Vatican Exclusive: New complaint department to be headed by a woman?

Rumors have it that Ms. Helen Byrne has been named to head a new, Vatican complaint department, which will serve as an “umbrella” site, consolidating virtually every type of complaint, including child abuse, heretical clerics, financial crimes, liturgical abuse, idolatrous worship and more, under a single, all encompassing Church authority.

The source of all the speculation is a recent comment by Pope Francis, where he was (reportedly) heard to say that if anybody has a problem with the Church, or with his papacy, they should simply, go to Helen Byrne.

The Vatican has not confirmed this story. 

 

 

More proof that women priests in the Catholic Church would not improve things, in the least.

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It was sad to read the public comments of the Episcopal Bishop of Washington (Ms. Budde) denying the importance, or need for the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus from the dead,  going so far as to imply this teaching was “outlandish. ”

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Who is she who comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array? (Song 6:10)

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The popes of the past century have recognized this assault and spoken of it in prophetic terms encouraging the Church to read the signs of the times in the light of its eschatological journey towards the new heaven and new earth.

A decisive moment in the spiritual combat was when the Blessed Virgin entered into the battle fray in the nineteenth century with her apparitions at Rue du Bac in Paris, and thereafter at La Salette and Lourdes in France, and in many other places all around the world, some of which still await the approval of the Holy See.

These supernatural events could, in a sense, open the pages of the Book of Revelation with more clarity, as in chapter twelve, narrating the confrontation between the “Woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (12:1), and a “great red dragon” (12:1-17). It is the same Woman mentioned in Genesis when God cursed the serpent saying: “I shall put enmities between you and the Woman, between your seed and her seed: she shall crush your head” (3:15). Mary is, indeed, the Woman of Genesis and the Woman of the Apocalypse. The Marian era that is reaching its climax now is shrouded in the mystery of Divine providence.

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How the Quran and Islam Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

An interesting perspective…

 

Honey, if you ever leave me, I’m going with you …

The Scripture says that a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife (Gen 2:24).

Now “cling” is a strong word. It means to stick like glue. Notice that a man does this. Boys run around and play the field, but a man looks for a wife and, finding her,  leaves his parents and clings to her. This is what a man does. He works hard to preserve union with his wife. He seeks to understand her needs and to provide, to be affectionate, affirming and encouraging. He confirms her authority over the children and teaches them to respect her.

Too many men today are passive husbands and fathers. But the Scriptures place on the man the first obligation to cling to his wife. When a marriage is in trouble it is usually the wife who calls me. This is already a sign of trouble since the Lord says that clinging is the essential role the man. If there is trouble he should be the first to notice it and to work to restore proper union with his wife.

It is true today that many men have little recourse if a wife simply wants to leave, no-fault divorce is too easy and is hard to fight . But of course the question is what did he do when he first saw trouble, first saw the unity of his marriage threatened.

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Good stuff to know about why Catholics (quite rightly) venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary


— a good starting point is the place where Jesus began His earthly ministry, the Wedding Feast at Cana as described in John 2: 1-11.

On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

A close examination of this passage reveals a great deal about our Blessed Lady and the gift that awaits those who turn to her.

For starters, it is reasonable for us to believe that Jesus was fully aware of the needs of the wedding party even before He was approached by Mary. Yet in spite of this, He chose to meet this need only at His Mother’s suggestion.

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How the Reformation served to cruelly estrange many Christians from Mother Mary

While the leaders of the Reformation, by and large believed in the Catholic Church’s teachings about the Blessed Mother, it didn’t take long before the next generation of leaders became even more rabid against the Church resulting in not only the diminished role of Mary but in the desecration of the many monuments built to her in what became Protestant countries. The sad tale of Walsingham, England was epitomized in the poem The Wrecks of Walsingham by Sir Philip Howard. The devotional site was destroyed by an angry mob. Seeing images of the Mother of Jesus taken away, battered and destroyed one cannot help but think that the persecuted Catholics of that era might have uttered Jesus’ admonition against those who harm the little ones, “better that he would have had a millstone hung around their neck.”

Modern Catholic Apologetics details the prominent role the Early Christians knew Mary had by Scriptures verses such as Luke 1:26-34. In this verse Kecharitomene (hail full of grace) would have known by Greek speakers as a very rarely used phrase that describes an event of unparalleled magnitude. Jesus referring to his mother as “woman” would have been strange to say the least (John 2:1-12, John 19:25-27.) Yet, he was referring to the “woman” who is the mother of us all.  Remember it was because of the Blessed Mother that Jesus performed his first miracle. You also might recall that later, near the very end of that same gospel (John’s Gospel,) Jesus reminds John that while he is to care for his mother, in essence by calling her woman, Jesus is reminding us that she is the mother of us all. The woman of Genesis 3:15 who would bring the redeemer into the world is the same woman whose heel would stomp at Satan’s body and all of his empty promises. Yet, most Evangelical Bible scholars are taught this is some sort of modern Catholic invention, instead of the truth that this teaching came from the Early Church Fathers.

