Escaping Pain

Escaping Pain

Aleteia is running a priestly advice piece on suicide, and predictably it does everything humanly possible to make killing oneself seem anything but damnable.  It even presents a picture of a woman who seems to be submerged, as if drowning.  If only suicide were drowning!

A writer asks Fr. Mike Schmitz if those who commit suicide ‘automatically’ go to Hell.  Who asks questions like this?  Does anyone believe that Hell is automatic?  Isn’t Christ our judge? Mercy is always possible for those who can truly repent but reiterating that incessantly undermines Church teaching. We have our Church to show us what we should expect, and what not to presume.

Catholics must take an absolute stand against every form of suicide. Suicide is “contrary to the love of God.” It is truly evil. Now, please understand me here. In saying that suicide is evil, I am not saying that the person who commits suicide is necessarily evil. But anyone can choose to do evil actions. There are some actions which are evil in and of themselves, regardless of motivation or circumstance. Of these, suicide is one.

Suicide is always bad, but people…people are not bad, OK.  This confusing modern mantra makes Catholics think they’re all going to Heaven.  People can be called bad when they are vicious, meaning they have acquired many vices.  That’s what a bad person is.  Everyone is redeemable, but some can truly be called bad until the point when they are not.

And for these people who are never really bad and who commit suicide, there are all kinds of extenuating circumstances.

If a person freely chose to kill himself, fully knowing that he was saying “no” to God, and he died unrepentant, all signs point to eternal separation from God. But here’s the deal: we don’t know a lot of that information. I don’t know if his will was truly free (the person may have suffered from “grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture”…these can lessen their responsibility (cf. CCC 2282). I also don’t know the person’s degree of knowledge; did he know that he was not simply “escaping pain,” but was in fact choosing something contrary to God’s love? And lastly, none of us have any way of knowing if the person repented before death. There is an ancient saying in the Church, “We don’t know what happened between the bridge and the water.” This indicates that you and I have no clue if the person we love regretted the decision and turned back to God at the last minute. There are stories of many people who survived attempted suicides, who found themselves praying that God didn’t let them die even after they jumped, or swallowed the pills, or used other means.

Why is the bar so, so low today?  Committing suicide is absolutely one of the worst things a person can do and honestly, when did psychology ever begin to be a factor in someone’s culpability?  Didn’t they just invent it?

Another mitigation is this lack of knowledge.  People who kill themselves don’t really know it’s bad today, and people don’t know what marriage is either, and they don’t know all the sexual sins are wrong any more, and on and on.  Why do we even teach anyone the Faith?  If we left them all blissfully ignorant they could sin miserably their whole lives and then sail into Heaven!  You don’t even have to be part of the Church so long as you’re nice.

It’s like we’ve developed a new doctrine of excuses.  Can we really expect to get to Heaven with a pocketful of explanations? No. but we can surely go to Hell preaching laxity, presumption, and hyper-mercy.

 

They call me Communist because I'm all about social action!

They call me Communist because I’m all about social action!

FrancisChurch may seem like a completely new kind of Catholicism, but it’s not new.  The more you learn about it, the more you can see it’s all been done before.  In Kerknet Google Translation we read: before new ‘martyr’ Oscar Romero has even been beatified yet another ‘saint of the people’ has emerged from the Pope’s Latin America; home of  the poor, the poor, the poor and the oppressed….oh and the marginalized.

Mgr. Fernando Antônio Saburido OSB, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife (Brazil), Rome has asked for permission to his archdiocese the beatification process for Dom Helder Camara, the legendary “bishop of the poor”, to boot. Rome investigating the case. So wrote the French newspaper La Croix ‘Monday.

Can you imagine if our Lord in His day went around bleating continuously about the poor and their evil oppressors?  Instead of dying on a cross he might have lived to be ninety like our new FrancisChurch saint.

Dom Helder Camara (1909-1999), the symbol of liberation theology in Latin America, the firm took on the poor. In 1964 he became Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, in one of the poorest regions of Brazil. He left the Archbishop’s palace and went to live in a slum.

No Pope should live in the Pope’s house and no archbishop in the archbishop’s house!  What do you think I am, an archbishop?  I’m not one of those evil elitist Church-people you know.  The poor are at the center of MY Gospel.

Dom Helder Camara founded a seminary where the formation of the priest candidates in social action was as important as the theological formation.

Let me see.  Theology is about God, Truth, and the Catholic Faith. Social Action is about radical agitation, envy, guerilla  war, and Communist thuggery.  He’s right!  They are equally important!

He opposed the then military dictatorship in his country when the military him as ‘communist’ and ‘demagogue’ labeled. “When I give food to the poor, they say I’m a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they say I’m a communist, “said Dom Helder Camara then.

