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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."
"Hoyer also said “It’s the pattern that leads one to believe that there’s fire where there is so much smoke.” Yet, there’s no evidence. Every single “scoop” about possible Russian collusion, or acts of wrongdoing, always have buried in the story that there’s either no evidence or there’s nothing conclusive.
Yes, we know about meetings or interactions Trump officials had with
the Russians, but even former CIA Director John Brennan said this week that does not necessarily mean that’s evidence of collusion. Asked directly about such evidence, Brennan said he doesn’t know. Did Russia try to interfere? Probably, but they did not hack this election, which is another misconception peddled by the political Left. The Russians did not hack and mess with vote tallies on Election Night."
Commentary: The Democrats have become experts at slander, and many uninformed people have believed their lies. vtb
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Commentary: The best recap of the Left-Wing positions of Pope Francis ever written. After reading just a part of this book, there is only one conclusion you can arrive at: Pope Francis is definitely NOT a good pope. (Please note: I do not receive any financial compensation for endorsing this book). vtb
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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
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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.”
"Hoyer also said “It’s the pattern that leads one to believe that there’s fire where there is so much smoke.” Yet, there’s no evidence. Every single “scoop” about possible Russian collusion, or acts of wrongdoing, always have buried in the story that there’s either no evidence or there’s nothing conclusive. Yes, we know about meetings or interactions Trump officials had with the Russians, but even former CIA Director John Brennan said this week that does not necessarily mean that’s evidence of collusion. Asked directly about such evidence, Brennan said he doesn’t know. Did Russia try to interfere? Probably, but they did not hack this election, which is another misconception peddled by the political Left. The Russians did not hack and mess with vote tallies on Election Night."
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!"
"This has degenerated to the point of lunacy. Duterte, regardless of what you think of his drug control policy, is the president of the Philippines. Despite Duterte’s anti-American rhetoric during the election, he has actually expanded US access to bases in the PI. Because ultimately money talks and hyper-nationalist bullsh** walks. If a war does break out in Korea, the Philippines will serve as a logistical hub for US forces. Those bases are well within the range of North Korean IRBMs. The idea that it is out of bounds for President Trump to discuss forces in the region with President Duterte is little short blindingly stupid. What kind of alliance would that be?"
"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."
"If you’ve spent any time looking at Catholic Prophecy on the Internet, you’ve no doubt seen the excerpted portions of the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich on the “relationship between two popes” and the “baleful consequences” of the “false Church” that would supposedly follow."
"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."
"One of the central realities of America's Christless theology is the dawning of a post-Christian culture now rapidly transitioning into an openly hostile anti-orthodox Christian society in which an anti-orthodox Christian consciousness is now well developed. Objective truth has been replaced by a tyranny of subjectivism and tolerance perverted into a paganism that is wholly open to 'gay' marriage, sodomy and androgyny (transgender); abortion as legalized 'choice,' obscene sex education for children, occult practices within both church and society, Satanism, shamanism, Wicca, magic, nudity, pornography and Rave Festivals but intolerant of God's Authority, Moral Law, immutable Truth and sexual ethics..."
"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
"And that leads to the phony scandal about Trump’s sharing of intelligence with the Russians. First, all the Americans in the room have rejected the claim that any secrets were shared. But even if they were, this isn’t a crime. The collection and sharing of intelligence is an executive branch job, and the president has the right to make his own decisions in this realm."
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
"A Third World War—which could have been nuclear—was foreseen, but it was averted because the pope made the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
"The UK terror threat level is now at its highest level of “critical," meaning more attacks may be imminent. Military personnel are being deployed to protect key sites after the UK’s terror threat level was raised on Tuesday night. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “[Monday’s attack] was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we’ve seen before, and it seems likely – possible – that [Abedi] wasn’t doing this on his own."
"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."
"Deadline reports that three advertisers have pulled their support from Fox News’ Hannity this week, and other media sources say the number is now at five after host Sean Hannity repeatedly has reported on investigations into the murdered Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. But a newly organized group called #StopTheScalpings has returned fire, calling on over four thousand conservative activists from around the country to call, email or fax advertisers of Hannity’s TV and Radio shows, urging them to “stay the course."
"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.”
"The press has a problem, and it seems to be getting worse. Whether through bias, sloppiness, or sheer panic, newsrooms have dropped their standards since President Trump was sworn in as 45th president of the United States. Instead of adjusting adeptly to Trump's easy relationship with the truth and his tendency to abuse members of media, by dialing up their standards, a significant number of journalists have tripped over themselves recently to repeat every bit of gossip and half-cocked rumor involving the new president and his administration. The rush to get these supposed scoops out in the open, whether in print, on television or on social media, has, of course, produced a rash of shoddy reporting."
"You have to read three-quarters of the article to learn that Barack Obama was arresting more than twice as many immigrants as Trump -- 29,000 a month -- back in 2011, and you’d have to do your own research to learn that Obama arrested and deported even more people than that in his peak year, 2012. At the rate that Donald Trump is going, he will have to become far more aggressive if he ever wants to even come close to Obama’s immigrant arrest and removal record."
"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
"For years, Hannity has donated his time and his celebrity to promoting "Freedom Concerts" to raise money for the Freedom Alliance, which gives scholarships to the children of slain soldiers. Is that really the way the USAA demonstrates its support for veterans?"
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!
"USAA, an insurance, bank and financial services company that caters to active duty military, veterans and their families, is getting slammed by members after announcing on Twitter Wednesday night the company was withdrawing advertising on the Sean Hannity show in response to pressure from liberal activists trying to silence Hannity by cutting off his advertising base...Hannity is a strong supporter of the military and veterans. He has a strong fan base among the military community."
"The NATO of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration, as well as threats from Russia and on NATO’s eastern and southern borders. These grave security concerns are the same reason that I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the Alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations, for 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense," Trump said.
"There is nothing liberals hate more than the suggestion that people with problems in their lives have the power to solve those problems, on their own, by making changes in their lives. They freak out at any such suggestion and paint it as “blaming the victim.” But it is really not that at all. It is simply a recognition that people make their own decisions and form their own attitudes, and that they have the power to change those decisions and attitudes if necessary to improve their lives."
"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."
"The police and security services believe the attack was carried out by one man. But they now need to know whether he was acting alone or as part of a wider group. "It will take some time to establish these facts and the investigation will continue. "The police and security services will be given all the resources they need to complete that task."
"British police on Tuesday identified the suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including children, in an attack on a crowded concert hall in Manchester, and said they were trying to establish whether he had acted alone or with help from others. The man suspected of carrying out Britain's deadliest bombing in nearly 12 years was named as Salman Abedi, aged 22, but police declined to give further details about him."
"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."
"Trump no doubt thought that Muslim leaders would welcome this promise in light of the ill-fated Bush/Obama attempts to establish Western-style republics in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the disastrous effects of “regime change” in Libya and elsewhere. And that is doubtless true: a respite from Obama’s reckless and self-defeating interventionism is most welcome."
“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
"Major, and most welcome. Jerusalem belongs to Israel by the record of history, international law, and the right of conquest that is recognized for every other state in the world, but not for Israel. This is an extremely encouraging development; we can only hope there will be more to come."
Commentary:Jerusalem belongs in Israel, and it is only right that this fact be recognized by all the nations of the world. vtb
"President Donald Trump paid a short visit to Israel’s national Holocaust memorial on Tuesday, calling the Nazi extermination of six million Jews “the most savage crime against God and his children” during the most sensitive stop on his two-day visit to Israel."
"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."
"In contrast to the personality of Yeltsin, Putin is wary, careful, controlled, abstemious in drink, keen on physical fitness; a man for whom his childhood in a rat-infested tenement block in St Petersburg, as the son of a father wounded in what Russians still call the “Great Patriotic War," and as a believing member of the Orthodox Church, are as important as his background in the KGB. It will be interesting to see how Putin’s and President Trump’s personalities find common ground – or not."
Commentary: Although the title of this article says one thing, very little is actually written about Putin, leaving the reader a bit puzzled. vtb
"The hard fact is that the past decade’s $10 trillion in deficit spending has produced the worst economic growth as measured by Gross Domestic Product in our nation’s history. You read that right, in the past decade our nation’s economy grew slower than even during the Great Depression. This stagnant, new normal, low-growth economy is leaving millions of working age people behind who have given up even trying to participate, and has led to a malaise where many doubt that the American dream is attainable."
Commentary: The work of obnoxious Obama comes to light. vtb
"Blacks didn't fare so well under America's first black* president. “Sadly — and it pains me to say this — over the last decade, black folk, in the era of Obama, have lost ground in every major economic category," liberal black broadcaster Tavis Smiley said in 2016. During Obama’s tenure, black Americans below the poverty line rose to 26%; real median income dropped; food-stamp recipients soared 58%; home ownership dropped down 9%."
Commentary:Insincere Obama's words about "racism" did not match his actions as he failed to improve the lives of African Americans. vtb
"Washington funds about 70 percent of NATO spending, although all countries share the costs of running the alliance's day-to-day administration and building costs. The final part of NATO's charm offensive hinges on its response to a plan by U.S. officials for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in line with calls from Trump for the alliance to do more to combat terrorism."
"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
In his commitment to defending the sacraments while holding fast to the Church’s teaching against abortion, the Cardinal has frequently insisted that persistently pro-abortion Catholic politicians be denied Holy Communion, as stated by Canon law. He has called fighting the all-pervasive ‘contraceptive mentality’ “essential” for restoring the culture of life, has defended parents as the primary educators of their children, and has strongly defended marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman. Burke has urged Catholics on numerous occasions in the past two years to brace for martyrdom in the face of growing opposition to the Church’s clear teachings on marriage and the family."
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."
"The American people need to do a better job of critically consuming their news and not crying victim when something is reported unfairly. Your knee-jerk reaction should not be to run to the conservative or liberal silo that says everything you want to hear and encase yourself in your own bubble. Skepticism is good and important. Rapid mistrust on both sides, not so much."
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
"We are merely five months into the presidency of Donald J. Trump, and still in the midst of a fake news epidemic. It has grown more subtle and refined over time—gone is the regular cycle of industrial-scale media ineptitude and stupidity that began shortly after Trump clinched the presidency—but it is still chugging on like one of those old-fashioned Kalamazoo hand-pump railway cars: slow and quiet but somehow weirdly inexorable."
“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.
"77 percent say they are getting worse, according to a Gallup poll released today."
"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."
"Spying “is a major security threat that we cannot afford to ignore,” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily argued in a January report, “If a war were to break out tomorrow, intelligence would be our Achilles heel.” Despite progress in the bilateral relationship, China and the U.S. remain competitors and, at times, rivals, indicating that espionage will continue to play a key role in U.S.-China relations."
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 reliableally. 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."
"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
"The first proposition – “He was a murderer from the beginning” – is explained by the second: “and he does not stand in the truth”. The murder which the devil performs consists in his not standing in the truth, not dwelling in the truth. It is murder, because he is seeking to extinguish, to kill in the heart of man, truth, the desire for truth. By inducing man to unbelief, he wants man to close himself to the light of the Divine Revelation, which is the Word incarnate. Therefore, these words of Jesus on Satan – as today the majority of exegetes believe – do not speak of the fall of the angels. They speak of something far more profound, something frightful: Satan constantly refuses the truth, and his action within human society consists in opposition to the truth. Satan is this refusal; he is this opposition."
* President touched down in Saudi Arabia after flying overnight on Air Force One to Middle Eastern state
* Saudi King presented Trump with the kingdom's top civilian honor, the gold King Abdulaziz medal
After two days of meetings in Riyadh, during which he is set to call
for Arab nations to help in the fight against ISIS, Trump will travel to
* He will then have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday
* Trump has become the only US president to make Saudi his first overseas stop
"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 all together. vtb
"Scouring 10 major broadcast and print outlets, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy discovered that as many as 98% of the reports were negative against Trump. CNN and NBC both tied for the worst tone in its coverage, then CBS, NY Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal respectively. Fox News was more even handed, but still reported negatively over 50% of the time. European news outlets were drastically anti-Trump, as well. Check out the chart below..."
"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."
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"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."
"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 a "to each his own" state. vtb
"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
"Understanding the adage that personnel is policy, Pope Francis has been planting Marxists throughout the Church, including at the top of the troubled religious order to which he belongs. In 2016, the Jesuits, with the blessing of Pope Francis, installed as its general superior a Venezuelan, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, whose communist convictions have long been known. Sosa has written about the “Marxist mediation of the Christian Faith,” arguing that the Church should “understand the existence of Christians who simultaneously call themselves Marxists and commit themselves to the transformation of the capitalist society into a socialist society.” In 1989, he signed a letter praising Fidel Castro."
“The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other priests); churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord."
Commentary: Confusion caused in part by the lack of leadership from Pope Francis. Without question, we are now living in the time predicted by Our Lady of Akita. 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."
"If anyone had told me that any news outlet was capable of spewing more Fake News than CNN, I would have laughed in their face. I was wrong. Over the past week, the left-wing Washington Post has published an astonishing amount of Fake News, a torrent of lies, and all of it aimed directly at President Trump."
"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
“House Republicans like their bill, but they know the chance of the final bill being 99% of what they passed is rare,” Mercer said. “That almost never happens.” Destro said he believes the Senate’s working group will seek to tackle tough problems in the medical industry, such as the high price of prescription drugs. He said the senators have shown themselves to be concerned especially with people in the middle who would not qualify to be covered under Medicaid expansion."
"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..."
Commentary: America is no better. Demonic Democrats, a political Party that includes many Blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, and atheists, have chosen to slander President Trump. Although some are good, our bishops are basically spiritually weak men who cater to public opinion that has been distorted by arrogant, selfish people in the news media who could care less about Christianity, patriotism, or our country. vtb
"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 frombeing 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."
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
"Situation ethics can be defined as an individualistic and subjective appeal to the concrete circumstances of actions to justify decisions in opposition to the natural law or God's revealed Will. The magisterial interventions of Pius XII on situation ethics are remarkable, precisely for their prescience in anticipating and directly refuting Pope Francis' key arguments for his own "new morality" in Amoris Laetitia and elsewhere.
“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."
"The real story of the French presidential race was the rise of the leftwing candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Starting with negligible support, Mélenchon ended the initial round of the French presidential race in a statistical four-way tie with the major candidates."
"Priests like Father James Martin and all those who try to reconcile Church and homosexuality are complicated by what Dariusz Oko, theology professor at the Pontifical Krakow Academy, some years ago effectively defined as "homosexuality," or a current of opposing thought The Church's teaching on homosexuality described by Oko himself with these words: "Homosexuality is a rejection of the magisterium of the Catholic Church on homosexuality. Supporters of selfishness do not accept that homosexual tendency is a personality disorder. They question homosexual acts against natural law."
"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."
“Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Sahih Muslim 6985)
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!"
"Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) pressed McCabe on whether he felt the FBI had adequate resources for the investigation, and McCabe replied: “Sir, if you are referring to the Russia investigation, I do. I believe we have the adequate resources to do it. And I know that we have resourced that investigation adequately.”
"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."
"Ultimately, the Trump/Russia conspiracy theory stems from sore losers and sour grapes. If there was solid and concrete proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election, then perhaps the matter would be worth discussing. Unsurprisingly, no such evidence exists. One would think that the wild theories and blatant accusations would gradually cease to exist after the election, but sadly that is not the case. It appears that liberal elites and leftists still have yet to learn that their policies and actions engendered their downfall in November."
"The firing of FBI Director James Comey has sent the professional political left into blinding fits of ridiculously over-the-top outrage. The protestations are so ridiculous that a reasonable person has to ask if Comey wasn’t the center of a much larger political value for their ideological needs."
"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."
"The inconvenient truth for Democrats is that ObamaCare is failing, and will continue to fail no matter what the GOP does. It is unsustainable and must be replaced. If Democrats wanted to act like mature adults, instead of petty partisans, they'd be as eager to find a replacement for ObamaCare as the GOP is."
"It 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 protestors are actually supporting themselves."
"I. The internet is “tone-deaf.” - II. Reading things as absolutes - III. Taking things personally."
Commentary: Trying to "reason" to 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 gangs."
