Friday, June 23, 2017

Libido Redux: Porn Problems: Public Libraries Removing Wi-Fi Due to Explicit Downloads

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Dancin' With Mr. D.: San Fran Nan is Off the Mark

Nancy Pelosi says homosexuality is ‘consistent’ with Catholicism. Are Church leaders taking her lead?

WARNING: This article begins with a graphic clinical statement because all Catholics need to know the truth and not remain oblivious to it.
June 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — When a man and a woman make love, the miracles of conception and birth are possible. When two men attempt the same, the most glorious result possible is an anal discharge of semen mixed with fecal matter.
Despite the striking contrast, high-profile Catholics in positions of power and influence in North America are no longer able to detect any important difference between the two.  They not only accept being ‘gay’ as fully normal, they promote ‘same-sex marriage,’ a.k.a., anti-conjugal, anti-complementary, genderless marriage, as fully equal to marriage between a man and a woman.
You already know many of their names: Catholic Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for whom ‘gay’ marriage is a ‘core principle;’ Catholic U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who invented a national right for genderless marriage; Catholic former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who has performed genderless marriages; Catholic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who asserts same-sex “marriage” is perfectly "consistent" with Catholicism; Catholic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Catholic Virginia Senator and 2016 Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine and many others who energetically advocate for homonormativity.
At the same time, these Catholic VIPs are becoming increasingly incapable of discerning the difference between male and female and the significance of complementarity. They now promote transnormativity.   
Clearly, something is awry with prevailing views of marriage and human dignity among our Catholic elites when sodomy constitutes marital consummation and genitalia is no longer indicative of gender.  
The fact that they continue to enjoy full communion with the Church despite broadcasting lies which defy natural law and deny the Gospel has only served to embolden them and invite others to follow their lead.
The minds of leading Catholics have sunk from dullness, to darkness, to depravity, and they are intent on dragging each of us down with them – by force of law, if necessary –  and if not us, our children.  

The bigger picture Is worse.  Much worse

Put aside the world of North American Catholic political and societal elites for a moment. A far more grave threat stares us in the face.
What will happen when a critical mass of the Church’s prelates and clerics similarly untether themselves from truth? What will happen when they find the ways of the world more attractive than the message of the Gospel, trading the Church’s magnificent magisterium for the whim of popular culture?  
We are about to find out.

Nudging away from truth, nullifying the work of the Holy Spirit

Some high profile priests and bishops seem to be drawn to promoting the worldly empty promises Catholics reject at baptismFr. James Martin, SJ, editor-at-large for the Jesuit magazine America, recently appointed to the Vatican as a communications consultant; Joseph Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey; Bishop John Stowe of the Diocese of Lexington in Kentucky; Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, now at the helm of the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.
While the Vatican seems to be collecting and promoting pro-homosexualists and transgenderists, the nudge toward accepting these strange humanity-deforming ideologies is palpable here at home in North America.
Just recently, the Diocese of San Diego announced that Fr. John Dolan, a priest with an LGBT-positive record, has been appointed by the Vatican to be an auxiliary bishop.
In the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Matthew’s Parish has been promoting homosexuality and its compatibility with Catholicism for years.  
In the Archdiocese of New York, Blessed Sacrament Church announced that its “Gay Fellowship” group partnered with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Foundation” to hold a fundraising dance in the parish hall on June 17.
Even the Jesuit Chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives, Patrick J. Conroy, suggests that Church teaching on homosexuality is “outdated,” calling it “a dead end.”  He implies that homosexual “marriage” is the only path to happiness for the same-sex attracted.
If the Church now starts watering down magisterial truth, mixing the profane with the holy, where will the same-sex attracted go when our consciences speak to us?  Confessionals turned into self-affirmation kiosks comfort no one, and dispense tragedy.
What will happen to same-sex-attracted men and women, boys and girls, if the Church tosses truth out the window and rolls out a rainbow welcome mat? That won’t work, because it’s truth that attracts people to the Church and turns hearts to Christ. It’s truth that resonates in hearts and appeals to the intellect. It’s the pure Gospel message that inspires, not the lies and empty promises of the world.

