Friday, April 30, 2010
The Official vs. the Unofficial Story of the Early Retirement of Miami’s Archbishop
By John-Henry Westen
MIAMI, April 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Miami Archbishop John Favalora announced an early retirement on April 20, only eight months before he was set to reach the normal episcopal retirement age of 75. Despite the fact that the Vatican usually only accepts early resignations for serious illness or another “grave cause,” the official explanation given by Archbishop Favalora himself says he is in “good health,” and presents no other “grave reason” for the unexpected retirement.
Meanwhile, a group of lay Catholics in the archdiocese has revealed communications that they have had with the Vatican regarding an alleged gay cabal of priests that the group claims is veritably running the archdiocese, and suggests that this situation is the real cause of the early retirement. The group says that the Vatican has investigated its claims, and found them to be well-founded.
The archbishop’s April 20 resignation notice ran simply, “I was permitted to tender my resignation and I receive the Holy Father’s blessing in accord with canon 401, § 2.
“While I reiterate that I still enjoy good health, I also recognize that I no longer have the stamina and spirit of earlier years. Moreover, I recognize that the current challenges facing the Archdiocese now could benefit from new eyes and fresh insights and energies.”
However, Eric Giunta, one of the researchers that formed the group Christifidelis, a lay “watchdog” organization in the diocese, says that the sudden retirement is almost certainly the consequence of a document that his group submitted to the Vatican in 2006. That document was “an exhaustive report (hundreds of pages of text, documentation, and eye witness accounts) detailing and documenting” what he calls a “culture of sodomy and theological heterodoxy” on the part of as many as a majority of priests of the Miami Archdiocese.
Giunta reports that Sharon Baroussa, an attorney and a member of Christifidelis, represented a priest, Rev. Andrew Dowgiert, in a lawsuit filed against the archdiocese in 2005. “Fr. Dowgiert, on loan from a Polish archdiocese and soon to be incardinated in Miami, alleged that he was ‘fired’ from active ministry in the Miami Archdiocese after whistle-blowing on homosexual activity by several pastors of the Archdiocese,” he says.
That lawsuit served as the launchpad for the investigations during which Christifidelis gathered the information that it included in its lengthy report submitted to the Vatican.
Giunta says that after the group submitted its report on the alleged corruption in the Miami archdiocese, Baroussa, “was contacted by a Vatican monsignor, who met with her in person and assured her that the Holy See would be investigating each and every one of the allegations presented in the report.” He adds that in the fall of 2006, “this monsignor contacted her again, informing her that our allegations had all been vindicated, and that Rome was going to act on the report.”
With the early retirement of Archbishop Favalora, claims Giunta, “Rome has finally acted, and in doing so has vindicated” the faithful Catholics who in exposing the scandals, “suffered tremendous persecution and ostracization for defending the integrity of the Catholic Church's doctrine, liturgy, and moral witness.”
* See Giunta’s full report
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
“How far our friendship has come, that our leaders can welcome each other with affection and respect into their very houses of worship!” he noted.
On the future relationship between Jews and Catholics, Archbishop Dolan addressed his “modest proposal,” underscoring the importance of both groups striving to keep memory and mutual concern alive in their interactions with each other.
“It is my hope that in the many years God may give me as Archbishop of New York, our Catholic-Jewish dialogue may be marked by a practice of 'memory' which never fails to hold us mutually accountable to the honesty and transparency demanded by the tragedy of the Holocaust, but also to a 'mutuality' of concern for each other which places our friendship first, and our grievances second. Our dialogue must never be reduced to one of exchanged grievances.”
“So many challenges again face both of our communities,” stressed the archbishop, who discussed mutual concern regarding “the protection of children from any kind of abuse or deprivation; the slow, but steady diminution of the importance of marriage as the keystone of family life, culture, and civilization itself; the continued marginalization of the poor, in particular of immigrants, refugees and the homeless on our streets; the denial of human dignity, seen almost everywhere in crimes of bias, hate, and discrimination.”
Archbishop Dolan also addressed the task of “reclaiming of the importance of Sabbath rest and worship in a culture that tends to be frantic and function-oriented, placing value upon what we produce and do, rather than who we are.”
“Surely, we could learn both with and from each other when puzzling our way through what social scientists tell us about the religious behavior of our families, especially our young people,” he added. “It is chilling to read the results of the research of religious sociologists who soberly report that our young people feel less and less loyal to their inherited faith.”
“Can we not work together, then, for our own good and that of the society we hope to transform?” the archbishop asked. “Can we not imagine how our dialogue could assume the twin qualities of 'memory' and 'mutuality' for the sake of its own growth in a time when our combined strengths could be a light to all the peoples of the world?”