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
"He has also sent his advisers to the press to declare that the Palestinians are prepared to negotiate land swaps with Israel, a recognition that some West Bank settlements will remain part of Israel in the framework of a future deal. Netanyahu, on the other hand, has largely remained quiet. The strategy within the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem seems to be to wait and hope not to be blamed for preventing the success of the peace talks Trump is planning to restart following his visit on May 22."
"It has become very clear in recent weeks that the Libertarian Party Leadership just can’t keep their feet out of their mouths…and like it that way. This should come as no surprise coming from the same party who quotes the Satanic Temple Tenents during a Christian Holy week, sells their principles in a pay to play scheme, or announces that abortion is a non-issue to a party which is clearly divided in the issue."
"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
"The president’s tweet showcases a 2-minute video that weaves together a collection of brutal statements made against Comey by leading Democrats including Sen Sanders and Rep Pelosi. Along with the video, the president wrote: “The Democrats should be ashamed. This is a disgrace!”
Commentary: Democrats again live up to and imitate their mascot - a jackass! vtb
"The story was widely reported by the liberal mainstream media. Too bad the story was complete garbage. The Department of Justice refuted the report Wednesay saying Comey DID NOT ask Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein for more resources for the Russian conspiracy probe."
Commentary: Will the liberal media apologize and retract the story? If they did that it would project honesty, and that does not define today's news media. vtb
"Comey Fired! The Left positively livid! Especially that smooth-talking hypocrite, Senator Chuck Schumer. Trump should have fired Comey sooner...Maybe the day Schumer called for Comey to be fired? We know Schumer would have still found fault."
"Trump, in the meantime, has, however, to recognize that he, in the end, will not be judged based on what Democrats and the media are trying to concoct but on his performance as President. If he continues to allow relatively unimportant things to rule the news, and take up his valuable time, he will be a failed president. If he can concentrate on what is important, he will succeed."
Commentary: Trump did not make a big issue of the firing of Comey, the press falsely has. Therefore Trump has a right to defend himself. If that is an issue, then we are truly a nation with no sense of justice. vtb
"It may trigger new calls for a criminal investigation into the foundation’s activities but “it’s not likely that anything would come of it,” said Richard Painter, former Chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush."
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."
"There’s a Mother’s Day mystery afoot at St. John Nepomucene Church. For the past 69 years, flowers have shown up at the statue of the Blessed Virgin courtesy of an anonymous donor. Though parishioners enjoy the sight of the lovely flowers, no one has figured out who the donor is."
Commentary: It most likely is more than one donor and a family tradition passed on to the next generation. vtb
"one of the bill’s Senate sponsors, Sen. Stephen Fenberg, spoke up and made a disturbing remark dismissing the rights of parents. It reflected the arrogance of the bill’s proponents – and their anger that parents came and confronted this bill. Fenberg said, “In response to the parents’ rights argument, I don’t get it.” He believes that the state has just as much of a right to raise the children. He went on to describe one opponent’s testimony as “disgusting.” Right after that, the committee voted 3-2 to effectively kill the bill for this session. Needless to say, the bill’s proponents didn’t like the outcome at all. The parents – and common sense – had won!"
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
"Saudi Arabia is spending $1 billion to build 560 mosques in Bangladesh. The investment is being plugged as the Saudis way of pushing Wahhabism, also known as a form of Sunni Islam that has a literal interpretation of the Koran. In other words, the violent side of the Koran. According to one historian, this is the first step in Saudi Arabia’s much bigger plan to spread Islam around the world."
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
“Our faith is not simply for the privacy of our homes and churches. The Gospel is meant for mission. It is not to be cloistered away from the cut and thrust of public discourse. “Despite all that has happened, the Catholic Church remains of great interest to the media and society in Ireland. “The Church may often appear counter-cultural, and a sign of contradiction in the secular world, just as it was for the Athenians when Paul spoke."
"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."
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Commentary: This is a terrible disease that needs far more research and public attention. vtb
"But making that task difficult are Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Both are Liberal pro-abortion
Republicans who have previously been a thorn in the side of pro-life
Advocates on the defunding issue. Republicans could lose their votes but
would be in a position where they could lose no other votes before
being unable to pass the bill. Complicating the situation, Senator Dean Heller of Nevada recently said at a town hall meeting that he supports funding Planned Parenthood even though he has voted to defund the abortion company."
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. vtb
"There are certainly legitimate criticisms to be made of the House bill, and ample room for the Senate to improve it, especially by boosting its coverage numbers. But it is not an act of heedless cruelty against the sick. As for its critics, their reflex to demagogic dishonesty isn’t a pre-existing condition, just an ingrained habit."
"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."
"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 the 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."
“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.
"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."
Commentary: This is the reaction of a frightened leaders and that is a good sign. Facing opposition from not only the United States, but also from China, the only recourse North Korea currently has is verbal threats. They may be foolish, but they are not stupid enough to start a war that they know they would lose. vtb
"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."
"He has dodged a trap by ignoring the silly partisan overreach of carefully chosen left-wing courts on the West Coast over his immigration executive order, and will surely be vindicated by the Supreme Court, a seat on which he has successfully filled.
Illegal immigration has already declined by 70 percent. The foolishness about Trump’s campaign collusion with Russia will soon be hanging around the neck of the Democrats like a toilet seat. He has dismantled the eco-hysteria apparatus that responded to unproved climate alarmism, and he has moved to reduce foreign oil imports. And American foreign policy is inching toward coherence: Substantial discussions appear to be underway with Russia and China, and North Korea is being faced seriously for the first time since the Clinton administration started down the garden path to impossible cooperation..."
"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
"Army Gen. Raymond Thomas, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, called the rate at which special operations forces are being deployed “unsustainable” and said the growing reliance of the U.S. military on its elite troops could produce a dangerous strain."...About 8,000 U.S. special forces are currently deployed in more than 80 countries, Thomas said. Many are at the forefront of advising missions
in Syria and Iraq as well as counter terrorism missions in Afghanistan.
There are about 500 special operators in Syria."
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
"Black people of America: Don’t you worry ‘bout a thing. Because the new Fox News megastar Kat Timpf has got your back. And she told us so on the first episode of her new show, “The Fox News Specialists.” “I do understand issues with criminal justice, particularly in the black community and police brutality,” she intoned. Which is extremely convenient, because in April, dozens of cities around the country saw hundreds of examples of black mob violence. All wildly out of proportion. All without the benefit of Kat’s explanations."
"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
* Melania dedicated the new Bunny Mellon Healing garden at the Children's National Medical Center Friday
* The First Lady was pictured spending time in the garden with young patients following Friday's ceremony
* The new garden allows patients to spend time outside while enjoying views of the Washington Monument
* It is dedicated to all of the prior first ladies and named for an American horticulturist and gardener
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."
"President Trump, has spoken to Jordan’s King Abdullah and Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the establishment of safe areas, according to the White House. Iran, Russia and Turkey backed the establishment of such zones in or around Syria on Thursday. The U.S. was not involved with that agreement due to Tehran’s inclusion. Kafawin says to ensure truly secure safe zones, they will need a lot of effort to maintain and secure it. “It’s difficult to protect. You need a no fly zone, you need 24-hour patrols and you need, for sure, ground forces,” he said. “I don’t think it’s possible without U.S. support.”
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
"It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s going to happen to France under Macron. There will be more terror; more trucks running down innocent French citizens, more suicide bombings, more knife attacks committed in the name of Allah, more Muslim immigrants, actually millions more, more unemployment, more French factories and companies closing, and most importantly, more anger among the French who will soon realize that Macron, like Obama is totally worthless. In five years, if Macron and France last that long, the country will be on the verge of civil war. Then and only then, will the French finally realize that their only hope is Marine Le Pen. But, then it will be too late. Chaos is coming; it’s coming in the name of Emmanuel Macron. How do you say Obama in French?"
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."
There is one version of this bill.
"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."
"Dismantles Obamacare taxes - Eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties - Protects those with pre-existing conditions - Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid - Empowers individuals and families through HSA's - Provides monthly tax credits for low- and middle-income families"
"House Republicans made good on their years-long promise Thursday to pass legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act..."
"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.”
"President Tony Perkins released the following statement: “Today is a day that should and will be remembered. The House GOP today fulfilled its nearly decade old promise to pass a bill that replaces Obamacare with a law that is pro-life and reduces premium costs for the American people."
"It’s a big day for pro-life stories in Washington, with the House voting to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare — a bill that passed by just three votes. It now goes to the Senate, where it needs only 51 votes to pass."
"White House Summary: Declares that it is the policy of the administration to protect and vigorously promote religious liberty - Directs the IRS to exercise maximum enforcement discretion to alleviate the burden of the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits religious leaders from speaking about politics and candidates from the pulpit; - Provides regulatory relief for religious objectors to Obamacare’s burdensome preventive services mandate, a position supported by the Supreme Court decision in Hobby Lobby."
"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."
"U.S. President Donald Trump held his first-face-to-face meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday, and declared that they "get along great," following an acrimonious phone call in January that strained ties between the two allies. "They said we had a rough phone call. We didn't really have a rough phone call," Trump said in dinner remarks. "It got a little bit testy. But that's okay."
"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."
"House lawmakers passed new sanctions legislation on Thursday designed to undercut North Korea’s economy by cracking down on the network of banks and industries that help it avoid western sanctions. “If we shut down their economy, they can’t move forward with their [nuclear weapons program] program,” House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., said.."
“A string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China every day only to render the present bad situation tenser.” “China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations.”
"The following is a list of most Army enlisted and officer jobs, with short descriptions."
"President Woodrow Wilson famously rallied the United States to enter World War I by saying the nation had a duty to make “the world safe for democracy.” But as historian Jim Powell demonstrates in this shocking reappraisal, Wilson actually made a horrible blunder by committing the United States to fight. Far from making the world safe for democracy, America’s entry into the war opened the door to murderous tyrants and Communist rulers. No other president has had a hand—however unintentional—in so much destruction. That’s why, Powell declares, “Wilson surely ranks as (one of) the worst president(s) in American history.”
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 and Christianity, 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]."
"There is something grimly amusing about watching someone explain how essential killing babies is to "the economy." Bryce Covert thinks that we are all members of a species called Homo economicus. For her the default state of human activity is contribution to the economy."
"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 news caused particular surprise as the superior of the congregation, Brother René Stockman, is one of the leading opponents of euthanasia in Belgium. He told MercatorNet that the decision is unacceptable, and goes “totally against our charism of the charity”. He said that only a few brothers are left on the board of the hospitals, and that he is in contact with the Belgian Bishops Conference and the Vatican about the situation."
"What about prohibiting the free exercise of religion? Did the national media get all huffy and puffy when prayer was banned from school, when bakers were forced to violate the dictates of their consciences, or when nuns were commanded to pay for contraception and abortion? Where were the self-knighted champions of the First Amendment then?"
"President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Congress to work with him on extending school choice programs nationwide to benefit millions of students, including low-income African-American and Hispanic children. While Trump gave no specifics on what legislation he is proposing, the statement was the clearest indication yet that he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to fund a $20 billion school choice program."
"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..."
"The point at the end is good, this is the last action with the 2017 budget, the discussion about the 2018 budget starts today."
Commentary: Note how the devious democrats who control the press are always critical of Trump, but how effective Trump's staff is in countering their lies and distortions. The bottom line is the balance of the 2017 budget is NOT a victory for the Democrats, but is in fact, a victory for the Republicans. vtb
"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.”
“With hope in our souls and patriotism in our hearts, I say these words tonight on 100 days of devotion, hard work, and love for our great country.”
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.”
"There are other Catholics on tour, but pro tennis isn’t known for being big on religion, so seeing a classy guy like Tim is reassuring. I try to be respectful of others and not yell or throw my racket, so the way Tim conducts himself reminds me of how to act."
"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. 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
"President Xi Jinping has tightened the state's grip on independent civil society since 2012, citing threats to national security and stability. Li Heping, a civil rights lawyer who has previously defended practitioners of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, was detained along with dozens of activists and lawyers in mid-2015 during a crackdown on dissent."
Commentary: The lawyer was given a 3 year sentence that was suspended for 4 years which means on the condition that the defendant not commit any "crimes" during the next 4 years.. 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."
Commentary: Trump has a good military strategy. He keeps the enemy guessing as to his next move rather than telling him exactly what he is going to do, as Obama did. vtb
"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."
"The 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."
"April 28, 2017. The Administration is aware of the most recent North Korean missile test. The President has been briefed."
“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
"Melania dedicated the new Bunny Mellon Healing garden at the Children's National Medical Center Friday - The First Lady was pictured spending time in the garden with young patients following Friday's ceremony - The new garden allows patients to spend time outside while enjoying views of the Washington Monument - It is dedicated to all of the prior first ladies and named for an American horticulturist and gardener."
"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
"President Donald Trump inherited chaos and overall deteriorating security conditions in the war-devastated country...Echoing the U.S. military, the experts told lawmakers that Russia and Afghanistan’s neighbor Iran are providing military assistance to the Taliban, adding that neighboring Pakistan provides sanctuary to the terrorist group as well as its al-Qaeda and Haqqani Network allies."
Commentary: Another result of Obama's indifference and lack of maturity when it comes to warfare. vtb
President Trump voiced confidence Friday about a new health care overhaul coming together as early as next week, declaring in an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that despite Republicans’ failure to pass a replacement in his first 100 days, “ObamaCare is dead.”
"Donald Trump has now been President for 2400 jam-packed hours. To commemorate, here are 25 (okay, 26) reflections on his roller coaster of a start."
"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, 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. (Francis's response to a number of previous challenges was that of indifference). 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."
"In releasing the identities of Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Illinois, and Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, the Pentagon also said that the Army had begun a fact-finding Article 15-6 investigation into the circumstances of their deaths in Nangarhar province, less than a mile from the site where the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was dropped April 13."
"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 HAS THE POTENTIAL TO KILL 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 HAVE, 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."
"Washington is urging Beijing — Pyongyang’s sole major ally — to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The US and ally South Korea say its deployment, agreed last year, is intended to guard against missile threats from the nuclear-armed North. But China fears it will weaken its own ballistic capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance."
"Daily reports of the fragile situation fuel worries that war is imminent. North Korea released what it claimed were photographs of its artillery drills. But, has it really reached a point of no return?"
"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.”
"Because of the rules of the Senate, legislation that would result in more borrowing over the long term would be vulnerable to a Democratic filibuster, requiring 60 senators to advance the legislation. Republicans hold just 52 seats in the chamber, and absent those 60 votes, Trump and his fellow Republicans would only be able to pass cuts that would last for 10 years."
"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."
"The Republican House can pass and send to the Republican Senate a bill that funds the border wall but not Planned Parenthood. Or they can pass one that funds Planned Parenthood but not the border wall. The former course of action would fulfill the campaign promises that got their president elected. The latter would appease congressional Democrats and the liberal press. So, which will it be?"
"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."
"Latif...A Muslim from the UK with a violent criminal past for assault...Upon seeing the woman help put the sign up, Latif angrily confronted her, spitting in her face but being dragged away by two other people at the mosque before he could hit her..."
"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."
"The government has a chance to do the right thing here. It got it wrong for five years in these cases, almost six years,” Rassbach told Catholic News Agency. “And they can do the right thing by dropping their appeals that are in favor of the mandate, and admitting that they were wrong on the issue of the contraceptive mandate, as applied to religious non-profits.”
"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 approach appears designed to extract better terms with Canada and Mexico. President Donald Trump pledged on the campaign trail to renegotiate NAFTA, a trade deal signed in 1994 by former President Bill Clinton that removes tariffs and allows for the free flow of goods and services between the three countries in North America. Trump in recent weeks has stepped up his rhetoric vowing to terminate the agreement altogether."
"..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!"
"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats plan to provide the update to lawmakers."
"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
“We take Syria’s disregard for innocent human life very seriously, and will relentlessly pursue and shut down the financial networks of all individuals involved with the production of chemical weapons used to commit these atrocities,” Mnuchin said.
"Trump continued to highlight the problems with North Korea but remained elusive about what he was planning to do in the country. He mused that North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un was probably not as strong militarily as he appeared. “I’m not so sure he’s so strong like he says he is; I’m not so sure at all,” he said. Trump criticized modern presidents for not acting decisively on the North Korea threat. “This should have been done by Obama and it should have been done by every president since, really, Clinton,” he said, referring to the former president’s memoirs."
