Friday, October 19, 2018

Sardinian Priest Joins Lodge -- Cagliari Diocese Doesn't Care

An unusual case 

October 19, 2018

Freemasonry: priests as Masons

(Rome) On September 30, the inauguration of Don Giancarlo Dessì as the new pastor of Segariu in the Archdiocese of Cagliari. It is worth noting that a relationship between the Don Dessì of today and his relationship to Freemasonry has not been satisfactorily clarified. Can a pastor also be a Mason?

In the past, first rumors, then documents about an alleged lodge membership of the pastor appeared. Shortly before the arrival of the priest in his new parish a Sardinian lodge brother confirmed: "It's true: he was initiated in 2014".

Lodge excursion with pastor

In the Archdiocese of Cagliari, nobody wants to get to the bottom of the matter. The Internet newspaper La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana (NBQ) researched the matter and encountered a wall of silence from archbishop's office.

For some time, the Sardinian priest has been suspected of belonging to a Masonic lodge. "That Freemasonry is a secret society is no secret. The fact that the Church of Cagliari practices the same secrecy as a priest is being suspected of being a lodge member is curious, if not ambiguous," said NBQ. Last July, as usual, the Archdiocese announced changes in the See. The list of transfers included Don Dessì. During his time as a pastor of the city of Mandas, there were accusations that he had entered a Masonic lodge. Specifically named was the lodge Armando Corona No. 5 of Cagliari, which belongs to the Grand Lodge of the Old and Accepted Scottish Rite of Italy.

Armano "Armandino" Corona (1921-2009), after whom the lodge is named, was a Sardinian doctor and contractor. He was a member of the left-liberal Republican Party of Italy and was President of the Regional Assembly of Sardinia. Corona, a member of the Lodge since 1969, was, above all, the Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Italy from 1982-1990.

"Brother Freemason, by profession priest"

In 2016, compromising photos of the priest emerged with the aproned brothers. The pastor denied and spoke of "photomontages" and "slander". At first it was said that the Archdiocese would initiate a canonical case against the priest, but then it became quiet. For two years no one in the Archdiocese wants to talk more about the matter, not even about whether an investigation was carried out or not.

A local blogger wrote:

"For the Church, the matter is clear: A bishop or priest who belongs to the lodge must be tried before an ecclesiastical court and laicized. Was Don Dessì subject to a canonical process? And if so, was he acquitted or convicted? Nobody knows anything, not even in Rome."

It would have to be the interest of the archdiocese to dispel any suspicion or clarify whether Don Dessì is a 'lent' borrowed from the church, NBQ said, and sent a request to the Ordinariate last July to refer to the Vicar General, who was unavailable. After a few days of futile attempts, the newspaper turned to the editor-in-chief of the diocesan church newspaper, who referred to the Diocesan Press Office, which referred to the Vicar General, who - now available - briefly referred to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The result of several days of research? It was not possible to get a clarification from the Archdiocese about Don Dessì.

New documents
Last September 20, ten days before the inauguration of Don Dessì in Segariu, new documents appeared. The aforementioned blogger published several documents of the Lodge Corona No. 5.

Lodge Membership of Don Giancarlo Dessì

This includes an invitation and agenda for the Lodge meeting on 21 July 2014. The document is signed by the Secretary of the Lodge, who invited the chair, Gian Luigi Piras, for "temple work" on behalf of the Master. Each lodge brother had to appear in the "dark suit, white shirt, black tie, white gloves, insignia of his degree." The temple work on that summer evening provided above all for the initiation of a new lodge brother: "Dr. Don Dessì Giancarlo, a priest by profession."

The priest was also introduced in other documents as a lodge brother. For the temple work of 21 October 2014, he is described as a "speaker."

On one of the invitations is added in a handwritten note:

"I, undersigned Guido Asuni, former secretary of the Lodge Corona, confirm that the priest Don Giancarlo Dessì, pastor of Mandas, was initiated on July 21, 2014 as a Masonic brother."

NBQ contacted Asuni, who confirmed the information after initial reluctance. "It is true. I confirm that Don Giancarlo Dessì was initiated that year as a Masonic brother. At that time I was secretary of the Lodge Corona, but I left that year. So what I can confirm is that Dessì was at least part of Freemasonry in 2014. What happened then, I can not say, because I have changed obedience."

Asked how the priest justified his entry into the lodge at that time, Asuni answered evasively:

"Someone asked him about it, but he was vague, that's all I know, and there are situations that are secret."
NBQ wants to know from Asuni if ​​he has been contacted by the Archdiocese to provide information.

Asuni: "I was never called. Nobody ever asked me about it. One thing is certain: should Don Dessì in the meantime have left Freemasonry, he would have the duty to say this publicly, to clarify his position."

NBQ then again contacted the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cagliari, but they responded just as curtly as a few months earlier.

"We are not interested in this at the moment." 
And hung up.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi Picture: Il color Porpora sbiadito / NBQ
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sexual Assault of a Child is a Crime! Don’t You bastards Understand That!

Guest Contributor October 17, 2018
By Randy Engel

On October 8, 2018, CRUX news service ran a story on the late Father John Harvey, founder of Courage, written by Opus Dei writer Christopher White. CRUX, as readers who have been following my byline for years know, doesn’t identify its large stable of Opus Dei writers, so until they do, I’ll have to do it for them.

In his introduction, White notes that Father Harvey was opposed to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ zero tolerance sex abuse policy for priests and provides some background on the Courage founder’s views on the subject.

According to White, “In the 1970s, Harvey founded a new ministry called ‘Renew, Rest, and Recreation,’ with the aim of providing support for priests with ‘sexual difficulties,’ primarily homosexuality. In 1980, that ministry led to an invitation from Cardinal Terrance (sic) Cooke of New York to form a ministry for lay Catholics called ‘Courage.’”

It might have been timely for White to have mentioned that “Cookie” was a second-generation homosexual himself in the Cardinal Francis Spellman line and his secretary was the ever popular 

“Uncle Teddy” McCarrick, aka “Blanche,” but White either didn’t know that or didn’t think it appropriate to include it in the Harvey article.

White goes on to explain that Father Harvey stood in good steed with the American bishops and many dioceses opened their doors to him and to Courage chapters.
“In a 1992 article in Crisis, a conservative magazine,” White explains, “Harvey described the arguments he had offered at the Ninth Bishops’ Workshop in Dallas in 1990. Harvey argued that priests who sexually abused minors often did so because of sexual addiction, and therefore guilt could not be imputed. On that basis, he claimed bishops could not impose canonical penalties.”
“Instead, he (Harvey) argued, most should be rehabilitated and returned to ministry,” White continues.

White provides some insights into Harvey’s thinking from Father Philip Bochanski, the Executive Director of Courage,  as to the exceptions that Father Harvey believed in. “While Bochanski told CRUX that in the article, ‘[Harvey] stated clearly that those whose sexual attractions are completely oriented toward children or youth “should not be restored to any pastoral ministry,” the article  also makes clear that Harvey believed ‘relatively few’ priests who sexually abused minors fit in that category.’”

