Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict
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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Solemn Candlemas - St. Joseph's Church in Mississauga

The will be  a Solemn Candlemas according to the Roman Missal of 1962 this Monday at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's church in Mississauga. It is sponsored by Una Voce Toronto - The Toronto Traditional Mass Society.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Mary Wagner and Linda Gibbons: The Scandal of Silence must be broken in Canada

"When you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me.”


Photo: Courtesy "The Interim"
Canada is blessed with two Angels for Life. That is,  two women who, in their total devotion to Our Lord, have "incarnated" his love in seeking out the lost, the forgotten, and those deprived of love: the unborn child with no voice, and the mother who is about to kill her baby.  

Linda Gibbons has been in and out of prison for witnessing to life for the past twenty years. Mary Wagner, has been in and out of prison for well over the past decade, most recently spending nearly two years in prison. Yet Christ's love has no bounds. Even in prison, His miraculous power is there to behold:  young women received back into the Church, babies saved, souls sent to Heaven. Even the Black Madonna visited Vanier Centre for Women

There are two great, immediate victims of abortion, two great sorrowful tragedies. The child and the mother. The child is killed and the mother becomes a killer. The unborn child in the womb is deprived of love, his mother's love, the most precious human love in the world. This is the first tragedy of abortion. The young woman at the abortion mill, many times frightened, confused, and pressured to kill her child is lost and forgotten. This is the second tragedy of abortion. These two figures: child and mother are the great tragedies of abortion: the life-receiver, murdered before birth, and the life-giver, turned into a killer (many times against her will).

Abortion has also other victims: the father, the abortionist, the family, society and the social order of the State. All these tragedies interact in such a manner, that they should impose on us the reality that abortion is the greatest threat to peace: peace in the family, peace in society, peace in the Church, peace in the world.

The Catholic Church, as the sole guardian of faith and morals, should clearly, and with a strong and clarion voice, speak on issues of Life. Sadly, we are not hearing this. It is not enough to issue discrete papers (that no one will read), give speeches at bishops' gatherings, have "official" newspapers publish both sides of a story, or publish confusing information for a laity already utterly bewildered and ill catechized, or remain silent on the evils of contraception (when it is the fuel that feeds the abortion furnace). In Canada, we are not hearing a strong voice from our bishops. We are not hearing a strong voice from our priests. We need to hear the voice of Christ's representatives proclaiming the Gospel of Life from the pulpit, in the media, on the internet, on the streets, outside the abortion mills - everywhere!

Photo: Courtesy Ewa Rejman 
That Mary Wagner is in prison for over a month, and we have not heard one word of support from our hierarchy is a scandal. Many examples could be given to show this untoward silence. This blog, reported back on January 11th the words of Bishop Henryk Tomasik in support of Mary. That was met with utter silence from our hierarchy and from the press (and I do not mean just secular or "mainstream"). When we reported that public prayers were offered for Mary at the Shrine of the Black Madonna, we were met with silence. When we published an open letter from the "Holy Family Medical Group" from Poland, we were met again with utter silence. When we published Fr. Peter Baltarowicz's letter, again, utter silence... and so on. Along with Vox Cantoris we have stood in solidarity with Mary, and we will continue to do so. We stand in solidarity with Linda and will defend her when she returns to prison in the future. Inside and outside of prison, we will defend our Angels for Life. 

H. E. Bishop Henryk Tomasik
There is something deeply, profoundly wrong in this country. The Catholics of Poland are correct: Canada has her head buried in the sand. Do Canadians think that the horror of abortion will just go away if we shut our eyes? Evidently, the vast majority, including Catholics, do. But abortion will not go away; nor contraception its evil twin, with an ongoing scandal of silence. To combat evil it must be exposed and the victims of it must be drawn lovingly towards the truth about Life. This is what Mary and Linda are doing. And we should be supporting them in every way we can. Primarily by unceasing prayer. The question again arises: and it is not why they keep going to prison, but why there are not hundreds, if not thousands there with them? 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

St. Thomas Aquinas: the Patron of Truth

'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life"
(St. John, 14:6)


Whereas in the Old Covenant, the Truth was veiled, (as expressed by the Prophets), and written in Stone (as in the Ten Commandments), and on parchment (as in Sacred Scripture); in the new and eternal Covenant, Truth became Incarnate and "we have seen him, the glory of the Father". Our Lord Jesus Christ "the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow" is Truth in the Flesh, and he calls us to accept His Truth, which leads to Eternal Life. 

