The conference occurs amid efforts in the Vatican to ‘reinterpret’ Humanae Vitae to allow for contraception in certain cases.
Show me a Catholic not troubled by the circumstances of these days, and I will show you a Catholic asleep….How are we to keep our spirits from sagging?
Bishop Schneider is an excellent scholar and theologian. He would make a great Pope. We should keep our eye on him in the future.
He rightly states our situation with a quote from Saint Basil and his observations during the Arian crisis:
“Men in authority are afraid to speak, for those who have reached power by human interest are the slaves of those to whom they owe their advancement. And now the very vindication of orthodoxy is looked upon in some quarters as an opportunity for mutual attack; and men conceal their private ill-will and pretend that their hostility is all for the sake of the truth. All the while unbelievers laugh; men of weak faith are shaken; faith is uncertain; souls are drenched in ignorance, because adulterators of the word imitate the truth. The better ones of the laity shun the churches as schools of impiety and lift their hands in the deserts with sighs and tears to their Lord in heaven. The faith of the Fathers we have received; that faith we know is stamped with the marks of the Apostles; to that faith we assent, as well as to all that in the past was canonically and lawfully promulgated” (Ep. 92, 2).
The new entity, issued by papal decree, replaces the previous institute founded by John Paul II in 1981. Its aim is to carry forward the teaching of Amoris Laetitia and make it irreversible.
Can we really call this guy a priest anymore with his heretical statements that ignore and contradict the Church? Can you believe his twisted logic that people aren’t responsible unless they personally receive the teachings? I guess if you ignore the bus coming at you it won’t hit you.
Truth is truth whether you believe it or not. Try stepping off a cliff someday and scream “gravity isn’t real” all the way down. I’m sure that will stop your fall.
He treats all Church teachings as personal opinions. Bad priest!
Here you see what is appearing to be the shadow Vatican…the German Bishops Conference build.
Will the new institute simple be the propaganda arm used to justify the Pope’s opinions on divorce, gay lifestyle, and global warming?
Those who ignore or forget the past are destined to repeat it. This has been proven over and over again in the long history of the Church. We are again at one such point of repetition which means the faithful must press forward and hold fast to the truth even in the face of great confusion and persecution by those appointed to be our defenders. This is our time of martyrdom. Our cross we must bear.
Now we clearly see the effects of rupture, relativism, and ambiguity which can lead even the educated like Akin to just get it wrong. True ecumenism should lead the Catholic Church to be open to dialogue in hopes that those outside Christ’s intended Church begin to understand and accept her teachings. It’s definitely not supposed to bring us to the point of agreeing as equals on the lowest common denominators while invalidating key doctrine that deny unity with the Catholic faith. It appears Akins is asking Catholics to become a little Protestant. Should we become a little Muslim or a little Hindu? Should we agree to just coexist since all paths lead to a creator even if they deny Christ? Why not unity with the Seventh Day Adventists too?
One thing that isn’t mentioned is that the celebration of the 500th year anniversary is an approval of Luther more than a statement on Protestants today. Luther as a Catholic priest was and still is a heretic even based on the slippery definition of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity’s ecumenical directory of 1967, written by archliberal Cardinal Bea. So we in fact are being asked to celebrate a heretic…doesn’t make sense to me. How about you? Are you just going to go along?
Words worthy of reflection and imitation:
“You have never begrudged the martyrs their triumph but rather trained them for it. And so I am asking you to be consistent with the lessons you teach them. Just beg for me the courage and endurance not only to speak but also to will what is right, so that I may not only be called a Christian, but prove to be one. For if I prove myself to be a Christian by martyrdom, then people will call me one, and my loyalty to Christ will be apparent when the world sees me no more. Nothing you can see is truly good. For our Lord Jesus Christ, now that he has returned to his Father, has revealed himself more clearly. Our task is not one of producing persuasive propaganda; Christianity shows its greatness when it is hated by the world.”
— St. Ignatius of Antioch
Ignatius of Antioch (ancient Greek: Ἰγνάτιος Ἀντιοχείας, Ignátios Antiokheías) (c. 35 – c. 107), also known as Ignatius Theophorus (Ιγνάτιος ὁ Θεοφόρος, Ignátios ho Theophóros, lit. “the God-bearing“), Ignatius Nurono (lit. “The fire-bearer“) was an early Christian writer and bishop of Antioch. En route to Rome, where he met his martyrdom, Ignatius wrote a series of letters. This correspondence now forms a central part of the later collection known as the Apostolic Fathers. His letters also serve as an example of early Christian theology. Important topics they address include ecclesiology, the sacraments, and the role of bishops. In speaking of the authority of the church, he was the first to use the phrase “catholic church” in writing, which is still in use to this day. (Wikipedia)
‘Every time [Shapiro] opens his mouth, liberal arguments are annihilated.’
Well, the truth has come out in court that the reinstated Grand Master of the Maltese Order did know about the distribution of condoms just like Festing charged.
Now where does that put the Pope since he is the one that personally reinstated Boeselager, asked Festing to resign, and replaced Cardinal Burke.
Truth is like oil, it will always float to the top.
This article highlights the issue we have today with historical research, a true historian must go back to the sources to see the real story. Leaning on contemporaries instead of doing the hard research simply means you will pass along the anti- Catholic propaganda of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
Can someone at the Vatican just start reading the stacks of documents and magisterial directives already given to the Church. How can we have Church leaders that are explicitly denying the Catechism of the Catholic Church as if they have never read it. It would truly appear that they have and disagree. What is the definition of schism and heresy?
CCC 2088 …Voluntary doubt about the faith disregards or refuses to hold as true what God has revealed and the Church proposes for belief. Involuntary doubt refers to hesitation in believing, difficulty in overcoming objections connected with the faith, or also anxiety aroused by its obscurity. If deliberately cultivated doubt can lead to spiritual blindness.
CCC 2089 Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it. “Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.”
It would seem that incredulous voluntary doubt by our leaders is leading the laity to involuntary doubt. St Thomas Aquinas said in the 13th century that heresy was defined as “a species of infidelity in men who, having professed the faith of Christ, corrupt its dogmas.”
How far off are many of our leaders today from this definition? Is there no fear today?