Rebellion against God only causes death, division, suffering and unhappiness. When will we learn our lesson?

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The unholy patron of dialog and compromise

At Vatican II there was strong pressure from protestants for us Catholics to become more like them in our way of worship and doctrine.   This was accepted by the Catholics so as to try to bring protestants back into the Catholic Church (“Ecumenism”).

So after we deformed the liturgy (according to protestant suggestions) and toned down doctrine (to not offend them and to agree with them that we were wrong and they were right all along), they were suppose to come back into the Catholic Church.  But the exact opposite has happened.  As we Catholics have tried to copy the Protestants by becoming more liberal and protestant like in liturgy and doctrine, they have continued to even further separate from us, by becoming even more liberal “christians”.

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Rabbi Skorka: “We need a theological explanation of what a Jew is to a Catholic, and what a Catholic is to a Jew.”

Christ on the Cross by Diego Velazquez, 1632

Cardinal Koch made much the same point at the press conference.

“The next step has to be a deepening of our theology,” Koch said. “We need a Christian theology of Judaism and a Jewish theology of Christianity.”

“I’m convinced Pope Francis wants to go in that direction,” Koch said.

At least vis-à-vis Judaism…

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Editor’s note: OK, let’s give this a try:

Catholics first –

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Now, the Jews –

(There is no authoritative Jewish “Creed”)

Some of us believe in one G-d,
who is reputed to be the maker of heaven and earth.
But even if that’s true, we’re certain
he has nothing at all to do
with that great blasphemer, Jesus of Nazareth,
who was never mentioned in the scriptures
and who was rightly put to death for his crimes.
Nor has G-d anything to do with the mother of Jesus,
the woman known as Mary,
who was secretly impregnated by a Roman soldier.

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth
was guilty of blasphemy and sedition,
and that he was rightly put to death,
according to both Jewish and Roman law.

We believe that the dead body of Jesus of Nazareth
was stolen by his followers, who falsely claimed
that he had risen again from the dead
and who subsequently founded a heretical
new religion, in his memory.

According to the Talmud,
our most sacred book of Rabbinical commentary,
that same Jesus is now in Hell,
suffering a most humiliating eternal punishment.
He won’t be coming back. Now, or ever!

We’re not sure whether there will be
a resurrection of the dead or not,
but if there is a world to come,
we remain G-d’s Chosen People. Amen.

As you can see, there is much common ground on which
to build the new, joint Catholic – Jewish theology!

Saint Blase’s idea of ecumenism

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Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri explained how Saint Blase referred to the gods of the false religion of the Roman pagans shortly before his own martyrdom on February 3, 313:

When St. Blase arrived at the city [of Ragusa] and was presented to the governor, he was commanded to sacrifice to immortal gods. The saint answered: “What a title for your demons, who can only bring evil on their worshippers! There is only ONE Immortal God, and him do I adore.” Agricolaus, infuriated at the answer, caused the saint to undergo a scourging so prolonged and cruel that it was thought the saint could not possibly survive it; but having endured this torture with placid courage, he was sent to prison, where he continued to work miracles so extraordinary that the governor ordered him to be lacerated with iron hooks.

The blood of the saint ran profusely, and certain pious women were induced to collect portions of it, which act of devotion was amply rewarded, for they were seized, with two of their children, and brought before the governor. He commanded them to sacrifice to the gods under pain of death. The holy women asked for their idols, as some thought, to sacrifice to them, but they no sooner had hands upon them than they cast them into an adjoining lake, for which they were instantly beheaded, along with their children.

Agricolaus resolved to wreak his vengeance on St. Blase; and to content with the torture which he had already ceased him to endure, commanded him to be stretched upon the rack, and his flesh to be torn with iron combs, in which state a red-hot coal of mail was placed upon him. Finally, the tyrant, despairing of overcoming his constancy, ordered him to be cast into the lake; the saint, arming himself with the sign of the cross, walked upon the waters, and arriving at the middle, sat down, and invite the idolaters to do the same if they believed that their gods could enable them. Some were so rash as to make the attempt, but were immediately drowned.

