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Fatima and the Third Secret

Our Lady of Fatima was instrumental in bringing me into the Catholic Church. I honestly don’t know if I’d be Catholic today if it weren’t for her. Of course, I certainly hope I would have eventually come into the Church, but it was after reading about Fatima and having a minor miracle happen that pushed me into diving head first into Catholic thought.

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It’s intriguing to me that after having come into the Church via a rather traditional path I ended up down the road of Modernistic thinking. Over time, I became your typical neo-Catholic who thought that Vatican Two was the greatest thing to happen to the Church and how all the popes since then were de facto saints. After all, I was a convert, what did I know about Catholicism?

Having no Catholic foundation when I read about Fatima, I didn’t understand everything I was reading. What I did know was that the message of Fatima, praying for the conversion of the world to prevent souls from going to Hell was a vastly different message than what most Christians were teachings me. The Jesus of Fatima wasn’t the happy, happy, joy, joy Jesus, but a serious Jesus, who died for our sins and demanded that we follow Him and His teachings.

I never went back to review Fatima until relatively recently as a good friend asked me about what I thought about the Third Secret. I had thought it was a done deal. The consecration was “accepted by Heaven”. Russia stopped their communistic ways. The Third Secret was revealed by the Vatican headed by Cardinal Ratzinger. I figured it was a closed chapter.

However, in the last week, two important stories have broken from One Peter Five in regards to the Third Secret of Fatima.

The first story came Thursday where Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand revealed that she had been told by Cardinal Luigi Ciappi (1909-1996) of the true Third Secret, which revealed: “that a great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.”

The second story broke Sunday and tells how Pope Benedict XVI confided in a close priest friend, Fr. Ingo Dollinger, about how “there is more than what we published.” Specifically, the part of the secret which was unpublished discusses “a bad council and a bad Mass” which was to happen shortly.

This secret was given by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 to Sr. Lucia. It speaks volumes as to why Pope John XXIII did not reveal the 3rd Secret in 1960 like he was requested and passed it on to one of his successors stating that the Third Secret “does not concern my pontificate.” If the Third Secret reveals that apostasy would “begin at the top” and would allow for a “bad council and a bad Mass,” then it explains that the Second Vatican Council and the Novus Ordo is not pleasing to God, despite being told the opposite these last 50 years.

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Fatima. It is important that we take heed of her warnings. Go to confession, pray the Rosary daily, pray for the conversion of the world. Pray for the Pope that he consecrates Russia like he and his predecessors were asked to do. The world is in spiritual shambles around us, and Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother have given us a special role in rebuilding it.

Jeff May 17, 2016 3 Comments Permalink

Only The Last 50 Years of Catholicism Matters

For some time now, I have argued that the majority of Catholics view the Church as only being relevant since the Second Vatican Council. So much so, I wrote a parody article explaining how the Church was founded in 1963 when the Holy Spirit descended upon those present at Vatican 2.

We can see evidence of this when we analyze the footnotes of documents that mainstream Catholic authors, as well as the Vatican, has released over the last couple of decades. The number of citations we see to only post-conciliar popes and Vatican 2, in comparison with the number of citations before Vatican 2 demonstrates that many prelates are only looking for examples that go as far back as 1963. Yes, some of these citations do include references to Sacred Scripture, as well as to some saints such as St. Thomas Aquinas.

Lest we forget, St. Thomas Aquinas lived from 1225-1274 and is a Doctor of the Church. His masterpiece The Summa Theologica is considered to be the go-to book on all things theology and Catholic thought. St. Thomas Aquinas’ work has been so influential that his process for thinking out issues was named “Thomistic”, and many Popes declared that his work is the prime example of how Catholics should approach their education.

To better illustrate my point, Donald Cardinal Wuerl released a graphic the other day in which he discusses the number of citations Pope Francis uses in Amoris Laetitia that point back to the pontificates of previous popes.

Pontifical Continuity

Based on Cardinal Wuerl’s graphic, we see that there is a total of 107 citations. Of those 107 citations, only 14 or 13% of them are to St. Thomas Aquinas. 87% of the citations are from the last 50 years of a 2,000-year-old religion. If we are to believe Cardinal Wuerl, then 87% of Pope Francis’ citations are from the last 2.5% of Catholicism’s life-span. Surely there weren’t a few more points that couldn’t have been taken from the vast majority of our faith? You would be hard-pressed to find any document written in the last 50 years that would have even a 50:50 ratio of pre-Vatican 2 to post-Vatican 2 citations (excluding the documents of the Second Vatican Council, of course).

