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"Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Apocalypse 3:20).
"We adore Thee, we bless Thee, & we thank Thee O Christ, because by Thy Holy Cross & Thy great sufferings, Thou has redeemed the world!"
THE CHRISTMAS SEASON
The Christmas season extends from the celebration of the birth of JESUS (December 25) through the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (Epiphany).
Catholic Christmas Traditions - "Catholic Home and Garden presents our favorite Christmas links. We hope that in your Catholic home, you will incorporate some of them so that they will become treasured traditions for your family as well." The Real Meaning of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (From Catholic.Net) - "Much more than a haunting melody with nonsensical lyrics, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written by the English Jesuits during the 16th century as a catechetical device."
The True Meaning of Christmas - This website tells the story of Christmas in a very simple manner that is fit for young children. However, I found it to be a very peaceful presentation that offers information that many adults will also find interesting. Although it shows British traditions, as you are aware, many of them have spread to the USA and other countries. (More information is provided at the bottom of their Home page).
Epiphany, or the Manifestation of the Lord (From CatholicCulture.org) - "The feast of manifestation, or Epiphany, is traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6th. In the dioceses of the United States this feast has been moved to the Sunday between January 2 and January 8... The Epiphany is the high point of Christmas and the fulfillment of Advent. It is the ancient Feast of Christ the King. Its dignity in the liturgy is superior to that of Christmas. Because the feast commemorates the baptism of Jesus, its vigil has long been a day for solemn Baptism. In the present division of the Church year, the baptism of our Lord in the Jordan is commemorated on the octave day of the Epiphany."
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, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world."
(1 John 2:15)
Commentary: Sadly, Mandela approved of, and set in place, very liberal abortion laws that have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of unborn human beings. He did not allow them the same rights he sought for others. He also supported unnatural "gay" marriage.
Therefore, South Africa remains a morally corrupt country because following Mandela's example, the majority of its people also approve of those unjust and immoral laws. True "freedom" can only exist when people recognize and appreciate the blessings that come from the Lord when you seek to do His Holy Will. Unfortunately, Mandela sought to accomplish his own will and his nation continues to suffer the consquences. This is his true legacy. vtb
The bishop said politicians and the faithful alike must repent and pray for forgiveness and deliverance from the sin of same-sex “marriage.” He invited those in need to go to Confession and receive God’s mercy and absolution."
In the first place, man, the image of God, was created "male and female" (Gen 1:27). Men and women are equal as persons and complementary as male and female. Sexuality is something that pertains to the physical-biological realm and has also been raised to a new level -- the personal level -- where nature and spirit are united.
Marriage is instituted by the Creator as a form of life in which a communion of persons is realized involving the use of the sexual faculty. "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and they becomeone flesh" (Gen 2:24).
Third, God has willed to give the union of man and woman a special participation in his work of creation. Thus, he blessed the man and the woman with the words "Be fruitful and multiply" (Gen 1:28).
Therefore, in the Creator's plan, sexual complementarity and fruitfulness belong to the very nature of marriage."
R.I. priests try to interpret pope’s remarks on gays - "Many people were surprised when Pope Francis appeared to set a new tone on the church’s relationship with gays, telling reporters, 'If [homosexuals] accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized.'"... "Some of the topical questions facing priests now: Should they deny communion to an unmarried couple who lives together? Should they tell gay couples that their lives are disordered and they should refrain from Communion or go elsewhere? Or should they welcome the couples with open and forgiving arms?"... "I’m considered ‘intolerant’ when I stand up for these Teachings, especially when it comes to the protection of innocent life in the womb or preserving the sacredness of marriage between one man and one woman. Yet the same people who accuse the Catholic Church for being intolerant usually are the most intolerant themselves.”
Commentary: The answer for the average priest is very simple. Preach about sin & the need for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, rather than simply talking about "love" and not becoming "judgmental." When you only speak about "love," it can give the wrong impression to many homosexuals because they claim to believe they understand what love is, while ignoring what is sinful.
To assume many of your flock are "judgmental" is the wrong way to teach. To assume we cannot "judge" what is sinful is the wrong way to teach. Most people are not judging the sinner, but are judging the sin. In addition, It is a grave error, and against Church teachings for bishops and priests not to preach that it is a Spiritual Work of Mercy to admonish the sinner.
Spiritually lukewarm bishops and priests are giving Satan a "field day," because in the mind of many in today's Church, sin no longer exists, or it is simply tolerated. Thus evil continues to grow, because more and more Roman Catholics are choosing to "do nothing" for fear of being called "judgmental." vtb
See more on this grave moral issue in the category: Homosexuality
A look at Syria developments around the world - "The head of the U.N. refugee agency in Syria said 7 million Syrians, or almost one-third of the population, have been displaced by the country's civil war. Tarik Kurdi told The Associated Press on Monday that 5 million of the displaced are still in Syria while about 2 million have fled to neighboring countries."
Commentary: As tragic as the loss of over 1400 lives through some type of chemical attack is, to become involved militarily in the internal affairs of another country does not seem to be the best course of action. Praying for a peaceful solution is always best: "And in all things whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive" (Matthew 21:22). vtb
Pope Francis writes letter to President Putin of Russia ahead of G20 summit - "To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.
Moreover, all governments have the moral duty to do everything possible to ensure humanitarian assistance to those suffering because of the conflict, both within and beyond the country’s borders."