Since our world despises truth, it is no surprise that it fears and hates the Truth. And since it hates Truth, it hates Life. Our Lord was hated in His day, and for the Truth he was hung on a Tree. "What is truth"? It did not matter, and His own Nation, through the hardening of hearts, betrayed and crucified him. "My people, what have I done to you, or in how have I offended you? Answer me..." This condemnation of God by Man is repeated throughout history; more recently in unjust "laws" passed that condemn to death a person not yet born.

Both Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI identified this arrogance, this conspiracy (c.f. p. 65) as a "crisis of truth". Pope John Paul II wrote of "veritatis splendor" and emphasized a return to the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. 

Knowing Our Lord was Truth Incarnate, St. Thomas rightly was primarily a man of prayer; and, for this he was rewarded with becoming a man of knowledge, of truth. Of this great saint, Pope John Paul II wrote: "Saint Thomas celebrates all the richness and complexity of each created being, and especially of the human being. It is not good that his thought has been set aside in the post-conciliar period; he continues, in fact, to be the master of philosophical and theological universalism" (p.31).  

Prayer takes the Christian that final step. The Way, and the Truth lead ultimately to Life. In seeking the truth, through prayer, one can, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, cross the threshold of truth to Life. 

Eternal Life in Christ Jesus, through the scandal of the Cross, it is that which the world especially fears. Man is afraid of God's mystery, of God's love (c.f. p. 12). He is afraid of God's Mercy - "that is, Love that goes out to those who are suffering, love that sustains, uplifts and invites us to trust".... God is merciful love. (c.f. p.26). 

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us. 

Reference: Crossing the Threshold of Hope. Pope John Paul II. 

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Silent Calls for Peace: will there be peace while abortion is legal?

A very interesting reflection on the inter-relationship between peace and abortion. St. Augustine defines peace as " the tranquility of order". It should be self-evident to those who cherish truth over "freedom", that there is no order, and hence no peace. "The truth will set you free". Society, the entire social order, is founded on the Truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Pope Leo XIII defines true liberty as a "power perfecting man". That which does not perfect us, lead us to our final end (Heaven), is license, not liberty. Most of the "western" world, obsessed with this false notion of "liberty" does not understand this. They want to be "free" from God, from His Commandments...

A society that has legalized abortion is one that is not free, not at liberty, not rightly ordered. Such a society contains within itself the poison of its own destruction. The culture of death is self-destructive; it is cannibalistic, it is anti-conceptive, it consumes and is consuming itself through its own hatred of life. 


The pastor of the Nativity of Our Lady, in Siemysłow, Father Peter Bałtarowicz, has sent an appeal to the 57 heads of state in the world asking for the release of Mary Wagner. Personally, I have no special illusions regarding seeking the intervention of politicians. It would not be unusual, if even a few of them responded to this appeal. But as we know, extraordinary phenomena happen ... 

For people of good will, I can hope for that much.  It is precisely through their prayer that Fr. Peter's petition will be noticed and perhaps cause a few people to reflect.

Let's face it, when it comes to the leaders of European and North American countries  (i.e. developed countries), these are the people who have stopped recognizing every person's right to life and to freedom of expression. The persecution of people of conscience is not something they will not only not react to, but it is also in some manner allowed and justified. It is no secret that for the President of the United States, abortion is a basic human right. So I have no illusions about the views that represent the world leaders.

However, I believe that extraordinary situations, miracles, which many of us believe in, can happen. I am convinced that Father Peter Bałtarowicz's appeal rests on the prayer of so many people. And I believe that every prayer on such an important issue as the defense of life is heard. Nothing can be achieved by oneself, but sincere action supported by people of conscience with fervent prayer, will among the world leaders make born the will to change the approach to the issue of life. I believe that one day people will understand that people like Mary Wagner are the hope of our civilization, and especially for the communities for which they are responsible.  

In our national parliament, the Sejm established that 2015 be dedicated to Saint. Pope John Paul II. It would seem that the politicians would pay more attention and take up the issue of the protection of life. Sadly, January shows that it is empty words.  Just as the Sejm announces the year of John Paul II, proposed legislation is legitimized by parliament, that introduces murderous pills. To our daily intentions we should include should include the request of a lessening of the amount of hypocrisy in the work of our politicians. 

