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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In an interview before U.S. Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2010, Timothy Dolan, Newchurch archbishop of New York, who is the new head of the U.S. Newchurch bishops, had this to say about Thanksgiving and Christ:
Thanksgiving is a time of the year when people are open to the Lord, and we don't think about ourselves. We're grateful to God. We're conscious that somebody -- some call him or her, whatever you want -- somebody beyond us is in charge, and we are immensely grateful.
Wikileaks is nothing more than a Zionist Israeli hoax to gather more gullible goy into fighting their immoral and unjust wars of aggression!

Russian parliament: Stalin ordered Katyn massacre

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The World War II Katyn massacres were committed on the direct order of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, Russia's lower house of parliament said Friday — a statement hailed by Polish officials.

The 1940 massacre of around 20,000 Polish officers and other prominent citizens in western Russia by Soviet secret police has long soured relations between the two countries. President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Poland in early December.

Soviet propaganda for decades blamed the killings on the Nazis, but post-Soviet Russia previously acknowledged they were carried out by the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs, or NKVD — Stalin's much feared secret police...

They claim it was only "Soviet propaganda" that blamed the murders on the Nazis, but German men were tried at Nuremberg for this crime, schools and history books around the world blamed this on the Germans, until around 1990 when the first Soviet documents were discovered that shed a different light on this mass murder!

Remember it was the Soviet armies that "liberated" all the alleged "extermination camps" - one must wonder if Russia was lying about those murders as well as these!


Monday, November 29, 2010



Saturday, November 27, 2010


Her Doctrine and Morals

First Sunday of Advent

28 November 2010


The Sunday


Dear Friend,

Today we focus our attention upon the entire time of this world. It is the beginning of the liturgical year, and so it is appropriate that we are inspired to begin well. To begin well it is necessary that we understand the goal and where we are going. So once again we are brought to considerations of the end of this world.

Interwoven in these considerations from the beginning of time to the end we are drawn to the desire for the coming of Jesus Christ. He is the focal point of all time. From the beginning of creation man has looked forward to God coming to this earth. Since the fall of man this yearning for the coming of God intensified. Throughout Advent we will spiritually take up this yearning that was so greatly desired in the Old Testament.

Since the birth of Christ we see that our measurement of time has been refocused as the time before His birth and the time after His birth. Today we do not look forward to His first coming to this earth, but rather we look forward to His second coming. In preparation for the celebration of His first coming (Christmas) we likewise prepare for a spiritual coming of Christ into our lives and look forward to His second coming at the end of time.

St. Paul in his letter to the Romans that we read in today’s Epistle gives us the tone of spirit that we are striving for in the season of Advent. “Let us cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy; but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

In our preparation for Christmas, it is time to put out of our lives all that is evil and all that is unbecoming the children of God. We must renew the promises of our baptism: “we renounce Satan and all his works, and all his pomp’s.” We have listened and followed the temptations and suggestions of these evil spirits for too long. Now is the time once and for all to put them behind us. Now is the time to break off our evil habits.

In our longing for the coming of Christ into our lives we must make the necessary preparations for Him. It matters not to Him whether we have rich and fine material ornaments, or rough and coarse ones. What is important to Him is that we have a humble heart that is filled with love. Christ willingly found His abode on Christmas day in a stable. So no matter how poor our hearts may be He will be pleased to enter. What He refuses to enter is the hearts filled with pride and self-love. These have no room for Him. These are most unwelcoming to Him. No matter how much perfume they may use, the stench of a soul dead in sin repulses the desire of God to enter their souls.

On the contrary, the soul that is steeped in humility, no matter how bare and uncomfortable it may appear becomes a most desirous place for God to dwell. The key is contrite humility.

Christ came to save those that were lost – the sinners. The first graces He gives them is humility and contrition. If we cooperate with these graces our souls will be most agreeable to Him and He will gladly take up His abode in them. A stable may appear to be the most unfit of places for Him, but this He has preferred to the proud and haughty dwelling places of men. So it is with our souls; He prefers the poor and humble soul to the self-righteous and proud one.

Advent then is a season of penance. It is a time for us to put off the sins of our past and begin a new life. It is time for us to yearn with our entire being for Christ to come to us. We look to the time before His physical coming into this world and with the same sentiments and desires we anticipate His arrival into our souls to transform them from stables into heavenly tabernacles. We also look forward to the second physical coming of Christ into this world when He will put everything into right order. He will remove the evil souls casting them into the depths of Hell for all of eternity. He will renew this earth transforming it into the paradise it was originally destined to be when God first created man and time.

Let us heed St. Paul’s admonition and make this Advent the best one that we have ever passed through. We consider all of created time and see that now is the acceptable time. Now is the time to prepare our souls by ridding them of all that is offensive or repulsive to God.

More from the Latex Pontiff::

Pope's remarks on condoms sow widespread confusion

RALEIGH, N.C. – Some Roman Catholics are confused. Some are angry. Others just don't believe the pope meant what it seems he said.

Days after the release of Pope Benedict XVI's comments that condoms can be justified to prevent the spread of HIV, there is widespread confusion about exactly what he was trying to say. The remarks have put some of the strictest defenders of church teachings in the awkward position of potentially disagreeing with the pontiff.
Many church officials worldwide have been conspicuously silent. Some bishops are even seeking clarification from the Vatican.

"It's a mess," said John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, which advises church leaders, hospitals and Vatican offices. "I'm not ready to say that the pope said what (papal spokesman Rev. Frederico) Lombardi said."...

..At a news conference Tuesday in Rome, Lombardi said Benedict knew his comments would provoke intense debate, and that the pope meant for his remarks to apply not just to male prostitutes, but also "if you're a man, a woman, or a transsexual."

The pope did not suggest using condoms as birth control, which is banned by the Roman Catholic Church, and he said condoms were not a "real or moral solution" to the AIDS crisis. Catholic teaching has never totally barred condom use for protection against HIV, and the Vatican has no official policy on the issue.

