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News of the passing of pro-abort, pro-homosexual "devoutly Catholic" Ted Kennedy along with news of recent remarks made by Cherie Blair - a supposed Catholic who advocates the grave sin of contraception - we are once again faced with numerous media reports of so-called "devout" Catholics who pick & choose which parts of the faith they will follow. Perhaps such persons really are "devout" in the eyes of the godless media simply because they might attend a Mass or utter a few religious sound bites, but are they really "devout"?
How can a "devout" Catholic possibly...?
* Advocate violating the 5th commandment: "You shall not kill."
* Lend support to a grave sin that "cries out to heaven for vengeance", a sin that caused the all-loving God to condemn the perpetrators to suffer eternal hellfire (see Jude 1:7)
* Advocate a practice that contradicts the primary purpose of marriage and caused God to directly take the life of one that practiced it (see Gen. 38:9-10)
* Publicly oppose the official teachings of the Church
This is their idea of devout? Wouldn't truly devout Catholics cringe at the thought of such behaviors being considered "devout"?
Even though more educated & faithful Catholics might write off these statements as being simply ridiculous, it seems we have a duty to actually oppose such comments. The reason? For the good of others' souls. Should persons less educated in the faith hear these statements go unopposed, they may think they can also be "devout" Catholics even while obstinately rejecting Church teachings. As a result, they may put their souls in grave danger.
One homosexual has happily quoted a prayer request read by a young relative of Kennedy during the former senator's funeral Mass this past weekend as "In a renewed season of hope, that my Uncle Teddy envisioned, we will rise to our best ideals and close the book on the old politics of race and gender, group against group and straight against gay. We pray to the Lord." Another source notes the prayer request aimed at passing a healthcare bill which was also read aloud from the sanctuary. Unfortunately, we can be virtually certain that there will be no reprimand from the Vatican over the politicization of the former senator's funeral.
Human Life International has released a strongly worded statement chastising plans for a public Catholic funeral for the late pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, 'divorced' former senator Ted Kennedy. Concerned about the message sent to Catholics & the world, the HLI statement says...
* "There was very little about Ted Kennedy's life that deserves admiration from a spiritual or moral point of view. He was probably the worst example of a Catholic statesman that one can think of."
* Says honoring this champion of the culture of death with a Catholic funeral "is unjust to those who have actually paid the price of fidelity." It also refers to the "unborn who he betrayed time and time again" as well as the "rest of us who are laboring to undo the scandalous example of Catholicism that he gave to three generations of Americans."
* Claims that "Every indication of Senator Kennedy's career, every public appearance, every sound bite showed an acerbic, divisive and partisan political hack for whom party politics were much more infallible than Church doctrines."
* The statement says that "If we do not remind ourselves of the necessity of public confession for public sins such as Senator Kennedy was guilty of, then we are negligent in our embrace of the Faith and we are part of the problem. As Pope Benedict has reminded us recently, charity without truth can easily become mere sentimentality, and we must not fall into that error. A Catholic show of charity for the family must not eclipse the truth that is required of all with eyes to see and ears to hear."
The organization joins others in calling for a private funeral.
Note: We are reminded that while judgment of human actions is necessary, we must leave judgment of souls in God's hands. Pray for his soul.
[HLI article here] [8/28]
A pro-life website is reporting that Planned Parenthood in South Dakota will follow a new law requiring them to inform women that abortion kills a child (how nice of them...they will follow state law instead of having their license revoked). However, it seems appropriate to wonder exactly how they will follow the law. Presumably there is no provision in the law forbidding a wink or a very low tone of voice or small print or negating follow up comments or ... We can be sure that PP is working feverishly on ways to circumvent the oh-so-ghastly law that threatens their profits by requiring them to inform a woman that she is, in fact, ordering the death of her child.
What pro-lifers may call a "'huge, fatal blow' to the abortion lobby and a step forward in the 'unraveling' of Roe v. Wade", pro-aborts may refuse to acknowledge as a defeat. The issue at hand involves a South Dakota law which was upheld by a federal court. The law requires that doctors inform a woman having an abortion that the abortion "will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being."
The court, which said that the term "human being" could be used in a "biological sense" and not an "ideological" sense, overturned a requirement that women be notified that abortion "increases the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts", saying this was "untruthful and misleading" (tell that to affected women!). The court also overturned the provision that a woman be told that she has an "existing legally protected relationship with her unborn child."
Reportedly, both parties are considering whether to appeal.
Facing the prospect that women will hear that their planned abortion "will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being" - even though they will not hear about their increased risk of suicide or that they have a legal relationship to their babies - a pro-abortion proponent still had the audacity to state that "We're thrilled."
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Recently, a group of disgruntled parishioners physically locked their priest out of the parish. One parishioner claims the priest needs to be "...more social, more friendly – basically what a priest is supposed to be." She says "He's not just here to give Mass. He's here to serve the community." So, if "Fr. Bob" isn't being "social" or "friendly" enough to please his parishioners the solution is to lock him out of the church physically (and Christ with him) - even though this means no sacraments for the parishioners? Is this not childish, disrespectful, and self-destructive? Doesn't it also show a serious misunderstanding of the role of a priest?
Parishioners who want a self-affirming, social-working, friendly priest should wake up and face the facts:
(1) A good priest should be willing to shed his blood for his flock - maybe spend his entire life in a "dry martyrdom" for those under his charge. He is supposed to admonish them and correct them, not necessarily be "social" & "friendly" to them. As St. Paul instructs in 1 Tim. 5:20: "Reprimand publicly those who do sin, so that the rest also will be afraid."
(2) Should a priest become too "friendly" with parishioners, he might find it hard to condemn their sins, offer correction, etc. Obviously, this would ill serve the parishioners. "Beseech, accuse, correct, rebuke and fear not: for ill-judged silence leaves in their error those who could be taught, and this is most harmful both to them and to you who should have dispelled the error." (Pope Pius VI, "Inscrutabile", 1775 A.D.)
(3) Priests are authority figures - fathers. As such, part of their job is to discipline and correct. They merit respect and lawful obedience. They are not supposed to act like "buddies" to the laity, especially given the fact that so many of today's laity choose to continue in sin. "Of a truth, he who to please men would gloss over their evil inclinations or be indulgent about their incorrect ways of thinking or acting, thereby prejudicing Christian teaching and integrity of morals, would be betraying his ministry." (Pope Pius XII, "Menti Nostrae", 1950 A.D.)
(4) A priest cannot be overly concerned with public opinion: "If a parish priest doesn't want to be damned, and if there is any loose living in his parish, he must spurn the very thought of public opinion and the fear of being despised or hated by his parishioners. Even if he were certain of being lynched when he came down from the pulpit, that must not stop him from speaking out against it." (St. John Vianney)
(5) A priest's role is not primarily to serve the "social" needs of his flock. Rather, "A priest has two acts: one is the principal, namely to consecrate the body of Christ; the other is secondary, namely to prepare God's people for the reception of this sacrament" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")
(6) A priest is supposed to lead and protect his flock in the midst of great spiritual dangers - not be the flock's "buddy": "These, then, are the duties of a shepherd: to place himself as leader at the head of his flock, to provide proper food for it, to ward off dangers, to guard against insidious foes, to defend it against violence: in a word to rule and govern it." (Pope Leo XIII, "Satis Cognitum", 1896 A.D.)
(7) The principal act of the priest IS to say Mass: "[T]he principal act of a priest is to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church") As Pope John Paul II has said, "The Eucharist is the principal and central raison d'etre of the sacrament of the priesthood"
(8) It is wrong to place priests on the same level as laity or to want them to act as if they were just like laity. Priests have a high dignity that should be respected. "Let them, however, have it always present to their minds that the priest even in the midst of his people must preserve intact his august character as a minister of God, being as he is placed at the head of his brethren. Any manner whatever, in which he employs himself among the people, to the loss of the sacerdotal dignity, or with danger to the ecclesiastical duties and discipline, can only be warmly reproved." (Pope Leo XIII, "Fin Dal Principio", 1902 A.D.)
(9) Many canonized religious would not be considered "social" or "friendly" by today's worldly standards. Rather, they were holy. Oftentimes social "niceties" and "friendless" can endanger holiness. People preoccupied with being "social" and "friendly" will most likely overlook (or even validate) sin because they don't want to appear "unfriendly". As Catholics, we are primarily called to holiness, not friendliness. In fact, we are sometimes called to act in ways that would not be considered friendly at all by worldly standards. [related user-submitted article here]
A priest's job is to teach, consecrate, and help save souls - not be a "friendly" social worker. Sometimes his duties must necessarily feel unpleasant for those under his charge - kind of like a doctor who must implement a painful procedure to save his patient's life. Catholics should thank the good priests who risk being thought of as "not social" or "unfriendly" in order to help them secure a blessed eternity.
