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This blog will be our Witness for the Faith. We see a need for good, traditional, Catholic fellowship. Witness will strive to be imbued with charity. Love of neighbor - and yes, love of enemy.
We can be reached at: torontocatholicwitness@rogers.com

Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fr. Paul Nicholson:"... whenever an abuser is discovered, whether it be an ecclesiastical bully or even a sexual pervert, the voice of the faithful must sound the alarm..."

Holy Hour or Earth Hour?


.....or, this? 

For a Catholic, the choice is obvious. 

"Thou shalt not have false gods before me" 
(Exodus 20:3) 

St. Teresa of Avila ~ the 500th Anniversary of her birth (March 28, 1515 - March, 28, 2015)

St Teresa of Jesus is a true teacher of Christian life for the faithful of every time
Pope Benedict XVI

Holy Mother Teresa

Let nothing disturb you.Nada te turbe.
Let nothing terrify you.Nada te espante.
All things pass away.Todo se pasa.
God is unchangeable.Dios no se muda.
Patience gains everything.La paciencia todo lo alcanza.
He who adheres to God wants nothing.Quien à Dios tiene nada le falte.
God alone is sufficient.Solo Dios basta.

St. Teresa of Jesus, "Holy Mother Teresa", as she is known amongst Carmelites, was a master of the spiritual life. Her wisdom is needed even more today, in a world that is deeply spiritually sick. If you can find the time, please put aside a "Holy Hour" to pray to St. Teresa for interior peace. 

Pope Benedict XVI said of our beloved saint Teresa: 

It is far from easy to sum up in a few words Teresa’s profound and articulate spirituality. I would like to mention a few essential points. In the first place St Teresa proposes the evangelical virtues as the basis of all Christian and human life and in particular, detachment from possessions, that is, evangelical poverty, and this concerns all of us; love for one another as an essential element of community and social life; humility as love for the truth; determination as a fruit of Christian daring; theological hope, which she describes as the thirst for living water. Then we should not forget the human virtues: affability, truthfulness, modesty, courtesy, cheerfulness, culture...

Prayer is life and develops gradually, in pace with the growth of Christian life: it begins with vocal prayer, passes through interiorization by means of meditation and recollection, until it attains the union of love with Christ and with the Holy Trinity. Obviously, in the development of prayer climbing to the highest steps does not mean abandoning the previous type of prayer. Rather, it is a gradual deepening of the relationship with God that envelops the whole of life.

Here are a few of her maxims, that, if we lived them even furtively, we would be well on the way to salvation. Sancta Teresa ora pro nobis. 

Among many persons, always speak little.

Conduct yourself modestly in all you do or say.

Speak to every one with a well-regulated cheerfulness.

Accommodate yourselves to the temper of those you converse with; with the joyful be glad, and with the sorrowful sad: in a word, become all to all, that so you may gain all.

Never offer to give your opinion on all matters, except it be asked, or charity require it.

Take no notice of the defects of others, but only of their virtues: mind your own defects.

Be gentle to all, and to yourself severe.

Though you may have many Saints for your advocates, yet choose particularly St. Joseph, for he is very powerful with God.

Let your desire be to see God; your fear lest you lose Him; your grief that you do not enjoy Him; your joy at that which may bring you to Him; and thus you will live in great peace.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Catholic World Report: "Back in prison, Mary Wagner inspires Pro-lifers worldwide" ~ Dorothy Cummings McLean on her visit with Mary at the Vanier Centre for Women

Catholic World Report carries an outstanding article of a visit to Mary Wagner by journalist, Dorothy Cummings McLean this past February.

Mary speaking with a nun during her pilgrimage
to Poland last October, 2014
Photo Courtesy: Jacek Kotula
Canadian Catholic pro-life activist Mary Wagner was arrested on December 23, 2014 for entering a Toronto abortion clinic and asking the women she found in the waiting room not to go through with their scheduled procedures. Her arrest and subsequent imprisonment made headlines—in Poland.

The Polish news items appeared several times on my Facebook page. I was not as intrigued by the story as I was by the language in which it was broadcast. Other women in Toronto have been arrested for pro-life work, but they haven’t become famous in Canada, let alone overseas. This was not the first time Mary had been arrested for her pro-life activities; last June, she was released after spending 22 months in prison. In October, she accepted an invitation to visit Poland, and was taken on a nation-wide tour during which she was greeted by an estimated one million admirers in 26 cities. 