Even more alarming is how the majority of the quotes which are obtained from Pope St. John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio are taken severely out of context. The same can be said about the quotations taken from St. Thomas Aquinas. Both LMSChairman and the Remnant published articles detailing how Pope Francis misrepresented both of these saints in Amoris Laetitia.

When prelates use only a subset of the Magisterium of the Church while formulating documents, it certainly lends credit to the common misconception that the Church’s teachings were changed (Spoiler: some of them were) during the Second Vatican Council. For the Hermeneutic of Continuity to be true, you would expect that all of the unchanging teachings of the Church be used, not just those that further the agenda of the enemies who have put themselves into prominent positions.

Jeff May 1, 2016 2 Comments Permalink

The Crisis of the Church: Who’s At Fault?

There seems to be this attitude within the Catholic Church that the crisis we are experiencing today can be blamed solely on the laity. There is a graphic of Bishop Robert Barron floating around social media with some text on it taken from a speech he gave sometime last year. This graphic and Bishop Barron’s quotation reinforces this idea that the laity are the problem.

I am unsure where the graphic originated, but I have seen it before. It didn’t seem worth talking about the first time around, but since it is picking up life again, I thought it would be worth sharing a few words on it.

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If you can’t see the above image, the text reads:

“People say to me there is a crisis in the priesthood. I say there is an even greater crisis in the laity. 75% of all Catholics do not attend Mass. THAT is the problem.”

Bishop Barron does raise a valid point, which when 75% of the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world don’t attend Mass, we do have a problem. But this is only one part of the crisis, a part which we can trace its roots. Where I disagree with Bishop Barron is that it isn’t solely the responsibility of the laity to ensure the success of the Catholic Church. I also find it intellectually dishonest that he completely ignores the problem of the priests and shifts attention to that of the laity.

The laity gets its formation first and foremost from their parents. If their parents are not building them up in the faith, then they are getting their formation from their pastors every Sunday at Mass in the pews. They are also getting further formation from their bishops or cardinals who are these days writing articles for major publications and giving interviews for mainstream media.

Since the Second Vatican Council, we have seen many pastors completely drop the ball in regards to forming their flocks to be examples of truly Christian life. Most pastors have encouraged their flocks that God loves them just the way they are. They have encouraged family and friends of the deceased that they are now “in a better place” and “watching football with Jesus”, without acknowledging whether they lived a life worthy of Heaven. Even now, we see a complete misunderstanding of the teaching of mercy, assuming that God is merciful no matter what, and you can live a life of sin and still be admitted entrance to Heaven upon death.

Indeed, we see a crisis in the Church and the laity is an evident and glaring example of this crisis, but most of that can be traced back to the priests. Today, many priests are too busy looking to Protestants to figure out how the Catholic Church can encourage fallen away Catholics to come back. Of course, looking to those who protest the teachings of Catholicism shouldn’t be seen as the goal.

Instead, we should listen to what the Saints taught, after all, they lived a life worthy of Heaven and are now in perpetual adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We should also return to traditional worship, that is, the Tridentine Latin Mass. There have only been a few Saints who celebrated the Novus Ordo, and even those few grew up with the TLM.

It’s time to admit that the laity is not at fault for what Bishop Athanasius Schneider has termed the Fourth Greatest Crisis of the Church. Until the clergy returns to teaching what the Catholic Church has taught for the last 2,000 years, and stands up and fights the greatest evils of our day, we will continue seeing fewer and fewer lay people in the pews, and in turn fewer priests and fewer parishes.

Jeff April 21, 2016 3 Comments Permalink

Amoris Laetitia, Heresy, and All Sorts of Juicy Error

I take a couple of weeks off from blogging, and it seems that all Hell has broken lose.

Now, I took a break because priorities in life had shifted a bit. We welcomed the birth of my daughter just a couple of weeks ago, so I have been busy. She was baptized a couple of days after her birth in the Traditional Rite.

