Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict
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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Lino Rulli: is this "guy" really "Catholic"?

Lino Rulli, the so-called "Catholic Guy" has a very interesting endorser of his book, "Sinner".  The endorser is none other than Gary Dell' Abate, the executive producer for the Howard Stern Show. 

The "Catholic Guy" also has another interesting endorser: Timothy Cardinal Dolan. According to Rulli's blog he is the: "... Personal Media Advisor to Cardinal Timothy Dolan (named by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world)".





Lino Rulli, the "Media Advisor" to Cardinal Dolan
How can Catholics take seriously churchmen who constantly pander to the secular culture. How did Gary Dell'Abate know about Rulli's book? Why would anyone associated with the Howard Stern Show be interested in the "Catholic Channel"? Did the media department at Sirius XM arrange this "endorsement"? Did Sirius XM elicit an "endorsement" from Dolan? Something is not kosher in Brooklyn. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Pope Francis contradicts Pius XI's Quas Primas and Church teaching on the Kingship of Christ

Pope Pius XI

From Pope Francis' interview with La Croix. 


States must be secular. Confessional states end badly. That goes against the grain of History. I believe that a version of laicity accompanied by a solid law guaranteeing religious freedom offers a framework for going forward. We are all equal as sons (and daughters) of God and with our personal dignity. However, everyone must have the freedom to externalize his or her own faith*. If a Muslim woman wishes to wear a veil, she must be able to do so. Similarly, if a Catholic wishes to wear a cross. People must be free to profess their faith* at the heart of their own culture not merely at its margins.

From Pius XI's Encyclical, Quas Primas. 

Pius XI: 

It would be a grave error, on the other hand, to say that Christ has no authority whatever in civil affairs, since, by virtue of the absolute empire over all creatures committed to him by the Father, all things are in his power... 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.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Faith:

* To the contrary, Faith is a supernatural virtue; thus, a false religion is not a faith; be it, a form of Protestantism or Mohommedanism. 

153. When St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus declared to him that this revelation did not come "from flesh and blood", but from "my Father who is in heaven". 24 Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by him. "Before this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God to move and assist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and converts it to God, who opens the eyes of the mind and 'makes it easy for all to accept and believe the truth.'" 25

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Michael Rossmann S.J: another "Jesuit scholastic" promoting a bi-sexual deviant as a "theologian"


"Fr" Duffell and "Lady Gaga"

The Jesuit Post, continues to plumb the depths of depravity. Last year, it was Jason Welle S.J., who distinguished himself - even amongst a group of militant pro-homosexualists - with his support of the blasphemous and sacrilege contention that two persons of the same sex can enter into Holy Matrimony. 

Seemingly for his efforts in profaning Holy Matrimony, so arrogantly and disgustingly, Welle was rewarded by being ordained to the Diaconate on Oct 24th, 2015. This blog, along with Vox Cantoris, exposed Welle's filthy and evil mind pursuant to his activities on social media (see link here).  

Now, we have effeminate Michael Rossmann S.J., promoting a "singer" by name of "Lady Gaga", as a "theologian". The insulting result of his aforementioned premise is that Rossmann's condescending notion that "he probably too much fun" while writing this post gives the appearance of admitting something sinful, perhaps? Certainly at the very least, it is in poor taste. Upon examining Rossmann's mental excrement one discovers that the aforementioned "Gaga" is associated with the dissident Fr. Duffell who seem to have just stepped out a St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Hegelian Fantasy of Thomas Rosica, CSB ~ how a new apostate religion is created by trying to fuse truth and error

Thomas Rosica CSB and ex-priest, arch-heretic Gregory Baum 
Thomas Rosica CSB, has just received an award from a self-proclaimed "communications ministry" office of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Rosica claims that "Francis has rebranded Catholicism". What does he mean? Rosica, further  develops an Hegelian dialectic where he suggests that contrasting positions [theses and antithesis] are "forged" in a "new, better consensus" [synthesis]. Just what are these "contrasting positions" that need to be forged via a "consensus"?

The inability of some media commentators to pigeonhole Francis into a single category is frustrating to some people. Francis does not compromise on the hot-button issues that divide the Church from the secular West – a gap that liberals would like to close by modernizing doctrine. Yet he is also not a Pope for the Catholic Right. For him contrasting positions, held together in tension, loyal to fundamentals but open to the action of the Holy Spirit, are necessary to forge a new, better consensus and the differences make for an honest, open discussion.
The full text may be read here. 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

A Profound Observation on Fulton J Sheen and Today's Social Media



“Jesus loves you.” #JN3:16 #Easter #risn “Pray. Hope. Don’t worry.” #faith #believe “Preach the Gospel at all times” #Francis #peace #prayalways Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and countless other platforms are filled with almost empty Christian one-liners and other messages. Oftentimes trite sayings are re-tweeted or shared along with some kind of exhortation to “spread the word.” Since you’re a Christian, you can feel guilted into supporting this sort of thing, to do your share of evangelization. Believe me, I’m committed to building up a Christian culture, but sometimes I can be downright ashamed of that content. In the most extreme cases it can feel like not sharing whatever image or quote “because you’re a Christian” is a denial of Jesus himself. 

So what about social media evangelization? Is tweeting 140 characters going to convince someone of the Gospel? The Church refuses to be absent from the conversation—that alone tells us something important. Pope Francis (@Pontifex) has some 5.87 million followers on the English language account (over 15 million if all the eight language groups are added together). The Church is called to be leaven for the world, and that means continuing to share the light and hope of the Gospel message, even on the web. Msgr. Paul Tighe puts it this way, “If we withdraw, then we’re leaving those areas to the trolls. We’re leaving it to the bullies.” 

