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Commentary: "The main reason some of the Catholic bishops hid these type sexual crimes is due to the fact that these bishops failed to follow the Word of Almighty God as revealed to St. Paul:
"Them that sin (priests) REPROVE BEFORE ALL, (make public) that the rest also may have fear" (Timothy 5:17)
However, many of the clergy are also neglecting God's Word in other areas, but since they are not against any civil laws, they continue to fail to preach these things as sins, and many bishops are among them. If a bishop or priest does not clearly identify a sin, it may not be confessed. For example, here are some sins rarely spoken of in today's Church:
Gossiping in church before, during, and immediately after Mass, dressing immodestly, using contraceptives, not keeping the Lord's Day holy and/or failing to come to Sunday Mass, using profanity, overeating (gluttony), watching pornography on the Internet or on T.V., watching TV shows and movies that approve of profanity and sexual immorality, refusing to honor your mother and/or father, lying to or cheating others, drunkenness, immoral sex, and failing to read and study the Holy Bible. Not to be forgotten are those priests who act like comics at Mass and turn it into a "celebration" rather than a holy, spiritual experience. vtb
"But a time of more severe trials is also coming for the Church. Cardinals will oppose Cardinals and Bishops will oppose Bishops. Satan will enter into their very midst. In Rome, also, will occur great changes. What is rotten falls, and what falls must not be retained. The Church will be obscured, and all the world will be thrown into great confusion."
"Our Lady of America: "...even should such destruction happen because there were not enough souls who took my warnings seriously, there will remain a remnant -- untouched by the chaos who, having been faithful in following me and spreading my warnings, will gradually inhabit the earth again with their dedicated and holy lives. These will renew the earth in the power and Light of the Holy Spirit."
"... there are, arguably, far more traitors on American soil today than ever before in history. They are not traitors in the legal sense, and this is because treason is defined as giving aid and comfort to an enemy in time of war, and the U.S. is not currently in a declared war with any nation. Still, many Americans can be considered traitors in the looser sense of the term. They may not be providing aid to an official enemy, but they are engaged in a serious betrayal, nonetheless."
"The cautionary part of this tale is that a society ruled by Sharia law doesn’t necessarily turn immediately, rather, it’s often a gradual process."
"Islam and Sharia continue to furtively creep into every aspect of American culture. And too few people are talking about it. Why? Because Americans have been conditioned by the liberal elites to be tolerant and compassionate, to embrace multiculturalism and respect each other’s beliefs, ideals and values. That’s wonderful in a utopian world, but the fact is, Islam doesn’t embrace any aspect of Western civilization — much less American culture."
"Former First Lady Michelle Obama went on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” Friday night to promote her new book “Becoming” which is on the bestseller list. But she used it as an opportunity to bash the morals of President Donald Trump."
"Yeah: If you wanna be famous, and rich, it's easy..."But don't ask me, you need to ask Satan."You can have it all."As a nervous laugh spread through the crowd, Cyrus stopped her bodyguards, seemingly annoyed by the response, and turned back to the crowd saying: "You think I'm joking?" You asked me how to make it as a pop star and I just told you everything you need to do."If you want everything that I have, then all you have to do is ask Satan for it and you can have it."You need to stop asking Santa for Christmas presents and praying to Jesus because none of them exist."Satan is our Lord, and when you let him into your heart and worship him instead of your make-believe God, then you can have it all."
"The Satanic Temple is obsessed with abortion. Its mission statement says it offers “legal protection against laws that unscientifically restrict women's reproductive autonomy.” So critical is abortion to these Satanists that they have a “Religious Rights Reproductive Rights Campaign”: it advocates on behalf of the so-called religious rights of Satanists to campaign for abortion."
"During this clinic blessing, participants will gather with local faith leaders and guests to ask for God's blessing upon Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio's East Columbus Surgical facility, the abortion providers and staff, and all those who pass through the center. In celebration of conscience and moral decision making, this event will include interfaith blessings, prayers, and testimonies about receiving and providing abortion care. This clinic blessing will create space for progressive voices of faith to speak boldly in support of comprehensive reproductive health care, especially abortion."
"There are many who hate me and my deeds, and who account my words as sorrow and vanity, but instead, with affection and love, embrace the whore monger: the devil."
"Bear not the yoke with unbelievers. For what participation hath justice with injustice? Or what fellowship hath light with darkness?"
2 Corinthians 6:14
"In particular, he would frequently relate to the boys how to stay protected against the devil. Below is his advice and, if followed faithfully, Bosco claimed “the devil will never prevail against you.”
"I, Sister Faustina Kowalska, by the order of God, have visited the Abysses of Hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence...the devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God, What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things I saw. But I noticed one thing: That most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell." (Diary 741)
"The Power of the Mass is for you! It is the sacrifice of sacrifices, because it is the sacrifice of God for us."
"The angels are present especially at the Eucharistic Sacrifice. The Mass is, actually, a sacramental participation in the liturgy of heaven, the cult* officially rendered to the Trinity by the full host of the spiritual creation. The presence of the angels introduces the Eucharist into heaven itself. They help to surround it with a sacred mystery."
"During the 17th century, a grieving young girl approached Benedictine Abbot Millán de Mirando at the monastery of Our Lady of Montserrat. She begged the abbot to say three Masses for her deceased father.
"We should thank God for everything in life. We thank Him for the easy times and thank Him for the trials, which are His way of caressing and purging us. When we suffer well on earth it erases entire decades of purgatory, which we remember in a special way today as we remember all the departed souls. Asked how a person can do purgatory on earth, Padre Pio once remarked, “By accepting everything from God’s hands. By offering everything up to Him with love and thanksgiving so as to enable us to pass from our deathbed to paradise.”
"The final medical statement by the Department of Forensic Medicine found that “in the histopathological image, the fragments (of the Host) were found containing the fragmented parts of the cross-striated muscle. It is most similar to the heart muscle. Tests also determined the tissue to be of human origin, and found that it bore signs of distress."
"Dedicated to the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, the Fraternity of St. Peter was created and exists solely to promote the glorious mass of ages to the faithful. They celebrate the Tridentine rite according to the 1962 version of the Missale Romanum."
SIN OF HOMOSEXUALITY EXPLAINED
" For I am not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believe, to the Jew first, and to the Greek.  For the justice of God is revealed therein, from faith unto faith, as it is written: The just man lives by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and injustice of those men that detain the truth of God in injustice:  Because that which is known of God is manifest in them. For God hath manifested it unto them.  For the invisible things of him, from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made; his eternal power also, and divinity: so that they are inexcusable.
Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God, or given thanks; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened.  For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.  And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of four footed beasts, and of creeping things.  Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonor their own bodies among themselves.  Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
 For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.  And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.  And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers,  Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents
 Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.  Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them."
NOTES:  "God delivered them up": Not by being author of their sins, but by withdrawing his grace, and so permitting them, in punishment of their pride, to fall into those shameful sins.
"What did each color actually mean to the "gay pride" devotees?"
Hot pink = Sex
Red = Life
Orange = Healing
Yellow = Sunlight
Green = Nature
Turquoise = Magic/Art
Indigo = Serenity
Violet = Spirit
TEXAS BISHOP CALLS FOR FIDELITY TO CHURCH TEACHING ON HOMOSEXUALITY - "Bp. Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas spoke out against homosexualist clergy being allowed free reign to speak in various dioceses. "Do we believe the doctrine of the Church or not?" the bishop asked, continuing, "There's a priest that travels around now, basically saying that he doesn't, and he seems to be very well promoted in various places."
"At the age of 9, Joseph fell fast into the habit of viewing hard-core pornography. A switch flipped. Almost overnight he started acting out violently towards his younger sister and classmates. Now at age 13, Joseph calls himself a recovered porn addict. How did he get there and how did he recover? Discover the story of this brave young man and his parents in the Over 18 documentary."
"When slanderous assaults are made against the Catholic Church, the Catholic League hits the newspapers, television, and radio talk shows defending the right of the Church to promote its teachings with as much verve as any other institution in society."
SAINT JUDE RESEARCH HOSPITAL - HIS STORY - "Woods complained of headaches, ran a fever and threw up in the mornings after he woke. His parents, Ashley and Henry, worried something was wrong. Just before Woods’ fourth birthday, their fears were confirmed when a CT scan revealed Woods had a type of cancerous brain tumor called medulloblastoma."
"The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay."
"AMAC is the fastest-growing conservative 50+ organization in America. In just a few short years, one and a half million people have joined and now carry the AMAC membership card. AMAC was built by folks who feel the same way you do. You are not alone! AMAC believes in – and stands up for – the values that have made America so great: faith, family, and freedom."
Commentary: Left-leaning biased news coverage. Provides a useful service for many newspapers, but since many of their journalists appear to be Democrats, they often inject their own political views into news stories and confuse their readers as to what is actually "news," and what is simply the opinion of an AP journalist. Newspapers that rely on this news service as their main source of news will never truly offer "balanced" news and therefore are not truly serving the public - they are only serving themselves. vtb
"I have seen scandal come from Pope Francis’ actions too many times and it hurts me to see Holy Mother Church in the state it is today, divided, broken and bleeding, and I will be open about that with people because I believe it is important to talk about. But as much as I dislike Pope Francis, I still pray for him for the sake of our Church and I hope you will, too."
"A year ago tomorrow I made public a letter that I wrote to Pope Francis expressing my deep concern about the “chronic confusion” in the Church and the way that his “seemingly intentional lack of clarity risks sinning against the Holy Spirit.” In the immediate aftermath of the letter’s publication, I received over 300 emails and over 40 letters (most from the United States, but a fair number from many countries around the world) – all of which, except two, were POSITIVE."
"Francis has created 59 of the current 124 voting cardinals, the report, also picked up by the Vatican-based Italian news website Il Sismografo, said, but few of those created by either Benedict XVI or Pope Saint John Paul II know the newer cardinals and many of the newer cardinals do not know each other. “It will be hard to vote,’’ Burke said. “We need regular meetings.”
"The spiritual world was real to me, even as a child, because of my engagement with the occult. What started out as intrigue and entertainment quickly led to a lifestyle of encounter with the stuff of Hollywood lore. I remember watching a chair slide across the floor and a candle floating off the coffee table. I saw things no one should see."
"We are in a time when the devil is seeking to conquer America," he wrote. "If our generation fails to take authority over the devil and his demons, our children and their children could well live in a country that is tyrannized by a demon-possessed dictator, an Adolph Hitler or Josef Stalin," Sumrall openly fretted.
DO YOU WANT THIS WOMAN TO LEAD OUR COUNTRY?
