The pope cannot change fundamental Catholic Church doctrine – so why does he go out of his way to make it look and sound like he’s going to?

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St. Peter and St. John at the Beautiful Gate

by Doug Lawrence

Vatican II has already fundamentally changed Catholic Church doctrine, so those who claim the Pope cannot or will not do so are being somewhat disingenuous. Our present pope is the biggest “cheerleader” for Vatican II that the world has ever seen.

A “New Evangelization” is necessary in part, because in the wake of Vatican II, the people who ran (and still run) the Catholic Church led many of the faithful (and most of the known world) into ignorance, confusion and apostasy.

Top Church management is not much better enlightened today, so it’s necessary to question precisely what the “New Evangelizers” are asking faithful Catholics to do, that they haven’t been doing all along.

If they’re asking us to spread a “new” gospel that’s based on “freebies alone” (that’s what it sounds like) then we have a big problem, since the secular governments of the world have learned to inflate their tax rolls and and leverage their currencies in ways that allow them to finance massive wealth transfer/social programs which dwarf anything in that regard that individual Catholics (or Catholic parishes, or national bishops councils, or the Vatican) might be able to offer.

So, in a contest based solely on temporal goodies and give-aways, the New Catholic Evangelization is not only bound to fail – it will fail miserably! The sad record of The Catholic Campaign for Human Development and other high-profile Catholic Charities already provides ample evidence of this. When the Church takes government money, supposedly in order to accomplish charitable things, it invariably becomes subject to that very same secular government and the result is almost always something much less than truly charitable – and also something much, much less than authentically Catholic.

True charity, as it’s faithfully described in the authentic Gospels, is freely sharing the grace and love of God with others – not just by providing a modicum of necessary PHYSICAL GOODS – but also – and principally – making freely available those SPIRITUAL GOODS which ONLY the Catholic Church is capable of providing in UNLIMITED, SUPERNATURAL ABUNDANCE.

Now Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer. And a certain man who was lame from his mother’s womb was carried: whom they laid every day at the gate of the temple, which is called Beautiful, that he might ask alms of them that went into the temple. He, when he had seen Peter and John, about to go into the temple, asked to receive an alms. But Peter with John, fastening his eyes upon him, said:

Look upon us. But he looked earnestly upon them, hoping that he should receive something of them. But Peter said: Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise and walk. And taking him by the right hand, he lifted him up: and forthwith his feet and soles received strength. And he leaping up, stood and walked and went in with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God.

And all the people saw him walking and praising God. And they knew him, that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him. And as he held Peter and John, all the people ran to them, to the porch which is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.

But Peter seeing, made answer to the people: Ye men of Israel, why wonder you at this? Or why look you upon us, as if by our strength or power we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus, whom you indeed delivered up and denied before the face of Pilate, when he judged he should be released. But you denied the Holy One and the Just: and desired a murderer to be granted unto you. But the author of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the dead: of which we are witnesses. And in the faith of his name, this man, whom you have seen and known, hath his name strengthened. And the faith which is by him hath given this perfect soundness in the sight of you all.

And now, brethren, I know that you did it through ignorance: as did also your rulers. But those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Be penitent, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. That when the times of refreshment shall come from the presence of the Lord, and he shall send him who hath been preached unto you, Jesus Christ. Whom heaven indeed must receive, until the times of the restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of his holy prophets, from the beginning of the world. For Moses said: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me: him you shall hear according to all things whatsoever he shall speak to you. And it shall be, that every soul which will not hear that prophet shall be destroyed from among the people. And all the prophets, from Samuel and afterwards, who have spoken, have told of these days.

You are the children of the prophets and of the testament which God made to our fathers, saying to Abraham: And in thy seed shall all the kindred of the earth be blessed. To you first, God, raising up his Son, hath sent him to bless you: that every one may convert himself from his wickedness. (Acts 3:1-26)

We Catholics have no need of any other model or paradigm.  Hence, our reliance on the “Great Commission of Jesus Christ” which explicitly charges Catholics with the duty of continuously, clearly, charitably and unambiguously preaching the divine truth of the authentic Gospels to everyone, without exception – day in and day out – all around the world – as we pray without ceasing!