Larry Barkowski, a lifelong Catholic and married father of three from the Pittsburgh suburb of Natrona Heights, doesn't believe the comments constitute anything new.

"The popes have always promulgated responsible parenthood and responsible sexuality, and this is just a continuation of that. This is really nothing new other than the fact that he addressed the actual use of the condom, which has been something of a taboo," Barkowski said.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Sunday Sermons

Bishop Giles:

Father Bonaventure:

The triptych of the Last Judgment is a fascinating work of art which comes surprisingly close to the unmistakable style of the strange moralist from 's-Hertogenbosch. The emphasis in the development of the theme is on the all-besetting evil and perennial human stupidity that render the world a hell even before the day of divine judgment. The extraordinary combination of motifs is often derived from vernacular symbolism and imagery: The inventive use of colors and the sharp, supple brushwork have persuaded many critics that Bosch himself was the author of this painting. In spite of the work's pictorial qualities, several factors seem to undermine this attribution. Nevertheless, the triptych remains an important example of Boschian invention. It dates from the early sixteenth century.

At the time of his death, Bosch was internationally celebrated as an eccentric painter of religious visions who dealt in particular with the torments of hell. During his lifetime Bosch's works were in the inventories of noble families of the Netherlands, Austria, and Spain, and they were imitated in a number of paintings and prints throughout the 16th century, especially in the works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 8 minutes):
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem K 626: Dies irae

They reject the official Vatican explanation of the comments - anything but accept the truth that this is an anti-pope and this is an apostate church! 

Conservatives at odds with Vatican over condoms

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NEW YORK – Faced with a changing outlook from Pope Benedict XVI on condoms and their role in preventing the spread of HIV, many prominent conservative Roman Catholics in the U.S. are rejecting the Vatican's own explanation of what the pope said.

Several orthodox Catholics said they would only accept a more formal papal pronouncement. Others insisted that journalists were purposely misrepresenting Benedict's comments. Some questioned whether the papal spokesman, the Rev. Frederico Lombardi, accurately quoted the pope.

Bishops and the experts who advise them were scrambling to make sense of the news...

Monday, November 22, 2010


c. 1304
Tempera on wood, 85 x 181 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The episodes in the image above follow Cecilia's story as told in the Golden Legend (html or pdf).

On the left we see:

  • Upper left: Cecilia's wedding banquet
  • Lower left: Cecilia explains to her bridegroom Valerian about her faith and her angel
  • Upper right: Cecilia with Valerian's brother Tiburtius
  • Lower right: Cecilia teaches the brothers about Christ's passion
On the right we see:
  • Upper left: Pope Urban baptizes someone (Maximus?)
  • Upper right: Cecilia preaches
  • Lower left: Cecilia is brought before the judge Almachius
  • Lower right: The executioners attempt to kill Cecilia in the burning bath

More of St. Cecilia


Saturday, November 20, 2010


Pope: condoms can be justified in some cases

Benedict XVI AP – Pope Benedict XVI holds the pastoral staff during a consistory inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, …

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that the use of condoms can be justified in some cases, such as for male prostitutes seeking to prevent the spread of HIV.

The pontiff makes the comments in a book-length interview with a German journalist, "Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times." The Vatican newspaper ran excerpts of the book Saturday.

Church teaching has long opposed condoms since they're a form of artificial contraception. The Vatican has been harshly criticized for its position given the AIDS crisis.

Benedict said that for male prostitutes — for whom contraception isn't a central issue — condoms are not a moral solution. But he said they could be justified "in the intention of reducing the risk of infection."

Benedict drew unprecedented criticism from European governments, international organizations and scientists in March 2009 when he told reporters while flying to Africa that condoms would not resolve the AIDS problem there but, on the contrary, increase it. The statement was condemned by France, Germany and the U.N. agency charged with fighting AIDS as irresponsible and dangerous.

While opposition to condoms is a long-standing church position, the Vatican felt constrained to step in and say Benedict wanted to stress that a reliance on condoms distracted from the need for proper education in sexual conduct.

Christian Weisner, of the pro-reform group We Are Church in the pope's native Germany, said it was "surprising, and if that's the case one can be happy about the pope's ability to learn."

The pope also says in the new book that if a pope is physically, psychologically or spiritually incapable of doing his job, then he has the "right, and under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign."

A man of deep personal faith, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has alienated some Roman Catholics with his zeal in enforcing church orthodoxy.

He grew up in the conservative Alpine foothills of Bavaria and 78, he has become the 265th pope of the Catholic Church and the first Germanic pope since the 11th century.

Many in Germany blamed Ratzinger for decrees from Rome barring Catholic priests from counseling pregnant teens on their options and blocking German Catholics from sharing communion with their Lutheran brethren at a joint gathering in 2003.

He also clashed with prominent liberal and moderate theologians.

In his autobiography, Ratzinger said he sensed he was out of step with his fellow Germans as early as the 1960s, when he was a young assistant at the Second Vatican Council in Rome.

Ratzinger wrote that he was enrolled in the Nazi youth movement against his will when he was 14 in 1941, when membership was ompulsory. He said he was soon let out because of his studies for the priesthood.

Two years later he was drafted into a Nazi anti-aircraft unit as a helper, a common task for teenage boys too young to be soldiers. He deserted the German army in April 1945, re-entered the seminary and was ordained, along with his brother, in 1951. He then spent several years teaching theology. In 1977, he was appointed bishop of Munich and elevated to cardinal three months later by Pope Paul VI.

John Paul II named him leader of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1981, where he was responsible for enforcing Catholic orthodoxy and was one of the key men in the drive to shore up the faith of the world's Roman Catholics.

Ratzinger who speaks Italian, English as well as his native language German, has been called a subtle thinker with a deep understanding of Catholic tradition and a personal touch he's not often given credit for.

Friday, November 19, 2010

More proof that Bennie is a socialist:


Her Doctrine and Morals

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

21 November 2010


The Sunday


Dear Friend,

This is the last Sunday after Pentecost. It is the closing of the liturgical year, and so it is fitting for us to consider the end of our lives here on earth and the end of the world.

