What changes to the Vatican may the replacement of the Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica bring

Vatican City, Jan 14, 2021 / 05:45 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis might soon choose a new Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, to replace Cardinal Angelo Comastri, who turned 77 in September. His replacement, according to Vatican observers, may bring a broader generational change that could involve at least five Vatican dicasteries.

Comastri, who had a private audience with Pope Francis on Jan. 11, is a well-known preacher whose books are good sellers. During the lockdown due to the pandemic, Cardinal Comastri began to pray the rosary at noon in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Bible in a Year

It’s wonderful to see the internet, for all its faults, being apostolically employed for the new evangelization.

The Chosen, a rather hip life of Christ complete with an on-the-spectrum tax collector is filming its second season and crowdfunding its third.

Meanwhile, Fr. Mike Schmitz  is setting podcast box office records with his Bible in a Year series from Ascension Press. Every day a new podcast is dropped, each containing passages from Scripture, prayer, and commentary.

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How to Help the Poor This Winter

The COVID-19 lockdown has placed a greater burden on the poor as many have lost their jobs or homes and are seeking assistance. In a previous post I discussed the obligation of almsgiving according to the authoritative sources of the Church. Here I argued that this obligation is binding on all Christians according to their state and circumstances, and in some instances can be grave. In a second post I discussed how the Marxists always use the poor for the sake of their own power and ideology, when in fact they care neither for the poor nor for mankind. As 2020 draws to a close, we continue to see the Marxists and other ideologues within or without the Church attempting to use the poor for their own wicked ends. It is truly a nefarious and Satanic thing to use the vulnerable and needy people for the sake of evil.

When those outside the Church evaluate her according to their materialist ideologies, they are forced to admit that she is the greatest humanitarian organization in the history of the world. The so-called “Enlightenment” project was intended to outdo the Church in purely natural goods. This has failed and continues to fail as the unborn holocaust spreads its darkness across the globe. Child murder is the prime example of this failure, because the Brave New World of post-Christianity solves the problem of pain by hurting nature itself. The “solution” offered to woman is to hurt her nature and murder her child. The masculine virtue—which might seek to save the child and the mother—is dismissed as “toxic masculinity.” The Marxist vision therefore is hostile to human nature, and thus it can never hope to “build back better” the fallen world because its solution is to kill human life, whether through abortion or population control.

This error redounds to hurt the poor and vulnerable. First, because the Marxist sexual revolution creates poverty. Children born out of wedlock, by definition, are born into poverty. Marriage, considered on the natural level only, is a vow of security and provision and the most powerful force against poverty. A child born to married parents is born into income security. If the Marxists really cared about poverty they would promote marriage. Instead, they switch to their second tactic: blame poverty on the political structure. This allows them to focus their effort for “change” not on themselves, but on some enemy outside themselves. Finally, the Marxist, by first creating poverty and blaming it on politics, can then whip up the mob to give him the power he desires. He can then promise the mob sexual freedom in exchange for power. This is the wicked cycle of our world right now.

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NY archdiocese responds to questions over its victims’ compensation fund

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 14, 2021 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of New York responded Thursday to questions about its victims’ compensation program.

 

An ABC News story Jan. 14 had reported that, according to an attorney chosen by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York to run a victims’ compensation fund, the fund was set up to dissuade lawmakers from passing a law to allow for a flood of new clergy abuse lawsuits.

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Congressional report: Biden administration should push Vatican to ‘reevaluate’ China deal

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 14, 2021 / 03:33 pm (CNA).- A new congressional report calls for U.S. diplomatic engagement with the Vatican to “reevaluate” its 2018 agreement with China on the ordination of bishops.

The annual 2020 report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), published on Thursday afternoon, includes calls for the incoming Biden administration to work with the Vatican on persecution of Catholics in China.

In particular, the list of diplomatic priorities includes pressing the Vatican to “publish the original [2018] agreement and any negotiated revisions” in the interest of transparency and accountability for Chinese officials.

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