Discipline embodies a new experiment in molding Catholic priests

By ERIC GORSKI
AP Religion Writer

updated 9:06 p.m. CT, Sat., Aug 29, 2009

DENVER – The seminarians’ wallets are empty, except for driver’s licenses and insurance cards. To buy cigarettes or clothes or anything else, they must ask their superiors for money — an exercise in obedience and a reminder that material things aren’t important.

They have virtually no time alone, on or off campus, and are required to travel in pairs, “two by two,” like Jesus’ disciples. They live in a world without cell phones or personal computers, and their evenings end promptly at 10.

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Letter from Kennedy that Obama hand-delivered to the Pope skirted abortion issue

Excerpts of Kennedy letter to pope and response

By The Associated Press (AP) – 16 hours ago

Excerpts of the letter from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy that President Barack Obama delivered to Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year and an account of the pope’s response, as read by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington:

“Most Holy Father I asked President Obama to personally hand deliver this letter to you. As a man of deep faith himself, he understands how important my Roman Catholic faith is to me, and I am so deeply grateful to him. I hope this letter finds you in good health. I pray that you have all of God’s blessings as you lead our church and inspire our world during these challenging times. I am writing with deep humility to ask that you pray for me as my own health declines.

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Editor’s note: Forgiveness of sins within the Sacrament of Reconciliation requires contrition, along with (at least) a firm purpose and real possibility of amendment, with the hope of genuine and permanent repentance, acccording to God’s grace, for the sins that we freely commit. We don’t know what the Senator may have confessed just prior to his death, but if his letter is any indication, this man who claimed his Catholic faith was so imporant to him obviously never learned the critical importance of a good confession. May God have mercy on the soul of this heretical Catholic who brought great scandal on the church, and who facilitated the unjust and gruesome destruction of tens of millions of unborn babies. 

More on this at Tom Roeser’s Blog

Human Life International’s Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy

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Human Life International’s Statement on the Passing of Senator Edward Kennedy

We must, as a matter of precept, pray for the salvation of heretical Catholics like Senator Edward Kennedy, but we do not have to praise him let alone extol him with the full honors of a public Catholic funeral and all the adulation that attends such an event. There was very little about Ted Kennedy’s life that deserves admiration from a spiritual or moral point of view. He was probably the worst example of a Catholic statesman that one can think of. When all is said and done, he has distorted the concept of what it means to be a Catholic in public life more than anyone else in leadership today.

Obviously we don’t know the state of Senator Edward Kennedy’s soul upon death. We don’t pretend to. We are told by the family that he had the opportunity to confess his sins before a priest, and his priest has said publicly he was “at peace” when he died. For that we are grateful. But it is one thing to confess one’s sins and for these matters to be kept, rightfully, private. It is another thing entirely for one who so consistently and publicly advocated for the destruction of unborn human beings to depart the stage without a public repudiation of these views, a public confession, as it were.

It is up to God to judge Senator Kennedy’s soul. We, as rational persons, must judge his actions, and his actions were not at all in line with one who values and carefully applies Church teaching on weighty matters. Ted Kennedy’s positions on a variety of issues have been a grave scandal for decades, and to honor this “catholic” champion of the culture of death with a Catholic funeral is unjust to those who have actually paid the price of fidelity. We now find out that President Obama will eulogize the Senator at his funeral, an indignity which, following on the heels of the Notre Dame fiasco, leaves faithful Catholics feeling sullied, desecrated and dehumanized by men who seem to look for opportunities to slap the Church in the face and do so with impunity simply because they have positions of power.

It is not enough for Kennedy to have been a “great guy behind the scenes” as we have seen him referred to even by his political opponents. It is also not praiseworthy to put a Catholic rhetorical veneer on his leftist politics that did nothing to advance true justice as the Church sees it or to advance the peace of Christ in this world. Every indication of Senator Kennedy’s career, every public appearance, every sound bite showed an acerbic, divisive and partisan political hack for whom party politics were much more infallible than Church doctrines. Whatever one’s political affiliation, if one is only “Catholic” to the extent that his faith rhymes with his party line, then his Catholicism is a fraud.

As the Scriptures remind us, there is a time for everything under the sun. This, now, is the time for honesty about our Faith and about those who are called to express it in the public forum. If we do not remind ourselves of the necessity of public confession for public sins such as Senator Kennedy was guilty of, then we are negligent in our embrace of the Faith and we are part of the problem. As Pope Benedict has reminded us recently, charity without truth can easily become mere sentimentality, and we must not fall into that error. A Catholic show of charity for the family must not eclipse the truth that is required of all with eyes to see and ears to hear.

Senator Kennedy needs to be sent to the afterlife with a private, family-only funeral and the prayers of the Church for the salvation of his immortal soul. He will not be missed by the unborn who he betrayed time and time again, nor by the rest of us who are laboring to undo the scandalous example of Catholicism that he gave to three generations of Americans.