"With all your soul, fear God, revere his priests. With all your strength, love your Creator, forsake not his ministers." (Sirach 7:29-30)
Sacrilege in the name of charity?
In a story almost too shocking for words, we find that Vietnamese priests are aiding & abetting sacrilege because they think it's somehow "charitable".
According to one news account:
* Priests knowingly go against the Church's teaching to sacrilegiously give the Holy Eucharist to divorced and "remarried" persons
* Priests also knowingly violate Church teachings to sacrilegiously give the Blessed Sacrament to those who use contraceptives
* Priests apparently encourage parishioners to make sacrilegious confessions - their "remarried" and contracepting "penitents" have no intention of stopping their sins but go to confession for the very purpose of being allowed to make a blasphemous Communion. "Neither will that confession deliver you which is made without true repentance. For true repentance is a grief of heart and sorrow of soul because of the evils a man has committed. True repentance causes us to grieve over them with a firm intention of never committing them again." (St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church)
* Priests apparently knowingly give absolution to "remarried" and contracepting "penitents" who have no intention of stopping their sin. They apparently ignore the fact that, when deciding whether or not to absolve, they are obligated to "be careful to observe if the penitent be truly contrite for his sins, and deliberately and firmly resolved to avoid sin for the future." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)
Not surprisingly, the misguided sinners think the actions of priest(s) who violate Church laws are a good thing because the "feel" better as a result of their actions.
According to the same story:
* One "remarried" parishioner (otherwise known as an adulterer - see Mt. 5:31-32, Mt. 19:3-9, Mk. 10:2-12, Lk. 16:18) who "felt miserable" because he and his "wife" were denied the Holy Eucharist for decades now says his "faith life revived rapidly since I received Holy Communion". But how could it really be true that a sacrilegious Communion "revived" his faith life? Scripture says that "whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord." (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 11:27)
He said he feels that "People like us need to feel God's closeness most through Holy Communion, which heals us spiritually" - obviously failing to realize that his blasphemous actions have not healed him (or his partner in adultery), but rather their actions have made both of them worse. The only way to really be healed spiritually would be to make a true Confession - including repenting of the adulterous union and putting an end to it.
Further, he apparently added a blasphemous confession to his list of sins in order to receive the Holy Eucharist (since he obviously intended to continue living as an adulterer even as he "repented" of his sins), thanks to help from his parish priest, an apparent conspirator in (or instigator of) the sin.
He is also - arguably - less likely to change his adulterous situation because he has found a priest willing to violate the laws of the Church in order to serve his desires, thereby risking his eternal soul. "Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor. 6:9-10)
He has remained in his adulterous "marriage" for over 50 years and apparently thinks that the passage of time could somehow mitigate his sin - rather than aggravate it. Spending most of one's life in adultery would increase one's sins, not decrease them!
Sadly, but predictably, after making his blasphemous Communion he reports that he now feels "much happier"
* The complicit priest in the above case says he also does the same for 20 other people "in the same situation"
* The priest seems to be ignorant of the fact that going to confession without a resolve to stop sinning would invalidate the sacrament and make it sinful. Receiving the Holy Eucharist in such a state would, in fact, add another serious sin ["Can. 907 The precept of confessing sins is not satisfied by one who makes a sacrilegious confession or one that is intentionally null." (1917 Code of Canon Law)]
* Priests also apparently give absolution to persons they know are using contraceptives and do not plan to stop using them. Do these misguided priests actually think that if a government is oppressive, the citizens will get a pass to break God's laws? Hardly! Rather, confessions in which "penitents" do not have the intent to stop their grievous sins are sinful and invalid.
* One priest actually believes that enabling blasphemous Communions during Easter time is a "way to show them God's love and empathize with their suffering". Hello? Offending God - sin - is NOT a way to show love or empathy.
" The priest seems to think that "allowing them to receive Holy Communion is a way to welcome them back" to the Church. So adding a serious sin to one's existing serious sin is a way back into the Church? Hardly. Basic catechism teaches that re-entry necessitates true repentance for sin.
" Apparently, other priests admit that they also allow the above, but may do so in private to "avoid scandal". As if God doesn't see what they are doing!
These priests are derelict in their duties by not telling their sinful flock that they face grave eternal consequences for their sins. They are exposing the Eucharist to sacrilege, the sacrament of Penance to blasphemy, willfully disobeying the laws of the Church, and are making themselves complicit in the grave sins of others. The fact that some people may feel "happier" as a result of priests' misguided actions does not matter. What good does it really do for someone tottering on the edge of a cliff if to be made to feel "happy"? Isn't it better to try to snatch them from the edge of the cliff for their own good - even if it makes them feel less "happy"? No one is happy in hell. But Christ assures us that those who commit serious sin without true repentance will go there. And it's the priest's job to tell them that.
Proper dispositions for Penance: "The right dispositions for Penance are: (1) To confess all our moral sins as we know them; (2) To be sorry for them, and (3) to have the determination never to commit them or others again." (Baltimore Catechism)
"It is a beautiful thought, my children, that we have a Sacrament which heals the wounds of our soul! But we must receive it with good dispositions. Otherwise we make new wounds upon the old ones. What would you say of a man covered with wounds who is advised to go to the hospital to show himself to the surgeon? The surgeon cures him by giving him remedies. But, behold! this man takes his knife, gives himself great blows with it and makes himself worse than he was before. Well, that is what you often do after leaving the confessional [after a bad confession]." (Catechism of St. John Vianney)
Death penalty for the innocent?
Catholic Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently wrote that the matter of executing an 'actually' innocent party is "unresolved." He says:
"This court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is 'actually' innocent"
"Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved."
Imposing the death penalty in cases where a party is a guilty of a serious crime is one thing. It is quite another to execute an 'actually' innocent person. And for a Catholic Supreme Court Justice to say the matter has been left "unresolved" - is that not chilling?
Solace for Traditional Catholics
Attention traditional Catholics: Don't miss the amazing "bombshell interview" with the Maestro Perpetuo ("director for life") of the Sistine Chapel, Monsignor Domenico Bartolucci, which is linked to at right (see "Selected News Links"). In this interview, you may find jewels such as...
* The fact that he has celebrated the TLM "without interruption" since his ordination, and has found it "difficult" to celebrate the Novus Ordo
* Regarding modern (shall we say "festive"?) funerals, he asks if the people have ever read the Gospel (referencing how Jesus cried over the death of Lazarus)
* He says liturgists have been made who "know nothing about theology"
* He worries that people in the future - even the priest - may not understand what transubstantiation is
* He says "twisting the liturgy" became "kind of fashion" where "everybody was trying to be like popes"
* He says young generations of priests while "full of good feelings" may "lack in education"
* He says the liturgical problem is "serious" and says the Novus Ordo has "deficiencies" that are now "becoming evident for everybody"
* He warns about hybrid liturgical measures with compromises "that make God sad and the enemy happy"
Note that Msgr. Domenico Bartolucci has served under five popes.
Ecumeniacs will tell you it's a victory, but would St. Paul?
Apparently, a Catholic radio station and an Islamic radio station in Guinea Bissau have agreed to air each other's programs. While is certainly great that Catholic truth will presented to those who listen to the Islamic radio station, how can it be good that Muslims will be allowed to speak to Catholics about the Islamic faith on a Catholic radio station?
St. Paul tells us...
"Do not be yoked with those who are different, with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What accord has Christ with Beliar? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said: 'I will live with them and move among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come forth from them and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch nothing unclean; then I will receive you and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.'" (St. Paul, 2 Cor. 6:14-18)
St. John says...
"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works." (St. John, 2 Jn. 1:10-11)
A hearer of St. John the Apostle said those who "corrupt by evil teaching the faith of God" and those who listen to such a person will be damned...
"Do not err, my brethren: the corrupters of families will not inherit the kingdom of God. And if they who do these things according to the flesh suffer death, how much more if a man corrupt by evil teaching the faith of God, for the sake of which Jesus Christ was crucified? A man become so foul will depart into unquenchable fire; and so also will anyone who listens to him." (St. Ignatius of Antioch, a hearer of St. John the Apostle, c. 110 A.D.)
As St. Ephraem the Syrian, Doctor of the Church has said...
"Fly from them and from their doctrines; do not go near them, for you know that whoever is found in a place where outrage has been offered to the king has to come into court to be questioned according to law. Even if he can prove he was not guilty he will be condemned for want of zeal. Do not sit with heretics nor associate with apostates."
If it was truly necessary to "learn each other's faiths very well" in order to live together, why doesn't Scripture teach this? Why doesn't Apostolic example or the Early Church Fathers confirm this? Doesn't Scripture rather point to converting the one in error to the Truth? Do we really think Jesus would have allowed Muslims (had they existed at the time) to preach to His flock? Didn't He rather instruct His apostles as follows...