Pope John Paul II begged the world for peace. Mary Wagner responds to this call. Recall the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who said: "If a mother can kill her child, what will stop you and me, that we will not kill each other." If someone wants peace, they should be the first to stand up and say "NO" to the massacring of the weakest. Allowing for the fact that the most vulnerable are killed will result in more and more people despising each other and start killing simply because the other person in their opinion is a mere object.  Do we know now why there are so many wars in the world?  Or why are we so far away from world peace?

(Translation: Barona)

Friday, 23 January 2015

Today marks one month that Mary Wagner is being held in jail ~ " We are not bound by unjust laws, but we are commanded as Christians, to love where there is no love...."

Photo: Courtesy of Jacek Kotula 

Today, is one month to the day that Mary Wagner was arrested for witnessing for life at an abortion mill in the west-end of Toronto. And by "witness" I mean it in its profoundest, deepest sense: a martyr for the truth, that babies are being killed in there. Our word, martyr, etymologically derives from the Greek "martus", which means "witness". Canada is blessed to have two such pure witnesses for Life: Mary Wagner and Linda Gibbons

May God bless and reward them for their fidelity to Him and to Life. May Our Lady protect them. Let us pray for them and the unborn. 

The following is from a letter written to Mr. Jacek Kotula and his family in Rzeszow, Poland. Jacek invited Mary to Poland, and was the key organizer.



January, 7, 2015

Dear Jacek, Barbara and children, 

Greetings in the Light of the Epiphany and the Baptism of Our Lord! I hope this finds you well.  


Thank you so much for the letter and the photos. Thank-you for all that you are doing to promote the Gospel of Life in Poland and in Canada. Please thank your fellow Poles for their concern, for their prayers and petitions on behalf of Canadian babies in the womb. It is precious. Thank-you for your support of me, and for all the prayer and Mass Offerings.

I heard from my mom that a demonstration is being organized in Warsaw January 8th (that is, tomorrow). Thank-you for imploring the Canadian Government to stop the slaughter of unborn children. They arrest me because abortion is not against the law. In these private "clinics" these killings are just a "business", and my presence and outreach, interference. I am arrested because our government/courts have first decriminalized the killing of babies in the womb. I believe that they will continue to arrest me until abortion is no longer accepted by our justice system. If the courts refuse to give the babies justice, may God give us the strength not to refuse to give them our love and protection.  

When I returned to Canada, I called Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki and told him about the spiritual needs of the women in the jails. He referred me to a woman, Jakki Jeffs, who is a great pro-life worker here in Ontario. She has been very receptive to what I shared with her, in particular about the many women who have aborted and need reconciliation with God and healing. 

I do not have any news about the woman here who is in her seventh month of pregnancy and who told me she planned to abort/kill the baby girl. Please continue to pray. I sent a letter to the superintendent and to health care, begging them not to let this happen. It is hard for women to get proper medical and dental care here, but so easy to have their babies killed. Vanier guards drive them to the hospitals/"clinics". 

Do you have any news about your court cases? I go to court January 16th. I will not challenge these charges because they are the same as the ones we are now appealing, and it would cost too much to mount another constitutional challenge. I will not plead guilty, so it will still go to trial, and I expect trial in March. I am seriously discerning remaining silent: I said all I could say in the case now under appeal, and silence would remind us of the silence of the babies in the womb. They have no voice, and because they have no voice, they are completely vulnerable to the decisions of others. Please pray for these proceedings. 

Thank-you for telling me about the Polish custom of celebrating Epiphany (Three Kings). It is beautiful. Unfortunately, in Canada it is not a Feast that is so widely celebrated.  

Perhaps my friend Fr. Paul Hrynczyszyn has emailed you? I hope we can settle the matter of the relic very soon. I asked Fr. Paul to contact you if he did not hear back from Antoni Zieba by the new year. Fr. Paul visited me on the Feast of St. John, and I think he will soon come with the Blessed Sacrament. 

As well as praying for our government, you know that our Church here needs much fervent prayer also.  A special intention is for our "Catholic" hospitals. They do things contrary to our faith and to life. We are still documenting things. We do not hear a strong voice from our bishops. 

Many letter and cards are coming from Poland. I do not have my address book here, so if you would please do me a favour, would you please send Fr. Piotr Baltarowicz my warmest greetings? I did not hear from him for a few weeks, and I hope he is well. 

