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PLEASE NOTE: In preparation for the coming Year of Mercy you are requested to study the following Messages and other information shown on this website. As you are aware, the Lord has many ways to reach us, we simply have to be open to His Word and be obedient to the Warnings He gives us:
"Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits if they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).
"Today if you shall hear his voice, (The Holy Spirit) Harden not your hearts" (Hebrews 3:7-8).
***EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR ALL MANKIND!***
The ‘Francis effect’ is silencing Catholic bishops, priests, and laity - "In the sixteenth century, Melchior Cano, a Spanish theologian at the Council of Trent, warned against obsequiousness regarding the pope: 'Now it can be said briefly that those who defend blindly and indiscriminately any judgment whatsoever of the Supreme Pontiff concerning every matter weaken the authority of the Apostolic See; they do not support it; they subvert it; they do not fortify it. … Peter has no need of our lies; he has no need of our adulation.'
In our time, the 1983 Code of Canon Law also recognises the right of the faithful in this regard where it states that 'according to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess… the faithful have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful…'" (§ 212:3).
Commentary: THE ABOVE IS A "MUST READ" ARTICLE FOR THOSE WHO TRULY LOVE THE CHURCH! HOWEVER, THEY WILL ALSO WANT TO SEE BOTH SIDES OF THE STORY.
Vincent T. Bemowski
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Pope Benedict XVI's Warning: "The attacks on the Pope and the Church do not just come from outside, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin that is in the Church. This has always been known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way:
The greatest persecution of the Church does not come from external enemies, but is born from the sin in the Church.
The Church, therefore, has the profound need to learn penance again, to accept purification, to learn on one hand forgiveness, as well as the need for justice. Forgiveness does not replace justice."
Lisbon, Portugal, MAY 11, 2010 (Zenit.org)
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"But when he, the Spirit
of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth. For he shall not speak
of himself; but what things soever he shall hear, he shall speak; and
the things that are to come, he shall show you." (John 16:13)
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* Prophecy given for "Saint" Loretta & I ("A fragile flower loved by the Lord") - Nov. 13, 1988 (I believe It is meant to be shared with as many people as possible).
* Warning from Our Lady at Akita, Japan.
* Garabandal - The Warning - Punishment - Messages ofHope - Interview with Bishop Del Val Gallo
* Prophecy of Therese Neumann for the USA in 1946, just after the end of World War II
* APPARITION of the BLESSED VIRGIN on the Mountain of LA SALETTE, the 19th of September, 1846 (Includes End Times Prophecy)
THE THREE DAYS OF DARKNESS - "Remain in the state of grace. Go to Mass, and regularly receive Holy Communion. Say your Rosary every day. Obtain some (blessed) wax candles... Pray for the Church and for the Pope in particular; it is not for us to judge the Pope, no matter what he does or says, - this is God’s prerogative, but we must pray for him. Say the prayer to St. Michael which Leo XIII composed after witnessing a terrifying vision of Satan’s power... Deny yourself some legitimate pleasures and entertainment; many seers insist on this. Eat sparingly, frugally, to sustain life more than to gratify the palate."
Commentary: CAUTION: There are a lot of websites that speak of the Three Days of Darkness and some writers, although perhaps with good intentions or because they are simply misguided, can lead you into a fearful state of confusion by publishing false revelations and prophecies not approved by the Church. vtb
The Five Beasts of St. Hildegard: Prophetic Symbols of Modern Society - "The five symbolic beasts in St. Hildegard’s vision, the Fiery Dog, the Yellow Lion, the Pale Horse, the Black Pig, and the Grey Wolf, represent unique and brief historical periods which follow in a specific sequence. They also represent a specific sin evident in the social context of each period. This affliction of evil is engineered by Satan and intended to progressively damage the Church in preparation of the coming of the Antichrist. In my book, The Five Beasts of St. Hildegard: Prophetic Symbols of Modern Society, I demonstrate that the first three eras have already passed and that we are currently in the latter half of the fourth era, that of the Black Pig. The only one left is the era of the Grey Wolf and unlike the previous four, in which we could compare Hildegard’s description of the era to past history, we can only take her description and make educated guesses as to how the era will play out."
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ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love
Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now
receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As
though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly
to Thee; permit not, that I should ever be separated from Thee. Amen" THE MANSIONS OF THE LORD (MUSIC VIDEO) - Beautiful tribute to our fallen soldiers! (Includes additional videos). As a veteran, (Berlin Wall Crisis - Vietnam) it brought tears to my eyes when I thought about the sufferings of my fallen brothers and their families. I hope it also touches your heart!
Commentary: As you may be aware, this is happening now as shown in a number of the below reports. vtb
ST. POPE JOHN PAUL II - PROPHECY FOR THE CHURCH
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through.
I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of
the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the FINAL
confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel
versus the anti-Gospel."
---Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (St. Pope John Paul II), November 9, 1976
What Did the Saints Say about Islam? - "The hour cometh, that
whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God. And
these things will they do to you because they have not known the Father,
nor me. But these things I have told you, that when the hour shall
come, you may remember that I told you of them." (John 16:2-4)
Commentary: We must not be fooled or be naive about Islam. Although there are many good Muslims, as we are experiencing, things change rapidly when they are in the majority, rather than the minority. Muslims are strongly influenced by their religious leaders who control their country or the region they occupy.
Unfortunately, many of their leaders are basically radical in their beliefs and have no conscience when it comes to persecuting, torturing, or killing those of other Faiths who choose not to convert to their Islamic religion. However, as we have experienced, even when Muslims are in the minority, radical elements of their population will commit grave acts of terrorism as shown in some of the below reports. vtb
Commentary: CAUTION: Some videos that follow this video are not recommended. They contain "schismatic behavior" and attacks against the Holy Father, some of which involve mockery. Therefore they require discernment, for they (perhaps unknowingly), come across as "radical" or uncharitable and can potentially cause great harm to the unity of the Church.
There is nothing wrong with sharing your opinions with family and friends through "round table" discussions or emails, but when you form an organization without proper spiritual advisers and then publicly make known opinions that may not correspond to Church teachings, you are creating scandal, and that is not to be taken lightly. Never rely solely on lay people. There are many conservative cardinals and bishops (Cardinal Burke, etc.) who by their example of obedience and loyalty to the Church, that will provide you with the correct manner of expressing your opinions. If you don't do this you will quickly lose your "moral credentials" and do more damage to your cause than good.
Yes, there are many liturgical abuses being committed by the clergy in relation to how they "pray" the new Mass and/or ignore the Traditional Latin Mass. However, the Lord knows this and those lax priests and bishops will face a severe judgment if they do not change. Holy Mass is the center of our faith, and when it is prayed poorly or "staged" to appear like a "social event," this causes many people (especially our youth) to lose respect for our priests and bishops. Therefore, the young drift away from attending Mass as soon as they reach adulthood. The Commandments become "up-for-grabs" and are viewed as "options" and not as true Commandments from the Lord.
Knowledge of what is going on in the Church and of the Word of God no longer becomes a priority, and people drift into a spiritually lukewarm state without realizing the harm it causes their souls or the souls of others. Then, not only the Church, but all mankind suffers the consequences resulting in wars, persecutions, riots, disasters, and other forms of sufferings. As confirmed by the teachings of the Church, and numbers of saints, the importance of the clergy and laity truly participating at Holy Mass in a devout manner cannot be overstated. vtb
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Commentary: At least some of these "diseases" could equally apply to many members of the laity. vtb
“The devil exists and we must fight against him..." - "There’s too much evidence of his existence for disbelief to be a viable option. The testimony is abundant in Scripture, the magisterium, writings by and about the saints, and contemporary accounts of demonic manifestations and exorcisms. 'It is a mark of the Evil Spirit to take on the appearance of an angel of light,' St. Ignatius Loyola reported from experience. St. John Vianney was tormented by a demon for 35 years and gave him a nickname—grappin, the wrestler. St. Teresa of Avila and Padre Pio, among many others, knew the devil well." The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil - "The first Eve thought the fruit of that Tree was able to make her wise. But she found a false wisdom, nothing more than the cunning deceptions of the enemy. The Second Eve saw the Crucified Christ, and recognized Him as the Power and Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24). It is interesting to note that St. Paul does not describe the first Eve as disobedient, but deceived. (1 Tim. 2:14)." The Real Mary of the Bible - "The Bible has many praiseworthy things to report about Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus. Because of the many distortions and misrepresentations she has been labeled with, many non-Catholics have never really studied her with admiration. Let’s now take a look at the real Mary of the Bible."
Practicing the Spiritual Works of Mercy - "Ask yourself in humble prayer which of these Spiritual works of Mercy you believe the Holy Spirit is inspiring you to undertake right now. Look at your concrete living condition and surely the Holy Spirit will pinpoint persons and areas where you will be able to implement with great generosity of soul one or more of these spiritual works of mercy. Never forget the inspiring and challenging words of Jesus: 'Whatsoever you do the least of my brothers that you do unto me.' (Mt. 25:31-46) Cardinal Müller suggests new task for Congregation for Doctrine of Faith - "'The arrival of a theologian like Benedict XVI in the Chair of St. Peter was no doubt an exception. But John XXIII was not a professional theologian. Pope Francis is also more pastoral and our mission at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to provide the theological structure of a pontificate.' So according to Müller’s statement, the former Holy Office must 'theologically structure' Pope Francis’ pontificate. And this is probably the reason why the Prefect gives public statements on such a frequent basis, like never before. This is a significant piece of news bearing in mind what is stated in article 48 of 'Pastor Bonus,' the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia promulgated by John Paul II in 1988:
'The proper duty of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to promote and safeguard the doctrine on faith and morals in the whole Catholic world.'”
Commentary: The liberal Cardinal Muller is traveling in some dangerous territory in his apparent attempt to structure the Chair of Peter to fit his own "theology" and place limits on the authority of the Pope. Many so-called "theologians" over-think, and therefore their pride leads them away from the Truth, who is Jesus. Hopefully, Pope Francis is not involved with this drastic change because he is a close friend of Cardinal Muller. I also hope Pope Francis will not be mislead by Muller's presumptions. vtb
Vatican Remains Silent as Homo-Fascism Rises - "As Cardinal Burke warns that the “gay lobby” within the Catholic Church is plotting for disaster at the Synod, civil society is increasingly dominated by a “homo-Fascism,” aided and abetted by the mass media, that demands absolute conformity on the part of Christians to social acceptance of the sin of sodomy." Anti-Kasper Book Receives Church In Poland’s Official Endorsement - "'Remaining in the Truth of Christ,' the 'five Cardinals' book' already the object of the famous 'raid' at the Vatican (where manipulation, theft, and lies are nowadays called 'mercy') is now available in the Polish version, and carries the endorsement of the Polish Bishop's Conference. One cannot imagine many warning shots clearer and louder than this one. Instead of expressing themselves in favor of the (Marriage) Sacrament in single statements, the Polish Bishops endorse the entire book..."
Pope St John Paul II: The Spark from Poland - "'As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words:' 'I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.' (The Diary ofSt. Faustina, 1732)." Terrorists in Kenya tormented students before killing them - "As the death toll from the Garissa University College massacre climbed to 148 Friday, eyewitness accounts from survivors revealed a harrowing picture of how students were made to wait in line to be shot in the head. Some were even forced to make calls to their parents to tell them they were about to die. The family of 20-year-old Garissa student, Elizabeth Namarome Musinai, told Yahoo News that she called her father during the attack at dawn on Thursday and said: 'There are gunshots everywhere! Tell Mum to pray for me — I don’t know if I will survive.' Survivor Maureen Manyego, 21, told Standard Media that she heard the terrorists taunting students as she hid in a wardrobe. 'We are not bad guys, we are just here to make your Easter holiday better...'" Radical Islam And Cultural Jihad - "'The belief that Islam is a peaceful religion and that Islamic terrorists have twisted that faith to unrecognizable extremes is a false interpretation that surrounds today’s narrative regarding Islam,' writes Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch. The greater overall threat this misconception poses is neglected because of fear and outright denial to acknowledge what or who our enemy truly is. The more we lie to ourselves and allow our politicians, (Obama, etc.) media and government officials to lie to us, the more we enable terrorists to become embolden." Haven’t been to confession for 40 years? - "It would be helpful to make a good examination of conscience beforehand. Sit down, grab a pen and paper (just remember to keep anything you write secret, and burn it or destroy it some other way once you’ve made your confession). Organize your sins in, say, chronological order if you want, taking each decade and thinking back on what you’ve done. While everyone should confess all mortal sins in kind and number, when we’re talking of a confession covering 40 years, it’s okay if the numbers aren’t exact (e.g. 'I missed Mass a lot when I was in my twenties, Father. There were a couple years there when I only went on Easter and Christmas, and at my best during that time, I probably only went ten-twelve times a year).' Still, try and be as thorough as possible. Don’t gloss over sins. Don’t try and make yourself look better so that the priest won’t think ill of you (the priest will already think you are a hero for coming to the sacrament)." Why Does the Bible Say Jesus Had Brothers? - "Using the Bible alone, one cannot argue that the James in Gal 1:19 is a 'third' James who had at some point been named an apostle because the Bible nowhere mentions such a thing. So, when we look at the 'brothers' of Jesus in the broader context of Scripture, rather than just focusing on Mark 6:3, we see that the argument against the perpetual virginity of Mary has no foundation in the Bible." Chaput Says Indiana Law Not Discrimination - "Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has joined a high-profile effort to defend a new Indiana 'religious freedom' law that many observers say allows business owners to discriminate against gays, (homosexuals) signing a statement decrying 'acrimony and lies' surrounding the issue." The Case for a Mass Conversion of Men - "Despite the fact the New Evangelization has been an ongoing emphasis by the Catholic Church for over forty years, it has failed to stem the disastrous losses of the faithful in the U.S. Since 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education participation of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, baptisms of infants has dropped by 28%, baptism of adults has dropped by 31% and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%. Something is desperately wrong with the Church’s approach to the New Evangelization." Beneath California Crops, Groundwater Crisis Grows - "Even as the worst drought in decades ravages California, and its cities face mandatory cuts in water use, millions of pounds of thirsty crops like oranges, tomatoes and almonds continue to stream out of the state and onto the nation’s grocery shelves. But the way that California farmers have pulled off that feat is a case study in the unwise use of natural resources, many experts say. Farmers are drilling wells at a feverish pace and pumping billions of gallons of water from the ground, depleting a resource that was critically endangered even before the drought, (now in its fourth year), began." California’s ‘man-made’ environmental disaster - "Were its consequences not so hideously injurious, the details would be almost comical. As a direct result of the overwrought concern that a few well-connected interest groups and their political allies have displayed for a fish — and of a federal Endangered Species Act that is in need of serious revision — hundreds of billions of gallons of water that would in other areas have been sent to parched farmland have been diverted away from the Central Valley and deliberately pushed out under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Pacific Ocean, wasted forever..." The untold story of the Titanic’s Catholic priest who went down hearing confessions - "'Father Byles was saying the Rosary and praying for the repose of the souls of those about to perish,' she told the New York Telegram on April 22, 1912, according to the website devoted to his memory, FatherByles.com. In the words of the priest’s friend Fr. Patrick McKenna, 'He twice refused the offer of a place in a boat, saying his duty was to stay on the ship while (even if only) one soul wanted his ministrations.'” How the U.S. thinks Russians hacked the White House - "While the White House has said the breach only affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of the intrusion. The hackers had access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president's schedule. While such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and prized by foreign intelligence agencies, U.S. officials say." NASA: We'll find alien life in 10 to 20 years - "'I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years,' Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for NASA, said at a public panel Tuesday in Washington."
Commentary: More nonsense from atheistic scientists. Without a knowledge of the Holy Bible where they could learn wisdom, they become prisoners of their own imagination resulting in fantasies and unfounded theories. vtb
Financial System Will Collapse Just a Matter of When-Laurence Kotlikoff - "How bad is it? Kotlikoff says, 'I told them the real (2014) deficit was $5 trillion, not the $500 billion or $300 billion or whatever it was announced to be this year. Almost all the liabilities of the government are being kept off the books by bogus accounting... The government is 58% under financed... Social Security is 33% under financed...'" Carly Fiorina On Iran Deal, President Obama and Hillary Clinton - "CF: Well, you see, this is what President Obama always does. If you disagree with him, you must be either stupid or venal or you have bad motivation, because clearly if you were an intelligent person who is motivated by good character and care for the nation, you would agree with President Obama. He does this all the time. Scott Walker just happened to be in his cross hairs this time. But he dismisses anyone who disagrees with him. That is his tactic." Barack Obama’s Half Brother Joined Hamas and Wore Muslim Scarf that Said ‘Jerusalem is ours – We Are Coming’ in Public - "Mainstream media has completely ignored it and due to this fact many of our readers may not yet be aware of what I’m about to tell you... the rise of radical Islamic influence in high levels of U.S. Government. This includes Muslims holding extraordinary positions in our nation’s top intelligence community. We’ve also reported on Obama’s clear attempts to defend Islam while simultaneously ripping Christianity. But we’ve yet to report on how radical and dangerous Obama’s direct family is."
Commentary: There is no question that when a "being" exists in the womb, it is human, no matter what the stage of development. Even our "Bill of Rights" declares that we are created equal, and not born equal. So why does the majority of those polled believe abortion should be legal? It is because they have been taken in by "women's rights." Sadly, women who favor abortion, never finish truly answer this question: "the right to do what?" This is because it involves "the right to kill an unborn human being." vtb
Outrage as Dutch Soccer Fans Chant 'Jews Burn the Best' - "Antisemitism has been rampant in Holland, but a new incident has taken the Jew hatred to new levels as Dutch soccer fans chanted anti-Semitic slogans during a match on Sunday, calling for Jews to be burned and sent to gas chambers."
Commentary: It appears that many of the citizens of Holland lack a solid sense of morality, and human rights mean nothing to them. Therefore, it is best not to travel there or give that nation any recognition or attention at any level. They are a disgusting nation that deserves to be ignored, with the exception of exposing their immorality. vtb
A Mystic's look at the Crucifixion & Resurrection - "German stigmatic Anne Catherine Emmerich, declared "venerable" by the Church in 2001 and author of revelations concerning the Crucifixion of Christ, asserted that it was the Blessed Mother who established devotion to the Way of the Cross and that the Virgin shared a supernatural communication as well as great suffering with Jesus during His Passion. She also described His Resurrection." The Miraculous Crucifix of Limpias –Jesus Christ comes alive on the Cross - "The First Miracle -The eyes of Jesus on the crucifix miraculously come alive. The first recorded miracle involving this crucifix took place in 1914, five years before the grand miracles of 1919. The recipient of the favor was Don Antonio Lopez, a monk belonging to the Order of the Pauline Fathers who conducted a college in Limpias. His entire account reads as follows..." This Protestant Researched Marian Miracles, & What He Learned Blew His Mind - "Miracles, like those connected to the appearance or the intercession of the Virgin Mary, cannot possibly be explained as work of Satan. Miracles which, for all intents and purposes, draw millions to Jesus Christ Himself. When I dug deep into the historical miracles of the Catholic Church, especially those connected with the intercession and appearance of the Virgin Mary, I knew I had something enormous to contend with. What I found, dear reader, blew my mind." Book of Revelation: Who are the Beasts and the Whore of Babylon? - "The 'Whore of Babylon' refers to how the Jewish priesthood has become a 'whore” or 'prostitute' providing her intimate services not to God but to pagan Rome. This is not surprising. Nearly all the Old Testament prophets refer to Israel’s infidelity toward God as 'spiritual' whoredom, adultery, fornication, and prostitution. The fact that the High Priest literally condemned the Messianic Son of God and sold out this Divine Son to the Roman Pontius Pilate is the greatest manifestation of prophetic and spiritual prostitution." Pope Francis Lauds Iran Nuclear Deal - "Delivering his Easter message from St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Sunday, the pope gave his backing to the nuclear deal reached between Iran, the United States, China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and Germany... While the leader of the Catholic church was offering his blessing to the Iran deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was doing his best to torpedo it. 'I think for the preeminent terrorist state of our time to have a free path, an easy pass to nuclear weapons endangers Israel, endangers the region, endangers the world....'" Former Political Prisoner Says Obama Is ‘The Iranian Problem - "Fakhravar told Breitbart News that the President is seeking to solidify his legacy. 'He just wants to have it in his resume that he fixed the problem between the U.S. and Iran after 36 years. But it’s his imagination. The problem will not be fixed with this regime [because] you cannot negotiate with this regime. This regime needs to go.'” Saybrook trustee cuts a block of wood, finds a cross - "Brobst and Kyle Sidley of Ashtabula were using a log splitting machine when they split a large log of soft maple and each half had the marking of 3/4-inch-by-1/2-inch cross. 'I looked at Kyle and he looked at me,' Brobst said. 'What are the odds of splitting it exactly in two? That is really special.' Sidley said it has to be a 1 in 1 million shot. 'When I saw it, I said, 'Whoa! It’s Holy Week and we found a cross,' he said. Brobst said he’s going to varnish the pieces of wood and 'save it forever.' When asked to explain what natural event could have caused the marking of a black cross inside the log, Brobst said it could have been a piece of metal, like a nail someone pounded into the tree. But, that doesn’t explain the crossbar, he said." Republican Party Elites Abandon Traditional Marriage - "Only six of 54 Republican members of the Senate signed a pro-traditional marriage legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that was submitted on Friday. USA Today noted, “By contrast, 44 Democratic senators and 167 Democratic House members filed a brief last month urging the court to approve same-sex marriage. The brief included the full House and Senate [Democratic]leadership teams.”
Commentary: The Republican Party currently lacks solid leadership. It's future as a moral force in our country will remain questionable until that "leader" makes himself known to the general population. These are truly difficult and dangerous times for the United States and other nations of the West. vtb
The Extinction of Eastern Christianity May Figure Europe’s Own Future - "The numbers of Christians in the Middle East are dwindling. In Iraq, there were 1.4 million Christians in 2003 and there are now 270,000. In Syria, they were 1,1 million before the civil war and are now 400,000. Everywhere, from Lybia to Iraq, the Islamic State is beheading Christians or converting them to Islam."
Cardinal Robert Sarah: Divine judgment will fall on priests who do not
oppose abortion, homosexuality - “'If we have fear of proclaiming the
truth of the Gospel, if we are ashamed of denouncing the grave
deviations in the area of morality, if we accommodate ourselves to this
world of moral laxity and religious and ethical relativism, if we are
afraid to energetically denounce the abominable laws regarding the new
global ethos, regarding marriage, the family in all of its forms,
abortion, laws in total opposition to the laws of nature (homosexuality) and of God, and
that the western nations and cultures are promoting and imposing thanks
to the mass media and their economic power, then the prophetic words of
Ezechiel will fall on us as a grave divine reproach.' Sarah quoted the
prophesy of Ezechiel found in chapter 34:2-4:
‘Son of man, prophesy
against the pastors of Israel to pastor themselves. Should not the
pastors feed the flock? You have been fed with milk, you have dressed
yourselves with wool. You have not strengthened the weak lambs, cared
for those who were sick, healed those who were injured. You have not
restored those who have strayed, searched for those who were lost. But
you have governed them with violence and hardness.’
'These reproaches are serious, but more important is the offense that we
have committed against God when, having received the responsibility of
caring for the spiritual good of all, we mistreat souls by depriving
them of the true teaching of the doctrine of regarding God, regarding
man, and the fundamental values of human existence,' the cardinal
'The most important thing in the spiritual life is to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit comes, the peace will be established. When that occurs, everything around you changes. Pray for the Holy Spirit for enlightenment. Ask the Holy Spirit to renew your souls, to renew the entire world. Raise your hands, yearn for Jesus because in His Resurrection He wants to fill you with graces.'"
The Glamorization of Forbidden Pleasures - "Forbidden pleasures have lost their stigma and assumed a glamor and fashion that titillate the curiosity. Cohabitation assumes the euphemism of “living together” instead of the condemnation of scandal. Divorce loses its stigma of shame and receives the blessing of law to give it legitimacy and credibility. The sanctity of the family loses its aura of sacred space as pornography enters through the media that invade the home to make it as crass as the profane world outside the confines of the domestic realm. The profanity of death conducts its ugly business as the solution to all problems from unwanted children to population control to the suffering of the terminally ill. The unthinkable is now taught, propagated, popularized, and legalized." Delusions the Devil Suggests to Sinners - "You say, 'At present I cannot resist this temptation.' Behold the second delusion of the devil, who makes it appear to you that at present you have not strength to resist your passions. First, it is necessary to know that, as the apostle says,
'God is faithful, and never permits us to be tempted above our strength' (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Moreover, I ask, if you are now unable to resist your passions, how shall you be able to resist them hereafter? After you have yielded to one temptation, the devil shall tempt you to other sins, and by your consent to sin he shall have gained an increase of strength against you, and you shall have become weaker. If, then, you are unable to extinguish the flame of passion, how can you expect to extinguish it when it shall have grown stronger?"
They’re Here: A Week of Jihad in America - "We’ve decided to post recent articles about Jihadi arrests, plots and cases that have appeared in the news to illustrate that, well, the enemy is indeed here in our midst and active. Keep in mind that these are only the enemy that our law enforcement community has publicly identified, pursued and apprehended…" Why Do We Want So Much to Deny the Resurrection? - "The denial of the Resurrection is a denial of what it is to be a human being. In rejecting the resurrection, we reject what we are in our creation. The efforts to kill Christ, whether those recounted in the Gospels or those which take place in killing or persecuting His disciples, are rooted in a freerejection of why God created and redeemed us in the first place..." Good Friday in Seven Good Words - "First 'A Word of Prayer:' Then said Jesus, 'Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do...' (Luke 23:34). Remarkably, the Savior’s final seven sayings start with prayer. After all the torture, flogging, abuse and grueling ascent to Calvary—Christ prays. In history's darkest moment He finds himself in prayer’s familiar light—a prayer of forgiveness. Have you received Christ's gift of forgiveness? Have you forgiven those who have wounded you?" The US surrendered to Iran on nuke deal, says France - "The French delegation was considered by observers to be one of the hardest bargainers of the P5+1 countries, a group which also included the U.S., Britain, Germany, Russia and China. Fabius told Europe that France wants a firm deal 'to prevent other countries in the Gulf such as Saudi Arabia from embarking on nuclear proliferation.'” Religious Liberty Losing to Gay Rights - "Thanks to brilliant tactics by gay activists, huge doses of corporate hypocrisy, tongue-tied politicians, and the silence of religious leaders -- religious liberty lost big battles in Indiana and Arkansas this week." Indiana, Religious Freedom, and the Denial of Reality - "The likely result of recent clashes, says Robert R. Reilly, will 'be fewer such religious freedom bills proposed in the future and ... Republican candidates for president will keep their mouths shut about this issue.'" Obama Is Causing Veteran Suicides - "they are in absolute frustration and heartbreak that their boss, their commander-in-chief, violates the Constitution that he has made an oath to, while their hero warrior blood brothers are being blown to smithereens and blown up while executing their oath to the same Constitution that the president, the vice president and the attorney general violate." Arkansas, Indiana enact fixes to 'anti-gay' law - "The rewritten Indiana proposal specifies that it does not authorize a provider to refuse to do business with anyone on the basis of 'race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service.' However, churches and religious organizations are exempt, which could allow them to use the law as a defense if they were sued by an individual claiming discrimination." A Kind of Moral Rape - "This is what the gay (homosexual) lobby is insisting on: forced violation of conscience. And they want it not because they like wedding cake, but because they wish to gain religious validation for relationships which, until very recently, none of the historical religions has ever accepted as legitimate. Their means of accomplishing this is to force believers to behave as if they approve of same-sex marriage, or at least don’t care one way or the other. And it is in response to the gay lobby’s heavy-handed efforts in this regard -- the lawsuits, the boycotts, the personal slanders, and all the rest -- that Indiana has enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act." Mob Priest: Heaven Is Full of Made Men - "'I don’t believe Pope Francis—or anyone else for that matter—has the right to tell people in the life that you’re never going to be forgiven or never going to be saved,' Michael Franzese, a former captain in the Colombo crime family... 'He should be opening his arms to the Mafia. He should be reaching out to the men, telling them: ‘Come to our church. We want you to hear about Jesus and turn away from your evil ways.’”
