Pope Francis to ‘rip up and rewrite’ Vatican constitution

As a group of eight Catholic cardinals handpicked by the Pope to shake up the Vatican’s murky and autocratic bureaucracy prepares to meet, the group’s leader has said they plan to rip up and rewrite the apostolic constitution which apportions power at the Holy See.

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Pope Francis appointed eight Catholic cardinals to shake up the Vatican’s murky and autocratic bureaucracy Photo: AFP

By Tom Kington, Rome

10:09PM BST 29 Sep 2013

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The cardinals, who were appointed in April by Pope Francis and will confer with him for the first time at the Vatican on Oct. 1-3, were briefed to revise the constitution, known as Pastor Bonus, drawn up in 1988 by Pope John Paul, in a bid to give a great voice to bishops around the world.

But Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the group’s leader, said as the meeting loomed they were planning to go much further that just changing “this and that.”

Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga

“No, that constitution is over,” he said in a TV interview. “Now it is something different. We need to write something different,” he added.

“In the past the Vatican has just revised existing rules so this is a rupture after a century of increasing centralisation,” said Gerard O’Connell, a Vatican analyst at the Vatican Insider.  “Cardinal Maradiaga is hinting that the Pope is asking the fundamental question: What can be decided in Rome and what at local level? How can the Roman Curia serve bishops instead of being an office of censure and control?”   O’Connell cited Japanese bishops as victims of the Vatican’s centralisation.  “They must ask advice from Rome on the correct Japanese to use in their liturgies, yet you would think they would be the best judge.”

On Saturday, Francis gave another clear indication that he sees the Vatican as a hotbed of intrigue and power struggles when he instructed Vatican policemen on Saturday to crack down on gossip within the Vatican’s walls as well as looking out for intruders.  Defining gossip as the devil’s work, “a forbidden language” and “a war waged with the tongue”, he told gendarmes gathered for mass to tell gossipers they caught in the act, “Here there can be none of that: walk out of St. Anne’s Gate. Go outside and talk there! Here you cannot!”  Cardinals gathering in Rome before Francis was elected in March complained Vatican officials had become a self serving elite indifferent to the needs of dioceses around the world.  Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga said his group had received suggestions on Vatican reform from around the world, including 80 pages of suggestions from Latin America. The convergence on a few main themes suggested God’s will was at work, he said.  “You cannot have millions of Catholics in the world suggesting the same unless the Holy Spirit is inspiring.”

Francis is also set to relax the control the Vatican exerts over the Italian conference of bishops, Italian media reported on Sunday. Unlike in other countries, the head of the Italian conference is not elected by bishops but picked by the pope, a system Francis is reportedly planning to scrap.   “The head of the conference wields political influence in Italy, so this move by the pope means the Vatican’s power over Italian politics will decline,” said Maria Antonietta Calabro, a Vatican expert at Italian daily Corriere della Sera. “The Pope has already told Italian bishops he wants them to deal with Italian politics, not the Vatican,” she added.   Francis last month said he would replace the Vatican’s long time secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone – who reportedly had frequent contact with Italian politicians – with Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s nuncio in Venezuela.

Deacon Accused of Abusing Minors, Removed from Church

Croton Deacon Accused of Abusing Minors, Removed from Church    CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – A deacon in the Holy Name of Mary parish in Croton-on-Hudson has been removed from the church in the wake of allegations that, many years ago, he abused minors.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, wrote a letter to the parishioners of Holy Name of Mary informing them that Deacon Albert Mazza, a permanent deacon serving in their parish, had been removed frohm ministry.  Father Edward Weber, the director of priest personnel for the Archdiocese of New York, read the letter from the Cardinal at Masses on Sunday.

Mazza had served as a permanent deacon since 1996. In 2002, Rev. Kenneth Jesselli was removed from Holy Name of Mary and the priesthood after being accused of sexually abusing children. He had just replaced Rev. Gennaro  Gentile, known as Father Jerry, who was also removed and defrocked for the same reason.  In his letter, the Cardinal noted that the archdiocese had been notified of the allegations by the Westchester District Attorney’s office and had immediately put Mazza on administrative leave while the matter was investigated. Last week, the archdiocesan review board recommended that Mazza be permanently removed from ministry, a recommendation that the Cardinal accepted.  The Cardinal told the parishioners of Holy Name of Mary that the archdiocese wanted to be upfront and transparent with the people, even about bad news.