Archbishop Dolan concluded his remarks by suggesting that Jews and Catholics “take a further step” in their relationship and “'engage' each other actively, fully respectful of our identities and differences, yet come together in whatever convergences would help us to build up our relationship.”
Last night the Islamic doctor that I mentioned previously came and spoke in the chapel at the retirement community where I work. I’m here to tell you that this is one dangerous man as far as the cause of Christ and the salvation of souls. Now he didn’t look the part of a “terrorist” - on the contrary, he was a very kind, soft spoken, well dressed man who presented himself in a very favorable way.
When I mentioned the horrible way that they treat women, she said “Oh he addressed that! It’s CULTURAL NOT A PART OF THE MUSLIM RELIGION!” My question is if everyone in that culture is Muslim and they treat women like that, how is not a religious issue? No answer - just the glazed, happy, bubbly look.
She went on to tell me that she wants to go to a mosque and she’s going to ask her husband to take her! She chuckled while saying this - she said he’s going to wonder “now what”. Now what indeed!
So bottom line is that these people are going around speaking anywhere they can brainwashing anyone who is not smart enough to think about the truth.
Just another sign of things to come…….
Monday, April 26, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
A senior Iranian nuclear scientist sought political asylum in Israel, Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara said Saturday.
Kara refused to reveal the scientist's identity and exact role, and also the identity of the mediator who helped him contact Israeli authorities.
Speaking at a panel in Ramat Gan, the deputy minister said the scientist is currently staying in a "friendly country" and that he turned to a Jewish former resident of Iran for assistance. The Jewish female turned to Kara himself, he said.
Kara added that at this stage it was too early to reveal all details of the story.
"I will assist anyone in order to lift the strategic and nuclear threat faced by Israel and by the enlightened democratic world," he said.
Kara's office said that the Jewish woman contacted by the Iranian scientist is an Israeli national of Persian decent who currently lives in central Israel.
"The woman was at the office on Wednesday and spoke to us. The information was handed over to the relevant officials at the Prime Minister's Office for further handling," Kara's office said.
Think about it...
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
St. Mark the Evangelist
25 April 2010
Today's gospel shows us Jesus sending out the seventy-two disciples. His instructions to these disciples are useful and educational for all of us.
Already at this early stage we see that God has established a hierarchy in the Church. Just as Moses set a man over each of the twelve tribes and entrusted six judges under the head of each tribe likewise, Christ established twelve apostles and placed six disciples under each one. There has always been this chain of command and this chain of command will continue to the end of time.
These ministers of God are sent into this world as lambs going into a pack of wolves. The wolves will not listen to the lambs, nor will they seek to imitate the lambs and convert their vicious hearts into the meek, humble and loving hearts of lambs. On the contrary the wolves do all they can to convert the lambs into wolves and short of this they seek to destroy them.
So what are the disciples of Christ (the lambs) to do to protect themselves in this hazardous mission? They must remain detached from the snares of this world. "Carry neither purse, nor wallet, nor sandals." Money is said to be the root of all evil, but it is not money that is the problem, it is the attachment to money, or the inordinate desire for it. Thus the disciples should divorce themselves from this snare.
Their first message is that of peace. They bring the peace of Christ throughout the world. Thus Jesus instructs them: "Whatever house you enter, first say, `peace to this house!'"
What a beautiful vocation it is to bring the peace of God to the world. But, at the same time what a difficult, trying, and dangerous vocation it is. There is no greater joy than to be able to reconcile erring souls back to the peace of God. These disciples cure the sick souls of men through absolution, and feed their souls with the Blessed Sacrament and the words of God.
Yet, so many times the disciples bring the peace of God to souls only to have it rejected and thrown back in their faces. They are ridiculed and asked to leave. If we will only continue our reading of this passage from St. Luke, we will learn how the disciples are to deal with this situation. They are told to move on and to shake the dust from such places off of themselves. This is a testimony against them. The disciples will carry nothing away from them. And thus such miserable souls will have no acceptable answer when they are brought before the Judge.
Friday, April 23, 2010
- but then ask yourself - why doesn't the "conservative" media follow up on this stuff when it slips out? - this is HUGE - Waco involved the death of dozens of men, women and children at the hands of our own government and there was/is obviously a cover-up of what really happened - and the media is silent!
