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Saturday, October 18, 2014

And It's a Wrap -- Mike Voris Summarizes the Last Day of the Synod

Read Pope Francis' closing speech here. Read the final synod document here.

Well, things ended up better than they started with a little push back from orthodox Catholics. Let us pledge ourselves to pray continuously this year for the Ordinary Synod that will take place next October. All for the greater honor and glory of God.

Frankly, I'm relieved it's over for now. Watching the war within the Church is exhausting.

A Sunday Homily Worth Sharing -- Reflect on God's Mercy

Homily for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time delivered by Rev. Fr. William J Kuchinsky at St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Wheeling, WV for the anticipatory Mass on 27 September 2014.

Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others.

The public circus is over --- at least for now

The Vatican released the full text of the closing message from the Synod today and it's actually quite good. Unfortunately, it can hardly undo the damage of the Ratio that went viral around the world last week to confuse Catholics and non-Catholics alike. That document focused almost exclusively on sexual issues (homosexuality, cohabitation, and reception of Communion after divorce and remarriage) and implied that the old rigid, intolerant Church has seen the light and is being transform into an open, tolerant pastoral one.

My own diocese (Arlington) joined the mainstream media this week with a frontpage CNS (Catholic News Service) article headlined "A place for gays, nonmarital unions."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Burke Confirms the Rumors...

...he's out at the Apostolic Signatura. 

This May Get the Selfish World's Attention on Ebola!

Ebola Threatens World's Chocolate Supply!

What a catastrophe!

Happy Feast Day, St. Ignatius of Antioch

St. Ignatius died a martyr's death in the Roman Coliseum in 115 AD under the persecution of Trajan. He is one of the early Apostolic Fathers and, like St. Paul, wrote numerous letters to the early Church communities around the known world.

As the soldiers took him from Syra to Rome for execution he continued his letters and in one to the Romans urged the Christian not to hinder his martyrdom:
4:1 I write to all the churches, and I bid all men know, that of my own free will I die for God, unless ye should hinder me. I exhort you, be ye not an unseasonable kindness to me. Let me be given to the wild beasts, for through them I can attain unto God. I am God's wheat, and I am ground by the teeth of wild beasts that I may be found pure bread [of Christ].

4:2 Rather entice the wild beasts, that they may become my sepulchre and may leave no part of my body behind, so that I may not, when I am fallen asleep, be burdensome to any one. Then shall I be truly a disciple of Jesus Christ, when the world shall not so much as see my body. Supplicate the Lord for me, that through these instruments I may be found a sacrifice to God.
Let us pray that the Lord will give us bishops like St. Ignatius who loved Jesus Christ so zealously and served the flock so faithfully. We desperately need them!

St. Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us.

"Oh what a tangled web we weave...

...when first we practice to deceive." (Sir Walter Scott)

Evidence of an Engineered Synod

Please, let's all join in praying the prayers at the end of the article -- for the Synod and for our own families.

Pope's fingerprints all over the effort to control the synod! more ways than one. 

You need to read the entire article to understand how bizarre the synod has been. Think of all the pressing issues and ask whether Communion for the divorced and remarried is the most important item:

Political Correctness May Kill Us!

Doctors Chief: CDC Curbs Secondhand Smoke More Than Ebola

But, hey, we won't die from secondhand smoke. Isn't that a relief? Won't that make you fell better if you contract ebola?

CDC Incompetence Proved Again

Vomiting Passenger Dead on Arrival at JFK

And a CDC official rules out ebola after "cursory exam." I'll bet all those passengers were relieved, especially the ones sitting near the dead man. They say ebola isn't airborne but it can be contracted from "droplets" and how many "droplets" were released during the vomiting episodes?

Solving the ebola problem sure doesn't include letting countless healthy people be exposed. I'm more and more concerned that we are at the beginning of a pandemic like the influenza epidemic of 1918 that killed millions. How does something like that begin? One sick person at a time exposing others who expose others.

Border security in Africa is helping to limit the disease to five countries with two, Senegal and Nigeria, showing no new cases in several months due to aggressive tracking and isolation of sick people and their contacts. From an AP article:
WHO, the U.N. health agency, called it "a piece of world-class epidemiological detective work." The organization is set to declare an end to the outbreak in Nigeria on Monday.
Note that "border security" was the answer to controlling the ebola outbreak in these countries. And exactly how secure are our borders?

