Sharia law, now with more socks

October 31, 2009

socks

There are a lot of Somalis where I live, here because theirs is a failed state. Yet there have been attempts to follow Sharia law in the US; most notably the failed attempts of cabdrivers to force Sharia law on their passengers, which would be the result of allowing them to decide, in violation of established laws of common carrier, whether or not to accept a customer, based on carrying alcohol or having a guide dog.

Another unsuccessful attempt was in refusing to scan pork products at a local grocery/discount store.

The successful attempts, unfortunately, have been at state-owned schools, some of which have added footbaths to the restrooms and allowed Muslim-only prayer rooms, some of which were segregated into male and female areas and in manufacturing plants, some of which are pandering to their Muslim employees to the detriment of their non-Muslim employees.

In Somalia, Al-Shabaab, the losers who recruit immigrants from Minneapolis to go there and die, either because they belatedly caught on that Somalia isn’t all that and they’d rather be at Starbucks, or because they blew themselves up, together with their innocent victims, as a homicide attack, have recently taken to being the wardrobe police.

While headscarves have already been established as a requirement, here’s your checklist for other items:

Socks; required.

Bras; not allowed.

Because women are mere chattel in Muslim societies, though it isn’t okay to shake hands with a man, it’s perfectly acceptable that men would go around feeling up women they don’t know in order to determine whether their breasts really are firm or they’re wearing a wonderbra.

I’m not sure why socks are required; I have the impression that African countries are rather warm, so socks would be detrimental in the heat. The theory behind Somali women being all shrouded up when in public is to prevent men’s lust; does that mean that Somali men have a big foot fetish? Because that seems to be the only reason to ensure women wear socks.


Blessed Leon Nowakowski, October 31

October 31, 2009

Blessed Leon Nowakowski

Blessed Leon Nowakowski, Priest and Martyr
Byton, Poland, June 28, 1913 – Piotrków Kujawski, Poland, October 31, 1939

Blessed Leon Nowakowski, Polish Diocesan Priest, was born in Byton (Kuyavian) June 28, 1913 and died in Piotrków Kujawski between 31 October and 1 November 1939. He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 together with 107 other Polish Martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In the town of Piotrków Kujawski in Poland blessed Leon Nowakowski, Priest and Martyr, who, during the military occupation of Poland, was shot as he defended the faith before the scheme enemy of God

 

Source: Santi e Beati


The Great Global Warming SWINDLE

October 30, 2009

A year ago BBC’s Great Global Warming Swindle was available all over the net. For some reason the links to these keep changing and becoming “No longer available”

This is the third time I have changed the link and it keeps getting harder to find it. I thought originally that they wanted to sell the DVD instead of having it available on the internet. But there doesn’t seem to be much availablitliy of that either.

So, as of May 2008, Here is the link to this movie click HERE


Why Did Jesus Die?

October 30, 2009


Q. If we have to go to purgatory when we die. Then I want to know one thing. Why did Jesus come and die for our sins?

A. In order to reconcile us to God.

Q. And which sins did he die for? Just some of my sins? Or all of my sins?

A. Jesus died for all sin both past, present and future.

Q. If he didn’t die for ALL my sins then he died for nothing.

A. What you are not understanding because you have never been taught, is that there are two consequences for sin. Eternal and Temporal. Jesus died for the Eternal consequences of sin but we must suffer and be purified of the temporal consequences of sin

CCC 1472 To understand this doctrine and practice of the Church, it is necessary to understand that sin has a double consequence. Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the “eternal punishment” of sin. On the other hand every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory. This purification frees one from what is called the “temporal punishment” of sin. These two punishments must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain.

Please click HERE for scriptural evidence of the necessity of Purgatory.

Q. I will never be perfect til I enter the gates of Heaven.

A. That is exactly right. So if you don’t think that you will be perfect by the end of your life but you do believe that you will be perfect in order to enter Heaven…then you implicitly agree that there must be a perfecting or purification in order to be Holy as He is Holy before entering into His presence. We simply call this Purgatory and teach about it.

Q. If my name is written right now in the Lambs Book of Life, then why do I have to be purified.

A. In order to be perfect, pure and Holy as He is Holy. We cannot do this ourselves we must depend upon Him. It is a privlege accorded only to the children of God.

Q. It is like you paid your house off and the bank handed you the deed free and clear. Then the next day you go to the bank and continue to make payments on something that is paid in full. Isn’t that what you are doing?

A. Your analogy does not apply to the spiritual, salvation, justification and purification. No, it is not what we do because we are completely incapable of atoning for the ETERNAL consequences of sin since we are mere finite creatures.

Q. Jesus paid it all!

A. Then how do you understand this verse?

Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.

Q. You don’t have to do anything else! Just be his servant.

A. There are hundreds of verses that instruct us in how we must live, what we must do and not do etc. Can you show me a scripture that nullifies all of these?

I Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and (AC)to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I jn 2:3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did…. 9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness…. 15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him…the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.…24 See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father

I Jn 3:3Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure….6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 7…He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning….9 he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother….11 We should love one another. 12Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother….Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him….17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them.

This is just three chapters in I John and does not even scratch the surface of the directives given to us in all of the New Testament. For Catholics, we are taught that everyone commits lesser sin or venial sin throughout their lives, but what John is talking about here is the commission of serious, deadly, or mortal sin. This differentiation between mortal and venial sin is found in I john 5:16-18.

Because Protestants do not admit there is any difference in the gravity of sin they are forced to explain away these passages in I John about not sinning if you are a Christian. We are able to avoid deadly sin but venial sin is another story b/c sometime we commit them without thinking or on purpose. All mortal sin is on purpose.

Q. We simply Live for him.

A. Yes, we should live for Him…but this too is “doing something”. So, you see, even you believe in doing something.


Blessed Alessio (Oleksa) Zaryckyj, October 30

October 30, 2009

Blessed Alessio (Oleksa) Zaryckyj

Blessed Alessio (Oleksa) Zaryckyj, Priest and Martyr
Bilco, Ukraine, October 17, 1912 – Dolynska, Kazakhstan, October 30, 1963

Oleksa Zaryckyj was born October 17, 1912 in the village of Bilco, region of Ukraine in Lviv (Lvov). In 1931 he entered the seminary in Lviv and five years after he was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Sheptytsky as a diocesan priest of the Archeparchy of Lviv of the Ukrainians. In 1948 he was captured by the Bolsheviks and was sentenced to ten years in prison and deported to Karaganda in Kazakhstan. Released early in 1957, Oleksa Zaryckyj was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Kazakhstan and Siberia, but did not have time to receive episcopal consecration. Shortly after he was re-interned in concentration camp Dolinka near Karaganda, where he died a martyr of the faith October 30, 1963. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II June 27, 2001, along with 24 other victims of the Soviet regime of Ukrainian nationality.

Roman Martyrology: In the town of Dolinka near Karaganda in Kazakhstan, blessed Zaryckyj Alessio, Priest and Martyr, who was deported under a regime hostile to God in a prison camp, in fighting for the faith gained eternal life.

Source: Santi e Beati


St. Gaetano Errico, October 29

October 29, 2009

Blessed Gaetano ErricoBlessed Gaetano Errico

October 19, 1791, Secondigliano, Italy-10 am, October 29, 1860

Second of nine children born to Pasquale, a pasta factory manager, and Marie Marseglia Errico, who worked weaving plush. A good child, pious, always ready to help his father at work, or with his younger siblings. He felt a call to the priesthood at age fourteen. He was turned away by the Capuchins and Redemptorists due to his youth. Studied at a diocesan seminary in Naples from age sixteen, walking the five miles to class each day, and was ordained on 23 September 1815 in Naples. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Jose Ruiz Bruixola, October 28

October 28, 2009

Blessed Joseph Ruiz Bruixola

Blessed Jose Ruiz Bruixola, Priest and Martyr
October 28

Roman Martyrology: In the village of vest in the same territory in Spain, Blessed Joseph Ruiz Bruixola, Priest and Martyr who deserved the same occasion to bring before God Almighty the palm of victory.

One of 233 Spanish Martyrs Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul, II, part of the group known as Jose Aparicio Sanz and 73 companions, Priests and Laity of the Archdiocese of Valencia.

Source: Santi e Beati


Saint Theodore II, Bishop of Sion, October 27

October 27, 2009

Mitre

Saint Theodore II, Bishop of Sion
October 27

The figure of St. Teodulo Bishop of Sion, has many similarities to its namesake saint, bishop of Octodurum, but he lived in the fourth century; their stories are often confused, especially in the story of miracles, both are in the Valais (canton of Switzerland south-west).

S. Teodulo or Theodore II, was the first bishop of the new diocese of Sion in the canton of Valais, after s. King Sigismund of Burgundy († 524) had transferred the seat of the diocese of Martigny to the new capital of the Valais, Sion.

S. Teodulo suggested to King Sigismund, along with neighboring bishops gathered in council to Agaune April 30 515, to found the famous Abbey of St. Mauritius, in honor of the martyrs of the Theban Legion, killed in those places.

He died sometime in the sixth century, and her oldest images are those of the reliquary in the Cathedral of Sion, while other paintings are in museums in Geneva and Zurich. A legendary story says that one year the vineyards of Valais had suffered severely for the frost, then s. Teodulo the eve of harvest, he urged the tenants to prepare the barrels as if it were an abundant harvest.

Then he piled up throughout the grape that was still good in the same place, he blessed and made to press the grapes in all the barrels, which were filled to overflowing with wine. For this he became the protector of vineyards and winemakers in some paintings is shown with a bunch of grapes in his hand. His feast day is October 27.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

Source: Santi e Beati


Eucharistic Adoration

October 26, 2009

I have chaperoned teens from my church to Stubenville San Diego for the past two years. It was a most amazing experience. I saw this priest at our stadium with over 4,000 teens. The room was darkened. He brought in Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist and 4000 teenagers fell down upon their knees in worship. NO ONE told them to do that!

I began to weep with joy.


Blessed Damien of Finale, October 26

October 26, 2009

Blessed Damien of Finale Dominican, Priest
-Reggio Emilia, October 26, 1484

Born of the noble family of Furcheri in Finale, in Liguria. As a child was miraculously freed from the hands of a madman who had kidnapped him. Just a teenager, winning the resistance of relatives who could not accept losing him, he donned the habit of the Dominicans. He studied with diligence and love of Sacred Scripture, from which which was able to draw a pure and nutritious doctrine in view of effective preaching. Indefatigable, evangelized Liguria and Lombardy, where he helped to spread the Christian truth. But the divine word, the first wanted to embody in himself, with the sanctity of life. He was prior to his native Finale. Belonging to the current reform, he introduced it to the convent of Reggio Emilia by order of Pius II. In his later years he retired to the convent of Reggio Emilia to sink ever deeper into living contact with God and prepare for his embrace, which occurred in 1484. He wrote many fine artworks. His remains rest in the church of San Domenico in Reggio Emilia. Blessed Pope Pius IX on August 4, 1848 confirmed his cult, proclaiming Damien blessed.

Roman Martyrology: A Reggio Emilia, Furcheri Blessed Damien, a priest of the Order of Preachers, an outstanding herald of the Gospel.

Source: Santi e Beati


Anne Frank, protoblogger

October 25, 2009

Anne Fran at desk

Anne Frank, protoblogger

Because the current state of affairs in the US has some parallels to Germany in the 1930’s, I’ve been thinking about Anne Frank.  Her diary is really an early form of a blog, just not using the digital format. People have been reading her diary for years and now that we have technology available, it’s easy to see her in video as well as visiting her hiding place. I’m pleased to know that Anne Frank now has a channel on YouTube and that her hiding place is also available virtually.

Imagine how powerful her diary would have been if it was available in realtime as a blog while she was in hiding. Yes, her hiding place is likely to have been discovered sooner but think of all the technology available to obscure the location of origin of any post; think of Twitter and the lengths people went through to obscure their locations when the Iranian Vote took place recently.


