We are greatly appalled and concerned Trad Catholics. A most blessed symbol of our salvation is Christ Crucified.
He noted that during his life, Fr. Espinal [the guy who made the protest art] had sympathies with the Marxist interpretation of Liberation Theology, which at that time was widely popular in South America.
Taking a “hermeneutic” approach to the crucifix – one that involves an interpretive act of understanding with an emphasis on dialogue – the Pope made an analysis of the times, saying that Fr. Espinal “was an enthusiast of this analysis of the Marxist reality, but also of theology using Marxism.”
Read Fr. Malachi Martin’s expose of Marxist “theology,” The Jesuits. It is an eye-opener and explains the background of today’s crisis in the Church.
Source of photo: CNA
Celebrity Nun Called As Witness for the Defense of Boston Muslim Terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Helen Prejean: the only Catholic nun the NYT finds credible.
We at Fidelity and Action do enjoy seeing Sister Helen once again in the national spotlight. Notice how the terrorist is no longer portrayed as a terrorist in the media, below. No, he’s either a former college student or the Boston bomber.
MEDIA COVERAGE RECAP
WBUR May 4, 2015
1. “Tsarnaev’s own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime.”
NY Daily News: May 7, 2015
1. “Boston Bomber’s Lawyers Want Nun To Come To His Rescue.”
2. “Defense attorneys want the jury weighing whether Tsarnaev should be executed — or spend the rest of his life in prison — to hear from the 76-year-old Louisiana nun.”
Daily Mail UK: May 7, 2015
1. “He was found guilty of all 30 charges, many of which carried the death penalty.”
3. “The movie Dead Man Walking brought Sister Helen to national prominence. It charts her support for Elmo Patrick Sonnier, a convicted rapist and murderer who attempted to overturn the death penalty. ”
New York Times: May 11, 2015
1. “The nun provided to jurors the first evidence of Mr. Tsarnaev feeling regret since he was captured and charged with killing three people and wounding 264 others at the 2013 marathon, as well as killing an M.I.T. police officer three days later.
2. Wearing street clothes, a silver cross dangling from her neck, Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun and prominent opponent of the death penalty, testified on Monday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted Boston Marathon bomber, had expressed sympathy for his victims.
3. Asked how his voice sounded as he spoke, Sister Prejean, 76, said: “It had pain in it, actually, when he said what he did about ‘nobody deserves that.’ I had every reason to think he was taking it in and he was genuinely sorry for what he did.”
4. “Their cross-examination was to point out what was obvious: She’s against the death penalty, and she’d be up there arguing against it even if it were Adolf Hitler,” said David Hoose, a defense lawyer in Northampton, Mass., who has argued death penalty cases. Still, Mr. Hoose said, Sister Prejean was a valuable witness because she carries moral authority and because if Mr. Tsarnaev felt any regret, she could convey sincerity about it better than he could.
National Public Radio, May 11, 2015 “Sister Helen Prejean Says Dzohkar Tsarnaev ‘Genuinely Sorry'” :
1. “Her testimony was very significant. Remember, Tsarnaev has been sitting basically stone-faced through just about this entire trial, leaving jurors with absolutely no clue what’s going on in his head. So this witness was the first to shed a little light.”
2. “She says she met with Tsarnaev five times and that when they spoke about his crimes and his victims, he said, quote, “no one deserves to suffer like they did.” Sister Helen says that Tsarnaev lowered eyes, his voice sounded pained. She says she could see the emotion in his face, and she says she came away believing that he’s, quote, “genuinely sorry for what he did.” I should say that her testimony was clearly limited legally. There was a lot she couldn’t say, but she did manage to signal to jurors that there might be – might be – some remorse.
Our annual tradition at Fidelity and Action: to provide readers with a counter balance to Sister Helen Prejean. DEAD FAMILY WALKING: the true story of a book, a movie and a nun.”
HURRAY! We agree with this decision by Father Joseph Illo of Star of the Sea Catholic Church. “The future of the church is at stake.”
Your editor has been accused of being a Bad Catholic because I criticized Pope Francis for his crude remarks, which are undignified coming from the Vicar of Christ. He first reaffirmed Catholic teaching against contraception, then he said:
But “this does not mean a Christian must make children one after another,” the pope said, citing the case of a woman who became pregnant an eighth time after giving birth to seven children via cesarean section. “Does she want to leave seven orphans?” he said. “This is tempting God. Some people think — excuse me for saying this — that to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits,” Pope Francis said, yet church teaching provides for “many licit ways” to limit reproduction.
Jesuit Father Fessio was on Catholic Answers Live last week. Father is the founder of Ignatius Press. I’ve listened online and transcribed the parts where he very prudently criticizes Pope Francis…but I had to listen very carefully for it.
FATHER FESSIO reflecting on the pope’s phrase that Catholics reproduce “like rabbits”: When you are a person in authority, you always have to be concerned how what you say will be taken the right way, especially if there is something new. The media will report when there is something new in the Catholic Church. [paraphrased.]
Partial Transcription by Nina Rhea:
“What bothers me is the good people who are struggling against society which is anti-child, which is not to have a family. You know what it’s like to walk into a store if you have 3 or 4 kids with you? I mean people stare at you, they mock you, they make jokes about you, they ask embarrassing questions…I mean, these people need our support.
“I know a woman who had 10 cesareans! She got pregnant again. She had her 11th healthy child through cesarean. So was she “irresponsible?” Oh yeah? Tell that to the son, the 11th child!
“What about Saint Ignatius? He was the 13th of 13 children? And Saint Catherine of Sienna was a TWIN, [child numbers] 21 and 22, of the same mother! So we’re going to say they’re rabbits out there?
“I’m getting worked up about this. What the pOPE intended to say – which he said it the day after – is just right.”
FULL AUDIO at Catholic Answers Live.