Canonist Peters thinks Fr. Guarnizo was wrong in witholding the Eucharist from Barbara Johnson.

Lionel Andrades makes the case that Peters is wrong, and that just about anybody with eyes to see and ears to hear is capable of rightly discerning the gravely sinful public actions of that sadly misguided buddhist, lesbian, apostate Catholic woman.

According to Lionel:

Edward  Peters errs in assuming that the outward action does not indicate the internal thoughts or motivation. This is the moral theology of Fr. Bernard Haring and Fr. Charles Curran. Homosexuality and lesbianism will always be a mortal sin. It is grave matter and the woman has admitted it, in this case. She persists in receiving the Eucharist and still persists in the sin.

Read the entire commentary

The efficacious virtue of divine light and grace remains our only true hope for salvation.

by Doug Lawrence

The only church that was ever personally founded by Jesus Christ is the one, holy, apostolic and universal church … known today as Catholic.

The ordinary means of personal salvation in Jesus Christ is through baptism … which is “the door” by which someone typically enters … along with a lifetime of subsequent, faithful participation in all of the work, worship, sacraments and devotions of the Catholic Church.

Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation. But God is sovereign, merciful, and all powerful … and he can save whomsoever he wishes … for any reason or for none … even in direct exception to the rules of the church, which are necessarily subject to the will of God, in all things.

Yet, anyone God chooses to save is saved only by the effective application of the grace that Jesus obtained for all, on the cross at Calvary.

The Catholic Church itself has canonized only a few thousand saints. Hence, the church claims no direct knowledge of the salvation … or damnation … of the great majority of souls.

In spite of all this, some Catholics maintain
that we can be absolutely confident of the salvation
of other apparently “good” people,
who through no fault of their own,
never became members of the Catholic Church.

Yet we know not of a single one, for certain!

Jesus remains the Blessed Hope of our salvation. Until the moment Jesus, the just judge  personally invites into heaven (or banishes us to hell) the best we can do is depend upon his saving grace, so that we might one day, like Saint Paul, be able to truthfully exclaim:

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:1-8)

St. Paul turned out to be correct, and the Church subsequently confirmed as much, by officially declaring him a saint. Yet we have absolutely no specific knowledge of anyone outside the church ever being admitted to heaven.

But what about St. Daniel the Prophet, St. John the Baptist, St. Dismas – the “good” thief, and the many prophets and patriarchs of old? It remains a complicated subject!

Read Lionel Andrades latest column on this matter.

Unchanging Catholic Dogma Reaffirmed: No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church.

The recurring post-Vatican II theme, “God Is Love” seems to have led a large cadre of liberal Catholics, including many priests and bishops, into assuming (and therefore teaching) that an all-loving God would most certainly relax his rules and violate his own personal standards in order to give a “pass” to those who, for whatever reasons, have failed to become a member of the Catholic Church.

These same folks also maintain that it would be totally illogical for a loving God to act in any other way, arguing that anyone might be assured of salvation, even if they happen to be Pagan, Jew, (Democrat?) atheist, agnostic, etc. … so long as they follow the dictates of their conscience and attempt to live a good life. They even go so far as to infer that we can “bank” on it.

On the traditional Catholic side, we have the infallible, thrice confirmed Catholic dogma “EXTRA ECCLESIAM NULLA SALUS” (Outside the Church There Is No Salvation) which has remained “on the books” and unchanged for over 500 years, as formally defined at the 15th century Council of Florence and confirmed by at least two later popes.

The documents of Vatican II were crafted to be so inexact as to provide little confirmation of traditional Catholic dogma, so here we are … still arguing about something which was actually settled centuries ago.

With modernist bishops generally in charge, it remains risky for any Catholic to challenge the liberal view on this matter. Fortunately, in spite of all this, a number of the faithful are willing to step up and speak the whole truth.

It should also be worth noting what the Bible says about Jesus Christ and love:
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

Shouldn’t that be enough for these guys?

Read Lionel Andrades’ latest report

Official Vatican Document On Ecumenism