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’

Saint Simon de Rojas, Spetember 28

September 28, 2009

St. Simon de Rojas

St. Simon de Rojas, Religious Trinitarian, Priest
Valladolid, Spain, October 28, 1552 – September 29, 1624

Father SIMON DE ROJAS of the Trinitarian Order was born at Valladolid, Castilla, Spain, the 28th of October, 1552. At twelve years of age, he entered the Trinitarian monastery of the city where he was born and there made his religious profession on October 28, 1572; he studied at the University of Salamanca from 1573 to 1579; he was ordained a priest in 1577; he taught philosophy and theology at Toledo from 1581 to 1587; from 1588 until his death he fulfilled with much prudence the office of superior in various monasteries of his province and was sent as apostolic visitor twice to his own province of Castilla, and once to that of Andalusia; on April 14, 1612 he founded the Congregation of the Slaves of the Sweet Name of Mary; in 1619 he was named tutor to the royal princes of Spain; on May 12, 1621 he was elected Provincial of Castilla; on January 1, 1622 he was chosen confessor of Queen Isabel of Borbon; he died on September 29, 1624. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Joseph Fenollosa Alcayna, September 27

September 28, 2009

Blessed Joseph Fenollosa Alcayna

Blessed Joseph Fenollosa Alcayna, Priest and Martyr
September 27

Roman Martyrology: At Sagunto in Spain, Martyr Fenollosa Alcayna Joseph, Priest, who, during the persecution of the faith, spilled his blood for Christ.

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

Source: Santi e Beati

Mini Muslim March

September 27, 2009

Friday, the traditional Muslim day of prayer, at the Capital Mall in Washington, DC, there was a Muslim Prayer Day.

It was controversial because one of the organizers is reported not to exactly adore American traditions.

They expected thousands upon thousands.

And didn’t get them. According to the Washington Post, there were about 3,000 attending.

“We wanted to bring people out to show you don’t need to fear America,” said Imam Ali Jaaber of Dar-ul-Islam mosque in Elizabeth N.J., the service’s main organizer. At the same time, he said, he wanted to remind non-Muslims that “we are decent Muslims. We work; we pay taxes. We are Muslims who truly love this country.”

This same Imam asked the Christian protestors to tone it down because Friday is sacred.

Free speech is also sacred.

Interestingly, I failed to notice women in the news coverage.

University of Wisconsin Papers, Pro-Abortion

September 27, 2009

Fox has an article on the University of Wisconsin student newspapers that decided not to run pro-life ads; seems they could be controversial and don’t offer a service.

Apparently providing information about options for help for pregnant women, and educating people on the sanctity of life isn’t a service; you know, like abortion is a service. Porn is an appropriate topic for an article. So is sexting. And mocking belief in God.

I assume the controversy comes in because people would be reminded that abortion kills babies.

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

September 27, 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 »

This Rock, the Conversation Continued

September 26, 2009

Q. It would seem that of first importance in this discussion is the proof of the primacy that the Catholic Church claims. Was Peter really made the rock on which the church would stand and did this establish an Apostolic legacy that the Catholic Church claims as its authoritative support. What about Peter ? And how has this played out in the church history?

I noticed in your quoting of the scripture from Matthew 16:18 where Jesus says,

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church”

that where I have the word Peter you have the word Rock,

“And I tell you that you are Rock, and on this rock I will build my church.”

but in the Greek the first word is Petros and the second word is Petra. Petros is the word used elsewhere that is translated Peter and Petra is used elsewhere as rock (see Lk 8:6 for instance). I don’t believe your translation is correct and in fact my translation is the one I found in my official Catholic Bible issued by The Catholic Press, Inc. Copyright 1957.

A. Yes you are right that is the traditional translation but the Greek word for Peter is the word for rock. Using Peter obscures what it actually was that Jesus said. At this time there was not a name, Peter. These days we are used to it as a name and don’t get the significance of Jesus naming him Rock.

And I do have a post on this:

Petros/Petra vs. Rocky/ Rockelle

Q. Isn’t the problem, with the Catholic argument that Peter is the Rock of Matthew 16, that the Greek word used by Jesus for the Rock foundation of His Church is petra but the name He uses for Peter is Petros? Doesn’t Petra, meaning a BIG rock refer to Peter’s confession whereas, petros, Jesus’ name for Simon, means small stone.

A. This is a valiant attempt by non-Catholic apologists to explain away Biblical evidence that Jesus founded His Church on Peter. However, it simply is not convincing when one looks at the facts.
First, most scholars believe that Jesus spoke Aramaic. In Aramaic there is only ONE word for rock. Kepha. So what Jesus actually said would have been:

You are Kepha, and on this kepha I will build my Church.

Jesus was not making any distinctions, after all, between Simon Kepha/Rock and the Kepha/Rock that Christ would build His Church upon. But obviously Peter comes from the Greek word petros. So, of course, one would tend to wonder about the strength of this argument since we now call Simon–Peter and not Kepha/Cephas. The explanation is simple. There actually are several places in the New Testament where the Aramaic IS used for Simon.

John 1:42
And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas, which, when translated, is Peter.”

This is very early on.

1 Corinthians 1:12
What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas “; still another, “I follow Christ.”

1 Corinthians 3:22
whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours,
1 Corinthians 9:5
Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Cephas?

So Simon was at this time called Cephas in Aramaic. Simon’s new name has come down to us as Peter because the Greek translation of the New Testament is the stronger traditional translation used by the Church when translating into Latin and English, and other vernacular languages. Petros/Petra is the Greek from which Peter is derived. There was a time when these two Greek words did denote different types of rocks but by the first century AD they were synonyms.

Second-When the translation of the original Aramaic ( You are Kepha and on this kepha…) was made into Greek, the word Kepha which denoted Peter’s new name, became petros because petra has a feminine ending and petros has the masculine ending. It would not be fitting to call the Prince of the Apostles by a girl’s name like Rockelle. In English we use the name Peter which is a Greek name but if we were to make a strict translation into English it would be Rock or Rocky. A man’s name.

Birth Control Pill increases health risks

September 26, 2009

While the Catholic Church does not sanction use of artificial contraception, that’s only ancillary to this post; if you’re using it and identify yourself as Catholic, that’s a serious issue and needs to be discussed with a priest who follows church teaching. If your priest says it’s just fine, he isn’t following church teaching himself.

The following New York Times article focuses on estrogen and progesterone levels but is directed to one pharmaceutical company’s birth control products and discusses manufacturing issues, health issues and advertising. This, in addition to what we’ve been told for years about drugs in the water supply possibly affecting frogs, fish and other living creatures. Read the rest of this entry »

Sharia Law conflicts with Happiness

September 26, 2009

5 Bob to CounterJihad for showing the pressure women undergo when requesting divorce under Sharia law. Even in England.

Muslim women’s right to happiness under sharia threat

Muslima on wheels

FTKavita Ramdya.

