Pope Francis: “You can not serve God and money.”

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Vatican City ( AsiaNews) – ” You can not serve God and money “, ” greed , in fact, is the root of all evil “, “it corrupts” and “its power is so great, it can make you deviate from [the path of ] faith”, it even “robs you of faith, it weakens it and you lose it”. And when one does something for money that countermands the first commandment, he or she “is guilty of idolatry.”

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Editor’s note: I applaud Pope Francis for his clarity on this matter. Just one question … why do we have many of our bishops running dioceses with assets running into the hundreds of millions of dollars? Wouldn’t the Church be better off with more bishops – in much smaller dioceses – in charge of fewer hard assets?

About the guy from Boston who resigned after writing that homosexuality is from the devil…

by Doug Lawrence

In his Boston Pilot article on the origins of same sex attraction, writer Daniel Avila attempted to link various types of homosexual activity with Satan, the devil.

Avila was subsequently disciplined for his alleged assumptions, and soon resigned.

Why? Because a careful reading of the Catholic Catechism finds no specific, precisely literal, supporting language for Avila’s position … and many of today’s professionally undiscerning, liberal Catholic diocesan staffers and bishops (many of whom are themselves homosexual) absolutely refuse to go any further than that … no matter what!

In short, if it’s not specifically cited in plain language, in the official Catechism of the Catholic Church, nobody … not a saint … not a priest, bishop or pope … and especially not a mere staff writer … better take it upon themselves to maintain otherwise!

So, Mr. Avila was probably smart to resign, since there’s really no point in writing articles about things which are so easily misconstrued and blatantly denied by members of the Church, even in the face of some 5000 years of established Judeo-Christian Tradition.

Who cares what the Bible says about homosexual depravity, especially since today’s modern Sodomites have already explained it away, as … get this …  a simple misunderstanding … or a mere lack of hospitality?

(Genesis 19:4-13) But before they went to bed, the men of the city beset the house, both young and old, all the people together.

And they called Lot, and said to him: Where are the men that came in to thee at night? bring them out hither, that we may know them: Lot went out to them, and shut the door after him, and said: Do not so, I beseech you, my brethren, do not commit this evil. I have two daughters who, as yet, have not known man; I will bring them out to you, and abuse you them as it shall please you, so that you do no evil to these men, because they are come in under the shadow of my roof.

But they said: Get thee back thither. And again: Thou camest in, said they, as a stranger, was it to be a judge? therefore we will afflict thee more than them. And they pressed very violently upon Lot: and they were even at the point of breaking open the doors.

And behold the men put out their hand, and drew in Lot unto them, and shut the door. And them, that were without, they struck with blindness from the least to the greatest, so that they could not find the door.

And they said to Lot: Hast thou here any of thine? son in law, or sons, or daughters, all that are thine bring them out of this city: For we will destroy this place, because their cry is grown loud before the Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them.

Reinterpret all of the above as you will, but it’s clear from this passage that such behavior is grossly offensive to the Almighty. So homosexuality is certainly not of God.

Who then, is responsible?

From the official Catechism of the Catholic Church: 

A hard battle. . .

407 The doctrine of original sin, closely connected with that of redemption by Christ, provides lucid discernment of man’s situation and activity in the world. By our first parents’ sin, the devil has acquired a certain domination over man, even though man remains free. Original sin entails “captivity under the power of him who thenceforth had the power of death, that is, the devil”.298 Ignorance of the fact that man has a wounded nature inclined to evil gives rise to serious errors in the areas of education, politics, social action299 and morals.

408 The consequences of original sin and of all men’s personal sins put the world as a whole in the sinful condition aptly described in St. John’s expression, “the sin of the world”.300 This expression can also refer to the negative influence exerted on people by communal situations and social structures that are the fruit of men’s sins.301

409 This dramatic situation of “the whole world [which] is in the power of the evil one”302 makes man’s life a battle:

The whole of man’s history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God’s grace, that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity.303

Looks to me like the wrong guy resigned!

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Identifying the enemy


‘An enemy has done this.’

He is ‘a murderer from the beginning, and the father of lies,’ as Christ defines him.

He undermines man’s moral equilibrium with his sophistry. He is the malign, clever seducer who knows how to make his way into us through the senses, the imagination and the libido, through utopian logic, or through disordered social contacts in the give and take of our activities.

He can bring about in us deviations that are all the more harmful because they seem to conform to our physical or mental makeup, or to our profound, instinctive aspirations.”

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You might be possessed if you…

…vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron, scream, dribble and slobber, utter blasphemies and have to be physically restrained.

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Editor’s note: Saturday nights … in many Chicago area pubs and clubs … excepted.

“Evil is no longer just a deficiency, but an efficiency, a living, spiritual, perverted and perverting being.”

During the General Audience on 15 November 1972 Paul VI delivered an address on the invocation of our principal prayer: “Our Father… deliver us from evil!”.

In this he confirmed the traditional doctrine on the Devil, and stressed the necessity of studying again and examining closely this chapter of Catholic doctrine.

Here are a few of the main points that (especially in these days) are worth seriously considering (especially if you happen to be a politician … or a bishop):

We find evil in the realm of nature, where so many of its expressions seem to speak to us of some sort of disorder. Then we find it among human beings, in the form of weakness, frailty, suffering, death and something worse: the tension between two laws-one reaching for the good, the other directed toward evil.

We come face to face with sin which is a perversion of human freedom and the profound cause of death because it involves detachment from God, the source of life.

Evil is not merely an absence of something but an active force, a living, spiritual being that is perverted and that perverts others.

“I put on the armor of God,” the Apostle tells us, “that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the Powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high.”

The Devil is the number one enemy, the preeminent tempter.

He is “a murderer from the beginning, . . . and the father of lies,” as Christ defines him. He undermines man’s moral equilibrium with his sophistry. He is the malign, clever seducer who knows how to make his way into us through the senses, the imagination and the libido, through utopian logic, or through disordered social contacts in the give and take of our activities, so that he can bring about in us deviations that are all the more harmful because they seem to conform to our physical or mental makeup, or to our profound, instinctive aspirations.

Are there signs, and what are they, of the presence of diabolical action? And what means of defense do we have against such an insidious danger?

We can presume that his sinister action is at work where the denial of God becomes radical, subtle and absurd; where lies become powerful and hypocritical in the face of evident truth; where love is smothered by cold, cruel selfishness; where Christ’s name is attacked with conscious, rebellious hatred, where the spirit of the Gospel is watered down and rejected where despair is affirmed as the last word; and so forth.

Defense Against the Devil

Grace is the decisive defense. Innocence takes on the aspect of strength. Everyone recalls how often the apostolic method of teaching used the armor of a soldier as a symbol for the virtues that can make a Christian invulnerable. The Christian must be a militant; he must be vigilant and strong; and he must at times make use of special ascetical practices to escape from certain diabolical attacks. Jesus teaches us this by pointing to “prayer and fasting” as the remedy. And the Apostle suggests the main line we should follow: “Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. “

With an awareness, therefore, of the opposition that individual souls, the Church and the world must face at the present time, we will try to give both meaning and, effectiveness to the familiar invocation in our principal prayer: “Our Father . . . deliver us from evil!”

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