“This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not. North Korea is a big world problem and it’s a problem that we have to finally solve,” Trump said. “People put blindfolds on for decades and now it’s time to solve the problem.”
"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."
"Now when [the Sanhedrin] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus."
“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...”
"A fraternal correction, in the end, is neither an act of hostility, nor a lack of respect, nor an act of disobedience. It is nothing other than a declaration of truth: caritas in veritate. The pope, even before being pope, is our brother, and this is therefore a primordial duty of charity towards him. We will be called to account for his destiny, as well as that of all those who rely on his guidance. The wicked man, God says through the prophet Ezekiel, "will die for his sin," but if you, watchman, do not warn him, "I will require an account from you of his death" (Ezek. 33.8).
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 are not, and 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
"After a visit to Nigeria, Schick says: "This is right and they also ask us: Are you right with those who immigrate? Are you adequately prepared for such terrorist elements?"
"Only Ratzinger has the courage to face the Islamic bomb"
Benedict XVI states that "radically atheistic views of the state" and "the rise of a radically religious state in Islamist movements leads our time into an explosive situation."
"The preference for boys among many Indian immigrants reveals underlying gender inequities and will not change without intervention..."
(PHOTOS) "ISIS terrorist who shot dead cop in Paris attack was arrested TWO MONTHS ago for threatening to kill police and served 15 years for trying to murder two officers"
"It is a situation where a lot of exercise equipment is amassed in North Korea and also a lot of strategic assets are situated on the Korean peninsula because of the South Korea-U.S. military drills," Lee told a briefing.
"The reports are being carried in Russian media. The fear is that a strike on North Korea will result in thousands of refugees streaming north to cross the border into China or Russia. Both countries want to contain the mass exodus and prevent a humanitarian crisis."
"Israeli defense officials said this week that Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons in its possession. It was the first specific intelligence assessment of President Bashar Assad's weapons capabilities since a deadly chemical attack earlier this month."
"Republicans are “very close” to agreeing on a bill that can pass the lower chamber."
"Although there’s a slew of unexpected perks to giving your food a kick, capsaicin is the ingredient to keep in mind. The compound is found in jalapeños, habaneros, cayenne and most other chili peppers, and it’s the underlying reason spicy foods can help you lose weight and live a longer, healthier life.
Here are 5 reasons to consider spicing up your food..."
“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."
"We noted the very clear and forthright words, Mr. Secretary, (U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis) that you had to say about Iran," Netanyahu said. "This follows very strong and forthright words on the part of President Trump, and very forthright deeds against the use of chemical weapons by Iran's proxy, Syria." "This has been appreciated around the world and in our region," Netanyahu said. "I think this is welcome change, a strategic change of American leadership and American policy."
"Unlike 2011, when bloody cartel clashes in Ciudad Juarez drove the national toll to new heights, the killings pushing the 2017 total have been spread across a number of states. Authorities attribute them to vicious turf battles resulting from breakdowns in the leadership of some cartels and the splintering of others into smaller gangs."
"You have no idea what it's like to gulp in that smell 24 hours a day,365 days a year" said Yahaida Porrata, whose house is roughly 10 steps from the landfill. "You have to shutter the house completely because you can't breathe ... If I had the money, I would have moved a long time ago."
"Obviously -- we are aware of it," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Friday. "This is not highly unusual ... but we monitor everything."
"At a joint news conference after the meeting, Inada revealed the four agreed that “continued engagement” by the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific region is necessary and that Japan and Australia will “powerfully promote” trilateral defense cooperation involving the U.S."
"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 sellmore magazines. vtb
"The film, titled Before The Flood, contained a line-up of left-leaning activists renowned for pushing the theory of man-made global warming. The list included Ban Ki-moon, Bill Clinton, Oprah, Elon Musk, John Kerry, and Barack Obama."
"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."
"Lee, 51, was put on death row for the 1993 death of his neighbor Debra Reese, whom Lee struck 36 times with a tire tool her husband had given her for protection. Lee was arrested less than an hour after the killing after spending some of the $300 he had stolen from Reese."
"Pro-abortion types claim they are “pro-choice.” But they apparently don’t want women considering abortions to be fully informed about what it is that they are making a choice about, most particularly the nature of the "being" that is the subject of the decision to be made."
"The reason for the silence is not hard to understand. The media and the teachers unions share an allegiance to the Democratic Party. The (Kanas City) Star goes out of its way to protectthe unions, and the unions have gone out of their way to protect the teachers, including the sexual predators."
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."
"A three-month-old baby boy and a 10-year-old girl were among those to die, while dozens more people were injured.
Mr Gargasoulas faces six counts of murder and 28 counts of attempted murder and conduct endangering life."
"When I think of the long history of the Catholic Church, of all the things that could be said about how we have viewed those with mental illness, I’m going to focus on three ideas, because I think they are the most constant and the most right (well, mostly) of the tradition."
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 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
(Written in 2003). "Despite 1500 years of Catholic history, heroic saints and glorious apparitions, today France fights for her soul. More than eighty percent of Frenchmen identified themselves as Catholic in 1980. Yet during Pope John Paul II's 1996 visit to the "eldest daughter", only sixty-three percent said they were Catholic. (France has 40 million baptized Catholics of a total population of 59 million.) Whether this decline in Catholic belief reflects a true apostasy or simply indifference, it weakens France's social fabric. Native French families are in decline: divorce, cohabitation and illegitimate births are no longer considered moral issues. The birthrate is 1.2 births per couple. And the Muslim population of France (currently six million) is growing five times faster than the nominal Christian population. If these rates hold steady, Muslims will outnumber Christians in less than three generations."
(Written April 19, 2005). "We could welcome more than 200 seminarians if they wanted to come," said the Rev. Jean-Luc Védrine, the 45-year-old superior. "Today there are young people in France who have never seen a priest." Indeed, in all of France last year, only 90 priests were ordained, compared with 566 in 1966. More and more throughout Europe, priests are being forced to cover several parishes."
(Written March 14, 2013) "Last year, according to reports, more than one-third (35 percent) of France’s population and almost two-thirds (63 percent) of youth said they belonged to “no religion.” Very few people, an estimated 1-in-20 of the French, regularly attend Mass anymore. Father Innocent Feugna, an African deacon who toils at St Pierre de Guise in northern France, complained that his congregation in aging and dying out. “Here I'm preaching to pensioners,” he lamented to BBC.
"What are, in particular, the duties of our Guardian Angels? Analyzing these duties, Saint Bernard says that the Angels constantly surround the souls of the faithful in their charge with the most tender care and love. They have but one great desire, that of leading us safely through life till we attain the glory and peace which they themselves possess and fully enjoy while in our company here on earth. They protect both our spiritual and our corporal life. They defend and protect our immortal soul from the seduction of the world and the wiles of Satan. They often shield us from sudden dangers that threaten our life, or come to our rescue when some harm has befallen us. This becomes often manifest with little children who quite often come out of serious accidents without any injury. The mind of the little children cannot be reached with warnings and inspirations, because it is not yet functioning; and thus the Guardian Angel must take direct action in case of danger. Adult persons, in the full use of reason, are warned and cautioned by their Angel, but because they remain free to heed or to ignore such warnings of their Angel, many unfortunate things happen to them in spite of their Heavenly protector."
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"The report that Trump is sending the additional fleets remain unconfirmed, but the deployment of so much firepower is widely seen as inevitable. Even if the deployment does not happen has reported, it would have to happen sometime within the next two to three years, to prevent North Korea from completing development on a missile that can deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental United States."
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
"From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons."
"Liberal news sources and websites that spend a lot of time condemning Trump found more to criticize in his team’s handling of its first official Easter Egg Roll."
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
"..during his inaugural speech, Trump also said this: We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world — but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the civilized world against Radical Islamic Terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth."
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
"The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party."
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."
“Finally,” Mr. O’Reilly added, “I would suggest to Pope Francis that millions of Americans have been harmed economically by our immigration system, which desperately needs reform. I think I could persuade the pope that providing protection and enforcing settled law is certainly not un-Christian.”
Commentary: It is very sad to see Mr. O'Reilly let go by Fox after so many years of good, solid reporting. Our sinful past has a way of catching up with us, and the consequences are not always easy to absorb. This is where our faith is tested. Tucker Carlson, an equally good reporter, will take over O'Reilly's time spot. vtb
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
“In the Vatican some of the more important documents issued by the Pope and the Holy See are officially written in Latin,” Fr. Roberto Spataro, secretary of the Pontifical Academy for Latin, told CNA. The Church’s standard version of the Bible, called the Vulgate, is also in Latin."
"It is not about exclusively external activity, the distribution of roles or of functions in the liturgy, but rather about an intensely active receptivity: this reception is, in Christ and with Christ, the humble offering of oneself in silent prayer and a thoroughly contemplative attitude. The serious crisis of faith, not only at the level of the Christian faithful but also and especially among many priests and bishops, has made us incapable of understanding the Eucharistic liturgy as a sacrifice, as identical to the act performed once and for all by Jesus Christ..."
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
"It’s clear that the traditionalism that’s developed since the 1990s has arisen outside any organized, mass movement of conversion of schismatics. Francis knows that dealing with traditionalism now is less a matter of outreach to the SSPX than it is an issue to be handled internally."
Commentary: Meaning 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
"The pope is the vicar of Christ on earth, but he is not Christ, he can err, sin and even be corrected." I do not agree with his way of governing. The Church is today immersed in confusion and disorientation: the faithful need certainties."
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
"Islamic leaders want the hanging of a Christian mother as a deterrent to mass violence. They believe the behavior of students who killed and tortured one of their colleagues for alleged blasphemy is justifiable."
Commentary: Insanity. Who in their right mind would follow such "irreligious" leaders? vtb
Commentary: Immorality breeds immorality. vtb
"For years, this neighbor had been force-fed the value that noticing suspicious behavior by Muslims amounts to “bigotry” and “racial profiling,” or “Islamophobia.” Fourteen people are now dead because politically correct niceties were preserved; because hurt feelings were placed ahead of objectivity."
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, and that has given them a renewed hope. vtb
"There’s an awful lot of “guilt by association” these days mainly because there are so many terrorist attacks in the West—and the East if one includes Russia—by adherents of Islam. If Mr. Siddiqi is right, the lone wolf terrorists we hear about every few months must be getting “the faith” all wrong."
"The hard lesson from our failure to stop North Korea before they became a nuclear power is that we MUST stop Iran from ever developing or acquiring a nuclear arsenal. A nuclear Iran would be far more dangerous to American interests than a nuclear North Korea."
“ISIS”—like al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Hamas, Taliban, Wahabbi Saudi, and the Muslims who persecute Christians in 40 of the 50 worst nations around the world—is a symptom, not the source of the hate."
"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."
"The world has witnessed the “strength and resolve of [President Trump] in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” according to Pence, who threatened North Korea “not to test” this resolve or “or the strength of the armed forces of the United States.”
"Speaking from the Demilitarized Zone on CNN’s “New Day,” the vice president said the new U.S. policy will “redouble efforts” to put economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea, and get more involvement from the Chinese. “I know the president was heartened by his discussions with President Xi [Jinping],” he said, “We’ve seen China beginning to take some actions to bring pressure on North Korea, but there needs to be more.”
"China and Russia, which prioritize stability in the Korean Peninsula, showed concern over the tough U.S. stance, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying the issue should be resolved peacefully through political and diplomatic efforts."
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
"This is an interesting development and not a good one. It seems North Korea will not accept China’s offer of a meeting. It sounds like Lil’ Kim is isolating his Country from his closest friend and supporter. China is becoming very troubled over this. I am very troubled over this, as it insinuates a turn for the worse in Kim’s mood and trust in his ally."
"For the first time in eight years, the allies of America and the world's decent people celebrated America's return to leadership. Just about all of them understand that if the United States doesn't exercise its power, the worst regimes on Earth will."
"Regarding Dao, it’s well known at this point that the flight he’d booked a ticket for wasn’t oversold as much as United wanted to transport four crew members to Kentucky in order to staff a flight the next day. So that the airline could serve many more passengers, it bumped Dao, along with three other willing customers. And while PR mavens can fight among themselves about the brand implications of United’s actions vis-à-vis Dao, it’s worth pointing out that the airline did the right thing in removing the obnoxious passenger from the plane."
"But we have to ask, do the facts really justify this level of outrage? After all, United approached this overbooked flight in the same way that airlines across the country do every day. Dao was given many chances to leave the flight peacefully, and blatantly refused to do so. In airports post-9/11, this type of behavior is not tolerated as there is a greater emphasis on the expectation to comply with the instructions of airline personnel for safety reasons. After Dao dug his feet in, all United did was call the airport police. Anything that occurred after that point was out of its control, and was the responsibility of the police department. Still, the injuries to Dao that have garnered so much outrage were probably not done intentionally, and were likely only sustained after he was accidentally dropped while being removed. No evidence in the video, or anything that has otherwise surfaced, has shown that anyone intentionally tried to harm Dao."
"Fox & Friends co-host Pete Hegseth, an Army vet who served in Afghanistan, added that Muslims should “point out the radicalism and say ‘That’s not me.’”
"The problem with this pro-choice argument from legal consequences, which I will refer to as the legal argument, is that it conflates two senses of the word “murder.” The first is the moral sense of the word. In this sense, the word means a wrongful killing. The second is the legal sense of the word. This use is defined differently in different jurisdictions."
"He is only correct in a small way. The Bible does not specifically use the word “abortion,” but it does forbid the killing of innocent human lives. And throughout the Bible, babies in the womb are treated as valuable human beings. Scriptural references to babies in the womb include..."
"Federal authorities have open investigations into radical Islamic terrorists in all 50 states, according to the Department of Homeland Security, which is warning that the threat of terrorism in the United States has reached an all time high with radicalized individuals in the country plotting to strike "each and every single day."
"When tracking changes to gauge the overall health of a denomination, it makes more sense to look at long-term trends. If we look back 50 years (to 1965) we can see a clear and unequivocal trendline: liberal denominations have declined sharply while conservative denominations have increased or remained the same. Here are the primary mainline denominations, every one of which has seen long-term decline in membership..."
"The endless vitriol is not just aimed at Trump voters, but at the President himself. In “Public-School Students Take On Fake News,” The New Yorker magazine describes how an after-school program launched by non-profit Mighty Writers “teaches media literacy to kids.” Media literacy, in this case, means being taught to hate and disparage our President."
"In January of this year, President Trump’s critics were marching in the streets because they believed he was about to go full-Hitler. Or maybe he was just crazy, and about to do something dangerously stupid. Today their biggest complaint is that President Trump hasn’t shared his tax returns with the public."
"A closer look at Turkey’s history makes it clear that the citizens of Turkey who were born into non-Muslim or non-Turkish families have never fully had those rights and freedoms. For decades, they have been exposed to systematic persecution and even murderous attacks."
"The modern secular Muslim state – a country that gave women the vote before Britain did and was Israel's best friend in an otherwise hostile region – certainly, that Turkey seems to be being de-boned by the hour: it now has an Islamist government whose Prime Minister has canceled trade deals with Israel, denounced the Iraqi elections, and frosted out the US Ambassador because he was Jewish; a new edition of Mein Kampf is prominently displayed at the airport bookstore."
"Former congresswoman Maria Corina Machado posted a photo of the militia gathering Monday on her Twitter account, calling it a, "pathetic, desperate and unconstitutional attempt by the regimen to intimidate Venezuelans."
"A logical first step toward ending the rape crisis would be the return to sexual segregation in sleeping quarters. Think that's going to happen? The painful, deliberate restoration of good teaching, at home and everywhere else -- along with the broader acceptance of such ideals as duty -- is likely all we have to work with. But it beats federal power, especially when wielded against the juridical protections long seen as basic to a free society. The rape of freedom may prove the true crisis of our age."
"While almost anything can provoke Muslims around the world to attack churches, there is a reason that the animus can reach a fever pitch during Easter: more than any other Christian holiday, Resurrection Sunday commemorates and celebrates three central Christian doctrines that Islam manifestly rejects: that Christ was crucified and died; that he was resurrected; and that by especial virtue of the latter, he is the Son of God. As Dr. Abdul Rahman al-Bir, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s mufti said in 2013, Muslims must not commend Coptic Christians during Easter, for that holiday “contradicts and clashes with Islamic doctrine unlike Christmas.”