And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And seeing him they adored: but some doubted. And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. (Matthew 28:16-20)

The post-Vatican II Catholic Church leadership has already reasoned, preached and politically negotiated their way around these explicit commands of Jesus Christ, cleverly inferring that some people have no need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his Holy Catholic Church. Now, as part of this “New Evangelization” they want us to do the same. That’s certainly new and novel, but it’s also material heresy – and that’s not something that any Catholic should be preaching!

Pope Francis’ attempt at projecting an image of a kinder, gentler, “big tent” modern Catholic Church is something that would be laudable if such had not already been the case since the very beginning, courtesy of its’ divine founder and finisher, Jesus Christ.

If things have gone off the track in recent times, the hierarchy might consider going back to and once again learning to rely on what God has already provided, that which the Catholic Church has always possessed in unlimited, supernatural abundance and which – in every age except perhaps, this present, wicked one – has always proved to be sufficient.

Virtually any government on earth can establish secular charities to serve the carnal needs of their citizens, but only the Catholic Church has the power to offer them eternal salvation of body and soul.

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So why is the Catholic Church neglecting their primary mission, which is the the salvation of souls, and placing undue emphasis on non-specific, unrelated and even anti-Catholic charitable work? – Ed.

Cardinal Maradiaga Lays Out the Next Decade of Disaster

…Its the raw triumphalism, something condemned by the Pope, in fact, that has me running for the hills. It is not even liberation theology. It is no theology at all. Jesus Christ is entirely unnecessary to this vision of the Church.

On paper, it seems a bit long-winded and tedious, but listening to it gives me the chills. It’s not what the Cardinal (Maradiaga) has to say about the poor and the Church or the poor Church for the poor or about the social mission of the Church or what the Church can contribute to the political and economic sphere. It’s not that. It’s the very near total exclusion of the Church’s primary reason for Her existence that is deeply disconcerting.

It is about everything but Jesus Christ and the Salvation of souls. It does not even really require Jesus Christ and the Cross upon which He shed His blood at all. It is a perversion of the Catholic Faith. There need be no Heaven, since we’re bringing it down to Earth, if not by force, then by sheer wishful-thinking while the Cardinal ignores the terrible realities that Our Lady of Fatima, even in those secrets that are known to be fully published, explicitly informed us about.

These are, namely, the existence of Hell, Purgatory, Heaven, the reality of Judgment, Divine Justice and, apparently, if rumours of the unpublished, inconvenient secret be true, a Chastisement set upon the earth so devastating that it could outdo the times of Noah, as God presses the ‘reset’ button on mankind in such a manner as to leave the living envious of the dead.

This life, whether we be rich or poor is a preparation for the life to come. If the Church does not have man’s spiritual condition at the top of the Her priorities, not just mankind is threatened, but She Herself, is doomed to irrelevance in every age. Almighty God will judge the poor with equity and knowing we are to be judged by Almighty God, we should treat them with utmost respect and dignity.

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Editor’s note: It would seem the biblical Great Commission would mention the KEY THINGS necessary for the salvation of souls, and to accomplish the primary mission of the Church, according to the will of God – and it does:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
(Matthew 28:18-20)

Teaching is mentioned twice, baptism once, and going out (evangelization) once.

Keeping the above in mind, at what has the post-Vatican II (Reformed) Roman Catholic Church failed the most? Teaching!

The Church is in now in the habit of offering catechesis that is so poor as to be almost useless – and in the United States, it produces a Bible (The New American Bible) that is unfit for reading at Mass, containing so many modernist heresies and mistranslations as to be hazardous to the spiritual health of anyone who might be so unfortunate to read it!

And let’s not forget the many and varied doctrinal problems with Catholic religious orders (especially the Jesuits and the LCWR Sisters) and with “orthodox” Catholic higher education – if such a thing can even still be found to exist.

What else have they miserably failed to do? Evangelization and Baptism!

With only a few notable exceptions, the parish RCIA programs of the one, true church of Jesus Christ in the United States produce an average of less than a handful of new converts, per parish, per year – and most of those are long-badgered relatives of already Catholic husbands and wives, who finally “give in” and take the plunge.