Do you believe the CDC and Obama when they tell us we have nothing to worry about? Are we taking the common sense measures necessary to protect the people of the U.S.?

Cardinal Pell on the Rebellion by the Synod Fathers against the Original Ratio

Note his description of the original Relatio. It was "tendentious, skewed, didn't reflect accurately the feelings of the Synod Fathers...We're not giving in to the secular agenda....We have no intention of following those radical elements."

What a great testimony! Pray for the Synod Fathers, especially those who stand faithfully and solidly on Scripture and the Apostolic Tradition refusing to let the world's agenda reform Church doctrine.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hey...If You Can Lie for Church Politics Why Not Secular Politics?

James O'Keefe of Project Veritas exposes two lying democrat politicians. Goodness! Lying Democrat? Isn't that redundant.

Politics is a "lying game."

And apparently Church politics is too judging from Cardinal Kasper's behavior. (See previous post.) Democrats and liberal churchmen seem to have lots in common when it comes to lying. But hey....It's justified if you need it to get elected or avoid embarrassment among your Synod brethren. It's just the way things are in the real world. (Remember who the prince of this world is?) St. Augustine talked about the City of God and the City of Man. Just because a man is wearing a red hat and cumberbund doesn't mean he's living in the City of God. (Hat tip to Political Brambles.)

Cardinal Kasper Caught Lying! Zenit Pulls Interview; Journalist Has Audio!

Maybe the rain will put out the flames.
Liar, liar pants on fire!

Note to Cardinal Kasper. If you're going to lie, you'd better be sure nobody taped the interview on his cell phone. (Maybe the cardinal didn't know cell phones can record.) 

Journalist Edward Pentin stands by his report and the audio tape has it all. ZENIT took it down, but everyone knows know who was telling the truth. Sadly, it wasn't the "man of God." Why does this remind me of this week's readings about, "Woe to you  pharisees?"

Well, at least Cardinal Kasper has a wide choice of confessors from which to choose. On the other hand, liberals tend to believe in the fundamental option so what's a little lie even if it damages the reputation and career of a reporter? 

Two thumbs up for Edward Pentin for exposing Cardinal Kasper for the kind of man he is -- without integrity.

More from Pat Archbold at Creative Minority Report. 

Church is now in "Damage Control," because of the Ratio

Yup, as Cardinal Napier said, the damage is "irredeemable....The message has gone out and it is not a true message."

The perception is out there now. Was it disseminated deliberately?

Ebola Vaccine in Development Uses Aborted Fetal Stem Lines

For Immediate Release: 10/15/2014 
Contact: Children of God for Life
Email: (727) 483 - 9251

ACTION ALERT! Developing Ebola vaccines use aborted fetal cell lines - moral options exist (Largo, FL) Children of God for Life announced today that several Ebola vaccines in development for use worldwide are made using aborted fetal cell lines despite the fact that moral alternatives are reported as equally effective.

Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and NIAID are jointly developed their ChAd3 vector for delivering the Ebola virus gene using HEK - 293 (human embryonic kidney) cells. Likewise, NewLink Genetics of Iowa used HEK - 293 cells for their VSV - EBOV Ebola vaccine in Canada , while Johnson and Johnson/Crucell developed theirs using PER C6 cells, derived from retinal tissue of an 18 week gestation aborted baby.

"There is absolutely no reason to use aborted fetal cell lines," stated Debi Vinnedge, Director of Children of God for Life.

As Fr. Z Says, "It Makes One Ponder"

13 October?

Yes it does make one ponder! And doesn't the devil just love to give the one-fingered salute to heaven on the anniversary of an important Marian event? He thinks he's so smart and clever and how he hates that humble maidservant of the Lord!.

 Say Jesus' name 13 times every day with reverence and love to give Satan a slap down!

"At the Name of Jesus every knee must bend in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God the Father: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!"

It makes me laugh to think of the devil being forced to his knees to praise and proclaim God. Yes, I know he's a spirit, but he's been known to take on a visible form to trick souls. So I have no doubt he will be forced, at Jesus' name, to kneel before our Savior King and proclaim Him while all hell groans. (Yes, Virginia, there is a hell and unfortunately it's heavily populated. The Blessed Mother doesn't lie and neither does her Son.)

