CATHOLIC MESSAGES USA
by Vincent T. Bemowski - Website Editor
DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY
FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDS
GIVING COMFORT TO THOSE WHO ARE HURTING
(MARCH 7, 2019)
WE KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE COMFORTER. HOWEVER, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE NEED TO HEAR WORDS OF COMFORT FROM FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS. THIS IS WHERE THAT "COMFORT" DOES NOT ALWAYS BRING US THE RELIEF WE HAD HOPED FOR.
WHEN WE TRY TO COMFORT OTHERS, WE FIRST MUST ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR PAIN AND NOT SUGAR COAT IT BY TELLING THEM HOW GOOD THEY HAVE IT IN SO MANY OTHER AREAS OF THEIR LIFE. THAT MOST OFTEN DOES NOT BRING THAT PERSON ANY RELIEF BECAUSE WE ARE NOT REALLY SHARING THEIR PAIN, WE ARE TRYING TO WHITEWASH IT, AS IF DID NOT EXIST.
IT IS FAR MORE BENEFICIAL TO NOT ONLY ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR PAIN, BUT TO SYMPATHIZE WITH THEM AND TELL THEM JUST HOW DIFFICULT IT MUST BE TO GO THROUGH SUCH SUFFERINGS. THIS IS WHAT SHARING THEIR PAIN INVOLVES, AND THIS IS WHAT BRINGS THEM COMFORT. WE WILL KNOW THIS BECAUSE OF THE TEARS OF GRATITUDE THEY WILL EXPRESS. AND THIS IS HOW WE WILL KNOW TRUE COMPASSION IS PRESENT - A COMPASSON THAT REVEALS A SINCERE LOVE FOR THAT PERSON. vtb
BLACK VS WHITE CRIME
(December 12, 2018)
"The anti-cop violence against the CPD (Chicago Police Dept.) for a shooting that, though deeply unfortunate, appears to be justified will further lessen officers’ willingness to intervene in suspicious behavior. A Chicago detective told me, in the wake of Saturday’s violence: “Those who care about law enforcement and a civil society cannot win against WILLFUL blindness and straight-up LIES. This is an open civil war that goes quite BEYOND Chicago.”
"....Blacks are only 13 percent of the nation’s population. The increase in black homicide deaths last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015. Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but OTHER BLACKS."
“It’s important to note that black men commit nearly half of all MURDERS in this country, which is astounding when you take into consideration the fact that they only make up 12-13 per cent of the population."
"There is evidence in the official police-recorded figures that black Americans are more likely to commit certain types of crime than people of other races. While it would be naive to suggest that there is no racism in the US criminal justice system, victim reports don’t support the idea that this is because of MASS DISCRIMINATION.
Higher poverty rates among various urban black communities might explain the difference in crime rates, although the evidence is mixed. There are few simple answers and links between crime and race are likely to remain the subject of bitter argument.”
COMMENTARY: Although there are many good people within the Black population and some Blacks (as well as some Whites) have been wrongly shot & killed by police officers, as honest Blacks will tell you, there is definitely are large element of their population who are not good people.
While it is true that in the past where segregation was a huge problem and Blacks were terribly mistreated, that is no longer the case today. The facts do not support it. However, most Blacks are unwilling to admit that they should be pointing their finger at themselves, rather than at the White population. They fail to realize that it has to do with morals, and simply said, many Blacks are very immoral.
Killings, robbery, rape and other crimes are very much present among the Black population - far greater, percentage wise, than among the White population. Many news organizations and Democratic Party politicians, who "use" African Americans to gain more votes, will tell you differently, but they only quote the TOTAL number of crimes committed by Blacks and compare them to the total number of crimes committed by Whites.
However, that is not an accurate analysis, for Blacks are only about 13 percent of the population, so the total number of their crimes will naturally be much lower. Only when Blacks began to look inward at themselves will our so-called "race problem" be solved, for that is where the answer lies. vtb
THE RIGHTS OF THE MAJORITY
(December 4th, 2018)
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
THE POPE'S OPINION ON WALLS
(November 8th, 2018)
"Calling for “broader options for migrants and refugees to enter destination countries safely and legally,” he said the human rights and dignity of all migrants had to be respected regardless of their legal status
Commentary: To build or not to build? The main point is that the Vatican is basically walled in. It does not matter when this was done, it was done for protection purposes. In addition, if thousands of people entered St. Peters Square with the intention of staying there permanently, would the Swiss Guard allow it and would Vatican officials care for all of their needs? We know they would not. Trump's intention to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico is also for "protection" purposes. That is, to protect our borders from those who want to come here illegally without regard for our immigration laws. In addition, there is without question, a criminal element among that population and the financial cost to our country to deal with it, as well as the cost to take care of the needs of these illegal immigrants. To give your approval to those who break immigration laws is not proper conduct for any religious leader, including Pope Francis. vtb
WHY CATHOLIC BISHOPS HID THE SEXUAL ABUSE CRIMES OF PRIESTS
(SEPT. 22, 2018)
As a Catholic I believe the main reason some of the bishops hid sexual crimes by priests is due to the fact that these bishops failed to follow the Word of 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 of the sins rarely spoken of in today's Church:
Gossiping in church before, during, and immediately after Mass, dressing immodestly, not keeping the Lord's Day holy, 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, and immoral sex.
Not to be forgotten are those priests who act like comics at Mass and turn it into a "celebration" or social event rather than a holy, spiritual experience. vtb
OTHER ABUSES IN THE CHURCH
(July 1, 2018)
There is nothing wrong with sharing your opinions with family and friends through "round table" discussions or emails, but when you form an organization without proper spiritual advisers and then publicly make known opinions that may not correspond to Church teachings, you are creating scandal, and that is not to be taken lightly.