Give that guy an Academy Award! The guy they call the ex-president of the U.S. who, according to the fawning mainstream media, was “the smartest guy in the room”. Barack Obama, henpecked by overbearing wife, Michelle and mentored in so many moves by former top adviser Valerie Jarrett, both of whom liked to remind the world how “tired” he was, has come out of ‘Resistance’ trashing President Donald Trump as ‘Confused, blind, shrouded with Hate…and having Mommy Issues’. Make that “shrouded by” not shrouded with hate”, Mr. Obama and you’ll have it right. Tired was a strange state for a president who spent the lion’s share of his time in office playing golf and taking lavish vacations: “Sitting on their hands during President Trump’s congressional address Tuesday night, the dressed in white, with purple buttons, Nancy Pelosi-led Democrats were showing loyalty to an ex-president rather than the duly elected current one.
"The media and other Democrats are saying that Trump and Republicans have divided the country and encourage hate. They also say Trump and Republicans are using fear to encourage their base to vote. It is clear the media is mixed up because the country has been divided long before Trump and the Democrats have always injected fear into elections. They must have AMNESIA."
"With a rich political and personal legacy, former President George H. W. Bush left no shortage of memorable photos from his time both in and out of office. He was also no stranger to controversy and was voted out after one term, bringing an end to the Reagan Republican era."
"In most of the world, if you push sex onto pre-teens, you go to jail. Most of the world, except Netflix."
EVIL REPLACED BY GOODNESS
"Did you know that the US Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the KKK, and fought against many major civil rights acts in U.S. history?"
“Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.”
---President Donald J. Trump
"Throughout his Presidency we will do our best to give unbiased and objective grading on Donald Trump’s performance."
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"Comment by SCL: Kim Clement, a highly respected minister with a prophetic ministry and who died recently, appears to have given a prophecy in 2007 and later, about Donald Trump becoming President for two terms. Everything about what Clement is quoted as saying agrees with what I have felt during this same time-frame about what God is about to do – pouring out spiritual, political, and financial blessings upon America not just for America, but for the whole world. I believe we are entering into the final days (”The Final Countdown”) in which we will see God’s merciful and loving fulfillment of Luke 14:23 – the final, compelling, in-gathering of souls around the world lasting for the next several decades – before Jesus comes for His church."
OUR TROOPS LOVE PRESIDENT TRUMP & HE LOVES THEM!
Commentary: Without question, Trump has his faults, but the fact that the U.S. Democratic Party believes you have the "right" to murder an unborn human being through a gruesome abortion, far exceeds Trump's flaws. Whether or not you believe what this "Prophet" says, this video is well worth your time to view and listen to because President Trump, without question, is greatly in need of our prayers.
"Any GOP candidate that is out there on the campaign trail should be using all of these successes when they sleep through their constituents. If the Republicans lose the House of Representatives, is because they wanted to. There is no way that you can lose a congressional seat with all of the winnings Pres. Trump has been accomplishing over the last two years. Everything on this list, from the economy to unemployment, to the return of American businesses, domestic infrastructure, and law and order has been met and exceeded under this current Commander-in-chief."
“Respondents decisively side against the media when it comes to fair and unbiased coverage of the President and Republicans,” says a new survey from McLaughlin & Associates which reveals that only 9 percent of Americans now say that news coverage in general is “fair or not biased” regarding Mr. Trump and the GOP.
THE RIGHTS OF THE MAJORITY
In a true Republic or a Democracy, the majority rules. Therefore, governments and courts must never override the rights or religious beliefs of the majority to suit the so-called "rights" or religious beliefs of an individual or a group of minorities, unless mistreatment can be proven to exist. vtb
"She wrote in her Diary on March 1942: “The Virgin Mary appeared to me with tears in her eyes. I approached her and said, ‘Why are you crying?’ ‘I am crying because I cannot appease the anger of my Son against the human race. If men don’t do penance, the war will not end and much blood will be spilled. My daughter, immodest fashions and dishonesty have enraged God. Pray and do penance. Pray the Rosary frequently. It is the only powerful weapon to attract the blessings."
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"(There exists) A liberal bias in many news outlets – bias by commission and bias by omission – that results in a frequent double-standard in editorial decisions on what constitutes "news." In response to these shortcomings... in an effort to provide an alternative news source that would cover stories that are subject to the bias of omission... to bias by commission."
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Videos - Exposing the inner activities & controversies in the Vatican & the Church.
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"Established to give the Catholic lay faithful a voice in the matters of the Church. In response to Vatican II's call for the "full and active" participation of the laity, Pewsitter enables and encourages the laity of the Church to submit news articles, events, and even audio/video copies of their favorite homilies to share with other Catholics."
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News & Information about the Holy Father and the Catholic Church
Commentary: As some of you are aware, there is much confusion as to what is actually the truth in regard to some of the views and statements by Pope Francis and others at the Vatican, so your prayers and discernment are required as you review them. vtb
“Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.”
---President Donald J. Trump
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Commentary: Again, as with some individuals at the Vatican (especially Pope Francis), some bishops are not always teaching correct Church Doctrine. They also have a tendency to lean toward the opinions of the Left. Therefore, your prayers and discernment are required. vtb
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Many interesting articles exploring Catholicism & Christianity, plus other articles.
Traditional teachings about the Catholic Church.
In depth Catholic teachings.
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"WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF EXHORTATIONS
TO BE SILENT. CRY OUT WITH A HUNDRED THOUSAND TONGUES. I SEE THAT THE WORLD IS ROTTEN BECAUSE OF SILENCE." -
---ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA -
"Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the TRADITIONS which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle." 2 Thessalonians 2:14
"Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come DANGEROUS times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness, traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: Having an APPEARANCE indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these AVOID." 2 Timothy 3:1-5
MANKIND'S DARKEST OR FINEST HOUR?
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, (unwilling or unable to believe something) it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way (Hell)—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest (Church & political) authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil..."
---Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities)
"It is a characteristic of any decaying civilization that the great masses of the people are unaware of the tragedy. Humanity in a crises is generally insensitive to the gravity of the times in which it lives. Men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because they have no standard outside of themselves by which to measure their times. If there is no fixed concept of justice, how shall men know it is violated?
Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world; the great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on, because they have lost the vision of the heights from which they have fallen."
---Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
"The work of the devil will creep even into the Church in such a way that cardinals will be opposed to other cardinals, and bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me, will be despised and hindered by their brethren...the Church will be full of those who accept compromises."
---Our Lady of Akita
15 DRAMATIC EVENTS NEAR & AT THE END OF THE WORLD
“Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers… in the form of a religious deception which will be one of apostasy.”
― Catechism of the Catholic Church #675
"We are now in a cold one — the Cold Civil War of 2018. Never before, not during the protests over Viet Nam, not during the race riots, even the hippie-music-drug rebellion of the Sixties, has the United States (“one nation, indivisible”) been so divided. On both sides of the cultural and political aisles, the attitude is no longer compromise, in the tradition of Adams, Jefferson, of the Founding Fathers, but battles over every aspect of modern life, with the taking of no prisoners."
PROPHECY OF POPE JOHN PAUL II
We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. We must be prepared to undergo great trials in the not-too-distant future; trials that will require us to be ready to give up even our lives, and a total gift of self to Christ and for Christ. Through your prayers and mine, it is possible to alleviate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it. . . .How many times has the renewal of the Church been brought about in blood! It will not be different this time."
----Pope John Paul II
"'As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words:' 'I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.' (The Diary of St. Faustina, 1732)."
"Padre Pio told Father Amorth: "Satan has been introduced into the bosom of the Church and he will within a very short time come to rule a false Church." Amorth says that Padre Pio was "really tormented" by one issue that is "the great apostasy within the Church."
Commentary: This does not mean that the current pope, (Pope Francis) is the Anti-Christ in disguise. It appears to be very likely that because Francis has opened the door to a vastly more confused, liberal Church where all kinds of divisions are taking place, he has set the stage for Satan's rule at some point in the future. vtb
"The work of the devil will creep even into the Church in such a way that cardinals will be opposed to other cardinals, and bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me, will be despised and hindered by their brethren...the Church will be full of those who accept compromises."
"Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why THE GREATEST DESTROYER OF LOVE AND PEACE IS ABORTION."
Commentary: When you give your approval to murder an unborn human being through an abortion (as those in the Democratic Party do), you are approving of using VIOLENCE to destroy a human life (Bill & Hillary Clinton were present at this prayer meeting and ignored what Mother Teresa said about abortion). Therefore, they, and the vast majority of Democrats are greatly contributing to the climate of violence we are experiencing in the United States. vtb
"Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom … I call heaven and earth today to witness against you. I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse"
(Dt 30:15, 20).
WHAT IS YOUR MISSION IN LIFE?
“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.
Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”
---John Henry Newman
A Must See Video!! - "We are living the Book of Revelation."
"This the novel that Pope Francis recommends -- as a warning. A final attack occurs just as the last of the faithful, having taken vows to die in the name of faith, are singing the Tantum Ergo. The last words of the novel: 'Then the world passed, and the glory of it.'
"He who rebels against the Church is a rotten member, and what is done to His Vicar on earth, (the Pope) be it reverence or insult, is done to God in Heaven. Think not that God is sleeping over the injuries that have been done to His Spouse" (the Church)."
----ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
What does Our Lady say about Purgatory? - "There are many souls in Purgatory. There are also persons who have been consecrated to God – some priests, some religious. Pray for their intentions, at least the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be, seven times each, and the Creed. I recommend it to you. There is a large number of souls who have been in Purgatory a long time because no one prays for them."
THE FALSE TEACHINGS OF THE WORLD VERSUS THE TRUTH
"Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, & the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world."
"O how good an sweet is thy spirit, O Lord, in all things! And therefore thou chastisest them that err, by little and little; and admonish them, and speakest to them, concerning the things wherein they offend; that leaving their wickedness, they may believe in thee, O Lord
"Because they did works hateful to thee...
merciless MURDERERS OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN... (ABORTION). Wherefore thou hast also greatly tormented them who in their life have lived foolishly and unjustly, by the same things which they worshiped. For they went astray for a long time in the ways of error, holding those things for gods (material things) which are the most worthless among beasts, living after the manner of children without understanding
Therefore thou hast sent a judgment upon them... they suffered by those very things which they took for gods..." (the loss of material things). (Wisdom 12:1-2,4-5,23-25,27)
"Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s most senior liturgical official, has accused some senior Catholic prelates from rich countries of trying to dilute Christian morality by changing teaching on abortion, euthanasia and “other problematic family situations."
"When did Sunday go from being the Day of the Lord to an hour for the Lord…maybe…unless…you know….there is something more interesting or important in my life?"
Commentary: Notice that these insults and his immoral conduct were not brought to light or corrected by Francis. vtb
Commentary: Pope Francis again fails to tell the truth. The so-called "evil" is being done against Cardinal Burke, and not Cardinal Maradiaga as confirmed in the above related article. For a Pope to defend those who slander and attack people like Cardinal Burke in such a rude manner is disgraceful. vtb
"His modesty and humility have made him a popular figure around the world. But inside the church, his reforms have infuriated conservatives and sparked a revolt."
