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April 24, 2016

My problem: the pope, the pope and the pope some more


Some folks have been wondering and asking "Where are you?  Are you still going to blog?" 


After starting off my Lent by writing a post asking the pope to "shut up" I thought I needed a time-out.  Originally, I had intended only to take a break during Lent and return after Easter.  

My problem was...well... I just couldn't stand Pope Francis nor trust him.  Every day he was driving me nuts in what he did, didn't do, said and didn't say.  I could find nothing in him to like or even tolerate. My feelings for him had gotten so low I was angry, bitter and furious with the pope daily. And this greatly disturbed me. 

And the problem now is... I still feel the same. I don't want to feel like this, but the truth is I do. 

So to give my wonderful priest a break from hearing me confess that same thing week after week; and to keep me from continually hogging the confessional, I've decided I need a longer break and I need to keep away from anything related to our current pope.  That's not an easy thing to do for a Catholic blogger.  

I might focus future posts more on sharing the Catholic faith, prayers, saints- anything Catholic that lets me put out of my mind that Pope Francis is our current pope. 

I am avoiding what leads me to sin.  Sadly, its our pope. :( 

I keep telling myself that God has His reasons and it's not my place to question them- but I don't like it.  So...I am going to ignore my intolerance of this pope to the best of my abilities by avoiding the entire subject of Pope Francis.  There are plenty of other Catholics out there taking on this issue who already do a much better job than I.  May God give them strength in their endeavors.

I will pray for the Church and continue to love my Faith, defend my Faith and share my Faith, but I am going to do my best to avoid the entire subject of who God is allowing to be called "pope" at this moment.  

That's all I'm saying on that. 

If there are any other subjects someone would like to see me comment on, please drop me an email, tweet or comment here. 

Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you. 


God bless you all. 

In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 



March 28, 2016

EWTN will be televising all Mother Angelica's Memorial Events globally


Schedule of Memorial Events Announced for Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A.



Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced the schedule of memorial events for its Foundress Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A., who died Easter Sunday, March 27, at 5 p.m. CDT. All events will be held at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama and will be televised globally on EWTN. Times listed are U.S. Central (CDT):

Tuesday, March 29
3 PM: Rite of Reception of Mother Angelica’s Body.
Mother Angelica’s body will be received in a ceremony and escorted through the Piazza of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Upon conclusion of the Procession, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed in the Shrine’s Upper Church and the body will be transferred to the Monastery Cloister for private visitation with the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration.

Wednesday, March 30
10 AM: Rosary in Memoriam and Public Visitation.
A public rosary will be led by Fr. Miguel Marie Soeherman, MFVA in the Upper Church of the Shrine. Upon conclusion of the Rosary, a public visitation will begin.

7 PM: Rosary in Memoriam and Conclusion of Public Visitation.
Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA will lead a Rosary in the Upper Church of the Shrine to conclude Public Visitation for the day.

Thursday, March 31
10 AM: Rosary in Memoriam and Public Visitation.
A public rosary will be led by Fr. Miguel Marie Soeherman, MFVA in the Upper Church of the Shrine. Upon conclusion of the Rosary, a public visitation will begin.

5 PM: Solemn Vespers.
Evening Prayer will be chanted by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, the Community of Religious Men founded by Mother Angelica.

7 PM: Vigil Service and Rosary at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be led by Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham.
Music will be performed by a Schola composed of the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius in Chicago. The Homilist will be Fr. Miguel Marie Soeherman, MFVA.

Friday, April 1
11 AM: Mass of Christian Burial and Rite of Committal.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Shrine’s Upper Church by bishops and clergy from around the world. The homilist will be Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA. The Mass will conclude with a Procession carrying Mother Angelica’s body through the Shrine’s Piazza and into the Crypt. The procession will be followed by the Rite of Committal and interment in the Crypt Chapel.


Because of limited seating capacity, admission to the Shrine for the funeral Mass will be by invitation only. The public may participate directly outside, in the Shrine’s piazza. For a complete schedule of all memorial events and programming information, visit www.ewtn.com.  




March 27, 2016

Mother Angelica Dies at 92




Mother Angelica Dies at 92
Founded the EWTN Global Catholic Network


Irondale, AL (EWTN) Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, P.C.P.A., known to millions around the world as Foundress of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, died peacefully at 5 p.m. CDT, Easter Sunday, March 27, surrounded by the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala.