Please give hugs to all the family... Mom and Dad are OK. I can call them collect and we speak a few times each week. I call Linda [Gibbons] every other day - we are closer, so it is not expensive... 

God bless you and keep you. In Christ, 

Mary 

Thomas Rosica, CSB: "Intrinsically disordered" is "offensive" ~ part two of our critique of the "lecture"

Cardinal Muller:  at the Synod there were 
"even bishops who have allowed themselves 
to be somehow blinded by a secularized society".

Does The Catechism of the Catholic Church contain "expressions or terminology that are offensive or that ordinary people cannot grasp"? So implied Thomas Rosica, CSB, at his lecture on the Synod of the Family, broadcast on Salt and Light TV, this past Tuesday, 19, 2015. Apparently the use of "intrinsically disordered" in reference to homosexuality, is an, "expression[s] or terminology that are offensive...". 

Fr. Rosica claimed that the Synod did not try to change the teaching of the Church on homosexuality. (For a moment, were we being told that the mid-term relatio was a myth?).  He said that the Catechism was not being undermined. But, he then informed the sparse audience that this same relatio contained: 

"new language that is respectful of people, and avoids expressions or terminology that are offensive or that ordinary people cannot grasp. For example the document does not speak of homosexuality  as intrinsically disordered. Nor, does it use the term Natural Law, which for many people is not understandable. It doesn't categorize those who cohabit before marriage as living in sin. This provisional text, this mid-term report, looked for positive elements in the various and diversified situations in which couples live. From cohabitation to marriage and irregular unions, to homosexual unions, which its states clearly are never to be equated as matrimony".

We ask, how can chaste and holy matrimony even be mentioned in the same context of the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts? And how can there even be a suggestion that there are "positive elements" in something that is intrinsically evil?

The point is, not the rejection of "homosexual marriage", but the rejection of homosexual "unions" and homosexual activity as always and everywhere being intrinsically disordered is the point. From this basic moral principle, as pointed out in the Catechism, flows the obvious conclusion that there is no such thing as homosexual "matrimony". 

So yes! it is a black and white issue, it is a "yes or no"; there is no shade of grey here. 


Barona and The Vox

Thursday, 22 January 2015

An Open Letter to "The Catholic Register", by Jane Wagner ~ "this is a story worthy of publication, but you have been silent..."




Dear Editor

I had not intended to write to you after Michael Coren's scathing indictment of my daughter, Mary Wagner. I do not believe he is deserving of a reply; his "opinion" was both spiteful and childish. Beyond that, to continue to discuss the topic of Mary's incarceration, in the way that he does, makes it about Mary, and that is something she clearly never wanted. Her focus has always been, and will always be, the babies, who lives are being taken every day at the abortion mills in cities all over our country. We Canadians, we Catholics, have become numb to the killings and have demonstrated daily that we don't care, at least not enough to do something about it. 

I am writing to you, not to convince you of my daughter's purity of motives, because she doesn't need defending. You need only to meet her to know that she is real, that she lives and breathes the Gospel of Life with all of her being. I am writing to let you know that I am greatly disappointed in your paper, one which ought to herald a story that affirms so deeply the value of human life in the womb. That one person would renounce her freedom, her youth, and her own future, speaks clearly of the value of these little ones. She has raised them up for our collective consciousness by her willing sacrifice. It really is about these precious babies. Mary has taken to her heart the words of our great St John Paul II to "be not afraid", and to follow his lead in disobeying an illicit law that permits abortion. 

“Abortion and euthanasia are crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize.... In the         case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is never licit to obey it..."  St John Paul's exhortation in The Gospel of Life.

This is a story worthy of publication, but you have been silent about it. 

So, why does The Catholic Register stoop to publish absurdity such as Coren has penned? As an editor of a Catholic newspaper you should uphold the Teachings and the Truth given to us by of our Catholic leaders, our saints, our Popes. Instead, you publish a deplorable article from a man who has never spoken to or met the woman he is vilifying. Clearly, you have failed in your duty to write the Truth in a Catholic manner this time around. 

God bless you. I hope you do better next time.