Commentary: While I admire much of what Pope Francis says about spiritual things and many of his writings and works involving compassion and mercy, I cannot give my approval to the divisions and confusion he is causing. Therefore, within some of the CONSERVATIVE NEWS REPORTS on this website that I have brought to the attention of the public and especially those within the Church, I have included some of the scandal he has created, and continues to create, knowingly or unknowingly.
However, also following God's Holy Will, he continues to remain in my daily prayers, along with all the clergy and members of religious orders in the Church, so that it will again become One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. vtb
"Fr. Thomas Weinandy, a prolific author and highly accomplished theologian and member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission sent a letter to Pope Francis on July 31, in which he expressed deep concerns about the present pontificate."
Commentary: This priest speaks the truth, but will he be listened to by the many spiritually lukewarm cardinals & bishops, or other priests? What Pope Francis has done, and continues to do, (as noted in Father Weinandy's letter) is gravely sinful and this must also be addressed by the clergy. vtb
"He basically gave God an ultimatum. “If you want me to write something, you have to give me a clear sign... There was no longer any doubt in my mind that Jesus wanted me to write something,” Weinandy said. “I also think it significant that it was an Archbishop that Jesus used. I considered it an apostolic mandate.”
Commentary: Yes Francis, that is true. The Left is always looking for "new ways" to slander people, change history and traditions, weaken or destroy the family, kill and murder the unborn, and tell lies to the general public. vtb
"Because the Pope does not want to answer we do not know. We seem to remember that a Jesuit near him said that the reason was that the questions were ideological. Sorry, but it sounds a bit weak. The task of authority is to clarify their thinking: and thus making it evident..."
Commentary: Pope Francis should be "corrected" by most of cardinals and bishops so a unified front may be in place. But we know that will never happen because Francis has a certain fearful presence that prevents them from acting. Therefore they remain cowards while the Church splits apart into an "to each his own" state. vtb
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Commentary: A much needed clear definition of accepting Almighty God's Holy Will concerning how He has created us, and not following the desire of Satan to have us change our sexual identity and bring about an immoral state of existence that could cause us to lose our soul. vtb
TRIBUTES TO OUR BRAVE, FALLEN SOLDIERS
Don't be afraid, she added, because whoever works for the sanctity of Marriage and the Family will always be fought against and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. Then she concluded: ‘nevertheless, Our Lady has already crushed his head’.” -
---Sister Lucia of Fatima
At Fatima, Our Lady asks: "Do you want to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the sufferings which He will send you, in an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and of supplication for the conversion of sinners?" (Memoirs of Sister Lucia, I, 162).
DAILY MORNING PRAYER
My Lord Jesus, I offer you all my sufferings of this day, to be used in union with yours, for the good of my soul, the good of the Church, the conversion of sinners & of Russia, relief for the poor souls, & the favors I ask of you....
"Augustine says in his Rule: ‘Show mercy not only to yourselves, but also to him who, being in the higher position among you, is therefore in greater danger.’ But fraternal correction is a work of mercy. Therefore even prelates ought to be corrected.”
---St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II, II, q. 33, a. 4, Sed Contra."
“Every pain has its end and then life in freedom begins there where all of my children come – where everything is returned. My children, your battle is difficult. It will be even more difficult, but you follow my example. Pray for the strength of faith; trust in the love of the Heavenly Father. I am with you. I am manifesting myself to you. I am encouraging you. With immeasurable motherly love I am caressing your souls."
"Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter." Isaias (Isaiah) 5:20
MARY, QUEEN OF HEAVEN & EARTH, PRAY FOR US
"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..."
"Our Lady (said) that we are called to practice (these things) during this “final battle” against Satan. These are devotion to: Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, the Holy Rosary, the Brown Scapular. However it is of the greatest importance to note that the final apparition of Fatima also directs us towards the intercession of St Joseph, whom Our Lord intimately associated with Himself in his blessing of the world."
"BE NOT AFRAID"
"Of what should we be afraid?
Our captain on this battlefield is Christ Jesus.
We have discovered what we have to do.
Christ has bound our enemies for us and weakened them that they cannot overcome us unless we so choose to let them.
So we must fight courageously and mark ourselves with the sign of the most Holy Cross."
---St Catherine of Siena
"Asking President Trump not to tweet would be like asking Teddy Roosevelt to carry a smaller stick. Or advising Abraham Lincoln that it’s more concise to just say “eighty-seven years ago.” President Trump will tweet until his final day in office, and he’d be a fool not to."
Commentary: It may not all be true, but there is a significant amount of information and testimonies that provide ample evidence of the true character of Pope Francis. vtb
"If one is called to be Catholic, one follows what the Church teaches; that is the correct understanding of conscience (as upheld also by Vatican II). And if one really cannot follow what the Church teaches, then one’s conscience requires that one leave the Church."
---His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino. Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin (Deceased)
Commentary: Within the news stories and commentaries on this website you will find many reasons why the Church has fallen so low in true spirituality. We are being strongly called to prayer and participating at Holy Mass as often as possible to strengthen our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. We must go to Him. This is how we will receive His Peace, a Peace the world cannot give us. vtb
"Young people are drawn to the Traditional Latin Mass by its “beauty," “sense of mystery” and “transcendence”, Archbishop Alexander K Sample has said. Speaking during a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, Archbishop Sample praised Pope Benedict XVI for the “great gift” of Summorum Pontificum – the document that allowed the traditional Mass to be more widely celebrated – and said the “reverence and sacredness” of the old Mass would enrich the Novus Ordo."
"According to legend, the line represents the blow with which St. Michael sent the devil to hell - In any case, it is surprising how well these sanctuaries are, in fact, aligned.
"This grace-filled place has been attracting visitors from all over the world."
"Nancy Foytik, a retired grandmother, was diagnosed with a dangerous cancer when she visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin, the only Church recognized apparition in the United States. Foytik told Today (March 28) that the doctors expected her to die within two years. At the shrine, Foytik “felt” a voice saying that she would be all right. After the pilgrimage, a surgery was performed but found that the cancer had vanished. There is no medical explanation for this although spontaneous remissions of cancers are a known phenomenon."
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"Henry Sire has been expelled for his strong criticisms of Pope Francis, but plans to appeal."
Commentary: Where are the signs that show Pope Francis has the "mercy" he often speaks of in regard to not only Mr. Sire, but Archbishop Vigano, Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Sarah, and others, while allowing liberal members of the clergy to run wild with their opinions?
And where is the "justice" regarding this case? Francis acknowledges we have the right to criticize a pope, but apparently not without repercussions from the Vatican or other members of the clergy. This type behavior is viewed by many as a very sad state of affairs that casts a large shadow on the leadership in today's Church. vtb
"Besides the toll on human life, property losses from the blaze make it the most destructive in California history."
"Spencer is the author of 18 books on Islam—that’s over one per year—including The Truth about Muhammad (another NYT bestseller); The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran; Religion of Peace?: Why Christianity Is, and Islam Isn’t; and the just-published A History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS. But that just scratches the surface."
"Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Retired Reserve Chuck DeVore, the Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a former California Assemblyman, wrote for Forbes. In my two decades of service with the California Army National Guard, we used to darkly joke that California’s four seasons were flood, fire, earthquake and riot. California’s rainy season will follow soon after these fires, triggering deadly mudslides on the steep hills now being denuded of vegetation. Mudslides, moving fast and with little warning, have historically caused greater loss of life than fire."
"The midterm election was a referendum on President Trump. He hit the campaign trail. He won. Republicans cashiered four incumbent Democrat senators. You have to go back to 1934 -- 84 years ago -- to find a president's party that did as well in the Senate in a midterm. Obama failed to defeat even one Republican incumbent senator in his two midterms."
"But beyond Pelosi’s soaring rhetoric is a harsh political reality: the power to shape the country no longer rests in the House. Instead, the waning influence of America’s legislature is concentrated in the Senate. And unless Democrats can take back the upper chamber, Tuesday’s victory is nothing but political fool’s gold."
"Haley's statement was an apparent rebuke of language used by Trump on the campaign trail in recent weeks, especially in the wake of the contentious confirmation battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh."
“The church needs to get cleansed,” said Josweg, 69, a parishioner at St. Patrick’s in Carlsbad. “I believe in Jesus as the son of God and Creator of the world — I happen to be Catholic. But the organization that I belong to is totally corrupt.”
Commentary: "Totally corrupt" is taking it too far. There are still many good priests and some good bishops. When we exaggerate we over complicate the problem. Wisdom requires a fair & balanced view of the state of the Church. vtb Please see: SPIRITUAL STATE OF CATHOLIC CHURCH - (Internal link, backspace to return)
"Like many Catholics, I have a sincere love for Pope Francis. Yet, I was shocked to learn of the extraordinary restrictions he placed upon the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the opening day of their conference, which was convened to deal with the catastrophic sex abuse crisis impacting our church. Specifically, the president of the USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, stated, “At the insistence of the Holy See we will not be voting … ” In other words, the pope has stated that bishops have no rights to independently institute protocols for the protection of our children and young adults."
Commentary: Pope Francis appears to be a man of contradictions. He has actively promoted the idea of a Church basically ruled by the bishops, rather than the pope. However, this apparently only applies unless HE CHOOSES to determine the outcome of an issue. When that happens he takes full control of the issue. On the other hand, many bishops do not seem capable of coming up with the correct solution to some of the grave moral problems we are facing in today's world and the Church. vtb
"The final report of the fifteenth general session of the Synod of Bishops, held on the topics of young people, faith, and vocational discernment, was released Saturday. The document says the Church must find NEW WAYS of presenting its teaching on sexuality and continue to “accompany” and “listen to” people with same-sex attraction."
"Six American survivors of child sexual assault filed a civil suit on November 13 against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Holy See. The plaintiffs are Timothy B. Lennon; Mark S. Belenchia; Alfred L. Antonsen, Jr.; Joseph Piscitelli; Shaun A. Docherty; and Mark Crawford. Suing for themselves and fellow victims, they have asked for a trial by jury. The complainants are suing the Vatican both as a foreign state, as an “unincorporated organization,” and as the “head of an international religious organization.”
"It’s finally happened. Now that the US Bishops Conference is over, and absolutely nothing was done to combat the crisis of homosexual abuse and cover up within the US Catholic Church, I can finally say I’ve lost faith. No, I haven’t lost faith in Jesus Christ. No, I haven’t lost faith in the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. No, I haven’t lost faith in the Creed, or the sacraments, or the teachings of the Church. No, I haven’t even lost faith in the Catholic Church herself. What I have lost faith in is the hierarchy of bishops, and their ability to solve problems collectively. I have also lost faith in the pope."