Blessed Recaredo Centelles Abad, October 25

October 25, 2009

Recaredo Centelles Abad

Blessed Recaredo Centelles Abad

-Nules, Spain, October 25, 1936

Born in Vall de Uxó, Castellón province and diocese of Tortosa. He died in Nules (Castellón) on 25 October 1936, at 33 years old. Ministries: Tarragona Seminar, College of San Jose de Tortosa and Rector of the Minor Seminary of Tortosa.

Source: Santopedia


Golgotha-The Protestant Site in the Garden Tomb.

October 24, 2009

My Mom asked me to go with her and her church–Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa to Israel .
Despite going to Israel with Calvary Chapel, I thought we would still be visiting a lot of Catholic Churches b/c they are at all of the holy sites. But the tour avoided them and went to other nearby locations instead, except one Church. I sneaked away on several occasions and visited the Catholic Church but I was always afraid I might get Left Behind because there was no precise or even estimated time schedule.

But on to our topic. I knew of course that the Church of the Holy Seplechure was supposed to be built over the site of Jesus’ tomb. I did not know that it is also built over the site of Golgotha/Calvary also until I went online yesterday to find out what was what. It is a HUGE Church.

On the last day of our tour we went to the Garden Tomb. First we were taken to site overlooking a rock formation that looked very much like a skull and given a little talk and Bible readings.

This is what “Golgotha” looked like at the time of my visit April 2008.
Click on the thumbnails for full size view.

Then we were taken through a lovely garden to the Garden Tomb.

There was a channel in front of the door to roll a large stone, almost like a millstone.

There was a window and inside an unfinished tomb site. After going inside we came out and waited for the whole tour to view the tomb. While waiting I ran up to the gift shop and bought one of the fold out souvenir post card packs with lots of pictures of the Garden Tomb etc.

Then the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ was recounted as we gazed at the entrance to the Garden Tomb reclining comfortably in the shade of the lovely garden trees surrounded by nicely landscaped rock gardens. Chuck Smith did admit that we don’t know that this is actually the tomb of Jesus, but one was supposed to imagine that this really might be it.

I was feeling convinced myself but then I had reservations b/c I knew the Catholic Church had a very good track record of keeping track of Holy Sites and had existed continually since the time of Christ. Whereas this Garden Tomb was not discovered until a century ago and was left in complete obscurity by every church. And even our Israeli guide very clearly informed us that the Garden Tomb had absolutely no archeological support for it being the tomb of Christ. Still, it was a lovely site and close to what we might imagine the garden and tomb would have actually looked like 2000 years ago. Therein lies its appeal.

Before our visit to the Garden Tomb, I had visited the Church of the Holy Seplechure. I went for mass and a quick look around. But due to time constraints I had no guide and no audio guide. So I had no idea what I was looking at. While waiting for mass to begin in a chapel of the Blessed Eucharist I saw and heard a wonderful procession, in Latin I think. There was Gregorian Chant echoing around the interior of the gigantic church and organ music that sounded majestic ( I don’t really care much for organ music ordinarily but here it was absolutely chills-down-the-spine-BEAUTIFUL!!!! Then this procession came in to our Chapel and we had the unexpected pleasure of exposition and benediction of the Holy Eucharist. What a grace! I heard mass in Italian. When I left it was getting dark so I hurried off to catch a taxi. I came close to getting robbed or worse but that is another story.

As I said I looked at photos of the Church of the Holy Seplechure (CHS) online once I got home. I don’t think I ever saw the Tombwhen I was at the Church of the Holy Seplechur, but I did kneel and pray and touch the rock of Golgotha…someone spoke English and explained it that day to me. I would like to know more about the history of this site. But the fact that the Catholics, Armenians, and Orthodox all have a presence at the CHS argues for its authenticity. If the Garden Tomb was even a plausible alternative why wouldn’t one of these transfer their veneration to the Garden Tomb instead of CHS? Especially in light of the altercation at the Church in the spring 2008, between the Orthodox and the Armenians at the CHS.

As a Protestant I heard and also on this tour I heard again some irritation at the fact that Churches had been built on all the Holy Sites. Of course, ornate Catholic and Orthodox Churches are in complete opposition to the style of a Calvary Chapel Church in a warehouse or storefront or even in the decor of a proper church building in the Protestant Tradition.

So, Protestants in general are somewhat repulsed by all the gold, silver, and decorative elements meant to honor the holiness of historical Christian sites. They really want to go to the Holy Land and see what Jesus saw. But this is impossible. If the Catholic Church had not built churches on these sites the memory of their location would undoubtedly have been lost. Years ago, the Muslims did not destroy the Church in Bethlehem because in that church they saw a depiction of the Wise Men in Arabian dress, for instance. Pleased to see a familiar depiction of their people, they left the church alone.

But, I have to admit that when you go to the CHS it is hard to envision what it must have looked like before the Church was built over Golgotha and the Tomb. But it is much more edifying to be in the very place Jesus was crucified and buried. The Garden Tomb is more a representation of what it might have been like but I have to reject that it is authentic.

Remember the post card folder of pictures I bought? I saw in it two cards picturing “Golgotha” in the Garden Tomb area, the place of the skull. They looked very different. I asked the salesgirl why and she said one picture was an earlier photo

Early Black and White Photo

The more recent photo looks much more readily like a skull….so I think someone or many people have been fiddling with the site.

Communion was served, but I did not partake, of course. However, sensually the whole experience was very aestetically pleasing. IMO the Garden Tomb could be visited to gain a sense of what it might have looked like, sort of, but keeping clearly in mind that it is a sort of reproduction. And the Protestant alternative to visiting a Catholic Church. But, the Church of the Holy Seplechure has the REAL THINGS, the HOLY SITES –CALVARY/Golgotha and the Tomb.


USS New York, registered at Tiffany

October 24, 2009

I don’t know how I could possibly have missed this! The USS New York, scheduled to be commissioned on November 7, 2009, is registered at Tiffany’s.

The ship was built with steel from the World Trade Center.

Anyone want to go in on a teaspoon with me? It’s $105.75. No, I really can’t afford to spend the money right now, and yes, this is the cheapest item on the list.

If the ship doesn’t have silver, the terrorists will have won. Maybe Santa will buy anything remaining at the time of commissioning.


Blessed Luigi Guanella, October 24

October 24, 2009

Blessed Luigi Guanella

Blessed Luigi Guanella, Priest and Founder
Fraciscio of Campodolcino, December 19, 1842 – Como, October 24, 1915

Luigi Guanella was born in Fraciscio of Campodolcino (Sondrio) in 1842. In 1866 he became a Priest. In his pastoral activity ahe pproached the experiences of Cottolengo and Don Bosco, who he met in Turin, with whom he spent three years. In 1881 he founded the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence. Soon they spread from Como in Italy and also to America, Asia and Africa. In Rome, with the help of Pope Pius X, was built the basilica of St. Joseph Transit. Orion Don Guanella intervened in the earthquake of Marsica: January 1915. He died a few months later. He was Beatified in 1964 by Pope Paul VI.

Roman Martyrology: At Como, Blessed Luigi Guanella, the priest who founded the Congregation of the Servants of Charity and the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence to take care of the needs of the poor and the afflicted and to ensure their safety.

Source: Santi e Beati


Bonfires, Baptist Style

October 23, 2009

By now you all know about the little North Carolina church that plans to have a bonfire next Saturday night. Even though Baptists haven’t been around for more than a couple hundred years, the pastor thinks his word is the be-all and end-all of religion because they don’t have a central authority. Interestingly, Baptists claim to have been around since before Catholics and disclaim the idea that they’re Protestants. Yet, what Bible does this minister prefer?

The King James PROTESTANT Bible! Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Leonardo Olivera Buera, October 23

October 23, 2009

Blessed Leonardo Olivero Buera

Blessed Leonardo Olivera Buera, Priest and Martyr
Campo, Spain, March 6, 1889 – El Saler, Spain, October 23, 1936

Father Leonardo Olivera Buera was born in Campo, near Huesca, Spain, on March 6, 1889. He became a priest of the Diocese of Zagaroza and was chaplain of Our Lady of Mount Caramel School in Bonanova. The school was run by the Lasallians and at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Father Leonardo went bravely to his martyrdom, together with these men. He was killed at El Saler, near Valencia, October 23, 1936. John Paul II Beatified him on March 11, 2001 together with 232 other victims of that persecution, the group collectively known as Blessed Spanish Martyrs of the Diocese of Valencia.

Roman Martyrology: In the place called El Saler near Valencia in Spain always, blessed Olivera Leonardo Buero, priest and martyr, who, during the same persecution against religion, in imitation of Christ’s Passion, responsibility for achieving the eternal reward.

Source: Santi e Beati


Catholics Don’t Know the Bible?

October 22, 2009


D: The Bible is very clear that Mary herself stated she was in need of a saviour in Luke. Jesus is the only mediator.

BFHU: Please see how Mary was saved HERE and that Catholics believe Jesus is the one mediator Here.

We do not believe anything that contradicts the Bible. Our beliefs do however, contradict Protestant beliefs and Protestant interpretations of the Bible.

D.The problem is that most Catholics don’t know the bible and don’t know that it says do all things in thought word and deed in the Name of Jesus.

BFHU: You are mistaken. You think we do not know what is in the Bible b/c we believe things that you think contradict the Bible but our beliefs merely contradict Protestants. Because Protestants mistakenly believe that all that they believe and teach is infallible truth, Protestants jump to the wrong conclusion: That Catholics don’t know the Bible.

The fact is that Protestants are blind to the fact that they interpret the Bible one way and Catholics interpret it another way. And they rarely actually have an understanding of any depth whatsoever of what the Catholic Faith actually teaches.

D: Jesus said it was finished on the cross we don’t need a co-redemptrix.

BFHU: Mary is Co-Redemptrix simply because she participated in our redemption by receiving the Eternal Word into her body, giving Him Flesh from her flesh, giving birth, and raising the Son of God to adulthood. It means nothing more than this which every Protestant also believes. You object to a word without knowing what we actually mean by it.

D: Only Jesus can forgive sins.

BFHU: John 20:22 22And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If YOU forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if YOU do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Of course the priest is acting as an agent of Jesus and God IS the one who ultimately forgives sin. But you may have missed that Bible verse. Not too many sermons are given on it.

D: I am very sad that your church is drunk on the Blood of the real saints.

BFHU: This is a Protestant Urban Legend. Could you please name all these saints?

D: A church that bases it’s doctrine on obedience to men instead of obedience to the Word of God.

BFHU: We obey Christ and those He has placed to govern the Church. We do obey the Word of God. None of the teachings of our Popes or Church contradict the Word of God. But our teachings do contractict Protestant teachings.

D: Traditions of men will not save.

BFHU: I totally Agree.
The Traditions that we follow are not “traditions of men” but the very teaching of the Apostles. These teachings were taught to the apostles by Jesus. And even St. Paul tells us:

2 Thessalonians 2:15
So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

D: Jesus does not live in a gold box on the alter and he does not live in graven images.

BFHU: I see, again, that you lack understanding. We do not think Jesus lives in a gold box or in statues.

But we do believe that the bread and wine become the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ as He said, “This is My Body. This is My Blood.” We take Him literally and therefore reserve the Body of our Lord hidden under the appearance of Bread in the Golden Tabernacle. Just like, in the OT the tabernacle held the Law, the staff of Moses’ authority to rule, and the bread from Heaven, manna so our tabernacles contain all of these and more because Jesus IS the Law, Authority par excellance, and the Bread From Heaven.

D: My wife is a former Roman Catholic and she left because she found she needed more than these traditions.

BFHU: She left the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist? ! What more could there ever be than HIM? She must not have been well taught the Catholic Faith. She is looking for that which was in the Catholic Church all along.

D: My wife found, as the scripture says, we have direct access to the throne of grace and that throne of grace is Jesus. The one mediator. We are all saints if we are saved. It does not take a council of men to vote us in as saints. This to is in the bible.

BFHU: We too believe all of this. As I said she was not taught her catechism well. The canonized Saints, are raised to the altar as especially good examples for us to emulate. It does not meant we are all not saints also.