The reader should realize that thus far in the CRUX article, no mention has been made of the fact that the sexual abuse of minors (and of vulnerable and unwilling adults) is a CRIME!

Red Flag #1.

Enter Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons  

At this point, White introduces the reader to Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a close friend and confidant of Father Harvey. White does not identify Fitzgibbons as a member of Opus Dei, but the doctor is a member, a supernumerary, I believe.

In typical Opus Dei fashion, Fitzgibbons is credited with coining and/or popularizing the term “same-sex relationships,” as opposed to the tacky words homosexual or sodomite.
As reported by White, Fitzgibbons, who worked with Harvey and is a popular speaker at Courage conferences, “evidences a preference for rehabilitation of priests who commit sexual abuse, similar to [Father Harvey’s and his] approach to homosexual individuals whom they sought to aid in changing orientation.”

Up goes Red Flag #2

A priest or layperson who sexually abuses a minor (or vulnerable or unwilling adult) is a CRIMINAL and needs to be REPORTED to the POLICE! On the other hand, homosexuals who entertain and act out their perversion are NOT criminals under the current secular laws. Homosexual priests and religious, however, are guilty of grave delicts and deserving of laicization and/or other forms of canonical punishment.

White notes that Harvey and Fitzgibbons were co-authors of the 1999 pamphlet, Homosexuality and Hope, published by the Catholic Medical Association, “which maintains that individuals are not born with a same-sex attraction, and that such individuals are at greater  risk for psychiatric disorders.” This writer can vouch for the soundness of both these premises. However, the pamphlet deals primarily with medical and therapeutic issues and not with criminal activities by homosexuals including pederasty.

According to White, “As a moral theologian by training rather than a clinical psychologist, Harvey relied heavily on Fitzgibbons along with other like-minded individual such as Dr. John Money and Dr. John Kinane, who shaped both his thought and practice on how to handle priests with a history of abuse.”

John William Money, Ph.D. !!!! Tell me that’s a misprint!

The late Dr. John W. Money lived out his sexology career at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He created the myth of  “affectional pedophilia” (about love) versus “sadistic pedophilia” (about sex).  Money led a loveless sex life with casual partners of both sexes; he was an advocate for pedophilia and played a leading role in the so-called sexual revolution.

Money wrote the introduction to Theo Sandfort’s apologia for pederasty, Boys on their Contacts with Men – A Study of Sexually Expressed Friendships. According to Money, “It might very well be that deprivation of playful sexual rehearsal is the origin of a high proportion of sexual syndromes of human adolescence and adulthood.”

One wonders what Father Harvey was thinking when he turned to Money for guidance on anything, especially homosexuality. And one wonders about White and the CRUX staff that let this monumental blunder pass without comment.

CRUX Conclusions on Father Harvey

In his concluding remarks, under the heading “Zero Tolerance,” White notes that during the 1980s and 1990s, Harvey and his associates including Fitzgibbons were influential in encouraging bishops to give clerical sexual abusers a second chance – a second chance that the victims never got.

The article ends with a commentary by Father Bochanski in which the priest notes that Harvey’s disapproval of the bishops’ new policy of zero tolerance reflected Harvey’s belief that “seemed to see a policy of permanent restriction as limiting the power of God’s grace to restore these priests to a chaste life and a meaningful ministry.” Again, Harvey’s concern seems to be focused on the perpetrator of sexual abuse rather than on the victims of the abuse and their families who have to deal with the all too familiar fallout of the sexual abuse, mainly of young adolescent boys.
It was the release of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report on clerical sexual abuse in five dioceses in August 2018 that prompted Courage to issue a press release that inferred that if Father Harvey were alive today, his views might have been different from what he had advocated. This writer is not so sure that would have been the case.

But what I find most reprehensible about the CRUX article is that not one person –– neither the writer (White), nor any of the individuals referred to in the article or interviewed for the article be he priest or layman, nor any CRUX staffer ––mentioned the fact that the sexual abuse of minors (or vulnerable or unwilling adults including seminarians and young priests) is a CRIME! And CRIMES should be reported to the proper authorities for investigation. If warranted, a trial would then follow, with any convicted felon, be that felon a cleric or layman , receiving a sentence.
What, in God’s name, is wrong with these people?"

Bergoglians Insist the Youth Synod Will Tackle GLBTQ-P

Edit: while Bergoglio and the shrinking circle of effeminates closest to him are being arrested or hounded by the media, their fabulous world collapsing around them, they continue to conspire to cover up sex abuse and stonewall their responsibility for undermining the Church founded by Christ.

And I'm not the only one who sees it this way.

This whole thing is grooming on a grand scale.  This from our friends at Missa in Latino:

Mala tempora currunt. We hope that the Holy Spirit will get in the way

[Missa in Latino]  Il Messaggero , 17-10-18 Vatican City - With all due respect to those conservative bishops and cardinals hoping that the issue of gay marriage will be kept away from the Youth Synod, the Vatican has confirmed that it will be dealt with instead. «It has been said that the themes of homosexuality and same-sex marriages can not be left out of pastoral care», said the new Prefect of Communications Paolo Ruffini, reporting on the issues addressed in the last meetings of the plenary sessions of the Synod. In the past months, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, had anticipated that there would be no taboo subjects, starting from the expression "LGBT youth," an acronym never used previously in documents by the Church, and included in the document for basic work for discussion. In these days there were some synod fathers, like the Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia who had affirmed his opposition in his speech.


Prefect of CDF Outlawed in France for Covering for Modernist Cardinal Barbarin of Lyon

Prefect Luis Ladara Ferrer did not respond to the summons from French Court in Abuse Case.

(Rome) The Holy See refers to the immunity of Cardinal Ladaria, Prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Spanish bearer of the purple dignity was summoned by a court in the case of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin.
Cardinal Luis Fancisco Ladaria Ferrer SJ did not comply with the summons issued by the French court. The court is handling the charges against Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Archbishop of Lyon, who is accused of not having promptly brought in a priest of his diocese, who involving young male Pathfinders between 1986 and 1991.
The Vatican forbade the prefect from participating by referring to his immunity, AFP reported. The court of Lyon cited Cardinal Ladaria not only as a witness, but as a potential co-defendant. Reason for this is the statement of Cardinal Barbarin in the course of his defense, to have consulted Ladaria on the case of the priest.
Ladaria had recommended to the Archbishop of Lyon "to take the appropriate disciplinary measures of the Church, but to avoid a public scandal".
Recently, the summons was made for Cardinal Ladaria, who was sent by the French authorities to the Vatican. The Vatican responded by pointing out that Cardinal Ladaria's communication was "in the exercise of his sovereign duties" as an official of the Holy See. International law recognizes him "ratione materiae" criminal immunity, if he performs duties in the name of the sovereign.
The competent judicial authority of the Vatican therefore declared the French summons to be "inadmissible".
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: MiL
Trans: Tancred
Edit: notice how Barbarin hasn't resigned.  He's a solid Bergolian.

