Why is the Catholic Church Against Contraception?

April 30, 2008

Q. Why doesn’t the Catholic Church allow contraception?

A. Because the pleasure of the marital embrace was created by God for babies & bonding. It is a package deal. Anytime the pleasure of the sexual act is obtained while actively or purposely excluding either of these goods, it is a grave sin. The following acts are gravely sinful:

Below are sins that result from the pursuit of sexual pleasure alone while excluding both bonding and openness to procreation:

J.I. Packer Quits Anglican Church of Canada

April 30, 2008

J.I. Packer Quits Anglican Church of Canada

Packer, 81, is one of the most renowned evangelical theologians. He is joining a more orthodox traditional Anglican group – See this story.
Gravatar I am going to have a Mass offered for the intention of his conversion and those has influenced to the Catholic Church. Folks interested in doing the same can do so at the Catholic Near East Welfare Association where for $5 a priest in desperate need will be supported.
Keep going Rev. Packer!

Hermitage Burns To Ground – Help Needed!

April 30, 2008

A major fire is testing the faith of a Catholic monastery near Eureka Springs. Flames destroyed the chapel and dining hall of Little Portion Hermitage just after midnight Tuesday.

Firefighters from four departments were able to keep the intense fire from spreading to the living quarters of its members. They lost their archives, library, and storeroom. Little Portion’s founder is recording artist John Michael Talbot, who says some at the monastery suffered from minor smoke inhalation.

If you’d like to make a donation for recovery and rebuilding, you can do so at Little Portion’s Web site.

Post from BaghdadHope: Mar Bawai Soro

April 30, 2008

H.G. Mar Bawai Soro and H.G. Mar Sarhad Y. Jammo are currently in Rome. On Sunday, April 27th, 2008, there was an ordination of 29 men into the priesthood. Many of our parish were happy to see him at that wonderful event. The following is a blog entry written by a certain blogger named “BaghdadHope”. I have reproduced it here as it is quite informative of recent going-ons with our diocese.

Mar Bawai Soro: place of honour in Saint Peter

Q: How Is Polygamy Different From Re-marriage?

April 30, 2008

Q: How is polygamy different from re-marriage?

A: Polygamy may prove to be more responsible!

It is far more acceptable to leave the woman and the children and leave them without benefit of a father in the home and all the attendant risks of poverty for the woman and her children… (and yes, it is the women who suffer the most, they always do.) Ultimately, leaving the other parent of your children (and the children themselves!) for the new model is the new polygamy.

On the flip side of the coin, when Muslims (a lathe patriarch of the Bin Ladens) tire of their older infertile wives they say in quick succession (in front of a Muslim male witness):

I divorce you
I divorce you
I divorce you

and it is done.  It is common for the divorced woman to then remain in the compound in her little apartment or home and to then be supported by her sons… (Anyone who thinks we don’t have this here needs to come to Ohio and visit the second largest Somali community outside of Somalia – those “sisters & cousins” are not sisters & cousins!

My friends’s husband has reared children from her previous marriages as his own…  But the more normal and accepted pattern would be what my best friend in HS school experienced – his very well paid (6 figure) father divorced mom, managed to get a pittance of child-support obligation, and moved into the new suburb with the new wife in the new home with the step daughter three hours away in another city… Acceptably leaving his children and their mother to scrape by on a teacher’s salary.  But hey, at least that isn’t polygamy! (Right?)

Now had the high school buddy’s father set up the mother of his children in a small home on the property where he could have attended to his fatherly duties and not allowed them to languish in poverty where groceries had to be placed of high interest credit cards and medical care had to be foregone at times when the choice was between paying the gas bill or dental work…

Well, where would that have fit into the grey area of today’s very acceptable proto-polygamy of abandoning one’s spouse and progeny? Very tricky isn’t it?  I mean, vows are vows until “people gotta be people” and women need to prove they are no man’s woman or men need a new woman that Read the rest of this entry »

Catholic Mission Leaflets

April 30, 2008

FROM: http://www.catholicmissionleaflets.org/leafndx.htm


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April 30: Blessed Pauline von Mallinkrodt

April 30, 2008

Blessed Pauline von Mallinkrodt, 1817 – 1881 Read the rest of this entry »

“Separate But Equal?” or “How WON’T Women In The Church Of England Be Consecrated Bishops Within 10 Years?”

