Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Pope And The Devil: Is Francis an Exorcist?

The secular media is at it again: "The Pope And The Devil: Is Francis an Exorcist?," an (AP) headline said recently. The reporter wrote as much because the Holy Father has mentioned the devil "on a handful of occasions" within a two month period. Bethany Blankley retorted not: "He's Just a Christian who Believes in the Devil."

What would Francis have Catholics think on the reality of Satan? No doubt, he would admonish listeners to take the advice of his predecessor, the first Pope:  "Keep sober and alert, because your enemy the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour;" and to listen to the Apostle, who encouraged Christians to "Put on the full armor of God so as to be able to resist the devil's tactics."

As I discussed at length in The Smoke of Satan, Jesus and the apostles had much to say about the reality of the devil. Thus the Pope rightly writes and speaks about the reality in which Christians are supposed to believe. But will those excited by his accession as Vicar of Christ heed his call?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Recent contest win for Missions Category!

The conversion of my revised Book Cover is complete! It is now orderable and appears on the following:
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lavender Mafia Near Chair of Peter

I remember reading Fr. Enrique Rueda's The Homosexual Network, and Malachi Martin's Windswept House. Fr. Rueda's book documented the pervasive penetration of the Church in the U.S. by active homosexual priests long before the scandals broke in Boston. Mr. Martin's fictional account hinted at precisely what Pope Francis has recently confirmed here. Oremus.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Can those outside the Catholic Church Get to Heaven?

Fr. Regis Scanlon has recently pointed out in his take on Vatican II that Ultra traditionalists take great offense at this Vatican II statement:
Those who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ and His Church, but who nonetheless seek God with a sincere heart and, moved by divine grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience—those too may achieve eternal salvation. Nor shall divine providence deny the assistance necessary for salvation to those, who through no fault of their own, have not yet arrived at the explicit knowledge of God, and who, not without grace, strive to lead a good life (Lumen Gentium, no. 16).
Fr. Scanlon writes:  "Traditionalists counter with Boniface VII’s statement in his bull, Unam Sanctam, that “outside the Church there is no salvation” (Nov. 18, 1302, Denz. No. 468, 30th edition).
Of course what Boniface said is true. But how God introduces His Church to each individual cannot be fully gleaned by any human being. Vatican II merely acknowledged that God is free to distribute his grace where He wills—and that He has access to each human heart in ways that we are not privy to". This entire debate has been taken up by Ralph Martin here- a commendable book I am working through now!

In the News: “the enemy is not only outside the Church, but within it, as well,”

'Huge homosexual underground in the Church'
·        Tue Feb 26, 2013 18:29 EST
KRAKOW, February 26, 2013, A recent paper by a Ph.D. priest from Poland has been circling the globe in recent weeks and given heightened prominence by the recent revelations of a Vatican inquiry into a “gay mafia”inside the Vatican. “Standing with the Pope against homoheresy,” was written in late 2012 by Fr. Dariusz Oko, Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Krakow and Assistant Professor at the John Paul II Pontifical University in Krakow.
Fr. Oko notes that his discovery of a “huge homosexual underground in the Church” came from his work in philosophical criticism of homosexual propaganda and ideology, a study he was encouraged to undertake by various bishops and cardinals.
“I began my work as a struggle against a deadly, external threat to Christianity, but then gradually discovered,” he said, that “the enemy is not only outside the Church, but within it, as well,”
In his essay, the philosophy professor reveals his own run in with a homosexual clique in the Roman Catholic Church blocking justice for those abused by homosexual clergy, in this case a homosexual bishop.
“I learned about Bishop [Juliusz] Paetz [Archbishop Emeritus of PoznaƄ] by accident, from a seminarian who told me, all trembling from emotions and terror, about his having been molested by his own ordinary. He was at a brink of losing faith, as well as mental and spiritual integrity,” relates Fr. Oko.
“Our interventions at various levels of Church hierarchy were of no avail, however; we encountered a wall that could not be overcome, even in a case as self-evident as that,” he explained. What finally broke through the wall, he says, was “a tremendous commotion in the media and reaching the Pope himself.”
“Otherwise, everything was blocked at lower levels of local or Vatican hierarchy,” he adds.

