That’s more like it.

What happened to this poor Sister is *precisely* what happens to the Faithful when the previous generations have not been taught by our Shepherds.

The persecution is going to become very intense in the future….IF the Church stands firm to the Faith once delivered to the saints.

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It’s not easy being a Catholic activist today.  When you stand up for what Jesus and the Church teach against our opponents and  even against misinformed and confused prominent Catholics (like Michael Coren), you risk being labelled as a “bigot” or a “homophobe” or “angry” or in “darkness”.    This occurs even when you take great pains to explain the Catholic position over and over again to attempt to convince your opponents that their objections are totally baseless and without merit.   But in the end, it really does not make any difference to them.  You can bring up all of the facts you want, it’s simply not going to change their opinion.  They will simply label you a bigot in order to “win” an argument, even if that label is completely bogus.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Beautiful story of the Black Madonna visiting Mary Wagner, a pro-life heroine and political prisoner in Canada.

Funny, but last time I checked I didn’t see Amnesty International too concerned about Mary’s fate. They’re too busy actually trying to promote abortion.

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Rome (kath.net / KNA) Ignorance of Catholic doctrine among bishops and theologians is in the opinion of Cardinal Walter Brandmüller (photo), the main reason for the current “chaos” in the Church. Given the internal Church debate on marriage and family the “unadulterated Catholic doctrine” is in danger, said the German cardinal and ecclesiastical historian of the Italian newspaper “Il Foglio” (Thursday).

I’m sure glad I didn’t say this.  You know, ’cause I wouldn’t want to be described as a reactionary or somethin’. :roll:

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Folks, I have just had a Facebook discussion with Michael Coren on his descent into supporting gay civil unions and even worse.  He’s a very confused man, and won’t answer some basic questions.  He got tired of me insisting that he tell me what his position was on Humanae Vitae and finally “unfriended” me, claiming I was “angry” and in “darkness” (like he has done with virtually all his opponents on this issue).  

Please pray for Michael.  I think there is more here in his dramatic shift than first meets the eye.  These sorts of shifts normally happen because of guilt and love of a personal family member or close friend.  Michael deserves our love and prayers for the situation he finds himself in.  For these sorts of predicaments, sometimes it’s better just to keep your mouth shut on the issue and pray, thereby not exacerbating a strained relationship but also not giving public scandal and leading others astray. 

Here is the Facebook thread in question.  Note: I’ve noticed that Michael has started deleting at least one of his responses on the thread.  Please be aware of that when you are reading it if something doesn’t quite follow.

I was unable to post my final comment. Here it is here:

Well, Michael, I am sorry for you and how you have digressed and have fallen away from sound doctrine. I hope that is not the case, but that is the impression that you are leaving here. I entered this little chat because I care about you and those who are influenced by you. This is not about you and me. The fact that I will accept correction from the Fathers in the Faith and you will not (because you know that you will indeed be contradicted and corrected if you did) is a witness against you, and I call that as a witness to anyone reading this thread as to the soundness of your Catholic witness. People who disagree with you, including myself, are not necessarily angry and in darkness. I think you have been hanging around with our opponents a bit too long and have adopted their lingo. It’s obviously bewitched you and you have fallen for the victimology that they employ to bully their way into brainwashing the culture and our children into their destructive way of life. Like I said, it is you who have a major problem with what the Faith teaches.

1) You won’t accept correction from your Spiritual Fathers

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2) You won’t answer my challenge on Humanae Vitae.

I think that basically settles the point I was trying to make. You are not showing Catholic sensibilities on true, Godly obedience, nor are you willing to broach the subject of opposing contraception while supporting sodomy. If you want to talk about darkness, Michael, you need to open a window yourself and accept EVERYTHING the Church teaches and not just those teachings that stroke your fancy.

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Jorge, despite all your gaffes, sometimes these genuine acts of Christian life wipe them all away.  The papacy is like a box of chocolates.  Sometimes, you don’t know what you’re gonna get.

