Archive for February, 2013

For some real spiritual food in an age of heterodoxy and milksop teaching.

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Please help support a worthy cause. Make it part of your Lenten offering and donate if there is nothing in the auction that appeals to you. Many thanks from Socon or Bust.

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You’ll notice of course that, at 2:30, Cardinal Burke kneels while none of the others did.

That gives you an idea why this man is Socon or Bust’s pick to be the next Pope.

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God Bless You Holy Father.

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The Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese is requiring its 200 schoolteachers to sign an agreement affirming that “modern errors” such as contraception, abortion, homosexual marriage and euthanasia are “matters that gravely offend human dignity.”

The move is an effort by Bishop Robert Vasa to delineate specifically what it means for a Catholic-school teacher — whether Catholic or not — to be a “model of Catholic living” and to adhere to Catholic teaching….(Source)

No, Dorothy, this is not AmChurch any more.

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No, seriously.

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…Canada’s top court has released an unanimous decision today that critics say has struck a monumental blow against freedom of speech, opinion, and religion across the country. The court ordered the defendant, a Catholic pro-family activist with a reputation for intense activism, not only to pay a fine, but also to pay court costs which could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“It’s a bad day,” said Bill Whatcott to LifeSiteNews.com in an interview. “The ruling and the reasoning [behind it] is terrible. They actually used the concept that truth is not a defense.”

“It’s worse than I expected. What it means is that my life is over, as I know it. It means that the Christian Church is going to be libel for speaking the truth,” he said…. (Source)

In 2005, in front of nearly 20,000 people, this is what I said: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Vox is going. And now, Socon or Bust. 

If any other Canadian Catholic bloggers are going, let me know!  We’re going out for some pints afterwards.

It’s a star-studded affair of the the Canadian Blogosphere!  You just can’t miss it!

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From a reader…

Hi John,

Just thought I’d let you know since I posted a couple of days ago about a death threat coming at me from a Catholic/Christian hating man who has been spewing hatred and downright malicious venom towards,( anything or anybody Catholic , me in this case since I always share from Truth at 12 step meetings), well it has been going on for 13 years and escalated to that Thursday with a barrage of calling me words that cannot be repeated plus the threat. Usually I just do not respond, and do nothing. Truth is I have been praying big time for him and 2 others who bully me in those rooms and spread malicious lies mostly because they hate my love of my faith and Jesus and all He says and represents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cool.

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Breaking down walls, singing cumbaya.

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I think the lens is starting to focus here on why Benedict made the move he did.  He’s seeing that the level of filth in the Church is so huge that there is no way he could possibly tackle it at his age and with his deteriorating health.  And he also knows that this problem needs to be sorted out RIGHT NOW, not in the next 5-7 years as his health deteriorates and the homochurch gets a stronger footing with a possible incapacitated Pope.  So, he’s made one helluva call and resigned, so the next guy has a shot at clearing out the stalls. He’s even provided the Cardinals a nice little dossier on what their focus should be.   Just in case they get it into their heads that “global warming” or “immigration reform” is the pressing issue facing the church.

This whole “humility” shtick that the Catholic media keeps pumping is certainly true, but Benedict is not resigning for humility’s sake per se, or for even a standard “my health is declining and I can’t really give the necessary effort and attention to the job” in general.

No.

This is far, far more specific to a particular problem in the Church which is suffocating Her.  He’s resigning as a tactical move to give the Church under a new and strong Pope the time and capacity to fight back with a blueprint in hand of what needs to be done.

Josef Ratzinger might be kind and gentle, but he’s no fool.  We need to support him in the decision.

Pay attention, everyone:  It could very well be a decision which will save the Church and civilization from complete collapse.

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Story here.  (cursor down a bit).

If this turns out to be true – and remember these are still allegations – it will put a whole new focus on what kind of Pope we need.  It’s a bit fishy that all of these claims happen right before ++O’Brien is going to Rome for the Conclave. Shades of the abortion machine in Ireland over that pregnant woman who died and who could have been “saved” by abortion.

I wonder what it’s going to take for the Church to get serious about Humanae Vitae.

When the bishops apostacized on contraception, all sterile sex became about entertainment.

I trust no bishop (at least in this country), except the Bishop of Rome.  But I do trust that a noose awaits many of them on the other side.

I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop here in Canada.  Come on out, boys, you know the closet door can only be shut for so long.

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Images of the Church

7. First of all, what is the Church? While recognizing the numerous traditional images and metaphors for the Church, Vatican II gave new emphasis to that of the Church as the People of God

By emphasizing this image, the Council wanted to bring out more clearly the fact that, while the Church is united with Christ, it is not identical with him; it is also composed of people who “belong to or are related to it in various ways” (e.g., Catholics, other Christians, etc.). It also exists in history, as a pilgrim on the way to the kingdom of God. The advantage of speaking of the Church as a people is that it highlights the fact that the Church is not Christ and is not yet perfect. The opening line of the Constitution on the Church sums this up perfectly: “Christ is the light of nations. . . . a light brightly visible on the countenance of the Church.”  In other words, the Church is not itself the light, but its mission is to reflect the light of Christ. This vision helps the Church remain humble, avoiding arrogant triumphalism. (Source:  The Second Vatican Council:  What was it and why is it important today?  The Episcopal Commission for the Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)

The Church is not yet perfect?  Really?  I beg to differ.  Its members are not yet perfect. That’s certainly true.  But if the Church is not Christ, then why is it more theologically correct to speak of the Church as a “people”?  Well, it’s not.  If the Church is not Christ, then the Church is not “people”, either.  The correct answer is that both realities are valid.  Read the rest of this entry »

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“the leader, that figurehead, this first among equals in the person of the pope

It’s a good thing that we have such a strong representative telling the media and the world just how Catholics understand the papacy.

If soundbites and tweets are the way the Church communicates its message in the future, we are in deep dung.

I’ve been learning stuff over the past week about the Canadian Church and its “pastoral” decisions that explain much as to why our culture is the way it is.

I don’t agree with what the SSPX has done, but I totally get why they believe they must work outside of the formal boundaries of the Homochurch to stay sane and coherent.  It seems to me that if I scroll through my mental Rolodex, there are many faithful Catholics who have been banned by CanChurch and AmChurch and that list is expanding.  It started with faithful lay Catholics like Voris and Westen, but now it’s including faithful bishops, even high-ranking ones from the Vatican, as I have painfully learned.

I think that the gloves are going to come off with the election of the next Pope.  I hope so because the status quo is clearly not tolerable.

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Voris is talking about this.

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Adios.   The purging has begun.

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Story here.

I want to clarify something.  Earlier I pointed out that it could be morally licit to permit the use of drugs which prevent conception.

However, while Church teaching is pretty clear in theory that such a practice is licit, the pastoral application of the teaching is something that can and probably will be abused.

How is it scientifically possible to ensure that an abortion does not happen when taking these chemicals?

Is the Church really going to rely on a Pharmaceutical company to give us the answer?

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