To most people such thoughts are frightening or at least distasteful. To the true follower of Christ there should be no fear or sadness. We should be reminded of the time Our Lord told the Apostles that they should be happy that He was returning to the Father. “It is expedient for you that I go” (St. John 16, 7). All that God has in store for us is for our own good.

We fear the unknown and therefore we often tend to fear eternity, and the end of this life. No one is certain of his eternal salvation unless, he is given a divine revelation concerning the matter. We therefore tend to become hesitant and afraid. This is due to our own selfish interests.

If we truly love God then we desire that His will should be accomplished. The end of this life is His will. The outcome of this life may prove harmful to us, but it will doubtless be for the greater honor and glory of God. Our love for God leads us to desire whatever will be for His honor and glory even if it be our own pain and suffering. We see this sentiment in the lives of the saints. St. Paul says to the Judeans: “For I wished myself to be an anathema from Christ, for my brethren, who are my kinsmen according to the flesh.” (Romans 9, 3). He makes this strong statement not because he desires to be separated from Christ, but because he has such love for God and His honor. St. Paul loves Christ so much that he is willing to be eternally separated from Him if by this he could obtain greater honor and glory for Him in the conversion of the Judeans. It is truly this complete forgetting of ourselves in the love of Christ that we find the strength and joy to desire the fulfillment of Christ’s words.

True charity does not allow us to shirk our duties and responsibilities, but it does lead us to a position where we are we are more concerned with the honor and glory of God than we are of our own well being. We can be led to the point where we will willingly suffer the greatest suffering possible if only it would please God.

In these sentiments of Charity we are able to look forward to the end of this life; to the judgment, when God will be honored and glorified. Fear melts away in the fire of such charity.

What is perhaps even more wondrous is that with such fire hot charity it becomes impossible that such a soul would be made to suffer eternal separation from God. Such charity burns away a multitude of sins. It becomes holy and pleasing to God and His justice and mercy are honored and glorified in the salvation and reward of such souls.

While the destruction of this life as we know it is frightening from this perspective, it is consoling and encouraging from the spiritual perspective. The supernatural life of charity takes away all doubt and fear and fills the soul with joy that God will no longer be offended by our sins, and that He will be eternally honored and glorified with the love of His angels and saints.

The fulfillment of our baptismal promises will take place at this time. Our whole purpose for existence will be fulfilled. We were created for only one purpose: to give honor and glory to God. Let us recall the simple lessons of our Catechism: “God made me to be happy with Him in Heaven.” “To be happy with God in Heaven, I must: know, love, and serve Him in this world.”

We must all give ourselves completely to Him and repeat Mary’s fiat in our own lives. We must with all the saints reply to God with hearts burning with charity as we say: “I am Yours Lord, do with me what You will.” It is in this disposition that we will overcome all fear of eternity. It is this disposition that causes us to forget our own welfare as we are only concerned with the honor and glory of God. Seeing that we have set aside concern for ourselves out of concern for Him, God takes up the concern for our salvation Himself. He is then concerned for us as we are for Him, and will bless us accordingly.

In truth though, it is God who has first given Himself completely to us so that we can reciprocate by giving ourselves completely to Him. In true love each is concerned with the other no matter what the cost is to himself. Therefore the lovers of Christ do not fear the end of this life, but look forward to it with eager anticipation.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Couple’s Web Site Lets Public Vote: Give Birth or Have Abortion
A Minneapolis, Minnesota couple is making waves across the Internet with a web site they created allowing the public to vote on whether or not they should give birth or have an abortion.
Pete and Alisha Arnold are both 30 and they are 17 weeks pregnant with a perfectly healthy baby nicknamed “Wiggles.” The unborn baby is just weeks away from viability and past the point at which most women have had an abortion.

However, the Arnolds have set up a website, because they aren’t sure whether they want to become parents — despite the fact that that journey has already started for them.

To “make a difference in the real world,” the couple has set up a poll on their website to allow the public to make the final decision for them.

They write: “The whole point here is to let people have a real way to voice your opinion on the topic of abortion and have it actually make a difference in the real world. By voting on whether to continue or abort an actual pregnancy, you are doing so much more then simply telling an elected representative your feelings. You are actually changing something in the real world.”

“For the first time in history, your vote on the topic of abortion will not go unheard. We meant that,” they said.

Currently, more than 32,000 people have voted in the poll — with 79.16 percent urging the couple to give birth to their baby and 20.84 telling them to destroy the child’s life in an abortion. Full story at

Grisly remains of aborted babies found in Thai Buddhist temple

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

BANGKOK, Thailand, November 17, 2010 ( - Police in Thailand have uncovered the remains of more than 300 aborted babies hidden inside a Buddhist temple in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok.

Police chief Sumeth Ruangswasdi said they had been called to investigate a strong smell in the Wat Phai Ngern temple, and discovered a total of 348 fetal remains wrapped in plastic bags and newspaper in a mortuary storage area, according to an AP report.

Police Colonel Metee Rakphan told AFP that plastic bags were found "with fetal corpses inside hidden in the storehouse of the temple."

"We assume that they were from illegal abortion clinics, and we are now investigating," he said.

Abortion is illegal in Thailand with the exception of cases in which the pregnancy endangers the life of the mother, or if the pregnancy resulted from rape.

Buddhist temples in Thailand routinely perform cremation ceremonies, and also store bodies awaiting cremation in special storage areas that are usually refrigerated.

Suthep Chabangbon, 46, a mortician at the temple, was taken into custody and afterward confessed to police that he had been paid by several clinics to secretly dispose of the aborted children.