Who am I to judge? Let me tell you

I am same-sex-attracted, and I once walked away from both my marriage and the Church and lived as a gay man.  
Yet something stirred inside me. It was my conscience. After the initial emotional rush of feeling set free, I inwardly sensed something was not right, no matter how much I tried to suppress the thought. Nowadays, it’s nearly unanimously agreed that this unease of conscience comes from societal heteronormativity. We are told that exterior cultural pressures cause the same-sex attracted to feel “different,” resulting in depression, behavioral problems, even suicide. The term now in vogue is ‘minority stress.’  
We are also told that the Church is ‘unwelcoming’ because it doesn’t approve of unchaste same-sex behavior, that the Church is ‘seeker unfriendly.’  
My experience tells a different story. There was a powerful, innate interior recognition that there was something wrong with my behavior. It wasn’t society telling me I was ‘bad’ or accusing me or failing to accept me. Quite the contrary, I felt 100 percent accepted by everyone I knew. But their acceptance wasn’t the issue. No. My own perfectly functioning conscience was speaking to me, leading me to self-understanding.
In the end, I decided to live a chaste life, to return to my wife and to the Catholic Church.  Why? Because it is in the Church that truth is to be found like no other place on earth:  packed down, shaken together, filled to the brim and running over (Luke 6:38). And not just truth; I found authentic, intimate fellowship with Catholic brothers within my parish whom I love and who love me. One of the greatest aspects of brotherly love within parish life is this: We help each other not to sin, to find ever greater communion with God, and press forward as men who stand in the breach.
I can easily answer Pope Francis’ now famous question, “Who am I to judge?” I am a Christian who examines my conscience daily. I have to judge, because known truth and the Spirit beckon me to do so. It is my job to judge, to seek truth, and deny lies and the allure of the flesh and the world.  
Were it not for the solid teaching of the Catholic Church challenging my life, confirming the work of the Holy Spirit in my life, I would be lost.
Chaste same-sex-attracted Catholics are baffled by the increasing mixed messages arising from the Church, especially from her prelates. And as the voices within the Church calling for her to surrender to the sexual revolution grow louder, the voice of the Gospel grows fainter. These mixed messages damage lives, excusing the very behavior and thought patterns so many seek to escape. They nullify the work of the Holy Spirit.

Trading rock for sand

Satan has long been wearing a hard hat as he excavates beneath the Church, blasting away at the Church’s rock-solid foundation of truth, replacing it with truckload after truckload of sand. The digging and tunneling used to emanate from outside the Church as the ruler of this world burrowed beneath. But now jack hammers are held by clerics who are taking over the jobs extremists outside the church used to do.
With the Church’s magisterial foundation weakened, the structure above will remain intact for a while, but once new waves of attack start rolling in, perhaps from the world of Muslim fundamentalism, the structure will begin to visibly crumble: slowly at first, and then rapidly. Very rapidly. With the Church’s foundation undermined, the faith of many will quiver and collapse and Catholic institutions will buckle and fall.  
Many will be caught by surprise, wondering as they wander about the rubble how this could have happened so quickly.
Yet rest assured, the Church belongs to Christ and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Still, the nagging question remains: How much and how many will be lost because of the Catholic bishops and academics who have lost their way?


Monday, June 19, 2017

Bishop Barron on Martin Luther

Bishop Robert Barron, in his June 13 article titled "Looking at Luther With
Fresh Eyes," describes Martin Luther as "a mystic of grace, someone who had fallen completely in love."
Fr. describes Luther as the "undisputed father of the Reformation" and as
"cantankerous, pious, very funny, shockingly anti-Semitic, deeply insightful and utterly exasperating."
While admiring of Luther, Fr. adds: "I disagree with lots and lots of his
ideas," without clarifications.

Barron summarizes: "For at the core of Luther's life and theology
was an overwhelming experience of grace. After years of trying in vain to
please God through heroic moral and spiritual effort, Luther realized that,
despite his unworthiness, he was loved by a God who had died to save him,"
adding, "Luther was an ecstatic, and the religious movement he launched
[Protestantism] was 'a love affair.'"
Was Dr. Luther in love with God when he said:
Christ committed adultery first of all with the woman at the well about whom St. John
tells us. Was not everybody about Him saying: 'Whatever has He been doing with
her?' Secondly, with Mary Magdalene, and thirdly with the woman taken in
adultery whom He dismissed so lightly. Thus even Christ, Who was so righteous,
must have been guilty of fornication before He died?

