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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Holy Communion possible for Adulterers states Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher at Synod Press Briefing

Adulterist innovators at today's Press Briefing refused to remove the issue of giving Holy Communion to Adulterers. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher has achieved infamy for suggesting women as deaconesses, while Canada's family life is in virtual free fall. Divorce, fornication, contraception, abortion, homosexuality and pornography are rampant, yet, this prelate saw fit to spew forth nonsense on women deaconesses. What an act of betrayal and treachery!

As to Holy Communion for adulterers he also claims it is an open issue whether it is doctrinal or pastoral. Sorry Paul-Andre Durocher, it is not pastoral: it is doctrinal. Further, pastoral decisions are always built on doctrine. 

At the end of the briefing, the panel was asked if the question of the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to the Eucharist was still open to discussion. Archbishop Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council of Social Communication, said that the issue was open. “It is open on a pastoral level but remember what the Pope said about doctrine,” he said. Asked if the reception of the Eucharist by divorced and remarried persons was a “doctrine or a discipline” Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, replied saying that different people may see this differently and that it was part of the work of the Synod to discuss this.

The following video of Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher shows his manipulative intent vis-a-vis Holy Communion for adulterers.

BREAKING: Possible "extra charges" to be laid against Linda Gibbons?

Linda Gibbons was arrested outside the east-end Toronto, Morgentaler abortuary on September 3rd, 2015. She was arrested arrested for peacefully and lovingly holding a sign that read: "Why mom, when I have so much love to give?"  You may read my detailed report of her arrest here. 

She had another video court appearance this morning - Linda is being held in the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton, Ontario - to learn that yet another hearing will be held next Tuesday, the 13th when possible "extra charges" may be sought by the prosecutor for the Ontario government. 

Please pray for Linda. The situation in Canada is very grave indeed, a State ruled by a spirit of fascism in 'white gloves'. The Catholic Church in our country is weak and, generally speaking has cowardly and go-along-to-get-along churchmen. 

It is indeed ironic that on this very day that possible "extra charges' may be laid against Linda, Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher stood up at the Synod of the Family and gave the very first public statement from a Canadian Bishop. Pray what did he talk about? Abortion - that is destroying this country? Pornography - that is rampant in our society? Contraception - that is taken by the vast majority of "Catholics"? Homosexuality and "same-sex marriage" that a majority of "Catholics" support? Euthanasia - that is presently being sneaked into this country? NO! All he could drone on about was deaconesses! What a traitor, what a fool! What a Judas!

Archbishop Gadecki: "Gender ideology is worse than communism" ~ to speak of mercy without truth is "a great error..."

In an interview with CNA Deutschland, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki stated the following, according to a report from Polonia Christiana: 

On gender ideology: 

"its ideology is clear, it wishes to destroy the matrimonial union and the family"

"The image portrayed of marriage and the family by the media is tragic. What is presented so many times in the media as family, has nothing to do with Christianity" 

On detaching mercy from justice and truth: 

"This is a great hermeneutical error. It is precisely that "justice" and "truth" are inextricably linked. They are, so to speak, the two sides of the same situation. Justice means giving to someone what rightly belongs to him. Mercy, in its turn, is to give to someone what rightly and reasonably does not belong to him".  

"The Church, in a way, serves like a GPS guide for humanity. This means that wherever there is man and where he is getting lost, it is enough for him to come to the Church and the Church will show him the way to his right end, irrespective of where he is in the world, or his spiritual situation". 

(translation: Toronto Catholic Witness) 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Is the media and the "loving" Lavender Mafia now intending to crucify Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Vigano?

A "gay" online news site clamours for Archbishop Vigano's head
The New York Times carries a report that claims Mrs. Kim Davis' meeting with Pope Francis was arranged by the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, His Excellency Carlo Maria Vigano. Fair enough. What is not fair, indeed despicable is the innuendo and smear job against the Archbishop. What does the Times mean by stating that he is "an amiable 74-year-old northern Italian with an appreciation for good red wine...a cultural conservative born into a wealthy family...[an] ambitious Italian..."? 

