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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 should be a "witness" for our Faith.

Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity. Precisely because all the articles of faith are interconnected, to deny one of them, even of those that seem least important, is tantamount to distorting the whole" Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis/Pope Benedict XVI

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quas Primas: The forgotten encyclical

Catholic Action in Poland

From Pius XI's Quas Primas, establishing the Feast of Christ the King: 

24. If We ordain that the whole Catholic world shall revere Christ as King, We shall minister to the need of the present day, and at the same time provide an excellent remedy for the plague which now infects society. We refer to the plague of anti-clericalism, its errors and impious activities. This evil spirit, as you are well aware, Venerable Brethren, has not come into being in one day; it has long lurked beneath the surface. The empire of Christ over all nations was rejected. The right which the Church has from Christ himself, to teach mankind, to make laws, to govern peoples in all that pertains to their eternal salvation, that right was denied. Then gradually the religion of Christ came to be likened to false religions and to be placed ignominiously on the same level with them. It was then put under the power of the state and tolerated more or less at the whim of princes and rulers. Some men went even further, and wished to set up in the place of God's religion a natural religion consisting in some instinctive affection of the heart. There were even some nations who thought they could dispense with God, and that their religion should consist in impiety and the neglect of God. The rebellion of individuals and states against the authority of Christ has produced deplorable consequences. We lamented these in the Encyclical Ubi arcano; we lament them today: the seeds of discord sown far and wide; those bitter enmities and rivalries between nations, which still hinder so much the cause of peace; that insatiable greed which is so often hidden under a pretense of public spirit and patriotism, and gives rise to so many private quarrels; a blind and immoderate selfishness, making men seek nothing but their own comfort and advantage, and measure everything by these; no peace in the home, because men have forgotten or neglect their duty; the unity and stability of the family undermined; society in a word, shaken to its foundations and on the way to ruin. We firmly hope, however, that the feast of the Kingship of Christ, which in future will be yearly observed, may hasten the return of society to our loving Savior. 

It would be the duty of Catholics to do all they can to bring about this happy result. Many of these, however, have neither the station in society nor the authority which should belong to those who bear the torch of truth. This state of things may perhaps be attributed to a certain slowness and timidity in good people, who are reluctant to engage in conflict or oppose but a weak resistance; thus the enemies of the Church become bolder in their attacks. But if the faithful were generally to understand that it behooves them ever to fight courageously under the banner of Christ their King, then, fired with apostolic zeal, they would strive to win over to their Lord those hearts that are bitter and estranged from him, and would valiantly defend his rights.

25. Moreover, the annual and universal celebration of the feast of the Kingship of Christ will draw attention to the evils which anticlericalism has brought upon society in drawing men away from Christ, and will also do much to remedy them. While nations insult the beloved name of our Redeemer by suppressing all mention of it in their conferences and parliaments, we must all the more loudly proclaim his kingly dignity and power, all the more universally affirm his rights.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The perversion of our children - support Parents as First Educators (PAFE)

The sexual perverting of the innocent is a grave spiritual crime. 
From Vox Cantoris: 

Premier Wynne, elected by many a Catholic-behaving-badly is now ready to foist upon Ontario children the same and enhanced version of that curriculum.

There is a petition here organised by Teresa Pierre of PAFE, Parents As First EducatorsThe Catholic Church is right about sexual morality. Of all the perversions, none are worse than those which affect children. These crimes cry out to God for justice and those who participate in them, especially if they be Catholic clergy such as Raymond Lahey and many others, have committed grave crimes against the children and against the God. As our Lord tell us in the Gospel of Luke; "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should scandalise one of these little ones." One crime of this nature by any Catholic cleric is too many; but when that happens the Church is mocked and crucified by those who perpetuate it themselves. When God gives someone the ability to be a His minister or a civil leader or an educator the culpability for these crimes is severe. The gift of leadership is from God, it is either used for the betterment of His people or for personal gain; God will not be mocked. We, as Catholics are disgusted when these crimes are committed and covered up by those who serve Christ and His Church. One is too many, but make no mistake; those who commit these heinous crimes outside the Church are in greater numbers and ever increasing, thanks to the Internet.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Archbishop Gadecki's Blog on the Synod of the Family ~ many fathers said relatio "devoid of a solid foundation in Scripture and the Magisterium..."

Most English speaking Catholics are unaware that the Metropolitan Archbishop of Poznan, His Grace Stanislaw Gadecki has provided us copious observations of the Synod as it evolved. It is in Polish (but for non Polish readers, you can experiment with various translation aides, that will give you the gist of things). He documented many points of intervention by various Church father and provided us with detailed commentary on the relatio (which contained many numerous doctrinal and theological errors); as well as guided us through the post-relatio week, where so many Church fathers strove to correct the errors so as to make the final document better correspond to Catholic doctrine. 