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Commentary: Another fault of the Vatican II documents was that they left open too many interpretations and were not clear enough as to what was expected to further "clarify" the Mass. However, why after hundreds of years, was it even necessary to "modernize" a "Traditional" Mass that increased the faith, hope and charity of countless numbers of people? Was changing the Mass the work of the Holy Spirit, or was Pope Paul VI correct when he stated: "The smoke of Satan has entered the Church." vtb
L.A. Priest Molested Over 100 Boys And Visited Gay Prostitutes, Files Say - "While working at his order headquarters in Washington D.C., Martinez was also reprimanded multiple times for making sexual jokes, looking at sexually suggestive pictures of young boys on the Internet and downloading a floppy disk filled with 'references to topics dealing with the gay lifestyle.'”
Commentary: Another example of a homosexual committing sexual abuse crimes. However, this case may not receive the national attention it deserves because the liberal press protects & tries to hide any blame from being placed on homosexuals. Although It is they who commit the vast majority of sexual abuse crimes against young boys within the various Churches, and especially in public institutions like our schools. vtb
Billy Graham’s grandson: evangelicals ‘worse’ than Catholics on sex abuse - "Abusers discourage whistle-blowing by condemning gossip to try to keep people from reporting abuse, he said. Victims are also told to protect the reputation of Jesus. Too many Protestant institutions have sacrificed souls in order to protect their institutions, he said. 'We’ve got the Gospels backwards,' he said."
"Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.
And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents.
God delivered them up: Not by being author of their sins, but by withdrawing his grace, and so permitting them, in punishment of their pride, to fall into those shameful sins.
Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent (approve of their actions) to them that do them."
POPE JOHN PAUL II - PROPHECY FOR THE CHURCH
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the FINAL confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel."
---Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), November 9, 1976
"O how good and sweet is thy spirit, O Lord, in all things! And therefore thou chastisest them that err, by little and little; and admonishest 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..."
"Know also this, that, in the LAST DAYS, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness, Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: Having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these (people) AVOID."
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
I feel it very important that I share this spiritual information and I hope that you will not be offended by my efforts. No matter what the level of your faith or your religion, please take the time to listen to this man whether you believe all that he says or not. As it did mine, It will greatly benefit your soul and make it much easier to understand the holy path we all must take to be worthy of Heaven. Thank you and God bless you! Vincent T. Bemowski
Four common tactics of the devil - Deception - Division - Diversion - Discouragement - "The devil deceives us with many false and empty promises. Most of these relate to the lie that we will be happier and more fulfilled if we sin, or deny aspects of the truth. Whatever passing pleasures come with sin, they are in fact passing. Great and accumulated suffering eventually comes with almost all sinful activity. Yet, despite this experience, we human beings remain very gullible, we seem to love empty promises and put all sorts of false hopes of them....
So many things help drive this division, and the devil surely taps into them all: anger, past hurts, resentments, fears, misunderstandings, greed, pride, and arrogance. There is also the impatience that we so easily develop regarding those we love, and the flawed notion that somehow, other more perfect and desirable people should be sought. And thus many abandon their marriages, family, churches and communities, always in search of the elusive goal of finding better and more perfect people and situations...
The devil causes us to fixate on fears about passing things, and thereby not to have a proper fear of the judgment which awaits us.
Jesus says Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matt 10:28)...
Satan temps us to impatience with our self or others. And, in our aspirations, expected in unreasonably quick time, there comes a lack of charity toward our self or others. Some grow discouraged with themselves or others and give up on the pursuit of holiness. Others give up on the Church because of the imperfections found there."
* Prophecy given for "Saint" Loretta ("A fragile flower loved by the Lord") & I - Nov. 13, 1988 (I believe It is meant to be shared with as many people as possible).
* Warning from Our Lady at Akita, Japan.
* Garabandal - The Warning - Punishment - Messages of Hope - Interview with Bishop Del Val Gallo.
* Prophecy of Therese Neumann for the USA in 1946, just after the end of World War II.
* The Message and Secret of La Salette - Includes end times prophecy.
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EDITORIAL - AN OPEN LETTER
July 18, 2013
Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco
To allow Nancy Pelosi to continue to create scandal is in itself a great scandal. You are giving the impression to other Catholics that they can believe what they choose and still be a member of the Church. If you were a truly good bishop, you would have excommunicated her. What you are doing is cowardly and not according to the Gospels. Please stop creating scandal and live according to the way Our Lord desires you to do. Please respond. Thank you.
Vincent T. Bemowski
Catholic Messages USA.com
EDITORIAL - AN OPEN LETTER
July 18, 2013
Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, D.D.
Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington
To allow Vice President Joe Biden to continue to create scandal is in itself a great scandal. You are giving the impression to other Catholics that they can believe what they choose and still be a member of the Church. If you were a truly good bishop, you would have excommunicated him.
What you are doing is cowardly and not according to the Gospels. Please stop creating scandal and live according to the way Our Lord desires you to do. Please respond. Thank you.
Vincent T. Bemowski
Catholic Messages USA.com
"Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment.