Dick Morris Reveals Bombshell on Waco and Janet Reno
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Obama: Ties with Israel 'unshakable'
The lawsuit is expected to allege that Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and others in the Catholic Church hierarchy were provided detailed proof and direct admission by Murphy of criminal acts, yet they failed to alert federal authorities, place Murphy into sex offender treatment, remove him from the priesthood, alert parishes where he was working, or inform members of the deaf community of Murphy's criminal history.
Murphy, who worked at St. John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis until 1974, is the subject of four of 11 lawsuits now pending against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for its handling of clergy sex abuse allegations.
Two federal appeals cases against the Vatican are now pending in Oregon and Kentucky, and Vatican officials have asked the U.S. Supreme court to hear an appeal in the Oregon case, according to the Washington Post.
by Steven Ertelt
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency shows a correlation between the use of cells from babies in abortions in vaccines to an increase in autism rates. The study provides another problem from pro-life advocates who are already concerned about the abortion-vaccine tie.
The study, published in February in the publication Environmental Science & Technology, confirms 1988 as a “change point” in the rise of Autism Disorder rate.
The 1988 date is significant because, as pro-life blogger Jill Stanek notes, the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute indicates that's when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices added a second dose of the MMR vaccine, containing fetal cells from aborted babies, to its recommendations.
The study found two other change point dates: 1981, two years after MMRII was approved in the United States with fetal cells, and 1995, when SCPI says the chickenpox vaccine using aborted cells was approved.
Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, said today that his group is joining SCPI in calling for a Fair Labeling and Informed Consent Act to let people know of this link and the use of cells from babies victimized by abortion.
“For years the evidence has pointed toward the link between vaccines using DNA from aborted babies and the rise of Autism Disorder rates,” he said. “Parents need and deserve to know the risks associated with vaccinations made from lines derived from the bodies of aborted children.”
"While the pharmaceutical industry ignores the evidence and continues to put our children at risk," Sound Choice is conducting studies on the impact of residual human fetal DNA in vaccines on the brain development and autism in children, Sedlak continued.
Stanek also commented on the new developments.
"I've always read it was mercury in vaccines that was implicated in autism, although many studies state this isn't true," she said, noted SCPI debunks the idea.
"The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if the same sort of ideological culprits we see covering up the abortion-breast cancer link are also involved here. This would be a huge, huge blow to embryonic stem cell experimentation, for instance. That, and/or big pharma sees huge class action lawsuits on the horizon if this is proven," Stanek added.
"That virus-laden DNA of aborted babies could be wreaking havoc on the DNA of healthy children is completely plausible," she said.
SCPI will present their studies at the International Society for Autism Research in May 2010.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
study possible confession violation
By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
April 20, 2010 A Waukesha County Catholic priest has been placed on administrative leave while the Archdiocese of Milwaukee investigates an allegation that he violated the seal of confession, the first time a local priest has faced such a charge in nearly 30 years.
Archbishop Jerome Listecki relieved Father David Verhasselt of his duties as pastor at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in the Town of Oconomowoc on Monday, based on a preliminary investigation by the archdiocese's tribunal, according to the archdiocese.
Verhasselt could face a local or Vatican trial and excommunication if he is found to have intentionally violated the canon law provision that prohibits priests from divulging what takes place in the sacrament of confession. But Father Paul Hartmann, judicial vicar for the archdiocese, called that a worst-case scenario.
"The recommendation is always that the penalty be commensurate with the gravity and the damage done," Hartmann said Tuesday.
Deacon David Zimprich, who is filling in at St. Catherine's until an interim priest can be appointed, said Tuesday that parishioners were devastated by the news. »Read Full Article
OF BROTHER BERNARD OF QUINTAVALLE, THE FIRST COMPANION OF ST FRANCIS
The first companion of St Francis was Brother Bernard of Assisi, who was converted in the following way: St Francis had not yet taken the religious habit, though he had renounced the world, and had so given himself to penance and mortification that many looked upon him as one out of his mind. He was scoffed at as a madman, was rejected and despised by his relations and by strangers, who threw stones and mud at him when he passed; yet he went on his way, accepting these insults as patiently as if he had been deaf and dumb. Then Bernard of Assisi, one of the richest and most learned nobles of the city, began to consider deeply the conduct of St Francis; how utterly he despised the world, how patiently he suffered injuries, and how his faith remained firm, though he had been for two years an object of contempt and rejected by all. He began to think and say within himself, "It is evident that this brother must have received great graces from God"; and so resolved to invite him to sup and to sleep in his house. St Francis having accepted the invitation, Bernard, who was resolved to contemplate the sanctity of his guest, ordered a bed to be prepared for him in his own room, where a lamp burned all night. Now St Francis, in order to conceal his sanctity, so soon as he entered the room, threw himself upon the bed, pretending to fall asleep. Bernard likewise soon after went to bed, and began to snore as if sleeping soundly. On this, St Francis, thinking that Bernard was really fast asleep, got up and began to pray. Raising his hands and eyes to heaven, he exclaimed with great devotion and fervour, "My God! my God!" at the same time weeping bitterly; and thus he remained on his knees all night, repeating with great love and fervour the words, "My God! my God!" and none others.