It surprises me how much I have forgotten in just the short year and a half since my son was born. The immense innocence that they possess, not knowing anything really, completely dependent upon their mother and father for all of their needs. My son is already doing a lot on his own and beginning to get himself into trouble, though I admit he is unaware of it.

Having taken this time off from blogging has allowed me to think more of the direction I want to take this blog, and no, I won’t be blogging less, though who knows. Late last summer I was committed to publishing three articles a week, and for a while, I was able to do that. After some time, I got worn out, mostly because I always waited until the last minute and felt that I had to have something.

In my mind, the quality of my posts began to diminish some. They were rushed, they were sloppy, and a lot of times they weren’t properly thought out. That’s not to say all of them were that way, and maybe I’m too hard on myself.

I plan on continuing my writing and analysis on issues that are affecting the Church, including articles on combatting various heresies of our day, differing devotions and how they can help you live a holier life, and other articles meant to proclaim the goodness of Catholicism. I will continue to focus on the antics of Pope Francis, as every single day he does something contrary to Catholic teaching. And since the media stays focused on him, his antics are affecting billions of people. Many will argue to the contrary, but there are already many converts we have lost because they don’t see the need of being Catholic. We observe this with a lot of liberals who claim to “love Pope Francis” but wouldn’t dare become Catholic.

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Image courtesy of L’Osservatore Romano

In the last week alone, we’ve witnessed a disastrous Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, or a letter, which is composed of nearly 60,000 words. I don’t know about you, but if someone wrote me a 230 some odd page letter, I probably wouldn’t read it. This massive document opens up the door for the divorced, remarried, and homosexual to receive the Holy Eucharist. This is blasphemous.

Many Catholic pundits are arguing that Amoris Laetitia doesn’t open up the door in the slightest, which is why bishops such as Archbishop Cupich and the German Cardinals are praising it for being groundbreaking. Either these prelates had a massive conversion, or the document is error-ridden. I’ll place my bets on the latter.

Pope Francis has also sympathized with Judas, claimed that “persecution is the daily bread of the Church“, and scolded those who adhere to tradition, labeling them as Pharisees, because that horse hasn’t been beaten to death enough.

And just today, on his papal presser aboard the “Papal Interviews on a Papal Plane Aren’t Magisterial” plane, Pope Francis admits that the document opens up the door. Then proceeded to say that it isn’t a big deal. Because spending more than two years, two Synods, and writing a 60,000-word letter isn’t a “big deal.”

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He also accepted 12 Muslim migrants who will be staying at the Vatican. Apparently there were four Christians who were “late with their paperwork”. Right. He accepted the Muslims because they are “children of God,” which any Catholic with a 3rd-grade catechesis knows is heretical because only those who are baptized are Children of God, c.f. Galatians 3:26.

We are living in unprecedented times, times in which we have an openly heretical Pope and not a single priest, bishop, or cardinal who is willing to do a damn thing about it. No, not even Cardinal Burke is going to do anything about it, as he has already given suppressing fire for Amoris Laetitia. I do hope I’m wrong, but he won’t save us.

During this time, we need to stay close to the confessional. We need to be in the state of grace. In the last week, many earthquakes have been reported around the globe, much more than normal. God is not happy with what is going on with His Church.

Continue to pray for the Pope, the Church, your family, and friends. Live a good, holy life, pleasing to the Lord. If you have not done so, I encourage you to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary, using St. Louis de Montfort’s method (not Fr. Gaitley’s watered down, wishy-washy method in which he barely discusses what it means to be consecrated).

Most importantly, learn the faith and defend it with your very life. It is getting rough out there, and there’s a good chance your home parish won’t even have your back when push comes to shove.

Jeff April 16, 2016 2 Comments Permalink

Pope Francis Washes Feet During Holy Thursday Liturgy; Breaks Own Rule

Pope Francis broke his rule during the Holy Thursday ceremony of foot washing.

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If you recall, just a few months ago I reported that Pope Francis changed the rubrics for the washing of feet to allow women to participate. Though the washing of women’s feet has been a common practice in recent years, according to the rubrics, it was never permissible before.

While it comes as no surprise to those who have followed the Pope during his pontificate, Pope Francis washed the feet of several women. He also washed the feet of three Muslims and one Hindu. This behavior isn’t much different compared to his last three years of washing the feet of men and women of various religious creeds. What is different is how this behavior comes just months after he had changed the rules to allow his breaking of them.

