Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rolling Stone Gathers Some Moss



Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has strongly criticised an article on Pope Francis that appears in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine.
Although he acknowledged that the Holy Father’s appearance on the publication’s front cover shows a diverse interest in the Pope, the Jesuit spokesman denounced the article's negative portrayal of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s pontificate, saying the piece disqualifies itself as serious journalism.
“Unfortunately, the article disqualifies itself, falling into the usual mistake of a superficial journalism, which in order to highlight the positive aspects of Pope Francis, thinks it should describe in a negative way the pontificate of Pope Benedict, and does so with a surprising crudeness,” Fr. Lombardi said in a statement.
In the piece titled "Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin'", author Mark Binelli calls Benedict’s papacy “disastrous” and goes so far as to attack the former pontiff’s appearance and character. He also describes Benedict’s acclaimed apostolic exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis as “wonky” but without explaining further.
“What a pity,” Fr. Lombardi said. “This is not the way to do a good service even to Pope Francis, who knows very well what the Church owes to his predecessor.”



Saturday, January 25, 2014

"Rape, EVERYTHING."


It occurred to me that if anyone read Stringtickler's comment on the previous post, one might think him or her crazy. For nought- read here.

March for Life (and hopefully, for TRUTH)!


Fr. D has spoken- "This article for Aleteia pinpoints ten reasons why the March for Life if important and will prevail. Go here to read the article." TheLet me say up front; I am COMPLETELY pro-life...no exceptions...rape, incest, anti-contraception; anti-gay marriage, etc. It is for those reasons that I am sad to say that the hope surrounding this year's march and the large attendance by youngsters is a bunch of hype. How many of them accept gay marriage; contraception; exceptions such as rape, incest, etc? Until we AS A CHURCH get off our rear-ends and start preaching FROM THE PULPIT and in forums such as this one about the real evils that surround us...and the core of those evils...then all we are doing is fooling ourselves with "feel good" commentary. We have a thread to pull here...WE NEED TO PULL IT!! Yes, it's great that all those kids were out there....but do they REALLY understand? Do they really grasp the concept(s)...I am a youth Catechist, and I can tell you...I think not. And what a shame.n, read stingtickler's comment, and...PRAY!!Let me say up front; I am COMPLETELY pro-life...no exceptions...rape, incest, anti-contraception; anti-gay marriage, etc. It is for those reasons that I am sad to say that the hope surrounding this year's march and the large attendance by youngsters is a bunch of hype. How many of them accept gay marriage; contraception; exceptions such as rape, incest, etc? Until we AS A CHURCH get off our rear-ends and start preaching FROM THE PULPIT and in forums such as this one about the real evils that surround us...and the core of those evils...then all we are doing is fooling ourselves with "feel good" commentary. We have a thread to pull here...WE NEED TO PULL IT!! Yes, it's great that all those kids were out there....but do they REALLY understand? Do they really grasp the concept(s)...I am a youth Catechist, and I can tell you...I think not. And what a shame.

et me say up front; I am COMPLETELY pro-life...no exceptions...rape, incest, anti-contraception; anti-gay marriage, etc. It is for those reasons that I am sad to say that the hope surrounding this year's march and the large attendance by youngsters is a bunch of hype. How many of them accept gay marriage; contraception; exceptions such as rape, incest, etc? Until we AS A CHURCH get off our rear-ends and start preaching FROM THE PULPIT and in forums such as this one about the real evils that surround us...and the core of those evils...then all we are doing is fooling ourselves with "feel good" commentary. We have a thread to pull here...WE NEED TO PULL IT!! Yes, it's great that all those kids were out there....but do they REALLY understand? Do they really grasp the concept(s)...I am a youth Catechist, and I can tell you...I think not. And what a shame.
Let me say up front; I am COMPLETELY pro-life...no exceptions...rape, incest, anti-contraception; anti-gay marriage, etc. It is for those reasons that I am sad to say that the hope surrounding this year's march and the large attendance by youngsters is a bunch of hype. How many of them accept gay marriage; contraception; exceptions such as rape, incest, etc? Until we AS A CHURCH get off our rear-ends and start preaching FROM THE PULPIT and in forums such as this one about the real evils that surround us...and the core of those evils...then all we are doing is fooling ourselves with "feel good" commentary. We have a thread to pull here...WE NEED TO PULL IT!! Yes, it's great that all those kids were out there....but do they REALLY understand? Do they really grasp the concept(s)...I am a youth Catechist, and I can tell you...I think not. And what a shame.Let me say up front; I am COMPLETELY pro-life...no exceptions...rape, incest, anti-contraception; anti-gay marriage, etc. It is for those reasons that I am sad to say that the hope surrounding this year's march and the large attendance by youngsters is a bunch of hype. How many of them accept gay marriage; contraception; exceptions such as rape, incest, etc? Until we AS A CHURCH get off our rear-ends and start preaching FROM THE PULPIT and in forums such as this one about the real evils that surround us...and the core of those evils...then all we are doing is fooling ourselves with "feel good" commentary. We have a thread to pull here...WE NEED TO PULL IT!! Yes, it's great that all those kids were out there....but do they REALLY understand? Do they really grasp the concept(s)...I am a youth Catechist, and I can tell you...I think not. And what a shame.