There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
Commentary: Without question, he would now include those "Catholics" who approve of gay marriage, and/or vote for politicians who approve of gay marriage to be unworthy of receiving Holy Communion. vtb
OTHER SCANDALS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Catholic bishop: I changed from Democrat to Republican after ‘awful’ 2012 Democratic Convention - "When asked why he doesn't excommunicate Catholic politicians who defy Christian teachings on issues such as abortion or same-sex 'marriage,' Bishop Tobin said, 'I don't have the canonical right to do that.' While the question of excommunication is a source of debate among canon lawyers, the Vatican document Worthiness to Receive Communion states that politicians 'consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws' should be counseled over their opposition and, if they remain obstinate, denied the Eucharist under Canon 915 of the Roman Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law."
Commentary: Bishop Tobin doesn't have the "canonical right" to excommunicate morally corrupt Democrats who defy Church teachings? What kind of a weak bishop is he? There have been many individuals over the centuries that were excommunicated - is not the scandal that those politicians create enough reason? Does Bishop Tobin want to continue to be a large part of that scandal? And why did it take him so long to switch to the Republican Party? vtb
Dolan commented that most of the mail he gets accuses him of being too liberal... "I wish I could have been at that because I would have thanked them ... because most of my mail is accusing me and the bishops of being too left-wing and too cozy with the Democrats, and too comfortable with the president..."
Commentary: What exactly, did Cardinal Dolan hope to accomplish from this interview? Who is he trying to appease? He simply states that he is being criticized from the "left" as well as from the "right." However, this is not unusual for anyone serving the public and/or the Church. vtb
Also stated in this article is the following:
"Cardinal Dolan was criticized by many Catholics for inviting President Barack Obama to speak at the annual Al Smith Dinner, a Catholic charities fundraiser, held in New York City on Oct. 18 (2012). President Obama is a strong supporter of abortion and same-sex marriage, two positions contrary to fundamental Catholic moral teaching,"
That invitation was both scandalous, and disgraceful. Why would anyone who claims to follow "JESUS" invite a man like Obama to joke around with a political opponent? A man who believes you have "the right to kill" the unborn?
Millions and millions of innocent lives have been, and continue to be lost by the actions of Democrats like Obama. Why would the "dirty" money received from politicians exchanging jokes at a "traditional dinner" be more important than strongly admonishing President Obama and publicly telling him why he will not be invited?
Is giving your approval to murder a "funny" issue? Does murder mean anything to Cardinal Dolan? Apparently not!
The only conclusion any practicing Catholic can arrive at is that Cardinal Dolan is a spiritually weak man who speaks more like a politician than a bishop. How sad it is to find yet another bishop who does not live up to his vocation and the vows he made to Our Lord! vtb
Written: December 25, 2012
Commentary: This is Cardinal Dolan's response to those who objected to him inviting President Obama to joke around at the Al Smith dinner.
First Cardinal Dolan "apologizes" to those who believe he caused scandal. But then, like the "politician" he is, he takes back his "apology" and attacks his critics moral credibility. To further excuse his reasoning and to justify himself, he then rather sarcastically compares himself to Our Lord!:
"In the end, I’m encouraged by the example of Jesus, who was blistered by his critics for dining with those some considered sinners; and by the recognition that, if I only sat down with people who agreed with me, and I with them, or with those who were saints, I’d be taking all my meals alone."
However, there is a huge difference between what Our Lord did and what Cardinal Dolan did. JESUS never sat down to "entertain" or joke around with Heads of State like King Herod, a "sinner" who, like Obama, approved of murder! vtb
Catholics stunned by pope's resignation - "Looking ahead to the new pope, Ricken (Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese) said he does not anticipate significant changes in the church’s direction. Rather he expects someone who will help churches continue to spread the Catholic message and aid their local congregations. “He doesn't tell you how to run the diocese,” he added, “but he gives you encouragement and guidance.”
Commentary: Bishop Ricken in truth, does not want anyone aware of how he runs "the diocese." This is because he is very worldly and far from being a good spiritual leader. vtb
At Installation, Bishop Conley Says Holiness Is Key to Church Flourishing - “My brother bishops, there is nothing more important for a bishop than the care of souls,” he said in his Nov. 20 homily. “If the Church is to flourish in the world today, if the New Evangelization is to really take root, if we are to truly build a culture of life, holiness must begin with us.”
Commentary: Bishop Conley says it all. Holiness is truly lacking in the priesthood. You cannot be a jokester, or an overweight "celebrity," or simply a "Master of Ceremonies" at Mass and consider yourself spiritually fit to lead your flock. Holiness is the key to the renewal of the Church, and that renewal must start with our bishops. vtb
The group - which has since closed its office and shifted its presence to the internet - was criticized by numerous bishops for causing confusion about the priority of moral issues by downplaying the importance of fundamental concerns like abortion, while giving heavy weight to issues such as the environment.
(Alexia) Kelly was a religious adviser for the 2004 presidential campaign of "Catholic" senator John Kerry, whose support for abortion raised controversy.
She also advocated heavily for the confirmation of pro-abortion Catholic Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition to her steadfast support for abortion, Sebelius is controversial for her key role in issuing the federal contraception mandate that requires employers - including religious schools, hospitals and charitable organizations - to offer health insurance plans covering contraception, sterilization and drugs that can cause an early abortion."
Commentary: More scandal created by lukewarm members of the Church! What a disgrace! You cannot truthfully call yourself a "practicing Catholic" if you promote abortion!
