Friday, June 24, 2016

Tips for Praying Out Loud

Six Tips for Praying Out Loud.

My very, very, very favorite: Singing prayer when I'm walking with headphones. The best!

If there are any Christian Hospital Administrators in Illinois with testicles, this would be the time to use them.

An Illinois bill mandating Christian Hospitals to promote killing babies is sitting on the governor's desk waiting for signature.

Are you people serious?

What are you all waiting for him to sign the bill?

You can't do it.

You're all done.

You absolutely, 100%, cannot put a hospital full of healthcare workers into the position of killing people for their paycheck. It's too much of a temptation.

Jockey the governer into the position of a unanimous shut down of Christian Hospitals the nanosecond he puts his signature on the bill.

Inform him he'll be sent a daily roster of admitted patients and surgical schedules and ask him to come up with the plan on what hospitals he'd like you to drop them off.

Pray for the virtue of fortitude and do what you have to do.

Are we all supposed to get married again?

I'm just throwing this out there:

If none of us are married, shouldn't we all call our parish and say "Pope Francis said I'm not married and I'd like to book a Wedding please".

Why are they letting us all go on living in a perpetual state of mortal sin?

I know they are tripping all over themselves trying figure out how to apologize to gays for 2000 years of teaching prohibitions on the sin of adultery, but don't you find it curious they haven't apologized for letting us all go on thinking we were married and telling us what to do next?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What's the Crisis in the "Francis Effect"?

I call your attention to this post at 1P5 about Catholic thinkers remarks on the latest from Pope Francis.

Steve references both Peters and Dougherty's articles and points out the general observation in Christendom that that the reign of Pope Francis is damaging Church teaching on marriage and more importantly the Sacrament of Marriage has been put into crisis.

This observation is irrefutable but I want to keep pointing out that the crisis is much more complex and catastrophic.

What Pope Francis is saying and doing is altering the moral compass in the intellects of the people we love.

It's a crisis of the soul and salvation in the family.

The tool is Church teaching but spiritual abuse is being practiced upon people.

At the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis kept his theology and intentions a mystery.

He deployed the same tired tactics. Appointing heretics. Pretending he had nothing to do with outcome. Failing to stop the nonsense when Catholics reported consequences to family members. Putting energy into firing salvos towards those who practice of living every day in a state of Grace. Moral theology was muddled and corrections were never issued. Inventing himself as the cool cat whose come to help us all out by giving the nudge and wink to adultery, contraception and sacramental chaos. Demoralizing Church teaching to make the 'church appealing'.

Laying out the same traps the heretics have been laying before our families for decades but always keeping it arms length to give the appearance it is possible he has nothing to do with it.

We will never know intentions, but we can make a judgment that the outcome of using heretics and apostates to catechize the flock and mocking those who teach the practice of our religion deprives them of right judgment.

If you want people drive drunk, you hire teachers that tell them it's hip and ok while caricaturing people who don't as antiquated sourpussed sticks in the mud.

When you're in the highest position on earth to calibrate judgment, there's a purpose behind those you put into position and hand them tools.

There's a consistent pattern to appointments and tools in this pontificate.

His theology is now out in the open and we feel deceived.

It's a crisis of honesty and trust.

Yes, he has imposed chaos by suggesting adultery is more salvific than the Sacrament of Marriage. But, I think we are doing a disservice to Christ to caricature the situation as a doctrinal war.

We are in the middle of the grand larceny of salvation of the people we love and care about and for generations to come.

That is the crisis.

I don't wish the man ill-will. I leave his fate in the Hands of God.

What I'm not going to do is sit in the peanut gallery and observe him in silence.

I'm too much in debt to Christ to return that kind of cowardice and too much in love with the people around me.

Monday, June 20, 2016

You know things are bad when Phil Lawler writes about the damage Pope Francis is doing.

During an address to a diocesan congress in Rome yesterday, Pope Francis was quoted as saying:

that some priests are “animals,”
that pastors should not be “putting our noses into the moral life of other people,” and
that the “great majority” of Catholic marriages today are invalid.

All of these shocking statements were attributed to the Holy Father by reliable journalists: experienced reporters who take pains to get things right, and usually do. Below I’ll address the important question of whether or not the quotes were accurate. But first let’s assess the damage done by the statements as they were reported.

In the 1st quote the Pope appears intemperate and uncharitable. He may disagree with priests who refuse to baptize the children of unwed mothers, but name-calling is ugly, and certainly beneath the dignity of the Petrine office.

In the 2nd quote the Holy Father seems thoroughly illogical, and/or dismissive of the entire Catholic moral tradition. Confessors and spiritual directors always “put their noses” into the moral lives of their people; good pastors and preachers do, too, albeit somewhat less directly. If the Church does not wish to be involved in our moral lives, why have any moral teaching at all?