See Abbey Roads: To be honest ... I'm sad.

Abbey Roads: To be honest ... I'm sad.

I am always edified by Terry Nelson's posts. This one is poignant and made me share in his sadness. Those struggling with sinful inclinations have a right to the truth. All of us have them whether our inclination is to drugs, sex, alcohol, gossip, etc. The suffering of those with same-sex attraction is particularly sad because it makes contracting a marriage and having a family difficult or impossible. The suffering of these souls needs, not only to be acknowledged but, to be supported by the shepherds. What has happened instead? Once again the wolves in the Church are scattering the sheep in confusion.

Can you choose an act of penance today to help our brothers and sisters suffering (yes suffering!) from same-sex attraction to resist the siren call of the false Synod being manipulated by homosexualist clergy? And please offer a rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy as well.

Synodal Detour from Tradition

by Fr. Tom Collins

It is hard to comment on the mid-term report of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, since it seems to be more like a stream of consciousness or brainstorming session than a vision statement about the nature and sacredness of the marriage vocation. 

There are quite a few allusions to the teachings of the Church in it, but like the statue with feet of mixed clay and iron in Dan 2:33, those allusions are mixed in with the illusions of those who want to redefine intimacy in terms of eroticism. And like that statue, any "reform" based on attempts to mix conjecture with conviction will eventually collapse in total ruin. 

Among the truths overlooked or downplayed in the document are:
1) authentic marriage is a sacred vocation, to which a couple uniquely responds in obedience to Christ's command, "Love one another, as I have loved you." 
2) authentic marriage is a permanent covenantal relationship, not merely a transient, symbiotic or parasitic relationship; 
3) human nature is intrinsically covenantal, thus a human being can best realize his true
dignity only through the awkward but beautiful dynamics of authentic intimacy; 
4) authentic marriage is oriented to cooperating in God's procreative action, whereby a new human being is conceived, nurtured and raised in a manner that respects and reflects the basic truth that God intends love to be our origin, our life and our destiny; 
5) defective premises (e.g., personal development is based on the fulfillment of erotic
desires) cannot lead to sound conclusions; 
6) the pursuit of expediency can detour the soul from the path of integrity and fidelity;
7) immodesty, unchastity and pornography seriously pervert the perspectives, attitudes
and actions of anyone who gets drawn into their addictive allurements; 
8) truth is discovered, or perhaps even determined by dialogue, rather than by the humble
and docile discernment of the realities, with which we are actually dealing; 
9) the desire to show compassion can easily be detoured onto a path of co-dependence and capitulation; 
10) appeals to "gradualism" and to "levels of communion" doctrine, rather than to the need for decisively humble, reverent and contrite appeals to God's gracious mercy, can only lead to "not now, maybe later" conversions - thus redefining the New Evangelization in terms of a new capitulation to the demands of the Culture of Desecration and Death.
Although this report has courageously brought to light many problems that have incrementally
degraded the appreciation of the sacredness of marriage, the family, human life, the human person
and the Holy Name of God, it does not provide a clear vision, which can inspire the world to aspire
to that love, which transcends and transforms all erotic desires by ordering all to that love, with which
Christ laid down His life for His Bride, the Church. Hopefully, the Holy Spirit will consign this report to the same fate suffered by the original schemas drawn up in preparation for the Second Vatican Council.

Personally, I am also praying that the Holy Spirit, in His gracious fidelity to the Church, will inspire Pope Francis to re-affirm the covenantal nature of humanity by examining anew the doctrinal premises for the promulgation of the dogma of Mary as Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix of all graces.
In Christ,

Fr. Tom

Doctors aren't God whether the Outcome was a Miracle or a Mistake

Miracle baby blog!  Advised to "terminate" they refused. Thank God! Pray for Eve Elaine that she will thrive and arrive in February according to schedule healthy and bouncing!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Feast Day, St. Teresa

I love St. Teresa of Avila. I spent months using a little booklet of seventeen Communion meditations she wrote as my own thanksgiving after Mass. Whenever I got to the end I started over. You can tell how much the little paperback was handled because it's taped and held together with rubber bands. I still use it occasionally.

