Mass, pilgrimage to mark 100-year anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s ordination

Benevento, Italy, Jul 22, 2010 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Eucharistic celebration marking the 100th anniversary of St. Pio of Pietrelcina’s ordination will take place in Benevento, Italy next month. A pilgrimage from the saint’s birthplace will precede the solemn celebration of the Mass.

Padre Pio was ordained in a chapel at the Cathedral of Benevento, Italy on Aug. 10, 1910 at the age of 23. This year’s celebration for the century milestone will be held on the same day, but this year Archbishop of Benevento Andrea Mugione will preside over Mass in the courtyard of the archbishop’s residence.

The Italian Bishops’ news service SIR announced the Mass to remember the unique event. On that day, young Francesco Forgione, already a Capuchin for more than seven years, was given a dispensation by the local bishop from the minimum age requirement for priestly ordination, 24 years-old, because of a serious illness.

Despite his health problems he, his mother, brother and parish priest walked to Benevento so he could receive Holy Orders.


Abuse scandal rooted in homosexuality, not pedophilia, says Catholic League president

The Catholic League president additionally mentioned the psychologist Leslie Lothstein, who noted that in his work with abusive priests, “only a small minority were true pedophiles.”

Donohue defended his view of the scandal as a “homosexual crisis” by citing the data of Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a psychiatrist who has worked with abusive clergy. Dr. Fitzgibbons says that his own clinical practice confirms the opinion of “many psychologists and psychiatrists” who have found “no link between celibacy and pedophilia.”

Rather, the psychiatrist’s findings showed a “relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia.” “Every priest whom I treated who was involved with children sexually,” Fitzgibbons said, “had previously been involved in adult homosexual relationships.”

While taking pains to point out that “most gay priests are not molesters,” and that “being a homosexual” does not “make one a molester,” Donohue was adamant in stating that the Vatican was right to institute more rigorous procedures to screen out actively homosexual men from becoming priests.


Anglican woman priest gives communion to dog, as a “welcoming gesture”.

According to those in attendance at the historical church at 188 Carlton St. in downtown Toronto, it was a spontaneous gesture, one intended to make both the dog and its owner – a first timer at the church — feel welcomed. But at least one parishioner saw the act as an affront to the rules and regulations of the Anglican Church. He filed a complaint with the reverend and with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto about the incident – and has since left the church.

“I wrote back to the parishioner that it is not the policy of the Anglican Church to give communion to animals,” said Bishop Patrick Yu, the area bishop of York-Scarborough responsible for St. Peter’s, who received the complaint in early July. “I can see why people would be offended. It is a strange and shocking thing, and I have never heard of it happening before.”

“I think the reverend was overcome by what I consider a misguided gesture of welcoming.”


Editor’s note: Due to their separation from the Catholic Church and lack of valid holy orders, communion is the Anglican church is purely symbolic. Nothing more than bread and wine. No real presence of Jesus Christ. None-the-less, this is certainly one of the stupidest dog-gone things ever done … in the long history of Christianity

The whole Church worships together at every Mass, including all the angels and saints.

I was being interviewed by a parish in Illinois after their church was destroyed by fire. In giving a slide lecture, I explained that the Church teaches that the Christus totus, or whole Christ, worships at the liturgy, including the angels and saints.

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Alliance Defense Fund files suit against Augusta State University anti-Christian “thought police”.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit against Augusta State University Wednesday on behalf of a counseling student told that her Christian beliefs are unethical and incompatible with the prevailing views of the counseling profession. The student, Jennifer Keeton, has been told to stop sharing her beliefs with others and that she must change her beliefs in order to graduate from the counseling program.

Augusta State ordered Keeton to undergo a re-education plan, in which she must attend “diversity sensitivity training,” complete additional remedial reading, and write papers to describe their impact on her beliefs. If she does not change her beliefs or agree to the plan, the university says it will expel her from the Counselor Education Program.

“A public university student shouldn’t be threatened with expulsion for being a Christian and refusing to publicly renounce her faith, but that’s exactly what’s happening here. Simply put, the university is imposing thought reform,” said ADF Senior Counsel David French. “Abandoning one’s own religious beliefs should not be a precondition at a public university for obtaining a degree. This type of leftist zero-tolerance policy is in place at far too many universities, and it must stop. Jennifer’s only crime was to have the beliefs that she does.”