Bergoglian Boomer Bishop Raps: "If There is a God or Not, Boh!"

(Rome) In the Diocese of Cassano all'Jonio in Calabria peculiar bishops seem to have a certain "tradition."  In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Msgr. Nunczio Galantino as the Secretary General of the Italian Bishops' Conference.
Galantino served as "man of the Pope" until 2018 in his office and provided for the "right" course in the Episcopal Conference. In May 2017, Pope Francis was also able to re-appoint the President. This is when Galantino's star began to fade, because two "bosses" frustrate each other. Last summer, Francis promoted him to the Roman Curia and appointed him Prefect of the Apostolic Patrimony Administration (APSA). An office that could soon even be a cardinal's office.
Galantino's tenure as the head of the Bishops' Conference was enough to voice disparaging remarks about devout Catholics praying in front of abortion clinics to rescue unborn children and end abortion. And enough time to bargain behind closed doors with the then Italian left-wing government for a "compromise" on "gay marriage," while the bishops' conference and the Vatican failed millions of Italians opposed to "gay marriage" and the introduction the gender ideology at the schools went to the streets. Also enough time to hold dubious catecheses for adolescents, such as the falsification of the Bible, according to which God "saved" the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah at the request of Abraham.
In spring 2015, Pope Francis appointed a successor to Galantino's orphaned diocese Cassano all'Jonio. In May of that year, Msgr. Francesco Savino was ordained as the new diocesan bishop and took over the leadership of the southern Italian diocese.
Bishop Savino has so far received no attention outside his diocese: this has changed now with his message to the young people of his diocese. In it he quoted various modern musicians, including the Italian hip-hop singer Jovanotti alias Lorenzo Cherubini.
Messa in Latino wrote: "This is neither prohibited nor did the bishop cite any heresies. He simply quoted 'only' banalities like these:
"Whether there is a god, maybe yes, maybe no, boh. But I hear the stories, ready to believe a little bit. That we are children of somebody. The rest is all to do first. I have no roots, but feet to go'."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: MiL
Trans: Tancred

ISIS Planned a Major Attack in Germany for 2016

"Picture": The Federal Prosecutor's Office has confirmed the planning of a terror attack by IS for 2016. "For us, the facts in this case were very concrete and also reliable," said Attorney General Peter Frank for the media.

Berlin ( The "Islamic State" (IS) had planned a major terrorist attack in Germany. This was reported by “BILD". According to this, an ISIS supporter has revealed details about the planning of the attacks in an interview with German reporters. The attack should have taken place in 2016, with three teams of assassins traveling to Germany to prepare and conduct a mega-attack. One of the possible goals was a music festival. The Federal Prosecutor's Office confirmed the terrorist plans. "For us, the facts in this case was very concrete and reliable," Federal Attorney General Peter Frank told media.

No word as to why it was aborted.

Trans: Tancred

Another Old Liberal German Bishop Squanders 50,000 Euros on Invasion Fleet

Like the evil Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, Archbishop of Paderborn Hans-Josef Becker also supports "Mission Lifeline" with funds - money comes from the Disaster Fund of the Archdiocese of Paderborn

Munich ( For the private refugee rescue ship "Mission Lifeline" there is another 50,000 euros from a German bishop. After the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Paderborn Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker is now supporting the controversial ship with funds. The 50,000 euros come from the disaster fund of the Archdiocese of Paderborn. The ship's captain, Claus Peter Reisch, is currently being investigated in Malta on the grounds that his ship is not properly registered and that he has failed to comply with instructions from the Italian Coast Guard to allow the rescue of boat people to the Libyan Coast Guard. Reisch is currently promoting a controversial fun T-shirt with the inscription "Tug King" on the front and "Team Umvolkung" [Umvolkung is a term describing the elimination of German identity.] on the back.

Whether it makes more sense to rescue the boat people directly in front of their home coast without returning them  to their home, but to ship them to Europe, is currently very controversial. Proponents say it would reduce the number of dead if the refugees were rescued and brought to Europe, they consider Reisch’s relief action  as exemplary and he received, for example, in July 2018, a prize from the Bavarian state parliament. Critics argue that this is just an  encouragement, and that even more people will be encouraged to start ou in unseaworthy boats on the dangerous crossing, so the number of dead will actually rise with rescue operations. In addition, it is not common for people in distress to be taken to remote ports that are not even their home, although they are often picked up close to the coast of their home countries.

Claus Peter Reisch, the ship's captain, also shills controversial T-shirts on Twitter, which read "Tug King" and "Team Umvolkung".

Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Italian Bishops: “Liturgical reform is certainly irreversible”

In Italy, the new edition of the Missal Romanum is about to be printed. The Episcopal Conference emphasizes the "irreversibility" of liturgical reform.

(Rome) The Italian Bishops' Conference will decide on the third edition of the Missale Romanum of the Novus Ordo in mid-November. Initial announcements have startled some liturgists.

For some time now, there have been voices announcing important decisions for the forthcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference. In the period from 12th — 15th of November, the third edition of the Missale Romanum in the ordinary form of the Roman Rite in its final version is to be decided and released for publication. The daily Toscana Oggi announced "revolutionary" innovations, without giving any details.

Bishop Nunzio Galantino Man of the Pope

Bishop Nunzio Galantino, from 2014-2018 the "man of the Pope" in the Italian Episcopal Conference

The Standing Council of the Episcopal Conference, which took place from 24-27 September in Rome, has made decisions in preparation for the Extraordinary General Assembly. Its motto is: "Rediscover and accept the gift of the liturgy for the life of the Church. Perspectives and Pastoral Decisions on the Third Italian Edition of the Missale Romanum."

The preparatory work for the new edition was led by Bishop Nunzio Galantino, whom Pope Francis had made Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference, and who was considered to be the "Pope's man" in this office. Last June, Francis promoted him to the Roman Curia as Prefect of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).

"Avoid traditionalist forms"

For the new Missale the Permanent Council announced only so much:

"It represents the opportunity for a capillary formation that returns the richness and immutability of the liturgical reform and its essential points: the centrality of the Word of God, of Easter and of the congregation itself. Hence the need to re-learn itself as an art of celebration which not only avoids the urge to self-promotion or the use of traditionalist forms, but promotes a comprehensive understanding of roles: 
priests, lecturers, greeters, cantors ... move exclusively in the line of service alone.”

Details were not communicated. The Declaration mentions as the "center" of the liturgy "Easter", the "Word of God" and "the assembly itself". The sacrificial character of the Mass remains unmentioned. The leadership of the Episcopal Conference also took up a statement by Pope Francis, which is understood by parts of the Church as a challenge: The liturgical reform is "irreversible" and "traditionalist forms" should be avoided. The latter are put on the same level as the “self-promotion” of progressive clerics who deviate from the rubrics and even the texts of the masses, sometimes even from the Eucharistic Prayers, and make their own brand of liturgy.