And this he did because, being enlightened by the Holy Spirit, he contemplated and admired the divine majesty of God, who deigned to take pity on the perishing world, and to save not only the soul of Francis, his poor little one, but those of many others also through his means. For, being enlightened by the Holy Ghost, he foresaw the great things which God would deign to accomplish through him and through his Order; and considering his insufficiency and unworthiness, he prayed and called upon the Lord, through his power and wisdom, to supply, help and accomplish that which of himself he could not do.
Then Bernard, seeing by the light of the lamp the devout actions of St Francis and the expression of his countenance, and devoutly considering the words he uttered, was touched by the Holy Spirit, and resolved to change his life. Next morning, therefore, he called St Francis, and thus addressed him: "Brother Francis, I am disposed in heart wholly to leave the world, and to obey thee in all things as thou shalt command me." At these words, St Francis rejoiced in spirit and said, "Bernard, a resolution such as thou speakest of is so difficult and so great an act, that we must take counsel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and pray to him that he may be pleased to show us what is his will, and may teach us to follow it. Let us then go together to the Bishop's palace, where we shall find a good priest who will say Mass for us. We will then remain in prayer till the third hour, imploring the Lord to point out to us the way he wishes us to select, and to this intent we will open the Missal three times." And when Bernard answered that he was well pleased with this proposal, they set out together, heard Mass, and after they had remained in prayer till the time fixed, the priest, at the request of St Francis, took up Missal, then, having made the sign of the holy cross, he opened it three times, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The first place which he lit upon was at the answer of Christ to the young man who asked of him the way to perfection: If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell all that thou hast and give to the poor, and come, follow me. The second time he opened at the words which the Saviour addressed to the Apostles when he sent them forth to preach the Word of Truth: Take nothing with you for your journey: neither staff, nor scrip, nor bread, nor money; wishing to teach them thereby to commit the care of their lives to him, and give all their thoughts to the preaching of the Holy Gospel. When the Missal was opened a third time they came upon these words: If any one will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Then St Francis, turning to Bernard, said: "This is the advice that the Lord has given us; go and do as thou hast heard; and blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ who has pointed out to thee the way of his angelic life." Upon this, Bernard went and sold all that he had. Now he was very rich, and with great joy he distributed his wealth to widows, to orphans, to prisoners, to monasteries, to hospitals, and to pilgrims, in all which St Francis assisted him with prudence and fidelity.
Now it happened that a man of the name of Silvester, seeing how St Francis gave so much money to the poor, being urged on by avarice, went to him and said: "Thou didst not pay me enough for the stones I sold thee to repair the church; now that thou hast money, pay me what thou owest." St Francis, much surprised at such a demand, but, according to the precepts of the Scriptures, not wishing to dispute with him, gave it to Silvester, saying that, if he wanted more, he would give it to him. Silvester, being satisfied, returned home; but in the evening of the same day he reflected on his avarice, and on the holiness and the fervour of St Francis. That night also he saw St Francis in a vision, and it seemed to him as if a golden cross came out of his mouth, which reached up to heaven and extended to the extreme east and west. After this vision he gave all he possessed to the poor, for the love of God, and made himself a Brother Minor. He became so holy, and was favoured with such special graces, that he spake with the Lord as a friend speaks with a friend, of which St Francis was often a witness, as we shall see further on. Bernard likewise received from God many graces - he was ravished in contemplation, and St Francis said he was worthy of all reverence, and that he had founded the Order, because he was the first who had abandoned the world, giving all he possessed to the poor of Christ, keeping back nothing for himself; and practising evangelical poverty, placing himself naked in the arms of the Crucified, whom may we all bless eternally.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
"I was never fully American, I was Jewish"
"we have to take advantage of our friends"
"I don't believe that Jesus is the Messiah"
"We learned Hebrew before English"
And so many of these false "christian" religions support them to the tune of millions of dollars!
This is Satan at work supporting those who hate and deny our Lord and Savior!