Commentary: This foolish priest makes no sense. He acknowledges that he has dealt with the mafia, but refuses to acknowledge that their lifestyle was gravely sinful. The Pope obviously was not talking about members of a mob who were converted and were truly sorry for their sins. The Holy Father was speaking about those who are current members of the mafia (no matter where or what country they live in) and refuse to change their ways and prefer to continue their life of crime. vtb
10 Blood Sugar–Lowering Foods - "It is no exaggeration—balancing your blood sugar could be a matter of life or death. Chronic high blood sugar levels are toxic to your body, destroying organs and blood vessels and paving the way to a heart attack, type 2 diabetes, stroke, dialysis, nerve damage, erectile dysfunction, or even blindness. The good news? Out-of-control sugar levels can be reigned in and regulated with the right foods."
"Christ is always present in his Church, especially in the liturgical action. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, be it in the person of the minister,' offering himself now through the ministry of the priests as He then offered himself on the Cross, be it especially under the Eucharistic species."
He stressed that the objective of the liturgy is the "adoration of God and the salvation of men," which is not a creation of ours, but source and summit of the Church.' The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments criticized existing abuses such as showmanship, and praised moments of silence "that are action," which enable the priest and the faithful to talk with Jesus Christ and which exclude the predominance of words that often becomes showmanship on the part of the priest. The correct attitude is the one "indicated by Saint John the Baptist, when he says he must decrease and the Messiah must increase."
The cardinal criticized the effort to make the Mass "entertaining" with certain songs, instead of focusing on the mystery, in an attempt to overcome "boredom" by transforming the Mass into a"show." He added that the Council did not speak of the priest celebrating Mass facing the people, that it stressed the importance of Christ on the altar, reflected in Benedict XVI's celebration of the Mass in the Sistine Chapel facing the altar. This does not exclude the priest facing the people, in particular during the reading of the Word of God. He stressed the need of the notion of mystery, and particulars such as the altar facing East and the fact that the sacrificial sense of the Eucharist must not be lost...
He also referred to the fact that in many churches the Most Blessed Sacrament is placed in a side altar or chapel, so that "the tabernacle disappears," and people talk before the Mass and arrive less prepared.'"
Commentary: The "reform" of our bishops and priests related to the manner in which they conduct themselves and what they allow at Holy Mass, is long overdue. This Vatican issued manual will at least in part, hopefully bring to the attention of our bishops and priests the fact that over the past 50 years (or since Vatican II), it was their liturgical abuses and indifference that have been the main cause of the loss of faith for many past & present members of the Church. vtb
PLUMB THE DEPTHS OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST - "Jesus suffered all of the details of His bitter passion for me. The Agony in the Garden, the scourging at the pillar, His crowning with thorns with the insults, spitting, buffeting, punching and pounding, the carrying of the cross, the brutal crucifixion, the hours of agony as He hung on the cross, the profuse loss of His Precious Blood and suffocation— all of these excruciating sufferings and many more, He suffered for me!" Archbishop Chaput: Obama’s White House ‘may be the least friendly to religious concerns in our history’ - "'We’ll see more of the same in the future,' Archbishop Chaput said. 'Pressure in favor of things like gay rights, contraception and abortion services, and against public religious witness.' 'We’ll see it in the courts and in so-called "anti-discrimination’ laws,” he continued. 'We’ll see it in "anti-bullying" policies that turn public schools into indoctrination centers on matters of human sexuality; centers that teach that there’s no permanent truth involved in words like "male" and "female." Archbishop Chaput detailed religious persecution across the globe currently and in the past, before delving into the present climate in America." Cardinal Burke denies rift with pope, warns of ‘gay agenda’ for Synod - "American Cardinal Raymond Burke, popularly seen as a leader of conservative backlash against Pope Francis, insists in a new interview that he’s not opposed to the pontiff because he 'hasn’t done anything that contradicts [Church] teaching.' Burke also warns that unnamed individuals are 'pushing a gay agenda' ahead of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, a Vatican summit set for Oct. 4-25...
'How is it possible to make accusations of a conspiracy against the pope led by those who present that which the Church has always taught and practiced on marriage and Communion?' he’s quoted as saying. Burke complained that there are individuals who try to neutralize him by making him an enemy of the pontiff, or by claiming he’s ready to lead a schism. 'I’m not resisting Pope Francis, because he’s done nothing against doctrine,' Burke said. 'I don’t see myself at all in a fight against the pope. As a cardinal, I just try to be a teacher of the faith.'”
Scott Walker pledges to 'push back' on Obamacare - "'I think the American people want someone new and fresh,' he said. He called Bush a friend and said he had patterned his governorship on the tenures of Bush and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. But Walker also referred to Bush as a 'fairly conservative' governor, a description that would not appeal to die-hard Republicans. He was tougher on Clinton, saying she had given 'horrible advice' to Obama.
'There is no place in the world where she hasn't played a prominent role where it is not screwed up right now,' he said. 'Look at the mess we have because of the lack of American leadership. (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is no dummy. He thinks like (Vladimir) Lenin. Lenin said you probe with bayonets. If you find steel, you pull back. If you find mush, you push. And that's exactly what Putin's doing because of our failure to lead and Hillary Clinton was right at the forefront of that.'"
John Boehner in Israel: ‘The world is on fire’ - "'I wouldn’t have believed that I would be involved in as much foreign policy as I am today,' Boehner said in his hotel near Jerusalem’s Old City. 'And it certainly isn’t by choice. It’s just that the world is on fire. And I don’t think enough Americans or enough people in the administration understand how serious the problems that we’re facing in the world are.'” The Mystery of Barack Obama Continues - "Researchers have discovered that Obama’s autobiographical books are little more than PR stunts, as they have little to do with the actual events of his life. The fact is we know less about President Obama than perhaps any other president in American history and much of this is due to actual efforts to hide his record. This should concern all Americans."
Commentary: If the Indiana lawmakers had the courage homosexuals & lesbians have, the amendment would not have been necessary. Politics again wins out against morality. vtb
The Russian Navy is on the verge of collapse - "Of the 270 ships, just 125 or so are in a working state. And of those 125, only around 45 are oceangoing surface warships or submarines that are in good shape and deployable." Pittsburgh Diocese eliminating fees for marriage annulments - "'My staff and I have long dreamed of this move,' Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik said Wednesday. 'Our dear Pope Francis inspired us to act now.' The fees in the six-county diocese ranged from $50 to $650 depending on the complexity of the case..."
Commentary: A rather strange response from Bishop Zubik. Why did it take Pope Francis to "inspire him to act now"? If you are truly following the Spirit of the Lord, would you not act immediately? Bishop Zubiks' response sounds more political than spiritual, but at least the bottom line shows promise. vtb
Why the Senators’ Letter to Iran Was Both Appropriate and Legally Necessary - "Iran could assume that the President could bind the U.S. to an agreement unless the Senate, or at least a large number of Senators, spoke up. Otherwise, Iran could, with some justification, claim a breach of international law if the United States refused to be bound by the deal between Iran and the Obama administration. As a result of the Senators’ letter, however, Iran is on formal notice of the truth." Why you should attend a Chrism Mass at least once in your life - "There are three oils that are blessed at the Chrism Mass: that of the sick, that of chrism, and that of catechumens. These are used wherever there is a sacramental anointing, such as the anointing of the sick, the anointing of those about to be or newly baptised, and the anointing of priests and confirmandi." Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas to priests: 'Stop the homily abuse' - "We have seen many abuses among the clergy – alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, child abuse, gambling abuse, money abuse, traveling abuse, vacation abuse. Today, I invite you to turn your hearts to another very rampant and widespread abuse among priests – homily abuse. Yes, abuse of the kindness of the people who are forced to listen to long, winding, repetitious, boring, unorganized, unprepared, mumbled homilies. In jest but certainly with some truth, the people say our homilies are one of the obligatory scourges that they must go through every Sunday."
Commentary: While it is admirable to instruct priests to give better homilies and state other abuses, (although unfairly, because those listed are very infrequent), what about the manner in which priests pray the Mass? What about priests that allow talking in church before, during, and after Mass? What about priests that allow immodest dress in church? What about the lack of holiness in many priests? We are not at Mass to be entertained by a "good homily," we are at Mass to worship the Lord and not the priest.
The conduct & spirituality of the priest while praying the entire Mass is what Archbishop Villegas should have centered on. A lack of holiness is the cause of all the "abuses" currently present in the Church, but unfortunately that is not being addressed by this archbishop, nor is it being addressed by the majority of bishops. They have forgotten that: "As is the bishop, as is the priest, and as is the priest, so are the people." vtb
Does God Still Speak to Us? - "God did not stop speaking to His people once Christ was born. In fact, we read in the New Testament that God spoke again through His Spirit, His angels, and with His own Voice. 'This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,' was heard at the moment of Jesus’ baptism. God spoke to Peter, James, and John during the Transfiguration upon the mountain when He told them, 'This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!'” The 5 Ways the Sexual Revolution Has "Divorced Us" from Each Other - "In September, 2015, up to two million people are expected to gather in Philadelphia to celebrate the traditional family together with Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families. Just a couple of months prior to this, the Supreme Court might determine “same-sex marriage” to be a constitutional right. These major events give us an indication of the broad spectrum of radically different views that exist today on what marriage is and ought to be." Sweden will add genderless pronoun ‘hen’ to official dictionary - "There are also no traditional children’s books such as Snow White, Cinderella, or the classic fairy tales. Rajalin said. The shelves instead have books that deal with homosexual couples, single parents, adopted children, and treatises on 'new ways to play.'”
Commentary: Like the Obama administration, the sick-minded Swedes again show their foolishness and immorality. vtb
Sorry to Disappoint the Social-Justice Warriors, but the Faithful Won’t Yield on Religious Liberty - "The Catholic Church will cave. Jews will cave. In just a few, short years the Christian churches in America will look back at opposition to same-sex marriage with the same kind of shame that Southern Baptists view their segregationist past. That conventional wisdom is garbage. It’s based largely on a bigoted, ignorant view of the Christian faith, and it ignores recent history. The Left has drunk its own Kool-Aid for so long that it actually believes its rhetoric about church history and teachings."
Cardinal Nichols: We must not see family synod as a battle - "It is wrong, in my view, to think or speak of this Synod as a battle, a battle between contesting sides. Battles have winners and losers. And often ‘collateral damage’ is the most tragic consequence of hostilities,” Cardinal Nichols said. 'This synod is a time of prayerful discernment, discernment about how we are to bring the love, mercy and truth of God to all people in need, in so many different and difficult circumstances. So please do pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.'”
Commentary: While I respect Cardinal Nichols and admire the elegant manner he has expressed himself, it is not realistic to assume no "battle" will take place in the 2015 Synod. According to Canon Law, members of the Church have a right to let their bishops know the concerns they have about spiritual matters. As long as the more liberal opposing side remains vocal, (Cardinal Kasper, etc.) it is only fair that those who favor keeping intact Scripture based, traditional Church doctrine also be given a voice. While we must have compassion for divorced & remarried people who desire to receive Holy Communion without seeking an annulment, this cannot, and must not be done at the expense of changing a doctrine of the Church that has been in place for 2000 years. vtb
Sheep among wolves - "If we find ourselves becoming cynical or jaded, we need to turn to Christ for healing, remember that only He can truly read our hearts and those of others, and reclaim a sense of joy. And if we find ourselves discouraged, we must not despair: for even Christ Himself put His trust in a man who ultimately betrayed him. It is not our fault if others choose to take advantage of us in our kindness. The God of Justice oversees all that we keep hidden, and it is not for us to settle the score." Why Do Catholics Keep Christ on the Cross? - "Paul preaches Christ crucified because an empty cross has no power. The cross that bears the beaten, battered, and bloodied body of Jesus Christ, however, that cross is the 'power of God.' So, we 'keep Jesus on the cross' because we too preach Christ crucified. And the crucifix reminds us of not only of God’s power, but also His love for us – giving His only begotten Son up for suffering and death." Christ’s Words from the Cross: 7 Weapons of Victory Over Evil - "In Venerable Fulton Sheen’s classic, 'The Life of Christ,' we read, 'He had already said that no one would take away his life from Him, but that he would lay it down Himself. Death did not lay its hand on his shoulder and give him a summons to depart. He went out to meet death. In order to show that he would not die from exhaustion, but by an act of the will, his last words were spoken.' From the pulpit of the Cross, Christ’s seven last words are proclamations of victory over evil and death. We can profess His words as a weapon of victory in our own spiritual battles. His words from the cross carry the weight of Christ’s self-sacrificing love that defeats the pride of Satan. When we experience demonic temptations or oppression, we can prayer fully echo Christ’s words from Calvary with the authority of a baptized soul." Message from Our Lady in Medjugorje - "Dear children! Also today the Most High permits me to be with you and to lead you on the way of conversion. Many hearts have shut themselves to grace and have become deaf to my call. You, little children, pray and fight against temptation and all the evil plans which the devil offers you through modernism. Be strong in prayer and with the cross in your hands pray that evil may not use you and may not conquer in you. I am with you and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call." (March 25, 2015). The Plague of Cremation - "The witness of the empty tomb becomes ever more esoteric the less that Catholics have real contact with tombs. Some will, of course, note that in proper liturgical practice even ashes should be placed in the ground or in a columbarium. But I suggest there is a palpable difference between a place where a body is laid and a place where something that does not resemble a body is placed. Cremation subverts the symbolism of the body." Why the Devil Hates Sacred Music - "I had never heard Palestrina’s music before, and I bought a record and put it on, and I almost had a mystical experience. I said, this is the music of angels. This doesn’t come from earth; this comes from heaven. This is a different kind of music, just as a cathedral is a different kind of church. And I said, what horrible heresy called the Whore of Babylon possibly could produce music that heavenly? It was a kind of argument that couldn’t be answered." The Real Enemy of Joy: Selfishness - "Have we as a society lost sight of a 'Teacher' whose words and actions mark a path for joy and fulfillment of the human heart that never fails?" Europe's Ghosts of Faith - "In this comfortable and non-demanding sense, most do still define themselves, however vestigially, as 'Christians.' The question for Europe’s churches is whether they can find ways of mobilizing this popular sentiment into more overt forms of faith." The 6 Most “UnChrist-like” Things Christ Did - "Jesus gave horrifying descriptions of the place. Throughout the Gospels we find that Jesus describes hell as a place of 'weeping and gnashing of teeth,' a place where 'the worms that eat them do not die, and the fire is not quenched,'a 'blazing furnace,' 'darkness,' 'unquenchable fire,' and 'the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels'... And he constantly warns people from doing things that would get them sent there. So maybe preaching about hell isn’t so bad?" Spiritual Renewal Paul VI Spoke of Has Not Yet Materialized - "In his (Pope Paul VI) Angelus address on the day of the 'Italian Mass,' Paul spoke thusly: 'This Sunday marks a memorable date in the spiritual history of the Church, because the spoken language officially enters the liturgical worship, as you have already seen this morning… The welfare of the people demands this care, so as to make possible the active participation of the faithful in the public worship of the Church. It is a sacrifice that the Church has made of her own language, Latin; a sacred, sober, beautiful language, extremely expressive and elegant. She has sacrificed the traditions of centuries and above all she sacrifices the unity of language among the various peoples, in homage to this greater universality, in order to reach all. And this [also] for you, faithful, so that you may know better [how to] join yourselves to the Church’s prayer, so that you may know [how to] pass from a state of simple spectators to that of participating and active faithful, and if you truly know how to correspond to this attention of the Church, you will have the great joy, the merit and the chance of a true spiritual renewal.'
When read now, 50 years later, these words seem to portend the confusion and misdirection that would deluge the remainder of Paul’s reign, and that persists into present day. Paul appears as a man divided against himself, trumpeting “the chance of a true 'spiritual renewal' while simultaneously describing this “chance” as the result of the sacrifice of 'the traditions of the centuries.'”
Religious Freedom Firestorm: Arkansas House Approves Bill Similar to Indiana's - "Hutchinson, a Republican, told NBC affiliate KARK that the bill in his state is meant to strike a balance between religious freedom and equal protection of the law. 'This bill tries to do that, and it's not that complicated,' he said. Sexual orientation is not covered by anti-discrimination laws in either state."
How Parents are Stealing the Gift of the Mass from their Children - A parish priest on the troubling news he's learned from kids in the confessional - "As a young priest, I wasn’t yet jaded to simply chalk this up to the typical child’s confession. So, a little surprised that a child didn’t go, I asked a simple question: 'Why didn’t you go to Mass?' And the kids would answer in one of three ways: 'Because I had a [sporting event/vacation]'; 'Because we slept in': or (and most frequently): 'Because my parents don’t take me.'” It’s not Vatican II’s fault - "Half of baptised Catholics never attend Mass and a third claim to have ‘no religion.' But it would be wrong to point the finger at the great ecumenical council." As Latin Mass gains popularity, some in North Jersey reluctant to ‘turn back’ - "Anthony Scillia, 32, of Saddle Brook attended his first Latin Mass last year at St. Anthony of Padua in Jersey City. 'For me, it was a heightened experience,' Scillia said. 'For that hour and 15 minutes it’s as if the veil is drawn back and you have a chance to see and really experience that bit of paradise on earth. Is it a holier experience? I don’t want to say that. Above all things, Mass is about worshiping Jesus Christ. I just feel that, for me, this Mass really elevates that experience.'” Did St. Hildegard prophesy today's crisis in the world and Church? - "Ironically it seems that some in the Church itself wish to 'infringe on the divine law.' Turner's book does not address the current “Synod of the Family” controversy since his manuscript was completed prior to October of 2014. Since then, high ranking prelates and leaders have expressed a willingness to change the dogmatic Moral teaching of the Church on the reception of Holy Communion, which is based on the divine law of Scripture itself. They are pushing, in the name of mercy, to open up Communion to those in irregular and possibly adulterous marriages, and to those in other types of 'partnerships.' It certainly seems like a 'plot to diverge from the holiness of God's commands!'” Book review: The big guns line up for the family synod - "Theologians forensically take apart Cardinal Walter Kasper's case for Communion for the remarried... Published just before last October’s family synod by Ignatius Press, here are three books that each in their own way take up a strong position against any change in the Church’s moral teaching and, in particular, in its teaching about the reception of Holy Communion by those living in irregular unions." Vatican cardinal tells German bishops: We can’t adapt the faith to the times like (German) Christians did under the Nazis - "An influential Swiss cardinal at the Vatican has warned Germany’s bishops that the Church cannot merely adapt itself to the times as some Christians did in order to support the Nazis. In an interview with the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, Cardinal Kurt Koch firmly (but politely) refuted the proposal of Cardinal Reinhard Marx and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, both delegates to the upcoming Synod on the Family, that the Catholic Church has to adjust herself more to the “life realities” of Catholics today, and liberalize its attitude toward remarried divorcees. Cardinal Marx had even declared that the German bishops will make their pastoral decisions independently of Rome." Cardinal Burke: Gays, remarried Catholics, and murderers are all the same - "'If you are living publicly in a state of mortal sin, there isn’t any good act that you can perform that justifies that situation: the person remains in grave sin,' Burke said... 'And to give the impression that somehow there’s something good about living in a state of grave sin is simply contrary to what the (Catholic) Church has always and everywhere taught,' said Burke... Asked if being 'kind' and 'generous' and 'dedicated' is enough, Burke replied: 'Of course it’s not. It’s like the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people.'” DISCERN WE MUST, BUT INTRIGUING ARE ACCOUNTS OF THE HEREAFTER THAT INCLUDE 'GUARDIANS' - "'My guardian angel was dressed in a pure white robe and seemed kind of transparent,' testified one person. 'I noticed my body was very different as on earth. It lacked nothing, no pain or limitations, just perfect. I became particularly interested in the robe I was wearing. I glowed and my whole body seemed to emit light that made me also kind of transparent. There were countless people there, all dressed in white robes; some were walking in the garden. Others were flying through the air at incredible speed. All around was just happiness in its purest form.'" See What the End Shall Be - "One of the common human techniques for dealing with stress and the hardships of life is to just go numb, becoming drowsy. We can just doze off into a sort of moral sleep. Being vigilant against the threats posed to our souls by sin or the harm caused by injustice (whether to ourselves or others) is too stressful, so we just tune out. We stop noticing or really even caring about critically important matters. We anesthetize ourselves with things like creature comforts, meaningless distractions, alcohol, or drugs." Catholic college won’t offer federal loans, citing overreaching regs - "'While respecting that some of our peer institutions have reached a different conclusion on this issue,' said Andrew Emrich, the board’s chairman, 'what is different in our case is timing: At the very point we were grappling with this question, pivotal legal decisions, executive orders, and administrative interpretations were all pointing to some … challenges for institutions of faith.'” Four reasons why the Bread of Life Discourse cannot be a metaphor- " The common solution for many modern Protestants (following the path set out by Zwingli) is to call upon the words which follow toward the end of the discourse: It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life (John 6:64). Appealing to these words, which reference the spirit as opposed to the flesh, these Protestants will claim that the Bread of Life Discourse is an extended metaphor. There are four reasons why our Savior’s words in John 6:26-72 cannot be understood as an analogy or a metaphor. Among these, the second is perhaps rather unknown. [all four reasons come from Ludwig Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma]." Pray for the Living and the Dead - "Prayer for the dead, while less likely to confront us with the obstinate actuality of the person for whom we pray, has its own challenges. For, of course, the dead are unusually quiet about whether your prayers for them are doing any good. Now and then, blessed souls (like St. Perpetua) are favored with a vision of their dead kid brother Dinocrates turning up happy and healthy in the heavenlies after a Mass was said for him. But most of us don’t seem to rate these aids to faith. Instead, what we have to go on is the insistence of the Church that prayers for the dead, like prayers for the living, are not merely good and pious and consoling to us, but effective for the dead." 2015 State of Atheism in America - "Who Are the Atheists? For reporting purposes at Barna, we often combine atheists and agnostics into one group, which we call skeptics. Skeptics either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics). Skeptics represent one-quarter of all unchurched adults (25%). Nearly one-third of skeptics have never attended a Christian church service in their lives (31%). That’s nearly double the proportion of 'virgin unchurched' who are not skeptics (17%)... The profile of a typical skeptic is different today from a decade or two ago. Today’s skeptics, like their counterparts from two decades ago, are defined by their denial of or doubts about God’s existence. But that is about the only thing they have in common with the unchurched atheist or agnostic of yesteryear. Below are five demographic shifts among skeptics in the past two decades." American-Israeli Rabbi compares Obama to Haman - "'The President of the United States is lashing out at Israel just like Haman lashed out at the Jews,' he said. 'I’m not making a political statement,' he clarified, 'I’m making a Jewish statement.' When a woman in the audience shouted out that Riskin was being disrespectful to the President of the United States, she was booed by the crowd and Riskin said he didn’t need any help from the audience. 'I am being disrespectful because the President of the United States was disrespectful to my prime minister, to my country, to my future and to the future of the world.'” UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights! - "Ninety percent of states – inhabited by 6.6 billion people – got no mention at all. Countries like China, Qatar, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. For the UN, there was not one human rights violation worthy of mention by any of these human rights horror shows. Why not? For starters, China, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia are all members of the UN Human Rights Council. Actually protecting human rights is not a condition of being elected to the Council, and thereby transforming into a UN authority on what counts as a human rights violation. As a result, what counts fast becomes unrecognizable. Subverting human rights principles for all turns out to be the other side of the coin from subverting human rights for Jews." RNC on Clinton: 'Even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes' - "Clinton's lawyer informed the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi on Friday that Clinton no longer had copies of any emails from her four-year tenure as secretary of State, ending in 2013. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the committee, said in a statement Friday that 'Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server.' Gowdy, whose committee had subpoenaed the server earlier this month, charged that Clinton apparently decided to delete her emails after Oct. 28, 2014, when the State Department first asked her to turn over public records." Al-Qaeda vs. ISIS: The Battle for the Soul of Jihad - "Almost overnight, the Islamic State sent its enemies reeling—and turned U.S. policy in the Middle East upside down. As troubling as the Islamic State’s successes are for U.S. officials, there is one person for whom they are even more troubling: Ayman al-Zawahiri. Although the Al-Qaeda leader might be expected to rejoice at the emergence of a strong jihadist group that delights in beheading Americans (among other horrors), in reality the Islamic State’s rise risks Al-Qaeda’s demise." Africa on Fire: Jihad on the March - "What all this indicates is that the global Jihadist movement is getting stronger and spreading its violent attacks to more areas of the world, giving them more training areas, launching pads and recruiting fodder with which to wage war against America and the West." Islamic Gospel singer stabs boyfriend to death over dream - "The couple who were said to be very much in love before the devil stepped in between them, were said to have had a quarrel over a dream Yusuf had the night before where she said that Moses had slapped her. But the young man laughed off her dreams and in her anger, she was said to have grabbed a knife and buried it in his heart and he bled to death." Study: Climate change does not cause extreme winters - "Cold snaps like the ones that hit the eastern United States in the past winters are not a consequence of climate change. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the California Institute of Technology have shown that global warming actually tends to reduce temperature variability." Hoover Institution Roundtable: Perspectives On Russia’s Hybrid War On Ukraine And US Foreign Policy - "We should have no illusions about the state of Ukraine’s governance, which is still weak and corrupt. Our policy toward Ukraine should be supportive yet assertive. We should provide weapons but also military advisers, who will control the use of the weapons, which otherwise could end up in Russia’s hands. We should provide economic and financial advisers to insure the money is not wasted or stolen." Commentary: ‘Irksome’ Ted Cruz is a stickler for process, a lightning rod for controversy - "Those who find his newly announced presidential campaign thrilling and those who find the notion of Cruz in the White House disturbing agree that his devotion to principle reminds them of that of Barry Goldwater, the movement conservative and 1964 Republican presidential nominee who famously said 'I’d rather be right than president' and got his wish." Walker Makes His Pitch to Harris County Republicans - "Bringing some members of the audience to their feet, Walker said that as America confronts terrorist threats at home and abroad, it needs more than ever a 'commander in chief who’s going to stand up and call it what it is:' radical Islam. In addition to Obama, Walker took a few swipes at Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and presumptive Democratic nominee for president in 2016. The Wisconsin governor grouped her in with Democrats who 'measure success in government by how many people are dependent on the government.'” Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack - "'We support the Arabs' aspirations for a prosperous future and for the resolution of all the problems the Arab world faces through peaceful means, without any external interference,' Putin said in the letter. His comments triggered a sharp attack from Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. 'He (Putin) speaks about the problems in the Middle East as though Russia is not influencing these problems,' he told the summit right after the letter was read out." Question about Michael Brown leads to beating on St. Louis light rail train - "The second man, who was white, didn't want to answer the question. Then the first man, who was black, boxed him in the face. Two more African-American men joined in the beating, according to a police report about Monday's incident. It was caught on surveillance cameras on the MetroLink train and a passenger recorded it with a cell phone and posted the video online. It has gone viral." R.I.P. California (1850-2016): What We’ll Lose And Learn From The World’s First Major Water Collapse - "Last week when NASA announced that California is on its death bed and has only 12 months of water left, the news hit like a punch to the gut. 'Data from NASA satellites show that the total amount of water stored in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins — that is, all of the snow, river and reservoir water, water in soils and groundwater combined — was 34 million acre-feet below normal in 2014. That loss is nearly 1.5 times the capacity of Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir,' writes Jay Famiglietti of NASA." World War II Bomber Drops Human (being) Munitions Over Chicago - "The Flying Fortress was made famous in its role in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII and the post-war movies, like Memphis Belle, that made it an icon. Now this B-17 is no longer avoiding anti-aircraft fire or enemy fighters but has exchanged its explosive warheads in order to drop people from the bomb bay." 5 Ways Your Cell Phone Use Is Harming Your Health - "We love cell phones, and they certainly come in handy: They help with scheduling and research, give us access to maps, and enable us to make emergency calls. But, helpful as they may be, there are also some unhealthy side effects that come with cell phone use. Withdrawal, neck and eye stress, and germs are just a handful — read on to discover 5 health problems your cell phone could be causing." Pesticides on fruits, veggies linked with poorer semen quality - "The total amount of fruits and veggies in the diet was not associated with semen quality. But men who ate at least 1.5 servings of high-pesticide produce per day had about half as many sperm in their semen, and two-thirds as many normal-appearing sperm, as men who ate less than half a serving of high-pesticide produce per day, according to results in Human Reproduction." Navajo Nation sees tax on junk food as way to combat health problems - "Legislator Jonathan Nez demonstrates the power of healthy eating. Four years ago, Nez weighed 300 pounds. His diet was heavy on chips, fast food and soda, things he knew were bad for him but were also easy to get and close at hand. He started eating chicken, fish and vegetables, purging his cabinets of high-fat, high-sugar snacks. Today, he won't give his exact weight, but he rides a bike and runs, two activities almost unimaginable to him in 2010."