A spokesman at the Wat Phrayakrai police station told the media that forensic police are continuing the investigation at the temple and are expecting to discover more fetal remains.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Sunday Sermons

Bishop Giles

Father Bonaventure
The mainstream media is finding the truth impossible to ignore.  More and more people are becoming aware of the truth and they are being forced to discuss it.  Note that they discuss the "free fall" speed of building 7's collapse - but note that they are not discussing the free fall speed of the collapse of the other two towers.  Also notice that this is not headline news - it is a less than 10 minute story on a low rated show.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I cant tell you how many times over the past few years that people have commented on how "far" we travel just to go to Mass. Usually it's said with an air of incredulity and astonishment! They just cannot figure out why someone would spend most of their Sunday traveling back and forth to a distant church when there is one just down the road.

So I did a short study on distances starting with the mysteries of the rosary. I've pointed out many times to naysayers that the Joyful mysteries are FULL of travel. The Visitation, the Nativity, and the Finding of the Child in the Temple are just a few examples of this. How about the Flight into Egypt? It's been stated that this trip alone was between 300 and 350 miles depending on exactly where they landed and by what route they took. It was around 120 miles for the census and on and on it goes.
Add to this the fact that it was done on foot or DONKEY and the Blessed Mother was pregnant - 9 months pregnant to be exact. Any of you mothers will be able to understand what that statement really means!

Below is a little summary of the facts of the travels of just Jesus and Mary. This website is not Catholic but I don't think that matters for this little study. The next time someone berates you for "traveling so far" just for Mass (!) tell them these facts:

Total Miles Jesus walked during His 3-year public ministry is: 3,125! (5,029 km)

Grand total of miles Jesus walked in His 33 years on earth while traveling on trips:

  • 400 miles: Jesus walked from Egypt to Nazareth.
  • 18,000 miles: Jesus walked from Nazareth to Jerusalem And return by age 30.
  • 3,125 miles: Jesus walked during His 3-year public Ministry.

  • Grand Total Miles Jesus walked on trips! 21,525 Miles (34,640 km)

Total miles walked by Mary the Mother of Jesus!

  • 4,080 Nazareth to Jerusalem and return. (Age 3 till 20)
  • 390 While with Child.
  • 25 From Bethlehem to Jerusalem twice.
  • 350 Bethlehem to Egypt.
  • 400 Egypt to Nazareth.
  • 6,000 From Jesus age 5 till 30.
  • 912 During the public ministry of Jesus.

  • Total: 12,187 Miles (19,612 km) Mary the Mother of Jesus Walked by the time she was about 50 years of age!
    The distance around the world at the equator is 24,901.55 miles (40,074 km).

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Here is more evidence that the bogus ordo is the most heretical religion!

Pope finds Hinduism's "sense of the sacred, sacrifice and fasting" in agreement with Catholicism

Sat, Nov 13 04:15 PM

Nevada (US), Nov 13 (ANI): "Evidence of a close connection between a relationship with God and the ethics of love for everyone is found in many great religious traditions", His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his "Verbum Domini" (The Word of the Lord) apostolic exhortation released at Vatican City on November 11.

Talking about "dialogue with other religions", he voiced Catholic Church's respect "for the ancient religions and spiritual traditions of the various continents. These contain values which can greatly advance understanding between individuals and peoples. Frequently we note a consonance with values expressed also in their religious books, such Hinduism, the sense of the sacred, sacrifice and fasting..."

This about 200-page document is addressed to the bishops, clergy, consecrated persons and the lay faithful.

Prominent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcomed Pope's overtures on interreligious dialogue and suggested him to invite world Hindu leaders to Vatican City and enter into a comprehensive dialogue as he had done with few other religions in the past.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour. Religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience.

After intensive deliberations, this proposed meeting of Catholic-Hindu leaders should come up with a concrete plan about the common religious concerns like human improvement, peace, ecological responsibility, social and economic development, etc. Maybe this gathering could become an annual feature after that, Rajan Zed added.

Zed further says that in our shared pursuit for the truth, we can learn from one another and thus can arrive nearer to the truth. Dialogue may help us vanquish the stereotypes, prejudices, caricatures, etc., passed on to us from previous generations. As dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment, we shall be spiritually richer than before the contact.

Rajan Zed stressed that in the spirit of Synod of Bishops 2008 which recommended "strengthening inter-religious dialogue", Pope should visit a Hindu temple in the near future to promote mutual understanding and respect between the faiths.

Just like Pope said in the last post, how is it possible that people that attend the bogus ordo can't see what is going on here! No one can be so dumb as to profess a faith (Catholicism), believe its tenets and then say that it's ok to be some other religion which is completely opposed to the one you say you believe!The only answer is : RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENCE!

U.S. Bishops’ Anti-Poverty Arm Awarded $45,000 Grant to Pro-Abort Group Despite Warnings

CHICAGO, Illinois, November 12, 2010 ( – The national office of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) awarded a grant in 2010 to a Chicago-based group, despite the local CCHD branch’s strong warnings that the organization in question coordinated a school-based health program that provides contraception and refers for abortions. The decision to award the grant was made even as CCHD was faced with calls for a boycott over its funding practices, and in the midst of an effort at reform.

The Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), a community organizing project focusing on a wide range of issues such as anti-violence, housing, and immigration, received a $45,000 national grant this year for general operating expenses – the third year in a row it has received such a grant.

This grant was continued despite strong evidence from the Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN), and the local CCHD office, that they were engaged in activities seriously contrary to Church teaching.
RCN found that SWOP is implementing a school program called Elev8 at Marquette Elementary School. 

This program includes the provision of health services to the children through a school clinic; but the clinic also provides sex education, distributes condoms and oral contraceptives, and refers for abortion.  To run the clinic, SWOP chose an organization called Access Community Health, which provides contraceptives without parental guidance.

Now it has been revealed that the SWOP grant was awarded despite opposition from the local CCHD office, which vets all grants.

“Despite strong recommendations against this funding and clear requests from the Chicago CCHD office that the national CCHD further investigate SWOP and its Elev8 activities, the national CCHD saw it fit to award the grant anyway,” explained Rey Flores, former director of Chicago’s CCHD program, who was terminated from the position this fall...