The book Ms. Kelley co-authored: A Nation For All speaks of "progressives" in today's Church as workers for the "common good," but in truth they are simply hypocrites of the highest order, or modern day pagans, because lacking in faith, they "worship" their intellect first and place it above a sincere and true relationship with Almighty God. vtb
Ms. Kelley also worked for The Catholic Campaign for Human Development. See:
"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
The pope should stand trial - "Why is anyone surprised when Christopher Hitchens and I call for the prosecution of the pope? There is a clear case to answer."
Commentary: There are basically two extreme viewpoints regarding the accusations that the Pope (when he was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), refused to "punish" a certain priest in the Church who was accused, and then proven to sexually abuse a large number of children.
On the one side are those who take pleasure in attacking the spiritual credentials of the Holy Father. This case presents an "ideal" opportunity for them to express their dislike for the Catholic Church. When examining their motives, you can easily see that it is the Church Herself that they object to, and not just a decision made by Pope Benedict XVI (when he was known as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger). Therefore they delight in using ridicule and slander to convince others that they speak the "truth." However, although truth is found in the Holy Bible, because it makes them feel guilty, they strongly disapprove of the use of the Sacred Scriptures by those who oppose their point of view.
On the other extreme side of this issue are those who in a self-righteous manner, without a proper study of this case, who quickly dismiss the accusations of those who find fault in the Pontiff's decision and declare them to be "bigots." Although they may claim to be "defenders" of the Church, because they lack compassion for the victims of sexual abuse, they do far more harm to the reputation of the Church than they do good.
What is the truth? The truth lies in our conscience, and it is not governed by our emotions, or any guilt, hatred, or erroneous prejudicial teachings originating from our childhood. Only when we come to accept that "Truth," will we be truly free of the things that blind us and prevent us from seeing the truth:
"Then JESUS said to those Jews, who believed him: 'If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.' They answered him: 'We are the seed of Abraham, and we have never been slaves to any man; how sayest thou: "you shall be free?"' JESUS answered them: 'Amen, amen I say unto you: that whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. Now the servant abideth not in the house forever; but the son abideth forever. If therefore the son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed'" (John 8: 31-36).
Now we know that it is not justice when the innocent are forced to "prove" their innocence. It is only just when clear and solid evidence convicts a person and finds him or her truly guilty of a crime. For the accused person must be proven guilty, and should not have to prove himself innocent in a "court" of public opinion that is dominated by gossip.
However, if our soul is not free from grave sin or we do not have faith in God, we will lack the Gift of Understanding, and we will not be a just judge of the person being accused of a crime. We will be guided, not by the Holy Spirit, but by our desire for vengeance - a temptation brought on by the devil. Therefore we will fail to understand the intentions of the accused, and through the deadly sin of pride, wish that the severest possible penalty be given to him.
Where do we find the truth? The only "just" answer is found in following the teachings of JESUS, who has revealed:
"I am the way, and the TRUTH, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
Although we must always have compassion for the victims of sexual abuse, the evidence clearly shows Pope Benedict XVI to be innocent. While some are simply misguided, many of his accusers are not aware of all of the facts involved in this case.
Unfortunately, many others, because of their pride, are without question, guilty of ridicule, vengeance, and slander - not only against the Supreme Pontiff, but against the whole Church. vtb
Report and comment: "Pope had 'tears in his eyes' as he met with Maltese victims - "One of the eight victims of sexual abuse who met Pope Benedict XVI today in Malta described the encounter as 'very emotional,' saying most of those present were crying, and even the pope had "tears in his eyes." 'I made peace with the church,' said Joseph Magro, one of the victims who met the pope... This was Pope Benedict’s third meeting with victims, after previous encounters in the United States in April 2008 and Australia later that same year."
Sexual Abuse in Social Context: Catholic Clergy and other Professionals - "Special Report by Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights - February 2004... the incidence of the sexual abuse of a minor is slightly higher among the Protestant clergy than among the Catholic clergy... it is significantly higher among public school teachers than among ministers and priests."
YOU GOTTA HAVE HOPE!
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His birth, life, sufferings, Resurrection, Second Coming. Plus Scripture for those going through difficult trials and sufferings.
Spiritual Guide For Daily Living - Due to your current state of health, daily duties, or your other responsibilities, you may not be able to accomplish all of these things each day, but it is good to set daily goals that will not only spiritually benefit your own soul and the souls of those in your care, but the entire Church.
CATHOLIC LITURGICAL CALENDAR & COMING SPECIAL FEAST DAYS
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OUR HOPE COMES THROUGH THE CHURCH!
Commentary: Knowing the mental and physical condition of Pope John Paul II in the months preceding his death, it appears that Pope Benedict XVI drew a comparison to his own mental and physical condition.
This does not mean he felt Pope John was not efficiently carrying out his duties because his illness was of a different nature. It means that although Pope John Paul may have assumed he had little time left, Pope Benedict feels his remaining time on this earth is unknown.
Therefore he feels he can best serve the Church in a different capacity while allowing another, who is in a far better state of health, to assume the heavy responsibilities of his Holy Office.
We owe it to this humble man (Pope Benedict XVI) to pray for him so he will have peace and strength in his remaining days on earth.
However, we especially need to also pray that the Lord will grant us another holy Pope who will continue to bring about the renewal of His Church in these dangerous times where the light of true faith is growing dimmer and dimmer. vtb
'Let us trust in the intercession of the Virgin Mary in this time of testing,' he added. 'Through her we will feel the powerful presence of His Divine Son, so we may ward off temptation with the Word of Christ and place God at the centre of our lives.