Lutheralso referred to the Church Our Lord founded as a "Roman Sodom" and referred to the pope as the "Antichrist" and faithful Catholics as "agents of Satan."

New Book’s “Sexual Reality” Bursts LGBT Catholic Bubble - Crisis Magazine

Let this be a response to Building a Bridge.... New Book’s “Sexual Reality” Bursts LGBT Catholic Bubble - Crisis Magazine:

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Jim vs. Jim

James J. Martin, S.J. is a Jesuit priest, a writer, and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America. He grew up in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and now lives in the America House Jesuit Community in midtown Manhattan. On April 12, 2017, Pope Francis appointed Martin and EWTN leader Michael Warsaw as consultants to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications. He has recently published a suspect book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity. Fr. is very popular with Catholics who are ignorant of the fundamentals of the Catholic faith. Here are some comments on Building a Bridge;

Olga Falto · 

Thanks to Fr. James Martin for another great book ! Your books are all amazing to me ! Blessings for you !
Willie Jean Loefler · 

Love the Respect, Compassion, and especially the Sensitivity. Thank you God for this reminder. Amen.
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Meg Walsh Byrne · 

Thank you for bringing this subject front and center. The ignorant hatred must end.
Eva Marie Betts
He's so full of crap. There's always been a place for LGBT in the Church and the Catholic Church has NEVER been the enemy of the LGBT people and he knows it. Mr. Martin (I refuse to call him "Father" because he has failed miserably as a shepherd and a priest) wants the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH to change and embrace SODOMY. He will answer to God for misleading many. What he should be teaching is the incredible joy one can experience in living a chaste life, but NO, he wants the Church to put it's rubber stamp on SODOMY. This man is a HERETIC of the worst sort. Our Lady of Fatima said that more people go to HELL because of sins of the flesh more than any other reason. I'll bet money that Martin doesn't even believe in Hell. He has NEVER mentioned it although Christ spoke more about Hell than he did of Heaven.

SO-what are we to make of Fr.'s new book? Deacon Jim Russell offers a fine, orthodox view of Building a Bridge, a must read for inquiring Catholic minds! Read more.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

On Doctrine and Human Experience

Today one disputatious topic among Catholics is the liturgy. As Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was known as an proponent of the “reform of the reform”—a program that avoids liturgical disruption in favor of organic development, slowly bringing the liturgy back into continuity with its historic form. His nemesis in the debate, Cardinal Walter Kasper used the disruption that followed Vatican II to argue for further changes in Catholic life: “Our people are well aware of the flexibility of laws and regulations; they have experienced a great deal of it over the past decades. They lived through changes that no one anticipated or even thought possible.” Kasper was upset that Ratzinger did not see things his way: “Regrettably, Cardinal Ratzinger has approached the problem of the relationship between the universal church and local churches from a purely abstract and theoretical point of view, without taking into account concrete pastoral situations and experiences.” Ratzinger has failed to consult what Kasper calls the “data” of experience: “To history, therefore, we must turn for sound theology,” where we will find many examples of a commendable “diversity.”

In maintaining this view one detects the neomodernism in Kasper’s thought. In short, this understanding regards Church doctrine as follows: because the dogmas of the Church do not possess indisputable knowledge of the supernatural, they are relative to how they impact one’s imagination, and may be believed or disbelieved accordingly. Theologians susceptible to this argument believe dogma to be changeable over time (as opposed to development of doctrine), and that dogma may be disregarded when no longer fruitful for the individual, or reinterpreted to better meet with individual experience. This is a blatant misunderstanding of development of doctrine, and is most famously demonstrated in the dissent of many American theologians to Humanae Vitae so soon after its promulgation, heretical pure and simple, further reflected in the current controversy over whether or not to allow the divorced and remarried to receive Holy Communion. Read more in Chapter 4 of The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God (video above).

How I Became the Catholic I Was by Richard John Neuhaus | Articles | First Things

I always enjoyed reading Fr. Neuhaus' writing in First Things, especially the Public Square offerings. Here is an enlightening reflection for the Catholic-Lutheran dialogue....

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