Pope Francis Breaks Tradition and Stuns Thousands With Bold Move

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Many of you have probably read yesterday’s explosive report which details how the Bishops of Kenya have asked Canadian Catholics to stop supporting Free the Children:

“Considering the evil caused to families and society in Kenya by the use of contraception, Catholic Bishops in Kenya through Catholic Health Commission of KCCB request that donors in Canada and the United States direct their generosity to Catholic health facilities and not to contraception-distributing institutions and programmes such as Free the Children’s Baraka Medical Centre. We are requesting that this be done through the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya who the Catholic Bishops hold responsible for the Catholic Church’s health apostolate.”

The original report has raised many issues which require further probing: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) is pleading with Catholics in Canada and the United States to stop donating to Free the Children’s “contraception-distributing” Baraka Health Clinic in Maasai Mara, Kenya, because of the “evils caused to families and society in Kenya by the use of contraception”. Instead, they are asking that donations be directed to Catholic health facilities that do not distribute contraception, and respect the Church’s teaching.

Free the Children has come under fire during the past few years for its backing of abortion-supporting and contraception-dispensing initiatives.

siu1Socon or Bust has obtained a copy of a letter, addressed to a concerned Ottawa parent and ratepayer and written by Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, the Chairman of the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya, an official body of the KCCB. He contradicts an earlier statement made by Free the Children co-founder Marc Kielburger, who suggested that all public health clinics in Kenya are required by the government to distribute contraceptives and that even Catholic institutions are dispensing them.  Kielburger wrote the following text to the OSCB in October of last year:

“Because our clinic in Kenya is certified and supported in-part by the government of Kenya, the Baraka Health Clinic is mandated, by law in the country of Kenya, to stock provide contraceptives to patients should they personally request them,” he wrote… He claimed that “the Catholic Mission Hospitals and Catholic Mission Clinics in our region have also adopted this same policy, and have contraceptives on hand in their own clinics as well, as mandated by the government.” (Source) (Emphasis ours)

Not so, according to Bishop Njiru:

“There have also been claims by Free the Children that all health facilities in Kenya are required by the government to stock and distribute contraceptives for family planning. While the government and other secular health facilities in Kenya provide contraceptives, it is not a requirement by law and as such, Catholic health facilities do not stock or distribute contraceptives for family planning.” (Emphasis ours)

Bishop Njiru also pleads with Catholics in North America to stop supporting contraception-distributing health facilities that are causing great harm to Kenya, and to instead opt for the ethical alternative:

“Considering the evil caused to families and society in Kenya by the use of contraception, Catholic Bishops in Kenya through Catholic Health Commission of KCCB request that donors in Canada and the United States direct their generosity to Catholic health facilities and not to contraception-distributing institutions and programmes such as Free the Children’s Baraka Medical Centre. We are requesting that this be done through the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya who the Catholic Bishops hold responsible for the Catholic Church’s health apostolate.” (Emphasis ours)

The Bishop also attached a two-year plan developed by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops outlining their strategy to deliver enhancing maternal, neonatal and child health while upholding pro-family Catholic ethics in the face of “heightened programming by pro-choice organizations that are fostering anti-family principles in Kenya’s health sector.

In light of this development, it would appear that Catholics in North America have been misinformed by Free the Children into financially supporting the distribution of contraceptives.  Moreover, if Catholics truly intend to help the people of Kenya, it is doubtful how anyone could justify providing support through a contraception-distributing health facility, when support can just as easily be offered through Catholic facilities that respect the integrity of the person and of their sexuality.

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Story here.

I don’t get it.  Why don’t they just co-operate and save themselves the huge credibility issues they have?  Beats me.  Oh well, I guess they know best.