The NY Times claims the Archbishop "could be in for a chillier reception the next time he goes to the Vatican". Why would he? Apparently, because he arranged that Kim Davis meet the Pope? You may ask why would such a meeting be held in distain; why would the Pope not wish to encourage and support a conscientious objector? Certainly a large number of churchmen have been falling over themselves to downplay, dismiss, obfuscate this meeting. And a number of them have been playing up the Papal meeting with the two practicing homosexuals at the Nunciature. Why? A very, very good question. A question for them to tell us. 

Up with the "gays", down with Kim Davis. Why, Fr. Beck? 

According to the New York Times, the Holy See Press Office depicted the Papal meeting with Mrs. Davis in this manner:

But the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, said on Friday that the office of Archbishop Viganò had extended the invitation to Ms. Davis and that the pope was probably not briefed about her case. And the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the chief Vatican spokesman, depicted the meeting as one meet-and-greet among many.

Metro has this to say: 

Dr Massimo Faggioli, an associate professor of theology and director of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, said: ‘The pope has to be able to rely on his own system, and in this case the system failed him. The question is, was it a mistake, or was it done with full knowledge of how toxic she was?

So Kim Davis is "toxic". What about Mo Rocca? Or the "gay couple" who were brought to the Vatican Nunciature, replete with video cameras? 

Interestingly, Faggioli also writes for the homosexualist, Jesuit America magazine. 

BREAKING: Fr. Dariusz Oko speaks: the homolobby is "the dark side of the Church"

Fr. Dariusz Oko 
Fr. Dariusz Oko has given an interview this morning on the homolobby, and Krzysztof Charamsa, for the Polish language el.pl [Super Express]. Toronto Catholic Witess presents to readers a complete translation. Of note is Fr. Oko's prophetic combat against the existence of a powerful, and malignant  group of homosexual churchmen, that he rightly terms the homolobby. It is this same lobby that, according to Fr. Oko, enabled, protected and advanced the career of Krzysztof Charamsa.

The interview, in the original Polish, may be read here. 

[Note: you may republish this translation, but you must, in your re-publication, credit and link to Toronto Catholic Witness]

Super Express: You mentioned, Father, that you are in a position to finance the treatment of Father Christopher Charamsa, who admitted he was gay, and requests changes in the Church's teaching. Is he  actually ill, or are we rather dealing with a cynical game?

Fr. Dariusz Oko: That we don't completely know, because we can never totally know the human soul. He does, however, give an impression of someone with personality disorders. It could well be cynicism, but that perfectly combines with disorders. But what he says, and the article in "Tygodnik Powszechny", this hateful attack, showing such inconsistency, shows that we are dealing with a man possessed by hatred and sex. A man who places sex above God and the teaching of the Church. He wants to prohibit Catholics from any emphatic stand against the enemies of the Faith and the Church; Jesus spoke of whitewashed tombs, a brood of vipers, and murderers of the prophets. Yet Charamsa himself uses language that is violent, and with incredible aggression and contempt for people. This shows disorders. His disorder is also due to his succumbing to becoming homosexual. In this regard, he needs treatment and I told him I would be happy to help him. 

Super Express: Fr. Charamsa prior to his coming out, with his now famous article in "Tygodnik Powszechny", was for years believed to adhere to the Church. The editor now says that he knew about the orientation of Fr. Charamsa and the text would still have been published ...

Fr.Oko: Father Boniecki even said that every word in this article is true. However, Fr. Charamsa could not even quote accurately in the "Tygodnik Powszechny" article. This is a betrayal. 

Super Express: How is this betrayal shown?

Fr. Oko: "Gazeta Wyborcza" and "Tygodnik Powszechny" have published dozens of hateful articles about me, and the height of this hatred was Fr. Charamsa's article, that, if possible, was to destroy me. We know that "Gazeta Wyborcza" is the nexus point of hatred against the Church. If we even say one word that is critical of Jews or gays, we learn that we are anti-Semites or homophobes, people full of hate. In contrast, as was shown in Arthur Dmochowki's book, "Kosciol Wyborcza", [the church of Wyborcza] every issue, since its inception, has published about the Church. All of these articles are either negative or very negative. Their journalists are volcanic with hatred against the Church.