"Sakat has said in the past that he himself was ordered to carry out chemical strikes on three different occasions before he defected. In those instances he switched out the deadly agents in the bombs for harmless chemicals. “I couldn’t believe at the beginning that Assad would use these weapons on his people,” he said. “I could not stand and watch the genocide. I couldn’t hurt my own people.”
"Well, it turns out we're getting chemical weapons out of Syria without having initiated a strike," Obama said in April 2014. Secretary of State Kerry said, "With respect to Syria, we struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out." With a straight face he said it was Obama's threat of force that brought the solution about. Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser, and serial prefabricator, said, "We were able to get the Syrian government to voluntarily and verifiably give up its chemical weapons stockpile."
Commentary: More lies by Obama and his "obedient" followers. vtb
"..a car bomb at a bus depot in Aleppo, Syria, has just killed more than 100 people, including an estimated fifty children."
"President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation to extend temporarily a program that gives veterans access to private-sector health care."
"The great Jewish historian, Josephus, writing in the late first century AD, mentions Pontius Pilate several times. One of his passages which references Pilate is the famous and controversial Testimonium Flavianum as follows..."
"President Trump’s claim of being “wire tapped” has been vindicated. Indeed, the surveillance is far more extensive than even he suspected at the time."
"Recent history has shown that removing any financial responsibility from the student to pay for their degree does more harm than good. Economists have found that virtually unrestricted access to federal student aid encourages colleges and universities to raise their tuition prices."
"In this century, Democrats rejected the outcomes of two presidential elections won by Republicans. After Bush won, they settled for accusing him of being a thief, an idiot, a liar, a draft dodger and a mass murderer. They fantasized about his assassination and there was talk of impeachment. But elected officials gritted their teeth and tried to get things done. This time around it’s “radically” different."
"In its “National School Choice Poll” the American Federation for Children (AFC) found that 68% of likely voters support school choice, and 72% supported the creation of a federal tax credit program."
"What a turnaround. It comes at a time when liberals have been saying that Donald Trump has been lying to the American people when he has said that he can bring coal jobs back. Well, so far he has brought them back."
General McMaster, himself a military historian, said on ABC’s “This Week” that while the president had not ruled out any option, it was time for the United States “to take action, short of armed conflict, so we can avoid the worst” in dealing with “this unpredictable regime.” Translation: Pre-emptive strikes are off the table, at least for now.'
Commentary: Is North Korea bluffing? We have to believe they are because China has entered into the picture and will not be agreeable to these threats. However, if China does not act effectively, the U.S. may not have any choice but to destroy North Korea's missile capabilities. vtb
"President Xi Jinping’s China is becoming a more fearful place. The government has cracked down both on dissent and contact with the West. Religious persecution also is rising: the communist god that failed fears competition."
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
"Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the Russians on a message in which he wished to highlight the great work being done by the Orthodox Church and the representatives of other Christian denominations in the life of the country."
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
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared on Howi Carr’s radio show in Boston and spread the news: “I’ve been excited about progress at the border… March was the lowest level of illegal entrants to the country in 17 years. It was 72% below the last month of the Obama Administration.”
"According to the Christian Association of Nigeria, 900 Christian churches have been destroyed in 12 northern states that adopted Islamic law, in the early 2000s."
"Police say they have arrested dozens of students, reported Pakistan's Dawn newspaper. Mardan's Deputy Inspector General of Police Mohammad Alam Shinwari stated, "The charged students then wanted to burn his body."
"The entire Western world is being swamped by an Islamic invasion. But Muslims aren’t coming in uniforms and carrying guns. They’re arriving en masse with the assistance of Western governments.' Some call it refugee resettlement. Others simply believe it is just immigration. Few are willing to call it what it is – an “act of conquest,” according to traditional Islam."
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
"EWTN.TV: Is he very worried about the Church? Gänswein: Of course, he has noted that the faith, the substance of the faith, is about to crumble, above all in his homeland, and that inevitably worries, troubles him. But he is not the kind of man – he never was and never will be – who will have the joy taken away from him! On the contrary: he brings his worries to his prayers, hoping that his prayers will help to put things right."
"In mid-March, Borno Governor Kashim Shettima said 100,000 people had been killed by Boko Haram militants in his state since the insurgency started in 2009. He also said 2.1 million people have become displaced within the state. He said more than 52,000 orphans were living on their own, and nearly 55,000 women had become widows."
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
"Failed missile test reduced risk of immediate retaliation - Trump still willing to use military; prefers China take lead."
"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
"An estimated 8.3 million American adults — about 3.4 percent of the U.S. population — suffer from serious psychological distress, an evaluation of federal health data concluded."
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
"Lung Cancer Sign and Symptoms - Prostate Cancer Symptoms - Symptoms of Lung Cancer in Men - Metastatic Breast Cancer Symptoms - End Stage Lung Cancer Symptoms - Bone Cancer Symptoms"
"the far-right candidate said Friday (April 14) she was “extremely religious” but “angry” with the church for getting involved in matters over which it had no concern. In an interview with the Catholic daily La Croix, Le Pen, whose campaign is based on a forthright anti-immigrant and protectionist platform, openly attacked the pope’s views on migrants. “The fact that he appeals for charity, for welcoming others, foreigners, does not shock me,” Le Pen said. “But charity should only be personal.”
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
"“I think it does give a special meaning to the service to have the president here,” said Jim Beasley, a member at Bethesda. “I think it’s an old custom for presidents to go to church on Sunday, certainly on Easter and Christmas
especially. It’s just a matter of where he chooses to go. I think it’s
very impressive that he’s here, not just at Bethesda but here in Palm Beach.”
"This Easter take a moment to pause and consider the GOOD NEWS that death and sin were conquered by the very real Jesus who will soon return - just as He promised. Lost and fallen mankind, in collusion with a bunch of social clubs masquerading as churches, have allowed Easter bunnies, eggs and candies to overshadow the real reason real Christians are real happy about what happened at the Resurrection. All the unstoppable hatred and insane madness happening around us today are rapidly bringing this world to a close - just as the Jewish carpenter and Savior, Jesus, said that it would. (Matthew chapter 24, etc.) Say a prayer in your heart, and ask Jesus to be in you, forgive you, and to show you the real meaning and celebration of Easter."
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
"Movie stars, poets, novelists, musicians, philosophers, scientists and even queens were convinced in their consciences that they must become Catholic. They were sinners (as are we all), and, as with such a diverse and interesting group, they have very different temperaments, personalities and foibles."
“If you wish to eliminate an armed uprising, instead of conducting urban combat with precise military planning and directly confronting [the rebels], and instead of using expensive missiles that might miss their targets, all you have to do is use ‘barrel bombs’ dropped from planes that kill hundreds of people, and terrify the others into ‘willingly emigrating.'”
"It’s time for Cardinal Burke to step up to the plate lest time runs out and they find themselves having to answer to Christ for their inaction."
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."
""The missile blew up almost immediately," the command said in a statement. "The type of missile is still being assessed."
"That message aligns very closely with the one espoused by his fellow social-media-savvy Jesuit, Pope Francis, who earlier this week tapped Martin to serve as consultor to the Secretariat of Communication—Vatican “P.R. consultant.”
“I am really on board with the way he’s proceeding and what he’s
focusing on,” Martin says of Francis. “I think it’s fantastic.”
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
"Nye is a good example of someone who promotes science as a close-minded ideology, not an open search for truth."
Commentary: Like many, Bill Nye uses his theories to present them as "facts," but he fools no one who is a true Christian. vtb
"Eating sweet potatoes can actually help you lose weight because they're relatively low in calories. One medium baked sweet potato (about 150 grams) is just 100 calories. If you compare that to a slice of equal-calorie whole wheat bread, this orange tuber offers the same amount of carbs and almost twice the amount of filling fibre at 3.7 grams."
"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..."
"It has always been considered over-the-line to attack the family of your political enemies, but liberals believe those rules don’t apply when it comes to Donald Trump. Him, they hate so much that they’re willing to even go after his children. It’s disgusting, it’s hypocritical and as you are about to see, it’s very, very liberal."
"Whatever the reason, moral or strategic, Trump acted. And effectively reset his entire foreign policy. True, in and of itself, the raid will not decisively alter the course of Syria’s civil war. Assad and his Iranian, Russian and Hezbollah co-combatants still have the upper hand — but no longer a free hand. After six years of U.S. passivity, there are limits now and America will enforce them."
"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
"Because they knew that the Obama administration would never use military force for any purpose, they felt free to conduct their coercive actions in the South China Seas, the Russians went into Iran and Syria, and North Korea accelerated their nuclear arms program.” Under Obama’s watch, ISIS was born and spread to more than 18 countries around the world. Pavel said Obama’s major mistake was not putting his foot down in Syria, such as when president Bashar al Assad attacked civilians with chemical weapons in 2013."
"This 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.”
"He walked eight and a half miles through the unforgiving New Mexico desert, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees, and refused to stop until he matched his distance from the previous nine years."
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
"Let’s face it: these Democratic liars, cheaters and thieves have a long history of getting away with the nastiest scandals. From The Clintons to Obama, they’ve been impossible to ouster; no matter what they do. We cannot seem to give them the severe justice they so deserve."
"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 tokill" 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
"We have persistent surveillance over the area before, during and after the operation, and now we have Afghan and U.S. forces on the site and see no evidence of civilian casualties -- nor have there been any reports of civilian casualties."
"Polish President Andrzej Duda said the deployment, to Poles, stands as a symbol of liberation and inclusion in the Western democratic world. "It's not an exaggeration to say that generations of Poles have waited for this moment since the end of the Second World War," Duda said in the northeastern town of Orzysz as he addressed the troops and the U.S. and British ambassadors."
"Teachers are then tasked to explore "how Majdi and Mohanned's opinions differ from one another, even though they are both Palestinians involved in suicide bombing plots." The lesson planners at PBS have no instructions to denounce suicide bombing or radical Islam. None."
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 programing 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
"This is also not the first time the Libertarian Party has had to deal with accusations of being associated with Satanism. A 2016 Libertarian Party candidate for the U.S. Senate from Florida, Augustus Sol Invictus, admitted to sacrificing a goat and drinking its blood."
Commentary: This so-called "political Party" appears to be more of a misguided "cult," therefore its opinions are not worthy of respect. vtb
"It is time for the British government to wake up and take a tough stand on such unethical, and probably illegal, system. And the sooner the better, lest the whole sharia council system go "underground" and out of reach to protect thousands of women from abuse."
"the 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
"In 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
"The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News. North Korea has warned that a "big event" is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend."
"Analysts believe that the activity at the site is indicative of final preparations for another nuclear test. This satellite image, taken yesterday, shows 'small groups of people' working at the facility."
Commentary: We live in very dangerous times that call for wisdom and discernment. President Trump needs our prayers to carry out his grave responsibilities, not only for world affairs, but also for internal affairs. Opposing everything he does and reacting with ridicule and indifference is not helpful and does not reveal true patriotism. vtb
"Pro-life leaders applauded President Donald Trump for signing a repeal of what they called President Obama’s “parting gift to the abortion industry.”
"St. 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?"
"The Western world has long gotten used to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, as if their bad lot is inevitable and has to simply be accepted. As if Christianity is destined to die or have no more than a residual existence in what used to be its cradle."
"Research about transgender people is biased toward reporting success. Studies lose track of many participants, often the majority, and there is no mechanism for tracking those who are dissatisfied after gender-change treatment. My transition back to male hasn’t been tallied in the negative column of any study. Ditto for the trans people who reach out to me."
"After the fairly conservative papacy of Benedict XVI we have Francis–who is popularly perceived as a progressive. "
"To support his point, Matussek attentively – and with a vivid and sprightly style – enumerates in the following seven pages of his article many of the contradictory scandals..."
"Gad Levanon, chief North American economist at the board, said the index suggests that “solid job growth will continue through the spring. The surprisingly weak job growth in March is mostly noise in an otherwise healthy and tight labor market.”
"A pregnant woman's faithful family rallies prayers and hope after a tragic accident."
"St Justin proceeded to submit an account of Christian worship to the Roman Emperor in order to clear up many misconceptions. Below is an excerpt from his “First Apology” that details the early liturgy of the Christian Church."
“If Pyongyang conducts its sixth nuclear test in the near future, the possibility of US military action against it will be higher than ever,” the Global Times, a newspaper run by the People’s Daily, the ruling party’s paper, wrote. “Not only Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honors his promises.”
Commentary: A "back handed" compliment, but still a good sign that China recognizes we are no longer a "paper tiger." vtb
"The People’s Daily, the official Communist Party mouthpiece, said Xi had thanked Trump for his “warm hospitality and thoughtful arrangements” in Florida, but also took the chance to discuss their “common concerns” about the Korean Peninsula and urge against any military escalation of the situation."
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
"In a show of solidarity with the U.S. against North Korea, China has stopped buying coal from the communist regime after last week’s missile test. Now, they’re importing more coal from the United States."
"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
"It'd be a fantastic thing if we got along with Putin and if we got along with Russia," Trump said. But he clearly wasn't counting on it. "That could happen, and it may not happen," he said. "It may be just the opposite."
Commentary: "You cannot please all of the people all of the time," as Lincoln instructed us. 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
"Turkey, which has been negotiating an entrance into the 28-member European bloc for decades, has consistently faced criticism from the EU for its record on human rights, democracy and freedom of the press."
Commentary: Turkey cannot be trusted to pursue the truth and its "voice" is not always welcomed in world affairs. vtb
“Islamic vigilance is directed especially at anyone who might become a murtadd (an apostate or spiritual renegade).” Some young Muslims attracted to Christianity get sent to Islamic boarding schools to be “purified” and re-educated. Those who persist can lose their friends and jobs, get beaten up and threatened with death. Things are even worse in the rural areas. Some leave Aceh for more tolerant parts of the country, he says, while others hide their faith."
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
"What the Church really needs today is what the saints knew it needed during their lives, and they lived it. It is what the Popes and Bishops of the past, knew it needed, who fought the evils of their day and protected their sheep with the same determination that a Father protects his family. This reminds me of Pope Francis, and his scandalous behavior when he publicly failed to truly shepherd the Church when he said “who am I to judge” when he should have said, “go and sin no more. . . .”
Commentary: Unfortunately, there are no signs that Pope Francis will change, his fate is in the Hands of the Lord. vtb
"The 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
"Peter 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
"The Case for Christ (movie) is interesting for any number of reasons, but I think it is particularly compelling for its subtle portrayal of the psychological, spiritual, and intellectual dynamics of evangelization."
“There are two things happening here that are getting missed. The first is the unborn child. Our opponents don’t ever want to admit the unborn child is a person. The second thing is that they talk about our flag discriminating against women. But more than half the unborn children being aborted in Canada are girls. So isn’t that discriminatory?”
Commentary: This proves again that you cannot reason with unreasonable anti-life people. vtb
“Reparative therapy attempts to move beyond the men’s feelings to the source of the wounds which caused their homosexuality.”
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
“We should call what’s going on in some Muslim countries a war on Christianity because that’s what it is. If we refuse to do this to avoid causing offense, we are allowing our worst enemies to police our language. “There is one other reason why we’re so nervous about engaging with this fight: the West is reluctant to identify itself as Christian."
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
“No matter how many cases we prosecute the political left will always whine that there’s not enough cases to justify protecting our elections in this way,” Kobach said in a phone interview. “That’s absurd.”
"Who knew that the Pony Express was founded with a presumption that its riders would be Christian?"
"Putin may be expressing unhappiness with Trump over the Syria bombing, but Putin’s real problem is with Bashar Assad. Let’s see how long he continues to believe it’s in Russia’s interests to back this monster, even as America has chosen a new leader who is not going to sit back passively and let atrocities happen."
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
"We would not refer to it as a ‘priest shortage’ or a ‘vocation crisis.’ We would refer to it as a prayer crisis. GOD has not stopped calling people to their vocation, we’ve stopped listening; the noise of culture has gotten in the way,” she said.
“The President is pushing extremely hard on tax cuts and everything we can do to generate economic growth in the United States. The President understands how important deregulation and tax cuts will be for the U.S. economy. He is pushing us all very hard to get that done as soon as we possibly can..."
"After Maine's market went into what has been described as a "long-term death spiral," it decided to keep its guaranteed issue requirement, but it also eased the community rating restrictions and set up "an invisible high-risk pool" to subsidize premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. The combination, according to an article in Health Affairs, led to sharp declines in premiums and more young people entering the market."