Obama's Economic Team
Benjamin Bernanke(Jewish) - Chairman, Federal Reserve System
Timothy Geithner(Jewish) - Secretary, U.S. Treasury Department
Lawrence Summers(Jewish) - Chairman, National Economic Council
Paul Volcker(Jewish) - Chairman, Economic Recovery Advisory Board
Jared Bernstein(Jewish) - Chief Economist and Economic Adviser, Vice President
Douglas Shulman(Jewish) - Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service(IRS)
Peter Orszag(Jewish) - Director, Office of Management and Budget(OMB)
Jon Leibowitz(Jewish) - Chairman, Federal Trade Commission(FTC)
Gary Gensler(Jewish) - Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission(CFTC)
Mary Schapiro(Jewish) - Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC)
Sheila Bair(Jewish) - Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation(FDIC)
Karen Mills(Jewish) - Administrator, Small Business Administration (SBA)
Christina Romer(Jewish husband) - Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
Less than 3% of the United States population is Jewish
Monday, April 19, 2010
I started this a while back and got sidetracked and failed to keep up with the chapters. I am going to begin again and post a chapter every other day or so. This book is excellent. The book was written by more than one author and all were contemporaries of St. Francis, so it is not in a chronological order.
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR CRUCIFIED SAVIOUR, AND OF MARY HIS VIRGIN MOTHER. IN THIS BOOK ARE CONTAINED CERTAIN LITTLE FLOWERS - TO WIT, MIRACLES AND PIOUS EXAMPLES OF THE GLORIOUS SERVANT OF CHRIST ST FRANCIS, AND OF SOME OF HIS HOLY COMPANIONS; TO THE GLORY AND PRAISE OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.
First let us consider how the life of the glorious St Francis was conformed in every act with that of our Blessed Lord. For as Christ, before he began to preach, made choice of twelve Apostles, teaching them to despise all the things of this world, to follow him in poverty and in the practice of all other virtues, so St Francis, on the first founding of his Order, chose twelve companions, all lovers of poverty. And even as one of the twelve Apostles, being reproved by Christ, hanged himself by the neck, so among the twelve companions of St Francis was one, called Brother John della Capella, who apostatised, and finally hanged himself by the neck. This should be for the elect a great example and cause of humility and fear, when they consider how no one is certain of persevering in the grace of God to the end. As the holy Apostles, being filled with the Spirit of God, shone forth mightily before the world in holiness and humility, so too did the companions of St Francis; for from the time of the Apostles till this present day the world had never seen men so wonderful and so holy.
On of them, Brother Giles, like St Paul, was raised to the third heaven; another, Brother Philip the Tall, like the prophet Isaiah, was touched upon the lips with a burning coal by an angel. Brother Silvester held converse with God, like one friend with another, as did Moses of old. Another, the most humble Brother Bernard, through the penetration of his intellect, reached the light of divine science, like the eagle - the emblem of St John the Evangelist - and explained all the deepest mysteries of Holy Scripture. One there was who was sanctified and canonised in heaven, whilst still living on earth; this was Brother Ruffino, a nobleman of Assisi. And thus all bore singular marks of sanctity, as we shall see hereafter.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
PARIS — The Icelandic volcano that has kept much of Europe land-bound is far from finished spitting out its grit, and offered up new mini-eruptions Saturday that raise concerns about longer-term damage to world air travel and trade...
...In Iceland, winds dragged the ashes over new farmland, to the southwest of the glacier, causing farmers to scramble to secure their cattle and board up windows.
With the sky blackened out and the wind driving a fine, sticky dust, dairy farmer Berglind Hilmarsdottir teamed up with neighbors to round her animals and get them to shelter. The ash is toxic — the fluoride causes long-term bone damage that makes teeth fall out and bones break...
Doesn't this beg the question:
If floride is toxic and casues long term bone damage and makes teeth fall out and bones break - why do they add it to our drinking water?
Saturday, April 17, 2010
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
Second Sunday after Easter
18 April 2010
As we consider the Good Shepherd in today's gospel, we are reminded of God calling out to everyone on earth to be united in the One, True, Faith of the Roman Catholic Church. Our hearts fill with joy at the thought of God's goodness and bounty towards us in giving us admission into the Mystical Body of Christ _ the Catholic Church. But, at the same time our thoughts go out to all those who are excluded from this Body, and we search and pray for them to come to the true Faith or return from their wanderings.
All those who are not baptized are outside this Mystical Body and therefore are devoid of sanctifying grace, they will be damned unless they enter the fold of the Good Shepherd in the true Church. The many Pagans, Jews, and Mohammedans who are lost brings sorrow to the hearts of all who have a true love for God. But, what is perhaps much worse is the consideration of the many "Christians" who delay and put off the baptism of their children. Many claim that they want their children to make this decision for themselves.