D: Nothing against catholics personally,
but I challenge you to search out the scriptures for yourself and you will find not a Pope, not a priest nor any other person can impart unto you what Jesus can .

BFHU: I would encourage you to read my posts in the category POPE, priest, because I am afraid you have been told by men that these things are not in the Bible…but they are!

D: Only He can forgive your sins. Only by HIs Blood. The Roman church stated that Peter the Apostle was the first Pope and yet the Peter in the Bible in Acts chapter II said Repent and be Baptized everyone of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

BFHU: You must have been taught that Catholics worship the Pope or something. Having a pope does not negate the saving work of Christ, repentance, and baptism. We affirm belief in this. Our Pope is simply Christ’s special representative on Earth. Jesus left us with tangible guidance into all Truth. We do not each have to interpret scripture on our own and do what seems right in our own eyes. Been there done that…it is exhausting and yet leaves one insecure. This insecurity has the effect of giving birth to PRIDE as we try to convince everyone around us that OUR interpretation is correct and others are in error…….

D:There is a diference between obedience to men and a relationship with Jesus.

BFHU: Our listening to the teaching of our priests and bishops and popes is not different than Protestants being taught by their pastors and teachers. We obey Christ. We do not “Obey Men” in the idolotrous way you imply. If we obey men it is IN Obedience to Christ…not rather than Christ or opposed to Christ.

D: I may be off course some from the content of this web page, but I feel lead to encourage you to read the bible.

BFHU: Please read my
Conversion Story. I used to be a dyed in the wool Sola Scriptura Protestant. I have read and studied the Bible all the way through many times…some books more than others of course.

D. As to the subject of evil Popes, God and mammon cannot dwell in the same body and to live a life in open disregard for the scripture just becasue you are powerful enough to do so and get away with it. You bring a reproach on whatever you are talking about and You cannot represent Christ and live as a murderer thief, adultress.

BFHU: I agree. Did you even read the post, Evil Popes, you are commenting upon?

D: Paul I think said such were some of us, but notice He said were not such as are some of us. When we get saved we change. Repentence means to turn from whatever we are doing with a contrite sorrow and not to pick it up and keep doing it . Just go to confession and you can go on as the leader of the most powerful church killing and working all sorts of evil deeds.

BFHU: I have no idea why God didn’t just take the wicked popes out.
But if this makes you angry you will have to take it up with Our Lord. God’s ways are not our ways. And the Catholic Church does not approve of evil. But, men will sin, whether they are Catholic, Protestant or whatever.

D: Fall in Love with Jesus and you will realize He LiVES IN you always not when the host is given to you by the Priest.

BFHU: Of course, He is always with us spiritually, but He is in us in a physical bodily presence when we receive Him in Holy Communion. Why wouldn’t every Christian want all of Jesus that He offers us?

D: I state the fact that Mary deserves respect becasue she is the mother of Jesus but she is not a goddess.

BFHU: Who told you Mary is a goddess? She is a human person. We do not believe she is a goddess!

D: There is only One sinless and that is Jesus

BFHU: Can you show me that in Scripture please?

D: and I submit the fact that He said I am Alpha, Omega,
Begining and the end. I submit the fact that He said I Am. I submit as the Bible says there is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.

BFHU: Agreed, emphatically. But, the Church founded by Jesus, the Catholic Church is One. It is the Protestant Churches that are divided and fractured into +40,000 different sects. Now that contradicts Jesus desire in John 17 that we all be one…ONE Faith.

D:No where in the Holy Bible does it say Mary is a councilor.

BFHU: Neither do we say that. I wonder why you think we do?

D. See Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born , unto us a Son is given and the Government shall rest upon His Shoulders and He shall be called the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, The prince of Peace , Wonderful Councilor. Isaiah also says Behold I have engraven thee upon the palms of my hands. Jesus paid the price , He was as II Timothy says , God in the flesh For great is the mystery of Godliness for God was manifest in the flesh Justified in the Spirit, preached unto the Gentiles and was received up unto Glory.

BFHU: AMEN!

D: The scripture states if we add or take away from the book of revelation we will drink of the cup of damnation and this is just what the roman church authorities have done.

BFHU: How did the Catholic Church add to the book of Revelation? We have not done this but the Jews and Martin Luther removed seven books from the OT. And Deuteronomy also says:

12:32 See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.

So, based on this verse in Deuteronomy are all of the commands or writings in the later additions/books in the OT and the NT forbidden?

D: Jesus is coming back and every knee shall bow every tongue confess that He is Lord. God Bless

BFHU: Maranatha!


St. Symmachus, October 22

October 22, 2009

St. Symmachus

St. Symmachus Bishop of Capua
October 22
Capua (Santa Maria Capua Vetere), † 449 approx.

In 430 Symmachus was bishop of Capua, the ancient city founded in the sixth century BC by the Etruscans, then dominated by Samnites, who absorbed the culture Etruscan and Hellenistic Greek. Symmachus was the founder of the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, survived the destruction of the Saracens and became the initial core of the new city, the future Santa Maria Capua Vetere, becoming the cathedral. Symmachus would have died in 449, after 19 years of episcopacy in Capua and his worship was always kept alive. From 1313 appeared the first calendars bearing his name was added, and were also present in the territory Capuano, many churches named after him, even in popular forms, Simo, Simm, Simbrico. And he’s patron of Santa Maria Capua Vetere. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Julian Nakaura, October 21

October 21, 2009

Blessed Julian Nakura

Blessed Julian Nakaura, Jesuit Priest and Martyr
Nakaura, Japan, ca. 1567 – Nishizaki, Japan, October 21, 1633

Jesuit Priest, native of Japan, Julian Nakaura was martyred in his homeland in the context of fierce waves of persecution against Christians. Following a rapid process started with the green light by the Holy See granted on 2 September 1994, his Martrydom was recognized on July 1, 2007 and he was beatified on November 24, 2008, during the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, together with 187 other Japanese Martyrs.

Source: Santi e Beati


Earning Salvation

October 20, 2009

From a comment on Where is Purgatory in Scripture
Rob: I think that the catholic church is a great force of good in the world and a voice for Jesus Christ.

BFHU:Thanks!

Rob: That being said, I must say the above mentioned interpretations for the biblical passages are pretty weak to say the least.

BFHU:That is probably the same thing a Jehovah’s Witness would would say to both of us when we tried to show the Trinity in Scripture. And just like the word Trinity and incarnation are not in scripture because those concepts are theological words used to express a concept contained in scripture but not stated explicitly.

The doctrine of the Trinity, Incarnation, Purgatory, etc were taught for decades before one word of the New Testament was written down. We call all of this teaching from the Apostles–TRADITION with a capital T as opposed to mere human traditions. Purgatory or a purification was believed by the Jews and received from them into the Catholic Christian Faith founded by Jesus.

The Chrisitan Faith was never suposed to be based on Scripture alone but because Protestants will not accept the writings of the Church Fathers from the earliest Church History we offer you what there is in Scripture. The passages we use to try to show our beliefs in scripture presuppose unwritten teaching that was oral.

Rob: Thank God Jesus Christ paid in full the price for my sins and didn’t finish the job half done.

BFHU: He finished the job He came to do. But God, as historical precedent shows likes to have man do his part.

Rob: Let the glory be to God who redeemed us through the sacrifice of his son and not by some deed where we can claim that “we earned” our right into heaven.

BFHU:Protestant always say and think that we think we have to earn our salvation. That is wrong. Jesus saves us. We suffer in order to be completely purified. And since there is nothing really enjoyable about suffering, after all it is suffering, we don’t feel proud about it. We rejoice to be completely purified bit by bit but it just does not lead to pride at all.


Blessed Jakob Kern, October 20

October 20, 2009

Blessed Jacob KernBlessed Jakob Kern, Norbertine Priest
April 11, 1897, Vienna, Austria-October 20, 1924

Roman Martyrology: In Vienna, Austria, Blessed James (Francis Alexander) Kern, Norbertine Priest: still a student, called to arms in World War I and seriously wounded, he devoted himself with all diligence to the pastoral ministry, which he performed for short time, suffering from a long and relentless disease, which he accepted with fortitude, in peaceful obedience to God’s will

Francis Alexander Kern, was born in Vienna on 11 April 1897, his mother had longed for his coming and introduced him as a child to religious life, take part as a boy in the life of the parish and right there he heard the call to follow Christ.

The family, the parish community, school, friends, were key factors and fertile ground for a vocation. Thus came the diocesan seminary of Hollanbrunn he loved and preferred the adoration and had a particular veneration for Jesus, and later he joined the Confraternity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Atonement.

He was involved in World War I, as a seminarian, he was recruited in 1915, had to participate in a war for which he did not understand the underlying motives, nevertheless he fulfilled his duty by establishing good relationships with fellow soldiers, who respected his convictions and his acting in accordance with the desire to be a priest.

On September 11, 1916 he was seriously wounded, with perforation of the lungs and liver, he had begun “holy week” as he called them later, the wounds were not treated well, he fought against death in Lazzaretto and miraculously survived.

During this senseless war, he continued his theological studies in Vienna, though in poor health, while others became lieutenant with experience in war, when the conflict ended he returned to Vienna seminayr, this was not heard by then, a future pastor souls must be able to live among the people, in everyday life, to understand the needs and moods.

He began listening to the will of God for the future, learning that in the neighboring Czech region after the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, had established a national church, one of the most active builders was a Norbertine Monk, Strahov Isidore Zahradník, who had left his monastery with other brethren.

Francis Kern reached the decision to take the place of those who had left the monastery, which stood along the Czech border. His spiritual director agreed that the young Kern felt for a year as a religious life in the abbey of Geras, affected by the fact that this ancient abbey founded in 1153, had witnessed many parishes and pastoral Kern aware of his health limitations, believed that the institution of Saint Norbert was right for him and his desire was to commit fully to others.

He suffered twice the removal of more ribs, without anesthesia, because his weak heart could not bear it, its terrible pain could be endured only shared with the sufferings of our Lord.

Francis Alexander Kern entered Geras (Vienna) in 1920 taking the name of Jakob, made his novitiate and through a papal dispensation was ordained a priest in 1922, the evening and the night before his first Mass, he had a severe hemorrhage, it was feared who would have celebrated the entry into heaven.
On October 20, 1924 he made his joyful religious profession, the day following, October 21 he received the last sacrament and returned to heaven at just 27.

It was his life intensely varied though brief, of the Child and diligent student, a young man met his vocation as a seminarian, active soldier and officer in the war, wounded by the trail of incredible pain, as Priest and Monk committed by expiatory victim with his life, for the glorification of the Heart of Jesus.

Pope John Paul II beatified him on June 21, 1998 in Vienna, during his pastoral visit to Austria.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Letters, Biography and Keepers of the Flame

October 19, 2009

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The news of Albania asking India for Blessed Teresa’s bones came to my attention the day after I had finished Come be my Light, a collection of her letters. I had previously finished her Authorized Biography by Navin Chawla.

I’m happy to have had both books as her letters are focused on her actions and interior struggles, and references to historical occurrences about which I have no information; she was in India partition, which created Pakistan from Muslim majority areas; later East and West Pakistan separated, creating Bangladesh. Having the biography for context of what’s going on in India at the time helped me a lot in reading her letters.

The letters are wonderful; for decades, Blessed Teresa lived in poverty for Christ, seeing his face in the faces of the poor she assisted, while feeling empty on the inside as she felt he had left her. Knowing what she went through is so helpful in times of personal stress.

The best part of her letters? Right at the end when the doctor tells someone to “go get the box” so she’d calm down during one of her last illnesses. The box in question? The Tabernacle, containing the Real Presence of Jesus.

I highly recommend both of these books for anyone who wants to understand that it’s possible to be closer to God. Even if you feel far away.

The unlikely heirs of her charism to help people to have a holy death, are inmates in New York who volunteer to care for their brethren who are dying in state custody.

And for the FTC, please note that the books were purchased separately at thrift stores. While I have benefited spiritually from having read these books, I have not benefited financially.