REMARKABLE ACCOUNTS POINT UP SUPERNATURAL SIDE OF SEPTEMBER 11, BEFORE AND AFTER - "'This just shows that hundreds of people who perished are still earthbound at that location, because they were picked up on film. And there was one particular photograph of smoke coming out of the building that has a clear demonic face on it.' As huge as the attack was in the natural, it seems to be even larger in the grand scheme of things, larger in a way we as a society can not yet fathom, for it has not all played out as yet." Andreas Lubitz: What we know about Germanwings Flight 4U9525's co-pilot - "Twenty-eight-year-old Andreas Lubitz had been flying with the Germanwings airline for just 18 months when, according to officials, he intentionally brought his Airbus A320 crashing into the French Alps. As officials struggle to make sense of the tragedy, a picture of the co-pilot allegedly at the controls of Flight 4U9525 has begun to emerge." This Map Shows the Deadliest Counties in the U.S. - "A sufficient sample size was not available for 69 counties, colored white in this map. The 25 counties with the lowest mortality rates and the 25 counties with the highest rates are listed below." Why It’s So Hard to Learn English in Boston - "Walk up Mass Ave. and you might hear a different language on every block. More than a quarter of Boston’s residents are foreign born, and nearly half of all kids in Boston have at least one foreign-born parent, according to city figures." Scott Walker Endorses Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants at Private GOP Dinner - "'Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship, a position at odds with his previous public statements on the matter.' Given the history here, it may now be impossible to know precisely where Walker stands, with supporters left to assume the worst — that he’s just another open borders Republican — becoming the default across the conservative grassroots whose support he needs to win."
Commentary: Walkers' proposal makes sense. It would be impossible and immoral to chase down 11 million immigrants and deport them. George W. Bush's plan was essentially the same and he was not overly criticized for it. So why the big fuss now? vtb
Gulf states launch air strikes in Yemen - "Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies have launched a military operation involving air strikes in Yemen against Houthi fighters tightening their grip on Aden, where the country’s president had taken refuge, the Saudi envoy to Washington said on Wednesday." $1,185,613,000,000: Federal Taxes Hit Record Through February; Gov’t Still Runs $386B Deficit - "Each month, the Treasury publishes the government’s 'total receipts,' including all revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes (including Social Security and Medicare taxes), unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, customs duties, and “'miscellaneous receipts.'” Census: Florida city tops list of fastest-growing areas - "New figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau showed Florida was home to six of the nation's 20 fastest-growing metro areas from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014. During that time, the state added another 192,000 people and surpassed New York to become the nation's third most-populous state with 19.9 million residents. Only California and Texas have more people." Gay rights activists to Christians: Surrender - or else - "It was Jefferson who declared, 'No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.' Yet today, Elaine Huguenin loses her private photography business in New Mexico because the civil authority there told her to violate her conscience and participate in a 'gay wedding' or face the consequences. And while George Washington once stated his 'wish and desire' that "the laws may always be extensively accommodated" to "the conscientious scruples of all men," today a well-organized, ridiculously well-funded movement of activists seeks to deceptively undermine even the most mild legal acknowledgement of those scruples." Marijuana Edibles Blamed For Keystone Death - "'It was completely a reaction to the drugs,' Kim Goodman said about her son Luke’s Saturday night suicide. Luke Goodmans' death is now the third death in Colorado linked to marijuana edibles. The 23-year-old college graduate was in the midst of a two-week ski and snowboard vacation with family members. Saturday afternoon he and his cousin, Caleb Fowler, took a bus from Keystone to Silverthorne where Fowler says they bought $78 worth of edibles and marijuana." Watch: 'Obama is Out of Control' - "The Democratic assemblyman admitted 'I don't understand Obama, you know he's a little bit out of control.' However, he added that the relationship between Israel and the US is 'going to be fine' despite the personal dispute Obama has fueled. 'Obama is more difficult, I think now he's very very upset, but he's upset - it's silly to be honest - he's upset that (he) Obama lost, the people of Israel won....'" 'Liberal' Putin could be toppled 'like the tsar', warns Russian ultra-nationalist - "According to the Sunday Times, the former commander of the pro-Russia rebels in the disputed region speculated about Putin's removal from power when he addressed supporters last week. Although Putin is seen as a hardliner in the West, Strelkov believes the Russian premier is too liberal, and has failed to act decisively enough in the region due to his decision not to annex Donetsk and Luhansk." Four (Black) Cops Killed in Seven Days -- Where's the Outrage? - "(Fulton County Assistant Police Chief Gary) described the situation as an ambush, saying the officers 'were trying to do their job, they were trying to protect this neighborhood from someone who was shooting. And they had no other option but to do their job. And the way it appears to me, they were ambushed without warning.'" An impeachable offense - "If America forsakes Israel because a president gets angry with an Israeli prime minister, Israel will sooner or later be doomed. In the meantime no ally of America will feel safe, will trust the U.S. to keep its commitments to them. Already, Egypt is flirting with Russia, Saudi Arabia with North Korea, and Poland is arming itself, not trusting NATO after America’s non-response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of the Ukraine." The Old Man and the Sea of Black Mob Violence - "In light of thirty years as a court-appointed psychologist and prison psychologist, this episode of black mob violence in Concord is not Newburn’s first rodeo: 'Through the MSM, the popular culture, and liberals in government, the message to black people for years has been that they are not responsible for their actions, nor will there be serious consequences for their violent behavior.' 'The result of this has been disastrous for black people. To the assailants in this crime, their violent assault was righteous, and now know they are backed up all the way to the White House. Adding fuel to this insanity fire is the tragic/comedic myth that the reason for their collective life failures and the gross decay of their communities is due to white people.' 'They had no conscience as they inflicted great violence on these helpless people, and they attacked because they believe they have legitimate license to do so.'” Japan Commissions Largest Warship Since World War II - "Billed by the Japanese as a platform to assist in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) operations, the ship has flared regional tensions in neighbors— China especially — who view the ship as a power projection platform with a historically aggressive name. 'The original Izumo, an armored cruiser that participated in the Battle of Tsushima, was purchased with reparations from the first Sino-Japanese War,' wrote USNI News contributor Kyle Mizokami in 2013. 'There is little doubt all parties, particularly the Chinese, are aware of the lineage.'”
Pope Francis: Don't gossip about the synod! Pray for it - "The synods have also led some -- including even cardinals -- to publicly express concerns about the pope's agenda or hope for the synods... The meetings -- which the pope has oriented towards addressing contemporary issues of family life -- are known to be addressing topics sometimes considered controversial in the church, such as divorce and remarriage and same-sex marriage."
Commentary: This is a very spirituality delicate matter. The Holy Father's concerns are valid, however, although there are those who are wrongfully gossiping, it cannot be called "gossip" if you are concerned about the lack of detailed clarifications about the intentions of some more liberal bishops in regard to the 2015 Synod. It is precisely that lack of clarification and the "voices of change" that are coming forth from the Vatican and other places that are causing the faithful to express their concerns about possible "revisions" to long standing Church doctrine.
To "silence" them would be wrong, for they have a right to speak out on spiritual matters that they believe could affect their way of life, and the life & doctrines of the Church. Although the Holy Fathers' intentions are good, in this matter it is best to not only pray, but also be allowed to voice your concerns as the Holy Spirit inspires you. Only then will we see more clarifications coming from Rome that will promote a greater understanding and ease some of the fears and confusion that exists among the faithful. Another possible route (as identified in the below article), would be to petition the Holy Father, but since we are dealing with "clarifications," that method may not work, you would simply be told again to "pray for the Synod." vtb
A FIAT TO THE FIAT: DEFINING MARY'S MOTHERHOOD - "By 1918, Cardinal Mercier had gathered over 300 bishop petitions and thousands upon thousands of petitions from clergy and faithful to the Holy Father for this fifth Marian dogma. Since these initial petitions inspired by Mercier, over 7 million petitions and over 550 cardinals and bishops have petitioned the popes for the dogma of Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood.
Why petitions? Because it’s the Catholic way. Both Pius IX and Pius XII thanked the millions of Christian faithful who had petitioned them for their respective dogmatic proclamations of the Immaculate Conception and Assumption. Canon Law actually encourages the faithful to bring to the attention of the Pastors of the Church issues they deem important for the Church’s good."
ISLAMIC INVASION OF SWEDEN HAS LED TO RAPE CRISIS - "In the first seven months of 2013, over 1,000 Swedish women reported being raped by Muslim immigrants in the capital city of Stockholm. Over 300 of those were under the age of 15. The number of rapes is up 16% so far this year (2015) compared to 2012 numbers. A large proportion of the increase include rape of young [pre-teen] girls." Sweden, NATO report Russian military planes over Baltic Sea - "NATO and Sweden, which is not a member of the alliance, have reported an increase in Russian air maneuvers over the Baltic Sea in recent years. Tuesday's sighting comes as Finnish and Swedish military aircraft are preparing to train with U.S. fighters over the Baltic Sea, and American and NATO forces continue military exercises in the Baltic countries." One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev - "The Gallup and GfK polls show a deeply divided Ukraine. The division of political allegiances ultimately threatens Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Only 19% in the east and 26.8% in the southeast think Ukraine should join the European Union, while 84.2% in the west believe Ukraine is a natural fit with the E.U.. Nearly 60% in the north agree that E.U. is the place to be, and just under half in the center part of the country want E.U. integration." Iran to U.S.: No, we’re not going to allow snap inspections of our nuclear facilities - "Last summer, the spokesman for Iran’s nuke negotiators put snap inspections back on the table, saying it was something the regime might conceivably agree to. Fast-forward to last December and the same spokesman said Iran was sticking to its insistence on regular monthly inspections, not surprise ones like the west demands. Today they’ve added a new flourish that snap inspections would be illegal." Russia's Orthodox Soft Power - "The close symphonic relationship between the Orthodox Church and state in Russia thus provides Russian foreign policy with a definable moral framework, one that, given its popularity, is likely to continue to shape the country's policies well into the future." Obama’s Harvest of Violence - "For many liberal Arab citizens like me, it looks like the United States is now taking sides in a sectarian conflict and turning a deliberate blind eye to violations of rights and values which are supposedly the core of what the United States represents. The United States is siding with the Shiites against the Sunnis. It is helping Assad, Hezbollah, and other allies of Iran stay in power. The United States has picked the Resistance axis over helping potential democracies to grow." A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe (photos) - "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armored vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." It Was the Worst of Times...- "It sounds like a replay of Eastern Europe in the 1940s, complete with the Red Army sweeping aside old borders in the wake of the Second World War and establishing Russian supremacy over one captive nation after another from the Baltics down to the Balkans, while a stunned West mainly watched in dismay. These days the old borders that a revived Russian empire has violated, extend from Crimea in the south, now part of that empire again, all along the eastern Ukraine to what used to be Russia's border but is being expanded again and again." Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa - "Vast tracts of Southern California's bountiful harvests are fading from view, as millions of acres of irrigated land have been removed from production as a result of drought. Over the past few years, this drought has left farms and livestock in California thirsty and farmers unsure of what to do. And it has forced the areas with the most over exploited groundwater basins to develop sustainable local water management plans. But these areas can learn a lot about innovative water conservation practices by looking outward -- toward the fields of smallholder food producers in sub-Saharan Africa." Why Unions Care About Paid Sick Time - "What’s a union to do when non-union labor is both cheaper and as productive as union labor? The answer is to ask the government to impose artificial costs on non-union labor so that it isn’t cheaper. Unions do this under the guise of “concern for all workers,” but it’s actually concern for union workers." Are Low-Salt Diets Necessary (or Healthy) for Most People? - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes reducing the U.S. population’s consumption of sodium as “a national priority.” The CDC warns that too much salt can raise people’s blood pressure, putting them at greater risk for heart disease and stroke, among other evils. But some skeptics believe the threat posed by salt is overblown. Indeed, some say too broad a drive against salt poses its own health risks." Forgotten monuments of Northern Sweden - "During the investigations of prehistoric sites in Ångermanland, the project reached the Spir Mountain and its cairns in 2013. The first visit was an overwhelming experience, standing before two remarkable structures of dry stone masonry with spectacular views across the surrounding landscape. The larger of the cairns (13m in diameter) is exceptionally well preserved, and almost perfectly circular. The stone required for construction must have required an immense investment of labor. The smaller cairn is just to the east and is 6m in diameter."
The New Pharisees: Who Today is Putting up Obstacles to Evangelization? - "Sadly, all too often it is exactly these New Pharisees who hold positions of authority in many Catholic parishes today. But, in keeping with Our Lord’s example, we must confront and resist their efforts. We must continue to call sin “sin” and call on people to avoid it at all costs – even sin that is now culturally acceptable – knowing that these actions can lead to the destruction of the human person and his soul. In conjunction with a renewed emphasis on sin, we must emphasize the Sacrament of Confession, so that those in need can be forgiven and reconciled to God. We must also embrace a more reverent Mass, in order to better worship God. Further, in an age of rampant sexual immorality, we must clearly explain Catholic teaching on sexuality and marriage, and urge married couples to live out the fullness of the Church’s teachings in these areas. And we must call every person to conversion to the Catholic Church, so that everyone can receive Her abundant graces." Will a Catholic School Fire a Theology Teacher for "Anti-Gay" Remarks? - "Actress Susan Sarandon's post invited media scrutiny of the Catholic teacher... The future of a high school theology teacher suspended for public comments about gays and traditional marriage is in doubt. An online petition for Patricia Jannuzzi has sought donations for her family’s bills while her bishop released a statement that addressed only her previous and present job status."
Commentary: It is important to distinguish between individuals who are quietly and sincerely are trying to overcome their "temptations," and therefore do not actually practice their desired sexuality - they deserve our compassion. However, homosexuals who openly demand their "rights," and without any sense of shame, confess that they want to continue practicing their unnatural behavior and sinful lifestyle, do not deserve our compassion. vtb
Also see: Homosexuality (This in an internal link, you must backspace to return to this page). Some Strategies for Overcoming Temptation - "Faithfully and steadily laying this foundation is really most of the battle and it goes a long way toward crowding out what is evil and lacking with what is good and more perfect. If we do this, what tempts us will decrease and the intensity of what temptation remains will be weaker. If we simply seek quick advice about how to ignore or withstand lustful thoughts or how to avoid gossip in the moment we may get a few good suggestions, but without a good foundation the results can be pretty discouraging." Commentary: Although the above article contains some valid concerns and is worth reading, it is somewhat "dated" (Jan. 2015 interview). The Holy Father, (March, 2015) at least partially clarified his position by stating: "'This does not resolve anything... with regard to the idea of giving Communion to the divorced and remarried. Much less if they want it, demand it. Because Communion is not a badge, a decoration. No.' In his latest big interview Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) threw cold water on the expectations for substantial change in the doctrine and practice of Catholic marriage, which he himself had indirectly (once) fostered??: 'Overblown expectations,' he called them.'" (This interview can be found in a below article or you may read it here. See: The Synod Market Index. Cardinal Kasper Down, Archbishop Caffarra Up). Germanwings Airbus A320 Crashes in France, 150 Feared Dead - "French President Francois Hollande called the crash of the Airbus A320 a 'tragedy' and said the wreckage was in a hard-to-reach area not far from the town of Barcelonette. The French interior ministry confirmed... that one of the black boxes from Germanwings Flight 9525 had been found as rescue teams converged on the crash site." Germanwings plane black box found as mystery surrounds Alps crash - "Investigators are puzzled as to why the crew did not send out a mayday or distress signal as flight U49525 rapidly lost altitude for eight minutes, or why the pilot did not change course to avoid smashing into a rocky ravine at around 430mph (700kmh). In the last 10 minutes of the flight there was total radio silence from the crew of the Barcelona–Düsseldorf flight operated by Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary." Angry Protest Over New Bishop in Chile - "Hundreds of demonstrators dressed in black barged into a cathedral in a city in southern Chile on Saturday and interrupted the installation ceremony for the city’s new Roman Catholic bishop, Juan Barros, whom they accuse of complicity in a notorious case of clerical sexual abuse, blocking his passage and shouting, 'Barros, get out of the city!... Weeks of protests, candlelight vigils and letters to Pope Francis were not enough to persuade him to rescind his decision in January to appoint Bishop Barros to lead the Diocese of Osorno, 570 miles south of the capital, Santiago... In February, more than 30 priests and deacons of the Osorno Diocese signed a letter to Archbishop Scapolo asking the pope to reverse his decision. 'We don’t feel embraced, and much less understood, by our Church hierarchy,' they said."
Commentary: There is always more to controversial news stories. Hopefully the Vatican will clarify this matter soon.. vtb
Nanotechnology platform shows promise for treating pancreatic cancer - "The study, published online in the journal ACS Nano, describes successful experiments to combine two drugs within a specially designed mesoporous silica nanoparticle that looks like a glass bubble. The drugs work together to shrink human pancreas tumors in mice as successfully as the current standard treatment, but at one twelfth the dosage. This lower dosage could reduce both the cost of treatment and the side effects that people suffer from the current method." 5 Big Whoppers Told About ObamaCare On Its 5th Anniversary - "Naturally, backers used the occasion to extol its many alleged successes. But in doing so, they engaged in some daring feats of legerdemain. Here are some of the biggest exaggerations, shall we say, told about ObamaCare this week, some of them uttered by the president, others by members of a shamefully credulous press..." Hillary’s Record: Free of Accomplishments, Full of Setbacks - "It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished. The two Democrats immediately sidestepped the question and started reciting their talking points in favor of Hillary. But O’Reilly kept coming back to the fact that nothing they were talking about was an accomplishment. Why, Exactly, Do We Need A Woman President? - "It appears that those who voted for Barack Obama for president simply because he is black are now urging we vote for Hillary Clinton simply because she is a woman. At a recent public event, Clinton asked her Democrat supporters, 'I suppose it's fair to say: don't you someday want to see a woman president?' My answer to that ridiculous remark is-'that would depend on the woman.' That woman should be as qualified as any male candidate but if they believe that Hillary is eligible than that means they plan to vet her as poorly as they did Barack Obama." Cruz's fiery message has limited appeal to some in GOP - "Cruz has become an effective spokesman for the small-government, less-tax Tea party movement, but not one who has advanced an agenda in Congress, where he is a divisive figure even within his own party. He says he would disband the IRS, scrap President Barack Obama's health care law, seek to overturn abortion rights. All face steep climbs for the next president; Cruz makes such pledges as though it would be a cakewalk." 3 Reasons Ted Cruz Could Win - "I understand that Cruz’s approach to politics and speech making rubs some people the wrong way, but there is actually a counter intuitive case to be made that he has a clearer path to the nomination than his critics might like." Wisconsin Is Finally Free to Implement Voter ID Law - "Since the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a similar challenge to the voter ID law filed in state court last year in Milwaukee Branch of NAACP v. Walker, Wisconsin now joins numerous other states like Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina that have implemented a photo ID requirement for voting and most importantly, have beaten opponents of such a requirement in the courts."
Commentary: Obama does not want to make the same mistake he made in Iraq, where, lacking in common sense and going against the advice of experienced military advisers, Obama removed all our troops and thereby invited ISIS to move in and murder hundreds and hundreds of people. Feeling the pressure not to make the same mistake in Afghanistan, our inexperienced Commander-in-chief, who loves playing golf more than he loves our troops, had to give in. vtb
New US “allegation”: Israel spied on closed-door nuclear talks, passed secrets to Congress - "Yet another Obama administration thrust in its campaign to stigmatize Binyamin Netanyahu and the newly elected Israeli government came Tuesday, March 24, in the form of a pejorative leak to The Wall Street Journal. 'Israeli intelligence was eavesdropping on closed-door nuclear negotiations between Iran and the US and other world powers, then passing the classified information along to the US Congress to try and preemptively scuttle the deal, The WSJ reported, adding from its unnamed sources: "It’s one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and play them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy.'” Obama-Netanyahu Hostility is 'Unprecedented' in History - "The bad blood between Obama and Netanyahu is 'unprecedented,' Israeli historian Jonathan Rynhold told AFP. 'The public nature of the mutual hostility is a new low. I don't think we've ever had as bad a relationship between a president and a prime minister, and of course that has policy consequences,' he said." Israel denies 'utterly false' claims it spied on U.S - "Israel on Tuesday vehemently denied claims that it had spied on the U.S. during the Iranian negotiations, as reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal. Official in the Prime Minister’s Office called the allegations 'utterly false.' 'The State of Israel does not conduct espionage against the United States or Israel’s other allies. The false allegations are clearly intended to undermine the strong ties between the United States and Israel and the security and intelligence relationship we share,' they said." Obama Ignores Threats From Iran, Has a Fit Over Israel - "When an Israeli leader questions the wisdom of trading land for peace with Islamic terrorists, President Obama has a fit. But when an Iranian Ayatollah threatens to destroy America, he dismisses it as a rhetorical flourish."
Also see: Movie Reviews (this is an internal link, you must backspace to return to the page) Greece fights German bailout demands with Nazi-era claims - "Billions of euros in rescue loans from other European countries and the International Monetary Fund have saved Greece from bankruptcy since 2010. Germany, the largest contributor to the bailout, has been vocal in pressing Greece to cut back on government spending to bring its finances under control. But the Greeks point out that, following its wartime defeat, Germany received one of the biggest bailouts in modern history within a decade of laying waste to much of Europe. Greece was among 22 countries that agreed to halve Germany's foreign debt at a 1953 conference in London." Japan opts for massive, costly sea wall to fend off tsunamis - "Four years after a towering tsunami ravaged much of Japan's northeastern coast, efforts to fend off future disasters are focusing on a nearly 400-kilometer (250-mile) chain of cement sea walls, at places nearly five stories high. Opponents of the 820 billion yen ($6.8 billion) plan argue that the massive concrete barriers will damage marine ecology and scenery, hinder vital fisheries and actually do little to protect residents who are mostly supposed to relocate to higher ground. Those in favor say the sea walls are a necessary evil, and one that will provide some jobs, at least for a time." Republicans rally to Scott Walker’s call, believing he’s a scrappy survivor - "“He has guts,” said Ulmer, 52, Republican Party chairman in rural Orangeburg County. “'The people of America are looking for another Ronald Reagan, someone we can believe in, someone who will keep freedom safe. Walker could be it.' As hundreds of likely GOP primary voters took their first look at Walker here last week, many said he has the qualities they hope to see in the GOP’s next standard-bearer. They acknowledged they know very little about Walker yet said they are ready to vote him into the White House. As they see it, he’s a fighter, tenacious and decisive. He fought the unions again and again, and he won each time. They see the 47-year-old governor as a truth-teller, a pure conservative and an energetic, fresh face — as the future." Afghan officials say woman set on fire by angry mob did not burn Koran - "As thousands gathered Sunday to bury a woman who was beaten and burned by an angry mob, Afghan officials said they had found no proof that she had burned pages of the Koran as her assailants had claimed. 'We have reviewed all the evidence and have been unable to find any single iota of evidence to support claims that she had burned a Koran'... 'She is completely innocent.'"
