Isn’t that special? Catholic priest “irresistibly moved” to idol worship

The main pagoda stood majestic and magnificent in the middle of the compound. In it, there were several statues of the Buddha and his disciples, with a huge golden Buddha placed at the center of a high stage near the back. On the left side was an altar on which sat a statue of Quanyin, commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy, whom many East Asian Catholics regard as the equivalent of Mother Mary. As I walked toward it, I saw a young woman sitting in a lotus position at a short distance in front of the statue, her head slightly bowed. Not to disturb her, I moved quietly to the back and sat on the floor some 20 feet behind her.

Intrigued by this figure immersed in prayer, I decided to stay for a while. For nearly three quarters of an hour, the young woman sat, wrapped in prayer and meditation, not a limb twitching, not a turning of the head, preternaturally immobile, like the unrippled water of an autumnal pond, under the loving gaze of the Buddha of Compassion as people walked by. Watching her, I was irresistibly moved to pray — to the Christian God, Jesus, the Buddha, Mary and Quanyin — by this Buddhist devotee in an unexpected and strange place (emphasis mine.)

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Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human. And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it.

Wherefore, my dearly beloved, fly from the service of idols. I speak as to wise men: judge ye yourselves what I say. The chalice of benediction which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? And the bread which we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord? For we, being many, are one bread, one body: all that partake of one bread.

Behold Israel according to the flesh. Are not they that eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? What then? Do I say that what is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? Or that the idol is any thing?

But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils. You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord and of the table of devils.  (1 Corinthians 10:13-21)

New pastoral teaching technique: Priest tells young man to “Rot in Hell!”

hellcliffDawn Joly’s 15-year-old son Skyler accuses the Rev. Roman Manchester of Our Lady of Good Help in Burrillville of “snapping” on Monday night.

“All of a sudden he just snaps. (It) just clicked like that and then he said he hopes I rot in hell,” Skyler Joly said.

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Editor’s note: Wasn’t that just a breath of fresh air wafting through the open windows of the newly invigorated Catholic Church?

The New Jersey Catholic priest who faced down the federal government — and won

During a decade spent teaching and helping the needy in some of China’s most impoverished and oppressed regions, the New Jersey priest learned what it was like to live in a land without religious freedom.

It kindled a greater appreciation for his liberties at home.

Which is why Leonard, 51, bristled at the U.S. government when it told him he couldn’t hold services at a Georgia naval base during last month’s government shutdown. Leonard, a civilian contractor on the base since Oct. 1, wasn’t deemed an “essential” employee.

In a case that made headlines across the country, Leonard filed suit against the Department of Defense, contending the directive violated his freedom of speech and his right to religious expression.

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Scandal of the week: Retired Catholic priest officiates at two New Jersey homosexual “weddings”

According to USA Today, gay marriage (in New Jersey) officially became legal at midnight and several couples made sure that they were among the first to get married.

Councilwoman Amy Quinn and partner Heather Jensen were married in Asbury Park with another couple, Steven Brunner and Daniel Baum, in a joint ceremony. “I think it’s wonderful,” the Rev. Thomas Pivinski, who officiated the two weddings, said. “I am just very grateful that the state has recognized the equality of all people.”

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Editor’s note: Retired or not, somebody (the local bishop) needs to have a serious talk with Rev. Pivinski. Anyone want to bet whether or not the pope calls him?

Priest erroneously thinks the Catholic faith is based on the 10 Commandments

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The Catholic faith is based on the saving work of Jesus Christ
on the cross, at Calvary – not on any law

While there have long been shared campuses between Roman Catholic and non- denominational schools at primary level, the East Renfrewshire school would be the first to house Catholic and Jewish pupils on the same site.

Scotland’s first shared campus high school, St David’s Roman Catholic High School and Dalkeith High in Midlothian, opened in 2003.

The Rev Thomas Boyle, who is representing the Catholic Church during the East Renfrewshire Council consultation, said the Church had been “wary” in the past of campuses being shared with non-denominational schools. However, he said the proposal for two faith schools on one site was a “good idea”.

“Two schools from different religious traditions, each with their own ethos, headteacher and staff, both based on the commandments, cannot but complement each other,” he said.