Let me say up front; I am COMPLETELY pro-life...no exceptions...rape, incest, anti-contraception; anti-gay marriage, etc. It is for those reasons that I am sad to say that the hope surrounding this year's march and the large attendance by youngsters is a bunch of hype. How many of them accept gay marriage; contraception; exceptions such as rape, incest, etc? Until we AS A CHURCH get off our rear-ends and start preaching FROM THE PULPIT and in forums such as this one about the real evils that surround us...and the core of those evils...then all we are doing is fooling ourselves with "feel good" commentary. We have a thread to pull here...WE NEED TO PULL IT!! Yes, it's great that all those kids were out there....but do they REALLY understand? Do they really grasp the concept(s)...I am a youth Catechist, and I can tell you...I think not. And what a shame.

Lord Save Us


I was saddened to hear of the following death of a great evangelizer...

Friday, January 24, 2014

Huzzahs for St. Paul Street Evangelization!



It is right to continually give praise to the Father that He gave us His Son to redeem us from our prideful natures, the “original wound.” In the end we are not saved by Our Savior’s dynamic words, but by His passion, death and resurrection. But Christ’s obedient self-sacrifice must be responded to by repentance and conversion on our part. As Peter Kreeft has written, this new life in Christ “comes into us by faith, through us by hope, and out of us by the works of love…but many Catholics think we’re saved by good intentions, or being nice, … or doing a sufficient number of good deeds.”
And what does true discipleship, our new life in Him, save us from? Hell. Unless we are saved from the kingdom of darkness by faith through grace working in love, this state of hell will become stronger and in time everlasting: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
In our day, when some modern theologians tell us that people may find their way even if we fail to announce Jesus as the Way, let us not forget Vatican II’s teaching on the conditions necessary for our salvation:
Those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, yet sincerely seek God and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience. Nor does Divine Providence deny the helps necessary for salvation to those who, without blame on their part, have not yet arrived at an explicit knowledge of God and with His grace strive to live a good life. Whatever good or truth is found amongst them is looked upon by the Church as a preparation for the Gospel. She knows that it is given by Him who enlightens all men so that they may finally have life. But often men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, serving the creature rather than the Creator. Or some there are who, living and dying in this world without God, are exposed to final despair. Wherefore to promote the glory of God and procure the salvation of all of these, and mindful of the command of the Lord, "Preach the Gospel to every creature", the Church fosters the missions with care and attention.
Being lukewarm in the preaching of the Gospel is thus forbidden, lest there come about a time wherein “although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man….” Our Lord spoke often and bluntly about Hell, where we all drift unless we put on Christ, let Him dwell in our hearts, let His thoughts be our thoughts: “The gate is wide that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are many.” In my years in Catholic education, I have witnessed close up a veritable silence on Hell as a reality for those who reject the Good News, rendering the teaching of Jesus Christ false, and eliminating a powerful motive for evangelization.



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Humanae Vitae: Embarassing Uncle or Wise Uncle?

I am not the slightest bit hesitant to say that I believe with the Church that we humans live in a world characterized by a spiritual war, and thus as baptized Catholics we are called to “put on the armor of God.” In an Augustinian sense we must decide where our allegiance lies: are we citizens of God’s kingdom, who happen temporarily to reside in a civil society, or are we full-fledged citizens of the city of men, making room for God when we are able? Catholic teaching on original sin continues to shed light on man’s position in the world. As a result of the Fall, Satan has acquired “a certain domination over man” in spite of our free will. Widespread ignorance of this teaching is the root cause of the crisis of faith facing The Church today. The Catechism teaches the reality of this spiritual combat:

The whole of man's history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God's grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity.

Contraception, like all sin, like the original sin, amounts to a revolt against God and his rights as Creator of all that is. Prideful man wills to become like God, deciding subjectively what is moral and immoral for himself. Keep this in mind when viewing the recent debate over Paul VI's  Encyclical in this video, where   Fr. Iggy compares Humanae Vitae to an embarrassing uncle who sits in the corner during weddings that everybody ignores….