Commentary: Whether this woman actually burned pages of the Koran, or did not burn them, she still did not deserve to be set on fire and burned by that "angry mob" of lunatics. vtb
ISIS Urges Sympathizers to Kill U.S. Service Members It Identifies on Website - "In a new online threat to American military personnel, the Islamic State has called on its members and sympathizers in the United States to kill 100 service members whose names, photos and purported addresses it posted on a website. The group said that the personnel had participated in efforts to defeat it in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere." Battle Cry for the Ordinary Synod: Defend the Family - "The Ordinary Synod on the Family is scheduled next October 4th – 25th in Rome. It continues the efforts begun at the Extraordinary Synod last Fall. The original meeting revealed a sharp divide between “progressives” and “traditionalists;” among the bishops and, since the close of the synod, battle lines are drawn and grenades flying. On one side progressives like Cardinals Walter Kasper, Reinhold Marx, Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Bruno Forte, and Fr. Thomas Rosica (English language spokesman for the Vatican) insist that "development" of doctrine permits pastoral changes that can allow divorced and remarried Catholics in individual circumstances (without annulment) to return to the sacraments. The other major issue progressives are pushing is a pastoral approach affirming the good of homosexuality." The decline in unionization in recent decades has fed the rise in incomes at the top - "Strong unions can induce policymakers to engage in more redistribution by mobilizing workers to vote for parties that promise to redistribute income or by leading all political parties to do so. Historically, unions have played an important role in the introduction of fundamental social and labor rights. Conversely, the weakening of unions can lead to less redistribution and higher net income inequality (that is, inequality of income after taxes and transfers). Senator Says Obama’s ‘Open Hostility’ to Netanyahu Causing Democrats to Lose Trust in President - "This backlash is beginning to damage the President’s agenda with respect to Iran and Israel, according to Graham. The deteriorating relationship also elicited a strong response this morning from Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a close Graham ally. 'It’s been unnerving seeing the president show his open hostility,' Graham told The Washington Post. 'It’s immature and over the top and has made people suspicious… He makes it hard for Democrats to trust him.'”
Commentary: It is really no surprise that Obama is openly hostile to Netanyahu. Obama is an arrogant man, who is selfish to the core. He can dish out criticisms, but cannot take them. He often acts like a spoiled child who, if he cannot get his way, will turn to name-calling and ridicule. But what else is new? He has not changed - his main political "weapons" have always been his fake smile and fancy suits. vtb
Let the Budget Battles Begin - "Our annual Gross Domestic Product, (GDP) what the U.S. takes in for goods and services is about $14 trillion. Our current national debt is $18 trillion and growing. Regarding the unfunded liabilities, Romina Boccia of The Heritage Foundation noted last year that they were 'nearly three times the size of the total national debt or more than $150,000 for every person in the U.S.' He predicted that 'even the most vulnerable Medicare and Social Security beneficiaries would see their benefits drastically cut after 2030.'” Obama proves Tom Cotton right - "President Obama twice failed to honor his predecessor's signatures on free-trade deals, doing exactly what a letter from 47 Republican senators suggested the next president might do with an Iran nuclear deal not approved by Congress — refuse to honor it and demand modifications." The Cross Always Wins - "The Gospel today is, to the world and those who are perishing, utter madness, utter foolishness. For Christ, in effect, declares that dying (to this world) is the only way to true life. While the world’s so-called wisdom declares to us that the way to life is power, prestige, possessions, and popularity, Jesus says we should die to all that in order to find true life." Horse therapy helps local kids with special needs - "Horses with Wings President Terri Houser says they learned that riding horses helps build neuro pathways, helping kids with physical or mental disabilities do things they can't ordinarily do. She says kids who aren't able to walk have seen improvement through the horse therapy program and one boy was even able to overcome some of his struggles with math." Medieval Ages and The Roots of Modern Science - "Some of the most compelling arguments came from the medieval times. For example prior to the start of Christianity, and definitely from the time of the Middle Ages, there was a popular scientific consensus that the universe was 'eternal,' that was the belief that the universe had no beginning and no end. This belief was common throughout most if not all the pagan civilizations. This is true of the Babylonians, Aztecs, and even to some extent the Romans and Greeks. Modern science disregards this as wrong. Most atheists denounce this claim, stating that the universe is not eternal but rather created to what is referred to as the Big Bang (theory). This belief in a created universe however, roots itself in Christianity’s belief in a created universe by God, which was a predominant belief in medieval Europe; a predominant Catholic place."
The Blood Miracle of Saint Januarius (Gennaro) - A miracle of the Church that is still occurring today - "The liquefaction (becoming liquid) of the blood of St. Januarius (Gennaro) is an extraordinary miracle of the Church that has been occurring up to 18 times each year for the past 600 years." Genuflections During the Mass: What the Traditional Latin Mass Teaches Us Through Action - "The scope of this article is not to mention any of the above practices. Rather, it is to comment on the sublime realities expressed during the Tridentine Mass when, several times through the year, the priest and people will genuflect together as certain words are read whether in the Epistle, Sequence, Tract, Gospel, or other place. These special occurrences are worthy of meditation and consideration." The Last Things: What's Hell Like and What Will Happen to Us? - "Decreation” at first sight is an odd word to use when speaking about the end of all things, come the consummation of time. But it makes you think. Most of us probably conceive of a mere transition at death, moving from earth to heaven, a smooth and effortless change of address, but we don't give much consideration to anything after that. As Paul J. Griffiths’s formidable book, Decreation: The Last Things of All Creatures explains, there’s a lot to consider." The Morning God Spoke to Me at the Gas Station - "As I watched the young man pump gas into his car, I suddenly had the strong impression that I should say something to him about Jesus when he walked in to pay. Now, even though this was the reason I was working at the gas station, it was not my style to hit people with Christianity in such a direct manner. I had worked there three months and had never done anything like that. I usually befriended people over time and got to know them before sharing my faith with them." From evangelical Protestant to Catholic deacon - "If the deacon is a different sort of religious figure for the church, then Chuck Hall, 62, is a different sort of deacon. He came of age as an evangelical Protestant. Only slowly did he gravitate toward conversion, drawn by, of all things, the priest abuse scandals." Notre Dame prof tells San Fran. archbishop: It’s time for the Church to abandon its outdated views on sex - "University of Notre Dame Philosophy Professor Gary Gutting argues that natural law actually confirms the goodness of homosexuality in his March 12 column, titled 'Unraveling the Church Ban on Gay Sex.' 'The church needs to undertake a thorough rethinking of its teachings on sexual ethics, including premarital sex,masturbation and remarriage after divorce,' he said. 'In every case, the old arguments no longer work (if they ever did), and a vast number of Catholics reject the teachings. It’s time for the church to realize that its sexual ethics are philosophically untenable and theologically unnecessary.'” Commentary: Professor Gary Gutting does not appear to know what he is talking about. He has no authority in the Church, he only has opinions that are not in line with the teachings and the traditions of the Church. By publicly stating those opinions he is causing scandal, a grave, grave, sin. Fortunately, the archbishop is not going to listen to or follow the ramblings of this professor who does not belong teaching in that so-called "Catholic" university. vtb Russian Cruise Missile Threat to U.S. Grows - "Russia is progressing toward its goal of deploying long-range, conventionally-armed cruise missiles with ever increasing stand-off launch distances on its heavy bombers, submarines, and surface combatants, augmenting the Kremlin’s toolkit of flexible deterrent options short of the nuclear threshold,” Adm. William Gortney, Northcom chief who heads the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said Thursday." US air defense troops train fast deployment in Poland - "U.S. air defense troops are training rapid deployment of Patriot missile launchers in Poland amid concerns that the conflict between Russia-backed rebels and government forces in Ukraine is threatening the security in the region." Brooklyn Fire Kills 7 Children, City’s Worst Toll Since 2007 - "A hot plate warmed food in the darkened kitchen in Brooklyn, allowing an Orthodox Jewish mother to feed her family while observing the Sabbath prohibition on lighting a flame. Upstairs, she and eight children slept. That small convenience led to the city’s deadliest fire in eight years, after flames that began in the kitchen ripped through the home, trapping seven children ages 5 to 16 in their bedrooms, as their mother and a 15-year-old sister, cloaked in thick smoke, jumped out of second-floor windows. They were the only two survivors." Clinton Foundation Got Millions From Foreign Nationals While Hillary at State Dept - "while Hillary Clinton was serving as secretary of state, The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from individual foreigners with strong connections to their governments, including a Ukrainian parliament member and a member of the Saudi royal family. While Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation declined accepting donations from foreign governments but quickly resumed after she left the State Department in 2013." Democratic Party is facing a Catholic apocalypse - "There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or in lockstep with the tenets of their religion. Yet winning Catholic voters has been essential to almost every presidential victory in modern times. And the defection of Catholics voters has played a role in some of the most consequential congressional turnovers in recent history — from 1994 to 2014 — making Catholics the ultimate swing voters. And for Democrats, that could be bad news." France balks at the US-Iranian deal on five counts – not least with an eye on its Gulf ties - "President Barack Obama failed to shift French President France Hollande from his objections to the nuclear accord taking shape between the US and Iran... US Secretary of State John Kerry fared no better Saturday, when he met British, French and German Foreign ministers in London for a briefing on the talks’ progress intended to line the Europeans up with the American position. He then found... that France was not alone; Germany too balked at parts of the deal in the making." Is President Obama A Pathological Liar? - "The Obama Record: The most frightening aspect of this president may not be his radical ideology but his rank dishonesty in selling that ideology. Now he's been caught lying about family racism. In 'Dreams from My Father,' his 1995 memoir, Obama used the story of his paternal grandfather's imprisonment and torture at the hands of British colonists in Kenya as an example of white cruelty. He claimed Hussein Onyango Obama was unjustly detained for six months before being released a crippled, lice-ridden 'old man.' In fact, none of it is true, according to Washington Post editor and biographer David Maraniss, who traveled to Kenya to investigate the tale. His grandfather was not detained or beaten by his 'white rulers,' as Obama, writing as a 34-year-old lawyer, claimed." Breaking a decades-long trend, the world gets more violent - "If you were watching the news last year, it was hard to escape the impression the world was falling apart. Now the data is in. And yes, it turns out the world’s most violent conflicts got a lot bloodier in 2014 — almost 30 percent bloodier, in fact. According to an analysis of data from the world’s 20 most lethal wars last year, at least 163,000 people died in conflict. That compares to just under 127,000 in the 20 worst wars the previous year, a rise of 28.7 percent. That’s a pretty disturbing spike by anyone’s terms. And if you look at the first few months of 2015, the violence doesn’t seem to be waning." Obama's Locus - "Discerning Americans of all stripes are horrified by Iran's never-ending screeds about wiping Israel off the face of the earth and are puzzled by Obama's staff patently answering these threats with euphemistic double talk -- knowing all along that they are merely parroting their boss's ideology." 15 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning - "If you are looking for an easy trick to improve your life and overall health, than look no further. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is a pretty simple routine to get into and will have tremendous effects on your overall health."
Polish Bishops’ Conference rejects Holy Communion for divorced and ‘remarried’ - "'The teaching and the tradition of the Church shows that people living in non-sacramental union deprive themselves of the possibility of receiving Holy Communion.' 'Pastoral care must be provided for those living in such unions so that they may be able to keep the faith and continue in the community of the Church. Pastoral care of those in non-sacramental unions should also take account of children, who have the right to participate fully in the life and mission of the Church.'” The Synod Market Index. Cardinal Kasper Down, Archbishop Caffarra Up - “'This does not resolve anything,' Pope Francis has said with regard to the idea of giving Communion to the divorced and remarried. 'Much less if they want it, demand it. Because Communion is not a badge, a decoration. No.' In his latest big interview Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) threw cold water on the expectations for substantial change in the doctrine and practice of Catholic marriage, which he himself had indirectly (once) fostered??: 'Overblown expectations,' he called them.
With no more references to the innovative theses of Cardinal Walter Kasper, which he had repeatedly extolled in the past, but now seems to be keeping at a distance. On the other hand, for some time now Pope Francis has looked with growing attention and esteem at another cardinal theologian, who upholds ideas on the 'Gospel of marriage' that are perfectly in line with tradition - the Italian Carlo Caffarra, archbishop of Bologna....
In this extensive interview with 'Il Foglio' published on March 15, 2014, Caffarra said among other things, with regard to Communion for the divorced and remarried: 'Those who advance this hypothesis do not have an answer to a very simple question: what about the first marriage, ratified and consummated? The proposed solution leads one to think that the first marriage remains intact, but that there is also a second form of cohabitation that the Church legitimizes. Therefore there is an extramarital exercise of human sexuality that the Church considers legitimate.
But with this comes a denial of the cornerstone of the Church’s teaching on sexuality. At this point one could ask oneself: so why not approve cohabitation at will? So why not relationships between homosexuals? This is not only a question of practice, it also touches upon doctrine. Unavoidably. One may say that it doesn’t, (like Cardinal Kasper) but it does. Not only that. It introduces a custom that in the long run determines this idea in the people, (and not only among Christians): 'There is no such thing as an absolutely indissoluble marriage.'
'And this is certainly against the Lord’s will' (explains Archbishop Carlo Caffarra)."
Cardinal O’Brien renounces all ‘rights and privileges’ of being a cardinal - "Following the Vatican announcement Cardinal O’Brien said: 'I wish to repeat the apology which I made to the Catholic Church and the people of Scotland some two years ago now on March 3 2013. I then said that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me. For that I am deeply sorry.'”
Commentary: If Cardinal O'Brien had also publicly acknowledged that his actions were gravely sinful while asking the Lord's forgiveness, that would have been a greater, and more sincere act of contrition. vtb
ST JOSEPH APPARITION: COTIGNAC, FRANCE 1660 - "It is interesting to note that St Joseph had nothing else to say besides his simple instruction to lift the rock and drink. But in the absence of words, he has told us much. Water is the sign of healing and new life in the Roman Catholic Church and here we are shown that Joseph pointed to this source of water. He is given to us as an intercessor, leading us to drink of the fountain of life in Jesus." Want a happy marriage? Save sex for 'I do,' new study finds - "Their findings lead to the conclusion that happy marriages could weigh on the balance of relationships past. They found that those couples who partook in hooking up, premarital cohabitation, or even engaging in multiple sexual encounters with different people over the course of their lives would have a less likely chance of remaining in a happy marriage - if they even got married at all." Iran endorses nuclear EMP attack on United States - "Suspected for years of plotting to dismantle the U.S. electric grid, American officials have confirmed that Iranian military brass have endorsed a nuclear electromagnetic pulse explosion that would attack the country's power system."
PRAYERS TO ST. JOSEPH (Solemnity, March 19th) - "Prayers to St. Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus, date back almost as far as Our Lord’s time! Although he came from King David’s noble lineage, St. Joseph (left) lived a life of great humility and devotion to his Holy Family as a carpenter." Is the Synod Secretariat Stacking the Deck Again? - "But more substantially, when one examines the theological backgrounds of the 11 other appointees, a case could be made that the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops is stacking the deck in favor of certain positions. For example, Salesian Father Aimable Musoni, professor of systematic ecclesiology and ecumenism at the Pontifical Salesian University, wrote a book in 2007 entitled Identità e storicità nella Chiesa. Father Musoni’s director for the book was Cardinal Walter Kasper, who also wrote its preface. Professor Maurizio Gronchi’s “progressive” leanings are well known. A consulter at the last synod who teaches dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Urbaniana University, he penned a long article for L’Osservatore Romano in December 2013 that aimed to rehabilitate the thinking of the French Jesuit philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Housing Starts Fall A Dramatic 17% In February - "February’s housing starts fell to a seasonally adjusted, annual rate of 897,000, well below January’s estimate of 1.081 million, though only 3.3% below the pace in February 2014. The numbers missed–by a long shot–the 1.048 million starts economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast ahead of the release." Air Force Reservist's Suicide Brings Home Tragedy - "Why? That's the question the family and friends of Air Force Reserve Capt. Jamie Brunette are struggling to answer. At 30, Brunette seemingly had it all. A vivacious and attractive athlete and scholar, she had been lauded by the Air Force for her work in Afghanistan, was a partner in a fitness center about to open in Largo and was known by her family and friends as being the strong one always ready to help others." 100,000 Layoffs and Counting: Is This the New Normal? - "This time a year ago, the oil industry's biggest problem was finding a way to deal with the “retirement tsunami” about to crash down on it as older oilfield workers hung up their cork boots to enjoy freedom-55. Now, with oil prices still in the doldrums, many of those same workers are lucky to be hanging onto their jobs, while others have been booted from the payroll as an ugly wave of layoffs takes hold." Pope to Faithful: 'Do Not Be Afraid of Confession' - "The same evening of Easter the Lord appeared to the disciples, closed in the Cenacle, and, after addressing to them the greeting ‘Peace be with you’, He breathed on them and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven.’ This indication by Jesus, the Pope stressed, shows that the forgiveness of our sins is not gained through any strength of our own, rather it is a gift that springs from the Heart of Christ Crucified and Risen." Muslim members of the Waffen-SS 13th division at prayer during their training in Germany, 1943 - "The photo is taken during the division training at Neuhammer. The romantic notions that Himmler had about the Bosnian Muslims were probably significant in the division’s genesis. He was personally fascinated by the Islamic faith and believed that Islam created fearless soldiers. He envisioned the creation of a Bosnian SS division constituted solely of Bosnian Muslims in a manner similar to the Bosnian divisions of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire." 25 Highest Paying Jobs In Demand - "Job seekers: While these jobs pay handsomely, it’s important to note that most also require a high level of experience, skills and education to get hired." Also see: Economy & Jobs (This is an internal link, you must backspace to return to this page) Black Racism & Violence - "No one is even trying to keep count of how many dozens of times over the last three years black mob violence has erupted in that once-gleaming showcase of Midwestern downtown revival. Many of them on video. Each and every time the reporters pretend they are surprised, refer to the creators of the chaos as “teens," and dutifully report a few days later that racism in Indianapolis caused the whole thing. Then everyone gets ready for the next cycle of violence and denial and deceit." Concerns about Cremation: Some Very Strange Practices Are Emerging - "The problem emerges essentially from the detachment of the funeral Mass from interment. When cremation is chosen, it is common for the funeral Mass to be celebrated quickly but the burial to be scheduled at some 'later date' when arrangements can be more conveniently made. Frequently clergy are told that the family will 'call back' at some point in the future. But often these calls never come and burials are put off indefinitely...Simply permitting cremation without well-thought-out policies has proven to be a mistake. I pray that a post like this may provoke thought from all of us in the Church as to how to deal pastorally with a situation that is degrading quickly. We must do some teaching, but we also must not cooperate with bad practices." The liberals' war on women - "In exposing the liberals war on women we must begin with their physical killing of females (and males). Abortion is a legal holocaust resulting in the murder of 3,500 babies daily (mostly girls) in the United States. These acts of violence bring terror to the most helpless and innocent of human beings who are pro-choice — they choose to live. There’s is a "silent scream" as the abortionist pulls the baby apart limb by limb, or injects into the womb a powerful solution that slowly burns and suffocates the infant. This is child abuse at its worst — the sentencing of these precious people (infants) to torturous capital punishment."
• Kundalini (Divine Serpent Power) is a super power of our life.
• Over here lies focused all energies of the body and mind.
• Great Yogis, Rishis, Munis had discovered it.
• They all proclaimed that Kundalini is the supreme energy.
• It is the final step that helps us unite with God.
• Divine Serpent Power is the super power of our life."
Demystifying the Pope Francis Enigma - "Many of Francis’ pronouncements do not have the binding authority of obligatory teaching; i.e., they are not “magisterium” in the proper sense of the term—people are free to listen and pay attention or not, free to let themselves be challenged, motivated, or convinced. The Holy Father’s language touches the hearts of many, perhaps more than their minds—and presumably this is precisely the pope’s intention. He does not offer refined analysis, carefully weighing all aspects in order to arrive at affirmations that are beyond criticism. What he wants to do is surprise, challenge, provoke, or reassure, console, and support." Presbyterians Approve Gay Marriage - "The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has expanded its definition of marriage to include a "commitment between two people," recognizing gay marriage as Christian in the church constitution after decades of debate over same-sex relationships. The redefinition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the Louisville, Kentucky-based denomination's 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The critical 86th "yes" vote came Tuesday night from the Presbytery of the Palisades in New Jersey."
Commentary: Immorality continues to spread among many so-called "Christian" Churches. The world's influence, and not God's Word, dominates their "theology." vtb
St. Cyril (Memorial, March 18): Bishop of Jerusalem and Doctor of the Church - "St. Cyril's teaching about the Blessed Sacrament is of the first importance, for he was speaking freely, untrammeled by the 'discipline of the secret.' On the Real Presence he is unambiguous: 'Since He Himself has declared and said of the bread: This is My Body, who shall dare to doubt any more? And when He asserts and says: This is My Blood, who shall ever hesitate and say it is not His Blood?' Of the Transformation, he argues, if Christ could change water into wine, can He not change wine into His own Blood?" Cardinal Dolan leads NYC St. Patrick’s Parade as first-ever gay activist group joins - "Catholic commentator Michael Voris and his team from ChurchMilitant.TV were present at the parade and were able to question Dolan on his decision during a press scrum. 'Your Eminence, do you have anything to say to the loyal Catholics who find what you’re doing here a great scandal to the faith?' Voris asked. 'No, come on in. We’d love to have you,' Dolan replied. Voris reports that he and his cameraman were then removed from the press scrum, providing video of an official telling them to leave, and then calling police over to escort them out of the area." How Pope Francis Sees the Church - "Pope Francis’s style is correctly understood against the background of the theology of the people. This style is not good natured folksiness or even cheap populism. Behind the pope’s pastoral style, which is close to the people, stands an entire theology, indeed a mysticism of the people. For him the Church is far more than an organic and hierarchical institution. It is above all the people of God on their way to God, a pilgrim and evangelizing people that transcends every (however necessary) institutional expression." Archbishop Charles Chaput Challenges Catholics - "It’s difficult to put the book down once you get to chapter two, titled “Men Without Chests”. How’s that for an attention grabber? The book flows well, in extremely readable, straight-forward prose and I would speculate that’s exactly how the Archbishop wanted this work to come across, to be widely read by citizens of all ages and walks of life, not only Catholics." Cardinal Tagle: There is no ‘formula for all’ on Communion for the divorced and re-married - "The Archbishop of Manila has said that there is no all-encompassing answer to the question of Communion for the divorced and remarried. Speaking to the Catholic Herald at the Flame 2 Youth Congress earlier this month, Cardinal Luis Tagle, said it was not a question of simply saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but that every case should be judged individually. He said: 'Every situation for those who are divorced and remarried is quite unique. To have a general rule might be counterproductive in the end. My position at the moment is to ask, "Can we take every case seriously and is there, in the tradition of the Church, paths towards addressing each case individually?" This is one issue that I hope people will appreciate is not easy to say ‘no’ or to say ‘yes’ to. We cannot give one formula for all.” Iranian Dissidents Criticize Obama’s Nuclear Diplomacy - "As Tehran and the United States move closer to a final deal aimed at stalling Iran’s nuclear breakout time at around one year, opponents are stepping forward to register their skepticism and anger over the agreement, which they say does little to address the Islamic Republic’s poor human rights record." Race Baiting And Ferguson - "What the Dept. of Justice now has to do is to acknowledge that the killing of Michael Brown was a justifiable homicide. It must abandon its contrived legalisms and defend Wilson, by condemning unequivocally the entire misguided campaign against him, which resulted in threats against his life and forced his resignation from the police force. Eric Holder owes Wilson an apology for the unnecessary anguish that Wilson has suffered. As the Attorney General for all Americans, he must tell the protestors once and for all that their campaign has been thoroughly misguided from start to finish, and that their continued protests should stop in the interests of civic peace and racial harmony. In light of the past vilification of Wilson, it is not enough for the DOJ to publish the report, and not trumpet its conclusions. It is necessary to put that report front and center in the public debate so that everyone now understands that Wilson behaved properly throughout the entire incident." 75% of Ferguson Citizens Have Arrest Warrant - "Some of the most common forms of racist policing highlighted by the report was determined to be the selective enforcement of traffic laws, and using minor ordinances to generate a tremendous amount of city revenue at the expense of the most vulnerable and poor members of the community. But there were many other things in the report that demonstrated the depart was engaged in 'a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct… that violates the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and federal statutory law.' But beyond the many instances of abuse and discrimination highlighted in the report, as it turns out, nearly everyone in the City of Ferguson is actually a wanted criminal with warrants out for their arrests. In the city of 21,000, there are literally 16,000 with outstanding warrants out for their arrests. That means that three out of every four Ferguson residents is a wanted fugitive." Hillary’s Email Defense Is Laughable, I should know—I ran FOIA for the U.S. government - "I thought when I retired from the Justice Department in 2007, I was done with records-related scandals. By that point, I had spent more than a quarter-century as founding director of the Justice Department’s Office of Information and Privacy, effectively serving as the federal government’s chief information-disclosure “guru.” In that position, I had weathered many a Clinton records scandal during the 1990s—about two dozen, all told, including two that amazingly have still never become public—and I thought I had seen the last of them. At the very least, I thought I had become immune to being shocked by anything in that vein. It turns out I was wrong on both counts." Study: Being Alone As Bad As Smoking, Excessive Drinking - "People who said they were lonely, felt socially isolated or lived alone, had a 30 percent increased likelihood of death. The study says loneliness and isolation are as damaging as obesity. The impact of loneliness has also been likened to smoking 15 cigarettes a day or excessive drinking." Could Obama Bypass the Supreme Court? - "While the administration may well prevail, it has expressed remarkable pessimism about its options if it does lose. The secretary of health and human services, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, wrote to Congress last month about the administration’s lack of a contingency plan: 'We know of no administrative actions that could, and therefore we have no plans that would, undo the massive damage to our health care system that would be caused by an adverse decision.'” Obama's Treason is the New Patriotism - "Ignoring terrorists is patriotic. Fighting them is unpatriotic. Dealing with their actual beliefs is unpatriotic. Pretending that they have no beliefs, no matter how impossible it makes it to predict their actions and fight them, is patriotic. Stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons is unpatriotic. The patriotic thing to do is to cut a deal that will let Iran go the way of North Korea." CIA Chief John Brennan: Deceptions About Islam - "Brennan insisted that Islamic State (IS) members are not Islamic. Instead, 'They are terrorists, they’re criminals. Most—many—of them are psychopathic thugs, murderers who use a religious concept and masquerade and mask themselves in that religious construct.' Note his usage of terms familiar to Western people ('terrorists,' 'criminals,' etc.). Islamic State jihadis may be all those things—including 'psychopathic thugs'—from a Western paradigm, but the fact left out by Brennan is that, according to Islamic law and history, savage and psychopathic behavior is permissible, especially in the context of the jihad." Jeb Bush, 20 Years After Conversion, Is Guided by His Catholic Faith - "'It gives me a serenity, and allows me to think clearer,' Mr. Bush said as he exited the tile-roof church here on a recent Sunday, exchanging greetings and, with the ease of a longtime politician, acquiescing to the occasional photo. 'It’s made me a better person.' Twenty years after Mr. Bush converted to Catholicism, the religion of his wife, following a difficult and unsuccessful political campaign that had put a strain on his marriage, his faith has become a central element of the way he shapes his life and frames his views on public policy." Netanyahu: the Comeback Kid - "Netanyahu is the comeback kid of Israeli politics, the man who has managed to defy the critics, the media, various American Jewish millionaires and the administration in Washington, all of whom sought to bring him down." Could the South Have Won the Civil War? - "The South may have been fighting to preserve a way of life and to protect its perceived constitutional rights, but so was the North. If the Southern people kept fighting even after the devastating defeats at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Chattanooga, why should we not believe the North would have kept on fighting even if the Confederates had won Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Chattanooga? The fact is that both sides were equally brave and equally dedicated to their cause. Commitment and morale being the same, the stronger side prevailed."