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. (Mt. 28:19-20)
The following is from an article concerning the LCWR, a supposedly Catholic group notable for liberalism, dissent, radical feminism, anti-clericalism, paganism, New Age practices, witchcraft, and for talk of being "post-Christian" & "moving beyond the Church, even beyond Jesus":
"[T]here is a long and venerable tradition of dissent from Catholic teachings. There is even a word for dissenters: 'Protestants.'"
LCWR investigation already a success?
Since CNS coverage has provided the following quotation from the outgoing LCWR president...
"Simply put, we are no longer as we once were. We can't be"
...might we conclude that the Vatican investigation is already a success?
Catholics upset over liturgical abuse may appreciate some liturgical sanity from Cardinal Arinze, the former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. In his homily, addressed to bishops in Asia, he said that "The fashion in some parts of the world of not installing kneelers in churches should not be copied by the Church in Asia." [more on kneeling]
* warned against "false conceptions of inculturation"
* encouraged reverence
* called for priests to wear proper vestments
* instructed that improper vessels not be used for the Holy Eucharist
* reminded that readings at Mass are to be taken only from Holy Scripture
He also said that bishops should follow the Church's norms so that "the local Church will be spared questionable or downright mistaken innovations and idiosyncrasies of some enthusiastic cleric whose fertile imaginations invents something on Saturday night and whose uninformed zeal forces this innovation on the innocent congregation on Sunday morning."
More from those docile religious sisters
Not content to let the Vatican conduct its investigation on its own terms, those ever-docile LCWR sisters are requesting that the Vatican "alter some of the methods being employed" in the Apostolic Visitation. They are "expressing concern" over "a lack of full disclosure about the motivation and funding sources for the studies." The group (notable for liberalism, dissent, radical feminism, anti-clericalism, paganism, New Age practices, witchcraft, and for talk of being "post-Christian" & "moving beyond the Church, even beyond Jesus") also "object[s] to the fact that their orders will not be permitted to see the investigative reports about them that are being submitted directly to the Vatican." At their meeting - which featured a pro-abort keynote speaker - they also presented their "highest honor" to a sister who has apparently advocated women's "ordination".
[Refresher: Top Reasons Why Women Can't Be Priests]
Author questions JPII approach to the death penalty
Acknowledging Cardinal Ratzinger's (the future Pope Benedict XVI's) statement that "There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia" one author recently questioned Pope John Paul II's novel approach to the death penalty as expressed in his quotation of the late Pontiff:
"The death penalty is cruel and unnecessary and this is true even for someone who has done something very wrong"
Obviously, traditional Church teachings never expressed this view, nor is such an approach supported by Scripture or the Early Church Fathers.
Frankly, this opinion (not dogma) seems to put supposed "mercy" ahead of justice. We know that Almighty God Himself - for which "mercy and anger alike are with him" (Sirach 5:7) - both gave the fifth commandment "You shall not kill" (Ex. 20:13) and commanded the death penalty be executed in the case of certain crimes. Surely, there is a difference between the unlawful killing of an innocent person and lawfully killing a guilty person.
Of course the death penalty is not a desirable thing, but it should not be entirely ruled out either. Today's often-held view that the death penalty is "cruel" seems to overlook the fact that death penalty may (1) satisfy the demands of justice, (2) deter future crime, (3) give the guilty party an opportunity to repent (unlike his victims, if he is a murderer), (4) give the guilty party the opportunity to make due satisfaction to God for his crime, and (5) on a purely material level, spare hard-working people the heavy financial burden of constant surveillance and care for murderers & other serious criminals (some of whom would admit they'd continue to commit crimes if given the opportunity). And, of course, the death penalty protects society from the danger that a criminal may escape confinement and repeat his crime. It also makes it more concrete that serious consequences will result for serious crimes - a good lesson in light of the fact that there are serious eternal consequences for serious unrepented sin. In sum, the death penalty may help both society and the criminal.
And, although it's certainly not a direct comparison, it is true that since the Fall every single person alive is naturally subject to the penalty of death due to the crime of sin - our "human dignity" was not enough for God to spare us from this punishment. We also see in the New Testament that a "divinely conducted death penalty" against the faithful occurred two times directly in front of St. Peter (Acts 5:1-11) - there was no talk of such a penalty being "cruel" or about the guilty persons' "human dignity". The New Testament also says "But if thou do that which is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is God's minister: an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil." (St. Paul, Rom. 13:4) Again, no talk of our "human dignity" sparing us from the lawful use of the sword.
And finally, how can it be said that the death penalty - conducted by proper authorities, most likely with meticulous care to avoid horrendous suffering & possibly executed only after numerous appeals, even with benefit of the last sacraments, if desired - inflicted on a guilty party is "cruel"? One wonders if holders of such opinions might also consider hell "cruel". Or would they agree with the Just Judge that an eternal punishment of torment was actually merited by those who died guilty of (and unrepentant for) a serious crime. Let us hope they wouldn't question the infinitely wise, loving & merciful God - who created hell.
What are your children doing online?
If you are a parent that lets your child use the Internet (gulp!), you should be advised that a recent study of Internet searches has determined that the terms "s*x" and "p*rn*" are 2 of the top ten searches conducted by children. The search term "s*x" ranked as the #4 most-searched word, while "p*rn*" ranked as the #6 most-searched word.
"Can. 1136 Parents have the most grave obligation and the primary right to do all in their power to ensure their children's physical, social, cultural, moral and religious upbringing." (1983 Code of Canon Law)
"Children have not been given to parents as a present, which they may dispose of as they please, but as a trust, for which, if lost through their negligence, they must render an account to God." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)
"If you do not bring up your children well, what do you do? It is the only thing you have to do; it is this that God requires of you, for this that he established Christian marriage; and it is on this that you will be judged." (St. Claude de la Colombiere)
"Parents on their part should remember that it is their duty to see that entertainments and publications which might endanger faith and morals do not enter their houses and that their children are not exposed to them elsewhere." (Second Vatican Council)
If only this was written to be humorous!
The USCCB news service - previously charged with "failure to consistently apply reliably Catholic editorial standards" - in its coverage of the annual LCWR meeting quoted their controversial keynote speaker as follows:
"The official number of women religious in this country might have fallen, but I feel it is safe to say that the number of religious women who are acting out of their faith to serve society is higher than ever before"
Given the facts, it seems impossible to wrap one's mind around that. It seems she's saying that the much larger number of orthodox sisters from previous generations weren't "acting out of their faith to serve society" as well as the much smaller of group of modern dissenting, witchcraft-promoting sisters of today.
But now for the "funny" part (if only it was a joke!). The same speaker says the sisters she spoke with at the conference "did not really understand why the Vatican had requested the apostolic visitation." She said: "Puzzlement is the word" and follows with "Here they are, all day, every day, trying to serve the people of God, and suddenly they feel like they're under investigation."
Gee, can't imagine why the Vatican would investigate a group claiming to be Catholic while promoting liberalism, dissent, radical feminism, anti-clericalism, paganism, New Age practices, witchcraft, and which has discussed "moving beyond the Church, even beyond Jesus."
If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.
With a reputation for faithfulness, how is it that a Catholic college winds up hiring employees that...?
(1) Dissent from Church teachings on contraception (which is a grave sin)
(2) Want the Catholic college to pay for them to be able to engage in the gravely sinful act of contraception
(3) Complain to the EEOC when their immoral demands are not met
(4) Take their immoral demands public to the newspaper and Internet
What are employees like these doing at a Catholic college which has a reputation for faithfulness? And, what message are they sending to the students there?
Next time you encounter an abortion advocate speaking about 'legalized' abortion being "necessary" to protect women from "unsafe illegal abortion", why not call them on it? As pro-life sites have been reporting, there is a growing body of evidence which shows that increased access to abortion means more, not fewer maternal deaths. For example, a recent pro-life article reports that: (emphasis may be added)
* The nation "with the lowest African maternal mortality rate" is Mauritius and their laws "are among the continent's most protective of the unborn"
* Ethiopia has recently "decriminalized" abortion and now its maternal death rate is 48 times higher than Mauritius'
* Chile - whose constitution protects the unborn - boasts the lowest maternal mortality rate in South America
* The highest maternal mortality rate in South America, 30 times higher than Chile's, has allowed abortion "without almost any restriction" since 1995
* Nicaraguan government statistics show declining maternal deaths since it enacted laws to protect the unborn
* Nepal allows abortion without restriction and has "the region's highest rate of maternal mortality" while the lowest in the region is Sri Lanka, which has "among the most restrictive abortion laws in the world"
Finally, the article points out that Ireland, in which abortion is illegal and the unborn are protected in the constitution, has the lowest maternal death rate in the world.
So the next time you hear abortion advocates arguing for "legalized" abortion to protect women from "unsafe illegal abortions", why not call them on it?
