Pope Francis ignores Cardinals’ request for an audience to discuss Dubia

Interesting that Facebook and Twitter have waded into the fray (see below). It hardly seems something that would merit their attention but I guess the prince of this world is acting more openly now.

These are anxious times for the Church. Doctrinal anarchy and unorthodoxy are reigning in Rome. We had hardly caught our breath after the shocking news of the new heretical appointees to the Pontifical Academy of Life, when we hear about this….

ardinal Carlo Caffarra, the archbishop emeritus of Bologna, asked for an audience on behalf of the four ‘dubia’ cardinals. (Edward Pentin photo)

National Catholic Register correspondent, Edward Pentin, had only two days earlier reported on the ‘Doctrinal Anarchy’ as Bishops’ Conflicting Positions on Amoris Laetitia Show: “Since the publication last year of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family Amoris Laetitia, a “doctrinal anarchy” that was feared and predicted at the synods on the family is becoming apparent”, and the urgent necessity for a final Papal clarification on these confusing conflicting interpretations of AL, when news of the latest rebuff towards the four Cardinals who signed…

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URGENT PRAYER ALERT! The Four Cardinals of the Five Dubia ask an AUDIENCE

4 cardinals 5 dubiaFrom Edward Pentin at the faithful National Catholic Register (not to be confused with faithless Fishwrap):

Full Text of Dubia Cardinals’ [The Four Cardinals who submitted the Five Dubia] Letter Asking Pope for an Audience
The April 25 missive was hand-delivered to the Pope on May 6 but has received no response.

Edward Pentin

Here below is the full text of the letter, signed by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on behalf of the four dubia cardinals, asking Pope Francis for an audience to discuss deep concerns over the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

The Holy Father has yet to acknowledge the cardinals’ written request. […]

“Most Holy Father,

It is with a certain trepidation that I address myself to Your Holiness, during these days of the Easter season. I do so on behalf…

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Moderates Can’t Defend Their Position

Crochet Garland


I might add a few little leaves here and there but the garland is pretty much done.  As you can see, I swapped out the pale leaves and replaced them with darker ones.  I’m not crazy about how they turned out but I think they’ll have to do.  I’ve got friction burns on my fingers from the yarn passing over the same place over and over again so I’m going to leave off crochet for a while now.  Time for some drawing (when it’s raining) and gardening (when it’s not).

17 Reasons I Became Catholic in 2017

If you’re wondering why anyone would want to join the Catholic Church in this day and age then read this beautiful post by Anja:

Anja Speaks

In the last few months to a year of exploring then joining the Church, I have been asked perhaps 200 times—Why the Catholic Church? Why now? Usually I give a quick answer or fail to answer. Perhaps this is because I could clearly only scratch the surface of this question in over 4,000 words once I actually did try. It can’t be summed up so succinctly for me. Friends and family approached me lovingly and unlovingly, tactfully and offensively, concerned and angry, debating and praying. Thank you for your genuine concern and desire to understand. Hopefully this can give you an idea of my “sudden” change and console your fears that we are so different. While there is time for debate, that is not the intention of this piece. Thank you so much for your concern and aid. Here are just the Top 17 Reasons (in no particular order) I…

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Find Out What’s Really At Stake

Here are some of my recent thoughts about radical Islam.  I’m not an expert, but I think this is something that a lot of Westerners need to hear.  First lets hear from a radical muslim source.  A recent message to muslims goes (sic to all the weird grammar, etc.):

O! Muslims, in America, Russia, France, Britain, Canada, Belgium, Australia, and Italy and else where Outside the Caliphate Role

Get far away from the gathering places of the Crusaders before the Military places from their markets, ways and Parkings..

All of these places are Targets for the Soldiers of the Caliphate and we will explode, Run over people by vehicles and Cut off their necks in any time

To the Crusaders they say:

The Islamic State haven’t started the war against you, as your governments and media imagine that to you, you have started the aggression against us, and the starter is most aggressive, and you will pay costly for that, and not these almost daily blessed attacks in your homelands; are just a beginning and a promise from Allah and his Messenger (PBUH) and what we had promised you, and we have prepared for you worst days, surprises after surprises, and to answer the call of targeting people of the crusader’s countries, thousands of lonely lions has been prepared in your countries and have sold their bodies and souls for the sake of Allah

And wait for Attacks, and we wait too!

It’s interesting that they should mention “lonely lions” as their source of attacks.  To whom have they sold their souls?  It’s not hard to guess:

Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. [1 Peter 5:8]

It’s also interesting that they frame their Western enemies as Crusaders.  They must know that Western society is increasingly secular, and that the depravity that they often point to is linked directly to an increase in secularism.  Directing the threat against Crusaders makes non-believers want to distance themselves even further from the Church when that is the very thing that can save them.  Radical Islam wants the West to give up its only salvation (which is not very surprising).  They probably know that secular Western society already uses a distorted account of the Crusades as propaganda to discredit the Catholic Church.  The wedge is firmly in place already, the terrorists are just giving it one more tap to widen the gap.  The correct response to this threat is to embrace the thing which they are trying to separate us from.

