“Renegade” Episcopal Rector explains why he decided to become a Catholic priest.

The Rev. David Ousley was baptized a Methodist in 1951, was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1979, and left it in 1999 for the Anglican Church in America.

And on Saturday, this 61-year-old married father of three will make one more ecclesiastical leap: he will be ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in a 11 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church in Mount Airy.

He is “swimming the Tiber,” as Anglicans call conversion to Catholicism — a reference to the river that runs through Rome — but the white-bearded Ousley will not emerge from his swim on some strange and foreign shore.

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Editor’s note: You don’t have to be a renegade to experience metanoia … a profound change of heart and subsequent spiritual conversion. Witness the power of God’s grace in the life of this man … and this man’s willingness to cooperate with that divine grace.

Judas Priests: Timing of Pope’s comments about rebel Austrian clergy was no coincidence.

Before the festival day of the pasch, Jesus knowing that his hour was come, that he should pass out of this world to the Father: having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

And when supper was done (the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray him), Knowing that the Father had given him all things into his hands and that he came from God and goeth to God, He riseth from supper and layeth aside his garments and, having taken a towel, girded himself.

After that, he putteth water into a basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. (John 13:1-5)

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Pope criticizes attitude of indifference to religion in Europe, Middle East

The Catholic Church should seek to spread its message ‘particularly in countries with ancient Christian traditions that appear to have become indifferent or even hostile to the Word of God,’ Pope Benedict told the meeting.

‘Today’s world needs people who announce and testify that Christ can teach us how to live, can show us the path to true happiness,’ he said.

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Editor’s note: Holy Father, if only things were that simple! The message of modern Christianity (and even that of the Catholic Church itself) lacks unity and is often contradictory. It’s impossible to get a straight answer from those who should rightly be expected have them, and it’s even more difficult to find a second, confirming opinion.

Those who are supposed to act in the person of Christ have been widely discredited by scandal, and church assets have been sorely dissipated, while Christianity in general has been splintered into 40,000 different groups, with almost as many varying traditions and creeds, many of them at odds with the others.

Bishops are typically unreachable, showing themselves only at ceremonial events, where they are generally unwilling to take up and discuss the problems of the day with ordinary Catholics.

Priests are scarce, spread too thin, and don’t have the time. Even if they did, most wouldn’t want to take the risk. There’s a virtual minefield of scandal and corruption out there, and bishops have been known to routinely “ship out” priests who have the intestinal fortitude to preach the truth about important matters of the faith.

The People of God have often been poorly served. Traditional Catholics have been treated with outright hostility and scorn by their own Catholic church, for the last fifty years. Others have been sexually abused. Many, many others have been so badly catechized that they have no idea of what being Catholic really means, while still others are regularly spiritually assaulted by bogus, illicit liturgies.

People don’t see the benefit of being Catholic, these days. If they did, they would be lining up ten and twenty deep, at the doors of churches, all around the world, begging to be let inside.

It’s not because they are indifferent. People everywhere continue to vigorously act in what they perceive as their own best self-interest. Unfortunately, the Catholic Church has, as of late, done an exceptionally poor job of publicly preaching and demonstrating the eternal benefits of being Catholic.

Holy Father, the more precise term for the malaise of which you speak would be irrelevancy … not indifference. If people were merely indifferent to the church, there would be no reason for perceived or actual hostility. The Catholic Church has recently become irrelevant to many, by and through its own numerous and very public failings.

Until the Catholic Church can once again begin to clearly show the relevance of the divine truths it holds in trust for all mankind, people will continue to eschew God’s grace and prefer to seek happiness through other channels … typically sex, drugs, rock n’ roll, material possessions, electronic media and false religions.

Pope engages in modernist, politically correct psycho-babble, patronizing German Jews.

by Doug Lawrence

In a recent address to a group of prominent German Jewish leaders, the Pope made the following statement:

“We Christians must also become increasingly aware of our own inner affinity with Judaism. For Christians, there can be no rupture in salvation history. Salvation comes from the Jews. When Jesus’ conflict with the Judaism of His time is superficially interpreted as a breach with the Old Covenant, it tends to be reduced to the idea of a liberation that views the Torah merely as a slavish enactment of rituals and outward observances. In fact, the Sermon on the Mount does not abolish the Mosaic Law, but reveals its hidden possibilities and allows more radical demands to emerge. It points us towards the deepest source of human action, the heart, where choices are made between what is pure and what is impure, where faith, hope and love blossom forth.”

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Let’s “parse” the Holy Father’s statement:

“We Christians must also become increasingly aware of our own inner affinity with Judaism.”