We must reject the false images of the Messiah as Jesus did when faced with the temptations the Temptor presented him with, the most serious of which is using God for one’s own ends,' Benedict XVI said during the course of the Angelus prayer."
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GRAVE PREDICTIONS FOR THE USA
The following are not my original thoughts. They are based upon prophecies and revelations that I have read over a period of many years and they are offered here for your discernment:
Our once great nation will continue it's moral decline, destroy itself economically, and lose the respect of many other nations throughout the world. True wisdom will continue to disappear from the mouths of our leaders. Moral corruption will be everywhere - a great majority of our citizens will be looking for a free hand-out. Promises will be broken - with the exception of those who place their trust in the Lord, fear and confusion, rather than love and peace, will dominate the hearts and minds of men and women.
Those who possess true faith will become rare, even among those who call themselves "Christians." But through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the power of the Holy Rosary, Almighty God will act, and after a period of wide-spread immorality, people throughout the world will be cleansed and again be made pleasing to God. vtb
St. Benedict and the popes who took his name have often been associated with peace-making (the olive branch) and St. Benedict's very order, the Benedictines, are also known as 'Olivetans' and has an olive branch as its symbol."
A WARNING FOR CHRISTIANS
Pope Benedict XVI has stated: "The attacks on the Pope and the Church do not just come from outside, but the sufferings of the Church come precisely from within the Church, from the sin that is in the Church. This has always been known, but today we see it in a really terrifying way: The greatest persecution of the Church does not come from external enemies, but is born from the sin in the Church.
The Church, therefore, has the profound need to learn penance again, to accept purification, to learn on one hand forgiveness, as well as the need for justice. Forgiveness does not replace justice."
LISBON, Portugal, MAY 11, 2010 (Zenit.org)
Commentary: Pope Benedict's statement regarding sins committed by members of the Church especially pertains to the poor example being set by our bishops and priests, many of whom have become very worldly and lukewarm in the practice of their faith. This is a great scandal and the main reason for the existence of this website.
Of course, although there are many good Protestants, this does not excuse the gravely sinful behavior of many other Protestants who are guilty of bigotry and prejudice against the Roman Catholic Church. They forget this powerful warning given by Our Lord JESUS CHRIST:
"And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican. Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven." (Matthew 18:17-18).
In addition, many Protestants, because of their pride which has blinded them from accepting the Truth (not accepting all that JESUS and His Church teaches, although He has also told us that He is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life"), refuse to believe that JESUS directed these words to the first Pope of His Church. In addition, they choose to ignore the fact that their attacks come from the devil:
"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). vtb
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Luisa Piccarreta being Slandered - Commentary: There is some controversy concerning the promotion and/or spiritual practices connected with the Luisa Piccarreta's writings about the Kingdom of the Divine Will. Luisa's Cause for Beatification is now being investigated through the Magisterium of the Church. Unfortunately, her good name is being slandered and her "Cause" being scandalized by numbers of "Catholics" through various means, such as websites and articles in Catholic magazines or other news sources. vtb
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IS ISLAM THE RELIGION OF PEACE? - "I knew right then that there are not as many 'moderate Muslims' as myself and (as) most people thought. I decided that day that I would be changing the focus of my ministry and dedicating my life to studying Islam and telling others about it’s dangers. I started this blog on Islam and I plan on doing counter-jihad work until I die.'"
Commentary: This is an excellent website to learn more about the Islamic religion. vtb
Ignore 'prophets of doom' predicting end of religious life, pope says - "'Do not join the prophets of doom who proclaim the end or the lack of meaning of consecrated life in today's church; rather clothe yourselves with Jesus Christ and put on the armor of light ... remaining awake and vigilant,' Pope Benedict told consecrated virgins and men and women who belong to religious orders."
Commentary: The main reason for the lack of interest in joining a religious order is of course, the lack of faith that exists within today's Church. vtb
Commentary: Our bishops are finally beginning to open their eyes and say things they should have said in the months preceeding the 2008 presidential election. vtb
Becoming Obama - "When Barack Obama met Genevieve Cook in 1983 at a Christmas party in New York’s East Village, it was the start of his most serious romance yet. But as the 22-year-old Columbia grad began to shape his future, he was also struggling with his identity: American or international? Black or white? Drawing on conversations with both Cook and the president, David Maraniss, in an adaptation from his new Obama biography, has the untold story of the couple’s time together."
Commentary: This biography gives you a glimpse of the true character of President Obama. He is very shallow and ignorant concerning spiritual things and the Holy Bible. He lived with a woman in what appears to be a sexual relationship without any guilt or remorse, although it was very sinful. He had no interest is serving in the Armed Forces for that would involve a personal sacrifice. His main interest in life is his desire to obtain a "name" for himself and to pursue his own selfish goals, without concern for the moral implications. And because of his great pride, he hates to be corrected and believes he always knows best. vtb
Bishop John D’Arcy, Who Sounded Alarm on Sex Abuse, Dies at 80 - "In one of his bluntest letters, Bishop D’Arcy asked the newly appointed archbishop of Boston, Bernard F. Law, to rescind the appointment of the Rev. John J. Geoghan as pastor of a parish in Weston, Mass. 'Father Geoghan has a history of homosexual activity with young boys,' Bishop D’Arcy wrote to the archbishop on Dec. 7, 1984."