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Editor’s note:  St. Paul would disagree…

Galatians 2:16 But knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

To explain further …

Galatians 3:1-29 (1) O senseless Galatians, who hath bewitched you that you should not obey the truth: before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been set forth, crucified among you?
(2) This only would I learn of you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?
(3) Are you so foolish that, whereas you began in the Spirit, you would now be made perfect by the flesh?
(4) Have you suffered so great things in vain? If it be yet in vain.
(5) He therefore who giveth to you the Spirit and worketh miracles among you: doth he do it by the works of the law or by the hearing of the faith?
(6) As it is written: Abraham believed God: and it was reputed to him unto justice.
(7) Know ye, therefore, that they who are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
(8) And the scripture, foreseeing that God justifieth the Gentiles by faith, told unto Abraham before: In thee shall all nations be blessed.
(9) Therefore, they that are of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham.
(10) For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written: Cursed is every one that abideth, not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
(11) But that in the law no man is justified with God, it is manifest: because the just man liveth by faith.
(12) But the law is not of faith: but he that doth those things shall live in them.
(13) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (for it is written: Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree).
(14) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Christ Jesus: that we may receive the promise of the Spirit by faith.
(15) Brethren (I speak after the manner of man), yet a man’s testament, if it be confirmed, no man despiseth nor addeth to it.
(16) To Abraham were the promises made and to his seed. He saith not: And to his seeds as of many. But as of one: And to thy seed, which is Christ.
(17) Now this I say: that the testament which was confirmed by God, the law which was made after four hundred and thirty years doth not disannul, to make the promise of no effect.
(18) For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise. But God gave it to Abraham by promise.
(19) Why then was the law? It was set because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom he made the promise, being ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
(20) Now a mediator is not of one: but God is one.
(21) Was the law then against the promises of God: God forbid! For if there had been a law given which could give life, verily justice should have been by the law.
(22) But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise, by the faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to them that believe.
(23) But before the faith came, we were kept under the law shut up, unto that faith which was to be revealed.
(24) Wherefore the law was our pedagogue in Christ: that we might be justified by faith.
(25) But after the faith is come, we are no longer under a pedagogue.
(26) For you are all the children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus.
(27) For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ.
(28) There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
(29) And if you be Christ’s, then are you the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise.

Old Law – Fulfilled and Set Aside By Jesus Christ

Video: Wall Street Journal Editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz on a priest who was wrongly imprisoned for sexually molesting young boys.

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The strange (and very sad) case of Father Gordon MacRae

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What’s so radical or extreme about properly burying the dead?

As part of their week long anti-Islamic hate fest, Fox News braying heads continue to bray about the dangers of “radical Islam.” So it was interesting to see that their “news” programming would feature a man who is part of an all male religious group dedicated to extremist views that pose a real threat to women and doctors. No, I’m not talking about some radical jihadist mullah, but Catholic priest Fr. Frank Pavone who is part of an order of Catholic priests devoted to putting an end to safe, legal abortion.

Pavone was last seen on Fox touting his daring “rescue” of a terminally ill Canadian child. Today, he was on Fox’s “news” show “Happening Now” where he spoke about his desire to obtain the bodies from Gosnell’s clinic so he can give them a Catholic funeral. While he seems benign enough, his writings say otherwise. But he’s pro-life and that’s all that matters on “fair & balanced” Fox News which is always happy to provide him with a pulpit for “pro-life” propaganda.

Jon Scott reported that Pavone has contacted the judge, in the Gosnell case, about receiving the bodies found in the clinic. Mollie Henneberg provided more information on the “pro-life” priest’s request. While the remains were, medically and legally speaking, fetuses, Hennenberg used the more inflammatory, anti-choice term “baby.” Fetus is the term used in the Grand Jury Report which Hennenberg referenced in describing the remains found at the clinic. She reported that Pavone has asked the medical examiner if he can have bodies after the court proceedings have ended.

Video of Pavone was shown in which he said that these are bodies of “real human beings who were killed” and that they need to be “honored” after they were “dishonored.” He added that his efforts will “raise consciousness” about “real killings.” Henneberg reported that Pavone wants permission to talk with Gosnell. After she concluded, Scott muttered “what a horrible story.”

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Editor’s note: Instead of decrying the horrors of Gosnell’s murderous abortion mill, the writer chooses to indict Father Frank Pavone for an act of basic human decency; performing one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.

The Corporal Works of Mercy

Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick
Visit the imprisoned
Bury the dead

The level coarseness, ignorance, depravity and basic inhumanity to be found on the pro-abort side never ceases to “boggle” the mind. 

Korean War POWs remember their heroic friend, Father Emil Kapaun, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday.

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Coming soon to a school near you: Students try to banish Catholic priest from campus for telling the truth about homosexuality.

Two gay seniors at George Washington University say they feel alienated because the chaplain at George Washington’s Newman Center rejects homosexuality, and they aren’t going to take it anymore.