St. Blase was admonished then by a voice from heaven to go forth from the lake and encounter his martyrdom. When he reached the land the impious tyrant ordered him to be beheaded. This sentence was executed in the year 313. The republic of Ragusa honor him as their principal patron, and he is the titular saint of many cities. (Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri, The Glories of The Martyrs, as published by the Redemptorist Fathers, Esopus, New York, 1954, pp. 253-254.)

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Director of the cause for “Lukewarm Catholicism” makes a speech

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Cardinal Cormac summed up the legacy of Vatican II as one which held no space for prophets of doom. He recalled the Council decree on ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio, and its bold proclamation that ‘there is no ecumenism worthy of the name without a change of heart … without inner conversion, newness of attitude and unstinted love’.

Suspicion, inertia and impatience were cited as the three enemies of ecumenism and drawing on his own rich experience both in his time as a priest and later Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, and in latter years as Archbishop of Westminster, the Cardinal summed up ecumenical endeavour as something which begins locally from a relationship with those around us believing that “ecumenism is blessed where people are”.

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Editor’s note: After nearly 50 years of this nonsense, things are going so well for Catholics across the pond! Someone should remind his eminence that the basic idea is to convert others to the one, true, Catholic faith – for the salvation of their souls – and not the other way around!

See what might happen if liberalism and ecumenism are allowed to proceed unchecked.

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Mr. Hugh Moore, Executive Director of the St. Laphatdis Foundation (www.laphadisfoundation.net) in Chicago announced today at a press conference the discovery of a previously unreleased version of Nostra Aetate, the Vatican II document on inter-faith relations.

The document outlines efforts by the council to reach some level of ecumenical understanding with the Church of Satan.

In Germany, an ecumenical Cardinal who prefered to go unnamed gave ghostly praise to the new document, calling it “a breakthrough in the Catholic Church’s journey toward fully reconciling herself with the many gifts that those who reject Christ bring to our cultural heritage.”

Read NOSTRA AETATE (Part II):
Declaration on the relation of the Church to Satan

Editor’s note: This article is a parody. Nothing like this ever happened … yet!

Saint Pope Benedict XVI?

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by Doug Lawrence

Santo Subito! (Sainthood now!)

Pope Benedict’s resignation presents the Catholic Church with an opportunity that is almost without precedent. So why wait for death to declare the man a saint, when we can have a living saint … right here and right now … working to help resolve all the various problems of the modern world?

All of this can be done simultaneously, with the election of the new Pope.

First … let’s get the new Pope elected. Then … let’s get that new Pope to declare Benedict XVI a living saint … where Benedict might then function much as former President (Democratic Party Saint) William Jefferson Clinton did, during  Barack Obama’s recent campaign … but hopefully, at a somewhat higher level.

It can become a whole, new tradition … and the Catholic Church might never be the same, again.

Our Protestant brethren should have no problem with this, since they already consider every Christian to be a saint. Nor should our elder brothers in faith have any difficulties with it, since Benedict is already a proven and quite malleable friend.

To get the Muslims on board, we can publish a story in L’Osservatore Romano about Benedict’s mystical night journeys, riding a white horse, regularly traveling from St. Peter’s Basilica, up to heaven, and back. Any good Muslim will tell you that saints and prophets are known to do stuff like that!

Solidly traditional Catholics may also find this hard to swallow … and I admit that it does have a vaguely familiar “ring” to it … but I say … if you’re going to break the mold … then bust it all to hell! Look at how well it worked for the the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and the Catholic Church, after Vatican II. All the more reason to proceed with the greatest haste!

A living saint with all the resources of the universal Church at his disposal, complete with current Facebook and Twitter accounts, but with none of the onerous, day to day responsibilities. Even President Barack Obama and his false prophet, David Axelrod, can’t top that!

Common sense suggestions for a reform of the reform … from a priest

Is the Second Vatican Council some kind of sacred cow that can’t be reformed? I ask this in all seriousness. The reason why I ask this is that we all have been taught since the Second Vatican Council that the Church is always in need of reform. Since a council, specifically the Second Vatican Council is but a small part of the Church, should not that old adage also apply to the Second Vatican Council?