The title of my booklet is Lingering with my Lord, but it wasn't a title St. Teresa selected. According to the introduction the translator, Michael Griffin, she frequently didn't title her works. When the meditations were published in 1588 the publisher, Luis de Leon, called it "Exclamations or meditations of the soul to its God, written by Mother Teresa of Jesus, on different days, according to the spirit communicated to her by our Lord after she made her Communion, in the year 1569." Wow! How did he fit all that on the cover? The title most often given to the book is Exclamations of the Soul to God. I like Griffin's title better. It has a sense of savoring -- "taste and see the goodness of the Lord."

Today I'm savoring once again St. Teresa's meditations and I offer you a few tastes as well:

Synod Marketing: Perception is Everything

I'm a little taken aback by people I admire acting like the Relatio's problems are no big deal because the document has no authority and changes nothing in Church doctrine. Well, orthodox Catholics know that, but, do most people reading the press reports? What does the average person picking up the Washington Post or the Boston Globe or reading the Huffington Post think is happening in Rome? They certainly are NOT interpreting the results the same way orthodox Catholic are. Even as I write this the D.C. FM station is reporting that the Catholic Church is "undergoing a transformation."

What exactly is going on?

Hijacking the Synod

The press saw the Relatio before the bishops did.

Huh? This reminds me of the release of the horrible USCCB 1997 document on homosexuality Always Our Children. It was written by a committee that included notorious champion for all things gay, Fr. James Schexnayder, credited as the primary author.

The document was so theologically flawed that the Vatican ordered it amended in  1998. It was published with virtually NO input from the bishops who were given no opportunity to review the document before its release. (They changed their procedures on releasing documents in their name as a result.) And yet it was promoted in the media as the bishops' work. It wasn't! as Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz made clear in his denunciation, saying "'Calamity and frightening disaster' are terms which are not too excessive to describe this document. It is my view that this document carries no weight or authority for Catholics, whom I would advise to ignore or oppose it." 

What's happening at the Synod is giving me deja vu. Just as Schexnayder and co. hijacked the USCCB's process for releasing documents to promote the gay agenda, the Synod seems to be following the same players' manual. And, as Cardinal Burke has said, the pope needs to clear things up. If he doesn't....well...if the shepherd lets the wolves into the sheepfold what reasonable conclusion can one draw about the shepherd?

It's Time to Denounce the Synod!

It ain't Catholic and more and more voices are saying it including those in authority! Don't miss your rosary today!

The Counterfeit Synod

The Trouble with 'Gradualism'

Scandalous Paragraphs on Homosexuality

A Stacked Deck at the Synod?

Exclusion of African Cardinals without "groovy new ideas?"

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Smoke of Satan is in the Church: Confusion Reigns!

Plenty of bad news today!

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family released its interim report which is not binding in any way, but is troubling to say the least. You can find it at the Vatican website and run it off for yourself and read it. The document contributes to the ongoing confusion of the Francis pontificate. An especially troubling factor is that the pope stacked the group writing the report (who were selected by the synod fathers) with liberals including Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

As for the content of the report, one "well-know reporter" described described it to Michael Voris saying, "Michael, this is revolutionary!"

We've seen revolutions in the Church before. They aren't pretty. Watch the Vortex below.

Blunt Talk about the Extraordinary Synod from Fr. Tom

The Extraordinary Synod of bishops in Rome is apparently toying with the idea of offering us a new pastoral approach for those actively living an active homosexual lifestyle. Instead of getting fixated on the sinful nature of their lifestyle, we would supposedly focus on the gifts and qualities they
have to offer us.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Are We Being Set Up for a Pandemic and Marshal Law?

On October 7th Connecticut became the first state where a governor signed emergency measures to deal with ebola. Sounds to me like they are anticipating a serious problem with this disease that is so hard to catch.


I don't know anything about Dave Hodges and his Common Sense radio program. What do you think of this?

