Wednesday, June 13, 2018
I've been speaking about making some blog changes for some time, and there's nothing like a rainy day to take the time to set up a new blog.
It will take me time to set up and add links, but I'm going to just bite the bullet and startwriting at Conquered by Love, as of today, so please bookmark and update your links!
Thanks for all your love, support and prayers through the years!
ps - something was wrong with my commenting -- sorry for gumming all the comments up, I think I've fixed it on this blog and published all the backlog. (That's what happens when your grandchildren pick up your phone!)
Monday, June 11, 2018
From a great homily on Four Pillars that anchor a good spiritual life:
1st Pillar: PRAYER. Prayer is 10% talking and 90% listening. Prayer can be a simple as thanking God first thing in the morning, asking Him to guide and counsel you through the day, talking to Him and your guardian angel throughout the day, your simple words and thoughts. Without the daily presence of prayer, the devil is right there to suggest and guide.
2nd Pillar: SACRAMENTS. The Supernatural Grace that comes from the Sacraments of Confession and Communion are on the same level of importance as eating and sleeping.
3rd Pillar: EFFORT: Constant efforts in our words and actions in relationships and encounters throughout the day - every day, trying to be more aware of serving others in Christ than the day before.
4th Pillar: CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Surround yourself with people whose spiritual life is healthy. Join prayer groups, have people who post solid, sound and prayerful things on your social media, read books written by saints, turn on EWTN, listen to Christian worship music and Catholic radio. Your mind is a blank chalkboard--weed out people and things whose influences take you away from God.
Without the constant practice of these four pillars, it won't be long before the devil strikes you out of the game. The devil is constantly pitching you the ball. Be on the lookout for him, through your day, using even good friends, unwittingly, or in things you read and watch. Remember that the devil even used Peter, whom Christ later chose as Pope to dissuade him from doing God's will in his life. People who love us are often not impartial. They say and support things, or want things for you they think will bring you happiness or make life less burdensome.
Listen carefully to your conscience. It knows and will speak the truth.
Hearing the honest, articulate good shepherd's description of the situation in Rome and the Church is so refreshing.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
As you are all aware, the Archdiocese of NY Lavender Mafioso has been gumming up Archbishop Sheen's Canonization by holding his corpse hostage.
The Appellate Court has ordered the shanghaiers to release Archbishop Sheen's corpse.
In today’s decision, Judge Bluth found that “everyone at the hearing testified that Archbishop Sheen, a devout Catholic, would definitely want to be named a saint because it would help him continue to serve man and God and Catholics all around the globe for generations and generations.”
Weighing testimony from both sides, Judge Bluth determined, “It follows that Archbishop Sheen would care much less about the location of his earthly remains than his ability, as a saint, to continue to serve man and God on a grand scale after his earthly demise.”
Cringeworthy they have to be taken to the shed by a civil judge on something everyone knows they already know.
Their malice, of course, is predicated upon the guilt they feel when they hear Church teaching being taught with zeal and clarity.
The same reason they've been holding moral theology hostage for 50 years.
Poor Bishop Sheen! They gave him a run for his money when he was alive and their contempt is still percolating 30 years later.
That is some grudge.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Archbishop of Malta flops off horse in Corpus Christ Procession while Holding Monstrace Containing Divinity of Christ
Anyone who is paying attention, is not the least bit surprised.
(As an aside - I love Frank Walker's descriptions!)
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
This doozy of an article sheds light on the impression Pope Francis has created that he is 'making decisions' about overturning and overruling infallible Church teaching and Scripture.
A pope has no such authority. When the Romans pretend they do, it feels like they are summoning the luminaries in the episcopal see to figure out if water is still wet. It's a devious charade.
Last month, the Holy Father told the German Bishops that Church teaching is authored by or overruled with unanimous votes on an episcopal level. By restating Church teaching, the article duly notes "The decision indicates that the Pope...recognizes doctrinal impediments to such decentralization".
No, it isn't 'decentralization', it's called a counterfeit church. It's Pilate standing washing his hands of Christ's Blood while asking 'what is truth' when he is staring It right in the Face.
Dutch Cardinal Eijk, said it best when he called the attempted decapitation of Christ's Mystical Body 'incomprehensible' and said the pope should have given the Germans clear directives based upon clear doctrine and the practice of the Church.