Such "parents" do not even deserve the name of parents because they show absolutely no love or concern for the immortal welfare of their children's souls. They will deny their children the privilege and graces that come from union with Christ. And then once they are firmly and securely in the grips of demonic and worldly influences, they will allow them to make their own decision. We must ask logically why did the "parents" not consult their children before they brought them into the world? Why were their children not allowed to decide this for themselves? And how many other decisions did these "parents" make for their children, completely disregarding the future wishes and desires of these children?
Not baptizing children is nothing short of enrolling them into the body of devils and securing their eternal damnation in Hell.
But, how many "parents" will have to answer for the souls of those children who were not even allowed to be born into this world much less into Christ's fold? How many abortions? How many conceptions were immorally prevented? How many have chosen their own selfish wills over the will of God?
This is the sad tale of so many Modernists who have denied sin and the need for baptism or penance. The Modernists principally in the Novus Ordo would have everyone automatically members of the fold of Christ without any effort on their own part. They deny any need to truly implement the words of Christ. They imagine that they have heard the voice of the Shepherd and have entered the fold without transforming themselves. They wish to stay in their sins and errors yet consider themselves safe in the bosom of the Church. They may have heard, but they do not listen and follow! And sadly many have mutilated the ceremonies of the sacrament of Baptism to the point that it is no longer evident that they intend to wash away sins or even to do what the Church does. To many, their baptism is nothing short of an initiation. And so we can see why it is not so important to them.
And yet, the sadness does not end here. There are many who were given the Faith, and were once members of the true Fold of Christ, only to have cut themselves out of the fold.
Heretics obstinately deny one or more doctrines of the Church and thereby deny the teachings of Christ through His Church. To deny the Church is to deny Christ who is Her Head. These poor souls blinded by their self-righteous pride and vanity have chosen to not hear the voice of Christ and therefore die outside of the fold; condemned forever to be separated from Him. It seems so painfully absurd that otherwise intelligent people, stubbornly cling to their own perverted wills when it would cost them so little to deny themselves so that they could hear Christ and live.
To hear the voice of the Good Shepherd is to hear the voice of the One, True, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. And this Church is maintained in right order by the successors of the Apostles (the bishops) who teach, rule, and sanctify in the name of Christ who is the head of this Mystical Body. Therefore, those who would deny that the successors of the Apostles have authority to teach, rule, and sanctify (many Traditionalists) are heretics and thus outside of the fold of Christ.
Schismatics seem to be even more shocking than the heretics, because they separate themselves from Christ not because of some doctrinal conflict, but because of a lack of charity. They will not love their neighbor. They will not worship with fellow Catholics and choose to loose their souls rather than resist their jealousy, envy, and even hatred for fellow Catholics.
And we must also consider those who have been excommunicated from the Church. These have had the misfortune to fall into some great crime for which the Mystical Body of Christ is forced to expel them from the fold lest they corrupt and do more harm to others in the fold.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Vatican Official Declares Extraterrestrial Contact Is Real
Monsignor Corrado Balducci, a theologian member of the Vatican Curia (governing body), and an insider close to the Pope, has gone on Italian national television five times, including recent months, to proclaim that extraterrestrial contact is a real phenomenon.
Balducci revealed to a visiting American professional that the Vatican is closely following this phenomenon quietly. My informant originally surmised that the Vatican is receiving much information about extraterrestrials and their contacts with humans from its Nunciatures (embassies) in various countries
However, before the actual meeting began, our campus administrator was giving announcements. Now keep in mind that the average age of the people who live at this facility would be about 80 and that most people are some type of Christian - whether bogus ordo or some form of protestantism.
She announced that on such and such a date, an Islamic doctor was going to come and speak. The topic? Health related? Absolutely not. The topic is THE ISLAMIC RELIGION. She spoke about DIVERSITY and I nearly lost my lunch. So far, it's not mandatory but I thought it would be interesting for you to read what Bishop Carroll said about Muslims:
"On the birth of the false religion of Islam, which was celebrated throughout the pit of Hell: “The ‘messages’ [of the false prophet Muhammed] were later written in a book, the Koran, which Muhammed insisted contained the actual words of God – a God who had no Son, of whom Mary was not the mother, a lonely sky-spirit in whose name men were to kill from the gates of China to the Atlantic Ocean, forging a gigantic engine of aggression with more than enough power [to attempt] to obliterate the precious, fragile bridge which Christianity had built over the abyss of a fallen civilization, from the face of the earth.” (Carroll, A History of Christendom, Vol. 2, p. 204.)
