Analysis: why are emotions running high in the Order of Malta election?

Considering that the Knights of Malta and the Vatican State are both sovereign nations, this is a deeply political issue as well as a religious one. Very informative on the ongoing situation between the Vatican and the Knights of Malta.

Catholicism Pure & Simple

The reformist German party want sweeping changes. But can they win over the voters?

Elections always provoke excitement, but in the run-up to the Order of Malta’s leadership vote this weekend, something more can be detected: anguish, anxiety, even a distinct note of panic. The 60 voters – most of them professed knights, who take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience – are being intensely lobbied. Members are sending emails to the voters, asking them to save the order from “corruption and destruction”. Meanwhile, Pope Francis has asked to see 15 of the voters this evening.

To simplify things hugely, the contest is about whether a German-led reform party will get what they want. Normally, the Grand Master is elected for life; but the Germans want to elect an interim leader, who can reform the Constitution. Erich Lobkowicz, who heads the German Association, has proposed sweeping changes

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Cardinals’ Dubia and Papal Silence: The Silver Lining

A very good explanation of the “negative” (by which I do not mean detrimental) facet of papal infallibility. Well worth the read.

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from: Dom Hugh Somerville-Knapman OSB (

The five questions, or dubia, submitted by Cardinals Caffarra, Burke, Meisner and Brandmüller to Pope Francis regarding his Apostolic Exhortation on family life, Amoris Laetitia, have been mentioned here before. Many commentators have expressed frustration that the pope has yet to answer them. Plain rude, some say. Probably quite a few liberals also would like Pope Francis to answer the dubia, and make the de facto practice in many places de iure: that divorcees who have entered into a subsequent civil remarriage might be allowed to receive Holy Communion.

So far the pope has been silent, and his defenders—not a few of them self-appointed and self-serving—have taken it upon themselves to attack i quattro cardinali, and even to advocate what it is said the pope thinks but has never quite said: that civilly-remarried divorcees should receive Holy Communion, as part of the Church’s…

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Open Letter to the Bishops of Malta

The time for silence is gone–if in fact there was such a time. The time to stand, as thd Maltese Faithful have, has come.

Veri Catholici

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017,Veri Catholici, the International Association of Catholics for the Defense of the Faith against the Errors of Cardinal Kasper, published in the Times of Malta Newspaper, on p. 29, an Open Letter to the Bishops of Malta and Gozo regarding their recent pastoral document, in which they have openly approved of communion for those living in public sin.

The Republic of Malta, one of the smallest Nation States of the European Union, is a Republic consisting of numerous islands, the largest two of which are Malta and Gozo. The Archbishop of Malta is Msgr. Charles Jude Scicluna, a native of Canada; the Bishop of Gozo is Msgr. Mario Grech, a native Maltese.  The Archbishop, like all the principal members of “Team Bergoglio”, traces his episcopal lineage back to the notorious Mariano Cardinal Rampolla del Tindaro, rival of Pope St. Pius…

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The Holy Name of Jesus

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The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus is associated with the Feast of the Circumcision, for it is when a child was circumcised that he received a name and was accepted as a son of Abraham and a full member of his family. So honoured is His Holy Name that devout Catholics bow their heads (men removing their hats) at the sound of “Jesus” (or “Iesus” in Latin), both inside and outside of the liturgy. To protect the sacredness and honour due the Holy Name, when hearing the Name of the Lord taken in vain, it is right to pray “Sit nomen Dómini benedíctum!” (“Blessed be the Name of the Lord”), to which the reply, if overheard, is “Ex hoc nunc, et usque in sæculum!” (“from this time forth for evermore!”). .

While there are no special customs, when we utter the Lord’s Name with devotion, we receive…

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Welcome to “The Catholic Voter”

Hello All,

Welcome to “The Catholic Voter”. As I said in the “About” page, this site is going to be dedicated to research on the political stances and behavior of sub-group of American Catholics, and American Catholics as a whole.

In addition, there will be weekly blog posts on happenings within the Church and among the Church in America, as well as more general subjects. I will also post book reviews of books concerning Catholic political participation and events that altered Catholic political participation. As well as books explaining Catholic doctrinal stances that carry over into politics and economics: such as Distributism and Catholic Social Teaching.

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