While few people may think that the Church should absent herself from the “new media,” many might wonder what good it all does. Will seeing a Scripture passage in someone’s Facebook news feed actually help infuse a soul with an abundance of actual graces, even the grace of justification? It seems unwise to just close that door. The workings of Providence are mysterious, and the Creator loves using instrumental causes to achieve his aims. Far be it from this theologian to declare the internet an option banned from God’s playbook. 

The Holy Father offers one helpful way to define our Catholic web presence in light of the following goal: building a culture of encounter. “The great challenge,” says Pope Francis, “the great challenge facing us today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and consume information.” Genuine evangelical encounters demand authentic relationships and true exchanges. This is our aim, then, to use the web to nourish these encounters, which prompted and directed by God’s grace, may bear fruit in countless lives. 

But who can we look to as an example for how to do this? The innovations of the “new media” are by definition without precedent. Nonetheless, I think we ought to appeal to the life and teaching of Fulton Sheen. By mining the example of his life and teaching, we can deduce some principles to guide our e-preaching. 


Source: Posted at Dominica Blog by Br. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Why is the Grand Master of the Italian Grand Orient praising Cardinal Ravasi?


Vatican Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi 

The Grand Master of the Italian Grand Orient, Stefano Bisi, has some very interesting words to say regarding the "dialogue" between the Catholic Church as exemplified by Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Freemasonry. Any further commentary is superfluous. 

Noi non siamo una Religione né una Chiesa, né vogliamo diventarlo. Siamo solo una grande Istituzione che oggi viene guardata senza pregiudiziali anche dalla Chiesa. Come non essere lieti del fatto che il cardinale Gianfranco Ravasi ha scritto di dialogo con i massoni, di valori comuni e condivisi sui quali confrontarsi superando ottuse chiusure e abbandonando i pregiudizi e le accuse del passato. Ho risposto al Cardinale manifestando l’importanza storica della sua riflessione ed auspicando l’avvio di un fecondo dialogo che per i massoni è sempre stato alla base di ogni serena, pacifica, civile e necessaria convivenza.

Sono sempre più convinto che il cardinale abbia avuto un grande coraggio nel riflettere, senza pregiudizi, sulla Massoneria. E noi, pur mantenendo ferma la nostra identità e il rifiuto di ogni dogma, non possiamo non avere altrettanto coraggio cercando un dialogo fra forze che operano per il Bene comune. La Libera Muratoria non è contraria alla Chiesa, rispetta tutte le Religioni e il credo dei propri iscritti.


Our translation of the original: 

We are not a Religion, nor a Church, nor do we wish to become one. We are a great institution, the Church seems to look at us, today, without preconditions. How can we not rejoice that Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi wrote the dialogue with the Freemasons, the shared values, which confront overcoming the obtuse closures and abandoning prejudices and accusations from the past. I wrote back to the Cardinal, stating how important is his reflection. We hope for the establishment of a fruitful dialogue, which is for us Freemasons, the basis for a fair, peaceful, civil and necessary cohabitation.

I am becoming more and more convinced that the Cardinal showed great courage in reflecting without prejudices about Freemasonry. We will not give up our identity and our refusal of dogmas, yet I think we need to show the same courage trying to find a way of dialogue with forces working  for the Common Good. Freemasonry is not against Church, it respects all Religions and the creed of its members.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Ascension of the Lord ~ Traditional Latin Mass for the Toronto area




Also:
St. Lawrence the Martyr, Scarborough, Read (Low) Mass 
7:00 A.M.

Holy Family Church, Read (Low) Mass
11:00 A.M.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Amoris Laetitia is open to interpretations against the Catholic Faith


Sandro Magister has just published an article that should make all Catholics seriously reflect on the growing damage that Amoris Laetitia has created in the Church. The ambiguity, the confusion, the refusal to reaffirm - without any equivocation - Familiaris Consortio No. 84, is a grave error. The Pope has a solemn obligation before Christ to reaffirm with charity, but with clarity. Indeed, there is no charity, without clarity. 

It does not matter that Amoris Laetitia has many beautiful and true things in it. That is not the problem. The problem is, it contains a small, but dangerous bit of poison. 

Magister provides us with a serious critique of Amoris Laetitia by E. Christian Brugger, Professor of Moral Theology at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver: 


For Catholics who feel weary about the abuse that the Christian family has lately suffered at the hands of militant secularism, Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Amoris lætitia" (AL) has many encouraging things to say: e.g., its forthright assertion that “no genital act of husband and wife can refuse” the truth that “the conjugal union is ordered to procreation ‘by its very nature’” (AL 80; cf. 222); its ardent rejection of the killing of the unborn (no. 83); its unapologetic affirmation that every child has “a natural right” to have a mother and a father (no. 172), and its needed treatment – the lengthiest in any papal document of the last 50 years – of the importance of fathers for children (no. 175).

But though the text says many true and beautiful things about “love in the family,” Chapter 8 (entitled “Accompanying, Discerning and Integrating Weakness”) allows – and seems intentionally so – for interpretations that pose serious problems for Catholic faith and practice.


I focus here on five such problems:

1. The way it presents the role that mitigated culpability should play in pastoral care
2. Its inconsistent notion of “not judging” others
3. Its account of the role of conscience in acquitting persons in objectively sinful situations
4. Its treatment of moral absolutes as “rules” articulating the demands of an “ideal” rather than binding moral duties on everyone in every situation
5. Its inconsistency with the teaching of Trent