The seniors, Damian Legacy and Blake Bergen, have announced a coordinated campaign to rid the campus of the Roman Catholic priest, reports The GW Hatchet, the school’s independent student newspaper.

They also assert that 12 or more students have quit the Newman Center in recent years because they can’t tolerate Father Greg Shaffer’s ardent anti-gay and, for the record, anti-abortion — beliefs.

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Editor’s note: All that money spent on college tuition and these two allegedly Catholic students are unable/unwilling to read and/or understand the Catechism. Maybe Cardinal Dolan can find a way to accommodate them?

It did not appear to me that anyone else noticed.

Today I wept at Mass. The heresy with which the priest was coming out with was so extreme that I was soul stricken and appalled that no-one else seemed to notice. I will list a few of the transgressions and I just wanted to ask have you been getting any emails of similar incidences in other parishes?

1) The visiting priest introduced himself and then invited anyone who wanted to leave to go to Dunkin Donuts. He said and I quote, ‘God does not take attendance. She has better things to do.’
2) He proceeded to talk about how he was brought out of retirement to say Mass and said, ‘I don’t know why I am here. I don’t know why some of you women here couldn’t do the Mass, or one of you married men.’
3) He omitted the “Gloria” and the ‘Creed’
4) He changed the words of the Gospel. Where it said “He” he said ‘they.’ At the end he offered an explanation after first admonishing all those who read their missalettes while he read the Gospel and advising us to walk out now and head for Dunkin Donuts. His explanation was I changed the words of “He” to “They” to be inclusive.’
5) At the Consecration, he did not elevate the Host and the Chalice nor did he genuflect.

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Love him or hate him, recently deceased priest’s message was never lukewarm.

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Supernatural healing attributed to heroic WWII era priest

Eyewitnesses recounted Fr Stock risking his life – at times using a specially outfitted cassock and an overcoat with hidden pockets – to bring news and banned luxuries and necessities to the men and women. The chocolate, clothing, paper, pens and letters helped the prisoners resist despair, torture and threats to their families.

During the period 1941-44, the priest recorded accompanying more than 700 people to their executions and said he witnessed thousands being shot by the Nazis. “This week alone, I prepared 72 men for death, assisted them at the final moment and buried them,” Fr Stock wrote in a December 1941 journal entry published by the Benedictine Abbey of St Joseph de Clairval, in Flavigny, France.

In another entry published by the Abbey, Fr Stock noted that Roger L, 28, was baptised the day of his execution. “He had lost all courage. With my help, he regained confidence … He made his first communion with a moving gravity…. His last words at the moment of his death were ‘Lord, have mercy on me.’”

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The Catholic Remnant of Mexico

(www.RemnantNewspaper.com)  Some months ago I had the pleasure of visiting a good friend and Remnant ally in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.  I was invited by my host to attend a meeting and spend a couple of days with a young priest who is operating a traditional Latin Mass apostolate in Guadalajara, Mexico.  In fact, I’d met Father once before, and had actually been able to attend his ordination back in 2008.

“Come to Mexico,” my friend had written, “and get to know ‘Padre  Romo’— a young priest who’s doing great work here in the heart of Cristero country.”

“Padre Romo”—Fr. Jonathan Romanoski, FSSP—did not disappoint.  A two-fisted, man’s priest, this “gentle giant” seems to be waging something of a holy war against anti-Catholicism wherever it rears its ugly head.  Fluent in Spanish (though he grew up near Pittsburgh, I believe), Father’s spirit and enthusiasm reminded me of that of the missionaries of old, especially in his obvious affection for the Mexican people and an earnest desire to restore the Catholic Faith to them. It seemed to me that Father Romanoski would be perfectly content to spend the rest of his life hard at work in the Catholic vineyard south of the Rio Grande.

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Shocker: Newly ordained New York priest already was a “father”.

The priest, the Rev. Casmir Manyonyi Mung’aho, 34, was ordained in May after graduating from St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. He had not told his superiors that he had fathered a child in a consensual relationship with an adult woman, “which he certainly should have done,” Bishop Dominick J. Lagonegro, the regional bishop, told parishioners in a statement read at Mass on Jan. 7 and 8.

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Falsely accused Catholic priest awarded more than a million dollars, public apology on TV.

The Association of Catholic Priests has said that the Primetime incident, along with results of a survey commissioned by the Iona Institute points towards media bias among sections of the media, “including some in the national broadcaster”.

The group has also said that it was disappointed by the way RTÉ’s statement and apology was broadcast on television and radio, citing “poor quality delivery” which “seemed to imply a lack of sincerity about the content”.