Details of How Mandatory Ebola Vaccines Will Soon Be a Reality

What a Difference Faith Makes: The Story of Two Dying Women

Brittany Maynard (29) is dying of inoperable brain cancer. One can only grieve for this young woman's ordeal and the fear that must accompany it. She's scheduled her check-out day for November 1st because she wants to celebrate her husband's birthday on October 26th. And she's made her final days a crusade to promote physician-assisted suicide in every state in the nation. She's working with Compassion and Choices, a group with roots in The Hemlock Society. Rita Marker, an expert on the history of the euthanasia movement often points out that the movement to legalize "mercy killing" isn't about the right to die, but the right to kill. And it grew out of The Hemlock Society whose founder, Derek Humphry smothered his first wife, Jean, when drugs failed to kill her. He then drove his second wife Ann (who participated in the killing) when she developed breast cancer years later. (See here.) Brittany, no doubt, hasn't got a clue about the history of this group making her the poster girl for their deadly agenda. What a coup!

Kara Tippetts is dying as well - of metastasized breast cancer. But she is facing her ordeal with faith. She recently wrote a book, The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard.  She continues to blog her story of life at Mundane Faithfulness. Instead of turning to death, Kara turns her face to life -- to live every minute trusting in God and seeing suffering, not as a curse, but a grace, In a letter to Brittany she wrote, "Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known....Knowing Jesus, knowing that He understands my hard goodbye, He walks with me in my dying." She expresses a deep compassion for Brittany's suffering saying,  "My heart longs for you to know Him in your dying. Because in His dying, He protected my living. My living beyond this place."

These two women are putting faces on another battle in the war between the culture of life and the culture of death. One is the champion of death and despair; the other is the champion of life and hope. Which way will our culture go? With the courts so often having the final word, I fear we can expect the same result as the battles over abortion and same-sex "marriage." Nevertheless, we must continue to fight and witness to life!

It's ironic that Brittany plans All Saints Day to commit an act that can only be described as a blasphemy against God. Let's beg all the saints to intercede for her that the grace of God reaches her heart and saves her from walking through the gate with the sign, "Abandon all hope ye who enter here." Even if she goes through with her suicide continue to pray. Remember Jean Vianney telling the grieving widow of a man who jumped from a bridge to his death that her husband repented between the time he jumped and the moment of his death. We cannot know the final end of anyone, even those who commit suicide. I'm praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for Brittany today. Will you join me?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

What Happens When the Church Goes "Wobbly?"

I read an interesting comment from Fr. Ray Blake, pastor of St. Mary Magdalene in Brighton, England. It's the last paragraph of a blog post titled Wobbly Church: What Does it Mean to be Catholic Today?

Sunday Meditation: Focus on Families, Your Nuclear and Parish Families!

I love Sunday and today is a double dose of fantastic family fun. The Knights of Columbus just resumed their pancake breakfasts after the summer break and I enjoy going over after Mass to visit with friends while I enjoy a breakfast I didn't cook. Since Larry was working, I caught up with a few girlfriends I don't visit with that often. We talked about people who need prayers, our own health challenges (Don't old folks always end up there? LOL!), and what our kids are doing. It was a delight.

From there I came home to wait for two little granddaughters to come over and play. Our youngest and her husband just celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary and didn't have a chance to go out yet, so we offered to babysit while they spend an afternoon doing whatever they like. The girls and I did a puzzle,

Are We Serious about Stopping the Ebola Virus?

UPDATE! Dallas Health Care Worker Gets Ebola Despite Protective Suit

Is protective gear inadequate?

I found this article on ebola  enlightening...and scary. It got me thinking about all the commotion over the H1N1 virus a few years ago. Think about it -- here was a virus that was much less lethal than ebola and we were getting jammed night and day about it. Of course, the pharmaceutical companies had developed a vaccine and there was lots of money to be gained by convincing everyone to get it. But the seriousness with which it was treated (or should I say hysteria) was continuous.

And yet ---Most of those who caught H1N1 survived. Those who died were mostly the physically compromised and the elderly who developed pneumonia and died from that. But the disease itself killed few.

Now we have a horribly virulent disease with few treatment options (especially in the third world) that kills 50 - 90% of its victims depending on medical care. And what do we find? Government telling us it's hard to catch. Not to worry. Hey...we've got it under control. We're confident it won't be a big deal in the U.S.... Stop flights from infected nations? Not necessary....yadda...yadda...yadda.

How about you? Are you confident they government including the CDC are telling you the truth?