Commentary: This is also a clear warning that the guilty are homosexuals in the vast majority of cases of sexual abuse involving minors. Whether they are priests, ministers, or laypeople, it is the homosexuals who are committing these crimes and this is what the press & the public should be centering on. vtb
What singles want: Nice teeth, but no virgins - "Among the findings:
• 38 percent would cancel a date because of something they found while doing online research on their date.
• 42 percent would not date a virgin.
• 65 percent would not date someone with credit card debt greater than $5,000; 54 percent would not date someone with substantial student loan debt.
• 49 percent would consider getting into a committed relationship with someone who lived at home with parents.
Commentary: Single men who would not date a "virgin" are not worthy of that woman. In addition, unless they want to be known as "feminine," men should not consider themselves a "virgin" simply because they abstain from sex. Only women who have not had sexual relations are called "virgins" in the Holy Bible. A single man who has not engaged in sexual activity before marriage is properly called "chaste." vtb
Judge's sentence sends message to drug dealers - "Judge Gritton sentenced Van Dyke to 15 years in prison followed by five years of extended supervision Friday for a first-degree reckless homicide conviction. Van Dyke was convicted in connection to the April 14, 2011, death of 25-year-old Cole Trittin, who was found dead at a residence in the Town of Poygan after he purchased heroin from Van Dyke. Trittin was one of 24 people in Winnebago County who died of a drug overdose in 2011.
Commentary: This type of justice is long overdue and should be carried out by judges across the United States and other parts of the world. vtb
Immigration's latest ally: Christian right - "'This is basically an answered prayer,' said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the activity. 'The conversation has finally evolved where deportation is no longer part of the immigration lexicon. It is now about legalization.'”
Commentry: Conservative republicans need to pay closer attention to the needs the Litino population and not take actions against their Litino "brothers" that result in the loss of their votes. vtb
Study: 22 Military Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day - "'A majority of Veteran suicides are among those age 50 years and older. Male Veterans who die by suicide are older than non-Veteran males who die by suicide,' the study’s findings stated. 'The age distribution of Veteran and non-Veteran women who have died from suicide is similar.'”
Commentary: Although it would not eliminate, it would certainly help if these veterans knew our so-called "Commander-in Chief" really cared about them. Obama only went to Iraq once, and apparently does not like being photographed with members of the Armed Forces. This is most likely because they realy don't like him, as the majority are conservative and republicans. vtb
Bishops Reject Birth Control Compromise - "The (Obama) administration’s proposal maintains its inaccurate distinction among religious ministries,' said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops." 'It appears to offer second-class status to our first-class institutions in Catholic health care, Catholic education and Catholic charities. The Department of Health and Human Services offers what it calls an ‘accommodation,’ rather than accepting the fact that these ministries are integral to our church and worthy of the same exemption as our Catholic churches.'”
Commentary: A typical loose response from President Obama. While he claims to represent all citizens, his real intention is to please himself and continue to carry out his mentally unbalanced views on life and religion. vtb
Commentary: First of all, there is no "German Catholic Church." There exists only the Catholic Church. Second, Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne is not "an ally of German-born Pope Benedict." He, like any other Cardinal is under obedience to the Holy Father and must obey all Church laws and teachings. And third, it is very wrong and scandalous to make public an opinion that is contrary to what the Church teaches. We should therefore wait for officials within the Vatican to define the morality of this issue. And that decision will not be a worldly one like Cardinal Meisner's, but will conform to the teachings of the Church. vtb
Immigration Is a Natural Right - "Having received freedom from our Creator and, in America, thanks to the values embraced by most of the Founding Fathers, individuals are sovereign with respect to our natural rights. St. Thomas Aquinas taught that our sovereignty is a part of our human nature, and our humanity is a gift from God. In 1776, Thomas Jefferson himself recognized personal sovereignty in the Declaration of Independence when he wrote about Nature's God as the Creator and thus the originator of our inalienable human rights."
Commentary: There has to be a more humane manner of dealing with "illegal" immigrants. Rather than deport them or throw them in jail, we need to show more mercy and understanding. They come here because they seek a better life and to escape the corruption and poverty that exists in Mexico. Can we blame them? Our ancestors did the same thing when they left England because of religious persecution. In a sense, because American Indians were here first, they essentially "owned" this land, therefore our ancestors were also illegal immigrants. vtb
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Opposes Probe of 491 Babies Left to Die After Abortions - "Our request has to do with enforcement of existing Canadian law — a viable baby BORN ALIVE, who then subsequently dies due to injuries caused prior to or during birth. If that is what happened in these 491 cases, then that breaks Canadian law."
Commentary: This corrupt politician, and others who share his beliefs, should be thrown out of office. What a disgrace they are to the human race! vtb
Catholic church releases sexual abuse files, relieves Cardinal Mahony of duties - "'I find these files to be brutal and painful reading,' Archbishop Jose Gomez said in a statement, referring to the documents made public by the church Thursday night. 'The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children.' Gomez said that he has 'informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties.'"
Commentary: Sadly, the liberal Cardinal Mahony never had the reputation of being a truly good man. At long last, his arrogance and the scandal he created has caught up with him, and now his true moral state can be clearly seen by those he claimed to "serve." vtb
Crowd of gay activists demonstrate outside Italian archbishop’s house - "His offence was having publicly defended the Catholic Church’s teaching on the nature of marriage in the diocesan newspaper. He said the purpose of the demonstration, a display of political power, was to define any opposition to the political agenda as 'homophobia' and a criminal offence."