Keeton, 24, is pursuing her master’s degree in counseling at Augusta State. After her professors learned of her biblical beliefs, specifically her views on homosexual conduct, from both classroom discussions and private conversations with other students, the school imposed the re-education plan. Keeton never denigrated anyone in communicating her beliefs but merely stated factually what they were in appropriate contexts.

The plan assails Keeton’s beliefs as inconsistent with the counseling profession and expresses suspicion over “Jen’s ability to be a multiculturally competent counselor, particularly with regard to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (GLBTQ) populations.” The plan requires her to take steps to change her beliefs through additional assignments and additional “diversity sensitivity training.” It also orders her to “work to increase exposure and interactions with gay populations. One such activity could be attending the Gay Pride Parade in Augusta.”


WYD 2011 Pool Party Benefit at Cypress Cove Family Aquatic Park, Woodridge, Saturday, July 31.

“There are no lines or crowds,
since the park is closed to the public for this really fun event.”

Cypress Cove flyer 2010

Seen on the web: Comments about the Jesuits and their checkered history

In 1773, the pope states that they were incorrigible and lists all the ways they damaged the Church from the beginning. Their ‘permanent suppression’ was ‘lifted.’ Yet, a mere 70 years later, their continuing damage to the Catholic Church ways were again exposed in their promotion of evolution in the hoax of Piltdown Man. People blame one man, Teilhard de Chardin, for the hoax, but it was not only him — several other Jesuits fostered that hoax. For all intents and purposes, ‘Piltdown Man’ was not a hoax fostered by one Jesuit, or even by some Jesuits, but by the Jesuit order itself, as evidenced by the fact that their superiors never defrocked, suspended, censured or even scolded the Jesuits personally involved in the hoax that caused so much damage to the Church.

If I were to follow the letter of the law as set down by Clement XIV, I would have to say that despite what Pius VII tried to do in 1814, I am not obliged to acknowledge that a Jesuit order or Jesuit priests exist today. Frankly, the faith of the people would be more intact had they taken this view after 1814.


The post-modern humanistic, universalistic view of God as the God of Love “who saves everyone in the end” has numbed the consciences of believers and unbelievers alike

Up until the mid-19th century, warnings of Hell and God’s final judgment were very much part of the Gospel message preached from church pulpits. Then the age of enlightenment, so-called rational reasoning, entered into the minds of men.

As this world view took hold among Western nations, this thinking influenced not only our political and educational systems, but crept into the thinking of theologians and then into the churches. The results were a kinder and gentler way of thinking about God and influenced preacher-teachers to diminish the Doctrine of Hell to the extent that it has almost disappeared from the Gospel message.

The post-modern humanistic, universalistic view of God as the God of Love “who saves everyone in the end” has numbed the consciences of believers and unbelievers alike to the God of Creation and All his attributes. What has been denied is that He is first and foremost the Holy God balanced by his Love, Justice and Righteousness; that He hates sin. His Love encompasses Mercy and Grace.

What most people know is that Jesus was “Love incarnate” — kind and compassionate, who did miraculous things like loving, reaching out, healing, feeding thousands, teaching about God. But what they don’t know or deny is that Jesus talked about Hell more than Heaven. Whether directly or in his teaching parables, Hell was what he warned people about.

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Future of Catholicism On-line Symposium

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Headlined throughout the world, the Catholic Church’s standing within society has been both challenged and fortified in recent decades. As a part of its Future of Religion series, Patheos considers Catholicism’s future –- its internal vitality and its public position in society and the world. Contributors include: Kevin Appleby, Fr. Robert Barron, Kathy Coffey, Kate Dugan and Jennifer Owens, Michele Dillon, Hugh Hewitt, James Hitchcock, Ted G. Jelen, Deacon Greg Kandra, Rev. James Martin, S.J., Tim Muldoon, Barbara R. Nicolosi, Thomas Peters, Shu-Fy H. Pongnon, Elizabeth Scalia, Paul Snatchko, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, John Kenneth White, and J. Matthew Wilson

See the daily symposium on this topic at the Catholic Portal Blog, Summa This, Summa That

How smart is it to trust, support, and even volunteer for the very people who were striving 16 years ago to see you dead?