"The text arrived in the Vatican too late to be studied and discussed, there are problems of agreement with the canonical norms, some of the “standards” risk being “generic."
"One thing this does demonstrate, however, is that it is only the Traditionalists and the rabid revolutionaries in robes we still call bishops who fully understand the importance of the ancient liturgy. They need to kill it in order to kill the FAITH it embodies."
Commentary: It is not just the Italian bishops. The vast majority of bishops in the United States for years have chosen to limit the number of parishes that have a Traditional Mass, and this usually amounts to only one parish. vtb
"Emmanuel Macron, the newly elected French president, has no children; German chancellor Angela Merkel has no children. British prime minister, Theresa May has no children; Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni has no children; Holland’s, prime minister, Mark Rutte, Sweden’s Stefan Löfven, Luxembourg’s Xavier Bettel, and Scotland’s, first minster Nicola Sturgeon — all have no children. The list goes on… Latvia’s childless president is Raimonds Vējonis, Lithuania’s childless president is Dalia Grybauskaitė, and Romania’s childless president is Klaus Werner Iohannis. And, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission too, has no children and is family-less."
"Simply put, Chicago has a massive Black-on-Black murder problem. All of the data below comes from the Chicago Police Department. You can access it here."
"The bishop who has been a member of the underground Church – faithful to the Holy See during decades of communist government persecution – will be “coerced to submit to the religious policy of China, which requires registration with the government and membership of the Patriotic Association (PA),” according to Asia News, which first broke the story."
"Refusing to join the government-controlled Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, some priests in Hebei have been forced to leave their churches and now organize secret “guerrilla-like” congregation gatherings...“The underground Catholic Church faces the threat of being eliminated. Priests can’t continue conducting religious activities in a normal manner unless they obey and follow the Party."
"I think the growing interest in witches and witchcraft speaks to a uniquely unsettled moment in U.S. history — and an unprecedented loss of hope felt by an entire generation. Absent anything else to hold on to, we’re reaching into the dark."
"Preference for cremation in the United States has risen dramatically in recent decades. According to a July 2017 National Funeral Directors Association report, a slim majority (50.2 percent) of Americans opted to be cremated whereas 43.5 percent chose to be buried. Reformed theologian John Piper noted in a 2016 Desiring God essay that in 1960 only 3.5 percent of people were cremated and in 1999 it had grown to 24.8 percent. In some states the number has risen to 75 percent, a trend he attributes to increasing secularization and economics."
"The first duty of the Church is to bring people to God. The Church's answers to social and environmental problems are "secondary", Cardinal Gerhard Müller told an audience in Den Bosch, Netherlands on November 18. And, "We cannot replace the Church of Jesus Christ, the sacraments, with a social organisation."
"On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. After about a half hour of debate, objections that the resolution was redundant and ambiguous won out, and it was voted down by a clicker vote of 83-137, with three abstaining."
"On one hand it’s disappointing that Vatican officials continue to feel no urgency about this crisis,” David Clohessy, the ex-national director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), told The Tablet. “On the other hand, new policies that bishops are proposing are largely meaningless,” he continued. “Overall the Vatican should be encouraging local bishops just step up more rather than discouraging bishops who want to take some steps, however minimal, toward reform.”
“I was saddened by the results of the Bishops Conference in Baltimore. In essence, they accomplished nothing. The meetings were more on the line of a ‘good old boy’ annual homecoming. I honestly believe that they are so out of touch with the situation that they actually believe another group of conferences will solve the abuse crisis. How sad. “Our churches are emptying and the lawsuits increasing to the point that parish real estate will have to be sold. Given that there is abuse deeply embedded within each diocese under the control of the ‘Lavender Mafia,’ money will have to come from somewhere. I noticed that Monsignor Rossi of the National Shrine is still serving as rector. Yet, Wuerl, Bransfield, and McCarrick all were stationed at the shrine. “I see on the various websites that people who do attend a parish have stopped giving money in the collections. Pope Benedict called out a while back that the Church will grow much smaller. I see it crumbling into ashes. What is beginning to disrupt our Holy Church is Satan and simply pure evil. For the faithful, there must be the most gracious sympathies. For the discouraged good priests, there must be hope or they will leave. They get ‘hit on’ in seminaries and rectories. Where can they go? What they saw as a calling from Jesus Christ is no way present any longer?”
---Father Lawrence M. Miller
"Five prelates, however, ran counter to the meeting’s perceived futility with their interventions. They brought to the floor the importance of being shepherds to their people, fraternal correction among bishops, involving laity in addressing the abuse, and having appropriate regard for the Church’s moral teaching on sexuality. The interventions were the subject of a video montage produced by the laity-run site Complicit Clergy titled “A Few Good Men.”
"This traditional priest speaks the truth, something many bishops fail to do these days."
"The tour highlights efforts for repentance, reform and renewal in the Church’s current situation."
"Babe Ruth Always Found His Way Back to the Catholic Faith. In a letter written shortly before his death, Ruth explained his lifelong faith journey. And it was, quite literally, lifelong. He explained that even if children do not understand or appreciate their upbringing in the Catholic faith, “once religion sinks in, it stays there–deep down.”
"The new Prayer and Events Center will be able to take its 300 chapel capacity to 1,200 people. "Last year, our attendance topped 150,000 people and we are projecting that number to hit nearly 160,000 for 2018. We need this building now to be able to handle that growth," said Champion Shire chief operations officer, Don Warden said."
"The homosexuals are working together with their allies in the dinosaur media to shift all the focus away from the problem of clericalism in the Church. They are desperate to get the focus off of themselves and onto someone else. Hence, they are determined to victimize Catholics who are simply trying to hold the teachings of the Church which their lobby want to bring down."
"Porn use has reached global, epidemic proportions and the harmful effects are widely documented. In Growing Up in a Pornified Culture, Dr Gail Dines says that our children are growing up hyper sexualised; and in particular, girls are either not seen at all, or seen for their fuckability. Martin Daubney from Porn on the Brain describes it as a world of male domination and female humiliation. Divine describes the effects as a trauma to the soul, “…psycho spiritually, degrading a person by objectifying and or humiliating them is a soul trauma wound from which recovery is a difficult journey. No one escapes the damage, those in the camera sites, nor those watching, plus there is the ripple effect on families and society."
"The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"
"The creators of this video know that abortion is a highly sensitive topic and even many pro-lifers find brutally honest pictures of aborted babies very unsettling. So this “Interview,” filled with images of unborn babies, while very haunting, strikes a nerve for very different reasons."
“What is hidden from the public who are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce these receptors,” said Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, a pro-life organization and ethics which monitors the use and amount of aborted fetal material in medical and cosmetic products (per year)."
"To bear witness to corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was a painful decision for me, and remains so. But I am an old man, one who knows he must soon give an accounting to the Judge for his actions and omissions, one who fears Him who can cast body and soul into hell. A Judge who, even in his infinite mercy, will render to every person salvation or damnation according to what he has deserved. Anticipating the dreadful question from that Judge – “How could you, who had knowledge of the truth, keep silent in the midst of falsehood and depravity?” -- what answer could I give?"
Commentary: One of the greatest scandals ever to involve the Catholic Church, & Pope Francis is part of it. This is a "must read" for all those seeking the truth! vtb
"Lately it seems that the evil one has ramped up his attack on the faithful and on the Church. Consider the current revelations on sexual abuse by the clergy, and cover-ups of the same by high-ranking clergy. Then there’s the perception held by many Catholics that the Church hierarchy’s response to these issues is woefully inadequate. A rock star who favors abortion gets an audience with the pope. Abuse victims claim they can’t get the pope to respond to them."
"Viganò’s principal allegation, Arroyo specified, is that “between 2009 and 2010, Pope Benedict imposed a penalty on Archbishop McCarrick, because he knew they had paid settlements to men that he had abused. He also took him out of public ministry,” he said. “Now when Pope Francis became pope, Vigano said he informed the Pope himself of McCarrick’s misdeeds, the Pope ignored this and restored McCarrick. That’s the charge.”
"Cardinal Raymond Burke stated to TheWandererPress.com (November 1). He explained that the law of God “is higher than, for example, the pontifical secret”. Burke described Viganò as “a person of the greatest integrity."
"Is it healing liquid? Or a simple sign of concern, distress, or sorrow? Is it because the enemy rises with such force and deceives so many — so very many? Good or bad? A sign that he is short of human warriors, and that the enemy is multiplying? Or is it simply a case whereby the supernatural sought to show itself and this was the nearest outlet?"
Commentary: When a statue or painting weeps, it can only mean one thing and that is SORROW. It makes sense because the world is growing so corrupt and sin has become rampant in every nation on earth.
True wisdom is becoming harder and harder to find. Fools exists everywhere. Once religious nations no longer trust in the Word of Almighty God, but rather, place their trust in the opinions of foolish and evil men. The Church has been deeply weakened by scandal.
Many nations accept abortion as a "right." Same sex relations and "marriage" have met much of the public's approval. In the United States, the Democratic Party has been filled with morally corrupt politicians who no longer truly love our country. The news media is filled with arrogant, vengeful reporters who have lost any degree of fairness or objectivity.
What is the answer? It is very clear. Prayer, especially the Holy Rosary, & the reading of the Sacred Scriptures as well as attending Holy Mass as often as possible.
Spiritual laziness and indifference to what is happening throughout the world can only result in a depressed state of mind.
JESUS said: "I am the vine: you the branches: he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for WITHOUT ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING."
Therefore let us follow Him, and not the teachings of the world. vtb
"The following is a transcription of a homily given in Medjugorje at the English Mass on July 24, 2017. Although the priest did not introduce himself, we know from the homily on the following day that this priest's name is "Fr. Johnny."
"The Brown Scapular shall be a special sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace. Whosoever dies wearing this Scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.”
"Traditional Catholics have been criticized, even punished, for their supposed “disobedience” to the Second Vatican Council—although no text of binding force is ever produced from which they actually dissent—while large numbers of parishes around the world are run by clergy who do not hesitate to dissent from the most basic Church teachings, including those of the New Testament and the first seven Ecumenical Councils."
Priest Scheier Condemned to Hell by Jesus - "Father Stephen Scheier met an accident in 1985, died, and was condemned to Hell by Jesus Christ but wondrously saved by the Blessed Mother and was given a chance to return back to earth!!! "
"What if — just if — when we die, and we look at our lives through the Eyes of God, there are going to be a number of surprises: that matters we thought to be of much gravity, worldly ones, are not of so much gravity, it turns out, while other things we neglected or never thought of as 'sin' are."