"Xinhua did not elaborate further on the dialogue mechanisms, saying only that they would cover security and diplomacy, economics and trade, law enforcement and cyber security, and social and people-to-people exchanges."
Commentary: Trump has a magnetic personality, while Obama came across as immature and insincere. Thats the difference between diplomacy and hypocrisy. vtb
"U.S.-Russian relations are unlikely to improve if Moscow adheres to a concept of national security welded to its historic experiences in the 19th and 20 centuries. Nor will they improve if the U.S. and NATO see every instance of political unrest as an opportunity to encourage new color revolutions that will ultimately necessitate a further eastward expansion of NATO to defend."
"Eric Trump said his father was not intimidated by President Putin’s talk of war, and there would be “no-one harder” than President Trump if they “cross us”.
"President (Trump) can, legally, use the military in combat operations (including sending Tomahawk missiles into an airfield in Syria) without congressional approval, or even letting them know he's going to do so in the first place."
Commentary: Trump is not foolish enough to tip off the enemy as to his next military move, as did Obama. vtb
"The Syrian strike blows up key lies of the Democrats’ resistance to the Trump presidency."
"Bolshevik economic policies, or “war communism,” starved millions of people in the Russian countryside when their grain was seized. And after the civil war, millions more were fated to perish in the brutal projects of Lenin’s successor, Joseph Stalin."
"For someone who covers the news every day, it’s frustrating to read a story and know that important information has been left out. In such cases, when I have no good way to dig out the missing details for myself, I’m left with the uneasy feeling that I don’t know the real truth; I only know that I haven’t seen it yet. Let me give a few examples from this week’s news stories, and the questions they have left in my mind..."
"Political correctness is a tool for liberals to arrest debate, questioning and criticism. Political correctness is seductive since it grants the most power to those perceived as the weakest victims. It reinforces the primacy of self pity since the “wronged” person gets to shut down disagreement. Ultimately, political correctness grants people the right to no longer engage or to follow rules. Cults often attempt through brainwashing to revamp human nature. Liberal intellectuals attempt exactly that with political correctness."
"When their prejudices are met with reality, they should reflect and adjust, but they won’t. They will keep on chanting the lines over and over until they convince themselves that they are right. The Syrian people do not matter to them. The end of a brutal regime does not matter to them. What does matter is the opportunity to show their 'virtue and righteousness,' regardless of the cost in human lives."
"Leftists put untested illegals in public schools, infecting our kids with old eradicated diseases. Leftists advocate totally opening our borders to any and all who wish to come here to get on welfare. Leftists celebrate extreme environmental restrictions on America while giving the world a pass. Leftists approved of Obama gifting Iran, our enemy and a chief sponsor of terrorism, $150 billion. Anything beneficial to America or that portrays America in a good light is despised and shouted down by leftists."
"This was eight years of a purposeful, corrupt power grab in the worst of ways. And no, I do not believe for a second he did not know, or did not incite these to happen. Fish rot from the head down. The media was the neck of this administration."
"He didn't sneak up on anyone. He is doing precisely what he said he would do, and much more importantly what 63 million of us elected him to do."
"The Catholic Church under Pope Francis has not changed her teaching on the immorality of cohabitation, adultery, divorce, or homosexuality, and she has certainly not opened the door for civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller in a new book-length interview published April 1, 2017.
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
"..there is so much confusion in the Church about fundamental questions which are defined with regard to intrinsic moral evil, with regard to Holy Communion and the right disposition to receive Holy Communion and regarding the indissolubility of marriage."
Commentary: Great interview covering President Trump and the current state of the Church. vtb
"When de fide (“of the faith”) is used in Catholic theology to designate a doctrine, it signifies a truth that pertains to Divine Revelation. The term Divine Revelation refers to truths by which GOD chose to reveal Himself and his will to humanity in order to reconcile the world to himself so men and women might live united with him imperfectly in this world and, after death and judgment, perfectly with him in the Kingdom."
"We were just three guys sharing our love for God. It was cold outside and I was busy with chores inside so we concluded our talk on a happy note. I thanked them for their visit and wished them well. Knowing Guy was raised Catholic, I had a feeling my profession of faith sparked some thought provoking ideas in Guy and his partner’s minds. I pray for them to Our Lady hoping they come to the Lord in the Catholic Church. I have a feeling I will see Guy again, maybe at Mass one day."
"The Center for Medical Progress released a new video on 3-29-17 with previously unreleased footage showing a former high-level Planned Parenthood employee graphically (yet cavalierly) describing the harvesting of babies’ organs in late-term abortions. This is horrible."
Commentary: Just as horrible are those who approve (US Democratic Party) of these gruesome activities. vtb
"The 40 year-old Orthodox prelate, whom Britain banned in December despite being formally invited to meet Prince Charles, also shares his views on Islam and why he greatly values the example set by Hungary for the respect its leaders have shown for Christians."
“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.”
"So is it really all that surprising the same administration would deploy the same spying methods to collect classified information on members of the Trump team, then leaks bits of it to the news media in an effort to de-legitimize them? Not at all, Smith writes."
"Not only do they taste really nice, but did you know that olives have a huge number of health benefits for you too?"
"..this is precisely what Islam does: through jihad, “eliminate all its rivals,” or, through the institution of dhimmitude, “degrade [the followers of other religions] and deprive them of every reason to live so that they will be forced to convert to” Islam. This is both historically and doctrinally demonstrable."
" "Deacons were the first to run out of the church. Many of them had blood on their white robes," she told The Associated Press. Later, the more seriously wounded started to come out, carried in the arms of survivors and ferried to hospitals in private cars, she said."
"If we do not want to lose the ideological war against Islam, it is not too late to reverse the trend -- but time is running out fast."
"There are tens of thousands of dead Nigerian, Syrian, and Iraqi Christians who, if they could speak, would warn us that fear of Islam is thoroughly warranted. By failing to tell the full story about Islam, Catholic leaders are failing in their responsibility to their own flock. The Church’s ill-considered embrace of Islam has not furthered the cause of peace and harmony. Instead, it has made the world a more dangerous place."
"In a letter to clergy, Bishop Libasci said the church cannot provide protection from government authorities; that could subject church officials to criminal prosecution and fines for harboringthose not in this country legally."
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
"This document would be disturbing as sexual education in any context, but the fact that it is the product of a Vatican Pontifical Council is scandalous," the evaluation begins. "The document communicates sensitive material through the use of graphic and immoral text and images (taken from secular, 'teen' culture), with the idea that this will resonate more effectively with young people."
Commentary: More sewage coming from some of the misguided leadership at the Vatican. vtb
"It’s hard to overstate just how low the standing of the United States had fallen because of President Barack Obama’s failure to enforce his own “red line” against Mr. Assad’s use of chemical weapons in 2013. I was one of the few Republican members of Congress who supported strikes against Syria then. Because of that, I’ve heard from dozens of world leaders expressing their doubts about the security commitments of the United States."
"When Democrat Harry Reid had the majority in the Senate and Barack Obama in the White House, he abolished the filibuster in 2013 for sub-Supreme Court judicial appointments in order to pack three liberal judges onto the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Bad karma, bad precedent, he was warned. Republicans would one day be in charge. That day is here and Republicans have just stopped a Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch by extending the Reid Rule to the Supreme Court."
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
"When the Islamists gain power, they immediately create their own "judiciary system" in order to "legitimize" their implementation of sharia law. In fact, the judiciary system is used less as a tool for bringing people to justice, and more as a tool to suppress freedom of speech and of the press."
* Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced Donald Trump
* In the first direct American raid on Bashar al Assad’s forces, US
President authorised the firing of 59 cruise missiles at military
* Officials said it was retaliation for Assad’s use of chemical weapons
* US ambassador to UN: ‘We are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary’
* Vladimir Putin has now diverted warship the Admiral Grigorovich to protect the Syrian coast
* Syrian aircraft took off from al-Shayrat airfield on Friday in apparent act of defiance
"President Donald Trump insisted it was time the Assad regime was reined in from its attacks on innocent Syrians."
"Many times, Mother Elisabeth not only hid these mothers and their children but helped them escape the Nazis by supplying them with false papers and arranging places to hide during their escape."
“I’ve come to realize that behind every Gold Star pin is a story of great loss, much heartache, but also I’ve seen much strength,”
Romans said. “It is very important to me that the sacrifice of my son,
as well as many others who lost their lives and are represented here by
loved ones today, never be forgotten.”
"Once with a significant Christian population and proud ancient Christian history going back to the biblical story of Jonah, Mosul is now all but destroyed, as Iraqi and Kurdish troops, backed by allied air power, seek to liberate it."
"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
"To attain peace of mind in his own law standards he persuaded himself that the Church was wrong in demanding any good works at all. He convinced himself that man is totally depraved, that he has no freewill, that all man's works are evil, and that God does not expect a man to be anything but depraved. Then he invented the consoling gospel that man is saved by faith only, and not by works. Belief, and not good behavior, was the secret of salvation henceforth taught by Martin Luther...His diaries record shocking excesses of sensuality, which could not be printed in any decent book today. A true apostle of Christ does not give vent to such expressions as, "To be continent and chaste is not in me," or, "Why do I sit soaked in wine?" Self-control was not in Luther. He gave free rein to his lower passions, calmly saying that a man has to do so, and will not be responsible for such conduct."
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
"HBO’s latest documentary lets viewers “hear the death” of an actual baby in abortion, according to one pro-life leader who’s in it. And, even then, the film sides with “choice” over life. Abortion: Stories Women Tell premieres Monday on HBO to shed “new light” on abortion in Missouri. But, says a director of pro-life group Students for Life of America, the new documentary instead throws a “negative light” on the pro-life movement. In exclusive comments to MRC Culture, she spoke about the media bias against the pro-life movement – and on one of the most disturbing scenes in the film."
"Sad to say, Cardinal Coccopalmerio believes it is impossible (emphasis added) for some Christians to change
their situation: “I say in the book, it’s necessary to instruct the
faithful that when they see two divorced and remarried that go to the
Eucharist, they ought not to say the Church now says that condition is good, therefore marriage is no longer indissoluble. They ought to say these people will have reasons examined by the ecclesial authorities on account of which they cannot change their condition, and in the expectation that they change, the Church has placed importance on their desire, their intention to change with the impossibility of doing so.” Sed contra: “With God all things are possible.” Mt 19:26
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
"Amid the turmoil over
staff shake-ups, blocked travel bans and the Russia cloud hanging
overhead, President Donald Trump is steadily plugging away at a major
piece of his agenda: Undoing Obama. From abortion to energy to climate change and personal investments, Trump is keeping his promises in methodically overturning regulations and policies adopted when Barack Obama was president."
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 arrogant 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
"Secede culturally from the mainstream. Turn off the television. Put the smartphones away. Read books. Play games. Make music. Feast with your neighbors. It is not enough to avoid what is bad, you must also embrace what is good. Start a church, or a group within your church. Open a classical Christian school, or join and strengthen one that exists."
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
"Three servings of broccoli per week may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by more than 60 percent. Now, Oregon State University (OSU) researchers believe they've discovered yet another way sulforaphane works to protect you against cancer."
"Two completely different—and
logically incompatible—arguments in favor of communion for the divorced
and remarried have figured in the synodal process that led up to Amoris
Laetitia. Despite their incompatibility, both arguments can be found in Amoris itself, at least according to many of the document’s interpreters."
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
"In other words, doctrinal development
means that we have come to a deeper understanding of what is the
constant teaching of the Church, and are able to give fuller expression
to it, but it does not mean that we change the doctrine or that we go away from
it, and that’s the difficulty with the people who call this
interpretation of the famous chapter 8 a “doctrinal development." If
the doctrinal development means that now, in the Church, those who are living in irregular matrimonial situations may receive the Sacraments, then this isn’t doctrinal development: this is a change in the Church’s teaching."
Commentary: Very insightful interview with Cardinal Burke and worth your time to read it. vtb
“'Bring clarity.' With the same title-appeal with which Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner
made public their 'dubia' on the most controversial points of 'Amoris
Laetitia,' a big international conference will be held in Rome on
Saturday, April 22, one year after the publication of the post synodal exhortation."
Commentary: Many prayers and Rosaries are needed for this meeting to bring the desired results. vtb
a non-Catholic, Jewish believer in Jesus, I am indebted to Luther’s
positive contributions and recognize the hellacious battle he fought
with corrupt traditions. But I appeal to followers and admirers of
Luther today: Please do not minimize the horror of what he wrote
(against the Jews and others)."
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
"Through a statement, the Center for Medical Progress says that this new recording contains indications of possible concealment of "infanticide."
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
In an announcement Tuesday afternoon, California indicated 15 felony charges against undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, whose three-year project blew the cover off Planned Parenthood and others’ clandestine and illegal sale and transfer of body parts it harvests from aborted babies."
Commentary: California continues to be the "land of fruits & nuts," and that will not change as long as its voters elect Democrats to lead them. vtb
"The Catholic bishops of Belgium are allowing a Catholic university to persecute a professor who called abortion “murder.”
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.”
"Lord Shinkwin warned that the number of disabled babies being aborted increased by 68 per cent between 2005 and 2015. And he highlighted that 90 per cent of babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome are killed in the womb."
"Possibly the toughest phase of talks on a totally new relationship in the future will be the 60 billion 'divorce' bill Brussels plans to present to London."
"Deceiving him was acceptable for the good of Islam. Islamic law does not provide for leniency to the "blasphemer" if he confesses. This is related to the concept of taqiyya, which as a concept is specifically Shi’ite, although Sunnis have doctrines regarding deceiving unbelievers as well."
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
"Undoubtedly the Pope is animated by good intentions and sincere good will to search for dialogue, and no one can put this in doubt," (Father) Samir said. "However, since he does not know much of Islam, he will need more guidance and capable people to give him training."
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."
"While he dismisses his own nationality — “I’m not Belgian. I am Muslim” — and wants to see Western democracy replaced by the strictest form of Sharia law, the returned ISIS fighter is more than happy to accept welfare checks from the Belgian government."
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
"Maluski believes it's Mary Magdalene. Her face is split between two columns that face each other, forming a line with carvings of the 12 apostles in the choir loft."
"The homosexual movement has become very aggressive in the USA at the same time it has taken on an anti-intellectual character. Once just clamoring for “acceptance” and “love,” now the movement is demanding that people who express mere disagreement with their movement based on facts must be shunned and cast out even if they have no legitimate intellectual argument to counter and just feelings."
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
"Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz says that although he and many other liberal Democrats supported President Obama's domestic policies, Obama “will go down in history as one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever.”
Commentary: Adding 9 or 10 trillion dollars to the national debt is not a "domestic policy" I would support. vtb
"This bill repeals a rule that went into effect on Jan. 18, as Obama was leaving office...This legislation does not prevent Planned Parenthood or any other entity from receiving Title X funds,” Ernst said immediately after the vote. “If states [want] to distribute Title X sub-grants to Planned Parenthood, this legislation to overturn the Obama Administration’s rule won’t prevent them from doing so.”
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
"Present circumstances could see many of the founders and Wilson finally getting their way. As the current occupant of the White House is widely regarded as less than fully competent, and with many observers seriously questioning his ability to govern, effective political power could shift back to Congress, with congressional leaders increasingly taking the reins of government."
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
"The latest proof: Anthem's apparent decision to withdraw from most or all of the Obamacare markets where it currently participates. In 2017, for the first time, residents of one-third of U.S. counties can choose only one insurance provider. This decision, driven by the company's lack of profitability on the Obamacare exchanges, means that next year there could be zero choices in some places."
“Until these questions are answered, there continues to spread a very harmful confusion in the Church, and one of the fundamental questions is in regards to the truth that there are some acts that are always and everywhere wrong, what we call intrinsically evil acts, and so, we cardinals, will continue to insist that we get a response to these honest questions,” Burke said.
"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."
"Catholics should not allow distress over the present situation to shake their faith in Jesus’s promise to preserve the Church from damnable error and to provide a trustworthy barque for the salvation of souls. They mustn’t succumb to Wycliffe, Luther, or Zwingli’s temptation to turn their frustrations with churchmen, however justified, against the Church of Christ herself. They should realize that the Church has suffered from without and within many times over the centuries, and compared to other periods in history—the fourth century Arian heresy, the fourteenth century Great Schism, the French Reign of Terror, the German Kulturkampf—her problems today are mild."
