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TODAY'S COLUMN

Ominous Power Grabs – Part III

by Christopher A. Ferrara
July 25, 2016

In Part I of my series under this title I reported on the creation of Pope Francis’ Handy-Dandy Bishop Removal Machine via a motu proprio that declares any bishop can be removed for any reason Francis and his collaborators deem sufficient. That action confirms juridically a situation that has already seen the summary removal/forced retirement of six consecutive conservative bishops (most recently Bishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto of Paraiba), sacked for alleged scandals that are nothing compared with the endemic corruption, including homosexual activity, in the dioceses of liberal bishops around the world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Christopher A. Ferrara is an attorney specializing in First Amendment and other civil rights litigation on behalf of Catholics. His articles and commentary on Catholic Church affairs have appeared in The Latin Mass magazine, The Remnant, Christian Order, Catholic Family News, The Fatima Crusader magazine and elsewhere. He is co-author (with Thomas Woods) of The Great Facade, a widely acclaimed analysis of changes in the Church since Vatican II. He and his wife Wendy, a convert from Protestantism, have six children.


James W. Bannister was born in Toronto, Canada and earned degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Toronto. He practiced law in Canada for 12 years, then moved into business management consulting, training and teaching. Jim has taught and practiced the art of communication for nearly a quarter of a century, working in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He was a convert to Catholicism before Vatican II and is dedicated to restoring the Church to what it was when he was baptized. He has been working with Our Lady's Apostolate since 1990.