With the 3rd quote, the Pope throws into question the validity of millions of marriages, and insults the Christian married couples who are working to fulfill their vocations. More than that—as Edward Peters explains—he suggests that there has been some fundamental change in human nature, since by nature any rational person is capable of entering into a valid (if not necessarily sacramental) marriage.

Who does this leave operating the spin machines?

George Weigel and Robbie George?

This article was on the top of my Pope Francis news feed. While the author sounds like a wounded and alienated soul, he's got some pretty astute observations.

This was a pretty big blunder. Maybe he'll give it a rest for a few days. LOL.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

More from Ed Peters on the Disturbing Trajectory of Pope Francis Statements

The pope’s most recent statements on marriage were not slips akin to getting the date of a meeting wrong, they are not hearsay shared by a prelate known for a flexible attitude toward accuracy or stories shared by relatives from Argentina, and they are not hints of his views left ambiguous by some obvious omission. Instead these latest assertions were calmly offered by the pope before a large and sympathetic audience, with expert advisors readily at hand, in an extended manner, all of which factors point, I think, in a consistent if disturbing direction.

When you really start thinking the consequences of his theology through, we may need six months of fast.


Fr. Rutler on Moral Corruption

As usual, it slays the dragons and there is little mystery about to whom it refers.

June 19, 2016
by Fr. George W. Rutler

Saint Anthony, whose feast we recently celebrated, was an Augustinian canon in Portugal who joined the new Franciscan order in 1220, having been moved by the martyrdom of five Franciscans who had been beheaded by Muslims in Morocco. The year before, during the Fifth Crusade, Saint Francis of Assisi narrowly escaped execution when he preached the Gospel to Egyptian Muslims who had killed about five thousand Christians a few days before in Damietta. Anthony went to Morocco but became gravely ill, worked his way home via Sicily, and spent the rest of his 36 years preaching a combination of loving patience and mercy with bold insistence on Christ’s truth and stern reproof of lax clerics.

This is to be remembered when many voices today equate doctrinal orthodoxy with “rigidity” and portray the moral demands of Christ as distant ideals, if not impractical encumbrances. Saint Anthony preached against the fanatical Albigensian heretics in southern France whose misunderstanding of creation denigrated marriage and family life while promoting abortion, sodomy and assisted suicide. They considered themselves more “spiritual” than Catholic “doctors of the law” and took Pharisaic pride in boasting that they were not Pharisees. Bold St. Anthony was not an “Albigensian-phobe,” and reasonable people now are not phobic when they tell the truth about mental illness dressed as “transgenderism,” borders open to illegal immigrants excused as hospitality, and denial of religious freedom adjudicated as social pragmatism.

The first Christians knew well the degrading course of systemic moral corruption (c.f.: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:8-11). They would not have been surprised at how the Canadian High Court has modified certain strictures against bestiality, the government of Massachusetts no longer identifies femaleness and maleness as biological categories, people weep when a gorilla is shot to save the life of a human child, and a student in a major university is given a light slap on the wrist for violating a young woman while being complimented for his athletic ability. But they would have been astonished at the politically correct reluctance to identify the religious motivation of terrorists who massacre people. In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur said, “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”

A cartoon some years back showed a Lilliputian looking at Gulliver and saying, “Either he’s very big or we are very small.” In the instance of Christ, it is not either/or: he is very big, and we are very small. But we need not remain small if by a spiritual awakening we “attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

Saturday, June 18, 2016

When Priests Console by Saying Heresy is Not Being Taught from The Chair of Peter (or Church Teaching didn't change)

On this post yesterday, I admired Fr. Zs serenity while we are all discussing the almost daily assaults upon the holy family and the Sacraments coming from the Chair of Peter.

My post received this response from a reader:

Yes, Fr. Z is indeed a 'cool cucumber', but the way I see it, whether or not he is 'teaching from the Chair', he is still 'teaching'...

I completely agree.

This is probably going to sound sexist, but I think the reason why ordained men without children do not comprehend the unprecedented disaster of a pope who publicly contradicts Church teaching and instructs others to do so is, their intimacy is the Church and ours is our family members.

To a man married to the Church, his vocation finds consolation in the perpetual outcome of teaching - which we all know is preserved. They tend to see things as a soul count in a wider community in the context of perpetuity.

I don't exactly see eye-to-eye with his rosy outlook for vocations. The coup working in Rome will significantly change how priests are changed to practice theology and the Sacraments in seminaries. As this cancer matures and grows, bishops make it difficult for priests to teach and practice our religion. As he well knows.

IMO, the damage being done to the priesthood by Pope Francis, intentional or unintentional, is catastrophic.