“This is a sorrow-filled day for the entire EWTN Family,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “Mother has always, and will always, personify EWTN, the Network which she founded. In the face of sickness and long-suffering trials, Mother’s example of joy and prayerful perseverance exemplified the Franciscan spirit she held so dear. We thank God for Mother Angelica and for the gift of her extraordinary life.”

Born Rita Antoinette Rizzo in Canton, Ohio in 1923, she entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Cleveland on Aug. 15, 1944 at the age of 21. A year later, she received her religious name – Sister Mary Angelica of the Annunciation. Soon after, the Cleveland Monastery established a new foundation in Canton, and Sr. Angelica was chosen to be a member of the community there. On Jan. 2, 1947 she made her first profession of vows and in January 1953, Sister Angelica took her solemn vows as a Poor Clare nun.

In 1956, while awaiting a delicate spinal surgery, Sister Angelica made a promise that, if God would permit her to walk again, she would build a monastery in the South. On May 20, 1962, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Irondale, Ala. was dedicated by Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen of Mobile. 
In Irondale, Mother Angelica’s vision took form and her distinctive approach to teaching the Catholic Faith led to parish talks, the publication of pamphlets and books, then radio and television opportunities. By 1980, the Nuns had converted the garage of their monastery into a television studio.

Despite having only a high school education, no television experience and only $200 in the bank, Mother Angelica officially launched the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) on Aug. 15, 1981 and served as the Network’s first Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She famously refused to air paid advertisements to fund her Network, relying solely on viewer donations, despite coming close to bankruptcy on several occasions.

More than 34 years later, EWTN is the largest Catholic media network in the world, transmitting 11 separate television channels in multiple languages, reaching more than 264 million homes in 145 countries and territories. The Network now also includes multiple radio platforms, online and digital media outlets, global news services and a publishing group.

Known for her humor and ability to colloquially communicate the Catholic Faith to both Catholics and non-Catholics alike, her popular EWTN television show, “Mother Angelica Live” was launched in 1983. Episodes of the program continue to air regularly and have been translated into multiple languages including Spanish, German, and Ukrainian.

In addition to the Eternal Word Television Network and Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Mother Angelica also founded the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, a religious community of men based in Irondale.

In 1995, Mother Angelica was inspired by God to begin construction of a new monastery and church on a nearly 400 acre site in rural Hanceville, Ala. By 1999, the nuns relocated from Irondale to the new site in Hanceville. Our Lady of the Angels Monastery and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament were formally dedicated in December 1999. The Shrine remains one of the most visited tourist sites in the State of Alabama.

Before stepping down as EWTN’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2000, Time magazine described Mother Angelica as, "arguably the most influential Roman Catholic woman in America.”
Throughout her life, she struggled with painful illnesses and physical challenges.  On Christmas Eve of 2001, Mother Angelica suffered a debilitating stroke and cerebral hemorrhage which took away her capacity to speak.

In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of her faithful and extraordinary service to the Roman Catholic Church. This past February, while on board the plane taking him to Cuba, Pope Francis sent a special blessing to Mother Angelica, and asked her for her prayers.

Mother Angelica’s final years were prayerful and quiet, spent with her nuns at the Monastery she built in Hanceville.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 1 at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville. Interment will immediately follow in the Shrine’s Crypt Church.


Because of limited seating capacity, admission to the Shrine for the funeral Mass will be by invitation only. The public may participate directly outside, in the Shrine’s piazza.  Services will be broadcast by EWTN. Further information is available at www.ewtn.com.


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Catholic Leaders React to the Passing of Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A. 

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – Following the announcement of the death of Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A. this evening, several Catholic leaders issued statements reacting to the news of her passing. Known to millions of television viewers around the world, Mother Angelica founded two thriving religious orders, as well as EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network. Mother Angelica died at 5 p.m. CDT, Easter Sunday, March 27, at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Ala.