April 29, 2008

Father Jeffrey Steel over at de cura animarum writes and interesting post: Women Bishops in the Church of England: What will happen?

Among the suggestions he feels need to be thought about is the possibility of alternative oversight for the hold outs in the CofE who think oppose women’s ordination altogether.

Alternative oversight is just a temporary concession in the war of attrition. 

Full steam down the slippery slope folks!  In 1984 “Women will only ever be deacons” in 1993 “Women will only ever be priests”  in 20XX “Women will only ever be auxiliary bishops!“???? Read the rest of this entry »

One Bread Lay Apostolate

April 29, 2008

I came accross the webpage of this fantastic lay group and thought I would share.


For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.” [1 Corinthians 10:17]

One Bread is a Catholic lay evangelical organization dedicated to Christian unity in accordance with the will of Christ that all his followers be one [John 17:21]. It was started by Karen Matthews out of a desire in her heart to share the Catholic faith with others, a faith she grew to cherish. Read More

One Bread Board of Directors

One Bread is a US government recognized non-profit organization and as such is advised by a board of directors. Our board is comprised of lay Catholics of many walks in life who are zealous about spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and his Holy Catholic Church. Read more

SEE ALSO: FREE for non-Catholics where non-Catholics can get information about the Catholic Church.

Can Homosexuality Be Seen As Healthy?

April 29, 2008

A while back over at Catholic Answers Forum the question came up – what are the best arguments against homogenital sexual relations between the consenting that is not taken from a purely religious stand point. 

If I had to say, in a single word, why homosexuality should be avoided, and if that is one’s primary orientation, celibacy should be adhered to it would be this: health.

Well before the dawn of HIV/AIDS, this sort of sexual expression has lent itself to a myriad of problematic health and wellness issues. I will look to see if I can’t find the study that discusses the average lifespan of an active homosexual. As I recall, it is around the age of 38, with a scant 2% of self-identified “gay men” who are homo-genitially sexually active living past age 65. There is mention of this study on the http://www.catholic.com (CAF’s parent website) in an article opposing gay marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

Can The Black Cordelias help to keep an Iraqi Catholic Seminary open?

April 29, 2008


 Can The Black Cordelias help to keep an Iraqi Catholic Seminary open?

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 Project Number: 11909
Project Title: Keep Babel Open
Description: Baghdad’s Babel College for Philosophy and Theology, which educates Iraq’s seminarians, has been forced to relocate to Arbil. Help keep its doors open.
Amount requested: $15,000.00
Contributions from donors: $4,244.10
Amount needed to complete the project: $10,755.90

Donate here: http://www.cnewa.org/donate-projectlist-us.aspx?locationID=6

April 29: Blessed Maria Maddalena dell’Incarnazione

April 29, 2008

Blessed Maria Maddalena dell’Incarnazione, 1770 –1824

More information in English would be welcome!

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

April 29, 2008

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“At least one qualified candidate per parish”

April 29, 2008

Photo taken last year of some of the lads of Glennon College Seminary… Yea, that is the college that has announced expansion plans!

Over at Roman Catholic Vocations we are treated to an article entitled “At least one qualified candidate per parish”. It is a worthy read.

It can also be filed under “Things Simple has said for years – that he learned from bishops who already understood it!”

Very simply, the diocesan vocations director should contact each pastor of each parish (each year) and ask for a 3-5 name “short list” of young men. Several times a year using the contact info they should be invited to the Cathedral for Mass, and dinner at the Episcopal residence or in some restaurant that has a private dining room where the bishop himself can say “I invite you to pray and consider this”.

14ish years ago I was 18 and working with a buddy of mine on a volunteer project on a Saturday afternoon at an inner city parish. We were doing some landscaping on a really beautiful day when we could have been playing some softball or drinking some beers one of our older brothers scored for us… but there we were. Read the rest of this entry »


April 28, 2008

In a post called What do you do about bumperstickers?, a blogger expresses her frustration at being confronted in traffic with this sticker:

I do feel for her predicament but not in the way she argues her point:

initially i just felt my heart racing and i got so angry, the adrenline rushing to my brain and images flashing of punching the driver while yelling at him about his ignorance and sense of entitlement…

i certainly don’t regret abortion, i am thankful i was able to make that choice. i am sick of being told i should be ashamed of it, or regret it, or how to feel about it by people in the street with grotesque pictures of aborted fetuses, media pundits and now even disembodied messages in traffic.