While its delightful the Holy Father has put an end to this charade, brace yourself: Archbishop Ladaria has disclosed that the Romans have been told to prepare a 'clarification' on Church Law relevant to "Communion for Protestants".
Other than 'clarifying' Protestants may never receive Communion unless its a death-bed conversion to Catholicism, there is really nothing to say.
My gut instincts are, they are going to produce a wordy, clear-as-mud document that will screw up Church teaching to a fare-the-well. The modus operandi of this papacy.
One thing we have going in our favor, it appears Archbishop Ladaria is a practicing Catholic:
Finally, he said the question of Communion is a matter of Church law and cited Canon 844 of the Code of Canon Law, which deals with access to the sacraments of the Catholic Church.
It will be interesting to see if screwball footnotes get added before publication!
Friday, June 1, 2018
Once a year, the Archdiocese of Boston holds a ritual to confirm they are still paying Terry Donilon's bloated salary. Cardinal O'Malley found Terry's political activism for proabort politicians such an asset for the sanctification of our people, he recruited him to be his Secretary of Communications.
Boston Catholics had quite a few run-ins with Terry.
Readers outside of Boston may remember him for the PR campaign he ran to elect Cardinal O'Malley pope.
Terry described their family aspirations in this WaPo article:
One Donilon brother “working for the most powerful man on the planet and the other one could work for the most powerful religious leader on the planet?” mused Terry on Saturday,
But, the Holy See did not find the Cardinal O'Malley for pope campaign very "musing". We didn't see or hear too much from Terry after that.
But once a year, just like Punxsutawney Phil, the archdiocese sends Terry into the public square to announce an initiative.
This year, Terry let us know Cardinal O'Malley is concerned about carbon footprints and is going to spend thousands in contributions turning the Chancery into an solar power grid for 100 homes.
With the state of affairs on matters of the soul, I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how their brain could ever think about and 'worry' about carbon footprints.
It's like a conductor after recklessly derailing his train, tell us how much he's taking care of God's universe by using an led flashlight to walk over the broken bodies.
Gives a whole new meaning to that old saying...The lights are on, but there's nobody home.
Why on earth would a financially-struggling diocese who can't pay their priests medical bills and pensions, hope that parishes would spend money they don't have on carbon footprints?
Our people are uncatechized. Just do your job and leave worries about electricity to National Grid. That's their job.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Voris suggests Pope Francis' La Cage aux Folles is being brought to us from Jorge Bergolio, the man.
Oh come on.
I'm going to explain why splitting a pope into two personalities to excuse his spiritual misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance is a fools errand, but first, a little history:
Michael has a long history of taking the position that criticism of a Pope's spiritual malpractice is a disservice to Christ's Church. His position is not without controversy.
Michael's apostolate pitches itself as a vortex where 'lies and falsehoods are trapped and exposed'. With the exception of the Pope, he's done an outstanding job exposing lies and falsehoods of anyone and everyone who teaches in the Name of the Church. He's been a tremendous help to Boston Catholics in the past. It stands to reason, if the exposition of corruption of everyone underneath a pope effectively stalls and obstructs spiritual abuse of everyone underneath a pope, the same stratagem works for a pope who is misleading Catholics from Church teaching and truth. Some suggest that Church Militant purse strings are controlled by Opus Dei members, but Michael says he's concerned criticism of the pope leads Catholic families already scandalized and abused by 60 years of spiritual treachery of priests, bishops and Cardinals to despair and separation. This just doesn't make sense to me. Moreover, it doesn't gel with the wisdom and counsel of Canon law.
It's been my experience that refusing to acknowledge corruption and fight against it the exact dysfunction that led to (and leads to) the despair of our people.
We refused to acknowledge the large number of sexually-obsessed homosexual priests who were attacking faithful Catholic families in parishes. We refused to acknowledge their enablers in the Chanceries. We were intimidated by them. We lacked the backbone and courage to tell Father (and his enablers) that what he was doing to those families was spiritually malicious. This is the form of enabling that causes victims of sexual and spiritually-abusive priests to despair and flee.