Super Express: But "Tygodnik Powszechny" for years was seen as close to the Church?

Fr. Oko: "Tygodnik Powszechny" lives in perfect harmony with "GW" [Gazeta Wyborcz]. It is therefore the centre of the largest betrayal in the Church. Wyborcza has different sections, such as autos, women and religion. It is in this last section that "Tygodnik Powszechny" plays a role. One sees that on all sensitive issues it takes a stand with the atheistic left, and not the Church. "TP" directly and fanatically supports homosexuality, in vitro fertilization and abortion. Fr. Michal Czajkowski, who reported to the SB [the Polish secret service during commnism] on Father Popieluszko, as well as Bartoś, Obirek, Węcławski - they are the greatest betrayers of the  Church, and the stars of "Tygodnik Powszechny". I think Fr. Charamsa has outdone them all. "TP" attacks the teaching of the Church, and the bishops. Just like "Gazeta Wyborcza", it is a centre of the greatest hatred towards for the Church, and "Tygodnik Powszechny" is the centre of the greatest betrayal. If that newspaper attacks me, I consider it an honour. 

Super Express: You ended up as a hero through Fr. Charmasa's article.

Fr. Oko: The text is full of inconsistencies. Fr. Charamsa confuses Jihad with the Crusades. For such a thing a student at the seminary would fail the exam.

Super Express: But he finished in the seminary, is a doctor of theology, and until recently, was an important Vatican official. How is it possible to function like that in the Church for so many years? 

Fr. Oko: It is, unfortunately the dark side of the Church. I myself wrote about the homolobby. There were in the Church people like Archbishops Juliusz Paetz and Jozef Wesolowski. It would seem that people of their kind have provided a career for Fr. Charamsa. Those people are very supportive, it is the so-called 'Lavender Mafia'. This sick part of the Church has always existed. Judas among the twelve apostles constituted 8.5 percent. If you convert that to the 30,000 priests in Poland, it turns out that more than 2.5 thousand priests are living badly, like Judases. Charamsa belongs to this group of Judases, of Cains. Betraying the Church the person places himself above the bishops, theologians, popes, one can even say: above God. Pope Benedict XVI said that genderism is worse than Marxism. Pope Francis said it is like a tsunami, demonic, satanic. Jesus spoke of whitewashed tombs, a brood of vipers, murderers of the prophets. According to Fr.  Charamsa these words are unacceptable, our language should instead purr sweetly. If someone thinks he knows better than God on how to speak of this, it indicates a madness or possession.

EXCLUSIVE and BREAKING: Interview with Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa: "...THE CHURCH NEEDS TO 'COME OUT' "

[Note: you may republish this translation, but you must, in your re-publication, credit and link to Toronto Catholic Witness]


Q: Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska: Is your declaration in conformity with the Church?

A: Msgr. Krzysztof Charamsa: It is with the Gospels. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has released at least four documents condemning sexual acts, putting forward a certain vision, what the Church calls a "homosexual tendency", because unfortunately the Church has never spoken of "homosexual orientation". 

So, in a way, virtually no one in the Church has yet confronted this. Or, put differently, the understanding of the person requires  necessary and speedy re-thinking of Catholic doctrine on the subject of sexual minorities. On the subject of homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, inter-sexuals. 

The documents of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith are full of a kind of stereotype that at one time was accepted as true, but today has been rejected by the world. What we read, in the documents of the Congregation, is hurting the lives of normal, healthy people. Hurting the lives of sexual minorities who through these documents are stigmatized. The Church asks for respect, but a respect that is supported by something that is not clear, a sympathy.

It seems to me, that looking at the picture presented by the Congregation on the subject of homosexuals, there is no understanding of a person's existential existence; this sympathy is more a deploring of the person's situation. A person who finds in themselves a homosexual orientation has to be silent, and never realize one's sexuality. Not in searching, or desires, or in the need for love! Not in a relationship with another person! It is inhuman!

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: But Father, a Catholic priest is to be celibate, be he homosexual or heterosexual.