During the week following the release of the scandalous relatio, the Archbishop documents the very strong criticism of the document on various levels: avoidance of the Magisterium, avoidance of sin, a false gradualness, seeking good in the intrinsically evil, and so on. A betrayal of the previous Synod on the Family, a turning away from Pope John Paul II and Familiaris Consortio, a refusal to draw from previous Church teachings, a refusal to accept Our Lord's words: Yes, yes - no, no". Preeminent in denouncing these evils was Cardinal Pell. 

The Archbishop wrote very strongly against the "ecumenical analogy" (subsitit in) of trying to compare elements of holiness to intrinsically evil relationships, which the Homosexualist and Adulterist Parties are trying to compare. On homosexuality, the Archbishop is emphatic: homosexual relationships cannot be accepted, not even so-called civil unions. He condemned the financial blackmail being used by powerful western forces to forces so-called civil unions of poor countries who are striving to uphold the Gospels. 

On Holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, the Archbishop is firm: this is not sacramental, there is only one marriage, the irregular situation is "evil". They cannot receive Holy Communion. Again, the Adulterist Party proposed a false gradualness, avoided "sin", and departed from Church doctrine and the Gospel. 

A warning from Archbishop Gadecki: 

The fight is not local, it is global, it is a fight about "changing the teaching of the Church". Surrender on one point, will mean eventual surrender on all points of morality and doctrine. 

This raises an issue of surrender recently here in Canada. Archbishop Martin Currie of Newfoundland following the release of the un-Catholic relatio, called for recognition of these intrinsically evil homosexual civil unions. Now, he contradicts Archbishop Gadecki, who claims such unions are evil and are to be inadmissible by the State. One of these two men is wrong, one of them is a traitor to the Gospels, to Our Lord and to His Church. 

Archbishops Gadecki's 2014 Blog [source]

Monday, November 17, 2014

Church of England formally adopts "bishopesses" as policy.... apostasy complete as Canadian bishops continue fantasy "dialogue" with Anglicans

Anglican bimbo voting for "bishopesses"
The apostate Church of England, from which the waters of life have long since vanished, as from a broken cistern, has now formally voted to commence with "bishopesses". If this were not tragic enough, let us recall the delusional and irenicist gathering just over a week ago in St. James' Anglican Cathedral in Toronto between Catholics and Anglicans. You will notice that the voters in favour of this act of apostasy are elderly, wealthy white individuals. 

The only hope for Anglicans is the Ordinariate, lovingly gifted to Christ's Church  by the Holy Spirit, through the Apostolic hands of Pope Benedict XVI. 

Vox Cantoris has written powerfully on this foolish gathering, and the clerical forces behind it. Touching was also the testimony of an anonymous person who contacted this blog via the combox. Please pray for the conversion of England. 

African priest: Africa opposes homosexuality not because it is "taboo", but because it is "repugnant to right reason...God's intention"

Fr. Leo S. I. Mwenda, a young Dominican priest from Kenya recently published a letter that responded to Cardinal Kasper's criticism of the Church in Africa, as well as the mid-term relatio's treatment of homosexuality, cohabitation and Holy Communion for the civilly "remarried". Key passages on homosexuality include: 

In my country, Kenya, which is probably the second most secularized country in Africa (after South Africa), the media is awash with debates on the possibilities of legally recognizing homosexual associations. Of course, the homosexual activism is being funded by similar groups in North America and Europe. Some of our people have been made to believe that this is what progress means, but fortunately the public mood is still opposed to the homosexual agenda. We in Africa have no apologies to make to anyone about this attitude—not because it is a taboo, as Kasper would put it, but because homosexuality is repugnant to right reason and contrary to God’s intention for human sexuality.

....Any attempts to conform with the spirit of the world does not improve the Church, but in fact kills her. … The reason why compromise with the world makes the Church deteriorate rather than blossom is because of what Paul describes as “beginning with the Spirit but ending in the flesh” (Gal 3:3). It is a different kind of “gospel” that drives the spirit by the body and not the body by the Spirit. Too much immersion into materialism and fanning of bodily appetites obscures the spiritual end for which man is created: God. This is not Gnostic dualism, because living in the spirit is what places our bodies and the materiality of this universe into their proper place in the economy of salvation. We preach Jesus and him crucified, because it is the Cross that finally becomes the doorway to Jesus Christ glorified....