"The purgative stage happens before one gets to the stage of experiencing suffering for the sake of love. That second description is what one experiences in purgatory. One has seen God in all His Beauty and loves Him. The separation from that Love is part if not all of the pain of purgatory. This is key and a great insight. Suffering for the love of God means desiring purgation only for that love."
“But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32). Still, we are given signs, and if we are wise, we will consider them and “learn a lesson from the fig tree” (Mark 13:28), as Christ points out. Wars, disasters, tribulations, attacks on marriage and family — all of this has been foretold. We don’t have to look far to see this playing out.
"The Church’s ultimate trial: Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers."
"Commenting on the cable news network CNN, Bishop E.W. Jackson said that it was founded by the notorious atheist Ted Turner and his mindset, which is "anti-God and anti-Christian," permeates the entire news outlet. This anti-Christian spirit is apparent in CNN's lead anchor, added Bishop Jackson. "CNN was founded by a renowned, convinced, convicted atheist," said Bishop Jackson on his Nov. 15 radio program, The Awakening. "Ted Turner, as far as I know, has not changed his mind."
"Trump holds all the good cards. As Mexico balks and changes its story about whether there was ever a deal, Trump can still squeeze Mexico if it doesn't play ball. One, he threatened to shut the entire border. That's the one the good people use, the ones who engage in legal trade, not the dusty desert paths of the illegals and the cartel guides they pay. A shutdown would cost Mexico billions, because the San Diego-Tijuana border is literally the most crossed border in the world. No deal, no entry for anyone into the U.S. And that's called "making the economy scream."
"The use of non-lethal tear gas against caravan members storming our border and throwing rocks at our guardians already has evoked a response from a sitting senator so shamefully hysterical that the tweet was deleted. Getting excited over the use of this unpleasant but relatively benign tool of crowd control requires both ignorance and chutzpah, but these qualities are in abundant supply on the left."
"Caravan migrants are telling reporters that as their numbers reach 20,000, they plan to invade the United States using the highway at San Ysidro, and they will challenge US control over their border. They say they have no plans to apply for asylum and will knowingly and willfully break US law in order to enter the country, whether we like it or not. There could be a major fly in the ointment. The new president of Mexico takes over very soon and he seems to want to have an improved relationship with the United States. Andrés Manuel López Obrador has already signaled his approval of keeping the caravans in Mexico as they wait for the asylum process."
"David Horowitz Freedom Center Restoration Weekend 2018. Bongino gives a detailed explanation on the Trump/Russia collusion narrative perpetrated by the Deep State and why it is the greatest scandal in US political history, and why former NSA Direct Mike Rogers is a national hero. He also references why the former director of the GCHQ (the UK's NSA) resigned immediately after Trump won the election."
"Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions."
"President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that would allow those with potentially terminal diseases to try experimental treatments and bypass the U.S. Food and Drug Administration... 'Patients with terminal conditions should have access to experimental treatments that could potentially save their lives...'"
"Within the span of a week, two high-profile Democrats verbalized their party’s perspective on politics. “When they go low, we kick them,” former attorney general Eric Holder frothed to a group of loyalists. “That is what this new Democratic Party is about,” Barack Obama’s former cabinet official proclaimed to shouts of “fight, fight, fight.” (Holder later backtracked.)
“Who is going to save our Church? Do not look to the priests. Do not look to the bishops. It’s up to you, the laity, to remind our priests to be priests and our bishops to be bishops.”
--- Archbishop Fulton Sheen
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid."
---Dwight D. Eisenhower - Soldier, General of the Army, U.S. President-Elect (1952 & 1956)
"IF MY DEATH ON THE CROSS DOES NOT CONVINCE YOU OF MY LOVE, WHAT WILL CONVINCE YOU?"
---JESUS TO SISTER FAUSTINA
"It’s not just what you avoid but also what you eat that can help prevent migraines altogether. The Association of Migraine Disorders has put together a list of the safe foods to avoid migraines. Because not all of these foods on their list are healthy options and, as a nutritionist, I cannot in good conscience recommend them, I have created my list of the best foods for migraines that are not 1) not typical migraine triggers; and 2) offer excellent nutritional and health benefits to migraine sufferers..."
"The following message was delivered on behalf of His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah this September at the General Assembly of the Association Pro Liturgia, a group founded in 1988 to promote the correct application of the decisions of the Second Vatican Council. It was first published in French by L’Homme Nouveau; this English version by the authors of Canticum Salomonis is translated and published with his Eminence’s permission."
"Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, has released a new video highlighting President Trump’s pro-life accomplishments since assuming office in January 2017. The video, produced at Priests for Life headquarters in Titusville, Florida, opens with the statement, “Many pro-life people worked hard to elect President Donald Trump. That hard work has paid off for the pro-life movement and the unborn.”
"While working in the Roman catacombs of St. Tecla, archaeologists and restorers discovered paintings of the apostles Peter, Paul, Andrew and John on the ceiling. These portraits are now considered to be the oldest known images of Christ’s apostles."
"A group of children praying the rosary at a wayside shrine in Venezuela in 2005 has now become the international One Million Children Praying the Rosary campaign sponsored by Aid to the Church in need."
"If you think Halloween is bigger each year — as if trying to challenge Christmas — you’re not alone. It’s an observation that arrives as one beholds homes decorated as never before with skeletons, goblin robes, spider webs; restaurants with witch regalia; storefronts with werewolves."
"What the Supreme Court noticed, which astonishingly previous courts had not, was that the owners of the bakery had refused to supply the cake to the complainant, Gareth Lee, neither because he was gay nor because he believed that same-sex marriage should be legal. They had made it very clear that they were happy to supply him a cake without any message on it supporting the principle of same-sex marriage. It was, they said, the message that they objected to, not the customer’s sexuality."
"Radical feminists firebombed a town hall and spray painted a Catholic Church in Argentina. The series of attacks came during a women’s conference held in the Patagonia region."
"There are about one million Americans who practice “paganism” and self-identify as “witches” and who “practice a nature-worshiping and polytheistic religion, which has its own rites and rituals.”
"When curses are directed at people in a state of grace, they have little or no effect. The decision to do this against a Supreme Court justice is a heinous act and says a lot about the character of these people that should not be underestimated or dismissed. These are real evil people."
"Saint Aubert, the Bishop of Avranches in France, founded Mont Saint Michel in 708 after St. Michael the Archangel appeared to him in his dreams three times. Saint Aubert ignored the Archangel in the first two dreams, but in the third dream St. Michael drove his finger into Aubert’s skull and commanded him to build the church in his honor at Mont Tombe. It was after this third and final vision that he decided to start building the sanctuary!"
"It looked as if the ocean had come ashore. Large swells of sea water crashed into residences, inundating neighborhoods. Mandi Jackson watched her camera feed helplessly as waves surged into the front yard of her home in St. George Island, Florida. She was 250 miles away in Auburn, Alabama, and there was nothing she could do when Hurricane Michael hit."
"Sherry Wilde grew up on a 160-acre dairy farm, attended a one-room schoolhouse near Blanchardville and lives in a Parade-of-Homes-worthy house built in 2003 located in a 200-acre, rural subdivision she developed in the 1990s northwest of New Glarus. Wilde, 68, is divorced, estranged from her two daughters and lives alone with her dog, a 13-year-old Maltese who is deaf and going blind. And since she was about 8 years old, Wilde says she has had regular contact with aliens — she’s been in their ships, had them visit her in her bedroom and has seen them while driving, including one incident at Highway 92 and what is now Legler Road southeast of Belleville. She believes she has nearly 30 hybrid children born to aliens after her eggs were harvested on several occasions and continues to have meetings with Da, a gray alien who has been her primary contact through the years."
"Bible scholar Mary Healy, general editor for “The Great Adventure Catholic Bible” published by Ascension Press, said it is intended to make the Bible more accessible to the Catholic laity and thereby encourage their daily communion with God through scripture. Healy asserted that while many Catholics have not grown up studying scripture and were instead led to believe that doing so was a Protestant practice, such thinking is not in line with the teachings of early church fathers."
"While it is not always fool-proof, one of the best ways to determine nutritional value of foods is to observe their naturally rich and deep colors. For example: fruits and vegetables that are deep blue or black, red, orange or green tend to be high in nutrition. That’s because the same phytonutrients that give these foods their color also add nutrition and flavor. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule: garlic and onions, for example, are typically light-colored but offer excellent nutritional value."
"Expand your knowledge - If you're interested in exploring the various benefits of essential oils and how to use them safely, dive into learning as much as you possibly can about them from a variety of sources. "There are many excellent books on aromatherapy, and I feel that even an intro class would be beneficial, since there are definitely guidelines and basic cautions with certain essential oils to be aware of," says Zollinger. "Educate yourselves, read, take classes, and understand that these are potent aromatic medicines not to be taken lightly."
"Chronic inflammation affects the entire body, including the brain, and since the brain is very delicate, minor inflammation can lead to serious health problems such as depression, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, and dementia."
"Twenty-five of the top US burger chains were graded on their antibiotic policies in a collaborative report released Wednesday. Only two chains received As, Shake Shack and BurgerFi; the other 23 got a D minus or F."
"If you believe and repeat a falsehood, especially a false allegation, before really knowing its accuracy, you are held to account for that. It is called gossip. Sometimes, calumny. You muddy your path to the pristine landscapes of Heaven."
"Herman Cain’s second episode is going to be incredible… Make sure you hit the follow button so you don’t miss any future episodes."
"This Minnesota videographer produces films that celebrate marriage between one man and one woman—but a Minnesota law requires him to also produce films celebrating same-sex marriages."
‘We need answers’: Florida residents increasingly desperate for food and shelter - "The death toll from the Category 4 storm rose to at least 16, stretching as far north as Virginia, where five people died, and it was expected to climb higher as search-and-rescue crews fanned out through rubble that in some cases spanned entire blocks. The toll also included the potential of millions of dollars in damage to aircraft, which were left behind during the storm at Tyndall Air Force Base."
"In my Lies Pro-Choice Politicians Tell speaking tour, hitting college campuses this fall, I’m addressing the political spin of the abortion industry, talking with students about many of the myths surrounding abortion."
LEAKED VIDEO: Google Leadership’s Dismayed Reaction to Trump Election - "A video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giant’s leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe."
Commentary: Not surprising. If you try to do a search on a Conservative or Republican news story you will find a great deal of negative news by liberals and little positive news stories about the subject you are trying to research. Hopefully, Trump will be investigating these twisted and biased Google search methods. vtb
"Polls: Despite the overwhelmingly negative coverage of his administration, President Donald Trump's approval rating is as high or higher than half of the previous six presidents at this point in their first terms. You won't believe who scored better."