“Under an alternative scenario that drops those assumptions, the deficit at the end of 2020 would be 9% of GDP and the federal debt would balloon to more than 100% of GDP.”
The Blessed Mother at Fatima warned that nations would fall. Scripture says the same - but what will remain is Christ and His little flock.
Chicago Archdiocese-Honored Priest Pushes Women's Ordination
By Patrick B. Craine
CHICAGO, Illinois, April 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Fresh from being honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Archdiocese of Chicago, presented by Cardinal Francis George, Fr. Michael Pfleger has come out publicly with his support for women's ordination.
In a 70-minute homily for Divine Mercy Sunday on the need to overcome fear, the pastor of Saint Sabina's Catholic Church related how Christ's disciples had deserted him when he was taken to be crucified. “They ran away when he most needed them. Only John at the foot of the Cross,” he said.
“And the women,” he added. He then paused briefly, and proclaimed to applause, "Hmm. That's why there should be woman priests. That's why there should be married priests. That's why there should be women bishops and women cardinals."
A strong advocate on behalf of the poor, Fr. Pfleger has also become notorious for his controversial views, including his prominent support of pro-abortion politicians, including President Barack Obama.
He was suspended by Cardinal George for two weeks in 2008 after he mocked Obama's then-opponent Hilary Clinton, in racially-fuelled comments that gained nationwide media attention.
Despite protests from the pro-life community, the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Racial Justice honored Fr. Pfleger on April 7th with a lifetime achievement award, at a ceremony presided over by Cardinal George.
Speaking with LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) before the event last week, Sr. Anita Baird, the founding director of the Office for Racial Justice, defended the award and emphasized that "Fr. Pfleger is a priest in good standing in the archdiocese in Chicago."
In his address at the award ceremony, Cardinal George noted that Fr. Pfleger “has been a controversialist,” and that he has sometimes “spoken in anger, sometimes unjustly or uncharitably,” but emphasized that he is “a Catholic priest and a pastor, and in that capacity, like all good priests and pastors, he acts out of love.”
LifeSiteNews did not hear back from either the Archdiocese of Chicago or Fr. Pfleger by press time.
Fr. Pfleger also condicted a bizarre Holy Thursday Mass consecration during the recent Easter season that violated many required norms for this most sacred of all Catholic liturgical events. A video of this can be seen here.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Holy Thursday Sermon
Given by Brother Bonaventure, OFM
Sermon for Low Sunday
Given By Brother Bonaventure,OFM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBqk6D2CJwk (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG2ld7CY6Cs (part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_fXwlrr9eU&feature=related (part 3)
Undercover video at Planned Parenthood won't lead to charges
By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel
April 14, 2010 5:02 p.m. Milwaukee prosecutors have declined to charge anyone at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin over an undercover video released by an anti-abortion group in February.
The group, Live Action, says the segment shows a counselor at Planned Parenthood's Milwaukee office suggesting that officials wouldn't have to know that the Live Action producer posing as a 14-year-old girl was impregnated by a 31-year-old man. The video suggests the counselor violated Wisconsin law about mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse.
In a Wednesday letter to Live Action's president, Deputy District Attorney Patrick Kenney wrote that the facts did not support that conclusion.
"The person employed by Planned Parenthood in your video was not a mandatory reporter. She was employed as a receptionist/scheduler," Kenney wrote. Even if she were, there would still be no crime, he said.
Kenney said the situation in the video "raises the issue of legal impossibility," because the purported pregnant 14-year-old was neither pregnant nor a child. »Read Full Article(16)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Threat assessment report on Wisconsin pro-life activity
The Associated Press revealed today the Wisconsin Department of Justice denied their open records request for a threat assessment prepared on pro-life activity in Wisconsin .
“Pro-Life Wisconsin continues to work for the release of this report, despite the ongoing refusal. It is disconcerting that law enforcement agencies refuse to release to United States citizens information that has been gathered about them,” said Peggy Hamill, state director. “The stifling of free speech activity is a slippery slope. Those of us who defend the preborn are not second-class citizens and we refuse to let our First Amendment rights be chilled.”
In February 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Middleton Police Department inappropriately shared a homeland security “threat assessment”, prepared by DHS and targeted at local free speech activities “by pro- and anti-abortion groups.” The threat assessment concerned free speech at a University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics meeting in Middleton, at which a vote was taken to approve late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center .