16-yr-old MaxKamin-Cross is sure headed in a stupid direction, because Kamin-Cross is a budding pro-abort….

A “fired up” Kamin-Cross reported July 19 at RH Reality Check about Planned Parenthood’s recently held 2010 Organizing and Policy Summit:

Before I go on, can I just say….WOW! Five hundred youth and adult advisors from around the country… converging on Washington, DC for three days. It was an amazing thing to see and to be a part of.

This just continues to prove my point – teens do care but just need someone to take the first step. At the OPS in 2009, Cecile Richards, President of PP, issued a challenged to increase the attendance for 2010’s conference. We succeeded. Over 100 more people attended OPS 2010 than 2009; almost 300 of them were youth….

One new addition at this conference was the first meeting of PP’s Young Leaders Advisory Board. Twenty of PP’s most visionary young adults (including me!) from 14 different states were selected to take part in this new initiative. I can’t go into the specifics, but be prepared for some fantastic new PP campaigns and initiatives….

Ok, stop. Max, do you realize that for the 300 youth at the PP conference, 100 others were killed by abortion – likely by PP, the United Stated’ largest abortion provider? Do you realize PP was working its damnedest 16 years ago to enable your mother to kill you? Ask those PP reps if they would have supported (and made money from) your death? Speaking of, do you realize all the PP reps around you make a very good living off of abortion?

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Russian Orthodox patriarch praises Pope, rips Protestant compromises with secularism

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, praised Pope Benedict and blasted Protestant bodies that have accepted women’s ordination and caved in to the secular culture on homosexuality.

Noting that the Pope is criticized by “liberal theologians and liberal mass media in the West,” Patriarch Kirill said that “on many public and moral issues his approach fully coincides with the approach of the Russian Orthodox Church. This gives us an opportunity to advocate Christian values together with the Catholic Church, in particular at international organizations and on the international arena.”

On the other hand, some Protestant bodies have “let sinful elements of the world enter their internal world and justify these elements, if they are offered by secular society … secular philosophical liberal stock phrases are repeated within Protestant churches and take root in religious thinking.”

For example, “the word of God is distorted to please the secular liberal standard” on homosexuality, the patriarch noted. “It is written in black and white that it is a sin.”


Is the pro-life movement really successful?

In one sense certainly. No other organization has consistently brought several hundred thousand people to the capital consistently for nearly 40 years, not that I’ve ever heard of anyway. Moreover, the Pro-life movement in particular places offers real solutions for women, through crisis pregnancy centers, post-abortive counseling, gifts, donations, adoption etc. In my estimation these are the real successes.

The successes however, sadly don’t overshadow the striking failures of the movement politically, and these are due to two factors: 1) A faulty grasp on the real nature of the problem and 2) absolute dependence on the Republican party which does not care. Thus we can say that the pro-life movement is successful socially with all of the good it is able to do for women in need, but not politically.

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Father Z sets Time Magazine writer straight about the Catholic Church and how it really works.

Editor’s note:

Father Z’s stuff (in red) is great, but don’t forget to spend some time reading the viewer comments, too.

The Vatican and Women: Casting the First Stone

By Tim Padgett

What a rich coincidence we Roman Catholics got to experience at Mass on Sunday, July 18. The scheduled Gospel passage was Luke’s story about Jesus visiting the sisters Martha and Mary of Bethany (who Catholic tradition says was Mary Magdalene). Many biblical scholars believe the narrative shows Jesus encouraging Mary to assume the role of a disciple, [That’s okay.  She is sitting at the Lord’s feet in the manner of a disciple.] like Peter and the guys. [Nooo… he goes to the zoo on that.  But move along.] That notion lent some cable-news significance to the reading — coming as it did just days after the Vatican issued an avowal, as obtuse as it was malicious, [Could be a self-description.] that ordaining women into the priesthood was a sin on par with pedophilia. [Again, anyone who actually read and understood what the Holy See did by issuing the new norms, and who is honest about them, knows that that is not what happened.]