Sir, I shudder to think of the repercussions for Muslim women if British law recognises decisions made by Sharia councils (“I’m a Sharia judge”, FT.Com, September 19). Sharia law dictates that when a woman requests a divorce and the husband disagrees, the judge will “emphasise reconciliation” and “she has to return the dower to him”, whereas a man can divorce his wife by simply repeating “I divorce you” in front of two witnesses.

Muslim women who seek divorce are subjected to an interview process, pressured to remain married and risk losing quite possibly their only financial wealth by being forced to return their dower.

In the past, it was critical that individuals marry and remain married in order to preserve the safety and stability of a clan, tribe, family fortune, or even an alliance between countries.

Since then, marriage has evolved. It is now the primary method with which to pursue happiness and fulfilment. Muslim women in Britain are cognisant of the fact that they have the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.

For Sharia judges to question a woman’s motives for divorce and pressure her socially and financially to remain in an unfulfilling and possibly dangerous marriage is antiquated at best and deadly at worst. Decisions made by Sharia councils have no room in British law.

Blessed Maria de Leon Alacuas (Emanuele Legua Martí), September 26

September 26, 2009

Blessed Maria de Leon Alacuas (Emanuele Legua Mars)

Blessed Maria de Leon Alacuas (Emanuele Legua Martí), Priest and Martyr
Alacuas (Valencia) April 23 1875-September 26

Roman Martyrology: In Madrid, also in Spain, blessed Leone (Emanuele) Legua Martí, a Priest of the Third Order of St. Francis of the hooded Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin and Martyr, in the same persecution that still got the crown of glory.

Leone (Emanuele) Legua Martí EIA was born in Alacuas (Valencia) April 23, 1875. He entered the congregation June 21, 1890, professed temporary vows on June 17 ,1892, perpetual vows on April 12, 1904 and was ordained a priest July 15, 1906. He occupied high positions in the institution and promoted religious observance. With great apostolic zeal against the boys from reeducate, he was the director of the Reformer in Madrid at the outbreak of civil war. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Marco Criado, September 25

September 25, 2009

Blessed Marco Criado

Blessed Marco Criado, Martyr of Andujar
Andújar, Spain, April 25, 1522-September 25, 1569, La Peza, Spain

Roman Martyrology: On the Alpujarras mountains near Granada in Spain in Al, Bl Marco Criado, Priest of the Most Holy Trinity for the liberation of slaves and martyr who was killed by the Moors.

He was born in Andújar, Spain, April 25, 1522. Clever, he distinguished himself early, while still a child among his fellow students, especially learning the Christian doctrine. In 1536 he embraced the Trinitarian Order in his hometown, where he made even the philosophical and theological studies. Ordained a Priest, he exercised the sacred ministry of the word to Andújar in Jaen and Ubeda. Obedience destined him, then, a missionary of the Diocese of Guadix and the surrounding region, a stronghold of the Muslims.

His zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of souls was tireless. After a brief stop in La Peza as chaplain, walking, alone and in a thousand dangers, the towns and villages of the rugged hills dell’Alpujarras everywhere to comfort the weak in faith, to correct manners, flush the good, and exposing confusing the perverse. At La Peza was slapped, insulted and beaten, in the Sierra de los Filabres he was for two days tied to a tree in Cadiar, he escaped the fury of his foes down in a basket making from the window of his guest. Abhencota, one of the most ferocious animals died, bound him to the tail of a horse and dragged him ten leagues.

At the outbreak of the revolt of the Moors dell’Alpujarras, Blessed Marco Criado was the first victim. Conducted, including beatings and insults, not far from La Peza, was tied to an oak, where he stayed three days, singing hymns and praying to God for his killers. Died, finally, stoned September 25, 1569. La Peza reveres him as its patron, the Alpujarras his apostle, the Trinitarian Order one of its most authentic children. His worship from time immemorial was solemnly confirmed by Pope Leo XIII July 24, 1899. His feast is celebrated on September 25.

Author: Placido della Vergine

Source: Santi e Beati

Conversation Between an Ex-Catholic and a Catholic Convert

September 24, 2009

Q. I would like to converse with you. Look forward to hearing from you. It has been a long time.

A. I would love to converse with you about my conversion or the Catholic Faith. I have the fondest memories of you and M.

But let me warn you, a five word question can take paragraphs to answer thoroughly if not pages. Also, I will give a link to a post on my site when that will save me time if I have a post dealing with your question. Or I might just copy and paste it. I will start with your questions..


Q. Why does the Roman Catholic Church claim to be the only true church of the God of the Bible

A. Because Jesus said to Peter, “You are Rock and on this Rock I will build my Church.” There is no mention of churches. No desire for diversity of belief and practice. But rather Jesus’ stated desire for unity.

John 17 :11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Q. Why do you believe that only Catholics therefore will attain to the resurrection (I know they don’t freely admit to this but I believe it is an official church position).

A. No, it is not the official position of the Church at all. In fact, the belief that only Catholics will attain the resurrection would be heretical. Please see my post below.

No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church considers all the baptized part of the Body of Christ and accepts all Christian Baptism in the Name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. When I came into the Catholic Church they did not baptize me because they considered my baptism valid.

Just last summer the Pope and the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith came out with a clarification on this issue. You can see my post here→ The Church and Ecclesial Communities

You can see the actual Vatican document here→ Some Questions..
Because of Jesus’ statement in John 17 the Catholic Church teaches that there is only one Church, the Church that Jesus founded on Peter. The churches founded by Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, or Chuck Smith are ecclesial communities. We believe all baptized, faithful Protestants are a part of the body of Christ.

The Catholic Church has so much to offer to help us on our journey to Heaven. Grace imparted in the sacraments, Saints and their writings that guide us in how to grow in holiness, examinations of conscience, spiritual retreats, prayers and devotions.

September 24: Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek

September 24, 2009

Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek
1800 – 1862 Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Joseph Pasquale Raimondo Ferrer Botella, September 24

September 24, 2009

Blessed Joseph Pasquale Raimondo Ferrer Botella

Blessed Joseph Pasquale Raimondo Ferrer Botella, Priest and Martyr
September 24

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Abalat de la Ribera in the territory of Valencia in Spain, Blessed Joseph Pasquale Raimondo Ferrer Botella, Priest and Martyr who suffered martyrdom during the persecution against the faith.

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

Source: Santi e Beati

Saint Basil The Great On The Necessity Of Confession Of Sins

September 24, 2009

5 bob to Taylor Marshall (ever the blogger to read!) who writes:

Saint Basil the Great on the necessity of confession of sins

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“It is necessary to confess our sins to those whom the dispensation of God’s mysteries is entrusted.” Basil, Rule Briefly Treated, 288 (A.D. 374).

