Pope Benedict’s Prayer Intentions for October

September 30, 2009

Pope Benedict Holy Sepulchre


VATICAN CITY, 30 SEP 2009 (VIS) – Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for October is: “That Sunday may be lived as the day on which Christians gather to celebrate the risen Lord, participating in the Eucharist”.

His mission intention is: “That the entire People of God, to whom Christ entrusted the mandate to go and preach the Gospel to every creature, may eagerly assume their own missionary responsibility and consider it the highest service they can offer humanity”.

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Peter or his Confession?

September 30, 2009

Q. Where does scripture anywhere else (Besides Mt. 16) ascribe to Peter this exalted position? This would make sense if it were supported by other scripture, but I know of no other scripture that does. One should not rely on a doctrine, especially one as critical as this, based on one verse in the Bible.

A. Before I answer your question, let me ask you this most important question…

Where in Sacred Scripture does it say that Scripture alone is the sole rule of faith and doctrine?

And if Scripture does not assert this, then is Sola Scriptura not, of itself, a doctrine unsupported by Scripture? Is there even one?

Is it not a Protestant tradition?

It is historically unknown before the Reformation.

The Church and the Faith was taught orally for decades without any NT writings at all. The Christian Faith existed for centuries before everyone knew for certain which gospels and epistles were deemed infallibly reliable at about 400AD.

Yes, of course the Gospels and Paul’s letters etc. were written long before the Bible was canonized in the 400’s. But in the ancient world there were many other writings as well, some very excellent some pretty bad and some of the good ones were used in Church liturgies even though later they were not included in the canon.

But, the Faith was taught by the apostles before they wrote their Gospels and letters. The NT books were given birth from/out of the Faith of the Apostles as taught to them by Jesus.

For Protestants, however, they believe that their Faith is born from/out of the Bible alone. But, there is no historical precedent for deriving the Christian religion by this method. Historically, Christianity has always taught both the written teachings of the apostles and the oral teachings of the apostles. Scripture and Apostolic Tradition.

Q. This interpretation is not supported by any other scripture, yet the interpretation that the rock is Jesus himself is supported throughout the New Testament as shown in 1 Corinthians 3:11.

A. Now, if you look at the context of I Cor 3:11 you will see that the topic being discussed is salvation-the foundation of salvation not the foundation of the church. However, we would still agree that Christ IS also the foundation of the Church. Absolutely!

1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Yes, Christ is the foundation and the head of our salvation. The founder of the Church. The King of Kings, Lord of Lords, God Almighty. We absolutely agree on all this. We are merely saying that Christ, before he physically left us, appointed Peter and his successors, along with the other apostles and their successors to rule His Church. He left a visible Church and visible shepherds to guard His Church on Earth in order go give true and sure teaching and direction to mankind….rather than leaving us all to “do what seems right in our own eyes.”

Couldn’t Christ have a man, in time, who would be His representative, His spokesperson?

He empowered mere sinful men, who wrote the Sacred Scriptures, to write infallibly.

He inspired the prophets to speak His words infallibly to men.

What is so odd for God to provide His people with an infallible Pope and the infallible teaching Church.

This seems to be how God operates. For some reason He like to work through us fallen human beings.

Why couldn’t Christ institute the office of Pope?

Jesus is also the Rock.

1 Corinthians 10:4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.

God is the Rock—(these are all psalms but I accidently deleted the references..)

They remembered that God was their Rock, that God Most High was their Redeemer.But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’

proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.

Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

The Catholic Church does not deny that God and Christ are called rock in scripture. Or that the Church is built upon both Christ and Peter. This does not cause any problem because Catholic interpretation does not use a hermenutic of either/or but both/and.

It is the Protestant method of either/or (and the prior rejection of Peter’s primacy) that causes the necessity of interpreting This Rock as referring to Peter’s confession rather than to the nearer subject…Peter..

The underlying question is:

Who has the authority to interpret Sacred Scripture infallibly?


Or me ?

Or Martin Luther?

Or Chuck Smith etc.?

Or the Church founded by Christ?

Jean-Nicolas Cordier, September 30

September 30, 2009

Martyr Palm Fronds

Blessed Jean-Nicolas Cordier, Jesuit Priest and Martyr
Saint-André, France, December 3, 1710 – Rochefort, France, September 30, 1794

Roman Martyrology: On the French coast in the sea off Rochefort, Blessed John Nicholas Cordier, Priest and Martyr who, after the abolition of the Society of Jesus carried out his priestly ministry in the territory of Verdun, until, during the French Revolution, threw for priest in a galley at anchor, died of diseased lethal starvation. Read the rest of this entry »

Dhimmi doesn’t live in Upper Kalsi anymore

September 30, 2009

5 Bob to CounterJihad

Update: Indian AK-toting, Muslim ass-kicking girl a hero

Rukhsana Kauser said she 'fired endlessly'


Brave Rukhsana becomes a star for killing LeT terrorist

Shahdhara Sharief (Rajouri), Sep 29 : Her immensely brave act has turned young Rukhsana Kausar into a heroine and people now see her as a fighter against the ‘zulm’ or atrocities of militants. She had taken on a group of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists who barged into her house late Sunday night, snatched an AK-47 from one intruder and shot him dead. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed José Villanova, September 29

September 29, 2009

Blessed José Villanova

Blessed José Villanova, Priest and Martry

Turís Tormo (Valencia) January 20, 1902-Madrid, September 29, 1936

Blessed José Villanova was born in Turís Tormo (Valencia) January 20, 1902 and was baptized two days later. He took his vows in Carabanchel Alto (Madrid) on 25 July 1920, and in 1929 was ordained a priest and spent teaching. He had a long but fruitful apostolate is not, is that in Salamanca in Madrid. Read the rest of this entry »

Conversation: Peter or His Confession?