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Cardinal Müller: I’m not involved as a private theologian, but it is in this function, the CDF is indeed the only one of the Roman congregations, which immediately has a share in providing the Magisterium of the Pope, while others who register here, even if they are of the cardinal rank,  are simply speaking personally for themselves and not to make an official statement.

Tastes great. Less filling.   Talk about a dress-down.  Ooooo-ah.

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Whatever the political calculations were in this move, it doesn’t matter.

I think Ontario just got a huge boost in the fight against the Culture of Death.  JPII, pray for us.

Check.

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Cardinal Ruini was also very critical.  He [also]added: “I don’t know if I understood well, but at this moment, about 85% of the Cardinals have expressed opinions apparently contrary to the layout  of the report.”  He added that among those who did not say anything  -  therefore could not be classified – he took from their silence that: “I believe they are embarrassed”.

Let Cardinal Kasper have clenched teeth all he wants.  He’ll have to answer to the Lord for even suggesting “Adultery-by-any-other-name” as an option.  The fact that this man was even given a platform – even for a second – to discuss his pet issue from the 1970s is very disturbing.

Still…we have to give thanks that 85% are against his heretical opinion while the other 14% are too embarrassed to say anything.

Here’s the gong which Socon or Bust has been bonging for some time now:

Cardinal Ruini:  “It would be a fatal mistake” to  follow the pastoral approach without referring to doctrine.

Like no kidding.  Almost every liberal impetus these days in the Church is ass-backwards.  The pastoral approach is supposed to be BUILT on DOCTRINE, the teaching of Christ.  You cannot have an opposite pastoral approach from doctrine…otherwise you simply look like a fool and a hypocrite.

 

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A letter to the Catholic families and healthcare providers of the Diocese of Lincoln

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by squeaker

The mark of a great coach is to push all his players to become better, whether they’re plumbers or superstars. In Evangelii Gaudium, I sense the Holy Father is masterfully aiming to accomplish this by pushing on Catholics who consider themselves to be faithful.

Pope Francis knows that “faithful” Catholics assent to the Church’s doctrines, but often fail with respect to evangelization and acts of mercy. We often delegate this responsibility by cutting a check to some soup kitchen or organization that does evangelization. That’s not good enough, he says. We need to step out of the witness protection program. The Holy Father is rightly pushing us to become more than we are. His words can be uncomfortable to read, but if we’re honest, most of us will recognize ourselves in one or more of these excerpts.

Some of us love leisure too much:

At a time when we most need a missionary dynamism which will bring salt and light to the world, many lay people fear that they may be asked to undertake some apostolic work and they seek to avoid any responsibility that may take away from their free time.

Some of us are paralyzed pessimists:

One of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, “sourpusses”. Nobody can go off to battle unless he is fully convinced of victory beforehand. If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents.

Some of us have checked-out prematurely and run for the hills:

Many try to escape from others and take refuge in the comfort of their privacy or in a small circle of close friends, renouncing the realism of the social aspect of the Gospel. For just as some people want a purely spiritual Christ, without flesh and without the cross, they also want their interpersonal relationships provided by sophisticated equipment, by screens and systems which can be turned on and off on command. Meanwhile, the Gospel tells us constantly to run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas, with their joy which infects us in our close and continuous interaction.

Then there are perennial critics:

Instead, we waste time talking about “what needs to be done” – in Spanish we call this the sin of “habriaqueísmo” – like spiritual masters and pastoral experts who give instructions from on high. We indulge in endless fantasies and we lose contact with the real lives and difficulties of our people (…)

It always pains me greatly to discover how some Christian communities, and even consecrated persons, can tolerate different forms of enmity, division, calumny, defamation, vendetta, jealousy and the desire to impose certain ideas at all costs, even to persecutions which appear as veritable witch hunts. Whom are we going to evangelize if this is the way we act?