Basil is, of course, referring to the act of Christ whereby he endowed the Apostolic ministry with the office of remitting sins:

“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (Jn 20:23).

September 23: Blessed Bernardina Maria Jablonska

September 23, 2009

Blessed Bernardina Maria Jablonska
1878 -1940

Too Much Koolaid?

September 23, 2009

Victoria Rowell

Blessed Vincent Ballester Far, September 23

September 23, 2009

Blessed Vincent Ballester Far

Blessed Vincent Ballester Far, Priest and Martyr
September 23

Roman Martyrology: In the village of Benisa in the territory of Valencia in Spain, blessed Vincent Ballester Far, Priest and Martyr, who, during the persecution, faced the glorious battle for Christ.

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

Source: Santi e Beati

Corrupting the Muslim World, One Cupcake at a Time

September 23, 2009

Cupcakes have been trendy lately; popularized by Sex and the City, which itself is on DVD and has been shown in many countries of the world.

They’re now infiltrating the Muslim world and since a Fatwa has been issued against Mickey Mouse, no doubt someone will see fit to issue one against cupcakes.


Yes, We Speak Cupcake

Simon Milne-Day for The New York Times

WHAT BORDERS? Patrons at Sugar Daddy’s, which sells American-style cupcakes in the Middle East. By ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN

Published: September 22, 2009

Amman, Jordan

Simon Milne-Day for The New York Times

SUGAR AND SPICE Fadi Jaber says that women account for most of his business at Sugar Daddy’s, which has locations in Dubai, Beirut, and Amman.

AS a young student at the multinational Aramco school in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Fadi Jaber, a son of Palestinian refugees, always preferred his American classmates’ cupcakes, brownies and chocolate chip cookies to his mother’s pastries: knafah, qatayef and baklawah. Read the rest of this entry »

How Can The Catholic Church Decide Who the Saints Are?

September 22, 2009

Q. I don’t understand how the church of one denomination can tell us who the saints are. The bible isn’t written to one denomination it is written to the whole body of Christ.

A. Actually, the New Testament was written by authors who belonged to the Catholic Church. And yes the Bible is for the whole body of Christ. But not all of the authors wrote it for the whole body of Christ. The authors of the Epistles wrote to specific churches or people. These were later included in the Bible. But I am sure Paul had no idea when he was writing to the Romans or the Corinthians that one day these letters would be deemed sacred Scripture.

Q. So what has empowered the Catholic church to claim Francis was a saint who wasn’t even in the bible?

A. In Matthew 16:19 Jesus gave Peter the Keys of the Kingdom and all the apostles the power to bind and loose. This is a Hebrew idom for “Authority to Rule” So, the Catholic Church, founded by Christ 2000 years ago, exercises this authority to make decisions to assist the faithful in their journey to Heaven.

Q. Denomination is man’s opinion of God’s truth.

A. You are absolutely right about that.

Q. God’s word specifically warns us against falling for man’s doctrine and not His.

A. True.

Q. The Catholic Church I’m sorry to say is wrong for providing laws instead of relationship. Jesus died for us to have relationship not for us to follow one man.

A. Well, when Jesus ascended into Heaven He put Peter and the apostles in charge of His Church on Earth. We listen to the Pope in obedience to Christ who gave us the structure and authority of Popes and Bishops to safely guide us into all truth. One of the things the Church does to carry out this holy responsibility is point out people who lived exemplary Christian lives so that we can learn more ways to live out our faith in Christ. The Church canonizes them, names them as Saints with a capital S, in order to give us a variety of holy examples of Christian living.

Those who are Saints are some of the best examples of having a deeply devout relationship with Jesus. And this very relationship is exactly why they were able to pursue holiness beyond their neighbors.

King Abdulla’s new School

September 22, 2009

5 bob to TechCrunch.

Pig-Free Cosmetics for Muslim Chicks

September 22, 2009

Five bob to CounterJihad

Muslim women get pig-free cosmetics

For Muslim women who feel they are violating Islam’s teachings by using skin creams with alcohol and pig residues, Layla Mandi has the answer: religiously-correct “halal” cosmetics.

The Canadian makeup artist who converted to Islam is marketing cosmetics called OnePure, which she says have the luxury feel of international brands minus the elements banned under Islamic law.

“There are pork derivatives and alcohol in most cosmetics products, so Muslims should really use something else,” Mandi said.

From Islamic banking to alcohol-free hotels, products tagged as halal have become popular among devout Muslims — who pray five times a day and perform other rituals.

Under the concept of halal — which means “lawful” in Arabic — pork and its by-products, alcohol and animals not slaughtered according to Koranic procedures are all forbidden.

Strict Muslims the world over only buy halal food but the market for halal cosmetics is still in its infancy in Asia and a mere novelty for Muslims in the Arab world.

Blessed Vincenzo Pelufo Corts, September 22

September 22, 2009

Blessed Vincenzo Pelufo Corts

Blessed Vincenzo Pelufo Corts, Priest and Martyr
September 22

Roman Martyrology: At Alzira in the territory of Valencia in Spain always, Blessed Martyr Vincenzo Pelufo Corts, Priest, who, during the same persecution against the faith, deserves to carry the palm of victory before God Almighty.

One of 233 Blessed Spanish Martyrs of Valencia, Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Source: Santi e Beati

St. Francis Jaccard, September 21

September 21, 2009

St. Francis JaccardSt. Francis Jaccard, Priest and Martyr
+ Vietnam, September 20, 1838

Roman Martyrology: In the fortress of Quang-Tr in Annam, now Viet Nam, the holy martyr Francis Jaccard, a priest of the Society for Foreign Missions of Paris, who, under Emperor Minh Ming, for Christ, suffered imprisonment and beatings and died, finally, strangled.

He was born in Onion (now dioc. Annecy) on Sept. 6. 1799 and then completed his studies in the seminaries of Melanie and Chambery, came in 1821 in the Foreign Missions of Paris. Ordained a priest, he was sent to the mission of Cochin China, and appointed Metropolitan General, took up residence at Phuong-Ru. Denounced by a treacherous pay (14 July, 1827), when he saw the village surrounded by soldiers, managed to hide in the thick of a forest of bamboo, but then, seeing no escape and ruin on the other hand, fearing that if he was not found, the fury of the troops would be unleashed upon the faithful, came out of hiding and surrendered to the soldiers. Conducted to Hue, he was charged with various translations and was able to earn the esteem of so deeply attached to the court, which obtained permission for him to return to his missionary work, while continuing to deal with any translation requirements. But he always lived in a state of alert because the prosecution did not promise in place a secure life. While, in fact, he was in the Christian village of Duong-Son, the pagans of the nearby village of Lao Cai-accused him of having led his people to rob, which is perfectly true. But the prefect did not accept his defense and informed the king, which put the punishment.