"Liturgical reform is certainly irreversible"

Pope Francis said in his address to the participants of the 68th Liturgical Week in Italy on 24 August 2017 that the liturgical reform of Paul VI. Aid “irreversible.” Francis said this with a magisterial tone.

"We can confirm with certainty and with official authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible." [Has he read Quo Primum?]

Without mentioning it, the words were understood above all as a rejection of initiatives by Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Prefect of the Roman Congregation for Worship, and the Order of the Sacraments. Cardinal Sarah had previously emphatically called for "all priests" of the Latin Rite to return to the traditional celebration of the East, ad Deum.

A few months before the pope's speech, the existence of a mysterious liturgical reform was announced, commissioned by Francis. At the time of its construction Cardinal Sarah was simply ignored. In other words, the Commission and its members were appointed behind the back of the competent minister.

Cancellation of "reform of the reform"

In a broader sense, the words of Pope Francis were above all a rejection of the “reform of the liturgical form” initiated and desired by Pope Benedict XVI.  This refusal was taken up by the Permanent Council of the Italian Episcopal Conference at its recent session. Since then, there has been concern in traditional Church circles that the new edition of the Missal Romanum will further reduce the sacrificial character of the Mass and emphasize the character of the assembly even more.

Nothing is known for the time being, whether in the new edition finally the change of the words of consecration by Benedict XVI. from "for all" to "for many" will be implemented. Benedict XVI. had made a corresponding
change in October 2006 and arranged it for the Universal Church. In Italy, there was particularly stubborn resistance in addition to the German-speaking region. This is especially clear from the fact that even twelve years after the binding order of the German Pope, the change in Italy has not yet been implemented.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: CEI (screenshots)
Trans: Tancred

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Is the Media Starting to Turn on Pope and His Cabal?

Edit: Bergoglio’s favorite Modernist news source in Spain, Religion Digital is gloating and claiming that Wuerl, one of his creatures, has actually been given a promotion, and fingers Old Liberal and aberrosexual enabler, Cardinal Dolan, as the source of the leaks that led to Wuerl’s “resignation”. Now Dolan is supposedly all alone as Bergoglio’s remaining minions close in.

Meanwhile, an Opinion maker at NYTs finds that Bergoglio doesn’t understand and even ignores  the pain of sexual abuse or the responsibility effeminates like Wuerl have in this.

[New York Times Opinion] In his letter on Friday accepting the resignationof Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Catholic archbishop of Washington, Pope Francis praised the departing prelate for his “nobility” in not trying to defend “mistakes” in his handling of sexual-abuse allegations.

The pope misses the point. 

The archbishop may not be as culpable as other bishops who more systematically covered up sexual predation, and in at least one case he took action that was initially thwarted by the Vatican.

But a devastatingly detailed grand jury report on widespread child sex abuse in Pennsylvania churches showed that Cardinal Wuerl, as bishop of Pittsburgh, was immersed in a clerical culture that hid pedophilic crimes behind euphemisms, conducted unprofessional investigations and evaluations of accused priests, kept acknowledged cases of sex abuse secret from parish communities and avoided reporting the abuse to police.

Ht: Canon212 for Religion Digital article.


Religion Digital

Elite Conference Between Progressive Catholics and Freemasons in Home of Saint Francis

Freemasons: new attempt to come closer by Lodge Members and Church Representatives

(Rome) Next October 19, an elite study conference between members of the Catholic Church and Freemasonry will take place in a medieval castle near the central Italian city of Gubbio, now a luxury hotel.

The city of Gubbio, whose name is mainly associated with St. Francis of Assisi, belongs to the diocese of Assisi. On the website of the diocesan website it describes the conference:

"In a delicate phase of the pontificate of Francis, the [...] event arouses special interest in a historic moment in which more open positions within [the Church] are coming forth, such as those recently received by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the President of the Pontifical Commission For Culture.”

Lodge-Church Conferencein the Diocese of Assisi

Specifically, with the open letter "Dear Brother Freemasons", which Cardinal Ravasi published on 14 February 2016 in the Italian business paper Il Sole 24 Ore, declaring himself “more prepared to dialogue and more open  to different positions.” Overall, Freemasonry shows amazing satisfaction about the administration of Pope Francis, who is mentioned in the diocesesan statement (see The Bishop "Very close" to the Pope Congratulates the Masons). These include more recent attempts at "dialogue". First attempts of this kind came after the Second Vatican Council, especially in the 70s. For the Church, membership in the Church of Jesus Christ and membership in a Masonic Lodge is considered incompatible.

The Bishop of Assisi is Msgr. Domenico Sorrentino, who was secretary of the Roman Congregation for Divine Worship and the Order of the Sacraments from 2000 to 2005 (Pope Francis' Mysterious Liturgy Commission).

The Catholic Church is not represented in Gubio, but a certain part of the Church. Among the speakers is a pastor of the Waldenses. Their origin dates back to the High Middle Ages. Since the 16th century, however, Italian Calvinism is actually forming. Especially in Piedmont, but also in Tuscany, the Waldenses have traditionally had close ties with Freemasonry. The press release of the diocese of Assisi uses the term "church" for the Waldenses. According to the doctrine of the Church, as it is written down in the catechism of the Catholic Church, only those communities that have apostolic succession have a share in the Church of Christ, which was never the case for the Waldenses.

Other speakers include the Catholic priest, Don Gianni Giacomelli, prior of the Camaldolese monastery Fonte Avellana; the Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Italy, Stefano Bisi  and the President of the College of the Reverend Masters of the Masonic Lodges of Umbria, Luca Nicola Castiglione.

The conference's motto is: "Church and Freemasonry: Is Dialogue Possible?"

Organizer of the meeting is the Association of Catholic Workers ACLI in the Catholic Action. But the final word will be Stefano Bisi’s, Grand Master of the Grand Orient, Italy's most influential freemasonry.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Diocese of Assisi
Trans: Tancred

Monday, October 15, 2018

Turbulent Appointment Process for New Substitute for Secretary of State

The new substitute of the Cardinal Secretary of State has not been able to take up his post and is already in the crossfire of an anonymous dossier.

(Rome) Today, Vatican diplomat Edgar Pena Parra will take up his post as the new substitute of the Secretary of State. The Venezuelan was appointed last August 15 by Pope Francis as the successor of Curial Archbishop Angelo Becciu. For several days now, a dossier on the new substitute has caused dismay in the Vatican. After the scandal surrounding McCarrick and the scandal Coccopalmerio, does this threaten to be the next scandal that shakes the pontificate of Pope Francis?