When a Toronto Catholic complained to me that the Canadian media were ignoring Mary’s story, I was happy to pass it on to another journalist. But when TV personality Michael Coren wrote a column in the Toronto Catholic Register questioning Mary’s motives—hinting that Mary enjoys the attention—I wrote a column in her defense. When I was a teenager in the pro-life movement, I never met a pro-lifer who risked arrest for personal glory. Public expression of pro-life convictions in Canada is tantamount to political and sometimes social suicide; pro-lifers are widely despised. In reserved Toronto, asking strangers not to have abortions is almost unthinkable. Only a very shallow or disturbed person would do so for selfish reasons. It seemed outrageous to hint—without so much as meeting her—that Mary Wagner was such a person.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Christopher West: Theology of the Body distorter claims that the most pure St. Joseph had "erotic desires of youth"!

 "...between Joseph and God we do not see, and we can not see, anyone except Mary with her divine motherhood" 
Pope Pius XI

"That he was always exempt from the inclinations of concupiscence-----a privilege with which St. Joseph by the merit of his purity, favors his devout clients by delivering them from carnal appetites". 
St. Alphonsus de Liguori

St. Joseph, most chaste and ever-virginal 
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary 

The Church, and by extension, humanity is under severe demonic attack. When attacks comes from Catholics, especially confused Catholics, the danger is very grave. When it comes from those who claim some sort of "apostolate", this danger becomes critical. For a Catholic having an apostolate, and for that same apostolate to be in error; spiritual poison can easily by poured into men's souls.

So it is with Christopher West's strange interpretation of the Theology of the Body that is founded and developed from  "Miłość i Odpowiedzialność (Love and Responsibility) written by Karol Wojtyła, the man who would eventually become St. Pope John Paul II. It is a travesty that the holy Pope's doctrine is continually distorted in this manner. 

It was not a few years ago that theologian, Alice von Hildebrand rightly critiqued the erroneous theories on sexuality by West, put forward with great vulgarity and a disregard of original sin and the need to treat human sexuality with “a humility, a spirit of reverence, and totally avoiding the vulgarity that he uses in his language.” Further, she stated: “I’m shocked and horrified by the words that he uses. His mere mention of Hugh Hefner is to my mind an abomination.”

Catholics were rightly outraged when the Holy Family was called "irregular". Catholics should be equally outraged when West claims the following: 

"In a little known address given on September 21, 1996, Pope John Paul II spoke about the difficulty for many of accepting “the sublime mystery” of Joseph and Mary’s spousal communion. How could a man with the erotic desires of youth have honored Mary’s vow of perpetual virginity"?

Now what did our sainted Pope actually say (and the date was actually August)? Here are his words

"...the Holy Spirit, who had inspired Mary to choose virginity in view of the mystery of the Incarnation and who wanted the latter to come about in a family setting suited to the Child's growth, was quite able to instill in Joseph the ideal of virginity as well....

"It is instead a case of supposing that he was not an elderly man at the time, but that his interior perfection, the fruit of grace, led him to live his spousal relationship with Mary with virginal affection". 

West further claims that: "St. Joseph was not an old man with no libido".

All of this is blasphemy. How dare this man profane the Holy Family in this manner! From eternity God had chosen the Blessed Virgin Mary for her sublime mission; and part of this mission would include the most "just" of men, the ever-virginal, most chaste, St. Joseph. The greater the mission, the greater the graces. The Church has always and everywhere taught that St. Joseph was pure and chaste (even the art emphasizes it with the presence of a lily). His and the Blessed Virgin Mary's communion was based on virginal love. To claim that St. Joseph had "erotic desires" is scandalous and grossly impious. Upon whom does West have in mind as the object of these "erotic desires"? I shall not speculate; may the reader consider the options.

Let us keep in mind however the words of Our Lord: "But I say to you whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart" ( Mt 5:28); (CCC, 2528).  Further from the  Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2514:  "the ninth commandment forbids carnal concupiscence..."; 2517: "out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication..."  (c.f. 2529).  Erotic desires are lustful, sinful: West is claiming that the most chaste Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary was a sinner! What an insult to Almighty God that He would chose such a man to profane the Holy Mother of God. Once again, I say: blasphemy!

Pope Leo XIII, wrote these majestic words about the ever chaste St. Joseph: 

But as Joseph has been united to the Blessed Virgin by the ties of marriage, it may not be doubted that he approached nearer than any to the eminent dignity by which the Mother of God surpasses so nobly all created natures...virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity. (Quamquam Pluries). .

But there is a further point. West,  is claiming that "erotic desires" are normal (after all if the "just" man, the most chaste St. Joseph indulges in carnal sin -- is it even sin anymore in the eyes of West?). Is West trying to normalize, excuse lust by enmeshing it - impossibly - with the purity of spousal love within holy matrimony? This is like trying to have dry water; it is impossible. The fact is, purity comes from virtue and God's grace, and not from age. He is trying to claim that every male-female relationship must have a carnal, sexual component. This is an absolutely false and pernicious error. In fact, this proposition is part of "Gender Theory" that has been denounced by many prelates, including Pope Francis this past weekend. 

