Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

2 Ruminations on Neomodernism

In my book I pointed out that neomodernists raise the question of whether Jesus intended to found a Church, since they understand his mission as concerned only with inaugurating the Kingdom of God, i.e., delivering people from spiritual and physical suffering in this world, which is how they understand salvation. The Syllabus of Errors also cites their rejection of Christ’s conferring the keys of the Kingdom on St. Peter, and with this grant of divine authority Peter’s earthly leadership of His Church, and His institution of the sacraments, all except Baptism and the Eucharist.

In the neomodernist movement, believing as they do all dogma to be relative, all Christian denominations (now over 30,000) are to be regarded as equal with the Catholic Church. Indeed, George Tyrell came to view Christianity as merely an intermediary stage in the evolution of a new “universal religion.” Neomodernists declared that the ecumenism taught by Vatican II required that Catholics see non-Christian religions as equally valid expressions of man’s search for truth.... More.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Has Satan's Smoke Cleared? Divide et Impera...

It is heresy to teach that homosexual relations are not disordinate or are not disordered or have positive elements.”
The comments come in a newly released video by the Polish publication Polonia Christiana called Crisis in the Church. In addition to Cardinal Burke, the video features Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga, who takes aim at Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops conference and one of Pope Francis’ Council of Nine advisors. Speaking of Marx’s acceptance of communion for remarried divorcees and his statement that the Church in Germany “is not a subsidiary of Rome,” Archbishop Lenga said, “There was Marx, Karl Marx. And if present Marx says similar things, then there is no real difference.”
Lenga, the emeritus archbishop of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, added that if the Church in Germany thinks they are so superior, “it’s some kind of Phantom, we should chase it away by the sign of the Cross.”
Indeed. For more on how, to use the words of the prophetic utterance of Pope Paul VI, Satan still attempts to prevail, watch this:

Libido Redux: Planning for College?

Earlier I had blogged about Catholic collegiate connections with Planned Parenthood, and the good news is that seven Catholic colleges have responded by removing or editing website pages that indicated links between the colleges and Planned Parenthood.

However, more than three weeks after a report exposed scandalous associations with the nation’s largest abortion provider, most other colleges cited have taken no action to correct the problem.
Prompted by the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s abhorrent practices, the Cardinal Newman Society’s report, A More Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood, identified 63 connections between 27 Catholic colleges and Planned Parenthood since May 2011. It was in 2011 that the Newman Society first reported 150 such connections, most of which were quickly resolved by the Catholic institutions.

The connections include recommending Planned Parenthood as a health resource to students, hiring faculty who currently or previously worked at Planned Parenthood centers, hosting events with representatives from the organization, and encouraging students to apply for internships and volunteer opportunities at various Planned Parenthood facilities.
Of the 63 connections identified last month, at least 14 have been changed or removed permanently from their respective websites. Let’s name names:

·         DePaul University in Chicago, Ill.; the University of Dayton in Ohio; Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio; Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Saint Mary’s College of California; Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., and the University of San Diego (USD) have updated their websites to remove or change references to Planned Parenthood.

·         Mount Mercy University, Stonehill College and the University of Dayton responded by letter, expressing regret for the Planned Parenthood connections and noting that some materials were a few years old but had not been removed from their websites.

·         USD removed two of its incriminating links encouraging potential careers at Planned Parenthood for students, but two other ties connecting current faculty to the abortion provider remain active and unchanged.

·         Additionally, it is unclear whether or not Regis University in Denver, Col., has cut ties with the organization. Access to a description for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, which originally suggested that students volunteer with organizations like Planned Parenthood, is now limited and can no longer be viewed by the public.

Some of the more egregious connections discovered in the report have been removed, including one connection summarized in a recent Crisis Magazine article. One example is Mount Mercy University in Iowa. A local government chart of “Sexual Health Resources” on the University website (with a URL indicating sponsorship by the student life office) that links to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Cedar Rapids as a resource for “Pregnancy/STI Testing,” “HIV/AIDS Resources,” “Health Education,” “Women and Children’s Services,” “Sexual Health Advocacy” and “LGBT Resources.” There is nothing na├»ve about the referral; the chart itemizes services including “Birth control supplies and information; Pregnancy testing; Abortion pill; In-clinic abortion;…Emergency contraception (ECP’s/Plan B).” Planned Parenthood clinics are similarly listed in separate charts of “Counseling and Therapy Resources” (noting that clinic staff can “talk with individuals about their pregnancy options”) and “Family and Youth Resources.”

The links to “sexual health resource” files that referenced Planned Parenthood now direct to Mount Mercy’s Sexual Assault Information and Counseling Services. A University news article honoring a Mount Mercy alumna was also changed, and the piece no longer mentions her work at Planned Parenthood.

So, some Catholic colleges have ignored the scandal caused by these connections. The connections discovered at prominent Catholic colleges such as Boston College, Creighton University, Georgetown University, Santa Clara University and Seattle University still remain active. For truly Catholic colleges, click here.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Hell. Will Lots of People Go There?

Fr. Longenecker

Fr. Longenecker has a thought-provoking piece for the boomers who aren't getting any younger....

Hell. Will Lots of People Go There?:

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

TransJennerism: The Vatican and Godparents

The Vatican has decided that transgender people may not be godparents in the Catholic Church.
CNA reports that the bishop was told it is not possible for transsexual persons to fulfill their duties as a godparent.
An article about the case in Breitbart reports that after the bishop heard back from the Vatican, he issued a public statement noting the Church’s stance that transsexualism “is contrary to human nature” and referencing Laudato Si, the Pope’s encyclical, which states that man “has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will.”
Carla Antonelli, a transsexual, LGBT activist, is quoted as saying this about the Church’s decision:
“Faced with such cruelty one has to conclude that the real inconsistency is of those who claim to be representatives of a doctrine that preaches respect and love of neighbor, but that who use it to unleash hatred and phobias, and crush their neighbor.”
Salinas is also reportedly unhappy about the news, saying, “They are pushing me away from the Church; I no longer expect anything from them.”

The issue of transgenderism in the Church raises many challenges, both morally and pastorally. Even very practical matters have become difficult to navigate such as which bathrooms or locker rooms transgender people should use. 

Has it ever occurred to the LGBTIAs to ask: Can men really become
 women or women become men?