It raises the question as to why Pope Francis bothered to change the rules in the first place if he wasn’t even going to follow them. The issue here is that only Catholics can have their feet washed, and the Pope has included non-Catholics in this ritual, though as mentioned earlier, this isn’t the first time he has done so.

Some may argue that Pope Francis, being the Pope, can change the rules or grant himself permission not to follow them, and perhaps they are right. But what kind of an example does that set to those who are supposed to follow them? Do priests follow the rules he has put forth? Do they ignore them? What can or can’t they ignore? It sets a very dangerous precedent. After all, if we are supposed to follow the Holy Father’s example if he breaks the rules, does that mean we are allowed to as well?

A leader who sets rules and doesn’t follow them isn’t considered a good leader. If anything, they are seen as a tyrant who only makes laws to keep his subjects in line. To use a more recent example, any member of the United States Congress, whether it be the House or the Senate, is exempt from the requirement to purchase healthcare insurance from the “Obamacare” act. It isn’t right that a lawmaker is not required to follow his laws. It would be hypocritical of me to have a rule that states commenters are not allowed to swear, but to proceed to swear throughout my comments. Jesus made many new laws during His time here on Earth, but He followed them.

The Holy Thursday liturgy is supposed to reflect Jesus’ institution of both the Priesthood as well as the Eucharist. However, with the changing of the laws in regards to the washing of feet, the focus has shifted from the priesthood and Jesus Himself to a false notion of “togetherness” and “servitude.” While serving others and sticking together are important aspects of Catholicism, they are not the focus of this liturgy.

Also worth pointing out, Muslims are not our “brothers and sisters”, nor are the Hindus, as we do not share anything with these two different creeds. And while Jesus did, in fact, wash the feet of men who were not Catholic by birth, but rather tax-collectors and Jews, they were followers of Jesus, who were baptized, and were chosen by Jesus to be His priests. They were completely Catholic.

What we see today is just further evidence that Pope Francis doesn’t care about the Catholic faith, but uses Catholicism as a cover to promote his agenda to make a one world religion. By his example and his call that we are all “children of God”, he has effectively stated that all religions are equal and that rules do not matter, even his own.

I propose then that we follow the example of Pope Francis and ignore whatever rules he proposes, as if they aren’t important enough for him to follow, then surely they aren’t important enough for us to follow. Instead, let us look to Christ and the teachings of His Holy Catholic Church over the course of 2,000 years to be our guide. And as always, pray for the Pope and the Church.

Jeff March 24, 2016 1 Comment Permalink

The Mercy Doors Are Coming For You!

When I wrote my article comparing the Year of Mercy to the movie Dogma, I honestly didn’t think that my analysis would be proven right. But alas, it has been.

The Year of Mercy if anything is a parody of the Catholic Church, in which everybody is going to get mercy whether they like it or not. I had heard rumblings about a “travelling door of mercy”, but when I wrote the article, I couldn’t find anything. It was almost as if all traces of it had disappeared from the internet.

Portable Door of Mercy

Over at the Catholic Herald, we read that Portable Doors of Mercy are on the road!

The Bishop of Wrexham says it allows the sick and less mobile to experience God’s mercy

Doors of Mercy have become a familiar sight during the Holy Year, present in every cathedral and in many churches in Britain and around the world, through which Catholics can pass to gain an indulgence.

But the Diocese of Wrexham has gone one further, with a portable Door of Mercy to travel the diocese.

Bishop Peter Brignall of Wrexham said the portable Door of Mercy makes the indulgence available to those who can’t travel.

“The Portable Door of Mercy provides that opportunity for those who might not be able to go on pilgrimage to the cathedral of our diocese and pass through the door,” said Bishop Brignall.

“It allows for those who are less able and who are sick to pass through and receive the Mercy of the Father.”

The door is being transferred to different deaneries around the diocese on each Saturday in Lent.

During the Year of Mercy, Catholics can gain an indulgence by passing through a Holy Door, receiving the Eucharist and going to Confession, and praying for the Pope’s intentions.

In a statement, the Diocese of Wrexham said: “The diocese has an ageing population and many would be unable to make the journey to the cathedral – this initiative of Bishop Peter’s extends God’s mercy to all in bringing the door directly to the people.

