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Update: September 24, 2013
Catholic Identity Conference 2013:
A Magnificent Weekend

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"Francis’s papacy may not so much move the Church into the future as back to the recent past, circa 1970." This statement, and this "Tea Leaves" article, confirm my own fears. Time will tell, but I think all the signs are there. Pointing to Kasper in his first address? Good grief. Oremus!. jv
Hans Kung
Reading the Papal Tea Leaves
“I was overwhelmed by joy,” said Hans Kung, the dissenting European theologian, in a radio interview after the elevation of Pope Francis. “There is hope in this man,” gushed Kung, who predicted that Pope Francis will conform to the progressive interpretation of Vatican II and not follow the “line of the two popes from Poland and Germany.”
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March 20: Pope Francis Confirms Committment
to Ecumenical and Interreligous Dialogue

Vatican Information Service -
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March 19: Inaugural Mass of Pope Francis
Photo story - from John Vennari in Rome

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March 18 updates:
A Papal Audience for Journalists
photo story -
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Pope provisionally re-confirms top jobs in Vatican bureaucracy
New Pope Approved Medjugorge Visits

Cardinal Bergoglio
and the SSPX in Argentina

DICI obtained the opinion of Fr. Christian Bouchacourt, District Superior of South America, on the evening of the Pope’s election. click here

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March 15 Updates on Conclave Blog:
• Pope Francis Yet to Appoint Curial Posts
• Pope Francis postpones meeting with Benedict XVI
• New Pope Writes to Chief Rabbi in Rome: Wants to Continue Jewish-Catholic Relations in light of Vatican II
• Argentine Muslims: Pope Francis 'a friend of the Islamic community'
• 2005: Cardinal Bergoglio says he prays 15 decades of Rosary every day
• Vendors selling off Pope Benedict XVI souvenirs
• Pope Francis' personality begins to change routines
• Hans Kung Calls Francis Pick a "Very Happy Surprise"
• Scola betrayed by the Italians from the very first vote

click here for all of these stories

J Vennari at Vatican - March 13, 2013 - Election of Pope Francis - short film


More on Pope Francis

By John Vennari
In the post-conciliar world, where the definition and practice of Catholicism
encompasses a bizarre elasticity, modern prelates tend to be mixed bags.
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As Cardinal, Pope Francis strongly condemned
abortion including in rape cases

Lifesitenews - click here

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Bergoglio Against SS Marriage in 2010
click here

Then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio celebrated Hanukkah
with Argentine Jews as Cardinal of Buenos Aires, 2012

Liturgical Aberations
October 15, 2011. Mass celebrated by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio

Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected
Pope, takes name Francis

New 2013 Conclave Blog from Rome
Due to some techno-quirks with the CFN webpage while here in Rome, we are transferring our daily blog to the Oltyn Library Service site. Please check this new blog each day for updates from Rome. I will file one or more reports daily This will be the site used for the duration of my stay in Italy.
Bookmark this new page. Stay tuned. - John Vennari -
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Archbishop Lefebvre on Vatican II's
Ecumenism and Religious Liberty

In 1964, Archbishop Lefebvre correctly warned that the Conciliar schemas “have a spirit of rupture and suicide,” and went on to say, “There exists a spirit of non-Catholic or rationalist ecumenism that has become a battering ram for unknown hands to pervert doctrine.”
A quick snapshot -
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Rabbis Recognize Vatican II Rupture
By John Vennari
When Pope Benedict XVI “lifted” the alleged excommunications of the four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X in 2009, a daily secular newspaper in New York State interviewed me on the topic. The reporter said a local rabbi told him the following: “We rabbis are concerned about a possible ‘regularization’ of the Society of St. Pius X. We fear this may bring about the Vatican’s return to the pre-Vatican II teaching that the Old Covenant is superseded by the New Covenant.” click here

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Up Close: The SSPX and Rome
Two hour discussion - now archived on line

Host: Colleen Hammond
The SSPX sent their letter of clarification to Rome last week. What will happen? Join us as we discuss what has taken place, what effect it can have on the Church, and what we can expect. Call in with your thoughtful questions! Our guests include Louie Verrecchio, John Vennari, Dr John R.T. Lamont, and Stephen Dupuy. April 16 webcast. Listen to on line or download: click here


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A Key to Pope Benedict XVI:
The Oath Against Modernism vs. the
"Hermeneutic of Continuity"

by John Vennari

Pope Benedict does not employ traditional terminology for the preservation of Tradition, but has effectively invented a new term: “hermeneutic of continuity”. He never says the answer to today’s ecclesiastical chaos is to return to the formula contained in the Oath Against Modernism, that the Catholic is bound to “... sincerely hold that the doctrine of Faith was handed down to us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the same meaning and always in the same explanation.", which is the terminology used by the Church for 1500 years, and which necessarily negates the novelties of Vatican II. Rather, the "hermeneutic of continuity" approach is yet another attempted synthesis between Tradition and the novelties of the Second Vatican Council click here

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Do The Bishops Know With Whom They are Dealing?