And of course it's obvious that abortion could never be "safe" for any woman or child, regardless of any law. In the act of abortion, a child is killed (most likely without the opportunity of baptism) and its mother commits a grave sin in violation of the Fifth Commandment by ordering & participating in the killing of her innocent unborn child - as well as excommunicating herself from the Church. Should she have the misfortune to die as a result of this heinous act and without any opportunity to repent, it is clear that she risks grave eternal consequences. Violating a commandment, killing your unborn child and (if Catholic) excommunicating yourself from the Church just before you meet the Just Judge is definitely not a good thing.
[story here] [8/14]
More woes for Legionaries of Christ
Already troubled due to their disgraced founder, the Legionaries of Christ may face additional challenges as reports surface that their founder fathered several children who are now claiming rights to Legionaries' assets. One early report says three Mexican-born children "will try to force the Legionaries of Christ to acknowledge their existence as well as their rights as heirs to the assets of the founder of the religious order." An Apostolic Visitation of the Legionaries began in July.
LCWR annual meeting is true to form
Obviously not swayed by the Vatican investigation, the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) is featuring a radical pro-abort keynote speaker at its annual assembly in New Orleans. This supposedly 'Catholic' speaker who supports late-term abortion is also notable for her comments criticizing the Church for its teachings against contraception & homosexuality and for saying that Pope Benedict is "really lacking in the theological virtue of charity."
LCWR is "the nation's largest umbrella group for Roman Catholic sisters" whose members are said to represent "about 95 percent of 67,000 sisters in the U.S." The group is notable for liberalism, dissent, radical feminism, anti-clericalism, paganism, New Age practices, witchcraft, and for talk of being "post-Christian" & "moving beyond the Church, even beyond Jesus". They also push "eco-feminism". It is not surprising that of all the pressing concerns in the Church and in the world today, their annual meeting included a prayer service at a park which was "focused on the preservation and renewal of coastal wetlands."
The meeting is also expected to provide them an opportunity to discuss their response to the Vatican investigations. As one participant has said, "This will be an opportunity to be who we are and to speak our truth, not to back away from that, and to understand what our common response will be."
Interesting choice of words - "our truth". Truth - real truth - is universal. As Chesterton once said, "Most mistaken people mean well, and all mistaken people mean something. There is something to be said for every error, but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous."
Expect even more deafening silence
Yet again we may expect deafening silence from certain parties with an agenda. This time, the general public may be unlikely to hear about the results of a new six-year study on sexual "reorientation" therapy. The study concludes that "there is evidence that homosexual tendencies can be controlled and redirected toward normal sexual attraction." These results contradict the position of the American Psychological Association that homosexuality is not changeable. The researchers state: "In conclusion, the findings of this study would appear to contradict the commonly expressed view of the mental health establishment that sexual orientation is not changeable and that the attempt to change is highly likely to produce harm for those who make such an attempt."
This is not the first evidence which shows that same-sex attraction disorder is treatable, but the "agenda-driven ideologies" of various groups may be "governed by political interests rather than by scientific data." In other words, they would rather let a person suffer with this condition (including increased potential for depression and drug & alcohol abuse) than violate p.c. standards by telling them that help may be available. Is this not cruel?
A recent Gallup poll shows 24.3% of U.S. adults identifying themselves as Catholic for the period 1-6/09, with the highest percentage of Catholics in the following states:
Rhode Island (52.5%)
New Jersey (42.6%)
New York (38.4%)
The poll finds the following states have the lowest percentage of Catholics:
South Carolina (8.8%)
The silence is likely to be deafening from those who rage an ongoing assault on celibacy both from within and outside the Church concerning a recent abuse scandal. This time, the priest in question was a former Episcopal 'priest' who received a special exception to be ordained as a married Catholic priest. He has now been removed from his parish in Arkansas after an allegation of a homosexual assault against a man in his early 20s. Clearly, the priest's being married did not prevent the scandal... But don't expect to hear about that from liberals who use the clerical abuse scandals as an excuse to end priestly celibacy.
[Related: Reasons for priestly celibacy]
Rebel priest stirs it up again
Once again, a certain priest who has faced excommunication for participating in a women's (so-called) "ordination" ceremony has created controversy with his statement that "The exclusion of women [from the priesthood] is a grave injustice and a sin." One wonders if this rebel priest would tell St. Paul he committed a sin because the Saint wrote...
"As in all the churches of the holy ones, women should keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. But if they want to learn anything, they should ask their husbands at home. For it is improper for a woman to speak in the church. Did the word of God go forth from you? Or has it come to you alone? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or a spiritual person, he should recognize that what I am writing to you is a commandment of the Lord." (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 14:33-37, emphasis added)
This priest apparently is not swayed from his mistaken position - even though the Church's teaching concerning an all-male priesthood is marked with characteristics of infallibility - because he thinks it is "outdated" or "wrong". How is it that a man who thinks either (1) Church teachings should be changed to suit the times or (2) Church teachings marked with characteristics of infallibility can be wrong could have been ordained in the first place? Where is the concern over his poor priestly formation in this controversy?
[Related: Top Reasons Why Women Can't Be Priests | Catholic Basics: Can Dogmas Change?]
Archbishop of Westminster thinks Pope Benedict has "inexorably distanced himself" from the Church?
The Archbishop of Westminster has recently issued a "warning message" to traditional Catholics not to denigrate the Novus Ordo and says that those who think the Novus Ordo is "in some way deficient" are "inexorably distancing themselves from the Church".
Apparently Catholics are supposed to keep their mouths shut and heads in the sand about serious problems such as the lack of reverence, reduced belief in the Real Presence, etc. which may be attributable to the Novus Ordo as well as the fact that abuse is rampant in many parishes and that Protestants who are traditionally fierce enemies of the Mass accept the Novus Ordo (even without changing their theology). We are also apparently supposed to ignore the many bad fruits associated with the 1960's rite as well as the fact that it was created with the assistance of Protestants (heretics) and that its chief architect is a suspected Freemason who said that "The liturgical reform is a major conquest of the Catholic Church" (Archbishop Bugnini)
The Westminster Archbishop failed to address his "warning" statement's necessary conclusion that Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinals Ottaviani & Bacci, and Archbishop Dwyer, etc. must have also "inexorably distanced themselves from the Church" due to their public statements which indicate that the Novus Ordo is "in some way deficient". For example:
"...in the place of liturgy as the fruit of development came fabricated liturgy. We abandoned the organic, living process of growth and development over the centuries, and replaced it - as in a manufacturing process - with a fabrication, a banal, on-the-spot product." (Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI)
"We have limited ourselves above to a short study of the Novus Ordo where it deviates most seriously from the theology of the Catholic Mass. Our observations touch upon deviations which are typical. To prepare a complete study of all the pitfalls, dangers and psychologically and spiritually destructive elements the new rite contains, whether in texts, rubrics or instructions, would be a vast undertaking." (Cardinals Ottaviani & Bacci)
"What was intended by Vatican Council II as a means of making the liturgy more easily understood by the average Christian, has turned out to be something more like an *rgy of stripping it of all sense of reverence, bringing it down to the level of commonness where the very people for whom the changes were made now only yawn out of sheer boredom with the banality of the result." (Archbishop Dwyer)
How is it that Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinals Ottaviani & Bacci, and Archbishop Dwyer could have "inexorably distanced themselves from the Church" by speaking the truth? How is that even possible?
Interestingly, the same Archbishop failed to issue a "warning message" to the pro-homosexual "Catholic" organization in his diocese which recently praised s*domite adoption. Guess they were somehow able to avoid "inexorably distancing themselves from the Church" even though they are fostering sin & denigrating Holy Matrimony by placing marriage on the same level unnatural, sinful s*domite unions. He also reportedly supports government s*x education programs called "diabolical".
Apparently homosexual adoptions are okay, "diabolical" sex education for youths is okay, but speaking the truth against the committee-created 1960's rite is bad enough to distance once from the Church inexorably - apparently even including the Pope. Yea, right.
[Related: The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass vs. the New (Novus Ordo) Mass | Vatican II and its Fruits]
Apparently, the Benedictine motto of "ora et labora" (pray and work) can be a very effective "natural antidepressant" that is both free of side effects and good for the soul. This is of great importance because as one Catholic publication has recently reported, as many as 10% of Americans were taking antidepressants in 2005. (1)
Given the state of the world, wouldn't it seem reasonable to hypothesize that many of today's problems could be due to sin rather than to actual mental disorders? Do people seriously expect to live in a world rife with divorce, abortion, fornication, adultery, contraception, immorality, greed, pride... and not be "depressed" by the very real consequences that they will naturally suffer (e.g. broken homes, serious medical consequences due to contraception & abortion, illegitimate offspring being deprived of both parents, lack of trust, venereal diseases, devaluing of life, etc.)? As Scripture says "...you can be sure that you will not escape the consequences of your sin" and "Do not plot to repeat a sin; not even for one will you go unpunished" (Sirach 7:8).