Father Emil Kapuan, Servant of God

October 19, 2009

Father Emil Kapuan

Pilsen, KS, April 20, 1916-Korea, May 23, 1951

The only relation today has with Father Kapuan, is that I learned more about him during the Deacon’s homily. He served in WWII and upon return home asked to be reassigned to the Chaplain Corps so went to Korea. In Korea he was captured, escaped with assistance from his comrades, but was recaptured the next day as he was ministering to the wounded on the battlefield. Despite having been assigned to a more comfortable barracks as an officer, he snuck out and ministered to the enlisted men, Catholics and Protestant, until he was no longer able to do so. He died in captivity.

I had previously read that he was nominated for the Medal of Honor, the US Military’s highest decoration. Of course, more relevant to those of us who are Catholic, is that he was elevated to Servant of God in 1993 and the Diocese of Wichita opened his Cause for Canonization on June 29, 2008.

For anyone in or near Kansas, the date of the annual Military Pilgrimage to Pilsen is November 11.

If you can afford to, please support his cause; I’m sure they accept outright donations, but there’s a memorabilia section on the Cause webpage. You can buy Father Kapuan dogtags or many other items to support this cause. For those of you with Catholic relatives in the military, there are also two different styles of Father Kapuan rosaries. The perfect patron for someone on the front lines.


Blessed Thomas Helye, October 19

October 19, 2009

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Blessed Thomas Helye, Priest
Biville, France, October 19, 1257

Roman Martyrology: At Biville near Cherbourg in Normandy, Blessed Thomas Helye, priest, who undertook the days in the exercise of sacred ministry, the nights in prayer and penance.

There is especially known for contemporary report written by Clement immediately after his death, and worthy of credit because its author could make use of the minutes of the investigation conducted by the Bishop of Coutances in 1260 and the depositions of witnesses of miracles.

The son of Elijah and Matilda, Thomas Helye was born in the early thirteenth century, at Biville at Cherbourg. He was first governor to Biville and then to Cherbourg, where he directed a school. He was diligent to the offices and undergoing corporal mortification, fasting several times a week. Having made a pilgrimage to Rome, he returned to Paris to study theology and was ordained to the 1236.

For twenty years he devoted himself to the apostolate traveling in all the parishes of the diocese of Coutances avran-ches and, accompanying his preaching with exercises of piety and austerity, which caught the imagination of his listeners. When he arrived in a parish, he said: “Behd the man of God! . His devotion to the Eucharist was high and several times came to be favored during the celebration of Holy Mass.

The traditions that say that Thomas Helye had exercised his ministry outside the diocese, and especially the two short S. Louis as chaplain, are not based on any serious foundation. He died October 19, 1257.

Since 1260 he had his chapel in the church of Biville and that same year, Jean d’Essais, Bishop of Coutances, was to begin the process of canonization in Rome, having conducted an investigation, which Clement used to write the Life. In 1266, Eudes Rigaud, archbishop of Rouen, on a visit to Biville, found evidence of the extraordinary miracles derived from the servant of God in the fourteenth century. The parish church of Biville gradually changed its patronage and became the church of Saint Thomas. In 1794, during the French Revolution, the inhabitants were able to to rescue his relics and prevent their desecration.

Source: Santi e Beati


Saint Isaac Jogues, October 18

October 19, 2009

Saint Isaac Jogues

Saint Isaac Jogues, Priest and Martyr
Orléans, France, January 10, 1607 – Ossernenon, Canada, October 18, 1646

He was born January 10, 1607 at Orleans in France. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1624 and in 1636, after receiving ordination, he was sent to North America to evangelize indigenous peoples. Hhe went to the Great Lakes, where he lived for six years always exposed to various dangers. In 1642, Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil and coadjutor with the forty Hurons, fell into an ambush stretched by the Iroquois. They were all tortured and savagely mutilated. The night they put them on the floor, naked and chained, and pour over them hot coals and ashes. Jogues was transferred to Albany, where the merchants Dutch Calvinists helped him to escape. He returned to France. But in 1644 the missionary departed for Canada. Two years later he was shot in the neck and decapitated. There were eight Jesuit Martyrs in North America, all Beatified in 1925 and Canonized in 1930 by Pope Pius XI.

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Ossernenon in Canada, the passion of St. Isaac Jogues, Jesuit Priest and Martyr, who was enslaved by some pagans and had his fingers mutilated, then died with his head smashed by a blow of the ax.

More information about St. Isaac may be found here.

Source: Santi e Beati


OT Women Vow to Perpetual Virginity

October 18, 2009

Dr. Brant Pitre has an extremely interesting essay over at http:Singing in the Reign that points out ancient Jewish law governing vows of perpetual virginity taken by Jewish women in Numbers.

Numbers 30

1 Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel: “This is what the LORD commands: 2 When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.

3 “When a young woman still living in her father’s house makes a vow to the LORD or obligates herself by a pledge 4 and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all her vows and every pledge by which she obligated herself will stand. 5 But if her father forbids her when he hears about it, none of her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand; the LORD will release her because her father has forbidden her.

6 “If she marries after she makes a vow or after her lips utter a rash promise by which she obligates herself 7 and her husband hears about it but says nothing to her, then her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand. 8 But if her husband forbids her when he hears about it, he nullifies the vow that obligates her or the rash promise by which she obligates herself, and the LORD will release her.

9 “Any vow or obligation taken by a widow or divorced woman will be binding on her.

10 “If a woman living with her husband makes a vow or obligates herself by a pledge under oath 11 and her husband hears about it but says nothing to her and does not forbid her, then all her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand. 12 But if her husband nullifies them when he hears about them, then none of the vows or pledges that came from her lips will stand. Her husband has nullified them, and the LORD will release her. 13 Her husband may confirm or nullify any vow she makes or any sworn pledge to deny herself. 14 But if her husband says nothing to her about it from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or the pledges binding on her. He confirms them by saying nothing to her when he hears about them. 15 If, however, he nullifies them some time after he hears about them, then he is responsible for her guilt.”

16 These are the regulations the LORD gave Moses concerning relationships between a man and his wife, and between a father and his young daughter still living in his house.


Albania wants Mother Teresa’s Bones

October 17, 2009

It’s reported that Albania has told India that it wants the Relics of Mother Teresa and India says, “hell no!”. While Mother Teresa was a resident and citizen of India, she had two passports; an Indian Diplomatic Passport and one from that tiny little place called The Holy See. She was raised in Skopje, Macedonia, when it was still part of Yugoslavia, though her family was Albanian and she initially traveled on an Albanian passport. Her Albanian passport was revoked under Communist rule; now that Communism has passed, Albania wants her relics on their shores to bury her with her mother and sister. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Stephen Raymond Bou Pascual, October 17

October 17, 2009

Blessed Stephen Raymond Bou Pascual, Priest and Martyr
October 17

Roman Martyrology: In the area of La Nucia near Alicante in Spain ever, blessed Stephen Raymond Bou Pascual, priest and martyr, who, during the same persecution as a faithful disciple, merited salvation in the blood of Christ.

He was Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, as one of 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of Valencia, victims of the Spanish Civil War

Source: Santi e Beati


Conversation: Mortal Sin

October 16, 2009

Q. Doesn’t 1 John 9 say that “if we confess our sins He (God) will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrightiousness” mean that when we confess, God is forgiving us not the person we confess to,

A. Yes, of course, it absolutely is God who forgives through His minister, the priest. The priest is His representative and provides audible assurance of forgiveness, and counsel.

In fact, if someone has the wrong heart attitude and is able to fool the priest that he is repentant when he is not and has no intention to avoid the sin in the future—God does not forgive the sin in actuality. So, even though the penitent hears the words of absolution, God is not mocked. Also, if he withholds confessing a deadly sin out of embarrassment, the confession of other sins and the absolution are worthless. Again, God is not mocked. If a deadly sin is truly forgotten during confession, it needs to be confessed next time but it does not invalidate the confession.

Q. and even if we confess to God privately.

A. But we are required to go to confession for deadly, as in grave, sin. Venial sins we may confess and be forgiven privately by praying to God on our own.

Q. So the Catholic Priest can say with Biblical authority that your sins have been forgiven without some special positional statement stemming from Peter.

A. Yes, however, Iit is not “a positional statement from Peter” but stated by Jesus Christ Himself, as recorded by the Apostle in Sacred Scripture, John 20. Now Protestant will interpret this verse differently. Protestant Interpretation vs Catholic Interpretation. Both are valid interpretations as interpretations go.

But how can the truth, the true interpretation be found? I am convinced that the only way is to go outside of the Bible and find out what the earliest Christians believed and practiced in relation to this verse. They Practiced oral, audible confession to the whole community at first and later made it easier on weak souls by allowing confession to be private between the penitent and the priest.


Blessed Anicet Adalbert Koplinski, October 16

October 16, 2009

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Blessed Anicet Adalbert (Wojciech Anicet) Koplinski, Priest and Martyr
Debrzyno, Poland, July 30, 1875 – Auschwitz, Poland, October 16, 1941

Father Aniceto (born Wojciech Koplinski), Capuchin priest born in Debrzyno (Poland) on July 30, 1875, while the Polish homeland was in the hands of German invaders, were deported to the concentration camp of Auschwitz where they died entrrambi October 16, 1941, the first in the gas chamber and the second killed by the captors instead of the field.

And from the end of a life that often receives its light. This finding is doubly true for a man who, on June 13, 1999 in Warsaw was proclaimed blessed by Pope John Paul II during his eighth trip to Poland. This man would have remained unknown had he not come to the altars. But his story sheds yet another light in both dark chapter of German history this century. And even in human affairs, its purpose was obvious who and for what is experienced.

We’re talking about Anicet Koplinski, a Capuchin who so far escaped the chronicles of the world. Born June 30, 1875 in Preußisch-Friedland (now Gmina Debrzno) in the province of West Prussia in Germany,  a city bordering with Poland where he was also a strong presence in Poland.

Strong relations in particular, were among the few German Catholics in the area and the group of Poles, mainly because of their common Catholic faith, which gave them the opportunity to participate in the same liturgies and also share the same jobs. The small Adalbert, the name that was imposed in baptism, was the youngest of 12 brothers, a far from wealthy family who made their living with the father’s salary worker. Adalbert, or simply Albert, as everyone called him, also met the Capuchins known at that time for their social apostolate and also had direct experience with them in his youth. On November 23, 1893 he came back in the Capuchin convent in Sigolsheim nell’Alsazia (in Prussia all the Capuchin monastery had been suppressed) belonging to the province Rhine-Westphalia, and received the name of Aniceto (invincible).

The day of the Assumption in 1900 he was ordained a priest and then to perform his ministry primarily in Dieburg, then along in the Ruhr (Werne, Sterkrade, Krefeld) as assistant to the Polish people. At home, he actually had a little Polish study now improved and he had personally during the years of study, using even after the period of leave at his sister who lived in Poland to spend time in a Polish environment. In his apostolate in the Ruhr area his knowledge of the Polish language was very useful, as well as its origin from a family of laborers. He could understand working people, and vice versa, they understood him. This emotional closeness to Poland, did not diminish his love for Germany; he was a man of the frontier, but also a patriot. At the beginning of the outbreak of World War I he composed a poem for the war, compositions that embarrass us today. But even this later put his poetic ability to serve the poor who increasingly became the only goal of his pastoral work.

The turning point in the life of Fr Aniceto was in 1918 in Krefeld when he was given the request to make himself available for the reorganization of church life and the Order in Warsaw. Enthusiastically he accepted this challenge. After long years of Tsarist rule, Poland had regained its freedom. But the economic situation was disastrous, and many were poor and families living in poverty. Nor were there a great many rich, as we see today in different situations in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, India. P. Aniceto became a mediator between these two groups. Without asking anything for himself, always with his poor habit and sandals, he was seen walking the streets of Warsaw to beg for the poor. And what he could get was pinned into the deep pockets of his coat: bread, sausage, fruit, vegetables, sweets for the children. Often he carried it upon his shoulders, or dragged heavy parcels or large suitcases full of basic necessities. On January 25, 1928 he wrote to his provincial Father Ignatius Ruppert, “A particular challenge, which is often a heavy work for me are the many poor and many people here without work for which nearly every day I go out for alms.” He was described as “St. Francis of Warsaw.”