Past court to court, he was first sentenced to death and then his sentence was commuted to exile in the province of Ai-Lao (1833), then at Cam-Lo.

But here’s a novel question: the school is open from Candah Di-Loan aroused the ire of the king, who ordered its destruction, promoting, at the same time, surveys to find out what part he ad the Jaccard. Mandarins recognized him innocent, but no other questions, told him to apostate, his refusal to do so resulted in the Canga and chains being imposed and he was dragged to the prison in Quang-Tri, where he found his future companion in martyrdom, Tommaso Thien. There he had to undergo many floggings until he could no longer stand. Later the tongs were burning in the thighs thickened, thus burning his flesh to the bone, finally, on Sept. 20. 1838 he suffered death by strangulation, along with Thien.

The bodies of the martyrs were buried in them were, side by side, and in 1847 the relics were transported to Paris in the seminary of Foreign Missions. He was beatified by Pope Leo XIII on May 27. 1900. Canonized on June 19, 1988 by Pope John Paul II, together with 117 other Martyrs of Tonkin.

Author: Celestino Testore

Source: Santi e Beati

Why the Latin Bible?

September 20, 2009

Q. What about keeping the Bible in Latin? This greatly diminished the audience that would be able to read the Word of God for themselves.

A. But, as a matter of fact, anyone who could read, could read Latin; so, there was no diminishment of the audience. And the reason for Latin being kept even though it became a dead language was, precisely because, as a dead language it would remain stable and the meanings would not evolve as they do in living languages. Thus the word of God was preserved more precisely. The use of Latin was not a way for the Catholic Church to keep the Bible away from the faithful.

Q. Perhaps this was true at one time, but it was not true throughout church history otherwise Tyndale and the others who translated the Bible into the common man’s language wouldn’t have felt this so necessary or have had to do this at the great risk of peril from the Catholic Church for making these translations which the Catholic Church was so strongly against. I don’t believe your explanation stacks up with the history of this subject.

A. What the Catholic Church objected to, contrary to what many have heard, was the quality of Tyndale’s translation. The Church did not object to an English translation. The Church has historically made many translations into vernacular languages. I would recommend Where We Got the Bible by Henry Graham, son of a Presbyterian minister. A few quotes below:

“There were Bibles and Gospels in Spanish, Italian, Danish, French, Norwegian, Polish, Bohemian, and Hungarian before the invention of the printing press. In English Caedmon translated much of the Bible into English at the end of the 7th century. Other translations were made by several different people in the 8th century.

And St. Thomas Moore said,

“The whole Bible, long before Wycliff’s day, was by virtuous and well-learned men translated into English and by good and godly people with devotion and soberness well and reverently read. The Clergy keep no Bibles from the laity but such translations as be either not yet approved for good or such as be already reproved for naught as Wycliff’s was. For, as for old ones that were before Wycliff’s days, they remain lawful and be in some folks hand. I myself have seen and can show you Bibles, fair and old, which have been known and seen by the bishop of the diocese, and left in laymen’s hand and the women’s too, such as he knew for good and Catholic folk, that used them with soberness and devotion”

In the Preface of the King James Version, we find this:

“The godly-learned were not content to have the Scriptures in the language which themselves understood,…but also for the behoof and edifying of the unlearned which hungered and thirsted after righteousness, and had souls to be saved as well as they, they provided translations into the vulgar for their countrymen, insomuch that most nations under heaven did shortly after their conversion hear Christ speaking unto them in their mother tongue, not only by the voice of their minister but also by the written word translate.

After the translators enumerated the many converted nations that had vernacular Scriptures, they come to the land of England…

“Much about that time (1360), even in King Richard the seconds days, John Trevisa translated them into English, and many English Bibles in written hand are yet to be seen that divers translated, as it is very probable in that age..So that to have the Scriptures in the mother tongue is not a quaint conceit lately taken up, either by the Lord Cromwell in England or other countries…but hath been thought upon, and put in practice of old, even from the first times of the conversion of any nation.”

Graham goes on to quote Cranmer, Foxe, and Mr. Karl Pearson who speak about the fact that there were English Bibles and other vernacular Bibles before Wycliff.

“The Catholic Church has much to answer for, but in the fifteenth century it did not hold back the Bible from the folk…” (Karl Pearson, Academy, August 1885)

Where We Got The Bible

Since English Bibles existed, although not abundantly due to the high cost of hand lettering before the invention of the printing press, one wonders why a Wycliffe would go to all the trouble of doing his own translation. Perhaps he just wanted to make them more available and if he wrote it he could control its printing and circulation. But there might have been another reason.

Due to problems/abuse/corruption in the Church with regard to the wealth of some clergy and monasteries, Wycliffe rightly called for reform. However, his views were very extreme. He believed and proclaimed that it was a sin for anyone, who took the vow of poverty, to own any property at all, including monasteries. Naturally this was contested by the opposition but the Church ruled in favor of a more moderate approach aimed at eradicating luxury and unnecessary wealth but allowing those in the vowed life to have places to live and work for self support.

From this extreme position he then denounced the leadership of the Pope and finally descended into, the teaching of outright heresy in regard to the Eucharist, the source and summit of our Faith. So another reason to handwrite his own translation may very well have been to put into people’s hands the authority of a Bible that was translated in such a way that it would support his theology.

Anyway, it is a Protestant Urban Legend that the Catholic Church tried to keep the Bible from being read by the laymen by keeping it in Latin or Chaining Bibles in the churches.

Q. Then why were the Bibles chained in the churches?

A. To Keep them in the Church. Before the invention of the printing press all books were handwritten and thus very expensive. At the universities there was only one or two books for all the students to use in each subject. Because of their value, these books were chained to tables in the library. The students had to read the books in the library. So too, the Bible was chained in the church so it would not be stolen. Even today phone books are often chained to public phone booths not in order to keep it from the people, but to keep it for the people’s use.

Egypt finds No Pigs means no Trash Removal

September 20, 2009

Belatedly, Egypt Spots Flaws in Wiping Out Pigs

Shawn Baldwin for The New York Times

Pigs were the champion garbage consumers in Cairo. Goats just don’t seem up to the task.

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Published: September 19, 2009

CAIRO — It is unlikely anyone has ever come to this city and commented on how clean the streets are. But this litter-strewn metropolis is now wrestling with a garbage problem so severe it has managed to incite its weary residents and command the attention of the president.