Typically, it seems many modern people would rather try "popping a pill" than working through their problems. But how can that ever be effective? Will an antidepressant reconcile you with God, mend a broken home, bring back an aborted baby, repair a broken marriage vow, restore one's virginity? At best, can't one simply expect the drug to temporarily mask certain symptoms?
However, in the physical realm, we know that pain can be helpful - it tells us something is wrong. Sometimes it can even be harmful to mask pain. Mental "pain" should also tell us something is amiss. Chances are, mental "pain" isn't the problem - perhaps what's causing the pain is the real problem. And that's what needs to be fixed, not masked. For real and lasting "healing", doesn't it make more sense to target the underlying problems - the root causes - rather than reach for mind-altering drugs? If people don't do this, won't they continue to be plagued their problems, at least subtly?
For those seeking "holy antidepressants" rather than mind-altering drugs, it seems that the following - in addition to ora et labora - would be a good first step:
* STOP sinning
* Repent of your sins
* Get to confession asap
* Learn the Catholic faith better
* Stop fighting true Catholic teachings because you "don't like" them (e.g. her teachings against c*ntraception, her teachings regarding the all male priesthood/roles for women, etc.)
In addition to being "no-cost, accessible always & to everyone, and entirely devoid of harmful physical side effects", these "holy, natural antidepressants" may provide a long-tasting remedy that helps persons enjoy a blessed eternity. And for those persons whose malady is caused by sin who reject the above, it seems good to reflect on the fact that the torments of hell will be eternal and that antidepressants will be unavailable.
(1) The article reports that half of those taking antidepressants took them to remedy causes other than depression
Reminder: We are not qualified to give or intending to give any medical advice. For medical advice, consult a good physician.
With "cameras on every corner", powerful Internet surveillance activities, a push for socialized medicine, federal takeovers of private businesses, and national officials who have spoken of forced sterilizations & denying seniors medical care, American citizens may find little surprise in some of the latest "discoveries" regarding our government. Nevertheless, it behooves us - especially now - to be alert to certain activities of our increasingly overreaching government. To that end, it is suggested that every American become aware of some of the latest "shockers" such as:
On the White House website, persons are told to report e-mails & websites concerning government health care proposals to the government ("Since we can't keep track of all of them here at the White House, we're asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org"). This would seemingly include e-mails from your parents, siblings, children, friends, etc. that express certain objections to plans for socialized medicine
Computers which access the government's "cash for clunkers" website become "federal government property", which allows the government to "intercept, monitor, record, copy, audit, inspect, and disclose" all files on the system
As the "Orwellian nightmare" appears to unfold around us, it seems a good time to remind of Our Lord's words in Mt. 10:16: "Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple as doves."
The French diocese of Périgueux-Sarlat is reportedly lending some of its parishes to Anglican 'clergy' (heretics with absolutely no authority or power playing dress-up) to "minister" to some of their "faithful". Although it's certainly not the first time we've heard of such scandalous actions, should it ever fail to shock faithful Catholics when authorities of the Catholic Church aid & abet heresy?
Have officials in the French diocese forgotten that...?
* Anglican 'orders' are invalid - therefore the Anglican "church" does NOT have a valid Eucharist. Should they worship their bread wafer, they would be committing idolatry. Will they allow this in a Catholic parish?
* Anglicans are (objectively speaking) heretics who reject the papacy & other infallible doctrines of the Church - As Holy Scripture says:
"After a first and second warning, break off contact with a heretic, realizing that such a person is perverted and sinful and stands self-condemned." (St. Paul, Ti. 3:10-11)
"If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works." (St. John, 2 Jn. 1:10-11)
"Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, regarding those He sent, Lk. 10:16)
"Do not be yoked with those who are different, with unbelievers. For what partnership do righteousness and lawlessness have? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What accord has Christ with Beliar? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said: 'I will live with them and move among them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come forth from them and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch nothing unclean; then I will receive you and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.'" (St. Paul, 2 Cor. 6:14-18)
* Anglicans parade their false clergy around as if they had legitimate authority and power - and their false clergy even includes open homosexuals and women despite the fact that Holy Scripture calls homosexual acts an abomination (Lev. 18:22) & St. Paul forbids women from speaking in Church as "a commandment of the Lord" (1 Cor. 14:32-37)
This French diocese is scandalously promoting religious indifferentism, enabling heresy, neglecting their duty to warn Anglicans of their grave situation, and allowing God's holy temple to be profaned. In earlier ages excommunications may have been issued for such activities, but now one may fear that if complaints were made, the diocese would cite a certain directory published in 1993. However, even that ("utterly shocking!") ecumenical document refers to the necessity of taking "special measures to overcome the dangers of indifferentism".
Given the bad example from their leaders, it's no wonder why large sectors of the population in France seem to have long ago forgotten what it means to be Catholic - most of today's French 'Catholics' fail to attend Mass & the majority of them reject the Church's teaching on various sins (earlier story here). If only the faithful ancestors of today's French Catholics could return to protest the profanation of God's holy temples - both the physical churches & the living temples (the souls of so many lost French 'Catholics'), maybe the Church's "eldest daughter" would get back on track.
St. Louis IX, King of France, pray for us!
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Pope accepts resignation of Bishop of Scranton for health reasons; Holy Father also accepts resignation of Scranton's auxiliary bishop [8/31]
Father of Terri Schiavo mourned by pro-life group; Bioethics "watchdog" says his health "was broken by the ordeal of trying to save his daughter's life and he never fully recovered from the horror of watching her dehydrate to death" [8/31]
DNA test fails to tie serial killer to murder of Ohio nun [8/31]
Italian journalist defends previous report regarding the "reform of the reform"; Says "Ever since I become a Vatican analyst I have made many mistakes and I will continue to make them, but the article in question, believe me, is not among them." [8/31]
Priest not part of Vietnam's "annual prison amnesty" [8/31]
Amazing: Despite his decades-long staunch pro-abortion advocacy and support for 'gay rights' & contraception, Kennedy claimed he was faithful to the Church: His letter to the Pope - delivered by radical pro-abort Obama (who Kennedy called a "man of deep faith") said "I have always tried to be a faithful Catholic" and says "...though I have fallen short through human failings, I have never failed to believe and respect the fundamental teachings of my faith"; Apparently unconcerned about the former senator's support of the evil of abortion, Cardinal McCarrick said Kennedy's "legacy will surely place him among the dozen or so greats in the history of the Senate of the United States"; The former senator - who said he "tried to right [his] path" - received prayers and an apostolic blessing from the Pope [8/31]
"Most pro-abortion president in history" honors Kennedy at two-hour invitation-only funeral Mass; Protestant Obama gives partially "humorous" eulogy during Catholic Mass, calling 100% pro-choice NARAL rated 'divorced' former senator - backer of abortion, contraception, embryonic stem cell research, 'gay rights', partial birth abortion & who cast votes against parental notification, a ban on cloning, and criminal penalties for those who harm the unborn during another crime - "the greatest legislator of our time"; No mention of the voiceless unborn, Obama claimed "Ted Kennedy's life's work...was to give a voice to those who were not heard"; Priest said "We welcome the body of our friend" as casket entered the church where who knows how many pro-aborts may have received Holy Communion [8/29]
Outspoken pro-life Bishop of Scranton expected to resign early, possibly due to heath reasons [8/29]
Groups file lawsuit against Obama & White House officials over e-mail 'snitch' program which asked Americans to report on 'fishy' e-mails and websites which opposed the healthcare bills that are likely to increase abortion [8/29]
Thomas More Society of Chicago files brief on behalf of NY Catholic Conference against homosexual "marriage" [8/29]
Kennedy funeral "has the potential to be a scandal that will make Notre Dame's Obama day a walk in the park" [8/28]
Another historic parish lost: 170-year-old church sold to opera company [8/28]
Pope sent letter to Kennedy shortly before his death [8/28]
Homeschoolers outperform government-educated students again [8/28]
Diocese of Springfield to close nearly 20% of parishes within next two years [8/28]
UN human rights committee tells member states that they must grant special rights based on "sexual orientation and gender identity" or else they will be in violation of international law [8/28]
Chicago priest that pled guilty to theft sentenced to probation, restitution [8/28]
Poor Santa Fe: SF Archbishop criticizes bishops who opposed ND scandal; Ignoring the obligation imposed by canon law (not to mention conscience), Archbishop says withholding Holy Communion from pro-abort politicians is a "hysterical" reaction [8/28]
Uruguay representatives approve bill allowing s*domites to adopt [8/28]