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Pope Benedict on the Feast of the Assumption

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In his great work “De Civitate Dei,” St Augustine says once that the whole of human history, the history of the world, is a struggle between two loves: love of God to the point of losing oneself, of total self-giving, and love of oneself to the point of despising God, of hating others. This same interpretation of history as a struggle between two loves, between love and selfishness, also appears in the reading from the Book of Revelation that we have just heard.

Here, these two loves appear in two great figures. First of all, there is the immensely strong, red dragon with a striking and disturbing manifestation of power without grace, without love, of absolute selfishness, terror and violence.

At the time when St John wrote the Book of Revelation, this dragon represented for him the power of the anti-Christian Roman Emperors, from Nero to Domitian. This power seemed boundless; the military, political and propagandist power of the Roman Empire was such that before it, faith, the Church, appeared as a defenceless woman with no chance of survival and even less of victory.

Who could stand up to this omnipresent force that seemed capable of achieving everything? Yet, we know that in the end it was the defenceless woman who won and not egoism or hatred; the love of God triumphed and the Roman Empire was opened to the Christian faith.

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The bible said to honor thy father and thy mother, but why did Jesus address his mother only as “woman”?

Q: The bible said to honor thy father and thy mother, but why did Jesus address his mother only as “woman”?

A: God said “women” at the Wedding of Cana, and He said “woman” while dying on the cross. The beginning and the end of his of His earthly ministry.

God said “woman” in Genesis 3:15, and He said “woman” in Rev. 12: >> The only two places in scripture where you have a woman and a serpent in the same verse. Genesis and Revelation, the beginning and the end of the Bible.

“Woman” is a two fold title. Culturally, it was an honorary term at that time, not a derogatory one as in 21st white Anglo-Saxon American culture.

There are other biblical references that uses “woman” as they refer to Mary.

Rev 12:15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the **woman**, to sweep her away with the flood. 16 But the earth came to the help of the **woman**, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river which the dragon had poured from his mouth.
17 Then the dragon was angry with the **woman**, and went off to make war ON THE REST OF HER OFFSPRING, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea..

Who could these OFFSPRING be? Ever commentator worth his salt will tell you that these offspring are the Church. How did the Blessed Virgin Mom become the Mother of the Church?

John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, **Woman**, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

The experiences of the “Beloved Disciple” (BD) were the focus of John’s Gospel. He is an ‘everyman’ character. St. John’s Gospel is told in such a way that the reader can identify himself with the BD and is meant to see the story of Jesus from the BD’s perspective. Whatever is addressed to the BD is addressed to the reader.

So we have established that:
1) Mary is the Mother of Jesus
2) Whose children are the Church that keeps the commandments AND honors her Son
3) Who himself explicitly designated her as the Mother of his disciples.

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Why pray the Rosary?

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Q: What is the importance of praying the rosary, as a Catholic?

A: There’s no requirement for any Catholic to pray the Rosary.

Catholics choose to do so, for some or all of the following reasons:

The Rosary affirms all the best qualities of humanity, and it also celebrates God’s very own confirmation of his original plan for mankind.

The Rosary celebrates the fullfilment of God’s promise to send a redeemer, the seed of the woman, who would crush the head of the serpent.

The Rosary is almost totally scriptural, as it is taken directly from the gospel of St. Luke: “Luke 1:28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Luke 1:41 And it came to pass that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.
Luke 1:42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.”

The Rosary is a very effective meditation, since it relies on several other key scriptural sequences (called mysteries) as well, which celebrate Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and much more.

Very few people manage to actually commit a sin, in word or in deed, while they are actively engaged in praying the Rosary … so praying the Rosary certainly enhances personal holiness.

The Rosary can be succesfully prayed alone, while walking, driving, or working … or it can be prayed along with groups of any size … and almost anywhere.

The Rosary is a personally satisfying way to pray, as it proceeds in an orderly fashion from prayer to prayer, from beginning to end. If it is interrupted for any reason, it can be easily resumed and completed later.

The Blessed Virgin, through various Church approved apparitions, has confirmed the effectiveness and the value of praying the Rosary, for the purpose of converting sinners, giving honor and glory to God, and making reparations for our sins, and the sins of the whole world.

Catholics have found that praying the Rosary is a practical and effective way to engage in personal or public prayer and petition, especially in times of crisis.

Praying the Rosary is particlarly satisfying for those whose own mothers have already died.

The Rosary is one of several universally accepted, widely practiced devotions of the universal and worldwide Catholic church, so it brings the faithful together, whenever and wherever it is prayed.