Commentary: That is debatable. Many will disagree. They will confirm that the current Church crisis is the greatest the Church has ever faced. vtb
"It is difficult to express the majesty of these ancient areas and to adequately explain their profound impact. Though I have read and studied the Old Testament, I can't begin to describe how much more meaningful its stories are after walking the grounds on which they unfolded."
"For 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."
"Catholics can't prudentially disagree on how best to solve these moral issues. The Catholic solution of always stopping these evils completely is the only moral solution. Yet the bishops say little when government leaders, many who are Catholic, promote these same intrinsic evils in laws."
"Tobin said it can be a safety hazard if someone standing on a curb or roadway is asking for help, and said the practice enables dishonest people to prey upon others' compassion when they do not have legitimate needs. He also said throwing loose change at a panhandler is demeaning to that person's dignity."
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
"At the same time, we must ensure adequate legal authority to establish control over immigration: to enable us, when sudden influxes of foreigners occur, to decide to whom we grant the status of refugee or asylee; to improve our border control; to expedite (consistent with fair procedures and our Constitution) return of those coming here illegally; to strengthen enforcement of our fair labor standards and laws; and to penalize those who would knowingly encourage violation of our laws. The steps we take to further these objectives, however, must also be consistent with our values of individual privacy and freedom."
"Gallup’s poll showed many presidents had hit much lower approval ratings well before Trump. President George W. Bush once reached 25 percent, Ronald Reagan went as low as 35 percent and Harry Truman fell even lower to 22 percent."
Commentary: This is not surprising due to a biased press, ignorant T.V. personalities, and selfish Democrats who are guilty of being unpatriotic and immoral. vtb
"I think the .. longer term status of President Assad will be decided by the Syrian people,” Tillerson told a joint news conference with Melvut Cavusoglu in Ankara. Under Barack Obama’s administration, the US made the departure of Assad a key policy aim, but new US President Donald Trump has put the accent firmly on defeating ISIS."
Commentary: This makes more sense than the interference policy desired by the ill advised Obama Administration. vtb
"The 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 rationalism."
"Around four o’clock in the afternoon on January 3rd 1944, in the convent chapel of Tuy, in front of the Tabernacle, Our Lady urged Sister Lucia to write the text of the Third Secret and Sister Lucia recounts: “I felt my spirit inundated by a mystery of light that is God and in Him I saw and heard the point of a lance like a flame that is detached touch the axis of the earth and it trembles: mountains, cities, towns and villages with their inhabitants are buried. The sea, the rivers and clouds exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted; it is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my heart racing and in my spirit a soft voice that said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven!!"
"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."
"A new and great evil has now come and settled and will be there for the duration. It was a choice by man, including My people, who find deception in rancor and rancor where was ordained love. Not for years will an interior light return for those whose god is gold and whose love is cold. Not since times in history deep ago have My children so been skewed in what they perceive with eyes that distort and minds that form reality in a way that has no true destiny. Flee to Saint Joseph, and the Blessed Mother of the holm oak who tells us that brightness can be found only by those who practice the diligence of prayer amid consternation. Those who framed the future in accordance with their own time tables now find disbelief in prophecies though they unfold around you."
"According to the owner of the Virgin who lives in our city. The images and videos of the Virgin immediately became viral. Local sources told atweston.com that La Virgen was taken to the Saint Katherine Drexel Church facility where it was exposed for a few hours and then moved to a safer place. This event has caused astonishment and surprise in the community."
“During the Latin Mass you had the missal if you wanted to follow it in English. It was almost mystical. It gave you an awareness of Heaven, of the awesome humility of God who manifests Himself in the guise of bread and wine. The love that He had for us, His desire to remain with us is simply awesome. You could concentrate on that love, because you weren’t distracted by your own language."
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."
"The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains a summary of the traditional teaching on just war. It emphasizes (echoing Vatican II’s pastoral constitution, Gaudium et Spes) that while the avoidance of war is an obligation for all citizens and governments, nevertheless, nations have a right to self-defense (2308)."
"I learned that it was a blessing that my diagnosis of kidney cancer was only at stage one. They were able to determine that I was weeks away from it spreading. In the doctor’s words, “You dodged a bullet. You were lucky.” Really? Or was it all just coincidence?"
"Remember the slaughter at a gay bar in Orlando, Florida? The culprit was a Muslim. He was doing what Islamic law says should be done with homosexuals: He killed them. To be fair, he didn’t do exactly what Muhammad’s followers did: toss them off mountaintops. Nor what ISIS does today: throw them from ten-story buildings. But in shooting 50 Americans, Omar Mateen acted in the spirit of today’s Islamic law. The death penalty is in effect for homosexuals in Saudi Arabia (the Sunni Vatican) and Iran (the Shiite Vatican)."
"When it comes to your whole health, Planned Parenthood doesn’t care, no matter what. As long as they keep making millions in profit and adding to their billion-dollar bottom line, women’s healthcare is not their priority."
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 built a wall. vtb
"White House spokesman Sean Spicer: "We respect the will of the British electorate and Her Majesty's government in taking steps of departing the European Union."
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
"LONDON – terror attack by a British-born Muslim proves again that a radical community exists within Britain. Its goal: create an Islamic nation. And there is a quieter force at work that will likely achieve that desire long before guns, bombs and violence."
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
"Obamacare was a series of twenty taxes adding up to a trillion dollars in a decade, and they put a stethoscope on it and called it Obamacare. It was an additional trillion dollars in spending. This (repealing Obamacare) is the largest spending and tax cut most of these congressmen will ever vote on in the rest of their lives.”
Commentary: This is not a new revelation about the need for Obamacare repeal to take place before a tax reform. Trump already explained this weeks ago. vtb
"The American public needs to know more about this rather than less because a lot of the government surveillance authorities will expire in the fall and there'll be a great debate about how much authority we want the government to have to surveil us," he said. "And the more the American public knows about this, the more informed their and Congress' decisions will be."
Commentary: That British Intelligence would participate in a spying operation against Donald Trump does not seem reasonable, but stranger things have happened in politics and in government. vtb
"Mainstream medicine simply won’t go here, however, as compelling as the evidence is. So “we the people” need to guide our nation and communities back to sense about the perils of homosexuality and gender confusion, especially to our children."
"Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, archbishop of Valencia, has granted an interview to the newspaper El Mundo in which he talks about current issues such as gender ideology or the situation of refugees. His statements about these issues in the past made him the target of mockery and cost him many criticisms. This time, the cardinal did not want to remain silent."
"(The) decision to pull the House Republican health reform bill was not the end of health reform. In fact, it may have been the best step toward actually achieving real health care reform -- if congressional leaders learn from the experience."
“At some point, report the facts. The facts are that every single person who has been briefed on this subject has come away with the same conclusion: Republican, Democrat. So I’m sorry that that disgusts you--you’re shaking your head--I appreciate it, but--but understand this, that at some point, the facts are what they are. And every single person who has been briefed on this situation with respect to the situation with Russia--Republican, Democrat, Obama appointee, career --have all come to the same conclusion. At some point, April, you’re going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion.”
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
"I think everyone wants to get to yes and support President Trump,” said Representative Dave Brat, Republican of Virginia and a Freedom Caucus member. “There is a package in there that is a win-win.”
"We want to be the car capital of the world again,” Trump he said in a speech to autoworkers. “We will be, and it won’t be long, believe me. ... We’re going to have a very big announcement next week having to do with your industry. Very, very big. Very important.”
"Republicans said the measure was needed to rein in the Fed. “It is ironic that the arsonists that caused the financial collapse are now being given credit...for putting out the fire. Almost every macroeconomist concedes in retrospect that [the Fed’s] extended period of easy money led to the financial crisis,” said Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky."
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a warning to sanctuary cities that are harboring illegal aliens. He said that the central government would withhold funding from the cities if they failed to comply with immigration agencies in the enforcement of immigration law. So, just how much money do sanctuary cities stand to lose by failing to comply with the law? It’s a lot, nearly $27 billion!"
Commentary: 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
"As Trump has begun the arduous task of rebuilding the nation, the good citizens who voted for his vision of a rebirth of American exceptionalism and restoration of individual freedom find ourselves faced with an unprecedented threat. Never before have we seen a change in administration that has been met with such widespread organized hatred. That hatred is amplified by a national media that has thrown out the rules of journalism and has become a part of the mob."
"Reading some of the news coverage this weekend, one might get the impression that Donald Trump's failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act is akin to Woodrow Wilson not getting the League of Nations ratified. In other words, a fatal blow to his presidency. That's hooey."
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 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
"Francis was drawing an important distinction between the doctrine of papal infallibility and his personal life and prudential decisions. He even insisted—much to his credit—that concerned Catholics “have the right to think that the path upon which he is leading the Church is dangerous or could bring bad results.”
"Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical letter Mortalium animos , affirms that this ecumenical spirit, which seeks union on the basis of common characteristics and not the one Church founded by Christ, is a slip towards indifferentism and modernism."
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
"On the one year anniversary of her death Mother Angelica, EWTN foundress and a pioneer of the New Evangelization, offers a lasting example of strong female leadership not only when it comes to breaking barriers in secular media but also in the widely patriarchal Catholic Church."
"Dlouhy reports Trump’s order revokes “six specific directives from his predecessor, including Obama’s broad strategy for paring emissions of methane released from oil and gas operations.” Trump will also rescind a directive “on climate change and national security, as well as a pair of directives from June 2013 that laid out his climate plans..."
"Leaders of the Republican majority claimed that the accountability rules represented an executive overreach by former president Barack Obama."
"Not everyone who has a quarrel with Russian President Vladimir Putin dies in violent or suspicious circumstances — far from it. But enough loud critics of Putin's policies have been murdered that Thursday's daylight shooting of a Russian who sought asylum in Ukraine has led to speculation of Kremlin involvement."
"It is in the West's interest to improve its relationship with Russia. To do so, it needs to persuade the Kremlin that it will not pursue a color revolution-inspired regime change while making it equally clear that it will not abandon NATO's newest members or tolerate Moscow's attempts to instigate its own counter-color revolutions or to intimidate those states into adopting policies more to Russia's liking."
"As we journey toward the common celebration of Easter (which this year we have the joy of Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and Protestants all celebrating Easter on the same date), I invite other Christians to join us weird Catholics in doing a few things different between here and Easter."
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
"It was further revealed that Mayor Khan was the only practicing Muslim on Moussaoui’s defense team. Moussaoui was ultimately extradited to the US, where he pled guilty to taking part in the 9/11 attacks. Moussaoui is currently being held at the Federal ADX Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, where he is serving 6 life sentences without parole."
"If we want to halt this mass migration, first we must curb Brussels. The main danger to Europe’s future does not come from those who want to come here, but from Brussels’ fanatical internationalism. We should not allow Brussels to place itself above the law. We shall not allow it to force upon us the bitter fruit of its cosmopolitan immigration policy. We shall not import to Hungary crime, terrorism, homophobia and synagogue-burning anti-Semitism."
"Syria? No, Sweden. For a long time, Sweden has been importing Middle Eastern immigrants into its small nation, and now it is experiencing many of the problems of the Middle East. The same thing is happening in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, and England."
"Cafes, churches and playing fields are quieter than usual, as undocumented immigrants lay low amid the crackdown."
“How can [Freedom Caucus members] go back and face their constituents if they’re the reason we didn’t get the most significant entitlement reform in a generation, if they’re the reason we didn’t keep our promise for repealing Obamacare?” Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) said shortly before Ryan pulled the bill. “It defies to me to understand where they’re coming from."
"“ObamaCare will explode, and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE,” Trump tweeted. “Do not worry!” Pence later said at a business event in Charleston, West Virginia, that small-business owners in the state repeatedly tell him about the need to dismantle ObamaCare because it “stifles growth” and slows job creation. “President Trump is never going to stop fighting to keep his promises to the American people,” he said
"Senator Paul was one of the central AHCA critics... Paul’s sensible proposition resonated with a plethora of conservatives across this nation. Why was he not involved in the formation of the American Health Care Act?"
Commentary: With 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
"The failure of the Republicans to agree on a deal shows that the Republicans consist of people who stand on principle—some on the conservative side of the spectrum, some on the liberal side. The Democrats refused to put principle over party, let alone the interests of their constituents over their party, and allow at least some members of Congress who might find some common ground to at least consider the legislation and strive to improve on it."
"Justice Scalia never held back and had no regard for popular opinions, political correctness or what the other justices thought about him. As well, his solid Catholic Christian formation taught him about right and wrong and his serious duty to the American people and to God to honor the Constitution and the intentions of the Founding Fathers. He was not perfect, but he frequently issued highly prinicipled legal opinions."
Commentary: Neil 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
1) The Church’s traditional attitude to sexuality, in contrast to that of the World
2) The attitude to sexuality of the modern Church (or rather of the modern Churchmen) from the time of the Second Vatican Council to the accession of Pope Francis; and finally
3) The attitude manifest in the encyclical Amoris Laetitia
"Sandwiched between Iran, China, India and Afghanistan, Pakistan lives in a complicated neighborhood with a variety of security issues. One of the nine known states known to have nuclear weapons, Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal and doctrine are continually evolving to match perceived threats. A nuclear power for decades, Pakistan is now attempting to construct a nuclear triad of its own, making its nuclear arsenal resilient and capable of devastating retaliatory strikes."
"The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed that a U.S. counter-terrorism airstrike conducted March 19 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, resulted in the death of Qari Yasin, a well-known al-Qaida terrorist leader responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocent victims, including two American service members."
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
"Luther’s aim was to reform corrupt practices of the papacy. However, the movement for reform and the counter-reaction it provoked soon escalated into a bitter and violent religious war. Paradoxically, the religious wars that engulfed large parts of Europe from 1524 to 1648 weakened the moral standing of not only the Roman Church but also of Christianity."
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 teachings. vtb
"International consensus on UN policy on “sexual and reproductive health” is that “it does not (should not) create new international rights, including a right to abortion,” the U.S. said.
"..it's important to keep in mind that not all vegetable oils are created equal. For example, olive oil is low in linoleic acid and is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, which has been associated with beneficial effects on health, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality."
“The serious crisis of faith, not only at the level of the Christian faithful but also and especially among many priests and bishops, has made us incapable of understanding the Eucharistic liturgy as a sacrifice, as identical to the act performed once and for all by Jesus Christ, making present the Sacrifice of the Cross in a non-bloody manner, throughout the Church, through different ages, places, peoples and nations,” he said.
"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
Stefano Manelli F.I founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate writes
that Martin Luther who called himself Pope Luther 1 and condemned the
pope of Rome as going to Hell, was a great heretic."
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
In the video, the imam recites in Arabic the verse: "O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him."
Commentary: 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
"The goal of this journey [the accompanying editor's note] will be baptized that they may live according to the word of Jesus. Only when they are willing to take this step may receive sacramental absolution and Holy Eucharist."
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
"Why discontented liberals remain in a Church that continuously frustrates them is not easy to understand; it is not because of a belief in the Church’s divine character."
"The difficulty in unwinding Obamacare will not be easy. The transition, in any form, is going to involve difficult situations that partisans will exploit."
Commentary: Unfortunately, a small group of Republicans chose to ignore the needs of the country and selfishly chose to stop a health care bill that would remedy of lot of the problems coming from Obamacare. Acting more like traitors to their own Party, rather than seeking amendments to a health bill supported by the majority of Republicans in the House, they chose to cast a dark shadow on the Trump Administration and break their promise to American voters. vtb
"President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan worked overtime to try to convince all Republicans to support the bill and made last-minute changes to it on Thursday night — but those changes were apparently not enough to encourage some more liberal and some more conservative Republicans to support the measure."
"His credibility and credentials now lie in tatters. All that optimism that has stoked the stock market and boosted investment plans – all that may fade."
Commentary: The only true "friends" these "protesters" in the Republican Party have are the Democrats, who are taking great pleasure in stopping this health bill. vtb
"They (Republicians) plan to use a complicated Senate rule that would prevent Democrats from blocking the bill. But there's a catch: Under the rule, the package cannot add to long-term budget deficits. That means every tax cut has to be offset by a similar tax increase or a spending cut. That's why the loss on health care was so damaging to the effort to overhaul taxes. Ryan made this case to fellow House Republicans in his failed effort to gain support for the health plan. "That was part of the calculation of why we had to take care of health care first," said Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y."
