Original Source

.- The chairman of the Vatican’s commission on sexual abuse has said that recent comments from Pope Francis were painful and alienating to survivors of clerical sexual abuse.

“It is understandable that Pope Francis’ statements yesterday in Santiago, Chile were a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy or any other perpetrator,” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, in a Jan. 20 statement.

The statement refers to a comment made by Pope Francis to a Chilean reporter Jan. 18. The Pope was asked about Bishop Juan Barros, a Chilean accused by four victims of clerical sexual abuse of colluding with their abuser to cover up his crimes. Barros, who has maintained his innocence, has been a subject of controversy since his 2015 appointment to lead the Diocese of Osorno.

“The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak,” Pope Francis told the reporter. “There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny. Is that clear?”

Posted by: frroberts | January 21, 2018

The Emmy Winning Film

Posted by: frroberts | January 20, 2018

Why the priest faced with the people

Posted by: frroberts | January 20, 2018

Trump’s Words to the March for Life

His words start at 11:30 and run to 21:00

God have mercy on Pope Francis if he is wrong.

From the Associated Press:

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday…

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”…

Francis reopened the wounds of the scandal in 2015 when he named Barros, a protege of Karadima, as bishop of the southern diocese of Osorno. Karadima’s victims say Barros knew of the abuse, having seen it, but did nothing. Barros has denied the allegations.

“The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak,” Francis said. “There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny. Is that clear?”

Francis had defended the appointment before, calling the Osorno controversy “stupid” and the result of a campaign mounted by leftists. But The Associated Press reported last week that the Vatican was so worried about the fallout from the Karadima affair that it was prepared in 2014 to ask Barros and two other Karadima-trained bishops to resign and go on a yearlong sabbatical.

According to a Jan. 31, 2015, letter obtained by AP from Francis to the executive committee of the Chilean bishops’ conference, the plan fell apart and Barros was sent to Osorno….

Posted by: frroberts | January 19, 2018

My Christmas gifts

My mother and father: Zmirak, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism.

My dad loved it!

My niece and goddaughter: Newman, Callista and Marshall, Storm of Fire and Blood.

My nephew: Newman, Loss and Gain and Walsh,  Second Friends: C.S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation.

The two priests with whom I live: Laird, Into the Silent Land and Zmirak, The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins.

Other godchildren: Friendship with Jesus: Pope Benedict XVI talks to children on their first Holy Communion.  A Missal for Toddlers.  The Saving Name of God the Son.

Other friends: Peck, The People of the Lie.  Hermon, Maria Chapdelaine.  Stourton, Kenneth Clark: Life, Art and Civilisation.  Little Boy (movie).  

Posted by: frroberts | January 19, 2018

Private Latin Mass Tomorrow Cancelled

Due to missed previous commitment.

Posted by: frroberts | January 18, 2018

Pilgrimage 2019: Scotland and England

Cost : TBA, around $4,000

Single supplement: $700,00

Initial Deposit of $1000 due on October 31, 2018 

Contact robertsc13@udayton.edu for more information.  

ITINERARY (may be subject to revision)

June 24, 2019 Depart to Edinburgh Accommodation at the Hotel Apex Grassmarket, 4 *  , https://www.apexhotels.co.uk/apex-grassmarket-hotel

June 25 Day in Edinburgh (Castle, Holyrood House, St. Margaret’s Chapel, Old Town, Cathedral, Arthur’s seat, Roslyn Chapel)

June 26 Day in Edinburgh

June 27 Depart for York to see ruins of Fountains and Yorkminister, overnight in London

Accommodation at the Novotel London West , 4*  , http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0737-novotel-london-west/index.shtml

June 28 Day in London

June 29 Day trip to Oxford (Magalden College, Christchurch Meadow, Christchurch Cathedral, Saint Mary the Virgin, Kelbe College– Holman Hunt Painting, Littlemore–site of Cardinal Newman’s conversion)

June 30 Day in London: St. Paul’s, The Tower, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, The London Oratory

July 1 Day trip to Canterbury

July 2 Day trip to Stonehenge

July 3 Depart from London

Posted by: frroberts | January 17, 2018

Trapuzzano Story Wins Emmy

Posted by: frroberts | January 17, 2018

Homilies from My Parish posted!

If you want to listen, don’t forget to download the necessary program!


Posted by: frroberts | January 17, 2018

We need to trust young Catholics with the truth!

