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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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pope Francis before the European Parliament denounced grave evils rampant in Europe: abortion, euthanasia, selfishness, materialism.... "Europe.... no longer fertile and vibrant...at the service of unseen empires..."

Pope Francis' address before the European Parliament on the 25th has received distorted coverage in the secular media. and virtually no coverage from "conservative-traditional" Catholics. Strange, very strange. Silence means, in this case, leaving the Stage empty for the enemies of the Church. Sadly, it seems that these enemies also have unexpected allies within the Body of the Church. Nonetheless, I shall not be silent. The Pope's speech deserves wide distribution and reflection. We obviously cannot expect the  "official" Catholic press to develop the themes contained within, as they are very uncomfortable for those Catholics who have compromised with the world. Unfortunately, others, perhaps bogged down in "neo-palagianism", now seem to be joining hands in an unholy alliance with the traditional enemies of the Church. 
A few highlights: 
In addressing you today, I would like, as a pastor, to offer a message of hope and encouragement to all the citizens of Europe...
... care must be taken not to fall into certain errors which can arise from a misunderstanding of the concept of human rights and from its misuse.  Today there is a tendency to claim ever broader individual rights; underlying this is a conception of the human person as detached from all social and anthropological contexts...
            To speak of transcendent human dignity thus means appealing to human nature, to our innate capacity to distinguish good from evil, to that “compass” deep within our hearts, which God has impressed upon all creation. Above all, it means regarding human beings not as absolutes, but as beings in relation...  In many quarters we encounter a general impression of weariness and aging, of a Europe which is now a “grandmother”, no longer fertile and vibrant.  As a result, the great ideas which once inspired Europe seem to have lost their attraction, only to be replaced by the bureaucratic technicalities of its institutions. 
            Together with this, we encounter certain rather selfish lifestyles, marked by an opulence which is no longer sustainable and frequently indifferent to the world around us, and especially to the poorest of the poor.  To our dismay we see technical and economic questions dominating political debate, to the detriment of genuine concern for human beings. Men and women risk being reduced to mere cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption to be exploited, with the result that – as is so tragically apparent – whenever a human life no longer proves useful for that machine, it is discarded with few qualms, as in the case of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb.
            This is the great mistake made “when technology is allowed to take over”;[6] the result is a confusion between ends and means”. It is the inevitable consequence of a “throwaway culture” and an uncontrolled consumerism.  Upholding the dignity of the person means instead acknowledging the value of human life, which is freely given us and hence cannot be an object of trade or commerce..
...One of the most celebrated frescoes of Raphael is found in the Vatican and depicts the so-called “School of Athens”.  Plato and Aristotle are in the centre.  Plato’s finger is pointed upward, to the world of ideas, to the sky, to heaven as we might say.  Aristotle holds his hand out before him, towards the viewer, towards the world, concrete reality.  This strikes me as a very apt image of Europe and her history, made up of the constant interplay between heaven and earth, where the sky suggests that openness to the transcendent – to God – which has always distinguished the peoples of Europe, while the earth represents Europe’s practical and concrete ability to confront situations and problems.
...I consider to be fundamental not only the legacy that Christianity has offered in the past to the social and cultural formation of the continent, but above all the contribution which it desires to offer today, and in the future, to Europe’s growth...
...I cannot fail to recall the many instances of injustice and persecution which daily afflict religious minorities, and Christians in particular, in various parts of our world.  Communities and individuals today find themselves subjected to barbaric acts of violence: they are evicted from their homes and native lands, sold as slaves, killed, beheaded, crucified or burned alive, under the shameful and complicit silence of so many.
...Keeping democracy alive in Europe requires avoiding the many globalizing tendencies to dilute reality: namely, angelic forms of purity, dictatorships of relativism, brands of ahistorical fundamentalism, ethical systems lacking kindness, and intellectual discourse bereft of wisdom...
...Keeping democracies alive is a challenge in the present historic moment.  The true strength of our democracies – understood as expressions of the political will of the people – must not be allowed to collapse under the pressure of multinational interests which are not universal, which weaken them and turn them into uniform systems of economic power at the service of unseen empires.  This is one of the challenges which history sets before you today.
            To give Europe hope means more than simply acknowledging the centrality of the human person; it also implies nurturing the gifts of each man and woman.  It means investing in individuals and in those settings in which their talents are shaped and flourish.  The first area surely is that of education, beginning with the family, the fundamental cell and most precious element of any society.  The family, united, fruitful and indissoluble, possesses the elements fundamental for fostering hope in the future.  Without this solid basis, the future ends up being built on sand, with dire social consequences.  Then too, stressing the importance of the family not only helps to give direction and hope to new generations, but also to many of our elderly, who are often forced to live alone and are effectively abandoned because there is no longer the warmth of a family hearth able to accompany and support them....
...Likewise, there needs to be a united response to the question of migration.  We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast cemetery!  The boats landing daily on the shores of Europe are filled with men and women who need acceptance and assistance.  The absence of mutual support within the European Union runs the risk of encouraging particularistic solutions to the problem, solutions which fail to take into account the human dignity of immigrants, and thus contribute to slave labour and continuing social tensions.  Europe will be able to confront the problems associated with immigration only if it is capable of clearly asserting its own cultural identity and enacting adequate legislation to protect the rights of European citizens and to ensure the acceptance of immigrants.  Only if it is capable of adopting fair, courageous and realistic policies which can assist the countries of origin in their own social and political development and in their efforts to resolve internal conflicts – the principal cause of this phenomenon – rather than adopting policies motivated by self-interest, which increase and feed such conflicts.  We need to take action against the causes and not only the effects.
...An anonymous second-century author wrote that “Christians are to the world what the soul is to the body”. The function of the soul is to support the body, to be its conscience and its historical memory.  A two-thousand-year-old history links Europe and Christianity.  It is a history not free of conflicts and errors, but one constantly driven by the desire to work for the good of all.  We see this in the beauty of our cities, and even more in the beauty of the many works of charity and constructive cooperation throughout this continent.  This history, in large part, must still be written.  It is our present and our future.  It is our identity.  Europe urgently needs to recover its true features in order to grow, as its founders intended, in peace and harmony, since it is not yet free of conflicts.
            Dear Members of the European Parliament, the time has come to work together in building a Europe which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.  In building a Europe which courageously embraces its past and confidently looks to its future in order fully to experience the hope of its present.  The time has come for us to abandon the idea of a Europe which is fearful and self-absorbed, in order to revive and encourage a Europe of leadership, a repository of science, art, music, human values and faith as well.  A Europe which contemplates the heavens and pursues lofty ideals.  A Europe which cares for, defends and protects man, every man and woman.  A Europe which bestrides the earth surely and securely, a precious point of reference for all humanity!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Toronto Traditional Mass Society - Una Voce Toronto deserves your support