Exposing abuse where it exists, fighting against it, defending and protecting victims, keeps 95% of those with the tendency to despair from fleeing Christ's Church. There is a small number of victims whose effects from the separation from the Sacraments is so deep-seated, we are unable to help. But, the overwhelming majority of scandalized are relieved and energized when abusers are being hampered and chased back into the rabbit holes by exposing their deeds.
I know that Michael is aware of this, because that's the efficacy of his apostolate. Whatever the reasons Michael likes to pull his own leg, the Holy Father's latest has finally caused Church Militant to draw a line in the sand.
But, rather than come clean, Voris tries his darndest convince people that when the pope leads Catholics into sin and error, we are all supposed to be relieved that he isn't robbing our relatives of salvation in his official role of pope.
The man who is the current pope is wrong in his very personal, very fallible opinion presented as a mere man, and not as Pope. God does not make people gay, and such a person is not born that way.
Jorge Bergoglio is wrong...If Bergoglio the man — not Francis the Pope — did indeed say that..So let's be clear here. The opinion of the man Jorge Bergoglio means absolutely nothing in this regard. He is not a psychologist...
Listen, the role of pope isn't a job. There is no hour or nanosecond when a pope is off the clock. When he's in his pajamas, he's the pope. When he's in the shower, he's the pope. A pope is a pope 24/7.
The role of a pope is parental. Just like a mother could never be in the same room as her children, do or say something that damages them, and then suggest she didn't damage her child in her role as a mother.
If a pope starts talking and after he's finished hundreds of thousands of uncatechized believe God creates sexual depravity and likes it, he's hurting people. Some of them irreparably.
It is absolute balderdash to suggest the loss of salvation is less painful because he somehow wasn't the pope when he said it.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
No kidding. Can you believe this really news?
I wonder if the coven is still 'studying' whether women can be ordained as deacons?
One charade after another. Such a colossal waste of time.
Instead of handing out Church teaching on why women can never be ordained, and explaining that the diaconate requires an ordination, and therefore women will never be deacons, the Holy Father makes believe the question is open, convenes a committee of buffoons willing to give up years of precious time loving family and friends to play a game of rope-a-dope with people who are deceiving them. That is my idea of hell.
I don't see good will in their endless game of stringing people along. I came across a heartbreaking thread on Facebook yesterday discussing the latest "God made you gay" sophistry. A gay man was convinced Pope Francis believes God is the creator of homosexuality and therefore the disordered use of God's gift of human sexuality doesn't lead to hell. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur.
Deception cripples the brain. The idea that there are people out there who cannot process the diaconate requires ordination and therefore women will never be ordained, is astonishing. Their brain deliberately puts the brakes on to prevent it from crashing into truth. They can't see beyond the deception.
I've always been a person who uses my brain to think. That's what saved me from being sucked into the rabbit hole.
For the life of me, I cannot fathom why a person wouldn't carry the thought through, that if the Pope is suggesting God creates disordered use of sexuality, then he created the victims pedophile, and his words are applicable to pedophilia: "You have to be happy with who you are. God made you this way and loves you this way, and the pope loves you this way.”
The same flaw in critical thinking would be applicable to liars, mass murderers and serial rapists.
Ergo, coming full circle with your brain, it is not possible for God to be the creator of homosexuality. That would be vicious. God endowed us with free will. Our transgressions against Divine Law are our own creation.
Of course God loves us all, in spite of the things we do and say that violate and harm other people. He loves us in the same way a parent loves a child, even when that child is unruly and undisciplined.
Just as parental love is incapable of saving their children from the consequences of committing a crime, God's love doesn't absolve us from the consequences of committing mortal sin.
God's love made only forgiveness available. Forgiveness requires contrition, a promise to avoid not only the sin, but anything and anyone who would cause us to sin, and the Sacramental absolution of Reconciliation.
If Mr. Cruz is giving an accurate depiction of what the Holy Father said and did not say to convey the idea that God loves and created his sexual disorder with the intention that its a gift he should act upon, he's been lied to, by commission and omission.
Nothing the pope says or doesn't say, does or doesn't do changes that reality.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Here's some balanced coverage of the latest hoo-ha.
As frustrating as some of the headlines and resulting confusion is on this story, I don't think this crack pipe is worth getting worked up over. Though I'm in complete agreement with Phil.
God made you a polygamist and loves you as a polygamist. It doesn't matter. You have to be happy with being a polygamist.