It is not far from the truth if one interprets his work as an alms for the poor as an expression of sporting activity.

Since his youth he had practiced daily lifting of weights. At the prayer of midnight, a tradition that every monk began in the novitiate, he, before the prayer or after returning to the room, he practiced in his specialty. His perseverance led him to a big muscle power so he could do extraordinary things with the joy of his brothers or for the benefit of the poor or even of pastoral service. So he set up tables and benches or showed his skills in the village fairs and then go with the “hat” (skullcap), asking for a reward for the poor. It is said that a police officer who acted violently with his wife and his children, despite his repeated confessions, was unable to improve his aggressive character. One day father Aniceto took him to the sacristy, grabbed his belt and lifted it above his head shouting, “See what you can, and what God will do with you if you continue to be so violent?”. The lesson was effective, the policeman broke free from his violence.

When Father Anicet was not around for the poor, he often sat in the confessional of the Capuchin Church in Warsaw. Each morning he began to take confessions one hour before the Mass and remained there for the next hour, and again in the evening, when he returned to the convent from his begging. He did this work more readily than preach, request that the latter was addressed only infrequently by the superior, because of his limited knowledge of Polish.

For many priests who came to his confessional he gave brief but very effective warnings in Latin, he was chosen as confessor Gawlina Gall and by the bishops, and even by the cardinal and the papal nuncio Kakowski Achille Ratti, the future Pope Pius XI. Normally required to do penance as alms for the poor, penance also given to Cardinal Kakowski which ordered him to donate during the winter time a car of coal for a poor family.

Father Aniceto took care of the soul and the body of others. Asked the rich for bread for the poor, but called the poor to pray for themselves and for the rich “before God takes responsibility for each other. Of great significance was seen in front of his confessiona:: army officers next to the peasants, elegant women near poor widows. The Capuchin had the same love for all. The news that someone was dying made him run to his bedside to comfort him and bring him the sacraments of confession and communion. And if someone died, abandoned by all, he took care of the burial. He often took part in the funeral rites and procession to the cemetery, praying his breviary on the road or the rosary, and sometimes it happened that so great was his immersion in God that he did notice the entry of the cemetery as the procession moved beyond Funeral turn toward the cemetery.
Aniceto Koplinski was of German nationality. He did not hide it, even when the politics of Hitler had begun to be unacceptable. When he was arguing with his brother he often beat his fists against the table talking about the political events in Germany. He saw and understood the spirit of National Socialism and its anti-Christian demonic vision of the world. Aniceto could not come to terms with this current policy. Having experienced since his youth, honesty and faith of the Polish people, he could not stand on their side, to assume, motivated by a radical solidarity, the name of Koplinski. During the first week of German occupation in Poland, he remained in the convent. But soon he was seen engaged in providing assistance to its poor and even those who had to flee because of Nazi violence. From the Germans, using his knowledge of German, he obtained the necessary permits to obtain food, clothing, shoes and medicine. The father Koplinski also strove for non-Catholic Christians and Jews, as testified by the Archbishop Niemira.

For the Gestapo and the Capuchins in particular p. Koplinski were smoke and mirrors. Ascension Day of 1941 took place the first interrogation. The Capuchin Prussian, without fear and frankly, as was his custom, expressed a very heavy thought: “After what Hitler did to Poland, I am ashamed to be a German.” The Capuchin Father could have saved his life, if he had appealed to his German citizenship. This way out, then that would have contradicted the sincerity and spirit of sacrifice that marked his person. The fact is that on June 28, 1941, the day after the air strike in Warsaw, he was arrested along with 20 other brothers and thrown into prison Pawiak. The reason for the arrest was to have read propaganda sheet antinazionalsocialisti and expressing ideas contrary to the new regime.

After he wasrrested his hair and beard were shaved, and even stripped of his religious clothing, but he was allowed to retain his breviary. The Father Superior and Fr Aniceto were tortured to force them to incriminate others, but could not tear their admission that he had incited people to rebellion against the regime. He remained faithful to hisvocation as a religious and a priest, even in the face of threats and reprisals, it is faith openly declared during interrogation: “I am a priest and wherever there are men, I am working: whether they are Jews, Poles, and especially if the suffering and poor. “

On September 3 they were all loaded into a cattle car to be transported to Auschwitz, where they received the much infamous striped jacket and a number of prisoners. Human dignity had been snatched from them; they were among thousands of prisoners to be reduced to a number. At 66, P. Aniceto was used in the block of the disabled, which in turn was close to that of the intended extermination. We do not know very well what he had to endure harassment and abuse during the five weeks that followed, but we are a bit ‘reconstructed from the stories reported that the survivors. We have, however, the direct testimony of his Provincial and fellow prisoner Father Archangel, who said that “Fr Aniceto, newly arrived at the entrance of the camp, was beaten because he could not keep pace with the others, beyond that, he was even bitten by a dog in the SS. During the call the Capuchin monk was put together older people and those who could not work and placed in the block close to that of being destined to death. Throughout this period of suffering Fr Anicet prayed and kept quiet, keeping constant the peace and quiet. “

This testimony is sufficient to make us see that the Capuchin Father, often after having celebrated the Via Crucis and helped others to carry their cross behind Jesus lived this tragic moment of his life to Jesus and united as a painful path to Golgotha. One who not so long ago he had shouted to defend the poor and condemn the sin, now remained silent and prayed. Before being led to the gas chamber, he said to a friend: “We drink to the bottom of the cup.”

On 16 October the captors set up after a short trial, threw Fr Anicet along with other prisoners in a pit and threw them lime, and a painful death, because the lime gives off a violent corrosive activity on living bodies to consume like fire.

After having lived poor and he had undertaken for the poor, Aniceto Koplinski met his maker, dying in absolute poverty.

On the outside was also stripped of everything of the flesh, but inside was filled with a treasure that nobody ever would have been able to wrest faith, dignity and loving attention to others. He died in the hope of resurrection and faith that his suffering and cruel death is an aid to reconcile the divided soul of Germany and Poland, the Jews and the Christians, Catholics and Protestants, the poor and the rich.

Source: The Holy See


Conversation: Canon of scripture

October 14, 2009

The reason for making the point that the Bible was not canonized until 400 AD is not because I did not know that all of the writings that eventually were canonized were available to the earliest churches. But these writings were scattered around the ancient world. How long do you think it took before St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians could be found in every Christian Church? Or his letter to Timothy?

The point is, that for your average Christian, even if he could read and even if he could afford to pay someone to copy all the writings he could find locally, which writings?

At what point, before the canonization of Scripture 400 years after the birth of Christ, did all of the Churches have access to all of the books and epistles?

And if a Church was lacking some of the inerrant writings then, according to the Protestant Sola Scriptura, wouldn’t their faith be lacking in some essentials?

How was the fullness of Faith supplied?

While it may seem clear to us, was it really all that clear 2000 years ago which gospels and which letters were trustworthy? My question for you is this: If Sola Scriptura is an eternal doctrine then what was a believer to do?– without a Bible and without the ability to read– in order to grow in love of God and holiness during the first 400 years of Christianity?

To me, the Doctrine of Sola Scriptura doesn’t ring true when all of Church History is taken into account. But a teaching Church, a Church that read Sacred Scripture at every mass to feed the faithful on the Word of God as well as feed the them the body of Christ in Communion. That aligns with history and it rings true.

I don’t think Luther meant Sola Scriptura to mean it as an actual a doctrine, as such, but rather a confession that his belief was that the Bible was the true guiding light and source for the Christian Faith and he was going to put his trust in that when there were differences between what it says and what was happening in the church, like the use of the Indulgence which was the catalyst for his initial confrontation with the Catholic Church. His aim was to effect change within the Church, not to form his own church, but this eventually proved impossible given the position taken by the Catholic Church and so they left him no choice but to say I am going to put my trust in the Bible.

Luther’s situation was desperate along with all the faithful who knew, with the sensus fidelum, that what they saw going on was not true and pure Christian Religion. Sin is bad but when the clergy and leaders of the Church sin egregiously the repercussions are devastating to the faithful. For example the recent Clergy Sex Scandals. Luther’s attempt at reform was good. But he did have a choice. To Trust in God and His Church even if it meant martyrdom. We have many Saints who were martyred by wicked churchmen.

I am going to put my trust in the Bible

This sounds simple. But what is the true interpretation of the Bible?

In order to find out we must look outside of scripture because the Bible is not self-interpreting. The Bible cannot speak up and say “You are right on that point but you are Wrong this point over here.” So, Protestants are easily convinced that their interpretation is infallible—even though they would never actually say that word–infallible--it is what they believe.

If the Bible was self-interpreting, there would not be over 40,000 different Protestant denominations. All claiming to be led by the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit WAS leading the interpretation of Scripture all would come to the same interpretation. But, either people are not listening, or this is not the job of the Holy Spirit cut off from the Catholic Church.

The number of different Protestant denominations is not generally a test of differences in doctrine,

Originally it was the reason for starting a new church denomination in direct opposition to Jesus’ express wish that we all be one.

but just as I said earlier the Church of Christ is really a body of believers banding together as we are admonished in order to use our various gifts for the benefit of the whole group since that was the Holy Spirit’s intention in giving out those gifts, and so that we might encourage one another and spur one another on in good works. We are not meant to be islands to ourselves.

True

And so the diversity of the Protestant churches are there more so because of many factors such as ethnic background, geographic location, preferences in worship such as type of music and liturgical format.

This may be true at times but generally a group doesn’t split for these preferential reason. In the beginning of every denomination there was usually differences in scripture interpretation and belief on something considered essential according to a group of people. Like recently many Episcopalians have left the American Episcopalian Churches and set up under orthodox Anglican Bishops due to the ordination and approval of homosexual bishops.

As a rule, these diverse churches are united in the essentials of the doctrines of the Christian Faith but with freedom in the non-essentials.

But historically these essentials keep shrinking in number. Are abortion, homosexual marriage, ordination of women, homsexual adoption, euthanasia- essentials or non-essentials?

As Paul put it in Romans 14:5 “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” So if the Seventh Day Adventists desire to worship on Saturday, and they are convinced this in right, and the Baptists are convinced Sunday is the correct day, these are not essentials to the faith and both can do their thing in good conscience which is really what is important for these non-essentials. These things do not divide us as brothers and sisters, but only allow us to worship God in the fashion most seemly to us.

But you are divided and that is why you have peace. With the passage of time passions have cooled and bitterness may have gone but there is still division.

Click HERE—for a look at interpretation of scripture and how easy differences arise.

The splintering of Protestantism violates Christ’s express desire for unity in John 17.

If the faith of the early Christians had believed doctrines like any one of the Protestant Churches I would have never become Catholic. I did not want to be Catholic. I am Catholic because I know Jesus founded a Church, it was called the Catholic Church very early, (100’s AD earliest extant writing-but possibly even earlier) , and the beliefs of this ancient Church correspond to the beliefs of the Catholic Church today and not to any other Protestant Church.

As Archbishop Fulton Sheen said,
There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing.



For more on the Canon click–>Five Myths about the Seven Books


Conversation: Sola Scriptura vs Illiteracy Rates

October 12, 2009

Q. My reply to your question regarding the Canonization of the the New Testament is as follows:

“The New Testament books did not become authoritative for the Church because they were formally included in a canonical list; on the contrary, the Church included them in her canon because she already regarded them as divinely inspired, recognizing their innate worth and generally apostolic authority, direct or indirect. The first ecclesiastical councils to classify the canonical books were both held in North Africa-at Hippo Regius in 393 and at Carthage in 397-but what these councils did was not to impose something new upon the Christian communities but to codify what was already the general practice of those communities.” My point is that the books of the N/T were relied on very early in the Apostolic era, but were not Codified until approximately 400 AD.