“As you know, the Church learned a painful lesson in not communicating the abuse of minors to the faithful as soon as it became aware of it,” the Cardinal wrote. “Now, the Church leads the way with action and transparency, with this sad situation here at this parish serving as an example.”  The full text of the Cardinal’s letter follows:

Dear friends in the Lord:  How saddened I am whenever I have to bring difficult news to a parish. How much sadder I am when that news pertains to something as serious as the abuse of minors. You’ve let us know that, when there is bad news, you prefer to hear it from me, not someone else.  I am aware that Holy Name of Mary Parish has already been through much pain and suffering, having had two pastors removed and dismissed from the priesthood for this reason.  Now, I must come to you to announce that Deacon Al Mazza has been removed from ministry based on credible and substantiated allegations of the abuse of minors.

Several months ago, the archdiocese received allegations from the Westchester District Attorney’s office that Deacon Mazza had many years ago engaged in immoral and illegal conduct with minors. I thank the victims for their courage in coming forward with their somber stories. The allegations had been  carefully investigated by the Croton-on-Hudson police department and the district attorney which concluded that, though the allegations were credible, state law precludes a criminal charge. The district attorney referred the matter to the archdiocese for further action. We are grateful to the Westchester district attorney and the Croton-on-Hudson police department for notifying the archdiocese of this matter and their diligence and professional assistance. Immediately after having received the victim’s complaint this summer, Deacon Mazza was placed on administrative leave while the matter was investigated. The matter was then referred to our archdiocesan review board which, late last week, came to the same conclusion, recommending that Deacon Mazza be permanently removed from ministry.  I have accepted the board’s recommendation and asked Monsignor Edward Weber, our director of priest personnel, to read this letter at the Sunday Masses this weekend so as to assure you that the archdiocese acts promptly, definitively, firmly, and openly whenever a horrific instance of the abuse of a minor is brought to our attention.  As you know, the Church learned a painful lesson in not communicating the abuse of minors to the faithful as soon as it became aware of it. Now, the Church leads the way with action and transparency, with this sad situation here at this parish serving as an example.

To be fair to Deacon Mazza, he will have the opportunity to seek canonical advice, should he desire it, in responding to the allegations made against him and my petition to the Holy Father that he be permanently dismissed from ministry.  Again, I am so very sorry to have to bring this sad matter to your attention, especially given that this parish has suffered so terribly in the past for the same reason.

Please keep the victims in your prayers in a very special way, and please pray for Deacon Mazza as well.  Finally, should anyone have anything to report in this regard, please contact one of our victims’ assistance coordinators, Sister Eileen Clifford, O.P. at 212-371-1000, x2949, or Deacon George J. Coppola at 917-861-1762. If you call your pastor, Father Brian Brennan, he can give you these numbers again.

With prayerful best wishes, I am,

Faithfully in Christ,

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

 Archbishop of New York


3rd Removed from parish!!  According to Pope  Francis, “Who Am I To Judge Gay Priests!!” Ignorant words from our Holy Father!  This is Why you Must Judge Gay Priests!!

Christian Genocide Justified

NCR Reaches New Low            

Liberals used to pretend they were better Catholics – other Catholics would fade away as enlightened Christians gradually took their place. Now, via the “National Catholic Reporter”, they just try to find ways to directly justify the disappearance ofChristians:

On Sept. 22, two suicide bombers rushed worshippers leaving All Saints Church in northwestern Pakistan and set off their devices. They left 85 dead and scores wounded, making this the worst anti-Christian violence in Pakistan since the nation was founded in 1947. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
On hearing this news, most Americans might interpret this act as one of violent religious discrimination, of anti-Christian killing. But my lead guest on “Interfaith Voices” this week says that misinterprets the message.
That guest was Dr. Akbar Ahmed, a native of Pakistan who once administered the frontier area in which the bombing took place. He is also a devout Muslim, an anthropologist, a professor of Islamic studies at American University in Washington, D.C., and an internationally recognized leader in interfaith relations. He is now a U.S. citizen.
So I asked him point-blank, “Was this bombing an act of religious discrimination?” Was it religiously motivated? Without hesitation, he said, “No.” He pointed to a statement from the Taliban themselves saying it was a response to the United States’ frequent and continuing drone attacks in the tribal areas of Pakistan. He said the Pakistani government’s protests to the United States have been unable to stop the drones, so the frontier tribes have resorted to their ancient “eye for an eye” response to perceived injustice.
Right… So in order to protest against foreigners, they slaughter and maim their own fellow citizens who are Christians. Instead of challenging this absurd justification immediately, the NCR journalist thought it so compelling that she posted it as an attempt at “interpreting the Pakistan bombing: anti-drone, not anti-Christian”.
If it were not the drones, it would be American support for specific countries. Or the Regensburg papal address. Or Russia’s anti-terrorist offensive in the Caucasus. Or the French law against veils in public schools. Or offensive cartoons. Or the Swiss ban on the construction of new minarets. Or as revenge for the fall of Granada in 1492 and the loss of Al-Andalus. Or the wounds of British colonialism still all too present in these frontier regions of the former Raj – and this was an Anglican church, therefore these Christians should just disappear already. All very nice interpretive keys for NCR’s future articles justifying the genocide of Christians in Muslim-majority nations.

PERSECUTION WATCH…… Christian doctor sacked for emailing a prayer

Christian doctor sacked for emailing a prayer to colleagues to cheer them up lo Motivational: Dr Drew said he sent St Ignatius Loyola's prayer to colleagues to offer them inspiration

  • Dr David Drew dismissed from Walsall Manor Hospital in 2010
  • Christian doctor sent prayer to colleagues to offer ‘inspiration’
  • Respected Dr Drew claims managers sacked him as a whistleblower
  • Consultant paediatrician had expressed concerns about hospital safety

A Christian doctor who was sacked because he emailed a prayer to his colleagues has claimed hospital managers targeted him as an NHS whistleblower after he lost an appeal against his dismissal.

Consultant paediatrician Dr David Drew, 65, sent a 16th-century prayer by St Ignatius Loyola around his department in April 2009, hoping it would be motivational.

Dr Drew, who had an unblemished 37-year career in the NHS, was told to ‘keep his religious beliefs to himself’ by a review panel, which was called to investigate his conduct in March 2010.

After refusing to accept their findings, he was sacked from Walsall Manor Hospital, where he worked as a clinical director.

Today the father-of-four, who lives in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, with his wife Janet, 63, said the email had been used as a smokescreen to push him out of his post.

He said: ‘My case was never about the religion, it was about the fact the hospital wouldn’t listen to its most senior paediatrician telling them they were cutting costs to the bone and putting patient safety at risk.

‘It’s all about whistleblowing. We’ve now got people like Robert Francis [Robert Francis QC, who chaired the public inquiry into the Stafford hospital deaths] telling us doctors and nurses are too scared to raise concerns because it’s considered a career-ending move.  ‘There were five gags put on my case so we’ve never been able to interrogate the process used in the review which led to my dismissal.

Whistleblower: Dr Drew believes managers took offence when he pointed out his safety concerns at Walsall Manor Hospital

Whistleblower: Dr Drew believes managers took offence when he pointed out his safety concerns at Walsall Manor Hospital, pictured

‘My case is the exact opposite of the transparency that’s being called for in the NHS today.

‘We have to give doctors and nurses freedom to safely report when they see things going wrong and putting patients at risk. It’s a scandal.’


The doctor was branded as having committed ‘gross misconduct and insubordination’ in December 2010.

An employment tribunal in April last year rejected his claims of unfair dismissal, religious discrimination and victimisation against Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust. 


Teach us, good Lord

To serve as You deserve, 

To give and not to count the cost, 

To fight and not to heed the wounds, 

To toil and not to seek for rest,

To labour and not to ask for any reward,

Save that of knowing we do Your will.

And on Monday this week a judge upheld the decision of the lower court after he deemed its findings were based on available evidence.

Judge Jeffrey Burke QC said the original panel had not made any error in law and rejected claims from Dr Drew’s legal team that their conclusions were ‘perverse’.

Dr Drew prefaced the prayer that he sent around the department, called ‘To give and not to count the cost’, with the words: ‘I find this a personal inspiration in my frail imperfect efforts to serve my patients, their families and our department.’  Managers declared he had created a ‘toxic work environment’ with what were inappropriate religious communications.  Dr Drew said today: ‘It was the management that raised a complaint against me after they found an email I’d sent to my colleagues with this traditional, literary prayer in it.  ‘They gave me instructions I was to keep my religion out of the workplace.