The formation of the Lavender Mafia
Describing the formation of homosexual cliques of clergy Fr. Oko says:
They know well, however, that they may be exposed and embarrassed, so they shield one another by offering mutual support. They build informal relationships reminding of a clique or even mafia, aim at holding particularly those positions which offer power and money.
When they achieve a decision-making position, they try to promote and advance mostly those whose nature is similar to theirs, or at least who are known to be too weak to oppose them. This way, leading positions in the Church may be held by people suffering from deep internal wounds.
They may actually achieve a dominating position in many areas of church hierarchy, become a “backroom elite” which actually has tremendous power in deciding about important nominations and the whole life of the Church. Indeed, they may even prove to be too powerful for honest, well-meaning bishops.
Fr. Oko also identifies the “the fear and confusion of the clergy, particularly in certain dioceses and congregations, when faced with” the topic of homosexuality. “They escape into silence, unable to articulate even elementary statements on the teaching of the Church on the subject. What are they afraid of?”
“Where does that fear in entire groups of mature, adult men come from?” he asks. “They must be afraid of some influential lobby which wields its power and which they may fall into disfavor with.”
Pope Benedict knows and fought bravely
Fr. Oko posits that Pope Benedict XVI is well aware of this subculture within the Church and has publicly lamented its “filth” and the damage it has caused.
The Pope “made cleansing the Church from homosexual abuse and preventing its reoccurrence in the future one of the priorities of his pontificate,” says Fr. Oko. “He removed compromised clergymen from their offices with much energy. In the very first months following his election, still in 2005, he had an instruction issued to strictly forbid ordaining untreated homosexuals. The instruction was preceded by a letter sent from the Holy See to bishops around the world, ordering that priests with homosexual tendencies be immediately removed from any educational functions at seminaries.”
Later in 2008, the Pope would issue a directive forbidding even non-practicing homosexuals from becoming seminarians.
Ably demonstrating Benedict XVI’s grave concern, Fr. Oko quotes the Pope’s 2010 book Light of the World, wherein the Holy Father says: “The greatest attention is needed here in order to prevent the intrusion of this kind of ambiguity and to head off a situation where the celibacy of priests would practically end up being identified with the tendency to homosexuality.”
Fr. Oko’s paper is remarkable, because it is not only descriptive but prescriptive, providing the tools necessary to engage in the battle to clean up the “filth.”
Why we must take action
In a clarion call to his fellow clergy and to faithful Catholic layity, Fr. Oko recalls the Pope’s heroism in combating the homolobby, but says, “He cannot do it all by himself.”
The Pope, “needs each and everyone of us. He needs support and healthy preaching in every local Church. It is a matter of remaining faithful to one’s conscience: defending the truth of salvation, no matter how much it should cost us.”
Fr. Oko says standing up for the truth of the faith on this issue is an existential need for Roman Catholics. “If homolobbyists are allowed to act freely, in a dozen or so years they may destroy entire congregations and dioceses,” he warns. “The situation is a bit like that in the beginning of the Reformation, when entire countries and nations left the Church.”
Fr. Oko explains how to identify the culprits and then how to engage in battle.
Recognizing the enemy
“Active homosexual priests are masters of camouflage,” he says quoting another experienced priest. “The real threat to the Church are cynical homosexual priests who take advantage of their functions on their own behalf, sometimes in an extraordinarily devious way.”
“The homolobby, says Fr. Oko, “represents the very centre of internal opposition against the Pope.”
“Members of that lobby in the Church are a relatively small group, but often hold key positions (which they are very anxious to achieve), create a close network of relationships and support one another, which is what makes them dangerous.”
What to do
In terms of action, Fr. Oko suggests:
·        The homosexual mafia in the Church must be dealt with in a very professional way . We must act like a prosecutor or an officer in the battlefield;
·        It is important that we find a large group of people of goodwill to protect us and support what we do. That group should include clergymen, as high in the hierarchy as possible, experts in various fields, archive records specialists, lawyers, policemen, journalists, and as many believers as possible;
·        It is good to exchange information, documents, and evidence. The global network of homolobbies and homomafias must be counterbalanced by a network of honest people;
·        The Internet is an excellent tool, which makes it possible to create a global community of people concerned about the fate of the Church;
·        The more we know, the more we can do. We need to remember that in these matters we are like “sheep sent among wolves,” and so we must be “as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (St. Matthew 10:16). We must have the courage to stand up against evildoers, as Christ had the courage to stand up against the Pharisees of his times;
·        We cannot build our lives on sweet illusions, for only “the truth will set you free” (St. John 8:32), and that is why “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7); and
·        All interventions should be made with utmost respect and love for every person, including the abuser.
He concludes that, remembering to “recognize them by their fruit” (cf. St. Matthew 7:16) – and with the publicly known events of the last quarter-century, the reaction of the Holy See, and the documents it issued – we must clearly and explicitly admit: yes, there is a strong homosexual underground in the Church.   
* See the full document here.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Libido Redux

Pete Jermann has penned a fine piece putting sodomy, fornication, adultery, and contraceptive sex in perspective as 1) unnatural, 2) disordered, and 3) unloving. Given that human libido is perhaps the most common way in which Satan seeks the ruin of our souls, it should not surprise us that Catholics who remain unpersuaded by Gospel teaching on the sanctity of marriage take issue with teaching bearing directly or vicariously on their sexual lives — homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” premarital sex, adultery, contraception, masturbation, population control, abortion, divorce, remarriage, in vitro fertilization, etc. Remember Our Lord’s words on this: "What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man."  Recall too that dissent from Humanae Vitae was paradigmatic of dissent in all moral questions.  My advice to those who still doubt Gospel teaching in our sexually-befuddled world is that it is a fatal error not to observe how the Evil One actually works and why he is so intent on perverting our sexuality, for a Catholic understanding of human sexuality gives us a glimpse of the real mystery of God’s plan to unite all things in Christ. For more on this see Chapter 3 of The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God....