“Last weekend, the portable Door of Mercy was taken to the parish of Buckley, Flintshire, where many hundreds of people from all over North Wales attended “24 hours for the Lord”, where priests of the diocese were stationed to hear confessions throughout that period.”

This weekend the door will be taken to Our Lady of Sorrows, Dolgellau. On Saturday 19, the Feast of St Joseph, it will be taken to St Joseph, Denbigh.

Pope Francis began the Jubilee Year of Mercy by opening a Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica on December 8 last year. The Year of Mercy ends on November 20.

“God’s judgment will always be in the light of His mercy,” the Pope said. “In passing through the Holy Door, then, may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery of love.”

First and foremost, there are plenty of ways a person can receive a plenary indulgence without the need to go through the mercy doors! There is no reason at all for traveling mercy doors.

Second, you can receive the “Mercy of the Father” by going to confession and confessing your sins. You can’t receive a plenary indulgence by just performing some action.There are specific actions you must also perform to gain the indulgence. Those actions are:

  1. Complete detachment from sin of any kind, including venial sin.
  2. You must perform the work or the prayer attached to the indulgence (in this case, walking through the Mercy Door).
  3. Go to confession and confess all sins.
  4. Receive Holy Communion worthily.
  5. Praying for the intentions of the Pope.

The Year of Mercy weakens the notion of plenary indulgences because mention of these conditions is few and far between. Catholic and non-Catholics alike are left with the impression that all one must do to gain the plenary indulgence is to walk through these mercy doors. This article happens to mention the actions, but not until seven paragraphs in, long enough in where the reader has likely stopped reading and is now left with the false impression. If an individual does not perform the works necessary for a plenary indulgence, they are left with only a partial indulgence, yet they are left to believe they have been forgiven all temporal punishment for their sins.

Third, all of this talk about passing through these doors and making them more accessible so that the person can feel God’s mercy is a hallmark of Modernism, in which a person’s faith is only as strong as their emotional connection with it. If a person feels that what they are doing brings them closer to God, then who are you to judge if it is correct or not? 

It is sad that we live in a time where those running the Church mock it. As I wrote in the other article, indulgences are a beautiful and wonderful gift from God to show his love for us. It is too bad that mercy has been redefined not to mean what it means. According to Pope Francis, one must only walk into a confessional to be forgiven, without the need to confess their sins.

Pray that God sends His mercy upon this Church and either convert this Pope or sends us another. It will be a miracle if there is any Catholicism left in the Church when Francis is through.

Jeff March 16, 2016 3 Comments Permalink

Three Years of a Pope Francis Papacy

It has been three years since Pope Francis took the Petrine office. Three long years. His papacy has been nothing but disastrous for the Catholic faith, with Papal audiences shrinking in size. He has caused an enormous amount of confusion not only to the faithful but the entire world as to what Catholicism is and what it means. He has given the impression that Catholicism can change depending on who is the current Pope.

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From the beginning of his papacy, he has been manipulating the liturgy to allow for women (and especially non-Catholic women) to have their feet washed during the Holy Thursday liturgy. But Pope Francis had been doing this for many years prior. The difference though was when Pope Francis was only a Cardinal Archbishop he was abusing the liturgy by doing this. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI had both washed the feet of men, the latter washing the feet of priests. It was a beautiful representation of the Vicar of Christ washing the feet of his priests, much like Jesus washed the feet of his priests that night. It was a moment in which we transported back in time.

However, Pope Francis continued his abuse of the foot washing as he became Pope. His defenders said the Pope can change the liturgy though he didn’t. In fact, it wasn’t until January that he changed the liturgy. So really, what has happened is an abuse for the last 2,000 years has just been made permissible by the Holy Father.  But the message we hear is how this is more inclusive and more “Catholic”, and those who disagree are not Catholic.

There is a parable that Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew 25 of the shepherd who separates the sheep from the goats. The shepherd will take the sheep with him, and the goats will be taken away. It seems the purpose of this papacy is to do exactly that. Those who adhere to Jesus’ teaching and that of the Church are the sheep, and those who adhere to this Pope’s teachings and ignore the Church’s teachings and traditions are the goats, along with all non-Catholics.