What Obama Learned from Alinsky

“Crush the Opposition”
by John Vennari
Catholic author Russell Shaw warned in November that the persecution of religion in the United States “will be a tight-lipped campaign of secularist inspiration in which the coercive power of the state is brought to bear on church-related institutions to act against conscience or go out of business.” Shaw’s prediction quickly came to pass with the Contraception Mandate now threatened by the Obama Administration. Click here


Update on Rome and the Society of St. Pius X

The April 15 Deadline
By John Vennari

On March 16, a Vatican Communiqué related that Bishop Fellay’s January 2012 response holds a position “not sufficient to overcome the doctrinal problems which lie at the foundations of the rift between the Holy See and the Society of Saint Pius X” ... In 2009, SSPX Bishop de Galarreta said regarding the doctrinal discussions. “We do clearly know what we are not disposed to accept. If we do not know perfectly how things may evolve, on the other hand, we do know clearly what we have no intention of doing under any circumstances: firstly, to yield on matters of doctrine, and secondly, to make a purely practical agreement." click here

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With Special Focus on Obama’s “Contraception Mandate”

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Sandra Fluke a Self-Described
Professional Pro-Abortion Activist

According to some sources, Fluke might just have been a well-placed fake. Not exactly the young-and-helpless female law student most took her for, Fluke’s LinkedIn profile speaks for itself: click here
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New initiative launched against federal contraception rules
“There are 17,782 parishes in the United States,” Matt Smith noted. “If faithful Catholics were able to average 115 letters per parish to their representative and each senator, Capitol Hill would receive over six million contacts on this issue. We would send a powerful message that cannot be ignored."



Abp. Dolan: "...the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences"
Obama Mandates Catholic Institutions
Dispense Contraceptives


Seven Lies about Homeschoolers

Unborn baby saves father’s life with early morning kick
Sara McDonald is 7 ½ months pregnant, but says that her unborn child has already saved his father’s life.
(click here)



Planned Parenthood takes credit for helping ‘shape’ Obamacare
“In the latter half of 2009 – in what will surely be remembered as a pivotal achievement – Planned Parenthood worked with its supporters across the nation to help shape and pass the Affordable Care Act,” wrote PPFA President Cecile Richards and PPFA Chair Valerie McCarthy, in a letter published as part of the organization’s 2009-2010 annual report. click here

Constitutional experts: pro-life ‘terrorists’ could be permanently detained without trial under law

Constitutional experts warn a new law that allows the president to permanently detain U.S. citizens without trial could be used against pro-life activists, who have already been defined as potential terrorists in documents by some government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security. click here

The NDAA's Historic Assault on American Liberty
"By signing into law the NDAA, the president has awarded the military extraordinary powers to detain US citizens without trial" click here



Nigerian Catholic Church
Bombed on Christmas


A Visit to a local Parish


The New English Liturgy
A Cleaner Translation of a Protestantized Rite

By John Vennari

The First Sunday at Advent saw the mandatory introduction of the new English translation of the Novus Ordo into the nation’s parishes.

I visited a local parish church this morning for the purpose of observation. I wanted to see and hear the new translation, and take note of parishioners’ reactions. c
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Second Dispatch from Assisi III
Video - Assisi: The Hippies' Dream Come True

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Religious Indifferentism on Parade
First Dispatch from Assisi III

By John Vennari
r Catholic Family News

To say the latest pan-religious event of Assisi contains the promise that it will not foster religious indifferentism is a contradiction in terms. It is like inviting all of your friends to a swimming party with the promise that no one will get wet.
for full report,
click here...


Posters throughout Assisi

assisi-press-sm 03-Oct26-More Media setup for Assisi III
Assisi Preparations
October 26: I am now in Assisi to cover Pope Benedict's Assisi III. Right now the area outside the Basillica of St. Francis (above) is buzzing with preparations. The media is setting up its gear to cover the day. Will start to send dispatches on October 27.
- John Vennari,
Catholic Family News



Sebelius administration destroyed
evidence in Kansas Planned Parenthood case


Pro-lifers Pelted with
Eggs and Filth in Buffalo

"On Friday, September 28 , eight pro-lifers gathered to pray to end abortion
at 2500 Main St. At 6pm, a car with three women sped by,
and hurled eggs and feces at the pro-lifers, striking several of them..."
click here



Society of St. Pius X “Regularization”
Not as Easy as You Think

By John Vennari

The September 14 letter from the Vatican to the Society of St. Pius X has launched a wave of premature celebration ... Here are just some of the 1,001 questions that need to be answered before any canonical agreement is reached... click here


Interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay
after his meeting with Cardinal William Levada

At the conclusion of the meeting that Bishop Bernard Fellay and his two General Assistants had at the Vatican with Cardinal William Levada,
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on September 14, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.,
the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X answered our questions [for the readers of DICI].
click here


Renewing the Assisi Scandal
Fr. Regis de Cacqueray, SSPX, District Superior of France

How else should we characterize this religious fair, which gravely offends against
the First Commandment: “The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve.” -
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The "Spirit of Assisi" vs. Saint Francis of Assisi
by John Vennari

What does the "Spirit of Assisi" have to do with Saint
Francis of Assisi? Nothing!
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The Oath Against Modernism Betrayed

Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton, the eminent American theologian, called the Oath Against Modernism “the most important and most influential document issued by the Holy See during the course of the 20th Century. It is a magnificent statement of Catholic truth in the face of errors which were being disseminated within the Church by the cleverest enemies the Mystical Body of Christ has encountered in the course of its history.”

The Oath Against Modernism was abolished two years after the close of the Second Vatican Council, yet the men who took the Oath at ordination are still bound by it. Those who swore this sacred Oath and then promoted the modern program of Vatican II, including the Council’s new ecumenism and religious liberty, have shown themselves unfaithful to the Oath they swore solemnly before God.. click here for full article

Archbishop Lefebvre and Vatican II


A Bishop Speaks at the Council
The Defense of Tradition
by John Vennari

"...Archbishop Lefebvre made, I believe, his most important intervention at Vatican II even before the Council opened (and it was reiterated in November 1962, after the close of the First Session). This intervention was fiercely rejected by the innovators, for obvious reasons. Had the intervention been successful, it would have gone a long way in saving the entire Council from being the catastrophe that it was..." click here

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