I feel for her situation in that she has been reminded of something that she would prefer not to be. And, she was caught off guard. That would make me uncomfortable. But she was not accosted by a gruesome image, a judgment of her by others, but rather the judgment of others upon themselves. Perhaps the owner of the car regretted her own abortion or the abortion of his girlfriend. And, if the person has regretted the abortion he or she participated in, isn’t there a moral duty to warn others?

However, our blogger’s claim that she has nothing to regret, is what I find regrettable. If there is nothing to regret about abortion, then she nor anyone should have any qualms about being reminded of it. If I dont regret having eaten a chocolate sundae, then being reminded of it should be either pleasant or neutral. Only if I regret having eaten the whole thing would a bumper sticker associating the sundae with my spare tire cause me any uneasiness.

If there is nothing regrettable about abortion, one should have no problems being reminded of it. However, if reminders of it cause anger, arouse violent thoughts, etc. then perhaps this is the first sign of the regret one is working so hard to deny. That regret is the first step toward healing, which I wish for our dear blogger. Keep her in your prayers.

Why Can’t Women Be Catholic Priestesses?

April 28, 2008

Q. Why can’t women be Catholic Priestesses?

A. Jesus’ choice to be born male was not accidental or arbitrary. First of all, in the sacrificial system of Israel the Sin Offering and the Passover Lamb were always perfect MALE. Other offerings could be either male or female but not the Passover Lamb or the Sin Offering. Therefore, since, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ fulfills all the sacrifices, but most especially the Sin offering and the Passover lamb HE was incarnated as a MAN.

Also, the people of God, both Israel and the Church, have always been imaged in sacred scripture as a Bride with God as the Bridegroom (Is 62:5 and Rev. 21:9). In the Catholic faith the priest acts in persona Christi (in the person of Christ) as Jesus celebrates the sacraments for His bride, the Church, through the actions of the male priest. The Church, as bride, is in a spousal relationship with Christ the bridegroom. This beautiful image culminates in the wedding feast of the Lamb at the end of time. This typology of the spousal relationship is fittingly imaged by the male priest. Priestesses or womenpriests would project another typology altogether but it would not be Holy Matrimony.

Q. Aren’t women second-class citizens in the Catholic Church?

A. Absolutely not. The most revered status in the Catholic Church is open to both men and women. Contrary to popular opinion the Pope, although highly honored is exceeded in honor by the Saints and the Doctors of the Church. There are hundreds of female saints. And, out of 33 Doctors of the Church, three are women. Also, the most highly honored human person (excluding Jesus) in the history of the Church is a woman, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

You can read more about the Priesthood…Here

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Help Needed In Ivory Coast

April 28, 2008

One Bread Delivers Bibles to St. John the Baptist Mission in Mandallah

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Africa:


This summer our African Missionary in the Ivory Coast, West Africa, travelled north in his country to the city of Mandallah, and the St. John the Baptist Mission to delivery 688 bibles in two native languages spoken by the villagers.


Above, at a special Mass at which the bibles were presented to the congregation, the altar servers carried some of the bibles to the altar.

The grant to purchase these bibles for the mission was provided by a Catholic foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina. The congregation was most grateful and will use these bibles in their catechism classes.

Below One Bread’s African representative, Bekoli Boika, presents the bibles to the priest in front of the congregation.


The Congregation of St John the Baptist Mission at the start of the Mass at which the bibles were presented.


To request materials for use in Africa, please contact:
Mr. Boika Bekoli Louis
One Bread Lay Apostolate-Africa
25 BP 1100 Abidjan 25
Ivory Coast, West Africa
(+225) 07845050

Sri Lankan Priest Killed in Blast: Pray For The Repose Of His Soul

April 28, 2008

Sri Lankan Priest Killed in Blast

 JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, APRIL 21, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A parish priest from the Diocese of Jaffna was killed in a landmine blast at Ambalkulam as he returned home from Mass.

Father M.X. Karunaratnam, the parish priest of Vavunikkulam, was returning from saying Mass Sunday at Mallavi, when he was killed in a claymore blast, an antipersonnel mine. The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam control the Mallavi–Vavunikkulam Road he was traveling on.

Neither the Sri Lankan military nor the Tiger rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The mortal remains of Father Karunaratnam were brought to St. Theresa’s Church at Kilinochchi.