What Chesterton Saw in America - "G. K. Chesterton visited the United States twice, in 1921 and 1930, and his impressions of America, gleaned from these visits, formed the basis of two books, What I Saw in America (1922) and Sidelights on New London and Newer York (1932). These books are in fact some of the most muddled, confused, and confusing, of Chesterton’s works, consisting of fleeting impressions without the rooted reason that characterizes so much of his other work. It’s almost as though the great Chesterton, who had destroyed the arguments of many of his progressive, socialist, and materialist contemporaries in pyrotechnic displays of brilliance, was frankly bemused by the United States. Even so, he does succeed in providing some interesting insights, worthy of our attention. Commenting on American idealism, he connects it with the danger of idolatry: Americans… are the most idealistic people in the whole world. Their only danger is that the idealist can easily become the idolator. And the American has become so idealistic that he even idealizes money." Common Core Teaches a Big Fat Lie - "The Left is teaching children that only scientifically testable, provable notions are fact, and everything else is pretend. This is the generation they’re raising. Far from wanting kids to question everything and apply deductive reasoning, logic, along with scientific method, they want kids to simply believe theories like macro-evolution and cosmological origins as fact because of science, and reject moral truths like the sanctity of life, because they’re philosophy." Scott Walker’s Humblebrag - "On election night, Governor Walker (WI) smiled as he considered turning the taunt around on the unions. 'After hearing tens of thousands of people chanting that very phrase ("Unintimidated") outside my window for months, it would have been enormously satisfying to deliver it,' he says in his new book, Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge. But Walker decided not to twist the knife: 'I wanted to use my speech as a chance to end the acrimony, and unite our state once again.'” It’s Official: Americans Are Stupid - "Even though more Americans than ever are going to college, we continue to fall farther and farther behind intellectually. So what does this say about us? Sadly, the truth is that Americans are stupid. Our education system is an abysmal failure, and our young people spend most of their free time staring at the television, their computers or their mobile devices. And until we are honest with ourselves about this, our intellectual decline is going to get even worse." Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden shot dead - "A Pakistani lawyer under death threats for defending a doctor who helped CIA agents hunt al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday, police said, and two militant groups claimed responsibility. Samiullah Afridi represented Dr Shakil Afridi, who was jailed in 2012 for 33 years for running a fake vaccination campaign believed to have helped the U.S. intelligence agency track down bin Laden. That sentence was overturned in 2013 and the doctor is now in jail awaiting a new trial." House Republicans Budget Repeals Obamacare, Overhauls Medicare and Medicaid - "In a move that’s likely to be met with enthusiasm from the conservative base, House Republicans on Tuesday revealed a proposed 2016 budget that repeals Obamacare, partly privatizes Medicare, and turns Medicaid into block grants to the states. The proposal also reaches balance in 10 years, in an attempt to keep promises made to constituents who demand a deep cut in federal spending." Christianity can’t be eradicated by wiping out relics - "ISIS cultists are taking sledgehammers and jackhammers to every monument of Christianity they can find in the region of Syria and Iraq temporarily under their sway, all with a bizarre idea that they will terminate Christianity by sweeping away physical evidence of a religious heritage. The truth, however, will always reign supreme over the folly of dupes, and the truth is… Destroying Christian symbols, sites and relics cannot eradicate faith." The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous - "Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective."
The Prophecies of St. Patrick (Memorial, March 17) - "According to a long standing Christian prophetic tradition, the tribulation period at the end-time which sees the rise to power of the Antichrist, will last for a total of seven years. The fact that the prophecy of St. Patrick foretells that Ireland would be destroyed by the sea seven years before the last day in order to spare the Irish from the reign of the Antichrist, suggests that the Beast ascends to world domination as a direct consequence of the catastrophic flooding caused by the lateral collapse of the volcano Cumbre Vieja into the Atlantic Ocean. The Beast therefore literally emerges from the chaos of the sea:"
"And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads."
In a surprise move, Pope Francis declares a Holy Year of Mercy - "Already regarded by many as the 'Pope of Mercy,' Francis offered another motive for the title with the surprise announcement on Friday of an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, saying he wants to make it evident that the Church’s mission is as a witness of compassion. 'Let us not forget that God forgives and God forgives always,' Francis said, repeating the words he used during his first Angelus as pope, on March 17, 2013. 'Let us never tire of asking for forgiveness.'” Exorcising A Possessed Statue of The Virgin Mary and Child - "Four scenes from the life of St. Peter of Verona, also known as Peter Martyr, are depicted in frescoes at the Portinari Chapel, at the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio, Milan. One of these shows an incident from his life in which he exorcised a possessed statue of the infant Jesus and the Blessed Mother, complete with devil horns!" Pope Francis: World is Trying to Hide Persecution of Christians - ""The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same," the Pope said on February 16th, following the murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya." FORMER SSPX Bishop Williamson to consecrate bishop(s) - " Note that the SSPX is absolutely and completely unrelated to any activities of Williamson since his removal from that Society in 2012. The penalties eventually related to the 1988 consecrations on those who were then the four bishops of the SSPX (currently three, after the expulsion of Williamson) were lifted by the Holy See on January 21, 2009, by order of Pope Benedict XVI. It was in fact the specific inclusion of Williamson in the list of those whose penalties had been lifted that ended up causing great anguish and pain to Benedict XVI. Now, in case of violation of Canons 1013 and 1382 of the Code of Canon Law, a new penalty of excommunication will fall upon Williamson." Catholic Relief Services ‘looking into’ charge that it helped develop sex program pushing Planned Parenthood - "CRS’ statement indicates that they assisted Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) in developing the program beginning in 2009. According to CRS, IRH worked with Rwandans taking part in CRS’ five-year project Avoiding Risk, Affirming Life. 'We are currently investigating whether the version of My Changing Body that the Lepanto Institute references, or any other version, was ever used in Rwanda,' the statement reads." Vicka: Lack of prayers hinders Mary's plan - "“Commenting briefly the words of Our Lady, Vicka pointed out that the plan of the Our Lady is far from being realized because 'the prayers do not come.' She also remarked that Our Lady lately suffers much for families and for young people who are now living a very very difficult time.”
7 Morning Habits Of Healthy & Happy People - "Do you consider yourself a morning person? Studies suggest morning people tend to be happier and even healthier. But you don't have to be morning person to develop simple habits that can help you have a more balanced and productive day." Bake us a cake or we'll murder your children - "That the radical Left, and especially its Gaystapo faction, hates freedom of religion has been shown once again by their response to an effort by an Oklahoma legislator to secure enduring religious liberty in that state. State Senator Joseph Silk authored a bill which would allow businesses in the state to reserve the right to do business with whoever they please. As a result of this, homosexualist activists have issued death threats against his children. Not just against him, but his children. This stems from an interview of Silk by the New York Times in which the Times (unsurprisingly) partially quoted a statement he had made." Bronze Age palace discovered in southern Spain - "La Almoloya, discovered in 1944 by Emeterio Cuadrado and Juan de la Cierva, is located on a steep sided plateau and dominated an extensive region for over six centuries (from 2,200 to 1,550 BC). The archaeological discoveries indicate that La Almoloya was an important centre within the political territory of El Argar, and sheds new light on the politics and gender relations in one of the first urban societies of the West." IN THE ANNALS OF LIFE'S MYSTERIES IS THAT OF AN ANCIENT STONE INVOKING THE HELP OF THE VIRGIN MARY - "Scholars did agree that the inscription reads: 'Eight Goths and 22 Norwegians on an exploring journey from Vinland very far west. We had camp by two skerries, one day's journey north from this stone. We were fishing one day when we returned home and found ten men red with blood and dead. AVM [Ave Virgin Mary] save us from this evil. We have ten men by the sea to look after our vessel forty-one daysjourney from this island. Year 1362.'" Army Major sentenced to 20 years after exposing Political Correctness Run Amok in the Military - "The JAGs own femaleinvestigative officer – LTC Jessica Halling – not only found the major’s accuser – his estranged wife – was 'untruthful' and 'embellished' her charges, but recommended at the Article 32 (preliminary) hearing that the case NOT proceed to court-martial. Here is a sample of what she wrote: 'My assessment is that Ms. Burris’ allegations . . . her statements to the CID . . . were driven by a combination of motives. The evidence in the case files and testimony suggests she embellished and made untruthful and/or inconsistent claims . . . her displayed emotion . . . didn’t appear genuine . . . I am left with no other alternative but that Ms. Burris is fabricating her allegations.' However, the powers-that-be were so determined to destroy MAJ Burris, they inexplicably ignored the investigating officer’s findings and recommendation...." Commentary: There are two sides to the moral character of homosexuals and lesbians. See: Homosexuality (This is an internal link, you must backspace to return to this web page). Oregon man commits no crime, but held in jail for 900 days - "It's also his staggering disadvantages. He's poor. He's had no formal education and can't read or write. He's an immigrant who doesn't understand the American justice system. He's had no contact with his family. As his days in custody have turned into months and then years, prosecutors have successfully argued that Vasquez-Hernandez's testimony is essential to their case and that he probably wouldn't show up to court if released." Ferguson home values are plummeting, and residents are feeling the pain - Down nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death, new data show - “'When you invest,' he explains, 'you look at yourself and say you want a return. You’re not gonna put your money down where you see a risk. And that’s what we’re seeing here thanks to this media attention. The more we beat the drums, the risk is only heightened, and the less people want to buy property here.'” The Cotton Letter Was Not Sent Anywhere, Especially Not to Iran - "If Obama finds this Republican medicine bitter, he should stop pouring his own acrid elixir down their throats. Agree or disagree with that point, here is the inescapable truth: Tom Cotton and his Senate colleagues never contacted anyone in Iran. That fact alone should turn the Left’s fluttering “GOP = Treason” banner into a wet rag." The War Against Good Cops - "We have heard the mainstream media discussing a range of topics such as how we should do our jobs, how the federal government should be involved in local policing, or the supposed large divide between Peace Officers and the citizens. There have been a slew of 'experts' on either side of the argument who have been quick to give their assessment of the situation, and then provide their solutions for the perceived problem. Then we have Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder further fueling the fire with their ever so wise statements and sentiments. All of this while men and women who proudly wear the uniform, go out every day and every night to do their job of policing the streets of our country."
How the Virgin Mary Blessed the United States - "Christopher Columbus dedicated his voyage of discovery to Mary, changing the name of his flagship from Gallega to Santa Maria, and led the crews of all three vessels in hymns to Our Lady each evening. Upon discovering the island of San Salvador (named after the Savior), Columbus and his men went ashore and sang the Salve Regina in Our Lady’s honor; they taught the natives there the Ave Maria ('Hail Mary') and other Catholic prayers." Pope Francis: I feel like my papacy will last only four or five years - “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief: four or five years; I do not know, even two or three. Two have already passed. It is a somewhat vague sensation. Maybe it’s like the psychology of the gambler who convinces himself he will lose so he won’t be disappointed and if he wins, is happy. I do not know. But I feel that the Lord has placed me here for a short time, and nothing more … But it is a feeling. I always leave the possibility open.”
Commentary: What will happen should the Lord call Pope Francis home in two or three years? What kind of a state will the world be in? How dangerous will it be for us? We need, more than ever, to pray and pray, and pray! Especially the Holy Rosary. vtb
Pope Francis effect in the US two years on - "Pope Francis has captured the imagination of both Catholics and non- Catholics in the United States as well as media attention. People are drawn to him, he remarks, and he's been featured everywhere on every magazine cover." John Kerry’s Hypocrisy and End-Run Around Congress on Iran - "Secretary of State John Kerry disgraced his office yet again during his appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 11th. He sharply criticized an open letter to Iran’s leadership drafted by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 47 Republicans, which simply made the point that in our democratic republic the president does not get to bind our country irreversibly to an executive agreement he signs unilaterally with another country." Now House writes Iran letter to Obama on Iran - "A bipartisan majority of House lawmakers have written a letter to President Obama backing up the letter 47 GOP senators controversially addressed to Iran on Monday with dire warnings about the impending nuke deal. Some 250 members had signed the House letter by Friday afternoon, a clear majority of the chamber." In WWI, Alvin York Captured 132 German Soldiers Pretty Much Single Handed - "I was right out in the open and the machine guns [there were over thirty of them in continuous action] were spitting fire and cutting up all around me something awful. But they didn’t seem to be able to hit me. All the time the Germans were shouting orders. You never heard such a racket in all of your life. Of course, all of this only took a few minutes. As soon as I was able I stood up and begun to shoot off-hand, which is my favorite position. I was still sharpshooting with that-there old army rifle. I used up several clips. The barrel was getting hot and my rifle ammunition was running low, or was where it was hard for me to get at it quickly. But I had to keep on shooting just the same." Who Are Pope Francis’s Critics? - "The latest cover of the new New Republic features Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig taking on conservative anxieties about Pope Francis’s possible “radicalism.” The essay isn’t just about the pope; it offers a larger critique of the way that conservatives, Catholic and otherwise, relate to and interpret the human/Western/Christian past." Francis Agonists - "The Pope is engaged in a struggle to bring the Church into the modern age. And American conservatives are fighting him every step of the way." THE OATH AGAINST MODERNISM - "Given by His Holiness St. Pius X September 1, 1910. To be sworn to by all clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors, and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries." Two Steps for Beginning Your Examination of the Catholic Church - "Last week, I had the opportunity of meeting Dr. Beckwith, and hearing his reversion story in person (I'd already read about it in his book, Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic). Two particular turning points that he described struck me as instructive for anyone honestly considering the Catholic-Protestant question today. Every conversion is unique, but the things that worked for him might be helpful for you, too." A Triumph and a Tragedy - "When our parish priest arrived he and I went into a conference room down the hall to talk. The news about my wife’s condition was not good. Renee’s caretakers had outlined three things which could kill her in the short term: one of them instantly, one in a week or so, and one in a few weeks. The doctor said she still had a chance of responding to the chemotherapy and might conceivably live for a few months, possibly even six or more, but that a year would be miraculous. In light of the urgent state of Renee’s condition, we talked about accelerating my entrance into the Catholic Church. It didn’t look like there was much time." Taking Back Thomas Jefferson - " “The likelihood of a long-standing sexual relationship between Jefferson and Sally can never be proven absolutely,” claims Ellis, “but it is now proven beyond a reasonable doubt.” In fact, nothing of the sort has been proven. If anything has been proven, it is that Jefferson’s detractors are – and always have been – unscrupulous and shameless." Nearly At ‘Full Employment’? 10 Reasons Why The Unemployment Numbers Are A Massive Lie - "I know people that have been struggling with unemployment for years and that still cannot find a decent job. And I get emails from readers all the time that are heartbroken because they are suffering through extended periods of unemployment. So what in the world is going on? How can the government be telling us that we are nearly at “full employment” when so many people can’t find work? Could it be possible that the government numbers are misleading?" More Jobs, Higher Pay Since Right-to-Work Passed in Michigan - "Since its right-to-work law took effect, Michigan has experienced the nation's sixth-largest growth in the number of people working, adding 141,990 jobs from March 2013 through December 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics." Right to Work Isn't the Only Option - "Even with Michigan’s right-to-work law, workers do not have full freedom. In bringing true fairness to both unions and workers, Michigan has the power to give public workers a complete choice when it comes to associating with a union, while at the same time lifting government unions’ burden of representing nonmembers." Education Savings Accounts and Scholarships Matter - "The report referred to the stark differences between college graduates and high school dropouts, where the unemployment rate is typically 11% for dropouts and 4% for college graduates. The report also pointed out how Nebraska is seeing rising poverty, where 1 out of every 3 Hispanic children under the age of 17 lives in poverty while the “unauthorized immigrant” population has risen since 2009. It also does not help that Nebraska is seeing a net migration out of the state at the same time." The surging dollar is a signal that a colossal financial event is just around the corner - "In the past, significant dollar gains against other currencies have pretty much happened only during periods of extreme financial or geopolitical distress. The last four large dollar shocks in the past 45 years have been symptoms of huge financial events: the collapse of Lehman, Britain's panicky ejection from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) in 1992, the first Gulf War, and Paul Volcker's shock rate hikes in the early 1980s. Today's surge is already considerably larger than the one that surrounded Lehman's collapse, although the economic conditions are very different." UPDATE: Father John Corapi - "Fr. Corapi has done nothing wrong. A disgruntled employee, who worked for his media company, made false and malicious accusations against him, after being fired. Father wants his name cleared of false charges and has taken her to civil court. The new appointed liberal Bishop of Corpus Christi, William Mulvey, tried to forbid Father into going into civil court and ordered SOLT Order Superior to silence him. Fr. Corapi is presently at home in Montana, waiting for the court decision on his case against the accuser."
Our Lady asks for Glorious Mysteries to be prayed every day during Lent - "After receiving her daily apparition of Our Lady, Vicka said that the Madonna came particularly joyous with the greeting 'Praised be Jesus' and laid hands on everyone present at the apparition, praying over each person. Our Lady also asked for the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary to be prayed on our knees and in the family every day during Lent. Vicka recommended all, especially the sick. Our Lady left with the greeting, 'Go with the peace of God.' Vatican hosted feminist conference featuring prof who compares Mass to gay sex - "This weekend the Vatican formally hosted one of Britain’s most virulently pro-abortion and pro-homosexual writers, as well as the head of an American organization promoting female ordination, at an officially sanctioned event inside Vatican City walls. Organizers spoke to Vatican Radio as well as the secular press, praising the new atmosphere within the Church’s leadership that made the conference possible."
Commentary: Something is very wrong here. What is going on in the Vatican? It appears Church doctrine and the faith within the Church is being turned up-side-down! What is Pope Francis trying to accomplish? He is long overdue making himself clear. He is causing much confusion in the Church. vtb
SEEK THE VISION OF GOD AND DIRECT ENTRY INTO HEAVEN AND THE SHADOWS OF LIFE WILL FALL AWAY FROM YOU - "We must be 'ardent.' We must ardently want, strive for, focus on immediate entry into His Presence. 'Ardent' is a telling word. It means to have very, very strong feelings. It means to be passionate, fervent, zealous, fervid, wholehearted, vehement, intense, fierce, and fiery -- on fire for God. Wholehearted, fierce, fiery. Seek with all your heart to be alongside Jesus." Nemtsov murder: Zaur Dadayev confession 'forced' - "One of men charged with the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov confessed under duress, a member of Russia's human rights council says. Wounds on Zaur Dadayev's body suggested he had been tortured..." Former NFL Player Calls Support For Marriage Equality 'The Work Of Satan' - "The New England Patriots were among the more than 375 companies that signed an amicus brief last week, encouraging the Supreme Court to strike down bans on marriage equality. That didn’t sit to well with former Patriots running back Craig James. Asked on a Family Research Council radio show how he felt about the Pats signing the brief, James said, 'If I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I’d worry.' The rising support for the freedom to marry, he added, 'is Satan working on us.'” The 10 Weight-Loss Foods Hiding in Your Pantry - "When it comes to weight-loss foods, it can be difficult to tell which ones actually work and are worth buying. Not to mention, which foods contain just the right amount of fiber, carbohydrates, and antioxidants to keep you from feeling hungry. Instead of spending your money on the latest ingredients that promise instant weight-loss benefits, we found 10 readily available foods in your kitchen to help you shed those unwanted pounds. From grapefruit to almonds, these foods will change how you diet." Dollar surge poses policy dilemma for Fed - "The euro fell closer to parity with the dollar on Wednesday, as the US currency’s strength heightened the policy conundrum facing the US Federal Reserve as it prepares for its first interest-rate increase in nearly a decade." The economy’s surprise risk: How a strong dollar could weaken growth - "While the job market has been strong in recent months, the rising dollar could eventually slow employment growth. Manufacturers have perhaps the most to lose from a surging dollar; they are already reporting declining orders. As a result, manufacturing hiring appears to be taking a hit. Factories added just 8,000 new workers in February, down from an average of 18,000 a month last year." What Can the Middle Ages Teach Us About US Naval Strategy? - "With the debate on the U.S. Navy’s budget for the next fiscal year raging on, it is perhaps time to assess not how much money is spent on the American navy, but whether it is spent wisely. The discussion surrounding China’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities and the costs that these capabilities impose on the U.S. Navy are especially worth examining in that regard." Another Dred Scott Ruling? - "As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider whether to overturn the marriage laws of all the states—as some activist federal judges have already done in some of the states--conservatives are naturally calling for judicial restraint." Road builders want 15-cent gas tax hike - "A group representing road builders said Thursday that the federal gas tax should be increased by 15 cents per gallon to help pay for infrastructure improvements. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) said increasing the gas tax this year would raise $401 billion for new transportation spending. The gas tax hike could be offset with a 'federal tax rebate for middle and lower income Americans for six years,' the group suggested." Intestinal gas could be used to diagnose diseases - "Microbes in the human body are estimated to outnumber human cells by 10 to 1, yet research on how they affect health is still in its infancy. A perspective article published by Cell Press on March 12th in Trends in Biotechnology presents evidence that gut microbes produce gases that may contribute to gastrointestinal diseases and could be used as bio markers for one's state of health." Saudi Arabia’s Attempt To Create A Sunni Alliance Against Iran Will Fail And Mecca The Pride Of The Muslims Will Be Destroyed By The Muslims Themselves! - "In the Middle East, everything could turn on a dime. Who would have imagined that powers such as Turkey and Iran, which both recognized Israel soon after it declared independence in 1948 would become now two of its arch enemies, while Arab states who were Israel’s arch enemies have come to realize that Israel is no longer their primary concern, but Iran is? Who ever dreamt that Israel which years ago sought close relations with the Shah of Iran to counter the threat posed by the Arab states would today becomes its arch enemy while Israel makes overtures to Arab leaders to support them against Iran?" GOP is warned: ‘$5.5 trillion to get us to balance in 10 years’ - "'Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget told the panel. 'Just to put that in perspective that’s eight times the size of the  fiscal cliff deal and it’s 65 times the size of the  Ryan Murray deal which you recall we didn’t stick to for very long.'” Obama, Selma, and Anti-Communism as Racism - "When Rudy Giuliani dared to name Frank Marshall Davis (Communist Party card no. 47544) as an influence on a young Obama, liberals ripped their garments and wailed 'blasphemy!' Rudy’s unpardonable sin reminded them of all sorts of noxious behavior. And in some cases, it reminded liberals of -- what else? -- racism." Two Ferguson offers shot as ‘very dangerous environment’ persists' - " St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a news conference that a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder at around midnight local time, while a 32-year-old officer from suburban Webster Groves was shot in the face. Both victims were taken to a local hospital. Belmar said both men were conscious, but had no further word about their condition except to describe the injuries as 'very serious.'” Scott Walker Shows How Pro-Life Presidential Candidates Can Avoid the Media’s Abortion Trap - "(Chris) Wallace (Fox News) follows the ad with the slyly ambiguous question: 'Do you believe that a woman has a right to end a pregnancy at any point during those 9 months?' His question lays a trap: If Walker answers 'yes.' that would be interpreted as his being in favor of unrestricted abortion at any time up to 9 months; and if he answers 'no,' it would be interpreted as his opposition to abortion at any and every time during those 9 months.
While the latter is true, a 'no' answer would enable the media to paint Walker as holding an 'extreme' view, and more damagingly, a view contradictory to the one seemingly expressed in the campaign ad just replayed. Wallace could have dragged Walker into the weeds, therefore, trying to explain an answer that was somewhere in between. But that ground is all 'pro-choice' ground, and Walker is pro-life, so he did not answer the question directly. In pertinent part, he answered: 'Well, I think ultimately, I’m pro-life because that’s an unborn child.' He elaborated some, citing his own experience of becoming a father, while avoiding the question of 'a woman’s right to choose."
Commentary: Why don't "pro-choice" people (I don't mean Walker & I'm not sure where Wallace stands) ever finish the sentence? What they really mean is: "a woman's right to kill an unborn human being." vtb
9 Thoughts on Church Splits - "For over thirty years I have been professionally and personally connected to the local church. I have served as a pastor, church consultant, author, seminary dean, and church resource provider. The most painful moments of my tenure have been those occasions where church dissension is great, and where church splits take place."
Commentary: As a Catholic, I of course have not witnessed any of the above type problems, although there are quite a number of Catholic parishes that have been closed due to the shortage of priests and declining memberships. However, it must be very painful for members of a Protestant Church to be involved in a separation for such reasons as defined in the above article. Therefore, it is good to pray for them so they can obtain peace within themselves, and within their community. After all, are we not all part of the "Family of God?" vtb
Did 11.7 Mil Sign Up For ObamaCare? Not By A Long Shot - "We already know that this ObamaCare number is inflated because it counts anyone who picked a plan during open enrollment, not those who actually paid their first premium. A year ago, the White House bragged that 8 million had signed up, only to admit months later that the actual enrollment number was just 6.7 million. Assuming the same rate of attrition this year, the real enrollment number will be more like 9.8 million, which is well below the Congressional Budget Office's forecast of 13 million paid enrollees for this year." Blinding cases of syphilis found on West Coast, now potentially in L.A. - "'These new cases … highlight the importance of ongoing, regular check-ups for sexually active individuals who feel they may be at risk, particularly men who have sex with men,' said AHF President Michael Weinstein in a statement. Some of the patients also are HIV positive, including six in San Francisco. In Seattle, two of the patients went blind." Working Class Gives Up On Obama, Fears Job Losses - "By wide margins, this group is more likely than any other income class to say the country is headed in the wrong direction, the economy is getting worse, and they fear losing their jobs. Just 36% approve of the job that Obama is doing, compared with 43% overall, and vast majorities say his policies haven't helped the middle class." THE HOLY EUCHARIST UNITES HEAVEN AND EARTH - "The Holy Eucharist is a great mystery of our faith. Around it are centered many of the mysteries of redemption. After original sin, God did not abandon humanity in its sad state. He promised a Savior. In the fullness of time the Eternal Father who is rich in mercy sent His Only-begotten Son. For love of us and for our salvation the Son of God took on human nature. He did the work of our salvation by His entire life, but especially by the paschal mystery of His suffering, death and resurrection." Former Navy SEAL Goes Off on Hillary Clinton Over ‘Truly Disgusting’ Lie That He Wants People to Remember - "'So Hillary claims she dodged sniper fire to get to her car. Here’s is the video of what really happened, and in the footage I’m not sure I see any sniper fire,' Raso said. 'What makes this truly disgusting to me is that when she was called on it, she dismissed it like it was no big deal. Only someone completely arrogant, ignorant and disrespectful of what really happens in war could say something like that. I’ve seen sniper fire and there’s nothing casual, nothing small and nothing ordinary about fighting for your life on the battlefield,' he added." Cardinal vs Cardinal: We can’t ignore Christ’s teaching on marriage! - "Cardinal Cordes insists that such questions belong to the responsibility of Rome and not to the German bishops. The matter of marriage lies at the center of theology, and therefore, 'a Cardinal cannot easily separate the pastoral approach from the teaching,' he said. 'Unless he wants to ignore the binding meaning of Christ's words and the binding words of the Council of Trent.' Cardinal Cordes sees a danger in the spirit of independence that came from Cardinal Marx, who insisted that Germany cannot 'wait for a Synod in Rome to tell us how we deal with matters of marriage and the family.' He warns that such an 'anti-Roman affect' is a destructive force in northern spheres of Europe, destructive for the unity of Faith."