Unlike the repetetive chants and rants of the pagans, who prayed to false and powerless gods, and to no good end … the purpose of the Rosary is to give constant honor, praise, and thanksgiving to God, who saves us through his power and his grace, and who chose to save us particularly through his son, Jesus, who will always be the son of Mary, the humble, holy woman who willingly cooperated so closely and faithfully with him, in his great work of redemption.

The following scripture verse proves that God has no problem at all with (appropriate) repetitive prayer:

Revelation 4:8 And the four living creatures had each of them six wings: and round about and within they are full of eyes. And they rested not day and night, saying: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.
Revelation 4:9 And when those living creatures gave glory and honour and benediction to him that sitteth on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever …

Blessed be God!

The historical basis, and the actual “roots” of the Roman Catholic Church.

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The historical basis and the actual “roots” of the Roman Catholic Church …

Many non-Catholics have the impression that the Catholic Church somehow sprang up from nowhere during the early part of the 4th century, shortly after the Roman Emperor Constantine experienced a vision, leading him to officially legalize Christianity in the Empire, for the very first time.

Still others (some officially, according to the stated beliefs of the leaders of their particular denomination) continue to claim that the Catholic Church is the “Whore of Babylon” or “the Woman Riding the Beast” in the Book of Revelation (or as Catholics know it, The Apocalypse of St. John).

By the middle of the 19th century, some other Christian groups developed the entirely new idea that the Catholic Church had somehow been “paganized” and so could no longer be the authentic Church that Jesus personally founded, authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed, for the purpose of our salvation.

And while such beliefs might be convenient for those attempting to minimize or deny the uniquely divine authority of the Roman Catholic Church, the truth of the matter is quite different.

All the rhetoric aside, Jesus made certain promises to the Church that he established and paid for with his own blood, and those promises are absolute and irrevocable.

If Jesus is God, and Jesus always keeps his word, than there is absolutely no way that the only Church he ever authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed could EVER fail.

Mat 16:15 Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
Mat 16:16 Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answering said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
Mat 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Mat 16:19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Mat 28:20 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.

Joh 14:14 If you shall ask me any thing in my name, that I will do.
Joh 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.
Joh 14:16 And I will ask the Father: and he shall give you another Paraclete, that he may abide with you for ever:
Joh 14:17 The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, nor knoweth him. But you shall know him; because he shall abide with you and shall be in you.
Joh 14:18 I will not leave you orphans: I will come to you.

History is also clear.

The Church that was born in Jerusalem on Pentecost is the very same Church that St. Peter established in Rome, about 42 AD (a pretty gutsy thing to do, considering what the Romans did to Jesus, just a few short years before).

The Roman Church overcame more than 200 years of brutal and almost continuous persecution, which culminated in the conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine, the conversion of the Roman Empire itself, and then, the conversion of most of the known world.

This clearly shows the power of God at work in the world. It clearly shows God’s enemies being made his footstool. It clearly shows the Church … the visible Kingdom of God on the earth … reaching out to save uncounted millions of souls … and literally saving the world, in the process.

In the Book of Revelation … if either Jesus or St. John KNEW that the Church would fail, why didn’t they just say so?

And finally, St. John, the last living original apostle on earth, had many disciples.

One of the best known was St. Ignatius, who was martyred in 107 AD, who learned at the side of St. John, and who would have been as knowledgeable about the authentic meaning of the Book of Revelation as anyone.

Right up to the very moment of his death, Ignatius never failed to urge anything other than full and faithful participation in the Church that he loved, that he gave his life for, and that he referred to (in writing) by the name of … “Catholic”.

And then there is the simple fact that after some 2000 years, the Catholic Church still exists … fully formed … constituted precisely as Jesus set it up … the world’s most enduring government of ANY kind … still saving souls … still a light to the nations … still giving honor, correct praise, and acceptable worship to God alone, 24/7 and 365, every hour of every day, all around the world.

Would Jesus have lied about his Church?

Would Jesus have permitted St. Ignatius to die for a lie?

Would God have permitted every apostle, save one … along with St. Stephen and all the early martyrs … to die for a Church that would soon, SECRETLY fail and lead the whole world astray … in spite of Jesus’ express promises, and in spite of the ever present advocacy, guidance, and POWER of the Holy Spirit?

If so, I suggest that all Christians everywhere … Catholics and otherwise … have much to be concerned about … for then, salvation would be only an illusion … and the devil has already won.

My “money” remains on Jesus … and on the one, holy, apostolic, and Catholic Church that he founded, for the purpose of our salvation.

God ALWAYS keeps his promises, and his promises are clear … while the idle speculation of men has always been futile and foolish … especially when their self-serving, late day “faith” traditions make Jesus out to be a powerless liar!