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How much more evidence could someone who attends a Novus Ordo Church need - how much more evidence before their ignorance becomes culpable? 

Do they think that they can "play dumb" with God?

Do they think that they can say to God, "but I had to go to this church because of business", or "I would be ridiculed if I went to the true Mass", or "It is too inconvenient to travel to the true Mass", etc. and that God will say: "Ok, I understand, welcome to my Kingdom"?

God help these poor souls to see the light and to develop the courage to go to the Light!


Saturday, November 13, 2010


Her Doctrine and Morals

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

14 November 2010


The Sunday


Dear Friend,

This is the third parable concerning seed in St. Matthew's Gospel. The first concerns the seed that fell upon different types of soil. The second, we saw last week, concerns the good seed that had the weed seed sown over it and both were permitted to grow side by side until the harvest. Today we are presented with the grain of mustard seed - the smallest of herb seeds that grows into a small tree.

Seeds are very interesting and magnificent things. They are, on one hand very strong and resistant against many of the attacks from hostile environments and at the same time they appear very fragile and delicate especially at the moment of germination. They are so small yet they contain within them the potential for a large plant capable of reproducing more seed like itself.

We must consider the things that appear little are not by that means insignificant. The Church that began with Christ was as a mustard seed - very small and apparently insignificant. The Church appeared to be fragile at least in the eyes of the Jews who thought they could destroy It by crucifying Christ. Just as the seed must die and give up itself to become something better, so too Christ gave up His life so that He could resurrect with a better glorified Body. From this moment the Church grew to encompass the world.

What appears to be small and insignificant in the eyes of the world often turns out to become just the opposite. Therefore, we must beware of small beginnings. God's grace begins small and weak within our souls, but if we cooperate and nurture that grace it will not only become something much greater but it will actually transform us. Likewise, a small evil that is left to germinate within our hearts and souls will not remain small for very long.

A temptation that is not resisted in its early stages grows stronger and stronger. The temptation becomes a willful thought, the thought that is entertained grows to manifest itself in desires, words and actions. These sins if not resisted often become habits, and the habits that are not resisted become "necessity". That "necessity" if not resisted will grow into a despair, and the despair that is not resisted will give way to eternal damnation.

Each step of the progression becomes more and more difficult to stop. The easiest stage to halt is the first one. If we wish, therefore, to make progress in the spiritual life we must carefully eradicate sin in the beginning while we can. We must teach ourselves to avoid the occasions that lead to the temptations, and thus avoid the temptation or at least remove the temptation as soon as possible. We must train ourselves to be constantly on our guard against temptations. We must become more and more keen in our discernment so that we can without hesitation avoid the pitfalls to our souls.

Many make the mistake in thinking that they can dull their sensitivities to sin and temptation and thus expose themselves to evil without suffering from it. This is foolishness as such insensitivity only makes the temptations become that much more intense. It makes the person that much more careless and therefore that much more sure to fall.

On the positive side, we must also become more sensitive to the movements of grace in our souls. There is so much distraction that we miss many opportunities of grace. When God speaks to us we often force Him back as we are preoccupied with entertainment, pleasure, work, etc. Even in our occupations we must avoid preoccupation so that we are never too busy to hear the inspirations of God. We must learn to tune our ears to the voice of our conscience and our Guardian Angels. They are constantly speaking to us, but tragically we usually are not listening. We must learn to appreciate and treasure these graces and then seek them out so that we never miss another one again.

These tiny inspirations of grace, grow like the mustard seed if we allow them to. They will inflame our minds and hearts and begin to manifest themselves in our thoughts, words and deeds. The more they are sought the more we will find, the more we treasure the more that will grow. These graces now manifested as virtues or good habits, will fill us with faith, hope and charity. Ultimately they will blossom into our salvation with eternal joy in Heaven.

Friday, November 12, 2010

St. Nicholas of Tolentino and his devotion to the Poor Souls in Purgatory

There are many gifts for which St. Nicholas of Tolentino is best known.

One is his great devotion to the Poor Souls in Purgatory.

When his superiors encouraged him to enter the seminary in preparation for the priesthood, he hesitated. He wanted nothing to take away from his prayer time for the Poor Souls.

It wasn't until he was convinced that the greatest prayer he could pray for those suffering souls in Purgatory was the Sacrifice of the Mass, and that he could do best as a priest of God, that he finally consented to enter the seminary. He was ordained a priest in the order of St. Augustine.

He remained a man of prayer, praying day and night for the Poor Souls in Purgatory, sometimes as much as six to eight hours a night. But his devotion to those in Purgatory had to take a back seat to his vow of obedience.

One evening, while he was in prayer, a friar who had recently passed away, Pellegrino of Osimo, appeared to Nicholas. It was all too obvious from the expression on his face that Pellegrino was in agony. He mournfully shared with Nicholas that he was in the pits of Purgatory, suffering the most excruciating pain. He knew of Nicholas' devotion to the Poor Souls in Purgatory, and so he pleaded with his old friend to offer Mass, not only for himself, but for the many other souls who had asked him to implore the aid of Nicholas. Nicholas immediately consented. Then he remembered that he was under obedience to offer the conventual Mass of the Order for the next week.

Pellegrino brought Nicholas into the pits of Purgatory, so that he could see first-hand, the suffering of all those who had asked for his intercession. Before him were a multitude of souls of all ages and conditions, experiencing terrible torment. Pellegrino turned to Nicholas and said,

"Behold the state of those who sent me to you. Since you are agreeable in the sight of God, we have confidence that He will refuse nothing to the oblation of the Sacrifice offered by you, and that His Divine Mercy will deliver us."

Nicholas could not hold back the tears. He went into prayer, after which he went to his superior and asked permission to pray the Mass for the Dead. When he shared his vision, and the agonizing condition of the souls who had asked for his help, the superior, too, broke down into tears. He gave Nicholas a special dispensation from praying the conventual Mass for that next week, and granted him permission to dedicate his Masses as well as all his prayers, toward the deliverance of the Poor Souls from Purgatory. Nicholas celebrated those Masses passionately as (and with) the Victim Priest before him, the One Who came that no one would have to suffer the pains of eternal damnation.