Sincerely,

Jane Wagner

An Open Letter to "The Catholic Register": By Jane Wagner ~ "this is a story worthy of publication, but you have been silent about it"



Dear Editor

I had not intended to write to you after Michael Coren's scathing indictment of my daughter, Mary Wagner. I do not believe he is deserving of a reply; his "opinion" was both spiteful and childish. Beyond that, to continue to discuss the topic of Mary's incarceration, in the way that he does, makes it about Mary, and that is something she clearly never wanted. Her focus has always been, and will always be, the babies, who lives are being taken every day at the abortion mills in cities all over our country. We Canadians, we Catholics, have become numb to the killings and have demonstrated daily that we don't care, at least not enough to do something about it. 

I am writing to you, not to convince you of my daughter's purity of motives, because she doesn't need defending. You need only to meet her to know that she is real, that she lives and breathes the Gospel of Life with all of her being. I am writing to let you know that I am greatly disappointed in your paper, one which ought to herald a story that affirms so deeply the value of human life in the womb. That one person would renounce her freedom, her youth, and her own future, speaks clearly of the value of these little ones. She has raised them up for our collective consciousness by her willing sacrifice. It really is about these precious babies. Mary has taken to her heart the words of our great St John Paul II to "be not afraid", and to follow his lead in disobeying an illicit law that permits abortion. 

“Abortion and euthanasia are crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize.... In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is never licit to obey it..."  St John Paul's exhortation in The Gospel of Life.

This is a story worthy of publication, but you have been silent about it. 

So, why does The Catholic Register stoop to publish absurdity such as Coren has penned? As an editor of a Catholic newspaper you should uphold the Teachings and the Truth given to us by of our Catholic leaders, our saints, our Popes. Instead, you publish a deplorable article from a man who has never spoken to or met the woman he is vilifying. Clearly, you have failed in your duty to write the Truth in a Catholic manner this time around. 

God bless you. I hope you do better next time.

Sincerely,

Jane Wagner

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Polish pro-life court case will resume in March

Przemyslaw Sycz and Jacek Kotula of Fundajca PRO-Right to Life at Court
From Nasz Dziennik on the case of Jacek Kotula and Przemyslaw Sycz, who are defending themselves from criminal and civil charges being brought by the Pro-Familia hospital that performs abortions in Poland. The two defendants are being sued for exposing the truth about this hospital.



[Updated: 2:20 p.m.] From Mr. Przemyslaw Sycz: 

"we thank everyone for their prayers. Entering the court, I had the feeling that Mary Wagner was with us with her thoughts and prayers. Many people were at home praying for us, and well over a dozen at the court house. The next hearing will be March 3rd".  


From Nasz Dziennik:


The District Court in Rzeszów concluded today's hearing of the pro-lifers accused by the hospital Pro-Familia. Before the cours testimony was given by Agata Rejman, a midwife, the  head of the Foundation PRO - "Prawo do Zycia" [Right to Life],  Mariusz Dzierżawski.

At the request of the hospital, Pro-Familia, evidence was excluded from the public, therefore, any particulars of the hearing, cannot be told. On the other hand, it can be said that the hospital Pro-Familia is pursuing the chasing defenders of life, with the full legal and procedural processes of both the Criminal Procedure Art. 212 of the Criminal Code, as well as civil proceedings,said after the courtroom attorney, George Kwasniewski  after leaving the courtroom. Defendants, Przemyslaw Sycz and Jacek Kotula, members of the Foundation PRO - Right to Life, said that the court has not yet completed the hearing of witnesses. 

Agata Rejman, a midwife, testified today that she was coerced by the hospital authorities Pro-Familia, to participate in an abortion; as well as the head of the Foundation PRO - Right to Life Mariusz Dzierżawski. Rejman told the judge in detail about he abortion,  while Dzierżawski answered questions related to his foundation.  "We are front line fighters to defend the life of unborn children in Poland; someone has finally say "enough abortion."Human life begins at conception. We appeal to all those who raise a hand for innocent children and try to convince others that they do it out of love for the child and the mother, so they  not hypocrites and turn",  he said in an interview with Nasz Dziennik's, Jacek Kotula. "To date, we have had nine litigations, which attempted to prevent us from speaking and showing the truth about abortion, all of which we won. I hope that this time the trial before the courts in Rzeszow also end with the victory of truth and freedom", concluded  Dzierżawski.

(Translation: Barona)

Will Fr. Thomas Rosica of Salt and Light TV reject the "neo-pagan ideology" of the Mid-term relatio of the Synod of the Family?