A. I agree. There was general agreement on most of the books that were eventually canonized. And you are absolutely correct that the canon of Scripture was not something new, imposed upon the Church but “codified what was already the general practice.” (And this is precisely the same thing that happens at all the Church Councils. Confusion arises, so the general doctrines and beliefs are codified at a council. It is never something new imposed upon the Church.)

But, in addition to the generally accepted writings and gospels, before 400AD, there were other books and epistles that were regarded by many, as equal to the books that now make up our New Testament. And, there were several books currently in our New Testament, that many regarded as not worthy to be canonized. (Who Decided?) So, Sola Scriptura would not have worked until after the whole Bible was Canonized, since no one knew for sure what was scripture and what was not scripture.

Also, the Doctrine of Sola Scriptura requires that the believer owns a Bible, and can read well. This was an outright impossibility for everyone in the ancient world except the very wealthy, who, perhaps could not read well either.


It is still an impossibility for 20% of the world population today, who cannot read.

Please see my post: –>Sola Scriptura and –> Catholic Beliefs oppose Scripture?

My questions for you are:

What was/is a believer to do without a Bible and/or without the ability to read in order to grow in love of God and holiness under the doctrine of Sola Scriptura?

If Sola Scriptura is a foundational, God breathed doctrine, and eternal principle for the Christian Faith, where is it in Scripture or in the Early Church?

Didn’t God know that for 1500 years of Christianity most people would not be able to own a Bible?

What about all the people who have not been able to read for the past 2000 years?


Conversation: Indulgences Nothing But Greed?

October 10, 2009

Q. “In 1517, Pope Leo X offered indulgences for those who gave alms to rebuild St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

A. But do you know what an indulgence is?

Myths about Indulgences

by

Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers

Indulgences. The very word stirs up more misconceptions than perhaps any other teaching in Catholic theology. Those who attack the Church for its use of indulgences rely upon—and take advantage of—the ignorance of both Catholics and non-Catholics.
What is an indulgence? The Church explains, “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain defined conditions through the Church’s help when, as a minister of redemption, she dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions won by Christ and the saints” (Indulgentarium Doctrina 1). To see the biblical foundations for indulgences, see the Catholic Answers tract A Primer on Indulgences.

Here are the seven most common myths about indulgences:

Myth 1: A person can buy his way out of hell with indulgences.
This charge is without foundation. Since indulgences remit only temporal penalties, they cannot remit the eternal penalty of hell. Once a person is in hell, no amount of indulgences will ever change that fact. The only way to avoid hell is by appealing to God’s eternal mercy while still alive. After death, one’s eternal fate is set (Heb. 9:27).

Myth 2: A person can buy indulgences for sins not yet committed.
The Church has always taught that indulgences do not apply to sins not yet committed. The Catholic Encyclopedia notes, “[An indulgence] is not a permission to commit sin, nor a pardon of future sin; neither could be granted by any power.”

Myth 3: A person can “buy forgiveness” with indulgences.
The definition of indulgences presupposes that forgiveness has already taken place: “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven” (Indulgentarium Doctrina 1, emphasis added). Indulgences in no way forgive sins. They deal only with punishments left after sins have been forgiven.

Myth 4: Indulgences were invented as a means for the Church to raise money.
Indulgences developed from reflection on the sacrament of reconciliation. They are a way of shortening the penance of sacramental discipline and were in use centuries before money-related problems appeared.

Myth 5: An indulgence will shorten your time in purgatory by a fixed number of days.
The number of days which used to be attached to indulgences were references to the period of penance one might undergo during life on earth. The Catholic Church does not claim to know anything about how long or short purgatory is in general, much less in a specific person’s case.

Myth 6: A person can buy indulgences.
The Council of Trent instituted severe reforms in the practice of granting indulgences, and, because of prior abuses, “in 1567 Pope Pius V canceled all grants of indulgences involving any fees or other financial transactions” (Catholic Encyclopedia). This act proved the Church’s seriousness about removing abuses from indulgences.

Myth 7: A person used to be able to buy indulgences.
One never could “buy” indulgences. The financial scandal surrounding indulgences, the scandal that gave Martin Luther an excuse for his heterodoxy, involved alms—indulgences in which the giving of alms to some charitable fund or foundation was used as the occasion to grant the indulgence. There was no outright selling of indulgences.

The Catholic Encyclopedia states:

“[I]t is easy to see how abuses crept in. Among the good works which might be encouraged by being made the condition of an indulgence, almsgiving would naturally hold a conspicuous place. . . . It is well to observe that in these purposes there is nothing essentially evil. To give money to God or to the poor is a praiseworthy act, and, when it is done from right motives, it will surely not go unrewarded.”

 

 

For a more thorough explanation of indulgences click HERE

 

 

Q. The aggressive marketing practices of Johann Tetzel in promoting this cause provoked Martin Luther to write his 95 theses, protesting what he saw as the purchase and sale of salvation. In thesis 28 Luther objected to a saying attributed to Tetzel: “As soon as a coin in the coffer rings, a soul from purgatory springs”.

Agreed. This is historical.

Q. The 95 Theses not only denounced such transactions as worldly

A. True.

Q. but denied the Pope’s right to grant pardons on God’s behalf in the first place:

A. This is flatly contradicted in the Gospel of John

John 20:22

And with that he breathed on them and said,Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

 

Matthew 16: 8

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Q. the only thing indulgences guaranteed, Luther said, was an increase in profit and greed, because the pardon of the Church was in God’s power alone.”

A. We agree that the selling of indulgences is wrong, misleading, and fraudulent. The method was wrong. There was nothing greedy about fundraising to build a church. Unless you think all fundraising for any church today is automatically, greedy.


Blessed Edward Detkens, October 10

October 10, 2009

Blessed Edward Detkens

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Blessed Edward Detkens priest and martyr
Mokotów, Poland, October 14, 1885 – Linz, Austria, October 10, 1942

Diocesan Priest. He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 together with 107 other Polish Martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: At Linz in Austria, Blessed Detkens Edward, martyr, who, of Polish descent, died in the same persecution in a gas chamber.

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Edward Detkens priest and martyr
Mokotów, Poland, October 14, 1885 – Linz, Austria, October 10, 1942

Diocesan Priest. He was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 together with 107 other Polish Martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: At Linz in Austria, Blessed Detkens Edward, martyr, who, of Polish descent, died in the same persecution in a gas chamber.


Saint Innocenzo Canoura Arnau, October 9

October 9, 2009

Saint Innocenzo Canoura Arnau

Saint Innocenzo Canoura Arnau, Priest and Martyr
March 10, 1887 in St. Lucia del Valle de Oro (Lugo) Spain-Turon, Spain, October 9, 1934


Emanuele Canoura Arnau, born March 10, 1887 in St. Lucia del Valle de Oro (Lugo) Spain; as a teenager he felt the call to the religious state and at 18 became part of the Passionist Congregation, founded by St. Paul of the Cross in the eighteenth century, because since childhood he was devoted to the Virgin, he wanted to take the name of Innocent Immaculate, when he made his religious profession July 27, 1905.

He studied with great profit theology, philosophy and other ecclesiastical sciences, and was ordained September 20, 1913. Almost immediately he was committed by superiors to train new missionaries preaching, passion and, most of his life, went on to teach young students in the various Passionist Community of the Province of the Most Precious Blood of Madrid.

Being a member of the community of Mieres (Asturias), October 4, 1934 superiors demanded his willingness to admit pupils of the Brothers of Christian Schools in the nearby town of Turon. In that year there were the first signs of that great carnage, which was the Spanish Civil War, which devastated parts of the country from 1936 to 1939.

The victims of 7300 were more religious, but already in 1934 there was the Revolution of Asturias region of northern Spain, ranging from the Cantabrian Mountains to the Bay of Biscay, and 5 October 1934 the revolutionary atheists penetrated into the college of the Brothers of the Schools Christian Turon, capturing eight of the students and religious, the more the father Innocent Canoura Arnau, who arrived the day before to confess.

After several days of imprisonment and great hardship and suffering, in which the father Passionist, one priest, worked to comfort the others, almost all young, and without trial, were shot in hatred of the Faith, October 9, 1934 the cemetery of Turon.

The horror of their sacrifice innocent, not enough in there to two years to stop the great persecution against the Spanish Church.

Beatified by Pope John Paul II April 19, 1990, Canonized November 21, 1999.

Author: Antonio Borrelli

Source: Santi e Beati


Conversation: Indulgences

October 8, 2009

Q. I have belonged to an organization of believers, the Presbyterian Church USA as you may recall, that started to espouse beliefs that were in direct contradiction to the Word of God, such as acceptance of homosexuality even though it is an abomination to our God. When these things started gaining large scale support in this body, I felt I needed to remove myself and my family from this organization because a true Body of Christ does not violate the clear essential teachings of the Bible, plain and simple. But isn’t this exactly what happened with the Reformation?

A. Yes, in one way, the seeking of purity of faith.

The official position of the PCUSA is that all sex outside of traditional marriage is a sin. But dissent from this is widespred.

Q. When it became clear to Martin Luther that the Catholic Church was teaching and practicing violations of the Word of God, he had to make his stand.

A. It is a misunderstanding of the situation to believe that the Catholic Church was teaching, as in had doctrine, that Martin Luther objected to in the beginning. It simply was not the Catholic Church that was teaching incorrectly. It was human persons that misrepresented the teaching of the Catholic Church.

We have a similar situation in our time. For instance, it would be incorrect to assert that the Bible teaches that loving your neighbor means it is perfectly OK for homosexuals to marry and indulge in sexual pleasure. We know that the Bible does teach us to love our neighbor but it does not teach that the practice of homosexuality is morally good. And yet, there are “Christians” who teach this and assert that it is legitimate Christian teaching based on the Bible.

Now, we can clearly see that it is NOT the Bible that teaches this abuse of Christian doctrine but human persons claiming the authority of the Bible who are the ones in error.

And so it was in Luther’s Germany. Human persons taught and believed error. The teaching and doctrine of the Catholic Church was perfectly fine. The error taught in the name of the Catholic Church was wrong and brought calumny upon the Catholic Church

Selling indulgences was clearly not the official teaching of the Catholic Church because, Saxony and Spain forbade this method of fundraising in their territories. It was an abuse of the doctrine of indulgences in Germany, not an all inclusive Church teaching. And not taught all over the world either. It was not Catholic Doctrine.

Now, the Catholic Church does still offer indulgences. It is a complicated subject made even more difficult to understand when one comes to it with deep antipathy and prejudice regarding the whole notion of indulgences. At least try to read some of this. –>Catholic Encyclopedia: Indulgences . It is a complicated subject and easy to understand if you read the whole article how the common people could easily misunderstand, even if Fr. Tetzel taught it correctly. I am not saying he did.There are confilicting opinions.

There was corruption in the Catholic Church then just like there has been in our own time and various other times. Corruption has waxed and waned. No doubt there will always be some corruption somewhere or many-wheres in the Church.

The Devil prowls like a around hungry lion seeking to devour

Catholic people are not immune to the wiles of Our Enemy. What is pure and indefectible is the doctrine of the Catholic Church, not her members or even her popes. But the Devil cannot corrupt the Teaching, The Doctrine, of the Catholic Church. That is under the divine protection of Our Lord.

Luther’s objections were very worthwhile. One of his errors was to leave the Church and start his own instead of trusting God. The Jews are known for their repeated apostasy and corruption in the OT. But, individual Jewish Prophets never left and started their own “Chosen People” when they got fed up with the sinfulness of their brothers.

God, and God alone, is the Chooser of the Jews and the Founder of His Church. The Catholic Church was ushered in with all manner of supernatural events. By what authority, did any of the human founders of any of the Protestant churches, start a new Church? What miracles or supernatural events attested to this God given authority?

Q. At this time the Catholic Church, led by the Pope, of course, was extracting money from members by selling Indulgences

A. This was an abuse and a twisting of Catholic Doctrine for the purpose of fundraising to build St. Peter’s in Rome. Indulgences CANNOT be bought and sold. The Pope did not sanction the abuse. Remember, communication was very slow back then so errant behavior was difficult to keep track of and correct.

Q. These indulgences purported to perform functions that only God can do, such as the forgiving of sins, and all for a price.