However, the difference though is Pope Francis actively tells the goats that they are good sheep and lavishes them with praise. Meanwhile, he berates the sheep and accuses them of being poor sheep and goat-like, making them think they are not good.

Even more disturbing are those otherwise faithful Catholics who seem to be enjoying his beatings. Pope Francis supporters are every day becoming more masochistic, enjoying the fact that the current Pope berates them for being Catholic. In today’s world, it is Catholic not to be Catholic. When Pope Francis harps about an attitude from the Catholic perspective, these Catholics will nod their head and praise “the spirit” for sending us a Pope, who is looking to change things (and not for the better). There is quite the difference in encouraging Catholics to be more Catholic by examining their faults and lambasting Catholics for being Catholic.

This papacy, God-willing, will not last for much longer, as I’m not sure how much more the Church will be able to bear. Remember, when Pope Benedict XVI abdicated the throne, that very night lightning struck the top of St. Peter’s. Many thought it was an ominous sight.

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Looking back, we can confidently say that that was a warning shot from God letting us know that He was not pleased. These last three years have done no good for Catholicism, with the only benefit being how many more people have rediscovered authentic Catholicism. Continue to pray and fast for the Church and this Pope, and pray that his successor will uphold authentic Catholic values.

Jeff March 11, 2016 18 Comments Permalink

The Year of Mercy as Foretold by Dogma

The Year of Mercy has been in full force for well over three months. I’ve seen various articles across numerous social-media platforms, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. I’m not sure if I wasn’t paying attention during 2015 or just didn’t care, but I didn’t realize that one could gain a plenary indulgence by walking through the doors of a Cathedral during this Year of Mercy. In fact, it wasn’t until I heard someone refer to these holy doors as “Mercy Doors” that I had thought how familiar this sounded. Then it hit me. It’s part of the plot from the blasphemous movie Dogma!

For those of you who have never seen Dogma, or don’t remember, it is a comedy in which Ben Affleck and Matt Damon play two fallen angels who disobeyed God and were banished and sent to Wisconsin. But, it gets better. Because the Catholic Church is considered “old and stale” the fictitious Cardinal Glick, reveals a new image of Jesus, called “the Buddy Christ,” in which we see an updated Jesus who is smiling, winking and pointing at you. During this campaign to update the Church’s image along with his Cathedral’s rededication, Cardinal Glick announces that anyone who goes through the Cathedral’s doors during this time will gain a plenary indulgence and will receive pardon from all sin, allowing for direct entry into Heaven. Seeing this as an opportunity to prove God wrong, Affleck and Damon drive across America to New Jersey so that they can pass through this “Door of Mercy” so that they can go to Heaven and cause all life as we know it to cease to exist.

Yes, I know how awful this movie is, but before my conversion to Catholicism ten years ago, I really enjoyed this movie. It was my favorite movie, but no longer is.

Needless to say, has no one else thought of this comparison? Not only is the plot line similar, but the logo looks an awful lot like Buddy Christ.

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My knee-jerk reaction was to wonder if anybody in the Vatican’s PR department didn’t stop to see if something was a bit off with the Year of Mercy. After all, Dogma came out in 1999 and drew the attention of a lot of Catholics as being quite anti-Catholic. And while the Vatican can’t keep track of every movie released, you would think that one of the American Cardinals would have at least thought “hey, this sounds familiar?” I mean, it isn’t like Pope Francis just dropped this into their laps with only a couple of months to prepare, right?

Many Popes have granted indulgences throughout the history of the Church as a sign of God’s love and mercy. Indulgences are a beautiful gift which remits the temporal punishment due to sin which already has been forgiven in full or in part. It is up to the reigning Pontiff to determine if he should impart a plenary indulgence to the Church for a particular event, but he should use this power responsibly, as one of the biggest complaints during the Protestant Reformation was the abuse of such indulgences.

The plenary indulgence for a pilgrim who walks through the Holy Doors of a Basilica or Cathedral has occurred throughout the majority of the history of the Catholic Church. This practice is nothing novel. What is novel about this particular devotion with the Year of Mercy is that originally a pilgrim was required to go to Rome and walk through the doors of one of the major basilicas or St. Peter’s to receive the indulgence. It was work to gain the indulgence. It was an indulgence given as a reward for making the long pilgrimage.