Georgetown does it again: This time they will present honorary law degree to president of AFL-CIO even though the organization advocates homosexual "marriage" and c*ntraceptive coverage [8/27]
Kennedy's death used to garner support for healthcare bill which is expected to increase abortions; Bill may be renamed in former senator's honor [8/27]
Oregon priest authors book recounting battle to protect seal of confession [8/27]
Colombian bishop condemns desecration of the Holy Eucharist: "[A]ll of society is in danger. When the rights of God are trampled upon with impunity, the rights of man are in danger." [8/27]
"America's most famous Catholic politician" - an advocate of 'gay rights' & abortion - dies at 77; Prior to becoming an abortion advocate Ted Kennedy held a pro-life position, once writing: "I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized; the right to be born, the right to life, the right to grow old." [8/26]
Converted Hollywood screenwriter to write "labor of love" screenplay about Our Lady of Guadalupe [8/26]
1 in 5 students at Tampa Catholic High absent; School has "multiple confirmed cases" of swine flu [8/26]
Thieves break into Massachusetts parish, startle priest [8/26]
SC Justice Ginsberg rules against Bridgeport: Documents related to abuse lawsuits may not remain sealed [8/26]
New Venezuelan legislation prohibits religious instruction even in private schools [8/26]
Archbishop Chaput says The Tablet has misrepresented Catholic teaching on abortion; Writer claims publication "has become an embarrassment to the Catholic Church in England and Wales" [8/26]
Bishop D'Arcy pens article defending position in ND controversy; Calls the pro-life group the "true heroes" [8/25]
Say it isn't so: Vatican "downplays" report of proposed changes to restore the sacred at Mass; Says "At the moment, there are no institutional proposals for a modification of the liturgical books currently in use" [8/25]
Another Lourdes miracle? [8/25]
25% of about 1000 surveyed Catholics favor TLM as an alternative to the NO, 12% oppose; Support for TLM higher among those who regularly attend Mass and those with advanced degrees [8/25]
White House concedes that national debt will nearly double over next 10 years [8/25]
Democratic senator calls for hearings on Veterans' guide which may promote euthanasia; Says document raises "a lot of questions" [8/25]
Pope laicizes imprisoned former secretary-general of Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith [8/25]
Time Magazine joins others in confirming that healthcare bills allow taxpayer funding for abortions [8/25]
No help to be expected from Vatican over Jewish groups' displeasure over bishops' statement; However, Cardinal says Catholics "should never cease to evangelize" [8/25]
"'Huge, fatal blow' to the abortion lobby and a step forward in the 'unraveling' of Roe v. Wade": Federal court upholds law requiring doctors to inform that abortion "will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being" [8/24]
Pope says hand is "still a bit lazy" after cast removed; Says "I still have to stay in patience school, but we'll carry on" [8/24]
Wisconsin bishops issue statement to Catholics expressing "deep concern" over state requirement to provide coverage for gravely immoral contraceptive services [8/24]
Five female parishioners go on "hunger strike" to protest transfer of priests in Fort Myers [8/24]
Connecticut priest imprisoned for theft dies of cancer at age 58 [8/24]
"Famed" Irish priest calls on Church to suspend recruiting for the priesthood over abuse [8/24]
USCCB side-by-side comparison of new Novus Ordo text [8/24]
Vatican official speaks out against "indifference" to migrants after 73 Eritreans reportedly died on journey trying to immigrate; Says "Our so-called civilized societies have in reality developed an attitude of rejection of foreigners, resulting not only from ignorance but selfishness and refusal to share what one has with others"; Authorities cast doubt on migrants' story [8/24]
Encouraging: Diocese of Venice cracks down on "inclusive" retreat center that is "not Catholic enough"; Says all existing relationships between parishes and the center "are to be terminated immediately" [8/24]
How sad: 'Waltons' star converts 99-year-old Dallas Catholic church into her new residence; Performer says: "It wasn't the religion I was seeking; it was the architecture"; Says "it has to be like an opera set. I always have the audience in mind"; Pews replaced by linoleum, "exotic" costumes hang on the walls [8/24]
Alleged abuse victim outraged by Vatican decision not to defrock priest tries to have priest extradited to Canada to face charges; Priest who has admitted to abuse in the past has been removed from active ministry [8/22]
On same day that the President's approval rating reaches new a low of 45%, the White House Press Secretary says Obama is "quite comfortable" with a one term presidency [8/22]
Italian newspaper reports on propositions of the Congregation for Divine Worship; Proposals may seek a return of the sacred in Novus Ordo Masses by curbing abuse & creativity, increasing the use of Latin, reconsidering use of the ad orientem position, and emphasizing that the normative manner of receiving Holy Communion is on the tongue [Note: Link is to Google translation of page into English. Alternate translation available here] [8/22]
Filmmakers partially backed by Opus Dei are working on a movie covering the controversial founder of the organization; Screenwriter is "a former nun"; Director who originally refused to do the film changed his mind after seeing video of the organization's founder apparently betraying Jesus by telling a Jewish girl not to convert; Film's backers may be anticipating controversy over portrayal that is "likely to be provocative" [8/22]
Diocese of Charleston presents North Myrtle Beach firefighters with fire suits [8/22]
Pope to undergo rehab for wrist after doctors remove cast; Healing described as "excellent" [8/21]
Jewish groups upset over bishops' document [8/21]
Pope designates Orlando shrine as minor basilica [8/21]
Bishop "sternly corrects" The Tablet for "grossly misrepresenting" archbishop's message concerning TLM; Says archbishop is not "'seeking to nip potential schism in the bud' or suggesting that the place of the Tridentine Rite is 'necessarily marginal'" [8/21]
USCCB launches website for new English translation of Novus Ordo [8/21]
Catholics in Malaysia complain over police inaction regarding Islamic journalists who reportedly desecrated the Holy Eucharist [8/21]
Mayo Clinic obstetrician and medical editor-in-chief admits that abortion may cause harm in subsequent pregnancies [8/21]
Vatican overrules New Brighton church closure; Diocese which allowed services to be held at (heretical) Anglican facility was "in fundamental breach of canon law" over church closure [8/21]
Vatican to prepare "brief, forceful and very clear" document regarding formation of seminarians [8/20]
"Scripture quoting Obama" tells "left wing religious audience" that healthcare legislation doesn't cover federally funded abortions; Pro-lifers say his statements misrepresent the truth [8/20]
HSLDA says Sweden will soon ban homeschooling [8/20]
Panel of experts says healthcare legislation reform bill "opens the door for millions of illegal aliens and other non-citizens to receive medical services paid for by taxpayers"; Says bills do not require government healthcare participants to verify eligibility and amendments to require verification of citizenship were voted down twice; Panelists say legislation will create more incentives for illegal immigration [8/20]
Hospital that "forced" Catholic nurse to assist in an abortion against her objections now argues that she has "no legal rights to defend herself in court" [8/20]
Amazing: Mass suspended indefinitely after parishioners lock priest out of parish; Protester says Colombian priest "is out of touch and looks down on the Latino community"; Parishioner claims he needs to be more "social" and "friendly" [8/20]
Conference official responds to PP attack against bishops: "Taking human life is not health care", c*ntraceptives do not reduce abortion [8/20]
Analyst on Canadian Catholic schools: "No matter how you slice this data, the Catholic boards outperform the public boards"; Report shows 10 of top 11 schools in province are Catholic [8/20]
Vatican confirms diocesan discipline of Portland priest accused of abuse [8/20]
Bishop of Sioux City on healthcare legislation: "No health care reform is better than the wrong sort of health care reform"; Says the Church "will not accept any legislation that mandates coverage, public or private, for abortion, euthanasia, or embryonic stem-cell research"; Says "We refuse to be made complicit in these evils, which frankly contradict what 'health care' should mean"; Advises citizens to make their voices heard [8/19]
After spending millions in legal fees for hundreds of clerical abuse lawsuits, Fairbanks diocese makes national appeal for donations [8/19]
PP president writes editorial against U.S. bishops [8/19]
"Must read" for traditional Catholics: "Bombshell interview" with Maestro Perpetuo of the Sistine Chapel [Note: Link is to Google translation of page into English. Alternate translation available here] [8/19]
Will America be next? "Gender Reassignment Board" in Australia legally recognizes two women as men; Court says "There is no reason to exclude the psyche as one of the relevant factors in determining sex and gender" [8/19]
Pope appears "smiling and relaxed" at weekly general audience; Says St. John Eudes' particular contribution "was the foundation of a religious congregation dedicated to the task of giving solid formation to the diocesan priesthood" [8/19]
Study says homosexuals seek mental health or substance abuse treatment at a rate two times higher than heterosexuals and die, on average, in their early 50's (or 40's if they die of AIDS); Homosexual journalist on their destructive behavior: "If there's a new drug, gay men will find it and take it" [8/19]
Uruguayan archbishop speaks out against homosexual adoption: Says children "cannot be used as instruments by certain groups or persons for demanding rights"; Says "To accept the adoption of children by homosexual couples is to go against human nature itself, and consequently, it is to go against the fundamental rights of the human being as a person" [8/19]
Archbishop Chaput on our duties towards creation: "we have a responsibility toward the created world because we have a higher dignity given to us by the Creator Himself. Human beings bear the unique mark of being created in the image and likeness of God, and we are God's cooperators in preserving His creation" [8/19]