Wait a minute, that’s the Pope’s line, yes?  Communism stole the Catholic flag.  It’s just Christianity.  All I do is love the poor and people call me a Communist. I thought Pope Francis made that up?

Is there a slight chance that people called Oscar Romero, Dom Helder Camara, and Pope Francis Communists because they act like Communists, not because they love the poor?  Is it possible to love the poor without raving against the unjust system like a Communist? Can people who are neither poor themselves nor socialists actually love the poor?

No. It’s not possible.  In that 1970’s Latin American world of Pope Francis there was either the Church of the Poor or the greedy enablers of the repressive murderous ‘military dictatorship’ (many of whom respected the rule of law and were actually faithful Catholics).

In 1979, Pope John Paul II brought openly tribute to Dom Helder Camara, during his visit to Brazil, but in 1985 appointed Msgr. José Cardoso Sobrinho as his successor. And that immediately made a tabula rasa of everything Dom Helder Camara had built.

Once again John Paul II turns out to be one of them.  He must have been in the pocket of the U.S. money-machine backing all the Latin American oppressors.  Thank goodness the Church is finally free from their influence and we can go back to moving forward, ever forward even more toward the people!

The only issue here is that Camara can’t be a ‘martyr’ because he wasn’t shot.  Get ready for Dom Helder’s miracle.

 

Take that jar and raffle it!

Something for the raffle

The Palm Sunday Gospel, the story of Jesus’ Passion, begins with the a clear example of the difference between the true Church and the kind of thing that lurks around today.

When he was in Bethany reclining at table
in the house of Simon the leper,
a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil,
costly genuine spikenard.
She broke the alabaster jar and poured it on his head.
There were some who were indignant.
“Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil?
It could have been sold for more than three hundred days’ wages
and the money given to the poor.”
They were infuriated with her.
Jesus said, “Let her alone.
Why do you make trouble for her?
She has done a good thing for me.
The poor you will always have with you,
and whenever you wish you can do good to them,
but you will not always have me.
She has done what she could.
She has anticipated anointing my body for burial.
Amen, I say to you,
wherever the gospel is proclaimed to the whole world,
what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Although this passage doesn’t mention him, the other Gospels indicate Judas was of the opinion that the perfume should have been sold off and given to the poor.  He thought it wrong to honor Our Lord in this way.

Judas was jealous.  He was embarrassed by the woman and he thought this an ostentatious show.  He was materialistic and openly challenged Jesus to make a ‘preferential option for the poor.’

The woman, who may have been St. Mary Magdalene, was focused on Jesus, on his life, his body, and, as Our Lord says, His burial.  She was worshiping Him for His own sake and sparing no expense to do it.

Is this woman not like those who love the Holy Mass said in beautiful churches, where we honor God in the way He wants, being present before His sacrifice?

And is Judas not like those who want to make the Mass ‘for the people;’  stripped down, profane, and vulgarized, in ugly utilitarian buildings?  Such Christians would replace loving doctrinal obedience to God with simple ‘service’ to others.

Finally, like Judas, those who make the Faith into ‘a Church of the poor and for the poor’ where ‘the poor are the center of the Gospel,’ always seem to be the ones who want to control other people’s money, to enable the state, and participate in their ‘service’ programs.  They attack profit and ownership, calling it oppression.

Judas held the money so he felt bold enough to tell even Christ what to do with possessions.   Judas also stole from the purse just as governments steal through high taxes, unjust regulations, debt, and inflation; all in the name of ‘the poor’ and service.

In the next passage today at Mass, Judas moves to betray Jesus.  Is this not perhaps how our Church is betrayed from within in our day – by materialists and thieves?

In His time Our Lord would not allow Mary’s worship to be denied.  Who defends her today in His name?

 

Cardinal Burke says gay people are killers

Cardinal Burke says gay people are killers

Pseudo-Catholics are trying to make Cardinal Burke look like he hates gay people in the hopes that they might sideline him even more.  This trick only works on people who have no real Catholic sensibility.

Are we supposed to be ashamed to know the meaning of grave sin?  Is it a good Catholic’s fault that gay sex is a terrible habit worthy of correction?

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Fr. Ray Blake has added his voice to Fr. Hunwicke’s in defense of the faithful UK priests and their very excellent Christian witness to the hierarchy – a two-punch effort if there ever was one.  Should a bishop intimidate his priests for their faith?  If public statements are off limits, must we now stuff our sermons?

We can no longer stand for this cruel persecution from faithless or compromising ‘bishops.’  The time has come to take an apostolic stand.