I do not underestimate the sufferings of people who have found themselves with homosexual orientation (whether acquired by nurture or of biological origin), especially when they want to remain faithful to the Gospel of Christ received through the Church. We do not help them by denying their cross. We deny their cross by falsely purporting that their orientation is not a disorder. We deny their cross by falsifying the eternal truth about marriage as ordained by God and written in the book of nature, so as not to “hurt” the feelings of our brothers and sisters living with this orientation. When we deny their cross, we blind them with an illusory contentment that only frustrates them because in the depth of their being, they know that they are being lied to or they are lying to themselves. On the contrary, when we charitably acknowledge their cross we fill them with a courageous hope that earnestly looks forward to the deliverance of God. Their sufferings become redemptive.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Santa Claus Parade: The profanation of Christmas

Today - sadly - the repulsive Santa Claus Parade will be staged in Toronto. The materialists will claim that it is the "start" of the "Christmas" season; usually they prefer the word: "holiday". And so the modern day Bacchus will be the highlight of the start of about 5 weeks or so of pure materialism, ending strictly on the 25th of December. Christmas is over, so we are told by the materialists. 

Let us not be fooled. If it were not for presents, Christmas would have been dead and buried from the public eye, just as "they" have buried Easter. Notice, that during Easter, not only is Our Lord not mentioned, but if He is, He is attacked and/or His Church ridiculed. But I digress. Back to the issue at hand. 

We are told that "getting ready for Christmas" (opps, the "holidays") means buying so-called presents etc.It means repugnant winter "songs", a few may have some vague reference to what took place 2000 some odd years ago, but only in the off chance. Jesus is definitely persona non grata at his birthday. 

Not content with blaspheming Our Lord; for whatever detracts from Him, whatever removes Him from His rightful place - and does not this rotund demon do so? - is blasphemy; the perverters of Christmas have also corrupted the lovable, yet stridently orthodox St. Nicholas; turning our saint from a bishop who used physical force against the heretic Arius, into a bloated buffoon, an advertisement for Coca Cola (having abandoned his priesthood on the way and contracting an illicit marriage). 

It is not for without reason that it has been pointed out that the name "Santa" with a move of a single letter becomes "Satan". 

Let us keep away from the materialism, far be it from us to join with the perverters and allow them to corrupt of Feasts. But this profanation of Christmas could not be possible had society not been already corrupted with a profound spirit of selfishness. More on this later...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Archbishop Gadecki: the giving of Holy Communion to adulterers is an "attack on marriage.... "

"You must remember - he added - that the Lord Jesus was merciful to those who repent, and sharply admonished those who were not going to repent."
Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki

Archbishop Gadecki.
Photo: Bozena Sztajner, Niedziela
His Grace, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Pozan, President of the Polish Bishop's Conference, has once again spoken out against the proposal of the Adulterist Party of giving Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly "remarried". "Niedziela", carries an extensive analysis of a recent press conference. 

The Archbishop called this proposal "an attack on marriage", that it would also mean a redefining of the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist. Gadecki also pointed out that discussing such an issue is inadmissible as a theological topic, as Catholic theology is based on the Gospel of Christ: the prohibition of adultery. In other words, it is a settled issue, there is nothing to discuss. 

There is no possibility of granting absolution to an adulterer in an active new relationship, and permitting this person to receive Communion. The Archbishop also noted that so-called exceptions to the rule quickly become the new rule. Hence, those who propose this solution are just trying to fudge Catholics on winking at wide open acceptance of adultery. The Archbishop was also critical of fathers who suggested at the Synod to undermine the tribunal process of annulments and move them into a mere administrative setting. 

Regarding transparency at the Synod, Gadecki noted that Fr. Frederico Lombardi, of the Holy See Press Office only invited certain bishops to press conferences, otherwise providing his own synthesis. The mid-term relatio was drafted in a certain direction, to give the (false) impression that this is where the direction was actually going. In actual fact, the rebellion and discussion of the second week showed the mid-term relatio to be false. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Anglican - Catholic ecumenical "dialogue" at St. James' Cathedral in Toronto, was "diabolical".

This is the first time that I have ever produced a post consisting of a comment in the combox. However, it is so important, I believe it needs to be told. Readers may be aware of my strong criticism of the so-called Anglican-Catholic dialogue. Having an English Catholic mother, whose mother was an Anglican, I am well aware of Anglicanism. 

From "Annonymous" 

I am 34, and was (the youngest person) in attendance at the event and the reception afterwards. There are two words to describe what went on that night: diabolical disorientation. I am very very familiar with the inner workings of these committees and and the people on them, both bishops and "bishopettes". Those on the Roman side involved with this "dialogue" are syncretists of the first order. It is very interesting to note that the ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was sitting in the congregation and the EXISTENCE of the ordinariates - the most healthy and faithful fruit of the ecumenical dialogue - was not even mentioned, and I did overhear some people mocking the ordinariate at the reception.

UPDATE: [2014-11-15] Further commentary on this "ecumenical dialogue" may be read at Vox Cantoris.