And it goes even further. Ultimately, West is claiming that unless one is Immaculately Conceived, one cannot live a pure and chaste life. Yet, he is contradicted by the innumerable people who live celibate, consecrated lives, and do so with the ordinary graces that God avails them. Purity, chastity, virginity is possible, is real (more real than the marital act) and is lived by those who love God and His virginal Mother above all. 

"In protecting and defending Mary's honor and virtue, he proved himself to be more and more worthy of her love. It is often said that true love must be built on sacrifice and a spirit of unselfishness. Never was this realized as well as in the case of Mary and Joseph. Consequently, their love and affection was more chaste and more pure and more human even if virginal, and precisely because it was virginal it was the more sublime! It is the greatest example to the world that love between a man and a woman built on the love of God, and concerned primarily about the laws of God, is the most enobling and the most rewarding type of love. It is the highest, truest, deepest understanding of the word love". (source). 

St. Joseph, most chaste Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us
St. Joseph, most just, pray for us
St. Joseph most chaste, pray for us
St. Joseph, protector of virgins, pray for us
St. Joseph, terror of demons, pray for us
St. Joseph, Protector of the holy Church, pray for us

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Linda Gibbons is arrested and the "official" mainstream Catholic media in Canada is silent!

"Arrested for defending life" Polish Catholic headline news
dated March 25th, 2915

Polish Catholic support for Linda in the Media
Not surprisingly, the "mainstream" or "official" Catholic media in Canada - that is, the various entities controlled by the hierarchy - are silent on the scandalous and vile arrest of our Archangel for Life, Linda Gibbons. They were silent when Mary Wagner was wickedly arrested last December 23rd, 2014, until this blog and Vox Cantoris shamed them into, at best, genteel offerings, with the honourable exception of Dorothy Cummings McLean. But there was no real powerful condemnation of the evil of abortion, no outcry as to the evil of the non-law  "bubble zone law", there was no denunciation of contraception (the fuel that feeds the abortion furnace); heaven forbid  rigorous and meaningful opposition to perverted sex-education, and so on.  Everything is perfunctory, nice - then happily forgotten. 

"Linda Gibbons, Canadian defender of life, arrested" 
Unlike the shameful behaviour of the "official" Catholic media in Canada, Polish Catholic media has responded with great support for Linda. I include a few screenshots for our readers. 

Abortion is a nasty, blood-thirsty business (literally) and this blog and Vox Cantoris will not be silent. We will continue to speak loudly and champion our "Angels for Life", who incarnate Christ's love for the unborn. So much so, that they are willing to give up their freedom because of it. The mainstream "Catholic" media to does not even seem capable about speaking and writing about it, unless they are "string-armed" by Catholic bloggers who are independent of the hierarchy, and do not rely on them for their money-ticket. 

"Arrest for defending life"
And so, this Canadian "church of Sardis", this wealthy, compromising, go-along-to-get-along caricature of a Church that St. John warned about in the Book of the Apocalypse, merely continues its grotesque adulterous affair with Caesar, betraying the Bride of Christ. If churchmen truly preached on the evil of abortion, if Catholics were faithful to their Baptism, we would not have a "bubble zone law", we simply would not have abortion! Because of such adulterous treachery, churchmen have spiritually decimated the Church in Canada; look at the bitter fruit of over 40 years of not teaching doctrine: both contraception and abortion are rife amongst Catholics no less than non-believers. 

But for all this, there still is hope: there always is true hope. Last December there was one especially strong voice in the wilderness, one modern-day "John the Baptist" who brought honour to the Catholic priesthood, Fr. Paul Nicholson. Let us not forget Our Lord's words: "behold I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Mt. 28:20). 

BREAKING: Linda Gibbons remanded in custody, and transfered to Vanier Centre for Women

Among all the crimes which can be committed against life, procured abortion has characteristics making it particularly serious and deplorable. The Second Vatican Council defines abortion, together with infanticide, as an "unspeakable crime"
Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae

Linda Gibbons, Canada's Archangel for Life, arrested yesterday outside the east-end Morgantaler abortuary, has been remanded in custody and will appear in Court on Tuesday morning, March 31st, at the College Park Courthouse, 444 Yonge St. 2nd floor. 

For two and a half hours Linda witnessed for Life, incarnating Christ's love for unborn babies before an uncaring and blind Canadian nation, which is drowning in a cesspool of death. Eventually she was arrested after gently and lovingly walking to and fro outside the baby-killing horror house, carrying her sign: "Why Mom, when I have so much love to give"? 

This powerful question remains unanswered. 

