but according to their membership or not the line of the renewal pursued by it, in a sort of double standard Leninist sauce Catholic: when the norm contradicts the anxiety of novelty, it should not be applied, as it contradicts “the inspiration of the Spirit”; when, however, the same rule may help quell the Tradition, sorry to “modernize the Church”, hitting those who are opposed to the “winds of change”, then it must be applied with extreme rigor, perhaps forcing it to what you need.

Canon law, far from the oppression of formalist whose fabled modernists, is the most concrete guarantee of a concrete realization of justice in the life of the Church, why unfair rules may find application, if not abuse, and thus with a crime, even on a purely legal: the unjust rule is never true norm, but always anti-juridical action, because it contradicts the natural law, hierarchically superior to the positive rules (imposed by the legislator).This principle is valid for all legal, even for those who deny it, in canon law is formalized explicitly.

Here is the elimination of legality and its replacement with the carismatismo and ideological politicization of action, far from opening up spaces of freedom, allowing the most blatant abuses.

And the note from which we started is an outstanding example. The Constitutions of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, no. 70, read as follows:

” The brothers should dwell in their own religious house observing a common life and can not assentarsene unlicensed Father’s guardian. And if it comes to a prolonged absence [for months] , the Minister General, with the consent of his Council, and for good cause, may grant to a monk living outside the home of the Institute, but for no more than a year, unless it is for health reasons, study or ministry to be carried out on behalf of the Institute (cf. canon 665 § 1). For a longer period is necessary indult from the Holy See . ”

Etiquette According to the interior, then, to go abroad you have to ask permission from the National Delegate (acting as Provincial).

What is the logic of the conjunction of the Constitutions and the internal Etiquette? The validity of the reasons why a brother may leave his habitual residence is decided by the nearest or, to be more precise, by the scope from which the friar himself out if he leaves the house and, therefore, comes from ‘ authority of the Father Guardian, the latter will give permission; if you have to go abroad, and thus evade the authority of the National Delegate, these will be to authorize it. The logic is so simple as to be trivial: who better than the person who has authority over a particular area can be related to the needs of the individual friar with those in the field governed by him? With the added benefit that is to decide who is closest to the actual personal situation (the monk) and collective.

What he says, however, the Note: For travel within the state, decides the national delegation, and for those abroad, even the Apostolic Commissioner.

For the canon law (constitutions) the friar is a resource, an asset, a grace of God, of which the manager may decide to deprive the scope that it lacks. To abuse (hereafter prove that the Note is a legal violation disguised as a rule), however, the presence of the friar in a given area is a danger, which may decide to run the monk in charge of the environment in which the present becomes . The right part of the confidence in the subject, until proven otherwise; abuse totalitarian and anti-juridical, however, part of the systematic mistrust, against which even the evidence to the contrary becomes, de facto , impossible.

The law is the protection of people, while deposing his freedom of will is for the holder of power, which is not seen more limited in his activity, from the norm.

More specifically, the Commissioner may extend beyond the Constitutions? Can violate them? It can change them? No, because the Commissioner is a superior general pro tempore . And, if the Superior General could change at will the Constitutions, they have no further value and reduce the life of the Order to the pure subjection to the will of the Superior. Other than the self-attributed to Father Manelli!

You could say that the pope’s authority is superior to that of the Constitutions and that, therefore, as Father Volpi enjoys the confidence of the Pope, the authority of the Pope covers the Commissioner’s actions. But this is false.

Official Note of the Authority of the Institute

It will be said that it is formalism. I have not! It is the most elementary rules of guarantee against abuse. The Constitutions are written codification of the lives of members of a religious order: violate them is to violate their lives, changing them means changing their lives. It’s just that, if the Pope wants to do it, is forced to do it in person, assuming full responsibility and that this power can not be left to someone who, at least in theory, can then be repudiated tomorrow by the Holy See.

As you can see, this note is not only a violation of the law, but it is a blatant violation; and this being obvious (would almost say ostentatious) makes a real attack to the whole legal system: it is as if the Commissioner said: “Canon law does not allow it, but my mission is over the legal system because I enjoy the confidence of the Pope and, therefore, I do what I think is appropriate, regardless of the law. “

Once again (and we fear that it will not be the last) the story of the Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception is true litmus test of the degree of depth reached by the crisis in the Church, the crisis of which the eclipse of the law is far from being an integral part secondary.

Carlo Manetti