A: Charamsa: We were speaking of just homosexual persons, not about priests or celibacy. Celibacy is another question that today it would be difficult for me to raise, as I know that the observers in my diocese will advance the first argument on celibacy. 'Here is one who was unfaithful in his life,  obviously with celibacy and in addition with a man'!

(a pause)

As such I have not yet admitted to you how I have lived my homosexuality. For now, I have only said that I am gay, and I am happy to be gay, and I will not apologize to anyone for this!! (laughing). For this one cannot apologize! For if you apologized for this, your perception of yourself would be diminished, destroyed, finished off. Like my perception of myself was destroyed for years.

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: Father, could you speak of how you discovered your homosexuality; that you are a homosexual and how it came to today's [public] admission of it?

A: Charamsa: (laughs) I always was one. I didn't have to discover much. I always knew that I was a homosexual person. I knew that, according to the teaching of the Church, it was my personal cross, that I - in complete isolation - had to live. Exactly like all other homosexual persons. Without contact, or confrontation, without recognition of the reality that is within you. But, with certainty that it is hideous. With certainly that you are sick, with certainly that you are a deviant, perverted. That you are someone that you must reject and never tell anyone about it.

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: The fact that you decided to 'come out' precisely the day before the Synod, is it a  attempt to draw the attention of the bishops of the world to this problem?

A: Charamsa: 'Coming out' is my humble contribution; not just in my name, but in the name of other people who belong to sexual minorities who have the right to be taken serious. For 'coming out' is a call to the Church.

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: Monsignor, I get the impression that for you it is a feeling of liberation. Father, are you also afraid?

A: Charamsa: Of course I am afraid. Or, in another way, I had at one time been afraid a lot more.

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: What will now happen with you, Father?

A: Charamsa: I will be happy! If I can help from my example. I will be happy if my voice will be joined with heterosexuals and they try to begin to understand. We just need a couple of authorities. It is possible. We need a bit of - a type of 'Francis' help.  We need a bit of Francis, our Holy Father, Francis. That he awaken anew in hearts: freedom of thought, openness to the other person, love of the person. Without this hideous hatred. Without  this challenging the other person. Even if you can't agree with the person. Even if you can't or cannot accept his choices. Or consider the drama of the choices of another person. 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: I have to ask you Father, from the point of sin. Did you sin, and were you aware of this sin? They will ask you this. They will comment on this.

A: Charamsa: Is there a person without sin? 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: But that's avoiding the question. 

A: Charamsa: Is there a person without sin? Yes, Mary was without sin! The one person who was without sin was a woman, Mary. Of course I sinned. I am a normal person and a normal priest. I have sinned. But what kind of sins are you referring to? Sexual sins. 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: I am asking about...

A: Charamsa: About sins from one sphere of life. 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: Yes, I'm asking about about these, because you are a priest...

A: Charamsa: About sins touching only one sphere of life. 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: Yes, they will be asking you about this...

A: Charamsa: And you are not asking me about any other sins?

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: About no others. I am asking this because of the context. You are a Catholic priest who has taken a vow of celibacy and chastity, and I'm asking: as I say, they will ask this of you. This will be the first or second thing asked after your admitting [being homosexual]. 

A: Charamsa: I want to speak about this and I will speak about this. This problem will be raised in my book. Which is ready for publication, in Italian and Polish. I will speak about this without any ambiguity. I will be confessing who I am, what is my life.  I will speak about what you call sin. 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: What do you say to those who say you are scandalizing the Church? 

A: Charamsa: No. I don't accept that interpretation that that is what I am doing. I do not scandalize the Church. I, in a certain sense - psychologically - am defending myself against an injustice that was imposed on me for years. I have a right to defend myself as a person. If we wish to pose this as a question of hurt or scandal of another, then I am defending myself against an injustice. I recommend this from all my heart to every homosexual person who does not have the right to to be left in this injustice and not be wronged by homophobia. I recommend to every homosexual the joy of being themselves. I think that from another perspective, I am helping the Church.  

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: Would you like to remain a priest? 

A: Charamsa: (laughing) I am one, and will remain one forever. 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: You will not leave...?