Father Karunaratnam is the founder and chairman of the North East Secretariat on Human Rights, a Sri Lankan group that reports on rights issues related to minority ethnic Tamils. He had been transferred in 2006 from Jaffna to Vavunikkulam.

In 2006, Father Jim Brown, 34, and a lay coworker, the father of five children, went missing amid escalated warfare between the security forces and separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

In 2007, Father Nicholaspillai Packiyaranjith was killed in a claymore bomb explosion on the Pooneryn (Poonakari) Road, at Kalvi’laan, when he was taking relief food and humanitarian supplies to the refugee camp and to the Orphanage at Vidathalvu.

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SEE ALSO: Targeted Killing of Rev. M.X.Karunaratnam is a War Crime

April 28: Blessed Jozef Cebula, New Martyr of Poland

April 28, 2008

 Blessed Jozef Cebula, O.M.I., 1902 – 1941 Read the rest of this entry »

Father Jarjis Robert Sayd & Mar Bawai Soro At The Vatican: Hope, Defiance, Unity

April 28, 2008

This past Sunday 29 deacons were ordained to the priesthood at Saint Peter’s in Rome by HH Benedict XVI. Among the priests was an Iraqi of the Chaldean Catholic Church – which has suffered in the martyrdom of one archbishop, one priest, and 3 subdeacons in the last 12 months.

Rather a bold move with a bold message by a pope who is developping a reputation for such!  And a clear message at that – Catholics will not be driven underground in fear, Iraq’s Catholic Community is close to the heart of the Holy Father. Public reception of Moslem converts and public support for those who are persecuted my Moslems will be the norm.

Interestingly, among the guests in attendance for the ordination was none other than Assyrian Church of the East bishop Mar Bawai Soro – who has made known his intentions to bring his flock of some 6 priests, 30 deacons and 3,000 faithful in America into the Catholic Church via the Chaldean Catholic Church.

5 bob to American Papist who writes:

My, but doesn’t this picture speak volumes? Here’s the official photo caption:

New ordained priest Jarjis Robert Sayd of Iraq looks on during a ceremony lead by Pope Benedict XVI in which he ordained 29 new priests, in St. Peter Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, April 27, 2008.


What also speaks volumes is the presense – along side the Chaldean Catholic bishops at the Mass – of Bishop Mar Bawai Soro. Mar Bawai – a bishop coming out of the Church of the East – had made it known in January of this year that it is his intention – along with the faithful of his diocese – to enter into full communion with the Holy See by way of the Chaldean Catholic Church. Iraqi Christian blogger Baghdadhope righty and interestingly asks:

Equally certainly his very presence in the Vatican and the place of honor reserved to him by the ceremonial could be interpreted as a signal of “unofficial” welcome. Maybe the Holy Church is preparing to welcome among its loving arms a new bishop besides 29 new priests?

Mar Bawai and his faithful – one of whom a proud Cordelia preparing his first post on TBC – have been in my prayers for some time now. I invite all to join me in those prayers that these aspirations for full communion will be achieved.

If you hadn’t heard of this movement before… well you are not alone. Not one other Catholic blogger seems to have embedded the following video as  content.

“Father Samuel Dinkha speaks to the San Jose congregation regarding H.G. Mar Bawai and his supporters “declaration of intent” to pursue full communion with the Catholic Church and unity with the Chaldean Catholic Church of the East.”

Many years to Father Jarjis Robert Sayd, Mar Bawai, and all the newly ordained priests!

April 27: Blessed Maria Antonia Bandrés y Elósegui

April 27, 2008

Blessed Maria Antonia Bandrés y Elósegui, 1898 – 1919 Read the rest of this entry »

“Possibly Related Posts” from WordPress.com

April 27, 2008

Possibly an Announcement « WordPress.com

I am running hot and cold on the “Possibly Related Posts” that just up and appeared (gee, thanks WordPress)…

It is an all or nothing sort of thing – if you opt out of it, your posts never get linked elsewhere… OTOH, if you just want to remove a particular link because you don’t want to be associated with that content… you seem to be out of luck.

I will try to give it a week… After that, I may have to sit this out until “Possibly Related Posts 2.0” comes out and I have a little more editorial control as to what is getting attached to our work.

What’s Wrong With Contraception?