With the Year of Mercy, the indulgence has been extended to all Cathedrals or Basilicas across the world.

Perhaps instead of looking at Dogma as a movie that was predicting the future, maybe we should view it as a movie parodying the Church for some of the silly things it was already doing? The movie clearly mocks the Catholic practice of receiving a plenary indulgence from walking through the Holy Doors.

This misunderstanding derives from the fact that the average Catholic would not have known about this practice because your average Catholic before the Second Vatican Council would likely not travel to Rome to participate in these Jubilee years. But the Popes had begun loosening the tradition of pilgrims being required to travel to Rome to receive the plenary indulgence, thus this practice would seem novel to your average Catholic, who had not known about it.

Dogma was controversial for it’s heretical theology and jokes profaning much of what the Catholic Church considers holy. It was absurd to think that the Church would remove the crucifixes because they were too negative and replaced them with sappy images of Jesus Christ trying to portray Himself as “hip” and “cool” to appeal to the modern man. Fast-forward seventeen years and what do we see?

We see the Catholic Church trying to whimsy it’s way into relevance by asserting herself to be “hip” and “cool.” Gone are the days in which your average Catholic in the pew submitted himself to God. Today, the average Catholic forces God to submit to him. We no longer see the crucifix as being the primary image of Our Lord to remind us of our redemption, but because the crucifixion isn’t happy, we see the images of Our Lord replaced with happy hippy versions who “don’t judge” and are cool with whatever you do, man.

If anything, the Year of Mercy demonstrates how far the Catholic Church has fallen into a parody of herself. We can see the Year of Mercy, if anything, as a parallel to Dogma. We now witness the “Oprahfication” of indulgences, in which everybody gets an indulgence, every church gets a Holy Door, everyone gets mercy, whether they like it or not.

Oprah You Get an Indulgence

Don’t get me wrong, mercy is beautiful, but it is something that can only be given by God if the individual requests it. Throughout this Year of Mercy, everyone has been suffocated by the term that it no longer means what is intended. It leads numerous people to believe that they do not need to amend their lives but instead leads them to think they can continue to live the lives they lead and that mercy will forgive them regardless. This attitude does no favor to these people, but only reaffirms them in their sin.

The “Church” as we see from her visible witness is no longer acting as if she is in the business of saving souls, but rather, is attempting to be in the business of entertainment. But the Church fails because her job isn’t to entertain, but to bring souls into the graces provided by Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

Those who adhere to Christ and His Church’s rules know that the Church’s mission hasn’t changed one iota, but the clergy who are running the show have. And while these men pervert the image of the Church as well as her message, Christ’s sending message still rings true even to this day.

“Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 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.” Matthew 28:19-20

Jeff March 6, 2016 5 Comments Permalink

No, It’s Not Our Fault If The Pope Speaks Error

Is it just me or have Catholics seemed to have forgotten basic tenets of Catholicism over the last three years?

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With Pope Francis’ latest tirade against the Catholic faith, lying about how Pope Paul VI allowed for nuns in the Congo to use birth control to prevent pregnancy in the case of rape so he could promote the use of birth control to prevent Zika, we see the Pontiff has spoken heretically.

It is Catholic teaching that birth control is always wrong. Period. But, of course, that was before the days when Francis was Pope. No, nowadays Catholicism is determined based on whatever nonsense that this man spews out of his mouth or what day of the week it is. Monday? Abortion is wrong. Tuesday? Go ahead and contracept, who am I to judge? Wednesday? We can’t always talk about abortion and contraception. You get the idea. The man’s about as consistent as a slot machine.

But during this time, many defenders of the Pope in all he says and does are blaming us laity for the Pope’s statements. Many of them go under the titles of Catholic “men” if you can indeed call them men because one of the requirements to be a man is to have testicles. These “men” imply that because we are getting angry with the blasphemies, heresies, and all around trash that continues to come out of the Holy Father’s mouth, that we need to do some soul searching to find out what Pope Francis “really means”.

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Let’s point out how stupid this sounds. When a high school science teacher begins teaching his students that the Earth is flat and that those who believe otherwise are enemies of science, is it the students who argue back the ones in the wrong? Do these students need to spend more time in study to find out what their teacher “really means”? Of course not. It is up to the teacher to instruct his students with the correct information and not to assert his personal whims, especially when it is proven that the Earth is round.