And let’s not ignore the negative effects of false ecumenism, which has already become a venerated institution of the post-Vatican II church, greatly loved and sincerely appreciated by dedicated Muslims, Jews, Pagans, Atheists, Protestants and fallen away Catholics, the world over.

The minuscule number of converts who answer the call of Christ and somehow manage to become Catholic of their own volition would be laughable, if it wasn’t such a great scandal. There is a rumor going around that the Obamacare website was actually based on the Catholic Church’s RCIA program, which could hardly be less effective if it was indeed designed and run by the U.S. Government!

As for “The New Evangelization” … who in their right mind and in good conscience, would invite a friend or loved one into a bass-ackward, scandal ridden, malfunctioning, self-destructive organization that now appears to have more in common with the corrupt faith of the 1st century Jewish Pharisees than the  one, holy, catholic and apostolic church founded by Jesus Christ, for the salvation of souls?

Far from being a new Pentecost (or the much vaunted “new springtime”) the dismal aftermath of the 2nd Vatican Council – in its’ emphasis on man, rather than God – has practically constituted – for the Catholic Church and for the world – a dismal, destructive, second Fall from God’s grace – and it’s high time to turn things around, before it’s too late!

I write this with all due respect to those who haven’t yet been compromised.   

Evangelization is not an optional activity for those who wish to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

In the teaching of the Catholic Church, especially in the documents of Vatican Council II, the writing of recent popes and synods, and in the catechism, the word evangelization is used to describe the very nature or mission of the Church.

The word itself comes from the Greek word for Gospel, the “good news” that Jesus proclaimed by His life and His teaching.

For us Catholics, evangelization is not about imposing our beliefs on others. Instead, it is the activity of freely sharing with others our conviction that Jesus Christ is the answer to all life’s questions and difficulties.

Pope John Paul II in his 1990 apostolic exhortation, “Redemptoris missio,” teaches that “the Church proposes; she imposes nothing” (#39). Evangelization is our profoundly personal witness to the person of Jesus Christ as the meaning of life itself and as the most important person in each of our lives.

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Why the “Great Commission” still applies, regarding today’s Jews (and everybody)


Matthew 28:16-20 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And seeing him they adored: but some doubted.  And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Nowhere does the Bible suggest the heretical idea that any person or group of people, rejecting and disparaging Christ, can expect blessing from God. Nor do such people have the right to demand it from those who do obey God, the saints. Yet such obligation to bless and support unbelieving Jews is taught by evangelicals and Jews as the law of God.

Biblical Guidance in an Age of Delusion

What does the Bible really say about God’s attitude (and Christians’ duty) to Israel? It says God’s covenant and promises of spiritual and territorial blessing upon Abraham and his descendants were conditional upon obedience. God’s covenant with Abraham came into existence in response to Abraham’s obedience; it is sustained through the same obedience in his descendants.

Notice God’s conditional terms in the following foundational verses:

“Walk before Me and be blameless, and I will establish My covenant between Me and you.” –Genesis 17:1,2

“And in your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” –Genesis 22:18

“For I have chosen him in order that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice; in order that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him (the blessings of God’s covenant).” –Genesis 18:19

And to Isaac, his son, God confirms: “…by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth be blessed: because Abraham obeyed Me…” — Genesis 26:4-5

The Palestinian covenant lays down God’s timeless requirement that Jews must follow Abraham’s example in order to enter Canaan and abide in it.

“If…you do not obey Me, by acts of hostility against Me, then I will act with wrathful hostility against you…” “You…I will scatter among the nations…” –Leviticus 26: 27, 28, 33

If Israel rebels, God warns, “you shall be torn from the land where you are entering to possess it…the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other…” –Deuteronomy 20: 63

However, if the Jews “return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul…then the Lord God will restore you from captivity…and gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.” –Deuteronomy 30: 2, 3 1

But national repentance and obedience was not part of Israel’s birth as a nation in 1948! Zionists pushed their way into Palestine through violence, deceit, and brutal dispossession of the Christians and Muslims living in the Promised Land. Israel today is a spiritually counterfeit, racist state founded in utter rejection of their true messiah, Jesus Christ. (See, The Simple Explanation for Mid-East Strife)

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