The Power of the St. Joseph Novena - "While Joseph doesn’t say a lot in the Bible, he is rightly called the Patron of the Universal Church for his life, love and protection of both Mary and Our Lord. Pope Leo XIII, in observing how Joseph acted as a husband and father, reflected on this great saint: The Blessed Patriarch looks upon the multitude of Christians who make up the Church as confided specially to his trust – this limitless family spread over the earth, over which, because he is the spouse of Mary and the Father of Jesus Christ he holds, as it were, a paternal authority. It is, then, natural and worthy that as the Blessed Joseph ministered to all the needs of the family at Nazareth and girt it about with his protection, he should now cover with the cloak of his heavenly patronage and defend the Church of Jesus Christ."
What’s really miraculous about Pope Francis? - "Pope Francis appeared to be holier than usual when his head was surrounded by a light that formed a crescent-shaped halo as he preached to bishops, priests, and seminarians at the Cathedral of St. Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro in 2013." We “Go Forward” in the Liturgy When the Sacred is Restored - Pope Francis: "Let us thank the Lord for what he has done in His Church in these 50 years of liturgical reform. It was truly a courageous gesture for the Church to draw near to the people of God so that they are able to understand well what they are doing. This is important for us, to follow the Mass in this way. It is not possible to go backwards. We must always go forward. Always forward (applause)! And those who go backward are mistaken.” Commentary: I don't think you are going to find any agreement with Pope Francis from those who love & appreciate the beauty of the Traditional Latin Mass. If you have ever attended a Latin Mass you will see that the "50 years of liturgical reform" have done much damage to the sacredness of the Mass. We have not gone "forward," in reality, we have gone backwards. Unfortunately, it is Pope Francis who is "mistaken." The new Mass, among other things, according to Pope Benedict XVI, has become a "show." vtb Discernment Woes - "Let’s begin with one of the biggest buzzwords in Catholic circles: discernment. What vocation is God calling me to in life? A healthy way of looking at how to discern starts with another healthy buzzword: organic." The rewards of a little self-denial in Lent are extraordinary - "At the same time that we are trying to grow in holiness, there could also be added psychological benefits to Lenten penance. Another Stanford psychology academic, Kelly McGonigal, has compared willpower to a muscle: it gets stronger the more you use it." ATTACKS AGAINST MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY- The family is the basic building-block of society. The way the family goes is the way that the society will follow. Vatican II defines the family as 'The Domestic Church.' Down through the ages history has proven this sad but authentic fact on the importance of the family: when the family comes unraveled and falls apart, likewise the society comes unraveled and falls apart."
The Shocking Truth About Daylight Saving Time - "Pop quiz time! True or false?
1. Daylight Saving Time helps us conserve energy.
2. Daylight Saving Time was developed to help farmers.
3. Daylight Saving Time unequivocally reduces traffic deaths.
The answer to all of these? False. Although most Americans routinely turned their clocks ahead an hour at 2 a.m. on March 8, 2015, polls show that the majority don't fully understand why they're even doing it. "Daylight Saving Time is so confusing that everything we know about it is wrong,"
Pope accepts he could be killed, but doesn't want it to hurt because he is 'a real wimp' - "The pope said that if fanatics want to kill him, it is 'God’s will.' The pontiff’s remarks come after an assassination plot to kill Francis by detonating a bomb while visiting Manila back in January was reportedly thwarted by the Philippines military. This was denied by the Vatican. 'After all, faith is a gift, it’s not a psychological state. When you are presented with a gift, you take it don’t you? I say to the Lord: You take care of me,' Francis said. 'But if it is your Will that I should die or that someone should do something to me, I ask you only this: that it won’t hurt me because I’m very much a wimp when it comes to physical pain.'" Notre Dame Gets Supreme Court Boost in Birth Control Mandate Fight - "The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to go along with the Obama administration's effort to force the University of Notre Dame to pay for birth control methods in violation of Catholic doctrine. In February 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled, in University of Notre Dame v. Burwell, that the Catholic university must abide by the birth control mandate. The Supreme Court vacated that decision Monday and ordered the Seventh Circuit to reconsider its decision 'in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.'" Russia quits arms pact as estrangement with Nato grows - "Russia has pulled out of a forum for discussing conventional arms control in Europe, closing another channel of communication with the west on security issues. The move underlines Moscow’s conviction that it no longer feels bound to a longstanding security architecture on the continent that it now considers broken." Black Pastors Coalition Leader: Obama’s Comparison of Civil Rights and Gay Marriage Struggles a ‘Disgrace to the Black Community’ - "When CAAP announced its petition last year to impeach Holder, Owens said at a press conference that Obama had deceived the American people by announcing his position on same-sex marriage had “evolved.” “'That is not true. He made the deal with the gay community to let him get elected – his second election – that he would take the issue up,' Owens charged. 'But it was always there; he did not "evolve." It was already there because of their commitments of very large sums of money and his relationship with them.” Scott Walker Punches Back Twice As Hard At Obama - "'I'm deeply disappointed,' he (Obama) said, 'that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will weaken, rather than strengthen, workers in the new economy.' Obama then claimed that Walker's action was part of an 'inexcusable assault on unions, led by powerful interests and their allies in government'... But what's really interesting is how Walker responded to Obama's tantrum.
Rather than meekly taking Obama's blows, as most Republicans seem wont to do, Walker punched back — hard. 'On the heels of vetoing Keystone pipeline legislation, which would have paved the way to create thousands of quality, middle-class jobs, the president should be looking to states, like Wisconsin, as an example for how to grow our economy,' Walker told National Review Online. 'Despite a stagnant national economy and a lack of leadership in Washington, since we took office, Wisconsin's unemployment rate is down to 5%, and more than 100,000 jobs and 30,000 businesses have been created.'"
Rauner pension math would mean big cuts for current state employees - "Does Gov. Bruce Rauner's (Illinois) pension math add up? Is it possible to cut spending $2.2 billion immediately, save taxpayers $100 billion over 30 years, protect everyone who's already retired and amortize $111 billion in unfunded pension liability without pushing current state workers and teachers into near-poverty when they retire?." Economist Tells Congress: U.S. May Be in ‘Worse Fiscal Shape’ Than Greece - "The U.S. has a $210 trillion 'fiscal gap' and 'may well be in worse fiscal shape than any developed country, including Greece,' Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff told members of the Senate Budget Committee in written and oral testimony on Feb. 25. 'The first point I want to get across is that our nation is broke,' Kotlikoff testified. 'Our nation’s broke, and it’s not broke in 75 years or 50 years or 25 years or 10 years. It’s broke today.'" 10 Signs Christianity Is on the Rise - "It May Look Different in the Future, but That's a Good Thing. Christianity is a dying relic of an ancient past. The Internet is killing it. Science is killing it. Western sophistication is killing it. Right? Wrong. In many ways, Christianity is on the rise as never before—worldwide, and in America. Here are the ways we can tell." On the Origin, Essence and Purpose of Law - Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic Doctor: "The grammar of existence is bound up in the Law and it is and always has been for us to read reality rightly, to hear rightly, to speak rightly, and with human reason to discover the law by which we are to live if we are to live out our intended purpose." St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Biography and Writings - Early Church Father and Doctor of the Church - "One of the most important sources we have for how the Church celebrated the liturgy and sacraments during the first few decades after the legalization of Christianity. In his famous 24 lectures commonly known as the Jerusalem Catecheses... Saint Cyril instructs new Christians in the days immediately before and after their initiation into the life of the Church at the Easter Vigil." Judge asks Obama administration to explain immigration protections - "At issue in the lawsuit is whether Obama overstepped his constitutional powers. The administration argues that the immigration program is simply an extension of the president’s ability to use discretion in enforcing the law; they say there’s no practical way to deport all 11 million people living here illegally. But a coalition of 26 mostly Republican states, led by Texas, says Obama usurped Congress’ powers to make a new law. Hanen has sided with that argument, saying in his ruling that the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson “is not just rewriting the laws, he is creating them from scratch.” Pit bull kills West Virginia man reviving owner following heart attack - "West Virginia police say a 62-year-old man has died after being mauled to death by a pit bull that attacked him as he tried to revive the dog’s unconscious owner following a heart attack. Wheeling police said the pit bull attacked Roy Higgenbotham Jr. in a home shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday. Officers also found the dog’s owner, David Wallace, 63, dead in the house."
Commentary: Another killing by a deranged pit bull. How many more people will die before pit bulls are outlawed? vtb
ISIS Kidnaps Catholics in Syria, Threatens to Decapitate Adults and Burn Their Children Alive in Cages - "Sister Monique states, 'Late Sunday afternoon on 1 March 2015, I received a message from M. Francoise, a delegate of the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul [in Rome], and I managed to reach her by telephone. She was leaving for Paris, and collapsed at the news she had just received - members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Syria were kidnapped, along with their wives and children. The children were isolated and put into cages. Adults who do not deny their faith will be decapitated, and their children burned alive in the cages." Another liberal fails history - "From reading her article, it is readily apparent that the author is not only a left-wing agitator, but a rather unoriginal one at that. The litany of sins from America's past which she lists are nothing new. Neither are her rather inadequate examples from recent current events that she relies upon to prove that America is still following her terribly errant ways. Logical errors abound through the article. It's surprising that a major regional newspaper would have published it, on the grounds of professionalism alone." Obama Honors Selma After Ignoring Gettysburg - "His reference to slaves building the White House came during the observance of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. It is a significant part of American history and one that deserves commemoration. But it should not be exploited as a springboard for distorting that history or for continuing to paint an America that elected and re-elected an African American president as perpetually and irredeemably racist.
The bridge was named for Edmund Winston Pettus, a Confederate brigadier general, U.S. senator from Alabama and grand dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. He was a Democrat, as were the officeholders in the "solid South" of 1965. We tend to forget it was Democrats who unleashed the dogs and turned fire hoses against civil rights marchers. It was Democrats who stood in the schoolhouse door and are still there by opposing school choice and trapping minority children in failing schools.
1) blacks love to be victims. 2) whites, regardless of their intentions or motivations, will always be accused of harboring deep-seated prejudice toward blacks; 3) only blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals and Muslims are permitted to be proud of what they are; 4) whites do not enjoy freedom of speech unless it is politically correct and liberal; and 5) numbers 1 through 4 are always true."
US cardinal voices doubts on Vatican reform, Communion for divorced - "Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, also told Crux in a wide-ranging interview on Saturday that he’s skeptical about proposals to allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion... looking forward to the October, 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, DiNardo said he isn’t 'persuaded' by proposals to allow divorced Catholics who remarried without an annulment to be readmitted to Communion.
Would he vote no? 'I would right now,' he said. DiNardo said he finds these ideas theologically murky. 'People on one hand are saying yes, [marriage] is indissoluble, then they’re saying, but it’s not exclusive. I don’t get it,' he said. Rather than relaxing the rules on Communion, he favors streamlining the annulment process...
Pope Francis has been criticized by some Catholics for seemingly emphasizing mercy in pastoral situations at the expense of upholding Catholic teaching, and DiNardo said the two must go hand in hand. 'These couples who are in these difficult situations need to be accompanied. But to accompany them, and to give them a sense of strength, is not the same thing as saying, just immediately come to the sacraments, or eventually come to the sacraments,' he said. 'Good doctrine is good pastoral care, has a good pastoral sensibility.'”
Pope plans to canonize St. Therese’s parents - "Blessed Louis and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin were married in 1858. The couple had nine children, but four of them died in infancy. The five who survived — including St. Therese — all entered religious life. Zelie Martin died of cancer in 1877, at the age of 45; her husband died when he was 70 in 1894." Visitors flock to see ‘crying’ statue of Mother Mary in Sabah - "'It was only recently that we brought the statue to the house and had it blessed by Archbishop John Wong (the head of the Sabah Catholic church in Sabah) when he celebrated Mass at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at Kampung Kobusak on Sunday,' Michael said." The Seven Sacraments and the Dwelling of Christ Within Us - "Every sacrament was instituted by Jesus and given to the Church. They’re meant to draw us to Christ and invite Christ deeper into our hearts. All sacraments use signs, but they aren’t mere symbolism. The waters of baptism, for example, are a sign of cleansing from sin and do in fact cleanse us from sin. In this way, divine life is dispensed to us thanks to the Holy Spirit. Now, a brief list of the sacraments..." Facing an Existential Threat: Christians Living in Islamic Lands - "Throughout the Islamosphere in Africa and the Middle East, men, women, and children have been subjected to unspeakable acts of cruelty. Jihadists, while pillaging and burning homes and churches, have laid waste to whole communities. Families have been destroyed as husbands and fathers were bludgeoned, beheaded, and burned to death; wives and mothers raped, beaten, and starved; young boys forced to convert to Islam and take up arms on behalf of their captors; and young girls enslaved and sold off to become either wives to grown men or human missiles—i.e. suicide bombers."
Commentary: The atrocities mentioned in the above article proves again that in most situations, once Muslims are in the majority, they act much differently than they do when they are in the minority. vtb
Thailand tests floating homes in region grappling with floods - "Hidden under the house and its wraparound porch are steel pontoons filled with Styrofoam. These can lift the structure three meters off the ground if this area, two hours north of Bangkok, floods as it did in 2011 when two-thirds of the country was inundated, affecting a fifth of its 67 million people." Lockheed Martin Claims Sustainable Fusion Is Within Its Grasp - "The fusion is powered by a combination of two isotopes of Hydrogen, Deuterium and Tritium, both of which occur in nature and which can be extracted from water. 'Our studies show that a 100 MW system would only burn less than 20 kg of fuel in an entire year of operation...'" Pope Francis: "It is a mortal sin to discard the elderly..." - "Pope: I have spent time visiting the elderly in nursing homes. And there is nothing more sad than witnessing those who long for a visit from their loved ones and who often spend their days in tears waiting for family who cannot or will not find the time to spend with them. Our culture has become selfish and self-absorbed. The elderly and the disabled are made to feel that they are a burden." The problem of Evil, from Augustine to contemporary Genetics - "While all of ancient philosophy and Christian theology (with the exception of Manichaeism) agree in essence that Evil is merely a denial of Good... with Augustine man actually became the cause of evil, and ever since, has also become evil towards his very nature; so now, evil and its guilt both become inherited, together of course with their condemnation. Thus, while for Saint Irenaeus of Lyons - for example - the first couple had sinned involuntarily (because of their spiritual immaturity), with Augustine, sin is an expression of a preexisting and conscious natural perversion."
Commentary: While I admire the writings St. Irenaeus, & not wishing to sound spiritually superior, to my knowledge, Adam & Eve were certainly not "spiritually immature." They received all the Gifts necessary to have knowledge of what love for God and obedience to His Holy Will meant. Therefore their sin was extremely grave in the Lord's Eyes, as was their punishment. vtb
'Perverting' Islam, Obama Misquotes Scripture - "Note the key section that Obama omits from his speeches: 'If anyone slew a person — unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land — it would be as if he slew the whole people. And if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them our Messengers with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.'
The hammer comes down in the next verse, 5:33:
'The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: That is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the hereafter.'"
Hillary Clinton Was in Violation of State Dept. Policy for Nearly 6 Years - "A senior State Department official tells ABC News that under rules in place while Clinton was secretary of state, employees could only use private email accounts for official business if they turned those emails over to be entered into government computers. They were also forbidden from including sensitive but unclassified information on private email, except under some very narrow exceptions." Where are the jobs? America’s new leisure class - "Since the recovery began, the economy has averaged 2.3 percent GDP growth and created 183,000 jobs per month. Adjusting for a smaller economy in the 1980s, the Reagan recovery accomplished twice that progress. The headline unemployment rate has fallen to 5.7 percent, but more than 10 million men between the ages of 25 and 64 have no job and make no effort to find one." Shock Poll: Half The Uninsured Want ObamaCare Repealed - "As with many other polls, this one finds widespread disapproval of the law. Fully 43% say it's a failure, compared with just 25% who think it has been a success. Nearly one in five say it's been 'a complete failure.' Almost half (48%) think the law has pushed insurance prices up, compared with 16% who say ObamaCare has reduced the rate of premium growth." Replacing Obamacare: Laying the Groundwork - "At the very minimum, any potential agreement to maintain some of the Obamacare subsidies must be paired against a commitment to get rid of all the costly mandates and regulations." Obama’s tattered presidency is coming apart at the seams - "He delayed making a decision to use air power against ISIS armies in Syria and Iraq until it was feared they (ISIS) were close to toppling those countries. And after they’d begun beheading abducted Americans with impunity. He refused to give Kiev’s army the weapons it needed to defend itself as Vladimir Putin’s forces drove ever more deeply into Eastern Ukraine in an audacious assault on a sovereign nation. U.S. relations with our allies are the worst they’ve been in modern memory, no more so than with Israel, where Obama insists we can negotiate in good faith with Iran’s Muslim leadership who threaten the Jewish homeland with annihilation." Obama's Ongoing Assault on the Constitution - "One of the many reasons constitutional conservatives consider President Obama a threat to the Constitution is his disdain for the separation of powers, illustrated most recently in his plan to bypass the Senate in making an arms deal with Iran." Here’s What The Unemployment Rate Looks Like If You Add Back Labor Force Dropouts - "After holding steady at roughly 66 percent from 2004 through late 2008, the labor force participation has been falling, and falling, and falling some more, with no end in sight. This decline has significant effects on the official unemployment rate. People who are unemployed and eventually stop looking for work are no longer counted as being part of the labor force, which means they’re no longer counted by U.S. statistical agencies as being unemployed... The result? An artificially low official unemployment rate." Over the Last 50 Years, More That Two Billion Babies Have Been Aborted Worldwide - "Let’s be very clear,” he continued, “Abortion is never permissible. Even if there was an economic benefit to aborting children, we wouldn’t be allowed to do it. It’s immoral to kill an innocent. But it’s also important to refute negative arguments from people who think that they’re making sense. It’s important to refute those arguments so that people don’t have an additional reason to commit the sin of abortion.” Black LIES Matter - "There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
---- Booker T. Washington (pictured) 1865–1915
The Great Terri Schiavo Divide - "At the end of this month, Terri Schiavo will be ten years dead. But she is far from forgotten. Everyone reading these words knows the story, and everyone has an opinion. What began in 1990 as a private tragedy—a vivacious young woman stricken in the prime of life with a severe cognitive disability—became a source of profound cultural division, as likely to spark debate today as when the case first broke into the public’s consciousness."
St Joan of Arc: Holiness beyond comprehension - "Across the centuries her personality leaps from the medieval page in all its simplicity and purity. Interrogated by her judges as to whether she thought she was in a state of grace, she simply replied that if she was, she hoped God would keep her in it and if she was not, that he would put her in it." 11 Reasons the Authority of Christianity Is Centered on St. Peter and Rome - "Protestantism as a whole seeks to divorce Christianity from history by rending Gospel message(S) out of its historical context as captured by our Early Church Fathers. One such target of these heresies is to devalue St. Peter and to twist the authority of Rome into a historical mishap within Christianity. To wit, the belief has as its end the ultimate end of all Catholic and Protestant dialogue – who has authority in Christianity?" Chicago cardinal hospitalized as cancer worsens - "'They've run out of tricks in the bag, if you like,' said Cardinal George, 78. 'But basically, I'm in the Hands of God, as we all are in some fashion,' he said, adding that he hopes to eventually get off the crutches he has been using since October." Jesus' house? 1st-century structure may be where he grew up - "The house is partly made of mortar-and-stone walls, and was cut into a rocky hillside. It was first uncovered in the 1880s, by nuns at the Sisters of Nazareth convent, but it wasn't until 2006 that archaeologists led by Ken Dark, a professor at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, dated the house to the first century, and identified it as the place where people, who lived centuries after Jesus' time, believed Jesus was brought up." In Congress, Netanyahu Faults ‘Bad Deal’ on Iran Nuclear Program - "In an extraordinary spectacle pitting the leaders of two close allies against each other, Mr. Netanyahu took the rostrum in the historic chamber of the House of Representatives to tell a joint meeting of Congress that instead of stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, Mr. Obama’s diplomatic initiative “would all but guarantee” that it does, in turn setting off a regional arms race." Iran reacts harshly to Netanyahu speech - "Parliament speaker Ali Larijani warns that if Israel dares attack Iran with US congressional support, the Americans should expect to see 'Israel in a wheelchair.'" New leader of Free World: Netanyahu gives the speech an American president should have made - "Israel will fight Iran alone, if it must. That is the striking message Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered to a joint session of Congress, garnering thunderous applause and numerous standing ovations. The historic speech rebukes the appeasement foreign policy of President Obama. It recalls the battle of Chamberlain versus Churchill in the 1930s, with the appeaser quickly being overtaken by world events." Justice Department: No Darren Wilson charges - "'There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove (Officer) Wilson's stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety,' the Justice Department report said. The Justice Department also issued a 100-page report that it said found systemic racial discrimination by the Ferguson police and court system against African-Americans."
Commentary: Attorney General Eric Holder made a fool of himself. For the Federal government to interfere with a decision made by a local Grand Jury was ridiculous. Obviously the "interference" was motivated by Mr. Holder, who, like President Obama, chooses to play the "race card" as often as the opportunity presents itself. Since the Attorney General had no case, he chose to go after the Ferguson police to "save face." However, all he accomplished was another denial by a black man (Mr. Holder) to look at his own race, rather than point fingers at the white race.
Although there are many good African Americans, it is a fact that blacks commit far more crimes than whites. Therefore they are arrested & jailed far more than whites. Unfortunately, many blacks lack the honesty to look at themselves for solutions to solve our race problems. For them, it is much easier to accuse, rather than face their own immorality and racist attitudes. vtb
Also see: African Americans (This is an internal category, you must backspace to return to this page) Witnesses to Michael Brown Shooting Feared Contradicting ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Narrative - "According to an 86-page report issued by the Department of Justice, six of the most credible witnesses to the shooting of Michael Brown were afraid to give testimony in support of Ferguson, MO, police officer Darren Wilson, because they knew it would undercut the “Hands up, don’t shoot” narrative being advanced by their neighbors and, eventually, by the media." Former Ferguson Police Officer's Reply To Eric Holder’s Ferguson Report - "Dept. of Justice’s 'disturbing pattern' noise about Ferguson Police Dept. is fabricated, based on their own made-up parameters that would never stand in court. The actual legitimate racial profiling states collected by MO attorney general show that Ferguson is better than the state average and has been improving over the last 3 years. DOJ did not use that (publicly available) info because it did not suit (Attorney General Eric Holder) vindictive 'sweeping change' agenda." Prosecutors Mull Charges In Brown Family Attack - "The decision on whether to pursue charges in connection with the ransacking of the “Justice for Mike Brown” merchandise operation is particularly sensitive since Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, is named in a police report as one of the “attackers” who participated in the assault, which cops classified as a felony armed robbery." Lincoln’s Best Speech: A Sesquicentennial - "Lincoln’s second inaugural address, 150 years old today, is as pertinent as ever. It reminds us that we must resist the poisonous temptation to see those with whom we disagree as bitter enemies even as we vigorously defend the moral truths that ought to guide our public life." Walker says he'll sign 20-week abortion ban - "'As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and child are likely to come to my desk in the form of a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level,' Walker writes to the anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List. 'I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it.'" Is Violence a Core Teaching in Islam? - "The Islamic community threatens us with violence while our leaders tell us to embrace the Muslim community because, as our leaders say, 'Islam is a religion of peace.' Truer words have never been spoken – if you understand 'Peace' in Islam (per Sharia/Islamic Law) occurs when the entire globe is under the rule of Islam and Islamic Law." Japanese ship found after 70 years - "The discovery was the end of an eight-year search for the Musashi, backed by historical data from four countries and using 'advanced technology' that surveyed the seabed, Allen said in a statement on his website." Past presidents gave warnings to America - "March 4th was Presidential Inauguration Day from 1793 till 1933, when it was changed by the 20th Amendment to January 20th. Many presidents gave warnings in their inaugural addresses." Gov. Scott Walker on Discerning God’s Will - "I think getting around the country, talking to people. I just sense … that people want new leaders with big, bold ideas from outside of Washington. And I sense that they’re actually going to have the courage to act on them. We feel that’s something we can potentially bring to the table, but we want to make sure that, not only are we hearing from the people, but we want to discern that this is God’s calling, not just man’s calling." A Child of Gay Parents Writes to Justice Kennedy - "When two adults who cannot procreate want to raise children together, where do those babies come from? Each child is conceived by a mother and a father to whom that child has a natural right. When a child is placed in a same-sex-headed household, she will miss out on at least one critical parental relationship and a vital dual-gender influence. The nature of the adults’ union guarantees this. Whether by adoption, divorce, or third-party reproduction, the adults in this scenario satisfy their heart’s desires, while the child bears the most significant cost: missing out on one or more of her biological parents."
Commentary: If this news story is confirmed to be true, what is Cardinal Baldisseri afraid of? The truth? And why is he allowed to break the law and take items that had passed through the local post office? Who gave him that kind of power? What a great scandal! Pope Francis must take action and admonish Cardinal Baldisseri or he will become part of this illegal form of censorship. vtb Reports: Card. Baldisseri ordered interception of copies of book mailed to Synod participants - "Kath.net reports that around 200 copies of the book were mailed, but only a few apparently made it into the hands of the proper recipients, a report that has also been confirmed by Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, of Ignatius Press. Pentin states that the books were mailed through 'the proper channels within the Italian and Vatican postal systems,' but that Baldisseri claimed they were mailed 'irregularly,' and so the interception of the books was legitimate. In other words, Baldisseri has apparently admitted that the books were taken; the dispute is over why they were taken. Pentin further reports that the books were apparently destroyed after being taken."
