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March 2016 - "The Pope Benedict XVI breaks silence and affirms that Vatican Council II was a disaster for the Catholic Church."
Commentary: It is difficult to say with any certainty that the view of the person who wrote the title and explanation accurately expressed what Pope Benedict XVI said. My review of the video showed that Benedict certainly did not use the word "disaster." In addition, (if this too is accurate) for Benedict to say a soul is "lost" if the person is not baptized seems very extreme. And for Benedict to indicate that the "motivation" to baptize people was diminished by Vatican II writings, that too is open to debate.
Only Almighty God can judge those who have not been baptized as to whether or not they are "lost." There is a "baptism of desire," as well as the fact that many millions and billions of people of non-Christian religions were not, and continue to be unaware of the need for baptism. Were they lost, and are those now living also lost? No. Almighty God is not that harsh a Judge. (See below quotes from the Catholic Catholicism).
Baptism remains a necessary Sacrament as it is the "core" Sacrament from which sanctifying grace "ignites" the other Sacraments. Christ himself was baptized. It therefore is critical for Christians to be baptized in order to develop a close relation with Christ in additional to the other reasons shown in the Catholic Catholicism. vtb
"The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation FOR THOSE TO WHOM THE GOSPEL HAS BEEN PROCLAIMED AND WHO HAVE HAD THE POSSIBILITY OF ASKING FOR THIS SACRAMENT. The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are "reborn of water and the Spirit." God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments."
"By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin. In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam's sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God."
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Related News: "Published on Feb 14, 2013 - Pope Benedict XVI speaks to the priests of Rome on February 14, 2013. In his unscripted address in the Vatican's Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father shares his experiences of the Second Vatican Council and the proper interpretation of the Council, which began 50 years ago. The Pope has announced that he will retire on Feb. 28."
"WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul Ryan said he doesn’t believe there is a need for Congress to pass any kind of legislation aimed at protecting special counsel Robert Mueller from termination. “I don't think it's necessary,” the Wisconsin Republican said during an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when specifically asked whether he would bring such a bill to the House floor if it passed the Senate. “I don't think he's going to fire Mueller.”
Commentary: It naturally follows that deceitful Democrats would want Mueller to continue his misguided investigations of Trump and/or members of his administration. The Mueller committee is made up entirely of Democrats and you cannot get any more one-sided than that. If Republicans were to form a committee to investigate Hillary Clinton that would be made up entirely of Republicans you would see the biased news media (NBC among them) and members of the Democratic Party crying "foul" day & night. Such is the corrupt moral state of the dysfunctional Democratic Party & its followers. vtb
"Ms Halligan was speaking to the Irish Independent at a conference for Catholic reform groups at the weekend ahead of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin in August. She said the Church's teaching on same-sex relationships was "deeply insulting and offensive". "As a gay person, I don't want pastoral care from the Church. Pastoral care only brings comfort to the Church," she said. "I reject the Church's teaching that gay people are 'objectively disordered' and that our love is 'intrinsically evil'." Ms Halligan, who attended the conference as a delegate, described herself as a "person of faith and a committed Catholic."
Commentary: "Committed Catholics" should be aware of what is revealed in the Holy Bible:
"Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their WOMEN exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the MEN also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done."
"Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings."
"US, UK and French forces launch missile strikes aimed at reducing the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons facilities after last weekend’s attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma."
"BEIRUT, Lebanon — Dozens of Syrians choked to death after a suspected chemical attack struck the rebel-held suburb of Douma, east of Damascus, with aid groups on Sunday blaming President Bashar al-Assad’s government for the assault and Western governments expressing outrage."
"The Russian military has claimed that the Syrian air defenses, whose most modern weapon is a three-decades-old Russian-supplied anti-aircraft system, shot down 71 of 103 missiles fired by the US and its allies, the UK and France, a claim denied by the Pentagon. As further details began to emerge about the sites targeted by the US-led strikes, Col Gen Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military said the strikes had not caused any casualties and that Syrian military facilities suffered only minor damage. It was not possible to verify the claims. The most up-to-date system that Moscow has supplied to the Syrian regime is the short range Pantsir S-1, which has an anti-missile capability."
"To Iran and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children? The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators. In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons. Assad’s recent attack and today’s response are the direct result of Russia’s failure to keep that promise."
“In the early years, Jihad will seem the great battle. Certainly, it is the most showy and determined. But it will collapse more quickly and easily than people can imagine – once we understand that it is a battle that we can’t negotiate our way out of. But Jihad is not the most dangerous of the bad actors – it is China. It will take some years for us to see that China is the real center and the real implacable enemy of western civilization. China may already be the most militarily strong nation in the world. It will be the challenge posed by China, once she is fully unmasked, that drives Russia into the west and common cause with America...Meanwhile, the alleged Ukrainian mystic Josyp Terelya foresaw war between Russia and China, while Maria Esperanza of Venezuela foresaw a day when the “yellow races will rise up.”
"ROMA, TEXAS - Stymied by Congress and the courts, President Donald Trump has struggled to make good on his signature campaign promises to build a wall and stop migrants. But there is at least one place where his vision is becoming reality: the sinuous lower Rio Grande Valley, scene of more unauthorized crossings than any other stretch between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico."
"During a private visit to Benedictine Sisters in The Netherlands, cardinal Sarah said that 'the pope doesn't give his permission for an integrated Missal' (where both forms would merge), but that he and his collaborators are thinking about it: 'patience is needed'." It seems that Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has in mind some new form of the Novus Ordo that would integrate more elements of the Roman Rite."
"Bergoglio visit the gay couple while he was in Washington D.C. Instead of repenting after his meeting with Bergoglio he openly promotes the vice of sodomy and much worse. He also says he credits his mentor Bergoglio for his open and progressive thinking; giving thanks to Bergoglio's “education” (gay affirmative psychology). He is stressing that Bergoglio has known since he was a teenager that he is gay and never questioned his sexuality or his homosexual relationship."
“The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment or from those who merely criticize others and assume that they themselves are infallible measuring rods; nor will it issue from those who take the easier road, who sidestep the passion of faith, declaring false and obsolete, tyrannous and legalistic, all that makes demands upon men, that hurts them and compels them to sacrifice themselves. To put this more positively: The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints, by men, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see, because their lives embrace a wider reality."
"A former Muslim decided to explore his spirituality through occult practices. He was eventually disturbed with demonic forces until he put his trust in Jesus."
"What seems like the bishops’ effort to bend over backward to support AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) rankles critics like Bishop Paprocki because government unions are among the most socially liberal labor organizations, using their considerable resources—generated by compelled dues—to fight against the church on issues that have little to do with representing workers. “I don’t know specifically what Janus’ objections are regarding the union’s political work, but the public-sector union supports abortion and donates to Planned Parenthood,” Paprocki has said. In 2014, the union gave $400,000 to the organization’s PAC, which works to elect pro-abortion candidates."
"Students protesters heckled and repeatedly shouted over former NFL star and conservative commentator Burgess Owens when he gave a speech at at Hobart and William Smith Colleges."
"Reports say she was abducted while grazing her horses in a meadow, taken to a prayer hall nearby, sedated for three days, tortured and brutally gang-raped. She was eventually strangled and hit on the head several times with a stone to ensure that she was dead."
"The U.K. has never had a serious problem with firearms-related crimes, but that’s not because it has strict gun laws. Further, disarming British citizens did not make the country safer—in fact, in some cases it made it much less safe. First, it’s important to note that comparisons of homicide rates between the United States and the United Kingdom are difficult because since 1967, the U.K.’s official definition of homicide for crime reports has been relatively unconcerned with the actual number of dead bodies."
"In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, the Catholic charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, Asso parish priest Father Alexander Yeyock stated: “The sad implication of [these attacks] is mass murder for Christians in the northern part of Nigeria, especially the north-east and middle-belt regions.” Stating that extremists in Nigeria were pushing for “an Islamic state and Shari‘a rule”, the priest told: “The attack has two dimensions. The first is to Islamise the Christian community. It is a jihadist crusade in a subtle manner."
"Germany’s Interior Ministry will cancel jihadists’ passports in the future. Radio Sputnik discussed this with Martin Sichert, a member of the German parliament and chairman of the AfD party in Bavaria. Sputnik: Some activists in other countries have branded the proposed measure of revoking jihadists' citizenship as undemocratic. What is your opinion on this?"
"President Donald Trump said he launched targeted missile strikes with France and the U.K. on Syria in retaliation for an apparent chemical attack by the regime of Bashar al-Assad on a rebel town. Trump said the missile strikes were focused on chemical weapons sites and he made clear that the U.S. is prepared to sustain the strikes until Syria stops using those weapons. “The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons,” he said in a televised address from the White House. “We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of its use of prohibited chemical agents.”
Commentary: We are at an extremely dangerous time in U.S. history. The possibility of a greater conflict with Russia remains. Our nation needs many prayers. Our hope must remain in our trust that Almighty God will protect our nation from the potential evil that this action may bring about. vtb
"A spokesman for Russia's defense ministry accused the UK of being involved in staging the attack. The US and France say they have proof it took place and, alongside the UK, are considering military retaliation. Russia, which has military forces deployed in Syria in support of the government, has warned that Western air strikes risk starting a war. During a press briefing on Friday, Mr Lavrov said he had "irrefutable evidence" that the attack was staged as part of a "Russophobic campaign" led by one country, which he did not name."
"Though there are plenty of questions regarding what comes next in Syria, there are few answers. The questions include: Will the U.S. bombing campaign against Syria continue? For how long? What does President Trump hope to accomplish with the attack he ordered? Will Russia shoot down – or at least attempt to shoot down – U.S. cruise missiles if there are new U.S. attacks into Syria? How would the U.S. respond if our missiles are downed by Russia?"
"A US destroyer warship poised to strike the Syrian government with Tomahawk missiles could be sunk by torpedoes, a Russian Navy admiral has warned."
"Vladimir Putin said he was filled with “concerns” after a tumultuous 24 hours which has seen RAF jets put on alert for a missile strike in Syria and US president Donald Trump issue a fiery threat to Russia. Now Russian president Vladimir Putin has spoken out at his disgust at how events have transpired. He said: “The state of world affairs invokes nothing but concerns, the situation in the world is becoming more chaotic,” Putin said on Wednesday during a ceremony to welcome new ambassadors to Russia. “Nevertheless, we still hope that common sense will eventually prevail and international relations will enter a constructive course, the entire world system will become more stable and predictable.”
"The Latin Mass - Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory - San Jose, CA. In 2013, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory was established at Five Wounds Portuguese National Church to serve as the center of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Latin Rite for the diocese of San Jose, CA and was entrusted to the priests of the Institute of Christ the King."
"Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the TRADITIONS which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle."
2 Thessalonians 2:14
"The pro-life organization Heartbeat International has announced that they are now able to help women rapidly access a method to reverse – without bad effects – an in-process chemical abortion. Imagine a woman who has taken the first of the drugs which will induce an abortion, a kind of “morning after” pill, RU-486. Then, before she takes the second drug, she has a change of heart. What to do?"
"Alfie’s parents refused to let their son be removed from life support, and court battles quickly began — but like Charlie Gard before him, Alfie has lost every fight. Now, it seems he has lost his final battle: a judge has ruled against Alfie one more time, and set a date for him to die."
"A Catholic priest who has been performing exorcisms for 10 years says that demand for exorcists is on the rise as more and more pastors become convinced that the devil is real and needs to be fought...The presence of the devil becomes apparent, the priest said, when a person does what is humanly impossible, such as performing feats of superhuman strength or suddenly speaking in Hebrew or Aramaic despite never having studied the languages. Other times their voice changes and they growl or speak in tongues, he said, while some reveal knowledge of “secret things,” such as what a person who is not present is doing or wearing. People who are possessed can be overwhelmed by feelings of discomfort when they are in places of worship, he said. In one particular case cited by the priest the devil spoke to him directly. The possessed person “said, ‘I am the prince of this world, I am Satan’, and the hairs on my arms went up. When you listen to a satanic growl, once you listen to the devil’s voice, you can recognize ”he said.
"While some believe that there is no need to “baptize a child that does not understand” the meaning of the sacrament, the Pope said doing so would deny the chance for “Christian virtues to grow within that child and blossom.”
"Some researchers theorize that we can benefit from interacting with this better, shinier self. “Yes, we filter and lie by omission on Facebook,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Catalina Toma. “But we tell the truth, too. A person can’t say they just got engaged if they didn’t just get engaged.” Toma’s research has found that when people spend five minutes viewing their own Facebook profile, their feelings of self-worth are boosted."
"Israel Folau is a rugby player on the New South Wales Waratahs team. Last week, controversy erupted when he answered a question on social media by saying that God’s plan for homosexuals was “HELL... Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.” Last year, he said that while he has “love and respect” for all people, he would not support the country’s referendum to recognize same-sex “marriage.”
"And while the desire to speed up checkouts by removing the largely useless signature is in theory a good thing — especially since signatures probably weren’t doing much to prevent fraud in the first place — it’s a shame that companies aren’t taking this chance to finally bring the US up to speed with the rest of the world and replace signatures with PINS."
"During his visit to Chile in January, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for the sexual abuse committed by some priests in Chile. “I feel bound to express my pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by some of the ministers of the Church,” he said. However, speaking to reporters, he pledged his support for Bishop Barros and said: “The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I will speak. There is not one piece of evidence against him. It is calumny.” He later apologized to the victims and admitted that his choice of words wounded many."
Commentary: Pope Francis prefers to be considered a "MAN OF THE PEOPLE" since he involves himself in the internal affairs of many countries. However, a far better way to live your life is to be considered a "MAN OF GOD" and in that area he is at times, lacking. vtb
"For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
"Referring to a recent investigation of abuse cover-up in Chile carried out by Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, Pope Francis said that after a “slow reading” of the report, “I can affirm that all the testimonies collected speak in a stark manner, without additives or sweeteners, of many crucified lives and I confess that this has caused me pain and shame.” Francis admitted to misjudging the severity of the affair, telling Chile's bishops that “I have made serious mistakes in the judgement and perception of the situation, especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information.”
Commentary: No pope should put himself in a situation that requires an apology. We know that "he is only human," but Supreme Pontiffs should always weigh their words very carefully and not speak "off the top of their heads." Of course, this requires prudence, patience, and a high degree of holiness. Sadly, these virtues are not always visible in Pope Francis. vtb
"Liberalism is a sin, Sarda concludes. “Liberalism strikes at the very foundations of faith. It is heresy radical and universal, because within it are comprehended all heresies …. It repudiates dogma altogether and substitutes opinion. If we were to examine in detail all the doctrines or dogmas which within the range of Liberalism have been denied, we would find every Christian dogma in one way or another rejected – from the dogma of the Incarnation to that of Infallibility.” Yet Liberalism exercises its own dogmatic and infallible authority when it asserts that all true knowledge is subject to the scrutiny of human reason, and knowledge not subject to that scrutiny is not even considered knowledge; it is merely the product of vain imaginings. All the ancient mysteries of religion are thus supposedly refuted. This, Sarda argues, is the unbridled arrogance of liberalism."
"Pope Saint John Paul II forewarned decades ago that priests, and indeed the Catholic Church herself, would pay a "high price" on account of remaining faithful to the Church’s perennial teaching on marriage and procreation. The late pontiff said as well it would be a “very serious mistake” to presume that Catholic teaching on marriage is but an “ideal” in need of modification."
"My point, in conclusion, is that while I certainly have benefited in some ways from reading Gaudete et Exsultate, the good qualities and substantive passages in documents and texts such as this are increasingly overshadowed, or even undermined, by the grave tensions and growing conflicts within the Church. Especially since, sadly, Pope Francis and his closest collaborators have not only failed to address those tensions and conflicts, they have played a significant role in exacerbating and deepening them. They do appear to be take pleasure in “taking aim” at Catholics they deem to be too dogmatic, rigid, and focused on liturgy. It is a shame that this has continued in this apostolic exhortation on holiness but it is not, I’m sorry to say, too much of a surprise."
Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Robert Gates famously wrote in his memoir that Joe Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Now that the former vice president is considering yet another presidential run, voters should always remember some of Amtrak Joe’s golden oldies, including: dismissing North Korea as a “paper tiger”, stating that the Taliban is not America’s enemy, and embracing China’s one-child policy. But, it would be hard to name another sitting vice president whose reckless nepotism impacted another country, as Biden did with Ukraine."
"...it is not in America’s interest to simply ignore Assad’s repeated chemical weapons use, or to empower his regime — at the expense of our regional allies. That would actually force America to expand its role in the Mideast at precisely the time it needs to reduce its physical presence there. Thus, a retaliatory — proportional — strike against Assad for his chemical weapons attack would be a justified use of American force (and would actually solidify America’s position in the region, without expanding our role there)."
"A former ambassador provides some advice for Vatican officials negotiating with China."
"As establishment neoconservatives, liberals, and globalists all demand deeper U.S. involvement in Syria's establishment-fueled civil war, much of President Donald Trump's base continues to advocate a total withdrawal of U.S. military forces from the region. Meanwhile, Trump said he is considering all options for how to deal with Syria after the reported chemical weapons attack. But first, the president suggested he wanted to know what happened in the highly suspicious attack, which came not long after Trump suggested that American troops in Syria would soon be coming home."
"Russia on Tuesday vetoed a U.S.-led resolution to establish a process for investigating the apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria, during the second consecutive day of debate on the incident at the United Nations Security Council. "Russia will not be able to support the American draft,” Vasily Nebenzia, Russian ambassador to the U.N., said Tuesday just before the vote."
"What are these sources of happiness and meaning? It turns out to be family, taking on responsibility and trying to cultivate yourself to become a better person and live up to your potential – which is a spiritual quest. The left, however, has taken the exact opposite route. It promoted unearned rights, hedonism and the dissolution of the family. Of course, it doesn’t work. Leftists are left hollow and unhappy from their empty pursuit of pleasure."
"The training area, located in the international waters of the Mediterranean, is adjacent to the sea border of Syria. It will be closed on 11-12, 17-19 and 25-26 April from 10 to 18 Moscow time. Currently, as part of the permanent operational connection of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, there are about 15 warships and vessels providing the Black Sea Fleet, including the carriers of the Caliber cruise missiles Frigates Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Essen, as well as submarines that repeatedly struck at the targets of terrorists in Syria."
"Communion for Protestants has split the German Church – and now it's the Vatican's problem."
"At a time when sound catechesis and evangelization could have impacted the largest generation of high school and college aged Catholics in the history of the US, misinformation, confusion and outright heresy prevailed in many classrooms and too many Catholic churches across the country."
"A county-run needle exchange program hosted in a Catholic hospital’s parking lot has stopped distributing condoms, following action from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. “This matter was addressed and favorably resolved last week, as soon as it came to the attention of the archdiocese,” Mike Schafer, director of the archdiocese’s communication and mission promotion department, told CNA April 9. “Condom distribution is no longer part of the Hamilton County Public Health Harm Reduction Program, run from their van parked in the Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital parking lot,” he said. “Archbishop Schnurr engaged with Mercy Health leadership on this issue, with the resulting decision being to disallow condom distribution on hospital property.”
Commentary: Unfortunately, many so-called "Catholic" hospitals are now run by those of other faiths. Even many Chaplins are no longer priests or deacons. Statues have also been removed to please those of other faiths and those who have no faith. Sadly, with the approval of many spiritually weak bishops, many once "Catholic hospitals" have lost their Catholic identity. vtb
"The structural changes which have been taking place within Catholic health care in recent years have increased the challenge of preserving and even strengthening the CATHOLIC IDENTITY of the institutions and the spiritual quality of the services given. The presence of dedicated women and men religious in hospitals and nursing homes has ensured in the past, and continues to ensure in the present, that spiritual dimension so characteristic of Catholic health care centers. The reduced number of religious and new forms of ownership and management SHOULD NOT LEAD TO A LOSS OF A SPIRITUAL ATMOSPHERE, or to a loss of a sense of vocation in caring for the sick. This is an area in which the Catholic laity, at all levels of health care, have an opportunity to manifest the depth of their faith and to play their own specific part in the Church’s mission of evangelization and service."
"After several months of consultations with hospital staff, Lambert’s physician Dr. Vincent Sanchez ruled Monday that continuing to feed and hydrate the patient constituted “unreasonable obstinacy” towards the disabled patient and ordered that he be euthanized within ten days, despite the fact that he breathes on his own and his internal organs function normally."
"The London-based Christian Legal Centre has announced that it is stepping in on behalf of 23-month-old Alfie Evans. On Wednesday, Christian Legal Centre standing counsel Paul Diamond will represent Alfie’s parents, Thomas Evans and Kate James, in a hearing before Justice Anthony Hayden of the High Court of England and Wales, Independent Catholic News reported. They are challenging Alder Hey Children's Hospital, which is seeking permission to remove Alfie’s life support on Thursday. Hayden previously sided with the hospital."
"Trump’s Executive Order on Economic Mobility focuses on ways to increase job opportunities for those in need by “strengthening current work requirements; empowering States, localities, tribal governments, and private-sector entities to serve individuals and families in need; and using taxpayer dollars for their intended purpose, which includes ensuring only eligible persons receive benefits.”
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"Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter." Isaias (Isaiah) 5:20
"Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the TRADITIONS which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle." 2 Thessalonians 2:14
"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 AVOID." 2 Timothy 3:1-5
MANKIND'S DARKEST OR FINEST HOUR?
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, (unwilling or unable to believe something) it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way (Hell)—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest (Church & political) authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil..."
---Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."
---Dwight D. Eisenhower - Soldier, General of the Army, U.S. President-Elect (1952 & 1956)
"It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unaware of the tragedy. Humanity in a crises is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because they have no standard outside of themselves by which to measure their times. If there is no fixed concept of justice, how shall men know it is violated?
Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world; the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen."
---Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
"The work of the devil will creep even into the Church in such a way that cardinals will be opposed to other cardinals, and bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me, will be despised and hindered by their brethren...the Church will be full of those who accept compromises."
---Our Lady of Akita
15 DRAMATIC EVENTS NEAR & AT THE END OF THE WORLD
“Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers… in the form of a religious deception which will be one of apostasy.”
― Catechism of the Catholic Church #675."
PROPHECY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time."
----Pope John Paul II
- "'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)."
"Padre Pio told Father Amorth: "Satan has been introduced into the bosom of the Church and he will within a very short time come to rule a false Church." Amorth says that Padre Pio was "really tormented" by one issue that is "the great apostasy within the Church."
Commentary: This does not mean that the current pope, (Pope Francis) is the Anti-Christ in disguise. It appears to be very likely that because Francis has opened the door to a vastly more confused, liberal Church where all kinds of divisions are taking place, he has set the stage for Satan's rule at some point in the future. vtb
"The work of the devil will creep even into the Church in such a way that cardinals will be opposed to other cardinals, and bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me, will be despised and hindered by their brethren...the Church will be full of those who accept compromises."
"There are many who hate me and my deeds, and who account my words as sorrow and vanity, but instead, with affection and love, embrace the whore monger: the devil."
"Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why THE GREATEST DESTROYER OF LOVE AND PEACE IS ABORTION." Mother Teresa
Commentary: When you give your approval to murder an unborn human being through an abortion (as those in the Democratic Party do), you are approving of using VIOLENCE to destroy a human life (Bill & Hillary Clinton were present at this prayer meeting and ignored what Mother Teresa said about abortion). Therefore, they, and the vast majority of Democrats are greatly contributing to the climate of violence we are experiencing in the United States.
"Augustine says in his Rule: ‘Show mercy not only to yourselves, but also to him who, being in the higher position among you, is therefore in greater danger.’ But fraternal correction is a work of mercy. Therefore even prelates ought to be corrected.” St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II, II, q. 33, a. 4, Sed Contra."
"WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF EXHORTATIONS
TO BE SILENT. CRY OUT WITH A HUNDRED THOUSAND TONGUES. I SEE THAT THE WORLD IS ROTTEN BECAUSE OF SILENCE." -
---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA -
"Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom … I call heaven and earth today to witness against you I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse"
(Dt 30:15, 20).
WHAT IS YOUR MISSION IN LIFE?
“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”
---John Henry Newman
A Must See Video!! - "We are living the Book of Revelation."
- "This the novel that Pope Francis recommends -- as a warning. A final attack occurs just as the last of the faithful, having taken vows to die in the name of faith, are singing the Tantum Ergo. The last words of the novel: 'Then the world passed, and the glory of it.'
"He 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 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."
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."
"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). (Wisdom 12:1-2,4-5,23-25,27)
"Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s most senior liturgical official, has accused some senior Catholic prelates from rich countries of trying to dilute Christian morality by changing teaching on abortion, euthanasia and “other problematic family situations."
"When did Sunday go from being the Day of the Lord to an hour for the Lord…maybe…unless…you know….there is something more interesting or important in my life?"
"We are now in a cold one — the Cold Civil War of 2018. Never before, not during the protests over Viet Nam, not during the race riots, even the hippie-music-drug rebellion of the Sixties, has the United States (“one nation, indivisible”) been so divided. On both sides of the cultural and political aisles, the attitude is no longer compromise, in the tradition of Adams, Jefferson, of the Founding Fathers, but battles over every aspect of modern life, with the taking of no prisoners."
"Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14
"Our Lady (said) that we are called to practice (these things) during this “final battle” against Satan. These are devotion to: Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, the Holy Rosary, the Brown Scapular. However it is of the greatest importance to note that the final apparition of Fatima also directs us towards the intercession of St Joseph, whom Our Lord intimately associated with Himself in his blessing of the world."
"Montfort explains that in the days leading to the Antichrist, a powerful group will emerge from among the clergy which, through their devotion to Mary, will be granted special powers to fight Satan..."
Commentary: Great article that renews your hope! vtb
Commentary: Notice that these insults and his immoral conduct were not brought to light or corrected by Francis. vtb
Commentary: Pope Francis again fails to tell the truth. The so-called "evil" is being done against Cardinal Burke, and not Cardinal Maradiaga as confirmed in the above related article. For a Pope to defend those who slander and attack people like Cardinal Burke in such a rude manner is disgraceful. vtb
"His modesty and humility have made him a popular figure around the world. But inside the church, his reforms have infuriated conservatives and sparked a revolt."
Commentary: While I admire much of what Pope Francis says about spiritual things and many of his writings and works involving compassion and mercy, I cannot give my approval to the divisions and confusion he is causing. Therefore, within some of the CONSERVATIVE NEWS ARTICLES on this website that I have brought to the attention of the public and those within the Church, I have included some of the scandal he has created, and continues to create, knowingly or unknowingly.
However, also following God's Holy Will, he continues to remain in my daily prayers, along with all the clergy and members of religious orders in the Church, so that it will again become One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Vincent T. Bemowski
"Fr. Thomas Weinandy, a prolific author and highly accomplished theologian and member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission sent a letter to Pope Francis on July 31, in which he expressed deep concerns about the present pontificate."
Commentary: This priest speaks the truth, but will he be listened to by the many spiritually lukewarm cardinals & bishops, or other priests? What Pope Francis has done, and continues to do, (as noted in Father Weinandy's letter) is gravely sinful and this must also be addressed by the clergy. vtb
"He basically gave God an ultimatum. “If you want me to write something, you have to give me a clear sign... There was no longer any doubt in my mind that Jesus wanted me to write something,” Weinandy said. “I also think it significant that it was an Archbishop that Jesus used. I considered it an apostolic mandate.”
Commentary: Yes Francis, that is true. The Left is always looking for "new ways" to slander people, change history and traditions, weaken or destroy the family, kill and murder the unborn, and tell lies to the general public. vtb
"Because the Pope does not want to answer we do not know. We seem to remember that a Jesuit near him said that the reason was that the questions were ideological. Sorry, but it sounds a bit weak. The task of authority is to clarify their thinking: and thus making it evident..."
Commentary: Pope Francis should be "corrected" by most of cardinals and bishops so a unified front may be in place. But we know that will never happen because Francis has a certain fearful presence that prevents them from acting. Therefore they remain cowards while the Church splits apart into an "to each his own" state. vtb
IMPORTANT TWO PART BOOKLET ON STATE OF CHURCH WRITTEN BY VINCENT T. BEMOWSKI & BLESSED BY CARDINAL STICKLER
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Commentary: A much needed clear definition of accepting Almighty God's Holy Will concerning how He has created us, and not following the desire of Satan to have us change our sexual identity and bring about an immoral state of existence that could cause us to lose our soul. vtb
Commentary: It may not all be true, but there is a significant amount of information and testimonies that provide ample evidence of the true character of Pope Francis. vtb
His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino. Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin -
"If one is called to be Catholic, one follows what the Church teaches; that is the correct understanding of conscience (as upheld also by Vatican II). And if one really cannot follow what the Church teaches, then one’s conscience requires that one leave the Church."
Commentary: Within the news stories and commentaries on this website you will find many reasons why the Church has fallen so low in true spirituality. We are being strongly called to prayer and participating at Holy Mass as often as possible to strengthen our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. We must go to Him. This is how we will receive His Peace, a Peace the world cannot give us. vtb
"According to legend, the line represents the blow with which St. Michael sent the devil to hell - In any case, it is surprising how well these sanctuaries are, in fact, aligned.
"This grace-filled place has been attracting visitors from all over the world."
Nancy Foytik, a retired grandmother, was diagnosed with a dangerous cancer when she visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin, the only Church recognized apparition in the United States. Foytik told Today (March 28) that the doctors expected her to die within two years. At the shrine, Foytik “felt” a voice saying that she would be all right. After the pilgrimage, a surgery was performed but found that the cancer had vanished. There is no medical explanation for this although spontaneous remissions of cancers are a known phenomenon.
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Commentary: As some of you are aware, there is much confusion as to what is actually the truth in regard to some of the views and statements by Pope Francis and others at the Vatican, so your prayers and discernment are required as you review them. vtb
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Commentary: Again, as with some individuals at the Vatican (especially Pope Francis), some bishops are not always teaching correct Church Doctrine. Therefore, your prayers and discernment are required. vtb
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"The Philippines could again be a tremendous source of American military enlistment. The country has over 100 million people, most of whom speak English, are often well educated, are very pro-American, and typically practice a conservative form of Catholicism or Protestantism. And they just adore President Trump."
"Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston tells a TV station in the city of Chico that officers are investigating at least five crime scenes in and around the school in Rancho Tehama Reserve, about 130 miles north of Sacramento."
Michael Savage: God is not dead, man is dead to God...New book invites skeptics into talk-radio host’s ‘spiritual odyssey.’"
Commentary: ONLY A FOOL WOULD DENY THE EXISTENCE OF ALMIGHTY GOD. THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN SOME SORT OF "BIG BANG" THEORY ARE AMONG THE MOST FOOLISH. vtb
"The permanent facility flying the U.S. flag will be independently operated by American troops on the IDF Air Defense School grounds in southern Israel’s Negev Desert near Beersheba. Its mission was described as defending against rocket and missile attacks."
"Well, it’s open enrollment season again, that festive time of year when we all realize just how much money we are throwing away on medical insurance that barely functions. Every year, I almost forget just how much damage Obamacare has done to the country, but every November the federal government makes sure to remind me."
"On no fewer than three separate occasions, then, the Obama administration expressly permitted Americans to hold policies that did not comply with Obamacare’s new regulatory regime—its prohibition on pre-existing condition restrictions, its essential health benefits requirements, and its myriad other new mandated subsidies. In perpetuating these non-compliant plans, the Obama administration’s actions parallel President Trump’s recent executive order, which among other proposals would expand access to short-term insurance policies."
"Archbishop Forte has in fact revealed a “behind the scenes” [moment] from the Synod: “If we speak explicitly about communion for the divorced and remarried,” said Archbishop Forte, reporting a joke of Pope Francis, “you do not know what a terrible mess we will make. So we won’t speak plainly, do it in a way that the premises are there, then I will draw out the conclusions.” [emphasis added]...
Cardinal Meisner was later to lose that trust however, which came to light when he, together with another three cardinals, issued five dubia concerning Amoris Laetitia. Moreover, as we all know rather well, under Pope Francis, the influence of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been progressively minimized, and the pope himself did not even pass on to Cardinal Gerhard Müller the full final version of Amoris Laetitia for the cardinal’s final review before its publication and papal promulgation. And Cardinal Müller has now been altogether removed from his former office. Does anyone have any doubts why we have lost so much trust in the papal promises and in his tendentious maneuvers?"
Commentary: Deceit should never be employed by a Vicar of Christ to promote a personal opinion, especially one that is contrary to a Doctrine of the Church, but that is exactly the method Pope Francis used. vtb
"When President Trump made his first overseas trip in May, I wondered how he would top it. After all, he started in Saudi Arabia — home of Mecca — made the first direct flight ever from Riyadh to Israel, and then went to the Vatican, attended a NATO meeting, and finally finished with a G8 Summit. He walked away with a commitment by NATO allies to spend more on their militaries — and the Saudis to give to a women’s fund $10 million, as well as work to defeat the Islamic State. How do you top that? Trump just did."
"Most surprising of all was that in one corner of the room, the archaeologists discovered a seat carved of stone with a hole in the center—what [they] believe to be a toilet. This latrine . . . was unquestionably a form of desecration of this shrine room—a practice described in the Hebrew Bible: “Then they demolished the pillar of Baal, and destroyed the temple of Baal, and made it a latrine to this day” (2 Kings 10:27).
"Josaphat Kuncewicz, contemporary with St. Francis de Sales and St. Vincent de Paul, might have been taken for a Greek monk of the eleventh century, or an ascetic of the Thebaid. A stranger to the intellectual culture of the West, he knew only the liturgical books and sacred texts used in his own church; as a priest, an archimandrite, a reformer of his order of St. Basil, and lastly as Archbishop, he combated all his life against the consequences of the schism of Photius, and closed the struggle by culling the palm of martyrdom. Yet all this took place in the heart of Europe, in the countries then subject to Catholic Poland, during the reign of the most pious of its kings. How is this mystery to be explained?"
"Home schooling seems like a radical idea—but only because we are conditioned to think of it that way. Why? Because most of us attended school. But after nine overhauls of our public education system in less than 30 years, according to Pew Research Center data, the U.S. has fallen in world standings for education, to 39th in math and 24th in reading. We are officially behind Estonia. … The schools aren’t getting the job done."
"God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made them. But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world, and they who are in his possession experience it. But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace."
"Yes, for these grave reasons, one year after rendering public the dubia, I again turn to the Holy Father and to the whole Church, emphasizing how urgent it is that, in exercising the ministry he has received from the Lord, the Pope should confirm his brothers in the faith with a clear expression of the teaching regarding both Christian morality and the meaning of the Church’s sacramental practice."
Commentary: I respect Cardinal Burke, but his delays have not helped his cause. He must do more than just speak on this matter. Has he forgotten that "actions speak louder than words?" vtb
"Depression is “very common” among Irish priests according to a summary presented at a meeting of the Modernist Association of Catholic Priests in Athlone, Ireland. Concerns were also expressed about the number of priests committing suicide. The Irish Church has gone very liberal."
Commentary: This is one of the consequences of following Satan, rather than the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. vtb
"Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them."
"The national schools adjudicator has ruled that the terms could be discriminatory."
Commentary: Why are the rights of the majority being taken away to suit the so-called rights of the minority in Catholic schools and other places throughout society? Is this democracy? vtb
"China will be increasing its sanctions against North Korea, President Donald Trump tweeted on Monday. “President Xi of China has stated that he is upping the sanctions against North Korea. Said he wants them to denuclearize. Progress is being made.” ---President Trump
"Amid all the worries of these days, it’s good to remember that there are also signs and figures of hope. The two young priests writing today – like many others of their generation – are not at all confused or ambiguous about what the Church teaches. And they’re not reticent about expressing it, even in difficult cases such as end-of-life decisions."
"The oil represents the Holy Spirit, as oil was used to anointed spiritual leaders in the Bible, and afterward the Holy Spirit came upon them (1 Samuel 16:13). Are our churches alive — anointed, protected — enough? We think also of sacramental oil: are we using it not only at times when we are ill, but also as a protection in our homes, forming the Sign of the Cross with it on our foreheads and in rooms in our home that may be susceptible to infiltration by the enemy? Do we not now see how just as Christ had to wage warfare — cast out spirits— before healing, oil should be used by us both in healing and casting spirits out? In oil is a hidden protection."
"The annulment process showed itself to be an actual, pastoral gift of real healing and self-discovery."
"The U.S. Army's top enlisted man is close to unveiling the final version of the World War II-era Pinks and Greens uniform that could be approved for all soldiers next year. Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley began considering the possibility of bringing back the iconic two-tone uniform of the "greatest generation" for soldiers to wear as an everyday office uniform earlier this year."
"From the perspective of a journalist, the world is experiencing a revolution in the Catholic Church. The secular media have been speaking about a monumental change in Catholic teaching on morality, particularly sexual morality already for nearly four years. Already in 2013 countless headlines spoke of the Pope’s admonition to not to speak of “abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods” all the time. The new ‘who am I to judge’ attitude regarding homosexuality was bolstered by the images of embracing homosexual and transgender couples."
"In the Catholic Church today, we hear little of any crisis in the Church, much less heresy. As Cardinal Robert Sarah writes, “while the bark of the Church furrows the stormy sea of this decadent world and the waves crash down on the ship . . . a growing number of Church leaders and faithful shout, ‘Tout va tres bien, Madame la Marquise! Everything is just fine, Milady!” But everything is not fine."
"Crime is a major problem in many black neighborhoods. In 2016, there were close to 8,000 blacks murdered, mostly by other blacks. In that year, 233 blacks were killed by police. Which deaths receive the most attention from politicians, civil rights groups and white liberals and bring out marches, demonstrations and political pontification? It's the blacks killed by police. There's little protest against the horrible and dangerous conditions under which many poor and law-abiding black people must live. Political hustlers blame their condition on poverty and racism — ignoring the fact that poverty and racism were much greater yesteryear, when there was not nearly the same amount of chaos. Also ignored is the fact that the dangerous living conditions worsened under a black president's administration."
"According to St. Ignatius of Loyola."
"He (Satan) makes things that are contrary to God seem good and harmless. “The devil’s greatest trick is making us think that he doesn’t exist.” These aren’t the words of a theologian, or even those of a saint: they were written by the French poet Charles Baudelaire. Satan’s silent but active presence is like an undetected cancer that, in a devious and unperceived way, corrupts a body and takes up residence in as many of its organs as possible through a lethal metastasis. Fr. Paolo Morocutti knows this all too well. He is an exorcist of the Diocese of Palestrina, one of Rome’s suburbicarian dioceses [six of Rome’s suffragan dioceses, with bishops who are cardinals and a special historical status – translator’s note]. He is also a member of the AIE (International Association of Exorcists, abbreviated from its name in Italian), and the teacher of various courses for exorcists."
"Marco Tosatti has denounced “a climate of fear and persecution against those who disagree” in the Vatican and the Church. During his over 35 years as a Vatican journalist Tosatti “never experienced this before.” He pinpoints that this situation endures because of the “cowardice and servility” of those persecuted who, albeit the would have the task of denouncing it, do not do so and hence become accomplices."
COMMENTARY: NO POPE SHOULD PROMOTE A "CLIMATE OF FEAR." SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG WITH POPE FRANCIS' METHOD OF LEADING THE CHURCH. vtb
"Monsignor Antonio Livi, an academic and former Opus-Dei priest, has denounced a persecution against him and all those who do not align with the "dictatorship of relativism" which governs the present Church. Livi was recently disinvited to give a talk in Modena, Italy, by the local Modernist bishop. According to Livi Pope Francis is “not a heretic," but he has surrounded himself “with very bad collaborators who are clearly heretics.”
"Rob Jones braved the cold weather on Veterans Day to complete his mission: running 31 marathons in 31 days. After losing his legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010, Jones has shown endurance that few can rival. “I’m pretty sore, but overall I am feeling pretty good...”
"Company 42%-owned by the Chinese government sold devices that monitor U.S. Army base, Memphis streets, sparking concerns about cyber security."
"I’m very honored to be representing our country, and I will say that, when you speak of honors, one of my great honors is to present the people standing right behind me — great, great warriors and veterans of the Vietnam War. Our veterans are a national treasure, and I thank them all for their service, sacrifice, and patriotism. To each of you with me today, you are the heroes who fulfill your duty to our nation. And each of you, under the most difficult conditions, did what you had to do, and you did it well."
COMMENTARY: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A TRUE PATRIOT CAN MAKE TO VETERANS AND OTHERS WHO CURRENTLY SERVE IN OUR MILITARY! UNLIKE OBAMA, WHOM THEY TOLERATED, THEY LOVE TRUMP BECAUSE THEY KNOW HE LOVES THEM! vtb
"Each night, when the visitors have gone, there comes a silence upon the stone and the wood. It is a strange silence. One that reflects the greatest moment in history, perhaps the most silent as it is that of the Annunciation; for it is claimed that the house at Loreto is no replica, but none other than the house in which the Holy Family dwelt, the Holy House."
"Our culture is undergoing a hostile takeover. American society used to be governed by Judeo-Christian do-unto-others morals. But we have drifted (been pushed, really) into a hedonistic YOLO (You Only Live Once) cultural morass. The upshot of this is a distinct lack of respect for human life in general, as well as a pervasive, insidious obsession with self."
"At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons. No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself. They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly, and this with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom..."
"Progressives style themselves the ones who regard human progress as a moral task. They intervene to force society into the direction they see as the only correct one. Magic words are: emancipation, integration and inclusion. They see themselves as the avant garde of global openness and tolerance. These same progressive comrades have become entangled lately in contradictions that give rise even among their leftist friends to doubts about the progressiveness of their positions. Is it not astonishing when logical secularists like them demand tolerance for an Islam that does not distinguish between religion and state?"
"While most of the bipartisan crowd honored Owens’ sacrifice with a long standing ovation, many members of the Democratic Party refused to applaud or stand."
"Remember when Democrats endlessly decried that Hillary Clinton didn’t rig the Democratic National Committee to become the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election? Former interim party chairwoman Donna Brazile released an excerpt of her upcoming book...where she admits Clinton’s campaign rigged the DNC to exclude other candidates. When I was asked to run the Democratic Party...I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign,” she said.
"While servile fear “may co-exist with filial fear,” — and indeed, St. Thomas argues that “servile fear is from the Holy Ghost” — it is to be remembered that “purely servile fear, with no love of God but only self-love that fears the divine punishments, is at least in theory, inconsistent with the true love of God.” In practical terms, servile fear is that fear which is primarily motivated by self-love. It seeks to avoid the loss of some good or goods, position, or status, or even the loss of Heaven out of the love of self — not the love of God."
"Saint Joseph was quoted as telling one of the two seers, Edson Glauber:
“My dear son, Our Lord God has sent me to tell you about all the graces the faithful will receive from my Most Chaste Heart which Jesus and my blessed spouse wish to be honored. I am Saint Joseph and my name means ‘God will grow,’ because I grew every day in Grace and Divine virtues.
“Through devotion to my Chaste Heart many souls will be saved from the hands of the devil,” he supposedly said.“God Our Lord has allowed for me to reveal to you the promises of my heart. Just as I am fair and righteous in the sight of God, all who have devotion to my heart will also be chaste, righteous, and holy in His sight. “I will fill you with these graces and virtues, making you grow every day on the road to holiness."
"The Catholic Church offers a partial indulgence for visiting a cemetery throughout the year, but from November 1 through November 8, the indulgence is offered as a plenary indulgence for a poor soul suffering in purgatory. You can help release a soul from Purgatory into Heaven every day through the first week of November! Here’s some information about what an indulgence is, and how you can help the poor souls in Purgatory this year."
"The Washington shooting of Steve Scalise and other Republican lawmakers back in June; the attack on Sen. Rand Paul last week; and now the massacre in Southerland Springs, Texas – all of them appear to have been carried out by persons motivated at least in part by leftist ideology. The baseball field shooter, James Hodgkinson, was a left-wing activist who hatred President Trump and targeted Republicans. The attack on Rand Paul was reportedly carried out by a neighbor who held extremely liberal views and may have attacked Paul because of political differences. Now there is the Texas shooter, who has been variously reported to have been a leftist and a radical atheist. There is certainly proof that Devin Kelley posted strongly worded comments on atheism. There is proof that he endorsed numerous liberal causes."
Commentary: It is not surprising that those on the Left would approve of violent means to achieve their goals. We saw it in the so-called "race" riots, but above all, we see it in the murdering of unborn human beings through deliberate abortions. vtb
"This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell."
“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation,” Wells wrote in a letter to the team. “I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it.”
"Bauman observed that the general trait of individualistic modern man is to flow through his own life like a tourist, changing places, jobs, spouses, values and even sexual orientation and gender. Bauman said the modern tendency is to exclude oneself from traditional networks of support, while at the same time freeing oneself from the restrictions or requirements those networks impose. This trend towards such unbridled individualism has created societies in which “everything is unstable and changeable,” Messori noted, and referred to the “rapid change” not only in sexual behavior but also in politics where legislators have given up on long term governance. Quoting Bauman, he said it is becoming acceptable that “change” is the “only permanent thing” and that “uncertainty” has become the “only certainty.”
"Because Robert C. Morlino, the Catholic bishop of the Madison Diocese, adheres to Church teaching and opposes funeral rites for homosexuals that would cause "scandal and confusion," Gays and pro-sodomy advocates have launched a petition that calls on Pope Francis to remove Bishop Morlino from his position. Simply, the LGBT activists do not want a Catholic bishop to actually believe in and follow Catholic teaching. They are in effect demanding that he celebrate sexual depravity."
Commentary: Will Francis consent to their ridiculous demands based on their evil intentions? We will have to wait and see. vtb
"Cardinal Gerhard Müller criticized Pope Francis for transferring the responsibility for liturgical translations to the bishops, “In case of doubt, the final authority cannot be with the bishops’ conferences. This would destroy the unity of the Church's faith, commitment and prayer.” Talking to the Passauer Neue Presse (November 9) Müller said that he has often seen the bishops' translators “watering down biblical or liturgical texts under the pretext of a better comprehensibility."
"Many saints have claimed to have had supernatural visions of hell. Of course, all private revelations of the saints are non-authoritative, so you shouldn’t look to these for your theology. Rather, the saints’ visions of hell should remind us of what our faith already teaches: that hell is a real and terrible place, and people can really go there."
"The 1.00 euro postage stamp issued by the Holy See’s Philatelic Office depicts in the foreground Jesus Crucified, and in the background “a golden and timeless view of the city of Wittenberg,” the Vatican’s description read."
"Eight people were killed in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, October 31 when a man drove a rented Home Depot van down a bicycle path. 15 people in total were injured. The alleged attacker is a 29-year-old Uzbek national who came to the U.S. in 2010 and currently lives in Tampa, Florida. According to authorities, the suspect exited his vehicle with two firearms in his hands -- they turned out to be paintball and pellet guns. The suspect was shot in the abdomen and taken into custody. New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio has called the incident a terrorist attack but authorities don't believe it's part of a larger plot and New York City's Halloween parade was given the go-ahead to proceed although there will be a heightened police presence throughout the city."
"The Department of Justice charged Vicente Adolfo Solano last week with attempting to use an explosive device at a Miami mall. Solano had pledged his allegiance to ISIS. This case represents the 99th Islamist terrorism plot or attack against the U.S. homeland since 9/11."
Commentary: And Pope Francis and his liberal friends want us to accept more immigrants into our country! vtb
"Cardinal Nichols replied: “The gift of infallibility is something that Christ gives to the Church which is expressed through the Pope. Now, that means that we will never, as it were, drift so far from the core revelation of God in Jesus as to get in a total mess. It does not protect us from every error of judgment, particularly in a conflictual situation.” In 1997, the Vatican’s then doctrinal chief Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said that it was not quite true that “the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope”; rather, “Probably the only assurance He offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined.”
"Despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union (EU), the Polish government has decided to not allow any more Muslim migrants into its country to help reduce the risk of radical Islamic terrorism. “We, Poland, are learning from the mistakes of others … and we will not open our doors to Islamic migrants,” said Ryszard Czarnecki, the Polish European Parliament deputy, in early June after the terrorist attack in Manchester, England on May 22."
"After North Korea’s Sept. 3 underground nuclear test, which registered 6.3 magnitude earthquake, tremors continued to shake the area for weeks, leading some geologists to conclude that the region had become unstable."
"Until recently, I had never heard the name “Nabeel Qureshi.” But by chance (providence), I came upon a reference to him. Sadly, it was a notice of his death at the young age of thirty four. In the death notice, I discovered that he was the author of several books. The title of one in particular struck me: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity."
"The suspect in Tuesday’s terror attack in New York City that left eight dead and 11 injured reportedly boasted about the incident to police from the hospital. Sayfullo Saipov, the alleged attacker, made “no bones” about the attack, according to CBS News, and told police he was pleased with carrying it out."
“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” Trump tweeted. “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).”
"I will say at once: for us, Orthodox, this date is not an occasion to rejoice and triumph just as we would not have dreamed of celebrating the anniversary of the "great schism" of 1054. Then the world Christianity was divided into two parts - the eastern and the western. In 1517, another split occurred - now inside the Western Church, when a significant group of believers, led by Martin Luther, separated from her. Every schism inflicts damage on Christian unity, and every reformation, if it divides believers into warring camps, is contrary to the spirit of Christ's teaching. For many countries in Europe, the consequences of the Reformation were very deplorable: these were numerous human sacrifices, and desecrated shrines, and broken stained-glass windows, and overthrown statues of saints."
Commentary: The Russian Orthodox Church is exercising more spiritual
leadership and wisdom than the Roman Catholic Church under Pope Francis in regard to Luther. vtb
"A black man in Queens, New York threw an unknown "burning" substance into the face of a 13-year-old white girl as he yelled, "This is for you, white b****!" The racially charged attack is now being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force."
"For nearly half a century Ireland has stood almost alone in western Europe in defense of the right to life of every unborn human being. Yet Ireland is now on the brink of repealing her pro-life constitutional amendment and opening the way to the killing of her unborn children. If she takes this step the reverberations will be felt across the world. How has Ireland, a nation which so long prided herself on fidelity to the Catholic faith and love of children and the family, reached this point?"
Commentary: Ireland is not alone, moral corruption has infected all the nations of the world and is increasing in intensity. vtb
"A friend in England alerted me to this video of a speech given in Rome last May by His Eminence Raymond Leo Card. Burke. The Cardinal speaks, inter alia, of diabolical forces that have entered the Church in our time. Contrast Card. Burke’s talk with the way some other bishops talk today."
"In a pastoral letter, Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence RI said that legislation signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee is a “new challenge of the post-Christian era into which, clearly, we have now entered.” A former U.S. senator representing the Republican party, Chafee is now a liberal independent. Chafee signed a bill making so-called gay marriage legal in Rhode Island on May 2. It was on that same day that Bishop Tobin issue his missive (message) to Catholics of his diocese. Bishop Tobin leads 680,000 in 143 parishes"
"Churches are in danger of falling into disrepair, Historic England has warned, as diminishing congregations mean they are increasingly being added to the "at-risk" register. The "heritage at risk" list, which was released earlier this week, added 130 new churches, while 115 were removed. 6.3 per cent of listed places of worship are on the Register.
A British man who moved from his native Pakistan in search of religious freedom is now warning that intolerance of Christians is on the rise in the United Kingdom. The recent comments came after 46-year-old Tajamal Amar was reportedly assaulted by a group of Muslims who had allegedly been targeting him for Christian symbols in and on his vehicle."
"And where the soul shall first go, there she shall remain forever. 'If the tree fall to the south or to the north, in what place soever it shall fall there shall it lie.' (Eccl. xi. 3.) On what side does a tree fall when it is cut down? It falls on the side to which it inclines. On what side, brethren, will you fall, when death shall cut down the tree of your life? You will fall on the side to which you incline. If you shall be found inclining to the south that is, in favor with God you shall be forever happy; but if you will fall to the north, you must be forever miserable. There is no middle place: you must be forever happy in Heaven, or overwhelmed with despair in Hell. We must all die, says St. Bernard or some other author (de Quat. Noviss.), but we know not which of the two eternities shall be our lot after death.”
"Earlier the same day, Cruz, a Catholic mortician, tried to comfort an acquaintance who was devastated to find out what would happen to a friend who died and whose family was unwilling to give him a proper burial.
“While driving home and thinking about that day, I realized that my friend’s pet dog had more of a dignified burial than the unclaimed bodies I buried for the government. It troubled me, thinking of how I whispered prayers while burying these poorest of the poor as the government machines unceremoniously dumped dirt on their unmarked graves...”
"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely GOP Voters believe the Republican Party should be more like the president. Just 33% feel the party should be more like Senate Republicans instead. This stands in stark contrast to the prevailing wisdom among MSM pundits and critics of Trump which says that the decisions of Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake not to run again were proof of GOP disunity. Flake even called on fellow Republicans in Congress to call out Trump in the future. The fact that none have may have something to do with the views of GOP voters. More American voters say their views align with the Republicans than with Democrats and of those siding with the Republicans, more identify with Trump than Congress."
"President Donald Trump was not born in the conservative movement, but he is doing conservative things, says Lee Edwards, a fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Constitutional Government.”
Andrea Williams, the chief executive, said: “The court has ruled that though Mr Ngole is entitled to hold his Biblical views on sexual ethics, he is not entitled to express them." This ruling will have a chilling effect on Christian students up and down the country who will now understand that their personal social media posts may be investigated for political correctness.”
Commentary: Are we returning to practices in Nazi Germany? vtb
"Menninger is part of a small but vocal group of theorists who hold that after Lee Harvey Oswald rattled off multiple shots at the motorcade carrying Kennedy past the Texas School Book Depository, a Secret Service agent riding in a car immediately behind the presidential limousine grabbed his Colt AR-15 high-velocity rifle to return fire. But when his car stopped suddenly, the theory holds, Agent George Hickey lost his balance and accidentally discharged his weapon, sending a .223-caliber round rocketing into Kennedy's head — the wound that later killed the 35th president. "It was entirely accidental," Menninger said. "Unfortunately, fate intervened as this agent was attempting to do his job."
Commentary: Appears to be very logical and make sense as the research indicated TWO different type of bullets entered Kennedy's body, but perhaps more research is still needed. vtb
"Halloween in the United States may be all about candy and scary costumes, but for Italians the dead are no joke. Crux traces back to an ancient curse, buried beneath the walls and ruins of the Vatican in the crypt of St. Peter's, where a series of unexpected deaths spooked popes and the entire city of Rome for centuries."
Father Marius Roque, exorcist for the Archdiocese of San Fernando, said he had performed exorcism rites involving two young people who had donned spooky clothing. “One was the case of a teenage girl who wore a black lady costume for a Halloween party. After a few weeks, it became obvious she was possessed by evil spirits,” he said.
"According to Bishop Rifan, it is time for the laity to act, “Do not wait for the shepherds. The sheep have the right to defend themselves against the wolves which attack them.” Rifan adds, “Speak out, protest, write, alert your children and your friends.” And, “It is necessary that the world hears the voice of the good and knows that there are still good families and good and courageous people who do not agree with the imposition of these ideologies.”
"On June 14, 2009, Asia Bibi was thrown into jail. A year later she was sentenced to death for blasphemy, and since 2013, after two transfers, she has been languishing in one of the three windowless cells on death row in the southern province of Multan in the Punjab Penitentiary. A year after the Supreme Court of Pakistan postponed her appeal amid death threats by 150 muftis (Muslim legal experts) against anyone who would assist “blasphemers,” the case has not progressed by one iota. On August 30, Asia Bibi had spent 3,000 days in prison. This is the prayer she composed last year on the occasion of the Easter celebrations, and which accompanies her in her detention..."
"In a lengthy interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine, Cardinal Brandmüller, former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, said that the Council of Trent had proclaimed the indissolubility of marriage as a dogma. This means, the cardinal said, that entering a new union after a civil divorce, or continuing a sexual relationship in this new union, is a grave sin."
"You don’t have to subscribe to Young Man Luther-style armchair Freudianism to conclude that Luther was a mess. He was arrogant, self-absorbed, self-dramatizing – and thought the world revolved around him personally because he was smarter than and spiritually superior to everyone else."
More than 3,500 people have signed an online petition calling on Pope Francis to remove Bishop Robert Morlino as head of the Diocese of Madison, saying his views on gay and lesbian Catholics are "nothing short of inhumane." The petition on the website change.org was posted late last week in response to a memo sent by Morlino's vicar general to local priests informing them that they may deny Catholic funerals to LGBT people "to avoid public scandal of the faithful."
Did you ever wonder about the way certain trends imbue and move through specific ethnicities — and nations? Those trends can be the influence of spirits, and often not-so-nice ones. Call them, this Halloween season, “ghouls” or kobolds or what they are: demons. Nowhere exhibits this in sharper relief than the Caribbean nation of Haiti. Here, an estimated fifty percent of the population practices voodoo (alongside Christianity). Call this psychomancy. As the Catholic author Roberts Liardon says in Haunted Houses, Ghosts, and Demons, “There are places that have been dedicated to Satan. I know of an entire country that was dedicated to Satan — the tiny island nation of Haiti."
"A frail old man lay on his deathbed. In a chair beside his bed, a priest sat with him and wiped away the tears that flowed quietly from the dying man’s eyes. The old man asked the priest to hear his confession. After receiving the sacrament, he said to the priest, “My son, if the Lord calls me tonight, ask all my brothers to forgive me for the trouble I’ve caused them. Ask them also to pray for my soul.” From these words, one might think the old man had many regrets and much to repent. Just a few days earlier, however, the whole town had held a huge celebration to honor him. The year was 1968, and the occasion was the fiftieth anniversary of the day he had received the stigmata. The old man was Padre Pio."
"Georgetown’s website proclaims it is “the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institute of higher learning in the United States” and is “deeply rooted in the Catholic faith.” One campus group is learning, however, Georgetown’s roots might not be deep enough."
Commentary: Georgetown is another university, because of our spiritually weak bishops, that lost its Catholic identity decades ago. It has become just another group of buildings without any real Catholic credentials. vtb
In that regard, the priest added that the devil also seeks to attack the family through ideologies and lifestyles, as well as individualistic thinking and the spread of divorce. “They think ‘if I don’t like my husband anymore, I would be better off divorcing’ but they forget about the consequences to the children and society,” he said. “This mentality that works against the family pleases the devil - he knows that a man who is alone without any points of reference is manipulable and unstable."
“The Roman Ritual used to explain how one should confront it. The New Ritual, on the other hand, categorically declared that it is absolutely forbidden to perform exorcisms in such cases. Absurd. Evil spells are by far the most frequent causes of possessions and evil procured through the demon: at least ninety percent of cases. It is as good as telling exorcists they can no longer perform exorcisms.”
"Spain remains on a knife-edge as tensions between both sides continue to grow, with brawls already having broken out in Barcelona last night."
"Why did Pope Pius XI, when he established the Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ with his encyclical Quas Primas un 1925, not choose for it the last Sunday of the liturgical year (as Paul VI did later for his new mass), but rather the Last Sunday in October? The short answer is simple: Christ the King is the Anti-Luther. The Lord is not the king of this or that German princedom, changing doctrines according to the whim of the moment. He's the King of the Universe, unchanging and unchangeable. As a counter-feast of the "Reformation Sunday" Protestants celebrate on the last Sunday in October, Pius XI proposed Our Lord, King."
"Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday that indictments made by a special counsel have nothing to do with the White House."
"President Trump responded to reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is about to indict people in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by pointing the finger at Democrats."
"The lobbying work predated Manafort’s work for the Trump campaign, which he joined in March 2016.The indictment does not contain any accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia."
President Trump Tweeted that Mr. Manafort’s legal issues stem from activities that happened long before he consulted for the Trump campaign....TRUMP: "Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren't Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus????"
"AFTER “TRUMP-RUSSIA” EXPOSED AS DNC HOAX, MEDIA SEEKS TO CONFLATE COLLUSION WITH OUTREACH."
Commentary: It is not correct to say "MAY." The so-called "Big Bang theory is one of the most stupid assumptions ever made by any scientist. There is absolutely no proof what-so-ever to back up this ridiculous assumption. vtb
"Through its series “Con Francisco a mi lado” ("With Francis At My Side") it promotes gender ideology. Dealing with "diversity" the series includes homosexual couples with children as one form of "family". Under the header "self esteem" it promotes the free choice "sexual identity." In July 2016, returning from Azerbaijan, Francis called gender an "ideological colonisation" and a "malignity."