At the end of a week, Pellegrino of Osimo appeared to Nicholas again, only this time he was not in agonizing pain. He had been released from Purgatory, and was on his way to Heaven. The other souls were in the same way, clad in white garments and enveloped with a bright, heavenly light. They called him their liberator, and as they rose up to Heaven, they chanted the prayer,

"Thou has saved us from them that afflict us, and thou has put them to shame that hate us."

There were many instances of Nicholas' intercession for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. It became one of the greatest goals of his vocation, to help as many souls be released from Purgatory as he possibly could. But there is another thing for which St. Nicholas of Tolentino is famous, and that is the bread of St. Nicholas.

Planned Parenthood Says Sex Guide For Youth is a Best Seller

By Seana Cranston, J.D.

NEW YORK, November 11 (C-FAM) The world’s leading abortion provider continues to promote a graphic brochure advocating casual sex among youth. According to International Planned Parenthood Federation, the brochure called “Healthy, Happy and Hot” has become their most popular publication.

Aimed at young people with HIV, the brochure contains sexually explicit language and promotes casual sex with multiple partners, as well as oral, anal, and homosexual sex.

The publication encourages youth to keep their sexual activity secret from their parents, as well as visits to family planning clinics. “You should find out whether there are any centers near to you where you can go without needing the permission of your parents or guardians.”

The brochure criticizes countries with laws requiring disclosure of HIV status to sexual partners. Such laws violate the rights of people living with HIV, the pamphlet argues.

Planned Parenthood also distributed the brochure in August at the World Youth Conference in Leon, Mexico.

Originally published in January of this year, “Healthy, Happy and Hot” is now available in a Russian translation. Russia has the second-highest rate of HIV in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, according to USAID.

The Regional President of Planned Parenthood in Europe is Dr. Elena Dmitrieva, a Russian national who also directs the Healthy Russia Foundation. Funded by the United States through USAID, the foundation sponsors an ongoing health project there. Healthy Russia 2020 promotes HIV/AIDS prevention and contraception among youth and other vulnerable populations in Russia. Its self-proclaimed healthy lifestyles program for youth targets people aged 13-19.

Nearly $77 million in US taxpayer dollars went to programs in Russia in 2008, according to USAID’s website. Part of this $77 million enabled family planning and reproductive health messages to reach more than 25,000 Russians.

This comes despite Russia suffering from a demographic crisis. The UN predicts that Russia's population will fall by 23 million over the next 40 years. In response, President Vladimir Putin recently offered $11,000 to reward families who have at least two children.

As the Friday Fax reported earlier this year, a Mormon mother spotted the brochure at a closed-door, girls-only meeting sponsored by Girl Scouts USA at UN headquarters in New York. Since then, Girl Scout chapters around the United States have been roiled in a debate about the connections between Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood. Girl Scouts USA refuses to denounce the brochure and denies the brochure was in the UN room where the young girls met.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A little global warming humor

Sunday sermons

Fr. Bonaventure:

Bishop Giles:
Isn't it odd that it seems to be only in Muslim nations that we are allied with or that we have taken control of that Christians are persecuted?

here are a couple of examples:

Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan

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Attacks target Christians in Iraq

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Yet under Saddam Christians in Iraq were protected and even received government money for their churches!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Gift idea for Christmas - what will the bogus ordo think of next!!!!

Scratch ‘n’ sniff holy card

San Rafael fragrance maker comes up with unusual way to promote one of his products

SAN RAFAEL, Nov. 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- Smelling is believing! The Pope's Cologne announced today that it has created the world's first scratch 'n' sniff holy card.

The new holy card commemorates the life and work of the 19th Century Roman Catholic Pope, Blessed Pius IX (Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, 1792-1878) and contains a "scratch 'n' sniff" tab scented with the authentic fragrance of His Holiness's personal cologne.

"The new holy card will serve two purposes," says Fred Hass, the Marin County physician who recently rediscovered the pontiff's private formula and began producing the cologne for sale over the Internet.

“Between now and the end of the year we'll be sending our new scratch 'n' sniff holy card free with all new purchases of The Pope's Cologne as a way of saying 'thank you' to our web customers,” said Hass. “At the same time we're going to send the holy card to managers of some of the nation's largest religious retail stores and church gift shops to introduce them to this crisp and fresh new fragrance from the past."

The idea of scented holy cards is nothing new. Religious cards flourished after the invention of the printing press in 1450, and it was common for people to add scents to their holy cards as they did to their fine linens, handkerchiefs and note paper. What is new here is the "scratch and sniff" technology, a 20th century innovation, which delivers an instant and authentic experience of The Pope's Cologne along with the portrait of the pontiff.

Hass says that thousands of bottles of The Pope's Cologne have been sold to customers across the United States and in many countries around the world.

"It's a very popular gift idea," says Hass, "The fragrance is particularly enjoyed by priests and members of the clergy. Without naming names I can tell you that bottles of The Pope's Cologne have found their way into abbeys, monasteries, and even residences within the Vatican itself."

The Pope's Cologne was the subject of a recent CBS Sunday Morning segment during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the U.S. It has also received a mention on The Jay Leno Show.

Pope Pius IX's pontificate -- the longest since St. Peter's -- is known for the First Vatican Council, promulgation of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and defining the dogma of Papal Infallibility.

In addition to the Pope's picture and the scented tab, the new The Pope's Cologne holy card contains biographical data for Pius IX, or "Pio Nono" as he was affectionately known.

"It's our way of joining with individuals and religious organizations interested in recognizing the accomplishments of this holy and venerable man," says Hass.

Hass' company, Excelsis Fine Fragrances, is considering additional releases of holy cards themed to Pius IX and The Pope's Cologne. "These were important and interesting times," he says, "and historical images we have of this pope and his world are stunning."