In January 2010 the Alliance Defense Fund, on behalf of Pro-Life Wisconsin, asked (view here) the Middleton Police Department for a copy of the report pursuant to Wisconsin 's open records laws. The Middleton Police Department refused to disclose the report (view here), and further said that the DOJ similarly refused to authorize disclosure of the report, despite the fact that DHS had already determined that the report was an improper investigation of freedom of speech activities.
“Clearly Secretary Napolitano’s unjust inclusion of pro-lifers in a report on domestic terrorism influenced the Middleton Police Department in their decision to enlist the DHS. Despite this mischaracterization, thousands of Wisconsin pro-lifers continue to peacefully witness in opposition to proposed late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center ,” concluded Hamill. “We are encouraged late-term abortions have not begun at the Madison Surgery Center .”
London, England (CNN) -- The Vatican may have forgiven the Beatles over the weekend for their "satanic" messages -- but Ringo Starr, the legendary band's drummer, says he couldn't care less.
In a tribute published to mark the 40th anniversary of the breakup of the band, who singer John Lennon once claimed were "more popular than Jesus," the Vatican newspaper "L'Osservatore Romano" said it had forgiven them and called them a "precious jewel."
But Starr told CNN: "Didn't the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic -- and they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."...
The Vatican II church is so ridiculous that even a brain dead, drug addict, dolt like Ringo Starr makes more sense and can put them in their place!
How can anyone believe that this is the Catholic Church - the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ with the mission to save souls?
Monday, April 12, 2010
The Russian and Polish prime ministers have together marked the 1940 Katyn massacre of 22,000 Polish troops, in an unprecedented move.
Russia's Vladimir Putin had invited Poland's Donald Tusk to the ceremony commemorating the massacre.
The Soviet secret police was responsible, but for half a century the Soviet Union blamed it on the Nazis.
Both leaders spoke of reconciliation at Wednesday's ceremony, though their statements appeared qualified.
"A lie was told for decades, but we cannot blame the Russian people for it," said Mr Putin, who stopped short of apologising for the killings.
When will the truth about the so-called "holocaust" be admitted? It is a crime in many nations to even dare to question the official "holocaust" story - even though we have cases like this where the world was deceived about the Nazi's for decades.
Oddly enough - the entire Polish delegation was killed in a plane crash shortly after this article was written!
There is good reason why the Popes condemned Russia multiple times, yet Pope Pius XII, the last valid Pope and the Pope who reigned during nearly all of World War II until 1958 never once condemned the Nazi's for the supposed murder of 6 million Jews!
Think about it - if Pope Pius XII believed that the Nazi's brutally and systematically murdered 6 million innocent men, women and children - don't ya think he might have mentioned it as being wrong at least once before his death in 1958 - over ten years after it supposedly happened?
Matthew 6: 25-34
"Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than the meat: and the body more than the raiment(clothing)? Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they? And which of you by taking thought (worrying), can add to his stature (height) one cubit (inch)? And for raiment (clothing) why are you solicitous (do you worry)? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. And if the grass of the field, which is today, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, God doth so clothe: how much more you, O ye of little faith? Be not solicitous therefore, saying: What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things. Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore solicitous for tomorrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
Vatican makes peace with the Beatles
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has finally made peace with the Beatles, saying their drug use, "dissolute" lives and even the claim that the band was bigger than Jesus are all in the past — while their music lives on.
Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano paid tribute to the Fab Four in its weekend editions, with two articles and a front-page cartoon reproducing the crosswalk immortalized on the cover of the band's album "Abbey Road."
The tribute marked the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup.
"It's true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives," said the paper. "They even said they were more famous than Jesus," it said, recalling John Lennon's 1966 comment that outraged many Catholics and others.
"But, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless," L'Osservatore said. "Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels."
It is not the first time the Vatican has praised the legendary band from Liverpool.
Two years ago, Vatican media hailed the Beatles' musical legacy on the 40th anniversary of the "White Album." And last month the Vatican paper included "Revolver" in its semiserious list of top-10 albums.
Now, L'Osservatore says that the Beatles' songs have stood the test of time, and that the band remains "the longest-lasting, most consistent and representative phenomenon in the history of pop music."
Giovanni Maria Vian, the editor in chief of L'Osservatore Romano, said Monday that he loves the Beatles.
He said that at the time of Lennon's sensational statement, Osservatore "commented that in reality it wasn't that scandalous, because the fascination with Jesus was so great that it attracted these new heroes of the time."
What do ya suppose the odds are that Bishop Louis will "make peace" with Ozzy Osborne in the next issue of the Seraph?
All kidding aside - How can anyone believe that this could be the Catholic Church? Remember - this is the official newspaper of the Vatican that wrote this stuff!