A. You are misunderstanding what was going on because of the one-dimensional influence of Protestant theology. Yes, only God can forgive sins. But they all KNEW that. What they were hoping to do was to “atone for the TEMPORAL punishment of sin”. And giving alms is a legitimate way to do this.

But according to two-dimensional Catholic doctrine only God decides how much of the temporal punishment of sin has been satisfied by the giving of alms, devotions, prayers, etc. So, the people were not trying to buy forgiveness of sin but buy their way out of Purgatory. Which can’t be done. So the saying/teaching “When the coin in the coffer rings a soul from Purgatory springs” is pure presumption and heresy.You might find this article on Tetzel interesting. Tetzel→ At least read the last 1/3 of the article.

Please see my post and some of the other posts on Purgatory, In order to better understand the two-dimensions of sin according to Catholic theology.

Q. Add to this the atrocities historically committed by the Pope and his hierarchy including sexual immorality, murder, and the Inquisition. Is there any wonder that Martin Luther could no longer participate in an organization of believers that permitted these things?

A. You have been misled to think that these things were approved or even permitted. The Inquisition was not the overblown disaster that many have come to think it was. But any atrocities were certainly not permitted/approved/taught by the Catholic Church. The Church/State relationship was very different in the middle ages from what we have today and it is not correct to judge a different culture based on our own culture. To be brief, in those days the State considered any person guilty of religious heresy equal to being a traitor to the state. The state gave the church the job of examining accused heretics to ascertain guilt and if guilty her ministers implored them to recant. But the church did not execute anyone; that was done by the state. The Church tried to save lives.

And at times people were accused of heresy in order to get rid of them and seize their land. The view many have of the Inquisition is simplistic when the whole situation was much more complex. I am not saying that there were not Catholic people guilty of immorality. I am saying that the Catholic Church did not teach them to be immoral or commit atrocities.


Saint Artold, October 8

October 8, 2009

Artoldus

Saint Artold

October 8, 1206, France

Saint Artold was born in the early twelfth century. The generally
approved year of his birth is 1101. As he died in 1206, this makes him
die very old indeed, at 105! What is certain is that as a young man he
entered the renowned Charterhouse of Portes. Humble, recollected
and pious, he so distinguished himself that he was soon judged worthy
to carry out important pastoral tasks.
So in 1132 he was designated as the founder and first Prior of the
Charterhouse of Arvières, in the diocese of Geneva. In order to accomplish
this mission he chose from the lands of his family a vast solitude of extraordinary roughness, covered with snow for the most part of the year, and until then inhabited only by bears, foxes and other animals. In this remote wilderness area Artold and his companions built some rudimentary wooden constructions and led an extremely austere life for ten years. Then one day, the Bishop of Geneva came to visit them. Very impressed, he found a more suitable site for them and urged well-to-do men of his diocese to contribute to the building of an appropriate monastery.
Artold was a good Prior for years, but then the Bishop of Belley, the diocese in which Portes is located, died. The clergy was unanimous that the Prior of Arvières, although at this time already advanced in age, ought to become the
new Bishop. Terrified at this prospect, Artold fled and hid himself! However, he was found and had to accept. He accomplished all the duties of a Bishop in an exemplary way, but after a few years, in 1190, he managed to obtain his retirement, because of old age, from Pope Clement III.
He returned to Arvières, where he lived for still 16 more years! The best-known of all Carthusian Bishops, Saint Hugh of Lincoln, visited him in 1200. When they came together to converse with the community the former Bishop of Belley asked the Bishop of Lincoln to give the brothers an account of the peace treaty between the kings of England and France, since he knew that Hugh had been present when it was made. The latter replied, half seriously, half joking: “My Lord and Father, although it is legitimate for Bishops to hear and relate such matters, it is not so for monks. It is not right to bring news from outside into the cloister or the cell, and to leave the city in order to discuss secular matters in solitude.” Having said this, Hugh turned
the conversation to a spiritual topic. Artold, in his humility, must have
been edified by the remark and moved by its wisdom.
Artold died October 8, 1206. In his last words he recommended the community to have recourse to the Holy Spirit for light and comfort, to the most Holy Virgin for special protection, and to Saint Bruno as model. “Grow in virtue”, he said to them, “in order that the sanctity of this House may last forever, passing on its good traditions to those who come after you. Love one another that charity may be the bond at all times uniting you to all in Jesus Christ.”

Miracles after his death corroborated his renown for holiness. In 1834 Gregory XVI authorized his feast for the diocese of Belley and in 1857 it was permitted to the Carthusians, who today celebrate him with other Carthusian saints on October 13.

Prayer
All-powerful God, with the help of Saint Artold’s prayers
may we so distinguish ourselves in this life’s laborious
struggle that we may obtain eternal rest.

Source: Carthusians


Saint Adalgiso Bishop of Novara, October 7

October 7, 2009

Saint Adalgiso Bishop of Novara

Saint Adalgiso Bishop of Novara
October 7

Was the thirty-second of the series, as you can read in the diptychs of the church of Novara, the one preserved in the Basilica of St. Gaudenzio (1070) And the other in the Cathedral (1123 ca.). More sober the first, the second largest, attest, however, agreed that Adalgiso. was bishop of Novara for eighteen years, from 830 (or 831) 849 (or 850) according to some, to 834 or 852-3 (?) according to others.

The talk of Bascape A. in its Novara, after describing the era in which the saint lived, that of Charlemagne’s victories over the Lombards, followed by the constitution from coronation of the emperor and the Holy Roman Empire, which gives rise to the Carolingian rule in Italy.

Adalgisa is constantly felt by the tradition of Lombard origin, perhaps from the same family last king Desiderius, indeed, even his niece. But no one knows exactly of his youthful years. Thought to be a canon of the church of Saint Gaudenzio, having later proved very wide of its assets to the chapter of this church. Even if it has been named bishop for his virtues rather than for high society. By 854 he was no longer among the living, as stated in the diploma of Emperor Louis II, directed to the successor of Adalgisa, Dodona or Brass and precisely dated June 7 of that year.

In addition to “holy bishop” (these words, written in red as a sign of honor, are the more calories you read in the diptychs of the Cathedral), he is also credited with rare praise of “gem of the priests,” while alludes to his “specchiatissime works.”

It may be safely said that historic news of his generous donations to the canons of the Cathedral, Episcopal, and now preserved in the Archive already lost. Donations also covered the canons of Saints Julius and Gozzano, as well as those of the Cathedral of St. Gaudenzio. There are three separate documents, probably all of February 19, 840, obtained from the emperor at the request of Adalgisa.

From the same letter that Adalgisa put at the service of the church of Santa Maria forty clergy for the celebration of divine offices, giving them a reasonable benefit. He also enriched the Cathedral with the wonderful mosaic that still be seen before the high altar. In another outstanding document, preserved in the library chapter of Saint Gaudenzio, which bears the date of January 30, 848, it is noted that Adalgiso gave to the canons of St. Gaudenzio the possession of the basket and other lands of the Lower Novarese, providing them even “the clothing and footwear.

When he died, his remains were first raised in the church of Saint Gaudenzio outside the walls, then taken to the city in 1533, after the destruction of the church and outside of houses by Charles V. Since 1927 they rest, along with the relics of other bishops of Novara, in Saint. Gaudenzio, in an artistic urn under the altar dedicated to his name. His feast occurs according to the Acta Sanctorum October 7, while today the Church celebrates the Novara 5 of the same month.

Author: Vincenzo Gilla Gremigni

Source: Santi e Beati


Separation of Church and State, Honoring or Failing to Honor our Veterans

October 7, 2009

In the Mojave desert, there’s a cross, put up by WWI veterans, VFW members, in honor of those who died in WWI. At the moment, it’s boxed up, as it lies on Federal Land, and it, or a predecessor has been there since 1934. Today, October 7, the Supreme Court will hear a case on separation of church and state, based on the presence of this cross.