Shawn Baldwin for The New York Times

A zabaleen carrying a load of cardboard. The zabaleen no longer go door to door collecting organic waste, which they fed to pigs.

“The problem is clear in the streets,” said Haitham Kamal, a spokesman for the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs. “There is a strict and intensive effort now from the state to address this issue.”

But the crisis should not have come as a surprise.

When the government killed all the pigs in Egypt this spring — in what public health experts said was a misguided attempt to combat swine flu — it was warned the city would be overwhelmed with trash. Read the rest of this entry »

Saint Jean-Charles Cornay, September 20

September 20, 2009

Saint Jean-Charles Cornay

Saint Jean-Charles Cornay, Priest and Martyr
Loudun, France, February 27, 1809 – Son Tay, Vietnam, September 20, 1837

Today the Church remembers the many Martyrs, ancient and modern. For example, the massive group of those killed in Korea in the nineteenth century. Jean-Charles Cornay was a French priest who, instead, was killed in contempt of faith in Tonkin (Vietnam). And in a very bloody: he was torn to pieces. He belonged to the Institute for Foreign Missions of Paris and had arrived in Macao. Precusagli the way to China, his goal, he remained in Tonkin. Here he was betrayed, falsely accused of fomenting an insurgency, tortured, and – after refusing to recant – sentenced to death in 1837 at age 28.

Roman Martyrology: In the fortress of Son-Tay Tonkin, now Vietnam, San Giovanni Carlo Cornay, priest of the Society for Foreign Missions of Paris, and Martyr, who, after cruel tortures, by decree of Emperor Minh M Ng was rendered into pieces and eventually beheaded for his Christian faith.

Many missionaries and indigenous Christians sprayed the Vietnamese earth with their blood, being killed for their faith in God. 117 of them, Tonkin Martyrs, were canonized in Rome June 19, 1988 by Pope John Paul II and among them was the French priest Jean-Charles Cornay.

Born in Loundun, in the French department of Vienne, 27 February 1809, his parents were Jean-Baptiste and Françoise Mayaud, they raised him and his two sisters in the faith. Subsequently he studied at the college of Saint-Louis, Saumur and later with the Jesuits of montmorillonite. He wast a regular student, humble and with a gentle character.

His vocation surprised his parents; when he expressed the desire to become a missionary he was met with reluctance and misunderstanding. He had to start his first battle at a time to respond positively to the call of God, opposing the opinion of parents, while affirming his filial love.

He spent a brief period at the Seminary of Foreign Missions of Paris, a period of uncertainty due to the revolution of July, in which the seminary was a target. Jean-Charles recorded it in his memoirs: “Hier on penetrate dans notre séminaire et l’on a affiché sept ou huit portant Mort aux billets Jésuites de la rue du Bac, et comme poignard a signature”.

His departure was sudden for Cornay replaced another missionary. His destination was to be Seu-Tchouan in China two thousand kilometers from the coast. He landed in Macau after six months of travel. Had to reach Tonkin, but the two guides sent to meet him never arrived. Jean-Charles Cornay finally arrived in Tonkin in 1831, the height of anti-Christian persecution.

As time passed, his hopes of reaching China one day decreased. He decided to remain in this land and on April 26, 1834 he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop at Havard Hanio after a trip on the Red River disguised as Chinese. During the grueling period in which he exercised his ministry he was always calm, cheerful and characterized by a spirit of holiness.

In 1835 he was arrested by French missionaries and others against him, the authorities forged a charge of treason for having buried the weapons in a land they tilled. He was then locked in a series of bamboo cages, a torture very common in Vietnam at that time, and since he was young and had a beautiful voice was forced to sing for his persecutors, but he chose to sing the Salve Regina. Finally he was sentenced to death by the court subremo and, on the orders of Emperor Minh Mang, beheaded September 20, 1837 at the fortitude of Son Tay.

In his last letter to his parents, he wrote: “You will receive Lorsque cette lettre, mon cher père, ma chere mere, affligez ne vous pas de ma mort, en consentant à mon départ, vous avez déjà fait la plus grande partie du sacrifice. Under the terms of the award, his body was then “cut into pieces and […] the head, after being exposed for three days, […] thrown into the river.” The courageous example of Cornay determined the vocation of St. Theophane Venard. The Martyrologium Romanum today commemorates St Giancarlo Cornay, on the anniversary of his birth into heaven.

Author: Fabio Arduino

Source: Santi e Beati

Pope Benedict on Christ

September 20, 2009



VATICAN CITY, 13 SEP 2009 (VIS) – At midday today Benedict XVI appeared on the balcony overlooking the internal courtyard of the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered below.

Commenting on today’s Gospel text, the Pope noted how it “raises two crucial questions which I would summarise thus: ‘who is Jesus of Nazareth for you?’ and ‘is your faith translated into actions or not?'”. To the first of these questions, “Peter’s response is clear and immediate: ‘You are Christ’, in other words the Messiah. … Peter and the other Apostles, unlike most people, believed that Jesus was not only a great teacher or prophet, but much more. They had faith. They believed that God was present and worked in Him.

“However”, the Holy Father added, “immediately after this profession of faith, when for the first time Jesus openly announced that He would have to suffer and be killed, Peter opposed this prospect of torment and death. Jesus had …. to make him understand that it is not enough to believe that He is God but, impelled by charity, we have to follow Him on His journey, the journey of the cross. Jesus did not come to teach us a philosophy but to show us a path, the path that leads to life”.

Pope Benedict went on: “This path is love, which is an expression of true faith. If someone loves his neighbour with a pure and generous heart, this means he truly knows God. If on the other hand someone claims to have faith but does not love his brothers and sisters, he is not a true believer. God does not dwell in him”.

In this context the Holy Father quoted St. John Chrysostom’s commentary on the Letter of James which was the second reading of today’s Mass: “A man may have an upright faith in the Father, in the Son and in the Holy Spirit, but if he does not lead an upright life, his faith will not serve him for his salvation”.

Finally, recalling that tomorrow and the day after are, respectively, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, the Pope said: “The Virgin Mary, who believed in the Word of the Lord, did not lose her faith in God when she saw her Son rejected, humiliated and placed on the cross. She stayed near Jesus, suffering and praying unto the end. And she saw the radiant dawn of His Resurrection. Let us learn from her to bear witness to our faith through a life of humble service, ready to pay personally so as to remain faithful to the Gospel of charity and truth, in the certainty that nothing of what we do will be lost”.