Commentary: Cardinals & Bishops should be informed through studies made before the Synod so they are not emotionally influenced during the Synod by passionate, but irresponsible speeches designed to lead them away from the truth. This was a disgraceful and cowardly act on the part of Cardinal Baldisseri. vtb
Cardinal Baldisseri of the Synod on the Family Counters Conservatives' Arguments on Marriage and Divorce - "Cardinal Baldisseri responded by saying, 'We shouldn’t be shocked that there is a different position from the ‘common doctrine.’ He cited the example of the many contrasting positions that were in evidence at Vatican II. 'Therefore, there’s no reason to be scandalized that there is a cardinal or a theologian saying something that’s different than the so-called ‘common doctrine.’ This doesn’t imply a going against. It means reflecting. Because dogma has its own evolution; that is a development, not a change.'”
Commentary: Cardinal Baldisseri presents very weak arguments. We are speaking of a traditional Church doctrine on marriage & divorce that is based upon the Lord's Word & therefore has not "evolved" over the centuries, rather than more "common doctrines" or Church practices that are based upon human concerns and are therefore subject to additional "reflecting" or "development."
Of course, we must not be too quick to
jump to conclusions that the Synod on the Family is automatically wrong in their pursuit of trying to find a way to allow for the reception of Holy Communion by divorced
Catholics who have not been able to gather enough evidence to support their request for an annulment, or do not have enough money to receive an annulment, or after a number of years, are still waiting for the annulment process to be started because of the shortage of priests available to be part of a Marriage Tribunal in their state or country.
There is certainly nothing wrong with addressing these, and other situations and trying to find a way to solve them. We will have to be patient and see how this unfolds before making too harsh or too quick a judgement. If changes are made, it must correspond with the Gospels, although I don't see how any changes can take place regarding the Word of God. However, the annulment process can, and perhaps should be changed.
To give you another example, a man got a divorce and years later met someone else and wanted to marry her. However, he could not get the annulment process started because all the witnesses from his marriage had passed away. His parents, and his sister had died and he had no other witnesses to back up his case for an annulment. So he could not get one. This is only one case, but I'm sure there are many other cases that could leave someone in a very difficult, and painful situation. vtb
Can a Pope Be a Heretic? - "Recently, Cardinal Burke stated that, if Pope Francis were to endorse a position on marriage and sexuality that were contrary to the tradition of the Church, that he would be obliged to “resist” the pontiff. Although the cardinal clarified that he was speaking of a purely hypothetical situation, he hit upon a nerve that gets struck from time to time among Catholics— in instant messages, in passing, on Facebook, though almost never in print— “What if?” What if Cardinal Kasper’s ideology takes over the upcoming Ordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family? What if the behind-the-scenes machinations of his supporters ultimately win the day? What if the pope lets civilly divorced and remarried Catholics receive communion?"
Commentary: Pope Francis is far from even being considered a heretic. However, the above article does provide some very interesting information. vtb
Boris Nemtsov Joins a Long List of Murdered Putin Critics - "I moved in the same circles as Paul Khlebnikov, an American and the editor of Forbes in Russia until he was gunned down in 2004 for an exposé of corruption. Anna Politikovskaya was shot in 2006 for writing against Russian policy in Chechnya. That same year Alexander Litvinenko on his death bed openly accused Putin of ordering two agents to poison him with radioactive material. Sergei Magnitsky was tortured to death in the dungeons of the Lubyanka in 2009 for exposing corruption among officials. Clement of Rome (died 110 A.D.) - "St. Clement of Rome was the third successor of Peter the Apostle as bishop of Rome, and therefore, our fourth Pope. St. Irenaeus, himself a Father of the Early Church, tells us that Clement 'saw the blessed Apostles and conversed with them, and had yet ringing in his ears the preaching of the Apostles and had their tradition before his eyes, and not he only for many were then surviving who had been taught by the Apostles." Is Confession Dead? - "Why have we forgotten these things? Have we been so misguided by warped interpretations of Vatican II that we think that serious sin has disappeared? Do we even know what is venial and what is mortal? Do we think that examination of conscience and an act of contrition are always enough to prepare for the Eucharist? Do we really understand what is sin and what isn’t? Are we so naive as to think that secular psychobabble can replace doctrinal truth?" How Vietnam Haunts the Democrats - "The decision to retaliate would for all intents and purposes mark the beginning of the American war in Vietnam—a conflict that would last eight more years, take the lives of 58,000 Americans and millions more Vietnamese. At home it would create a permanent rift within the Democratic Party." Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links - "THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free "news" stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness." Irrational Disbelief: The Hypocrisy of Scientific Atheism - "We are confronted with atheists who claim that science, rather than faith, has sole claim to real knowledge. Atheism, they claim, is a more reasonable and informed position than faith. Faith is portrayed as superstition; something that stands purely above reason. We have faith, they say, because we prefer being faithful to being reasonable. Some atheists claim that people of faith would rather be told what to believe than to use intelligence to determine truth for themselves." Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster - "Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea, 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That's enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating." The Warming World: Is Capitalism Destroying Our Planet? - "Since 1880, when global temperatures began to be systematically collected, no year has been warmer than 2014. The 15 warmest years, with one single exception, have come during the first 15 years of the new millennium." Ted Cruz: ‘We Should Repeal Every Word of Common Core’ - "Cruz believed that the only way to stop Common Core, or even change the direction of the United States from the lawless path it is currently on under the Obama administration, may rest with the grassroots. He reiterated a comment he has said before, 'If we look to Washington for the solution, these problems will not be solved.' Soberingly, he stated, 'Washington is fundamentally broken.'” Renewing Catholic Culture Starts With The Mass - "The Tridentine Latin Mass brings forth a genuine uniformity and unites us as Catholics in its eloquent beauty and tradition. One in which we all share that same faith and where we can all feel at home. Whether we are in France or in Spain and are not familiar with the language, we can always know what is going on in the Mass. That is that Heaven has just come down to earth."
CASTING OUT THE DEVILS FROM YOUR LIFE - "Saint Ignatius of Loyola, in his rules for discernment (Rule 13, first week of Rules for discernment) states that devil likes to work in secrecy and strives to get us to keep our interior lives secret to everybody. This secrecy even includes hiding our state of soul to our Confessor or Spiritual Director." Angels & Dragons - "In these dark times we must contemplate and understand the spiritual battle we are facing. We must take a step back and ask ourselves, 'What is happening to the world and to us?' The answer is that mankind is at the threshold of the greatest combat we have ever faced. The Church and the world are at crossroads. We are under siege! In the words of Pope Benedict XVI on February 17, 2013, 'The time of testing is here!'” The ‘Easter duty’ is still applicable - "Q: I am an elderly person, and I remember having to fulfill the Easter Duty. Does that still apply? My younger relatives look at me like, 'What are you talking about?'” Boris Nemtsov, Putin Foe, Is Shot Dead in Shadow of Kremlin - "The shooting, on a bridge near Red Square, under the towering domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, ended Mr. Nemtsov’s two-decade career as a champion of democratic reforms, beginning in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, and just days before he was to lead a rally to protest the war in Ukraine." Abortion Clinics: An Inside Look - "The following are portions of an interview with a woman who used to work at an abortion clinic. Her story is a look into another world where abuse has become an industry, and extermination a daily routine." Walker got it exactly right - "Unions are like terrorists - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world." ISLAM - IS - OF - EVIL - "We are a group of Ex-Muslims; of different countries and cultures, some of us are from Saudi, Egypt, Algeria, or Morocco. We have converted from the dark of Islam to the light of Christ. Some of us are simple, but the other have had degree in the Islamic law. Some of us are poor, but the other rich. Some of us were even terrorists, but the other harmless. Some of us are still young, but the other are elders. Some of us are male and the other female, educated and uneducated. We are all different, but One in Christ..." Sarah Palin: Obama responsible for rise of ISIS - "Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a Republican, has said the main reason for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to pull American troops out of Iraq." Obama the radical - "Our presidents were an unusually diverse group. But, despite their differences, all of them agreed that America was an exceptional nation and all of them extolled the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. All, that is, except Barack Obama." MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH in the Case of Barack Obama and his Muslim Brother Malik - "There has been a major breakthrough in the case of Malik Obama. It may also help to explain why members of Congress, mainstream media, and shockingly, even the attorneys for Tea Party groups targeted by the IRS have chosen to ignore the earth-shattering scandal involving the President’s eldest brother. This new discovery reveals a mosaic of intrigue that has never before been presented. It’s a scandal with everything… and more."
The Pope Emeritus experiment is working - "Two years ago Benedict XVI became the first Pope Emeritus in the Catholic Church’s history. Thanks to his wisdom and restraint the historic innovation hasn’t led to disaster." Pope Francis Defends Human Nature Against Gender Radicals - "Pope Francis appears to reject the postmodern conceptualization of gender as a moveable point along a spectrum that is fluid and changeable. He does not accept the progressive claim that gender is socially constructed rather than God-given and instead appears to embrace gender in a traditional “binary” category of male and female. For progressives, (permissive liberals) this is heresy." Liberal bias - "The essence of liberal bias is to dismiss or even to censor opposing views. For liberals, to allow the airing or publishing of an opposing view creates the risk that people might discover errors in the liberal viewpoint." Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone - "Initially, when I started to see that I could go without some of my favorite foods, I realized that there are so many things in this world that we become so attached to, so many 'needs' that aren’t really needs at all." Strengthening Experiences from Patients while Dying - "Death is a great part of the human experience. Through these experiences that I shared and others, I am convinced it is an experience that we will not go through alone. I have seen many patients of all religions, races, and backgrounds receive great peace and comfort from these spiritual visits at the end of their lives. I cannot explain them fully based upon any scientific principles, but I am grateful that they occur." What Is Hell? - "Some people cannot fathom how Hell could be a reality if God is truly an “all-loving” and “merciful God.” Yet, Hell could be said to be both the definitive expression of God’s justice and of the lofty calling and dignity of man. What do I mean by this?" World Christianity by the Numbers - "The annual “Status of Global Christianity” survey published by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research is a cornucopia of numbers: Some are encouraging; others are discouraging; many of them are important for grasping the nature of this particular moment in Christian history." New Dietary Guidelines Reverse Flawed Recommendations on Cholesterol - "Cholesterol is also important for brain health, and helps with the formation of your memories. Low levels of HDL cholesterol have been linked to memory loss and Alzheimer's disease, and may also increase your risk of depression, stroke, violent behavior, and even suicide." Austria is taking controversial steps to tighten a 100-year-old ‘Law on Islam’ - "Lawmakers made the changes to a 1912 law that codified Islam as an official religion in Austria. Now, Austria's roughly 450 Muslim organizations face new limits on foreign funding, a move that has generated criticism from around the world, since other religious communities can still receive international support. Many of Austria's roughly 500,000 Muslims hail from Turkey, which finances and sends imams to the European nation." The Jew-hatred behind the world’s problems - "Evidence that society’s oldest prejudice endures after a post-Nazi dormancy, Elias’ letter to the editor reflects the bigotry that’s inciting lethal anti-Jewishness in Europe and existential threats to Israel, the only nation-state of the Jewish people and the sole democracy in the Middle East’s radicalized swamp." U.S. Tornado Count at Its Lowest 3-Year Total Since 1950, and Here's Why - "In the three years since then, the United States hasn't seen a tornado count above 1,000 in any single year. We're able to report more tornadoes than ever due to technology advancements and an increase in spotters, yet the numbers have remained lower than average over the last 36 months." Giuliani was right about Barack Obama. “End of story!” - "Reporter Charles C. Johnson remarks that, 'His father (Obama's) still left him with his radically left-wing views.' The unintended consequence of the revelation concerning the very close father-son relationship may come back to haunt both David and Barack Obama who must now deal with questions about how much he loves our country." Russia is the only center of non-slaved civilization, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes - "'Russia is the third Rome. Russia is the only center of non-slaved civilization, which is capable to reveal itself as Christian. Thus, our patriotism is not chauvinism, not a call of the blood, not emotional passion for native land alien to any criticism, first of all, it is understanding the importance of the unique Christian mission which, I believe, our people live for,' the priest (Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin) said in his interview with Politrussia.com.
8 Quick Tips for Getting More Out of Mass - "Many people go to Mass with the expectation that they are supposed to “get” a lot out of it. But, what you get out of Mass is dependent on what kind of changes you are willing to make in your efforts before, during and after Mass, because what you put into Mass determines what you get out of it." Cardinal Dolan Must Step Down as Parade Grand Marshal - "I wonder if the parade committee—that bastion of integrity—has reassured the Cardinal that any additional groups it chooses to march will also not promote “an agenda” contrary to Church teaching. It’s hard to believe Dolan is so naïve as to think that groups with names like Irish Queers and the Lavender and Green Alliance seek nothing more politically potent than a moment in the sun on Fifth Avenue." The Left's War on White America - "A WMD of the Left's assault is the hate and violence generating lie that white men, particularly police, routinely murder young black males. When you teach black youths that criticizing the president is racist, that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were murdered by whites, than black flash mob attacks, the knockout game, polar bearing hunting, and assassinations of police are to be expected."
SUICIDE BOMBERS - "Some claim that "suicide bombers" are against Islam, since SUICIDE is forbidden in Islam, even one of the major sins. Why then do these attacks happen on such a regular basis? Why are those people celebrated as martyrs?" Obama sued Louisiana to keep low income blacks trapped in bad schools, and lied about why he did it - "In response to Obama’s claim that the vouchers discriminated against blacks, Louisiana Education Superintendent John White pointed out that almost all of the students using the vouchers were black, and said that “it’s a little ridiculous” for Obama to claim that these vouchers caused discrimination against blacks. The Washington Post reported that 90% of the students who receive the vouchers are black." Good for you, Rudy. Don’t back down - "Rudy revealed the fears of many Americans; fears our national media won’t discuss. If President Barack Hussein Obama has nothing to hide, then why was the first Executive Order he issued, right after his swearing in, an order sealing his biographical and academic records. Why won’t he show the American people what he has kept from us?" If Obama Loves America, Why Did He Transform It? - "'We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,' candidate Barack Hussein Obama said on Oct. 30, 2008, just before his election as our 44th president. Was it just rhetoric?" Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order - "You can see now what is fueling the reaction on the left. If Scott Walker can run for president, he is challenging the basic cultural class identity of the mainstream left. He is more than a threat to the Democrats’ hold on political power. He is a threat to the existing social order." Jindal: Obama ‘Not Qualified’ to be Commander-in-Chief - "'For some reason our President, doesn’t seem to want or doesn’t seem to be capable of recognizing that what we’re at war with is a set of evil beliefs. These individuals, they want to kill us, they want to enslave us, they want to treat women as second-class citizens. We’re not going to fight this with a jobs program. We need to understand what’s at stake here,' said Jindal." Radical-in-Chief - "When I finally reconstructed what had gone on at these Socialist conferences that Barack Obama attended, I truly was amazed because what I saw was a kind of map of Barack Obama’s entire subsequent political career. It was at this Socialist conferences in New York in the mid-’80s that Barack Obama encountered the groups, the strategies, and the mentors who would guide him throughout his entire political career. Now, what do I mean? Well, for one thing, these Socialist conferences touted community organizing as the key to the future for American Socialism." HOLY MATRIMONY - "The Catholic teaching on Matrimony - The book of Tobias and the Catholic ideal of Matrimony - How to be Good Parents - How to have a Happy Marriage - The Nature of Marriage - The Sins Against Marriage." How Thomas Jefferson Responded to Islam in 1801 Puts Current Administration to Shame - "The radical Islamic jihadists that make up the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are engaged in a war to reestablish the former Islamic Caliphate and spread their version of fundamentalist Islam around the world. This is really nothing new, as radical Islamists have been waging jihad against 'infidel unbelievers' since their inception in 800 AD." Indicting Christ With the Atrocities of Islam - "The Bible is a threat to liberal, leftist dogma because it is truth that diametrically opposes the humanist statism that is the utopia of the American left. Atrocities committed by Islamists are met with only nervous smiles or with blathering inanities about jobs for ISIS because Islam is not an American institution to be dismantled. Liberals rush to smear all of Christendom with the ancient history of the Inquisition because Christian doctrine opposes their deification of the state. And, dredging up the corpse of the Crusades is intellectual so long as it bashes the faith of countless Christians." Also see: The Battle over the Crusades - "The Crusades, of course, are a far more complicated series of events in history than the anti-Catholic statements of early Protestant historians would suggest. The Crusades should be understood within the context of the times and by their reality, rather than through the myths created for purposes of propaganda."
Obama’s Own Prayer Breakfast Words Echoed By ISIS In Gruesome Christian Beheadings Video - "The black-clad terrorist used the word 'crusaders' to describe the enemies of the Islamic State. The use of 'crusaders' in the ISIS video recalled that less than two weeks earlier, Obama referred to the Crusades of many centuries ago in apparently trying to compare the actions of Christians with the murderous brutality of present-day radical Islamists… though Obama never used the words 'radical Islam.'" Commentary: Also, if you have time (it is very lengthily) please review this explanation of the Crusades. vtb Remember when Obama called Bush “unpatriotic”? - "There has been much harrumphing and hand wringing about Rudy Giuliani’s comments about Barack Obama not loving this country. The NY Slimes, (New York Times) as usual, went right after Giuliani instead of even considering the content of Giuliani’s words... (Giuliani) face adverse consequences? For WHAT? I remember a candidate named Barack Obama calling a sitting US President 'unpatriotic.' Here it is. See for yourself (Video)."
Commentary: Obama never admits his faults unless he gets some attention from biased TV interviewers, who while agreeing with his attacks against Republicans, laugh off any personal faults he chooses to reveal due to the false humility he often displays to viewers & the general public. The arrogant Obama, (The King of Hypocrites) continues to get a free pass from much of the media because it is controlled by dysfunctional, permissive, immoral Democrats. vtb
Are You Ready For Total Currency War? - "The real war is economic, financial and currency related and the empire is already over-extended in debt, military operations and financial manipulation. Surely the near-term dollar strength is evidence that while defeat is not imminent and that all markets can be manipulated for a season, ultimately real global market forces will prevail. The Islamist Spring and the West’s Decline - "As the Arab Spring has toppled regimes in the region, it has created a situation of instability and great uncertainty in many countries. There is a power vacuum slowly being filled by new groups. What’s coming next?"
Commentary: Whats it going to take before Pit Bulls are banned in the United States? More severe injuries? More deaths? Those monsters need to be banned or put to death, and their owners heavily fined. vtb
10 Things Catholics Are Tired of Hearing - "Despite the many stereotypes that hang over our faith, the important thing to remember is our Church has stood the test of time and remained for more than 2,000 years. Whether you are Catholic or Protestant-- we are all followers of Christ, and He is the ultimate goal." How a supporter of women’s ordination left the Anglican Church to become a Catholic - "Six years later she recognizes 'how essential [conversion] was for me.' She explains it thus: 'It was not until I came to be enclosed in the Catholic Church – making it impossible for me to carry out the public ministry of a woman priest in the Church of England – that I understood that confinement within this anchorage not of my making could ultimately lead to freedom.' Indeed, she discovered that she could point towards the mystery of unconditional love “without insisting that my views were right and everyone else is wrong.” The Blessed Eucharist - "The sacrament of the Blessed Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ under the appearances, or accidents, of bread and wine. Unlike the other sacraments, it not only bestows grace, but contains the Author of Grace Himself. According to St. Thomas Aquinas (S.T. III, q.65 a. 3, C.), all the other Sacraments point to, or are servants of, the Blessed Eucharist." The Gift of Sorrow for Sin – A Meditation on the "Mass for the Gift of Tears" in the Missal - "Most Catholics have lived so long in a culture that dismisses, excuses, or makes light of sin that they have very little notion of just how serious sin can be. That God had to send His only Son to die in order rescue us from our sins shows just how serious they are; weeping for our sins is not some 'extreme' reaction."
Pope: Don’t let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge - "'There might be someone who thinks, Today is Friday, I can’t eat meat, but I’m going to have a nice plate of seafood, a real banquet, which, while appearing to be an abstinence from meat, is the sin of gluttony,' the pope said."
Commentary: Although the above is an interesting article, some foolish scientists are always looking for ways to justify their lack of belief that Almighty God is our Creator. So we have to take some of their far-out theories & assumptions with a grain of salt. vtb
'I had hunger, I had thirst, I was in prison, I was sick, I was naked and you helped me: dressed me, visited me, you took care of me.'"
Commentary: Pope Paul VI has often been unfairly criticized for "allowing the new Mass and doing away with the Traditional Mass said in Latin." However, from a number of different sources we learn that he greatly suffered from all that happened during his time as Pope. The many priests who left their vocation and the many other priests & bishops who wrongly interpreted the documents of Vatican II and turned the Mass into a "show," caused Pope Paul VI a great amount of suffering. He was indeed, a very holy man and his memory deserves a place of honor in the minds of the members of the Church. vtb Fluoride is 'The Devil's Poison' - "'The Devil’s Poison' became fluorine’s nickname in the 17th and 18th centuries. After studying volumes on the subject, spanning several centuries, from here and abroad, it has become clear to me that fluorine and its fluoride compounds have probably caused more disease and death than any other substance known to mankind. This information has been cataloged in my book titled 'The Devil’s Poison: How Fluoride is Killing You.'”
I Gave It Up for Lent - "None of our sacrifices are worth the effort if the intention that drives them is not the correct one. Father Edward Leen, very likely my favorite spiritual writer (I strongly recommend his In the Likeness of Christ), points out that our service to God “consists not in our actions and doings but in the mode of our actions and doings. Our service consists not in what we do, but in the spirit in which we do it.” The secret of life, Fr. Leen declares, is doing all that we do out of love for Jesus Christ." Beheadings Sign of Gathering Genocide in Middle East - "While ISIS has claimed responsibility for the beheading of the 21 Copts, in effect, the targeting of Copts is part of a more systematic targeting of Christians in Libya since 2012 which corresponds to the rise of Islamist militant groups taking over of large parts of the country." Pro-Vaccine but Afraid to Vaccinate: Inside One Family's Doubts - "Sophie Beglinger has hundreds of seizures every day and walks unsteadily, here supported by her mother, Elizabeth Aquino, in their LosAngeles backyard. Aquino says the seizures began shortly after Sophie was vaccinated as a baby, raising fears about vaccinating their other children." Scott Walker to attend private dinner with supply-siders in New York - "The gathering, set for the upscale “21” Club in Manhattan, is the latest effort by the potential Republican presidential contender to bolster his relationships with the GOP’s anti-tax wing. It also reflects the interest business-friendly conservatives have in his possible candidacy, in spite of the recent ascent of former Florida governor Jeb Bush." How Scott Walker Brings Out the Worst in the Left - "Those who have followed Walker’s career know this is nothing new. Over the past four years, he has won three political races in a largely blue state, including a contentious union-led recall effort. Things often got ugly. At January’s Iowa Freedom Summit, Walker described how left-leaning labor activists threatened to 'gut' his wife 'like a deer.' Walker’s victories in this hostile environment—with progressive groups devoting major resources to try to take him down—have gained him major buzz as a GOP frontrunner for 2016." Did Governor Scott Walker Graduate? - "For starters, he left after three and a half years “in good standing,” according to all accounts. That would put him just a half year shy of graduation, with roughly five courses to make up." He’s a Raging Partisan - The big lie of Obama’s presidency - "Obama hasn’t governed like Ike, a unifying national leader. Almost instantly, he became a highly partisan president. He had promised to consult Republicans in Congress and listen to their ideas. Yet he’s done that rarely and then usually in a false show of bipartisanship. He insinuates Republicans have nothing worthwhile to tell him." Rudy Giuliani: President Obama doesn’t love America - "'I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,' Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. 'He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.'”
Commentary: There is one thing that the vain Obama does love more than anything or anyone else, and that is, himself. vtb
CONFESSION - "Questions and Answers on Confession - Confession and Sacred Scripture - How to make a good confession - Examination of Conscience for Adults - Importance of Examination of Conscience and how to examine - Examination of Conscience Going to Confession - The Church Father speak on Confession - Living In The World, But Not Of The World." Jane Fonda on Vietnam War comments: 'I made a huge, huge mistake' - "'Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad,' Fonda told a relatively full theater, responding to a submitted question. 'It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.'” Obama 'an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists' - "Cruz praised al-Sisi, a Muslim, who used the occasion of his New Year’s Day speech to speak out against religious extremism. 'Why don’t we see the president of the United States demonstrating that same courage just to speak the truth about the face of evil we’re facing right now?' he asked." Geology documents dinosaurs fleeing Noah’s Flood - "Swim tracks are found all over the world, including dinosaur tracks in northern Spain, which consist of claw marks made on the sand surface as the animal was on tip-toes trying to move through deep flowing water."
Cardinal Wuerl attacks "brother bishops" as "dissenters" - "It is an open secret in Washington, D.C., that Donald Cardinal Wuerl has effectively banned Raymond Cardinal Burke from entering the Archdiocese of Washington... stemming from Wuerl's disdain for any priest or bishop who opposes giving Communion to Catholics who publicly dissent from Church teachings. Since Summorum Pontificum was issued by Benedict XVI in 2007, Cardinal Wuerl has instituted numerous obstacles to priests who wish to offer the traditional Latin Mass and sacraments using the 1962 books. Traditional confirmations have been denied, even requests from priests offering to administer the sacrament themselves."
Commentary: Cardinal Wuerl is a rather narrow minded Cardinal who wants things his way and no other way. He is very articulate, but does not have the wisdom to be believed by those who have a knowledge of Church doctrine. Like some others in the Church, he "uses" Pope Francis to justify his lack of faith and trust in some of the traditional teachings of the Church. vtb
An Exorcist and his Deliverance Team Comment on Fifty Shades - " Leaders from the Catholic Church warn it is immoral. Domestic violence groups warn that it dangerously glorifies sexual violence against women." The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Film & Broadcasting has reviewed this film as follows:
(Fifty Shades of Grey) contains excessive sexual content, including graphic deviant behavior
and non-marital sexual activity with much nudity, a benign view of casual
sex and contraception, several uses of rough language and at least one
crude term. The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally
offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R --
restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian."
In honor of our 21 martyrs of Libya - "What faith! What courage! What valiance! What heroism! What tongue can find enough words to praise these men who laid down their lives before them, and who went to their Creator crying out and proclaiming, 'O my Lord, Jesus!' to the last breath?!" Panel approves $7.8 billion for Amtrak - "'This is a good reform bill that firmly moves passenger rail towards greater transparency and accountability, and forces Amtrak to operate like a true business,'" Is the Administration legitimizing ISIS’ acts of terror? - "This is what the Obama Administration doesn’t understand—and it could end up tanking what’s left of their strategy in the fight against ISIS. They don’t understand the idea of asserting their power, because they’re too busy worrying about all the ways that their power may or may not be offending the rest of the world." BAPTISM - "Baptism is the First Sacrament, without it, no other sacrament can be validly received. The Old Covenant was entered into through circumcision; the New Covenant is entered into through Baptism."