Ridiculous: Film director critical of selection of Pope Benedict, calls it an "image error"; He thinks Pope should be "theatrical" and "flashy" [8/19]
Vatican Museums extends evening openings through October due to "great success" [8/18]
Pope makes more "key personnel changes" [8/18]
Great news: Tulsa bishop who has restored the ad orientem position at Masses at his cathedral pens article promoting ad orientem; Admits that Novus Ordo position has had "a number of unforeseen and largely negative effects", including being "a serious rupture with the Church's ancient tradition" and says "it can give the appearance that the priest and the people were engaged in a conversation about God, rather than the worship of God" [8/18]
No more snitching to the government via e-mail: After sparking outrage, the White House has "quietly disabled" the e-mail address for reporting "fishy" healthcare e-mails & websites; Comments are still accepted via online form [8/18]
Two girls on Catholic retreat killed by lightening in Mexico, four others injured [8/18]
AARP loses 60,000 members due to its support of controversial healthcare legislation which may promote rationing and euthanasia; Spokesman writes off protesters saying: "And because we have so many members we'll always have a small percentage that disagree with us so strongly they feel they need to cancel membership" [8/18]
Burlington priest resigns as pastor over poor accounting for church funds [8/18]
Healthcare legislation may fund PP clinics "near or in" public schools; Pro-life site notes that PP "has had a close working relationship with the Obama administration since its beginning" [8/18]
Archdiocese of Miami to close fourteen parishes; Parishioners resorting to prayer, petitions & protest regarding the closure of more than 10% of the parishes in the archdiocese [8/17]
Health and Human Services Secretary hopes that "end of life counseling" will remain in healthcare legislation; Controversial portion of bill was authored by pro-euthanasia group [8/17]
Telegraph editor attacks article in The Tablet: Says author may be "pig-ignorant of the Magisterium" and says editorials "routinely display a degree of theological illiteracy and ignorance of basic Catholic teaching" [8/17]
Good news: Late-term abortionist who is seeking to open abortion clinic in the area where his friend - a notorious abortionist - was killed faces roadblock [8/17]
LCWR issues statement saying they want more specifics regarding Vatican inquiry [8/17]
Cardinal Arinze gives "homily against liturgical 'idiosyncrasies' and false conceptions of inculturation"; Former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments encourages Asian bishops to foster Eucharistic adoration & reverence [8/17]
Group releases documentary to refute claims made in Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" [8/17]
Cardinal Hummes on deacons: "Deacons must identify themselves in a very special way with charity. The poor are part of your daily ambiance, and the object of your untiring concern. One could not understand a Deacon who did not personally involve himself in charity and solidarity toward the poor" [8/17]
Gallup Poll says conservatives outnumber liberals in every state in the U.S. while moderates outnumber conservative in 21 states [8/17]
Faithful Catholic college would rather close down than comply with EEOC's ruling that they must provide contraceptive coverage to their employees [8/15]
Harry Potter film star goes on a "tirade" against those who oppose homosexuality: "I just loathe homophobia. It's just disgusting and animal and stupid and it's just thick people who can't get their heads around it and are just scared"; Star says "gay 's*x education" in schools is "f***ing vital!" [8/15]
Accident which killed one and injured five occurred after Mexican bishop fainted while driving; Bishop who suffers from diabetes apologized for the accident and is "very saddened" by it [8/15]
Madonna concert on Feast of the Assumption angers faithful Catholics; Polish official says the entertainer "specializes in offending religious feelings" and says she may be suspected of being a "crypto-Satanist" [8/15]
USCCB news service previously charged with "failure to consistently apply reliably Catholic editorial standards" covers LCWR event "entirely positively"; Article repeatedly quotes controversial keynote speaker without mentioning issues regarding her orthodoxy or her previous criticisms of the Pope, bishops, or Church teachings; USCCB coverage entirely omits mention of problems with the organization (e.g. dissent, witchcraft, paganism, etc.) but quotes the keynote speaker who says the sisters are "puzzled" by the Vatican investigation of the organization [8/15]
Religion columnist questions journalists' use of term 'wafer' to describe the Holy Eucharist [8/15]
President of Catholic college regarding EEOC ruling that contraceptive coverage must be provided to employees: "...what they are basically saying is, if you're Catholic, or if you are of any faith, it doesn't mean anything. You're going to do what the government tells you to do" [8/15]
Archdiocese won't bail out priest arrested for soliciting s*x with a minor [8/15]
"Not-too-serious study" says people most prone to the seven deadly sins may be found in the South [8/15]
Vatican newspaper praises agreement between U.S. government & Swiss banking leaders which grants the U.S. access to identity information on U.S. citizens that was previously kept secret; Information may be used by U.S. government in prosecution of tax evasion [8/15]
Spain's Minister of Justice says doctors are not allowed to conscientiously object to performing abortion; President of Collegial Medical Organization, says "The right doctors have in Spain to conscientious objection is going to be respected, whether they like it or not"; Pro-lifer says that no government "can force a doctor to end a human life and harm the health of his patients. No matter what [the Minister of Justice] says" [8/15]
Vatican newspaper says U.S. & British governments failed to act swiftly to assist Jews during WWII; Claims government knew about extermination plans well in advance of acting and may have "ignored or minimized" reports of extermination plans; In the meantime, Pope Pius XII was already taking steps to save Jews [8/14]
Mexican bishop loses control of SUV, killing one and injuring five; Public official says bishop was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control [8/14]
Pathetic: Archdiocese that feared it could be bankrupted by lawsuits faces new abuse suit by former student at school for the deaf; Lawsuit claims archdiocese knew about previous abuse but allowed the priest and another alleged perpetrator "unsupervised and unrestricted access to vulnerable students in spite of it"; Previous archbishop was aware of the problem but "officials felt [the priest who is believed to have abused around 200 boys] was too important to the school to lose" [8/14]
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis warns that dissenting group CCCR is not part of the Church; Reminds Catholics to shun contrary doctrines [8/14]
More name-calling: Obama calls opponents of amnesty for illegals "demagogues" [8/14]
Growing body of evidence shows that more abortion means more, not fewer maternal deaths [8/14]
Filipino bishop speaks out against offensive music; Says songs will affect one's "thinking and [one's] concept of morality" and may encourage fornication [8/14]
More statute vandalism: Vandals damage San Antonio statue second time this year [8/14]
JPII's possible knowledge of Legionaries of Christ founder's impropriety, along with the Church's deterioration under his papacy, as well as his failure to compel the resignation of certain bishops, leads columnist to call for JPII not to be canonized; Says this matter concerns not only Catholics, but "all traditionalist conservatives" [8/14]
Court dismisses "trumped-up" criminal charges against pro-lifer and rules that she was wrongly arrested; Police officer's testimony and security video show that pro-lifer didn't violate ordinance [8/14]
NY archbishop says vocations crisis to marriage is the "real vocation crisis" [8/13]
Indiana congressman calls his angry constituents "political terrorists": Pro-lifers send formal request for an apology [8/13]
USCCB issues letter "alleging that the [House's healthcare] plan's purported prohibition on federal funds for abortion is a 'legal fiction'"; Bishops' letter to the House asks: "By what right, then, and by what precedent, would Congress make abortion coverage into a nationwide norm, or force Americans to subsidize it as a condition for participating in a public health program?" [8/13]
Telegraph blogs editor comes to defense of traditional Catholics: Asks "Is the Holy Father aware that traditionalist Catholics in [England and Wales] do not have a single bishop who shares his own understanding of the place of the traditional liturgy in the life of the Church?"; Editor notes that certain "wayward" bishops in the country indulge "every whim" of progressives and preside over ceremonies that are "scarcely recognizable as Catholic" while traditional Catholics are treated as "virtual schismatics" [8/13]
You've got to be kidding: Deportation is "too severe a penalty" for illegal immigrants according to an American archbishop who is a Mexican native [8/13]
In wake of ruling requiring Catholic college to provide c*ntraceptive coverage to employees, CL asks EEOC to provide documentation regarding its decision as well as an explanation of why they believe the First Amendment is "not operative" in the case, if that is their view [8/13]
Despite the Apostolic Visitation, keynote speaker at LCWR's annual meeting is a pro-abort papal critic who once said Pope Benedict is "really lacking in the theological virtue of charity" [8/12]
Italian Archbishop on Italy's "lottery fever": "Fever for SuperEnalotto has for many people become a form of idolatry and should be stopped as soon as possible" [8/12]
Report of National Council on Disability raises concern about disabled persons being left behind in cases of disaster & emergencies; Report shows "most" plans have no provisions for the disabled; Investigation of Hurricane Katrina case reveals that medical staff discussed administering a "lethal dose" to patients left behind [8/12]
Pro-lifers mourn the passing of member of America's "most powerful Catholic family", Eunice Kennedy Shriver; The late sister to the former U.S. President aided the disabled & promoted respect for human life; Regarding abortion, she once asked how someone could equate the life of an unborn infant with the "social well-being" of its mother, father, or family [8/12]