Commentary: All these so-called "gay" activists have to do is read the Holy Bible for the Lord's Word on this subject. However, this they (and misguided people like President Obama) will not do because it would distrub their conscience, that is, if they still have one. vtb
Couple sees Virgin Mary in their firewood - "Rebecca Archer and her husband were doing some tree trimming outside their Northeast Albuquerque home when they found what they say is an image of the Virgin Mary inside one of the tree limbs. 'I see a picture of Mother Mary. No mistake!' Archer said. She believes the image is complete with a halo, veil and a well known image of the sacred heart."
Commentary: I don't know if this is true or not, but we are witnessing many signs and wonders in these "last days,"
so it certainly is believeable. vtb
Celibacy and the Priesthood - "In another question Jerumanis dealt with the accusation that celibacy is a causal factor in sexual abuse. It would be rash to come to this conclusion, he affirmed, just as it would be rash to conclude that marital crises are due to the requirement that marriage be indissoluble. Another contributor noted that no one would blame the institution of marriage as being responsible for a parent sexually abusing their child. He also observed that sexual abuse is just as prevalent in churches that have married clergy and that by far the largest number of cases of sexual abuse occurs in the immediate family." Column from Fr. Rutler - January 27, 2013 - "Our current President (Obama) recently announced that he will disobey a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act, signed by his own hand, which states that chaplains cannot be forced 'to perform any rite, ritual or ceremony that is contrary to the conscience, moral principles or religious beliefs of the chaplain.' The nineteenth-century French political philosopher Frédéric Bastiat warned: 'When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.”
Commentary: Another display of Obama's anti-Christian beliefs. However, this time it may backfire because freedom of religion is a "right" that overpowers any decision of this type, especially when made by a misguided, morally corrupt President. vtb
Catholic Hospital: Fetus not legally a person - "The lawsuit was filed after Lori Stodghill and the 7-month-old fetuses she was carrying died in the hospital's emergency room. Attorneys for her husband are urging the Colorado Supreme Court to take the case."
Commentary: It is not a logical approach to insist that a "being" be a "person" as defined by some judge or court. It is a scientific fact that when a "being" exists in the womb, that "being" is human and therefore should be defined as a "human being," no matter what the stage of development. We are all "created equal" and not born equal. Why is this so difficult to understand? Where has reason gone in our society? We will only find it again when we again find God in all that we do as individuals, and as a country. vtb
Vatican preparing guide for priests on how to celebrate Mass more reverently - "The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments criticized existing abuses such as showmanship, and praised moments of silence 'that are action,' which enable the priest and the faithful to talk with Jesus Christ and which exclude the predominance of words that often becomes showmanship on the part of the priest. The correct attitude is the one 'indicated by Saint John the Baptist, when he says he must decrease and the Messiah must increase.'”
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Islam’s Rise and the West’s Denial - "Islam is not a religion of peace, but a religion of conquest that aims to subjugate non-Muslims. This isn’t just a theory. Look at every nation where Muslims rule and you will find that non-Muslims are assigned an inferior status. In studying Islam, Christians will also find that the Jesus of the Koran is nothing at all like the Jesus of the Gospels. In fact, he seems to have been introduced into the Koran for the sole purpose of contradicting the Christian belief in Jesus as the son of God....
Christians must realize that Islam is a political religion, and they need to be aware that religious overtures on the part of Muslims are often nothing other than political maneuvering. For example, Christians should avoid being pulled into Islam’s anti-blasphemy, anti-defamation campaign, because the ultimate goal of this campaign is to criminalize criticism of Islam. And, by the way, simply to assert the divinity of Christ is a blasphemy of the highest order according to the Koran."
Commentary: William Kilpatrick's book: Christianity, Islam, and Atheism - The Struggle for the Soul of the West, should be read by every politician and every other person of authority, in addition to a significant portion of the general public. This is an extremely important, well researched book that should be of benefit to many, many people. We must pray that it is successful and it's truths are taken seriously. vtb
Militant Muslims Cutting Out Tongues - "Why so much violence against the tongue? For the same reason that Dr. Badr would rather see the whole world set on fire than Islam insulted: the tongue—which utters words and free speech—is fundamental to exposing and combating the things of Islam, whether formal, Sharia law or whether the violent, supremacist culture born of it."
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Misreading of Vatican II dampened missionary zeal, theologian says - "(Ralph) Martin attributed the loss of Catholic missionary zeal to a widespread misunderstanding of some of Vatican II's most distinctive teachings... many Catholics were confused by the council's laudable emphasis on ecumenism and interreligious dialogue into thinking that "maybe it doesn't matter anymore whether people are Christians or not."
Commentary: While it is true that many Catholics became "confused" by the "teachings" of Vatican II, that was not the fault of the average Catholic. Most likely, only about 5% or less of Catholic laypeople even read the documents of Vatican II. So who is really to blame? Our bishops and our priests!
It was by their example that a spirit of liberalism took hold within the Church. It was they who "misunderstood" the teachings of Vatican II, and it is they who continue to pass on, by word and example, those misunderstandings to laypeople. Mr. Martin may have had good intentions, but he should have been more specific as to where the true blame lies. vtb
There are “many positive and beneficial planks” in the Democratic Party platform, the bishop said, but some promote “serious sins.”
