Today’s Catholic Church is whatever “they” say it is … until “they” say it’s something else!

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…does the Church consider the Second Vatican Council an ecumenical council? What is the authority attributed to it?

The late Melkite Patriarch Maximos V did not, as seen in 30 Days (no. 2, 1997). Maximos declared it “unthinkable” to treat the second millennium “Councils of the Western Church” (!) as a condition for unity with the Orthodox, “including papal infallibility”(!!). And: “…it must be recognized that all the Councils after the first millennium, including Vatican I and II, cannot be described as ecumenical… . The decisions taken in those assizes cannot regard the Eastern Churches which did not participate in them.”

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Editor’s note: A funny thing happend on the way to Vatican II: A handful of “token” Protestants showed up, but the bulk of the Eastern Orthodox Churches were either never invited or failed to attend. Hence, the “ecumenical” 2nd Vatican Council turned out to be a lot less all-inclusive and all-embracing than many/some/a select few might want you to believe.

Of course, the liberals/modernists who succesfully hijacked the council are still firmly in charge, and if they say the council was ecumenical, then “ecumenical” it must be!

Having succesfully dispensed with truth, it was then a simple matter to go on to redefine and reinterpret the entire Church – making the Mass, Canon Law, the Sacred Deposit of Faith, the Bible, the Sacraments and even the sanctuaries whatever “they” say they are … sort of like the “New Pentecost” of which the last several popes have spoken – but with man, rather than the Holy Spirit, providing the bulk of the inspiration.

Wouldn’t that be one hell of a turn for a Catholic “ecumenical” council to take?

Is the pope Catholic?

It is Catholicism that is right, not I.

These opinions I have may not be the most popular or religiously ecumenical, but the fact is I’m quite tired of ecumenism. That was what our most recent conversation was about. Ecumenism, or more specifically, tip toeing around the sensibilities of other religions. He finds it elitist a Catholic’s claim of belonging to the One True Church. I suppose this assertion goes against popular belief that all religions have equal measure and are deserving of equal respect.

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Bishop Zurek succeeds where Vatican II never could: Protestants and Catholics are united, at last!

Members of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, an ecumenical group of pro-life advocates from various Protestant denominations, along with Catholics, have released a new statement supporting Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life.

As LifeNews has reported, the pro-life movement has been abuzz with the news that Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek of the Diocese of Amarillo has asked Father Pavone to come back to serve in the diocese and has temporarily prevented him from exercising his duties as the head of Priests for Life. Zurek alleges, with little supporting evidence, that there are financial irregularities at Priests for Life despite annual audits from one of the nation’s top accounting firms.

Today, members of the National Pro-Life Religious Council submitted the following statement supporting Father Pavone, who is a member of the Council via his role as the national director for Priests for Life:

The members of the National Pro-Life Religious Council stand in solidarity with our friend, colleague and President of the Council, Fr. Frank Pavone. It has long been Father Pavone’s belief that he has been called by God, within his priestly vocation, to serve in full-time pro-life work.

We can attest that his ability to serve in this capacity over the past twenty years has, directly and indirectly, saved the lives of countless unborn children and also resulted in the healing of countless others who have been touched by the tragedy that is abortion.

The NPRC fully supports Father Pavone’s efforts to continue his vital and life-saving ministry with Priests for Life in a full-time capacity.

Signed,

Georgette Forney, Anglicans for Life, & the Silent No More Awareness Campaign

The Rev. Terry Gensemer, CEC for Life (International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church)

The Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference

The Rev. Paul Stallsworth, Lifewatch, Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality

Ed Szeto, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod World Relief and Human Care

Dennis Di Mauro , Lutherans for Life International

The Rev. Rob Schenck, National Clergy Council

Tom Glessner, NIFLA (National Institute of Family and Life Advocates)

Marie Bowen, Presbyterians Pro-Life

The Rev. John Brown, United Church of Christ Friends for Life

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Was the Holy Spirit’s guidance at Vatican II infallible … or not?

Father Z entertains the notion. Readers comment.

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Dispersing the Smoke of Satan: What is wrong with the people in the Catholic Church?

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by Doug Lawrence

The one, true Church of Jesus Christ has recently fallen on hard times.