“Their blood confesses Christ”: Pope Francis on the murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS - "'They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. … The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.' Pope Francis responded today to the news that 21 Egyptian Christians have been beheaded by Islamic State militants. 'Their blood confesses Christ,' the Holy Father said to a visiting delegation representing the Church of Scotland. 'The martyrs belong to all Christians.'”
Commentary: Please pray for the Holy Father, Pope Francis. He may be in great danger for speaking out against the ISIS and defending Christians. Thank you. vtb
On the "Reform" of Islam - "If violence, terror, beheadings, forced conversions, subjection of women, and intolerance of others are removed or “transformed” in Islam, is it still Islam?" Iraqi bishop: 'We are hated because we persist in wanting to exist as Christians' - "During the past year, more than 125,000 Christians have been forced to flee from their villages only because they chose to remain Christians and refused the conditions ISIS imposed on them. They had to leave at night, under the cover of darkness. Many of them trod their own path of Golgotha for long hours, having left everything behind, other than their bare clothes." What ISIS Really Wants - "The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy— and for how to stop it." 5 Saints Who Totally Had Superpowers - "God acts in mysterious ways. That truth is made particularly evident in the types of things he does with those who are especially close to Him." Disarm young Blacks says Bloomberg. It’s for their own good - "Blacks are bound to be seen and heard when 400 to 500 murders are committed each year on Chicago’s West and South sides. That’s the sort of trend that causes panic in the Mayor’s office, for although the vast majority of victims of black criminals are also black, it is only a matter of time until white neighborhoods are affected." And God Saw That It Was Good - "The deep reason why the Church has been a friend to natural science is to be found in Genesis and the Gospel of John. For God in the beginning created all things and declared them each to be good, and the whole of the world together, very good." Homosexual movement threatens these freedoms - "It is pointless to answer the insincere, bully arguments of militant homosexual activists, because they will not accept the truth, no matter how plainly, simply and in small words it is presented to them."
Will the real Pope Francis please stand up? - "The surface tension in the pope's rhetoric on subjects such as family size is part of a larger pattern, which has been especially intense lately, of Francis doing or saying things that leave lots of people deeply confused." The photo is of the Blessed Virgin Mary statue at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs - "With the snow covering the statue, it almost appears that Mary is carrying a young person on her back. Interestingly, the statue rests outside the hospital's Cancer Treatment Center."
Poll: Troops Turn on Obama; Deeply Unpopular - "Military Times asked active-duty service members, 'Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling his job as commander in chief?' 55 percent of active-duty personnel said they 'disapprove' while only 15 percent said they 'approve.' Similarly, Obama’s popularity fell from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year among active-duty soldiers."
Commentary: This is not surprising. Obama has never been popular with our military. They, because they know what true patriotism really is, easily see through the false image Obama presents to the general public. Our armed forces know what sacrifice is, they know what duty is, they know what honor is. And they know that President Obama lacks all of these qualities. vtb
U.S. Bishops: 'No such thing as an illegal human being' - "'Migrants –including children, immigrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking– are our spiritual brothers and sisters,' said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration. 'They often find themselves isolated, alone and separated from family, their ability to live out their lives in fullness severely restricted. Often family members are separated from one another because of deportation, detention, or related immigration laws that inhibit family reunification.'”
Commentary: The bishops are not approving of violence or vandalism, but are simply restating a belief based upon the Holy Bible and the teachings of the Church. However, they also believe that those who choose to enter our country must do so lawfully. The main point is that no matter how they get here, they must be treated with respect because they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. vtb
"And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)
Paris anti-terrorism rally draws millions - "At least 3.7 million people, including world leaders, marched in an anti-terrorism rally in Paris on Sunday, the French Mission to the United Nations said, calling the massive gathering the largest in France's history."
Commentary: Their fears can be understood, but can you imagine what Our Lord would do if those 3.7 million people prayed to Him for peace? vtb
I tell you this, I am not addressing myself strictly to you, child, but
I am making this appeal to the world. Today, man empties things of
their true value. Those who are continually committing sins are doing so
without any acceptance that what they are doing is wrong." LIFE BECOMES FREE AND FULL OF JOY WHEN WE BREAK FROM THE 'CAGE' AND SEEK GOD'S 'ANOINTING' - "A "higher anointing" is when the Lord decides it's time for you to change, to move, to operate at a higher level, in a higher place, in a more potent role, with more opportunities (to progress, to do good), and with a bit more ease (even a lot more ease). It means you are in His power, His favor (instead of that of the world). Things start falling into place. Suddenly, there are favorable conditions." 4 Literally Awesome Facts About Our Lady of Guadalupe - "Seeing an apparition of Mary, having her grow roses in the middle of winter and use them to create a miraculous image to prove it to the archbishop, then converting 9 million Aztecs within seven years. That would be… awesome."
Commentary: Black lives matter? Hillary denounces torture? Oh really? What about the pain unborn black human beings experience when they are aborted? Do their lives matter? The two faced, pro-abortion, hypocrite Hillary Clinton again confirms that she lacks the moral qualifications to be President of the United States. vtb
Black America’s real problem isn’t white racism - "Though blacks are outnumbered 5-to-1 in the population by whites, they commit eight times as many crimes against whites as the reverse. By those 2007 numbers, a black male was 40 times as likely to assault a white person as the reverse."
Commentary: I have met many dignified African Americans and they will be the first to tell you that to solve our race problem blacks must first look inward at themselves rather than point fingers at the white population. But in addition, without a strong faith in Our Lord, we as a nation will never experience true peace. You cannot approve of, or actually murder an unborn human being through a deliberate abortion and expect to experience peace and understanding between the races in our country or any other country. vtb
Pope Francis & Canada brokered Cuba deal - "'Pope Francis personally issued an appeal thorough a letter that he sent to President Obama and to President Raul Castro, calling on them to resolve the case of Alan Gross and the cases of the three Cubans who have been imprisoned here in the United States and also encouraging the United States and Cuba to pursue a closer relationship,' the official noted."
Commentary: The key point is that in the process of pursuing a "closer relationship," the United States must do so in a cautious, step by step manner. Cuba must first be tested as to its sincerity and its willingness to cooperate in a fair and meaningful manner each step along the way. If they refuse to do this, it would be foolish to continue to resume normal relations with that outlaw country. vtb
We Are Not Darren Wilson - "America is preoccupied with setting standards for China, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Africa; for the world,” Kagumba adds. “Standards that are too high to attain, even for itself…. When America fails to practice what it preaches, it loses its moral authority. It loses its relevance on the global stage.”
Commentary: Again, the main fault lies with the dysfunctional President Obama who continues to use the "race card" whenever it fits his viewpoint. He is the number one instigator of all the protests, riots, and vandalism that are occurring in various parts of the USA and the world. Obama more than anyone else, is responsible for destroying the moral image and leadership the United States once gave to the world. vtb
Isis: the inside story - "One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers."
- "The media invariably sugarcoat black behavior. Even the news reports of the very crimes I dealt with in court were slanted. Television news intentionally leaves out unflattering facts about the accused, and sometimes omits names that are obviously black. All this rocked my liberal, tolerant beliefs, but it took me years to set aside my illusions and accept the reality of what I see every day. I have now served thousands of blacks and their families, protecting their rights and defending them in court. What follows are my observations."
Commentary: In spite of all the vandalism we have seen and read about in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere, we know that there are many good, dignified African Americans. However, there is also a rather large number of African Americans who are not very dignified. They choose to further divide our country, and try to justify their unruly behavior by accusing the white population of being "racist." Unfortunately, many others with the black population agree with that accusation.
The above link represents the testimony of a public defender who has a lot of experience concerning the conduct of African Americans who break the law. The media usually only presents one side. You are asked to study another viewpoint and decide for yourself what is actually the truth. Thank you. vtb
Strangers send greeting cards to help dying girl celebrate her last Christmas - "'It angers me that they can't figure out what's wrong, what's taking my little girl,' said Fausett, who quit her job to take care of Addie. 'I know even if they found out what it was, they wouldn't be able to stop it. I would just love to know what it was, because it's hard to know your kid's sick but to not know what it is.'" Like Lower Gas Prices? Give Credit to Bush - "Despite claims from some Democrats that Obama deserves the credit for the oil boom, his administration has done nothing to earn such praise. In fact, Obama’s policies are stunting oil production and preventing billions of dollars of development and the creation of millions of jobs from occurring in order to appease his leftist base... It was Bush — not Obama — who enacted policies that encouraged the development of lands in North Dakota, South Dakota and elsewhere. It was Bush who allowed companies to attain vital permits to drill offshore and onshore, creating countless jobs and generating billions of dollars of revenue. It was Bush that prevented the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing unreasonable and burdensome regulations on drillers while he was in office."
Commentary: President George W. Bush unjustly got blamed for many things the Democrats were actually responsible for. President Bush was a good man and greatly loved by our troops. In his term of office, we had good relations with Russia. And although it is believed that going to war with Iraq was based on incorrect information from our intelligence agencies, there is still good reason to believe nuclear weapons were actually in Iraq, but were moved out before the inspections were made (see below link).
Bush also got blamed for the slow reaction to the hurricane damage in New Orleans, but these questions remain:
* Why didn't those people listen to all the warnings they were given?
* Why weren't they prepared and have food, water, and medicine on hand like they do in Florida when warned of a hurricane?
* Why didn't they leave when they had the chance?
While it is true the recession happened under Bush's watch, he certainly did not create it and if we had followed his advice and enacted a much smaller Stimulus Package, we would not be in the terrible financial situation we are now in. Bush placed his trust in the American people's ability to contribute to the recovery, Obama places his trust in big government and wasteful spending.
Obama has tried to take credit for some of the good things President Bush initiated, but more and more people are beginning to see that Obama's false smile reveals an insincere man who loves himself far more than he loves his country. The only real things Obama can assume responsibility for is our country's loss of power & prestige, turning our country into a huge "welfare state," and our country's 18 TRILLION dollar debt that could eventually cause great harm to our economy and hardships for many citizens for generations to come.
However, his greatest "legacy" will be giving (along with his fellow Democrats) approval to the killing of millions upon millions of unborn human beings through deliberate abortions. vtb
Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Iraqi general, Georges Sada Says - "Mr. Sada, 65, told the Sun that the pilots of the two airliners that transported the weapons of mass destruction to Syria from Iraq approached him in the middle of 2004, after Saddam was captured by American troops. 'I know them very well. They are very good friends of mine. We trust each other. We are friends as pilots,' Mr. Sada said of the two pilots. He declined to disclose their names, saying they are concerned for their safety. But he said they are now employed by other airlines outside Iraq.
The pilots told Mr. Sada that two Iraqi Airways Boeings were converted to cargo planes by removing the seats, Mr. Sada said. Then Special Republican Guard brigades loaded materials onto the planes, he said, including 'yellow barrels with skull and crossbones on each barrel.' The pilots said there was also a ground convoy of trucks.
The flights - 56 in total, Mr. Sada said - attracted little notice because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in June of 2002. 'Saddam realized, this time, the Americans are coming,' Mr. Sada said. 'They handed over the weapons of mass destruction to the Syrians.'"
Commentary: You no doubt did not see General Sada's testimony of what actually happened to those weapons of mass destruction on any major TV news broadcast because they are very biased and produced by people belonging to, or sympathizing with the morally corrupt US Democratic Party. vtb
Love, American Style: Iraq's Kurds fans of all things US, Bush - "The roots of the Kurdish affection for America lie in the U.S.-led operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While the first, under President George H.W. Bush, did not topple the hated Hussein, it served notice that America was his enemy. U.S. military forces ousted Hussein in 2003 and brought him to ultimate justice in 2006, when he was executed on orders of an Iraqi tribunal.
Tens of thousands of Kurds were murdered, many with chemical weapons, on orders of the former Baath Party leader. Once Hussein was gone, the oil-rich Kurdish region began to prosper. Kurds openly express their hope that the United States will help them become a completely independent country."
- the growing immorality throughout the world is not going unnoticed by the Lord
(Prophecies & Revelations are shown below these resources)
NOTE: As you review the below news resources, please keep in mind that
some news websites may contain immoral advertisements. See:
- "A clean and concise resource for those seeking the truth. We do not
allow liberal bias to deceive and distort here... We have received over
250 million page views!" DRUDGE REPORT - Political & social news stories. (Includes many links). FREE REPUBLIC - "The premier online gathering place for independent, grass-roots conservatism on the web." (Includes Breaking News & Front Page News). MEDJUGORJE WEB (Monthly messages & Info.)
- "Since the apparitions began in 1981, over 40 million people of all
faiths, from all over the world, have visited Medjugorje and have left
spiritually strengthened and renewed. Countless unbelievers and
physically or mentally afflicted, have been converted and healed." MILITARY.com (Includes news & opinions)
- "Free membership... connects service members, military families and
veterans to all the benefits of service – government benefits,
scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of
military life or missions, and much more." SPIRIT DAILY - Catholic & social news stories + prophecy, revelations, & spirituality. (Includes many links). STANEK REPORT - "Up-to-the-minute pro-lfe news." (Includes many links).
- "Full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic
interests, action and doctrine." (Click on a letter to research a
topic). IN DEFENSE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH -
"This web site was developed mainly for non-Catholic Christians, but is
also for Catholics who want to explain their faith to Protestants and
non-Christians." (Categories are listed at the bottom of the Home
page). THE HOLY SEE - Official Vatican website. Information about Pope Francis & the Vatican (partial listing):
VATICAN CITY STATE
PREFECTURE OF THE PAPAL HOUSEHOLD
OFFICE OF PAPAL CHARITIES
THE PAPAL ARCHIVES
VATICAN PUBLISHING HOUSE
WORLD YOUTH DAY
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DISASTER & HUMANITARIAN AID REQUESTS
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Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) - "Each year local Catholic Charities agencies serve more than 10 million people regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. The mission of Catholic Charities agencies is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same."
Catholic Relief Services - "Giving Hope to a World of Need" - "Provides humanitarian relief and development assistance to the poor and marginalized in over 100 countries and territories around the world. Overseas, we work through CRS offices located in the regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.
CRS also works through regional offices within the United States to support Catholic individuals, parishes and dioceses as
they strive to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and make
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CATHOLIC PROPHECY, REVELATIONS & VISIONS
Pope St John Paul II: The Spark from Poland - "'As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words:' 'I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.' (The Diary of St. Faustina, 1732)."
who rebels against the Church is a rotten member, and what is done to
His Vicar on earth, (the Pope) be it reverence or insult, is done to God
in Heaven. Think not that God is sleeping over the injuries that have
been done to His Spouse" (the Church)."
----ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
What Catholics believe: 10 truths about purgatory - "Does purgatory still exist? Even though we don’t hear about it as much as in earlier times, Catholics do believe in purgatory. It is a matter of faith, supported by the Bible and tradition, clarified at the Council of Florence in 1439 and the Council of Trent (1545-1563) and explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church."
What does Our Lady say about Purgatory? - "There are many souls in Purgatory. There are also persons who have been consecrated to God – some priests, some religious. Pray for their intentions, at least the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be, seven times each, and the Creed. I recommend it to you. There is a large number of souls who have been in Purgatory a long time because no one prays for them."
We should love the poor and love the unborn child. Service to the oppressed and service to the family; defense of the weak and defense of the unborn child; belief in the value of business and belief in restraints on predatory business practices — all these things spring from the same Catholic commitment to human dignity.
There’s nothing 'progressive' about killing an unborn human child or allowing it to happen. And there’s nothing 'conservative' about ignoring the cries of the poor."
DEATH OF LONG ISLAND MAN TIED TO ALLEGED SPANISH APPARITIONS PUTS ACCENT ON A HOST OF MYSTERIES - "Garabandal has always been a supreme mystery. I visited there in the early 1990s, staying at a bed-and-breakfast owned by the uncle of reputed seer Conchita Gonzalez -- a wonderful man in this exquisitely beautiful, towering spot in the Cantabrian Mountains of north-central Spain. At one point during the day, I was the only pilgrim there (later joined by an American). Something surely happened here."
Saving Catholic Culture from Destruction - "In centuries past, those seeking to level or confiscate sacred edifices were the Church’s sworn adversaries, who tried to storm her fortresses and attack her from without. In this, our own day, however, there are Catholics in many places whose biggest perennial fear is not savage invasion, but the euthanizing of their parish at the hands of their very own bishops and pastors. Is it not time for an honest recognition and acknowledgement of the deep spiritual and psychological harm caused by this phenomenon?"
Fatima Still Matters - "In Fatima, two anti-Catholic socialist newspapers sent reporters to witness how foolish it was that so many people came out believing there would be a miracle. Instead, the papers carried reports of an amazing miracle witnessed by all who were there."
THE "SMOKE OF SATAN" IS BECOMING A RAGING FIRE! - "For the good of the Catholic faithful and all people, the Church provides clear teaching concerning Satanic worship. This activity separates people from God and the human community, it is contrary to charity and goodness, and it places participants dangerously close to destructive works of evil."
When sufferings come, offer them up as a sacrifice to God. (03/29/1984)
By means of the cross God is glorified through every person. (11/29/1984)
Dear children, during these days my Lord is allowing me to intercede for more graces for you... With these graces, dear children, I want your sufferings to be joy. (06/19/1986)
I desire also that your cross be a joy for you. Especially, dear children, pray that you may be able to accept sickness, and sufferings with love - the way Jesus accepted them [sufferings]. Only in that way will I be able, with joy, to give to you the graces and healings which Jesus permits me. (09/11/1986)
Today I invite you to offer your crosses and sufferings for my intentions... Little children, offer your sufferings as a gift to God so that they may become a most beautiful flower of joy. Therefore, little children, pray that you may understand that suffering can become joy, and the cross a way of joy. (09/25/1996)
When you are tired and sick and you do not know the meaning of your life, take the rosary and pray; pray until prayer becomes for you a joyful meeting with your Savor. I am with you, little children, and I intercede and pray for you. (04/25/2001)
Courage, little children!... Through each of your tribulations and sufferings, God will find the way of joy for you. Therefore, little children, pray. We are close to you with our love. (03/25/2006)
Let your suffering be united in His [Jesus'] suffering and love will win. (03/25/2013)."
POPE FRANCIS ON THE END TIMES
Commentary: Some believe we are at the BEGINNING of the end times and a Great Chastisement awaits us if we do not turn back to the Lord. The intensity of that Chastisement depends upon the number who repent and try to live by God's Word and the teachings of His Church, rather than living by man's word and the teachings of the world. I share their belief. vtb
ANOTHER WARNING FOR CATHOLICS
Pope Benedict XVI stated: "The attacks on the Pope and the Church do not just come from outside, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin that is in the Church. This has always been known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way:
The greatest persecution of the Church does not come from external enemies, but is born from the sin in the Church.
The Church, therefore, has the profound need to learn penance again, to accept purification, to learn on one hand forgiveness, as well as the need for justice. Forgiveness does not replace justice."
Lisbon, Portugal, MAY 11, 2010 (Zenit.org)
THE FALSE TEACHINGS OF THE WORLD VERSUS THE TRUTH
"Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, & the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world."
(1 John 2:15)
"We adore Thee, we bless Thee, & we thank Thee O Christ, because by Thy Holy Cross & Thy great sufferings, Thou has redeemed the world!"
GRAVE WARNINGS FROM THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
"Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.
And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents.
God delivered them up: Not by being author of their sins, but by withdrawing his grace, and so permitting them, in punishment of their pride, to fall into those shameful sins.
Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent (approve of their actions) to them that do them."
"O how good an sweet is thy spirit, O Lord, in all things! And therefore thou chastisest them that err, by little and little; and admonish them, and speakest to them, concerning the things wherein they offend; that leaving their wickedness, they may believe in thee, O Lord...
Because they did works hateful to thee... merciless MURDERERS OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN... (ABORTION). Wherefore thou hast also greatly tormented them who in their life have lived foolishly and unjustly, by the same things which they worshiped. For they went astray for a long time in the ways of error, holding those things for gods (material things) which are the most worthless among beasts, living after the manner of children without understanding.
Therefore thou hast sent a judgment upon them... they suffered by those very things which they took for gods..." (the loss of material things).
"Know also this, that, in the LAST DAYS, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness. Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: Having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these (people) AVOID."
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
I feel it very important that I share this spiritual information and I hope that you will not be offended by my efforts. No matter what the level of your faith or your religion, please take the time to listen to this man whether you believe all that he says or not. As it did mine, It will greatly benefit your soul and make it much easier to understand the holy path we all must take to be worthy of Heaven. Thank you and God bless you!
Vincent T. Bemowski
Editor - Catholic Messages USA.com
Whatever passing pleasures come with sin, they are in fact passing. Great and accumulated suffering eventually comes with almost all sinful activity. Yet, despite this experience, we human beings remain very gullible, we seem to love empty promises and put all sorts of false hopes of them....
So many things help drive this division, and the devil surely taps into them all: anger, past hurts, resentments, fears, misunderstandings, greed, pride, and arrogance. There is also the impatience that we so easily develop regarding those we love, and the flawed notion that somehow, other more perfect and desirable people should be sought.
And thus many abandon their marriages, family, churches and communities, always in search of the elusive goal of finding better and more perfect people and situations...
The devil causes us to fixate on fears about passing things, and thereby not to have a proper fear of the judgment which awaits us.
Jesus says: "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in Hell." (Matt 10:28)
Satan temps us to impatience with our self or others. And, in our aspirations, expected in unreasonably quick time, there comes a lack of charity toward our self or others. Some grow discouraged with themselves or others and give up on the pursuit of holiness. Others give up on the Church because of the imperfections found there."
* Prophecy given for "Saint" Loretta ("A fragile flower loved by the Lord") & I - Nov. 13, 1988 (I believe It is meant to be shared with as many people as possible).
* Warning from Our Lady at Akita, Japan.
* Garabandal - The Warning - Punishment - Messages of Hope - Interview with Bishop Del Val Gallo.
* Prophecy of Therese Neumann for the USA in 1946, just after the end of World War II.
* The Message and Secret of La Salette - Includes end times prophecy.
HEALINGS, POWERFUL PROPHECY, WHAT IS COMING FOR THE JUST AND FOR SINNERS
GRAVE PREDICTIONS FOR THE USA
The following are not my original thoughts. They are based upon prophecies and revelations that I have read over a period of many years and they are offered here for your discernment:
Our once great nation will continue it's moral decline, destroy itself economically, and lose the respect of many other nations throughout the world. True wisdom will continue to disappear from the mouths of our leaders. Moral corruption will be everywhere - a great number of our citizens will be looking for a free hand-out.
Promises will be broken - with the exception of those who place their trust in the Lord, fear and confusion, rather than love and peace, will dominate the hearts and minds of men and women.
Those who possess true faith will become rare, even among those who call themselves "Christians." But through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the power of the Holy Rosary, Almighty God will act, and after a period of wide-spread immorality, people throughout the world will be cleansed and again be made pleasing to God. vtb
St. Benedict and the popes who took his name have often been associated with peace-making (the olive branch) and St. Benedict's very order, the Benedictines, are also known as 'Olivetans' and has an olive branch as its symbol."
Therese Neumann was a German stigmatist and mystic, who for many years did not sleep and lived without food or liquids except for the daily Eucharist.
When asked by an American GI if the United States would ever be destroyed or invaded in a war, her answer was:
"No, but at the end of this century America will be destroyed economically by a series of NATURAL DISASTERS."
"Told by Our Lord that her gift of seeing the past, present, and future in mystic visions was greater than that possessed by anyone else in history."
The Servant of God - Luisa Piccarreta, Little Daughter of The Divine Will - The highest spiritual state you can achieve here on earth. "Everything is in the Divine Will; therefore It wants to love together with you, and if you call It, It gives you Its Love in your power in order to be loved; It gives you Its sanctity to make yourself a saint, Its light to make Itself known and to eclipse your weaknesses, miseries and passions, so that they may no longer have life in you, but only Its Will, laying and forming Its Life in your little act…"
(From the Letters of Luisa – January, 2, 1939)
Center for the Divine Will - "Information on the writings of Luisa Piccarreta - We pray, dear pilgrim, that whatever benefits are received from reading the information contained in this site will redound to the greater glory of the Most Holy Trinity and hasten the coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will to Reign on earth as in Heaven."
Luisa Piccarreta being Slandered - Commentary: There is some controversy concerning the promotion and/or spiritual practices connected with the Luisa Piccarreta's writings about the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Luisa's Cause for Beatification is now being investigated through the Magisterium of the Church. Unfortunately, her good name is being slandered and her "Cause" being scandalized by numbers of "Catholics" through various means, such as websites and articles in Catholic magazines or other news sources. vtb
THE EXISTENCE AND PERSON OF JESUS - EVIDENCE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT CONFIRMED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. - His birth, life, sufferings, Resurrection, Second Coming. Plus Scripture for those going through difficult trials and sufferings.
OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER - THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. The Holy Rosary, Fatima, Association of the Miraculous Medal, Doctors of the Church, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Queen of the Divine Will, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Garabandal, Apparitions, La Salette.
Commentary: Knowing the mental and physical condition of Pope John Paul II in the months preceding his death, it appears that Pope Benedict XVI drew a comparison to his own mental and physical condition.
This does not mean he felt Pope John was not efficiently carrying out his duties because his illness was of a different nature. It means that although Pope John Paul II may have assumed he had little time left, Pope Benedict feels his remaining time on this earth is unknown.
Therefore he feels he can best serve the Church in a different capacity while allowing another, who is in a far better state of health, to assume the heavy responsibilities of his Holy Office.
We owe it to this humble man (Pope Benedict XVI) to pray for him so he will have peace and strength in his remaining days on earth.
However, we are especially grateful that God has granted us another holy Pope to continue to bring about the renewal of His Church in these dangerous times where the light of true faith is growing dimmer and dimmer. vtb
'Let us trust in the intercession of the Virgin Mary in this time of testing,' he added. 'Through her we will feel the powerful presence of His Divine Son, so we may ward off temptation with the Word of Christ and place God at the centre of our lives.
We must reject the false images of the Messiah as Jesus did when faced with the temptations the Temptor presented Him with, the most serious of which is using God for one’s own ends,' Benedict XVI said during the course of the Angelus prayer."
"CHRIST IS THE UNSEEN HEAD OF EVERY HOUSE, THE UNSEEN GUEST AT EVERY MEAL, AND THE SILENT LISTENER TO EVERY CONVERSATION."
- the growing immorality throughout the world is not going unnoticed by the Lord