"...world-renowned genital reconstructive surgeon Miroslav Djordjevic said that his clinics are experiencing an increase in “reversal” surgeries for those who want their genitalia back. These people express crippling levels of depression and, in some instances, suicidal thoughts."
"In Heroes & Heretics,Mr. Campbell employs a dramatic approach to the story, focusing on the lives of several-dozen figures who embraced either the reform/revolt of Luther or what became the Catholic Counter-Reformation. One senses how disorienting the sixteenth century must have been for Protestants and Catholics alike, although for the latter it was certainly more dangerous. Consider: from 1525 to 1528 England was officially Catholic, Protestant, Catholic again, and then Protestant again. And it says a lot that, to this day, Catholics are barred from England’s throne."
"It’s one thing to conduct opposition research on a candidate but it’s quite another to manufacture false information and then direct foreign operatives to leverage existing intelligence and diplomatic channels to funnel the information into the United States as credible."
"It’s been 54 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, championing—and hoping for—a day when all people would be judged according to their character rather than their race. Sadly, since King’s demise, self-appointed “black leaders” have devoted themselves to the big business of making certain King’s dream never comes true. And in virtually every every case, these demagogic fear mongers have done so in the name of King and as agents of the Democratic Party."
"Nearly 2,900 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy were released Thursday. As we read through the National Archive trove, we annotated some of the most fascinating ones we've come across."
"According to The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL), elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will simulate a “communications interoperability” training exercise across the United States on November 04-06. The announcement released on October 24 has not been widely distributed to the media, because the drill is simulating a total grid collapse and could spark public fear."
"He added that regardless of what the North might try, it is over matched by the firepower and cohesiveness of the decades-old U.S.-South Korean alliance."
Commentary: Google executives are basically made of of Democrats and they rarely, if ever, criticize those who share their own warped beliefs. vtb
"Rebecca Bredow, 40, must convince Oakland County Circuit Judge Karen McDonald that avoiding future shots is "in the best interests of the child," her lawyer, Clarence Dass, said. Bredow opposes vaccines while the boy's father, Bredow's ex-husband James Horne, wants the boy vaccinated. "We plan on bringing in an expert," Dass said, adding that he had not confirmed yet who it will be."
"When Pope John Paul II kissed the Quran in May 1999 Father Samir said that this "was a shock for many Christians in the Middle East. They thought it meant that the Quran is divine, which is of course not what he meant at all."
"While many watchers of the economy are troubled by the many credit bubbles we have going on right now, the U.S. economy seems to be picking up its pace of growth under the Trump administration. And we’ve only just begun."
"In my previous article, I originally defined atheism as “the rejection of the possibility that ‘God’ exists” because that is how I’ve understood the word from the time I spent studying theodicy (God and the problem of evil). But many “atheist” commentators disagreed with this definition because their self-designation was based on belief statements that didn’t align with my knowledge statement. This article explains the differences between the viewpoints and the logic behind them."
"When I was in the seminary in the early 1960's, we were indoctrinated in the notion that the harsh discipline of the Church over the centuries would be a thing of the past following Vatican II. Supposedly, none of this harshness had ever really worked to safeguard the teaching of the Church, so a new softer approach was needed. A half-century later, the results are in – and it’s indisputable that the softer approach didn’t work. In addition to the exodus of priests, nuns, and religious, there’s been a massive loss of knowledge among ordinary lay people about what the Church teaches. And no wonder, since there’s been little effort to make Church teachings clear in the flight from the bad old days of “harsh discipline.”
"Almost since the election of Donald Trump as President, the Mainstream Media (MSM) has subjected this country to an almost non-stop deluge of claims that the Trump campaign, if not Trump himself, somehow colluded with Vladimir Putin to influence the election on his behalf. In the past week we have learned just what a total fraud this was and who was responsible for it. However, it seems to the author that in defending Donald Trump from what we now know were false, made up claims, that a certain question should have been raised right from the start. If Mr. Putin had wanted to influence the 2016 American presidential election, which of the two candidates would it have been to his best interest to attempt to help?"
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 52,898 people in the U.S. died from drug overdose in 2015. In comparison, the Gun Violence Archive estimates that 13,502 Americans died from gunfire other than suicides, and the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety estimates another 35,092 Americans died from motor vehicle accidents in 2015. These figures add up to 48,594 total deaths. This means 4,304 more Americans died in 2015 from drug overdose than from gun homicides and motor vehicle accidents combined."
"The U.S. House of Representatives kick-started President Trump’s ambitious $1.5 trillion tax cut plan yesterday as it approved the proposed budgetary blueprint for the federal fiscal year that began almost four weeks ago."
"Thousands of previously classified files relating to the assassination of the US President were released on Thursday shedding new details on the case, although Donald Trump bowed to pressure from the CIA and FBI by blocking the release of hundreds of more sensitive records."
"Washing fruits and vegetables is not enough to avoid ingesting pesticides. Americans and people all over the world are eating pesticide residue every day, as has been shown by the presence of pesticides in blood and urine samples taken from broad populations. The health effects could include a greater risk of cancer, reproductive problems, and impaired mental development in children."
"The Reformation was not a reform but a revolution, according to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ousted by Pope Francis in July. Writing for La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana Müller explains that the Reformation totally altered the foundations of the Catholic Faith."
"Many people become obsessed with pornography, sex, or sexual perversion," writes Roberts Liardon in Haunted Houses, Ghosts, and Demons. "Some become obsessed with the occult or New Age teachings. Young people may become obsessed with certain types of music. It's possible to be obsessed with money. Whatever you can think of, it's possible for someone to be obsessed with it." Very frequently, it's an obsession to do with other people relationships, slights. And while on the surface obsession seems simply a niggling psychological glitch, it can draw darkness and this is where spirits like to reside: in the dark. Fear can energize the negative. What we obsess about we sometimes get. Demonic spirits can enter this way and take up residence in a home, a neighborhood, over a community, and even over a nation. They also can hold sway over religious groups and organizations. All it takes is: obsession."
"Every nation has a right to distinguish between refugees and economic migrants who don’t share a nation’s culture or religion, Cardinal Robert Sarah said on Sunday in Warsaw, Poland. The cardinal criticized that “some people want to impose” the logic of migrant redistribution." This is the case of the EU/Germany versus Poland. One of those people calling for uncontrolled mass immigration is Pope Francis.
Commentary: The Holy Father does not allow uncontrolled immigration into Vatican property, therefore he should not be promoting it in other areas of the world. vtb
"Have you noticed? In recent public comments, the lawmakers investigating the Trump-Russia affair, along with some of the commentators who dissect its every development, seem to be focusing more on the facts of Russia's attempts to interfere with the 2016 election and less on allegations that Donald Trump or his associates colluded with those efforts."
Commentary: The reason is simple. There never was any "Trump-Russia affair." It was dreamed up by do-nothing Democrats to cover up their inability to come up with any programs to improve the living standards of Americans. Now they have switched tactics and are attacking Trump from another angle as concerns Russia. However, this too will no doubt end with no real proof, only more "allegations." vtb
Pope Francis issued on October 22 an open letter to Cardinal Robert Sarah in which he corrects Sarah’s recent statement that his congregation is still in charge of liturgical translations. Francis insists that the document Magnum Principium indeed hands responsibility for liturgical translations over to the local bishops' conferences. The former practice is no longer supported. Francis obliges Sarah to send a public correction to the webpages that reported about his statement, and to all bishops’ conferences."
Commentary: More confusion caused by the "Pope of Confusion." The translation should only be made by Cardinal Sarah's Congregation to avoid even more confusion. vtb
"Rosica (Canadian Father Thomas Rosica) condemned on saltandlighttv.org critics of the controversial book Building a Bridge by the gay-ideologist, Father James Martin. Rosica refers to “some bishops’ messages” but Chaput (Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput) was the only bishop who publicly criticized Martin's book. Rosica belongs to the pro-gay wing in the liberal church."
Commentary: Pope Francis claims he wants more power given to the bishops, but when a conservative bishop speaks out against one of Francis's questionable opinions, he quickly corrects him or has someone in the Vatican "correct" him. vtb
“Miracle of the Rosary” is truly miraculous in its own way, in the fact that it was published at all. Doubly so that it was recorded by Elvis – the only song about the Rosary to ever be recorded by a major artist and released on a major label. It is also a bit of a miracle Elvis remembered it for over a decade, after hearing it only once. And it is miraculous and mysterious that two Pentecostal boys felt called to record a song about one of the most sacred Catholic devotions and sacramentals."
Commentary: It most likely was not as "miraculous" as the writer claims. Elvis was extremely popular at that time and any record company would have gladly released it. But if analysed from the fact that they were "Pentecostal boys," then is it amazing. However, it is also a fact that the writer of this song was a convert to Catholicism. vtb
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Commentary: Wallace is simply defending his "comrades" in the news establishment. He is an "old school" news reporter who apparently sees no harm in the lies and distortions the liberal press presents to the public all across the United States. Unfortunately, he is coming across as an "unfair and unbalanced" reporter because he fails to see how the press is "bullying" President Trump and pilling on when they should be recognizing the good things Trump has accomplished along with what they view as "inappropriate." vtb
"When I took this job and talked to President Trump about how to do it, my first recommendation was he not do it, because it's not the phone call that parents, family members are looking forward to. It's nice to do, in my opinion, in any event. He asked me about previous presidents, and I said I can tell you that President Obama, who was my commander in chief when I was on active duty, did not call my family."
Commentary: I remember it was revealed that President George W. Bush privately attended the funerals of our brave, fallen soldiers when he was available. However, when Obama took office, on his very first visit to a funeral, he took the press along with him. Such is the difference between compassion and hypocrisy. Although in other areas Mr. Bush has acted more like a Democrat than a Republican and remained passive when he should have spoken out. vtb
"Trump called “really something," has any number of key advisers who are practicing Catholics (there is even Bible study in the West Wing; Muslim prayer mats have been eliminated). And most to the point, he has taken up arms, in recent days, in a matter that was of urgent concern to Christians religious rights. And so a war, a spiritual war, led by an unlikely leader, rages in D.C. and across North America."
"The Liberal government of the Province of Ontario is set to enact legislation that would see a non-violent protester against abortion jailed for six months. Meanwhile, the City of Ottawa has banned any pro-life flag to fly on City property. This is called fascism."
Commentary: Parts of Canada is controlled by liberal liars who choose to play God and will suffer the consequences when they are judged by HIm. vtb
Commentary: It is far, far better to raise your kids to be good Christians first, Mr. Trudeau! vtb
Commentary: All TV news should be "fair & balanced" to insure the public is actually getting the news, and not just censored, twisted opinions. vtb
Commentary: When one considers the source and the life-style of this suggestion, it is clear that it is not from a person who has wisdom. vtb
Commentary: This is not the first time a man of the cloth has criticized the Prophet Jonah. Francis, or anyone else should never place himself above a Prophet for it is an extremely difficult life. Almighty God chose Jonah and there will come a day when Francis will have to answer to Him for questioning His Holy Will. vtb
"For the salvation of his own soul and our own, to avert the legitimate wrath of God on all of us, to repair the offense inflicted against the honor of Our Lord, Pope Francis should publicly recant his imprudent utterances as soon as possible and repeat and confirm the solemn condemnation of Lutheranism in all its aspects."
Commentary:The power of prayer and good example! vtb
"Lebanon: The increasing number of refugees who commit crimes in Lebanon has led to growing rejection among the local population."
"Hotel security guard shot prior to Stephen Paddock shooting into the crowd, raising questions as to why Paddock stopped shooting."
"A few of his most famous quotes. "GOD LOVE YOU!"
Commentary: Stupidity continues to rein in many US cities. Why is no mention is made of the killings Americans did to Indian tribes? Columbus did what he thought was right as did those who mistreated American Indians. vtb
"In a 2012 article for The Huffington Post, Cheng wrote: 'Same-sex marriages are sacramental because they are a reflection of the larger grace-filled relationship between God and humanity.'
Yet Martin continues to paint himself as the 'victim' of Catholics objecting to the proselytizing of the Holy Father's catastrophic and endless promotion of blasphemy and apostasy. And the gutless ordained man who gushes over the 'theology' of a blasphemer, and appoints him to say the things he doesn't have the courage to say is the sneakiest of snakes."
Commentary: Without question! vtb
"In 1517, Martin Luther, a Catholic priest, posted his 95 Theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. We are marking the 500th anniversary of the great theological revolt that ensued, known as the Protestant Reformation... Pope Pius V codified the Tridentine Mass, and authorized a revised breviary and a new Roman Catechism and Missal. He promoted the Council’s teachings on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and doctrinal statements on the sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony."
Commentary: The holiness of St. Pious V far exceeds that of Pope Francis, whose pride prevents him from seeing the confusion and damage he is doing to the Church. vtb
"There are so many other concepts in the book that likewise challenge us to reflect on Christendom with different criteria. Dr. Jones broaches many disciplines and thus does not have time to elaborate his concepts to their fullest. His theological considerations can thus be sketchy and underdeveloped. At times, one wonders if his notions of sovereignty, Church and State are a bit too unstructured."
Commentary: PP should be "ashamed" and "disgraced" for continuing to eliminate the unborn children of minorities in Milwaukee and elsewhere.. But the immoral people who control it, confirm again and again that they have no conscience about their participation in the murders taking place in their "slaughter houses." vtb
Commentary: Notre Dame University lost its "Catholic identity" years ago and should not be allowed to use it today. The bishop of their diocese should take action, and not merely talk. vtb
Commentary: The President of Poland is clearly going against the bad advice of Pope Francis in regard to migrants, and that is a good (thing) for Poland and should give the rest of the EU "food for thought." vtb
"Swiss national Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga has revealed that the problem of asylum seekers arriving into the country with no papers is so extensive the government does not know the true identities of nine out of 10 migrants."
Commentary: What a terrible way to run a country and treat the remaining citizens! vtb
"St. Thomas Aquinas, drawing from the rich tradition of the Church’s history, specifically from St. Paul’s account of rebuking St. Peter in Galatians 2 as commented upon by St. Augustine, shows quite clearly that not only is it permissible for a subordinate to correct fraternally his prelate, but that it is also necessary for him to do so publicly in certain circumstances."
"Catholics across the globe, from those in the pew to some of our own bishops, appear to have bought into the ideology of sexual orientation, a morally bankrupt rewriting of sexual reality that utterly revitalizes the truth about God’s plan for us."
Commentary: The "Voice of the heart" and a humble spirit of obedience to Church doctrine must be the moral intentions of those in this situation. vtb
"Nothing precedes divine worship. With these words, St. Benedict, in his Rule (43.3), established the absolute priority of divine worship over any other task of monastic life.”
"Thus, I repeat again my plea to Pope Francis to answer the question put to him, and to answer unambiguously, with a simple Yes or No. If he answers that one of his affirmations has the logical consequence of denying intrinsically wrong acts and runs counter to the constant teaching of the Church, I implore him, in the name of God, Who Is THE TRUTH, to retract any affirmation that is counter to the truth and Church Teaching."
"A controversial form of birth control which has received the strictest possible FDA warning for its side effects, which include chronic pain, bleeding, and a severe allergic reactions."
"The current Party philosophy is you can be a pro-life Democrat, but you cannot vote that way. This type of abortion litmus test is no better than telling pro-lifers they do not belong at all."
Commentary: The writer assumes "many more Democrats in Congress oppose abortion," which is far from the truth. If it were true, we would have much stronger pro-life laws in our country. vtb
"Today human rights have in essence been transformed into an instrument for manipulating the majority, and the struggle for human rights into the dictatorship of the minority in relation to the majority."
"I tell what the charge of “Islamophobia” really means and the insidious ways the word is used to shut down discussion of the jihad threat. I also reveal how I became an “Islamophobe,” and discuss the real threat women, gays, Jews, Christians, secular liberals and secular Muslims face, and reveal what happens to those ordinary citizens who dare to tell the truth about that threat."
"There is a dire need to hold government officials -- and the preachers and administrators of these mosques -- accountable, and to demand that they take action against extremists who target these breeding grounds, or face criminal prosecution. The policy of avoiding the problem by keeping one's eyes shut only enlarges it and sacrifices freedom on the altar of terror."
"In researching the New Age that does not come from God, I practiced magnetism, telepathy, pendulum, all kinds of magic, hypnosis, the effects of New Age, reading auras, all forms of healing through energies, crystals, music and colors, meditations on New Age music, Reiki -- against which the bishops of the United States warn us," she explains. "And then, I felt in my body that Satan had placed his energy in me and with his power and I began to tremble."
Commentary: Yes, online propaganda contributes to it, but it is the members of the Church who are doing the greatest damage. Lukewarm "Catholics" who do not truly practice their Faith are by far the most guilty. They, along with many spiritually weak bishops and priests have brought the Church to a very low level of spirituality. Sadly, until the Church is renewed, it will continue to be torn apart. vtb
"Marilou Danley said that she was worried her boyfriend, Stephen Paddock, was trying to break up with her when he bought her a cheap ticket to the Philippines about two weeks ago, then wired her money so she could buy her and her family a house there."
(Plus quotes from the article): "Officers are no more likely to be killed by black offenders than white offenders." However, this fact is buried in the same article:
"The black population in America ranged from 11.6 percent to 13 percent between 1980 to 2013. Compared to that percentage in the population, the percentage of black offenders who killed police officers appears to be disproportionately high." It was obviously incorrect to say "appears." The writer should have said:
IS DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH, confirming that Backs as a percentage of the population kill far more police officers than Whites. vtb
"Burke said it is “not legitimate to attend Mass or to receive the sacraments" in a SSPX church. Commenting on Pope Francis' decision to give to the SSPX faculties to celebrate marriages and to hear confessions, Burke states, “There is no canonical explanation for it, and it is simply an anomaly.”
"Hilarion painted a grim but up-to-date and accurate picture of what Christianity is currently facing due to migration and Western secularization, and also what the future of Christianity will look like without a deep and strenuous effort at evangelization."
"Pope Francis stated that we must read the entire text plus the work of the two Synods on the Family. Unfortunately, the Pope implies that his critics have not done so. But everybody who has raised serious questions has done this, and has become even more disturbed."
"Our mission is to provide facts from professional historians, eyewitnesses, and participants in the Vietnam War to correct the historical record of the War wherever that correction is warranted."
"President Donald Trump discusses the short-term (relief) and long-term (recovery) efforts for Puerto Rico. As everyone is aware, even before the storm the island territory was under financial collapse as a result of Democrat mismanagement and generational political agendas’ creating a culture of dependency. Hurricane Maria has exacerbated Puerto Rico’s problems and is showcasing a governmental structure incapable of governing during crisis. The media hypes the suffering, yet omits the Island’s inept systems of governance and the culture of dependency. The only way the U.S. federal government can assist effectively is by taking over almost every aspect of state and local government."
"Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello just stated: 'The Administration and the President, every time we've spoken, they've delivered,” the president tweeted.
Commentary: Thousands of American soldiers died because of their love for our country and the flag that represents.it. To dishonor our flag and our National Anthem is to dishonor our country. Those who do this are not true patriots. They have not learned to grow up and act their age, they act like spoiled children. vtb
Commentary: Rap music is by far the worst type of music existing today in Western countries. The melody for most of the so-called songs sounds alike, only the words are changed. They are supposed to be "poetic" songs, but often comes across as immature and vulgar. vtb
Father Nichols suggests to change Canon Law in order to have "a procedure for calling to order a pope who teaches error". And, "[The Pope] may be the supreme appeal judge of Christendom…but that does not make him immune to perpetrating doctrinal howlers.”
Commentary: Unfortunately, the Church is filled with spiritually weak cardinals, bishops, and priests. Therefore, there is little chance that anything will be done to correct the misguided, liberal Pope Francis. vtb
Commentary: "He who is without sin, cast the first stone," apparently does not apply to self-righteous members of the news media. vtb
"I kept hearing Jesus repeat my sins to me – pornography, bad language, dirty jokes, greed, envy, lust, drinking, and gluttony. And there was that abortion I had my girlfriend get back in 1988. Jesus told me that He had sent me unlimited grace every day of my life, but that I had always rejected it in favor of sin. And since my lifestyle rejected His living water, that allowed Satan to take over my life, and eventually my death. I told Jesus in my mind that I really didn’t know what He expected of me, but He said that that was no excuse, since He had written it all down for me in the Bible, had given me the sacraments in His church to strengthen me, and had sent His Mom and Her saints and angels down to earth many times to help me. He said that I preferred to play computer games, read the newspaper, and watch football over doing the will of God. He told me that since I truly preferred the temporary things of the earth, rather than everlasting heavenly things, that I got my wish to not go to heaven upon death. And the really sad thing is that He told me that all I had to do was to make one sincere confession to be forgiven for everything."
Commentary: The Confederate armies fought with honor to defend their beliefs, as did the Union armies. We may not agree with all of the beliefs of either side, but truth is not always easy to discern, especially when our emotions are raised to the point of clouding our vision of what constitutes a just society where all men and women are thought of as equal, from conception to the passing from this world unto eternity. vtb
"Statues can remind us of where we once stood. More important than any statue, however, is where we now stand."
Commentary: This is in contrast to the spiritually lukewarm bishops in the United States who have contributed to creating scandal by allowing so-called "Catholic" politicians to openly profess their belief in deliberate abortion. What grave sins these bishops are committing, while Pope Francis remains silent! vtb
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. These are the last words spoken by 25 Saints before they went on to their eternal reward."
"This archangel fights Satan with the challenge of his own name: Micha-el, meaning Who is like God?"
"Missionaries in the future will, more and more, see that their apostate among the Muslims will be successful in the measure that they preach Our Lady of Fatima. Mary is the advent of Christ, bringing Christ to the people before Christ Himself is born. In an apologetic endeavor, it is always best to start with that which people already accept. Because the Muslims have a devotion to Mary, our missionaries should be satisfied merely to expand and to develop that devotion, with the full realization that Our Blessed Lady will carry the Muslims the rest of the way to her divine Son. She is forever a traitor, in the sense that she will not accept any devotion for herself, but will always bring anyone who is devoted to her to her divine Son. As those who lose devotion to her lose belief in the divinity of Christ, so those who intensify devotion to her gradually acquire that belief."
"Cardinal Burke said that since the publication of Amoris Laetitia, there is evident confusion among the faithful, with some Catholics “practically in desperation” over the lack of clear teaching. Consequently, he said, “it is now necessary simply to state what the Church teaches about marriage, the family, acts that are intrinsically evil, and so forth.”
"Comment by SCL: Kim Clement, a highly respected minister with a prophetic ministry and who died recently, appears to have given a prophecy in 2007 and later, about Donald Trump becoming President for two terms. Everything about what Clement is quoted as saying agrees with what I have felt during this same time-frame about what God is about to do – pouring out spiritual, political, and financial blessings upon America not just for America, but for the whole world. I believe we are entering into the final days (”The Final Countdown”) in which we will see God’s merciful and loving fulfillment of Luke 14:23 – the final, compelling, in-gathering of souls around the world lasting for the next several decades – before Jesus comes for His church."
"Raymond: And that sense of sacrifice and worship that you’ve talked about so eloquently, how do you see that being restored concretely? Will we see a return to the ad orientem posture, facing the East, the priest facing away from the people during the Canon, a return to the Latin, more Latin in the Mass? Cardinal: Versus orientem, I would say could be a help because it is really a tradition from the Apostolic time..."
"Catholic convert and former neo-Nazi Joseph Pearce considers the lessons we need to learn in the wake of the events of the Aug. 11-12 tragedy."
"In the last times according to the Bible and Catholic Teaching, there will come an apostasy worse than any time in history. Rebellion will be seen as a right and a personal interpretation. People will fall away for less than 30 pieces of silver, sometimes simply for a handshake and a smile."
'We accommodate. We compromise. We avoid conflict — even when conflict is the only proper course,' Archbishop Tartaglia wrote
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” "It might not seem very “modern” to believe in demons, but that doesn’t change the facts! The Catholic Church very much still teaches about the reality of the demonic in our world today; if fact, the Holy Father Pope Francis has especially emphasized this fact. This is important, because it’s hard to fight against things you don’t acknowledge even exist."
"He touched his tongue, …. and the string of his tongue was loosed.” MARK vii. 33, 35. In this day’s gospel St. Mark relates the miracle which our Savior wrought in healing the man that was dumb by barely touching his tongue. “He touched his tongue and the string of his tongue was loosed.” From the last words we may infer that the man was not entirely dumb, but that his tongue was not free, or that his articulation was not distinct."
Commentary: Trumps' healthcare plan would allow even more choices based on your religious beliefs than the failed ObamaCare plan. If only that small group of fake Republicans would put aside their pride for the sake of our country. vtb
Commentary: Sometimes your greatest enemies are those within your ranks. vtb
"The apparitions of Mary of the Rosary of San Nicolás were recently approved as having a “supernatural character” and being worthy of belief by Bishop Héctor Sabatino Cardelli of San Nicolás de los Arroyos in Argentina."
Commentary: I believe exactly how Our Mother Mary looks depends upon the beauty of your soul. The deeper the love, the deeper you will see the beauty of Mary. This is the reason she has a different appearance to various souls who have seen her in a vision. vtb
"A Modern Commentary on the Book of Revelation based on Private Revelation."
Commentary: Powerful reading that calls for discernment. It is good to review these type revelations to increase your awareness of present, as well as future events. vtb
"I want to teach YOU what the Holy Spirit, Saint John Paul II and the US Marine Corps taught me... namely, to fight, and WIN! I struggled with pornography addiction for more that twenty years, inheriting it from my father when I was just a little boy."
"A 60 percent drop in illegal crossings helps Border Patrol prioritize efforts against drug trafficking and other criminal activity."
"His insight into Islam at a time England was preoccupied—with Hitler, communism abroad, and a fascist movement at home—was exceptional. And penetrating."
"The sinkhole — already one of the largest in Pasco in decades — widened by about 10 feet and now measures about 235 feet across. The depth remained at 50 feet as of Wednesday."
"The Italian philosopher and politician exercises sharp criticism of the present pontificate. He accuses the Pope of not preaching the gospel, but of making politics."
Commentary: The nonspiritual conduct of Pope Francis should be examined by Cardinals, bishops, priests, and the laity. However, more out of fear than love, most within the Church choose to remain silent. vtb
"Rosica condemned on saltandlighttv.org critics of the controversial book Building a Bridge by the gay-ideologist, Father James Martin. Rosica refers to “some bishops’ messages” but Chaput was the only bishop who publicly criticized Martin's book. Rosica belongs to the pro-gay wing in the liberal church."
Commentary: Another example of a cleric who under the influence of our misguided pope, chooses to attack a conservative bishop, while liberal bishops improper conduct goes unnoticed by Vatican officials. vtb
"The media loves Pope Francis mainly because he is not as ‘rigid‘ as Pope Benedict XVI. Francis appointing pro-abortion/euthanasia advocates to the Pontifical Academy for Life was the last straw for me. Not Catholic”, Deacon Nick explained, before adding rather mournfully: “I hoped for the best, but my worst fears for the Church are being realized. He is destroying the Catholic nature of the Church.”
Commentary: It has become far more important to reveal the damage Pope Francis is doing to the Church, than the "good" he is doing. vtb
Commentary: Another truly faithful bishop who abides by God's Word and Church doctrine, rather than human opinions. vtb
Commentary: The Church must never become filled with contradictions. But that is exactly the direction it is heading. vtb
Commentary: What Mr. Gillsaid fails to realize is he, and those who follow and agree with him, will receive and everlasting punishment in Hell if they do not repent of their grave sins. vtb
"Jesus told us what brings forth Church crises when He said to the crowds and His disciples (Matthew 23): “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach."
"Pastor Mark, used to suffer from certain health problems before he became a Christian. His doctor told him that he had to be on medication for life. He also had a huge financial debt. But when he caught hold of the teaching that he is God’s beloved, he believed it totally. He also believed that nothing could be greater than God’s love for him."
"The martyr does not survive. That is the point. In this world, he is dead, for good. His witness may or may not live on among us. He dies unwilling to cross the line that separates good and evil. Those who do cross this line still die, just at some other time. This is why, without final judgment, the world is incomplete. The alternative to martyrdom is living on and on in this world without dying, without hope. To repeat, “Evolution has no martyrs.”
Commentary: The meaning of a word can change over time. This has proven true with a number of words, including the word "gay." Therefore, it has become true, based on a great amount of evidence, that the word "liberal" has come to mean "liar." Such is the confused, immoral state of today's political and social scenes. vtb
"If there’s one thing made clear by recent events, it’s that Pope Francis and his team does not believe the future of Catholicism will stem from the United States...The Argentinian looks instead to the East, toward Russia and China."
Commentary: A gesture of peaceful unity, a welcomed gesture by almost all countries throughout the world. But is it more political than spiritual? vtb
"Who was James who Jesus nicknamed "son of thunder"? Father Zebedee was a fisherman from Bathsaida of Galilee who made his mark in the fishing industry including Capernaum."
"Immigrants in Germany have learned that people who committed serious crimes in their countries of origin can’t be deported if they would be executed or tortured for their crimes back home. Sending them back would violate their human rights, you know. “Really? Are the kuffar actually that stupid?? Hmm — it seems they are. OK, so I raped and murdered people back in Sandistan — you can’t send me back!”
"President Donald J. Trump hosted companies from across the country at the White House for the Made in America Product Showcase. In order to celebrate and highlight each state’s effort and commitment to American-made goods, businesses from each of the 50 states displayed their products made and produced in the United States."
"I will, therefore speak Today on the vanity of the world, and will show how great is the illusion of the lovers of the world, who lead an unhappy life on this earth, and expose themselves to the imminent danger of a still more unhappy life in eternity."