ANG/FAITH CHARITY/…                                                              VIS 090914

Saint Alonso de Orozco, September 19

September 19, 2009

Saint Adalonso de OorozcoSaint Alonso de Orozco, Priest

Oropesa (Toledo), Spain, 17 October 1500-Madrid, Spain, 19 September 1591

Saint Alonso was canonized 19 May 2002 by Pope John Paul II

lessed Alonso de Orozco has a very special place among the mystics of sixteenth Century Spain. Of all of them he was perhaps the most prolific and no doubt the most read of his own day. Some twenty works of his in Spanish went though many editions, and some of them were translated into other languages. There is a large collection of sermons in Latin, culled from his long preaching career.

Alonso was born at Oropesa (Toledo), Spain, on 17 October 1500. He studied at Talavera de la Riena, where his family had relocated in 1508, and then at Toledo. Afterward he studied law at the University of Salamanca and was exposed to the preaching of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Attracted to Augustinian religious life by the words and example of this famous friar, Alonso entered the novitiate at the age of twenty-two, together with his brother Francis, on 8 June 1522. His master was the saintly Louis de Montoya, and his prior was Thomas of Villanova. The death of Francis during the novitiate was a great trial to Alonso, but he persevered and professed vows the following year.

For thirty years Alonso was engaged in the apostolate of teaching and preaching. Four times he was appointed prior of various monasteries and in 1548 obtained permission to fulfill his long felt desire to go to the missions in Mexico. By the time he reached the Canary Islands, however, a severe case of arthritis forces his return home. In the book of his Confessions, Alonso records that in the year 1542, while residing in the monastery of Seville, he beheld in a dream the Mother of God “who spoke to me but one word, and that was ‘Write.'” Ever after Alonso followed this instruction, producing books on a variety of subjects up until his ninetieth year.

In 1551 he was appointed prior in the royal city of Valladolid and shortly thereafter named court preacher and chaplain to the royal family. Ten years later King Philip II transferred his court to Madrid and Blessed Alonso was constrained to accompany him. He occupied a cell in the friary of San Felipe el Real, where his life was one of simplicity and humility in contrast to the official functions of the court in which he necessarily participated. In the midst of his many duties in Madrid he was also responsible for the foundation of three convents of Augustinian contemplative nuns and the College of the Incarnation for the education of candidates to the Order. As he neared his eightieth year Friar Alonso approached the king with the request that he might be relieved of his duties at the court in order to spend his final days in prayer and seclusion in preparation for his death. The response of the King was an unqualified refusal, echoed loudly by the members of the court, who desired that the “saint of the court” should carry on in his ministry to them. As it happened, his services would continue for another ten years.

On 19 September 1591, after an illness of several weeks duration, Alonso died at the age of ninety, mourned by young and old, wealthy and poor, the humble and the great. He was buried in the church of the College of the Incarnation in Madrid. In 1853 his remains were transferred to the community chapel of the Valladolid monastery and later placed in an altar of the new church there. Finally in1978 they were returned to Madrid to rest in the chapel of the contemplative nuns of Talavera de a Riena.

Pope Leo XIII declared Alonso de Orozco blessed 15 January 1882. The Augustinian Family celebrates his memory on 19 September.

Source: Augustinians

The First Jewish Religious Service Broadcast since Hitler took power

September 19, 2009

took place on the battlefield during WWII. Max Fuchs, who was studying to be a Cantor when war broke out, acted as Cantor so the service could take place.

Max Fuchs

He had a personal connection to the war, as some of his family members died in Poland. It’s great that this story is again in public eye and that the name of the singer is now associated with the recording.

This is beautiful.

Original recording and transcript.

Cantor’s story on YouTube.

Why Can’t We Just Confess to God?

September 18, 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 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. In fact, 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, accidently forgotten it needs to be confessed next time but it does not invalidate the confession.

Q. Can’t we confess to God privately?

A. Absolutely. And the sooner the better. The sacrament of Confession is not required for minor kinds of sin, but we are required to go to confession for grave, as in deadly, sin. Venial sins we may confess and be forgiven privately by praying to God on our own.

But it is encouraged to confess all sin as soon as you are convicted of it.

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. It is not “a positional statement from Peter” but from Jesus Christ Himself,
as recorded by the Apostle in Sacred Scripture, John 20. 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.

Go to Court like a Pirate Day

September 18, 2009

Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse


Last update: September 17, 2009 – 6:33 PM

NEW YORK – The prosecution of a Somali teenager accused of leading a pirate attack on an American cargo ship off the coast of Africa was taken off the fast track Thursday after a lawyer said more time will be needed to translate some Somali recordings into English.

Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse appeared briefly in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where he was brought after his arrest aboard the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama in April. Read the rest of this entry »

Blessed Salvatore Fernandez Perez, September 18

September 18, 2009

Blessed Salvatore Fernandez Perez

Blessed Salvatore Fernandez Perez, Salesian Priest, Martyr
San Pedro de Creciente, Spain, July 29, 1870 – Madrid, Spain, September 18, 1936

Salvador Fernandez Perez was born in San Pedro de Creciente (Pontevedra) July 29, 1870 and was baptized the same day. He made his religious profession in Sarrià-Barcelona on December 8, 1891 and was ordained September 19, 1896. He was a jovial character, enthusiastic, helpful, exercised the sacred ministry with zeal and spirit of sacrifice. At the outbreak of the revolution in July 1936 he was mistreated and detained in Madrid. Set free, he sought refuge. On September 18 he was recognized as a priest, imprisoned and shot.

He was beatified October 28, 2007

Source: Salesians

What Liberals Want

September 18, 2009

Conservatives to just

Shut up!

Blessed Sigismund (Zygmunt) Sajna, September 17

September 18, 2009

Blessed Sigismund (Zygmunt) Sajna

Blessed Sigismund (Zygmunt) Sajna, Priest and Martyr
Zurawlówka, Poland, January 20, 1897 – Palmiry, Poland, September 17, 1940

Blessed Zygmunt Sajna, a Diocesan Priest, was born in Zurawlówka (Podlasie), Poland, January 20, 1897 and died in Palmiry September 17, 1940. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 together with 107 other Polish martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: In Palmiry forest near Warsaw in Poland, Sigismund Sajna Blessed, Priest and Martyr who, during the war, died shot for not having agreed to renounce his faith before a foreign regime that was hostile to God

Source: Santi e Beati

If the Pope Is Infallible…..

September 16, 2009

If the Pope is so infallible in doctrine, how could they have fallen into the error such as Indulgences.