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Love hurts: Brilliant converted Israeli Jew first becomes Catholic priest, now a high Vatican official.

Jaeger’s appointment to the Holy See’s highest judicial body – comprising 20 auditors hand-picked by the pope and headed by Dean of the Rota Antoni Stankiewicz – is considered a personal sign of appreciation by the pope for Jaeger’s years as legal adviser to the delegation that negotiated the Vatican’s Fundamental Agreement with Israel. This pact, signed in 1993, enabled the establishment of diplomatic relations between the parties the following year.

Jaeger, 56, was born in Tel Aviv to Gershon, a legendary history teacher at the Ironi A High School, and Dvora, who served as Brazil’s deputy consul in Israel.

“He was a genius, physically large, an intellectual at a young age,” Stanger said. “He spoke unusually maturely for his age. And children abused and hurt him.”

As a teenager, Stanger continued, “Jaeger disappeared for six years.” When he returned, at 22, he met Stanger and told him, “You know, I’m now in the church.”

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Cardinal suspends Pfleger: ‘You are not able to pastor a Catholic parish’

Citing what he called threats from the Rev. Michael Pfleger to leave the church, Cardinal Francis George has removed the outspoken priest from St. Sabina parish and has suspended his “sacramental faculties as a priest.”

Pfleger had publicly feuded with the cardinal about possibly being reassigned to Leo High School, telling a radio show recently that he would look outside the Catholic church if offered no other choice.

“If that is truly your attitude, you have already left the Catholic Church and are therefore not able to pastor a Catholic parish,” George wrote in a letter dated today.

“A Catholic priest’s inner life is governed by his promises, motivated by faith and love, to live chastely as a celibate man and to obey his bishop,” the cardinal continued. “Breaking either promise destroys his vocation and wounds the Church.

“Many love and admire you because of your dedication to your people,” the cardinal wrote. “Now, however, I am asking you to take a few weeks to pray over your priestly commitments in order to come to mutual agreement on how you understand personally the obligations that make you a member of the Chicago presbyterate and of the Catholic Church.

“With this letter, your ministry as pastor of Saint Sabina Parish and your sacramental faculties as a priest of the Archdiocese are suspended.”

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Editor’s note: Congratulations to Cardinal George for his wise … albeit exceedingly overdue action … in regard to the recalcitrant Father Pfleger.

The Murder of Dan O’Connell and the Cleansing of the Catholic Priesthood

On February 5, 2002, Dan O’Connell, a 39 year-old civic leader, funeral director, and Catholic from Hudson, Wisconsin, had coffee with Mary Pagel, a bus driver for St. Patrick’s Catholic School.

O’Connell asked Pagel if she had ever seen the assistant priest, Fr. Ryan Erickson, inappropriately touch children. He then told her that he was going to confront Fr. Erickson later that day. She advised against it.

Undeterred, O’Connell replied, “I can handle it.”

Sometime between 1pm and 1:30 pm that day, Dan O’Connell and a 22 year-old mortuary science intern, James Ellison, were killed…

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Exorcist priest exits public spotlight, mystifying many

It was a classic cable-TV shouting match.

After criticizing Fox Television commentator Sean Hannity for being soft on the abortion issue, Rev. Thomas Euteneuer said he would deny Hannity communion because of his views.

“Wow,” said Hannity, a Catholic and former seminary student, rendered temporarily speechless by the rebuke.

That was three years ago. Euteneuer was the president and the very public face of Human Life International, a worldwide anti-abortion organization. Friend and foe alike knew him as blunt-spoken when it came to defending his Church. He was a captivating public speaker, comfortable in the role.

His fierce and highly publicized 1999 campaign against a Fort Pierce abortion clinic became the subject of an HBO documentary, “12th and Delaware.”

He was also an exorcist. HLI, his publisher as well as his employer, was promoting his new book on its website.

But this summer, without warning, Euteneuer, 48, left his HLI post, saying he had been called back to the Palm Beach Diocese by Bishop Gerald Barbarito. His book on exorcism disappeared.

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Celebrating Mexico’s 200th birthday


As Mexico limps into the bicentennial of its 1810 independence uprising, it is battered and full of self-questioning, but with more openness and debate than perhaps at any other time in its history.

The bicentennial marks the 1810 uprising led by Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo, who gathered a band of Indians and farmers under the banner of the dark-skinned Virgin of Guadalupe. He was caught and executed soon afterward, but by 1821 the movement he started ousted the Spanish, a feat Mexicans celebrate Sept. 15-16.

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