April 26, 2008

Q. Why is Natural Family Planning OK but contraception is a grave sin? What is the difference?

A. The difference is that one is indulgence in pleasure and the other practices self control. Both methods have the same effect, limiting family size, but that does not make them equal morally. For instance, if Grandma is terminally ill you could kill her or allow her to die naturally. The end result is the same but the moral difference could not be greater. Never do evil so that good may come.

The couple who practices NFP abstains from pleasure in order to limit family size while the contracepting couple indulges in pleasure stripped from its meaning and purpose.

The NFP couple practices total self giving love in their union but the contracepting couple rejects the fertility of their mate and so the union is incomplete.

God designed sex and eating to be pleasurable so that we would not forget to procreate and nourish our bodies. Stripping the pleasure of sex away from its God-given purpose is disordered just like attempting to get the pleasure out of eating but avoiding the natural purpose by throwing up after every meal.

God created the marital union to be a tri-unity of pleasure, bonding and openess to children. The attempt to extract pleasure and bypass the purpose of sex and eating is called lust and bulimia.

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Lutheran Rosary? Anglican Rosary?

April 26, 2008

Are either of these devotions

  1. Used at the parish level
  2. Commonly known to Lutherans or Anglicans?
    Sometimes known as the “Anglican rosary,” “Christian prayer beads,” or “ecumenical prayer beads,” Anglican prayer beads are a loop of strung beads which Anglicans and other Christians use as a focus for prayer. Anglican prayer beads were developed in the mid-1980s by Episcopalians participating in a study group dealing with methods of prayer. SOURCE


    Read the rest of this entry »

April 26: Blessed Julio Junyer Padern

April 26, 2008

Blessed Julio Junyer Padern, 1892-1938 Read the rest of this entry »

Poland Pressured on Abortion and Sexual Orientation by UN Human Rights Committee

April 25, 2008

Is the US losing its hegemony over the title “World’s Bully” in the eyes of the liberal elite? I doubt it. Somehow when individual nations or the UN push abortion or homosexual rights on nations that have other inclinations, that is seen as ok, even good.

If it weren’t for the smarter people in the EU or the UN or Scandanavia who are far more elightened than dirty over-producing brown people in South America or backward Poles trapped in their Catholicism… Well who who else but these wealthier (but dying) nations can enlighten the unwashed masses, eh?

It used to be the case that you could count on a coalition of South American and Islamic countries in the UN to put a stop to this sort of thing… Nowadays, perhaps the Islamic nations have realized that it is better to leave well enough alone and focus most of their UN efforts on Israel. Give Europe and the West enough rope to embrace the noose of infertility and sterility, and the homes in Europe will get cheaper still! And the burgeoning, pro-fertility Islamic nations are going to need to expand…

Who knew that in our selfishness we would one day end up selling Europe so cheaply?

Poland Pressured on Abortion and Sexual Orientation by UN Human Rights Committee
Canada pushes Poland to advance homosexual rights

By Maciej Golubiewski

WASHINGTON, DC, April 24, 2008 (C-FAM.org)- The government of Poland was pressed on the issue of abortion and sexual orientation by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last week. The grilling came during something called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a process mandated by the UN General Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

1982 Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Clergy-Laity Conference and Saint Francis of Assisi

April 25, 2008

This warmed my heart.

The Gospel of Nice …

April 25, 2008

The Gospel of Nice …


Jesus shared with his disciples,

“I am the Nice Shepherd.

I never say no to my sheep. They love me and I love them and I do anything they want. When the wolf comes I smile and say hello and welcome him into the flock because my flock is inclusive and welcoming.

Other shepherds are not nice. They are divisive and bullying. They have rules for the sheep. They do not accept the wolf and do not let the sheep play with him.

I am the Nice Shepherd. I lay down for the sheep and the wolf. They love me lots and call me by my first name. We love ourselves and we form community. We do not like those other sheep who will not play with the wolf. We do not have them in our flock. We call them names and show them they are unwelcome because they are not welcoming like us.”

SOURCE: http://homiliesfromaustralia.blogspot.com/2008/04/happy-face-gospel-of-nice.html

The Enneagram – I Thought We Were Done With That Crap

April 25, 2008

I thought we were done with hearing about this new age crap… I hadn’t heard anyone mention the “E” word since I was making fun of it 12 years ago in seminary… It was – at best – passe then. Now I come to read that someone somewhere is still having to deal with this TOTAL crap in a diaconate formation program.

