Category Archives: Theology

Marriage and Divorce. The General of the Jesuits: “Jesus Too Must Be Reinterpreted”

Why has the lead catechist of the Catholic Church, the Pope, not spoken on any words of Jesus which denounce divorce which are clearly part of the daily Gospel readings during his Angelus homilies over the last year? Why does the head of the Jesuit order, the “black pope” as he is referred to, said that Jesus’ words “must be reinterpreted” (straight from the horses mouth in the article)?

Christ said he would be a stumbling block and as the Word of God he seems today to be causing many to stumble around the topic.  This is not exegesis nor good theology.  It’s people pushing an ideology and ignoring Scripture. Our Pope just said for Lent we must follow the Crucified Christ and not ideologies….hmm, do as I say but not as I do.

Source: Marriage and Divorce. The General of the Jesuits: “Jesus Too Must Be Reinterpreted”

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A Brief Primer on Catholic Faith and Conscience

50 years after Humanae Vitae, which many ignored, comes Amoris Laetitia, which many will follow.

Here’s another opportunity to learn from history or ignore it at our own peril. The Anglican Community responded to the culture of the sixties by elevating conscience above objective truth and the snowball effect was disastrous.  The Catholic bishops are now doing the same thing.

Source: A Brief Primer on Catholic Faith and Conscience – The Catholic Thing


Jesus didn’t “turn the other cheek”—neither should you

It’s time to talk about resisting evil

It’s time to do a little personal study regarding the Scriptures which are often pulled out when wanting us to shut up and go sit in the corner.  As the article mentions at the end, God chastises those who don’t resist evil.

St Aquinas teaches something you may not have heard in the homily resently. Stand and call evil what it is…Jesus and Paul did.  I think we’ll be in good company, don’t you?

Source: Jesus didn’t “turn the other cheek”—neither should you


Vatican booklet approves communion for those in adultery.

According to a Vatican official and approved Vatican publisher, adulterous unions aren’t sins now, just “situations not in line with traditional matrimonial canons.” The 6th Commandment is an ideal.

How much more do we need to see and hear from our bishops and Vatican officials before the universal Church clearly recognizes that the Vatican has implemented an “under the table” reform without telling anyone?  The 6th Commandment is no longer in effect and only an ideal.  Will God not discipline his children?

Sin is only a matter of feelings and personal choice.  Oh, I’m sorry.  I didn’t use the right words, conscience and discernment.  Doesn’t that make everything sound better? Placing a faux veneer of religiosity over the redefinition of terms is what the world just did to the term “marriage”.  Can you see it happening again?

Source: When Cardinals Clash


German Cardinal: It’s ‘very clear’ the Pope backs our stance on Communion for ‘remarried’

‘I think there is a clear position and the line of the Pope is very clear,’ says Cardinal Marx.

The large and influential German conference of bishops just this week released a formal statement supporting and directing their parishes to allow the Eucharist for civilly remarried.  This just after the Vatican’s office on faith and morals headed by Cardinal Mueller just said that was impossible based on doctrine, Church teaching, and Tradition.

Outside of officially declaring them as formally being in schism with Church teaching what will Cardinal Mueller or the Pope do?   Wait for it…wait for it…wait for it…wait….zzzzzzzz.  We are clearly seeing a corruption of the teaching on Sensus Fidelium, conscience, and the dismantling of the authority of the papacy.  Can you imagine how many papacies it will take to pull back this protestantized decentralization? No wonder shared communion with the Lutherans seems so imminent.  We are becoming just one more Christian community among many.  Pick your flavor.

Source: German Cardinal: It’s ‘very clear’ the Pope backs our stance on Communion for ‘remarried’


Does Pope Francis actually oppose Church teaching on contraception? This summary raises the question

The pope’s decision to empower a condom-promoting Knights of Malta official begs a look back at his past remarks.

This is another one of those nice articles because it clears the waters of the bloated opinions and just gives you the timeline and extensive list of statements by the Pope and the Vatican on the issue of contraception.  A comment here or there can be ignored but when it’s consistent and affirmed you have to say there is a recognizable trend.

Look for contraception to be promoted through the elevation of conscience and for ecological reasons both at the Vatican’s Biological Extinction conference at the end of the month (a bunch of theoretical science and sci-fi apocalyptic frenzy intended to justify and develop a spiritual platform for population control) and at the summer synod on the youth.

Source: Does Pope Francis actually oppose Church teaching on contraception? This summary raises the question


Global priests’ movement urges Pope to answer 4 Cardinals: ‘A clarification is clearly needed’

The confraternity of around 1,000 priests are urging the pope to ‘correct the misuse’ of Amoris Laetitia.

Another sizable group of priests simply asking for a clear authoritative clarification on Amoris Laetitia.

Source: Global priests’ movement urges Pope to answer 4 Cardinals: ‘A clarification is clearly needed’


German bishops formalize their dissent with statement approving Communion for adulterers

Cardinal Gerhard Muller just strongly rebuked bishops who endorse this very practice.