Mother Dolores Marie, Superior of the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery:
“Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, P.C.P.A. passed peacefully from this life at Our Lady of the Angels Monastery on 5 p.m. CDT, Easter Sunday, March 27, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, surrounded by the prayers and love of her spiritual daughters, sons and dear friends. Known as “Mother to Millions” to her EWTN Family, she untiringly exhorted all to pursue holiness by living with God in the present moment. We are grateful for your prayers for this courageous daughter of the Church and your support of EWTN, the media network that she founded for the salvation of souls. May our beloved Mother Angelica, Foundress of EWTN, enter through the Mercy of God into the joy of Heaven.”

EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw
“This is a sorrow-filled day for the entire EWTN Family. Mother has always, and will always, personify EWTN, the Network which she founded. In the face of sickness and long-suffering trials, Mother’s example of joy and prayerful perseverance exemplified the Franciscan spirit she held so dear. We thank God for Mother Angelica and for the gift of her extraordinary life. Her accomplishments and legacies in evangelization throughout the world are nothing short of miraculous and can only be attributed to Divine Providence and her unwavering faithfulness to Our Lord. The important thing, as Mother Angelica’s life and the lives so many of the saints have shown us, is to be faithful and to persevere. Mother Angelica’s life has been a life of faith; her prayer life and obedience to God are worthy of our imitation.  Everything she did was an act of faith.”

The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia:
“Mother Angelica succeeded at a task the nation’s bishops themselves couldn’t achieve.  She founded and grew a network that appealed to everyday Catholics, understood their needs and fed their spirits. Mother Angelica inspired other gifted people to join her in the work without compromising her own leadership and vision. I admired her very much, not just as a talented leader and communicator, but as a friend and great woman religious of generosity, intellect and Catholic faith.”

The Most Reverend Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama:
“Mother Angelica brought the truth and the love and the life of the Gospel of Jesus to so many people, not only to our Catholic household of faith, but to many thousands of people who are not Catholic, in that beautiful way she had of touching lives, bringing so many people into the Catholic Faith.”

Father Anthony Mary Stelten, M.F.V.A., Community Servant, Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word:
“The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word are deeply saddened by the death of our Foundress, Mother Mary Angelica, P.C.P.A. Mother was an inspiration for all of us in her contemplative life of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament and in the deep, personal relationship that she had with the Lord. Her friendly manner, pleasant wit, vision and enthusiastic zeal for evangelization so animated her mission at EWTN and inspired all who had the privilege of getting to know her in person or through the Network. In founding our Community, Mother Angelica imbued our manner of life with her own profound love for the Real Presence, devotion to Our Lady and the spirituality of St. Francis. She shared with us her special charism of evangelization through the modern means of social communication, most especially through service to the apostolate of EWTN. The friars will always treasure the unique relationship we had with Mother Angelica and the way of life that she inspired for us.”

Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus:

“In passing to eternal life, Mother Angelica leaves behind a legacy of holiness and commitment to the New Evangelization that should inspire us all. I was honored to know and be able to assist Mother Angelica during the early days of EWTN. Over the years, that relationship grew, and today the Knights of Columbus and EWTN partner regularly on important projects. Mother Angelica was fearless, because she had God on her side. She saw what He needed her to do and she did it! She transformed the world of Catholic broadcasting, and brought the Gospel to far corners of our world. That witness of faith was unmistakable to anyone who met and worked with her, and generations of Catholics have, and will continue to be formed by her vision, and her "yes" to God's will.”


February 20, 2016

EWTN Press Release: Court rules against EWTN in HHS Mandate Case




Appeals Court Rules Against EWTN in HHS Mandate Case
11th Circuit Court of Appeals Refuses to Protect Catholic Network



Irondale, AL (EWTN) –This afternoon, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against EWTN Global Catholic Network in its long-running battle against the government’s insurance mandate requiring employer-sponsored health plans to provide coverage for contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs. A three-judge panel issued a 2-1 decision more than a year after oral arguments before the Appeals Court.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Court has refused to protect our religious freedom,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “This decision by the Court of Appeals ignores the arguments that EWTN and numerous plaintiffs around the country have made with regard to this mandate. In effect, this decision orders EWTN to violate its religious beliefs and comply with the government’s HHS mandate or pay massive fines to the IRS.”