"These people held out for the impossible — full repeal of Obamacare in one fell swoop — and have thus destroyed the only realistic opportunity their party will have in the near future to eradicate the law’s individual and employer mandates, enact entitlement reform, expand HSAs, defund Planned Parenthood, halt the metastasis of Medicaid, and cut its myriad taxes. Moreover, they have made a mockery of their group’s name by perpetuating the increasingly oppressive and powerful administrative state, leaving their constituents to the tender mercies of Beltway bureaucrats whose contempt for the taxpayers who support them is exceeded only by the breathtaking incompetence with which they mismanage everything they touch."
Commentary: All is not lost. There is always hope that this "blockade" will be knocked down and that minority will be put to shame as not being true Republicans, but imitation Democrats. vtb
“I applaud House conservatives for keeping their word to the American people and standing up against Obamacare Lite,” said Dr. Pal. “I look forward to passing full repeal of Obamacare in the very near future.”
Commentary: Dr. Paul's statements do not correspond with other statements by Republicans who say Obamacare will be here indefinitely. But we must think positive and see what happens. vtb
"Democrats went from thinking they were on the verge of a permanent political ascendancy to the worst political bloodbath in American history. Put another way, Democrats are the George Armstrong Custer of political parties, and yet that doesn’t seem to have inspired any soul searching at all. So here are some questions Democrats should be asking themselves right now..."
"Trump has single-highhandedly accomplished what decades' worth of politicians —progressive and conservative alike — could not, and has knocked a self-absorbed media down a peg. There is the uncomfortable realization that taking on the intelligence community or eschewing big money donors was possible all along, but establishment politicians had no such interest in doing so. It took a blustering Manhattan amateur to upend America's political order, the result of which is exposing the crushed hopes and hypocrisy of his rivals."
"The proof of Obama’s intentions was revealed in the unmasking of selected U.S. citizens whose names appeared in the intelligence reports. In routine intelligence collection and reporting, the “U.S. person” is removed from reports unless his identity is significant to the very purpose of that reporting."
Commentary: Georgetown 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 school. vtb
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
"We were in contact with Captain Galeazzi via email and he thanked us for taking on this story so as to vindicate those in the WWP who have been hurt by the allegations of wrongdoing by Fake News outlets such as the New York Times."
"We were aware that there were homosexuals somewhere in the world but most of us never met any open homosexuals. Indeed, until 2015, open homosexuals were prohibited from joining the Scouts. In January of this year the Boy Scouts of America announced that they will begin accepting transgender Scouts."
Commentary:A sick form of leadership has taken over in the once dignified Boy Scouts! vtb
"In light of these assessments it is even more serious that Europe is not doing anything to effectively counter the threat..."
Commentary: The repercussions of an "open house" policy in Europe that is encouraged by Pope Francis, many bishops and others of liberal persuasion that has proven to be very unwise. vtb
Commentary: Their executives should be held accountable and a heavy fine or prison terms be given to them. vtb
"Terrorists we can pick up, remove from society. But they are just a boil. Underneath is a cancer that is much more difficult to treat. We can do it, but it won’t be overnight”. He said the country had “for many years ignored the warning signs” of extremism."
“Everyone knows that all mosques in Brussels are in the hands of Salafists,” adding that: “We need to change this, we need new mosques that follow our democratic rules and that are being controlled by the government."
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
(Video) "Freemason converts to Catholicism and exposes the diabolic cult."
"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."
"If you are OK with sharing your personal messages, usernames and passwords with Microsoft for the betterment of the Windows universe, then there is nothing else you need to do at this time. But if you are concerned about your personal privacy, there are two ways to avoid having your computer spied on using this keylogger method."
"Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI would be in (are in) complete disagreement: "They do not talk to each other." This is one of the sensational news reported by the Vaticanist Andreas Englisch on 16 March at a conference he gave in Limburg, Germany."
Commentary: This just means more debate will take place to satisfy the doubters. No real harm done. Republicans engage in healthy debates. Democrats followed Obama like robots. vtb
"If the deal holds, it should bring at least some conservatives on board the House bill. But opposition to the legislation runs deep on the right, and the modest changes agreed to might not be enough to swing a majority of Republicans in the bill's favor."
"The argument has been made before that ObamaCare’s regs should be includable in the reconciliation process; if they are, and suddenly the “essential health benefits” mandated by law went out the window, plans offered under the House bill could be much cheaper and more variegated, including low-premium catastrophic coverage plans. That would make the bill more appealing to House conservatives..."
"This report will review the overall Iranian reaction to this new situation..."
"If my patients know what they are spending and have to pay at least part of it themselves, they will make wiser and more frugal choices. Doctors will be happier and tests and treatments will be more essential and effective."
"Next time you hear about students attacking a conservative speaker, check the school's tuition costs. Odds are you'll find that they are attending an elite college that caters to the rich. Money can't buy love, but it can, apparently, teach intolerance."
"Convicted terrorist bomber Brett Kimberlin was revealed this week to have worked with shady Democrat operative Alexandra Chalupa in a campaign to discredit President Trump."
"As a major conference on Africa gets set to open in Rome, the principal organizer, Nigerian Father Paulinus Odozor, says the debate over Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics unleashed by 'Amoris Laetitia' is already settled in Africa -- and that the answer is 'no.'"
".. the fundamental healthiness of the
African approach remains. It is the same approach good Catholic parents
take in disciplining children who misbehave, when they have already been
made well aware of both the rule and the nature of the good which the
rule was designed to foster and protect."
"Does Francis believe that there’s 'good populism' and 'bad populism'? Doe he view populism as basically sound in Latin America, especially if it has a left-wing flavor, but essentially wicked in Europe, particularly if it has a right-wing character?"
"When 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.”
"Pope Francis instilled to them a clear "no to the Communion for remarried divorced persons and for politicians who pronounce for abortion"...The Pope has made it clear "that a more voluntary celibacy is not in his agenda"...Now it is time to wait to see if the statements of the Chilean bishops or the contrary are confirmed. Everything is possible."
Commentary: More confusion or is the 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
"..as an historian, focused especially on the early modern world inhabited by Luther and the early Jesuit missionaries, I wince at the pope’s historical formulations. They do little justice to key actors and factors involved. They instrumentalize history, rather than take a receptive posture toward history’s lessons, in order to advance agendas of the present moment."
"It is not hard to go to Confession. People sometimes say things like “I don’t know the words” or “I don’t know what to say.” You do not have to get your story right before you go to confession; you just have to be honest."
"Having failed to undermine Gorsuch’s nomination on substantive grounds, liberals are now using a straw-man argument instead."
"Mr Rowley said it was still his belief the attacker worked alone and was inspired by "international terrorism", adding that there was no specific information to suggest any further threat to the public."
"British police said Thursday that six homes were raided and eight arrests were made in connection to the Wednesday terror attack that left four dead, including the attacker and a police officer."
"..the man who killed three people - including a police officer - in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament had a range of previous convictions for assaults, including GBH, possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses. He had not been convicted of any terrorism offenses."
"To speak about “tolerance” with several people dead at the hands of an Islamic jihadist in London is to signal that it will be business as usual in Theresa May’s Britain: nothing will be done to confront the ideology that incites its adherents to violence and hatred. This is clear because “tolerance” is never asked of Islamic supremacists who take to the streets of London to preach the ultimate victory of Sharia; the only people ever accused of “intolerance” are those who speak honestly about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat."
""My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends," Trump tweeted."
Commentary: Not really surprising because of the high crime rates and uncivilized protests in those cities. vtb
"House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence community collected multiple conversations involving members of Donald Trump’s transition team after he won the election last year."
“I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the President-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored,” House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), said.
"Nunes also said he was concerned because he claimed the names of some of those people had been revealed on the reports, when normal protocol would have "masked" their identities. All of this was done without first informing other members of the committee about the information."
"The reverend continued, “The Christians coming out of Iraq and ISIS areas in the Middle East all say the same thing, there is no way they are ever going back. They have had enough.”
"First, we can divide them into two main categories: first, include totally false information, the sources of which are entirely inaccurate, to the second category belong instead the false reports only partially, because they contain a half-truth. Of the two, the most dangerous, since more subtle and difficult to uncover because of their deceptive element of truth, they are certainly the latter."
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
"Labor unions have been known to do many despicable things to grab dues money from workers who don’t want anything to do with them. A current Minnesota case is about as bad as you’ll ever find."
"The Prime Minister was seen in the voting lobby at the time of the attack - she was bundled into a car and rushed from the scene with official sources saying she is unharmed."
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)."
"When you're CNN, you publish annual articles suggesting Jesus never existed. It's what you do."
"..a marble slab covering the rock-carved tomb was lifted for the first time in more than two centuries, allowing restoration workers to examine the original rock shelf or “burial bed” on which Jesus’s body is thought to have rested. A small window has been cut into marble slabs to allow pilgrims a glimpse of the rock."
"In the new edition of my book Unveiling the Apocalypse: The Final Passover of the Church, I attempt to show how the apparitions which took place at Knock, in County Mayo in Ireland in 1879, were intended to announce the opening of the scroll sealed with seven seals described in the Apocalypse."
"Members of the intelligence community "incidentally collected" communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon."
"By leaving in place Obama political appointees President Trump risks that these people will work to undermine his stated agenda."
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
Some readers felt as though
Obama was being too cautious:
"His actions are questionable...His daughter will be graduating soon. so why all the gates walls etc. especially when he would not secure Our border. but wants his property secured," one reader commented.
"Clean energy companies will face setbacks from much less R&D support, while oil and gas companies are optimistic about the gutting of environmental regulation."
Commentary: The need for a military build-up is a greater priority and therefore, Trump's budget makes a lot of sense. vtb
".. the Democrats appear petty and partisan, while Judge Gorsuch is acquitting himself with eloquence, dignity and wit. Over and over again, Judge Gorsuch stressed his fealty to the law, including to the Constitution.
“Many of these same critics have spent the last eight years attacking the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Cruz continued, “a Catholic charity of nuns for having the audacity to live according to their deeply held religious beliefs.” You really need to take a long look in the mirror if one day you find yourself attacking nuns, attacking the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the next day, you find yourself orating on the need to protect the little guy."
"The new directive is not an offshoot of xenophobia or hatred towards Muslims, but rather a conducted consensus of American Intelligence officials proving that terrorists from the Islamic State and Al Qaeda are becoming more persistent in their attempts to illegally import explosive devices via electronic machines such as laptops, tablets, printers, etc. The President has a duty to shield this nation from foreign (and domestic) threats. As of now, this means enhancing security measures from countries that may pose a security risk, even if that hurts some people’s feelings. Discontentment is preferable to lost lives that could have been saved by partaking in the proper course of action."
"The defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is long past overdue. No president, including Ronald Reagan, has seriously pushed an immediate winding down of this corrupt and outdated waste of taxpayer funds. Who would have ever imagined that Donald Trump would be the first to do it?"
"Future prospects for the unity of the church are grim. This episode has sent a clear message to conservative Anglo-Catholics that they are not wanted. The same logic that barred North from his diocesan post will surely be applied to suffragans before long."
"The whole Democratic narrative may be collapsing. As of today, there is still no proof whatsoever of collusion between Trump and the Russians, despite an ongoing investigation since last July. But there's plenty of evidence that the Democrats have pushed a false narrative for reasons of political gain."
"Never, absolutely never, has a Pope lent his name to such a radical deviation from the Church’s constant teaching and intrinsically related practice. The sham of “discernment” clearly pertains to the situation of which Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra: “[T]he final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.”
"Rejecting Mika Brzezinski’s suggestion that Comey was “compelled” to make the revelation, Halperin added that Comey “says the standard is, if the public is interested in something, I’ll reveal an ongoing probe. I’ve never heard of this standard. I think it’s a dangerous one to set.”
"Paul Manafort said he “had no involvement” in Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential elections, including its email hacking of prominent Democratic groups and figures, and never spoke to Russian officials who claimed to be involved."
"FBI Director, James Comey: “With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets.” That statement, of course, has been reported loud and long by every fake outlet of the fake news media...Mr. Comey went on to say that his initial statement does not preclude the possibility that “other surveillance methods” were used against Trump and his staff, both before and after the election. That statement, of course, has been roundly ignored by pretty much every fake outlet of the fake news media."
Commentary: To call James Comey "bi-polar" makes the writer of the above article as bad or worse than the man he is criticizing. Name calling is very immature and does not belong in any form of journalism. vtb
"...the core claim underlying Trump’s tweets is true: people acting on the authority of Obama opened an investigation into Trump’s campaign, then criminally leaked mention of it to friendly news outlets in an attempt to derail his election. When is Obama going to apologize for that?"
"One source said superiors in the Uniformed Division told Secret Service personnel to remove the sensors and piece them together for use elsewhere. They were never replaced."
Republicans had a far more positive view of their own party, with 79 percent saying they had a favorable view of the GOP. Only 65 percent of Democrats had a favorable view of their own party."
"Documents obtained by a government watchdog show that the originator of the “After School Satan Club” received speedy tax-exempt status while conservative groups were stuck in bureaucratic red tape under the Obama administration."
"..the left has recently stepped up the humiliation offensive on their eternal enemies, the racists, the sexists, and the homophobes. That is how I interpret the judicial effort to humiliate President Trump and his effort to reduce the jihadi quotient from certain Middle Eastern nations."
"Canada is slated to accept just 7,500 refugees this year, less than half the number they accepted last year. Even a liberal government in a liberal country isn’t immune to immigration politics. Trudeau can read the news dispatches from Europe as well as you or I can."
"President Trump has nowhere near the mastery of the language of someone like Churchill or Reagan, he’s brilliant in keeping his message simple and Anglo-Saxon: bad, good, amazing, huge, sad, great, jobs, deal, wall. And so connects with his friends."
"Obama is very careful to launch dirty attacks without getting any on his hands. The insults are anonymously sourced. The retaliation comes out of the bowels of the bureaucracy. And he only finds out about it from the media. That allows him to retain what he cares about most: his popularity. Obama and his people like to think that their dishonesty is a superpower. They pat themselves on the back for stabbing everyone else in theirs."
"U.S. attorneys are all political appointees who serve at the pleasure of the president. They are routinely replaced when a new president, particularly of the opposite party, takes office."
"But Republicans had a far more positive view of their own party, with 79 percent saying they had a favorable view of the GOP. Only 65 percent of Democrats had a favorable view of their own party."
"This is a budget plan that will surgically remove trillions of dollars of wasteful spending from the obese $3.9 trillion federal budget. Many agencies will have to live with cuts of 5, 10 and 30 percent, while other outdated, duplicative or unproductive programs will go to the graveyard."
Judges impartial? Not in today's liberal thinking world.
Our veterans need all the help they can get. Their sacrifices for our country must not be forgotten.
Pope 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.
Cardinal 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.
In today's confused world all sorts of beliefs are being redefined to suit a liberal audience. Among them is a new definition of "compassion."
Satan has a huge following among those favoring killing human beings thorough abortions.
A 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.
"FBI Director James Comey could do no wrong in his eyes yesterday on Capitol Hill. He was so full of himself and so cocky, I am sure he thought he was bulletproof. But I would say to him, you failed to tell the truth and the full truth; thus, you failed, Director Comey."
…”when did you notify the White House, the DNI and congressional leadership”? BOOM! Watch an extremely uncomfortable Director James Comey outright LIE… by claiming there was no active DNI -which is entirely false- James Clapper was Obama’s DNI."
"What is with the pope as the head of the Catholic Church commemorating the Reformation in the "We" modality? Luther wanted to replace the "devilish" Pope's Church at least in the "German nation" by his new-believing church. The result was the division and separation of his community from the Church."
"US President Donald Trump repeatedly rebukes the media for "dishonest" coverage and "fake news." Despite its fury over the accusations, however, the press continues to prove him right -- albeit inadvertently."
"These figures mirror “hate crime” statistics in the US and Europe, where antisemitic hate crimes far outpace all others. Here in the States, anti-Jewish hate crime is almost triple anti-Muslim hate crime, but enemedia, academic and cultural elites bang the “Islamophobia” drum daily, and never more than after a jihad attack."