Commentary: Most voters are aware that to-date every effort has been made by Republicans to pass a health care bill. They should also be aware that only a handful of Republican Senators are responsible for the bill not passing. But this political "game" is not over till its actually over, and Republicans still have good options on the table. vtb
Commentary: It is worth repeating that Liberals are in reality liars. They are also vengeful and arrogant. They prove this over and over again and never learn from their mistakes. vtb
Commentary: Christians are suffering persecution in many parts of the world. But Our Lord Jesus said "I have overcome the world," and we too must overcome it and continue our fight to confront evil at every opportunity. vtb
Commentary: The ugly pride of Germans has again come to the surface. Disgraceful actions from some citizens of a country with a terrible past that includes being responsible for two world wars. vtb
VIDEO ON THE SCHISM IN THE CHURCH REGARDING MARRIAGE AND THE CONFUSION POPE FRANCIS IS CAUSING
TO STOP THE VIDEO SO YOU CAN BETTER READ IT, JUST CLICK ON IT. THEN CLICK ON IT TO START IT AGAIN.
"Is Donald Trump correct when he says CNN, The New York Times, and other mainstream outlets report fake news? "Commentator and bestselling author Andrew Klavan explains."
Commentary: The media is filled with dishonest people. Only 7 percent are Republicans and that explains their lack of honesty. vtb
The Catechism makes the following points:
* Homosexuality refers to men and women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction towards the same sex.
* Based upon Sacred Scripture, homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity.
* Homosexuality has taken various historical and cultural forms and its cause remains largely unexplained.
* Homosexual people must be treated with respect, compassion and sensitivity.
* All unjust discrimination toward them should be avoided.
* The homosexual inclination is "objectively disordered."
"I have only been a priest for seven years. About halfway through that period, I switched from the Novus Ordo to the Traditional Latin Mass and sacraments. It was also during this time that I stopped saying a line that I was famous for in seminary: “We do not have a crisis of sacraments. We have a crisis of catechesis.” I used to say this because I knew how many people received Holy Communion in this country without knowing Who they were receiving."
"Charlie Gard's parents have renewed a legal fight to take their terminally ill baby son to the United States for treatment, as a High Court judge said a new decision could be made if there was "new and powerful" evidence. Chris Gard and Connie Yates, who are in their 30s and come from Bedfont, west London, want 11-month-old Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, to undergo nucleoside therapy in America."
"House Republicans are blocking every congressional effort to force women to join men in signing up when they turn 18. “You're not talking about whether or not a lady can serve, you are talking about whether or not a mother has to go to war during a time of a draft...."
"The Joint Program Office didn't respond to requests for comment, but the Bloomberg report speculates that the cost increases could be due to a proposal for 13 more B variant F-35s for the Marine Corps
that will increase the total procurement plan to 2,456 from the 2,443
estimated currently or the current production target of 1,763 Air Force A models."
"A new book by historian Eamon Duffy rightly insists that the historical era once called the “Reformation” should not be defined solely in terms of Protestantism. The Catholic Church experienced reformation too, and the reform began long before Luther."
“Pray for priests, so that each and every one of them will repeatedly say yes to the call he has received, remain constant in preaching the Gospel message, and be faithful forever as the companion of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—Pope St. John Paul II
Commentary: The Republican Party also has its share (although vastly smaller) of egotists and those guilty of treason against our country. vtb
Pope Pius XII once wrote, “It is often said almost with passive resignation that fashions reflect the customs of a people. But it would be more exact and much more useful to say that they express the decision and moral direction that a nation intends to take: either to be shipwrecked in licentiousness or maintain itself at the level to which it has been raised by religion and civilization.”
Commentary: Destroying the morale of our soldiers is not the way to build a strong military. vtb
"The cardinal said he did not see the need for the greeting when God’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist alone suffices."
Commentary: Turning the Mass into a social event is not pleasing to Almighty God, common sense will tell you that. vtb
"God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions." (False!)
Hear that? That would be the train coming off the rails, sliding down an embankment into a dry creek bed, and exploding! First off, nowhere in the Christian Scriptures are we told to be nice.
We are told be to be humble, merciful, compassionate, bold, courageous,
holy, strong, loving, and whole host of other things. But never merely
nice. And let’s be honest, nice is a really low bar."
"Everything that we traditional Catholics believe in and do must have only one end; HOLINESS. The work of the Holy Spirit is to SANCTIFY US and make us into other Christs."
"Tillerson points to 'clear, positive chemistry between' U.S. president and counterpart from Moscow."
"In common with many other countries, the Catholic Church in America today is closely intertwined with the major party on the left. In my religious congregation, for example, the U.S. Province is 60 to 80 percent Democrat. This is also the case in other religious orders and many whole dioceses. People caught up in this mixing of worlds have to flip back and forth between Catholic concepts and Democrat ideology as they go through the day. Unfortunately, many bishops do not show them anything better."
Commentary: This is not unexpected since the majority of Catholics in the United States are very lukewarm in the practice of their faith. One can easily see this by the extremely low number that go to Confession on a regular basis. If most Catholics do not care about theirs souls, they will not have the full guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore they will not have wisdom and discernment for these evil times. vtb
"Walt Disney Co.’s ABC declined to comment. The network, though, groused last month when NBC News intentionally misspelled an entire week of “Nightly News” broadcasts. Altogether, NBC, which is ranked second behind ABC in ratings, has played the misspell card 14 times since the start of the 2016-17 television season last fall."
"There were about 8 numbered Crusades from Catholic warriors into the Holy Land,
the first one beginning in 1095, and the last one ending in 1272. So
this means that for less than 200 years, 177 to be exact, the Popes and Catholic warriors were fighting, off and on, to try to take back the Holy Land from the Muslims."
Commentary: The pope may be correct as concerns some countries, but not the United States. Still trying to get even because of Trump's belief that global warming is a myth, Pope Francis chooses to attack the leadership of the U.S. while ignoring the fact that he himself has a distorted vision of traditional Church values. vtb
Commentary: The pope's reasons are very clear. He wants to ignore Church doctrine on marriage, and those who desire to follow the Word of God, Church tradition, and doctrine he dismisses, while not having the courage or charity to even tell them why. vtb
"I love the cassock. It is practical, comfortable, defining, and a good memorare for both priest and layman."
"They took him home and the entire family surrounded him constantly with love, affection, and 24-7 care. Noah’s brain began to grow. And grow. And grow some more. When he was 3, a brain scan showed that his brain “had expanded to 80% of a normal brain.” Now a movie on Britain’s Channel 5 called The Boy Who Grew A Brain documents just how far Noah has come."
Commentary: Following the decision of the morally sick members of the U.S. Supreme Court, and with the immoral support of US Democrats, Germany decides to dive into their cesspool. vtb
“We don’t really understand what will make us happy,” Mattson writes. “Being loved by God and being able to love him in return is where true joy resides.” He continues, “All of the sex, all of the porn, all of my hopes and dreams of loves and earthly happiness, where a two-dimensional caricature
of happiness. Happiness comes when we finally know who we are, why
we’re here, and where we are headed.” “I finally know that to have sex
with a man really leads me away from true happiness”, Mattson concludes, “Thanks be to God, I know that now. That was a hard lesson to learn, but I’m glad I learned it.”
"If anger disfigures us before men, how much more deformed will it render us in the eyes of God! In this discourse I will show, in the first point, the destruction which anger unrestrained brings on the soul; and, in the second, how we ought to restrain anger in all occasions of provocation which may occur to us."
Commentary: Another unfortunate result of the false teachings of Pope Francis on marriage. vtb
"Interesting and informative article about a very relevant subject: fighting Muslim bandits. In this case, the Muslims were pirates off the Barbary Coast who were pillaging American ships in the 1700’s. We were fighting the Muslims from America’s very beginnings. Islamic jihad itself has been around for centuries."
"Our “Church of Nice” will not say anything negative to or about those suffering from sodomy. Our clergy pretends the issue needed only compassion, not condemnation. We must be nice to everyone. We cannot even use the word ‘’sodomy” as it may offend someone. The sodomites must be called “gay” even though we know they are far from gay and have the highest of suicide rates. In reality we must love them, but with love we must attempt to convince them to change their lifestyle and get back on the road to Heaven, not to Hell. As Father Groeschel once said, “The word ’nice’ is not in the Bible.” The majority of our clergy are good, saintly priests; however, there have been many who have not protected the sheep. Where are our leaders who should have kept rampant homosexuality out of the seminaries? Instead coddled and protected actively gay men in their own ranks. We see our cardinals leading “gay” parades. We see our clergy covering up pedophilia. We see altars draped in the rainbow flag. We see our Masses being conducted by pedophile priests. And the list goes on and on. Our USCCB continues to publish a voter’s guide encouraging all Catholics to vote for politicians who will not support our faith and will appoint the liberal, anti-Christian members of the Supreme Court. Our bishops continue to sell out our Catholic beliefs by sponsoring “Catholic” organizations such as the CCHD and CRS which ignore Catholic teaching in order to accept government money. The silence in our homilies concerning the sins of contraception and sodomy is deafening. The reputations of our Catholic Colleges are even worse."
Commentary: Very well done animated video with a strong message. vtb
"These are four developments are generally seen as extremely unpopular with most of the left in this country, and extremely popular with most of the right, and would ordinarily generate much outrage in the mainstream media."
"BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Doctors at the Children’s Hospital in San Miguel, Argentina, found no explanation for the quick recovery of Martin Chain - a three-year-old boy who fell from the ninth floor when he was playing on the balcony of his apartment. The June 7 accident left the boy on the verge of death. However, he only took 20 days to recover and shows no signs of long-term complications."
"In a major shake up of the Vatican's administration, Pope Francis replaced Catholicism's top theologian, a conservative German cardinal who has been at odds with the pontiff's vision of a more inclusive Church."
Commentary: What Pope Francis really means is he wants a more "liberal" Church that approves of not following Church doctrine. vtb
"Forte claimed that the pope told him: “If we speak explicitly about Communion for the divorced and remarried, you do not know what a terrible mess we will make. So we won’t speak plainly, do it in a way that the premises are there, then I will draw out the conclusions.”
Commentary: More evidence that Pope Francis is deliberately choosing to cause confusion over his writings on this subject. Very sad, and not a very good way to lead the Church. Francis continues to live up to his reputation as "the pope of confusion." vtb
Commentary: Weird ungodly religious practices result in the taking away of religious rights. vtb
* Theologically - no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon god of Arabia .
* Religiously - no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam. (Quran,2:256)(Koran)
* Scripturally - no. Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.
* Geographically - no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
* Socially - no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.
* Politically - no.
Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach
annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.
* Spiritually - no.
Because when we declare 'one nation under God,' The Christian's God is
loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father,
nor is he ever called love in the Quran's 99 excellent names.
Commentary: Of course the above applies when the Church is lead by a true spiritual leader and not by someone who causes confusion, destroys the unity of the Church, and ignores Church doctrine such as is the case in today's Church. vtb
"President Trump has done it again. The dishonest mainstream media are being shown for what they truly are. Their bias is becoming more and more apparent as the president trolls the media on Twitter and the left melts down over it."
BELIEF IN GOD MADE AMERICAN GREAT.
“As long as I am president,” he said, “no one is going to stop you from
practicing your faith or from preaching what is in your heart.”
"Headmistress of the school where Pope Francis grew up as the young Jorge Bergoglio and developed his faith. Sister Rabbino tells intimate and amusing stories about the future Pope Francis."
"Dr John Bruchalski is an American gynecologist who used to abort babies, but he left the abortion-business decades ago after he had a religious experience in a shrine in Mexico City, where he heard a voice, 'Why are you hurting me?'”
"She was later killed!"
"A Catholic Mom's Life on Jun 12, 2017 Here is some advice on how to find a great Catholic spouse!"
born in August, was diagnosed with infantile-onset encephalomyopathic
mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which results in the boy’s brain,
muscle and breathing ability being “severely affected,”
congenital deafness and severe epilepsy, according to a professor who
testified in front of the U.K. High Court that decided the case. Gard’s
parents have exhausted their legal options after the latest setback, leaving international pressure – such as the type applied by Trump on Monday – as their final hope."
"Bishop Paprocki: Gay activists have harassed my staff and me with obscene telephone
calls, e-mail messages and letters using foul language and profanity,
supposedly in the name of love and tolerance. I am sorry that people
around me have been subjected to such hateful and malicious language."
Commentary: This is a true picture of the reactions of immoral people who have chosen the homosexual life-style. vtb
Commentary: Another example of why US Democrats are morally corrupt. vtb
Commentary: Violence breeds violence. A godless world gone insane. vtb
Commentary: In spite of all the talk of "unity," the public deserves to know the true cause of this shooting. The shooter without question, was influenced by the hate on the Left and the vengeance they are capable of. Therefore, the Democrats are not worthy of any compliments
for they have demonstrated their hatred against Trump and his
administration since he took office. We have witnessed it a number of
times from Democratic politicians, so-called "celebrities," show offs on TV, and from protest groups who also used violence against our police forces and Trump supporters to demonstrate their hatred. vtb
"Love him or hate him, we can sleep a little easier that President Trump is our President; we pray for his safety and his family’s, and we thank God every day that, for the next four years, we are in good, America-loving hands."
"By their own words they condemn themselves and their followers."
Commentary: It will not happen. Their hatred and foolish beliefs clouds their vision for the future. vtb
"The Yazidi sex slaves have learned the grisly details of Sharia law in operation the hard way. They have suffered the most barbaric forms of sexual violence at the hands of their masters, who have credibly argued that they are simply following in the footsteps of Prophet Mohammad and complying with Sharia law in its purest, most literal form."
"In their zeal to secure the Iran deal, the Obama administration prevented multiple federal agencies from thwarting Iranian-backed terrorist organizations. The Iran deal shields Iranian-backed terrorists from prosecution."
Commentary: This makes the lies of the Democrats and the press even more grave. Having knowledge that something is not true while continuing to speak and publish lies is one of the most dirtiest, underhanded things you can do. vtb
Commentary: Merkel is not a good leader. She has made some very foolish moves (mass, uncontrolled immigration) in the past, and continues to follow a self-serving, private political path, rather than a one that serves the German public. vtb
"Merkel is in no position to browbeat another country's immigration policy. Especially since the 'wisdom' of her own has problems at home."
"You will feel the anger and hostility people have for the church in general directed at you,' one new priest was told."
Commentary: This "anger" is the result of the coverup by the bishops regarding the sexual abuse scandal. The same is true in the United States. Respect for bishops and priests has greatly diminished. A sad consequence of the lack of spirituality of many Catholic bishops. vtb
"Sponsors of a Manhattan-based theater company’s portrayal of Julius Caesar are pulling funding for the production after the company chose to present Caesar as a Trump look-alike who gets stabbed to death during the play."
Commentary: More evidence of the sick moral state of the Trump haters. vtb
"In many European countries, Sunday church attendance is the 5-10 percent range whereas mosque attendance is very high in relation to the size of the Muslim population. In England, there are already more Muslims attending Friday prayers than there are Christians attending Anglican services on Sundays. A study by Christian Research predicts that by 2020 the number of Muslims attending prayer service in England and Wales will exceed the number of Catholics attending weekly Mass.
"The dog attack was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Carson Street and Norse Way, where responding officers found a 51-year-old woman screaming for help. Her PIT BULL was a few feet away from her."
Commentary: Very possible, since Illinois has been controlled by Democrats for decades. vtb
"In his first 100 days, President Donald J. Trump has taken bold action to restore prosperity, keep Americans safe and secure, and hold government accountable. At an historic pace, this President has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders than any other president in over a half century. With a focus on rebuilding the military, ending illegal immigration, and restoring confidence in our economy, the President is keeping his promises to the American people."
Commentary: You will not find most, or perhaps all of his achievements shown on the TV news as they have censored them, as have a vast number of newspapers and magazines. Trump could have achieved more, but 100% of the selfish Democrats in Congress have blocked Trumps proposals and refused to display any sort of patriotism for our country. They have become traitors and therefore unfit to be re-elected or hold any type of government office in the future. vtb
Commentary: A good interview, but there is one point O'Reilly makes that is not true. He equates Trumps trouble with the press to Obamas & Hillarys troubles. There is a vast difference. The amount of hate the opposition Party (Democrats) and the news media have for Trump far outweighs anything Obama or Hillary Clintion ever went through. vtb
"Even if he were as morally defective as his critics maintain, my response is this: Trump’s character is less morally significant than defeating the left. If the left wins, America loses. And if America loses, evil will engulf the world."
Commentary: The Democrats are following the temptations of Satan. They believe you have the "right" to murder an unborn human being, and have become liars like the devil and choose to slander President Trump because they lost the election. Therefore you cannot trust anything they say. vtb
Commentary: The cowards on the Left have chosen to censor news that exposes their lies. vtb
"When all was said and done, it became obvious that there was no collusion between Trump and Russia; except for: those who, such as the recently-indicted rabid Clinton-supporting Reality Winner, leaked classified information in efforts deliberately intended to injure the United States (or Donald Trump), and those persons, as-yet-unfingered, who (to score political points against Mr. Trump) "unmasked" people, such as General Flynn, whose names turned up in passing in surveillance and other counterintelligence reports."
"Peter Baker, the Times’ chief White House Correspondent, found a placard bearing his publication’s name among the seats furthest away from President Trump during a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Rose Garden."
"In his representation of Mr. Trump, Mr. Kasowitz has had a number of tussles with journalists — including ones from this newspaper. Mr. Kasowitz sent a letter to the paper threatening to sue over the publication of accusations from two women that Mr. Trump sexually harassed them."
"Terrorism has turned into a global issue, and headlines across the world are filled with the freshest information about the attacks. Terrorists are led by their fanatic belief. These people plant nothing but terror and death. President Donald Trump had the perfect solution to this problem, but we can’t say the same thing for the London mayor."
"Pence said in a speech in Wisconsin on Saturday that it's clear to him and most other policymakers in the GOP that Obamacare is failing; he even described it as "dead." "Truth is, you'd have to be blinded by partisanship not to believe otherwise," Pence said. "But, unfortunately, some people are; Democrats in Congress to be exact."
"We heard quite a lot during Mr. Comey’s testimony to Congress on Thursday. But in what was yet another bombshell being downplayed by the mainstream media, we learned that President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the Hillary Clinton email investigation."
Commentary: Should the Travel Ban not be approved by the Supreme Court (which is highly unlikely) this document will provide a great deal of information about more recent immigrants that will aid in the protection of American citizens. vtb
"Between 15 and 20 people are said to have been struck by the vehicle after it reportedly mounted the pavement while there are reports of stabbings nearby"
"Police 'gun down two attackers' with incidents in Borough Market and Vauxhall."
"She wrote of the “magnitude of the great, unique love” of God, which could only make one “cry over one’s ingratitude.” She spoke to Jesus about the role of a confessor in the sacrament; Jesus replied that he is: “My lips, my hands and my heart beating amongst you.” “Everything you have and everything you are is my gift of Love,” Jesus told Alicja. He stressed the significance of the Eucharist, reminding her that He wants to be invited to every person’s life. Moreover, He warned against abusive reception of Holy Communion and its desecration."
Paris climate accord is a largely symbolic gesture that even supporters
acknowledge lacks enforcement mechanisms and, even if successful, will
have a statistically insignificant impact on the climate."
"The U.S. pollutes less today than it has in a century, and in fact has made greater strides than any major country to clean-up its air."
"He is a straight-forward, sincere man. You can't really classify him as a traditional politician," Putin said of Trump. "This is a person with a fresh view of things."
"Forte claimed that the pope told him: “If we speak explicitly about Communion for the divorced and remarried, you do not know what a terrible mess we will make. So we won’t speak plainly, do it in a way that the premises are there, then I will draw out the conclusions.”
Commentary: More evidence that Pope Francis is deliberately choosing to cause confusion over his writings on this subject. Very sad, and not a very good way to lead the Church. Francis continues to live up to his reputation as "the pope of confusion." vtb
"Complaining about what he (Trump) said were signs of “political schizophrenia” in the United States, Putin said Trump was not being allowed to do his job properly. “It’s hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next,” said Putin...“What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don’t understand the damage they’re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, (they are doing) in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.”
Commentary: Putin, our so-called "enemy," has more common sense and insights than the Democratic Party and the news media put together. vtb
"After six months of digging, the media had not found evidence of any actual wrongdoing by the Trump administration, but continued pushing out negative stories."
Commentary: Lead by the devil, the Father of Lies, dysfunctional Democrats continue to try and weaken Trump, but he continues to fight back proving truth is greater than fiction. vtb
"Between 15 and 20 people are said to have been struck by the vehicle after it reportedly mounted the pavement while there are reports of stabbings nearby"
"Police 'gun down two attackers' with incidents in Borough Market and Vauxhall."
Paris climate accord is a largely symbolic gesture that even supporters
acknowledge lacks enforcement mechanisms and, even if successful, will
have a statistically insignificant impact on the climate."
"The U.S. pollutes less today than it has in a century, and in fact has made greater strides than any major country to clean-up its air."
"He is a straight-forward, sincere man. You can't really classify him as a traditional politician," Putin said of Trump. "This is a person with a fresh view of things."
"The Trump administration seems to be winning the most on immigration. Despite some roadblocks on the travel ban, Trump has followed through on enforcing federal law so that we may bring order back to this land."
"God bless President Donald Trump who is helping to begin the process of restoring America’s Free Constitutional Republic."
"Just A Common Soldier, also known as A Soldier Died Today, is one of the most popular poems on the Internet. Written and published in 1987 by Canadian veteran and columnist A. Lawrence Vaincourt, it now appears in numerous anthologies, on thousands of websites and on July 4, 2008 it was carved into a marble monument at West Point, New York. ... Please enjoy this tribute to the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen who have given so much for our country."
“This merciless slaughter of Christians in Egypt tears at our hearts and grieves our souls,” he said, after terrorists shot at a bus, killing at least 28 people." He also pulled no punches on the “depraved, twisted, and thuggish ideology” of terrorists. “The bloodletting of Christians must end, and all who aid their killers must be punished,”
he said. The President vowed to protect these historic communities
from being obliterated. “Civilization is at a precipice — and whether
we climb or fall will be decided by our ability to join together to
protect all faiths, all religions, and all innocent life,” he said.
Commentary: Trump defends Christians as opposed to obnoxious Obama who remained silent about their cruel treatment. vtb
* Donald Trump resisted concerted action on climate change and migrants at G7
* Trump wants to 'throw out' a plan of a migrants' rights pact from the Italian hosts
* He also told other leaders that he has not yet decided on the Paris climate pledge
* G7's final statement will be six pages when released, it was 32 pages last year
Commentary: Censoring websites that identify terrorists and their activities is a poor example of Western style "freedoms." The UK and European ISPs are looking at the wrong "suspects." vtb
"Meet the new lynch mob. It’s no different from the old lynch mob, except it’s not called a lynch mob anymore: it’s called “justice.”
Commentary: The city has an extremely high rate of murders and other crimes that places it among the highest in the nation. This speaks for the lack of wisdom in city government officials. vtb
"Speaking to members of the U.S. military on Memorial Day weekend, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to ramping up military spending and supporting men and women in the armed services."
Commentary: Trump loves our men & women in our Military. Obama never gave them much credit which is the reason they did not like him very much. vtb
“We are not going to kick any deserving person off any meaningful program. And: "We are going to measure compassion and success by the number of people we help get off of those [social] programs and get back in charge of their own lives.”
Commentary: The US Bishops have for years, been lacking in solid leadership. Their public image to many is one of being an arm of the Democratic Party rather than spiritual leaders. vtb
“The generality of the leadership of the Church is very disappointing at the moment.” Talking to lifesitenews.com she added that she was “scandalized” about this. Silvas also criticized, what she called, “affective papalism” and asks the question, “What happens when the Pope is disobedient to the [previous] Pope?”
"The survey, based on data from 137,000 first-time students at 184 colleges and universities in the U.S., showed that college students with no religious affiliation were only at 10 percent in 1986, but have now tripled, rising up to 31 percent in 2016.
Commentary: This is not surprising since many young people (with the approval of their parents) are caught up with the things of this world, rather than pursuing the Things of the Lord's Spirit. This means they have been taken in by the deceitful tactics of Satan: "I
will not now speak many things with you. For the prince of this world
(Satan) cometh, and in me he hath not any thing." [John 14:30]
Commentary: Although there are many good African Americans, this man is not one of them. Using your personal views to insult students who may disagree with you is a sick way of "teaching" at an institution of so-called "higher learning." vtb
Commentary: Notice how Democrats are "using" our schools to attack and lie about our President. This is part of the reason our young people are so brain-washed and anti-trump. vtb
Commentary: Good idea, but we know that since it is not "politically correct," no political leader will "demand" it. vtb
"USAA advertised on Rachel Maddow’s show. They advertised on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show. They advertised on Chris Hayes’ show. All three of those shows are known for being presented from a liberal point of view. The company has yet to return a call seeking an explanation for the apparent discrepancy."
"After facing a backlash for pulling advertisements from Fox News’ host Sean Hannity’s show, USAA will no longer run ads on liberal MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s show."
Commentary: The bishops support is scattered, but there are enough to make noise and hopefully counter the "off the traditional road" direction this pope is taking. vtb
Commentary: Pope Francis is not among the innocent in regard to climate change either. He speaks beautifully on certain spiritual subjects, but seems naive on deeper spiritual happenings. vtb
"From the best-selling author of The Secrets, Chastisement, and Triumph, which was honored as “Book of the Year”, comes a new book about the final great battle. An easily readable, well-researched, and inspiring book about the divine plan to bring true peace to the world, this book uses solid sources like the Bible, credible Christian prophecy, and regarded heavenly prophecies of our times to detail the coming events of the last great battle in CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER as described in the Book of Revelation."
Commentary: Most people, out of fear, will ignore this book due to focusing on the present rather than attempting to study revealed future events that are much closer than we realize. vtb
Commentary: They are doing the same thing on late-night TV shows. They are finding that ridicule, slander, and gossip about and against Trump is bringing in more viewers, sponsors and money. What ignorant cowards they are. They will face a great and severe judgement from the Lord. vtb
"The world should be worried too, because when China stumbles, the effects are worldwide. In January 2016, China's Shanghai composite crashed more than 24% amid a botched yuan devaluation and clumsy regulatory action. The S&P 500 plunged more than 11% to its early February low. The Federal Reserve, which raised rates in December 2015 and planned on four hikes in 2016, backed off and didn't move again until last December."
Commentary: It may be "impossible," but that is exactly what Pope Francis is allowing. vtb
"The bishops of Belgium have published a pastoral letter on marriage and the family in which they point out that the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia opens a door for "divorced remarried" to receive the sacraments."
Commentary: The writer of this article is off base when it comes to the activities of the Trump Administration, but at least he can see the vengefulness that Pope Francis displays for those who disagree with his opinions (the need for a wall and the environmental changes), although they are legitimate internal affairs of the United States and should not be interfered with by the Vatican. President Trump outclassed the pope on this visit to the Vatican. vtb
"The elegance, wisdom and class President Trump has displayed on his first foreign policy trip continues to baffle political elitists and fake news media. 1 Corinthians 1:27 comes to mind. "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise." Trump is a man of the people who speaks like a human being. Obama spoke like an arrogant blowhard."
“We are not going to take part in the madness of the Brussel elite. We want to help people, not the political elites. I have a courage to say, and I have a courage to ask, all European political elites a question: Where are you headed, Europe? Rise from your knees and from your lethargy, or you will be crying over your children every day."
"Our health care system under Obamacare is unsustainable, yet Democrats will not help reform it. Our federal fiscal condition is unsustainable, yet Democrats actively obstruct any real remedies."
"The Contra Catholic community that grew from this shared experience even has its own advocacy group—New Day Ministry—which this year held a symposium promoting their practice of contraception and their identity as Contra Catholics, “Justice and Mercy Shall Kiss: Contra Catholics in the Age of Pope Francis.”
Center for Medical Progress has released more damning undercover
footage of Planned Parenthood, and honestly this is some of the most heartless and horrific footage we have seen yet."
"During their meeting, Pope Francis encouraged President Trump to work towards creating peace in our world and gifted him with a medallion made by a Roman artist featuring an olive tree as a symbol of peace. You can see this beautiful medallion in the video below. At the conclusion of their visit, President Trump thanked Pope Francis and said, “I won’t forget what you said.”
Commentary: Trump should be given credit for his beliefs. Yes, Pope Francis may have impressed him, but Trump did this action on his own because he is already a man of peace. However, when necessary, he is also man enough to demonstrate that the US is no longer a wimpy country, such as it was when it was lead by Obama. vtb
"A Texas state lawmaker received threats for the second time this year after he questioned why the state has more protections for animals than it does for unborn babies."
Commentary: Deliberate abortion is murder and the US Democratic Party is guilty of approving of it. This fact should be broadcast all over the world. vtb
"For every one new convert, 26 Christians abandon the Faith in the United Kingdom... The nonreligious population (48,6%) in the UK, predominantly young, white and male, is now bigger than its combined Christian one (43%)."
Commentary: This explains why Obama is so popular in the UK. He too is a "non-religious" person, even though he "claims" he is a Christian. However he cannot escape his actions, for they speak louder than his false words. vtb
"A group calling itself Maltese Catholics United for the Faith took out a "controversial" full-page ad in local newspaper Malta Today. The ad was aimed at politicians running in the upcoming June 3 general election."
“Genuine. Authentic. Smart. ‘Swallowed’ carries the powerful story of Joseph Sciambra, former gay porn star. His inside knowledge of the gay world will open your eyes to the reality of gay porn. His inspirational escape from gay porn will open your eyes to the reality of Jesus Christ."
"Naghmeh Abedini is no stranger to suffering for Christ. Her husband, American pastor Saeed Abedini has been in imprisoned in Iran for his faith since the summer of 2012. Since then, Saeed has been transferred to Iran's most brutal prisons, where it is common for inmates to perish before completion
of their sentences. In this interview, Naghmeh shares with ICC
President Jeff King her version of events, and how now more than ever,
his faith is in God alone."
"At least 26 people, many of them children, were killed when masked assailants attacked the bus. Dozens of others were injured."
Commentary: The misguided influence of Pope Francis is followed by another bishop. vtb
"We can experience a touch of the infinite now, before we go on to the true Infinite. All we have to do is, in the words of Scripture, “Cease striving and know that I am God.”
We certainly in no way pretend that these comments represent the voice or view of the majority – quite the opposite actually. If you want to read comments praising 'Pope Francis' you need only look to any mainstream (including mainstream 'Catholic') news source. The comments below, very admittedly, represent only a very small and little heard from minority. In fact, many Catholics (and the rest of the world) wish they would just be quiet, get in line, and not make waves. We are glad and grateful that they speak. Here, we might all remember the words of Saint Athanasius: "Even if Catholics faithful to tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the True Church of Jesus Christ."