Sincerely,

Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer,
President, Human Life International

What it’s like when life has no other meaning than Obama

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the factors in my life that lured me far Left for so long;  what captivated me and held me there even with mounting evidence that the ideology was bankrupt.  And why are millions still following the Pied Piper of Chicago, even though he’s looking increasingly more corrupt and vacuous?
             
And I’ve come to this: the Left is filled to the brim with people like me, who grew up in homes with God in permanent exile and various adults floating in and out in hot pursuit of self fulfillment. With no way to understand life, this realm starts looking like an unmanageable House of Horrors. The result: people turn to someone like Obama to engineer a whole new world.
        
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Canon lawyer’s opinion about propriety of Kennedy’s Catholic funeral Mass

Now, any man with a 100% rating from NARAL (to highlight just the tip of the iceberg of Teddy’s decades-long campaign against natural rights) has, to put it mildly, the burden of proof in seeking a Catholic funeral (okay, technically, his executors have the burden of proof, but you see the point) in that notorious pro-aborts seem to be “manifest sinners who cannot be granted ecclesiastical funerals without public scandal of the faithful.”

Unless, that is, “they gave some sign of repentance before death.” And there is at least some evidence that Ted Kennedy did just that.

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A suggestion from Randall Terry on House Bill 3200 (Obamacide Health Care)

Congressman Moran insisted that (federal) money would not pay for child-killing by abortion. This is a lie.
 
If Obama and Pelosi and Dean want us to believe them, there is something really simple they could do:
 
Obama, Dean, and Pelosi can prove they do not want child-killing by abortion in HR 3200; all they have to do put in the bill: ‘The Hyde Ammendment will remain in full force, and no public moneys will be used to pay for elective abortion.’ And, ‘No insurance carriers will be mandated to cover elective abortion.’ And, ‘Nothing in this bill guarantees the right to an abortion, nor equates women’s reproductivve health care needs to abortion.’ When they become explicit in the bill – like they are about coverage for illegal aliens – we will believe them. Until then, they are lying when they say this bill will not fund abortion.

I beg you to contact your Congressman, and urge him/her to add this type of language. Until they do, we can be assured that this bill will be the joy child of the Angel of Death. White House Switchboard: 202-224-3121 (Tell the operator where you’re from and they will connect you.)

Finally, if you like what we are doing, please give a gift as a show of support. The sumer months have been very difficult – and we are about out of funds. Go to www.OverturnRoe.com to give a gift. (GIfts are not tax-deductible.)

Please keep us in your prayers.

Randall Terry

Links to stories of last night:

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/2009/08/screaming-town-hallers-take-on-moran-dean-each-other.php

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/08/26/health-care-town-hall-descends-into-chaos/

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/2009/08/screaming-town-hallers-take-on-moran-dean-each-other.php

From the road trip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo_ZoYh74ok

What’s so special about a Roman Catholic priest? (A must read!)

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Father Clement Machado – Are you a consumer of priests?

By JesusBeWithUs

Published August 17th, 2009

Say the word missionary and many think of a devoted priest hacking his way through a jungle to spread the Word of God.

Now meet Father Clement Machado—a modern missionary hacking his way through secular 21st century America, clouded Catholic thinking and even the work of the devil.

If you’re fortunate enough to hear him tell how the Blessed Virgin Mary visited him at the age of 11, you’ll learn that Mary showed him a vision of Hell and then of Heaven. He knew then that he was going to be a priest.

Father Machado—missionary, exorcist and a surprisingly humble and humorous priest—spoke before a crowd of around 450 on Sunday, Aug. 9th on the Roman Catholic priesthood and Pope Benedict’s declaration of the Year for Priests. He emphasized the year was for priests, not of priests. A year to pray for and celebrate the gift that God has given us through His priests.

What’s so special about a Roman Catholic priest?

The secular mass media, masters of distraction and confusion, as well as hell-bound Hollywood, often portray Roman Catholic priests as very ’special’ people—typically alcoholics, deviants, or pedophiles.

And many religious Protestants are no better, spreading vile anti-Catholicism—calling Pope John Paul II the Anti-Christ or ignorantly claiming that Roman Catholics worship idols. You would be hard pressed to find a Southern Baptist who thought a Catholic priest was equal to one of their ministers. And in a way, they’re very right. Priests are not the equals of Protestant ministers as you’ll see in a bit.

But worse than either Hollywood or the Protestants, both of whom you’d expect such attitudes and behavior from, are Catholics who are blessed to have priests, yet treat them only as a commodity, and not the special gift from God that priests are.

If Catholic priests aren’t so special, why does holy water do the job?

Father Machado quickly cleared through earthly media clutter and Protestant errors in thinking by recounting two recent events in his life—one involving the possessed daughter of a Protestant minister, another other involving an inmate in a New England prison, and another about life imitating art.

His point in telling these stories was to call attention to the fact that there is indeed something very special about a priest.

Holy water or Wally Water?