September 28, 2009

Q. So what is the support for the contention that the Catholic Church is the prescribed “organization of believers” despite their unchristian behavior over many centuries.

A. Well, we have 1500 more years of history as an organization than the Lutherans and Presbyterians. And there are more Catholics worldwide than all of the Protestant denominations put together. So, I do not doubt that we have logged a lot more unchristian behavior in the past 2000 years. But just wait until the Lutherans have been around for 2000 years and have as many members as we do, then we can compare fairly our records of sanctity and sinfulness?

Q. The origin of the belief in the papacy, appears to be the passage in Matthew 16:18 where Jesus says, “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.”

A. Actually the origin of the papacy is not rooted/derived/ or founded upon the passage of Matthew 16. It is rooted in Christian history. But because Protestants have no regard for history and will only listen to evidence in Scripture, we do our best to give you the best Biblical evidence to support and explain our beliefs. Remember we do not derive our religion out of scripture alone like the Protestant sects do.

Q. There are two different viewpoints on what this scripture is saying. The Catholic Church, of course, says that Jesus is putting Peter in charge and he was therefore the first Pope. The other viewpoint is that Jesus was saying that the church was to be built upon Peter’s answer to Jesus’ question posed to Peter just preceding the passage in question. Peter’s response was that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

I cannot find any additional support that Jesus meant that Peter would be the foundation of the church (the rock Jesus would build his church on),

Q. In Matthew 16, is Jesus going to build His Church on Peter’s confession or on Peter?

A. Both, in one way, because certainly the Church is built on “Christ the Son of the living God”. However, the plain sense of Mt. 16 has to be speaking about Peter. Peter is the Rock on which the Church will be built. After all, Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter and what does the name Peter mean? Rock.

In addition to this, in v. 18 “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church”, the pronoun “this” must have a noun that it is referring to, an antecedent. Antecedents are usually 0ne of the closest nouns that came before the pronoun. In this case that noun would be Peter. Often, when trying to refute the Catholic use of this scripture to show that Peter is the rock on which Jesus will build His church some have said,

“No, the rock is not Peter it is Peter’s confession, that is the rock on which Christ will build His Church.”

That seems reasonable until you think about the rules of grammar. The pronoun “this” is in verse 18. Peter’s confession is in verse 16. That is two verses, three sentences and seven nouns away.

16: Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.“
17: And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
18: And I tell you, you are Peter, and on THIS rock I will build my church.

If pronouns in English or any other language could have seven nouns in between the pronoun and the antecedent it would be incomprehensible. For example:

And Tom said, my house is a two-story Victorian. John said,”You are lucky Tom.”
When I get a job, and make some money my father can take a vacation. And I tell you it may be a cave but THIS home is where my heart is.

Which home is where John’s heart is? The Cave? or the two-story Victorian.


I have a car and I love to drive. I also have a truck. My house has a two-car garage with a pool. IT is beautiful.

What does IT refer to? What is beautiful? The pool or maybe the whole house. Who would contend that the writer meant that the car was beautiful? And yet, that is the sort of grammatical gymnastics required to assert that Peter’s confession was the rock upon which Jesus would build His Church.

Yale to host Mohammed Cartoonist

September 28, 2009

Mantilla-twitch to CounterJihad for letting us know that Dhimmi Yale is having the Mohammed Cartoonist speak on campus. It’s too bad they chose not to include the cartoons in the book; it would be much better to include them. I’m excited about International Free Speech Day. Of course it will likely be viewed as anti-Islam propaganda since free speech isn’t an option in Muslim countries.


Mohammed cartoonist to speak at Yale

Free speech will be on the agenda when Kurt Westergaard and Lars Hedegaard visit students at Yale

The artist behind the infamous Mohammed cartoon, Kurt Westergaard, and the president of the International Free Press Society, Lars Hedegaard, will speak to Yale University students as a new book about the cartoon crisis is set to be published.

Yale goes dhimmi

Yale University Press, an autonomous publishing house associated with the university, is releasing Danish author Jytte Clausen’s book ‘The Cartoons That Shook The World’ on Monday. The publisher has removed images of the cartoons from the book, reasoning that they might incite violence.

Muhammed cartoon

Westergaard’s cartoons, one of which depicts the prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, were first published by Jyllands-Posten newspaper in 2005.

He and Hedegaard have been invited by a student organisation to speak at the university campus on 1 October, just three days after the book’s scheduled release.

Hedegaard told The Copenhagen Post that he would talk about the background of the crisis and the situation today. He expected Westergaard to talk about his art and what he wanted to express through his drawings.

The timing of the talk was appropriate, he said.

‘The decision of Yale University Press is of course despicable and a sign of censorship and fear. It’s a sad comment of our times that a well-respected company should bow to fear of threats,’ Hedegaard said.

Hedegaard also noted that 30 September is the fourth anniversary of the original publication of the drawings and announced plans to establish an annual event promoting free speech.

When asked if creating an International Free Speech Day on the cartoon anniversary would stir up negative feelings, Hedegaard said that it was not his intention to offend people.

‘We are simply making a statement that we have free speech in our country so that any ideology, or group or political party can be exposed to ridicule,’ said Hedegaard. ‘We can’t control people’s feelings’