Commentary: There is one thing missing in many of the polls about Trump's popularity rating, and that is the voters. Most polls include people who do not vote and therefore they mislead the American public. Only polls that only include voters are the most accurate. vtb
"During the interview, Trump won every argument..."
Commentary: In spite of Lesley Stahl's very biased, introduction and biased questions that included her many interruptions, Trump easily outclassed her. She, along with many others in the news media, rather than remaining neutral and respectful in her questioning, played the role of a Left-Wing politician using free airtime to present her own views rather than letting the public decide for itself. vtb
"President Trump covered a lot of ground, but didn’t give any in a contentious “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night, railing against the “dishonest media,” defending his relationships with Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un, expressing mistrust in unnamed aides and pointing out to Lesley Stahl that “I’m president and you’re not.”
Commentary: Democrats behave like they would rather go to war with Russia and North Korea than seek good relations with them. Wars start with misunderstandings and poor relations between leaders of countries who have different goals. Therefore, it is common sense to continually seek peaceful resolutions to problems with certain warlike nations. However, since the vast majority of Democrats lack common sense, they evolve into becoming arrogant and self-righteous, thereby putting our nation in dangerous situations that could easily lead to war. vtb
“If they feel there will be separation, they don’t come,” he said. “You’ve got some really bad people out there.” Attempts to increase deterrence—including the Trump administration’s controversial family separation policy that was abandoned in June—haven’t been effective in slowing the influx of families."
"Making sure they can take the best care of the kids they have factors into a lot of people's choice to have an abortion, so their kids may be on their mind. "I also feel like some people may want to talk about how they take care of their kids to get reassurance that they are a good parent and a good person."
Commentary: You are definitely not a good person if you choose to have your child murdered. These women should be confessing their sin to the Lord or a priest, rather than seeking "comfort" to cover their guilt. vtb
"An Australian wildlife carer has suffered a punctured lung as she and her family fought off a savage attack by a kangaroo at their property."
"Thousands of people had been informally reported missing to local authorities, the Red Cross and the state, as people looked for their friends and relatives. The Florida Panhandle is largely populated by small towns, spread out across dense, forested areas, which only worsened post-disaster communications problems when cellphone towers and internet services went out. Locating people was a top priority for emergency crews..."
"We as conservatives believe in our God-given rights, and that puts an automatic emergency brake on our behavior. We may dislike people ideologically, but the fact that God gave you and I rights prevents us from attacking them or anything like that. The radical left has no emergency brake. They are takers. They need to take your money, your kid’s education, your health care…and to do that they need state power. And when they lose state power, and they lose the courts, and they lose the presidency, and they lose governorships…then there is nowhere else to go, there is no emergency brake."
"When asked whether he was ready to levy new taxes in case of retaliation from China, Trump said, “sure, absolutely.” He added that the current U.S. trade imbalance with China means “they’ve already retaliated.”
"President Trump said she has done an incredible job and he will hate to lose her. He then spoke of the foreign policy accomplishments she assisted with, including working towards peace on the Korean peninsula and standing up against Iran as well as China."
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - An Exorcist Explains Demonic Possession and Vexation - "I have noticed that each possession is unique; this is also true for the other forms of the devil’s extraordinary influence. There are liberations that occur in a few sessions and others that require many years of exorcisms. Some have obvious and coarse manifestations, and others — such as the case of a mute spirit — do not ever pronounce a word. These last are among the most difficult cases to treat."
"The idea that food may be addictive after "heavy" use by some individuals is a controversial subject, Schulte said. Although prior research studies in animals and humans have shown some biological and behavioral similarities between substance-use disorders and addictive-like consumption of highly processed foods, no studies have looked at whether reducing junk food can trigger withdrawal symptoms in people, she noted."
"And it shall come to pass that fishers shall stand by it from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; there shall be a place for the spreading of nets; their fish shall be after their kinds as the fish of the Great Sea exceeding many." Ezekiel 47:10 (The Israel Bible™)
"From controlling the media to stoking nationalism, Russian President Vladimir Putin has always known how to keep his approval ratings high. But Russians’ lives are not getting any better, especially after the latest round of Western economic sanctions – and Mr. Putin’s declining approval rating shows it."
"I can't think of a more embarrassing scandal for the United States Senate since the McCarthy hearings," said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn as then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the afternoon of Sept. 27, "and the question was asked, 'Have you no sense of decency?'"
"Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the East Room of the White House Monday evening, President Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family "on behalf of our nation" for what he called a desperate Democrat-led campaign of "lies and deception" intent on derailing his confirmation. "On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure," Trump began. "Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. What happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency, and due process. In our country, a man or a woman must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty."
"Michael could develop into a potentially catastrophic event for the northeastern Gulf Coast," the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee, Florida, wrote in its area forecast discussion Monday afternoon. Michael could be the strongest hurricane to landfall along the stretch of Florida's Panhandle Gulf Coast in 12 years.
(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said in a message on Sept. 29.
“(The Church must be) saved from the attacks of the malign one, the great accuser and at the same time be made ever more aware of its guilt, its mistakes, and abuses committed in the present and the past,” Francis said in a message on Sept. 29.
"[U.S. Senator Susan Collins] bravely restored common sense, decency to the U.S. Senate today and led by example, and she had to stand up to a very angry, left-wing mob." — Sean Hannity
Commentary: Unfortunately, most democrats are so filled with hate and ugly pride that it is very doubtful they will learn anything. vtb
Commentary: Well deserved lecture to our sick, biased, liberal news media. vtb
"He suggests that the key to perseverance in the Christian vocation is watchfulness, developing this idea into a major theme in De Tristitia Christi. Its antithesis, inattentiveness, is considered a major cause of the internal and external disintegration of the Christian community. This is evidenced at two levels. Inattentiveness breeds negligence on the part of the shepherds and this, in turn, contributes to intimidation into silence and paralysis when faced with heterodoxy, ill-discipline or outright opposition."
Commentary: Satan is having a field day in the USA and other parts of the world. vtb
Commentary: The devil has a hold on those who love the opinions of men, but ignore the Word of Almight God. vtb
"Frustratingly eager voters never got the chance to kick Obama out of school washrooms, because his time was up when he tried to get a third term through Hillary Clinton. Impeachment? It should be Barack Obama and not Donald Trump who should be impeached. Trump is a duly elected president, “Resistance” leader Obama, a legend in his own mind, only thinks he is. There is something dangerously covert and creepy about Obama, who left plants behind in the Deep State, and is now hiding behind paid protesters to destabilize western society by bringing America down. There was no dignity or decorum in a president who spent his time dissing America from abroad. Nor is there any dignity or decorum in an all but hidden “Resistance” leader hiding behind the skirts of screeching feminists."
"So, is there any chance of reform? The best hope lies in an engaged, activist, and protesting Catholic laity. Sadly, in our conversations with some of our Catholic colleagues and friends, we have noticed what seems to us to be a growing resignation, indifference, or even apathy in the face of a steadily worsening Catholic crisis. What accounts for that? After years, or rather decades, of news about clerical misconduct, are Catholics (or some of them) beginning to suffer scandal-fatigue? The outcome of this crisis lies, as it always has, entirely in the hands of Catholic lay persons."
""I witnessed Dr. Ford help McLean prepare for a potential polygraph exam," said Merrick. "Dr. Ford explained in detail what to expect, how polygraphs worked and helped McLean become familiar and less nervous about the exam." He added, "Dr. Ford was able to help because of her background in psychology."
“I’ve now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI’s supplement to Judge Kavanaugh’s background investigation file,” the Iowa GOP lawmaker said Thursday. “There’s nothing in it that we didn’t already know. These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations."
"Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice late Saturday, just hours after the Senate voted to confirm him to the nation's highest court after a rancorous confirmation battle. Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts in a private ceremony, accompanied by his wife and children. The ceremonial swearing in is expected to happen on Monday evening at the White House. It means that now-Justice Kavanaugh will begin hearing cases before the court on Tuesday. The Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh, mostly along party lines, after a weeklong FBI probe helped settle concerns among most wavering senators about the sexual assault allegations that nearly derailed his nomination and led to a dramatic second hearing. Saturday’s roll call marked the tightest successful Supreme Court confirmation vote in over 100 years, closer than even that of Clarence Thomas who similarly faced sexual misconduct allegations."
Commentary: Justice finally comes in spite of the evil actions and talk from dysfunctional Democrats. vtb
"Despite the media claiming the entire country is united against the policies of Donald Trump, the silent majority has spoken, revealing that the President's approval rating is almost at its highest level, and more than Obama's at this point in his Presidency."
McConnell says protesters managed what he couldn't: Fire up Republicans - "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned and praised a “mob” of activists opposed to just-confirmed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling reporters they terrorized lawmakers while firing up the GOP base. “We stood up for the presumption of innocence,” McConnell told reporters after the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh by a vote of 50-48. “We refused to be intimidated by the mob of people that came after Republican members at their homes and in the halls.”
"All the signs have been pointing to it for some time but now we can come out and say it. The Democrats have resigned as a national party, if that term is to have any logical meaning at all. To be a national party, it is necessary to willingly and in good faith attempt to reach out to all Americans. The Democrats have shown an absolute refusal to do this, and don’t seem to care in the least about the inevitable repercussions that will surely befall them."
Lowest U.S.Unemployment Rate Since '69; Lowest Number of Unemployed Since 2000 - "The unemployment rate for Hispanics, 4.5 percent, tied the record low set in July. For African-Americans, the unemployment rate in September was 6.0 percent, just a tenth of a point above the record low set in May. And 70,656,000 women age 20+ were counted as employed in September, a record number for this group. “Since the election, we have created over 4 million new jobs,” President Donald Trump told a rally in Minnesota Thursday night. “We've added nearly half a million new manufacturing jobs...and we have companies pouring into our country.” NINE TIMES THE MEDIA PUSHED MISINFORMATION ABOUT KAVANAUGH - "Establishment media outlets repeatedly bungled their coverage of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, spreading misinformation as a result. Here are nine instances in which media outlets pushed misinformation about Kavanaugh."
"Not only are people finding work, but Americans are earning more. Compared to September of 2017, wages increased 2.8%, while the typical work week remained steady at 34.5 hours. While only 134,000 new jobs were created in September, the employment numbers for August were revised upward to 270,000. Thus, over the last year, an average of 201,000 new jobs were created each month."
"The old NAFTA agreement that created a “giant sucking sound” of manufacturing jobs out of the United States for decades has been replaced with the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA. (Spoiler Alert: Reform Party candidate Ross Perot said the same thing in 1992 that POTUS Trump said about NAFTA in 2016)."
"Since President Donald Trump took office, federal employment has declined by 16,000."