While visiting Kansas City recently, someone brought the misery of a Protestant minister to Father Machado’s attention. The minister’s young daughter was possessed and her father (let’s call him Wally) prayed fervently for her deliverance. He tried blessing water to drive the demon out, but the Wally Water didn’t work.

Desperate to help his daughter, the minister sneaked into a Catholic church for some Holy Water, brought it home and guess what? The demon in his daughter reacted immediately—and not so happily—to the Holy Water! A true Catholic exorcism was eventually performed and the daughter, freed now, is able to be a normal little girl again.

But was that the end of the story? Not quite. Minister Wally is now training to become a Catholic priest. True story!

Call a doctor (of the church), now!

Another account described how while in New England, Father Machado came across the plight of local prisoner. As Father Machado told it, a psychiatrist was called by the warden of a local prison who begged the psychiatrist to visit, but wouldn’t tell the doctor why.

The psychiatrist arrived and was led to a prison cell, where he saw a prisoner levitating in the center of his cell. The psychiatrist turned to the warden and said, “What do you expect me to do? You don’t need a psychiatrist, you need a priest!”

Fake priest, fake priest!

Even Hollywood is occasionally reminded that there is something very special about Catholic priests.

Father Machado told the story of a recent filming of an attempted exorcism performed by a Catholic priest.

The camera crew didn’t know the priest had a secret.

But the demoniac did.

As the cameras rolled, the demoniac turned and mocked the ‘exorcist’ yelling, ” Fake priest, fake priest, hahaha!” stunning everyone involved. It turned out that unbeknown to the filming crew the priest was an impostor. And Satan knew it.

Dial 1-800-PRIESTS?

Recalling Christ as Altar, Victim, and High Priest, Father Machado urged the crowd to avoid the secular trap of thinking of Christ, or His priests, as mere counselors or psychologists.

“The priesthood is a supernatural calling,” he said. “Christ the Priest is walking in our midst when we see a priest.” And that, he said, is a major difference between a Protestant minister and a Roman Catholic priest. Protestant ministers are symbols, whereas Christ is truly present in the priesthood.

This thinking is paralled, he said, when a Protestant considers the bread and wine a symbol, and Roman Catholics know that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist.

And this difference, symbolism vs. reality, is why only a Roman Catholic priest or bishop or above can truly exorcise salt and then water. And that is why a demon knows the difference when an exorcism is being performed (see sidebar).

Father Machado’s pointed out that in the declaration of the Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI said that “God is the only treasure which ultimately people desire to find in a priest.”

Rearrange that sentence and you can see three points the Pope is making in that one small sentence:

People are desiring something,

God is that desire, that treasure, who people are looking for,

And He can be found IN a priest.

Father Machado said to remember that the next time you see your parish priest. Your parish priest is not a psychologist or counselor. He’s not just a buddy to be invited over for a quick meal. He is a MAN OF GOD.

God is in and around your parish priest, he said. When a priest blesses you, your home or your car (and you should ask for all three!), it is Christ Himself flowing through your priest. When a priests baptises your child, God is working through your priest. When a priest celebrates Mass, Christ is there with him as the ultimate Priest, as well as being the Altar and Victim.

If you truly realize the supernatural nature of the priesthood, Father Machado said, it will change how you think and act around your priests.

Father Machado even went as far to say you can tell a good Catholic from bad simply by the way they treat a priest—do you think of your local priests and church as yet another service to be consumed, like that of a dentist, a school teacher, a postal worker, or God forbid a housecleaner?

“A priest is a sign to remind people of God, of the Sacred,” he said, not to be used or consumed and then not thought about until you need the priest or church again.

If you just show up to church on Sundays, you’re a consumer, he says. If you speak of priests in “pedestrian or blasé language,” you’re ignoring the sacred within them.

Yes, Father Machado said, a priest is human just like you and I. A priest is a sinner too, just like you and I.

But there is also something special about a priest too. Someone—Christ—is working through them. Just ask any demoniac. Or anyone who has been healed.

“Too many people treat priests and even the sacraments,” Father Machado said, “as commodities to be consumed.”

I know we have many consumers in our local parish. I’m always astounded as parishioners run for the exits, jostling with the priest as he makes his way for the door, desperately trying to get outside and greet the departing faithful! Too bad they’re already in their cars headed for the next shopping event.

(Father Clement Machado, a missionary of the Society of our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), is well known on five continents for his apostolic preaching, evangelization and healing ministries. His apostolate also includes radio and television work, most notably appearances on Mother Angelica’s EWTN and Vatican Radio.)

The event mentioned above, Marantha “Come Lord Jesus,” was held Sunday, August 9th, at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland. Mrs. Vickie Schneider and her husband sponsored the event, with many wonderful families from two cenacles in Maryland volunteering their time and efforts.

Give us more Holy Priests who are willing to preach on Sin and the need for Confession for the healing of our Souls and bodies.

Submitted by Bob Stanley, with thanks to Father Mark Wheelan

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