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Laurence England has holy encouragement from the UK for men and women who love the Faith.  It’s the recusant’s cry and it’s Christ’s.  What a blessing it would be if our Lord could right the Church through the British Isles.

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It’s a shame that the UK Catholic Herald felt the need to publish a ‘balanced’ reply to Fr. Lucie Smith, who supported the 500 priests in their defense of the Faith.  At least it was weak.  Those priests were just seeking the limelight, yes?  You’d have to be seriously ambitious and proud to believe something like that.

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Why do outwardly faithful bishops turn so cruel when it comes to the SSPX?  What are they afraid of?  Why must they seek supra-legal tricks?

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Who was Archbishop Oscar Romero?  They make it seem like he was just a shy, faithful victim who loved the poor….a Mother Teresa of sorts without the nerve.  Still, didn’t he have a nation-wide radio show and a gift for the rant?

And why, in this FrancisEra, must we pander by promoting his name?  Wasn’t he just a pro-Communist cleric during the failed hay day of Liberation Theology?

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For the poor, the marginalized, and the common good

For the poor, the marginalized, and the common good

In a frightening piece last December a noted Marxist sees a new Church coming that is indistinguishable from Communism.  Some months after the Pope Francis-brokered Obama Cuba betrayal, Cliff Kincaid predicted a Francis-Obama axis of socialists in the Americas.

That’s why it’s unsettling to see that Pope has added an event to his U.S. Trip in September.

The White House says President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis in Washington when he visits the United States this fall.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama and first lady Michelle Obama would welcome the pontiff as a guest at the White House on Sept. 23. It is Francis’ first papal visit to the United States.

Francis is already scheduled to address the annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders on Sept. 25. The pope has also agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, the first time the head of the world’s Roman Catholics will address Congress.

Obama met Francis in the Vatican in March of last year. Earnest said discussions would range from poverty and economic opportunity to immigration and the environment.

This kind of high-level diplomacy is ugly.  Why, at the top of the world, is everyone all smiles and friendly, having dinner, honoring each other?  How many good Catholics would like to break bread with Mr. and Mrs. Obama?  I would hope none. I guess we just don’t understand diplomacy.

Poverty, economics, illegal aliens, the earth, controlling weather – They have so much to talk about!

They have so much in common.

 

 

Laying down the law somewhere else

Laying down the law somewhere else

Some weeks after Gang of Nine Cardinal Reinhard Marx made his statement of German independence from Rome, the Vatican head of Doctrine has responded.

The idea that bishops’ conferences can take doctrinal decisions on marriage and the family is “absolutely anti-Catholic”, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said.

In an exclusive interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said: “This is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the catholicity of the Church. Episcopal conferences have authority over certain issues, but not a magisterium alongside the Magisterium, without the Pope and without communion with the bishops.”

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also responded to recent remarks by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German bishops’ conference.

Cardinal Marx argued that the German bishops were “not just a subsidiary of Rome” and needed to set their own policies on marriage and the family.

He said: “Each episcopal conference is responsible for the pastoral care in their culture and has to proclaim the Gospel in its own unique way. We cannot wait until a synod states something, as we have to carry out marriage and family ministry here.”

Marx is right that bishops’ conferences do wield a lot of power, but they shouldn’t.  They are another of many bad modern ideas and they have undermined the Church entirely.

According to a translation by Rorate Caeli, Cardinal Müller told Famille Chrétienne: “An episcopal conference is not a particular council, even less so an ecumenical council. The president of an episcopal conference is nothing more than a technical moderator, and he does not have any particular magisterial authority due to this title.

It’s hard to imagine what Marx hoped to accomplish with his arrogance since it seemed to hurt the Pope’s apparent initiative to enforce Mass sacrilege, throwing in the towel so to speak; except for the fact that it does telegraph what Germany will do, and many other countries following them, if the Synod fails to produce results.

 

 

Don't cross Francis with that doctrine stuff in my territory

Don’t cross Francis with that doctrine stuff in my territory

The Tenth Crusade never loses her steel-eyed assessment of the Pontificate for Thugs:

The synod is sinking and the rats are coming out of the woodwork.

Didn’t Pope Francis initiative call for open and honest discussion of Kasper’s heresy?

If you can distance yourself from the emotional baggage that comes with the empowerment of the thugs who sell heresy, this is fascinating to watch.

Pope picks heretic to teach his see heresy and tells us all to openly discuss the pros and cons of embracing it.

When Catholics who will never embrace heresy openly and honestly discuss the cons, Pope Francis army of mercy and justice tell us to STFU.

It’s all about synodality and open, honest discussion (of heresy and sacrilege).