Since 1965, the Catholic Church has experienced the liberal/modernist onslaught, the post-Vatican II revolution and deconstruction, the takeover of the seminaries by self-loathing homosexuals and progressive anarchists, the decimation of the ranks of the ministerial priesthood, the dilution, distortion, denial and obfuscation of traditional Catholic doctrines and practices, a huge loss of faith by the laity, the overthrow of the power of the church hierarchy by government secularists, and in the wake of the so-called pedophile priest scandal … the confiscation and dissipation of church assets, by force of law.

Pope Paul VI called it “The Smoke of Satan”. Pope John Paul I died before he could come to terms with it. John Paul II had the chutzpah to call it “The New Springtime” and Benedict XVI took a seemingly more practical stance, looking for “A Smaller, Purer Church” (something he just might get.)

The Church’s official “party line” has been to accept all this as “the will of God” and simply carry on as before … in the “Spirit of Vatican II” … whatever that’s supposed to mean.

About the only “bright spots” we can find in the church during this entire period of time are the courageous but still largely unrealized gains made in Eastern Europe by Pope John Paul II, and the intriguing potential of Pope Benedict’s recent Anglican Initiative, where he took it upon himself to side-step the church’s ineffective ecumenical office (which had accomplished absolutely nothing, for over 40 years) and unilaterally act to set up a simple process by which disaffected Anglicans could move over to the Catholic Church en-mass, with a minimum of pain and inconvenience.

We need many more bold initiatives like these, and we also need a return to a strong, decisive, infallible papacy (as opposed to a limp-wristed, ineffective, collegial and highly political bishopric.)

We need a return to the traditional faith and traditionally sound liturgies, and we need to better support, appreciate, love, honor and defend our priests.

We need complete, correct, convenient, authentically Catholic, traditional catechesis for every age group, along with a streamlined RCIA program that takes only weeks … instead of months … to complete.

We need to revitalize and reform the Catholic school system … from preschool, all the way up through the universities and seminaries.

We need to prune the “dead wood” from the Vatican and all the various dicasteries, chanceries and parish offices.

We need to make sure that organizations calling themselves Catholic really are.

We need to once again begin to dedicate Sunday
(all of it) to nothing other than the worship, study, contemplation and appreciation of Almighty God.

Finally, we need to wake the bulk of the world’s
1.2 billion Catholics from their self-imposed slumber and powerfully remind them of who they are,
and what they are called by God, to be.

If we begin to do all this in faith, then God will certainly lead us forward. If not, this mess in which we we presently find ourselves will likely continue to worsen … and we will all deservedly suffer the consequences!

This is a time for heroes, for straight talk, for prayer, and for inspired, creative thinking. This is a time for good people of action (and substantial intestinal fortitude) to step up, realize their true vocation, and become saints.

Any ideas or suggestions? Anything that’s working well in your parish? How about things that are NOT working, but should be? Let us know about it!

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(Continuing) Confusion in the Catholic Church

U.S Jesuit Fr. Thomas Michel who was an official at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in the 1980’s and was involved in organizing the first Assisi meeting said ”It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to pray together when you don’t believe in the same God. But Catholics believe there is only one God and he hears the prayers of whoever turns to Him with sincerity and devotion.” This is a quote from the article posted on this site from CNS entitled “Back to Assisi: Pope Benedict to commemorate event he skipped” 1/7/11

You should read the whole article . In it Cardinal Ratzinger, at the first Assisi in 1986, skipped the ecumenical service because “His chief concern was that the gathering could give people the impression that the highest officials in the Catholic Church were saying that all religions believed in the same God and that every religion was an equally valid path to God”

Am I missing something here or is that exactly what happened to Fr. Michel, from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue?

Compare this with The Council of Trent Session V, 6/17/1546, Decree Concerning Original Sin;

“ (1)That our Catholic Faith, without which it is impossible to please God,.” And again in article #3 which ends with “ or if he denies that the said merit of Jesus Christ is applied, both to adults and to infants, by the Sacrament of Baptism rightly administered in the form of the Church; let him be anathema: “for there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved””. (Acts 4: 12)

Trent was clearly saying you must be Baptized in order to be saved. There are exceptions of course but they are just that, exceptions. The entire Jewish and Muslim populations are not exactly exceptions.

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Have you signed on to the Manhattan Declaration yet?

“We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right — and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation — to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence… We recognize the duty to comply with laws whether we happen to like them or not, unless the laws are gravely unjust or require those subject to them to do something unjust or otherwise immoral… We will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriage or the equivalent or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family.”

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A quick Summary (PDF)