After the relationship between Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and his substitute Becciu things have become more and more tense, but  both are familiar to the Pope. Francis intervened last May to resolve the situation. He appointed Becciu Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints and at the same time made him Cardinal.

From Maracaibo via Maputo to Rome

Titular Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra comes from the archdiocese of Maracaibo and was ordained a priest in 1985. After studying Canon Law, he graduated from the Vatican Diplomatic Academy and joined the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1993. In 2011 he achieved the rank of apostolic nuncio. Most recently, he represented the Holy See in Mozambique.

"On the other side of the Tiber, a dossier has been circulating for weeks about the allegedly immoral behavior of the prelate", according to the weekly magazine L'Espresso.

Pope Francis and Nuncio Pena Parra substitute

The article does not come from Sandro Magister, the Vaticanist of the newspaper, but from investigative journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi. Fittipaldi was already sitting in dock of the Vatican Court for the Vatileaks 2 scandal, but was acquitted.

The closest intimate conspirators of Francis see in the dossier a "new ambush by the conservative front" against the pope, so says L'Espresso.

The appointment as substitute makes the Vatican diplomat number three in the Roman hierarchy. He'll be right behind the Pope and the Secretary of State. For Pena Parra this means a big career jump from the margins to the center of the universal Church. Because of the importance of the office, the appointment was "extremely sensitive," according to the weekly magazine.

With the appointment of the diplomat, Francis surprised the Roman hierarchy, as Pena Parra is more or less unknown in the Vatican. "While the nuncio in Rome appears like a Martian, many in Venezuela know him," says L'Espresso. Not everyone appreciates him.

Pena Parra in the Viganò dossier

The latter includes Nuncio Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Apostolic Nuncio in the US and author of the Viganò dossier, which was published on 26 August, and caused the church leadership considerable difficulties. Viganò accused Pope Francis of having known of the gay double life of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and of having made McCarrick his confidant for the US since June 2013, instead of taking him down. Nuntius Viganò has been calling for Francis's resignation ever since.

In his dossier there is also an indication of Pena Parra. Viganò writes that the Venezuelan has close connections to the primate of Honduras, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. From 2003-2007 he worked at the Nunciature in Tegucigalpa. Cardinal Maradiaga himself is at the center of a scandal in which he remains exhonerated, at least so far, but had to sacrifice his Auxilaey at the end of July, a Bishop whose aberrosexual double life had exploded into the public eye. Officially, Bishop Pineda was retired at his own request. In this way, any suspicion should be kept away from Cardinal Maradiaga, critics say. Literally Viganò writes this about Pena Parra:

"Disturbing information that concerns him came to me from those responsible for Papal Councils.”

The apostolic nuncio does not elaborate in his dossier on what "worrying information" it was. "It is certain that not only Viganò has doubts about Francis’ decision," said the weekly magazine.

The dossier Pena Parra

Nine days after Pena Parra's appointment, the paper in the article published yesterday, someone wrote a "very harsh report on allegedly immoral behavior of the priest." The report was accompanied by photocopies of documents signed by the then archbishop of Maracaibo, Domingo Roa Perez. They refer to doubts and serious allegations against the then seminarian Edgar Pena Parra. Msgr. Roa Perez was from 1961 to 1992 Archbishop of Maracaibo in Venezuela. He passed away in 2000.

The dossier Pena Parra covers 25 pages and is signed with "laity of the archdiocese of Maracaibo". A few days ago it was sent by e-mail to several prelates who immediately informed Pope Francis - and L’Espresso.

The core of the dossier is a letter written in 1985 by archbishop Roa Perez to the Rector of the Archdiocesan seminary of San Cristobal attended by the young Pena Parra. After studying philosophy in 1985, he had just completed his studies in theology. He was to ordained a priest in August. Archbishop Roa Perez, "who for some time had doubts about the candidate, had just received an anonymous letter," says L'Espresso. The information was so concrete that he took it seriously enough to seek more clarity.

The Archbishop informed San Cristobal Rain, Pio Leon Cardenas, that the reports on the behavior of the young Pena Parra were "quite negative", which is why they did not want to dismiss him from the seminary, but did not want him to continue there.” Hoping that the situation would not be so explosive, he decided to send him to another seminary where he had to continue his studies, and to put him under special observation. From Caracas, where he studied theology, came "quite positive reports," so that the decision was considered appropriate to admit him to the diaconate and shortly thereafter to priestly ordination. "Now I received an anonymous letter from Caracas stating that after the third year Pena Parra was dismissed from the seminary of San Cristobal: for homosexuality." The case was not known because a priest of the archdiocese had falsified of the report on Pena Parra.

Intrigue or truth?

The archbishop ended his letter to the Rector with the sentence: "I do not know if it is an intrigue. You will understand what inner distress affects me. I desperately need priests, but I can not be a 'miserable atheist,' as a saint of the Church says, referring those to consecration who are clearly unworthy. As I said, it can be an intrigue, but it can also be true, which the anonymous writer emphatically claims. I vehemently ask you to check the matter.”

The fact is that Pena Parra was ordained a priest. For Archbishop Roa Perez, the suspicions seem to have not been substantiated. Does someone play with fake cards to harm the new substitute?

L'Espresso asked the Vatican Press Office for an opinion on the dossier, in particular as regards its authenticity, without receiving an answer.

"But it is a fact that the pope, after being informed of the dossier, resolutely stated that he did not believe in the validity of the allegations."

Francis had told his confidants that the dossier was, “like Viganò's attack against him.”

The papal entourage is therefore certain that it is "always the conservative front that seeks to discredit its magisterium and the prestige of its most faithful.”

Fittipaldi concludes with an astonishing remark:

"A few days ago, the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, Marc Ouellet, efficiently refuted the most serious allegations of the open letter from Viganò. The new affair shows that the attack on the pope is far from over. "

The remark astonishes because Cardinal Ouellet reprimanded Nuntius Viganò sharply, but at the same time substantively confirmed his central points. The cardinal's defense reads more like an indictment of Francis whom he defends.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: L'Espresso (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred
Vatileaks 2

Party Calls for Islamic State of Belgium by 2030

Party founder Redouane Ahrouch: Then men and women will ride the bus separately and electoral lists will be possible without women.

Brussels ( In 2030, mainly Muslims would live in Brussels, then in the middle of Europe in Holland there would be a 100 percent pure Islamic state. This is hoped for at least by Redouane Ahrouch, co-founder of the Islam Party in the Netherlands. "Replace all civil and criminal codes with Sharia law." Period, says the Mohamedan politician. Incidentally, the party has been allowed in Holland for years, and for the first time in 2012, it moved into the municipal councils of the Brussels districts of Anderlecht and Molenbeek. This is reported by the "Stern".  Ahrouch also explains that then men and women have to drive separately on the bus, in the school canteens there will only be Halal food and electoral lists should be possible to be filled without women.

This is all being made possible, of course by prelates of the Church like the evil Cardinal Marx.