"In Cracow-Pradnik, June 2, 1938, the Lord Jesus directed a young Polish Sister of Mercy on a three-day retreat. Faustina Kowalska painstakingly recorded Christ’s instruction in her diary that is a mystical manual on prayer and Divine Mercy."
“Shortly after the middle of the 20th century” … most certainly points to the infamous anti-authority, pro-hedonism 1960s, that ushered in unparalleled self-indulgence (the essence of the demonic) into our world. In the midst of this, our Church has not only suffered unprecedented losses in the sheer number of souls, but we are witnessing an epidemic of liturgical abuse and rampant sacrilege. In an article that speaks to this, I called this a “Stealth Arianism.” Many claim we very well could be in the throes of what is termed, “The Great Apostasy.”
Commentary: The Democrats have become experts at slander, and many uninformed people have believed their lies. vtb
"Brennan was asked the question about whether any evidence of actual “collusion” between Trump 2016 campaign and the Russian government has been uncovered. I am sure Brennan had a tough time telling the truth here, but he actually did! He said NO SUCH EVIDENCE HAD BEEN FOUND!"
"The latest poll numbers are out. Rasmussen (the most accurate poll of the 2016 election) has Trump at 48 percent approval. It's important to note that's just about the exact same place he was at when he was elected president- just under half the country supports him. Since we come out to vote in much higher numbers...and we have an electoral edge in Midwest battleground states...48 percent is all Trump needs to win re-election again."
"Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell."
"During his recent visit to Israel, President Donald Trump made a 14-year old girl’s dream come true. Emilee Imbar has been battling cancer for the last seven years, and has dreamed of meeting with the U.S. President."
"What about President Donald Trump's complaint about "fake news"? Let's look at some examples of "Great Moments in 'Journalism'" over the last few years."
"The anti-Trump venom from the mainstream media has become so virulent that broadcasters and reporters alike risk becoming little more than extensions of the late-night “comedic” lineup, bashing the President without regard for truth or factual accuracy. And above all, most of these journalists realize, and sometimes admit, that they want to help the Democrats win the next election."
Commentary: Late night mentally unbalanced TV hosts continue to show their immaturity. Child like behavior and acting like spoiled brats defines their corrupt personalities. Not worth watching them. vtb
Commentary: Trump does what he believes is right. However, should he become more informed, he does not hesitate to revise his original opinions. That is the type flexibility nations should require of their leader. Obama was not flexible and never fit in as a good leader, but rather he confirmed over and over that he was a selfish, uncaring leader. vtb
"A fiery debate between two Muslims took place on an Australian news program called Sunrise in the days after the suicide blast in Manchester, England. The guests were two prominent Islamic leaders who sharply disagreed with each other on what their religion teaches."
Commentary: Disagreement on such serious subjects does not give the appearance of a truly reliable "religion" (If you can call it that, since it is more of a "sect"). The door is still left open to violence for some, and a peaceful attitude for others, and that is not very reassuring. vtb
"The secret court that oversees government snooping took the Obama administration to task late last year, suggesting it created "a very serious Fourth Amendment issue" by violating rules the government itself had implemented regarding the surveillance of Americans."
"The U.S. is essentially ignoring so-called "de-escalation zones" declared by Russia and Syria while increasing contacts with the Russians to avoid conflict in Syrian airspace..."
"This has all become a ritual. Democrat propaganda portrays Republicans as monsters. Sooner or later, everything they propose becomes a crime against humanity some way or another. I suppose people vary in how long it takes them to filter out continuous cries of "alarm," as the fable of The Boy Who Cried Wolf describes."
"Trump proposes a budget to cut Welfare and Entitlements by $1.7 trillion. Liberals will go crazy."
"The Big Lie works. The Democrat/War Party concocts several howling lies per week, amplifies them endlessly in the corporate media, and then repeats the process the next week with a new batch of lies against targeted states and Donald Trump’s associates. Meanwhile, the Democrats offer absolutely nothing of substance. They want “to get back into power without presenting any policies that the people want to see enacted.”
"First, look at the faces of both men. Do you see any aggression? Do you see any impatience? Do you see any tension whatsoever between them? Do you see anyone else who’s standing there bothered or taken aback by anything whatsoever?"
"Of these journalists Hannity relates, “The truth does not matter to these people that call themselves journalists,” calling them “sore-loser” explaining that the same media were in collusion with Clinton surrogates with the mission to attack Trump."
Commentary: Not surprising since Democrats believe you have the "right" to kill an unborn human being and the vast majority of the press are Democrats. So what moral credentials do they actually possess? None! vtb
Commentary: Drop your policies and credit card with USAA if after calling them they do not promise to reverse their decision. They have proven themselves to be part of the "witch hunt" against Conservatives. How sad!
"Islamic terrorists should be scorned, derided, mocked, and treated as small. They’re not martyrs, they’re not warriors, they’re not victims. They’re evil losers."
"Hundreds of people fled the arena screaming, many covered in blood, after hearing 'loud' bangs at the end of the pop concert last night."
"Abedi was the son of Libyan refugees, who fled the African country years ago to escape the regime of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, according to the United Kingdom Telegraph."
"Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh, boasted Tuesday about its involvement in the Muslim terrorist attack, referring to the now-aerosolized bomber as a “soldier of the Caliphate.”
"President Donald Trump's remarks as prepared for delivery."
"Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Egyptian bishops, welcomed Donald Trump's remarks to Muslim leaders, calling them "very, very frank," especially in light of several recent bombings, beheadings and other attacks claimed by the so-called Islamic State on Egyptian Christians and churches."
“Nothing helps you learn and understand people better than coming to their homes, where they live and seeing them face to face, seeing their families, and seeing their communities," Tillerson said. "We all share the same wants and desires for ourselves and our people, and our families," he said. "We want our children to grow up without fear. That’s such a strongly held view around the world, certainly among the Muslim world certainly among the non-Muslim world."
Commentary: We must not be fooled by appearances, Islam is a false religion and once in power, those who follow its teachings will use violent means to accomplish their goal of world domination. vtb
Commentary: Jerusalem belongs in Israel, and it is only right that this fact be recognized by all the nations of the world. vtb
"In a visit fraught with symbolism, President Trump on Monday became the first sitting U.S. president to set foot in the Old City of Jerusalem. The president and first lady Melania Trump visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditional site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection, and the Western Wall, part of the Jewish temple complex destroyed by Rome in 70 C.E."
Commentary: Although the title of this article says one thing, very little is actually written about Putin, leaving the reader a bit puzzled. vtb
Commentary: The work of obnoxious Obama comes to light. vtb
Commentary: Insincere Obama's words about "racism" did not match his actions as he failed to improve the lives of African Americans. vtb
"Though Benedict is still living, Francis is trying to bury him. Upon his election in 2013, Francis began to pursue an agenda that Joseph Ratzinger had opposed throughout his career. A stress on the pastoral over against the doctrinal, a promotion of diverse disciplinary and doctrinal approaches in local churches, the opening of Communion to the divorced and remarried—all these proposals were weighed and rejected by Ratzinger more than ten years ago in a heated debate with Walter Kasper."
Commentary: The differences between a liberal pope who believes in "diversity" to the point of confusion, and a conservative pope who believes the Church must follow tradition and established doctrine. vtb
Commentary: Burke is being attacked even by other cardinals, while Pope Francis stands by and does nothing. vtb
"The Mass and the reception of the Eucharist is the centerpiece of the Christian life. So we better take it seriously! Unfortunately, whether it’s out of ignorance or laziness, it seems most Catholics aren’t receiving the Eucharist correctly."
Commentary: Not mentioned is why the priest is not correcting those who receive Holy Communion poorly, or why bishops are not issuing new directives to correct this scandal. vtb
"The Trump administration’s dedication to tackling tax reform reflects an historic moment in the course of the United States economy. The GOP must seize this opportunity by enacting tax policies that will restart economic growth and improve the business climate for American entrepreneurs."
"It reaches far beyond what Congress will approve and defies what economics textbooks say should happen. However, if its essential provisions are preserved, the plan would avert fiscal calamity, and restore prosperity and hope for the nation’s most struggling citizens."
"In place of states receiving matching funds for approved expenditures, states could choose to receive funds based on their per capita expenditures in 2016. Or the states could choose to receive a federal block grant, which would be a fixed amount. Both options provide states with much more flexibility in how they run Medicaid."
"Kurtz: How the mainstream media are piling on Trump. You may have gotten the impression that the coverage of President Trump is kinda sorta pretty negative. That’s not quite right: It’s overwhelmingly negative. Stunningly negative."
Commentary: To imply that somehow unfair reporting is the public's fault is not anywhere near the truth. A vast number of the press are, in Trump's words, "not honest." Any attempt to water-down that assessment by someone in the press only confirms the dishonesty of the press. vtb
“This anti-Gospel, which seeks to elevate the individual’s will to consume, to pleasure and to power over the Will of God, was rejected by Christ when tempted in the wilderness. Disguised as ‘human rights,’ it has reappeared, in all its luciferian hubris, to promulgate a narcissistic, hedonistic attitude that rejects any constraint except that imposed by man-made laws,” he said.
"Contrary to a recent Gallup poll, another survey shows that the percentage of Americans who believe the Bible is the literal Word of God has remained remarkably stable over the past several decades.
"“Atheist” clergymen and even a “Satanic” religion have recently appeared. Some 20,000-30,000 Protestant congregations are said to exist. Few suppose an equivalent number of gods, though pagans had quite a few, as do Hindus. Usually in polytheistic situations, we find greater and lesser gods. This country has no official religion. It does (or did) encourage and respect most religions that have no obvious flaws. It prefers that each clergyman pray after the manner of his own religion. We all agree to listen respectfully, even if it is not exactly our way."
Commentary: How can any so-called "civilized" country "praise killings?" The answer is, China is not a civilized country, but a country lead by dictators who have no respect for freedom or Christian values. Therefore, China cannot be trusted to be a reliable ally. vtb
Commentary: This article is from: Persecution - International Christian Concern - Your bridge to the persecuted Church."
"While all eyes are on the Navy's hopes to surge the fleet to 355 ships, the biggest surprise in next year's budget request for the service may come in manpower. Although previous budgeting plans called for for the service's end strength to remain relatively steady at close to 323,000 active-duty sailors through 2021, this year's request reflects plans to increase active-duty end strength to 327,900."
Sound crazy? If so, then know this: t’s a black thing. You wouldn’t understand. But it does explain why last year, immediately after a black person killed five Dallas cops, 100 black people looted a convenience store, then stayed in the parking lot to dance with joy. Yes, dance. On video. In front of cops. And no, I would not believe that either if I did not see it for myself on YouTube. You can too."
"Cardinal Raymond Burke issued a call this morning for the Catholic faithful to “work for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Cardinal Burke, who is one of the four Cardinals who have asked Pope Francis for a clarification of Amoris Laetitia, made his appeal at the Rome Life Forum, in the month of the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima’s first apparition to the three shepherd children."
Commentary: Putin, our so-called "enemy," has more common sense and insights than the Democratic Party and the news media all together. vtb
"Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency, the left's descent into madness has taken many forms, none more distasteful than its embrace of profanity and gross scatological references."
Commentary: Grave sins contribute to degrees of insanity and a lack of proper judgement. Most on the Left, are in the grip of the devil and therefore will be lacking in wisdom. vtb
"Pence cited Trump as "an example of leadership and perseverance" to applause from the crowd, citing the president's efforts on the economy, education, security...to more applause — for standing "without apology for the sanctity of life and all the God-given liberties in the Constitution of the United States."
"Baseball manager Leo “The Lip” Durocher famously said: “Nice guys finish last.” That may or may not be accurate, but we do know that everyone, nice or not, “finishes.” We all have an expiration date. We are wise, therefore, in celebrating the counsels and consolations of those whose examples lead us along the right paths."
"Archbishop of Montreal Christian Lépine has defended giving Holy Communion to Canada’s notoriously pro-abortion Catholic prime minister during Mass on Wednesday, describing it as “a gesture of hope.”
Commentary: Since when is aiding in a sacrilege a "gesture of hope"? It is more accurate to call it "a gesture of scandal." vtb
"Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord...For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself." (1 Corinthians 11:27 & 29)
"Predictably, the liberal hate machine has lashed out at Benedict, just as they lashed out at Card. Sarah last year when he suggested that priests should say Mass ad orientem."
Commentary: The "ultra-liberal liturgist Andrea Grillo" does not appear to know the harm he is doing. To attack a former pope who is now 90 years old is a cowardly, disgraceful act. He should be severely admonished by Pope France or a Vatican official, but since Mr. Grillo is a liberal, the odds are against that happening. vtb
"Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the chairman of the Council of Cardinals, has launched a startling personal attack on Cardinal Raymond Burke, calling the American prelate “a poor man,” and saying that his thoughts “don’t merit further comment.”
Commentary: Another uncharitable act by a liberal that will not warrant a response from the liberal Pope Francis. vtb
"Cardinal Caffarra has offered at the Rome Life Forum a lecture on the apocalyptic signs of present-day society: abortion and the exaltation of homosexuality, something that can only be fought with the testimony, "being witnesses of the Truth, as If we were in a trial and the accused was Christ."
"The Commission for the Protection of Christian Values is a lower house coalition of 46 members of Parliament coming together to make sure Russian laws conform to Biblical standards of morality and decency. New laws are proposed and existing laws are evaluated for their impact on Russian society in terms of Christian values."
Commentary: The Orthodox Church in Russia again proves it is spiritually stronger than the Catholic Church in America. vtb
"Christina Cauterucci is very, very upset that the Oklahoma House of Representatives just passed a non-binding resolution affirming abortion to be the “murder of unborn children.” She admits up front that it has absolutely no legal force and is just a statement of principles, but no matter; speaking the truth at all is “an insult to parents.”
"Editor’s note: Cardinal Caffarra gave this talk at the Rome Life Forum on May 19, 2017."
"How do abortionists describe preborn children and the violent abortion procedures they perform on them? A video has gone viral that exposes what abortionists admit when they don’t realize the cameras are rolling.
"A political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with “psychoticism” now says it got it wrong. Very wrong. The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has “an error” — and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism."
Commentary: Proving something conservatives knew all along. vtb
Commentary:British Broadcasting is living up to it's reputation. It has never been known to be "fair & balanced." vtb
"President Donald Trump reiterated his support for a strong border wall in a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos."
"The DNC fired three top officials after the Democrat Party was caught rigging their primary against Bernie Sanders last year."
Commentary: Corruption abounds in the Democratic Party. vtb
"In a scathing and long overdue real talk criticism of the situation of the Church in Europe and with Islam, Archbishop Carlo Liberati said that because of the moral decadence of the European people they have become modern day pagans who have rejected Christianity and hurt the most vulnerable among them and that people are refusing to address the problem. As a result, he says that Europe who will be conquered by the Muslims once Islam is recognized as a “mainstream” religion within a decade or less..."
"Disgusted, the inhabitants of the neighborhood decided to launch a large petition to denounce the situation. Every day becomes more and more oppressive. Young girls, who can no longer go out alone, cannot wear a skirt or trousers that cling too close to the body without receiving a lash of insults: one of them tells of having her hair lit up by a cigarette."
Commentary: Of course, young girls (and women) should always dress modestly, but immodest dressers should not be treated harshly and disrespectfully. vtb
"Today’s moderate Muslim is tomorrow’s jihadi. The Islamic State is calling the ummah (worldwide Muslim community) to jihad according the Islamic texts and teachings. A vast proportion of ISIS recruits are “far from being uneducated or illiterate,” a World Bank has found in a study of why people join terrorist groups. The report says some of the recruits tend to be even better educated than their average countrymen. It is not surprising. The Caliph himself has a PhD in Islamic theology."
"It is our solemn duty as Catholics, therefore, to be conscious of our duty to America, and to preserve its freedom by preserving its faith in God. . .But as we talk about patriotism, it might be well to remind ourselves that in a crisis like this even devotion to the stars and stripes is not enough to save us. We must look beyond them to other stars and stripes, namely the stars and stripes of Christ, by Whose stars we are illuminated and by whose stripes we are healed!"
Note: This column is an excerpt from an address then Father Sheen (he later became Archbishop Fulton Sheen) delivered on The Catholic Hour radio program on February 20, 1938.
Commentary: Bishop Sheen was truly "a man for all seasons." vtb
"A Polish Catholic can hear from his bishops that the remarried cannot receive Holy Communion, while if he goes go to Germany, the opposite will be told to him. The Catholic teaching must not be changed, it must be unified everywhere. The Pope, being the Vicar of Christ, is the only one who can publicly decide on this debate. We are talking about fundamental issues that are sensitive to us. Francis has not given any clear guidance in the past two years. His task, among other things, is to strengthen believers in their faith and to govern the Church."
Commentary: "The Pope of Confusion" continues to live up to his reputation. Francis only "leads" when it suits his own personal goals, but even then he at times leads us in the wrong direction and sets a bad example by approving of immoral relationships. On the surface he appears to be very spiritual with deep insights into what the Church needs. However, at the same time he is wrong on a number of key moral issues and is therefore causing great harm to the unity of the Church and appears to be indifferent about it. When Francis was elected pope, it is debatable whether it was the work of the Holy Spirit or the work of the devil. Regardless, at this stage of the papacy of Francis, Satan is pleased, but the Holy Spirit is grieved at the inability of this pope to be a good Shepherd and take proper care of his sheep. Dangerous times lie ahead for the Church. vtb
"In the final analysis, Christ is the Church, and the Church is Christ, and the Church embraces as her members all the righteous patriarchs and prophets of the Old Covenant freed from limbo by Christ’s harrowing of Hades. One Holy Spirit speaks of One Holy God in One Holy Church from Adam to today."
Commentary: Sadly, we are no longer One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church. Many within the Church have shut out the Holy Spirit from their daily lives and from their important decisions. Our bishops are weak and often unresponsive to our complaints, and that only makes matters worse. Compliment a bishop or priest and you will get a "thank you," but any form of complaint is met with silence or even sarcasm. vtb
"The Consecration has not yet been made. I was there on March 25  in St. Peter’s Square, I was in the front row, practically within touching distance of the Holy Father. John Paul II wanted to consecrate Russia, but his entourage did not, fearing that the Orthodox would be antagonized, and they almost thwarted him. Therefore, when His Holiness consecrated the world on his knees, he added a sentence not included in the distributed version that instead said to consecrate “especially those nations of which you yourself have asked for their consecration.” So, indirectly, this included Russia. However, a specific consecration has not yet been made."
Commentary: An effort (March 25, 1984) by Pope John Paul II may have been made to please man and place man before God, but it appears it was not a conscious effort. However, we did have the "period of peace" that was promised after the consecration that Sister Lucia said was indeed made correctly. vtb
"Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said he met three times with Carmelite Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who received the visions of Mary. At the first meeting, in 1991, he told Sister Lucia that he was the Catholic archbishop in Moscow. “She asked several times, ‘Is it true?'” ‘So,’ she said, ‘it means the prophecy of Fatima is fulfilled,'” Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said."
Third World War—which could have been nuclear—was foreseen, but it was
averted because the pope made the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart
The End-Times - “The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Do not be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. However, Our Lady has already crushed his head.”
Commentary: We are now experiencing that "final battle." vtb
"The Pope responded, “I never make a judgment of a person without listening to them. I believe that I should not do this. In our talk things will come out, I will say what I think, he will say what he thinks, but I never, ever, wanted to make a judgment without hearing the person.”
Commentary: It is hard to believe Pope Francis "forgot" what he said about President Trump. Why would Francis lie about these things? It does not say much for his credibility. vtb
"Pope Francis: "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," Trump wasted no time firing back..."For a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful."
Commentary: Trump is thinking "ONLY" about building a wall? That is quite a stretch and a very unfair "judgement" of a world leader. vtb
"In times of crisis, we lack judgment, and that is a constant reference for me. Let's look for a savior who gives us back our identity and lets defend ourselves with walls, barbed-wire, whatever, from other peoples that may rob us of our identity."
Commentary: Note that Francis says nothing about Obama, although Obama approves of the murder of millions of unborn human beings and approves of homosexual marriage. Does Francis really believe building a wall to keep America safer is worse than the killing of millions through abortions? vtb
“I personally am more suspicious, I prefer the Madonna as Mother, our Mother, and not a woman who’s the head of an office, who every day sends a message at a certain hour. This is not the Mother of Jesus. And these presumed apparitions don’t have a lot of value.”
Commentary: It should not be what Francis "prefers," as if there are limits to what Our Blessed Mother can or wishes to do. A review of the Messages is what Fancies should be considering, and not a shallow, quick opinion of what he likes or dislikes. vtb
"I was once talking with a priest about the strange phenomenon of options in the new rite of Mass and the other sacraments. He made the observation that whenever there are multiple options, one of which is traditional and the others more recent inventions,
there seems to be a subtle pressure to choose the more recent
inventions, with the consequence that, as he put it, the traditional
practice is “optioned out of existence.”
Commentary: Changing the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to fit the "times" continues to be the goal of the "progressives" and "modernists" in the Church. Traditionally, this has been wrong, and even sinful, but "tradition" appears to mean little for many of the clergy in today's Church. vtb
"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. "
“By modernizing this important policy and expanding it to include $8.8 billion in foreign aid, President Trump is continuing Ronald Reagan’s pro-life legacy. This executive order does not cut a single penny from U.S. aid, rather it simply ensures our hard-earned tax dollars are used by other health care entities that act consistently to save lives, rather than promoting and performing abortion. Abortion is not health care.”
"This sounds more like a threat than a promise. And if the German people vote for this Führer with delusions of a great Germanic-Islamic continent, then they deserve everything is is coming to them. What she says is madness, bloody madness. Clearly, they French will go along. They always do (see: Vichy)."
"As mayor of a major English Channel port, Mr Philippe often praised the decision to keep the border with Britain shut to asylum seekers so as to make sure that migrants were processed properly in France."
"Amid the Syrian crisis we ought to remember a history that the American Mainstream Media would have us forget. Ironically, in the words of former President Barack Obama, “We know Assad has been protecting the Christians.” Reporter Alessandra Nucci stated this fact in 2013, but it remains still quite true today...”
"A journalist witnesses how teachers teach students the ideology of the Islamic State based on hatred and rejection of anyone who is unfaithful to the Koran."
Commentary: I have only seen part of one show, but that was enough for me. Not covered in this article was Mr. Noah's arrogance, and the spiritual stupidity he displayed to his audience and conservative guest, Tomi Lahren. Like a man brought up without manners, he consistently interrupted Ms. Lahren and mocked her at every opportunity. Approving of the violence caused by Black Lives Matter and other groups of Blacks, he believed it to be "normal" for any group involved in protests.
While he can be "witty," he used his humor not for good, but to ridicule and attack the moral values of Ms.Lahren. This is apparently because he, himself lacks those values. However, Mr. Noah is not alone, all so-called "late night" hosts do exactly the same thing. They apparently exist not to offer an entertaining comical look at the world, but to play politics at the expense of patriotic Americans. vtb
"Hell is not much spoken of these days, especially not in the graphic ways that Lucia recounts in her memoirs. The very idea, I recently read in a theology book, is one “in the last analysis, unworthy of Jesus”. The trouble is, Jesus himself disagrees. His own descriptions, moreover, are graphically to the point. Thus when Our Lady of Fatima speaks of “the fires of hell," she is simply repeating an image used often by her Son (Mark 9:43; Matthew 13:42, 50; 25:41)."
"It is imperative for any Commander in Chief to love his or her country and take steps to preserve the freedoms of America. Our nation thrives when our leaders possess effectiveness and good judgement. The USA is so fortunate to have President Trump in office, especially when noting the abysmal alternative that calls herself Hillary Clinton. Despite the lies, conspiracy theories, and attacks thrown at Mr. Trump on a daily basis, he never fails to continue fighting for America; this is a man who I am very proud to call my President."
President Trump: "The Fake Media is working overtime today!"
"Partisanship seems to have no limits these days. Both parties are equally at fault, as are extremists among the public and within the media. It is getting harder and harder to have a nuanced debate about complex political issues. Everything is either evil or good. Nothing has elements of both. Actions either deserve criminal indictment or the Nobel Prize."
"The recent violence that's marked our college campuses is seeping into the rest of society, and the vast majority of it comes from the intolerant Left."
was expected that protests to Donald Trump’s Presidency would last for a
while, but we have past 100 days and they show no signs of abating. Many have wondered how it is that people can afford to be out protesting every day, and how the permanent protesters are actually supporting themselves."
"I. The internet is “tone-deaf.” - II. Reading things as absolutes - III. Taking things personally."
Commentary: Trying to "reason" with unreasonable people is like trying to put a square peg into a round hole. vtb
"The National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys backed
the move, saying it would make the public safer and give prosecutors to
“tools that Congress intended” to lock up drug dealers and dismantle
Commentary: Great interview with a Black bishop who is critical of the Obama Administration's weak attitude towards drug dealers, making the drug situation worse. vtb
"While libertarianism has a number of tenets that are in accord with Catholic social teaching, complete integration of the two is ultimately impracticable."
Commentary: The stupid hypocrisy of the Democrats and the biased press is again exposed. vtb
"The distortions caused by mental illness, coupled with what Christians know about our Adversary, (the devil) render the notion of consent in the Canadian proposal absurd. When you hear, “please let me die,” you can never be certain whose words you’re hearing: the person’s, the illness’s or the Adversary’s."
Commentary: The only ones truly mentally ill are those who support laws that put people to death without a fair trial or fair hearing by a panel of qualified believers in Almighty God. vtb
"It’s not clear why there were photos taken of the crowds during the Miracle of Sun, but none of the Sun itself. Maybe the photographers couldn’t see it (not everyone could)? Or maybe no photos taken of the sky turned out."
"The firing has stoked charges of a cover-up and again raised the questions, Why, if Trump has nothing to hide, does he act so guilty? Why, if there’s no fire, is there always so much smoke?"
Commentary: The writer of this article is confused. Trump is not "acting guilty." He is simply being himself - a man among many who is fed up with the Democrats making mountains out of molehills. vtb
Commentary:Unethical conduct by people in public office has become so common that it is no longer thought of as breaking any laws or the cause of any scandal. A sad state of affairs. vtb
"French writer Samuel Pruvot, who interviewed the new president at length for a book, said Macron sought baptism at age 12 under the influence of his Jesuit teachers, but viewed the Catholic faith “more intellectually than spiritually” and would “distance himself as much as possible from Church, faith and Catholicism” as president."
Commentary: Not the mark of a true Catholic, but he is not alone. Many devout Catholics wonder just how many "true Catholics" still exist in today's corrupt world? vtb
"The fact is that between Pope Francis and the Venezuelan bishops, concerning the crisis that is ravaging the country, there is an abyss. The bishops stand with the population that is protesting against the dictatorship, and are respected and listened to as authoritative guides. While Bergoglio is judged on a par with Pontius Pilate, unforgivably reckless with Maduro and Chavism, in addition to being incomprehensibly reticent on the victims of the repression and on the aggression that is striking the Church itself."
Commentary: Pope Francis should not publicly be discussing the internal affairs of a country before consulting with his advisors and making sure he has a very clear picture of what is going on. Now things have only gotten worse because the violence against the Church is being ignored by Francis. vtb
"The USCCB moves actively and swiftly to silence and demonize voices that tell the truth about the Muslim persecution of Christians."
Commentary: In some respects our bishops have become a spin-off of the useless Democratic Party. Their lack of spiritual leadership is a disgrace. vtb
"Everything that we traditional Catholics believe in and do must have only one end; HOLINESS. The work of the Holy Spirit is to SANCTIFY US and make us into other Christs."
Commentary: Although this was hardly an overwhelming "victory," as expected, homosexuals no longer only want to just be "respected," they now want to add to their numbers and influence our youth to join in their immoral lifestyles. Misery loves company. Satan desires to take as many souls to Hell as possible. vtb
"Bills to take away freedom from medical professionals will funnel children towards sterilization and serious lifelong harm. So-called conversion therapy bans ironically prevent unhappy children caught in the trans contagion from accepting their natural bodies, and benefit an increasingly profitable gender clinic industry. They act as a Trojan horse for the transgender movement, who, almost unbelievably, are interested in vulnerable children as raw material to manufacture more transgender adults."
Commentary: Everything about these so-called "transgenders" is false, especially the fact that it is not possible to change your DNA. No matter how you change the outside, the inside remains the same. vtb
"The logic of much of Europe's religious and political community seems to be that if the elephant in the room is spoken to nicely and made to look cute and adorable, people will not think of it as a threat to their safety."
Commentary: Islam is a very dangerous "religion," if you can call it a religion because it is more of a "cult" that seeks violence against anyone who does not worship the false god that Muslims worship. It also fulfills the prophecy given in the Bible about the end times:
will put you out of the synagogues (churches): yea, the hour cometh,
that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God." [John 16:2]
Commentary: The state of Illinois has been run by corrupt Democrats for years. They are demonized individuals who have no regard for human life or the wishes of voters who oppose abortion. They are morally and mentally sick people. Obama came out of their ranks which explains his immoral character. vtb
"the Prime Minister of Sweden vowed his country will ‘never go back’ to recent levels of mass immigration after it emerged the terrorist who killed four people in a truck attack was a failed asylum seeker…."
Commentary: Too little, too late. Common sense was replaced by no sense, and now Sweden is suffering the consequences. Hopefully, they have truly learned a lesson. vtb
Commentary: The Saudis have another thing coming if they think Christians are going to let them have their murderous ways without a spiritual fight because with prayer, Christianity always wins.
"between 1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly 1 million and quite possibly as many as 1.25 million white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast."
Commentary: A foretaste of the future should Muslims become the majority in the nations of the West and gain power. vtb
"The EU Council has moved to distribute hundreds of thousands of refugees across Europe to lighten the burden on Italy and Greece. The Hungarian government has opposed the move from the start and proposes a new mechanism to mass deport migrants instead."