‘We were a very very happy department with people of different faiths and even some atheists who were quite outspoken.

‘But we were senior, intelligent, well-educated people who were not extreme in our beliefs in any way. We co-existed quite happily.’

Walsall Manor

Dr Drew was suspended in the same month after a senior nurse claimed he had undermined her, but the allegation was later proved unfounded.  Dr Drew was meeting with his legal team yesterday to discuss the case.  He plans to release a book about his case in November.  A spokesperson from Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust said that the issues that Dr Drew raised today had been addressed through several stringent formal processes on-going since 2009. 

The spokesperson said the Trust was satisfied with the outcome of the case and that Dr Drew’s claims had been dismissed, but added: ‘We would like to reiterate that this case did not question Dr Drew’s skills as a Paediatric Consultant and on behalf of the Trust would like to say that we regret that the situation had to get to the Tribunal stage.  ‘As a Trust we actively encourage and support our staff to raise an issue if they are concerned about patient care.’

SOURCE:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2431814/Christian-doctor-sacked-emailing-prayer-colleagues-cheer-loses-appeal-dismissal.html?printingPage=true


“If the present government, which can be described in no other way than totalitarian, is not held back from the course it is on, persecutions will follow.” – Cardinal Raymond Burke …

Catholics have been silent for too long 

Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Church’s top canon lawyer and prefect for the Apostolic Signatura, has said that Catholics have been silent for far too long in the face of the deceit of the homosexual agenda out of fear of political correctness.

The cardinal also urged the faithful to practice “much prayer and fasting” to counter the growing threat of the homosexual agenda.

“The alarming rapidity of the realization of the homosexual agenda ought to awaken all of us and frighten us with regard to the future of our nation,” he said. “This is a work of deceit, a lie about the most fundamental aspect of our human nature, our human sexuality, which after life itself defines us. There is only one place these types of lies come from, namely Satan. It is a diabolical situation which is aimed at destroying individuals, families, and eventually our nation.”

“The fact that these kinds of ‘arrangements’ are made legal is a manifestation of a culture of death, of an anti- life and anti- family culture which has existed in our nation now for some time,” he said.

Catholics have not engaged the battle for the family effectively, he said, “because we have not been taught our Catholic Faith, especially in the depth needed to address these grave evils of our time.”

“This is a failure of catechesis both of children and young people that has been going on for fifty years,” he continued. “It is being addressed, but it needs much more radical attention.”

“There is far too much silence — people do not want to talk about it because the topic is not ‘politically correct,’” he added. “But we cannot be silent any longer or we will find ourselves in a situation that will be very difficult to reverse.”

The Cardinal said Catholics risk facing increasing persecution, such as the inability to even work in fields like education and healthcare, if the government remains on its present course.

“If the present government, which can be described in no other way than totalitarian, is not held back from the course it is on, these persecutions will follow,” he said. “It will not be possible for Catholics to exercise most of the normal human services whether in health care, education, or social welfare because in conscience they will no longer be able to do what the government demands: to cooperate in grave moral evil. We are heading in that direction and even see it now.”

He urged Americans to take the example of France, where the people have reacted strongly to government imposition of same-sex “marriage.” “The French people are out on the streets in protest — one demonstration had upwards of two million people,” he said. “There has arisen in France among the people the will to resist the government and that is what we need in this country.”

Asked how Catholics can reconcile the fact that they are told not to vote for political candidates who support grave intrinsic evils, while these same politicians are given honors at Catholic universities and public Catholic funerals, he said, “You cannot reconcile it.”

“It is a contradiction, it is wrong, it is a scandal, and it must stop!” he said. “We live in a culture with a false sense of dialogue — which has also crept into the Church — where we pretend to dialogue about open and egregious violations of the moral law.”

“Can we believe it is permissible to recognize publicly people who support open and egregious violations, and then act surprised if someone is scandalized by it?”