Gofundme Page Shuts Down Appeal for Chicago Priest (Too Catholic)

DETROIT ( - A fundraising campaign that raised $16,000 for a Chicago priest persecuted by Cdl. Blase Cupich was revoked by GoFundMe, which deemed it a "violation" of their terms and conditions. All money was sent back to donors. The priest, Fr. Paul John Kalchik, received nothing. 
Outrage from Catholics, who considered GoFundMe's move an act of anti-Catholic bigotry, resulted in more than twice as much raised — $40,000 — in only 17 hours at a new campaign. [He’s raised over $90,000.]
"I opened up Church Militant just to check on progress, and was floored!" Kalchik told Church Militant Tuesday. "It is phenomenal to see how much people are giving to ensure that justice is rendered on my behalf. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You." 


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Benedict Not Present for Canonizations?

Prefect of the Congregation for Causes of Saints: The emeritus was "not so agile anymore" Vatican ( The emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. (Photo) was "not as agile as a few months ago". Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said for a few journalists, as the ORF reported. Therefore, the 91-year-old probably will not participate in the canonizations on Sunday in St. Peter's Square. Meanwhile, it became known that Pope Francis has visited his predecessor on Saturday in his retirement home Mater Ecclesiae - especially in the run-up to the canonizations. Among the persons who are being canonized, there is also Pope Paul VI, who became the cardinal of the theologian Joseph Ratzinger (later Benedict XVI) from Germany in the consistory of June 27, 1977. AMDG

SSPX Statement On Canonization of Paul VI

On the occasion of the Synod of Bishops on Sunday, October 14, 2018, Pope Francis will celebrate the canonization of Pope Paul VI.

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X reiterates the grave misgivings expressed at the beatification of Paul VI on October 19, 2014:

- These beatifications and canonizations of the last popes through an accelerated process are beyond the wisdom of centuries of Church rules. Are they not striving for the canonization of the Popes of the Second Vatican Council, rather than the determination of the heroic nature of their theological virtues? Knowing that the first task of a Pope - the Successor of Peter - is to strengthen the brethren in the faith (Lk 22, 32), there is every reason to be at a loss.

- Certainly Paul VI. the Pope of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25, 1968), who brought light and comfort to the Catholic families at a time when the fundamental principles of marriage were violently attacked. He is also the author of the Creed of the People of God (June 30, 1968), through which he wished to recall the Catholic Articles of Faith denied by prevailing Progressiveism, notably the scandalous Dutch Catechism (1966).

- But Paul VI. is also the pope who completed the Second Vatican Council; He spread a doctrinal liberalism within the Church, which is expressed in errors such as religious freedom, collegiality, and ecumenism. The result was a confusion, as he himself had to admit on December 7, 1968: "The Church makes an hour of unrest, of self-criticism, you could even say, self-destruction [...] as if the Church was taking on itself." The next year he admitted: "In many areas the Council has not yet brought us peace of mind, but has rather provoked unrest and problems that are not conducive to the strengthening of the Kingdom of God in the Church and in souls." This went on in the alarm call of June 29, 1972: "The smoke of Satan has penetrated through some gap in the temple of God: doubt, uncertainty, questioning, restlessness, dissatisfaction, confrontations have spread ..." - But he let it pass in this statement without taking appropriate measures to stop this self-destruction.

- Paul VI. is the pope who, for ecumenical reasons, ordered the liturgical reform of the Mass and all rites of sacramental dispensation. The Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci denounced the new Mass as a "striking departure from Catholic theology of Mass, both in the whole and in the details, as described in the XXII. Session of the Council Archbishop Lefebvre explained in succession that the new Mass "filled with Protestant spirit [...] contains a poison harmful to the faith" 2.

- Under his pontificate, many priests and religious were persecuted and even condemned for their loyalty to the Tridentine Mass. The Society recalls with pain the condemnation of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1976; he was declared suspens a divinis because of his attachment to this Mass and his categorical opposition to the reforms. Only in 2007 it came through the Motu Proprio Benedict XVI. recognizing that the Tridentine Mass has never been abolished.

Today, more than ever, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X renews its attachment to the 2,000-year tradition of the Church. She is convinced that this fidelity, far from being a backward spasm, will bring the cure for the Church's self-destruction. So its Superior General, H.H.P. Davide Pagliarani, recently proclaims: "Our dearest wish is that the official Church does not consider the treasure of tradition as a burden or as a long-outdated berth, but as the only possible way to renew oneself."

Menzingen, on October 13, 2018

Text: German District of SSPX
Trans: Tancred

Saturday, October 13, 2018

New Entrants to Seminaries of Tradition — SSPX Has Best Year Yet

Seminaries of tradition again have many new entrants in 2018. In the picture a new priest of the Servi Jesu et Mariae with Cardinal Gerhard Müller.

(Rome) The academic year 2018/2019 also began at the seminaries of tradition. An incomplete look at the figures of the entry year 2018.

It has already been reported that in the International Seminary St. Peter in Wigratzbad (Bavaria) founded in 1988, the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) 24 candidates have entered. At the English-speaking seminary in the US, there are another 15. Overall, the Society has recorded 39 new entrants.

Founded in 1990, the Institute Christ the King and High Priest (ICRSS) has  announced 22 new entrants to the Order's own seminary San Filippo Neri in Gricigliano, near Florence.

Founded in 2006, Institut du Bon Pasteur (Institute of the Good Shepherd, IBP) has six new entrants to his seminary Saint Vincent de Paul in Courtalain, France.

In the seminary "de la Castille" of the founded in 2005 by the Société de Miséricorde Divine (Society of Missionaries of Divine Mercy) in the diocese of Frejus-Toulon in France, there were four new entrants.

The SSPX (FSSPX), founded in 1970, has 16 new entrants to the Saint-Curé d'Ars seminary in Flavigny, France; 27 new entrants to the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Dillwyn, Virginia (USA); seven new entrants to the Seminary of the Sacred Heart in Zaitzkofen near Regensburg (Bavaria); seven new entrants to the seminary Nuestra Señora Corredentora at La Reya in Argentina and eight new entrants to the Holy Cross seminary in Goulbourn, Australia. In total, 65 candidates have entered the seminaries of the Society. This is the highest entry rate since the Society came into existence.

The four canonically recognized communities of tradition and the canonically unrecognized Society of Saint Pius X list 136 new entrants to their seminaries.