"Cardinal Müller told LifeSiteNews he was “bound by Pontifical Secret,” but said that “the Pope’s approval is required for investigations” of a Cardinal. LifeSiteNews informed Müller that some news reports were suggesting he had completed the investigation, rather than the investigation having been interrupted and prevented from continuing. LifeSiteNews asked the cardinal if he would at least go on the record to indicate that the investigation was stopped, rather than completed, and he agreed, “yes."
"Much of this will depend on Pope Francis, since he currently seems to be the Church’s biggest obstacle to tackling the sex abuse crisis head-on. He has repeatedly refused to confirm or deny allegations that he knowingly rehabilitated serial homosexual abuser Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and elevated him to a position of influence in the Vatican."
"Officials claim the documents do not support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claims of attempted rape by Kavanaugh and his high school class mate Mark Judge 36 years ago."
"The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 allowed heirs to the throne to marry Catholics, among other changes. However, the law still stipulates that the acting British sovereign mustn’t be a Catholic. Catholics have been barred from the English throne since the Act of Settlement 1701."
"Some employees claim they will make less money after the wage increase."
"It won’t surprise some that the remarkably well-preserved book once accompanied the relics of a saint who was believed to be “incorrupt,” St. Cuthbert, who was once bishop of Lindesfarne. The hermit monk’s body was found to be incorrupt over a decade after his passing in 687, in Northumbria, according to JSTOR. When word of this amazing fact spread, the faithful came to venerate the body and leave offerings at his tomb. One of those offerings, a Latin manuscript of the Gospel According to St. John, was slipped into his coffin sometime around 698."
My guardian dear: Guardian angels in action - "Catholics are not required to give credence to these "beings of light," and you don't see many bumper stickers reading "Honk if you believe in angels." Yet these traditions are hardly new and not solely the province of the Judeo-Christian lexicon. Greeks, Celts, Armenians, and Japanese, among others, have their versions of spiritual guides assigned at birth. In the Bible there are hundreds of references, from the Garden of Eden to Jacob's Ladder to the Annunciation and the temptations of Christ. Moses was specifically promised a guardian angel by God."
"Back in 1889 Pope Leo XIII asked that a prayer to St. Joseph be added after the Rosary during the month of October. He did this in his encyclical Quam pluries. Recitation of the prayer “Ad te, beate Ioseph” can now obtain, under the usual conditions, a partial indulgence."
Youth Synod goes forward, seemingly headed on a wide and dangerous path - "We have grave concerns that too many Synod organizers and gadflies with the ears of powerful officials are using it to advance their agenda to dilute Church teachings and, instead of calling young people to join the Church on the narrow path to Christ, are plotting to have the Church move to meet them on the secular world's easy, wide path."
"Padre Pio responded: “The day that people lose their horror for abortion will be the most terrible day for humanity. Abortion is not only a homicide but also a suicide. Shouldn’t we have the courage to manifest our faith before those who commit two crimes within one act?"
"All of this feels awkward. It touches some of our oldest training against criticizing Popes, bishops, and clergy.
In times like these, we need a Catherine Benincasa. We know her as St. Catherine of Siena. Though renowned for her love, generosity, and humility, as well as her power to heal, console, and cast out demons, she was no shrinking violet. If she saw something in your soul that was unholy, you were going to hear about it, no matter who you were."
"Perhaps the best reflection of our experience that Sunday was considering those filling the pews at St. Francis de Sales. It was not a tiny group of elderly people who remember how beautiful Mass was back in the 1950s, but rather a very mixed demographic that included several young families, and there were 200 or more in attendance. The fact of the matter is, the Old Mass has become new again, rediscovered by a new generation who will appreciate it..."
"WASHINGTON: The bitter trade dispute between China and the US is increasingly spilling into the military domain, with a risky incident in the South China Sea highlighting the dangers of souring relations."
"Poll finds steep rise in those ranking China the most threatening country to inter-Korean peace, while 91 per cent believe it does not want reunification."
"There are 63 metropolitan areas in the U.S. (out of 382 total) that saw their populations grow by 10 percent or more from 2010 through mid-2017, according to estimates compiled by the Census Bureau. That compares with an increase of 5.5 percent for the nation as a whole, and 6.5 percent for its metropolitan areas — which, just to be clear on what we’re talking about, are defined as “one or more counties that contain a city of 50,000 or more inhabitants, or contain a Census Bureau-defined urbanized area and have a total population of at least 100,000 (75,000 in New England).”
"By a two-to-one margin, American Catholics now give Francis negative marks for his handling of the sex abuse scandal."
"Mattis went on to say peace in Syria remains a priority despite Russian backlash at the United Nations. “We are still in a tough fight, make no mistake about it as ISIS has collapsed inward, in their own way they have reinforced the center as they’ve been forced to what is now less than two-percent of their original territory that they held,” explained the defense secretary."
Baldisseri reproves Chaput, says abuse crisis won’t stop synod success - "The secretary general of an upcoming synod of bishops said Monday he thinks the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church will not be a hindrance to the success of the meeting. He also criticized the recent decision of an American archbishop to publish a theologian’s critique of the synod’s working document."
"In a written declaration released Tuesday and obtained by Fox News, an ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, directly contradicts her testimony under oath last week that she had never helped anyone prepare for a polygraph examination. The former boyfriend, whose name was redacted in the declaration, also said Ford neither mentioned Kavanaugh nor mentioned she was a victim of sexual misconduct during the time they were dating from about 1992 to 1998. He said he saw Ford going to great lengths to help a woman he believed was her “life-long best friend” prepare for a potential polygraph test. He added that the woman had been interviewing for jobs with the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office."
"As of this morning, Ms. Ford’s fairy tale has fallen completely apart. It turns out that, not only is there no one out there who can verify a single shred of it, but there are people out there who have been able to completely debunk pretty much all of it. It turns out that Ms. Ford is not just a fabricator, but, if what her former boyfriend attests to in a sworn statement supplied yesterday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, she may even be a bit of a pro at it..."
"Chuck Grassley writes in a new letter that Dr. Ford’s ex-boyfriend says that he personally witnessed Ford coaching someone on how to take a polygraph test. She testified under oath that she has “Never” given tips to someone on how to take a polygraph."
"Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court if the FBI finds no corroborating evidence to back up claims of sexual assault made against the nominee, according to a Monday poll. Following Thursday’s testimonies from Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, 60 percent of voters are in favor of confirming the judge to the nation’s highest court if no supporting evidence of sexual assault turns up, according to a Harvard University September 2018 Center for American Politics (CAPS) Harris Poll."
"The policy is meant to motivate the thousands of troops who have remained in uniform despite being unable to deploy to take the necessary steps to return to deployable status, officials have said. Troops can be placed on nondeployable status for a variety of reasons including medical conditions, fitness problems and administrative reasons. The vast majority of troops who cannot attain deployable status within one year will be selected for involuntary removal from the service by their commanders, according to the policy."
"At a gathering sponsored by Concerned Women for America in a park next to the Russell Senate Building, hundreds of women and other supporters assembled to voice their solidarity with the embattled federal judge whom President Donald Trump nominated earlier this year to fill Anthony Kennedy's seat."
"September 21 column by Chaput that included a 1,300 word critique of the Instrumentem Laboris, the synod’s working document, sent to Chaput by a “respected North American theologian” and published anonymously in his article....In addition, the theologian claimed “there are other serious theological concerns, including: a false understanding of the conscience and its role in the moral life; a false dichotomy proposed between truth and freedom; false equivalence between dialogue with LGBT youth and ecumenical dialogue; and an insufficient treatment of the abuse scandal.”
"Not only did Re, a long-time curial insider, voice disapproval for McCarrick’s appointment as Archbishop of Washington in 2000, but, according to Viganò, he allegedly also knew about sanctions imposed against the American prelate, and communicated those to certain curial officials, including Viganò himself."
He called himself a witness “of shocking facts,” and said he believed very grave harm could be avoided “only by divulging the truth.”
"Kavanaugh let loose in his hearing appearance, abandoning much of his prepared remarks to blast the process as a "disgrace" and a "circus," and later sparring with Democratic senators. The hearing ended Thursday evening after eight hours worth of testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh...."I am innocent of this charge," he said repeatedly. Kavanaugh told senators he has "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegations since they first aired.
He described the toll taken by those charges, especially others that emerged in recent days: "My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations."
Commentary: There is no doubt that Ms. Ford is mixed up as to who actually assaulted her. The evidence does not match up with her false testimony. vtb
"For centuries, the archbishops of Constantinople could credibly claim to be the “Ecumenical Patriarch”. Their see was the “New Rome”, centre of the oikoumenē, the “inhabited world”. Today, their successor, Patriarch Bartholomew, looks beleaguered. The guards around his residence in the Phanar quarter of Istanbul reveal his threatened position in an increasingly Islamified Turkey. But now he seems poised to gain other powerful enemies, this time within the Orthodox Church itself, by unilaterally recognizing a Ukrainian Orthodox Church independent of Moscow."
"Marie Toone, the author of this guest article, spent over a decade working in both the high-end fashion and entertainment industries. Through her work, she was in close, personal contact with famous singers, actors, athletes, and business leaders. Over the past three years, Mrs. Toone (who lives in the UK) has spent weeks with the Hichborn family so she could tell her story to Michael Hichborn. This article merely touches on an amazing life story that is both shocking and inspiring, tragic and hopeful. Through the course of extensive interviews and pouring over photographs, Hichborn has found Mrs. Toone to be a highly credible witness to the events detailed below. Specific names regarding celebrities have been omitted."
“The problem is simple. For the polygraph to be somewhat valid … it needs to be a single-issue test,” said Mauriello, who manages the Teaching Crime Laboratory at the University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, where he also lectures."
"According to the report, there were only two such questions and both related directly to her statement on the alleged assault. The interviewer asked Ford whether “any part” of her statement was false or whether she made up any detail included in her initial report. She answered “no” to both questions."
“Let us not be caught unaware brothers and sisters, we are in a war and in this ongoing battle that we have against Satan and his forces, we the members of the Mystical Body of Christ – the Church – are experiencing a great attack. Let us seek every help that we can get,” Escano said.
Church Notes: A Mystical Perspective- “In cases which concern private revelations, it is better to believe than not to believe, for if you believe, and it is proven true, you will be happy that you have believed, because your Holy Mother asked it. If you believe, and it should be proven false, you will receive all blessings as if it had been true, because you believed it to be true.”
---Pope Urban VIII (1623-1644)
"Here’s 12 quotes about humility by the saints that are sure to inspire you in your journey to holiness and help you ward off evil."
"Benjamin Leven, a German theologian and editor, relates in a new essay how, according to his Vatican sources, it was Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio who at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) promoted the attitude of a lenient approach toward priests who have committed crimes of sexual abuse. Coccopalmerio is also said to have put a word in for child abuser Don Mauro Inzoli. Pope Francis lifted sanctions from the defrocked Inzoli in 2014, returning his priestly faculties."