Let us, dear friends, answer this abominable evil with the love of Christ. I once again invite you to join our "Easter Rosary Bouquet for Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner..." Please visit our Facebook page; seriously and prayerfully consider offering a Rosary for our Angels for Life. To pledge your Rosary, simply "LIKE", and you will be counted. 

The pretext for Linda's arrest was her "violation" of the non-juridical "bubble zone law", a caricature of true law. Pope John XXIII, referenced by John Paul II, wrote in Pacem in Terris"Authority is a postulate of the moral order and derives from God. Consequently, laws and decrees enacted in contravention of the moral order, and hence of the divine will, can have no binding force in conscience...; indeed, the passing of such laws undermines the very nature of authority and results in shameful abuse".

The "bubble zone law" is thus the most shameful abuse imaginable in that it violates the moral order to the highest degree: the facilitation of the murder of the innocent. 

On the 20th Anniversary of Pope John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae, Canada's two Angels for Life ~ Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner ~ are in prison

In the Annunciation to the Virgin, she welcomes the announcement of her divine motherhood. In the "yes" that she proclaims, culminates the "yes" of every mother to the life of her child.

Pope John Paul II, Angelus, March 26, 1995

Twenty years ago, our now sainted Pope John Paul II issued the encyclical, Evangelium Vitae. It it, he reaffirmed the infallible teaching that procured abortion, is an intrinsic evil. In fact, so evil is abortion, that it is condemned by Sacred Scripture as the first of the Four Sins that "cry to Heaven for vengeance". Willful murder of the innocent; the shedding of innocent blood, is regarded by God as the most abominable of crimes. 

Yesterday, we witnessed the arrest of Linda Gibbons for most peacefully, and in total silence opposing the horror of abortion. For this, Linda was arrested. Last December 23rd, 2014, likewise Mary Wagner, for peacefully offering mothers an alternative to abortion, was arrested and awaits trial this coming April 16th. How is this possible? How did our society end up with such a perverted view of "freedom" and "rights"? The alleged "freedom" to murder, the "right" to do so, unhindered, even protected by "law"?

Pope John Paul explored this in his encyclical: 

19....freedom negates and destroys itself, and becomes a factor leading to the destruction of others, when it no longer recognizes and respects its essential link with the truth. When freedom, out of a desire to emancipate itself [from]... objective and universal truth, which is the foundation of personal and social life, then the person ends up by no longer taking as the sole and indisputable point of reference for his own choices the truth about good and evil, but only his subjective and changeable opinion or, indeed, his selfish interest and whim. 

20. This view of freedom leads to a serious distortion of life in society. If the promotion of the self is understood in terms of absolute autonomy, people inevitably reach the point of rejecting one another. Everyone else is considered an enemy from whom one has to defend oneself. 

And so, the unborn child in the womb is made out to be "an enemy", to be killed. This is the result of a reduction of good and evil to personal whim. It leads straight to a "culture" of death. The person is reduced to an object, an "enemy" to be destroyed at "whim". At the beginning of life, at the end - it does not matter to the moral relativist; life is "an enemy" to destroy. 

The holy Pope develops the ramifications of this selfish subjectivist rejection of universal truth as manifested by the State: 

20...the sinister result of a relativism which reigns unopposed... democracy, contradicting its own principles, effectively moves towards a form of totalitarianism. The State...is transformed into a tyrant State, which arrogates to itself the right to dispose of the life of the weakest and most defenceless members, from the unborn child to the elderly... what we have here is only the tragic caricature of legality; the democratic ideal, which is only truly such when it acknowledges and safeguards the dignity of every human person, is betrayed in its very foundations: "How is it still possible to speak of the dignity of every human person when the killing of the weakest and most innocent is permitted? In the name of what justice is the most unjust of discriminations practised: some individuals are held to be deserving of defence and others are denied that dignity?" When this happens, the process leading to the breakdown of a genuinely human co-existence and the disintegration of the State itself has already begun.

To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: "Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin" (Jn 8:34).

Thus we now know why our two Angels for life dwell in prison. They oppose the tyrant State. They are asking, through their presence at the abortion mills, the Pope's very question:... how is it possible...? 

There is no real answer, the truthful answer. How could there be? Our Angels for Life are also considered "an enemy", to be shunned, locked up, derived, despised. But they are in good company. Our Blessed Lord too, for the Truth, was likewise shunned, despised, hated.... even unto the Cross. 

Please pray for Linda and Mary, who have incarnated Christ's love for the babies. We ask you to join us in pledging a Rosary for them and their intentions. It is not enough to claim to be against abortion, and evil but not pray. Ora et labora. Prayer is the centre of the Christian life. Praying for someone is the greatest act of love. I will go further: a Christian who will not pray for these Angels for Life may carry the name "Christian", but is not a "sincere Christian". 

Please visit Easter Rosary Bouquet to pledge your gift of a Rosary for Linda and Mary.