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 »
Monday, Jan. 26, 1931
The American Birth Control League invited 30 Protestant Episcopal bishops to its convention in Manhattan last week. Not one bishop appeared, although their Triennial General Convention at Denver next September is certain to consider birth control in echo to the last Lambeth Conference of bishops of and affiliated with the Church of England, which discreetly approved the movement (TIME, July 14 & Aug. 25). Nonetheless there were several preachers of various denominations among the 200 delegates who attended the convention. Also-present were a few doctors. Conspicuously absent were women who revel in tales of their own childbearing, women too prudish to discuss procreation in any manner, Catholic women obedient to the Pope’s denunciation of any hindrance to conception (TIME, Jan. 19). Last week’s meeting lacked the vigor of previous conventions. Some speakers interpreted the Pope’s denunciatory encyclical as favorable to birth control. “It paves the way for the inevitable fight over what is one of the most important biological findings in history”—Professor Julian Sorell Huxley of London. Other speakers and a formal resolution politely denounced the recent White House Conference on Child Health & Protection (TIME, Dec. 1) for not mentioning birth control at all. Dr. Ira Solomon Wile of Manhattan called the White House Conference “a total, a complete and excellently devised demonstration of an ostrich policy. This is unjust to the ostrich, however, as it does not bury its head quite so deeply.” Otherwise the birth controllers were placid. They reiterated an old boast that their movement has been endorsed by various sectional conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Congregational Churches of Connecticut, the Universalist “General Convention, the American Unitarian Association, the Lambeth Conference. During ten years of formal organization Birth Control has developed an American League, state leagues in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; local groups in California. Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Maryland. North Carolina and Ohio; a Committee for Federal Legislation on Birth Control: and 58 big-city clinics for contraceptive advice.
Blessed Michal Kozal
Nowy Folwark (Poland), September 25, 1893 – Dachau (Germany), January 26, 1943
Roman Martyrology: At Monaco of Bavaria in Germany, Blessed Michael Kozal, Auxiliary Bishop of Włocławek and martyr: to have assumed the defense of faith and freedom of the Church under the Nazi regime nefasto with unconquerable endurance was pushed to three years in the field of extermination of the prison at Dachau until his life was crowned with martyrdom.
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Blessed Teresa Grillo Michel
Spinetta Marengo, Alexandria, September 25, 1855 – Alexandria, January 25, 1944
Founder of the Little Sisters of Divine Providence. The opera began to have houses in different places in Piedmont, soon developed in the regions of Veneto, Lombardy, Liguria, in Puglia and Lucania. From June 13, 1900 the Institute was expanded in Brazil since 1927 and, upon request of the Blessed Don Luigi Orione, founded houses in Argentina. Without sparing, Teresa inspired and encouraged the sisters with her prompt and charismatic presence in the community. Six times she crossed the ocean to reach Latin America, where at her request flourished with many foundations kindergartens, orphanages, schools, hospitals and shelters for the elderly. The sixth trip she made in 1928 at the age of 73 years. On June 8, 1942, the Holy See granted approval to the Congregation of the Little Sisters of Divine Providence. Blessed Teresa Grillo died in Alexandria on January 25, 1944 at the age of 88 years.
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Q. So, despite the fact that scripture says, “All have sinned” Catholics reject that scripture and say instead, “All have sinned, except Mary?”
A. Not exactly. We would say “All have sinned except Jesus and Mary.” If Christians accept the fact that Jesus was sinless and that He was fully Human then the statement “All have sinned” has at least one exception that all Christians agree upon. Therefore, if there is one exception (Jesus) then why can there not be another exception? Mary. There are examples in Scripture of seeming absolutes, such as all, no one or every, that just do not mean ABSOLUTELY all, no one or every, with NO EXCEPTIONS.
John 3:32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony.
Here is John the Baptist talking about Jesus. Is it true that no one receives his testimony? Of course not. This is a hyperbolic use of “no one”. John accepted His testimony and we know the apostles and many others accepted it.
Mark 14:53-64 states “all” the Sanhedrin assembled for Christ’s trial, that the “whole council” sought for testimony against Him and they “all condemned him to death.”
But we know there were exceptions to the “whole” and the “all,” such as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. Again, this verbiage indicates a majority of the Sanhedrin or all of its members who were actually in attendance at the trial—but not literally every single person who composed this Jewish council.
Romans 3:10-11 None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks for God.
In its immediate context, we see Paul is reproving Jews who thought mere physical lineage from Abraham ensured their place in God’s family by quoting from Psalm 14:1. But when we look to all of Sacred Scripture, we find Paul’s use of “no one” in his argument could not possibly mean every single human being, or Scripture would be contradicting itself!
Exceptions to the “none” and “no one” in Romans 3 are God’s faithful people as revealed by numerous OT passages. These state some certainly did obey the command to “seek for God.” They are even called “the righteous” in several places, including this exact same Psalm in verse 5! Thus, even the phrase, “none is righteous,” has scriptural exceptions, meaning neither the “none” nor the “no one” of Romans 3:10-11 should be interpreted as encompassing absolutely every single person.
Thus, “all have sinned” in Romans 3:23 does not have to mean every single human being who has ever lived has sinned. Even Martin Luther believed in the Immaculate Conception of Mary long before it was officially defined as a dogma of the Church. See what Luther said HERE.
It is also interesting that even though the Eastern Orthodox Churches broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in the 11th century, they have always and continue to teach Mary’s lifelong sinlessness. This fact adds to the credibility and antiquity of this Catholic doctrine.
If you question this doctrine you really have to ask yourself:
“Could God have created Mary without a sin nature?”
Of course He could.
“Theoretically, could Mary, without the defect of original sin have resisted the temptation to sin throughout her whole life with the grace of God?”
But is this historically accurate? Well, all existing Christian Churches hold the Immaculate Conception to be true up to and including the reformer, Martin Luther. So WHO and by WHAT authority did this belief get thrown out?
Blessed Marie Poussepin
Dourdan, 1653 – Sainville, 1744
Born in Dourdan (Essonne) from a family deeply committed Christian and works of charity, following the failure of her father, she courageously took over the father’s factory, transforming it into a pilot plant, aimed more at social good than profit. In 1691 she entered the Dominican Third Order, which appreciated her spirit of contemplation and apostolic purpose. Realizing that God and Saint Dominic called her to a different lifestyle, she left the factory with her brother and moved to Jainville, where poverty and ignorance were higher. Here she founded a community-type female Dominican Order, not cloistered and open to works of charity: the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the presentation of the s. Virgin. Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Giovanni Infante
In the second voyage of Christopher Columbus would have been three Mercedarian fathers, such as Blessed John Infante with the Blessed John Solórzano and the Venerable George of Seville. First in South America Blessed John Infante offered, with great faith, the host immaculate, the cup of blessing el’incruento sacrifice to God.
The Order celebrates him on January 23.
SOURCE: Santi e Beati