"Today, another great schism seems to be happening, and it, too, has an ideological cause that may be seen through an almost theological lens. The flash point is the internet, that planetary hive-mind. As such, the internet, also known as the World Wide Web, is making a bid, in its way, to be compared to all the other transcendent belief systems—sacred, profane, and in between—that we’ve seen in human history. And yet it, too, seems headed for a schism."
"Archbishop Vigano made specific allegations of corruption. Francis refuses to answer any of them. Francis is ducking responsibility. Francis has still not said a word about the Cardinal McCarrick affair. He is stonewalling. This is not the behavior of a man who is interested in transparency and accountability when it comes to the predatory or otherwise."
"The silence of Pope Francis is dividing Catholics."
"The crisis of leadership in the Catholic Church is protracted, persistent, and global. It is already almost unbearably awful in its details, and has barely begun to be reported. What follows is neither reportage — except incidentally — nor analysis, strictly speaking — but commentary, and it is personal."
"Catholics believe in God but not in the Church’s leadership, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski acknowledged to his priests last week. The clerical sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is a “crisis of leadership,” Wenski said in a September 18 homily, versus "a crisis of faith" or "mainly about a crisis of sexual abuse by clergy." "Our people still do believe in God, but they don't believe in us," the archbishop said. "Of course they're supposed to believe in the Lord, not us. But if we are going to lead them - as bishops, as pastors and parish priests - they need to be able to trust us."
"Here is a link to a 10-minute on-camera Church Militant interview with Father Paul Kalchik, the Chicago priest who is now in hiding after being tossed from his parish by Cardinal Blase Cupich. Kalchik lost his position after presiding over the burning of a rainbow flag that had a cross stitched on it. In the early 1990s, the gay pastor of Resurrection parish hung it over the altar as a sign that the parish was gay-friendly. After Kalchik and fellow parishioners ritually disposed of the flag recently, the cardinal ordered him removed from the parish, and allegedly commanded him to go to St. Luke’s, a mental health treatment center best known for treating clerical pederasts."
"That’s what I feel is happening with clerical sex abuse, cover-ups, and homosexual harassment in Catholic seminaries. It’s happening right in front of us. But how many of us are doing anything about it? Each day, it seems, we learn something new and appalling. It seems that the faction of cardinals who promoted, then elected Pope Francis, and the cardinals he named himself, are particularly awful...
"The populist Sweden Democrats won so many votes in the country’s recent elections that they won more seats in local governments than they had candidates to fill them. The popularity of the Sweden Democrats is due to their stance on Muslim migration. Sweden has been in crisis and on the verge of civil war since it has been inundated with Muslim migrants. No-go zones, many like war zones, have sprung up, even in a popular mall; Sharia patrols have appeared and crime has skyrocketed. Despite the crisis, Sweden’s globalist politicians refuse to act responsibly toward its citizens, going so far, in fact, as to rebuke anti-migration Hungary for invoking Sweden as an example of failed mass migration policies."
"Ten people were shot (dead) by firearms and two burnt (to death)," the source said of the violence which took place late Thursday in Paqueue village which lies close to the Quirimbas tourist archipelago. One of the shooting victims had also been beheaded and the attackers had burnt 55 houses, the source said. Medics said another 14 people were wounded in the attack."
"It not even necessary to mention that Allah plays a central point in Islam and the life of Muslims in all Muslim nations. Muslims without a shred of evidence consider Allah to be the creator of all things in the universe. The Muslims’ God, Allah, occupies the most sanctified place in Islam. Knowing or understanding who or what Allah is, therefore, is critical to the understanding of Islam."
"Now, with the scheduled departure of Britain from the European Union, there is the possibility of a free trade agreement between the U.S. and the U.K., an opportunity that would immensely benefit our two nations. Prior to this, we were not able to have true free trade with Britain precisely because it was a member of the EU. But after March 2019, when Britain is scheduled to make its departure, it will regain its freedom to make its own trade agreements."
"It's a rare papal slight that receives a public airing — and this one was aimed directly at Philadelphia's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. But Pope Francis' purported reproach of the region's top Catholic as too "right-wing" — as stated this weekend in a public letter penned by one of the pontiff's most vocal critics — offered more than just an unusual glimpse into the Vatican's dirty laundry."
"Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput publishes wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris for upcoming Youth Synod, says it comes close to heresies of naturalism, Lutheranism, and relativism."
"When tempted, invoke your Angel.
He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: he trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel."
----St. John Bosco
“There was the shadow outline of a man in my room, darker than the dark of my room. He was standing near my bed and he had red burning coals for eyes. My mind was frozen with terror, and without thinking the words came out of my mouth, “I know who you are!’ His dark arm pointed toward me and the sheets flew up around me and in an instant trussed me like a straight-jacket or a mummy; I felt myself lifted above the bed —perhaps several feet? — and swung slowly sideways."
“Aldi said he had been scared and often cried when adrift. Every time he saw a large ship, he said he was hopeful, but more than 10 ships had passed him, none of them stopped,” Fajar Firdaus, a diplomat, said, according to reports."
"A clip used to repair damaged heart valves sharply reduced deaths among patients with a grim prognosis."
"I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone," Kavanaugh said. "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter ... The girls from the schools I went to, and I, were friends." "Through all these years that were in question, you were a virgin?" Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked. That’s correct," Kavanaugh replied, adding that he did not have sex until "many years after" college.
"Let’s be clear: Leftists are trying to blow up the Senate confirmation process with shady smears. There is no legitimate reason that these last-minute allegations can’t be summarily evaluated, and a Judiciary Committee vote taken this week. Leftist law breaking, rule breaking, violence, and disruption have already marred the public Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. One can only imagine the disruptive show trial Leftists plan with Kavanaugh’s accusers. The Senate should shut this circus down and move the Kavanaugh confirmation to a timely vote."
"The report went onto detail some of what China has built in a short span of years on several of the atolls in and around the Spratly Islands: Long-range radar, electronic warfare systems, barracks, surface-to-air missile sites, command-and-control installations, and military-grade runways. Scores of ships, including warships, surrounded Mischief Reef on the day of the flight mentioned in the above story. And what’s more, the Chinese aren’t finished: Construction is underway on other atolls."
"Nevertheless, after the dark season of winter comes spring, and we pray that the difficulties of the present time will be surpassed by the victories to come. Trusting in our Lord Jesus Christ, we have full confidence that the light of the Holy Trinity will break through this present darkness revealing the full beauty of our beloved Church."
"A secret agreement keeps Catholics in China and around the world in the dark about whatever compromises the Vatican has made. Even worse, it also allows the Communist authorities to misrepresent the agreement to the Chinese faithful in whichever way they choose. They will surely use the borrowed authority of the Vatican to undermine the faith of believers in China in their own Church."
“Kavanaugh has calendars from the summer of 1982 that he plans to hand over to the Senate Judiciary Committee that do not show a party consistent with the description of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford,” explained The Times. “The calendar pages from June, July and August 1982, which were examined by The New York Times, show that Judge Kavanaugh was out of town much of the summer at the beach or away with his parents,” the newspaper continued.
"As Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lost all credibility, it was reasonable to assume there was a reason for all the stalling. Many believed that somewhere, somehow, leftists would find someone else to come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Judge Kavanaugh.
"No witnesses will corroborate Ford’s story of flirting/fondling at the alleged high school party in question. In fact, the only witnesses to come forward so far are those contradicting everything Ms. Ford is alleging. The other boy said to be in the room at the time says it never happened. A female classmate of Ford’s has also indicated via her attorney she has no recollection of such a party ever taking place. (which is a nicer way of saying Ford is likely lying)."
"The report most notably includes an interview with an abuse survivor from Argentina who says she was one of a group of victims who wrote to Francis shortly after his election, but never received a reply. The woman, Julieta Añazco, says she was sexually abused by a priest when she was seven years old. She said that in 2013, shortly after Pope Francis was elected, she and 13 other victims wrote to him to describing what had happened. They sent the letter by recorded delivery and, three weeks later, received a confirmation of receipt. However, they never received a reply."
"This is how Francis-church handles the explosive clergy sex abuse scandals: They employ gestapo tactics against a good and holy priest who also happens to be a sex abuse victim, both as a child and as a seminarian," Ms. Yore said in an email to me. "Is this the Francis-church of mercy? Rather, this is the action of a tyrannical and callous cardinal who is roundly disliked and scoffed at by Chicago archdiocesan priests for his bully stunts, like this one. "Catholics are fed up with good and holy priests being persecuted by the hierarchy. Unfortunately, Cardinal Cupich just opened 'a rabbit hole.'"
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"But for critics loath to share any of the church’s authority with an authoritarian government, the deal marked a shameful retreat and the setting of a dangerous precedent for future relations with other countries."
"Despite the (6500) shortfall, Maj. Gen. Joe Calloway, the Army’s military personnel management director, said the 70,000 recruits who did enlist this year is the most the service has attracted since 2010. He said the Army chose to focus on taking in high-quality recruits instead of ensuring it met its goal with borderline applicants."
Commentary: Bono is not "hip" nor "cool." He promoted abortion in Ireland, therefore his opinions and views mean nothing, and he is certainly not a true Christian. vtb
"It begins by criticizing its “naturalist” understanding of modern sexual dysfunction: widespread promiscuity, online pornography, and the like. “The document laments only its ‘disfiguring the beauty and depth of effective sex life,’” he writes. “No mention is made about the disfigurement of the soul, its consequent spiritual blindness, and impact on the reception of the Gospel by one so wounded."
"On the morning of 20th September 1918, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina received the sacred Stigmata of Christ. He describes the incident thus: 'It all happened in a flash.'"
Commentary: Is it the work of the devil to attack our bishops or are the sins of our bishops being exposed by the Holy Spirit? Is excusing their sins the way to heal the Church? vtb
"St. John Bosco was a holy teacher who loved his students, and, by his love, many souls were saved. But not all the souls Don Bosco loved were receptive of that love. And this can be the hardest part of a teacher’s vocation."
"The Church was opening its windows to the firestorm of sexual liberation and now we can see the result. The crisis of faith and morals was inevitable and it will continue until the root cause is identified and addressed."
"According to him it is a heresy to place Christ the Teacher of Divine Truth in opposition to Christ the Good Shepherd. Müller's words contradict Francis who claimed “clericalism” to be the root of the abuse crisis, implying that "clericalism" affects only homosexuals and pedophiles."
Commentary: Playing politics instead of being a spiritual leader has consequences, as does remaining silent when damaging accusations that cause scandal are made against you. vtb
Commentary: Innocent until proven guilty also applies to our clergy. vtb
Commentary: Still dangerous, although liberal Democrats remain blind to their threats. vtb