A: Charamsa: You can't leave the priesthood! 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: You can.

A: Charamsa: Absolutely not. 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: But how, Fr. Waclawski left?

A: Charamsa: I will remain a priest forever because of the grace of the sacrament of the priesthood, which we define intelligently and theologically. I cannot rip it out of my heart. I can't erase it. Another issue is my priestly functioning. But that is a totally different question. 

Q: Kolenda-Zaleska: It's not up to you.

A: Charamsa: (laughing) It is up to the authorities, to the openness of the Church and the road that the Church must travel in her "coming out". The Church needs to "come out". 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Discussion of marriage at Synod of the Family is actually doctrinal, not pastoral

A very serious and challenging essay has been published by Sandro Magister on "Chiesa". The article in question is by Danilo Castellano. Buried in there is a statement that the extension of annulment to "lack of faith" is inadmissable - even if issued by a Pope - because the Pope is not above Christ. But further, that the Synod is actually doctrinal in nature. 

This makes sense. Every pastoral decision ultimately rests on doctrine; if is does not, it rests on the changing sands of time. This warped thinking was denounced last year by Gerhard Cardinal Muller as a "Christological heresy". 

The full essay by Castellano may be read here. 

Q: Do you believe it is correct to have included the “lack of faith” as a “circumstance,” in the canonical field, that allows the treatment of the case of marital nullity? Are there other situations in which this happens?

A: No. This inclusion is unacceptable, as also demonstrated in a recent essay by Luís María de Ruschi, a prestigious marriage attorney in Buenos Aires and a judge on ecclesiastical tribunals, contained in the newly released book “De matrimonio,” published in Madrid by Marcial Pons. It is unacceptable above all because it makes marriage, a natural institution, depend on faith.

Q: What is your overall judgment of this reform? What are its positive and negative sides?

A: The reform was rushed. It was introduced into the canonical system at an inopportune moment, both because the Church itself is discussing this question, presented as pastoral but in reality doctrinal, and because civil society has a hegemonic culture of liberal-radical stamp that leads one to take the reform as a concession of the Church to the world, one that is moreover late in coming.

Furthermore, the reform was rushed because it was elaborated on the basis of questionable views (like that, for example, expressed by the commission on the relevance of the lack of faith for the nullity of marriage) and of questionable choices, which should have been given exploration and deliberation.

The formulation of the new canons is theoretically contradictory and inconsistent with respect to the preamble of the motu proprio itself. One gets the impression that a “clerical” method has been dictated, meaning that it uses a methodology that proposes the search for constant agreement with the world, which the Church is called, instead, to illuminate and, if necessary, to contest.

The reform, nonetheless, also presents some positive aspects (for example, as has been said: the brevity of the process, the complete or almost complete lack of cost, the recognition/restitution of the power of the bishop); positive aspects that however - as often happens and will probably happen in the current context - will be able to be used contrary to the aims of canon law and the doctrine of the Church, and to the detriment of souls. For example: the brevity of the process, conducted on the basis of the new system of proofs, will end up in the overwhelming majority of cases favoring the “dissolution” of valid marriages; nullity for lack of faith will be a sort of “marital amnesty,” and so on.

Cardinal Muller on the Synod of the Family: "You cannot practice theology that is not Catholic..."

"I hope the Synod clearly intervenes on the sacramentality and the sanctity of marriage. Marriage is not just a human ideal, but the gift of God. Some say that the spousal relationship between Christ and the Church is just a metaphor. But according to the teaching of the Church it is an essential part of the sacrament. You cannot practice theology that is not Catholic, not taking into account all the dogmas of the Church on the sacrament of marriage. You cannot relativise sacramental marriage. I hope that the discussions at the Synod shall not be superficial, but based on a deep understanding of the teachings of Jesus, the Old and New Testaments, as well as an authentic interpretation of Revelation by the Magisterium. These are the basic conditions of the Synodal debate, if it is to bear fruit. And this Synod is very important for the future of not only the family but also for the Church".

Gerhard Cardinal Muller

(translation Toronto Catholic Witness)

Taken from Niedziela