Please join me in praying for the cross to win.

~~~~~

The Old Secular Cross?

High Court to Consider Issue of Church-State Separation

Henry and Wanda Sandoz are the unofficial caretakers of the Mojave cross, which is covered in a plywood box, near Cima, Calif.

Henry and Wanda Sandoz are the unofficial caretakers of the Mojave cross, which is covered in a plywood box, near Cima, Calif. (Robert Barnes – The Washington Post)

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Read the rest of this entry »


Conversation: Priesthood in Scripture

October 6, 2009

Q. You say there are priests is in Acts 15? Where?

A. Acts 15:2,6, 22, & 23—Elders are the first priests. They are ordained to help the Bishop.

Q. Where is a Priest used in the N/T except to include all Christians as in Revelation 20:6?

A. And when they had ordained to them priests in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed. Acts 14:22 (Douay-Reims)

Acts 15:2
And when Paul and Barnabas had no small contest with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain others of the other side, should go up to the apostles and priests to Jerusalem about this question.

1 Timothy 4:14
Neglect not the grace that is in thee, which was given thee by prophesy, with imposition of the hands of the priesthood.

1 Timothy 5:17
Let the priests that rule well, be esteemed worthy of double honour: especially they who labour in the word and doctrine:

1 Timothy 5:19
Against a priest receive not an accusation, but under two or three witnesses.

Titus 1:5
For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and shouldest ordain priests in every city, as I also appointed thee:

James 5:14
Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

Protestant Bibles of course do not translate these verses as priest but they use the word elder. Elder is the literal meaning of the Greek word. However, the Greek word, presbuteros, is the etymological root for the English word priest. So both translations are technically correct.

Naturally enough Protestant translators chose elder in stead of priest since they do not have a priestly office.

Q. Why then, is the word used for Priest in Revelation 20:6 a different word than what is translated elder in Acts 14:23 below?

A. Gk: hiereus “one who offers sacrifice and has the charge of things pertaining thereto,” is used

Presbuteros-an elder

No I can’t explain it but both can be translated priest. And the Greek for elder ( presbuteros) gave rise to the English word for priest etymologically. The reason is probably lost in the vagaries of the evolution of languages. It may very well have been to differentiate the Christian Priests from the Jewish Priests. For instance, when the Christians began to design their churches they chose for a design a basilica, a Roman public building rather than the typical Jewish synagogue.

Acts 14:23
And when they had ordained them elders/priests in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Acts 15:2
When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders/priests about this question.

Acts 15:6
And the apostles and elders/priests came together for to consider of this matter.

Acts 15:22
Then pleased it the apostles and elders/priests with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

Acts 15:23
And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders/priests and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia.

Acts 16:4
And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders/priests which were at Jerusalem.

1 Timothy 5:17
Let the elders/priests that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

1 Timothy 5:19
Against an elder/priests receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

Titus 1:5
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders/priests in every city, as I had appointed thee:

James 5:14
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders/priests of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

1 Peter 5:1
The elders/priests which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder/priest, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

1 Peter 5:5
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder/priests. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

In the NT the Jewish elders are nearly always mentioned after the chief priests or high priest as a part of the Jewish hierarchy.

“Elders– A name frequently used in the Old Testament as denoting a person clothed with authority, and entitled to respect and reverence (Gen 50:7). It also denoted a political office (Num 22:7). The “elders of Israel” held a rank among the people indicative of authority. Moses opened his commission to them (Exo 3:16). They attended Moses on all important occasions. Seventy of them attended on him at the giving of the law (Exo 24:1). Seventy also were selected from the whole number to bear with Moses the burden of the people (Num 11:16, Num 11:17).” –Easton Bible Dictionary

“The Apostles appointed elders to take charge of each church (Acts 14:23). According to the Council of Trent, the elders mentioned by St. James as administrators of the sacrament of anointing (James 5:14) “does not refer to the older men nor to the more influential men in the community, but to the bishops or the priests duly ordained by the bishops through the laying on of hands of the Presbyterate” (Denzinger 1697) Modern Catholic Dictionary

And finally we have DEACONS. Stephen and others in Acts 6 and qualifications of deacons in I Timothy 3:8-12. There are many other NT passages also that talk about deacons.

Q. If it were the case that the pope was ordained by Christ to rule the Church, surely there would be more support for it than just one verse that can be interpreted variously.

A. Have you ever decided not to write something down because everyone already knew it?

You are assuming that the authors of the NT wrote with the knowledge and conviction that Christianity must be based on nothing but what they wrote. How can you know this? On what do you base it?

But John freely admits that the world could not contain all the books that would be needed in order to write all that Jesus did. If this was truly their idea that they were writing a comprehensive exposition of the Christian Faith, then all of the writers failed b/c not one of their writings is comprehensive.

The Jews had writings and oral Tradition also. We know they celebrated the Passover. But it is impossible, based on Scripture Alone, to ascertain exactly how to do this as the Jews do it.

Q. I understand your point that the fact that Peter’s position was never mentioned, other than possibly in the Mathew 16:18, does not mean it was not true because as you have pointed out it may have been something everyone already knew and it was therefore unnecessary to remind them, or perhaps that they just did not write down everything that was said or done (as John pointed out), so that this fact may have just been left out of the recorded


St. Magnus, October 6

October 6, 2009

St. Magnus

St. Magnus, Bishop of Oderzo and Eraclea
October 6

Roman Martyrology: In Veneto, the commemoration of St. Magnus, bishop, said to have gone away from the city of Oderzo with much of his flock because the Lombard invasion, founding the new city of Heraclea, and has built eight churches in Venice.

Even if his legend was, as the Martyr Comm. Roma, “a tissue of clichés” and though the earliest evidence of him are of later centuries, but it would be unwise to abandon the position of discrete acceptance of the Venetian tradition, which was already the Bollandist J. Guese quiere. According to this tradition was born in Great Altino noble family, probably in ‘the last quarter century. VI. Experience at home the humanistic education, he retired to life as a hermit on an island in the nearby lagoon, where he prepared for the priesthood, who received and exercised in the city of Oderzo, fighting the last layers of paganism and the Aryan infiltration coming from the part of diocese (Ceneda), occupied by the Lombards.

In 630 approx. succeeded s. Titian in the episcopal see of Oderzo. The city and the diocese were still subject to the Byzantines, which provide the final spur on the mainland, a wedge driven into the Lombard kingdom of resistance. It is no wonder that Rotari, taking advantage of the fact that the Byzantine forces were engaged in the East, the 638-39 has attacked and occupied the town. Most of the inhabitants, under the guidance of its political leaders and especially the bishop, took refuge in the neighboring islands of the Venetian lagoon, which were part of the Diocese of Oderzo, the most in that arose when “Civitas Nova Heraclian que dicitur.” Magno obtained from the Pope Severinus (May 28 to August 2 640) and primitive, patriarch of Grado, to move the bishop’s seat, while retaining the name of Oderzo. Built the cathedral dedicated to the apostle St. Peter, indeed, the tradition makes the founder, by divine inspiration, eight other churches in the area where it will rise Rialto Venice. A new influx of Opitergino at Heraclea and nearby islands took place when, in 665-667, Oderzo was reoccupied by the Lombards and destroyed the foundations. The holy survived a few years to the sad event: ninety died around 670 and was buried in his cathedral.

When for the burial of the surrounding lagoon, Eraclea was abandoned by its inhabitants, the Doge Pietro Ziani (1205-29), 6 October 1206, he carried the remains of the Great in Venice, in S. Jeremiah. On December 21, 1459, the Venetian Senate decreed that the day was a holiday for the whole city at that festival, the Doges were pilgrims with their court in S. Jeremiah, until, on 28 September 1563, a new decree of the senate that allowed an arm of the saint was brought to the basilica of S. Marco and there every year, October 6, exposed to the veneration of the doge and the faithful within a rich silver reliquary.

Magnus continues to be venerated in the Diocese of Venice as a secondary patron, even after April 22, 1956 his remains returned to Heraclea be retained in the new parish church of St. Mary Immaculate. The most beautiful depiction of the saint is unbelief S. Thomas, Academy of Fine Arts in Venice: Cima da Conegliano shows him standing with bushy white beard, wrapped in rich cope, the pastoral staff in his left, along with s. Thomas, because as he was the protector of the art of the builders.

Author: Daniel Irenaeus

Source: Santi e Beati


Blessed Marian Skrzypczak, October 5

October 5, 2009

Blessed Marian Skrzypczak

Blessed Marian Skrzypczak, Priest and Martyr Janowiec, Poland, April 15, 1909 – Plonkowo, Poland, October 5, 1939

Marian Skrzypczak, a priest of the archdiocese of Gniezno, fell victim to the Nazis who hated his Catholic faith. Pope John Paul II June 13, 1999 elevated him to the altars with 107 other victims of that persecution.

Roman Martyrology: In the town of Plonkowo always in Poland, Blessed Mariano Skrzypezak, Priest and Martyr who, during the occupation of Poland by a regime hostile to God, who was shot outside the church, obtaining for his unswerving faith the palm martyrdom.

Source: Santi e Beati


Deep In History Conference 2009, Columbus, OH – THIS MONTH!

October 5, 2009

Deep In History Conference 2009, Columbus, OH – Mark Your Calendars!

Since the Deep in History Conferences began we have journeyed together from the time of the Early Fathers to the beginning of the Catholic Church here in North America. October 23rd

2009 marks a new beginning in our journey to the past as the Deep in History Conference turns to the theme of the History of Catholic Doctrine.

Once again the focus of these weekends is to assist both Catholics and non-Catholics in their understanding what it means to be Deep in History, Deep in Scripture and Deep in Christ. In 2009, we will begin on the “rock” looking to understand the question of Authority: The Pillar and Bulwark. Read the rest of this entry »

Why a Crucifix? Jesus isn’t Still On the Cross.

October 4, 2009


Please click HERE for the Catholic explanation for why we use a crucifix instead of an empty cross.

I once had a good friend ask me this same question and then ask “Don’t Catholics know that Jesus rose from the dead? Jesus is not still on the cross.

My explanation was that every mass we celebrate is a sacrificial Remembrance of Christ’s death. And every Sunday is a celebration of His resurrection on the first day of the week–Sunday! So, yes we are well aware that Christ rose from the dead. But John saw the Lamb of God in Heaven looking like it had been slain…So even though the sacrifice happened in time once, it is an eternal sacrifice also. Therefore we commemorate this eternal sacrifice with a crucifix.

Also, Catholics take the scriptures very literally and have a theology of the redemption of suffering, not only Jesus’ but our own suffering is efficacious when joined to the cross of Christ. So, when we “offer up” our suffering in union with Christ’s and the crucifix aids our prayer and reminds us that we have not suffered as much as He. Meditation on His suffering helps us to bear our own suffering.

Colossians 1:24

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.


Blessed Jose Canet Giner, October 4

October 4, 2009

Blessed Jose Canet Giner

Blessed Jose Canet Giner, Priest and Martyr
October 4

Roman Martyrology: Near the town of Gandia in the same territory in Spain, Blessed Jose Canet Giner, Priest and Martyr, who for his loyalty to Christ deserved to be associated with the sacrifice of the Savior. Read the rest of this entry »


Race in this supposedly post-racial presidency

October 3, 2009

No We Can't

I thought Obama was supposed to be a post-racial president. Why, then, is any whiff of dissent reported in the press as racism?

ross perot

He reminds me of Ross Perot. I’ve been assured that it’s the ears.

donkey elephant

I am not a member of either political party.  I live in a liberal state, where everyone assumes that others are as liberal as they are. People are shocked to learn that I disagree.

acron

I had misgivings about Obama’s candidacy. Especially once it was revealed that he had been affiliated with ACORN. I don’t like them. Never did.

abortionI found it offensive that he didn’t want his daughters punished with a baby. Perhaps he just doesn’t want his daughters to be responsible. Or to value life.

weathermen

I don’t like the Weathermen.

Obama Pastor

Racist preachers.

HanoiJane

Communist sympathizers.

karl marx

Marxism.

alinsky

Saul Alinsky

uncle-sam-hat

Big Government.

czars-in-bed

Numerous Czars.

Czar Alexander III

I have a framed photograph of Czar Alexander III.

Nanny-State

I’m not a fan of big government; we don’t need to live in a nanny state. It’s stifling. I thought the bailout was a bad idea. I’m against ramming legislation through without discussion.

riyal

I’m offended that the government owns part of AIG, which promotes Sharia Banking; if you recall, this is banking done by Islamic principles. No investments in un-Islamic products. While I don’t have an exhaustive list of those, I do know that

pig

pork and any pig products would be verboten.

alcohol

As would alcohol. No investing in Hormel, purveyor of fine pork products or any alcohol distillers or suppliers.

Dubai Bank-Mohammed Amiri and Faizal Eledath-prhero

I think it’s just fine if the First Bank of Dubai, or any institution in a Muslim country follows Sharia Banking, but it’s anti-Capitalist as limitations are set, not by government nor by the marketplace, but rather by a religion. If you recall that pesky little Constitution that we’re supposed to follow, the one prohibiting promotion of one religion above others, well, that’s a problem here as the government owns a portion of a bank promoting Islamic Banking.


Witches Around Town

October 3, 2009

While I have known for many years that there are a lot of Wiccans and other pagans in the Twin Cities, I had no idea that they had a Pagan pride Weekend. Going on now. My first question is this: Why pride? Why not come up with some other word? Is it because you’re wrong and vilified for your ultra-yucky behavior? Or is it because you have Dianic Wiccans (lesbian witches) organizing this? I’m not aware that anyone pays too much attention to paganism around here so it wouldn’t shock people, especially in October, to be told that someone is a pagan. Especially not in the neighborhood in which they’re having their event. Read the rest of this entry »


Blessed Crescenzio Garcia Pobo, October 3

October 3, 2009

Blessed Crescenzio Garcia PoboBlessed Crescenzio Garcia Pobo, Priest and Martyr
April 15, 1903 Ccladas (Teruel)-October 3, 1936


Garcia Pobo, Crescenzo was born April 15 1903 Ccladas (Teruel), In 1927 he made his perpetual vows and was ordained a priest September 16 ,1928. He carried out the apostolate among children in various rehabilitative centers. Religious smiling, simple and humble, he distinguished himself for his generous dedication to youth in distress. He was with a group of eight who were surprised by the militia in the Reformatory S. Rita Madrid and locked in the manager. Aware of the imminence of death, a witness said: “We made a collective act of contrition, and we took each other absolution. There was a profound silence. ” Released through the intervention of the President of the juvenile court, they were again arrested and killed on dates and places of Madrid.

Roman Martyrology: At Madrid in Spain, blessed Crescenzo Pobo Garcia, a priest of the Third Order of St. Francis of the hooded Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin and Martyr, who, during the persecution against the faith, shed his blood for Christ.

He was Beatified as one of the Blessed Martyrs, Spanish Tertiary Capuchins, 19 Spanish members of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sorrows Capuchin Tertiary (or Amigoniani), founded by Venerable Louis Amigo y Rerrer, and a sister, also a Capuchin Tertiary, victims of religious persecution of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The cause of canonization of these twenty religious Martyrs was conducted at the archidiocese of Valencia together with seven other cases relating to as many cases of the martyrdom of members of different religious orders and congregations. In 1993-94 was issued the decree of validity of the unified diocesan process of these causes, May 13, 1997 the Positio super martyrdom was delivered to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. These 20 religious Martyrs were Beatified as part of the 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of the Diocese of Valencia on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Author: Agripino Gonzalez


Source:
Santi e Beati

Blessed Crescenzio Garcia Pobo

Muslims say they should be exempt from FBI investigations

October 3, 2009

5 Bob to CounterJihad; Terrorist propensity Muslims should be shielded from FBI because innocent people could be investigated. If they’re innocent why are they worried?

Fuck fbi

Star TribuneNEDRA PICKLER

Advocacy groups say FBI guidelines show agency could be spying on innocent Americans

Civil liberties and Muslim groups say domestic surveillance guidelines recently revealed by the FBI show the agency could be spying on Americans who are not involved in crime or terrorism. Read the rest of this entry »

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