Make a mess! (Just don’t get in my way.)

When 500 faithful priests from the UK signed a letter asking the Synod to defend the Faith, the leader of the English Bishops, Cardinal Nichols, told them publicly to be quiet.  The same day, Pope Francis warned the Church to pray for, not ‘gossip’ about the Synod.

I always knew what Francis meant by all that railing against gossip.  He means keep your mouth shut and never cross me or one of my pliant FrancisBishops.

Get this: After the Holy Father tells us to discuss the very public, well-orchestrated circus of deception and heresy at the synod, this Cardinal tell us not to conduct a debate about the synod through the press.

Priests should not conduct a debate about the October Family Synod through the press, Cardinal Nichols has said, following the publication of a letter signed by hundreds of priests, urging the synod to issue a ‘clear and firm proclamation’ upholding Church teaching on marriage.

They want exclusive rights to conduct publicity stunts.

UK Cardinal Nichols continues:

Every priest in England and Wales has been asked to reflect on the Synod discussion. It is my understanding that this has been taken up in every diocese, and that channels of communication have been established,’ the statement said.

‘The pastoral experience and concern of all priests in these matters are of great importance and are welcomed by the Bishops. Pope Francis has asked for a period of spiritual discernment. This dialogue, between a priest and his bishop, is not best conducted through the press.’

The problem is simple and it’s been going on for decades.  What do faithful clergy do when their hierarchy stand against the faith?  Answer: They must be silent, endure or be banished with their lives ruined, or they can unite, hold fast.

The faithful clergy need laypeople to defend them more than they ever have.  We can’t go on like this, with evil men destroying the Church and crushing true Catholic clergy.  It can’t continue forever. The Church is dying.  God sees the damage and He will ask us why?

Tenth Crusade sums up the Cardinal’s threat:

Get it?

Any discussion was supposed to be privately discussed with the heretics trying to implement it.

Good one.

Next time we have a complaint, let’s waste our time and call up the foxes they put in the henhouse.

There is something really creepy about communication in the administration of this papacy. In every conceivable way.

Right is wrong and wrong is right. Error is evangelized and truth is silenced.

It’s the stink of sulfur.

We need to be careful because it is everywhere and demons specialize in capitalizing on naivete and stupidity.

But everywhere this agenda is being promoted, the liars and thugs storm to silence and destroy catechesis and truth.

We’ve all taken several bites of the apple now and it is rotten to the core.

 

 

 

Feel the Joy

Feel the Joy

It’s difficult to imagine the frightening zeal that must have possessed men like Martin Luther or the other false priests who led huge movements out of the Church. For those unfortunate shepherds their work was an obsession.  Pope Francis cannot stop hammering at those Pharisees and doctors of the law by whom, we must know by now, he means us, faithful pious Catholics.

Zenit’s Junno Arocho Esteves reports on the Pope’s March 26th homily in Casa Santa Marta.

To be joyful is a grace that only comes from faith and not from doctrine or law that is detached from love. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning.

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on today’s readings, both of which spoke on Abraham. In John’s Gospels, Jesus tells the scribes and doctors of the law that “Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.”

The Pope said that the doctors of the law did not understand what Jesus meant because they did not understand the joy of hope, of promise and of the covenant.

“They did not know how to rejoice, because they lost the meaning of joy that only comes from faith,” he said. “Our father Abraham was able to rejoice because he had faith: he was made just in faith.

Abraham was justified by faith. Not also works?

The Pope continues.

These lost their faith. They were doctors of the law, but without faith! But more so: they lost the law! Because the center of the law is love, love for God and for neighbor.”

Of course Our Lord corrected the Pharisees because they were led by self-interest.  That’s why they went around enforcing unjust oppressive rules, rules which have nothing to do with Jesus or the true teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Holy Father went on to say that the doctors of the law were so attached to doctrine that their often times their questions dealt in abstract circumstances.

“Should taxes be paid to Cesar, or should they not? This woman, who was married seven times, when she goes to Heaven will she be the wife of those seven? […]

Petty overbearing law-making more appropriate to the U.S. Congress is how our Pope sees the doctrines of the Church and the Holy Mass. Since love isn’t at the center, these are only unjust laws which have nothing to do with faith. So the master of the false dichotomy presents the king of them all.  He pits doctrine against faith and he pits the law against love.

The problem is: the doctrines of the Church ARE faith and it’s law IS love.  We aren’t Pharisees because we don’t reject Christ!

This was their world, an abstract world, a world without love, a world without faith, a world without hope, a world without trust, a world without God,” he noted. “And this is why they could not rejoice!”