OK. Let’s start with what we believe about Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, the Church, and the means of eternal salvation.

“For Christians, there can be no rupture in salvation history. Salvation comes from the Jews.”

Insofar as what God has done … especially through Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles … and in spite of the continuous Jewish denial and rejection of virtually every Christian truth … the words of the Holy Father are true. But the facts show that even Muslims routinely show a greater degree of respect for Jesus Christ and his mother, than does a typical Jew.

“When Jesus’ conflict with the Judaism of His time is superficially interpreted as a breach with the Old Covenant, it tends to be reduced to the idea of a liberation that views the Torah merely as a slavish enactment of rituals and outward observances…”

There’s ABSOLUTELY NOTHING SUPERFICIAL about it!

Pius XII: Mystici Corporis, 29: “And first of all, by the death of our Redeemer, the New Testament took the place of the Old Law which had been abolished; then the Law of Christ together with its mysteries, enactments, institutions, and sacred rites was ratified for the whole world in the blood of Jesus Christ…but on the Gibbet of His death Jesus made void the Law with its decrees fastened the handwriting of the Old Testament to the Cross, establishing the New Testament in His blood shed for the whole human race. “To such an extent, then,” says St. Leo the Great, speaking of the Cross of our Lord, “was there effected a transfer from the Law to the Gospel, from the Synagogue to the Church, from the many sacrifices to one Victim, that, as Our Lord expired, that mystical veil which shut off the innermost part of the temple and its sacred secret was rent violently from top to bottom.”

30: “On the Cross then the Old Law died, soon to be buried and to be a bearer of death, in order to give way to the New Testament of which Christ had chosen the Apostles as qualified ministers”

Council of Trent, ch 1, 793: “but not even the Jews by the very letter of the law of Moses were able to be liberated or to rise therefrom”

Council of Trent, Session 6, ch 2: “that He might both redeem the Jews, who were under the Law”

Council of Trent, Canon 1: “If anyone shall say that man can be justified before God by his own works which are done through his own natural powers, or through the teaching of the Law…let him be anathema.”

Council of Florence, DS 695: “There are seven sacraments of the new Law: namely, baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, extreme unction, orders, and matrimony, which differ a great deal from the sacraments of the Old Law. For those of the Old Law did not effect grace, but only pronounced that it should be given through the passion of Christ; these sacraments of ours contain grace, and confer it upon those who receive them worthily.”

Council of Florence, DS 712: “It firmly believes, professes, and teaches that the matter pertaining to the law of the Old Testament, of the Mosiac law, which are divided into ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were established to signify something in the future, although they were suited to the divine worship at that time, after our Lord’s coming had been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament began; and that whoever, even after the passion, placed hope in these matters of the law and submitted himself to them as necessary for salvation, as if faith in Christ could not save without them, sinned mortally.”

“All, therefore, who after that time observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of the law, it declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover from these errors. Therefore, it commands all who glory in the name of Christian, at whatever time, before or after baptism’ to cease entirely from circumcision, since, whether or not one places hope in it, it cannot be observed at all without the loss of eternal salvation.”

Pope Benedict XIV, Ex Quo Primum, #59: “However they are not attempting to observe the precepts of the old Law, which as everyone knows have been revoked by the coming of Christ.”

Pope Benedict XIV, Ex Quo Primum, #61: “The first consideration is that the ceremonies of the Mosaic law were abrogated by the coming of Christ and they can no longer be observed without sin after the promulgation of the Gospel.”

Pius VI, DS 1519-1520 (condemned the following): “Likewise, the doctrine which adds that under the Law man ‘became a prevaricator, since he was powerless to observe it, not indeed by the fault of the Law, which was most sacred, but by the guilt of man, who, under the Law, without grace, became more and more a prevaricator’; and it further adds, ‘that the Law, if it did not heal the heart of man, brought it about that he would recognize his evil, and, being convinced of his weakness, would desire the grace of a mediator’; in this part it generally intimates that man became a prevaricator through the nonobservance of the Law which he was powerless to observe, as if ‘He who is just could command something impossible, or He who is pious would be likely to condemn man for that which he could not avoid’ (from St. Caesarius Serm. 73, in append., St. Augustine, Serm. 273, edit. Maurin; from St. August., De nat, et “rat., e. 43; De “rat. et lib. arb., e. 16, Enarr. in psalm. 56, n. I),– false scandalous, impious, condemned in Baius (see n. 1504).

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Pope Benedict XVI patronizes his Jewish brothers and sisters by failing to tell them the whole truth about salvation … that “it” (more properly HE … Jesus Christ) did (initially) come into the world through the Jews … but that salvation now comes by faith, exclusively through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God … and through the Catholic Church that Jesus personally founded … which is the permanent, divinely designated, universal sacrament of salvation, for ALL.