It just goes to show that there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9)..

So below are listed some decent articles to take a look at… Articles I thought for sure no one would be reading 10 years ago because I thought no one would still be messing around with this new age silliness.  80s modernism dies hard in some places I suppose. 

Enneagram: Psychic Babble, The
Mary Jo Anderson (2000?)

The Enneagram: Spirituality It Is Not
Mitch Pacwa (Fidelity, September, 1999)

NCCB Preparing Cautionary Note on Use of Enneagram
Paul Likoudis (The Wanderer, November 2, 2000)

Enneagram versus the Catholic Church
Rick Kephart (Unknown, 1994)

Ralph Rath (The New Age: A Christian Critique, June 1990)

5 bob to JohnPaulTwoToo

UPDATE:  I am having a problem with figuring out how to delete the “possibly related posts” which are rather unrelated altogether!

Teen mothers? NO!

April 25, 2008

25 FLDS Mothers Believed To Be Minors.

The horror!

How long before the media quits alluding to all sorts of “child rape” and “pedophilia” and simply publishes real ages?

Among the demographic most common where I live, being pregnant at 16 (in order to be a grandma by 32) is fairly common… OTOH, among the demographic I am a member of (Jebbie-educated 30somethings) the trend is more for “double-income, no kids”/”have our babies when we our forty+”…

Being that the ranks of the ruling elite are drawn from my more “enlightened” pals, I can understand how confounded they would be that teenage women would be mothers…

Don’t these women know they are suppose to have worked on a grad degree, had sex with a dozen men (living in “long term relationships” with two or three of them in their 20s) before getting married around 30, postponing even trying to get pregnat till at least 35/36 and then spend a grand on seeing fertility doctors because they can’t understand what the problem is at their age and after having been on “the pill” for decades?

No, these women should have waited a lot longer, slept with more men, and then dropped a few grand to have (a) kid(s) when they were in their forties. Duh!

The nerve!
5 bob to the Western Confucian

April 25: Blessed Giovanni Piamarta

April 25, 2008

Blessed Giovanni Piamarta, 1841 -1913 Read the rest of this entry »

Catholic Answers Tract on “Papal Infallibility”

April 24, 2008

Papal Infallibility

The Catholic Church’s teaching on papal infallibility is one which is generally misunderstood by those outside the Church. In particular, Fundamentalists and other “Bible Christians” often confuse the charism of papal “infallibility” with “impeccability.” They imagine Catholics believe the pope cannot sin. Others, who avoid this elementary blunder, think the pope relies on some sort of amulet or magical incantation when an infallible definition is due.

Given these common misapprehensions regarding the basic tenets of papal infallibility, it is necessary to explain exactly what infallibility is not. Infallibility is not the absence of sin. Nor is it a charism that belongs only to the pope. Indeed, infallibility also belongs to the body of bishops as a whole, when, in doctrinal unity with the pope, they solemnly teach a doctrine as true. We have this from Jesus himself, who promised the apostles and their successors the bishops, the magisterium of the Church: “He who hears you hears me” (Luke 10:16), and “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven” (Matt. 18:18).

Vatican II’s Explanation

Vatican II explained the doctrine of infallibility as follows: “Although the individual bishops do not enjoy the prerogative of infallibility, they can nevertheless proclaim Christ’s doctrine infallibly. This is so, even when they are dispersed around the world, provided that while maintaining the bond of unity among themselves and with Peter’s successor, and while teaching authentically on a matter of faith or morals, they concur in a single viewpoint as the one which must be held conclusively. This authority is even more clearly verified when, gathered together in an ecumenical council, they are teachers and judges of faith and morals for the universal Church. Their definitions must then be adhered to with the submission of faith” (Lumen Gentium 25). Read the rest of this entry »

Is Missing Mass a Mortal sin?

April 24, 2008

Q. Why is it a mortal sin to miss mass on Sundays?

A. Christ said, “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Now one of these commandments is,

“Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.”