The Pope's Cologne is produced by Excelsis Fine Fragrances of San Rafael, which also produces 10 other colognes. Information about Pope Pius IX and The Pope's Cologne can be found on the product website at

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The following incident is related with authentic proof by the journal, "The Monde", in the number of April 1860. It took place in America, in the Abbey of the Benedictines, situated in the village of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. A series of apparitions occurred during the course of the year 1859. The American press took up the matter, and treated those grave questions with its usual levity. In order to put a stop to scandal, the Abbot Wimmer, superior of the house, addressed the following letter to the newspapers.

"The following is a true statement of the case: In our Abbey of St. Vincent, near Latrobe, on September 10, 1859, a novice saw an apparition of a Benedictine in full choir dress. This apparition was repeated every day from September 18 until November 19, either at eleven o'clock, at noon, or at two o'clock in the morning. It was only on the 19th November that the novice interrogated the spirit, in presence of another member of the community, and asked the motive of these apparitions. He replied that he had suffered for seventy-seven years for having neglected to celebrate seven Masses of obligation; that he had already appeared at different times to seven other Benedictines, but that he had not been heard, and that he would be obliged to appear again after eleven years if the novice did not come to his assistance. Finally, the spirit asked that these seven Masses might be celebrated for him; moreover, the novice must remain in retreat for seven days, keep strict silence, and during thirty days recite three times a day the psalm "Miserere", his feet bare, and his arms extended in the form of a cross. All the conditions were fulfilled between November 20 and December 25, and on that day, after the celebration of the last Mass, the apparition disappeared. "During that period the spirit showed itself several times, exhorting the novice in the most urgent manner to pray for the souls in Purgatory; for, said he, they suffer frightfully, and are extremely grateful to those who co-operate in their deliverance. He added, sad to relate, that of the five priests who had died in our Abbey, not one had yet entered Heaven, all were suffering in Purgatory. I do not draw any conclusion, but this is correct." This account, signed by the hand of the Abbot, is an incontestable historical document.

As regards the conclusion which the venerable prelate leaves us to draw, it is evident. Seeing that a Religious is condemned to Purgatory for seventy-seven years, let it suffice for us to learn the necessity of reflecting on the duration of future punishment, as well for priests and Religious as for the ordinary faithful living in the midst of the corruption of the world. A too frequent cause of the long continuance of Purgatory is that many deprive themselves of a great means established by Jesus Christ for shortening it, by delaying, when dangerously sick, to receive the last Sacraments. These Sacraments, destined to prepare souls for their last journey, to purify them from the remains of sin, and to spare them the pains of the other life, require, in order to produce their effects, that the sick person receive them with the requisite dispositions. Now, the longer they are deferred, and the faculties of the sick person allowed to become weak, the more defective do those dispositions become. What do I say? Very often it happens, in consequence of this imprudent delay, that the sick person dies deprived of this absolute necessary help. The result is, that if the deceased is not damned, he is plunged into the deepest abysses of Purgatory, loaded with all the weight of his debts.

Michael Alix (Hort, Past, Tract.6; cf. Rossignoli, "Merveilles", 86) speaks of an ecclesiastic who, instead of promptly receiving the Extreme Unction, and therein giving a good example to the faithful, was guilty of negligence in this respect, and was punished by a hundred years of Purgatory. Knowing that he was seriously ill and in danger of death, this poor priest should have made known his condition, and immediately had recourse to the succors which the Mother Church reserves for her children in that supreme hour. He omitted to do so, and, whether through an illusion common among sick people, he would not declare the gravity of his situation, or whether he was under the influence of that fatal prejudice which causes weak Christians to defer the reception of the last sacraments, he neither asked for nor thought of receiving them. But we know how death comes by stealth; the unfortunate man deferred so long that he died without having had the time to receive either the Viaticum or Extreme Unction. Now, God was pleased to make use of this circumstance to give a great warning to others. The deceased himself came to make known to a brother ecclesiastic that he was condemned to Purgatory for a hundred years. "I am thus punished," he said, "for delaying to receive the grace of the last purification. Had I received the Sacraments as I ought to have done, I should have escaped death through the virtue of Extreme Unction, and I should have had time to do penance."

Taken from the book "Purgatory Explained" by Fr. Schouppe, S.J. -
Part I, Chapter XXV

Monday, November 08, 2010

Pray for the poor souls in the shadow of Mount Merapi

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Her Doctrine and Morals

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

7 November 2010


The Sunday


Dear Friend,

St. Chrysostom says that there are three things to observe in today's parable. "First, the Church of God on earth consists of both good and bad. Second, that God is not the author of evil. Third, that God does not always punish the wicked on the spot, but patiently bears with them."

The Church Militant (the Church here on earth) is the one part of the Church that can contain evil within its midst. The Church Triumphant is in Heaven and there is no evil in Heaven. The Church Suffering is the poor souls in Purgatory. In Purgatory there is no longer any sin. It has been forgiven and the only thing remaining for the poor souls is to suffer the temporal punishment that their past sins have brought upon them.

While this visible portion of the Church contains some evil it is also important to note as St. John says: "They went out from us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us, they would certainly have remained with us; but that they may be manifest, that they are not all of us." (1 John 2, 19) While there is evil within the Church it is "not of us". We see this in the parable today. The devil has sown his evil seed among the good. And we know that it is not of the good seed because we can see it as the laborers saw the weeds and desired to go root them out. We see evil side by side with good in the Church and our first desire is to root them out. But, we cannot lest we act too rashly. We are most often forced to just wait and watch. The time will come when they will be separated out. We see this manifested more clearly day by day. As the good strive to become better the bad feel more and more uncomfortable until they leave on their own. Then it becomes manifest to all that even though they were among us, they were not of us.