For those of us who chose the vocation of marriage, of course the perpetual outcome of Church teaching is important to us, but the Holy Father is persuading people in our home to practice contradiction to Church teaching when making judgments.

This has two consequences:

In the holy family it's causing great harm to the people in our homes, families, friends and community.

Our vocation thinks in terms of the people right in front of us.

If the people right in front of us get lured into practicing contradiction to Church teaching, we have lost our own unborn descendants in perpetuity. Our children, children's children and so on.

For this reason, laity is much more distraught about what the Holy Father is doing to the people we love and the inheritance he is robbing from our unborn descendants.

The reader also said:

For the life of me, I cannot understand why NO ONE in the hierarchy of the Church is solidly confronting him with his nonsensical yet devastatingly damaging off the cuff remarks.

We know, with absolute certainty, he has been told.

He is not a stupid man and he understands that teaching requires oversight of how your audience understood what you were trying to convey. He has the duty to observe this himself, without others having to tell him.

On top of this duty, there is public knowledge that Cardinals and Bishops have articulated what he already can see and hear.

In some cases, this places him into the position of being forced to dial something back - such as the case of changing the 'majority of Catholic Marriages are living in a perpetual state of adultery' to 'some'.

We further have the confessions of Cardinal Kasper who has reported his confidential discussions with Pope Francis to the press and some direct confessions from the Pope himself. While I don't have the quote in front of me, the Holy Father said something like We know what we are doing will receive opposition and it will not deter us from proceeding.

As he continues to do it ad nauseum, it is impossible to believe it's unintentional.

His credo is 'make a mess' and as one Bishop said, mission accomplished.

Off the cuff remarks are very difficult to manage. This is why 2000 years of Pope's before Pope Francis did not engage in off the cuff remarks. He obviously believes the wisdom of 2000 years of his predecessors inferior to his intellect.

John Henry Weston suggested fasting for the Pope yesterday, saying 'the hour is late'. It is a message I constantly need to hear. I was reminded of the time in Christ's ministry when somebody was acting up and the Apostles asked Christ why He wasn't responding to it. He told them some demons can only be driven out with fasting.

The daily ridiculousness tends to keep us focused on the catastrophic consequences in our families and the righteous anger of being robbed blind.

It doesn't have to be a complete fast from food. Even fasting from daily pleasures can be fruitful when coupled with prayer. Tea, coffee, sugar. I love, love, love my morning tea.

I'm going to do a 30 day fast from these pleasures starting July 1 for the intention of spiritual protection for our Holy Father and the people being affected by it.

A driving the demons out fast.

It doesn't have to be that dramatic. It could be as simple as fasting from one thing when you he says something off of the reservation. God knows we have plenty of reminders in that realm.

Some food for thought.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Pope Says If You Got Married in the Catholic Church the Joke was on You, But You Have the 'grace of a real marriage' if You Shacked Up

It's hard to read when you have steam coming out of your ears but I've read the blow-by-blow a few times on Rorate and it seems to me, that's what he said.

Pope Francis said Thursday that the great majority of sacramental marriages today are not valid, because couples do not enter into them with a proper understanding of permanence and commitment.

That's quite an indictment of catechesis. However, in our stupidest hour in a parish run by a raging apostate who doesn't give a flying fig about the salvation of the two people in front of him, the vows are intentionally written in the interest of full disclosure:

"I, ______, take you, ______, to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life until death do us part."


Does he think the all the Confirmations of teenagers are invalid?

How about the parents who haven't seen the inside of a Church since their own baptism who bring their own children to the Font of Baptism in the Catholic Church? All invalid??

What about priests who don't realize what they've gotten themselves into, their ordinations are invalid?

Please. Nobody ever really knows the challenges and difficulties that lie ahead. We are not sorcerers.

The number of people getting married in the Catholic Church who believe what they're doing is something temporary is could dance on the head of a pin.

..and brace yourself:

He added that a majority of couples attending marriage prep courses in Argentina typically cohabitated.

It seems it never occurred to him that this outcome is the results of his teaching and leadership. This is what happens when you stop the river of Sanctifying Grace to make it all about you.

“They prefer to cohabitate, and this is a challenge, a task. Not to ask ‘why don’t you marry?’ No, to accompany, to wait, and to help them to mature, help fidelity to mature.”

He said that in Argentina’s northeast countryside, couples have a child and live together. They have a civil wedding when the child goes to school, and when they become grandparents they “get married religiously.”

Grandparents?! Good grief.

And all the family members of Catholics who suffered your silence and watched their loved ones die before they 'became grandparents' would like to give you a swift kick in the backside for your 'accompaniment'to that end.

As if the above wasn't enough, he subordinated the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church to shacking up:

“It’s a superstition, because marriage frightens the husband. It’s a superstition we have to overcome,” the Pope said. “I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity, but there are local superstitions, etc.