What can be said about this? A permanent council of the German Conference of Bishops, a group that represents close to half the bishops, just announced formally, in the shadow of Cardinal Mueller’s statement to the opposite this week, that conscience rules and people in mortal sin can be given the Eucharist.  The house of cards is crumbling, bishops are running the show, and we hear nothing from Rome.

Source: German bishops formalize their dissent with statement approving Communion for adulterers


WATCH: Pope accuses Christians of ‘cowardliness’ for overfocus on following ‘all’ 10 Commandments

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UPDATE: The Pope Is Silent, But Cardinal Müller Speaks

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I have to say I’ve appreciated Cardinal Muller’s orthodoxy and teachings over the years on a number of topics important to the faith but I’ve been a bit dumbfounded and disheartened of late with either his silence or skirting of the Amoris Laetitia issue and the dubia questions.  In one of his lasted interviews we heard that he could answer the dubia only if asked to by the pope which wasn’t going to happen and after that he even said he didn’t see a crisis that would require the questions to be answered. How sad and disappointing from someone who I felt stuck his neck out for the truth when he needed to.  Maybe the sacking of three of his staff by the pope was a shot over his bow to hold his tongue or else.

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What liberal intellectuals get wrong about transgenderism

Nottingham’s council house flies the LGBT flag for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) (PA)

The article suggests and provides multiple reasons why we might soon expect a backlash to the extensive liberal crusade from which we’ve experienced a recent crescendo of transgenderism and its progress toward gender elimination.  Yes, I used the right word because the ultimate result of these liberal novelties is the suppression of sex and gender.  Just like they say in the Incredibles movie, when all genders are possible no gender will be possible.  Actually they said when everyone is special no one is special but you get my gist.

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Amoris Laetitia Ignores Canon Law

Three ways to not deal with Canon 915 Or, three ways in which the “pro-Amoris” wing is trying to get around the Church’s clear teachings about admitting divorced-and-remarried Catholics to holy Communion.

There is a clear question in this article that like the dubia canon law is being ignored by the “proAmoris-wing” of the Church who are storming our faith for what’s now being called the “new horizon”. The question is, how do we get around the clear directives of canon 915? Read the article and you will see the author has identified exactly what we see happening today.

Here’s canon 915 [and 916 on the effect of conscience] from the section of canon law on the reception of Holy Eucharist:

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Pope Francis rebukes ‘lazy,’ ‘egotistical,’ ‘constantly condemning’ Christians

New papal homilies from Tuesday and Friday reproach those not aligned with his progressive agenda.

Folks, the attacks on faithful Catholic’s who hold to Church teachings and question the progressive “new horizon” of change is growing every week.  We in the US, just now coming off a presidential campaign year, have seen this very tactic of demonizing ones enemy for months now.

We who hold to the faith decry the claim and characterization that we are Pharisees only interested in rules and not the heart of Gods justice and mercy.  Why have we been called names every week by our own Church? Isn’t the fight against the spirit of the age that would deny what we have been taught?  Isn’t this exactly what St Paul taught when some came with new teachings? 2 Thessalonians 2:15, 2 Timothy 1:13-14, 2 Timothy 3:14, Titus 1:9, Phillippians 4:9, 2 Timothy 2:1-7, etc.  Who is putting themselves in opposition to the scriptures?

It seems to me to be a simple diversionary tactic in the face of increased pressure to answer the dubia.  Wouldn’t it be better to clear the waters, speak the truth, and lead the little ones to safety? Luke 17:1-2.  Woe is the warning.

Source: Pope Francis rebukes ‘lazy,’ ‘egotistical,’ ‘constantly condemning’ Christians


2016: The year Pope Francis finally showed his hand

“2016 marked a dramatic turning point in the pontificate of Pope Francis. It may be called the year of the great awakening.”

I’m not sure if everything hit the fan in 2016 but one could say, after reading through the lengthy list of events nicely listed by date in the article, that there are a lot of things to consider and not a few of them that suggest a trend.

The article is useful if for nothing else than the listing of each action or statement and a useful link to read further if something needs a little more clarity.  As always opinion’s abound, we all have them, but it’s not useful to stay ignorant especially when the Church is in such great need of your prayers for healing.  Understanding the truth and praying may be the most merciful thing we can do.

Source: 2016: The year Pope Francis finally showed his hand


Bishop Barron on “Silence”. Can we be saved and silent?

 

As he so often does Cardinal Barron draws our attention to insights and questions missed by others.

Whether the movie is Christian or not isn’t the question, is it? After all, it’s a movie and not a homily but it does remind us that the world and culture will always ask us to deny Christ, step on the truth, and be silent. Maybe the life lesson of the movie is the parable of the two gates (Matt 7:13-14). Every day we have a choice.  Will you take the narrow gate of the village elders or listen to the voice of the times and face the cock crow at the end?