In 2008, he noted, the platform dropped its call for abortion to be “safe, legal and rare” in favor of the language “safe and legal.” It now supports abortion “regardless of the ability to pay.” He said this means either taxpayer funding for abortion, mandatory insurance coverage, or coercion of hospitals to perform the procedures for free.
Bishop Paprocki added that the Democrats’ national platform supports “same-sex marriage,” deems gay rights to be “human rights” and calls for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman in federal law.
The bishop noted the existence of Republicans who support legalized abortion and others who support “same-sex marriage.” He said they are “equally as wrong as their Democratic counterparts” but their positions do not have official party support.
Bishop Paprocki also examined the Republican Party platform and found that it has “nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin.”
Commentary: Bishop Paprocki explains why the Catholic Church condemns the Democratic Party's Platform and why Catholics should not vote for Obama. This man of God tells it like it is! vtb
Commentary: Are people living in other parts of the United States closer to God? Have they done penance for their sins? Are our bishops aware of these sins and requesting we do penance?:
"And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he (Jesus) answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things? No, I say to you; but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloe, and slew them; think you, that they also were debtors above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem? No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:1-5). vtb
Commentary: Headlines like: "Poll finds majority in US hold racist views" are very misleading and do not reveal the truth. Although there are many good Black people, it is a sad fact that African Americans commit many more crimes than Caucasians, and the bigotry among Blacks is being ignored by the mainstream media. Prayer is needed by the Black population in the United States so they may be better able to see the fear and mistrust they often provoke among Whites. vtb
• "Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
• Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Fortyfive percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
• Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
• Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa."
The Color of Crime
Second, Expanded Edition
Copyright © 2005
New Century Foundation
Oakton, VA 22124
Commentary: Since this film has created a tremendous amount of controversy throughout the world, it is only fair that you be given the opportunity to judge for yourself the truth of the comments made by usama dakdok. vtb
CHRISTIANITY: THE MOST PERSECUTED WORLD FAITH - "Then they will hand you over to persecution, and they will kill you. You will be hated by all nations because of my name"(Mt 24:9). "Widespread human rights abuses in communist China, where millions of underground Christians -- including Catholics loyal to the pope -- face constant persecution, has also drawn the ire of the international community...Another factor behind the increase in persecution of Christians is the increased militancy of Muslims in the Islamic belt, from Morocco eastward to the southern Philippines...
A Muslim's Remarkable Conversion to Catholicism - "The fascinating autobiography of Muhammad Moussaoui, who narrates his conversion from Islam to Catholicism, shows miracles of grace and of human correspondence, on the one hand, and on the other hand the terrible harshness of Islamic mentality and persecution of Christians. The book’s title, 'The Price to Pay,' summarizes well what this elite soul had to go through in order to be faithful to the call of grace."
Commentary: The testimony given in this book is very powerful and there is little anyone can add to it. Although there are many good, peace loving Muslims, there is also a radical element that casts a dark shadow on the manner in which some Muslims interpret the Koran (Quran) and practice their Islamic beliefs. This "radical element" causes us to ask ourselves: Is their religion beneficial to all of society or dangerous to anyone who chooses to practice another Faith? vtb
Muslim mob burns Christian man - "Section 295-C of Pakistan’s code says, “Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to a fine.”
Section 298-A includes penalties for anyone who says or writes anything against Muhammad’s family members, associates or successors. In the recent attack, a Rawalpindi Muslim mob, including Pakistani police officers, tried to force Arshed Masih to renounce his Christian faith and convert to Islam. Masih refused their demand and was burned to death."
Poll: America's Most Trusted TV News Source Is...Fox News - "Fox is the most trusted TV news source for 34% of voters, followed by PBS at 17%, CNN at 12%, ABC News at 11%, CBS News at 8%, MSNBC at 5%, and Comedy Central and NBC each at 4%. Sixty-eight percent of Republicans pick Fox as their most trusted source, with no one else even hitting double digits. Democrats split closely three ways with PBS at 21%, ABC News at 19%, and CNN at 17%. Despite having a reputation for appealing to the left MSNBC actually polls in only 6th place among Democrats at 8%, finishing slightly behind even Fox News' 9%. Independents split almost evenly between Fox News (29%) and PBS (27%)."
Commentary: Fox News is not a truly conservative news outlet. Their TV news & commentaries only appear to be "conservative" due to the competition which is overwhelmingly liberal and biased. Although Fox News Channel does present some interesting news stories that lean towards a conservative point of view, their programs also contain worldly & immoral opinions that often go unchallenged. Their website also contains news stories, features, and advertisements that are more worldly rather than spiritual. vtb
Commentaries & Studies by Vincent T. Bemowski dealing with Spirituality, US Politics & World Affairs
THE UNITED STATES CONTINUES TO BECOME A NATION OF EVILDOERS
 "Because that, when they knew God (knew of His mercy & great love), they have not glorified him as God, or given thanks; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened.  For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.
 And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of four footed beasts, and of creeping things (worshiping the works of man and placing men & women before God).  Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves.  Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
 For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women (practicing lesbians) have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature .  And, in like manner, the men (practicing homosexual gays) also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.
 And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, (this includes other evil doers) God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers,  Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
 God delivered them up: Not by being author of their sins, but by withdrawing his grace, and so permitting them, in punishment of their pride, to fall into those shameful sins.  Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.
 Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death (Hell); and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them" (those that give their approval to people that do evil in the sight of Almighty God). Romans 1:21-32. vtb