It was not the Pope who fell into the error.
Would the Catholic Church endorse such activities today?
It never did endorse those activities and still would condemn them today also.
Would not one error such as this invalidate all the rest of their pronouncements,
No b/c it was not the error of the Pope. We do not claim infallibility for anyone other than the Pope and all the bishops together in union with the Pope.for just as a prophet is known by what he says and whether it comes true — one instance of this not happening is sufficient to judge that he was not a true prophet. I think this same standard would have to be applied to the claims of the Pope and given the numerous failures in many of the Pope’s personal livesBut this standard pertained to the prophecy of a prophet. How do you jump from that to the personal behavior of the Pope?We do not believe that a pope is sinless or impeccable in his personal life. Just as Peter gave in to peer pressure in Galations. The behavior of the pope is not part of the definition of infallibility. The pope is only infallible when he does all of these: Teaches both To the Whole Church and only On Faith and Morals. Infalliblity is a protection of the purity of the faith for the whole Church. It is not for the exaltation or glory of the Pope.
He is not infallible when he teaches geometry. (not teaching faith and morals)
He is not infallible when he teaches on Faith and Morals walking down the hall at the Vatican. (not to the whole Church)

Peter was not proclaiming anything to the the whole Church in Galations. And the Pope did not even condone the abuse of selling indulgences let alone teach the abuse to the whole Church. So none of this calls into question the Dogma of the Infallibility of the Pope.
See my Post –>
Paul Rebuked Peter
Since the actual canonization of the Bible didn’t occur until about 400 years after Jesus, I think it is safe to say that the church fathers at that time felt all of the inspired words of God had been recorded.
Why do you think it is safe to say that?
We would say that John 21 indicates there was much more information but it could not all be written down. Jesus never said it must be written down. His choice for the repository of His teaching was faithful men..
John 21: 25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
This I believe is a statement to the effect that Scripture is the sole rule of faith and doctrine.
What statement? Where is this in Scripture?

SolaScriptura does not disallow other input, but surely judges it based on the Bible

Where does Scripture recommend this? And even to the point of disparaging the Church that Jesus founded?

What does Scripture say is the pillar and Foundation of Truth?

1 Timothy 3:15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Luther had to conclude the Catholic Church was not true to the Word of God,
Luther’s conclusion only applied to the abuse in one part of the Catholic Church, namely Germany. If Luther concluded that the whole Catholic Church was not true to the Word of God based on the abuse of indulgences then he made a very big jump to a wrong conclusion.
If he made this judgement about the teaching of the Catholic Church based on the corrupt behavior her ministers I would ask where in Scripture does it say to found another Church other than the one founded by Jesus Christ?
and as Peter himself said in Acts 4:19, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.” Sure God still speaks to men today and gives guidance, but the Bible as it stands now is His final say and all future revelations must be judged based on it,
But what scripture supports this contention? All Public Revelation has been closed.
not on a man’s interpretations.
If you reject the interpretation of the Church founded by Christ, then whose interpretation can you trust to be infallible?
If the Bible does not allow unequivocally for a Pope, then no person writing almost two hundred years later making such claims should be sufficient to convince one of this position.Just because the earliest extant writing about the authority of the Pope is in the 2nd or 3rd century, does not mean that that is when the primacy of the papacy began. The Pope is a historical fact. It is how Christianity has always operated. I trust the historic and ancient Catholic Church much more than the relatively new Protestant religions born only 500 years ago at the oldest and 50 years ago for Calvary Chapels.
Historically there has always been a Pope. And this reality is evidenced by Sacred Scripture. We interpret these passages as evidence but Protestants based on prior theology interpret these verses differently. So, Scripture can be interpreted in more than one way but history settles the question.

Ask yourself this simple question, why this claim of Peter’s authority was not allowed in any other writings of the N/T?

On what do you base this claim that the authority of Peter was not allowed ? What if your contention that all religious truth is contained in Scripture is not true? After all, Scripture does not claim this for itself? Don’t you think that would have been pretty important to include?
I find it ironic that you reject the teachings of the Catholic Church because she teaches things that are not in scripture and yet you base this rejection on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura which also is not in Scripture.
Would the witnesses of these things have been so obtuse as to not show this as being true, even Peter himself. In fact, it actually shows just the opposite. This just doesn’t make sense. I think that in order to make these claims one would almost have to say that the Bible is in error to forget to record such an important detail, and I’m sure this is something the Catholic Church would not say.

Not at all. Everything is simply not in Scripture. It is the erroneous Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura that insists that everything of importance must be in Scripture. This is nowhere to be found in Scripture.
The Faith was never meant to be derived from Scripture alone. No author of any book of the Bible would ever have dreamed of deriving The Faith from scripture alone b/c the Faith was strong and fertile and growing and spreading as they wrote. And scripture alone was not how this evangelization was accomplished.
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Even, here we do not see St. Paul telling Timothy to write down anything but to entrust his teachings to faithful men.

Blessed Laureano (Salvatore) Cardet Ferrer, September 16

September 16, 2009

Blessed Laureano (Salvatore) Cardet Ferrer

Blessed Laureano (Salvatore) Cardet Ferrer was born in Burriana (Castellón) August 13, 1884, made his first vows in 1900 and perpetual vows April 12, 1907; the set. the same year was ordained a priest. He distinguished himself for his great piety and charity. He died a martyr at age 52. He was Beatified on March 11, 2001 by Pope John Paul II, together with 18 other Spanish Tertiary Capuchins of Our Blessed Martyrs, a subgroup of 233 Spanish Martyrs of Valencia.

Roman Martyrology: In the town of Turís in the territory of Valencia in Spain always, Blessed Martyr Laureano (Salvatore) Cardet Ferrer, Priest, of the Third Order of St. Francis of hoods of the Blessed Virgin of Sorrows, that in the same persecution, killed by man, God raised to the kingdom of heaven.

Source: Santi e Beati

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Miegon, September 15

September 16, 2009

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Miegon

Blessed Ladislaus (Wladyslaw) Miegon, Priest and Martyr
Samborzec, Poland, September 30, 1892 – Dachau, Germany, September 15, 1942

Blessed Wladyslaw Miegon priest chaplain, was born in Samborzec (Sandomierz) September 30, 1892 and died in Dachau, Germany, September 15, 1942. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Warsaw (Poland) June 13, 1999 with 107 other Polish Martyrs.

Roman Martyrology: Near Monaco of Bavaria in Germany, Blessed Ladislaus Miegon, Priest and Martyr who, deported from Poland for his faith subjugated by a regime enemy of God and men at the Dachau prison camp, came through the torture crown of glory.

Source: Santi e Beati

The First Commandment & Worship

September 14, 2009

Q. What constitutes worship?
A. Adoration, prayer and sacrifice.

Q. Is bowing down an act of worship?

A. It can be. But Christian Europeans bowed and knelt before their kings and queens
and it was not considered worship but simply honor and respect. It is what is in the heart that determines the difference between an act of worship and an act of respect. A casual observer cannot tell the difference.