Rome’s misogynous declaration, tossed into its new guidelines on reporting clerical sexual abuse, did more than just highlight the church’s hoary horror at the idea of female priests — or its penchant of late for sticking its papal slippers in its mouth every chance it gets. [Blah blah blah… keep reading…] It also pointed up an increasingly spiteful rhetoric of bigotry. [Look in the mirror, Padgett… but keep reading…] When Argentina in mid-July legalized gay marriage, the country’s Catholic bishops weren’t content to simply denounce the legislation; they used the occasion to argue for the subhumanity of homosexual men and lesbians, the way many white Southern preachers weren’t ashamed to degrade African Americans during the civil rights movement. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio not only called the new law “a scheme to destroy God’s plan”; he termed it “a real and dire anthropological throwback,” as if homosexuality were evolutionarily inferior to heterosexuality. [I don’t think many people would consider it a dire anthropological throwback to say that homosexuality is actually evolutionarily inferior to normal sexuality.  Think about it.]

Link to more at Father Z’s site

Parishioners defend the Holy Eucharist, prevent possible desecration

The People of St. James:

Defenders of the Most Blessed Sacrament!

The people of St. James showed their love for the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist in a way in which I will never forget. I am so proud of our people and their faith in Our Lord. Here is what happened.

During Mass last Saturday evening, June 19th a man entered the church with an evil intention: he came to steal the Most Blessed Sacrament during the Mass. Several parishioners saw him place the Sacred Host in his pocket after receiving in the communion line. They approached him telling him they saw his desecration and told him to consume Our Lord. He refused and became belligerent causing a scene in church. Many parishioners (including a few teenagers!) approached him and told him to consume the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Officers from the Belvidere Police Department arrived to assist our people with the disturbance. I asked him if he did indeed have the Holy Eucharist in his pocket. He lied and said he did not have the Host. After many minutes of lies and agitation toward the very patient and kind police officers he was given a choice: give us the Holy Eucharist and walk away or be arrested and searched. He further lied and treated the officers shamefully. He was then arrested, searched and the Holy Eucharist was retrieved and consumed by me on the spot. Further sacrilege and desecration was prevented that evening by the faith-filled and vigilant people of the parish.

The faith of the people of St. James was incredibly inspiring to me. Our Lord is the greatest treasure we have as Catholics and the people of the parish were ready to defend Our Lord’s dignity in the face of danger and threats. Dozens of parishioners remained after Mass witnessing to their desire that Our Lord Jesus Christ be kept from desecration. It was the best Father’s Day gift I could ever have received.

God bless you,

Fr. Geary

From the St. James Catholic Parish Sunday Bulletin

Submitted by Nancy W. and Patty

Google Raises Eyebrows With New Gay-Only Employee Benefit

A new Google policy is raising some eyebrows after the company revealed it will be compensating employees for taxes paid on domestic partners’ health benefits – but only if they’re gay.

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Conservative Catholic concerns about Pope Benedict XVI, the Society of St. Pius X, and the future of the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI, whose first allegiance has always been to the modernist New Theology, appears to be no different from the Cardinal Ratzinger who praised Vatican II as a counter-syllabus, and who stated emphatically, “there must be no return to the syllabus”.[4] This was particularly evident in his December 22, 2005 speech to the Roman Curia where he continually praised Vatican II’s religious liberty as the new gold standard for Church-State relations.[5] The allegiance to Vatican II’s new world view is also evident from other papal addresses in which he calls for a “healthy secularity”, which could not be more repugnant to the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ as advanced by the pre-Vatican II Papal Magisterium.

The fact that this December 22 speech denounced the “hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture” is nothing on which to pin much hope. For years, Cardinal Ratzinger has lamented various bad interpretations of the Council. But Cardinal Ratzinger’s solution has never been a return to pre-Vatican II tradition. Rather, time and time again, his answer is to go back to discover the “true” teaching of Vatican II. Cardinal Ratzinger’s —and now Pope Benedict XVI’s — solution to the present upheaval is to return Catholics to the same liberal, ambiguous Vatican II documents that produced the crisis in the first place.

A return to Quas Primas, a return to the Oath Against Modernism, a return to Blessed Pius IX’s Syllabus of Errors plays no part in any “restoration” Pope Benedict may advocate. The Benedict XVI of today is the same Cardinal Ratzinger of yesterday. The New Theology of Vatican II is still the center of his universe.