Posted by: frroberts | January 16, 2018

Destination: St. Margaret’s Chapel

From Wikipedia:

St Margaret’s Chapel, in Edinburgh Castle, is the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1] An example of Romanesque architecture, it is a category A listed building.[2] It was constructed in the 12th century, but fell into disuse after the Reformation. In the 19th century the chapel was restored and today is cared for by the St Margaret’s Chapel Guild.

Saint Margaret of Scotland (c. 1045 – 16 November 1093) was an English princess of the House of Wessex, the sister of Edgar Ætheling. Margaret and her family fled to Scotlandfollowing the Norman conquest of England of 1066. Around 1070 Margaret married Malcolm III of Scotland. She was a pious woman, and among many charitable works she established a ferry across the Firth of Forth for pilgrims travelling to Dunfermline Abbey. According to the Life of Saint Margaret, attributed to Turgot of Durham, she died at Edinburgh Castle in 1093, just days after receiving the news of her husband’s death in battle. In 1250 she was canonised by Pope Innocent IV.

Founding of the chapel

It was originally thought that St Margaret herself worshipped in this small chapel, but the style of the architecture indicates that it was built during the reign of David I, her fourth son, who ruled from 1124–1153.[3] The chapel formed part of a larger building, located to the north, which contained the castle’s royal lodgings.[4]

On the night of 14 March 1314 the castle was captured by Robert the Bruce. He destroyed all the buildings in the castle, except for the little chapel. On his death bed in 1329, Bruce spoke of the story of Queen Margaret and issued orders for the chapel’s repair, with some forty pounds Scots being put aside for that purpose. For many years afterwards the building was known as the “Royal Chapel in the Castle”. There is a fairly frequent record of services held in the chapel, though another and larger chapel was also in use within the castle.

Disuse and restoration

The chapel fell into disuse at the Protestant Reformation, and was used as a gunpowder store from the 16th century. By 1845 the chapel formed a store room at the western end of the 18th century garrison chapel, when the antiquarian Sir Daniel Wilson realised the significance of the chapel and publicised the building. The garrison chapel was demolished and St Margaret’s Chapel restored in 1851–1852 with the support of Queen Victoria. The barrel-vault over the nave was added at this time, in keeping with the architectural style of the earlier fabric.[2] The architect Hippolyte Blancproposed an enlargement later in the 19th century, but this was rejected.[2] The stained glass was installed in 1922. In 1929 further work was carried out to bring the chapel back into use, and the restored and refurnished chapel was dedicated on 16 March 1934.

Posted by: frroberts | January 15, 2018

Recommended Reading: Apologetics

Athanasius, On the Incarnation.

Buck, The Gentle Traditionalist.

Budziszewski, What You Can’t Not Know.

Chaput, Strangers in a Strange Land

Remaining in the Truth in Christ.

Douthat, Bad Religion.

Eberstadt, It is Dangerous to Believe.

Feser, Five Proofs for the Existence of God.

Feser, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism.

Longenecker, More Christianity.  This book is to Catholicism what Mere Christianity is to basic Christianity. Written by a Fundamentalist Evangelical turned Anglican priest turned Catholic priest, it is an excellent resource  for convinced Christians giving the Catholic Church a serious look.  While unapologetically Catholic, this work presents unique Catholic beliefs in an inviting way.  Also ideal for Catholics who struggle with certain aspects of Church teaching who want to learn more about their faith.

MacIntyre, After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory.

Martin, Will Many be Saved?

Mohler, Symbolism.

Pitre, The Case for Jesus.

Schoeborn, Chance of Purpose?

Weigel, Evangelical Catholicism.

Wojtyla, Love and Responsibility.

Zmirak, The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism.  The funniest spiritual book that I have ever read!  Zmirak tries to make the enemies of the faith look so absurd that a torrent of laughter discredits them.  A great confirmation gift.

Zmirak, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism.


Posted by: frroberts | January 15, 2018


MISAS EN SAN PATRICIO (1204 N. Armstrong, Kokomo)

entre el 28 de enero y el 18 de marzo hay misa los domingos a las 4:00


EL 24 DE MARZO (DOMINGO DE RAMOS) HAY MISA A LAS 7:30 de la noche (sábado– y no el domingo)

EL 1 (pascua) y 8 DE ABRIL HAY MISA A LAS 4 de la tarde

Posted by: frroberts | January 14, 2018

Great Radio Theatre on Two Saints

The Augustine Institute continues to do great work!

Brother Francis: The Barefoot Saint.

The Trials of Saint Patrick.

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