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

Thursday, 30 July 2015

"Health Canada" approves the abortion pill, RU-486

"Every unborn child, condemned unjustly to being aborted, has the face of the Lord, who before being born, and then when he was just born, experienced the rejection of the world..."
Pope Francis

A little person who is just six weeks old

Health Canada has approved the abortion chemical pill, RU486, that causes a miscarriage within one or two days after being taken. The chemical killer may be taken up to seven weeks into the pregnancy. 

According to a Sheila Dunn, who is a "researcher" at the Toronto's Women's College Hospital, other chemical killers are "second rate", and Canadian women deserve the best when they set about killing their children. Dunn further provides us with the shocking statistic that one in three women during her lifetime will kill at least one child. This is incredible, but it shows the depth of evil and depravity we have fallen into. 

"...And every elderly person, even if he is sick or at the end of his days, bears in himself the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded!"
Pope Francis

This is the insane world we live in. Killing must be made to look beautiful, gentle and loving. Likewise the "dying with dignity" movement" sugarcoats its wickedness in this false "love". Health Canada is currently seeking "consultation" on this matter. In all of this one see a satanic component that is driving it. Remember: whenever satan gets control he demands human sacrifice. Abortion is a "anti-sacrament" to the devil. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Mary Wagner is free but wishes the focus not on her, but on the unborn, the suffering and the deprived...

Last Saturday, July 25th, just before ten a.m., on a warm and sunny day, Linda, Mary Burnie and myself met Mary Wagner as she walked free after nearly eight months incarcerated in the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton, Ontario. Her sentence was a maximum sentence: four months for interfering with a business and four months for probation violation; a virtually unheard of sentence, when the standard for the latter is usually 30 days). Her exit from the prison was exactly as she wanted it: discrete, quiet, private, without media or any fuss. 

Later in the day, a Mass was celebrated in "Thanksgiving for Linda Gibbons and Mary Wagner" at the Church of the Precious Blood in Scarborough, Ontario. After the Mass, a potluck was served. 

Mary is well and happy to be free and with friends. But she wishes to remind us to keep the focus on the unborn, those endangered by the culture of death, such as the elderly and disabled. Mary would also like us to keep in mind the women who remain incarcerated in Vanier.

 Prayer for Life by Pope John Paul II 

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life. 

Look down, O Mother upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in Your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.

Auschwitz survivor forgives former SS guard

I have had only a passing interest in the case of Oskar Groening, the 94 year old former SS guard at Auschwitz who was recently sentenced to four years in prison for being an accessory to murder. There is, however, a deeper story here that I only recently stumbled onto. Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor reacted to the sentence in a startling way. She said
"They are trying to teach a lesson that if you commit such a crime, you will be punished. But I do not think the court has acted properly in sentencing him to four years in jail. It is too late for that kind of sentence... My preference would have been to sentence him to community service by speaking out against neo-Nazis. I would like the court to prove to me, a survivor, how four years in jail will benefit anybody."
She has received criticism from other survivors and their families, being characterized as a traitor. She responded
"As long as we understand my forgiveness that the victim has a right to be free, you cannot be free from what was done to you unless you remove from your shoulder the daily burden of pain and anger and forgive the Nazis – not because they deserve it, but because I deserve it. When I talk to survivors, and I say why on earth does my forgiveness hurt you, they have no answers. I guess victims like to have more victims; the bigger the crowd, the better. I don’t understand it. The victims, 70 years after liberation, with 300 others, they were all talking about their experience, falling apart – “poor me… what have they done to me?” I don’t forget what they have done to me. But I am not a poor person – I am a victorious woman who has been able to rise above the pain and forgive the Nazis."
Eva Kor embracing Oskar Groening at his court hearing.

Digging a little further into this story one finds something even more startling. Oskar Groening could have continued to lead the quiet life he enjoyed after the war. All he had to do was keep his mouth shut. Instead he responded to friends and acquaintances who denied the holocaust by saying "I know a little more about that. We should discuss it sometime." He responded to a pamphlet by a holocaust denier with "I saw everything, the gas chambers, the cremations, the selection process. One and a half million Jews were murdered in Auschwitz. I was there." He continued to receive phone calls and mail from neo-Nazis trying to prove him wrong, prompting him to go public with his testimony.

I am grateful that I do not have to pass judgement on this case but I am continually amazed at God's ability to draw good out of the most horrific circumstances.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Pope Francis: "... contrary winds arise everywhere in the world..." ~ the Holy Father denounces ideological and media agression

"Do whatever He tells you...." Our Lady

These words were spoken in late April. Have you read them before? Just who are these "wolves" in the Holy See Press Office, under "Stato", who so carefully censor and manipulate the words of our Holy Father? Sadly, these "wolves" in shheos clothing, warned of by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, just prior to his election to the Papacy, remain very active within the Church. 

In an ad limina address to the Bishops of Benin, the Holy Father had these words:

You are right, however, in stressing in your reports that this faith, spreading increasingly, is sometimes superficial and lacks solidity. Now it is important that the desire for a profound knowledge of the Christian mystery is not the privilege of an elite, but that it animates all the faithful, because they are all called to sanctity. This is of capital importance for the Church in Benin to resist and overcome the contrary winds that arise everywhere in the world and which will not fail to blow in your country. And I know that you are vigilant in face of the multiple ideological and media aggressions. The spirit of secularism is at work also in your country, even if it is not yet very visible. Only a profound faith rooted in the heart of the faithful, and lived concretely, will enable you to address it.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Pope Francis: Laudato si is "not a green encyclical..."