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I urge all non-believers not to give up on Christ before giving Him a fair hearing.  Find out what’s really at stake before you let someone take it out of your reach forever.

I’ve been a Catholic for less than two years so I still remember all the anti-Catholic propaganda that had kept me away from the Church for decades.  If there’s something stopping you from learning more about the Church please let me know in the comments.  It is quite possible that what you believe about the Church is false, or exagerrated.  I know I had some crazy notions about it before I finally decided to open my mind.

Lepanto f3If you want to find out what really happened during the Crusades you could start here or here.

Leaf Pattern

I crocheted another leaf.  You can see from the photo that I was more relaxed when I made this one – my tension is not so tight so the leaf is bigger.  The pattern is below.

leavesLeaf Pattern (UK terminology)

  1. 15 ch
  2. 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc into each ch except last, (1dc, 3ch, 1dc) into last ch [this forms the tip of the leaf], 1 dc into ch along opposite side of foundation ch, 2 dc into same place as last dc [this forms the base of the leaf].  For the remainder of the pattern, dc into the back loop (when viewed from the right side) of each dc. 1 dc into each of next 10 dc, 1 ch, turn work over.
  3. 1 dc into each dc until the first of the dcs at the base of the leaf.  Don’t forget to work into the back loop only – on this reverse side this means working into the front loop.  3 dc into centre of 3 dc at base.  1 dc into each dc except last 4 dc, 1 ch, turn work over.
  4. Repeat step 3, remembering to work into the back loop of the dcs, until you have the number of points on your leaf that you require.
  5. Work down to the base of the leaf as before but work the last two sts as ss and finish off in the centre dc of the base.

More Motifs

Here are some more pieces for my garland.  The leaf is a pretty standard Irish crochet motif, and the bird is my own design.  They didn’t turn out quite how I wanted but I’ve put the bird pattern below anyway.  I’ll make one more leaf to check the pattern before I publish it.


Bird Pattern (UK terminology)
I used a 3.5mm hook, and cotton yarn (which looks like DK thickness)

  1. 5 ch, ss to make ring
  2. 1 ch, 8 dc into ring, ss into first st
  3. 3 ch, 2 tr in same dc, *3 tr in next dc* seven times, ss into 3rd chain
  4. 3 ch, 1 tr in top of same tr, *3 tr in next tr, 2 tr in next tr* repeat to beg., ss
  5. Change colour. 3 ch, 1 tr in top of each tr, ss into 3rd chain
  6. 3 ch, 1 tr in top of each tr, ss into 3rd chain, fold motif in half so that the current stitch is at one end of the fold.  To form the tail, 7 ch, ss into top of fold near the base of the chains, 7 ch, ss a little further along the fold, 7 ch, ss, 5 ch, ss (see photo for guidance).  Finish off leaving enough yarn to sew the edges together.  Use the first colour to sew a beak and eyes (see photo).



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New Crochet Project

I’ve started work on a crocheted garland.  It’s a bit passé – most other crocheters will have “been there, done that” years ago – but I’ve never been accused of being fashionable so I’m not worried.  Here are my first motifs:


The flower is my own design which I’m calling peony.  The pattern is below, in UK crochet terminology (e.g. UK dc = US sc).  It’s mainly for my own records because it’s only the second pattern I’ve published and I haven’t had anyone else check it.  If you want to give it a try, or adapt it, then please feel free, and let me know how you get on.  The butterfly pattern can be found by clicking this link.

Peony Pattern
I used a 3.5mm hook, and cotton yarn (which looks like DK thickness)

  1. 5 ch, ss to make ring
  2. 1 ch, 8 dc into ring, ss into first st
  3. 1 ch, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc* repeat around ring (12), ss into first st
  4. Change colour. 1 ch, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc* repeat (18), ss
  5. Change colour. *4 ch, 1 dc in 3rd dc along* repeat, ss into first 4 ch sp
  6. ss along 4 ch, 5 ch and 2 tr into 4 ch sp, 1 ch, *2 tr, 3 ch, 2 tr into next 4 ch sp, 1 ch* repeat 5 times, 1 tr into first 4 ch sp, ss into 3rd ch of first 5 ch, ss into 3 ch sp
  7. 3 ch, 6 tr in 3 ch sp, ss in 1 ch sp, *7 tr in next 3 ch sp, ss in 1 ch sp* repeat 5 times, ss into 3rd ch of 1st 3 ch, finish off
  8. Rejoin yarn in one of dcs of 4th round before a dc of 5th round.  (The trs of these front petals will straddle the dcs that join the edges of the back petals to the ring.)  5 ch, 2 tr into next empty dc of 4th round, 1 ch, *2 tr in next dc, 2 ch, 2 tr in next dc, 1 ch* repeat 5 times, 1 tr in next dc, ss into 3rd ch of 1st 5 ch, ss into sp
  9. 3 ch, 6 tr in 2 ch sp, ss in 1 ch sp, *7 tr in next 2 ch sp, ss in 1 ch sp* repeat 5 times, ss into 3rd ch of 1st 3 ch, finish off