"A video from late last year which has garnered more than a half a million views displays half an hour of alarming footage of the European Islamic migrant crisis and warns, "Witness the gradual collapse of Europe."
"It was a year ago the U.S. declared ISIS guilty of genocide in the Middle East. Little has changed since then. The junior senator from Oklahoma says President Trump can begin helping by naming an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom."
Many Democrats talk about "religion" but most rarely practice it.
The 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
You 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 "book." vtb
Almighty 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
The Lord's blessings come in many differnt 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 & re-learn. vtb
Love 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
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
President 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
A beautiful prayer from the United States Conference of Bishops. vtb
Catholic 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
A 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
Although prudence is always a requirement for any type of investigation, when you delay an investigation in order to "protect" the guilty, it becomes a scandal. vtb
Cardinal 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
Trump 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
True 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 pride. vtb
The 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
"Devout" 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 twisted." vtb
A 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 Him. vtb
ABC 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 lifestyle, but desire that more misguided Americans, especially our young, join them and become "one of them." vtb
How far Google will go with its censorship remains to be seen. While it appears to have some merit, why are pornographic sites still allowed on Google? Unfortunately, there is a great deal of money involved, and for worldly organization like Google, money has a very loud voice in their executive decisions. vtb
Sadly, many people are addicted to eating an excessive amount of food and cannot find the time, or have the will to exercise. This is due, in a large part, to the almost daily anxieties they are experiencing. For these poor souls, life has become very difficult and they have lost hope that things will ever change. This is where their faith, or lack of faith comes in. In many cases, their relationship with the Lord has become weak, or is almost non-existent, and until they find their way back to Him, things will continue to look hopeless. vtb
Very true, however many people today don't really care how long they live. As mentioned in the above commentary, their lives are difficult and they are unaware of their need to put God first in their lives. The best response is prayer, especially from family members. vtb
The sore losers continue to go on a rampage, and their frustrations continue to grow. Many Democrats do not know what it is to be a good person. They are filled with hate and want "revenge" in any way they can get it. What a pitiful group of people they have become! vtb
This type of positive news will not reach very many voters due to the censorship employed by major news outlets, but there is a smaller, but very vocal number of conservativss that WILL make it known. vtb
Trump's voice is being heard and some leaders of the nations of the G-20 don't like it, and some do not understand his determination to "shake up" what was previously a superficial agreement between the members of the G-20. vtb
Finally the voices of truly fair judges came out with a clear condemnation of the 3 member panel of judges who unfairly ruled against President Trump's temporary travel ban. This is very helpful in restoring our nation's confidence in our justice system, although there no doubt are many other poor judges still on the loose. vtb
More nonsense from the defenders of Amoris Laetitia. Ignored is the divisions and confusion created by Pope Francis due to his lack of clarity in the writing of that document. It should not take "interpreters" to explain what the Pope meant. Statements coming from the Supreme Pontiff should always be clear and to the point. vtb
The title of this article speaks for itself. vtb
Another attempt to justify immigration as if countries don't already know this. However, "using" St. Patrick in your argument is going too far. Not mentioned of course, is the violence caused by immigrants who are not properly vetted, and the need for immigrants to come into other countries legally. There is a definite lack of balance in Archbishop Martin's weak "sermon." vtb
Not a complete story, but St. Patrick gives us enough glimes of his Mission and faith to make it very interesting. vtb
More interesting information about this great saint. He even endured a great scandal that turned his fellow bishops against him. vtb
How amazing it is to think that anyone could live only on the Eucharist! This again confirms the sanctifying grace and the blessings that come to us if we receive Christ in a worthy manner. vtb
This is a 3 part series with live support and has loads of good information for caregivers. vtb
Not good news as far as White House security. Hopefully this "lesson" will eliminate any future attempts from suspicious characters. A very embarrassing situation for the Secret Service. vtb
Catholic bishops are deaf to this kind of news in-so-far as tying it to immigration. They preach "love" for immigrants without looking at the need for Americans to feel protected. How many terrorists attacks in the U.S. must take place before our bishops (and Pope Francis) realize their lack of honesty regarding illegal or uncontrolled mass immigration? vtb
There is a huge "fear factor" that greatly influences that "silence." ISIS knows that Trump would intensify military actions against them and make it even more difficult for them to infiltrate into the U.S. with regular immigrants who simply want to live the lifestyles and enjoy the opportunities offered here. vtb
Ironically, that sign was up for 10 months with no complaints until NBC got wind of the story. NBC is not noted for being "fair & balanced" as they are easily identified as simply another arm of the immoral Democratic Party. vtb
This is not a very pleasant story, but it is revealing concerning the type thinking coming from a minority of Muslims. Of course, you will not see it on the major news networks. vtb
The laity, especially those who have been to Medjugoje are not worried about its authenticity. It is the lack of faith among those investigating this holy place that have people worried. vtb
The ROSARY and MARY are our most powerful weapons since Satan hates and fears them. However, frequent CONFESSION and receiving HOLY COMMUNION worthily, are the other two necessary parts of our spiritual armour. They too draw fear from the many devils that are constantly on the prowl for souls so that they may drag them into Hell. vtb
It is always good to read labels and be cautious about anything containing artificial ingredients or overdosing on natural herbs or vitamins because that too can be very harmful. vtb
Public Television has plenty of sponsors and does not need money from tax payers to survive. Their programing can be very good, but they also allow profanity in the movies they broadcast and have a number of shows that are atheistic in nature, as well as a number of Left-leaning programs. They have a number of appeals to viewers that bring in a fair amount of money, so they will no be hurting too much, if at all. vtb
Obama never did get along with Putin. Basically, because Putin could see right through his hypocrisy and his lack of experience in dealing with foreign affairs, and Obama knew it. Obama's ugly pride more than any other factor, contributed to the poor relations between Russia and the United State. vtb
These judges were playing politics rather than going by the powers given to the President in the Constitution. No other issue should have been brought into their decision except what the Constitution reads. This was a very unfair decision by two unelected federal judges who if the law allows should be removed from the bench. vtb
The confusion over this issue will continue until Pope Francis clarifies his position. Sadly, it does not look like that is going to happen. vtb
According to every phone book I have looked at, Catholic parishes are not listed under the heading of "Christian Churches." If that were corrected it would be a big step in clearing up that mistaken idea. vtb
Cardinal Nichols unwisely defends Pope Francis on this issue. Why did Francis bring up this issue at all if it won't happen? All Pope Francis is succeeding in doing is creating more false hopes and/or confusion in the Church, especially among priests. vtb
The existence of human life on other planets is completely against the Sacred Scriptures. CHRIST suffered, died, and was resurrected ONCE for all of mankind that has existed on earth since Adam and Eve. No where in the Gospels or the Old Testament is there any mention of life in any other place but here on earth. vtb
History shows that King Henry VIII was not a good person. Therefore, the question remains, why would anybody in his or her right mind follow his brand of "religion"? vtb
Go again to Confession, but with a different priest and explain to him your concerns is the best solution. Also, before you go to Confession try to remember to ask our LORD to guide his priest so that you will receive GOD'S WORD for your soul. In addition, pray for that priest who caused you so much anxiety, this will bring you peace. vtb
The answer is simple. Confront them and ask them to repent of their sin and the scandal it causes, if not excommunicate them. But what bishop has the courage and faith to do this? Therefore they have the GREATER SIN by participating in the scandal and allowing it. vtb
Misleading title - there is no "discrimination" involved. It should remain a freedom of choice for any employer or any other citizen to refuse to be associated with someone who practices an immoral lifestyle. This is part of "freedom of religion" and should remain so. Those who disagree are the ones who are guilty of discrimination. vtb
The sufferings of JESUS were so deep and intense that words cannot adequately describe them. Yet, in today's Church, they are passed over in order for Catholics to have a "good time" at what has become a "social event" rather than the solemn, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is a great scandal, but is allowed by most bishops and many, many priests. vtb
Francis appears to be very good at rewriting Church history to suit his own agenda. However, he is getting away with it as very few bishops or cardinals are challenging those beliefs. vtb
Very true, since St. Padre Pio declared that Luther was in Hell. vtb
Changing or revising the truths taught by the Church to "appease" other religions for the sake of "unity" was wrong, and it continues to be very wrong. But it remains a goal of a growing portion of the clergy in the Church. vtb
For those who believe in God, no further proof is needed. For those who do not believe in God, no proof is satisfactory. vtb
As the number of grave sins grows, Satan becomes more powerful. We receive what we deserve. Only our faith in CHRIST and His CHURCH will bring us the peace we desire. vtb
A Grand Jury & Justice Dept. Federal investigation proved the police to be innocent and a robbery did in fact take place. Despite all this proof, liars continue to believe the opposite. This again shows that you cannot reason with unreasonable people. vtb
Ireland is deep into the ways of the world. St. Patrick would be very disappointed to see its moral decay. However, prayers can be very powerful, so there is always hope, for nothing is impossible with God. vtb
We must never forget what JESUS has done for us because of His great and immense love. vtb
Experienced Christian teachers can be trusted to properly guide oor children. vtb
It is about time pro-life Trump gets the credit he deserves. Not only from the press and Democrats, but also from the Vatican. vtb
"What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder" is the main reason. Unfortunately, many couples are not brought together by the Lord, but by their own wills and uncontrollable passion. vtb
If approved, it could be a HUGE MISTAKE. Once you open this door, many other priests are going to request that they too be allowed to marry. Most Protestant Ministers are married, and their ministry is much more difficult and the number of sexual abuse cases involving minors is as great, if not greater than in the Catholic Church. The main difference is they are not publicized. St Paul gave us good advice when he explained the benefits of remaining single, especially in the priesthood. The life of a priest and his ministry should be TOTALLY dedicated to the LORD, and they cannot do this if married. vtb
We all need reminders from time to time. vtb
An amazing story that helps restore the faith of those who feel they have lost much of it. vtb
242 - Bahamas
246 - Barbados
264 - Anguilla
268 - Antigua
284 - British Virgin Islands
345 - Cayman Islands
441 - Bermuda
473 - Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique
649 - Turks and Caicos
664 - Montserrat
721 - St. Maarten
758 - St. Lucia
767 - Dominica
784 - St. Vincent and Grenadines
809, 829, and 849 - Dominican Republic
868 - Trinidad and Tobago
869 - St. Kitts and Nevis
876 - Jamaica
It may not be "politically correct" to post this article, but Americans have the right to decide for themselves what is necessary and educational. vtb
What a humble saint! We could learn a great deal from her in today's world which is filled with proud men and women. vtb
No more freedom of speech on Facebook or Twitter that shows its members the killing and violence being committed by Muslims. vtb
Love truly did conquer all with these loving parents. vtb
Contrary to her belief on the matter of faith, it actually comes about through our will and intellect. vtb
This is not something those who believe in the "right to kill" an unborn human being would want the public to know. vtb
This is being done with the approval of Pope Francis who to date has not admonished those liberals in the Church who are involved with those lies and attacks against a truly good man. vtb
Pope Francis apparently does not care for anyone who has conservative or traditional values. Therefore Cardinal Burke and President Trump are not on his "best friends" list. Francis wants things his way and even goes to the extreme of calling them "populists," although this description fits him to a greater degree than Burke or Trump. vtb
Why was it necessary for a group of cardinals to express their "support" for the pope unless there is a movement that is gaining strength in its efforts to oppose his at times, irrational thinking? vtb
Pope Francis, without question, already is already DIVISIVE and has caused untold harm to the unity of the Church. vtb
It is ironic that the Holy Bible teaches us that when you do the LORD'S WORK, you will be persecuted. However, rather than Pope Francis, the persecution is being felt by President Trump and Pope Francis is contributing to it. vtb
A severe betrayal and erosion of Catholic values started with the revisions to the Mass in the 1960's. vtb
Withholding federal funds has a way of restoring common sense to local and state politicians who have lost it. vtb
Far Left Democrats, who are guilty of approving of the mass murder of millions of unborn human beings, are morally unfit to represent or lead our country in any capacity. vtb
One of the consequences of a sinful lifestyle. vtb
In today's world, and even in the Church, we are being asked to "tolerate" evil using a false definition of "Mercy" that ignores JUSTICE and SIN. vtb
Correction: It is not "Christian" to be critical of a country that has the right to protect itself, nor is it Christian to encourage and approve of illegal immigrants breaking the border laws of another country. vtb
It is hypocritical to claim it to be a "Reformation" when it resulted in divisions, confusion, and hundreds (if not thousands) of new doctrines, Bible interpretations and questionable teachings. vtb
Europeans complain to their government leaders about too many Muslims, but fail to complain to their bishops about the decline of Christianity. vtb
This is either a poor translation or a poor manner of explaining such a grave subject. A more simple and plain way of expressing his thoughts would have been far more beneficial to the general public. vtb
Democrats have been spreading these lies for months without any evidence to support their foolish claims. vtb
This fact will never be printed or heard on T.V. through the main street news media. vtb
SPECIAL SPIRITUAL REPORTS
ST. POPE JOHN PAUL II - PROPHECY FOR THE CHURCH
"We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the FINAL confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel."
---Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (St. Pope John Paul II), November 9, 1976
many believe we are not actually in the "End Times," but at the
beginning of the End Times, it is not hard to see the similarities of
the things that are happening today, versus what has been Prophesied:
"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)
"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).
COMMENTARY: THE MESSAGES IN THE ABOVE LINK SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED. THEY ARE VERY CRITICAL FOR OUR TIMES. vtb
Demystifying the Pope Francis Enigma - "Many of Francis’ pronouncements do not have the binding authority of obligatory teaching; i.e., they are not “magisterium” in the proper sense of the term—people are free to listen and pay attention or not, free to let themselves be challenged, motivated, or convinced. The Holy Father’s language touches the hearts of many, perhaps more than their minds—and presumably this is precisely the pope’s intention. He does not offer refined analysis, carefully weighing all aspects in order to arrive at affirmations that are beyond criticism. What he wants to do is surprise, challenge, provoke, or reassure, console, and support."
Commentary: The above explanation does not excuse Pope Francis from clarifying his statements for the good of the Church and for the good of those outside the Church, rather than remaining silent and causing confusion as to exactly where his positions are on certain grave moral issues. In addition, it does not excuse him from failing to correct cardinals and bishops with radical liberal views that vary from Church doctrines and traditional teachings.
While I admire much of what Pope Francis says about spiritual things, and many of his writings and works involving compassion, I cannot give my approval to the divisions and confusion he is causing. Therefore, within some of the CONSERVATIVE REPORTS I have brought to the attention of the public and those within the Church 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.
"(May) the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of ONE MIND towards another, according to Jesus Christ"
Vincent T. Bemowski - Editor: Catholic Messages USA.com
WHAT IS YOUR MISSION IN LIFE?
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.
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
Quotes Against Sodomy From Catholic Saints
Saint Jerome (340-420)
“And Sodom and Gomorrah might have appeased it [God’s wrath], had they been willing to repent, and through the aid of fasting gain for themselves tears of repentance.”
Saint John Chrysostom (347-407)
For such is the burning of Sodom, and that conflagration!
"Consider how great is that sin, to have forced hell to appear even before its time!… For that rain was unwonted, for the intercourse was contrary to nature, and it deluged the land, since lust had done so with their souls. Wherefore also the rain was the opposite of the customary rain. Now not only did it fail to stir up the womb of the earth to the production of fruits, but made it even useless for the reception of seed.
For such was also the intercourse of the men, making a body of this sort more worthless than the very land of Sodom. And what is there more detestable than a man who hath pandered himself, or what more execrable?
Saint Augustine (354-430)
Pope Saint Gregory I is called “the Great.” He is both Father and Doctor of the Church. He introduced Gregorian chant into the Church. He organized England’s conversion, sending Saint Augustine of Canterbury and many Benedictine monks there.
"Sacred Scripture itself confirms that sulfur evokes the stench of the flesh, as it speaks of the rain of fire and sulfur poured upon Sodom by the Lord. He had decided to punish Sodom for the crimes of the flesh, and the very type of punishment he chose emphasized the shame of that crime. For sulfur stinks, and fire burns. So it was just that Sodomites, burning with perverse desires arising from the flesh like stench, should perish by fire and sulfur so that through this just punishment they would realize the evil they had committed, led by a perverse desire."