Protect the Pope comment: It’s a nonsense for people to say that Catholics have focused too much on the great moral evils of our time such as abortion and gay marriage and sex, when in fact as a result of the collapse of catechesis since Vatican II, the majority of Catholics have been reduced to silence. In the face of the political push to enshrine gay marriage and the normalization of deviancy, and the Silent Holocause of 1.7 billion babies killed through abortion since the 1970′s Catholics must shout from the roof tops and take to the streets.


The Church is infiltrated with Apostasy and Heretics!!

 Rev. Tom Reese. ‘I’m ecstatic. I haven’t been this hopeful about the church in decades.’                                            Pope Francis and the church’s new attitude….

View Photo Gallery — Before Francis: The past 10 leaders of the Roman Catholic Church: Before the selection of Pope Francis in March 2013, there had been 10 popes since 1878. Here is a description of each from The Post’s Elizabeth Tenety. 

“Five years ago, I would have been afraid of saying anything like what the pope said in his [recent] interview,” says the Rev. Tom Reese. “I’m ecstatic. I haven’t been this hopeful about the church in decades.”

                Father Reese had good reason to be afraid. One of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s last acts before becoming Pope Benedict XVI was to fire Reese, who was then editor in chief of the Jesuit magazine “America,” which published the Pope Francis interview last week. Ratzinger fired Reese while Pope John Paul II was dying in 2005. It wasn’t the editorials in “America” that riled Ratzinger. “I never had an editorial about abortion, women priests or gay marriage,” he says. “That would have been touching the third rail. It was mostly a dialogue.”   How things have changed. As it turns out, Reese was ahead of his time, espousing for years the views that Francis espouses. And he paid the price for it. Put another way, it is clear to Reese that Francis would not have been Benedict’s choice to succeed him.

                According to Reese, the Vatican had indicated its displeasure at “America” for five years before Reese was fired. They accused him of being anti-hierarchical. But the “high point of my career,” Reese said, were two articles he published by Cardinal Walter Kasper, the Vatican official in charge of ecumenics. Kasper challenged Ratzinger on church theology. Reese submitted the galleys to Ratzinger, who wrote a response. “That was the kind of communication I wanted to have in the magazine,” he says. Big mistake, it turns out. Ratzinger was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the watchdog of the Vatican.  Word came from Rome: “Reese has got to go,” he says. “I was running a journal of opinion and they only wanted one opinion. They wanted an echo chamber of what was coming out of the Vatican.”

                Once fired, Reese went to the Woodstock Theological Center, which closed in June. He is now on sabbatical before returning in January to a job with the National Catholic Reporter. The church won’t be able to fire him this time. It’s an independent publication, unlike “America.”

                “Francis is saying, ‘Get out in the streets and do something. You’ll make mistakes. That’s fine,’ ” says Reese. “Staying in the sacristy is killing the church. We need to get out to the people, not wait for them to come to us.” He says the most important challenge is “how to preach the gospel in a way that is understandable and attractive. . . . We need to take the best thinking of our generation and explain Christianity to our generation. That will take hard work and [require] experimentation. In the last three decades the church has been unable to have these discussions. Now we’ll be able to.”

                Reese says, “I’m very optimistic. Already I’ve seen tremendous change in the attitude and the culture of the church. This church sees leadership as service. They don’t want bishops to think they are princes,” Reese says. “We’ve been burying the lead. The important thing is compassion for others, concern for the poor, the simplicity of the church.”  What people don’t need, he says, “is leading with rules and regulations, admonitions and finger wagging.” Francis is “not afraid of change, and discussion. He has respect for the history and the tradition of the church. But instead of seeing the past as some idealized state we must return to, we learn from that and now we move into the future. It’s a journey of faith.”   

                Today Reese thinks that “we’re going back to where we were after the Second Vatican Council, before things closed down. Things got more open to discussion and debate.” Now he says there is hope for reform.

                “Pope Francis has even said we don’t have an adequate theology of women,” Reese says.

                “Today I don’t think there would be a problem with an editorial calling for optional celibacy,” he says. Before Francis became pope he wrote a book called “On Heaven and Earth,” says Reese, in which he talked about “celibacy being a law, not a matter of faith, that could change.” For instance, Reese says now that he would feel “much freer to write or talk about supporting optional celibacy.”

   “It’s fun to be a religion reporter again. For a while it felt like being on the crime beat. It’s fun to be Catholic again.” 

Source:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/pope-francis-