Commentary: If this is what it means to be part of the European "Union," then it may be better to leave it and go solo. vtb
"The Absence of Conversion: Unlike the Courage apostolate, nowhere in this strategy is repentance or conversion discussed. Instead, the focus is on the overly feminized and therapeutic language objectives of “respect, compassion, and sensitivity.”
Commentary: Another disciple of Pope Francis and his "who am I to judge?" statement. Homosexual lifestyles will never receive the approval or respect of true Christians. We can, and should respect the person, but not the grave sins committed by morally depraved homosexuals. vtb
"When Joseph Ratzinger resigned as Pope Benedict XVI, some of his opponents predicted, unkindly, that his abdication would be the only thing remembered about his life and pontificate. It turns out that it is Benedict’s critics who are now being eclipsed, while Joseph Ratzinger’s reputation continues to rise."
Commentary: Pope Benedict XVI is very much missed by many faithful Catholics who love their faith and choose to obey Church doctrine, rather than following someone who seeks to change it through "back-door" means. vtb
"The idea of a rose coming from someone's body stretches the most open of minds, although phenomena associated with Saint Padre Pio -- whom Maria had met -- were equally as baffling and difficult to believe."
"If you find yourself, as a new convert, wondering where that beautiful afterglow has gone to take heart and begin. Hook up with other pious, devout Catholics in your parish and get things going—pray, and act, because maybe this is exactly the opportunity parishioners in your orbit where waiting for. Maybe this is exactly what God’s had in mind all along; maybe you’re the catalyst."
Commentary: Not covered in the article is the disappointment many converts are experiencing as they see their idea of a true Church slowly coming apart due to the lack of holiness taking place from the Vatican on down through the average priest. vtb
"Huntington’s Disease (HD) is an incurable genetic brain disorder affecting nearly one million people globally. It is among the most common hereditary brain disorders, yet few people know about it and no cure exists. It begins with personality changes and progresses to loss of body function, eventually robbing the person of the ability to talk, walk, swallow, think and reason."
"It’s time for Huntington’s to be Hidden No More.
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Commentary: This is a terrible disease that needs far more research and public attention. vtb
Commentary: There has always been immorality in both the Democratic and Republican Parties, but sick minded Republicans, although small in number, are much more difficult to endure because they come across as "traitors.". vtb
"Congress is stuck. They can either work to advance the agenda that the president ran on and was elected on, or suffer humiliating defeats in next year's midterm elections. Don't doubt for a second that President Trump will forget who is enemies were
when things really mattered. And expect him to inform his millions of
loyal supporters of who those individuals are when the time comes. In
short, Trump can afford to wait."
Commentary: Waiting is actually not an option. The 2018 elections are coming up and Trump must show progress on his promises, or the Republican Party could end up a minority Party in the senate. vtb
"The former education secretary said Catholic social teaching was central to her politics."
"Abortion is killing. Nobody can argue with that. When the fetus is inside the uterus it is alive and when the pregnancy terminated it is dead – that by any definition is killing. … I think abortion is the destruction of something which is potentially irreplaceable, human and of great value, which is the tragedy of abortion."
Commentary: To be totally aware you are either participating in, or approving of murder and still willfully accept your situation, is about the worst moral state you can be in. vtb
"Conservatives must always ask themselves what they seek to conserve. In 2017, our goal must be to conserve democratic self-government, which is the basis for political freedom. A generation ago, we could focus on the perils of an enlarged government (and the Soviet Union). Now the problem has changed. The greatest threat to freedom is our dissolving society. Voters sense this, which is why they’re tilting in the direction of nationalism, however inarticulately and tentatively. We need to renew solidarity, something that can’t be done by citizens of the world. "
Commentary: Faith in God is the main ingredient of a good society. Without it, its every man for himself, and that type of selfishness can only lead to a crumbling of both Church and society. vtb
"Bill Nye offers an all-you-can-eat buffet of dystopia, but this rehash isn’t from yesterday or even yesteryear. More like yester-century."
"A large-scale survey of views in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine has reported extensive anti-women views and widespread tolerance of domestic violence. The three countries and Palestine were selected to be broadly representative and “to reflect the diversity of the region”…
"If the UN honestly wants peace, then it must accept that the modern Jewish state is the tugboat that will pull the whole Middle East into the 21st century. Rejecting the historic Jewish legitimacy in Jerusalem, is rejecting the quintessence of peace."
"Turkey appears determined to flood Europe with migrants either way: with Europe’s permission by means of visa-free travel, or without Europe’s permission, as retribution for failing to provide visa-free travel. The migrants arriving in Italy are overwhelmingly economic migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Only a very small number appear to be legitimate asylum seekers or refugees fleeing war zones."
Commentary: A vastly changing landscape is coming to Europe. Are Europeans ready to incorporate immigrants into their lifestyles, or will the immigrants incorporate Europeans into their lifestyles? vtb
"The Centers for Disease Control is warning of the emergence of a far deadlier tick-related virus than Lyme Disease – one that kills 10 percent of those infected and permanently disables the other 50 percent."
"It makes sense that your sleep position can have an impact on your overall health, right? We’ve all woken up from time to time with a crick in our necks or a weird leg cramp, and it is no fun at all. Spending eight hours on your side or on your back puts pressure on nerves and muscles, and we can feel the effects of a wonky sleep position the next day."
"When telling priests to follow the directives from Buenos Aires, the canonist explained that Pope Francis complimented those directives, and both the Pope’s letter and the directives can be found on the website of CanonicalAid.org. This website is maintained by independent canonist Marc Balestrieri, and his comments, if provided, will be shared in coming days in this blog page."
Commentary: Francis may have "complimented" Canonical Aid, Inc., but that does not mean they have the right or authority to speak for the Church on every controversial moral issue. Their presumption reveals a huge flaw in their "mission" as well as a good dose of intellectual pride. vtb
Pope Benedict XV - His encyclical, "Sacra Propediem."
Commentary: In today's spiritually lukewarm Church we witness almost every Sunday and/or weekday, people coming to church dressed immodestly. Yet, many of our bishops and priests do nothing about it. Immodest dressers can receive Holy Communion and the priest during Mass can look directly at them, but say NOTHING. What a great scandal this is, but how many bishops tell their priests to talk about it at Mass and refuse to give Communion to these people? What weak cowards they are and what a disgrace to the priesthood they are! vtb
"I was ashamed when I heard the name," the pontiff told an audience of students at the Vatican. "A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is going on?" he asked."
Commentary: I agree, but is Pope Francis also "ashamed" when told of the lukewarm state of today's Church and how liberalism, or "the smoke of Satan" has entered the Church? We know he is not because he has vastly contributed to that "smoke." vtb
Commentary: These so-called "faith leaders" should take a good look at themselves and be honest enough to admit they don't know what they are talking about. Trump's ban was written to be only TEMPORARY, and he is not, and never has been, against immigration, as long as its LEGAL. For "Faith Leaders" to harbor individuals who break the law by coming across our borders ILLEGALLY, makes them an accomplice to a crime, and that is certainly not true "faith" or the action of a true Christian. vtb
Commentary: Another result of the indifference Obama paid to our interests and our troops in various parts of the world. Our troops did not like Obama because he never assumed the responsibility of a true Commander-in-Chief and did not give them his support to build up their morale. He even cut down the number of our troops. vtb
"In a new book published in Italy Friday, the retired Pontiff says that while he agreed with the conclusions Paul drew in the encyclical Humanae Vitae he had trouble with the argumentation surrounding the prohibition of artificial birth control for Catholics."
"He began his talk, recognizing that "there is a conflict of interpretations,"
which "responds to the different ecclesiologies". Hence this conflict
constitutes "an x-ray of the various ecclesiological tendencies of the
Church today." From those who want to "continue in the dynamic of power" to those who intend to continue "between one bank and the other of the river," passing by those who bet on a "normal and simple Church, which accepts what the Pope says."
Commentary: Theologians are filled with "opinions" and "theories" that are not necessarily according to tradition or even current Church teachings. They are in reality, self-appointed "spokesmen" who often claim to speak for the Magisterium of the Church without being given the authority to do so. Marciano Vidal is one of those people. However, there is another thing that is disturbing a growing number of people in the Church. And that is, why does a pope need other people to interpret what he is saying or writing about? Why doesn't a pope, before he writes or says something, make sure it will be absolutely clear to his "audience"? And why when he is requested to do so, does he refuse? Pope Francis is guilty of all these things, and that is one of the great scandals present in today's Church. The vast majority of Catholics do not want Francis or any other pope to be a leader of confusion, but a leader of solid and true Catholic spirituality. vtb
"In the letter, Metropolitan Seraphim criticizes Islam and says Muhammed was a "false prophet" and that the Quran is
not a "holy" or "sacred" book. He presents examples of where the Quran
uses material from the Bible and other religious texts, and he also
discusses some of the more controversial aspects of Muhammed's life, including that one of his wives, Aisha, was only nine-years-old when she married the prophet."
Commentary: A courageous and spiritually bold letter to write. However, it will now become very dangerous for this bishop due to fanatical Muslims who always seek revenge. He needs and deserves our prayers. vtb
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed over the phone Tuesday a potential cease-fire in Syria. A readout of the conversation released by the White House states the two leaders agreed “the suffering in Syria has gone on far too long.”
Commentary: Trump does what proud Obama would never do. Trump believes in reconciliation and does not hold grudges. Obama always tried to get even through mockery or personal attacks. Thus, the vast difference in the moral qualities of these two men. vtb
"One of our nation’s two political parties is now completely dedicated to a fundamental evil. Abortion is even worse than segregation. (Democrats defended that for 100 years). It’s on the level of slavery. To be an active Democrat, going forward, is now to participate in evil. If you raise money for Democratic candidates, give to Democratic causes, or in any way participate in that party’s bid for power. … You are implicated."
“Now, as far as the fight coming down the pike in September, we're going to be ready for that fight, and we're going to make sure that President Trump's priorities continue,” Priebus said.
"By going immediately to Israel from Saudi Arabia, Trump also means to repudiate the fatuous assumptions and failed policies of President Barack Obama."
Commentary: This problem will be addressed by the U.S. when we are asked to participate in the discussions and our assistance is requested. vtb
"Many pro-life Republicans have praised the bill for blocking federal funding for Planned Parenthood."
Commentary: This does not make dirty Democrats very happy, but who really cares? ObamaCare passed without any Republican votes, and if no Democrats vote for the Republican healthcare plan, so be it! vtb
Commentary: The writer has very strong opinions. However, so does the average French citizen and it is in them that we must place our trust. vtb
“The way of all flesh awaits all of us. Even nations die. Look what happened to England,” he told “Savage Nation” listeners. “There’s no England anymore. That’s because of liberalism. They bent over backwards for liberalism, socialism. They opened their borders, and they thought that the influx of [Muslims] would somehow make them a greater nation. “That somehow this idea of multiculturalism would save Britain.”
"Asylum applications in Mexico rose steadily in recent years as the flow of people leaving Central America increased. But in 2016, as Trump campaigned on a tough anti-immigration platform, applicants jumped to 8,781, up from just under 3,500 in 2015. Mexico's refugee agency COMAR predicts it could receive more than 22,500 asylum applications in 2017."
"Depending on the type of crust, the amount of cheese and the toppings used, pizza can rank anywhere from nutritionally decent to a diet disaster."
"The American Health Care Act (HR 1628) passed by the House today reduces taxes on the American people by over $1 trillion. The bill abolishes the following taxes imposed by Obama and the Democrat party in 2010 as part of Obamacare:"
"Many observers feel that the controversial ascension of Obama to the White House is no longer newsworthy. The sun has apparently set on Obama’s destructive stewardship of the country. He must be allowed to fade into political irrelevance
while the country tackles without distraction the enormous problems
that confront it. “There’s a lot of work to do,” writes one commentator
to a recently posted article of mine, “Let’s start by consigning Obama
to the dustbin of history, and repeat his name no more.”
"I know some of my fellow evangelicals are a bit uneasy because they don't believe the executive order goes far enough—but be patient. This is the first of
several steps to protect religious liberty. This president has
demonstrated he is a friend to people of faith—and at the end of the
day—I have no doubt he will honor his word. Just have faith."
"Mária Schmidt is a Hungarian historian and university lecturer. In the following essay she outlines the trajectory of George Soros’ career
and describes his ongoing nefarious schemes with great lucidity. Her
account is literally horripilating: it made my skin crawl to read what
this vile man has unleashed upon the world. This “globalized” world.
"In the movie Gettysburg, amidst the lines of battle and artillery fire, there is a brief scene of a priest, his back to the camera, offering absolution to a vast field of kneeling Catholic soldiers. On the Gettysburg battlefield today, a statue honors this priest, Father William Corby, CSC, a Holy Cross
priest whose name is familiar to the students and graduates of the
University of Notre Dame, from whence he departed to serve his country,
torn apart by civil war."
"The following is a list of most Army enlisted and officer jobs, with short descriptions."
Commentary: Obama was without question, the worst President of the United States. vtb
"Besides being Gospel, Purgatory attracts people to the Church, too. It supplies a need
we all feel, at least when we’re at our best. The Protestant C. S.
Lewis saw this at the very end of his life. In his last book, Letters to
Malcolm, he says that “Our souls demand Purgatory.”
"Demons have been seen by seers as apes or monkey-like, hopping as if a kangaroo, or resembling snakes and insects. Satan has appeared to seers as a tremendously handsome man promising success here on earth in “love and life” if they will follow him instead of her — the dreaded “her” being Mary. Yet, he flees, this handsome con artist, as soon as Mary reappears."
"The election of a liberal Jesuit to the papacy thrilled Democrats in the United States, whose unholy alliance with the Catholic left goes back many decades. Barack Obama, one of the pope’s most prominent supporters, has long been a beneficiary of that alliance. The faculty at Jesuit Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., ranked as one of the top donors to his campaign. In a grim irony, Obama, whose presidency substantially eroded religious freedom in America, rose to power not in spite of the Catholic Church but because of it. The archdiocese of Chicago helped bankroll his radicalism in the 1980s. As he (Obama) recounts in his memoirs, he began his work as a community organizer in the rectory rooms of Holy Rosary parish
on Chicago’s South Side. The Alinskyite organization for which he
worked — the Developing Communities Project — received tens of thousands
of dollars from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development."
Commentary: A sad reminder that against tradition, a pope has chosen to associate and find agreement with evil men rather than truly holy men. vtb
"A number of the “Founding Fathers,” starting with George Washington himself, belonged to Masonic lodges (though they were also Christian). The same has been true of presidents since that time. Of the forty-five, fourteen (and by one count fifteen) have been Masons. That’s one-third [list here]."
"In these circumstances the only indispensable act of the Pope consists in unambiguously confirming the Divine truth of the indissolubility of marriage not only regarding doctrine, but also regarding the practice, as it did Jesus Christ and according to His example all of His Vicars on earth, the Roman Pontiffs. The central task of a Pope is precisely this: to confirm his brethren in the faith. This task is not optional, but commanded by Christ Himself (cf. Lc 23, 32).
Commentary: Will Francis listen to Bishop Schneider? It is very doubtful. Francis is firmly set in his ways and accepts no correction from any of his cardinal or bishop brothers. This is either because he is a spirituality misguided man or a very proud man, neither of which is good for the Church. vtb
"Pope Francis’ Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is not only dividing the Church, but more alarmingly, it is quietly attempting to change Catholic doctrine by means of an “incremental change of praxis,” said two Catholic scholars at an international conference in Rome last week."
"The document is indirect. It says things in an indirect way, but clearly, so the reader gets very clearly the message...What is implied in the whole discourse is very clear and really runs against very important dogmatic articles of the faith," he said.
“I hope that Catholics in the diocese will understand that it would be sinful to receive a fake sacrament from a woman priest and that includes attending a fake Mass,” said David Hains, spokesperson for the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte."
"The Catholic Archdiocese of Denver will only allow biological males and leaders who adhere
to the Catholic Church's moral teachings to participate in its
parishes' Boy Scouts troops. Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila
announced the policy in an April 20 column. He blasted the Boy Scouts of
America for admitting "girls who struggle with gender dysphoria and are living as though they are boys."
"This award will be noted with shame and embarrassment
when the history of the Indiana Democratic Party is written. Sadly,
however, the award is consistent with the Democratic National
Committee’s new mantra of demanding that all Democrats support abortion."
Commentary: You cannot be a true Catholic and approve of abortion. However, you can be a true hypocrite and claim to be a "Catholic." vtb
"Teresa Manning, a law professor with a pro-life background who has questioned the effectiveness of contraception, was named deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Population Affairs of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS)."
"A new maternity center to be built on the St. Vincent’s University Hospital campus and owned by Catholic nuns will do abortions to the extent these are permitted by Irish law.
Commentary: This sounds very confusing. How can The Sisters of Charity approve of this? It must be due to conforming to a law. Hopefully, they can come to a morally acceptable agreement. vtb
"The “general climate” of devoutness in Islam (which the BBC tries to hide by
calling “religious conservatism”) is what subjugates and brutalizes
women all over the Middle East. If you have a religion that sanctions wife-beating, polygamy, the reduction of a woman’s inheritance rights, the reduction of the value of a woman’s testimony, honor killing,
female genital mutilation, and the covering of women in the cloth
coffins of the burqa and niqab, you’re going to get men who think women
are unequal to them. This isn’t rocket science. It’s Islam."
"Down through the ages, St Francis and the Custody have faced both hostility and openness from local Muslim rulers. Today’s murderous jihadism
is something new, a lethal threat that is driving Christians out of
their ancient biblical lands. Eight hundred years later, the Franciscans
determination to stay and bear witness is needed again."
"May 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump will sign an executive order on Thursday protecting the religious liberty of the Little Sisters of the Poor and ordinary Americans who don't subscribe to gender ideology or believe in same-sex "marriage..."
"Pope Francis reaffirmed the disputed settlement of refugee camps with concentration camps. "This was not a lapsus linguae, (slip of the tongue) there are refugee camps, which are the right (rightfully) concentration camps," he said on Saturday on the return flight from Cairo to Rome. Some are in Italy, others elsewhere" - not in Germany"...Some Jewish associations had criticized the Pope's "concentration camp" (remark).
Commentary: Refuge camps are definitely not the equivalent of a "Nazi concentration camp." It may prove to be very offensive to some Jews for the Pope to make this comparison, and then to refuse to correct himself. Francis also does not tell the truth when he claims he does not interfere with the political affairs of countries. His rejection of the border wall and saying Trump was not a "Christian" are only two examples of his interference and his personal attacks against a political leader that he justifies as moral observations. We are reminded that Francis was not directly critical of Obama although Obama was in favor of the killing of the unborn through abortions and homosexual marriage. vtb
"As a good Jesuit, Jorge Mario Bergoglio instinctively goes along with the signs of the times. He is not even trying to stem the growing diversification within the Church. On the contrary, he is encouraging it. He is not responding to the cardinals who submit “doubts” to him and ask him to bring clarity. He is giving free rein to even the most reckless opinions, like those of the new general of the Jesuits, the Venezuelan Arturo Sosa Abascal, according to whom it is not possible to know what Jesus really said “because there were no recorders.”
Commentary: Pope Francis does not appear to be a good pope. His reckless manner of leading the Church is not winning him any friends that know doctrine and truly love the Church. But a day of "reckoning" before Almighty God will come for this liberal, misguided pope as it will for each of us. vtb
"Bullish Trump renews his battle with the 'incompetent' media as he mocks 'boring' White House Correspondents' Dinner he snubbed and boasts that his First 100 Days rally attracted 'much better people' - "Elite reporters, Trump claimed, 'would love to be with us' but were 'trapped at the dinner, which will be very, very boring' - He said the political media 'deserves a very, very big, fat fat failing grade' for its coverage of his first 100 days - Vice President Mike Pence warmed up the crowd and blamed 'left-wing activists and their willing allies in the media' for 'ignoring the facts and spreading that fake news' - Trump blasted Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and said if Democrats 'knew what the hell they were doing' they would approve funding for his border wall."
"In its statement, the White House suggested that Mr. Trump was eager to mend relations. The president’s invitation, it said, was aimed at discussing “the importance of the United States-Philippine alliance, which is now headed in a very positive direction.”
Commentary: Russia attempted to present an superior moral image under the Obama administration which was not hard to do since Obama was, and is so corrupt, but Trump is a new man since being elected President and he is building a far greater moral image than Putin ever imaged. vtb
Commentary: A beautiful glow that reflects the presence of the Holy Spirit shines through the smile of this daughter of the Lord. vtb
"Emily — believed to be the ONLY person in the world with her particular kind of neuroblastoma — has been close to death several times, but keeps fighting back. She says: “I don’t think I would change anything about me — having cancer has made me who I am. “I don’t think I would be the same person if I hadn’t gone through everything I have. “It’s been seven years of my life and I have never been told I am going to be completely better and live until I am 80.”
"you cannot judge a religion’s efficacy, whether good or bad, by its exceptional personalities, but only by the behavior of those masses who are conglutinated by its tenets. In this sense and from this perspective, Islam is not merely insalubrious for mankind, but even worse, and because of this same insalubrious nature, it is a grand deception that has hoodwinked the Western world in such a way that we bend over backward in abject humility just to accommodate this intolerant religion “in abstraction from its followers, or even from its various types of followers.”
Commentary: The writer uses lots of fancy words, but an overall review of the article should clear things up for readers. vtb
"The US has sent a group of US Marines armed with eight-wheeled Stryker armored carriers to northern Syria as a buffer between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces, after Turkish air strikes killed 20 members of the US-backed Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) militia, injured 18 and destroyed the local Kurdish command headquarters. Clashes broke out between Turkish and Kurdish forces after the air strikes."
Commentary: Turkey should never have been allowed to become a member of NATO because its leaders cannot be trusted. vtb
"A government statement said the police had successfully stopped 'illegal religious activity.'
Commentary: China presents two faces to the world community. One of peaceful coexistence, and another of silent persecution and brutality towards its own people. vtb
" the senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific said the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen, but he declined to compare the situation to the Cuban missile crisis decades ago."
"Romanticism was (is) anti-reason, obsessed with passion – where it dominates in the Church all those courses in logic for clergy are wasted. “Virtue” was what the French revolutionaries imagined had existed in ancient Rome, which is to say mostly Stoicism. This was not the Catholic understanding of virtue. In fact, the Revolution worked mightily to destroy the Church, slaughtering clergy, religious, and laity."
"My black brother called me from Baltimore feeling frustrated and alone. He is surrounded by blacks, including his own household, who believe everything they are told by fake news media. No amount of data, logic, or truth seems to penetrate their wall of brain-dead loyalty to the Democrat Party and worship of Obama. My brother said that even at his all-black church every sermon includes digs against Trump."
Commentary: Many Blacks are far more racist than Whites. Blacks commit far more crimes than any other race in the US and are very difficult to reason with. However, there are many good Blacks that are a credit to their race and would not agree to have someone murder their unborn child or personally commit a crime, and these are the Blacks that deserve our respect. Unfortunately, the rest appear to be beyond learning the truth. vtb
"Once you abandon belief in rationality, all you are left with is force and violence."
Commentary: A truer statement would be: "once you abandon your faith." vtb
"a self-described “American Black” woman (she appears, after the ranting antifa woman, about 50 seconds into the clip) responding to the criticism toward Donald Trump by passionately pointing out the problems FOR BLACK AMERICAN CITIZENS that were completely exacerbated during the Obama presidency, and the needs of Black Americans that were wholly ignored during his reign."
"Religions devolve into cults when they set themselves in opposition to the entire world outside their confines, and when they insist that their members hold unique insights and virtues, and so have a duty to shun and denigrate the “gentiles” (everyone else). Cult leaders understand that exposure to outsiders leads to a diminishment of commitment, and a decline of their own power."
"The left’s “inimitable” War on Poverty destroyed the Black family in our country, creating as it did a greater than 70% rate of black children born out of wedlock. And now, the left’s demonic War on Women has turned females into the new Ugly Americans. The notion that "anatomy is destiny" is anathema to a left whose culture wars and Woodstock generation began the death march of the American family. And the Ugly American is our harsh American Woman liberated from herself, from her own soul."
"Watching several minutes of CNN’s
punditry coverage of President Trump’s Harrisburg rally is
exceptionally interesting from the perspective of watching what happens
when full-throated liberal media ideology is confronted by a political opponent inoculated from battered politician syndrome. The media cries foul."
Commentary: The media will often site the 1st Amendment when Trump attacks their credibility. However, they do not confess that they are bullies and slandering or ridiculing the President is wrong. This makes them even more despised by those who know, and appreciate dignity. vtb
Commentary: Great series of videos on the new health care bill, North Korea and other issues. vtb
(Democratic) Senator Chuck Schumer on MSNBC (via ZeroHedge): “We’re no longer fact-based. The founding fathers created a country based on fact. We don’t have a fact base. If Breitbart News and the New York Times
are regarded with equal credibility, you worry about this democracy.”
First of all, in Schumer’s opening sentence, who is this “we”? There is an implication that the “we” is somehow monolithic and centralized. But people have been in disagreement about facts and what they mean since the dawn of time. People have rejected centralized sources of facts, from kings and queens and priests, to newspapers and television news."
Commentary: Another nut-case. Mr. Schumer and the Democrats have no fresh ideas. They simply exist to stop Trump and in the process confirm the fact they are not patriotic and could care less about what is good for our country. vtb
"The Netherlands recently reported that there were 6091 reported assisted deaths in 2016 representing 4% of all deaths. Based on the current number of assisted deaths, it is possible that Canada will surpass the Netherlands and Belgium."
Commentary: Welcoming godless government leaders and atheistic judges confirms it is the goal of the people of Canada to slide into Hell. vtb
"Female genital mutilation is gratuitous violence against girls and women, and is a violation of human rights; failing to report it not only ensures its continuance but also perpetuates a two-tier legal system in America: one in which Islamic Sharia is permitted and another under the rule of secular law."
"And souls working together in a mass rejection of God can move mountains. They can turn them into molehills. They can take a great civilization … and reduce its cities to rubble. They can shatter the most basic unit of social order, the family, into shards of self-seeking, adolescent adults and neglected, untutored children. Then the godless State can remake them in its image, starting with pre-school, right up through their B.A.s in Gender Studies from Jesuit universities."
researchers then checked to see if these imbalances also characterized
the subset of patients in the study who had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an intestinal disorder that is common in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Results showed that patients did indeed have different patterns of gut bacteria disturbances depending on whether they had only chronic fatigue syndrome or both chronic fatigue syndrome and IBS."
"If you listen to mainstream media
for more than 30 seconds, you would think President Trump is in a world
of his own as the entire nation turns its back on him. However, that
would be ‘fake‘ news as WaPo reports, in fact, the Democratic Party is viewed as more out of touch than either Trump or the party’s political opponents."
Commentary: The results of this poll are not surprising. Most Americans are able to see through the false image Democrats and their allies in the press try to present to the general public. vtb
"In homosexuality, I thought I could find the perfect man – someone who was masculine and powerful, but unquestionably accepting and compassionate. I never found my gay god.
Because everyone else around me was looking for precisely the same
thing. But the more I expected and the more I hoped, the increasingly desperate I became."
Commentary: A very touching story of conversion. vtb
"North Korea test-fires ballistic missile - Trump says North Korea 'disrespected the wishes of China' - Reports Pyongyang saying war 'imminent' - North Korea: attempts to get rid of nuclear weapons (is a) 'wild dream' - North Korea could develop a missile capable of reaching the US warns Homeland Security Secretary"
"As President Donald Trump convenes an unusual national security meeting on North Korea this week at the White House with the full Senate, Register correspondent Victor Gaetan explores how two priests, a Korean-American professor and a former high-level North Korean official struggled in intersecting ways to promote dialogue between the United States and North Korea."
"She was known for her great devotion to caring for the sick — she was born during the time of the great plague in Europe; she would go into homes and hospitals and care for others that no-one else would. She would wash their hideous wounds and bandage them. When they died, Catherine would bury them with her own hands."
"In a rare rebuke to a NATO ally, the U.S. military charged that Turkish airstrikes against a valued U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria came with little warning and could have endangered American advisers."
"In a speech at times blunt and other times thick with imagery, the pope said that better cooperation by the two religions could lead to a new generation refreshing an environment poisoned by
the one before it. “Young people, like well-planted trees, can be
firmly rooted in the soil of history,” he said, “and growing heavenward in one another’s company, can daily turn the polluted air of hatred into the oxygen of fraternity.”
"U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the missile was probably a medium-range weapon known as a KN-17 and appears to have broken up within minutes of taking off."
“We are sending an armada.” Pres. Donald J. Trump’s declaration during a television interview on the Fox Business Channel signaled the deployment of Carrier Strike Group One to the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s bellicose rhetoric and upcoming missile test. The Navy canceled a series of port calls for the strike group earlier this month and diverted the ships to the Korean Peninsula in a show of force against the hermit kingdom. But what’s in the armada?"
"Rather than accept electoral defeat, the mainstream of the Democratic Party now believes in “resisting” -- resisting anything the party in power enacts into law, does, wants to do, or even wants to think. Their new goal is to disrupt, obfuscate, destroy, and neuter their opposition."
Commentary: Acts of treason by Democrats will not deter the objectives of President Trump. Democrats are fighting a losing cause and making fools of themselves. vtb
"At this point, there was some unrest in the audience. There was nobooing or heckling at all, however. This makes it even more surprising that US media are painting an entirely different picture of Ivanka’s appearance in Berlin. The murmuring that could be heard as Ivanka defended her father against criticism was interpreted as massive booing of the President’s daughter. The alleged hostility toward Ivanka during her visit to Berlin was a lead headline at US outlets such as ABC, CNN, and Fox, along with several major newspapers."
Commentary: "Fake news" is like a cancer that is only able to grow when biased, liberal people report the news. vtb
"..many Democrats have supported parental-involvement laws and other limits on taxpayer funding for abortion. Furthermore, as recently as 2003, 62 House Democrats and 17 Senate Democrats voted in favor of the federal partial-birth abortion ban.
Commentary: A good start, but should not these Democrats also vote to ban abortion completely? vtb
"For a man who was once pro-choice, Donald Trump has ended up doing more than most presidents for the pro-life cause. "Compared to past administrations, we're really happy with the way the president has kept his promises," March for Life President Jeanne Mancini declared this week."
"Father Zakaria Botross, a Coptic Orthodox priest that has a bounty of US $60,000,000 placed on his head by Muslim terrorist groups and their sympathizers throughout the whole of the Middle East."