Thus God demands the sanctification of one day in seven in a special way. His very use of the word “Remember” implies a grave obligation not to forget or omit this duty. It is a mortal sin to disobey God in this matter. But how are we Christians to observe this commandment? Who is to tell us? Our Lord says,

If a man will not hear the Church, let him be as the heathen.“Mt. 18:17

We must, then, hear the Church. Now the Catholic Church tells us that the central factor in the religion of Christ is the Mass, and that the chief thing in the sanctification of Sunday is to be present at the offering of that Sacrifice to God. This obliges under pain of mortal sin, unless sickness or other grave difficulties prevent such assistance at Mass. Remember that men are not only individual beings. They are also social beings. Therefore, they are obliged to worship God in their individual capacity and collectively as well. God has always demanded public worship and from the earliest Apostolic times Christians met regularly for religious exercises in common. Radio RepliesVol. 1: #1168

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The Office of New Testament Priest

April 24, 2008

The Office of New Testament Priest

by James Akin

In both Old and New Testaments, there are three ranks of priests, which are commonly referred to as the high priests, the ministerial priests, and the universal priests.

At the time of the Exodus the high priest was Aaron (Ex. 31:30), the ministerial priests were his four sons (Ex. 28:21; the sons were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, the first two of which were killed for abusing their priestly duties), and the universal priests were the people of Israel as a whole (Exodus 19:6). Read the rest of this entry »

April 24: , Swedish Convert, Nurse & Nun

April 24, 2008

Blessed Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad, 1870 – 1957 Read the rest of this entry »

Have You been Wondering What David Ortiz is Wearing (or a certain former First Lady) on his (her) Arm?

April 24, 2008

Have You been Wondering What David Ortiz is Wearing on his Arm? « Red Sox Links Daily


They do seem to be showing up everywhere…

(5 bob to American Papist)

Good news, Maronites, you can get in the action, too!


Nigeria: Muslims rioting, attacking Christians over claim that a Christian blasphemed Muhammad

April 23, 2008

5 bob to: Jihad Watch

Nigeria: Muslims rioting, attacking Christians over claim that a Christian blasphemed Muhammad

Thousands of Christians trapped in churches as Muslims riot, looking for them.

“Nigeria: Muslim Rioters Attack Christians In Kano: Claim of ‘blasphemy’ in city market leads to looting, destruction,” from Compass Direct News (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair):

KANO, Nigeria, April 23 (Compass Direct News) – Hundreds of Muslims took to the streets of this northern Nigerian city on Sunday (April 20), attacking Christians and their shops and setting vehicles on fire on claims that a Christian had Read the rest of this entry »

A Seminarian To Watch

April 23, 2008

Andrew Haines is a seminarian for the Diocese of Toledo studying in Rome. His blog In Umbris Sancti Petri is smart and well written and certainly worth following. Don’t take my word for it – see for yourself!

Confession & the Ecclesial Body

The two bookends of the priesthood—for lack of a more theologically descriptive term—are the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confession. Really, it is through offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and hearing the confessions of the faithful that the priest does the greatest work in the salvation of souls and the sanctification of the world. Of these two Sacraments, the most written about is certainly that of the Eucharist, which comes as no real surprise given its primacy as the “source and summit” of the entire Catholic faith. In seeing the beauty of the Eucharist, though, we cannot be unconscious of that beauty which flows just as profoundly from the Sacrament of Confession. Read the rest of this entry »

Reason #4546 It Is A Special Blessing From The Almighty To Be An Ohioan

April 23, 2008

Florida « Annunciations
What someone in Oldsmar (near Tampa) found in their kitchen yesterday morning:

See that is just like reason #4546 why Florida living would not be for this Ohioan… I don’t want to have to walk around my own home with a sidearm in case one of those ugly sorrowful things happens to be in the room I next enter…

From Wikipedia: An average American alligator’s weight and length is 800 lbs (360 kg) and 13 feet (4 m) long.


April 23: Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu

April 23, 2008

Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu, 1914 – 1939 Read the rest of this entry »

Worth Rreading: 6 Years of Nightly Viewing- My Thoughts on Bill Maher « The Christian News Blog

April 22, 2008

Worth Rreading: 6 Years of Nightly Viewing- My Thoughts on Bill Maher « The Christian News Blog

“I honestly have no idea, but I think there’s something there deep inside that has troubled him for years and years. He now seems so bitter and just plain angry.”


He is past some lighthearted mockery or joke making… I can take all the skewering of someone who in turn does not take himself all that seriously. This man has gone from jokes to screeds… and it has been painful to watch.

Happy Earth Day

April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day few but faithful readers.

I invite all married Catholic couples to celebrate by making a baby.