And the nostalgics and thinkers:

In some people we see an ostentatious preoccupation for the liturgy, for doctrine and for the Church’s prestige, but without any concern that the Gospel have a real impact on God’s faithful people and the concrete needs of the present time. In this way, the life of the Church turns into a museum piece or something which is the property of a select few (…) The mark of Christ, incarnate, crucified and risen, is not present; closed and elite groups are formed, and no effort is made to go forth and seek out those who are distant or the immense multitudes who thirst for Christ. (…)

We cannot demand that peoples of every continent, in expressing their Christian faith, imitate modes of expression which European nations developed at a particular moment of their history, because the faith cannot be constricted to the limits of understanding and expression of any one culture. It is an indisputable fact that no single culture can exhaust the mystery of our redemption in Christ.

Finally, those that anonymously frequent the sacraments and don’t create a sense of community:

Isolation, which is a version of immanentism, can find expression in a false autonomy which has no place for God. But in the realm of religion it can also take the form of a spiritual consumerism tailored to one’s own unhealthy individualism. 

Ouch. I certainly recognize myself in some of those quotes. While these words are painful, they are most welcome and needed. The Holy Father has a gift of cutting through the pleasantries and getting to the core of the matter. It’s as if he’s telling us that we’re kidding ourselves if we think that assenting to the right doctrines is somehow sufficient to dispense us of evangelization and acts of mercy. Dare I say that some of us have almost dissented from Jesus’ call to evangelize, because we don’t feel the imperative to do it. He’s not the only one to notice this problem.  Dr. Janet Smith recent wrote:

It is undoubtedly true that some of us love truth more than we love those we serve. That is not a Christian attitude. (Source)

The Holy Father is on to something. Without realizing it, some of us have veered close to a form of Gnosticism.

God bless Pope Francis for challenging us to greater things.

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The archbishop also criticized the one-sidedness of the West, “though always with you when it comes to the so-called gay rights in Nigeria” you run, but to the ongoing terror attacks by the Islamic militia Boko Haram you only stammer. “Constantly new violence, burned and mutilated bodies, women and children who are killed in a terrible rhythm: this is the emergency afflicting our country,” but nothing from Europe on this. But for  “gay rights”  the EU, the European Parliament and other international institutions will mobilize. (Source)

Why does it take an African bishop to speak with such clarity?  Have we ever heard a bishop in this country speak like this?

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Our Lady of Częstochowa Icon in Ottawa March 18-19th 2014

Yours truly (in black) to the immediate left of the Icon, outside of Ground Zero on Abortion Street (65 Bank Street, Ottawa)

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You gotta love this straight talk. Let ‘er rip, Holy Father!

“You still have time so as not to end up in hell,” the Pope continued. “And that is what is waiting for you if you continue on this path.” (Source)

But wait! Isn’t that being judgmental? Yes. Sometimes we must make judgments.

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Check out the beautiful story below. God bless these people. They’ve devised an alternative to abortion for many women, thus giving babies a chance at life. Do we have enough parents on waiting lists for adoption to make such an operation work? Is there a church or residence that would host this?

Lee Jong-rak [a pastor in South Korea] is the creator of the Baby Box. His Baby Box is the first and only box in Korea that is for collecting abandoned babies who are physically or mentally handicapped or are just unwanted by their mothers.

Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the side of the street in South Korea every year. Jong-rak knew he needed to set up a way to save the lives of these precious babies.  He built a drop box on the side of his home with a humble sign reading, “Place to leave babies.”

The inside of the box contains a thick towel covering the bottom, and lights and heating to keep the baby comfortable.  A bell rings when someone puts a baby in the box, then Jong-rak, his wife, or staff associates come to immediately move the baby inside. His aim was to provide a life-giving alternative for desperate mothers in his city of Seoul. He even admits that he didn’t really expect that babies would come in– He was mistaken. The babies came. In the middle of the night, in the middle of the day, some with notes, some without a word, and only a very few mothers actually spoke to him face-to-face. (Source)

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Story here.

That sudden draft you feel is the chill coming upon employees at abortion facilities across the US of A.

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