Thus, the question forms on the lips of concerned Catholics: How would a “reconciled” SSPX be able to operate freely under the aegis of the modernist New Theology, when the entire reason for the SSPX’s existence is to publicly oppose this destructive New Theology?

This indeed is a sticking point, and one that would be fatal for the SSPX to compromise on in any way. Yet there seems little doubt that the SSPX would be expected to “give a little” to the Vatican regarding acceptance of the Council.


Whatever happened to well-read, theologically-knowledgeable heretics?

The modern heretic, all in all, is a different animal. If he has any interest in theology, it’s usually a negative interest; he wishes it would go away. It is an annoying fly in the ointment of his grand scheme to remake the Church in his likeness and image. He usually embraces heresy not because he makes a mistake while pondering theological nuances but because he has accepted the dominant cultural mores and social attitudes and is now intent on remolding Catholicism to fit them, rather than scrutinizing them in the light of Catholic teaching.

The ancient heretics eventually ran up against Church authority and, alas, made bad choices. Modern heretics make bad choices and then try to run over Church authority. “Minds no longer object to the Church,” wrote Abp. Fulton Sheen, “because of the way they think, but because of the way they live. They no longer have difficulty with the Creed, but with her Commandments … Briefly, the heresy of our day is not the heresy of thought; it is the heresy of action.”


Mother pregnant with 2 babies has two uteruses, and two different due dates.

Angie Cromar was born with a rare condition called didelphys, which means she has two uteruses. It didn’t pose a problem for her previous pregnancies, and the 34-year-old has given birth to two healthy children before.

But this time, she’s conceived in both uteruses. During her first ultrasound exam, Cromar and her doctor discovered that she’s carrying two fetuses at different stages of development, one slightly older than the other.

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“[He said] I’m five weeks and four days in one, and six weeks and one day in the other,” Cromar told her local TV station, KTLA.

“Angie and I both had the look of surprise,” Dr. Steve Terry, Cromar’s OB/GYN told another Utah TV station, KSL.

The chances of this happening are estimated to be one in five million. “Probably less than 100, so far, worldwide, have been reported,” Terry said. “So she’s a member of a small, elite club.”


Preacher outside abortion clinic climbs into tree to avoid cops

On Saturday, July 17, cops would not allow Wallace to drive his pickup onto the public right-of-way to preach which he says he has been able to do for years.

Instead, he sat on a step ladder to preach to the people.  Police asked him to come down and arrested him when he refused to comply.   Wallace told the cops they were violating his first amendment right.

On Tuesday, Wallace returned to the abortion clinic with his step ladder in tow.  When cops ordered him to stop preaching from the ladder, Wallace climbed into a nearby tree.

He had a big sign up in the tree which read, “Abortion exists because good people do nothing.”


Billionaire Warren Buffett Secretly Spending Millions on Abortion Med-School Scheme: NY Times.

Gates and Buffett: Teaming up to stamp out live births

By Patrick B. Craine

OMAHA, Nebraska, July 19, 2010 ( – Billionaire investing mogul Warren Buffett has been secretly backing a campaign to combat the decrease in doctors who are training as abortionists and to bring abortion into mainstream medicine, revealed the New York Times this week.

In her NYT magazine cover story, journalist Emily Bazelon describes how abortion “rights” activists are working to “recast doctors, changing them from a weak link of abortion to a strong one.”

The piece, entitled “The New Abortion Providers,” claims that abortionists and the pro-abort lobby are trying to dispel the image of the “greedy, butchering ‘abortionist’.”  “The bold idea at the heart of this effort is to integrate abortion so that it’s a seamless part of health care for women — embraced rather than shunned,” writes Bazelon.

The strategy, she says, aims at moving abortuaries away from stand-alone facilities into hospitals and encourages family physicians to offer abortions within their practices.

She describes two training programs for abortionists that are central to this strategy.  The first, called the “Family Planning Fellowship,” is a two-year post-residency program designed to further equip doctors for providing abortions and contraception.  She says this fellowship is now being offered at 21 university campuses.  The second is called the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program, which aims to supply medical schools with funds to train ob/gyn residents in providing abortions.  So far, this program has funded 58 campuses in the U.S. and Canada.

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