(Romans 10:9-13)  For if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in thy heart that God hath raised him up from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For, with the heart, we believe unto justice: but, with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. 

For the scripture saith: Whosoever believeth in him shall not be confounded. For there is no distinction of the Jew and the Greek: for the same is Lord over all, rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

No wonder our modern “theologians” have so often run amock, when we have the head of the church and its chief theologian speaking in such a duplicitous way!

Jesus Christ IS salvation.

The Catholic Church is the divinely designated, primary “dispenser” of the saving grace that Jesus obtained for us, on the cross.

It will remain exactly so, until the end of time.

The Jews (along with everyone else) deserve to be clearly informed of all these facts. Not patronized with political, self-serving half-truths and modernist fictions.

(From Dictionary.com)

Definition of duplicity

1. deceitfulness in speech or conduct, as by speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter.

Chicago’s Riccardo Muti: “When I go to church and I hear four strums of a guitar or choruses of senseless, insipid words, I think it’s an insult.”

ANSA) – Vatican City – Italian conductor Riccardo Muti is backing Pope Benedict XVI’s drive to discourage guitar ”sing-songs” from Catholic masses.

”I can’t work out how come once upon a time there were Mozart and Bach and now we have little sing-songs. This is a lack of respect for people’s intelligence”.

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New bishop of Joliet, IL: Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Steubenville, Ohio.


Resolving a much-awaited opening at the edges of Chicagoland, at Roman Noon today, B16 named Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, 63, head of Ohio’s Steubenville church since 2002, as bishop of Joliet.

R. Daniel Conlon will be the fifth bishop for the Joliet diocese, which includes 625,000 Catholics throughout seven counties, in northeast Illinois

Installation has been scheduled for 14 July in Joliet’s Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus.

Interesting statistics:

Steubenville diocese –
40,411 Catholics out of 513,734 people. (8% Catholic)

Joliet diocese –
625,189 Catholics out of 1,734,304 people. (36% Catholic)

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Diocese of Steubenville website

The story of St. Raymond, for whom the Cathedral in Joliet, Illinois is named

Detailed summary of all articles on this subject

Pope Benedict confirms (in his new book): Jesus put to death by “unknown assailants” (formerly described as “the Jews”).

At a critical point in the book (pg. 184) Benedict poses the questions simply, clearly, and without evasion: “Now we must ask: Who exactly were Jesus’ accusers? Who insisted that he be condemned to death?” And, with his customary directness, he answers the questions in the space of only three pages. He passes the Gospels in review in a way that beautifully exemplifies the fundamental purpose of the book: to present the “figure and message of Jesus” through the complementary use of scientific scholarship (a “historical hermeneutic”) and the vision of faith (“faith-hermeneutic”).

For John, the accusers were “simply ‘the Jews’”. But Benedict shows that in John’s Gospel that designation has a “precise and clearly defined meaning”, i.e. the Temple aristocracy, not the Jewish people as an undifferentiated whole.

In Mark, there is a widening of the circle of accusers: the “ochlos”, the crowd, “the masses”. But Benedict points out that the crowd was mainly comprised of sympathizers of Barabbas, who wanted the customary amnesty to be granted to him. The followers of Jesus “remained hidden out of fear”. This crowd, therefore, does not represent the attitude or the actions of the Jewish people with respect to Jesus.

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Editor’s note: Got to watch out for those crowds! The devil gets into those crowds!

It’s an outright shame that, 40 years later … just as Jesus clearly foretold … God saw fit to bring in the Romans to destroy the whole of Jerusalem, the bulk of the people living there, and the Temple … just because of a few Scribes and Pharisees … especially since most all of those nasty “temple aristocrats” were long dead, by that time!

Worse yet … all this totally unnecessary, disingenuous qualification and obfuscation was done merely to satisfy the liberal/progressive wing of the Catholic Church … along with the Jewish ADL (Anti Defamation League) … two obvious “birds of a feather”.

Fortunately, the pope has already pointed out that nothing contained in either of his books on this subject need be accepted on faith, by any Catholic. They are to be viewed simply as “popular” literature: ‘It goes without saying that this book is in no way an act of the magisterium, but is solely an expression of my personal search “for the face of the Lord…” Everyone is free, then, to contradict me.’ (Foreword by Pope Benedict: Volume One – Jesus of Nazareth)

I wonder if there’s an actual category by the name of: “Fairy Tales for Our Jewish Friends”?

Link to the book site