Never rely solely on lay people. There are many conservative cardinals and bishops (Cardinal Burke, etc.) who by their example of obedience and loyalty to the Church, that will provide you with the correct manner of expressing your opinions. If you don't do this you will quickly lose your "moral credentials" and do more damage to your "cause" than good. Yes, there are many liturgical abuses being committed by the clergy in relation to how they "pray" the new Mass and/or ignore the Traditional Latin Mass. However, the Lord knows this and those lax priests and bishops will face a severe judgment if they do not change.
Holy Mass is the center of our faith, and when it is prayed poorly or "staged" to appear like a "social event," this causes many people (especially our youth) to lose respect for our priests and bishops.
Therefore, the young drift away from attending Mass as soon as they reach adulthood.
The Commandments become "up-for-grabs" and are viewed as "options" and not as true Commandments from the Lord.
Knowledge of what is going on in the Church and of the Word of God no longer becomes a priority, and people drift into a spiritually lukewarm state without realizing the harm it causes their souls or the souls of others. Then, not only the Church, but all mankind suffers the consequences resulting in wars, persecutions, riots, disasters, and other forms of sufferings. As confirmed by the teachings of the Church, and numbers of saints, the importance of the clergy and laity truly participating at Holy Mass in a devout manner cannot be overstated. vtb
LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION
(June 27, 2018)
"Satan is the Father of Lies and arrogant US Democrats and most members of the media are some of his most devoted children"
Commentary: For all the the faults certain June 27, 2018)groups of people see in President Trump, they are nothing in comparison to the APPROVAL of the gruesome murders (through deliberate abortions) of millions of unborn human beings by the vast majority of US Democrats. It is a scientific fact that when a "being" exists in the womb, it is human, no matter what the stage of development, therefore US Democrats, by their approval, are in a large measure guilty of these great crimes against humanity. vtb
(June 23, 2018)
The Drudge Report has a reputation of being "conservative," but many times that is far from the truth. It routinely publishes news items from the Associated Press (AP) that include biased opinions of writers who attack President Trump and attempt to twist around or discredit his statements and accomplishments. Drudge also publishes some far-Left material from other sources without any rebuttals, in addition to a number of stories that are just plain gossip.
Perhaps at one time this Report was truly "conservative," but the facts currently no longer support that label. It has gone to a mix of conservative & liberal stories and therefore at times is a key participant in the false attacks against President Trump. One has to wonder if Matt Drudge or his staff actually read all the articles they publish. They certainly do not give evidence of it. Hopefully, Drudge will wake up and return to publishing accurate reports of the news. There is enough "garbage" & fake news around without it being promoted by so-called "conservative" news outlets. vtb
(JUNE 19, 2018)
There is a great deal of negative talk about immigration by our bishops and democrats. The issue is being made more complicated than necessary. It is not Trump who is separating the children of immigrants from their parents, it is the parents themselves. They are the ones who have chosen to do so. Every nation has the right to defend its borders and expect its laws be respected and followed. There is a legal process that must be be followed, if not, a potential immigrant has no right to enter another country. If we examine the Word of Almighty God as related to this issue, we find clear examples of what the Lord expects of us:
"Render therefore to Caesar the things (INCLUDING OBEYING LAWS) that are Caesar's; and to God, the things that are God's."
"Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained of God. Therefore he that resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God... Render therefore to all men their dues. Tribute, to whom tribute is due: custom (LAWS ARE PART OF "CUSTOMS"), to whom custom: fear, to whom fear: honor, to whom honor."
Romans 13:1-2, 7
"And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a DEGREE from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled. This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child."
Luke 2: 1-5
Based upon the above Words from the Scriptures, we too are expected to obey laws and follow Executive Orders and be subject to the border laws of countries. vtb
CHINA STILL WANTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF U.S.
(June 18, 2018)
Countries like China, (which includes Canada, Mexico and some European countries), remain friendly as long as they are able to cheat us with high tariffs on goods we ship to their country that bring in far more money than our tariffs bring in on the goods they ship to our country. However, with the exception of some business men their citizens are not to blame, it is their narrow minded, selfish leaders that are the cause. However, we are blessed with a good leader in President Trump who knows how to handle their greed. vtb
CONDUCT AT MASS
(JUNE 17, 2018)
As a Roman Catholic I can't help wondering why so many abuses are allowed at Mass by our priests and bishops. They appear to be more interested in quantity, rather than quality. They are not concerned about immodest dress, loud, distracting talking before, during, and after Mass or turning the Mass into a social event, rather than a spiritual one. Although we also have many good priests and bishops, we also have an unhealthy share of indifferent, spiritually lukewarm ones too. Its a sad fact of life for many Catholics, but with continued prayer, hopefully we can restore the Church and bring back true holiness and a sense of the sacred at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. vtb
A CONTROVERSIAL PONTIFF
(Oct. 27, 2017)
While I admire much of what Pope Francis says about spiritual things and many of his writings and works involving compassion and mercy, I cannot give my approval to the divisions and confusion he is causing. Therefore, within some of the CONSERVATIVE NEWS ARTICLES on this website that I have brought to the attention of the public and those within the Church, I have included some of the scandal he has created, and continues to create, knowingly or unknowingly.
However, also following God's Holy Will, he continues to remain in my daily prayers, along with all the clergy and members of religious orders in the Church, so that it will again become One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. vtb