There are FIVE areas where the Second Vatican Council could use some reform…

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Gloves should come off when Protestants assist dissident Catholics in sacrilegious acts

Look. We either take ecumensim seriously or we don’t. If we do – and I believe we must –  we have to react strongly when ecumencial ideals are so grossly violated by Protesants who invite or permit these “women priest” ceremonies in their churches.

The most sacred rites of the Catholic Church are Holy Mass and ordination to Holy Orders. These are sine quibus non for our Catholic identity and the continuance of Holy Church Herself.  They are of divine origin.  They are for us most sacred.  To treat sacred things with lack of due respect or reverence is the sin of sacrilege.

From our point of view as Catholics, these women-priest supporters are committing sacrilege in simulating Mass and Orders.

The Protestants who host them are also, objectively speaking, committing a sacrilege.  They are permitting or inviting a mockery of our Holy Mass and a mockery of the priesthood.

When Protestants allow dissident Catholics to commit sacrileges in their churches, they effectively wave their middle-digit directly in the face of the Catholic Church.

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Obtuse “Spirit of Vatican II” is still confusing high level church prelates

Cardinal Kurt Koch assumes that his interpretation of Vatican Council II is the only one and all of us should accept it.

When the SSPX says they reject Vatican Council II they mean they reject the Koch-liberal version. When they say that they affirm ecumenism and inter religious dialogue according to Tradition, they mean they affirm in reality the traditional interpretation of Vatican Council II.

There can be no known cases of Orthodox Christians or Protestants saved in imperfect communion, the seeds of the Word or a good conscience etc as the liberal version claims.

In a a press conference on Tuesday in Vienna Cardinal Koch, the President of the Vatican Council for ecumenism said the Society of St.Pius X (SSPX) needs to accept Vatican Council II, as if, implying that he and his Vatican office for ecumenism does so.They do not accept the traditional interpretation of Vatican Council II.

The cardinal cannot provide references from Vatican Council II to support his liberal interpretation with reference to ecumenism.

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Monsignor Nicola Bux: The SSPX in reality, accepts Vatican Council II.

Monsignor Nicola Bux, consultant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope, addressed an open letter to Bishop Fellay and the priests of the Society of St. Pius X, inviting them to accept an agreement.

He wrote “Perplexities certainly remain, points to be deepened or detailed, such as those regarding ecumenism and inter religious dialogue (which has been, for that matter, already the object of an important clarification given by the declaration Dominus Iesus…’)

We know otherwise. We know the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) is in agreement with Vatican Council II which states all need Catholic Faith and the baptism of water for salvation. (Ad Gentes 7, Vatican Council II). So in reality the SSPX agrees with Vatican Council II on ecumenism and inter religious dialogue. All non Catholics need to enter the Church with Catholic Faith and the baptism of water for salvation (to avoid Hell).

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I was never taught to hate Catholics, but to pity them and to fear their errors.

Hauled Aboard the Ark

A true story by Peter Kreeft

I was never taught to hate Catholics, but to pity them and to fear their errors. I learned a serious concern for truth that to this day I find sadly missing in many Catholic circles. The typical Calvinist anti-Catholic attitude I knew was not so much prejudice, judgment with no concern for evidence, but judgment based on apparent and false evidence: sincere mistakes rather than dishonest rationalizations.

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2006 address by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz still a “must read” for today.


Unless there is a strong realization among practicing Catholics that there is a crisis, and that this crisis deserves our resolute determination to confront it and overcome it, we will not get very far, except to descend further into the bleakness of this sad kind of winter. Unless the patient realizes he is sick, he will not expose his wounds to the necessary healing medicine that would provide a cure for his problems.

There are, of course, many causes for these ecclesiastical crises in which we are involved. There are many causes outside of the Church. We live, for example, in a culture that is dominated by materialism and hedonism, invisibly and imperceptibly the values of those things creep in the lives and attitudes of all, including Catholics. Even the healthiest fish cannot swim along in polluted waters. In our country, especially, a serious misunderstanding of freedom has turned freedom into license, and we live in a pan-sexual and irresponsible age, in which pleasure, comfort, and material possessions appear to be the goals of human existence. Lacking solid catechetical teaching, it is very easy for people, especially young people to be lured into that kind of attitude and condition their entire life-style by such an attitude.

As Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to say, “Most poisons are quite sweet to the lips. It is only when they are ingested that they destroy one.”

However, we would certainly be blind to reality if we did not also realize that there are many causes of the current crises within the church herself, and the children of the Church who are in large measure betraying her, being one of the principal causes. First of all, the creed is absolutely the basis of what we are and what we do. When heretical and erroneous teachings are allowed to run rampant, it is a very short time before total disaster engulfs the entire ecclesiastical enterprise in any one area. We should remember that there was a time when North Africa was almost entirely Christian, almost entirely Catholic. Today, one can journey across North Africa from Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, and Egypt and find very little, if any, Catholic presence in most locations on that shore of the Mediterranean Sea. We should not think this cannot happen here. Although we are promised that the Church will endure until the end of time, we have no promise that it will be enduring in North America.

A great amount of dissent and turmoil has come about because of a very serious misunderstanding of the Second Vatican Council. The documents of the Second Vatican Council are excellent. All of the documents deserve careful study and careful consideration in all their implications and all their nuances. The intentions of the Popes of the Council, Blessed John XXIII and Pope Paul VI are also quite clear in their writings and speeches and in all the things they saw as derivative from the Council. The Council in itself we consider a great act of the Holy Spirit. However, what happened was (and I speak from first-hand experience because I was in Rome at the conclusion of the Council) that a great number of personages and causes gathered around the Council as a kind of para-Council, which gave, because of their domination of the media, an incredibly wrong impression which persist even to this day, about what the Council was and what it was intended to achieve. For example, one hears very little about the continuity of historic tradition which is inherent in the very actions of the Council and in its documents, that it always understood itself as in organic unity with the previous Councils of the Church, including both the Council of Trent and the First Vatican Council which is explicitly affirmed and intended to incorporate in its outlook. This para-Council of advisors, experts and non-Catholic observers bestowed on the media incredibly distorted and even totally inaccurate impressions of the Council, giving to many Catholics even today, expectations for changes that were unrealistic and completely unintended. There was, in a certain sense the rigidities of the past and perhaps some faulty catechetics about issues in the past that made it possible for Catholics to be severely mistaken in what the Council intended and what would be within the capacities of the church to accomplish. The turbulent times of the 1960’s especially in North America and Western Europe – with problems of racial justice, war and peace, and similar matters – got mixed up in the minds and hearts of many people and some Catholics were completely led astray, that Pope John’s opening the windows to let fresh air into the church was an act they didn’t see, which Pope John actually did see, the need for screens on the windows to keep foreign bodies from entering into the Church. Thus, we heard a few years later, Pope Paul VI saying that the very smoke from the fires of hell had crept into and under the window sashes and doors of the Church.

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The Grinch Who Stole Ecumenism

Cardinal Kasper, with his ode to dialogue, certainly means well and his remarks are certainly worth contemplating.  Dialogue and interpersonal relationships built on mutual respect certainly play a role in any successful ecumenical endeavor.  We are human after all.  But such continued emphasis on dialogue over everything else seems permeated by a fermenting gassiness without the pleasure of beer as the end product.

It is worth noting that the most monumental ecumenical gesture in generations was not produced by such dialogue ad nauseum.  Scant was the old school “dialogue”, it emerged from consideration of the differences between faiths, the real needs of souls today, and its required generosity of action.  I refer of course to Pope Benedict’s inspired offer of a Catholic Ordinariate for Anglicans who seek union with the Church but would like to retain their Anglican traditions.

When the announcement of this great ecumenical offer came, Cardinal Kasper was a thousand miles from the nearest microphone and was apparently only informed a few moments before the rest of us were.  The rest of the old school ecumenical movement were equally surprised and uniformly aghast.  How could this be?  Where was the dialogue?  The multi-faith committee meetings?

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