True Catholic social action: a nun helping an African family

During the course of the Mayor's "Symposium", Pope Francis gave an impromptu speech, seeing the need to reject the media labeling of Laudato si as a "green" encyclical. The Pope tried to emphasize that it was a "social" encyclical. Further, that the main theme was the concept that "ecology is total, it is human"

The fact that the Pope needed to make these remarks - edited by the Vatican Press Office as they were (what else the Pope said, we are left to guess) - implies that the Holy Father has become aware of a concerted effort to manipulate his encyclical and force it into a certain "environmentalist" mindset. It is unfortunate that the Holy Father still seems to believe that large, bureaucratic entities can help achieve his desired hope, that we live in greater harmony with God's creation. Indeed, these huge internationalist entities are part of the "technocracy" that the Holy Father rightly denounces. Not Catholic, entities that are globalist by inclination can hardly offer solutions in accordance with Catholic moral teaching. This was seen in the gender ideology announcement that was issued by the mayor's "Symposium. And even if these internationalist organizations are well meaning, common human experience tells us that the larger an entity, the more incompetent and inept it will be. Bureaucracy by nature grows. The Catholic principle of subsidiarity needs to be applied in any true Catholic social action. 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Final Declaration held at Vatican calls for:" gender equality" and "gender-sensitive solutions"

The "Final Declaration" of a "symposium" has been held in Vatican City. If it were not true one would think it a bad joke. No commentary is necessary. Suffice it to say, these "mayors" and others do not intend to bend the knee to Our Lord Jesus Christ, and as such show any friendship towards the Catholic Church. 

Does this also include contraception and abortion? 

The Battle of the Synod: has homosexualist ideology been surreptitiously inserted into the Instrumentum Laboris?

St. John Paul II Pope of the Family, pray for us

Why is homosexualist ideological language in the Instrumemtum Laboris?  

The Catholic Church has a Catechism - duly referenced below on homosexuality. "Homosexual orientation" is a modern psychological and ideological construct claiming the person is this way ontologically. This is not what the Church teaches. The Church speaks of a tendency, not orientation. A tendency to what? To something that is "intrinsically disordered....contrary to natural law". The difference between the Instrumentum Laboris and the Catechism is striking. And if apologists appear to claim it is mere semantics, then why not retain the catechetical language?

You will notice that it is in the English version, - alone! - that the Catholic emphasis remains. Is this perhaps because English language Catholics are well organized and this is meant to fudge us?

All other language versions use homosexualist "orientation". Indeed, the German and Spanish versions use it even in the title of the subsection. 

From the Instrumentum Laboris (June 23, 2015):

Pastoral Attention towards Persons with Homosexual Tendencies

130. (55) Some families have members who have a homosexual tendency. 

L’attenzione pastorale verso le persone con tendenza omosessuale
130. (55) Alcune famiglie vivono l’esperienza di avere al loro interno persone con orientamento omosessuale. 

L’attention pastorale envers les personnes ayant une tendance homosexuelle
130. (55) Dans certaines familles, des personnes ont une orientation homosexuelle.

Die pastorale Aufmerksamkeit gegenüber Personen mit homosexueller Orientierung

130.  (55) 
Einige Familien machen die Erfahrung, dass in ihrer Mitte Menschen mit homosexueller Orientierung leben. 

A atenção pastoral às pessoas com tendência homossexual
130. (55) 

Algumas famílias vivem a experiência de ter no seu interior pessoas com orientação homossexual. 

La atención pastoral por las personas con orientación homosexual
130. (55) Algunas familias viven la experiencia de tener en su seno personas con orientación homosexual.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church: 

Chastity and homosexuality

2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,141 tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."142 They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

2359 Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Archdiocese of Toronto televises a sacrilegious and idolatrous Mass worshipping the pagan goddess "Gaia"

"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me"
(Deuteronomy 5: 6-7)

Gaia, circa 410-400 BC, 
Antikenmuseen, Berlin


So go the words to the song that worships, Gaia, a Greek goddess. This was sung not at some foolish, new-age gathering of sad and deluded feminists or want-to-be-pagans. No, it was sung as the concluding hymn of a televised Catholic Mass sponsored by the Archdiocese of Toronto. 

St. Pope John Paul II denounced new-age paganism in these words: "we cannot delude ourselves  that this will lead to a renewal of religion. It is only a new way of practicing gnosticism..." (p. 90, Crossing the Threshold of Hope). A review of songwriter Carolyn McDabe's website finds her writings heavily steeped in gnosticism and pantheism. For example, she writes: 

We the Gaia women, connected to one another by our international waters, have been awakened and energized through song, reflection and sharing to stand firm as guardians of our precious bio-regions..."

At this Mass, two grave sins were committed: sacrilege and idolatry. A false god was worshipped and the Holy Mass was profaned and treated unworthily. These are grave sins against the First Commandment.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church [2112] defines idolatry as: "The first commandment condemns polytheism. It requires man neither to believe in, nor to venerate, other divinities than the one true God...."

The Catechism [2120] defines idolatry in this manner : "sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God... "

The full section on the violation of the First Commandment from the Catechism may be read here. 

A full report on this spiritual crime that profaned the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass may be read at Vox Cantoris.