On August 16th it was revealed that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia to head both the Pontifical Council for Life and the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He already heads the Pontifical Council for the Family. Please note that it was the latter council that published a "sex education" program during World Youth Day that can accurately be described as pornographic and disrespectful of the authority of parents. It was also Paglia who stated that during last year's World Family Meeting in Philadelphia last year, gays would enjoy the same status as other attendants, in implementation of the proceeds from the sin-nods at that time. See here and here for more details. Given the job he's done so far, what could possibly go right with this new dual appointment?
The 1P5 piece mentions that the former head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, was excluded from the two sin-nods although he is a staunch defender of the Church's teachings in these matters. Hmm.. Perhaps that preceding sentence might be a tad more accurate if we scratch the "although" and instead substitute "because". I was aware that no one representing the JPII Institute was present for either sin-nod, perhaps for the same reason. There is also some expectation that Professor Josef Seifert will be ejected from the Council for Life, both for his defense of the Faith and for being a vocal critic of Amoris Laetitia.
A Catholic News Service piece that appears in Catholic Register stated that the Pope made these changes to "focus more clearly on the horizon of mercy" for "even in theological study, a pastoral perspective and attention to the wounds of humanity should never be lacking". Here we see the false dichotomy between truth and mercy being ever so slyly interjected here. Without the sharpest focus on God's truth, there is no real mercy. What we will see is an allowance of the "anything goes" attitude that Paglia already displayed at the Philadelphia meeting. No one can seriously doubt that the pope is systematically establishing godless progressivism inside the Vatican.
Now for the second Kasperite dissident bishop..
Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Archdiocese of Dallas will be taking the reins of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. He too has proven himself an enemy of Church moral teaching. Recently he appointed as pastor of one of his churches a priest who was associated with "St. Sebastian's Angels", a network of flaming-gay priests. Vox Cantoris exposed that, plus Farrell's hissy-fit against Catholic bloggers (he'd do Rosica proud!). A Blog For Dallas Area Catholics revealed that Farrell is giving support to a dissident "gay ministry" in area parishes. The fact that this group calls itself "Always Our Children" is its own red flag. This bunch has links to both New Ways Ministry and Dignity groups. Again, one wonders what could possibly go right with such an assignment. But having things "go right" is obviously not the intent.
Cardinal Burke has called for a 54-day Rosary novena for the intention of bringing our nation back to sanity. It couldn't hurt to include Holy Mother Church in that prayer intention as well. We clearly need it.
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