"An April 20, 2017 EWTN panel discussed a host of hot-button issues within the Church, including the appointment of a pro-gay Jesuit priest as a Vatican consultant, how the possibility of women deacons is "certainly something to be concerned about," and Cardinal Robert Sarah's "prophetic warning about the nature of the Church’s present crisis of faith."
"Malignancy: “Evil in nature.” Planned Parenthood’s vision of itself versus the actual reality of what it does on a daily basis leaves one not only dumbfounded with disbelief, but sickened as well. Just what is it about this nefarious organization that average folks don’t seem to understand?"
"The enemy of God and all His Saints is the bent one who has a vested interest in disorienting us by the misuse of speech. It is fashionable to hold the diabolical contradiction that one can be “pro-choice” but not “pro-abortion” but let it be known that this morally problematic stance proceeds from the father of lies. Human agents tricked into holding this contradiction are not the enemy, Satan is the enemy and our duty is found in charity committed to fraternal correction."
Commentary: Nice words, but I know of no Democrat who will accept that "fraternal correction." Admonishment is a spiritual work of mercy, but as the Holy Bible teaches us and if the circumstances warrant it, must be given in a strong and repeated manner in order to shake up the person deserving of it. vtb
"So, if conversion therapy is outlawed, where does that leave religious counselors? Fined? In jail? Will there still be therapists doing reparative therapy underground? And are there any out there who are still doing so? What about LGBTQ adults who seek counseling on their own?"
"U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to 'catastrophic consequences,' while China and Russia rebuked Washington's threat of military force."
Commentary: This very dangerous situation continues and the prospects for peace do not look very good. The United States has the military strength to wipe out North Korea's missiles, but the danger is that NK will still be able to fire one or two at the U.S., and that is the biggest worry right now. A peace agreement would be good, but it would not prevent NK from adding to its nuclear strength and developing even more powerful nuclear weapons. However, just how accurate or good North Korea's missiles are at this time is still a big question mark. vtb
"John Stuart Mill said, “Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to accomplish their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
Commentary: We are not currently "losing" to the Left, that is media talk. Those on the Left are led by the devil, but good people have the greatest resource at their disposal, and that is prayer. That is how Donald Trump got elected, and that is how Conservative Republicans will overcome morally corrupt Democrats. No matter how dark things can be at times, JESUS is always near to Light our way. vtb
"A French opinion writer named Ivan Rioufol got himself into a heap o’ trouble by referring to Muslims who adhere to fundamentalist or Salafist positions as supporters of the “ideology of the Islamic State”. That seems to me to be an accurately-phrased assertion of equivalence. But the bien-pensants who are in charge of French political culture do not agree. Mr. Rioufol is now under investigation, and may be subject to a criminal procedure."
Commentary: Freedom of speech appears to be no longer tolerated in the morally confused country of France. vtb
"The reform Islam movement is nothing new and Muslims have attempted to reform Islam for fourteen hundred years and always failed. Leaders of such movements were often beheaded for apostasy. Jihad and sharia are foundational principles of Islam and no mincing of words will change that. That in addition to lying, deception and terror
as approved Islamic tools to stay in control, could never help any
reform movement to build on. How can anyone build on a foundation of lies and violence? But the so-called reformers tell us they can and that keeps American media happy and that is all that counts."
"Kamel Abderrahmani is a young Algerian Muslim, known to our readers. He wrote a letter to Pope Francis on the eve of his visit to Egypt. In it he thanks the pontiff for his courage to go to Egypt despite terrorist attacks and for his commitment to peace in the world."
Commentary: A beautifully written letter from a Muslim who has witnessed the persecution of Christians by Muslim "religious" leaders. His appeals to Pope Francis are very touching and he speaks truth about Muslim terrorism that even Francis cannot ignore. vtb
"I find it profoundly saddening that the grave scandal of the distribution of contraceptives and the advancing secularization of the Order which this immoral action represents are now minimized and, effectively, forgotten. All of the many press conferences, interviews and other interventions through the media on the part of the Order, in the time since the reinstatement of the Grand Chancellor, make no reference to the grave scandal and acknowledge no responsibility on the part of the Grand Chancellor for such scandal. From my view, I fear that the obscuring of this scandalous situation at the root of the recent difficulties in the Order is not a good augury for the renewal of the Order, according to its long, noble, and thoroughly Catholic tradition. [emphasis added]"
Commentary: Hopefully, this was only a miss-communication between Pope Francis and Cardinal Burke. However, that may be too optimistic. Pope Francis has not treated Cardinal Burke very well and it appears to be closer to the truth to say that the pope wanted Cardinal Burke out of the way because Francis regards Burke as a "thorn" in his side and a challenge to his liberal manner of governing the Church. vtb
"It is difficult to eliminate all processed foods from your diet but you can eliminate some of the worst processed foods."
Commentary: Due to Obama's failure to act, and the press's refusal to repeatedly question Obama on the matter, the U.S. is now in an extremely dangerous situation. vtb
"They say they want answers to their “serious questions and misgivings” that have arisen after Francis reinstated within the order a fired condom promoter, forced the Order’s head to resign, and effectively removed their patron, Cardinal Raymond Burke, from his post."
Commentary: It would be a surprise if Pope Francis gave them a direct answer. Whenever he is challenged, he refuses to explain himself, as if his decisions should not be questioned because he is the pope. This of course, only causes more dissension and anxiety in the Church.. vtb
"Editor's Note: This article was written by an insider in the Knights of Malta who chooses to remain anonymous. We have agreed to publish it as something of an eleventh hour intervention, here on the eve of the all-important election of a new Grand Master this weekend."
“While this whole saga was an internal matter that probably should have stayed that way, it metamorphosed into a clash that showed the divide between conservatives and progressives,” Andrea Tornielli, journalist and author of several books on Francis, said Wednesday."
"Democracy seems to be losing its sense and being cast adrift by media shabbiness," Cardinal Barbarin added. "This has been our worst-ever election campaign, characterized by the unforgivable accusations, total critiques, violence, chaos and the misleading of voters."
"The Rev. Ronald Nuzzi, who heads the leadership program for Catholic educators at the University of Notre Dame, said many bishops “are in a pickle.” They want Catholic institutions to be staffed by people who not only teach what the church teaches but whose “whole life will bear witness.” Nuzzi said he keeps a photo on his desk from the 1940s that shows all the German bishops in their garb, doing the Nazi salute."
Commentary: Notre Dame lost its Catholic identity years ago and Rev. Nuzzi confirms it. He speaks of "apples & oranges" and is far from being a reliable source for explaining what it is to be a true Catholic. In addition, some of the comments shown below this article reveal the confused, liberalized state of today's Church, due in part to being led by a liberal pope. vtb
"We hear eloquent complaints about how Christians are despised and marginalized, and how religious freedom is being curtailed. But this has not come out of the blue. In the Western world at least, the issues on which this is happening are almost all sexual. Christians are despised and marginalized, in part, because they refuse to speak out in defense of others who have already been persecuted and marginalized far more than they over similar sexual issues by the same sexual radicals."
"If you want jobs, rising wages, and economic growth, you have to stop the war on capital. Trump's tax plan does just that."
"Just imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one American flag. I’m asking you to dream big because with your vote we are just hours away from the change you’ve been waiting for your entire life. So to every parent who dreams for their child and to every child who dreams for their future I say these words to you tonight. I am with you. I will fight for you and I will win for you. I promise. To all Americans tonight in all of our cities and in all of our towns, I pledge to you one more time. Together we will make American wealthy again. We will make America strong again. We will make America safe again and we will make America great again!" ----Donald Trump
"He’s not unprecedented. He’s not going to change. And 11 other lessons the media still haven’t learned about the president."
Commentary: The media is filled with mentally unbalanced Democrats who could care less about the good of the country, their main task is to attack Republicans and Conservatives. vtb
“One of the fundamental [goals] should be that America exists to fight for the most vulnerable,” Sasse continued. “That should not be a Republican or a Democratic proposition. That should be an American proposition. And that should be a human proposition.”
"Many public documents from the time spoke of the need for social and republican virtues within the populace such as justice (i.e., obeying the law), moderation, benevolence, temperance, industry, frugality, religious piety, and a responsibility among the people’s representatives to secure their good. In times of war, however, virtues of strength such as courage, leadership, bravery, vigor, and manly exertion are required. “Virtue is of concern to government not as an end in itself, but as a means to security and ultimately to happiness,” West concludes."
"We are witnessing the emergence of a dangerous new norm for responding to speakers who challenge campus orthodoxy. Anyone offended by the speaker can put out a call on Facebook to bring together students and locals, including ‘antifa’ (antifascist) and black-bloc activists who explicitly endorse the use of violence.... Because of flagrant ‘concept creep,’ however, almost anyone who is politically right of center can be labeled a racist or a fascist, and the promiscuous use of such labels is now part of the standard operating procedure."
"Solidarity HealthShare, a medical cost-sharing plan, looks to restore and rebuild an authentic Catholic healthcare system that respects the Church’s teachings, including the sanctity of human life, according to the group’s website."
"A number of its European neighbors fared even worse than Germany with regards to their security ratings in the report, with France ranking 67th and the UK 78th."
"In an interview with LifeSiteNews earlier this month, Blackwell was quoted as saying that the Obama administration's "aggressive LGBT agenda will be unhinged." "My anticipation is that we will see an executive order and it will be more than window dressing," Blackwell said. "We will have to be very meticulous in how we dismantle it."
"President wanted to show action on key promises before 100-day mark, but Mexico’s Peña Nieto and Canada’s Trudeau urged him not to withdraw from accord."
Commentary: The so-called "100-day mark" is meaningless. It's an imagined number that has no strict meaning. All depends upon the Congress and the unity of a political Party. What really counts is the 4-year or 8-year mark in terms of accomplishments. vtb
COMMENTARY: THESE CRAZED ANIMALS SHOULD BE OUTLAWED. ANY DOG THAT KILLS ADULTS AS WELL AS YOUNG CHILDREN SHOULD BE PUT DOWN. THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY DEATHS RESULTING FROM THESE VICIOUS DOGS. MANY DOGS ARE MISTREATED, BUT THEY DON'T KILL PEOPLE. EXCUSING PIT BULLS BECAUSE YOU EITHER DO, OR KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO TREATS HIS PIT BULL WELL, IS NOT AN LEGITIMATE EXCUSE. THOSE THAT DISAGREE SHOULD EXPLAIN THEIR REASONS TO THE SPOUSE OF AN ADULT OR PARENT OF THE NEXT CHILD THAT DIES FROM BEING ATTACKED BY ONE. vtb
"Research from DogsBite.org shows that during the 12-year period from 2005 to 2016, canines killed 392 Americans. Pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 76% (297) of these deaths. During the 20-year government study period of 1979 to 1998, 238 dog bite-related fatalities with breed information was studied. The combination of pit bulls and rottweilers accounted for 50% (120) of these deaths."
"This would mean ‘all parties would bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses,’ the paper said. It comes amid claims Pyongyang is capable of creating as many as eight new nuclear weapons a year."
"We (America) have ballistic missile ships in the Sea of Japan that are capable of defending against ballistic attacks."
"President Donald Trump aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile and proliferation programs, and is engaging the international community to achieve that and persuade Kim Jong Un’s government “to de-escalate and return to the path of dialogue.”
"While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs," the Freedom Caucus said in a statement. "We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill. Our work will continue until we fully repeal Obamacare."
"To restore SSPX clergy to full communion with Rome while letting them cross their fingers behind their backs on religious freedom (and ecumenism) when they make the profession of faith and take the oath of fidelity would, by a bizarre ultra-traditionalist route, enshrine a “right to dissent” within the Church."
Commentary: Pope Francis has made it very clear that he is not a "traditionalist," therefore a complete reconciliation does not seem possible during his reign. Francis, although he says and does many good things, sees things from a far more rigid, liberal view and that prevents him from agreeing with those who believe strongly in the teachings of popes and saintly people who were firm in following Church doctrines and the Holy Bible. vtb
"Once again, the laity must take the lead in speaking the truth about our situation while the members of the upper hierarchy maintain a timid attitude of reserve or, in the case of the many progressives among them, actively further the Bergoglian debacle. May Our Lady of Fatima soon come to our rescue. For it is certain there is no help on the way from the Princes of the Church."
"A deliberate misstatement of the issue designed to conceal the real issue. The real issue is not whether the Pope seeks to “change Revelation,” as if that were possible, but rather whether AL Chapter 8 undermines the revealed truth concerning the indissolubility of marriage and the universally binding, exceptionless character of the negative precepts of the natural law, including the Sixth Commandment."
Commentary: This is already going on in the Church. Confusion and divisions are now common. The exceptions being when Francis wants something done quickly. He then takes "command," but not for "unity" in the Church, only to satisfy his own personal desires. vtb
"The full list of Tier 1
countries of particular concern includes: Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran,
North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and
Uzbekistan, with the addition of Central African Republic, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Russia, Syria, and Vietnam this year. The countries on the Tier 2 list are: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, and Turkey."
“I see a lot of love in Christianity, I see a lot of anger and hate in Islam,”
stated my anonymous Iranian-American interlocutor to me in his
condominium building manager’s office. My interview partner related a revealing personal spiritual and geographic journey away from his boyhood Islamic faith and Iranian homeland to an adult Christian conversion in America."
"The notion that the vast majority of Muslims are moderate needs to be taken with a grain of salt. It’s not based on any evidence and it creates a host of unrealistic expectations. Most of all, it leaves us unprepared for those times when, in obedience to their faith, once “moderate” Muslims turn immoderate."
"We could go on with this list of Palestinian intellectuals who paid a high price for daring to speak the truth to Abbas and his corrupt circle on many issues: coexistence with the Jews, secularism, sexual freedom, freedom of conscience, human rights, or telling the truth about the Holocaust."
"The way Fadelle was attracted by Catholicism shows how his soul had a profound righteousness and how his adherence to Islam was merely the result of circumstances of birth and family. He was actually prepared, once in contact with the truth, to accept it even at the cost of losing all the comforts and privileges of a high social position and suffering terrible persecution. His and his wife’s conversions show how Muslims can convert and how many of them actually yearn, though unknowingly, for this "bread of life," which is Our Lord Jesus Christ."
"The next day, feast day of Saint Augustine, they spotted land — La Florida — and the place where Father Lopez planted a Cross still exists, the oldest continuous settlement in the U.S., seven decades before Plymouth, decades too before Jamestown — a marvel relevant to our own time, a marvel that would end up relevant through the nation’s turbulent history, and right up to the present moment."
"While Spencer does not contend that all Muslims advocate terrorism, he asserts that Islamic doctrine itself calls for terrorism and that “Anybody who has read the Quran—and more importantly, anybody who’s read the Quran and understands and has also read how it is interpreted by mainstream Islamic authorities—nobody in that position could believe that Islam is a religion of peace.”
"He tells us about Christian ("the second boy I kissed"), who two weeks after breaking up with his boyfriend bought a helium bottle, inhaled his content and sent his ex a message that he came to see him to make sure that It was him who found the corpse. He tells us about Jared , whose physical deformity and depression have "sunk his social life" until he is reduced to three elements: "I, the gym and internet links."
"Bills to legalize euthanasia “have done very poorly” in 2017, Rita Marker, executive director of the Patients Rights Council, told Baptist Press. “That has been a shock to those who are in favor of it because they thought that all of [a] sudden the dam had burst and everything would happen for them.”
"Overall, U.S. adults with college degrees are less religious than others, but this pattern does not hold among Christians."
"When the West kicked out the Christian ethos, it kicked out the legs that supported the table of true humanism, and without He Who Must Not Be Named and his vision of the human person, liberal democracy can’t be sustained."
"If liberals really care about freedom, they would do well to take a few weekends off from protesting here and there to examine how they bear much of the responsibility for bringing us to this point."
"..the court is still allowing the administration to proceed with the executive order but directing it to stay within existing constitutional bounds—which it didn’t claim to be pushing!"
"Calls for jihad and sharia law by prominent imams are happening right under the noses of Canadians, but they are met with passivity by mainstream media and authorities. Another “top imam,” Syed Soharwardy, has declared that Islamic Sharia is the solution, and that the jizya tax is not discriminatory."
Commentary: More evidence that Islamic terrorists and many other Muslims will not be persuaded by any soft-talk or talk of "unity" with Christians or any other religion. Evil "religious" people want "acceptance" for their lifestyle and for you to convert to their religious Faith with no form of compromise. vtb
"..how difficult would it have been for NBC's Lester Holt and others to follow with the fact that the world's five largest Muslim-majority states—Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Egypt—were not included on the travel ban list? And neither were Turkey, Algeria, and Morocco, ranking seventh through ninth in Muslim-majority status. Alternatively, the media could have informed us that there are about 50 Muslim-majority countries, only seven of which were included in the travel ban. It also could have noted that these seven constitute only about 12 percent of the global Muslim population. And a minimal investigation would have uncovered that a non-Muslim-majority country, India, had none of its 176 million Muslims banned, a number which is very close to the combined total population within the new, six-country travel ban."
Commentary: Television news, like that of other media news outlets is totally biased and filled with Democrats who accept, and digest evil on a daily basis. vtb
"Thus Francis has never referred to Islam in problematic terms, for example with reference to immigration; He continues to say that Islam is a religion of peace and there is no difference between Islamic and Christian violence. It remains to be understood whether it is simply a strategic "liking operation" or a belief. What is certain is that certain statements do not correspond to reality..."
Commentary: Over educated people (including many Jesuits) rarely have the humility to say they were wrong. They have to be taught by experiences that put them to shame and make them look foolish. vtb
"To the extent, however, that France’s brokenness mirrors the social, political, and economic crumbling of the West, we should all be worried. Elections are about many things, and we should be wary of reading too much into them. Sometimes, however, they provide insight into the collective state of mind of societies. And what this election is telling us about France bodes ill for all of us."
"Some 59 per cent Indonesians are intolerant towards minorities. Religious radicalism is on the rise. At least 11.5 million people are "spiritually" ready to change Indonesian society. The last election was poisoned by religious conflict. For Sinta Nuriyah Wahid, " radical groups have their own political agenda,” namely “the Islamic State of Indonesia”. Only 11 per cent of Indonesians are strongly opposed to an Islamic nation."
"The point of ideological warfare is not only to cast doubts in the mind of the enemy, but also to convince your own citizens that they possess a valuable heritage worth defending. To a large extent, that conviction has been lost in the West."
“He said we would build a wall and Mexico would pay for it, … but he never said when,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Monday night on Fox Business. “Some things just take time and don’t occur real quick. I think that’s the way with the wall.”
Commentary: More attacks against the four devout cardinals, but no criticism of the liberal Pope Francis. This confirms again that the four cardinals are doing the Lord's Holy Will and Pope Francis and his arrogant defenders are not. vtb
“‘Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God’ in which, as in a mirror, the pilgrim Church contemplates God, the source of all her riches.”
“In the dispute over Amoris Laetitia the meaning of three sacraments is implicated: marriage, penance and especially the Eucharist. We have bishops’ conferences, individual bishops, priests, who on the most sensitive issues also give even opposing interpretations and directives. We have such absurdity that, just as an example, the directives to the faithful on access to the Sacraments change not only from country to country but also from diocese to diocese and parish to parish.”
Commentary: For Pope Francis to continue to refuse to clarify his position on these moral issues is cowardly, and sinful. He is a disgrace to the Catholic Church and to his Holy Office. vtb
Collette was fired in 2014 as Holy Family’s music minister because his engagement to longtime partner and now husband, Will Nifong, became known to church officials. The firing was traumatic for the parish, where Collette had served for 17 years. Some 700 parishioners attended a town hall about it and there welcomed Collette with a standing ovation. One parishioner expressed anger and disappointment at the treatment of Collette, saying: “Everybody was welcome… That’s become a lie.”
Commentary: Lukewarm Catholics who don't know the teachings of their Faith would naturally "welcome" sinful lifestyles into their parish. Francis started this, and he is at the bottom of it and will be held the most accountable by our Lord for the scandal he is encouraging. vtb
"Adding lemon to water not only quenches thirst better than any other beverage, but it also nourishes our body with vitamins, minerals and trace elements which we absolutely need. Lemon with water can be considered the best natural energy booster. When we wake up in the morning, our bodily tissues are dehydrated and are in need of water to push out toxins and rejuvenate the cells. In other words, this homemade “lemonade” helps eliminate internal toxins, regulating proper kidney and digestive tract functions by forcing them to work as smoothly as possible."
“The doctrines of the Fathers are despised; apostolic traditions are set at naught; the devices of innovators are in vogue in the churches; now men are rather contrivers of cunning systems than theologians; the wisdom of this world wins the highest prize and has rejected the glory of the Cross; shepherds are banished, and in their places are introduced grievous wolves harrying the flock of Christ...”
Commentary: Equating a false god to the real God is a poor way to bring about "unity." Watering down our Catholic Faith to appease Buddhists is a scandal, but such is the thinking of an irresponsible pope like Francis. Will he ever change? It is not very likely. His Jesuit training involved promoting intellectual pride at the expense of true humility. The truth is slowly coming out about the faults of Pope Francis, however many souls are not aware of it, or are not concerned about it. Francis's misguided influence is being felt world-wide and only a few are opposing and challenging his erroneous teachings. vtb
Commentary: It is not what the "critics missed," it is what Pope Francis is missing. He is assuming ALL immigrants are beneficial to Christian society and working together will bring good. This is a false way of reasoning because today's Islamist's will not work with Christians to make a better society. While it is true it has worked in some countries in the past, that is not a reliable historical view to make today. Today's Islamist's want control, and they want everyone converted to their Faith. And once they are in control you will see their true objectives, and that will involve violence and killings on their part. This pope has a habit of ignoring tradition and ignoring the writings of great saints on this subject, and that blind view of history will come back to haunt him someday. vtb
“We’re very grateful that President Trump personally engaged with the issue. Working closely with the Trump administration was very important for my family at this critical time. It let us be reunited as a family. We’re so grateful.”
"In January 2016, Azalea’s family learned she had rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of soft tissue cancer. They traveled from their home in Jamaica to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We were familiar with St. Jude because of their commercials,” said Azalea’s mom, Simone. “We knew St. Jude was the best possible place for a child with cancer, and that’s what we wanted for her.” At St. Jude, Azalea’s treatment has included surgery and chemotherapy."
"As an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need’s mission is to help suffering and persecuted faithful worldwide."
Commentary: This so-called "honor" means nothing. A handful of liberal editors decide who should be on the list, while TIME'S misguided readers are not given a voice. Another silly, worthless way to get the public's attention and sell more magazines. vtb
"Tradition itself is regarded with suspicion as that which confines us in error rather than that which maintains us in the truth. So they do it violence. And their violence extends, as Cardinal Sarah (The Catholic World Report, 31 March 2017) recently observed, as far as the Gospel itself. In his remarks to a colloquium on the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, he speaks of “a horrible, outrageous thing that seem[s] like the desire for ... a complete break with the Church’s past” – as if “the apostolic Church and the Christian communities in the early centuries of Christianity understood nothing of the Gospel,” as if the Gospel has remained all but unrecognized until our own time, as if it were “only in our era" that the plan of salvation brought by Jesus has been understood.”
"The cardinal speaks with clarity and firmness. Reading his new book-length interview gave me renewed hope in the Church's mission."
Commentary: Shielding homosexual crimes has become common in the press since editors and reporters find no faul in that type of immoral lifestyle. vtb
"Unfortunately for the unity of society, while the first five sciences (mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology) were, and still are, universally accepted, the final two (sociology and ethics) never became truly scientific. In those two fields, private judgment continues to prevail today, more than 150 years after Comte made his noble but futile attempt to turn them into sciences. The Religion of Humanity never came about. Moral and intellectual anarchy continue to flourish."
Commentary: The once beautiful and safe city of Paris is now suffering the loss of its image as a tourist attraction. This of course is partially due to its uncontrolled immigration policy, but mainly due to its loss of faith. You cannot expect the Lord's angels to protect you if you have very little, or no love for the Lord. However, perhaps this terrible incident will awaken the people of France to return to the Church and truly practice their faith. vtb
"What are, in particular, the duties of our Guardian Angels?
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Commentary: Trump chooses to, as much as possible, keep silent as to his military options in order to keep the enemy off guard. Hopefully, the press will aid him in this and not reveal too much that will give that enemy an advantage. vtb
Commentary: Homosexuals couples do not in any way, represent a "family." Practicing homosexuals are living an unnatural lifestyle that the Lord calls an "abomination." We must never place the word of man before the Word of Almighty God. vtb
Commentary: Ann Coulter is usually right, but she is not above making mistakes and turning on her fellow Conservatives. On this issue (calling Trump a pawn of the "Washington establishment") she is definitely wrong. Trump
has enough on his shoulders without Coulter unnecessarily adding to it. vtb
Commentary: This is not surprising since a great number of people in the media are dysfunctional Democrats. vtb
"The archaeological elements described agree with the documentary data of the Gospels, as in Matthew 27, Mark 15-16, Luke 24, and John 19-20. That is why it is legitimate to suppose that this is in fact the tomb of Jesus."
Commentary: Led by corrupt Democrats, California residents complained about Trump on the messy issue of immigration. However, it appears they should have cleaned their own house first. vtb
Commentary: We have many lukewarm priests who "say," rather than PRAY the Mass. They seek to please the "crowd," rather than the Lord, and although the Mass in local languages is still a valid Mass, it leaves many parishioners with an empty feeling because it is no longer prayed with true devotion. vtb
Commentary: Under Pope Francis, the Church is no longer ONE, HOLY, CATHOLIC, AND APOSTOLIC. It has been torn in two and left to following opinions, rather than following Church Dogma and Canon Law. vtb
Commentary: Many things have to be put in order within the Church before one can understand those who are considered "outside" the Church with some of their teachings. vtb
Commentary: Pope Francis does many good things, but he has been off center on a number of moral issues. That does not mean all Conservatives do not "love" him, they simply do not like some of his positions that run contrary to Church doctrine and/or contrary to what a good Christian believes. He deserves, and does receive many prayers, but to date has not responded to the grace given to him by our Lord. vtb
Commentary: Insanity. Who in their right mind would follow such "irreligious" leaders? vtb
Commentary: Immorality breeds immorality. vtb
Commentary: Pope Francis and his friend, former President Obama have done a great deal of damage to the public's ability to discern right and wrong in regard to Islam. Therefore, many potential terrorists are waiting for the proper time to carry out their evil deeds. However, more and more people are finally waking up to this misguided way of thinking due to the solid leadership of President Trump, who has given them a renewed hope. vtb
"In the years that followed Vatican II, I became once again aware of the priority of God and of the divine liturgy.
The misunderstanding of the liturgical reform that has spread widely in
the Catholic Church led to putting ever more in first place the aspect
of instruction and that of one's own activity and creativity. The action of men led almost to forgetting of the presence of God."
Commentary: Regardless of the "warnings" Russia & China issue, the United States under Trump's leadership, will do what is necessary to prevent a guided missile attack against America. We are no longer a "paper tiger." vtb
Commentary: China is still deeply entrenched in Communism. Therefore, it cannot be trusted to do God's Holy Will until the Lord intervenes. But that will not happen without an increased number of prayers by Christians. vtb
Commentary: A sign of hope that reveals a recognition of the growing faith in Russia due to the prayers of many Christians across the world, although caution is still recommended due to Putin's corrupt past as head of the KGB. vtb
"We are fighting for the right of all citizens to enjoy safety and peace, and to work and live with the dignity that all children of God are entitled to know."
Commentary: An inspiring talk given by a man who has been revealing his good side since his election to the Presidency. Another good sign for the many Christians who were demoralized under the atheistic Obama. vtb
Commentary: Muslims are fooling a lot of people, including Pope Francis. But a time will come when those who are fooled will face reality, and then their previously inflated pride will bring them embarrassment, shame and possibly terror. vtb
Commentary: This horrific loss of life has largely gone unnoticed by selfish, arrogant people in the media, who are only concerned with attacking Republicans and not the tragic state of many millions of people in Africa. vtb
"Francis’ opening was part of his mercy-before-doctrine drive, which welcomes outcasts to the church rather than use dogma to keep people out. But for conservative Catholics, it was another reason to feel aggrieved, after Francis appeared to suggest in 2015 that Lutherans could receive Catholic Communion, and, when asked about gay people in 2013, said, "Who am I to judge?"
Commentary: Church dogma has never kept good people out of the Church, and you do not ignore dogma to appease someone's false idea of "compassion." How deep this controversy goes depends upon "the Pope of Confusion," Pope Francis. It is his misguided liberal thinking that brought the Church into a state of confusion and divisions. Hopefully, he will soon recognize his errors and restore peace to the Church. vtb
Commentary: Some mental illnesses are the result of natural causes that are unavoidable. However, many are the result of a lack of prayer and trust in Almighty God. A good relationship with our Lord JESUS is essential for obtaining a healthy mind. We all sin, but we need the humility to acknowledge and confess our sins and that is the greatest mental cure we can experience, for it brings us the peace we desire and need. vtb
Commentary: It was only a matter of time before some leaders began to regard Pope Francis's "interference" in the internal affairs of their country to be unwarranted. Although Francis is correct with many of his insights regarding the affairs of a number of countries, he also is very misguided concerning the issues and internal affairs of some other countries. His lack of understanding of the problems connected with uncontrolled immigration is one of those issues. vtb
Commentary: We really don't know if Jesus is "coming soon," but the main thing is we keep our souls as clean as possible and be ready when our time comes to leave this earth. vtb
Commentary: Cardinal Burke has a difficult role. He does not want to create a schism or contribute to any harmful attacks against Pope Francis, so he is trying to be patient and wait for what he believes is the best opportunity to truly "connect" with Francis and hopefully persuade him to clarify his position. While doing this Burke reluctantly must make excuses as to why the delay in his "promise" to issue the "correction" to Francis. Since this issue is so important to devout Catholics, it is becoming more and more difficult to wait on Burke, who feels he must wait on Francis. vtb
"In approximately 33 AD, Jesus of Nazareth was condemned to death, crucified on Mount Golgotha and buried in a tomb that had been excavated in a nearby garden. After three days he rose from the dead. From this moment the Tomb of the Resurrection became the central place of faith for all Christianity."