No one can fail to realize that these approaches pose a challenge to the very identity of the moral conscience in relation to human freedom and God's law.
 Pope John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor

Bishop Athanasius Schneider
Today, Salt and Light TV will broadcast a lecture recorded late last year by Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, on the Synod of the Family.  We are hoping that he will have addressed the scandalous and gravely erroneous remarks made by Alicia Ambrosio on "The Agenda", a program featured on TVO, here in Ontario.  In that interview, Ambrosio glowingly promoted the mid-term relatio, denounced by Bishop Athanasius Schneider as "neo-pagan ideology". He was but one of many churchmen who rightly exposed the homosexualists and adulterists as subverting the Church. Bishop Stankiewicz called it a "counterfeit gospel". Fr. Rosica has yet to denounce the relatio, indeed he seems to be part of the dissident group.  

We also hope that Fr. Rosica will correct the chronology of events pertaining the interjection of the eventually rejected passages on homosexuality in the mid-term relatio. The homosexualist and Adulterist positions must be utterly rejected as unCatholic. 

Of the insertion of the text on homosexuality into the relatio, Ambrosio says: 

A: "So, the function of that mid-term document was really: here's the summary of what you all have said. I'ts like the mirror being held up to the bishops; here you go, this is what you have been talking about. So it's not exactly a prescription, these are the topics you talked about, and these were the key points you made about these topics. So, it's telling the bishops: you said this! When I, when I hear that statement, what I'm hearing is, really for the first time, in that room, bishops were talking about the reality of people who are in same-sex relationships, who want to come to church,  and have not found their place in their parishes and they are asking: OK, so what do we do? Where do we find the balance"? 

There is ample evidence from Synod Fathers that the events leading up to, and the manner in which the relatio was written, is not as Ambrosio related it. Will Rosica correct this? We await the lecture. 

Next, we have this:

Q: "...so, is it a change in Catholic teaching"? 

A: "No, but it is a change in tone. And the change in tone, I believe, from what I'm seeing - and just because I'm hearing it coming not just from the top, but from the bottom up - that's going to result in, on the ground, in parishes, a change in attitude. A change in: you know what? Maybe we don't have to tell people they're wrong. Maybe we can work with them, and find a way to welcome them into our community, even though they might not be perfect in our eyes. So that's going to be huge!" 


Italian report taken from Toronto Catholic Witness
We hope that Thomas Rosica, CSB, will correct the Christological heresy that Ambrosio articulated; that being doctrine will not be changed, only pastoral practice. As Cardinal Muller has noted pastoral practice is founded on doctrine. To invert this is heresy by the backdoor. We await Fr. Rosica's condemnation of pastoral practice that runs contrary to doctrine. 


Finally, we have this: 

"Q:... re: Francis DeBernardo's of New Ways Ministries comments on the relatio"...it is not just a change in tone... never before Lesbians and gays have gifts to offer.. never before has the Church accepted that their sexual orientation ..... gifts to give". 

A: "Which is true, and in the past, probably, you know, if a pastor did feel, that that the um, the gays in his  community had something to offer to the parish it was said quietly. And it was kind of, they were welcomed into the parish and it was hush-hush. And not in every parish. Um, and I think also that also there's a tendency with groups like "New Ways [Ministry]" to really, maybe hoping for a little too much...hoping that doctrine will be rewritten, that Church teaching will be rewritten. But that, that shift in tone is big, I think he's right, that is big, because like I said before it means on the ground level, it's not going to be acceptable to other faithful, it's not going to acceptable to exclude someone who has a sincere thirst for God, and has a sincere desire to practice their faith, but is either in a same-sex relationship, or is  divorced and remarried; it's not going to be acceptable to exclude that person anymore and that's huge"! 


We hope that Fr. Rosica will correct Ambrosio's statement, that the Church will no longer be telling people who are committing intrinsically evil homosexual acts, that these acts are indeed wrong; that such people need to repent  and confess their sins - an amended life is a manifestation of a true, sincere desire to thirst for God. The person has always been accepted, but the sin  is to be utterly rejected. Ah yes, that dirty word is missing again for all of this: "sin". 


Archbishop Gadecki
As she says it herself: "... and this is huge". Yes, indeed it would be "huge" if the Church no longer called a sin, a sin, and no longer called people to repentance. "Huge" as it is, it will be far more scandalous for the Faithful, if Fr. Rosica is silent on addressing these issues, and does not correct the public utterances of Ambrosio. We are not speaking here of just a private individual expressing completely erroneous positions, but someone who was interviewed as an employee of Salt and Light TV. 