Q. Does the Church permit bowing to images, and kneeling before them to say prayers.


Q. Please, if you can give me Church’s document on this, I will greatly appreciate.

A. There may be others but you can click on the link below to see the Council of Trent document on this issue.

Session 25 of the Council of Trent

The anathema is in the second paragraph.
But this anathema is no longer against those born into Protestantism. I
It is just instructive to know how strongly the Holy Council felt about
any teaching contrary to this canon.

Feast of the Exhaltation of the Cross, September 14

September 14, 2009

Feast of the Exhaltation of the Cross

September 14

The Feast of the Cross like so many other liturgical feasts, had its origin at Jerusalem, and is connected with the commemoration of the Finding of the Cross and the building, by Constantine, of churches upon the sites of the Holy Sepulchre and Calvary. In 335 the dedication of these churches was celebrated with great solemnity by the bishops who had assisted at the Council of Tyre, and a great number of other bishops. This dedication took place on the 13th and 14th of September. This feast of the dedication, which was known by the name of the Encnia, was most solemn; it was on an equal footing with those of the Epiphany and Easter. The description of it should be read in the “Peregrinatio”, which is of great value upon this subject of liturgical origins. This solemnity attracted to Jerusalem a great number of monks, from Mesopotamia, from Syria, from Egypt, from the Thebaïd, and from other provinces, besides laity of both sexes. Not fewer than forty or fifty bishops would journey from their dioceses to be present at Jerusalem for the event. The feast was considered as of obligation, “and he thinks himself guilty of a grave sin who during this period does not attend the great solemnity”. It lasted eight days. In Jerusalem, then, this feast bore an entirely local character. It passed, like so many other feasts, to Constantinople and thence to Rome. There was also an endeavour to give it a local feeling, and the church of “The Holy Cross in Jerusalem” as intended, as its name indicates, to recall the memory of the church at Jerusalem bearing the same dedication.

The feast of the Exaltation of the Cross sprang into existence at Rome at the end of the seventh century. Allusion is made to it during the pontificate of Sergius I (687-701) but, as Dom Bäumer observes, the very terms of the text (Lib. Pontif., I, 374, 378) show that the feast already existed. It is, then, inexact, as has often been pointed out, to attribute the introduction of it to this pope. The Gallican churches, which, at the period here referred to, do not yet know of this feast of the 14th September, have another on the 3rd of May of the same signification. It seems to have been introduced there in the seventh century, for ancientGallican documents, such as the Lectionary of Luxeuil, do not mention it; Gregory of Tours also seems to ignore it. According to Mgr. Duchesne, the date seems to have been borrowed from the legend of the Finding of the Holy Cross (Lib. Pontif., I, p. cviii). Later, when the Gallican and Roman Liturgies were combined, a distinct character was given to each feast, so as to avoid sacrificing either. The 3rd of May was called the feast of the Invention of the Cross, and it commemorated in a special manner Saint Helena’s discovery of the sacred wood of the Cross; the 14th of September, the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, commemorated above all the circumstances in which Heraclius recovered from the Persians the True Cross, which they had carried off. Nevertheless, it appears from the history of the two feasts, which we have just examined, that that of the 13th and 14th of September is the older, and that the commemoration of the Finding of theCross was at first combined with it.

Source: Catholic Encyclopedia

Saint John Chrysostom, September 13

September 13, 2009

St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church. Remembered on September 13 on the Latin calendar.

My Saint for this year.

Faith Alone

September 12, 2009

Q. I am a Catholic. I teach CCD/PSR to 4th graders.
I teach them what the bible says and that is that if you believe in 
Jesus Christ,you will live with him in his kingdom for eternity. 
There are dozens of scripture passages to back up this thought.

A. That is too minimal for several reasons. God may, MAY make that judgment for some people, but the Church cannot teach that authoritatively.

The ordinary and secure method for salvation has been given to the Catholic Church.


John 3:3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.4″How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

I Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you


John 6:50But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.”

Attend mass as a minimum to obey the commandment.

Exodus 20:8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.

It is a mortal (as in deadly) sin to knowingly and willfully, without a good reason, skip mass or any other holy day of obligation.


For the forgiveness of a mortal sin one needs to go to confession to a priest and receive absolution. Dying with a mortal sin on your soul would bring condemnation.

I John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

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.


Mark 10:11 He (Jesus) answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.

Adultery is a mortal sin and is not a good thing to have on your soul. Now, let me be clear. A person would have to know first of all that remarriage is adultery and do it anyway for it to qualify as a mortal sin for that person. Nevertheless, adultery is always objectively a grave sin.

In closing, as a catechist who earnestly desires the salvation and safety of souls, or you wouldn’t take the time to teach CCD, I hope you can now see that it is risky to teach that belief in Jesus is all you need to go to Heaven.

I realize you can’t get into a lot of detail at the level you are teaching, but they need to hear a little more about what the Bible actually says we need for salvation. What if they never have the opportunity of receiving more advanced teaching and they honestly have been convinced that they can live any way and do any thing and still go to Heaven as long as they believe in Jesus. Sola Fide, Faith Alone, is one of the errors or the Protestant Reformation.

CCC 816 “The sole Church of Christ [is that] which our Savior, after his Resurrection, entrusted to Peter’s pastoral care, commissioning him and the other apostles to extend and rule it. . . . This Church, constituted and organized as a society in the present world, subsists in (subsistit in) the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him.“267

The Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism explains: “For it is through Christ’s Catholic Church alone, which is the universal help toward salvation, that the fullness of the means of salvation can be obtained. It was to the apostolic college alone, of which Peter is the head, that we believe that our Lord entrusted all the blessings of the New Covenant, in order to establish on earth the one Body of Christ into which all those should be fully incorporated who belong in any way to the People of God.” UR #3

Wounds to unity

817 In fact, “in this one and only Church of God from its very beginnings there arose certain rifts, which the Apostle strongly censures as damnable. But in subsequent centuries much more serious dissensions appeared and large communities became separated from full communion with the Catholic Church – for which, often enough, men of both sides were to blame.” The ruptures that wound the unity of Christ’s Body – here we must distinguish heresy, apostasy, and schism 270 – do not occur without human sin:

Where there are sins, there are also divisions, schisms, heresies, and disputes. Where there is virtue, however, there also are harmony and unity, from which arise the one heart and one soul of all believers.

Vintage Burqinis

September 12, 2009

1900bathing suit

Here they are. The chick who designed the burkini is also designing a boyrkini. There are no new ideas, just new fabrics

man vintage bather

Father Thomas Frederick Price, September 12

September 12, 2009

Father Thomas Frederick Price
August 19, 1860, Wilmington, North Carolina-September 12, 1919, Hong Kong

Father Price is the first Native North Carolinian priest. He is Co-Founder of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America.

Diocese of Raleigh

Maryknoll Society

Cause for Canonization

Raleigh Seminarian
who could use a Miracle.