Commentary: Father Martin is blinded by his ego and therefore unable to possess any wisdom concerning the issues he chooses to blame Trump for. But fair is fair, and therefore he, himself, should be put to shame for his ugly pride, lack of priestly spirituality, and disgracing the priesthood. vtb
Commentary: Like many, Bill Nye uses his theories to present them as "facts," but he fools no one who is a true Christian. vtb
"it isn’t just Christians, but anyone and everyone who regularly reaps the incalculable benefits of Western civilization that should be grateful for the fact that Jesus of Nazareth walked among us. In virtually every conceivable way, Jesus, courtesy of the legions of disciples that He spawned throughout the centuries, has made the world that we take for granted."
"From the descent of Christ to hell we may learn, for our instruction, four things..."
"Whatever the reason, moral or strategic, Trump acted. And effectively reset his entire foreign policy.
"Of all the religions of the world, only Christianity claims an empty tomb for its founder. The physical resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of Christianity."
"Taken from THE PASSION AND DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST, Redemptorist Fathers, 1927 with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur."
Commentary: Can Mr. Paul really be trusted? Does he promote the fact he is a Libertarian who follows some things Satanists believe? vtb
link between Good Friday and the Church is woven throughout our
Christian tradition. St. Augustine wrote, “There it was that the gate of
life was opened, from there the sacraments of the Church flow; without
these one does not enter true life.”
Commentary: Trump continues to try and live up to the promises he made when running for President. Unfortunately, a small group of Republicans are determined to have their way with his proposed health care program and that affects Trump's budget too. Perhaps they are correct in their thinking and Trump's health care program will be much improved, and in time everything will come together. We will have to wait and see. vtb
"On Tuesday, High Court Justice Francis gave the hospital permission to do so, arguing that removing Charlie’s life support and allowing him to die is in his best interest."
Commentary: An incredible injustice by a morally corrupt British judge. vtb
Commentary: To modify or change your position is not a bad thing. It means that you are flexible when conditions change and you began to see more of what you originally desired. vtb
Commentary: A somewhat biased and inaccurate article, but that is not surprising as it was written by a writer working for the biased left-wing New York Times.
But why worry? Trump and his supporters are not as rigid as those who
are of a liberal persuasion - it is well known that they are very inflexible and only "liberal" when its suits their goals. vtb
Commentary: Whether it was necessary or not to drop this huge bomb is up for debate. However, it may have had an important psychological effect. ISIS is made up of killers who are not persuaded by talk of "peace" or "brotherhood." ISIS, like all those who believe they have a "right to kill" in the name of God, as we have witnessed, is only persuaded by the use of forceful means that causes them to fear their "enemies." vtb
Commentary: Although it broadcasts very informative programs, PBS also has long been broadcasting liberal programs along with atheistic documentaries that are not suitable for younger or older people who are either learning, or already have Christian beliefs. This is also true in their news broadcasts. Therefore, we must be very careful in our selections of the programming they offer. vtb
Commentary: It is sad that these women have become brainwashed by writings in their Quran that are not inspired by the Holy Spirit, but by the devil. vtb
Commentary: This so-called "political Party" appears to be more of a misguided "cult," therefore its opinions are not worthy of respect. vtb
suffering was far more than most imagine — so severe even before He
reached Calvary, she (Anne Catherine Emmerich) says, that only
supernatural ministering kept Him from expiring previous to making His
way to the Cross."
Commentary: The immense sufferings of JESUS cannot be explained in words. The sins of mankind since Adam to the very last man on earth He took upon Himself to redeem us and reconcile us to the Father. We, however, having knowledge of His great sufferings should not add to them any more than we already have. We must re-establish our relationship with Our Savior and make every effort to keep a good relationship with JESUS through frequent Confessions, the Holy Rosary, and receiving Him through the Eucharist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as often as possible. vtb
her book called The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, mystic
Anne Catherine Emmerich asserted that what Jesus suffered at Gethsemane,
in the famous instance the night before His Crucifixion, was far
greater than what’s described in Scripture — that beyond mere
anticipation of His own death, the Lord was forced to enter into fierce
spiritual combat with the devil."
Commentary: Satan is always at work trying to tempt us to do things that cause us to sin. If those sins are very serious and we are indifferent to changing our life and confessing them, we could lose our soul and spend eternity in Hell. Not a very pleasant thought, but something we should be thinking about from time to time. vtb
Francis and St. Padre Pio are two much loved saints that bore the
wounds of Christ. But how many know about Father Don Dolindo Ruotolo, a
contemporary of Padre Pio, who was also a stigmatist?"
Commentary: A "back handed" compliment, but still a good sign that China recognizes we are no longer a "paper tiger." vtb
Commentary: Again, "actions speak louder than words" and China has relearned the United States will use its power when it feels it is necessary to protect its citizens. vtb
"Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a madman; a twisted, diabolical, murdering, circus act dwarf who is holding a nation of 25 million hostage, terrorizing a peninsula and threatening war with the world’s greatest superpower."
Commentary: Using descriptions like "circus act dwarf" amounts to ridicule, and is not something that a writer should use because it makes him no better than the person he is criticizing. vtb
"Members of the North Carolina General Assembly introduced a bill on Tuesday, citing the 10th Amendment, which affirms that the U.S. Supreme Court exceeded its authority under the Constitution and in relation to the "decree of Almighty God" by legalizing same-sex marriage, and contends that the Obergefell v. Hodges decision "is null and void" in North Carolina and that the Tar Heel state shall only recognize marriages between one man and one woman."
Commentary: A good example that should be followed by every state in the Union. vtb
Commentary: Turkey cannot be trusted to pursue the truth and its "voice" is not always welcomed in world affairs. vtb
Commentary: Any sane person would know by now that the Islamic religion is a dangerous, false religion, but sanity appears to be lacking in some of our Church leaders, including some at the Vatican. vtb
Commentary: Unfortunately, there are no signs that Pope Francis will change, his fate is in the Hands of the Lord. vtb
Pope Emeritus, who turns 90 on Easter Sunday, has taken note of the
controversies surrounding the document and how it has been implemented."
Commentary: No doubt, Benedict has strong feelings of disagreement about what Pope Francis has written and is doing, but he does not feel it beneficial to the Church to further add to the confusion and divisions it is currently undergoing. vtb
"Nor is it surprising that since the 1955 reforms, the faithful have been continually shaken and rendered uncertain in their faith in the Church as the one Ark of Salvation, with the result that most Catholics have become either indifferent or hostile to this truth."
Commentary: Very well stated and it cannot be said enough. vtb
Seewald has been conducting long talks with Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict
XVI for 25 years. The publicist finds that the emeritus pope in his
homeland is not yet appreciated enough."
Commentary: An excellent article that reveals a lot about this good pope. vtb
Commentary: This proves again that you cannot reason with unreasonable anti-life people. vtb
Commentary: Very much needed advice to counteract the lies being given to us through Democrats who control the press, although some in the Church may be equally guilty. vtb
Commentary: True faith is diminishing, and atheism is growing among many in the West, but many Church leaders are confused as how to solve the problem. Praying the Mass with sincere devotion by priests is the best solution, but that is not being addressed by our spiritually lukewarm, political bishops. vtb
"Who knew that the Pony Express was founded with a presumption that its riders would be Christian?"
Commentary: Some people may disagree with Trump on his decision to bomb Syria, but Russia understands power and forceful actions. Unfortunately, this is currently the only way to persuade them to rethink their actions. vtb
Commentary: Trump has a magnetic personality, while Obama came across as immature and insincere. Thats the difference between diplomacy and hypocrisy. vtb
Commentary: Trump is not foolish enough to tip off the enemy as to his next military move, as did Obama. vtb
Commentary: While very hopeful to hear, Cardinal Muller is unfortunately only one voice among many in the Vatican & elsewhere who are offering opinions to the contrary, and that includes Pope Francis. vtb
Commentary: Great interview covering President Trump and the current state of the Church. vtb
Commentary: Just as horrible are those who approve (US Democratic Party) of these gruesome activities. vtb
“We are so grateful to report that our son Noah has been progressing well during his treatment and the doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy … We thank God for the strength He has given all of us.”
"Not only do they taste really nice, but did you know that olives have a huge number of health benefits for you too?"
Commentary: At last another bishop with common sense. When someone commits a crime and you hide him from the police, you become an accomplice to that crime. Therefore, how can any bishop approve of this? vtb
Commentary: More sewage coming from some of the misguided leadership at the Vatican. vtb
Commentary: Pope Francis previously stated: “Yes, every country has the right to control its borders, who comes and who goes and those countries at risk —from terrorism or such things— have even more right to control them more.” The Pope made these comments to Spanish newspaper El Pais (Jan 23, 2017) just days after the inauguration of American President Donald Trump.
Therefore if a country has that "right," it must be that it has the right to prevent ILLEGAL immigrants from entering their country. It is wrong to attempt to change a definition simply to promote your own display of "compassion." Hopefully, Francis will come to realize his form of compassion has caused great confusion and terror to many European nations. There comes a point when "compassion" can become foolishness. vtb
Commentary: Hard-hearted Hillary again shows her disgust for those who want to save the lives of unborn human beings, rather than sentencing them to a cruel death through an abortion. vtb
"In an important address to Rome’s pastoral congress in June 2016, Pope Francis spoke of marriage and grace in a way that suggests some confusion of categories is afoot. The address became notorious for the Holy Father’s initial claim that a “great majority” of marriages are invalid. That was quickly corrected in the official record to read that a “portion” of marriages are invalid."
Commentary: If a "great majority" of marriages are truly "invalid," that would mean those couples should not be allowed to receive Holy Communion. Pope Francis quickly corrected himself, but deep down, did he actually mean what he originally said? vtb
Commentary: Father Cantalamessa goes deep into explaining the "virtues" of Luther's actions and the resulting "Reformation." However, he over complicates the messages he wishes to give us and leaves out much of the truth to satisfy Pope Francis's pursuit of a false "unity." Nowhere does he mention: "But
some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith
without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith." (James 2:18). Nor does he mention: "But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" (James 2:20) vtb
Commentary: The above is a more accurate, truthful account of the Reformation and Martin Luther. The last paragrah (#87) speaks well of the writer's wisdom: "Protestants today are not responsible for division brought about by their ancestors." vtb
Commentary: Love has many sides. The sufferings of these couples is hard to watch. They are in need of so much prayer! vtb
Commentary: Very bad example. This is another reason people go to Mass dressed in sub-casual, "Saturday" clothes, and women choose not to wear a headdress - the respect due the Presence of the Lord at Mass has greatly diminished and now Francis wants to diminish the respect due his Holy Office. vtb
Commentary: Some of this is old news, Republicans are not finished with their attempt to pass their new health care law. The biggest blow to Obama's ego and the arrogant0 press will be repealing and replacing ObamaCare. Then the memory of Obama's so called "accomplishments" will gradually fade away. All we can say is good riddance! vtb
Commentary: Catholics may not be able to "start a church," but there are many other ways to avoid the distractions of this world. This article is very helpful in that regard. vtb
It was basically the fault of many bishops and priests that resulted in
the huge numbers of divorced and remarried who failed to get an annulment. Laypeople must have a certain fear of the Lord to follow Church teachings, but many bishops and priests have for years have only preached "mercy" and "mistakes" rather than sin and Justice. Unfortunately, this instruction from the Holy Spirit has long been forgotten: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." (Psalms 110:10). vtb
Commentary: Very insightful interview with Cardinal Burke and worth your time to read it. vtb
attentive and rigorous study, free of prejudice and polemics, enables
the churches, now in dialogue, to discern and receive all that was
positive and legitimate in the Reformation, while distancing themselves
from errors, extremes and failures, and acknowledging the sins that led
to the division."
We must not be free of the TRUTH either. Pope Francis has again fallen into grave error by ignoring the
truth about Luther for the sake of a false "unity." vtb
Commentary: It is not difficult for any reasonable, morally good person to realize that abortion is MURDER. It is a scientific fact that when a "being" exists in the womb, it is HUMAN, no matter what the stage of development. vtb
Commentary: California continues to be the "land of fruits & nuts," and that will not change as long as its voters elect Democrats or weak Republicans to lead them. vtb
Commentary: It is these bishops that should be "persecuted" for preaching such heresy to their flock. How disgusting is their immoral behavior. No doubt Pope Francis will remain silent and not admonish them, but what else is new? vtb
"For those who do not remember, Terri,
at the age of 26, experienced a still unexplained collapse while at
home alone with her husband, Michael Schiavo, which resulted in a severe
brain injury. Despite widespread characterizations that suggested she was near death in the years after her injury, Terri was not dying, and did not suffer from any life-threatening disease. She was neither on machines, nor was she “brain dead.”
Commentary: This proves again, that for those who follow the teachings of the Islamic Faith, true justice is not part of their thinking - they don't even know what it means. vtb
Commentary: When a Pope is not familiar with the teachings of any religion, he should not speak on that religion without first studying it, that is only common sense. vtb
"The name of Jesus was the last word that came out of his lips. As in the passion of the first martyrs, they have relied on the hands of the One who
was soon to receive them. And so they have celebrated their victory,
the victory that no murderer can take away from them. "That whispered name at the last moment is like the seal of their martyrdom."
Commentary: The devil is
not bound by the teachings of a particular religion, even Catholicism.
Therefore, in actuality, this man has not become not a follower of Islam, but a follower of the devil. vtb
Commentary: Satan is very cleaver, and he knows how to influence people to take "one step at a time" in order to accomplish his corrupt will. His greatest "enjoyment" is to lead people into Hell where their punishment is eternal. vtb
Commentary: Adding 9 or 10 trillion dollars to the national debt is not a "domestic policy" anyone should support. vtb
Commentary: True, but a number of states WILL stop funding Planned Parenthood. And that is good start, the rest will come through Republican House and Senate legislation. vtb
Commentary: The writer of this article does not appear to know what he is talking about and apparently is following the "preaching" of the biased, liberal press. Trump has only been in office a short time and has done great things for the pro-life movement and our country. A bad, biased article that should never have been allowed to be published. vtb
"We cannot fail to notice that, as a result of this reform, the focus of the Mandatum was suddenly switched to the Protestant “priesthood of the laity,” while that of the ordained minister is constantly being undermined."
"Our Lord Himself tells the man when He later encounters him in the Temple: “Behold, thou are made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to thee.” By these words, writes Father Haydock, “the Saviour shows his infirmity was sent in punishment of sin.” By his faith the man had been cleansed of his sins and granted the divine favor of a miraculous cure. Yet Francis portrays him as a lazy lout who takes his cure for granted, like the free oxygen in the air."
Commentary: That is debatable. Many will disagree. They will confirm that the current Church crisis is the greatest the Church has ever faced. vtb
my part, I know that all the great moments of my day are found in the
incomparable hours that I spend on my knees in darkness before the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am so to speak swallowed up in God and surrounded on all sides by His presence. I would like to belong now to God alone and to plunge into the purity of His Love. And yet, I can tell how poor I am, how far from loving the Lord as He loved me to the point of giving Himself up for me."
Commentary: Bishop Tobin may have had some bad experiences in regard to this issue, but it is always better to give and let our Lord, who judges our intentions, also judge the beggar. vtb
Commentary: The US bishops appear to be very prejudiced against President Trump on the matter of immigration. Trump has said many times that he is not against immigration, he only want immigrants to come to the US legally. And his desired "ban" is only TEMPORARY. How much more "proof" do our biased bishops and Pope Francis need? vtb
twentieth century was one of the most crucial in human history, with
its tragic and cruel events culminating in the assassination attempt on
the “sweet Christ on earth”. Now a veil is drawn back on a series of
events which make history and interpret it in depth, in a spiritual
perspective alien to present-day attitudes, often tainted with
"The sins of the world are very great." "If men knew what eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives." "Men are lost because they do not think of the death of Our Lord and do not do penance." "Many marriages are not good; they do not please Our Lord, and they are not of God." "The sins that lead more souls to hell are the sins of the flesh." "Fashions that will greatly offend Our Lord will appear. People who serve God should not follow fashions. The Church has no fashions. Our Lord is always the same."
Commentary: Contrary to Pope Francis, Mother Angelica and many other holy people knew the spiritual benefits of the Latin Mass. vtb
"Christianity has played a central role in the development of capitalism, which has lifted millions of people out of poverty throughout the world. Calling for fewer people in the world and denouncing capitalism are not the answers to today’s problems, no matter the good intentions of a pontiff trying to be in touch with the times."
Commentary: I am somewhat familiar with this bishop. He (like Obama) speaks about race issues but he always centers on what Whites are doing wrong. I have never read anything by him that addresses the vast numbers of crimes being committed by Blacks. A very one-sided approach that solves nothing. Only when Blacks start to look at themselves and stop pointing fingers at Whites will we begin to solve our race issues. vtb
Archbishop Sheen: "Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious, said Abp. Sheen. "It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious."
Commentary: Trump has done a great deal thus far for the Pro-Life Movement. Sadly, the news media and millions of disgusting Democrats are angry about his accomplishments because they believe you have "the right to kill" unborn human beings. However, causing the greatest scandal is Pope Francis and the Vatican for not giving credit to Trump due to Francis's objections to Trump's desire to build a wall. vtb
Commentary: The British historically are used to leadership roles and their departure from the European Union should restore their confidence in being an independent leader in the Free World. vtb
Commentary: This may prove to be beneficial to the Trump Administration since Hillary is not too popular among many Democrats who believe she ran a poor campaign for the Presidency. Her power-hungry attitude will only get her into more trouble with voters. President Trump, with the aid of our prayers will be able to counter any "jabs" Hillary may choose to take at him. vtb
Commentary: A great amount of the media is controlled by arrogant, dysfunctional Democrats and they are blinded by their selfish attitudes. For that reason, they will never accept the truth. vtb
If they choose to break a federal law, these so-called "sanctuary"
cities should be punished. Its about time these "cry babies" learn that
the Democrats lost the election and they should start acting like patriots, and not vengeful, immoral vigilantes. vtb
Commentary: Good news for the Trump Administration and good news for Americans! vtb
Commentary: It is not surprising that Pope Francis, a Jesuit, would approve of this type of liberalism. Jesuits, fueled by intellectual pride,
have for years gone against solid traditional teachings of the Church
and preferred "experimental" ways of teaching that are solely from a "progressive," liberal/liars viewpoint. vtb
"The dichotomy is clear evidence that the Pope himself, in refusing to clarify despite the formal and public request of the four Cardinals and associated pleas by countless other Catholic clergy and laity, is guilty of betraying
the entire Church. By letting this charade continue he has sown
confusion into the hearts of the faithful. This confusion could lead to
mortal sin and thus eternal damnation."
Commentary: I do not believe it will lead to: "eternal damnation," but it will lead to an acceptance
of living in sin that will not actually be considered "sin" by the
participating parties. However, on the part of Pope Francis it does
involve the sin of negligence. vtb
Commentary: You are not a true "Catholic" if you favor the killing of unborn human beings through abortions. In reality, you have become a true hypocrite who attempts to "use" his so-called "Faith" to accomplish his own will rather than the Will of Almighty God. vtb
Commentary: Nice testimony, but to be truthful, the average "Catholic" does not use the season of Lent to improve his relationship with our Lord. Most Catholics are very lukewarm in the practice of their faith. This is easy to confirm by witnessing the small number of Catholics who go to Confession. vtb
Senator Paul, it was his way or the highway. Although overruled by the
majority of Republicans in the House, he could not compromise. Perhaps
his stubbornness will prove justified, but Trump may no longer be
listening since he has many other things to deal with now. vtb
Gorsuch will remain a question mark until he proves himself on the
Supreme Court to be a true conservative who abides only by what the Constitution says, rather than bringing politics into his decisions. vtb
Commentary: We know the Church must speak with prudence,
but it would be nice if the "correction" was at last finished and given
to Pope Francis. There has been a lot of talk about it and the confusion in the Church is only growing larger. Therefore, some type of action is definitely needed as soon as possible. vtb
Commentary: Luther's pride cost
not only him, but the Catholic Church dearly. However, the Church for
the most part recovered, but the Protestant churches to this day
continue to be separated in many ways in regard to doctrine and other
"Luther taught justification by faith alone. The Council of Trent condemned this error. Was Trent wrong? Or was Pope Leo X wrong in Exsurge Domine?"
Leo X condemned Martin Luther’s view that the sacraments give pardoning grace
Leo X condemned Martin Luther’s teaching that sin remains after baptism Leo X condemned Martin Luther’s view that a just man sins in doing a good work
This does not mean all Lutherans are going Hell. It means that anyone, like Luther, who believes only he can talk to God while ridiculing the
Catholic Church, will go to Hell. That is, unless he repents before he dies. vtb
Commentary: Without going into the details of this article, there are very simple explanations to the actions of Pope Francis. Although he rightly speaks of God's "Mercy," he fails to speak of God's JUSTICE should a sinner fail to repent. Pope Francis, in his attempts to get the Church to reinterpret the Words of CHRIST on the issue of adultery for the sake of false "compassion," is seeking to erase centuries of Church teachings on this subject to satisfy his own will, rather than following the Will of Almighty God, and that is a grave error. vtb
Commentary: If Pope Francis disagrees with the Council of Trent and Pope Leo X, why doesn't he come right out and say so? The answer of course, is he would be immediately identified as someone who opposes Church tradition and teachings regarding Luther and he would face much stronger opposition. It is cowardly to simply state a view without naming the source of the view you oppose. This is not the action of a truly good pope. vtb
Commentary: No doubt the leadership at ND will come up with excuses to justify their atheistic decision, but Catholics are getting sick and tired of it. Either you are a Catholic University or you are not. Notre Dame has become a laughing stock, as has the weak Bishop Rhoades who continues to fail to exercise his authority over ND as given to him in Canon Law. Of course, the liberal Pope Francis will very likely remain silent about this issue. vtb
Commentary: Cardinal Kasper again confirms he lacks any spiritual credentials. You cannot be a truly effective priest if you have to care for a wife and family versus being celebrate. St. Paul speaks of this and it has been a Church discipline for centuries. There are just as many, if not more sexual abuse incidents among Protestant ministers and many of their pastors will acknowledge they are often torn between family responsibilities and church duties. Another potential change coming from the left-leaning Pope Francis. vtb
Hopefully, this will finally take place. It has been a long time in
coming and some of the momentum may have been lost. It is difficult to
understand why it has been delayed so long, but Cardinal Burke is a wise man and he no doubt, has good reasons. vtb
Commentary: As I previously have mentioned, it is not truthful to call it a "Reformation," because it resulted in greater splits and thousands of new "Christian" religions and doctrines. Intellectual pride drove
Luther and the other "reformists." This was gravely sinful and
achieved nothing other than confusion and disobedience to the teachings
in the Holy Bible regarding unity and Christians being of "one mind" towards one another and the teachings of the Church. vtb
University gave up its so-called "Catholic identity" years ago due to
its over-educated, atheistic leadership. Therefore, it would teach them
a lesson if many of its alumni discontinued financially supporting this
Commentary: While I admire much of what Charles Krauthammer says and writes about, its a bit of a stretch to call the vicious attacks on Trump part of the "checks and balances" of "American democracy."
These attacks were not patriotic, but disgraceful acts of men &
women who barely qualify as "human beings," and they certainly don't
deserve to be "complimented." vtb
Commentary: A sick form of leadership has taken over in the once dignified Boy Scouts! vtb
Commentary: Their executives should be held accountable and a heavy fine or prison terms be given to them. vtb
Commentary: This could very well spell the end of Greece as we know it. The United Nations should get to get to work and stop mass immigration and help countries like Greece. Sadly, the UN has lost its way and yields very little power. vtb
Commentary: We need to join in and add our prayers for our much persecuted President. It is not difficult to see that it is basically morally corrupt people that are opposing Trump. However, Almighty God is more powerful than all our enemies, and in the end, His Will, and not Satan's, will be done. vtb
"Did you know that refined sugar is far more addictive than cocaine? Refined sugar is one of the most addictive and harmful substances currently known. Over 94 % of rats who were allowed to choose between cocaine and sugar water, chose sugar. Even the rats who were addicted to cocaine switched their preference to sugar."
"Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI would be in (are in) complete disagreement: "They do not talk to each other."
Cardinal Müller of the former Holy Office asked why Francis had
demanded the abrupt dismissal of three of his best priests, the pope is
reported to have responded as all tyrants do: “I AM THE POPE. I don’t
have to answer to anyone.”
More confusion or is this pope at last clarifying his positions on
certain key moral issues? More information is needed. However, if Pope
Francis truly means no Communion should be given to politicians who
favor abortion, that means a fair number of Democrats, (Biden, Pelosi, Kerry,
etc.) and a some Republicans will fall into that category. But will
their bishops have the courage to follow his pronouncement? vtb
Commentary: And Mexico is criticizing Trump for wanting to build a wall that will protect Americans from illegal Mexican immigrants who commit crimes and bring drugs into our country? Sounds like the Mexican government should clean its own house first before attacking U.S. goals. vtb
BAD ADVICE FROM POPE FRANCIS:
"It is not licit for the faithful by any manner to assist actively or
to have a part in the sacred [rites] of non-Catholics (Canon 1258 §1).
Whoever in any manner willingly and knowingly helps in the promulgation
of heresy, or who communicates in things divine [=assists at sacred
rites] with heretics against the prescription of Canon 1258, is
suspected of heresy (Canon 2316)."
Commentary: We need to be more patient. Trump inherited a huge mess, and we have to give him time to unwind it, one step at a time. vtb
Commentary: The need for a military build-up is a greater priority and therefore, Trump's budget makes a lot of sense. vtb
Commentary: Judges impartial? Not in today's liberal thinking world. vtb
Commentary: Our veterans need all the help they can get. Their sacrifices for our country must not be forgotten. vtb
Francis routinely indirectly criticizes President Trump and others who
appeal to the general population. However, he, himself is constantly
seeking to do things that are popular. Thus, he contradicts himself. vtb
Christoph Schönborn is attempting to "water down" traditional Church
teachings on adultery to appeal to the pope and others who are in favor
of using the same tactics. vtb
today's confused world all sorts of beliefs are being redefined to suit
a liberal audience. Among them is a new definition of "compassion." vtb
Commentary: Satan has a huge following among those favoring killing human beings thorough abortions. vtb
ridiculous investigation. Who cares if someone spoke with an Russian
Ambassador or anyone else in the Kremlin. The fact remains that there
is no way Russia could dramatically influence the outcome of a
Presidential election. Conservative websites do not influence voters
anymore than liberal websites. Actually, since there are far more
liberal websites, they potentially have the greater influence. This
so-called "investigation" appears to be more politically motivated than
anything else. vtb
truth no longer matters with some people, only their feelings matter.
They convince themselves that if they tell a lie often enough, it will
become the "truth." Thus, they only fool themselves. vtb
cannot change your the sex you were born with. You may change the
"cover," but your DNA reveals your cannot change the insides of the
God created each of us for a purpose. Keeping our conscience clear is
the first step in finding out who we are and why we are here. No sin is
too big to not be forgiven by our Lord. If confused, talk out your
problems with a good priest and you will find peace. vtb
Lord's blessings come in many different ways. For some, to remain blind
is a great blessing because they are able to experience interior
spiritual things people with sight cannot. With God, no one is
disabled. He sees our soul, and not any bodily imperfections we have.
In Heaven our body will be "perfect" for all eternity. What old age or
any other deformity has done to our body here on earth will no longer
exist in Heaven. This a great lesson we must constantly learn &
can, and does heal. To feel love from others, first we have to give
them our love, and forgiveness is a large part of it. This makes life so
much easier. vtb
Commentary: Beautiful Irish songs. Danny Boy is
especially emotional for me since I lost my son from a stroke on July
15, 2016 at age 47. However, I know he led a good life and was greatly
loved by many people, and that along with the fact that many, many other
families have lost someone very dear to them and have carried on with
hope in their hearts, gives me comfort. vtb
Trump is living up to his campaign promises, although much of the
so-called "mainstream" media will not acknowledge it. Therefore, it is
best to not watch or listen to their biased broadcasts. vtb
Commentary: A beautiful prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. vtb
writer Flannery O’Connor, using rather blunt language, tells it like it
is. But how many in the Church will hear him, and among those that do,
will they take some form of peaceful, intelligent action? vtb
liar attempts to destroy the reputation of a good woman simply because
she sees the good Trump is doing. A typical dirty tactic of the
dysfunctional Left-Wingers whose lives are lacking peace due to their
many sins. vtb
prudence is always a requirement for any type of investigation, when
you delay an investigation in order to "protect" the guilty, it becomes a
Marx is having a very difficult time attempting to explain and justify
some of the thinking and actions of Pope Francis, and he is not being
very convincing. vtb
makes more sense on this issue than many bishops, and even the pope.
To attack the character of a man like Trump who is only trying to do his
duty and protect Americans is playing dirty politics. Trump is not
against immigration, he only wants immigrants to come into our country
LEGALLY. This is only common sense. The self-righteous Left that have
infiltrated even into the Church, should remember that a day will come
when they will face the punishment God has reserved for those who fail
to practice charity. vtb
faith is not affected by the atheism preached by some in the scientific
community. Let them believe what they choose to believe. Many
scientists place their beliefs in theories and assumptions that are
without any factual basis. Their intellect is focused on what might have
been, and their search for the truth is clouded by their intellectual
Church in Italy has become liberalized, much like the Church has in
other nations of the West, although some question if Italy is truly part
of the "West." For Russia to be more concerned about the moral
implications of a homosexual scene in this movie than the Bishops in
Italy are, shows us just how deep into the filthy mud parts of the
Catholic Church has sunk. vtb
is an often misused word when describing someone seen as "deeply
religious." When you are truly devout you have a relationship with God
that brings you peace and you practice charity. Rather than describing
someone as "devout" who is involved in killing people or any other type
of immorality, a better, more accurate description would be, "mentally
welcomed new book that teaches the danger of porn to offset the
approval of porn as given to us by those who love the world far more
than they love Almighty God, that is, if they have any love at all for
again confirms it is run by sick minded immoral executives who choose
to promote trash that many Americans find totally immoral. However, we
also continue to learn that homosexuals are not content to live out
their lives in a private manner, they want more and more people to not
only accept their li