In the words of Bishop Athanasius Schneider: we "refuse to throw grains of incense before the staute of the idol of gender ideology, before the idol of second marriages, of concubinage..." This fight is not over, as Archbishop Gadecki said; it has just begun. 



Barona and The Vox 

Monday, 19 January 2015

It was 40 days and 40 nights ago....

Forty days ago, my dear mother's earthly pilgrimage came to an end on December 10th, 2014 and her - God willing - Heavenly and eternal reward began. 

In your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of my mother and all the faithfully departed.




Sunday, 18 January 2015

"The Silent Cry": Poland's pro-life leader, Jacek Kotula, reflects on Mary Wagner's silent solidarity with the unborn

Mary Wagner and Jacek Kotula
Today's edition of Nasz Dziennik, carries a reflection by Jacek Kotula, the President of the Rzeszow branch of Fundacja-PRO "Zawsze dla Zycia", on Mary's mission for the unborn. Mr Kotula writes: 


Mary wrote to me a letter from prison which was dated January 7, saying: "I have said everything that I had to say in the text of the appeal, and my silence reminds us of the silence of  children in the wombs of their mothers: they have no voice, and because they do not have any voice, they are entirely dependent on the decisions of others."

Mary Wagner is in silent solidarity with conceived children to be slaughtered by abortion. Aborted children feel pain, but they have no manner of expressing it. They are deprived of even this minimal form of defense that the tiny child has with a whimper and cry. No one hears their cry and scream when they are killed in the womb. The conspiracy against life in this country continues. 

Mary Wagner, through her paradoxical silent protest, shouts: Canadians, come to your senses! One hundred thousand innocent children, created in the image and likeness of God   are destroyed every year in Canada. 

The silence that Mary is showing is that she will not accept the demands of people who would like her approval of an inhumane State law. Mary's silence speaks not only to Canadians, but to all, that: "A nation that kills its own children is a nation without a future."

(Translation: Barona) 

Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Judas Syndrome: the conspiracy to suppress Humanae Vitae is a crisis of Truth and an act of Treachery

'Who can deny that our age is one marked by a great crisis, which appears above all as a profound "crisis of truth"'? 
Pope John Paul II 

Most Catholics - at least in Canada and in most of the "developed" world, are heavily involved in the active use of birth control. This means, that they are unable to receive the Holy Eucharist, and that the means of Grace is far weaker. It means a further collapse in the Church and society. For, as the Church goes, so goes the world. This, from the former CCCB President, Archbishop Brendan O'Brien, 2004: 

In Canada, where the vast majority of couples including Catholics use one form or another of artificial contraception, the dangers that Paul VI foresaw with the arrival of the Pill have become real: marital infidelity, sexual promiscuity and pre-marital sex.

One might ask the archbishop and his brother bishops: "Your excellencies, what have you done over the past ten years to rectify this situation"? 

Yesterday, His Holiness Pope Francis - once again - reiterated the unchangeable doctrine of Humane Vitae. The Pope's statement has been referred to as a "ban" in the neo-modernist Crux. Rubbish. It is doctrine. It is Truth. It is the truth about the human person. "Bans" can be lifted, truth does not change. We discover truth, we do not create it. I conform my mind to the truth. I do not create truth. Truth is independent from my mind!


Catholic media has made much of the Pope rejecting "same-sex marriage", but have distinguished themselves in burying or fudging within their reports his support of Humane Vitae. The Catholic Register exemplified this, with not even a word about Humanae Vitae. Yet, most "Catholics" even those who incredibly see nothing wrong in intrinsically evil homosexual acts, are not planning a "same-sex marriage" (or more correctly, a "homo" non-union).  But they are supporting and acting upon the intrinsic evil of abortion and contraception. This should be the Catholic headlines! "Official" Catholic media should be informing the laity that the use of contraception is a grave sin, and that until they repent and confess they are prohibited in receiving the Blessed Sacrament. The Catholic News Agency carries a report on Pope Francis, but the report does not even use the word "sin" once. Is "sin" now the unmentionable word? 