There are currently no figures on new entrants from other communities of tradition, such as Fraternité Saint-Vincent-Ferrier (Brotherhood of St. Vincent Ferrer, FSVF), founded in 1979 and canonically recognized in 1988, Fraternité Saint-Thomas-Becket (Brotherhood St. Thomas Becket, FSTB), the Institute of Saint Philip Neri founded in 2003 in Berlin, , the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer (FSSR) on Papa Stronsay founded in 1987, Servi Jesu et Mariae (SJM in 1988  in Blindenmarkt near St. Pölten (Lower Austria), the Old Rite Benedictine monasteries such as Le Barroux, Fontgombault, Norcia, Reichenstein and other monasteries of canons, Cistercians, Dominicans, Capuchins, hermits, etc. and other communities of tradition.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: SJM (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)

Pope Wants Money From Rich Religious Rightists He Despises to Cover His Mismanagement and Corruption

Pope Francis with Cardinal Wuerl and Cardinal McCarrick (now ex-cardinal) at a reception for a US foundation called The Papal Foundation. Image: Reception for the Foundation in April 2017 - the last one.

(Rome / New York) More and more revelations give the influence of a "Church mafia on the levers," according to Riposte Catholique, clear outlines. It's also about The Papal Foundation, a foundation largely unknown in Europe, based in the United States.

The purpose of this charitable institution is to raise funds among US Catholics for the financial support of papal projects. Specifically, the ruling Pope will be provided with the means to help the poorest of the poor, to finance the construction and maintenance of schools on a papal request, and to provide scholarships to pupils and students. One of the applicants for the foundation is the pope himself.

The Papal Foundation

Members can be physical or juridical persons, whether companies, foundations or organizations. Anyone who becomes a member undertakes to donate at least one million dollars over the next ten years, with each member making at least $100,000 available annually. With their money, donors can do corporal works of mercy, not by doing it directly, but by letting the Pope choose the people they want to sponsor.

The foundation's assets were estimated at $206 million last spring. In 1990, the first payment was made to Rome. At first it was a million dollars a year, by 2000 three million a year and in 2015 a total of even 15 million.

Meanwhile, the "Papal Foundation" has been drawn into the conflict that has befallen the Catholic Church in the United States. A conflict was fueled by Pope Francis in Rome but recently it takes an unexpected turn.

The reason for this is the sexual abuse scandal that is poaching the Church in the US. In addition, there is the accusation in the air that foundation funds have been misused. It could still have a legal sequel.

It's not just about control over the funds. US Catholics are growing increasingly displeased with the abuse scandals on the one hand, and the papal administration on the other, and the associated attacks on faithful Church circles in the United States. In other words, believing US Catholics, less and less able to support Pope Francis' course, are increasingly tired of being abused by Rome but having to pay money to Rome.

And now in turn.

The foundation was for McCarrick "a lever in Rome"

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, who lost his cardinal status last July for gross sexual abuse charges against him, was one of the founders of The Papal Foundation in 1988. This is not surprising, since all cardinals residing in the US are automatically members of the board of trustees. Although the foundation is not a McCarrick project, his name is linked to the Foundation like no other US prelate. Therefore, the question is whether McCarrick also used his position on the money for self-serving purposes. After all, he was Foundation Chairman for many years.

Since McCarrick's loss of the hat, the board consists of nine cardinals. There are also six archbishops and bishops and nine laymen appointed by the cardinals.

Last July, as the McCarrick scandal broke out, the Washington Post quoted Steve Schneck, longtime director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America (CUA), as saying:

"The Papal Foundation was for him [McCarrick] a great lever in Rome".

Schneck himself often collaborated with McCarrick:

"There is no Catholic organization in the US for which he did not raise any money."

Whoever brings money is usually welcome. McCarrick was a capable fundraiser, as the industry term for "social marketing" is also in the German-speaking world today.

The bankrupt hospital and the Congo royalties

Last spring, the discreetly-based foundation was hit by a controversy in the public headlines. LifeSiteNews published internal documents on an exceptional grant that the Foundation should grant to the Vatican.

The IDI Rome, mismanagement, money laundering, embezzlement

In June 2017, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin informed the presiding Cardinal of the Foundation, Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, of a special request from Pope Francis. The foundation will provide $25 million to restart the Dermatology Hospital, including the Cancer Research Center in Rome. He is referring to the Istituto Dermopatico dell'Immacolata (IDI), a highly specialized Order hospital of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception (Congregatio Filiorum Immaculatae Conceptionis, CFIC). The Order was founded in 1857 by lay brother Luigi Maria Monti to assist sick and dying people in Rome. In 1865 they received papal recognition, while the Brotherhood was converted in 1904 into a religious order, which also includes priests. In 1925, the foundation stone was laid for the hospital, during which a large number of Jews were hidden during the German occupation in the Eternal City. The hospital quickly enjoyed a great reputation.

The Order is active on four continents today. The IDI was the prize of the Order’s Italian Province, but fell into the wrong hands. The flagship project became the "scandal hospital", as the Italian media called it. That did not refer to the medical supply, but also a scandalous management. In December 2011, the 250-bed hospital was bankrupt. The whole extent of the scandal became known only over the next few years. Five years was “enough" for the responsible person to drive the renowned clinic financially on the wall. As the Italian prosecutor wrote, the management had accumulated a debt of almost one billion euros. "More debt than 20 countries in the world have," says LifeSiteNews.

In 2013, the three main leaders were arrested, including a priest. The allegation was bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and embezzlement. The arrested priest, Fr. Franco Decaminada, was accused, among other things, of diverting a part of 14 misappropriated millions of euros for himself. Not from the coffers of the hospital, but the Order's province. In addition, he had "withdrawn without any reason" two million in cash from the coffers of the hospital, according to the examining magistrate, who confirmed the arrest warrant. The prosecution seized a villa in Tuscany belonging to a real estate company owned by Father Decaminada. For reconstruction work in the villa, more than 900,000 euros had been diverted from the hospital, according to the Roman prosecutor Michele Nardi.

Bloated costs, incorrect bills and the shadow of 'Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia, who is said to have sucked in at the flow of money. In the Congo, the Order received royalties from the oil industry in exchange for medical services from the state. They were managed by a company registered in Luxembourg. However, 50 percent of them had hiked directly into the pockets of "P. Decaminada and his people," according to prosecutor Nardi.

A controversial "wish" by Pope Francis

The grant Pope Francis wanted for the hospital was a hundred times higher than the usual individual grants usually granted by the Pope's Foundation in the United States.

Pope Francis with Cardinal Wuerl and Cardinal McCarrick (center)

Cardinal Wuerl brought the wish of the Pope in June 2017 to the Board of Trustees and surprised his members. He was actively supported by Cardinal McCarrick. In August 2017, the Foundation actually paid eight million to the Vatican. Already at that time, some members of the foundation council had stomach aches, but they did not yet know about the background of the cash flow.

It was the laity in the foundation who wanted to drill and get information, and the more in Italy that it became known, the more indignant the mood became. How could the "Pope of the Poor" use funds destined for charity to clean up corrupt mismanagement? Then donors quit their membership and withdrew from the foundation.

Although the laity opposed it, the Cardinals and Bishops voted in December for another $5 million payment. The money was transferred in January 2018. This was fire on the roof.

An appointed examination board of the foundation criticized the decision. It was "irresponsible, unjustified and ruthless". It would be difficult to find donors in the future, if the money is used in such a way.