The second point is that God is not the author of evil. It is not His doing that there is evil among us. He may have allowed it, but He is not the source of it. An enemy has done this. There may be several reasons why God allows this: It may be a punishment for our own failings or lack of diligence; It may be allowed to correct us and inspire us with a desire to improve; and it may be for the edification and salvation of the evil. If the evil sees and mingles with the good he just may become good. Or it may be to weed out the others who are not truly of us. In any case it will ultimately be for the greater honor and glory of God. In the end we will see how God's goodness, mercy, and justice always prevail.

Lastly we must consider the patience of God. The good must suffer the bad to grow along side of them for a time. We have a very limited perspective and so we become impatient. God sees things much differently than we do. He sees from an eternal perspective. His justice will ultimately prevail. It matters very little when His justice is invoked. An eternity in Hell is no less severe for having begun a little later. Nor is an eternity in Heaven any less glorious for beginning a little while later. What are days, months, years, decades, centuries, etc. when placed alongside eternity? They are as nothing.

Therefore, there is nothing to fear if God does not immediately remove evil from our midst. On the contrary there is much to be thankful for. God desires that we perfect ourselves and put to advantage the situation regardless of the outcome for the others alongside us. The evil beside us is an incentive for us to perfect ourselves, to humble ourselves, to pray for his conversion, to love him and desire his eternal salvation. We must learn patience and to suffer wrongs patiently as Christ has done for us.

Above all, we should be on our guard that the evil person next to us does not lead us into the same situation as he is in. It is very easy to be scandalized by evil people. It is very easy to be led to the conclusion that the Church must be evil because She has these evils present in Her physical body. This we must fight against and resist with all our being. While we have pity and compassion for those who have fallen into evil, we must not allow our emotions to take us down the same path out of some sort of misguided sympathy.

They are allowed for our benefit - so that we will become better. They are there for their own benefit so that they can see their mistakes in contrast to the good beside them. Or, they are there for their own condemnation. Having been given the grace to see and hear and still to refuse is to be the seal of their own damnation.

In the end the good and the bad will be eternally separated. The good will be grateful for the justice and mercy of God in allowing them to live side by side with the evil and having benefited from this cross. The bad will be eternally filled with hatred that they never took advantage of the opportunities and graces when it would have been so easy to do.

I'm sure it was!

Chief Rabbi: my meeting with the Pope was an ‘epiphany’

By Rupert de Lisle on Monday, 18 October 2010

Chief Rabbi: my meeting with the Pope was an ‘epiphany’

Pope Benedict XVI and Lord Sacks at a meeting of religious leaders at St Mary's University, Twickenham, last month (Photo: PA)

Lord Sacks, Britain’s Chief Rabbi, has described his meeting with Pope Benedict XVI during his visit last month as “an epiphany”.

The Chief Rabbi met the Pope at a meeting with religious leaders and people of faith at Twickenham. The meeting involved the leaders of all the major faiths in Britain.

His account of the meeting is included in the official record of the state visit, published last week by the Catholic Truth Society.

In it, Lord Sacks said: “Soul touched soul across the boundaries of faith, and there was a blessed moment of healing”.

The Chief Rabbi added that the Pope “valued” the Catholic-Jewish relationship and that “he wanted the work to continue and deepen [it]”.

Lord Sacks, whose full title is Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, said that welcoming the Pope on behalf of non-Christians in Britain was “a moment I shall never forget”.

He added that the meeting illustrated the Vatican’s emphasis on the “importance of respect and friendship between faiths”.

The meeting was of particular significance, he said, because of the “tear-stained history of the Catholic-Jewish relationship”.

He said: “Over the centuries, the relationship between the Church and the Jews has been one of the saddest stories in the history of religion” – and one, he said, that “might have continued were it not for the darkest night of all, the Holocaust”.

He also praised mid-20th century Pope John XXIII, a “very great Pope indeed”, for having laid the foundation for the Second Vatican Council, “one of the greatest acts of reconciliation in religious history”.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

In 1317, a priest in Viversel, Belgium, was asked to take the Blessed Sacrament to a man in the village who was ill. The priest entered the house with the Consecrated Host in a Ciborium. He put the Ciborium on a table, and then went over to speak to some members of the sick man’s family.

Meanwhile, a relative who was in the state of mortal sin, saw the Ciborium and moved by curiosity, removed the cover and held the consecrated Host. The Host began to bleed.

Startled, he threw the Host back into the holy vessel and hurried away.

When the priest went to give Holy Communion to the sick man, he found the Ciborium uncovered and the Host stained with blood. Uncertain on how to proceed, the priest looked for his bishop and told him of the event. The bishop realized that it was a supernatural manifestation of the Eucharist and for that reason, told him to take the Host to the Church of the Cistercian nuns in Herkenrode.

Hasselt, Belgium
The Cistercian convent of Herkenrode is near Liege, Belgium, and was founded in the 12th century. Because of the venerable reputation of the religious community, the bishop chose that location. He convinced it was the most suitable place to keep the miraculous Host.

The priest went to the Convent and as soon he arrived, described what had happened to the nuns. Then, together they entered the church and approached the altar.

When the priest opened the tabernacle, he had a vision of Christ crowned with thorns. The vision was also seen by the people. Our Lord seemed to give a special sign that He wished the Host to remain there.

Because of this vision and the presence of the Miraculous Host, Herkenrode became one of the most famous places of pilgrimage in Belgium.

The Sacred Host of Herkenrode remained in the Church until 1796, when the nuns were expelled from the convent by the French Revolution.

In that terrible crisis, the Host was entrusted to the care of different families, and was finally hidden in a metal box embedded in the kitchen wall.

In 1804, the Host was removed from its hiding place and carried in solemn procession to the Cathedral of St. Quentin in Hasselt.

This church has beautiful Gothic architecture and was built in the fourteenth century. Its walls are decorated with impressive sixteenth and seventeenth century paintings, which illustrate the events in the story of the miracle.

But far more important than the building and the beauty of the Cathedral of Hasselt is the Reliquary with the Sacred Host of the remarkable Eucharistic miracle that occurred in 1317, which is perfectly preserved without any chemical ingredient. The Reliquary was placed on a special altar to receive the veneration of the faithful.