Pope Francis, like it, or not, continually teaches error. When asked what Pope Francis meant, the Vatican press office led by Fr. Lombardi responded to the affirmative, that Pope Francis indeed meant what he said. There is no tip-toeing around it, Pope Francis. Taught. Error.

Real men don’t sit around and “soul search” when something erroneous is presented to them to try to understand it’s intended meaning. Real men fight back with all of their strength. Real men have the courage to stand up for Truth and not back down. Catholic men do not defend the Pope’s heresies to their dying breath and then claim that they are fighting the battle for Jesus Christ and His Church. Jesus Christ hates errors and anything that is contrary to what has been given by Him or His Church. No, those Catholic “men” who defend the Pope’s errors are not fighting for Jesus Christ, but Satan, who is determined to watch the Church fall.

But, in case you still believe Pope Francis is on the side of Christ and the Church, then I have news for you. Pope Francis just called one of Italy’s leading abortionists who has killed more than 10,000 babies one of the country’s “forgotten greats”.

Reminds you so much of Jesus, doesn’t he?

Jeff February 26, 2016 6 Comments Permalink

The Best Pope Ever Had A Wonderful Time Destroying Catholicism While On Vacation In Mexico

If you were silly enough to give up any form of liquor for Lent, I feel bad for you. No, I do. Pope Francis has given all faithful Catholics a reason to hit the bottle…hard. Actually, he’s given us like four or five with his Mexico trip alone, but after a few drinks, you begin to lose count.

Here are my highlights because others have already dug in and explained the wrongs of his statements.

Pope Francis, the fluffiest, most humble, nicest, least mean Pope ever to exist, berated a pilgrim who tried to get close to him by pulling him down.

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It’s ironic isn’t it? When the hemorrhaging woman went to seek Jesus in the crowds, He commended her faith. This Pope, who has thrived on the rock star status since his elevation to the Petrine Ministry and has invited this sort of activity based on his behavior, reprimands a pilgrim. It certainly makes the story which was released about his sudden outburst during the Synod far more believable.

If you build walls, you aren’t a Christian. Countries apparently are not allowed to defend their borders, even though plenty of the Popes have stated to the contrary, as recently as Pope Benedict XVI. But, hey, the “Spirit” (though we all know it isn’t the Holy Spirit) is apparently directing the Church in this direction. But it’s okay that the Vatican has big walls surrounding the entire country. As the Papoloters are wont to do, they will only discuss the open gate in the front of the Vatican.

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Donald Trump is not a Christian, according to Pope Francis. Irony has died as the man who won’t judge homosexuals, the divorced, the remarried, those who are unrepentant or don’t care about Catholicism in the slightest judges a man running for President. Now this isn’t an endorsement for Trump. Catholics can’t vote for him because he’s pro-abortion, full stop. But enough about politics, I’ll spare you for now.

Contraception is okay IF you are trying to stay away from the Zika virus. Because screw Catholic teaching.

I think that’s the majority of it. One Peter Five has several articles explaining more in depth about what happened.

I’ll come out and say it. Pope Francis doesn’t care a lick about Catholicism. To him, the Papacy is a tool to promote an agenda, and not a holy agenda either. He is here to promote his liberal liberation theology and will use Catholicism as a front to do so. He is not confusing. He is doing this intentionally. Wake up! It’s been THREE LONG YEARS, and he continues to do this.

Catholics can no longer stand by and fool themselves into thinking that Pope Francis is a great Pope. He isn’t even a good Pope. He is, quite possibly, the worst Pope to have ever existed in the entire history of the Catholic Church. He has woven a path of destruction throughout his entire papacy, this just being more icing on the cake, another nail in the coffin.

Pope Honorius was excommunicated after he had died, not because he was a heretic or taught error, but because he refused to denounce an error that existed during his Papacy, which riddled and weakened the Church. Pope Francis not only refuses to denounce the evils of this world, but he tauts false evils that are politically popular, and encourages evil behavior by those who wish the Church to fail.

There are no more excuses to make for this Pope. He has proven time and time again, that he is not an ally of Jesus Christ and His Church, but an enemy. Pray for him and pray that our next Pope will be a holy man of God who will fix the Church and the errors of this world.

Jeff February 19, 2016 9 Comments Permalink