The donors are "not milking cows"

In the Catholic Herald, James Longon, a member of the Audit Committee, wrote in March 2018 about the laity like him, the actual funders: "They are business people of great acumen, with years of experience and exceptional achievements." His reproach: how to demand serious business people who make their money decently and hard, use their money to clean up mismanagement, corruption and embezzlement. That was "gross abuse.” The donors are "stewards" and not "milking cows," said Longon, who left the foundation in protest. "I'm 73 years old and I'm getting closer to the judge," because he could not support something like that.

In the spring of 2018, the dispute in the foundation in the headlinesIn the spring of 2018, the dispute in the foundation in the headlines

It was an outrage that Cardinal Wuerl, because of the resistance in the foundation, resorted to means that had hitherto been uncommon. The bishops voted with one exception in the block for the transfer to Rome. There was strong group pressure. None of the prelates wanted to stand as "opponents of the pope."

The Cardinals Wuerl and McCarrick tried because of the mismatch even to bring the payment of the remaining 12 million as quickly as possible on the stage. They argued with an "emergency" in which the hospital is located, which is why urgent action is urgently needed. When the lay people learned that the Vatican had not even passed the eight million in August 2017 to the hospital, the displeasure was complete. Other donors threatened to retreat. The matter became so serious that Cardinal Wuerl finally had to ask Pope Francis to renounce the remittance of the remainder.

Pope Francis reacted angrily and canceled the annual reception for the foundation in March. No money, no audience.

"That's clericalism," wrote the Catholic Herald.
The Pope of the Poor closed the door to be shut in front of the donors when he did not get what he wanted. And what he wanted was not for the poor, but for the settlement of a culpable, corrupt mismanagement.

This explains why a layman is considered one of the founding members of The Better Church Governance Group. This group gathered at the Catholic University in Washington on October 1 and decided to spend more than $ 1.2 million to screen all cardinals eligible to vote. This should prevent another McCarrick case. Not so clearly said, but obviously meant that another case Bergoglio should be avoided, namely the election of a pope, of which hardly anyone knew anything [I’m disagreeing with this. Bergoglio was a known entity when he was elected.] neither what he thinks nor for what understanding he had of the Cchurch.

McCarrick's conflict of interest

The presence McCarrick in the Board of Trustees could still have a big sequel. McCarrick, then a cardinal, attended all four meetings of the Board of Trustees between June 2017 and April 2018, which involved Pope Francis' $25 million grant.

McCarrick strongly supported the papal desire, as various sources confirmed. With the exception of the June meeting, he was under investigation during the other three meetings. The impetus came a few weeks before the June meeting. At least since October 2017, McCarrick knew, according to First Things, that there was an investigation against him. He voted for each of the money transfers to the Vatican. His cardinal dignity, and thus his seat on the Foundation Council, he lost only on July 28, 2018.

This raises the question of whether and what role the cash flows played in his position in the Vatican. First Thingsspeaks of a "serious conflict of interest". Against McCarrick was the position he took for which he decided for cash grants. In return could he hope for leniency? [He made a friend of the mamon of iniquity.] Was that also true in the years before, since he founded the foundation in 1988 and since 1990 had been flowing money to Rome?

According to First Things, he might also be in conflict with the state of Pennsylvania's legal system. To be exempt, charitable organizations must comply with certain requirements, including a check on whether the purpose of the funds granted is respected. In addition, according to the opinion of lawyers, McCarrick due to the conflict of interests, would have to make dormant his seat on the Foundation Board or at least not be allowed to participate in the votes. He could have violated applicable law. This could also challenge the decisions and cause the Vatican to repay the 13 million dollars already transferred.

Cardinal Pell’s departure from Rome

In terms of time, Cardinal Wuerl, who’s departure was announced in June 2017 by  the Cardinal Secretary of State Parolin, coincided with Cardinal George Pell's departure from Rome. Pell left the Vatican the same month and returned to Australia to defend himself against allegations of sexual abuse. At the Roman Curia he was Prefect of the newly established Economic Secretariat. Formally, he is still out of service. Pell has not only the reputation of being a serious champion of zero tolerance, but also a good steward. As a result, the former archbishop of Sydney quickly came into conflict with old Vatican cliques who tolerated no interference in their finances.

The name of Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, Prefect of the Apostolic Property Administration (APSA), was particularly frequent. Pope Francis was more concerned with these circles, who made no secret of having chosen him, than with Cardinal Pell, who is not been counted among the Bergoglians. The responsibilities of the Economic Secretariat were severely curtailed by Francis before they could even be applied. US Vaticanist Pentin wrote this upon Pell’s departure from Rome:

"The longer Cardinal Pell is away from Rome, the more likely it is that the financial misconduct of the 'old guard' will continue and the financial reforms that Pell has been working on will continue to falter."

McCarrick and his circle

It is not just the membership and role of McCarrick on the Board of The Papal Foundation that seems problematic from today's perspective. This is true of at least two other Church leaders who held leading positions in the Foundation, some of them until a few days ago.

McCarrick, whose aberrosexual double life was described as "perverted and diabolical" by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former nuncio to the US, was founding president of the foundation and remained there for many years until his cardinal census of 2001.

Bransfield, who was recently appointed Foundation President

Until 18 September 2018, Msgr. Michael Bransfield, Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, was President of the Foundation. His life is closely linked to McCarrick's. His Protégé Bransfield, became Rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Bransfield held this prestigious position until his episcopal appointment, which took place in December 2004 during the last months of life of Pope John Paul II. As president of the foundation, McCarrick was his predecessor. In the context of the McCarrick case, the Pennsylvania Report also raised charges against him. On 18 September 2018, Pope Francis accepted his resignation, officially for reasons of age, unofficially because of the allegations. With his resignation, the Vatican announced that investigations into sexual misconduct and abuse were initiated.

The foundation immediately deleted his name from its website.

The third name is that of Thomas Benestad, who was the first managing director of the Papal Foundation from 1988-2001. He is also accused of sexual abuse in the Pennsylvania Report. The Vatican has suspended him from the priesthood. In 2014, however, he was reinstated in his priestly rights because of a statute of limitations in the United States. Today he lives in Florida, in a diocese, but refuses to practice the priestly ministry.

The shadow of McCarrick and his homosexuals lays over the foundation. It is also about the suspicion that he made his position in the foundation selfishly serviceable.

All sides are aware of the importance and influence of the foundation. But there is no doubt that those Catholic circles in the United States are currently rehearsing the uprising, who are tired of being discredited and disparaged from Rome as "religious rightists", while they are watching the pontificate of Francis with increasing displeasure, how the reputation of the whole Church is soiled with filth, of persons especially close to Francis. This simmering conflict is also about The Papal Foundation.

It is also unknown who would convince Pope Francis to apply to the US Foundation for the 25 million grant.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Riposte Catholique / The Papal Foundation / IDI (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred
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