Does this make saints out of people having one-night stands? LOL.

Quite frankly...It's kinda scary how backwards it all is.

You know what gets me about this revelation?

In his mind he spent his vocation standing by watching a majority of priests simulate a sacrament and sentencing a majority of Catholics to live in a perpetual state of adultery.

And you have to love the 'twitters' of Catholics who should know better - like Robbie George:

This is entirely possible. The erosion of the understanding of what marriage is has consequences for what people do.

A 'majority' of Catholic Marriages are invalid?

That is ridiculous.

This might well be the worst case papal asshattery in the history of the Church. It's going to be hard to trump this but I have a feeling we won't have to wait too long.

Excellent comments at Rorate and Fr. Z's.

Our Fr. Z is a cool cucumber!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bishop Lynch Accuses Christ of Breeding Contempt

Lynch's Latest:

Second, sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people.

If you ask me, blaming Christ is a demonic utterance to defend the muslimic credo to kill infidels.

If you don't vote for Trump we'll be seeing a lot more of it, but I digress.

Some well-written analysis at Lifesite.

But in what may be the most outrageous case of speciously projecting fault, the Catholic bishop of St. Petersburg, Florida, distorted the very faith he was ordained to uphold.

You've got that right!

Didn't this God-forsaken wolf turn 75 yet?

Is he serious?

Church teaching doesn't breed contempt for prostitutes.

It doesn't breed contempt for people who live together.

It doesn't breed contempt for people who steal your car.

It doesn't even breed contempt for rapists and murderers.

But somewhere in his twisted mind, "though shalt not commit adultery" breeds contempt for homosexuals.

When these kinds of statements have been made by ordained men in the past, faithful priests refer to the phenomenon as a 'self-loathing homosexual'.

I call your attention to this.

The sexual misconduct charge against Lynch involved former diocesan employee Bill Urbanski, 42, who reported to Church officials that Lynch had sexually harassed him on numerous occasions.

Lynch later gave this context to following the man around like a dog in heat,

Later, Bishop Lynch admitted that he may have crossed the line between friendship and work. He made a vague reference to getting some "counseling."

Lesson learned. Always chase your eyecandy outside of your place of employment.

The contractor was a much better fit:

In addition to reporting on the Lynch-Urbanski story, the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune were looking into rumors of Bishop Lynch's intimate relationship with bachelor David Herman, a contractor who had moved from Fort Lauderdale to St. Petersburg with Lynch when he was installed as bishop. The two men had vacationed together in Hawaii, San Francisco, Key West, Bermuda, Israel and Rome, sometimes accompanied by Urbanski.

Herman had several things in common with Urbanski, one of them being that both men were triathletes. In March 2000, all three men, that is Herman, Urbanski and Lynch went to West Palm Beach for a weekend. Urbanski said the bishop pressured him to go. When they got to their hotel, Urbanski said that Lynch made him take a steam bath together. Herman, who joined the two men said that Urbanski clearly did not want to be there.

Urbanski said that when Lynch began to make sexual overtures towards him, he tried to avoid the bishop as much as possible. "I tried to avoid him as the years progressed, without him getting mad at me. I couldn't have him mad at me. It was a tough day at work if he was mad at me, yet I couldn't leave. He went as far as to tell me how to wear my hair. If I got my hair cut, he would say, 'Oh, Bill. You need to grow your hair back. It's not a flattering haircut for you.'" He said that when he and Bishop Lynch traveled together the bishop always insisted on sharing rooms, and sometimes appeared naked from the shower.

In April 2002, Urbanski gave a lengthy interview to Brad Smith of the Tampa Tribune in which he elaborated on his four and a half-year relationship with Bishop Lynch. He said that Lynch was a lavish spender who always traveled first class and that he (Urbanski) was frequently the recipient of the bishop's largesse — watches, designer clothing and other expensive items. Urbanski said at first he was grateful, until he realized that the gifts came at a price — more time, attention, and ultimately sexual favors for the bishop.

It is interesting to note that reporters following the case appeared to be unfazed by the homosexual overtones of the Lynch-Herman relationship or Lynch taking sexual familiarities with Urbanski, a married man with two small children baptized by the bishop. They were upset, however, by the accusation that Lynch, as Corporation Sole of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, had awarded Herman highly inflated new construction contracts totaling $30.3 million on a non-competitive bid basis even though diocesan regulations mandate open bidding for church construction work.

He certainly had some innovative programs in place to help, as he put it, homosexual relationships present no risk to the Church, and in fact can be godly and elevate society and the Church.

As I've said a million times before - if they are preaching it, the likelihood it is a public confession is very high.

It is so scandalous that the Holy See empowers this man and the thousands just like him.