In the majority opinion, the Court stated "We accept the plaintiffs’ sincere belief . . . that the accommodation puts them to a choice between honoring their religious beliefs and facing significant penalties. We nonetheless conclude that the accommodation imposes no substantial burden." 

“This is wrong,’ said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney on the case. “Rather than provide these drugs and devices through its own exchanges, our government wants to punish EWTN for practicing its faith. This 2-1 decision is not the end. The government’s unconstitutional mandate has lost repeatedly at the Supreme Court, and we believe it will lose again.”
EWTN filed its original lawsuit Feb. 9, 2012 against the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other government agencies seeking to stop the imposition of the contraception mandate as well as asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the mandate is unconstitutional. The Attorney General of the State of Alabama filed a motion to join EWTN March 22, 2012 as a plaintiff in the lawsuit. That lawsuit was dismissed pending the final HHS mandate rules.

The final rules promulgated in July 2013 granted no relief to EWTN.  In October 2013, EWTN and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange joined together to challenge the unconstitutional HHS mandate. A federal judge ruled against EWTN in that case as well.  Hours after the US Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case in June 2014, the 11th Circuit granted EWTN an emergency injunction, protecting EWTN from the mandate while it filed an appeal. Today, a different panel of judges rendered a split decision, voting 2-1 against EWTN.

In a blistering dissent, Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat stated: "The majority runs roughshod over the sincerely held religious objections of Eternal Word Television Network," and concluded that "at bottom, the majority’s reasoning takes aim at the heart of RFRA (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act) itself."

Said Warsaw: “As we have said repeatedly, contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization are not health care and the government should not force EWTN to provide them as part of our employer-sponsored health plan. We are grateful for the prayers and support of the EWTN Family over the course of this litigation, as well as all those who have written in support of our lawsuit and in support of religious liberty. We ask for continued prayers as we consider our response to the Court’s decision.”


EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 264 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN services include direct broadcast satellite television and radio; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.







February 18, 2016

Is it a sin to tell Pope Francis to shut up?



I had intended to keep a very low Internet profile during Lent, but once more the Pope has opened his mouth and my head has exploded. 

If I could tell Pope Francis one thing, it would be to please, please, please "shut up".  The more he speaks (interviews, off the cuff remarks etc) the more damage is done. 

According to the delusions of our current progressive socialist-leaning global warming guru pope there is a new mortal sin that defines who is and who is not a Christian. 

Wall builders.

Wall builders are not Christians.  

(CNN)Thrusting himself into the combative 2016 presidential campaign, Pope Francis said Thursday that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump "is not Christian" if he calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
The Pope, who was traveling back to Rome from Mexico, where he urged the United States to address the "humanitarian crisis" on its southern border, declined to say whether American Catholics should vote for Trump.
But Francis left little doubt where he stood on the polarizing issue of immigration reform.
"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel," the Pope told journalists.
**note: the politician in question here has never said "only" build a wall, so the pope is either purposely being deceptive or clueless, your guess is as good as anybody else's guess.**

Unless of course you're the pope sitting inside the Vatican walls. 
People waiting outside Vatican Wall.

There is NOTHING in the Bible that says building a wall to protect citizens and nations from terrorists, illegals, drugs or anything else makes a person unChristian.  If wall builders are not Christians then why so many convent and monastery and Vatican walls??  

I am once again DISGUSTED by this pope.  We've got people running for president who are supporting abortion, birth control and the right to die "with dignity" (euthanasia) and the pope says NOTHING. 

We have one person running for president who wants to build a border NOT to keep immigrants out, but to keep ILLEGAL immigrants out (big difference), to allow people to come into the country legally and Pope Francis has just decided to declare to the world that such a person is NOT a Christian. 

I have to honestly wonder...is Pope Francis a Catholic? I know I'm not the first to ask that question.  It's something many Catholics are thinking and have been thinking.  How could we not?  We've seen this pope wash Muslim women's feet on Holy Thursday... we've read horrendous interviews from this pope saying things like the most pressing evils facing the Church today are "jobless youth and lonely elderly"- not abortion, not euthanasia, not selling baby parts, not gay unions...nope, "jobless youth and lonely elderly".  In the same interview he declared God wasn't Catholic- as if Jesus Christ himself hadn't founded the Catholic Church! 

And now we have the pope declaring that people who build walls for protection are not Christians.