The “beautiful” was thus wedded to the “true”, so that through art too souls might be lifted up from the world of the senses to the eternal
St. Pope John Paul II

The liturgy of the Church is always true; yet Her liturgy should also be beautiful, for beauty attracts. "We can be sure that whoever sneers at the name [of beauty] as if she were the ornament of a bourgeois past, whether he admits it or not, can no longer pray and soon will no longer be able to love" (Hans Urs von Balthasar). 

The Mass should then be lived in its integrity... "ite missa est". Catholics departing Mass must strive to live the Mass in their daily lives. 

I have recently attended two Masses that strove to bring beauty to the liturgy. Several times during the Mass for the Feast of the Holy Rosary in the usus antiquiorI found myself reflecting that this should be the way Catholics experience Sunday Mass...

Here, in Toronto, the Toronto Traditional Mass Society - Una Voce Toronto has striven to bring beauty to the liturgy. Invited, and against tremendous odds, they managed to organize the liturgy and arrange to provide the music for the Mass that celebrated Msgr. Vincent Foy's 75th Anniversary of Ordination. They deserve your prayers and support.

Monday, November 24, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Pope Francis: "clinics...did abortions then prepared everything to send it to cosmetic factories...makeup made with the blood of innocents"

Vox Cantoris is one of a few blogs that are carrying a shocking speech by His Holiness, Pope Francis to the European bishops. Shocking in its powerful blunt truth about European apostasy. You will not find these words of the Holy Father making it into the mainstream media, or onto "official" Catholic media sites etc. Vox's comments are in red. 

And there is the danger that the children of mother, today practically grandma Europe, are losing their dignity because they do not have jobs and cannot bring bread home. Europe has discarded its children. (ABORTION!) A bit triumphantly. I remember that when I was studying in one country the clinics that did abortions then prepared everything to send it to cosmetic factories. Makeup made with the blood of innocents. And this was something to brag about, because it was progressive: the rights of the woman, the woman has the right over her body. (Yes, her right to kill her baby and her right to have a pretty face from its fetal tissue -- where were/are the bishops in this, particularly those of Germany who continue with their pornographic publishing empire. Pornography leads to abortion)....

The FULL text may be read here. 

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.