Stolen Virgin Mary statue found desecrated: Vandals burned statue, removed hands [8/12]
So much for parental rights: Swedish government seeks to ban homeschooling for religious or philosophical seasons [8/12]
Study shows br*ast-feeding brings important health benefits to mothers, including a potentially dramatic decrease in cancer risk [8/12]
Thief who stole from seven Catholic churches sentenced to jail, restitution; Con man who sometimes impersonated a priest used the funds to buy cocaine [8/12]
Catholic doctor to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom; Physician has been honored several times previously for his generous service to the poor [8/12]
Pro-lifer to fight for First Amendment rights after being arrested on "baseless charges" [8/12]
President of Pontifical Council comes to defense of traditional family in wake of ruling by Italy's highest court which finds "no substantial legal difference" between a family founded on marriage and a family founded on fornication; Cardinal reminds of research showing damage resulting from 'single-parent' families and cohabitation [8/12]
CL says Obama and his pro-abort staff - "the most radical pro-abortion administration in American history" - are "apparently willing to sink health care reform before ever excluding abortion from the final bill"; Says "every time an amendment has been introduced to formally exclude abortion, it has been defeated" [8/12]
"Landmark" U.S. vocations study finds traditional Catholic communities "have better success attracting younger members"; Study also shows increased diversity in "ethnicity, age, and life experiences" but an aging population overall [8/11]
So much for religious liberty: EEOC is attempting to force a small Catholic college to provide contraception coverage to its employees even though it violates Church teachings [8/11]
"Most comprehensive study of homeschool academic achievement ever completed" shows homeschooled students score an average of 37 percentile points higher than students educated by the government; Even students whose parents lacked college degrees scored in the 83rd percentile - "well above the national average"; Government spends 20 times the amount per student that homeschooling parents spend and achieves worse results than homeschoolers [8/11]
Secular media reports on renewed interest in perpetual adoration in Massachusetts [8/11]
Vietnamese Catholics hold massive protests to demand release of detained Catholics; Hundreds of thousands of courageous Catholics participate even though government crackdown may be "imminent" [8/11]
Priest in Colombia says that 30% of priests in the Cali archdiocese are homosexual; Says he provided a report on the problem but nothing was done to correct it [8/11]
So much for the First Amendment: Pelosi & House Majority Leader characterize healthcare opponents' behavior as "simply un-American"; In the past, Pelosi claimed to be "energized" by hecklers (those who shared her positions), calling their actions "democracy in action" [8/11]
Pope Benedict "unites himself spiritually" with Kennedy family as sister of former U.S. President lies critically ill in hospital [8/11]
President of Pontifical Council for the Family concerned about supposed "new forms" of family; Says traditional family is "needed more than ever today" [8/10]
Encouraging news for traditional Catholics: Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei releases DVD to assist priests and laypersons to learn traditional Latin Mass [Note: Link is to Google translation of page into English] [8/10]
Former Catholic priest living in California extradited to U.K. to face 22 abuse charges [8/10]
Statue vandals highlighted as "crime of the week" in Ohio [8/10]
Petition opposing health care bill - which is sure to increase abortion - receives over a million signatures; Talk show host says he's had an "overwhelming" response from medical professionals opposed to Obama's healthcare reform; Says "We must have had 60 doctors call and talk about what a disaster this would be" [8/10]
Former Episcopal 'priest' who became a married Catholic priest under special exception to celibacy rule is removed from parish after homosexual assault allegation [Refresher: Reasons for priestly celibacy] [8/10]
Catholic organizational support for healthcare legislation which will advance abortion "follows the money trail"; Catholic Health Association is a for-profit organization with a "vested financial interest in the outcome of the health care debate"; Sister who runs the organization is paid over $856K/year [8/8]
Large portion of church ceiling collapses in Pennsylvania; No injuries reported [8/8]
Miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe "is completely beyond any scientific explanation" [8/8]
Pro-abort 'Catholic' Sotomayor confirmed for Supreme Court, bringing the total number of Catholics on the nation's highest court to six (out of nine) [8/7]
Good news in New Haven: TLM finds a home in another parish after previous church is scheduled to close; Bishop consulted with clergy and found pastor who offered his parish for the TLM; New parish said to be "strongly traditional in Catholic faith and practice" with many "desirous of the return of the older liturgy to their parish" [8/7]
"Eco-site" reports that Padre Pio shrine will build 60-foot statue of the Saint which is capable of collecting solar energy; Multi-million dollar statue is expected to be funded through donations [Note: Catholics may find content on this website offensive] [8/7]
White House site that tells citizens to report "fishy" healthcare e-mails & websites sparks "outrage" among lawmakers; One Senator issues letter to Obama "strongly condemning" the request [8/7]
President of USCCB tells KoC: "An economy that substitutes efficiency for morality will end up both inefficient and immoral"; Cardinal attributes global economic crisis partially to people "abandoning personal ethics" [8/6]
Vatican City State website celebrates its 2-year anniversary [8/6]
Head of SSPX "embarrassed" by the Holy See's response to Williamson matter; Claims Vatican has an "an excessive sensibility regarding the expectations of the Jewish world"; Tells Jews to not to involve themselves in matters of the Catholic Church [8/6]
Pro-life group harassed by IRS gains tax-exempt status [8/6]
Pray and work: A Benedictine antidepressant alternative? [8/6]
Obama supporter Diaz confirmed as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See [8/5]
Watch out elderly & disabled persons: Health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget has said that medical benefits under a government controlled plan would not be given to "individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens... An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia"; He has also written that "Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination" [8/5]
Mexican government apologizes for storming church during Mass; Public Safety Department, however, defends raid saying it was "necessary" [8/5]
Pro-lifers working to prevent abortionist from opening new late-term abortion center; Late-term abortionist seeks to open abortion facility to "replace" his notorious slain friend's previous abortion center [8/5]
Bridgeport Diocese denies it threatened, mistreated bookkeeper & former priest [8/5]
AP now admits that healthcare bill includes taxpayer funded abortions [8/5]
Let's hope so! Media reports that Vatican investigation of U.S. sisters is "shaping up to be a tough examination of whether women's religious communities have strayed too far from Church teaching"; Information is being sought on "the process for responding to sisters who dissent publicly or privately from the authoritative teaching of the Church" and "the soundness of doctrine held and taught"; Predictably, detractors charge Church with "misogyny" and male dominance [8/5]
Cardinal Bagnasco encourages physicians to conscientiously object to providing RU-486; Calls on Catholics to defend life [8/4]
Spokesman denies reports that Vatican is considering new guidelines for illegitimate children of priests [8/4]
Religious orders asked to reflect on working paper in preparation for apostolic visits [8/4]
New Orleans conservation committee denies archdiocesan request to demolish historical parish [8/4]
Attack on life continues: Yahoo LiveScience staff posts article arguing for fewer children to "save the planet" [8/4]
Can it be, a faithful Catholic politician? - Catholic congressman says he'd rather save his soul than vote for health care bill that will facilitate abortion; Congressman predicts that voting against healthcare legislation will "probably be the death of my political career" but says he "always reflect[s] on the phrase of the New Testament, 'How does it profit a man's life to gain the world but to lose his soul'" [8/4]
Vatican "specialist" predicting upcoming personnel changes in Holy See foreign relations offices [8/4]
Head of Catholic Church in England & Wales on electronic communication: "I think there's a worry that an excessive use, or an almost exclusive use of text and emails means that as a society we're losing some of the ability to build interpersonal communication that's necessary for living together and building a community"; Archbishop says social networking may be a risk factor for suicide in young people [8/3]
German Catholic bank apologizes for investments in c*ntraceptive company; Bank which has advertised "ethical" investment funds says it will "rectify the mistakes immediately" that were previously "overlooked" [8/3]
New Secretary of Ecclesia Dei says bishops must adhere to the directives of Summorum Pontificum in favor of the TLM; Reminds that celebration of the TLM does not require special permission from the bishop [Note: Link is to Google translation of page into English] [8/3]
Catholic charitable organization lands 5 year, $100+ million federal contract to aid in the event of natural disasters [8/3]
Poor economy inspires Catholic charity; Catholic officials believe economic woes are helping fundraising efforts [8/1]
Head of SSPX expects to begin doctrinal talks with the Vatican in the Fall; Leader expresses preference for a personal prelature, says SSPX will not compromise on criticism of V2 [8/1]
Vatican approves another laicization: Mexican priest removed from the clerical state after accusations of abuse of minors in U.S. & Mexico [8/1]
St. Louis priest arrested in undercover FBI sting; Disgraced pastor sought to pay for s*x with a minor [8/1]
Olympic swimmer passes up chance to meet Pope; Athlete chooses rest over meeting with the Holy Father [8/1]
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