Resurrecting an old heresy: Does Pope Francis know what the word “pelagian” actually means?

The doing of “charitable deeds” for the Pope remain the only path to God, even if “in the history of the Church there have been many mistakes along the way” on the one hand the error of those who have relied on meditation to “go higher” – “How many lose themselves along the way and never arrive”, said Francesco; on the other hand there are those who believe that to arrive to God one must be “humble, austere”, choosing the path of “penitence” and  “fasting” only.  They are the pelagians, who believe that with their strength they will get there”.  – Pope Francis

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Editor’s note from the Catholic Enclopedia:

Pursuant to the papal command, there was held on 1 May, 418, in the presence of 200 bishops, the famous Council of Carthage, which again branded Pelagianism as a heresy in eight (or nine) canons (Denzinger, “Enchir.”, 10th ed., 1908, 101-8). Owing to their importance they may be summarized:

Death did not come to Adam from a physical necessity, but through sin.

New-born children must be baptized on account of original sin.

Justifying grace not only avails for the forgiveness of past sins, but also gives assistance for the avoidance of future sins.

The grace of Christ not only discloses the knowledge of God’s commandments, but also imparts strength to will and execute them.

Without God’s grace it is not merely more difficult, but absolutely impossible to perform good works.

Not out of humility, but in truth must we confess ourselves to be sinners.

The saints refer the petition of the Our Father, “Forgive us our trespasses”, not only to others, but also to themselves.

The saints pronounce the same supplication not from mere humility, but from truthfulness.

Some codices containing a ninth canon (Denzinger, loc. cit., note 3): Children dying without baptism do not go to a “middle place” (medius locus), since the non reception of baptism excludes both from the “kingdom of heaven” and from “eternal life”.

These clearly worded canons, which (except the last-named) afterwards came to be articles of faith binding on the universal Church, gave the death blow to Pelagianism; sooner or later it would bleed to death.

Saint Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:4-12: Now there are diversities of graces, but the same Spirit. (5) And there are diversities of ministries. but the same Lord. (6) And there are diversities of operations, but the same God, who worketh all in all. (7) And the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man unto profit. (8) To one indeed, by the Spirit, is given the word of wisdom: and to another, the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit: (9) To another, faith in the same spirit: to another, the grace of healing in one Spirit: (10) To another the working of miracles: to another, prophecy: to another, the discerning of spirits: to another, diverse kinds of tongues: to another, interpretation of speeches. (11) But all these things, one and the same Spirit worketh, dividing to every one according as he will. (12) For as the body is one and hath many members; and all the members of the body, whereas they are many, yet are one body: So also is Christ.

Maybe the Bible has it right about creation and the human species.

New research discovers that something “big” happened to the human genome, beginning some 5000 to 6000 years ago.

Most of the genetic quirks people carry today popped up within the last 5,000 years or so, researchers report online November 28 in Nature.

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Editor’s note: The six thousand year time frame coincides with the ancient’s world view, which dated the beginnings of human civilization to approximately six thousand years ago. This link explains how the 5th  century Catholic Church pretty much understood things to be.

Just remember, when they speak of diversity they don’t mean it.

Angela McCaskill is “Chief Diversity Officer” at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. She was at church one Sunday, and requested to sign the petition that would permit the voters of Maryland to vote on the issue of gay “marriage.” She signed the petition and says she did so because she favors democracy and allowing citizens to vote on such controversial issues, as opposed to having legislatures and courts force so-called “gay marriage” on the populace. (More HERE)

But the administrators at Gallaudet University consider her signing of the petition to be unacceptable. Apparently, as “Chief Diversity Officer,” they don’t consider her kind of diversity the right kind of diversity.

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Unfortunately, there is no app for courage or conscience.

Before a person can stand up to evil, he must first acknowledge that it exists.  But surveys of college students reveal how deeply our culture and institutions indoctrinate our children with moral relativism.  Most grow up believing that tolerance and diversity, and individual choice and privacy, are our highest ideals.

Tolerance and diversity are valuable.  But they are no substitute for authentic virtue.  And they rarely inspire people to risk their well-being to help those in need.

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‘Cleansing Fire’: Islam, diversity, and anti-Christian sentiment

By Matt C. Abbott

In past columns — here, here and here — I reprinted substantial excerpts from Catholic attorney and scholar Peter B. Kelly’s “factional” novel Cleansing Fire. Kelly was friends with the late Father Charles Fiore, who died of natural causes in 2003, and Father Alfred Kunz, whose 1998 murder remains unsolved. (Although there’s been no arrest in the case, investigators reportedly have at least one person of interest who they’ve been monitoring for the last several years.) Both priests were traditional and were all too aware of the corruption in the Church.

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Judy Brown writes about progressivism, euthanasia, death, and you


We are witnessing yet another historic shift in the social definition of a good death, a shift toward diversity. Imagine us respecting a range of attitudes with which, and situations in which, people die. In Montana, the terminally ill may now define their own terms for freedom from unbearable physical or psychological suffering, and hopefully find their particular paths to sanity in their dying experiences.

In case you had a problem picking out all the current buzz words for hip, progressive thinking, think about these:

  • diversity = there is no good or evil
  • in the closet = killing others used be a no-no
  • good death = prescribed dying rather than dying because mortal life has ended
  • death with dignity = ending it all now rather than later
  • unnecessary suffering = someone else is tired of watching you die
  • freedom = even though you did not give yourself life, you have the right to end it anytime you see fit [or someone else does]
  • paths = personal feelings versus objective right and wrong

In other words, these new terms encompass just about anything that can be said to avoid admitting that there is a God and He does have laws. Some folks will really be surprised later on when life as we know it is over.

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Political Correctness exists to support the Culture of Death.

Political Correctness exists to support the Culture of Death.

It exists to run interference for the Culture of Death and introduce red herrings wherever necessary whenever the discussion starts to approach the truth.

I first heard the terms “diversity” and “multiculturalism” as a theology student at Boston College, “a Catholic University in the Jesuit Tradition.”

These shibboleths were thrown around, and I remember thinking, “Who is not diverse? Who is not multicultural? This is a university, and a Catholic university, at that, and all people are welcome. Catholic means universal.” Then I caught on. It was not about race, ethnicity, national origin or creed, but about ideology — radical feminism in its intense advocacy of abortion, and the “gay agenda.” Quite naturally both by implication and in rhetoric, the Catholic Church was portrayed as an “oppressor.”

It was deliberately blurred that the Catholic Church accepts all of God’s children with love, because of what they are: God’s children. Matters of ethnicity and race are part of what they are. Abortion and homosexual activity are acts: things which people do, acts which they have a free will to do or not do.

Homosexual acts and abortion are acts which the Church condemns as contrary to God’s law and harmful to those who commit them and to society in general.

Political correctness deliberately attempts to blur this distinction and conflate opposition to certain immoral activities with unjust discrimination against people of various races and cultures.

Political correctness attempts to argue that apples and oranges are the same, and anyone who disagrees is called a bigot.

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