Also worth taking a look at today: Killing People to Save the Planet – part one « Gate Post

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

April 22, 2008

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles


(Benedictines of Mary, also known as the Oblates of Mary, in Massachusetts.)
The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles is a traditional monastic community of women who desire to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary in the giving of herself to God to fulfill His Will, especially in her role of assistance by prayer and work to the Apostles, first priests of the Catholic Church. Read the rest of this entry »

April 22: Pope Saint Soter

April 22, 2008

Pope Saint Soter, d. ca. 174

The BBC, Russia & The CatholicChurch: 12 Years later

April 21, 2008

Monday, February 9, 1998 Published at 20:00 GMT

World: Analysis

Growing influence of the Russian Orthodox Church


Russian Orthodox Church: making new alliances

Pope John Paul II and the Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, have held talks at the Vatican, which were described as “extremely cordial.” But relations remain tense following the passing of a law last year in Russia restricting the freedom of many Christian denominations – including Roman Catholic orders. As Alan Little reports from Moscow, reconciliation is still a far-off dream.

Russian Orthodox Church: at odds with Vatican for 1000 years

In Russia, the autocratic impulse runs deep. It is far older than Communism. And the Russian Orthodox Church lies at the heart of the autocratic tradition: its defender and its beneficiary. It bolstered the Tsarist autocracy and was rewarded. It struck deals with the Communists and was rewarded. Now, in the new Russia, it is making new alliances.

Larry Uzell, of the independent religious freedom watchdog, The Keston Institute:

“The leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church has decided, for reasons best known to themselves, that the path to political power, the path to influence, to success – and, I’m afraid, also the path to money – is to work hand-in-glove with the extreme ultra-nationalists in Russian politics.”

Roman Catholics: restricted by Russian law

A new law, signed by President Yeltsin late last year, grants wide-ranging religious freedoms to Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity. But its effect will severely restrict many Christian denominations – including Roman Catholic orders.

Father Vadim is one of a handful of Russian Catholic priests whose religious freedom is now compromised by legalised Orthodox supremacy.

“For some of my Orthodox friends, I am a sort of Judas. To be Russian and to be Catholic – it’s a betrayal. Read the rest of this entry »

The Gospel of Matthew

April 21, 2008

A vein of theology infecting the Church today makes an attempt to discern who the “real” authors of the Gospels were and when they wrote.  One of the claims is that the Gospel of Matthew, long considered to be the first Gospel (by Matthew, hence the name), was actually written after 70 AD by an author who was not a disciple of Jesus.  This claim is based on the facts that Matthew and Mark are so similar to each other that one must have been copied from the other and the inclusion of the predicted destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in the Gospel of Matthew which did occur in 70 AD.

Papias, bishop of Heirapolis, who was a student of the Apostle John and a companion of Polycarp (also a student of John), wrote that Matthew was the first to record a Gospel in writing, which he did for the Israelites in the Hebrew language.  Irenaeus, bishop of Lyon, wrote “Against Heresies” at the end of the Second Century.  To the best of my knowledge that has never been disputed.  In it he said:

Matthew published his gospel among the Hebrews in their own tongue, when Peter and Paul were preaching the Gospel in Rome and founding the church there.  After their departure Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, himself handed down to us in writing the substance of Peter’s preaching.  Luke, the follower of Paul, set down in a book the gospel preached by his teacher.  Then John, the disciple of the Lord, who also leaned on his breast, himself produced his gospel, while he was living at Ephesus in Asia.

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Does the Catholic Church Still Believe in Purgatory?

April 21, 2008

Q. Does the Catholic Church Still Believe in Purgatory?

A. Yes

Q. What is Purgatory?

A. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church


1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:

I Peter 1:7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

St. Gregory the Great: “As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.( Dial. 4,39:PL 77,396; cf. Mt 12:31.)

Mt. 12:31 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
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April 21: Saint Román Adame Rosales, Martyr Of Mexico

April 21, 2008

Saint Román Adame Rosales, 1859 – 1927

Don’t maek me cal mi loyer!

April 20, 2008

I am putting all my fellow bloggers on notice – typos, mispellings, misused homophones and homonyms are MY trademark.

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+Alfonso Cardinal Trujillo

April 20, 2008

November 8, 1935 – April 19, 2008

Alfonso Cardinal Trujillo

Prayers for the repose of his soul.