Are those who built those walls around the Vatican and Catholic convents/monasteries now deemed to be non Christians because they wished to protect what was held inside those walls? Will Pope Francis now order all those walls be taken down? 

This really shouldn't surprise anyone.  This pope is all about removing protective barriers and leaving the innocent unprotected. 

Christ in the Eucharist at Mass was once protected by His priests from blasphemy and sacrilege... not so with Pope Francis.  Lutheran's are given the Eucharist at Mass by Catholic priests at the Vatican and Pope Francis shuts up.  But a non-Catholic running for President in the United States says he's going to build a wall to protect the United States and Pope Francis declares to the world that such a man is not a Christian. 

This pope has a warped mind and twisted spirituality that is not in line with the Catholic Faith.  He's concerned more with global warming and other nations political candidates than he is with actual Catholics and Catholic teaching and worse of all he has little regard for saving souls! 

Where is the pope on these issues?  What does he say and do when faced with the very real mortal sin issues facing the world today?

Catholic clergy supporting the gay agenda... "who am I to judge?". 




Catholic politicians supporting gay marriage, euthanasia, birth control, abortion, selling baby parts, Catholic clergy marching for women priests and supporting the gay agenda...crickets from this pope.  


Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Provence's booth at Gay Pride parade


When is the rest of the Catholic world (I know there are many who have been speaking out for years, God bless you) going to open their eyes and speak out that WE HAVE A POPE PROBLEM

It saddens me greatly to write this, especially during Lent, but I feel overwhelmed to speak out against this pope (again). 

Church history shows we've had good popes, we've had great popes and we've had bad popes.  We've got a bad pope right now folks, there is no denying it.  This pope is more concerned with worldly issues than with saving souls.  

The world so desperately needs a pope who will continually give homilies, interviews and off the cuff remarks about mortal sin and eternal damnation.  We need a pope who will guide the people away from sin, not one who confuses people with "who am I to judge" statements that leave progressives thinking they are right to support gay marriage.  Chaos and confusion are not of God.  

Pray for him- pray many rosaries to Our Lady for help, pray to God that this pope either change drastically or that we are not burdened with him for long. The damage he is causing is phenomenal.  Whoever the next pope is he will have a tremendous job cleaning up after this disastrous papacy.

While the evil in this world is currently celebrating, the Catholics in the world should be weeping greatly over the things this pope says, does and allows.

All that said (right or wrong), if I can't tell the pope to please shut up already, I can't help but wonder if it would be a sin for me to pray that as John the Baptist's father was struck mute, so be it with our current pope?

God please save us from Pope Francis! 



In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

...And to anyone who thinks I've been too harsh in my views and opinions of this pope well... who are you to judge?  See the danger to souls in that statement now? 


Sources (quotes/photos): 

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/18/politics/pope-francis-trump-christian-wall/

http://www.dispatch.com/content/cartoons/2013/08/beeler0802.html

http://callmejorgebergoglio.blogspot.com/2014/06/franciscan-friars-in-full-communion.html

http://www.repubblica.it/cultura/2013/10/01/news/pope_s_conversation_with_scalfari_english-67643118/

http://www.onepeterfive.com/magister-lutherans-given-communion-in-rome-after-papal-audience

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1%3A+10-22&version=NRSVCE





February 16, 2016

Pope sends greeting to Mother Angelica


Pope Sends Greetings To EWTN Foundress
Mother Angelica From Aboard the Papal Plane


Irondale, AL (EWTN) – Pope Francis sent his greetings this morning to EWTN Foundress Mother Mary Angelica from aboard the papal plane to Cuba for his historic meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. 





(View it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOOfuRP820s.) Following the meeting with Patriarch Kirill, the Pope will continue on a multi-day trip to Mexico.

“To Mother Angelica with my blessing and I ask you to pray for me; I need it,” the Pope said. “God bless you Mother Angelica.”

“On behalf of Mother Angelica, I thank the Holy Father for his greeting and want him to know that Mother, her Nuns and the EWTN family will be praying for him and for the success of this  historic journey,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw.


EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast the Gospel message in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 264 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. Properties include direct broadcast satellite television and radio services; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and almost 500 Catholic domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio station; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm. 




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