No hope, no faith, no trust, no God, no point in joy:  How much contempt can the Pope muster for men and women who love Church teaching?

The 78 year old Pontiff continued saying that it was sad to be a believer without joy. Without joy, he said, there is no faith, only “cold doctrine.”

Now we’re cold dead too.

He’s always going on about warmth and closeness. Didn’t his mother hug him?  It gives me the creeps.

Concluding his homily, Pope Francis said that the joy of faith and the Gospel is the touchstone of one’s faith. Without it, one is not a “true believer.”

So now Pope Francis has become a joy-sniffer who goes around pegging Pharisees with his joyometer.  Better check that pickle face, Catholic!

 

 

Message to Francis: No mitres for men like this

Message to Francis: No mitres for men like this

CNA does some small damage control on Pope Francis’ new Chilean bishop whom thousands reject.

.- A group of protesters attempted to stop the installation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid as the new bishop of Osorno in southern Chile, pushing the bishop and throwing objects at him during the March 21 Mass.

The protestors accuse Bishop Barros of covering up sexual abuse committed by Fr. Fernando Karadima. The bishop has repeatedly denied it. The story was picked up this weekend by international news media.

Despite somewhat violent protests in the middle of his installation, the new bishop defends his ignorance.

Bishop Juan Barros and three other bishops close to Karadima supported the decision of the Holy See in April of 2011 and denied having known about his double life. They declared in a statement that “with great sorrow we have accepted the sentence declaring him guilty of serious offences condemned by the Church. Like so many, we learned about this situation and its diverse and multiple effects with deep astonishment and pain.”

In a letter addressed to the faithful of the Osorno diocese days before his installation, Bishop Barros reiterated that “I never had any knowledge of any accusation concerning Father Karadima when I was the Secretary for Cardinal Juan Francisco Fresno and I never had any knowledge nor did I even imagine such grave abuses as this priest committed against his victims. I neither approved nor participated in those actions.”

This is a generic denial.  I wonder if the angry locals have a different story?

“I am telling you, before God who is listening to us, it did not cross my mind that these things were going on. I would not have accepted it for any reason, and I am not a friend of Fernando Karadima,” he stated.

He added that before the Vatican convicted him in 2011, “I was already becoming distant from him. Of course I had been close, but I was already becoming distant from him, not because I knew about these questions of the accusations but because he became ill tempered.  I never knew about these very tragic things. The pain of the victims hurts me enormously, I pray for those that carry this pain with them today.”

He’s not my friend? We had been close, but I was already becoming distant around the time of the occurrences because he was getting mean?

How does this sound?  Odd?  Yes.

Pope Francis already has a track record of ignoring the protests of faithful Catholics and their bishops and priests.  I wonder what sort of people these protesters are?

 

 

Fire and Brimstone for Poverty Policy?

Fire and Brimstone for Poverty Policy?

At Aleteia Tom Hoopes reveals Philly Abp. Chaput’s assertion that neglecting the poor is a mortal sin which will condemn us to Hell.

What about the Jubilee Year of Mercy?

“I’ve said many times over many years that if we ignore the poor, we will go to hell: literally,” Archbishop Charles Chaput said, most recently, here.

I love that. I am well aware that, just as perfect contrition is better than imperfect contrition, it is better to serve the poor out of love for God and neighbor than out of fear of reprisal.

But I also know that, to get over spiritual and moral inertia, sometimes we need a little push.

So if you are like me, and avoiding hell is a motivator for you, remember that is how we will be judged, and take the steps you need to get right with God.

Hoopes cites Jesus’ story of Lazarus and the Rich Man.

For Jesus, it is impossible to love him and not serve the poor. It is there in the Last Judgement in Matthew 25:31-46; it is there in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. Anyone who thinks they are doing so is fooling themselves.

Certainly it is good to love the poor and to help them.  The story of Lazarus condemns sloth, greed, and lack of charity; sins of omission which can be temptations to those leading cushy lives.  When I hear this story I think of limousine liberals; Hollywood stars who advocate for trendy causes and government programs, but do little good.

But this new mantra emerging in the Time of Mercy, where it doesn’t matter how much faith you have, how many Masses or Sacraments you seek, if you don’t help the poor then you’re damned; is ugly.

The Mass and Sacraments should never been posed against good works as if they are only both good together.  The Mass is always good and beneficial and lack of charity is never good.  Why this dichotomy?  Are we supposed to think that the Sacraments don’t work in our hearts and souls?  Where is your faith?

Next are we going to learn again how climate change is racist and hurts the poor, and how we’re going to Hell if we don’t think like Al Gore?  If Lazarus is lying full of sores in the street, you won’t get to Heaven giving him Obamacare.