The Popes have preached indefatigably on the truths of the human person. No one listened. In fact, not only did they not listen, they rebelled. In Canada we had the tragedy of ex-priest Gregory Baum (rightly referred to as an "arch heretic" by Monsignor Vincent Foy) poisoning many minds and leading to the monstrous sin called "The Winnipeg Statement".  We even had the scandal of the CEO of Salt and Light TV, (who is also the Holy See Press Office English language spokesman), publicly praising Baum. This priest has not repented, not lost his position, but seems to be protected by churchmen in Canada and in Rome, who, at the recent Synod were busy trying to undermine St. Pope John Paul II.  Truly the crisis is deep. It may well exceed, as Cardinal Ratzinger suggested in "Salt of the Earth" the Arian crisis; it is certainly worse than the Protestant crisis of the 16th century. 

It is quite evident to any Catholic that following this rebellion by the bishops (though individual bishops opposed that act of treachery) Grace was cut off. The bishops of Canada - collectively - were saying that they were ashamed of Christ and His teachings. Well, He, in turn, became ashamed of them before His Father. Grace was cut off. A branch, once cut, withers and dies. It still looks alive when freshly cut, but after a while decay sets in. So too, with the Church in Canada, having rebelled, it was "cut off". The rot, was not immediate, but slowly, inexorably, the rot spread and we are where we are today. 

Christ never abandons His faithful. He will always provide faithful priests for His flock. But it means that unless, and until, the bishops of Canada publicly repent of this gross act of rebellion, there will be no change, no rebirth of the Church in Canada. God will not be mocked. 

When our now sainted Pope John Paul II pleaded and demanded that the bishops teach sexual morality: what was done? When the venerable and much loved Pope Benedict XVI reiterated this teaching and called upon even greater efforts to return to true morality, what was the response? 

When was the last time you heard a priest denounce the evil of abortion, that contraception, fornication are all grave sins? When was the last time you heard a bishop denounce such evils, which are rampant amongst Catholics!? Silence means at minimum cowardice and some form of collusion. It means malfeasance in office, it means the betrayal of the command to preach the Gospel. It exhibits the mindset of a Judas. It is the Judas Syndrome. 

Friday, 16 January 2015

BREAKING: Mary Wagner remained silent before the Court for her bail hearing in Toronto today

"We cannot ignore the great moral questions regarding human life"
Pope Benedict XVI



Our angel for life, Mary Wagner, adhering to Our Lord, His Mother, and her informed Catholic conscience,  before the power of the State and its evil "laws", remained silent in solidarity with the silent victims of abortion. This is headline news in Poland. 

Shame on you Canada! Shame on you Canadians! Shame on you, local church "mis"- leaders! Shame on the media (free?! - no, co-conspirators in a collusion of silence)! There is something deeply, profoundly wrong with this country: a silent apostasy!! 

From Goniec


This Friday the 16th of January at 10 a.m in the College Park Courts in downtown Toronto, at the corner  of College and Yonge, a hearing was held for Mary Wagner held in custody to determine bail. 

The accused stood before the court with eight people in attendance. Mary declined to receive legal assistance and  stated she would represent herself in court. 

Her position was explained by the lawyer representing her previous case, Charles Lugosi. He cited the judgment and accusations from the previous case, to which Mary filed an appeal, and upon whose ruling he is still waiting. He considered the current charge as almost identical, and therefore that his client decided not to benefit from legal aid and to remain silent. 

He asked the judge to permit Mary Wagner to read a letter to the court. The judge agreed despite the objections of the prosecutor, who also opposed the preliminary speech of Lugosi, claiming that this contravened procedural rules. Lugosi retorted that he knew law and has lectured on law for years, and that the request was unjust. The prosecutor was able to obtain that Mary's letter not be considered as evidence. 

Mary read her message, which stated that she was arrested for what she did and will do: trying to save the innocent, those who have no voice  murder. She considers that the Canadian legal system has a hand in this crime, and therefore just as the victims are silent, she too will remain silent. After reading the letter Mary Wagner ceased to answer questions from the court.

At this point, the judge twice repeated how she would like to proceed. Receiving no reply, she turned to the prosecutor, and concluded that the preparation of the prosecution needs two to three weeks, so the date of the next hearing before the same court is scheduled for February 5, 2015.

After being shackled in handcuffs, Mary Wagner was led from the room with shouts of "God bless you Mary" from the public benches.

(Translation: Barona)

[Update: Lifesitenews carries a report, as well as news on the wonderful and extraordinary Linda Gibbons].